Galactic Discourse

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Zine
Title: Galactic Discourse
Publisher: Sleepy Sehlat Press, Satori Press
Editor(s): Laurie Huff and Daniel Barth (#1), Laurie Huff alone (the remainder)
Date(s): 1977 - 1987
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Contents

Galactic Discourse is a gen "often quite sentimental" [1] Star Trek: TOS fanzine. As seen from the reactions and reviews below, some fans considered select material to be pre-K/S, smarmy, and even K/S.

The zine had five issues between 1977 and 1987, first under the label Sleepy Sehlat Press, then under Satori Press. The earlier issues were reprinted.

General Reactions and Reviews

GD had humble beginnings, but Laurie quickly learned a lot as an editor, as well as in layout and design, and GD is perhaps one of of the most attractive zines, containing superior fiction, poetry, and artwork. [2]

There Were Plans for a Sixth Issue

In the editorial for issue #5, Huff wrote of a sixth issue, one that never got off the ground:

We also plan to do a sixth issue of GALACTIC DISCOURSE. We already have some tentative contents: a sequel to "Strange Salvage" by Emily Devenport; a post-TSFS Uhura story by Dan; a reprint of a rare, out-of-print Trek universe story by Leslie Fish; and fiction by Ingrid Cross, Barbara Devereaux, Flora Poste, Beverly Sutherland, and Joyce Tullock. We hope to feature a variety of characters (including author-created), but our main focus will continue to be on Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. We didn't get much Kirk-Spock material for this issue, and we certainly hope this shortage is temporary. Please note: we're at least as interested in original TV Trek material as in movie-based material. Whether or not we'll accept ST:TNG material will depend on the quality of the series.

Issue 1

Galactic Discourse 1 was published in February 1977 and had 112 pages, offset. $3 in person, $4.35 first class. Cover: Hugh Mason; back cover: Laurie Huff. Other art by Gordon Carleton, Gerry Downes, Amy Falkowitz, Leslie Fish, Amy Harlib, Kathi Lynn Higley, John Holliday, Laurie Hff, Suzanne Kirwan, Signe Landon, Gee Moaven, Lee Shackleford, Marty Siegrist, Charlene Terry (front cover lettering), and Joni Wagner.

From the editorial:
This has been a real experience for me. You might not believe it, but I decided to put out a zine before I had even seen one. Back then all I had were well-worn copies of MOST, WOST, and STL; my brand-new STW directory; a ticket to Chicago 75; and an abundance of enthusiasm. When I found out about fandom's existence, I was determined to try to make up for lost time! Since then, I've corresponded profusely, gained many fantastic and talented friends, emptied my bank account buying zines and clips (not to mention pubbing this), been to a few cons, and just generally had a good time. Oh, yes .... I've also undergone the 'initiation' of trying to explain my various obsessions to mundanes, with the usual lack of success .... ie: "Well .... a filksong is, uh .... sort of like a folksong only it's about SF (typical uncomprehending 'duh' stare from mundane, sometimes followed by an obligatory 'oh').
Also from the editorial:
Might as well warn you beforehand .... the contents of this issue are a bit .... well, serious. I assure you it was unplanned. Can I help it if the writers have morbid minds? (I know, I know .... look who's talking) Funny thing is, when I expressed concern to fen acquaintances about all the 'heavies', they only became more enthusiastic (get 'em, get 'em!) But don't let anybody ever tell you Trekfen are 'sickies' ( being 'one' myself, I know they're waiting for what comes after the 'hurt'). Anywho, if 'PHASE III and CONTACT II can do it, guess we can too .... I sincerely hope you enjoy this first effort. It was prepared, perhaps not with love, but at least with love. And on that note of idealism, onward to the contents ....
  • Personal Communications, editorial (2)
  • Starpeople, poem by Laurie Huff (5)
  • All in a Day's Work, story by Johanna Cantor (6) (reprinted in Archives #4 and The Best of Amanda and Sarek)
  • Status Quo, poem by Laurie A. Haldeman (12)
  • We've Got Trekfen, filk by C.L. Terry (13)
  • Night Thoughts on an Android, poem by Leslie Fish (14)
  • In Defense of Tomcat (Essay) by Connie Faddis (18)
  • Unbiased Opinion by an SF, Non-ST Fan, poem by Marian Lois Turner (21)
  • The Mind Withdrawn, story by Kathryn Drennan (22)
  • Most Illogical, logic puzzle, by Laurie Huff (58)
  • A Day in the Life of a Trekfan by Jeanne Powers (59)
  • Freedom Flight, poem by Laurie A. Haldeman (61)
  • A Final Duty, story, by Laurie Huff (62) (Kirk is hurt beyond McCoy's ability to help and is about to be removed from the Enterprise. In a meld Kirk pleads uith Spock to end his life and Spock agrees. Racked uith guilt and grief, Spock finds surprising comfort from McCoy.)
  • Writing Contest (70)
  • A Human Touch, story (reprinted in Computer Playback #5) by Nancy Kippax (72) (Kirk sits in vigil at the bedside of a seriously injured McCoy, his thoughts turn back to when he uas the patient and first met the doctor, when the doctor pulled him through a bout of polio and he pulled the doctor out of his shell.)
  • Galactic Myths and Legends by Patrice Cullen (89)
  • No Reprieve, poem by Laurie A. Haldeman (Chapel at Spock’s deathbed, passed over again for Jim.) (90)
  • My Life Closed Twice, story by April Valentine (a story that traces Spock's life many years after Kirk's death) (92)
  • Circles, poem by C.L. Terry (111)
  • Bulletin Board (ads) (112)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for In Defense of Tomcat.
See reactions and reviews for All in a Day's Work.
See reactions and reviews for The Mind Withdrawn.
See reactions and reviews for My Life Closed Twice.
[zine]: Though not a great zine, it is a decent first try and worth getting. Laurie's editorial is fun, and shares the hassles, joys and pains of birthing a first zine. Poetry: fair to good; my favorite is 'Unbiased Observation by an SF, Non-ST Fan' by Marian Lois Turner. You'd think it would be a put-down of STfen, but it isn't. Stories: also fair to good. 'All in a Day's Work,' a nice little story by Johanna Cantor, is an interlude during the 'Journey to Babel,' interesting look at Tellerites; 'The Mind Withdrawn' by Kathryn Drennan is a an interesting get-Kirk story. (there was a lot of 'get' in this ish). The story is fairly well-written, the aliens a bit different; 'A Final Duty'... a good 'get tale, a sad one, too. Kirk is too hurt to ever heal right... Guess what the final duty is, and who does it?; One of the best stories in the zine was 'A Human Touch' by Nancy Kippax. It's a Kirk/McCoy tale about how the two first got to know each other, and the surface plot and motivations and characterizations are well-handled, giving us some nice insights into what led Kirk and McCoy to become the people we've seen on ST. There's an amusing piece about legend, Great Bird of the Galaxy by Patrice Cullen; The best story is April Valentine's 'My Life Closed Twice.' It deals with an older Spock who has never completely accepted his grief at Kirk's death years before. It is a good study of Spock, and an interesting quiet tale, with some very good dream-imagery; And then there's the writing contest, to write what you feel upon seen a Leslie Fish illo. Let me warn you, that illo is NASTY. The winners will be interesting to read in the next ish. [4]
[zine]: Even tho reduced, there's a lot of stuff in this zine. I count five stories, seven poems, one song, an editorial, and another one of those ubiquitous logic puzzles, to make over one hundred pages of mediocre to interesting stuff. 'My Life Closed Twice' is quite the best of the batch. Except for one somewhat extraneous Wizard of Oz dream scene, it is tight, coherent, well-characterized, and about an aging Spock facing life after it 'closed twice' with the deaths of Kirk and McCoy. A few steps down from this are 'The Mind Withdrawn' and 'A Human Touch.' The former is considerably longer and far more meandering, but it has a pleasant readability and gives a new look at the hive-mind concept. 'Touch' at least does something few other ST stories have managed yet -- to write two complete, separable stories, stage-setter and flashback, and still have them connect, fulfill the other. 'A Day in the Life' of a Trekfan was, ah fannish, and 'All in a Day's Work' was rather poor, as the point of view kept stumbling over itself. Post-Babel Amanda (shades of 'Total Woman') is looking for the Tellarite Ambassador's wife's crochet needle. The punchline is, she finds it. Harlib's female Tellarite makes it bearable. Faddis has an article on the sexual proclivities of Der Kapitan, and Fish has a most unusual illo for 'Galactic Discourse's' writing contest. The zine's price [$3 + .87 UPS or $1.35 first class] is quite reasonable, considering the quality of the contents. [5]
[zine]: This is one of the best fisrt issues of any zine I've seen. The printing quality is excellent, the art and fiction very good to good. The poetry is fair. All in a Day's Work by Johanna Cantor, is a good short that occurs after "Journey to Babel". It covers a day's work for Amanda who has, taken Sarek's place in light of his illness.

