Reviewer: spockirk Signed
Chapter 1: Discovery
Hi, Sam, may I make an observation? Many writers are guilty of one, simple biological error in reference to Spock. As a denizen of a desert planet, his body could not be hotter than Kirk's. See, if that were the case, Vulcans would overheat on their very hot planet. I think I've only seen a couple of fanfics in all the decades of fanfic that got that part right. Spock would love the heat radiating from Kirk, just like any desert-dwelling creature seeks the heat from a hot rock, because his body temp is cool. His standard uniform would include thermal underwear. Sounds logical?Author's Response:
Sorry, no. Not really. On the surface your argument does indeed sound logical However, in discussing this you've used the example of cold blooded creatures on Earth, with iron based blood, but in lower gravities and with lower blood temperatures. The variables to be taken into account are that hemolytic (copper based) blood oxidises blue, not green and carries oxygen with less than a quarter of the efficiency of iron based blood. Therefore Vulcan muscular processes would have to work harder to achieve the same adenosine triphosphate replenishment. This could conceivably be by some sort of symbiotic relationship with microorganisms which are anaerobically highly efficient, not an improbable thing on a low oxygen planet (but that is pure speculation on my part). It is also conceivable that such efficiency could be achieved within higher density muscle fibres than that found in humans.
There would also have to be a vanadium component in Vulcan blood for Vulcans to bleed green (to provide the yellow component of the colouring) which would futher complicate the equation. Finally, Vulcans are presumably warm blooded, not cold blooded. (I could be wrong, but how would a cold blooded creature achieve the 'plak tow' which is descibed as the 'blood fever,' a metabolic state, without the internal mechanism to heat it's own blood?). So many variables, together with the fact that we are talking about a warm blooded alien species here, would suggest to me that it would be most likely that Vulcans would have adapted to the temperature of their home world which is hotter than Earth.
But your review was thoughtful and intelligent, which I appreciate! Thank you so much for having the courtesy to point this out to me. I find this sort of discussion very intersting and stimulating.