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Title: The Clipper Trade Ship
Editor(s): Jim Rondeau & Melody Rondeau
Date(s): 1974-?
Medium: print
Size: digest
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS & multimedia
Language: English
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click to read flyer from the mid-1990s

The Clipper Trade Ship is a gen multimedia digest-sized anthology.

Later issues were offset, digest sized, for the most part, published quarterly. There were, however, some major gaps in the very last years; for example, issue #75 was published a full two years after issue #74.

It is described in Boldly Writing: The Clipper Trade Ship was one of the longest-running fanzines in 'Star Trek' fandom, though after 1977 it diversified and included stories and articles from fandoms other than 'Star Trek'."

From Jim Rondeau in The Halkan Council #9 (August 1975): “Collect film clips? A 'Star Trek' fan? Have you tried The Clipper Trade Ship lately? Stories, art, articles and ads, all for 50 cents or five issues for $2 on a quarterly basis... The whole idea for TCTS is to provide a place for clip collectors to get together.”

From Jim Rondeau in the sixth issue of The Clipper Trade Ship: “Bringing you another boatload of art, articles, stories, and ads from the lands beyond. Put out quarterly... The Clipper Trade Ship (TCTS) is a non-profit fanzine that's a hobby and occasional headache of mine.”

General Reactions and Reviews

As I believe I have said before in a review of this zine, TCTS is a bit unusual since it is directed toward people who are at least interested in film and film clip collecting. I say unusual only because TCTS caters to a splinter group of film and ST fans, and ST itself is a splinter from SF, which in turn is a splinter off of fantasy which is a cousin to mythology, and so on, and so on. One might think that a magazine going out to such an audience would have an extremely limited appeal. Probably so, as I don’t doubt TCTS prints more than 1000 copies, but uniqueness can also draw in readers, too. I have some film clips of my own and like movies, but I am not an avid collector or true movie buff, yet this zine is still interesting too because the editor has access to interesting and out of the way information and his zine offers things that no other zine in fandom offers. [1]
In his fanzine, The Clipper Trade Ship, James Rondeau has discussed some of the various ‘unshot’ Star Trek scripts from time to time. One was Paul Schneider’s “Tomorrow the Universe”, involving an Adolph HitIer character which was reworked into “Patterns of Force”. Another was “He Walked Among Us”, by Norman Spinrad and Gene L. Coon, which was unused because of its controversial religious theme. It was, however, ‘cobbled up’ and portions of it crept into other second season episodes. Another unshot story was “Sargasso of Space”, but Rondeau reported once that this outline is not in standard format and was uncredited. Some have speculated that Dorothy Fontana wrote it, while others theorize that it may well be a fan effort. Orion Press, in fact, published a novelization of this script which substantiated this theory. [2]
This is a nice little digest zine from the Rondeaus, whose services as zine dealers I would recommend based on my happy experiences with them. It's mostly ST and STTNG, with just a smattering of miscellaneous other things. The B7 content is negligible, but the zine is attractively produced and very inexpensive ($2 or less per issue), so you might consider getting it if you're a Trek fan as well. [3]
“TCTS” is a highly specialized zine of great use and enjoyment to clip and slide collectors. Articles and fiction are sometimes carried, plus reviews and a nice want ad section, but its greatest value lies in what no other zine provides—clip identification. Two staff specialists classify backgrounds, and this has resulted in excellent pieces complete with detailed drawings... This zine is highly recommended, filling in a professional gap for any clip collector, edited and published in a professional manner. [4]
One of the best fan stories I ever read appeared in Clipper Trade Ship, an old print zine back in the days when that was how you got your fanfic. It was a Prisoner story from the POV of Rover. It was a page, maybe a page and a half long—and this was in a digest-size zine. If it had been twenty pages, and described Rover's typical day in detail, and where it came from, and its hopes and aspirations for the future, I doubt I would have even finished the thing. I certainly wouldn't recall it to this day as one of the most chilling things I've ever read in fandom. [5]
One of the best regularly published fanzines around, TCTS's distribution is, like so many of the finer things in SF fandom, inversely proportional to its quality. In what other fanzine can you find a regular column on building model miniatures ("In Miniature" by Paul Czaplicki), articles examining early versions/unshot scripts from SF TV series ("Unshot"), fanzine reviews, SF news, fine quality fiction, an interesting letter column and many other fascinating contents all given a generous helping of fine artwork? Nowhere but in The Clipper Trade Ship. The Clipper Trade Ship derives its name from the fact that portions of the 'zine deal with the hobby of film clip and slide collecting. There are tips on care of film clips, a column on identification of Star Trek filmclips, and in each and every issue there's a free ad section for subscribers ("The Cargo Hold") where one can find ads for all sorts of goodies—filmclips, slides, books, fanzines, photos, clubs, bubble-gum cards——almost any SF collectibles. [6]
You never really know what you're going to get from one issue to the next (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Star Trek, ST:TNG, Dr. Who, Blake's 7, original universe), but for a paltry $2 for 32 pages of reduced text, it is easily the best zine bargain around. And some of the ST-TNG he's been running lately is superb. If I find a Lorie Johnson piece in the table of contents, it's the first I flip to; and Linda Slusher's Klingon stories have been getting a bit of space lately. Okay, so Riker's not the most popular character, but a story in a recent issue found his mind being invaded by an alien—and I couldn't put the zine down. [7]

Issue 1

The Clipper Trade Ship 1, was published in either very late 1973 or very early 1974. It was 3 pages long, consisted of an editorial and a few ads, and had a print run of 10 copies.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

You're right; it wasn't worth 50¢. [8]

Issue 2

The Clipper Trade Ship 2 was published in March 1974 and contains 20 pages. The front cover is by Alan Andres, the back cover is by F. Wong, illos by T.O. Knova.

front cover of issue #2, Alan Andres
back cover of issue #2, FW?

There were 175 issues printed.

The editor reported that he owned over 3000 film clips. A fan has an ad in the back of this issue that claimed she owned over 8500 film clips.

From the editorial:

After months of effort (that doesn't [sic] show), welcome to the second issue of TCTS.

TCTS has come a long way since the first issue (which was 3 pages long, consisted of an editorial and a few ads, and had a print run of 10 copies). And TCTS has a long way to go. I'm new at this business at [sic] putting out a fanzine, and you would not believe the difficulties one can come across in doing so. (Special thanks to Alan Andres for the cover—he submitted it right on the deadline, and it just so happened that the cover I commissioned someone else to do wasn't ready.)

Optimistically, the quality of TCTS can't get worse. But YOUR help is needed to make TCTS a success; fandom needs a marketplace for filmclips. Star Trek and otherwise, and other Star Trek items.

Like all fanzines, TCTS could use articles, stories, and art—not necessarily Star Trek—and I'd appreciate some submissions. However, since the treasury contains cobwebs, the best I could afford to pay you upon acceptance is a free issue or ad space. But most of all, TCTS needs paying advertisers. As it stands now, the ads rates barely pay for the cost of the ad. I'm not putting TCTS out for a profit (what profit??), but rather in the interest of clip collecting. So ADVERTISE! SUBSCRIBE!! SUBMIT!


THIS ISSUE: This issue is mostly made up of a one act skit that was part of an unfinished series (or part of a 3 or 4 act play with each act independent of itself) of satires on STAR TREK called "START WRECK.' Unlike other ST satires, the cast members' names have not been changed, providing an interesting effect. Feel free to act it or tape it. Unfortunately (fortunately?) there is only one more of this series available, which will be printed in a future issue. Any printable comments, send them to me, please; I'll forward them to its author.

THE NEXT ISSUE: If possible, an interview with the most omplete [sic] Star Trek fan. See you then.
Also from the editor, see more about these cons in later issues of TCTS:
CONVENTIONS: Not one, but TWO Star Trek conventions are being planned for the San Francisco Bay Area, both are being put on by George Senda of Duotronics, and by the northern California S.T.A.R. chapter. North STAR Con 1 will be held November 8-11 at the San Francisco Airport Hilton. Membership will be very limited. North STAR Con II will be held in March 1975 at the Jack Taar Hotel.
  • Editorial (2)
  • News (2)
  • Identiclip: Care for Film Clips (article) Jim Rondeau (3)
  • "The Overlord", satirical ST radio play by T. Knova, featuring murderous mutants, telekinetic twins, a built-in bar disguised as a computer bank, and one very bad cold. (4)
  • Ads (18)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

I got TCTS #2 and I don't think it was worth 50¢. I haven't read the “START WRECK” satire yet but that's all there was to that issue except your first two pages, the ads, and the front and back covers (fair art). I think you should've included some of your blooper shots or some such special page. Sorry, I was looking at the ad rates and you state “no photos”! Are your interior pages run by mimeo with offset covers? Your stencils were overtyped widthwise so many of the words on either end were cut off. I think I'll do some articles for free issues if I can find the time. I'd like to see TCTS survive, too. I think 25¢ would have been more reasonable but I don't know how much printing costs were
 so I can't judge. Best. [9]
I liked TCTS very much. That satire was idiotic, silly, degrading, and has no redeeming social value whatsoever—but I loved it! What do you mean your artists can't draw a straight line? That illustration of the spaceship was very good! [10]
Dear Jim. I just received TCTS #2 in the mail yesterday. I enjoyed it and think it was well worth the 50¢. [11]

Issue 3

The Clipper Trade Ship 3 was published in July 1974 and contains 20 pages. The front cover is by Signe Landon, the back cover by D. Collin, and it has illos by D. Herring and J.A. Tyler.

front page from issue #3
back page from issue #3

100 copies were printed.

From the editorial:
Since I started TCTS, my mail has increased ten-fold....

This issue, as many of you have noticed, is late. That is because of school, construction projects, and a lack of articles, ads, and stories to fill this issue. (To have art printed throughout is too expensive.) At least by now, I've gotten enough for this issue. However, I am greatly disappointed in the response to the main purpose of TCTS.

The main purpose of TCTS is to promote film clip collecting, and to provide a marketplace for clips, Star Trek items, and movie items. So: for all my advertising, where are the clip collectors TCTS is supposed to be nonprofit. It is, but then, I wonder if I'll ever break even. Is TCTS a worthwhile adventure?
Also from the editorial:
...this may shock you: Although I like Star Trek and wouldn't mind its return, I do not wish to actively participate in campaigning for its revival. There seems to be too much influence by Roddenberry to use Star Trek to further his own pocketbook. For example, when ST was cancelled after second season, and the fans wrote it back on the air, NBC accused Roddenberry of inciting the fans to do so. (Or so I've been told.) Roddenberry claimed to have nothing to do with the save ST campaign. However, Lincoln Enterprises, owned by his wife, was actively campaigning to save ST (as it is still doing today). And look how much Lincoln Enterprises is capitalizing off of ST... Don't get me wrong; I'm not anti-Gene Roddenberry. He is a fine man and great producer who created the best go-between for science fiction fans and the rest of the world. But let him keep his hands clean.
The editor also notes:
The two Star Trek conventions for San Francisco mentioned last issue will NOT take place; I was given a bum steer. [George S], the initiator of those cons, is now in jail, and that's all I can find out.
  • Indenticlip (2)
  • Editorial (3)
  • "The Rock Candy Incident", fiction Barbi Marczak (8)
  • Letters of Comment (13)
  • Star Trek Animation (article) by Victor Lim (14)
  • Ads (16)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

TCTS #3 was a vast improvement over the previous issue. It even looked nicer -- congratulations holding a margin on the mimeo pages! It makes for easier, more pleasant reading. Concerning Victor Lim's review of the animated series. I hope he's right about the latter time slot for the show next season. [snipped] Like any new zine, [TCTS] has a way to go before it rivals T-Negative, but at least improving. [12]

Many thanks for sending TCTS 3, A few comments on #3. Although I think the zine has a long way to go, this issue was an improvement. I too am disappointed in the number of ads you received. Hopefully, your appeal on page 3 brought some results. I agree with you on your capitalistic criticism of Lincoln Enterprises, however I would be careful of what you say in print. What's more I would like to quote from an issue of DECK 6 #3 (Oct. 1969), "Recent correspondence with David Gerrold reveals that out of $5.50 Lincoln Enterprises charges you for each script, the author receives only about 25¢—a mere 5%. This skimpy cut (as opposed to the usual 15%) is possible, so we hear, because of some legal loophole involving ownership of Lincoln." They concluded that about $3.50 in profit is made on each script (175%). Another issue printed some rather strong words by D. Gerrold against Lincoln. Whether this is true, I don't know. I have two friends who were probably the only ST fans ever to visit Lincoln. One said the place is full of boxes of clips, and they expect to be selling clips for the next ten years at the present rate. Don't quote me on any of this as it is all hearsay. If you would like me to dig up more of the info on Lincoln I could do so.

I agree with you also about the revival of ST. Personally, I would rather have a totally new cast of characters and a new ship. I'm afraid if it were done with the old stars, the show would become "camp." Secondly, I hope it would reach above some of the standards Roddenberry's other recent features (Questor excluded).

You might write Richard Arnold about the legalities of selling clips. He knows the details and has told me on occasions, but I forget. I think Lincoln is the only licensed dealer to sell unmounted clips, however, anyone can get away with selling mounted clips—something like that.

There are a bunch of notes I would like to ask you about: Are you sure that fellow got the "Questor" clips at the trash can at Warner's? Why would the film be shot at Universal and edited at Warners? I would be very skeptical of the story. A note from Lincoln told me about a year ago that there were plans to sell GII [13] and Questor clips in the near future.

I think I once heard that Lincoln E's address in the phone book is a phony to keep people away. Rumor?

I might also mention that I will be very surprised if you obtain many more title shows than the ones you already have. This is the reason: It appears that all film clips of opticals, like any other clips, are discards of shots that didn't appear in the finished print. It those particular episodes that you have titles from, I seem to remember that the title was maintained over more than one specific shot. For instance in "A Private Little War" let's say the title fades in on a shot of the transporter platform as Kirk and Spock beam in- The shot changes to a CU of Scotty at the controls with the title still supered and then slowly fades out. This only happened in a very few episodes. So there would be some excess footage with the title over the shot. This is also true of beaming in shots and that's why they're so rare. As titles are faded in and faded out there wouldn't be any excess footage.

By the way, that "idiotic scene" from I MUDD that you mentioned was an example of color defraction as Gerrold mentioned in The Worlds of Star Trek. As I heard it, this was a shot supposedly taken from the two Alices' point of view as they started to malfunction.

Oh, the gravestone from "Where No Man" reads: "James R. Kirk, 1277.I-1818.7"

That's all. LL&P [14]

This is a belated reaction to TCTS 3...

First of all, I think I'd better mention that according to [Dan F] of the Cinema Shop, [George S] is not in jail. This is why I mentioned, when I first told you of [George S], that you might contact Star Trek Archives about him; just for the sake of confirmation. With my luck, he's already contacted you about this with a libel suit.

I was interested in your articles on Equicon. They were very easy to read and showed their authors' enthusiasm, and I only wish they went into greater detail about events there, especially if some information that wouldn't be known to anyone who simply attended.

I would, however, like to express some thoughts of my own about your comments on the spirit of the attendees. Admittedly, this was my first full-time con, having only attended bits and pieces of Westercon XXVI the year before. And you may be right in that the fans who came were subdued in the first place; I say that by comparing the crush for the dealers room at Westercon the first day and the comparative calm at Equicon. However, I'd like to suggest that the con committee may have done some homework on group behavior. For example, there were more events happening more often. There was, therefore, less of a crush and less need to run between events. Also, there were assurances that everyone would have a chance at what they wanted. Take Doohan's talk. The photographers had their chance at the beginning. The autograph hounds were told they'd have a chance later on, and the crush wasn't too bad.

Such an approach would have an effect on the general spirit of the fans, a relaxing effect. And I think an effective comparison can be made with the International Star Trek Con, as reported by Margaret Basta in Star-Borne #13. According to her, it might be safe to describe that con as over-crowded and under scheduled with events. As such, the attendees were more "spirited"; all the fanzines on display were stolen on the first day. Ms. Basta says she didn't know of one zine that was stolen at Equicon. It is not likely that such a difference in ST fans of the coasts comes naturally; the con's approach to handling them must have something to do with it.

Victor Lim's analysis of the animated Star Trek was handled very well, and I am in agreement with much of what he says, especially in regards to the dialog. (Most witticisms about Mr. Spock were confined to the line, "I believe I've already said that.") All I could add to this article is some additional information. As far as I can find out, Mark Lenard, Roger C. Carmel, and Stanley Adams did the voices for Sarek, Mudd, and Jones, and Ed ("UFO") Bishop was the voice of the prosecutor of Megas-Tu.

It would be safe to say I'd like to see more news in TCTS. For example, do you know the final dope on Eyecon? I've heard the news up to where "the bums said their "memberships" could be transferred to Equicon. Has anything more come of this mess? [15]
At the time I wrote about [George S], he was indeed in jail, according to the ST Archives; and no libel suit has been filed. Perhaps no fanzines at Equicon were ripped off because not one attendee in ten could tell you where the fanzine room could be found; it was stuck in a little out of the way room that I only found because it was on the way to my room. News is hard to come by for TCTS. By the time TCTS is printed, most news over the three month period is old, like: William Shatner was host of the New York Miss Teen-Age contest (or something like that), or who will be in the Planet of the Apes TV series. My only source of news is LOCUS and people who write to me. And what kind of news does everyone want? — Jim R. [16]

Issue 4

The Clipper Trade Ship 4 was published in September 1974 and contains 42 pages. The front cover is by T.O. Knova, the back cover by Debbie Collin, and it has illos by J. Alan Tyler.

front cover of issue #4, Terrence Oswald Knova
back cover of issue #4, Debbie Collin

There were 175 issues printed. This issue was not printed mimeo but multilith.

  • The Editor Speaks (1)
  • "Diana's Revenge", a Start Wreck episode by Terrence Oswald Knova (3)
  • Alan E. Andres on Star Trek (14)
  • The Anniversary by Debbie Collin (also in One Trek Mind #4 12/1975) (21)
  • Letters (24)
  • "Black Castle of Chrome", a science fiction story by Darien L. Webster (26)
  • Diverse Verse (29)
  • "The Ribbles Revolt" by F. Wong (31)
  • "Identiclip: On Identifying Star Trek Film Clips" (article) by Jim Rondeau (35)
  • Fanzine Reviews (38)
  • "Thought for the Day: The Rock" (article) by Darien L. Wyckoff (39)
  • More Diverse Verse (39)
  • Ads (40)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

Glad you liked the story! ANNIVERSARY is my own answer to a proposed script called "Joanna" that was scrapped by the powers that be. McCoy's daughter was to have come abroad and fallen in love with Captain Kirk. Blah. Too predictable. Much better to have her fall for Spock! POOR MCCOY! So I changed everything but the daughter's name. My only source, by the way, is that little paragraph on page 241 of MAKING OF ST. Ta-da! See what can happen with a mean, nasty mind? POOR MCCOY!!

I agree about the weak ending. I know... I hate stories that end: "and then he woke up." S*I*G*H. Enlosed find an alternate. More valid, I think. At any rate, it's better than the old lurching ship. I didn't want to go into time travel; it would shift the focus away from the story itself. Likewise no alternate universe.

That didn't leave much. I couldn't very well make the good doctor a mad glue sniffer or something... [17]

Issue 5

The Clipper Trade Ship 5 was published in December 1974 and contains 20 pages. The front cover is by L. Cranston, the back cover by D. Collin.

front cover of issue #5
back cover of issue #5

150 copies were made.

  • The Editor Speaks (2)
  • Witching Hour, fiction by Debbie Collin (also in One Trek Mind #5) (3)
  • And Now the News (9)
  • Star Trek on Radio, article by David Clark (10)
  • The Consolation, fiction by Barbi Marczak (12)
  • a review of The Star Trek Scene Annual #1, see that page
  • Ads (15)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Though it was a bit shorter than usual, nevertheless I really enjoyed the December issue. D. Collins "Witching Hour" was well written; particularly the final scene in the hall with the apparitions, etc. Her descriptive phrases painted an extremely clear picture in my mind. Also, D. Clark's "Star Trek on Radio" was skillfully written, and extremely interesting with regards to the technical information it presented. And to you the editor, may I say that your one page opening message in each issue is probably the highlight of it all. Your down-to-earth (up-in-space?), personalized style of writing is fun to read. I like it. Ah, well, time to go. I have to find that Motoslybnian outpost by nightfall. [18]
I see that my subscription to The Clipper Trade Ship has expired -- can't have THAT! So enclosed, if I don't forget, will be my check for $2.00 it going!

I enjoy your efforts very much -- am especially fond of Debbie Collin's art and stories -- you are most fortunate to have her at your beck and call! She is becoming famous -- having illustrated a story of mine that is included in Sharon Emily's SHOWCASE II, and also being part of the fabulous Energize, which cut a tremendous swath through the New York ST con last week!

Hang on to her! [19]

A young friend of mine lent me his TCTS 4 which was purchased at the Red Hour Festival. I found the zine such an outstanding work and your attitude so energetic that I felt I had to write.

I have a few comments on the Clipper Trade Ship. The cover was wel! done (the art was good also but you sure could use some on the inside) and of a good texture to keep the contents from being bent and wrinkled, however this was not true for the back cover. The exposed back page and a few before became dirty and bent from lack of a heavy back cover. I hope you can correct +his. I did not see any of the previous publications so I can't compare printing quality, however I can give you a few comments on #4 alone. I found the printing clear and well centered, however fading was evident as you pointed out. In the letter section you could have done a bit more explaining when you replied to the correspondence. A case in point is Mr. Senda.

I've heard of him before, in connection with the Archives who recently 'disassociated' themselves with him. This sounds an awful like The "Star Trek Convention/Albert Shuster case that I am also uninformed on. Could you please enlighten me on any of these cases? Beyond these I found your fanzine to be enjoyable and knowledgeable. ((Editor: My brevity in my response to George Senda in TCTS 4 was because of a longer statement I made in TCTS 3. I will not repeat them at this time, because others fear I might get a libel suit slapped against me. And I don't know any of the reasons for the New York con/Shuster split; sorry.)) [20]

Issue 6

The Clipper Trade Ship 6 was published in April 1975 and contains 30 pages. The front and back covers are by Debbie Collin. The interior illos are by Signe Landon. The typewriter used was owned by Mike Siladi.

150 copies were published. "The first 50 issues are numbered."

It was in this issue that the editorial was first called "The Captain's Cabin."

front cover of issue #6, Debbie Collin
back cover of issue #6, Debbie Collin
  • In the Captains Cabin, editorial (2) (includes a con report for The Red Hour Festival, see that page)
  • The Compleat Star Trek Fan by Terrence Oswald Knova (4)
  • By Destiny We Abide by David L. Wyckoff (9)
  • Pity About This Place, vignette, no author listed (14)
  • Winds of Destiny, poem, no author listed (14)
  • Gene Roddenberry Speaks at Stanford (transcript, part one) (16)
  • Fanzine Reviews (19)
  • Identiclip: Primer on Film Clip Collecting (article) by Jim Rondeau (21)
  • Letters to the Editor (22)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (24)

Issue 7

The Clipper Trade Ship 7 was published July 1975 and contains 40 pages. The front cover is by Steve Dixon, the back cover by Debbie Collin, the illos are by Signe Landon, Lizette Leveille, Mike Lynch, and J. Alan Tyler.

150 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #7, Steve Dixon
back cover of issue #7, Debbie Collin
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (2)
  • Gene Roddenberry Speaks at Stanford (transcript, part two) (3)
  • Pet, fiction by Barbi Marczak (part one; the second part is "The Trespassers" in the next issue) (9)
  • I-They, fiction vignette by Randy Carlson (18)
  • Films We'd Like to Have Film Clips From (19)
  • Whatever Happened to EquiCon?, con report Debbie Collin (22)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (32)
  • Barbarella, review with photos by Jim Rondeau

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

There were two pieces of fiction in this issue of TCTS. One is the first part of a story called 'Pet' by Barbara Marczak, which I found rather hard to follow. Also a short poem by Randy Carlson, interesting. The real outstanding feature of this zine is an article on Gene Roddenberry's speech at Stanford University; I thought it was very enjoyable. A review of Equcon by Debbie Collin was also interesting and humorous. Debbie called this year's con 'a dismal, disappointing failure,' The editorial dragged at times; 'Films We'd Like to Have Film Clips From,' had some nice screened photos (too bad they weren't ST), but I didn't care for the corresponding text on Barbarella. The ad section kind of shocked me though, since everything I had read so far in the zine indicated it was a Strekzine; it advertised every kind of clip from Jaws to Kahn. I would much prefer ads form people who wanted ST clips (and there were some) exclusively. In spite of the non-ST overtones, I would recommend this fanzine to anyone who is seriously interesting in collecting ST filmclips. [21]
Your TCTS #7 is the best issue to date. The inclusion of Barbarella was most welcome. With respect towards all Star Trek devotees j, I am glad you have added a new, how shall we call it? — dimension to TCTS. Star Trek stories stressed the search for now worlds and ideas, and diversity in the content makes for a better tale — the same should be done for? all ST based fanzines. One can't simply ignore the existence of other SF stories (TV or films), as some Trekkers (Trekkies or Grokkers) have done — so thanks for putting a wrinkle into the editor's pipe... er. Sherlock Jim-.. Debbie Collin's summary of Equicon was amusing — keep her articles coming, not to mention all her artwork. [22]
I got my copy of the Clipper Ship and read most of it but couldn't read all of your editorial as when I turned to p. 29; the lettering in the middle of the page was obliterated. I also read the article on the convention and enjoyed it thoroughly, but I'm afraid I don't completely agree with her though on one thing. I definitely agree it was disorganized. But there were lots of other things to see concerning Star Trek other than the episodes which were shown at the inconvenient times; though I guess that would be very important if they aren't shown in your area. Also I didn't spend much time in the Hucksters Room and wasn't looking for clips so I didn't notice their lack. I'm glad I didn't have her luck with her roommate. Mine were very nice. She doesn't mention anything about the panels which were very good; at least I enjoyed them, and the award dinner also and the show at the Space Center, I did hear from others about the lousy service etc that they had
 at the hotel which didn't effect me as I stayed at the Royal Inn at the
 wharf. [23]

Issue 8

The Clipper Trade Ship 8 was published in October 1975 and contains 35 pages.

The front cover is by S. Dixon, the back cover is by D. Collin, the interior illos are by Melody Frame, Doug Herring, Terrence Oswald Knova, Signe Landon, J. Alan Tyler, and C.L. Healy.

front cover of issue #8

200 copies were printed.

In previous issues of TCTS, the editor, Jim Rondeau, had been pointing out the confusions and misinformation with Paramount regarding merchandising licensing. From this issue's editorial:

For this issue, I received an ad from someone of the Star Trek Welcommittee that had a "political" comment in it: [24]

"Also, in the last issue of TCTS, there was a plug for VIDEO HOUSE. I have in my possession a letter from a reputable individual that states that Video House products are illegal. in spite of what their flyers state (merchandise manufactured under license copyrighted 1974, etc.). If this outfit is illegal, and you order film clips from them, you are robbing Gene Roddenberry!...."

Hold it. Everyone knows that Gene Roddenberry's wife Majel owns Lincoln Enterprises, the major source of ST film clips. But are their film clips legal?

Five months ago, I received this letter from Paramount's legal department:

Dear Mr. Rondeau:
In response to your letter dated April 15, 1975, regarding the above-referenced matter, please be advised that Paramount controls and owns all copyrights in and to Star Trek and therefore no such merchandise can be sold without Paramount permission. Star Trek licenses are granted on a non-exclusive one-time basis only for Star Trek merchandise to be sold at specific conventions. The license fee consists of an initial payment of Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) plus ten percent (10%) of your gross receipts.
If you wish to obtain a license for a specific convention, please notify me in writing of the items you wish to sell and the date and the name of the : convention at which you wish to sell such items. I will then take the necessary steps in preparing the license.
You stated in your letter some of the items you may possibly want to sell, among which were film clips and slides. Please be advised that Paramount :does not license the sale of Star Trek film clips and slides.
We sincerely appreciate your continued interest in "Star Trek".
Sincerely, (signed) Jeffrey S. Robin"
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (2)
  • The Trespassers, fiction by Barbi Marczak (It is a sequel to "The Pet," in the previous issue.) (3)
  • The Reluctant Fan (report on Roddencon) T.O. Knova (13)
  • Semaphore Signals, letters (20)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (27)

Issue 9

The Clipper Trade Ship 9 was published in January 1976 and contains 33 pages. The front cover is by John P. Alexander, the back cover by Debbie Collin. The illos are by Doug Herring, Gennie Summers, J. Alan Tyler, and Signe Landon.

front cover of issue #9 (it is missing a back page due to a communications mix-up due to the editor's move to a new state

The editor notes that "Approximately 300 copies of this issue were printed, far too many to number by hand any more."

