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Zine
Title: Grip
Publisher: Other World Books
Editor(s): Roberta Rogow
Date(s): 1978-1996
Series?:
Medium: print zine, fanfic
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Genre:
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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group shot of issues #1-#51
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Grip is a gen multimedia anthology with an emphasis on Star Trek. There is heavy Star Wars content in issues 1-20. Some regular features were the editorial (The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off) and fanzine ads (Backscratching Department).

Enterprise Reprise is a zine of reprinted content from Grip.

Art samples are included on Fanlore with the publisher's permission.

Description from the Editor

Even as far back as 1978, there seemed to be a higher and higher standard for writers of fanzines to shoot for. Where could a beginner begin? GRIP was my answer to that question, and it still is, seven years and twenty issues later.

GRIP was meant to be a fanzine for 'new writers' to try out their ideas in fanzine writings. (I've been asked about the title, and the only way to explain it is to say that it was originally a joke...I had made a costume that was supposed to be a fanzine which opened out into a semi-nude Spock centerfold. Since there was a fanzine at the time that specialized in R-to-X-rated stories called GRUP, I used GRIP as the title for this costume. When I decided to edit my own fanzine, I took the title from the costume which had taken the title from the other fanzine...understand?)

GRIP has had very few restrictions, other than the obvious ones about Sex (nothing you couldn't show on Prime Time TV) and Violence (ditto, although I'm a lot stricter than the 6 o'clock news.). I've run stories that were extensions of various episodes of STAR TREK, or that used Klingons or Vulcans who were not connected directly with anyone in the episodes or the movies. I've used material based on STAR WARS, BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS, MOONRAKER, BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, and whatever else takes my fancy. I've use poetry, reviews, and at one time I even had a "Letterwar" between two engineering fanatics who tried to explain the Warp Drive! [1]

Origin of the Title

a parody: "The next time Roberta asked for a cover for her fanzine, Grip, I did a picture that, logically I thought, involved some gripping. For some reason she was surprised. This is one of my few, largely disastrous experiments with zip tape. I'm just not good at taping..." -- Teegar [2]
People have asked about the title of this fanzine. It all began with a fanzine called Grup back in the mid-'70's, which ran some pretty steamy stories (for the mid-'70's...they'd be considered tame today). I got a trifle steamed about this, and when I get steamed, I DO something. In this case, I did a costume...a fanzine, with a nude, reclining Spock centerfold. I took this around to the various Star Trek Cons, and won a prize or two with it. The title of this spurious fanzine was...GRIP. So...when I decided to do a fanzine of my own, I called it after the costume, which was a parody of another fanzine. By the way, GRUP died after five issues. GRIP is still going strong. There's a message in there, somewhere. [3]

General Reactions and Reviews

Roberta Rogow's fanzine 'Grip' emphasizes a close adherence to the forms of the original source products in serious stories and a high percentage of playful and humorous stories. [4]

The 1988 "New Yorker" Article

This zine series, as well as zines in general, slash, cross universes, and fanfic, was a focus of a December 12, 1988 two-page article in "The New Yorker."

Some excerpts:

"Grip" is a zine -- a collection of photocopied stories and pictures, staple-bound is a colored-paper cover. Since many of the stories in zines regularly include characters named Spock, Kirk, Scotty, and Dr. McCoy, people who mostly read what zine editors call "general-media zines" might get the idea that the zine phenomenon is simply the literary expression of Trekkiedom. But this is as wrong as wrong can be. For the zine writer, "Star Trek" just gives you a framework, a way of beginning," Ms. Rogow says. "A good zine writer might begin with "Trek" characters the way a Greek bard might have begun with the same old crowd of gods and heroes. But then you go beyond. Working with someone else's characters is a way of finding parameters for storytelling. It teaches you what you can never learn in a creative-writing class. It's only through the 'Trek' characters that you can find your own voice. When young writers want to begin with original universes, I tell them, 'First, write a "Trek" story. Before you let your imagination run wild, write about what you know."
She goes regularly to the cons, which have a heavy concentration of Trekkies, but does so with mixed feelings. She regards herself not as a Trekkie but as a Trekker, and often has to explain to twelve-year-olds the difference between her enthusiasm for "Star Trek" and their enthusiasm for "Star Trek." Most zine writers and editors are women, Ms. Rogow said as she sat behind her table. "Women could get involved in 'Star Trek.' They played a much larger role there than in any other series. After all, with Lieutenant Uhura, there was a woman on the bridge. Nowadays, young women say to me, 'O.K., but all she ever got to say was "Captain, I've lost contact with Star Fleet" or "Captain, contact with Star Fleet has been restored!" But in 1966 just to have a woman in contact with Star Fleet at all was a breakthrough. When 'Star Trek' was cancelled, in '69, all of us were lost. There were so many plot lines that were never resolved. So we began story trees, working our way up from premises and situations that had been left hanging in the show, and the zines eventually had a universe of their own. In 1977 came the second revolution—a whole new universe to play with. The story goes that the minute the first clips of 'Star Wars' were shown at the cons, fans started writing stories. Then came Indiana Jones, and that opened up other new worlds for writers. Anyway, it was around then, what with all those universes to play with, that I took up the cross-universe story, which is my forte and what I'm famous for. Cross-universe involves taking characters from one universe and mixing them with the characters from another. The crew of the Enterprise has an encounter with Han Solo in hyperspace. Or Darth Vader travels in time and meets Karen Allen. [5] But you have to do it consistently. For instance, Indiana Jones is presumably a historical figure, alive at a particular time. So it's best to cross him with figures from the same time period. A friend and I wrote a story -- it's a classic, if I say so myself -- where he was careering [6] across North Africa with Noel Coward.
[An eleven-year old boy] reached out for a zine at the back of the table. On its cover were a drawing (an "illo" in zine jargon) of Mr. Spock stripped to the waist and the legend "Spock Enslaved".

Ms. Rogow snatched it out of the boys had. "Get out of here! Go away!" she ordered. "That is not for the young."

She sighed, and said "Spock Enslaved" is an erotic zine. It's not really a slash book, but it's part of the same movement, which is threatening the zine universe. You see, in 1976 a story called "Shelter" was published in a zine called Warped Space. It was written by Leslie Fish. It's about Kirk and Spock. They on an uninhabited planet, they're trapped, they're in a cave, and well, there you go. There were others, and the thing took off. Spock and the Captain, Spock and the Doctor, The Doctor and Scotty. [7] But they're mostly about Spock seducing Captain Kirk -- that's whey they're called "K/S," or slash, zines. The slash books are basically harmless. People think that they are gay pornography, but they're not. They are written by women, for women. They're really Harlequin romances within the conventions of "Star Trek." Instead of having a name like Angelique, and a heaving bosom, the heroine just happens to be an admiral for Star Fleet. It's still the same girlish romantic fantasy. What the girls forget, though -- and this drives me into ferocious arguments -- is that Spock is sexually active only once every seven years. I've been arguing this one out for the last decade. That is clear -- that is unmistakable. He may be a gay Vulcan. He may be a straight Vulcan. I'm open-minded on that. But the one certain thing we know about all Vulcans' sex life is that they are sexually active once every seven years. When you ignore a rule like that, it seems to me you're not writing literature any more.
I've just published a cross-universe story in which one of the lawyers in "L.A. Law" goes to a con and picks up some slash fiction. Now, that's zine writing -- not some sexual encounter on an asteroid. People haven't even begun to touch on the possibilities of cross-universe writing. I'd like to cross "Beauty and the Beast" with this new series "Tattinger's", or have the cast of "Cheers" open up a bar on the Enterprise. Keep crossing long enough, and eventually you could write about anything. Eventually, you could capture the whole world in a single zine.

Issue 1

Grip 1 was published in February 1978.

  • The Affirmation of Nellie Gray by Roberta Rogow
  • A Neutral by Any Other Name by Ellen Rowe
  • Four Days in the Monkey House (con report)
  • Lament to the Station Manager, filk
  • Star Wars Promo, filk

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

"The Affirmation of Nellie Gray":OK, you’ve got me hooked. More Dirty Nellie, please (read Warped Space -- ed) "A Neutral By Any Other Name":if Ellen Rowe isn’t careful, she’ll start me liking poetry. "Four Days in a Monkey House" was a little unbelievable the first time I read it. However, after spending a Con (Feb. ’79) In the same room as some of those people, I’m sure Miriam didn’t tell the whole story. As a devoted filk-song lover I Just want to say that "a Lament to the Station Manager" and "Star Wars Promo" were great... A sweater pattern in a fanzlne? Well, I guess if you’re the editor a and want to print a sweater pattern, you print a sweater pattern. ...If I don’t see more Max, a lot more, I’ll become extremely something. [8]
Covers of issue #1 and #2
cover of issue #1

Grip 1 was published in 1978 and is 25 pages long.
partial cover of issue #2

Grip 2 was published in 1978 and is 27 pages long.

Issue 2

Grip 2 was published in July 1978. The second issue contains stories about Finnegan’s gift to Kirk ("White Elephant") and Luke’s horrendous fate; several filk-songs; and some reviews.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Another filk. Oh wonderful person to keep writing and printing filks....Ellen wrote a story about her Neutral; what joy! What a great Con (Sept ’78) to buy ’zines...There was more Max, for which I am highly grateful. [9]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Chris Cominetto

Grip 3 was published in November 1978 and is 61 pages long.

  • Getting a Word in Edgewise (1)
  • Air LOC (3)
  • Sittin' in the Dealer's Bay by Allan Parker (5)
  • Con-Versations by Dennis Chien and others (6)
  • Drag-Con by Mirian Rogow (6)
  • Lament of an Under-Age Trekker (12)
  • Lament of a Garden State Trekker by Miriam Rogow (12)
  • They are Not Pigs! by Allan Parker (13)
  • The Stranger by Anna Marie Kulina (14)
  • Why Space? by Ellen Rowe (16)
  • Eye of the Beholder by Ellen Rowe (17)
  • You Call This Clean??? by Steven Stark (25)
  • Starship Portfolio (31)
  • Luke Faces the Black Death by Anthony Citro and Roberta Rogow (37)
  • Who Am I? by Richard Pollet (42)
  • Trekkin' Through the Kitchen by Carol Kengeter (43)
  • That Bad, Huh? by Anthony Citro and Miriam Rogow (44)
  • A Sting at Four Bucks by Anthony Citro (44)
  • Battlestar: Disasterca by Anthony Citro (46)
  • Mork and Mindy: Yorkh! by Anthony Citro (46)
  • An Opposing View by Roberta Rogow (47)
  • Fanzines You Might Like (48)
  • Tooting My Own Horn (49)
  • front and back cover by Chris Cominetto, other art by Anthony Citro, Juan Gonzalez, Amy Harlib, Caroline Hedge, S.L. Kaiafah, Terry Lapanovich, Allan Parker, Richard G. Pollet, Mark Quiles and Ellen Rowe

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

It contains several reviews, poems, filksongs, and some mediocre artwork. There are good cartoons, although the drawing on them is not done well. Also included are three generally well conceived stories which deserve recognition.

"Eye of the Beholder" (Ellen Rowe)- Part of a continuing series, Speck is Spock's sister and a member of the Neutrals. This group is not a member of the Federation, nor do they swear allegiance to any other group, but are dreamers who believe that faith and courage can solve all problems. They are under Organian protection and are often called in to rectify Federation messes. In this story, it is her duty to remove survivors from a lost colony near the Neutral Zone before the Romulans discover them. But the last survivors do not want to leave and she must convince them of the danger involved. "You Call This Clean??!!" (Steven Stark) — The Enterprise is to be formally inspected by Commodore Berry of the Federation/Star Fleet Space Safety Board. Just as inspection is to commence, a chimp-like animal escapes a medical laboratory and creates havoc among the crews' quarters including the Commodore's. "Luke Faces The Black Death" (Anthony Citro and Roberta Rogow) — Luke Skywalker crashes on a planet after being shot down. Leia has been captured and is being held somewhere on the planet. With the help of a rebel cleaning lady, he gains entrance to the Imperial offices and demands to see Lord Vader. In the ensuing fight, Luke is saved by the cleaning lady. She throws a bucket of water on Vader, short-circuiting his light sabre temporarily and they escape.

White cover and pages, 48 pp. nicely done and deserves credit for its literary, not artistic, contents. Rating: B [10]
.. ."I'm glad you've got a neat cover in the works, because this one was not up to your usual standard. That Kaiafah has really got it! I don't suppose you would be interested in lending her address? She'd be just what we need for some illos for "The Lighter side of the Force" next year,

The filks were good, too. "lament of an Under-age Trekker" is probably the best I've seen all year. Give Miriam a great big handshake (or something morel). "They Are Not Pigs" was interesting, but it needed, I think, more of a point. Still, it seems nicely done. "The Stranger" was more frustrating because there were some great images mixed in with the occasional clunkers. But great feeling there. "Eye of the Beholder" has a nice pace, though sane holes in the logic and plot. And the science was weak, what with the invisibility. That was the characteristic that made it seem overly Mary Sue and contrived. More explanation on Jenkins and why he was separate might have been in order. I'm interested in seeing the continuation. "You Call This Clean!" was a good idea, but I was under the impression that the author had never stood a formal inspection, since that idea didn't come across well. Can I ask if the characters are Tuckerized? I mean, Kelly Garrett?!! Hee, heehee! Nice starships! Do you need some more? One of my students does a fair star-ship. I've also got one that does delightful flying beasties (though I admit they tend, to look similar to one another!) and another person, considerably older, who has a few interesting stories. Hard to get them at the moment, but in a few months?

"Luke Faces the Black Death" lacked impact, for some reason. Leia needed a bit more time to be killed off, Luke needed more time for reaction, and Rolla came across a la Foster's "Splinter." The ending was certainly different! I have no comment on cookbooks, but some on the reviews. Anthony has a nice way with words, but sometimes they get in the way of a clear opinion. I think, too, that he saw a different episode of BG than I did — where did he get that stuff about a supernova? Or did I miss something while I was busy cursing the presidential announcement that split our transmission of the show into two halves? 1 think, too, that Anthony doesn't have a subtle sense of comedy in regards to Mork and Mindy, but that could be a local prejudice. It does have some bad spots. I notice the address of Right of Statement here. Thanks! I needed that. Is it turning out any good? I think I'm going to switch from Scuttlebutt, for some reason! (Not really, but it does sound good.)

