Abode of Strife
You may be looking for the Doctor Who zine, Abode of Strife Who.
Some issues are anthologies and some are novels, and they had a variety of editors.
There were twenty-five regular issues and two special issues published.
The Editor's Policies and Views on K/S and Other Content
The zine's content is mostly gen.
The editors' view on K/S appears to be complicated.
Issues #1, #2, #3 contain R-rated K/S material, but they are anti-K/S fanworks.
The submission guidelines published in the first issue said: "NO X-RATED MATERIAL, PERIOD!!!!! K/S (and otherwise) is acceptable as long as it is in good taste (no pun intended) and is NOT the central theme of the story."
The first issue also had a short statement by Ann Hupe called "K/S is B.S." which was derogatory and dismissive. See "K/S is B.S.".
The second and third issue included a story called "The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban." It was a harsh and violent rebuke of the premise. See The Anti-Slash Story: "The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban".
In issue #4, the editorial had this statement: "We here at the press do not advocate K/S or similar [sic] stories, but people are entitled to their opinion. Just because someone does not like what is said in a book or fanzine does not entitle them to break the law . We feel that if one disagrees that violently with the K/S premise, then one should not purchase those fanzines! They are clearly labelled [sic]. We do not purchase those zines. (RE: Wrath story in AOS 2/3—the captain was drugged and his mind obviously being manipulated)."
From a 1986 flyer: "Please also note that issues 1 and 3 do contains some R-rated material, including K/s . Peromyscus Press does not print sexually explicit material, and future zines will not carry this."
Almost to this date ten years ago, our first fanzine 'Abode of Strife' #1 debuted in time to be turned in for our Science Fiction Literature class at California State University at Fullerton. (When the professor found out that two of his students were into Star Dreck (as he called it), he said that a fanzine would be our class project (it sure beat making paper mache' aliens, or the other suggestion of several of us getting together and doing a sequel to Hardware Wars called 'The Toasters Strike Back'. Edited by Bill Hupe and Ann Meyer (now Dr. Ann Hupe), the first print run sold out immediately, as did the second; a handful of the third resides in our basement yet. We realized that improve was an operative word, which we did over the next few issues.A move to Michigan and Ann's starting of medical school forced a year and a half off from new material. The time was spent improving and soliciting writers and artists. 1986 MediaWest*Con saw the premiere of issue #6, 'Shadow's, featuring several prominent fannish artists, and one professional. That issue won the 1986 FanQ for 'Best Star Trek Zine'. Some of the artists from that issue did work for one or more of issues 19, 20, and 21, all premiering together at 1993 MediaWest*Con. Including, Marie Williams, who did the cover for this issue, winner of the 1992 FanQ for 'Best Star Trek Artist', and Michael C. Goodwin again outdid himself for issue 20 (Betsy Fisher's 'Ry') that stands on par with any of his other bookcovers on the sf bookshelf at your local bookstore. In the interim between issues 6 and 19-21, over a 150 writers and artists have contributed to the pages of 'Abode of Strife', other editors have assisted and actually guest-edited issues (Barb Erickson, Susan Clarke, Marie Williams, Peg Kennedy [who won two years running for FanQ 'Best Star Trek Zine/Editor' and is up for a third and final.time in 1993]), an impressive number of FanQ's and nominations for stories and art found within these pages, and hundreds of pages of Star Trek fiction, as well as Star Wars and some other fandoms that found their way into Abode of Strife's pages before zines for that fandom or our multimedia fanzine Lions and Tigers were created." 
It contains some commentary on Kirk/Spock fiction.
The third printing, due to a different typeface, contains an extra story: "Who Can Price Immortality?" It also does not include seven lines to "A Weird Visit to a Strange Planet" -- "They were considered unnecessary and would have prevented the sale of this fanzine to minors. Instead, we have a PG rating... with a dip once in a while into R."Ann K. Meyer wrote the editorial:
I started collecting STAR TREK fanzines in 1977 when I was a sophmore in high school. And since then, I've always fantasized about editing my OWN fanzine. I would hunt down a few friends of mine who would donate a few stories In exchange for a complimentary copy of the finished fanzine. After that, I'd sollclte a few artists I know to illustrate these stories or contribute a few cartoons to brighten the pages. Then, with the help of a printing company equipped with an off-set press and excellent Xerox machines, this fanzine would mlraculuosly appear in the collecting bin, all neatly bound and collated.
Such are dreams...
Unfortunately, nobody but Bill and I wrote the material (with a few exceptions). We could only solicit one artist (who's in my immunology class) and he had cancer tests to study for. (We ourselves are hardly what you may call competent artists.) And, we can't afford the luxuries of an offset press. So, we had to be satisfied with a word-processing program for my TRS-80 and its dot-matrix printer. After many hours hunched over the computer module, typing endless pages of original manuscripts, I realized that fanzines require much sweating and cursing. And there are those little problems nobody warns you aboul—such as how do you fill the gaps at the end of an article?
But here it is anyways.
I would really be more correct In saying that this fanzine is a parody of existing fanzines. Some of the stories lie very close to heresy for the serious STAR TREK and STAR WARS fans. (So be forewarned!) And those who are familiar with the "Free Enterprise" format in the all-time classic Spockanalia series will find this fanzine to fit the same genre. But even those who are not familiar with the phenomenon of privately published fanzines (which I firmly believe far excel I those trashy STAR TREK novels you find at the trade bookstores) should find this prototype of a fanzine...interesting.
And finally, I must give credit where credit is due. Even though I had the dream, Bill had the guts to make it real. I never seriously considered the possibllty of creating a fanzine (or facsimile thereof) for a science fiction lit. project. How was I to know Dr. McNelly would accept It?So...Live long and proper, May the Farce be with you, and all that other garbage!
- Editorial (2)
- Good Ol' Scotty's Ship's Engineers Band, filk by Bill Hupe (3)
- A Weird Visit to a Strange Planet by Bill Hupe (4)
- The Captain's Leg by Bill Hupe, Ann K. Meyer and Bill Clifton (13)
- Spock's Lament to Pon-Farr by Bill Hupe (14)
- Art for Art's Sake by Pamela Gilbert and Ann K. Meyer (16)
- Whatever Happened to That Script Writer by Ann Meyer (21)
- The Tribbles with Troubles by Bill Hupe (23)
- The Galactic Enquirer by Bill Hupe, Ann K. Meyer, Pamela Gilbert and Bill Clifton (24)
- K/S is B.S. by Ann K. Meyer (26)
- The Toaster's Strike Back!!! (the sequel to "Hardware Wars") by Anonymous (27)
- One Day at Ye Ol' Bulletin Board on Deck 3 by Bill Hupe, Ann K. Meyer and Pamela Gilbert (34)
- Interspecies Cookery Class by Pamela Gilbert (35)
- Who Can Price Immortality by Ann K. Meyer and Bill Hupe (not in the first printing) (36)
- ad (46)
- art by Bill Hupe (front cover and back cover), John Nyroos
Issue 1: "K/S is B.S."
The text of "K/S is B.S." which includes a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer:
(The following message Is from a non-profit organization, and the views expressed are not necessarily those of the editors.)
There has been an epidemic of homosexual stories now being published in increasing number of fanzines, the thought being that today's society is sophisticated enough to handle stories concerning homosexuality. And since homosexuality pervades in this century, many writers for fanzines have assumed that it will exist in the time period of the Federation (perhaps under less social taboos). We are not opponents of this new trend of literature. We like the idea heterosexualIty Is not the only facet of sex being represented In fanzine literature. However, we do oppose the K/S stories.
For those unfamiliar to the term "K/S", It stands for "KIrk/Spock". This is the genre of stories in which Kirk and Spock are homosexual partners. These writers contend that there Is evidence that such a relationship between Kirk and Spock is possible. They will state that Kirk and Spock are very very close friends, each willing to sacrifice his own life to save the other. (This fact has been exclusively shown In many of the episodes.) So because of this friendship, these writers believe that Kirk would offer himself to Spock If the Vulcan was In plak-tow with no available female. Also, Spock Is half human with humanly sexual desires and needs. Who else but Kirk would understand and even relieve this conflict?? Who would Spock ever turn to In the time of emotional trouble? So why can't Kirk and Spock be homosexual partners?
We, however, think there Is a flaw in their seemingly "logical" extrapolation. First, Spock has COMPLETELY identified himself with Vulcan. Sex is revolting and only performed for the sake of procreation. But homosexuality is completely illogical since it serves no purposeful goal, and satisfying sexual desire is not considered to be important to the survival of a species. Second,if Spock did harbor such desires within him, he would keep these well hidden and never approach Kirk. Even if Kirk proposed the suggested, Spock would refuse to participate—even in the throes of plak-tow. Logic may crumble when a Vulcan is in heat, but dignity always prevails.
So why can't they try some other combinations? What about Kirk/McCoy? (McCoy always did have that paternal aura.) Or McCoy/Scotty? Chekov/Sulu? Kirk/McCoy/Scotty? (And for those who are a bit more shy and self-conscious, why not a KIrk/Kirk story?) And let's have equal time for lesbians too! Rand/Uhura? Uhura/Chapel? After all, we all know how strange these Terrans can be.(Paid for by the Society for the Preservation of Vulcan Dignity Concerning Sexual Matters.)
Abode of Strife 2 was published in 1984 and contains 130 pages. It may contain a K/S story.
The art is by Pamela Gilbert, Anne Hupe, Bill Hupe, John Nyroos, and Jeff Sutton.
