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How Much for Just the Planet?

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How Much for Just the Planet? was a Star Trek novel written by John M. Ford.


In crystalline form, the most valuable mineral in the galaxy. It powers the Federation's starships...and the Klingon Empire's battlecruisers. Now on a small, out-of-the-way planet named Direidi, the greatest fortune in dilithium crystals ever seen has been found.
Under the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty, the planet will go to the best side able to develop the planet and its resources. Each side will contest the prize with the prime of its fleet. For the Federation - Captain James T. Kirk and the Starship Enterprise. For the Klingons - Captain Kaden vestai-Oparai and the Fire Blossom.
Only the Diredians are writing their own script for the contest - a script that propels the crew of the Enterprise into their strangest adventure yet!


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In Space, No One Can Fry an EggEdit

Educational Short SubjectEdit

The Dilithium Crystal as Big as the RitzEdit

Historical InterludeEdit

Organian JumpballEdit


All's Fair in Love and DilithiumEdit

The Dawn PatrolEdit

Afternoon MatineeEdit

All Through the NightEdit

Come Up and See Me SometimeEdit

Dilithium SplitEdit



AperokeiArizhelAskadeChristine ChapelPavel ChekovRoss FlyterIlen the MagianKaden vestai-OparaiJames T. KirkMaglusLeonard McCoyCharlotte SanchezMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTellihuTatyana TrofimovT'VauUhura

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • Fire Blossom (D7C-class battle cruiser) • USS Jefferson Randolph Smith (Sulek-class surveyor)
Referenced only 
USS Dawson City (mining ship) • escape podUSS Robert Moses (planetformer) • Sopwith Camelunnamed Klingon starships (Kaden's B5-class destroyer) • unnamed Klingon starships (light attack cruiser) • unnamed starships (Tellarite freighters) • warship


Miskatonic University

Shipboard areasEdit

USS Enterprise 
bridgeofficer's mess
IKS Fire Blossom 
bridgeofficer's mess
USS Smith 
bridgeofficer's mess

Stations and outpostsEdit

Starbase 1

Planets and planetoidsEdit

Referenced only 
Reynaud II

Stars and systemsEdit

Pi PharosiSol
Referenced only 

Astronomical regionsEdit

Cygnus-Carina Fringethe galaxyOrganian Treaty Zone

Races and culturesEdit

Referenced only 

States and organizationsEdit

Black FleetFederationKlingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleet (Starfleet CommandStarfleet Exploration CommandStarfleet Psychological DivisionStarfleet Resources Division)

Technology and weaponsEdit

computerdeployable practice targetdisposal cubiclefood synthesizermagnetic bottlestarshipwarp drive

Substances and energiesEdit

antimatterchromiumdilithiumHecht radiationliquidmetaloilpolymerrubbersugar



Food and beveragesEdit

baconbattertoastbirdseedbutterCanadian baconcoffeecream cheeseeggsEnglish muffinfried fishfruit juicegrapegrape juicegrapefruitgrapefruit juicegrilled cheesegritshamkelpkipperlivermayonnaisemilkmilkshakemushroomn'gaanoatcakeomeletorange juiceRomulan alesandwichsoya saladsoya waferspinachsteakstrawberry jam (strawberry) • sugarsyruptoastvinegarwaffle conewatercress sandwichwheat toast

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommunications officerensignfirst officerforce leaderhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandernavigatorscience officertactical officerzan

Other referencesEdit

animalArt Decoastronomybeveragechesscislunar orbitcreditenergyfoodgovernmenthull • "I Got Plenty o' Nothing" • Klingon language (g'day'tiraltu cha'puj) • lifeformmoonnation-statenewsfaxorbitphotosphereplanetplantraces and culturesspacestarstarbaseStarfleet Institute Proceedingsstar systemtechnologyWars of Internal Dissensionweapon




published order
Previous novel:
Rihannsu, Book 2:
The Romulan Way
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Spock's Brain
Pocket Next Adventure:
Is There In Truth No Beauty?
Previous Adventure:
Spock's Brain
Voyages of the
USS Enterprise (NCC-1701)
(2264 to 2270)
Next Adventure:
Is There In Truth No Beauty?

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