Well, have I attacked enough? I think your zine is really improving, by the
way, and I notice it is twice as big this time, too. Keep those people chained
to the typewriter! And yell if you need anything, border-wise. [11]
The artwork is generally better than in previous issues, and the cartoons are all funny. The plea on the Atlanta Con is great. It's nice to know business as usual went on there. I don't understand "Drag-Con". I liked "They Are Not Pigs" very much, I've never seen anything like it In a 'zine before. "Why Space" Is an excellent poem. I don't think Spock feels quite as lonely as the author of "The Stranger" feels. "Eye of the Beholder" is better than the previous Spock stories, but rather sketchy in spots. "You Call This Clean??" was very funny, but co-ed living quarters on a ship? "Luke Paces the Black Death". The title made me think of the plague. Why is See-Threepio with Luke? Why does Luke have the right to order other pilots to do anything? I can't believe Luke wouldn't regret Causing the death of other rebels. It seems to me that Luke is drawing his light-saber three lines after it's been taken away from him. The tone of the ending seems wrong. Darth Vader is not funny! Most importantly, while it is comforting to know that Anthony Citro did not mean for Luke to be dead at the end of "Letters to Luke" (Grip #2), after the strong emotional effect that story had on me, this story is anticlimactic. Perhaps any sequel would seem that way, but I think a story In which Luke killed Vader would have been satisfactory. [12]
What happened to Max? Oh, well even if Max is missing, there are three filks...and another Neutral story. Keep up the good work, Ellen! Anthony, the fact you were sitting next to me when I was reading "Mork and Mindy: Yorkh!" was the only thing that kept me from screaming....I think you totally missed the point of the whole idea behind "Mork and Mindy." It’s a comedy, for Pete’s sake. That is all it ever intended to be. As a comedy it’s pretty good. Robin Williams is a complete and total nut, and as such he’s getting away with making a lot of people laugh every week. What’s so terrible about that? OK, now the gloves are off. Anthony, it’s a good thing you were nowhere around when I read "Battlestar:Disasterca"...What the --- were you watching? It certainly wasn’t the first episode. Having watched it, and cursed out the President along with anyone else watching, and now paid $3.50 to see it with no Presidential interruption, I can safely say that there was no A) Planet going super-nova and B) construction of a mothership. (By the way, since when do planets Supernova? I thought it was stars that did that). Your remarks about the ship design I considered your opinion. But the next paragraph, that’s another story. To begin with ...you started with "As for the later shows" and went on to describe something that took place in the opening episode. And what the --- is wrong with women warriors shouting "Frack" and "Felgercarb"? The male warriors were shouting those things too... I’ll be the first to admit that they had some story problems, as soon as I heard the scripts had improved I started watching again. [13]

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, S.L. Kaiafah

Grip 4 is 52 pages long and was published in February 1979.

From the editorial:
Hello, once again, faithful readers! GRIP has made it into a second year, and no one is more surprised than I am. I started GRIP as a showcase for new people, and I have presented several writers and artists to the world of Fandom in the last year. GRIP #4 marks the debut of a very young writer, a couple of artists, and a writer of short stories. I've also included a Dirty Nellie story (very much out of sequence, but it couldn't be helped) and a rebuttal to the review of "Mork and Mindy" in GRIP #3.

I must now deal with a very unpleasant subject: MONEY! There was a time, Ions ago in a galaxy far, far away, when fanzine editors were so eager for readers that they practically gave their fzines away. Those days are gone, along with the 7-day work week. Unless one has access to a mimeo machine, one must pay a printer to get copies of a fanzine, and in my case, there is a cash flow problem. Ergo, GRIP #1 and GRIP #2 were very short (less than 20 sheets each) and were correspondingly cheap to print. GRIP#3 was larger, and GRIP#4 is larger still (28 sheets) and the price must go up accordingly.

Now we come to that eternally sticky ticket, the Post Awful, and its ever-increasing rates. I send GRIP Book Rate, 48 cents a shot. It tends to mount up, which is why I have to ask people who want GRIP by mail to pay the postage. People who, save me the effort of going to the Post Office by buying GRIP at a Con don't have to pay for postage, ergo GRIP costs 50 cents less by hand. (If someone wants GRIP First-Class they have to pay a dollar more to cover the extra postage).

There are a few old-timers who deplore the practice of making subscribers to a fanzine pay for the postage as well as the printing. They remember the Good Old Days when a fanzine cost $2 and that included First-Class mailing. Today, in order to cover the basic expenses, most fanzine, editors wind up dipping into their nest eggs. A fanzine has to pay for itself, otherwise the editorfs husband gets a little surly. Actually, GRIP barely breaks even, and most of the "profit" is put to a good use -- the next issue of GRIP!
  • Some Words from the Editor (1)
  • Air-LoC, a LetterCol (3)
  • Bombs Away by Steve Stark (4)
  • The Immovable Object and the Irrisistable Force by Roberta Rogow (17) (a Dirty Nellie meets Dirty Harry story, "The notes at the end of that tale explain what happens when a writer has stories published in several fanzines at once-, and one of them runs into legal difficulties.")
  • No Beach to Walk On by Richard Pollet (32)
  • Spectres Within the Shadows by Randall Landers, his first fanfic, a Star Trek: TOS story (33)
  • Contemplations by Cheri Tripp (43)
  • Jawa Song by Roberta Rogow (45)
  • Science Fiction Writers Deal with the Problems of Interstellar Flight by Allyson Johnson (46)
  • How to Make a Flying Car by Thunder Rowe, age 7 (48)
  • Technical Implications of Mork and Mindy... I'm Serious by Allen J. Parker (49)
  • Review: Invasion of the Bodysnatchers by Anthony Citro and Miriam Rogow (51)
  • Max by Caroline Hedge (53)
  • front cover by S.L. Kaiafah, back cover by Richard Pollet, other art by Anthony Citro, Caroline Hedge, Shona Jackson, Randall Landers, Terry Lipanovich, Cheryl Newsome and Leah Rosenthal

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

"Bombs Away" was cute. Keep it up, Steven. Amy’s picture on Page 16 was great. "The Immovable Object and the Irresistable Force": OK, Roberta, you win. Where can I get hold of more Dirty Nellie?... By the way, I like Rabbit, keep him around... Max was back, and there was a nice filk. When you consider the age of the author, "How to Make a Flying Car" was quite good. Famous words. What happened to page 50?( The printer missed a page -- ed) "Technical Implications of Mork and Mindy" was quite good, at least the portion that appeared was. [14]
Grip #4 was the most professional-looking issue of Grip so far. There was a nice assortment of writers and artists (and cartoonists). "Bombs Away!" was an interesting idea, but I think it could have been a little more detailed. For instance, Just HOW did Quinn manage to rip off the dilitnium crystals without someone noticing something? Surely Spock would have seen it registered on the Bridge! He is very observant about things like that. I also think the illo could have been a little more realistic (I'm allowed to say that, after all I drew it!)... "The Immovable Object and the Irresistible Force" was very good. I really like your style of writing. I also like the illos done by Leah Rosenthal ( and I'm not even going to ask why the plates Nellie has say "Property USS Enterprise") "Spectres Within Shadows" was a nice story. It's good to see some other adversaries besides the usual Klingons and Romulans. The picture of Kirk on the Bridge is good. However, I can't for the life of me determine just who drew it! It's signed "T'Klai-Dawn Singer" and the art credits list the person as Shona Jackson. (Ed. note: Shona's nom de plume is T'Klai when she's doing Vulcans, Dawn Singer when she's doing Indians or Klingons. Kirk is neither, so I gave her official name in the Art Credits) The article on interstellar flight was very informative. I'm glad to learn that I am not the only person to have read "Orphans of the Sky" and remember it. "Technical Implications of 'Mork and Mindy' was an original piece. The only problem is that my 'zine had a blank page, so I don't know now the article ended! (Ed. note: I've reprinted it, so you can find out! The printer owes me one.) Anthony Citro and Miriam Rogow's review of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers was well written. I haven't seen the movie myself so I can't comment on the review as such. I do think that if those two keep it up, they are going to be as good at reviewing as Gene Shallit. (I hope they consider that a compliment. I like his reviews). [15]
Grip #4 had the best layout and the best artwork of all the issues. "Bombs Away" was very good, and "The Trekker" was very funny. "The Immovable Object..." was kinda fun, but I can’t see Nellie and Kal deciding to stay together. Maybe when I finally read the story where they meet, I’ll understand. Also, how do you explain Harry Callahan as a Fed? "Spectres Within the Shadows" was good, and the ending was a surprise to me. "No Beach to Walk on" was touching. The article on science fiction writers was interesting, but seems unfinished. I am missing Page 50 (everyone is -- Ed!) and therefore the end of the Mork and Mindy artlcle, but what I read was good tongue-In-cheek writing. I loved Max, as usual. [16]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, S.L. Kaiafah
back cover of issue #5, Juan Gonzalez

Grip 5 was published in September 1979 and is 58 pages long. It contains Star Wars, Star Trek: TOS, and other content.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1) ("This is the part of editing a fanzlne that I really like -- where I get to speak my piece about something that’s on my mind. Right now what’s bugging me has to do with the stories that are coming in over the transom, or in the mail, as it were. In spite of all my good intentions, I find that I MUST point out a few "holes" that beginning writers fall into all too frequently. If you discover any of these in that story you were about to send off to GRXP (or anywhere else, for that matter!), think again and start to re-write...")
  • Air-Loc, the letter column (3)
  • The More Things Change, poem by Richard Pollet (7)
  • Reversal by Richard Pollet (8)
  • Day by Day on the Big E, cartoon by Leah Rosenthal (21)
  • Romulan Zone Rescue by Ellen Rowe (23)
  • Star Trudge (parody) by Any Other Name (29)
  • On Shore Leave Planet, filk by I Abro Cini (33)
  • Luke's Dilemma by Abbie Herrick (34)
  • Three Medals Each by Thunder Rowe (age 8) (37)
  • Exodus, Ch. 13, poem by S.L, Kaiafah (39)
  • Kobol, poem by Ellen Rowe (40)
  • A Star, poem by Mark Billson (age 7) (41)
  • All Too Human by Steve Stark (43)
  • The Collator's Hymn, filk by Roberta Rogow (46)
  • Technical Implications of Mork and Mindy by Allen L. Parker (48)
  • The Star Trek Novels, reviews by Randall Landers (50)
  • Roberta's Rebuttal by Roberta Rogow (53)
  • Alien (review of movie) by Anthony Citgro (55)
  • An Examination of UFO Phenomenon by Bob Cochran (56)
  • What's New at Other Words Books (ads) (58)
  • Backscratching Department (fanzine listings) (59)
  • art by S.L. Kaiafah (front cover), Juan Gonzalez (back cover), Bob Cochran, Nancy Duncan, Caroline Hedge, Abbie Herrick, Shona Jackson, Randall Landers, Teri Lipanovich, Cheryl Newsone, Richard Pollet, and Leah Rosenthal

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Ms Rogow appears to have another winner. It contains an Enterprise story, a Battlestar Galactica story and poems, plus a Star Wars story. Their artwork improved considerably, from ish 3 to 4, and the trend should continue. Last but not least, included is "Reversal," a story by yours truly, the first one I ever wrote, about 3 years ago. [17]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Terry Lipanovich
table of contents issue #6, click for larger version

Grip 6 was published in February 1980 and contains 56 pages. It contains a Star Wars story, a Star Trek: TOS story and a James Bond story.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • One Day on the Star Trek: The Motion Picture Line (2)
  • AirLoC (Letters of Comment) (3)
  • The Presence by Randall Landers (7)
  • Reunion by Tessa Thomas (17) (The Interplanetary Museum of History has a new exhibit: a model of the legendary ship Enterprise. Thanks to Mr. Spock's telepathic abilities many of the old crew are drawn to the museum and to a reunion that could be their last.)
  • Mayday Orbit by Ellen Rowe (25)
  • Journey's End, poem by Elain Tripp (28)
  • I've Endured by Greg Baker (29)
  • Star Trek's Alive, poem by Elaine Tripp (31)
  • Iles, poem by Roberta Rogow (32)
  • Willie's, poem by Roberta Rogow (32)
  • First Encounter by Richard Pollet (34)
  • The Return of Leia by Randall Landers (40)
  • Trapped, poem by Richard Pollet (44)
  • Star Fleet Officers, poem by Jayne Moore (46)
  • Yuletide Flight, poem by Joan Ryan (48)
  • A Trekker's Life, poem by Joan Ryan (48)
  • The Trekker's Go Filking Along, poem by Greg Baker and Roberta Rogow (49)
  • Hello from Dolly by Roberta Rogow (50)
  • Buck Rogers, a review of the movie by Miriam Rogow (54)
  • Buck Rogers, Roberta's Rebuttal by Roberta Rogow (55)
  • Body Clock Shifts and the History of Automatic Transmission, a review by I Abro Ciati (56)
  • A Dog-Gone Good Idea by Bob Cochran (57)
  • art by Terry Lipanovich (front cover), Juan Gonzalez (back cover), Bob Cochran, Bob Eggleton, Lynn E., Leah Rosenthal, Sharon Thompson, Theresa [unreadable], Vel Jaeger, Randall Landers and Richard Pollet


Issue 7

cover of issue 7

Grip 7 was published in July 1980 and is 60 pages long.

  • Venture into Hell by Randall Landers (Star Trek)
  • "Vader vs. Vade by Leah Rosenthal (the logical extension of the final scenes of TESB)
  • Cracker Jacks by Gregory Baker and Pat Paul (Star Trek)
  • article on APAs
  • article by Geraldine Sylvester on costuming
  • a Buck Rogers story with illos by Carrie Rowles
  • a review by Jeanette Eilke of the Japanese made space opera "Star Blazer
  • poems and filksongs

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

GH1F is largely a showcase for new talent though there are the efforts of seasoned hands represented here as well. There's a certain charm to this little zine that seems sadly lacking in some of the older well established zines. I feel it's the enthusiasm of the newer fans coming through with a waning sense of wonder that I experienced while discovering Star Trek many years ago.

The illustrations in this issue are all top-notch boasting the talents of Rosenthal, Rowels, Jackson and some very promising newcomers. There is a small section of poetry and filksongs that appear alternately comic and touching. Geraldine Sylvester has written a brief knowledgeable article on costume calls that is a "must" for anyone entering a costume call for the first time.

Fiction this issue includes "Venture Into Hell" by Randall Landers, which is passable fiction that suffers largely from lack of character development in the person of the Commissioner. There are a few spots of redundant dialog and I find it hard to believe Spock would blush because McCoy filed a report similar to his at an earlier date. I feel Randall will become a formidable writer as he practices his craft.

"Cracker Jacks" by Gregory Baker and Pat Paul is a well crafted enjoyable story dealing with junior officers and the transport of a mysterious cargo to Sherman's Planet. Introduced in this tale is a fascinating feline character named Kish-iarwbratapantua (Kishi for short) who deserves to be developed further. My major complaint with the story is the fact that the crew is not briefed on alien crewmembers who have come aboard, but the situation is handled humorously in the story and works out quite well.

The gem of the zine is a story by Leah Rosenthal entitled "Vader vs Vader" which is an after-the-fact EMPIRE story that laughingly concludes the film while still managing to remain open for yet another sequel.

