The Enchanted Pool

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Title: The Enchanted Pool
Author(s): Marcia Ericson
Date(s): 1976
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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The Enchanted Pool is a story by Marcia Ericson.

It is in Star Trek: The New Voyages #1 (1976).


Spock gazes into the waters of a strange world and sees his true love—and finds the answer to the mystery of a lost starship at the same time.

Reactions and Reviews


This is another one that does nothing for me. Objectively, I can say, nicely written, well worth inclusion on several counts - but it doesn't turn me on. [1]


For a mushy, sweet story that makes no sense, read The Enchanted Pool by Marcia Ericson. Full of fairytale gibberish and technical tripe, it has a plot that leaves a lot to be desired. All in all, a story worthy of Space: 1999, and not ST. The introduction is by Nichelle Nichols and reveals a kind compassionate interior underneath an equally kind, compassionate exterior. [2]


Here we go… un-educated readers might jump and shout with glee about it’s “originality”, but this is what I would call a “forced-motif”, forcing a story to fit into another totally different theme, and this is totally out-of-the-water and it feels so.

This is a story about the fabled Arthurian Excalibur sword forced to match up in a Star Trek storyline. Serious science fiction editors reject this type of stories almost immediately.[3]


Ohgod, this was terrible. Ridiculous prose, bad characterisation and a stupid story. [4]


  1. from Star Trek Action Group #17
  2. from Horta #4 (1977)
  3. Sergio: Reading Star Trek
  4. BOOK: STAR TREK: THE NEW VOYAGES; archive link by Tara Fleur, August 8, 2009