The immortal... There was no place for Humans in his scheme of life!—"This Tree Bears Bitter Fruit" was the 47th issue of Gold Key Comics' 1967 ongoing series of Star Trek comics, written by George Kashdan & Doug Drexler and illustrated by Alden McWilliams.
On course to New Paris colony, three plant-like pods are detected near the Enterprise, registering on Mister Spock's sensors as lifeforms of pure energy and considerable intelligence. When Captain James T. Kirk orders investigation, the pods ignore communications hailing frequencies. When Kirk orders Lieutenant Hikaru Sulu to pilot the ship closer, an energy discharge from the pods shuts down all shipboard power. Scotty's engineering station reports damage to circuitry. The pods restore the ships power only after distancing themselves. The pods change course to Beta Niobe III, and Kirk orders the ship to follow. In order to safeguard the technologically-advanced civilization on that planet, a landing party of Kirk, Spock and Doctor Leonard McCoy beam down. Three humanoid beings made of energy emerge from the pods, disintegrating everything in their path as they move about. McCoy asserts the lifeforms are using osmosis to process the vaporized material. Kirk fires a phaser stun at one of the beings, and destroys his phaser pistol. The beings feed for a while, but do not kill any inhabitants or harm their dwellings, and quickly depart for space.
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- Pavel Chekov • James T. Kirk • Leonard McCoy • Montgomery Scott • Spock • Hikaru Sulu • Nyota Uhura • Zhyopha • unnamed USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel (USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) personnel)
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- computer • circuit • intercom • phaser • phaser pistol • pistol • Sestra phaser II • type-2 phaser • sensor • spacecraft • transporter • tricorder
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- Federation • Starfleet (command division • operations division • sciences division) • Starfleet Command
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- captain • chief engineer • chief medical officer • commander • commanding officer • communications officer • doctor • pilot • engineer • ensign • Federation Starfleet ranks • Federation Starfleet ranks (2260s) • first officer • helmsman • lieutenant • lieutenant commander • medical practitioner • navigator • officer • science officer • mister • tactical officer • weapons officer
- alien • anatomy • atmosphere • captain's log • clothing • command chair • communications • communicator • conn • osmosis • energy • engineering • USS Enterprise personnel • five-year mission • helm • engineering station • humanoid • lifeform • log entry • matter • medicine • navigation • plant • hailing frequency • beam • stun • planet • quadrant • races and cultures • rank • saucer section • space • secondary hull • star • star system • stardate • Starfleet uniform • Starfleet uniform (2265-2270) • starship • technology • time • title • tree • uniform • universe • warp drive • weapon
- stardate 67:32.4, 2269 (2260s chronology, 2264–2270 Enterprise voyages)
- Enterprise changes course for Beta Niobe.
- TOS episode: "Errand of Mercy", the Organians
- TOS episode: "The Lights of Zetar", the Zetarians
- TOS episode: "All Our Yesterdays", Beta Niobe
- TOS episode: "The Galileo Seven", New Paris colony
- The Enterprise's visit to a planet in the Beta Niobe system indicates this story takes place prior to the supernova of that star in this same year, 2269, as depicted in TOS episode: "All Our Yesterdays".
- Zhyopha claims to be an immortal Human who has been growing the space beings' tree for eons, but it is not clear if he was actually that long-lived. Immortals such as Flint or Morgan Primus have been documented as having a similar ability in other sources.
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