While on a mapping mission, the Enterprise receives an outdated transmission from the volcanic star Cepheus. A flash of light from the planet passes through the ship and disables all dilithium crystals. Soon thereafter, the crew begins to shrink. With no cure in sight, it becomes increasingly difficult for the Starfleet officers to handle the ship's controls. Written by
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This takes place in 2269. See more
Early in the story, McCoy mentions that the shrinking of the crew is because the spacing between molecules is decreasing, which is why the crew have the same mass as before; they're just shorter. Then later, it takes 3 engineers to operate the transporter levers. But if they have the same mass (and weight), a single person should still be able to push buttons and move levers. See more
Engineering. No casualties, captain, but trouble aplenty with the engines. Every dilithium crystal connection smashed in the warp engine circuitry. We're trying to bypass them now.
Captain James T. Kirk
What about main circuits?
Well you have ta see it to believe it, sir. Those big crystals in there have come apart. Each of them, unpeeling like the rind of an orange.