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Contents: 901 recs in 208 fandoms; 64 links

Star Trek

ST: Deep Space 9 | ST: Next Generation | ST: TOS/AOS | ST: Voyager

ST: Deep Space 9

Absinthe Heart by Seema

' "Consider it part of my Hemingway phase," she says as you hand her the drink. / You don't know who Hemingway is nor do you care -- unless he walks into the bar and orders a round of the foul smelling green stuff for everyone.' Lovely precise characterisations as Quark and Ezri almost connect

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Acts Of Kindness by JA Chapman

' "Doctor, are you telling me that you missed the entire point of the story?" Garak tutted, "What a shame, I was under the impression that you were more intelligent than that." ' A clever tale within a tale which sheds light on Cardassian values via exploration of their literature. Worth a try despite one or two jarring mistakes

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Agent Provocateur by Arcady

"To Elim Garak, she was always that woman." A clever reworking of 'A Scandal in Bohemia' that's well worth a read

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Crossover]

and i have told you this to make you grieve by Kangeiko

'"A man may survive on crumbs for a long time, it is true; but sooner or later a full meal is needed to replenish him." / An actual meal may prove more useful to the populace than a spiritual one, Jaro thought, but if a spiritual meal was all you had to offer, there was no point dreaming of hasperat.' Kangeiko explores the complexities of living under the Bajoran Occupation through the eyes of Jaro Essa (from 'The Homecoming'/'The Circle'/'The Siege'). Precise details make the setting come alive

[Added 04/10/2013; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Big Kid by Paranoid Kitten

Mix Keiko, Miles, Julian, Garak. Stir. A clever and surprisingly plausible vignette

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Chosen by Selena

"Undoubtedly, the Prophets would allow her to show him the error of his ways, in time." A tantalisingly brief glimpse at an early chapter in Winn's life

[Added 15/12/2004; Drama; <1000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

A Clear Conscience by Una McCormack

Post-war politics, devious plotting and a sympathetic original character

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

A Clever Plan by Gabrielle Lawson

An intricate plot that leaves the reader guessing right to the end, plus a Bashir who remains true to the complex and fascinating character of the series. Set after the series finale

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

A Discreet Private Inquiry by Henrietta Wotton

'When you work for an organization that catalogues the most private desires and behaviors of every citizen of Cardassia, you’ve run into about every perversion imaginable.' An interesting case for Garak pre-exile, as well as one of the most complete pictures of Cardassian society I've encountered. A brief Postscript is set during the show

[Added 09/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Dislocation, Condemnation, Revelation, In Temptation by Sabine

Lovely idiosyncratic details in the dream sections make this piece stand out from the crowd

[Added 15/12/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Eureka! by Henrietta Wotton

Henrietta really gets under Odo's 'skin' here. The Bajoran and Cardassian original characters are also convincingly drawn

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Exile by The Hoyden

'Exile was certainly dark, but in Julian Bashir's case, it was warm and humid instead of numbingly cold.' An intriguing AU which turns the G/B dynamics upside down

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

F is for Ferengi (The Tongo Remix) by Cosmic llin

'It was going to make a terrific story. She could only dine out on Curzon's exploits for so long.' Cosmic llin captures Jadzia's playfulness and unquenchable curiosity, as she has a ball on Ferenginar in this unusual vignette. Great fun!

[Added 25/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

The Fabric of our Lives by Una McCormack

'I had not expected to be thinking again so soon of marriage.' A moving character piece, which nails not only the author's speciality, Garak, but also Kira & Jadzia. A real personal favourite

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Fire Bringer by Deborah

"Blue-eyed children are lucky, they used to say, children of the Spirits." Worth a try for Dukat's take on Cardassian religion alone

[Added 15/12/2004; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Five Things Which Never Happened by Selena

Five different AUs focusing on the relationship between Kira & Dukat, each one a completely believable story in its own right, with some delicious sideturns from canon. One of the most interesting responses to the 'Five Things...' meme I can recall, in any fandom. Simply wonderful! Selena has repeated the exercise for Garak & Bashir, in Paths Not Taken, also highly recommended

