The Mark of Cain
|Title:||The Mark of Cain|
|Editor:||Sheila Clark, Valerie Piacentini|
|Cover Artist(s):||Ann Humphrey|
|Medium:||print zine, fanfic|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
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The Enterprise visits a planet suffering from the effects of an accident at a nuclear power plant.
Reactions and Reviews
If you're looking for good science fiction and rivetting action, this novella by Pam Baddeley could not be bettered by any professional science fiction currently available. The style is concise, moving, weaving a realistic picture that we are plunged immediately into from page one. The Star Trek element is important although somewhat played down and enters part way through the story. In fact, the Trek characters, one feels are only there to save the main character, Deborah. It is the story of Deborah, who wears the mark of Cain, a product of genetic mutation on a frontier world settled by two colonies of Zionists.
The breakdown of their former civilisation and the development into two others from a single stem of religious beliefs is well-developed through the plot (no giving in to lectures, thank goodness. Some authors take the opportunity to educate without entertaining their readers). The characters are well-defined through the cause of the action and it makes rivetting reading. I certainly could not put it down once I had started reading it.Excellent value and recommended. 54pp, xeroxed using a word processor for layout. Very nice production indeed! 
A very good story, too bad it has been under-developed. The danger from those affected is real and just when you get into it, bang, it stops and the story finishes! The fate of those left is in no doubt. Some details of the accident and setting up of the two towns and the reasons for their subsequent development should have been explored more fully. Characterisations in all these stories, from ScoTpress, is good, but short stories do not give you time to develop them properly.