None There Embrace

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Title: None There Embrace
Author(s): Connie Faddis
Date(s): spring 1977
Length: 23 page
Genre: the author defines it as slash, but the zine editor did not or she wouldn't have printed it
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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None There Embrace is a 23-page story in R & R #3 by Connie Faddis.

Gayle F created art for the story.


"Alone with Spock on the planet Sherod, McCoy is at his professional and emotional best as he fights to save Spock from the Pon Farr. This story of McCoy's loving support and medical expertise in saving Spock's life is unsurpassed." [1]

Author's Comments: 2017

So you know, I had my issues [with slash], and I don’t I was ever—I hope I was never one of the people who were foaming at the mouth over it. I considered it. After a while, I kind of thought up ways, like, how it could happen within the canon of the Star Trek universe as given to us by Roddenberry and extended. You know, the logical—where would logic take this if you would end up at this place? I actually ended up—I don’t know that I ever wrote—I don’t remember writing a slash story. Yes, I do! I wrote something for somewhere, where McCoy and Spock are stuck on a planet, and Spock goes into pon farr, and McCoy ends up offering himself because he’s a doctor and he saves lives. And I made it as sweet as I could, but it was a logical thing to happen within the canon. I came to a place where I could appreciate the stories. I certainly was, at first, startled and then came to deeply appreciate the beautiful, erotic art that [ Gayle F ] did, the K/S. I mean, she just elevated it to erotica and not porn. It was very, very beautiful work. And there was a sweetness to it as well as a rawness to it, so, you know, but it just was never really my primary aspect of the fandom. I liked the science fiction; I liked the bromance, you know, that kind of thing. [2]

Reactions and Reviews

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A well-written, intense and believable pon farr story. Stranded with Spock when the Vulcan is hit by pon farr, McCoy struggles to do what he can for him. Nice scene of self-sacrifice when McCoy attempts to offer himself to Spock, knowing that the Vulcan will destroy him in the grip of plak-tow, and his acceptance of Spock’s refusal of the sacrifice when that knowledge is necessarily transferred to him by mind-touch. McCoy ends up using a risky last-ditch medical procedure which, of course, works like a charm. It’s nice to have someone take the angle that human and Vulcan sexuality really don’t mix for a change. [3]


An example of R&R’s theme is best seen in the leading story, ‘None There Embrace,’ by C.R. Faddis. This finely-crafted story should become the ultimate word on the great, and often tedious debate about Spock-in-pon-farr-with-no-one-around-but-males-what-happens-now? Instead of an examination of the author’s pet theme, hang-up, fantasy or cause, we get a story about adults coping with the best way they can with the latest hook life has sent them. This time the poor Terran stuck with handling a rampaging Vulcan is McCoy and, as the editors say, what happens is not what you think. McCoy’s response and actions are indicative of a person who faces fate squarely, and who acts upon life, working the twists and turns of circumstance as best he can instead of quailing before them. The narrator is around long enough to introduce the situation and then graciously steps into the background, allowing the good doctor to continue the tale. The magnificent illos by Gayle F are the perfect accompaniment. [4]
The prize in this issue is a long McCoy story 'None There Embrace.' It is absolutely excellent. It deals with McCoy's attempts to find a medical solution to Spock's cycle. As always with Faddis, the characterizations, plotting, dialogue and interest are kept at the same high level. [5]


..."None There Embrace" by Connie Faddis, who credited Dr. Michael Amsden (a female Michael) with the medical details. In this story, Connie argued that it was biologically impossible for Spock to complete pon farr with another male. The story was far from clinical, however; in my opinion it was one of the best stories of the year (no matter where one stood on the K/S issue)."[6]


This was actually the first issue of R & R that I ordered and the first 'adult' story that I'd ever read. I was 17 and had never thought of our heroes 'in that way.' What an introduction! It got me to thinking and eventually led me to the wonderful world of K/S!!

I vaguely remember that at the time it was published, "None There Embrace" was understood as an attempt to make a definitive statement why the K/S relationship could not be, or would not work. [7]

Story Art by Gayle F


  1. ^ from The McCoy List
  2. ^ from Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Connie Faddis
  3. ^ from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  4. ^ from The Halkan Council #25
  5. ^ from Scuttlebutt #2
  6. ^ Joan Marie Verba in Boldly Writing, page 40.
  7. ^ conversation on a private mailing list, quoted anonymously (February 28, 1999)