A Human Kind of Learning

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Title: A Human Kind of Learning
Publisher: ScoTpress
Editor: Sheila Clark, Valerie Piacentini
Author(s): Karen Hayden and Vicki Richards
Cover Artist(s):
Illustrator(s): Roo
Date(s): May 1985
Medium: print zine, fanfic
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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A Human Kind of Learning is a gen Star Trek: TOS 64-page novel by Karen Hayden and Vicki Richards. It is illustrated by Roo.


Spock 'loses' his Vulcan half.

Reactions and Reviews

This is a one-story zine. A shore leave goes wrong and Spock 'loses' his Vulcan half, and of course the ship runs into plenty of problems, including a meeting with a certain young woman we first met on Omicron Ceti III. At first I was worried that the writers would fall into the trap of being corny and would therefore make Spock too human. This does not happen, in fact, they have come up with an interesting study of Spock handling a devastating situation. Although Spock is the central character, McCoy and Kirk are strongly featured and well-written. Whenever I pick up a Star Trek book or zine, I have one question on my mind. Will the characters be true to those portrayed in the television and film series? For me, in this zine, the answer is yes.[1]
Very difficult to judge. The storyline is possible. Loss of part of a conscious self is hard to describe, this story seems to give credence to the fact that the brain is so complex that we will NEVER understand its functions. The use of Jim's accident to reunite Spock's self reinforces several arguments, but manages to keep them under tight control, The writing and characterization are true to form and the artwork adequate but Not enough of it [2]


  1. ^ from Star Trek Action Group #93
  2. ^ from Beyond Antares #28