“Go maire tu’ I bhfad agus rath!”
Old Irish wayfarer’s blessing: “Live long and prosper”
It occurred to me that I haven’t reviewed a Star Trek book in honor of Leonard Nimoy yet. No excuse for that, really, since I read a lot of Star Trek back in high school. Star Trek: TNG was my drug of choice, but I read several novels based on the original Star Trek series as well. By far my favorite of those – the one I’ve reread the most times – is Diane Duane’s epic story of Vulcan, Spock’s World.
A Vulcan anti-human movement has been growing for decades, based on fears of the damage that illogical, emotional, and violent humanity can cause. Word comes to the Enterprise that several clandestine organizations on Spock’s homeworld have now pushed the government to hold a planet-wide vote to secede from the Federation. Faced with the threat of having to either give up all ties to the Earth, or live in exile, Spock and his father Sarek return to Vulcan with the crew of the Enterprise to argue against secession. The story alternates between the debates (and an investigation to find out who’s been working behind the scenes to push for the vote, and why) and stories of the planet Vulcan itself, with its history of a population even more illogical, emotional, and violent than the human race that the Vulcans are trying so desperately to banish.