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Zine
Title: Kraith Collected
Publisher: Ceiling Press
Editor(s): Jacqueline Lichtenberg & Carol Lynn & Debbie Goldstein
Date(s): see below
Series?: yes
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Kraith Collected online version
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Contents

Kraith Collected is a gen Star Trek: TOS fanzine with stories set in the Kraith universe. The series was originally published between November of 1972 and 1980.

It has two sister zines called Kraith Creator's Manual and Understanding Kraith.

For more about this series, including its origins and fannish reaction, see Kraith.

An Unfinished Series

Jacqueline Lichtenberg originally projected Kraith to ten volumes. Six were published. At one point, Eileen Roy and Mary Ann Drach had permission to finish the series, but this never happened.

The Reprints

1974 ad from Sol III, click to read

Kraith Collected was published again in 1993.

From Bill Hupe:
Completely reorganized, placing all the Kraith Collected stories into chronological order. The definitive classic Trek zine series penned by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, winner of the first Surak Memory Alpha Award. Kraith is a series of stories and articles exploring Vulcan culture and its intersection with the Human-dominated United Federation of Planets. This series extrapolates from the 'givens' in the original Star Trek series to create a truly alien Vulcan, the discovery of the depth of differences between Vulcan and the Federation, and the cultural dynamics of the interface provide the background. Point of interest: points of contention with Kraith fans about this series: a Vulcan secessionist movement, an ancient Vulcan psychic technology, Sarek having a son by a Vulcan princess, and the symbolic destruction of the Enterprise have now all been established via the classic movie series and Star Trek: TNG episodes through 'Gambit 2'.

General Reactions and Reviews

KRAITH is the longest continuing series in ST literature. More than forty 'creators ' are currently working with the KRAITH universe, an alternate time line based on premises drawn from aired Trek by Jaqueline Lichtenberg. In a series of inter-related novels and short stories, KRAITH traces the development of tension between the conservative Vulcan government and a more 'rambunctious ' Terran-dominated Federation. In the process, we are given glimpses of Vulcan traditions, culture, ritual, home-life, etc. KRAITH segments, KRAITH parodies, and alternate KRAITH tales appear in many fanzines, and are gradually being collected in KRAITH COLLECTED. To date, five volumes have appeared. [1]
No, Kraith was not a masterpiece, but... it showed thought, familiarity with an adult style of writing, and had imagination. More often than not, it had me gritting my teeth, but it held my interest, and it never made me cringe in embarrassment while reading it. It took one aspect of Vulcan culture and expanded a universe out of it. [2]

Volume 1

cover of issue #1, Robbie Brown, 1972 issue with 91 pages
1974 issue with 67 pages

Kraith Collected 1 (pre Series and Series 1) was first published in November of 1972 and contains 91 pages. The second edition was published in late 1974 and contain 67 pages (the editor notes: "Finally, I have not corrected my all time favorite typo. I ask YOU, would volume one still be volume one if it had "demonstrating" instead of the carefully corrected "denonstarting" on page one? ") The third edition here was published in 1976 and has a much more art, and by different artists.

table of contents from the second edition, click to read

The table of contents from the third edition:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Being asked to review Kraith Collected is like being asked to describe "The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe" -- it is what the title implies. This is the first in an intended series of collections of Jacqueline Lichtenberg's patchwork Vulcan epic (with additional entries by Ruth Berman, Doris Beetem, Anna Mary Hall, and Pat Zotti; artwork by Roberta Brown and Therri Moore).

The Kraith, for those of you who just tuned in, is the Vulcan Holy Grail; it is recovered before the series even begins, and returned to Vulcan (for ceremonial destruction) early on in the game, but the attendant tangle of philosophies forms the framework for the subsequent stories. (Those of you who prefer straightforward and-then-Kirk-shoots-the-monster Treks will not care for Kraith). I enjoyed my first couple of exposures to the series, but Ms. Lichtenberg now admits (in the preface) that she was giving it to us slow and easy at first, hoping to addict everyone before they realized how complicated things were getting. I'm afraid I started to slip along with the third installment, but there are plenty of fans upon whom this devious strategy did work.

