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Zine
Title: Academy Chronicles
Publisher: Star Fleet Academy out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Editor(s): ed. Kyym-Suon & Jane Freitag (1-7), Kyym-Suon and Joei VandenBerg (8), ? (9-10), Rosemarie Eierman and Susan Meinecke (12), Rosemarie Eierman (13), the rest unknown
Date(s): 1972 (?) - mid 1980s
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Academy Chronicles is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology that has at least 18 issues. It was published quarterly by the Star Fleet Academy.

Two stories, 'The Door' and 'The Touch of a Stranger,' were later printed in Reflections in Amber.

In 1984, a R-rated sister zine called "Academy Chronicles Red Light District" was proposed, but it was never published.

Issue 1

Academy Chronicles 1 was published in May 1973 (?).

cover of issue #1
  • Hailing Frequency, Open - editor Anne Mueller
  • "The Ten Commandments" by Jenn and Bonnie Bills
  • Lookee Here! ST Movie NEWS!! by Kathy Ainger
  • "The Klingon Cure" (poem) by Anne Mueller
  • "Episode Limerick #1"
  • "in the beginning..." by Jo Ann Vandenberg
  • Academy Chronicles Staff:

Editor in Chief: Anne Mueller; Layout: Lorq Damon; Contributing Artists and Authors: Kathy Ainger; Bonnie Bills; Jenn Bills; Keith Drea; Elizabeth Lentz; Anne Mueller; Nancy Regent; Kyym-Suon; Jo Ann VendenBerg

Issue 2

Academy Chronicles 2

Issue 3

Academy Chronicles 3

Issue 4

Academy Chronicles 4

Issue 5

Academy Chronicles 5 ed. Kyym-Suon & Jane Freitag.

  • I'm Not Dead Yet by Johanna Cantor (McCoy lives life as well as he can after returning from Yonada while Spock and the medical staff work frantically to decipher the Fabrini archives.) (also in Tal-Shaya #3)
  • other unknown content

Issue 6

Academy Chronicles 6 contains 67 pages. It was published in 1979. Edited by Jane Freitag.

front cover of issue #6, Joei Vandenberg
  • Indian Summer of a Vulcan by Ellen M. Kozak (reprinted in Indian Summer and Other Seasons and Archives #4) (3)
  • Dark Lady, poem by Rene Aurhokenois (18)
  • Everyman, song by Mary Jean Holmes (19)
  • Ballad of Vulcan, poem by Jane Freitag (20)
  • To Edith, poem by Jane Freitag (21)
  • Nell Kozak Interview by Ellen Kozak (22)
  • Chance Encounter by Jane Freitag (27)
  • Sing a Tale, song by Jane Freitag (30)
  • Universal Translator by Jenn Kimpel (32)
  • The Secret by Jane Freitag (36)
  • Requiem, poem by Jelica Ranelle (reprinted in Indian Summer and Other Seasons) (41)
  • Academy Blueprint by Kyym-Suon and Keith Drea (42)
  • Spock's Grain, or The Infamous Wheat Story by Jane Freitag (43)
  • Susan Sackett Interview by Joei Vandenberg (63)
  • art by Keith Drea, David Hosky, Nancy Regent, Joei Vandenberg, and Kyym-Suon

