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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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Amok Time by Shirley Meech

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A poem from Spock’s perspective set during “Amok Time”.

First line: “Remember Vulcan, remember home.”

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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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My Name Is Not Paul by Margaret Dominick

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

“In a very expensive club on the Moon, two doctors were talking about their most unusual surgery cases.” One surgeon recounts how an actor from Hollywood had come to him to have his ears, which had grown to a point after he played a role in a science fiction film, cut back down to their normal shape. But the actor’s ears just wouldn’t stay rounded…

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Star Date: 6721; Condition: Confused by Poul Anderson

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A poem in Kirk’s voice about Spock. A parody of “Trees” by Joyce Kilmer: “I think that I shall never grok / A man as logical as Spock.”

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More Illogical Verses by Devra Michele Langsam and Kathy Bushman

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

Two more verses, contributed by Devra Langsam and Kathy Bushman, of “A Most Illogical Song” from Spockanalia.

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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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Things Are Seldom What They Seem by Ruth Berman

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

A parody of a song from Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore.

First line: “Things are seldom what they seem.”

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The Man in the Hero Suit by E. A. Oddstad

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An essay on Kirk’s character. An excerpt from the end:

Kirk’s morals are a set of words and actions imposed on him. They are not part of his character. The Kirk in the parallel universe had learned other words and actions. Though the mirror Spock has integrity and the mirror McCoy humanity, the mirror Kirk is (or was; he must be dead by now) a thorough going rat. The only redeeming quality in either Kirk is a deep-hidden humanity that occasionally, unexpectedly, surfaces. When it does, it’s like finding a diamond ring at a beach.

Fortunately, ‘our’ Kirk lives in a less repellent society and obeys its laws. And he has Spock for a logical conscience and McCoy as a humane conscience.

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