Vivian Gates

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Name: Vivian Gates
Alias(es): DVS (her non-Trek work), Caro Hedge (her Trek art)
Type: fan writer, fanzine publisher, and fan poet
Fandoms: Star Trek, Beauty and the Beast
URL: Her fan fiction at the KS Archive
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Vivian Gates is a slash and het Star Trek fan writer, fanzine publisher, and fan poet. her work has appeared in numerous fanzines in the 1980s and 1990s and she has won both a Surak Award as well as been nominated for a Stiffie Award in 1999.

Fan Reaction

I love the concise, powerful way Vivian Gates writes, but I also wish she didn't write so many a/u themes. However, the a/u story "From Choice" (GREATER CALIFORNIA K/S) is one of my favorite of that genre. I also think Truth's A Nail of Iron" (NOME 7) is particularly memorable, and her most recent story, "A Human Thing to Do" (KSX II), may have been her best ever. [1]
I have a number of favorite writers, for a number of different reasons, and Vivian Gates is right up there at the top of my list. This is not to say that I like all of her stories-- I hate "Jealousy" and several others have not fit my preferred view of K/S (Kirk and Spock happily loving each other). But all of her stories are well written, and the characters in them are always believable. She's written K&S from many different points of view, all of which have validity. Best of all, her K&S are always very masculine, yet show intense feeling for each other. And she writes great erotic scenes, too! Thank you, Vivian, for many hours of reading pleasure. [2]

Vivian Gates Signs Off

In 1986, due in part to disagreements over the editing and printing of The Air is the Air in Alien Brothers, Vivian Gates printed copies and offered it to fandom, saying it was the "last Vivian Gates story."

From the first page of The Air is the Air:

“The Air is the Air” is a little depressing there towards the end, but it was originally written as that the ending would be a spring-board for a sequel. Sort of a figure-out-how-to-get-Kirk-out-of-this challenge. I submitted to an editor I didn’t not know (never do that) from which I later withdrew the story. There isn’t time to go into the whole convoluted tale, but the upshot is, the editor refuses to release it. I feel I have a right to do what I want with my story. What I want to do with it now is to give it to fandom. This is free. Make any copies you want. Send it to other fans. Reprint it anywhere you want. Write sequels that get Kirk and Spock out of this situation. Pass it on or toss it in the trash. This is the last Vivian Gates story. – Vivian Gates, April 1986


  1. from On the Double #11
  2. from Not Tonight Spock! #11
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