A Trekkie's Tale

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Star Trek Fanfiction
Title: A Trekkie's Tale
Author(s): Paula Smith
Date(s): December 1973
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
External Links: online here

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A Trekkie's Tale is a Star Trek: TOS parody. Though listed as Anonymous in the toc, it is by Paula Smith. It was "How's Treks #5," piece, one of a number of short parodies in that zine.

the fic, and an uncredited illo

It was published in the print zine Menagerie #2 and is the fanwork that introduced the concept of Mary Sue.

Some Transformative Works

Many, many, many fanworks have been created as DIRECT anti-Mary Sues, as parodies of Mary Sues, and as fanworks that celebrate Mary Sue.

One contemporary example is a series of fics in The Hole in the Deck Gang Newsletter which feature the original Mary Sue interacting with con gofers.

A Trekkie's Tale

"Gee, golly, gosh, gloriosky," thought Mary Sue as she stepped on the bridge of the Enterprise. "Here I am, the youngest lieutenant in the fleet - only fifteen and a half years old." Captain Kirk came up to her.

"Oh, Lieutenant, I love you madly. Will you come to bed with me?" "Captain! I am not that kind of girl!" "You're right, and I respect you for it. Here, take over the ship for a minute while I go get some coffee for us." Mr. Spock came onto the bridge. "What are you doing in the command seat, Lieutenant?" "The Captain told me to." "Flawlessly logical. I admire your mind."

Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and Mr. Scott beamed down with Lt. Mary Sue to Rigel XXXVII. They were attacked by green androids and thrown into prison. In a moment of weakness Lt. Mary Sue revealed to Mr. Spock that she too was half Vulcan. Recovering quickly, she sprung the lock with her hairpin and they all got away back to the ship.

But back on board, Dr. McCoy and Lt. Mary Sue found out that the men who had beamed down were seriously stricken by the jumping cold robbies , Mary Sue less so. While the four officers languished in Sick Bay, Lt. Mary Sue ran the ship, and ran it so well she received the Nobel Peace Prize, the Vulcan Order of Gallantry and the Tralfamadorian Order of Good Guyhood.

However the disease finally got to her and she fell fatally ill. In the Sick Bay as she breathed her last, she was surrounded by Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy, and Mr. Scott, all weeping unashamedly at the loss of her beautiful youth and youthful beauty, intelligence, capability and all around niceness. Even to this day her birthday is a national holiday of the Enterprise.

Reactions and Reviews

The General Concept

See Mary Sue for general reactions to the concept.


After a lot of searching, and then giving up, this little piece of fanzine history popped up in an eBay listing (in a bulk lot of Star Trek fanzines, no less.) Menagerie #2 is famous for one specific story, “A Trekkie’s Tale” by “Anonymous” (Actually editor Paula Smith.) This tiny little parody piece is a fundamental icon of fanfic history: it’s the story that gave the Mary Sue her name. This little poke at all the self-insert fantasy submissions the editor had to read gave all of us a handy label for the character type, one that is still being used over 40 years later. That’s a pretty good legacy for quick little frustration fic! ... #I've wanted to own this for a loooonng time #And now I do #How cool is that? [1]


  1. ^ "bruinhilda.tumblr".