The Mind Withdrawn, by Kathryn Drennan is story of the big three discovering a new race, the Elsons, and of their problems with their home world and how they draw the Enterprise into the conflict. It is well written and enjoyable. A Final Duty by Laurie Huff is another Kirk dies story, but this one has a twist that makes it much more than just another Kirk dies story. A Human Touch by Nancy Kippax is a McCoy/Kirk friendship story. It is well written and I prehaps enjoyed this story the best. My Life Closed Twice by Martha Bonds, is, as my english teacher would say, "The heaviest story of the lot.". It is well written with some interesting twists. All are nicely illustrated. The are several short pieces and an article by Connie Faddis that is thought provoking and entertaining.

A very good by [sic]. [6]

Issue 2

inside back cover of issue #2, Suzanne Kirwan
back cover of issue #2, Laurie Huff
front cover of issue #2, uncredited, "Almost every illo is top rate. The possible exception is the front cover, which can be described as blue." [7]

Galactic Discourse 2 was published in July 1978 and is 116 pages long. Front cover: uncredited; back cover: Laurie Huff. Inside back cover by Suzan Kirwin. Other interio art by Gordon Carleton, Leslie Fish, Alice Jones, Nan Lewis, Zena Plenty and Lin Tuschong. See art portfolio for additional artists.

