Beyond Antares (Australian Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Beyond Antares
Publisher: Astrex/R & S Publications/Clarke & Keating Ink, later reprinted with permission by Bill Hupe
Editor(s): Jenny Stevenson (the first one), then Susan Smith-Clarke and Joanne Keating
Date(s): 1972 (independently), 1973-1983 (Astrex), 1984- (independently)
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS, a few of the last issues contain Star Trek: TNG
Language: English
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Beyond Antares was first published independently in 1972. In 1973, it became the official zine of of Astrex.

inside page from an issue published in 1974, art by Evelyn Turner

Each issue has between 30 and 40 pages and contains fiction, poetry, art, articles and reviews.

It is the sister zine to the het and slash Beyond Antares R-Rated, also published by Astrex.

Its Birth

"In 1972 Jenny Stevenson (now Kentwell) and Susan Clarke (nee Smith) published the first issue of what was to become Australia's longest running Star Trek fanzine, Beyond Antares (also held by the National Library).

In 1973 STAC (Star Trek Action Committee), a new Star Trek club comprising a number of old D.U.S.K. members as well as newer fans, was founded by Susan Clarke. Later that year, it was combined with a club run in Sydney by Julie Townsend and Edwina Harvey and the name changed to Astrex. The new name was derived from the asterix-like device on the command insignia worn in the television series. The first formal meeting was held in April 1976 and the first issue of the club's newsletter, Data, was published in August 1976. For a while, until Susan resigned as president in the early 80s, Beyond Antares was the club's fanzine." [1]

The National Library of Australia website states "Beyond Antares... became one of the longest running Star Trek publications in the country. After its first beginnings, it was consistently a well-produced and well-edited fanzine, which deserved its long support from writers, artists and readers."[2]

The Independent Issues

Some unknown independent issues were published between 1972 and 1975.

Major Publication Date Complications

In 1981, the editor explains why #10 is so late (two years!):

This is where I grovel. I am truly sorry that this is two years late... You see a funny thing happened on the way to the printers... a Denebian Slime Devil attached itself to my leg and it took me at least ten months to find someone more charismatic to attach himself to, then someone handed me a tribble and before I knew it, it had done its thing all over the garage (where the duplicator resides) and you know how hard it is to get a path through multiplying tribbles! Well, in the end I had to fumigate.... Actually, it really is a long story about just how this issue is so late. In fact, Numbers 13, 15, 11, 12 & 14 (in that order) all appeared before it. But at last, here it is. My humble apologies ta all the subscribers and all the artists and authors to be found herein. You've been ever-so patient (and you can stop sending those letter bombs and bully-boys now...) and I am so grateful.

Typos... and Some Odd Spelling Choices

Some of the issues in the 1970s contained many typos. Some of those were careless mistakes, but some of them were on purpose, and were a form of alternative spelling. It is hard to know the difference. This caused at least one LoCer to comment that the zine could use a better proofreader, something the editors called a "proofreder."

From issue #9:

Spelling Reform Number One is used throughout this issue, in which the letter "e" is used for each short "e" sound in a word—for example "eny", "Meny". This spelling reform is advocated by the Spelling Action Society of Australia and is advocated by meny leading scientists and educators in Australia. It is the editor's own choice.

From the editorial in issue #14:

Before people comment on my inaccurate spelling, let me point out that I use Spelling Reform One, which is a gradual method of rationalisation of English spelling which became stagnant with the coming of print. I must point out that I nowhere near the only editor that does so. The Teacher's magazine 'Feedback' is printed in SR1, so are many science journals -- not just here but overseas as well. Spelling Reform is a world-wide thing. The Australian sf magazine 'Crux' is printed throughout using SRq is you wish to read more. SR1: write 'e' for the clear short vowel-sound as in 'bet' regardless of present usage: eny, redy, sed, etc.


Many of the sample images on Fanlore, especially the early issues, are from official reprints xeroxed by Bill Hupe and lack some of the patina of the originals.

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1
back cover issue #1

Beyond Antares 1 is undated but likely printed in 1975. It has 42 pages. The art is by Shayne C. McCormack (one piece), the rest by Jenny Stevenson.

This issue was edited by Jenny Stevenson who says in the editorial that she isn't keen on doing another issue: "Perhaps, one day, in about three [or] four centuries time, I might be tempted to do another zine, but please don't hold your breath." The zine itself is an "Encore one shot."

  • Ravings from the Lockholes (5)
  • Thoughts Drifting by Isobel Ferrie (6)
  • cartoon (7)
  • Concerning Spock, essay by Diane Marchant (8)
  • Enterprise by T'Loy (13)
  • The Lay of Salman by I'Jen (14)
  • It Seems by Mithrandiir (15)
  • Meditation - Something Private by Diane Marchant (16)
  • Where by T'Jen (16)
  • The Doomsday Cigar by Gullywumper (17)
  • Ship by Graham Robinson (21)
  • A Time of Life by Jenny Stevenson (22)
  • Miri by Suisaidh Peigi (25)
  • Vengeance by Suisaidh Peigi (27)
  • cartoon (38)
  • Analysis of Nurse Christine Chapel, essay by Diane Marchant (39)
  • Cosmos by Shiroinami (2)
  • Reasons (43)

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, Chris Smith
back cover of issue #2, Susan Clarke

Beyond Antares 2 was published in November 1975 and has 34 pages. The art is by Chris Smith, mandi, Sharon, Margaret Basta and Susan Clarke (back cover).

The new editors are Susan Clarke and mandi.

The time between this issue and the first one must have been fairly lengthy, as the new editors comment upon it.

"Please note that all rights to material in this magazine are authors but if you wish to reprint, it would be nice if you would let us know and send us a copy."

From the editorial: "We... hereby certify that this is a honest-to-goodness Star Trek fanzine. It will be noticed that since the first issue of this 'zine, there has been a small lapse in time. This is due to the change in editor and editorial policy. It should be noted that the former editor is now the managing editor (of great financial assistance) to the newly formed S.T.A.C. (which is a great pile)."

  • Beyond Antares, poem by Barry Trivers (3)
  • Editorial by Susan & mandi (4)
  • Alona by Susan Clarke (5)
  • An Extract by T'Preen (21)
  • We Wonders by assorted manden (22)
  • Tolkien Quiz by Jen Stevenson (24)
  • Solitude by Diane Marchant (26)
  • Reflections by Diane Marchant (27)
  • Cryptic and Clueless by Anonymous (27)
  • Emotionally Yours by Charon (29)
  • The Wild Hunt by Shiroinami (30)
  • Terran Terrorists by David J. Griffiths (31)
  • The Planet by mandi (33)
  • That Which Struggled Deep Within by Diane Marchant (34)
  • poem by Susan Clarke (34)

Issue 3

Beyond Antares 3 has 34 pages. The zine is undated, but as per a small cartoon on the last page, perhaps 1975?.

Its content is the novel "A Wee Bit of Scotch" by Susan Clarke and a poem called "Fiona."

cover of issue #3

From the author: "Dedicated, in revenge, to twae bonny lassies, who, methinks, are wee faggots and daft cuddies... (but then, aren'twe all?)"

Also from the author: "Note well that this is a copy of the original manuscript of "Just A Wee Bit O' Scotch" by the original authoress—all other copies are of a stolen plot. This draft completed August 1969.... This story was written a long time ago now (it hardly seems that long) so I'm sure there are a lot of technical faults in it that I would not make now. It was written for my own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of my friends. I do hope you will accept it for what it is and will like it and enjoy it yourself. I'll be glad to enter into correspondence with anyone over it."

Issue 4

Beyond Antares 4 was published in April 1977 and has 46 pages. The cover is by Diane Marchant. Executive editor was Jenny Stevenson, issue editor was Susan Clarke.

The art is by Diane Marchant, Shayne McCormack, Robert Dobson, and Terry Jeeves.

cover of issue #4, Diane Marchant, also used as inside art in the next issue
  • poem by Roxanne Woods
  • Twilight, poem by Susan Clarke (4)
  • Mellarni, fiction by Margaret Mellor (5)
  • Terran Mother-Vulcan Son by Edwina Harvey (31)
  • The Rebuilding of the Enterprise, fiction by Edwina Harvey (33)

Issues 5/6

cover of issue #5
cover of issue #6

Beyond Antares 5/6 was published in October 1977 and has 56 pages. It is a flip zine; the first part is issue #5, flip it over and read issue #6.

The title page says this is "an ASTREX Production No. 20."

This issue was edited and published by Susan Clarke. The executive editor was Jennifer Stevenson.

From the editorial:

We'd like to welcome you to our first double issue of Beyond Antares -- hopefully it will be our last as well, but we thought that these issues would be best incorporated in a single issue as they so neatly complimented each other. The second issue, you will see, is back-to-back with this issue and contains essays submitted to an essay competition held by ASTREX, a N.S.W. Star Trek Fan Club. The theme of these essays is "why I like Star Trek", and as you can see the answers are very readable. This competition was the first of two, using a similar theme. This time it was the girls' turn to write and tell how they feel. Next we hope to get some very good essays from the men of the club.

Contents of issue #5:

  • Editorial Notes (3)
  • Spock: The Man & Character by Shayne McCormack (5)
  • Kirk's Public Service Application by Robyn Robinson (7)
  • Oldstar by Adam Jenkins (9)
  • From the Notice Board by the attendees of August Meeting (13)
  • On Science Fiction Movies by F.L. Seyomour (14)
  • Kor's Last Name is Not Blimey by Nikki White (15)
  • poem by Julie Townsend (21)
  • I Sent a Letter by Sheila Clark (23)
  • The Romulan Cloaking Device by Kom Pleet Klutz (29)
  • On Viewing "Who Mourns for Adonais" [sic] by Nikki White (31)
  • McCoy's Brief Impressions of Vulcan by Diane Marchant (35)
  • Black Sheep by Shayne McCormack (36)
  • art is by Ted Engelbart, Terry Jeeves, Diane Marchant, Shayne McCormack, John Parks and Jenny Stevenson

Contents of issue #6:

  • Answers to the essay contest: "What Star Trek Means to Me": six essays (pages 2–8). Not all essays were printed, only "the best."

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5/6

I enjoyed the articles by Nikki White and the story by Sheila Clark. Beyond Antares is growing up and becoming a very fine zine. Also there is one striking difference between it and American fandom. Aussie type is still young enough to show interest in basic character relationships, and episode critics, etc. Where American type is far beyond that and neglects it to a sad point, were much more concerned with indepth views, etc. That's why I find BA thoroughly refreshing.[3]

On Sunday I bought a copy if Beyond Antares 5. The first thing I red [sic] was your the leade [sic] article on Mister Spock. As a new member of ASTREX, I was plesantly suprised [sic] to find such a subject as this could me so intelligently handled. I loudly applaud Shayne's effort. However, she asks for comments as well as reactions. I would like to say that I disagree w.ith a couple of your statements. a) ... beauty is only produced by intelligence." It is my contention, Shayne, that all things in the universe are beautiful, with the exception of some acts. b) "A man cannot be two men at once." (ie Vulcan & Terran) Yes, he can be Shayne, but whether he can also retain his sanity is another question. This, as you point out, is Spock's predicament, but it is not one of social acceptance as you indicate, it is more to do with the actual balance of the mind, c) "It's it not the prime directive of life to survive?" Yes, but the survival of the species , not the individual. d) The world is not illogical, Shayne, only man is. Well, these are my comments. I only hope that they serve to stimulate further intelligent discussion os such a vital topic. I loved Jenny's drawing of Spock. The left side of his face, a almost human espression, [sic] the right side harsh, stoic. Did she study under Picasso perhaps? It gives me much I plesure. [sic] Thank you Jenny.[4]

Issue 7

Beyond Antares 7 was published in 1978 and has 42 pages. It has art by Sheryl Birkhead, Susan Clarke, Diane Marchant, Shayne McCormack, John Parks, Christopher Smith, Kamu Tenneti, and Julie Townsend.

cover of issue #7, Diane Marchant

This issue was "editted [sic] and published by Susan Clarke." The executive editor was Jennifer Stevenson.

