Genesis Aftermath (Star Trek: TOS story)

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K/S Fanfiction
Title: Genesis Aftermath
Author(s): Elwyn Conway
Date(s): 1988
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Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Genesis Aftermath is a Kirk/Spock story by Elwyn Conway.

It was published as part of a serial in Nome.

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Summary

"McCoy is drawn to Kirkʼs apartment and is unknowingly used by Kirk to be with his lover again."

The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer

In the 1980s, the large distance between the United States and Australia, the latter where Elwyn Conway lived, was made even more vast by the fact that before today's almost instantaneous fannish communication, fans had to rely on the extremely expensive long distance phone call and/or the handwritten letter which took weeks to arrive at its destination. This meant that for Conway, feedback was slow and sparse, if present in any great amount at all. Considering that this series was written over at least a six year period, it is amazing that she persevered as she did.

In 1988, Conway sent this letter to Nome #11's newly-established LoC feature:
I just want to say how much I appreciated the LoCs you printed in the last issue, and especially the comments on my story, both positive and negative. You may remember, three or four years ago, when I said it was like writing into a vacuum, not getting any feedback, not knowing what people liked or disliked. Now your invitation to your readers to write LOCS has produced an abundance of feedback, and I'm very grateful for it. It was overwhelmingly encouraging, and sometimes quite touching. Before. I wasn't sure whether people understood or empathized with what I was trying to convey in my story. Now I am quite sure that many people do, and I would like to thank them for taking the time and trouble to say so.

The End of the Road

From the editorial in Nome #11:
Speaking of input: that is exactly what we didn't get from Elwyn Conway this year. Unfortunately, we do not have the next chapter in her saga, although we do have the final story. As some of you may know, Elwyn lives in Australia, so contact with her is primarily by mail. After many letters and attempts at telephone contact, we were forced to make the editorial decision to print the final piece in the saga, which takes place after STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN and before STAR TREK: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK—"Genesis Aftermath: Before the Search." Several interim chapters in the saga are, as yet, unwritten. Should we be able to reestablish contact with Elwyn and, should she write these missing parts, we will still consider reediting the work as a whole and publishing it separately as a NOME Special Edition... NEWS FLASH: Just two days before our deadline—we were inputting this editorial, in fact—we received word from Elwyn Conway! She has been extremely ill this year, but is now feeling better and is resuming work on the "missing" chapters! The possibility of her completing her saga now looks more promising. If you are interested in a re-edited, collected edition of her complete novel (which may have to be printed in two volumes), please send us a SASE marked "Conway—Saga." If enough interest is shown, we will bring these volumes out next year.

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