The main complaint, I think, against the Kraith stories (and they are, if anything, controversial) is that they portray such an alien Spock. (This obviously is not going to sit well with the under-that-facade-he's-sickeningly-human school of Spockfen.) Although 'alienness' should be no indictment of any portrayal of a character with (after all) pointed ears and green blood, it does seem to me to be a valid complaint that the Lichtenberg Spock lacks the compassion (or perhaps I should say the relatively obvious compassion) of Leonard Nimoy's portrayal. He is completely bound up in Tradition. He is, then, a different Spock, although perhaps an equally valid one.

All this discussion is beside the point, however, since the protagonist of the Kraith series is neither Spock nor the Kraith, but rather Vulcan: the Vulcan people, their folkways, mores, traditions, philosophies and art forms. [3]

Volume 2

cover of issue #2, John Benson

Kraith Collected 2 (Series II) was published in 1974 (second edition October 1975) (Lichtenberg says in its preface that she was aiming for summer of 1973) and contains 100 pages.

The editors apologizes for the typeface change part way through; it was due to her typing this zine on two different typewriters. She also writes that there "are no typos in this zine, only lapses into Vulcanur."

chronology
chronology
  • Kraith Master Plan by J. Lichtenberg (a chronology)
  • Ssarsun's Argument by J. Lichtenberg [Also in Babel #4] (3) (From the foward: "It is a milestone in that it marks the first of the "Kraith for grups" stories. Being privy to the events to come, I'll give you a hint -- watch "Spock" carefully. He shows up again in a very important context.") The story includes a detailed, sensitively-worded description of exactly how the highly emotional, tri-gendered reptilian Schillian people have sex.
  • Federation Centennial by J. Lichtenberg (79) (also published as a standalone zine in 1972) (From the zine's foreword: "Federation Centennial is not one of Jacqueline's recent efforts, so if any of you are expecting great. exciting, new revelations about the Kraith universe. forget it. There aren't any. Federation Centennial was conceived and written as an acti.on! adventure novel aimed at a commercial market proving to the people who publish such things that pro-ST fiction did not have to consist of script re-writes. But due to contract limitations, it can't be published pro. Since Federation Centennial was written for the general reading public and not for a hard-core group of Kraith devotees, it is somewhat tones down from Jacqueline's usual style. Also, it was written well before the Lichtenberg/Marshak alliance and subsequent blooming (if you'll forgive the expression) of radical ideas. Personally, it has always been one of my favorite Kraith stories, and I am ecstatic that it is, finally, in print.")
  • art by John Benson (front cover), Nancy Cleveland, Janice Scott, Robbie Brown, Mike Kucharski, Todd Bake, and Doug Herring, and John Benson (cover and titles)

Volume 3

errata, click to read
cover of issue #3, Robbie Brown, John Benson and Carol Lynn

Kraith Collected 3 (Series III through Federation Centennial) was published in 1974 (subsequent printing in October 1975) and contains 89 pages.

