THE GALILEO SEVEN >
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"Captain's Log, stardate 2821.5. On route to Makus Three with a cargo of
medical supplies. Our course leads us past Murasaki 312, a quasar-like
formation, vague, undefined. A priceless opportunity for scientific
investigation. On board is Galactic High Commissioner Ferris, overseeing
the deliver of the medicines to Makus Three."
"Captain to shuttlecraft Galileo. Stand by, Mister Spock."|
Ferris: "I remind you, Captain, I'm entirely opposed to this delay.
Your mission is to get those emergency medical supplies to Makus Three in
time for their transfer to the New Paris colonies."
Kirk: "No problem, Commissioner. And may I remind you that I have
standing orders to investigate all quasars and quasar-like phenomena
wherever they may be encountered. Besides, it's three
to Makus. And the rendezvous doesn't take place for five."
Ferris: "I don't like to take chances. The plague is out of control
on New Paris. We must get those drugs there on time."
Kirk: "No problem."
NCC1701/7 is in the hangar bay preparing to launch.) |
Spock: "Power up. All instruments activated. All readings normal.
(The curved doors at the stern of the engineering deck open, and the
little vessel heads out into space)
normal. Acceleration normal. Phase one separation normal."
point seven. Sir, I..."
up your mind please, Mister Latimer."
this indicator's gone crazy."
to be expected, Mister
Quasars are extremely disruptive. Just how much, we don't know."
Spock, radiation is increasing."
Spock: Stop forward momentum, Mister Latimer.
can't, sir. Nothing happens."
to Enterprise. Galileo to Enterprise. Come in, please."
interference, Mister Spock."
being drawn right into it."
to Enterprise. Galileo to Enterprise. We are out of control, being pulled
directly into the heart of Murasaki three one two. Being hit by violent
radiation on outer hull. Course three point two five."
"What is it, Captain?"|
Kirk: "That thing out there has ionized this complete sector.
None of our instruments work. At least four complete solar systems in
the immediate vicinity. And out there somewhere, a twenty four foot
shuttlecraft, off course, out of control. Finding a needle in a haystack
would be child's play."
stardate 2821.7. The electromagnetic phenomenon known as Murasaki Three
Twelve whirls like some angry blight in space, a depressive reminder that
seven shipmates still have not been heard from. Equally bad, the effect has
rendered our normal searching systems useless. Without them, we are blind
and almost helpless."|
"What do you think our chances are of contacting the Enterprise?"
Spock: "Under present conditions, extremely poor."
McCoy: "But they'll be looking for us."
Spock: "If the ionisation effect is as widespread as I believe it
is, Doctor, they'll be searching for us without instrumentation, by
visual contact only. On those terms, this is a very large planet."
McCoy: "Then you don't think they'll find us."
Spock: "Not as long as we're grounded. We may be here for a very
long time, Doctor."
Kirk: "Mister Sulu."
Sulu: "Yes, Captain?"
Kirk: "Anything on your scanners?"
Sulu: "Totally inoperative, sir. No readings at all."
Kirk: "Have you tried tying in to the auxiliary power?"
Sulu: "Yes, sir. No change."
Kirk: "Transport room, this is the captain speaking. Are the
transporters beaming up yet?"
Chief (Over Comm): "Not one hundred percent, Captain. We beamed down some inert
material, but it came back in a disassociated condition. We wouldn't dare
try with people."
Kirk: "Thank you. This is the captain speaking. Flight deck, prepare
Columbus for immediate exit, for a search of the planet
co-ordinates with Mister Sulu. Thank you. Anything, Uhura?"
Uhura: "All wavelengths dominated by ionisation effects, sir.
Transmission is blocked, reception impossible."
Kirk: "We have until 2823.8 to continue the search, Commissioner."
"You don't really think you'll have any luck, do you?"
Kirk: "Look, these people are my friends and my shipmates. I intend to
continue the ship's search for them until the last possible moment."
Ferris: "Very well, Captain, but not one second beyond that moment. Is that
clear? If it isn't, I suggest you look at book nineteen, section four thirty
three, paragraph twelve."
