Captain's log, stardate 23:009 - Top brass studied a curious pick-up on the screen of the Enterprise's TV space scanner..."

In the Alpho Galaxy, the Enterprise detects two planets on a collision course with each other. Since such a collision would push many of the Alpho planets out of orbit, they decide to blow up one of them with hydrogen charges. Kirk, Spock and Scott beam down to the planet, which they believe to be lifeless, only to find an inhabited city there. They are captured and brought inside by the natives. Kirk explains the situation to them, and the natives of Morti reveal that they have constructed an artificial sun (which they use for only five hours each day) and have underground farms while living on the surface.

Returning to the Enterprise, the crew heads for the other planet, which has mountains made of an unknown, highly active metal. They discover that the metal has a powerful magnetic attraction with the crust of Morti, drawing it through space on a collision course. After failing to find a substance which can break the attraction, Kirk, Spock, McCoy and Scott beam down to the planet and plant atomic charges which will destroy the mountains. However, just as they are about leave, Spock notices something moving and goes to investigate, and soon they are captured and brought inside the mountains by the natives. Spock explains the situation to them, and the natives of Inicrust show them that they use the metal in the mountains to power their civilization.

Both planets now seem doomed, but Spock gets an idea and the crew returns to the Enterprise. Spock plans to use a particle of the exploded star Doona, which radiates a repelling force on materials found on both planets, to prevent the collision. Using magnetic tow lines to move the particle, the Enterprise, despite being damaged in a meteor storm along the way, saves both planets with minutes to spare.



James T. KirkMontgomery ScottSpock


USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) - Constitution-class


Alpho GalaxyDoonaInicrustMorti

Races and culturesEdit

HumanVulcanMorti nativeInicrust native

States and organizationsEdit

United Federation of Planets


galaxy minutemeteorSpace Esperantosupernova




published order
Previous comic:
#5: The Ghost Planet
TOS comics
(Gold Key)
Next comic:
#7: The Voodoo Planet
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
The Peril of Planet Quick Change
Memory Beta Chronology Next Adventure:
The Empire Man

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