The Antares Maelstrom by Greg Cox (Star Trek: The Original Series)
English | 2019 | Sci – Fi | ePUB | 3.4 Mb
Star Trek : The final frontier erupts into chaos as vast quantities of a rare energy source are discovered beneath the surface of Baldur-3, a remote planet beyond the outer fringes of Federation space. Now an old-fashioned “gold rush” is underway as a flood of would-be prospectors, from countless worlds and species, races toward the planet to stake their claim.
The galactic stampede threatens the stability of neighboring planets and space stations, as widespread strife and sabotage and all-around pandemonium result in a desperate need for Starfleet assistance. Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise are dispatched to deal with the escalating crisis… which lies on the other side of a famously perilous region of space known as the Antares Maelstrom.
“I’m not certain,” he confessed. “I’m getting some kind of interference that’s making it hard to get a precise reading, or maybe this old piece of junk is just on the fritz again.” He smacked the device with his palm in hopes of knocking it back into proper working order. “I swear, I’m tempted to trade this thing in for an old-fashioned dowsing rod.”
“An archaic bit of Earth folklore.” He recalled that offworld history, let alone superstitions, were hardly among Belinda’s interests. They were both third-generation colonists, born and raised on Baldur III. Earth, and the Federation, for that matter, were about as remote from their daily lives as Romulus was. They were Baldurians, through and through. “Never mind. Doesn’t matter.”
“Just tell me where to drill,” she insisted. “We need get this monster back to town before nightfall or we’ll be charged another day.”
“Trust me, I’m well aware of that.”
Ever since their old well had gone dry, they’d been reduced to hiking a quarter mile to the nearest creek just to keep themselves properly hydrated. A new well would make their lives much easier and free up more time to concentrate on building their fledgling lumber business, maybe even work up enough funds to get one of those fancy plasma-powered, automated sawmills. Belinda had big dreams of going into handcrafted custom carpentry as well.”