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Zine
Title: Showcase
Publisher: Holy Roller Press
Editor(s): Sharon Emily
Date(s): 1974-1977
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Showcase fanzines are online
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Contents

Showcase is a gen and adult het Star Trek: TOS fanzine that features Sarek and his second wife Lorna. It ran for four issues and was published by Sharon Emily.

About Showcase

This long Star Trek Romance episodic novel was originally published in the 1970's before the popular category publishers had begun to publish Science Fiction/Futuristic Romances -- or supernatural Romance -- or vampire Romance, and even before the category of Inspirational Romance had burgeoned into a dominant player in the Romance field. Perhaps Barbara Sharon Emily did not invent the genre of Futuristic Romance, but she was surely one of the very first to mix such wildly separate genres as Science Fiction, Romance, and Christian Inspirational writing. And she became an immensely popular writer with this series, drawing some of the best writers in the Star Trek fanzine world into writing in her series, just as Kraith did. This Star Trek fanzine novel series was widely read before the advent of the "/" genres, and contains no "/" elements whatsoever. Literary researchers may find that this one fanzine provided the impetus for many young women writers to explore mixing genres and especially the straight futuristic romance. It was and still is a landmark addition to the literature of science fiction and could legitimately be termed Intimate Adventure. In Jacqueline Lichtenberg's opinion, the quality of the writing here is top notch professional, easily publishable as Mass Market -- except for the mixing of genres which is disallowed in the Star Trek mass market paperback. And like all fanfic, this violates the aired-universe rules to make an even more interesting story than we saw on the air. Originally published in 4 large mimeograph volumes, these novels are made available on the web with Sharon Emily's permission." [1]

A 1977 Fan's Remarks

SHOWCASE #1 introduces the reader to Lorna Mitchell, a 20th century woman trapped in the time of the Enterprise who comes to love Ambassador Sarek and who weds him after Amanda's death. SHOWCASE #2 continues the Lorna- Sarek saga, reintroduces Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln, paints a remarkably three-dimensional portrait of Kang and his crew-members, and solves the Christine/Spock impasse most logically. #3&4 continue the development of the SHOWCASE universe as a viable, interesting one in which to project STAR TREK-based stories and art. [2]

Showcase Online

Showcase online: "This web edition of Star Trek Showcase is Barbara Sharon Emily's first web-presence. At the time she wrote, edited, and published Star Trek Showcase she was a Parson's wife and printed, stored and shipped the mimeo fanzines in the church basement."[1]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Claire Mason
back cover of issue #1, Virginia Tilley

Showcase 1 was published in 1974 and is 221 pages long. July 1975 (fourth printing), July 1976 (sixth printing).

Art is by Sharon Emily, Virgina Tilley, and Karen Flanery.


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

[zine]: Showcases 1 & 2 initiated plots enveloping Kang and Mara, Gary 7 and Roberta Lincoln, Christine Chapel and a Klingon she eventually marries... just to name a few! To readers not familiar with the previous issues, some stories in 3 might seem unbelievable. But a luring temptation to read further is enhanced by new concepts: for one, Klingons are not ALWAYS cruel and devious. It's a pleasant change to read Trekfic where stereotyped villains turn out to be warm individuals. Many artists contributed to Showcase 3, including Doug Herring, Claire Mason, Signe Landon and Gee Moaven. The art is plentiful, but not consistent in quality. The print is highly readable, which makes things nicer, considering the size of the issue. The most striking thing element in Showcase 3 is its cheerful tone, the absence of doom and destruction prevalent in may zines today. [3]

Issue 2

Showcase 2 was published in early 1975 and contains 233 pages. By July 1976, it reached its fifth printing, by January 1979, it was reprinted an eighth time. Art by Doug Herring (front and back covers), Claire Mason, Karen Flanery, and D.L. Collin.

front cover of issue #2, Doug Herring
back cover of issue #2, Doug Herring
a flyer for issue #2, printed in Tetrumbriant #5

NOTE: later reprints, labeled "revised" DO NOT contain the story The Mind Sifter. It was removed after the story was sold to Star Trek: The New Voyages #1. [4] After, the fourth issue, only the original art by D.L. Collin remains in subsequent issues of Showcase #2.

