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The Search for Spock was the third theatrical film release of the Star Trek franchise, premiering in 1984. The story was a direct sequel to TOS movie: The Wrath of Khan. The film was adapted as a novelization from Pocket Books and a comic book adaptation released by DC Comics.

DescriptionEdit

As the crew grieves for Mister Spock, the awesome Genesis Device, now controlled by the Federation, has transformed an inert nebula into a new planet teeming with life. But Genesis can also destroy existing worlds.
The creators of the device want it given freely to the galaxy. But Starfleet Command fears that it will become a force of evil. And the enemies of the Federation will not rest until they seize it—as their most powerful weapon in the battle to conquer the galaxy!

SummaryEdit

At Captain Spock's funeral, Rear Admiral James T. Kirk eulogizes his friend. Scotty's bagpipes play as Lieutenant Junior Grade Saavik codes the torpedo launcher to shoot Spock's coffin, a photon torpedo casing, into orbit of the Genesis Planet. Spock lands in a dense plant-filled jungle on the planet's first morning.

The opening of the film was created by adding stock footage from TOS movie: The Wrath of Khan. The comic version of the story adapted the scene on the planet, but no such recap was included in the novelization, which began with a narration of a later memorial service.

The Enterprise crew meets on the recreation deck for a wake for fallen colleagues organized by Doctor McCoy and Mr. Scott. With a large amount of alcohol available, the gathering is somber and depressed. Doctor McCoy has noticed an odd detachment in his mental state, and is only pretending to imbibe the drinks, even though he is quite disoriented without actually being drunk.

After toasts to Spock, Peter Preston and the lost scientists and cadets, Saavik and David Marcus have a private conversation, and McCoy becomes more disoriented, climbing on the table to finish his toast, proclaiming that "grief is not logical". Admiral Kirk talks him down off the table. Hikaru Sulu takes a moment to thank David Marcus for resuscitating him following the battle with Khan Noonien Singh, but Marcus is nearly too despondent to notice the officer's genuine gratitude, and Sulu makes an attempt to counsel Marcus on the difficulties of dealing with the loss of the Genesis Project. Saavik and David finish their conversation, with Saavik revealing that she does not partake of alcohol for fear of uncovering the tendencies of her Romulan heritage.

Kirk and Carol Marcus share a word of the lost scientists, and Saavik muses on her decision to set the course for Spock's coffin to soft land on a wavefront of energy from the Genesis effect, against her orders that the coffin should burn up in the atmosphere of the Genesis Planet.

After making a clumsy attempt to avoid an offer of company from Admiral Kirk, David and Saavik leave the gathering and share an intimate moment in quarters. David happens to notice Saavik's family mark, and discusses the uncomfortable topic of her parentage, and the experimental nature of the intimacy they were experiencing, between a Human and half-Romulan.

Kirk dismisses the cadets attending the wake and orders the last attendee, Mr. Scott, to return to his quarters, and wakes McCoy. A drowsy McCoy again frustrates Kirk by quoting Spock, commenting on the foolishness of imbibing poison for recreational purposes.

The next morning, Dr. Christine Chapel checks on McCoy, who remains passed out and slightly feverish. McCoy recognizes her and comments "Vulcans do not love", angering her with a remembrance of her infatuation with Spock years earlier. Meanwhile, Saavik wakes next to David, after a vivid dream where she heard Spock's voice calling to her.

Aboard a hired freighter, the Merchantman, a ship's crew wonders about their captain's intentions and a mysterious cargo, and the numerous course changes they are making near the border of Klingon space.

The Enterprise catches up with the USS Grissom, and Captain J.T. Esteban comes aboard to debrief David and Carol Marcus on the state of the Genesis Project. David is infuriated at the secrecy the Federation intends to apply to what the public sees as a dangerous new weapon, and Carol is adamant in her refusal to continue participating in the research, and declines an offer to travel aboard Grissom and study the Genesis Planet.

The opening of the novelization was not featured in the film or comic adaptation.
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ReferencesEdit

CharactersEdit

Christine ChapelPavel ChekovJ.T. EstebanFosterR. GrenniScott HeisenbergHenreidJames T. KirkKnorrKrugeMaltzDavid MarcusLeonard McCoyHarry MorrowJanice RandSaavikSarekMontgomery ScottSpockStylesHikaru SuluT'LarTorgNyota UhuraValkrisTranFarrendahlunnamed Starfleet personnelunnamed USS Excelsior personnelunnamed USS Grissom personnelunnamed Klingonsunnamed Humansunnamed aliensunnamed Merchantman personnel
Referenced only 
Zinaida Chitirih-Ra-PayjhMandala FlynnKiosanVance MadisonDelwin MarchDavid Andrew McCoyPeter PrestonSkonSolkar

