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STAR TREK Reader's Reference to the Novels: 1992-1993
By Alva Underwood
AuthorHouseCopyright © 2011 Alva Underwood
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Abaco Islands (GSR)–Located northeast of Bahamas; one of a group of islands. SEE El Sol.
ABC murders (Di)–A method of killing someone and disguising it by murdering several unrelated victims. Kirk accused the Parath'aa of doing this by striking colonies in the Alpha Xaridian system, including the intended colony.
acetylcholine test (ST)–Test used for patients believed to have angina pectoris; also used for normal coronary angiography.
Adirondack Mts. (SG)–Located in northeastern New York state, Terra, these mountains extend southward from the St. Lawrence River Valley and Lake Champlain to the Mohawk River Valley. Sparsely settled even now, the area exists in a near primitive state conserved by law. McCoy's childhood memory, recalled by Scotty's telling of ghost stories, involved his spending a camping trip with a flashlight as comfort against frightening things of the night.
"Ah ii ya" (WLW)–Exclamatory term Talkia Nyar uttered on first spotting the anomalous tricorder readings which led to the discovery of the first of many transit-frames on Careta IV. The phrase may be compared to "eureka!"
Aifor (SG)–A young Romulan Dr. Rinagh treated for knifeweed wounds.
Aileea (FD)–See dinAthos, Aileea.
Akaar, Teer Leonard James (FD)–The son of Eleen and Teer Akaar and future leader of the Ten Tribes of Capella V was born in 2267. Dr. McCoy aided Eleen in delivering her son whom she named Leonard James Akaar to honor Dr. McCoy and Captain Kirk. She ruled as regent until his coronation (*FC; Okuda and Okuda Encyclopedia 4). McCoy's memory of this event was triggered by Kain who was carrying a kligat. SEE Kain; kligat.
Akbar, Ravi (Di)–StarFleet Academy cadet who served as Chekov's First Officer during Chekov's Maru test.
Alalpech'ch (FF)–A vassal world of the Klingon Empire which supplied the Kadn'ra and crew with updated photon torpedo launchers.
Aldebaran kigris (FF)–A beast native to an Aldebaran world. McCoy worried that the smell needed to keep the cubaya from sacred places might not work although he suggested the kirgis. SEE cubaya.
Aleph (ST)–Dr. Omen believed he had built a "better mousetrap" and declared his device was a weapon to rid the galaxy of war. Taken from the first letter of the Hebrew Alphabet, the term, Spock explained to Kirk , "noted the transfinite number, any part of which is as large as the whole." Dr. Omen identified the Aleph as "an ancient cabalistic symbol pointing to both Heaven and Earth, showing that the lower world reflects the higher." On further questioning by Kirk, Dr. Omen declared that his Aleph was "named after a literary construct in a story by a twentieth-century writer named Borges [who] described his Aleph as a single mathematical point, a nexus where all parts of the universe touch." Once Omen's machinery was working, he pursued starships regardless of what group they belonged to, admitting to Kirk that he had sent Romulan, Klingon, and Federation ships through an Aleph, declaring with complete indifference that he was "not certain where they go... [and that he had] killed no one. The ships just go where they will no longer bother anyone." When asked about the lives of the crew, he answered: "They are not my concern. In sacrificing their hundreds of lives, I am saving thousands, millions." Dr. Omen believed the Federation and its military-prepared ships were the main culprits in the continuing battle among governing entities. Dr. Omen worked for the Federation for many years, helping to develop new weapons and improving old ones, but with the death of his daughter on a Federation ship, he turned his genius to developing a superior weapon to rid the galaxy of starships, particularly those carrying and using weapons. Once he confirmed his calculations, he purchased an asteroid, had it hollowed out, built to his specifications, and named it Erehwon. SEE Erehwon. Enterprise crew logs revealed startling information about the Aleph. Kirk and Spock both recorded that Omen's machinery created extremely small dimensions on demand. An Aleph began as "a tiny spot of light, like a spinning diamond" and as it grew, "across its surface could be seen uncountable objects, scenes, people," Kirk wrote in his report, adding "I had no time to study it, but in the few seconds [I had] I saw Lt. Foss down in his cabin, a green hill on some planet-like earth, the glare of a star's interior, colorful spider creatures crawling across bare rock in a single line that extended to the red horizon, a child with an ice cream cone – all this and more – all at a single point." Kirk's memories of his exposure to the Aleph had let him see "the face of every crew member on the Enterprise, the contents of their closets ... the harsh and nervous dazzle inside the warp engines, the lattice structure of dilithium crystals, and individual dilithium molecules." Spock's report noted that a ship struck by an Aleph felt no impact, and once an Aleph locked onto a targeted ship it would pursue it anywhere at any speed, even into warp. Enterprise logs also revealed that when struck by an Aleph, the ship and the Aleph entered a space occupied only by these