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Zine
Title: R & R
Publisher: Yeoman Press
Editor(s): Johanna Cantor & sometimes Lucy D. Witt
Date(s): 1976-1985
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Contents

R & R is a Star Trek: TOS anthology. It contains gen and het, often explicit, and at least two issues contain slash, though not K/S. There is occasional non-fiction.

The zine ran for twenty-three regular issues and two special editions. A third special edition called "The Shuttlecraft Incident" (by C. Wedgett) was proposed in 1984, but it was never published.

Many of Jean Lorrah's Sarek & Amanda stories appeared here and were later reprinted in her collections Full Moon Rising and NTM Collected. Collections of other favorites were also reprinted in Accumulated Leave.

This zine is also where Suzan Lovett got her start.

In the first issue, the editor says that "R & R" is "Navy for messin' around."

The original plan was for this zine to come out four times a year.

Sexual Content

It styled itself as "The fanzine in the plain brown wrapper." R & R dealt with adult relationships (often, but not always, explicitly sexual) in the Trek universe.

"The 'adult' in the title of this zine has two meanings. One is its use as a euphemism for sexually explicit and the other is its use to describe the whole concept of this publication. It attempts to show the ST characters as mature people in mature situations." [1]

The zine had this statement on the table of contents page:'"Some of these stories contain sexually explicit materiel which may be offensive to some. Read at your own discretion."

Slash

The subject of slash was discussed at great length in the letter columns, see below for some excerpts.

There are at least two stories that are slash, but neither is K/S.

One story was billed as K/S but the author later rescinded this description after readers pointed out that it had been labeled as such. From the editorial of issue #21:
...it's been brought to my attention that calling "Treaty of Access," in R&R XX, a K/S is misleading to the point of being false advertising. This is entirely true, and my only defense is the admittedly feeble admission that it never occurred to me. I'd been thinking of it as "my K/S" for so long, you see. It is not a Kirk/Spock -- no way. It's a Kirk/Shoumeini -- which is the only way I see "slash". I hope no one bought XX only because they were expecting a steamy Kirk/Spock. If anyone did, return the zine to me in saleable condition, and I'll refund your money.

The other slash story is "Alternative" by Karen Fleming in issue #11 and it is a Kirk/McCoy piece.

Reprints

Up until very early 1979, all issues of this zine were kept in print. At that time, the editor made a decision:

Dear Fellow Fen: I have decided, reluctantly, to allow the early issues of 'R & R' to go permanently out of print since my current stock is sold out. Eventually, I will put out a collection, which will keep most of the stories available for new fans."The zines listed in 'Scuttlebutt' will be available at those prices as long as they last, in other words, but they will not be reprinted. Orders will be processed strictly in the order that payment is received. No exceptions. [2]

However, in 2002, 4 years after Johanna Cantor's death, the zine was brought back into print by Agent With Style.

One of Suzan Lovett's Beginnings

Suzan Lovett writes that, after her art was "bounced back" by the editors of Contact and Galactic Discourse, the editor of R & R was impressed by Lovett's portfolio of xeroxed art:

The third zine was R&R, and — well, Johanna Cantor kept it cheap mostly to give the new writers and artists a place where they had a chance of getting printed. She sent me two stories to illustrate, mentioning she’d prefer ink, but if I preferred otherwise, she was fine with that, as long as I understood she’d be simply Xeroxing them and I shouldn’t expect perfect quality. She’s the only reason I kept on drawing. She kept sending me stories and printing my drawings until I got better and the other zine editors started noticing and asking for work, accepting pencil work, until I had more and more reasons to improve. [3]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1

R & R 1 was published in July 1976 and contains 82 pages. Johanna Cantor and Lucy D. Witt are the editors. First printing in July 1976 (100 copies), second printing in August 1976 (200 copies), third printing in October 1976 (200 copies).

It contains one tiny Phil Foglio illo but no other inside art. The back cover is blank.

The editorial states it was "put together inside of six weeks."

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for The Gift.
See reactions and reviews for Not Bad for a First Try.
[zine]: Since the fiction in this issue is by some of the best fan writers around, the attempt [to show mature people in mature situations] comes off pretty well. Each of editors has a story in R&R. 'Give it Time' by Ms. Cantor tells of a sexual encounter between Christine Chapel and a relatively inexperienced young crewman. Anyone who has always wished for that nurse to find some happiness should enjoy the story. Ms. Witt's contribution, 'Mission: Morale,' has a marriage taking place on the Earth's escaped moon between the two main Space:1999 characters. Fans of that show should find it of interest. 'The Tenth Night,' by Jean Lorrah, is part of her Amanda and Sarek series (Night of the Twin Moons). This has the two on their honeymoon and concerns such topics as eugenics, the universal translator, and the role of female aggression in love-making. 'Not Bad for a First Try,' by Connie Faddis... is another 'Spock is in pon farr -- will the nearest female-type give herself to him or will she let him die' stories that are so common. The only difference is that this one is very well done. The female in this case, a doctor, is a brilliantly delineated person, not just someone for the Vulcan to screw -- to put it bluntly. Rounding out this issue is a poem, 'Snow Caverns,' and 'The Gift,' a Kraithish Christmas story by Kathleen Penland in which Kirk is such a grouch he makes Scrooge look like Kris Kringle. There is no art in this issue; according to the editors they plan to have some for later issues. The covers are plain brown, which, considering the contents, somehow seems very fitting. It short, this zine is not for the young or anyone who is easily offended, but most everyone should find it of great interest. [4]


Issue 2

cover of issue #2, second printing, the back cover is identical to the front
cover of issue #2, first printing?

R & R 2 was published in winter 1976, is 88 pages long and contains 15 stories and poems. Johanna Cantor and Lucy D. Witt were the editors. The first printing was 300 copies, the second one was 100 copies.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for In a Bed of Stone.
See reactions and reviews for To Heed Circe's Call.
See reactions and reviews for World Enough.
[zine]: The disclaimer on page one reads "some of these stories contain sexually explicit material, which may be offensive to some. Read at your own discretion." In fact, virtually all the stories in it contain a fuck scene in them somewhere. R&R has moved into the ecological niche Grup so long dominated -- prurient pandering -- with one difference: the material in R&R is far better reading. For one thing, the writers are more honest about what their characters are doing, which is, fooling around. For another, the fooling around is part, and not always the major part of the story. "In a Bed of Stone", a mirror Sarek/Amanda story, naturally has the two of them shtupping, but it is part of the plot in which the rather depraved mirror-Amanda acquires a taste for absolute power. In "The Hephaestos Probe', Alan Carter and Carina Rusek have fun, but that is a minor point of a story involving Rusek's growing up and Koenig's investigation of yet another passing planetoid in Space: 1999's universe. As usual, Rusek passes muster but the planet doesn't. 'This Side of the Mirror' is a nice tale and worth rerunning [in this zine] but I found 'A Day in the Life...', a second-by-second diary of Spock's grunts a bit silly the first time and no improvement on repeat. 'World Enough' concerns Commissioner Hedford and Zephram Cochrane, a quickie in every sense of the term. Mary Ann Emerson's illos in no way fit the story but they are damned funny nonetheless... The serious poetry is well, as is the art. The writing is all of a par, nothing outstanding particularly... R&R still features brown paper covers, so you can read it with impunity in class, at home, or on the job. [5]
[zine]: Issue 2 ran 88 pages, offset, and cost $3. The disclaimer on page 2 stated, "Some of the stories contain sexually explicit material, which may be offensive to some." A number of stories were written under pseudonyms; Jean Lorrah was an exception. She contributed "In a Bed of Stone," a Sarek-and- Amanda story set in the universe of the Star Trek episode “Mirror, Mirror.”[6]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3

R & R 3 was published in spring 1977 and contains 106 pages. Art by Gayle F, Beverly Zuk, Linda Hunter, Alice Newsom, and Mary Ann Emerson. Lucy D. Witt and Johanna Cantor were editors. The price was $3.50/first class.

In this issue, the editor comments on Winston Howlett's review of Alternative: The Epilog to Orion and the letter he wrote in response to that review. For more information, see those pages.

  • None There Embrace (Spock/McCoy story of Plak Tow) by Connie Faddis (Alone uith Spock on the planet Sherod, McCoy is at his professional and emotional best as he fights to save Spock from the Pan Farr. This story of McCoy's loving support and medical expertise in saving Spock's life is unsurpassed.) (4) (reprinted in Relay #1)
  • In Her Eyes by Catherine Clair (47)
  • The Natural Thing To Do (Sarek & Amanda) by Linda Hunter (4 pages) (Three little vignettes of Spock’s babyhood)(48) (reprinted from A Vulcan Odyssey)
  • Spare the Rod (reprinted from A Vulcan Odyssey) (Charles Grayson & Spock story) by Beth Hallam (52)
  • Le Coeur a Ses Raisons by Frankie Jemison (55)
  • Two Vulcans in Pon Farr by Caroline Carrock and Amy Harlib (56)
  • Discovery (Spock/Beth) by Linda Hunter (Sequel to “Beth” in the previous issue. Beth takes care of Spock in pon farr.) (58)
  • Retribution part 1 (Kirk/T’Ieza) by Catherine Clair (66)
  • Care to Debate That? Vulcan Sexuality in the Night Of The Twin Moons Universe (article) by Jean Lorrah, Jean defends her version of Vulcan sexuality (with an “awakening” of the male at first pon farr (95)
  • About the Size of It (Kirk and Spock talk about the enormous size of Spock's penis as the reason why T'Pring didn't want to bond with him) by Leslie Fish (100)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for None There Embrace.
See reactions and reviews for Spare the Rod.
See reactions and reviews for About the Size of It.
See reactions and reviews for Retribution.
[zine]: R&R is an adult zine in the life-stage sense of the word. The stories here are not primarily vehicles for sexual exploration or fantasies; there are zines that handle those areas quite well. R&R attempts to view the ST universe(s) in all respects – adventure, personal relationships, work, responsibilities, sex as fun, sex as expression – with an attitude that reflects adult observations and concerns. And it succeeds very well. R&R is funny, thoughtful, refreshing and very enjoyable. An example of R&R’s theme is best seen in the leading story, ‘None There Embrace,’ by C.R. Faddis. This finely-crafted story should become the ultimate word on the great, and often tedious debate about Spock-in-pon-farr-with-no-one-around-but-males-what-happens-now? Instead of an examination of the author’s pet theme, hang-up, fantasy or cause, we get a story about adults coping with the best way they can with the latest hook life has sent them. This time the poor Terran stuck with handling a rampaging Vulcan is McCoy and, as the editors say, what happens is not what you think. McCoy’s response and actions are indicative of a person who faces fate squarely, and who acts upon life, working the twists and turns of circumstance as best he can instead of quailing before them. The narrator is around long enough to introduce the situation and then graciously steps into the background, allowing the good doctor to continue the tale. The magnificent illos by Gayle F are the perfect accompaniment. Two stories, ‘The Natural Thing to Do’ by Linda Hunter and ‘Spare the Rod’ by Beth Hallam (reprinted from the British zine, A Vulcan Odyssey) explore another never-ending adult concern: children. The first examines the triangle of a new mother-new-father-new baby from a Vulcan-Terran point of view; the second chronicles the first meeting between a young Spock and his maternal grandfather. ‘Discovery’ is a story written from the ‘Beth’ idea presented in R&R #2 which winds in and out of various crew fantasies and emotional needs. The first part of ‘Retribution’ by Catherine Clair introduces us to T’Ieza, a space-raised Vulcan with a decidedly different point of view regarding behavior. Her involvement with Kirk leads into a secret mission-spy story to be concluded in R&R #4. The tone is cool and detached and swift. One finds it hard to evaluation the first half alone… too much is unknown… but the episodic style is intriguing… A universal selection of limericks is presented, and the poetry by Clair is pleasing and uncontrived. A word about Frankie Jemison’s ‘Le Coer a Ses Raisons’: this poem in really the seventh story in the zine. Within the 14 lines of this sonnet, a complete tale of marriage, separation, and reflection is told. Those of us who know the ST universe can tie it to the alternate time-line failure of Sarek and Amanda’s marriage; those who know nothing of ST would enjoy it for its precise imagery and beautifully sad presentation of alien memories. Jean Lorrah expands the background on her NTM universe by explaining her perceptions of Vulcan sexuality in ‘Care to Debate That?’ Readers should find this a good take-off point for further discussions. The last story is short, simple and fun. Leslie Fish romps through an outrageous explanation of the second most pregnant remark by a Vulcan after Sarek’s comment about logical things to do: T’Pring’s ‘You have become a legend among our people…’ … Which brings in the disclaimer about sexually explicit material. The editors decline to impose an age limit, but shockable adults over 18 are cautioned to read R&R, any R&R, in the presence of an available onlie. A good zine, a good read. Fine repro quality, and a plain brown cover for the fastidious. [7]
[zine]: The prize in this issue is a long McCoy story 'None There Embrace.' It is absolutely excellent. It deals with McCoy's attempts to find a medical solution to Spock's cycle. As always with Faddis, the characterizations, plotting, dialogue and interest are kept at the same high level. There are two poems by Clair and Jemison that are both well above average. (What is this? I thought all ST poetry was supposed to be junk.) There are three vignettes by Hunter and a short by Hallam all having to do with adults dealing with children (in these cases, a young Spock). I enjoyed them tremendously. There is also 'Discovery' by Linda Hunter which I am unable to comment on, as I could not force myself to read it. Also included, limericks and an article on Vulcan sexuality in the NTM universe by Jean Lorrah. Also a short by Leslie Fish, which is an admitted rip-off of a Ted Sturgeon story and not funny. This is a good ish. buy it for the Faddis, but stay and enjoy the rest. [8]
[zine]: R&R 3, edited by Johanna Cantor, which was dated Spring 1977. R&R had adult heterosexual themes. This volume featured "None There Embrace" by Connie Faddis, who credited Dr. Michael Amsden (a female Michael) with the medical details. In this story, Connie argued that it was biologically impossible for Spock to complete pon farr with another male. The story was far from clinical, however; in my opinion it was one of the best stories of the year (no matter where one stood on the K/S issue). [9]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4

R & R 4 was published in Summer 1977 and contains 121 pages. Art by Beverly Zuk, Pam Kowalski, Amy Harlib, Alice Newsom, Mary Bloemker, and Heather Firth.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for When Idylls Cease to Play.
See reactions and reviews for Speculation.
See reactions and reviews for Dragon Ears.
See reactions and reviews for Bridge Between Souls.
See reactions and reviews for Come Fill the Cup.
See reactions and reviews for Member of the Family.
See reactions and reviews for Retribution.
See reactions and reviews for The Decision.

