Menagerie (Star Trek: TOS zine edited by Paula Smith & Sharon Ferraro)

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Zine
Title: Menagerie
Publisher: boojums Press
Editor(s): Paula Smith & Sharon Ferraro
Date(s): 1973 - 1981
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Contents

a 1980 flyer for the zine Menagerie. The ad copy says this fanwork is "one of the Golden Oldies of Star Trek fandom."

Menagerie is a highly-influential gen and het Star Trek: TOS anthology that ran for 17 issues from 1973 to 1981. It has some seminal Star Trek fiction, generated much discussion regarding the topics Mary Sue and the role of explicit adult fiction in fan fiction, and what constituted good fan fiction.

The Best of Issue

While it was "planned" for at least a year in STW Directory around 1978 and 1979, the "Best of Issue" was never published. One of the editors, Paula Smith, writes that there is no such zine as 'The Best of Menagerie: "Not only is the title a contradiction in terms, but it was a project shelved long ago." [1] Also, "Never in print and never to get that way is anything called "The Best of Menagerie." [2]

An Editor Reviews Her Own Zine

I've been looking over the last sixteen issues of 'Menagerie,' and lo to my wondering eyes what appears but my very own curmudgeonry. A bit startling, you may imagine. But there it is, the grousing and the griping and the Old Virtues. 'Men' was not an innovative zine --even way back in '74. We weren't the first to go offset. We were never the most useful or informative zine, nor the most beautiful, nor the most general, nor the most consistent. We were never in the front ranks of Kraith, no K/Sism pro or anti, nor S.T.A.R., nor the current rearguard action against SWars. And nobody called us punctual. What probably best describes 'Menagerie' is 'reactionary.' Early on when sloppy ditto was the best reproductive method of choice, we wanted a cleaner look and went to offset. When every second story in fandom involved the unlikely adventures of a sixteen-year-old lieutenant on the Enterprise, we did A Trekkie's Tale. When Kraith dominated the earth's surface, we wrote and printed 'An Abortive Attempt.' When everybody else was writing about the Big Three on the Big E, we tried to explore the rest of the universe. Later, when get'ems were the vogue, we did The Logical Conclusion, billed as 'the get'em to end all get'ems.' Overkill, we 'got' Spock five times. We started the first review column (first 'Notes from Cap'n Dunsel,' later 'Bored of Review') because we wanted to publish our reactions to the zines we'd read. Our only positive crusade, good writing, we carried out in part by refusing what we considered poor stories, and critiquing in depth the ones we too on. In our lettercol and con report began none other than the K/S controversy. And satire, our usual mode of yuks, is the most reactionary idiom of all. Well, F equals symbol] ma, folks: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We were occasionally the conscience of fandom; sometimes we even made it think. We were a major force in making ST fanlit aware of itself, and only through self-awareness is there the possibility of self-improvement. We did produce a change in fandom, I truly believe. We made it a little less complacent, a bit more self-critical. Maybe we went overboard. If so, now that we're retiring (in this incarnation anyway), somebody else can be the reactionary and bring fandom back to center." [3]

General Reviews and Reactions

There were many fanzines of that name which appeared through the years, but the most famous and influential Menagerie was the one edited by Sharon Ferraro and Paula Smith. The fanzine's basic philosophy was that there was more to the Star Trek universe to be explored than ust Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. In particular, Menagerie emphasized satire—especially the satires written by Paula Smith, who has never been equaled in the genre. [4]
Menagerie, taken as a whole, deserves the award for being the most consistent zine in fandom [for its] high stands of quality in art, fiction, and repro. [5]
Menagerie specializes in Star Trek and non-Star Trek humor. Consequently, the serious stuff, 'The Logical Conclusion,' 'Speak Roughly to Your Little Boy,' and 'Murder, Rape, and Other Unsocial Acts' hits doubly hard. Menagerie emphatically does not emphasize the crew or setting of the U.S.S. Enterprise, rather the 'zine focuses on Klingons, convention reports, reviews, etc. Reviews I received on Menagerie gave the 'zine a preponderance of 9's (good-excellent). Favorable comments were made on the nicely folded, bound and stapled appearance of the 'zine and the generally good reproduction, although one reviewer commented that the type 'is a little small and close together for comfortable reading.' Personally, I wish the editors would leave a bit more margin on the sides of the pages. Early issues showed a lack of good editorial lay-out, with pictures seemingly haphazardly scattered across pages, but Menagerie has recently (as of issue 6) looked very much better. Among other things, the 'zine was, I think, the first (if not one of the first) 'zines to capture Phil Foglio and Joni Wagner—two of the best ST artists around. Authors of Menagerie include Paula Smith (who can write both humor and serious stuff interchangeably and very well) Sharon Ferraro, Cara Sherman, Ruth Berman and Juanita Coulson, Eileen Roy, and Anna Mary Hall. Art, besides the two artists mentioned above, include illos by Gordon Carleton, Karen Flanery, Doug Rice (a stunning cover for Menagerie 6 and 9), Cara Sherman, V.M. Wyman ("The Logical Solution"), Connie Faddis, and Anji Valenza. Menagerie is one of the outstanding ST 'zines being published at this time. For the quality and content, it is also one of the bargain-priced 'zines around. Highly recommended, unless strong parodies/satire turn you off. [6]
This is a hard zine to review, because it doesn't fit neatly into any category. It's a curious mixture of light humor, biting satire, and serious fiction, often on some contemporary theme and having little relation to ST... The format is attractive, the artwork very good, but the print is very small and may be hard to read if small print bothers you. The quality of writing is generally good, but the humor often has a sharp edge, and the serious fiction, a theme that depresses rather than entertains. By all means try it, and see for yourself whether it suites your taste or not. [7]
Well, what can one say about fandom's finest? If you're not subbing to MENAGERIE already, what are you waiting for? If you've let yours run out, get a check off right away, turkey! Heaven forbid you should miss any of P. Smith's delightfully insane parodies. much less the top-rate fiction, poetry and artwork. Subscriptions run four issues for $6.00. first class; $5.00 third. Single issues: a buck plus 60¢ postage. Not bad. [8]
Famous, or rather, infamous for the "How's Treks" parodies and for satirical masterpieces which deflate some of the most cherished cliches in fandom, MENAGERIE also prints excellent straight dramatic fiction, and poetry. MEN's serious work emphasizes extra-Enterprise stories featuring other than the 'Big Three. ' This zine will not, therefore, appeal to everyone. But those wishing to expand the horizons of their ST reading should sample the wares purveyed in the pages of MENAGERIE. [9]

Getting Ready to Fold Up a Long-Running Tent

from issue #17, Phil Foglio

From the editorial of issue #16:

MENAGERIE is a fanzine that has yet to come out on anything like a regular schedule, besides of which the next ish will be our last... Single issues can be had for $1, plus seventy-five cents postage... Back issues may be requested as part of a sub -- and if we got any, we'll include them. There is little point in looking for submissions at this juncture, but if you've got something really neat and can't stand not sharing it, please be sure to include return postage, for we take no responsibility for non-postpaid work... After your name on the envelope (assuring this begger cam to you thrud the mail) you will find a number. This is not a subversive attempt to kidnap you way to the Village, but is merely the number with which your sub croaks. THEN, we drag you off to the Village.


Issue 1

front cover of issue #1

Menagerie 1 was published in 1973 (second printing July 1974) and contains 50 pages. There were 100 copies in the first printing. The editors thank two people for the "use of the mimeograph at Central High School". Art is by Sara and chen. The back cover is blank.

