Beyond Antares (Australian Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Beyond Antares
Publisher: Astrex/Clarke & Keating Ink/R & S Publications
Editor(s): Susan Smith-Clarke and Joanne Keating
Date(s): 1972 (independently), 1973-1993 (Astrex)
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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group photo of issues #1-#15

Beyond Antares was first published independently in 1972. In 1973, it became the official zine of of Astrex.

Each issue has between 30 and 40 pages and contains fiction, poetry, art, articles and reviews.

It is the sister zine to the het and slash Beyond Antares R-Rated, also published by Astrex.

Its Birth

"In 1972 Jenny Stevenson (now Kentwell) and Susan Clarke (nee Smith) published the first issue of what was to become Australia's longest running Star Trek fanzine, Beyond Antares (also held by the National Library).

In 1973 STAC (Star Trek Action Committee), a new Star Trek club comprising a number of old D.U.S.K. members as well as newer fans, was founded by Susan Clarke. Later that year, it was combined with a club run in Sydney by Julie Townsend and Edwina Harvey and the name changed to Astrex. The new name was derived from the asterix-like device on the command insignia worn in the television series. The first formal meeting was held in April 1976 and the first issue of the club's newsletter, Data, was published in August 1976. For a while, until Susan resigned as president in the early 80s, Beyond Antares was the club's fanzine." [1]

The National Library of Australia website states "Beyond Antares... became one of the longest running Star Trek publications in the country. After its first beginnings, it was consistently a well-produced and well-edited fanzine, which deserved its long support from writers, artists and readers."[2]

The Independent Issues

Unknown issues published between 1972 and 1975.

inside page from an issue published in 1974, art by Evelyn Turner

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Beyond Antares 1 was published in 1975 and has 42 pages.

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Beyond Antares 2 has 34 pages.

Issue 3

Beyond Antares 3 has 34 pages. It contains "A Wee Bit of Scotch" by Susan Clarke.

cover of issue #3

Issue 4

Beyond Antares 4 was published in 1977 and has 46 pages. The cover is by Diane Marchant.

cover of issue #4, Diane Marchant

Issues 5

cover of issue #5

Beyond Antares 5 was published in 1977 and has 41 pages.

  • Towards Destiny by Sue Man Chew (Blake's 7)
  • other unknown content

Issue 6

Issue 7

Beyond Antares 7 has 42 pages.

cover of issue #7

Issue 8

cover of issue #8

Beyond Antares 8 has 42 pages.

Issue 9

Beyond Antares 9 has 33 pages.

cover of issue #9

Issue 10

cover of issue #10

Beyond Antares 10 has 37 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

I loved BEYOND ANTARES #10. Nikki White's Lovecraft story was haunting (and not for bedtime reading!); I liked Merrica Forsaith's light touch and Nikki's Spud story kept me smiling for a week. Cathy Gilbert's poem was thoughtful and though-provoking and Rosemarie Bond captured the feel of exploring the unknown. The artwork was sensational! I loved our heros on the cover, the logos and designs inside, the intense eyes of Esther Mace's Spock. Randy Ash's Vulcan Wildlife Calendar was imginitive and wonderfully drawn - I've never seen anything like it! Michael McGann's Kirk and Spock definitely captured the essential aspects of their personalities and I loved his Klingon lady - hilarious! And his Kirk on the back cover shows us another aspect of the Captain. I loved the intenseness of Else Sager's Kirk - he had his "This is MY ship!" look. I'm impressed with the number of contributors and the overall quality of the zine.[3]

Issue 11

cover of issue #11

Beyond Antares 11 has 41 pages.

Issue 12

cover of of issue #12, TED

Beyond Antares 12 (Special Vulcan Issue) was published in 1979 and is 36 pages long.

