Reviewer: Chanel Signed
Chapter 1: Discovery
Great story! How many chapters do you think it will end up with? I like the idea of emotions not fading, I love stories that explore the alien-ness of the aliens, lol.
I was reading through the other reviews and one of the reviews mentions Spock being cooler blooded than humans. According to canon, spock is 91f, cooler than humans. Most stories have him hotter, but that is indeed fanon.Author's Response:
Thank you so much for your lovely review! And thank you for noticing the alien-ness of the aliens! I had originally intended this to be one chapter long, but I am enjoying writing it so much that I will probably take it to 10 chapters or 12.
Now, I have noted the "cool Vulcan" fanon creep gradually into canon, and ignored it up until now. But I am a scientist, and one of my forays in my studies was into the subject of mammalian core temperature maintenance in hot climates (with particular reference to animal welfare). I live in Australia, where temperatures can get up to 49 degrees celsius, so as you can see working and sporting animals are at risk from heat exhaustion. Australian temperatures, by the way, as quoted by the weather bureau, are traditionally taken in the shade, not in full sunlight. We don't like to scare off tourists LOL. We use the Celsius scale for the same reason. The body temperature of a human is 36.5 degrees celsius. Enough background information.
My stance: Vulcans are hot.
1: Captain Kirk only goes for hot babes and guys
2: See the explanation in my review response below.
3: In the Original Series episode The Deadly Years, Spock is feeling the effects of ageing and turns the temperature in his cabin up to 125 degrees fahrenheit for comfort. This is way hotter than the 98 degrees fahrenheit of human body temperature. So he finds the higher temperature easier to deal with. Now, if his blood circulation were designed to carry cool blood around his body and cool it as seems to be a popular misconception, please explain how it is cooled when on Vulcan. Mammalian circulation carries overheated blood from the core to the skin, where, if the ambient temperature is cooler than the skin, the blood is cooled by convection heat radiation from the skin. Unless the ambient temperature is cooler than the skin, this cannot occur and cooling cannot be achieved (because heat radiation can only follow a downward temperature gradient). How then can circulation of Vulcan blood achieve cooling on Vulcan, if the the ambient temperature is higher than the body's temperature?
The explanation that the blood is 'cool' doesn't make sense to me, as to achieve that, the core of the body would have to have a refrigeration process, which as we all know puts out heat as a byproduct so is not achievable within a mammalian core (which is not a segregated core like a refrigerator and the exterior motor, but rather, is in the central of the body without access to the exterior). So if there was some kind of refigeration process in the core of a Vulcan, it would rapidly overheat and cook the Vulcan. Unless the Vulcan, of course, had some sort of exhaust system for the heat (like the excretion of hot gases via the exit of the digestive tract almost continuously.)
The original series had him as hot, and the science was sound. It is metabolically inefficient for creatures to try to maintain a body temperature more than a few degrees Celsius above or below their environment, as it simply wastes too much energy on an ongoing basis, to either heat or cool the body. Humans can only survive if their body temperature remains within approximately 5 degrees of 36.5 degrees Celsius.
I noted and ignored the "Geekipedia" and "Wikipedia" nods to newer series with shaky science, but did not think that people would take it so seriously for so long that it became inaccurate 'canon.'
But when it comes to totally turning the laws of thermodynamics on their heads to accommodate random statements of 'fact' without scientific basis, I'm afraid I even have to ignore Wikipedia. I find it odd, too, that Wikipedia do not carry their policy of giving 'all' the information to the extent where they would describe Spock on the bridge as producing a constant stream of hot farts.
Hey, if anyone can give me the science, I'll gladly tip my hat! But I just can't see it myself.