Star Trek #66 (Pocket)/#61 (Titan) From The Depths Written By: Victor Milan Published: August 1993 Plot: The Enterprise is dispatched to the Okeanos, a planet that was colonized by humans a couple of centuries earlier who wanted to continue experiments in genetic engineering; experiments that had been outlawed on Earth and its colonies due to the Eugenics Wars. However, another species is now claiming that they were on the planet first and want the humans colony removed. And to show that they mean business, the Klingons have been invited to the planet as well. Review: I'm not quite done this book yet (I'm on page 272 of 280 as I write this), and while it's taken me close to a month to read this book, it is not because the book was boring. Quite the opposite. Unfortunately, with Christmas I just did not have the time needed to read this book quickly. In the past, I really have not enjoyed TOS era books, whether they be from the live-action/cartoon series timeframe, or the movies era. But this book felt different to me; it didn't feel like the "western story" that so many other TOS books have felt like. From The Depths had a very nice mix of TOS era action with TNG era action. From Voyages Of Imagination, I see that this book is set shortly after The Counter-Clock Incident, just after The Tears Of The Singers, but still quite a while before Star Trek The Motion Picture. But with TMP, From The Depths does offer a little bit of an explanation as to why the Enteprise needed a major refit. From The Depths also has Kirk and crew meeting and interacting with a number of bumpy-head Klingons. The general gist that I get from the author, at least when Victor Milan wrote the book, was that Klingons were smooth headed in their youth, and then grew their cranial ridges in as they got into their 30's and 40's; sort of like how humans grow baby teeth when they are an infant, and then grow their adult teeth around their pre-teen time. But, I must say, From The Depths really needed to be edited better than it was. For example, from page 123 you get this "wonderful" sentence: From The Depths is probably Trek's best candidate for the most tongue-twisters in one book. There are a few other sentences that are similar to the one above, but by far, that was the twistiest sentence in the book!