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

For a club zine, this contains surprisingly good work. Outstanding here, though it would be notable anywhere, is Ellen Kozak's 'Indian Summer of a Vulcan,' a bittersweet piece that tells of a Spock who has outlived the Enterprise and all aboard her and how he becomes acquainted with one of Kirk's collateral descendants. For this story alone, it's worth your while to buy this zine. The other stories, most of them by editor Jane Freitag, are ordinary, but sufficiently readable. 'Chance Encounter' is about Spock and Kirk's first encounter; 'The Secret' has McCoy springing one on Spock; ' Spock's Grain' is an uneven sf-ish whodunit, in which quadrotiritical behaves like tribbles. Several feature-ettes-- songs, poems, interviews, puzzles pad out this zine.[1]
...A friend and I attended the Cleveland con and we both picked up copies of Academy Chronicles #6 there. I would like to say we both vote "Indian Summer of a Vulcan" one of the best ST stories we've ever read. It's great! "Chance Encounter" and "Dark Lady" were particularly good, too, and I liked the idea of "Everyman". I'll probably never make it to space myself and feel that I know how "Everyman" feels. In regard to "Dark Lady", let's see more about Uhura. It seems to me that there must be a lot of good stories there. Looking over issue #6 again, I like the poem on Edith. The poem expresses Kirk's anguish and feelings of duty very well.[2]
WOW!!! How I wish I'd heard about you sooner! I thoroughly enjoyed Academy Chronicles #6 and enclose my order of #7. Please pass my thanks to Ellen Kozak for a FANTASTIC story. I hope she intends to write something more about J.T.K. II—especially with the memories/experiences he can now draw upon.[3]
You don't know what a joy it was to receive Academy Chronicles #6. Nell's story, "Indian Summer of a Vulcan" was terrific. I Cry each time I read it. Jane's stories were excellent. I especially liked her characterizations of McCoy. One could actually hear and see him speak those lines. That, to me, is the sign that someone has caught that character 'correctly'. My congratulations. In "Spock's Grain," the whole story hit home with me, I am one of those people who—like Spock—are able to 'hear' or 'feel' sound waves that are higher in frequency than the normal human auditory range. The interview with Susan Sackett was a treat for me. I pray that your zine will continue to grow in excellence.[4]
I picked up your zines #6 and 7 at 2-Con, and want you to know how impressed I am with them. Of course I will always fuss about the wasted space as in the exorbitant amount showing in Johanna's story in #7, but perhaps you had a good reason like an uncontrollable typist or something. Jane Freitag's and Ellen Kozak's writing skills are to be envied, and I enjoyed every moment of them. Anyway, this is one of the very best local club zines I have ever seen—and I buy almost all the ST zines—and I certainly do want future ones myself. And past ones, too, if still available.[5]
I received your latest copy, Academy Chronicles 7. I'm not sure if it's better than AC6, but it was very good. "The Slip-Up" is probably the best. I was expecting for our heroes to get Out of it, and I was slightly disappointed that they didn't find a way out. However, Kirk and the rest are only human, after all—should lose once in a while. The ending was a defin te plus.

"The Tattletale" ranked second, though I thought a science flctioi animat could have been used instead of a dog. It's good to see computers in a different light, than portrayed as the villain as was done on the shows. The poems were very well done on the whole. "Untitled" and "Captain, the Engines" were the best.

Another point I'd like to make is that you had four stories (five, if you want to count "First Step", which was only about three hundred words, not all that long) and you only had one action-adventure story. You could've had at least two.[6]

Excellent clear reproduction (not offset, unreduced). Illoed mainly by line drawings of new artists, some ST-TMP promotion photos. Very light weight covers, stapled, uneven layout, with some good-looking work, some con ads.

Contents of this issue include two long stories and two short ones, two excellent interviews with Susan Sackett and a Movie set visitor, several poems and a couple of songs (one complete with music). Ellen Kozak's "Indian Summer of a Vulcan" is a very sensitive tale of an aged and dying Spock who has a chance to meet and know a lineal descendant of Peter Kirk, and who recognizes some of his old Captain's qualities in the young man. Their new-found friendship serves to ease his passage, and teaches the young man a great deal, too. The other three stories are the editor's, a bright new talent in fanfic. "Chance Encounter" and "The Secret" are little more than vignettes, sidelights to the regular life on the E, but "Spock's Grain" is a fully developed and entertaining sf story in the best of tradition, along with some leavening humor. Kirk, Spock, and the E specialists have to determine why the quadrotriticale is running wild on Daris IV, uprooting houses and crowding settlers into a tiny area, indeed threatening to force them off the planet in its exuberance to grow. The mystery is described and solved with wit and grace, though I personally regretted the choice of the villain! A good finish to a bright new zine. This, back issues, and further ones now available: SASE for info.[7]

Issue 7

Academy Chronicles 7 was published in 1979. It was edited by Kyym-Suon & Jane Freitag.