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5
inside art from issue #5, Mary Stacy-MacDonald

R & R 5 was published in November 1977 and contains 91 pages. Art by Beverly Zuk, Hans Dietrich, Leslie Fish, Alice Newsom, Carol Hansen, Amy Harlib, and Mary Ann Emerson.

From the editorial:
...why doesn’t R&R print K/S stories? A fair question. Part of the answer is undoubtedly that homosexual relationships don’t turn us on. Though we don’t deny that the potential for a gay relationship is in each of us as much as in any other woman, our preferences tend in other directions.

The rest of the answer, however, is in the theme of R&R. We are interested in...stories with characters that are a reasonable approximation to or extrapolation from the characters we saw in the live and animated series.... And in the live and animated ST, Kirk and Spock seem to have gotten as far as shaking hands. Occasionally.

Obviously, theirs is a very close and special relationship. But it is not, we believe, a relationship that is expressed sexually....

In most of the K/S stories we’ve seen, the authors seem to want to eat their cake and have it too—to turn the relationship into a relationship of sexual intimacy without dealing with the quite fundamental changes this new closeness would impose. So far, then, we haven’t seen a K/S story that fits our theme.
Lucy writes:
It’s perfectly possible and normal to have a warm caring relationship (with either sex) that is not sexual.... Fantasies are great, but why must warmth and caring automatically mean *S*E*X*? ‘Love’ and ‘Sex’ are not the same thing, and may not even go together.
Johanna also comments on The SekWester*Con Porn Debate:
...What gives any fan (or group of fans) the jurisdiction to declare what is ‘noble’ and what is ‘scum’ in Treklit? Who has been appointed arbiter of decency in fandom? Since when are one fan’s characterizations ‘true’ and another’s ‘borrowing someone else’s creations and returning them covered in slime’? ...Exploring the Trek character’s sexual relationships is done on many levels, of course. But the levels differ in degree, not in kind. Mary Louise D. cannot depict her curiously Victorian, ‘she-for-God-in-him’ Uhura without exploring Uhura’s sexual relationship to her lord-and-master captain. D.’s explorations, which are by no means confined to her adult-rated stories, tend to be couched in veiled language. In fact, if there is such a thing as ‘prissy porn’ D. is certainly its queen. But her stories are, in kind, the same thing she condemns so roundly in others: the presentation of an extrapolated love (sex) relationship between two characters created by others. If the exploration of a sexual relationship is a sin (and there are many who hold just the opposite), D. is in no position to start the stoning.
  • Encounter in Xanadu by Courtney Gray (3) (A story of of the Mirror, Mirror Kirk and a terrified young revolutionary. Mirror Kirk finds himself changing after a forced mind-meld with his Spock. Having captured a resistance fighter, he forces himself upon her, but the rape turns to tenderness.) (reprinted in Relay #1)(sequels: "A Change in the Mirror" in #8 and "The Seed" in #9)
  • Interlude by Hans Dietrich (Romance between Enterprise crewwoman and a feathery alien.) (21)
  • One Brief, Shining Moment by Johanna Cantor and Caroline Carrock (Reprinted from Neural Neutralizer) (30) (Lt. Kyle is called down to assist a landing party. Told from Kyle’s pov. Investigating a distress call, the landing party encounter odd groups of humanoids leading the lives of Australian aboriginals, woad-wearing Britons, and the Round Table. Trelane is at his experiments again.)
  • Half Empty Bottle by Alice Newsom (46) (When there is a crisis in your life, you often need a friend. Scotty finds one in Leonard McCoy.. Post-mission, Scotty is brought to McCoy’s hospital in an alcoholic coma. At McCoy’s home, Scott faces the choice of the Enterprise or his scotch.)
  • And Thou Beside Me by Carol Hansen [Reprinted in Accumulated Leave #1] (50)
  • The Day of the Guinea Pig by Beth Hallam [Reprinted from Son of Grope & in Accumulated Leave #1] (54)
  • Limericks by Lora Rene (65)
  • Revelation of the Lady from Rhan Duth by Mary Stacy-MacDonald (66)
  • The Captain's Woman by Gail Saville (Long Kirk monologue/poem talking to a lover about how he really means it this time... but there’s the ship.) (67)
  • It's Only a Dream by Karen Fleming (78)
  • The Ultimate Shore Leave by Gail Saville [Reprinted in Accumulated Leave #1] (87)
  • a collection of short letters/essays on the K/S premise

Comments Regarding K/S: Issue 5

Several fans' LoCs addressed the K/S Premise. Some excerpts are below.

From Mary S.M.:

I find it a welcome chance to comment on the legitimacy of a homosexual relationship between Kirk and Spock... I suppose it’s mandatory to say that whatever goes on in the privacy of one’s home (or bedroom, in this case) is people’s own affair. I don’t give a damn. However, I do care that some people have taken an extraordinary friendship and put it on a sexual level. I thought the tenet that if men were close friends ‘there must be something else going on’ went out with stone knives and bearskins.

...In order for this relationship to exist, you have to undermine the motivations and reactions of both men. Kirk is a starship captain. His first responsibilities must be to his ship and ENTIRE crew. He cannot give himself the luxury of having to worry about the presence of a lover, and we cannot assume that he would not worry. It is an all too-human response, and Kirk must be acutely aware of this. Neither Kirk or Spock would be able to react and function properly—you can’t expect them to....

...I refuse to accept a sexual bonding to Kirk. I cannot believe that this can happen voluntarily. The Vulcan respect for privacy of the mind would certainly insure that both the bonder and the bondee realize what is taking place and understand the full implications of the act.... I can accept a long term friendship bond, just as I accept the parent-child bond and the intraracial bond, but these, of necessity, must be on a different level than the sex-bond.

On the physical level of pon farr, I cannot see any possibility of this happening either. Sarek speaks of an early pon farr mating between a Vulcan male and human female as, if not fatal, severely injuring ‘both physically and mentally.’...Now this is going to complicate a homosexual relationship even more, since a vagina is designed to be penetrated and an anus is not. This is going to give us a dead or demented Kirk, and can we really believe Spock would allow this to happen? I prefer to think he would rather kill himself, it being the more honorable way out.

In closing, I wish to hell that people would let these two men carry on their friendship as just that.
Vivian M.B. writes:
First and foremost, I must say that I am not against any homosexual relationship between mutually consenting adults on moral, ethical, or religious grounds.... I am against it for other logical reasons. Most important of all, if we accept a Kirk-Spock homosexual love affair (hereafter called K/S), we are saying in effect that the only way two people can have a close, caring relationship is with sex.... and I feel very strongly that sex should not, must not, be inferred from such friendships.

...In my opinion, however, those who postulate that there is a K/S have committed a sin, an unpardonable sin at that; the sin of causing a person to act out of character. Kirk as a homosexual is possible, if not too probable, if we assume that a large number of people in the future are bisexual. But to postulate Spock as homosexual by choice would make him act in a way that we all know would be impossible.

...In Spock, we have a member of a race who is culturally inhibited against even discussing sex. So much so that Spock finds it virtually impossible to talk to his best friend about it. There is no way at all that a Vulcan could have sex if it were not necessary to save his life. It was almost impossible when he was in pon farr. He would have preferred death rather than talk to his ‘Captain, and his friend’ about what would save his life.

It is implied that Vulcans have mind touch with their sex partners, a bonding, ‘Always touching.’ I can’t see Kirk as being faithful to a homosexual lover; I cannot see Spock permitting anything but constancy in his bonding....
Susan M. writes:
The military woman’s response to the K/S premise is that, even given that homosexuality is accepted as a valid form of expression in that society, neither of them as professional military men could tolerate the violation of military tradition in terms of fraternization/favoritism. Such a thing would be deadly to the Commander’s image of fairness. They—especially Spock—would (in my opinion) feel compelled in duty and honor to request reassignment (perhaps together in a non-command relationship). Any such personal, exclusive association across the chain of command would be intolerable.
Bev C. writes:
...Kirk is pretty obviously heterosexual, though his compulsiveness where women are concerned might be a cover for an inner doubt about his masculinity—I have heard that extreme machismo is often a characteristic of men who seek to deny homosexual urges. And to Kirk, masculinity in its traditional sense seems to be important: the hero/jock image, power over situations and people, hard-drinking, hard-loving, etc. Also—and here I am really speculating—he seems to have had something of a Puritan upbringing. Many of his reactions are typically associated with a fundamentalist cultural background, particularly his emphasis on progress and the necessity of it for all humanoids, and his rejection of the possibility of any kind of ‘Eden’ for human beings, or other humanoids, for that matter....

However, I don’t think Kirk’s reactions would be in contention in a possible physical reaction between him and Spock; he is fairly open in his attitudes toward sex, and devoted enough to Spock that the idea wouldn’t be entirely repugnant, particularly if he knew anything about the psychology of interpersonal relationships (there is a certain sexual element in most close friendships), or if Spock were in need....

Now Spock is another matter entirely, and I don’t think he would even consider the possibility of a homosexual relationship with Kirk—under normal circumstances, he has trouble accepting the possibility of a heterosexual one, and at least that one has the virtue of being species-preserving, at least in theory.... The only circumstance in which I can envision Spock as Kirk’s lover is in the final throes of plak tow, when he’s not really aware of what he’s attacking. And I suspect that his emotional state afterward would be unstable, to say the least.

And it’s not just Spock that would prevent him from entering a homosexual relationship with Kirk, in my opinion, but Vulcan itself. Spock is pretty rigid and constrained all by himself, but in the area of sex, the rigidity seems to be culturally conditioned—and what with Spock being more Vulcan than the Vulcans, his inhibitions might be even greater than those of a normal Vulcan. But consider: You have a society which is so close-mouthed about its reproduction that many years after its entry into the Federation, people don’t know anything about it; this seems to indicate that the Vulcans don’t care to talk about the subject. Spock’s major emotion at the pon farr is shame, which he implies is cultural. If the Vulcans—or even this particular Vulcan—feel so strongly about sex when it is a matter of individual life or death...and justifiable and necessary on the grounds of reproduction, can you imagine what they would think of sex that was neither necessary nor conducive to the survival of the species—and in fact would be anti-survival if it existed on a wide-enough scale? If the idea crossed their minds at all, they would probably reject it out of hand as a monstrous perversion. I seriously doubt that, given the Spock we have seen, he would consider the idea of sex with Kirk on his own; he would literally never think of it. Nor would he respond favorably, I think. Most of the stories involving a continuing sexual bond between Kirk and Spock involve a violation of Spock’s character, or a sentimentalization of it.... Spock ends up much too human in most of the stories....

Anyway, my view is that while the K/S stories are interesting to read—when they are well done—the relationship would not work because of Spock’s character primarily, and the way that character has obviously been influenced by his culture.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for It's Only a Dream.
See reactions and reviews for And Thou Beside Me.
See reactions and reviews for Day of the Guinea Pig.
See reactions and reviews for The Ultimate Shore Leave.
[zine]: A variety of stories including a Mirror universe story by [Marie A], a few reprints from other zines (Yeoman Press does a service in reprinting some material from British zines that many people can't get). Some outrageous limericks, a debate -- or answer -- to the 'pro' K/S stories. Followed by a VERY WIERD story by Karen Fleming. 'The Ultimate Shoreleave' was my least favorite, with 'Interlude,' a delightful story isn't' what you expect (human and alien, but beautifully handled and the alien is a minor character from ST animated) -- written and illoed very nicely by Hans Dietrich, whom I've never heard of, but I bet is soon going to be quite popular! Also several nice cartoons by Hans. Not as good as #3, but worth it. [10]

Issue 6/7

front cover of issue #6/7, Bev Zuk

R & R 6/7 was published in June 1978, is 189 pages long and contains 18 stories and poems. One of these stories is written by Susan Matthews using a pseud, and is her first published fanfiction. Art by Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Hans Dietrich, Beverly Zuk, Amy Falkowitz, Mary Ann Emerson, Courtney Gray, Carol Hansen, Gail Stark, Gayle F, and Susan Ceci.