- Editorial (3)
- Our Contributors (4)
- Who But Thine Own Enemy? By Bill and Ann Hupe, and Susan Moyle (5) (a Star Wars story, possibly part one -- part two is in issue #5)
- Until Death Do Us Part by Bill Hupe (28)
- Vulcanian the Barbarian (29)
- Speed Trap (30)
- Another Cave-In by Bill Hupe (31)
- Ye Old Bulletin Board on Deck Three by Bill and Ann Hupe, John Nyroos, Susan Moyle, Pam Gilbert, and Bill Clifton (33)
- Vulcanian the Barbarian (34)
- Black Holes by Dianne Renzi and Bill Hupe (35)
- Vulcanian the Barbarian (41)
- Nova Sapien by Tom Provost (42)
- Triangle by Bill Hupe (42)
- Casual Conversations by Bill Hupe (43)
- And Once Again by Bill Hupe (45)
- John Nyroos Portfolion (46)
- The Motel Enterprise by Bill Hupe (48)
- Susin by Bill Hupe ("the Federation's present and future meet") (50)
- Fanzine Reviews by Bill Hupe (62)
- R.A.T. by Bill Hupe (64)
- The Dove by Bill Hupe (66)
- Futuremyth by Bill and Ann Hupe (73)
- At Your Service by Bill Hupe (74)
- The Hunt (76)
- Federation Starship Bumper Stickers by Bill and Ann Hupe, John Nyroos, and Bill Clifton (77)
- ?Progress? by Bill Hupe (77)
- Movie Adverstisement (79)
- Chronicles of the New Alliance by Ann Hupe (80)
- The Galactic Enquirer by Bill and Ann Hupe, and Bill Clifton (89)
- Family Feud by Bill Hupe (93)
Abode of Strife 3 was published in 1984 and contains 67 pages.
Art by Pamela Gilbert, Jeff Sutton, and Bill Hupe.
The editorial says that "The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban" also appeared in issue #2, something that isn't reflected in that issue's table of contents; perhaps it is there under a different title?
The editors also have this plea: "We also need more subs (story, poetry, illos): Bill cannot keep writing entire fanzines by himself."From the editorial:
The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban appears in its entirety here. The first part originally appeared in #2 in its entirety. After reading the zine after it was printed, a sequel began to form in my mind... and then Kirk's Nightmare (illustrated poem, and finally Khan's Revenge. Considering everything that's going to be happening in the near future.... we decided to do issue 3 this way, because God knows when you's see the rest of the novel if we didn't print it now. "Not One But Many Voices" I wrote while driving to the Midwest last year. I had this sinking feeling that good 'ol Kirk was going to get away with breaking every law in the book again in ST 4. So here's a story where he doesn't get off scott-free.
- The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban by Bill Hupe and Anne K.M. Hupe (It is a novel that continues a story from issue #2, "what would have happened if the Enterprise returned to the Genesis planet to find Khan reborn as Rourke... and he has the staying power to raise Spock from the dead? Although the premise might be funny, this is a serious novel.") (Star Trek/Fantasy Island/The Price of the Phoenix fusion/crossover, includes an original character who is M'Ress's sister) (2)
- Revenge, poem by CarolMel Ambassador (22)
- Kirk's Nightmare, illustrated poem by Bill Hupe (23)
- Fantasy Planet Revisited by Bill Hupe (This story is a gruesome companion piece to "The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban." In it, "Khan" offers Kirk the life of the now-dead Spock if Kirk will become permanently addicted to a terrible drug, and Kirk accepts this quickly. He and Spock are beamed down to a planet, captured, and given a Vulcan woman to rape. Spock and Kirk viciously fight, and Spock kills the woman. But lo, it is but a dream. In fact, everything is a dream, and Kirk is now hopelessly addicted, incarcerated, and, yes, Spock is still dead.) (29)
- Khan's Revenge by Bill Hupe (Kirk, now tragically addicted to cordazine in order to forget Spock's death, kills himself.) (38)
- Private Regrets, poem by CarolMel Ambassador (40)
- Word Searches (40)
- Not One But Many Voices, fiction by Bill Hupe (The Federation's changing, but Kirk isn't ready for these changes.) (41)
- Word Search Answers (66)
Issue 3: The Anti-Slash Story: "The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban"
The story, "The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban," is Kirk/Spock, but more an anti-K/S scold than anything. In the story, Kirk goes to Khan's fantasy planet where Khan has set up an elaborate plan to gain Kirk's soul. He grants Kirk's wish that Spock is alive, and Kirk then takes a very passive Spock to his bed. Kirk is then shown Spock's fantasy: Spock making love to Saavik, which breaks Kirk's heart. Khan tells Kirk that he must not interfere while Kirk is forced to watch everyone else's fantasies. Most of those fantasies involve the Enterprise's crew member's deaths by the hands of other crew members, the assassination of President Lincoln (!!), and a short vignette of McCoy taking Spock to bed. Oh, and there is some about Omne, a character from The Price of the Phoenix. In the end, Kirk is tricked to think he sacrificed everything for Spock, which means he passed some sort of test. Kirk goes back to the Enterprise, and lo, Spock is still dead. The end.
Basically, this story, plus "Kirk's Nightmare," "Khan's Revenge," and "Fantasy Planet Revisited" are related fanworks with a focus of punishing Kirk in horrible ways for loving Spock.
At least one fan had a very negative review for this story, one which the Hupes refused to print. See the editorial in issue #4.
Some excerpts from the story" The Wrath of Ricardo Montalban":
Kirk became slightly dizzy and his eyes refused to focus. Mr. Rourke entered the bungalow, but the Admiral found he could not sit and talk to him, so Kirk listened Instead. "Admiral, Admiral? I hope I've got your attention. Yes, Admiral... I am granting you your fantasy. You want Commander Spock, and Commander Spock you shall have." Mr. Rourke left the bungalow.
"Jim." Spock stood in the doorway as he had stood many years ago in the doorway of the captain's cabin on the Enterprise after the loss of Miramanee. "Jim, may I come in?"
"Yes, it is I."
"You wished for me as your fantasy. Mr. Rourke Is simply fulfilling your fantasy." Spock walked to the cot and laid his arm on the Admiral's shoulder. "I have returned to you, Jim: I am all yours."
"Oh, Spock! I have hoped you would return to me; how I've missed youl" The Admiral moved so that he sat on his elbows and looked Mr. Spock straight In the face. "It is you, Spock, my friend."
"Yes, Jim. It Is I." Spock leaned closer to Kirk."Spock." The Admiral slowly reached up, grabbing Spock at the shoulders and pulling him towards hlmslef. Spock offerred no resistance. He pulled Spock's face towards him, yearning to kiss him...
l granted you your fantasy. Admiral; It is only fair I grant Commander Spock his? Come, come, Admiral — It bothers you that he chooses Saavik over you?" Rourke waited for an answer but Kirk did not give it to him. "Very well. Admiral. I assume you want to play for keeps?"
Kirk answered slowly. "Yes."
"Then you shall pay my price, Admiral, you shall pay my price... The price of the Pheonix [sic] , your Pheonix."
"That price was named once before by a gentleman named Omne."
Rourke's features hardened. "Ah, but this Is the price of your Pheonix, Admiral. Your price is your soul. You remember the story of the pheonix, do you not? For eternal life. It had to burn In fire... In hell. In effect," his stern smile transformed Into a discerning smile. "Your life will be forfeit for that of Spock's. I will accept no substitutions." Mr. Rourke disappeared into thin air.Kirk turned around to see Saavik still In Spock's arms. Kirk tried to turn, but he couldn't move. He tried to shut his eyes, but his muscles would not obey his brain. He witnessed Spock give Saavik what he could never give Kirk. She screamed in pleasure, Kirk screamed in pain. "Yes, Admiral, this Is only a small part of the price. You can stop this at any time; you can still get Spock back in exchange for your soul." Kirk looked for Mr. Rourke, but couldn't find the source of the voice.
Kirk turned from Khan to see Saavik still In Spock's arms. He watched as Spock continued to carress [sic] her and gentley [sic] run his lips down her body. Kirk tried to move to the bed to seperate them, but he was still frozen. How he yearned to be where Saavik was at the moment.
"You can stop this at any time. Admiral... you can go to him, hold him in your arms once again. All you have to do Is say the word." Kirk saw Spock enter Saavik: a never-ending source of life coming from the Vulcan. Kirk wanted to reach out and stop it; he wanted to be with Spock once more. He wanted to scream as Spock continued for longer than seemed humanly possible.
As Spock finally drew away from Saavik, she began to fondle and touch Spock. He saw Spock moving his lips down her body. Kirk was at the point of giving In when Rourke spoke again: Saavik had been replaced by McCoy. As Spock carressed [sic] the doctor. Kirk could see the look of pure joy and ectasy on the doctor"s face.
"No... Khan. Not my remaining friend.""Yes, Kirk, your sole remaining friend. You were granted your fantasy, as was Spock... Shouldn't McCoy receive his fantasy too? Remember... you can stop this with a single word." Kirk looked on in anguish as McCoy reached to pull Spock closer to him. Rourke disappearred. [sic]
Abode of Strife 4 was published in 1985 and contains 86 numbered pages (plus about 10 pages for ads). It is mainly a SF novel called, "First Contact, Last Contact."
The editorial says the zine has no interior illustrations as their other artists were too busy, and that Bill's art is not very good.
The story "First Contact, Last Contact," includes a list at the end of songs that the fic quotes.From the editorial, which addresses copyright, as well as the slash fic in the last issue:
From the editorial, which address readership and the story "First Contact, Last Contact:
One final note. We are stating this in case somebody is unaware of it out there' apparently someone is. When material is copyrighted, it means that it may not be reproduced in any form whatsoever with the permission of the copyright holder. This includes radio broadcast. The incident in Australia is unfortunate (reading parts of a story and giving the authors' names on the air). This definitely leads to defamation of character besides violating the copyright. We here at the press do not advocate K/S or similiar stories, but people are entitled to their opinion. Just because someone does not like what is said in a book or fanzine does not entitle them to break the law. We feel that if one disagrees that violently with the K/S premise, then one should not purchase those fanzines! they are clearly labelled. We do not purchase those zines. (RE: Wrath story in AOS 2/3—the captain was drugged and his mind obviously being manipulated).OUR POLICY: Our zines may not be reproduced for any reason by any manner. If one wishes to review our zine, we ask that we see a copy of the review before it is submitted for publication so that our permission might be obtained. Anything can be said in the review, but we will NOT give permission for a review that contains defamation of character of the writers and or publishers. We hate to be hard-nosed about this, but an unnamed individual had a few things to say about the "WRATH" story in 2/3 which was more of an attempt to destroy the writer than a critique of the story.
