Crossroads (Star Trek: TOS story)

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Star Trek Fanfiction
Title: Crossroads
Author(s): Juanita Salicrup
Date(s): 1976
Length:
Genre: het
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Crossroads is a Star Trek: TOS story by Juanita Salicrup. It was illustrated by Gerry Downes.

title page in Stardate: Unknown #2, artist is Gerry Downes
sample page for "Crossroads" from Stardate: Unknown #2, artist is Gerry Downes

It was published in Stardate: Unknown #2.

The Crossroads Series

At one point, a zine called "Crossroads" was to have been published that would have contained all of Juanita Salicrup's Spock/Christine stories. See: Stardate: Unknown #6.

The Series:

  • Gift of the Masters of Time (in Dagger of the Mind, 1980, ""Gift of the Masters of Time" is not a 'series' story per se. However, Juanita's Spock and Christine series, Crossroads, offers further insight into the Vulcan's character and interactions in a very real world." [2])

Reactions and Reviews

Spock/Chapel romance, sensibly and pleasingly presented. As the 5-year mission draws to a close, McCoy assigns Chapel to look after Spock during a month-long convalescence on Vulcan, specifically to force them to come to terms with their (non)relationship. When T'Pau brings a "candidate" bondmate, Spock confronts his own emotional needs, but by then has to work to win Chapel over. [3]
'Crossroads' is the major novella in this zine. As Gerry says in her editorial, it is 'probably the best treatment of Christine Chapel inside or outside of fanfic.' It takes place at the end of the five-year mission when the Enterprise crew are all thinking about the next stage in their lives. The Chapel-Spock relationship is resolved in this story... [The author's] handling of Vulcan and its customs is also very good. [4]
The 'biggie' of this issue is a novelette... called 'Crossroads.' This is a Spock/Christine story. Personally I'm waiting for a story to come along where Christine gets fed up with Spock's rejections and disintegrates him with a surgical laser, bit by bit... In the meantime, we're stuck with the standard model with out white sidewalls, factory air or other extras... It is very competently told and an excellent character study of Chapel, but it's been done an innumerable number of times.... [5]

References

  1. "Scheduled [to be in this zine] was the long awaited 'Fire in the Mind,' of Juanita Salicrup's Christine and Spock [fourth chapter in the Crossroads begun in Stardate: Unknown] series. Unfortunately, according to the editorial, it is not in this volume and may never see print due to Juanita’s other commitments." -- from a review of The Farthest Star in Datazine #16
  2. from Dagger of the Mind's back page, listing that zine's "universes"
  3. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  4. from Interphase #4
  5. from Spectrum #31