In which Star Trek novel did Kirk step on a venomous creature? The creature may be known as a "Judas Boot"?

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    Are you sure he only stepped on it and he didn't kiss it or something??
    – Hans Olo
    Commented Jan 26, 2018 at 19:41

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The novel is Double, Double by Michael Jan Friedman.

On a routine exploratory mission, the Starship USS Hood picks up a distress signal from a research expedition thought lost long ago – the expedition of Dr. Roger Korby, one of the centuries' greatest scientific minds. Korby himself is dead, it seems, but his colleagues have made a most incredible discovery – a discovery they insist the Hood's captain see for himself. Reluctantly, the captain agrees to beam down…

The creature is called a 'Malachi's Boot' not a Judas Boot.

  • Hi, welcome to the site. You could improve this answer by editing it to provide a bit more info on the book, and specifying the ways in which it matches the one described in the question. Commented Aug 5, 2022 at 22:37
  • The boot creature doesn't have a wiki entry but fyi on the novel memory-beta.fandom.com/wiki/Double,_Double Commented Aug 6, 2022 at 6:01

I don't know about stepping on a venomous creature, but in the novel First Frontier (book 75) Cpt. Kirk has been stung by a "hairy thrill killer scorpion (I believe it was called)." There was no cure but, Dr. McCoy can keep treating the symptoms until the poison finally wears off.

  • No, but thank you for the response.
    – Bobb
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 21:32
  • I think the setting was a diplomatic conference, and Kirk needed to walk to the conference secretly, for some reason.
    – Bobb
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 21:32
  • Drat and I've read nearly all of them. Just can't seem to place that one.
    – MrInfinity
    Commented Jan 29, 2018 at 21:47

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