  • Editorial (1)
  • Graffiti (2)
  • The Mad Poet Speaks by Diedre Mathres (3)
  • 3000% Trivial, a Satire by Paula Smith (4)
  • Notes From Capt. Dunsel by Sharon Ferraro (9)
  • Altairian Historical Survey by sira elea dewi, Ambassador-F.H.C. (10)
  • a short review of The Daneswoman, see that article
  • Esper's Songs by chen (14)
  • Gratitude's Task or Errand of Merci by Paula Smith (15)
  • Bookworm's Reviews by Sharon Ferraro (15)
  • A Time to Dance by Sharon Ferraro (21)
  • Sterntrekkenlied, an Allegory by Paula Smith (46)
  • crossword puzzle, inside back cover

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2
back cover of issue #2

Menagerie 2 was published in December 1973 and contains 22 pages. Art by Joni Wagner, Bjo Trimble, Chen, Steve Young, Sara, James Hastings.

Jacqueline Lichtenberg writes a lengthy letter that is printed in issue #3. She comments at great length about the story "Connections." An excerpt:
It seems odd to me that a short time after the Manual #1 called for a Linger Death story that one should come out in this form. I wish I had seen it before you printed it, though I don't know if you'd have wished to try to fit into Kraith. At any rate, I am honored that you chose to use two of my terms in your story regardless of which of the Kraithish universes you may be writing in. And I must say I enjoyed the story even before I got to the tie-in reference... even when I got to the ending which turned out VERY DIFFERENT from anything I would have envisioned -- which is of course the thrill of doing this kind of multiheaded series. I must thank you for a most entertaining interlude.
  • Editorials (1)
  • Friday's Paycheck, How's Treks #3 by "Chen" (2)
  • Dedications by Chen (3)
  • A History of the Klingon Empire by Sharon Ferraro and Paula Smith (article) (4)
  • A Trekkie's Tale [10], How's Treks #5 by Paula Smith (though listed as Anonymous in the toc), the infamous Mary Sue parody (6)
  • Notes From Capt. Dunsel by Sharon Ferraro (7)
  • Jesteryear -- an Animated Satire, How's Treks #4 by Chen (8)
  • A Trek and James Primer: A Child's Garden of Space by Chen (9)
  • Star-Con Report by Margaret Basta (article) (11)
  • Portraits by Jim Hastings-Trew (13)
  • A Cat's-Eye View of the Big E by Sharon Ferraro (article) (14)
  • A Klingon Muses on Brotherhood in the Federation by G. Eiran (15)
  • Drawing and Welcommittee Ad by Stuart Chisholm (16)
  • Connections by Paula Smith (17) (see note below)
  • The Fundamentals of Star Trek Watching by Chen (20)
  • Cycle of the Moon by Chen (21)
  • "Star Trek Lives" - Scarf Pattern by Paula Smith (22)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for A Trekkie's Tale.

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Joni Wagner

Menagerie 3 was published in 1974 and contains 18 pages. The front cover is by Joni Wagner. The back cover is blank. Art by Joni Wagner, Chen, Vaughn, Stuart Chrisholm, and Sara. The editors ask that submitted artwork by "in black and white -- no elaborate shading, please." There is a single LoC in this issue, one by Jacqueline Lichtenberg. See issue #2.

The editorial makes note of the zine's production:
Actually, this issue may not look like much, but as you can see as you are squinting to read this, it is printed on an offset reduction. We, the editors, estimate, including illustrations and writing there is actually over 75 pages of fanzine here. We would appreciate any comments you might have on this method of printing... Especially if this major reduction (the longer pieces) is too hard to read. Our printers are forced to raise their prices and to remain within our budget we must either go to a greater reduction or cut back in size and number of pages.
ahhhh, paradise....
  • Editorials and Letters (1)
  • With Your Hand in Mind by Paula Smith (2)
  • By an Assumed Name, How's Treks #6, by Chen (4)
  • The Saturday Morning Starship by) Cynthia Gwilym (article) (review of animated series: episodes "The Lorelei Signal," "Beyond the Farthest Star," and "More Tribbles, More Troubles.") (6)
  • Star Trek Rosary by Cynthia Gwilym (article) (7)
  • The Gemini Conspiracy by Mary Kay Polan (8)
art for "The Gemini Conspiracy" by Joni Wagner
  • Species Jokes: Being Variouss [sic] Racial Slurs Collected at Random Throughout the Galaxy (9)
  • Notes From Capt. Dunsel by Sharon Ferraro
  • Ellison Wonderland, a Peek from Trekland by Sharon Ferraro (an article about Harlan Ellison that mentions in passing a short story by James Tiptree, Jr., titled "Beam Us Home," from the short story collection)
  • Tho 'It Be Ten Thousand Miles by Sharon Ferraro (12)
  • Notes from Captain Dunsel, includes a con report for NYST Con (February 15-18, 1974) that makes mention of "the most fantastic realistic piece of waxwork I've ever seen, a life size Mr. Spock by TACS [real name redacted]. It later won the Most Popular Award. Also in the show was Pat Molnar's 'Vulcan Nativity' triptych, which was a, well, cosmic put-on. Done in the style of Renaissance religious paintings, the three oils depicted Chekhov, Uhura and Sulu 'watching their tribbles by night' receiving tiding of great joy from an angle of mercy that resembled Nurse Chapel; the three Wise Men, Kirk, McCoy and Scotty (the latter in an elongated version of his full dress uniform with the tartan) in the court of King Hermudd following the starship they had seen in the Eastern quadrant; and in the main panel the babe Spock wrapped in synthetic clothes, lying in a shuttlecraft because there was no room at the Starbase, with his mother Mandy and Sarek, as well as the tribbleherds and the Magi who offered their gifts of 3-D chess, tricorder and dilithium." (15)
  • Sore Leg, How's Treks #7 by chen (16)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

[zine]: This is an entertaining zine with a relaxed format. The piece that I enjoyed the most was 'With Your Hand in Mine." The story was written in the style of a science fiction novelty, with an intriguing gimmick. There are two other stories in the issue: "Mary Kay Polen's 'Gemini Conspiracy,' and 'Tho It Be Ten Thousand Miles,' by Sharon Ferraro. Of the two, I liked the later the most. It's a Scotty story with some good situations. I did find the story to be a bit predictable, but the theme was well-handled. Also in the issue, there are some opinions on the new animated Star Trek, a nice article and update on Harlan Ellison, two of Chen incomparable 'How's Treks,' and a few other assorted goodies. This zine has a fairly steep price, but is worth the money. [11]


Issue 4

Menagerie 4 was published in 1974 and contains 16 pages.

  • Editorial (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Logic Puzzle (2)
  • The Legend of Krelix the Warrior by Lts. Jl Kerkchock and Paula Smith (3)
  • Operation Constipate, How's Trek's #9 by Chen (4)
  • Bubble, a parody, by Chen (6)
  • Return to Our Plantet/Program, How's Trek's by Chen (6)
  • Notes from Captain Dunsel by Sharon Ferraro (12)
  • The Foglio Folio (13)
  • Speak Roughly to Your Little Boy by Paula Smith (14) (reprinted in Rigel #4/5/6)
  • Star Trek Log One, reviewed by Karen Stroppe (16)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

[zine]: A good deal of this ish is composed of an excellent parody of 'Babel,' including, if it can be imagined, satires on illos by Margaret Basta. There are also a couple of episode satires, both by Chen. Another part of the zine is a story, 'Speak Roughly to Your Little Boy,' about a Romulan foundling. The story is based on emotional impact, but retains an acceptable level of feasibility. Artwork done by a new staff member, Phil Foglio, has a Tim Kirk-like quality. [12]


Issue 5

front cover of issue 5 by Phil Foglio
back cover of issue 5 by Phil Foglio

Menagerie 5 was published in February 1975 and contains 22 pages. Art by Phil Foglio, Joni Wagner, TACS, and Paula Smith.

