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Zine
Title: Sehlat's Roar
Publisher: "an Edwin Connell Production"
Editor(s): Randy William Ash
Date(s): 1976-1977
Series?:
Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: some excerpts and commentary online here
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Contents

Sehlat's Roar is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology edited by Randy Ash.

The editor notes:
I am clearly reminded that I was a sophomore in HIGH SCHOOL when I deigned to undertake this project with my friends. Ms. TH, who has authored (and illustrated) much in this first issue was both generous with her submissions and her technical understanding of how mimeographs worked, for example. Note that all of the images in this issue were hand drawn onto the wax coated film of the mimeograph templates -- and now with computers! Oh my!!! [1]

The art on this page been uploaded to Fanlore with the publisher's permission.

A Fan Remarks

SEHLAT'S ROAR is an engaging, carefully produced mimeo zine. Clean, crisp type-print and generally well-defined art-work show an excellent grasp of the strengths of the mimeo method and result in a very good-looking zine for a remarkably reasonable price. Moreover, the work in SR is markedly original. An outstanding feature is a xeno-anthropological series about the varios aliens of the ST universe, as interpreted by a number of au thors. The fiction is marked by sincerity and enthusiasm, as well as originality and quality. Artwork, likewise, is of high calibre. All in all, a most enjoyable and worthwhile zine. [2]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, artist Theresa Holmes. It was hand-printed from a linoleum block master and printed in orange, red, yellow and gold ink.

Sehlat's Roar 1 was published in February 1976 and contains 80 pages. Interior illos are by Randy Ash and J. Broadbent.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

[Death, Where is They Sting?]: This story was the creation of Ms. TH. It comes out of her feelings about the implied 'atheism' in Star Trek, and in particular one treatment of death in a story in our sister fanzine, INTERPHASE and as such was a welcome idea in the pantheon of SciFi spirituality. It doesn't necessarily reflect the opinions of myself or the other co-founder of this 'zine, but hey, it doesn't have to." The author herself notes: "INTERPHASE readers may recall the Connie Faddis is planning an article on why we enjoy writing ‘get somebody’ stories. This stems from her many letters of response to one particular interpretation printed in INTERPHASE #1, namely “Dying Inside.” Personally, I hated it. That’s why I wrote this story, partly to purge myself of the distressing emotions aroused by the interpretation, and partly to show that there is another way to handle the continual need for catharsis we as paradoxical creatures must satisfy. Which of the two ways is the better I leave to you to decide. [3]
[Some Thoughts on the Maraneti of Cait]: This is the first in a series of studies of various races of the Federation, presented as a service to serious ST writers who would like to know more about such peoples as the Mrraneti, Tellarites, Andorians, Orions, Rigellians, and the like. We would appreciate feedback – not to mention other studies. TH [Theresa Holmes] [4]
[Return from Talos]: In beginning the process of making a fanzine, my colleagues and I advertised our intentions in other fanzines in the hopes of soliciting contributions. This most excellent story by Ms. JC was probably the best thing in the entire debut issue. It seeks to make sense of loose ends from a pivotal episode in the original series (The only one that existed at the time!) and tackles a very controversial issue of the day: "Suicide"...an issue we still struggle with today, some 30 years hence. [5]

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, Elizabeth Marshall
back cover of issue #2, Joni Wagner

Sehlat's Roar 2 was published in June 1976 and contains 116 pages. Cover: Elizabeth Marshall; back cover: Joni Wagner. Art & illustrations: Randy Ash, John Broadbent, Mary Ann Emerson, Amy Falkowitz, Leslie Fish, Phil Foglio, Theresa Holmes, Elizabeth Marshall.