  • The Illogic Of Logic (Characterization of Spock) (2 pages)
  • The Islands (10 pages)
  • The Logical Choice (15 pages)
  • Vulcan Quiz (2 pages)

Issue 13

Beyond Antares 13 has 36 pages.

cover of issue #13

Issue 14

Beyond Antares 14 was published in October 1979 and has 27 pages. It is a single novel by Frankie L. Seymour called Nor All Your Tears about Edith Keeler and The Guardian. There are about six illustrations by Randy Ash, Ted Engelbart, Shayne McCormack, Val Rogers and Elsie Sager.

From the editorial: "Before people comment on my inaccurate spelling, let me point out that I use Spelling Reform One, which is a gradual method of rationalisation of English spelling which became stagnant with the coming of print. I must point out that I nowhere near the only editor that does so. The Teacher's magazine 'Feedback' is printed in SR1, so are many science journals -- not just here but overseas as well. Spelling Reform is a world-wide thing. The Australian sf magazine 'Crux' is printed throughout using SRq is you wish to read more. SR1: write 'e' for the clear short vowel-sound as in 'bet' regardless of present usage: eny, redy, sed, etc."

Issue 15

Beyond Antares 15 was published in 1979 and has 43 pages.

cover of issue #15

Issue 16

Beyond Antares 16 has 43 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

'To Touch The Creator" is beautiful and moving -it gave me chills reading it! Elsie Sager's Spock illo captures the older, haunted Spock we saw come on board the Enterprise in ST:TMP. I also really liked Michael McGann's illo of Spock in Command - thoughtful, feeling the weight of responsibility for the Enterprise. I liked the promise of more to come ending of "Heavon" - an interesting story! I thought Cathy Gilbert's "Island Thoushts" was an inspirational application of the Simon &Garfunkel song message, to Spock and his conflicts; "Greengags" - funny! I'll try and remember to sing the Klingon Khristmas Karol this holiday season - very funny and I loved Michael McGann's Klingon illo. I think I should get some university credit fir reading "The History of Hyper-Light Travel Systems" - I need more science semester hours on my record! A very convincing report. My favourite feature in the zine was Gerard Ashworth's wonderful cartoon story. What a riot! He's terrific! [4]

Issue 17

Beyond Antares 17 was published in January 1982 and contains 43 pages. It is a single Scotty/Uhura novel by Susan Clarke called "Moonwind". There were 100 copies printed.

The interior art is by April Beare, Alison Bloomfield, Lana Fahey (cover), Terry Jeeves, Esther Mace, Mike McGann, and Elsie Sager.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

"Moonwind" was utterly fantastic... at last Scotty did something other than wail at the plight of his beloved engines and stay in character. (Not that I am in the least bit interested in the anti-matter/matter chambers myself). The drawing on page "B" was brllliant, he has such a lovely "wee bit o' scotch" look on his face.[5]

Issue 18/19

cover of issue #18/19

Beyond Antares 18/19 was published in 1982 and is 75 pages long.

  • How Spock Got a Fish In His Computer by Narrelle Harris (5 pages)
  • The Man at the Bar (7 pages)
  • An Overlooked Corner of Space by I. Tristy Spence (15 pages)
  • Never Again (4 pages)
  • Weak Knees, Spotted Troubles and The Interrupted Honeymoon (6 pages)
  • Hoodwinked by Ian McLean (18 pages)
  • The Guildsman by Nikki White (4 pages)
  • Soliloquy by Ruth Kentwell
  • Meteor, poem by Ruth Kentwell
  • The Wanderer by Ruth Kentwell

