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Title: Antares
Publisher: Orion Press
Editor(s): Randall Landers
Date(s): 1997-2010
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Orion Press
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Antares is a gen Star Trek: TOS fanzine edited by Randall Landers of Orion Press.[1] There are 19 issues. A twentieth issue was planned for June 2011, but it is unknown if it was published.

Summaries for issues #1-#13 are from Zinedex. Summaries for issues #14-#18 are from Orion Press.

The End of Antares

Randall Landers writes about his decision to stop publishing "Antares.":
It's been thirty-three years since I first published STARDATE 1. It's been a wild and wonderful experience publishing fanzines, but lately, our current flagship fanzine, ANTARES, has simply not sold lately, and to be completely honest, I've been told that it's because it's turned into a Chekov fanzine. That wouldn't bother me if it weren't true, but it is true, and that's not what ANTARES was meant to be. ANTARES was meant to be a friendship, action-adventure, humor, drama zine--a genzine, with some adult material from time to time. Lately, it's been nothing but Chekov, Chekov and more Chekov. And sales have plumeted... I've not sold but three of the latest issue of ANTARES. That puts me into the notion that it's time to cease publication of ANTARES. I'll probably come up with another title and a new fanzine series in the coming months, but right now I think it may be time to let things lay fallow for a time. We'll continue to look at submissions as they come in, but I'm not going to worry about soliciting additional material at this time. [2]
Right now, for the time being, we've decided to publish virtually simultaneously, in print and on-line. This will diminish the sales of the zines, but the main thing is that the Orion Press writers, myself included, want their works read. Update #2: After Antares 20 (June 2011), Orion Press will cease to publish new fanzines. Our back issues will remain in print, but there will be no new publications, even though the site will continue to host new material. [3]

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

Antares 1 was published in 1997 and contains 126 pages. The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • If Only (p. 6-15) / Mary Rottler & Lynn Syck (Spock & Picard visit McCoy after Kirk is killed; Spock to persuade the doctor to come to Vulcan, where Kirk's katra will be installed "in a rock" until they are ready to join him.)
  • Fun! (p. 16-20) / Teresa L. Conaway (After Rurapente, Uhura tries to persuade McCoy to sign on as Sulu's CMO.)
  • Cultural Conditioning (p. 21-53) / Joanne K. Seward (Blonde, vulnerable Vulcan T'Risa comes aboard and inadvertently bonds with Kirk.)
  • Shadows Over Deneva (p. 54-70) / Leigh Hall (McCoy & Spock come to terms with Spock's blinding in "Operation: Annihilate.")
  • Music of the Night Music of the Night] (p. 71-93) / Ann Zewen ([Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.1], Uhura is trapped in a musical & mental fugue, and rescued by Spock with the help of tone-deaf Kirk.)
  • Prisoners (p. 94-125 ) / Donna S. Frelick [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Hiatus], McCoy finds and loses Natira again, in a set-up glossed over by the Fleet, and finally resigns.)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

Antares 2 was published in 1998 and contains 152 pages. The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • The Medal (p. 5-10) / D. G. Littleford (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Beginnings), Spock and Sarek at odds over an act of violence that earned Spock a medal of valor.)
  • First Class (p. 12-29) / Caroline R. Kummer (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.4), A cadet exercise goes awry on account of Orions. A young pair are re-playing Kirk & Spock.)
  • Out on a Limb (p. 30-45) / Leigh Hall (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.2), McCoy, Spock & Sulu encounter a determinedly altruistic alien life form.)
  • The Face of the Enemy (p. 46-62) / Caroline R. Kummer (Heading back after stealing the cloaking device, the Commander manages to capture Spock on another Romulan vessel.)
  • The Kenederis Incident (p. 64-88) / Jim Ausfahl (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.3), The Keneds, their planet quarantined because of prior plague, are suddenly both afflicted with the plague themselves and suffering from violent attacks. Enterprise comes to the rescue. McCoy gets infected when a patient he's about to autopsy revives, and Spock works with him to find a treatment. Unfortunately, the treatment that works on McCoy leaves the Keneds brain-dead, whether their infections are mild or severe. It turns out that the Keneds are actually a bacterial creature themselves, inhabiting a variety of species on the planet, accounting for their planet's multiple sentient species who all consider themselves Kened. The plague is from a similar creature that has taken up residence.)
  • The Test of Forever (p. 89-105) / Donna S. Frelick (Aftermath of City on the Edge... requiring a return trip.)
  • For the First Time in My Life (p. 106-152) / Mary Rottler & Bonnie Berryman (Kirk accompanies Spock to a scientific conference for R&R.)
  • Poetry: Heidi M.: Sarek's Thoughts; The Beckoning Stars

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for The Kenederis Incident.