front cover of issue #7
back cover of issue #7

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

Issue #7 is like issue #6, only without any particular story to recommend it. Again, Ellen Kozak's story here, 'The Tattletale,' is the best of show, but though well-written it is fluff: 8 and a half pages for Kirk to discover a pet on board. Almost better is Johanna Cantor's 'The Captain Minds the Store,' a post-Amok Time wrap-up. Jane Freitag's 'The Slip-Up' is a pretty standard torment story, using a standard torment plot: the nasty unbeatable alien glorps out the landing party one by one before Kirk's eyes, and then... and then... why, Kirk wakes up, of course! Tack on the O. Henry tease tag of coming-into-orbit-of-the-planet-you-just-dreamed-about-Captain, and there you are, nothing we haven't seen twenty times before. Freitag has talent for her things flow well; unfortunately, so far she has not evinced a lot of originality.[8]
I finally retrieved Academy Chronicles #7 from a friend and have decided my favorite piece is Johanna's "The Captain Minds the Store". The few sines I've read do pick up on that episode a good deal, hut each story is so different. [9]
Everyone loves their Academy Chronicles #7, but that's to be expected; in our club we don't buy zines unless they're good! The zine was great! (As per usual) Exellent stories all around.[10]
I picked up your zines #6 and 7 at 2-Con, and want you to know how impressed I am with them. Of course I will always fuss about the wasted space as in the exorbitant amount showing in Johanna's story in #7, but perhaps you had a good reason like an uncontrollable typist or something. Jane Freitag's and Ellen Kozak's writing skills are to be envied, and I enjoyed every moment of them. Anyway, this is one of the very best local club zines I have ever seen—and I buy almost all the ST zines—and I certainly do want future ones myself. And past ones, too, if still available.[11]
#7 continues much the same as its predecessors. It has good stories, good artwork, though not enough and especially good poems. There's another poem of mine in it, but A.C. is recommended anyway.[12]

Issue 8

Academy Chronicles 8 was published in 1979 and contains 49 pages. It was edited by Joei VandenBerg and Kymm-Suon. The art is by Mary Lynn Skirvin, Jeff Anthony, Paulie Gilmore, Keith Drea, and Kyym-Suon.

front cover of issue #8
back cover of issue #8
  • The Touch of a Stranger by Kris Kampmann (sequel to "The Door" in a previous issue) (3)
  • The Link by Beth Lentz (17)
  • A Song for the Doctor (song) by Jane Freitag (25)
  • Fanzine Forum by Ellen Kozak (26)
  • Decker's Song (song) by Ellen Kozak (30)
  • There May Well Be a Choice, editorial by Ellen Kozak (A essay about how David Gerrold is the best candidate for president of the United States.) (34)
  • To Seize the Gauntlet by Crystal Taylor (36)
  • Tribute, poem by Debra Braun Anderson (41)
  • A Historical Bout, poem by Kyym-Suon (42)
  • Academy Feedback, LoCs (44)

Issue 9

Academy Chronicles 9

Issue 10

Academy Chronicles 10

Issue 11

Academy Chronicles 11

Issue 12

Academy Chronicles 12 contains 79 pages. It was published in 1984. It was edited by Rosemarie Eierman and Susan Meinecke. Printed offset, stapled. The art is by Karen Huber, LaVena Kay Kidd, Debbie Little, Mary Stacy-MacDonald, Susan Meinecke, Michael A. Scheissel, Tom Schroeder, and Ginny Thorn.

back cover of issue #12, Michael A. Scheissel
front cover of issue #12, Mary Stacy-MacDonald

The editors thank Peter Little for the use of his Epson QK-10 computer.

