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Reviewer: Ghiri Mai Signed [Report This]
Date: 03 Jan 2013 02:26 Title: Chapter 1

It is nice to read more about Eriecho, Saddik, and Sollastek. And I am also happy to see Sarek making an appearance. In his dual role as ambassador and husband to Amanda, he understands that the Vulcans must look outside of their rather narrow world view if they expect to survive in the new reality created by Nero and his crew.

Author's Response:

Yes! I think they need to understand that the galaxy isn't just themselves, and people want very much to help them. Still, they're a kinda proud people (they would never admit to that, of course), and so taking this much charity and having all these obligations incurred must be ... unsettling.

I thank you - I wanted to remember Amanda a bit, too. He really doesn't get a chance to mourn in the film, and of course he should have, in some fashion or another.

Thank you! :)

Reviewer: SLWalker Signed [Report This]
Date: 02 Jan 2013 21:23 Title: Chapter 1

This is definitely interesting for its look of sociology after Vulcan got decimated. I never really considered the notion that children would be raised via surrogates!

Author's Response:

Thank you!

Reviewer: Mackenzie Calhoun Signed [Report This]
Date: 02 Jan 2013 02:55 Title: Chapter 1

Interesting to see thanksgiving in this universe, this other universe even. Headspinning what the Vulcans have gone through in this other universe. Good story

Author's Response:

Thank you! Replicated turkey for all! :)

Reviewer: Lil black dog Signed [Report This]
Date: 31 Dec 2012 23:04 Title: Chapter 1

Yay!!  I was so excited when I realized this story was revisiting Saddik and Eriecho.  And I love what you've done - with so many surrogate families spread throughout the galaxy it would be difficult to get both sets of parents together, but it would be oh-so important.

It will mean so much more if both sides know, and understand, each other.  Respect can and will be built for both the surrogates and the birth parents, and will make the eventual transition of the children back to their biological parents that much easier. It might even put an end to those parents who insist on calling their surrogate children 'Butch' or 'Missy' or 'Maureen' instead of by their traditional Vulcan names. ;-)

Perhaps this can be a way, too for both sides to interact and be part of the childrens' lives during the formative years, even if it's only through holos or subspace messages or whatnot.

I loved, too the nod to the original timeline - the mention of Sybok and the use of the name 'Selek' - a common-enough name in Spock's family. ;-)

All in all this story made me grin, and gave me a warm fuzzy, for it truly captured the significance of 'Thanksgiving' and the meaning of family, whether it's the one we're born with, or the one we choose...

Author's Response:

Oh, I'm so glad you liked it. And, of course, the Selek/Sybok shout-outs - glad to see they were understood!

These are gonna be some mighty confused kids. But I think they can almost be like mixed-race or mixed-religion human children, e. g. celebrating Chanukah and Christmas, and getting something out of both without diminishing either. Or going to an after school program to understand Greek heritage or the like.

What I wanted Sarek to be doing, in particular, the vision was that moment in Roots when Kunta Kinte holds Kizzy up and yells, "Behold the only thing greater than yourself." And for him, it's to call out to his fellow survivors, "This is my child!"

Thank you so very much.

Reviewer: Jean-Luc Picard Signed [Report This]
Date: 31 Dec 2012 06:24 Title: Chapter 1

Very good piece. I like seeing aliens celebrating our better holidays.

Personally, I think quite a lot more than 10,000 Vulcans survived on colonies, but that's a minor nitpick. Good work!

Author's Response:

Well, maybe they don't know about 'em yet. And, thanks! :)

Reviewer: kes7 Signed [Report This]
Date: 29 Dec 2012 21:03 Title: Chapter 1

This is a weird idea, that the very insular Vulcan people would allow other species to gestate and partially raise a new generation ... but you sold it.  It makes a certain kind of desperate, pragmatic, logical sense, and you capitalized on that enough that I enjoyed the read.  It's interesting to imagine what the Vulcan race would become under such circumstances.  Great entry.

Author's Response:

Thank you! I imagine they'd never admit it, but they're just plain desperate. And I feel they'd see the logic of these children spending their infancy with people, rather than machines, even if the execution isn't the best.

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