Vulcan!

Vulcan!➛ [KINDLE] ❅ Vulcan! By Kathleen Sky ➥ – Heartforum.co.uk CAPTAIN S LOG, Due to a series of freak ion storms, the Neutral Zone separating the Federation from the Romulan Empire will soon shift and the planet Arachnae will fall entirely within Romulan space O CAPTAIN S LOG, Due to a series of freak ion storms, the Neutral Zone separating the Federation from the Romulan Empire will soon shift and the planet Arachnae will fall entirely within Romulan space Our mission seek out intelligent life there and, if it exists, offer full Federation protectionTo help us complete the necessary surveys, Dr Katalya Tremain was assigned to the USS EnterpriseTM She is the Federation s foremost expert on the exobiology of this region and, as I have just discovered, has a fanatical hatred of any and all things Vulcan including my first officerI have logged an official protest with Starfleet Command Her behavior towards Mr Spock is not only a disgrace to both her uniform and the Federation but also threatens the success of our missiona threat we cannot afford when the fate of an entire civilization may rest upon our actions in the coming hours.

Kathleen Sky is the pen name of Kathleen McKinney Goldin, an American science fiction and fantasy author.

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  • 175 pages
  • Vulcan!
  • Kathleen Sky
  • English
  • 19 June 2019
  • 055324633X

10 thoughts on “Vulcan!

  1. David Palazzolo says:

    This book is dreadful I m sorry to be so blunt with this review, but there is not a nice way to say this I am not trying to be rude, just merely trying to honestly state my obsveravtions I stopped reading the book about a third of the way through then skipped to the last 20 30 pages to see how it all ended I didn t miss much it seems, because I was able to pick up what was going on without any trouble The characterizations were way off base Spock and McCoy when together were portrayed as This book is dreadful I m sorry to be so blunt with this review, but there is not a nice way to say this I am not trying to be rude, just merely trying to honestly state my obsveravtions I stopped reading the book about a third of the way through then skipped to the last 20 30 pages to see how it all ended I didn t miss much it seems, because I was able to pick up what was going on without any trouble The characterizations were way off base Spock and McCoy when together were portrayed as horny adolescents fighting over a cheerleader Seperately, McCoy became something of a creepy uncle while Spock s wildly emotional attitude made me think of a bad imitation of a drag queen Dr Tremain s behavior was no better she was a spoiled little princess the whole time I find it ironic that the most infantalized portrayal of an adult woman that I have ever read was actually written by a woman Avoid this book

