Daring Attempt

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Title: Daring Attempt
Publisher: Wendy Rathbone
Date(s): 1984-1987
Medium: print
Genre: slash
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Online Flyer
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Daring Attempt is a slash Star Trek: TOS anthology.

There are nine issues.

Original Submission Request

From a 1983 issue of Datazine:
A new K/S zine is seeking submissions which experiment with new and unexpected ideas and/or writing styles on how Kirk and Spock get together. This does not mean alt. universe, though I will consider any work I receive. I want your STRANGEST (preferably non-violent) writings. Experiment with ANYTHING you care to and send me your daring attempts.


I have a feeling a sizeable portion of the zine community won't tolerate [dark, edgy stories] due to a marked preference for nothing but vanilla (ick). The stories on ASC(EM) remind me a great deal of the "Daring Attempt" zine series, which folded after nine issues due to negative responses from the zine readers. I liked that series, but it seems a lot of the stories skated a little too close to the heart of darkness for a majority of the zine community.

I never thought of the Daring Attempt series as dark - I never did understand why Wendy terminated the title and started the Charisma series. [1]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, TACS
back cover of issue #1, Vel Jaeger
flyer for issue #1

Daring Attempt 1 was published in 1984 and contains 182 pages. The back cover is by Vel Jaeger.

From the editorial, regarding the "still controversial nature of the concepts depicted in this zine:
I will defend this zine and the possibilities (note I say 'possibilities' and not 'fact') of there being a lover relationship between Kirk and Spock through the essence of IDIC and, if you like, the words of Gene Roddenberry spoken as the truly open-minded, wise person that he is. I will never state, however, that anything in this zine is 'real' Star Trek...only certain perceptions. And with this zine, I want to make it clear that it is a collection of fiction and if there are similarities in this to people who are real and alive (what a thought!) then it is (if you believe in them) merely a series of coincidences. And as you read this zine, I hope you will read it with the IDIC concept firmly in mind so that if you come across something that you don't like you can rejoice in the fact that there are people who hold to ideas and realities completely different from your own. This, I think, should be one of the joys of Star Trek, never a downfall. It should be exciting, exhilarating even though it may also, at times, be fright- ening and threatening. Don't ever let anyone's concepts and opinions destroy your own true, unique love for something. This love for Star Trek that millions world-wide share is too special and powerful to be destroyed by any lesser, petty emotions. Let Star Trek continue to grow and strive until one day, maybe in reality, it can be taken with us to the farthest edges of the galaxy and beyond. As Shakespeare's works continue to inspire many today, let Star Trek continue to inspire the future, for really, the future is all we have...the only true reality.
  • Editorial (4)
  • Lion's Share by Alayne Gelfand (6)
  • 'Twas a Dream by Taerie Bryant (6)
  • Only in the Dark of Night by A.T. Bush (7)
  • The Game by Andrea Arat (14)
  • Solution by Robin Hood (15)
  • Our Little Secret by Jane Mailander (p. 16)
  • Miscalculation by W.L.R. (16)
  • Something Wicker This Way Comes by Vivian Gates (17) (Kirk and Spock are in a hot-air balloon, put there by the very superstitious natives of a low-tech planet. They're there without their clothes, any means of steering and and landing the vehicle. Sex ensues. "After some twisting and turning, they finally settled into new positions, each of them at one end of the two meter long, one meter wide basket, their legs tangled together in the middle. Kirk was just beginning to appreciate the warmth from Spock's thighs when he gave a sigh. He answered Spock's one eyebrow look of inquiry. "I have to piss."")
  • The Lower Levels by Alled Navesih (22)
  • Last Thoughts by Tere Ann Roderick (23)
  • Vulcan Winter by W.L.R. (25)
  • Beau Geste by Lynna Bright (26)
  • The Right Stuff by Devery Helm (""This next dance is in your honor," the Avanian declared with pride. "You and..." He inclined his head toward Spock, "...your shipmate. We are fortunate that you are here for our festival since this dance can be performed only if true sworn companions are present." "Sworn... companions...?" echoed Kirk, the comment catching him off guard. "It celebrates the need," V'hir added in a reverent voice.") (27)
  • Not Mine to Chance by Taerie Bryant (33)
  • The Pale Night by Natasha Solten (34)
  • No Other Choice by Crystal Ann Taylor ("He caressed her cheek, her lips, then slid his finger across the pulsing artery in her neck, watching with pleasure the expressions that flowed across her face. At that moment, she opened her lids half-way and beneath them her dark eyes held a look which startled Kirk. It reminded him of Spock and the commitment he had made to the Vulcan.") (35)
  • The Three Elements by Natasha Solten (53)
  • Trek III cartoon by Rathbone (54)
  • Intercepted Transmission by Alled Navesih & Andrea Arat (55)
  • Homecoming by W.L.R. (57)
  • Reach Out by Patt (58)
  • art by TACS (59)
  • Beginning by Robin Hood (60)
  • Dreams by Patt (60)
  • In Confidence by Tere Ann Roderick (61)
  • art by Paula Mathai (63)
  • Midnight Savior by Alayne Gelfand (65)
  • Kirk's Retraction by W.L.R. (66)
  • art by Vel Jaeger (67)
  • In the Wake of the Storm by Wendy Rathbone (p. 68)
  • Rejection by Patt (69)
  • Beneath the Stars by Andrea Arat (70)
  • art by Paula Mathai (74)
  • I Am First by Joy March Fox (76)
  • Falling Star PART ONE by Alexis Fegan Black ("Black Hashi smiled into the darkness, lay on his back and laughed. "We're partners, Jim," he said, pulling the smaller man closer. "Partners in danger and death." "Damn you," Kirk whispered, eyes clenching shut as he felt Hashi's hand start to remove the shiny gold circus trunks. "Damn you, Hashi!" But the warmth spread through him. (Daring intrigue on the high trapeze and a glimpse of a dark Vulcan face in the crowd haunt Kirk's life in the alternate universe story.") (77)
  • Trek III cartoon by Rathbone (85)
  • San Francisco Soliloquy (86)
  • Medical Report by Alled Navesih (88)
  • Desires by Andrea Arat (89)
  • Perfect Casting by A.T. Bush (""Commander Spock will be 'in command' of you when you are in the presence of the Klingons." Nogura was well aware of Kirk's commanding, irrepressible personality. "No problem, sir. I can work under Spock." Kirk realized the unintentional entendre only after it was out. A quick glance confirmed that Spock was mortified, but concealing it well. Thankfully, Nogura resisted comment and rose, adjourning the meeting.") (113)
  • K/S by Robin hood (130)
  • art work by TACS (131)
  • Peace in Vulcan Arms by Robin Hood (132)
  • There are Smiles by Robin hood (137)
  • art by Vel Jaeger (138)
  • Who Touches Dream by Alayne Gelfand (139)
  • Silver Birds Against the Sky by Natasha Solten ("//If Edith Keeler had not died, Vulcan would have remained untouched. All this would still be... No, not all. The Federation's contact with Vulcan brought them many things as well as bringing the Federation knowledge. They should not remain untouched. We were meant to meet. And out of that merging... Spock. He's half human. How could I have forgotten? If Edith had lived, Spock would never have been born! Oh my g...//") (140)
  • Magic by Patt (153)
  • Touched and... by Rogin Hood (154)
  • art by TACS (155)
  • Rite of Passage by Sharon F. (156)
  • More Than a Brother by Rathbone (172)
  • Heroes Often Fail by Wendy Rathbone ("I am not the pitying kind and I know Jim finds the emotion distasteful. "The past is dead only because you have killed it yourself," I say. He is caught between anger and despair and I want to but will not reach out to that. "What do you know?" he replies. "And who are you to tell me that?" "A man who has been offered a command of his own five times and turned it down to stay with you."") (173)
  • art by Paula Mathai (174)
  • Secrets by Alayne Gelfand (178)
  • art by Vel Jaeger (179)
  • A Darkling Plain, a Clash by Night by Meg Fine (180)
  • art by TACS (181)
  • Messanger by Dovya Blacque (182)
  • Our Star Return by Rathbone (183)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for Falling Star.
See reactions and reviews for Beneath the Stars.
See reactions and reviews for Desires.
See reactions and reviews for Silver Birds Against the Sky.
See reactions and reviews for Something Wicker This Way Comes.
See reactions and reviews for The Right Stuff.
See reactions and reviews for No Other Choice.
See reactions and reviews for Peace in Vulcan Arms.
See reactions and reviews for Perfect Casting.
See reactions and reviews for Rite of Passage.
[zine]: DARING ATTEMPT 1, released one month after ST:SFS, is exactly what was advertised: on time and daring. While I certainly do not love all the stories, many are very nice and they are all quite daring. The material includes works by both new and seasoned writers, and while the new don't quite make it all the time, they do show flashes of brilliance that promise a fun future for us all. The zine includes the story by Robin Hood, "Peace in Vulcan Arms," that was nominated for a K/S award this year. The reason for this award, I am certain, is the feeling involved in the story, not necessarily the writing. Robin has new and different images and a good handle on Kirk's character, but she sometimes rushes her stories. In this one, you find yourself too quickly at the end, wrung out from emotion. You will enjoy the story, however. The poetry, in my opinion, is some of the best around these days. If you're into poetry or can just barely stand it, read this zine. It will knock your socks off. If it doesn't, you're dead already... Humor in K/S is something I don't generally care for, but "Something Wicker This Way Comes," done in Vivian Gates' deft style, is very cute. "The Right Stuff," by Devery Helm, is again humor. The [story] is well done but leaves me wondering if Ms. Helm is bored with K/S. "So Other Choice," by Crystal Taylor, is a death story with a swift punch ending. It would make excellent material for a Twilight Zone episode. "In the Wake of His Storm," by WLR, is a well-written vignette from a different angle for those of you who are well . versed in Trek trivia. "Beneath the Stars," by Andrea Arat, is set at the end of the five-year mission. This well-written piece (as Andrea's usually are) seems a bit too abrupt but is a reasonable conclusion. "Perfect Casting," by AT Bush, is a sex-slave masquerade, but before you groan, please note that it's very well written and explicit enough to satisify the hard core of the group. "Heroes Often Fail," by WLR is another, different, look through the eyes of an alien. It leaves a warm feeling for the future of our boys. Very nice. "Rite of Passage," by Sharon F., bothered me with its vivid descriptions. My objection is the sharing of intimate situations with outsiders (be they Vulcan or not). I don't like other people watching, regardless of the reason. "Silver Birds Against the Sky," by Natasha Solten, is a nice change of pace: a sweet love story told with silver images, wonderfully painted in your mind and delicately finished off with Natasha's exquisite poetry. I didn't read "Falling Star, Pt. l,"by Alled Navesih, because I don't read stories until I have the whole thing. DARING ATTEMPT 5 is expected to have the ending. Starting with the covers by TACS and Vel Jaeger, I received good, loving feelings from the art throughout this zine. There are several pieces by Vel Jaeger that show her constant improvement, some of TACS' best work, and a few pieces by Paula Mathai that show great sensitivity. The zine is a first attempt and, as such, is even nicer than average. No, it's not a gut-buster or perhaps even a classic, but it's a good, solid, story-telling zine that is a definite must for any K/Ser who needs a fix. [2]

