|Futura paperback, 1980 reprint. Cover artwork by Bob Peak.|
Rear cover synopsis:
"It came from an unexplored quarter of the galaxy.
It ignored all attempts to communicate with it.
And it annihilated all opposition with energy bolts of unimaginable ferocity.
Computer projections showed that it would enter the solar system in precisely three days.
The USS Enterprise, refitting in dry dock, was the only craft that Starfleet Command could send to intercept the Cloud in time..."
'Why are we now travelling into Space? Why, indeed, did we trouble to look past the next mountain? Our prime obligation to ourselves is to make the unknown known. We are on a journey to keep an appointment with whatever we are.'
- Gene Roddenberry.