Naked Times/Issues 11-20
Naked Times 11 was published in 1986, is 152 pages long and is a collection of 12 stories. It has a cover by Marilyn Cole.
- The Pleasure by Mara-Lyn Cade (slavefic, sequel to The Prize detailing the lives of the slave-Kirk and his bonded warrior-mate, Spock.)
- The Cocksman by Jenny Starr (The winner of the NAKED TIMES writing contest! Spock regrets his refusal to begin a relationship with Kirk after his captain and the rest of the landing party disappear while studying the planetʼs pre-industrial society. )
- In Doubt of Sunrise by Keith Donovan (The only menage a trois story ever to appear in NAKED TIMES! A story we think even the most adamant anti-menage fans will enjoy. K/S/Starfleet intelligence!)
- Cabin Pressure by Alexis Fegan Black (Kirk and Spock are stranded in a crippled shuttlecraft, far from known starlanes and slowly running out of air. "We have enough oxygen for approximately thirteen days, twelve hours and twenty-seven minutes," Spock recited efficiently, trying not to translate the statement into the death sentence it was. "That is, of course, providing we attempt to conserve the shuttlecraft's atmosphere by sleeping more and employing controlled breathing techniques." Kirk stared at the Vulcan, blinked and stared again. Spock had such a way with words when discussing the inevitability of their own demise. He glanced at the viewer, caught the stars laughing at him, then returned his gaze to Spock. "Why?" One brow lifted. "Sir?" Kirk smiled faintly, wistfully. "Why… prolong it?" he clarified. Now, more than ever, he wanted, needed, to talk…")
- Andorian Interlude by Greta Fouland (Kirk and Spock use their free time during a diplomatic conference to take shoreleave on Andor.)
- Of Peacefulness, Happiness and Forgiveness by Charlotte Frost (Spock uses their shoreleave together to try to usage his bondmateʼs guilt over loving another when Kirk was on the Preserverʼs planet with Miramanee.)
- The Small Voice by Robin Hood (Spock intervenes when Kirkʼs surly behavior after their run-in with Kodos begins to affect the crew.)
- Long Time Till Dawn by Ann Crouch (Kirk is disturbed by dreams he fears foretell the future.)
- Warrior's Bargain by DVS (A/U: The hazel-eyed Fenani merchantʼs price for the knife Spock buys is a night with the Vulcan warrior.)
- "Sleepwalker" by Pam Smith
- "The Choice" by Tere Ann Roderick
- "Burning Tide" by Dovya Blacque
- "Cruel Air" by Natasha Solten
- ALSO WORK BY Pam Smith, Tere Ann Roderick, Carlin Rae Throne, Natasha Solten, Dovya Blacque, Gene S. Delapenia, Wendy Rathbone, Karn Wills, Sandee Maxwell, Marilyn Cole, Gayle F, Jacquelyn Zoost, Chiya, Shellie Whild, Vel Jaeger, Dragon
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11
See reactions and reviews for The Pleasure.
See reactions and reviews for The Cocksman.
See reactions and reviews for In Doubt of Sunrise.
See reactions and reviews for Cabin Pressure.
See reactions and reviews for Andorian Interlude.
See reactions and reviews for Of Peacefulness, Happiness and Forgiveness.
See reactions and reviews for The Small Voice.
See reactions and reviews for Long Time Till Dawn.
See reactions and reviews for Warrior's Bargain.
[zine]: This ish leads off with a startling re-print of an article which appeared in an L.A. newspaper  "revealing" K/S to the public eye, complete with a full-nude by Gayle Feyrer (reprinted, I believe, from an early issue of Obsc'zine). A must-read for those K/S fans who like to stay abreast of how their "hobby" is rapidly becoming more and more "public". In the fiction department, NT#11 starts of with the winners of a contest originally started in NT9. The #1 winning story, THE COCKSMAN is among the most tightly-written, intricately-detailed K/S stories I've ever had the pleasure to review. I couldn't find any faults with it. Told in a somewhat "dry" style from Spock's pov, THE COCKSMAN is a chilling, perhaps even disturbing tale of kidnap and intrigue. And the solution is, of course, logical. As for the second and third place contest winners, I was, for the most part, unimpressed. Both stories (OF PEACEFULNESS, HAPPINESS & FORGIVENESS and AND0RIAN INTERLUDE) were well-enough written, but they failed to "grab" me with that "K/S feeling". THE SMALL VOICE is an intriguing story dealing with the aftermath of THE CONSCIENCE OF THE KING. IN DOUBT OF SUNRISE is perhaps the most unusual story in the zine, introducing a third party. Avin Ryce is a female Federation Intelligence officer being transported by the Enterprise to her next mission. Kirk, of course, falls into her bed even if not in love, and Spock's resultant reaction is wonderfully handled. A first-time story with lots of surprises and interesting ideas. LONG TIME TILL DAWN was an interesting little piece, though I felt more explanation was needed to clarify the point. A chilling story for those 35 & over, but the point could easily be missed by younger readers. THE PLEASURE by is the first part of a trilogy based on Ray Newton's THE PRIZE (pubbed in THE PRICE & THE PRIZE). It's an interesting story, somewhat sparsely written, dealing with a warrior Spock and his human slave (who else?), Jim Kirk. I enjoyed the alternate universe premise, and though I felt the story should have been longer, I'm assuming some of the loose ends will be tied up in the two upcoming installments (which the editor assures us have already been written and will definitely see print). WARRIOR'S BARGAIN by DVS (devious?) is another tightly-written piece of fiction set in a warrior culture. Normally, I don't care for a/u stories, but this one was compelling and tantalizing from start to finish. My only complaint is that I wanted more! The final story in the zine, CABIN PRESSURE, is exactly what the title implies. Set on a drifting shuttlecraft, the story deals with how a life can flash before one's eyes when one is facing imminent death. Some excellent dialogue in a simple plot which had me turning the pages in eager anticipation. The poetry in this issue is, for the most part, excellent. I was especially impressed with the work by Tere Ann Roderick, Dovya Blacque and Natasha Solten. Again, the art is quite good, though Ms. Black tends to use more illustration-type illos in recent issues. Personally, I find this quite enjoyable, and the works by Jacquelyn Zoost are very nicely done in this illustration-style. Marilyn Cole's slave-Spock cover is breathtaking, as is Gayle Feyrer's inside back cover. Overall, NT#11 is an excellent issue, with something for everyone and more to look forward to. Nice graphics highlight the printed word and, save for a few typos, I have no complaints with NT#11 whatsoever. Then again, considering how quickly NT has been coming out in recent months, I think the typos are a fair enough trade for the increase in K/S reading material! I ordered both NT#11 and A COLLECTION OF DREAMS at the same time, and received them less than 2 weeks later — a real surprise in this day and age of having to wait months, or even years, for a single zine. 
- The Gift by Mara-Lyn Cade (Part II in the trilogy based on The Price and the Prize) (A/U: Spock sends Kirk a woman from Earth for him to have children with, but problems arise when the woman realizes that Kirk and Spock are lovers. "Go," Jim ordered, feeling his own heart's protest. "You must." The bonded mates shared a final frantic embrace before Spock quit their bed. Concentrating on dressing quickly, he snatched up yesterday's discarded dress. A bath and a change of tunic would wait. In defiance and desperation, he decided that he would travel with Jim's scent upon him, Jim's seed within him. Selon be damned!")