The editor comments on art:
In the past several months I have received several very good pieces of artwork that would have fit marvelously into the first Collected volume. The artists read Kraith and sat down to illustrate it. Tremendous! I tried to work in as many of these pieces of artwork as I could. However, I had to discard several simply because no amount of fudging would make them appropriate for the current volume. I imagine that this is going to happen again ( and again and again) as the volumes keep rolling out. If there is anyone out there with the urge to illustrate Kraith, please write me and I will send you scenes from the next volume to ill.ustrate. Let me know what type of drawings you prefer doing (space shots, women, people, faces, odd alien devices, etc.) and I will do my best to match up artists with the appropriate scenes. Hopefully, this will result in an improvement in the quality and quantity of artwork that I have available for publication. Just to whet your curiosity unbearably, I know I'm going to need representations of a utsulan[4] like the one in "The Obligation" for an upcoming story called "Spock's Pilgrimage". Anyone care to tackle it?
The editor also includes this in her editorial, something that would get her into trouble later:
On page 44 of this volume, Jacqueline has an open letter criticising her story "Coup de Grace". She lists its faults and ends by calling it the "worst Kraith story ever " written. I take exception to that. In my opinion that dubious honor goes to another story in this volume called "The Obligation/Through Time andTears". I apologize to the authors, but I had to cut out over 5 pages of redundancy just to get it into the poor shape it is in now. It isn't that the ideas presented in the story are invalid, or that the writing style is ghastly, or that the characterizations are too horribly off. That poor story suffers, terminally I'm afraid, from the typical Kraith malaise of trying to do too much in too little wordage. Ideas are thrown in right and left with no explainations and precious little continuity. I can see right now that people are going to be jumping all over me for that last bit. "Ah hah! If it's too short why did she cut out 5 pages?" they shout, triumphant. But, still, It's rather difficult to credit Sarek with a poor memory less than a day a'fter a discussion with Spock he must go through the whole line of reasoning again alone and then again trying to convince Spock that he should do what he (Spock) had suggested to him (Sarek). yesterday! It was too much. Editorial judgement prevailed. It went.
  • Editor’s Preface by Carol Lynn
  • The Learning Process by Jean Sellar (3)
  • The Obligation/Through Time and Tears by J.M. Winston and J. Lichtenberg [Also in Tetrumbriant #4, #5] (7) (There is a lengthy apology about this story in issue #4)
  • The Secret of Groskin by J. Lichtenberg (19)
  • Coup de Grace by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (also in Bags End Gazette) (33)
  • Coup de Partie by Ruth Berman (39)
  • Spock’s Nemesis by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (47)
  • May You Live Long and Prosper by J Lichtenberg (article)
  • art by Cara Sherman, Alice E. La Velle, Nancy Cleveland, Elizabeth Dailey, Doug Herring, front cover by Robbie Brown, John Benson and Carol Lynn

Volume 4

ad from A Piece of the Action #10, click to read
cover of issue #4, Nancy Cleveland
cover of issue #4, 1993 edition

Kraith Collected 4 (rest Series III, Series IV) was published in 1974 and contains 120 pages. Regarding the story, "Spock's Decision": fans could buy this story separately from the publisher of Berengaria for $1.50, see ad image.

From the editorial:

This is my first issue as editor of Kraith Collected. This strange state of affairs began when I had the time to type the manuscripts which make up this issue. Then Carol handed down the ultimatum: It's your issue, do the paratype. Well, as it happens, the numbers are press-on, and the lettering is done by John Benson (take a bow, John). So I had no paratyping to do. And Carol is doing the artwork layout as I last minute type Dokamral'nor and this editorial. But there are problems. You will notice that there is almost no artwork in this issue. The reason is simple -- editors are cheap. And when you have 120 pages of typing, before artwork, well, you just cut down drastically on the artwork. And then there are the problems with the artwork we did, and did not, include. Allan Asherman's beautiful illustration of Commodore Spock, you might notice, shows him with a full head of hair. He is supposed to have a receeding [sic] hairline. But one just does not tamper with an Asherman drawing. In regards to the Schillians shown in the last issue (volume 2). I like Roberta Brown's Schillians--they are graceful, as I would assume a Schillian is (whether or not they have tails.) Carol likes Todd Bake's (even though they are short one finger per hand.) So Carol's issue had Todd's Schillians, and my issue has Roberta's--only my issue doesn't have room for Schillian artwork. I demand equal time... For those of you who followed the saga of "denonstarting," [a typo for "demonstrating" which turned into a running gag] we have, this issue, the tale of T'Uriamne's midget. If you can find that typo, you might be able to figure out what it was to be. Something about an air car, I think.[5] This issue will probably be the last, for some time to corne, to feature a major story by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Mrs. Lichtenberg now has so many professional commitments that they leave very little time for Kraith. We congratulate her on this state of affairs, and at the same time shed a tear for the Kraith stories we won't see. That is not to say that there will be no more Kraith stories. We have now enough stories in the works to do volume 5. And Mrs. Lichtenberg's collaborator, Sondra Marshak, is working on the Kraith series... And there are those whose stories have yet to see print. If you are a budding Kraith author, let me remind you: make three copies of your story--you keep one, send one to Jacqueline Lichtenberg, and one to Carol Lynn. You will hear from us, though it may take a while. And for artists: get in touch with Carol. (Deborah Kay Goldstein June 1974)