From the editor about the writing contest:
In the last issue, the illo [by Leslie Fish] was offered for the readers' creative inspiration in the form of a writing contest. More than 25 entries were received, covering a fascinating range of interpretations. Nearly everyone thought that the alien figure had destructive intentions. About 65% of the respondents decided to "kill off" one or more of the characters. Of the entries, I selected three which I thought were the best -- based on the idea and its execution. I also enlisted the aid of friends, so as to render the judgement more objective. It was very difficult to narrow them down to this extent and I'm sorry I couldn't print everyone's interpretation. However, I hope you'll find these particular selections as interesting/chilling/enjoyable as I did ...
illo by Leslie Fish, reprinted from issue #1, the inspiration for the writing contest -- "Story contest - illo of Kirk holding Spock protectively while McCoy huddles nearby clutching a book and a skeletal figure looks on. Grim story of beings coming to life to destroy the landing party with madness." [8]
  • One Good Turn by Gina LaCroix (17 pages) (also in Trek Encore #3)
  • The Last Orders by Ellen Kobrin (2 pages) (Dying Kirk’s missive to Spock, prescribing that he share with McCoy.)
  • From The Book Of The Seven (Logic Puzzle) by Priscilla Pollner (2 pages)
  • The Ninth Circle by Juanita Salicrup (The sickbay scenes ue did not see in Operation Annihilate: McCoy's despair and guilt over Spock's blindness. Spock's thoughts as he tries to adjust to the situation! and finally, the discovery that Spock has his sight after ail.) (11 pages)
  • Alone in a Fragile Shell by April Valentine (Recovering from his exposure to Ambassador Kollos (“Is There In Truth No Beauty”), Spock explores the meaning of separation and union, touching and untouched. Interesting.) (5 pages)
  • A Temporary Colorific Effulgence by Carol Mularski (5 pages) (McCoy wagers Jim that he can make Spock blush.)
  • Run with the Dead by Amy Falkowitz (5 pages) (contest winner)
  • The Spell by Gayle F (5 pages) (contest winner)
  • The Edge of Nowhere by Bev Volker (2 pages) (contest winner)
  • From Both Sides by Mariann Hornlein. Kirk reacts to being spanked by Spock and to fitting in on Vulcan, sequel to 'The Maze' from Metamorphosis 2 by Joan Winston. (8 pages)
  • The Other Alternative by Susan K. James (2 pages)
  • The Healing Time by Nancy Kippax and Bev Volker (25 pages) (reprinted in Computer Playback #3) (Jim Kirk joyfully weIcones his friend Leonard McCoy as the new CMO of the Enterprise, but his satisfaction is dimmed uhen it becomes apparent that McCoy and Spock are not getting along. It takes a near tragedy for Spock and McCoy to learn to trust one another.)
  • The Solution by J. Thomas Ross (The behind the scenes discussion as McCoy, Spock and Scotty decide what to do uith the tribbles.) (2 pages)

Poetry

  • Haiku Sequence by Steve Czapla
  • Nova by Laurie Huff
  • The Mark of Cain by Susan K. James & Jean L. Stevenson
  • Lamentations by Ellen Kobrin
  • Deja Vu by Jean L. Stevenson
  • A Paen for Alexander by Zena Plenty
  • Tribute by Charlie Terry
  • Hephaistion's Boast by Zena Plenty
  • A Rivalry: Two Poetry Perspectives
    • Christine To Spock by Zena Plenty
    • Ab renuncio by Jane Aumerle
  • Earthbound Memories by Ingrid Cross
  • Hope, Reality, and Hope by Laurie Huff
  • The Gamble by Bev Volker
  • The Allure of Paradise & The Price of Paradise by Crystal Ann Taylor

A Kirk/Spock Multi-artist portfolio

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for The Spell.
See reactions and reviews for The Edge of Nowhere.
See reactions and reviews for From Both Sides.
See reactions and reviews for The Other Alternative.
See reactions and reviews for The Healing Time.
[zine]: Graphically, this zine is very nicely put together with clear readable type and sharply defined illustrations. The artwork is generally quite good, although I must admit that the Alice Jones and P.S. Nim pieces were my favourites.... The zine includes a K/S [note: the reviewer uses "K/S" in an older fashion, one which is not defined by sexual intimacy, for more information, see K/S] art portfolio containing several interesting studies of the pair. The fiction is a mixed bag. My favourite piece is 'The Ninth Circle.' This story tells us of what happened after Kirk left McCoy and the blind Spock in Sickbay during 'Operation: Annihilate.' It is well-written and gives us a good insight into the inner turmoil suffered by both McCoy and Spock, the doctor's guilt and the Vulcan's dawning realization of the meaning of life without sight. Alice Jone's illustration is gorgeous, but it hurts me every time I look at it. All I can say about it is that Spock really IS blind. I also enjoyed 'One Good Turn,' however, I do have a few reservations about the story which affect its validity especially insofar as military procedure is concerned. For one thing, Spock's sentence is far too harsh for a charge of insubordination considering that he is a senior officer of command grade. After all, Spock was successful, and in the military, success often causes the brass to turn a blind eye to any irregularities preceding the incident... 'The Solution' is a nice, light, short piece dealing with the elimination of the tribbles from the Enterprise. However, the author apparently misses the humor in the situation in that it was Spock's idea to transport the creatures to a Klingon ship. 'Alone in a Fragile Shell' is a vignette based on 'Is There No Truth in Beauty' which takes place after Miranda Jone's cured Spock. This story ended with a typical comfort scene. However, it is interesting, and I did enjoy it. 'The Other Alternative' is a very short hint at an alternative ending for 'City on the Edge of Forever' in which Edith Keeler lives, but Kirk prevents her from beginning the Peace Movement and thus changing history. ... Perhaps I'm a little dense, but I seem to have missed the whole point of this brief vignette. How did Kirk stop her? By living with her for six years? Did he convince her the PM was wrong? How?... Ms. James would have had to include more in this story to convince me. And besides, I cannot see Kirk simply leaving Edith. 'The Healing Time' is a well-written story showing Spock from McCoy's pov as the doctor thinks back over his developing friendship with the Vulcan. The only major structural problem with this story is that it obviously all takes place in McCoy's head, and yet thoughts belonging to Kirk and Spock intrude at certain points... The poetry is competent and enjoyable... All in all, I feel that this is a good zine and well worth the price, especially if you are a K/S enthusiast. [9]
GAL-D 2 is a beautiful and lovingly produced zine, rich in graphics. Almost every illo is top rate. The possible exception is the front cover, which can be described as blue. The layout is superior and the type clear and concise as well as extremely legible. The only complaint - a personal peeve of tne reviewer - is the different sizes of type, but in no way does it detract from the overall production. Three outstanding stories are the winners of the writing contest offered in GAL-D 1, as creative interpretations of an illo by Leslie Fish. They are excellent, wtth an eerie, ethereal quality. The K/S multi-artist portfolio is enjoyable in itself, but as the editor states, if any of the illos turn your own flights of fancy into a short story or poem, all the better. It's also a sneaky method of getting material for GAL-D 3. There are two stories of major length, one of which is "The Healing Time" by Beverly Volker and Nancy Kippax. It looks back to the departure of Boyce as Chief Medical Officer aboard the Enterprise and McCoy's arrival upon the scene. The good doctor and Spock are at odds with one another over the fact they must share Kirk's friendship. At least that is the case until the shuttlecraft carrying the three men on a routine mission crashes. Kirk has 36-48 hours to live as a result of propalene nitrate poisoning and the prospect of their being rescued is slim, indeed. The other story is "One Good Turn" by Ginna Lacroix. Spock is sentenced to three years on a penal colony for placing Kirk's safety and well-being before obedience to Star Fleet's orders, again, yet, and still. GAL-D 2 is a wise buy from the standpoint of graphics and the writing contest interpretations alone. RATING 9 out of 10 [10]