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

A Five-Point Tour of the Alpha Quadrant by Mosca

O'Brien's character development often got sacrificed to his dual Everyman & plot exposition roles on the DS9 roster. These tiny vignettes give him space to breathe

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Flowering by Henrietta Wotton

An intelligent look at the physiology and psychology of an alien race

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Adult]

In Due Season by Beatrice Otter

'She sighs in relief as she slips the tightest of the shackles of linear time that have bound her, however imperfectly.' Sarah Sisko's story was never fully explored in canon, and hasn't inspired as much fanfiction as it should. This vignette takes an appropriately non-linear look at the Prophet's side of the story. The author's What You Know gives an important viewpoint that was never voiced on the show

[Added 11/01/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

In the Fire Caves by Deborah

'Sometimes the Prophets speak to us in flame.' A powerful & thought-provoking portrait of Winn Adami which fits neatly into the spaces in canon

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Incarnations by Mosca

'Time passes differently in the Great Link than it does in the humanoid realm, so I could not say how long I'd spent there. I only knew that it was time I left.' Strays a little off the beaten track, but Mosca's firm grasp of characterisation sweeps the reader along

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Lead, Kindly Light by Tree and Leaf

'Horran's prophecies reminded them that the Prophets could be sought and found in the ordinary and every day, in spring wine shared with a friend, in sowing seeds and bringing in the harvest, in birth and in death.' A thoughtful short which explores Bajoran beliefs, as Opaka ponders her fate

[Added 18/01/2014; Character Piece; <1000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

The Life That Is Waiting by Lunabee

'She spends most of her free time on the Promenade with Jake, one arm around his shoulders and the other cradling the curve of her belly, watching the cosmos fracture again and again through a viewport. But Ben never comes.' Delicate portrait of Kasidy, and Bajor, after the finale. Sweet but not sentimental

[Added 24/08/2013; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

The Long Haul by Yahtzee

"It's not as though the Starfleet people will be here very long. They'll blow in, full of themselves and proud of their wealth, pretending to be the saviors of the Bajoran people." This quiet character piece, set immediately before the series starts, just matures with each rereading

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Marketing by Miggy

' "Your honor," he said in his most obsequious tones. "It is hardly a new business model to involve existing personalities in the pleasurable storylines of holosuites…' Comedy is so hard to write well, but I think Miggy really pulls it off here

[Added 15/12/2004; Humour; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Nom de Plume, Roman a Clef by Arcady

An inventive premise, clever characterisation and a broad streak of humour place these two short stories among the very best I've encountered in this fandom. Folie a Deux forms a longer sequel to both

[Added 16/04/2003; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Obsidian Gothic by Una McCormack

Una's Garak voice is always a treat, and this atmospheric story is one of my favourites

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Once Upon A Time by JA Chapman

' "You aren't going to tell me some cock and bull story about how you worked as a waiter for some Klingon restaurant and got shorted a tip by a diplomat who later died choking on gagh or something equally bizarre, are you?" ' A bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but this tale within a tale shows Garak at his manipulative best during his time as a gardener on Romulus

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Orfeo by Macedon

'It was the voice of God calling the world into creation, the primeval dawn, and Jake could not listen hard enough.' Macedon cleverly uses an unusual OC to probe the prejudices of the denizens of DS9 in this fandom classic. The two sequels in the Jeu-Parti series worked less well for me

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Our Bodies, Our Selves by Ryfkah

'Still, she understood the weight of a corpse. A corpse weighed about the same when you killed it as it was going to weigh for as long as you had to carry it. New life, on the other hand, was an unknown quantity which – it turned out – continued to accumulate unexpected bulk on both the physical and the metaphorical level.' Insightful double character study that draws parallels between Kira's alien pregnancy & Odo's solidity

[Added 15/10/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

The Price of Prophecy by Heretical Vision

'You're no one special. You're just an ordinary girl with a few ordinary ambitions. Your name is Sarah Dillard. You are training to be a photographer, and you are in New Orleans when it happens.' The series glossed over what happened to Sarah Sisko. This is her story. Dark but with a ray of hope at the end

[Added 25/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Adult]

Quark's Day by Selena

Lovely subtle group characterisation, which highlights just how the war has changed the denizens of DS9. Also features a cute cameo courtesy of a crossover, but I won't spoil the surprise by revealing the fandom