Capping the issue is an excellent review by Jeanette Eilke of the Japanese made space opera "Star Blazer", which is in syndication in the United States and Canada. I've been fortunate enough to have seen some of the episodes and it's a truly superior adventure cartoon. If it's in your area, I recommend it highly. [18]

Issue 8

cover of issue 8, Shona Jackson
table of contents issue #8, click for larger image

Grip 8 was published in November 1980 and is 60 pages long.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Air-LoC, Letters to the Editor (3)
  • The New Captain of the Enterprise by Richard Pollett (5) (Star Trek: TOS)
  • Kah-Lair by Cheryl Hendricks (21)
  • Seven for the "Varda," filk by Roberta Rogow (30)
  • The Starship Trouper's Fanclub by the Taperecorder Brigade (32)
  • A Circle in the Moonlight by Gregory Baker (33)
  • The First GRIP Finish-the-Story Contest (41)
  • When We First Met, poem by Richard Pollet (44)
  • The Choice, poem by Louise Rogow (45)
  • My Fair Jeddi (sic?), filk by Leah Rosenthal (46)
  • How V, Spent Our Summer Cacation, 25 Crises in Silver Spring by Roberta Rogow and Sharron Baker (47)
  • Threnody for Augustrek, filk by Roberta Rogow (54)
  • The Editor's Dilemma: Kings by gayle F., filk by Roberta Rogow (56)
  • Continuation of Star Trek Book Reviews, by Randall Landers (57)
  • The Ship of Imagination Doesn't Make Local Stops, Review of "Cosmos" by Gregory Baker (59)
  • Backscratching Department (6)
  • art by Shona Jackson (front cover), John Gonzales (back cover), Lynn Eldridge, Liz Frim, Barbara Stultz, Richard Pollett, Leah Rosenthal, Dot Sasscer, Irene Shafer, Mark Thorner

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

There are several issues available since this one, but Roberta usually keeps her best back ones in print. This ish shares the same strengths and weaknesses of the others. Cover by Shona Jackson is a delightful cross-breeding of Trek and SW, shows a cartooned Yoda wearing the Vulcan IDIC pendant, and presumably giving the Vulcan hand greeting (well, what can you do with only three fingers?). Lots of blank space in the zine, as double spacing is used between paragraphs of dialog, always wasteful. One point in GRIP'S favor is in its use of beginners material; same point works against it in terms of reader recognition when seeing the zine for the first time.

Fiction in this issue consists of a run-of-the-mill Richard Pollet story with the subtle title "The New Captain of The Enterprise", and surprise! finds Kirk lost on the planet they were exploring, Spock reluctantly taking command long enough to save Vulcan from the Klingon/Romulans, and returning in time to said planet in time to save Kirk. Several somewhat forced Spock/McCoy confrontations pad out the narrative. Unmemorable, and done before many times.

Second Trek story "Kah-leir" by Cheryl Handricks has a slightly more original storyline involving a Nomad-like planet controller who is easily overcome by reading the truth in Spock's mind. Kirk's thoughts and actions toward Janice Rand offer a little diversion from the stock danger-logic-rescue of the plot; the whole thing could be an outline for a more fully realized adventure story for our heros.

The other Trek story "A Circle In Moonlight" by Gregory Baker, is easily the best in the zine, with well-realized characters both human and alien. Features a classic independent soldier-of-fortune George Bradshaw, who is pilot for an Enterprise special long-range shuttle-craft and his co-pilot "pantherlike" Kishi. Plotline has the shuttle seeking colonists on planet Fairno to deliver mail and supplies, but George and Kishi find one town burned and one deserted, finally catch up with the colonists and learn that they are under the spell of indigenous fuana apable of shape-changing. An intriguing story, highly imaginative. Remainder of the zine has poetry (some SW), song lyrics, book reviews, a review of the TV show "Cosmos", and a very funny account of 1980's Augustrek Con (sponsored by the editor). [19]

Issue 9

coverof issue 9

Grip 9 was published in February 1981 and is 58 pages long.

  • a post-V'ger story (Star Trek)
  • a special Spock section with fiction, prose, and poetry
  • a ST:TMP parody,
  • a Star Wars story that explains exactly why Darth is Luke's father
  • a Battle Beyond the Stars story


Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Dot Sasscer

Grip 10 was published in August 1981 and is 60 pages long.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Air-LoC (2)
  • My Old Man, filk by Gregory Baker (7)
  • Gone Fishin' by Roberta Rogow (9) (Star Trek: TOS story, After the 5 year mission McCoy has joined Natira on her new world and has joined in helping establish the Fabrini people. With Natira and McCoy is their son Lenar. They are strangers to each other and draw a little closer with a day spent together as McCoy introduces Lenar to fishing.)
  • All Things Must End by Richard Pollet (16)
  • Words from Dr. McCoy by Michael Smith (15, 20)
  • The Enterprise Crew, poem by Richard Pollet (21)
  • The Ultimate Frontier, poem by Richard Pollet (23)
  • Kirk's Angel by Sherri McGhee (25)
  • Zafed Beeblebrox and Me, filk by Gregory Baker (29)
  • Fable Hero, poem by Cheryl Hendricks (30)
  • No Time for Love, poem by Irene Shafer (32)
  • The Return of Leia, part 2 by Abbie Herricks (33)
  • What Do You Do with a Frozen Corellian by Faith Carp and Louise Rogow (43)
  • A Bounty Hunter's Song, filk by Roberta Rogow (52)
  • TIE-Fighters in the Sky, filk by Leah Rosenthal (53)
  • One Day at the Obelisk, cartoon by Adrienne Shanler (54)
  • How to Avoid Eating a Wiener Without Mustard by H.J.N. Andrushak (55)
  • Toeholds and Wormholds by Gregory Baker (56)
  • More Star Trek Book Reviews by Randall Landers (58)
  • The Critics, cartoon by Michael B. Smith (59)
  • Backscratching Department (60)
  • art by Dot Sasscer (front cover), Ron Schark (back cover), Lynn Eldridge, Abbie Herrick, Shona Jackson, Vel Jaeger, Richard Pollet, Louise Rogow, Melody Rondeau, Leah Rosenthal, Adrienne Shanler, Michael B. Smith


Issue 11

front cover of issue #11, Lynn Eldridge
back cover of issue #11, Michael B. Smith

Grip 11 was published in November 1981 and is 60 pages long. Art by Melody Rondeau, Dot Sasscer, Michael B. Smith, Lynn Eldridge, Richard Pollet, Leah Rosenthal, Carol Salieiami, and others.

It includes three Star Wars/Prisoners crossover stories and a long Federation Klingon love story.

  • an article on Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Air-LoC (letters of comment) (3)
  • Some Words from Dr. McCoy, cartoon by Michael B. Smith (7)
  • Starbird, poem by Cheri Tripp (9)
  • A Love Story by Cheryl Hendricks (9)
  • Last in Space by Richard G. Pollet (25)
  • Rebel Alliance Bulletin Board and Trek Graffiti Wall by Amy Forrest (30/31)
  • Han, poem by Amy Forrest (32)
  • Leia, poem by Amy Forrest (35)
  • To an Alderanni Princess, poem by Alicia Priore (37)
  • New Plan of Attack by Amy Forrest (39)
  • Not So Ordinary People by Leah Rosenthal and the Bad Company (41)
  • Vader in the Village by Arthur Tobias (47)
  • Raider's Song, filk by Roberta Rogow (50)
  • Artifact of Mystery by A. Rossi (52)
  • How to Avoid Eating a Wiener Without Mustard by Harry Andruschak (a re-run on "the article on warp drive that got mangled in the printing of Grip #10") (54)
  • Concerning the Voyager Six Spacecraft in ST:TMP by Harry Andruschak (55)
  • Mission to Boratius: The Lost Star Trek book, review by Randall Landers (57)
  • Backscratching Department (60)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

For the most part, GRIP 11 was enjoyable. The zine's general appearance is good (though it could have benefitted by more graphics). Art contributors include Melody Rondeau and Sasscer, to name two. Most of the art is quite good. There really isn't enough art in this zine to suit me, but that's personal. The front cover is hilarious - it takes a minute to hit you. The back cover is also very nice. The best story in the zine is "Not So Ordinary People," by Leah Rosenthal and the Bad Company. This is a comedy piece and part 2 of a continuing saga, "Vader Vs. Vader." It's very funny. The art with this piece fit nicely. "Artifact of Mystery" is a non-fiction peice by A. Rossi which discusses the Lost Ark of the Covenant (from Raiders). I found it most informative. A very well-conceived article. But all was not well with GRIP 11. "A Love Story" and "Concerning the Voyager Six Spacecraft in Star Trek: The Motion Picture" left me cold. "A Love Story," by Cheryl Hendricks, is the story of a female security guard captured by the KLingons. She meets a KLingon Medical Officer who becomes her 'Custodian', that is, takes custody of her, and they become mutually attracted. I thought that Miss Hendricks' KLingons were too much like Terrans and much too tolerant. And for a people who are supposed to be in a state of 'cold war' with the Federation, they sure were nice to Joan, the main character. Of course, I realize that if you have your protagonist torn to bits, there goes your story, but still.... This story was accompanied by tw<5 illustrations. One of them, done by Gennie Summers, was pretty good and is highly reminiscent of the old Buck Rogers art; the other, by Mike Worly, was actually offensive. The female in his drawing looked like the winner of the "Wet Uniform Contest." Verse is by Amy Forrest, Cheri Tripp, and Alicia Priore. Forrest's poems, "Han" and "Leia," were a little over-sentimental, but not really bad. Dot Sasscer's accompanying portraits of Han and Leia are nothing short of beautiful. Alicia Priore's "To an Alderaani Princess" was excellent. This, too, was with a Sasscer illo. "Starbird," by Tripp, was not nearly up to the quality of the other three, and the accompanying art can only be described as sub-standard. There is also a filk, by Roberta Rogow, called "Raider's Song." This alone makes the zine worth buying. Nancy Duncan does a great Indiana Jones. Really, though, this zine isn't bad. Any unsatisfactory pieces are completely offset by the good pieces, and all in all, I'd say that GRIP 11 is worth looking into. [20]

Issue 12

cover of issue #12

Grip 12 was published in March 1982 and is 60 pages long. "A serious ish for a change."

  • a sequel to 'By Any Other Name" and a prequel to "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (both Star Wars stories) (a Luke/Han confrontation)
  • a heroic rescue by the Greatest American Hero
  • an article on warp drives used in Science Fiction
  • reviews, filks, and cartoons


Issue 13

cover of issue 13

Grip 13 was published in August 1982 and is 61 pages long.

  • Child and The Man (STAR TREK TOS) (4 pages) (Kirk and his father)
  • Bird’s Eye View (STAR TREK TOS) (3 pages) (Spock and his yeoman)
  • Kang’s Decision (Klingon story) (12 pages) (Kang and his daughter)
  • Of Things Best Left Forgotten Part 1 (STAR WARS) (17 pages) (Princess Leia and a former suitor)
  • Comforter (Science Fiction) (4 pages)


Issue 14

cover of issue #14

Grip 14 was published in December 1982 and has 68 pages.


Issue 15

cover of issue #15, Michael B. Smith

Grip 15 was printed in June 1983 and has 64 pages. It contains Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: TOS.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Scrum of the Universe by Gregory A. Baker (2)
  • Death is Not a Metaphor by P. Carlene Deaton (18)
  • Riding the Genesis Wave by Charles Garofalo (29)
  • In More Detail, poem by Richard Pollet (33)
  • Triad, poem by Louise Rogow (34)
  • Station Break by Jeannie Webster (36)
  • Princess Leia, to a Renegade, filksong by Roberta Rogow (37) (also in Rec Room Ryhmes #3)
  • Explanations by Joan Shumsky (38)
  • Through the Stars, poem by Teresa Sarick (41)
  • To Taste First of Life by Linda Knights (42)
  • Good Intentions by Carol Mel Ambassador (48)
  • To Athena, poem by Cheryl Hendricks (55)
  • Notes from an Archeologist by Mary Nuss and Jeanne Webster (56)
  • Twin Suns, poem by Cheryl Hendricks (58)
  • Three Million Miles, filksong by Jeannie Webster (59)
  • The Thrilling Saga of the Mariner One Spacecraft by Harry Andruschak (61)
  • Passing in Review, fanzine by Tony Zierau (62)
  • Air-LoC, Letter of Comment by Joan Shumsky (63)
  • Backscratching Department (64)
  • art by Michael B. Smith (front cover), Terri Lipanovich (back cover), Mary Bohdanowicz, Jean Ellenback, Nancy Gervais, Elaine Gregory, Andrea Kunz, Andrew Morrison, Richard Pollet, Mel Rondeau, Carol Salemi, Gennie Summers, The Unknown Scribbler




Issue 16

cover of issue #16, Gennie Summers

Grip 16 was published in November 1983 and contains 68 pages. It includes a dire warning for a certain outspoken critic of Media Fandom.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off by Roberta Rogow (1)
  • A is For... by Roberta Rogow (2)
  • Remembering Spock, poem by Anne Batterby (14)
  • A Note of Remembrance by Richard Pollet (17)
  • Genesis, poem by Jo Wenck (20)
  • ... These Mortals Be... by Dan Dickholz (21)
  • Void, poem by Nicole Branch (34)
  • The Gentle Giant, poem by Katheryn Agel (36)
  • Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder by Michael B. Smith (37)
  • Both Sides Now, poem by Jean Ellenbacher (51)
  • The Return of the Jerki by Steve Gordon (41)
  • The Eyes Have It, poem cycle by Jean Ellenbacher (51)
  • What if Han Had Missed at the Death Star... ? by Carol-Mel Ambassador (54)
  • Drifting Snow, poem by Jaime Yingling (56)
  • Repent Arlan, Said the Dark Venger Man by Terence J. Koumaris (58)
  • Science, Good, Bad and Bogus by Harry Andruschak (66)
  • The End, filk by Roberta Rogow (67) (also in Rec Room Rhymes #3)
  • Backscratching Department (68)
  • art by Gennie Summers (front cover), Jean Ellenbacher (back cover), Gregory A. Baker, Nicole Branch, Barbara Gordon, Teresa Homes, Richard Pollet, Melody Rondeau, Michael B. Smith, "Star Stocking," and Carole Swoboda

Issue 17

cover of issue #17, Mike Worley
back cover of issue #17, Michael B. Smith

Grip 17 was published in February 1984 and has 64 pages. There are illos by Barbara Gordon, Theresa Holmes, Michael B. Smith (back cover), Mike Worley (front cover), Richard Pollet, Gregory A. Baker, Lynn Eldridge, Star Stocking, Carole Swoboda, and Gennie Summers.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Hill Street Starship, cartoon by Gennie Summers (2)
  • The Believability Factor by Gayle Puhl (3)
  • Physician, Heal by Lisa Padol (McCoy has learned of Natira's death and it is Spock who comes to offer comfort.) (31)
  • For Jim, When You Left Iowa by Barbara Robertson (34)
  • The Years Between, poem by Teresa Sarick (36)
  • A Game for the Young by Joan Shumsky (37)
  • Star Track: The Rash of Kon by Steven Gordon (39)
  • Survivor Syndrome by Matthew Kohn (45) (The editor talks about the difficulties with this story in the editorial.)
  • My Friend, poem by Katrhyn Agel (59)
  • Gemini by Tracey Woodend (62)
  • Air-LoC (64)
  • filks: The Fall by CarolMel Ambassador, As the Fanzines Go Rolling Along by Richard Pollet, The Years Between by Teresa Sarick (66)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