  2. Michelle Winchester says:

    Loving a Vulcan is a disease once it has been caught it is very easy to catch again with another Vulcan I had to immunize myself with hatred That was a wall, a shield, against love And because I couldn t love a Vulcan, I couldn t love anyone The boundaries of the Neutral Zone between the Federation and the Romulan Empire are being changed by an ion storm Yep The zone of neutrality agreed upon to bring an end to a war has boundaries so nebulous they can be changed by a storm in space.Anyw Loving a Vulcan is a disease once it has been caught it is very easy to catch again with another Vulcan I had to immunize myself with hatred That was a wall, a shield, against love And because I couldn t love a Vulcan, I couldn t love anyone The boundaries of the Neutral Zone between the Federation and the Romulan Empire are being changed by an ion storm Yep The zone of neutrality agreed upon to bring an end to a war has boundaries so nebulous they can be changed by a storm in space.Anyway There is a planet that is currently in Federation space that will soon be in Romulan space That planet is named Arachnae and it is inhabited by creatures that are man sized crosses between spiders and ants Never saw that coming with the name, did you These creatures may be sentient Or maybe not It s imperative that the Federation determine their sentience before the Neutral Zone boundary changes because I don t know why, since regardless of their sentience, the planet will be in Romulan space and so I don t know why we re here and I hate this book so much.To determine the sentience of the Arachnians, Starfleet assigns a new scientist to the Enterprise The scientist is someone whose work is greatly admired by both Spock and McCoy The scientist is Dr Commander Katalya Tremaine She is brilliant, beautiful, and bigoted And a bitch She hates Vulcans But I don t know if she hates Vulcans as much I hate this book I hated this book when I first read it around 1980 I hated it when I re read it 15 years later I hated reading every single word of it just now I hate it I only keep it because I m OCD and have a need for complete sets.Sit back This may take a while.Random Thoughts written down as I read Kirk is jealous of Sulu because the Enterprise responds to his touch.Spock and McCoy begin vying for the affections of Tremaine before she is onboard McCoy takes over the chemistry lab in an attempt to synthesize bubble bath for her Kirk considers entering the competition If she s pretty.Tremaine hates Vulcans and is vocal about it She practically introduces herself with Doctor Katalya Tremaine I hate Vulcans If questioned about her hatred she has hysterics Or throws temper tantrums Or tries to seduce the questioner Yet she serves as a Commander in Starfleet and they try to assign her where she doesn t have to deal with Vulcans.According to Starfleet regulations, upon boarding the ship, a crewman must submit to one physical and one psychiatric exam But only one They can refuse to take another exam if the doctor has questions about the results.Tremaine is on temporary assignment yet she travels with her books and art She lets McCoy help her unpack her lingerie.Apparently the Enterprise is crewed by horndogs.Women are so messy and feminine when they cry.Kirk is responsible for the crew The entire crew All of them.Have I mentioned lately that Chapel loves Spock She does, you know She will engage in a catfight to protect him But don t worry, it doesn t actually come down to blows.McCoy realizes Tremaine is manipulative, but after 2 days, he loves her to the point of being torn in his loyalties.It s too bad Tremaine is such a bitch she s soooo PRETTY But her psychiatric disorder is common to women with a bad romantic past.The Enterprise veterinary lab is cluttered and reeking Also, the animals have fleas I guess Starfleet members can draw up a petition requesting the removal of an officer Vulcans are so thoroughly unpleasant Kirk is responsible for the crew Being Captain is hard BUT Kirk thinks if Tremaine dies, all his problems will be solved So he tries to seduce her She calls him rude How rude Even though there is ostensibly nothing preventing the use of transporters or shuttles, a base camp to research from is established on the surface of the planet This Pointless Base Camp PBC includes cooking pots, tents, no first aid kits, no computers, and no means of making fire.Once the Pointless Base Camp PBC is established, a Romulan Warbird appears, stranding Tremaine and Spock They are stranded because you have to lower the shields to use the transporter and the Romulan Warbird is just sitting there Doing nothing Oh, and they have to maintain radio silence so the Romulan Warbird can t figure out where they are.The Romulan Warbird is commanded by an elderly, frustrated eagle of a man named Maximinus Thrax You figure out the underlying meaning of the name He should be named Maximinus Ditherus He s too old for this shit He misses his garden.The Romulans can be there because the ion storm has changed the boundaries of the neutral zone affecting an ENTIRE PLANET so quickly there is no time to warn or beamout the landing party.As soon as the Romulans appear, the Arachnians attack the PCB, killing everyone except Spock and Tremaine Spock clumsily ties to bandage one of the dying victims Tremaine kills stunned Arachnians left in camp after attack Even though they are there to determine the sentience of these beings, she just outright shoots the unconscious ones Isn t that murder Let s move on.Kirk is unable to take action until he gets his orders from Starfleet He considers beaming down McCoy, even though it s been established that they can t use the transporters because Romulans Kirk punches the armrests of his chair.Apparently communicators really are like cell phones You can leave an out of office voicemail message Every time the landing party tries to contact the ship, they get a maintain radio silence message Which seems counter intuitive Except for the times they get answered Or contacted I guess I don t understand how radio silence works.The Romulans also use voicemail Their message says, You have 5 hours to surrender the planet It is not noted whether there is a countdown on this message.I think I hear MUZAK.Meanwhile, back at PBC, Spock spies on Tremain as she bathes, topless He admires her out loud He goads her He indulges in sexual innuendo He gloats Ah ha He says, I mean, consider He smiles quietly She considers killing him because he is very annoying.Spock gets bitten by an Arachnian and begins to die from the poisonous bites Tremaine asks for a beamout after ripping her shirt apart to make bandages for Spock She is not clumsy when she bandages him.They can t be beamed up because of the Romulans and Kirk sweats from nervousness when he talks to the dithering enemy Kirk can t withdraw from the planet without orders from Starfleet, which will take hours to get here.MUZAK.Kirk literally watches the clock.McCoy literally paces behind the command chair.Uhura literally opens hailing frequenciesSulu and Chekov literally drive the ship and say nothing.Scott literally calls to the bridge to find out what s going on.Chapel literally loves Spock.Spock literally begins to die from the poison But first He mindmelds with one of the Arachnians in an attempt to determine their sentience, which will determine whether the Enterprise can stay or go because I still don t know why.The mindmeld causes Spock to become possessed by the creature, which is not intelligent, but is part of a hive mind He attempts to rejoin the hive.Tremaine contacts the ship and begs McCoy to come down and save Spock But then she says not to drop the shields because she and Spock aren t worth the loss of the Enterprise But then she says if they aren t beamed up she will initiate a mindmeld with Spock.Spock tries to recite the Vulcan Code of Honor.Tremaine makes a semi conscious Spock mindmeld with her and the only thing missing from this scene is cigarettes in bed at the end.During the mindmeld, the ghost of Selik appears Selik was the Vulcan captain of the starship that was destroyed while Selik, Tremaine s husband, and Tremaine s parents were serving aboard it Tremaine had not shipped out with them because she was in love with Selik and knew it was hopeless because Vulcans can t love He tells her to move on So she s not a bigot any The End.I hate this book so much.WTF Quote Loving a ghost can be addictive Necrophilia of the mind, my dear, can be farlonely than simple masturbation

