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Can Spock and McCoy stop an earthquake?

Aftershock is a Star Trek: The Original Series - Starfleet Academy young adult novel – the second novel in the series – written by John Vornholt. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in September 1996.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Leonard McCoy was a medical student at Starfleet Academy looking forward to the winter break. He was just trying to have some fun when a football game on Academy grounds got out of hand, and all thanks to that upstart cadet named Kirk. Now McCoy is stuck at the Academy during the break. If only Kirk hadn't gotten him into trouble…
But it's too late for regrets. McCoy has been "volunteered" for the Disaster Relief Service Club. Now he and a humorless Vulcan named Spock are risking their lives to save earthquake victims on the planet Playamar. Constant aftershocks are hampering their efforts, though, and Spock and McCoy begin to wonder: Is this a natural disaster, or are more sinister forces at work?

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Memorable quotes Edit

"Let me tell you something, mister, there is nothing fair about Starfleet. Today you get mess duty, tomorrow you may be the youngest captain in the fleet."

- Vrena

Background information Edit

Characters Edit

Canon characters listed below are linked to the main article about them. Non-canon characters are not linked, but those that recurred, appearing or being mentioned in more than one story, are defined further in Pocket TOS characters.
Leonard McCoy 
Starfleet medical student. Kirk refers to McCoy as "sawbones".
Spock, 2254


Vulcanian Starfleet cadet.
James T. Kirk 
Starfleet cadet.
Kirk would be approximately 17 or 18 years old in this book, according to his 2233 birthdate.
David McCoy 
Leonard McCoy's father
Delosian cadet.
Starfleet cadet.
Starfleet admiral.
Starfleet captain.
Starfleet captain, McCoy's trainer in the Disaster Relief Club.
Lisa Donald 
Starfleet cadet.

References Edit

Starfleet Academy

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