It is considered by many to be the first modern slash ship. In fact, the term "slash" itself is believed to have originated with the Kirk/Spock fandom when fans began using the "/" symbol to designate a romantic/sexual relationship between the two men rather than one of platonic friendship in fanworks.
The first known Kirk/Spock fanfiction was published in a fanzine in 1974. Kirk/Spock remains the most popular ship in both the Star Trek: The Original Series fandom and that focusing on the Alternate Original Series that started with the 2009 reboot Star Trek, with more than 7,000 works tagged with the pairing in the popular fanfiction archive An Archive of Our Own (AO3).
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry is reported to have commented on the possibility of romantic love between Kirk and Spock with the following remarks:
"Yes, there's certainly some of that, certainly with love overtones. Deep love. The only difference being, the Greek ideal... we never suggested in the series... physical love between the two. But it's the... we certainly had the feeling that the affection was sufficient for that, if that were the particular style of the 23rd century." (He looks thoughtful.) "That's very interesting. I never thought of that before."
I was never aware of this 'lovers' rumor, although I have been told that Spock encountered it several times. Apparently, he had always dismissed it with his characteristic lifting of his right eyebrow, which usually connoted some combination of surprise, disbelief, and/or annoyance. As for myself... I have always found my best gratification in that creature called woman. Also, I would not like to be thought of as being so foolish that I would select a love partner who came into sexual heat only once every seven years.
I have been and always shall be your friend
An iconic Kirk and Spock scene from Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan:
- Kirk/Spock (TOS) on Fanlore
- Kirk/Spock (AOS) on Fanlore
- History of K/S Fandom
- Kirk/Spock on AO3
- The Simple Feeling and Beyond: Kirk and Spock’s Place in Queer History
- Shatner, William, et al. Where No Man... The Authorized Biography of William Shatner (ISBN 0-441-88975-1), Ace Books, 1979, pp. 147-8
- Roddenberry, Gene; Livingston, Harold; Foster, Alan Dean (1979). Star trek-the motion picture : a novel. New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 22. ISBN 9780671253240.
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