From the editorial:
There will be no reference to s*x or v**l**c* or r*p* or other such fun subjects in our rag. #nc*st, p*d*rIst*, f*ll*t**, s*d*m, and especially *n*l*ng*s are hereby proclaimed taboo.[13] We will not refer to d*s*mb*w*lm*nt, *mp*l*t**n, d*c*p*t*t**n, sh**t*ng, h*ng*ng, or st*bb*ng ever again. And needless to say, f--k and s--t need be said, less,too. If it's porn you want, fellah, look elsewhere (try page 12 for a start). Just remember, Baha'ulla is our linotypist, and we've got a Holy Ghostwriter, too.

Note: there are some pagination problems; two stories are not listed in the table of contents, and there are two pages numbered #14.

  • Editorials (1)
  • LoCs (2)
  • The Amoeba Glory, How's Treks #8 by Paula Smith (satire) (3)
  • seven con reports with many photos (4) (KWestCon, Star Con #2, DisCon #2, WondayCon #1 and #2, ChambanaCon #4, ConFusion #13)
  • cartoon portfolio (7)
  • The Romulan Glossary by Paula Smith (8)
  • And the Romulan Response by Cara Sherman (9)
  • a transcription of the "Created Worlds Panel" (KWest*Con November 1974) (11) (Ruth Berman and Juanita Coulson), see Ruth Berman & Juanita Coulson: Created Worlds
  • The Story of Kolodth by Paula Smith (a Klingon story) (14)
  • Captain Kirk and His Waterbed by K. Farnell, B. Lambert & L. Nappier (a "non-pornographic" tale about the crew's adventures in getting Captain Kirk a waterbed for his birthday.) (14) (also in The Best of Christmas on the Enterprise)
  • The Crabapple by Paula Smith (satire) (16)
  • An Abortive Attempt by Paula Smith (a story with the subject of abortion, set in the Kraith universe) (18)
  • Sylvie, poem by Paula Smith (21)
  • Notes From Capt. Dunsel by Sharon Ferraro (22)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

[zine]: All written material is reduced offset... The back cover is very good & I STILL break up whenever I see it! Contained within is a parody on 'The Immunity Syndrome' called 'The Amoeba Glory.' Not only is the title suggestive of another episode but this particular parody does not closely match some of Paula's other take-offs... mildly disappointing. There are also a few pages of con reports that are very informative and descriptive, but then there's nothing new as con reports go.... Following all of this is one of the better parts of the zine... a Romulan glossary. It is very funny. On the following pages is a short piece using the words from the Romulan glossary. Unfortunately, it suffers from having to constantly flip back and forth to the preceding pages... Two more humorous stories are included, one is an interesting story called 'Captain Kirk and His Waterbed and Other Adventures.' and Paula has done, yes, another parody from ST called 'The Crabapple.' The parody is quite good but I seemed to get more reading through it the second or third times. I can't decide if that makes it a mark of a good writer, an oddly constructed plot, or a dense reviewer... a little of all 3? 'The Story of Koldoth' is another piece that Paula has done concerning the history of the Klingons. The pieces are informative and well-thought out but, sorry Paula, they don't do a THING for me. They read like history, and I can't stand history. Taint badly written, mind you, but I can't get into them. 'An Abortive Attempt' also by Paula is a much better piece about a Vulcan woman who gets an abortion by a Terran doctor and the consequences of the doctor. Good examination of morality that doesn't have to apply to the 23rd century obviously. Bringing up the rear in this zine is 'Sylvie' a poem by Paula. It is the best piece or her work in the zine... The issue on the whole is one of their best, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a first good zine. [14]

Issue 6

front cover of issue #6, Phil Foglio and Doug Rice
back cover of issue #6, Jeff Maynard

Menagerie 6 was published in 1975 and is 24 pages long. It was subtitled, "Special Killer Issue." It contains 24 pages. Art by Karen Flannery, Gordon Carleton, Jeff, Maynard, Phil Foglio, Doug Rice, Mike MacGuiness, Cara Sherman, Paula Smith, and Joni Wagner.

From the editors:

The press is repaired, so Menagerie 6 will soon be underway..." And, "Where's Menagerie 4? Printed but awaiting mailing envelopes. Patience, please. Menagerie 5, as most of you know, will be offset printed (at long last!)... Don't forget the Gorn contest (draw a centerfold of a Gorn in the Burt Reynolds pose, winner to be published in Menagerie 6 for Comic-Con in August.) and the letterhead contest (Menagerie really needs a standardized letterhead, folks...) [15]
  • Editorials (2)
  • Dribble on the Deck by Paula Smith (satire) (3)
  • cartoon and poem by Smith and Foglio (4)
  • con reports for Ourcon '75, MinCon #10, Equicon, The ST Con (unclear which one, but it had Asimov as a guest, attendance was way down, and it was not "a happy con"), MicroCon (artists there did much of the art for this issue of Menagerie) (5)
  • Who's Whose, an artists' duel by Phil Foglio responding to a plagiarism dustup with artist Todd Bake (7)
  • A Gremlin in Trekland by Sharon Ferraro (article, a profile of Frank Kelly Freas, artist) (11)
  • Servant of the People by Eileen Roy (a civil servant commits suicide because he has broken the rules of his department for a very humanitarian reason) (12)
  • 100 Proof Positive by Paula Smith [Also in Warped Space #13] (a satire of Sharon Emily's "Proof Positive," Showcase 2.) (13)
  • Murder, Rape, and Other Unsocial Acts by Paula Smith (16)
  • Notes From Capt. Dunsel by Sharon Ferraro (23)
  • LoCs (24) (there is a letter from Bjo Trimble in which she explains why SF fans dislike ST fans:
I'd like to make some comments on Paula Smith's report of Chambanacon 4...One of the reasons [(that there is discrimination against Trekkies in SF fandom))is that most of us SF fans have forgotten what it was like to find out that there were really Other Nuts out there like us, who liked our subject...we did the exact same things, but there were less of us at each con. One or two or a dozen SF neo fans arrive at a large con and they carry on and show off and try to corner Big Names but that's only a dozen or so people scattered thruout a whole con and nobody much notices. Now take two hundred or more Trekkies hitting their first con at once...yeah, it's a bit more noticeable, and it's a hell of a lot less easy to take! It isn't their fault, individually, of course...

Also, at least the SF fan has some interest in the genre. Trekkies can be subdivided into so many other groups; the people who will eventually become readers of SF, if they aren1, already, and the people who are going to stay visually oriented. And then we have the Spockies, who have NO interest in fandom or NO interest in the genre of SF, either. All they have is a hang-up on the weirdo with the pointy ears... The last thing any SF fan wants to have happen is get cornered by a Trekkie, because he hasn't the time to find out which kind of Trekkie the kid is. OK? Trash in trekfiction isn't a criterion; fanzines publish perfectly horrible SF trash every year. There is NO WAY to avoid it. Some fanzine editors won't touch fan fiction and some seem to dote on the worst kind. Nobody in fandom has the right to put down ST fandom for that!...Trekfiction, per se, is probably not going to become acceptable to SF fandom, simply because it is still basically a copy of someone else's universe, and copying the scripts and story ideas of someone else. Originality counts, remember. No matter how good the Log One stories get (and they show no signs of it, yet) or the Blish things could have gotten (and they were dreadful), they are still copies of GR's universe, and not original stories. And fans dote on originality. We had a running joke of a "World-A-Month-From-All-Over" club, where people would send in their fantasy worlds...A silly idea, but one which shows that none of us thought there would be any problem in coming up "with enough fantasy worlds. An interesting experiment: ask a fan if he has a fantasy world. Then ask him if he's thought out the universe around it. Then ask how many other — not in the same universe -- fantasy worlds he's thought out. The results may surprise you, and give you an interesting insight on how imaginative the person is. The main problem is, however, that we suddenly found ourselves, at SF conventions, up to our collective necks in screaming Trekkies. Now, most SF fans secretly watched and did enjoy ST. However, if you have it shoved down your throat every con, you get a bit fired of the whole thing. Even I get pretty tired of being told something over and over and over (I did start ST fandom, remember; there's not much new I can be told about the show.)