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18/19

Ruth Kentwell's "Soliloquy" was insightful and touching and I liked the musing in her poem "Meteor." Narrelle Harris' "Has Spock Got A Fish" was amusingly zany. How do people come up with these ideas? I am constantly amazed with the creativity Trek has released, all over the world.. And Trek-lit is all so different -- in tone, in plot, in characterization. Amazing! I enjoyed Esther Mace's exploration of early McCoy. I loved the fantasy creatures in L. Tristy Spence's story -- she presented some very interesting aliens, especially with the gentle peace-makers/protective warriors division in the one culture. I also liked Ruth Kentwell's other "The Wanderer" -- she has a knack for thoughtful writing. When I read the first paragraph of "Never Again", I thought it was going to be a comedy about Kirk imbibing too much and getting into some awkward situation with a beautiful crewmember --- boy, was I wrong! Glad it was a dream… I enjoyed Esther Mace's comic Kirok story ... I really like Trek humour .. Interesting that she was able to write a comic interlude from an episode that ended so, tragically. I thought Ian McLean's "Hoodwinked" was excellent -- well-written corrplex, and creative. Keep this person writing for you! And I thought· your story, "The Guildsman," was clever and thought provoking. A terrific issue with high-quality artwork as usual.[6]
"Has Spock Got…": this story shows that it is not only Kirk a and McCoy and that get into trouble, but Spock's feet land him in the middle of a a good deal more trouble than usual. "An Overlooked Corner of Space" by I. Tristy Spence was an enjoyable story showing caring between people. But I have always been a sucker for this type of story.[7]

Issue 20

cover of issue #20 by Robin Walker

Beyond Antares 20 was published in June 1982 and is 60 pages long. Front cover by Robin Walker. This issue was dedicated to the "Women of Star Trek."

  • A Model Officer by Ian McLean (4 pages)
  • Assignment Number Seven by Narrelle Harris (22 pages)
  • Art Portfolio: The Heroines Of Star Trek (14 pages)
  • A Pub Conversation by Sue Bursztynski
  • Shenandoah by Josephine Wenck (14 pages)
  • Letters
  • Artists: Randy Ash, Ted Engelbart, Lana Fahey, Harvey Kong Tin, Esther Mace, Michael McGann, John Parks, Marianne Plumridge, Elsie Sager, Girija Tenneti, and Kamu Tenneti.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20

B.A. #20 looks gorgeous. The offset printinq looked very nice and I think the theme was a good one. I enjoyed the whole issue. Ian McLean's A Model Officer is a clever lead-in to the new movie. I loved Narrelle Harris' Tatiana - I would have loved to have seen her take on Kirk in aired Trek. Too few women ever did - and I am so tired of women melting at Kirk's glance (hunk that he is ... ) It IS great to read about someone who was totally unimpressed by that "prize galactic stud"! The art portfolio looks terrific. I especially liked Ted Engelbart's work. I was interested in Sue Bursztynski's exploration of Yeoman Rand. Too few people take Rand seriously - she probably is the least written about Trek regular. Glad to see something thoughtful about her. Josephine Wenck's 'Shenendoah' - another fascinating new character who chooses to deny her Vulcan heritage - and for plausible reasons. Something new to think about.[8]
I just finished reading BA #20. I'm amazed at how prolific Australian and British club members are; then, I have to stop and realise that in those countries much more of Star Trek fandom is organised through clubs. Here in the U.S., generally an individual thing as far as zine publishing goes. Club activities are generally of a social sort. I think this is true of sf fandom in the U. S. in general. We think of clubs as a place to talk, and of writing as a solitary activity. One by-product of this is that zine costs are high, since an individual often can't afford to buy a mimeo machine and then has to pay for professional printing. But if you've ordered US zines, you already know that!

But onto BA 20 itself: "A Model Officer" was a neat vignette. Too little is written about minor officers, although Sulu, Chekov & Uhura have occasionally been focus of fads in fannish writing. I salute Ian McLean's choice for filling out Kyle's name, and for bridging the gap between ST on TV and ST:TWOK in a small way. "Assignment Number Seven" moved along smoothly, although Tatiana was slightly too glib for believability. Could I make a small editorial suggestion? Please footnote foreign words, especially if you are going to transcribe them phoenetically instead of them. I know some Russian, but even I had to. consult my dictionary for the meaning of [indecipherable word]. If the word had been in chinese or arabic, I'd have been put off at not being able to decifer it and why bother readers who don't speak russian? I always enjoy art portfolios. The Shanna by Marianne Plumridge was particularly striking, and most of the art was high calibre. The repro was amazingly good.

