Fantasies (Star Trek: TOS zine)
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Fantasies (aka "Act Five - Fantasies") was published in October 1986 and contains 158 pages. It is a slash Star Trek: TOS anthology with a cover by Shellie Whild. Other art by Shelley Whild, Chris Soto, Caro Hedge, D.V. Kenner, and Dovya Blacque.
Some DiscordOn the Double #6, there is a letter from Ann Carver, a fan who very publicly gafiated in 1987; she answers, via the editor of "On the Double", that:
I received a story and poem from [F P] for FANTASIES 2. When I decided not to print, her stuff was trashed, as it was a computer print-out. All computer & xerox submissions were trashed. The ONLY story that was offered to another editor was A DIFFERENT OBSESSION, as it was such an outstanding first effort by a new writer that I didn't want to see it lost or have her discouraged. Her permission was obtained, and Robin Hood printed it in FIRST TIME. None of the others were so memorable, and were not offered to other editors.
Note in the Revised Issue Regarding the Original Editorial
From a note on the title page: "Please note. Pages 3 and 4 have been removed from this reprint of 'Fantasies.' These pages were the original editorial which I, as the new editor of this zine, thought best not to reprint as the opinions stated therein do not necessarily reflect those of Mkashef Enterprises. Thank you. Dovya Blacque."
Original Editorial: The Zine
Hello again and welcome to the world of dreams.
The twenty-two stories and twenty-one poems herein are Kirk and Spock's fantasies. As with all dreams, there are lustful ones, fanciful ones, and bizarre ones. This special issue of Act Five was inspired by Vivian Gates, and her idea was beautifully brought to life by D.V. Hassen. Marketplace sets the theme for the zine. Inspiration being the nebulous thing it is, some authors chose to continue on where Marketplace leaves off, others bring you just the dreams themselves. Though there are a few longer stories, the majority of the dreams/fantasies presented here are vignettes, not full-blown stories, as are most dreams themselves. Down For The Count and Tomorrow And Tomorrow are paired stories and should be read together. The same is true for Pooka and One Year Later. This zine, by it's nature, is chock-full of sex. Yeahl Again, as with dreams and fantasies, there is more sex than usual even for a K/S zine. My thanks to all the perverted, demented, pornographic minds that created these tales. Good work, gals! Although this was intended as a one-shot, special issue of Act Five, if there is enough interest, I might be persuaded to do another issue of Fantasies next summer. It's up to you, the readers. Let me know how you feel. You will be as pleased as I am, I hope, to see the Personal Logs started in Act Five continued In this issue. Act Five, Scene Three will return to the usual episode-related format and is tentatively scheduled for late December '86 or early January '87 printing. Submissions are now being accepted for Act Five, Scene Four with a February '87 deadline. New writers are always welcome.Late note - through one of those mishaps that happens in amateur zine publishing, two of the poems herein are also in Naked Times. Issue 11, I think. I just learned of it the day before the masters were due to be printed, and since Shellie Whild had done such beautiful art for them, I chose to use them anyway.
Original Editorial: The Star Trek Franchise
By the time Scene Three is in print, we will have the fourth movie. From what I've heard, read and seen, it promises to be a goodie! Tentative plans are for the fifth film to begin principal photography in the late spring of '87. Let's hope Paramount has finally gotten the message and is going to put out the films more frequently so we can all see our favorite cast and characters as much as possible before they finally call it quits.
