Voyage of the Blue Carbuncle by Carl L. Heifetz is a lighthearted bit of crossover fan-fiction that may well appeal to both Sherlock Holmes fans and Star Trek fans. For me, as a fan of both, it was an enjoyable read. The plot was a bit confusing sometimes, as some of the interdimensional time travel aspect of the story lost me, but the various references to the Holmes canon, Star Trek, and even Battlestar Galactica, made it a largely entertaining experience.
Without giving away to much of the plot, Commander Verner of the starship Clipper (who seems to be based both on Holmes and Spock) has come in possession of a blue carbuncle which once figured in a case solved by his ancestor, a certain Mr. Sherlock Holmes. The carbuncle becomes the center of an adventure that will take the Clipper "where no man has gone before." Along the way we meet a variety of characters who are reminiscent of characters from a popular late-60s science fiction program.
There are a couple scenes of a sexual nature that I didn't care for, not because I was offended, but rather because I found them a bit silly and puerile. But the various references to the source material mentioned above made me chuckle out loud several times. It was clear that the story, which is a very quick read (the paperback edition is only 48 pages long), was a labor of love from a creative fan of Sherlock Holmes and science fiction. As far as fan-fic goes, I think it was an admirable example of the genre, and full of creativity and humor.
Voyage of the Blue Carbuncle is available at Amazon in paperback, and at Outskirts Press as an ebook (which is where I got my copy).
I'm a stay-at-home dad, and Director of Music Ministries at a United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet, TN. And a longtime fan of Sherlock Holmes.