Due to paper cost increases and increases with the postal service, the price has gone from 50¢ to 75¢. You can also get a copy for "8 good film clips."

From the fan report -- Roddenberry's plans about the new movie:
  • 1) There will be a Star Trek movie to be released in the winter of 1976. It is tentatively entitle[d] STAR TREK II.
  • 2) Special effects will he used extensively. The Magician system will be used. The main sets consisting of the bridge, sickbay, transporter room, etc., will he rebuilt.
  • 3) Earth will be shown in the 22nd century. Roddenberry believes at this time the planet's industry and technology will have moved underground. The plantlife, wildlife, and all humans will live in harmony on the surface.
  • 4) The USS Enterprise will be the ship used with a few interior modifications.
  • 5) All original actors have been appropriated.
  • 6) A script has been accepted by Paramount. Roddenberry and three notable sci-fi writers worked on the script, one of which was Lester Del Rey.
  • 7) Paramount ran a survey which stated that there are ten million potential ticket buyers for the Star Trek movie. The movie budget is 4-5 million dollars„ Paramount could make over 50 million dollars. NBC has stated that if the movie is a success, they want the show back on the air. It would not return as a sixty minute program, but as a ninety minute program which would appear once a month.
  • 8) A major article about Star Trek will appear in Newsweek magazine. A time has not been set.
  • Star Trek II, article by Steven K. Dixon about a presentation by Gene Roddenberry on Sunday December 7, 1975 at a press conference at Memphis State University about a Star Trek movie, which would become Star Trek: The Motion Picture (first page, unnumbered)
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (2)
  • The Wind's Will, fiction by Debbie Collin (also in One Trek Mind #5, Star Trek Nuts & Bolts 14/15, and The Best of Amanda and Sarek) (3)
  • untitled poem by Tina Carlson (8)
  • "The Tempest" as a Classic in the Modern Day Fields of Fantasy and Science Fiction, article by Jim Rondeau (9)
  • Rollerbore, or "Norman Jewison is no Stanley Kubrick," a review of "Rollerblade," by "Eel Strebor" (17)
  • Patience by Ronald T. Rosenborough (22)
  • Star Trek vs. Space:1999: When Worlds Collide, article by Debbie Collin (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (26)

Issue 10

front cover of issue #10

The Clipper Trade Ship 10 was published in April 1976 and contains 34 pages. The front cover is by Dave Schow, the back cover is by Debbie Collin, the illos are by J.P. Alexander, L. Heiler, and J.A. Tyler.

300 copies were printed.

back cover of issue #10
From the editorial, strong words on money and sex:

The year is 1976, America's Bicentennial, Star Trek's "Trektennial", the year of the Star Trek movie, and much more. Lincoln Enterprises has issued a new catalog for the event, and Star Trek is being pushed greater than before. Commercialism and professionalism is taking Star Trek fandom by storm in far greater proportions than ever before, and that much ripoff by both certain business people and the Roddenberrys make me sick. Being a science fiction fan and possibly a collector of science fiction movie/TV memorabilia is one thing, but to be a mindless slave to a cult, buying anything with "Star Trek" scrawled on its underbelly; live, breathe, talk, eat, and excrete nothing but Star Trek, that must certainly be some kind of sickness. Do YOU own a Unisex Klingon Warning Whistle? Do YOU go into severe withdrawal symtoms [sic] when a Star Trek episode is interrupted for "an important announcement", such as New York was just H-bombed?

I like Star Trek. I collect Star Trek film clips, photos, books, scripts, and a few other things. I edit a Star Trek oriented (but not exclusive) fanzine. But I do not consider myself a trekkie, trekkiepoo, trekker, trekfan, trekiac, two lose la trek, trekite, or any other such pitifully limited in scope thing. I am a science fiction fan, and that already brands me as a dangerous person.

I do not really care to know why Star Trek has such a vast cult, but I am curious as to why so much of Star Trek fan fiction is or nearly is pornography. Such stories you will never find here in TCTS as long as I'm its editor, because I don't believe Star Trek stories need sex. ("Gosh, Margaret, look at those two stories over there! Obscene!") ~ Which is probably why I have such a hard time getting Star Trek stories to print here, and why subscriptions are falling. But I do manage to find something for each issue.

This issue was almost postponed 3 months. Graduate school has kept me quite busy, and my courses are so difficult that I shall probably drop out of the optical sciences program. Add to that the fact that I am now a comnittee-person on DesertCon IV (which will be over by the time you read this), in charge of — what else? — slide shows, besides working on other things, DesertCon IV, for those of you who care, had Gene Roddenberry, Robert Silverberg, Edmond Hamilton, Leigh Bracket, Don Davis, and Robert Wise (producer of Andromeda Strain, Hindenburg, etc). If it didn't go well, we had a public lynching of the committee, in which case next issue will feature a new editor. I do hereby will and bequeath the editorship of TCTS to Diane Howarth in that event.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (2)
  • Strange Signal, Star Trek fiction by Joan Bennett (3)
  • TV or Not TV, poem by Christiane Klee (parody riff on Hamlet's speech "To Be or Not To Be") (19)
  • A Night With Young Frankenstein, review by Frances Wong (20)
  • The Outer Limits": Ahead of its Time" by Dave Schow (22)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (30)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

I received THE CLIPPER TRADE SHIP #10 last month and enjoyed it tremendously!

David Schow's article, "The Outer Limits: Ahead of Its Time," was the high point of the issue. It is a rare event indeed to read an informative summary of a defunct tv show that is written with the enthusiasm and flavor of a demoted fan that captures the reader's interest from beginning to end. Buried memories were revived as Schow described the various episodes he did. And I sympathize with his view that THE OUTER LIMITS deserves more attention than it is getting. But I don't understand why he harbors such hard feelings toward STAR TREK.

Which brings me to "In the Captain's Cabin." I see you are continuing your tradition of lambasting STAR TREK's fandom, not that I mind — a good verbal thrashing now and then is needed to keep a fan in line. But nowhere in this issue did I see an editorial supporting the series. True, you did have a STAR TREK story. But that's not a direct editorial comment.

Like yourself, I get fed up with the invasion of STAR TREK's fandom by commercialism and professionalism. Like yourself, I dread the label of trekkie-fan, even more so. But I don't own a Klingon Unisex Warning Whistle. I don't buy anything and everything with "Star Trek" scrawled on its underbelly. I haven't exploded in a fit of outrage because the MIDAMERICON committee decided not to include any STAR TREK". programming for the convention — actually, it will be a relief to attend a non-ST con for a change.

You see, I'm head of a local ST fan club, I run a national ST/SF club, and I attend ST conventions. If someone in our little town of 150,000 wants to know something about ST, they come running to me. And , if they have some grudge against ST, they also run to me. It turns my stomach to see the uniform-clad "trekkie" with the plastic pointed ears plastered all over national television when a network decides to report on a ST con. It seems these reporters refuse to realize that serious Star Trek fans exist --the organizers, the true supporter. The guys and gals dressed in college clothes that sit quietly at a table in the corner discussing how they can work toward getting some serious sci-fi back on television. No, it doesn't have to be STAR TREK; it doesn't even have to be by Gene Roddenberry. It could even be a new OUTER LIMITS. But STAR TREK serves as a pillar around which this work can be centered, and the show has set a standard that is hard to beat.

But STAR TREK means something else to me. Because, if I hadn't become involved in ST's fandom, I never would have learned about Science Fiction's fandom, and my interest in SF would never have grown. So, I have ST to thank for that. [25]
I got TCTS #10 the other day. Pretty good issue. TCTS #10 wasn't the best issue yet; I believe that honor goes to #7. But it did have some interesting articles. The story was terrible. I didn't especially like the OUTER LIMITS article — it was alright, but it de-glorified Star Trek, and well, when you do that, it gets on a true ST fan's nerves. (By the by, I don't buy all this ST crap you spoke about, Enterprise squirt guns, etc., but I don't let all that commercialism bother me. I think if those companies are going to put out that crap, it isn't my fault they have to try to dress it up with the words "Star Trek." [26]
I received TCTS #10, and feel it's quite worth shelling out $3.00 for 5 more issues. The synopsis of Ellison's "Demon With the Glass Hand," is especially good; there seems to be a resurgence of interest in OUTER LIMITS, which is all the more deserving of attention as a uniquely sophisticated series too often overlooked. It scared the bejabbers out of me as a kid, and I wish the networks would pick it up again in syndication. I quite agree that the people who indulge in fanatic Trekkism are suffering from some disorder (probably mental), but they're the same sort of people who'd rather watch the third rerun of S.W.A.T. than see Robards and Dewhurst in "A Moon For The Misbegotten." They just happen to attach their fanaticism to Star Trek, and such people aren't worth getting frustrated over. Word is going round that Paramount is getting awfully tight fisted now that ST II seems to be a coming reality; it's ironic that the movie may be a very detrimental thing to ST fandom through the professional greed its production seems to arouse. What I'd really like to see in the ST movie is the very best SF whatsodamnever that Gene Roddenberry can bring to the screen) and the correction of some of the numerous flaws present in the TV series. If Paramount doesn't give Roddenberry the freedom to -- for once — fully realize the potential of the show, then they might as well forget the whole thing. (Tstc, tsk — such heresy.) At any rate, I'll be looking forward to #11. [27]

Issue 11

The Clipper Trade Ship 11 was published in July 1976 and contains 48 pages. The front cover is by J. Alan Tyler, the back cover is by Debbie Collin, the illos are by Doug Herring, Gennie Summers, Signe Landon, and Lizette Leveille.

front cover of issue #11

"Approximately 241 copies of this issue were printed, unfortunately."

The editor wrote that the zine is experiencing difficulties for three reasons. The first two are issues with his former printer and increases in postage. His comments on the third reason:

The third problem is, apparently, with me, according to feedback I've been getting lately. TCTS, and therefore me, has lately been interpreted to be anti-Star Trek and especially anti-Star Trek fandom. In one particular project I'm having done for TCTS a few people see as aimed to destroy fandom. Specifically, I asked Eric J. Anderson to do some research for me, as I have little time on my own to do it. He has been primarily trying to find out what rights we have to our Star Trek film clips. In his search so far, Paramount has contradicted themselves, Roddenberry has contradicted himself, and several fandom sources of authority have all said something different. Even two books on copyright law conflict with each other. However, there are kind individuals and groups in ST fandom who have asked us to quit, concerned with our safety and that of fandom in general, lest Paramount Pictures bare its teeth. I do not think that will happen. But fandom is beginning to shun TCTS for that reason, and is becoming vocal on it. At any rate 1 have asked Eric to wind down the investigation and begin summarizing what he has gathered into an article for some near future issue. So much for free speech.

Anyway — I can pro-Star Trek, but only pro-fandom in some ways and anti-fandom in some other ways. My main beef is the high ideals Gene Roddenberry spouts about ST in speeches on one hand, and on the other, his wife's company, Lincoln Enterprises, is selling such items as Unisex Klingon warning whistles, things I find degrading to the series. But that is only MY opinion; please don't lambaste on that.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (2)
  • EquiCon '76, a con report, see that page by Pat L. Harris (4)
  • Eulogy Unto the Source by Darien L. Webster (9)
  • Letters to Earth, article by Sandra Neville (10)
  • The Cold Beyond Space, part 1 of 3, Star Trek fiction by David Clark (13)
  • Identiclip (article) by Lizette Leveille and Gennie Summers (27)
  • About the Cover, a contest (30)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (33)
  • The Editor's Note on Equicon '76, LoCs (41)
  • "The Outer Limits": Follow Up (article) D. Schow (42)

Issue 12

The Clipper Trade Ship 12 was published in September 1976 and contains 36 pages.

The front cover is by J.P. Alexander, the back cover is by Debbie Collin, the illos are by Signe Landon, Lizette Leveille, David J. Schow, Gennie Summers, and J. Alan Tyler.

front cover of issue #12, an example of Imitation, John P. Alexander
back cover of issue #12

300 copies were printed. The editor had this note: "Support fandom. Go out and buy somebody else's fanzine."

The editor wrote that the zine has a new look, different font, and that issues from now on will follow a more strict format: the reason is production costs.

The editor wrote:

Regular readers of TCTS know my stance on such subjects as Star Trek commercialism, Star Trek fanatics, and Gene Roddenberry in his connection with Lincoln Enterprises. Because of that, some people regard me and TCTS as being not exactly pro-Star Trek. I disagree. But rather that write an editorial defending myself, I'm going to turn a letter of comment from Frances Wong into a guest editorial, as she says it far better than I:

"I'm disappointed to learn that some members of fandom are turning their
backs on TCTS, in the mistaken belief that you are negating the popularity of
 Star Trek. Are ST fans so immature or uncertain about the value (quality) of
 their favorite program they should come to the realization that any small dif
ference of opinion is a threat to its existence? One of your readers com
pletely misunderstood the author of the Outer Limits article in your previous 
issues of TCTS. He thought the writer was anti-Star Trek, when the article's 
basic premise was just that some other science fiction shows are also deser
ving of coverage, not just Star Trek this, and Star Trek that. Now I bet a
 deep-dye Trek fan will misunderstand my intentions — he'll think I was being
 'anti-ST'. I've seen practically every ST show over at least eight times in
reruns, and this doesn't count the original first-run showings. I will prob
ably continue watching the old shows, and definitely will look to the new
movie version, as well as collect memorabilia of the series when I can. But
 would ST fans turn on an article praising 2001, or rave about an Issac Asimov
 story being superior to anything that ST writers could ever hope to create —
 just because the writer dares to offer a different opinion, and is not turn
ing cartwheels over the Star Trek dream? I am amazed at the intolerance and that's the exact feeling being fostered by those members of fandom who are turning their heads away from TCTS — is rearing its ugly tentacles in the world of fandom. As an oriental who has experienced real intolerance from my fellow man — I am sadden. Even Mr. Spock, whose culture is based upon the idea that all things (good and bad) combine to create a beautiful, interesting whole — he no doubt would be disappointed by fandom's attitude.

Jim — you have a supporter of TCTS here! I dislike certain subjects — but dammit — I will not cease to listen or read about them, because I know that's the only way to remain well-informed and avoid the narrow line in life.

Lastly, about the search for legal rights to the sale of Star Trek memorabilia. I doubt if your "investigations" will cause the downfall of fan collecting. If so, then all the Flash Gordon, Walt Disney thingies, and every form of book collecting and trading during the last SO years would be equally condemned. I think the most vocal people who are voicing their negative reaction to your search of legal copyrights are those members of fandom who are ignoring the spirit of Star Trek, and are just out to make a fast buck from enthusiastic fans. I have a feeling they would sell a piece of lint if they could prove it was brushed off Mr. Spock 's uniform — if they can get a gullible fan to buy it! Star Trek fans deserve to be treated honestly — and without the fear they might be tapped on the shoulder by some copyright lawyer each time a purchase is completed; of say, a ST clip or poster. I know there are bootleg copies of the ST blooper floating about — but they wouldn't be available if there wasn't a market. Chances of stopping fandom from collecting any form of memorabilia are like the old method of tracing a needle in the haystack. I doubt if fandom will shatter from a little honesty."

Comments on the Guest Editorial: I know for a fact that the people most vocal on my sponsored investigation of copyright are quite the opposite to what Fran believes. These people are the backbone of Star Trek fandom, people who I respect highly. I wish more fans were like them. Without them, fandom would not be such an enjoyable past time. I sadly regret that I must disagree with them on this fundamental issue. On the other hand, those out to make a fast buck are deeply interested in the copyright issue; they've had their lawyers up late at night, finding out interesting items.

(False logic: that does not mean I'm out to make a fast buck. I may be a huckster, but that's to pay my way to conventions & help print TCTS. Besides, I actually represent several fans huckstering. Had I wanted to, I could have become the west coast representative to a Big Dealer on the east coast, running 6 tables at each convention; but I turned him down.)

On a closing note: Please, if you write me a letter (other than a trade proposition) that needs answering, I now require an SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope). Your letter will simply be thrown away otherwise. I AM NOT MADE OF STAMPS!!!
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • The Cold Beyond Space, Trek fiction, part 2 of 3, by David Clark (4)
  • The Keeper's Caution, poem by Debbie Collie (16)
  • Someday Morning, poem by Diana Lynn Carlson (16)
  • Return of the Night Before Christmas by Debbie Collin (also in The Best of...) (17)
  • Identiclip, article by Gennie Summers and Lizette Leveile (18)
  • Cargo Hold, ads (26)
  • The Last Word / Randall Landers [McCoy - Trex]

Issue 13

cover of issue #13
back cover of issue #13

The Clipper Trade Ship 13 was published in January 1977 and contains 50 pages.

300 copies were printed.

Contributors: Amy Falkowitz, L. Cranston, David J. Schow, Richard Felix, tif, Signe Landon, J. Alan Tyler, G.M. Carr, S.F. Czapla, Debbie Collin, Lizette Leveille, Gennie Summers, Ronnie Wise, David Clark, S.K. Dixon, Mike Chickelly, Jim Rondeau, Shirley Huang, Jan Snyder.

From the editorial:

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here to witness the passing of the Star Trek Convention. Those who knew it found it to be a place where legendary names in fandom could be met in the flesh; one or two genuine star and/or writer of stage and screen could be seen; new fans could swap ideas with old, old fans could swap information with new, nonfans could swap wives; actual-original memorabilia from a TV show that lasted for about four live episodes less than Lost in Space could be found: bouqht, sold, traded; fan art and fan costuming could be found in abundance; and Harry Mudd's political promise on Beta Draconis V of two parties on every hotel floor was kept. The Star Trek Convention is still in its death throes after a long illness, but so close to death that these last rites are given now in case by print time it has passed on entirely.

It was only recently learned that the west coast Star Trek Convention, Equicon, is no more, having gone on to that great whatever-they-go-to in the sky. The Star Trek Convention is survived by its illegitimate offspring, all of which are trying to capture the past glories by using its parent's name in public. They are in actuality the Star Trek Circus Show, The Star Trek Private Fan Party, and the Star Trek One Day Accidental Conglomerations. The Star Trek Circus Show is known by its traits of the stars and writers of screen and stage parading about a stage, jumping through hoops, and launching into commercials about their products, whilst the attendees sit in the audience, reminiscing about all the money they used to have in their wallets before buying a ticket to the Circus; not even enough money left to buy genuine mass produced souvenir crud of the show that Mad Magazine did not one but two satires of. The Star Trek One Day Accidental Conglomerations are the closest to their parents in most respects, but there is a crippling limit to what you can do with only a day. There's not even enough time to get the last name and phone number of the person you were holding hands with during "And The Children Shall Lead" (the only episode they could afford). And the Star Trek Private Fan Party is just that: a convention run by fens for fans -- that is, as long as you're part of some elite clique and are mysteriously smuggled news of the planned event (usually delivered by an obscene fanzine in a long, dark overcoat or a plain brown wrapper). Alas, alas; ashes to ashes, dawn to dusk.

More seriously, though (but not by much?), my part of the country has been blitzed lately by a lot of professionally run "conventions", which are indeed shows. Somehow half of them abide by the system of putting on two shows in one cay, one morning/afternoon, the other afternoon/evening, putting the guests through the hoops twice. This allows the potential of handling twice as many people as the building will allow (usually a small auditorium or high school somewhere, throwing hucksters like me in out of way places). The big pro cons (great term there) are really stepping into California now. The one in Northern California, Space The Final Frontier, isn't even held at a hotel, which I believe is half the fun. (All right, who snickered? I run a clean zine. The next one of those is scheduled for the second weekend in February, in San Francisco, and inside information has already set off echoes of ripoff. Other pro cons being set up: one in San Diego January 14-16 at the wonderful El Cortez hotel, and one in Los Angeles March 4-6 (which supposedly has lined up the casts of Star Trek and Space: 1999 both). Pity the Trimbles had to do away with Equicon. Sigh...

Hooboy. Those of you who have been reading TCTS for a while (you three know who you are; hi, mom) may recall editorial comments speaking out against some of the Star Trek commercialism being dished out to the hapless masses. Arriving conveniently in time for this editorial is the following letter to, uh, inform you what's in the works. For once I've written back to one of these things that come in the mail, and you may guess the content of that missive. Anyhoo.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Dear Diary 11/3/76, a con report for Star Con by Jim Rondeau, see that page (3)
  • Mid Take by Richard Felix (8)
  • Photo Caption Contest #1 (9)
  • Fanzine Reviews by tif (10)
  • The Late, Great TCTS Cover Contest Results
    • untitled by G.M. Carr (12)
    • An Orgy of Death by S.F. Czapla (13)
  • Identiclip by Gennie Summers & Lizette Leveille (15)
  • The Cold Beyond Space, Trek fiction, part 3 of 3, by David Clark (27)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (42)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13

Horrors, my subscription just expired with issue #13. I really like your new format. This is becoming quite a slick fanzine. That was a great finish to a fine and polished story by Dave Clark. That boy's going places if he keeps it up, me thinks. #13 was a damn good issue and by the time I finished it, I wanted more more! Suggestions: Let's have more longer stories. I'd like some non-Star Trek science fiction. How about some factual article on scientific subjects? How about a few pages reserved for readers' comments? I'd also like to see some critiques or reviews of current or old favorite science fiction novels? [28]
If TCTS is a Star Trek/Science Fiction/Fantasy magazine, why is the major portion of it devoted to ST with so little devoted to Fantasy and Science Fiction? Is there any chance that TCTS might go bi-monthly? I know it's a hassle just getting it out quarterly, but I think that much of your news would be a bit more recent if we saw it every two months instead of every three... [29]

Issue 14

The Clipper Trade Ship 14 was published in April 1977 and contains 32 pages.

300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #14, Doug Herring: "Lt. Feela of Sabor, Security"
back cover of issue #14, J. Alan Tyler: "Vampirella"

Contributors: Doug Herring, J. Alan Tyler, L. Cranston, Lyn Robinson, Gennie Summers, Lizette Leveille, Darien Webster, Julia Howarth, David J. Schow, Sandra Nelville, Ronnie Wise, Terrence Oswald Knova, B.F. Zugzwang (Jim Rondeau), D.L. Collin, Marilyn Johansen, Bob Dolsay, S.K. Dixon, Melly Frame, Lela Dowling.

From the editorial, more on fandom and profit and Gene Roddenberry:

Gene Roddenberry has done it again. Even before his movie SPECTRE can make it to the TV screen, his company, Lincoln Enterprises, is selling clips , scripts , key chain viewers, and all sorts of junk — and this all was announced in a special, uh, publication whose primary purpose is to sell you the movie, the souvenirs, and especially urge you to write in to tell the network you want a TV series made from it. What other producer blows his own horn so loudly? And at the expense of the fans? Where will it end?

The original editorial for this issue let loose my thoughts on fanzines and fanzine readers in general, of the Star Trek-type, and on current trends. Those of you who have been reading my editorials for quite some time might guess some of what I said — I admit it wasn't high praise and flattery -- but it wasn't as bad as you might guess. That's because I do approve of fanzines. But I don't buy them very often. I'm simply not a fanzine collector of any subject. Oh, yes, I do subscribe and get in trade a number of zines; but the number I get regularly is less than ten, and they come from the fields of ST, sf, film, Edgar Rice Burroughs, comics, and Sherlock Holmes. I buy very, very few ST zines. That's also partly because I'm not that deep into serious Star Trek fandom. Ah, well...
  • In the Captain's Chair, editorial (1)
  • Results of TCTS's Photo Caption Contest (2)
  • Time After Time, Trek fiction by Marilyn Johansen (3)
  • Mission: Unprintable, Trek fiction, part one of ten by "B.F. Zugzwang" (pseud for Jim Rondeau, author says he had to dig deep into his files for this story as he needed some fiction to print.) (8)
  • Requiem by Terrence Oswald Knova (11)
  • The Future of Science Fiction, includes a graph by Sandra Neville (13)
  • Mycota, a Mad-Lib type of fiction game by Julia Howarth (16)
  • Soaring, poem by Darien Webster (18)
  • Indenticlip by Gennie Summers and Lizette Leveille (19)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (26)

Issue 15

The Clipper Trade Ship 15 was published in May 1977 and contains 46 pages. It has interior art by Lela Dowling, Signe Landon, Gennie Summers, and J. Alan Tyler.

front cover of issue #15, C. Lee Healy
back cover of issue #15, Lela Dowling

300 copies were printed. The price of the zine has gone up to $1.00.

From the editorial:

Good afternoon, and welcome to the fifteenth issue of The Clipper Trade Ship (TCTS).

Now hold on! There's no such thing as a May issue, you say, and how come it arrived so soon after TCTS #14? Or did this unexpected bonus to your mailbox arrive before #14? At the rate things are going, it might have. As of typing this, TCTS 14 has been at the printer 6 weeks now, just about as long as 13. So I'm going to try a local, more expensive printer for a change, on this issue that's come out between deadlines. Why the extra issue? No reason, really, except that I got ahead on my typing and believe I have enough material to print for the regularly scheduled issues.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • For the World is a Big Round Hollow Ball Which I am Living Inside Of and If You're Not Careful You Can Hit Your Head on the Sky, Trek fiction in script-form (parody) by Barbara Lindberg (2)
  • Identiclip (12)
  • Lela Dowling Portfolio (13)
  • Mission: Unprintable (part 2 of ??? parts), Trek fiction by "B.F. Zugswang (17)
  • Flotsam & Jetsam (21)
  • Other Zines, Other Views, reviews by tif (22)
  • Upshot: "Think Love" (Questor) by Jim Rondeau (26)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (33)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

As the colophon of this issue states, The Clipper Trade Ship is a fanzine/adzine with ST, SF related fields, and an emphasis on the hobby of film clip and slide collection. How else can I describe it? There are some very unique things in this fanzine because of the format, some of which you may not, like or may find almost, essentially depending upon what you buy zines for. Just inside this issue is an episode parody called (inhale) "For the World is a Big Round Hollow Round Ball Which I Am Living Inside of and if You're not Careful You Can Hit Your Head on the Sky." If you can't figure out what episode it parodies you'll just have to ask someone else. It's okay as a parody goes, a few good lines inside and a few gags that have become by now stock material in parodies. (How many times can you do a take off on 79 episodes?) There is an Identiclip section listing production dates for all of the 79 episodes which is useful for the collectors in the audience. Following this is a gorgeous portfolio of fantasy illos by Lela Dowling. I had never heard of Lela Dowling before seeing this portfolio, but I sure wouldn't mind seeing more of her work in the future. It's a pity the zine is a digest-sized type of format. I'm sure an 8"by 11" would give much more room for such beautiful artwork to breathe. "Mission: Unprintable: it should have been left ... unprinted. It is kinda like a jumbled mixture of Buck Rogers, Star Trek, and half of the space games ever marketed. Keeping track of things for making sense out of this story is beyond hope... This story starts. with... episode #5 and ends with #9. It would've helped to have a synopsis to clue us in on #1-4. No? There is a section of zine reviews, structured something like Menagerie's and a very interesting account of an unshot episode of Questor that was written but never filmed. The only other zine to print accounts of unfilmed episodes was Babel which has long since gone the way of the dinosaurs. Finally there is an extensive classified ad section, which are free to TCTS subbers. A unique fanzine in toto; try a single ish to see if you like it. [30]

...A couple of days ago I received TCTS #15. which pave me quite a shock since I haven't received TCTS #14 yet. Thankfully my anxiety was abated by your editorial. Forgive me for saying this, but it seemed to me to be not up to standards, being too thin and drawn-out at places to deserve its one buck cover charge. That's not to say that an issue, such as TCTS #13 is not worth a buck, I'd gladly pay that for good entertainment, but #15 just did not seem enjoyable.