"This issue was a special ASTREX issue with winners of the 1977 Literary Competition being featured. The results of that competition appear on the back page of this issue. Contributions, trades and subscriptions ($1 per issue) always welcomed! Letters of Comment eagerly red! [sic]"

  • poem by Gerardine Parsolw (3)
  • I Seek An Answer by Marjorie Miller (4)
  • Oh, Tribble-de-Dee by Judy Ann Baumann (18)
  • story by Ann Snell (20)
  • Interphase by Gerardine Parslow (23)
  • McCoy's Dance by Rose-Maree Green (30)
  • My Enterprising Lady by Edwina Harvey (31)
  • Lettercol (32)
  • Space Traveller by Gerardine Parslow (33)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

There is some terrific art work this issue. My favourites are the cover by Diane Marchant and Shayne McCormack's Uhura. The combination of Gerardine's poem with John Park's illustration, showing through from the reverse side of the page, is strikingly effective. Edwins's and Judy Ann's poems mere also delightful, but I have to give credit where credit is due - Rose-Maree Green, with her excellent short story "McCoy's Dance", gets my vote of compliments. A female version of James Blish or Alan Dean Foster is obviously in the making with that young lady. My only real disappointment is with the lack of critiques and discussion type articles. I also have one other complaint—how is it that all your winners are female and chosen by an all-female panel of judges? Are we males being discriminated against or is that we are just not trying hard enough? As a voter, tax dodger and male member of the species I demand an answer! I also have one other complaint. How is it that all your winners are female and chosen by an all-female panel of judges? Are we males being discriminated against or is that we are just not trying hard enough? As a voter, tax dodger and male member of the species I demand an answer! May I also suggest that you have a PUZZLES division in your lit. comp.? And maybe even a JOKES department? These things always have enormous entertainment value combined with an appropriate stories, articles and editor's comments. A thorough proof reading would also enhance the quality of B.A.[5]

I red [sic] a story in it called "I seek an answer" by Marjorie Miller and I must say that it is a very good piece of writing. The best aspect of the story, I thought, was the way Marjorie handled the relationship between Kirk and Spock.[6]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, John Parks

Beyond Antares 8 was published in November 1978 and contains 42 pages. The art is by John Parks, Julie Townsend, Kamu Tennetti, and Chris Smith.

  • Watcher of the Stars by Len Kelly (2)
  • Alternatives by Nikki White (3)
  • Love is an Illusion by Merrica Forsaith (8)
  • Dawn by Joy Green (9)
  • Spock by Merrica Forsaith (10)
  • Off Duty by Ann Snell (11)
  • Zarabeth, Oh Zarabeth by Merrica Forsaith (20)
  • Caption Competition (22)
  • A Window in Time by Marjorie Miller (23)

Issue 9

Beyond Antares 9 was published in November 1979 and contains 33 pages. The art is by Randy Ash, Ted Englebart, Liliane Forbin, Elsie Sager, Christopher Smith, Julie Townsend.

cover of issue #9
  • Results of the 1978 Literary Competition (1)
  • Scotty's Poem by Susan Clarke (5)
  • We Wonder by Edwina Harvey (6)
  • Where Time Stood Still by Marjorie Miller (7)
  • Lemon Meringue by Rose Maree Green, age ten (30)
  • Star Dancer by Gerardine Parslow (31)
  • What Price Utopia by Geradine Parslow (32)
  • Tales from the Enterprise by The Greens (34)
  • Lettercol (35)

Issue 10

cover of issue #10

Beyond Antares 10 was published in July 1981 and has 37 pages.

The editor explains that it is so late (two years!) that other issues were published before this one:

This is where I grovel. I am truly sorry that this is two years late... You see a funny thing happened on the way to the printers... a Denebian Slime Devil attached itself to my leg and it took me at least ten months to find someone more charismatic to attach himself to, then someone handed me a tribble and before I knew it, it had done its thing all over the garage (where the duplicator resides) and you know how hard it is to get a path through multiplying tribbles! Well, in the end I had to fumigate.... Actually, it really is a long story about just how this issue is so late. In fact, Numbers 13, 15, 11, 12 & 14 (in that order) all appeared before it. But at last, here it is. My humble apologies ta all the subscribers and all the artists and authors to be found herein. You've been ever-so patient (and you can stop sending those letter bombs and bully-boys now...) and I am so grateful.

  • Kirk & Spock illustration by Igor Spajic (cover)
  • Beyond Antares" logo by Randy Ash (1)
  • Poem by Rosemarie Bond (3)
  • Design by Julie Townsend (3)
  • That Is Not Dead Which Can Eternal Lie by Nikki White (4) ("A STAR TREK story in the Lovecraft manner with apologies to both.")
  • Spock illustration by Esther Mace (8)
  • Vulcan Wildlife Calendar Designs Portfolio by Randy Ash (15)
  • Today The Weather Will Be by Merrica Forsaith (23)
  • Australian Trek Decade design by David Marriott (27)
  • Of Life by Judy Anne Baumann (23)
  • Spock & Kirk illustration by Michael McGann (29)
  • Between The Immunity Syndrome by Cathy Gilbert (30)
  • The Decision by Nikki White (31)
  • Klingon Lady illustration by Michael McGann (33)
  • Reviews by Susan Clarke & R.S.K (35)
  • Reviews Logo by Randy W. Ash (35)
  • Leadana by Edwina Harvey (37)
  • Kirk illustration by Elsie Sager (37)
  • Kirk illustration by Michael McGann (38)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

I loved BEYOND ANTARES #10. Nikki White's Lovecraft story was haunting (and not for bedtime reading!); I liked Merrica Forsaith's light touch and Nikki's Spud story kept me smiling for a week. Cathy Gilbert's poem was thoughtful and though-provoking and Rosemarie Bond captured the feel of exploring the unknown. The artwork was sensational! I loved our heros on the cover, the logos and designs inside, the intense eyes of Esther Mace's Spock. Randy Ash's Vulcan Wildlife Calendar was imginitive and wonderfully drawn - I've never seen anything like it! Michael McGann's Kirk and Spock definitely captured the essential aspects of their personalities and I loved his Klingon lady - hilarious! And his Kirk on the back cover shows us another aspect of the Captain. I loved the intenseness of Else Sager's Kirk - he had his "This is MY ship!" look. I'm impressed with the number of contributors and the overall quality of the zine.[7]

Issue 11

cover of issue #11

Beyond Antares 11 was published in January 1980 and has 41 pages. See Major Publication Date Complications as to why this publication date is out of order.

The main part of this zine is the last story, "The Conventional Klingon." The author's foreword:

This story is part of a series detailing the adventures of the Klothos, under Commander Kor, after it has been drawn into a parallel universe. This universe is dominated by the Ensovaari Empire into whose hands the Klingons fall. The Ensovaari, a matriarchal, matrilinear society, are possessed of a very high technology and great psionic powers.

  • Editorial by Nikki White (3) (written from a Klingon's point of view)
  • From "A Klingon's child's garden of curses' by Susan Clarke (4)
  • The Klingons: a factual look by Nikki White (3)
  • Song of the Klingon warrior by Susan Clarke (5)
  • The role of women in Romulan society by Julie Townsend and Susan Clarke (11)
  • Word search (13)
  • The tribblephoic Klingon by Diane Southgate-Fox (14)
  • Warp factor twenty by G.A. Dodge (15)
  • The conventional Klingon by Nikki White (16)
  • illustrations by Elsie Sager

Issue 12

cover of of issue #12, Spock and Leila by Ted Engelbart, was also used as the cover of Star Trektennial News #22 in 1977

Beyond Antares 12 (Special Vulcan Issue) was published in September 1980 and and is 36 pages long. The original print run was 80.

See Major Publication Date Complications as to why this publication date is out of order.

  • Spock and Leila cover illustration by Ted Engelbart
  • The Introspective Vulcan by Betsi Ashton (3)
  • Spock, illo by Randy Ash (4)
  • The Illogic Of Logic: The Characterization of Spock, uncredited (5)
  • Spock, poem by Gavin Keating (6)
  • The Islands by Doreen Dabinett (7)
  • Spock, illo by Lilian Forbin (13)
  • Sonnets to the Vulcan by Pamela Freeman (17)
  • Silence: of Unfelt Love by Patrick Healy (in table of contents) Patrick Healty (on story) (18)
  • The Logical Choice by Nikki White (19)
  • Vulcan Lady, illo by Kamu Tenneti (19)
  • Sarek and Amanda, illo by Diane Marchant (33)
  • Report from the Science Officer by P.F. Ilies (34)
  • Vulcan Quiz by Julie Townsend (35)
  • Spock, illo by Elsie Sager (36)

Issue 13

Beyond Antares 13 was published in December 1979 and has 36 pages. The art is by Elsie Seger, Julie Townsend, and Lilian Forbin.

cover of issue #13, Elsie Seger

This issue was edited by John Fox.

See Major Publication Date Complications as to why this publication date is out of order.

Note: in the table of contents, a fan's name is spelled in three different ways: Lilian Forbin, Lilliane Forbin, and Lilianne Forbin.

  • The Royal Star by Denny Gooden (3)
  • A Christmas Untold by Merrica J. Forsaith (4)
  • And Died in an Alien Sun by Edwina Harvey (11)
  • Great Expectations by Gerardine Parslow (13)
  • Love Is by Lilianne Forbin (15)
  • The Saga of Cyrano's Tale by Judy Baumann (16)
  • Scott's Folly by Judy Baumann (17)
  • An Enterprising Pome [yes, spelled that way] Lilliane Forbin (20)
  • Aussietrek Con Report by Betsi Ashton (20)
  • Wake Up Vulcan by Joanne Sly (23)
  • Puzzle Pages (25)
  • Editorial (28)

Issue 14

Beyond Antares 14 was published in 1980 (the editorial is dated October 1979) and has 27 pages.

cover of issue #14, Lana Fahey -- from the editorial: "One person who deserves a special thank you this issue is Gary Rawlings -- a lonely Trekfan in the Northern Territory, who donated the cover for this issue." Note: the cover's art is signed by Lana Fahey, in the zine it is credited to Ted Engelbart.

See Major Publication Date Complications as to why this publication date is out of order.

It is a single novel by Frankee L. Seymour called Nor All Your Tears about Edith Keeler and The Guardian. There are about six illustrations by Randy Ash, Ted Engelbart, Shayne McCormack, Val Rogers and Elsie Sager.

The original print run was 100 copies.

From the author's introduction:

I'm twenty five and hoping to join the environmental defense boat "Sea Shepherd" early next year to try and stop the Newfoundland harp seal hunt... I have completed one unpublished novel since I was thirteen, seventeen unpublished short stories, including Nor All Your Tears (the only Star Trek story) since I was eighteen, and two hundred and forty six unpublished poems of varying lengths since I was twelve. I'd love to become a published writer, but my real ambition is to save the world.

From the editorial at the end of the zine:

Did you enjoy this issue? We produced "Nor All Your Tears" as a special issue of BEYOND ANTARES (Number 14 in fact) because it deserved to stand on it's [sic] own. It was beautifully written, concise, touching... the kind of quality story that we'd like to constantly present -- as a continued editorial policy of quality Trek stories. Let us know your reactions to this kind of production for this issue ... Before people comment on my inaccurate spelling, let me point out that I use Spelling Reform One, which is a gradual method of rationalisation of English spelling which became stagnant with the coming of print. I must point out that I nowhere near the only editor that does so. The Teacher's magazine 'Feedback' is printed in SR1, so are many science journals -- not just here but overseas as well. Spelling Reform is a world-wide thing. The Australian sf magazine 'Crux' is printed throughout using SRq is you wish to read more. SR1: write 'e' for the clear short vowel-sound as in 'bet' regardless of present usage: eny, redy, sed, etc.

