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Zine
Title: Beyond Farpoint, USA
Publisher: Farpoint Press USA, later agented/distributed through Bill Hupe
Editor(s): Madeline Hill
Date(s): 1992-1996
Series?:
Medium: print
Size:
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TNG (though submission rules in issue #1 said they would accept Deep Space Nine content)
Language: English
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Beyond Farpoint, USA is a gen Star Trek: TNG anthology of stories, articles and art.

In issue #2, the editor mentions she has discovered there is another zine series called "Beyond Farpoint," one published in the UK: "We have found a counterpart in England who also produces a 'zine called "Beyond Farpoint." There was lots of pleasant surprise on both sides of the waters with that one. We have become Farpoint Press USA and Beyond Farpoint USA since they were around one issue before we were."

Submission Requirements

From issue #1:
FICTION: We encourage alternative universe stories, and fiction concerning minor characters usually overlooked in mainstream literature and film. We all know what's happening in the movies and on television. What we are looking for are writers who are willing to take the next step in extrapolation while maintaining a high level of entertainment at the same time. Just about any type of universe is acceptable with a few noteworthy exceptions:
  • No Slash
  • No extreme violence of graphic cruelty.
  • No explicit sex scenes although you can imply as much as you like.

You get the drift. BEYOND FARPOINT is a PG to R-rated zine, which means that you can imply a great deal. However, please refrain from "heaving cleavage, sweating, writhing, genital waving, pumping or grinding" stories. That is, we try to IMPLY TASTEFULLY where sex and violence are concerned, and leave the characters intact and unscathed by the end of your piece.

FEATURES: Our features department is fairly open on topics of special significance to media oriented information about Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

NON-FICTION: There are many related subjects that fall into this category. Imagination and diversity is our motto. If you know of a STAR TREK event that is/has happened please write and tell us about it.

LENGTH: FICTION/ARTICLES: Although our typesetting can be adjusted, the preferred article length is anywhere between 1250 and 3000 words. Articles over that length should be proposed by a letter of inquiry rather than with submission of a full manuscript. Even if your submission is extremely long, and you send it without a prior query, rest assured that we will read it.

POETRY: We will consider poetry with or without illustrations. There is no line maximum for poetry, but very long poems (four pages or more) should be negotiated prior to submission.

ART: Black and white art must be 81/2" x 11" or proportional. Please send small pieces on a 81/2" x 11" sheet to be reduced or many shots on one piece of paper to avoid them getting lost. We can adjust artwork, graphics and text as per space limitations. Two color art must be queried first with sketches; please include your phone number.

Computer generated art is acceptable, however, please be sure to change your ribbon before printing to insure a dark copy of your artwork. If you could also include a copy of your artwork on disk with creation information, that would be greatly appreciated. Photos are also welcome, black and white being preferred. A light colored background is appreciated. Whenever possible, send stats of your artwork and please, KEEP COPIES OF YOUR MATERIALS! We don't want the only copy you have in the universe.

PROCEDURES: The "We Cant Stress This Enough" department: We welcome all submissions and read every one, but please DON'T SEND US THE ONLY COPY YOU HAVE! The 'Post Awful' is terrible, and we'll rest easier if we knew you had a copy of your manuscript or art piece.

Send a SASE with sufficient postage, if you would like your materials returned. If you don't want it back, please indicate that in your cover letter.

Absolutely no simultaneous submissions accepted. Previously published submissions by prior arrangement only.

Well, that about covers it. The editorial staff hopes you enjoy BEYOND FARPOINT and look forward to receiving stories, articles, etc. for publication. We want your input! If we can be of any help, please feel free to WRITE to the following address: [redacted]

P.S. Articles may be submitted on IBM PC floppy disks (51/4" or 3 1/2", double or high density disks). Mac disks also welcome. Programs welcomed on the Mac are Microsoft Word, WordPerfect VI.5 and MacWrite. Disks should always be accompanied with a print out of your material On the IBM, we accept WordPerfect (V5.1), WordStar, Microsoft Word and straight ASCII text Please label disks with appropriate word processing title. Also, if they are zipped/packed, please send the un-zip/un-pack utility. When sending your disk through the mail, please indicate that IT IS A DISK. Please write *"DO NOT X-RAY" on the outside so that we don't get DF##%@AA&@# when we load your material.

