Other Stuff Exists

Don't get too comfortable with the familiar–other stuff exists, so go explore!

On the Origin of Humanoid Life in Our Galaxy by Jean Lorrah and Willard F. Hunt

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article arguing that the striking similarity of the species in the galaxy indicates that the galaxy must have been colonized, long ago, by some earlier humanoid species, which has been lost to memory.

TNG‘s “The Chase” supports this theory.

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To Christine by Lyn Veryzer

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A poem warning Christine not to waste her time on Spock, who will not love her.

First line: “Brows wing high above the cold dark eye.”

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Vulcan Love Song by Dorothy Jones

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A poem supposedly translated from an old Vulcan language.

This poem is dated approximately 500 Terran years before the Reforms, or circa 300 B.C. The translation endeavours to reproduce the traditional Vulcan stanza with its pairs of eight-syllable lines; the characteristic pattern of assonance is not attempted.

It is not precisely a ni var, but I suspect that it was inspired by the idea.

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Personal Diary Entries by Deborah Langsam

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

In this story, Chekov is portrayed a jerk that sexually harasses the viewpoint character (an Ensign Michaelson).

This was written before “Day of the Dove” (in which Chekov–due to alien mind control–assaults a Klingon woman) aired. Was Chekov portrayed this way in earlier episodes? I do not recall.

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A Speculation on Spock’s Family by Sandra Miesel

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article arguing that Sarek might have been wed to a Vulcan woman before Amanda, and thus produced offspring other than Spock, though “leading Vulcan xenologist Dorothy Fontana” maintains otherwise.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier agreed with Miesel on this one.

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God and the Vulcan Mind by Joyce Yasner

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

The author argues that Vulcans could be religious, for they “as a people of science and logic, could find a scientific explanation of God which says that He is energy” and that “Vulcans can also believe in reincarnation and immortality.”

This issue would eventually be addressed by Star Trek: Enterprise, many years later.

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Communication from Star Fleet Intelligence by John Mansfield

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

The author offers up “the Klingon view of Vulcans, and of Vulcan-Terran relations, which is quite faulty.” The Klingon opinion is that Vulcans are deceitful and that Earth is “waiting for the day when it will be liberated from the Vulcan yoke” by the Klingons, whose job it is “to spread enlightenment throughout the stars.”

A unique view of Klingons!

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The Allure of Uhura by robert toomey

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A somewhat aimless essay in praise of Uhura–especially of her beauty. She is competent, too, toomey allows, which she manages “without ever once losing any of her feminine appeal.”

It’s a curious thing to see.

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Even More Illogical Verses by Sherna Comerford

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

Three more verses, contributed by Sherna Comerford, of “A Most Illogical Song” from Spockanalia.

First line: “I wish that I was Chekov on the bridge,”

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Message Tape by Miriam Langsam

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

The author writes as “Lieutenant Miriam Langsam”, offering advice on what life is like on a starship.

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