Roberta Rogow is an incredibly prolific editor, what with a media zine (Grip), a Darkover zine (Contes di Cottman IV), a filk zine (Rec Room Rhymes), and her Trexindex volumes of all media fan-published work. Lately, she's been called a tough editor because of her dislike for characterizations that don't match the "canon" presentations. Certainly one's idea of "correct" characterizations is a subjective thing, and it is possible to disagree on "what would this character do or say" (as I do with one instance in thish of GRIP), but only to a certain extent, and I have to largely agree with Roberta's stance. She doesn't like the integrity of established characters to suffer at the caprice of biased or flawed writers. There's a great deal to be said for an editor who'll assert herself with her writers, as many won't. I'm glad there's a zine in which we can always expect fair treatment of the various characters. GRIP itself suffers from spotty printing, typos, and mediocre typeface, but in this instance, that's all irrelevant. Roberta's priorities seem to be content and reasonable price. Where else can you get a 68-page zine with competent writing and fun stories for $5.50? Roberta uses a terrific kind of paper for her covers that I can't descibe. Sorry. Buy the zine and find out for yourself. The front cover is a marvelous rendition by Mike Wofley of Jabba's court. The reproduction here, is excellent. The first and longest story in the zine, The Believability Factor, is by Gayle Puhl, and answers the often-asked question "What if an alien civilization got hold of our earth TV/radio transmissions?" Puhl's answer is 27 pages worth of genuine fun, what with Spock sprinkling his conversation with quotations in what he calls a "most interesting intellectual exercise" and the overall feel of the adventure and humor of the original series. Sulu's reaction to seeing a couple of the inhabitants of this television-corrupted race wearing Cardinal Richelieu guard costumes and sporting sabers is priceless. I do quarrel with Uhura constantly "giggling," however, and the woman historian overreacts a bit, almost fainting at what she sees on the planet. Granted, it's a shock, but were she a man, she would have been characterized as somewhat less weak and nervous. Also, Kirk and company (excluding the historian, since it's her job) seem to know too many ancient expressions and slang. Unless people in the future will be educated much better than we are now, this strains our suspension of disbelief. Of course, a planet that adapted TV to reality would have some of the worst social and economic values in the galaxy. But this isn't that kind of story. "Physician, Heal," by Lisa Padol, is a lovely little vignette about Spock's attempts to ease McCoy's grief over Natira's death and McCoy's uncooperative response. Spock's feelings of hurt at McCoy's preference for Kirk's comfort is presented very touchingly. Padol should do more in-depth work like this. The one illo for the story is by Barbara Gordon, and it's a moving one that genuinely illustrates the vignette. "A Game for the Young," by Joan Shumsky, has Kirk razzing Spock about putting Saavik in the command chair (in ST:WK) during a chess game. The humor is good but incomplete. Vignettes can be effective vehicles for delivering emotions, and Shumsky would have made this one even more powerful had she added just a few more paragraphs "Star Track: The Rash of Kon," by Steven Gordon, is a hilarious parody of "Space Seed" and ST:WK, with thish's installment being the episode only. I've read many satires in zines and few of them make me laugh, so I was quite surprised when I found myself chuckling and grinning widely at this one. But why do I have to waft for the rest?'. "Survivor Syndrome," by Matthew Kohn (with "some help" from Roberta), is about a dissident female Klingon colony. It's got good ideas, including an outpost called 'Witchcraft Station', wherein young telepaths go to train themselves, but it's a bit sketchy. I'm a little uncomfortable with these 'Amazon' Klingon women. I wish their society and motivations had been explained and dramatized more. The young telepaths are too much on the immature side. Still, I like any story that attempts to do something new with the Klingons and Kohn's story should be read just for that alone. Plus, Gennie Summers' illos for it are gorgeous. Not only are her illos aesthetically pleasing, they're full complete illustrations. Her Kirk isn't very accurate, but I don't find that particularly important. "The Fall" is a frustratingly "Short vignette, by a "Carol Mel Ambassador" (I assume that's a pseudonym), about Vader and Ben's fight'over the volcano. Short though it may be, it had its own affecting power and the dialogue is strikingly accurate for the characters. I found her use of the word 'enclave' interesting; it's further proof of the influence the 'ThousandWorlds' universe has over SW fandom, much like several 'Kraithisms' that have come to be accepted almost as 'canon' in ST fandom. "Ambassador" should do more, longer work. "Gemini," by Tracey Woodend, is a somewhat dissatisfying dual vignette, mainly because of its overwhelming sentimentality about Luke and Leia's thoughts on the Ewok bridge. Good idea; some lines are, effective, but overall it fails. Woodend should perhaps try poring over her words more carefully,
because she can obviously do better. "As the Fanzines Go Rolling Along," by Richard Pollet, is a filksong that should be put in a ST filk canon somewhere. "For Jim, When You Left Iowa," by Barbara Robertson, is a sensitive poem about the effects of Kirk's absence from home. "The Years Between," by Teresa Sarick, with some very complicated lines, is the best poem in the zine. I especially like her closing one, "And the star blew everything else away." Kathryn Agel's poem, "My Friend," written from Chewie's point of view, is a touching tribute to the Wookiee's feelings for Han. Theresa Holmes' illo of Han is a bit harsh, though. The bacover, "How to Spot a Nasty 01' Klingon" by Michael B. Smith, should be made into a poster. GRIP 17 is recommended. It has the feel of a good, ol' fashioned zine. [21]

Issue 18

cover of issue #18, Jean Ellenbacher

Grip 18 was published in July 1984 and has 68 pages. It contains two Star Wars, one Buck Rogers parody and Star Trek: TOS.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Road to Eden by Stephen Mendenhall (2)
  • Star Trek II: The Rash of Kon by Steven Gordon (17)
  • Prescription by Gayle Puhl (32)
  • Search, poem by Gloria de Leon (35)
  • Ode to XL-52, filk by Teresa Sarick (37)
  • Vader vs Vader, part 3 Germs of Endearment by Leah Rosenthal and the Bad Company (39)
  • Leia of Alderaan, filk by Jeanne Webster and Mary Nuss (44)
  • A Few Words on Meeting Your Maker by Tim Blaes (45)
  • The Interview by Kathy Fink (47)
  • Cluck Codgers by Richard Pollet (49)
  • Backscratching Department (68)
  • art by Jean Ellenbacher (front cover), Lori Nelson (back cover), Contessa, Cheryl Hendricks, Andrea Kunz, Peter Laird, Melody Rondeau, Leah Rosenthal, Star Stocking


Issue 19

Grip 19 was published in November 1984 and has 68 pages. It is an all-Star Trek issue.

  • McCoy's Luck by Gayle Puhl (16 pages, McCoy fighting depression over the death of an old friend, becomes involved in various intrigues that endanger his life.)
  • The Confrontation by Sue Wilson
  • The Many Splendored Thing by Dan Dickholtz
  • The Splurge for Spa, ST III parody
  • Klingons a poem by 'Jimmy Kirk, second grade'
  • an unknown Saavik story

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19

One place a new fan writer or artist might submit their work to is GRIP, a multi-media zine
 that isn't afraid to seek out and encourage new talent, as well as use works of "known" fans.
 By a twist of fate, the contents of the current issue, #19 just so happen to be all Star Trek
 — for the first time. The stories are diversified, both in concentration on a particular char
acter and when the story takes place: during, at the end of, and beyond the first five year
 mission, including up to the time when the Enterprise is commanded by Capt Saavik. writing
 quality varies from good to very good, with an occasional small gem tossed in. "McCoy's Luck"
 by Gayle Puhl offers a rare glimpse of the human side of Dr. McCoy amid an alien espionage
 threat and a deadly plague. "The Confrontation" by Sue Wilson tracks the first meeting of 
Spock and Saavik on Hellguard. And Dan Dickholtz's "The Many Splendored Thing," part of his
 'Capt. Saavik' series, presents a much different Romulan-Vulcan character than we know, cap
tain of the Enterprise, friend of a Klingon captain, having the usual troubles with an ambassa
dorial party that includes one silver-haired Pavel Chekov. There are more stories, including
an above average ST III parody. Artwork throughout is adequate. Normally I wouldn't comment 
on poetry, except that I was really taken by "Klingons" by 'Jimmy Kirk, second grade.' Overall,
 GRIP #19 makes for good reading.

However... For those of you who are picky on how words are spelled, and can't simply ignore typographical errors, then perhaps you had better stay away! Alas, proofreading seems to have been kept to a minimum, if any. Some of my favorite lines in the issue: "Are you going to seduce me now?" "Well, I was trying to wind and dine you!" -and- "Praise the Mighty One! Who sends fir through our veins and battle to unleash it!" (Egad, a whole pine tree?!) In addition, there is an occasional problem of lines or paragraphs tilting to one side — a pasteup problem. At least the printing quality is much better than some previous issues. [22]

Issue 20

cover of issue 20

Grip 20 was published in February 1985 and has 68 pages. It contains three Star Trek: TOS stories and a Doctor Who/Indiana Jones parody.

  • The Paradise Prisoners by Gayle Puhl (24 pages, the Enterprise is held by some type of force as it orbits a newly discovered planet. A landing party beams down and McCoy is seized by the beings of the planet and submitted to a mind probe that could prove fatal to the Doctor.)
  • two versions of Spock's death and rebirth
  • Indeeanna Moans and the Orthodox Temple of Dr. Who
  • filks and cartoons

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20

One of the longest-running zines in fandom, this publication regularly features a variety of media stories according to eitorial whim and interest. This issue features Trek, SWars, and an Indy Jones-Doctor Who crossover. [23]

Issue 21

Grip 21 was published in July 1985 and contains 68 pages and stories from Star Trek, Conan/Star Trek, and other unknown content. "Unicorns on the Enterprise? Conan the Barbarian vs the Klingons? Spock's wedding? Plus Doctor Who, Star Wars and those sinister E.T.s (finally!)."

Issue 22

cover of issue 22

Grip 22 was published in November 1985 and has 68 pages and includes one Star Trek/Visitors crossover and one A-Team/Visitors crossover ("The Visitors vs the A-Team" by Laura Michaels).

As described in the Clipper Trade Ship #54 (1986): "The Visitors are coming! First they try to take over Vulcan; then they meet the A-Team. In between are stories that deal with an Alien Deathtrap for the Enterprise, and what really happened to Khan Noonian Singh."


Issue 23

front cover of issue #23, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #23, Shona Jackson

Grip 23 was published in 1986 and is 68 pages long. This contains 9 stories and art by Gennie Summers (front cover, interior), Shona Jackson (back cover), Nancy Gervais, Laura Michaels, Mary Otten, Gayle Puhl, Jackie Pratt, Melody Rondeau, Tiffany, and a centerfold by Bob Eggleton.

From the editorial:
I’ve made some judgements in the past, and ! have revised my opinions about a number of things. And this is as good a place as any to talk about them. For instance: Dr. Who. When I cane across the Good Doctor. I thought he was silly. In fact, I didn't see what any one else could find likable in the man! I thought the show was badly produced, the concept was stupid, and the fans brainless. Wellll....I haven't become a Whovian, out I will concede that it has its own zany charm. I still think the Daleks are about as dangerous-looking as a row of blotters, and I still howl at sets that are obvious left-overs from whatever the BBC was filming that week. But I enjoy some of the earlier Dr. Who plots that involve time-travel, and once you get past the British silly-isms, the dialog isn't all that bad.

Then there is the K/S Premise, which is that Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock are 'more than Just Good Friends'. I've been pretty vocal about this for a number of years, and I've gathered a remarkable batch of feudists en route. I refuse to believe for one minute that 'our" Captain Kirk will do anything to put his career in jeopardy, and 'our' Spock isn't going to have a sexual relationship for any reason but propagation of the species, however…I've read a few "alternate' K/S stories that make a little more sense, and are not as involved with the mechanics of the relationship as they are with the emotions. So…another qualified revision of opinion. Finally, there is the British Invasion: 'Blakes' Seven' and 'Sapphire and Steel'. The first is one show that totally puts me off. I have seen a few of the episodes in various people's rooms at conventions, and I admit that they're superior to most British Science Fiction in production values, and the characters are interesting...VILE, but interesting! And if the B-7 fans would just lighten up about them. I might be more willing to go along with it...As for 'Sapphire and Steel', this is a real surprise. I was prepared to endure it for Fandom's sake. Instead, I found myself fascinated by the premise of a peacekeeping force that goes through Time to prevent Things from creeping into the Time-lines. Like "Blake's Seven', this is one of those bootleg shows that has not properly crossed the Atlantic yet: if anyone gets a chance to see it at a Con they should. It's fascinating!

There are a few opinions that I still hold. I find JRR Tolkien a total bore, and I am not especially fond of Pern either...although I like Anne McCaffrey's other writing. And I will read almost anything that involves Alternate Universes or Time-lines. So I am not totally changeable... I just reserve the right to alter my opinion from time to time.

This zine includes one Star Trek novella as described in Clipper Trade Ship #54 (1986): "A novella, in which Kirk is being menaced by Aliens, while Spock, McCoy, & Uhura try to get him out of it (or IT out of HIM); also, a nasty situation between Kirk, Spock, Scotty, and a luscious crew woman on a strange planet; a take-off on Battlestar: Galactica; and a surprise visit by a certain Doctor to... Walden Puddle?"

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Prime Directive, filksong by Claire Maier (2)
  • The K'norkan Curse by Gayle Puhl (Kirk at the mercy of an intelligent fungus) (3)
  • The Web, poem by Richard Pollet (32)
  • Friend Ship, poem by Laura Michaels (33)
  • Creature/Caught, poems by Dwight E. Humphries (34)
  • The Wine of Dreams by Maria C. Pehrson (the Spock, Kirk and Scotty planet story) (36)
  • A Loss, poem poem by Tracey Woodend (52)
  • Dr. Who and the American Invasion by Sandra E. Hanson (53)
  • Battlecart Formica by Steve Gordon (Battlestar Galactica parody) (57)

Issue 24

front cover of issue #24, Sheila Barrera
back cover of issue #24, Michael B. Smith

Grip 24 was published in July 1986, contains 68 pages and includes short pieces, reflecting life on the Big E: Kirk & McCoy discuss the Meaning Of It All; McCoy finds a new (but Trivial) diversion for the crew; a fan finds a new life on the enterprise. Also another in the adventures of Saavik, Spock, Spock, Jr., and Toto the Sehlat." It also contains an Indiana Jones story and a tribute to the crew of the Challenger.