Issue 3

inside back cover issue #3, Hans Dietrich
front cover of issue #3, Signe Landon. It was nominated for a Fan Q. According to A 2007 Interview with Georgia Barnes, this cover inspired her story Myrddin. One art commentator noted this about the cover: "This is wonderful! I love the use of the Command Gold & Science Division Blue incorporated into the illo. Symbolic, too, with the rising Sun.... and they are knights... [Signe is a] very talented artist."[11]
back cover of issue #3, Laurie Huff

Galactic Discourse 3 was published in 1980 and contains 244 pages, off-set, perfect-bound, and a lot of artwork. Front cover: Signe Landon; back cover: Laurie Huff. Art & illustrations: Clare Bell, Merle Decker, Hans Dietrich, Linda White, Connie Faddis, Gayle F., Leslie Fish, Stephanie Hawks, Laurie Huff, Signe Landon, Nan Lewis, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Zena Plenty, Evallou Richardson, Gloria-Ann R., Carrie Rowles, Pat Stall, Harriet Stallings, Bev Zuk

"As many non-sexual K&S fanzines did at the time, this issue featured highly sentimentalized stories about Kirk and Spock." [12]

This issue contains a full-page art piece by Leslie Fish that fans were encouraged to write about for the next issue. See art in issue #4.

Poetry:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Sorcerer.
See reactions and reviews for Beginnings in Retrospect.
See reactions and reviews for The Last Voyage.
See reactions and reviews for A Hero's Return.
See reactions and reviews for A Touch of Light.
See reactions and reviews for Amok Time Revisited.
See reactions and reviews for The Saints and Poets, Maybe.
See reactions and reviews for Raison d'Etre.
See reactions and reviews for The New Beginning.
See reactions and reviews for Logical Concerns.
See reactions and reviews for The Hidden Truth.
[zine]: This zine is impressive even upon preliminary inspection - it is a whopping 200 plus pages with a front cover by Signe Landon, and many ages of artwork, poems, and stories ... there are also actual photographic reproductions of star in the heavens and constellations, one of these in color, another in black and white by Laurie Huff has a Spock theme drawn cleverly into the foreground with the space and stars behind. The artwork in this zine ranges from the truly exquisite, like Gayle F's 'Sorcerer' drawing, to the less than mediocre. There are five moderately long stories, the first of which is 'Reckoning.' It opens into a scene where Kirk has been stabbed in the back by Thelev in 'Journey to Babel.' The story goes on past the end of the episode to relate the incidents of the Orions' further attempts to get Kirk. 'A Touch of Light': Kirk and Spock come up against the Romulans on again in an effort to intercept a defecting Rigelllian scientist and discover the nature of his new secret weapon. 'Beginners' is a character study of the relationship between Kirk and Spock, and of the new aspects of that relationship which develops when Spock confesses his true feelings for Kirk. 'Raison d'etre' is set in the Mirror universe and follows the captain of the I.S.S. Enterprise through the aftereffect of the Mirror, Mirror incident where he is forced to revaluate his own life, and the lives of those around him. 'The Hidden Truth,' is in my opinion, the best story of this zine. The in-depth McCoy personality was the highlight of this story, McCoy being spotlighted when he comes into conflict with Kirk and Spock. Spock was typical Spock in this story, but the characterization of Kirk was not quite kosher; the sensitive handling of McCoy, however, overshadowed all else, and the parts came together to create one very lovely story. The are also several lessor, shorter stories contained in in this zine, a few short shorts, and many poems of a quality which was light-years ahead of the poetry I've waded through in other zines. The sensitivity and insight with which these authors handled their material truly overwhelmed me. Furthermore, I found this zine to be excellent in nearly all aspects -- content, quality of writing, reproduction, layout. I highly recommend it. [13]
[zine]: I've bought a lot of zines and its always difficult to decide whether or not to buy a zine that costs more than $10. GALACTIC DISCOURSE is absolutely fabulous, starting with the striking cover by Signe Landon, which is printed in three colors. The rest of the art is equal to the cover. There are also several photographs of space, including a color one of the Eagle Nebula. The layout has a professional look with borders around much of the text. There is even the music for a song printed in this zine. Of course, a zine cannot stand on art alone. The stories are the most important part. And, you will not be disappointed in the selection. There are thirteen stories, including three novel-length ones. The novels are extremely well done. "The Hidden Truth" by Volker and Kippax is an intriguing character study of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. There are several different crises which bring these men closer to an understanding of each other. "A Touch of Light" by Linda White is a Star Trek novel involving Rigellians, Romulans, cowardly humans and all the characters from the Enterprise. It was very interesting to see all these different characters developed. Each group was different from the others and the twists and turns in the plot are quite exciting. "Reckoning," by Ginna LaCroix, was the most interesting of the three novels. It starts with Captain Kirk being knifed by the fake Andorian in "Journey to Babel" and explores the aftermath of the conference. Ginna LaCroix has chosen to de-velope the Orions, a group of aliens that have rarely been written about. Their social and political structure is seen against the background of their attempts to disrupt the Babel Conference. Kirk and Spock fight a battle to protect themselves and the Enterprise. The other stories are really well done and interesting. I liked two in particular. "Amok Time Revisited," by Mary Smith, is a look at Spock's Pon Farr as it might have happened if T'Pring had not called for the challenge. I loved it! "Raison d'etre," by Sharon Decker, is a story based on the events after Kirk and the others returned to the mirror universe. Here is a realistic look at the Kirk and Spock of the Imperial Star Fleet. The characterizations are believable, the ending, ingenious. There isn't enough room to truly do justice to this fine zine. You won't be disappointed if you buy it. [14]
[zine]: I like Galactic Discourse for much the same reasons I liked Sasheer. The big difference is that there's twice as much of it. Whereas Sasheer is as exquisitely spare as a Japanese garden, GD has the charming clutter of a Victorian living room. Every nook and cranny is decorated in some way. Although the quality of the artwork and writing varies, it's a lively mix. I picked this zine because I find it invigorating. Whenever I lose my sense of inspiration for fannish work, I take this volume off me shelf and thumb through it. The bold intermix of styles and approaches always revitalizes me. [15]
[zine, with an emphasis on "The Hidden Truth"]: I am delighted that GALACTIC DISCOURSE 3 is back in print for the pleasure of recommending "The Hidden Truth" by Bev Volker and Nancy Kippax. Allow me to preface my remarks by saying that I did not enjoy the early stories by these two (in the mid-1970's). I thought they were poorly characterized and bland. (They felt the same way about my writing.) This is the first story of theirs (printed 1980) that I have enjoyed, and I have run across some competent