For example, Barbara Lindberg's spoof of the ST episode "For the World is..." is just a feeble attempt at humor, and at that she barely succeeds. Spoofs are quite entertaining when expertly done! But Ms. Lindberg's definitely is not. I've heard the STAR DREK recording featuring Captain Jerk and friends and had a good laugh! Lindberg's piece, by comparison, pales. It seemed to be a hackneyed job and most the innane [sic] jokes were stale. Worse of all, it was too, too, too long, spanning ten pages, which could have been used to better purposes, I hate to be such a sourpuss, but these types of spoofs are about the easiest to write, requiring but little imagination. If she must write a humorous piece, why can't she do something completely original, since if she can do that and still give a few chuckles, she would have succeeded, without having to lean on a familiar episode for support.

Mission: Unprintable is definitely something that should have died stillborned before it ever reached the printer's! PLEASE! NO MORE! It was the worst example of gibberish and illogic I've ever been exposed to, in fact, after the first episode, I nearly died in bewilderment. The less said about this egoistic obscenity, the better.

tif's reviews are so and so, but she tends to be too condescending, too generous to the majority of the zines. Honestly, they can't be all that good.

Your Questor script is quite a good idea. I really enjoyed it, and it promised to have been quite an exciting episode. Unfortunately, the trend for such good science fiction characters is to bring the level of sophistication down to that of a 5 year old, and make them do outrageous things, such as in the bionic man/woman/boy/dog/...?/etc., which turns us SF buffs off. The two Man From Atlantis movies I've seen so far are quite good, but I fear that if it becomes a series, it's gonna go the same route as the Six Million Dollar Han. Anyway's, I'd like to see more TV scripts. How about getting some old Outer Limits scripts in print? I never got the chance to see that show but I heard that they were excellent.

Lela Dowling's portfolio was impressive. Her drawings remind me of the Phillipino artist Alex Nino in that the deceptively simple squiggles, almost like doodle lines, she can convey a complex impression of reality. The problem is with this style is that it seemed kind of flat, the 3-D quality of the illustrations does not stand out, and often it is quite hard to untangle the legs, forelimbs, and other appendages, as to where and to whom they belong to. Hopefully she can improve on this deficiency by varying the thickness of outlines, etc. Otherwise she is quite a talent and at last we can have quality illustrations which seems to be lacking in your zine. J. Alan Tyler's illos are OK, but S. Landon is a bit inconsistent and your other artists are only slightly above the competence of amateur doodlers.

Wups! I seem to have been carried away. Sorry for all the bad critiques, I didn't plan it as such. I know that TCTS #15 was atypical of your usual quality. [31]
TCTS #15 arrived on the 14th, and as always it is a fine issue. I really enjoyed reading the "Questor" script, and heartily encourage you to print any and all unshot "ST" writings you can lay your hands on. Reading this sort of thing" is a good two steps beyond reading most fan fiction, and it just might give a new dimension to your zine.

In referring to the rest of #15, the Dowling portfolio was nice, if not too scifiish, the spoof on ST funny, and so forth. The one-page chart on page 12 threw me; this reader was operating under the impression that you really wanted 'title' shots from ST, that is, clips that show the E in orbit while 'Shore Leave' is superimposed on the screen...

Hope you caught SPECTRE last night. It was fine, maybe the best post-ST pilot yet, even tho GENESIS II was superb. It continues Roddenberry's tradition of having one scene that I consider in poor taste, but was overall pretty good.

Finally, have you noticed that the studios are adding fine print to their production credits about ownership of films? The Bionic shows, and lots of Universal shows, all have something to the effect that unauthorized distribution of this motion picture is in violation of copyright. ROCKY and SILVER STREAK also have the same thing. The giants must really be afraid of the home videotape machines. [32]

On to a commentary of issue #15. The satire was funny, and Identiclip was interesting. The Dowling portfolio was unusual, and Mission: Unprintable was its usual unusual self. Now onto the zine reviews, tif's commentary and method are quite good, however, she lacks one thing. Common sense. Is it fair for her to devote a page and a half to one zine (giving horrendously long detail) while giving other zines capsule reviews?? I have worked with Gerry Williams of I.T.P., and know of his zine. Knowledge of the fact that SUBSPACE CHATTER has been terminated to those of us who have dealt with ITP before. Also, the only reason issues of this magazine are still available, is that Gerry had made another print run to celebrate the zine's popularity. By the way, please inform tif that there are too many people in the film clip collecting game who do not know how to take care of their clips. I for one have found many a new technique in articles of this nature.

Now onto the really profound statement of the week. You mentioned that you find little or no difference between East and West coast dealers, and any articles on differences between East and West fans would not really be valid. Well, N.I.G.Y.S.O.B. (That means Now I Get It You SOB.) That happens to be a psychology term and is only meant in jest. Anyway, I submit that you are quite wrong, look at your zine reviewer. Ail the zines she reviewed in #15 are printed in California. Look at the Cargo Hold. Out of 15 ads, only 3 are from the East coast. Also, look at the convention list. Don't tell me you haven't seen any data on the WORLDCON in Florida this year. In every pro mag that features convention listings, WORLDCON is announced at least 8 months in advance. More data is available on WORLDCON that any other con. I am also quite sure that you have probably come across info on STAR TREK AMERICA, since so many people from California seem to have enjoyed the BICENTENNIAL-10 con. (They are both being produced by Tristar Industries). I for one do not care whether or not you mention East coast or not in your zine. However, if you do have circulation in the East coast (even if Steve Czapla aid I are the only ones), and if you hope to get more, you should make some small concessions to those of us here who are helping to support you.

Please excuse any long windedness or pomposity, as I usually have a tendency to defend New York and the East coast rather strongly. Since January 1976, we have had a running battle with both the Midwest, as well as the West because of a convention, which in fannish circles has the name DISASTERCON. You may have heard of the con. It's the one Lisa Boyndon had run where 30,000 people showed up, and some 10,000 more were turned away because the hotel was too full. I was both a dealer and a security officer at that convention. Ever since then, everybody is talking about what kind of animals New Yorkers are. I am willing to bet that most people who are in situations like that daily (usually residents of large urban population centers), and who come to a convention to be with the same kind of craziness about Star Trek and sf that they share with some other fans, would probably get extremely irritated, frustrated and anxious, and would probably act the same way in that situation. Yet the Midwest claims they never act that way. Sure they wouldn't. Everybody forgets that Lisa came from Chicago. Anyway, I run off at the mouth again... [33]
[the reply by the editor of "The Clipper Trade Ship" to the LoC above: ((Fanzine reviews! What are fanzine reviews "but extended opinions of the reviewer? Did you read TOSOP #2? Do you know how hip it is? How do you expect to do an adequate job of review and limit it to the same length as the review of Subspace Chatter? (Which was not a capsule review.) tif has free control over what and how she reviews — almost. Occasionally I send her zines to review, es was the case for Subspace Chatter & the Circuit, but that's about it. If she thinks a zine deserves 1 1/2 pages of review; fine. I have seen other reviews of TOSOF #2, and they all are about the same.//Conventions: No, I actually haven't read any Worldcon or Star Trek America news, partly because I have no interest in those cons. As I stated in that con listing, those were cons who bothered to sent me their flyer, i.e., they were interested enough in TCTS to take the time to ask me to make some sort of announcement. Not all cons I've received flyers from were mentioned. People wondered why I didn't mention the largest West coast ST con that was held in Los Angeles in mid-June. [34] (That particular series of cons I've had nothing but trouble with, including the chairman wanting to throw me out of one because I was selling stuff competing with a Big Midwest Dealer. Even the June one I had troubles, enough so that I'm giving up huckstering at cons, and maybe cons altogether. But enough of my problems.) Said con organiser is the West coast equivalent of Lisa Boyndon, but we aren't as lucky as you, as he's still with us. Argh, the stories I could tell... I will tell you this: He (Terry Termun) is one of the main reasons stars are charging unaffordable prices to appear at cons. Rather than negotiate prices, he has blatantly offered, oh, let's say $15,000 for an appearance when the star normally charges $10,000 — thus upping what the star can ask for the next time a convention wants him. //As for East/west battles... I will concede that there are differences betwixt New York City and Hollywood, but then again, they are alike, but different from the rest of the world. Haven't said much, have I? Fans are alike all over. As for special concessions to East coast fans — does that mean I have to make concessions for my readers in England and Iceland, too?)) [35]

Issue 16

A fan comments: Signe's scratchboard cover is spectacular on #16! Its shading is neat, not "scribbly." -- [36]

The Clipper Trade Ship 16 was published in July 1977 and contains 36 pages. The front cover is by Signe Landon.

back cover of issue #16

The print run was 300.

Contributors: Signe Landon, J. Alan Tyler, Melly Frame, Steven K. Dixon, Gennie Summers, Paul Czaplicki, Kevin Drake, Joanne Bennett, Frankie Jemison, Clare Bell, Jim Rondeau.

Poem by Frankie Jemison:

"'All I ask is a tall ship, and a star to steer her by...'
Alas, alack; the ship is sort, and the smog obscures the sky.
Or, failing that, the rats have flown, and all our ink's run dry.
But never mind: the 'zine and the ed are met at Philippi."

A fan had this plea: "I am currently trying to get all of the animated ST episodes on cassette tape. I will pay postage both ways if you let me borrow your records so I can dupe them. Please write me if you are interested, & I'll reimburse your postage."

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Have No Fear, part one, Star Trek/Lost in Space fiction by Signe Landon and Jim Rondeau (3)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam (7)
  • Unshot -- Tomorrow the Universe -- Star Trek by Jim Rondeau (the partial script of a 1967, second seaso unfilmed Trek episode which features Hitler as a character) (8)
  • In Miniature, article about creating Spock by Pal Czaplicki (18)
  • Communications Link, opinions and news from the science fiction world, by Kevin Drake (19)
  • Letters of Comment (30)
  • Exchange, Trek fiction by Joanne Bennett (21)
  • From "The Tholian Web" by Frankie Jemison (26)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (27)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

Surprise, surprise! Jim asked me to do a capsule review of TCTS!!! OK, Jim, YOU asked for it!!! Let's see... what's that he envisioned about a probable review by me.,.? Aha! Here it be! Bottom of page 2h of #15: "microscopic print, obsessed with the collecting of film fragments, virtually no artwork aside from front and back covers and a few scattered drawings..." No, really, Jim, I wouldn't do that to you, would I? Come to think of it...! Maybe? No, seriously.... THE CLIPPER TRADE SHIP #16 ST/SF/Fantasy/Filmclip collecting fanzine, reduced offset (NOT microscopic!)? This issue of TCTS is unusual in several ways: l) lo and behold, there were letters from the readers, 2) two new columns — "In Miniature," which deals with model making, and "Communications Link," which is a news hotline of sorts, 3) a fine story collaboration with Signe Landon and *gasp* Ye Meane Olde Editor, Jim Rondeau, and 4) the absence of two regular columns, namely IDENTICLIP and OTHER ZINES, OTHER VIEWS — both due to difficulties of one sort or another. An unshot ST episode was featured, and there was, of course,the ads in THE CARGO HOLD, Artwork in this ish dealt mostly with fantasy and Star Wars, but Signe Landon did a lovely piece with Spock for the front cover, and Clare Bell gave us yet another of her delightful unicorns on the back cover. Not a bad issue at all, was it folks? LAYOUT: 5 CONTENT: 4 OVERALL EFFECT: 9 [37]
I take your zine because of what you offer that no other zine does — the identi-clip service, and I am very disappointed when you fill in with silly stuff like "Have No Fear" or other emotional wallows like "Exchange" — other zines do this much better. But you are unsurpassed with the clip articles, the tech ones and the looks at unpublished scripts (since we no longer have BABEL to consult). I am sorry that you have gotten fed up with cons and fans, sounds like you are rapidly moving toward gafiation, at least temporarily. Usually I do not give much credit to verse in ST zines — seldom are they even
worthy of that name, let alone poetry. But Frankie Jemison is a favorite of mine,
and her lovely, sensitive "From Tholian Web" is superb. Trust you will continue to 
have contributions from her. Peace and Stuff. Dixie G. Owen [38]
Identiclip will continue as long as TCTS can! As to the drawings of Uhura and Chapel, as you can see Gennie threw some together for me, and her usual throw-togethers turn out pretty good. I'll1 try and add these sort of things whenever I can. Only wish that I had a good frontal shot of Scotty. His hair changed three times during the shows, and it would be helpful if we could have a single extra page, with the 3 hair styles, and the episodes that these were shown in. Most people know about the hair-style changes, but are unable to decide exactly when the darn styles changed. It would be something to think about, or maybe you could ask some good artists somewhere to try their renditions of it?? We'd love to give them credit, naturally. (Can anyone out there help?) Thanks heaps for the blurb in #l6. I hope it will bring in a few more bits of clips, although I, have bid on auction for about 3000 odd fragments, and hope that there will be some more bridge scenes there, if I get it, of course. LL & perspire!![39]
Received TCTS 16 a few days ago. A very good cover, front and back! "Have No Fear" is starting out well. My favorite line is the Robot's "Yon Cassius has a lean and hungry look." But then the Robot was always my favorite character. We get Lost in Space on base TV up here. I've watched it a few times and I can never believe I used to live for Wednesday nights so I could watch another adventure of the Robinson family. The acting, the scripts, the special effects; the entire show seems so childish now. But I like the Robot better than ever.

"Unshot" was interesting. It probably would have made a good episode. I have a complaint to register, though. You referred fans to Babel 1 & 2 for more information. You also said Babel 1 & 2 are out of print. I find that just a bit illogical. If they're out of print, how can we read them? (Editor cutting in: out of print is not the same as nonexistant. One must do as I did — read someone else's or get a xeroxed copy somehow.) "Communications Link." Thank you, thank you. Keep it up and make it longer.

Glad to see a letter section. That's always one of the best parts of a fanzine. I would really like to see articles in TCTS, I would also respond to your plea for submissions if I had anything to submit. To tell you the truth, though, the main reason I buy TCTS is for the Cargo Hold and Identiclip. Every fanzine has ST stories — most of them pretty bad. TCTS is oriented differently. And it should be. Who needs another ST fanzine just like all the others? I like it and hope you don't give up. You can count on one continuing subscription at least. [40]
I just got my new issue of TCTS 16 and wanted you to hear my comments on it. To start off with, the cover is excellent (it always is anyway, but this is beyond the norm). Signe Landon is truly a great artist. I think the idea of a letter column is good, too. I like to read other people's views on your zine. The "best part of TCTS this issue is the story by you and Signe, "Have No Fear... " I was hoping that there would be something about Lost in Space in your zine, and the idea of Star Trek and Lost in Space combined is really a terrific one. I can't wait to see what happens to Dr. Smith. (Actually, I hope he dies. I never could put up with him.) Your new columns like Flotsam & Jetsam and Communications Link are QK, but I dislike In Miniature. I guess that's just because I'm not into model building. Somewhere in the zine you stated you were an amateur filmmaker. I just wanted to tell you that I make movies, too Your Unshot article wasn't quite what I expected. To me, the story wasn't all too clear. I just didn't understand everything. Joanne Bennett's story, "Exchange," started out well enough, but when I had finished reading I was disappointed. There were too many old cliches used. All in all, TCTS #16 was a pretty good issue, but not as good as the last few have been. The cause of this is the absence of Identiclip. I always looked forward too it... [41]

Issue 17

The Clipper Trade Ship 17 was published in October 1977 and contains 40 pages.

front cover of issue #17
back cover of issue #17

300 copies were printed. Contributors were Melly Frame, Signe Landon, tif, Paul Czaplicki, Gennie Summers, Lizette Leveille, Richard Heim Sr., Mike Chicchelli, J. Alan Tyler, and Jim Rondeau.

The zine editor asked: "...any Stars Wars publications out there? If the now-almost-forgotten Logan's Run can generate fan clubs and publications, I'm sure the more enthusiastic Star Wars fans can put together something!"

  • "Smith is Where?!, part two, Trek fiction by Signe Landon and Jim Rondeau (1)
  • Other Zines, Other Views, fanzine reviews by tif (the scale: Layout is from 1-5, Overall Effect is from 1-10) (7)
    • a review of Comloc #2, see that page
    • a review of Alphan Moonscapes #1, see that page
    • a review of The Clipper Trade Ship #16, see this page
    • a review of Bellerophon v.2 n.8, see that page
  • Letters of Comment (9)
  • In Miniature -- Andorians, by Paul Czaplicki (12)
  • After a Fashion, art portfolio by Melly Frame (13)
  • The Scroll of T'Shaikaa, part one, Trek fiction with all original characters by Jim Rondeau (17)
  • In Captain's Cabin, editorial (23)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille, Gennie Summers, Richard Heim (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (32)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

Enclosed is a check in the amount of $3 for the next five issues of TCTS. I hope you will continue the excellent work.

I just finished reading #17 and it's great. I enjoyed the conclusion to "...Smith is Where?!" as well as part one of your story, "The Scroll of T'Shaikaa." Why haven't you written before? I think you're pretty good. I especially liked the return of Identiclip. I just can't get enough of it. The four episodes covered this issue are a lot better than the ones before since they go into greater detail. And even though I don't have many special effects clips, Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim seems well researched.

One last thing: while Melly Frame's "It's a Sehlat's Life" cover is OK, it should have been switched with J. Alan Tyler's back cover of Luke Skywalker. [42]

Sorry I haven't written earlier to comment on the latest issue of TCTS. Ye Mean Old Subscriber has been buried under mail, forms, work etc.

To be truthful, I feel a little funny commenting on an issue containing some of my own work.

M'dear, you sell yourself short as a writer! You are good and I mean it! "Scroll" is a good piece of fannish writing. Too many zine stories come off being slickly produced or worse yet, being written in phony pseudo-technical terms. I like your style; clean, direct, and very nice.

Y'know, TCTS has a certain, ah, well "charm" isn't precisely the word I wanted. TCTS has an appeal that the big, slick zines don't. TCTS seems far more fannish and therefore more attractive. Do you understand? Am I making any sense?

Now to criticize the zine: "Smith is Where?" seemed a let-down in its 2nd installment. You really had my interest in the first half, but the second pact seemed weak. It just didn't have the devious charm of the first part.

Glad to see a letter column. I was beginning to wonder (like you) if there were any other readers out there.

I always like to read your In the Captain's Cabin. I feel that you let your readers get to know you that way rather than being a formless name that says yea or nay to submissions.

I'd like to see how others react to my story next ish. If they don't like it I'll probably hang up my quill. But then again — I'm just mean enough to keep writing out of spite.

I'd hate to see TCTS come to an end. I've been with this zine slice its 2nd ish and I don't think I could bear it to see it go. In fandom's increasingly professional leanings, the fans are often ignored, but your zine was a glimmer of brightness in all this muck. (I too, am becoming increasingly fed up with fandom.) Well, that's about it for now. Keep on editing!

Peace & stuff, Melly Frame -PS— Anytime you want to come to Napa and borrow my manual typewriter, you're welcome.[43]
TCTS #17 was waiting when I got back (from ST America) . Thanks for printing my ad. Loved the cover. Missed your editorial. Forgot to tell you last letter, but that's another thing I like about TCTS. I always read the editorial first in any Bine I buy. Always like to know what people are thinking.

"Smith is Where?!" ended well. Poor Mudd! Melly Frame's fashion drawings were very good. I particularly liked the Andorian females. "The Scroll of T'Shaikaa." Uh, well, it's not terrible. And it's interesting, with the suggestion of Abden's deep dark secret. Looking forward to seeing your view of ancient Vulcan. Identiclip is getting long. However did they dig up all that information? I've been trying to take notes on the episodes hut it all passes so quickly.

I have a slide (it's a copy of a copy) that shows Sulu, from Naked Time, lying on the deck of the bridge after Spock gives him the nerve pinch. It's a head to waist shot, and there's someone's boots behind Sulu's head. The strange thing is that there is a pair of red shoes on Sulu's chest, a pair of red ruby slippers that look exactly like Dorothy's from The Wizard of Oz. I asked George Takei about it at ST America. He laughed but he didn't remember what was going on in the slide. Would you possibly have any idea? [44]

Issue 18

The Clipper Trade Ship 18 was published in November 1977 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #18
back cover of issue #18

250 copies were printed. Contributions were by J. Alan Tyler, Mike Chiccelle, Shirley Landry, Signe Landon, Melly Frame, Gennie Summers, Paul Czaplicki, Mark Marmor, Amy L. Manring, Tina M. Carlson, Frankie Jemison, Terrence Oswald Knova, David Curtis Pearson, Richard Heim, and David J. Schow.

The editor has a lot to say in this issue! From the editorial, the rise of Star Wars, and a warning:
By now you are all familiar with the Star Wars phenomena sweeping the country and fandom. ST fans are dropping ST like mad & taking up the SW banner. And because of the relatively free atmosphere they had with ST, they're carrying over the same things with SW: stories, fanzines, making buttons, collecting film clips, etc. etc. The first SW porn story has probably already been published by the time you read this. But what unsuspecting SW fans don't realize is that 20th Century Fox and its licensees are not letting their property to be so freely used as Star Trek was. The company that owns the rights to buttons, posters, etc., is not hesitating to slap a $1.1 million lawsuit on anyone selling buttons and the like not under their manufacture. The phrases "Star Wars" and "May the Force Be With You" have been trademarked. The FBI is confiscating stills from dealers. And various horror stories are beginning to circulate. Don't worry, though. The FBI won't break down your door for owning any SW' s items (unless you have a copy of the movie or stolen props). And by current copyright laws, 20th Century Fox can't do anything to you for writing SW stories — unless you use a trademarked phrase or two. (Use "SW" and "Go With the Force.") It is inevitable that SW fiction will find its way to these pages before these pages cease to exist.
From the editorial, sticking up for Star Trek, and other shows:
Remember Star Trek? Poor ol' ST. For a switch, here I am writing positive remarks. The fans are leaving it behind (almost as though they were Forced). And now that a new series is underway, fandom is attacking it en masse. Good grief, don't condemn it unseen, give it a chance. So what if we no longer have Spock and the same old Enterprise in the new series? (Haven't fans about worn out the possibilities of what one group could do in a five year period?) Just because the cast isn't exactly as it was third season doesn't mean it isn't ST. Remember Gene ("I'm laughing all the way to the bank") Roddenberry created the series on the concept of "wagon train to the stars," which does not necessarily mean "James T. Kirk, wagonmaster." You call "The Cage" ST, but the pilot had little in common with the series. So who's to say what is and what isn't ST? Admitted, some of the proposed changes don't sound good on paper. Based on the Writer's Guide, we have no Spock, but the rest are present, upgraded in command, except for Kirk, who turned down the Admiralty. New characters include a first officer named Bill ("First") Decker, a science officer named Xon (a Vulcan), and a totally bald woman alien from Delta 14, Iliya. Let's give the show a chance, at least. ST fans are usually SW fans — but why aren't they usually fans of other sf TV shows? Fantastic Journey, The Immortal, Planet of the Apes, Six Million Dollar Kan, Land of the Lost — and especially the older shows. Can't they remember anything before ST? Outer Limits, Science Fiction Theatre, Man Into Space, Space Patrol, Johnny Quest... And because of Lost In Space & Land of the Giants, do they automatically presume anything with the name "Irwin Allen" attached to it isn't worth a snow cone concession in Hades? One show that was excellent — and in my opinion superior to ST in high class drama — was and still is Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. And, surprisingly, the David Hedison Fan Club still, exists...
From the editorial, copyright and politics:
A few years ago I raised the question of copyright on ST film clips. It was my contention that these cutting room floor scraps some of us collect were not copyrighted, not being part of the actual footage used in the final print, and hence not subject to Paramount's jurisdiction on selling, making photos from slides, etc. This brought trouble. The Star Trek Welcommittee (STW) higher-ups and other prominent fans assured me that I was wrong, and when Eric J. Anderson volunteered to research my proposal on TCTS's behalf (STW, of which he is a member, refused to let him write in their name as well) and began writing letters of inquiry around the country, the cries of protest from certain fans grew greater. TCTS's popularity began falling (and still is). Vicious rumors were spread about Eric. I grew tired of having long written arguments through the mail with some fans and finally asked Eric to summarize his findings, and for us on the surface to give up. Things began to quiet down...

Why did they want us to stop? They were afraid Paramount would suddenly be "awakened" by us and stomp down hard on most fan activities. Some were afraid that we'd be stomped first. That final report was to appear back in TCTS 12. It didn't. Things grew very quiet. Eric stopped writing, even to me, and so did I. The project faded away, leaving TCTS faintly scarred. The concerned fans may think they won. But the victory is ours.

The victory is not necessarily complete, but this is why: Paramount took Thunderbird Films to court because Thunderbird Films wanted to mass market ST episodes to sell to the public. Paramount lost, as it became public that they had failed to copyright the first two seasons of ST. Hence any clips/slides from the first two seasons Paramount can lay no claim over. Still in doubt (but not to me) are third season cutting room floor scraps — but Eric's findings still support my original argument. As far as I'm concerned, this affair is over at last, and we are the winners.
From the editorial, declining sales:

As indicated, TCTS's popularity continues to wane. The subscription figures are appalling and too embarrassing to mention. About 27% of the paid subscriptions at last issue's mailing expired with that issue—and as the typing of this, darn few have renewed. Beginning with last issue, fewer copies of TCTS are being printed. This issue, as last, has a print run of 250. The next issue will be down to 200. And with each decrease, the printing cost goes up per issue, thus fewer pages. I don't mean to sound pessimistic! I'm just trying to forewarn steady readers what they might expect. I do have a few projects going on to increase subscriptions. TCTS is still my hobby, and doesn't make a profit.

One complaint I've received is that my editorials no longer pack a punch — if I even have an editorial here at all. For four years now I've ranted and raved on all topics in the fan's dictionary, from Moonbase Alpha to Zachary (Smith). I can only say so much without sounding like a broken record. It's becoming harder and harder to write these things. Granted, I could blow my little tin horn on each aspect of SW fandom as I did with ST, but that wouldn't be original (even if I used as a basis that nut fan who wants to be in Guinness's book of records for seeing SW one hundred times) . I'm sorry! I've about run out of hot air, so you'll just have to happy with a tiny Captain's Cabin. Besides, it's not too thrilling to pour out so much oratory to a diminishing number of readers. I've just gone over the subscription list, and it is worse than I thought. What an I doing wrong? Why does a subscriber decide not to renew? I think I know part of the answer: Star Trek fandom is dying, partly from old age, partly from SW. Will those of you who are ST fans who are still with me a year from now be considered as diehards?
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • a lettercol (4)
  • The Scroll of T'Shaikaa, conclusion by Jim Rondeau (The author writes in this issue that he'd been working on this story " off and on for two years, through several drafts. The original draft was a kraith satire/parody, with Sarek as the principle character kidnapped by Galt to force Jacqueline Lichtenberg to reveal the location of T'Shaikaa, the Mother Kraith.") (6)
  • In Miniature -- Tellarites, by Paul Czaplicki (15)
  • Communication Link by Mark Marmor (16)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam (19)
  • Diverse Verse, science fiction, Star Trek, and The Hobbit poetry by various fans (20)
  • The Parting, Star Trek/My Favorite Martian fiction by Terrence Oswald Knova (21)
  • Mugg Presents Sehlat Training, by David Curtis Pearson (23)
  • Identiclip Addenda, by Richard Heim (supplements previous articles by Gennie Summers and Lizette Leveille) (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (26)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18

"Pseudoeditorial comment" re TCTS #18. I Hate to Say This, But... Perhaps ST's mass migration (of fandom) over to STAR WARS (et al) is a better thing than you realize—the nonserious fringe-os are weeded out, and instead of being a spread-out inefficient non-communicative mass, fandom again concentrates itself and its efforts back into an intelligent conglomerate, the way things were when fandom wasn't so in vogue. The fanzines will dwindle to a tight locus (no pun, please) of the ones most fit to survive, with no scattergunning, no duplication in effort—better, no wasted effort. In this scenario TCTS is fit to survive. Widespread fandom(s) may have made ST-related items more accessible, but what really have been the benefits of encompassing so many people? You've met nuts at cons aid so have I... and at the same time we've both come across that occasional, intelligent, literate sort who's as alienated from the gibbering ST hoardes as any 196? ST fan was from the "outside world." And although most fans won't admit it, much of the attraction of fandom is in being a part of an "elite" group—a gathering with a small number of members implies some sort of discrimination (and I'm blathering about taste, not race, fool!) — and anything that can distinguish one from the monkeymass is a welcome thing to a person who hates the more homogenizing aspects of society, At the same time we've seen the decline and fall of "big pro cons." You're right — ST fandom is dying from old age, but the aspect that's withering away is the transient part, the browsers, the noncommittals, and the ones, mostly, who made ST BIG BIZ. But if you and the TCTS staff were the only fans left, you see, ST fandom would not have died — but it IS in the process of being pruned, and as everybody knows, pruning is usually beneficial to growing organisms. [45]
You seem to draw so many conclusions in your editorial without backing them up with facts. None of your observations seems to be true, as far as I observe. This so-called Star Wars phenomena that is sweeping the country...