- Gentleness by Charlotte Frost (After Kirk returns from the M/U, he and Spock discuss their counterparts while lying together in bed. "Kirk pulled off his shirt as he moved into his sleeping area. "It's hard to stop wondering how many other parallel universes there are out there. How many Jim Kirks there are, and what those Jim Kirks are like…" He dropped the shirt down the recycling chute and began to unfasten his pants. "Don't you ever wonder about all those Spock?" "I gave it much thought after hearing your initial report. I concluded that we do not currently have the technology to answer the question." He pulled his black shirt over his head. "Which means," Kirk said, taking off his last sock and tossing it and his pants in the chute, "that you've decided it's illogical to continue to dwell on the subject." Spock stepped out of his pants. "That is essentially correct…")
- Speed of Light by Alexis Fegan Black (Kirk sees a illegal tape of Spock making love to a woman while on shoreleave and realizes his own love for the Vulcan when he reacts to the tape with hurt and despair. "Look, Jim," McCoy said, half stammering, "the manager of this hotel swore this was the only copy." His face darkened as he chewed his lower lip and rolled the damning tape over and over in his hand. "I certainly hope it's the only one!" Kirk leaned forward, battling the urge to strange the mystery out of McCoy. "I get the picture, Bones," he said, exasperated. "Now what's on the tape? You? Me?" McCoy didn't move, didn't breathe. "It's… Spock," he said at last. Kirk sat stone-still, not breathing. If he could read between the nervous lines of McCoy scattered explanation, it seemed the doctor was trying to tell him that Spock -- Spock of Vulcan -- had been filmed in the act of sexual passion. His face paled, heart pounding. "S-Spock?") (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories)
- Off Center Love by Zoey Brooks (As he and Kirk become lovers, Spock finds himself under a mental attack and later, his quarters are ransacked by an unknown assailant. "I'm sorry, Spock," Kirk offered sincerely. "Reminiscing seems to make you unhappy." "Do not be sorry, Jim. I am… pleased… you would find my life a source of interest." Kirk smiled faintly. "I guess I just wonder how a lonely little Vulcan boy managed to become such an accomplished… and… gentle man… one I care a lot about." Spock thought his heart would whirl until it turned to butter like the tiger's heart in the human fairy tale.")
- Sweet Sorrow by Elwyn Conway (Spock volunteers for an expedition to the Andromeda galaxy after he and Kirk decide not to become lovers following their run in with VʼGer.)
- The Shattering by Jamie Larson (Kirk follows Spock to Gol and is admitted only so he can help Spock through pon farr.)
- Years Ago and Forever by Alexis Fegan Black (Kirk fears he may lose Spock forever when, after the fal tor pan, Spock does not remember his bond to Kirk and comtemplates returning to Vulcan permanently.) (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories)
- "Last Tango on Alpha Centauri" by Gene S. Delapenia
- "Spitfire" by Lisa Joas
- Fear of Fire by cybel
- "Falcon Wild" by Robin Hood
- "A Persistent Flame" by T'Hera
- "Inner Sanctum" by Dana Angerman
- "Without Wings" by Sandee Maxwell
- "Spoken in Silence" by Dovya Blacque
- "Return the Day" by Karn Wills
- "Soap and Water" by Robin Hood
- "Ghost-Watch" by Natasha Solten
- ALSO WORK BY Gene Delapenia, Marilyn Cole, Jacquelyn Zoost, Shellie Whild, Carol Pierce, Vel Jaeger and more.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12
See reactions and reviews of Off Center Love.
See reactions and reviews of Sweet Sorrow.
See reactions and reviews of The Gift.
See reactions and reviews of Speed of Light.
See reactions and reviews of Gentleness.
See reactions and reviews of The Shattering.
See reactions and reviews of Years Ago and Forever.
[zine]: This issue of NAKED TIMES leads off with a cover by Marilyn Cole which is certain to get the attention of even the most thick-skinned person out there. The tenderness shown in this "winged-Spock" illustration grabbed my attention and prepared me for the good reading I was to find inside this zine. The lead-off story, SWEET SORROW, by Elwyn Conway has a premise that Spock is not only leaving Starfleet and Kirk, but that he is also leaving the galaxy on a science expedition to the Andromeda galaxy. Of course, when he returns, Kirk will be long dead. Ms. Conway beautifully captures Kirk's feelings, and we are shown the despair of a separation which is sure to be life-long. While I had some minor difficulty accepting certain plot complications later on in the story (such as Admiral Nogura being witness to the verbal commitment between Kirk and Spock), the writer convinced me that it was within the realm of possibility. GENTLENESS by Charlotte Frost is a post MIRROR, MIRROR story which, unfortunately, didn't seem to have much of a point. It is nicely-written with some intriguing dialogue, but I was left with a feeling of wanting more from this short piece. The accompanying Shellie Whild illustration is the latest in what seems to be a "trick" with artists to avoid drawing Kirk's face — and in this case, it works very nicely. (Don't get me wrong, I like Kirk as much as anyone, but from what I hear, he's difficult to draw, and it's interesting to see how artists forever have him with his back turned, his face in shadows, or, in this case, with a shirt over his head. THE GIFT by Mara-Lyn Cade is the second part of what we're promised will be a trilogy concluding in NAKED TIMES #14. I was impressed with the first installment, and even moreso with this second part. Ms. Cade gives us some good insights into a "slave" (in name only) Kirk and a Warrior Spock. This installment takes place primarily on Vulcan, and though I'm not normally a fan of alternate universe fiction, I found the characters and the action to be sufficiently intriguing, and I'm looking forward to the final installment. SOAP AND WATER by Robin Hood is a vignette told in the first person by Kirk, and is mainly a stream of consciousness (if I understand that correctly) detailing the captain's seduction of a very innocent Spock in a waterfall. Nicely done, with "fun" imagery and a satisfying conclusion. SPEED OF LIGHT by Carlin Rae Thorne is a "hypothetical" story in that it alters the "physics" set forth in ST as a whole. This story is tightly-written, and contains a love scene (which Kirk views on a tape!) between Spock and a female companion. Normally, I detest sexual interludes between anyone other than Kirk and Spock in my K/S zines, but I found this believable, necessary to the plot and erotic to boot. I am not aware of any other works by this author, but I'm hoping to read more by her in the future. SOL contains some thought-provoking ideas and left me warm and satisfied inside. THE SHATTERING is also by a writer with whom I'm not familiar — Jamie Lareson. And, like Ms. Thorne, I hope to see more by this author. This is a Gol story with a new slant in a tried-and-true plot (Kirk visits Spock during the Kolinahr). It is very "coldly" written, but with a purpose to the coldness. A haunting story that I'll read again. OFF CENTER LOVE by Zoey Brooks was perhaps my least favorite story in the zine, though not because of the writing (which was quite good). I have never been a fan of mystery yarns, so I may not be qualified to give an accurate review of OCL. As for the K/S elements, this is an established relationship story with K/S as a backdrop for the plot. For mystery fans, this story will keep you guessing. For K/S fans, I felt it could have used a "real" love scene as opposed to the implied ones. YEARS AGO AND FOREVER by Alexis Fegan Black (also the editor) was the first post-STIV story I came across, and I'm hopeful that it will be the last — not because of I didn't like the story (I did!), but because I'm not a fan of STIV, and "once is enough" for that theme with me. YEARS AGO AND FOREVER is an excellently done story, dealing with the premise that Spock's "professional" memories have been reprogrammed, but that he must re-learn his "personal" memories from Kirk, McCoy and others. We have here a very Spock-ish Spock and a very commanding though frustrated Kirk. What I liked most about this story was that the ending captured a feeling of STAR TREK which is missing in many K/S stories. Being a fan of the series moreso than the movies, it was refreshing to find that feeling again in a story which dealt with the theme of STIV. The poetry in this issue is average to good, ditto for the artwork. Since my main interest in K/S is plot and story, I tend to overlook art & poetry sometimes. As long as the artwork isn't intrusive and the poetry doesn't strain to rhyme, it's okay by me. (Oh, I can spot bad poetry and art, but it's not my primary focus). The one poem that stood out to me was LAST TANGO ON ALPHA CENTAURI by Gene S. Delapenia. The Jacquelyn Zoost illustrations throughout the zine were appropriate, and the Ann M. Crouch borders on some of the poetry were exemplary. All in all, a nicely done zine, presented in a neat format that's iattractive and functional as well. Well worth getting and well worth the price. 