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

Antares 3 was published in April 1999 and contains 116 pages. Cover: Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • The Red Shirt (p. 6-9) / Ann Zewen (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.1), Kirk attends a dying security guard.)
  • The Emancipator of Trill (p. 10-41) / D. G. Littleford (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.3), Diplomatic and personal troubles ensue when a Trill ambassador, possibly inside a coerced host, views Kirk as her entertainment.)
  • James Kirk: Don Juan, Mata Hari or Dobie Gillis? (p. 42-45) by Donna S. Frelick (Analysis of Kirk's romances, with the conclusion that he should remain a Don Juan; real love is too dangerous for all concerned.)
  • Winter Hunt (p. 46-68 ) / Crystal Perry (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.4), On a skiing vacation, Kirk is kidnapped, with ensuing escape and ordeal as his captors pursue.)
  • After Platonius (p. 69-83) / Sharron Powell (McCoy forces the couples tortured in "Plato's Stepchildren" to confront one another.)
  • Dead To Me (p. 84-86) / Rob Morris (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: The Adventures Continue v.1), Scott, in the TNG era, confronts a relation still holding him responsible for Peter Preston's death.)
  • The Ride of the Valkyries (p. 87-116) / Nicole Comtet (Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.3), Uhura and Spock, on leave after a night at the opera, take on a young gang of motorcycle riders, including the son of a local dignitary.)
  • Gene Roddenberry on Fan Fiction by Randall Landers.

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Rick Endres

Antares 4 was published in January 2000 and contains 112 pages. Cover by Rick Endres.

  • Something to Remind You (p. 7-22) / Deborah A. Bailey [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.1], Thoughts of music send Uhura into odd panic attacks after the Nomad incident; Spock assists in her recovery.)
  • A Bird in the Hand, A Bird in the Bush (p. 23-28) / Joanne K. Seward [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Third Mission v.1], Starfleet asks Kirk to teach a seminar on the Prime Directive to the dismay of McCoy & Spock - and finds a fitting metaphor in fledgling cardinals.)
  • Whales Weep Not (p. 29-41) / Diane Bellomo (Gillian Taylor attempts to adjust to the 23rd century, and a couple of crushes.)
  • The Way Back (p. 42-46) by Rob Morris (reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: The Adventures Continue v.1, Sulu attempts to salvage Chakotay's career.)
  • Intruder (p. 47-77) by Jim Ausfahl (reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Third Mission v.1) (Post-STV; crew encounters mothership apparently engaged in biological warfare; McCoy eventually concludes that it is restocking life forms for preservation purposes - its "battle" is to seed the universe with life.)
  • Home Sweet Home (p. 78-96) by Nicole Comtet (reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Beginnings), The Enterprise has recovered an old Vulcan probe.)
  • Last Picked (p. 97-110) by Pat Detmer (reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.1)
  • The Viewing (p. 111) by Rob Morris (Vignette of old Admiral McCoy welcoming Jim's corpse home, 80 years late for his own funeral.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for Last Picked.
See reactions and reviews for Home Sweet Home.

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Zaquia Tarhuntass

Antares 5 was published in July 2000 and contains 112 pages. The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • The Wreck of the Aurora Borealis (P. 6-30) by Pat Detmer [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.2], The Enterprise is assigned to guard a wreck full of gold dust, and ends up facing an angry cat, Orion raiders, and a large, amorphous, hungry space entity with a taste for gold.)
  • Paragraph 17 (p. 31-37) by Anna Perotti [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.2], In a first contact encounter, things go nicely with Kirk wining and dining the Beta Reticulan head of state until he discovers that though the people are startlingly human-like, their secondary sexual characteristics are reversed on that planet.)
  • The Lesson (p. 38-56 ) by Pat Detmer [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.2 and Orion Archives 2001: Beginnings]
  • Spider's Lair (p. 57-92) by Randall Landers (Evil "Q'xl%" (pronounced Kicksulpop) shows up every 30 years to slurp up 5 insignificant lives. It happens to take them from a landing party of the Shenandoah, commanded by Kirk and his second Gary Mitchell, with Sulu present. It is unaffected by laser weapons. Sulu is sent back 30 years later to try again.)
  • Comeuppance (p. 92-109) by Pat Detmer [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.2]
  • Duties and Responsibilities (p. 110-112) by Randall Landers [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Chekov's Enterprise], Chekov family vignette - his uncle berating him for not coming back for his father's funeral.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for The Wreck of the Aurora Borealis.
See reactions and reviews for Comeuppance.
See reactions and reviews for The Lesson.