two entities. Mathematics of the Aleph suggested that the other side of an Aleph was a random point inside the universe of universes, at least according to Spock, who added "the destination is random." What every crew member's log revealed was extreme fatigue and hallucinations ranging from pleasant to horrifying. By the end of the first day's watch, the engineering report indicated ship energy was down by 15% and that everyone aboard suffered from continued energy drain. In seeking a way out of their situation, Kirk accepted all theories. Spock's proved to be the best for he theorized the possibility of employing Payton's implant (the only sensor still working) which, once modified, could record images from the Aleph though those images would be hints of gross structures and details would be lost. With Kirk's permission and Payton's compliance, Spock and Engineer Scott modified Payton's recording equipment. SEE Hazel Payton. Their report included their statements that they knew Payton's equipment (memory argumentation/cranial interface) was "not sophisticated enough to pick up the Aleph's infinite subtleties," yet it was all that was available. With Payton staring into the Aleph and Spock recording the view, he and Scott gained additional understanding of how the Aleph worked, enough to formulate a theory about getting out of it. Although changing focus of attention allowed for seeing items, their joint reported indicated "the viewer [still] would see everything at a single point with no confusion, with no overlapping with no crowding. Each thing, each action was discrete, alone, a universe among universes, an inspiration for new philosophies." One portion of Spock's report reads: "I saw Captain Kirk pacing on the Bridge, crew members drinking coffee, [my] father pondering the words of an ancient Vulcan scribe ..." and noted "I could look over my own shoulder." With the data gathered, Spock began to hypothesize how the Aleph worked. As he explained to Kirk and McCoy, the data had to be selective and input manually into the ship's computers, adding "We have no way to know what is on the other side. The destination may be changing from instant to instant," and the universe on the other side may also be incompatible to "the one in which we find ourselves." Kirk's decision to deliberately enter the Aleph, rested on the certainty of death to everyone aboard, including the ship. "Given the alternative," he wrote in his report, " I preferred to take a chance." The second trip through the Aleph landed the Enterprise in an universe occupied by Klingees who did not welcome them. SEE Klingee. Kirk used the Aleph to discover a way past the Klingee Fleet and enter the Aleph a third time. Spock's continued study of recorded Aleph images gained him knowledge that led to calibrating "a proper formula for re-tuning the warp engines ... [which] by normal engineering standards the specifications are rather bizarre." Spock's calculation that the Aleph would soon lose its stability also revealed that any ship entering the Aleph pulled it and the Aleph into the universe created, both arriving together. This happened to the Enterprise on its return to its proper universe and time following Kirk's confrontation with, and the gaining of entrance to the Aleph from, the Klingee captain. Confronted with the return of Kirk and the Enterprise, Dr. Omen created an Aleph into which he entered. His parting words indicated his resignation to the inevitable: "The galaxy is full of weapons experts and sooner or later, you will study [it] ... [and] if you take me alive, you will force me to make weapons of war again. I cannot allow either to happen [so] for the sake of all the children.... Perhaps we will meet again in a better universe." Since Enterprise's sensors didn't work properly inside the Aleph-constructed space, Kirk had no way of determining exactly how long the ship had stayed in the initial Aleph, but he estimated it was two or three days, given the time necessary to devise a possible solution. This is what he entered in his report. He also recorded, after recovering from his exposure to the bizarre effects of the Aleph, that he retained the memory of the experience and the scenes he'd viewed, the electronics buried in the corridors, "the nearly invisible nick in the intercom button at one corridor intersection ... I even knew what crew members kept in their closets ... picked at their fingers ... pulled their ears or rubbed their chins...." Kirk's report ended with his statement that the Aleph "is a weapon [and] the ultimate spy apparatus. Whoever has one can, with the proper equipment and training, see anything." Spock's conclusion, one he stated to Kirk and Kirk incorporated into his report, declared the "Aleph ... an extraordinary topological construction representing a unique scientific achievement [that] deserves to be studied ... by a team of scientists and mathematicians." Concerned about the probability that the Aleph could lead to the complete loss of privacy, Kirk ordered the destruction of the only remaining Aleph and concluded his report with the statement that his action had been made with the full cooperation of all the crew. An addendum included praise for Spock, Scotty, McCoy, and passenger Hazel Payton with a notation that said remarks had been added to their files.
