The Healing Time (Star Trek: TOS story)

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Title: The Healing Time
Author(s): Nancy Kippax and Bev Volker
Date(s): 1978
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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The Healing Time is a Star Trek: TOS story by Nancy Kippax and Bev Volker.

It was published in the print zine Galactic Discourse #2 and Computer Playback #4.


Jim Kirk joyfully weIcones his friend Leonard McCoy as the new CMO of the Enterprise, but his satisfaction is dimmed uhen it becomes apparent that McCoy and Spock are not getting along. It takes a near tragedy for Spock and McCoy to learn to trust one another.

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At a medal ceremony for Spock on Vulcan, McCoy reminisces about their early days together, vying with one another for Kirk’s attention. The feud is resolved after a shuttle crash in which Kirk is poisoned and they learn to cooperate and trust to save him. Kind of a well-used situation, but nicely written.[1]
'The Healing Time' is a well-written story showing Spock from McCoy's pov as the doctor thinks back over his developing friendship with the Vulcan. The only major structural problem with this story is that it obviously all takes place in McCoy's head, and yet thoughts belonging to Kirk and Spock intrude at certain points. [2]
There are two stories of major length [in the zine], one of which is "The Healing Time" by Beverly Volker and Nancy Kippax. It looks back to the departure of Boyce as Chief Medical Officer aboard the Enterprise and McCoy's arrival upon the scene. The good doctor and Spock are at odds with one another over the fact they must share Kirk's friendship. At least that is the case until the shuttlecraft carrying the three men on a routine mission crashes. Kirk has 36-48 hours to live as a result of propalene nitrate poisoning and the prospect of their being rescued is slim, indeed. [3]


  1. ^ from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  2. ^ from Right of Statement #3
  3. ^ from Enterprise Incidents #6 (1978) by Sandra Gent