Arrangements can be made to receive your article(s) by modem or FAX. Please write first when desiring to transfer by modem or FAX. CompuServe uploads/mail can be sent to 70244,2637 or 70274,2577.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1. Tom Amici
flyer, click to read

Beyond Farpoint, USA 1 was published in 1992 and contains 207 pages. It is mildly-R-rated.

Artwork: Tom Amici (front cover), Janet D'Airo, Derrin, Ken Yarbrough, Mindrew

From Bill Hupe's catalog:
Picard comes face to face with a vampire and wrestles with the possibilities of immortality; then, journey abouard the 1701-C as Castille and Yar make a valiant, last ditch effort to stop the Romulans from destroying Narinda III. Follow the adventures of Laurelin, a young Human sculptor, as she wrestles with the complexities of Vulcan society, her only friend is a young Spock who is battling his own private agony; Will Riker struggles to put the past behind him after the rescue of Picard from the Borg, Then, a young Jean Luc Picard shares his tea with 'Maman' in a touching journey into the past. And, if you think that Jean Luc Picard is stalwart and stodgy, you'll want to follow his sojourn from darkness into light in a steamy post-Jack Crusher story that's guaranteed to knock your socks off, and more.
From the editorial:
Welcome to the first, great issue of Beyond Farpoint. Well, maybe it's not the greatest, but I am certainly proud of the effort. I have been a fan of Star Trek since the first show aired in 1966. As many of you know. Star Trek fanzines have been around since the original series went off the air. Through the imagination and talent of fan writers and artists, Gene Roddenberry dream was kept alive. It is my hope that this first issue of Beyond Farpoint continues that tradition.

I got together with a few of my friends, and we decided that after years of reading zines and producing them for clubs and others, we wanted to produce a fanzine ourselves. With that in mind, we contacted everyone and anyone who would listen and begged (we are without pride) for material in true editorial fashion.

Some of the best writers and artists in fandom responded, and boy, were we blown away! For those of yon who collect 'zines (overflowing in every room of the house), the names in our zine will conjure up memories of great character studies, exciting adventures and romances, and writers not afraid to go where no Paramount writer has ever gone before. Each submission is tasteful and entertaining, and with a degree of professionalism and quality that made producing this issue a joy.

Good writers weren't the only ones to respond. Janet D'Airo did her usual sterling best with art, and was complimented by other talented artists like: Derrin, Ken Yarbrough and Mindrew. Tom Amici graciously consented to supply us with a full color cover. Talented and good-natured, Tom was a real godsend when it came to our cover. After looking at his portfolio, I can only say watch out Keith Birdsong. Tom has real talent.

Farpoint Press was formed with the goal of bringing you the best talent available. One of the joys of publishing a 'zine is being able to work not only with established writers and artists, but rookies as well. Farpoint received a myriad of submissions from talented, enthusiastic people who were and have become friends. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing talent blossom and ideas expand.

To stimulate your curiosity and get things started I thought I would tell you about a couple of my personal favorites. While I loved all of the submissions (I'm the editor; I wouldn't have taken them if I didn't like them), some stories stand out as exceptional.

Brenda Shaffer brings us two stories guaranteed to knock your socks off. If you like Picard, these two entries will hold your attention and leave you gasping. What if Picard met the vampire, Gervaise? He does just that in her first story, A Candle In The Darkness. And what a conversation! If that isn't enough, get some really juicy answers to what happened to Picard after he lost Jack Crusher. Anybody ever wonder what the new First Officer of the Stargazer went through? Well, wonder no more. Brenda has filled in the gap with a story that will grab you in the beginning and drop you gasping off the last page.

Toni Staab introduces us to the complexities of Vulcan society as her protagonist, Laurelin, attempts to deal with it with the help of a young Spock. Art is the question, but what is art? And how do you capture the soul of a society in one sculpture? And will Vulcan society accept what you created? This story evokes inspiration and thought, as well as a new appreciation for the depth and mystery that is Vulcan society. If you like Spock, you'll love this story. Among Sherry Hopper's submissions is "Alien Love," a haunting little poem that's meaning will change with every reading. Is it about Spock, Star Trek or just life in general? Read it and make your own determination. And then, read it again.