A Public Apology to Joan Winston --The editor writes in "Editors are Ghouls and Ghosts" about the revisions, mistakes, and editing mess-ups regarding Joan's story that was in issue #3:

This is a public apology to Joan Winston for the mutilation of her story,"Through Time and Tears", by yours truly, I may, perhaps, be permitted a few words of explanation, not to shift the blame (for it is mine), or to excuse it, but to show that the havoc I wracked was not done with "malice aforethought." Several months before I actively began the typing of Volume Three of Kraith Collected, I received notification from Jacqueline that she and Joan Winston were collaborating on a story-Jacqueline said that she had written a story some months before, but, on having seen a story that Joan had written, had decided that they really ought to be published together. Jacqueline would write a connecting piece between the stories, in the letters it was always referred to as "The Obligation/Through Time and Tears."' I received a copy of the unrevised "Obligation" fron Jacqueline with assurances that "Through Time and Tears" would be following from Joan. I rented a typewriter and began typing the rest of the volume. Two weeks before the rental period expired, I received a package from Joan containing another unrevised copy of "The Obligation." I immediately telephoned Jacqueline and explained the problem. She dropped a copy of the connecting piece she had written and the copy of "Through Time and Tears" that Joan had given her into the mail... [the editor goes on to describe in specific detail all the differences between what was intended and what was printed]... By this time, I was in a frenzy. The typewriter was due back. I was leaving for nine weeks at Oxford University and had reams of reading to do. I took a liberty that wasn't mine, made the above adjustments, sent the thing to the printers, and promptly forgot about it. However, as can be seen from my editorial in that volume, I had misgivings about the story. My own guilty conscience speaking. To all concerned, and very specially to Joan Winston, I offer my sincerest apologies. To all those people who wrote in and protested my editorial, I laud you. You were right.
  • Editors are Ghouls and Cannibals (2)
  • Initiative by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (3) (also in The Best of Amanda and Sarek)
  • Spock's Decision by J. Lichtenberg & Sondra Marshak [Also Berengaria Special Issue (1976)] (28)
  • Spock's Pilgrimage by Jacqueline Lichtenberg & Sondra Marshak (66)
  • Ballad of Dokamral'nor by Beverly Clark (117)
  • Dokamral'nor, Second Translation by Darlene Fouquet (119)
  • art by Nancy Cleveland (front cover), Alice LaVelle, Kucharski & Austin, Roberta L. Brown, Tim Courtney, and Allan Asherman

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for Spock's Decision.

Volume 5

cover of issue #5, Todd Bake

Kraith Collected 5 (Series V). It has the subtitle "Alternates." Published in 1977, it has 118 pages.