So that is really more of an explanation of why SF fans seem to dislike ST fans so much: not that you haven't made it into mainstream fandom with trekkie material yet. OK?

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

See reactions and reviews for Murder, Rape, and Other Unsocial Acts.
See reactions and reviews for Servant of the People.
See reactions and reviews for 100 Proof Positive.
[personal statement]: For some reason, there are people who seem to think that it was Paula Smith and her parody of 'Proof Positive' that influenced me to retreat. NOT SO!! As a matter of fact, Paula and Sharon Ferraro have both expended much time, effort, phone bills, and postage seek to get get me to change my mind about retreating. Let it go on record here that Paula sent a copy of her parody to me BEFORE she sent it for consideration by any editor, promising me that she wouldn't release it if I felt it would harm me in any way. Actually, to have one's work parodied is one of the finest compliments a writer can receive... Paula and Sharon are individuals that I'm honored to call Star Trek fandom friends, and I hope this statement will end the rumors. [16]
[zine]: Menagerie #6 is a small, compact zine... on itsy, bitsy reduced offset... guaranteed to cross your eyes, but it's worth it. This ish has the high class quality of the previous issues, but lacks an outstanding story, as other issues had... Phil Foglio's cartoons are as good as ever; the Doug Rice cover was passing but pointless... 'Dribble on the Deck' (a take-off on 'Dagger of the Mind') is really too silly, but '100 Proof Positive,' and hilarious satire on Sharon Emily's 'Proof Positive' (Showcase #2) is just right. 'Murder, Rape, and Other Unsocial Acts' is a grim story concerning a human/Klingon marriage, a few unsavory events, an elaborate, tongue-in-cheek plan to foil the Klingons, and a nice ending. Ms. Smith has the unique ability among writers to put down exactly what is needed and her stories, as a result, move along, get to the point, and satisfy... I wish Paula would slow down, though, and take the time to write a loooong story so all can appreciate her talent. Sharon Ferraro is no slouch at the typewriter, either... her part of the editorial and Con Report, and the Kelly Freas article all show the same degree of professionalism (and warped sense of humor) as Paula's writing. 'Servant of the People' is a a rebuttal to a Vulcan Linger Death Story in Menagerie #2 called 'Connections.' In it, a dedicated and conscientious civil servant suddenly drops all his dedication and conscientiousness to help a Vulcan underling get back to Vulcan as Linger Death sets in. It was written to prove that not all humans are insensitive to Vulcan needs (though it helps to read 'Connections' which is a better story) but beyond this bare statement, there isn't much else. It is well-written, but there is no solid explanation for the main character's reasons in helping the Vulcan... 'Servant of the People' is a dissatisfying story that gives the 'what' but not the 'why.' ... This zine is what happens when two funny, talented people get together... consistency, high quality, and general hilarity. The price is steep, but the zine is worth the money. [17]
[zine]: There is only one parody in this issue, 'Dribble on the Deck,' a take-off of 'Devil in the Dark.' An okay parody. Immediately following this are a couple of con reports: Ourcon, Minicon and Microcon. One of the better features is herein is the Todd Bake/Phil Foglio artistic debate, you have to see it to believe it... Phil wins this round. 'A Gremlin in Trekland' is a short piece about Kelly Freas, and is a very good biographical sketch. 'Servant of the People' is a story written to counter another story from issue #2. It could have been an SF story written in any one of the national magazines, but for the fact that there isn't enough to it. It describes the results of a Vulcan dying of linger death, and the effects it has on the people involved with the case. It could have been a harder hitting story if more conflicts were included within the story. '100 Proof Positive' is a parody... on 'Proof Positive' in Showcase #2 in which Spock goes back in time through the Guardian of Forever to confirm the existence of Christ. In Paula's version, he goes back to find Santa Claus ... At any rate, Paula makes a much more believable story. 'Murder, Rape, and Other Unsocial Acts' starts out very well. It concerns the problems of a Klingon woman married to a Terran. Problems ensue when she is raped by a group of Klingons on leave from their ship and her husband kills one of the Klingons. The story gets a little too cloak and dagger towards the end. This takes away a lot from the story. It's a good solid story though, with hard-hitting impact. Paula is getting much better with her stories, and this proves it. The remainder of the zine is finished up with a rounded selection of letters of comment. If this isn't the best issue of Menagerie, it's one of the better ones. Recommended. [18]

Issue 7/8

front cover of issue ##7/8, cover by V.M. Wyman
a parody of "Menagerie's" cover, printed in Pegasus #1 in 1976, a zine that also includes the parody story "Abrasions & Contusions" by M. Octyme

Menagerie 7/8 was published in October 1975 and is 45 pages long. It contains one highly-controversial Spock get'em story, The Logical Conclusion (see that page) written by Paula Smith and extensively illustrated by V.M. Wyman. The zine's back cover is blank.


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7/8

See reactions and reviews for The Logical Conclusion.

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9, Doug Rice
back cover of issue #9, "deathbird" Mark Wright
variation of the back cover for issue #9, Mark Wright

Menagerie 9 was published in March 1976 and is 26 pages long. Art by Doug Rice, Mark Wright, Phil Foglio, Joni Wagner, Connie Faddis, Gordon Carleton, Wendy Lindboe, Jim Shull, Anji Valenza, Vicky Wyman.

  • Editorials (2)
  • The Secret of Star Hollow by Paula Therese Helene Krieger-Smythe (comedy) (a Star Trek Gothic story "aided and abetted by...anything else that attended MICROCON." The story mentioned the names of just about every prominent fan at the time.) (3) (Paula Smith, the author, read aloud from this at SaltCon)
  • Race Into Tomorrow by Vaughn Guild (pseudo-radio play) (6)
  • Debbie and Carol - Twofen, Trufen (interviews/bios of Carol Lynn and Debbie Goldstein), see Debbie and Carol -- Twofen:Trufen (8)
  • The Gotohello Several by Paula Smith (satire) (9)
  • Letters from Camp by Paula Smith (12)