Sure, SW is very popular with everyone, including the ST fans. That doesn't mean all ST fans are leaving ST behind to jump on the SW bandwagon! By no means is that true. All ST fans that I've ever met aren't just ST fans—they're interested in everything from Aardvarks to zymurgy (that's fermentation chemistry, folks), with ST being somewheres down the middle of that. All my experience has shown that ST has simply been a meeting point drawing all these people with diverse interests together, giving them a common bond. All ST fans I know are also interested in general science, psychology, fantasy, and so forth—so things like SW, Tolkien, Gor, ERB, sf & ST all fit together. They also are interested and collect film clips, fanzines, books, etc. from all of these areas, but just because I "buy a SW book doesn't automatically mean I've given up ST! It is just that I've broadened my interests by one more category! Because SW is fantasy/sf it fits right in with ST fandom very well, and because it fits in so well it gets mixed right in without anyone batting an eyelash. ST fandom is based more on people whereas SW is more fx and action, so I think there will be a rift between the two factions during the next five years.

But then, with ST's revival, the action & fx fans will be able to get that with ST—and with ST on each week, and SW movies coming out once a year or less, the ST fan will have more to draw on, and SW fandom won't become a fandom — it will be a parasite to the other fandoms, or as I said earlier, be one of the many diverse interests that all ST fans hold. I think this is really good—and shouldn't be a thing to be frightened of or to be mad at. Let's not start a war between so-called SW fandom and ST fandom—they should be and are one-and-the-same. [46]
Hello again! And thank you for the latest TGTS special. What's that? The reading audience is dribbling away? Hmmmmmm... could be that Trek fans have turned to the SW craze, as you say. I'm thinking that a change in the contents oi TCTS will be coming?

I thought your comments on the old series/movies being ignored by 'fans' were appropriate. But then, I can't blame the fans of today—many are yourger than you or I, and would have no opportunity to see the old shows, since a lot cf them aren't out in syndication everywhere in the U.S. One can't get excited over a film one has never seen, I suppose. However, we wonder why such professional "fanzines" like Cinefantastique do well after being around 7 years or so. What's their successful formula? I find it may be because of the photos and the actual background work and interviews with the people who worked on the old film projects, and also the latest releases. Wow—if you could only get in touch with the professionals on these—or at least have some "exclusive" interviews included. Even with some of your friends attending conventions and reporting on current science fiction/fantasy projects (and exclude what is called in journalism, unnecessary fillers: "I stayed at a hotel, we drove 2 miles out to the nearest Mac Donald's, etc. type of reporting. It's interesting fan reading, but if done over many issues—gets repetitive) helps in keeping the old journals fresh for long-time readers. More background news, even photos, technical (special effects, script revisions, etc.) news on the past and present filmic offerings would make more stimulating reading. I enjoy the Star Trek news and stories, but there are so many fanzines with ST — it's overkill that's killing your zine. Gotta get more interesting, "adult" reviews of other science fiction/fantasy subjects. As you say, rabid ST die-hards cannot long support TCTS, if the younger science audiences arcund today gets swept up in the SW parade. Maybe if you can issue fewer TGTS issue per year — and thereby put out a really professional, news-filled magazine. Too many issues drain your pocketbook and the creative juices. But your TCTS deserves survival—and I think a couple of issues or even one big issue a year would improve its circulation "life." Even reviews of the music from the classic TV &/or science shows would be interesting reading if you've got someone on your editor's staff with the ability to bring such a nebulous subject to a, well, "lively" presentation. What it all adds up to is that TCTS needs a jarring overhaul. ST audiences have (aside from liking a kid show like Star Wars) grown up, and even younger kids are getting (aaagh, cliche time) "hip" to the latest trends—which then makes Star Trek a sort of TV dinosaur—effects-wise, costume—it's taking a beating from the present creative techniques.

Sorry if I seem to be writing in circles—but your stating TCTS may be in decline gave me a jolt—enough to write some comments (of questionable value, alas). [47]
I first bought TCTS because of the fact that it deals with film clip collecting, a hobby I was just beginning, but I soon found out there was much more to the zine than the articles and ads on film clips. The stories in the first Issue I received (#6) were the first amateur stories I ever read. Their quality surprised me, and I was stuck!

One thing about your fanzine I especially liked was the fact that they all had a light side. Either in stories, poems, or in your editorial, TCTS made me laugh. Unfortunately, the general feeling of the zine has been less and less lighter. The editorial ceased to be my favorite part of the zine. I hope you can get things in order and start bringing us an informative and, most important to me, enjoyable zine.

Although the above is not the brightest letter of comment, I wuld like to thank you for bringing us such a beautiful fanzine, and I hope it continuss for years to come. [48]
Thank you for the Star Trek clips. To my surprise (pleasant), I found TCTS 18 in my box just a few hours after I received your letter, which you had mailed at the same time,

I really loved this issue. Tho Communication Link was the highlight of the issue. It was truly a zine within a zine, and the news and zine reviews were great! The Stuncon report was okay, but he seemed a little over concerned with the price of candy bars and cokes—spending just as much time talking about taxes and such as he did describing the activities. And complaining about the aisles being too wide! Whew! "The Parting" was also very good. I always enjoy reading stories from other TV shows--like UFO? Hint, hint. Seriously, though, I would like to see a story taken from the show UFO, which was one of my favorites. I also thought your story was great. Although the pace was a little slow for me, I thought it was very well written. I don't know if I like the ending, though. And "...some things in our universe that should never be known" seems a little out of place in a science fiction story. And not a very good way of ending the story—only a quick way. Don't let that bother you, though. I still enjoyed the story.

Loved your editorial! You really hit the nail on the head with your comments on Star Trek. It really brought a flair of the older issues to mind. That's about all. Thank you for a great zine and May the Force Be With You. [49]
So the Trekkie rats are deserting a sinking Enterprise in favor of SW? So, they probably are that frivolous, fickle element of fans. I'm interested in the more mature ST fan's opinion of SW. The SW illos on TCTS's bow and stern are excellent. Tyler is getting better and netter. Loved those crazy borders! Now then, please tell me how he did those half-tones. Is that pencil, an ink wash, or what? How would heavy pencil reproduce in TCTS? Did the covers require special treatment and cost to reproduce? I like the shading Signe used on her splendid illo of McCoy and Gem! I presume that's dry-brush stipple work? [50]
I still like TCTS and when it comes time to renew I shall. I like TCTS because it still maintains an amateur (though well produced), individual, fannish appeal. I think the thing that hurt Star Trek fandom the most is commercialization — the swarm of profit minded business types who slap a Star Trek label on junk and foist it off on gullible "trekkie-groupies." But TCTS has never had that commercial slickness about it.

I loved "Smith is Where?" I can just envision the havoc Dr. Smith would wrack in the Star Trek universe. I wonder what would happen if Helena Russel were unleashed (with fresh batteries) on the Enterprise?

May the Force Be With You. [51]
I think you're right about accepting Trek II with open minds. [Fans] should but they won't. Changes of dogma are not easily accepted by fanatics. Fandom is bound to splinter because of it.

Funny you should mention Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea — I'm an old devotee. It wasn't all that bad of a show. Hell, even Lost in Space had its moments. How easily the true believers sweep Omega Glory and a few other turkeys under the carpet.

Do you really need to be told why subbers don't renew? You're too good for them. Ms. Average Trekkie hears about your zine, sends $$—goodness, no pages and pages of "lay-Kirk&Spock-with-each-other," no pages and pages of mawkish poetry about brotherly love, no lettercol for half these clowns to pat the other half on the back, no nude Kirk/Spock/Scotty/whoever illos. No "goshwow isn't it great to be a Trekfan" bullshit like that which fills so many zines.

In other words, if you downgrade your product you could probably build up the sub list, but why bother? [52]

Issue 19

The Clipper Trade Ship 19 was published in January 1978 and contains 36 pages.

Ronald Megrossi is the artist
back cover of issue #19, this was a wraparound cover

Contributors: Ronald Megrossi, Mark Marmor, Richard Heim, tif, Paul Czaplicki, David J.Schow, Steve Dixon, Diana Stahl, Melly Frame, Lela Dowling, Gennie Summers, Lizette Leveille, and Jim Rondeau.

From the editorial:
All sorts of trouble has been brewing in the Cargo Hold lately. I've been getting reports of people advertising material for sale and not delivering when ordered, as well as people advertising wanting material, then never showing inclination of wanting it when offered them, as well as other kinds of incidents. A year ago I never had this problem; it seems to be a recent phenomena that I'd like to see squashed before it gets out of hand. TCTS was created for the specific purpose of providing a bulletin board for clip collectors and other fannish hobbies, and I'd hate to have to do away with ads if corruption sets in. Granted, I am not legally responsible for any crooked advertiser, and there has yet to be confirmed any case of actual dishonest/', but I feel I have some sort of responsibility for all that occurs aboard my "ship." A new set of rules and guidelines are no in effect, so all those who make use of tie Cargo Hold should read the notice at the beginning of that section. The trouble in the Cargo Hold seems to largely stem from the lack of communication between advertiser and reader, rather than designed misrepresentation in the ad. Either the ad doesn't say enough or say it clearly enough, or the advertiser doesn't follow through completely in communicating when the ad is responded to. Plain lack of communication. That's something we're all guilty of at times in our life. We never have the time to always communicate properly, which invariably leads to misunderstanding. Friendships fall apart, marriages dissolve, television shows cancelled., and nations go to war.
  • In the Captain's Chair, editorial (1)
  • Flight of the Unicorn, fantasy fiction with elves by Melly Frame (3)
  • From a Fine Point, art portfolio by Lela Dowling (7)
  • Unshot Star Trek Script: The Gamesters of Pentatholon (13)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille and Gennie Summers (17)
  • Flotsam and Jetsam (25)
  • The First Elfl Tale, includes humorous small illos by Melly Frame, by Jim Rondeau (26)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (29)

Issue 20

The Clipper Trade Ship 20 was published in April 1978 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #20
back cover of issue #20
  • Letters of Comment (1)
  • Communication Ink (9)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille and Gennie Summers (10)
  • Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim (16)
  • The Beast Within, fantasy fiction by Susan Landerman (18)
  • Adverse, poems by various fans (22)
  • Unshot Outer Limits Script, Natural Selection (23)
  • In a Rut, Trek fiction by Terrence Knova (27)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (28)

Issue 21

The Clipper Trade Ship 21 was published in July 1978 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #21, a wraparound cover
back cover of issue #21, a wraparound cover

There were 250 copies printed.

Contributors: Ron Megrossi, Diana Lynn Carlson-Sherbo, Lela Dowling, D.L. Collin, Debby Chapman, Carl Lamb, Chris McWilliams, Frank Panucci, Robert Dolsay, Paul Czaplicki, Bill Norton, Richard Heim, Signe Landon, Lizette Leveille, Gennie Summers, Robyn Thompson, Daniel Down, Kathi Lynn Higley.

The editorial is lengthy, and one subject is science fiction on television, and how difficult it is to sustain quality shows, how shows come and go too quickly. Also:
Star Trek still survives, as does ST fandom. Long time readers may recall (with a shudder) that I, a ST fan, have aired many criticisms of ST fandom on past pages. One subject I've not touched upon is fanzines: who should be doing them, contributing to them.

Contrary to the opinion I've heard expressed in fandom many times, I think anyone should. Editing, drawing, and writing are expressions of creativity, imagination, freedom, and devotion. And fan doesn't mean it has to be good—'good is a relative term. As long as the person doing it is satisfied, that's the main thing. There is too much destructive criticism in fandom. Fans are saying outright that so-and-so shouldn't be editing, drawing, or writing, with the reason "well, I don't like it, it's poor." With constructive criticism and a positive attitude, the writer or artist or editor can be given a chance to improve, instead of being discouraged to the point of giving up, and later on produce a really admirable piece. Too many creative fans are stopped too soon. We all weren't born professional editors, writers, and artists; we have to learn.

Unfortunately, some fans don't stop at "well, I don't like it." They also say "I don't like you, either." Clashing personalities and a vicious streak in some people result in some fans being verbally abused and defamed — sometimes openly in fanzine, leading to threats of libel suits — with ugly rumors, and blacklisting occurring — all because some people can't live up to some of Star Trek's basic premises, the ability to say "I disagree, but respect your right to an opinion," and IDIC—infinite diversity in infinite combinations. (Star Trek fans in general seem to be very violent in thought.) These people aren't exactly destroying fandom, but they are having an adverse effect. Whereas the "I don't like it'"s are discouraging those just starting, or those who need to improve (who doesn't?), the "I don't like you's" are in addition causing very talented fans to become fed up with fandom and leave it. We, fandom, lose. And we have lost some topnotch creative fans because of this.

Space: 1999 fandom, on the other hand, doesn't seem to have all this bickering that ST fandom has, maybe because its fandom is so young, its fans so determined and well aware of any shortcomings or messages their series has? Does a fandom become senile after ten years? Anyway, this issue was to be a Space: 1999 thematic issue, but, as usual, difficulties arose. S:99 is getting more popular: more fanzines are coming out solely devoted to it ('99 stories have appeared in major ST zines), a large '99 convention is planned this summer in the midwest, and more people are watching it. (Be honest: have you watched it more than twice?) The problem: With so much demand there's suddenly a slight shortage of '99 material. Chuck Raue, coeditor of the S:99 letter of comment zine ComLoC (I'm very impressed with the fans' letters printed therein), suggested a year ago for a '99 issue of TCTS, and volunteered to help scout out stories and art, and together we could not come up with much; it has all been promised to other zines.... Luckily, I've found no such shortage on Star Wars material for next issue's theme.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Someday, poem by Debby Chapman (3)
  • The Rules of Luton, Space: 1999 filk by Carl Lamb (4)
  • That Sleep of Death, Trek fiction by Robert Dolsay (5)
  • In Miniature, article about creating models of John Koenig and Alan Carter from Space: 1999, by Paul Czaplicki (14)
  • A Reading, Space: 1999 or original science fiction, by Bill Norton (15)
  • Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim (16)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille and Gennie Summers (18)
  • Lonelier Than Himself, Trek fiction by Robyn Thompson (23)
  • On Clips & Slides, introductory article about where to find them, store them... (24)
  • Flotsam & Jetsam (26)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (27)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21

Thank you for my latest copy of TCTS #21. Enjoyed your editorial very much.

It does seem that some people have very set ideas about Star Trek and life in general. This sentence in your editorial says the things that come in my mind: "The ability to say 'I disagree, but respect your right to an opinion,' and IDIC—infinite diversity in infinite combinations." I wish all would think that way, because all should write and do as they wish. If you do not like it, do not buy their zine.

Your reading audience may be dropping, but for me, I will renew when the time comes.

Ms. Schultz's letter in #20 brings up many interesting points about TCTS. It may not have the illos or stories like other zines, but it does keep one in touch with other fans, and it's a good place for all to buy, trade and sell their wares. [53]
TCTS #21 was excellent! I have enjoyed this issue more than any of the others I have received starting with — I think —#l6. Your bit about fanzine publishing in "In the Captain's Cabin" was quite regenerating, as well as giving editors such as myself another "foot to stand on." Thanks alot! "That Sleep of Death" by Bob Dolsay was certainly very interesting. I can't remember
b another piece like it before in Treklit. I have seen a similar setting before like this, but the story was well written and quite enjoyable. Maybe I'm just dense ( smart comments!), but "A Heading" by Bill Norton at first made no sense to me whatsoever. However, after I reread the piece, I found that I really liked it! Bravo! [54]

Issue 22

back cover of issue #22, Doug Herring

The Clipper Trade Ship 22 contains 32 pages and was published in October 1978.

300 copies were printed.

Contributors: Gee Moaven, Doug Herring, T.O. Knova, Lela Dowling, Melly Frame, Frank Panucci, J. Alan Tyler, Lizette Leveille, Paul Czaplicki, Gennie Summers, D.L. Collin, Richard Heim, Kirk Trummel, Bill Norton, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Amy L. Manring.

From the editorial:

The old copyright law, and the new one that replaced it on January 1 of this year, were designed to protect the rights of an artist, writer, or musician of his creation. The new law, however, provides much more protection than before, and fanzine writers, artists, and editors could easily find themselves in trouble, should a copyright holder move in to protect his rights. The key to this possible dispute is in how strictly the term "derivative work" is interpreted. The copyright on an item extends to its derivative work, derivative work being defined in the law as "a work based upon one or more preexisting works, such as a translation, musical arrangement, dramatization, fictionalization, motion picture version, sound recording, art reproduction, abridgement, condensation, or any other form in which a work nay be recast, transformed, or adapted, A work consisting of editorial revisions, annotations, elaborations, or other modifications which, as a whole, represent an original work of authorship, is a 'derivative work."" This means (l do not claim to be an authority on law) that, fairing Twentieth Century-Fox and Star Wars for example, all stories and artwork based on Star Vars are derivative works (inasmuch as the copyright extends down to a single film clip) protected under Twentieth Century-Fox's copyright. The company, if it chooses, could sue any fanzine, editor, artist, or writer that is involved with a "derivative work" of Star Wars.

The likelihood of something like this happening is very small, yet the possibility does exist—especially for 20th Century-Fox with regards to Star Wars (along with Star Wars Corporation) They have already shown an unusual amount of zeal, perhaps an other than rational fervor, in protecting their property. They are in the process of sueing Universal Studios, claiming that Battlestar Galactica is a SW ripoff. They have worked closely with the FBI on the largest operation against film piracy in history. And they have enjoined the FBI to investigate one step further, and go after possibly illegal posters, stills, trinkets, and film clips.

The latter, as TCTS readers are well aware, are of interest to a large minority of this fanzine's following. By the copyright law it is illegal to dupe clips or make prints from them in order to make a personal profit (presuming the clips have a valid copyright) there is the principal of "first sale" that virtually nullifies the copyright, see the copyright law). However, the simple trafficking in film clips themselves is another matter. The copyright law with respects to that is not a clear shade of black or white, but an unresolved grey—perhaps a very light grey. That they are copyrighted is no dispute, nonetheless, there are aspects of the law that indicate them legal to be sold. This is all leading up to a peculiar series of events that recently began to which no conclusion has yet been reached. They involve film clips, the FBI, 20th Century-Fox, and the editor of a small fanzine in part devoted to the hobby of collecting film clips (who shall remain nameless by necessity).

It began early in a summer month when two FBI agents made a small raid on a little movie memorabilia shop In a not-so-major city on the West Coast. Their objective was to confiscate a number of film clip packets that were for sale there, and to learn their origin. Not having a search warrant didn't deter them (a rather illegal move on their part), and the shopowner was too intimidated to consider it. They first I demanded that he sign a paper that would waive his legal frights, which he rightly refused to do. Then they demanded that he sign a paper authorizing them to destroy the film clips should they decide they were illegal, in violation of the copyright law (no specific charge was made). He agreed to that, but on a very limited basis: only packets that were his own. As it was, 95% the packets bad been left on consignment by the fanzine editor. The form they had him sign did not list film clips, just things like bootleg records and tapes, which they had to cross out in order to write in "film clips," An agent signed a receipt (a plain piece of paper with the terms handwritten, the signature almost illegible, with no address other than city and state) for the items taken. They insisted that the shopowner divulge the identity of his supplier, making veiled threats, giving him one week to have the supplier (the editor) contact them when he refused. They left, and he has yet to hear from then again, many weeks after their first and only visit.

He, like many people, is very afraid of the FBI; we all have heard peculiar stories of government law enforcement agencies that make us wonder just which side of the law are they really on. So had the fanzine editor, as well as stories particular to the film collecting hobby. The shopowner called him that night to inform the editor of the incident. (Side note: the shopowner, until that night, hadn't had the editor's address and phone number. He had to do some elementary detective work: locating an old film clip ad of the editor, getting -the address, and calling Information for the number. More curiously, the editor advertises his film clip packets, as do other's, once every three months in two major collectors' periodicals—newspapers that the FBI subscribes to as well. In fact, his last ads came out after the raid.) There was a bit of panic. Two nights of frantic long distance phone calls yielded a small amount of free legal advice from a man who had passed the Bar and sold film clips as well. He advised as a precautionary measure in order to avoid months of costly and needless litigation to store elsewhere anything in the editor's possession relating to film, and not to talk to the FBI without first getting a lawyer. Sound advice, as both were familiar with the FBI's lack of knowledge when it comes to copyright and film. Too many times the FBI has equated film owning with film piracy, and if they were after film clips (and the coming attractions previews they were from), nothing was safe left at the editor's residence. However, by this time the editor was beginning to think more rationally, as he remembered that (at least, to his knowledge) he wasn't guilty of anything. So he only moved some material to a safer place, and got a lawyer. As the days slipped by, while the lawyer did research in the matter, he came to realize that the chances the FBI would come knocking on his door were very remote. The lawyer got back to him, having checked the laws applicable, and having talked to one of the FBI agents that had made the raid.

Legally, he confirmed the editor's findings, and advised not allowing the FBI to interview him — too many fishy things were going on. The agent had admitted that they were acting on the behalf of 20th Century-Fox/star Wars, from an alleged complaint against the shop (a bit more irony here: the editor had left SW packets at the shop for the first time a few days before the raid, the months previously the shopowner had sold his own), and that they didn't know what they were going to do with the film clips, except, perhaps, send them to their respective studios for "testing"—something they still hadn't done weeks after the raid. They can't quite pinpoint {yet, If possible) anything illegal about them. The agent once said it was all right to sell to sell the coming attractions preview the clips came from, but one couldn't cut the preview up and sell the individual frames) that makes no sense. Further advice the lawyer gave was not to press any suit or try to get most of the packets back, as it would alert the film companies who might then try to legally close up the sources of film clips. And there's where the situation stands as of the writing of this.

The portions of Title 17, the copyright law, applicable to film clips are these: Section 106 (3), which authorizes the copyright holder "to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending," and Section 109 (a), "not withstanding the provisions of Section 106 (3), the owner of a particular copy or phonorecord lawfully made under this title, or any person authorized by the owner, is entitled, without the authority of the copyright holder, to sell or otherwise dispose of the possession of that copy or phonorecord." The previews do come to public possession through legal channels—so far. Should a film company seek to prosecute someone selling film clips, the ultimate outcome would be an attempt to dry up the source of new film clips.

(The preceding should definitely conclude the long-running controversy in TCTS on the legality of Star Trek clips. Paramount maintained for years that they were illegal to sell, yet never attempted to prosecute anyone.)
  • an untitled religious poem, Christian, by Gennie Summers, first page
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • A Hint of Spice, A Touch of Ego, Star Wars fiction by Lizette Leveille (5)
  • In Miniature, article about building model miniature space craft, by Paul Czaplicki (11)
  • More on Clips and Slides (12)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille and Gennie Summers (13)
  • Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim (16)
  • See and Ye Shall Lose, Star Wars fiction by Bill Norton (18)
  • Letters of Comment (23)
  • Thoughts of a Dejected Wookiee by Amy L. Manring (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (26)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22

I don't think I've ever written an LOC for TCTS. I think it is a nice little zine. Especially good, and helpful, is the Cargo Hold and the past articles on clip collecting. The fiction isn't as good as in other zines, but the specialty stuff in yours makes up for it. I liked #22, being Star Wars. The two stories were fine, except I don't think SW needs and Vulcans as in "A Hint of Spice." Your editorial--sent shivers down my spine. A horror story for Halloween? It's hard to believe the FBI would care that much about some fan's two-bit operation. While I was doing my zine, I read things in the fanzines about getting sued for copyright infringements, etc. I ignored it. Now I doubt they're going to 'get' me for writing SW or collecting clips. G.L. and Co. have bought a couple of zines already. I doubt they would actually buy a fanzine just to grab us later. Sure, 20th Century-Fox sued or wants to sue Universal. But to me, that just looks like the usual studio wars. Anyway, I hope nothing bad happens to you or anyone else because of a love for SW. May the Force certainly be with you. [55]

Issue 23

The Clipper Trade Ship 23 was published in January 1979 and contains 33 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #23
back cover of issue #23

The contributors were: Eileen Roy, Frank Panucci, J. Alan Tyler, Amy L. Manring, Susan Landerman, Gennie Summers, Dennis Dorris, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Mark Slone and Jim Rondeau.

One of the focus of the editorial is the new Star Trek: The Motion Picture; the editor was there for some of the filming -- look for the line about Scotty and the trash compactor!

  • Robert Foxworth as Questor (front cover)
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial(1)
  • Verse, poems by Amy L. Manring, Susan Landerman (2)
  • The 2nd Elfl Tale by Jim Rondeau (3)
  • Unshot, by Jim Rondeau, an article/transcription of an unfilmed episode of Questor (6)
  • A Day of Love, original fiction, not credited (16)
  • News, by Mark Slone (17)
  • When You Care, a Questor story by Eileen Roy (18)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (27)
  • The Film Pirate (back cover, possibly a photo of the editor)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 23

This will be the sixth year in print for this nice little zine featuring ST, SF, fantasy, and clip collecting and identifying. This issue was dedicated mostly to Gene Roddenberry's 1974 pilot for a series called The Questor Tapes. There were possibly 16 scripts written for it, and the pilot received good ratings, but it was pushed out by The Bionic Man. Jim gives a very good story outline and background of the pilot and series, plus an unshot episode script. Do Star Trek fans know that Majel Barrrett was in the Questor pilot? There is an excellent Questor story by Eileen Roy, titled 'When You Care.' TCTS also has other short stories and poems, plus the editorial page, 'Captain's Cabin' and 'The Cargo Hold' (a six-page section of ads)... a good zine. [56]
Panucci's Spock was fabulous. Very good placement; it looked as though he was ready to defend your editorial. And your editorial — well, well, editorials come and go "but this one was definitely one of your best. (Of course the fact that I agree with you totally may have something to do with it.) But honestly, Mork and Mindy isn't that bad. Okay, so it's not sf or even fantasy, but it is entertaining and doesn't try to pass it off as sf. Mork asks the most inspired dumb questions...

...I still don't believe that I will live to see the ST movie. I'm a big ST fan, but my patience and credibility have taken an awful stretching. If I'm such a big fan how come I'm not ecstatic? Post-starship depression, maybe?

The 2nd Elfl Tale was in a word PUTRID! (But I loved it.) I'm a glutton for punishment.

I'll quickly go through the rest of the zine. Unshot was as usual your usually brilliant job of editing. You never cease to amaze met "News" by Mark Slone was a tad too familiar. I've read basically the same thing by some major sf writer some years back, although I can't for the life of me remember who as I've read so much of the stuff. Anywho, I expect to have my Tomish plot the untimely demise of the pooch next door any day now.

"When You Care" was excellent and refreshing. Of course it was the first fiction piece I've read on Questor so I'm relatively open to it.

"Porky Mutant" — oh bar! Have mercy!!! [57]
On the cover is a superbly screened picture of Robert Foxworth that held my eyes for several moments. How'd you ever get such a magnificent print and have it come out so well through the screening process? The prints on pages 9 and 2k are pretty good, too.

The page that really caught my attention was page 16. "A Day of Love" is the best story I have read, ever. It's a gem, a jewel that will shine on forever. I like the innocent style, which makes the numerous puns even funnier!

This being a special Questor issue, none of the regular features were included. Of course this is logical and good for the zine, but nevertheless I felt something was missing. [58]
I really liked your last issue of TCTS #23- I appreciated all the information on the Questor series, the good photos, and the story script, as I don't know where else I could have got it. The story by Eileen Roy was excellent. It took me a while to figure that it wasn't really an actual script story that you had put in later.

As to the 2nd Elfl Tale, well, what could I say. It was kind of cute with those drawings and all. My sense of humor appreciates about everything, but has not met with that kind very often! What's that style called?... I liked your photo on the back

of TCTS 23! Is that really how you cut clips? [59]
I enjoyed TCTS #2 - although I could have done without the 2nd Elfl Tale. I also missed Identiclip and hope that it returns in the next issue. [60]

Issue 24

The Clipper Trade Ship 24 was printed in April 1979 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #24, "Aloft" by J. Alan Tyler
back cover of issue #24, art by Mel Frame for "The Ways of Her Mother"

300 copies were printed.