Janna Stockinger and Jo-Ann Lassiter bring us two sides to a very pressing question. What happened after Odan left the Enterprise? Two excellent writers, one good premise. Need I say more?

While I loved all of the submissions to Beyond Farpoint # 1, these stand out in my mind as real winners.
  • A Candle in the Darkness by Brenda Shaffer (Seeking a companion for his immortal existence, an ancient vampire selects Picard. "Picard comes face to face with the legendary Gervaise, a vampire of historic reputation. Learn what draws him to Captain Picard, as we watch Picard wrestle with the possibilities of immortal life.") Reprinted in The Winds of Limbo. (7)
  • Another Time, Same Place by Jo-Ann Lassiter ("In the episode "Family," Rene never did get to read his starship report to his uncle, until now. Rene finds Jean-Luc Picard alone in his bedroom after the fight with Robert. As Rene shares his report, we (earn why Picard is so resentful of his older brother, and that dreams of starships run in the family.") (17)
  • Fly, Little Wind Rider by Toni Staab ("Laurelin, a young sculptor from Earth, is studying art at the Vulcan Science Academy. While on Vulcan, she is staying with the Vulcan Ambassador, his wife and their young son, Spock. Experiencing the Vulcan soul through young Spock's eyes, Laurelin begins to learn the complex nature of Vulcan society, as she tries to capture the essence of it in her art. However, Spock's teachings are put to the test as Laurelin prepares to have her sculpture judged along side Vulcan's best.") (25)
  • Conflict by Katerina Jengau (39)
  • The Face of My Enemy by Judith Allison (51)
  • Making a Difference by Gary Homberg ("Journey aboard the NCC-1701C as she makes her last ditch effort to battle the Romulans attacking the Klingon settlement on Narinda III. Castille and Yar valiantly try to "make a difference" in a hopeless situation.") (55)
  • Alien Love, poem by Sherry Hopper (59)
  • Heat and Light by Brenda Shaffer--After the death of first officer Jack Crusher, Stargazer captain Picard finds himself unwillingly attracted to Jack's pretty, spirited successor. Adult situations. Reprinted in The Winds of Limbo (60)
  • Surprise, non-fiction by Tawn Stokes (94)
  • Transplants, poem by Judith Allison (99)
  • A Hidden Host of Emotions by Janna Stockinger (104)
  • Spockian Exegesis, poem by Pam Rogers (127)
  • The Perfect Gift by Bill Doritty, Jr. (128)
  • Geordi's Vision by Tawn Stokes & Judith Allison (133)
  • Yesterday, Today by Elizabeth Abell (Q sends Picard back in time for a bittersweet look at Picard's childhood. "With Q's help, Picard travels back in time to witness his childhood. We learn more of the bitter feud between Picard, his father and his older brother. But through it all,there was always Maman comforting and guiding her young son to his first, best destiny.") (146)
  • A Casualty of War by Judith Allison ("Will Riker struggles with the agony of a post-Borg Enterprise and a badly injured Picard. Realizing how close they had all come to Armageddon, Picard attempts to heal. As victory celebrations sweep through the Federation, Riker and Picard try to quietly resolve their personal agonies and come to a peace of mind about creatures who find humanity so irrelevant.") (155)
  • Chasing the Circle, poem by Sherry Hopper (163)
  • Romulan, non-fiction by Jacqueline Gilkey (164) (mentions the 1983 con Love of Trek)
  • SoliloQuy by Sherry Hopper (Q soliloquizes about humanity and his curious love/hate relationship with it.) (166)
  • Smiles by Judith Allison (171)
  • A Matter of the Heart by Deb Galeone (173)
  • Facing the Truth by Todd Parrish (176)
  • Maman by Toni Staab (180)
  • Mixed Signals by Katerina Jengau (189)
  • Is There Nothing More? by Sherry Hopper (195)
  • Old Times by CarolMel Ambassador (201) (a future fic, featuring Captain Sulu and Chekov)
  • Flippen by Madeline Hill (204)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Tom Amici
flyer for issue #2, printed in issue #1

Beyond Farpoint, USA 2 was published in 1993 and contains 199 pages. This issue contains some Star Trek: TOS content.