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, artwork by TACS
back cover of issue #2, artwork by TACS

Daring Attempt 2 is 149 pages long and was published in March 1985.

  • The Awakening by Meg Fine (5)
  • Monument by Natasha Solten (6)
  • Break Thou My Sanctuary by Janet Alyx (reprinted from Out of Bounds -- Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves) (a riff on The Prize) ("The gleaming film of human sweat on your body -- the sign of your water-rich planet -- was lovely but lethal; when you fainted and my heart contracted in spite of myself, I knew I had to take you out of their hands. I told myself that it was a whim, a freak, that I would release you...") (8)
  • At Your Side by Alayne Gelfand (21)
  • Survivors by Vivian Gates (""I have no need for a wife," Spock said. T'Pring's attention was on Spock as he spoke, but shifted as the door opened behind Spock. Captain Kirk, totally unclothed and wet from a shower, stepped in.") (23)
  • An Act of Beaming by Natasha Solten (25)
  • Rest and Relaxation by Jane Mailander (26)
  • Virgins by Robin Hood ("Klath's voice pulled Kirk's attention. "Captain, you will remove your shirt." He waited, picking up a phaser when Kirk didn't move. "Now! Mr. Spock, you as well." A faint shiver traveled Kirk's body. Klath spoke again. "Embrace each other." Kirk's hazel eyes widened as his body stiffened. He wondered what Spock was thinking and his head turned slowly toward the Vulcan. His eyes opened more upon hearing Spock's deadly calm words: "Is there a particular manner you would prefer?"")(31)
  • Night Scars by Natasha Solten (39)
  • Around Any Corner by Alayne Gelfand ("James T. Kirk stared at his hands. The thick, rich red dripped slowly between his fingers, causing patterns of crimson lace to stain the pale green sand beneath him. He knelt on the deserted Varton beach next to the still form of Austin Masters, the cool breeze flipping his hair to and fro.") (40)
  • A Memory of the Sea by Natasha Solten (63)
  • Taboo by Natasha Solten (64)
  • The Beginning by Ann Carver ("Spock locked eyes with Kirk for a moment, searching for something. Suddenly his expression softened. Releasing Kirk's wrist, he brought his hand up gently and touched a finger to Kirk's lips.") (68)
  • True H/C by Robin Hood (73)
  • A Place to Put Your Life by Robin Hood (73)
  • Tormented by Jo Ann Sides (74)
  • Golden Earring by A.T. Bush (76)
  • In a Country Graveyard by Meg Fine (79)
  • Requiem by Robin Hood (80)
  • The Offer by Robin Hood (81)
  • Thoughts on a Morning Muse by Sharon F (86)
  • Cold by Andrea Arat (""When I arrived here, the sun had just set. The temperature, however, should remain level. I suggest we continue to conserve body heat," Spock said. Kirk's heart thumped sharply at that last statement. It sounded so ridiculous, like one of his crazy dreams. And Spock was so close -- too close. Suddenly Kirk was aware in a hypersensitive way of every single detail of Spock's body.") (88)
  • Lust by Natasha Solten (101)
  • Rare Intimacy by Andrea Arat (102)
  • Stealing Dreams by Andrea Arat (102)
  • If I Were to Tell You by Tere Ann Roderick ("Giving up on the idea of remaining in bed, Jim began to disengage himself from the bedclothes. After much kicking and twisting, Jim managed to propel himself from the bed -- onto the floor. Certain that his lover had heard the commotion, Kirk remained where he had fallen, waiting.") (103)
  • Soul's Kiss by Alayne Gelfand (110)
  • Forgive Me by Robin Hood (112)
  • Visitor by Alayne Gelfand (113)
  • Survivors by Alayne Gelfand (113)
  • Nouveau Riche by Tere Ann Roderick (114)
  • Salt to Sand by Natasha Solten (119)
  • Recalled to Life by Emily Ross (120)
  • Ship's Night by Alayne Gelfand (121)
  • Nightmares Tamed by Natasha Solten (122)
  • Where Pain Fades by Natasha Solten (""Maybe we can help each other." Kirk jumped off the bed and began to pace. "A couple of years ago something very similar happened to me." "To what are you referring, Captain? What similar thing happened?" Spock asked, playing naive. They stared at each other for a long moment. Then Kirk walked toward the second bed and hopped upon it again. He broke the gaze and said, matter-of-factly, "Why, rape, of course."") (123)
  • Healer by Cheryl Resnick (146)
  • Darkness Visible by Natasha Solten (147)
  • Vigil, poem by Kathy Resch (148)
  • Your K/S Horoscope, satirical (149)
  • art by TACS, Vel Jaeger, Dragon, Teresa Court, and WLR, Amason, Marthai, and Court.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for Around Any Corner.
See reactions and reviews for Break Thou My Sanctuary.
See reactions and reviews for Virgins.
See reactions and reviews for Nouveau Riche.
See reactions and reviews for Survivors.
See reactions and reviews for Golden Earring.
See reactions and reviews for Around Any Corner.
See reactions and reviews for The Beginning.
See reactions and reviews for If I Were to Tell You.
See reactions and reviews for Where Pain Fades.
See reactions and reviews for The Offer.
See reactions and reviews for Cold.
See reactions and reviews for Your K/S Horoscope.
[zine]: I've been thinking that some of the older zines that are being kept in print should be reviewed — both as an appreciation of the fact that they ARE still available, and to let fans know what they would be getting if they ordered these zines. When I finished reading a borrowed copy of DARING ATTEMPT 2, I knew I had a perfect opportunity to put this idea into practrice, and pay tribute to a really noteworthy zine. The story that really persuaded me to write this review is WHERE PAIN FADES. This is a story that deals with rape, although there is no rape actually depicted within the story. As I have remembered elsewhere, it's relatively [missing word] to write long, lurid descriptions of forced copultation. The true challenge for the writer is to deal with the aftermath of rape. That requires skill in characterization and an understanding of what the experience of rape means to the victim. WHERE PAIN FADES deals entirely with the aftermath of sexual trauma. The sensitivity with which the subject is handled is, to my knowledge, unparalleled in K/S fiction. The basic plot concept is that Kirk and Spock had both been raped on separate occasions, and attempt to help each other overcome their nightmares of abuse. In 20th century terms, this is a theraputic technique called peer counseling that has proven very effective with rape survivors. WHERE PAIN FADES has a special significance to me for personal reasons. I am a rape survivor. I know, however, that I'm not the only one who could be profoundly affected by this story for that reason... WHERE PAIN FADES proves that the people who say K/S must never deal with the subject of rape are very wrong. We must not be deprived of stories like this one. The reprint of BREAK THOU MY SANCTUARY (originally in OUT OF BOUNDS: GYPSIES, TRAMPS AND THEVES) also makes DA2 stand out. This story is a revised version of THE PRIZE. I liked THE PRIZE when I read it but Janet's re-write of this concept is more literate and more believable. The slave-holding Vulcans of this a/u don't blindingly accept the institution of slavery. In fact, there is strong opposition to it. In addition, there are two strong female characters, whose presence definitely added to my enjoyment of BREAK THOU MY SANCTUARY. I was very touched by Robin Hood's THE OFFER as well. It takes place during OPERATION ANNIHILATE and deals with Kirk and Spock trying to adjust to Spock's blindness. Normally, I would be upset by a story in which Spock forcibly holds Kirk against a wall, but given the circumstances of Spock's blindness, and his desperation over losing Kirk, I was willing to accept this turn of events and found it moving. This is Robin Hood's writing at its best. AROUND ANY CORNER, started off very well. I had high expectations for it. Unfortunately, it didn't meet my expectations. Dovya was reaching too hard for a happy ending when the story seemed to realistically demand an acknowledgement of death. Death is definitely "around any corner" for Starfleet-officers; but the Kirk and Spock of this story evade it in a surge of Pollyanna optimism that seems to me lacking in inner courage and maturity. That's sad. I wish AROUND ANY CORNER had been better. I was also left disappointed by the ending of NOUVEAU RICHE. I like the focus on McCoy, but the concept of Vulcan politics was vague and poorly thought out. Ah, but the poetry in this issue is some of the best and strongest that has appeared in the entire history of DARING ATTEMPT. My favorite is NIGHT SCARS by Natasha Soften, but there are also excellent poems by Sharon F and Meg Fine. I giggled over the horoscope page on the inside back cover. As a Libran, I found my horoscope apt. I did kill Spock and other characters many times in reams of mercrfufly unpublished gen Trek written years ago. As for the Pisces horoscope- well that idea of Kirk and Spock being held captive here in the 20th Century sounds extremely familiar. I wonder under what astrological sign Our Intrepid Editor was born, eh? If you've read DA2, you know how good it is, but if you haven't, you're depriving yourself of some extraordinary writing. Order it today! [3]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3
front cover of issue #3, either an authorized reprint or one copied without permission -- in any case, cheaper to print than the original

