Cyberdreams (Star Trek: TOS zine)
See also Cyberdreams (disambiguation).
|Publisher:||Beyond Dreams Press|
|Editor(s):||Jenna Sinclair and D'Anne|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
|External Links:||Cyberdreams 1 at the publisher's page, Cyberdreams 2 at the publisher's page|
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About: From the Editors in 2007
Even today, there are fans who will not read fan fiction on the computer screen for any number of reasons. With some truly wonderful K/S being written online, this strikes me as being a real shame. I’ve always thought that K/S exists to be shared; so many of us are hungry in a very visceral, difficult-to-explain way for tales of Kirk and Spock! So the concept that someone might not be willing or able to read great K/S seemed unacceptable to me. That’s why my co-publisher and I came up with the idea of CyberDreams: she came up with the name, which I really like. We chose the best unpublished K/S from the net and put those stories in CyberDreams 1 and 2.
The concept of the CyberDreams series did present a challenge to us. D’Anne and I have always participated in an editing process with the writer, to try to help make the story the best it could become. But the stories for this zine series were already very familiar to their audience—and beloved in many cases. We couldn’t do any global editing at all: whether a scene or a character could be improved didn’t matter, we made the decision that we wouldn’t touch the basic story in that way. We were also very limited in what we could do in line editing. When readers were quoting each other lines from the story, it seemed impossible to modify wording much at all. So D’Anne put the stories through a much-reduced line editing that emphasized clarity and that was about it. The stories are probably 98% the same in our zines as they are online, but hopefully with a subtle improvement that makes them indistinguishably easier to read and enjoy. We also made the decision to invite one cyber-artist to illustrate the entire zine. Virginia S. provided the CGAs for CyberDreams 1 and Lovin’JamesT illoed CyberDreams 2. They worked specifically from the stories, too, which I think always enhances the zine better than a generic piece of art. Choosing the stories for each zine was a challenge. There is so much material online! We asked for suggestions for the first CyberDreams and got quite a few. It was fascinating to see the many different nominations; tastes in fandom run the gamut! At first I was dismayed and despaired of working through the selections to reach a consensus. But then I decided to be guided by the nominations and then use my own taste to choose those to be printed. The process became a lot easier. It was such a pleasure reading the candidates as we made our final cut! What a great job zine editor is ￼ .I don’t know if we’ll have a CyberDreams 3. Although those who have bought the zines in the series have expressed their gratitude for access to good ‘net stories in print, the zines have not sold nearly as well as others published by Beyond Dreams Press. So the future is uncertain. 
Cyberdreams 1 was published in July 2003 and has 183 pages.
From the editorial of issue #2: "In the first issue of CyberDreams, to our perplexity we found ourselves printing three sets of two stories. Do K/S stories by their very nature go in pairs? The same thing happened this time with Arrows and Targets by Dread Nought; one excellent story simply could not be printed without the other, and we hope you enjoy them both."
- Another Country Beckons, Archived version by Rae Trail (Kirk begins to question his assumptions about Spock after finding out the Vulcan is homosexual and then having a diplomat make a play for Spock.)
- Still Amok, Archived version by jat_sapphire (After his aborted pon farr, Spock realizes he is being drawn to Kirk, who seems to be willing to do what must be done: Sequel: Coals Of Fire.)
- Coals of Fire, Archived version by jat_sapphire (After seeing Spock through pon farr, Kirk is afraid to allow himself the to commit to him until the Vulcan is injured in a fire: Prequel: Still Amok.)
- What the Heart Remembers by Killa (Spock begins to regain his memories after the fal tor pan, memories that seem to be fixed on Kirk.)
- Wanting, Archived version by Varoneeka (Spock is unable to still his desire for Kirk: Sequel: Having.)
- Having, Archived version by Varoneeka (Spock discovers that having is better than wanting: Prequel: Wanting.)
- Just Be A Friend by Liz Ellington (Kirk discovers that Spock has been intimate with a crewmember after the woman dies and Kirk must go through her effects.)
- Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m., Archived version by Jane St Clair (Kirk doesnʼt understand the distance that has come between him and Spock: Prequel: Iowa: Sequel: On The Edge Of the Mountain.)
- On the Edge of the Mountain, Archived version by Jane St Clair (Kirk waits for his lover to regain his memories after Spockʼs fal tor pan: Prequel: Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M.. Sequel: Til Human Voices Wake Us.)
- Unintended on AO3 by Cimorene (Spock discovers he and Kirk have inadvertently bonded when he is forced to break the bond in order to save a crewwomanʼs life with a mind meld.)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
See reactions and reviews for Unintended.