stories from them since then, too. 'The Hidden Truth,' however, was special. I would have nominated it for a Fan Q if I hadn't read it a year late. The basic conflicts are McCoy's mixed feelings upon learning of his ex-wife's death, and Spock's medical crisis. (I'm a sucker for "medical distress" stories.) Kirk is involved by trying to sort these things out. There are misunderstandings (I don't usually like stories based on misunderstandings and their results) and hurt feelings, and efforts to straighten everything out. One of the great strengths of this story is the characterization of McCoy (yes, I know the two authors specialize in Kirk and Spock stories). He acts very much like a research-oriented medical doctor who cares about his patients.

I cannot recommend this story too highly. Unfortunately, the other stories in GALACTIC DISCOURSE 3 did not impress me. (One in particular, "Reckoning," was a re-telling of "Journey to Babel." When Kirk gets injured, Spock leaves his post immediately at a critical time in order to go and hold Kirk in his arms. (Sorry, this I cannot swallow.) But I do think "The Hidden Truth" is worth the price of the fanzine, (it is about 50 pages long.) [16]

Issue 4

back cover of issue #4, Laurie Huff
front cover of issue #4, Signe Landon

Galactic Discourse 4 contains 288 pages and a lot of artwork. It was published in 1983. Front cover: Signe Landon; back cover: Laurie Huff. Other art by Merle Decker, Gayle F, Leslie Fish, Suzanne Garden, Toni Hardeman, Stephanie Hawks, Hindeman, Laurie Huff, Jude M. Jackson, Vel Jaeger, Signe Landon, Nan Lewis, Suzan Lovett, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Kate Maynard, Helena Ming, Lydia Moon, Evallou Richardson/ERIC, Gloria-Ann Richardson, Carrie Rowles, Harriett Stallings, Laura Virgil, Linda White, Mel White and Beverly Zuk.