Daring Attempt 3 was published in August 1985 and contains 153 pages.

The artwork is by Brauna, C.A. Pierce, Dragon, and Gayle F.

[It has this disclaimer]: This publication is an amateur attempt and honestly not intended to infringe on anyone's rights or reputation. If it reflects events and individuals who are real, it is entirely a coincidence and you may consider that there are a lot of people out there who would like to meet you. Apologies go to W. Shatner and L. Nimoy if they are in anyway offended. It is really unintentional! To sue me, contact [street address redacted here on Fanlore!].
[From the editorial]:

OBLIGATORY EDITORIAL WRITTEN IN THE HEAT OF A POWAY SUMMER WHICH MAKES VULCAN LOOK LIKE A COOL, SHADY PARADISE. (I wouldn't mind the heat so much if everyone had pointed ears. I like pointed ears. They promise elegant, exotic encounters.... The heat of pon farr is probably cooler than this!)

And speaking of heat, I am reminded of everything that went into preparing this zine. The sweat beads on my back. I shiver, wipe my forehead wearily and try not to remember. But the fal tor pan of memory infused into my personality and thoughts, makes forgetting the ordeal impossible. In one short sentence: this issue seemed cursed from the very beginning. Nothing went right. Artists were overbooked. Writers crumpled under the pressures of creativity. Time passed too quickly and before I (we) knew it, the deadline loaned overhead and I crashed headfirst into it. I have some really great contributors, though, who came through for me and saved the zine. You will see sane new names here, along with the old, and I can tell you, in keeping with the tradition of Daring Attempt, this zine does not lack for variety. It was a bitch to edit, though, which brings me to another topic....

Editing. Some people think editing means accepting a story and printing it as it is. Others feel an editor must rewrite all stories until they conform with one person's idea of story and characterization. Still others say that an editor must make only those changes in punctuation and grammar that are necessary and not before checking with the writer. I am having a most difficult time with this, folks, as I pretty much disagree with all of the above. Editing involves making changes, yes, but rewrites should be done by the authors themselves. But even after rewriting, the author cannot expect that the story is written in stone, not to be changed in any way. Different editors have different ideas about what they like or dislike, feel harmonious toward, or uncomfortable. The writers must respect that they are writing for a specific zine and editor and accept that they will conform to the rules of that editor. (I, myself have very few rules and what rules I do have can be broken with the exceptional author or story.) The editor must respect the writer's vision as a possibility even if it isn't what she would have written-. If a good working relationship cannot be reached, the writer should pull the story. If the editor cannot live with certain views in the story and to change those views would change the story the editor should reject the story. The problem with editing, though, to any degree, is that it runs over egos and leaves them sputtering in the wind. The writer hopes that her story is perfect when she (or he) submits that story and sometimes that 'hope' turns to belief and she becomes close-minded to any, even the most casual, suggestions. This hinders the editing process; it also hinders the writing process and the learning process and frustration ensues for all involved.

This is how I edit: I read a story through once, decide on the basis of how the story affects me in the areas of emotion, characterization, credibility, writing style and story whether or not I will accept it, I do not reject or accept on the basis of spelling, grammar or punctuation, (Though a story that is neat makes a better first impression.) If I think the story has a value in about three or more of those categories I accept it. When I type it into final I edit as I go for continuity, grammar, and sound. I automatically tighten sentences, delete unnecessary words and add words to enhance sentence clarity.

Yes, it does all cane down to opinion and experience which makes me choose what to add or delete or change. But it is my zine which reflects my opinions. And I am extremely easy-going and never close-minded to writers' suggestions when those suggestions are presented thoughtfully. A professional editor (for all would-be writers out there) may not be as polite and all the ones I've known or met are much tougher!

