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It is a killer. And something far worse.

The IDIC Epidemic is a Pocket TOS novel – #38 in the numbered series – written by Jean Lorrah. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in February 1988.


From the book jacket
I.D.I.C. – Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination. More than just a simple credo, for those of the planet Vulcan it is the cornerstone of their philosophy.
Now, on the Vulcan Science Colony Nisus, that credo of tolerance is being put to the sternest test. For here, on a planet where Vulcan, Human, Klingon and countless other races live and work side by side, a deadly plague has sprung up. A plague whose origins are somehow rooted in the concept of I.D.I.C. itself. A plague that threatens to tear down that centuries-old maxim and replace it with an even older concept…
Interstellar War.

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Memorable quotes

"How late will we be?"
"Six days."
"Not six-point-one-three-seven?"
"Six-point-two-five-two. Mother, is it not illogical to be annoyed when Father or I give you a precise figure yet ask for such precision when we do not?"
"No, just Human."

- Amanda and Spock

"Last time ve couldn't get to Wulcan. This time ve can't get avay from it!"

- Chekov

"Nature is more dangerous than an acknowledged enemy, for it so often appears one's friend that one never expects the moment it turns and casually kills."

- Kevin Katasai

"Klingon scientists. Intriguing. I should like to meet them."

- Sarek

"Chaucer died before he finished the work. I always thought that if he'd finished it, there would have been bandits. And probably a sixth husband for the Wife of Bath."

- Kirk

Background information


Canon characters

James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Montgomery Scott
Pavel Chekov
Christine Chapel
Amanda Grayson
Joseph M'Benga

Non-canon characters

Orion reprentative to the Nisus Council and Seela's uncle.
Daniel Corrigan
Human doctor and longtime friend and colleague of the Vulcan healer, Sorel. Married to T'Mir.
Previously featured in The Vulcan Academy Murders.
Beau Deaver
Human/Orion hybrid medic and mathematician.
Korsal Katasai
Klingon thought master and engineer.
Kevin Katasai
Korsal's human/klingon hybrid son, who wants to attend Starfleet Academy.
Karl Katasai
Korsal's youngest son. Also a human/klingon hybrid.
Korsal's Orion wife.
Vulcan healer. Friend and colleague of Daniel Corrigan and father of T'Mir.
Previously featured in The Vulcan Academy Murders
Vulcan nurse.
Wife of Daniel Corrigan and daughter of Sorel.
Previously featured in The Vulcan Academy Murders. Not to be confused with the T'Mir who appears in ENT: "Carbon Creek", as they are unrelated characters.
Adopted daughter of T'Kar.
One of the Followers of T'Vet, a Vulcan philosophy which rejects the teachings of Surak.
Previously featured in The Vulcan Academy Murders.
The leader of the Followers of T'Vet.


ahn-woon; Andorian; Enterprise, USS; ESP; Eugenics Wars; IDIC; kahs-wan; katra; Klingon; Klingon Empire; lirpa; Orion; pon farr; Rigellian; Romulan; Surak; Tellarite; Vulcan

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