Kirk: "I'm familiar with the regulations, Commissioner. I know all about your
authority. Launch shuttlecraft Columbus."
"Well, I can't say much for the circumstances, but at least it's your
Spock: "My big chance? For what, Doctor?"
"Command. Oh, I know you, Mister Spock. You've never voiced it, but
you've always thought that logic was the best basis on which to build
command. Am I right?
Spock: "I am a logical man, Doctor."
"It'll take more than logic to get us out of this."
Spock: "Perhaps, Doctor, but I know of no better way to begin. I
realise command does have its fascinations, even under circumstances
such as these. But I neither enjoy the idea of command, nor am I
frightened of it. It simply exists. And I will do whatever logically
needs to be done. Excuse me."
(he heads back inside)
bad, Mister Spock."
lost a great deal of fuel. We have no chance at all to reach escape
velocity. And if we ever hope to make orbit, we'll have to lighten our
load by at least five hundred pounds."
weight of three grown men."
you could put it that way."
the equivalent weight in equipment."
Spock: Doctor McCoy, with very few
exceptions we use virtually every piece of equipment aboard this craft
in attaining orbit. There's very little excess weight, except among the
mean three of us must stay behind."
the situation changes radically, yes."
who's to choose?"
commanding officer, the choice will be mine."
wouldn't be interested in drawing lots?"
very quaint idea, Mister Boma, but I do believe I'm better qualified to
make the selection than any random drawing of lots."
right, Mister Spock. Who?"
choice will be a logical one, arrived at through logical
Spock, life and death are seldom logical."
attaining a desired goal always is, Doctor. Now gentlemen, I suggest we
move outside to make a further examination of the hull in the event
we've overlooked any minor damage."
any minor damage was overlooked, it was when they put his head together."
his head, Mister Boma, his heart. His heart."
"Captain's Log, stardate 2822.3. We continue to search, but I find it more
difficult each moment to ward off a sense of utter futility and great loss."
"Captain, the Columbus has returned from searching quadrant seven seven nine
X by five three four M. Results negative."
Kirk: "Have them proceed to the next quadrant. Any word from
engineering on our sensors?"
Uhura: "They're working on them, sir. Still inoperable."
about the transporters?"
"They're still reported unsafe."
Kirk: "Thank you, Lieutenant."
Kirk: "Yes, Commissioner?"
Ferris: "I don't relish the thought of abandoning your crewmen out
there, however I must remind you..."
Kirk: "I haven't forgotten, Commissioner."
"You're running out of time."
Kirk: "I haven't forgotten that, Commissioner. This is the captain.
Try using overload power on the transporters. We've got to get them
Chief (Over Comm): "Aye, aye, Captain."
Kirk: "Uhura, order the Columbus to open its course two degrees on
every lap from now on."
"But Captain, two degrees means they'll be overlooking more than a dozen
terrestrial miles on each search loop."
Kirk: "It also means we have a fighting chance to cover the majority
of the planet's surface. Mind your helm, Mister Sulu."
Sulu: "Yes, sir."
Ferris: (stepping into the turbolift) "Twenty four more hours,
"Perhaps if you were to channel the second auxiliary tank through the
primary intake valve."
"It's too delicate. It may not be able to take the pressure as it is."
(coming in from rear compartment) This should save us at least fifty
pounds, Mister Spock.
Spock: "Excellent, Doctor."
"We should be able to scrape up another hundred pounds."
Spock: "Which would still leave us at least one hundred and fifty
"I can't believe you're serious about leaving someone behind. Now
whatever it is that's out there..."
Spock: "It is more rational to sacrifice one life than six,
"I'm not talking about rationality."
Spock: "You might be wise to start."
Boma: (looking in from outside) "Mister Spock. we're ready."
Spock: "For what?"
Boma: "The services for Latimer."
Spock: "Mister Boma, we're working against time."
Boma: "The man's dead. He deserves a decent burial. You're the
A few words."
Spock: "Doctor, perhaps you know the correct words for such an
"Mister Spock, that's your place."
Spock: "My place is here. If you please, Doctor."