  • Images of Flame by Johanna Cantor 3
  • With a Little Help from My Friend by Hans Dietrich 39
  • Uhura: Declaration by Linda Jeanne Powers 51
  • Linkage by Beth Hallam 52 (reprinted from Grope)
  • High Ground by P. Cain 69
  • Conduct Unbecoming by Ruth Gryffyths 70
  • Nightingale Woman by Barbara Gray Richley 72
  • Home Leave by Amy Falkowitz 73
  • Magic Carpet by Barbara Gray Richley 89
  • Little Sleep by Caroline Nixon 90
  • Rupert by Carrie Rowles 103
  • The Best Rx by Courtney Gray 107
  • Life from Life by Carol Hansen 116
  • Saurian After Dinner by Mike Bubrick and Daoma Kent 123
  • The Five Nights of Seekaj by Toni Cardinal-Price 132
  • Care to Debate That? by Various 182
  • Love Meld by Susan K. James 180
  • Technical Order 01:02:76 by Nancy Munden 182

Comments Regarding K/S: Issue 6/7

There were a number of LoCs in this issue regarding the K/S Premise. These are some excerpts:

Leslie Fish writes:

...What a joy it is to see people debating the K/S relationship on rational grounds, for a change, instead of hysterically waving Bible quotes....

First off, to Jo: in what way would adding a sexual dimension to an already-existing relationship cause ‘fundamental changes’?...Why should we assume, then, that sex would make such ferocious changes in K & S’s personalities and relationship? Contrary to common religion’s opinion, sex is not demonic possession, nor a brain tumor, not a severe psychosis, nor a form of brainwashing—which are the only things known (or suspected) that can make such profound personality changes. Now it’s true that in our present society...we have a strong ‘sex-negative’ attitude. That is, we regard sex with fear and fascination, see it as dangerous and entrapping, and assume it has all sorts of powers and perils that aren’t really there.... There’s no reason to believe that people three centuries from now, living in an interplanetary society...will have the same sex-fearing ideas that we do. There’s no reason to think that our heroes would believe that sex would make ‘fundamental changes’ in their personalities or relationship—much less that they would act accordingly. Ditto to Lucy: what evidence is there to suggest that sex and love are totally different and separate thing? Observing behavior in other human and animal societies, once gets the picture that ‘love’ and ‘lust’ are just two ends of a single scale.... Yes, it’s possible to enjoy going to bed with someone whom you otherwise can’t stand, and it’s equally possible to love someone whom you can’t bear to touch, but these tend to be exceptions to the rule; it’s much more common to find ‘love’ and ‘lust’ mixed, in varying degrees.... Since both our heroes (much as Spock tries to repress it) tend to express their feelings physically, one could say that there’s already a sexual component in their affection for each other; the only relevant question, then, is how far it goes.... I claim that the relationship shown in the aired ST episodes is already sexual to some degree; to what exact degree (to bed or not to bed) is wide open to speculation.

To Mary: once again, why would sex necessarily interfere with Kirk’s job? Certainly he would ‘worry about the presence of a lover’—but there is no reason to think he’d let that stop him from doing his job and doing it well; he isn’t the sort to let any personal feelings interfere with that. Note that not even Elaan-of-Troyius’ aphrodisiac tears, nor Omicron Ceti 4’s paradise spores, nor Edith Keeler’s life could make him give up the Enterprise; he wouldn’t do that for Spock, either, no matter what he felt for him.... I can think of a few good reasons why it [being homosexual] would be a logical possibility for Spock: a) Spock has no bondmate now, and must have one or die in his next pon farr; b) even if another engagement could be arranged on Vulcan, there’s no guarantee that the Enterprise will be within reach at the time; c) Kirk has mindlinked with Spock more often than anyone else, they know each other’s minds pretty well by now, and Spock knows that he can trust Kirk with this frightening and vulnerable part of his nature; d) Kirk has the physical strength to survive sexual activity with a Vulcan.... I maintain that if a fragile little woman like Amanda could survive a big, heavy Vulcan like Sarek and come up smiling—for more than 40 years—then a big, strong, physically tough man like Kirk could survive Sarek’s considerably skinnier and smaller son. A human rectum can take a surprising amount of abuse, as any large-hospital proctologist can tell you. Besides, there’s always the possibility...of simply tying the Vulcan to the bed. So much for K/S and pon farr; outside of pon farr, it’s still open to speculation. Of course a Vulcan might see any emotional-physical affection as ‘in bad taste,’ but Spock is already emotionally involved with Kirk to a most indecorous degree...and so might consider that he has little to lose in completing his impropriety.

To Vivian: are we sure that it’s sex that Vulcans ‘do not discuss, even among ourselves’? Or is it the aggressive madness of pon farr?...Remember that in ‘The Cloudminders’ Spock was willing to explain to a hopeful Droxine that he couldn’t oblige her because it was out of season for him.... I take that to mean that Vulcans are not particularly reticent about sex per se—just about their peculiar violent madness that accompanies male fertility. As to the problem of the mind-link, there’s no reason to believe that a permanent bonding is required. Spock was able to dissolve his bond to T’Pring with no trouble...He managed well enough with Zarabeth and Leila without any permanent bonding. There’s no reason to think that a bonding is necessary for mating—only that it’s customary....

To Susan: military regulations against homosexuality are, like the equally ancient rules against ‘fraternizing’ between officer and enlistees, more honored in the breech than in the observance...general consensus is that the only effect of these rules is to make lovers observe some discretion and to prevent officers from sexually bullying lower-ranking personnel.... Now we’ve seen on the aired episodes that two officers on the same ship can marry if they want (‘Balance of Terror’), regardless of rank difference, so it’s unlikely that nonmarrying affairs would be considered much more dangerous to morale.... Kirk and Spock are too good at their jobs, career Starfleet officers, to lapse into favoritism for any reason, though each has taken illegal risks for each other (‘Amok Time,’ ‘Tholian Web’) on rare occasions.... I’ve seen several stories postulating an affair between Kirk and Uhura, and nobody’s suggested that Uhura transfer off for that; why should it be any different for Spock?

To Bev:...Agreed that Kirk is something of a Puritanical culture chauvinist, he’s still too open-minded to be a cultural (or sexual) bigot; his usual reaction to shockingly new social ideas is to jump back, gulp a few times, think for a minute, and then cautiously approach again. Probably his reactions to the idea of being Spock’s lover would follow the same pattern.... Spock is indeed another matter; it’s not that homosexual behavior is impossible for him...it’s a question of under what circumstances he’d have to deal with such feelings. Now he does love Kirk (I don’t think there’s any argument there), and he’s ashamed of it (as he admitted in ‘Naked Time’) but he can’t or won’t stop loving. Furthermore, he was willing to reveal that feeling in front of ‘all of Vulcan in one package,’ even to beg for Kirk’s life, right through the plak tow—something which visibly shocked T’Pau. Now Vulcans have a curious attitude toward motivations; they seem to consider actions themselves neutral—’good’ if motivated by logic, and ‘bad’ if motivated by emotion. The important factor is not the action, but the thought behind it. This seems to apply to sex, too. Note how coolly Spock seduced the Romulan commander in ‘Enterprise Incident,’ and apparently felt no shame for it until the Romulan was accidentally captured. Vulcan culture seems to have reached a point where the activity is less important than its motivation—and if this is the case, then Spock has already become persona non grata on Vulcan for publicly admitting to feeling. Since he’s already committed the really important part of the misdeed, there isn’t much reason for him to refrain from the rest of it.... There is, as I mentioned earlier, some sexual content already in his love for Kirk—as shown by his shy, hesitant but persistent desire to reach toward Kirk, touch him, hold and protect him with his body—and again, the only question is how far it goes. Perhaps Spock would be content to spend the rest of his days at Kirk’s side, offering help and protection, getting no further physical/emotional reward than the occasional warm smile or a held hand—and perhaps not. Of course, if such desires did get to the point where Spock couldn’t repress them, he’d have a terrible time dealing with them; he seems to have no method of dealing with emotions except repressing them, poor thing! No, he probably wouldn’t know how to communicate his distress, but both Kirk and McCoy have become pretty good Spock-readers, and they’d guess that something was wrong. Eventually one or the other—probably Kirk—would get the whole story out of him; it couldn’t be more difficult than getting Spock to explain about pon farr. As to whether or not Vulcan is ‘a determinedly anti-sexual culture’ that would consider a same-sex affair as ‘a monstrous perversion’, why should such a peculiarly Puritanical attitude, which is uncommon enough among human societies, show up among a species with a different sexual pattern? First, why should such a determinedly logical people hate and fear their sexuality? They might dislike the attendant emotionalism, irrationality and aggressiveness, but that doesn’t automatically mean they’d despise sex itself. Second, in what way is homosexual behavior—or, for that matter, any form of nonfertile mating, ‘anti-survival’?...An unbiased ethnologist can’t help noticing that among higher animals sexual behavior is used for many more purposes than just breeding; most often, it’s used to neutralize aggression...and a civilization determined to avoid aggression might find this very useful. For all we know, Vulcans might very well encourage homosexual behavior for males between pon farrs, in order to preclude fights! For all we know, Spock’s family and community might be delighted (and more than a little relieved) if he were to obtain such a respectable lover as Kirk! Perhaps (intriguing though) the ‘closest friends’ who accompany the male at his kah-li-fee are actual or prospective off-season lovers, brought up for the tribe’s formal inspection. Weird as all this sounds, it’s every bit as logical and a good deal more healthy for the individual and the society, as the baby-making-or- nothing model....
Johanna responds:
...On the question of whether a sexual—intercourse, that is—aspect changes a relationship, all any of us can do is extrapolate from our own experience. And on the basis of mine, yes, copulation, even casual, does change things. It is perfectly possible that that experience is just the influence of life style, not a universal.

However, it seems to me that on the evidence we have, Kirk and Spock don’t bed casually, at least in a situation where someone could be hurt. Kirk may enjoy a quick tumble now and again, but I doubt he allows himself to get into a love’er and leav’er situation unless he knows the girl (Drusilla, for instance) knows the score.... And Spock does not know how to relate lightly; he could be terribly hurt. Those qualities, I think, would put him beyond the pale for Kirk, even if the shot was otherwise on the board.

A sexual relationship between Kirk and Spock would also mark a change in another way. It would be a decision, or a happening, that would put something else (however temporarily) before duty and the Enterprise. And as you pointed out, Leslie, that would be unprecedented. For both of them.

To begin with, the morality/ethics of the homosexual lifestyle, and the argument that a sexual relationship between two of the same sex is only another aspect of love, has absolutely no bearing on the question of whether or not Captain James T. Kirk and his Vulcan First Officer, Commander Spock, would engage in a sexual relationship. The only debatable point is whether these two men would or would not be involved in such a relationship with each other.

Aside from whether this relationship is out of character, the emphasis on homosexual relationships—coming out of the closet—is a big thing in our society right now. I suppose such stories in Trek fiction were almost inevitable....

But I have to keep coming back to the liberties being taken with our Star Trek characters....

I also become irritated when an author or advocate does not have the guts to admit that they are creating a whole new psychological profile for Kirk and Spock. And despite those who have been minutely scanning each episode, and eagerly fastening on any gesture or look that could possibly have a sexual connotation...there is nothing in the series to remotely suggest such a relationship.... I simply cannot fathom where anyone finds the motivation for a K/S relationship, except by changing the characters to someone else. I have copies of scripts, I’m sure you’ve read them; there just isn’t anything there....

These fans are using a simple, sensational, attention-getting explanation for a very deep and complex relationship. Love—my God, yes! Brothers—absolutely. They’d die for each other. But lovers? Never. Psychologically, a physical relationship would shatter both. I don’t see Kirk at this stage of his life to be capable of forming a lasting sexual relationship with anyone. Probably irreparable damage would be done to his ego by a relationship with one of the same sex. Think about it—about the Kirk and his background as

presented on the series. He is obviously socialized to relationships with the opposite sex.... Spock at this stage of life is also probably not capable of functioning in a lasting sexual/emotional relationship, but he was maturing. Had T’Pring not challenged, he probably would have taken her as a wife, impregnated her, and said, ‘See you in seven years.’ He couldn’t yet combine the emotional needs with the sexual. And Spock is heterosexual not only by socialization, but by his biology. Given the sexual and biological information in ‘Amok Time’, a physical relationship with a male would be impossible emotionally, especially given his arrogance and compulsion to excel. One of the main reasons Spock is able to have such a close friendship with Kirk is because he is not threatened sexually by him....
Johanna responds to comments from Susan M. on the depiction of women characters on the show and in fan fiction:
...Where the put down you discuss is coming from is, damn it, us fans, and largely from women fans. It is women—the [Dodge's], the Marshaks, the Culbreaths— who are reflecting and therefore perpetuating the contempt so many women have for women. I sometimes wonder: might that be the answer to the popularity of the K/S stories? Is it possible that deep down, many of us believe that only a man is worthy to love a man? That only a man can meet a man’s needs?