There are as many points of view on the films as there are fans in ST. This is as it should be, of course. IDIC! Since this is my_ editorial (heh, heh) I'd like to take a moment to state for the record my views on the future of ST. I am not a S-F fan. I never read it and see very little. Of the films I have seen, my favorites were Silent Running and Colossus: The Forbin Project. I am, for all intents and purposes, a Star Trek fan. That is my first love. K/S is second. And I do own and read a great many gen zines. Gasp! Blasphemy! Be that as it may, I do not think ST can survive the loss of either Mr. Shatner or Mr. Nimoy (aka Kirk and Spock). When either of them leave ST, I shall no longer go to see the films. That does not mean I will leave fandom. As long as we have the episode videos, ST will live. There have been rumors for months of a possible new TV series. As of this date (October '86) it is very close to being official. The proposed series will be set at Starfleet Headquarters before the time of the Enterprise, therefore before Kirk and Spock. There la also talk of hiring young actors to portray a young Kirk and Spock. I object, violently! Not only won't it be ST for me, there is a serious danger that it will harm the films. If it Is successful, those people who aren't die-hard fans may cease going to see the films. 'Why go spend money, when we can see it on TV every week?' If the series fails, it may cause the general public to lose interest in the films. While fans generate a great deal of the revenue for the films, the 'civilian' film-goers are also necessary. It seems to me that Paramount is getting greedy again. Instead of being satisfied with the megabucks generated by the films, videos, and merchandise, they want more! And in trying for more, they endanger what we have now. The time for a TV series was ten or fifteen years ago, when the original cast was available, and young enough to do it. Maybe in fifty years or so, a new series would work, but not while the original cast is still alive. Any new series will always be compared to the original, and any new actors likewise. There is no replacement for the original! Replacements will always be found lacking.If you feel the series is a good idea, please write Paramount and tell them so. If you feel as I do, please let them know! If we don't act now, it will soon be too late.
- Editorial by Dovya Blacque 3
- Personal Logs: Kirk by Karn Wills 5 (Kirk and Spock each unknowingly fantasize about each other.)
- Anchor by Pam Smith 6
- Personal Logs: Spock by Karn Wills 7
- Puzzle Pieces by Pam Smith 8
- Marketplace by D.V. Hassen 9 (Images of Kirk and Spockʼs desire are stolen by an alien machine to be sold as entertainment. Sequel: Down For the Count.)
- Down for the Count by Alice Mills 11 (Images of Kirkʼs stolen desire are viewed by an alien. Prequel: Marketplace. Sequel: Tomorrow And Tomorrow)
- Blue Velvet by Allison K. 14
- Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Alice Mills 15 (Kirkʼs fantasies of Spock, as he decides who will go out to meet the giant amoeba, create unexpected feelings in the watcher. Prequel: Down for the Count. Sequel: Eromenos.)
- The First Frost by Sandee Maxwell 20
- Gambler's Luck by DVS 21 (A/U A gambler is thrown from a riverboat, but is saved by a dark-haired stranger who asks the use of his body in return.)
- The Unseen by Lisa Joas 26
- Do Dreams Dream of Me? by Robin Hood 27 (A dream within a dream has a naked Spock caught in vines that allow an equally naked Kirk to find him.)
- Drawn Together by Sandee Maxwell 41
- A Special Gift by Sandee Maxwell 42
- The Exhibitionist by Linda Bryant (Description from the publisher: "It seems it’s rather common around the galaxy to fantasize one is Captain Kirk. And it’s rumored that there is a certain vid-show in which one can live out such a fantasy. Of course, Kirk can’t resist experiencing the show for himself… along with his friends McCoy and Spock. Is it really a vid-show… or a deeply hidden Vulcan fantasy?" Another summary: Spock shares his fantasy with Kirk of seeing their physical love reenacted on stage.) 43
- Fantasy #113 by Natasha Solten 47
- Take Me by Sandee Maxwell 48
- A Big Brass Bed by Ursula Tulle 49 (Spock plays out Kirkʼs fantasy in a cabin in the mountain.)
- My Winter by Sandee Maxwell 54
- Eromenos by Tere Ann Roderick 55 (Caught once again by the alien machine, Kirk dreams of himself as a slave in Athens and Spock his beloved master. Prequel: Tomorrow And Tomorrow. Sequel: Watcher of the Dreams.)
- Dawn by DVS 65 (A/U Saved from thieves by a tall stranger, a young man agrees to meet his savior at dawn.)
- Sands Of Yesterday by Karn Wills 68
- Pooka by D.V. Kenner 69 (Kirk is in a foul mood with extra crew being trained on board, but Spock uses a demonstration of a new invisibility suit to lift his loverʼs spirits. Sequel: One Year Later.)
- One Year Later by D.V. Kenner 77 (Kirk and Spock play with the invisibility devise in the privacy of their cabin Prequel: Pooka.)