Issue 15

Beyond Antares 15 was published in March 1980 and has 43 pages. The art is by Elsie Sager, John Parks, and Diane Marchant. The editor of this issue was Stephanie Mikes.

It prints some the winners of the 1979 Literary Competition. The judges were Diane Fox, John Fox, and Julie Townsend.

cover of issue #15, Elsie Sager. The editor notes: "Special thank you and undying gratitude to Cathy McDonnel for donating the offset over."
  • Literary Competition Results, 1979 (1)
  • Emotive by Edwina Harvey (3) (third place, poetry)
  • A Little Bet by Susan Clarke and Karen Smith (4) (first place, fiction)
  • Solitaire by Judy Baumann (11) (first place, poetry, not listed in the table of contents)
  • A Place Out of Time by Patricia De Voss (13) (second place, fiction)
  • Dear Spock by Judy Ann Baumann (25) (first place, miscellaneous, though there were no other entries)
  • Ship's Doctor by Susan Clarke (28) (second place, poetry)
  • Tyger by Edwina Harvey (30) (third place, fiction)

Issue 16

Beyond Antares 16 has 43 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

'To Touch The Creator" is beautiful and moving -it gave me chills reading it! Elsie Sager's Spock illo captures the older, haunted Spock we saw come on board the Enterprise in ST:TMP. I also really liked Michael McGann's illo of Spock in Command - thoughtful, feeling the weight of responsibility for the Enterprise. I liked the promise of more to come ending of "Heavon" - an interesting story! I thought Cathy Gilbert's "Island Thoushts" was an inspirational application of the Simon &Garfunkel song message, to Spock and his conflicts; "Greengags" - funny! I'll try and remember to sing the Klingon Khristmas Karol this holiday season - very funny and I loved Michael McGann's Klingon illo. I think I should get some university credit fir reading "The History of Hyper-Light Travel Systems" - I need more science semester hours on my record! A very convincing report. My favourite feature in the zine was Gerard Ashworth's wonderful cartoon story. What a riot! He's terrific! [8]

Issue 17

Beyond Antares 17 was published in in January 1982 and contains 43 pages. It is a single Scotty/Uhura novel by Susan Clarke called "Moonwind". There were 100 copies printed.

This story won first place in the fan club's literary competition in 1980.

cover of issue #17, Lana Fahey

The interior art is by April Beare, Alison Bloomfield, Lana Fahey (cover), Terry Jeeves, Esther Mace, Mike McGann, and Elsie Sager.

The editorial:

MOONWIND is a special issue of BEYOND ANTARES—issue Number Seventeen for those who keep the issues in order. It contains only this story—a romance about my favourite character, Lt. Commander Montgomery Scott, Chief Engineer of the U.S.S. Enterprise— an often neglected, or abused person in fan fiction. I'm not vain enough to publish my own fiction normally. Although, I must admit to doing so when BEYOND ANTARES first started (you might remember; that the third issue was about —— you guessed it!—our beloved Scotty—and was entitled JUST A WEE BIT O' SCOTCH), but not since B.A. has gotten such a great response. In fact, we have enough material to go to issue Number 20, but we are still looking for more. It's been wonderful lately. Thank you.

Why, then, did I print MOONWIND? Well, most of you realise that the winners of; each year's Literary Competition of ASTREX Star Trek Club of New South Wales appear in BEYOND ANTARES. Especially the first place winners. MOONWIND won first place in the 1980. I hope you enjoy it and will write and let me know. Meanwhile, this issue is by way of an experiment in which we gave the manuscript to some of our very talented artists that draw for BEYOND ANTARES and asked them to illustrate their favourite scenes from the story—and they did with a vengeance—so I must apologise to those who sent Scotty illos that I couldn't fit into this issue. There is almost one for every double page as it is. Sorry.

And before I acknowledge the artwork from this issue, I'd like to thank these people for their help: Stephanie Mikes, Gay Williams and Narrelle Harris for their proof-reading and company whilst I typed this; Ian McLean for saying it was worth printing when I suddenly got cold feet; my husband Ron and our children who had to put up with a mother this last week or so who's barely been civil, let alone remembered to feed and clothe them and most importantly, James Doohan for giving me the inspiration to write this with his colourful and sensitive portrayal of Lt. Commander Scott.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

"Moonwind" was utterly fantastic... at last Scotty did something other than wail at the plight of his beloved engines and stay in character. (Not that I am in the least bit interested in the anti-matter/matter chambers myself). The drawing on page "B" was brllliant, he has such a lovely "wee bit o' scotch" look on his face.[9]

I have just read MOONWIND. What a great story! It was so satisfying to read good Trek characterisation -- consistent with the TV universe yet exploring deeper. I liked the insights we got into Kirk and Scotty. And I was impressed with the way you got inside this future world and showed us how they would look at things (like autopsies and bloody operations) which seem normal to us in 1982. I liked the descriptions of Rim worlds and Core worlds - I think you did a good job throughout the story of thinking out the consequences of space settlement and how people would react to it. Human psychology (which wouldn't change) transplanted into alien environments. Clinging to things Terran, like wood bars and beams, even though the alien planet is more familiar now than Terra would be, probably. A lot of good thinking went into this story - the details of settling and the right-one characterisation make this a very enjoyable Trek-tale. A good piece of work!" [10]

Have just read MOONWIND. One of your best ever, and that's a fact. It's about time Scotty was treated with the seriousness he deserves, as he is very dear to me, and I have grown sick and tired of all the "drinking" stories I have read over the years. Thank you for doing the right thing by my favourite engineer. He is, and always has been far more than the pseudo-alcoholic he has been portrayed as in the past. It would have made a lovely episode. I expected another "Mary Sue" story - I'm very tired of those, and I was very pleasantly surprised. Your "How can they kill a man when he is already dead" was perfectly placed." [11]

This novella is a well-written Scotty romance. Scotty, while on shoreleave, falls in love with a mysterious beauty who is fleeing for her life. Why she is doing so is gradually revealed, as is the fact that she is not what she at first appears to the reader to be,

I, personally don't care for romances, but this one at least never degenerates to the lovel of corn. The love scenes are not overdone and the main emphasis seems to be on the science fictional elements, which are interesting in themselves. Unlike many Trek romances, this is science fiction and would not stand up without the SF elements -- which is one of the definitions of a true science fiction story! In addition, the author throws in a few thoughts about human intolerance and mob mentality.

The one thing that left me uneasy was the circumstances under which Scotty falls in love. I find it a little hard to believe that someone would sit up all night with a woman he's helped and not so much ask who she is or why she asked him for assistance until halfway through the following day.

Other than that and the odd spelling error ('curiosity' consistently written as 'curiousity' ) the story is a good read. The print is exceptionally clear, unusual in a mimeo zine, and the illos are very good indeed, including some fine detailed portraits of Scotty.

Worth buying. [12]

Issue 18/19

front cover of issue #18/19, Ted Engelbart
back cover of #18/19, Esther Mace

Beyond Antares 18/19 was published in February 1982 and is 75 pages long. The art is by Randy Ash, Ted Engelbart, Esther Mace, Diane Marchant, Shayne McCormack, and Ian McLean.

It was edited by Susan Clarke, who thanks her spouse "who's put up with four fanzines in three weeks so far --- and another two to come from the Clarke presses." She also apologizes on the last page: "Sorry about the mistakes on this last page, but due to a miscount on my part of the pages this issue would take, I have this page to type out last and my hands have just given up. And my workers want dinner shortly."

The written content consists of the 1981 Astrex Literary Competition winners. Two by Susan Clarke ("Second Chance" (third place, long story) and "Galactic Discourse Writing Contest" (first place, long story)) are not included. From the editorial: "That is because first printing rights were offered and then promised to other zines. 'Second Chance' will be appearing in that exclusively McCoy zine Medical Journal #2. "Galactic Discourse Writing Contest" was of course offered to "Galactic Discourse" and there also gained a place (oh my blushes!), and will appear there this year in the latest issue of that magazine."[13]

From the editor:

"Beyond Antares" is a special double issue. Because of the high quality of the entries for the 1981 Astrex Literary Competition, and number of prize winners (twelve of them in fact), I decided that one large special issue would have more impact and be more enjoyed that two smaller issues that might not have appeared before Medtrek 82. The fact that this issue almost (we're two months ahead actually) coincides with the tenth anniversary of the first issue of "Beyond Antares" makes this issue of B.A. even more special.

  • Literary Competition Results (3)
  • Editorial (4)
  • Soliloquy by Ruth Kentwell (5) (first place, prose or poetry)
  • Meteor, poem by Ruth Kentwell (6) (third place, prose or poetry)
  • How Spock Got a Fish In His Computer by Narrelle Harris (7) (first place, humourous short story)
  • The Man at the Bar by Esther Mace (12) (second place, short story)
  • An Overlooked Corner of Space by L. Tristy Spence (19) (first place, long story)
  • The Wanderer by Ruth Kentwell (34) (second place, prose or poetry)
  • Never Again by Leith Campbell and Pat De Voss (35) (second place, humourous short story)
  • Weak Knees, Spotted Troubles and The Interrupted Honeymoon by Esther Mace (39) (third place, humourous short story)
  • Hoodwinked by Ian McLean (45) (second place, long story)
  • The Guildsman by Susan Clarke (63) (third place, short story)
  • S.F. Book Releases by Ron L. Clarke (67)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 18/19

[Hoodwinked]: A good mixture of stories, poetry, artwork, and essays. I have only read a few of [Beyond Antares], but so far have only found one story I liked sufficiently to keep and read again. That is "Hoodwinked" by Ian McLean. In this story, an Andorian, a new Captain, is placed on the Enterprise on a trial basis as First Officer. A nice touch is continuity, with the use of M'Ress and Arex, and the story has one of the best illustrations of Spock I have seen.[14]

[zine]: Ruth Kentwell's "Soliloquy" was insightful and touching and I liked the musing in her poem "Meteor." Narrelle Harris' "Has Spock Got A Fish" was amusingly zany. How do people come up with these ideas? I am constantly amazed with the creativity Trek has released, all over the world.. And Trek-lit is all so different -- in tone, in plot, in characterization. Amazing! I enjoyed Esther Mace's exploration of early McCoy. I loved the fantasy creatures in L. Tristy Spence's story -- she presented some very interesting aliens, especially with the gentle peace-makers/protective warriors division in the one culture. I also liked Ruth Kentwell's other "The Wanderer" -- she has a knack for thoughtful writing. When I read the first paragraph of "Never Again", I thought it was going to be a comedy about Kirk imbibing too much and getting into some awkward situation with a beautiful crewmember --- boy, was I wrong! Glad it was a dream… I enjoyed Esther Mace's comic Kirok story ... I really like Trek humour .. Interesting that she was able to write a comic interlude from an episode that ended so, tragically. I thought Ian McLean's "Hoodwinked" was excellent -- well-written complex, and creative. Keep this person writing for you! And I thought your story, "The Guildsman," was clever and thought provoking. A terrific issue with high-quality artwork as usual.[15]

[zine]: "Has Spock Got…": this story shows that it is not only Kirk a and McCoy and that get into trouble, but Spock's feet land him in the middle of a a good deal more trouble than usual. "An Overlooked Corner of Space" by I. Tristy Spence was an enjoyable story showing caring between people. But I have always been a sucker for this type of story.[16]

[zine]: Just a short note to let you know how much I enjoyed BA 18/19. It wasn't just me either. Other members of the family and several friends borrowed my copy and without exception on the high standards of its contents and the very professional way it was produced (and they didn't just say that to me to make me feel good! My family and friends are nothing if not honest.) Keep up the good work. It's definitely appreciated.[17]

[zine]: 'Beyond Antares No.16/19' impresses from the first, with its beautiful cover illo of Spook and its back cover of a dragon. The stories and poems, winners of AS TREX'S 1981 literary competition, are mostly of a high standard, as is the artwork. There is a nice mixture of the serious and the comic among the stories, only one of which, 'Never Again', is at all weak and that' mainly because of the predictability of the ending, My own favourite among the humorous stories is 'Weak Knees, Spotted Troubles' by Esther Mace, because of its originality. Who'd have thought it possible to write a humourous piece based on that dreary Trek episode 'The Paradise Syndrome'? In this one, Kirk discovers, on the first morning of his honeymoon with Miramanee, that there is one more ritual to perform before he is accepted into the tribe....

