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Prophet of Peace was a comic book story published by Gold Key Comics in 1976. In this story, a scientist and pacifist was cryogenically frozen in the 1990s and revived by the crew of the USS Enterprise in the year 2266. He takes a tour of 23rd century Earth and promotes peace.

Publisher's descriptionEdit

Cover blurb:
Frozen sleep in the depths of space!

SummaryEdit

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ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

AbdulaAlfred BleikoffHershkoqitzJames T. KirkLeonard McCoyRajipurSpockMontgomery ScottSellersHikaru SuluNyota Uhuraunnamed USS Enterprise personnelunnamed Humans (Stockholm police foreman, protestors, Nobel Prize host, journalist, Earth councillor) •
Referenced only 
Henry David Thoreau

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS Enterprise (Constitution-class) • transport craft

LocationsEdit

Colosseum (Rome) • Eiffel Tower (Paris) • Great Pyramid (Giza) • JerusalemMariana City (Pacific Ocean) • Mount EverestMount Rushmore National MemorialO'Hare Rocket Port (New Chicago) • Statue of Liberty (New York City) • StockholmTaj Mahal (India) • Earth (Sol system)

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanunnamed races and cultures (alien reprogrammers, alien journalists)

States and organizationsEdit

Earth's governmentFederationInterplanetary PressPort Inspectors’ AssociationStarfleetSupreme Council of Earth

Science and technologyEdit

astronomyastrophysicsbacteriabacterial weaponbloodbraincomputercryonicsEarth defense screenenvironmental suiteyeglassesfishhypnosismagnetmathematicsnuclear weaponradiostarstar systemsteri-bathtractor beamquarantineuniversex-ray

Ranks and titlesEdit

captainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officerdoctorfirst officergeneralhelmsmanlieutenantlieutenant commandermayorprofessorscience officer

Other referencesEdit

captain's logcivilizationdonationelectricityenergygovernmentlifeformlog entrylogicMount HebronNobel PrizeorchidphilosophyplanetpoetrypoliticspolicePrime DirectiveRip Van WinkleroseSpace NewsstardateStarfleet HeadquartersteaVulcan orchid

TimelineEdit

ConnectionsEdit

published order
Previous comic:
#38: One of Our Captains is Missing!
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#40: Furlough to Fury
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Child's Play
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Planet of No Return


AppendicesEdit

BackgroundEdit

  • It was not explicitly stated when Bleikoff won the Nobel Prize, inspired a war to end, fell victim to an incurable disease, or was cryogenically preserved in space, but the elapsed time between these events did not seem that long since he looked the same. McCoy said that Bleikoff’s cryogenic capsule “was their first such experiment.” A similar cryogenic process was done to several individuals shot into Earth orbit in a spacecraft in 1994 (TNG episode: "The Neutral Zone"), so Bleikoff’s turn of events would have happened around this time. The war could have been either the Persian Gulf War or the Eugenics Wars. It’s plausible that he won the award in 1990, saw the end of the Persian Gulf War in February 1991, and was put in space by 1994 as the "first major effort in cryonics." It’s also plausible that Bleikoff won the award in 1995, saw the Eugenics Wars end in 1996, then shortly thereafter was frozen, with the first experiment being that of using cryogenics in a coffin-sized capsule rather than a spacecraft.
  • Other 1990s humans who survived cryogenics to be successfully revived in the 23rd century include Khan Noonien Singh and his Augments, L.Q. Clemonds, Clare Raymond and Ralph Offenhouse. Stavos Keniclius survived into the 23rd century through cloning.
  • Bleikoff appears to look like a combination of Mahatma Gandhi and Albert Einstein.
  • The steri-bath in this story strongly resembled the decontamination chamber aboard NX class starships. Decontamination was normally handled by the transporter, so it might have been under repair at the time. (TOS episode: "The Naked Time")
  • The Mariana Trench, a likely site for Mariana City, is a trench in the Pacific Ocean with a maximum depth of 36,200 feet, consistent with the 30,000-foot depth cited in the story.
  • The mountain range seen during Bleikoff’s tour was not named, but it probably was Mount Everest in the Himalayas. They were en route to India, with one of the defense screen facilities visible there. As they are “spread around the world at various high points,” and Mount Everest is the highest point, it seems a likely spot for a facility.
  • The news media on Earth were depicted in a decidedly 20th-century manner, with a printed “Space News” newspaper, TV sets, and a broadcast studio with a large video camera. A reporter jotted down his notes on a pad of paper.
  • New Chicago’s O'Hare Rocket Port was named after Chicago’s O'Hare International Airport.
  • The notion of Bleikoff as a Rip Van Winkle-of-Space refers to the 19th century short story “Rip Van Winkle” by Washington Irving, in which the character of Van Winkle sleeps through 20 years of history, including the American Revolution.

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