Articles:

Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Bite by Howard Holmes, p. 1
  • A Conflict of Interest by John Broadbent, p. 39
  • Crystal Message by Howard Holmes, p. 61
  • The Commical Killing of the Captain by Michael Broadbent, p. 96
  • Reviews, p. 98-115
  • Federation News Notes, p. 112-115

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

[zine]: Zines are getting thicker, and better written and illustrated! Here's another attractive entry. There are a number of minor short stories and articles, ranging from fair to fairly good, some poetry, book, zine, and con reviews, even a review of Space:1999 -- and a long one on Nimoy's 'Sherlock Holmes' in Detroit, with the editors adventures thereat. Sehlat's Roar is an excellent bargain at a very reasonable price. The print is full-size and clear; the illustrations are good, and some of them are top-notch. The proofreading could be improved, but the typos and/or spelling mistakes are only a minor annoyance, and won't detract from either your understanding or enjoyment of the stories. This is a zine with excellent variety which should appeal to everybody. It begins with an interview of Jacqueline Lichtenberg on future additions to her Zeor series, which will delight and whet the appetite of her fans. (Later in the zine they'll have a review of House of Zeor and some additional remarks on that novel by the author, as well.) The hit of this zine is a dead-pan dissertation on Andorian culture by Leslie Fish. It is ingenious, imaginative, subtly hilarious, and captivating. We might express some doubts that a nomadic people would be able to create a civilization capable of space flight, but that's a pretty cavil in the face of the fascinations of Andorian reproduction. Leslie Fish, you have a head on your shoulders -- full of weird ideas, but definitely a very good head. For fast action fans, there is Kathy Sabo's 'Candle in the Dark,' in which the Enterprise officers are trapped in the middle of an invasion and the resistance thereto. Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Chapel and the inevitable expendable Security man; Spock is tortured (overlooking the fact that he can turn himself off to pain) but are rescued by the Resistance, and join them in a last bloody battle against the invaders. The plot has large holes in it, but the action carries the reader so swiftly across them they aren't noticed at the time. Randy Ash's 'Visit to a Federation Zoo' introduces us to alien fauna, quite logically and imaginatively conceived. Indeed, imagination is the keynote to this zine. It can be highly recommended for its unusually wide variety of imaginative material. Alien cultures are described once more in the serial, 'Les Mademoiselles Federation Affair.' It's hard to judge the whole by a fraction -- the intergalactic Miss Universe concept is an intriguing concept, and the various entrants make interesting characters, but having come in in the middle, the plot is a little hazy. [6]
[Summary of the Physiological Boots of Andorian Culture]: Leslie recalls that she drew the original artwork that accompanies the article in simple pen-and-ink, and Randy traced over them onto mimeograph stencils! Leslie says she's amazed that they came out readable at all. [7]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Theresa Holmes
back cover of issue #3, Elizabeth Marshall

Sehlat's Roar 3 was published in January 1977 and contains 116 pages. Cover: Theresa Holmes; back cover: Elizabeth Marshall. Art & illustrations: Randy Ash, John Broadbent, Mary Ann Emerson, Amy Falkowitz, Theresa Holmes, Elizabeth Marshall, Signe Landon.

Articles:

  • The Roar (letters), p. 4
  • Some Thoughts on the Tellarites by Theresa Holmes, p. 8
  • A Visit to the Fderation Zoo by Randy Ash, p. 23
  • For Sale by John Broadbent, p. 24
  • Puzzle by Randy Ash, p39

Fiction:

  • The Same Wilderness by Beverly Clark (Joanna McCoy is one of those rescued from a damaged ship. Relations between McCoy and his daughter are strained until McCoy is injured and Joanna's true feelings for her father become apparent.) p. 32
  • The "Les Mesdamoiselles Federation" Affair by Theresa Holmes & Randy Ash, p. 84

Portfolios:

Poetry:

  • The Grand Kraith by Amy Hartman, p. 1
  • The Everlasting Ordeal by Susan Hasa, p. 31
  • Zine and Book Reviews, p. 106-108
  • Federation News Notes, p. 115


Issue 4

Sehlat's Roar 4 was published in May 1977 and contains 98 pages.