All problems aside, I still very much enjoyed putting this zine together and, as you page through you will see, I participated in an orgy with sane black car striping tape. I never knew you could create so many different designs from one simple roll of black tape.
  • T'hy'la, poem by N.S. (2)
  • Editorial (4)
  • The Morning After, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (5)
  • All That Glitters is Not Gold, poem by Jane Yambe (6)
  • A Handful of Dust, poem by Dovya Blacque (7)
  • Spring on Myradin 2, poem by Natasha Solten (20)
  • The Marketplace/The Marketplace by Kathy Resch Author's summary: "AU. An embittered Kirk is disturbed by his obsession with one particular prostitute." — "Kirk reached toward the fastenings of his own clothes when suddenly, sensing something — sound, movement, he didn't know — he whirled. And stared in disbelief at a solid stone wall where a doorway had been only a moment before. Fury and fear blazed inside. "What the hell is going on here?" he demanded, taking a step toward the Vulcan. "Answer me!" he hissed, and then, seconds later, launched himself at the unresisting form." (21)
  • Mind-Slaves, poem by Natasha Solten (25)
  • In the Morning Light, poem by Jane Mailander (26)
  • First Thoughts, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (28)
  • Delusions of Grandeur by Andrea Arat ("Spock swung out and hit someone in the chest. He heard a curse as the man staggered back. "Jim!" he called. "Here, Spock." Kirk's voice came from the end of the corridor. "Here. You're all right. Come to me." The walls started to tumble and the floor undulated. Spock saw a faint glow, then Kirk's figure materialized. Kirk wore only black Starfleet uniform pants and he held his bare arms out to Spock. "Spock," he called. "I'm here." Now the walls were melting but Kirk stood unwavering, reaching with both arms. Spock jogged toward him. "Jim... help..."") (29)
  • Bridges, poem by Dovya Blacque (37)
  • Lost Time, poem by Rachel Abbot (38)
  • Forbidden Shrine, poem by Natasha Solten (38)
  • One More Night by Mary Woodruff ("Spock strode to the bed and effortlessly slipped between the covers. His leg brushed against Kirk's bare thigh and he started at the contact. Kirk grinned. "Sorry, Spock. Guess I'm used to sleeping this way. In the altogether. Just a minute and I'll..." Spock touched him lightly on the arm. "That will not be necessary, Captain. It does not bother me."") (39)
  • First Time, poem by Rachel Abbot (44)
  • Yearnings, poem by Rachel Abbot (44)
  • The Question, poem by Donna Rose Vanderlaan (45)
  • The Answer, poem by Donna Rose Vanderlaan (45)
  • Protestations, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (47)
  • Really, Doctor? poem by M.E.B. (48)
  • Enslaver, Enslaved by A.T. Bush ("The dungeon, despite the glowing forge, was too cool, with a cold draft gusting erratically, causing the torches and fire to flicker, throwing huge, scary shadows onto the walls. Despite the great fatigue in his arms, Kirk attempted to relieve the pressure on his wrists, fearing the loss of circulation in his hands would eventually result in irreparable damage. The chains clanked softly with his feeble movement. "Ah... so you have awakened at last."") (49)
  • Bonded, poem by Andrea Arat (61)
  • Empty Rooms, poem by Kathy Resch (62)
  • To Whom It May Concern, poem by C.A. Pierce (63)
  • Reply, poem by C.A. Pierce (70)
  • To Speak My Heart, poem by Donna Rose Vanderlaan (79)
  • Brave Captain, poem by Robin Hood (80)
  • Faster Than Love, poem by Andrea Arat (81)
  • Anticipations, poem by Rachel Abbot (85)
  • What are Friends For? by Ann Carver (86)("Spock was no longer sleeping. He had awakened from his nightmare at the feel of McCoy's hand. Lying quietly, eyes closed, he allowed himself to enjoy that gentle touch. "Doctor McCoy," he whispered softly. "I thought you were asleep, Spock." "Doctor," Spock continued, "do you remember when you lectured me about not knowing the agonies and ecstasies of love? I understand now." "I never meant for you to learn like this," McCoy replied sadly.") (86)
  • Selayan Mists, poem by Robin Hood (114)
  • My Word is My Bond, poem by Robin Hood (115)
  • There Before the Ice, poem by Natasha Solten (119)
  • A Pale Horse, poem by Robin Hood (120)
  • Forget, poem by Mary Woodruff (121)
  • A Rare and Beautiful Light by Natasha Solten (""Spock," Kirk said, as they sipped some after-dinner wine. "Can I ask you a personal question?" Spock closed his eyes in assent. "Of course." "I just wondered if you... if you said good-bye to Leila today." Spock took a deep breath, held it, then let it out slowly. "She will not see me."") (122)
  • The Other Side of Paradise, poem by Jane Yambe (127)
  • Romulan Code, Romulan Regrets, poem by Jessica Daigneault (128)
  • Stone, poem by Natasha Solten (134)
  • Gone Before, poem by Robin Hood (135)
  • The Dawn of a New Beginning by Louise Pacheco ("When my tongue touched his the memory went cold, as did the kiss, and I abruptly pulled away. And the look of hope I had seen in Jim's eyes seconds earlier now turned to excruciating pain. "No! You remembered! Tell me you remembered!" he cried, clutching my shoulders so hard it hurt. After a moment's silence I spoke in a hushed whisper, knowing the truth would hurt him deeply. "Yes, I remembered something. But it is gone now, and I do not understand its significance."") (136)
  • Limbo, poem by Natasha Solten (149)
  • Broken Sword, poem by Jane Yambe (150)
  • Healers, poem by Dovya Blacque (151)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Romulan Code, Romulan Regrets.
See reactions and reviews for A Handful of Dust.
See reactions and reviews for The Marketplace.
See reactions and reviews for Enslaver, Enslaved.
See reactions and reviews for Delusions of Grandeur.
See reactions and reviews for A Rare and Beautiful Light.
See reactions and reviews for The Dawn of a New Beginning.
See reactions and reviews for One More Night.
See reactions and reviews for To Whom it May Concern.
See reactions and reviews for Reply.
See reactions and reviews for What are Friends For?.
See reactions and reviews for The Morning After.
See reactions and reviews for Faster than Love.
[zine]: Each copy of DA3 is crowned by a photoprint of "T'hy'la" by Brauna on black,gold-lettered cover. The results are quite stunning. The contents once again live up to the editor's desire to print the strange and/or unusual, with a few more pedestrian pieces thrown in for good measure. A HANDFUL OF DUST by Dovya Blacque is the first story and is an interesting alternate ending to "Amok Time". The author presents a Kirk who is, not very comfortable with the side of Spock he saw on Vulcan, in fact, he's scared to death of his first officer. The results of this fear and how Kirk and Spock come to terms with their new views of one another, and of themselves, is the meat of this very well written story. THE MARKET PLACE by [Kathy Resch] is the first in a series of bizarre stories. They lead beautifully down one path, have a quite different path thrown in face at the last moment. This story disturbed me yet stirred an admiration for the author and her ability to convince me so strongly of the reality of her story. DELUSIONS OF GRANDUER by Natasha Solten is one of those stories that hurts so good you have to read it agan. We find Spock having difficulty with reality, slipping in and out of very unpleasant 'waking dreams'. Alternated with these run-ins with delusion and illusion are scenes of a very different person trapped in a reality drastically different from that of the first officer of the ENTERPRISE. What is real and what is illusion is the question addressed here, a question which is never quite answered, or is it? 0F MORE NIGHT by Mary Woodruff is a somewhat typical scenario used to create a situation which forces Kirk and Spock to admit their true feelings for one another. This is a nice piece; enjoyable and tender, if predictable. ENSLAVER ENSLAVED by AT Bush is another bizzare story which takes place in the "Mirror, Mirror" universe. This story involves an elaborate, and extremely painful lesson for Kirk. The ending is well done and, for me, completely unexpected. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN and REPLY by Carol Pierce deal with a letter written by Kirk and the consequences afterward. I found Spock's reaction to Kirk's 'confession' a bit extreme, but it certainly is in keeping with the general theme of DA. These are both well written stories and the conclusion is very charming. FASTER THAN LOVE by Andrea Arat deals with Spock's reaction to Kirk's sometimes unbearable impulsiveness. This is a very realistic treatment of a problem often dealt with in K/S with a realistic, tender ending. WHAT ARE fRIENDS FOR? by Ann Carver is a very long (28 pages) story which covers far too much ground. We are presented with the established relationship between Kirk and Spock; McCoy's reaction to it; T' Pau's rejection of their request to formally bond; Spock's inability to deal with this and his subsequent fleeing from the situation; Kirk's inability to function after Spock leaves; McCoy' s convincing Spock to return years later; Kirk and Spock's reunion; McCoy's heavy drinking and Kirk and Spock's unorthodox solution to help their friend. It is too much in one story and it is all very rushed. However, I fully enjoyed many ·of the scenes, especially those between Spock and McCoy which, for me, showed a greater depth of emotion than those between Kirk and Spock. This is not the most satisfying story, but it is not the worst story either. MY WORD IS MY BOND by Robin Hood is another in the line of strange stories in this zine. This one deals with Spock surviving Kirk's death though they were bonded. This story is an impossibility; a death story that is not a complete downer. A RARE A BEAUTIFUL LIGHT by Natasha Solten is a sequel to "Shadows Of Paradise" which was printed in ONE NIGHT STAND #3. This is a tender, intimate story and, for me, is the perfect incarnation of the soul of K/S; a deep, unquestionable friendship which stretches to encompass every area of the heart. ROMULAN CODE, ROMULAN REGRET by Jessica Daigneault is another strange one. This story covers the conditions encounted by Kirk and Spock when they are imprisoned in Romulan Territory. The characters here are not our usual Kirk and Spock, but then neither are the circumstances our usual conditions. For what this story is, it is well done, but be warned that it is very unusual. THE DAWN OF A NEW BEGINNING by Joann Marek covers Spock's confusion and lack of memory after the end of ST:TSFS. This is a droning story which goes on at length about what Spock does and does not remember. His encounters with a grieving Kirk and those with a supportive McCoy are overly dramatic. The key that brings him back to full memory is predicatable. I also found the first person a bit annoying as the author tends to recount events shown by having think about them. This is one story the zine could have lived without. All the poetry in the zine is well done with a few exceptional efforts along the way. Tere Ann Roderick's THE MORNING AFTER, FIRST THOUGHTS and PROTESTATIONS are all excellent; the first being a view of Kirk few would expect but which is very understandable, the second was inspired by "In Triplicate" (a publication of MKASHEF Enterprises); ihe third is accompanied by a gorgeous Gayle F. illo. SPRING ON MYRADIN 2 by Natasha Solten is in keeping with the theme of the zine and is quite touching and IN THE MORNING LIGHT by Jane Mailander is an interesting twist to the term 'trio'. The graphics are a strong statement from the editor that she shows an interest in the whole of her zinej her hand is felt throughout the entire production. DARING ATTEMPT 3 is a good read and it certainly lives up to its name. [4]
[zine]: Wow. What an imagination. I loved "The Marketplace," by [Kathy Resch]. It begins with a very strange situation that intrigued me, then continues on with such poignant and moving scenes that I found myself slowing down to re-read it. The ending is especially touching and hopeful. Thanks, [Kathy], for a very different story. "Delusions of Grandeur," by Natasha Solten, is also another very different story. Spock is being physically attacked by some unknown entity or force, and you'll be suprised to discover just what it is. This was a real twist of a story. I loved it. "Enslaved," by A.T. Bush, is an AU story with some harsh scenes in it, as the title may suggest. However, although I personally do not like abusiveness in stories, this one had such a hard-hitting, powerful ending that I was able to appreciate why the beginning was the way it was. A chill ran through me for Spock when he learns that, in time, all debts have to be repaid. "What Are Friends For?" by Ann Carver, is a wonderfully long, well-written, complex story of Kirk and Spock discovering their love. They do not handle it well for various reasons (mostly relating to Vulcan tradition), and both leave the fleet. This well-paced story is full of tenderness, concern, emotion, and adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "My Word Is My Bond," by Robin Hood, is a very emotional, touching story of a promise Spock makes to Kirk and how McCoy helps Spock to honor it, even though it means that McCoy loses Spock for himself. "A Rare and Beautiful Light," by Natasha Solten, is one of those intimate, quiet stories that makes you feel as though you were there sharing an evening with Kirk and Spock. In this story, the two are close, but not yet lovers. Spock has promised to take Kirk out for the evening, and we are taken along for dinner, an evening stroll, and a wonderful completion. I found it tasteful, emotionally stirring, and warm. In "Romulan Code, Romulan Regrets," by Jessica Daigneault, Spock and Kirk are Romulan prisoners who must learn the harsh Romulan codes of behavior in order to survive with some dignity. I liked it. "The Dawn of a New Beginning," by Joann Merak, was my absolute favorite in the zine. It was long enough to be really meaty, and was so well-written, with so many really memorable lines, that I read parts of it over and over just to savor the wonderful images once again. Joann is an extremely good writer and I always enjoy her work, but this is especially nice. After fal-tor-pan, Spock is back home and does not remember much of anything: who he is, who he was, who all these people are. This story is written from Spock's point of view, and we experience his thoughts and feelings as he desperately tries to recall something of his former self. This Spock is poignant, not pitiful, and more than a couple of times I found my eyes blurring too much to read on. There is great tenderness, love, and gentleness in this story, and I feel as if I have grown in some way to have read it. My many thanks to Joann for once again giving us a truly touching story. Some very good poetry is balanced throughout the zine. Works by Tere Ann Roderick, Jane Yambe, Natasha Solten, Jane Mailander, Dovya Blacque, Rachel Abbot, Donna Rose Vanderlaan, M.E.R., Andrea Arat, [Kathy Resch], Mary Woodruff, and Robin Hood provide wonderful variety. Two of my favorite illos in this zine are Dragon's, on page 104, of a long-haired Spock in a robe, and [Gayle F's], on page 46, of Spock. The front cover is lovely and distinctive. In summary, my opinion is that DARMG ATTEMPTS 3 is one of the most pleasurable K/S zines I've read, and I feel that it is more than worth the price. It's one that I will read again and again. My thanks to Wendy Rathbone for creating it. [5]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4 by Cole
back cover issue #4

