Footprints in the Sand

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Title: Footprints in the Sand
Author(s): Joan Verba
Date(s): 1984
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Footprints in the Sand is a Star Trek: TOS story by Joan Verba. The art is by MRO Ludwig.

It was published in Masiform D #14.


"Kirk and McCoy are lost in the desert and cared for by a race of the un-dead and their robots."

"McCoy and Kirk risk their lives in a journey through a mysterious desert, the land of the undead, in search of information about ancient space stations."

Reactions and Reviews

"Footprints in the Sand" by Joan Verba is a fascinating adventure on a desert planet with ghosts. As usual, one of Verba's favorite themes - Spock's development of his self-awareness and emotions - plays a part in the proceedings and her subtle characterization scenes are the best moments. Kirk and McCoy's ordeal in the sandstorm also gives us some fine glimpses into the Doctor's personality. M.R.O. Ludwig's illos for this are interesting as they show us the Big Three in turbans and robes. I'm a student of the Middle East and I loved the thought of Spock looking like Lawrence of Arabia. [1]


  1. from Datazine #33