The novel FIRST CONTACT, LAST CONTACT was written in the summer of 1982. It has been re-written several times since then, but the essence of the novel has remained intact. FCLC was supposed to be ABODE OF STRIFE 3, but it was bumped for several reasons. First of all, we needed to have the whole thing typed. Second of all, ABODE OF STRIFE did not have the large enough readership to justify printing a non-ST/SW issue at the time. With issue 3, our readership increased far beyond our original expectations. Issue 5 will return to our regular format.
- First Contact, Last Contact by Bill Hupe ("The first Mars mission ends in a worldwide disaster, leaving the Earth decimated by the secrets that lie there, and two children are befriended by an alien who tries to save the human race and save his own people". Follow one group of survivors as they try to return to space across the wasteland once known as America.) (2)
- Daybreak by Melva L. Gifford (79)
- Voyeur's Club (an SF short) by Ann K.M. Hupe (80)
- an excerpt from the Star Trek: TOS story "Who But Thine Own Enemy," to be published in issue #5 (84)
- some short descriptions of what was planned for issues #6 and #7. (86)
Abode of Strife 5 was published in December 1985 and contains 75 pages. The front cover is by Michael Goodwin, interior art by John Nyroos.
Another big change is in the artwork. As I mentioned in the last issue, due to heartfelt complaints concerning my artwork, you see it in this issue for the last time, a holdover from the reprinting of part 1 of WHO ART THINE OWN ENEMY. Instead, it has been replaced with the likes of Michael C. Goodwin, Gordon Carleton, and John Nyroos (more on this to follow). Also, the hard stock covers and the industrial bindings are welcome changes to our old format. Note—all back issues are being stapled as of now.Ah, the artwork. There's little I can say but that it's a dream come true. Both Ann and I have been big fans of Gordon Carleton's for many years, and we now have the distinct pleasure of living within a couple miles of him. After moving to East Lansing, we contacted Lori Chapek-Carleton concerning a zine that had been lost in the mail. When we dropped by, we met Gordon, but failed to make the connection; not once but twice! Needless to say, we will always have egg on our face for that. Regardless, we consider it an honor to have his work within, a stunning piece. And let's not forget Michael C. Goodwin, of MY STARS and WHO HAS THAT MONOLITH I SAW YOU WITH fame, another individual who we are long time fans of. We've never had the pleasure of meeting him but we've truly enjoyed his work. And, of course, John Nyroos, fellow California State University student, whose work has graced many an issue of ABODE OF STRIFE, and, believe it or not, is working on a FULL COLOR cover for our next issue, SHADOWS. Yes, with this new printer, we can afford some of the extras now. Anyway, someday John wishes to go pro with his art, an event we await with anticipation. Until then, we are grateful that he continues to draw for us. Pamela Gilbert's work also deserves a mention here, although her's does not appear within, we've had many requests for her work's return, but other obligations have kept her from these pages. Since, it's hard to get ahold of her, we'll ask her ripht here: would you conisider a two page color centerpiece for our next issue?
- Like a Virgin by Bill Hupe (A unicorn is on the loose on the Enterprise and causing havoc. Only a virgin can calm it. Chekov asks if he can have first crack at dating the virgin afterwards. Turns out, the virgin is Spock. Kirk and McCoy play a joke and tell Spock and Chekov they have to have candlelight dinner together with Sulu as the waiter, and Uhura serenading Spock and Chekov. McCoy and Kirk have a big laugh about this scenario in Kirk's quarters while enjoying Saurian Brandy.) (2)
- Who But Thine Own Enemy by Bill Hupe (novel, Spock and the Romulan Commander must team to defeat a threatening super race from outside the galaxy. Part one of this story appears to have been published in issue #2.) (4)
- Here's to the Good Times by Bill Hupe (Kirk, Kang, Kor, and Spock relive memories in a bar fifty years after the galaxy-wide peace treaty.) (54)
- word searches by Lynda Vandiver (3 and 45)
- GOTCHA! by Ann K.M. Hupe, with help from Pamela Gilbert, creative expletives from Mary Broderman (playing the game "Assassin" aboard the Enterprise) (46)
- There's to the Good Times, story by Bill Hupe (54)
Abode of Strife 6 was published in May 1987. It is a 225-page novel called, "Shadows" by Bill Hupe. Art is by Michael Goodwin (cover), Jan, WIlliams, Kyle, Howard, Nyroos and more.
The zine won the 1988 FanQ Award for 'Best Star Trek Zine.'
In it, Kirk is sent undercover to the Orion Confederation.
After a long tour of duty, the Enterprise and its crew head for Starbase 14 and well-deserved R&R. But a surprise awaits Captain Kirk. Starfleet has a special assignment for him: to go undercover as trader Jim Kirk and infiltrate the Orion Federation. His mission: to discover the source of the unprecedented joining of the loosely affiliated worlds into superpower, an event that spells galactic war and destruction. His cover: addiction to t-heroin, a totally addictive substance that brings the death of its user within four years, court-martial, and public humiliation. Faced with little choice, Jim accepts the assignment, departing without a single word to Spock, McCoy, or any of the other Enterprise crewmen. Spock, given command of the Enterprise and a crew unprepared and emotionally unequipped for a Vulcan at the helm, leads a disastrous rescue mission, leaving him and Bones in the hands of the Klingons and the mindsifter. Scotty becomes the unwilling commander of the Enterprise, only to bring about its destruction and the death of most of the crew. As the plot unfolds, Jim joins forces with an ex-Enterprise crewman; Spock and McCoy learn the value of relying on each other; and a charismatic Orion, with the backing of the neo-Klingons, makes a galactic bid." This flyer also describes a sequel to this story, one that was never completed. "'Shadows 2' is set after Jim's return to the new Enterprise, drug treatment, and his ensuing R&R where he meets a face from the past. Led by the dream woman, Jim becomes involved with an ancient cult. Upon his return to the new Enterprise, Spock and Kirk sense a change in Jim, but are unprepared for the screams of the crew in the night. 'Shadows 2' is a completely separate entity from "Shadows," launching itself from the return of an exhausted Jim Kirk.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6
SHADOWS by Bill Hupe is a very different kind of Star Trek zine. Kirk is secretly selected for a top-secret mission for Star Fleet, so secret that he does not know it until after he has been framed as a drug addict of heroin and court-martialed out of Star Fleet. The mission involves Kirk's disappearance and Spock takes over the Enterprise. Kirk highly resents the frame-up and both Spock and McCoy blame themselves for not noticing that something was wrong although Spock suspects a cover-up of some kind. The drug addition that Star Fleet forced on Kirk is one that can be cured although it is a dangerous cure and one that must be done within five years or it results in death. Kirk wanders aimlessly for a while and finally gets a line on the blueprints stolen by the Orion Federation and also the kidnapped Admiral Komack. After infiltrating the organization, Kirk is severely injured and is rescued by a little-known civilization which, unknown by the Federation, is advanced and is working toward galactic peace. Due to the lack about the human body, Kirk is reconstructed and is now mostly machine, which gives him incredible strength and a perfect new alias. James Kirk disappears and Chameleon appears. Chameleon is the unbeatable outlaw and in the course of things runs into many people who knew James Kirk. He does however complete the mission in the end.I found the zine to be somewhat incomplete. There are a lot of loose ends left, the story line jumps around considerably and it was hard to keep track of what was going on. Shadow's version of Star Trek appears very dark and hopeless to me and I did not enjoy reading it. To me, Star Trek always has had compassion, friendship and love and I did not find it in this zine. 
Michael Goodwin's fine cover is, unfortunately, the only redeeming feature of this zine with its long, tedious story of disfiguration and death. 
Abode of Strife 7 was published in May 1988 and is a 100-page novel called, 'Ni Var: Reunion and Farewell' by Richard Pollet.
The illustrations are by Richard Pollet and the covers are by Christina Kyle.
A Spock/Chapel story, it is a sequel to Ni Var.Summary:
Ni Var 2 picks up where Ni Var 1 left off. What happens when Christine Chapel regains her memory? Meanwhile, the Enterprise is thousands of years in the past, trying to thwart the plans of an ambitious Kzin. 
Abode of Strife 8
This issue is a 200-page novel called, "Survivor" by Charles Weekes. Bill Hupe's catalog says it "is a SF novel written in a Star Trek vein." It is illustrated by Young and Williams.
It has a sequel called The Devourer of All Things.Summary:
Trudi Wells had a mission: to avenge the death of her parents at the callous hands of Excalibur Trading Corporation. To succeed, she had to first escape servitude as a corporate prostitute and the clutches of a sadistic band of space pirates. Eventually she joins the Imperial Celestial NaVy, and that's where her problems really start! 
This issue was originally going to be a novel called "Friends," that was also planned to be in issue #7, but it was shelved. The summary of "Friends" -- "Spock is stranded on an uninhabited planet, far from Federation shipping routes. Not long after arriving, he discovers a young girl, marooned from an early age when her parents crashed on the forsaken planet. When the ENTERPRISE finally rescues the two, Spock teaches his new friend ho wot survive in the populated Federation. She returns the favor many years later." 