Daring Attempt 4 was published in January 1986 and contains 150 pages. Front cover by Marilyn Cole. Back cover by Jacquelyn Zoost.

The editor writes:
Welcome to issue #4 of Daring Attempt. Inside you will find excellent stories and scads of poetry and artwork. The reason why there is so much poetry is because of the poetry contest. I had a very large response frem fellow fans, readers and writers. Now the decision of the winners will be up to you. Enclosed you will find a ballot. I want everyone to pick their three favorite poems from this zine and write them on the ballot and mail it to me by April 1. I encourage everyone to vote, even if you don't care for poetry because there is such a selection here that I cannot believe there isn't something for everyone.
(First prize was $10.00, second prize was $5.00, and third prize was "honorable mention.)
example of poetry (Solten) and art (Pierce) combined on a page
  • Stranger Stars by Natasha Solten (5)
  • The Game by Donna Rose Vanderlaan (""The rules are," Kirk said, "you can ask any three questions, you have to answer, and you have to tell the truth. Also, whatever is revealed cannot be repeated outside the group." "I do not feel divulging things of a personal or intimate nature would have any merit, nor be considered fun," Spock insisted. "At least try it once. I'm so bored here! If I had any idea we'd get stuck for days on this muddy rock I'd have certainly brought the chess set!"") (6)
  • Freedom by Athene Silvana (18)
  • Battle Weary by Athene Silvana (18)
  • First Touch by Alta (20)
  • Innocence Lost by Alta (20)
  • In Dreams by Taerie Bryant (20)
  • Three Simple Words by Meg Fine (21)
  • From a Medusan View by Alta (22)
  • Storm by Robin Hood (23) ("I heard wind screeching through my ears and couldn't believe them. This couldn't be happening. A cutting gust sliced through me and my body reacted when you spoke your bladed words. I shivered. "I am leaving, Jim. I must, for you have come too close to my life."")
  • Leaving by Alt (24)
  • Everywhere by Rachel Abbot (25)
  • Wishes of No One Important by Linda Frankel (127)
  • Sanctuary by Nataha Solten (28)
  • Love Poem by Taerie Bryant (28)
  • Dragon-Meld by Matthew James and Elizabeth Leicester ("Spock tried to reach for Kirk again, but Kirk continued to grip his wrists. "Will it help you to hold me?" Kirk asked. "Do you need a mind-meld? Tell me what to do, Spock!" He let Spock go. The Vulcan grabbed Kirk's upper arms and his vise like grip tightened. Kirk winced with pain before Spock loosened slightly. //Spock!// Kirk called with his mind. //Spock, answer me! What's wrong? What happened?// But there was no answer. It was as though their bond was blocked.") (29)
  • Ice Wall by Rachel Abbot (41)
  • Anniversary Offerings by M.E.B. (43)
  • Too Many Zines by Donna Rose (44)
  • Traitor on the Bridge by C.A. Pierce (45)
  • Now and Always by Rachel Abbot 9"We would both be off duty in a few seconds. I decided to get Spock in my room and flat out ask for what I wanted. As I made my decision I found myself once again staring at the line of Spock's genitals and thighs under the black pants. My gaze rose and a faint blush colored my cheeks as I met Spock's quizzical stare.") (46)
  • Hindsight by Natasha Solten (49)
  • The Tempest by Robin Hood (50)
  • Proud Men by Robin Hood (50)
  • Brittle Glass by Robin Hood (52)
  • Denial by Natasha Solten (52)
  • Three O'Clock in the Morning by Andrea Arat and Alexis Fegan Black ("The dark Kirk mumbled. "Make him go away. I hate him." "You don't know what you're saying," the other Kirk said. He leaned closer to his other's face. "Spock is our dearest friend, remember?" The dark Kirk's breath shook. "Not mine!" His mouth twisted. "I don't want him to see me. Make him go! You're Spock's friend. I'm not. I'm the one everyone's ashamed of. I have no friends."") (53)
  • Hope for Fire by Natasha Solten (79)
  • Command by Natasha Solten (80)
  • Symbols of Gol by Natasha Solten (80)
  • Under Dark by Natasha Solten (81)
  • Night Song by Natasha Solten (81)
  • Sand of Dreams by Natasha Solten (83)
  • Dark Med by N.S. (84)
  • Haiku by Kathy Resch (86)
  • Virgin by Kathy Resch(86)
  • Wandering Path by Rachel Abbot (86)
  • To Catch a Spy by A.T. Bush ("Spock gritted his teeth and readjusted the instrument. The earplug comm set wobbled dangerously as he shook his head in frustration. Unfortunately, it was reporting the negative results from the other stations. Spock swiveled his chair to stare at the flat-line readout of Kirk's special shoe-detector. Kirk had assured him that no civilized beings would take a captive's shoes! He had been proven utterly wrong. Anyone only mildly cognizant of the plethora of Federation technological devices would know that Kirk was 'bugged' from head to toe.") (87)
  • Wind in the Valley by Robin Hood (112)
  • K/S One and K/S Two by Jean Schnedler (113)
  • "A Confounded Nuisance" by Jane Mailander (115)
art from issue #4, Gayle F. Note: Marked as sexually explicit; minimized.
  • Awaiting Transport by Natasha Solten (117)
  • Eulogy by Tere Roderick (118)
  • Day and Night by Ann Carver (119)
  • Star-Fallen by Natasha Solten (120)
  • The Eagle's Perch by Natasha Solten (""Did you feel anything?" the prosecutor asked. Suddenly the memory came back full force. Spock felt all the blood drain from his face. The bond between himself and Kirk snapped. Nausea brought an unfamiliar liquid warmth to his eyes. "I felt it all," he managed to say to the court. "Hopeless..." He closed his eyes as the room began to darken and, as though outside his body, saw himself slump forward onto the arm of the witness chair. "Spock." Soothing hands, cool and firm, caressed his forehead.") (122)
  • "Prisoner" by Kathy Resch (150)
  • Artwork by Marilyn Cole, Jacquelyn Zoost, Dragon, Kym Hansen, Anja Gruber, Shellie Whild, C.A. Pierce, Teresa Court, Gene Delapenia, Caren Parnes, Gayle F, and Vel Jaeger

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

See reactions and reviews for The Game.
See reactions and reviews for Three O'Clock in the Morning.
See reactions and reviews for The Eagle's Perch.
See reactions and reviews for Dragon-Meld.
See reactions and reviews for Everywhere.
See reactions and reviews for To Catch a Spy.
[zine]: This issue doesn't take quite as many chances -- or make quite as many -- 'attempts' -- as #3 did, an maybe that's for the best since this is perhaps the best DARING ATTEMPT yet. The zine begins with THE GAME by Donna Rose Vanderlaan. Kirk and Spock are stranded on a mud ball of a planet with absolutely nothing to do. Kirk suggests they play 'Three Questions' and, after quite a bit of trying to get out of it, Spock agrees. Soon, the questions take a turn Kirk never expected and the inevitable happens. I laughed at this story, I even felt like crying in a few places. There are some incredibly tender, moving moments. This is a wonderful story. DRAGON MELD by Matthew James and Elizabeth Leicester really found the right zine. This is a bizzare, at times hard, at times gentle, difficult story of Spock's reaction to a meld with an unscrupulous, brutal creature which he encounters while on a landing party. It is perhaps a measure of the authors' ability that so many diverse emotions were invoked in me while I read this story. One of the two outstanding pieces in the zine is THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING by Andrea Arat and Alexis Fegan Black. This story deals with the situation that could have evolved had Kirk not been reintegrated during "The Enemy Within". The authors take a very difficult premise and utilize the not-inconsiderable strength of their