Night of the Dragon

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K/S Fanfiction
Title: Night of the Dragon
Author(s): Gayle F
Date(s): 1978
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
External Links: Night of the Dragon at the KS Archive

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Night of the Dragon by Gayle F is the third in the Cosmic Fuck Series (a K/S pon farr fic), and sequel to Desert Heat and Beyond Setarcos.

In a Series


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. [2]

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. [3]


  1. The Foresmutters Project. Bibliography of early, early K/S (accessed 31 August 2009)
  2. January 27, 2000 comments at ASCEML upon the posting of The Prize
  3. from Come Together #10