This zine has the disclaimer: "None of the ideas presented herein...have been established on the air. Please remember that, though similar ideas have appeared in many fanzine stories, they are not to be accepted as indisputable fact. Only the ideas as set forth in publications or in programs presented by Paramount Productions, Norway Productions, the National Broadcasting Company or any other copyright holders on Star Trek material may be granted that privilege."

Part 1:

Part 2:



Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for Proof Positive.
See reactions and reviews for The Mind-Sifter.
[personal statement]: For some reason, there are people who seem to think that it was Paula Smith and her parody of 'Proof Positive' that influenced me to retreat. NOT SO!! As a matter of fact, Paula and Sharon Ferraro have both expended much time, effort, phone bills, and postage seek to get get me to change my mind about retreating. Let it go on record here that Paula sent a copy of her parody to me BEFORE she sent it for consideration by any editor, promising me that she wouldn't release it if I felt it would harm me in any way. Actually, to have one's work parodied is one of the finest compliments a writer can receive... Paula and Sharon are individuals that I'm honored to call Star Trek fandom friends, and I hope this statement will end the rumors. [5]
[zine]: The bulk of SHOWCASE" # 2 consists of Sharon Emily's "While We're Apart," an excellent sequel to "The Misfit" (SHOWCASE #1). "While We're Apart" is more objective and less melodramatic than "Misfit," it also has good action and adventure, and brings Terrans and Klingons together. Sharon's use of previous SHOWCASE stories for explanation for the events of "While We're Apart" gives the story a firmer foundation and makes it more believable. And, it is accompanied by the usual, supurb artwork of Karen Flannery ((editor's note - at least part of the artwork was done by Debbie Collin, I believe)). The other stories are slightly unbelievable, but tying them to "While We're Apart" gives them more credibility. All together, SHOWCASE #2 is a worthwhile if somewhat lengthy zine. [6]
[zine]: I really enjoyed it and, as I said to Sharon, she did it again. I came home from work sick and and, after going to bed, decided to start Showcase. By the time I finished, I had forgotten how badly I felt, and I believe I felt better because of the joy and happiness the stories gave me. What more can anyone ask for in a book? I hope #3 is soon on the way. Even though I'm sorry that Christine and Spock did not marry, I am happy that she has at last found happiness and, most of all, love. Let's hope they have a long and beautiful life. Wouldn't it be nice if we had a Guardian of Forever to go back and see if there is a Christ? [7]
[zine]: This zine contains three short stories, a novelette, and the sequel to Sharon Emily's 'The Misfit.' Two of the short stories deal mainly with marrying off human females to Klingons. One is Helen Noel, and the other is Christine Chapel, who is finely put out of her misery over Spock. Though both stories are well-written, two stories of human/Klingon marriage in one zine is a bit much. The other short story was a Spock-goes-to-Palestine-and-finds-Christ and was too predictable, even to a Christ who speaks perfect Vulcan. There was no spice to it. The novelette was a Kirk story, well-written and fast-moving. Though her characters were very vivid, the plot had a faint echo of other stories (written and televised) and really didn't add much new to the main ST characters. The major portion of the zine was Emily's 'While We're Part.' To me, this story was even better than the 'Misfit,' which I highly enjoyed. Her characters were a great deal better seasoned, with Lorna appearing less goody-goody and more mature. The plot at times seemed a little complicated, but on the whole is very enjoyable. I especially liked the 'logical' solution that Emily offers for the Spock/Chapel scene. [8]
[zine]: The SHOWCASE series differs from most fanzines, with the exception of KRAITH, in the fact that it is an anthology of inter-related stories covering a particular period in the life of its chosen characters, SHOWCASE 2 has further advanced this to unify the stories under a single theme—the impending Federation/Klingon alliance foreshadowed by Ayelborn in "Errand of Mercy." It gives another slant of the Klingon culture. Interesting reading.