Alexandria (GSR)–This entrant in the Great Starship Race named in honor of the original schooner and captained by Pete Hall had interior parts made of wood from the original Alexandria, a Baltic trader schooner built in Sweden in 1919 and sold in 1939 and renamed the Linda. The Linda came to America in 1975 and took part in Operation sail in 1975. Acquired by the Alexandria Seaport Foundation, the ship participated in several races and tall ship reunions before being sold in 1996. Though unseaworthy, the new owner took the Linda to sea, and she sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. Captain Kirk, fearing Alexandria had been taken captive, transported an armed boarding party with orders to take control of the ship, assume command under StarFleet authority, and use the ship to erect a Section Three security blockade from which to search every passing ship.
alien (UC)–A prisoner at Rura Penthe appeared to Kirk as a brightly painted horned toad with scaly hands, horrible growths on his chin, and sex organs in his knees. He and Kirk fought, with him winning until Kirk kicked him in the knees.
Alion (IT)–Taller than the average native Kitha of the planet Nordstral and born at the equator, he went north to create a power base from which to force off-worlders to leave the planet. He spoke excellent Standard and called himself Speaker of Fishes. Motivated by religious reasons, but mostly through greed, he killed several crews of landing vessels, blaming their deaths on the fluctuating magnetic fields. He was killed by a kraken. SEE Nordstral; kraken.
Alloseng (S)–Home planet for Renna. SEE Renna.
Alpha-329-ch-omega (WLW)–Master file in Enterprise's computer containing data on the events at Careta IV. Dara Niles monitored this file, constantly updating and adding data as it became available. SEE Dara Niles.
Alphaand Beta Xaridian Systems (Di)–These neighboring systems suffered additional attacks four months after the initial attack.
Alpha Centauri (GSR)–One of the nearest stars to Terra's solar system, some 4.3ly from Sol. SEE Port Apt.
Alpha Gederic Four (SS)–Designation for the Ssan planet, a cloud-covered world.
Alpha Maluria Six (FF)–This class-M planet with a single moon is located in the Alpha Maluria system to which Ambassador Farquhar was to be delivered by the Enterprise in order to mediate a civil conflict. Although a Federation planet, numerous occasions of social unrest between two main religious groups appeared to be escalating into a civil war.
Alpha Xaridian system (Di)–Five planets orbit the star Alpha Xaridian. Alpha One was devoid of life; Alpha Two was the site of a colony attacked by unknowns; Alpha Three was also devoid of life; Alpha Four was the site of an atomic war that extinguished all planet life; Alpha Five is populated by people calling their world Parathu'ul, meaning "Our World."
Alpha Xaridian Two (Di)–Second of five planets. The colony here was attacked by unknowns and equipment items taken. Enterprise's investigation of one mystery revealed another. Both eventually led to the solving of both. Administrator Jeff Gelb expected, as did the survivors, that the Federation would apprehend the attackers.
Alphonse and Gaston (P)–Bumbling pair of Frenchmen characters from a Terran comic strip created by Frederick Opper in 1901. Alphonse was short while Gaston was tall. From the strip came the saying "After you Alphonse. No, after you Gaston." The pair had difficulty determining who would go first. Their routine consisted of a situation in which one refused to act until the other did. Kirk was reminded of these characters by the actions of the Probe which shifted direction when Enterprise did. Kirk told Sulu the Probe was playing an interstellar version of Alphonse and Gaston.
Altairian devil (ST)–Possibly eatable. A glowing, tentacled life-form encased alive in a twisted green bottle. The liquid is drunk. Kirk admitted he tried it once and had to endure, for a day and a half, screams only he could hear.
Amagh (FF)–Klingon captain of the Ul'lud. SEE fireblossoms.
America's Cup (GSR)–A sailing regatta that claims to be the oldest active sailing sport which predates the modern Olympics by forty-five years. The first race was won by America in 1851, competing against fifteen others in a fifty-three mile regatta around the Isle of Wright (Terra). America won eight minutes ahead of the second contestant. The trophy presented to the winner was described as an ornate sterling silver bottomless ewer. A similar trophy has continued to the awarded. In his opening remarks, John Orland summarized the history of such contests by including mention of the America's Cup, emphasizing the Great Starship Race was in the same category. SEE John Orland.
Ames (GSR)–Bulky framed and heavy-set captain of Haunted House, a private vessel and an entrant in the Great Starship Race.
Amnita system (UC)–Praxis is a moon of this system located in Klingon territory. SEE Praxis.
"amumtu" (Di)–Possibly Swahili for friend.
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