The editors write an apology:
Whether or not we plan it, editors make mistakes. Then, when too late, because we've printed three hundred copies with the error, sold a fourth of them, then we get the phone calls at 3 a.m. telling us what turkeys we are. You can call back the sold copies to correct them all--if you're rich and know who bought them--or you can correct the second printing and write an apology in the next issue of the zine. I am. Both "Spock's Decision" and "Spock's Pilgrimage" should have come originally with both Jacqueline's and Sondra Marshak's names. Sondra, I'm sorry. I never meant to forget you. Volume Four was finished in a rush, as usual, because the typewriter was due back at IBM. Add we were simply not used to the idea that anyone but Jacqueline was writing Main Series Kraith. So the same mistake can't possibly happen again, we now write both the title and the author on the first page of every story we type.
This volume of Kraith has this note from the editorial:
The stories contained in this volume are not part of the main sequence of events in Kraith. The facts invented, presented or implied here need not be adhered to by writers of Kraith. With this volume we introduce two new types of Kraith stories -- self-consistent visualizations of STAR TREK based on a number of Kraith postulates and/or splitting off from Kraith at some definite point, here called Alternate Universes Kraith, and Kraith Spinoff Stories which are inspired by Kraith but which challenge, deny or parody the Kra1th postulates. Both types of stories are important to Kraith readers because they ask serious questions about Kraith, questions which must be answered by Kraith within the Kraith framework. They are also important because they are a lot of fun and :iust Plain good reading in and of themselves. They would not be fun to read though, if they were presented as numbered Kraith stories because the reader familiar with Kraith would be thrown out of the story time after time, saying, "But, no, that contradicts this other fact ..... So we present this volume of apocrypha to delight, inspire and perhaps outrage the reader into writing his own Kraith and sharing it with us.
  • Editor’s Preface by Carol Lynn 1
  • Editors are Ghouls and Cannibals by Debbie Goldstein 2
  • Author’s Introduction by Jacqueline Lichtenberg 3 (includes "How to Write a Kraith Story" (see this section at Kraith, "Sime Art," and "Now to the Stories in This Volume," as well as a portrait of Jacqueline Lichtenberg by Joni Wagner
  • New Numbering by Jacqueline Lichtenberg 7
  • Komengathor by Jacqueline Lichtenberg 8
  • Challenge by Eileen Roy 9
  • Sarek and T’Amanda by Fern Marder 13
  • Kraith Fragment by Jacqueline Lichtenberg 14
  • Servant of the People by Eileen Roy 15
  • An Abortive Attempt by Paula Smith 19
  • T'Uriamne's Victory by Eileen Roy 27
  • The Affirmation by Sheryl Roberts 57
  • A Touch of Spring by Jane M. Wooster 82
  • The Betrothal by Sheryl Roberts 83
  • The Marriage by Sheryl Roberts 85
  • Come Two as One by Beverly Clark 87
  • Reflections on His Reflecting Captain by Linda H. Lawson 88
  • We Have Kept Our Peace by Virginia Lee Smith 88
  • Invocation by Jane M. Wooster 88
  • The Confrontation by Sheryl Roberts 89
  • Kraith Chronology by Jacqueline Lichtenberg 114
  • Carol's Ferschluggoner Story! by Paula Smith 115
  • art by Todd Bake (front cover), Robbie Brown, Gordon Carleton, D.L. Collin, JEF, Pat Foley, Mike Kucharski, Gee Moaven, Joni Wagner, and Alice LaVelle

