A Change in Perspective (Star Trek: TOS story)
|Title:||A Change in Perspective|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine Counterpoint #3.
"Kirk and Spock must convince the elders of Spockʼs clan of the rightness of their bond in order to have it formalized on Vulcan."
Reactions and Reviews
I loved the way this started out. An armful of wriggling human, indeed. Not something one would ever see on the TV or movie screen, but we know our Spock! As for the rest of it, I thought it thorough and absorbing. While the reason for Sylvan's hostility was rather predictable, it was nevertheless an important and painful point that, as a Vulcan, he was more naive concerning the shallow relationships that humans specialize in. (While no doubt a human could have been misled just as easily by Timothy's intentions, a Vulcan has more excuses for falling into the same trap.) I also liked the quiet, yet powerful way that the author depicted the importance to Spock of Kirk's acceptance by the Council -- as illogical as that importance may have been. 
Convince Vulcan elders your bonding is worthy of recognition in the Hall of Warriors. That’s the task confronting Kirk and Spock. This isn’t a particularly sophisticated piece of writing, but it stays on track and has some interesting moments. I especially liked the idea that no amount of Vulcan disapproval was going to sway either man from his decision to be with his bondmate always. Spock was even more solidly grounded in this than Kirk, which I found very appealing.