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Starfleet Command in In Thy Image and The God Thing 
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"Whatever one prefers to call it-Starfleet Command, Fleet Headquarters, or the Admiralty - it is centered in a structure which thrusts itself magnificently spaceward out of the redwood forest of San Francisco's old city peninsula. Although some museum cities have taller buildings preserved from the industrial past, Starfleet's headquarters are still a distinctive landmark in this world where so much of the clutter of our lives has been placed underground.

Just under two hours ago, Kirk had taken the tube from Gibraltar to Los Angeles Island, where he had caught the first northbound airtram. Now, fifteen minutes later, the clear blue waters of San Francisco Bay were in full view. As always, the sight of Starfleet's headquarters seemed to make Kirk's heart beat a bit faster. Since his midshipman days, he had always admired the clean symmetry of the design and its dramatic combination of space and Earth materials. There was an almost storybook castle suggestion in the way its tritanium-blue superstructure rose up out of its gray-granite base. It had always been to Kirk a statement in architectural poetry about a very necessary relationship between the mud below and the stars above.

Today, however, no such thoughts entered Kirk's mind. He was an angry and disillusioned man, with much of his anger and bitterness directed at himself."

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25 Mar 2017 19:09
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I know that was included in the TMP novel. Did it originate elsewhere?

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27 Mar 2017 22:01
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I am not sure but I think it carries through from Roddenberry's unpublished "God Thing" novel.

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