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A Proposed Model of the Vulcan Heart by Sandy Deckinger

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article by Sandy Deckinger (with a diagram!) speculating on what the Vulcan heart might look like.

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Vulcan Psychology by Juanita Coulson

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article by Juanita Coulson, framed as a report by a psychologist analyzing Spock. Coulson speculates that Spock pushes himself so hard because he was never able to please his father, and that he may see Kirk as a kind of substitute father figure.

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Excerpt from The Young Vulcan’s Handbook of Emotional Control by Shirley Meech

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article by Shirley Meech. In a nod to Tolkien, Meech claims merely to be the translator: “The following is an excerpt from a Vulcan book-tape, obtained via the Baggins method from the possessions of Commander Spock, on his recent visit to Earth.”

I believe that ‘the Baggins method’ is the best euphemism for theft that I’ve ever heard.

This article has a sequel of sorts (with the same title) by Deborah Langsam in Spockanalia 3.

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Physiologica Vulcanensis by Sherna Comerford, Juanita Coulson, and Kay Anderson

Posted by Tracy Poff on February 2, 2018

An article by Sherna Comerford, Juanita Coulson, and Kay Anderson concerning Vulcan physiology–skin pigment, the circulatory system, pon farr, and more. Amusingly, “The interesting theory has arisen that the sentinent [sic] species of Vulcan has an ancestry which is far more feline that simian.” It is also opined that Spock is likely to be sterile.

The length–about half a page–devoted to pon farr, given that “Amok Time” was yet to air (and, indeed, the term pon farr was not yet known) prefigures the substantial and sustained interest that this particular aspect of Vulcan physiology would have in the fandom.

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