  • Dedication (inside front cover)
  • While in a Trekkish Mood (editorial) (1)
  • Mail Call by Ginny Thorn (2)
  • A Second Chance by Sharon Fuchs and Susan Meinecke (3)
  • Ilia's Song by Karen Huber (21)
  • A Study of Vulcan Culture by Pat Pellerito (23)
  • Kir's Corner: Making a Klingon Marker Bouy by Richard Eannelli (27)
  • Michael's Mazes: Starships by Michael A. P. Scheissl (29)
  • Time and Again, part 2 by Michael D. Stutzman (30)
  • Technical Readout: Gorn Heavy Battle Cruiser by Richard A. Eannelli (37)
  • Star Trek The Search for Spock
    • The Best of Times, The Worst of Times by Joan Marie Verba (39)
    • Heir Apparent? by Ginny Thorn (45)
    • Answers by Rosemarie Eierman (46)
    • Saavik's Song by Sue-Ann Hartwick (53)
    • An Analysis of Star Trek III by Ginny Thorn (55)
    • Journey's End by Roberta Rogow (58)
    • One Bridge Out of Limbo by Lynda Carraher (61)
    • Trek to the Stars by Dorothy Patterson (67)
    • An Alternative Viewpoint by Debbie Little (69)
    • Saavik's Farewell by Karen Hunter (74)
    • Exit Lines by Roberta Rogow (76)
  • From the Academy Library by Donna Eannelli and Lorelei Mather (77)
  • A Christmas Caper by Ginny Thorn (inside back cover)


Issue 13

Academy Chronicles 13 was published in 1985 and contains 67 pages. It was edited by Rosemarie Eierman. It has art by Susan Meinecke, Michael A. Scheissl, Sharon Fuchs, Ginny Thorn, and Richard A. Eannelli.

back cover of issue #13, Susan Meinecke
front cover of issue #13, Susan Meinecke
  • Dedication (inside front cover)
  • While in a Trekkish Mood (editorial) (ii)
  • Does Star Trek Have a Philosopy by James Crawford (1)
  • Legend of Seleya by Karen Chobot Hunter (4)
  • Back Where You Belong by Susan Meinecke (8)
  • Star Trek IV: The Speculation by Michael D. Stutzman and Rosemarie Eierman (10)
  • Star Trek In-Depth Correspondent: Pen Pal Etiquette by Cornelius House (11)
  • an article by Joan Marie Verba about the Star Trek Welcommittee (13)
  • Kinship by Sharon Fuchs and Susan Meinecke (15)
  • Time and Time Again by Michael D. Stutzman (16)
  • Conscience of the King by James Crawford (33)
  • The Final Confrontation by Susan Meinecke (35)
  • Star Trek: Animation by James Crawford (36)
  • Eponymos by Ginny Thorn (37)
  • Technical Readout by Richard A. Eannelli (38)
  • Rational for Rationality by Pat Pellerito (39)
  • Challenges for Doctor McCoy by Rosemarie Eierman (39)
  • The Last Days of Eden by Ginny Thorn (44)
  • Understanding by Karen Chobot Hunter (64)
  • K-7 Trading Post (66)
  • Keepers of the Fire by Karen Huber (inside back cover)


Issue 14

Academy Chronicles 14

Issue 15

Academy Chronicles 15

Issue 16

Academy Chronicles 16 is the multimedia edition. Includes Star Trek, Forever Knight, Star Wars, Rat Patrol, Jurassic Park, X-Files, artwork, filk songs, poetry, puzzles, more.

  • Dietrich's Successful Raid by Margaret de Foe (7 pages) (Dietrich finally succeeds in capturing all four members of the Rat Patrol)
  • Rommel by Margaret de Foe (3 pages) (vignette in which Troy, trapped during a sandstorm, finds himself with an interesting companion—it's NOT the Field-Marshal)
  • other unknown content

Issue 17

Academy Chronicles 17

Issue 18

Academy Chronicles 18

References

  1. from Scuttlebutt #15
  2. from Academy Chronicles #8
  3. from Academy Chronicles #8
  4. from Academy Chronicles #8
  5. from Academy Chronicles #8
  6. from Academy Chronicles #8
  7. review by Dixie G. Owen in The Clipper Trade Ship #26
  8. from Scuttlebutt #15
  9. from Academy Chronicles #8
  10. from Academy Chronicles #8
  11. from Academy Chronicles #8
  12. from Captain's Log #2 (1979?)