Sigh! There is only one major complaint about the series, it has a tendancy to drift of into soap-opera-ism. This in itself isn't bad, but when it gets heavy and soupy, it detracts from the storyline. The solutions in 2 are exquisite,. Few murder mysteries have more twists and intricacies. But one can see I am impressed with 2, very bad for a reviewer. It makes him appear to have lost his objectivity. 2 appears to have been the answer to the problems of 1. Graphics and layout were much improved, although that irritating habit of dual numbering (having each story start as page one, instead of numbering all stories consecutively) was maintained. It also showed a better knowledge of zine economics--fewer blank pages. But 1 was excellent as a first attempt at publishing, being many times better than most first issues. One is worth reading, not just for Norma M. Smith's Stay!, the story which inspired this series, but because Sharon has managed to collect some of the better writers in fandom (including herself). In both issues her authors includes Shirley Maiewsky, Anna Mary Hall and Barbara-Katherine.

Showcase is an expensive book, perhaps one of the more expensive ones in fandom. But for literary content alone, it is worth the price. The artwork in 2, expecially the portrait on page 35 is good, but most is not spectacular. [9]

Issue 3

Showcase 3 was published in December 1976 and contains 142-pages.

front cover of issue #3, Doug Herring, "Klothar Crossing the Border"
back cover of issue #3, "Memory Alpha Complex" from "New Start" - by Doug Herring

Art:

  • Doug Herring (front and back covers)
  • Barbara Miner
  • A. Grose
  • Virginia Tilley
  • Signe Landon
  • Amy R. Falkowitz


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Simple Song.
[Teammates] -- this story picks up, in a most enjoyable story, the relationship between Gary Seven and Roberta Lincoln after "Assignment: Earth." "New Start" is a Scotty/Lt. Mira Romaine story. Although I never felt that Mira was the right woman for Scotty, this story works, and points out a facet of Star Fleet officer's lives are seldom discussed in fan fiction -- how do husband/wife teams work out their commitments to their careers and personal lives when children are a factor? Showcase has previously made abundant use of the miraculous healing powers of the Omicron Ceti III spore plants, and this convenient deuz-ex-machina gets a bit repetitious after a while, but the story works very nicely, this tiny flaw aside. "The Doctor's Lady" returns the reader to the familiar Showcase characters of Lorna..." [10]
[zine]: First thing-there is absolutely no truth to the rumor going around fandom that one definition of an optimist is someone who thought Sharon Emily had quit writing. Second thing--this 3rd volume of the zine that she edits, and to a large extent writes, actually is not too bad at all. All the stories this time are related at least tenuously in plot to Miss Emily's Misfit stories; which feature her heroine, Lorna, a 20th century woman who ends up in the Star Trek universe married to Sarek after Amanda's death. (Spock calls her "Little Mother.") Lorna has turned out to be sort of a 23rd century version of Mary Worth, endlessly involved in the personal lives of many ST characters. Readers who missed the first two Showcases may be a bit lost with the plot twists in this one, but should be able to catch on without too much difficulty. Marriage, in general, looms large in this series and in this volume in particular. In "Treatments," by Emily and Shirley Maiewski, Roberta Lincoln and Gary Seven are paired off. It's a nicely written story with excellent characterization. (Roberta is as silly as in the TV show. Any woman who goes for a man whose idea of a fond endearment is "idiot" deserves whatever she gets.) Other stories include "New Start," a Scotty & Uhura romance piece (this one by MAE, the pen name of "second generation" writer - whatever that means, ) The Doctor's Lady" in which McCoy finds happiness with an old flame, and, title stories about Kang & Mara (Day of the Dove) which continues this series sympathetic view of Klingons. The longest story, in the zine, "A Simple Song" has already attracted a certain notoriety in fandom. It's easy to see why. Several years ago, Miss Emily wrote "Proof Positive," a story in which Spock, using the Guardian of Forever, seeks amid finds the "real" historical Jesus Christ. It's probably one of the most famous pieces in ST fan fiction (as is Paula Smith's devastating parody, '100 Proof Positive.) ... But, this latest story is destined for even more reknown. Basically the plot is that Lorna, Sarek, Spock and a scientific party are on the Shoreleave planet to discover how to stop a war by traveling to a different time line (the plot makes up in complexity for what it lacks, in clarity). Along with this, Sarek has been busily pon-farring and playing Ravel's 'Bolero' on his harp. So when a very tired-out Lorna realizes it's Easter on Earth she decides to take a walk, pondering on the religious signifigance of the day and guess who she meets? Right! The original Superstar-stigmata, seamless robe and all. Nary a cliche is forgotten, though somehow he doesn't walk on water even though there is a handy pond nearby. Lorna is understandably shaken by this apparition whom she rather coyly addresses as "Rabbi" but finally decides the situation is OK and tells him her troubles in a scene which some have called in bad taste but which struck me as full of inadvertent humor. The Man of Sorrows comes off remarkably like a current day pop psychologist but Lorna leaves him refreshed in spirit, if not in body, to return to Sarek, the rest of an incredibly complicated story-line, and presumably her husband's harp. The art in this issue ranges from good to excellent though the reproduction occasionally leaves something to be desired. Especially outstanding are several illos by Gee Moaven and Karen Flanery, front & bacover, both by Herring are interesting. To sum up--this is a pretty good value for the money. Anyone who likes romance with no explicit sex and a strong religious flavor should like it. There are plans for a Showcase 4 we are told in the back of this one and the reader can only await it with interest. Twice now, Miss Emily has created a Jesus--perhaps next time she will make a tree. [11]

