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Title: Babel
Publisher: LL-LL & Igor Press
Editor(s): Margaret Basta and Laura Basta
Date(s): 1971-1974
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Babel is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology.

a 1974 flyer

The first two issues are mimeo, the others are offset.

The fanzine, along with 12 others, became the subject of Paula Smith's satire in Menagerie #4.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Terry Austin

Babel 1 was published in September 1971 (second printing: April 1973) and is 80 pages long. Cover by Terry Austin. Interior art by Terry Austin and Randy Bathurst.

The entire content of this issue is reviews of Star Trek scripts: how they read, how they differed from what was filmed, how different revisions stacked up against each other.

  • Babel On by Margaret Basta (editorial)
  • Script Reviews by V. Conder (article)
  • Script Reviews by Margaret Basta (article)
  • Script Reviews by Laura Basta (article)
  • Cyrl the Knife by Laura Trise Basta (editorial)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Kucharski

Babel 2 was published in January 1972 and is 102 pages long. It was edited by Laura Triste Basta and Margaret A. Basta. Assistant editor is Carol Lynn. The art is by Terry Austin (back cover, interior), Laura Basta, Margaret Basta, Kucharski (front cover, interior), Randy Bathurst, and Lee Healy.

  • Dedication (1)
  • Index (3)
  • Cyrl-the-Knife by Laura Basta (editorial) (4)
  • On Rigel by Frederick L. Reiss (6)
  • The Lemminian Incident by C. Ager (11)
  • Spock Shock, poem by N.T. Prize (22)
  • Genetic Analysis of the Kataytikhe by Carol Lynn (article about Kraith) (24)
  • A Remembrance of Echoes by Laura T. Basta (32) (It is the first Federation and Empire novella, which takes place in the Mirror Universe from the TOS episode "Mirror, Mirror". The Mirror Spock has killed Kirk and is now discussing it with Marlena, Kirk's "captain's woman", and with his own "captain's woman," Uhura. They begin laying the groundwork for the eventual overthrow of the Empire. This story is described in Star Trek Lives!.)
  • Why the Prime Directive? by Richard G. Van Treuren (52)
  • The Evolution of the Vulcan Primate by Carol Lynn (article) (61)
  • Babel On by Margaret Basta (editorial) (66)
  • Script Reviews by Val Conder, Laura Basta, and Margaret Basta (article) (67)
  • You Can't Go No Place If You Don't Know Where You've Been by "N.T. Prize" (104)

Issue 3

Babel 3 was published in October 1972 (second printing January 1974) and is 90 pages long. Covers by Terry Austin. The interior art is by Alan Andres (back cover), Randy Bathurst, Laura Basta, Margaret Basta, Roberta Brown, Jennifer Reid (insert), Adrienne LeVine, Mike Kucharski, Terry Austln.

back cover of issue #3, Alan Andres
front cover of issue #3, Terry Austin
cover of issue #3, second printing, January 1974

Boldly Writing states that: "There were two notable items in this issue. One was Laura Basta's latest installment in her Federation and Empire series. The other was Jacqueline Lichtenberg's "In Defense of T'Yuzeti." This article came about because in her Kraith series, Jacqueline presupposed that Sarek had married (or at least mated) before Amanda came along, and had offspring from that union."

From the editorial of the first printing: "Long ago and far away, my idiot sister and idiot self decided to do a fanzine appropriately named 'Babel.' IN a very big hurry we learned a few things about mimeographs, stencils, and oil-based inks and how bent drums leaked. Now we are learning about multilith and 50% reduction of pages and other nifty keen things about running our own fanzine."

From the editorial of the second printing: "A long time ago (was it only 3 years?) my sister and I published a one-shot fanzine called BABEL. (Ha!) At that time we couldn't conceive of selling out a hundred- copy run. But time passed, and then we couldn't even conceive of selling out a five- hundred copy run of an issue. Well, when you're forced to reprint your first 500- copy run, it was a successful issue. With this reprinting BABEL III comes up to 750 copies. Wahoo!... A few items need to be mentioned for BABEL III. N.T. Prize the 1st was usurped by N.T. Prize the 2nd, and then the 3rd in the later issues of BABEL. Whether it was for the better or worse depends upon your sense of humor. Hopefully all of the typos were corrected with this printing, though I am sure that I'll notice a few more the minute I do get the copies back from the printers. Our price has gone up, but not as drastically as our printers, the cost of paper, or postage. And if you are wondering why this issue is so late in being printed, don't ask. Until then as my sister would say, or what also could be considered the war-cry of S.T.A.R. Central: Love long and perspire!"