[Added 07/07/2004; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Crossover]

The Riding Hound of the House of Tain by Arcady

Arcady combines luscious descriptive prose with a deft touch in characterisation in this unlikely rewriting of The Hound of the Baskervilles

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Crossover]

The Roads Must Roll by Alara J Rogers

'People glare at Kirayoshi all the time, even though it's obvious from his age that he was born when humanity was still free, when the population codes weren't in effect and it was absolutely normal for humans to have two or even three, four, five children.' A day in the life of our Everyman Engineer in an extremely dark AU. Part of the Judgement Day series

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Adult]

Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by Cardie-ologist

This realistic look at Resistance and Counter-Resistance measures on Bajor during the Occupation features subtle characterisations and a plausible plot

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Strongest Star by Sophia Gratia

'"You'll have us all dragged in front of HUAC and jailed for this, Kay, you know that," he'd growled, but there had been warmth in his voice and he hadn't hesitated even one moment to sit himself down and start typing. She'd wanted to kiss him, for that.' Moving 'Far Beyond the Stars' sequel that can be read as a meditation on the power of fanfiction. (Crossover with various Trek)

[Added 18/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9; Crossover]

Symbiosis by Nostalgia

'We are, we were, we will be.' Thoughtful and rather unusual Dax piece

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; <1000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

T'naehm series by Sixbeforelunch

'T'Nirin's office was not decorated in a Vulcan style. It was first of all colored in shades of blue and gray, like everything that Starfleet Medical designed. It was also soft, with chairs that offered no proper support. The art work on the wall was what was called watercolor. Many species appeared to find it soothing. Veral found the indistinct shapes and blurred lines difficult to look at for very long.' Sixbeforelunch employs richly textured OCs to explore the effects of the Dominion War on Vulcan. The world building in both parts is impeccable, and the second forms a moving meditation on the costs of war even to non-combatants

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

A Treatise on the Principles of Relativity by Mosca

'This is me, traveling faster than light.' Another excellent character vignette from Mosca's pen: she's encapsulated that strange feeling familiar to anyone who's ever travelled long distance beautifully here

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Two Worlds by Deborah Judge

'She remained in that cave for two weeks, this strange cave that glittered of glass and metal. It had been a spaceship, an ancient spaceship from before science was lost on this world.' An unusual possibility for how Opaka might have been selected Kai. Deborah is adept at stretching canon until it almost snaps to let fresh air blow around familiar situations

[Added 18/01/2014; Romance/Erotica; <1000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

The War Report by Mosca

'I have grown to hate Fridays.' A quiet, subtle vignette that counts the cost of war through Odo's eyes. Repays rereading

[Added 31/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

What Ails You, An Apple a Day by Nostalgia

A possible future for Bashir. Well written, with an excellent characterisation for Garak -- I wish Nostalgia would write him more often, she's very good at it! Pity the biology rivals Trek itself in suckitudinousness. There's also a sequel, Medicinal Purposes, though actually I felt the first two works stood well alone

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

ST: Next Generation

A 62-Day Study of the Human Grieving Process by Sloane

A subtle study of Data's thought processes after the death of Tasha Yar, which spirals out to encompass the entire Enterprise crew. One of the few pieces of TNG fanfiction to capture what I love about the show

[Added 05/12/2005; Character Piece; <1000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Accidental by Shalott

"Don't you realize that I'm completely beyond your comprehension?" The adaptable Shalott captures Q's voice beautifully in this snippet

[Added 29/07/2004; Romance/Erotica; <1000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

And Justice For Q by John Berger

'"Q, you are charged with precipitating an invasion of the Federation by putting the U.S.S. Enterprise, NCC-1707-D, into contact with the Borg before such contact would have occurred through natural means."' A particularly thoughtful take on this oft-written idea. Q's choice of defence council is inspired (TNG/TOS)

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Crossover]

Everybody Else's Girl by Mosca

'Will's mind was so quiet. He was so simple. An inside-out person, all of his emotions prickling from his skin. When I touched him, they stuck in my hand like sea urchin spines.' An unusual character study that remembers there's more to Deanna than a romantic partner