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6/7

A double ish with an actual and rather nicely-done cover by Bev Zuk. A lot of material thish. Certainly worth getting, including the falling-in-love story of Loom and Lasse. I love it! And the first half of a so-far excellent tale of Amanda and Sarek by Johanna Cantor. Several good limericks, a reprint from the British Grope series, plus several more average to excellent tales; a large 'Care to Debate That?" section and lots of delightful cartoons by Hans. A recommended issue. [11]

Issue 8

front cover of issue #8

R & R 8 was published in Summer 1978 and is 116 pages long. It has art by Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Courtney Gray, GIL, Empey, Gail M. Stark.

  • Born an Irishman by Sharon L. Parkos ( McCoy and Spock accompany four young crew members, including Kevin Riley, on their first landing party assignment. What should have been routine, turns into a life-threatening horror.) (49)
  • Matter of Life and Death by Cardiane Wedgett (73)
  • Uhura Gets Her Man by Rayelle Roe (105)
  • Open Your Mouth by Amy Harlib (116)

Comments Regarding K/S: Issue 8

There were several LoCs discussing the K/S Premise. Some are excerpted here:

Alisa C. writes:
...I do want to go on to another topic—the K/S Debate. Personally I’m pro for a lot of reasons—but most of all, I’m in this for the relationship stories and Bones. So of course I favor K/S. And it was so nice to read a debate that did not thump any Bibles or threaten anyone’s life. The arguments you printed were logical (sorry!), based on character, and well reasoned. No one changed my mind—but no one closed it, either....

Jeanne P. writes:

The old ‘look, look, they touched!’ has grated on my nerves ever since it started. What is it with a simple touch? It’s enough to make a person paranoid... Now, I am not a ‘toucher’ by nature, so maybe I am just missing something wildly exciting. But I don’t really think so. And now I think four times before I touch anybody. I mean, if people think touching is an invitation to intimacies, or indicates that intimacies have taken place, then obviously I could get quite a reputation without any of the fun. I don’t really think this is true, but if I meet any of y’all, you won’t mind if I just wave...?
Sally F. writes:
...I don’t like this idea of seeing sex in everything because it leads to a subtle, invisible pressure—that you must have sexual relations, even if you don’t want to. Otherwise, you’re repressed—an aberration! Her [[[Leslie Fish’s]]] vision of the 23rd century may be one where sex doesn’t arouse fear or fascination. Okay. But is it really freedom to assume that only sexual forces will prevail? Wouldn’t true sexual freedom have to include the right to say no without being accused of being a puritanical aberration?
Susan M. writes:
[Regarding fraternization in the military]...I was speaking to the question of any ‘particular friendship,’ homosexual, heterosexual—it doesn’t matter. From a professional military relationship, any particular friendship between two individuals of unequal rank when one is in the chain of command/supervision of another is to be strenuously avoided.... I believe that both Captain Kirk and First Officer Spock are very professional military men, and if they fell in love with each other or with any member of their command, they would request a transfer.... There is nothing that will break a good unit faster than fraternization. I have seen it happen... I’m not saying that the ST situation must conform to present ideas. But look at ‘Captain Dunsel.’ There is an appreciation of military tradition in ST.
Karen F. writes:
...There’s been a lot of discussion of whether Kirk and Spock should or shouldn’t have a sexual relationship. Fans have brought up sociology, biology, morals, you name it. Everything except ST. Why is that? Because K/S fans don’t have any solid evident in ST to go on, so they have to depend on camouflaging this lack of evidence with a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo that may or may not apply to Kirk and Spock. They choose to ignore the fact that everything in ST refutes the K/S premise....

Faced with not reaching Vulcan in time to mate, what did Spock do? Ask Kirk to take care of this needs temporarily? NO! He asked Kirk to lock him away where no one would see him. He was prepared to die rather than accept an alternative. (Of course, it has been suggested that he had no choice—that it was the location of the act rather than the act itself that was of supreme importance. But if this were true, taking Kirk to bed in pon farr wouldn’t do him any good. The results of this line of thought should be obvious!) As for Kirk, you will notice that he didn’t offer himself as a temporary bed partner. It seems he either never thought of it, or that he preferred to risk his career [getting Spock to Vulcan]. On the basis of ‘Amok [Time],’ the prospect of K/S sex looks very poor.

...All K/S is a female fantasy, and that’s not a put down. Man-to-man sex has been said to be a fairly common female fantasy. Why not accept it as such? After all, all of our stories are fantasies built upon the foundation of aired ST. None is more accurate than another, though some are extremely well written. But K/S fanatics take their subject so seriously they act as if anyone who doesn’t agree with it is a heretic. That’s what irritates me...
Anna W. writes:
After reading ‘Debate’...I honestly can’t see the two strongest men on the Enterprise being sexually involved with each other. The only time it was remotely possible is in ‘Procustean Petard’ in NV 2. With as much love and trust between Kirk and Spock, I think Spock couldn’t help being attracted to Kirk as a woman.” [12]
Johanna Cantor responds to this letter:
This is a comment several fans have made. Which only goes to reinforce my annoyed opinion that the ‘Procustean Petard’ premise is only K/S disguised, and pretty thinly disguised at that. There is still so much to explore in the Kirk and Spock presented in ST. Why this need to stretch/chop them out of shape? [13]
Barbara G. writes:
...[regarding drawing parallels from animal behavior, which Leslie Fish did frequently.] I agreed with Leslie Fish wholeheartedly. Don’t you think animal behavior studies are a better basis for building an understanding of human or humanoid male 23rd century sex behavior, than the personal experience of one or more 20th century females?
Leslie Fish writes:
...First of all, quoting examples from Nature has the edge on quoting the Bible in that there is no question about the existence of Nature or natural laws. Also, Nature is much more favorable to life, happiness, intelligence and freedom than the Biblical god is; Nature shows no objections to having Humans learn her secrets, whereas the Lord is supposed to have pronounced all sorts of nasty curses on all humanity unto the nth generation from the ‘sin’ of gaining wisdom (and, incidentally, catching the old coot in a lie!). Nature’s way seems a lot less dangerous to one’s health than God’s Way. Second, sure here are examples of anything you want to find in the animal kingdom...but the question is how many species do that (and of course how closely the beasties involved are related to Humans...)...
Johanna responds:
...As to Nature and ‘her laws,’ there may be no question of their existence. But there has surely been a lot of difference in their interpretation from culture to culture and from time to time. In our culture, the laws of nature have been used, well within living memory, to justify the social and legal subjugation of blacks, women, and the poor.... In any case, as others have pointed out, the fact that two stallions or two anything else, including two other male members of Starfleet, do ‘do it,’ can do it, or might do it, doesn’t tell us anything about Kirk and Spock. I have read most of the K/S stories—often with a great deal of enjoyment. They are often well written (and often terribly written). Nothing I have seen so far has changed my opinion that a sexually related Kirk and Spock are not the series characters. As an alternate universe, fine. With the series characters? Kirk would blush all over, and Spock’s eyebrow would reach heretofore unscaled heights.
Judith Gran writes:
In most of the [K/S] stories I’ve read, the sexuality is strictly human and emotional, in spite of token reference to the mind link. Perhaps this contributes to the sense many readers have that in these stories K and S are out of character, or that the distance/differences between them have been abrogated. There is something very incongruous about a Spock who’s been reduced to a quivering bowl of jelly by the sex act. I’ve enjoyed the exchange of views on the K/S relationship, but is seems to have reached an impasse; each side seems to have certain basic presuppositions not shared by the other. I’d like to see some discussion of problems internal to the K/S stories, as this might help us understand the issue of ‘are they or aren’t they’ a little better. For instance, why is Spock generally the weaker character in these stories, and Kirk the ‘hero’? Kirk is shown ‘liberating’ Spock’s emotions from Vulcan repression—well and good, but Spock makes no reciprocal contribution to Kirk’s development.

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9

R & R 9 was published in Spring 1979 and contains 188 pages. Art by Beverly Zuk, Carrie Rowles, ERIC, Marie A, Empey, and Alison Scott.

  • The Emmethane Sequence" by Catherine Claire (a Kirk story, sequel to "Retribution" in R&R #3 & #4) (3)
  • The Caption the Cartoon contest winners (51)
  • Battle Hymn by Linda White (A Kzin attack, pursuit...) (52)
  • The Lytherette by Lois Welling (a story of an older Spock) (81)
  • Care to Debate That?: Antifeminism in Treklit, the K/S Premise (118)
  • Kroykah! by Lois Welling (123) (T’Pau manipulated the events of “Amok Time” just so she could keep T’Pring herself.)
  • The Seed by Marie A (Kirk of the ISS Enterprise finds morale much improved now that they are working for the Resistance. On a mission to steal a coder, Kirk is captured and kept as a sex slave for the First Minister, but rescued by Rae (from Encounter in Xanadu) and his now trusted friends Bones and Spock.) [Sequel to "Encounter in Xanadu" (R&R #5) and "A Change in the Mirror" (R&R #8)] (125)
  • Sutarn by Cardiane Wedgett sequel to 'A Matter of Life and Death'" (Sutarn and Francesca) (143)
  • The Savage One by Alison Scott (Zarabeth, many years after...) (185)


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

See reactions and reviews for The Savage One.
See reactions and reviews for Sutarn.
See reactions and reviews for The Emmethane Sequence.
See reactions and reviews for The Lytherette.

Issue 10

front cover of issue #10

R & R 10 was published in Summer 1979 and contains 174 pages. Art by Gayle F, Mary Ann Emerson, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Mary Bohdanowicz, Kathy Carlson, Carol Hansen, Deborah Collier, Amy Harlib, Sharok Parkos.

The Zinedex offers the following tidbit: "McCoy Cleans His Teeth' was written in response to the editor's statement that she would not publish a story "about a character brushing his teeth," this is an entertaining "bad day" story in which Enterprise events conspire to make everything go wrong for the Doctor, from nearly electrocuting the Captain to Spock ruining his much-anticipated tooth-paste."

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

See reactions and reviews for There are Always Alternatives.
See reactions and reviews for What They Seem.
See reactions and reviews for Penthesilean Aftermath.
See reactions and reviews for Musings.
See reactions and reviews for The Price of Dilithium.
See reactions and reviews for Deathmare.
See reactions and reviews for More Than a Brother.
See reactions and reviews for Testing Time.
See reactions and reviews for Dark Knight from Future Past.
See reactions and reviews for Paradise in the Mirror.
See reactions and reviews for A Few Curves.
See reactions and reviews for The Woman Is....

Issue 11

R & R 11 was published in Fall 1979 and contains 176 pages. Bev Zuk is the front cover artist. Other art by Empey, Mary Bohdanowicz, Julie Osburn, Sharon L. Parkos, Rayelle Roe, Joan Hanke Wonnds, C. Marie B., and Hans Dietrich.

front cover of issue #11
  • Quid Pro Quo (p. 3-59) by Johanna Cantor
  • The Last Troubador (p. 59-65) by Margaret Draper [Reprinted from Log Entries #14]
  • Matrix (p. 67-98) by Mary Lee Cascio
  • Third Time's a Charm (p. 99-102) by Julie Osburn
  • Maybe There Won't Be (p. 102-106) by Naomi Konoff (Kirk, newly appointed to Enterprise freezes in a crisis; Gary talks him out of resigning his commission.)
  • Pentagram (p. 107-128) by Sharon Parkos
  • Alternative (p. 129-136) by Karen Fleming (Kirk/McCoy)
  • Where the Bookberries Bloom (p. 136-148) by Rayelle Roe (reprinted in Two-Dimensional Thinking, "Spock and Uhura find themselves in the clutches of that most loving of fathers, W.T. Dubois, and his five -- count 'em, five -- marriageable daughters. For Spock, it may mean the end of bachelorhood itself."))
  • Paterfamilias (p. 149-168) by Jelica Ranelle (reprinted in Indian Summer and Other Seasons)
  • Birthday Boy (p. 168-175) by Collette Mak (Riley is presented with an Orion dancer for the night for his birthday and finds himself on the wrong side of the law in a fight to defend her.)
  • Shriek, cartoon by Hans Dietrich p.176

