The Abode of Life by Lee Correy. It was the first non numerical paperback Star Trek book that I've read. In fact, it's got the Timescape logo at the top, which makes it quite old in the realm of Trek literature. The book is 26 years old, almost as old as me. Anyway, I loved the book. Someone once told me that the non-numerical Trek books were the best books, and while I have a great many numbered Trek books I enjoy, The Abode of Life was a fascinating read. If you'll recall, it was about the Mercans, a people who lived on the sole planet that orbited a G Class star that had long since found itself isolated and far outside explored space. The Enterprise becomes damaged by some kind of stellar anomaly and flung far out into this area of space, and must break the Prime Directive and get help to repair the ailing Enterprise, or spend the rest of their lives limping back to Federation space. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it. It is definitely more in line with the ST:TMP era of Trek (taking place before Star Trek II as far as I can tell). To me the book hit all of the right notes. Diplomacy first, force when absolutely necessary, but well done when necessary. Does anyone else remember this book? What did you think of it? J.