Artwork: Tom Amici (front cover), Janet D'Ario, Bret Davis, Jo-Ann Lassiter, Todd Parish, Mindrew, Ken Yarbrough.

From the editorial:
... let's talk a bit about our illustrious editor -- Madeline Hill -- who, after working on what she laughingly refers to as "The Week from hell," retired to her palatial country home (in the 'burbs) for a quiet, secluded, retreat to toil on her novel. In other words, she hung out a "Do Not Disturb" sign, and the only way I got her to open the door was to call her on my car telephone while standing on her front steps.

I was attempting to deliver the last of BF2, and she grudgingly opened the door a crack, and took delivery of the manila envelope containing art needed for the issue. I heard a soft "thank you and good night" and her door slid shut; she disappeared into her home to continue her passion, her avocation, that thing she spends weekends and late nights doing — writing — something she says she'd do whether anyone read it or not.

To say Madeline is shy would be an understatement. When writing, her shyness grows by leaps and bounds, and after surviving the work-a-day world from hell as she puts it, recluse is the only way to describe her.

While all of the material in BF2 is what I consider exemplary examples of good Trek writing, one non-fiction and three fiction pieces stand out in my mind as being original, rich and/or dramatic:

One Grain of Sand by Jo-Ann Lassiter is a true Picard story, pitting our beloved hero against a formidable opponent as he wrestles with both his own frailties and the malicious attentions of a man from his past. The antagonist, embodied in the malevolent form of Captain Franklin Chesterton, is hellbent on making Pi card's life a misery. Both Picard and Chesterton are characters who are so well developed that this story plays across the movie screen of your mind with not so much as a flicker of disbelief. If you are a Picard fan, you'll love this tale of intrigue and revenge presented by one of fandom's foremost 'zine authors. Jo-Ann Lassiter delivers a tale that, from the first few pages, will draw you in and hold your attention until the very last paragraph.

In Defense Of Self was a writer's group idea that blossomed and grew virtually out of a joke and a whisper of a plot. Pairing two unlikely characters, the writers group came up with a plausible, powerful tale that is both humorous and dramatic, giving us the epitome of the odd couple — Worf and Deanna Troi — and the art of Klingon self-defense. Everyone from Captain Picard on down is stunned and amazed as this tale unfolds, and Deanna Troi wrestles not only mentally but physically with the idea that Worf will probably beat her senseless before the close of the month and the end of this story. If you're looking for something different in Star Trek fiction, this is definitely the story for you. The words "self-defense" take on new meaning when a Klingon is involved, and Deanna Troi takes on a totally different coloring than that of the benign ship's counselor.

"Wingbots in Space" is a Riker story, but to say that's all it is would do both the author and the story an injustice. It's a whimsical tale for anyone who's ever tried to fabricate a story. Will Riker struggles with plot, description and characters, and is finally delivered to that magical place where dreams become truth, and reality and illusion blur between what is and what might be. Has the first officer of the Enterprise gone completely crackers or are there really Wingbots — eccentric, pink bunnies with imagination, daring and pizzazz — and dragons wandering around on the Deck 23? This tale will make you laugh and cry, as Riker valiantly attempts to put into words fictional characters who are too real to be believed. If you like creative writing or you just want a "good read" try, Wingbots In Space. It is certainly original. In the non-fiction department, I enjoyed reading, "You Will Be Missed" by Sherry Hopper. It chronicles the evolution of the involvement of children in Star Trek, and gives us a glimpse into the complexities often missed about the Wesley Crusher character and what it means to be a teenager in the 24st century. Fresh, dynamic and original, Sherry brings a unique perspective to the idea of children on a starship. While these few have been highlighted, all of the fiction and non-fiction in this issue is, in my opinion, very good and solidly entertaining. From Uhura using sign language to communicate in an engrossing and entertaining story of contact and differences between people, to Beverly Crusher's decision to stay and establish a relationship with Jean-Luc Picard in the touching story, "Time For Dancing" by Deb Galeone, I was pleased with the outcome of our second effort in the fandom arena. Beyond Farpoint #2 has poetry, art, non-fiction and more fay very talented writers and artists.