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

Antares 6 was published in 2000 and contains 128 pages. The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • After Paradise (p.4-15) by Caroline R. Kummer [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.3], Kirk discovers that Spock has been working himself to death during the asteroid chase from "Paradise Syndrome" and teaches him a lesson about trusting his crew.)
  • A Form of Release (p. 16-29) by Rob Morris [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Third Mission v.1], Peter Kirk, on Tantalus Rehab colony after the events of The Dianasian Gift, is interrogated by an unseen counselor with regard to his possible parole, and is reluctant to defend himself, but slowly reveals aspects of his relationship with his uncle Jim Kirk - who, of course, turns out to be the interrogator.)
  • The Ambassador's Taxi (p. 30-53 ) by Jim Ausfahl [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.3]
  • Banshee! (p. 54-61) by Mary R. Schuttler [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.2], A banshee is haunting sickbay, almost killing Kirk until his link to Spock calls him in to the rescue - leaving Kirk knowing that he will die when he is alone.)
  • A Serpent in Eden (p. 62-116) by Jim Ausfahl [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Second Mission v.2]
  • The Unexplained (p. 117-125) by Mary R. Schuttler [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: First Mission v.3], A Halloween story; Kirk recounts a nasty episode from his childhood in which he, Sam, Gary Mitchell, and the unfortunate Petey play with a Ouija board in a haunted house and Petey ends up bludgeoned by an psychopath's spirit.)
  • Light Speed in an 85 mph Zone (p. 126-128) by D. G. Littleford [Reprinted in: Orion Archives 2001: Beginnings], Young Kirk is celebrating his admission to SF Academy by getting another traffic ticket, forcing the long-suffering cop to admit he'll miss him.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

See reactions and reviews for The Ambassador's Taxi.
See reactions and reviews for A Serpent in Eden.

Issue 7

cover of issue #7, Christine Myers

Antares 7 was published in June 2001 and contains 116 pages. The cover is by Christine Myers.

  • Conversion (p.4-9) by Pat Detmer
  • Captain's Bars (p.10-16) by Rick Endres (Kirk informs Sulu that his long-overdue promotion has come through - though not his ship of choice.)
  • Dear Mom (p.17-20) by Pat Detmer
  • The Pearl (p.21-57) by Jim Ausfahl (Scott is inexplicably found dead shortly after McCoy has given him a clean bill of health. McCoy and Spock join forces to determine that the death has been faked, and then to rescue both Scott and his kidnapper, a species inhabiting its planet's oceanic vents.)
  • My Gift (p.58-60) by Pat Detmer (In his final seconds, heading for the engine room, Spock contemplates the reactions of those he will save because he is the only one who can.)
  • The Haunting (p.61-70) by Mary R. Schuttler (During an engineering fire, Kirk has the area flooded with fire suppressant, only to find that ensign Karen Jenkins was left behind to smother, and that Cody denies having given the all-clear signal that Kirk is sure he heard. Kirk suffurs sundry visitations by Jenkins' ghost, but it is only toying with him - which it reveals by frightening Cody into confessing to panic.)
  • Only So Much(p.71-81) by Pat Detmer
  • Contempt of Council (p.82-114) by "Selek" (Events of the Genesis Trilogy, as experienced by Sarek: Spock's death and the resultant strain on his parents' marriage; his attempt to retrieve the katra from Kirk; the discovery that Spock's body lives, and request for fal-tor-pan; his advocacy for the crew at their court-martial.)
  • Blood Oath (p.115-116) by Rick Endres (& Kor, Koloth, Kang and Curzon Dax take the oath against the Albino that will be fulfilled in Deep Space 9.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

See reactions and reviews for Dear Mom.
See reactions and reviews for Only So Much.
See reactions and reviews for Conversion.

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

Antares 8 was published in 2002 and contains 100 pages. The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • Command Potential (p.5-19) by Donna Frelick (Commanding his first landing party on what should have been a routine shopping trip for thorium, Lieutenant Kirk instead finds himself rescuing a mining crew from Tellarite marauders.)
  • Too Great a Risk (p.20-24) by Randall Landers & Rob Morris (Chekov, taking command of Enterprise-B, argues with Saavik over her elimination of Peter Kirk from the recommended crew roster, pointing out that by her criteria, both she and Chekov himself would be barred.)
  • Reminiscing (p.25-48) by Selek (As the aging Amanda recovers from a dangerous insect bite, Sarek reminisces over their courtship.)
  • Planet of the Killer Chickens (p.49-54) by Jim Ausfahl (Security Chief Skorr (the avian) has to show Captain Chekov how to establish proper pecking order during Federation membership negotiations -- literally.)
  • Chains of Command (p.55-72) by Randall Landers (Action. Helmsman Demora Sulu questions Captain Chekov's direct order during battle. At the resulting court-martial, she accepts reduction to petty officer and removal from bridge rotation to shuttle pilot. Chekov has to tell Hikaru Sulu about it.)
  • Freefall (p.73-82) by Randall Landers & Rob Morris (Just after picking Peter Kirk up for his new assignment to Enterprise, Demora Sulu suffers a seizure from a brain fluke and dies.)
  • The Odd Couple (p.83-91) by Rob Morris (Chekov assigns Peter to room with galactic reporter Willis, who was Demora's lover and is not taking her death well. Peter hates reporters, and in these delightfully written vignettes, Willis does nothing to endear himself. The two finally duke it out over Willis' jealousy of Peter's relationship with Demora.)
  • Sometimes a Cigar (p.92-96) by Rob Morris (One unintended Freudian phrase leads to another in this little romp, centered around Saavik's review of Peter Kirk's work.)
  • Phantoms (p.97-98) by Rob Morris (Bittersweet vignette of Spock observing the new crew and seeing the old -- and seeking his own Kirk on Deck 15.)
  • Ashes (p.99-100) by Randall Landers (Vignette. New rec-room manager Guinan caters to Hikaru Sulu's grief for his daughter.)