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

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[zine]: A major feature of this issue seems to be nostalgia and/or flashback stories. Perhaps this subconsciously encourages one to look back at their issue of R&E, and make comparisons, which is too bad, as I feel each issue of a zine should be judged on its own merits. R&R is known for good 'adult' stories (but no K/S) in a full-packed format with few illos. Johanna Cantor, the editor, does a lot in fandom (cons, Archives, the Trekker Cookbook, as well as R&R) and perhaps she tried to squeeze this issue in too soon after #10. It is unfortunately uneven in quality, giving the impression some stories were printed solely because they happened to be one hand. However, it should not be omitted from anyone's collection, because there are some fun and worthwhile pieces. 'Quid Pro Quo': Long but occasionally interesting tale concerning Spock's attempt to marry a Vulcan woman, impeded by his capture and torture by ... well, never mind. Worth wading through. 'The Last Troubadour': A silly 'come up with a far-fetched reason for Spock to sing' story. Not worth wading through. 'Matrix': Deals with the beginning of Kirk's command of the Enterprise, and also his friendship with Spock. Good in spots, but the author has an unfortunate tendency to tell us what the characters' emotions are, instead of display then for us to experience for ourselves. Also tried to fit a a novel's worth of incidents into 31 pages. 'Third Time's a Charm': a charming short 'Uhura meets the Captain story.' 'Maybe There Won't Be': Kirk almost quits his first day, because he makes a mistake. A good idea that didn't quite come off. 'Pentagram': Black Magic on the Enterprise and Spock gets to play Exorcist. It's not exactly terrifying, more like terrible. 'Alternative': Kirk, having been burnt once too often, now refuses to get intimate with female crewmembers. McCoy decides to convince him to experiment with males. The author handles the idea gingerly at first, but it turns out as one of the best examples of stories on same-sex possibilities I've read in fanfic. Best of zine award. 'Where the Bookberries Bloom': A space-going hillbilly gives Spock the starring role in a shotgun wedding for his five daughters. I'm not sure if this was supposed to be a farce or a parody. I am sure that it wasn't funny. 'Paterfamilias': Reasonably well-done story of the difficulty in maintaing a friendly relationship that started out of forced intimacy, in this case between Kirk and one of his lieutenants. Included are addenda and postscript to the story, vignettes for people who have to know whether there ever was a happy ending. Nice not to have to wait, actually. 'Birthday Boy': Kevin Riley's friends buy him a special birthday present -- with predictably unpredictable results. Last but emphatically not least: Hans Dietrich's version of what happened in the Nostromo shuttle at the close of the movie Alien. Unmissable! Overall contents: Averages out to only fair. Art: fair to poor. Repro: 10% reduction, but quite legible. Very good. Value: Borderline. Depends on the reader's taste. [14]
[zine]: This is one of the milder adult Star Trek fanzines. By "adult", I mean that some of the text depicts fairly explicitly sexual acts essential to the storyline, and that some of the illustrations feature nude males and females of both human and alien species. It is intended for a heterosexually oriented audience, hence it does not contain Kirk/Spock homosexual relationship stories. If you find this type of material offensive, PLEASE DO NOT BUY OR READ THIS FANZINE! Consider yourself warned! But if you like adult material, R&R is one of the best written ST fanzines around. The contents of R&R XI are as follows; l) "Quid Pro Quo", by Johanna Cantor, illustrated by Empey. This is the best, the longest, and the most explicit story in the fanzine. Spock goes into pon farr while the Enterprise is on shore leave at the open port of New London. He is kidnapped by the employees of Kathor's Pleasure Palace. Kathor, a Klingon, wants to make Spock and his intended bride T'Pan the unwilling stars of his next porno flick. Details of Vulcan reproduction both as a biological and as a sociological phenomenon are developed in depth. Flashbacks include an unexpurgated version of "Amok Time." "The Last Troubadour" by Margaret Draper. This amusing story was originally published in the English fanzine LOG ENTRIES 14 . Admiral Harper has the Enterprise transport a Plofflehound to his wife. When frustrated, Plofflehounds emit a shriek which makes grown men faint. This one took a fancy to Mr. Spock's singing. It's 15 days to destination... "Matrix" by Mary Lee Cascio, illustrated by Mary Bohdanowicz. This is a richly detailed account of how Kirk took command of the Enterprise and became friends with Spock. The events take place immediately before and after the episode WHERE NO MAN HAS GONE BEFORE. "Third Time's A Charm" by Julie Osburn. This is a short but amusing account of Uhura's first few days on the Enterprise. " Maybe There Won't Be" by Naomi Konoff. A short story which depicts Kirk as unfit for command. The characterizations are off. "Pentagram" by Sharon L. Parkos. A demon called up by a new crewmember who dabbles in the occult wreaks havoc aboard the Enterprise. "Alternatives" by Karen Fleming. Since it is editorial policy to not print K/S stories, here's a Kirk/McCoy story instead. "Where the Bookberries Bloom" by Rayelle Roe. Spock and Uhura are abducted by a colonial farmer who wants a husband for his five homely daughters. Amusing in spots. 9) "Paterfamilias" by Jelica Ranelle, illustrated by Joan Hank. Kirk and a female crewmember
are forced to publicly copulate to save their lives with unexpected consequences. Illustrations depict male frontal nudity. 10) "Birthday Boy" by Collette Mark, illustrated by C. Marie B. It's Heilly's birthday,
and the boys have a great present for him: a night with an Orion slave girl... Cartoons, poetry, songs, and fannish news are also included. [15]

Issue 12

front cover of issue #12, Bev Zuk

R & R 12 was published in spring 1980 and contains 154 pages. Artwork by Vida Hull, Nadya Emmanuel, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Stephanie Hawks, Carol Hansen, ERIC, Sharon L. Parkos, Barbara P. Gordon, Julie Osburn, Vel Jaeger, Kathy Carlson, R. G. Pollett, and Bev Zuk (cover).

  • My Word, Now Given by Lois Welling (3)
  • Four Play by J. Mike (26)
  • Home by Susan Fine (27)
  • Who's Who by Nadya Emmanuel (28)
  • Shadow of the Flame by Johanna Cantor (49)
  • Whit's Worn Beneath the Kilt by Kathleen Glancy (66)
  • A Private Line by Emily C. Ross (67)
  • The Severing by Johanna Cantor (69)
  • Quid Pro Quo by Sharon Decker (77)
  • And God Against All by Collette Mak (78) (When fanon collides with itself -- the editors write about this story in the editorial for issue #14: "In "And God Against All" In RSR XII, Collette Mak used the term, Vljn'd'Jt, which is a term coined by Leslye Lilker for the Sahaj universe. Collette thought it was one of the usual terms in Treklit. I knew it was Leslye's, but I missed It. Both Collette and I apologize; the term is Leslye's, and our use of it was unauthorized.")
  • Red Sky Dawning by Carol Hansen (85)
  • Showdown by Mardy Lamski (107)
  • The Morning After by D.P. Anderson (108)
  • The Promise by Sharon L. Parkos (110)
  • Journey to.... by Robyn N. Kevelson (112)
  • Care to Debate That? by Jean Lorrah, et. al. (113)
  • What's a Star Trek? by R. Merrill Bollerud (117)
  • Diplomatic Protest by Joy Mancinelli (123)
  • Who, Me? by Julie Osburn (125)
  • Through a Glass Darkly by Delores Booker (128)
  • All That's Best by Pamela Rose (135)
  • The Source by Ellen M. Kozak (150) (also in Indian Summer and Other Seasons)
  • The Life of Riley by Collete Mak (151)

Comments Regarding K/S: Issue 12

While fans continued to debate the validity of the K/S Premise in the zine, the discussion had dwindled by issue #12. Below is an excerpt from a fan's LoC.

J.M. writes:

...I find myself somewhat surprised that no one has brought up the K/S syndrome in relation to Mary Sue. In some ways I think K/S is a reaction to the anti-M.S. fervor. It is difficult to create a full fledged, intelligent, believable and growing character as it is. With the Mary Sue syndrome I find myself constantly looking over my own shoulder and judging my work with female characters—perhaps too critically—knowing that this is the major charge that they will have to face.

...By bringing together the two most dynamic and explored characters in the series one can bypass the issue. One can write a romance theoretically with no female, hence no Mary Sue.... Many of the K/S stories end up creating a terribly out of character Kirk or Spock—a male Mary Sue, so to speak—but for some reason these are not so eminently dismissable (probably the fact that they are mischaracterizing one who is public property rather than their own invention.)

I have read some fabulous K/S. There are definitely some questions that can be dealt with only in this situation. And there have been a disproportionate number of good writers who are drawn to this theme (plot?). But for the beginning writer, for one who has been in fandom for quite a while and knows how M.S is regarded (disregarded) there can be strong incentive toward avoiding M.S utterly and using K/S to express many of the same ideas....

Issue 13

front cover of issue #13, Beverly Zuk

R & R 13 was published in 1981 and contains 173 pages. Cover by Beverly Zuk. Inside cover by Vel Jaeger and inside back cover by Joan Hanke Woods.

  • The Doctor and the Enterprise by Jean Airey; ill. Joan Hanke Woods, p. 3
  • A Diplomatic Relationship by Vel Jaeger (A diplomatic mission to a Bedouin-like culture brings Irene Armstrong aboard the Enterprise and into a gentle romance with Leonard McCoy.) p. 48
  • A New Father's Reflections by Terry S. Bowers, p. 60
  • Source of Light by Mary Ann Drach; ill. Barbara P. Gordon, p. 61
  • Epithalamion by Johanna Cantor; ill. Empey, p. 72
  • Sunshine and Ebony by Karen Fleming; ill. Carol Waterman, p. 84
  • Stepping Stone by Karen Fleming; ill. Carol Waterman, p. 87
  • Compassionate Leave by Johanna Cantor; ill. Stephanie Hawks, p. 93
  • Mr. Scott, There Are Leprechauns Aboard by Nadya Emanuel, p. 104
  • The Will of Amanda by Dayle S. Barker, p. 126
  • Choices by D. Booker; ill. Susan Ceci, p. 133
  • The Saga of the Spaceman and the Maiden (poem) by Gene S. Delapenia, p. 136
  • The Liertenant and the Doctor by Jean Airey; ill. Carol Waterman, p. 136
  • A First Time for Everything by Joy Mancinelli, p. 146
  • The Outlaw by Johanna Cantor; ill. Vida Hull, p. 152
  • Ballad of the Birthday Boy by Jeanne Coud and Cheryl L. White, p. 168 (In issue #15, the editor notes that "the last line of "Ballad of the Birthday Boy" should have read "Fock you, Mr. Spuck." Sorry, girls.")
  • Kevin's Chronicles by Collete Mak; ill. Lynn Eldridge, p. 168


Issue 14

R & R 14 was published in February 1981 and contains 170 pages. Art by Bev Zuk, Suzan Lovett (it is in this issue her very first zine art appeared), Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Kathy Carlson, Karen Kruse, and Mary Ann Emerson.

front cover of issue #14, Bev Zuk

While this series contains much explict adult material, the editor states on the table of contents page that this issue is "fairly clean."

Suzan Lovett describes her art start, one which started in this issue:
Johanna Cantor kept it cheap mostly to give the new writers and artists a place where they had a chance of getting printed. She sent me two stories to illustrate, mentioning she’d prefer ink, but if I preferred otherwise, she was fine with that, as long as I understood she’d be simply Xeroxing them and I shouldn’t expect perfect quality. She’s the only reason I kept on drawing. She kept sending me stories and printing my drawings until I got better and the other zine editors started noticing and asking for work, accepting pencil work, until I had more and more reasons to improve. [16]
When fanon collides with itself -- the editors write about this story in the editorial for issue #14:
In "And God Against All" In RSR XII, Collette Mak used the term, Vljn'd'Jt, which is a term coined by Leslye Lilker for the Sahaj universe. Collette thought it was one of the usual terms in Treklit. I knew it was Leslye's, but I missed It. Both Collette and I apologize; the term is Leslye's, and our use of it was unauthorized.
  • Undiplomatic Exit by Mary Jo Lawrence. In which our heroic captain finds himself in a number of compromising positions, among which are suspect and detective in a diplomatic murder. (1)
  • The Phoenix Factor by Doreen A. Mateicka (66) (Illustrated by Suzan Lovett, the story is about Kirk after he sustains an injury which paralyzes him. Spock resigns from Starfleet after Kirk is discharged, and the two of them pursue a cure.)
  • Maiden Voyage by Nadya Emanuel (80)
  • The Wakening by Caroline Nixon (114)
  • Ambassador's Lady by Lois Welling. The next story in the Lytherette series, in which Anne and Sannen return to Vulcan to the house of T'Pru. (136)
  • Another Shore Leave by Suzan Lovett (162) (reprinted in Antinomy) ("You can't do this to me. Bones! I have overdrawn my IOU's to get permission for this particular leave. Who knows if we will ever be in this sector again. Three days of pure bliss waiting for us and...." McCoy interrupted: "I know, Jim, and I'm sure the crew will appreciate it." He didn't mention he was practically drooling over the prospects himself. "I also know our planetfall coincides with your birthday. I am really sorry, but this is one shore leave you are going to miss." ---Wrigley's Pleasure Planet - and Kirk is under quarantine. What's a frustrated Captain to do? Help comes from the most unexpected quarter.")