[title page art by Kay Wells]: I've loved this picture since the first time I saw it. Kirk and Spock are kissing and beginning the process of undressing each other - nice detail of Spock's waistband being open! Wonderfully romantic and erotic. 
Naked Times 13 was published in 1987 and is 160 pages long. It has covers by Chris Soto. It is a "Special Metaphysical Issue."
- The Fragile Bottle by Robin Hood (Spock decides to leave the Enterprise after Kirk risks the ship to rescue him, but then receives a visitor who shows him what would have been if he had never been aboard the Enterprise. "You would be better off if you had never met me," the Vulcan stated, head bowed over the clasped hands. "Please, Jim, do not argue. We have had this discussion before and it always ends the same: you insist and I retreat. This time, I must insist: you would be better off if you had never met me…")
- Enter, Janus by Zoey Brook (While ferrying diplomats to a planet wishing entry into the UFP, crewmembers begin having nightmares, causing suspicion in both Spock and Sarek regarding one of the diplomats. "McCoy frowned deeply. "I still don't understand, Sarek. What is this Gazad?" Spock took over when he saw his father was again deep in thought. "Doctor, the Gazad is the name of a being which feeds on others, similar to the Terran vampire. Yet unlike the vampire of your Earth lore, the Gazad takes energy, will, life itself… rather than blood.")
- Once Upon a Dream by Cybel Harper (Kirk is stung by a morpheus plant and canʼt be brought to consciousness until Spock enters into a meld with him. "Have you ever heard of an ancient children's story called Sleeping Beauty, Spock?" McCoy asked. "I used to read it to my daughter. It was about a princess who pricked her finger on a poisoned spindle and was doomed to sleep until awakened by 'love's first kiss'. A charming story." "But hardly helpful, Doctor. The captain's situation is scarcely comparable to that of a young virgin metaphorically awakened by the recognition of her dawning sexuality…")
- The First Level of Hell by Carlin Rae Thorne (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories) (On a drunken binge after Miramaneeʼs death, Kirk makes a deal with an artist to transport the man to an uninhabited world in exchange for a picture that will give him “happiness”. "The collective energy of billions of minds, amassed over centuries of existence, can essentially create what is known in metaphysical communities as an astral entity." Kirk glanced up. "What do you mean?" "For centuries, Captain, a sizeable percentage of your Earth's population has subscribed to the belief in good and evil -- and in the physical embodiment of those concepts," Spock recited coolly. "It is a fact that energy can accumulate and eventually manifest into physical reality.")
- A Place of Red by Dovya Blacque (Kirk and Spock wake up to find that they have switched bodies in their sleep and decide to go to Vulcan for help when they find that their personalities are merging. "James Kirk washed his face in cold water, drew a soft towel across it, drying himself, then looked back in the mirror. The image didn't change. The face that looked back at him with utter disapproval was that of his first officer. His first impulse was to laugh, knowing hysteria when he felt it…")
- Endings and Beginnings by Charlotte Frost (Kirk and Spock visit the Kirk farm after Kirkʼs motherʼs death, but Kirkʼs guilt at not being there for her more threatens to disrupt their stay.)
- Impossible Possibilities by Unknown (Kirk and McCoy go to a fortune teller who shows each a part of their future, but since they seem to contradict each other, the warnings go unheeded.)
- Quarternion by Sunny (After Kirk and Spockʼs deaths, they meet another pair of famous lovers -- Alexander and Hephaision.)
- ALSO WORK BY Chris Soto, C. Frost, Faille, Maxwell, Solten, Vanderlaan, Kincade, T'Hera, Sharon F, hedge, Mason, Zoost, EurLynne, Delapenia, Dragon and Whild.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13
See reactions and reviews for The First Level of Hell.
See reactions and reviews for The Fragile Bottle.
See reactions and reviews for Enter, Janus.
See reactions and reviews for Once Upon a Dream.
See reactions and reviews for A Place of Red.
See reactions and reviews for Endings and Beginnings.
See reactions and reviews for Impossible Possibilities.
See reactions and reviews for Quarternion.
Naked Times 14 was published in 1987 and is 160 pages long. It has a front cover by Gayle F.
- Art by: Gayle F, L. MinoRis, Shellie Whild, Carol A. Pierce, Jacqueline Zoost, Dragon, Chiya, Marilyn Cole.
- Poetry by: Pearson, Storm, Kaori, Maxwell, Mason, Whild.
- Making a Captain by M.J. Merica (A/U: After saving the ship he is posted on, Commander Kirk is sent to Vulcan to participate in a survival course with the Vulcan, Spock. Sequel: Taking Command. "Kirk didn't have the slightest idea what to do, but he sent soothing pictures into Spock's mind… scenes from his childhood home in Iowa… oceans of wheat rippling in the breeze.. .the shady creed… the porch swing… billowing clouds casting shadows on the land… the old mother cat in the barn lazily licking kittens… ice skating on the frozen pond in winder… anything cool and lazy he could think of. It must have been the right thing. The body pinning him to the floor began to relax. //Spock?//")
- The Legacy Mara-Lyn Cade ("Part III of the trilogy based on The Price and the Prize) (A/U: Carolʼs death after giving birth to Kirkʼs son threatens to tear Kirk and Spock apart when Spockʼs true parentage is discovered and he and Kirk are sold into slavery. "Jim felt the hard fingers pressed to the flesh as if it were his own face Sporl held. He gasped , feeling the power of the Elders slice into Spock's defenseless mind. The battered body stiffened in a pitiful attempt to evade their assault; but the Elders leisurely rifled the Vulcan's thoughts, his emotions, his memories. The violation centered on their union. Memories of shared times were dissected. The bond he and Spock had formed was touched, examined with disbelief which strengthened into disgust. Jim was on the outside now, no longer a part of the meld, no longer a part of Spock. He had no strength, no will to control his being. He allowed the guards to support his slumped body as he watched the savage mind probe terminated. The bond was broken.")
