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"The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelly's Feet" was a short story published in the anthology Strange New Worlds I in 1998. It was written by Paula M. Block, one of the collection's editors.


A yeoman aboard the Enterprise escapes her monotonous life through 20th century movies...though not exactly as her psychiatrist initially believes she does.



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USS Enterprise (Constitution-class heavy cruiser)


Omicron Delta region (Amusement Park planet)
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  • Takes place slightly less than one year after the events of The Animated Series episode "Once Upon a Planet," with the Enterprise due to return to Beta Omicron Delta III within that timeframe in order for the sentient planetary-computer Caretaker to receive new updates from Federation crews traveling the galaxy.


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