Introduction (blurb)Edit

Timshel was once the vacation spot of the galaxy, full of culture, natural beauty, and friendly, hospitable inhabitants. But now Timshel has cut itself off from the universe. No one is allowed to enter or leave. Concerned, the Federation has sent agents to investigate, but none have returned.

Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are shocked to discover the truth: the people of Timshel have succumbed to an insidious new technology that guarantees every citizen total pleasure, a soul-destroying ecstasy that has enslaved their entire civilization. Kirk and Spock have faced many threats before, but now they face the most seductive menace of all: perfect happiness.

And the rest of the Federation may soon fall under the irresistible control of the Joy Machine.


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Miriam AchebeSam ChangEmanuel De KreefDanielle Du MolinFrankLinda JimenezArne JohannsenJames T. KirkLintzmanJoy MachineKemal MaroukMareen MaroukNoelle MaroukTandy MaroukLeonard McCoyPacoMontgomery ScottSpockJawaharlal SrinivasanHikaru SuluNyota UhuraStallone WolffGregor Zworykin
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AdamAlexander the GreatApolloBuddhaCharles DarwinEveJesusEdna St. Vincent MillayOdysseusPeter PanWilliam ShakespearePraxiteles Timshel

Starships and vehiclesEdit

USS EnterpriseNautilussubmarine


Athensbriefing roomGarden of EdenJerichoKartha IVRomeStarbase 12TimshelTimshel Citytransporter room

Races and culturesEdit

Human (Viking) • Vulcanwampus

States and organizationsEdit

StarfleetUnited Federation of Planets

Other referencesEdit

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External LinksEdit

The Joy Machine article at Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek.

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