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Some Alexander/Hephaistion Fanworks
The Star Trek and Mary Renault Connection
In the first authorized biography of William Shatner, Shatner: Where No Man by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, one chapter is devoted to an interview with Gene Roddenberry. The authors compared Kirk's friendship with Spock to the bond between Alexander the Great and his friend Hephaistion. In context, a series of historical novels about Alexander's life by Mary Renault were appearing at the time this book was being prepared, and Roddenberry had read them. Shatner had played Alexander in a 1968 TV-movie, and both he and Roddenberry described themselves as fans of the historical Alexander.
Portrayed in Star Trek
This pairing is often used and referenced in Kirk and Spock fiction and art, both m/m and gen. From a 1976 letter by Beverly C in The Halkan Council #22: "True, Kirk insists on the dominant part in everything, friendship and love as well as career; this is not unprecedented, nor is it impossible for such a man to find a lasting relationship. Take the case of Alexander, which is an excellent parallel. Alexander the Great was also a dynamic leader, who settled for nothing less than the top position, yet he managed to maintain for nearly twenty years a love relationship - with Hephaistion, one of his chief generals. The parallel is so good because the similarity between Spock and Kirk is so apparent, Spock is a man content to remain in his present position, Hephaistion was also a capable, intelligent man who preferred to remain subordinate to Alexander - as long as he could be near Alexander. Yet he was not passive or "feminine" any more than Spock is. As Gerry points out, Spock is as masculine and strong as Kirk is; it is reflected in different ways, part temperamental, part cultural."
Some fanwork examples:
- Succubus, Incubus (1978) was one of the first stories to note the linking character/relational similarities between Kirk/Spock and Alexander/Hephaistion.
- The Gateway of the King (1984), a story in the British zine The Voice
- "Alexander/Hephaistion: Two Poems," in Galactic Discourse #3
- The Author (1987), "Kirk is determined to win first place in a writing contest and the prize, a 1st edition of Mary Renaultʼs Fire from Heaven, that reminds him of what he wants with Spock."
- Sojourns (1988), a controversial RPS novel
- Protector of Logic (2007), "Kirk is going to the shipʼs costume party as Alexander the Great, and wants Spock to go as Hephaiston."