Abode of Strife 9 is a 225-page Star Wars novel called, "The Reluctant Jedi" by Kristy Merill 1988 FanQ nominee. It was published in 1988 and is illustrated by Christina Kyle (covers), Patricia Young and Julie Cesari. Poetry by Carol Mel Ambassador.Summary:
Shawna Tostue teams up with her parents, only to find herself at odds with Luke who has allowed his Jedi skills to slip away while he broods over Vader's revelation of his parentage. Lots of exciting action and adventure involving the whole Star Wars gang (yes, including Solo for you Ford fans). Takes place during/after 'The Empire Strikes Back' but 'Return of the Jedi' does not occur in this universe. 
interior art issue #9, Patricia Young|interior art issue #9
interior art issue #9,Julie Cesari
interior art issue #9, Patricia Young
Abode of Strife 10 was published in January 1988 and contains 120 pages. It was billed as our "heterosexual X-rated issue," and an age statement was required. It contains ST/SF MEDIA, Star Trek, Star Wars, ALF, etc. This issue has a Spock centerfold called "The Lean Green Logic Machine."
- A Pon Farr Farr Better Thing by Robert Jan (3)
- For Being a Little Bad by Linda Baker (14)
- The Klingon Occupation Force Ballad (filk?) by Robert Jan (24)
- Unfinished Business by L.P. Santos (27)
- Beast's Beauty by Kathryn McGahan (29)
- Flash Kirk th eHasty Guy by M. Perry (25)
- Batteries Not Included by Helen Sargent (38) (Sex will never be the same on the Enterprise.)
- Ghost in the Machine by Charles Weekes, art by Rick Endres (46)
- How Do I Love Thee by M. Perry (54)
- Research/Development by Kara Storm and Sharon Taylor (50)
- Juniper Comes of Age by Sydny Morant (52)
- Two All Beef Patties... by Ann Hupe (73)
- Alf Gets Lucky by C. Nodara, art by Marie Williams (87) (He gets lucky with Princess Leia.)
- Limericks by Bill Hupe and Michelle Perry
- art by Robert Jan (back cover), Kara Storm, Gennie Summers, Teegar, Marie Williams (front cover)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10
See reactions and reviews for Research/Development.
Abode of Strife 11 was published in May 1988 and contains 215 pages. From the title page: "Suggested retail price: $14.00 1st class. If you paid more, you've been ripped off."
- Editorial (2)
- The Touch by PATT (3)
- How Sharp the Dragon's Tooth by Marie Williams (4)
- The Empire's Might, Beware! by Robert Jan (19)
- I Feel by Sandy Hall (20)
- Sarek - Amanda Trilogy: A Lesson Learned, Friend or Foe, Early Seeds by Michelle Perry (23)
- Sins of the Father by Aquilar (37) (Sarek is reunited with the son he's never met.)
- Priestess by Teegar (59)
- Why She is Called 'She' by CarolMel Ambassador (60)
- One Hundred Lights Away by Robert Jan (63)
- The Many Faces of James T. Kirk: Warrior by PATT (65)
- Art Portfolio (66)
- The Final Farewell by Zurreen Taj Zubairre (72)
- The Debt by CarolMel Ambassador (74) (a "finish this story" story, inviting people to finish the two page Kirk and Spock story started here.)
- Untitled by Dolly Weisberg (79)
- Merry Christmas by Nancy Lynn Hayes (78)
- The Klingon Drinking Game by Robert Jan (84)
- Jagged Edges by Betsy Fisher (86) (a poem re: Beauty and the Beast (TV))
- Dreaming by Zurrenn Taj Zubairre (89)
- A Trip to the Market by David Marks (90)
- Trio by CarolMel Ambassador (94)
- Remember by Robert Jan (96)
- A Portfolio by Christina Kyle (98)
- Posthumous Honors by Michelle Perry (102)
- The Savoring by CarolMel Ambassador (110)
- Something Great and Mighty by J. Richard Laredo (113)
- Arid Land by Teresa Sarick (129)
- Reviews by Bill Hupe (130)
- Midnight Sun by Betsy Fisher (130)
- Legende by L.P. Santos (134) (about the origins of Geordi's visor)
- Vulcan by PATT (138)
- Dreamer by Teresa Sarick (140)
- Botany Bay by Robert Jan (142)
- Under Attack by Gloria DeLeon (143)
- Untitled poem by Dolly Weisberg (145)
- The Alliance Saga: The Awakening and A Picnic on a Far Planet by Charles Weekes (148)
- Eartheagle Theme by Betsy Fisher (209)
- Someone by Teresa Sarick (212)
- art by Lois Flack, Robert Jan (front and back covers), Christina Kyle, Jeanne L. Matthews, Melody Rondeau, Linda Slusher, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Gennie Summers, Teegar, Sherry Veltkamp, Susan Perry-Lewis, Bonnie Reitz, Shellie Whild, Marie Williams and Patricia Young
interior from issue #11 (I dunno, pretty slashy)
Abode of Strife 12 was published in October 1988 and contains 154 pages.Summary:
It features a Mirror Universe quartet by M. Perry; Sarek must thwart ambitious Human plans to gain control of the empire as a Human schoolteacher is assigned to nursemaid him through his final days. Also the conclusion of the Alliance Saga, 'Soliloquy' by L.P. Santos in which Spock's son must cope with being raised on Earth, accepted by many but alienated from his Human mother. 
- From the Asylum by Bill Hupe (2)
- Echoes by Dolly Weisberg (3)
- Soliloquy by L.P. Santos ("Spock's son is being raised on Earth by his mother, and he must cope with growing up. accepted by others but alienated from his mother. He cannot understand her attitude, nor the reasons why he must move away to Vulcan...")
- It Was Fun by Patt (33)
- Starship Portfolio by Robert Jan (34)
- Aftermath by CarolMel Ambassador (38)
- I Caught a Glimpse by Dolly Weisberg (39)
- Ice Age by Teegar (42)
- The Price of Other People's Vengeance by David Marks (44) ("An empire from the far side of the Klingons contacts the Enterprise. Their offer: to help the Federation destroy the Klingon Empire once and for all.")
- Planet by Teresa Sarick (53)
- Rock of Ages by Robert Jan (54)
- The Reality by Dolly Weisberg (57)
- A Mirror Universe Quartet by M. Perry ("In the first pair of stories, the mirror-universe Ambassador Sarek attempts to thwart the human-spawned plan to rule the Empire while dodging attempts on his life, and a human school-teacher is sent to him as a nursemaid to help him through his final days. The third and forth stories, one set in the Enterprise universe, and the other in the mirror universe, consider the aftermath of-the "Mirror, Mirror" incident.")
- A Question of Trust (58)
- The Final Test (74)
- To Learn Anew (80)
- McCoy's Memories (87)
- Someday by PATT (89)
- Sentiment by CarolMel Ambassador (90)
- Having the Last Word by CarolMel Ambassador (91)
- The Dragon and the Logicman by Teegar (92) ("How does one slay a dragon when the dragon isn't interested in virgins? Leave to a lone green-skinned stranger to solve the problem in this poetic portfolio.")
- Leila's Song, A Fantasy by Teri Sarick (97)
- The Alliance Saga, parts 3 and 4 (conclusion) by Charles G. Weekes (These two stories conclude the saga which started in issue 11, telling the story of the starship Alliance, a ship with a good crew and a bad captain. In "A Man Called Whitemann". temporary captain Berry Whitemann finds he must hijack his own ship in order to prevent reactors from falling into pirate hands. Several years later, in "The Undiscover'd Country", the rebuilt Alliance is the testing grounds for Dr. Daystrom's new computer, as well as a transport for the successfully treated 0' Neil. But, the milk run is lar from uneventful as Carlo Dirkmann is bent on destroying not only 0* Neil's new base, but starships and souls to feed his master.")
- A Man Called Whitemann (100)
- The Undiscover'd Country (116)
- Family Trait by CarolMel Ambassador (154)
- art by Vicki Brinkmeier, Robert Jan (back cover), Melody Rondeau, Mary Stacy MacDonald, Gennie Summers, Teegare, Sherry Veltkamp, Shellie Whild, Marie Williams (front cover) and Patricia Young
Abode of Strife 13 was published in November 1988. It is a 207-page novel called, 'Song of the Stars' by Betsy Fisher. The cover is by Michael Goodwin. Marie Willliams did the centerpiece and Jeanne L. Matthews did all other art. It explores the friendship Kirk, Spock and McCoy share.From the author's notes:
The gestation period of 'Song of the Stars' has been around a little longer than most. Thirteen years... 'Song' began in 1975 as an exploration into the possibilities of what might happen if one (or all) or our heroes found they had to live with a permanent disability. Well, that's what this tale is all about. By the time of the actual 23rd century, however, it is my fervent hope that permanent physical disabilities will be regulated to the past, and that things like micro-tronic servo-transmitters, leg braces, and grav-support chairs will only exist in medical museums.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13
Hurt/comfort for the aging Three. Some good characterization, but occasionally sappy and the plot got a bit tedious. It would have been a better tale at less length. McCoy with a heart condition, Kirk with galloping arthritis, and Spock paralyzed from an act of heroism, the three take turns almost dying as the other two rally 'round. Some good flashback stuff in the meantime. In the end, they all run off to join Pike and Vina on Talos where they can be young and hale forever. 
