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The genders of the crew of the Enterprise are reversed while they are being menaced by a nearby Klingon battlecruiser under the command of Kirk's old adversary Kang.



AdamsAnn AronsenLaura BreenChristine ChapelBrad CollinsKangJames T. KirkKomackLeonard McCoyMontgomery ScottSpockHikaru SuluTregarthNyota Uhura
Referenced only
The CompanionDevilGodMaraPeteProcrustesSarek

Starships and vehicles

bicycleUSS EnterpriseKang's battlecruisershuttlecraft


HellMeccaStarbase 11

Races and cultures

HortaHuman (GreekOriental) • KlingonOrganianProcrusteanRigellianRomulanVulcan

States and organizations

Klingon EmpireStarfleetStarfleet CommandUnited Federation of Planets

Other references

angelbishopbrandycakechesscloaking devicecommunicatorcredit chitdim-light glassesdisruptorDNAdoveeagleflyhawkpetardphaserProcrustean BedqueenRNArobotrookSaurian brandysilverSirensnarthtigertunicYY chromosome effect




  • This short story reveals that the sexes are far from equal in Starfleet, and discussion of the topic is discouraged. Females rarely achieve the rank of Captain and, upon reaching this rank, are posted to a 'safe' desk job.
  • Prior to this story, Mara left Kang and became a "peace-monger".
  • The device on this planet reversed the sexes of crews, but selected the strongest of them to undergo the "YY chromosome effect". XYY syndrome appears to be the condition referenced in this story, but has none of the hyper-aggressive side-effects Spock and Kang experienced.
  • When they meet in a bar, Kang and Kirk (female) decide to accept their condition and "go back to his place". They later lament that Spock's arrival interrupts this action.
  • The all male Klingon crew becomes quiet and shy once turned female.
  • The conversion to female has a noticeable effect on James T. Kirk's ability to pilot a shuttle and his emotional fortitude.


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The Price of the Phoenix
Stories by:
Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath
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The Fate of the Phoenix
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Intersection Point
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The Business, As Usual, During Altercations
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Intersection Point
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Mission's End, Issue 2

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