By Alan Dean Foster
Within the first a part of this tale, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are captured by means of extraterrestrial beings with the looks of elephant-sized slugs (more or much less) who're sufficiently extra clever than people that it takes a superb little bit of persuasion to persuade them that people (or even vulcans) are sentient adequate to not be saved as zoo specimens. Later, the aforementioned silicon-based existence varieties are encountered, by way of a existence shape ranging upward from continent-sized that roams the wilds of the distance among galaxies.
The tale is fast-moving, good inspiration out (unlike a few of the tales during this sequence) and continues the characterizations of the recognized characters good. it really is fascinating and spurs a few useful philosophical ideas (the notion of Kirk & co being obvious as purely fascinating zoo specimens, for example) and is mostly worth interpreting.
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The beast swims more swiftly forward, the water churning to luminosity beneath its powerful limbs. The ship looms higher and higher as the swimmer and its two passengers approach. When the hull of the craft crashes over them the beast swings broadside to the ship and paddles slowly toward her prow. It stops. The man gestures to a rope net hanging from the side of the ship. As he does so he grasps a heavy cord with one hand and pulls himself from the creature’s back, hanging on to the ropes. The woman follows in kind.
She indicates again her incomprehension. He speaks in other words, different-sounding words, a complex jargon of vowels and stops replacing the growling gutturals of his first speech. Still she does not understand. She shrugs helplessly. A sudden chill passes through her body, making her shudder. The man removes the shining black cloth from about his bony shoulders and holds it toward her. She slips it around her own, softer shoulders, feeling weak and slightly nauseous. She tries to say something to the man, very nearly falls but instead feels herself supported by his bony hands.
She gazes into his face and shrugs. He repeats his words. She indicates again her incomprehension. He speaks in other words, different-sounding words, a complex jargon of vowels and stops replacing the growling gutturals of his first speech. Still she does not understand. She shrugs helplessly. A sudden chill passes through her body, making her shudder. The man removes the shining black cloth from about his bony shoulders and holds it toward her. She slips it around her own, softer shoulders, feeling weak and slightly nauseous.
Star Trek Log Eight (8) by Alan Dean Foster