The aging Kirk is suffering from a form of arthritis, McCoy from a heart condition, when Spock is crippled by an explosion. Each fights to come to terms with his physical limitations, and to support the others, until only one solution is left. This zine ie strongly McCoy based, end In very much a hurt/comfort story in which the triple relationship is paramount. All the familiar minor characters make an appearance, so that we see well Into their future. The most satisfying element is to see McCoy given his place as an essential component of the triad. As regards the story, I have to admit that I am not personally fond of stories set so late on; however, this is a well thought out and believable picture of how the lives of the characters might develop. There is perhaps rather too much emphasis on Spock's suffering, but given a hurt/comfort scenario, this is understandable. My greatest single reservation is the role assigned to Christine Chapel; I feel that she does not play a sufficiently important part in the story -and is not sufficiently important to the others - to justify her place In the final resolution. The story ia well written, grammatical, and thoughtfully developed. The zine is clearly printed, and presents an attractive appearance. It is illustrated, with an excellent sepia cover portrait of McCoy and the three main characters. It will appeal strongly to McCoy and hurt/comfort fans. 
Nice brown-tone cover portraits by Michael Goodwin. H/C for the aging Three. McCoy has a heart condition, Kirk has galloping arthritis, and Spock is paralyzed from an act of heroism. The three take turns almost dying as the other two rally 'round. Some good flashback stuff in the meantime. In the end, they all run off to join Pike and Vina on Talos where they can be young and hale forever. Some good characterization, but sometimes overly sentimental, and the rather repetitious plot could have used some serious trimming. 
Abode of Strife 14 was published in 1988. It is a 140-page novel called, "The Price" by Carol Lance. It was illustrated by Melody Rondeau, and it contains a poem called "McCoy's Solioquy" is by Ann Hart.
It was "editted" (yes, with two 't's') by Bill Hupe, Barb Erickson, and Marie Williams.
The story explores the friendship Kirk, Spock and McCoy share.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14
I rarely come across a zine that I actually regretted reading. This is one. It is so riddled with typos - or perhaps they are misspellings - and grammar errors that it is almost unreadable. The tale, based on the premise of a clinically cruel alien testing our three guys to satisfy its curiosity about friendship, is contrived and repetitious. With a lot of editing, this could have been an okay little story. As it is, it is a rough draft. 
It was an interesting story about Kirk's mind being invaded by a cruel alien who sought the meaning of friendship. Spock and Dr. McCoy both join with Kirk's mind and share their innermost thoughts with the alien. The main problems, for me, with the zine were the several changes from first person to third person, and some grammar errors, such as a constant use of "to" for "too." Also, it was rather repetitive, but if you aren't bothered by such things, the plot was interesting. 
Abode of Strife 15 contains 100 pages and was published in December 1988. It was billed as "ADULT ST/Media, Star Trek, ST:TNG, ALF, etc." It required an age statement.
It was edited by Bill Hupe and B. Erickson.
- Epidemic! by Ann Zewen, Linda P. Baker, Michael Hardy, Bubba Firestone, Ron Hayes, Michael Hardy, Valeria Ellis, Doug Parker, Alan Easley, Pam Tutor, Mary Gulley (3)
- Ambassadorial Duties by Bill and Marie (19)
- Mission Accomplished by Debra Wimer (33)
- Say What? by Betsy Fisher (48)
- Broken Promises by L. P. Santos (49)
- The Dream by Jane Elza (66)
- Love's Paradox by Debra Wimer (68)
- The Last Obligatory ALF Story by C. Nodara (71)
- Not What You Think by Rachel Cavendish (72)
- Epidemic, Too: The Musical by Ann Zewen, Linda P. Baker, Michael Hardy, Bubba Firestone, Ron Hayes (74)
- Limericks by Rachel Cavendish
- art by Robert Jan, Jeanne L. Matthews, Gennie Summers, Teegar
Abode of Strife 16 was published in 1989 and contains 165 pages. It has a Sarek/Amanda trilogy, as well as Kirk, Spock and McCoy fiction. There is some Star Trek: TNG art, but it is unclear if there is TNG fiction or poetry.
The art is by Vel Jaeger, Melody Rondeau, Gennie Summers, K'Shona Jackson, Christine Myers, Jeanne L. Matthews, Robert Jan, Ann Parrish, Teegar, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, and B. Perry.
- Differences, Betsy Fisher, inside front cover
- Starwanderer, fiction by J. Sampson (3)
- Star, poem by Teresa Sarick (18)
- Under an Alien Sky, fiction by Dolly Weisberg (20)
- First Contact, fiction by Sandy Hall (25)
- What World is This?, poem by Robert Jan (30)
- Star, poem by Teresa Sarick (31)
- Ship Hunt, poem by Robert Jan (32)
- Has-Been, fiction by Betsy Fisher (34)
- Heir Apparent, fiction by Robert Jan (37)
- Attack and Rescue, fiction by Dolly Weisberg (42)
- In-thrall, fiction by Anna Parrish (47)
- Who Has Never Cried, fiction by Robert Jan (83)
- Haikus for Star Trek by Robert Jan (84)
- Officer's Mess, vignette by Chris Dickenson (112)
- Monster, poem by Teegar (116)
- Who's Watching Who, fiction by Ann Hart (117)
- Too Old to Chase Rabbits, fiction by Ann Hart (131)
- Between Fathers, poem by Ann Hart (160)
- Remember, poem by Robert Jan (162)
- Nobility's Return, poem by Betsy Fisher (163)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16
(PG) by Bill Hupe is not up to its usual standards of stories. I did not care for it. Too many Klingon stories in this issue and not enough of our heroes. But one story that was a story called "First Contact" by Sandy Hall. It's the first meeting with Betazoids and joining the Federation. It's a short and interesting story. Great poetry also in this issue by Betsy Fisher and Dolly Weissberg. Betsy Fisher also has written some wonderful stories to her credit: "Whispers in the Wind" and "The Latest Song of the Stars." Dolly Weissberg is a zine editor in Florida as her zines are ALL OUR YESTERDAYS 1, 2, & 3. all dealing with Janice Rand and James Kirk romance. They are worthwhile reading as with ENTERPRISE REVIEW zines about our heroes and the friendship value in the stories. She also has a wonderful story in print called "A Beach to Walk On," on how Janice Rand came to love James Kirk down thru the years in the marriage and with the death of their son. I recommend this story for the lovers of Janice Rand as I am. 
Abode of Strife 17 was published in July 1990 and contains 115 pages and was published in 1990. It was a FanQ winner. Fiction by Perry, Marks, Weekes, etc.
- Ordeal by JM Lane
- I Stand and Wait, poem by Dolly Weissberg (inside front cover)
- Editorial by Peg Kennedy (2)
- Something Wicked by David Marks (3)
- Encouragement, poem by Theresa Sarick (27)
- Planet of Sand, filk by Michelle Perry (30)
- Ordeal by J.M Lane (31)
- Dreams, poem by Dolly Weissberg (41)
- Small Hours Heroine, filk by Robert Jan (42)
- Promises End by Michelle Perry (44)
- Old Friends, poem by Theresa Sarick (60)
- Kailie by Anna Parrish (63)
- Ashes to Ashes by Charles G. Weekes (81)
- To the Alternative Universe Sulu, poem by Teegar (102)
- What if Death Calls by CarolMel Ambassador and Claudine Vessing (103)
- A Battle in Space, filk by Michelle Perry (108)
- Ode to an Absent Friend, poem by Betsy Fisher (109)
- Altairs three by Carole-Anne Mallett (112)
- Prior Commitment, poetry Betsy Fisher (126)
- art by Gamin Davis (poetry borders), Robert Jan, Teegan, Mary Stacy MacDonald, Gennie Summers (both covers) and Patricia Young
References and Reviews: Issue 17
This zine is Peg Kennedy's first venture into editing and, overall, AOS 17 is quite a good first effort.
The quality of the content is uneven, going from almost puerile to almost excellent, but there is indeed something for everyone. The front and back covers by Gennie Summers (Sybok and Klaa respectively) are excellent—some of the best work I have seen by this artist.
The premiere piece of fiction, "Something Wicked" by David Marks, should either appear at the end of the zine or not at all. While exploring on the edge of the known galaxy, the Enterprise detects the rescue beacon of an alien shuttle which has crash-landed on an undiscovered and deserted planet. Kirk beams down with his landing party to investigate the wreckage and is confronted by a world of sand and high winds. Under the surface lurks a creature which can best be described as a cross between the sandworms of the Planet Arakkis in Dune, the overgrown monster of Tremors, and that infamous creature discovered on LV-14 by the crew of the Nostromo in Alien.
After the monster has attacked and killed several members of the landing party, the creature, also a shape shifter and a telepath, impersonates a surviving crew member and gets itself beamed up to the Enterprise. Once on the good ship, the creature's first order of business is a visit to the quarters of the crewman it is impersonating where it has a sexual encounter with his fiancee. The girl realizes something is amiss with her man when his lovemaking becomes violent, but she chalks it up to a bad day in space.
The creature leaves his quarters and stalks the ship, disabling everything from the navigational computer to subspace communications, and succeeds in leaving behind a trail of serious blood and carnage wherever it goes. Indeed, the author seems to delight in striving for a sense of violence and horror which is not necessary to the story and which distracts the reader from what is actually going on. I do not say this lightly as I am the first in line for movies like Terminator 2 and Aliens, but gore for the sake of gore is not generally good for the welfare of a story.
[much of this extremely lengthy review snipped for space]
I found the characterizations indulged in by the author extremely thin and flat, not to mention out of whack with what we know of these people, and the basic elements of the story are ridiculous, so perhaps it is simply better to move on.
AOS 17 contains ample poetry, the best of which is Teegar's 'To the Alternate Universe Sulu," told in Uhura's voice. And a truer voice for the lovely lady there never was. Teegar has captured what must have been Uhura's subtext perfectly, as the mirror Sulu made her life miserable on the bridge. Excellent work.
In addition, Robert Jan's filk "Small Hours Heroine," although not skillfully executed, is original, creating a worthy impression, and is fun. Unfortunately, most of the rest of the poetry is overall trite, simplistic and lacking dynamic and intention. Michelle Perry's two filks, "Planet of Sand" and "Battle in Space," seemed to be forced and ill considered, but her short story, "Promises End," is excellent and proves this author knows what she is doing when she sets her mind to it.