  • poem by Georgia Barnes (5)
  • Paladin, poem by Dayle S. Barker (7)
  • Caverns by Libby Jones. (Kirk once again confronts the dilemma of duty or friendship as he searches for Spock lost on an ice-age planet during an important mission. Spock goes missing on a classified mission to an icy planet in search of a rare mineral hoard. Kirk follows, nurses the wounded Spock (by mind touch) until Enterprise returns, and deals with the Vulcan's sense of failure.) (8)
  • Another Day in the Life of a Trekfan by Suzan Lovett (20)
  • When Captain Kirk Speaks... by Harriet Stallings. (When the name of the famed Captain of the Enterprise is accidentally inscribed on the investment brochure of a company dealing in pornography, the ship 'listens' - with humorous results.) (p. 21-25)
  • Only Myself to Rely On by Crystal Ann Taylor. Interpretation. (26)
  • Hawklord by Eileen Roy. Interpretation. (28)
  • Contest Results (p. 31-35) (Leslie Fish illo)
  • Fait Accompli by Sharon Decker. Continuation of "Raison d'Etre" from Galactic Discourse #3. (p. 36-55) (later published as a part of Revolution)
  • The Love I Once Knew, poem by Crystal Ann Taylor (57)
  • Freeze Frame by April Valentine (p. 58-61)
  • The Death's Head Nebula by Daniel E. Barth (p. 62-76)
  • Fan-tasia, art portfolio (p. 77-90)
  • "He Claims You Are the Last What?" and "I Fail to See the Resemblance" by Suzan Lovett (art)
  • I'm a Vulcan, filk by Jennifer Weston (91)
  • The Call of Home, poem by Judy Darnell (93)
  • Interlude, poem by Monica Chynn (94)
  • Conundrum by Ginna LaCroix (p. 95-128) (also in Trek Encore #2)
  • Musings on Love, poem by Georgia Barnes (129)
  • The Bay Cafe, humor by Helena Mong (130)
  • The Fan Editor's Guide to Fanzine Publishing by Mel White and Laurie Huff (cartoons, p. 131-135)
  • In Sickbay, poem by Judy Darnell (137)
  • Crossing Visions by Joyce Tullock (p. 138-145) (After V'Ger, Spock and McCoy try to re-establish their friendship.)
  • Theragen Again by Bobbie Hawkins (p. 146-150) (McCoy confesses to Kirk what transpired while Kirk was trapped in the Tholian Web and then faced a very Vulcan Spock with his apology.)
  • A Time To Care by Ginna LaCroix (p. 151-153) (also in Trek Encore #3) (McCoy and Kirk in engineering immediately following Spock's death.)
  • Remember, poem by Ginna LaCroix (151) (also in Trek Encore #3)
  • Between the Darkness and the Dawn, interp by Jean Chabot (156)
  • The Ending of Dreams, poem by Denise Habel (159)
  • Portal by Becky Bockoven (AU - Arthurian) (p. 161-169)
  • Understand, poem by Suzan Lovett (170)
  • Wordless Memories by Patricia Frazer Lamb (172)
  • Stars in His Eyes, poem by Crystal Ann Taylor (175)
  • Silent Voices, poem by Annette Hall (176)
  • Field of Honor by Harriet Stallings & Jennifer Ferris (Post-TMP) (p. 178-183)
  • Alone/Come to Me, poem by Hindman (184)
  • Observations, poem by Judy Darnell (187)
  • Schovil by Joyce Tullock & Ingrid Cross. Post-TMP. McCoy H/C. (p. 188-224) (McCoy's efforts to investigate mistreatment of inmates in a prison camp lead to his secret imprisonment on a planet uhere the climate is often fatal to humans. The doctor is befriended by a fellow prisoner while Kirk and Spock search for him.)
  • Discourse with Self-Divided, poem by Georgia Barnes (225)
  • Forget, poem by Zena Plenty (225)
  • Worlds Without End, poem by Carol Hansen (226)
  • Evolution, poem by Laurie Huff (228)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for Theragen Again.
See reactions and reviews for Field of Honor.
See reactions and reviews for Fait Accompli.
See reactions and reviews for Schovil.
See reactions and reviews for Portal.
See reactions and reviews for The Death's Head Nebula.
See reactions and reviews for Freeze Frame.
See reactions and reviews for Crossing Visions.
[zine]: This is the best GD yet, and that's saying something. The artwork is exceptional throughout and so is the writing... 'Schovil' is one of the best McCoy stories I have ever read, and one of the best ST stories period. The good Doctor mysteriously disappears while assigned to do some teaching on the planet Zan, leaving his friends on the Enterprise to search for him. What raises this from a run-of-the-mill 'Missing Persons' story is the fine writing and extra fine characterizations. 'Schovil' is a Zan, by the way, and once you read the story, you'll never forget him. The authors' attention to detail here (even down to an idiomatic speech pattern for Schovil) really pays off. Two poems: 'Hawklord' and 'Paladin' are well worth a look and some thought. The artwork is excellent; there are no bad pieces to be found. The cover is four-color, executed by Landon; unfortunately the colors tend to overshadow the work itself. Oddly enough, my favorite piece is one that tends to be overlooked unless pointed out: an incredible soft pencil portrait of Admiral Kirk by Stephanie Hawks. It appears to be just a few moments after Spock's death and you can see the tears shine in his eyes; not any more, no conspicuous tears dripping down cheeks, just the suggestion created by eyes with too much shine and the set of the lips. Beautifully subtle. I'd trade away my last pound of strawberry fudge for the original and throw in a picture of Remington Steele for good measure. Exquisite. [17]
[zine]: It's always a pleasure to find a zine that is chock full of good stories, good art, and good poetry. GD is such a zine. It has a number of long stories (one of my complaints in zine-dom is the plethora of short stories, you know, two-pagers) including 'Schovil' and 'Conundrum (a hurt/comfort story as only Ginna can write; 'Death's Head Nebula' and 'Fait Accompli' (a mirror-mirror story with excellent development of our favorite counterparts.... Then there's the artwork. Some is excellent, some is good, and some is, of course, merely adequate. There is one illo that stands out... and that is Signe Landon's 'Hawklord' illo of Spock. Beautiful!... On the technical side, this is one of the better zines. Typos are rare, layout is good, and the reproduction fine. The four-color cover is striking and the book-binding is an nice extra. It was a pleasure not to find penned in words, corrections in different type, and several different types used in the zine. The care taken in the production of this zine shows that the editor really cares! This zine has my unqualified reccomendation. Try it -- I'm sure you'll like it. [18]
[zine]: The latest from Satori Press is another example of skilled editing by publisher Laurie Huff. At a fat 228 pages, GD4 is a polished product, pleasing to the eye and good reading from end to end. 'Best of Zine' is a toss-up between 'Schovil' and 'Conundrum.' The former finds McCoy the victim of a vengeul collegue and a prison planet whose bureaucracy and environment are equally unhealthy. Help comes from an unexpected quarter, via a lively alien created with care. The story is written with vigor, blending fast action and solid characterizations. 'Conudrum' is just that, Kirk is having strange bouts of illness, and at the most inconvenient times; even Klingons are mystified by their prisoner's illness. The answer is a surprise to characters and readers alike, with plenty of drama along the way. Other good stories include 'When Captain Kirk Speaks,' a delightful comic twist on E.F. Hutton and the 23rd century stock market; 'The Death's Head Nebula,' in which the Enterprise is threatened externally by corrosive bacteria and internally by one officer's incompetence, and 'Crossing Visions.' The poetry in GD4 is solid and well-written; the art is top quality; the whole is neatly typed, bordered, and bound. Overall, this zines reaffirms the potential for good fan art and fiction and is a tribute to Huff's writing skills. [19]