talents to effect a wonderfully unique, extremely satisfying solution. The best part is the dialogue written for the two Kirks together and apart. This one story is worth the price of the entire zine and is accompanied by a wonderful Marilyn Cole portrait of the 'dark' Kirk. The other outstanding story is THE EAGLE'S PERCH by Natasha Solten. This is a version of the after events of ST 3 that I hadn't seen done before... or since. While this is a K/S story dealing with an established relationship, the freshness of a 'first time' story is maintained. The main thrust of the story is the trial Kirk is faced with the different views and opinions of the witnesses such as Sarek, Saavik, McCoy, Spock and Kirk himself. Natasha's ending was unexpected to me, disturbing, yet completely logical and satisfying within the reality of the story. This is one of Natasha's best pieces, very well written and completely convincing. The one real disappointment in the zine (and if there' s only one, how much of a disappointment can it be?) is TO CATCH A Spy by A. T. Bush. This is a mish-mash of post ST 3 events and a poorly plotted gen story about how the Klingons knew about Genesis in the first place. It did not hold my attention, I grew bored quickly and I found the parts dealing with Carol Marcus distracting. Maybe this would have worked better as separate stories. There is simply too much going on without enough glue to hold the different factors together. DARING ATTEMPT #4 offers a wide variety of poetry as there is a reader voted poetry contest the results to be printed in DARING ATTEMPT #5. Unfortunately, the best poetry is by Natasha Solten, especially " Sand of Dreams" and "Dark-meld", which are disqualified from the contest due to the author' s connection to the publisher. Aside from Natasha's the poetry, quite good with "Three Simple Words" by Meg Fine, "Wishes of No One Important" (a reply to ROMULAN CODE, ROMULAN REGRETS from DA #3) by Linda Frankel, "Virgin" by [Kathy Resch], and "Day And Night" by Ann Carver standing out from the pack. Art includes a wonderfully erotic montage by Gavle F, two lovely portraits of Spock by Karen Parnes, a simply scrumptious cover by Marilyn Cole as well as work by Vel jaeger, Jacqueline Zoost, Dragon, Anja Gruber, Kym Hansen, Shellie Whild, CA Pierce and others. DARING ATTEMPT #4 is the best DARING ATTEMPT yet. A wonderful read. [8]
[zine]: Once again, Ms. Rathbone has produced a respectable zine and in record time. The stories are a delightful mixture: THE GAME by Donna Vanderlaan. While the story is a bit rough in writing technique, the feeling itproduces brings a smile to your face. It's a wonderful, loving story of three little questions that leads the men into each others' arms. STORM by Robin Hood: a vignette that quickly explores Kirk's feelings when Spock leaves him for Gol, and his impatient waiting until the Vulcan once again steps on board the ENTERPRISE. The title says it all, Kirk's thoughts are revealed. The story is forceful and at the same time very sensitive. DRAGON MELD by Matthew James and Elizabeth Leicester: a story of an alien mind meld that leaves Spock cut off from his bond with Kirk. A good idea, but much too quickly done, and should have been expanded. NOW AND ALWAYS by Rachel Abbot. A vignette that doesn't seem to start anywhere or get anywhere. THREE O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING by Alexis Fegan Black and Andrea Arat. A new and novel approach to the 'Enemy Witnin' concept. Done in the flashy and yet caring style of these two excellent writers. A must! EAGLES PERCH by Natasha Solten: a wonderful, warm story from an unusual point of view. New and novel, as Natasha usually writes. There is a large amount of poetry in this zine, and most are in competition for a contest. While the majority are typical, a number stand out far above the rest. In my opinion, one of the best (and ineligible for the content) is Dark Meld, accompanied by a stunning Parnes illo; it would be hard to beat in anyone's contest. Tere Roderick's "NO", Robin Hood's "WIND IN THE VALLEY", several nice pieces by Alta, Terrie Bryant and Ann Carver's "DAY AND NIGHT" are hard-hitting and startling; unlike the fun but graphic pieces by Donna Vanderlaan and Robin Hood's "TEMPEST". I blushed but I laughed. The art included is numerous and yet mostly uninspiring. In comment about the lesser art, the editor does fandom a great service: she allows up and coming artists to try their wings, and I'm certain that we will all reap the benefits in the buture. But the Parnes illo and the refreshing covers by Marilyn Cole more than make up for what the others may lack. This zine is a compilation of interesting and unusual stories. Well worth the money and quickly sent by the editor. [9]
DA 4 lacks the sheer quantity of stories offered in the previous DA's, but the material it does contain is of good quality. "The Game," by Donna Rose Vanderlaan, has Kirk and Spock stranded on a planet with nothing to do. They play games of "Three Questions" and learn new things about each other. The story has moments of warmth and moments of humor. "Dragon-Meld," by Matthew Janes and Elizabeth Leicester, was refreshing in that it had some action/adventure flavor to it. There is a flaw in that McCoy takes a mentally-injured Spock to a Vulcan healer-friend of his, and it is not very well explained how McCoy and the healer became such good friends in the past. Otherwise, the story is enjoyable. "Three O'clock in the Morning," by Andrea Arat and Alexis Fegan Black, was very interesting. It presents an alternate ending to 'The Enemy Within," where the two Kirks are still separated after going through the transporter together. Each continues to weaken, and Spock and McCoy don't know how to save them. The story takes a closer look at "good" and "evil"—as the episode did—and we find that those boundaries are not as definable as they sometimes seem. The ending is surprising. A. T. Bush's "To Catch a Spy" is a humorous post-STILT tale. I would have enjoyed it mare if the author hadn't gotten carried away with the use of exclamation marks and ellipses. In fact, I found that ignoring them made for easier reading. Natasha Solten's "The Eagle's Perch" is a post- STIII story where Kirk is facing charges for stealing the Enterprise. But rather than being a long, drawn-out court battle, this mainly tells of what takes place following the court sessions— facing the nosey reporters, dreading the days to come, the insecurities regarding the future, and simply winding down after each stressful day. The story begins with Sarek's thoughts, and has the reflections of Kirk, McCoy, and Saavik placed at strategic points in the narrative, but the tale is primarily written in the third person. The degree of love and affection between Kirk and Spock just melted me; yet, in no way did it come across as syrupy. In fact, the story was very mature, very adult. These two had some very real fears to deal with. But one insecurity they didn't have was that regarding their relationship. There is no innocent, stumbling, first-time tension here. Kirk and Spock use their relationship to its fullest to generate strength and ease fears. I found the ending surprising, and Spock's closing thoughts eloquent and appropriate. DA4 has a large variety of poetry, which was prompted by a poetry contest. I would recommend the zine for 'The Eagle 's Perch" alone, but the other features are also quite good. [10]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5 by Marilyn Cole, this cover was used as the official inspiration for the writing challenge; winners appeared in issue #6
back cover of issue #5, Jacqueline Zoost