- Catalysis by T'Hera (Spock is drugged and raped at the prison where he is aiding in repairing the computers, which later brings on a premature pon farr just as he and Kirk are on their way to Vulcan. "Are you feeling all right, Spock?" Kirk had been watching the Vulcan as he diligently segregated the various ingredients of the carefully prepared casserole. Head down, brows knitted, he was arranging the food on his plate into small, neat piles. As far as Kirk could tell, he hadn't eaten a bite. At Kirk's question, the Vulcan started and looked up as if surprised to see him there. High on his cheekbones, bright color flared, and the hollows beneath his eyes were more pronounced. As if aware of Kirk's scrutiny, he turned his head away. Suddenly, a thought struck the human. He realized where he had seen that look before…)
- Another Mountain to Climb by Carolyn McTarrell (An imprisoned Kirk and Chapel are rescued only after being forced to have sex, and now Kirk must deal with what this will do to his and Spockʼs budding romance. "Spock, please let me explain. I know… Mu mmmfflfff nfhhfh glf fhfh…" It took a moment for the human to register the large hand over his mouth effectively silencing his speech. The arms that held him pushed and he fell/reclined to the hard bunk, felt a heavy body straddle his. He held his breath, with no idea of what was coming. He only knew it was Spock by the beard-depilatory scent the Vulcan always used.")
- The Bond by Debbie Cummins (Kirk is unwilling to bond with Spock out of fear of shortening Spockʼs life should Kirk die first.)
- Heartstrings by Angel C. Soie (After the shakedown cruise, Kirk is ordered to transport a famous musician but becomes jealous when Spockʼs music lessons from the man interferes with his and Spockʼs time together as they move closer to becoming lovers.)
- Lady Amanda by Cybel Harper (While Spock recuperates, Kirk goes to Amanda to inform her of his and Spockʼs bond.)
- Hour of Loving by Painted Bird (After finding Spock, who was kidnapped and sold into slavery, Kirk and McCoy must help him through drug withdrawal and to regain his memory.)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14
See reactions and reviews for The Legacy.
See reactions and reviews for The Bond.
See reactions and reviews for Catalysis.
See reactions and reviews for Making a Captain.
See reactions and reviews for Another Mountain to Climb.
See reactions and reviews for Heartstrings.
See reactions and reviews for Lady Amanda.
See reactions and reviews for Hour of Loving.
Naked Times 15 was published in 1987 and is 203 pages long. It has a front and back cover by Jackie Zoost.
- Hero Worship by Natasha Solten (A post-"The Enemy Within" story) (After Kirkʼs two “halves” are reunited, Spock has trouble dealing with his disappointment with the “lamb” Kirk and his attraction to the “wolf” Kirk. "As Spock remembered the lamb-Kirk's hesitation and indecisiveness, and his total deference, the compassion the Vulcan had felt turned to ice, causing him to recoil. Seeing that part of his captain for the first time -- the child part, the weakness -- was akin to complete and total disappointment. He'd thought Kirk to be stronger than that, had counted on it many occasions in the past…")
- Taking Command by M. J. Merica (A/U: Now bonded, Kirk takes command of the Enterprise with Spock as his first officer. Prequel: Making A Captain. Sequel: The Safe Zone. "…If bonding to a Vulcan is the only way I can stay in space," Kirk said, "then I choose to do exactly what I did, with exactly whom I did." "But…? "I think Vulcans are basically dishonest, Spock. They underestimate humans… and themselves…")
- Brotherly Love by Deborah Cummins (Kirk and Spock crash on an unknown planet but are separated when found by different groups of natives and taken as peasant and nobility, respectfully. Sequel: Brotherly Love Pt 2. "Spock rose to his feet and stared out the viewer of the psor'tial shop. Warp speed had rendered the pace before them virtually featureless, a hazy mist of white as the stars flashed by. "We will run out of fuel in the Belarian System, Sector 18. There is a 73% probability that we will be captured by the planet's gravitational force before we lose all engine power. We have a 37% chance of a soft landing. That is assuming of course, that we have no further difficulties. With the sensors non-functional, there is no way to tell." Kirk's saddened smile reflected his own. "No… I suppose not…")
- Eye of the Beholder by Ray Newton (A/U: Vulcan and Earth are separated by an inpenetrable cloud so when a human is being sold on Vulcan, Spock takes pity on the ugly being and buys him. Sequel: Second Contact. "Kirk sat upright on his couch at the foot of Spock's bed as the door crashed open and someone blundered into the room. He heard Spock's voice and was about to speak when he realized that his master was not alone. He could see a slim shape entwined with the Vulcan's and a sweet, cloying scent permeated the air. Coloring hotly, Kirk lay down again, pulling the blanket over his head as he feigned sleep…")
- Soundings by David Alexander (While visiting a lesbian couple at a research station, Kirk and Spock finally come together when forced to share a bed. "Spock? What are you doing?" "Obviously, from the sounds coming through these walls, something is wrong," the Vulcan said. "They may need help." Kirk grinned, breathed and grabbed the worried Vulcan's arm before he could finish putting on his pants. "Hold it, Spock. There's no trouble, believe me. They're… He hesitated, not sure how to delicately tell his friend. He opted for directness. "They're… making love." Though he couldn't see Spock clearly in the darkness, he sensed the Vulcan staring at him…")
- Night of Mastery by Alexis Fegan Black (Non-K/S story: Prequel: Year Of the Ram. "The door to the small house opened, revealing a familiar, intimidating silhouette framed against the pale lighting within. "Sinta," Spock said, almost to himself, almost as an accusation. His vision blurred. Reality struck him like a hammer. Fire and ice fought a war in his mind, with Kirk being the victor's spoils. The ice gained a stronghold. The fire stormed, gathering angry strength. Then, without further ceremony, Spock passed out cold.) (also in Unholy Alliances)
- "The Silent Apology" by Malia Storm
- "Spoken in Legends" by Alexis Fegan Black
- "Star Sailor" by Jane Fury
- "Buried Alive" by Cybel Harper
- ALSO WORK BY Zoost, Dragon, Crouch, Whild, Pierce, Alayne, Robin Hood, Maxwell, and more.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15
See reactions and reviews for Eye of the Beholder.
See reactions and reviews for Night of Mastery.
See reactions and reviews for Taking Command.
See reactions and reviews for Brotherly Love.