"Now look. We may all die here. At least let us die like men, not
"By dealing with first things first, I hope to increase our chances of
staying alive. Well, Mister Scott."
"If you'll give me a hand with this conduit."
"Did you find them?"
Spock: "Yes, we found them. They won't bother us again."
"I hope not. Scotty has an idea."
"It's dangerous, but it might work."
Spock: "Go, Mister Scott."
"I can adjust the main reactor to function with a substitute fuel
Spock: "That's all very well, but we don't have a substitute
"Aye, we do. Our phasers. I can adapt them and use their energy.
It'll take time, but it's possible."
"Trouble is, they happen to be our only defence."
Spock: "They would also seem to be our only hope."
Spock: (after brief thought) "Yeoman, your phaser."
Mears: "But what if the creatures attack again?"
Spock: "They won't attack for at least several hours. By then,
with luck, we'll be gone."
"If I can get a full load, we should be able to achieve orbit with
all hands. Not that we can maintain it long."
Spock: "We don't have to maintain it very long, Mister Scott. In
less than twenty four hours, the Enterprise will be forced to
abandon its search in order to make a rendezvous. If we can't
maintain orbit after that time, it won't make any difference. If we
burn up in a decaying orbit or die here on the planet's surface, we
shall surely die. Doctor, your phaser. Go to work, Mister Scott."
"Aye, aye, sir."
"Captain's Log, stardate 2823.1. Our landing parties are on the
surface of Taurus Two. We continue to hope. Instruments are slowly
returning to an operable condition as the ion storm slowly
disperses. On the ship, we can only wait helplessly."
Kirk: What word from the sensor section?
Uhura: At last report they were getting some readings
Kirk: I'm not interested in the last report. I want to know now.
Uhura: Yes, sir.
Ferris: You have two hours and forty three minutes, Captain.
Kirk: I'm perfectly aware of how much time I have left.
Ferris: I'm delighted. However I shall continue to remind
Kirk: You do that.
Uhura: Sir, sensor section reporting. Static interference
still creating false images. Estimates eighty percent undependable.
Kirk: What about radio communication?
Uhura: Clearing slowly. Still incapable of transmission or
Ferris: What do you intend to do?
Kirk: Do? I intend to continue the search. Foot by foot, inch by
inch, by candlelight if necessary, until the last possible moment.
And if you'd keep your nose off my bridge, I'd be thankful.
Ferris: I'm sure the authorities will be pleased by your
diligence, Captain. I'm not sure they'll appreciate the way you
address a High Commissioner.
Kirk: I'm in command here, Mister Ferris.
Ferris: You are, Captain. For another two hours and forty two
Kirk, landing party number two has been beamed back aboard ship.
They have casualties. One dead, two injured."
Kirk: (going to Spock's station) "Put
Lieutenant Kelowitz on visual."
Kelowitz (on monitor): "Kelowitz,
(His uniform is dirty and he sounds tired)
Kelowitz (on monitor): "We
were attacked, Captain. Huge, furry creatures. I checked with astral
anthropology, and they're order 480G, anthropoid. Similar to life
forms discovered on Hansen's Planet, but much larger. Ten, twelve
feet in height."
Kelowitz (on monitor): "Ensign
O'Neal got a spear through the body before we even knew they were
lmmamura has a dislocated shoulder and severe
lacerations, but he'll make it all right. Captain, the creatures are
all over the place. If the Galileo is down on that planet, I..."
you, Lieutenant. You'd better report to Sickbay yourself."
Kelowitz (on monitor): "Aye,
(Commissioner Ferris enters)
Kirk, check your chronometer. You'll see that it is 2823.8. Your
time is up."
they're still out there."
are the plague victims on New Paris. I'm sorry, Captain. I now
assume authority granted me under Title fifteen, Galactic Emergency
Procedures, and I order you to abandon search."
Columbus hasn't returned yet. I still have two search parties out."
procrastinating, Captain. You have your orders. Recall your search
parties and proceed to Makus Three immediately."
the transporter room to immediately beam up the two search parties
from the surface. Attempt to contact the Columbus."
in partial contact with them now, sir."
have them return immediately. Mister Sulu, prepare to abandon
search. Set course for Makus Three."