Among the others, there is a story set in the Terra Nova universe of Gay Williams, a post-STMP story and one about McCoy's first meeting with Kirk - in a bar. In 'Has SpoCk (Got a Fish in his Computer?) by Narelle Harris, Spock literally does get a fish in his computer - and becomes very wet in the process.

'Beyond Antares' is not a fancy, expensively-produced zine of the kind put out in the U.S. It is a plain mimeo zine. But over the years, it has achieved a deservedly high reputation for the quality of its content and No.18/19 does not let this reputation down. [18]

Issue 20

cover of issue #20 by Robin Walker

Beyond Antares 20 was published in June 1982 and is 60 pages long. Front cover by Robin Walker. This issue was dedicated to the "Women of Star Trek."

  • A Model Officer by Ian McLean (4 pages)
  • Assignment Number Seven by Narrelle Harris (22 pages)
  • Art Portfolio: The Heroines Of Star Trek (14 pages)
  • A Pub Conversation by Sue Bursztynski
  • Shenandoah by Josephine Wenck (14 pages)
  • Letters
  • Artists: Randy Ash, Ted Engelbart,Lana Fahey, Harvey Kong Tin, Esther Mace, Michael McGann, John Parks, Marianne Plumridge, Elsie Sager, Girija Tenneti, and Kamu Tenneti.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20

B.A. #20 looks gorgeous. The offset printinq looked very nice and I think the theme was a good one. I enjoyed the whole issue. Ian McLean's A Model Officer is a clever lead-in to the new movie. I loved Narrelle Harris' Tatiana - I would have loved to have seen her take on Kirk in aired Trek. Too few women ever did - and I am so tired of women melting at Kirk's glance (hunk that he is ... ) It IS great to read about someone who was totally unimpressed by that "prize galactic stud"! The art portfolio looks terrific. I especially liked Ted Engelbart's work. I was interested in Sue Bursztynski's exploration of Yeoman Rand. Too few people take Rand seriously - she probably is the least written about Trek regular. Glad to see something thoughtful about her. Josephine Wenck's 'Shenendoah' - another fascinating new character who chooses to deny her Vulcan heritage - and for plausible reasons. Something new to think about.[19]

I just finished reading BA #20. I'm amazed at how prolific Australian and British club members are; then, I have to stop and realise that in those countries much more of Star Trek fandom is organised through clubs. Here in the U.S., generally an individual thing as far as zine publishing goes. Club activities are generally of a social sort. I think this is true of sf fandom in the U. S. in general. We think of clubs as a place to talk, and of writing as a solitary activity. One by-product of this is that zine costs are high, since an individual often can't afford to buy a mimeo machine and then has to pay for professional printing. But if you've ordered US zines, you already know that!

But onto BA 20 itself: "A Model Officer" was a neat vignette. Too little is written about minor officers, although Sulu, Chekov & Uhura have occasionally been focus of fads in fannish writing. I salute Ian McLean's choice for filling out Kyle's name, and for bridging the gap between ST on TV and ST:TWOK in a small way. "Assignment Number Seven" moved along smoothly, although Tatiana was slightly too glib for believability. Could I make a small editorial suggestion? Please footnote foreign words, especially if you are going to transcribe them phoenetically instead of them. I know some Russian, but even I had to. consult my dictionary for the meaning of [indecipherable word]. If the word had been in chinese or arabic, I'd have been put off at not being able to decifer it and why bother readers who don't speak russian? I always enjoy art portfolios. The Shanna by Marianne Plumridge was particularly striking, and most of the art was high calibre. The repro was amazingly good.

"Shenandoah": by now, Spock's relatives must populate the known galaxy. The story was a bit familiar but not at all boring. The misconclusion on Kirk's part was a humorist twist. Lana Fahey's art was excellent. I hope to see more of it! [20]

B.A. #20 was a wonderfully thick issue, contai-ning much that was of interest. Though I don't usually go for pages and pages of art, some of the "Heroines of Star Trek" series were incredibly well done. Ted Engelbert's in particular. I've decided he must be a proffessional artist. And if he isn't, what's he doing is wasting his time on another career when he has such a gift for art?! The contributions from Randy Ash, Marianne Plumridge and Elsie Sager were also very good. The stories kept within the theme, yet were diverse enough to maintain interest. Ian McLean's story linked in with the new movie, while the boots-and-all fun of Number Seven" contrasted nicely with the more subdued thoughtfulness of "Shenandoah." My favourite story was "Assignment Number Seven". It was good to see Chekov featured for a chanqe. The irascible trouble-prone Tatiana is a delightful character! Her initial meeting with Kirk was totally hilarious. I also loved the tavern brawl. Marvellous stuff! Robin Walker's excellent cover illustration proved that she is as good at art as she is at writinq stories.[21]

Issue 21

front cover of issue #21, Ted Engelbart
back cover of issue #21, Bonny Morris

Beyond Antares 21 was published in 1982 and is 57 pages long. The art is by Randy Ash, Ruth Dick-Smith, Ted Engelbart, Esther Mace, Shayne McCormack, Michele McGann, Bonny Morris (back cover), and Igor Spajic.

From the editorial:

This issue is another special issue. I announced it in B.A. 20, as a wallow issue -- but that term comes from Blake's Seven fiction and may not be familiar to you. It applies to a story where one of the heroes "gets" it in some way. Fans seem to like to see their heroes tortured and enslaved for some reason. Hence the reason for so many zines and their popularity on the themes of torture and perversion. But perhaps you won't agree with me.

In that, I suppose I was misleading in this issue's content. It's a special issue because some young writers (at least they were at the time -- I apologise to those I have made to wait -- I wanted to collect some special stories together) have handled some difficult situations in a different way. You may or may not agree with their handling, but it shows skill to come with practice and encouragement. They aged between 14 and 16 at the time of writing their pieces. (The exceptions being Esther Mace and Joseph Hanna-Rivero).

I included some particularly funny pieces between the longer, heavier ones because I couldn't have you get the paper soggy with all those tears... Don't try and wring out the paper... it's not as absorbent as duplicating paper.

From the editor, responding to the letters of comment printed at the end of the zine:

That's my ego-trip for today, but, boy did I need it badly. Sometimes, you put out zines and sit and wait and nary a work comes back in the way of comment, and you wonder what you have done wrong. Perhaps in this way, ordinary sf fans have something up on media fans -- they at least get letters of comment -- but then, I have never known such a group of people to deliberately pick fights and make outrageous statements just to see how many people will bite, before. It's quite an experience. But as a fairly peaceful and calm personality... I find the arguments not stimulating but emotionally wearing. Still, it is nice to know your efforts are appreciated occasionally. I know -- I hint with a sledge-hammer --)

  • Aftermath by John Parks (1)
  • Thought for Food by Esther Mace (17)
  • Sleep, Bones, Sleep by Narrelle Harris (19)
  • Star Wreck by Joseph Hanna-Rivero (28)
  • McCoy, The Right Kind of Different by Edwina Harvey (33)
  • Review: The Galactic Whirlpool by Narrelle Harris (55)
  • Letters of Comment (56)
  • Filksong, "Tie the Enterprise Down, Spock" by Linda McCarthy (57)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21

I would like to comrrent on "Aftermath" by John Parks It is a very good story. On the first page he mentions Captain Kirk as being fifty-four years old, then he mentions Chekov and Sulu were young men, Would they not have grown older too? Although they were younger than Captain Kirk in the t.v. series, they must have grown older at the same rate as Kirk.[22]

I sat down and read a story that I penned some five years ago in what were penned during turbulent times in my life. After five years I still liked the basis for the story... but I fought an almost irresistible urge to pick up a red pen and go through the whole thing. Happily my awareness of my writing style is there... I'm not sure from whence it came, but to me at least) my writing over the years, has improved. (I hope ... ). In #21, I particularly liked "Sleep, Bones. Sleep" but I feel Narrelle's writing would improve immensely if she eased off just slightly on her over-indulgence in cliches and over-rich imagery. Her postscript to the story, however, I found most touching. Star Wreck was also a new addition to the BA scene. It's interestingly different to find stories, plays and poems as well as artwork in the one volume.[23]

That filksong thing fitted in with the pieces in B.A. #21 rather well. One needs a bit of corn after such sad tales though I wonder if everyone' will think I'm 16 (considering what you said in your editorial). I liked Edwina Harvey's "Right Kind of Different" in that it cast a different light on the character of McCoy. Star Wreck & Food For Thought were fun. I enjoyed the idea of Kirk "bravely dying" ... "goodbye cruel space" indeed!!!! I agree with Narrelle Harris' review of "Galactic Whirlpool". That book is easily the best pro-written trek fiction I've read. The cover portrait in B.A. #21 was beautiful. There seems to be a lot of feeling in Ted Engelbart's art as well as being technically brilliant.[24]

Here I must confess and I do so hesitantly as all the stories were well-written and the authors are good friends, but I didn't like #21 either. Actually, it would be more accurate to say it was my least favourite issue mainly because the stories were really heavy wallows. But people (some people) enjoy a good wallow and not too many zines are about McCoy…. When I sorted the folder of B.A. material, they fitted together, the same but different if you know what I mean.[25]

I was particularly impressed with issue #21. The stories in it developed McCoy's character and his relationship with Spock and Kirk very well. I also enjoyed "Star Wreck" and "Tie the Enterprise Down." [26]

Issue 22

front cover of issue #22 by Susan Campbell
back cover of issue #22, Kamu Tenneti, "Happiness is a thing called a Sehlat"

Beyond Antares 22 was published in 983 and is 59 pages long. The focus of this issue was Vulcans and Romulans.

  • Seeker Through The Universe by Betsi Ashton (4 pages)
  • Transition by Susan Clarke (20 pages)
  • Mind Meld by Marianne Plumridge (2 pages)
  • Departure by Sue Bursztynski & Adrienne Losin (7 pages)
  • The Dark One by Dyanne Sharp (3 pages)
  • Cancelled Connection by Ruth Dick-Smith (16 pages)
  • Epilogue/Prologue by Marianne Plumridge
  • Letters from our readers


  • Front cover by Susan Campbell
  • Ruth Dick-Smith
  • Esther Mace
  • Lana Brown
  • Shayne McCormack
  • Elsie Sager
  • Kamu Tenneti (back cover)
  • Julie Townsend

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22

Great issue (B.A. #22) issue. Loved your story - this is best thing you've done yet. Ruth Dick-Smith's story was very promising. In fact all the stories and poems were of a high quality.[27]

I bought my copy of B.A. 22 and every time I pass it I find myself admiring the cover. Sue Campbell has really outdone herself. In fact. all 'the illustrations are beautifully drawn. I'm looking forward to reading the stories. I am thrilled to see an expanded lettercol this issue. It was a special boost to my ego to note that four of the eight letters mentioned my own BA contributions! I agree. it is nice to be appreciated.