Tom Amici has also graced us with another exemplary effort; the front cover is simply beautiful and really makes our product shine. Tom has an advertisement in this issue, but I think his cover speaks volumes as to how far this young artist is destined to journey. All of his art is extraordinary, and we are ecstatic to have him as our cover artist.
  • One Grain of Sand by Jo-Ann Lassiter ("Picard struggles with a nemesis from his past, a man obsessed with embarrassing the Enterprise captain even if it costs Picard his life.") (4)
  • Second Thoughts by Helen C. Calogredes ("Picard and Riker, a poet's interpretation of some of their innermost thoughts and feelings.") (53)
  • Image by Helen C. Calogredes (54)
  • Time for Dancing by Deb Galeone ("Beverly Crusher has become involved in a relationship that will take her far from the Enterprise and Captain Picard. Will she leave, and will the Captain let her go?") (55)
  • You Will Be Missed by Sherry Hopper ("The evolution of the involvement of children in the Star Trek universe from classic through the Next Generation in this great article by Sherry.") (64)
  • In Defense of Self by Judith Allison ("Deanna Troi struggles to regain control of her life and sanity after surviving a brutal mind-rape. Enlisting the assistance of Worf, Deanna takes up Klingon self-defense. The outcome will surprise you!") (69)
  • A Sign for All Times by Patti Papineau & Alicia Champlin ("The beauty and expressiveness of sign language is fully explored in this classic Trek story where Uhura and the entire bridge crew contact a race that depends solely on manual communication.") (113)
  • Captains of Ships Named Enterprise by Sherry Hopper ("An excellent, non-fiction look at all the great captains of the USS Enterprise.") (132)
  • Gilgamesh and Silence by Judith Allison ("Dathon and Picard at El-Edrel and the aftermath of their meeting and Dathon's death continue to haunt Picard. As the Federation celebrates, Picard wonders if the price for communication was too much?") (137)
  • A Flame That Burns by Toni Staab ("McCoy on an all-Vulcan ship... need we say more?") (145)
  • Wingbots in Space by Judith Allison (Wacky, pink bunnies with minds, hearts and opinions of their own, befriend, befuddle and move in with Riker vowing to go with a dragon in tow to a place no animal crackers have gone before. "Riker takes up creative writing and gets a lot more than he bargained for when his characters move in and take up residence on the Enterprise.") (163)
  • Goo by Madeline Hill (196) ("Is it a life-form? Os it just a bowl of jiggling, green slime sans soul? Picard and Crusher ponder this and other imponderables in this light-hearted little story.")
  • Editorial Guidelines (200)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Kate Maynard (Locutus) -- winner of a FanQ
flyer for issue#3

Beyond Farpoint, USA 3 contains 204 pages.

Regarding publication date: The flyer says October 1993, the zine says 1993, but the cover won a 1995 FanQ award, so perhaps it wasn't actually published until 1994.

Artwork: Kate Maynard (Locutus) (front cover) (won a 1994 FanQ), Julie Blanchard, Janet D'Airo, Charlotte Graham-Clark, Laura Miles, Joey Rodrigues.

The editorial contains these comments about the cover:
I am sure the first thing you noticed when you picked up BF#3 was the cover. Once in a millennium an artist comes along with incomparable talent and incredible generosity. These qualities are embodied in the angelic form of Kate Maynard, our erstwhile SWMBO. Kate's style and sensitivity know no bounds. Reflected in the excellent work presented on the cover, Kate remains in the forefront of fandom's artistic elite. The full page ad (found elsewhere in this issue) is but a small reimbursement for the cover that she has so generously shared with us. Words cannot express our gratitude. Suffice it to say that in our eyes Kate Maynard is a giant amongst the rank and proletariat. And, remember to vote Democratic... just kidding. Thanks a lot, Kate for your help. I am already ducking behind the table so you can't hit me when you read this editorial.
Also from the editorial:
Thank you for joining us for issue number three in the Beyond Farpoint series. With each subsequent issue, we are learning more and more about the process of editing a fanzine. Even with all the hard work and long hours, we really are having fun, despite the fact that I had initially taken to cowering behind my door each time a deadline for an issue approached. 1 wanted to let you know that I have not become a recluse, and am longer hiding as eluded to in issue number two. I'm back and I'm bad.

