The Dorian Solution
|Title:||The Dorian Solution|
|Author(s):||Holly Trueblood, edited by Ann Zewen|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
|External Links:||Orion Press, online link|
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The Dorian Solution is a gen Star Trek: TOS 274-page novel by Holly Trueblood. It was first published as a standalone novella in 1998, then reprinted in Orion Archives: 2273 The Dorian Solution. It is also available online in the Orion Online Archives.
A diplomatic mission to a new world goes horribly awry when the crew of the Enterprise is caught up in the peculiar social contract of the planet's seemingly open and friendly population. Kirk and company must find a way to extricate themselves from their unwitting participation in this contract and its potentially deadly consequences. 
Due to an accidental crash landing of a Federation observation probe, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura and Sulu venture down to the planet Doria to establish contact with the civilization there. They find a culture backwards in many ways, and yet seemingly advanced in others, especially socially, until they learn the true secret of the Dorian solution... 
Reactions and Reviews
Very nicely written novel with a premise that is more fantasy than scifi and has been done many times since (and perhaps before) Wilde, but makes a fine story with an absolutely delicious dilemma for Captain Kirk. In a first-contact situation with the Dorian world, they find that it has avoided many of the expected social problems of its stage in technological development, but is oddly behind in medicine. Kirk and McCoy discover the cause, too late, when they participate in a local ceremony and become linked so that McCoy suffers whatever befalls Kirk. Kirk is horrified when he finds himself in a situation where his only logical course of action is to take a life-threatening leap. Very fine cover, too.