Issue 9

cover of issue #9, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

Antares 9 was published in June 2002 and contains 160 pages. The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • Helmsman (p. 3-11) by Rick Endres (After Gary Mitchell's death, Kirk boots Sulu into the Helm position.)
  • Certifiable (p. 12-18) by Rob Morris (On Chekov's Enterprise, Security Chief Ch'terr attempts to improve redshirt safety with a refresher course on hand-to-hand combat... which devolves into a potato-chip party.)
  • Let Them Die (p. 19-21) by Sean Corbett (Vignette. Kirk, on the way to Enterprise, is troubled by his own outburst to Spock of "Let them die.")
  • The Kid Down the Way (p. 22-25) by Rob Morris (Sulu receives a condolence letter from Peter Kirk on Demora's death and determines to get to know him.)
  • Da Woid (p. 26-42) by Pat Detmer (reprinted in Orion Archives: 2229-2265 The Beginnings)
  • The Old Once Over (p. 43-48) by Rob Morris (Captain Chekov has trouble accepting his ship's psychologist's personnel recommendations.)
  • The Unforgiving Minute (p. 49-64) by Rob Morris (Post STVI, Peter Kirk has saved McCoy's wife Theresa by taking on four Klingons, and is comatose. Told first-person by McCoy as he discovers that Peter has also saved her before the attack, by taking her on sexually when her medication ran out.)
  • There Would Be Others (p. 65-80) by Pat Detmer (
  • Honesty (p. 81-83) by Randall Landers (Chekov and Saavik accuse one another of improvising their reactions and statistics.)
  • Growing Up Together (p. 84-87) by Rob Morris (Several short clips out of the lives of Chekov and Peter Kirk, all beginning with Chekov's query, "Are you all right?" and Peter's response, "No.")
  • The Tale the Cap Told (p. 88-100) by Pat Detmer
  • Angel Face (p. 101-115) by Rick Endres
  • Angel (p. 116-141) by Randall Landers & Rob Morris (A lonely immortal entity draws Saavik to it, taking on the image of David Marcus as an angel, and endangering the Enterprise in the process.)
  • Freedom from Fear (p. 142-150) / Rob Morris (Uhura reviews incidents from a variety of episodes that continue to haunt her, in consultation with the ship's psychiatrist.)
  • I Never Said Goodbye (p. 151-157) by Rick Endres (Spock performs the ceremony of returning Sarek's ashes to the garden to mingle with Amanda's, and feels their spirits in the form of silver-birds.)
  • Randy's Rantings by Randall Landers--A comprehensive rating of all Star Trek episodes and films.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

See reactions and reviews for Da Woid.
See reactions and reviews for Angel Face.
See reactions and reviews for The Tale the Cap Told.
See reactions and reviews for There Would Be Others.

Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Michael Corker

Antares 10 was published in June 2002 and contains 160 pages. The cover is by Michael Corker.

  • Trapped (p. 3-19) by Pat Detmer
  • Another Such Victory (p. 20-21) by Rob Morris (Vignette of Commodore Wesley's response and resignation following the M-5 experiments (Ultimate Computer).)
  • No Refuge (p. 22-25) by Pat Detmer (Uhura suffers through the grief - and Amazing Grace - of Spock's funeral ceremony.)
  • Parallel Lives (p. 26-32) by Rob Morris (Peter Kirk/Saavik romance. Peter reveals to Saavik (his new love) his past love for and adultery with the dead Teresa (McCoy), along with his use of her friend Calita to gain distance from Teresa.)
  • The Float (p. 33-37) by Pat Detmer ("The Tholian Web" from Kirk's pov as he floats in his own dimension.)
  • The Trainer (p.38-67) by Jim Ausfahl
  • Good Luck Charm (p.68-69) by Paul Starkey (Kirk and Spock browbeat McCoy into housing a stuffed lizard in Sickbay as a good-luck charm for a visiting ambassador who refuses to undergo surgery without it.)
  • The Logical Choice (p.70-73) by Elise (Skon sends Sarek a list of prospective brides.)
  • Sarek's Flitter (p.74-88) by Selek (With Amanda's flitter out of order, Kirk and Spock take Sarek's prized flitter out for a an errand, which Kirk turns into a joyride - which leads to a family anecdote about Sarek having broken a few rules when testing the machine as a young man.)
  • Robbie (p. 89-105) by Rob Morris (Events around the death of Demora and arrival of Peter Kirk, from pov of Roberta Vasquez, Science Officer on the new Enterprise under Captain Chekov, and her assistant Natalie Buchanan.)
  • A Family Holiday Surprise (p.106-144) by Selek, Saidicam & T'Lea
  • With Thee (p. 145-147) by Rob Morris (Peter Kirk and Spock agonize over a condolence message to McCoy after the deaths of Teresa and his sons.)
  • Encounter at Deneb (p. 147-151) by Lord Garth (Encounter at Farpoint with our guys in the dock; they flummox Q handily.)
  • It Isn't Logical (p.152-160) by Elise (Sarek informs Amanda that he has chosen a bride - but neglects to mention that it is her.)
  • Letter To an Absent Son (p.161-162) by Joanne K. Seward (Vignette' Amanda's letter to Spock fretting over Sarek before the Babel conference.)
  • Contact (p.163-184) by Jim Ausfahl (A Jesuit priest creates conflict aboard the Enterprise, but redeems himself in dealing with hungry insectoid aliens eyeing Kirk and McCoy as dinner.)
  • Crowded Theater (p. 185-187) by Rob Morris (Kirk is disturbed by his Security men's ready acquiescence to Janet Lester's outrageous demands while in his body; Chekov's responses to his inquiries encourage him to move Chekov to Security to remedy matters.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

