A Beautiful(ly Illogical) Mind
|Star Trek Fanfiction|
|Title:||A Beautiful(ly Illogical) Mind|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: AOS|
|External Links:||A Beautiful(ly Illogical) Mind (K/S Archive)|
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A Beautiful(ly Illogical) Mind is an AU version of StarTrek XI in which Pike fails to persuade Kirk to enroll with the Academy, but he heads to San Francisco anyway and works in bars. Pike alludes to Kirk being a genius, and this is one of the few stories I've read where his striking intelligence and ability to understand pure math is illustrated from the very start and becomes a central part of the plot (later he uses internal 'number crunching' as a way to settle his nerves).
It's while Kirk's working in a bar, that he befriends McCoy and indirectly through him, later meets Spock who discovers Kirk's ability to understand the most complex equations simply by looking at them - something that, of course, fascinates him. Through a situation out of Kirk's control (manipulated by Spock), he finds himself enrolled at Starfleet anyway. The characterisations are very strong, with an intelligently reckless Kirk, Bones with his dry wit and Spock, quietly understated but interested. What gives this story breadth and depth is the inclusion of strong supporting characters, including Uhura, Sulu and Chekov, as well as cameos by a perky Rand, a long- suffering Pike and Kirk's mom, who comes across as quirky but cool. All this is backed up a crisp, clear dialogue that ensures the story is well-paced. The development of Kirk and Spock's relationship is beautifully handled. While Spock takes an intellectual interest in Kirk, it's Kirk's libido that initially leads the way in their friendship, leading to a degree of unresolved tension that builds through the first half of the story. Even after they become lovers, there is still that occasional antagonistic spark that makes their scenes together dynamic and engaging.This story, in the end, isn't so far removed from the movie version and the author has built on Abram's characterisations beautifully. For readers who prefer canon to AU, I would suggest this is well worth giving this a go - I don't think it'll disappoint, as it really is a superb read. 
- from The K/S Press #158