"Promises End" is a "Journey to Babel" offshoot which opens with Amanda in sickbay, watching Sarek and Kirk as they lie in bed, wondering if either will live from the serious injuries they have sustained. Perry's recounting of Amanda's inner life as she lives through this tense period of time is exquisite.
But the true enjoyment of the piece begins when the reader is taken back in time to Spock's childhood, where Amanda is preparing a "birthday cake" for Sarek. The detail created by the author of life in Sarek's house, his human wife, their young son and his pet sehlat, is wonderfully engaging, as are the relationships between the three and their extended Vulcan family.
Again, the detail used in describing Vulcan and its climate serve to enrich the story, inform the characters with behavior, and pulls the reader deeply into Spock's youth and his new-to-par-enthood mother and father.
Perry is adept at tying in her vignette to "Babel" and I only wonder if D.C Fontana read this story first and wrote the episode around it. For fans of Amanda and Sarek, here is an author whose work in this sub-genre rivals and possibly exceeds that of Jean Lorrah in her "Night of the Twin Moons" universe.
Much of the art in this zine is Teegar's, and I must say that while I have enjoyed her illos in the past, I find there is an unevenness in quality and execution to her work here. Many of the drawings seem to be viewed through a lens or filter which distorts the figures, but her drawing of the mirror universe Spock, which accompanies the poem "Encouragement" is a definite and fine exception. Teegar's skill is more than evident here in the subtleties of expression Spock evinces, with the deft raising of an eyebrow or the certain slant of line used by the artist to show us what this man is pondering.
Anna Parrish's story, "Kailie," begins as the crew of the Enterprise discover an infant left to die in the wreckage of a Starfleet outpost which has been virtually annihilated by marauders unknown. This piece starts off at an excellent pace and rarely lets up, drawing the reader further in, compelling us with Parrish's skill at weaving a good yarn.
The author's portrayal of the "abandoned" infant together with the tenderness of the Enterprise crew in caring for her, are both bittersweet and believable and make for a rarity in Trek fiction: plausible sentimentality.
Kailie is taken, with great regret by the crew, to theJCennedy Orphanage in San Francisco where she is raised by Miss Walker. Kirk and company pay visits to the litde girl over the next several years, each time finding her changed in some inexplicable way. Finally, in her tenth year, Kailie is visited by a strange alien presence which speaks to her seemingly telepathically. The introduction of this "alien presence" (to say more would be to give away too much) struck me as somewhat contrived, but, as with the story in full, never hackneyed.
As the alien is woven more fully into the story, the writing tends to lose some of its believability and I found myself wishing the author would return to the child's infancy, if only to preserve the earlier integrity of her style and plotting.
The behavior of the child as she grows up, enters Starfleet Academy, and deals with the alien presence which follows her, becomes the object of unrealistic and somewhat dissatisfying writing. The alien seeks to and succeeds in controlling Kailie who never really fights back, and who never thinks it important to tell someone she is being harassed by this unusual telepathic creature that asks her to do many things she knows she should not. I found it somewhat disconcerting that Kailie didn't have a stronger urge to discover what is plaguing her as she matures and graduates from the Academy to serve aboard the Enterprise on a training mission. At some point, I had hoped she would sit down, assemble her clues, and try to understand who or what the alien presence is. This does not really happen.
As the Enterprise reaches Starbase 21, a multi-ethnic new world at the far reaches of Federation space, Kailie is charged by her tormentor to execute its plan to rid the galaxy of Starfleet—but in a most mundane way. To reveal more would not be fair, but I do wish Parrish had supplied this aspect of her story with the imagination and skill she employed at the beginning. Her idea here is noble, but poorly acted upon and the resolution of the story is well-conceived but written too hastily. Minor incongruities serve to lessen a complete enjoyment of the surprise ending, but all in all, "Kailie" is well crafted and definitely worth reading.
The next entry in AOS 17 is "Ashes to Ashes," by Charles G. Weekes, a story which shows us some of the transition from the Starfleet of Kirk's day to what it has become in ]ean-Luc Picard's time. We come to see that much of the technology and automation commonplace to Picard and his crew is newly implemented on the U.S.S. Aldebaran, commanded by Captain Berry Whiteman.
Chief among the new technology are repair crew robots (an idea perhaps discarded in Picard's day) which sound like a more artful design of Nomad. The author's skill in creating entertaining behavior for these 'droids will bring an enjoyment to the reader reminiscent of R2D2 and C3P0.
As the story~begins, the Aldebaran is on a shakedown cruise of the Delta Epsilon star group, where the crew encounters a mysterious space buoy emitting an undecipherable signal. Captain Whiteman orders an investigation of one of the nearby planets in an attempt to locate local life, but is forced to send his Away Team down in a shuttle as severe orbital debris and a highly unusual and possibly sentient space dust will impair transporter operation.
Once upon the sand-whipped world, the Away Team (comprised of several highly entertaining and well-conceived characters) discovers "a harsh, black decahedron tower 130 centimeters tall," in the middle of a desertlike tundra. As things proceed apace, we discover that the planet's ecosystem was wiped out at some point during the last one thousand years, leaving it "biologically comatose."
The intrepidly drawn Away Team decides to take a sample of the tower (manufactured from inert crystalline ceramic) when all hell breaks lose...
Weekes' understanding and use of Federation technology is excellent, yet never overburdens the reader with cluttering or unnecessary information. His characters of TYra and Suvok, Vulcan twins, are skillfully and engagingly rendered, as are all the multi-ethnic crewmembers introduced into the story.
The Aldebaran's master computer, referred to as the CACI, is reminiscent of Majel Barrett's all-seeing TNG computer and helps the crew run the starship with greater facility than was available in Kirk's time...or does it??
In my humble opinion, this piece is the cynosure of AOS J 7 and Charles Weekes is definitely a Trek writer to watch in the future.
"What If Death Calls," by CarolMel Ambassador and Claudine Vessing, is more of a vignette than a short story, and is the only TNG offering in AOS 17. The Enterprise is patrolling space when sensors detect a ship of "unusual" and unknown origin, piloted by a crew of one. As Picard assembles his Away Team, he and Wesley Crusher find themselves prematurely transported aboard the alien craft and chained to facing walls by cables which become instruments of strange torture. This torture, administered by the anonymous commander of the vessel, takes a particularly unbelievable turn when it begins grilling Picard as to the depths of his love for Wesley. Picard admits to himself ultimately that he does not actually love Wesley, and his interrogator seems to pick this up. As Jean-Luc attempts to initiate some sort of dialogue with his captor, the alien reveals himself to be Dr. Zee, under command of Commander Adama from the Batdestar Galactica. Zee, as it turns out, is stuck in a time warp or "time loop" and has become disoriented to the point of madness by his loneliness. Because he identifies in some perverse way with Wesley, and in a desperate attempt to "protect" the boy's genius, Zee kills Crusher in order to preserve him.
This vignette is passably well written, but topically it leaves a great deal to be desired. I have never been a fan of mixing mediums unless satire is being used, so the piece collapsed for me when Batdestar Galactica was introduced.
The final piece in this issue is "Altairs Three" by Carole-Ann Mallett. Angel Smythers, an old flame of McCoy's, has come aboard the Enterprise with her pet chimp Chrissie and her wisecracking budgie Pepper. Smythers is aboard to conduct research on bacteria cultures removed from the planet Altairs Three, the last port of call for the Enterprise.
The bacteria, similar in effect to the Bubonic Plague, has decimated the planet and, due to continual power blackouts on the starship (the cause of which is supplied much later in the story as being the attack of an unknown ship which has engaged the Enterprise and shaken her from stem to stern), this deadly organism has escaped isolation and begun infecting the research team. In order to halt the growth process of the bacteria, which quickly mutates into an enormous virus upon contact with blood, McCoy and Smythers have the temperature in their lab brought down to 50° below zero Celsius.
This seems to destroy the bacteria which had escaped from the isolation tanks, and saves (if not freezes) McCoy and Smythers. After an abbreviated recovery in sickbay, Smythers leads research on a vaccine against the Altairs Three bug and, in lightening time, comes up with the antidote. McCoy asks her to dine with him, in hopes that they can rekindle their ten year old romance, but stipulates that her ever-accompanying pets be left in her quarters, much to their dismay.
Kirk, although rarely present in the piece, seems to have his girdle on too tight throughout, as he snaps and growls at all his officers. Spock is delegated to a minor role. This story is quite weak in plotting and execution, but I did enjoy Pepper the budgie's spirited babble...I only wish the budgie had bit Kirk on the fanny, such a sourpuss was he from start to finish.All in all, Abode of Strife 17 contains some very good work and if the reader can overlook, skip or ignore the less fulfilling entries, this zine should prove a fair investment. One hint to the editors: it might be a good idea to plan the arrangement of the individual work within the zine more carefully. 
Michael Bubrick's reviews of Abode of Strife #17 and Vulcan's Lyre #26 are exhaustive-and exhausting. These painfully thorough plot synopses are strongly reminiscent of those book reports we all wrote in elementary school, back when we were very young and didn't know any better. A review is at its best when it offers a discussion of styles, ideas, and techniques, rather than a rehash of events in the story. The best reviews provide insight--and entertainment--in a way no mere chronology can. This is not to say that Mr. Bubrick can't write--on the contrary, he appears to have an excellent grasp of the basics-but his work would be much more interesting if he would abandon this pedestrian approach fora more analytical and personal one. 
Abode of Strife 18 contains 200 pages and was published in 1991. FanQ winning art by Gennie Summers. Other art by Anja Gruber, Robert Jan, Todd Parrish, Carlo Recagno, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Teegar, Pam Whitelark, S. L. Wickham, Debby Wimer, and Patricia Young. There is a memorial to Charles Weekes III on the contents page (click on image below to read).