Contributors: J. Alan Tyler, Mel Frame, Frank Panucci, Gennie Summers, Amy L. Manring, Dragon Wieler White, Dixie G. Owen, Paul Czaplicki, Susan Landerman, Lela Dowling, Richard Heim, S.K. Dixon, T.O. Knova, Kirk Trummel, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, and Lizette Leveille.

There is a follow-up, of sorts, to the editorial in the previous issue. The editor writes:
There has been a conclusion to the adventure of the FBI confiscating film clip packets I had left on consignment at a movie memorabilia shop related two issues ago. On January 2, five months after they had been confiscated, the agent in charge of the investigation phoned me up and simply informed me that the investigation was completed, and the film clips were being returned without comment. A few months before he had threatened me with legal proceedings if I continued to refuse to sign a form allowing them to destroy the clips. I had the clips dropped off at my lawyer's, rather than travelling forty miles to pick them up. The only thing missing in the batch, with no explanation given, were the three SW packets of the group. Presumably the FBI had sent them to 20th Century-Fox for analysis, and the film company refused to return them. So much for film clips and the FBI.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • Hollow Mockery, original science fiction by Dragon Weiler White (8)
  • Other Zines, Other Views, zine reviews by Dixie Owen (11)
  • In Miniature, focus on Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Paul Czaplicki (13)
  • The Ways of Her Mother, original fantasy fiction by Susan Landerman (14)
  • Fined Lined Friends, art by Lela Dowling (17)
  • Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim (18)
  • Beachhead, Star Trek/Incredible Hulk fiction by Terrence O. Knova (21)
  • Unshot, article by Jim Rondeau about some differences in the scripts and what was actually filmed (24)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille (26)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (31)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 24

Just received TCTS; and decided to give my view of it.

TCTS is one of the more interesting fanzines/adzines I have gotten to date. Your 
artwork is great; especially the cover and back page of #24. Information-wise; as to all
 forms of fandom your zine does a tremendous job. No other comes even close except for DARKOVER NEWSLETTER and TIGHTBEAM.

Hopefully I will See many more TCTS's in the future; and
you will continue to keep up the great work. Really enjoyed the shorts in #24 and contrary to what others say, what can be done in 500-1500 words can be well done.

My favorite sections were Unshot, Identiclip, and Identiclip Addenda. Being an amateur writer of ST, those Identiclips help greatly when carrying forward a situation or character from a past story. Keep up the great work there. [61]

Issue 25

The Clipper Trade Ship 25 was published in July 1979 and contains 24 pages.

front cover of issue #25, Clare Bell
back cover of issue #25, not credited

300 copies were printed.

Contributors: Clare Bell, Gennie Summers, Melody Frame, Terrence O. Knova, Dixie G. Owen, Susan Landerman, Lisa Wahl, Frank Panucci, and Jim Rondeau.

From the editorial:

As esoteric as Identiclip is, for those of you who don't care about it, please remember that TCTS's original purpose was to help film clip collectors, primarily Star Trek film clip collectors. Granted that over the years TCTS has changed—mutated, grown, metamorphosized, or whatever—from an odd Star Trek fanzine to what fandom calls now a "genzine" (general fanzine), but it still stays true to its original purposes. ST fandom has developed along similar lines as well. A few years ago most fans were narrow-minded when it came to being a fan to anything else; you were either a Star Trek fan and nothing else, or you did not exist in their world. This is no longer true, which came as a nearly complete surprise to me when I attended 2'Con, the annual strictly fan ST con, held this year in Lansing, Michigan over Memorial Day weekend (the name & location changes each year). All kinds of fringe fandoms were represented: Battlestar Galactica, Superman, Mork & Mindy, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Rocky Horror Picture Show, and many more (including Starsky & Hutch and M*A*S*H). These overlapping interests were not just simply tolerated, but encouraged and appreciated as well.

Star Trek fandom is beginning to mature at last, despite the eternal internal bickering, and the threat of fragmentation due to the movie. (Actually, I cannot see how come fandom would fragment since there are these signs of maturity.) There is more to life than just Star Trek, and I'm glad fandom is finally navigating the rough seas I've steered TCTS through. I hope that readers feel as I do in the acceptance and promotion of all these fringe fandoms, and will support me in my efforts to bring into TCTS in some form or another bits from at least the sf/fantasy groups.

Granted, I do not expect universal acceptance of this, or overall support or approval of what does see print. The readers once booed down a peculiar serial a few years back, leaving it unfinished, and have now thumbed down my annual excursion into satirical legendary fantasy^ By your choice, the Christmas Elfl Tales will no longer grace these pages each December. Providing that there is something to print, the space will be put to better use.

Remember, the more you readers contribute that is acceptable, the less you'll have to see with my name attached.

On the other extreme, with respect to fringe fandoms, I don't want TCTS to move away from Star Trek completely. The drift in TCTS the past few years has gotten too much out of hand. How long has it been since a serious, strictly ST story has appeared? Too long, too long. I am too bashful to approach any of you individually to submit something, anything, so please consider this an anonymous request. Please don't let my title of Ye Meane Olde editor scare you away; the worst I can say is 'no.' On the other hand, I'm beginning to take lessons on how to be nice, and on how to praise...
  • In the Captain's Chair, editorial (1)
  • Enter Solo, Star Wars fiction by Terrence O. Knova and Jim Rondeau (3)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (reviews) (15)
  • The Blue Bag, original science fiction by Susan Landerman (18)
  • Bridge Over Tribbled Waters, "a true nostalgic reminiscence" by Lisa Wahl (20)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (21)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 25

Tho' I've learned never to reply to reviews — either good or bad — I'd like to comment on Dixie's of my story in ODYSSEY #3. It wasn't a reprint. What happened was that the story in question was originally written in early '77 for RISING STAR which was indefinitely delayed. After a year or so it seemed it would never be published, so wanting to find the story a home, I sent it to Ingrid for ODYSSEY. Then it was delayed while RS finally came out. So that's why the same story came out in two zines so close together. Accident, not design. And I never, never ever called Kirk "Jimmy." Makes my flesh crawl to even consider it.

"Enter Solo" was absolutely first rate, even with the confusion between "transport" and "teleport." Hope to see a sequel. But "Tribbled Waters" and "Blue Bag" read like refugees from a 10th grade creative writing class. Grim, very grim. Looking forward to #26. [62]

Issue 26

The Clipper Trade Ship 26 was published in October 1979 and contains 35 pages. Jim Rondeau now has a co-editor: Melody Frame.

front cover of issue #26, "Spock and Mrs. Peel" by Alicia Austin -- From the zine's editorial: "ABOUT THE FRONT COVER: Many thanks to Mandi Schultz for finding an unpublished Alicia Austin piece. It seems that long before Ms. Austin became a famous professional fantasy artist, she dabbled in fan work. This piece was intended for a Star Trek/Avengers story that never saw print."
back cover of issue #26, "The Joy of Coediting" by Melody Frame

300 copies were printed.

Contributors: Alicia Austin, Melody Frame, Frank Panucci, J. Alan Tyler, Elaine Tripp, Steve K. Dixon, R. Laurraine Tutihasi, Dixie G. Owen, Gennie Summers, Lizette Leveille, Susan Landerman, Carol Christensen, Sandra H. Necchi, and Roger Hill.

From the editorial:
Six years... A lot has happened during that time, to
 Star Trek fandom, to

TCTS, to me. Fandom has simultaneously atrophied and matured. The "trekkies" have disappeared, the "trekkers" are disappearing, and the science fiction multimedia fan remains, born out of the ashes — a quieter, more intellectual fan. Most of the childish squabbles have passed away (although still most ST fans do not support the concept of IDIC). Perhaps this all isn't a sign of maturity, but an ominous lull before the storm the movie may create. In a few short months it will be unleashed upon us ("The movie takes you boldly where Nomad has gone before") and the protests will begin (Klingons with a ridge of bumps on the top of their balding pates?). I do not wish to contemplate the movie's effect on fandom.

TCTS has come a long way. From its anonymous depths it has soared to anonymous heights. Let's face it — "The Clipper Trade Ship' doesn't even sound remotely science fictionish, let alone of the Star Trek genre. Out of defiance and habit more than anything else the name has stayed. Desperation for material to print has remained fairly constant! yet TCTS has done fairly well for a quarterly fanzine. The main irregularity in its printing schedule was to have two extra issues come out in one year, with #15 coming out "before #14! Many who have contributed to these pages have moved onto bigger and better things, but fortunately new tallent [sic] keeps showing up. The lineup of contributors and readers both have "been steadily turning over, reflecting the moods of fandom (either that, or TCTS is worse than I thought). Star Trek stories and art have eroded away to science fiction and fantasy, and with the advent of Star Wars, respectability was given to stories based on other movies and TV shows; something I'd been fighting for all along. That trend in TCTS has gotten almost too much momentum; Star Trek is being left behind. An accident? Random chance? Or is that what TCTS readers want? I do not know. Personally, I'd like to see more Star Trek back in TCTS.

Events in my own life have affected the tone of TCTS at times — the joys and sorrows of my private life leak into my writings, no matter how much I try to edit them out. The events that are going on right now are and will affect TCTS the greatest; I find myself with less time on my hands with which to work on a fanzine. This issue might have been late had not a volunteer extraordinaire insist upon helping. I cannot give thanks enough to Melody Frame for the work she has done, editing and typing nearly 50% of this issue. Any compliments you have may go to her, and any gripes you have may go to me. Ah, the joys of coediting! (Gasp, choke.)
  • In the Captain's Chair, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (fanzine reviews by Dixie Owen) (5)
  • Imitation Glass by Carol Christensen (8)
  • Trial of the Innocents by Sandra H. Necchi (12)
  • Unshot by Roger Hill (18)
  • Poems from "Cage of Dreams" by Susan Landerman (24)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille and Gennie Summers (25)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (29)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 26

Got TCTS #26 yesterday. Do you really have so much trouble with dragons? ((YES!)) Congratulations to Melody Frame (& you too) for putting out #26. I enjoyed Unshot (thanks, Roger Hill!) tremendously. The Night Stalker has always been a favorite of mine. "Imitation Glass" and "Trial of the Innocents" make me cringe—they were marvelous, and compared to them, my story is... eh. [63]
Steven K. Dixon's artwork on p. 5 -- very nice. I love Melody Frame's artwork too. [64]
I liked Sandra Necchi's "Trial of the Innocent." And I had to drop a line about the Elfls; thanx for bringing them back. [65]

Issue 27

front cover of issue #27
back cover of issue #27

The Clipper Trade Ship 27 was published in January 1980 and contains 36 pages.

250 copies were printed.

Contributors: Terry Lipanovich, Sheryl Adsit, J. Alan Tyler, S.K. Dixon, Melody Frame, Carrie Daugherty, Elaine Tripp, Clare Bell, Michelle DeLude, Peggy Hogan, Gennie Summers. Richard Heim Jr., Laura Virgil, Dixie G. Owen, and Kent Bingham.

From the, as always, lengthy editorial:

Ah, but that's not all! Please note some minor items. TGTS is now more emphatically available for trade for Star Trek and Star Wars fanzines, new, used, old, or proposed, as long as some sort of deal can be worked out. I've long neglected to acquire a fanzine collection, and now I have reason to remedy this omission (my film clips are available to trade for zines, too) . Also, you know that the number by your name on the subscription envelope is the last number of your subscription. When you receive the last issue of your subscription, that number will be circled, the only simple indicator there will be that it's time to renew. Beyond that, no other changes are being implemented at this time.

This issue, mainly by luck and my desperate pleas, brings us back to the days when TCTS's content was nearly totally Star Trek and I couldn't get anything else no matter how long I held my breath. Nowadays the reverse is nearly trues few readers want to write or draw anything related to Star Trek (in fact, half the contributors to this issue aren't subscribers). It would be nice to achieve an equal balance between ST and the rest of the sf & sf film world, but beggars can't be choosers, and neither can begging editors. Regardless, please keep TCTS in mind when you want to try to get something in print (have editor's axe, will travel).
From the editorial:

Star Trek—The Motion Picture (thought I'd never get to it, did you?) By now most of you have seen it and/or read the book and have formed your own opinions. Fandom is just beginning the endless debate on it all (to what great purpose will it serve?). All I can say is just sit back and enjoy what you've got—because if you and eighty million others don't sit back and enjoy it, then there definitely won't be any more. But no, fandom will quibble for years, citing such great mistakes as the closeup of McCoy in the officer's lounge doesn't show passing stars out the window as it should, or pointing out time and again the in-jokes running throughout the movie, such as when Kirk says, "Decker, you have the conn", and the voice overlay in the background breaks through at that point with "whatever that is." Sigh... Complaints, complaints... But write your letters nonetheless.

Two things perk my curiosity about the movie that probably will never be satisfied. Why did Paramount have official representatives on hand at the theatres during the opening day? And just how much of the film ended up on the cutting room floor? The scene Lee Roberts and I saw being filmed of Decker, Ilia, and Scott in Engineering was given merely a passing reference. The scene Lee saw months later being shot with Kirk and Spock standing on the edge of the Enterprise saucer never made it, nor did half of what he saw being filmed of the Klingon sequence. Kirk in spacesuit being attacked by "crystals' the other security guard on the bridge being disintegrated by V'Ger's first plasma probe... how many minutes' worth?

One name in the closing credits made me chuckle: Greg Jein, who worked on some of the miniatures, and whose miniatures work included Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Laser-blast. Before Greg made it to the "big time," he edited a small fanzine devoted to people who collected Star Trek clips and scripts, called The Film Clipper. The question remains: where did I go wrong?
A fan's ad in the zine:
A SIMPLE FLEA FOR HELP, that's all. "Who's that man behind the Foster Grants?" is clever but it's also pathetic. Chances are if you're reading this zine you didn't grow up watching the Lone Ranger, but at least you've seen it. Clayton Moore provided us with endless entertainment and enjoyment. Various people have already written pounds of verbage [sic] on how and why. All I can add is that if you saw it and felt it, it should mean something to you. The least it should mean is a 15¢ stamp and 10 minutes of your time. Clayton Moore asks precious little of the Wrather Corp. that has made fortunes off of him. He's not demanding to star in the Lone Ranger remake. He's not demanding anything. All he asks is to be allowed to continue to do his Lone Ranger personal appearances (his main source of income now) in a mask which Wrather has now forbidden him to wear. One polite letter of protest would certainly help him now. Write: Wrather Corp. [address redacted] if you feel that Clayton Moore is entitled to retain at least a fragment of the dignity his characterization of the Lone Ranger was imbrued [sic] with.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (4)
  • The Emperor's Visitor, or King Log's Epilog, Star Trek and I Claudius fiction by Clare Bell (7)
  • The Other Side, Star Trek fiction by Michelle DeLude (11)
  •  !!, Star Trek RPF starring Mark Lenard as The Romulan Commander by Lee Roberts (16)
  • Indenticlip Addenda by Richard Heim Jr. (18)
  • The 4rd Elfl Tale by Jim Rondeau and Melody Frame (19)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (fanzine reviews by Dixie Owen) (21)
  • Unshot by Jim Rondeau (23)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (30)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 27

I really liked #27, the letters were interesting, and it might be nice to give them more space if some good discussions get going.

The two short stories were really high quality. "The Emperor's Visitor" and "The Other Side" were, in fact, the most well written and meaningful I've read in "The Clipper Trade Ship" for quite a long time.

Back to the letters, here's some feedback to Matt's. I do think that television has cut down on reading, especially for younger kids. If they have a choice to check out a book and take it home and try to read it while the others are all watching TV with the volume blaring through the house, they may just settle for the easier and non-creative course. I would be interested to hear from people who were born in the 50's and didn't have a TV. Anyone out there? I was one of that minority whose parents were into reading out loud to each other and who considered TV an unnecessary eyestrain, so I never had nor wanted a TV till I was 25 (nor a record player either). So what was the result of the deprivation? My parents were the only ones to complain I was taking home too many books from the library! Also, I had time for hobbies of great diversity. That is one lack I notice among TV viewers. TV viewing is a hobby, but it certainly is a non-creative, passive one.

Now to comment on Trekkers losing sight of reality? Oh good grief! How many, where, when? It is a most creative, intelligent group, who are looking towards ideals rather than staying bogged down in some "reality" of an 8 to 5 job - go home, eat supper and watch TV the rest of the night. That's the average reality of most lives. Trek fans are creative— they write stories, illo stories, publish high quality zines, do poetry, get cons going. I thought I'd never attempt poetry or stories or drawing people until I was inspired by my love of Star Trek, which came about, would you believe, from reading the stories by Blish. I had read them all, then got a tape collection before I ever saw it on TV. I still have yet to see a number of episodes. The reason I did pick up the books, though, was because about 10 years earlier I had one glimpse of a ST episode on some hotel TV and was interested in the non-emotional alien (then my dad who can't stand non-realistic SF turned it off). So, because of ST, I really can't knock TV. I rarely watch it though, and even then begrudge it the time I could have spent doing something creative. So the end result, with or without a TV, comes out the same, sometimes, at least, depending on one's parents — especially in regard to TV-inspired violence.

My only other TV favorites are Starsky and Hutch and Soap! How's that for diversity!

One more thing. I think all ST fans should write to Paramount asking them to continue ST via a TV series. That way instead of blowing all their money on one big movie which may again have A+ special effects and C- on plot, we can have a variety of stories, and more chance to see the characters in varying activities. Each letter is counted. [66]
I've seen the Star Trek movie 26 times at this writing. It's not perfect (obviously), but after more than ten years of waiting, it's what we got. Let's face it, if we don't support this Star Trek movie, there won't be any more Star Trek movies, TV episodes, specials, or anything! After all the time and efforts of so many fans, are we going to let a lot of nit-picking and feuding destroy our progress? My feeling is, even if you don't like the movie, at least give it a chance. See it a few times, show the $-eyed men of Paramount that at least you're interested. If they decree that another Star Trek movie is possible, then that's the time to fire off all your complaints and suggestions to Mr. Roddenberry and the rest. That's how we can get the kind of movie that we Trekkers really wanted. [67]
Your stories in this issue are, to put it mildly, thought - provoking. I'm not insane about Time Travel stories, but the one with "Hephaestus" (or Vulcan????) was a good parody of Robert Graves. And "The Other Side" gave an interesting insight into Human psychology.

The Elfl story — oy, vey, another "pun" story. I'm getting a little fed up with them. Even in Issac Asimov's SF Magazine they are basically shaggy dog stories, and the Elfl series is getting just plain silly. Or maybe I'm getting old and cranky. Anyways, I wish you'd find another vehicle for dumb puns.

Lee Roberts' backstage look at The Movie — gosh, I wish I'd been there It didn't last all that long on the screen, but you can't say the folks didn't do their best. On screen, it came over just great!

Keep on Trekkin'-- [68]
I enjoyed TCTS #27 very much, perhaps because of the renewed emphasis on STAR TREK. Clare Bell's "The Emperor's Visitor" was excellent. This opens doors to a wide range of possible ST stories — can "The Enterprise meets the Bellamy Family" be far off? "The 3rd Elfl Tale" was a delight, despite the mediocre title. Long live the Elfls!

An ad in the Cargo Hold caught my attention: a ST fanzine featuring a nude portrait of Spock. I am not offended by the naked body, but I still object to this. Does fandom really need this? What purpose will it serve? After a few moments of thought, the purpose becomes clear — it is merely a cheap ploy to get you to buy a fanzine. This is what I object to most.

Since I don't have a wide circle of ST friends, I'm pretty much in the dark as to how the fans are accepting "Star Trek — The Motion Picture." Am I sticking my neck out when I say that I liked it? The characters look good and axe in pretty good form (especially McCoy), the Big E looks bigger and more beautiful than ever before, the special effects range from adequate to spectacular, and the storyline, although it contains shades of things we've seen before, is intelligent and thought-provoking. Is it STAR TREK? I say yes. [69]
[The editor responds to the above letter]: Why nude portraits? Why Playboy, Playgirl, & Playkid? People draw them because they want to,
 people buy them because they want to. Some fans are intrigued with certain characters more than other, especially Spock, and have a natural desire to, if you'll pardon the expression, flesh out the character from what's been presented on the idiot box. Sexual curiosity and desire is not unnatural. The fans draw it because they are interested (and write it as well), print it because they are interested, and buy it because they are interested. They are not unintelligent enough to buy a fanzine only because it has a nude portrait or centerfold, they buy a fanzine for many reasons; it is not a cheap ploy. Those who print them are catering to a demand, besides wishing to share their creation. And nude ST portraits have been printed now for over a decade, the most famous being the nude Sulu centerfold professional fantasy artist George Barr did years ago. I'm not saying that I approve of it, but I do find it harmless. Star Trek characters aren't one dimensional, you know. They do have private parts, and though it was never suggested on TV, one can safely presume they're allowed to go potty every once in a while. *Please excuse my ranting here, it's a personality fault of mind, I'm always trying to get people to take a closer look at an opposing view, trying to make them think and understand a little as to how a person can have such an opposing view — I don't necessarily try to get them to change their view, just teach them a little respect for the other side. It's a principle of IDIC, something most ST fans don't seem to understand.* [70]
Just received TCTS #27, and feel compelled to write you a short LoC (the very first one, I think!). I unsuspectingly opened TCTS #27 to the issue's first story, "The Emperor's Visitor or King Log's Epilog," by Clare Bell, and unsuspectingly started reading. Seven words into the story, an expression of delight spread across my face, and I couldn't help grinning. Oboyoboyoboy! An "I, Claudius" story in a fanzine! About time, too! My sincere thanks to both you for printing Clare's story, and to Clare for writing it. She's got Robert Graves' style down to a T, and my only two complaints are that l) the story isn't longer, and 2) there was no accompanying artwork. Encore, encore! [71]

Issue 28

The Clipper Trade Ship 28 was published in April 1980 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #28, Man from Atlantis by Signe Landon
back cover of issue #28, S.L.

250 copies were printed.

Contributors: Signe Landon, Ruth Berman, Dixie G. Owen, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Frank Panucci, Melody Frame, Steve Anderson, Kirk Trummel, Dian Hardison, Sandra Robnett, Steven K. Dixon, Cynthia Case, Susan Laderman, Alicia Austin, J. Alan Tyler, and Gennie Summers.

  • Sun Dragons, poem by Ruth Berman (inside front cover)
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (19)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (fanzine reviews by Dixie G. Owen, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad) (1)
  • Lifetime, a Man From Atlantis story by Dian Hardison (5)
  • Letters of Comment (13)
  • Dreamspeak, a M'ress (Star Trek Animated) story by Melody Frame (23)
  • Unshot (25)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (33)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 28

Of course I'm delighted with Dreamspeak. It's so hard to get anyone to write about M'Ress that I can hardly conplain just because someone is approaching the character by another path. Since there is so little tack-ground material on her, anything could work just fine. I have my own interpretations, but I don't own the character. And it's the different approaches which make it a]l the more interesting for me, even should I not agree with them all. [72]

I really enjoyed TCTS #28, especially Dian Hardison's Man From Atlantis story. I always wondered how Mark was able to understand and speak English so easily, after he was brought to the FOR. (Although how Mark picked up those few English words before meeting him is still a mystery.) Being a Man From Atlantis fan I hope Dian will write other stories in upcoming issues. By the way, I thought Sandra Robnett's and Signe Landon's pictures of Mark were great.

Melody's Storm was well done. I didn't know that sf & fantasy consists of superheroes. Speaking of which, what was that picture on p. 20 suppose to be? Super Melody? Her story on M'Ress was interesting. It showed interesting insight into M'Ress' past, which I would like to see more of. LL&P. [73]
#28 was up to your usual high standards. I didn't see anything wrong with the typing. It was a heck of a lot better than my original — and about 5 fanzines I could name off the bat, for another. The artwork was okay. I would have liked to have seen the original of Robnett's illo on p. 10. Melody's superfemmes are hilarious... Sail on! [74]

Issue 29

The Clipper Trade Ship 29 was published in July 1980 and contains 32 pages. In this issue, Jim and Melody announce they are getting married. :)

front cover of issue #29, Signe Landon
back cover of issue #29, Amy Falkowitz, an example of scratchboard art
Jim and Melody announce they are getting married: "Wish us luck!"

250 copies were printed.

Contributors: Signe Landon, Amy Falkowitz, Miriam Pace, Elaine Tripp, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Kent Bingham, Laura Virgil, Lizette Leveille, Gennie Summers, Terrence O. Knova, Melody Rondeau, Jim Rondeau.

From the editorial, comments on the postal service:

Speaking of mail — and I say this whilst stepping onto my size 34 soapbox — there isn't a fan that doesn't gripe about the postal system, right? Wrong. If anything, Melody and I salute postal workers in general. You who complain look only at the rare cases where something goes wrong. What percentage of your mail arrives undamaged in a reasonable amount of time? 99.9%? You who complain about packages being ripped open, fanzines hanging out, Denebian slime stains soaking through letters — in most cases, how well was the item packaged in the first place? Probably not very well. Not enough padding, not enough reinforcement to the weak edges of the manilla [sic] envelopes, not sealed sufficiently. I've received packages so poorly wrapped or sealed that it's a miracle they didn't arrive empty.

Genuine mishaps occur, but the postal service is responsible for, perhaps, one out of every one hundred accidents — or less. The fault usually lies with the individual doing the mailing. And it's not just the packaging, it's also the addressing. Each city has to correct up to several thousand addresses a day, work with bad zip codes, decipher illegible handwriting, and track down the recipients of mail where the spelling of the address is so bad it looks like magic if it gets delivered. There is something to a proper zip code; it's the only way all those pieces of mail addressed to Jim in "Los Angeles" got to him in Los Altos.

It short, it's the people outside the postal system that are primarily responsible for what few problems the postal system has. Do you think you could do any better?
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • I B U S, Quark fiction "based on a mistake by Alan Dean Foster," by Terrence O. Knova (4)
  • The Loneliest Number, Trek fiction with a focus on the character of "Miri," by Miriam Pace (22)
  • Identiclip by Lizette Leveille (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (30)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 29

People, if you're short on funds, I'd gladly pay twice the cover price for every issue, IBUS was fantastic. I laughed so hard that my father demanded to read it. This was his first experience with science fiction in any form. World, we have gained a convert. Need I say more?

And Starbuck meets Solo? Ohh, nooo. The short insight on Miri was well thought out and wonderfully done. More of Trek's incidental characters deserve such second looks. Congratulations to Miriam for her perfect solution in this case—what do you do with a ten thousand year lifespan l (l month/hundred years—remember?) except explore an infinite universe?

Who drew the Luke? Can't
 read it but whoever it is can capture moods. And Landon's Obi-wan is an excellent piece of artwork. Very... thought provoking. As for Identiclip and all the rest — geez, you guys can always start an encyclopedia. [75]

I just got TCTS #29. FANTASTIC! "I B U" S" is undoubtedly the best parody I've ever seen on the movie. My compliments to the author. Fortunately I've seen two episodes of "Quark" and knew who everyone was. The series (small it may have been) was not shown here in the metropolitan area of Atlanta because (and this is what the person I spoke with actually said) "we (at WSB) know it's going to be cancelled." That was the phone call made after two episodes were shown. Talk about stupidity.

"The Loneliest Number" was a logical conclusion to "Miri." Miriam Pace has a fine style of writing, and the vignette is a definitely a winner. Artwork was far superior to most fanzines (including my own as the writer of the letter turns green with envy and pointed ears). [76]

I'm in heaven! "I B U S" was one of the most enjoyable stories I've read in TCTS in a long time. I guess I'm biased — I was very fond of Quark before its untimely demise. I was not overly fond of "Alien", and the parody on ST-TMP...*sigh* Lovely! My compliments to Terrance O. Knova. "The Loneliest Number" was also excellent -- where'd you find all that great fiction?

Who's scratchboard on the back cover? And the picture of Luke on page 23? I love Ficus and the Bettys. [77]

Issue 30

The Clipper Trade Ship 30 was published in October 1980 and contains 32 pages.

front cover of issue #30, Signe Landon
back cover of issue #30, Dennis Dorris

250 copies were printed.