[Added 18/10/2011; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

From Me to Q by Julia Houston

Interesting alien species, plausible crew characterisations, plus a plot, to boot! An oldie but a goodie

[Added 21/01/2005; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Hope of Thee (the Zombie Remix) by Beatrice Otter

'''Oh, don’t look at me like that, Lwaxana, I know you don’t like to talk about her, but she’s been dead over twenty years!"' Wonderfully creepy take on the S7 episode 'Dark Page'. One of the few stories to explore Betazoids as an alien race

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

The Institute by Ventura33

'The groundskeeper, looking up from her petunias, almost smiled, but not quite. That was one of the last human attributes to return...' A quiet vignette which uses believable details to make one imagine the unimaginable. Sequel to The Relevance of Hope & Imperfection, but I think it stands well alone

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Let Me Entertain You by Alara J Rogers

'I have discovered that achieving your greatest lifelong dream is not necessarily all it's cracked up to be.' Insightful character study that explores Data's real strengths in an AU where he's made human. Part of the Judgement Day series

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Lydia, still by Tree

'I do not wish to ever repeat that first night on my own when it was so horrid dark and cold. I thought I should die from it! Papa always said that Lizzy was the only clever one of us but I am certain that I am just as clever as she and maybe even more too.' It's hard to recommend this oddest of crossovers without spoiling it. Strangely moving (P&P/ST:TNG)

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; Star Trek: The Next Generation; Crossover]

Metadata by Winged Mammal

'Data was pleased -- it had been 439 days since the installation of the emotion chip, but he was still not completely confident in his ability to determine the appropriateness of humor at the expense of someone else.' Post-chip Data is a common subject for TNG fiction, but this piece stands out for its precise ensemble characterisation

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Naming of Parts (the Strange Charm Remix) by Naraht

'Snow's starkness bore some similarities to the desert sands of Vulcan. It was only upon close inspection that it resolved itself into the exotic form of water ice, biting and changeable.' A beautifully characterised Vulcan OC struggles with human culture in this crossover with ST:XI. Remix of Seekingferret's Rhapsody in Red, which gives Geordi's perspective

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Quantum Entanglement by Killer Quean

'But being a child with Ro, even for just a day, had shown her something else: sometimes, despite her insistence to the contrary, she likes to remember the past. She holds onto the memory of small pleasures she was able to eke out of nothing.' An unusual tripartite story that uses repetition to explore Guinan's alien perception of the universe. The final piece is particularly strong

[Added 07/05/2015; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

The Queen of Air and Darkness by Raspberryhunter

'The woman said, gesturing at the tiny specks below, "Are they not beautiful? Is the complexity of this life not wonderful?"' Pieces that depict Deanna as alien are all too rare, and here Raspberryhunter weaves in strands of her character most writers forget. The fascinating speculation about Guinan is a bonus

[Added 18/01/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

The Speed of Sound by Kyra Cullinan

'...it had seemed so unfathomable that everything which passed between them was filtered through electrons and biogel packs, carefully selecting the best way to translate idioms, convey emotion.' A delicate study of character & relationship via language

[Added 14/07/2009; Romance/Erotica; <1000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

The Things that Juliana Didn't Say by Pensnest

'Of course, if he made this android look just like a human being, then people might not notice how clever he has been.' An interesting account of Data's origins, which successfully explains some of the peculiar features of canon

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Vacation by Pensnest

'He had attended nine concerts, seven theatre matinÉes, a dynamo racing event, a game of football, and a Tudor-style banquet of dubious authenticity, and had even lain in the sun for five minutes and seventeen seconds while he read twenty-four escapist novels.' It's easy to poke fun at Data's naiveté, but Pensnest succeeds in pinning down the android's essential naturees, a dynamo racing event, a game of football, and a Tudor-style banquet of dubious authenticity, and had even lain in the sun for five minutes and seventeen seconds while he read twenty-four escapist novels.' It's easy to poke fun at Data's naivetÉ, but Pensnest succeeds in pinning down the android's essential nature

[Added 18/10/2011; Humour; 2500-6000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

ST: TOS/AOS

The Dance by LJC

'Orion Prime had the Syndicate the way Old Chicago had Capone. That was the thing about infamy.' LJC paints a much more complex picture of Orion society than most fanfiction