Issue 15

front cover of issue #15

R & R 15 was published in Spring 1981. It is a collection of 13 stories and poems and is 153 pages long. The art is by Barbara P. Gordon, Vel Jaeger, Marilyn Johansen, Anne Davenport, Anna Lokuta, Suzan Lovett, and Richard G. Pollet.

  • For Logical Reasons by Collete Mak (3)
  • Not Alone by Suzan Lovett (26) (reprinted in Antinomy) (Kirk was halfway through the corridor before the doors were fully open. McCoy had just picked up another hypo and turned toward Spock when the Captain burst through the Sick Bay door. "Bones, stop!" Ignoring the surprised looks from the line of crewmen and nurses, Kirk headed straight for the doctor and plucked the hypo from McCoy's hand, frozen in mid-air. He held the hypo tightly, as if someone would try to take it away. Only then did he allow himself to lean against a bed and try to still his pounding heart, ---There's a murderer on board the Enterprise, and Spock is the intended victim.")
  • Passage by Jacqueline Bielowicz (42)
  • Myrmidon? by Anna Lokuta (50)
  • The Perfect Present by Joy Mancinell (77)
  • The Entellus Triangle by Jeff Holt (93)
  • Into the Here by Carol Hansen (107)
  • Life in the Fast Lane by Sheri M. Lewis (113)
  • Starburst by Cathi Brown (114)
  • Of Sufficient Value by Marcella Belton (117)
  • A Shaggy Tribble Story by D.C. Dedon (131)
  • A Space Voyager of a Different Sort by Sharon F (137)
  • Trigon by Suzan Lovett (141) (reprinted in Antinomy) ("Kirk had other friends, and I came to like most of them. My favorite by far was Doctor McCoy. . . . .We were sharing a friendly drink in the Rec Hall when the Vulcan went by. My look must have left something to be desired. "Okay, Chandra, what have you got against Vulcans?" No subtlety in the man. "From what I see and hear, nothing you haven't got." I was being flippant; but he insisted, and finally got all the story out of me. "Let me give you some advice, Chandra. If you love Jim, don't compete with Spock." He put his hand on mine. "In fact, if you have any thoughts of a future with Jim, you'd better start liking Spock." ---Chandra has pulled every string she can to get this particular assignment. When Kirk takes a very personal interest in her, she's absolutely delighted. But she's about to find out exactly what being involved with Kirk might demand of her - and exactly who the most important person in the Captain's life is.")

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

R&R15, as are all previous R&Ss have been, a credit to somewhat risque fanzine publications. As usual, for R&R, the art work is not by any means its strongest suit, however the stories and poetry have such an effective use of imgery and overall quality syntax, that the artwork could have been left out entirely and the zine would not suffer for it. 'For Logical Reason' is another explanation of the first meeting of Amanda and Sarek, it is unlike many of its croonees [?] in that it portrays certainly the evolving romance, but it does not overlook the mundanities along the way. In this case, Amanda is a simple librarian and the Vulcan embassy and, though she is constantly at odds with the Chief Ambassador, who Sarek eventually replaces, she stays on; not due to any infatuation with Sarek, but simply for the cash remuneration. The story progresses until the obvious climax-in-bed scene but nonetheless, the story is a refreshing look at an otherwise worn-out plot. 'Not Alone' uses yet another well-worn plot, the Kirk-is-infected-with-an-alien-presence-and-Spock-rescues-him-with-the-mind-meld theme. Unfortunately, Lovett does not do as successful a job at salvaging the story from mediocrity as did C. Mak, but the introduction poem and art make it worth reading and the characterizations are accurate. 'Passages,' is in my opinion, one of the best stories in the zine. It has in its favor expressive art work, sensual writing style and most importantly, a fresh plot! In this little jewel, Chapel and M'Benga have a roaring romance and through the course of the affair, M'Benga confronts Christine with some truths that ST fans have been wanting to do for some time. 'Myrmidon?': well, this one had the foresight to put in a question mark, so the reader didn't have to. It was odd, very odd. The plot deals with an alien race, who threaten the Federation weaponry with their own unknown form of destruction and running parallel with this plot is shady goings on at Starfleet Command. Th end wind up with Kirk as the hero, the underhanded Commodore Lucia in irons for trying to use this mission for his own personal gain -- regardless of the consequences to Kirk and his crew. This one must be read slowly or twice if you can stand it, to grasp its illusive if nonexistent plot. 'The Perfect Present' gives the reader an inner look at the Kirk and Uhura relationship in all its glory, but it doesn't fail to leave out the mud-slinging that goes along with any good romance. The story gravitates around, of all things, Uhura's earrings; always Kirk's way of expressing his devotion, etc. to Uhura, claiming that they completed her and in the end, a pair of earrings completes their relationship... 'The Entellus Triangle' is a good Romulan episode, in it the Enterprise is swept off course by a severe storm and hurled into Romulan space, but this time, the Romulan is not stupid and takes over the Enterprise. The story then becomes a desperate attempt on the part of Kirk and his officers to re-take his own ship. The author is very successful in creating in the reader a sense of violation and hopelessness when the Enterprise is commandeered. 'Into the Here' is another strange one, well worth passing up altogether; Spock and his party beam down into a mist and Spock falls into a magnetic hole, in a desperate state of pon farr, just to keep the plot rolling, as nothing else does. Spock, of course, is saved from his lustful desires by a cloud, no less, and one year later reappears much to the surprise of McCoy and Kirk from the same hole he fell into... Like I said, skip this one... 'Life in the Fast Lane' is short, sweet, and clever. 'Of Sufficient Value' was either written by a masochist, or aimed at one. The whole of the story revolves around beatings, death, etc... The people being abused are none other than Kirk, McCoy, Spock, and some Red Shirts, but of course, they are expendable. The plot, if you can call it that, finally emerges at the very end where we find out that the alien captors need fertile males to revitalize their race, and our favorite stud, Kirk, is chose, but eventually gets out of it when Spock and Kirk return for him, and Kirk's handmaiden ends up pregnant, thus suppling a trade for Kirk's life; their child -- it being considered of sufficent value. I did not find this work of ANY value, but judge for yourselves. 'Shaggy Tribble Story' was a humorous... short and sleazy. 'A Space Voyager of a Different Sort' capitalized on character analysis between Kirk and Spock; had the writers of ST:TMP looked to this short/short story for characterizations, they would have been more true to the ST personalities we all know. The pot is almost non-existent, but the intimate feelings generate in the reader make the plot failings inconsequential. 'Trigon' is written in first person and unlike many works written in this way, the reader still feels actively involved in the story. It gives an inner look into the mind of a young woman who has been having an affair with Kirk when she is all but forced into saving Spock from the agonies and eventual death brought on by pon farr. A close examination of the Kirk and Spock friendship is presented, and by the conclusion, the reader feels that Kirk loves Spock and depends on him far more than he relies on his crew or even the Enterprise himself. [17]

Issue 16

front cover of issue #16

R & R 16 was published Summer 1981, 158 pages. Art by Virginia Lee Smith, Bev Clark, Anna Lakuta, Empey, Marilyn Johansen, Carol Waterman, Anne Davenport, Carol Hansen, Toni Hardeman and Suzan Lovett.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

With a zine that contains as much as this one, it is impossible to cover each and every offering in one reasonable sized review, so I will instead mention the selections that I feel are most interesting, most unusual, or otherwise most deserving of attention. ‘The Vulcan Factor’ is a sequel to an earlier story ‘The Maiden Voyage.’ This story is one that takes an interesting premise, develops it moderately, and then, unfortunately, cops out with an all-too-pat ending. Mr. Spock is suddenly deprived of his bondmate by her untimely death, so Kirk and Captain Sloane (the conveniently female captain of the ship aboard which Spock’s bondmate, J’Tau, was also a first officer) arrange for Spock to spend some time on the shore leave planet with a replica in order to ease his sense of loss. Not a bad premise, except for the glaring fact that Captain Sloane is included as an obvious romantic for Starfleet’s most eligible captain. But there’s one flaw in the whole solution – Vulcan memory is so precise, so exact, so detailed that Spock does not created a replica of J’Tau; he actually creates a real, living person, a woman who IS J’Tau. And if that isn’t enough, Spock also creates a mini-Vulcan of his own, complete with 6000 real live Vulcans. So when Captain Sloane and James T. arrive, they are faced with the dilemma of what to do with all these ‘people.’ They are exact duplicates of people who already exist (Sarek, Amanda, T’Pau…) so they can’t be allowed to roam the Federation at will, but since they are real people, not replicas, they cannot be ‘turned off’ or cast aside. In the midst of all this, Kirk is faced with the romantic complication of Sloane, a real tough-as-nails feminist who loves to expound about sexual anarchy and male dominance and yet still can’t resist falling in bed with you-know-who. It’s sad that this romantic digression from the main storyline is allowed to interfere with what was otherwise a good idea with a lot of potential. ‘In Payment of Debt Acknowledged’ is a pleasant, short interlude. Uhura’s request that Kirk sponsor her in her return to the Academy in hopes of obtaining a command of her own brings back memories of another similar request that he turned down many years ago – the request of Janice Lester. I’ve always considered Janice Lester to be one of ST’s most complex characters, and this was a welcome selection… Ever wonder if Janice Rand got her man? ‘Chrysalis’ answers just that question. This post ST-TMP story shows that, more than anything, the more things change, the more they stay the same. In contrast to the previous selection, ‘Transition’ is a very, very early ST story, a story of Spock and Number One. It provides an interesting looke at Spock’s first time in a somewhat more interesting fashion than is usual with type of story (and there are hundreds). ‘Promises to Keep’ is my pick for best of zine. It is a continuation of the saga of Spock and T’Pan which has been featured in earlier volumes of this zine. This selection provides more insight into their relationship as Spock receives some surprising news from a friend and both he and T’Pan must adjust to the knowledge. There are no easy answers for either of them, but the depth of the exploration of the relationship between them is the thing that ‘makes’ this story. Also, this story features, at its beginning, probably the best single piece of artwork in this zine, a lovely rendering of T’Pan and her son done by Empey. Top-notch work! And, finally, if you’re rather thick-skinned, you might enjoy ‘Pea Green.’ It’s a humorous short regarding certain daily functions and various chemical reactions by which the entire crew is able to… Oh, well, you know the title of the story… need I say more? Overall, I found this 158-page zine to be, as ‘R&R’ has always been, a quality production. There are, perhaps a few too many typos, and they do tend to be distracting to the reader, but with this kind of material, perseverance is rewarded. My compliments to the editor. On a scale of 4 stars, this rates 3. [19]
Everyone needs time for R&R. That's a traditional military term for rest and recreation, folks. But it also means a lot of good reading from Yeoman Press which is headed by Johanna Cantor. R&R XVI is an adult 'zine, chockfull of Star Trek oriented stories and poetry, and many pieces of artwork, all tucked into a 160 page package. The print is small -- 14 pitch in reduced state -- and single spaced, so be assured that the reader gets the maximum in good Trek reading for the price. Long time readers of Trek material will recognize a number of familiar names among the authors and artists. Cantor herself, offers PROMISES TO KEEP, a tale of romance between Spock and T'Pan of Vulcan. Spock thought he would bond with her and let the resulting union free them to pursue their true desires. But it didn't quite work out that way. How does one share a trust, and an intimacy, when an ominous need for sacrifice looms too close? In an intriguing story of illusions, Nadya Emanuel lets a confused Kirk confront an angry Kirk in THE VULCAN FACTOR. To recover from the near fatal effects of pon-farr, Spock is sent to the Shore Leave planet to let his imaginings restore the worlds he knew. In typical Vulcan style, Spock imagines thousands of beings -- and Kirk" is among them. Now Spock and the original Kirk must figure out how to resolve a perplexing problem: what do they do with all those people? What happens when Jim Kirk meets Miss Piggy? Suzan Lovett shows us in a wonderfully humorous bit of art that you won't want to miss. And what happens when Kirk is encouraged indulge in his penchant for over eating? The answers can be found in MY KINGDOM FOR A CUPCAKE by Cathy Strand and Kay Johnson. These, and many more, fill out this bargain 'zine. Although R&R XVI was originally seen in the Summer of 1981 and reprinted in 1983, the writings and artwork are truly timeless. Several of the offerings are sexually explicit, thus it is not recommended for children, but all mature adults will find endless hours of enjoyment in this collection. [20]

Issue 17

front cover of issue #17, Bev Zuk

R & R 17 was published in Spring 1982 and is 152 pages long. Cover by Beverly Zuk.

