Beyond Antares (Californian Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Beyond Antares
Publisher: Michelle L. Carter
Date(s): 1984-1987
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Beyond Antares is a gen Star Trek: TOS zine with eleven issues. It was published in California.

First published quarterly; as of issue #8, it was published bi-annually.


From the editor in issue #2:
Beyond Antares is published quarterly at a price of $2.00 [1] per issue, postage included. BA cheerfully solicits contributions of all kinds — fiction (short and long), non-fiction (especially essays and critiques of movies and books), poems, filksongs, doodles and righteous art work. Our main thrust is ST but we are open minded. If you have something you're proud of, send it to us. We love surprises. Contributions will be rewarded with an issue and grateful thanks.

Reactions and Reviews: General

Rarely do my eyes light up when a fanzine arrives in the mail, but BEYOND ANTARES sends 'em shining every time. This is a solid, good, innocent (well, PG-13, but not that kind of innocence), honest little Star Trek zine, a true fanzine in the original sense -- an outpouring of fannish love, a clever device to communicate with other fands and simply just have a jolly good time. Excellent writing from local talent (Michelle trebles as editor/writer/artist), great art, balance, layout, and printing.

I'm jealous -- what she's done in a year took me at least four.[2]

Issue 1

Beyond Antares 1 was published in April 1984 and contains 27 pages.

cover of the first issue

The editor was Michelle L. Carter. Contributing editors were Lawrence Delano Vance and Jack Barrett Carter. Calligraphy & bookbinding was by Kristine J. Martin and Sidney F. Martin.

  • First Word, editorial (1)
  • The Star Trek Follies, script form by Lawrence Delano Vance and Jack Barrett Carter (2)
  • Kolinahr, fiction by Michele L. Carter (11)
The editorial:

Why do we (read "fans") decide to produce our own fanzines? I suppose it's a kind of conceit, a kind of "I-could-do-that" syndrome. In my case, this is certainly part of the motivation (a life-long one.)

But there is more—a desire, no a need to communicate with others like ourselves, to reach out, make contact, and reassure ourselves that, "Yes, there are others like me. See, I'm really not all that strange." The fanzine simply serves as the instrument of that communication.

It also functions as a mode of wish fulfillment, on the one hand, and in the capacity of a vanity press, on the other. That is to say (in the case of ST and all things Trekkian), it keeps the saga alive, and in foreward motion, by continually adding to the general hody of ST knowledge—and all of this while giving the contributor a delicious, participatory rush! At the same time (in the case of the vanity press appeal) it meets the ego need of seeing one's self in "print"—even if you have to publish the stuff yourself!

Enough said in apology.

So—what can a reader expect from Beyond Antares? 1) A loving, sometimes ribald, hopefully humorous approach to our favorite characters, 2) serious fan fiction galore, 3) convention interviews of personalities close to our hearts, and 4) an outlet for your and my desire to see ourselves in print— because Beyond Antares cheerfully solicits, and promises to print, all of those literary acts of desperation and love we fans pen in the night to placate our fannish demons.

In conclusion, to those of you who nurture your own 'zines, feel free to use anything from these pages that appeals to you— fan products belong to no one more surely than other fans. I only ask that you give credit where it is due—the author first, and Beyond Antares second (the ego must be fed, remember.)

To the fan-writer: slap a piece of paper in the ole typewriter, commit your fantasies to print, and send it to me with a SASE — your audience is waiting!

And lastly, to the fan-reader: process, enjoy and spread the word—the story goes on!