  3. Dovile says:

    A classic Star Trek story, quite interesting and very entertaining I d especially recommend this novel to any female Spock fans.I also found the introduction to this book by David Gerrold very interesting and definitely worth reading, especially if you, like me, haven t watched the original series in the sixties or seventies I wasn t even born yet it gives you an insight to what it was like to be a Trek fan back then.

  4. Darrell says:

    Nasty It seems clear to the reader that the author may be living out her erotic fantasies about Mr Spock by writing this book Yuck

  5. Mark says:

    To be honest, I wasn t really looking forward to reading Kathleen Sky s book The reviews on Goodreads are almost uniformly negative, dismissing it as a Mary Sue novel with a lousy plot and poor characterizations of the central crew And after reading it for myself, I found that the criticisms are largely well founded, especially when compared to the many other works written since that do so much better of a job of crafting a story that is true to the elements of the original series The plot is To be honest, I wasn t really looking forward to reading Kathleen Sky s book The reviews on Goodreads are almost uniformly negative, dismissing it as a Mary Sue novel with a lousy plot and poor characterizations of the central crew And after reading it for myself, I found that the criticisms are largely well founded, especially when compared to the many other works written since that do so much better of a job of crafting a story that is true to the elements of the original series The plot is premised on a ridiculous notion that the border of the Neutral Zone between the Federation and the Romulans that can shift under the influence of space storms, which is an implausible concept that is refuted by the very episode that introduced the Romulans and the Neutral Zone to begin with The characterizations are indeed poor, with Spock less controlled and logical than he should have been, and McCoy almost predatorial in his romantic aspirations Worst of all, though is the central character of Katalya Tremain, who comes across as far too petulant and unprofessional for someone who is ostensibly a member of a professional organization like Starfleet And yet in spite of all that I found myself enjoying the novel muchthan I expected I would While the premise of a shifting border may be ridiculous, the mission itself to establish whether a species on a key world is sentient or not was an interesting concept that is surprisingly underutilized in the franchise And for all of the flaws in the characterization of the central crew and her key creation, Sky does provide an interesting examination of crew dynamics that is surprisingly nuanced, addressing it in a way that is far truer to life than Roddenberry s overly idealized premise of numerous species all working happily together and as later works would demonstrate would prove a fruitful source of storytelling Perhaps it was a case of having my expectations lowered to a point where I could appreciate the book despite its flaws, but whatever the reason it resulted in the end in a better reading experience and anuanced assessment of what Sky s book has to offer