  • The Web by Suzan Lovett, illustrated by Suzan Lovett. Nominated for a 1983 Fan Q Award. (30 pages) (reprinted in Antinomy) ("He knew it was senseless to blame Starfleet-might as well blame the fate that had placed him on this spot at this time-but these situations came his way too often lately, and he was sick of them. He was tired of being the one to order a crewmember into danger, the one to hold his responsibilities dearer than his friends, the one to push the button.... He couldn't help feeling like just a cog in the well-oiled Starfleet machinery, his whole existence devoted to making sure he functioned, obeyed, conformed-all according to the regs. He activated his log and started to record his resignation.... ---Terrorists have captured a starliner filled with tourists and they have presented their demands. The hostage situation rapidly escalates into a complex political web involving the Klingon and Romulan Empires. As all their choices narrow down to the unthinkable, Kirk and Spock face the most difficult decisions of their careers.")
  • The Winning Hand by Carol Nevins, illustrated by Joyce Perdue (poem)
  • To Each His Own by Rosalie Blazej (15 pages)
  • The Romulan Surprise by Marcella Belten, illustrated by Kathy Carlson (15 pages)
  • Pick Up by Beth Carlson, illustrated by Vida Hull (5 pages)
  • The Return Of Mr. Spock by Richard G. Pollett (5 pages)
  • The Spoils Of War by Beth Carlson, illustrated by Vida Hull (13 pages)
  • Parental Secret by Sharon F (2 pages)
  • Curses, Jihkarr, Foiled Again by Lynda Carraher, illustrated by Carrie Rowles (10 pages)
  • Black Is The Color by Carol Hansen (7 pages)
  • Cat Among The Pigeons by Debra Doyle, illustrated by Carol Waterman (14 pages)
  • A Compromising Situation by Collette Mak, illustrated by Suzan Lovett. Sequel to "For Logical Reasons" in issue #15. (22 pages)
  • Family Reunion by Mardy Lamski, illustrated by Beverly Zuk (6 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

Some general comments about the zine: The contents are usually of high quality, with individual stories ranging from excellent to good. Cantor takes her job as editor seriously. Artwork is limited and on the whole not as good as the prose. There is some adult material presented, but it should be noted that for the most part, such scenes are important to the story and not the story's raison d'entre. There are exceptions, however. Stories tend to run several pages in length and actual events take place -- I, for one, am tired of talky, soul-searching, three-page vignettes in which the character comes to some momentous conclusion and then exits without having done anything about it... 'The Web' is a personal favorite because of the dilemma it sets up. A Federation spacelineer is hijacked by a group of Romulans who claim to be fleeng Klingon space, and who demand passage back to home territory or else they will kill their hostages. This is the 'no win' situation brought to life, with complications on every side. A good well written effort. A close second is 'Cat Among Pigeons.' In this story, the Enterprise is once again transporting delegates to a conference when someone is murdered -- and this time T'Pring and Stonn are among those on board. This one is special for a variety of reasons, but cheifly for the characterization of T'Pring; the lady is presented sympathetically without being condescending. "Compromising Situation' is a Sarek-and-Amanda tale set in the early days of their marriage. Sarek has been away for some time, leaving Amanda on Vulcan to adjust to the clan -- and vice versa. The results leave much to be desired, as everyone but Sarek might expects. The author presents an interesting view of Vulcan life which, although not radically different from what we've seen before, is still very much her own. I would like to see more. There are several other stories in the zine that would be stand-outs in lesser company, but they are too many to mention here. Suffice it to say that this zine comes highly recommended. [21]

Issue 18

front cover of issue #18
inside back cover of issue #18, Sherry Veltkamp

R & R 18 was published in Spring 1983. Printed offset, stapled, 204 pages. Art by Vel Jaeger, Bev Zuk., Deborah Collier, Barbara P. Gordon, Vida Hull, Mel White, Sherry Veltkamp, B.A. Clarke, Richard G. Pollet, Michael McGann, and Nancy Gervais.

  • The Chameleon Factor by Nadya Emanuel (3)
  • There Are Some Things by PATT (19)
  • The Crucial Element by Carol Nevins (27)
  • The Doctor's Decision by Mardy Lanski (The V'Ger mission is over and the Enterprise has a new mission with Dr. McCoy a reluctant participant. The doctor has complied with his Captain's request to put off handing in a resignation for at least a month. The deadline is drawing near and we follow McCoy as he goes about his duties, talks with his friends and family and struggles to make the decision to stay or leave the Enterprise.) (47)
  • Jettison by Karen C. Hunter (58)
  • Vulcan Moon by Deborah Collier (68)
  • For Khan by Veva Richards (82)
  • Innocent Voyager by Kei Swanson (83)
  • Genesis by Flora Poste (98)
  • A Thing to Wear by A. T. Bush (89)
  • Omega by Suzan Lovett (101) (reprinted in Antinomy) ("Perhaps you should reevaluate your decision to turn away visitors. Especially..." "No, Mr. Spock," she interrupted firmly. "I don't want to see him. He wouldn't be like you. I couldn't bear his guilt." Spock had no answer to that. He knew the irrational way the Captain blamed himself for everything that happened. He held out a small package. Janice reached for it and with a sinking feeling realized what it would contain. It was customary, and she had been expecting and dreading it. She turned it over in her hands, wishing it would vanish. "I can't accept this. I... appreciate it, but..." She tried to give it back. "Please return it with my thanks." ---Janice Rand has saved Kirk from a terrible fate - at a tragic cost to her own life. All she has left to do now is make one final goodbye.")
  • Letters by Kathryn Anne Evans (Letters that span many years from Joanna McCoy to her father.) (111)
  • Adjustments by Beth Carlson (126)
  • Game If You Are by J. Mike (140)
  • Frosty but Kindly by Vivian Gates (147)
  • The Secret Life of Ensign Perkins by Lynnette Knox (151)
  • It Tolls for Thee by Sherri Veltkamp (A savage battle and 2 1/2 days in OR have left McCoy exhausted, but before he can rest there is one last autopsy report to complete.) (165)
  • Silver Lady by PATT (161)
  • Ramifications by Johanna Cantor (162)
  • Unwilling Host by W. S. Thurman (179)
  • "Choices" by Diane Mistiewicz (196)
  • "Unfinished Business" by Jane Yambe (200)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18

Variety is the keyword when it comes to describing this 204 page zine; there's a lots of room for everything, and while the stories may not be quite so sexually explicit as in past issue, there is plenty here to keep the reader's attention firmly riveted to the pages. 'The Chameleon Factor' by Nadya Emanuel (with artwork by Vel Jaeger) is the longest and possibly most absorbing work in this volume. I definitely recommend this one as a sure fire winner! There is a rather touching story by Suzan Lovett called 'Omega,' which is a Janice Rand - Charlie Evans vignette. While the ending is not especially unexpected, it is still enjoyable to read about a couple of characters that are a definate part of the ST universe yet which have been neglected for the most part by most writers and zine eds. Other stories in this volume include 'Unfinished Business,' a tale of Janice Lester, 'Letters,' the correspondance of a lifetime between Dr. McCoy and his daughter, Joanna, 'Adjustments,' a Spock-Christine story, and 'Ramifications,' Johanna Cantor's latest installment in the Spock-T'Pan series, which is outstanding, as usual. The print is small, perhaps too small for the liking of some, but the editor has her own comments on the subject in the zine, so I'll refrain from saying more here. It would be lovely if the entire zine could be done in the same print style, but the variety of styles is no doubt due to the large number of typists used to turn out a zine with this many stories. It's really only a passing complaint, and I found that once I was involved in the story, the changes in type style went virtually unoticed. As with all previous volumes, this one is excellent! What can I say -- except, 'give it a try! [22]
'R & R' might just as well stand for respected and reliable. Yeoman Press has been putting out this zine for a long time, and it has gained a solid reputation for interesting R-rated (non K/S) Trek fiction. When you buy from Yeoman Press, you can usually count on getting your money's worth. Issue #18 is, with reservations, a case in point. It cannot be called a brilliant collection of stories -- at times the contents swing wildly from very good to downright terrible. But for the most part it delivers solid enjoyable fan fiction. My personal favorite is 'The Secret Life of Ensign Perkins,' a light comendy about a disaster-prone food technician. Told in first person narrative, it zeroes right in on the comic side of life aboard the Big E. 'The Doctor's Decision' takes a thoughtful look at what convinced McCoy to stay on ship after the events of ST:TMP. 'Game If You Are' revives Lt. Masters and Yeoman Tamura for some adventure involving a neutral planet, Orion traders, and the infamous green Orion slave girl. The curious thing about this zine is the wide variety of attitudes displayed towards women. 'Game If You Are' brings up the issue of slavery where the Orion women are concerned; 'Unfinished Business' is a memoir by an older woman friend of the young and ambitious Janice Lester; 'Jettison' and 'Vulcan Woman' are two stories about Spock's full sister T'Siri and her unique talents. To offset these, there is 'Innocent Voyager,' an appallingly awkward and chauvinistic tale about Scotty's daughter on a cadet training cruise aboard the Enterprise. She's not only nineteen and never been kissed, but God forbid she should have sex with Sulu unless the author guarantees that they get married six months later. Sulu's idea of a wife is someone keeping the home fires warm (that's an exact quote) accompanied, of course, with children and an utter lack of personality. By the time I finished that story, I was ready to scream -- it takes the most insulting attitude towards women, as if their brains were capable only of scheming to catch a man. Even the style is discordant; sexual intimacy is described with clinical accuracy, while dialogue and characterization sound disturbingly like an article in 'Tiger Beat' magazine. 'A Thing to Wear' and 'Omega' are less inept, but almost as offensive. The former finds the clothing synthesizer on the ship malfunctioning, so that we get ten pages of Kirk and McCoy lusting after bare bottoms. 'Omega' has Rand, disfigured after an explosion, running away to die or live in eternal solitude with Charlie Evans because -- horror of horrors -- now she's ugly. If you can believe this, 'Choices' has Kirk, Spock, and McCoy sitting around getting drunk and deciding which women aboard the ship Spock should marry because Starfleet is now requiring all male Vulcans in deep space duty to be accompanied by their wives. (Even a sloshed Spock isn't funny here, as opposed to a similar hilarious scene in More Tales of Feldman). All in all, however, this zine is redeemed by such stories as 'Adjustments' (part of her Spock/Christine series), 'The Chameleon Factor' (about piracy and Spock's encounter with Kirk's illegitimate daughter), 'Letters' (a wonderful series of notes from Joanna McCoy to her father, written in the different styles from childhood to old age), 'Frosty but Kindly' (a nice one night stand story about a lonely middle-aged woman and a Vulcan male also feeling the pangs of approaching mortality). The editor's onw 'Ramifications' (another in the Spock/T'Pan series) is well written, but even though the characters are in pon farr, they seem to me unduly human and emotional. On the whole, I would recommend issue #18 as being worth the price, but with this caveat -- it is not a pretty zine, not neatly bound and well-illustrated, and though the editor says that this will be the last time she will use reduced print, the print of this issue is somewhat of a killer on the eyes. So if you like your money to go for high-quality paper, offset printing, and fancy illos, this is not your zine. If all you care about is lots and lots of fan fiction, then issue #18 is definitely worth your while. [23]


Issue 19

front cover of issue #19, Bev Zuk
inside back cover of issue #19, Bev Zuk

R & R 19 was published in January 1984, is 162 pages long and contains 9 stories. Art by Bev Zuk (front and back covers), M. Bohdanowicz, Bonnie Reitz, Sherry Veltkamp, and Richard Pollett.


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19

In January 1984, Yeoman Press (edited by Johanna Canter -- I think her middle name is Industrious) sent out R & R XIX. This issue is a little easier to read because it is done 12 pitch type. There is a variety in the type styles and line spacing, due, undoubtedly, to the many different typewriters that were used. However, the overall appearance of this zine is excellent and shows the growth of Yeoman Press. Flora Poste's ADVICE TO MOTHERS came much, much to late to influence my parents. In a short span of three years, I have been involved in nearly every type of experience and thrill that Trekking means. Since then I have become engulfed by all activities, talents, and skills used in Trekdom. Some of you may not recognize yourselves, but most of you will grin and silently nod your heads as Poste's poetic reality sings in your soul. Trekking has never been described better! THE SOLEMNEST OF INDUSTRIES by Collette Mak finds Kirk carrying out some of Spock' s last wishes. As he goes through Spock's belongings, the memories assail Kirk -- and he cannot avoid the pain. McCoy joins him; the sharing helps for the moment, but little do they know that their pain will grow worse in time. For Kirk, it's a moment of honor and -- perhaps -- a moment of final communication. Cantor offers us REBELLION AT TROYOS with the chance to meet the husband of Elaan. Troyanos and his twin, Troyanot, must protect Troyos from Elaan and her cronies, who would restore the supremacy of Elaas. Knowing that she cannot win Kirk to her side, Elaan tries to gain stratgic information from Spock by means of torture. Does she succeed? Elaan comes too close. Kirk must stop Elaan and find Spock before it's too late. Two of the artists deserve special note: Mary Bohdanowiz has provided exceptional illos for Flora Poste' s BUT IN THAT SLEEP WHAT DREAMS -- a post STII story. Beverly Zuk gives us a cover depicting Uhura and an inside, back cover of our favorite Vulcan. All are great. This 164-page zine has much more for the Trek enthusiast. However, it is not for children; the sexually explicit material is intended for adults and the sensitive reader must be alert enough to exercise personal discretion. If you are a collector of Trek zines, R&R XIX is for you. [24]

Issue 20

front cover of issue #20, Bev Zuk

R & R 20 was published in Summer 1984, 105 pages. Art by Bev Zuk (front cover), Suzan Lovett, Vel Jaeger, Deborah C. Dedon, and Sherry Veltkamp. The cover is by Zuk.