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

The long-awaited sequel to 'Spock's Pilgrimage' isn't here yet. This volume is alternate Kraith so be warned. 'Kraith Collected 5' contains some interesting articles in the prefaces including 'Procedures for Submitting a Kraith Story,' 'Sime Art, and various fiction by the editors. ... There is some good poetry by Jane Wooster, Virginia Lee Smith, and Linda H. Lawson, and a very bad epic poem by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. Jackie also has one fragment which, unfortunately, for neo-Kraithers, isn't any better. The fiction is by three authors, Paula Smith has 'An Abortive Attempt,' a very good Kraith abortion story, and 'Carol's Ferschulggoner Story!' which is actually what it says it is. Not Kraith, definitely not Kraith.[6] Eileen Roy has 'Kirk's Challenge,' a short, badly written setup for her universe with Kirk's illegitimate son, 'Servant of the People,' a short zinger about bureaucracy, and 'T'Uriamne's Victory,' a what-if-all-humans-had-to-leave-Vulcan story. [7] Sheryl Roberts, a newcomer, has two long stories and two short shorts in her alternate Kraith universe. She has grasped Kraith expertly, even down to the worst facets of Kraith (this is a compliment, I think), and writes very well. The only problem I had was that these stories are Mary Sue down to the heroine being a 20th century author named Sherrith. This bothered me. I look forward to seeing more of her work that isn't Mary Sue -- she has tremendous potential for good stories. [8] 'Kraith 5' is not Kosher Kraith -- but I have a feeling Sheryl Roberts' series is going to be a hot topic of contention in Kraith circles. Buy it. [9]
Contents of this volume are all "alternate Kraith." Eileen Roy has "Servant of the People", about a bureaucrat who has elevated paper-pushing to a religion, but breaks the rules to help a subordinate in need. "Kirk's Challenge" isn't bad, but it isn't nearly so good as the rewrite which appeared in INTERPHASE. It's a good object lesson for the beginning writer. "T'Uriamne's Victory" deals with what- would-happen-if-Spock-lost-his-Argument-and-all-humans-had-to-leave-Vulcan. This is primarily Amanda's story, but all the characters are real and alive. Shui, an eccentric desert-dweller, and Teng, a small girl determined to "grow up Vulcan", are especially memorable. "Victory" is a superb story on any terms, easily the best of thish. Paula Smith's "Carol's Fershluggener Story" and "An Abortive Attempt" are tightly written, convincing, and more than a little frightening. You may not like them, but that's beside the point. Most of thish is taken up with Sheryl Roberts' "Beta Kraith"--two long stories and two vignettes. They deal with a twenti- eth century writer who just happens to be an 'eidetic telepath' and who also just happens to be transported into the future and who also just happens to get caught up in a meld with Spock which necessitates their marriage. After which, Sherrith Gives Him a Son and shows T'Uriamne a thing or ten. This transformation into the Compleat Mary Sue is a pity, since on her own ground and in her own time, Sherrith MacRaith is an engaging and sympathetic character. Ms. Roberts is obviously a writ- er of some potential, but her prose in these stories bears a strong odor or Milles Fleurs and could do with a closer acquaintance with Messers. Fowler and Webster. Thish also includes some extremely fine poetry by Jane Wooster and Virginia Lee Smith--"We Have Kept Our Peace" is almost worth the price of the zine by itself. Illos throughout are sparse if appropriate. Gordon Carleton's and Robbie Brown's pieces for "T'Uriamne's Victory" are wonderfully witty. [10]

Volume 6

cover of issue #6, Gee Moaven

Kraith Collected 6 (alternate universe issue). Published in 1980, it contains 142 pages.

From the editorial:
At this time, we feel that we should put out a general "Call for Papers". Jacqueline Lichtenberg, knowing how patiently her fans have been waiting for the rest of Kraith, cleared two full weeks of her schedule this past summer. She planned to write the detailed outlines for the last Kraith stories. Those two free weeks never materialized. Her publisher sent her two galleys to be corrected, so that the books could go to press. Since professional commitments must come before fanish activities, she used up those two weeks. And she hasn't had any free time since. If there is to be any more "Kraith Collected", then it must come from you fans.
  • Kraith Chronology by Jacqueline Lichtenberg 2
  • Sundered Duties by Jackie Bielowicz, et. al. 3 (reprinted from Sol Plus #4)
  • Sarek's Meditation by Jeah Lorrah 23 (also in Jean Lorrah's Sarek Collection and IDIC #6)
  • Operating Manual by Anna Mary Hall 29 (reprinted Saurian Brandy Digest #1)
  • Three Steps Behind Him by Eileen Roy (reprinted from Off the Beaten Trek #3)
  • A House Divided by Linda Deneroff & Frances Zawacky 39 (reprinted from Probe #4)
  • Christine's Decision by Sharon Emily 59 (reprinted from Berengaria #4)
  • The Vulcan as Super Hero by Randy Bathurst 74 ("Many people have complained that Kraith turns Spock into Superman. The definitive expo- sition on th is subj ect has been done by R.R. Bathurst for this fanzine. In his short, lucid essay he explores the possibilities of the myth and brings the theme to a startling conclusion. We highly recommend that you study his piece entitled "The Vulcan as Superhero" before reading further. It will give you a sense of perspective." - a single page with two drawings)
  • One Finger Symphony by Eileen Roy 75 (reprinted from Warped Space #43, Enter-comm #2) (McCoy helps a despondent Christine deal with her feelings about Spock.)
  • Days of Future Past by Cynthia Levine 77 (reprinted from IDIC #6)
  • Bones' Vision by Eileen Roy 85 (reprinted from Interphase #1)
  • The Affirmation of Nellie Gray by Roberta Rogow 103 (reprinted from Grip #1)
  • Kirk's Triumph by Linda Deneroff, Jacqueline Lichtenberg, et. al. 107 (reprinted from IDIC #6)
  • Equity by Joyce Yasner 127 (reprinted from Interphase #4)
  • art by Gee Moaven (front cover), Randy Bathurst, Mary Bohdanowicz, Susan Ceci, D.L. Collin, Barbara Craig, Desire Gonzales, Erin Jahr-Strom, Mike Kucharski, P.S. Nim, D.M. Olsen, Janet L. Trauvetter, Joni Wagner, Mel White