Issue 4

Showcase 4 was published in October 1977 and contains 249 pages. Art by Doug Herring, Joni Wagner, Kathi Higley, Karen Flanery, David Lomazoff, Gordon Carleton, Amy Harlib, Signe Landon, Tim Corrigan, and Heather Firth.

front cover of issue #4, Doug Herring, "Otsud in Flight"
back cover of issue #4, Karen Flanery, "Klingon Knight in Shining Armor"

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

Very thick, nice printing, good art, writing shows a good deal of polish .... So why don't I like it? I do like some of it, mainly the Joni Wagner Kirk on page 8. And I was looking forward to a new Shirley Maiewski story so much .... but I'm sorry, folks, my Kirk would have said 'I'll distract that creature while you grab the baby -- don't worry about me, I'll get out somehow' and then, by golly, he'd do it. He would not have been overcome by the 'ineffectual guilts' because of an 'out-af-wedlock' child. The same tone prevails throughout the remainder of the zine -- if you keep the (christian) faith you'll be rewarded, if not .... put it this way, if you liked the stories in the earlier issues, you'll like these, because most of them continue familiar storylines. [12]

The Proposed Issue 5

There was no issue five published, but it was proposed by the editor:
Showcase #5 will have a special session. Lorna found out what happened during the 20th century thanks to films. I have selected 4 men who have departed, because I think they were startled to learn how they served God during the course of their careers. That will be mentioned in the zine. Since I'm limited in finding accurate material, I'm hoping you will help me by donating stills, magazine and/or newspaper clippings or even paperbacks about their movies. CONRAD VEIDT - JAFFAR did give the blue rose to ST fandom. STEVE FORREST - anything please. But his TV movie HANGED MAN - 1974 has inspired me to start a new series. ELVIS PRESLEY - After all, he was a star when Lorna was still on Old Earth, and she will want to know what else he did. ROBERT SHAW - man from Jaws. A film like that can't ever easily be forgotten. But he did other roles, such as ROYAL HUNT OF THE SUN. That film's contrast of the Aztec 'son of god' with 'Jesus of Nazareth, God's ONLY begotten SON, will have special meaning to Lorna. JOHN WAYNE - Now who could EVER ignore the Duke? Lorna would have been a fan, of course. And she'd definitely love to know what did happen to him. [13]

References

  1. Showcase, online
  2. from Time Warp #1
  3. from Scuttlebutt #1
  4. "Sandra Marshak bought it from Shirley for her book of fan fiction.... [instead, I'll] Print a portfolio of D. L. Collin's illustrations that accompanied the original story..." -- from Sharon Emily in Showcase #2, eighth reprint.
  5. In 1977, Sharon Emily sent this personal statement to Scuttlebutt
  6. from Interphase #1
  7. from The Halkan Council #6
  8. from The Halkan Council #6
  9. from Monkey of the Inkpot #3
  10. from Delta Triad #4, there is more to this review but my copy cuts off here :-(
  11. a review of issue #3 from Spectrum #34
  12. from Stardate: Unknown #4
  13. from Datazine #16 in 1982 by Sharon Emily
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