Patricia Laurie Stephens

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Patricia Laurie Stephens was a Star Trek: TOS fan writer.

Stephens wrote many Kirk/Spock stories that were published in print zines.

While some of this fiction was very well regarded, especially Hovering, some fans took issue with the darker, often repetitive themes the stories presented. These topics included addiction and serious psychological issues regarding Spock.

Stephens gafiated shortly after submitting a story to an editor who discovered it was plagiarized word for word from a professional gay romance novel. [1]

Fiction

  • 23rd Year: The Eulogy (Kirk's mother dies, then Peter dies of a stroke, leaving a pregnant girlfriend.) (1991)
  • Apartheid in Green (The Empire's Kirk investigates the murder of Spock's master.) (1990)
  • The Captain's Boy (Kirk finds a Vulcan orphan in a brothel & educates him.) (1990)
  • Concealed Reflections (Spock, in need of a bone marrow transplant, discovers he has a twin.) (1989)
  • Covert Operations (Sarek, a Romulan agent, programs Spock to gather information.) (1990, 1992)
  • Dreams and Demons (Spock's neck is broken & he becomes a quadriplegic.) (1992)
  • The Healing (Kirk & Spock, both molested as children, resolve some of their problems.) (1989)
  • Hovering (Kirk faces his grief over Spock's death with McCoy.) (1991)
  • Kith and Kin (Kirk & Spock face an ordeal in a swamp filled with hostile colonists.) (1992)
  • The Glory of Love (Kirk & Spock investigate the death of Amanda & Sarek & Sybok's church.) (1990)
  • Losers Weepers (Kirk & Spock search for David Marcus who's involved in a murder.) (1991)
  • New Light (Spock, brain damaged, is visited by Kirk for his pon farr.) (1989)
  • Nightmare Road (Spock, a security agent, witnesses the death of Sarek & his shield mate.) (1991)
  • Redeemer (A murderer specializing in victims who have died & been revived stalks Spock.) (1989)
  • Quintet (After Fal Tor Pan, Spock suffers from multiple personalities.) (1993)
  • The Queen of Bangkok (The Empire's Kirk teams with Sarek's son to find drug smugglers on Vulcan.) (1992)
  • Sacrificial Lamb (Amanda murders Sarek & frames Spock for the crime.) (1990)
  • Second Chance (An unhappy Kirk changes places with an alternate who married & stayed in Iowa.) (1992)
  • Stranger (Spock, lost for 2 years, is found on a war torn planet with amnesia.) (1990)
  • Sunrise (Spock, blinded at Deneva returns home, & is abused by Sarek & deafened.) (1990)
  • That Darkness, That Light (Spock's parents are killed & someone is trying to kill him.) (1989)
  • To Turn the Tide (Spock is injured during a Klingon attack on Vulcan.) (1989)
  • The Weakness (The Empire's Spock turns Kirk into his sex slave.) (1990)

Fan Comments

1989

A special word of thanks should go to Patricia Laurie Stephens for her two lovely stories. THE HEALING and A NEW LIGHT. These are Patricia's first K/S stories - and if her work in the future is anything like this, she's going to be great! I would also like to thank her for bringing me out of a K/S slump over the winter. I was feeling somewhat burned out, had the typical winter blues, and there arrives in the mail box this envelope. Quite unobtrusive, actually. And when I started reading, I couldnt put the story down. It was the first of Patricia's stories I received, A NEW LIGHT - a story that I feel is in the "old vein" of K/S. Congratulations. Patricia, on two jobs well done! [2]

1992

The story, The Queen of Bangkok], is well written and griping, but, and it's a big but, I sometimes feel that the story she's telling is somehow apart from K/S, that the ending would be different, and the direction at key points would change, if K/S weren't there. Unfortunately, I think it might be a better story if that were true. K/S seem grafted onto something independent from then but this one hung together better. Still, her imagery is captivating and her characters are forceful, leaping off the page. [3]
[The Queen of Bangkok] was 121 pages of drugs, murder, mayhem, gloom, doom, and gratuitous violence. I really hate to be critical but this author seems to write stories that are nothing less than depressing. Maybe it's just my reaction, but a couple of friends agree. I read K/S, and most other fiction, for that matter, to relax and enjoy. I can nearly always get my daily dose of "downers" just by looking through the morning paper. "The Queen of Bangkok" seemed to be another of the author's well-plotted but morbid scenarios. It's a shame because she is an excellent wordsmith, and she does know how to tell a story. However, even in a Mirror universe I found it nearly impossible to relate to Ms. Stevens characterizations of a speed-popping Kirk, and a Vulcan who seemed to be somewhat of a latter day hippie. In fact, several aspects of this offering had a 60's, hippie, drug culture flavor. I'll not going to give the plot away as I know there are people who like this sort of thing but I was extremely disturbed by the fate of Christine Chapel. I am a fast reader but it took me nearly two days to plod through this offering, and there were several times when I was tempted to throw it down in disgust. Unless this author can come up with some plots that are a little more upbeat I plan to avoid reading her work in the future. [4]
I read a Trek novel that really blew me away! Patricia Laurie Stephens' "Queen of Bangkok" was fantastic. Everything in it was original. I loved that Kirk! And the dialogue just jumped off the page. [5]

1999

I thought she was an extremely good writer, but that her themes were far, far too downbeat for Roddenberry's Trek. She'd make a good writer of horror stories, IMO, and Trek was never about horror (Wolf in the Fold notwithstanding) it was about hope. [6]
I hate to critique authors/stories, but to me the more she wrote, the less recognizable Kirk and Spock became. She was having a good time writing and getting published, but she wasn't writing about anyone I recognized, except for their names. Her Spock was usually mentally ill or close to it. By the time she wrote Queen of Bangkok and Kith and Kin she was no longer writing anything I cared to read. [7]

References

  1. ^ MPH's personal notes
  2. ^ from the editorial of Fever #1 (June 1989)
  3. ^ from The LOC Connection #47
  4. ^ from The LOC Connection #47
  5. ^ from Virgule-L quoted anonymously (December 9, 1992)
  6. ^ quoted anonymously from a mailing list (August 1999)
  7. ^ quoted anonymously from a mailing list (September 1999)