  • Heaven Knows, Captain Kirk by Cindy Deren and Diane Miskiewicz (2). A humorous afterlife story.
  • Shiraktei by Linda Slusher (17)
  • And How Employed by Vivian Gates (26)
  • Eden Lost by Flora Poste (34)
  • Hunters by Deborah C. Dedon (35)
  • Seduction by Patricia Demetri (72)
  • The Captain's Lady by Randi Scott (85)
  • Treaty of Access by Johanna Cantor (initially advertised as K/S) (88) ("The story that follows contains sexually explicit material describing same-sex intercourse. This is my version of K/S; please be advised that it's probably the only story of its genre that will appear in R&R. It may also be the grossest story that ever has or will appear in this zine; you have been warned." -- author's note.) (This story contains orgies, underage sex, sex toys, enemas, dubious consent, and more. It, however, contains no K/S, despite the author labeling it as such. She apologizes for this last part in the next issue.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20

See reactions and reviews for Treaty of Access.
By the Summer of 1984 when Yeoman Press presented R&R XX, the improvement in this zine was very much in evidence. The heavier cover is a full sized ilIo by Bev Zuk. The XX in the zine's title is incorporated in the art as lights for the crew to see the future. Inside this 106 page zine is filled with poetry and short stories -- in fact, some are not so short. One story, Cantor's TREATY OF ACCESS, is a same sex story. The author offers it with a discretionary warning; this is a 'mature adults only' type of story. Kirk goes to dangerous lengths to get a special treaty and he is willing to risk is own well-being rather than the welfare of his crew to get it, Even so, he doesn't expect the orgies that are involved with the deal. HEAVEN KNOWS, CAPTAIN KIRK is a humorous tale of Kirk's confrontation with two angelic gentlemen named Peter and Michael . McCoy and Spock were with Kirk when the transporter malfunctioned, sending them to Heaven where they found plenty of reasons to accept Peter's appraisal of worth and his invitation to stay. But Kirk didn't see it that way.To him, the inhabitants were mindless, unwilling to grow and lead useful existences. He asked to leave. Immediately Michael and Peter are astonished. What should they do with this rebellious and Insistent Kirk? What could they do with him? HUNTERS is a longer story by Deborah Dedon. Following the events aboard the ship in JOURNEY TO BABEL, the Andorian representatives were drawn into the decisions about Thelev and what to do with his body. Spock suspected that he was not an Andorian, he was probably an Orion. Or was he? Who knew him-- and what was their real purpose aboard the spaceship? All the conferees were involved -- Vulcans, Andorians, Tellarites, Terrans, and all the other representatives traveling to Babel. For Kirk the trick is to determine who has what to gain. As usual, R&R XX holds more in store for the reader, more than can be described in one review. For you zine collectors, this will be an excellent addition to your library. New adult readers will enjoy the typical variety of Trek tales. Grab this while you can. It is well worthwhile. [25]
It is an anthology zine with an emphasis on adult themes and sexually explicit material which may (or may not) be offensive to some. This issue contains six short stories or novellas and a small selection of poetry. "Heaven Knows, Captain Kirk" was written by Cindy Deren and Diane Miskiewicz and illustrated by Suzan Lovett. It is an amusing short story In which Kirk and company are killed and mistake their entrance into Heaven as another first contact situation. "Shiraktel" by Linda Slusher takes place in Klingon territory and show that Klingons have hearts and feelings, too. "And How Employed" written by Vivian Gates and illustrated by our own Vel Jaeger is an erotic fantasy in which a lowly computer programmer gets his Vulcan. "Hunters," written and Illustrated by Deborah C. Dedon, is the best story in the zine. It is a post-JOURNEY TO BABEL novella in which the murder of Ambassador Gav is finally solved. Lots of good stuff about Andorian and Tellarite cultures is presented. And the solution of the murder mystery is better than usually encountered in fan fiction. "The Captain's Lady" by Randi Scott Is a silly piece of reducto ad absurdum concerning the sexual allure of the Enterprise for her captain. "Treaty of Access" written by Johanna Cantor and illustrated by S. Veltkamp is definitely rated X. I found it offensive. In this story Kirk must have homosexual relations with a regent to persuade him to sign a treaty. It also features heterosexual relations between Kirk and one of the medical staff and homosexual kiddie porn. The novella "Hunters" is the bulk of the zine. You might find it worth the price of the zine to read this one story since so few people are writing about Andorians. The print job is good with the text single spaced, with narrow margins in a variety of type faces. The illustrations are not outstanding, but contribute to the enjoyment of the zine. Recommended for those who find adult material enjoyable. [26]

Issue 21

front cover of issue #21, Bev Zuk

R & R 21 was published in Spring 1985, and is 150 pages long. Bev Zuk is the front cover artist. Other art is by Anne B. Collins, Anne Davenport, Mary Lowe, Mary Bohdanowicz, Cami Forsell, Kathy Carlson, and Moira Washburn.

In the editorial, Cantor apologizes extensively for a number of things: being late with zines, being behind in personal correspondence, and for labeling her story in the previous issue as K/S:
While I'm apologizing, it's been brought to my attention that calling "Treaty of Access," in R&R XX, a K/S is misleading to the point of being false advertising. This is entirely true, and my only defense is the admittedly feeble admission that it never occurred to me. I'd been thinking of it as "my K/S" for so long, you see. It is not a Kirk/Spock -- no way. It's a Kirk/Shoumeini -- which is the only way I see "slash". I hope no one bought XX only because they were expecting a steamy Kirk/Spock. If anyone did, return the zine to me in saleable condition, and I'll refund your money.
  • Scotty's Ceilidh by Flora Poste; ill. Cami Forsell, p. 3 (Fiona/Commander Scott)
  • Undercover Operations by Beth Carlson, p. 25 (Spock/Christine)
  • Gift of Value by Linda Slusher (Spock received a special birthday gift from Dr. McCoy.) p. 28
  • We'll Grow Old Together, You and I by Laura Goldsmith, p. 29
  • Between Friends by Marcella Belton; ill. Kathy Carlson, p. 30 (Empire story: Kirk/Anna)
  • Legacy by Carol Hansen, p. 62 (Saavik and STIII story)
  • Skunk Brandy by Moira Washburn, p. 78
  • After Paradise by Betsy L. Barr; ill. Joyce Perdue, p. 86
  • A Work of art by Sue Williams; ill. Cheri Tripp, p. 90 (Spock/Droxine)
  • I Assure You, Captain by Anne B. Collins, p. 93
  • The Undefined by Cathi Brown; ill. Anne Davenport, p. 94
  • What Friends Are For by Laura Zipkin; ill. Mary Lowe, p. 111 (Spock & Uhura H/C)
  • Sufficient Provocation by Suzan Lovett; ill. Mary Bohdanowicz, p. 125 (Kirk, Spock & Amanda H/C) (reprinted in Antinomy) (Spock had found the weak spot in the port cover. He pushed Amanda to the door. "Get out, Mother. Warn them the hull might give any moment. Stay on the other side of the lab exit until they get to you. If there's a crack, it will seal again automatically." As he was talking, he was attacking the unwieldy mass with renewed determination. "Spock!" Kirk railed at him, but the Humans' voice was edged with resignation. Amanda wasn't ready to abandon her son and Kirk. She threw herself at the stubborn block of metal. Spock gripped her arm tightly; she gasped with the pain. "Mother, GO!" ---Post "Journey to Babel". New dangers face Kirk, Spock and Amanda as their voyage to Babel continues.")
  • Final Scenario by Kathryn Anne Evans; ill. Kathy Carlson, p. 140 (Kendra & Saavik)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21

See reactions and reviews for Sufficient Provocation.

Issue 22

front cover by Bev Zuk

R & R 22 was published in Summer 1985, is 109 pages long and contains 12 stories. Edited by Johanna Cantor, Yeoman Press. Printed offset, stpled, 110 pages. Art by Bev Zuk (front cover), Helen Bookman, Cami Forsell, Moria Washburn, Pat Kilner, and F.C. Hybaard.

  • Poetic License by Flora Poste
  • No, Chekov by Helen Bookman
  • Diplomacy by Florence Boissinot (features Spock as a child)
  • A Thing Apart by Betsy L. Barr
  • I Wonder Where The Admiral is Tonight by Laura Goldsmith
  • Like Father by R. J. Heiman
  • So Much Good by Lynnette Knox
  • Redshirts by Karen Mitchell
  • Dragon in the Clouds by Moria Washburn
  • What Are Little Girls...? by Stephen Mendenhall
  • Just a Country Doctor by Sarah Macht Dewitt (A bit of shore leave for McCoy that includes a week as a 'country doctor' on a frontier planet.) (4 1/2 pages)
  • The International Universe by Flora Poste
  • Rendezvous by Johanna Cantor (centers on Spock's Vulcan wife and their toddler son)
  • Spock by Pat Kilner

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22

"I found two notable stories in this volume. Florence Boissinot's "Diplomacy" featured Spock as a child. "Rendezvous," by Johanna Cantor, centered on Spock's Vulcan wife and their toddler son. The son, in particular, was very well characterized."[27]
I hadn't read R&R in some time but bought an issue recently to see how it was doing. I 'm pleased to say that R&R XXII has a minimum number of typos, and an optimal number of good solid stories.

"Poetic License" by Flora Poste is confusing at first, but stick with it—it's well worth the effort. Montgomery Scott thinks he's the poet William McGonagall—when he's sober. When drunk, he assumes his normal personality. This situation sets up a very funny story, complicated by various ship malfunctions. There are also some good running jokes, one of which is based on the phrase "I see," another of which shows a smitten would-be lover pursuing the reluctant and unwilling object of his affections. Though this is part one of a story to be continued, I found it stood up well on its own. "Diplomacy" by Florence Boissinot begins with young Spock having a fight with a playmate, and deals with Sarek's reaction to it. The characterizations are good, and the resolution is plausible. "A Thing Apart" by Betsy L. Barr has a segment of "Spock's Brain" from Christine's point of view. Although "Spock's Brain" is my all-time least favorite episode, I found this story interesting. "So Much Good" by Lynette Knox is a "Mirror, Mirror" version of The Beast Within." The "Mirror" James T. Kirk's good side is hilarious. "Just a Country Doctor" by Sarah Macht DeMitt finds McCoy vacationing on a frontier planet and getting involved with the troubles of the local people. I found the story well written and believable. "Rendezvous" by Johanna Cantor is part of a series but here, too, I found the story readable on its own. Spock's bondmate and child hear that Spock is recovering from injuries on a space station and come to visit him. On the journey, they become involved with a political conflict. The story is good, and the characterization of the Vulcan child is excellent. This is well worth reading.

In short, I'm giving R&R XXII a good recommendation. [28]

Issue 23

R & R 23

  • Poor Nurse Christine! by Karen L. Mitchell ii
  • Family Matters by Susan Ross Moore 1
  • See you Around by Jane Yambe 12
  • Chains by Joan G. Ryan 15
  • Need by Carol Hansen 37
  • Leila's Song by Carol Nevins 54
  • Secrets by S.P. Shephard 55
  • A Little Magic Goes a Long Way by Ellen Brill 64
  • Cave of the Kzin by Johanna T. Cantor 73

R & R Special Edition 1

See: Full Moon Rising

R&R Special Edition 2

See: The Perfect Object

References

  1. from The Halkan Council #23
  2. from Scuttlebutt #11
  3. from Legacy
  4. from The Halkan Council #23
  5. from Implosion #5
  6. Joan Marie Verba in Boldly Writing, page 34.
  7. from The Halkan Council #25
  8. from Scuttlebutt #2
  9. Joan Marie Verba in Boldly Writing, page 40.
  10. from Scuttlebutt #5
  11. from Scuttlebutt #9
  12. "This refers to a story written by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, published in the second volume of—mostly—fan fiction stories that they edited under the title of Star Trek: The New Voyages. In this particular story, male crewmembers were changed into females, and female crewmembers were changed into males. The only exception was Spock, who instead got a double dose of “what makes men men.” -- from The Sound and the Fury: Early Lettercols and Letterzines 1975-1981
  13. "This also was not the first time Marshak and Culbreath were “accused” of writing ST fiction with slashy subtext. Even their first novel, The Price of the Phoenix, was viewed by some fans in that light." -- from The Sound and the Fury: Early Lettercols and Letterzines 1975-1981
  14. from Datazine #3
  15. from TREKisM #11
  16. from Legacy
  17. from Datazine #15
  18. from Datazine #37
  19. from Datazine #18
  20. from Datazine #37
  21. from Datazine #24
  22. from Datazine #27
  23. from Datazine #27
  24. from Datazine #37
  25. from Datazine #37
  26. from TREKisM #44
  27. Joan Marie Verba in Boldly Writing, page 72.
  28. from Treklink #2
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