Guess who else is back? Making another guest appearance are Jo-Ann Lassiter, Brenda Shaffer, Elizabeth Abell, TJ. Stokes, Judith Allison and Sherry Hopper. There are new additions as well. Welcome to DJ. Nicholson, Joelle Augustine, Patricia La Ferrara and Carolyn Dahman. Many of these writers have taken to exploring the character of Captain Jean-Luc Picard (one of our favorites). We hadn't intended to focus so heavily on the good captain, but when you have a good thing sometimes you just have to go with the flow. A special thanks go to Charlotte Graham-Clark, who, in addition to sending pages and pages of wonderful illustrations, waited patiently for her story Thought Process to see print. In addition to Charlotte's drawings, we have illustrations by Joey Rodrigues, Laura Miles and newcomer, Julie Blanchard. As always, an issue wouldn't be complete without Janet D'Airo, whose toons and talents never cease to amaze us.... It's hard to believe it's been one year and three issues. When we first started talking about publishing our own fanzine, I never thought it 'would get off the ground. Now, we have three issues under our belts and a fourth one on the way. Plans are underway to publish a strictly Classic Trek zine tentatively called Before Farpoint We are currently accepting submissions of Classic Trek stories and art. We will also be publishing a novella by Anne Davenport called Lessons Learned. We are the first to admit that despite our best efforts, Farpoint Press would be nothing without the contributions of so many talented writers and artists. Please keep those submissions coming. As far as submissions go, there have been a few changes. For story submissions, please send a floppy (if you have a computer- if you don't, hard copy is still acceptable). We have several translator programs and can read just about any word processing program out there. However, please don't put us to the test. If you have a questionable program (old and obscure fall into this category), send a hard copy as well.

As for the artists, we are going to have to ask that your submissions be pen and ink or flair. We have been having real problems scanning and copying the pencil drawings. If you work in pencil, please ink in your drawings.
  • Beginnings by Patricia Ann La Ferrara (6)
  • Doctor's Advice by Carolyn B. Dahman (25)
  • A Crucible of Stars by Sherry Hopper (30)
  • A Few Days in the Country by Jo-Ann Lassiter—Picard and Crusher go to a planet where they can cease being captain and chief medical officer. (33)
  • High Noon by Todd Parish (69)
  • Interruptions by Elizabeth Abell (75)
  • A Letter Home by by Patti Papineau & Alicia Champlin (97)
  • Made For Each Other Joelle Augustine (101)
  • Risian Ladies, filk to the tune of "Spanish Ladies" by Gail Molnar (115)
  • Never Give Up on a Dream by Jo-Ann Lassiter (116)
  • The Rover's Song by Gail Molner (121)
  • It Was a Slow Week on the Enterprise by Judith Allison (128)
  • Noise by T.J. Stokes (138)
  • Pillow, Pillow, Pillow by T.J. Stokes (141)
  • Top Ten Signs It's Going to be a Bad Day by Gail Molner (142)
  • To Thine Own Self by D.J. Nicholson (143)
  • Thought Process by Charlotte S. Graham-Clark (161)
  • Where the Winds of Limbo Roar by Brenda Shaffer—A chilling foray into Picard's darkest memories from Cardassian torture to his succumbing to mind addiction with "The Game." Reprinted in The Winds of Limbo (164)
  • Vulcan Child's Dilemma, poem by Sherry Hopper (185)
  • The Real Thing by D.J. Nicholson (186)
  • It's A Helluva Road to the Captaincy by Judith Allison (190)
  • Monk Music by Madeline Hill (195)
  • Indomitable Human Spirit by ?--Q, like all researchers, takes care and painstaking relish to have Picard relive past indignities that he'd best wish remained memory. (in the TOC, but not listed in Agent With Style's description)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Janet D'Airo
flyer for issue #4

Beyond Farpoint, USA 4 was published in 1994 and contains 204 pages.

