Spockanalia

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Zine
Title: Spockanalia
Publisher: Garlic Press
Editor(s):
Date(s): 1967-1970
Series?:
Medium: print zine, fanfic
Size:
Genre:
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: a few sample articles and pages have been posted as PDFs here/WebCite
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Contents

the dedication page from issue #1, addresses redacted
Devra and Sherna from issue #2, artist: Devra

Spockanalia is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology of stories, poems, articles, art and letters.[1] It was the very first all-Star Trek fanzine ever published, done when the series was still in its first season on NBC. It was edited by Devra Michele Langsam and Sherna Comerford. Originally meant as a one-shot, it ended up as a five-issue series when the editors were inundated with material after the first issue appeared.

Originally a full 8 1/2 x 11 in size, it has been reprinted numerous times reduced to a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 (digest-sized) format.

There were five issues of Spockanalia. The editor explains in the last issue that the plan was for the three editors to split into two groups and publish the zines Masiform D, and Nevertrodden Worlds, the latter which never got off the ground.

For similar zines of this era, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

Print History

For a list of this zine's print history, see Spockanalia/Print Runs.

A Fan Remarks in 1977

SPOCKANALIA is the oldest STAR TREK related zine… The zine wears well. Its contents equal or surpass much that is being printed to-day. A 'secondary universe' fanzine, SPOCKANALIA specializes in extapolative articles and essays based on extensions of current knowledge in psychology, chemistry, physics, biology, archeology, religion, and sociology. It provides fascinating reading, giving depth and validity to the concepts of the STAR TREK universe(s). Other features in SPOCKANALIA include art, fiction, poetry, etc. A must for any ST fan. [2]

Its Origins

From the editorial of Masiform D #1, in which Devra Langsam explains "Spockanlia's" origins, and its eventual transition into "Masiform D."
Three years ago I entered the weird and perverty world of fandom, primarily through the agency of the SATURDAY REVIEW, which printed Dick Plotz's letter. The appearance of Tolkien in that august periodical aroused a spark, etc, etc, …Sherna Comerford (now Burley) and I attended a moot at Dick's house, and thus were lured into devastation. Open ESFA, meeting Brian Burley - WKF, Lunacon… and then correspondence with Juanita Coulson, who wrote, "Why don't you two do a STAR TREK fanzine?" Strange how such innocent bait hid the many pitfalls awaiting two neofemme faneds. (Tsk. If I had known then.,..)

With Sherna and my cousin Debbie (keep a close eye on her) I co-edited SPOCKANALIA for two long maddening frustrating blissful years. SPOCK was as secondary universe fanzine, in which we assumed that the STAR TREK universe was the real world. It was in this hard school that I learned about the tendencies of all stencils to shred, of all ink repositories (of whatever, make, brand, or form) to leak, of all paper to catch and rip, I also learned about the difficulties of locating "the man who has that nice illo for you," about' "the rule that the postawful must lose at least one batch, of illos for each fanzine, and how even the best contributors (and we had them) are sometimes a bit later than they thought, A rewarding and enlightening experience it was too,

In the spring of 1969 STAR TREK was cancelled and left the airwaves, Although it immediately returned via syndication, there could be no new authorized material to work, with. This, and the difficulty of editing a massive zine with two editors forty miles from the third, and one of the two in a pre-med course, impelled us to split up the zine.

Contributions and Awareness from Star Trek's Creators

Each issue of 'Spockanalia' had many examples of Roddenberry, Fontana, DeForest Kelley, and other Star Trek creators' interest, if not direct, comments and assistance.

Issue #1 has a short letter from Leonard Nimoy.

Issue #2 has a short letter from Gene Roddenberry as well as excerpts of several from Dorothy C. Fontana . Issue #2 also has letters by James Doohan, Leonard Nimoy, Walter Koenig, and DeForest Kelley, all (except for Koenig's) written "in-character." Fontana writes:
Both his mother and father have been married only once... to each other... Spock is an only child... there are absolutely no other siblings... I have projected Spock's last name as XTMPRSQZNTWLFB.

By issue #3, Gene Roddenberry and his production staff had taken even more note of the fanzine and submitted a letter to the editors stating:

Gene Roddenberry letter to the fanzine editors from issue #3
Dear Sherna and Devra: Please forgive me for doubling up like this, but we are very busy preparing for a new season's filming and Bjo assures me that you two are resigned to sharing letters. I hopes she is correct.

