|The Entropy Effect|
2006 reprint cover
|Series:||The Original Series, No. 2|
|Author(s):||Vonda N. McIntyre|
|Narrator(s):||Leonard Nimoy & George Takei|
|Published:||Paperback - June 1981|
|Reprint(s):|| Paperback - January 1984|
|ISBN:|| (1981) ISBN 0671622293|
(1984) ISBN 0839828314
(1990) ISBN 0671724169
(2006) ISBN 1416524649
Original 1981 cover
The universe has less than a century left… unless Spock can change history.—The Entropy Effect was a Star Trek: The Original Series novel written by Vonda N. McIntyre. The book was the second Star Trek novel ever published by Pocket Books, and the first with an original story.
- The Enterprise is summoned to transport a dangerous criminal from a starbase prison to a rehabilitation center: brilliant physicist Dr. Georges Mordreaux, accused of promising to send people back in time - then killing them instead.
- But when Mordreaux escapes, bursts onto the bridge and kills Captain Kirk, Spock must journey back in time to avert disaster - before it occurs.
- Now there's more at stake than just Kirk's life. Mordreaux's experiments have thrown the entire universe into a deadly time warp. Spock is fighting time...and the universe is closing in on itself with the relentless squeeze of…
- The Entropy Effect.
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- Beranardi al Auriga • Jenniver Aristeides • Maximo Alisaunder Arrunja • Ian Braithewaite • Christine Chapel • Pavel Chekov • Mandala Flynn • Hunter • James T. Kirk • Lee • Leonard McCoy • Georges Mordreaux • Mree • Neon • Ilya Nikolaievich • Perim • Janice Rand • Montgomery Scott • Beatrice Smith • Snnanagfashtalli • Spock • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura
- Referenced only
- Pallas Athene • Lewis Carroll • Casanova • D'Artagnan • Samuel R. Delaney • Desmoulins • Devil • Alexander Dumas • Albert Einstein • Friendly • God • Amanda Grayson • Homer • Don Juan • George Kirk • Peter Kirk • Minerva • Roger Penrose • Sarek • Alfred Tennyson • Frank J. Tipler • Vekesh
Starships and vehiclesEdit
- Aleph Prime • Aleph system • Arcturus • Earth • Federation Headquarters • Gamma Draconis VII • Ganjitsu • Hell • Makropyrios • Rehabilitation Colony 7 • Shinpai
Races and culturesEdit
States and organizationsEdit
- Flat Earth Society • Romulan Star Empire • Starfleet • Starfleet Academy • United Federation of Planets
- Academy Star • anachronistic event • Ancient Modern English • android • armchair • astronomical unit • Babel-17 • beard • beard suppressant • bed • bee • Bioelectronic crystal • Black Plague • boot • brandy • brass • bread • chess • clone • coffee • communicator • couch • The Count of Monte Cristo • dojo • dolphin • duffel bag • EEG • energy cuff • entropy • ESP • fencing • fighter • flimsies • foil • Frankenstein • frenzy • gi • glove • granite • G-type star • hara-kiri • hawk • Hawking black hole • Hawking radiation • heme carrier • hypermorphic botulism • incipient nova • iron • Islandia • Japanese • judo • Kentucky bourbon • knife • leopard • loon • memory cassette • milk • moustache • naked singularity • Old Calendar • paper • partnership family • pencil • phaser rifle • phoenix eagle • pirate • plastic • reader • rehabilitation colony • ring • ruby • Russian • sabre • sash • Sibyl Sue Blue • silk • silver • Spiderweb • Sputnik 1 • Stegosaurus • The Tale of Genji • temporal displacement • The Three Musketeers • The Time Machine • Tyrannosaurus rex • ultimate code • uniform • The Virginian • Vulcan meditation stone • whiskey • wind-rider • wine • wolf • X-ray • yoga • yogi
- Several versions of the novel and audiobook were published with artwork depicting the characters (and the Enterprise) as they appeared in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The story's stardate, the Voyages of Imagination timeline and the later 2006 edition cover art all place this as occuring during Star Trek: The Original Series.
- The Simon and Schuster Audioworks box art for the audio adaptation of this novel uses the cover of Triangle, with just Kirk and Spock and omitting Sulu, because the author's entire Sulu subplot was trimmed out to make the story fit onto a 90 minute tape.
- The character of Mandala Flynn would go on to be mentioned in TOS - Fortunes of War novel: Dreadnought!; TOS - Duty, Honor, Redemption novelizations: The Wrath of Khan, The Search for Spock and FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual after her first appearance in this novel.
- Kirk's promotion of Sulu to lieutenant commander would eventually occur, at some point prior to TOS - Fortunes of War novel: Dreadnought!, and after all canon productions in the TOS era. Sulu only appeared onscreen once as a lieutenant commander, in The Motion Picture. The fact that he hasn't yet achieved this rank is supports the timeline materials that place this story before The Motion Picture, despite the cover art showing the newer Enterprise refit design.
Star Trek: The Motion Picture\
|TOS numbered novels||Next novel:|
The Klingon Gambit
The Final Nexus
The Final Reflection
|The above chronology placements are based on the primary placement in 2270.|
The Pocket Books Timeline places events from this story in one other timeframe:
Chapter 1, Section 12
Voyage to Adventure