See reactions and reviews for Trapped.
See reactions and reviews for The Trainer.
See reactions and reviews for A Family Holiday Surprise.

Issue 11

cover of issue #11, Michael Corker

Antares 11 was published in April 2003 and contains 120 pages. The cover is by Michael Corker.

  • Twixt and Tween (p. 24) by Rob Morris (Academy days vignette of Gary Keillor Mitchell matchmaking for Carol and Jim when Ruth breaks up with Jim.)
  • It's Not Fair (p. 5-17) by Richard Dyke, Lisa Evans, & Rob Morris
  • Free Market Incident (p. 18-56) by d. William Roberts (A Shaun Kelsey story, ST universe, but no Enterprise characters. A battle adventure against marauding Kelvans, who have the nasty habit in their true, tentacled forms, of biting beings' heads off - partly for food, but mostly to absorb the information in their brains.)
  • The Hitchhiker (p.57-85) by Jim Ausfahl
  • Incident (p. 86-94) by Rob Morris (Serenidad series story, told from cadet Demora Sulu's pov: Peter Kirk, now a hero for having taken out a Kh'myr Klingon bare-handed while protecting Teresa of Serenidad, is now a lecturer in exobiology at the Academy. The story is mostly Demora's musings about their friendship as the chilren of famous Starfleet heroes, but the incident is that of Peter foiling a harassed cadet's to obtain revenge on his classmates with a smuggled phaser.)
  • To Explore (p. 95-97) by Rob Morris (Vignette, post-"And the Children Shall Lead." Kirk tries to explain to Tommy Starnes how they all go on exploring after the needless deaths in their wake - that Starfleet crew people choose exploration with risk over safer lines of work.)
  • We Start Our Walking (p. 98-116) by Rob Morris (After Demora Sulu's death, Peter and Saavik embark on a shaky romance.)
  • One of Those Things (p. 117-118) by Angela Solomon (After several of McCoy's staff are instantly freeze-dried in a shuttle accident, Spock attempts to help him regain perspective by sending him information on the Columbia and Challenger disasters.)
  • The Last Word: Is This a Mirror Universe? [essay] (p. 119-120) by D.G. Littleford (Eloquent discussion of the lamentable change over the Star Trek incarnations from the dominant themes of responsibility, self-sacrifice, and the superiority of man to machine to tales in the more recent series in which the main characters elude responsibility, place personal friendships ahead of the safety of the Galaxy, and glorify cyborgs and holograms over humanity.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

See reactions and reviews for It's Not Fair.
See reactions and reviews for The Hitchhiker.

Issue 12

cover of issue #12, Gamin Davis

Antares 12 was published in 2003 and contains 160 pages. The cover is by Gamin Davis.

  • First Contact 101 (p. 1-61) by D.G. Littleford (Academy Days composite, featuring Finnegan torturing Kirk as a plebe, Kirk breaking up with Lystra Davis after forgetting her birthday, Kirk defeating invincible chess champion cadet Spock on his first try, a variety of bigoted cadets, and the uneasy origins of their partnership when defense instructor Rodriguez forces them to be first sparring partners, then teammates.)
  • Something Evil (p.62-71) by Mary Schuttler (McCoy inherits a haunted house, whose ghostly occupants very nearly do Kirk in.)
  • The Choice (p.72-148) by Jim Ausfahl
  • Lawful Warrant (p. 149-159) by Rob Morris (Chekov's Enterprise. Peter Kirk and First Officer Uhura reluctantly rescue Harry Mudd from the Nausican friends of a knife-wielding lowlife whom Mudd has bilked out of a substantial pile of cash by cheating at cards - and more cheerfully hand him over to local authorities.)
  • The Last Word [editorial] (p. 160) by Randall Landers (Randy's comments on not having called Ann Zewen the night before she died of complications of surgery.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12

See reactions and reviews for The Choice.
See reactions and reviews for Something Evil.