Artists: Signe Landon, Larua Virgil, Peggy Hogan, Gennie Summers, Terry Lipanovich, Bill Anderson, J. Alan Tyler, R.G. Pollard, Melody Rondeau, Dennis Dorris, Carrie Dougherty, Sandy Robnett, C.L. Healy, Susan Landerman, S.K. Dixon, Sheryl Adsit, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad.

From the editorial:

Welcome to the thirtieth issue of THE CLIPPER TRADE SHIP (TCTS) — and farewell.

The farewell is to all of you whose subscription runs out with this issue and won't be renewing. That's quite a number—as was with last issue—partly because this issue marks the passing of most third class and complimentary subscriptions. The feast is over, the famine begins.

Those of you who remain in the thinned ranks, thanks. But some of you don't get off that easy — we need your support. Once more we are coming up short on fiction. Those of you who enjoy being amateur wordsmiths, we would appreciate it if you would consider us as a place for works to see the light of day. This issue cleans out our file, a fine Man From Atlantis piece from Dian Hardison that takes place following the conclusion of the pilot movie, but that is all — not even empty promises for future issues. So come on—support your local 50 & 100 fanzine. Please?

Part of the problem is that we haven't been able to act like "normal" fanzine editors (as though I ever did) the past three months, like trying to track down new material. I wish it were only wedded bliss that kept us so occupied, but, alas, it was many other things — company, conventions, and such. We have yet to catch up on mail, and I have not been able to work on new film clip packet titles. Melody has been the savior of the day with respects to this issue; she's found the time to put most of it together, whereas I've spent about all of one weekend. But now that the various external pressures are apparently easing off, and we're comfortably settling in with more and more bookshelves being built to handle our boxed collection, maybe someday I'll be able to do my fair share.

Unfortunately, lost in the confusion of the past three months was a letter of comment that found strongly objectionable one of the one-liner fillers in last issue's ad section. I do not know who wrote the letter or recall accurately what was said, but I have the impression that the person found the one-liner very anti-Star Trek, and hence (possibly) so were we.

Not so.

Not at all.

We are definitely Star Trek fans, but then again we are science fiction fans, fantasy fans, animation fans, Danny Kaye fans — in short, we are not limited in what we are fans of. We are mature enough to be able to laugh at ourselves, make fun of our hobbies, but not slap them down. The humor attempted was to remind us Star Trek fans that we are fallible, that we can be wrong—to be ugly, that we are human. Somehow we missed the mark. (Or is it that Star Trek fans can never be wrong, and since we are wrong we are not fans, therefore the one-liner was indeed anti-Star Trek?) To all those who misunderstood our intentions, we are sorry.

Yet something in this incident nags at my mind, something about Star Trek fans' tolerance of other fandoms. It reminds me of the too many outspoken Star Trek fans that I have run across that believe so much in their program but absolutely do not believe in one of the more important concepts the show presents. I speak of IDIC (Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations), a Vulcan concept promoting the tolerance for others and the ways of others in a respective way. These fans do not tolerate all other fandoms, and can be downright prejudiced against some of them. It does no good to point out what we consider to be a deficiency in their way of thinking; one cannot argue with a closed mind. We realize, however, that our viewpoint is not necessarily the correct one, either.

Maybe the difference of opinion is regional. There is no longer a separate West Coast Star Trek fandom to speak of; most of us are fans of many things. There hasn't been a Star Trek convention here for years. Star Trek fandom as a separate entity appears to be alive and well on the East Coast. The Midwest remains divided, perhaps changing. Not that it matters, really.
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • Something Gained, Man from Atlantis fiction by Dian Hardison (5)
  • In Miniature, a Buck Rogers article by Paul Czaplicki (12)
  • Art Galley (13)
  • Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim (21)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (fanzine reviews by Dixie G. Owen and Melody Rondeau) (22)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (25)

Issue 31

front cover of issue #31, Frank Panucch
back cover of issue #31

The Clipper Trade Ship 31 was published in January 1981 and contains 36 pages.

300 issues were printed.

Artists: Frank Panucch, John P. Alexander, Joy Ashenfelder, Dorothy Bradley, Carrie Dougherty, Mike Chiccielli, Melody Rondeau, Jim Rondeau.

  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • Deneva Darkness, Star Trek fiction by Beth Carlson (4)
  • The Friendship of Califia and Clydenholt, a Society for Creative Anachronism story by Rosemary Petsley (8)
  • K-K-K Kolchak, the Knightstalker, filk to the tune of "K-K-K Katie" by Shirley Meech (9)
  • A Peter Potter People Interview, Star Trek by Sandy Hall (10)
  • California's Mysterious Merman, a reprint of an article from "Diver" magazine (12)
  • To a Fellow Alien, Man from Atlantis poem (?) by Dian Hardison (13)
  • A Day is a Day is a Day, Star Trek fiction by Richard Pollet (14)
  • Star Trek's Broadcast History, article part one by Tim Farley (17)
  • Unshot (19)
  • The 4th Elfl Tale by Jim and Melody Rondeau (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (30)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 31

This is a small, quarterly fanzine devoted to Star Trek, science fiction, fantasy,and film. This particular issue contains Star Trek, Society for Creative Anachronism, Man from Atlantis, and Christmas material. The non-ST material was neither lengthy nor distinguished, so I will skip over it and go straight to the ST material. TCTS No. 31 contains three ST stories and two ST articles, all short. The best story is "Deneva Darkness" by Beth Carlson. It is an excellent post OPERATION ANIHILATE story emphasizing the Chapel/Spock relationship. It's nice to see Chapel as a competent professional instead of a love-sick twit. "A Peter Potter People Interview" by Sandy Hall is also an interesting piece in its own right. This interview parody investigates why a perfectly normal and intelligent young woman can watch Star Trek without becoming a rabid Trekkie. The third piece, "A Day is a Day is a Day" by Richard G. Pollet is a typical Christmas on the Enterprise story. For me, the highlights of the 'zine were the fact articles. Part one of Tim Farley's "Star Trek's Broadcast History" will fascinate the historians and trivia buffs. However, "Unshot" alone is worth the price of the zine. This article presents the first drafts of the scripts for two episodes, OBSESSION and SPOCK'S BRAIN. You think those episodes were bad — you should see the first drafts. The zine also has an ad section called The Cargo Hold, which contains ads for all kinds of strange stuff. For example, it contains 'wanted'/and 'for sale' 'ads for film clips from STAR TREK and many other sf/fantasy/horror films and TV series. There are also ads for DARK SHADOWS fanzines and fan clubs for Ann-Margret and David Hedison (VOYAGE TO TIE BOTTOM OF THE SEA). [78]

Issue 32

The Clipper Trade Ship 32 was published in April 1981 and contains 32 pages.

There were 300 issues printed.

front cover of issue #32, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #32, G. Hof

Artists: Melody Rondeau, Terry Lipanovich, Gennie Summers, John P. Alexander, Carrie Daugherty, Cynthia Case, Bill Anderson, G. Hof, Frank Panucci, Peggy Hogan, Sandy Robnett, Vel Jaeger, Susan Landerman.

  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • The Carnivorous Drooze, original science fiction? by Michelle De Lude (6)
  • Letters of Comment (8)
  • Going Home, original science fiction by James Ellison (12)
  • Other Zines, Other View, fanzine reviews (17)
  • Stargazing, poem by Dorothy Eckert (20)
  • Unshot, "Nightstalker," a Kolchak the Night Stalker script by Roger Hill (210
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (27)

Issue 33/34

The Clipper Trade Ship 33/34 was published in October 1981 and contains 73 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #33/34
back cover of #33/34, Signe Landon

The art is by Bill Anderson, Joy Ashenfelder, Cynthia Case, Anne Crouch, Steven K. Dixon, Tim Farley, Doug Herring, Pegasus Hogan, Shona Jackson, Vel Jaeger, Susan Landerman, Signe Landon, Frank Panucci, Richard Pollet, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers, J. Alan Tyler, Yves.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • The Price of Difference, fiction by Bill Kropfhauser (Star Trek) (11)
  • Digsnort the Basic, fiction by Dr. C. Andrew Nelson (original science fiction) (14)
  • A Tribble in Time, fiction by Roberta Rogow (Star Trek) (15)
  • Well Put, fiction by Terrence O. Knova (Doctor Who) (19)
  • The Book of Camrack, part one by James Ellison (original science fiction) (21)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (50)
    • a review of Stardate #11, see that page
  • Identiclip Addenda by Richard Heim (51)
  • Verse, by diverse Hands (52)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman (54)
  • Star Trek Coordinates, fiction by Tim Farley (58)
  • The Last Word, fiction by Randall Landers (60)
  • Unshot, two Star Trek story outlines (61)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (69)

Issue 35/36

The Clipper Trade Ship 35/36 was published in January 1982 and contains 60 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #35/36, Shona Jackson
back cover of issue #35/36, Stephen K. Dixon

The art is by Frank Panucci, John Alexander, Joy Ashenfelder, Cynthia Case, Gennie Summers, J. Alan Tyler, Carrie Daughtry, Terri Lipanovich, Richard Pollet, Vel Jeager, Karla Jarrett, Shona Jackson, Melody Rondeau, Stephen K. Dixon, Richard Arnold, Pegasus Holden, Susan Landerman, John Frame.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • When Daybreak Comes, fiction by Richard Pollet (Star Trek) (8)
  • Verse, by diverse hands (14)
  • Return, fiction by Karla Jarrett (Star Wars) (16)
  • The Book of Camrack, part two by James Ellison (original science fiction) (24)
  • Nymph, poem by Teresa Sarick (37)
  • Unshot by Don Harden (38)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman (44)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (47)
  • The Fifth Elfl Tale by Jim and Melody Rondeau (51)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (56)

Issue 37/38

The Clipper Trade Ship 37/38 was published in April 1982 and contains 64 pages.

front cover of issue #37/38
back cover of issue #37/38, Susan Landerman

300 copies were printed.

The art is by J. Alan Tyler, Susan Landerman, Joy Ashenfelder, Lisa Scott, Cynthia Case, L. Cranston, Jerry Collins, Frank Panucci, Pegasus Hogan, Gennie Summers, Richard Pollet, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, and Melody Rondeau.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Amusements of a Bygone Era, fiction by Catherine Schlein (Star Trek: TOS) (6)
  • 23rd Century Blues, fiction by David Gordon and Michael B. Smith (Blues Brothers/Star Trek: TOS) (8)
  • War Games, fiction by Dian Hardison ((original fiction) 16)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (17)
  • The Book of Camrack, part three of four parts, by James Ellison (original science fiction) (19)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman and Lisa Scott (50)
  • Unshot, The Fugitive in Space, part one (53)
  • Verse by Susan Henderson, Teresa Sarick, Susan Ann Sarick, and Lori MOff (57)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (59)

Issue 39/40

The Clipper Trade Ship 39/40 was published in October 1983 and contains 76 pages.

front cover of issue #39/40, Signe Landon
back cover of issue #39/40, Michael B. Smith

300 copies were printed.

The art is by Michael B. Smith, Signe Landon, Jerry Collins, Lisa Scott, Doug Herring, Pegasus Hogan, Richard Arnold, Susan Landerman, Cheri Tripp, Frank Panucci, Richard Pollet, Jim Price, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Richard Parks, Mary Bohdanowicz, Jim Stetson, Matthew Kohn, Elaine Gregory, J. Alan Tyler, Gennie Summers, Carrie Daughtry, Melody Rondeau.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • The Sins of the Fathers, fiction by Jim Price (Star Trek: Animated, an M'ress story) (7)
  • The Unicorn, poem by Lori Moff (30)
  • When It Rains, fiction by Lori Moff (original fiction) (30)
  • Verse by Shimonah bat Avraham and D.J. Waechter (31)
  • Alien II, poem by Teresa Sarick (32)
  • The Lie, fiction by Terrence O. Knova (Star Trek: TOS) (33)
  • Book of Camrack, conclusion, original fantasy by James Ellison (34)
  • Never Too Old, fiction by Richard Pollet (original fiction) (50)]
  • Trial Encounter, fiction by Matthew Kohn (Star Trek: TOS) (54)
  • Other Zines, Other Views by Dixie G. Owen (57)
  • Doctor Who and the Twenty-Five Doctors by Terrence O. Knova (Doctor Who) (60)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman, Lisa Soctt, Bill Armstrong, Matte Kohn and Bob Dolsay (61)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (64)

Issue 41/42

The Clipper Trade Ship 41/42 was published in April 1983 and contains 60 pages.

300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #41/42, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #41/42, Jim Stetson

The art is by Gennie Summers, Bill Anderson, Shona Jackson, Susan Landerman, John Alexander, Jerry Collins, Richard Arnold, Linda Scott, Frank Punucci, Joy Ashenfelder, Elaine Tripp, Leah Rosenthal, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, J. Alan Tyler, R.G. Pollet, Richard Parks, S.K. Dixon, Signe Landon, Jim Stetson, Melody Rondeau.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • TARDIS: Stardate 7519.7 by Sue Ann Sarick (Star Trek/Doctor Who) (8)
  • Other Zines, Other Views - reviews (14)
  • Good Vibrations by Roberta Rogow and Leah Rosenthal (Star Trek: TOS) (15)
  • Verse by Elena, Lori Moff, Teresa Sarick, Victoria Clark (18)
  • Filksongs by Lisa Scott, Susan Landerman, Bob Dolsay (21)
  • Robot's Revenge by Millea Kenin (original science fiction, ends with a pun) (22)
  • Invasion on the Hill by Teresa Sarick (Star Wars/Hill Street Blues) (23)
  • The NASA Recruit by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who) (24)
  • Identiclip by Gennie Summers (40)
  • Unshot by Jim Rondeau (46)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (56)

Issue 43

The Clipper Trade Ship 43 was published in October 1983 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #43
back cover of issue #43

The art is by Doug Herring, Gennie Summers, Susan Landerman, Richard Arnold, Elaine Gregory, Collen Winters, Michael B. Smith, Melody Rondeau, S.K. Dixon, Cynthia Case, Pegasus Hogan, Richard Pollet, Jerry Collins, Frank Panucci, Shona Jackson.

300 copies were printed.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Time Voyagers!, fiction by Theresa Sarick (Doctor Who/Voyagers) (5)
  • Filksongs by Bob Dolsay, Matthew Kohn, Susan Landerman, Bill Armstrong, Sue Ann Sarick, Teresa Sarick (18)
  • The Guest, fiction by Roberta Rogow (Star Wars) (24)
  • Unshot by Dian Hardison (27)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (32)

Issue 44/45

The Clipper Trade Ship 44/45 was published in July 1984 and contains 72 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #44/45, J. Alan Tyler
back cover of issue #44/45, Bill Anderson

The art is by J. Alan Tyler, C. Lee Healy, Mary Bohdanowicz, Jim Crawford, Amy Falkowitz, Bill Kobylak, Lisa Scott, Richard Parks, Joy Ashenfelder, Michael Parks, Mathew Kohn, Clare Bell, Pegasus Hogan, Melody Rondeau.

From an ad in Universal Translator: "Features ST fiction by Richard Heim, Jr. as well as Gennie Summers -- Spider-man on the Big E; fantasy by Andrew Nelson; filksongs; art; more."

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (4)
  • Voyage to the Genesis Planet by Richard Heim, Jr (Star Trek) (6)
  • Other Zines, Other Views - fanzine reviews (14)
    • a review of Stardate #15, see that page
    • a review of BeNif, see that page
    • a review of Interstat, see that page
    • a review of Forum, see that page
    • a review of "Phenomena" (Foster Publications, semi-pro, a "magazine for supernatural & horror enthusiasts")
  • Spock's Hats - Gennie Summers (16)
  • Filksongs by Sue Fine, Kathy Fink, Susan Landerman, Richard Pollet, Meg Fine, Donna Whistler, Sue Ann Sarick, & DW Chong (19)
  • Web of Time by Gennie Summers (26)
  • The Meeting in the Woods by Andrew Nelson (original fantasy) (44)
  • Unshot by Roger Hill - The Night Stalker: "The Executioners" (46)
  • Identiclip by Gennie Summers (55)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (58)

Issue 46

front cover of issue #46, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #46, Jim Stetson

The Clipper Trade Ship 46 was published in 1985 and is 41 pages long. 300 copies were printed.

The art is by Gennie Summers, Lee Healy, Lori & Jim Stetson, Bill Anderson, Elaine Gregory, Carrie Daugherty, S.K. Dixon, Cynthia Case, Betty Kobf, Michael B. Smith, Craig W. Chrissinger, Randy Clark, Lynn Alisse Witten, Shona Jackson, Kevin Van, Doug Herring, Jerry Collins, Jim Stetson.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • When Friends Are Enemies by Jim Crawford (Doctor Who) (11)
  • Emptyness, fpoem by Sue Ann Sarick (13)
  • A Protest to the Empire, or, After the Mind-sifter by Frankie Jemison (Star Trek: TOS, a sequel to Shirley Maiewski's The Mind-Sifter) (14)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (28)
  • 6th Elfl Tale by Jim and Melody Rondeau (31)
  • Quotient, fiction by Melva L. Gifford (34)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (36)

Issue 47

front cover of issue #47, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #46, J. Alan Tyler

The Clipper Trade Ship 47 was published in April 1985 and contains 40 pages.

300 copies were printed.

The art is by Melody Rondeau, J. Alan Tyler, Doug Herring, Gennie Summers, Joy Ashenfelder, Randy Clark, Richard Pollet, Pegasus Hogan, Frank Panucci, Jim Stetson, Guy Brownlee, and Richard Parks.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (10
  • Letters (2)
  • The Lotus Eaters by D.W. Chong (Quark) (6)
  • Eye See You by Jim Crawford (Prisoner) (19)
  • Han Solo: Imperial Agent by William Harrison (Star Wars) (25)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (37)

Issue 48

front cover of issue #48
back cover of issue #48

The Clipper Trade Ship 48 was published in July 1985 and contains 36 pages.

The art is by Melody Rondeau, Gennle Summers, John P. Alexander, Richard Arnold, Guy Brownlee, S.K. Dixon, Kendra Chase, Joy Ashenfelder, Frank Panucci, Coleen Winters, Amy L. Whiteneck, Debbie Smith, Bill Anderson, Susan Landerman, Carrie Daugherty, Pegasus Hogan, Jerry Collins, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Michael B. Smith, David J. Schow, Jim Stetson, Ron Moore, K. Lebherz.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Verse - Amy L. Whiteneck (8)
  • The Taoist and the Vulcan by Michelle L. Carter (Star Trek/Kung Fu) (9)
  • Filksongs - Sharon Jane Smith, Susan Landerman, Suzanne Fine, Teresa Sarick (15)
  • Planet of Really Nasty Horrors by James T. Crawford (Doctor Who) (17)
  • Other Zines, Other Views - fanzine reviews (20)
  • Let's All Hate Together by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (23)
  • Active by Dave Hardison (original science fictino) (27)
  • The Velveeta II by D.W. Chong (Star Trek: TOS) (28)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (35)

Issue 49

The Clipper Trade Ship 49 was published in October 1985 and contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #49, art by R&R
back cover of issue #49, Dawnsinger

The art is by R&R, Richard Arnold, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers, Richard G. Pollet, Cynthia Case, Dawnsinger.

The haiku by Ruth Berman:

Gilt star glitters in
sun on the sidewalk,
Gene's, from beyond Antares.
  • 6683 Hollywood Boulevard, an unorthodox haiku by Ruth Berman (1)
  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (1)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (2)
  • The Mind Eaters, fiction by James T. Crawford (Doctor Who) (3)
  • Mad Hatter, fiction by Gennie Summers (Star Trek: TOS) (8)
  • Demons of the Demon Sea, fiction by William Harrison (11)
  • A Look at Time Lord Biology by John Peel (16)
  • Where Have All the Mad Men Gond?, fiction by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (19)
  • Verse by Tina Marie Gardner, Dwight E. Humphries, Amy L. Whiteneck, Richard G. Pollet, Trina Johnson (23)
  • Apprentice to the Sith, fiction by Carol Mel Ambassador (a l long what if Star Wars story) (24)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (34)

Issue 50

The Clipper Trade Ship 50 was published in January 1986 contains 60 pages. It was the "gala golden double issue," and the cover was a wraparound one. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #50, Melody Rondeau and Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #50, Melody Rondeau and Gennie Summers
inside page from issue #50

The art is by Gennie Summers, Melody Rondeau, Signe Landon, Amy Falkowitz, Leah Rosenthal, Richard Arnold, Elaine Gregory, Jerry Collins, Carrie Daughterty, S.K. Dixon, Pegasus Hogan, Doug Herring, Shona Jackson, Jim Stetson, J. Alan Tyler, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Amy L. Whiteneck, Guy Brownlee, Mary Bohdanowicz, Su Fine.

  • A View From the Crew - guest "editorial" (congratulatory illos and blurbs) (1)
  • Letters (3)
  • Sleighride by Sue Fine ("A Child's Star Trek Christmas") (9)
  • Verse - Almarris Corban, Trina Johnson, Carol Mel Ambassador, Amy L. Whiteneck (14)
  • Rachel by Teresa Sarick (Wizard & Warriors) (15)
  • Other Zines, Other Views - fanzine reviews (44)
  • All Hope Abandon by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (46)
  • Filksongs - Roberta Rogow, Susan Landerman, D. W. Chong (47)
  • Bananas by Terrence O. Knova (Doctor Who) (49)
  • The 7th Elfl Tale by Jim & Melody Rondeau (50)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (57)

Issue 51

front cover of #51, Tom Howard
back cover of #51, Jim Stetson

The Clipper Trade Ship 51 was published in April 1986 and contains 36 pages.

300 copies were printed.

The art is by Tom Howard, Melody Rondeau, Doug Herring, Susan Landerman, Su M. Fine, Gennie Summers, Guy Brownlee, Richard Arnold, Shona Jackson, and Jim Stetson.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • The Galaxy at His Fingertips, fiction by Richard Arnold (original science fiction) (6)
  • Verse by Almarrisa Corban, Amy L. Whiteneck (7)
  • Star-Crossed, fiction by Su M. Fine (Star Wars/Star Trek) (8)
  • Filksongs by Mary Orwig, Teresa Sarick, D.W. Chong, and Susan Landerman (33)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (35)

Issue 52

front cover issue #52, Carrie Daugherty
back cover issue #52,Shona Jackson

The Clipper Trade Ship 52 was published in July 1986 and contains 36 pages. Front cover by Carrie Daugherty, back cover by Shona Jackson. Interior art by Leah Rosenthal, Richard Arnold, Susan Landerman, Cheryl Duval, Gennie Summers, G. Hof, Shona Jackson, Melody Rondeau, and Gloria-Ann Rovelstad

  • In The Captain's Cabin (editorial) (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Filksongs - Marilyn Maffia, D.W. Chang, Susan Landerman (3)
  • The Last Regeneration by Amy Falkowitz (Doctor Who) (4)
  • Key To Guilt by Linda Adams (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) (7)
  • A Day in the Life by Diane Farnsworth (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) (11)
  • A-Yuk Time by Lorie Johnson (Star Trek) (12)
  • The Olfactor (part one) by Jim Stetson (original science fiction) (20)
  • Verse - Amy L. Whiteneck, Wendy Atkinson (34)

Issue 53

The Clipper Trade Ship 53 was published in October 1986 and contains 36 pages.

300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #53, Mary Bohdanowicz
back cover of issue #53, Susan Landerman

The art is by Mary Bohdanowicz, Pegasus Hogan, Jerry Collins, G. Hof, J. Alan Tyler, Richard Pollet, Colleen Winters, Gennie Summers, Melody Rondeau, Tom Howard, Dawnsinger, Laura Virgil, Susan Landerman.

  • From the Bilge, guest editorial by David S. Schow (1)
  • Letters (3)
  • A Visit to the Star Trek Set on 4/21/86, by Dixie G. Owen (5)
  • No Privacy Allowed, fiction by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (7)
  • For Want of a Nail, fiction by Tom Howard (Star Trek/Doctor Who) (10)
  • The Courtyard, fiction by Michelle Carter (Star Trek, features Saavik) (12)
  • The Oldfactor, conclusion, by Jim Stetson (original science fiction) (14)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (34)

Issue 54

front cover of issue #54, Tim Truman
back cover of issue #54, Gennie Summers

The Clipper Trade Ship 54 was published in 1987 and is 37 pages long. 300 copies were printed.

The art is by Tim Truman, T'Shona Jackson, Jerry Collins, S.K. Dixon, Su M. Fine, Carrie Daugherty, Laura Virgil, Richard Arnold, Elaine Gregory, Richard Parks, Susan Landerman, Melody Rondeau, J. Alan Tyler, Vicki Brinkmeier, Guy Brownlee, and Gennie Summers.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (editorial) by Jim & Melody Rondeau (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Just Another Day at the Office by David Marks (Star Trek: TOS) (4)
  • The K-9 Konnection by Rachel Kadushin (Doctor Who) (6)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (7)
  • Dreamflight, vignette by Trina Johnson (9)
  • Almost, poem by Trina Johnson (9)
  • Phoenix by April Schowyers (Star Trek) (10)
  • Ultimate Mary Sue by Pat Hamilton (Star Trek) (12)
  • The Photograph by Lorie Deapre (13)
  • Death I Know Thy Sting by Almarrisa Corban (13)
  • Convention by Carol Mel Ambassador (Star Trek) (14)
  • One Thing in Common by Dian L. Hardison (Man From Atlantis/Dallas) (15)
  • 1812 by Su M. Fine (Doctor Who) (17)
  • The 8th Elfl Tale by Jim and Melody Rondeau (29)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (35)

Issue 55

front cover of issue #55, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #55, Susan Landerman

The Clipper Trade Ship 55 was published in April 1987 and contains 36 pages.

The art is by Melody Rondeau, Shona Jackson, Michael B. Smith, Carrie Daugherty, Pegasus Hogan, Jerry Collins, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Tom Howard, Gennie Summers, Su M. Fine, Guy Brownlee, and Susan Landerman.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (5)
  • Michelle L. Carter's Infirmity - Star Trek ("A story taking place during ST:IV that follows the cut lines regarding why Saavik stayed on Vulcan") (7)
  • Pig's Eye by CarolMel Ambassador (11)
  • Filksongs by Su M. Fine, Ann Collins Smith, Mary Orwig, Wendy Atkinson, Lisa Scott, Dorothy Eckert (9)
  • For a Rainy Day by CarolMel Ambassador (Blake's 7) (11)
  • Fall In by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (13)
  • Quarry by Ron Murillo (Blake's 7) (16)
  • Verse by Shirley Meech, Amy L. Whiteneck (19)
  • Castle of Sorcery by Gennie Summers (Dr. Who/Conan) (20)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (32)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 55

In 1987 The Clipper Trade Ship # 55 featured a Dr. Who/Conan crossover story by Gennie Summers called "Castle of Sorcery". As far as I know, it is the only documented meeting between these two celebrated science fiction/fantasy characters. Had I known of this back in the late eighties, my reaction would have been ecstatic to say the least. I spent the better part of that decade obsessed with both Conan and Doctor Who, even though the two fictional concepts had little to do with each other.

The tale had the 4th Doctor and Leela visiting the Hyborian Age by accident. Upon arriving, they found an unconscious Conan lying face down in the sands of some desert. In order to save him from the perilous heat, they dragged him inside the TARDIS. What followed was a fascinating collision of two worlds. [79]

Issue 56

front cover of issue #56, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #56, Shona Jackson

The Clipper Trade Ship 56 was published in July 1987 and contains 36 pages.

The art is by Melody Rondeau, Richard Arnold, Carrie Doughterty, Tom Howard, Pegasus Hogan, Vicki Brinkmeier, Guy Brownlee, Shannon O'Connor, Jim Stetson, Gennie Summers, Shona Jackson.

  • poem by Phyllis Eide
  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • The Chance for Paradise, fiction by Shannon O'Connor (Doctor Who) (4)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman, Lisa Scott, Mary Orwig, Su Fine, Kathy Fink, Amy L. Whiteneck (12)
  • Old Friends, fiction by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (14)
  • Verse by Sharon Tyler, Theresa Sarick, Amy L. Whiteneck (22)
  • Lily of the Kaia, fiction by Linda Slusher (Star Trek: TOS, Klingon) (24)
  • The Cargo Hold (37)

Issue 57

The Clipper Trade Ship 57 was published in October 1987 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #57, Shona Jackson
back cover of issue #57, Julie Cesari

The art is by Shona Jackson, Julie Cesari, Pegasus Hogan, G. Hof, Vicki Brinkmeier, Melody Rondeau, Susan Landerman, Richard Arnold, Gennie Summers, Lyne Kohlhoff, Jerry Collins, Tom Howard.

