In her youth, Pat was enamored with the original Star Trek series. When she was in her fifties, she entered a writing contest where winning would allow your work to be included in a Star Trek short story anthology. Within two years, she not only appeared in them, but also had several stories in the alternate pile which was kept in case Paramount Pictures – who had the last say on what got published – nixed a story that was chosen by the editor. (Thus the only rejection letter that she saved, with the editor’s scrawl across the bottom: “Paramount didn’t like it.”)
After three anthology inclusions she could no longer participate because she was then considered a “professional.” Pat still gets a five-pound packet of royalty statements from Simon & Schuster a couple times a year. All of the numbers, however, are still parenthetical.
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But Edith Keeler had been different. Edith Keeler was a hot ball of belief and energy, so flush with her philosophy that she was almost frightening, almost a zealot. She was radiant. She was smart. She knew what she wanted. She was charismatic and brave, fearless, a visionary, a leader of people, lit from within. She was … she was …
She was Jim Kirk in a skirt. — From “Marking Time” in “Strange New Worlds VI”