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[zine]: HERO WORSHP is a story of just that; Spock's reaction to seeing Kirk's 'sheep' and 'wolf' as separate entities. I won't spoil the surprise by telling which side of Kirk Spock found himself liking more or why. You'll have to read that for yourself. Ms. Solten's writing is poetic and tight and more than competent. This was a very good read. TAKNG COMMAND is a sequel to the author's story in NAKED TIKES #14. In this universe, Vulcan reins over Earth yet with a gentle and understanding hand. Vulcan also realizes that their own people do not function well in command situations so they place only bonded Vulcan/Human pairs in the top command positions on their starships. Not much happens in this story except a progress from where the story ended in NT #14 to the final step of Kirk 'taking command'. This is far from a deep story, but it is highly entertaining, well written and well presented. I didn't read the first part of BROTHERLY LOVE until I had NAKED TIMES #16 and could read the entire story at once. What this amounted to was a rather tired retelling of the trite "Kirk and Spock are trapped on a backward planet where Spock is captured and held by an evil man who has designs on his body until Kirk can rescue him with sundry and assorted predictable problems and moments of hurt comfort along the way" theme. While I enjoy h/c as much as the next guy, at times this story went beyond necessity to make its point. Ms. Cummins' characters are somewhat one one dimensional as her good guys are good and her bad guys are bad and there's no middle ground. Between parts one and two, this story could have been at least ten pages shorter. At times over written, at times boring, I feel that holding off to read part one until I had part two was not worth the wait. SOUNDINGS deals with Kirk and Spock realizing and expressing their feelings for one another while visiting friends of Kirk's who happen to be female lovers. I found this one on the unbelievable, the situation being somewhat contrived. The story is not as interesting as it perhaps could have been, but it is not a bad read. EYE Of THE BEHOLDER is a delightful situation. The story takes place on Vulcan, a Vulcan that has never seen a Terran before and when they do, they find him (guess who?) nearly too ugly to took at. This is definitely a different twist to the old 'Spock-finds-Kirk-in-the-slave-market' scenario. This is very well written and plotted and the solution to Kirk and Spock's problem is extremely elegant. One of my favorite in the zine. But my favorite of all, and the reason I've chosen this issue of NT to review this time, is NIGHT Of MASTER. This is a sequel of sorts to Ms. Black's novel YEAR Of THE RAM. It is a sequel 'of sorts' because it can stand on it's own, but I'm glad I'd read YOTR first as it definitely added to the flavor and understanding of NIGHT OF MASTERY. The story opens wtth Kirk and Spock making love during which Sinta is brought up in a not very appropriate way. This is the first clue that Sinta needs Kirk and Spock. Eventually it is revealed that Sinta is in Pon Farr and in need of help. After some very difficult emotional moments between Kirk and Spock, the Enterprise arrives at Tholia and Kirk and Spock again meet with the Master first encountered at the temple at Ho Ling. The details of what goes on once the three are reunited are too intricate and wonderful to reveal here. It's enough to say that there are some tense moments, some sexually exciting moments, some warm and loving moments and quite a bit of excellent writing. How everything turns out is also too intricate and wonderful to reveal, but to those of you who hesitate to read something that is a 'menage a trois' because you hate someone interfering in Kirk and Spock's bond or whatever, should have no such fear about NIGHT OF MASTERY. There is no interference here, no usurping of the bond or of the love between Kirk and Spock. All three men come out better for the experience in the end, and, as a reader, so did I. NIGHT Of MASTERY is by far one of Ms. Black's best pieces to date. This is definitely something not to be missed. The art in this zine is visually striking. From the front cover by Jacouelyn Zoost to the mystical Eustrations for NIGHT OF MASTERY by Ann Crouch to the story borders by Alayne and Carol A. Pierce, this is a very nice looking zine. The only complaint I have about the art (and it is minor) concerns the first poem, "The Silent Apology". The illustration for this poem is lovely, but it is completely overshadowed by the sketchy, difficult to read calligraphy and the very average poem. I would have loved to have seen this illustration given its full due on its own page, unhampered by the poem that does not live up to the drawing. The rest of the poetry is your basic K/S poetry. NAKED TIMES 15 is well worth buying, if for no other reason than to treat yourself to NIGHT OF MASTERY. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give this zine a strong 9. 
- The Safe Zone by M. J. Merica (A/U: The Enterprise is ordered on patrol duty until changing circumstances pull them into the war with Romulus. Prequel: Taking Command. Sequel: Groundswell. "Just as Kirk entered the door, an ornate knife crossed his path at chest level, burying itself in the wall six inches above the face of a patient shackled to the bed. Deciding the patient was Romulan, he turned to see who the weapon's wielder was. A beautiful woman with large eyes and long lashes stared at him. "Just a little pest control," she explained. "Scotty won't let me slit his throat…")
- The Shaktah by Zoey Brooks (The Enterprise is called upon to transport 3 “hunters” from a matriarchal planet being considered for UFP membership but one of them turns out to be the ruler of the planet, and an old acquantance of Spockʼs who he would rather not meet again. "If you do this, Bri Sorani," Spock threatened, "at the first possible opportunity, I will end my life." "You, a Vulcan, end your life? Impossible." She moved closer. "When there is sufficient cause, even ending a life is justified, Sorani," Spock proclaimed…")
- Halfway to Paradise by Sandee Maxwell (His nakedness was covered in olive green. Dark hair, stirring slightly in the wind, hung past his shoulders. Dark eyes were enhanced by upswept, wing-like brows accompanying exquisitely elfin ears. From between his shoulder blades extended a pair of elegant, pale green wings. The winged one's gaze raked the golden perfection of the naked sleeper as he perched upon an outcropping of the wall just above the form. Indeed, the stranger had enough beauty to tempt an angel…)
- Introducing Old Friends by Faille (Kirk and Spock visit a scientist friend of Spockʼs who had been accused of murder. "Spock followed Melbourne 57 to her chair grouping and seated himself beside Kirk. The woman curled into a large armchair, automatically plucked a jade egg off the cluttered table, and began to fondle it. When Kirk noticed, he nearly sputtered water everywhere. He quickly set the glass aside. "Sorry…")
- Brotherly Love PART II by Deborah Cummins (the conclusion) (Because Kirk is thought of as a peasant, one of the nobility uses him as insurance to get Spock to have a relationship with him. "Spock cut off the words as the barriers formed around him. The captain must not see what he knew was about to take place. He fortified his mind, erecting the cold, impenetrable shields. He understood that this would inhibit his ability to black the pain in the hours ahead; but it was necessary. Kirk must not know. The door slammed shut behind him…")
- Trick or Treat by James Carlson ("It's a pity Mister Spock couldn't be here tonight," Sulu said as the plans became more serious. "It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on the disappearances in the Triangle." I had just started to make an excuse for the absent Vulcan, formulating a response which would point out his reserved, un-partying nature when, for a reason I have yet to comprehend, I looked up and toward the front door that had been left standing open for any late-arriving guests. There was a Spock at the door…) (also in Psychic Storm)
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Naked Times 17 was published in 1987 and contains 160 pages. The front cover is by Ann Crouch and the back by Jackie Zoost.
- About Time by Lynn Shomei (Spock creates dreams for Kirk of their future lives together in order to overcome Kirkʼs reluctance to bond after he find out that he will be the submissive partner. "Do not be so certain of what you think you know. For all your power and physical strength, you are merely human." The "mere" human cringed suddenly at the use of that word as a diminutive, wondering how far the implication went…")
- The First Move by Cybel Harper (Kirk and Spock are abducted a few weeks after Kirk takes command of the Enterprise. "You required my aid and I felt obliged to give it. "Because I'm your superior officer." "No, because you are James Kirk, and wherever you go, people will follow you, will give you their trust, their loyalty, and more. That is, I believe you will find, your destiny." Spock flushed, embarrassed at the unprecedented emotionalism of his avowal…")
- Forbidden Colors by Jenny Starr (Though sheʼd like the captain for herself, Uhura steps in and helps Spock realize Kirkʼs love for him. "He makes love like he drinks fine brandy. He sips, nips, delicately tastes. He uses his tongue to enhance the sweetness. He closes his eyes in single-minded concentration, never forgetting to pay humble respect to the vessel of his pleasure. Captain James Kirk is a very heady experience…")
- The Gift of Dreams by Charlotte Frost (Ten months after becoming lovers, Kirk dreams of he and Spock in old age which helps him overcome his doubts to a bond between them. "Spock," Kirk said in a worried tone, "I wonder sometimes what it will be like when I die -- what will happen to you." Spock raised the human's chin. "We pledged the death bond long ago," he reminded. "I know," Kirk agreed quickly. "But even you more or less admitted that was a lot of Vulcan hocus pocus…")
- Groundswell by M.J. Merica (A/U: Kirk and Spock are temporarily sent to Earth to recruit Terrans to help in the war against the Romulans. Prequel: The Safe Zone. Sequel: Making Peace. "The conversation ended with the barroom challenger taking a swing at the Vulcan. Spock let the punch land, but was moving in the direction of the force to lessen the impact. It looked more effective than it really was. Two more men joined in the fray, and within moments the bar was engulfed from wall to wall by a swirling mass of fists and flying bodies…")
- He Who Waits by Mara-Lyn Cade (Spock waits in Kirkʼs cabin after purchasing slave chains to act out one of his loverʼs fantasies.)