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

See reactions and reviews for What Henoch Did.
[zine]: The most noticeable characteristic of Menagerie is that most of the contents are written by Paula Smith, which a good thing because she writes so well! Even the dedication... is a gem. The text of the zine is liberally sprinkled with good and even some great illos... The cover by Doug Rice is superb. The meat of the zine begins with 'Secret of Star Hollow' which I suppose is a SeKWester*Con speical, as it was liberally laced with the names of con members... 'Race into Tomorrow' is a hilarious parody of the space opera form. Then there is the continuing adventures of the crew of the A.S.S. Interfere in 'Gotohell Several,' one of Paula's better attempts attempt at burlesque. Paula also wrote a great farce about a Vulcan youngster attending a Terran summer camp... and 'What Henoch Did,' the ferschluggener 'act five' speculation which made its debut in Interphase 2... Finally, 'The Evidence of Intelligence,' where the experiences of some crew members aboard the rebuilt starship 'Excalibur'; it is a well constructed tale with good characterization but is neither memorable nor brilliant... The zine ends with some fanzine reviews and letters from readers. Menagerie is a must for the dedicated fan. [19]
[zine]: Menagerie' is one of those zines that starts off good and still improves with age. In this issue, Paula Smith and Sharon Ferraro have done it again, bringing out an issue with a variety of features considering its size. Leading off the zine is the ST gothic that the editors have been threatening to put out for about a year now. Not only is it fun to read, but it comes out even better when read aloud with proper emphasis. For, not only do our good old regulars get the once-over, but, if you look closely, you come up in here with the names of well-known Trek femmefen. (also getting the poke is an obscure femmefan living out in the sticks who insists that Vulcan-human hybrids are genetically feasible.) And it gets better as it goes along. Following this, we have a satire of old SF radio plays, a profile of Deborah Goldstein and Carol Lynn, another hilarious satire of a ST episode ('The Galileo Seven') with a surprise twist to it, an even more hilarious account of Vulcan pre-teenager at a Terran summer camp, and ending the non-stop humor with 'What Henoch Did.' On the serious side, we have 'Evidence of Intelligence,' an extremely well-written and convincing non-ST story, with as much interesting and significant goings on among the humans as with the aliens. Plus the usual fannish notes and LoCs, and excellent art throughout... Highest rating, as they say in show biz. [20]
[zine]: This beautiful issue starts with a cover by Doug Rice and a bacover by Mark Wright, both beautiful, well-printed, and hard to describe. The first story is also hard to describe. 'The Secret of Star Hollow'... is a different sort of a parody for Paula. If you can get into the literary classics, this will be a scream for you, but if you've been wallowing in the squalor of the SF/ST ghetto for the entire duration of your life, you might wonder where the appeal is in this story. Either way, it is well-written, and that gives it a few points no matter how you look at it. 'Race Into Tomorrow' is a zany parody on the SF pulps and radio shows of the past. Although it has virtually no elements of ST to it, Vaughn has a nice feel for the pacing an it would sound absolutely dynamite in a dramatic reading. While I'm on parodies, 'The Gotohell Several' is one of the best episode parodies Paula has written in quite a while. One of her best --um, I can hardly say more, can I? 'Letters from Camp' is an undeniably hilarious set of letters sent by a Vulcan to his parents, describing his stay at camp, on Earth. Right on the heels of that however, is 'What Henoch Did,' which is getting a bit old by now. It first was read by a number of people as an underground story and given a dramatic airing by Paula herself at Wondaycon #5 in Detroit. Later, it appeared in Interphase #2 and at least one other zine I know of, but I'll be damned if the story still isn't funny on the 6th or 7th readings. The major incentive to read it again in this issue is the marvelous illos by Gordon Carleton that accompany it. 'Evidence of Intelligence'... the setting for this piece is on the Excalibur and revolves around a character named Mazawana. Despite the title and the action that absorbs most of the first part, this story looks deeply into the character of Mazawana -- why she's on the Excalibur, her past, and current problems. An intriguing and detailed study... Even if this issue many not be as talked about or as profound as issue #7/8 was, it is easily, if not more enjoyable. Highly recommended. [21]
Menagerie has consistently been a zine of humor and satire, and Menagerie 9 is no exception. "The Secret of Star Hollow" is so funny, that it's s till funny after you've read it ten times, as is true of "The Gotohello Several" and "What Henoch Did", all three by Paula Smith. But the real gem of this ish is "Letters from Camp", which trace the adventures of Sydne a Vulcan boy at camp Iskamenapingpong, this is also by Paula. '

This is not to say that Menagerie 9 has nothing serious to offer, as "Evidence of Intelligence" is evidence of. This story, beautifully illustrated by Anna Mary Hall, utilizes the crew of the Excalibur and makes for enjoyable and intriguing reading.

Menagerie 9 is just another pearl for Sharon and Paula's string. [22]

Issue 10

front cover of issue 10, "The Missionary" by Jim Odbert, first printed on the cover of the Minicon #11 progress report
back cover of issue 10, Susan Armstrong. Title: Fire and Water

Menagerie 10 was published in August 1976 and is 33 pages long. Art by Susan Armstrong, Gordon Carleton, Connie Faddis, C. Lee Healy, Doug Herring, Diane Marchant, Mike McGuinness, Monica Miller, Jim Odbert, Laurraine Tutihasi, Jone Wager, Randy Bathurst, Grant Canfield, Phil Foglio, and Martynn.

  • Editorial (2)
  • TrekWorld by Paula Smith (a Mary Sue, Harlan Ellison parody) (3)
  • the Cartoon War Part 3 by Randy Bathurst enters the Phil Foglio-Todd Bake War (8)
  • SeKWesterCon Report, 1976 by Joyce Yasner (article) (10) (see that page)
  • Name That Fan Art (11)
  • Espace --frontier l'infini by Inge Roeder, Susan Armstrong, Diane Marchant (an article about Trek fandom overseas: Germany, Australia and Montreal, Quebec) (12)
  • The Day of the Dork by Paula Smith (14)
  • Captain Kirk and His Waterbed, Part Two by Kathie Farnell, Lee Crawford, Barbara Lambert Hancock (15)
art from TrekWorld, Martynn
  • Ads ( 19)
  • Carnal Marriage, poem by Jane Aumerle (20)
  • The Seeds of Vision by Jacqueline Bielowicz (21)
  • Notes from Captain Dunsell by Sharon Ferraro (an excerpt about the quality of recent zines: "Well, fellow fen, there's my two cents worth. Temper the acid with a little of the 'Stinking Fish' syndrome: 'Well, it's my opinion' holding the fish in two fingers at distance, other fingers pinching nose. Maybe I'm not seeing the good zines. I'd like to see a new zine come out costing $1, $1.50. It can be done. WIth good writing; no stereotypical stories, no more Spock poems or Kirk-Spock stories, whether they are just friends or bedmates, and lotsa art.") (29)
  • LoCs (31)


Issue 11

front cover of issue #11, C. Lee Healy
back cover of issue #11, Joan Thornbottom

Menagerie 11 was published in 1977 and is 35 pages long. Printed offset, stapled, 40 pages. Art by Susan Armstrong, Terry Austin, Gordon Carleton, Mike Chicchelly, Liz Dulac, Phil Foglio, C. Lee Healy, Doug Herring, Monica Miller, Peggy Pomposini, and Joan Thornbottom.

From an editorial by Paula:
"Somehow, in the past year or so, [we] have been backed into a corner defending a single position over quality controls. . . . We stand in the dock accused of wanting every zine to look like MENAGERIE. Untrue. We want every zine to look like INTERPHASE. We also want every zine to look like WARPED SPACE, like STARDATE: UNKNOWN, like MASIFORM D and SPOCKANALIA, like ERIDANI TRIAD and BABEL, like METAMORPHOSIS, KRAITH COLLECTED and HALKAN COUNCIL. They ought also look like PEGASUS, or failing that, like SEHLAT'S ROAR. They should look like CONTACT and IDIC at those two's best, or ENERGIZE at its worst. . . . Basically, [we] are mean, rotten, nasty, vile, stubborn, pigheaded, horrible snots who, for a lark, vivisect baby kitties. You must understand this in your approach to our zine. If, in taking up a copy of MENAGERIE to read, scan, or wipe with, you expect sweetness and light, you're not going to get it. If you expect welcome mats and kissiepoos, you may get bare courtesy. If you expect the best goddamn job we can do, *that* we will deliver. We'll strive to hone our stuff, erase pencilmarks, align columns and correct typos, hound our contributors and printer for *their* best work, take our lumps when we do something stupid, and apologize when we're wrong, which is often. Then we'll try to do better. Not that you should ever expect anything less.