  • cartoon by Jennifer Reid (1)
  • Cryl the Knife by Laura Basta (editorial) (3)
  • Federation and Empire by Laura Trise Basta (4) (story)
  • Star Tracks - Where No Man Has Gone Before by Brian F. Reiss (35)
  • The Mad Poet Speaks by Diedre Matthews (38)
  • The Chekov Syndrome by Frederick L. Reiss (39) (article)
  • Scenes We'd Like to See by N.T. Prize
  • Off Rigel by Marel Lelik (41) (article)
  • Off Rigel by 2 by Fred L. Reiss (counterpoint article) (44)
  • Counterpoint to Off Rigel by Frederick L. Reiss (44) (article)
  • Lest We Forget by Marel Lelik [also in Academy Vol. 2 #1] (article, serves as background for the story The Garden Was a Wild) (46)
  • The Garden Was a Wild, fiction by Marel Lelik (the article "Lest We Forget" in this zine series is background for this fic.) (48)
  • In Defense of T'Yuzeti by J. Lichtenberg [Also in Kraith Creator's Manual] (article) (56)
  • "Metamorphosis" (script review, first draft) by R. Brown (71)
  • "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield" (script review, final draft) by V. Conder (72)
  • "Amok Time" (script review, first draft) by Ruth Berman (73)
  • "Amok Time" (script review, 2nd revised) (80)
  • "Whom Gods Destroy" (script review) by V. Conder (81)
  • "Way of the Spores" (script review, first draft) (83)
  • "Plato's Stepchildren" (script review, final draft) by Laura Basta (84)
  • "Friday's Child" (first draft) (script review) (86)
  • "Friday's Child" (second draft) (script review) (87)
  • "Ultimate Computer" (final) (script review) (88)
  • Babel On by Margaret A. Basta (89)

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, by Mike Kucharski and Terry Austin
back cover of issue #4

Babel 4 was published in February 1973 (reprinted in February 1975, see notes below regarding the reprint) and is 75 pages long. Art by Mark Andres, Terry Austin, Randy Bathurst, Doug Herring, C. Lee Healy, Mike Kucharski, Adrienne Levine, Tom Orzjenowski, Jennifer Reid, and Janice.

From the editorial of the original issue:
One more time this editor sits down at another borrowed typewriter to write another column for the continuing saga of a one-shot fanzine called BABEL„ That's right. A one-shot fanzine in four volumes, with contents bordering around 600 typewritten pages.

On occasions, the editors have been asked what it takes to publish a fanzine like this one. I usually answer 'insanity' and strong fingers.


On occasion, I have also been asked as to how close to the different conventions fanzine is done. Well, for the New York STAR TREK CON# 2 which is the intended convention of this fanzine (read the details of the con in STAR-BORNE #6 when it comes out if you want to know about the time that we had...)... anyway, with the help of the great god Vaal (one of the names for this here typewriter), and other cosmic blessings, this zine will be collated Wednesday, February 17, and flown to New York City on Thursday. Close, huh? To say that this condition of publishing a fanzine is typical for the editors and their friends is an understatement. To my knowledge, never have any of our merry crew ever managed to get a fanzine done within a reasonable time (such as 24 hours) before we sell the fanzine in a Dealer's Room. In fact, I can remember a con where we were putting a zine together in a hotel room, and then rushing them off to the people who desired them. BABEL has grown indeed. We have gone from praising correction fluid and cursing blue stencils to praising a modern-day 'blessing' called liquid paper and cursing carbon typewriter ribbons that have to be pulled by hand for every single letter typed. I have been known to call it fun. One of the offshoots of all this is that BABEL's staff now includes a couple of editors from other Detroit-based ST fanzines. They didn't start off that way. My twin and I corrupted them. As for BABEL IV... you may notice that the first half of the zine has a smaller print that the rest of the zine. It was done in photo offset, 30% reduction. This means that for every sheet of paper, in reality there is four typed sheets of paper reduced. What all of this means is that this issue is the largest BABEL on record, somewhere around 150 typed or-drawn 8!s"xll" sheets of paper. If the new style of print doesn't work out....well, let us know.