From the editorial:
What makes a Fandom? What is there that attracts people to not only watch a television show or movie, but then to sit down and attempt to copy the style in art or story? And how can you tell what is going to [be] big? The answer to that last question would make many a network executive grovel before the one with the right answer. This year’s "Misfits of Science" might have made it, but it was vastly overshadowed by the zippy look of "Miami Vice"...which is generating its own fannish heat (yes, there are already two MV fanzines!). There do not seem to be too many new Star Wars fanzines coming in, although many of the old Warsies are still plugging away there...meanwhile, "Blake's Seven" is making great strides. (For those who wonder what this is...it’s a very violent British SF series that has never been seen on network TV in the USA, although some cable channels are beginning to run it. If you really want to test this, look around at various conventions.) Public taste is fickle...so why has Star Trek lasted so long? I think it’s because the characters and their relationships were so well and lovingly depicted that we can grow with them. Those who are Just seeing the original episodes on video- tape can draw their own interpretations, while us Original Trekkers can still find elements in the adventures of the Enterprise and its crew that appeal to our sense of humanity. StarTrek was a story about the essential decency of humankind, and the great possibilities that lay ahead. At the same time, there were elements of humor, adventure, and an appreciation for the diversity of whatever we may find once we get Out There. When I started GRIP in 1978 (is it really that long!), I planned to make it 1⁄2 Star Trek, ~ Star Wars and 1⁄2 whatever else came to hand. The proportions have remained more or less the same for most of the issues (#19 was All-Trek). However... the last three issues have seen a definite falling-off of Star Wars material in favor of "V", "Indiana Jones..." and "Dr. Who". #25 will be All-Star Trek again... and I have some really unusual looks at old friends: How Sarek and Amanda REALLY met; how Saavik came to grips with the Romulan part of her being; what happened when yet another fan got onto the Enterprise, and WHO got her off?????
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Lament of the Ghostly Crewman, filk by Gayle Puhl (2)
  • Star-Mapping by Tom Lalli (3)
  • Civil Obedience by Barbara Robertson (6)
  • A Fighting Chance, poem by CarolMel Ambassador (14)
  • "H" stands for Hellguard, and Here We Go Again by Kerry Nash and Paul Towarnicki (17)
  • Losirea Speaks, poem by Dwight E. Humphries (33)
  • Spock's Lament, filk by Cyndee Davis (35)
  • The Power of Fandom by Nancy Hardenberg (43)
  • Write It, filk by P.E. Kinlock (44)
  • The Trouble with Trivia by Nancy Gervais (47)
  • Enterprise Personals, transcribed by Gayle Puhl (51)
  • Spock's Vacant Chair, filk by Brenda Faith Bell (55)
  • A Second Chance, poem by Kristy Merrill (57)
  • Battle Hymn of the (New) Republic, filk by Sue Kidwell (59)
  • Fear of Snakes by Richard Pollett and Roberta Rogow (60)
  • James Dean in 'Conan the Rebel,' filk by Dan Crawford (65)
  • A Tribute to Challenger, three poems by Jean Ellenbacher, Sue Anne Sarick and Teresa Sarick (66)
  • Backscratching Department (68)

Issue 25

front cover of issue #25, Patricia Posadas
back cover of issue #25, Jean Ellenbacher

Grip 25 was published in November 1986, has 68 pages and is: "Another all-Star Trek issue to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Star Trek. Stories about Sarek and Amanda (pon farr isn't pretty!); Spock's first public appearance; a visit to a very weird planet; & Saavik's encounters with her Romulan relations." Clipper Trade Ship #54 (1986)

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Most Logical Thing to Do by Jeff Kasten (3)
  • Lines We'd Like to Hear by Joan Shumsky (16)
  • The Ocean and Star Shine by Tammy Carson (17)
  • The Perseus Touch by M.C. Pehrson (23)
  • Striving to Be Human, poem by Laura Ellis (37)
  • Jimmy the Starship Captain, filk by Dottie Christiansen (38)
  • Time-Travelling Trek by Laura Michaels (41)
  • The Neu-ter-al Zone, filk by Brenda Bell (45)
  • The Other Side by Kerry Nash (47)
  • How to Write a Star Trek Story, article (?) [question mark is the zine's] by Brian Wilkes (66)
  • art by Patricia Posadas (front cover), Jean Ellenbacher (back cover), Nicole Branch, Nancy Gervais, Patricia Mlone, M.C. Pehrson, Teegar Shaver, Mike Smith and Sherry Veltkamp


Issue 26

front cover of issue 26, Teegar Shaver
back cover of issue 26, Teresa Sarick

Grip 26 was published in February 1987 and is 72 pages long. It is a compilation of 4 Star Trek stories, one 6-page V story and several illustrations and poems.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Oh, Charlie by Carol Hansen (2)
  • The Other Kobyashi Maru Song, filk by P.E. Kinlock (15)
  • It is to Laugh by Dottie Christianson and Della Shuler (16)
  • Star Trek Rock, filk by Dan Crawford (33)
  • Physical, filk by Dottie Christianson (35)
  • The Legend of Torakiashu by Brenda Faith Bell (36)
  • Sweet Mary Sue, filk by Susan Landerman (55)
  • The Eyes Have It by Richard Pollet (56)
  • Bethel's Song, filk by Teresa Sarick (65)
  • The Hill is Never Safe by William Goodison (66)
  • Back-Scratching Department (72)
  • art by Teegar Shaver (front cover), Teresa Sarick (back cover, graffiti wall), Jean Ellenbacher, Elaine Gregory, Pat Posadas, Jackie Pratt, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers and Sherry Veltkamp

Issue 27

front cover of issue #27, Jean Ellenbacher
back cover of issue #27, Roxanne Caldwell

Grip 27 was published in July 1987, contains 72 pages. It has original SF, as well as "mixed Star Trek" stories featuring the beginning of the Kirk and Spock relationship, and Saavik as mother and fighter. Also a comic look at the Wrath of Khan, a poetic look at The Voyage Home, and a tale of intergalactic movie moguls and a backward planet called Earth.

From the editorial:
Except for a few brave souls who take a chance on ordering this through the Post Awful, you probably got this issue at a Convention, or, as they are familiarly known, a Con. I go to a lot of them, mostly on the East Coast and people ask, WHY? What good are Conventions, aside from giving a lot of dealers a place to hawk their wares? Well, that’s not a bad thing to do, when you get down to it. STAR TREK and STAR WARS wouldn’t have lasted so long if not for the fans, who wrote the stories and sold the fanzines, and the place to do it is at a Con. And there are the "literary" SF Cons (like LunaCon and PhilCon and BaltiCon and the semi-defunct BosKone) where young writers can meet their mentors and inspirations, and can contact publishers. Not to mention the Creation Cons, where the comics artists hang out. What’s been happening is the beginnings of "specialized Cons". MUSE-Con was aimed at filkers: concerts, song-fests, tapings, etc. CostumeCon was for costumers, with workshops on dressmaking and accessories, and a parade of dolls instead of an art show. Even my beloved MediaWestCon is aimed at the media" groups, who write the fanzines based on this or that or the other TV show/movie. To a lot of people all this Con-going is a waste of time and money, organized by huxters to separate the gullible from their loot. That is a pretty harsh way of putting it. Sure, there are people who are there to sell things, or buy things, but there is a lot more going on than that. Conventions are also places where some people can meet other people with the same interests. Many young people with an interest in science or art or writing get the impetus to continue that interest and expand it into a life’s work through the people they meet at Cons. Fans can meet other fans, make friends and find a basis for communication.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Live Long and Prosper, poem by T. Andy Boutelle (2)
  • Purpose Served by Carolmel Ambassador (3)
  • A-Trekkin' We Shall Go by David Marks (8)
  • Star Trek IV, epic poem by Sue Franks (23)
  • How it Came Out by Richard Pollet (29)
  • Legent, filk by Brenda Bell (31)
  • Who are Khan's Supporters, speculation by Patricia Matthews Shaw (32)
  • The Man Who Fought Darth Vader, filk by Davey O'Broder (34)
  • Jareth and She, poem by Rachel Kadushin (36)
  • Jareth and the Next Baby, poem by Rachel Kadushin (37)
  • The Warrior Spirit by Kerry Nash (39)
  • First Contact by Douglas R. Pitts (60)
  • Backscratching Page (72)
  • art by Jean Ellenbacher, Roxanne Caldwell, Nancy Gervais, Tom Howard, Pat Posadas, Jackie Pratt, Teegar Shaver, Gennie Summers, Sherry Veltkamp, and Marie Williams

Issue 28

cover of issue 28, Teegar
back cover of issue #28, Jonathan Lane

Grip 28 was published in November 1987 and is 70 pages long. Art by Teegar Shaver, Jonathan Lane, Jean Ellenbacher, and Melody Rondeau.

Scotty and Chekov on the carpet; an alternative Enterprise run by pussy cats, Miami Vice on Pern, plus a novella in which Saavik must decide between her Romulan and Vulcan sides.

From the editorial:
GRIP is inexpensive, because I have become my own printer. I now OWN the machine on which GRIP is printed, thus saving the expense of paying printers’ rates. This savings gets passed on to you, the readers, since I do not have to cover the huge "nut" that I used to have. Many of my zine-eds feel the same way that I do about our fanzines: we do it for the love of it, and price them just high enough to cover the cost of printing and distribution. GRIP is, in its way, fairly inexpensive to produce, since I use black-and-white illustrations, straightforward printing, and "saddle-stiched" staples far binding. Other people aren’t quite that basic, but in spite of rising production costs, they manage to keep their ’zines priced around $I0 - $12. There are, however, certain people who observe fans buying these ’zines and want to get in on this action. They send "shills" around to buy up available copies, then they put said copies on sale for double the price the original editor asked for them. While this is not illegal, it is certainly unethical. Most fanzine editors want greater distribution of their works, but not at the expense of the readers. Moreover, fans who buy from these dealers get the notion that these fanzines are the only ones available, and do not accept anything less. My feelings about this practice are ambivalent. Of course the original editor has received payment for her ’zine (from the shill), and presumably there is nothing she can do about anyone who chooses to re-sell said ’zine at whatever price the market will bear. And if gullible people are led to shell out incredible sums for these fanzlnes, and then they find out out the original editors are selling them for considerably less, they have only themselves to blame. To the readers of GRIP, I can only say, Shop Wisely. As with everything else on the market these days, the Buyer Must Beware. At a Con, look carefully before you purchase a fanzine; there amy be a copy available from the editor instead of a dealer. Mail order isn’t the only answer, but it is one answer; the only added cost is the postage.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Harry the First, filk by Judd Hollander (2)
  • If Only... by Stephanie Smith (3)
  • Speculation, poem by Richard Pollet (11)
  • Cat Voyagers by Robert D. Sollars (13)
  • Dragon Vice by Teresa Sarick (19)
  • In Starfleet Again, filk by Michelle Perry (27)
  • The Ballad of Macron I, filk by Dan Crawford (29)
  • Conspiracies by Charles Thompson, Jr. (31)
  • Backscratching Department (68)
  • art by Teegar Shaver, Jonathan Lane, Jean Ellenbacher, Contessa Stevens, Marie Williams, Lynne Alyssa Witten, Patricia Young

Issue 29

front cover of issue #29, Jean Ellenbacher
back cover of issue #29, Tom Howard

Grip 29 was published in February 1988 and contains 72 pages.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Bugaboo by Gayle Puhl (2)
  • Spock Speaks, pome by Alyns Lawchilde (11)
  • Twenty Treky Years Ago, poem by Ellen Rowe (12)
  • The Looking-Glass Nightmare by Paul Towarnacki and Kerry Nash (13)
  • Dr. McCoy's Guide to Life, filk by Judd Hollander (36)
  • Wheel of Misfortune by David Marks (38)
  • The Price of a Life, poem by Debbie Martin (46)
  • Spock It To Me by Storm (49)
  • I Liked Star Trek: The New Generation Provisionally, review by Richard Pollet (51)
  • Opinion and Speculation: Star Trek the Next Generation, review by Page Lewis (53)
  • The Readers Comment on the New Generation (54)
  • Limerick from the Shuttlecraft by Marge Draper (57)
  • Comment by Dan Crawford (57)
  • Passing the Torch by Gayle Puhl (58)
  • BFA:TNG, filk by Claire Maier, Harold Feld and Charles Asbjornson (61)
  • Star Trek The Umpteenth Generation by Stephen Mendanhall (63)
  • art by Jean Ellenbacher (front cover), Tom Howard (back cover), Pat Pousadas, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers, Marie Williams, Lynne Alise Witten, Pat Young

Issue 30

front cover of issue #30, Jackie Pratt
back cover of issue #30, Patricia Young

Grip 30 was published in July 1988 and contains 72 pages.

From the editorial:
Welcome to GRIP #30. We've got a lot of short stuff time around, instead of a few looooong tales. We've got Star Trek of Old and New Generations, with a few oddities, like a Time-Travel story, and a peek into the mind of a Very Young Fan. work...and thereby hangs a tale. And there is art- Artists are important to a fanzine. Good art is hard to come by, especially in a fanzine. There are a lot of "portrait" iIlos in fanzines, as opposed to "action" illos. It’s easier to work from a photo-reference, which accounts for so many different interpretations of the same basic publicity shots. As as editor, I prefer an "action" pose that illustrates the story, but I’ll take what I can get.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Nobody's Perfect by Philip Auter and Tom Perkins (2)
  • Computer Rebellion by Gayle Puhl (15)
  • The Bet by Michelle Perry (20)
  • Debt of Honor by Jean Lamb (27)
  • Behind the Q Ball by Barbara Robertson (Star Trek: TNG) (29) (Q and Picard play pool.)
  • Logical filk by Judd Hollander (36)
  • Bored with Lore by Diana Fox (38)
  • Friends by Harold Feld (41)
  • The Latest Degeneration by Dan Crawford (51)
  • Don't Buy a Green, Green Tribble, poem by April Showyrs (57
  • Night of the Time Travellers by James Fitzsimmons (59)
  • The Star Wars Kid by Paul van Peenen (67)
  • Stopping by Tardis, poem by Teresa Sarick (71)
  • Backscratching Page (72)
  • art by Jackie Pratt (front cover), Patricia Young (back cover), Jean Ellenbacher, Tom Howard, Pat Posadas (spelled "Pousadas" in the TOC, but this is in error), Jackie Pratt, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers, Marie Williams, Lynne Alyse WItten, Patricia Young


Issue 31

front cover of issue #31, Julie Cesari
back cover of issue #31, Teegar Shaver

Grip 31 published in November 1988 and contains 68 pages.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Here, There, Everywhere, filk by Michelle Perry (2)
  • Star Weaver and Silo and the Babies They Fought to Save by Anna Parrish (3)
  • If Vulcans Could Not Lie, poem by Michelle Perry (14)
  • Healers of Elioq by James Fitzsimmons (15)
  • Bald Truth by Barbara Robertson (24)
  • Place Between by Beth Altman (31)
  • A Visit from the Great Bird, poem by Gayle Puhl (35)
  • Riker's Love Them, filk by Brenda Perry (57)
  • Beverly's Tempest by Jessica Ross (39)
  • Fool's Gold, poem by Ellen Rowe (59)
  • Batteries Not Included by Dan Crawford (60)
  • Backscratching Page (68)
  • art by Julie Cesari (front cover), Teegar Shaver (back cover), Beth Altman, George Docherty, Jean Ellenbacher, Ken Huegel, Brenda Perry, Michelle Perry, Melody Rondeau, Pat Posadas, Gennie Summers, Patricia Young

Issue 32

front cover of issue #32, Lynn Alisse Witten [spelled as signed on art]
back cover of issue #32, George Doherty
From the editorial:
Hello again! GRIP #32 is here, with mostly Trek stuff...Old, New, and Movie Generations. Humor, Action/adventure, and even a little romance, not to mention another visit with "Q". My last Editorial caused a little stir, since I devoted it to a tirade against "Blake’s Seven". It was pointed out that I stated that Blake & Co. blew up their prison ship...OK, I may have left the room at that point. It SOUNDED like an explosion to me! If you say not, I won’t argue. I STILL don’t like "Blake’s Seven". On the other hand, there are a lot of things I like that most people don’t...

