what have you done to my basket
what have you done to my basket
As a fan of assorted Star Trek, particularly The Original Series and the reboot films, I’ve noticed that the fandom(s) can’t seem to agree about Vulcan body temperature.
It comes up a lot because Spock is often paired with humans. While many fans insist that Vulcans have a higher body temperature than humans, others are equally adamant that it’s the reverse.
I myself have waffled between the two, especially after a reviewer politely disagreed with my description of Spock’s skin as being hot to a human’s touch.
So which is it? Are Vulcans hotter or colder than humans? And why is there such disagreement in the first place?
What Does Canon Say?
The idea that Vulcans are literally cool seems to originate from the episode “The Paradise Syndrome,” in which McCoy is examining Spock and refers to "that green ice water you call blood."
I’ve always taken this to be a classic example of McCoy sarcasm, a jab at Spock’s supposedly “cold-blooded” nature and perhaps the fact that the Vulcan is acting pretty emotional at that moment.
Many fans, including two fans in the 70s by the names of Doug Drexler and Ron Barlow, interpreted the comment more literally.
Drexler and Barlow wrote a book called the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual, which was published unofficially in 1977 as a fan work and picked up later that year by Ballantine Books for an official release.
In 1995, in Volume 11 of The Official Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Magazine, Drexler commented, "It was an awful book, really. I cringe when I look at it now."
One idea about Vulcan physiology that comes from this book is a blood temperature of 91°F (32.78°C). Of course, compared to a human blood temperature of about 98.6°F (37°C), that’s pretty ding-dang cold.
Memory Alpha, the wiki for canon Star Trek works, lists information from the Star Fleet Medical Reference Manual as apocrypha - i.e., non-canonical.
But the problem isn’t that cool Vulcans aren’t canon.
The problem is that cool Vulcans don’t make biological sense.
And, sure, a lot about Star Trek, even in canon, doesn’t necessarily make a whole lot of biological sense (natural Vulcan/Human hybrids are a great example of dubious biology). But one of the things I love about Trek fandom is that we’re rad as heck when it comes to science. We like science.
So let’s talk about science.
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An illustration for Our Fathers’ Godsaga (Viktor Rydberg), 1911
by John Bauer
enjoy this 8 page comic i drew in 1 day and inked in 2.
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Avengers Annual #1 (2013)