Issue 2

Beyond Antares 2 was published in July 1984 and contains 30 pages.

cover of issue #2, Larry Delano Vance, the back cover is blank
  • First Word (1) (editorial: much about "The Twilight Episode" starring William Shatner, and the third Star Trek motion picture)
  • Letters (3)
  • Horta Horror by Kristine J. Martin (6) (author is a 12-year old)
  • Lazarus Continuum, part 1 by Michelle L. Carter (10) ("This novella, which will be serialized in the next three issues of BA, was completed on Feb. 28, 1984, a little over three months prior to the national premier of STIII TSFS. In the light of events as portrayed in the movie, some of the similarities are startling, while the dissimilarities, I think, add still another dimensions to the ever-ending ST saga. In any event, it is offered here as one fan's version of how Spock got out of that damn coffin!")
  • ST Quadrivium by Jack Barritt Carter (27) (trivia)
  • the editor comments on reading the five nominees for the Hugo Award, is ecstatic about "Tea With the Black Dragon," and includes her letter of comment to the author of that book, as well as the author's letter

Reactions and Reviews; Issue 2

30pp, folded, A4, offset US zine. A 'labour of love' fanzine but possibly the lady publisher should have really waited to have a few more stories. Padding it out with letters is poor planning. That aside, it is good, very interesting stories (a whole 2 and a half) plus quiz. I liked it.[3]
Always good value as a series and very humourous. Two to three stories with an interesting letters column. Excellent trivia quizzes. Artwork is also very good. Plus interesting update news on all media activities. Good reading.[4]
The spirit -- and the quality -- are still there in BA2 -- which is what I expected!. And the printing is great! Glad to see you getting the price down. I enjoyed the issue; keep up the good work! [5]
You've got something good — no great — going here. I am really serious. BEYOND ANTARES is great ST zine. Speaking only from what I saw issue #2, I like your zine very much. The "-FIRST WORD-" was fun to read. The letters were pretty good, and I loved the Gremlins on P. 2. "Horta Horror" was superb. The art was nice, but I liked the story much more. After the story I asked myself, "With advanced space travel, why not send the nuclear-waste into space?" BURYING IT IS CHEAPER. The characters were well done, and the story flowed along smoothly. Kristine Joy Martin is wonderful ST writer. I liked re-reading the first part of the Lazarus story, and I loved the quiz, the "ST Quadrivium" quite alot. Some of the questions were a tad hard, but I enjoy being stumped. The cover was great!! I honestly liked the nebula picture. The entire zine was printed and put together in high, quality. It was all great, and I will try to spread the word about it. You should be very proud of BEYOND ANTARES, and you probably are.[6]

Issue 3

Beyond Antares 3 was published in October 1984 and has 29 pages.

front cover of issue #3, Gennie Summers, the back cover is blank
  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2) (there are two letters, both praise the previous issue, and also address the recent Star Trek movie at length)
  • Star Trek Follies by Jack Barritt Carter and Larry Delano Vance (6) (written in script-form, "Warning: rated PG -- may not be suitable for all ST family members".")
  • Science Officer's Report by Kristine Martin and M. Lee Bareti (15) (one of the authors is a 12-year old, "This is the first in a series of articles planned by the authors exploring the origins of popular flora and fauna inhabiting the ST universe. They hope you find the articles as illuminating as they found them stimulating to hypothesize... 'M'.")
  • Lazarus Continuum, part 2 by Michelle L. Carter (17)
  • ST Quadrivium by Jack Barritt Carter (29) (trivia)
  • art by Gennie Summers (front cover and inside), and Bill Valdez (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

The reason that I'm writing to you is to tell you how much I have enjoyed reading BEYOND ANTARES. I've been reading it since issue #3 (Oct. '84 and liked it enough to order issue #2 from you through Big Mike's Video. I also want to thank you for the speed in which I got it—less than a week! [7]

[January 1985]: Remember, if you will, the Stone Age of Star Trek fandom, back when the show first starting running and apparently ordinary everyday people developed an uncontrollable urge to write, and then (shudder) print fanzines. Back then there were no restrictions Big Name Fans dictating what one could or ought to do; fans did whatever they wanted to, their writings and publishings [were] an outpouring of love to be shared with fellow fans. Well, unfortunately, as fandom grew, a lot of that basic love was lost as competition set in. If you wanted to be successful in the fanzine world you had to go to offset printing, shoot for professional quality art and writing, and try to overpower wouldbe customers with hype and quantity of pages. Fanzines nowadays are rarely a labor of love as in those early days. Most writers and editors take their craft too seriously.