Starships and vehiclesEdit

IKS B'rel (B'rel-class bird-of-prey) • USS Enterprise (Constitution-class refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Excelsior (Excelsior-class) • USS Grissom (Oberth-class) • Merchantmanorbital shuttle
Referenced only 
USS Federation (Federation-class) • USS FirenzeUSS Hermes (Hermes-class) • USS Magellanic Clouds (Federation galaxy ship) • USS Ranger (Enterprise-subclass refit Constitution-class heavy cruiser) • USS Saladin (Saladin-class)

LocationsEdit

Shipboard locationsEdit

IKS B'rel 
bridgecrew areatransporter room
USS Enterprise 
bridgecorridorengineeringquarters (McCoy's, Spock's) • recreation decksickbaytorpedo baytransporter room
USS Excelsior 
bridgeengineeringquarters (Styles's) • turbolift
USS Grissom 
bridge
Merchantman 
bridgenavigationquarters (Valkris's)

Planetary locationsEdit

Vulcan 
Mount Seleya
Earth 
San Francisco (Kirk's apartmentStarfleet HeadquartersOld City Station)

Stations and outpostsEdit

Earth SpacedockSpacelab Regula I

Planet and planetoidsEdit

Amenhotep IXEarthGenesis PlanetRegulaVulcan

Stars and systemsEdit

MutaraSol systemVulcan system

Stellar regions and locationsEdit

Andromeda GalaxyMutara sectorsector 001Vulcan sector

Races and culturesEdit

DeltanHumanKlingonRomulanVulcan

States and organizationsEdit

Klingon Defense ForceKlingon EmpireStarfleetUnited Federation of Planets
Referenced only 
Romulan Star Empire

Technology and weaponsEdit

antimatter inducerData recordcloaking devicecomputerd'k tahgGenesis Devicemedical tricorderturboliftphaser (type 2 phaser) • shuttlestarshiptranswarp computertranswarp drivetricorderwarp drive

LifeformsEdit

animalcatchimpanzeefelinoidhumanoidplantprimateKlingon monster dog

Radiations and substancesEdit

terminiumprotomatter

Drugs and treatmentsEdit

lexorin

Food and beveragesEdit

Altair waterArcanis LagerKentucky bourbon

Ranks and titlesEdit

admiralcadetcaptainchief engineerchief medical officercommandercommanding officercommander of Starfleetcommunications officerfirst officerfleet admirallieutenantlieutenant junior gradelordrear admiralscience officersecond officersecurity

Other referencesEdit

auto-destructbeverageblue alertdartsdrugenergyfoodFrench languagegamegenetic hybridgovernment • "The Great Experiment" • katraKlingoneselava lamplifeformmetalparlor gameplanetkotegaeshikellicammattermedicineProject Genesisprototyperaces and culturesranksectorshakedown cruisespacestarstar systemtechnologytitleVulcan gongVulcan languageWarrigulweapon

AppendicesEdit

Related storiesEdit

TimelineEdit

Published Order
Previous novel:
The Wrath of Khan
TOS movies & novelizations Next novel:
The Voyage Home
Previous novel:
The Final Reflection
TOS numbered novels Next novel:
My Enemy, My Ally
Previous story:
The Wrath of Khan
Stories by:
Vonda N. McIntyre
Next story:
Enterprise: The First Adventure
Chronological Order
Previous adventure:
The Azphari Enigma
Pocket Books Timeline Next adventure:
A Vulcan, A Klingon, and an Angel
Previous adventure:
The Wrath of Khan
Memory Beta Chronology Next adventure:
A Vulcan, A Klingon, and an Angel
The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2285.
The Memory Beta Chronology places events from this story in 2 other timeframe(s):
Previous adventure:
The Wrath of Khan
The Search for Spock film prologue
2285
Chapters 1–2 of novelization
Next adventure:
The Wormhole Connection
Previous adventure:
Blood Fever
2285
Chapters 2–13
Next adventure:
A Vulcan, A Klingon, and an Angel

Publication historyEdit

1984, June 
Movie released.
Pocket Books publishes novelization by Vonda N. McIntyre as number seventeen in the TOS numbered novel series.
DC Comics publishes comic book adaptation by Mike W. Barr with art by Tom Sutton and Ricardo Villagran.
2004, October 
Pocket Books reprint novelization in the Signature Edition omnibus: Duty, Honor, Redemption, along with The Wrath of Khan and The Voyage Home.
2008, September 
Comic adaptation re-released in The Complete Comic Book Collection released by Graphic Imaging Technologies.
2009, November 
Comic adaptation re-released as part of the Movie Omnibus, with other TOS movie adaptations. Published by IDW Publishing.

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