T'Kuht Rising

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Title: T'Kuht Rising
Author(s): Macedon
Date(s): April 1996
Genre(s): het, gen
Fandom(s): Star Trek: TOS/Star Trek: VOY
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T'Kuht Rising is a Star Trek: TOS/Star Trek: VOY story by Macedon.

The author described "T'Kuht Rising" as a stylistic game loosely inspired by Leslie Silko's CEREMONY.

Author's Notes

"T'Kuht Rising" represents a departure, on a number of levels, from anything I have posted to the group before. It plays with tense and time, with a somewhat unusual point-of-view character, and with the impact of violence on a life. I have not pulled my punches. Portions of this story might be "rated R" for sex and violence--but they are not gratuitous. To quote my old writing teacher, Harry Crews: "Tell it like it is."

Although "T'Kuht Rising" is not precisely a 'sequel', having read "Out of the Past" first is recommended. Otherwise, references made in "T'Kuht" may leave the reader at sea--not to mention wondering how the hell Spock's son ended up on Voyager in the first place. "Out of the Past" is available in the a.s.c archive.

I labeled "T'Kuht" (TOS)/VOY because Sokar's memories--which make up a large portion of the story--often concern figures who were first introduced in the original series. But it is no crossover in the traditional sense.

Why am I returning to Sokar? A conversation with Peg Robinson led me to note that stories are rarely written (I could think of none!) in first person from a *Vulcan* point of view. Perhaps this reluctance springs from a fear that Vulcan voices are too dry, while first-person all but requires a quirky narrator to keep things interesting. How does one write sentiment without sentimentality? It presented me with an irresistible challenge. <g> Besides, Sokar's story was not really finished in "Out of the Past," so I'm giving him a chance to tell the rest of it.

However, "T'Kuht Rising" is more than game-playing with Vulcan headvoices. It's also an exercise in a different yse of TIME in narrative. Vulcan headvoices on Indian time. <g> Don't look here for linear links between scenes, and the varying verb tenses is no accident.

I invite response, either private or public. This story is not my usual exercise in writing first-drafts. It was composed off- line and uploaded (thanks to Gina for teaching me how). Thus, feedback is precisely what I'm after. I want to know how my experiments worked. :)

A small side-note: the decision to make Amanda Grayson Jewish was a nod to Leonard Nimoy who is, as many fans know, a Jew himself. (Traditionally, Jewish descent is counted through the mother.) [1]