Star Trek Concordance

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Zine
Title: Star Trek Concordance
Publisher: Mathom House Enterprises/Mathom House Publications, then Ballantine Books
Editor(s): Bjo Trimble
Type: resource
Date(s): 1969, 1973
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Contents

cover of advertising flyer, see other images in gallery below[1]

Star Trek Concordance of People, Places and Things is compiled and written by Dorothy Jones, and edited by Bjo Trimble. The zine is a resource of people, places, air dates, lists of actors and episode synopses. It includes an extensive index.

It was first published in summer 1969. Star Trek Concordance has two supplements, the first published in 1973 and the second in 1995.

In 1976, Ballantine Books published a pro version of the Concordance, which was later endorsed by Paramount as an official guide. It was re-issued in 1996 to include the movies and some episodes of TNG and DS9.[2]

It was parodied in 1975 in the zine Comicordance.

It is one of the very earliest Star Trek fiction zines published. For others, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

The Concordance's Origins and Some Conflict Regarding this Zine's Creation

In 1977: "Bjo Trimble would like all doubters to know, once & for all, that Dorothy Jones Heydt does, indeed, get her fair share of royalties collected from The Star Trek Concordance sales." [3]

From a 1999 interview: "[Interviewer asks]: Your Star Trek Concordance has long been considered the definitive guide to the original Star Trek television series. What inspired you to write the book? What the extent of Dorothy Jones Heydt's involvement in the book? Without videotape, how did you manage to gather such detailed information from each episode? [Trimble responds]: Dorothy was a very focused person in the 60s, with only 2 interests: Star Trek and her religion. She began making notes on 3x5 cards about everything Trek. I have always liked encyclopedias, and said that would make a book, and we began to work on one. Dorothy and I both watched episodes on TV and on a friend's early VCR (it was tape, wound through the machine much like an old audio tape recorder). We both make many notes. I did the actual writing, though I stupidly credited Dorothy as the total author in the fan edition and me as only the editor. Dorothy's cattiness about females shows up in the original edition. When time came for re-writes, Dorothy had lost interest and turned the project over to me. I took it from there." [4]

In a 2011 interview, Bjo Trimble explains: "The Concordance started with a young lady taking copious notes on episodes as they were viewed. I started helping her. When she had shoeboxes full of 3x5 index cards, I suggested that we put together a sort of encyclopedia fanzine. But it began to take too long and she lost interest. When we finally produced the Concordance fanzine, I was foolish in giving the young lady all the writing credit, which was not entirely true. For subsequent publications of the book, she had no input at all. John and I produced the first fan-published edition on an offset press in our basement. If you purchased a copy and happened to be in town, you had to come to our house to collate your own book!" [5]

Table of Contents

The original printing of the Star Trek Concordance by Dorothy Jones. March 1969. Edited by Bjo Trimble. 84 pages. Mathom House Publications. Art by Alicia Austin, JB, George Barr, Greg Bear, Mattewillis Beard, Bonnie Bergstrom, Johnny Chambers, Tim Courtney, Katherine Cribbs, Nancy Criss, Wendy Fletcher, Greg Jein, Tim Kirk, Cathy Hill, T. Rhodes, Don Simpson, Bjo Trimble, Robert Wadey, Bernard Zuber, and John Tenniel (illustrations from Alice in Wonderland). Printed offset, brad bound.

The updated version of the Star Trek Concordance by Dorothy Jones. 1969. Edited by Bjo Trimble. 84 pages. Mathom House Publications. Updated and with an added index. Art by Alicia Austin, JB, George Barr, Greg Bear, Mattewillis Beard, Bonnie Bergstrom, Johnny Chambers, Tim Courtney, Katherine Cribbs, Nancy Criss, Wendy Fletcher, Greg Jein, Tim Kirk, Cathy Hill, T. Rhodes, Walt Simonson, Don Simpson, Bjo Trimble, Robert Wadey, Bernard Zuber, and John Tenniel (illustrations from Alice in Wonderland). Printed offset, brad bound.