Enter Michelle L. Carter, a new fan to the series, whose undiminished love for the series has yet to be contaminated by fandom at large, and who has the strength and energy not to allow herself to be contaminated. And the fanzine she produces shows it. BEYOND ANTARES 3 is an honest, shining, vibrant labor of love, alive with the emotion she instills in it. There is no pretense of greatness, just simple joy. Though the issues are small, she assembles balanced issues, offering stories by and for the young, as well as well-developed writing for the serious Star Trek fan. Michelle herself is an excellent writer, as evidenced by her own version of the sequel to "The Wrath of Khan" (written before "The Search For Spock" came out), titled "The Lazarus Continuum," currently being serialized, the first two installments in issues #'s 2 and J. And, when backed into a corner, Michelle can adequately draw too! Her art appears in #2, whereas #3 contains a generous sampling of fillos by Gennie Summers. If you'd like a bite of a true fanzine, pick up BEYOND ANTARES and savor the flavor.[8]

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Michelle L. Carter

Beyond Antares 4 was published in January 1985 and is 28 pages long. It is a collection of 5 stories and non-fiction articles.

  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • The Unfinished Scenes: Genesis Pon Farr by M. Lee Bareti (4)
  • Insider's Media Update by Philip R. Cable (6)
  • Lazarus Continuum, final part by Michelle L. Carter (8)
  • A Halloween Adventure by Philip R. Cable (25)
  • ST Quadrivius by Jack Barritt Carter (29)
  • ads, back cover
  • art by Michelle L. Carter, Gennie Summers, Bill Valdez, and Larry Delano Vance

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

I think I described these as a 'labour of love" type of zine. This tag still applies but the production qual ity has gone up remarkably. For issue #4, we have the final installment of "The Continuum' mish-mash's explanation of Spock's rejuvenation? I found this a little unbelievable and how could we explain it in the light of "Search For Spock". Philip Cavle's adventure certainly deserves telling. How many of us really admit that these apparitions really scare us? [9]

Issue 5

cover of issue 5 by Gennie Summers

Beyond Antares 5 was published in April 1985 and is 29 pages long.

  • Coming Home by Jack Barritt Carter (6)
  • Mystic Miscalculation by M. Lee Bareti (18)
  • The Transfer by Philip R. Cable (20)
  • Courtesan by Michelle L. Carter (23)
  • art by Gennie Summers, Xavier Danny, and Melody Rondeau

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

I'd like to take this opportunity to recommend a digest-sized zine called Beyond Antares. Because of its size, the stories aren't as long and developed as I've read in other zines, but they are all well-written (I haven't read a bad one yet) and entertaining. (Don't miss "Courtesan" in issue #5. It's written by the editor, Michelle Carter, and it's definitely the best "lay-Spock" story I've ever read.) And the price is right, too! [10]
I think I described these as a 'labour of love" type of zine. This tag still applies but the production quality has gone up remarkably....#5 was a well-balanced issue with 'Coming Home' best of the stories. Other crew, especially new crewmember's reactions to the Enterprise, make good stories. Your heart really goes out to Alec when he meets Kirk and he finds The Boss is human after all.[11]
I just finished reading BA #5. I thought it was great! I especially liked "Coming Home" by Jack Barritt Carter. It was like watching someone new being introduced to beloved friends. I could also imagine what I would feel like being on the Enterprise for the first time. I also enjoyed (pant, pant) "Courtesan," the story you wrote. This is a side of Spock I've not seen, but it was still in character. I think my husband was wondering why I was looking so flushed while I was reading it. Also I'm really impressed that you're putting out such a good publication for only $1.00 (or $1.50)! [12]
  • "Coming Home": Ensign Alex Concord gets acquainted with the ship & crew.
  • "Mystic Miscalculation": Chekov has a dream (?) encounter with Dr. Strange - you know, the Mystic Master of Dormammu, from the comics - and blames it on the borscht.
  • "The Transfer": Rand must confront Kirk over her decision to transfer because of her unrequited love for him.
  • "Courtesan": Smarter this time, Spock has made arrangements with an empathic courtesan for his second pon farr, and she asks him for help in gaining perspective on her own memories.[13]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Xavier Danny

Beyond Antares 6 was published in July 1985 and is 37 pages long. It was edited by Michelle Carter.

