Servant of the People

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Star Trek Fanfiction
Title: Servant of the People
Author(s): Eileen Roy
Date(s): 1975
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Servant of the People is a Star Trek: TOS story by Eileen Roy.

first page of story from the print zine Menagerie #6

It was published in the print zine Menagerie #6 and reprinted in Kraith Collected #5.


"A civil servant commits suicide because he has broken the rules of his department for a very humanitarian reason."

Reactions and Reviews

'Servant of the People' is a a rebuttal to a Vulcan Linger Death Story in Menagerie #2 called 'Connections.' In it, a dedicated and conscientious civil servant suddenly drops all his dedication and conscientiousness to help a Vulcan underling get back to Vulcan as Linger Death sets in. It was written to prove that not all humans are insensitive to Vulcan needs (though it helps to read 'Connections' which is a better story) but beyond this bare statement, there isn't much else. It is well-written, but there is no solid explanation for the main character's reasons in helping the Vulcan... 'Servant of the People' is a dissatisfying story that gives the 'what' but not the 'why.' ... [1]
'Servant of the People' is a story written to counter another story from issue #2. It could have been an SF story written in any one of the national magazines, but for the fact that there isn't enough to it. It describes the results of a Vulcan dying of linger death, and the effects it has on the people involved with the case. It could have been a harder hitting story if more conflicts were included within the story. [2]


  1. from Interphase #2
  2. from Spectrum #20