Synopsis by Judd Blaise
A starship manned by a Vulcan crew is destroyed by an unidentified alien entity, a catastrophe which is psychically sensed by Mr. Spock. The Enterprise proceeds to investigate, and encounters a gigantic, one-celled being which proceeds to swallow the ship whole. The crew begins to suffer a series of negative side effects caused by the creature, and it appears the ship is headed towards destruction. Spock, Captain Kirk, and Dr. McCoy must race against time to discover a way to save the ship and defeat the creature before it reaches a nearby group of planets, a possibility which would lead to countless deaths.
alien [not human], biology, exploration, space, space-exploration