Issue 13

Antares 13 was published in 2004

Issue 14

cover of issue #14, Joseph Melvin

Antares 14 was published in 2006 and contains 132 pages. It has a color cover by Joseph Melvin

  • Adventures in Iowa by D.G. Littleford (Cadets Jim Kirk and Spock spend a memorable time in the Spring of 2252 during their Easter Liberty Weekend with they visit Majorie Kirk's farmhouse...)
  • Family Comes First by Rick Endres (The Lady Amanda lays dying on Vulcan, her body ravaged by the strain of living so long on the hot, thin-atmosphered planet. But she will not pass until she has said goodbye to her son...)
  • Annum by Rob Morris (To most in the galaxy, December 1st 2295 (by old Earth reckoning) merely passed as days usually did, and for others, it did not...)
  • By the Back Door by Jim Ausfahl (A look at how Montgomery Scott came to be the chief engineer of the fabled starship Enterprise, and at a very special instructor who helped him realize his goals...)
  • Finnegan's Challenge by Diane Doyle (When Starbase 6 plays host to the Enterprise crew on shore leave, Seamus Finnegan has no choice but to lay down the baseball mitt before his former plebe, James T. Kirk...)
  • Greater Love Hath No Man by Rick Endres (a sequel to "The Empath" Spock and McCoy discuss why the doctor chose to sacrifice himself to the Vians...despite the logic of letting Spock do it...and giving Spock something to think about...)
  • The Beginning by Mary Rottler & Lynn Syck (a sequel to "Where No Man Has Gone Before" Doctor Leonard McCoy joins the crew of the Enterprise...)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

I received my copy of Antares 14 the other day, and just love it! A terrific issue. Of course, I get a thrill to see that the cover features an illustration pertaining to my own Adventures in Iowa story. :-) But I love the other stories too! Read the two short ones right after mine in the first few minutes after removing it from the envelope...

Then I was drawn to the back to read the story about McCoy's first few days and weeks on the Enterprise (Mary Rottler and Lynn Syck's "The Beginnings"). I found that scenario very plausible after the events of "Where No Man Has Gone Before." And a great idea for spotlighting McCoy's important role in the command structure.

An interesting follow-up to the Gem episode. And I got a pleasant surprise from the story of Scotty as an assistant instructor at the Academy. Not just a Scotty story, but about a young Robert Wesley also! I'm still working my way through it. And I still have the Finnegan story to read. I know I'll enjoy that. I just didn't want to wait to finish it all to tell you. [4]

Issue 15

cover #15, Joseph Melvin

Antares 15 was published in 2006. It has 174 pages, printed by photocopy, spiral bound. Art by Joseph Melvin.

  • The Illyran Princess by Jim Ausfahl (Captain Pike and his crew try to rescue an Illyran princess from the clutches of the Orions before she drives them crazy!)
  • Rules of Life by Diane Doyle (While on shore leave, Lieutenant Chekov meets a pair of old friends and discovers a secret plot to kill one!)
  • A Change of Heart by Jim Ausfahl (Montgomery Scott has his lack of faith challenged by a book left to him by his deceased grandmother...)
  • What Navigators Do by Patricia Wright (In an attempt to win a race against the crew of the Valiant, Captain Kirk has placed command of their schooner in the hands of Pavel Chekov who may or may not be up to the task at hand...)
  • A Campaign of Whispers by Rob Morris (A departure from our regular stories, this one looks at the aftermath of the events of "Court-martial" wherein Samuel Cogley defends Benjamin Finney from Areel Shaw's prosecution. An excellent look at these characters!)
  • A Hole in My Cover by Jim Ausfahl (While conducting a cadet cruise, the Enterprise suffers damage and unintentionally influences a civilization. Kirk and McCoy beam down to ascertain the damage, but the admiral decides that this may be one occasion he needs to violate the Prime Directive!)
  • Russian Winter by Patricia Wright (Following the return of the Enterprise to Earth from the Genesis planet, Chekov finds himself under scrutiny from his old mentor at Starfleet Academy, his friends like Sulu, and most importantly, himself...)

Issue 16

cover of issue #16, Randall Landers

Antares 16 was published in 2007 and contains 148 pages. It has a color cover by Randall Landers.

