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An inconceivable fortune – a bewildering population… an impossible situation.

How Much for Just the Planet? is a Pocket TOS novel – #36 in the numbered series, and the second of the retroactively designated Worlds Apart novels – written by John M. Ford. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in October 1987.


From the book jacket
Dilithium. In crystalline form, is the most valuable mineral element in the galaxy. It powers the Federation's starships… and the Klingon Empire's battle cruisers. Now on a small, out-of-the-way planet named Direidi, the greatest fortune in dilithium crystals ever has been found.
Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, the planet will go to the side best able to develop the planet and its resources. Each side will contest the prize with the prime of its fleet. For the Federation – Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise. For the Klingons – Captain Kaden vestai-Oparai and the IKS Fire Blossom.
Only the Direidians are writing their own script for this contest – a script that propels the crew of the USS Enterprise into their strangest adventure yet!


  1. In Space, No One Can Fry an Egg
    – Educational Short Subject
  2. The Dilithium Crystal as Big as the Ritz
    – Historical Interlude
  3. Organian Jumpball
  4. Overtures
  5. All's Fair in Love and Dilithium
  6. The Dawn Patrol
  7. Afternoon Matinee
  8. All Through the Night
  9. Come Up and See Me Sometime
  10. Dilithium Split

Background information

Cover gallery



James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery "Scotty" Scott
Hikaru Sulu
Pavel Chekov
Christine Chapel


Ilen the Magian 
singer of "Monochrome"
Tatyana Trofimov 
Captain, USS Jefferson Randolph Smith
Vulcan science officer of same.


grilled cheese
USS Jefferson Randolph Smith (NCC-29407) 
Sulek-class Federation starship


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Numbered novels
#37: Bloodthirst
The Romulan Way (#4) Titan Books release order  Bloodthirst (#6)
The Final Reflection Worlds Apart Final novel in series