  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • STIII: Internal Dialogue continued (3)
  • The U.S.S. Dragon-prise (4)
  • An Hour Of Grace by Vincent Edward Brown (17)
  • A Chance Of A Lifetime by Vincent Edward Brown (18)
  • To The Devil His Due by Michelle L. Carter (21)
  • Star Trek Follies: The Romulan Affair Part 2 (31)
  • art by Gennie Summers, Xavier Danny, Michelle L. Carter, Larry Delano Vance, Robert Riggs, Melody Rondeau, Mike Hamilton, and Philip R. Cable

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

I think I described these as a 'labour of love" type of zine. This tag still applies but the production quality has gone up remarkably.... #6: An interesting Spock speculation, well-written, features in this issue. But is it what we know of the Kohlinar? All these issues feature very good illustrations by Xavier and Gennie Summers and are about 30 pages long. I find that the clear style of drawing more to the point than shaded ones, especially the cute Andorian ensign in #5. Also featured are puzzles and word quizzes to test us all.[14]
Good to get another issue of BA! So sorry you're going to have to go bi-annual; it's going to seem like a looong time till the next issue. I do hope it will be double sized to make up for it:

I did enjoy the ST/Pern crossover. Next time I'd like to see some of the Enterprise crew down on the planet taking part in their activities there. Imagine Kirk and Spock riding a dragon! Imagine McCoy! Would he appreciate it as well as he does the transporter? I liked all the exchanges between Lessa and Ramoth. It seemed true to the books, though it's been a while since I read them. I enjoyed "Hour Of Grace" every bit as much as the first story, I believe. Your "To The Devil His Due" was fascinating! Also frustrating, as I read avidly on, wondering how all of those disparate scenes were going to come together in the end. *Shiver*: Give us more like that: Try not to neglect your writing while you're back in school. "Star Trek Follies" was better this time, in that I found nothing objectionable like last time. A lot of funny lines. Also enjoyed the poetry and "Internal Dialogue" a lot.

Keep on Trekkin'--you're going in the right direction. (Hey, I'm a poet, too!) [15]
Of course, like many others, I was dismayed at the change of frequency cy — but not for the usual reasons. All too often I've seen zines change frequency and then just fade away completely—as the editor abruptly loses interest. I know, I know, this doesn't apply to you (IT HAD BET TER NOT'.::), but it's the first sign. And then there's the increase- in-price-without-explanation. Anyhow, comments in specifics: pity "In ternal Dialogue" has to be continued. And for those who start their diet on BA with #7, there's nothing to indicate that this is continued from a previous issue and hence what it's supposed to be about! "The USS Dragon-prise"...I'm going to reread this to find the spots I found to be so bad. I think a little rewrite would have helped immensely. Such as...What pounded Lessa at the base of the skull at the opening? Why would Kirk be surprised the scientific team was a woman? How chauvinistic — a trait the series tried to say was outdated at this time in space. In the first questioning of Lessa in sickbay, why would Kirk and McCoy allow Dr. Reubens to be there? Let's confuse the patient with a crowd...And Scotty, once it's been established that Ramoth is a telepathic, intelligent creature, suggesting putting her in a zoo...?: And Spock saying, "Nope, she'd die." ARGH! (Yes, there have been ST/PERN stories before; I haven't read any.) Moving along... enjoyed Vince's story. "To The Devil His Due"—well, um , the story is good enough (we all know the writer is very talented), but I did not like the disbarring recurring flashbacks. That really disrupted the story for me and served no real purpose (the format, that is.) Well, I can toss out the return-of-Gary-Mitchell-vignette idea from the back of my brain. Gary would've kept on evolving. "The Romulan Affair" — well, we've seen the last of that, eh? O.K. issue, not fantastic: O.K.? It's late; I should go to bed and skip Blake's 7 tonight. That's another growing fandom. G'nite! [16]
I liked Beyond Antares 6 greatly, as I said, your writing is a feast for the reading. How I wish I could write half as well, or as much! [17]
Hey, listen, everybody! I've got a GOLD FIRE LIZARD and I want everyone to know it. So, everyone who reads BEYOND ANTARES, go and tell your nearest neighbor: Michelle sent it flying my way, and it arrived from between safe and sound and beautiful!