  • First Tour by Patricia Wright (During his first night aboard the Enterprise, Pavel Chekov was determined to find out what sort of man James T. Kirk was...not from his officers, but from his crew.)
  • Romulus Ascendant by David Landon (The Romulans' newest battlecruiser is headed across the Neutral Zone. Kirk and Spock must race against time to discover if its commander comes in peace, or if he intends to launch a one-man war on the Federation.)
  • Ski Vacation on Centaurus by Diane Doyle (While vacationing on a nearby planet, Pavel Chekov and his girlfriend become involved with a deadly mystery.)
  • Leaving Vulcan by D.G. Littleford (Spock prepares to leave his home—and his mother—for Starfleet Academy.)
  • Rigelian Fever by Diane Doyle (After visiting the planet Scorbinius, Pavel Chekov unknowingly infects the Enterprise crew with a deadly plague!)
  • The Pet by Jim Ausfahl (The Federation's negotiations with the alien Vharang are approaching a critical point. The final step cannot move forward without Bharii Shandar's exotic companion being found in a search that makes finding a needle in a haystack look like a pushover...)
  • Missing in Action by Patricia Wright (James T. Kirk is not the sort of man to leave one of his officers behind...)
  • "The Final Frontier" Finally Reviewed a review by Patricia Wright
  • A "Country" Well Worth Discovering a review by D.G. Littleford

Issue 17

cover by Dave Landon

Antares 17 was published in 2008. 114 pages. Editor: Randall Landers. Consultants: Jim Ausfahl & Rob Morris. Proofreader: Selek. Cover Artist: Dave Landon. Interior artwork by David Lawrence, Patty Wright and Zaquia Tarhuntassa. Review of Star Trek III: The Search of Spock by Diane Doyle. Closing editorial by Randall Landers.

  • The Summons by D.G. Littleford (Cadet Spock receives a summons from the Academy Commandant and a rather unique order as well.)
  • What E'er the Course by Diane Doyle (A look at the events of "The Menagerie" from Chekov and a security guard's point of view.)
  • The Prize by Patricia Wright (Chekov finds himself the center of some not necessarily unwanted attention...)
  • Fool Me Twice by Rob Morris (In our universe, Spock has to turn to one of the mirror-universe officers for help...)
  • Cloud of Insanity by Diane Doyle (Pavel Chekov questions his own sanity following the events of the past few weeks wherein he lost is mind during the Enterprise's encounter with the interphase, and when he was possessed by the hate-consuming energy being.)
  • The Man Behind the Curtain by Rob Morris (Still confused and upset by the Excalbian duplicates of Lincoln and Surak, Kirk and Spock turn to McCoy for answers, but does he have them?)
  • A Walking Shadow by Rob Morris (The Enterprise crew learns the tragic reason behind the Sarpeidon nova.)
  • Negotiating with Havatari by Jim Ausfahl (The Enterprise is carrying an ambassador to complete delicate negotiations with an exotic, socially challenging life form and finds itself unexpectedly plagued by exotic life forms that appear and disappear without warning. Can the beleagered crew of the Enterprise pull off the negotiations despite the intruders?)
  • Delegate by Diane Doyle (Lieutenant Chekov finds that he must learns that delegating has some unique advantages...)
  • Choices by Rick Endres (Kirk and Chekov discuss what led them to their exile on Vulcan.)
  • Do-Over by Rob Morris (Peter Kirk undertakes the dreaded Kobayashi Maru test...)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

I haven't finished all of the new ANTARES, but "Fool Me Twice" is an excellent read. I always thought there was an interesting story to tell on "our" side of "Mirror, Mirror", and Rob Morris superbly realized it. Focusing on the Mirror Scott was a masterful touch. I loved D.G. Littleford's "An Error" also; she writes the best young Spock stories I've ever read. I eagerly anticipate reading the rest of the 'zine. I must say, I enjoyed Hyperion 3 a lot more than I thought I would. I'm not a big fan of starship crews composed of secondary main characters and created characters, but "Dreamscape" and "To Leap Tall Buildings" were excellent science fiction stories that any Star Trek fan could enjoy. [5]
ANTARES 17 was definitely the "Sequel to Original Series Episodes" issue (between myself with one to "Day of the Dove" and Rob Morris to "All Our Yesterdays" and "The Savage Curtain"). Then Rob also wrote about what happened on the "real" Enterprise while "Mirror Mirror" was going on, and I wrote by "below decks" view of the "The Menagerie." In any case, I enjoyed reading the zine. [6]

Issue 18

cover of issue #18

Antares 18 was published in April 2009 and contains 124 pages. It has a color cover by Dave Landon and Interior artwork by Jim Ausfahl, Patrick Carter, David Landon, David Lawrence, Gennie Summers and Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

  • Change of Command by D.G. Littleford--Jim Kirk takes command of the Enterprise in a wonderful, character-driven piece.
  • The Hobby Barn Duty by David Lawrence (Sulu finds an off-hand remark gets Mister Scott in trouble, and he blames Chekov!)
  • Muraviov's Law by Diane Doyle (Ensign Chekov finds everything that possibly could go wrong with a landing party assignment does!)
  • An Error by Ster Julie (Immediately following the events of "The Immunity Syndrome," Starfleet tries to assign the Enterprise to yet another mission.)
  • Not That Green by Diane Doyle (Set during the events of "Catspaw," this short story reflects Pavel Chekov's perspective during the crisis on Pyris VII.)
  • The Sonic Maneuver by Sera T. Graham (Leonard McCoy finds things curiouser and curiouser until he's victimized by the 'sonic maneuver'...)
  • The Tholian Contact by Jim Ausfahl (While trying to learn more about the Tholians, the Enterprise is called upon to ferry two aliens to a newly-established Tholian colony. And that's where the trouble began...)
  • Barrafluda by Diane Doyle (Alpha Andromedae III is beset by a medical mystery, and it's up to the crew of the Enterprise to find the source of a plague!)
  • Going Ashore by Rick Endres (Following the Kelvan War, the Enterprise stops at Omicron Delta V, giving Captain Kirk some quality time with one of the most important people in his life.)
  • Settlers by David Eversole (What goes around comes around -- a former follower of the late Doctor Sevrin must face her own past when her daughter falls in with a certain Vulcan mystic.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18