- Paradise Revisited by JM Lane.
- Legacy for Spock by C. A. Mallett
- A Visit to Another Reality by Charles G. Weekes and Michelle Perry
- Fever by Cheryl Whitemore Conrad
- Thasian Aftermath by Kathy Macartney
- Rescued! by Anna Parrish
- Friendship by Vonne Shepard
- Return of the Phoenix by J. Karen Huff
- Borrowed Time by Anne Burns
- When Similar Minds Meet by Richard G. Pollett
- Charas is Sorry by Linda Bowe
- Vigil by Cheryl Whitemore Conrad
- Uncertainties by M. Perry
- Words Unspoken by Sandy Bookman
- Ninety and the Ninth by CarolMel Ambassador
- Lovely Lady by Vonne Shepard
- Chekov's Homecoming by Juanita J. Simser
- A Spark in the Dark by Katherine Estes
- Whatever Lived Within by Pamela J. Corsa
- Who's the Fairest of them All by David Ross Willis
- Paradise Revisited by J. M. Lane
- Coincidence by Cheryl Martin
- Between a Rock and a Hard Place by David Marks
- Fast Exit by Betsy Fisher
Abode of Strife 19 was published in May 1993 and has 174 pages. The front cover is by Marie Williams, the back by Pam Whitelark. Other art is by Vicki Brinkmeier, Lois Flack, Jane Mailander, Chris Myers, J. Michaud, Zaquia Tarhuntassa, Teegar, and Pam Whitelark.
Summary:Summary: Time has led Kirk's, Spock's and McCoy's paths different directions, but McCoy's illness brings them back together. A creature is loose on the Enterprise and its mating ritual leaves a foul stench; Spock and Sarek join on a diplomatic mission, and more. 
- Editorial by Bill Hupe (2)
- A Strange Thing Happened by Cheryl Martin (3)
- Cour De Leon by Jane Mailander (8)
- The Bissco by Anna Parrish (9)
- Mistress of Terror by Alinda Alain (20)
- Guardians of Tomorrow by Pierrette Therne (46)
- My Place by Catherine Salmon (51)
- Is There a Psychiatrist in the House? by Michelle Perry (reprinted from Formazine #6) (52)
- His Lover by Teri Sarick (54)
- I-Chaya and the Chocolate Cake by Anna Parrish (55)
- Logic of Freedom by Catherine Salmon (57)
- Sleepwalker by CarolMel Ambassador (58)
- Beyond Words by Michelle Perry (61)
- The Deception by Jill Thomasson (62)
- Untitled by Teegar (92)
- Cost of Survival by Catherine Salmon (94)
- Premonition by Ann Hart (97)
- The Twelve Star Trek Conventions by Michelle Perry (98) (filk)
- Night of Miracles" by J. Karen Huff (100)
- Z'Rar: Halfbreed by Anna Parrish (114)
- Enterprise Memories by Melissa Mastoris (116) (poem)
- You Call This Shore Leave? by Michelle Perry (118)
- McCoy's Defense by Melissa Mastoris (125) (poem) (126)
- Dreamrider by Teri Sarick (140)
- Happily Ever After? by Michelle Perry (141)
- Gallant Silver Lady by Heidi Bloebaum (142)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19
- "A Strange Thing Happened" -- As newlyweds Sarek and Amanda return to Vulcan, an old acquaintance of Amanda's attempts to seduce Sarek.
- "The Bissco" -- A small furry smuggled aboard Enterprise escapes as it enters its mating cycle - and it uses very loud flatulence as its mating call. Attempted cures lead to delightfully entertaining results, as well as confrontations with Admiral Komack and the Klingons.
- "Mistress of Terror" -- On a diplomatic mission with Sarek to Vulcanoid planet Junshia, Spock refuses the advances of a warrior-woman, who takes revenge by attacking Kirk sexually and mentally, putting Spock and Kirk's bond in danger.
- "Guardians of Tomorrow" -- Berylians reward Kirk, Spock and McCoy for saving their planet, by showing them a time in the next generation when their descendents will fill their places in harmonious camaraderie on another Enterprise.
- "Is There a Psychiatrist in the House?" -- Amanda is concerned about the psychological ramifications of Spock's doodlings... and discovers that they are actually Sarek's.
- "I-Chaya and the Chocolate Cake" -- Charming vignettes of young Spock with his pet and McCoy finally meeting I-Chaya - who wants to wrestle.
- "Sleepwalker" -- Vignette of Kirk repeatedly reliving Spock's death.
- "The Deception" -- A Perils of Leonard story. McCoy stumbles into a smuggling operation Kirk is investigating and is captured and beaten up by the smugglers. The smugglers continue to haunt him with threats to himself and to Joanna, escaping from their trial with him as hostage, and torturing him.
- "Cost of Survival" -- Kirk and Spock come to McCoy's deathbed; McCoy exacts a promise from Spock not to leave Kirk alone, because of Kirk's statement that he will die alone.
- "Premonition " -- Vignette between the Commander from "Balance of Terror" and his wife, prologue to the episode.
- *"Night of Miracles" -- It's a Wonderful Life, for Kirk. Kirk believes Spock, McCoy and the rest of the bridge crew to be dead, blames himself, and escapes from the hospital with intent to drown himself. Angel Charlie, a former prostitute who's been trying to earn her wings for 300 years, is sent on the case. A charmer despite the sentimentality of angels and heaven; Charlie is an excellent character.
- "Z'Rar: Halfbreed" -- The child Spock learns of the possibility of fitting in with Starfleet and resolves to do so, despite his father's plans for him.
- "You Call This Shore Leave?" -- A fine romp as McCoy & Uhura manage to spend a rowdy shore leave on Vulcan, and Kirk is miffed - more at being left out than their behavior.
- "Don't I Know You?" / Carol Lance -- Kirk, Spock and McCoy are battered by space ripples on a shuttlecraft trip and are rescued by Sargon, now part of a ship that pretends to be a comet. Meanwhile, participants turn the Triskelion Games into a memorial for the presumed-dead Kirk and Spock. Sargon sends them back and despite injuries from another rough shuttle ride, they participate in their events. Now really... this is a little much; Kirk wins his swim relays with broken ribs - and McCoy lets him.
- "Happily Ever After" / Michelle Perry -- Amanda exasperates Sarek by taking endless candid photos of all his cute expressions.
- FILK: "The 12 Star Trek Conventions"
- POEM: "Enterprise Memories" / Melissa Mastoris, p.116-117Admiral McCoy reminisces on his inspection of the NCC-1701D * POEM: "McCoy's Defense" -- McCoy tries to convince himself he was not responsible for Gorkan's death. 
The author's notes:A Star Trek classic novel. The Romulans are out for revenge! Commander Spock, while on medical leave, is abducted, his mind altered, and sent back to Earth 1960's to alter the past, thereby negating the Federations existence Spock is befriended by a Pennsylvania family, and over time, learns to make a new home for himself, unable to remember his old home, except during sporadic, painful flashbacks Includes a full color art print cover by professional SF artist Michael C. Goodwin. 
Bill asked me for one of these "comments from reality" the last time I submitted a story, and this time I'm trying to stay one step ahead of him. Even so, there's still this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that he'll only come up with something else.
As our friend James T. Kirk might say, "C'est la vie!"
As you're probably already aware, we amateur writers are a different breed of cat. We don't have to adhere to prescribed professional guidelines in our choices of subject matter or emotional impact. We like to rip your heart out if we can. .. and we know we often do. In other words, we can delve into our innermost feelings for the characters in the world of Trek and spill the contents onto paper, knowing that our readers understand exactly what we're trying to say, even if they disagree with our premises. We are, after all, kindred spirits in our bond of love for this, the most beautiful and enchanting of all modern fairy tales. Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek.
If I want to write a scene in which Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock embrace each other in their own special brand of love that each one of us relates to in a different, though similar way, I don't have to worry whether some beady-eyed censor is standing over my shoulder saying, in essence; "You can't do that!" "Bull!" Sez I. "I say so!"
I'm not writing this for money, therefore I'm not taking food out of anyone's mouth or a Mercedes out of anyone's garage. I'm writing it because I feel it. I'm writing it out of love for what it represents to me I get it? There are still some things in this world more important than money!
Put that in your pipe and smoke it!To those of you who are reading this: I know you feel the same way. Why don't you write a story of your own. Be assured you already have one customer built in!
Abode of Strife 21 was published in July 1995. It is a 183-page novel called, "Cycles" by Thomas W. Palmer and edited and proofread by Betsy Fisher. Typed by Tom Palmer. Teegar: Front Cover. Illustrations: Zaquia Tarhuntassa, Teegar, and Patricia Young.Summary:
Bureaucrats on the Enterprise! One of Jim Kirk's biggest nightmares. Then there's the Irishman testing the gadget in engineering, a beautiful lady scientist who want to fill her spare time with Jim Kirk, and more. Color cover by Teegar, interior art by Patricia Young; this is a roller-coaster ride of an action-adventure novel.
interior art by Zaquia Tarhuntassa
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21
Entertaining action/adventure tale with a rather rambling plot. Starts off with the Three taking a camping shore leave on a recreational planet, whose magnate then comes aboard. After investigating an archaeological dig with evidence of cataclysmic war, the Enterprise encounters a world-ship populated by sundry color-coded castes of Varmatites. Some are priestly, some agricultural, some nomadic. Some are downright dangerous; redshirts start dropping like flies in gruesome ways. Our boys discover and must solve radiation poisoning affecting the population. They bring some Varmatites aboard and end up overrun with precocious infants. They arrive at the Varmatite home world with Varmatites taking over the ship in bloody corridor warfare, and discover that the Varmatite civilization runs through continual cycles of overpopulation, war, collapse, rapid development, overpopulation... Roller coasters figure nicely in a couple of places. 