- The Vulcan Foundling by Darla Michaels (A/U: Spock is orphaned as an infant and raised as a Deltan.)
- Broken Trine by Z.M.A. Hopkins (The Enterpriseʼs POV from Spockʼs death to her own.)
- La Ronde by Connie Barron (The transference of Kirk and Janice Lester told in the form of logs and reports from several of those involved.)
- Yin and Yang by James Carlson (Spock goes to a martial arts “priest” posted to the Enterprise for instructions in love before going to Kirk to tell him of his feelings for him. Slight Mary Sue.) (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories)
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[zine]: This issue of NAKED TIMES starts off with sensitive cover illustrations by Ann M. Crouch. The front cover depicts Spock contemplating the ancient Terran symbol of the Yin/Yang while the back cover of a portrait of Kirk in BREAD AND CIRCUSES. The first story, FORBIDDEN COLORS is an unusual piece for K/S in that it's told in first person, from the point of view of Uhura. (in this story, we are shown Uhura's desire for Kirk, as well as her subsequent recognition of Kirk's love for Spock. and vice versa. Told in a straight-forward yet poignant style for which this author has become known. An excellent read, with some powerful images. HE WHO WAITS is a short-short story which seems to be here strictly for the purpose of titillation. An enjoyable read because it makes no pretense of being "a real story", it is humorous as well as sexy. THE FIRST MOVE (by Cybel Harper) is a nice little story by an author whose name I don't recognize. But is this is any indication, Ms. Harper will be around for a long time to come. Even though The First Move" is not a new idea. It is told in a straightforward manner without the "purple prose" which many K/S writers fall into. The tension between Kirk and Spock is believable, and the story flows smoothly from dialogue to narrative. The plot isn't memorable, but this is a writer to watch in the future. THE VULCAN FOUNDLING is also a story by an author whose name I don't recognize. But it doesn't matter, as this story stands on its own. It is an alternate universe situation, wherein Spock Is raised on Delta due to the untimely death of his parents. With Deltan attitudes and his Vulcan "good looks', he makes quite a sight when he and Kirk meet for the first time at a diplomatic meeting on Delta. The writing in this story is slightly choppy in parts, yet the plot is sufficient to see the reader through any "bumps'. A very memorable story, with likeable "secondary characters in addition to Kirk, Spock and McCoy. BROKEN TRINE is the one story In the zine that didn't do anything for me. It was supposed to be touching and moving, told in a narrative style from the pov of the Enterprise. But unfortunately, even though it was only 4 pages long, it labored to make Its point. Not badly written, it just wasn't to my taste. THE GIFT OF DREAMS is a story that starts out making the reader believe one thing, then by the end of the story, comes full circle. Written in a sparse yet effective style, this story centers primarily on "the death bond", and on why Kirk and Spock disagree on this aspect of their relationship. A chilling little piece. This writer has a way with images and with provoking emotion in the reader. GROUNDSWELL Is the 4th part of the Consortium series which has been appearing In NT. In this segment. Kirk and Spock must visit Earth in order to "preach" the Consortium to Terra. Kirk finds it an abominably boring prospect and through his Ingenious efforts, manages to land himself and Spock In the 23rd Century equivalent of a bar room brawl. Humorous yet effective, a nice turning point in this series. ABOUT TIME is a story that starts off with a bang (literally and figuratively), and which doesn't let up until it concludes almost 25 pages later. This Is a very thoughtful story, in that it explores the K/S relationship through the medium of Kirk's dreams - induced partially by Spock through a meld. I've only read one other story by this author, but her work seems to be consistently well-written. ABOUT TIME is a sexy story as well as being a well-thought-out piece. Don't miss it. The final story in the zine is entitled YIN AND YANG. The first story I read by this author was in NAKED TIMES 16 - and in that story, I was almost convinced that Mr. Carlson Is one of the rare few male K/S writers. But upon reading YIN AND YANG, I'm back to wondering again. (Not that it matters one way or another; I'm just curious, like everybody else out there!). This story is told in first person from the point of view of a young woman who is assigned to the Enterprise as an instructor in martial arts. Through her working relationship with Spock, the reader is treated to a different viewpoint of the K/S relationship - a relationship which, in this story, is just beginning. Spock, being inexperienced and uncertain of Kirk's feelings for him, seeks advice from the "I" character in the story (her name is never given). The story is seductive, entertaining and powerful - a nice balance to Jenny Starr's FORBIDDEN COLORS which started off the zlne. All in all, NAKED TIMES 17 Is an excellent zlne. The poetry is somewhat sparse (which isn't necessarily a bad thing), with the best being COCOON (Alexis Fegan Black); I FOLLOW BEHIND (Robin Hood); and THE IMAGE IN YOUR EYES (Shauna Ann Mason). The artwork is also limited in this Issue, but what's there is good. Jackie Zoost has a couple of excellent pieces, and Shellie Whild's illo for GROUNDSWELL is especially nice. As with all of the NAKED TIMES, the editing is consistently high quality, with the stories falling neatly and coherently onto the paper. A highly recommended zine! 
Naked Times 18 was was published in 1988 and contains 160 pages. The front cover is by Marilyn Cole.
- Second Contact by Fiona James (A/U: 16 years after Kirk is stranded on the Vulcan side of the space. cloud, a Terran ship makes it through and Spock fears that his bondmate will now wish to return to Earth. "A problem, Mister S'Kirk?" Spock asked, coming onto the bridge. "That ship, sir." Kirk indicated the viewer, adding over the bondlink, It's a Federation Starship, Spock. Spock glanced at his mate. Your people?" It is a sequel to Eye of the Beholder)
- The Dynasty of the Clan by Zoey Brooks (A/U: As Surakʼs reforms take hold, Spock is forced to give up his chiefdom for a monastic life. "That one has been stricken from the records," the monk explained. "He now does not exist for us, nor ever did. We are forbidden even to say his name. He was sent out." Kirk blinked. "Sent out? You mean alone, in the desert?" The monk nodded.")
- The Gol Letters by Carlin Ray Thorne (Apart, Kirk and Spock each write letters to each other, each believing that the other will never read them. "Dear Spock: These dreams will have to be enough. Tomorrow morning I go in for the psyche-evaluation required for my promotion to the admiralty. I intend to pass it one way or another, with or without you or anyone else. Bones is off in Atlanta giving enemas to horses, and you're on Vulcan being a horse's ass. Maybe the two of you should get together. But I can't quit living that easily. I'll take the promotion if it's offered, and I'll be the best damned admiral Starfleet ever had.") (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories)
- Something Fishy by Venisa I. Duvetyn (M/U: While undercover to meet with members of the rebellion, Kirk is abducted by Orion slavers and is sent to work on a fish factory planet. "We cannot advertise that we are searching for Captain James T. Kirk of the ISS Enterprise," Spock stated. "That is the fastest possible method of guaranteeing his immediate execution." McCoy frowned thoughtfully. "I guess you're right. I can name a dozen planets where every inhabitant would just love to get their hands on Jim.")
