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The Enterprise is caught between its own survival – and the destruction of an innocent, isolated world!

The Abode of Life is a Pocket TOS novel – #6 in the numbered series – written by Lee Correy. Published by Pocket Books, it was first released in April 1982.

Summary Edit

From the book jacket
On the planet Mercan, there are no stars, no moon, no outer space...
The citizens of Mercan cannot conceive of worlds beyond their own. Their sun, Mercaniad, is prone to deadly, radioactive flare-ups, and the Mercans have organized their lives around the need to survive The Ordeal – until a strange visitor appears from out of nowhere...
The USS Enterprise, badly crippled and in desperate need of repairs, must seek help from a people who cannot believe in its existence. Mercaniad is about to blow, and James Kirk faces an impossible choice: to attack the sun itself and save his ship and crew – or let a people live in peace, in the only world they know... the abode of life.

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Background information Edit

Characters Edit

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.
James Kirk 
Enterprise captain.
Enterprise exec and science officer.
Leonard McCoy 
Lieutenant commander.
Montgomery Scott 
Chief engineer.
Communications officer.
Janice Rand, 2266

Yeoman Rand

Janice Rand 
Enterprise yeoman.
Enterprise assistant medical officer.

References Edit

Berthold ray 
Mercaniad emitted Berthold rays during "The Ordeal"
A scoutship.
solar flare
Starbase 4

External links Edit

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#5: The Prometheus Design Pocket TOS
Numbered novels
#7: Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
Corona (#24) Titan Books release order  Ishmael (#26)

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