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The Price of the Phoenix

Some of you may have already heard of a Star Trek novel The Price of the Phoenix by Myrna Culbreath and Sondra Marshak published in 1977.

What makes The Price of the Phoenix so special is that parts of it read like thinly disguised Kirk/Spock fanfiction. (It's also neat since it's a piece of fandom history.) I know other people have commented on this book before, but it's so ~amazing~ that I personally believe it needs to be shared as much as possible.

But you don't have to take my word for it. Have some excepts from the book!


Just in case you give a damn about the context: A tall, dark and creepy character named Omne "kills" James T. Kirk. Omne is interested in philosophical mind-games and wants to prove that everyone, even a virtuous Vulcan like Spock, can be bought for a price. While Spock is stricken with grief over the loss of his captain and best friend, Omne argues that Spock's "price" is Kirk. To prove this, he creates a perfect clone of Kirk and offers it to Spock in exchange for Spock's participation in a scheme to get Vulcan to pull out of the Federation.

Spock is ordered to "inspect the merchandise" to make sure that the clone really is a perfect copy of Kirk, so Spock initiates a mind-meld with the clone. I should probably mention that Omne leads Spock to a room in which clone!Kirk is naked on a table surrounded by flowers and candles. Also, during this mind-meld with naked clone!Kirk, it's implied that Spock creates a Vulcan mating bond between them so that he can be connected to Kirk forever tell this clone apart from any others Omne may create.

Just read the romance novel scene with the mind-meld yourself:





If you made it this far: Congratulations!

And because it amuses me, have the last paragraph of the same chapter:



They left him still standing naked amid candles and flowers. But Spock felt a slender bond stretching between them like a strand of steel and gold.

They left him still standing naked amid candles and flowers. But Spock felt a slender bond stretching between them like a strand of steel and gold.

They left him still standing naked amid candles and flowers. But Spock felt a slender bond stretching between them like a strand of steel and gold.
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