- Making Peace by M. J. Merica (A/U: The Enterprise is sent to pick up a Klingon delegation who want the Consortium to join them in a war with the Romulans. Prequel: Groundswell. Sequel: The Velvet Glove. "What thee is about to see," Kirk said to the healer with a perfectly straight face, glancing occasionally to Spock, "is a human ritual that has come down from the beginning. It is the heart and soul of the human institution of marriage. It is called a family squabble. Wise men keep out of it: but since I question whether Vulcans posses the elusive quality of wisdom, let me make this perfectly clear. If you must observe, keep your big mouth shut, healer. Do I make myself absolutely clear?")
- Contemplations/Contemplations by Charlotte Frost (Spock must find a way to relax his lover when Kirk, too tense to be penetrated, reveals his doubts as to his desirability now that he is growing older.)
- Someone To Watch Over Thee by James Carlson (Spock, Kirk and an ambassador are given aphrodisiacs by the leader of a hedonistic society and itʼs up to the security men to make sure they get who and what they need.) (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories)
- Rain Dance by Alexis Fegan Black (When Spock realizes that his link to TʼPring is not broken, he tells Kirk that he needs to return to Vulcan to procure another bondmate, but Kirk is uneasy about Spock leaving and not coming back.) (also in Speed of Light... & other K/S stories)
- "Pool Play" by Kimberly Sara Huntington
- ALSO WORK BY J., Cybel Harper, Natasha Solten,
- Artwork by Marilyn Cole, Leo Minoris, Kay Wells, L. Morrison Flack, Virginia Lee Smith, Carol A. Pierce, and Shellie Whild.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18
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Naked Times 19 was published in 1988 and contains 160 pages. It has covers by Dragon.
- The Misunderstanding by Deborah Cummins (While giving Kirk a backrub, Spock picks up on Kirkʼs feelings for him which gives him hope for a relationship between them but both menʼs fear and hesitation create problems that are compounded when a female diplomat and her aide come aboard. "Spock could no more leave Kirk's side than he could exist without breathing. If his mood hadn't been so black, the irony might have amused him. The cause of the suffering was the lure that kept calling him back, kept him tied to the human's side as if he were bound with a thousand chains. So he stayed. For four years. And repressed the sorrow, the pain, watching Kirk seduce women by the score, fall in and out of love, turn to him for help and consolation before delving once again into another relationship. The list seemed endless. Spock buried the hurt, smothering it in rejection and denial. Kirk didn't love him.")
- Journey's End by Cybel Harper (After Kirk almost drowns while surfing, Spock confesses to a fear of drowning so Kirk decides to help him overcome it. "It should have been easy. The water was shallow enough to stand up in, and Kirk had reacted quickly enough to prevent Spock from inhaling much, if any water. But all of that didn't take into account the Vulcan's strength or the depth of his panic. He fought Kirk, throwing the weaker human from him with a force that drove the air from Kirk's lungs and plunged him under water with barely enough presence of mind to hold his breath…")
- House Warming by Zoey Brook (Spock's eyes widened in horror as he looked at the large clearing directly ahead. Two tall posts faced him each with a pile of dried branches arranged around its base. Torches from the townspeople lit the night, and a hushed whispering could be heard throughout the crowd. Instinctively, Spock leaned for a nearby officer, pressing his fingers deep into the unsuspecting man's neck. The man fell quickly as Spock turned to free Kirk, stopping in terror when he saw another officer pressing a knife to the human's throat. "Stop or I'll kill him right now." The Vulcan wondered if it would be best to let the man do just that rather than have Kirk tied to the post…)
- Mirrored Guilt by Sharon Pillsbury (M/U: After Bob Wesley is assassinated by Finnegan, Kirk tries to take out his anger and guilt for not being able to stop it on Spock. "You're out to take over the ship," the captain of the ISS Enterprise accused, brandy bottle in hand. "You are aware that I have never sought command," Spock replied coolly. "And you think I believe that?" Kirk smiled dangerously. "Before you put a knife in my back, I plan to…" "A knife?" Spock mused. "If I wanted to kill you, I would need no weapon." The Vulcan rose slowly and walked over to Kirk, placing his fingers at the back of the human's neck. "Tal Shaya is a most effective method of killing, it would take only a slight pressure." His fingers lightly brushed against the nerve points…")
- Home by the Sea by Zoey Brook (Kirk and Spock take shoreleave at a house left to Spock by an old friend but the hostility of the populace and the possibility that Spockʼs friend was murdered are just two of the mysteries that come up during their week there.)
- Unholy Alliances by Carlin Rae Thorne (M/U: Entering pon farr, Spock takes shoreleave and buys a human slave,only to find that he has gotten more than he bargained for when it turns out that the slave is the brother of the new captain of the Enterprise, who has been murdered.) (also in Unholy Alliances)
- ALSO WORK BY A.F. Black, Robin Hood, Linda Frankel, Pagan Blue, Shauna, Ann Mason, Dragon, Zoost and more.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19
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[zine]: NAKED TIMES 19 starts off with some very unusual covers by Dragon - long haired versions of Kirk and Spock that caused me to smile. Stories include THE MISUNDERSTANDING by Deborah Cummins, deals with a miscommunication between Kirk and Spock, leading to turmoil and trauma in the relationship. This novella is intriguing at the same time it is frustrating - frustrating in the sense that the sub-plot of terrorists seemed extraneous. But the interplay between Kirk and Spock is excellent and, as with all of Ms. Cummins' works, this is beautifully told. MIRRORED GUILT by Sharon Pillsbury is a "mirror" universe story with a lot of tension between the characters, some "raw" sexual material, and the typical "mirror" harshness. A good story, but not one of my favorites due to its "rushed" feeling. Should have been several pages longer. HOME BY THE SEA by Zoey Brook is one that, when I first started reading, I thought was going to turn into another Kirk-and-Spock-visit-the-haunted-house yarn. Much to my surprise though, this story is tender and well thought out, with the characters expressing genuine emotions. My only complaint with this one was minor - in that I wondered why one of the boys didn't immediately start to question when bizarre occurrences began. The answer is simple: if they had, there wouldn't have been a story. Perhaps the weakest story in the zine is JOURNEY'S END by Cybel Harper, a short piece wherein Spock must face his fear of water and swimming. While the writing is good and the idea interesting, I had a problem accepting that a Starfleet officer wouldn't be able to swim, at least in an emergency situation. My personal favorite was UNHOLY ALLIANCES by Carlin Rae Thorne. In this story we are presented with a pon-farr "mirror" Spock who is true to the mirror universe character. We also meet Kirk - a young and unwilling slave who nonetheless understands the meaning of not biting the hand that feeds him. A seductive though occasionally harsh story that almost sent me into pon farr. The art in NAKED TIMES 19 is unremarkable and sparse, and though I've always been a lover of K/S art, I didn't miss the illustrations because the stories were exceptional. There is no poetry which, again, I didn't miss. The format is double column, unreduced type, with a very professional appearance. Highly recommended, particularly for THE MISUNDERSTANDING and UNHOLY ALLIANCES which, together, fill over 3/4 of the zine. 