Issue 5

back cover of issue #5, Laurie Huff
inside back cover, Vel Jaeger
front cover of issue #5, Signe Landon

Galactic Discourse 5 was published in April 1987 and contains 256 pages. Front cover: Signe Landon; back cover: Laurie Huff. Other art by Phyliss Amason, Anne Batterby, Merle Decker, ERIC, Connie Faddis, Gayle F, Leslie FIsh, Cami Forsell, Toni Hardeman, Stephanie Hawks, Caro Hedge, Hindman, Laurie Huff, Jude Jackson, Vel Jaeger, Jean Kluge, Andrea Kunz, Signe Landon, Dorothy Laoang, Suzan Lovett, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Maggie Manlove, Kate Maynard, Christine Myers, Caren Parnes, Bonnie Reitz, Melody Rondeau, C. Sibbett, TACS, Mel White, and Beverly Zuk.

  • Riders on the Wind, poem by Meg Fine (IFC)
  • Personal Communication, editorial (3)
  • Could There Be a World Out There?, poem by Joan Sherer (6)
  • The Only Choice by Cinde Deren & Diane Miskiewicz (7) (McCoy, Spock and Kirk await the return of the Enterprise on Minara immediately following the exit of the Vians. McCoy is still seriously injured despite the Vians repair efforts and as Spock cares for the doctor, he is unable to hide his anger at the Vians and his even greater anger at McCoy.)
  • Tarot, poem by L. Jeanne Powers (14)
  • Wake, poem by Emily Ross (17)
  • Perchance to Dream, poem by Flora Poste (18)
  • Rumor Has It by Anna Walker (19) (STIII Vignette. Janice Rand watches Enterprise escape from Spacedock.)
  • I Know You, poem by B.L. Barr (20)
  • Later, My Friend, poem by Debbie Gilbert (23)
  • The Cost, poem by Ginna LaCroix (24)
  • Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night by Lynn Syck & Laurel Ridener (Post-STIII. To prevent court-martials for his crew, Kirk is blackmailed into accepting a counterspy mission designed to get him killed. The crew, along with Sarek, uncover the plot and elude Starfleet to rally 'round again.) (25)
  • Camelot Redux, poem by Ellen Kobin (37)
  • A Vulcan Lament, poem by Ginna LaCroix (38)
  • Inquiry Within, poem by Harriet Stallings (Distracted by meditation on his son's estrangement, Sarek has a run-in with stalking critters in the desert.) (40)
  • Acceptance by Ginna LaCroix (46)
  • Two Minds Touching, poem by Ciane McAuliffe (79)
  • The Universal Insanity Bomb by Rayelle Roe (80)
  • I Might by Paula Smith (Mad Magazine primer-style recounting of "I, Mudd.") (88)
  • Lament, humor by Jennifer Weston (90)
  • Shore Leave Art Portfolio (91)
  • Reflections on the Snow, interpretation by Maggie Manlove (109)
  • World's Shortest Mary Sue Story by Kate MacCullugh (110) (A fan with a thing for Klingons should have been careful what she wished for.)
  • After Psi, poem by Flora Poste (112)
  • Denial, poem by Flora Poste (114)
  • Old Wounds by Betsy L. Barr (116)
  • Paradise Found, poem by Robin Hood (121)
  • To Go On Hurting You, poem by Ciane McAuliffe (123)
  • Chances are All Gone, poem by Toni Cardinal-Price (124)
  • untitled poem by Barbara L.B. Storey (126)
  • Soliloquy, poem by Judy Darnell (128)
  • To Begin Once More by Anna Walker (129) (Post-STIII. Kirk & Co. negotiate with Starfleet for their futures, with a little help from Saavik, Sarek, and Areel Shaw. Karen Halliday's Zinedex says it is "realistic and nicely handled.")
  • Secret Garden, poem by Judy Darnell (144)
  • The Shores of Aulis by Lee Heller (145)
  • The Same Old Story, poem by Glroia G. Oberste (153)
  • Filk: Lookin' for the Challenger by Daniel E. Barth (153)
  • The Days Worth Living For by Mary M. Schmidt (When Amanda's young Vulcan students all feel the death of the Intrepid, she switches the lesson to the historic Challenger disaster.) (154)
  • Always Possibilities, poem by Toni Cardinal-Price (157)
  • Poem: Daymare by Vel Jaeger (158)
  • The Needs of the Two by Carolyn G. Lynn (159) (McCoy is troubled by his feelings of loss and uncertainty fallowing the FaI Tor Pan. He becomes more apprehensive when Spock seeks him out. Spock has no depth to his memories of the doctor and he believes those memories are still contained in McCoy's mind. Spock wants to know this man who held his Katra and that means another mind meld.)
  • T'Lar: A Reflection, poem by Judy Darnell (165)
  • The Question by Maggie Manlove (166) (Kirk and McCoy wager over whether Spock is or is not ticklish, with inconclusive and Doctor-aggravating results.)
  • The Search for Spock, poetry, portfolio by Ellen Kobrin (170)
  • The Death of a Cavalier by Leslie Fish (179)
  • If Only, poem by Joan Sherer (183)
  • Poem: Were You There? by Patricia Frazer Lamb (184)
  • Mother's Milk, interpretation by Mary Ann Drach (186)
  • Strange Salvage by Emily Devenport (189)
  • Sleeping Princess, poem by Linda Slusher (205)
  • Success, My Lord, interpretation by Daniel E. Barth (206)
  • The Farewell, poem by Roxanne S. Koogler (209)
  • The Empty Chair, poem by Ginna LaCroix (211)
  • Sulu: Remembrance, poem by Judy Darnell (212)
  • What is Left, fiction by Ginna LaCroix (213)
  • Resurrection, poem by Kathy Resch (216)
  • Eye of the Storm, fiction by Merle Decker (218)
  • Requiem for Death, interpretation by Laurie J. Huff (221)
  • Child of My Heart, poem by Lynette Knox (222)
  • Healing Time, poem by Judy Darnell (224)
  • Pegasus and the Starman by Joyce Tullock (225) (It happens to many spacemen. They lose something and became afraid. Kirk believes that it is happening to McCoy and to help him overcame his fear, he orders the doctor to participate in a landing party assignment with Uhura and Scotty. This routine assignment becomes perilous when they are stranded on a research outpost being torn apart by savage winds and influenced by a strange alien.)
  • To Be a Skeptic... , poem by Flora Poste (256)