  • In the Captain's cabin (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • Wish Fulfillment by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who) (5)
  • Verse by CarolMel Ambassador, Dwight E. Humphries, Trina Jackson, Amy L. Whiteneck, Anne Collins Smith, Wendy De. Atkinson (8)
  • The City, the Hippie, and Oz, fction by James T. Crawford (Wizard of Oz) (10)
  • Other Zines, Other Views (13)
  • The Planet Killer, fiction by James T. Crawford (Doctor Who) (16)
  • Paradise Revisited, fiction by Karen Emerson (Star Trek: TOS) (21)
  • Shadows of the Mind, fiction by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (31)
  • Filksongs by Wendy D. Atkinson, teresa Sarick, and Susan Landerman (34)
  • The Cargo Hold (35)

Issue 58

The Clipper Trade Ship 58 was published in January 1988 and contains 60 pages.

300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #58, Tom Howard
back cover of issue #58, Pegasus Hogan

The art is by Tom Howard, Shona Jackson, Richard W. Arnold, Susan Landerman, Richard G. Pollet, Amy Whiteneck, Jerry Collins, Clayton George, Carrie Dougherty, Gennie Summers, Pegasus Hogan, Su M. Fine, Cynthia Case, John P. Alexander, Lyne Kohlhoff, Melody Rondeau.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (3)
  • The "Why Me" Syndrome by Karen Emerson (Star Trek: TOS) (8)
  • To My Dad, poem by Jill Simmons Wells (Starman) (11)
  • Miserable Metallic Mutt, poem by Amy Whiteneck (Doctor Who) (11)
  • Filksongs by Wendy D. Atkinson, Teresa Sarick, Anne Collins Smith (12)
  • Other Zines, Other Views - fanzine reviews by Linda Slusher (13)
  • And I Shall Cry No Tears by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (14)
  • Take Two Aspirin... by Sharon Hyler (Star Trek: TOS) (18)
  • Backfire by April Schowyrs (Buck Rogers) (19)
  • The Gift by Terrence Oswald Knova (Star Trek: TNG) (21)
  • In Strange Ways by Richard G. Pollet (25)
  • Illogical, poem by Dwight E. Humphries (Star Trek: TOS) (28)
  • A Twilight Trip to the Federation Zone by Edna Cline (Star Trek: TOS) (29)
  • Vamping in Boston by Teresa Sarick (Doctor Who/St. Elsewhere) (31)
  • Depends on How You Look At It, poem by Richard G. Pollet (Star Wars) (51)
  • The 9th Elfl Tale by Melody and Jim Rondeau (52)
  • Stealer of Hearts, poem by April Schowyrs (Star Trek: TOS) (58)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (59)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 58

This has a great comedy about Captain Picard getting a toupee for this birthday. It's a shame this story wasn't filmed. It's that funny. [80]

Issue 59

The Clipper Trade Ship 59 was published in April 1988 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #59, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #59, Susan Landerman

The art is by Gennie Summers, Melody Rodeau, Richard Parks, Clayton George, Cynthia Case, Jim Stetson, Jerry Collins, Lyne Masamitsu, Vicki Brinkmeier, Julie Cesari, Nola Frame, William Albert, Lynne Alisse Witten, Susan Landerman, Richard Arnold, Shona Jackson, Pegasus Hogan, Tom Howard, and John P. Alexander.

About half of this issue is letters of comment.

From the editorial:
We're happy to see the big effect Star Trek: The Next Generation has had on fandom: people are getting excited, taking pen in hand to write stories and letters, and are apparently having fun on a greater scale than the ST movies inspired. The ripples spreading throughout fandom have touched the backwaters of TCTS, and not only are you folks sending stories, but letters as well—never before have we had such a large letter column! If this keeps up, we may have to change format and simply increase the number of pages —which means we'd need more stories and art, and we'd have to spend more days putting an issue together and so on! Well...we can always hope...
  • In the Captain's Cabin, editorial (1)
  • Letters of Comment (2)
  • The Interlude, fiction by Patricia Davis (Star Trek: TNG) (14)
  • Time to Move On?, fiction by David Marks (Star Trek: TOS) (19)
  • Never Trust a Lonely Ghost, fiction by James T. Crawford (The Prisoner) (21)
  • The Trial, fiction by James T. Crawford (Doctor Who) (29)
  • Uhura and the Dreamcat, fiction by Tom Howard (Star Trek: TOS) (31)
  • Adala Rolls Her Dice, poem by April Schowyrs (Buck Rogers) (34)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (35)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 59

"The Interlude." Nice story. Emily Byrnre would make a good continuing character. She could be very useful in giving details about history, and other stories could be written to make use of her knowledge. I hope Patricia plans to do a series with her. I liked the use she made of Picard's French background and interests. The characterizations seemed on the mark to me.

"Time to Move On": good little vignette of Sulu and Uhura, and fills a blank. They do go good together, don't they? "Never Trust a lonely Ghost": this was really intriguing and exciting. It was a good ploy to lead us on to believe that Number Two was playing the usual tricks on the Prisoner, and then to find out that Morgan LeFey, no less, was behind it all. "Trust me" indeed! "The Trial": Crawford does it again. Another surprise ending! I love things like this! A good background story for the Master and the Doctor. "Uhura and the Dreamcat": this is a really pleasant interlude story, too. The dreamcat is a most likeable little alien creature, and I like stories that make use of Uhura's singing. "Ardalla Rolls the Dice": doesn't she, though? I'm fond of evil female witchy-types, and her passion for Buck and machinations always amused me.

Well, whattya know, the end, I like stories of this length better than one or two very long ones.

Melody's funny little lizard Doctor is adorable. Her theme of characters as critters is producing some really funny scenes, and her art is looking more professional all the time. Nice portrait of the X-Men, and the mouse on kitty-back is cute and well done. The Chekov face is recognizable; he's hard to get a good likeness of. Oh, what cute little hatching dragons! They're really adorable! Oh, I used that word already? Then delightful. They're both. Funny insectoid robot by Parks, and beautifully drawn, as usual. Very nice Enterprise breaking up. Pegasus' mermaid is nice, and I really liked the stylized design around it. Wonderful cartoon by Melody on the two Number Two's! Tom's Dreamcat profile is very realistically done. Back cover: the Doctor has some interesting friends. I especially liked the fire lizard or small dragon. A nice idea. [81]

Issue 60

The Clipper Trade Ship 60 was published in July 1988 and contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #60, Julie Cesari
back cover of issue #60, Melody Rondeau

Art by Julie Cesari, Su M. Fine, Jerry Collins, Carrie Daugherty, Nola Frame-Grey, Vicki Brinkmeier, C.J. Hansen, John P. Alexander, Clayton George, Richard Parks, Shona Jackson, Susan Landerman, Lyne Masamitsu, Gennie Summers, Jim Stetson, Melody Rondeau.

The editorial is mostly complaints about awards:

The awards ceremonies are over for the year, and neither TCTS nor any of its contributors won any awards. That's not surprising (and that's not because of the calibre of the work herein!). How many of you voted in the Fan-Q and/or Surak Awards? How many of you have even heard of either group of awards? ...You four may put your hands down now. Aye, there's the rub. For all the hoopla around these 'prestigious' awards, they don't really mean much. Too few fans are involved, too many zines go unread by those involved, and what few zines, writers, and artists are nominated, those who pay to do the actual voting haven't read or seen the work of all of the nominees.

Yes, that's right — you pay to vote. A dollar a vote. Think we should buy some votes? Pssst — here's a buck, Vote for Teresa Sarick as best author; Gennie Summers as best artist; TCTS as the best fanzine in the world. C'mon, there's nothing illegal about it...

We've got nothing against the idea of fanzine awards, it's just the way the two awards [sic] groups handle things. The Motion Picture Academy of the Arts, at least, requires its members to have viewed all the nominations for the categories they vote on in the Academy Awards. For fanzine awards it doesn't matter; you can vote sight unseen.

The Fan-Q awards as a total of twelve categories, consisting of Best Zine, Best Writer, Artist, and "Poet/Filker" for Star Trek, Star Wars, and "General." Short and sweet, but lumps too much in the "General" category. TCTS would have to compete in there with diverse things like GHOST RIDERS (westerns), SONIC SCREWDRIVER (Doctor Who), LEEPIN' JEEPS (Rat Patrol) , and so on. Too wide a field, but what else can they do to keep it succinct? And is there that many Star Wars zines being published than Doctor Who or Blake's Seven to deserve a separate category?

The Surak awards dispenses completely with the 'riff-raff of "General" and Star Wars awards, and limits itself solely to Star Trek. There are more categories — different kinds of artists (portrait, action), stories (long, short), graphics, foreign zines, and so on. But then double every category for a separate set of awards for "Age Statement Required" zines. Thus you have categories like "Best Writer Short Story -- General" and "Best Writer Short Story — Age Statement Required. Fine, but 99% of "Age Statement Required" zines are K/S zines, and K/S fandom is a whole subgenre of Star Trek fandom that should have its own awards. (Why not have an Academy Award for best X-rated picture?) Why segregate "Age Statement Required" material in the first place? This implies it can't compete on its own two legs with general Trek work. Curiously, some of the Surak Award categories this year only got one nomination (an indication on how poorly distributed the nominations were?). The Powers That Be decided not to give an award in some categories, and to give it in others to nominees "who surpassed the criteria necessary to be included on the ballot." What criteria? No actual voting was needed; they were automatically given the award. There was no 'no award' choices on the ballot, something needed as a failsafe measure to the voting.

Flawed. Sadly flawed. But it's all fandom's got.

So save your dollars, forget your votes. Go but [sic] a zine instead.
  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters 2
  • The Severing by CarolMel Ambassador (Wizards & Warriors) (11)
  • The Interlude II by Patricia Davis (Star Trek: TNG) (12)
  • Fortune's Favors by Wendy D. Atkinson (Battlestar Galactica) (17)
  • Escape by Ron Murillo (V) 18)
  • A Question of Meaning by Anne Collins Smith (The Prisoner) (22)
  • Verse by Dwight E. Humphries, Amy L. Whiteneck, Alyns Lawchilde, CarolMel Ambassador, Dian L. Hardison, Teresa Sarick, Rachel Kadushin (23)
  • Mr. Spock Discovers Mr. God's Plan by Dana A. Snow (Star Trek) (27)
  • The Curse by Ron Murillo (Doctor Who) (28)
  • Knight Life by Teresa Sarick (Wizards & Warriors) (contest!) (31)
  • Filksongs by Wendy D. Atkinson, D.W. Chong, Susan Landerman (33)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (35)

Issue 61

The Clipper Trade Ship 61 was published in October 1988 and contains 36 pages. Guest editor: Shirley S. Maiewski.

front cover of issue #61, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #61, Tom Howard

Art by Melody Rondeau, Lyne Masamitsu, Tom Howard, Vicki Brinkmeier, Tommy Wadford II, Gennie Summers, Cynthia Case, Susan Landerman, Shona Jackson, J. Alan Tyler, Nola Frame-Gray, Richard Parks.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • The Universal Studios Tour 1988 by Eric Johnson (5)
  • Night Watch by Diane Farnsworth Kachmar (Voyager) (8)
  • The Interlude III by Patricia Davis (ST:TNG) (11)

Hobbies: Reading by Dana Snow (16) Headroom - Teresa Sarick (Max Headroom) (17)

  • Out of Time by Ron Murillo (Doctor Who) (19)
  • Avon by Diane Rabuano (Blake's 7) (23)
  • Mercy Mission by Kathryn Agel (Voyager) (25)
  • Filksongs by Wendy D. Atkinson, Anne Collins Smith, Jim Rousey, Teresa Sarick, DW Chong, Susan Landerman (30)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (35

Issue 62

The Clipper Trade Ship 62 was published in January 1989 contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #62, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #62, Fran Wong

The art is by Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers, Shona Jackson, Carrie Daughterty, William Albert, Richard Arnold, Lyne Masamitsu, and Fran Wong.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Technical Problems by William Albert (Doctor Who) (5)
  • Tarna's Treasure by Diana Collins (fantasy) (8)
  • A Who-Sketch by Ruth Berman (9)
  • In a Prison Without Bars by Wendy D. Atkinson (9)
  • Gone But Not Forgotten by Tom Howard (ST:TNG) (10)
  • Rool Book by William Albert (fantasy) (13)
  • A Trekkie/Whovian Christmas by Wendy D. Atkinson (17)
  • The Powers of Darkness by James T. Crawford (Doctor Who) (18)
  • Data Entry: Shore Leave by Fran Wong (Star Trek:TNG) (24)
  • Filksongs by Anne Collins Smith, Wendy D. Atkinson, Susan Landerman (27)
  • The Voice by Kevin Nowak (horror) (29)
  • The 10th Elfl Tale by Melody & Jim Rondeau (30)
  • Transylvanian Solution by Amy L. Whiteneck (35)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (36)

Issue 63

front cover of issue #63, Richard Parks
back cover of issue #63, Melody Rondeau

The Clipper Trade Ship 63 was published in 1989 and is 37 pages long. 300 copies were printed.

The art is by Richard Parks, Melody Rondeay, Nola Frame-Gray, Gennie Summers, Tommy Wadford III, J. Alan Tyler, Tom Howard, Pegasus Hogan, William Albert, Susan Landerman.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Dream-Flight, inspiration by Wendy D. Atkinson, poem (6)
  • The Life Of A Warrior by Linda Slusher (Star Trek: TOS — Klingon story) (reprinted in Kalin Kollected) (7)
  • The End of the Battle by Susan Landerman (Klingon filksong) (31)
  • Book and Cover by Christina Mavroudis (Star Trek: TNG) (32)
  • The Last Unofficial Act by Bill Norton (Star Trek: TOS) (33)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (35)

Issue 64

The Clipper Trade Ship 64 was published in July 1989 and contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

front cover of issue #64, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #64, Richard Parks

The art is by Melody Rondeau, Sue Frank, Pegasus Hogan, Gennie Summers, Julie Cesari, Richard Parks, Cynthia Case, Shona Jackson, Nola Frame-Gray, Susan Landerman, Tommy Wadford II, Clayton George.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Battle Alert! by Ron Murillo (ST:TNG) (7)
  • Home is Where the Heart Is by Joann Serger (Buck Rogers) (9)
  • Egon's Paragon by Sundae Shields (ST/Ghostbusters) (15)
  • The Last Goodbye by Ron Murillo (Doctor Who) (21)
  • Verse - April Schowyrs, Teri Sarick, Amy L. Whiteneck (34)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (35)

Issue 65

The Clipper Trade Ship 65 was published in October 1989 and contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

This was the last issue to contain zine reviews.

front cover of issue #65, Amy Falkowitz and Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #65, Melody Rondeau

The art is by Amy Falkowitz, Melody Rondeau, Julie Cesari, Pegasus Hogan, Gennie Summers, Nola Frame-Gray, Richard Parks, Tommy Wadford, Lynne Alisse Witten, Lyne Masamitsu, Sue Frank, Cynthia Case, and Susan Landerman.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Enough is Enough by Karen Emerson (ST:TNG) (7)
  • Other Zines, Other Views - fanzine reviews by Anne Collins Smith (14)
  • A Taste of Rain by Ann Miller (Beauty & Beast) (18)
  • Filksongs - Robin E. Baylor, Susan Landerman, Jim Rousey, Teresa Sarick (33)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (36)

Issue 66

The Clipper Trade Ship 66 was published in January 1990 and contains 36 pages.

front cover of issue #66, Bruce Gardner
back cover of issue #66, Gennie Summers

The art is by Bruce Gardner, Gennie Summers, Melody Rondeau, Richard Arnold, Richard Parks, Julie Cesari, Nola Frame-Gray, J. Alan Tyler, Fran Wong, Susan Landerman, Tom Howard.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (3)
  • Verse: Wendy D. Atkinson, Amy L. Whiteneck, Dwight E. Humphries (11)
  • A Change of Mind, fiction by Karen Emerson (Star Trek: TNG) (13)
  • The 11th Elfl Tale by Melody and Jim Rondeau (29)
  • Filksongs by Wendy D. Atkinson and Susan Landerman (35)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (36)

Issue 67

The Clipper Trade Ship 67 was published in April 1990 and contains 36 pages. Guest editor: Shirley S. Maiewski.

front cover of issue #67, Joy Riddle
back cover of issue #67, Tom Howard

The art is by Joy Riddle, Gennie Summers, Julie Cesari, Nola Frame-Gray, K. Lebherzi, Lynn McVey, Tommy Wadford II, Richard Parks, Lynne Alisse Witten, Melody Rondeau, Karen Kling, Tom Howard.

  • In the Captain's Cabin - guest editorial - Shirley Maiewski (1)
  • Letters (2)

  • The Connection by Kathy Agel (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) (6)
  • Verse - Anne Collins Smith, Dwight E. Humphries, Dian L. Hardison, Alyns Lawchilde, Trillian (9)
  • Bubbles by Lorie Johnson (ST:TNG) (11)
  • Filksongs - Wendy D. Atkinson, Teri Sarick, Susan Landerman (Wendy D. Atkinson, "The Joke on the Federation" to the tune of John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith) (12)
  • Grottoland by Kristin Ruhle (Doctor Who) (15)
  • Another Filksong by Wendy D. Atkinson (34)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (35)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 67

Very nice covers by Joy Riddle and Tom Howard. One small criticism, though, the Doctor's head looks like the Master shot it with the TCE gun (or did the headhunter from "Beetlejuice" sprinkle some dust on it?). Jim and Melody, I definitely like the starry logo (or was that there last time?) — very cosmic.

Very nice editorial by Shirley Maiewski. I've always wondered what the Star Trek Welcomittee did. The picture on the same page by Gennie Summers is a delight. I have wondered if Will's eating habits suffered since serving with the Klingons (pun intended!). [82]

Issue 68

front cover of issue #68, Susie Leinbach
back cover of issue #68, Joy Riddle

The Clipper Trade Ship 68 was published in July 1990 and contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

The art is by Susie Leinback, Diane Hawley, Melody Rondeau, Karen Kling, Gennie Summers, Nola Frame-Gray, Sue Frank, Richard Parks, Tommy Wadford III, Lynne Alisse Witten, Lyne Masamitsu, Shona Jackson, Lori A. Johnson, and Joy Riddle.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Filksongs by Jim Rousey, Wendy D. Atkinson, Teri Sarick and Susan Landerman (6)
  • Funhouse by Fran Wong (Star Trek: TNG) (10)
  • Verse by James Fitzsimmons, April Schowyrs, William Albert (11)
  • Lonely is the Shadow by Lorie A. Johnson (Star Trek: TNG) (12)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (34)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 68

"Lonely is the Shadow" is one of the best Trek stories I've read in a long time. As an expansion of the original episode, it would have made for a dandy two-parter that would have held its own with "Best of Both Worlds" for suspense and fascination. I particularly enjoyed the overall "feel" of characterization and background; even the aliens were done convincingly. Re: "Funhouse" by Fran Wong; oooo, the fun I could have with the holo-deck!! If Troi thought her reputation suffered, imagine what M'ress might think! ...heh, heh, heh... [83]
Liked how you solved the cover dilemma! No, I will attest to the fact that you don't have a 'Conan the Editor' cap, but you did fail to mention the head office of 'Con-goers Anonymous' mysteriously shares your address... '2 Groans' for Still Another "Luke's Hand" song. Fran Wong continues to display her good storytelling I mentioned in a previous issue. And Lorie's "Lonely is the Shadow" is absolutely fantastic! Damn fine read! This woman can write! Quite interesting the (intentional?) borrowing of an idea from Quantum Leap with the children. I sat up part of the night reading the story! just couldn't put it down. [84]

Issue 69

front cover of issue #69, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #69, Jim Stetson

The Clipper Trade Ship 69 was published in October 1990 and contains 36 pages. 300 copies were printed.

The art is by Gennie Summers, Melody Rondeau, Nola Frame-Gray, Jim Stetson, Shona Jackson, Susan Landerman, Susan Leinbach.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman, Wendy D. Atkinson, Jim Rousey, Teresa Sarick (2)
  • The Logic of Love by Ann Miller (Star Trek: TOS, a Spock romance) (4)
  • Verse by Amy L. Whiteneck, Dwight E. Humphries (36)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (inside back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 69

Kudos to Gennie for the very good cover. And Susi Leinbach again attests to the 'pictures can say a thousand words' department. She' got a knack for drawing Data... Enjoyed all the filks, "Filk-Writer's Theme Song" and "TARDIS Brand Music" take the cake, though. Ann Miller's novella was well-handed Mary Sue (yes, I know some might say that's not possible), and extremely well-written. [85]
Finally, a Spock-made-love-to-me story that had a believable plot and a sensible outcome! Or was this a Mary Sue story? Whatever, it was good story. While reading it I never say any false characterizations at all in the story. And boy did she skewer us Terrans good! Liz was a great "ugly Terran." I just hope that a sequel is in the works and will appear soon. If it isn't I may try to write one as I can't let these characters alone." [86]

Issue 70

front cover issue #70, Richard Parks
back cover of issue #70, Richard Parks

The Clipper Trade Ship 70 was published in January 1991 and contains 36 pages.

The art is by Richard Parks, Shona Jackson, Diane Hawley, Karen Kling, Gennie Summers, Lynne Alisse Witten, Nola Frame-Gray, S.L. Wickham.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (1)
  • Special Friends by Traci Dowen (Star Trek: TNG) (5)
  • Psychobabble by Linda Slusher (Star Trek: TOS) (9)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (36)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 70

Absolutely loved the cover! "Special Friends" by Traci Dowen was an excellent look at the young Tasha Yar. Although I pretty much suspected the ending, that certainly was a drawback for me. Extremely well-written. "Psychobabble" by Linda Slusher was a good read. Although I certainly enjoyed it, it did seem to plod a bit at some points. A good look at Klingons, which Linda handles extremely well and is never disappointing. The rest of the art was also good. [87]

Issue 71

front cover of issue #71, Joy Riddle
back cover of issue #71, Joy Riddle

The Clipper Trade Ship 71 was published in April 1991 and is 36 pages long.

The art is by Joy Riddle, Melody Frame, Nola Frame-Gray, Clayton George, Karen Kling, J. Alan Tyler, Sue Frank, Pegasus Hogan, Gennie Summers, Richard Parks, Susan Landerman.

From the editorial:

With Winter once again departed and Spring thrust upon the land, 'tis time once more to sit and type these stories in such demand. Good day, and welcome to the seventy-first issue of THE CLIPPER TRADE SHIP (TCTS).

Seventy-one issues. Phew. That means we've been doing many years? Seventeen? Eighteen? What drives someone to do something like this? The urge to be creative. Drawings, words, and such to amuse, entertain, preach. We do it because it's allegedly fun, that we eventually get joy and satisfaction from the completion of each issue (rushed as they are). It's fun to write, fun to draw, fun to be appreciated by others-The same can be said for editing, but at times it's a very thankless, frustrating job. There are the joys of receiving great stories and art, hacking away at the typewriter whilst doing an issue, having the mail bring new subscribers and letters of comment... But there is the downside of it, too. (Mothers, don't let your children grow up to be editors!) The rare outright rejection letter you must write on a submission, or having to give up on a piece if the author is unwilling or doesn't have the time to do a rewrite, or the unhappy letters from readers and contributors alike. We don't expect to please everybody, but on the other hand, we do have a certain vision on how we want to handle and guide our fanzines.

There is another minor but annoying problem we had the past year from several contributors that were unaware they were creating a problem. They sent submissions to us, as well as simultaneously sending the same material to other editors. There is nothing wrong in wanting the largest possible audience for your work, but the trouble here was that we were accepting material, and then finding it being printed elsewhere. Should we have printed any of this work we could have been sued for copyright violation (as one publication heartily threatened to do). So far no waves have been stirred up from us printing one piece we did discover later had seen print in another zine (the weird thing was that other zine never sent the artist a contributor's copy, and we had accidentally received two copies, so we forwarded the spare copy).

Simultaneous submission in fandom, as well as the professional world, is considered unethical at best, especially when prospective editors are not notified of pieces being accepted elsewhere. We try to use first-run material only; only in rare cases do we 'reprint' material (such as if it has only seen the light of day in a tiny clubzine newsletter with a circulation of fifty or less). We want to bring material that is new to you and us, not bore you with reruns. If something slips by us that has seen print elsewhere, please forgive us; we're not trying to deceive you.
  • In the Captain's Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Starlost: Rachel's Story (verse) by Teri Sarick (6)
  • Reflections on a Matter of Honor by Sue Frank (Star Trek: TNG) (7)
  • Search for the Stars by Edna Cline (Star Trek: TOS) (10)
  • Elegy by Ron Murillo (Alien Nation) (19)
  • Filksongs - Teri Sarick, DW Chong, Wendy D. Atkinson, Susan Landerman (22)
  • What a Card by Bill and Ann Hupe (Star Trek: TNG) (25)
  • Avalon by Janet P. Reedman (Robin of Sherwood) (31)
  • The Cargo Hold - ads (34)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 71

Thanks very much for my contrib's copy of TCTS #71. I was interested to read your editorial
 regarding simultaneous submissions. As a frequent submitter to semi-pro/literary magazines, as well as fanzines, I have long thought rules needed to be set out for media-related fiction. Fan-fic and zines in general are becoming far more professional; therefore, we need some code of standards to work by. If editors are getting to the point of threatening to sue over copyright infringement that was committed unintentionally, it may be necessary, even in fandom,to have written agreements with the author of works, stating that the editor is purchasing FIRST serial rights, all rights et cetera.

Interestingly, I know of a recent case which seems to be the flip of the coin to the simultaneous submission issue. A writer submitted a piece which had been printed 4-5 years ago to a friend's zine. The editor of the zine that originally published the story found out and asked (politely) that my friend pull the piece, as the first zine was still in print. The story was indeed pulled, but I really question whether this was entirely ethical. Again, unless there is written or verbal contract stating that ALL RIGHTS are purchased, rights normally should revert to the AUTHOR upon publication. If another editor wants to use it as a reprint (with appropriate credit given) there shouldn't be a problem just because the original publication is still available.[88]
[reply from the editor]:There's no easy solution, but it is basically up to the editor to spell out the conditions for accepting a piece. Having the rights revert back to the author or artist upon publication can lead to problems — especially if the piece in question is a novel. I'd be pretty unhappy if I printed 300 copies of someone's novel, sold 100 copies, then find out that the author had someone else reprint the novel with prettier cover and illustrations, and nobody would want to buy the other 200 copies I've got left. And would it be the right of the author, upon publication, to withdraw a story in a zine & demand all remaining copies to be withdrawn? Okay, okay, don't hit me! I'm just playing Devil's Advocate, looking at a few extreme possibilities. I think a form letter on the conditions of submissions and acceptance is a good idea, hoping that they don't scare off potential contributors. We won't be adopting such a plan at this time, and, hopefully, we won't ever have to, relying on an honor and trust system in fandom. [89]

As usual, the artwork is great I loved Sue Frank's "Reflection On a Matter of Honor." Of course, being a Riker fan has nothing to do with it in the least! But it was good story, and gave a little better feel for what Riker was going through. But I just can't imagine Riker having a good time with a Klingon female! Little Riker Klingon children running loose in the universe...

I wasn't so sure about "Search For the Stars." Kirk and Spock were way too honest about their being from the future and about future technology with people they knew nothing about. Even if these people did talk about computers and such. What happened to not changing the past? Or letting slip that you are from the future? I gathered no effort was made to disguise Spock's ears. I don't know — the story just didn't ring true for me.

I liked "Elegy" as well -- the story was well written and showed Matt's confusion and mixed thoughts. I wish they'd let us see what happened to George's family instead of leaving the show a cliffhanger for all eternity. One or two more shows won't break the studios, and it will solve the mystery.

"What a Card" was hilarious! I can just see Roger Rabbit and his toon friends wreaking havoc on the Enterprise. More! More!

"Avalon" shows an interesting end to the legends that were. You go to wait for eternity, and the need for heroes and legends again. But what would they come back as in our day and age? Or for that matter, in the future of Star Trek? Would they come back at all? Terrible to wait an eternity only to be never needed again. [90]

Issue 72

The Clipper Trade Ship 72 was published in July 1991 and is 36 pages long. 300 copies were printed.

back cover of issue #72, Gayle Schultz
front cover of issue #72, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

The art is by J. Alan Tyler, Karen Kling, Diana Ablard, Clayton George, Jack Kusler, Pegasus Hogan, Richard Parks, Gennie Summers, Lyne Masamitsu, Nola Frame-Gray, Lorie A. Johnson.