Perhaps readers would be interested to know how "A Model Officer" (B. A. #20) evolved: I have been studying art for several years now, so the character of Marla McGivers appealed to me. Obviously, she would need models for her "Famous Men of History." She wouldn't ask her captain, of course, or Mr. Spock. Kyle made an interesting subject - blond hair, blue eyes - and he was in "Space Seed." As my first draft took shape, news of Star Trek II began to filter Khan was to be in the movie. I began to ponder Marla's fate. Would she be back too? Probably not. Before I knew it, my story had become a link between "Space Seed" and ST:TWOK. Instead of having Kyle on the Enterprise, I promoted him and transferred him to the Reliant, just for fun. His dream was triggered by e.s.p.[28]

I thoroughly enjoyed your writing and the artwork in "Transition". (Our Spock seems to have carried on in his namesake's footsteps - or dare I say - challenges?). "Departure" was enjoyable'. It was a quiet, thoughtful piece which fitted in very well with the series. Much as I would like to hear it, I could not really believe Sarek's outburst that he was selfish and illogical in "Cancelled Connection." It was nice, though, to hear Sarek admitting that he had made a mistake. The poetry was of a high standard and last, but certainly not least, the cover is superb. Sue Campbell is an excellent artist. All in all, BA #22 was an excellent issue. Well worth the wait - when can we expect the next one?! [29]

B.A. #22 was a thing of beauty, form that marvellous Sue Campbell cover to the sehlat drawing on the back - nice ,on the 'happiness is a warm puppy' motif! Loved the illos for your story - is Ms. Mace by any chance an admirer of Boris? The front and back illos lead me to think so - I'd love to see them as paintings. I should add, it's mostly the poses that remind me of Boris; Esther has a style all her own. Adrienne and I were struck by the beauty of the illo to our story - a pity all the stars and galaxies in the original drawing didn't reproduce. Do you think you could persuade Lana to ilIa some more my stories? Ruth's story was definitely one of her efforts, though I was not overly impressed with the opening - I didn't feel enough reason was given for Spock's sudden hatred of the Enterprise. Now was this revision necessary as a motivation for taking his long service leave; plain is a good enough reason for a man who's in Starfleet for so long. I suspect. anyway, that Spock would have to be bodily removed from the Big E, even if he admitted that it would be good to get home for a while! He liked his work and his co-workers! Still, despite the unpromising beginning, I persisted and was pleasantly surprised by the rest of the story.[30]

The cover on B.A. #22 was simply beautiful. It caught the cool determination of Saavik and compelling presence of Spock. "Seeker Through the Universe" was a lovely bit of poetry. It conjured all types of enchanting images in my mind about Spock and his tremendous importance to Star Trek. It just struck a responsive with me.

"Transition" was a fascinating story, being unfamiliar with much about early Vulcan civilisation. This story filled in many of the gaps, There was a wild and beautiful savagery about the Spock in your story and an untamed determination about It's rare that I find a story so absorbing that it affects me so profoundly. After I read your story, I just sat down and gave it deep thought. It inspired me to think and I find that one of the greatest gifts a writer can give to their readers. The development of the romantic relationship between Spock and T'Prenn was satisfying without being melodramatic. It is refreshing to find a man/woman relationship given sensible treatment. The strength of will demonstrated by both protagonists blended well with your descriptions of the wild and primitive Vulcan landscape. The conversation that took place between the two characters was very realistic, capturing the richness of the scenery. It was a nice touch at the end to discover that the child given in atonement to the Vulcan Matriarch was Surak - the one who would become one of Vulcan's greatest philosophers. "Transition" showed a diversity of thought and meaning that I truly appreciated.

I enjoyed "Departure". It is nice to see a different region of the Trek universe explaored. "Cancelled Connection" was vaguely familiar,being another story about Spock's relatives. Despite the familiar subject matter I did enjoy it. I found Rachel's reconciliation with Sarek to be poignant and the accompanying drawing conveyed this sentiment extremely well.

The poetry and prose that permeated this issue was very moving and well-constructed ideas added to its meaning. I thought the artwork was particularly good, especially the drawings for "Transition" which were very striking. I loved the fierce, wild-eyed Spock on page 17 which contrasted nicely with the controlled and austere Spock that we are all familiar with. I disagree with Linda McCarthy's views on "Galactic Whirlpool". I think its a very silly type of book. I became bored half-way through it and found it difficult to grasp the plot and many of the characterisations lacked that essential depth necessary for realism. Kirk was particularly unbelievable in many respects.[31]

Lovely cover by Sue Campbell her work gets better and better and it was already good to begin with like Chronicles 9/10, a very handsome looking issue altogether. I'll leave comment on poetry to those better qualified but I will say a word about Esther Mace's art which illustrates much of this issue, especially "Transition". This has to be amongst the best I've seen of her ST art. It has power, life and grace and this is despite the fact that I don't normally like types with brawny supermacho type standing over slender female crouched at his feet *shades of Gor! I particularly liked page 12 as that would not be easy to get and maintain proportion and sense of action. This is not to neglect the work of the other artists, esp. Lana Brown's lovely Sarek and Romulan Commander on p. 28. Susan Clarke's "Transition" was an excellent piece of pre Reform Vulcan fanfic despite a slight tendency to slip into the big-strong-male vs frail-delicate useless dependent female schtick at times. Granted it was explained why she was that way inclined but I get irritated at females who contantly trip over. On the other hand, her strength of will and spirit came through beautifully - I loved the constant "Woman" - "wife" interchange between these strong-willed characters. Indeed , a study of their relationship, at first abrasive and then very gradually changing to one of respect and regard - not easy for either - is it is a dawning of a more humane life style for a Vulcan glimpsed through disgust when he, has killed warriors sent after him and his sparing of T'prenn's champion and T'Prenn's request to spare a cub of a slain hunting cat because there has been too much killing. After all, Surak couldn't have been unique, his ideas would have had to have come from somewhere and the story makes this plain.

For the assuredness of the character study, the presentation of Vulcan and relative freshness of subject matter (it's been ages since I'd read a pre-reform Vulcan yarn), this is probably my favourite story this issue.

"Departure" by Sue Bursztynski and Adrienne Losin takes a look at a cognate culture - that of the Romulans in a study of events just preceding "Balance of Terror", in particular the family of a Romulan Commander. A convincing background is given plus reason for a resemblance between the Romulan Commander and Sarek. Nicely told.[32]

Issue 23

cover of issue #23

Beyond Antares 23 was published in January 1984 and is 46 pages long. It is the Astrex Literary Competition Special Issue which features the winners of the 1982 writing competition. Art by Alison Bloomfield, Lana Fahey/Brown, Russell Grey, Harvey Kong Tin, Michael McGann, Esther Mace, Diane Marchant, Igor Spajic.

  • Disbelief by Patricia Splite, poem (5)
  • Night Watch by Patricia Splite (6)
  • Once by Eden Kane (9)
  • The Concert by Patricia Splite (11)
  • I Call You Friend by Marianne Plumridge (24)
  • Star Trek: The Klingons Blast Back by Adam Saliba and John Vassila (25)
  • Rec Room by Edwina Harvey (27)
  • Sonnet from the Romulan, filk by Bev Wright (29)
  • Fanzine Reviews by Susan Clarke (31)
  • book reviews (The Other Side of the Galaxy, Black Fire) (35)
  • film reviews (Dark Crystal, Blade Runner) (37)
  • Lettercol (44)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 23

Beyond Antares #23 was a very enjoyable issue. The cover for this issue was very striking. Mike McGann has a very distinctive style, which has become immediately recognisable to me. The artwork through this issue was remarkably different from the previous one. The illustrations for "The Concert" were beautiful in a rather unusual way. The drawing of Spock and McCoy on page four was a favourite of mine. It held a lot of symbolism for me. Patricia Splite's "Night Watch" was a particularly good story, perhaps my favourite of this issue. I liked the idea of Bones thinking out loud - we rarely get a chance to really discover what goes on in his head. I found myself agreeing with many of the thoughts expressed in this story. "The Concert" was also a very effective piece. The whole idea of an intellectually handicapped person with a remarkable singing talent intrigued me. Spock's gentle compassion towards Tvia was very touching. The Vulcan is a lot more perceptive than we give him credit for. I found some of the dialogue and description to be over-emotional in some respects, but, apart from that, I enjoyed this story immensely.

Nice poem by Marianne Plumridge and the title was most appropriate.

"Star Trek - The Klingons Blast Back" was a typical Trek parody. The familiarity of the material makes this type of thing rather cliched at times, I rather enjoyed Edwina Harvey's "Rec Room" - a subtle and amusing piece. A very good likeness of the Romulan Comadress on page 28 - the accompanying poem was most enjoyable. The lady rarely gets an opportunity to tell her side of the story and I found it interesting to view it from her point of view, rather than Spock's. The review of "The Dark Crystal" was good reading. The review of "Blade Runner" - the film was rather confused and misleading. I think that the author missed the main thrust of the movie. Also, I didn't understand why it was necessary to concentrate so intently on Harrison Ford's role in the movie. One point that has to be made is that Blade Runner was not an attempt to be speculative science fiction. It was simply a movie that tried to portray one of many varying visions of the future. In my opinion, that is not speculative, but rather realistic. Harrison Ford did not mumble away like Phillip Marlowe detective. His opening lines added to the movies highly distinctive atmosphere.I also think that those drizzly half-lit and gloomy street scenes were extremely effective. The point of the movie was to create an authentic and realistic portrait of the future. The semi-dark atmosphere that prevailed in the movie was essential to realism. It was much better than antiseptic silver buildings or gold lame jumpsuits. Everybody would have objected to the latter. So it was notable that Ridley Scott deliberately avoided that type of triviality. Deckard was obviously dissatisfied with his seamy apartment but like a lot of things in life, he just had to put up with it until he encountered something better so in actual fact, that wild and beautiful scenery at the end of the movie was an extremely important observation. The fact that Deckard and Rachel escaped from the desolate, tawdry and smokey squalor of their city proved that they could, indeed, look towards a successful future. This was an important thematic preoccupation of the film. One must suffer before one can achieve happiness and this, in effect, can be attributed to the misfortunes of Rachel and Deckard. It was stated that 'home replicants aren't human'. Roy Batty became well and truly and fully human when he saved Deckard's life. In that moment, one forgets that rubbish about replicants and realises that human beings can create but they cannot control what they create. Nobody ever thought that Roy Batty would develop human responses and human emotions. This is what the film focuses on, not on just a lot of demented and murderous replicants. Blade Runner is a symbolic film about the non-human achieving human-like characteristics and emotions. That is what I found the most fascinating thing about the film. Also, Harrison Ford's voice-over at the end added to the pathos of the situation. Deckard finally realised that he was just as much at fault as Roy Batty was. Incidentally, if you have two hundred pounds of of super replicant coming at you, I think you would soon forget qualms about killing and give as good as you got. The instinct for self-preservation is always an over-riding concern. Also, if I had two fingers broken, I wouldn't be grinning and begging to have the other eight fingers cracked in half. It was a stunning film, but it is easy to pass over the films main concerns when one concentrates too much on superficial things such as a bit of blood or whether Harrison Ford's haircut is attractive or not.[33]

Really enjoyed B.A. #23. "Nightwatch" by Patricia Splite was good introspective piece which captured the spirit of the triage and showed McCoy as a deep thinking philosopher (which no doubt, he'd deny: "I'm a doctor, not a philosopher!"). Well-written and the characterisation of McCoy, to me, was spot-on. It's always how I perceived the man. "The Concert" too, I enjoyed; after a fairly predictable beginning it ended iwth a nice twist which was completely unanticipated. Have read and enjoyed Edwina Harvey's comedy pieces, I expected more the same from "Rec Room." Although not a comedy piece, it was a thoughtful diversion from the seriousness that seems to bog down a lot of ST stories. After reading it I went back through my other BAs and found "McCoy -- The Right Kind of Different" also written by Edwina. Apart from "McCoy": the title aptly sums up the style and pot. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future.[34]

(Re: B.A. #23) "Disbelief" by Tricia Splite was superb. I must admit this is the best piece of poetry I've read for quite some time. It's almost like an ancient lament for the dead with undertones of "We Will Remember Them" (or in this case *him*).