From Bill Hupe's catalog: "Picard is on an emotional roller coaster ride while under the grips of the Ramell effect, and Beverly is at his side; Sela returns and captures the crew of the Enterprise..."

From the editorial:
We asked one of our favorite artists, Janet D'Airo if she would like to design a cover for Beyond Farpoint. And what a cover she did! In her own inimitable style, Janet went above and beyond the call of duty by including every character in the zine on the cover. Year after year, Janet keeps amazing us with her talent and willingness to always pitch in. She's always there when we need her. At the next convention, make sure you check out Janet's art portfolio. It contains numerous drawings of Patrick Stewart in his various roles and each portfolio is signed by Patrick himself. We are eternally grateful to Janet for continuing to be a part of the Farpoint family. Thank you, Janet (TYJ)!

Once again, many of the stories focus on the good captain. There's just so much to explore in the character of Jean-Luc Picard that many of us just can't resist. We start off with Loose Threads, by D. J. Nicholson. We take a trip behind the scenes of the episode Tapestry and D. J. expertly fills in the reactions of the Enterprise crew, especially one Beverly Crusher. Don't you want to know what they talked about after he woke up on the biobed smiling? Jo-Ann Lassiter is back with one of her most ambitious pieces. Under a Dark Star takes Jean-Luc Picard on a roller coaster ride through his emotions. Picard bounces from fear to anger to terror to loathing and back again, all the while in the grips of the Rameil effect. Throughout it all, Beverly Crusher is by his side. Carolyn Dahman brings us Khitomer's Legacy, a story of revenge and ambition. Sela returns and captures the Enterprise and holds the crew hostage. Will they escape? Find out by reading Carolyn's latest story. Second Chances, by Patricia Ann La Ferrara finds Riker, Data and Dr. Crusher trapped in a cave-in. As the crew valiantly tries to rescue them, Picard must endure hours of waiting. As time and oxygen nan out, Crusher asks Data to deliver a farewell message to Picard. Will that message need to be delivered? Or will they be rescued in rime? Ever wonder what happened to those old movies from the 20th Century? join Beverly Crusher in the holodeck in D. J. Nicholson's Flickerings. Why is Doctor Crusher drawn to a particular holodeck program? Tune in to the newest "flick" and find out if fantasy is better than reality. Anne Davenport brings us an in-depth look at Captain Picard after returning from the Cardassians in Progeny of the Subjugators. The relationship between Picard and Ro Laren is explored as they talk about their shared experiences. Missing Suspicions, by M. J. Ford expands on the episode, Suspicions. Beverly Crusher deals with the repercussions of her actions and their effect on her relationship with Captain Picard. The tables get turned on Beverly Crusher in Gail Molnar's Occupational Hazard. Doctors really don't make good patients but Picard does his best to see Crusher through this trying time. We wind up this issue with a touching story by Joelle Augustine. Outside Influence is what it takes to get Crusher and Picard to face their feelings for each other. A mutual friend from their past throws a party and the fun begins.

Throughout this issue are poems by Gail Molnar and Todd Parrish, along with artwork by Joey Rodrigues, Tim Harrison, Anne Davenport, Renee Levy and Todd Parrish. And did we mention the wonderful cover by Janet D'Airo?
  • Editorial by Editor (2)
  • Loose Threads by D.J. Nicholson (4)
  • Colored Dreams by Todd Parrish (12)
  • Under a Dark Star by Jo-Ann Lassiter (13)
  • Khitomer's Legacy by Carolyn B. Dahman (88)
  • Locutus by Todd Parrish (97)
  • Second Chances by Patricia Ann La Ferrara (98)
  • Fatherhood by Gail Molnar (118)
  • Flickerings by D.J. Nicholson (119)
  • Riker's Reputation by Gail Molnar (128)
  • Progeny of the Subjugators by Anne Davenport (130)
  • Missing Suspicions by M.J. Ford (161)
  • Occupational Hazard by Gail Molnar (166)
  • Outside Influences by Joelle Augustine (169)

Artwork

Issue 5

cover of issue #5, Tom Amici
flyer for issue #5

Beyond Farpoint, USA 5 was published in July 1995 and contains 191 pages.