All of the Galactic Discourses have extensive art, with the last issue having the most. Below is a sample, one piece from each artist.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for The Shores of Aulis.
See reactions and reviews for Death of a Cavalier.
See reactions and reviews for Old Wounds.
See reactions and reviews for The Only Choice.
See reactions and reviews for Strange Salvage.
See reactions and reviews for Mother's Milk.
See reactions and reviews for Pegasus and the Starman.
See reactions and reviews for The Universal Insanity Bomb.
[zine]: GALACTIC DISCOURSE #5 was like the little girl with the little curl. When it's good, it's very, very good; when it's bad, it's horrid. In the former category we have "The Universal Insanity Bomb," a chuckle-producer by Rayelle Roe; "Acceptance" by Ginna LaCroix (and I don't even like hurt/comfort!); and "Pegasus and the Starman" by Joyce Tullock, a long fascinating tale of McCoy's encounter with a unique alien. Joyce handles the impossible task of writing believable non-humanoid aliens so well that I think she should go pro. In the latter category, we have a lot of forgettable, maudlin gushing about the Famous Friendship (after 20 years, can't we just take it as a given that the gentlemen are fond of each other, and stop the endless rehashing of this obvious fact?) and some embarrassingly sophomoric K/S. ("Would I drive you indoors again.../If I told you how incredibly cute you look/All bundled up in borrowed sweaters/Like a cuddly Christmas elf?" Give me a break!) I am not sure what the K/S was doing in there in the first place since this is advertised as a "genzine." I thought "genzine" meant "no 'slash' material," but then again I don't speak "fanglish" very well. Anyway, overall, GALACTIC DISCOURSE wasn't all that bad; I liked it well enough that I plan to submit again. My special favorite item in the zine is Jennifer Weston's "Lament of a Would-Be Fanzine Artist." That's me all over! (Hang in there, Jennifer!) And despite my quibbles about the Mary Sue concept, I couldn't help but laugh at Kate McCullugh's "the World's Shortest Mary Sue Story," featuring the title character and Kruge. It even inspired me to write my own version. I am not sure how much GALACTIC DISCOURSE costs, but if it isn't ridiculously expensive, it would be worth getting for the art alone. In particular the zine has been blessed with a lot of excellent Shatner drawings. I have heard that many artists have trouble drawing William Shatner; such artists might find GALACTIC DISCOURSE helpful as well as attractive. As much as I appreciate the talents of such artists as Caren Parnes (page 22), TACS (page 44), and Christine Myers (page 78), among many others, I confess that my heart belongs to C. Sibbett's lovely portrait of the "First Couple" of ST III on page 207. (The accompanying poem is, well, different.) GALACTIC DISCOURSE has good humorous art, too. The zine contains an art portfolio on the topic "What do the ENTERPRISERS do in their spare time?" Well, according to TACS, they have pillow fights!—An answer that made me laugh. Mel White's cartoons to Paula Smith's "I Might" were up to Mel's usual excellent standard. The Melody Rondeau cartoon accompanying the MacCullugh piece was delightful: Kruge looks comically astonished (perhaps because he's sporting two inexplicable shiners) and Mary Sue looks properly dippy. Overall, I think all GALACTIC DISCOURSE really needs is to encourage writers to tone down the gushing about the Famous Friendship. The pieces where the F. F. is a realistic undertone, instead of an awesome obsession, worked quite well. [20]

References

  1. from the Zinedex
  2. In 1993, a zine ed asked her readers to list their "Five Favorite Fanzines." This was one fan's comment. For more, see Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?/Top Five Fanzines Questionnaire.
  3. from Scuttlebutt
  4. from Scuttlebutt
  5. from Menagerie #12
  6. from Sehlat's Roar, as is, including typos
  7. from Enterprise Incidents #6 (1978) by Sandra Gent
  8. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  9. from Right of Statement #3
  10. from Enterprise Incidents #6 (1978) by Sandra Gent
  11. ShatnoyKisses' March 25, 2013 post to the K/S Zine Friends Facebook group, quoted with permission.
  12. from Boldly Writing
  13. from Datazine #14
  14. from Universal Translator #7
  15. In 1993, a zine ed asked her readers to list their "Five Favorite Fanzines." This was one fan's comment. For more, see Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?/Top Five Fanzines Questionnaire.
  16. from Treklink #4
  17. from Datazine #27
  18. from Datazine #27
  19. from Datazine #27
  20. from Treklink #10
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