As did the latest copy of BA. Eddie Murphy?? In STAR TREK? How horrifying. I've heard nothing but negative reactions to that, to which I heartily add my own. I just hope it isn't so. He doesn't belong in our universe: Richard Pryor in SUPERMAN III didn't seem all too bad to me, but then that is a contemporary setting. ST is in the future. Keep Murphy in his own back yard—or pigpen. Proceeding on to the interior realms of BA#6: ST III: Internal Dialogue; Why does anything this short need to be continued? It just barely got started: I always enjoy these hypothetical exchanges between Spock and McCoy. "Kolinahr" by yourself: what a command of words you have: And your characters are full of depth, and diversity, and have a message for us all. Thoroughly enjoyable! I don't approve of this kind of sex being portrayed as acceptable for young people to emulate, however.

"Star Trek Follies: The Romulan Affair" — I always enjoy nonsense, and spoofs of my favorite things. I've got a nit to pick, however. I think Eddie Murphy sneaked in here with too much of his kind of humor, and that of other like comedians. The too-often repeated use of scatological references becomes tiring. It isn't shocking anymore, it's merely basely vulgar and childish. Can't the writers be more creative? There is humor in this, however, and it is often in the not-quite spoken obtuse references rather than the outright cowpie-in~the-face. Xavier did a very nice Khan on the cover. Your rendition of the Kolinahr Spock is quite good. The feather-bedecked fellow from the bar is good, also, but I somehow just can't stand that character—I don't know what it is: He isn't believable to me. The idea was fine, but he just doesn't set well with me. Adore Melody's cat person and feline faces. Thanks again enormously for the beautiful fire lizard. Her name is Dorada, and I shall spoil her profusely!</ref> from an LoC in Beyond Antares #7</ref>

Issue 7

front cover of issue #7, Gennie Summers
back cover of issue #7

Beyond Antares 7 was published in October 1985 and is 29 pages long. It was edited by Michelle Carter.

  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • STIII: Internal Dialogue Part 1 (3)
  • Outward Bound, poems and prose (4)
  • The U.S.S. Dragon-prise by K.J. Barrett (6) (a Pern/ST:TOS story)
  • An Hour of Grace by Vincent Edward Brown (15)
  • A Chance of a Lifetime by Vincent Edward Brown (18)
  • The Devil His Due by Michael L. Carter (21)
  • ST Follies: The Romulan Affair Part 1 (31)
  • ST Quadrivium by Jack Baritt Carter (37)
  • art by Gennie Summers, Xavier Torres, Melody Rondeau, and Michelle L. Carter

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

BA #7 -- oh, my a Pern/Star Trek crossover -- lovely! And well-done, too!! This is This is the type of cross-universe story I like best—good SF with ST. I was into SF long before I became an active and ardant ST fan. Anybody out there, PLEASE write a crossover in my favorite SF universe (s), Andre Norton or Darkover? PLEASE, PLEASE? For BEYOND ANTARES!! So I can sit back and enjoy another one, please? Yup, greedy, greedy! "To The Devil His Due" *WOW* gasp, whew! You did it again! Talk about a wringing bit of horrified suspence, nasty, nasty! A real hang-on, don't breathe edge of the chair experience. HAIRY! Gary would be furious, but I still pity the poor schmuek, the failed mutant-would-be-god... what a waste of power and potential! Well, time to do some work, so I shall terminate transmission.[18]