Grip 32 was published in February 1989 and contains 72 pages.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Meridian Factor by James Fitzsimmons (2)
  • The Assassin by Laurie D. Haynes (11)
  • What a Wonderful World by Barbara Robertson (25)
  • Starship, poem by Joe Foster (34)
  • Ni Var, poem by Joe Foster (34)
  • The Q'Be Root by John W. Scheuerman (38)
  • The Wreck of the Pregnant Guppy, poem by Larry D. Kirby III (52)
  • Do Androids Dream? by Joann Serger (53)
  • What If ... ? Short-short story by Michelle Perry (51)
  • Lynn Alyse Witten [spelled in table of contents] (front cover), George Doherty (back cover), Jean Ellenbacher, Rina Mapas, Jackie Hecht, Jeff Perlman, Pat Posadas, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers


Issue 33

Grip 33 was published in July 1989 and contains 69 pages.

front cover of issue #33, Jackie Hecht
back cover of issue #33, Teegar
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Specter by Anna Parrish (2) (Star Trek: TOS)
  • Who Framed Tricia Tribble by Dan Crawford (11) (Star Trek: TOS)
  • Star Trek: The Cereal Continues by Marge Draper (20)
  • Star Trek Sillies by Amy Forrest (21)
  • The Pirate Queen by Karina Lumbert (Star Trek: TOS)
  • Lieutenant Sweetkins Transfer by Sue Frank (23) (Star Trek: TOS)
  • From the Bridge, poem by Brenda Bell (28)
  • Lieutenant Sweetkin's Transfer, poem by Sue Frank (29)
  • I'm Just a Droid Who Can't Say No, filk by Brenda and Michelle Perry (32)
  • Goodbyes by John Scheuerman (35) (Star Trek:TNG)
  • The Trek Goes On, filk by Barbara Flink (39)
  • ... And Miles to Go... by Barbara Robertson (41)
  • Evolution by Diana Fox (44) (Star Trek: TNG)
  • Interview from Toontown by Richard Pollet (59)
  • Hawaiian Sunshine by Teresa Sarick (67) (Doctor Who/Magnum PI)
  • Lost Out of Time, poem by Davey O'Broder (67)
  • Backscratching Page (68)
  • art by Jackie Hecht (front cover) and Teegar Taylor (back page), Roxanne Caldwell, Sue Frank, Barbara Gordon, Rina Mapas, Kevin McCraney, Brenda Perry, Richard Pollet, Pat Posadas, Melody Rondeau and Gennie Summers

Issue 34

front cover of issue #34, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #34, Teegar

Grip 34 was published in November 1989 and contains 68 pages.

From the editorial:
The summer is over, and Fall is here...and another issue of GRIP comes forth. This time we’ve got only a few LOOOONG stories instead of a lot of "short stuff" Also, a lot of them were sent to me "camera-ready", that is, typed in format, ready for me to insert into GRIP without messing about with their contents. There is an ongoing battle between writers and editors. The Writer is firmly convinced that the Editor is out to destroy those precious words that the Writer has wrenched-from her fertile brain. The Editor is sure that the Writer could do better if she only tried just one more re-write. And the Publisher (in this case, ME, the Editor) just wants to get the ’zine ready in time for the next Con. The battle in this issue has been won by the Writers, because the Editor has a brand-new Project: a professionally-published item called "Futurespeak: A Dictionary of Science Fiction". This is going to take up a certain amount of time that would otherwise be given over to retyping manuscripts...so the next two issues of GRIP may have a lot of long pre-typed stories, instead of all those little funny bits GRIP is known for. Let me know how you like the (temporary) format!
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Epsilon Encounter by Nanci E. Maynard (3)
  • Spock: Winter's Warmth, poem by Michelle Perry (24)
  • Point Well Taken by Karina Lumbert (25)
  • A Visit from the Doctor, poem by Ann Louise Fallon (34)
  • Dumb Luck by Barbara Robertson (36)
  • Here to Serve by Debbie Shilton (46)
  • What Did You Expect to Hear? by Kerry Nash (65)
  • art by Gennie Summers (front cover), Teegar Taylor (back cover), Barbara Caldwell, Jean Ellenbacher, Brenda Perry, Tina Schinella/George Szarke,

Issue 35

front cover of issue #35, Barbara Caldwell
back cover of issue #35, Susan Frank

Grip 35 was published in February 1990 and contains 72 pages.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Venroma by Anna Parrish (3)
  • Lifeform by Carol Hansen (9)
  • The Final Frontier, poem by Lisa Mapas (10)
  • Spock, Jr., The Adventure Continues by Paul Towarnacki and Kerry Nash (11)
  • Darth, Honey... poem by D.J. McGarth (31)
  • Who Put the Tribbles in the Quadrotriticale?, filk by Jean Lamb (32)
  • The Ferngyi Tape by Halsey Taylor (33)
  • A Gift for the Romulans by Debbie Chilton (40)
  • The Tide's Ebb Flow by Jessica Ross (62)
  • art by Barbara Caldwell (front cover), Susan Frank (back cover), Amy Finkkbeiner, C.H., Rina Mapas, Jaime Rodriguez, Tina Schinella, Gennie Summers


Issue 36

front cover of issue #36, Pat Posadas
back cover of issue #36, Anna Parrish

Grip 36 was published in July 1990 and contains 64 pages.

From the editorial:
Here we are again: GRIP #36! How Time does fly! It's been over ten years since I started this fanzine, and I'm glad to say I've succeeded in what I set out: to do; to give beginning writers and artists a showcase for their work. Some of the people who started with me in GRIP have "graduated" and become professional writers and artists, and some have just continued as Fans. As for me…I'm working madly on my Big Book: "Futurespeak: The Language of Science Fiction." It was supposed to be just a Dictionary, but it seems to be turning into a lot more than that. "Futurespeak…" takes a lot of work, and a lot of Time, which is the subject of today's lecture. Not just how much Time is spent on writing, although Lord knows, I've been spending plenty of it lately. More to the point is the way time elapses in stories, and what we have to do about it. Most of the people who write for GRIP are used to TV or movie storytelling. The camera tells you where you are, and various screening devices tell you how you got there. However, in written fiction there is no camera. YOU have to explain where you are,and you have to account for the time it took to get there. Many SF TV series have some kind of transporter device that gets the characters from here to there so that the story can get going. Those nifty bracelets on "Blake's Seven", for instance, or the transporter on Star Trek are there solely to keep things moving. However, once you are down on the planet, it is going to take some time to get from the Palace at Shikar to the Plains of Gol, and you had better allow for this shift of scenery in your story. Let the reader know where we are, and give us time to get there.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Mayday from a Phanton by Tina Schinella (3)
  • A Wreath of Loneliness, poem by Anna Parrish (28)
  • Bev is Back, filksong by Brenda Shaffer (30)
  • Picard's Lament, poem by Lori Scott (32)
  • When No Man Has Gone Before by Pete Kalash (34)
  • Data, the Marvelous Toy, filksong by Cicatrice du Veritas (59)
  • Man is the Measure (of All Machines) by Debbie Gilbert (60) (reprinted in Data Entries #34/35)
  • front cover by Pat Posadas, back cover by Anna Parrish, other art by Jackie Hecht, Kevin McCraney, Brenda Perry, Tina Schinella, Henry Smith, Jr., and Gennie Summers

Issue 37

front cover of issue #37, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #37, Gennie Summers

Grip 37 was published in November 1990 and has 68 pages.

From the editorial:
I’ve been getting stories both in the "Classic" and "New Generation" mode that involve Klingons...which is the subject of Today’s Lecture. When Gene Roddenberry invented the Klingons in 1966, they were described as "the Mongol Hordes with ray guns". They were supposed to be the all-purpose Enemy, who could be trotted out whenever one was needed. "Errand of Mercy" saw the first (but not the last) appearance of the Klingons: vicious warriors, who thought nothing of executing helpless civilians to impose ruthless order on what they considered a conquered population. They were swarthy, bearded nasties...and they captured the Fannish imagination in ways that the Great Bird never imagined. There were at least three variants on the Klingon culture. One of best was the "Nu Ormenel" series of Fern Marder and Carol Walske which set a Human woman into the middle of Klingon culture. The "Kershu Fighter" stories involved another Human woman and a Klingon martial arts master. Even my own "Dirty Nellie" found brief happiness in the arms of a Klingon lover. With the New Generation and the emergence of Worf we are seeing a resurgence of interest in Klingons, beyond the simple "bugaboo" stage. Just as the popular sentiment has gone beyond the "us vs. them" mentality of the Cold War, so has the public perception of the Klingon gone beyond the ready-made villain aspect. Fans are intrigued by the bits of Klingon culture revealed in ST:NG episodes. Several Klingon-oriented fan clubs and fanzines have been organized in the last few years... Why this delight in Klingon deviltry and destructiveness? Anyone who lives near or must work in an inner-city neighborhood has no illusions about anarchy or violence; they live with it every day. Our newspapers are full of the dangers of random violence. Still, there is something attractive about acting out ones aggressions through a Klingon persona. Maybe we could try to persuade the street gangs to give up their weapons and join in the Klingon Strike Force? Oh well, it was a thought!
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The King and I and Him and Her.. by Anna Parrish (TOS) (2)
  • Amazing Grace by Halsey Taylor (TOS) (8)
  • A Shipboard Wedding by Michelle Perry (TOS) (21)
  • Picture Yourself by Dan Crawford (22)
  • Captain Kirk's Last Entry by Ronald W. Angel, poem (28)
  • The Fruitcake Glory by Stephen Mendenhall (TOS) (29) (editor notes it "appeared in a different form elsewhere")
  • The Revenge of the Snarks by Joe Foster, poem (36)
  • Meetings of Minds by Debbie Gilbert (TNG) (37)
  • The Naked Now-and-Then by Guinn Berger (TNG)
  • The Naked Now-Now-and-Then by Guinn Berger (41)
  • To Whom It May Concern by Lori Scott, poem (50)
  • Dateline: Enterprise by Barbara Robertson (TNG) (51)
  • The Reluctant Rebel by Roberta Rogow (65)
  • Backscratching Page (68)
  • front cover and back cover by Gennie Summers, other art by Jackie Hecht, David Hillman, Pat Posadas, Melody Rondeau, Chris Schinella, Gennie Summers and Patricia Young

Issue 38

cover of issue 38, Jackie Hecht

Grip 38 was published in February 1991 and is 69 pages long. It contains Star Trek: TNG, Doctor Who and Batman stories.

  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Eurydice by John Fallon, Jr. (2)
  • Mission to Aungrim by Barbara Robertson (5)
  • Data's Choice by Jennifer Kamper (29)
  • Crossed Wires, poem by Teresa Sarick (35)
  • Bat-Runes, novella by Nancy Scott Damien (35)
  • front cover by Jackie Hecht, back cover by Vel Jaeger, other art by Jackie Hecht, David Hillman, Pat Posadas, Tina Schinnella and Gennie Summers


Issue 39

front cover of issue #39, Christine Schinella
back cover of issue #39, Gennie Summers

Grip 39 was published in July 1991 and is 69 pages long. Art by Christine Schinella, Gennie Summers, Nola Frame-Gray, Kate Landis, Pat Posadas, Roberta Rogow, Melody Rondeau, and Pat Young.

From the editor:
Two-score and five years ago, Gene Roddenberrylet loose upon this world a television program so unusual that it was almost doomed before it even got on the air. It pre-supposed a future in which men and women of all the ethnic groups of Earth could co-operate with beings of other planets, to everyones’ mutual benefit, a future in which a hardy group of Earth-born explorers could go "where no man has gone before". This vision of Gene Roddenberry’s was called "Star Trek", and when first saw it all those years ago, I was instantly hooked. Here was a television drama, set in the future, that didn’t depend on cutsy robots or super-villains to make its point...a multi-racial cast, with a mysterious Alien, a Black woman, an Oriental, and a red-blooded American Hero at the helm of a spaceship, leapfrogging across the stars. Stories on "Star Trek" dealt with monsters (who turned out to be mothers defending their young), or technology (not always on the side of Progress), or tolerance for other sentient species, in other words, this was TV for grown-ups. In that dim, far-off time, I didn’t even know about Fandom. I just watched the show...and cheered when it was reprieved, not once, but twice! And I watched the re-runs...and the re-runs...and then I heard about Conventions...and Fanzines... And here we are, 25 years later, and I’m still watching "Star Trek", in the "Classic" and "Movie" and now, "Next Generation" modes. And the Mundanes, those poor souls who are not in fandom, ask "Why?" "Star Trek" still holds up, most of the time, because the dramatic values are THERE. "Star Trek" was a well-written, well-acted, well-produced dramatic series, and it still is. The money goes into the writing and acting, not just the flashy Special Effects. The moral and ethical basis of the "Star Trek" Universe still means something, even though Jean-Luc Picard is less inclined to meddle with affairs of planets for their own good, in the manner of James T. Kirk.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Match by Joe Foster (TOS) (3)
  • Confessions of an Addict, poem by D. A. Martin (9)
  • Come Into My Parlor by Carol Hansen (TOS) (11)
  • Kirk's Crisis by Michelle Perry (17)
  • Just Once by Teresa Sarick, poem (19)
  • Safety First by M.L. Perkins (TOS) (20)
  • Generational Flow by Dan Crawford (TNG) (24)
  • ST:TNG cartoons by Nola Frame-Gray (30)
  • Slexus IV by Halsey Taylor (TNG) (33)
  • At the Convention by Kelly Robbins (TNG) (39)
  • Good-Bye by Montgomery Lopez (47)
  • In Mind (Trapped In My Story) by Arby James (53)
  • I Want a Whiskey Voice Like Princess Leia, filk by Susan Smith (52)
  • The Queen and the Killer by Roberta Rogow (59)
  • Backscratching Page (64)
  • front cover by Christine Schinella, back cover by Gennie Summers, other art by Nola Frame-Gray, Kate Landis, Pat Posadas, Roberta Rogow, Melody Rondeau, Christine Schinella, Gennie Summers and Pat Young

Issue 40

front cover of issue #40, Kate Landis
back cover of issue #40, Gennie Summers

Grip 40 was published in November 1991 and is 64 pages long. Art by Rafael Benitez, Mary Chmielewski, Kate Landis, Pat Malone, W.C. Pope, Roberta Rogow, Gennie Summers, Benson Lee, and Pat Young.