Kirk: "Captain's log,
supplement. The search parties have returned to the ship, and the
Columbus is on its way back. I have been compelled to abandon the
this is Galileo. Come in, please. Enterprise. Nothing, sir. Just
If we shed every ounce, we might be able to achieve orbit."
how long can we hold it?"
few hours, no longer. But if we time it right, we can cut
orbit and save enough fuel for a controlled re-entry."
land here again? Not a very attractive possibility."
have very few alternatives, Mister Spock."
McCoy. Mister Boma. When can we lift off, Scott?
Maybe eight minutes if the weight's right.
(McCoy appears from the aft compartment)
The ship will lift off in exactly ten minutes. You have that long to
bury Mister Gaetano. Now, it appears to be clear outside, at least
for the moment. I'll assist you. Hurry."
told you to lift off!"
be a fool, Mister Spock. We couldn't leave you out there."
us off, Scott!"
should be moving, but we're not."
right, Mister Scott. There's somebody holding us down. All systems
are go, but we're not moving."
(Throws switches on the pilot's panel)
are you doing?"
never be able to hold orbit."
you rather stay here?"
(They swap seats)
I remind you we have yet to achieve orbit, nor can we
long. An hour from now we may be right back where we
(The Galileo leaves the sickly yellow and green atmosphere of the
by coming after me, you may well have
destroyed what slim chance
had for survival. The logical thing for you to have done was to
left me behind."
Spock, remind me to tell you that I'm sick and
tired of your logic."
is a most illogical attitude. Orbit in one minute, Mister Scott.
Fifteen pounds psi. Approximately enough for one orbit, sir."
our boosters ended our last chance for a soft
mean a burn-up?"
is the usual end of a decaying orbit."
don't want to die up here."
preferable to the kind of death we'd be granted on
surface, I should think."
admire your ability to make so measured a choice."
Spock, you said a while ago that there were always alternatives."
l? I may have been mistaken."
at least I lived long enough to hear that. Is there anything we can
Enterprise is surely on course for Makus Three by now. I for one do
not believe in angels."
Mister Spock, so ends your first command."
My first command."
attitude, Mister Spock. With our present fuel, that gives us about
forty five minutes."
to Enterprise. Galileo to Enterprise, come in,
please. Galileo to
Enterprise. Come in, please."
(He ponders for a moment, then flicks the Fuel Jettison button)
(There's a jolt as two long plumes of flame streak out from the
jettisoned the fuel and ignited
need that fuel to maintain orbit. Are you out of your mind?"
Spock: Perhaps, Mister Boma."
long have we got now, Scotty?"
orbit'll start decaying as soon as the fuel's exhausted. Say six
(The air is full
of pointless status reports over the comm. when suddenly)
there's something there on screen, at Taurus Two."
(On the viewscreen, a long trail of yellow crosses the green of the
It's holding a lateral line. There it is again. Holding steady,
hundred and eighty degrees about, Mister Sulu. Lieutenant Uhura,
contact transporter room. All beams ready. Full normal speed."
locked in, sir."
(Our last view inside Galileo is of lots of smoke, then transporter
it was, Captain, it just burned up in the atmosphere."
transporter room just beamed up five persons. Alive and well."
Sulu, proceed on course to Makus Three. Ahead warp factor one."
really something I don't understand about all of this. Maybe you can
explain it to me. Logically, of course. When you jettisoned the fuel
and ignited it, you knew there was virtually no chance of it being
seen, yet you did it anyhow. That would seem to me to be an act of
we all know, and I'm sure the doctor will agree with me, that
desperation is a highly emotional state of mind. How does your
well-known logic explain that?"
simply, Captain. I examined the problem from all angles, and it was
plainly hopeless. Logic informed me that under the circumstances,
the only possible action would have to be one
Logical decision, logically arrived at."
see. You mean you reasoned that it was time for an emotional
I wouldn't put it in exactly those terms, Captain, but those are
essentially the facts."
to admit that for the first time in your life, you committed a
purely human emotional act?"
Spock, you're a stubborn man."