"All Creatures Great and Small"
"Babes in Smallville"
"The Ballad of Trish and Henry"
"Bobby and Hank say 'Farewell, New York' and Other Things"
"Bobby and the Beast"
"Bobby's Casserole"
"Bobby vs. Pat Sajak"
"A Certain Face"
"Confounded Computer!"
"A Day at the Races"
"A Day in the Life"
"Dispensing the Shopping"
"The Early X-Men in Studio 54"
"First, Do No Harm"
"For Remembrance"
"From the Dais with the Closed Coffin"
"The Good of the Many"
"Gunslinger Dreams"
"Heard No More"
"A Homely Touch"
"I Do Not Love Thee, Mr. Twinkie"
"The Lecture"
"Longest Night"
"Love Is Just Another 4-Letter Word"
"Magic Breakfast"
"Making the Call"
"Midnight Twinkie Run"
"Miss April's Stars & Garters"
"The Morning Paper"
"Neon Hearts"
"The No Story"
"Not a Creature Was Stirring"
"The Oath"
"Personal Delivery"
"Point Blank"
"The Power-Whup Girls"
"The Price of Coffee"
"Pygmalion's Silence"
"Rumble in Kitchen Stadium"
"The Shadow Inside"
"The Shi'ar Coffee Story"
"Shoot Me"
"A Friend, Sleeping"
"A Small Addiction"
"Some Assembly Required"
"Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Someone Blue"
"Start Spreading the News"
"Such Sweet Sorrow"
"Tale of the Last Twinkie"
"Never Mess with a Furry Blue Genius"
"The TD2001"
"Tear Sheets"
"A Test of Power"
"Tripping into the Light Fantastic"
"Twenty First Century Guy"
"When in Rome"
"When Tomorrow Comes"
"Written from Purgatory"
"The Wyoming Pie"
"X-Men #75"
"Yummy Yellow White Surprise"
"Zero Degree Celsius"

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Heard No More

My namesake is dead.

Well, not really. And to further muddy the dark waters of this metaphor, he's not really even my namesake ... name-sharer? One who shares my name?

My name-sharer is very much alive, but his fire has died. The man who gave him sound and fury is now nothing.

And I live. A curious puzzle. That the death of a man I have never met, that I know very little about, can so deeply grasp the emotions swirling beneath blue fur and yank them out to be judged.

And measured...

Perhaps that's it. Death often becomes a time for those left behind to judge, to measure themselves. Perhaps I feel measured. What have I accomplished?

Or perhaps it's the generational sigh of regret, as one of our own passes on, leaving us to wonder what we really accomplished, and where have we come from there...

Certainly a plausible hypothesis. I am sure those born in the '60s regard the man as an icon of the times, or at least, part of an icon. And he is the first part of that icon to die. So now the collective cohort is left to wonder if the promises imagined during that time have come true, if the icon has come to fruition, or if it has been forgotten...they feel measured. Now they must determine whether or not the ideas they envisioned have become reality.

Or perhaps it is that I, as part of this society, am reeling from the loss of a leader-figure. The generation grieving for JFK did not grieve for a man they knew personally, they grieved for a symbol, an icon that was now gone...

Perhaps it is the fanciful wonder, the ignored hope that I might be such an icon, that my death might be as...

Ah ... there's the rub. Perhaps, it is nothing so complex as a generation re-evaluating their potential, or a society grieving a symbol, or even my brief bit of vanity...

Perhaps it is nothing so simple as fear.

Perhaps it is only hearing and reading on countless headlines the joke turned truth ... perhaps it is that Dr. McCoy, by virtue of his living representation, is dead. Passed on. Ceased this mortal coil. And I...

I am afraid.


"Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing."


In memory of DeForest Kelley.
January 20th, 1920 - June 11th, 1999