The 3rd Season Supplement to the Star Trek Concordance by Bjo Trimble and Dorothy Jones. 1973, 70 pages. Mathom House Publications. 70 pages. Art by Alan Andres, Alicia Austin, Terri Austin, Stevie Barnes, Randy Bathurst, Greg Bear, Liz Danforth, Ron Demers, Frances Evans, Karen Flanery, Jackie Franke, C. Lee Healey, Barbi Johnson, Clair Mason, T'Eri Moore, Rosalind Oberdieck, D. Carol Roberts, Clarica Dee Scott, Bob Short, Walt Simonson, Sylvia Stanczyk, Bjo Trimble, Kristina Trott, Ev Turner, Bill Warren, and Ellen Winder. Printed offset, brad bound. From Boldly Writing: "The Third Season Supplement to the Star Trek Concordance... On the title page, the credits include "compiled and edited by Bjo Trimble and Dorothy Jones" and "edited by Bjo Trimble." In her editorial comments, Bjo added, "My detail-and-source checkers: Ruth Berman, Debbie and Devra Langsam, Carol Lee, Mickey [Michelle] Malkin, Joyce Yasner, and Maureen Wilson...."

Color Book

Star Trek Concordance Color Book was published in 1973.

Additions and Corrections Issue

"Additions and Corrections to the Star Trek Concordance and Supplement" by Ruth Berman. 24 pages. 1974. With excepts from letters to Ruth Berman from Kay Elliott (Stella Mudd), Patrick Horgan (Chairman Eneg), Frank Vinci (Leonard Nimoy's stand in), Jane Wyatt (Amanda), Gene Dynarski (Ben Childress), Booker Bradshaw (Dr. M'Benga), and Ed McCready (numerous characters). Mimeographed, stapled.

In 1973, Ruth Berman compiled a list of additions and corrections to the Star Trek Concordance and Supplement. This appears to have been reprinted in the final issue of T-Negative. In the separate issue, Berman writes: "This is not a publication of additions and corrections: it is not available to the public and not for sale. I'm running off a couple hundred copies to give to friends and ST nit-pickers. While I've got copies I'll be happy to let anyone have a copy who wants one -- although I'd appreciate twenty-five cents to cover postage and envelope. So if those of you getting this want to tell people about it, you may, but please tell them about it individually, no ads in zines. The material herein is covered by common-law copyright and may not be reprinted except by my permission."

On a Star Trek forum Bjo is quoted as saying about Additions and Corrections: "I have a copy of Berman's snippy little fanzine, which she published without telling me or showing me a copy before it went out. I had to find out by having another fan send me a copy. But it is a file copy and I am not inclined to share it. Much of the info is erroneous but she had a grudge against me and went out of her way in those days to show me in a bad light. Some fans lapped it up, but fortunately, she never achieved her goal of running me out of fandom and she is now out of my life.-- Bjo" [6]

Gallery

Reactions and Reviews

If ever there was a book that fitted the description of containing more than one cared to know on a subject, this is it. Included are plot synopses of the episodes, each of which is followed by the cast, list of characters, and vocabulary. Fully half of the book is occupied with the lexicon, a painstaking listing of every conceivable character, planet, scientific term, etc, mentioned throughout both the live action and animated series. Both regular and guest actors are also highlighted, in addition to the production crew member. This large-sized edition (8 1/2 x 11") is pleasing to the eye as well as to the intellect. Reproductions of scenes from the animated series are interspersed throughout the lexicon section, and a gallery of fan art is very impressive. To refer to this as "fan art" is perhaps misleading, as the quality of most of the renditions are of professional caliber. Some works will be remembered from the original fan publication of the Concordance. The Concordance is a prime example of the lengths to which Trekkers will go to amass trivia. Originally a fan effort by Dorothy Jones derived from the live action series, the Ballantine version details all 18 animated episodes as well. The quality of Trek fans to not remain content with existing materials, but to create more for their imagination, is undoubtedly a significant factor in the realization of this book. When an answer is needed for a technical or trivial question, this is the source one should consult first. The few errors that have been discovered are usually so esoteric that only a grand master of trivia could detect them, and do not spoil the quality of the rest. [7]

References

  1. Iowa Digital Library. Star Trek Concordance advertising flyer, accessed 28 November 2009.
  2. Memory Alpha, accessed September 21, 2009.
  3. from A Piece of the Action #55 in 1977, a rare (from APOTA) sort-of personal statement by Bjo Trimble
  4. from Trekworld/reference link
  5. from an interview at Trek Web, posted 9.1.2011, accessed 9.4.2011
  6. The Trek BBS. The Star Trek Concordance, 22 November 2009, accessed 28 November 2009.
  7. from TREKisM #5 (1979)
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