"Shenandoah": by now, Spock's relatives must populate the known galaxy. The story was a bit familiar but not at all boring. The misconclusion on Kirk's part was a humorist twist. Lana Fahey's art was excellent. I hope to see more of it! [9]
B.A. #20 was a wonderfully thick issue, contai-ning much that was of interest. Though I don't usually go for pages and pages of art, some of the "Heroines of Star Trek" series were incredibly well done. Ted Engelbert's in particular. I've decided he must be a proffessional artist. And if he isn't, what's he doing is wasting his time on another career when he has such a gift for art?! The contributions from Randy Ash, Marianne Plumridge and Elsie Sager were also very good. The stories kept within the theme, yet were diverse enough to maintain interest. Ian McLean's story linked in with the new movie, while the boots-and-all fun of Number Seven" contrasted nicely with the more subdued thoughtfulness of "Shenandoah." My favourite story was "Assignment Number Seven". It was good to see Chekov featured for a chanqe. The irascible trouble-prone Tatiana is a delightful character! Her initial meeting with Kirk was totally hilarious. I also loved the tavern brawl. Marvellous stuff! Robin Walker's excellent cover illustration proved that she is as good at art as she is at writinq stories.[10]

Issue 21

cover of issue #21

Beyond Antares 21 was published in 1982 and is 57 pages long.

  • Aftermath by John Parks (17 pages)
  • Thought for Food (2 pages)
  • Sleep, Bones, Sleep by Narrelle Harris (9 pages)
  • Star Wreck (5 pages)
  • McCoy, The Right Kind of Different by Edwina Harvey (22 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21

I would like to comrrent on "Aftermath" by John Parks It is a very good story. On the first page he mentions Captain Kirk as being fifty four years old, then he mentions Chekov and Sulu were young men, Would they not have grown older too? Although they were younger than Captain Kirk in the t.v. series, they must have grown older at the same rate as Kirk.[11]
I sat down and read a story that I penned some five years ago in what were penned during turbulent times in my life. After five years I still liked the basis for the story... but I fought an almost irrestistible urge to pick up a red pen and go through the whole thing. Happily my awareness of my writing style is there... I'm not sure from whence it came, but to me at least) my writing over the years, has improved. (I hope ... ). In #21, I particularly liked "Sleep, Bones. Sleep" but I feel Narrelle's writing would improve immensely if she eased off just slightly on her over- indulgence in cliches and over-rich imagery. Her postscript to the story, however, I found most touching. Star Wreck was also a new addition to the BA scene. It's interestingly different to find stories, plays and poems as well as artwork in the one volume.[12]
That filksong thing fitted in with the pieces in B.A. #21 rather well. One needs a bit of corn after such sad tales though I wonder if everyone' will think I'm 16 (considering what you said in your editorial). I liked Edwina Harvey's "Right Kind of Different" in that it cast a different light on the character of McCoy. Star Wreck & Food For Thought were fun. I enjoyed the idea of Kirk "bravely dying" ... "goodbye cruel space" indeed!!!! I agree with Narrelle Harris' review of "Galactic Whirlpool". That book is easily the best pro-written trek fiction I've read. The cover portrait in B. A. #21 was beautiful. There seems to be a lot of feeling in Ted Engelbart's art as well as being technically brilliant.[13]
Here I must confess and I do so hesitantly as all the stories were well-written and the authors are good friends, but I didn't like #21 either. Actually, it would be more accurate to say it was my least favourite issue mainly because the stories were really heavy wallows. But people (some people) enjoy a good wallow and not too many zines are about McCoy…. When I sorted the folder of B.A. material, they fitted together, the same but different if you know what I mean.[14]

Issue 22

back cover of issue #22, Kamu Tenneti, "Happiness is a thing called a Sehlat"
front cover of issue #22 by Susan Campbell

Beyond Antares 22 was published in 1983 and is 59 pages long.