Issue 8

Beyond Antares 8 was published in April 1986 and contains 28 pages. Editor: Michelle L. Carter. Associate Editors: Jack Barritt Carter and Kristine J. Martin.

front cover of issue #8, Xavier
back cover of issue #8, Melody Rondeau

"This issue is sadly, but proudly, dedicated to the memories of the Challenger Seven, and the hope that THE DREAM will not die with them."

  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Outward Bound, poems and prose (4)
  • Culture Shock by Edna Cline (8)
  • STIII, Internal Dialogue (15)
  • ST Quadrivium by Jack Barritt Carter (15)
  • The Taoist and the Vulcan by Michelle L. Carter (reprinted from The Clipper Trade Ship July 1985) (17)
  • The Price of the Stars by Vincent Brown (24)
  • review by Vincent Brown of The Vulcan Academy Murders (29)
  • art by Xavier (cover), Gennie Summers, Tom Howard, Melody Rondeau, and Robert Riggs

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

I liked this zine from Gennie Summers line illos to Xavier's cartoons. The two stories "Culture Shock" and "Taoist & The Vulcan" show aspects of life not explored before especially Kwai Caine. Well worth its cover price, perhaps "Star Trik" could venture out into apace or to Vulcan. Keep it up even if we now have a reduced issue time. But I think the USS Faragut had a different number and James T. really did not know about David being his son, but Carol's with a father not named.[19]

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9, Melody Rondeau
back cover of issue #9, Shona Jackson

Beyond Antares 9 was published in October 1986 and contains 28 pages.

  • First Word (1)
  • Rare Mistakes by Linda Slusher (2) (reprinted in Kalin Kollected)
  • The Shower Curtain by April Showyrs (7)
  • Time and Place by Susan Clark (13)
  • Night's Black Mantle by B.E. Trimble (17)
  • ST Quadrivium by Jack Barritt Carter (23)
  • The Mirror by Edna Cline (24)
  • The Rest of the Story by Tom Howard (26)
  • art by Melody Rondeau (cover and other), Tom Howard, Michelle L. Carter, Gennie Summers and Shona Jackson.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

BA #9 was a nice mixture of humor and action from a variety of writers. I enjoyed "Rare Mistakes." Being an administrator in the military, I certainly can sympathize with those Klingons. Actually, the characters were very interesting on their own even without the snafu plot and excellent (as always) Rondeau art. I preferred this humorous piece more than I did "The Shower Curtain" because "The Shower Curtain" required more concentration and an appreciation of the bizarre. I have tremendous respect fro anyone who can take an episode and turn it into a farce. It takes a lot of work to retain the original plot and make it funny at the same time. Ms. Schowyrs achieved that very well, but I still think the first piece was funnier. "Time and Place" took me completely by surprise. I felt I was dropped into the middle of the story and then whisked out again. Plus, I had serious problems hearing those embittered words coming from our two favorite Vulcans, but it was very well written and filled in a gap in the Spock future-history I had always wondered about.

"Night's Black Mantle" was by far the best piece in the zine (including my own.) The introduction of a new, sensible character in a legitimate plot was very rewarding. I wish the story had been longer because I felt B.E. Trimble did not have sufficient time to develop her story to its fullest potential. Plus, I thought the story would have been better if the lead character had managed to figure out "who done it" before so many people got killed. The hysterical blindness seemed perfectly believable (to me) and the Big Three seemed to be completely in character. I liked the idea of a Fire Chief being in charge of investigating the bombing of Captain Spock's cabin. I enjoyed the entire story and hope to see more of the Fire Chief someday.