  6. Bryan Cebulski says:

    The hate here in the Goodreads feed is undue no, Tremaine isn t a Mary Sue, even if she is an author surrogate Who cares Lots of writers have author surrogates no, the characters don t act especially different from their on screen personalities or at least not so different from the episode to episode variations on each character no, just because the author is clearly horny for Spock doesn t make this novel ABOUT being horny for Spock.Some interesting points about alien racism versus real The hate here in the Goodreads feed is undue no, Tremaine isn t a Mary Sue, even if she is an author surrogate Who cares Lots of writers have author surrogates no, the characters don t act especially different from their on screen personalities or at least not so different from the episode to episode variations on each character no, just because the author is clearly horny for Spock doesn t make this novel ABOUT being horny for Spock.Some interesting points about alien racism versus real world racism to be gleaned here Basically Tremain, hot expert Federation biologist, really hates Vulcans and we re constantly reminded that it s probably some other trauma she s working through and the hatred of an entire race is just a cover But then she has to work with Spock It s already kind of dubious and would completely fall apart if it wasn t alien versus human The plot point though does nicely show how crucial power is in the dynamics of racism though everybody reacts to the Tremain s racismas a nuisance than a horrible systemic paradigm because Vulcans aren t discriminated against in the Federation the same way, y know, real discrimination works.But anyway Despite some undeserved hate, Vulcan is also not great either It s just a middling Star Trek novel, but sometimes that s what you as a reader want

  7. James Sorensen says:

    By far the best of the Bantam Star Trek novels Vulcan is 7 out of 15 Star Trek novels that Bantam Books published Written by Kathleen Sky who would go on to write oneStar Trek book for Bantam With the quality of writing she displays in Vulcan I am very surprised she didn t continue her writing with Pocket Books when they took over the Star Trek book franchise It might have been a contractual problem.The Galactic Magnetic Field is moving and it is causing problems It is this f By far the best of the Bantam Star Trek novels Vulcan is 7 out of 15 Star Trek novels that Bantam Books published Written by Kathleen Sky who would go on to write oneStar Trek book for Bantam With the quality of writing she displays in Vulcan I am very surprised she didn t continue her writing with Pocket Books when they took over the Star Trek book franchise It might have been a contractual problem.The Galactic Magnetic Field is moving and it is causing problems It is this field that determines the boundary of the Romulan Neutral Zone But its shifting will soon take the planet Arachnae into Romulan space and the Federation powers are in a tizzy Having never cared much about the planet before, Federation officials want immediate action to find out what the wishes of the planets citizens want The Arachnians are spider like creatures, but are they animals or are they sentient peoples that have the right to self determination To that end Kirk and the Enterprise crew are sent to a nearby Star Base to pick up noted scientist Dr Katalya Tremain, an expert in exobiology Katalya, along with Spock, will beam down to the planet to determine what the state of the Arachnians really is However, upon beaming up to the Enterprise it is found out that Katalya has a severe bigotry against Vulcans in general An ugly character trait that taints the good Dr Tremain s reputation Dr McCoy tries his best to get to the core of her hatred but fails in his efforts And like it or not, over much protestation, Katalya is forced to share responsibility for the mission to the planets surface.On the planets surface Spock and Dr Tremain go off to explore a cave that has been discovered and may lead to the Arachnians While gone the rest of the landing party is attacked and all are lost leaving Spock and the Dr alone They can t be beamed up because the Romulans have arrived to take possession of the planet And now Spock has been attacked and he will die unless shields are lowered so he can get medical help It is during this time that Dr Tremain must face the true origins of her bigotry or Spock will die and most likely herself as well.A well written story done in the tradition of Star Trek TOS Taking a close look at a topic that most people are not comfortable with bigotry, prejudice and the nature of racial hatred A very well written book