Daring Attempt 5 was published in April 1986 and has 173 pages.

The art is by Marilyn Cole, Jacquelyn Zoost, Shellie Whild, Caro Hedge, Pat Friedman, C. A. Pierce, Dragon, and Ann Mara Crouch.

From the editorial:

Welcome to Daring Attempt 5. This issue went together so smoothly that it was a pleasure to put together. I think you will enjoy everything in it. There are all kinds of stories, poems, artwork... .something for everyone. I want to thank all my contributors for making this issue a reality. Each one of you take a bow. You deserve all the credit.

I would also like to single Pat Friedman out and thank her publicly for all the typing she did above and beyond the call of duty. Thanks to Pat, this zine will be sent early to the printer.


It's raining as I write this, and very late at night. Everyone is asleep but me. The light in my window is the only light on in Poway right now, like a single star burning in the wet blackness of this city. People are dreaming. I can feel the dreams touch me, circle me, taunt me. They are real, or will become reality someday if fed the right energy, at the right times. Star Trek, our dream of the future, can also be ours one day, if we can all be tolerant and peaceful toward all people, no matter how different, who share this planet, this galaxy, this universe with us.

Oh, no, now I'm getting preachy. I guess it is too late for me to be doing this. I must be half-sleep and dreaming also. And in this dream two star-explorers, one human, one Vulcan, learn of friendship and love on worlds that are not dreams, but are real places where real people live.

Good-night and good-night and good-night.

