Mirrors of Mind and Flesh

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Zine
Title: Mirrors of Mind and Flesh
Publisher: KSX Press
Editor:
Author(s): Gayle F
Cover Artist(s): Gayle F
Illustrator(s): Gayle F
Date(s): 1979
Medium: print
Size: 80 pages
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Mirrors of Mind and Flesh (K/S Archive)

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Mirrors of Mind and Flesh is a Kirk/Spock slash 80-page novella, written and illustrated by Gayle F.

It has ten illustrations and required an age statement to purchase.

It was reprinted in Kirk Enslaved and has been made available online at the K/S Archive.

Its Place in K/S History

It is one of the first K/S full standalone novels published -- Nightvisions was another novel published in 1979. A Question of Balance was published in 1980. All three of these novels were preceded by Alternative: The Epilog to Orion in 1976.

Thrust was the first all K/S anthology published.

Summary

From Gilda F: "In a magical cave, Kirk and Spock meet each otherʼs mirror counterparts in what might be dreams."

Gallery

Art has been included on Fanlore with the artist's permission.

Reactions and Reviews

This is a highly erotic and sensual KS story, written in Gayle's inimitable style. It is a story in two parts, featuring Kirk and Spock, and their Mirror Universe Counterparts... whilst visiting a Cave in their own Universes, a time displacement causes the two couples to exchange partners. The writing is of course fantastic. The only fault I might have is that I would have liked a little more story line, but as a purely emotional experience it is excellent. To sum up, if you are a KS addict you'll love it! If not don't waste your money. [1]
The zine is an absolute must for any fan who even wants to consider the possibility of the K/S relationship. And this zine gives the reader 'two for the price of one' since not only are the Kirk and Spock from the TV present but also their alternates from the Mirror, Mirror universe. It is a zine filled with material that is graphic in the extreme, but the actions and interactions of the characters seemed perfectly suited to the situation the story presents. Through almost a mystical process, the Kirk of our universe finds himself paired with the alternate Spock while 'our' Spock is faced with the brutal, sadistic alternate Kirk. Each pair is faced with some startling realizations about their feelings for each other. The sexual acts are presented in the usual straight-forward style for which Gayle is known, and her illos are perfectly suited to each encounter. Highly recommended for open-minded adults!! [2]
[Gayle F] is [Gayle F]. This is definitely a Good Thing. 'Mirrors of Mind and Flesh' will make those prone to her style, squirm, PANT, sweat, or get stomach aches, depending on how your own personal repressions choose to make its subtle or otherwise return appearance. 'Mirrors' is a story of two universes, four men, and mixed doubles. Though at times confusing the question of Who is doing What to Which One is enlightened by the illos, which are copious. (And you leather freaks are going to have a ball with this.) The story, what little there is of it, doesn't seem very important. And that's the flaw of 'Mirrors.' In the series begun in Desert Heat, the problem, though less urgent, was essentially the same, but those four stories took a thread, fleshed out, and most steamily carried it to an intriguing if not necessarily logical conclusion. 'Mirrors' is the story of an acceptance and a bonding, playing out in a cave which seems to be playing Matchmaker For a Day, or night, for all you literalists. True, with the alternate universe of 'Mirror, Mirror,' we get to see a bit more arrogance, i.e. cheap thrills (but thrills is thrills, folks), and the question of who's going to wind up on top is neatly dealt with here, with two chances for first contact. Needless to say, it all ends up erotically ever after for everyone concerned. Note: double ridges have now been replaced by a carillon effect. The zine is computer-typed, with justified right margins. If this sounds neat, it could have been a lot neater. There are too many typos — you don't want to stop and wonder, nice times, how acquiesce is spelled — and the borders, though flashy, could have been accommodated far more print on a page. Considering postal and offset rates, the tremendous margins are a waste. But [Gayle F] is still [Gayle F]. She's better, but she's still the best erotica around. [3]
As voluptuous as her drawings. A gregarious sensuality; a sexuality that leaves you panting. [4]
I was really confused by this story. How did the wrong Kirk get with the wrong Spock? What did the crystal cave have to do with all this? And how did the right Kirk get with the right Spock? I think the best way to describe this story would be just one long sex scene. [5]
A K/S classic, circa 1979, this is 80 pages of torrid fantasy in the inimitable [Gayle F] style. As the title suggests, the story fades in and out of a dreamlike atmosphere from one scene to another—first pairing Spock with a mirror Kirk, then Kirk with a (bearded) mirror Spock—in a series of radically erotic encounters, prolifically illustrated with vintage [Gayle F] drawings. If you like your K/S starry-eyed and low-key, this one will blow you out of the water. It should have been printed on asbestos, has absolutely no redeeming social value, and is an immensely entertaining tale. Although the physical appearance of a zine is not relevant to the quality of the contents, this one has a classy look and feel to it, due to the soft gray cover, off-toned paper, beautifully bordered, uncrowded pages and full-size typeface. It was obviously produced with loving care. Incidentally, there IS a plot to the story, although it tends to be overwhelmed by [Gayle F's] powerful imagery (now THERE'S a euphemism!). [6]
This story is what is called a PWP; the story is just a frame to write some very hot sex scenes; Kirk and Spock spend the night in a cave in which you can have wonderful dreams. And dream they do: they mix up with their counterparts from the mirror universe and have some great sex which makes them understand their own Kirk and Spock and what they feel for each other. Put to that the very graphic art of Gayle and you have a nice well illustrated K/S story. [7]
Now, let me just say up front that I have never been a fan of mirror!verse at all. I am not into the violence and excessive cruelty that most of this genre is comprised of, so imagine my surprise when I came across some mirror fics in which that is not the case at all... Mirrors of Mind and Flesh (TOS) by Gayle F. In a magical cave, Kirk and Spock meet each other’s mirror counterparts in what might be dreams. Angst and tenderness and OMG THE HAWT. *fans self* Proof that Kirk and Spock are meant to be together no matter what universe they inhabit. [8]

Reference

  1. from The Scapegoat
  2. from Datazine #3
  3. a review by T'Yenta from Universal Translator #1
  4. from The K/S Press #26
  5. from The LOC Connection #14
  6. from Not Tonight, Spock! #3
  7. from The K/S Press #128
  8. from Past and Present Intertwined - Star Trek Kirk/Spock fic recs post, posted February 28, 2010, accessed June 19, 2013