As for the contents of this issue... there is a sensuous Schillian love story by "J" (if that doesn't make you want this zine, nothing will) and another installment story in the epic "Federation and Empire" series by my sister, and all of two script reviews in a fanzine noted for its reviews. Never fear though, BABEL V will be mainly reviews. And of course, N.T. Prize rears its...head...through some new visual means, and a couple of stories or three. And if your memory serves you well, yes, one of them was reprinted from a 1969 science fiction zine called SELDON'S PLAN.
Regarding the 1975 reprint, from the editorial in the reprint:
Greetings. First, I'd like to explain about this reprint. It contains all the material that was found in the 1st printing of BABEL 4, with a few exceptions. The only difference between this printing, and the 1st printing is that the format is different. Originally, only 30% of BABEL 4 was the reduced photo offset. In this printing more than half is reduced - mainly to save space, and as an attempt to keep from raising our prices. There is still almost 150 pages of material here - it's just smaller. As for what is missing from this reprint - the major item is a short story, "STAR TRACKS #3" which the author requested not to be reprinted; a poem by Becca Oroukin was not reprinted mainly because the corresponding artwork to it is no longer available; several minor pieces of artwork which we simply could not find room for in this printing (not any of the good stuff). Also, you may have noticed that we have printed the original columns for both "Cyrl-the-Knife" and "Babel On". Since they were written 2 years ago, they offer a slightly different perspective on what went into the making of this fanzine.

TOC for the original issue:

  • Babel On by Margaret Basta, art by Kurcharski and Austin (3)
  • Ssarsun's Argument by J. Lichtenberg, art by Doug Herring (also in Kraith Collected #2] (4)
  • Kraith I-F by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, art by Janice (5)
  • art by Janice (7)
  • art by Janice (10)
  • art by Doug Herring (14)
  • art by Kurcharski and Austin (17)
  • art by Kurcharski and Austin (21)
  • poetry, Stars by Kathy Carter, poems by Janice, art by Mark Andres, silk screen by Janice (22)
  • script reviews by Geronimo Felipe (23)
  • Mission into Chaos by M. Basta, art by Janice (24)
  • The Unusual Starship IMPOSSIBLE by Kathy Phelps, art by R.R. Bathurst (24)
  • Chekov by Kurcharski and Austin, blurb by N.T. Prize (29)
  • The Captain by Becca Oroukin, edited by Diedre Matthews (30)
  • Spock by Jennifer Reid and Adriene LeVine (32)
  • Star Tracks 2 by Fred L. Reiss, art by R.R. Bathurst (33)
  • cartoon by Kurcharski and Austin, blurb by N.T. Prize (37)
  • Star Tracks 3 by Fred L. Reiss (38)
  • cartoon by R.R. Bathurst (40)
  • cartoon by Kurcharski and Austin, blurb by N.T. Prize (42)
  • cartoon by Kurcharski and Austin, blurb by N.T. Prize (45)
  • cartoon by R.R. Bathurst (48)
  • Federation and Empire "The Winds of Will..." by Laura Basta, art by Doug Herring (49)
  • Planet by Kurcharski and Orzjenowski (52)
  • T'Letzbah by C.L. Healy (57)
  • Mirror Spock by C.L. Healy (68)
  • Enterprise by Doug Herring (71)
  • Scenes We'd Like to See by "N.T. Prize" (72)
  • Cyrl the Knif by Laura Trise Basta, art by R.R. Bathurst (73)

TOC for the reprint:

  • Babel On #2 (2)
  • Title page (3)
  • Index: art by Kucharski and Austin (4)
  • Babel On #1 (5)
  • Ssarsun's Argument by J. Lichtenberg (also in Kraith Collected #2] (6)
  • art by various (7)
  • The Unusual Starship Impossible by Kathy Phelps (24)
  • Scenes We'd Like to See by "N.T. Prize" (26)
  • Star Tracks #2 by Fred L. Reiss (27)
  • Script Reviews: Arena by Gerry Felipe (29)
  • Mission into Chaos by Margaret Basta (30)
  • Federation & Empire: Winds of Will by Laura Basta (31)
  • Planet by Kurcharski (34)
  • T'Rizpah by C. Lee Healy (50)
  • Enterprise by Doug Herring (53)
  • Spock and Uhura by Jennifer Reid and Adrienne Levine (54)
  • Cyrl-the-Knife by Laura Basta (55)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Babel 5 contains 88 pages and was published in February 1974.

  • Babel On by Margaret Basta
  • Script Reviews by Margaret Basta
  • Script Reviews by Laura Basta
  • Script Reviews by V. Conder
  • Cyrl the Knife by Laura Basta
  • The Last Voyage by Burt Libe (also in Sub-Space #1)
  • Warp Factors and Relativity by Burt Libe
  • The Products of an Empire by Laura Basta
  • Scenes We'd Like to See by "N.T. Prize"