A Lesson in Perspective

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Title: A Lesson in Perspective
Author(s): Connie Faddis
Date(s): 1976
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Genre: het, gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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A Lesson in Perspective is a Star Trek: TOS story by Connie Faddis. It has art by Gayle F.

It was published in the print zine Warped Space #20 and Relay #3.

Summary

"Connie extrapolates on what effect being confined to Janice Lester’s body would have on someone as caught up in being male as Kirk. Physical and psychological trauma from the transference and Janice Lester's hatred sends Kirk spiraling into depression and impotence. McCoy makes matters worse by plying him with aphrodisiacs on Wrigley's, sending him in search of relief he eventually finds in a drug den and causing a complete breach between Kirk and McCoy. Kirk ends up spending shore leave on secluded New Seattle with middle-aged, lively nurse Sajis Caffrey (who is a very appealing new character). All manner of things go wrong, but Kirk comes out of it right again." [1]

Author's Comments

In comments from the panel at SeKWester*Con, Too in 1977, Faddis said that she had trouble writing Janice Lester in this story because she did not like or identify with Dr. Lester and did not want to:
If you're gonna get into [writing fanfic], you're going run into deep emotional scars... you're going to run into characters that are difficult to write not so much because you can't get that out, but because you don't want to get it out -- because then you are going to have to deal with it. [2]

Gallery of Art: from Relay

Gallery of Art: from Warped Space

Reactions and Reviews

And there is "A Lesson in Perspective" by Connie Faddis, an excellent story in which Kirk is suffering from the strong after affects, including impotence, of his unpleasant sojourn in Janice Lester's body. McCoy's attempted cure only exacerbates Kirk's problems, but all eventually is worked out with the aid of some curative shore leave and a motherly nurse. It is well illustrated by Gayle F in a style not recognizably hers, but lovely nonetheless. [3]
Post-Turnabout Intruder. Physical and psychological trauma from the transference and Janice Lester's hatred sends Kirk spiraling into depression and impotence. McCoy makes matters worse by plying him with aphrodisiacs on Wrigley's, sending him in search of relief he eventually finds in a drug den and causing a complete breach between Kirk and McCoy. Kirk ends up spending shore leave on secluded New Seattle with middle-aged, lively nurse Sajis Caffrey (who is a very appealing new character). All manner of things go wrong, but Kirk comes out of it right again. A good read. [4]

References

  1. from an unknown source, an introduction in one of the zines?
  2. panel notes transcription form the SeKWester*Con, Too program book
  3. from Not Tonight, Spock! #6
  4. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex