Communicator (Star Trek UK newsletter)

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Zine
Title: Communicator
Publisher: Rosemary Wild
Editor(s): Rosemary Wild
Type:
Date(s): 1981-1985
Frequency:
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Communicator is a Star Trek: TOS newsletter and letterzine published by Rosemary Wild in the UK that ran for four years. Mimeo, A4.

Description from an Ad

Britain's only two-monthly review, news and letterzine. Fully comprehensive British zine listing (the only one of its kind) plus U.S. listing. At least 7 in-depth reviews of both US and UK zines in each issue. A thriving LoC section and and special articles by writers, editors, artists and fans. Issues at the end of: Jan, March, May, July, Sept, and Nov. An issue is always in stock. Communicator is in its third year. [1]

From the Editor

I ran Communicator bi-monthly from 1981—1985. It featured all aspects of fandom, although the zines and much of the discussion was predominantly K/S. There was a “staff” of regular reviewers and we aimed to review six different zines in every issue. People sent in reviews, news, ads and “funnies.” There was no censorship. Everything was printed as sent and we had some very intense discussions. K/Sers and non-K/Sers shared the space, which was unusual in those days. A good time was had by all until I decided to call a halt in ‘85 to concentrate on fiction zines. [2]

Issue 1

Communicator 1 was published in 1981.

Issue 2

Issue 3

Issue 4

Issue 5

Issue 6

Issue 7

Issue 8

Issue 9

Communicator 9 was published in January 1983 and contains 24 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

Reviews/comments, listings and later/discussions. All lively, interesting and worth reading. Perhaps a little bogged down in the discussion of K/S of late, but it could be a passing phase. #9 included an article on "The Appeal of the Slave Story in Fandom." I'm firm in the believe that any fandom fantasizes in this way, not just Trek fandom. A lot of mundanes do it too!! I don't find it unusual and I don't think it applies only to K/S stories. Also Alexander Parallels for K/S quoting, amongst others our own Sharon Carter poem "Together" previously published in B.A.R. #1. [comments about issue #3 snipped]. Worth getting if you're into collecting Trek zines. [3]

Issue 10

Communicator 10 was published in February 1983 and contains 22 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

Reviews/comments, listings and later/discussions. All lively, interesting and worth reading. Perhaps a little bogged down in the discussion of K/S of late, but it could be a passing phase. [comments about issue #9 snipped] In #10, its an article entitled "Treklit as Eroticism" and a litter from Della Van Hise which is illumination for [Wild's] subscribers. Worth getting if you're into collecting Trek zines. [4]

Issue 11

Issue 12

Issue 13

Issue 14

Issue 15

Issue 16

Issue 17

Issue 18

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Issue 20

Issue 21

Issue 22

Issue 23

The Communicator 23 contains 22 pages.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 23

{{Quotation: This zine from England is devoted to reviews of stories, zines, and Star Trek III. You get 22 pages devoted to "subspace chatter" on fan stories and zines, mainly of a K/S nature. Ages 2-18 not admitted. It is well-written and the subject matter is... well, fascinating. The book review of "Search for Spock" by Ros Calverley points out a few anomalies which I had not notices. Valkrie, for instance, is a Klingon female, and could not possibly be head of a family. And how did the infant Spock get out of the heavy coffin? [5]}}

Issue 24

Communicator 24 was published in July 1985 and contains 16 pages. It was the last issue.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 24

This is the last issue. [A] news, reviews, views zine which is going to be sadly missed. It will leave a large hole in the communication between here [Australia] and the UK re: new and current zines. Lana Brown is pubbing one for NX/Australia and there is Universal Translator for the US. However, Rosemary will still continue to produce her other zines. Send a s.a.s.e. for a listing. [6]

References

  1. from Not Tonight, Spock! #1
  2. from The Legacy of K/S in Letterzines: British Letterzines: STAG, IDIC, and Communicator
  3. from Beyond Antares #23
  4. from Beyond Antares #23
  5. Constellation v.3 n.3 (January 1985)
  6. from Beyond Antares #29