Reviewer: Ghiri Mai Signed
14 Jul 2012
Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Your story is both fascinating and disturbing, a combination that marks a tale that makes one think. In some of your replies to reviews, you compared Vulcan sanctuaries to the Japanese internment camps. There is an element of that, but to me, the sanctuaries resemble a modern breeding program for endangered species. Currently, zookeepers maintain records of the relationships between their animals and exchange individuals for genetic diversity. The animals are provided with enrichment activities to keep them mentally alert and reduce stress.
The sanctuary idea is an interesting one. Concentrating most of the remaining Vulcan population in a single location could be dangerous. An attack or outbreak of disease could push the remaining Vulcan population past the recovery point. The main issues would be the stress on the surviving population. Going from founding members of the Federation to protected breeding stock must be mentally traumatic.
Thank you for sharing your fiction with us.
Thank you for your kind review!
There is a sequel in the archives, if you want to look, called Double Helix. Actually, there's another one after that, too, here in the forums:
It is a bit of a zoo/captive breeding program. I recall stories in TOS, the Twilight Zone and I believe even in The Outer Limits about humans being kept in alien zoos. What would happen if the original intentions were benevolent yet misguided?