  8. Thomas says:

    In spite of the glowing introduction by David Gerrold, this novel suffers from poor imagination, poor characterization, and poor plot development It is on par with some of the worst episodes of the actual Star Trek series Most of the main cast is seen in the background and has almost no screen time Spock and McCoy both act out of character for large parts of the book The interactions between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are not well written, and the guest star character is poorly written and p In spite of the glowing introduction by David Gerrold, this novel suffers from poor imagination, poor characterization, and poor plot development It is on par with some of the worst episodes of the actual Star Trek series Most of the main cast is seen in the background and has almost no screen time Spock and McCoy both act out of character for large parts of the book The interactions between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are not well written, and the guest star character is poorly written and poorly developed I was left with no sympathy for her suffering and no rational understanding for her motivations The planet and aliens featured were poorly developed and poorly described, ironic considering the discussion of imagination at the front of the book And to cap this all off, in my paperback edition on one page there is a line inserted out of place in the text

  9. Patrick Hayes says:

    This book made me uncomfortable at times, leaving me questioning a lot of the classic Star Trek series The premise is solid Arachne IV is soon to be part of the Romulan Empire, due to fluctuating Neutral Zone boundaries, and it may have intelligent life on it, so the Enterprise is sent to investigate and plead their case for having the natives ask for their protection from the Romulans Dr Katalya Tremain, the Federation s foremost expert on exobiology, is beamed aboard for their mission, but This book made me uncomfortable at times, leaving me questioning a lot of the classic Star Trek series The premise is solid Arachne IV is soon to be part of the Romulan Empire, due to fluctuating Neutral Zone boundaries, and it may have intelligent life on it, so the Enterprise is sent to investigate and plead their case for having the natives ask for their protection from the Romulans Dr Katalya Tremain, the Federation s foremost expert on exobiology, is beamed aboard for their mission, but she has one tremendous flaw she hates Vulcans In fact, despises is a better word for how she feels Once on board she demands to be beamed off the ship because she cannot serve on the same ship as a Vulcan Kirk gives her a dressing down for her inappropriate behavior and disappears for much of the book until the last third The first third of the book has some cringe worthy moments as McCoy constantly makes plays to the female doctor His constant badgering of her to make an inroad to couple with her made me uncomfortable Not helping was that, after being unsuccessful, he then submits her to Sigmunding a psychological test that sin line with 1984 than Trek The individual is drugged for the final part of the examination For him to ask her personal questions in the third part of the examination was creepy I know what author Sky was intending for the story expanding the character and creating mystery but it came across as completely against Star Fleet policy, even with what was known up to 1978 Thankfully, once down on Arachne IV with Spock things improved dramatically I enjoyed the pairing of Spock and Tremain, with their dialogue terrific, and the developments with the natives outstanding I wish the novel had gotten to this part of the story sooner As much as I liked the last half, that first half really bothered me I wonder if my age has me approaching Trek novels differently than when I first read them

  10. Wesley says:

    I m not usually prone to hating books, but wow Nothing about this book was appealing to me Badly written, all of the characters were completely OOC, except maybe Kirk his care for Spock is the only thing that rang canonically true McCoy would not be so swayed by a pretty face if she was that disgustingly bigoted, and honestly I find it hard to believe that Starfleet would allow someone in their ranks that was so openly prejudiced While Vulcans are a fictional race, Roddenberry has always u I m not usually prone to hating books, but wow Nothing about this book was appealing to me Badly written, all of the characters were completely OOC, except maybe Kirk his care for Spock is the only thing that rang canonically true McCoy would not be so swayed by a pretty face if she was that disgustingly bigoted, and honestly I find it hard to believe that Starfleet would allow someone in their ranks that was so openly prejudiced While Vulcans are a fictional race, Roddenberry has always used his ficitional aliens as allegories for racism when he couldn t otherwise talk about it, and having an original character have such a flimsy excuse for espousing racist rhetoric and a nice, tidy it s okay, I m not a racist any ending, just goes entirely against the very real social issues that Star Trek discusses at times If this book hadn t been so short, I absolutely wouldn t have finished it

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