January 16th, 2010

Spock Head Tilt

Gotta love the places Star Trek turns up

Gotta love the places Star Trek turns up. This letter was published in the 01-10-10 "Annie's Mailbox" advice column:


Dear Annie: Your readers might be able to spearhead a movement in this country that would seriously cut down on spreading the flu and may even save lives.
We need a socially appropriate way to greet each other without touching. I like the Vulcan hand sign, although it requires practice. Here's another idea: Point the right elbow toward the person, with your right hand touching your left arm or shoulder, and nod. The facial expression can indicate how formal it is. — Windsor, Maine

Dear Windsor: The elbow idea seems rather military, and most ordinary folks can't manage the Vulcan hand sign, but you make a good point that a non-physical greeting can prevent the spread of germs. Live long and prosper.
KS Looking Up

Story Rec: KarraCaz's "Turning Point" (gen)

I've read and enjoyed many of KarraCaz's stories, but for some reason I'd missed "Turning Point".

It's Spock's final day at the halls of learning. Everyone he encounters - a former bully, a teacher, Sarek, Amanda - shape Spock's choices for his future.

I've always enjoyed stories dealing with how Spock chooses Starfleet over Vulcan. I also love the beauty of KarraCaz's writing; the emotional subtlety; the choice of the perfect detail. Spock's choice of music during a concert near the end was an ideal choice to illuminate his divided nature.


Here's a quote:

Sarek, apparently completely astounded, stared at his son without comprehension "Starfleet? Have I misheard, child? Thee is prepared to disregard thy duty, go against all logic, and ignore the honor of the Family - to join Starfleet?"

"A'nirih, I do not wish to cause thee any distress that is not my intention. Can thee not respect my choice, even if it is not to thy taste? I cannot remain here until I prove to myself that I am a true Vulkhanir."

"And thee hopes to do that among Humans?"

"Among Tehr'ns I will be just another Vulcan. Not a Human dressed in a Vulcan skin."

Sarek's eyebrow flared upwards, "I believe there is a flaw in that argument. No, I will not tell thee where it lies. That is for thee alone to find. Understand only that there is no easy route to self-knowledge. That will come only in time, whether thee is Human or Vulcan. But I caution thee, Spock, not all Humans will be as wise as thy mother. Thee may seek enlightenment and find only prejudice. It is not just a Vulkhanir failing. Are thee certain Starfleet is the answer?"