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The mind shattering odyssey to an impossible world

Planet of Judgment is a Bantam TOS novel, written by Joe Haldeman, first published in August 1977.


From the book jacket
Unable to proceed. Shuttles seriously damaged. Not safe to land here. Some crewmen dead.
On a routine mission to Starfleet Academy, the sensors for the USS Enterprise detect the presence of a rogue planet in space, orbited by a sun no larger that a pea – a circumstance impossible to explain by any known scientific law. Assuming the star to be an artificial construct, a landing party is dispatched to the planet's surface, and there becomes trapped. Spock leads a rescue mission, and becomes trapped in turn.
With two crewmen dead, and unable to contact Montgomery Scott on the Enterprise bridge, Captain Kirk must battle to solve the riddle of the planet Spock calls Anomaly – a planet where no equipment works and none of their science applies… a planet that cannot exist…

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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 Bantam TOS characters.
James T. Kirk
Montgomery Scott
Dr. James Atheling – astrophysicist
Andre Charvat – senior science officer
Sharon Follettt – science officer

"Atheling" is a reference by Haldeman to one of the pen names of James Blish, who wrote (or co-wrote) the twelve books of tie-ins for The original series


bridge; landing party; sensors; Starfleet Academy; Enterprise

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