The Dianasian Gift
|Title:||The Dianasian Gift|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
|External Links:||Orion Press, online|
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The Dianasian Gift is a Star Trek: TOS het novel by Carol Davis. Cover by Christine Myers. It was first published as a standalone novella in 1992 with 172 pages, then reprinted in Orion Archives: 2285-2293 The Third Mission 3. It is also available online.
It should have been a breeze-just a simple 'babysitting' mission, the perfect assignment for a boatload of children, but Jim Kirk knew he was in for trouble the"minute they picked up the automated distress signal. And then there was his nephew, Peter, who hated him for some reason. and his old nemesis, Koloth, who innocently claimed the status of ambassador. And Chekov was in love with the 'little girl' who kept beating the captain at anti-grav handball. All in all, a perfect blueprint for disaster. 
During a diplomatic mission to the planet Dianas, which is near the Klingon Treaty Zone, the crew of the Enterprise run into malium crystals, fight renegade Klingons, encounter Koloth who is serving as the Klingon ambassador to Dianas, watch helplessly as a valued crewmember succumbs to a mysterious condition, and rejoice as Chekov falls in love. 
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Gretchen Jaeger, Kirk's handball nemesis and Chekov's lover, has an e-suit accident in a Klingon ambush, and inhales atmosphere with deadly results. Kirk is mooning over his lost true love (Edith) and the recent loss of a crewman, and won't talk to Spock & McCoy. Meanwhile, Peter Kirk has grown up into a jerk and takes up with bad company in the form of a crewman who has a plan to steal the crystals the Klingons were after in the first place and sell them to them. Koloth, on the same planet, encourages the thief by letting him use a beam that messes everything up on the Enterprise every time the ship passes by. Typical, but nicely done tv ending with a bomb about to go off, last-second rescue by Sulu's arrival, Jaeger saved by Spock's research, Peter redeeming himself by rescuing the only colleague who could tolerate him, and Gretchen & Chekov married.