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Dr. James Wykoff, the psychologist caring for Benny Russell in a mental institution, makes journal entries.



Cassie JohnsonJenMartin Luther King, Jr.Douglas PabstBenny RussellJames Wykoff
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Corat DamarBenjamin SiskoJennifer SiskoKasidy Yates

Starships and vehiclesEdit


New MexicoNew York CityRoswell

Races and culturesEdit

Human (MartianNegro)

States and organizationsEdit

New York Police Department

Other referencesEdit

baseballChristmasChristmas EveCommunismDamar (character)Deep Space NineThe EmissaryFire CavesIncredible Tales of Scientific WonderLittle green menmorphinepaperpencilschizophreniascience fictionWhat You Leave Behind



Background informationEdit

  • Dean Wesley Smith commented "This story, for me, one of the most powerful in all of SNW history, caught me up front with the clear voice, the format, and the viewpoint. We have a clear character in a setting, with a problem. My first thought as I was pulled down into this journal writing was can this author pull this off? By the time I got to the end, with the character change being in the Doctor, I was stunned. This is not only Star Trek at its best, but science fiction at its best, dealing with the themes and problems of alieness in all forms, both racial, and social". [1]
  • This story was the Third Prize winner in the Strange New Worlds IV competition. It also placed on the preliminary ballot for the SFWA's Nebula Awards. [2]

Related storiesEdit


published order
Previous story:
Captain Proton and the Orb of Bajor
Strange New Worlds IV
Strange new worlds 4
Next story:
Iridium-7-Tetrahydroxate Crystals Are a Girl's Best Friend
chronological order
Previous Adventure:
Far Beyond the Stars
Pocket Next Adventure:
Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited
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Far Beyond the Stars
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