"Night Watch" by (again) Patricia Splite. Very similiar to "Disbelief" in feelings. I enjoyed the feeling of getting into McCoy's mind and thoughts. It was very touching the way Tricia let McCoy understand and appreciate Kirk and Spock's relationship. Who ever said that two men cannot love each other as sentient beings without sexual connotations. This is how I prefer their relationship described. Concerning film reviews in particular "Bladerunner" I would like to put forward my own opinion. As a simple movie about good and bad and the area of shadow covered by both it is adequate. Harrison Ford did a wonderful job of presenting his character as did Roy Hautger. It is such a pity that the producers cut, reshot and added that atrocious voice over. As a film made from a book, it failed miserably - the most important part was missed out (and certainly couldn't have been ascertained in the movie clues) was that Deckard was a replicant too and as such was murdering his own kind.

Reviews of zines are always helpful to us out here (or to me at least) and I sincerely hope they continue. All in all, a quite enjoyable , thought-provoking issue.[35]

Issue 24

Beyond Antares 24 was published in August 1984 and has 46 pages. It contains a single story by Bev Wright called Chameleon.

also used as the cover of Nome v.2 n.6
back cover of issue #24, Michael McGann

It is the first issue in this series that was done on a word processor. The editor bemoans the fact that this hasn't made her a better typist.

The art is by Lana Brown and Michael McGann (covers).

The story deals with Klingons, apparent betrayals, and a surprising change of mind for Kirk.

The zine also contains reviews.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 24

Chameleon by Bev Wright, artwork and letters of comment. A straightforward adventure story, in a writing style that is easy to read. The story concerns a hypno device that the Klingons are using to subvert Federation personnel to the Empire. Kang captures Spock and attempts to convert him. Spock resists the device but plays along in order to keep his life. Kirk realises that Spock is still loyal, but nevertheless is lured into Kang's trap. It is left to Uhura and two women friends (Christine Chapel and Della Corning) to save the day. The story has some nice touches, in that the women are shown to be friends and not rivals, even though Chris and Della get off to a bad start through a discussion about Spock. Each soon sees the other's point of view, apologies are made and they become good friends. Della is attractive, of course, but although she gets admiring looks from men, and high praise from Scotty, no romance develops. Thus 'Chameleon' is saved from becoming a Mary-Sue story.[36]

Beyond Antares #24 was a simply wonderful issue! The excellent story and the superb accompanying illustrations made for an immensely enjoyable and very readable zine. It was a definite change of pace, but, this only added rather than detracted from the quality.

Bev had the right combinations of rousing adventure yarn with keen character interaction. However, I think that her Commander Kang was a typical Klingon stereotype. He seemed a little too jolly and hearty to be an effectively devious Klingon. After reading John M. Ford's novelisation "The Final Reflection", my attitude towards the Klingons has been radically altered. Despite that one minor complain, I really did enjoy the dialogue that Kirk and Kang exchanged. Delia Corning was a most attractive character. As I am a strong advocate for women being given sensible treatment in fiction, I was particularly impressed by Bev's portrayal of the female characters. It was good to see the ladies take the initiative instead of being beautiful but useless ornamentation. It was really good to see Christine and Uhura take an active part in the plot, instead of their usual insignificant roles. The best thing about "Chameleon" was the fact that most of the characters got the opportunity to take part. The insight given into the characters was perceptive, particularly Uhura's wry statement, "Captain Kirk probably won't even notice that I'm not there; after all, all I ever seem to do is open hailing frequencies." Everyone was in character and the carefully structured plot only heightened the well-known and beloved peculiarities of McCoy, Spock and Kirk. Spock's unwilling affiliation with the Klingon Commander was most interesting as it pointed out the differences between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. Indeed, the latter gave the story a moral tone which only made the situation more intriguing. The conversation/dialogue contributed towards well-rounded characterisations. All in all, an excellent story and I hope that we can look forward to more of Bev's writing in the future.

The artists did a fine job. Mike McGann's front and back covers were very attractive drawings. Please keep up the zine reviews, Sue, as they are most entertaining and informative, besides being extremely helpful in choosing good zines.[37]

Issue 25

front cover of issue #25, Lana Brown
back cover of issue #25, Peter Lempert

Beyond Antares 25 was published in October 1984 and is 45 pages long. The art is by Donna Angus, Lana Brown (front cover), Robert Jan, Peter Lempert (back cover), Michael McGann, Gail Neveille, Marianne Plumridge, David Richardson, and Elsie Sanger.

Out with the typewriter, in with the computer - from the editor:

WANTED: Good Home for a typewriter. A brother electric, in it's case. Golf ball with four balls and a carton of ribbons (the balls are worth $28 each and the ribbons $6 each)—mostly carbon ones—about $100 ribbons. For $250. In good condition and recently cleaned, etc. (not used since) Must sell as soon as possible. If sent to a distance, train parcel costs to be added to this (approx. $8). This typewriter did all the offsetted issues of Chronicles and Beyond Antares and Eye of Newt, but we've brought this Apple IIE computer plus brother printer and now have to pay for them.

  • untitled poem by Jennifer McLean (3)
  • Pride of the Fleet by Helen Sargeant (5)
  • They Walked Slowly into the Sunset by Sue Bursztynski (11)
  • Remember by Tricia Splite (13)
  • Girl Friday by Gail Neville (15)
  • Art Portfolio by Elsie Sanger (25)
  • He by Marianne Plumridge (33)
  • Tell Me A Story, Grandfather by Merrica Forsaith (35)
  • Spock by Bev Wright (41)
  • Zine Reviews (42)
  • Ads (44)
  • Letters of Comment (45)

Issue 26

front cover of issue #26, Donna Angus
back cover of issue #26, Michael McGann

Beyond Antares 26 was published in May 1985 and is 50 pages long. Art by Ted Englebart, Donna Angus, Randy Ash, Russell Grey, Shayne McCormack, Michael McGann, Marianne Plummridge, and Elsie Sager.

"Proofread by a very tired Joanne & Susan. Edited this issue by: Joanne Keating & Susan Clarke."

  • Tradition by Helen Sargeant (3)
  • Zarabeth by Marianne Plumridge (9)
  • Transition by Linda McCarthy (11)
  • Catharsis by Julie Johnson (16)
  • Requiem by Ruth Collerson (21)
  • With Ice In My Heart by Linda Knorr (23)
  • That Which Survives by Lana Brown (25)
  • My Vulcan Friend by Patricia De Voss (37)
  • Tridimensional Chess by Tim North (39)
  • The Romulan by Jo Wenck (42)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 26

I think I was more impressed with the poetry than anything else; BA #26 has some of the best ST poetry I've ever een anywhere. Favourite story: If I had to pick one, it would have to be "Tradition". I ara a Sarek and Amanda fan, and this was the best written story in this issue I thought. Sarek and Amanda were virtually perfect... from what little I saw of T'Pau, her character seemed a little too tame - but that's just my personal feeling, I also thoroughly enjoyed "Transition" ... it bears some resemblence to a recently-published story of mine in NOME dealing with Spock's decision to return to Vulcan after the five year mission. Favourite poem: "Catharsis" - not surprising, after what I just said. This... concentrates solely on Spock and his *ahem* feelings during this time. It's much better written, though, than any poem I could have come up with on the subject -beautiful, accurate, etc. I wonder if Julie Johnson wouldn't enjoy my story? ((You can write to Gamin, c/- my address and I will forward it on if it has the right amount of stamps on it - Susan))

Favourite artwork: that of Ted Englebart. When I first looked at them, I thought they were photos. If he isn't a pro artist, he should be. ((He is a professional who kindly let us reproduce the art - Susan)) Things I didn't like: Only two come to mind. One, surprisingly, is Lana's story. I usually like her work, but I just can't see McCoy and Christine as a couple, and I definitely cannot see them sleeping together. After part III things get awfully confusing.

The other thing I didn't like was "The Romulan". The names (with one or two exceptions) of Jo's characters, I thought, were... less thaan believable. What kind of name is "Marcus" for a Romulan? The less said about "Shenandoah" -name I've never liked anyway - as a name for Spock's cousin, the better. T'Ree is too close to "tree". I thought the names of Spock's children were cute -T'Sase Amanda and James Tiberius (appropriate - I'd expect Spock to name a child of his after Kirk). My major complaint is the characterisation of Spock and Kirk. I refuse to believe that Kirk could be deceived by Spock faking Ponn Farr symptoms, or that Spock wouldn't know better than to try in the first place. It seems to me also, that, with the way he feels about the Ponn Farr, he would at minimum, consider it beneath his dignity to fake the symptoms.[38]

Issue 27

Beyond Antares 27 was published in November 1986 and contains 46 pages. The zine's copyright date is 1985, but the printed published date is November 1986. The tops of each page are incorrectly labeled "Beyond Antares 26."

It consists of a single story by Gamin Davis called A Rose Amongst the Ashes and two long poems by Marianne Plumridge.

front cover of issue #27, Shayne McCormack
back cover of issue #27, Mike McGann

The art is by Shayne McCormack (cover), Gamin Davis, Sue Campbell, and Mike McGann. The calligraphy is by Joanne Keating.

It was also published in Visions of Future Past and Nome #3.

Summary: "Set after ST:TMP. On a mission to locate a missing exploration team on a hostile planet, Kirk is killed; afterwards, Spock slowly learns to turn to McCoy and Christine Chapel for help in dealing with his grief over Kirk's death. (TOS/AU, K&S, S/Ch, Mc, angst, h/c, DEATH [PG-13])"

From the zine's afterward, from the editor:

Well, why not ? This issue, as you know, has been a *long*time*coming*. But there has been a *Real*Good*Reason* honestly! Just as well I've always said this zine was irregular as it certainly has been this year!

This issue is drawing to a close to the great relief in all probability of its author, Gamin Davis who has waited with incredible patience for its appearance. I hope it looks and reads well for you. It's a different kind of story - a Death story in fact - and a story about coping and growing together. Regular Beyond Antares readers would realise, publishing the different as long as it is well-written doesn't worry me at all and after thirteen years of putting out Beyond Antares, I like the different occasionally.

I hope some of you will take he time out to let Gamin know what you thought of her story.

Issue 28

cover of issue #28, David Richardson

Beyond Antares 28 was published in 1986 and is 64 pages long. Art is by Kathy Fraser, Robert Jan, Michael McGann, Ian McLean, David Richardson, and Eric Von Werstak.

From the editorial:

B.A. #28 was due to come out in December 1985. As you can see it's a mite late. This, however, is not my fault. Most of the zine lay typed on a disc for a goodly time whilst I awaited artwork. Finally, I gave up on it. A year is a little to long to wait on anyone. However, I do most sincerely want to thank Eric Von Werstak who provided the two beautiful pieces in this issue... before the deadline and has waited so patently for their appearance. Thank you Eric. People in Australia will remember him as that stunning Spock look-alike (normally seen with T'Pring) at conventions and fannish events.