Yes, I saw the card and appreciated the thought; my shoulder is as good as new, thank you. Unfortunately, my time is not my own, or I would answer all fan mail myself, but if I have a choice of answering mail or producing a good show for you, I think you'll agree that the latter choice, is the best one. SPOCKANALIA is "required reading" for everyone in our offices, and I am most distressed that you were not told of this before. We have used all the extra copies to make sure that every new writer, and anyone who makes decisions on show policy have read your fanzine, and Juanita Coulson's ST-PHILE. The reason for this is that if we all understand what the fans see in the show, and try to understand why they are fans at all, we can then continue to hold those fans. Certain fanzines, and yours is one of them, have a mature and well- written format that is very instructive to our staff.

So thank you for the fanzine, please be assured that it is read and appreciated, and continue to publish it, if you will. We enjoy reading it. STAR TREK needs fans like you two.

Supposedly, a copy of "Visit to a Weird Planet" from issue #3 was also sent to Gene Roddenberry. [3]

For more on Roddenberry's involvement with fandom, see TPTB's Involvement and Interference.

Some Genre Firsts

Because it is the very first Star Trek zine, 'Spockanalia,' by nature, contains many genre firsts.

Issue #3 has a very early known example of RPF. "Visit to a Weird Planet" sends Kirk, Spock and Bones back to the set of the filming of Star Trek. The three characters meet, among others, Gene Roddenberry.

In issue #4 of Spockanalia, the story "Time Enough" appeared. It was a simple tale of Spock's brief affair with a part-Vulcan officer during his next pon farr. When political circumstances necessitated her return to Vulcan, the two parted company amicably, without creating a marriage bond. This was the first of many relationship stories to follow. While all the sex occurred "offscreen" and the entire story could have played as a PG television episode today, It was considered extremely controversial at the time. The editors received many letters about "that dirty story" and had to remind readers that "psychologists say this is normal."

It was also probably the first fan story to use double forward strokes -- // -- to indicate telepathic dialogue. In Boldly Writing, Verba says:
Years later, Jean Lorrah, in her first solo professional novel, also used such marks to distinguish spoken dialogue from telepathic dialogue. When I asked her why she used this indicator without explanation, saying that readers of her books who were not also fanzine readers might not understand this, she replied it was a commonly-known indicator, and that she thought no explanation was necessary.

At the time, telepathic dialogue in science fiction used italics or, as in Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, ("italicized parenthetical quotes"). Since fanzines were produced on typewriters, the use of italics was impractical. Lorrah was apparently concerned that simple ("parenthetical quotes") would not be understood.

Spockanalia is probably best known for being the zine in which Dorothy Jones' poem "The Territory of Rigel" appears. It is a ni var supposedly composed by Spock during a late night watch on the bridge. This was the first time the term ni var was seen. "The Territory of Rigel" compares the darkness of the bridge on night shift to the brilliance of the star Rigel on the viewscreen. By implication, it also compares Spock's own Vulcan and Terran natures.

Reactions and Reviews

From a fan's review in 1970:

The first issue was put out when very little had been said about Spock and now the articles that fascinated my collector friends don't see like too much to me. I have read the same assumptions and extrapolation in other fanzines. Many of the later articles [in other zines] are just as good in the articles in 'Spockanalia, some perhaps, even better... It is curious how within the small realm of trekdom we have our legendary figures and fanzines. 'Spockanalia' is one. Any trekkie who hasn't seen a copy probably wonders what TRUTHS it contains, and like me, is disappointed to find not even one mimeographed, immortal truth in its pages. However, 'Spockanalia' is a must for every die-hard trekkie. [4]

A fan remembers Spockanalia:

Lacking a photocopier and believing that all the zines I had seen up to the time were out of print (after all, they were mimeo'd and dated several years earlier), I HAND COPIED several of my favourite stories so i could have copies of my own. I still have the notebook... [5]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Kathy Bushman
back cover of issue #1, You are Receiving this Zine Because
front cover of issue #1, third printing, May 1968

Spockanalia 1 was published in September 1967 and contains 90 pages. Art by Kathy Bushman, Sherna Comerford, Juanita Coulson, DEA, Dick Flood, and Devra Michele Langsam. The front cover is by Kathy Bushman.

  • a letter from Leonard Nimoy (7)
  • "The Territory of Rigel" by Dorothy Jones (8)
  • Off the Top; a Bulletin and Edtiorial (10)
  • "A Most Illogical Song" by Shirley Meech et alia (12)
  • "Physiologica Vulcanesis" by Sherna Comerford, Juanita Coulson, and Kay Anderson (14)
  • "A Proposed Model of the Vulcan Heart" by Sandy Deckinger (21)
  • "To a Vulcan" by Sherna Comerford (24)
  • "Also to a Vulcan" by Devra Michele Langsam (25)
  • "The Vulcan Gambit" by Shirley Meech (How Spock plays chess with Kirk, and how Kirk manages to win) (26)
  • "Vulcan Psychology, A Brief Survey of Personality Development and Life Adjustment in a Human/Culcan Hybrid" by Juanita Coulson (28)
  • "Spock Shock" by Sherna Comerford (the fan play performed at Star Trek Con) (28)
  • "Vulcans and Emotions" by Devra Michele Langsam (43)
  • "Kirk and Spock" by Ruth Berman (46) (reprinted from Pantopon] #17)
  • " 'S Blood" by Sherna Comerford and Devra Michele Langsam (47)
  • "Thoughts on Vulcan Culture" by Devra Michele Langsam (48)
  • "Excerpt from 'The Young Vulcan's Handbook of Emotional Control'" by Shirley Meech (55)
  • a record review by Dorothy Jones (58)
  • "Star Drek" by Ruth Berman (satirical adventure based on 16th century writer Edmund Spenser's fantasy universe as expressed in his poetry) (62) (reprinted from Pantopon #16)
  • Acknowledgments (89)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Much of the material in this premier issue is devoted to Mr. Spock and Vulcan (the planet and the people). In addition to the two editors—each of whom contributes articles in addition to their editorial column—contributors include Dorothy Jones, Shirley Meech, Juanita Coulson (co-editor with her husband Buck of the long-running fanzine Yandro), Kay Anderson, Sandy Deckinger (wife of SF fan Mike Deckinger) and Ruth Berman (SF fan and fanzine publisher/writer), some of them with multiple pieces. Cover artwork is by Kathy Bushman, who provides several pieces of interior art as well. Other interior artists include the two editors, plus Dick Flood, Juanita Coulson and Margaret Domenick (“DEA”). Several articles stand out. Coulson’s long article on Spock is perhaps the heart of the issue. Entitled “Vulcan Psychology: A Brief Survey of Personal Development and Life Adjustment in a Human/Vulcan Hybrid,” it goes into considerable detail to support its conclusion that “All things considered, the subject has made an admirable adjustment to a very difficult life situation…” Another significant piece is coauthored by Coulson, co-editor Comerford and Kay Anderson—“Physiologica Vulcanensis” discusses at length Vulcan physiology as influenced by their home planet, Vulcan, which is “very different from Earth. By human standards, it is large, hot, and arid. The gravity is high, and the amount of light (and probably other solar radiation) reaching the surface is extreme…” And editor Langsam’s “Thoughts on Vulcan Culture” is also a compelling read. [6]

Issue 2

Spockanalia 2 was published in April 1968 and contains 112 pages. Cover: Kathy Bushman; back cover: DEA. Art by Allan Asherman, Janie Bowers, Kathy Bushman, Rose Comerford, Sherna Comerford, Juanita Coulson, DEA, Jack Gaughan, Alexis Gilliland, Susan Hereford, Dale A. Kagan, Devra Michele Langsam, Chester Malon, Shirley Meech, Chuck Rein, Walt Strasser, Mike Symes, and Joyce Yasner.

front cover of issue #2, Kathy Bushman
back cover of issue #2, DEA
an update/submission request printed in Plak-Tow #2: "We are still in need of articles... Humorous pieces are always welcome -- if they are funny, and if they do not violate the characters... A bit of warning -- we are swamped with poor poetry and fiction. We will publish no fiction at all, unless it really seems special to us. Not many fen can write like Ruth Berman"
  • Off the Top, editorial (7)
  • a short letter (telegram, printed all in caps) by Gene Roddenberry (9)
  • excerpts from letters written by D.C. Fontana in which she mentions many things about Spock, including his last name, his lack of siblings, his vegetarianism, the placement of Spock's heart, that Spock (being half human) will not live as long as other Vulcans, that it was possible that Sarek didn't enter his first pon farr until he was sixty-four years old, that ALL Vulcan males given names begin with an "S" and all female ones with a "T," and that Spock is thirty-six years old. It begins with: "As story editor and a writer of STAR TREK, I came into possession of your SPOCKANALIA, which Gene Roddenberry brought back from the NYCON. (I couldn't go…I had to work on a script.) Since I've been instrumental in developing the characteristics and background of Spock too, some of which are mentioned in your magazine, I thought I'd drop a line…" (9)
  • a letter written by James Doohan, in the character of Montgomery Scott, in which he explains how he became a "Space Engineer" for Starfleet: "I very seldom tell this story because it has its embarrassing moment but here goes. Off the coast of Scotland are many small islands inhabited by few or none at all... I wanted a quiet place to write my thesis..." (12)
  • a letter from Walter Koenig congratulating the editors on the fanzine and in which he talks vaguely about the show's cancellation (14)
  • a letter from DeForest Kelley, in the character of Dr. McCoy: "My thrill comes when we touch a planet similar to Earth in the 1960s where a physician's mind and skill are still the prominent factors, not a computer... As for Spock, what the blazes do I know about Vulcans? I reach for his heart and come up with his liver.. I recently brought aboard a young Dr. M'Benga to get Spock off my back. I can't be bothered with rubbing my nerves raw about a physical jigsaw. I have enough problems without taking on all of Spock's peculiarities, mental or physical. He is capable of undoing every single thing I have learned in all my years of medical training and I don't intend to let him do it. I have warned Captain Kirk that one more Vulcan aboard our ship, just one more, and I will resign from the service..." (15)
  • a short letter by Leonard Nimoy, writing in character as Mr. Spock as he responds to "McCoy's" letter above: "If you can imagine what it would be like to have a toothache treated by a screaming witch-doctor..." (16)
  • A Revisit by Sherna Comerford (17) (Because some material in issue #1 was jossed, the editor does a little fancy footwork)
  • Graffiti by Sherna Comerford (26)
  • "The Man in the Hero Suit" by E. A. Oddstad (Captain Kirk has zipped himself into a hero suit, and now the zipper's stuck.) (28)
  • "Things Are Seldom What They Seem" by Ruth Berman (takeoff on Gilbert and Sullivan) (34)
  • "Stars Over Vulcan" by V.A.H. Nietz (Vulcan astrology) (35)
  • More Illogical Verses by Sundry (44)
  • "The Dour Scots Engineer" by Ruth Berman (45)
the graffiti page from issue #2
  • "Star Date: 6721: Condition Confused" by Poul Anderson (classic SF author) (50)
  • "My Name Is Not Paul" by Magaret Dominick (51)
  • "The Illogical T'Pring" by Sherna Comerford (55)
  • "Two Ni Var" by Kathy Bushman (56)
  • "Amok Time" by Shirley Meech (59)
  • "Terran-Vulcan Genetic Compatibility" by Susan Hereford (62)
  • "Message Tape" by Mirian Langsam (66)
  • "Even More Illogical Verses" by Sherna Comerford (70)
  • "The Big Bang Theory" by Dale Kagan (cartoon) (71)
  • "The Allure of Uhura'" by Robert Toomey (72)
  • "Vulcan Love Song" by Dorothy Jones (pre-Reform song about koon-ut-kal-if-fee) (75)
  • "The Free Enterprise" by Lois McMaster (a humorous piece, claimed to be the underground newspaper for the Enterprise, a publication circulated by the crew. Sample articles: "Is There Really a Bridge?" and "Does Engineering Exist?") Contributors include Jean Lorrah, Susan Hereford, Joyce Yasner, and Deborah Langsam. (76)
  • "T'Inkerbell" by Joyce Yasner (cartoon) (79)
  • "Communication from Star Fleet Intelligence" by John Mansfield (80)
  • "God and the Vulcan Mind" by Joyce Yasner (89)
  • "A Speculation on Spock's Family" by Sandra Miesel (93)
  • "Personal Diary Entries" by Deborah Langsam (96)
  • "To Christine" by Lyn Veryzer (101)
  • "On the Original of Humanoid Life in Our Galaxy" by Jean Lorrah and Willard F. Hunt (102)
  • Acknowledgments (112)
  • You are Receiving this Zine Because

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, second edition, Allan Asherman
back cover of issue #3, second edition, DEA

Spockanalia 3 was published in September 1968 and contains 103 pages. Cover: Allan Asherman; back cover: DEA. Art by Allan Asherman, Alicia Austin, Vaughan Bode', Janie Bowers, Sherna C. Burley, Kathy Bushman, Mary Ann Capps, DEA, Sara Fenstere, Jach Gaughan, Alexis Gilliland, Debbie Langsam, Devra Michele Langsam, Carol Lee, Sue H. Lewis, John Mansfield, Beth Moore, Jane Peyton, and Terry Romine.

From the editorial:
Please Mr. Roddenberry: Don't let Star Trek become another run-of-the-grade-B type of science fiction show. There have been some unhappy signs of this, and we're worried. The wonderful culture you created seems to be slipping. The interplanetary Federation of sentient beings has become an Earth-dominated, U.S.A.-oriented colonial power. The starships are all human-run, and the crews are all American humans, with a few noble exceptions. The universe has more to offer. The marvelous science, while it always has its holes, is now becoming moth-eaten, from its cliched inability to learn from past experiences. The 'I, Mudd' androids could have easily solved the 'Return to Tomorrow' dilemma. And why must we be bombarded by planets identical with Earth 'except for one little thing.' This was handled very cleverly in "A Piece of the Action,' but elsewhere it has varied between disappointing and utterly poor. We nearly turned off 'The Omega Glory' in the middle! There's a new season starting. Please. Bring back your original standards. Write us another 'Menagerie' and let the 'Omega' be a thing of the past. If we fans have any voice in the creation of Star Trek, then we say, 'Keep it the way it was. that is what we want.
  • Editorial by Yeds (7)
  • Spock (a somewhat disturbingly violent limerick) by Marian Turner (9)
  • letter from Gene Roddenberry (10)
  • "The Most Unforgettable Humanoid I've Ever Met" by Allan Asherman (as a Reader's Digest article about meeting Spock) (11)
  • "The Mysterious Yellow String" by Joyce Yasner (a very creditable imitation of John Lennon's humorous style, as if Lennon were narrating a Star Trek episode) (18)
  • "Proposed Structural Sketch of the Vulcan Language" by Dorothy Jones (18)
  • "Duty Briefing: Stores and Supply" by Juanita Coulson (20)
  • A Slanderous Song by Devra Langsam, Debbie Langsam and Joyce Yasner (32) (Extremely raunchy filk based on the Beach Boys' "Sloop John B". Lyrics here.)
  • "Vulcan Nutrition" by Tom Bulmer (33) (Excerpt: "According to recent theory, Vulcan blood cells do not begin as true cells, but as highly structured bodies analogous to extra-cellular chloroplasts. Much of their color is due to light scattering. Illuminated from behind, Vulcan blood gives a red hue to any concentrated source of light, and may appear blue or colorless depending on different lighting methods.")
  • "Mare Frigoria" by Terri Harris (35)
  • "The Vulcan Reforms" by Lee Burwasser (38)
  • "Klingon Intelligence Report" by John Mansfield (Transcription of stolen documents show Klingon misunderstanding, half truths and propaganda about Vulcan's control over the Federation) (46)
  • The Alternate by Laura Harris (49) Narrated by an unnamed woman, musings about having a relationship with Spock from the mirror universe or someone very like that, during some strong PG-13 or perhaps mild R-rated sex. [7]
  • Whoops! and Rank Out by Yeds (52)
  • "Terms and Conditions of Residence Aboard a Starship Class Vessel" by Joyce Yasner (53)
  • "The Vulcan Heart: An Alternative Proposal" by Dorothy Jones and Sherna C. Burley (62)
  • "The Menace" by Sherna C. Burley (humorous play) (64)
  • "The Probable Place of Art in Vulcan Culture'" by Sue H. Lewis (71)
  • Alt by Terri Harris (74)
  • "Intimations of Mr. Spock" by John Boardman (discusses Sherlock Holmes and James Branch Cabell's character Dom Manuel) (75)
  • "A Lament for the Unsung Dead" by Jane Peyton (tells of the one time Spock did not come in time to rescue Kirk, told from Christine Chapel's POV) (80) This story was mentioned in Star Trek Lives!.
  • "Excerpts from the Young Vulcan's Handbook of Emotional Control" by Devra Langsam (84)
  • "Visit to a Weird Planet" or the Inside Story Behind the Antagonism of a Certain Network Toward a Certain Segment of the Population online here by Jean Lorrah and Willard F. Hunt (RPF) (reprinted in Computer Playback #5) (sends Kirk, Spock and Bones back to the set of the filming of Star Trek) (89) (a very early RPF)
  • Acknowledgments (102

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for The Alternate.
[zine]: As with the first issue, much of the material in this issue is focused on Mr. Spock and on the planet Vulcan and its culture. In addition to the editors—each of whom contributes articles in addition to their editorial column—contributors include Marian Turner, Allan Asherman, Joyce Yasner, Dorothy Jones, Juanita Coulson, Tom Bulmer, Terri Harris, Lee Burwasser, John Mansfield, Laura Harris, Jane Peyton, Sue Lewis, Terri Harris, John Boardman, Jean Lorrah and Willard F. Hunt. Cover artwork is by Allan Asherman. Interior artists include Alicia Austin, Janie Bowers, Sherna C. Burley, Kathy Bushman, Mary Ann Capps, Margaret Domenick (“DEA”), Sara Fensterer, Jack Gaughan, Alexis Gilliland, Devra Langsam, Carol Lee, Sue Lewis, John Mansfield, Beth Moore, Jane Peyton and Terry Romine. There is also a full-page Trek cartoon by Vaughan Bode. Stand-out articles include Juanita Coulson’s “Duty Briefing: Stores and Supply,” about aspects of life on the Enterprise for those newly boarding; Lee Burwasser’s “Vulcan Reform,” about “the most startling event in Vulcan history…the redesigning of their entire culture”; and an “Excerpt from The Young Vulcan’s Handbook of Emotional Control,” which is “translated, with explanatory notes,” by Deborah Langsam. [8]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Alicia Austin
back cover of issue #4, Kathy Bushman

Spockanalia 4 was published in April 1969, is 113 pages long and contains 15 stories, poems, illustrations, and letters. Cover: Alicia Austin; bacover: Kathy Bushman. Art by Alicia Austin, Vaughan Bode, Kathy Bushman, Mary Ann Cappa, Johnny Chambers, DEA, Dorothy Fenstere, Sara Fensterer, Jach Gaughan, Alexis Gilliland, Sue Johnston, Doug Levenstein, Rosalind Oberdieck, Jane Peyton, Connie Reich Faddis, B. Schlemmer, Mike Symes, and Joyce Yasner.

The editors anticipated heavy backlash for "Time Enough" in this issue, and "The Alternate" in the previous issue:
We've been told that a couple of the items in Spockanalia #3 are embarrassing, dirty, or downright trashy. If we've embarrassed you, we are sincerely sorry. The recurrence of the theme of sex isn't surprising. Sex is a recurrent theme of life. The recurrence of the theme of sex involving Spock is also unsurprising. We Star Trek femmefans find him attractive and highly masculine. Some of us are articulate, and the result is predictable (and even logical.)

If anyone is seriously concerned.,.psychiatrists regard such feelings as perfectly normal (if they are non-obsessive) and artistic endeavour as a healthy outlet.

Perhaps some of our readers are too accustomed to the tradition, in popular literature, of the male protagonist be ing aroused by the presence of attractive women. When they find that women write it the other way around, they find it strange. We, the editors of Spockanalia, try our best to print only material which we consider well-written, interesting to us, and written within our format. We do not choose to limit ourselves by eliminating one effective segment of our submissions.
From the editorial:
The time is coming when Star Trek will no longer be able to maintain the fannish activity which it has inspired. The show has ceased publication, and syndicated repeats are not enough.. Soon, each ST fan must decide whether to remain a fan, and what his energies will be turned to next... As long as Star Trek material continues to arrive in sufficient quantity and quality, we will continue as we have. We expect to be able to publish an #5, and possibly even a #6. At the end of this time, Devra has decided that she will leave the fanzine. I, Sherna, will attempt to continue it under a new name, yet unchosen with an expanded format.
  • "Leila's Poem" by Andra Robbins (10)
  • "Time Enough" by Lelamarie Kreidler (the first fanfic relationship story. Spock begins to go into pon farr and seeks out the part-Vulcan LCdr. Lian Jamison to help him through it. By today's standards the story is PG. The pair part amicably without bonding or commitment when she is called back to Vulcan. This was the first story to use double slashes [//] instead of quotation marks to illustrate telepathic dialogue.) (12)
  • "Universal Constant" by Rusty Hancock (26)
from issue #4, "Star Trek is dead. Long live Star Trek."
  • The Free Enterprise by Robin Schuster, Randy Cowan ,Jane Peyton, and Carle Johnson (27)
  • "Mr. Spock on Logic: An Interview" by Jacqueline Lichtenberg (Logic in Kraith) (33)
  • "A Tale of 3 Kirks" by John Boardman (36)
  • "Communication from Star Fleet" by John Mansfield (39)
  • "Pierce" by Sherna Burley (in "dramatic form" Boldly Writing says, "In the early fanzines, one could find such a story in play or script form every once in a while, but these seldom appeared after 1980.") (Pierce is a veteran officer who has gone quietly, unnoticeably insane after a hellish mission led by a Vulcan. Now he has it in for all Vulcans...) (42)
  • "Star Trek Song" by Ed Chamberlain (68)
  • "Crank Letter" by Jean Lorrah (71)
  • Vulcan Graffiti and Enterprise Graffiti (82)
  • Scotty: Inter-personal relationships within a closed community by Devra Langsam and Deborah Langsam (82)
  • "How To Beat a Vulcan at Chess" by Susan Kotar (90)
  • "A Vulcan Compromise" by Suzanne Laycheck (92)
  • "Family Affair" by Devra Michele Langsam (reprinted in Computer Playback #3) (94) This was a gen story in the 1960s sense of the word, set in the Star Trek universe but with none of the canon characters. It's a lighthearted story about a human archaeology professor and her Vulcan husband.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for Time Enough.

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Ev Turner
back cover of issue #5, Tim Courtney
Doug Lovenstein is the artist for the You are Receiving this Zine Because page from issue #5
dedication page from issue #5, illo shows Amanda and Sarek for a six-chambered heart carving

Spockanalia 5 was published in June 1970 and is 105 pages long and contains 22 stories, poems, illustrations, and letters. Cover: Ev Turner; bacover: Tim Courtney. Art by Allan Asherman, Alicia Austin, Mary Ann Cappa, Tim Courtney, DEA, Sara Fensterer, Alexis Gilliland, Dan Hatch, Sue Johnston, Devra Michele Langsam, Doub Lovenstein, Claire Mason, Rosalind Oberdieck, Dennis Pelton, Jane Peyton, Reg, Connie Reich, B. Schlemmer, Mike Symes, Ev Turner, and Joyce Yasner.

From the editorial:
CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF SPOCKANALIA; There seems to be some confusion about the editorial switcharoo in progress. SPOCKANALIA will be split into two fanzines. Sherna is still hoping to put together the secondary universe fanzine announced lastish. It will be called NEVERTRODDEN WORLDS, Devra and Debbie will hold up the Brooklyn end with a a new fanzine which is tentatively titled MASIFORM D.

The SPOCKANALIA staff, in case you were wondering, will separate on the friendliest of terms. When we were split between Brooklyn and Newark, the problems of getting together were just about solvable, Now that the trip is even longer, and Sherna has a husband and household as well as a job, they are insurmountable. More and more of the work has fallen on Devra and Debbie, and more and more we missed the mutual inspiration of minds in frequent and close contact. So it's time to quit and take the next step, and if both, or only one, or even neither of the two new 'zines ever come out...it's been a grand five issues, and we thank you all for 
sharing them with us. AS FAR AS MASIFORM D IS CONCERNED: We will always be interested in STAR TREK material. Devra and I (Debbie) are both equally fond of STAR TREK-as-the-real-universe themes, but we are looking for articles of general interest as well. Our first issue is shaping up as a fairly good mixture of ST and non-ST material. NEVERTRODDEN WORLDS was projected in the last issue. In case you didn't see it. Sherna describes it as follows: "It will be a general secondary universe fanzine, accepting any well-written material and art on any secondary universe of interest to me. (And I can become interested in quite a number of things.) Some examples in mind for the future: Tolkien, the Foundation universe [Isaac Asimov], Pern (of Ann McCaffrey's DRAGONRIDER), Georgette Heyer, Superman, the Jurgen series, and anything else of fannish or fringefannish interest. As long as I enjoy it. (I am much more interested in articles than in fiction.)