I've read and enjoyed your recently published fanzine, Antares 18 and wanted to send some feedback on my favorite stories from there.

Jim Ausfahl continues to be one of your more imaginative writers. I was very much intrigued by his story "The Tholian Contact" with its mysterious Shuul allies. I loved the amusing ending (and solution), but was most frustrated that we did not learn more about the oddly fused, crystalline lifeform! {Author's Reply: Thanks for the kind comment on my writing... The Shuul are actually reasonably well worked out in my head, but like a lot of the whacko aliens I develop, the details of their physiology and function would have bogged the story down... However, to slake your thirst for information: The Shuul are actually an energy life form that requires matter (In the case of the Shuul, crystalline matter) to anchor the fields that make them up, and to aid in their interaction with the world of matter. The fusing of their crystalline portions, as with Chonahoa and the Badmash, allows "married" pairs to stay together. Their native environment is in the high-energy, intense magnetic fields in the gaseous envelope of a magnetar (which I recall as being a rapidly spinning neutron star with a major magnetic field, but as memories go, mine did...), living off the energy of the eddies in the matter and magnetic field, for the most part. I've got a few more exotic aliens up my sleeve, and am always trying to cook up more... -- Jim Ausfahl}

I also found Nomad's "Going Ashore" to be particularly charming and touching. Jim Kirk spending an afternoon fishing with his grandfather on the Shore-Leave planet was quite believable and full of terrific attention to detail. I appreciated his mention of Garth the barncat from "Adventures in Iowa"!

"Settlers" by David Eversole did a great job seeing the similarity of themes in the stories of "Way to Eden" and Star Trek: The Final Frontier and giving them an ironic twist. I loved the humor in the story of a former follower of Doctor Sevrin having to deal with her daughter joining up with Sybok! It had a number of clever lines ("Was that a bicycle wheel you were playing?"). My only wish about this story (and I express this only because I like it so much) was that Mister Eversole had given us a little more as to why the bohemian protagonist, Mavig, fell in love with Herb in the first place. There is one complimentary statement about how he is a caring father and grandfather, and then thereafter it comes across pretty much as Mother Knows Best. I would like to have seen Herbert valued for his dependability or trustworthiness, or other important qualities that perhaps brought stability and healing to Mavig's life. Even so, congratulations on a fun story idea! [7]

Issue 19

cover of issue #19, Jeremy Vilmur

Antares 19 was published in 2010 and contains 107 pages. The cover is by Jeremy Vilmur. Interior artwork by Mary L. Barners, Randy Landers and Jeremy Vilmur.

  • One Last Goodbye by Nomad (Angela Martine-Teller has found the Shore Leave planet to be a personal trap she may not be able to escape... Note: Story contains sexual situations.)
  • Russian Machine by Diane Doyle (Ensign Pavel Chekov finds he has more in common with Mister Spock than he previously thought.)
  • Directive Prime by Jim Ausfahl (McCoy is disturbed by the fact that Jim Kirk finds it difficult to accept that he's incapable of controlling bad things that happen to the people in his charge.)
  • To Heal Old Wounds by Mary L. Barnes (Leonard McCoy and an old friend work to solve the murder mystery behind the Petros mining operations on Beta Arae.)
  • Locked Out by Diane Doyle (Security Chief Pavel Chekov has found himself locked out of the security squad room!)
  • The Blue Rose by Nomad (Chekov arrives aboard the Reliant and meets up with an old girlfriend. Note: Story contains violence and sexual situations.)
  • Just Like You and Me by Nomad (Pavel Chekov and Thela Kazanga beam abouard an Orion slaver to rescue their hostages. Note: Story contains violence and sexual situations.)

External links


  1. Antares at the Star Trek TOS Zinedex Accessed October 11, 2008.
  2. from Orion Press, posted February 22, 2012, accessed March 10, 2012
  3. from Orion Press, posted February 22, 2012, accessed March 10, 2012
  4. from Donna Ramos -- May 2006 at Orion Press feedback
  5. from Dave Landon -- June 2008 at Orion Press feedback
  6. from Diane Doyle -- June 2008 at Orion Press feedback
  7. D.G. Ramos -- May 2009 at Orion Press feedback
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