Children of the Sun
|Title:||Children of the Sun|
|Illustrator(s):||Maggie Symon, Raymond D. Sless|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
|External Links:||online version, with art|
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One summary, source unknown: "Aliens transform Spock into a sort of giant sabertooth wolf-thing (called "Gral") as part of an experiment."
From Media Monitor: "Kirk and Spock are stranded on an unknown planet where they face many dangers. They must search for the abductors and find a way to return to the Enterprise."
Reactions and Reviews
This story is almost entirely based around Kirk and Spock who are abducted from their shuttlecraft. They are stranded on an unknown planet and must not only cope with the alien environment but must rely on their instinctive reactions and the strength of their friendship in order to survive.
The first few chapters are concerned with how Kirk and Spock are reunited and come to terms with their new circumstances. Kirk discovers he can communicate telepathically with a "changed" Spock and they soon realise that they are being tested. Much of the remaining story deals with their adventures together while they try to locate and identify those responsible, and effect their return to the Enterprise.
Once the scene Is set we are given gradually extending insights into the abductors, who by their conversations are revealed as being powerful but amoral, and after interfering with their world's cultures are even regarded as gods by others on the planet. From the start it is clear that the ruling council is split. The majority, who believe that experimentation is an effective and acceptable path to the goal of verifying the UFP's motivation, allow by their overwhelming interest the testing to exceed that needed to fulfil their original aims. They are vying with a minority which is almost Vulcan-like in its ethics, and some of whom, believing that the test is wrong and has already gone too for, eventually assist Kirk and Spock.
During their adventures Kirk and Spock are helped by other inhabitants or the planet and are incorporated into their folk memories to become the 'Children' in the title.
This is an allegorical tale with strong parallels to the way the human race behaves today towards what it regards as lesser species. As is usual with this author, the character interaction is excellent with some good humorous interludes. There are short explanatory titles to the well paced chapters and a good peppering of twists and cliff-hangers to leave the reader eager to continue.There is excellent artwork by Maggie Symon, Raymond Sless and Joanna McGrory. Kirk fans will love the back cover of this zine. 
- from IDIC #48