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Probe

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Author: Margaret Wander Bonanno
Publisher: Pocket Books, 1992
Series: Star Trek: The Original Series: Giant Novels: Book 7
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Science-Fiction
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In the aftermath of the visit of the mysterious probe to Earth in 2286, Starfleet is wondering what this strange visitor really was about, and who sent it. At the same time, a major political upheaval on Romulus has deposed a ruling party that has ruled for decades, and the new leadership is interested in more diplomatic relations with the Federation. With the probe headed towards Romulan space, it is a chance for the two powers to work together to understand who sent the probe, and why.

Eventually, the crew of the USS Enterprise, working with Romulan counterparts, tracks down the probe, and learns more about its background and history. Spock successfully mind melds with the probe, learning that it did not seek to be destructive to other races, instead they were so different from its creators that they were ignored as "mites" in "metal bubbles", and teaches the probe to be more aware of what it is doing to humanoid life in the galaxy as it travels, leaving the probe to continue to explore the galaxy, and the detente seeing Romulans with some of the first peaceful interaction they have ever had with the Federation.


Originally this novel was to be called Music of the Spheres. However, there was a great deal of controversy before its publication; it was given to two different rewriters (J.M. Dillard, Gene DeWeese) without the author's consent, and what was finally published contained only 7% of Bonanno's original book -- but she was not permitted to have her name removed from it. The story of how the book was changed can be read here (Word doc). The original version of Music of the Spheres can be obtained for free from the author by contacting her at garamet@gmail.com.


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