- Mindgames by Roberta 80
- The Decision by Donna Vanderlaan 83 (A seer warns Spock that an impending decision will determine whether he loses Kirk or eventually gains him as a lover.)
- Once Upon a Hill by Robin Hood 97
- The Runner by Tay Garian 99 (After being sexually assaulted on the ship, memories from his childhood resurface, disrupting Spockʼs recovery.)
- Bright as the Sun by Sandee Maxwell 111
- So Alone by Sandee Maxwell 112
- Learning to Touch by Venisa I. Duvetyn 113 (Touch is the catalyst that sends Spock to Gol, and then brings him forever to Kirkʼs side.)
- Chess Game by D.V. Kenner 121 (A fantasy of gain and loss.)
- Fantasy #99 by Natasha Solten 124
- Life from Your Love by Donna Rose Vanderlaan 125
- Rerun Fantasy by Ursula Tulle 127 (After a marathon session of sex, Spock confesses to having doctored Kirkʼs champagne.)
- Projections by Natasha Solten 134
- Yesteryear by DVS (A western legend of two men, one dark, one fair, who are unaware of who they will be in the distant future.) 135
- That Leads to Vulcan by Natasha Solten 137
- These Hands by Donna Rose Vanderlaan 138
- Something Special by Roberta 139 (Kirk seduces Spock on a picnic by using Spockʼs body instead of a plate.)
- Quietly and Safely Insane by Mary Adelia 149 (Kirk is distracted from his paperwork by fantasies of Spock coming to him as his lover.)
- Blue Sands by Robin Hood 156
- Watcher of the Dream by Sue Man Chew 157 (Kirk finds the machine that has been stealing his and Spockʼs fantasies and destroys it. Prequel: Eromenos.)
Sample Interior Gallery
Reactions and Reviews
See reactions and reviews for Something Special.
See reactions and reviews for The Decision.
See reactions and reviews for Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
See reactions and reviews for Do Dreams Dream of Me?.
See reactions and reviews for The Exhibitionist.
See reactions and reviews for Eromenos.
See reactions and reviews for Learning to Touch.
See reactions and reviews for Pooka.
See reactions and reviews for Rerun Fantasy.
See reactions and reviews for Down for the Count.
See reactions and reviews for Dawn.
See reactions and reviews for A Big Brass Bed.
See reactions and reviews for Marketplace.
See reactions and reviews for Personal Logs: Kirk.
See reactions and reviews for Gambler's Luck.
See reactions and reviews for Watcher of the Dream.
See reactions and reviews for The Runner.
See reactions and reviews for One Year Later.
See reactions and reviews for Quietly and Safely Insane.
See reactions and reviews for Yesteryear.
See reactions and reviews for Chess Game.
[zine]: This is a zine of stories and poetry that show fantasies from the minds of Kirk and/or Spock. Many are based on a scenario provided by D.V. Hassen in which an alien steals the fantasies from their minds while they're on shore leave. Others depart from this scenario, or do not mention it at all. I found a number of these stories well-written and imaginative.
My favorite of the lot was "Eremenos" by Tere Ann Roderick because of its well-researched ancient Greek background as well as its dramatic intensity. It was stunningly realistic for a fantasy. Although Kirk begins as a slave, and Spock as his master, their status changes. This shows how the vicissitudes of fate could easily reverse fortunes in the ancient world.
The story that takes the prize for sexual inventiveness is "One Year Later" by D.V. Kenner. in which Kirk and Spock make use of an invisibility device introduced in the story that appears before, is "Pooka", also by D.V. Kenner. I won't tell you what can be done with invisibility during sex. You'll have to read the story to find out. It suffices to say that this concept is both clever and highly erotic.
I was also impressed by "Quietly and Safely Insane" by Mary Adelia. The fantasy she chose to depict represents a kind of sexuality that isn't usually associated with s/m, but which is definitely a part of the s/m phenomenon. There are no whips, chains or pain involved. This is a fantasy of dominance and submission in which Kirk becomes Spock's willing slave. "Willing slave" may be the worst insult you can give a Klingon, but in the realm of Human eroticism this is hot stuff. There are a/u slave stories in which Kirk willing remains a slave in Spock's service, but he wears that collar, is known to others as a slave and is compelled to accept all the ramifications of the established institution of slavery as it exists in that a/u. Yet, in Mary's story Kirk is a totally free man. There is no collar and no compulsion. He chooses to obey Spock out of love and desire. Few things are more erotic than this choice to serve. I also liked the title very much. It shows that this is a situation that provides Kirk and Spock with a safe context to experiment lovingly with the meaning of power in their relationship.