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

See reactions and reviews for Christine's Decision.
[zine]: When we last saw Kirk and Spock, they were in the utsulan at Beom. They had just returned from alternate universe into which Kirk had been abducted by the a.u. Spock after the a.u. Kirk's death. Both wore nude, Spock was unconscious, and six Blooms and their bulbs lay beside twin Idlomputt devices. ("Spock's Pilgrimage", KRAITH VD, by Lichtenberg and Marshak).... So what's in KRAITH COLLECTED VOLUME 6? It is a collection of short stories in the KRAITH universe, all of which have appeared elsewhere. Since familiarity with the KRAITH universe is assumed by the writers, a reader new to the series would be advised to buy, beg, borrow, or steal the earlier KRAITH Collecteds which contain the main sequence stories before reading volume 6, However, if you are familiar with KRAITH, dive right in. Some of these stories are excellent. My personal favorite is Jean Lorrah's "Spock's Meditation", KRAITH II (al). Sarek missed his Affirmation due to the theft of the Kraith. This little vignette explores the state of being Disaffirmed, and, by counterexample, sheds much light on what it means to be Affirmed. "Christine's Decision", KRAITH VA, by Sharon Emily is also excellent. It depicts how Spock's family helps Christine to accept the fact that nothing will ever come of her love for Spock. Eileen Roy's "Bones' Vision", KRAITH AV, is also, a gem. While under the influence of the Dark Star, McCoy sees an alternate future in which Spock and T'Aniyeh's daughter T'Ekithah (Kitten, to Bones) lives. I dare not divulge more for fear it will ruin this bittersweet tale for you. "Kirk's Triumph," KRAITH VD(2), by Deneroff, Lichtenberg, and Zawacky takes place shortly, but not immediately, after "Spock's Pilgrimage." It details how Kirk finally comes to master his troublesome psionic talents to save the life of a Schillian child. [11]

References

  1. from Time Warp #1
  2. from Treklink #18
  3. from T-Negative #20
  4. An utsulan is a psionic device. It is a gigantic pyramidal structure, designed to receive and store emotional energy. Vulcans experience true emotions powerfully, and contributing them to the utsulan allows them to share the feelings and the energy with others. The utsulan contains a giant crystal called a wheerr which is used to help visualize an individual’s contribution to Vulcan culture.
  5. T'Uriamne, in Kraith, is Spock's half sister. In an alternative universe where Spock is Commodore Spock, she has a midget aircar. There is an incredibly long scene where she nearly wrecks the thing and is rescued by "our" Captain Kirk. Don't ask how he got to the alternative universe.
  6. Spock goes into pon farr. He asks Chapel to be his wife. They do it. A few hours later she finds him dead, apparently because she couldn't open her mind for necessary telepathic contact while they were copulating.
  7. This one features Amanda in a prominent role and is much better than it sounds.
  8. Apparently she didn't recognize that Roberts' stories were satires of Kraith plus a lot of recurring tropes in Trek fan fiction, with contemporary romance novels, all blended to a fine puree and served up with tongue firmly in cheek. They have to be read to be believed.
  9. from Scuttlebutt #2; the interviewer is Eileen Roy, the author of one of the stories, and it is difficult to tell if her review of her own story is in jest
  10. by Jane Aumerle in Mahko Root #1
  11. from TREKisM #18
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