Rocketman

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Star Trek VOY Fanfiction
Title: Rocketman
Author(s): Seema
Date(s): 2002
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Fandom: Star Trek: Voyager
External Links: Read at the author's website

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Rocketman is a Star Trek: VOY story by Seema. Focusing on the character of Tom Paris and his grieve over the death of his friend.

It was the winner of a 2002 ASC Award, in the category of Voyager Single Person.

Reactions and Reviews

A sad but nice look into a tragic event. ( i would vote the whole series as a winner) [1]
Ah, Glory Days set awry. Another heart-rending installment. Paris' emotions are captured perfectly, and having Neelix included was a very memorable touch. [2]
A poignant story of friendship and loss, deftly written, faithful to the characters. Loved the title. [3]
A poignant, bittersweet elegy for Harry from Tom. Seema made the inspired choice of having Tom narrate his feelings to Neelix, which makes such sense. [4]
Seema captures the trauma of the aftermath of horrible circumstances -- the loss of a friend, the near-fatal injury of a spouse, the necessity of informing friends -- without undue melodrama and hand-wringing, keeping Tom Paris real and taking care of business the best he can. A sad but well-done entry in the Glory Days series, and a perfect example of Seema's fic. She makes it look so easy. [5]
This was an incredibly hard story for Seema to write, to strike the balance between mourning and descending into the maudlin, and she pulls it off so well. Tom says a farewell to his closest friend, while at the same time confiding in another friend just what he was going through, what he is still going through. I can hear Tom's voice so clearly, see his every facial expression. This is another story that moves me every time I reread it. [6]
Seema gives us yet another winner with one of the most touching stories of this wonderful Glory Days series. I really feel for Tom Paris here, and Seema writes him just wonderfully, showing us his helplessness as he sits vigil and his touching tribute to a lost comrade on the holodeck. It is all very real, very powerful. I loved the bit at the end with the welcome view of an old friend. [7]
"Rocketman" is an incredible story on so many levels. "Rocketman" is a particularly moving entry in the Glory Days series. It features such fine writing and is a wonderful tribute to the relationship between Harry Kim and Tom Paris. You know, often in a story the best compliment I can pay is that it dragged me down and would not let go till the end. With this story, I actually couldn't face reading it that way, at one point I found it too overwhelming and I needed to take a break from the intensity of it. I finished it with a hard lump in my throat blinking back tears. That's rare that any story can move me that way, particularly one focused on stories outside Classic Trek where I feel less emotionally invested in the characters. I also loved how this was being told to Neelix, bringing in and connecting with that character made Tom’s account even more moving to me. This was one of the most powerful Trek stories I read this year. [8]
This is another insightful look at the struggles of simply coping with life. Seema really understands Tom Paris. And I was glad to see the nod to Tom's friendship with Neelix. [9]
A wonderful fiction and great ulogy to those that have departed. Even if there were no funeral, the message Tom recorded brought a sort of closure. For me, it was the perfect story -- cried myself silly. [10]
Tom's monologue to Neelix worked well, regardless of his own (Seema's own?) self-deprecating remarks about it. Tom tries to explain away what happened to Harry in Sickbay, but it still sounds like negligence to me. It's not like triage and war are *new* for AQ Starfleets - they could take two seconds to run a tricorder over someone with a head wound. [11]
Whew! This is one of the most intense episodes in the "Glory Days" series. Tom has always been my favorite Voyager character (although I love all of them), and this poignant story captures him perfectly. Seema does a lovely job with the shifting emotions he goes through as he worries about his wife, mourns a close friend, and takes on the difficult task of informing a good friend far away of a depth. Nice to see that little scene with the "good friend far away" at the end, too. In this series, none of the Voyager characters have been ignored. I love that. [12]

References

  1. Michelle This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  2. Ananke This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  3. Kathie This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  4. Kelly Chambliss This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  5. Lori This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  6. Rocky This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  7. Djinn This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  8. Rabble Rouser This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  9. Penny Proctor This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  10. Winnie This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  11. Jemima This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person
  12. jamelia This is the Digest from 2002 for the Category of: Voyager Single Person