This issue, as is traditional, carries the winners of the Astrex Literary Competition. Astrex and Beyond Antares have always held a close tie. In fact, at one time, it was the club's official vehicle for fiction. However, it has always been funded entirely by me even though the profits, if any, were normally ploughed into the club's economy. Now the club stands on a firm foundation and is flourishing. I retired over two years ago, leaving it in the more than capable hands of Ruth Kentwell, and then Ian McLean, under whose influence it has grown bigger. Astrex is a happy group and would love to hear from you. It currently publishes a 50-page newsletter every 8 weeks. There are three winners of the Literary Competition that did not make it into this issue. Linda Knorr's "With Ice in My Heart' has already appeared in an issue of Beyond Antares this year, and Ian McLean's Enemies of the Federation is a comprehensive and beautifully illustrated work (sample being the illustration on page 10) that is available from Ian, along with its companion volume, Races of the Federation... The other story that did not make it in this time, due to a severe lack of room (the subscription price for Beyond Antares only covers a 50 page limit zine and since this is already over. I'm afraid "Teddy Bear" will be appearing in issue #30/31 which will be available for Eccentricon next year.

All subscribers who paid the ordinary rate won't be required to pay the extra; the fact that it went over is my fault.

Issue 29

cover of issue #29, Donna Angus

Beyond Antares 29 was published in February 1986 and contains 58 pages. It has art by Sakura Allison, Donna Angus, Lana Brown, Timothy Clarke, Kathy Fraser, Michael McGann, and Marianne Plumridge.

The editor writes that she was in the hospital without her computer and had to start this zine's content plans by hand. "... I haven't been able to afford a computer like David Gerrold's yet, that you fold up and carry around with you like a portable typewriter, so I had to start again from scratch."

  • Editorial (3)
  • The Guardian by Sheryl Peterson (Kirk’s mental image of a hawk protecting them) (5)
  • Unanswered Questions by Stephanie Kane (8)
  • Aftermath by Patricia de Voss (Post ST II) (9)
  • An Old Acquaintance by Bev Wright (McCoy story) (11)
  • For Jim by Bev Wright (16)
  • Maiden’s Lament by Linda McCarthy (Christine) (17)
  • Earth Two by Tim Clarke (age 7) (19)
  • The Day I Met the USS Enterprise by Alan Yates (age 7) (23)
  • Botany Bay by Robert Jan (Khan) (24)
  • It’s Just An Old Cliché by Sheryl Peterson (30)
  • Snows of Yesterday by Sheryl Peterson (Zarabeth) (30)
  • The Promise by Mariann Plumridge (41)
  • David by Marianne Plumridge (42)
  • Reviews (34)
  • Ads (47)
  • Current Publications (49)

Issue 30/31

front cover of issue #30/31
1988 flyer for issue #30/31

Beyond Antares 30/31 was published in 1988, is a double issue, and has 128 pages. It has art by Donna Angus, Randy Ash, Kathy Fraser, Robert Jan, Michael McGann, David Richardson, Elsie Sager, Rosemary Woodhouse, Lana Brown, Shayne McCormack, Harvey Kong Tin, Marianne Plumridge, and Sakura Allison.

From the editorial:

This issue will probably be well-remembered by its sheer diversity. We have as many different kinds of stories, poems (all though we admit that there has been a serious Klingon influence of late), etc as we could scramble together for you. And it is the two issues as one double issue for the year. With Eccentricon coming up and the fact that I am now putting out 12 zines a year (not to mention the four children I have now since I first started the zine...), I am finding it difficult to keep up with everything that is coming in.

For this reason. when Hazel said those immortal words, "Let me help" - I fairly leapt at the startled lady. And what a tremendous help she has been to Joanne and I this time around. The huge task of getting most of this onto paper has been hers. We're most sincerely grateful.

With this issue, we have cleared the files. It just wasn't fair to make people wait more than a year to see their material in print and we have written to those whose stuff we couldn't use this time to tell them this and give them the alternative of resubmitting their stuff elsewhere or waiting until next year for the next issue of Beyond Antares. I don't want to fold B.A. Its been around for 15 years now and hopefully, people are still enjoying it. It's a big part of my life but I know it is is a long time between issues these days. We are trying to make it to once a year with a double issue instead of the two smaller ones.

Let us know how you feel about this! Beyond Antares is one of the most thankless of our zines... we rarely get LoCs on it. I don't know how the authors react to this (I know I always pick up the next issue of the zine to see what people said about my stuff...), but it's depressing for the editor, believe me. I know people are reading the issues...

  • Guest Editorial by Hazel Dodd (3)
  • Editorial: The Other Part by Susan Clarke (5)
  • The Courtyard by Michelle Carter (7)
  • Help Me, poem by Hazel Dodd (10)
  • Teddy Bear by Wilson de Silva (15)
  • a ad for two computers the editor is selling (35)
  • a reprint of the 1991 bid for WorldCon to be held in Sydney (35-36)
  • From Sarek, poem by Jenny Bozovic (39)
  • Death on the Sand by Sheryl Petersen (41)
  • Star Fleet Entrance Exam by Helen Sargeant (46)
  • Maltz' Lord, poem by Sue Isle (48)
  • Scotty Art Portfolio (49) (art by Shayne McCormack, Harvey Kong Tin, Donna Angus, Marianne Plumridge, Lana Brown, Elsie Sanger, and Michael McGann)
  • One Evening on Vulcan by Marianne Plumridge (71)
  • Star Wreck by Helen Sargeant (74)
  • Kor's Reflection, poem by Sue Isle (76)
  • Sirinis by Monica Mitchell (77)
  • Klingon Khaos, poem by Sue Isle (87)
  • Do Androids Cost Very Much to Keep? by Hazel Dodd (89)
  • Spock's Answer, poem by Jenny Bozovic (107)
  • Wind Upon the Waves by Robert Jan (109)
  • Infinity by Michelle Carter (111)
  • The Art of Sakura Allison, portfolio (116)
  • Who's Missing, poem by Jenny Bozovic (118)
  • Reviews (119)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 30/31

Beyond Antares issue 30/31 is another Australian zine. It has a little of everything, so I suppose you could call it a general Trek (Classic) zine. But the thing that sticks out in my mind is the humor. There were two stories, and "The Star Fleet Entrance Exam" which were so much fun I had to read them out loud to my husband (a non-Trekker, although he has always enjoyed watching Trek) because I kept laughing out loud while I was reading them. Enough said.[39]

"The Courtyard" was interesting; Sargeant's "Kirk's Curse" was delightful - but I would like to see the scene where Kirk gets even! Wilson da Silva's "Teddy Bear" - was, frankly, downright awful. It was a scattering of ideas (turbolift scene on page 17—why doesn't Kirk actually report the incident like he thought he should—I mean, he thought it was an attack! It should have warranted at least a yellow alert!) The plot seems rather contrived: if the sehlat was acting erratic, why didn't Spock know something was amiss before he melded? And melding with a crazed animal should have had adverse effects on the poor Vulcan! Not to mention the out-of-date terminology (wire Sickbay?).

Sheryl Peterson's "Death On The Sand" was an exceptional, wonderful little piece; Kathy Fraser's art especially fitting. The Starfleet Entrance Exam was as humourous as it was meant to be. The Scotty portfolio was good, page 59 was undoubtedly the best. Plumridge's "One Evening On Vulcan" was good. Sargeant's "Star Wreck" was all right, but so much more could have been done with it! Mitchell's "Sirelnis" was excellent; the brief insight into Romulan culture is terrific.

Dodd's "Do Androids' was clever and interesting and Jan's "Wind Upon The Waves" was a fascinating short piece. Carter's "Informity" was also good, and, finally, Sakura Allison's portfolio ranged from good to exceptional (top left, page 117). Overall, a wonderful issue; "Sirelnis" was the best piece, closely followed by "Death On The Sand".[40]

Issue 32

cover of issue #32, Marianne Plumridge

Beyond Antares 32 was published in March 1988, is 60 pages long. It was guest-edited by Marianne Plumridge who also did the cover. Stories by Jenny Bozovic, Narelle Harris, Margaret Pitcher, & others. Poetry by Marianne & L. Tristy Spence. Other art by Marianne, Dorinda Francis, Ian McLean & Kamu Tenneti.

  • Two Of A Kind (Saavik story) (6 pages)
  • The Gift (Sarek & Amanda) (2 pages)
  • Star Trek Writer’s Guide (2 pages)
  • Final Victory (Spock tries to overcome his second Pon Farr and the Enterprise is too far from Vulcan) (28 pages)
  • Late In The Season by Bozovic (Kirk tries to lose some weight) (6 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 32

Have to admit the covers were quite interesting, although I am assuming that 'toohey' is lost on me, a poor American not educated in Australian humour yet. "Two of a Kind" was a wonderful piece. "The Gift" was not as good as the predecessor, but if we had seen it on the telly, I think we all would have think we an would have fainted. "The Writer's Guide' was cute. Now, for "Final Victory". My only problem with this story was how Kirk handled the scene where he reported Spock's impending death to the crew, as well as claiming Spock was killed in a Klingon attack seems a horribly unlikely story to hold up. With all that off my chest, "Final Victory" was an outstanding piece of fiction! It's nice to see that the Stateside distaste to kill off Spock has not forced itself upon Australian writers. In fact, I'll have to admit this is one of the best pieces I have read in quite some time. "Inspection Parade" is cute, and "Late In The Season" was a nice little story. Overall, a definite must read, especially 'Final Victory", but there isn't a bad piece in the entire 2ine. Issue 32 will be a tough act to follow.[41]

The first impression one gets from any zine is the cover and this issue has a beautiful layout by Marianne Plumridge. Both the graphics and the illustration are very attractive. I found 'An Essence of Regret's' a touching poem, also by Marianne to be one of my favourite pieces this issue. It is well written, looking at the Spock/Chapel relationship (or rather non-relationship) in a sensitive and believable way. It is accompanied by an attractive illustration of the pair which sets off the whole poem very nicely. My favourite story would have to be Narelle Harris', "Late in the Season" a humourous piece about our dearly beloved Captain. It is very entertaining and highlights aspects of the Kirk character we all know and love. (Or at least like to laugh at.) The other stories are interesting and well written, my only complaint being, not enough artwork, especially through the long story, 'Final Victory. However, I do realise that this is the fault of contributors not the editors. Overall, an enjoyable bit of reading.[42]

Issue 33

Beyond Antares 33 was published in November 1989 and has 60 pages. It has art by Donna Angus, Linda Cox Chan, Meridy Johnson, Michael McGann, Melody Rondeau, Elsie Sager, Roslyn von Werstak, and Rosemary Woodhouse.

front cover of issue #33

This issue has stories covering classic Trek to Next Gen. This issue was co-edited by Bill Hupe who "brought over" several US contributions when he visited Australia.

  • Editorial (3)
  • Prayer of the Future, poem by Dolly Weissberg (4)
  • Only in Friendship by Marianne Plumridge (5)
  • First Day by Ann Hart (11)
  • One Quiet Evening in Security by Linda Cox Chan (15)
  • The Medicine of Life by Margaret Pitcher (17)
  • Strange Crew, filksong by M. Perry (26)
  • A Cry for Help by John Hall (27)
  • Loose End by Roslyn von Werstak (41)
  • Standing Alone, poem by Teresa Sarick (48)
  • Fanzine Reviews (49)
  • Letters of Comment (53)
  • Ads (54)

Issue 34

front cover of issue #34, Marianne Plumridge
back cover of issue #34

Beyond Antares 34 was published in August 1993 and contains 57 pages. Front cover: Marianne Plumridge. Back cover: signed R. Paterson. Interior art by Donna Angus, Nola Frame, Robert Jan, Shayne McCormack, Michael McGann, Roslyn Von Werstak, Jeannie L. Matthews.

