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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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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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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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Terran-Vulcan Genetic Compatibility by Susan Hereford

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article speculating on how Spock’s birth might have been possible. Hereford opines: “Although it may take some of the romance out of the event, conception probably took place in a laboratory…”

Further:

The theory, held by some, that the Terran woman involved is a direct descendant of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and therefore carries many of his traits, is unprovable because of the number of bastards in the line. It would easily account for her attractiveness to a Vulcan. Proponents of this theory point out that there is a pronounced physical resemblence between Mr. Holmes and the hybrid.

Leonard Nimoy would go on to play Sherlock Holmes in a short film in 1975 and on stage in 1976, and the Holmes connection would get a nod in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (written by Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Per-Cent Solution), when Spock says, “An ancestor of mine maintained that if you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

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The Illogical T’Pring by Sherna Comerford

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A brief article asserting that T’Pring behaved illogically in “Amok Time”.

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The Dour Scots Engineer by Ruth Berman

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

Examines the character of Scotty as an example of the archetype named in the title. The epigraph is an extract from “McAndrew’s Hymn” by Kipling.

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Stars Over Vulcan by V. A. H. Nietz

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article tackling Vulcan astrology, using it to explain Spock’s and Sarek’s personalities.

Not terribly interesting, since it’s even more fictional than ‘real’ astrology. A sample:

T’Poyo, on Sarek’s chart, lies in The Rodent With Cacti, governing material concern and obligation. The Rodent was often regarded, in antiquity, as the sign of The Tribe, and was regarded as a sign intimately connected with the well being of the people in general, not at all a bad sign to influence an ambassador.

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