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An exciting new story of interplanetary adventure.


1970 cover 
Captain Kirk and the crew of the starship Enterprise find themselves in the middle of an undeclared war waged by the Klingon Empire
The Organians should be consulted about the war but their entire planet has disappeared—or been destroyed…
Mr. Spock entered the transporter chamber. His image would be flashed to Organia by the huge machine's faster-than-light tachyons. But the experiment failed. Suddenly there were two Mr. Spocks. One of them had to be destroyed…
But which one?
1985 Cover 
Captain's log, stardate 4181.4. We are at war with the Klingon Empire.
Launching an unprovoked attack upon the Federation, the Klingons have broken the terms of the Organian Peace Treaty—leaving the Enterprise stranded deep in uncharted space, cut off from the rest of the Federation fleet.
To find out what happened to the Organians, Commander Scott rigged an experimental modification to our transportation system designed to enable a tachyon replica of Mr. Spock to travel faster-than-light to Organia. But the experiment failed, and incredibly, left us with two identical Spocks: one of whom is a replica in every way opposite of our first officer, a traitor whose continued existence poses a grave threat to the Enterprise and quite possibly the entire Federation.
One of the Spocks must die. But which one?


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AyelborneChristine ChapelPavel ChekovClaymareJames T. KirkKolothKorKoraxLeonard McCoyJanice RandMontgomery ScottSpockSpock OneHikaru SuluTrefayneNyota Uhura
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DavidGodGoliathSherlock HolmesJames JoyceAlfred KorzybskiJoanna McCoyJohn MiltonIsaac NewtonPablo PicassoShylockWilliam of Occam

Starships and vehiclesEdit

clipper shipcorvetteUSS Enterprise (Constitution-class class I heavy cruiser) • IKS DestructiongalleonkayakStar-class battleship


Referenced only 
Starbase 16


Great Nebula Area of OrionOrganian systemShapley Center

Planets, planetoids, and moonsEdit

BosklaveEarthOrganiaSherman's Planet



Races and culturesEdit

Human (Anglo-AmericanBantuEnglishGreekOrientalSpanishSwahili) • KlingonMelkotianOrganianRomulanVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Command AcademyGrand Senate of the Klingon EmpireKlingon EmpireKlingon High CommandOrganian Council of EldersScientific Advisory BoardSpace ServiceStarfleetStarfleet AcademyUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

Achilles heelAncient Westanorexia nervosaastronomical unitbench-markbench-markingberserkerbrassbulletcancerchesschi-quarechrononCommand Academy ringcreditcrutchDalton recensiondeflector screenDirac jumpEastereglonelectric chairethon gasEurishfinis opus coronatFinnegans WakefluoroscopyFundamentals of Naval Engagementghosthagglehand microphoneHilbert spacehoming missilehydrogenInterdictironjewler's loupeKlingon WarLatinLaw of ParsimonymathomMcCoy's ParadoxThe Merchant of Venicemind-lockmissilenano-jiffynew suns spaceOccam's Razorphaserphoton torpedoquarkrobesabotSenator in ChiefslingsoulsquirtstellorsupermantachyonThirty Years' WartransportertricorderturboelevatorunderwearuniformVegan rickettsial feverX-ray

Animals and plantsEdit

beademungenbeetlebaobabcatchickenescallopolypglow pupsgnatgormenghastlylaburnum seedlichenoreoxrabbitreepicheepseaweedskopolamandertnucipentribbleunipedwogXixobrax jewelworm

Food and drinkEdit

chicken-and-quadrotriticale soupcoffeehaggissandwichscotch

Tree diseasesEdit

black spotcankerfireblightmildewTitanian mold


Stardate 3199.4 
The Klingon Empire and the United Federation of Planets have peace imposed upon them by the Organians. (Referenced in conversation)
Enterprise's benchmarking survey. (In-story)
Stardate 4011.9 
The Klingons attack the United Federation of Planets. (In-story)
Stardate 4011.8 
The Enterprise crew consider their options. James T. Kirk takes some comfort in knowing that seventeen starbases are present to fight the Klingon invasion. They head towards Organia. (In-story)
Stardate 4018.4 
Spock is transported to Organia, but is reflected back, creating a second Spock. (In-story)
Stardate 4019.2 
The Enterprise continues on to Organia through Klingon space. (In-story)
Stardate 4020.8 
The Klingons are doing so well in the war that they have time to conquer the Great Nebula Area of Orion. (In-story)
Stardate 4150.0 
Spock One locks himself in the Medical Lab. He refuses to come out until the other Spock is dead. (In-story)
Stardate 4181.6 
The Enterprise explains the current situation to Starfleet Command. (In-story)
Stardate 4194.4 
The Enterprise destroys a group of Klingon ships. (In-story)
Stardate 4194.6 
The Enterprise fights more Klingon ships in orbit of Organia. (In-story)
Stardate 4196.2 
The Enterprise receives a response from Starfleet Command which they choose to ignore. (In-story)
Stardate 4198.0 
The Enterprise decides to transport an away team down to the surface of Organia to end the war. (In-story)
Stardate 4200.9 
The landing party is delayed by the Spock fighting Spock One on the surface of Organia. (In-story)
Stardate 4201.6 
The landing party reach the Organians and begin to formulate a plan. The Enterprise withdraws toward Federation space, but is surrounded by Klingon ships. (In-story)
Stardate 4202.0 
The Organians end the war and punish the Klingons. (In-story)
Stardate 4205.5 
The Enterprise continues on her mission. (In-story)



  • Spock Must Die! is the first original Star Trek novel in a series. The only previous publication to this was the Star Trek 1 novelizations and the stand-alone young-adult novel Mission to Horatius.


Referenced storiesEdit


published order
Previous novel:
First Star Trek Book by Publication
TOS unnumbered novels Next novel:
Star Trek: The New Voyages
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Book of Fulfillment
Pocket Next Adventure:
Spock, Messiah!

Publication historyEdit

  • 1970, January: Original Bantam Books edition with photomontage cover depicting Spock, mirrored.
  • 1980s: Bantam Books reprints. Cover featuring Captain Kirk confronted by two Spocks. This cover was done in couple different layout styles.
  • 1999: Bantam Books Del Rey reprint. Cover by Kazuhiko Sano featuring Klingon battlecruisers.

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