Art by Barbara Caldwell, Janet D'Airo, Anne Davenport, Renee Levy, Jean Elizabeth Martin, Gail Molnar and Joey Rodrigues. Full color cover art by Tom Amici.

  • Editorial by Editor (2)
  • Loser Takes All by Jo-Ann Lassiter ("We find the captain stranded on a planet after a diplomatic mission backfires. Can he survive until the Enterprise returns for him?") (4)
  • Beyond a Dream by M.J. Ford ("We find out just what happens when dreams become reality. Beverly Crusher faces her feelings for the good captain and shares her dream. Who said dreams are better than reality? Not for Picard and Crusher.") (49)
  • Lifelines by D.J. Nicholson ("Finds the crew dealing with the aftermath of the de-evolution virus. Beverly Crusher deals with her "negligence" and guilt with the help of a good friend, Jean-Luc Picard.") (54)
  • I Found the One that My Soul Loves by Darla Redifer ("With help from Deanna Troi, Crusher and Picard deal with their feelings after the episode "Sub-Rosa," as Picard finally hears the reasons for her decision after Kesprytt. But things have changed.") (61)
  • Future Plans by Marge Robles ("Picard deals with a stowaway-Rene Picard. Picard hears more of Rene's dreams and helps his brother face them. A touching family reunion.") (80)
  • Game of the Few by Joelle Augustine ("It may be a few months after Kesprytt, but is Beverly Crusher ready to continue her discussion with Picard? Or was it too late for them?") (85)
  • Coming Home by Carolyn B. Dahman ("Will Guinan leave the Enterprise? Can Picard face his memories of the Borg, once again? With each other's help, they find a way.") (90)
  • The Perfect Host by D.J. Nicholson ("We see what could have happened if Jean-Luc Picard had volunteered to 'host' the Trill instead of Riker. How would Beverly react?") (99)
  • To Be or Not to Be by Charles H. Shiring (Does the pleasant facade of Trill society hide an ugly truth? Picard finds out when a renegade Trill seeks asylum, claiming he's being forced to become a host. Reprinted in The Winds of Limbo) (125)
  • Echoes from the Past by Patricia Ann La Ferrara ("The crew of the Enterprise hosts a delegation that includes Beverly Crusher's mother. Why hasn't Beverly ever mentioned her mother? Why is the relationship so strained? Throughout it all, Captain Picard is by her side.") (137)
  • Postscript by Gail Molnar ("The last poker game has ended. Picard's tale of the future causes Crusher to come to terms with her feelings for Picard.") (157)
  • Honor Thy Father by Joelle Augustine ("Wesley is suffering from a genetic disorder where the only help can come from a member ofhis father's family. The relationship between the Crushers and Picard is explored. With the help of Boothby, Wesley grows to understand that mistakes should be met head on. Can Beverly and Jean-Luc do the same?") (159)
  • The Song of Starlight by G.M. Elbron ("Beverly must face her feelings when she gets more than she expected after asking the captain about the 'future.' Kesprytt is very much a part of the conversation as they begin their 'real' future together.") (177)
  • The Old Man by Becky J. Woods ("A poignant look at two possible futures for Jean-Luc Picard. Picard, grateful to Q for showing him his 'future,' makes some decisions to create hisown future-his way, with Beverly Crusher.") (186)

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Nancy Morgan

Beyond Farpoint, USA 6 was published in 1996 and contains 263 pages.

It contains an ad for the Patrick Stewart Research Library.

  • Editorial by The Editor (2)
  • Captain's Affair by Carolyn Dahman (4)
  • Eye of the Beholder by Marge Robles (12)
  • Social Directors by Jo-Ann Lassiter (18)
  • Darkness All Around by Robin M. Lyster (42)
  • The Arrival by Becky Woods (85)
  • Taboo by Janet D'Airo (92)
  • Whoever Fights Monsters by Miranda Greene (137)
  • Stardate 4499.1 by Joseph D'Airo (158)
  • Recognition by Patricia Ann LaFerrara (163)
  • Rebuild All Your Ruin by Gail Molnar (200)
  • Together At Last by Anne Davenport (204)
  • Compelling Actions by Marge Robles (223)

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