Contents:

  • Editorials (2)
  • "Wedding Party 6" by Paula Block and Paula Smith (a Landing Party Six story) (3)
  • Fractured Fen, a bio of Lori and Gordon Carleton, in their own words (13)
  • "This Side, a Pair o' Dice" by Paula Smith (14)
  • "Dragons" by Carolynn Roth (an art portfolio) (16)
  • "Return from the Glass Isle: The Romantic Structure of Star Trek" an essay by Jane Aumerle (18)
  • "Poetry Corner" by Jocelyn Feaster, Helen Dye, and Paula Smith (22) ("The Aldebaran Courtesan," "Reverie," "Peter," and "Joys")
  • "Honor Bound" by Paula Smith (24)
  • "Star Trek and The Beverly Hillbillies" by Kathleen Tucker (a paper by a college student comparing the two shows, submitted to the zine by her professor, Paula Block; she got an "A")
  • "Notes from Captain Dunsel" by Sharon Ferraro Short (31)
  • LoCs, many which remark about the value of zine reviews, what constitutes good literature/fanfic; one fan writes a vitriolic letter blasting editors for always rejecting her fiction: "There's something very bad about having to be grateful if the Big Important Editor takes time out of his Busy Schedule to send a sugary rejection to Little Insignificant Me... For the editor who is rejection-happy... will soon end up doing his entire publication himself." (33)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

[zine]: This issue features a story by Paula Block & Paula Smith, Wedding Party 6. This is obviously the story of Lori Chapek and Gordon Carleton's wedding and it is necessarily halarious, with art to accompany. This Side, a Pair 'o Dice is one of Paula's wonderful paradies, and is also halarious. This issues serious touch (it seems they all have one) is Honor Bound by Paula Smith. It tells of Sonseh, a Vulcan, and his adventures with the Romulans. Very good reading. Also included is an article on the Romantic structure of Star Trek by Jane Aumerle, poetry corner, Dragons (a cartoon portfolio) and ST and the Beverley Hillbillies... Another gem. [23]
[zine]: The artwork in this issue, as in all Menageries, is superlative, from the 'Sword in the Stone' styled cover by C.L. Healy, to Monical Miller's romantic illustrations for Jane Aumerle's Trekkish ode to Northrop Frye, to Carolynn Roth's whimsical dragons. Miller's in particular, give the surrounding prose a veneer of quality, elevating the status of Aumerle's essay on the romantic structure of Star Trek from term paper to top class. I never expected to see Northrop Frye contributing his two bits to the essence of Trek. If you follow his rules of the road to literature, you can write a scholarly paper on the romantic structure of anything, even The Beverly Hillbillies. Speaking of which, there's a comparison of the aforementioned sit-com to Star Trek, appropriately illustrated by Gordon Carleton... And Warped Space's infamous Landing Party 6 invades this issue with a 'Featured Fen' article on the Chapek-Carletons and a collaboration by Smith and Block (who are two separate entities), entitled 'Wedding Party 6.' The Phil Folio/Gordon Carleton cartoons are a highlight. 'Honor Bound' by P. Smith starts out in a satirical veind but ends up on a satisfying dramatic note. The story is dedicated to Cara Sherman's lovable klutzy Vulcan, Peter Sunn, whose influence on Paula's Vulcan Sonseh is obvious. But Sonseh is not Peter, Paula is not Cara, and this story is completely autonomous of the Sunn series. [24]
[zine]: After reading Menagerie from issue #1 on, I have decided that this zine is hazardous to my health. Usually, the satires (Paula Smith is a major offender in this area) send me into spasms of laughter. And the serious stuff is so engrossing that I can't put it down, even if I'm expected someplace in ten minutes. This has caused me, on occasion, to walk into walls, miss my bus stop, or try to cross the street before the light has changed... And they did it again with this issue, too. While reading 'Wedding Party 6' by Paulas Block and Smith, about Girc 'N and Kimeya Maya's marriage in a cow pasture on the planet Mundane, I laughed so hysterically that my brother threatened to wrap me in a rubber suit and call the nice men in white coats. 'Featured Fen' a profile of Lori and Gordon Carleton, whose wedding was satirized in the previously mentioned tale, calmed me down a bit but 'This Side, a Pair O'Dice,' a satire by that incurable mischief-maker Paula Smith brought back the laughing fit. Next, capitalizing on my weakness for dragons, there were two whole page of dragons with the Enterprise (done expertly-handled article with the premise that ST follows the romantic tradition of literature. And speaking of literature, after that was a Paula Smith spectacular called 'Honor Bound,' which I fortunately put down before tripping going downstairs for a mid-morning snack. 'Honor Bound,' somehow manages to take a misfit Vulcan in the throes of pon farr, a smart-aleck captain, and the ruler of a planet of cut-throats, pirates and rip-off artists who thinks he's the Wizard of Oz -- throws them all together and comes out with a good, serious and altogether convincing story. Winding up the issue, we find something called 'Star Trek and the Beverly Hillbillies,' a totally preposterous paper pointing at the similarities between the two series, which is surprisingly convincing. Then there is the usual, which for Menagerie is the unusually good artwork... particularly apt fanzine reviews, and an LoC section in which the editors strike a blow for fanzine quality. On the issue of fanzine quality, no one can accuse Sharon and Paula of not practicing what they preach. [25]
[zine]: 'Wedding Party Six' leads thish off. I would assume that this is the LP6 version of the for-really-and-truly wedding of Lori Chapek and Gordon Carleton. It's not without a few good jokes here and there with some great illos by Carlteon/Foglio. Needless to say, if was more than appropriate to find that the featured fans of this issue are Gordon and Lori. 'This Side, Pair o' DIce' is a take off on an episode, and if I have to tell you which one you might as well forget even reading it. Paula has done better episodes parodies, and this one falls short of notability because of its particularly weak ending, but, like the LP6 story before it, this too has its share of zingers aside. 'Dragons' is just that, a series of pictorial fantasies involving the Big E and some fo the most adorable dragons I've ever seen. There is one shot of a dragon reclining comfortable on its back blowing smoke rings that is truly captivating. 'Return from the Glass Isle' is one of the most tedious, pithy intellectual study of Star Trek I have ever seen. The author presupposes the audience is familiar with all the classic works of romance she refers to, like 'Song of Roland,' 'Morte D'Arthur,' and others. It is far too academic, and doesn't give the reader enough background to even know what the author is referring to. I tried to force myself to read through the whole thing but I just could not. It was intolerable... about as stirring as a report on igneous rock formations from the Oligocene epoch. Yawn! The article is superbly illustrated by Monica Miller, but it seems such a waste. Not even a pretty wrapper helps this turkey out. 'Honor Bound' is really a strange tale... even strange for Paula Smith. The story involves a sort of life history of an oddball Vulcan and his seemingly jinxed life. And we all thought Spock had problems... compared to Sonseh (the Vulcan in question), Spock is Mr. Lucky. Sonseh finds himself in all sorts of troubles throughout the story until he meets up with a Romulan woman. Magically, the story changes here, in tone, in style... it's as though someone else wrote the last third of the story. It turns from tongue-in-cheek farce to serious drama. Very confusing. 'Star Trek and the Beverly Hillbillies' is a somewhat forced comparison between the two television shows. It stretches a few details here and there but only for comedic effect, which it accomplishes pretty well... Almost all of the art inside is well above average in quality. There is a good cover by C. Lee Healey and gorgeous illo inside by Susan Armstrong of a lion and a unicorn snuggling up to each other that I just loved. I doubt, however, that few people would have shed tears if the Aumerle article had been deleted. There have been better issues of 'Menagerie', but it's still a good zine all around. [26]


Issue 12

front cover of issue #12, Susan Armstrong
back cover of issue #12, Robin Wood

Menagerie 12 was published in July 1977 and is 31 pages long. Cover: Susan Armstrong; back cover: Robin Wood. Other art by Leslie Fish, Robert Abiera, Gordon Carleton, Connie Faddis, Phil Foglio, Vaugh Guild, Amy Harlib, Doug Herring, Taral MacDonald, Carolyn Roth, Joni Wager, Bill Warren.

