The Fire Give In to the Sun
|Title:||The Fire Give In to the Sun|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine T'hy'la #7.
"Scientist Richard Delmar has vanished on the planet Sigma Gamma U. Science Officer Spock and a select crew go to the rescue - and vanish, as well. Kirk follows - but the Spock he encounters is far different from the Science Officer he knows so well. And this Spock is on an obsessive quest of his own - a quest that James Kirk discovers he must follow, as well."
Reactions and Reviews
I have to say that it's been done. The amnesia element, which dominated the story, has been handled better elsewhere. The author scarcely handled the rape and recovery element at all. After Kirk voices his concern about Spock's recovery from the rape and brutal treatment he received, the theme is dropped. Even McCoy doesn't bring it up in his examination of Spock. It seems as if this Spock is so resilient he doesn't require any recovery, and I find that less than plausible. Given the situation, the resolution seems so pat, so facile. It might make a dandy fantasy for some, but I prefer more verisimilitude. 
I don't know why there are so many Spock-amnesiad stories. In this story, as in the others, I guess the idea is that Spock's Vulcan disciplines are so rigid that he must fall into a state of forgetfulness in order to realize his great attraction to Kirk. The sort of scenario where either K or S must be reduced to a child-like emotionally retarded state disturbs me; it borders on pedophilia. I do NOT think Kirk is a pedophile by even the wildest stretch of any "A/U" imagination. I also don't think the author intended for Spock to become like a child. But it unintentionally comes dangerously close. I also noticed that Spock seems to have been relatively unaffected by the abuse he suffered at the hands of his various masters. This is unrealistic, as any rape-survivor could state. On the plus side, the story gave a real "feel", a real "atmosphere" of the planet on which our two heroes had their adventure. 
- from The LOC Connection #3
- from The LOC Connection #4