All in all, it was an impressive zine. I thought the presentation of my story was done well, ALTHOUGH I would like everyone to know that Scotty felt a wave of INDIGNATION, not INDIGESTION when questioned by the mature Tribbles. (I figure Mish Mash must've had a tummy ache when she typed up my story.) Thanks for letting my work see the light of day and I hope to do more.[20]
Easily the most amusing feature was Linda's "Rare Mistakes." Her not-so subtle jibes at everything from bureaucracy to personal relationships is great, fun. Keep after her to send in some morel I know I will.

"Shower Curtain" was sometimes funny, sometimes silly. I found the names difficult to keep straight. They weren't close enough to the originals for recognition. Got a kick out of "transpitter" and "Vampirian." I enjoyed "Time and Place." I had never read anything with Sarek at the occasion of the Amok Time events before. I hope your Australian counterpart will do some more writing for us.

"Night's Black Mantle" was my favorite adventure story of the issue. Paula Palmer is a well-depicted character whom I cared about, and the story had mystery, action and suspense enough to maintain continued interest throughout. "The Mirror" was touching and enjoyable. I had a rather stern father, too, and can sympathize with young Spock. "The Rest of the Story" was a little hit confusing) it gave me the impression that the "baby entities" were indigenous to the dead zone they were in for a while. It was also confusing about why Semis was Chapel or Chapel was Semis, and the sudden shift at the end seemed too abrupt. Otherwise, I always enjoy seeing tribbles pop up. Loved all of Melody's art; they complimented Linda's story beautifully, and the spot illos were adorable, as well as the cover. Love the boy with the sehlat! Also loved Shone's little poem and illo on the back. I like Shona's work a lot. Guess that's it for now. Looking forward to the next issue as always. Keep up the splendid work; BA is a nice little zine of which you can be proud.[21]
Terrific, terrific, terrific! I just finished reading BA #9, front to cover, with hardly a pause for breath.

"Rare Mistakes" was delightful: There's nothing like viewing Klingon red-tape from the inside. I was in stiches. Linda Slusher deserves a million pats on the back. I have only one thing to say...MORE! (Grovel, grovel.) The artwork really enhanced my enjoy ment. That Klingon baby is a scruffy little devil. "Time and Place" raised a great many questions in my mind. It was internal enough to cause me to clutch at the zine's cover. As for "Night's Black Mantle," I'm certain that if anyone watched my face while I read it they would be entertained just from my expression. I was in Quark (sci-fi club) when I read about all the gruesome deaths, and thankfully everyone was too busy socializing to hear me squeal. "The Mirror" was insightful, and works wonderfully well. There had to come time when Spock decided what course to take--Vulcan or Human—and "The Mirror" captures this beautifully. My favorite line: "If T'Pet disliked it, it must be good." Touche! Tribbles. Amazing little creatures. I must admit Tim Howard had my eyebrows doiing a wardance when I read "The Rest of the Story." I love twists like this! I was surprised and pleased with the idea of Tribbles as "innocent children," although for me they will always be cuddly pets. Now I'm hungering for more Scotty stories. Give me a taste and I clamor for more. Scotty is much more selective than Kirk—Mira Romaine was intelligent, sane and not the type to swoon and beg for a rescue. In "The Rest of the Story," I felt like I was getting to know Scotty better, as I did in "The Lights of Zetar."

especially liked Bones' reply when Christine tells him Scotty kissed her: "Well, that certainly sounds like a perfectly healthy man to me, Nurse." Live long and remember to floss after meals, April Schowyrs.[22]

Issue 10

front cover of issue 10 by Tom Howard
back cover of issue #10

Beyond Antares 10 was published in April 1987 and has 31 pages. The cover is by Tom Howard

  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Kobayashi Trumped by David Marks (7)
  • The Delivery by April Schowyrs (10)
  • Valley of the Sentinel by B.E. Trimble (12)
  • Federation Funnies (20)
  • A Change of Heart by Tom Howard (21)
  • Logical at the Time by Edna Cline (28)
  • art by Tom Howard, Melody Rondeau, Shona Jackson, April Showyrs, Gennie Summers, and Larry Delano Vance