[Added 22/02/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

The Desert Between by Beatrice Otter

'Across the room, seated on the only chair, was the oldest Vulcan woman Nyota had ever seen in person. Her face was seamed with age, and her eyes held the tranquility younger Vulcans only aspired to.' A plausible premise, strong world-building & an interesting range of OCs characterise this novelette

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

from the greek "xenos" which means "stranger", but also "guest" by Pogrebin

'This is why Nyota Uhura picks xenolinguistics: the ways in which different cultures communicate might differ, but the ways in which they fail to communicate do not.' An interesting study of Uhura & her relationship with Spock. Powerful precise language

[Added 16/07/2009; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

The Loudest Noise (affannato, affettuoso, agitato) by zvi

'There was difficulty, always, in translating the gestures of a species with wings, prehensile foot claws, and double eyelids to a human's body.' This vignette really nails the frustrations & complexities of communication between alien species

[Added 22/02/2011; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

Lunch and Other Obscenities by Rheanna

' "Look, the only reason we're rooming together is because someone decided that the best phonetic rendering of her name in Standard is almost the same as mine. Can't you just decide to spell Uhu with two O's instead?" Nyota asked, desperate. "Listen: Oo-hoo. That works." ' This starts out as a humorous look at intercultural differences and ends as a sweet affirmation of all that the Federation stands for. Persuasive writing that feels just like canon

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

Need To Know by Ellen Fremedon

'Taste, he'd said; and the first analogy he'd leapt to had been one of criticism—of appreciation. This wasn't just a metallurgical sample to the kid; it was a gourmet meal, or a box of truffles.' Ellen explores what it means for Jack Harkness to be pansexual, with some really unusual food porn (ST:TOS/Whoniverse)

[Added 16/10/2015; Romance/Erotica; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: TOS/AOS; Crossover]

No Roses on Vulcan by Igrockspock

'Vulcans did not grow flowers for ornamental purposes. It was illogical.' The dry humour saves this sweet vignette from sickliness, as Sarek & his mother attempt to understand human customs

[Added 25/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

Speech by Raven

'Much much later, long after the Eridani petition to join the Federation had been received and granted, Nyota could still read the Federation Charter in scratch 'n' sniff lavender, pepper, citrus and soap.' Sequence of shorts, some stronger than others, the whole piece forms a joyous exploration of what xenolinguistics might mean in practice -- one of the real pleasures of post-film fanfiction

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

Three Fates, Watching by Kangeiko

'He is six years old, and there is a fat, squirming batch of new memories deposited into his cortex, crawling blinding through his thoughts to find room to grow and fester in the night.' The idea that the Blake's 7 & Trek Federations are mirrors of each other is widespread, but this clever & unsettling story is the first I've seen to run with the notion (TOS Mirrorverse/B7)

[Added 03/09/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS; Crossover]

What We Don't Talk About by Ellen Fremedon

'Closer to the city, the first crop of grain on this planet is ripe. In that field, Vulcans walk behind the robot combine; it only leaves a handful of seed for gleaning, but there'll be a ceremony over that handful later.' An intelligent look at the repercussions of the rebuilding of Vulcan. The warm background details highlight the bleakness of Spock's position

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

With All My Crooked Heart by Igrockspock

"Why is it always the men who are doing and the women who are feeling?" she snaps. "When I explore space, I'm going to smile and tread." Delicate & sweet exploration of Gaila's past via language

[Added 09/07/2012; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

The Word for World Is— by Laura JV

' "We are the people of the mountain, and the desert, and the well. I build on the mountain, the highest mountain of Vik, where Laktra meets the sea. Perhaps one day we will be a people of the sea, as well, but we will always need the mountain." ' This interwoven short is at its best in the bittersweet depiction of Vulcan culture. Beautiful

[Added 16/07/2009; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: TOS/AOS]

ST: Voyager

Penelope by Alara J Rogers

'The choice she had made, the only choice, had been in who she chose.' Thoughtful vignette that explores how a strong woman might negotiate Vulcan society. Linking Vulcan biology into human myth is neat, too

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Voyager]