  • Seeker Through The Universe by Betsi Ashton (4 pages)
  • Transition by Susan Clarke (20 pages)
  • Mind Meld by Marianne Plumridge (2 pages)
  • Departure by Sue Bursztynski & Adrienne Losin (7 pages)
  • The Dark One by Dyanne Sharp (3 pages)
  • Cancelled Connection by Ruth Dick-Smith (16 pages)
  • Epilogue/Prologue by Marianne Plumridge
  • Letters from our readers


  • Front cover by Susan Campbell
  • Ruth Dick-Smith
  • Esther Mace
  • Lana Brown
  • Shayne McCormack
  • Elsie Sager
  • Kamu Tenneti (back cover)
  • Julie Townsend

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22

I bought my copy of B.A. 22 and every time I pass it I find myself admiring the cover. Sue Campbell has really outdone herself. In fact. all 'the illustrations are beautifully drawn. I'm looking forward to reading the stories. I am thrilled to see an expanded lettercol this issue. It was a special boost to my ego to note that four of the eight letters mentioned my own BA contributions! I agree. it is nice to be appreciated. Perhaps readers would be interested to know how!! A Model Officer!! (B. A. #20) evolved: I have been studying art for several years now, so the character of Marla McGivers appealed to me. Obviously, she would need models for her "Famous Men of History." She wouldn't ask her captain, of course, or Mr. Spock. Kyle made an interesting subject - blond hair, blue eyes - and he was in "Space Seed." As my first draft took shape, news of Star Trek II began to filter Khan was to be in the movie. I began to ponder Marla's fate. Would she be back too? Probably not. Before I knew it, my story had become a link between "Space Seed" and ST:TWOK. Instead of having Kyle on the Enterprise, I promoted him and transferred him to the Reliant, just for fun. His dream was triggered by e.s.p.[15]
I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and the artwork in "Transition". (Our Spock seems to have carried on in his namesake's footsteps - or dare I say - challenges?). "Departure" was enjoyable'. It was a quiet, thoughtful piece which fitted in very well with the series. Much as I would like to hear it, I could not really believe Sarek's outburst that he was selfish and illogical in "Cancelled Connection." It was nice, though, to hear Sarek admitting that he had made a mistake. The poetry was of a high standard and last, but certainly not least, the cover is superb. Sue Campbell is an excellent artist. All in all, BA #22 was an excellent issue. Well worth the wait - when can we expect the next one?! [16]
B.A. #22 was a thing of beauty, form that marvellous Sue Campbell cover to the sehlat drawing on the back - nice ,on the 'happiness is a warm puppy' motif! Loved the illos for your story - is Ms. Mace by any chance an admirer of Boris? The front and back illos lead me to think so - I'd love to see them as paintings. I should add, it's mostly the poses that remind me of Boris; Esther has a style all her own. Adrienne and I were struck by the beauty of the illo to our story - a pity all the stars and galaxies in the original drawing didn't reproduce. Do you think you could persuade Lana to ilIa some more my stories? Ruth's story was definitely one of her efforts, though I was not overly impressed with the opening - I didn't feel enough reason was given for Spock's sudden hatred of the Enterprise. Now was this revision necessary as a motivation for taking his long service leave; plain is a good enough reason for a man who's in Starfleet for so long. I suspect. anyway, that Spock would have to be bodily removed from the Big E, even if he admitted that it would be good to get home for a while! He liked his work and his co-workers! Still, despite the unpromising beginning, I persisted and was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the story.[17]
The cover on B.A. #22 was simply beautiful. It caught the cool determination of Saavik and compelling presence of Spock. "Seeker Through the Universe" was a lovely bit of poetry. It conjured all types of enchanting images in my mind about Spock and his tremendous importance to Star Trek. It just struck a responsive with me.