Naked Times 20 was published in 1988 and contains 152 pages. The front cover is by Jackie Zoost, the back by DEW. Art by Michael Verina, III, Virginia Lee Smith, Dragon, Siobhan, Kay Wells, and Jackie Zoost.
- Going Public by Martha Selena Brown (Kirk and Spockʼs tent is bugged while theyʼre on their “honeymoon” on a planet where the populace is very conservative and theyʼre relationship would be thought something they would try to hide. "Kirk flushed. "They want a kiss, Spock," he whispered in some embarrassment. "Each of them" the Vulcan asked incredulously. "No! Between us.")
- Things Worth Celebrating by Charlotte Frost (Kirk and Spock decide to tell Spockʼs parents about being lovers when Sarek and Amanda are on board the Enterprise. Prequel: The Faces Of Love. "Amanda sighed. "I don't think anyone who's never been a parent could understand, Jim. I wanted so much for Spock. It seems he had everything against him from the time he was conceived…")
- The Velvet Glove by M.J. Merica (With Terrans now unbridled, the Enterprise is sent to find a new planet for Earthʼs expanding population. Prequel: Making Peace. "It's time for the fledglings to leave the nest, Kirk decided. No one stays home forever… just isn't natural. Wise decision", Spock said. Kirk spun around to find the Vulcan standing in the doorway. "When did you get here?")
- The Unknown Quantity by Rachel Abbot (While totally drunk, Kirk kisses Spock but is unsure of a future together when Spock tells him that although he would enjoy touching Kirk, he would only become aroused during pon farr. "Transfixed, Kirk stared. The richly somber robes fell elegantly around Spock's slender frame in precisely arranged folds. "I don't think I've seen you in Vulcan dress before, Spock." "It seemed appropriate," Spock commented darkly. "Tonight I am not your first officer. Tonight, I am Spock of Vulcan." Kirk swallowed. "That sounds ominous…")
- The Sting by Triad (Out of funds while on shoreleave, Kirk takes McCoyʼs suggestion to sell his services after Spock agrees to buy him dinner. "No, really, Spock. I couldn't borrow money from you." He looked down at the table, his fingers toying with the gold utensils. "I wasn't thinking of a loan." Kirk's head popped up. "Are you suggesting…?" He paled slightly.")
- Only the Wind by Addison Reed (While on shoreleave, Kirk and Spock stumble on an abandoned railroad station where they are forced to spend the night due to the storm that has arisen. "Jim, you hardly touched your dinner, and in our two point six kilometer walk subsequent to that time have answered me in sentences of no more than three syllables each." "Mm." "That, since it contains no combination of vowels and consonants, does not even quality as a single syllable." "Sorry." "Two.")
- What Fools These Mortals Be by Cassandra (As an Apil Foolʼs joke, Kirk is talked into setting up Spock so he will think that he has awakened in the mirror universe-in his captainʼs bed.)
- "If Only I Could Tell You" by Donna Rose Vanderlaan
- "Vulcan Anew" by Donna Rose Vanderlaan
- "Against the Current" by Linda Frankel
- "One Foot in Reality" by Sara Rodale
- "Mother Son" by Robin Hood
- "The Sun Within" by Linda Frankel
- "Who Am I?" by Dana Austin Marsh
- "Dark Absence" by Sara Rodale
- "Ghostly Encounter" by Linda Frankel
- "A Flower of Stone" by Robin Hood
- "Heroes Are Made" by Robin Hood
- "Milestones" by Cybel Harper
- "Cut Flower" by Linda Frankel
- "To Journey's End" by Ursula Tulle (Amanda bullies Spock into proposing to Kirk, but after he is turned down, both men have difficulty with what has happened until Kirk finally realizes that the ship canʼt be all there is to his life.)
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[zine]: NAKED TIMES 20 starts off with a slick cover of a very nice Michael Verina Spock. It's soft, sweet, and gentle - the type of art we need to see more of in fandom. The back cover, by Kay Wells, is also an unusual piece - very nicely done with a very "spacey" feeling to it. The stories inside the covers are also very nice, with ONLY THE WIND really standing out from the rest. I have read and enjoyed Ms. Reed's work in other zines such as AS I DO THEE and FIRST TIME and I'm glad to see that she's branching out into other areas. ONLY THE WIND is the chilling story of a haunted train station that Kirk and Spock find themselves wandering into during leave. But this is not your usual shore leave yarn, in that the sexual aspects are minor indeed, and the characters undergo the type of conflict that anyone who's ever been in a relationship can sympathize with. By far, ONLY THE WIND was the most impressive piece in NT20. Running a close second is GOING PUBLIC. This is another author I've been seeing more from lately, and I hope this trend continues. This story is a departure from her usual work, in that it involves a great deal o f humorous situations. Not actually a "humor" story in itself; GOING PUBLIC is a story that I could compared to "A Piece of the Action" or other Trek episodes in that vein. THE VELVET GLOVE a is yet another story in the "Consortium" series, and it's probably the best yet. When I heard that this series had concluded in a previous issue of NT, I was sorry to see it end, so this sequel was a welcome addition to the zine. THE STING is a humorous story, and even though it's predictable throughout, the writing is good and it's a step above the majority of Trek humor I read in zines. WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE is a cute idea, but one that could be considerably longer. It read more like an outline than a fleshed-out story. An interesting idea, but one that could have used more work. The same could be said for THE UNKNOWN QUANTITY. However, I would like to say that this story represents a major step in improvement in Ms. Abbott's work. The story reads smoothly, dealing with a misunderstanding over a woman, and a drunken kiss between Kirk and Spock. Again, an old idea, but it was done well enough, with good dialogue and narrative throughout. THINGS WORTH CELEBRATING is a story that, when I started reading it, I thought: 'Not another anniversary story. I was hoping that my feelings on that would change, but they never really did. This is a story concentrating on Kirk and Spock telling Sarek and Amanda about their relationship after it's been established for a year. As usual with Ms. Frost's work, it was very well written, but this particular story didn't do anyhing for me. Sweet and sexy despite my negative comments, it did work, and would be an excellent story for someone who's never read a similar plot-line. Another excellent - and long - story in NT20 is TO JOURNEY'S END. Now this story alone is worth the price of the zine. Beginning after JOURNEY TO BABEL, it details how Kirk and Spock come to be lovers - using bits and pieces from actual episodes to make point. This story is beautifully written, moving along at just the right pace. The underlying sub-plot of Amanda and McCoy also gives it a very human touch. NAKED TIMES 20 is also a beautifully produced zine with 2-column printing, typesetting, and stunning graphics and poetry borders throughout. The interior art, mostly by Jackie Zoost, Virginia Lee Smith and Dragon is nice, with Jackie's portrait of Kirk on page 148 really standing out. Also, the small illo by Siobahn on page 48 is truly stunning, in the style of Oriental cut block. The poetry is a smattering of good to wonderful. I especially enjoyed "Ghostly Encounter" and "Against The Current" by Linda Frankel; and "A Flower of Stone" by Robin Hood. All in all, NAKED TIMES 20 is a good mixture of loving, sensitive, sexy and humorous stories. Definitely recommended to all K/S fans, this issue wouldeffective for newcomers. Well worth the price.