Issues #12 and #13 were sent out at the same time.

This issue contains an infamous letter, one that sparked much debate on explicit adult material and fanzines. See excerpt below the art gallery.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12

[zine]: MEN 12 is boojums' best effort so far, a very even and well-balanced zine. All the humor is genuinely funny on its own merits, none is ego-trip. "Spock's Inflammation" is reprinted here, and is, if anything, funnier the second time around. It does suffer a bit in unnecessary translation: "an ordinary serving officer" is not the same as "an ordinary busboy". Paula's "The Tommy Tourist Handy-Dandy Galactic Phrase Book" doesn't lose a thing, though. Anyone who has ever suffered through a beginning language course will feel right at home. "Selvage Curtain" starts off with an atrocious pun and gets worse--'s marvellous. Frankie Jemison's "Iron Pyrites and Coal Dust" and Brenda Shaffer's "The Creation (Genesis II)" are excellent take-offs on D & R and The Making of STAR TREK, respectively. The one serious piece thish is Phyllis Karr's "Planting a Child." It has a pleasant Pangbornish flavor that comes not just from its technologically primitive setting but from Karr's deep sympathy for her characters. The culture is well-thought-out and consistent, as is the native idiom, which has a kind of naive gracefulness. This is an extremely well-done story, impossible to fault. There are also four con reports on Se*KwesterCon, Too: Lori's amusing and informative, Gerry's mature and thought- ful, M.L. Dodge's strident and bitter, and Dixie Owen's simply hilarious. The editorials and LoC's thish are almost all better-tempered than they have been recently, a welcome change. The art, as usual, is gorgeous. [27]

Issue 13

front cover of issue 13, Doug Rice
back cover of issue #13

Menagerie 13 was published in July 1977 and contains 20 pages. It includes parodies of other ST fanzines: Babel, The Hole in the Deck Gang Newsletter, T-Negative, Interphase, Delta Triad and Warped Space. This issue contains art and a cover by Doug Rice. This issue compiles satires of other zines. "Written and drawn by Paula Smith." Issues #12 and #13 were sent out at the same time.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13

[zine]: MEN 13 consists entirely of parodies of other well-known zines. We are treated to excerpts from BUBBLE, INTERPHUTZ, SIGMA CHIAD, T-MINUS, WASTED SPACE, and THE HOLE IN THE HEAD GANG NEWSLETTER. All by Paula, and most very gentle, only slightly back-handed compliments to the editors of the zines parodied. The material ranges from mildly amusing to hilarious, my own favorite items being "Elizabeth Sheriff's" chicken-stealing sehlat and The Wait. Both issues highly recommended. [28]

Issue 14

front cover of issue 14, Nan Lewis
back cover of issue 14, Phil Foglio. Art likely inspired by Wizards, the Ralph Bakshi film made the previous year.

Menagerie 14 was published in March 1978 and is 33 pages long. This fanzine contains 6 stories, poems, and non-fiction. Printed offset, stapled, 34 pages. Cover illo of "Kor" by Nan Lewis. Art by Jean DeMott, Connie Faddis, Phil Foglio, Melanie Frame, Vaughn Guild, C. Lee Healy, Doug Herring, Nan Lewis, Pat O'Neill, Brian Pavlac, Doug Rice, Carolynn Ruth, Joni Wagner, and V. M. Wyman.

There were 28 LoCs, almost all of which commented on a fan's "anti-porn" letter in issue #12. There were about three letters in support, the rest were vehemently against her views. Many were very lengthy and eloquent. For more, see The SekWester*Con Porn Debate.

The editors said that issue #17 would be the last.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

See reactions and reviews for The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelly's Feet.
[zine]: Another in a long line of fine quality zines we have come to expect from boojums Press. Paula Smith's 'Race Into Tomorrow' and "Conscience of the Kink' are up to to usual standards of craziness. There are two short autobiographies by Joyce Yasner and Devra Langsam. But the unquestionable highlight of this zine is Block's 'The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelley's Feet." It's the single best ST story I've read in a LONG time -- and it's not about the Big Three or even the Small Five. A beautiful character study of two Enterprise female crewmembers. Lastly, but not leastly, the Great Porno Debate rages on in the LoC section. Layout and illos are first class, with Faddis' and Wyman's artwork outstanding. THis one's a must. Buy it! [29]
[zine]: Thish opens with bad news; the zine will be retired with #17. While MEN isn't to everyone's taste, its tang--a bit of salt, bit of sour--provides a counter to some of the overly sweet and the bitter evident elsewhere in fandom. It will be sorely missed. Meantime, the dear one is still with us, perhaps a bit too much so. I found "Race Into Tomorrow, Part 2" totally incomprehensible on first reading, and not much clearer on the second. The situation is not helped by the suspicion that one is not supposed to understand it. It's followed by "Conscience of the Kink", another of Paula's hilarious episode parodies. Ignore the title, the rest is good. The major piece of fiction is Paula Block's beautifully written and characterized "The Girl Who Controlled Gene Kelly's Feet". Its theme, the necessity of living in the present, in the frequently messy, more frequently boring, real world, makes it particularly apropos just now. In fact, I strongly recommend reading it out of order, as a chaser to the lettercol. With feelings running high over the K/S issue among others, we occasionally need to be reminded that Trek is a fantasy, and that there is such a thing as becoming too deeply involved in it. Kudos for Poblocki. Featured Fen this time around are Joyce Yasner and Devra Langsam; "Bored of Review" maintains the standard and tone set in #12. Show-stealers among the art are Nan Lewis' cover illo of Kor and Faddis' wonderful "Anna". Highly recommended. [30]

Issue 15

front cover of issue 15 by Phil Foglio
back cover of issue 15 by Kevin Siembieda

Menagerie 15 was published in May 1979 and is 31 pages long. This fanzine contains a single story and one vignette. The art is by Kevin Seimbeida, P.S. Nim, Melody Frame, Phil Foglio, and Jeanine Goodson.


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

[zine, though mainly Occupational Hazard]: This issue of MENAGERIE is devoted entirely —no reviews, no lettered, no shooting gallery, no Black Museum horrors—to Rose Marie Jakubjansky's Scott novella, "Occupational Hazard", Dr. Adele Seton, a medical examiner from the Surgeon General's office, is in hot pursuit of a pet theory that starship Engineers' constant proximity to, work with and responsibility for, matter/antimatter generators places unbearable mental and emotional strains on them.

Scotty is duly tested and duly registers 'unacceptable' stress scores. To relieve the presure and give him a chance to repeat the tests under supposedly more favorable conditions, Scotty is rotated dirtside to the offices of a boy-wonder space-installation designer, where his duties are largely bureaucratic and entirely frustra ting. This, to put it mildly, does not work out. At Kirk's and McCoy's insistence, the doctor then allows Scott to transfer to a freighter as Second Engineer, again on proba tionary status. So far, so good, and at least moderately fresh. Unfortunately, Scotty's tour aboard the Nisaba-Zami is allowed to degenerate into a series of cliches. The ship is a scrap- surplus rustbucket. Her skipper is a mercantile hooker with a heart of pergium. The crew can't stand Navy men, and won't respond to anything Scott recognizes as efficient descipline, (Not surprising, perhaps, given their resemblance to another crew of shaggy Anarchists; not to men tion the fact that none of them seems to have gotten beyond sixth-grade science—all that's necessary to refrigerate a hold in deep space is to refrain from heating it, Scotty goes to the bottom of the class on this score, too.) These circumstances produce the inevitable crisis; the inevitable attempt to scratch Scotty; his daring rescue of one of his antagonists; the redesign of the Nisba-Zami under the Fleeter's benevolent and brilliant supervision. Cheers, shocked come-to-realizations, and Scotty's vindication. He returns to the Enterprise; the Nisaba-Zami pursues its newly-efficient if reg-stretching occasions; and the lady doctor prescribes a less stressful assignment for herself. Exuent omnes. (including Scotty, in an obscure years-later tag by Jane Clary, which I didn't and still don't, understand.)

