Spock, Messiah! (Novel)

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The Price of the Phoenix
"The Price of the Phoenix"
"The Price of the Phoenix"
Published September 1976
Written by Theodore R. Cogswell and Charles A. Spano, Jr.

Stardate 6720.8: An accident leaves Spock delusional

To investigate a planet with limited technology and have the capability to blend in with the populace, members of the crew have a device surgically implanted that enables the user to successfully mind-link with an inhabitant. The procedure is thoroughly researched and the natives of the planet are specifically screened for compatibility with their Starfleet hosts. An act of sabotage links Spock with a madman who believes he is the planet’s messiah, making Spock act irrationally and believe he is their savior.