From the editorial:

BEYOND ANTARES welcomes stories, articles, poetry, puzzles, cartoons and illustrations in the Trek universe whether it be Classic, Next Gen, Deep Space Nine, animated or movie Trek. We want to hear from you, and to help keep interest in Trek alive and active. There are plenty of creative people out there. When Trek zines first started (heck, she's started to reminisce again!), nearly all the stories that appeared were concerned with alternate endings to episodes, or the scenes we never saw in them. If you have any ideas along that line, we'd still love to hear from you. As many Trekfen in the world as there are, there are at least that many ways of looking at thing.

Maree Celeste who has appeared in adult fiction fandom, and more specifically The Professionals fiction (I think she actually started in Blake's Seven), finally makes it onto the pages of BEYOND ANTARES.

Sue Bursztynski, after reading the Special Anniversary Issue of BEYOND ANTARES was inspired enough to write the article on the treatment of women in Trek. It's not a subject that we've exhausted yet by any means. Has anyone else out there got some opinions?

George Ivanoff has sent a piece that originally appeared in a convention short story competition and deserves to see print widely. Christine Hawkin's story is pretty special. An A/U story about Spock that will have you going through a flurry of emotions, this story was actually intended for the Anniversary Issue, but due to its length, the post awful, and a few other things that seemed more like a run of a Laurel & Hardy film than anything else, it finally sees print in this issue.

Shayne "mother of Aussie Trek fandom" McCormack has been reading a lot lately, and has come to some strong opinions about the future and directions of the Trek novels coming out What are your reactions?

Finally, I had been holding a parcel of poetry from Susan Amies, some of which has seen publication in other zines (unfortunately, I don't know where since she never told me that), but which, I thought, needed to be seen as a complete picture of the scope of her poetry. She is sorely missed.

Marianne Plumridge has produced a beautiful, apt cover for this issue. Unfortunately, Marianne is not doing fan art at present as she feels the need to get away from things for a while. Having been at that point myself in my life, occasionally, I can empathise with her move. Mind you, we are going to miss her artwork whilst she is away.

Other artists this issue will be very familiar to you, although it has been some time since we carried anything from Robert Jan and would love to hear from him again in the way of written material as well (that's a hint, Robert!). He has a warped sense of humour. Shayne, Roslyn, Michael and Nola Frame are all with us again. Nola, of course, is showcased with her pieces on The Next Generation.

One piece that should stand out and that amazingly enough suited the story by Christine Hawkins, is Spock by Jeannie This particular piece of art inspired a group of us to start a story which we called "Vulcan Le'Stat" ... unfortunately, that story is not going to see light of day, however, the piece of artwork was too good to bury and after a quick phone call to Bill Hupe about using it, I was assured that Jeannie wouldn't mind at all. Wherever you are now, Jeannie, thank you for letting us have the piece in the first place.

  • Editorial (3)
  • Thoughts, poem by Maree Celeste (5)
  • The Treatment of Women in Trek, article by Sue Bursztynski (7)
  • The Price of Experience by George Ivanov (TNG - Wesley's first love) (11)
  • A Time for Stars, poem by Susan Amies (17)
  • The Captain, poem by Susan Amies (18)
  • C.M.O., poem by Susan Amies (19)
  • First Officer, poem by Susan Amies (20)
  • The Crew, poem by Susan Amies (22)
  • Extracts from the Personal Log of Dr. Leonard McCoy, M.D. an AU by Christine Hawkins (25)
  • Rigel VII, poem by April Schowyers (48)
  • Looking at Pocket's ST Novels by Shayne McCormack (51)
  • a long letter of comment by Linda McCarthy, reprinted in issue #35, topics are the Trek movies, comparisons between Picard and Kirk, the lack of available source material about Trek in Australia (53)

Issue 35

Beyond Antares 35 was published in May 1994 and contains 60 pages. This issue contains two stories by SeM Felby as well as work by Shayne McCormack & Sue Bursztynski and others. Featuring Data from ST:TNG. The sparse art is by Bernice Cuffe, Nola Frame Gray, Adrienne Losin, Shayne McCormack, and Michael McGann.

front cover of issue #35, Shayne McCormack

From the editorial:

A lot goes into producing a fanzine, not the least of which is the love on the part of the writers, editors and artists. We started doing the fanzine because we love the show... and still, after all these years (and I've been in Trek fandom since 1968 -1 think - the old memory isn't what it used to be), it's still my favourite of all shows; still the one that I can get something really good out of; still the one I watch when I want to believe that things are going to come out right eventually.

People write because they loved the show, the characters and the ideals portrayed there. In one of my recent Writing Workshops (part of my course) we discussed why we wrote and why we wrote about certain things. Someone said "Because it's in me now, and I just have to write it out... to share it".

The artists feel impelled to capture something or someone and hold them there. I have a huge respect for artists since it is something I've tried to do and have no real talent in. I can draw, but it lacks the special something that you can see in the works of the people who you remember.

Then there is the sheer physicality of putting together a magazine. It's a creative process that requires imagination, foresight, talent and just plain good luck. What is it going to look like? When will we do it? Should it have a theme? Who should we invite to submit? How do you set out the items submitted? There's a lot to think about in the whole process and a lot to experience. Fanzine producers bleed over deadlines being met, and how a writer's going to take criticism, especially when they are a friend. And then there's the cost...

What's this got to do with the current issue of Beyond Antares? I always get reflective when Joanne's not around to keep me on track...

This issue will be premiering at Media*West*Con - along with eight other zines - including another issue of Beyond Antares as well. We've been busy and we want to thank everyone who have contributed - the writers, the authors, dear Helen who assists so wonderfully with the typing, the artists. Thank you.

Now, about this issue in particular: Shayne McCormack who is a long-time friend of mine and a close friend still after all these years - to both myself and Joanne, has produced the lovely colour cover for this issue. We felt it was worth putting out the money for to get it copied for the issue - this however, will affect the cost of this issue, which, as of my typing this, has not been set yet. She has also shared a story about Worf with us this issue which is enlightening and entertaining. Shayne is looking, by the way, for material for a Next Generation zine. You can contact her through [address redacted].

SeM Felby is an incredibly talented writer that I have thoroughly enjoyed corresponding with over the past few months. I am sure that you will enjoy her views of Lore, Data and Q. We are looking forward to publishing more of Felby's work in future issues of Beyond Antares.

Sue Bursztynski has always been one of the most supportive of our writers and she has kindly allowed us to print her humorous look between the scenes in one of the my favourite episodes. Hopefully, we'll have the chance to write another story together around soon. But in the meantime, Sue's first professional book will be on the shelves in Australia in July: "Monsters & Creatures of the Night", published by Allen & Unwin.

Adrienne Losin, who was visiting after INTERACT which was one of the most enjoyable ST conventions I've been to for years, did an incredibly amusing series of "bungee jumping" cartoons—the dalek ones were hysterically funny—and we couldn't resist asking for this one for this issue. Thanks, Adrienne.

Nola Frame Gray's cartoons always entertain and we hope that she will continue to send them -please, Nola?

Thank you also, Michael McGann and Bernice Cuffe for your artwork in this issue. I hope that you will continue to support us. As of this date. Beyond Antares continues to be the oldest continually published Star Trek fanzine in Australia.

This is our first Next Generation dedicated issue which seems rather ironical since the series finishes as this fanzine is premiered. In Australia, we will be looking forward to seeing several more seasons yet, although it will have finished production. However, it is a sad occasion.

  • Editorial (3)
  • Time Draws Near, poem by Dolly Weissberg (6)
  • Creations by SeM Felby (7)
  • A Sense of Enterprise, poem by CarolMel Ambassador (30)
  • Bloodline by Shayne McCormack (21)
  • Ode to an Absent Friend, poem by Betsi Fisher (23)
  • Qpid's Arrow by Sue Bursztynski (25)
  • Q'Nited Love by SeM Felby (28)
  • a long letter of comment by Linda McCarthy, reprinted from issue #34, topics are the Trek movies, comparisons between Picard and Kirk, the lack of available source material about Trek in Australia (57)

Issue 36

Beyond Antares 36 contains a novella by Ruth Waters. Illustrated by Ruth.

Special 20th Anniversary Edition

Beyond Antares—Special 20th Anniversary Edition was published in 1992 and contains about 200 pages as well as a letter column & complete index & cross reference to all previous issues of Beyond Antares. Art by Donna Angus, Linda Cox Chan, Bernice Cuffe, Robert Jan, Merridy Johnson, Shayne McCormack, Mike McGann, Roslyn Paterson, Amanda Plumridge, Marianne Plumridge, Melody Rondeau, Elsie Sager, Igor Spajic, and Ruth Waters. Contains the following stories:

cover of Special 20th Anniversary Edition by Marianne Plumridge
  • "Gene Roddenberry: An Appreciation" by C. M. Barkley
  • "Star Trek: The Continuing Voyages" by Stephanie Kane
  • "Starship" by Susan Amies
  • "Home" by G. J. Christison
  • "Parting Thoughts" by Roslyn Paterson
  • "Pretty in Pink" by Jackie Marshall
  • "The Lesson" by Roslyn Paterson
  • "Arid Land" by Teresa Sarik
  • "The Day the Enterprise Mutinied" by Sue Burszrynski and Susan Clarke
  • "A Time of Passing" by Bill Hupe
  • "No Real Choice" by Margaret Pitcher
  • "Remember When the Star Shone Brighter" by Patricia de Voss
  • "Reflections" by Gail Christison

Special 50th Anniversary of Star Trek Edition

Beyond Antares—Special Mary-Sue/Marcus-Sampson Issue Celebrating 50 Years of Star Trek in Australia was published in 2017 and contains 58 pages, including b/w and full-colour photocopied illustrations. Art by Ian McLean, Eleanor Clarke, Phoebe McGuinness and Shayne McCormack. The zine coincided with a reunion Medtrek 6 relaxacon, which was held 28–30 July 2017, at the Nepean Shores Resort in Penrith, NSW. This special issue of Beyond Antares was the con fanzine and featured all-new Mary Sue stories. Cover by Ian McLean.

Contains the following stories:


  1. ^ Star Trek Fandom in Australia, Archived version
  2. ^ National Library of Australia - Susan Smith-Clarke Fanzine Collection, Archived version. Accessed October 5, 2008.
  3. ^ from an LoC by Randy Ash in "Beyond Antares" #7
  4. ^ from an LoC by Randy Ash in "Beyond Antares" #7
  5. ^ from an LoC in "Beyond Antares" #9
  6. ^ from an LoC in "Beyond Antares" #9
  7. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #20
  8. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #20
  9. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #20
  10. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #21
  11. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #21
  12. ^ from Communicator #6 (May 1982)
  13. ^ It appears she is not referring to Galactic Discourse.
  14. ^ from Enterprise Originals #5
  15. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  16. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  17. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #21
  18. ^ from Communicator #6 (1982)
  19. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  20. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  21. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  22. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  23. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  24. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #22
  25. ^ the zine's editor's comments in Beyond Antares #22
  26. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #24
  27. ^ from an LoC by Diane Marchant in Beyond Antares #23
  28. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #23
  29. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #23
  30. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #23
  31. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #23
  32. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #23
  33. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #24
  34. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #24
  35. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #24
  36. ^ from Truffles
  37. ^ from Beyond Antares #25
  38. ^ from an LoC in "Beyond Antares" #28
  39. ^ from The Trekzine Times v.1 n.3
  40. ^ from an LoC by Bill Hupe in "Beyond Antares" #33
  41. ^ from an LoC by Bill Hupe in "Beyond Antares" #33
  42. ^ from an LoC in "Beyond Antares" #33