Abode of Strife 22 was published in 1993. It is a 171-page time travel novel called, "All the Time in the World" by Thomas W. Palmer. It was edited by Betsy Fisher. There are two pieces of art by Patricia Young, as well as small bits of clip art.
From the battlefield at Gettysburg to Korea's frozen landscape, to the steaming rain forests of Borneo, Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy defy the odds again. Just within reach of a badly needed, recently discovered Fabrini medical archive, the records are destroyed in an accidental explosion. Attempting to go into the past just far enough to retrieve the vital information before it is blown to kingdom come, the Enterprise team is successful. But when they return to their own timeline, the Earth is surrounded by warring Klingon and Romulan forces with humanity a pawn between the two. 
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22
An entertaining time-travel tale with Kirk, Spock and McCoy jumping around in time and space trying to maintain a timeline in which they manage to recover Fabrini data with the cure for a galactic plague. Stops include the American Civil War and the Korean War. The first try results in a universe with Earth surrounded by Klingon and Romulan forces." 
Abode of Strife 23 is a 323-page novel called "Intruder Alert" by Thomas Palmer. It was published in 1994. The front cover is by Teegar and the inside art is small bits of clip art.Summary:
She is the Intruder... the woman in black... and is she friend or foe? They are the Planck. They are not of this galaxy, and they are indestructible. They are after Jim Kirk's Enterprise, and it seems as if nothing can stop them. The Enterprise crosses the galactic barrier after the most dangerous enemy they have yet to encounter! 
Abode of Strife 24 was published in 1994 and contains 99 pages. The front cover is by Teegar and the back cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.
It was edited by Betsy Fisher.
- Editorial by Betsy Fisher (1)
- Ode to Starfleet by Heidi Bloebaum (2)
- Millions Will Die Who Did Not Die Before by Jeff Long (In a chilling alternate to 'City on the Edge of Forever,' McCoy is trapped in the Earth's past, with a history that never should have been.) (4)
- Galileo Aftermath by Heidi Bloebaum (13)
- Taking the Plunge by Teri Sarick (Spock goes for a swim in a whale tank.) (14)
- Up Tempo by Betsy Fisher (17)
- Captain-San by Betsy Fisher (19)
- Kinsman by Betsy Fisher (20)
- Decommissioned by Nancy Dangerfield (Kirk and Spock have retired and settled down on Earth, Kirk with Carol Marcus, Spock with his own scientific labs. However, Spock's past and heritage comes back to haunt him. Spock is diagnosed with autoimmune xenosis; his wife dies of it.) (21)
- Federation Rap by Teri Sarick (85)
- Angel by Carolyn Milbrath (A scientist and his family are shuttled aboard the Enterprise, creating a headache for Captain James T. Kirk when one of his guests determines he'd be the perfect mate for their daughter.) (86)
- Efficiency Rating by Betsy Fisher (99)
- art: Teegar (front cover), Zaquia Tarhuntassa (back cover), Cindy Balint, Robert Jan,
Abode of Strife 25 published in 1996.
It was edited by Bill Hupe.
- The Mayflower by Carol Lance (3)
- Their Lady by Christine Jones (13)
- The Street with All White Houses by Betsy Fisher (14)
- Blowing in the Wind by Roberta Rogow (17)
- An End to the Loneliness by Christine Jones (34)
- The Klingon's Little Venture by Christine Jones (35)
- Blame it on the Trekkies by Robert Jan (36)
- Trek Rap by Teri Sarick (37)
- Tapestry by CarolMel Ambassador (38)
- Twenty-Five Years On by Christine Jones (39)
- Out-Takes by Stephen Mendenhall (40)
- Fever by Carolyn Milbrath (44)
- The Captain's Headache by Christine Jones (62)
- I'll Fly Away... Hey Hey! by Betsy Fisher (63)
- The Gifted Child by Pierette Therene and J.M. Lane (64)
- Distant Messages by Gretchen Cupp (68)
- Plomeek Soup and Kindness by Mary Lee Boyance (69)
- Gift of Friendship by Christine Jones (78)
- Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow by Sandy Hall, Sharon Wisdom, and Robyn Dalby (79)
- These Three by Heidi M. (86)
- Enterprise Waits by Christine Jones (86)
- Over and Over by Shawnee Heckman (87)
- Reflections by Christine Jones (90)
- Secrets Kept Hidden by Carol Lance (91)
- Immovable Object by Betsy Fisher (101)
- A Doctor's Lot... by Christine Jones (101)
- Conclusions by CarolMel Ambassador (102)
- The Way I See It by Jane Mailander (104)
- art by Robert Jan, Jane Mailander, Zaquia Tarhuntassa, Teegar (front and back covers)
Special Edition 1
Abode of Strife Special Edition 1 was published in 1988 and contains over 100 pages of Dune fiction and non-fiction.
- Frank Herbert: A Memoir by Dr. WIllis McNelly, editor of the Dune Encyclopedia. It is the original "eulogy" as it appeared in the SFWA, reprinted in its entirety
- Frank Herbert: An Interview. The transcript of a 1969 interview with Frank Herbert conducted by Dr. McNelly. The extensive interview contains the personal insights and thoughts of Frank Herbert concerning his work, as well as many anecdotes.
- The Harkonnen Letters by Jacquelyn Friendlander. It is a humorous collection of letters from just about everybody in the Dune universe, illustrated by Gordon Carleton
- the front cover is by Michael C. Goodwin, the back by John Nycroos, plus cartoons and art by Marie St. Williams, John Nyroos, and Barbara Erickson
Special Edition 2
Abode of Strife Special Edition 2 was published in 1996 and contains 104 pages. It is a reprint of the novel called Ni Var #1, first published in 1986. In it, Spock and Christine travel to pre-Reform Vulcan. Artwork by Richard Pollet, Marie FT Williams, and John Byroos. Contains the following:
- I'm Sorry by CarolMel Ambassador
- Ni Var by Richard G. Pollett (novel)
- Part of the Healing by CarolMel Ambassador
- The Closing of the Way by Robert Jan
- A Pern for the Worse by Barbara Erickson (ST/Pern poetry)
- Sing a Song by Barbara Erickson
- Fault in the Line by Robert Jan
Reactions and Reviews: Special Edition 2
This zine [Ni Var] shows a lot of promise, has an interesting Spock/Christine story, and presents the reader with an intriguing glimpse of life on the planet Vulcan. The writing is a little rough in places but the storyline is original enough to carry the reader over occasionally stilted conversations and lengthy sentences. The beginning is a mite contrived, but how my ways are there to get Spock and Christine together? Not many, and while Mr. Pollett’s idea wasn’t original, nice touches like Spock’s recognition and the sentient time warp, make it worthwhile. The highlight and the most substantial portion of the novel, is the wonderful pre-Reform Vulcan society that the writer creates so vividly. His characters are powerful, believable, and totally alien to the Vulcans we know and love. Mr. Pollett restrained from having Spock wade in and save the day. In fact, the day-to-day revelations of Spock’s and Christine’s three-year marriage seemed so real that I expected to look out my window and see sand dunes. Christine is depicted as being smart, compassionate, and surprisingly capable. Spock is wonderfully understated, rising from a stranger to the king’s peace-advocating advisor. Spock, like in ‘All of Our Yesterdays, ‘ begins, predictably, to devolve when they go back in time. It has never made sense to me that going back in time could make anyone more barbaric, and Mr. Pollett gives credence to the theory of planetary empathy (Spock linked to his people whatever the time period) and not devolution when he has Spock erect mental barriers against his base instincts. Mr. Pollett give his barbarians such wonderful background that I easily accepted the fact that whoever was weak in body or spirit had to die. He skillfully deglamorized the familiar kahlifee and returned it to its brutish origins. The fact that Spock and Christine had been chosen to fulfill some destiny seemed to completely escape Spock as he decided to ‘remove’ their young son from the time stream. This weakened the story and it got weaker still as it continued. Having a trained nurse have a baby and then think it was all a bad dream was unlikely. The bit with the psychiatrist had potential, but didn’t accomplish anything. If Chapel had realized that it couldn’t have been a dream, then the doctor would have been well-used. By the time Mr. Pollett tried to straighten out the twists, McCoy’s surprising announcement at the end as wasted… The story is worth reading for the lifelike twist to the bloodthirsty Vulcan, but I don’t think Mr. Pollett had an idea of how to reestablish the status quo at the end so it was rushed. Perhaps, it was intentionally misleading, but trying to believe all of it strained my feeble mind. I enjoyed the story, read it in one sitting and would recommend it to anyone wanting to see Spock and Christine in a realistic relationship (I loved the wedding night with an audience) or Vulcan in all its pre-reform glory. ‘The Way’ was great, although I’ll admit to a weakness for stories with a punch line. All in all, Ni Var is a nice, fulfilling zine. A little more active editing would have helped but the characterizations were excellent. 
- This is a reference to The Great Australian Radio Fiasco, where a fan read a portion of an explicit K/S story over the air.
- yes, the "s" is lower-case
- from the editorial in issue #19
- from Datazine #49
- from the Zinedex
- from IDIC #1
- from an ad in Datazine #54
- from "Abode of Strife" #5
- from Datazine #54
- from IDIC: #1
- from the Zinedex
- from IDIC #4
- from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
- Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
- from Treklink #17
- from Treklink #16
- by Michael Bubrick from The Trekzine Times v.1 n.3
- a review of a review in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #3
- from Media Monitor
- from the zine's editorial
- from Halliday's Zinedex
- from Bill Hupe's catalog
- from Media Monitor
- from Zinedex
- from Bill Hupe's catalog
- from Zinedex
- from the artist's Deviant Art gallery
- from Bill Hupe's catalog
- from Treklink #8