The Sword at the Gate

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Title: The Sword at the Gate
Author(s): Jane Aumerle
Date(s): 1977
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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The Sword at the Gate is a gen Star Trek: TOS story by Jane Aumerle.

It was published in Stardate: Unknown #3.

Reactions and Reviews

Aftermath of "Paradise Syndrome." Spock forces a meld to allow Kirk to accept and grieve Miramanee's loss. The team play gods to minimize contamination of the Amerindian culture, with Kirk designating Salish - beaten half to death by the crowd hoping to please the god - as the medicine chief and an umarriageable girl as priestess. Believable interpretation. [1]
"The Sword At the Gate", by Jane Aumerle, art by Virginia Jacobsen, is a very well done sequel to "The Paradise Syndrome", and Virginia's art is very good and highly reminiscent of Joni Wagner's style. The epilogue to this story was performed at SeKWester*Con, with Gerry reading the lines aloud while the story was done In Indian Sign Language. This portion of the zine could have been more imaginatively laid-out, but the piece Is still powerful. [2]
'Sword at the Gate' was the only Good Story in the zine -- a well-balanced, well-paced plot, believable and consistent characterization. It is an anti-Paradise Syndrome story, part of which was dramatized by Gerry and Dorothy Martin at SeKWester*Con, Too. [3]
"The Sword at the Gate" is an excellent "after" story dealing with Kirk following Miramanee's death. It's passionate, and insightful. [4]
Thish closes with Jane Aumerle's "The Sword at the Gate" a post-Paradise Syndrome tale, beautifully illoed by Virginia Jacobsen. [5]


  1. ^ from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  2. ^ from Delta Triad #4
  3. ^ from Menagerie #12
  4. ^ from Spectrum #34
  5. ^ from Mahko Root #1