"Transition" was a fascinating story, being unfamiliar with much about early Vulcan civilisation. This story filled in many of the gaps, There was a wild and beautiful savagery about the Spock in your story and an untamed determination about It's rare that I find a story so absorbing that it affects me so profoundly. After I read your story, I just sat down and gave it deep thought. It inspired me to think and I find that one of the greatest gifts a writer can give to their readers. The development of the romantic relationship between Spock and T'Prenn was satisfying without being melodramatic. It is refreshing to find a man/woman relationship given sensible treatment. The strength of will demonstrated by both protagonists blended well with your descriptions of the wild and primitive Vulcan landscape. The conversation that took place between the two characters was very realistic, capturing the richness of the scenery. It was a nice touch at the end to discover that the child given in atonement to the Vulcan Matriarch was Surak - the one who would become one of Vulcan's greatest philosophers. "Transition" showed a diversity of thought and meaning that I truly appreciated. I enjoyed "Departure". It is nice to see a different region of the Trek universe explaored. "Cancelled Connection" was vaguely familiar,being another story about Spock's relatives. Despite the familiar subject matter I did enjoy it. I found Rachel's reconciliation with Sarek to be poignant and the accompanying drawing conveyed this sentiment extremely well.

The poetry and prose that permeated this issue was very moving and well-constructed ideas added to its meaning. I thought the artwork was particularly good, especially the drawings for "Transition" which were very striking. I loved the fierce, wild-eyed Spock on page 17 which contrasted nicely with the controlled and austere Spock that we are all familiar with. I disagree with Linda McCarthy's views on "Galactic Whirlpool". I think its a very silly type of book. I became bored half-way through it and found it difficult to grasp the plot and many of the characterisations lacked that essential depth necessary for realism. Kirk was particularly unbelievable in many respects.[18]
Lovely cover by Sue Campbell her work gets better and better and it was already good to begin with like Chronicles 9/10, a very handsome looking issue altogether. I'll leave comment on poetry to those better qualified but I will say a word about Esther Mace's art which illustrates much of this issue, especially "Transition". This has to be amongst the best I've seen of her ST art. It has power, life and grace and this is despite the fact that I don't normally like types with brawney supermacho type standing over slender female crouched at his feet *shades of Gor* I I particularly liked page 12 as that would not be easy to get and maintain proportion and sense of action. This is not to neglect the work of the other artists, esp. Lana Brown's lovely Sarek and Romulan Commander on p. 28. Susan Clarke's "Transition" was an excellent piece of pre Reform Vulcan fanfic despite a slight tendency to slip into the big-strong-male vs frail-delicate useless dependent female schtick at times. Granted it was explained why she was that way inclined but I get irritated at females who contantly trip over. On the other hand, her strength of will and spirit came through beautifully - I loved the constant "Woman" - "wife" interchange between these strong-willed characters. Indeed , a study of their relationship, at first abrasive and then very gradually changing to one of respect and regard - not easy for either - is it is a dawning of a more humane life style for a Vulcan glimpsed through disgust when he, has killed warriors sent after him and his sparing of T'prenn's champion and T'Prenn's request to spare a cub of a slain hunting cat because there has been too much killing. After all, Surak couldn't have been unique, his ideas would have had to have come from somewhere and the story makes this plain.

For the assuredness of the character study, the presentation of Vulcan and relative freshness of subject matter (it's been ages since I'd read a pre-reform Vulcan yarn), this is probably my favourite story this issue.

"Departure" by Sue Bursztynski and Adrienne Losin takes a look at a cognate culture - that of the Romulans in a study of events just preceding "Balance of Terror", in particular the family of a Romulan Commander. A convincing background is given plus reason for a resemblance between the Romulan Commander and Sarek. Nicely told.[19]

Issue 23

cover of issue #23

Beyond Antares 23 was published in January 1984 and is 46 pages long. It is the Astrex Literary Competition Special Issue which features the winners of the 1982 writing competition. Art by Alison Bloomfield, Lana Brown, Lana Fahey (same as Brown?), Russell Grey, Harvey Kong Tin, Michael McGann, Esther Mace, Diane Marchant, Igor Spajic.

