Full Circle (Star Trek: TOS story by Gerry Downes)

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

It was published in Stardate: Unknown #2.


Spock reaches out to help a troubled McCoy.

Reactions and Reviews

Excellent Spock/McCoy confrontation & reconciiliation. McCoy is about to drink himself into oblivion after performing an abortion. Spock disapproves of both actions and bullies McCoy into allowing him to meld to discover the roots of his need for such oblivion. His objective view of the events surrounding McCoy's divorce (here, involving an extramarital affair of his which ended in abortion) brings McCoy some perspective. Characterization and dialogue are perfect, and the situation compelling. [1]
'Full Circle' is a short vignette about McCoy's struggles with the realities of abortion. It's very effectively done. However, it is not really a story, so don't expect too much. [2]
'Full Circle' is scarcely a vignette. The whole plot revolves around the morality of an abortion McCoy performs as a matter of routine and the subsequent discussion/argument/mindmeld (some people can't resist throwing in a mindmeld in to the plot when Spock is in the story). In the back of my mind, I had this lurking suspicion that the story was written more to convey Ms. Downes sentiments toward abortion than it was to detail the little play between Spock and the good doctor. [3]


  1. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  2. from Interphase #4
  3. from Spectrum #31