Robin Hood's adventure in bondage, "Do Dreams Dream of Me?" uses bondage as a symbol for Spock's Vulcan inhibitions. There is a point in the narrative where Kirk manages to end up in front of Spock, although he had been fucking him, while Spock was tied up and couldn't move. In any other kind of story, this would be a plot flaw, but here it only reinforces the fact that this is a dream—a situation with no logic where anything can happen. That's very well done.
The Alice Mills story, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow", is conceptually weak, however. It follows her story "Down For The Count", which is essentially a fantasy of Kirk's in which he dominates Spock. "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" starts off seeming to be Spock's fantasy about dominating Kirk, but becomes an echo of the episode "The Immunity Syndrome". Before I realized this, I wondered why Spock would fantasize Kirk ordering him to his death. It didn't make too much sense, but Alice's explanation makes even less sense. Now I must reveal the story's ending if I am going to discuss it properly, so I am issuing a SPOILER ALERT. Do not read the rest of this paragraph if you haven't read "Tomorrow and Tomorrow" and don't want to know how it ends. It turns out that the alien stealing the fantasies has latched on to the future of Kirk and Spock rather than a fantasy. Alice doesn't tell us how an alien scanning their minds could retrieve information that neither of them know themselves. END SPOILER ALERT.
Revealing the end of "Rerun Fantasy" by Ursula Tulle is no spoiler, since the comments of the fantasy stealing alien that I intend to discuss have nothing to do with the rest of the story. They bring to mind a kind of fantasy that was left out of this zine. Ursula has the alien who stole the fantasy wonder if Spock fantasizes about Kirk in "mysterious Vulcan rituals" and "forbidden secret ceremonies". I personally would adore seeing a scenario like that, but alas, no one wrote any for this zine.
There were a couple of stories that don't fit the general concept of this zine by any stretch of the imagination. They are not fantasies, nor do they contain fantasies. I am mystified about why there were included. It should be pointed out however, that this zine was edited by Ann Carver. This comment is not meant to reflect on the editing of Dovya Blacque, who has elected to keep this zine in print.
The first of these incongruous stories is "The Runner" by Tay Garian. a moving account of trauma in Spock's past. Tay shows an acute understanding of the psychology of victimization, and I feel fortunate to be able to read this story, but it still doesn't belong in FANTASIES.
I wasn't at all pleased when I finished reading "The Decision" by Donna Vanderlaan. Not only doesn't it read like a fantasy, but it is the only story in the zine that I found offensive. It involves Spock tampering with Kirk's mind. Many fans that are offended by rape, don't recoil when faced with abuses of Spock's telepathic ability. To me, this is mind rape and therefore equally reprehensible, if not more so. It especially bothers me that Donna, a writer whose work is generally characterized by its loving and gentle quality, should cause Spock to behave in such a blatantly unethical manner. There are no negative consequences that arise from this action. He just gets away with it, and the author seems to imply that this is a "happily ever after" ending. It seemed chilling to me. I wish I hadn't read it.
Donna Vanderlaan's poem, "Life From Your Love" has a remarkably sensuous first page that is enhanced by the lovely Chris Soto illo on the page opposite. It represents some of the best verse in this zine. Nevertheless, the dialogue on the second page is too proselike, and weakens the poem's impact. This is such a pity, when it started off so beautifully.
There were several good poems in this zine that all used sand imagery. The most notable of these is "Blue Sands", a sad and sweet poem about Spock reuniting with Kirk's spirit after Kirk's death. The other sandy poems that got to me were Natasha Solten's "Fantasy #99" and "Sands of Yesterday" by Karn Wills.Don't throw sand in the gears of your fantasizing mechanism, however. Oil it well by purchasing ACT FIVE, FANTASIES. Most of this zine is astonishing, creative and well worth reading.