  • Disbelief by Patricia Splite, poem (5)
  • Night Watch by Patricia Splite (6)
  • Once by Eden Kane (9)
  • The Concert by Patricia Splite (11)
  • I Call You Friend by Marianne Plumridge (24)
  • Star Trek: The Klingons Blast Back by Adam Saliba and John Vassila (25)
  • Rec Room by Edwina Harvey (27)
  • Sonnet from the Romulan, filk by Bev Wright (29)
  • Fanzine Reviews by Susan Clarke (31)
  • book reviews (The Other Side of the Galaxy, Blackfire) (35)
  • film reviews (Dark Crystal, Blade Runner) (37)
  • Lettercol (44)

Issue 24

Beyond Antares 24 was published in August 1984 and has 46 pages. It contains a single story by Bev Wright that deals with Klingons, apparent betrayals, and a surprising change of mind for Kirk.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 24

Chameleon' by Bev Wright, artwork and letters of comment. A straightforward adventure story, in a writing style that is easy to read. The story concerns a hypno device that the Klingons are using to subvert Federation personnel to the Empire. Kang captures Spock and attempts to convert him. Spock resists the device but plays along in order to keep his life. Kirk realises that Spock is still loyal, but nevertheless is lured into Kang's trap. It is left to Uhura and two women friends (Christine Chapel and Della Corning) to save the day. The story has some nice touches, in that the women are shown to be friends and not rivals, even though Chris and Della get off to a bad start through a discussion about Spock. Each soon sees the other's point of view, apologies are made and they become good friends. Della is attractive, of course, but although she gets admiring looks from men, and high praise from Scotty, no romance develops. Thus 'Chameleon' is saved from becoming a Mary-Sue story.[20]

Issue 25

cover of issue #25

Beyond Antares 25 was published in 1984 and is 45 pages long.

  • Pride Of The Fleet (6 pages)
  • They Walked Slowly Into The Sunset (1 page)
  • Girl Friday (10 pages)
  • Art Portfolio (8 pages)
  • Tell Me A Story, Grandfather (6 pages)
  • He (2 pages)

Issue 26

cover of issue #26

Beyond Antares 26 was published in 1985 and is 50 pages long. Art by Ted Englebart, Donna Angus, Randy Ash, Russell Grey, Shayne McCormack, Michael McGann, Marianne Plummridge, and Elsie Sager.

  • "Tradition" by Helen Sargeant
  • "Zarabeth" by Marianne Plumridge
  • "Transition" by Linda McCarthy
  • "Catharsis" by Julie Johnson
  • "Requiem" by Ruth Collerson
  • "With Ice In My Heart" by Linda Knorr
  • "That Which Survives" by Lana Brown
  • "My Vulcan Friend" by Patricia De Voss
  • "Tridimensional Chess" by Tim North
  • "The Romulan" by Jo Wenck

Issue 27

Beyond Antares 27 has 46 pages.

Issue 28

cover of issue #28

Beyond Antares 28 was published in 1986 and is 64 pages long.

  • Khan’s Story (16 pages)
  • Suppose (3 pages)
  • Dialogue (2 pages)
  • Again No More Angels (16 pages)
  • Samuel J. Kirk: His Jotting Book) (9 pages)
  • Reviews (9 pages)

Issue 29

cover of issue #29

Beyond Antares 29 has 58 pages.

  • The Guardian (Kirk’s mental image of a hawk protecting them) (3 pages)
  • Aftermath (Post ST II) (1 page)
  • An Old Acquaintance (McCoy story) (5 pages)
  • Maiden’s Lament (Christine) (1 page)
  • Botany Bay (Khan) (2 pages)
  • It’s Just An Old Cliché (3 pages)

(Zarabeth) (11 pages)

Issue 30/31

1988 flyer for issue #30/31

Beyond Antares 30/31 was published in 1988, is a double issue, and has 128 pages.