Now, all this gritching isn't to say that "Occupational Hazard" is a poor story. It isn't. The prose is lucid and fluent, the pace carries one along willingly. And the characterization, as far as it goes, is well-handled; Jakubjansky's treatment of McCoy and Kirk is skillful, and her Dr. Seton is an independent, intelligent person, free of malice if not preconceptions, and capable of growth. The trouble is that not enough of this care has been expended on the central char acter. At the end of thirty pages of Smith's microminiature type, I don't know any more about Scotty than I did at the beginning. I don't know what he drinks—except Scotch; what he reads— except technical journals; whom or what he loves— except his ship. He is neither changed nor re vealed by his experiences. Given fanfic's general neglect of the Chief Engineer, I submit that this is a wasted opportunity and a bloody shame. Any one looking for the depth of perception evident in MEN's usual offerings won't find it here. Indeed, it occurs that had a more generalized zine printed this story, it would be less of a disappointment. The art, all by P.S. Nim, is well-executed and expressive. Unconditionally recommended for the action/adventure fan; under caveat for the rest. [31]

Issue 16

front cover of issue #16 by V.M. Wyman
back cover of issue #16, Jeanine Goodson

Menagerie 16 was published in January 1980 and is 33 pages long. This fanzine contains 6 stories, poems, and non-fiction. Sharon Ferraro Short was listed as editor emeritus. This issue featured a profile of fan Paula Block.

  • "The Explorer" by Eileen Roy (2)
  • a collection of poems by Caroline Carrock, Rose Marie Jakubjansky, Stephen Mendanhall, Carolynn Ruth and Paula Smith (17) ("And the Unicorn Said It to Me" by Ruth, "Suzannice" by Smith, "A Beach to Walk On" by Jakubjansky, "Joytime" and "concatenation" by Mendenhall, and "Cryogenics" by Carrock)
  • Pon Far Rock, story by Sandy Hall (20)
  • "To Gather Stones Together" by Ellen M. Kozak (27) (reprinted in Indian Summer and Other Seasons)
  • Gumby Trek, a play by Paula Block (32)
  • a fan feature on Paula Block (Poblocki), see A 1980 Interview with Paula Block (33)
  • art by T.J. Burnside, Melody Frame, Joni Wagner, Eileen Roy, Mike Chicchele, Gordon Carleton, Phil Foglio, Steven Fox, Jeanine Goodson (back cover), Carollynn Ruth, Robin Wood, V.M. Wyman

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

On the table of contents, Paula Smith states the next issue will be the last one of the series to be published. On that day, I shall mourn; or at least shred a stack of crudzines in pique. In my opinion, Menagerie, taken as a whole, deserves the award for being the most consistent zine in fandom in it's [sic] high standards of quality art, fiction, and repro. In this issue: 'The Explorer": what would have been a very good story (Uhura wants to know why there are no women captains in Starfleet), was technically damaged by the author's attacking strawpersons and stereotypes instead of grappling with the real emotions behind the issues. It is saved by a strong, tight ending and a reasonable explanation of Starfleet's sexism. 'Suzannice' starts out as a stunningly powerful piece that starts slowly, like a wave, then overwhelms the reader with both the perfection of her melding technique and the emotional chord sounded by the entwined verses. Best of zine award. The other poems vary in quality. 'Pon Farr Rock': amusing story of Spock in pon farr (of course, stranded on a barren planet, where else?) With four strong women there, you wouldn't think he'd be in trouble. But you'd be wrong. 'To Gather Stones Together': well put together story of one of the offspring of the Scalosian women, now the only survivor of her race. Too well-written perhaps, as the young woman's sense of sorrow and drifting aimlessness makes the circumstances of the story seem as alien and uninspiring to the reader as they are to the main character. 'Gumby Trek': since I don't think I've ever seen Gumby, I must disqualify myself from this one. I suspect this playette, performed at a con, would be hysterical, nevertheless. 'My Life and Times - Paula Block': Menagerie's regular write-up up a well-known fan is a feature that would be wonderful to have transplanted somewhere else, after the last Menagerie. The temporary illusion of meeting a very nice person is gratifying. Overall content: Good. Art: Very good to excellent. Repro: Up to the usual standards. Value: At $1.75, a very good buy. [32]


Issue 17

Menagerie 17 was published in 1981 and is 40 pages long. This fanzine contains 10 stories, poems, and non-fiction. Art by Gordon Carleton, Connie Faddis, Phil Foglio, Steven Fox, Melody Frame, Cheryl Frashure, Paulie Gilmore, Jeanine Goodsom, Joan Hanke-Woods, Nan Lewis, Elizabeth Marshall, Doug Rice, Carolyn Ruth, Mike Glicksohn, and Robin Wood.

front cover of issue #17, Phil Foglio
  • Editiorial (2)
  • The City On The Edge Of All Our Yesterdays by Paula Smith (Humor) (3)
  • Alone by Jocelyn Feaster (4)
  • Five O’Clock In The Shade by Jane Aumerle (Alternate Universe) (5)
  • Menagerie and I by Phil Foglio (Cartoon) (14)
  • Short Story, a bio/interview of Sharon Ferraro Short, see Short Story: Sharon Ferraro Short (16)
  • The Fan Song of P. Therese Smith by Paula Smith (17)
  • Kalamenagerie by Paula Smith (Cartoons) (22)
  • FIAWOL by Barb Greenwood (Fan Fantasy story) (30)
  • poems/filks by Rose Marie Jakubjansky and Paula Smith (40)
  • Morte de MENAGERIE by Doug Rice (41)

References

  1. from Datazine #1
  2. from Universal Translator #1
  3. from the editorial in the final issue, by Paula Smith
  4. from Boldly Writing
  5. from Datazine #5
  6. from Fanzine Review 'Zine
  7. from The Halkan Council #11 (October 1975)
  8. from Fantasia #2
  9. from Time Warp #1
  10. A Trekkie’s Tale; WebCite
  11. from The Halkan Council #8 (July 1975)
  12. from The Halkan Council #2
  13. ♫ Father, why do these words sound so nasty? ♫
  14. from Spectrum #19
  15. from the newsletter Interphase
  16. regarding a story this issue: In 1977, Sharon Emily sent the following personal statement to Scuttlebutt
  17. from the zine Interphase #2
  18. from Spectrum #20
  19. from Interphase #3
  20. from The Halkan Council #19
  21. from Spectrum #25
  22. by Randy Ash from Sehlat's Roar #3
  23. from The Sehlat's Roar #4, as is, with typos
  24. from a review in Scuttlebutt #1
  25. from The Halkan Council #26/27
  26. from Spectrum #32
  27. by Jane Aumerle from Mahko Root #1
  28. from Jane Aumerle in Mahko Root #1
  29. from Scuttlebutt #7
  30. from Jane Aumerle in Mahko Root #2
  31. by Jane Aumerle in Star Canticle #2
  32. from Datazine #5
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