front cover of issue #4, Gee Moaven
back cover of issue #4 (printed as interior art in issue #5), Mary Ann Emerson, Paula Smith brings the Enterprise up to warp speed. From the editorial: "If you've just flipped over to the back cover, you'll notice that perched behind the navigation console, looking rather confused, is, noneotherhan------- Paula Smith! (Surprise Paula!). Now what we'd like you to is sit down, pad and pencil in hand, and write a short piece telling us what she's doing there ---- yes, this is a contest. Winners will receive a free copy of Sehlat's Roar #5. Deadline for entires is September 10, '77. No longer than 500 words, please. So don't delay!"
  • A Day in the Life of a Trek-Fan, article by Jeanne Powers (6)
  • The Federation Zoo, article by Randy Ash (8)
  • An Analysis of Three Fragments from Romulan History, article by Leslie Fish (9)
  • To Entertain a Stranger, fiction by Ellen Blair (A party of scientists is brought aboard the Enterprise for transport and in their group is one young woman called Elizabeth. Elizabeth, however, is not what she seems to be and before she leaves the Enterprise she has a profound effect on McCoy, Kirk and Spock.) (24)
  • Feuerstack's Odyssey, fiction by Theresa Holmes (62)
  • Pt. 1 “The ‘Les Mesdamoiselles Federation’ Affair,” fiction by Theresa Holmes/artist Theresa Holmes) (74)
  • Sehlats and the Enterprise Crew, art portfolio by Signe Landon (56)
  • Sing Waily, Waily, I'm a Leslie Fish Fan, poem by Dixie Owen (1)
  • The Price to Command, poem by Ingrid Cross (72)
  • Ode to the Restless, poem by Ingrid Cross (73)
  • book reviews by Theresa Holmes (92)
  • book reviews by Randy Ash (95)
  • Acknowledgments and Nextish (98)
  • art by Randy Ash, Mary Ann Emerson, Connie Faddis, Amy Falkowitz, Leslie Fish, Signe Landon, Theresa Holmes, Elizabeth Marshall, Monica Miler, Gee Moaven and Melinda Shreeve

Issue 5 (Special Issue)

back cover of issue #5, V.M. Wyman
front cover of issue #5, Mary Ann Emerson

Sehlat's Roar 5: Special Issue was published in December 1977 and contains 114 pages. Cover: Mary Ann Emerson; back cover: V.M. Wyman. Art & illustrations: Randy Ash, Clare Bell, Gordon Carleton, Mary Ann Emerson, Connie Faddis, Amy Falkowitz, Leslie Fish, Theresa Holmes, Signe Landon, Martynn, Catalina Mellon, Monica Miller, Elizabeth Marshall, Marty Siegrist, V.M. Wyman

Along with thish came a 17 1/2" x 22 1/2" original Connie Faddis black and white poster, and the Vulcan Wildlife Calendar by Randy Ash.

From the editorial:
... I'm trying something new, color! And if it works out, this will be a prime example of what can be accomplished with mimeo. And for the most part, it's cheap. Blessed be the word... I would like to speak on a subject of national concern: zine bindings. Yes, I know, you are upset by this problem. We often find ourselves asking, in this day of the space shuttle, Star Trek's resurrection, and Anita Bryant, is it too much to ask that a zine costing $5 stay together? In recent times, many a wary editor has strayed from tradition means and has 'experimented.' One, recently defunct zine, used a very nice plastic binder, that at first appeared to be the ultimate in zine binding, but alas, if not handled like new eggs, they tend to pop open. Another type of plastic binding used by a respectable mid-western zine tends to crack and allows for page slippage. Then, there's the new metal binding that appeared on a Great Lakes adult zine recently, and which comes loose and catches on foreign objects tearing them. So, I ask, what's wrong with staples? I urge a return to staples in behalf of the united staple growers of the world, branch offices in Boise, Milwaukee, Akron, and Warsaw. I give you this thought, 'Be patriotic, take a staple to lunch!'