From the editorial:

Death and taxes. Well, we don't want to talk about death, so let's talk tax. California, like most other states, has run into very big budgetary woes, and has recently changed the tax code so that all periodicals (even newspapers) are taxable. That includes fanzines. And being honest folks that we are, we're gonna have to come up with some formula to have tax included on in-state sales of our zines, and the myriad of zines we carry for other people.

It's unclear as to whether subscriptions are taxable, so until we find out otherwise, subscriptions won't be taxed.

On the other hand, the legislature also raised the tax rate, which gives an added cost to printing. And the postal service is lobbying for another postal increase already. We have yet to find a peaceful evening to sit down, calculate all the expenses, and restructure the prices of any and all of our zines. Granted, fanzines are non-profit, but we'd like to keep our losses each year under $3,000.
  • In the Captains Cabin - editorial (1)
  • Letters of comment (2)
  • We Loved Revisited by Michelle L. Carter (Beauty and the Beast) (6)
  • Still Lost by William Albert (Doctor Who) (8)
  • Filksongs by Susan Landerman, DW Chong (including: "Avon's Answer" (Blake's 7)) (10)
  • Command Decision by Lori Johnson (Star Trek: TNG) (11)
  • The Tour by Karen Emerson (Star Trek: TNG) (29)
  • The Cargo Hold (ads) (34)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 72

You guys are devils to intercut Michele's poetic Vincent piece with Karen's mischievous cartoon. Isn't it fun being an editor? I loved the quick turn in "Still Lost." Dr. Smith -just right. Yes, I think I like crossovers like this best--a swift kick in the expectations, a revelation of familiar characters in odd combinations. Loved Nola's Worf provoking Data. Just right with those groaner filks from Susan and DW. You two do this just to make us scream, don't you! When I try to follow the perverse humor in that, can't do anything but smile again. Nice use of "Memory" for Wendy's "Avon's Answer." That pivotal moment in that last Blake's 7 show. I guess we'll not ever get over it any more than we get over Hamlet "doing" Polonius or Luke dealing with Vader. Aha! Picard's worst nightmare! Rotten little kids wreaking havoc all over the Enterprise bridge! Thank you, Karen, from the bottom of my Klingon heart... And congratulations to Lorie for getting Picard and Beverly so happily together in "Command Decision." Neat idea—to send us to a part of space where nothing much is going on outside, so we can turn our attention inboard. "I'm a physician, not a priestess." Nice. Love J. Tyler's horde of grimacing knotheads (p. 33). They are funny/scary in bunches, aren't they? Just wait till ST VI! [91]

Liked the Egyptian art on the bottom of page 4 as well. And "Adventures with Spock" is always good for a laugh! Of course, I can always see Catherine having a "litter" instead of just one baby, although the idea hadn't occurred to me until I saw the cartoon! Just like Vincent to say "What's with her?" Typical father type person!

"We Loved Revisited" was good. A different ending to what happened, and an explanation for how Vincent came to term with himself. Although I'm neither a Doctor who fan or a Lost in Space fan, I had to laugh at the story by William Albert, "Still Lost." So close to being rescued, yet so far! Too bad the Doctor had to move on in such a hurry, or I'm sure he would have helped the Robinsons!

"Command Decision" was great! Two people waltzing around each other misunderstanding everything that is said and done. And when they finally realize what's going on — then poor Beverly has to leave! Or makes the choice to leave. And I liked how Beverly used simple herbs to turn the poor Captain on. Much better than drugging him! And quite appropriate. The healer using ancient ways to get what she wants. You can't stop a horny woman!

And of course, "The Tour" was superb. Don't know why I say that--I couldn't have been the one to write it! I'll stop patting myself on the back now... And the drawing of the Klingons at the end seemed a perfect end to the story. Granted, Worf is only one Klingon, but kids do tend to have a wild imagination, and yon know how the "bad guy" always multiply, and the fish always grows, when the story is retold. [92]

Issue 73

front cover issue #73, Richard Parks
back cover of issue #73, Joy Riddle

The Clipper Trade Ship 73 was published in December 1991 and is 36 pages long. 300 copies were printed.

The art is by Michael Parks, Gennie Summers, Anja Gruber, Jack Kusler, Tommy Wadford II, Diane Hawley, J. Alan Tyler, Joy Riddle.

From the editorial:

Though the new year is just around the corner, I'm going to be optimistic and mark this the October issue, three months late as it is. That means I still have a faint ray of hope that the January issue can come out sometime before May. There has always been a possibility that TCTS may slip into an irregular printing schedule, and that time nay be here.

Once, when I was young many, many years ago, I had time to write and edit and publish and type and answer mail and draw. As I grew older, time sped up, and I found myself no longer being able to do all the things I once had time for. I rarely have the time to write or draw any more (that's why I married Melody, so I wouldn't have to draw), and the way things have gone this past year, it's getting exceedingly difficult to edit, type, and publish. Melody's job and responsibilities (i.e., editing DATA ENTRIES) leaves TCTS almost solely to me again, along with trying to answer 96% of the mail...

With roughly 100 subscribers to TCTS (hey, you out there, reading this nifty zine you picked up at a convention, why dontcha subscribe, hint hint?), 250 for Data Entries, and 900 for Quantum Quarterly, you might get an idea as to why I'm having a difficult time answering all the mail AND type TCTS...
  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Bone's Log, poem by James Fitzsimmons (5)
  • A Little Christmas Cheer by CarolMel Ambassador (Blake's 7) (6)
  • The New, Improved Shalazu 2000 by Linda Slusher (Star Trek: TOS) (7)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (34)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 73

The cover immediately caught my attention; I thought perhaps the Klingons had wandered into the Star Wars universe and I was hoping to read about what they thought of the "force." A good cover.

In the Captain's Cabin was also interesting, thanks for taking the space to explain the problem. 1 know it helps me to wait for the zine if I know why it may be late.

The letters are always fun to read. I am glad to know that I am not the only one who has such a high opinion of your zine. And the little cartoons (illustrations) that are interspersed between and around the letters are a nice treat too.

On to the stories. First, "A Little Christmas Cheer" by CarolMel Ambassador was a nice little treat. In less than a page she captured all the principals perfectly, have them a nice little twist, and had them all stay in character. A great job. I am not sure what the Vulcans at the bottom of the page are mad at but I do know that I don't want a bunch of Vulcans mad at me.

The second story, "The New, Improved ShaLaZu 2000," was a great romp. I couldn't put it down as I just had to read what would happen next. Linda Slusher built the world of the story perfectly and even threw in some neat touches — Kalin hiccupping, Lt. Kinar knitting, and the Klingon curses were fun also. I had a rollicking good time following Kalin planning, laying, and then almost not being able to get out of his trap. Great writing, Linda. And the bit at the end about playing with the Kzin out of sheer "sadism, pettiness, and a generally childish inclination to discharge my considerable frustrations on the nearest available target" was priceless. Just a great story; I hope to read more adventures of the redoubtable Kalin in future issues of the zine.

So overall, while I didn't like waiting for the zine, it was worth the wait as I had a good time reading it. I just wish all the zines I read were as much fun and as well written. Oh, before I forget, I liked all the illustrations that accompanied Linda's story as well. [93]

Issue 74

The Clipper Trade Ship 74 was published in January 1992 and is 36 pages long.

front cover of issue #74, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #74, Joy Riddle

The art is by Gennie Summers, Karen Kling, Anja Gruber, Nola Frame-Gray, Roy D. Pounds, Carrie Dougherty, Susan Leinbach, Richard Parks, J. Alan Tyler, Joy Riddle.

From the editorial:

It is only through the grace of Paramount Pictures that fanzines are allowed to exist. It is quite within any studio's rights to squash a zine if they should so desire, but we, the fans, have been fortunate so far. After all, it's someone else's characters we're playing with. The studios and such have all the legal rights.

I remind you of this because of two recent incidents that remind fanzines of their mortality. In one case, a science fiction author objected to the use of one of their characters, and sent their lawyer to go beyond a simple cease-and-desist demand. Such a scary situation can occur at any time for a zine editor, especially if a studio changes its policy.

Can you imagine what would happen if Paramount clamped down on Star Trek fanzines? I wouldn't want to think about it. The potential is there, as elsewhere, such as with Quantum Leap. At a recent Quantum Leap convention, a representative from MCA/Universal made hints that any Quantum Leap zine would have to be licensed, and was supposed to come back to me to explain further, but never returned by the end of the con. All we need is one studio to set a trend and the floodgates may open. Fanzines could be driven far underground, out of business, or way up in price (and with studio control) for those willing to be above board. The FBI could be sent in to arrest belligerent zine editors, assets seized, and copyright infringement charges made to stick.

Just a fantasy, a horror tale to be shrugged off? I wish it were. Fanzines are currently tolerated by the studios (if they've even aware of them). And if they should think that money could be made off of zines for themselves or by others in these tough economic times, they could easily cast their eyes this way.

It can happen here.
  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Future Tense by Debbie Santianna (Star Trek: TNG) (5)
  • Replication by Karen Emerson (Star Trek: TNG) (12)
  • Pioneer by Harvey Miles (science fiction) (14)
  • Filksongs: DW Chong, Susan Landerman, Wendy D. Atkinson, Teresa Sarick ("Suffered for Your Sanity" (Blake's 7), "Don't Put Me On" (Blake's 7), "Vila's Lament" (Blake's 7), others) (23)
  • Eye of the Sulator by James Fitzsimmons (Star Trek: TNG) (25)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (26)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 74

Loved the cartoon on the bottom of page 1 - poor Klingons! Also feel sorry for Alexander in the cartoon at the bottom of page 3 -- I'd rather have the dessert! Totally evil looking Ferengi at the bottom of page 24 -- I'd hate to meet him in a dark alley somewhere! Then again, sometimes I think some of the people we get late at night in our surgery look like that...

The poem "Song of the Overloaded Fan" sure fits me lately -- every time I go to a con, now that I'm earning money, I want to buy the place out! I'll be going to a convention in another two weeks -- it's a good thing I'm driving, or I'll probably weigh down the plane coming home!

Enjoyed "Rank Hath Its...?" although I didn't quite feel the premise was right. I don't think Q would bring back someone from the future just to test her, and the crew of the Enterprise. I know Q doesn't care about interfering with the future, but I still think he'd stick with those in the present of the Enterprise instead of bringing someone back. Other than that, it was an enjoyable story!

"Bird of Prey" was great as well, and since I used to watch Buck Rogers, I could follow the characterizations. I didn't see anything terribly wrong with the story, and liked reading it. "Little Sister" was also well written.

Apologies to Jeff Long, but I just could not get into "Operation Stellar Storm." I only read the first page or two, and just couldn't finish it. It didn't grab my attention and keep it. I know it was based on Desert Storm, but I found the format he used jarring. I just couldn't keep my interest up to read it, so I skimmed through it. [94]

First, the cover by Gennie Summers of Lt. Commander Data, my favorite android. I especially liked her attention to detail, catching Data just right down to the wisp of a smile and the empty pip on his collar.

Onto the inside... In the Captain's Cabin was informative and a little scary. I, like you, am hopeful that the studios will never decide to crack down on all the fanzines running around or a lot of fans are going to be very deprived. The BS.B cartoon at the bottom of the page was funny also.

As always the letters and the illustrations, especially the one of Diana at the bottom of page 2, were great. I sure wish I could draw that well—what a talent to have.

"Future Tense" by Debbie Santianna was a great Wesley story. It was well constructed and fully believable all the way through. I really liked the neat twist at the end. Until then I had no idea this was a holodeck story. A good job; I look forward to her next one. And the Doctor Who illustration on page 11 was great.

"Replication" by Karen Emerson was a great little short story that built on one of my favorite ST:TNG stories and expanded it nicely and then wrapped it up in a totally believable way. I also got a good laugh out of the illustrations at the bottom of page 13. Hasn't Data figured out the Chinese finger puzzle yet?

"Pioneer" by Harvey Miles was interesting and well done and very detailed and a great read. And I liked the upbeat ending. The filksongs were varied and while I enjoyed all of them, my favorite has to be "Vila's Lament" by Romana A. Solo. It was great and caught Vila perfectly.

"Eye of the Sulator" by James Fitzsimmons was an interesting story, as it was about my favorite Klingon, Lt. Worf. It filled in some questions I had about his background, growing up among us Humans, yet remaining so in touch with his racial background and heritage. It created and explained an entirely believable solution that let all the characters remain true to the show. All in all, a good story.

In closing I Have to say that THE CLIPPER TRADE SHIP just keeps getting better and better. Number 74 was almost perfect, it had some filksongs and a lot of great illustrations. I also got a big laugh from the illustration on the back cover. What a terrible thing to do to a Dalek! Funny, though- I just wish that every zine I got was as good as CLIPPER #74 was. Please keep up the good work. [95]

Issue 75

front cover of issue #75, Diane Hawley
back cover of issue #75, Gennie Summers

The Clipper Trade Ship 75 was published in January 1994 and is 37 pages long. It was published a full two years after the previous issue.

The art is by Diane Hawley, Gennie Summers, Nola Frame-Gray, Michael Parks, Roy Pounds II, J. Alan Tyler, Pegasus Hogan, Karen Kling, and Sue Frank.

From the editorial:
Alas, the economics of the times have caught up with us. Because of our dwindling income and buying power, with this issue we're forced to drop the 'all off-set' quality of the printing, and take our chances with photocopy for the interior. With the dwindling number of subscribers, it's much more practical to run off copies as we need them (until we reach the maximum of three hundred), rather than have half the print run sitting as back issues. And each issue creates more back issues that take up room. But by using on demand printing we won't be using storage space as rapidly.
When a fan suggested Jim Rondeau get a computer, pointing out it would solve a lot of his typewriter and other production problems, Jim replied:
A computer? You mean, a computer, monitor, support software, printer of near-laser quality, and nifty scanner so we'd be able to combine text and art work, such as on this page? It's a good idea, but besides beyond our affordability, my experience with computers is twenty years outdated. (I studied Fortran IV; who remembers that?) With the severance pay from her last job. Melody bought the kind of computer she had been trained to animate on — an Amiga — which few fan writers seem to own. And after having it a year, she still doesn't how how to do anything on it besides animate. And we finally got printer for it last night (a trade deal), which our computer expert friend couldn't figure how to access the fonts. Maybe in ten or twenty years... [96]
Shirley Maiewski replied to Jim Rondeau's editorial in the previous issue regarding fanzines and the fear of being shut down by TPTB:

Your editorial in TCTS is scary. The part about possible trouble with the studios regarding fanzines, I mean. You mention in passing that you wonder if they are even aware of them -- in are even aware of them — in one way, I doubt if they do — they seem to ignore Fandom as a rule, but if it meant they could squeeze more money from these non-existent beings, I'm sure they would! I have heard of zine editors being told to cease and desist — in the past, many years ago, however not recently. That happened about three or four years before ST:TMP came out, and it was a zine in which the Federation and the Klingons worked together to meet a threat of something coming from outer space. Strange that just a few years later V'ger came along, isn't it?

I'm afraid that now that Gene Roddenberry is gone that others may try to take over, regarding Fandom. True, Mr. Roddenberry was not well the last year, but he was still there, and knew what was going on. If anyone appreciated the fans of Star Trek, it was Gene Roddenberry! And, although some may not really realize it, Richard Arnold, too. He was a fan long before he began to work for Mr. Roddenberry, and always remained one, until somebody at Paramount decided they did not have to bother with "all that fan foolishness" and Richard was fired. You are right — we fans have something to worry about! [97]
  • In the Cabin's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Go West, Young Man by April D. Fairchild (Quantum Leap/High Chaparral) (8)
  • Filksongs: Teri Sarick, DW Chong, Wendy D. Atkinson, Susan Landerman (20)
  • Final Farewells by Kimberly Pederson (22)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (36)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 75

Congratulations on your twentieth anniversary! I had heard TCTS had been around a long time, but I didn't realize how long. Funny how Star Trek fandom spans so many generations... The Clipper Trade set sail the year I was born, and now here I am contributing to it! Let's see... I guess I'll start at the beginning—I loved Diane Hawley's picture of Troi on the cover! She's a talented artist and I'll have to look for more of her work.

In a sick sort of way, the cartoon of Data at the bottom of page 2 was hysterical.

I read TCTS mostly for the Star Trek stories, but I'm also a Quantum Leap fan, and I liked "Go West, Young Man," by April D. Fairchild, especially the first few paragraphs. San as a "temporal white knight" — interesting way of looking at it. I also liked that the whole story was from Sam's point of view. I wasn't so sure about Sam jumping into bed to eagerly with Maria, he's usually much more...shy, but I suppose the tequila helped him release his inhibitions.

I loved "Final Farewells," by Kim Pederson. It brought tears to my eyes when Ambassador Spock hugged the holographic image of Captain Kirk. I found it to be a fascinating, thought-provoking story about friendship and loss. It was interesting that Spock and Saavik would up getting married. He always seemed to be more of a father figure to her. Of course, you couldn't help but like that little bundle of energy, Melaun. And I could just picture little James, a miniature version of Spock, always trying to be serious and never quite succeeding. I hope to see more stories by Kim in the future. [98]

I want to tell you how much I enjoyed TCTS 75. (That Issue number has to be some sort of record!)

I'm a sucker for Quantum Leap stories anyway, and "Go West, Young Man" had a number of chuckles in it. (And I remember High Chaparral some from when it was on a looong time ago.) Teri Sarick did a pretty terrific job of using the song "Suzanne" as the basis for her filk — and I wouldn't have thought that was possible! I always loved that song, and this was an amazingly apt fit. The filler illos were well done as usual, and I got a laugh out of Nola Frame-Gray's Data 'toon. But the best was Kimberly Pederson's "Final Farewells." Excellent. I wasn't bothered one whit by the apparent contradictions to the 'official' timeline; this was an alternate universe I loved visiting. Thank you! I'm looking forward to #76. [99]

Issue 76

front cover of issue #76, Sue Frank
back cover of issue #76, Terry Slate

The Clipper Trade Ship 76 was published in October 1994 and is 36 pages long. It has a a Kor (Klingon) cover by Sue Frank.

Art is by Sue Frank, Roy D. Pounds, Nola Frame-Gray, Gennie Summers, Ginny Chan, Karen Kling, Shona Jackson, Richard Parks, J. Alan Tyler, Lyne Masamitsu, Melody Rondeay, S.L Wickham, Diane Hawley, Terry Slate.

  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Mansion in the Sky by Wendy D. Atkinson (Doctor Who) (5)
  • Rank Hath Its… by F. Alexander Brejcha (Star Trek: TNG) (7)
  • Bird of Prey by Joni Gillispie (Buck Rogers) (15)
  • Little Sister by Christina Mavroudis (Blake's 7) (25)
  • Filksongs: Susan D. Landerman, Wendy D. Atkinson, DW Chong (28)
  • Operation Stellar Storm by Jeff Long (Star Trek: TOS) (31)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (37)

Issue 77

The Clipper Trade Ship 77 was published in January 1995 and is 36 pages long.

front cover of issue #77, Roy D. Pounds II
cover of issue #77, Terry Slate

The art is by Roy D. Pounds, Terry Slate, Tommy Wadford II, Richard Parks, Anja Gruber, Gennie Summers, Nola Frame-Gray, J. Alan Tyler, Lorie Johnson, Ginny Chan, Joy Riddle.

There are no letters of comment in this issue.

From the editorial:
My continuing apologies to contributors, patiently waiting seemingly forever to see their work in print. At last there's a little light at the end of the tunnel, and we're catching up on story submissions. I think there's enough for about two more issues. So now is the tine to start considering sending more stories our way. Please?
  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Happy Birthday, Dr. McCoy by Richard Parks (Star Trek: TOS) (2)
  • Of Airships and Spokesmen by Erin Lale (6)
  • Just Another Day at the Rebellion by Wendy D. Atkinson (Blake's 7, multiple crossover incl. Bill & Ted) (7)
  • The Fiendish Plot by Nancy C. Van Den Akker (Doctor Who) (9)
  • Tear, Rant, and Rave by Christina Mavroudis (Blake's 7) (10)
  • Soulswap by Karen S. Maudlin (Red Dwarf) (11)
  • The 12th Elfl Tale by Jim and Melody Rondeau (18)
  • Down in Forward by Beth Ketterer (Star Trek: TNG) (24)
  • Numbers, All by Jeff Long (The Prisoner) (25)
  • Never and Always, Touching and Touched by Barbara Fink (Star Trek: TOS) (26)
  • Filksongs by Wendy D. Atkinson and Anne Collins Smith (33)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (35)

Issue 78/79

front cover of issue #79/79, Anja Gruber
back cover of issue #78/79, Jim Stetson

The Clipper Trade Ship 78/79 was published in December 1997 and is 69 pages long.

The art is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa, Nola Frame-Gray, Anna Defrietas, Naomi Neumark, Anja Gruber, J. Alan Tyler, Diane Hawley, Susan D. Landerman, Gennie Summers, Roy Pounds II, Richard Parks, Lorie Johnson, Pegasus Hogan, Melody Rondeau, S.L. Wickham, Shona Jackson, Jim Stetson.

[The editorial]:

In early June, 1995, while on vacation in Colorado, with trusty typewriter in hand, I typed up most of what was supposed to be the 78th issue of THE COPPER TRADE SHIP (TCTS). Once home, all I needed was one free weekend to wrap it up. Just one free weekend...

That weekend never came... until the middle of November, 1997.

In that weekend, using what little knowledge my mind had been able to retain on how to use the computer and scanner we've ended up with, I scanned/corrected everything that had been typed, and then emptied the fiction file completely, in order to produce the double issue you now hold.

But now we're at a crossroads. The thing that had been eating up so much of my time the past five years seems to be going away. We now have the technology to do issues on computers and accept submissions on disk. But readership is down, there are no known stories in the pipeline, and new fanzines in general are dwindling, thanks to the Internet. TCTS cannot continue on a quarterly basis even if I wanted to. There are plenty of filksongs, poems, and artwork on hand, but that's all. So where do we go from here?

Fold? Continue to publish irregularly? Those who want a refund on the remainder of their subscription are welcome to ask for one. Those contributors who'd like their artwork, etc. back need only to contact me. But at the moment, the plan is to go on. Seek out new stories, new civilizations, to boldly go to do what I can when I can. Who knows? I might be able to build back up to quarterly again. (But I'm not that optimistic.)

Thank you.
[From a fan letter, written in October 1996]:

Some years ago, I was called in by a Star Trek club, though not currently a member, in order to produce their zine. The reason for that was that none of them had any idea how to assemble a print publication. These weren't raw teenagers. Some were in their thirties and well educated. However, their entire focus was on video entertainment. Many were computer literate, but used their computers for anything except text. They just couldn't imagine how to do this job. This group fit the profile of many recent recruits to SF clubs. They didn't read as much as previous generations of print-focused SF fans, and what they read was always related to their personal media preoccupation. There was a narrowness of outlook that I have been seeing more and more in recent years at various types of clubs' meetings. The open-mindedness about other people's areas of interest or the world around them doesn't seem to be there any more. Sometimes it makes me wonder about the future of SF fandom. Organized SF fandom is about 65 years old, now; I wonder what form it will take in the next 65?

On a related matter, a lot of people don't remember that fiction zines started in those days before extensive syndication, before videotape, to try and keep alive something that was both extremely ephemeral and hard to access, because it was only available when a TV station decided to show it. If fiction zines are allowed to die out, then all that will be left for fans (apart from what the entertainment industry pumps out at high cost) is the Internet, and everyone seems to forget that this is an ephemeral medium too. At present, the forms in which files are available on the net are rather limited; certainly no-one is going to get a beautifully bound and illustrated zine out of their modem and printer. Plus, zines are alive on your bookshelves for as long as you keep them; where do those ephemeral Net files go when they are erased? I wonder if the Net could keep fans in touch, keep a show alive, and even revive it the way that fans have done with print these last thirty years?

Only the passage of time will indicate the long-term effect of the Net of fandom. However, I am sure that if fandom, all the various fandoms, lose their literacy, then the part of us that is creative, analytical and responsive will be dead and all that will be left is a mob of passive consumers eager to soak up what the entertainment conglomerates produce. I am not looking forward to that day.
  • In the Captain's Cabin (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • The Other Obsession by Lyle Jordan (Star Trek: TOS) (4)
  • Second Thoughts by Dawn Scholesser (Star Trek: TNG) (11)
  • Someday My Transmute Will Come by Anne Collins Smith (Quark) (18)
  • A Christmas Carol: The Next Generation by H.K. Smith (Star Trek: TNG) (26)
  • Filksongs by Teresa Sarick, Jim Roussey, Susan D. Landerman, Wendy D. Atkinson, Dawn Scholesser, DW Chong (31)
  • The Minds of Zor by Run Murillo (Blake's 7) (41)
  • The Lost Cause by Wendy D. Atkinson (Blake's 7, poem) (58)
  • The 13th Elfl Tale by Jim and Melody Rondeau (59)
  • The Cargo Hold, ads (68)


  1. Spectrum #39 01/1979
  2. The Fourth Season That Might Have Been, , by Don Harden Accessed 04/17/2016
  3. Judith Proctor's Site, a mini review by Sarah Thompson, Accessed 12/17/2010
  4. Scuttlebutt #4 12/1977
  5. Liz Vogel's LJ site, Accessed 12/17/2010
  6. Main Computer, Vol 1, issue 5, March 1979
  7. The Trekzine Times v.2 n.2/3 09/1992
  8. In the second issue, the editor reported he received this comment from a fan
  9. LoC in The Clipper Trade Ship #3 07/1974
  10. from an LoC by Signe Landon in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #3
  11. LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #3
  12. from an LoC in The Clipper Trade Ship #4
  13. Genesis II
  14. from an LoC in The Clipper Trade Ship #4
  15. from a LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #4
  16. from a LoC by the editor, a reply to another letter in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #4
  17. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #4
  18. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #6
  19. from an LoC by Shirley Mawiewski in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #6
  20. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #6
  21. from The Halkan Council #10 (September 1975)
  22. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #8
  23. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #8
  24. A reference to the STW's stand on... not taking stands... political or otherwise.
  25. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #11
  26. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #11
  27. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #11
  28. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #16
  29. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #16, the editor responds at length: he doesn't like zine and book reviews, he doesn't have enough subscribers or material to go bi-monthly, he prints what he is sent...
  30. from Spectrum #33
  31. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #16
  32. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #16
  33. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #16
  34. a Creation Con?
  35. the reply by the editor of "The Clipper Trade Ship to an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #16
  36. from Gennie Summers, a LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #17
  37. from a review in The Clipper Trade Ship #17, (the scale: Layout is from 1-5, Overall Effect is from 1-10)
  38. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #17
  39. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #17
  40. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #17
  41. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #17
  42. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #18
  43. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #18
  44. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #18
  45. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  46. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  47. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  48. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  49. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  50. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  51. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  52. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #20
  53. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #22
  54. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #22
  55. from an LoC by Nancy Duncan in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #24
  56. from Scuttlebutt #12
  57. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #24
  58. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #24
  59. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #24
  60. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #24
  61. from an LoC in TCTS #26
  62. from an LoC by Cheryl Rice in TCTS #26
  63. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #27
  64. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #27
  65. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #27
  66. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #28
  67. from an Loc in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #28
  68. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #28
  69. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #28
  70. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #28
  71. from an LoC by Lori Chapek-Carleton in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #28
  72. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #29
  73. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #29
  74. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #29
  75. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #30
  76. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #30
  77. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #30
  78. from TREKisM #17
  79. A Wold Newton Extravaganza from Jeffrey Diehl
  80. from Treklink #13
  81. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #60
  82. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #70
  83. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #70
  84. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #71
  85. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #71
  86. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #71
  87. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #71
  88. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #72
  89. from Jim Rondeau in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #72
  90. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #72
  91. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #73
  92. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #73
  93. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #74
  94. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #78/79
  95. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #75
  96. from "The Clipper Trade Ship" #75
  97. from "The Clipper Trade Ship" #75
  98. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #76
  99. from an LoC in "The Clipper Trade Ship" #76