Winged Joy Soaring, Gloriously Uprising

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Title: Winged Joy Soaring, Gloriously Uprising
Author(s): Gerry Downes
Date(s): 1977
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
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Winged Joy Soaring, Gloriously Uprising is a gen Star Trek: TOS story by Gerry Downes.

It was published in Stardate: Unknown #3.

It is a sequel to Among the Stars.


Sequel to "Among the Stars" in the previous issue. It has been three years since the Enterprise encountered the Trrwylans and now Kirk and crew have been ordered to relocate the survivors to guarantee their continued existence. McCoy discovers the two new members of the species are his children.

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After 3 years, the Enterprise checks up on the Trrwylans, finds them dying out of accelerated aging and fragility, and rescues them for transplantation -- McCoy beaming into an oceanic storm to retrieve Llaria. Llaria's children turn out to be his. McCoy discovers that the disease is essentially psychosomatic, the Trrwylans moods having wild physiological effects. His desire to protect them from stress causes a blowup between McCoy and Spock, when the latter undertakes the tutelage of McCoy's feathered son. Though I found the winged people curiously unappealing, and the McCoy romance too trivial for my taste, the writing and characterization are quite nice. [1]
'Winged Joy Soaring, Gloriously Free' is Down's somewhat unfortunate sequel to her own 'Among the Stars' in issue #1 - unfortunate in its slightly too climatic plot and rather too large cast of characters. Six fewer characters and two fewer plot twists would have made a world of difference. [2]
"Winged Joy" by Gerry Downes, art by, Amy Falkowitz, Marty Slegrist, and Gerry. Gerry's sequel to her story "Among the Stars" from SU 1. She continues the saga of the Trrwyians, winged birdlike humaniods, who are dying out on their own planet, and must choose between emigrating to another world, or extinction. Someone once said that no one should illo a Leslie Fish story but Leslie Fish, and the same can be said of Gerry's style, Though Falkowitz's iilos are always good, especially when her subjects possess wings, Siegrist's scribbly style gets monotonous, and all her female characters tend to look related. [3]
"Winged Joy Soaring, Gloriously free," by Gerry Downes is a continuation of her story "Among the Stars," which appeared ih S:U #1. Winged Joy!is about McCoy's return trip to the planet where the Enterprise had previously found a dying race of winged humanoids whom they had tried to save from extinction. and one of whom McCoy had fallen in love with. On return they find the Trrwylansas well as McCoy's son, but they are sickly and ailing (well, except for the youngsters) and the Enterprise embarks on a mission to take them to a new planet that the Federation Council has selected. The story isn't heavily plotted and at times it seems more like a character study than a straight story. But it's well told, and the people inside react like people and not cardboard cut-outs. [4]
Gerry's "Winged Joy, Soaring, Gloriously Free," is the promised sequel to "Among the Stars" in S:U I. Having secured the Federation's reluctant consent to moving the Trrwylans to a new and safer planet, the Enterprise crew finds that the bird-folk are suffering from a form of greatly accelerated aging, and that the intervening two years have produced some personal difficulties for McCoy as well. The story is tightly plotted and plausible, the characterizations convincing. Gerry possesses a rare de- gree of sensitivity for both the ST regulars and her own characters; something that also shows clearly in her poetic glosses on five aired episodes. [5]


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