The Face on the Barroom Floor

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Title: The Face on the Barroom Floor
Author(s): Eleanor Arnason & Ruth Berman
Date(s): 1972, 1976
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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The Face on the Barroom Floor is a story by Eleanor Arnason & Ruth Berman.

It is in T-Negative #18 (1972) and Star Trek: The New Voyages #1 (1976).


"The Face on the Barroom Floor" follows Kirk as he enjoys shore leave and finds that a small lie as to his identity causes all kinds of problems.

Reactions and Reviews


The Face on the Barroom Floor by Ruth Berman end Eleanor Arnason is another one I had read. I can't really believe that Kirk would ever get involved in a barroom brawl... but again, I like it. [1]


Another story was Face on the Barroom Floor] which centered around some misadventures of James T. Kirk. Of course, there's a lot of plot manipulation in it. For instance, it seems rather strange that no one would comment on the outlandish samuria [sic] outfit that Kirk wore during the story. It requires quite a stretch of the imagination to believe this and other "little coincidences" which occur throughout the story. However, I suppose if O. Henry can do it, so can Elwanor Amoson [sic] and Ruth Bergman [sic]. The introduction is by George Takei. [2]


The Face on the Bar-Room Floor by Eleanor Arnason and Ruth Berman and introduced by George Takei has Kirk caught in a bar-room brawl while on shore leave, thrown into jail and his hilarious attempt to a) get out and b) prove he is who he says he is... [3]


A so-so story, about what goes on during shore leave… not very memorable. [4]


This one works as an episode-like story. It's not fabulous, nor fabulously slashy, but there are a few nice Kirk/Spock-ish moments and Bones is very Bones-like. [5]


  1. ^ from Star Trek Action Group #17
  2. ^ from Horta #4 (1977)
  3. ^ from IDIC #24 (1992)
  4. ^ Sergio: Reading Star Trek
  5. ^ BOOK: STAR TREK: THE NEW VOYAGES; archive link by Tara Fleur, August 8, 2009