Paved with Good Intentions (Star Trek: TOS story)

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Title: Paved with Good Intentions
Author(s): Gerry Downes
Date(s): 1977
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Paved with Good Intentions is a gen Star Trek: TOS story by Gerry Downes.

It was published in Stardate: Unknown #3.

Reactions and Reviews

Kirk goes to hell. Literally. The tale starts as a romp, but turns serious when Kirk bargains with the Devil (here a bureaucrat wrapped in red computer tape) for a last few minutes with Spock and Spock interprets his visit as a message from his own subconscious telling him it is time to end his own life. Kirk defeats the devil by disbelieving in him, and it all turns into a hangover. Good writing all round. [1]
"Paved With Good Intentions" by Gerry Downes is a dream story that Kirk has of dying and going to hell. There is an excellent mixture, of satire, and seriousness blended together and Gerry's portrayal of the devil is both different and entertaining. Perhaps the most outstanding piece in the zine if only because of its uniqueness. [2]
"Paved With Good Intentions", by Gerry Downes, art by Gerry. Kirk dreams he's died and gone to Hell. This story is a bit longer than necessary, perhaps, but is fun reading, with a good moralistic lesson for Kirk, and Gerry's art style in this piece is good. [3]
"Paved with Good Intentions" is a tongue-in-cheek account of Kirk's sojourn in Hell that nevertheless provides a keen insight not only into James Kirk but into the way a good many of Gerry's stories work. Her drawings for this one are in a new style, very fluid and very effective. [4]
'Paved with Good Intentions' puts Kirk in a Hell of a fix; the treatment is a bit silly, but at least intentionally so. [5]


  1. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  2. from Spectrum #34
  3. from Delta Triad #4
  4. from Mahko Root #1
  5. from Menagerie #12