Among the Stars (Star Trek: TOS story)

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Title: Among the Stars
Author(s): Gerry Downes
Date(s): 1976
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Among the Stars is a gen Star Trek: TOS story by Gerry Downes.

It was published in the zine Stardate: Unknown #1.


The Enterprise discovers the Trrwylans, a gentle, cultured race of winged humanoids who are being hunted to extinction by a neanderthal-Iike species that share their planet. The men of the Enterprise try to find a way to help them survive and McCoy finds a special closeness with the female, Llaria.

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The Enterprise encounters a small remnant of a civilization of pacifist winged humanoids, apparently transplanted long ago and now being exterminated by the indigenous Neanderthal-like population as it develops. McCoy becomes romantically involved with Llaria, but the Prime Directive seems to require the Feds to leave the Trrwylans to their fate. They leave them with directions to a possible haven on an island far from the hunter Gran - which they may attempt when the present children grow enough to fly there. Neither the romance nor the culture are very convincing/compelling, but the story has excellent bits about the joy and compulsion of flight. [1]
The first story, 'Among the Stars,' is a pleasant, very easy-going Prime Directive/lay-McCoy tale. Kirk, Spock, and McCoy discover a race of winged humanoids while exploring a planet whose culture has died. [2]
"Among the Stars," a "get McCoy" story, or rather, a love story for McCoy. "Among the Stars" is a wistful story. The entire story has a sad overtone to it. It starts out with McCoy seeing a female humanoid with wings bathing in a pool. She immediately takes off, and the Enterprise crew gets to know the Trrwylans, winged humanoids who live peacefully & unchanged for 10,000 years, now doomed to die because of the changing environment. [3]


  1. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  2. from The Halkan Council #20/21
  3. from The Clipper Trade Ship #13