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

[A Change of Heart]: While awaiting whatever, post STIII, Uhura is assigned as advisor for a Vulcan-location vid series, and finds herself kidnapped along with the star, who has a Dorian-Grey-ish relationship going. Interesting twist on that story, despite heavy reliance on magic here.[23]
  • "Kobayashi Trumped" -- Just prior to TMP, Kirk beats Kobayashi Maru again, this time with the new Enterprise.
  • "The Delivery" -- Janice Rand ponders her future as a hybrid baby is born on the Enterprise.
  • "Valley of the Sentinel" -- Mystic poop about a magic Moonstone, and a near-death experience for Kirk.
  • "A Change of Heart" -- While awaiting whatever, post STIII, Uhura is assigned as advisor for a Vulcan-location vid series, and finds herself kidnapped along with the star, who has a Dorian-Grey-ish relationship going. Interesting twist on that story, despite heavy reliance on magic here.
  • "Logical at the Time" -- Amanda has agreed to accept a political marriage to a Vulcan; Sarek offers challenge, and manages to win without actually killing his opponent.[24]

Issue 11

back cover of issue #11
front cover of issue 11 by Gennie Summers

Beyond Antares 11 was published in October 1987 and has 29 pages. The cover is by Gennie Summers.

  • First Word (1)
  • Letters (2)
  • Unexpected Aid by David Marks (4)
  • Weststar by Bjo Trimble (8)
  • Time Times a Time by Edna Cline (17)
  • The Day Spock Went Berserk by Tom Howard (26)
  • Outward Bound, a collection of filks and prose (28)
  • art by Gennie Summers, Xavier Torres, Shona Jackson, Melody Rondeau, Larry Delano Vance, and Tom Howard

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

  • "Unexpected Aid": Harry Morrow tumbles to Kirk's plans to steal Enterprise – and decides to help out. Nice take.
  • "Weststa": Kirk, Spock, Sarek, Amanda, McCoy, and Spock's wife Paula (in labor) are kidnapped and sold to a Klingon bent on vengeance for Terran war crimes. The good bad guy has to help deliver when McCoy's arm is broken protecting Paula in a crash landing.
  • "Time Times a Time": Kri, a Klingon defector and now an ensign on Enterprise, is having a tough time adjusting to life among humans, as well as to his own childhood memories.
  • "The Day Spock Went Berserk": Farce. Chris bakes a pie to which Spock has a bad reaction; McCoy diagnoses rabies.[25]


  1. ^ Though, the price on the cover of this issue is $1.
  2. ^ from The Clipper Trade Ship #48
  3. ^ from Beyond Antares #28
  4. ^ from Beyond Antares #28
  5. ^ from an LoC by Jim Rondeau in "Beyond Antares #2
  6. ^ from an LoC in "Beyond Antares #2
  7. ^ from an LoC in Beyond Antares #7
  8. ^ from The Clipper Trade Ship #46
  9. ^ from Beyond Antares #28
  10. ^ from Treklink #6
  11. ^ from Beyond Antares #28
  12. ^ from a LoC by Shona Jackson in "Beyond Antares" #8
  13. ^ from Halliday's Zinedex
  14. ^ from Beyond Antares #28
  15. ^ an LoC from Gennie Summers in "Beyond Antares" #8
  16. ^ an LoC from Jim Rondeau in "Beyond Antares" #8
  17. ^ an LoC from Shona Jackson in "Beyond Antares" #8
  18. ^ from a LoC by Shona Jackson in "Beyond Antares" #8
  19. ^ from Beyond Antares #28
  20. ^ from an LoC in issue #10
  21. ^ from an LoC in issue #10
  22. ^ from an LoC in issue #8
  23. ^ from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  24. ^ from Halliday's Zinedex
  25. ^ from Halliday's Zinedex