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Captain Kirk becomes an interplanetary homicide detective!

The Vulcan Academy Murders is a Pocket TOS novel – #20 in the numbered series – written by Jean Lorrah. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in November 1984.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
Kirk and McCoy accompany Spock to the Vulcan Academy Hospital, seeking experimental treatment for a badly wounded Enterprise crew member. Spock's mother is also a patient in the hospital, and Kirk soon becomes involved in the complex drama of Spock's family…
Suddenly, patients are dying, and Kirk suspects the unthinkable – murder on Vulcan! But can he convince the Vulcans that something as illogical as murder is possible? Until the killer is caught, everyone is in danger!

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Memorable quotes Edit

"What happened on that mission, father? You never would tell me, but I remember you returned home with the vestiges of… a black eye."
"True, but I also returned home with your mother."
"Oh no, I think I'm beginning to see what happened here. The warlord thought you had brought Amanda… as a gift for him?"
"You should consider a career in the diplomatic service, Jim."

-Spock, Sarek, and James T. Kirk

"Your mother will say you are too thin."
"Mother always says I am too thin."

-Sarek and Spock, undressing for sterilization before visiting Amanda's stasis cell

"You are not teasing Mother now. I wish to know, truly, why you chose an Earthwoman."
"I did not. I chose Amanda, who happens to be an Earthwoman."

-Spock and Sarek

Background information Edit

Cover gallery Edit

Characters Edit

Canon characters Edit

James T. Kirk
Leonard McCoy
Hikaru Sulu
Pavel Chekov
Amanda Grayson
Amanda Grayson, 2268

Amanda Grayson

Non-canon characters Edit

Daniel Corrigan 
Human doctor and longtime friend and colleague of Sorel.
He is also featured in The IDIC Epidemic.
Eleyna Miller 
Sarek's assistant at the Vulcan Academy.
Carl Remington 
Ensign serving on the Enterprise.
Vulcan healer, and longtime friend and colleague of Daniel Corrigan.
He is also featured in The IDIC Epidemic.
Son of Sorel.
Vulcan engineer.
Daughter of Sorel.
She is also featured in The IDIC Epidemic. Not to be confused with the T'Mir featured in ENT: "Carbon Creek" as they are unrelated characters.
classmate of T'Mir, attempting to court her.
Vulcan healer working with Sorel.
Wife Of Sorel.

References Edit

"Journey to Babel"
Kirk recalls the crew's first meeting with Sarek and Amanda;
"Court Martial"
McCoy suggests to Spock that he "play chess" with the Vulcan Science Academy's computer to discover the root of the tampering, the same way he discovered Benjamin Finney's tampering with the Enterprise computer.
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Vulcan Science Academy

External links Edit

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