Sunday, 29 April 2012

Yesterday's Son and Time for Yesterday

Y is for Yesterday!

Remember the TOS episode "All Our Yesterdays"? In this episode, Spock and Doctor McCoy get trapped in the Sarpeidon Ice Age, and Spock starts reverting to the ways of his ancestors five thousand years before he was born. He eats meat, acts aggressively towards McCoy, and falls in love with Zarabeth (an exile). Oh, and then this happens between them:

Gee, I wonder what happened next, after the camera stopped shooting? Don't worry, you'll find out if you keep reading...

There are actually two books that are a follow-up to this episode - "Yesterday's Son", and "Time for Yesterday" by A.C. Crispin. It is in these books that we meet Spock and Zarabeth's son - Zar. I won't go much into the plot, because these are two of my favorite books and I would hate to spoil anybody's experience.

I had always wondered what kind of father Spock would make (although Spock was certainly Saavik's father figure for some time - see "The Pandora Principle"), and things certainly get interesting between Spock and Zar. I recall reading about Zar at mealtime, expressing his angst by eating a meat sandwich deliberately in front of his father.

There are a few strange details, such as Spock being unable to reveal that Zar is his son because of his age. When Spock goes back through the Guardian of Forever to find Zar, he expected to find a baby. Instead he finds a 25 year old man. I find it strange that a man as old as Spock would not be able to have a 25 year old son, seeing as Vulcans live about twice as long as humans, and Spock looks to be quite old enough in the illustrations on the covers. In fact, he looks to be close to the same age as Sarek was in Journey to Babel, and Spock was certainly older than 25 in that episode.

Despite some oddities, however, these are absolutely amazing books. I would highly recommend finding them in any way you can, and reading them at least ten times each.

Yesterday's Son (from the back cover):

The Romulans attack the planet Gateway, where Federation scientists are studying the Guardian of Forever - the mysterious portal to the past. The Enterprise must protect the Guardian - or destroy it. But Spock has already used the portal to journey to the past. On the planet Sarpeidon, 5000 years ago, Spock knew a beautiful, primitive woman. Now he has gone to meet his son!

Time for Yesterday (from the back cover):

Time in the galaxy has stopped running in its normal course. That can mean only one thing - the Guardian of Forever is malfunctioning. To save the universe, Starfleet Command reunites three of its most legendary figures - Admiral James T. Kirk, Spock of Vulcan, and Dr. Leonard McCoy - and sends them on a desperate mission to contact the Guardian, a journey that ultimately takes them 5,000 years into the past. They must find Spock's son Zar once again - and bring him back to their time to telepathically communicate with the Guardian.

But Zar is enmeshed in troubles of his own, and soon Kirk, Spock, and McCoy find themselves in a desperate struggle to save both their world - and his!


  1. I used to read Star Trek books all the time, but it was mostly Next Generation. I sometimes wonder what it was like to be a fan back during the earlier days, before Picard, maybe not as far back as before the movies, but when these kinds of books represented what the term "franchise" would have meant.

  2. Re: Tony Laplume, being a Star Trek fan before Next Gen was a lot harder, BUT it just made the search that much more rewarding if & when you ran across something to add to your collection. I used to haunt old book stores on a weekly basis. One of the old Star Trek fans of long ago was G. B. Love along with Bjo Trimble among others. Before computers, waaaaaay back all we had were fanzines, and commercial magazines like Starlog to keep us up to date on our favorite SF stuff. There were a few Cons and stuff, but if you grew up in a small town, you were out of luck. You can Google those names and find a few things on them. G. B. Love is dead now, however, there's still a few books of his floating around out there, though out of print. Two that I have are his: The Best of Trek & Best of Trek 2, a collection of articles taken from his fanzines of old.

    T'Liana--I was going to ask you what would be your one favorite Dr. Who episode for each separate doctor? Here's what mine are, but they're subject to change:

    1. Hartnell--An Unearthly Child, the last thing I saw by Hartnell was The Ark, a pretty fun episode.
    2. Troughton--Tomb of the Cybermen
    3. Pertwee--maybe Terror of the Autons, the last one I saw was Silurians, and it was pretty neat.
    4. Tom Baker--Talons of Weng-Chiang, probably my second fave might be Horror of Fang Rock--I like the Sherlock Holmes feel of these.
    5. Peter Davison--The Five Doctors, need to see more of. The last one I saw of his was The Visitation, which I enjoyed.
    6. Colin Baker--haven't seen much of his
    7. McCoy--Remembrance of the Daleks
    8. Paul McGann, The Movie, I enjoyed it.
    9. the Modern Dr. Who, I haven't seen many of. From the Eccleston era, I have those on DVD, but need to revisit them, several good episodes.

    1. That is very difficult for me to say, for a few reasons - I have not seen all of the (available) classic episodes, and the my favorites keep changing. There is also the problem of having favorite serials and not single episodes. But including serials as episodes:

      Hartnell - The Sensorites... or the Daleks.

      Troughton - Oh, how I love Troughton as the Doctor! Um... I really like the Dominators, and Tomb of the Cybermen.

      Pertwee - I haven't seen a lot, but I did enjoy Carnival of Monsters. The costumes were absurd - it was great.

      Tom Baker - I really enjoyed The Robots of Death, and the Deadly Assassin. And Talon's of Weng-Chiang was great as well! I haven't seen it in a while.

      Peter Davidon - Resurrection of the Daleks (I just really love the Daleks)... but more than that I really enjoyed/cried after watching Earthshock. (Oh Adric D:)

      Colin Baker - I have really only seen the Twin Dilemma, which was somewhat frightening because of his regeneration problems. I mean, it is very strange to see the Doctor trying to kill a companion...

      McCoy - Absolutely Remembrance of the Daleks! The Eighth is one of my favorites, and I loved Ace.

      Paul McGann - Obviously the movie! Have to re-watch it soon.

      Christopher Eccleston - Hard to choose, but probably The Empty Child - "Are you my mommy?"

      David Tennant - Silence in the Library... Planet of the Ood... The Stolen Earth and on...

      Matt Smith - Definitely the first episode, The Eleventh Hour. Very comedic, and a great start for the new Doctor. The food... so funny.

      There you have it! As I write this I am buzzed on energy drinks and can't think straight. Hopefully that all made sense.

  3. Made perfect sense to me, thanks. I thought of a good Tennant episode while I read thru your response although I don't know the title--it pertains to the very last Dalek, and they have the robot Dalek exterior opened up to reveal the alien inside of it. I forget how the episode goes now, so I should track it down, so I can re-watch it, but enjoy that one.

    I got the idea of the question from someone on the Amazon Dr. Who forums as they asked a similar question. There were as many varied responses as one might imagine. Here's a link to that though, if you care to peruse it: