Star Trek: The New Voyages

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Title: Star Trek: The New Voyages
Creator: Sondra Marshak & Myrna Culbreath
Date(s): 1976, 1978
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek TOS
Language: English
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Star Trek: The New Voyages was a two-volume series of fan fiction anthologies edited by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, published commercially by Bantam Books, and is noteworthy on several grounds. Not only did the fanfic appearing therein receive professional publication, but many of the stories in the first volume were accompanied by introductions written by members of the original Star Trek cast, and Nichelle Nichols, originator of the role of Uhura, contributed a story to the second volume.

In 1991, a fan wrote:
These excellent stories were my first contact with ST after many years of deprivation after the TV series. The revelation that I was a fan came as I had not known how empty life was without ST until I discovered these and subsequent literature to fill the gap. [1]

But as per some of the reviews below, not all fans were as happy with these books, citing alterations to the fiction and neglect in mentioning their original sources.

Comments from Some of the Authors

  • In 1984, Shirley Maiewski wrote:
    First of all, I am writing as ME, Shirley Maiewski, author of "Mindsifter" and writer, editor, publisher of ALTERNATE UNIVERSE 4 - NOT as Chairman of the Star Trek Welcommittee! I don't know if anyone realizes how difficult it is to keep one's private life separate from something as public as head of STW! "The opinions that follow are those of ME and not of STW!" Now - regarding such things as the Star Trek books we buy and read, I want to thank Ann Crispin for her exceptionally fine explanation of what goes into the publication of professional Star Trek books as opposed to fan publications. [2] I mentioned "Mindsifter" up there because it is a good example of what can happen to a fan's material once it goes pro. Many of you have heard the story of the changes that were made in the original material, first published in Sharon Emily's STAR TREK SHOWCASE, changes that were made WITHOUT MY KNOWLEDGE before publication of STAR TREK:THE NEW VOYAGES. I don't know if you realize that almost without exception, every story in that book was also changed? I assume that such things can no longer happen, and authors at least know of changes before the book goes to print. I certainly hope so! I would send a word of caution to anyone submitting material to a publisher to be sure they know what they are doing and/or signing! I would hope, however, that writers continue to submit material, even under the restrictions Ann tells us about and hopefully we will be able to read more of the kind of books we can enjoy! One thing I'll say about the pro books - the covers are getting better. [3]
  • In 1984, Ruth Berman wrote:
    Shirley Maiewski remarked that "almost without exception, every story in that book ((ST: THE NEW VOYAGES)) was also changed." I know that her "Mind Sifter" was greatly changed by the abridgement of it, but I wonder if it's true to say that the stories were changed almost without exception. I know of two exceptions — my "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited" and "The Face on the Barroom Floor" by me and Eleanor Arnason. The only change I noticed in either of these was that the spelling of Perez had an accent mark put over it, as would be done by a native speaker of Spanish, a trivial change (for which I was grateful). [4] [5]
  • In 1985, Shirley Maiewski commented on this story and explained why she didn't write anything after it:
    I agree whole-heartedly... re the sniping, called 'critiquing.' at Trek writers! Some of those doing it are dear, dear friends, but, doggone it folks! Gee! We do this for fun, after all, at least in zines... Somebody likes them or they wouldn't be printed! Many, many fans enjoy all ST stories? Why make them feel dumb by telling them they have no taste or smarts? It's an awful putdown to read that something you have enjoyed a great deal is 'poorly written; no character development; a -- horrors -- Mary Sue!' So what? Frankly, people have asked why I don't write more after the success of Mind Sifter. It's a long story, but there are two main reasons: First, the damage done to my story by editors (without my knowledge or permission), second, the thought that anything else I might write would be torn apart by the 'experts.' Best reasons in the world for a terminal case of Writer's Block. [6]
  • In 1991, Shirley used her story as a warning to other fanwriters:
    ...a word of caution—know what you're getting into, if you decide to go the professional route! Find out how to do it correctly and never sign anything until you know what it says! Take if from someone who found out the hard way. Anyone wanting to know the sad story about my "Mind Sifter," in Star Trek: The New Voyages, can write me. [7]

Volume 1

cover of Star Trek: The New Voyages 1

Star Trek: The New Voyages appeared in March 1976, with the following table of contents. Most of these stories had been selected by the editors from a variety of fannish sources.

Regarding "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited" -- from the editorial in Masiform D #5: "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)."

Reactions and Reviews: Volume 1

See reactions and reviews for Ni Var.
See reactions and reviews for The Mind-Sifter.
See reactions and reviews for The Winged Dreamers.
See reactions and reviews for Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited.
See reactions and reviews for The Face on the Barroom Floor.
See reactions and reviews for Intersection Point.
See reactions and reviews for The Enchanted Pool.
[book]: In our February issue, we mentioned STAR TREK: THE NEW VOYAGES, a new Bantam paperback containing eight pieces of fan fiction, edited by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath. We now feel obliged to point out that the fan authors and publishers in whose fanzines the stories originally appeared are very unhappy. In at least two cases, the stories were changed a great deal. In fact one of the stories was not only altered greatly, but additional characters and situations, belonging to an entirely different (professional) author were introduced — making both the pro and the fan author extremely unhappy. We hasten to point out that this is not illegal if the rights have been signed over, but it is customary to let an author know that his story is being altered before publication. However, in the case of this book, the first inkling the authors had of any changes in their stories were when they found the paperback on sale. They were not given any chance to approve or make their own alterations. Another serious issue is that none of the authors with whom we have spoken had a copy of their signed contract before the book appeared on the stands, nor did they at the time that the alterations were made in their stories. Further, none of the material submitted — whether used or unused — has been returned. In addition, the fan publishers are very unhappy because the original [copyright] publication of these stories in their respective fanzines are neither credited nor even noted. And as one fanzine editor points out "both covers of the book state clearly 'first time published' and 'never before published', and the introduction states that 'for seven lean years there was no new Star Trek fiction published' which is certainly not the case. All of these stories have been previously published in [copyrighted] fanzines." And the STW Directory carries listing of over 300 fanzines, all crammed with new Star Trek fiction. Of course what the covers and introduction of STAR TREK: THE NEW VOYAGES ran was professional publication — but they did not say professional — they only said publication — which makes the claim of "first publication" untrue.[8]

Devra Langsam of Spockanalia had this to say:

Not only has Paramount known about ST fanzines, but there is published evidence. I have in my possession a newspaper clipping showing Roddenberry holding a copy of Spockanalia. You can see the title of the zine fairly clearly in the photo. Further, the article speaks of fanzines. Also, I have letters of thanks from Roddenberry for copies of Spockanalia which I sent to him while the show was still in production. When New Voyages first came out, they neglected to indicate on the copyright page that Ruth Berman's story was a reprint. I had warned Joan Winston (friend of Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath [editor's of New Voyages]) that I expected to have my original copyright acknowledged. I did not at any time object to the author's sale, or ask for any money -- I just wanted my original copyright listed (the way they do in the reprints of sf collections.) When it was not done, I got my lawyer after them and, in due course -- after many months, the copyright was included. When they then printed New Voyages #2, and again did not include an acknowledgement of prior publication, I got really irritated. This time my lawyer asked them for money to cover my expenses, and a letter of assurance that they would not neglect to include copyright in the future. (I considered the second publication without notice to be malicious and intentional the first could have been an accident.) Bantam inserted the notice, paid the expenses, and sent me a letter of assurance. I know that the major copyright in this case belongs to Gene and Paramount, but it is interesting that Bantam was willing to insert the notices, send me the letter, and pay my lawyer's expenses — they didn't want to go to court over it. Maybe I would have lost, and maybe not — after all, I was basically asking for due acknowledgement of my great editing. Anyway... In any case, the copyrights I took out on Spockanalia are now more than ten years old, and they might have some trouble contesting them in court... that's a long time to wait, especially when we have evidence that they were aware of the material years ago. [9]
[book]: Ni Var by Claire Gabriel is one of those which has been printed before. I hadn't read it although I'd read a lot about how good it was. On the first reading, I was slightly disappointed, but on rereading it a couple of times I found it had grown on me, and I would in fact agree that it is extremely good.

Intersection Point by Juanita Coulson I had already read. I don't dislike it, but neither do I like it. I don't fault the writing or the development of the story, I just can't accept a story in which the Enterprise is seriously damaged by colliding with 'nothing.'

The Enchanted Pool by Marcia Ericson. This is another one that does nothing for me. Objectively, I can say, nicely written, well worth inclusion on several counts - but it doesn't turn me on.

Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited by Ruth Berman I had also read before. This story is fantasy in that Messrs. Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley are accidentally beamed aboard the Enterprise and have to act as Kirk, Spock and McCoy - rather successfully, too. It definitely appeals to me.

The Face on the Barroom Floor by Ruth Berman and Eleanor Arnason is another one I had read. I can't really believe that Kirk would ever get involved in a barroom brawl... but again, I like it.

The Hunting by Doris Beetam I did not like, and for the same reason that Amok Time isn't one of my favourite episodes. I can't believe the Vulcans would do anything so illogical as maintain ancient traditions. I think they would be one of the most up-to-date races in the Galaxy. Even though Spock finds a reason for maintaining this tradition, I don't even find the story very well developed. Sorry, Doris, but...not for me.

The Winged Dreamers by Jennifer Guttridge is the last of the ones I'd already read. I like it although it isn't my favourite of Jennifer's stories. Nicely thought out, nicely developed, well worth including - but I still prefer her 'In the Maze.'

Mind Sifter by Shirley Maiewski. Shirley likes to separate Kirk from the others and then put him in a terrible psychological position to bring out his strength of character, and this story is no exception. It is a marvellous story - though I was left with one unanswered question. For two years, Spock was in command of the Enterprise - but there was no mention of his having a First Officer...

The book finishes with Sonnet from the Vulcan - Omicrom Ceti III by Shirley Meech. A very moving little poem. My three favourite stories are Ni Var, Winged Dreamers, and Mind Sifter, with Ruth Berman's two not far behind. [10]
[book]: This was the last original ST book I read before discovering fandom and thus fanzines. At the time, I found the departure from the series style quite alarming and difficult to adjust to, though I read and reread it simply from Trek starvation. This was ST going in an entirely new direction. I could just about relate ST:TMP to the original series, but the stories in New Voyages were a revelation! From knowledge gained later, I can note some names among the various authors which are very well-known now. not to mention introductions to the stories personally written by George Takei, Leonard Nimoy, Jimmy Doohan, Majel Barrett. Nichelle Nichols, DeForest Kelley and William Shatner; Gene Roddenberry wrote the overall introduction. Although this is fantasy, it is all of top quality and very readable: the stories are good, the characters believable and, for the most part, the situations would fit in with, or carry on from, the series itself quite well. But in these short stories, ideas are intriguingly taken one step further than on television; for example, what does the Klingon mind-sifter do exactly? What happens when Spock really does meet his true love? How does Kirk really cope with being trapped in the body form of a woman? In their later novels, the editors took their own way with Kirk and Spock in danger stories, and also worked on Shatner's biography with him and his wife Marcy. There is also a sequel to this book, New Voyages 2, in which they work with Nichelle Nichols on a story. Sondra Marshak has also collaborated with another noted ST writer Jacqueline Lichtenberg and with Joan Winston (organiser of the first ever ST convention) to write a book about the effect of Star Trek on people's everyday lives.[11]
Each of the eight stories in the volume is introduced by one of the series regulars, and although the stories focus mainly on Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock, and Dr. McCoy as did the series itself, there is something for the fans of every character.

The book begins with "Ni Var," a story that focuses on a Spock who has been divided into two individuals: one totally Vulcan, one totally Human.

This is followed by "Intersection Point," where the Enterprise has collided with another dimension. Somehow a necessary part of the ship has been lost in this other reality, and the crew of the Enterprise must find a way to retrieve it before the connection is severed and the ship is destroyed.

In "The Enchanted Pool," Spock gazes into the waters of a strange world and sees his true love—and finds the answer to the mystery of a lost starship at the same time.

During the filming of a Star Trek episode, Shatner, Nimoy, and Kelley somehow find themselves on the real Enterprise, facing the real Kor in "Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited."

"The Face on the Barroom Floor" follows Kirk as he enjoys shore leave and finds that a small lie as to his identity causes all kinds of problems.

McCoy accompanies Spock as the latter takes part in a Vulcan ritual in "The Hunting." However, the doctor soon finds himself in a fight for his life as Spock takes on the characteristics of the wild animal whose thoughts he has tried to read.

Someone or something is attracting the Enterprise crew to the new world they are exploring by offering them what they want most in "The Winged Dreamers." When the three senior officers try to retrieve the rest of the crew, they soon find themselves caught in illusions that may spell their doom.

And finally in "Mind-Sifter," Kirk becomes a victim of the Klingons who abduct him while he is on shore leave. After they use their mind-sifter on him, he escapes and finds himself on earth in the 1950’s, his mind totally destroyed.

Although the stories in this volume are written by non-professionals, they are all of professional quality and provide a most enjoyable read. Some of these stories, such as "Mind-Sifter" can be found in longer, more detailed versions on the authors’ websites or in the fanzines in which they first appeared, but the shortened versions contain all the essential ingredients. While my favorites of these eight stories seem to change with each reading, I’m sure that those who pick up this 238 page book will find the stories to be worthy additions to the Star Trek legend. [12]
[book]: The names or Marshak and Culbreath were familiar to me, and when I read this collection of 8 short stories I felt at home immediately.

Of them, three stand out; Ni Var by Claire Gabriel, Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited by Ruth Berman and The Face on the Bar-Room Floor by Eleanor Arnason and Ruth Berman. These, I hasten to add, are only peaks in what is an excellent anthology of early fan fiction. At last someone's got the courage to publish it properly. Ni Var by Claire Gabriel charts the problems caused when the two halves of Spock are deliberately separated by a slightly deranged scientist. There are echoes of similar stories; I found myself recalling James Blish's Spock Must Die beside the rather obvious The Enemy Within {to which reference is made) and Datalore, but the resolution of the problem is brilliantly handled. And, much to my surprise, it has a stardate. Also the story is beautifully set up by a modest introduction by Leonard Nimoy. Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited by Ruth Berman is a delight. Introduced with a humorous page and a half by Majel Barrett-Roddenberry it asks the question, "What would William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy and DeForest Kelley do if they found themselves aboard the real Enterprise?" The little side references to production crew (such as Vincent McEveety nearly blowing his top) are wonderful. The Face on the Bar-Room Floor by Eleanor Arnason and Ruth Berman and introduced by George Takei has Kirk caught in a bar-room brawl while on shore leave, thrown into jail and his hilarious attempt to a) get out and b) prove he is who he says he is...

Altogether a very pleasant surprise The introductions to the stories alone make the books worth obtaining. For those who haven't seen these stories before (myself included) or even if you have, it makes a useful addition to the bookcase. [13]
[book]: A slash gaze is something inherent to the way a story is shaped that will color it regardless of wider context, if it's there - something that called out to me, sitting alone in my room with no fandom contacts, the minute I opened that googled link to the Draco Trilogy. Or even years and years before that, reading one of Marshak & Culbreath's Star Trek stories with no idea what I'd stumbled on but knowing it was something new and something strange and maybe dangerous and oh, I wanted more. Neither of those examples are even m/m, mind, but they read as 'slashy' almost universally, I think, because the male characters are kept so aware of their own forced passivity, and potential desirability, and the ways in which that limits them. [14]
Star Trek: The New Voyages, is a collection of short stories concerning the Enterprise and her crew, with introductions by everyone but the sound-stage janitor. Sounds like a glorified fanzine when one hears about it, sans illustrations. Or another Ballantine-Paramount gimmick to earn the almighty dollar. Or both. Of course, a lot of trekkers (and trekkies) couldn't care less, it's the old story of "Hah, a new ST book!", grabbing it, turning over 150 of one's hard earned A.C.U. [American Credit Units) and then rushing home, clutching the new book to one's chest like it's made of gold. As if dropping it would cause an explosion that would rip off half the atmosphere and merge the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Fat chance!!! The chances of something like that happening are astronomical.

But back to the subject at hand. If you are tired of the same old ST stories, the book is probably worth all 150 A.C.U. Over all it's a book worth reading, better than a good deal of the new pap or old crap most sci-fi publishers are putting out these days. Several stories could be better if the authors paid a little more attention to the main plot and ignored the useless details.

My personal favorite was The Mind-Sifter, by Shirley Meiewski [sic]. It was a touching, revealing story that went into Kirk's character without contradicting any of the established facts. The only thing that bothered me some was that Jan, the woman who helps Kirk, is too much like Edith Keeler. Otherwise, it's a very good story. It has an introduction by William Shatner which shows that he either has a very good scriptwriter or is really full of soggy milquetoast.

Another good story is Visit to a Weird Planet Revisited in which three of the actors, Shatner, Nimoy and Kelley are somehow transported on to the real Enterprise, 200 years in the future, where they go through several embarrassing situations. It is rather reminiscent of Mirror, Mirror but it is tactfully so. The story is good but could use more development. The potentials of the situation are not fully explored and the plot is not fully developed. All in all, however, it was a good try by Ruth Bergman [sic] to present the other side of Visit To A Weird Planet and was a decent effort for an amateur writer. The introduction is by Majel Barret Roddenberry.

Another story was Face on the Barroom Floor which centered around some misadventures of James T. Kirk. Of course, there's a lot of plot manipulation in it. For instance, it seems rather strange that no one would comment on the outlandish samuria [sic] outfit that Kirk wore during the story. It requires quite a stretch of the imagination to believe this and other "little coincidences" which occur throughout the story. However, I suppose if O. Henry can do it, so can Elwanor Amoson [sic] and Ruth Bergman [sic]. The introduction is by George Takei.

Another story is Ni Var the parallel of The Enemy Within. Only this time it's Spock who's divided into his Vulcan and human halves, no less. And of course neither half can survive without the other. The only redeeming parts of the story are a few titillating bits such as Spock smiling and shicking the entire bridge crew. All in all, it was a sweet, mushy little story reminiscent of a Harlequin romance. The introduction is by Leonard Nimoy.

For an interdimensional sleeper, there's nothing like Intersection Point. All I can say is, if I was grading this, I would give it a failing grade for both creativity and writing style. Juanita Colson [sic] should receive a card saying "Go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass 'go', do not collect $200." Anyone who would hinge a story on the fact that Spock is more invulnerable than any human, and not even do that tactfully, should be ridden out of town on a rail. This is definitely a story worth missing. The introduction is by James Doohan.

A good story in that it reveals some Vulcan symptoms is The Hunting by Doris Beetem. In this story, Spock links his mind with that of a predator animal and becomes one mentally. Several parts are rather reminiscent of This Side of Paradise: change McCoy to Kirk and the resemblance is startling. Anyway, it's a good story. The introduction is by the editors.

For a mushy, sweet story that makes no sense, read The Enchanted Pool by Marcia Ericson. Full of fairytale gibberish and technical tripe, it has a plot that leaves a lot to be desired. All in all, a story worthy of Space: 1999, and not ST. The introduction is by Nichelle Nichols and reveals a kind compassionate interior underneath an equally kind, compassionate exterior.

Last and just about least is The Winged Dreamers, a re-written This Side of Paradise. Go to the back of the class, Jennifer Guttridge, and turn in your gold stars. Plagiarism is an art and you have abused it. Over all, this story doesn't deserve more than a quick skimming. The introduction is by De Forest Kelley.

The book is ended by Sonnet from the Vulcan: Omicron Ceti III, a small poem by Shirley Meech. It doesn't say who "the Vulcan" is, but one can tell from small clues like "the rites of Vulcan bound me to T'Pring" that "the Vulcan" is Spock. From reading it, I believe it is written to Laila Kalomi since it says things like, "I left you and Earth behind" and "You told me you loved me, and you cried, I said I had no feelings. And I lied." A rather touching way to end a book.

The only thing noticeably missing from the book was male authors. All the material is by females. Could this be discrimination? Is such a thing possible? I wonder. By the way, if you would like to send comments or even manuscripts to the editors for possible inclusion in one of the future "New Voyages" books the address is: Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, Box 14261, Baton Rouge, La., 70808. Ms. Marsha and Ms. Culbreath request that you send two copies of all manuscripts.

Well, that's Star Trek: The New Voyages; I recommend that you buy it, if you haven't already, if just for the pleasure of reading new and mostly original ST stories. [15]

Volume 2

cover of Star Trek: The New Voyages 2

Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 appeared in January 1978, with the following table of contents. In this volume, all story introductions and editorial matter were written by Marshak & Culbreath unless otherwise noted.

Reactions and Reviews: Volume 2

See reactions and reviews of Snake Pit!.
See reactions of In the Maze.
See reactions of Cave-In.
See reactions of Marginal Existence.
See reactions of The Procrustean Petard.
[book]: Despite its many inaccuracies, I found both books of ST:The New Voyages to be entertaining as well as a means to get a fair representation of fan writing. And the cost was relatively cheap. [16]
[book]: I was totally disappointed. The "professionalism" was certainly higher, but from what I can see that is no positive point. To be a professional in the Bantam Books school of writing—indicated by the examples we have been shown here—means to be certain that the writing is as broadly appealing as possible. In this case, it is impossible to be anything but bland-boring, basically bland. If there was any one aspect that shone brilliantly in New Voyages I, it was that certain natural sparkle—George calls it "freshness and naivety" —I might call it the "basic Star Trek charm" that was so apparent in the aired ST episodes, delightful to see renewed in New Voyages I and definitely missing in this second "up-graded attempt. In this case, "upgraded" down-graded. To me, all these stories read like they were either edited or re-written to death. I,too, thought that the New Voyages series was to be a showcase for fan-written material. Obviously that is not the actual situation. The object of the series seems to be to sell Star Trek books, not to encourage or showcase new talent at all. This is not to say that the stories are totally incompetent or that Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, as editors, do not have the right to place within their book whatever stories they see fit. Nor do I wish to put down efforts of actual fan-written material that does happen to appear in the second edition. I am only confused and disappointed in that #2 has such a different orientation from #1. And I can't make myself believe that fandom has produced so few good ST stories that M and C have been forced to turn to professional writers, an actress, and themselves for most of the included material. Sure, you have to read a lot of mediocrity in fanzines—maybe 20 poor stories to every good one. But the good ones—oh, sister, are they good! This collection does not represent the best that fandom has to offer—in fact, it barely represents fandom at all. I guess to be totally objective one would have to see the entire spectrum of fan-submitted material. Since we won't get that opportunity, well, what can I say? I myself shall reserve a final opinion after the release of #3. But, at this time, I wouldn't be even the slightest bit surprised at seeing a story even more blandly co-authored by Shatner, Nimoy and some former ST stuntman. [17]
[book]: [In an article in Trek magazine in 1979, amateur author Mary Jo Lawrence described her experiences as a "late bloomer" Trek fan who wanted to contribute to the culture of Trek fandom. She wrote numerous letters to Marshak and Culbreath after the publication of the two New Voyages books, wherein they had issued what appeared to be an open invitation to amateur authors to submit material for further volumes. Taking this literally, Lawrence did send a short story. Marshak and Culbreath never replied to her letters or acknowledged the story. Lawrence then read Joan Winston's The Making of the Trek Conventions, which gave her the impression that "Miss Winston and her cronies were on the 'inside Trek' and she obviously wanted us to know it."] "My concern deepened as I found a dismal pattern emerging. Joan Winston, Jackie Lichtenberg, and Sondra Marshak (who collaborated on the popular Star Trek Lives!) were right in the center of an elitist group which expanded, as the narrative progressed, to include Myrna Culbreath (of course) and, to my growing consternation, such people as Shirley Maiewski and Connie Faddis. Now, these are all very versatile and extremely talented people, but, as I checked back over the list of contributing authors in my volumes of The New Voyages, I found my suspicions completely confirmed. It was these, along with such obvious insiders as Nichelle Nichols and Jescoe von Puttkamer [a prominent NASA engineer], Russell Bates (who wrote a script for the animateds) and Jennifer Guttridge (who was published in both volumes) who were getting their work into print. This was in direct conflict with what Marshak and Culbreath were purporting in their prefaces. It seemed that if you wanted to get anywhere in Star Trek fandom it wasn't what you knew, it was who you knew. There are thousands of artistic Trekkers in the world, but only a handful of mutually supportive individuals are getting to share their talent and ideas with the rest of us. I was angered and hurt by what I felt was a betrayal of everything Star Trek fandom stood for. I could feel my enthusiasm ebb and my momentum come to a grinding halt."[18]
[book]: "Star Trekkers alone can make the difference between a future in which mankind will fall back into a dark age that will last a thousand years, and one in which we will go upward, outward—to the stars. The turning point is now. We make it now, or we don’t make it. But I believe that we will."

So said Robert Heinlein during an interview with Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, the editors of Star Trek: The New Voyages 2 at San Francisco’s Space Con Three. And even though those words were spoken more than 30 years ago, there are those who believe that truer words were never spoken.

Throughout this second volume of fan fiction, Marshak and Culbreath do their best to capture Heinlein’s sentiment and to show "man’s truest legend, seen at last—the legend of a golden age not lost, but of one yet to be found…" To do so they have included eight short stories and two poems that show the world of Star Trek at its best.

The collection begins with the story "Surprise," written by Nichelle Nichols and the editors, which recounts preparations for a surprise birthday party for Captain Kirk while an alien presence is loose on the Enterprise.

Then there is "Snake Pit" which tells of Kirk and Christine Chapel’s visit to the planet Vestalan where a native uprising is in progress thus depriving the Federation of a badly needed serum. During the course of their visit, they find themselves prisoners of the natives with Kirk becoming a sacrificial victim to their gods. This story, written by Connie Faddis, is sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats as Chapel tries to rescue the captain from certain death.

Written by Russell Bates (writer of the animated episode, "How Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth"), "The Patient Parasites" is presented in television script format and tells the story of a machine found during the survey of a new planet. The machine desires the knowledge of warp drive before it will release the crew members it holds captive. However, knowing that this machine would prove dangerous to the entire galaxy, Kirk refuses to provide the necessary information. It quickly becomes a race against time as Kirk must find a way to save his men before their minds can be sent to the machine’s creators. (Readers might be interested to know that this story can be found in illustrated form at the website:

As the crew of the Enterprise explores a feudal world, Kirk, Spock, and Dr. McCoy try to find the secret to a building that could not have been constructed by the planet’s inhabitants. When Kirk disappears in the depths of the building, it’s up to Spock and Doctor McCoy to find him. Little do they know that they are part of an experiment set by an alien scientist "In The Maze," by Jennifer Guttridge.

"Marginal Existence," by Connie Faddis, presents a world where most inhabitants seem to be in a state of suspended animation; however, their "sleep" is anything but peaceful. When Doctor McCoy is thrown into a sleeper machine and appears in great distress, Kirk and Spock must find a way to release him.

A distress call lures the Enterprise to a strange planet where crew members are plucked from the ship and sent through a machine that changes them into the opposite sex. It’s up to Kirk and the Enterprise crew to find a way to return everyone to his or her normal gender in "The Procrustean Petard" written by the editors of the book.

In "The Sleeping God," by NASA rocket engineer Jesco von Puttkamer, Captain Kirk and the Enterprise face an immensely powerful being from another dimension and must find a way to defeat it before it can destroy the worlds of the Federation. Their only help in facing this threat is a young mutant who has been in suspended animation for the past eight-five years.

The book is rounded out by two poems, one about Charlie X and the other about Spock, and an epilogue by Nichelle Nichols that thanks all those who summon the future.

Readers of this collection of stories will find that this is a volume they will want to return to time and again. Not only does it offer plenty of suspense, it also manages to capture the Star Trek legend in its entirety as the crew continues to travel "where no man has gone before." [19]
[book]: Don't let THE NEW VOYAGES fool you into believing that most fan fiction is mediocre. It isn't. Most (if not all) of tne stories which appeared in THE NEW VOYAGES were originally published by "amateurs" in fanzines, yet had a far more professional flare then than as they finally hit the newsstands in the form in which most of you saw them. The stories which appeared

NEW VOYAGES 2 seemed to show the work of heavy-handed editors who appeared to be trying to interject far too much of their own ideas and style into stories ere not their own, and ended up deleting far too much of the author's original intent. Essentially, this resulted in most of the stories coming off as just plain dull. This is unfortunate, since there is an entire universe (and several alternate universes) which deal quite professionally with the Star Trek characters, giving them a background and a future far beyond anything seen on the series.

This is not meant to discredit the ability of the fine writers wno had their stories published in THE NEW VOYAGES, for in their original form, in the fanzines discussed herein, the stories were far superior, as stylistically imaginative, and left you feeling glad you'd had the privilege of reading them instead of sorry you'd just shelled out $1.95 for a paperback. [20]
[book]: Ok, another collection from the hellish fans Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath. Taking in fact that they have been accused of hogging the initial fan-fiction publications for only them and their top vip convention friends, it’s clearer why this low-quality stories ever got published. There was an initial response to the unheard-of fanatical conventions, so getting ANY fiction at all published was a high priority....[21]
:What we see in Star Trek: The New Voyages then is a perfect microcosm of the split in Star Trek fandom: The first volume wears how indebted it is to the fanfic writers on its sleeve: Indeed, it can be seen as an official acknowledgment and adoption of the overwhelmingly female fanzine structure and culture that defined Star Trek fandom in the 1970s. The second volume, however, shows the less savoury side of the franchise: The top-down, technologistic side that would much prefer to cozy up to (and sell out to) NASA and the aerospace engineering sector for a cross-promotional deal with the shiny new bit of branded Star Trek Soda Pop Art rather than engage with the people who are actually trying to internalize Star Trek's idealism and act on it on an everyday basis. And this is pretty much how the fandom is going to remain divided, at least until Nerd Culture comes along (but even now it's rather clear where Nerd Culture is going to spring from).[22]

Writing in 2009, fan reviewer delmarsdoll found the initial story, "Surprise!" to be filled with slash subtext. Written by Nichelle Nichols with Marshak and Culbreath, the story is a screwball comedy about the Enterprise crew conspiring to a surprise birthday party for Captain Kirk, dropping understandable hints that if anyone is intimate with Spock, it is Uhura. According to Marshak and Culbreath, Nichols based the story on something that really happened in her family, and that the ending was "absolutely authentic".

"I have only read the first story [in New Voyages 2] so far, and the slash doesn't just drip from the page, it pours in cascading buckets. This story, Surprise!, was written by Marshak and Culbreath, and, wait for it...Nichelle Nichols! That's right ladies and gents, our very own Miss Uhura took part in writing the slashiest thing I have read so far in this fandom. (Of course I'm speaking of, ahem, subtext). And the copyright is held by Paramount, which at the time, probably meant, Roddenberry. Completely sanctioned slash."[23][24]

Responding to this, KLangley56? says:

"Even though Marshak and Culbreath do have, as seen in their other works, a tendency to "slashy subtext" (that they would deny completely, as they were not K/S fans), there's none of it in this story. My opinion of it has not changed since I read it at publication--it's an intended humorous story that just ends up being silly and out of character and a bit too "precious."[25]

Other Star Trek: TOS Pro Books with Fan Connections

A complete list of professionally published Star Trek novels is found at Star Trek: The Reading List.


  1. from B.A. News #45
  2. see Yesterday's Son
  3. from Interstat #76
  4. from Interstat #77
  5. Shirley thanks Ruth for her correction in Interstat #78: "I stand corrected regarding my statement that "almost without exception (the stories) in NEW VOYAGES were changed." I do know that some were and I am pleased that yours wasn't! It has been a number of years since NV was published, and one's memory is apt to be colored by what happened to oneself. Thank you for the correction."
  6. from a LoC by Shirley Maiewski in The Propagator #7
  7. from The Trekzine Times v.2 n.2/3
  8. from A Piece of the Action #37
  9. from a letter in Alderaan #11
  10. from Star Trek Action Group #17
  11. from Star Trek Action Group #112
  12. review by Carolyn Kaberline at Orion Press
  13. from IDIC #24 (1992)
  14. Help! My slash goggles are stuck!; Archive for page one; page two; Archive for page two, post by melannen, February 24, 2007
  15. review by "The Half-Breed Critic, Half Vulkan" C. Robert Stevens
  16. from Interstat #9
  17. from Michele A in Interstat #10
  18. Mary Jo Lawrence, "A New Year's Revolution," reprinted in Best of Trek 2, Signet 1979, pp 106-115.
  19. reviewed by Carolyn Kaberline at Orion Press
  20. by Christopher Randolph in Enterprise Incidents #6 in The Many Faces of Fan Fiction
  21. The New Voyages 2 on Reading Star Trek, March 28, 2013.
  22. Josh Marsfelder, writing in his blog Vaka Rangi: Myriad Universes, March 4, 2014.
  23. Fan reviewer delmarsdoll, Spock Shaped Snickerdoodles, 2009-07-14.
  24. Hardly. Gene Roddenberry had no control over Paramount Studios, and at the time this book was published Paramount had essentially shut the Great Bird out of his own franchise.
  25. Klangley56, response and discussion on "Spock Shaped Snickerdoodles", 2009-07-26.