Articles:

  • Editor's note, p. 1
  • A Sociopolitical Survey of the Rim Worlds by Leslie Fish p. 6-36
  • The Federation Zoo: Singjoy by Theresa Holmes p. 37-38

Fiction:

  • Vigil by Theresa Holmes, illustrated by Leslie Fish p. 40-45
  • Of the Essence by Amy Falkowitz p. 46-51
  • Home is the Sailor by Ingrid Cross p. 52-56
  • Scott's Passion by Leslie Fish p. 57-60
  • Marooned by Randy Ash p. 68-78
  • Rota by Jane Aumerle p. 80-86
  • The Great Invention: a Fable by Beverly Clark p. 87-94
  • The First Step by Jeanne Powers p. 95-98
  • Contest Winner by Mary Schmidt p. 103-105

Portfolios:

inside front cover of issue #5, Amy Falkowitz
inside back cover of issue #5, Gordon Carleton,

"What do you mean you're all standing in line to see 'Star Wars'?! That's mutiny, mister!"

"Yes, sir -- I guess it is."

Poems:

Reviews:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

This is a genzine done in excellent mimeo, firmly bound with heavy stock covers, creatively laid out, good art selections from famous Trekkers. Along with thish came a 17 1/2" x 22 1/2" original Connie Faddis black and white poster, and a very lovely Vulcan Wildlife Calendar by Randy. This is the best SR edition to date, and announced as the last, unfortunately, as there are very few good pure ST mimeo zines around these days. #5 features stories and poetry about each of the leading characters, plus the most ambitious sociological article Leslie Fish has done to date on aliens. With tongue firmly in cheek, she deals extensively with the twenty planets of the Rim Worlds, their origins, cultures, industries and possible futures. It is no accident that there are sly parallels to Earth history, and that unionism is quite popular. My favorite world is that of Gwulgon, whose inhabitants choice of foods is carrion, main activity is cuddling each other, and personal habits exclude baths. These cultural factors insure almost complete privacy, as few outsiders express any interest in living with them or in interbreeding. Delightful reading. Outstanding in the fiction is the MM world "Rota", by Jane Aumerle, a story blunt and tragic but completely in keeping with the culture we saw, and refreshing as a change from the slickly contrived rescue stories which abound in Trekfic. "Vigil", the lead story by Theresa Holmes, falls into this classification, its punchline so transparent that the rescue itself is actually omitted. Amy Falkowitz' "Of the Essence" is an interesting Kraithy fragment, short on plot but long on atmosphere and enjoyable as a footnote to "Babel". "Scott's Passion", by Leslie Fish, is a fun piece that purports to expose some deep dark secret of Scotty's love life, and sure enough, does. Nice Landon artwork brackets it. A mystifying bit of untitled verse on p. 67 by a presumably pseudonymous "Yetfa" is so tantalizing with what is almost said that more detail is craved. The drawing of the two Orions twirling their waxed mustaches at the Vulcan is most delight- fully apt, but only adds to the mystery. Randy's "Marooned" gives Uhura the chance to star as she rescues the U.S.S> Kongo smartly, and Beverly Clark's "The Great Invention: A Fable", offers a nice glimpse of Chekov maturing at Star Fleet Academy. "The First Step", by Jeanne Powers, outlines the beginning of Christine's search for Roger, rounds out the leading cast members. Verses about the others, a short sketch announced as the winner of last zine's cover art interpretation contest, and zine reviews finish out thish. A good buy zinewise, suitable for all ages and conditions of fandom, and its absence will be felt. [8]

References

  1. from Randy Ash's blog
  2. from Time Warp #1
  3. from Randy Ash's blog
  4. from Randy Ash's blog
  5. from Randy Ash's blog
  6. from The Halkan Council #23
  7. Filking with Leslie Fish
  8. from Jane Aumerle in Mahko Root #2
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