See reactions and reviews for Another Country Beckons.
See reactions and reviews for Still Amok.
See reactions and reviews for Coals of Fire.
See reactions and reviews for What the Heart Remembers.
See reactions and reviews for Wanting -- Having.
See reactions and reviews for Just Be a Friend.
See reactions and reviews for Wednesday Morning, 3 a.m..
See reactions and reviews for On the Edge of the Mountain.
[zine]: I’d read all these stories before, but I was still excited about buying them in zine form. Even though I save all the K/S stories I like that have been posted on the net, I find that I rarely go back to reread them. For me, there’s nothing like pulling down a zine from my bookcase and settling back in a comfy chair. So that’s exactly what I did. With my new copy of Cyberdreams 1, I kicked back and once more savored some of the best stories to hit the net. And though there are some I might not care for because of content or characterization, the writing is all of the finest quality. Since these are probably new stories for several readers, I’ve tried to not give away too much... [see individual reviews on each story's page] 
["Treasured" facing page 39, by Virginia Sky]: Oh, I love this! Nothing erotic is going on here—well, unless you count the fact that both men have nothing on from the waist up. Spock’s face isn’t even visible, tucked as it is into Kirk’s neck. All we see of him is his bare back, arms and one elegantly pointed ear. The picture captures them in the midst of an embrace. It’s the look on Kirk’s face that’s worth the price of admission, and it is absolutely riveting! There’s possession there and protectiveness, quiet passion and pride. This piece just seethes with emotion and draws my eye time after time. The swirling background and off-center arrangement are very effective composition elements. I’ve seen this on another cga artist’s website...same pose, but Spock’s and Kirk’s heads are reversed. I like this version so much better. I bought a copy? print? of this—I’m not really sure of the terminology with cga—at Shore Leave that is slightly different than the illo in the zine, and it has rapidly lived up to its title; I treasure it. 
Cyberdreams 2 was published in February 2005 and has 181 pages. All of the art is by Lovin James T. (referred to as "LTJ" twice in the editorial, perhaps a typo).From the editorial:
Welcome to CyberDreams 2. As the first issue did, this zine presents excellent K/S that was initially posted to the internet. When we were first confronted with the need to sift through the possible stories to print, the task seemed daunting. There is a lot out there! But after a few discreet inquiries among friends, and taking a look at what we ourselves had saved over the years in our hard drives, we had a list of stories that had excited the imagination and stirred the hearts of those who had read them already. We began that arduous process of reading, reading, reading K/S, day and night, with no end in sight.... How awful! How absolutely invigorating!
One story we knew would be in the zine from the beginning, and that is Mimor VI by Jesmihr. That story won the K/S Online Novella Challenge that ended in January 2004. Jenna and Dusky and kira-nerys challenged online authors to write for length and complexity, with a minimum word count in excess of 20,000 words. We offered cash prizes along with the promise that the winner would be published in CD 2. Congratulations to Jesmihr for a richly-plotted, fulfilling K/S story!
In the first issue of CyberDreams, to our perplexity we found ourselves printing three sets of two stories. Do K/S stories by their very nature go in pairs? The same thing happened this time with "Arrows" and "Targets" by Dread Nought; one excellent story simply could not be printed without the other, and we hope you enjoy them both.
It seems appropriate that a cyberartist illustrate the stories in a zine dedicated to stories drawn from cyberspace. At the KiScon 2004 art show and auction, the work of Lovin' James T. (or LTJ, as she is known) drew a lot of attention, and so we asked her if she'd like to take on the project Just look at these results! Originally there were only going to be two color pictures, one cover and one interior piece, along with three black & white pieces, but we took one look at Spock in black silk pajamas and knew that would have to change! Even our printer, an older woman who after six years of printing K/S is pretty blase about it all, made special mention ofthat picture. Thanks to LTJ for her striking cover and memorable interior illustrations.
- Sensate Focus by Lyrastar ("Things are not as they seem on Altair, nor between Kirk and Spock after the events on Vulcan and Spockʼs pon farr.") (1)
- Missing in Action by Rae Trail ("Spock takes Kirk to Vulcan after a head injury causes his captain and lover to lose his memory".) (27)
- Christmas Gifts... or Blue Seduction by kira-nerys. The art for this story is by Lovin' James T., and titled: Merry Christmas, Jim (54)
- Targets by Dread Nought. The art for this story is by Lovin' James T., and titled: Bulls-eye (80)
- Rhapsody in Rain by Arachnethe2. The art for this story is by Lovin' James T., and titled: Rhapsody in Blue (86)
- The Chess Game by Islaofhope. The art for this story is by Lovin' James T., and titled: The Winning Checkmate? (124)
- The Merry Month of... Mistletoe? by Liz Ellington (132)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2
See reactions and reviews for Sensate Focus.
