Review – Release
In response to a prompt requiring that we write in the new timeline (also called nuTrek of the JJ Abrams universe), I decided to write about how the creation of a sentient endangered species would be handled.
The story opens with a pair of Vulcan convicts being called into a commandant’s office at Canamar Prison, a canon institution.
They are about to be freed, and they scarcely know why. All that Commandant Kerig will tell them is that Vulcans are endangered, and the home world has been destroyed. This unsettles Saddik, the elder of the two.
But not so Eriecho, who barely knows anything about Vulcans, or what it means to be one. As the story continues, her back story is revealed, that she was born on a prison transport, and this is the only life she has ever known. Furthermore, the only mother has ever known was a deceased Suliban woman, H’Shema.
The action follows Eriecho and Saddik off Canamar and to their new home, a sanctuary on Mars. Colonel Jack Shaw is in charge, and he’s thrilled. Partly it’s because it was his idea to try to find Vulcans in prisons. But it’s also because the rebuilding of the population involves surrogate mothers and as much genetic diversity as can be achieved with the limited remnants of a once-thriving species. Taking note of the Law of Supply and Demand, Shaw has something that others want. Hence he (and the administrators of the other sanctuaries, on places like Andoria) engages in a barely legal practice – gamete trading.
The story is rated K.
I was so thrilled to be able to introduce these new characters. People love Eriecho, and it’s been a joy to find her voice and follow her life as she adjusts to life on the outside.
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