Star Trek Book Challenge 66: The Galactic Whirlpool (Star Trek Adventures #14)

Trek Book216586The Enterprise comes across a huge, antiquated vessel floating in space and carrying a colony of primitive human beings who have been lost in space. While the colonists are in perfect health, they must deal with the culture shock of learning that a world exists outside of their spaceship. Their initial reaction is fear, as they believe the crew of the Enterprise to be “demons.” And their fears are heightened with the belief that Captain Kirk and his crew are unaware of an outside force pulling them into a whirlpool of death.

The Galactic Whirlpool (Star Trek Adventures #14) by David Gerrold… It’s a Tribbles thing ;).. This is a classic Trek novel in every sense of the word, written by the man who invented Tribbles. What is a Tribble you ask? Well sit back and here is your history lesson for the day.


Kirk_surrounded_by_Tribbles Are fictional alien species in the Star Trek universe who first appeared in the episode titled “The Trouble with Tribbles“. They are depicted as small, furry, soft, gentle, attractive, and slow-moving, and they usually produce a soothing purring or cooing sound when stroked, all of which are endearing traits to humans, Vulcans, and their hybrids. However, because Tribbles reproduce incredibly fast, and consume exponentially larger and larger amounts of food as they multiply and crawl stealthily from one place to another, Starfleet considers them dangerous organisms and forbids their transportation. The Klingons, in whose presence Tribbles produce a convulsive, shrieking reaction, go as far as to consider them “mortal enemies”, as stated in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode “Trials and Tribble-ations“.tribble-stid

Like I said before, it’s a great Trek novel and as well as a tie novel before the movies. The history, world building is a pure form of science fiction and the characters are so well done. I rather enjoyed this book and might read it again at some point. I think the only downside to it, would be the fact it’s so attention to detail. It slows the novel down a bit, much like George RR Martin style of writing. Love the stories and worlds, but damn haha. But if you find yourself with a copy of this book, read it! Another fun fact about this novel, this was the last Star Trek book released by Bantam. Pocket Books too over from there.

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