  • The Courtyard by Michelle Carter
  • Teddy Bear by Wilson de Silva
  • other fiction by Hazel Dodd, Sue Isle, Jenny Bozovic, Helen Sargeant, Monica Mitchell, Sheryl Peterson, and Robert Jan
  • the art includes a Scotty portfolio

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 30/31

Beyond Antares issue 30/31 is another Australian zine. It has a little of everything, so I suppose you could call it a general Trek (Classic) zine. But the thing that sticks out in my mind is the humor. There were two stories, and "The Star Fleet Entrance Exam" which were so much fun I had to read them out loud to my husband (a non-Trekker, although he has always enjoyed watching Trek) because I kept laughing out loud while I was reading them. Enough said.[21]

Issue 32

cover of issue #32, Marianne Plumridge

Beyond Antares 32 was published in 1988, is 60 pages long. It was guest-edited by Marianne Plumridge who also did the cover. Stories by Jenny Bozovic, Narelle Harris, Margaret Pitcher, & others. Poetry by Marianne & L. Tristy Spence. Other art by Marianne, Dorinda Francis, Ian McLean & Kamu Tenneti.

  • Two Of A Kind (Saavik story) (6 pages)
  • The Gift (Sarek & Amanda) (2 pages)
  • Star Trek Writer’s Guide (2 pages)
  • Final Victory (Spock tries to overcome his second Pon Farr and the Enterprise is too far from Vulcan) (28 pages)
  • Late In The Season by Bozovic (Kirk tries to lose some weight) (6 pages)

Issue 33

Beyond Antares 33 has 60 pages. This issue has stories covering classic Trek to Next Gen. Stories by Roslyn von Werstak, Ann Hart, Marianne Plumridge, Margaret Pitcher & others. Lots of art by Roslyn & others.

Issue 34

back cover of issue #34
cover of issue #34, Marianne Plumridge

Beyond Antares #34 was published in 1993 and contains 57 pages. Front cover: Marianne Plumridge. Back cover: signed R. Paterson.

  • "The Treatment of Women in Trek" (p. 7-10) by Sue Bursztynski - Article.
  • "The Price of Experience" (p. 11-16) by George Ivanov (TNG - Wesley's first love)
  • "Extracts from the Personal Log of Dr. Leonard McCoy, M.D." (p. 25-47) an AU by Christine Hawkins

Issue 35

Beyond Antares #35 contains 60 pages. This issue contains two stories by SeM Felby as well as work by Shayne McCormack & Sue Bursztynski and others. Featuring Data from ST:TNG.

Issue 36

Beyond Antares #36 contains a novella by Ruth Waters. Illustrated by Ruth.

Special 20th Anniversary Edition

Beyond Antares—Special 20th Anniversary Edition was published in 1992 and contains about 200 pages as well as a letter column & complete index & cross reference to all previous issues of Beyond Antares. Art by Donna Angus, Linda Cox Chan, Bernice Cuffe, Robert Jan, Merridy Johnson, Shayne McCormack, Mike McGann, Roslyn Patterson, Amanda Plumridge, Marianne Plumridge, Melody Rondeau, Elsie Sager, Igor Spajic, and Ruth Waters. Contains the following stories:

cover of Special 20th Anniversary Edition by Marianne Plumridge
  • "Gene Roddenberry: An Appreciation" by C. M. Barkley
  • "Star Trek: The Continuing Voyages" by Stephanie Kane
  • "Starship" by Susan Amies
  • "Home" by G. J. Christison
  • "Parting Thoughts" by Roslyn Patterson
  • "Pretty in Pink" by Jackie Marshall
  • "The Lesson" by Roslyn Patterson
  • "Arid Land" by Teresa Sarik
  • "The Day the Enterprise Mutinied" by Sue Burszrynski and Susan Clarke
  • "A Time of Passing" by Bill Hupe
  • "No Real Choice" by Margaret Pitcher
  • "Remember When the Star Shone Brighter" by Patricia de Voss
  • "Reflections" by Gail Christison


  1. Star Trek Fandom in Australia
  2. National Library of Australia - Susan Smith-Clarke Fanzine Collection. Accessed October 5, 2008.
  3. from an LoC in Beyond Antares #20
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  14. the zine's editor's comments in Beyond Antares #22
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  20. from Truffles
  21. from The Trekzine Times v.1 n.3
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