BUT BUT BUT... I will give first consideration always to articles where the universe written about is the "real" one. This has been a vital part of SPOCKANALIA'S character."
From Boldly Writing:
Spockanalia 5 ran an important article, 'Concerning Sehlats' by Lee Burwasser. In this piece, the author looks at precedents in nature to see what sort of animal would have six-inch fangs. The author concludes, 'And so our portrait of the sehlat: a carnivore or just possibly tushed omnivore, general shape that of a giant panda, size on the order of an Alaskan brown bear, highly intelligent, and despite the six-inch fangs, of a patient and gentle disposition.... Question: did the sehlat belong to Spock, or was Spock in the care of the sehlat?' The Star Trek production staff read this article, and animators incorporated many of the suggestions into the drawing of the sehlat I-Chaya in the animated episode, 'Yesteryear'.
  • "Leila in the New Land" by Dorothy Jones (10)
  • Lettercol (11) (consists of a single 'fake' letter by a Klingon, and in part: "The truth is that in the future you and the Klingons will become fast friends.")
  • "To Summon the Future" by Juanita Coulson (Told from the point of view of Mirror Chapel, it is a Mirror Universe story.) (12)
  • "Septyar" by Narda Roushdi (Pre-Reform Ancient Vulcan poem describing a beautiful crown and its jewels. (20)
  • "Concerning Sehlats" by Lee Burwasser (22) (reprinted in The Despatch #17)
  • Communication from Star Fleet Intelligence #2 by John Mansfild (26)
  • "The Skyborn" by Dorothy Jones (Kirk and Spock encounter a phenomenon from C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy). (28)
  • The Free Enterprise, cartoons (43)
  • DO They by Nancy Giudice (48)
  • "Vulcan-Romulan History" by Cliveden M. Chew (49)
  • "From the Files of the Terran Bureau of Investigation" by Dorothy Jones (52) (reprinted in The Despatch #19)
  • "A Note on the Vulcan Nervous System" by Sherna C. Burley (53)
  • poem by Alicia Austin (53)
  • The Free Enterprise by Ev Turner, Sherna C. Burley, Shirley Meech, and Rosalind Oberdieck (56)
  • "A Preliminary Survey of Tribbles and Martian Flat Cats" by Ann Wilson (Robert Heinlein's Martian flat cats were extremely similar to tribbles.) (60)
  • "Straw Death" by Lee Burwasser (Starkly brutal story about Spock and McCoy as crippled veterans talking bitterly about what happened to the late Capt. Kirk.) (66)
  • Vulcan graffiti (70)
  • Enterprise graffiti (71)
  • "Are You Married, Dr. McCoy?" by Sandra Miesel (Starfleet paper pushers get after McCoy for not having filed the appropriate papers upon his marriage to Natira.) (72)
  • Recreations, or The Enterprise as Fun City, or More about R&R Than You Wanted to Know by Ruth Berman 78)
  • "Cave-In" by Jane Peyton (Spock and McCoy speak honestly to one another while trapped in a cave, something like in "Bread and Circuses.") (83)
  • "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited" by Ruth Berman (a companion story to "Visit to a Weird Planet" in Spockanalia #3. The author reverses the situation and has the actors of Star Trek beam up to the real Enterprise. This story was later republished in the pro anthology Star Trek: The New Voyages), originally without credit [9] (89)
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References

  1. http://www.simegen.com/jean/fanzines.html Accessed January 5, 2009.
  2. from Time Warp #1
  3. Fanthroplogy,
  4. from Pentathlon #1
  5. from a fan's recollection in Comlink #28 (1986)
  6. from an ebay seller in 2011
  7. The editors were bombasted with letters about this. While it was nothing compared to what a child could pick up on any grocery store newsstand at the time, many fans young and old considered it too explicit for Star Trek standards. It's possible that fans were simply shocked by any depiction of "onscreen" sex.
  8. from an ebay seller in 2011
  9. From Devra in the editorial to Masiform D #5 (1976): "I'm very happy to say that my copyright dispute with said Bantam Books has been settled. They had neglected to include my copyright statement when they published a story drawn from SPOCKANALIA #5 in The New Voyages, people told me that I should ask for money, too, but I hate fights (9 parts chicken, that's me)."
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