Home to Roost (Star Trek: TOS zine)
|Title:||Home to Roost|
|Editor(s):||Sheila Clark & Valerie Piacentini|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
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Home to Roost is a gen Star Trek: TOS fanzine published in Scotland. It is a reprint zine, publishing stories by Sheila Clark and Valerie Piacentini that had been first published in non-ScoTpress zines.
Home to Roost 1 was published in 1989 and is 99 pages long.From a 1989 ad:
On a planet in unexplored space, nothing mechanical works; Kirk meets Finnegan again; Kirk has been captured by Klingons and badly injured. The prognosis for his recovery is not good; and others.
- The Nebulous Crab, by Sheila Clark, first published 1976 in Alnitah #3 (20 pages)
- Crossroads, by Valerie Piacentini, first published in Captain's Log #4 (6 pages)
- The Waters Of The Dead World, by Sheila Clark, first published by Beyond Antares in Telemetry 76 (7 pages)
- To Fear No Evil, by Sheila Clark, first published 1979 in Nexus #4 (28 pages)
- The Sadists, by Sheila Clark, first published 1977 in Contact #4 (2 pages)
- Always Tomorrow, by Valerie Piacentini, with a little input from Sheila Clark, first printed 1978 in Nexus #2 (36 pages)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
I thoroughly enjoyed this zine. Of the six stories in the zine, I had only read "Always Tomorrow," and would therefore recommend it to anyone new to Star Trek fandom, and also anyone who (like me) hasn't been involved in fandom in a long while. My personal favourites are "Crossroads," "To Fear No Evil," and "Always Tomorrow," which is one of the best stories of its kind that I have ever read. 
In Crossroads, Kirk has taken himself off on leave alone - the others being occupied - and he is delayed in a space terminal. He is feeling lonely and morose, when he meets Finnegan, who is apparently a reformed character. Finnegan offers Kirk a job which would allow the Captain to settle down and marry. Kirk is very
tempted... I am not going to tell you the rest of the story, because it would spoil your read.Always Tomorrow is by far my favourite story in the three zines. It is quite long, spanning a number of years. It is essentially a hurt/comfort story; it lias a very interesting ending. Kirk has been very seriously injured and is forced to resign from Starfleet after a very long period of recovery in which he is forced to readjust his life; this is a painful process for him. Both Spock and McCoy resign also. Kirk apparently makes a complete recovery, and the three go to work as undercover agents for the Federation. However, Kirk is actually under a medical death sentence because of an unresolved problem from his injury. Spock learns about this, but decides that the information should be kept from Kirk to improve the Captain's quality of life. With McCoy's approval he places a block on the Doctor's memory so that the emotional Human will not inadvertently alert Kirk to the fact that something is wrong. As time passes, the strain of his burden of knowledge begins to tell on Spock. 
Home to Roost 2 was published in April 1989 and is 98 pages longFrom a 1989 ad:
Dr. Nimmo passes off Kirk's head as imaginary; Spock's mind has gone. The only possibility of a cure is highly unethical; a chilling little story of Vulcan logic -- to say more would give away the punch line; a diplomatic mission to a new world; and others.
- Headaches Are Imaginary by Sheila Clark, first published in Zap! #2 (13 pages)
- Highly Unethical by Valerie Piacentini, first published in Captain's Log #11 (10 pages)
- Totally Illogical by Sheila Clark, first published in Alnitah #6 (1977) (4 pages)
- Blind Alley by Sheila Clark, first published in Zap! #4 (13 pages)
- Reverie by Valerie Piacentini, first published in Captain's Log #1 (1977) (5 pages)
- Symbiosis by Sheila Clark, first published in Captain's Log #6 (11 pages)
- Jungle Trek by Sheila Clark, first published in Nexus #3 1979 (24 pages)
- The Korvan Incident by Sheila Clark, first published in Nexus #2 June 1978 (16 pages)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2
Very difficult to select a favourite here; but I think Reverie by Valerie Piacentini just has it. James T Kirk, Admiral, is just retiring. These are his thoughts on retirement. It has a positive ending with hope for a happy future. A curious little story in this collection is Totally Illogical by Sheila Clark; here Star Trek and its universe is Spock's dream, as a small boy. 
Home to Roost 3 was published in 1989 and is 74 pages long.
- Exposure, by Sheila Clark, first published in Mahko Root #2 (Spock goes missing overnight on a planet of eternal winter.) (9 pages)
- Cure, by Sheila Clark, first published in Fizzbin #5 (7 pages)
- What Would You Have Done, by Valerie Piacentini, first printed 1978 in Emanon 5 (Spock is ill. Could it be pon farr?) (4 pages)
- The Missing Colony by Sheila Clark, first published in Emanon 4 (8 pages)
- There’s Always Something You Can Trade, by Sheila Clark, first published 1977 in Serendipity (12 pages)
- Venita’s Story, by Sheila Clark, first published in Emanon 1. (3 pages)
- The Teeth Of The Lynx, by Sheila Clark, first published 1976 in Alnitah 4 (Spock blames himself for Kirk's death and leaves Starfleet.) (21 pages)
- The Test, by Sheila Clark, first printed in Contact 3 March 1977 (Kirk and Spock must take a planet's "test of manhood.") (7 pages)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3
My favourite story here is Teeth of the Lynx by Sheila Clark. This story is difficult to summarise without ruining its suspense for a reader - because it is very suspenseful. Suffice it to say that Jim is dead, Spock cannot go on without him; he resigns his commission and his very identity to live as a sort of space gypsy, on the very edge of existence. I also very much like The Test by Sheila Clark. Kirk and Spock, on a diplomatic mission to the planet Dren, are obliged to take the Drennan Test of Manhood to prove that Starfleet is strong and worthy of Dren's consideration. Of course the Boys pull through; but the trials they suffer are unpleasant mental ones; only their friendship can save them from death.