You may be looking for the Star Trek; TOS zine, Antares.
|Publisher:||a fan club at the University of California/Irvine|
|Editor(s):||Lisa Smith & Don Osborne|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
|Click here for related articles on Fanlore.|
- Ad Astra by Lisa Smith
- Return of the Psi Syndrome by Robert Byther
- ... And a Star To Steer Her By by Don Osborne
- Disappearance of William B. Doran by Marc Siegall
Reactions and Reviews
This is a typical fanzine with stories, poems, and "art". The first story, "Ad Astra" by Lisa Smith is a tale of young pranksters aboard the Enterprise. The author shows she can handle dialogue, plot, and add a touch of humor, but unfortunately her story is weak in almost all other areas. Perhaps it would have fared better as a radio play, but it is in enjoyable in its own way, albeit not necessarily believable. One of the touches I enjoyed was Ming, an apparently female Oriental-Vulca that sings "The Ballad of Lost C Mell" and "The Green Hills of Earth" among other compositions. A totally ridiculous but fun little piece is "The Return of the Psi Syndrome" by Robert Byther. It is a piece that refuses to take itself seriously, so you shouldn't either. While the humor may not be everyone's cup of tea, it is a fun little story. Next we have "And a Star to Steer Her By" by Don Osborne. Unfortunately, this story is mostly garbled. In this one a quasar causes crew members to have dreams which they cannot distinguish from reality. There is absolutely no scientific explanation for this phenomenon, and the solution to the problem is to leave the vicinity of the quasar. Now, a quasar is an acronym for quasi-stellar radio sources. They generate more light and radio energy than 100 Milky Way galaxies and produce tremendous amounts of energy from the total gravitational collapse of their matter, but the story did not make use of these facts. Instead it relied on scientific hokum and references to previous episodes to try to get the story across and the result is poor science fiction. Last we have "The Disappearance of William B. Doran" by Marc Siegall, which many not be a be a scientific story, but is is s delightful vignette, the plot of which I won't spoil here. So there you have, like any other fanzine, this work of sweat, love, and care, and what makes it worthwhile, a good sense of humor and fun. RATING 6 (out of 10).