Night of the Dragon
|Title:||Night of the Dragon|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
|External Links:||Night of the Dragon at the KS Archive|
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In a Series
- Desert Heat (first published in The Sensuous Vulcan, then in Naked Times #2, and later in The Cosmic Collected)
- Beyond Setarcos (first published in Thrust, then in The Cosmic Collected)
- Night of the Dragon (also first in Thrust, then in The Cosmic Collected)
- Between Friends (first published in Obsc'zine #3 in 1978, but was written and circulated hand-to-hand earlier as a story called "Birthday Present."  It was later printed in The Cosmic Collected).
A Term and Its Fanon
Ray Newton, author of The Prize regarding "S'Kanderai": "Most of the basic ideas about Vulcan warrior society were inspired by [Gayle F's] S'Kanderai; I took the view that a chaotic, disorganised society would neither work nor survive, so the rules and codes of honour were important."
The introduction also includes a comment by another fan: "Ruth Lym remembers that "S'Kanderai was a concept used in the third story ("Night of the Dragons") of the Cosmic Fuck Series by [Gayle F]. Not sure where it first appeared, but Gayle got the name -- S'Kanderai -- from the name that Hephaestion [or maybe it was Bagoas: the reference is to Mary Renault's novels] called Alexander: Skander. 
Reactions and Reviews
Okay, okay, I'm probably one of two people who haven't read this [zine] (the other probably being my mother), but it's one of my huge collection of unread zines and therefore subject to my incredibly insightful, penetrating, discerning (sounds like Spock's eyes) scrutiny! So for that fine other person out there, this is for you.
This [Desert Heat, Beyond Setarcos, Night of the Dragon, and Between Friends], is a series of connected stories concerning Spock going into pon farr while he and Kirk are left for a week on an abandoned planet. So, of course, Kirk has to help out. The stories continue back on the Enterprise, and Kirk has to help out some more. In the last story, McCoy helps out, but more on that later.
I'd already heard about [Gayle F's] writing being a lot like her sexy, ultra-explicit, fantasy artwork. Well, it's not exactly like it. There's a bit too much of "he licked his chest, abdomen, legs, knees, ankles, feet, toes,..." (not a quote} for my taste. Then, there's lots of "telling" not "showing". Also, the characterizations are a little strange. For the most pan. Kirk is unrecognizable and Spock is cliche with his exacting, logical talk. The rest is inner thoughts that are so heavy with a kind of emotional poetry, that I was confused as to who was feeling what and especially, why.The style of writing was frustrating to me. Done in short, clipped sentences, I had to work really hard to visualize things and believe me, there were lots of things I wanted to visualize) The use of repeating verbs didn't help imoi?), nor did leaving off nouns and the objects of verbs, and the "ands". Example: "Dropped his pants, kicked them away and jerked off boots, socks." There are many more examples, but you get the idea. Also, there are lots of hes, hims, and hises that totally confused me as to whose, whats and wheres.