See reactions and reviews for Missing in Action.
See reactions and reviews for Idol.
See reactions and reviews for Christmas Gifts -- Blue Seduction.
See reactions and reviews for Arrows.
See reactions and reviews for Targets.
See reactions and reviews for Rhapsody in Rain.
See reactions and reviews for In Check.
See reactions and reviews for The Chess Game.
See reactions and reviews for The Merry Month of... Mistletoe?.
See reactions and reviews for Mimor Six.
Don’t miss this remarkably good K/S – it and the artwork are well worth the price of the zine! 
[art by Lovin' James T.]: Cyberdreams 2 arrived! I ripped off the envelope, pulled out the fat, slick zine and..."Oh my god!!" I spontaneously ejaculated (which is how old- fashioned authors used to express it when a character verbally exploded, suddenly confronted by something fabulous). My eyebrows shot up, a satisfied smile appeared on my face and a sigh I must've been holding for months and months escaped me. I could hardly believe the beauty I held in my hand. That cover! Wow! Wow! Wow!
Mesmerized by the two perfect profiles of James Kirk and Spock of Vulcan, I was immobilized for more than a moment, my eyes tracing the purity of male beauty presented to us by the Image Manip, Lovin' James T. How great is that name?! How great the product of LJT's creativity The beloved characters harmoniously balanced in a way that evoked so many exquisitely subtle emotions. To make my heart swell, eyes mist up and, not least, to satisfy my soul. I was possessed by a hungry madness to see and absorb more. So I didn't linger there longer. I had to find and savor each artistic piece and one by one go over them to my heart's content. What met my eyes was beauty sensitivity, imagination and, to my mind, a precious eternal truth. Einstein said that imagination is more important than intelligence. I think he was right. But here, in these art pieces we have both, and much more. Jenna was totally on the mark in her admiring dedication page. First of all, Spock, gleaming in his black silk pajamas(dear Lord!), lit by the glow of a background fire and yule tree lights beside him. His regal composure (which can only be ruffled by Jim), those steady eyes full of a singular love and devotion. Magnificent! A sensual gift presented with the knowing innocence of those dark, dark eyes, that level, challenging gaze. Yow, he looks so sexy! And we know who he's looking at! I think it's time to admit that I've never read K/S on- line, I've never seen photo-manips except for those in BD zines. Now, because of Jenna, Dusky and their colleagues, here in CD2 they were presented to my wondering eyes. The choices Jenna and her co- editors made, brought the photo-manips to the top-of- the-line. How can I describe--and not appear more insane than I already do--the other art pieces--what emotions they wrenched from me? Sure it had to do with my mood, how needy I was at the time. But my reactions also had to do with my basic, unwavering belief in the exclusive love of these two compelling characters. Love. I've always loved them and always will. That love I harbor is made fascinatingly into flesh by the art in this zine. The photo between pages 82 and 83 was too hot to handle! Jim lovingly pleasuring his t'hy'la, the scene set seductively in black and white, just like a movie still from some feature motion picture I'd always wanted to see--in a theater! In my dreams!. I nearly flipped! Gorgeous! Needs to be framed on my wall and will be! The one between 92 and 93 of Jim letting it all hang out is something else. Makes me hope that he was just standing there, unashamed, when Spock walked in on him. Talk about 'in all his glory'! Somehow I love the b&w photos. And last but not least, the two men, the very picture of sated happiness, lying together, I think, after making love. Strangely, Spock is so tired he's deep in slumber, while Kirk's eyes, half closed, send with his smug, self-satisfied smile the message that all is well between his star-crossed lover and himself. I love the background of this piece, the etchings suggestive of hearts and flowers, a cup of coffee, a chessman lying cradled in the hollow of Kirk's bare chest. What sweetness, what glory, their ethereal beauty laced by their quintessential, explicit and implied eroticism. Spectacular!Please do yourself a favor, buy this worthy zine, get an eyeful of hot, tender K/S and then dive into the exciting stories, which I'll try to report on later. Thanks to all involved in it's production! Love! 
- from Blurring the Lines: Online or in Print, It's Still K/S
- from The K/S Press #90
- from The K/S Press #84
- from The K/S Press #83
- from The K/S Press #84
- from The K/S Press #105
- from The K/S Press #104