From the editorial:
People have been kvetching to me about Fandom, how it's changed since the Good Old Days. Well, I've been around for a looooong time (as Fandom goes) and I've seen other Fandoms come and go: Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Blake's Seven, Dr. Who, the Prisoner...but Star Trek has managed to outlast all of them. There are more fanzines out there now than there have ever been before. New fans are searching the resale boxes to pick up on what they missed out on. Bill Hupe has gotten reprint rights on some of the grand old 'zines like Masiform-D. The "Next Generation" is not shouldering out the "Classic", not by a long chalk, and now Paramount is starting to weave both halves into a harmonious whole, so that we'll soon have a "Star Trek Universe." What happens next? Who knows? I wouldn't even try to guess, not after the events of the Summer of '91. We won the Cold War, there was a "Coup Klutz Clan", and the Evil Empire is rapidly disintegrating into its component parts. There won't be a World War III, unless it's started by Saddam Hussein in a fit of pique....and Khan Noonian Singh seems to be safely locked up in Afghanistan.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Listen to the Wind by Michele Perry (Spock story) (3)
  • His Love, poem by Teresa Sarick (6)
  • Blinking Lights, filk by Ann Louise Fallon (7)
  • Captain's Personal Log, Earthdate December 24, poem by Debbie Chilton (8)
  • Vega IX Landing, poem by Dan Crawford (10)
  • From Another Life by Nancy Damren (Klingon story) (13)
  • We are Klingons, poem by Pamela Wetzel (24)
  • Pie in the Sky by Ann Louise Fallon and John Fallon, Jr. (Star Trek: TNG) (27)
  • Nursery Rhyme for the 23rd Century by Ann Louise Fallon (31)
  • Banned from Argo, Still by the Toronto Trek IV Filkers (32)
  • Of Human Minds and Android Hearts (Star Trek: TNG) (34)
  • A Little Talk by Beth Ketterer (Star Trek: TNG) (45)
  • Night View, poem by Lorraine Rovig (49)
  • Space Hike, poem by Lorraine Rovig (49)
  • The Chosen Paths by Benson Lee (Batman) (51)
  • No Fate by Barbara Robertson Terminator 2) (55)
  • Give it Back to the Comic Strips, filk by Roberta Rogow (56)
  • A Jogger's Tale by Lorraine Rovig (58)
  • Up Against the Wall (pre-Quantum Leap) (59)
  • Backscratching Page (64)

Issue 41

front cover of issue #41, W.C. Pope
back cover of issue #41, Gennie Summers

Grip 41 was published in Feburary 1992 and is 65 pages long. Art by W. C. Pope, Gennie Summers, Susan Frank, Kate Landis, Brenda Perry, and Pat Young.

From the editorial:
Here we go again...GRIP #41. I Just realized that GRIP was started in 1978, which means I’ve been doing all this for nearly fifteen years. Well, people are still buying GRIP, and I’ve seen copies in "resale " boxes at conventions. I guess I must be doing something right... We have a lot of filksongs in this issue...and stories about the beginning of the Spock/McCoy friendship...and an adventure for Mr. Riker, and some insight into Geordi LaForge. And another of my "Quantum Leap" vignettes. As for future issues of GRIP...That depends on you, Gentle Readers and would-be writers. I’m always ready to read new stories...but please, do not give me another story in which Data falls in love: THAT question has already been settled.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Klingon Shore Leave by Mudj Rastadz (2)
  • Beginnings by Jodie Gerdin (TOS) (3)
  • He's Dead, Jim, filk by Cicatrice du Veritas (8)
  • One Bright Starship, filk by Roberta Rogow (9)
  • Where New Age Has Gone Before, filk by Dan Crawford (10)
  • Coming Out of the Dark by Montgomery Lopez (TNG) (11)
  • The Emerson Affair by C. Robert Mason (TNG) (23)
  • We Are Imzadi, filk by Roberta Rogow (31)
  • Friends, poems by Roseann Alvarez (33)
  • Caught in a Net of Space and Time, poem by Karmin St. Jean (34)
  • Q's Ruse by Pete Kallash (TNG) (Q stages Picard's death to see how everyone will take it.) (35)
  • Androids on Ice by Beth Kettering (TNG) (50)
  • Tributes to Gene Roddenberry by various fans (Shulasmith Surnamer, Roberta Rogow, Nancy Damren, Page Lewis, Roseann Alvarez) (57)
  • No Bones About It by Roberta Rogow (61)
  • Backscratching Page (64)

Issue 42

front cover of issue #42, Mindrew
back cover of issue #42, C. Robert Mason

Grip 42 was published in July 1992 and is 65 pages long.

The art is by Gennie Summers, W.C. Pope, Pat Young, Pam Auditore, Barbara Stultz, Mindrew, and C. Robert Mason.

From the editorial:
GRIP goes on ... and on. We have Star Trek stories, both Classic and Next Generation. We also have another in my Quantum Leap series. Putting this issue together was a little strange, mostly because several stories came in at the last minute. One of them very nearly didn’t get in at all, due to a misunderstanding with the author. Another didn’t get an illustration. And a third came in literally at the last minute! One of the problems in putting this issue together had to do with my adding some words to those of the author. She took umbrage at my addition to her work, and threatened to withdraw her story unless I restored it to its original state. I still think my sentence would have added a certain clarity to the story, but in this case, the game was not worth the candle. I try to present the authors’ work as well as I can. Whenever possible, I ask for rewrites, or work with the authors. Sometimes it is not possible, and I ask my writers to trust my judgement. I am not trying to rewrite every story that comes my way. I am trying to correct bad grammar and spelling when I see it, and clarify muddled passages so that the reader can tell what is going on, and where, and with whom. And since I have accepted the same treatment in my own professionally published writing, I feel I have the authority to ask my writers to accept it from me.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • A Legend in His Own Mind by Halsey Taylor (Star Trek: TOS) (2)
  • Klingons in Tribble by Janet Cruickshank (Klingon story) (9)
  • Star Trek: Voyage To Greclin by C. Robert Mason (TOS, cartoon) (15)
  • Hello, Alice..., poem by Teresa Sarick (20)
  • Q? Again! by Beth Ketterer (Q transports Picard to a low-tech planet, where he gets into trouble.) (21)
  • The Engagement by C. Robert Mason (TNG) (33)
  • Where Eagles Cry by Traci L. Dowen (TNG) (38)
  • Twin Peaks: A Alternative Source of Lifht, poem by Roseann Alvarez (48)
  • Through Alexander’s Eyes by Tim Healy (TNG) (49)
  • On Patrick O'Purim's Day, poem by Shulasmith Surnamer (55)
  • Next Generation After That by Dan Crawford (TNG) (57)
  • Real SF vs (Hah!) Sci-Fi, filk by Dan Crawford (60)
  • The Man on the Flying Trapeze by Roberta Rogow (Quantum Leap) (61)

Issue 43

front cover of issue #43, Dee Keneally
back cover of issue #43, Marguerite Rutkowski

Grip 43 was published in November 1992 and has 68 pages. Art by Dee Keneally, Marguerite Rutkowski, Pam Auditore, Barbara Stults, and Gennie Summers.

From the editorial:
Media fanzines use characters that someone else created, whether that someone was Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Steve Cannell,or Don Bellisario. We, the writers and producers, are "borrowing" these characters, all the time knowing that whoever created them has the LEGAL rights to them, i.e., copyright. Copyright was meant to ensure that an author or artist got paid for what he or she originated. However, since none of us get paid, the question becomes somewhat more personal. Most of the people involved in Media are either too busy or too rich to care whether a story appears in a magazine that runs 200 copies, which is going to be distributed at SF Conventions to a group of Fans. In fact, a lot of them consider Mediazines a kind of free advertising! This laissez-faire attitude does not prevail everywhere. The Disney organization keeps a tight rein on its characters. Now rumors are reaching us that Batman may suffer the same fate. An Australian fanzine has already been confiscated, and the Word has been Given: No Batmanl There IS a Batman story in GRIP #43; we shall see what happens! Movie and TV productions are huge; an individual writer is just that, an individual. While a movie company may not bother with a mere fanzine, an author has both the time and the will to pursue those who would misuse his or her characters through the law-courts and in and out of the pages of professional publications until everyone is sick of the subject. One particular writer has already done so! [24] I must therefore warn prospective writers for GRIP, or any other Mediazine: if you are going to use a character from a book or series of books (as opposed to one seen only on the screen, be it large or small), get permission from the original author first...and in writing! Otherwise, you may be faced with the prospect of writing humiliating letters to Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal, and all of the SF Prozines, abasing yourself and demanding forgiveness from the outraged creator of the original character. (And, I may add, paying full advertising rates for the privilege!)
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Klingon Kapers: The Visitor to Klinzhai by Marguerite Rutkowski (2)
  • Starlog Thirteen by Dan Crawford (TOS) (3)
  • Klingon Kapers: Life with a Klingon Roommate by Marguerite Rutkowski (12)
  • Putting the Pieces Back Together by Christopher Young (TNG) (13)
  • A Much Needed Excursion by Beth Ketterer (TNG) (21)
  • Poems from the Cathians by Roseann Alvarez (34)
  • A Call to Duty by Halsey Taylor (TNG) (36)
  • On Moonlight-Silvered Wings by Nancy Scott Damren (Batman) (53)
  • Nothing is Impossible by Roberta Rogow (65)

Issue 44

front cover of issue #44, Pat Malone
back cover of issue #44, Jean Ellenbacher

Grip 44 was published in February 1993 and has 72 pages. Art by Pat Malone, Jean Ellenbacher, Diane Kenealy, W. C. Pope, Marguerite Rutkowski, and Connie Slatton.

From the editorial:
"Deep Space Nine" is shaping up nicely, though. Lots of good points being made, about terrorists, and wormholes and alien cultures that value things we find abhorrent. I particularly like Quark, whose verbal sparring with Odo the Blob makes for fun dialog. The idea of Avery Brooks as the soft-spoken commander of the run-down station works, too. Star Trek has always been a pioneer in television casting; now we've got a Black man as an action hero, without any fanfare about skin color. He's just THERE. And Colm Meany has got something to do besides run the transporter! This one may find an audience besides the ready-made Star Trekkers. Good Show!
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Let That Be Your Last Battlefield Syndrome by Stephen Mendenhall (TOS) (2)
  • You Trek the High Road by Dan Crawford (TOS) (12)
  • Generation Gap by Joel Spiegel (TNG) (26)
  • Blink! Blink!, filk by Larry D. Kirby (37)
  • A Call in the Darkness by Dawn M. Smith (TNG) (39)
  • Life with a Klingon Roommate: Courtesy by Marguerite Rutkowski (50)
  • To Seek Out New Life by Connie Slatton (TNG) (51)
  • Deep Space In Trouble, filk by Roberta Rogow (72)

Issue 45

front cover of issue #45, Jean Ellenbacher
back cover of issue #45, Marguerite Rutkowksi

Grip 45 was published in June 1993 and is 69 pages long. The art is by Jean Ellenbacher, Marguerite Rutkowski, Greg Baker, Kate Landis, William C. Pope, Marjorie Russell, Gennie Summers, and Patricia Young.

From the editorial:
One variation on the Old Theme is the latest Star Trek incarnation, Deep Space Nine.I have DS9 filk coming up, and some cartoons, but no stories...YET! There are stories to be written though. I have written one of them (not in GRIP...stories are to be traded for other peoples’ ’zinesl). I can see all kinds of possibilities in Major Kira, Dr. Bashir, and especially in Odo and Quark, who are rapidly becoming the "Rick Blaine" and "Captain Reynaud" of Star Trek...and if you don’t know who THEY are, you haven’t watched "Casablanca" often enough. One TV series that is getting a lot of fannish attention is "Forever Knight". This is one of those Canadian productions that comes on at odd times in various locations, assuming it is shown at all. In New York city and environs, it’s on at 11:30 PM on Tuesday night, which means I only get to see it when I don’t have to be at work on Wednesday morning, which effectively means, not at all. I HAVE seen one or two episodes, and a friend taped some...a fascinating premise, of a vampire who doesn’t want to be one. Tied in with a cop show? Hmmmm...I’ve read some nice fanfic based on this... Another source of fanfiction this season has been "Kung Fu: The Legend Continues". I was never that gung-ho over the original (too many anachronisms, and too much Zen), but the newest incarnation has got me hooked. David Carradine is greyer and softer-spoken, and the young guy is cute. And they occasionally put in shtick...the Head Cop is played by Robert Lansing, and there are references to a Mysterious Past (when he was presumably Control, working with the Intelligence community and the Equalizer). This one has also generated fanfic. The interesting thing about all of these is that they are NOT to be found on commercial network television. They are syndicated, not necessarily in Prime Time, and they need to be dug up and found, like nuggets of gold. Meanwhile, "Quantum Leap" has leapt its last, and "Space Rangers" blasted out after three episodes. "Babylon Five" is just plain GONE. And "Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" is also being cancelled. The Boys In Suits simply do not accept anything but the Lowest Common Denominator in TV fare, and Science Fiction/Fantasy is not it. I guess some people never learn....
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • The Edge of Forever Is Yesterday by Edward J. McFadden III (Quantum Leap/Star Trek: TOS) (3)
  • Archons by Stephen Mendenhall (Star Trek: TOS) (18)
  • Worf's Klingon Line, filk by Larry D. Kirby III (35)
  • Lore's Lure by Marjorie Russel (Star Trek: TNG) (37)
  • Trek Toonz, cartoon by W.C. Pope (68)

Issue 46

front cover of issue #46
back cover of issue #46

Grip 46 was published in November 1993 and has 68 pages. Art by Benson Yee, Marguerite Rutkowski, Mary Frances, Chmielnewski, Jan Fleck, Kate Landis, W. C. Pope, Marjorie Russell, Aaron Stevenson, and Gennie Summers.

