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Spock's first mission aboard the Enterprise!

Vulcan's Glory is a Pocket TOS novel – #44 in the numbered series – written by D.C. Fontana. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in February 1989.


From the book jacket
Here is a very special Star Trek novel; from the woman consistently voted by fans as their favorite writer from the original Star Trek television series!
D.C. Fontana, writer of such classic episodes as "Journey to Babel" and "This Side of Paradise", here brings us the never-before-told story of a very young Mr. Spock, on his first mission aboard the USS Enterprise. You'll also meet Captain Christopher Pike and his enigmatic first officer, "Number One" (previously seen only in the original Star Trek pilot "The Cage"), as well as the ship's brand-new engineering officer, Montgomery Scott.
Vulcan's Glory is the tale of Spock's struggle to reconcile his many obligations – those forced on him by his Vulcan heritage, and those chosen by him upon his enlistment in Starfleet – to balance the wishes of others against the desires of his own heart.

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Memorable quotes

"Some officers have had a difficult time dealing with the fact that she is a genetically perfect being. On her planet, Ilyria, excellence is the only criterion that is accepted. She is technically designated as being the best of her breed for the year she was born."
"I see. She therefore would receive the appellation 'Number One' even if she were not the executive officer."
"You have it."

- Pike and Spock

Background information

Cover gallery


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.

Regular and recurring characters

Christopher Pike
Number One
Montgomery Scott
A junior engineer assigned to the Enterprise
Amanda Grayson

Other characters

Caitlin Barry
Enterprise chief engineer


USS Artemis (β)
Federation starship, commanded by Captain Daniels, the former assignment of Spock.
Vulcan's Glory
A large, uncut emerald, thought to have been lost years ago when the ship it was on crashed.
USS Yorktown
Federation starship, the former command of Christopher Pike and his Number One.

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Numbered novels
#45: Double, Double
The Wounded Sky (#19) Titan Books release order  My Enemy, My Ally (#21)