The Gateway of the King
|Title:||The Gateway of the King|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series|
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It was published in the print zine The Voice #3.
This story is part of a series: see The Voice for more information.
"Sent back to ancient Egypt by the Guardian, Kirk must fix the change in history dealing with Alexander the Great."
Reactions and Reviews
This is an interesting story. There are conventions in here unfamiliar to me as I do not know this author's own timeline very well nor have I read Mary Renault's novels yet—though I certainly plan to!! But I've always loved time travel, and found Alexander the Great fascinating—and both feature here. The Guardian sends Jim back in time to avert a disastrous change to the timeline, involving Alexander and a journey he must make but is hesitant to do. There's more to it than this, I am not much good at summarizing complex plots—but this is the biggest thread. Kirk has met Alexander once before and admires him, so he is motivated to help. There are strong parallels drawn here between Alexander and his closest advisor Hephaistion, and Kirk and Spock's own complex relationship. Forgive me, those of you to whom all this is old hat, but I found it most interesting indeed. What can I say, I cut my teeth as a boy on Rosemary Sutcliffe's novels of Roman Britain; ancient history is a big interest of mine. Lots of nifty inner dialogue, a nice leavening of crisp well-drawn action scenes, a very tasty reunion when Kirk finally finds Spock again (he has been missing throughout and Kirk has been sweating it hard.) The era itself, as far as I can tell, is accurately portrayed— 'tis not one of which I know much but I saw no obvious anachronisms—and the way it all weaves together is smooth. I would recommend this one, to those who enjoy similar themes. 
- from The K/S Press #36