The editorial:
I started GRIP in the Fall of 1978. Here I am, fifteen years later, and still going strong after 46 issues. A lot has changed in those fifteen years. GRIP has been through three printers, two formats, at least five type-faces, but the editor is still me...Roberta Rogow. When I started GRIP, I expected it to be a "mixed-media" fanzine, with half the stories based on Star Trek and the rest based on Star Wars. Over the years, Star Wars has sort of faded out, and Star Trek has expanded to include Classic, Movie, Next Generation, and now Deep Space Nine. I’ve given space to Quantum Leap, Indiana Jones, Barman, and even the Terminator, but Trek seems to be here to stay. I started GRIP because I felt fanzines had become too "slick". In 1978, no one had the wherewithal, let alone the technology, to produce color covers, comb bindings, or type- set print. Today, computers and photocopy franchises have replaced mimeo machines, and desk-top publishing programs can give anyone a "finished" look. The average price of a fanzine in 1978 was $5.00. There were cries of outrage when someone charged $10.00 a copy. The average fanzine these days costs between $8.00 and $15.00, and there are some that go as high as $30 for a 300- page novel. So what hasn’t changed? Fanzine writing is still imaginative, creating new worlds for old familiar characters to play in. Fans still enjoy writing stories and poems about Star Trek, which never seems to lose its luster. As one generation of Trekkers moves up and into the professional writing arena, another group emerges to fill the pages of fanzines like GRIP. I started this fanzine to give beginners a place to try their wings. This issue introduces a piece of weirdness by Paula Frye, which may be the Ultimate Elvis-spotting Story. We also welcome back Beth Ketterer, Halsey Taylor, Benson Yee and Tract Dowen. In future issues, I’ll have stories by first-timers like Tim Priebe and Dana Gold. And I can’t wait to read some new writers of Deep Space Nine stories. It hasn’t always been easy to get GRIP out on time, and there have been issues that depended on my having received camera-ready copy at the last minute...but it’s been fun! I only hope I can keep up the pace for another fifteen years!
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Timeless Love by Benson Yee (TOS) (2)
  • Tasha Yar, poem by Roseann Alvarez (11)
  • Great Bird of the Galaxy, poem by Roseann Alvarez (12)
  • Trek Toonz, cartoon by W.C. Pope (13)
  • Holiday Spirit by Beth Ketterer (TNG) (14)
  • Starlight, poem by Roseann Alvarez (29)
  • Gains and Losses, poem by Roseann Alvarez (30)
  • Somedayspeak, nonsense by Dan Crawford (32)
  • The Saga Continues, cartoon by Marjorie Russell (33)
  • Odo Know, filks by Roberta Rogow (DS9) (35)
  • Life With a Klingon Roommate: Housekeeping by Marguerite Rutkowski (36)
  • Timewalk by Traci Dowen (TNG) (37)
  • The Final Act by Halsey Taylor (TNG) (55)
  • A Date With Elvis by Paula Frye (67)

Issue 47

front cover of issue #47, Jan Fleck
back cover of issue #47, Mary Chmielniewski

Grip 47 was published in February 1994 and is 72 pages long. Art by Jan Fleck (front cover), Mary Chmielniewski (back cover), Jean Ellenbacher, Kate Landis, Bill Pope, and Gennie Summers.

From the editorial:
People wonder what an editor does, whether Pro or Fan. Basically, an editor’s job is to present the stories as effectively as possible: typed or typeset, without typos, and well-illustrated. That’s the mechanical part~ there’s also the part that leads to the most bruised egos: the responsibility to the readers, to have stories that make sense within a given Universe. This means that the editor has to know more about that Universe than the writer, and the writer has to trust the editor’s view. When these two visions clash, the one who makes the point better gets to keep the story or rewrite it. In one case in this issue, there were major "plot holes" that had to be filled, points that didn’t agree with the Roddenberry Version, which is, after all, what Star Trek is about! An editor is supposed to know when a story has "holes": characters who act without motives, events that don’t follow a logical sequence, then When these things occur in stories sent to GRIP, I write back to the authors and ask questions. Most of the time, these "plot holes" can be filled by the addition of a few lines of dialog or description. And then there are the awkward passages, tangled syntax and mixed metaphors that have to be smoothed out. I have published stories verbatim, when someone sends something in that runs 30 pages single-spaced and I have a deadline staring me in the face, but I really prefer taking ~he time to work on it. I think the readers are quick to po~n~ out the "plot holes", if I don’t! Prospective contributors sometimes howl about "brutal editing" that destroys the unique flavor of their writing. I have even had a story withdrawn, because the writer insisted on keeping every word intact, bad grammar and all! All I can say is that I’ve had stories "tweaked" by professional editors, and the result was better than my original.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (1)
  • Where No Man Has Flogged Before by Dan Crawford (TOS) (3)
  • Trouble With Tribbles, Too by Dawn Schlosser (TNG) (8)
  • Alien Bosses by Heather Michales (DS9) (35)
  • The Klingon Way by Tim Priebe (TNG) (37)
  • Shakespeare in the Park (Sort of) by Beth Ketterer (TNG) (51)
  • Heroic Endeavors by Dana Gold (TNG) (57)
  • Instructions for the Generic, All-Purpose Fantasy Novel by S. Muruga (70)

Issue 48

cover of issue #48, W.C. Pope

Grip 48 was published in October 1994 and is 95 pages long. It contains Star Trek: TOS, Star Trek: TNG, Deep Space 9, Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5 stories.

Artists: W.C. Pope (front cover), Aaron Stevenson (back cover), other art by Jean Ellenbacher, Jan Fleck, Dee Kenealy, Kate Landis, Pam Auditore, and Gennie Summers.

From the editorial, an interesting request by a TPTB:
I've been informed that J.M.S., as the creator of Babylon Five prefers to be called, requests that no one write B-5 stories until the series is officially and irrevocably cancelled, some five years hence. This doesn't exclude artwork or filk...
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (2)
  • The Emerald Lady by J.E. Lyons (Star Trek: TOS) (3)
  • Wish Upon a Star by Dawn Schlosser (Star Trek: TNG) (16)
  • A Letter from Wesley by Andrew David Oxford (Star Trek: TNG) (25)
  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Ferengi by John O'Connor and Noel Leas (34)
  • Trek Toonz, cartoon by W.C. Pope (38)
  • The Sacrifice by Marjorie Russell and Brian Kosiba (Star Trek: TNG) (39)
  • Make It So!, filk by Greg Baker (67)
  • For Love and Money by M.J. Reilly (Star Trek: DS9) (68)
  • All Good Things, poem by Dawn Schlosser (86)
  • Fire with Fire by Stacy Drumtra (Battlestar Galactica) (87)
  • No Answers, filk by Roberta Rogow (94)
  • Carmen Miranda on Babylon Five, filk by Roberta Rogow (97)
  • Backscratching Page (98)

Issue 49

front cover of issue #49, Jean Ellenbacher
back cover of issue #49, W.C. Pope

Grip 49 was published in February 1995 and is 91 pages long.

It has art by Jean Ellenbacher, W.C. Pope, Jan Fleck, Kate Landis, Roberta Rogow, Sue Frank, and Gennie Summers.

From the editorial:
Another year, and another Star Trek Spin-off. I've seen STAR TREK VOYAGER...twice. It's got a lot of possibilities. The new Captain is a tough cookie, in the Kirk mold, without Kirk's bravado. The idea of the mixed Maquis/Starfleet crew give plenty of opportunities for interaction...and being out in the middle of nowhere has plenty of room for action. I only wish it wasn't put on opposite DS-9 in the New York area. For some weird reason, the two local indeppendent stations BOTH have placed Star Trek on their schedules at the same hour on Monday night (when I can't watch anyway, due to work schedules). 1995 is shaping up as the Year of SF-TV. What with two Star Trek series duking it out for supremacy, and "Babylon Five" getting better with each episode, and "X-Files" reaching new heights (or depths) of weirdness...And for those who liked "Lost In Space", there's "Earth-2". And "Sea-Quest DSV" and "Lois and Clark" are plugging along in their own ditsy way... All of this makes for a LOT of material for Fan-fic (except for Babylon-Five, which is off-iimits for stories). GRIP #49 has mostly ST:NG stories, but there is a visit from a very old friend (?) of Kirk's, and a chance for Odo to solve a murde rmystery. ST:VOY is represented by a few of my own efforts; I'm ready and willing to accept any more stories that come my way. And just to leaven the loaf, there's another "Battlestar:Galactia" story.
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (2)
  • Star Trek: The Vexed Generation, satire by John O'Connor and Noel Leas (3)
  • Arthur Trek, cartoon by W.C. Pope (6)
  • A Good-for-nothing Thing by J.E. Lyons (7)
  • Films that never made the list by Marge Draper (26)
  • Klinsha! (a call to arms), filk by "S'tura Bl'Kras" (27)
  • Ghosts of Christmas Future by Dawn Scholesser (29)
  • Another Letter from Wesley by Andrew David Oxford (39)
  • Living Inside, filk by Greg Baker (49)
  • Crossover O'Brien, poem by Sue Frank (50)
  • Chief O'Brien's Song, filk by Dawn Scholesser (51)
  • Murder One by Mark D. Shuchat (52)
  • Captain Katelyn Janeway, filk by Roberta Rogow (75)
  • Conversation in the Void, vignette by Roberta Rogow (76)
  • Deadly Command by Stacy Drumtra (79)
  • Sci-Fi Toonz, cartoon by W.C. Pope (89)
  • Function Follows Form, filk by Dan Crawford (91)
  • Backscratching Page (92)

Issue 50

Grip 50 was published in October 1995 and is 88 pages long.

front cover of issue #50, Laurie Kehoe
back cover of issue #50, Stephanie Etmanski

This issue has art by Laurie Kehoe, Stephanie Etmanski, Jan Fleck, Kate Landis, Marguerite Rutkowski, Ellen Siders, W.C. Pope, and Gennie Summers.

From the editorial:
People have asked about the title of this fanzine. It all began with a fanzine called Grup back in the mid-'70's, which ran some pretty steamy stories (for the mid-'70's...they'd be considered tame today). I got a trifle steamed about this, and when I get steamed, I DO something. In this case, I did a Costume...a Fanzine, with a nude, reclining Spock centerfold. I took this around to the various Star Trek Cons, and won a prize or two with it. The title of this spurious fanizne was...GRIP.

So...when I decided to do a fanzine of my own, I called it after the costume, which was a parody of another fanzine. By the way, Grup died after five issues. GRIP is still going strong. There's a message in there, somewhere.

There have been a lot of changes in Fandom since I started GRIP. Fanzines are a lot slicker, what with computers and desktop publishing, and color covers are commonplace, thanks to color photocopying. When I started, most fanzines were done on mimeo; now it's photocopying or laser-printing. A lot of the communications function of fanzines has been taken over by electronics: E-mail, Internet, etc. However, there still seems to be a need for good stories, in hard copy, whether Star Trek or another of the many Media Fandoms. Star Wars is grimly hanging on; Babylon Five is coming along, now that the Creator has given the OK for fan fiction [in Babylon Five]. So you can expect GRIP to keep on going, as long as I keep getting those stories.

So...what's in this issue? Mostly Star Trek:The Next Generation, with one Classic tale and a poem for the Voyager crew. A couple of "Alternate Universe" speculations, a shotgun wedding for Data, and a SF story that tickled my personal fancy. What's coming up? I have no idea! My backlog of stories has run dry. Readers...submit! I need your input! Or I will be forced to recycle some of my own stories that don't seem to be able to find a home..Horrors! GRIP has gone through a lot of changes, and I hope most of them were for the better. Thanks to a lot of faithful readers, I hope to go on presenting new talent to a waiting Fandom...
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (2)
  • The Ultimate Hold by W. Jean Rohrer (3)
  • A Royal Duty by Dana Gold Sherman (13)
  • Universe in Twilight by Andrew David Oxford (31)
  • Honor Among All by J. Lyons (43)
  • The Return by Enola F. Jones (47)
  • Keeping Up Voyages by Dan Crawford (67)
  • Astray, Afraid, Alone, poem by Joe Neff (79)
  • Just Don't Call it a Doll, filk by Dan Crawford (81)
  • TuLu by Alex Daniels (83)
  • Backscratching Page (88)

Issue 51

front cover of issue #51, Stephanie Etmanski
back cover of issue #51, W.C. Pope

Grip 51 was published in March 1996 and is 104 pages long. It contains Star Trek: TOS, Star Trek: TNG and Star Trek: Voyager stories.

It has art by W.C. Pope, Jean Ellenbacher, Stephanie Etmanski, Dietrich Kerner (listed but not shown), Kate Landis, and Ellen Siders.

From the editorial:
Here we go again...another issue of GRIP! This time we have two stories with similar themes, but very different outcomes...and a possible future for the Lost Crew of the Voyager and something REALLY different: a novella starring Dixon Hill and some more-or-less familiar characters. All of these stories are new, that is, they haven't been printed elsewhere...and therein lies the subject of my diatribe. It has become more and more common for people to post their stories to the Net. In fact, there are several Web pages devoted to fan fiction on the Net. Only problem is...why buy GRIP when you can get said stories for free, by downloading them? This isn't just my problem. Professional publishers are facing the same dilemma, only in their case large sums of money are involved. Eventually, there may have to be some kind of legislation to protect the rights of artists and writers, whose works are being disseminated, sometimes without their consent, and always without payment! In the case of a fanzine, payment isn't the factor; availability is. I can't tell someone the material in GRIP is unique if it's already been posted, i.e., published, elsewhere. That's why I get upset about simultaneous submissions, where someone else either is printing the same story or has already done so. Readers of GRIP want to be assured that the material they are purchasing is new, and can't be downloaded or acquired elsewhere. Therefore, I have to be firm. I cannot publish anything that has been previously printed on the Net. I'll accept a poem or story that has appeared once in a small club newsletter or school magazine with very limited circulation, but it is not fair to advertise something as being a first-time publication when stories or poems have appeared elsewhere. Yes, this is arbitrary, but it's a decision I've had to make. There are a number of fanzines out there that publish only material that's been posted, for those of us who haven't got the time or the equipment to get on line yet. If you want your material to go into hard copy, submit to them Eventually, I suspect there will be two kinds of publishers: books and Net. And eventually, I suspect all books will wind up on discs, and only be available to those with the time and the money to have home computers. Until then...GRIP will be available to readers...in HARD COPY! On paper, to be read, and enjoyed!
  • The Editor Shoots Her Mouth Off (2)
  • No Regrets by Dan Mancini (3)
  • Your Slip is Showing, filksong by Dan Crawford (15)
  • Trinneth by Enola F. Jones (17)
  • Q Marks the Spot, filk by Dan Crawford (37)
  • Arthur Trek, cartoon by W.C. Pope (38)
  • Ensign Expendable, filk by Nigel Parsons (39)
  • Second Chance by Barbe Smith (41)
  • Another Time, Another Place, novella by Peter Hartman (53)

References

  1. from the editorial in Enterprise Reprise
  2. from Deviantart
  3. from the editorial in Grip #50
  4. from Enterprising Women
  5. "Darth Vader travels in time and meets Karen Allen" would be RPF. Either that, or she confused the actress with the character.
  6. She may have meant "careening."
  7. This Fanlore volunteer can't think of any fanwork examples of this pairing.
  8. from Joan R in Grip #5
  9. from a LoC in Grip #5
  10. from Alpha Centura Communicator v.4 n.3
  11. comment by Caro H in Grip #4
  12. comment by Donna C in Grip #5
  13. from Grip #5
  14. from Grip #5
  15. from Grip #5
  16. from Grip #5
  17. from Captain's Log #2 (1979?)
  18. by Melody Rondeau in The Clipper Trade Ship #30 (1980)
  19. from The Clipper Trade Ship #35/36
  20. from Universal Translator #15
  21. from Universal Translator #24
  22. from The Clipper Trade Ship #46
  23. from The Clipper Trade Ship #48
  24. See: The Holmesian Federation Controversy