May all your good dreams cane true.
  • Thinking, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (5)
  • By The Stone Ezel by Linda Frankel ("One summer years ago a young Cadet Kirk roomed with a Klingon named Kumara at a special Starfleet training camp designed to promote peace between the diverse peoples of the galaxy. Now Captain Kirk faces Commander Kumara in a diplomatic but deadly struggle to bring peace between the Federation and the Klingon Empire. It becomes a more personal battle for Kirk, however, who must deal with past memories of an intimate relationship with Kumara who still loves him. Kirk, unable to return the Klingon's affections, is torn between duty and a promise made in the idealism of youth. Also, his powerful but unconfessed love for Spock serves to further complicate matters in this moving novella of adventure, intrigue and love.") (6)
  • To Kumara, poems by Linda Frankel (38)
  • Sealed Tape: A Dart Meant for Me by Linda Frankel (44)
  • Personal Log: Overcoming Doubts by Linda Frankel (49)
  • Sealed Tape: Until Next Meeting by Linda Frankel (51)
  • Stranger, poem by Kathy Resch (52)
  • Green Mist, poem by Robin Hood (54)
  • The Birthday Blues: 7 Year Itch by Monica Voile (55)
  • In This Eye, poem by Alayne Gelfand (62)
  • Ecstasies, Miseries, and Broken Rules by S/K (63)
  • Convictions, poem by Dovya Blacque (75)
  • Frozen Night, poem by Athene Silvana (76)
  • The Rep by Greggia Seta (77)
  • Affection, poem by Andrea Arat (83)
  • Haiku #3 by Kathy Resch (84)
  • Falling Star, Part 2 by Alexis Fegan Black ("Part I, which appears in DA #1, introduces Jim Kirk and his partner Hashi as circus performers in a dangerous trapeze act. The sadistic Hashi, Kirk's roommate and former lover, continues to threaten Kirk who actively fears for his life as the next death-defying performance approaches. The prophet Rangu has already warned him that this act will be his last. Will he stay and continue to goad Hashi into killing him? And just whose unknown but familiar presence does he keep sensing nearby? Dark eyes in a crowd of people, whispers of past memories haunt him as he climbs toward the trapeze platform that may lead to his death.") (85)
  • Night Dark Eyes, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (107)
  • Defenda Est, poem by Twyla J. Peacock (108)
  • Still Eyes, poem by Dovya Blacque (110)
  • The Sixteenth Year of Icor by C. A. Pierce (""The Icor," Spock said, "is for remembering the Tas't'zet, which is the sustaining of the Vulcan Set-Katra; the Hall of Ancient Thought. If each Vulcan, in his own 16th year of Icor, does not perform this necessary function, then in the next Great Tirn a weakening of the structure would occur, resulting in the loss and total destruction of the Tas't'zet and the Set-Katra, and most probably , following the next Grand Ic'the'le, the death of the Vulcan race, in toto." "Are you sure, Jim, that you wanna bond with a guy who counts his life in Icors?" McCoy asked. Spock deigned to glance at the doctor, though it was just beginning to sink in concerning how little humans really knew about the more personal side of Vulcan life; the rituals, beliefs, mysticism, religion.") (111)
  • Haiku, by Natasha Solten (124)
  • Tears in the Desert by Robin Hood ("You are my friend, and this is not proper." The words were jerked from Spock as if from his soul. "Why isn't it?" Kirk asked. "God, Spock. I love you!" There! The words hung in the air leaving both men strangely breathless. "Captain," Spock said with a quiver in his throat, "there is an intermix formula..."") (125)
  • Adding, Subtraction, poem by Robin Hood (130)
  • Rites of Spring, poem by Jane Mailander (131)
  • Reverie After an Interesting Day by Tere Ann Roderick (135)
  • Flute De Pan, poem by Andrea Arat (138)
  • For One Who Walks a Step Behind, poem by Natasha Solten (139)
  • Risks, poem by Dovya Blacque (140)
  • The Choice Debated, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (141)
  • Fogged Glass, poem by Robin Hood (142)
  • The Ultimate Friend by Charlotte Frost (143)
  • Destiny, poem by Jean M. Schnedler (152)
  • Mistress, poem by Athene Silvana (153)
  • Dream of Sand, poem by Natasha Solten (154)
  • Moonlighting by Wendy Rathbone ("Mr. Reelo Sar'da'nol, one of the most admired and valued artists in the galaxy, makes Mr. Spock an offer he cannot refuse: he would like to use Spock as the subject of one of his paintings. Though Spock has admired Reelo's critically acclaimed work for several years, the prospect of posing for him is completely out of the question. Reelo paints only nudes.") (155)
  • On the Edge, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (172)
  • Afterward, poem by Jean M. Schedler (173)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for By the Stone Ezel.
See reactions and reviews for The Birthday Blues: 7 Year Itch.
See reactions and reviews for Ecstasies, Miseries, and Broken Rules.
See reactions and reviews for The Rep.
See reactions and reviews for The Sixteenth Year of Icor.
See reactions and reviews for Tears in the Desert.
See reactions and reviews for Reverie After an Interesting Day.
See reactions and reviews for The Ultimate Friend.
See reactions and reviews for Moonlighting.

Issue 6

front cover of issue #6 by Chris Soto: "As usual, this picture is gorgeous! I love her delicate touch, the fine detail, symmetry. I would know her work now anywhere, it is so distinctive. I keep wondering how fandom holds onto her! Her work surpasses many of the professional artists I've seen in pro books and magazines, and they are making lots of money! Thanks, Chris, your contribution to fandom is breathtaking." [11]
back cover of issue #6 by Chris Soto

Daring Attempt 6 was published in July 1986 and contains 154 pages.

The art is by Chris Soto, Marilyn Cole, C.A. Pierce, Shellie Whild, Jacqueline Zoost, Phyliss Amason, WLR, Dragon, and Jody Zweserijn. Much of the art features long-haired Spocks and long-haired Kirks.

inside art by Marilyn Cole, it was the cover of the previous issue and used as the inspiration for the writing contest; winners appeared in this issue: "This is the illo that started it all. Because of this, which was the cover to DA5, DA6 looks like, well, this. Thanks, Marilyn, for such wonderful inspiration. The eight stories for the contst were all inspired by this long-haired Spock and friend."

The stories in this issue were eligible for a writing contest sponsored by the editor. In issue #7, the editor announces the winners along with their cash prizes.

    • First Place: Dream Merchant by Dovya Blacque ($25)
    • Dawn of the Phoenix by C.A. Pierce ($10)
    • Third Place, Honorable Mention, tie: Lonely Dreamer by Charlotte Frost and Memoirs of James T. Cougar by Linda Frankel
[From the editorial]:

It seems, folks, that these Spocks with long hair are very popular guys. Everybody wants one for their very own. One wonders, what is the attraction? Could it be the silky, sensuality of that long, dark hair? Or could it be the smooth shine of it, the imagined feel of running fingers through its warmth, or perhaps it is the perfect way it brushes across strong, broad shoulders? Or is it the way the bangs caress the eyebrows and feather the forehead? I could go on and on. But one thing will always remain the same...it is the hair that intrigues.

"But," cried the editor, "all looks aside, what about characterization and in-depth plot?"

Well, the stories herein contain not only long hair, they do have plots, and interesting (I'll say!) characterization. All but two stories in this issue were written for the contest.


  • Child of Fire, poem by Natasha Solten (2)
  • Dawn of the Phoenix by C.A. Pierce ("Spock's shuttle crash lands on an alien planet. Seriously injured and suffering from amnesia, Spock is found and cared for by an intelligent cat-being. Will Kirk and crew find Spock before the Klingons do? Can they save the intelligent cat-beings from senseless slaughter?") (7)
  • Fire-Night, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (24)
  • The Memoirs of James T. Cougar by Tiberius Tomcat (""Well, you see, Bones, it all started with that cat Mage from the planet Bast. I had heard about the goings on in the Bast Temples. They have these wonderfully obscene orgiastic rites in honor of the Goddess Bast, or so runs the scuttlebutt. But no one ever told me that one of their Mages could teleport without a transporter directly into my offices in Starfleet HQ..."") (25)
  • Cat-Love, poem by Natasha Solten (37)
  • Contest Entry by Jane Mailander ("//Spock. You are aware, of course, that I am going to kill you as soon as I'm out of this mess.// The captain of the ENTERPRISE paused for a moment. //Actually, it'll be easier to kill you as I am now. Nice sharp claws, fangs, the works...// //And if you kill me now,// the Vulcan added lightly, relieved, //you will have to remain in your present shape for an uncomfortable span of time, until another Vulcan decides to voluntarily meld with a Terran panther who believes itself to be a starship captain.//") (38)
  • To Taste the Wine, poem by Sandee Maxwell (40)
  • Lonely Dreamer by Charlotte Frost ("He pushed his long, thick hair back behind his shoulders. The red Vulcan sun had disappeared from the horizon, and he strained his eyes in an attempt to find the elusive animal. He was sure it could not have left the outcropping of rocks without him seeing it. Now, just a meter away, he reached out with a trembling hand. His fingers came into contact with the soft, furry coat, and the animal turned its head in his direction, as though surveying him.") (41)
  • Walls, poem by Romilly Kerr (55)
  • Untitled Poem by Shellie Whild (55)
  • No Other Friend, poem by Romilly Kerr (55)
  • Poem Left by a Case of Antique Books, poem by Andrea Arat (56)
  • The Last Day, poem by Romilly Kerr (57)
  • When He Will Leave Me, poem by Natasha Solten (58)
  • The Loss of Light, poem by Andra Arat (59)
  • The Ungrateful Heart, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (60)
  • Divided We Fall, poem by Karn Wills (61)
  • Acceptance, poem by Meg Fine (62)
  • Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Tulle ("Kirk was wading in an unusually deep 'puddle' of windblown summit-sand when he rounded a towering boulder and came upon the most startling sight ever to behold. For a stunned moment he forgot to breathe. Spock sank his fingertips into the furry chest and scratched vigorously. The loud rumbling purrs of contentment vibrated against his bare hip where the great cat leaned...") (64)
  • The Talent by Jenny Star ("Name's Gypsy. I'm an enchantress. Naw, not like all that Camelot bullshit with Merlin and all. Listen. Next to me, that Merlin was a no count, limp-wristed wimp. A real amateur. I, Jack, am the genuine article.") (72)
  • The Dream Merchant by Dovya Blacque ("It took another moment for Spock to decipher his never used knowledge of the language. "Dream Merchant", the sign read. "Come in, young man. You are looking for a dream, are you not? You have come from the stars to find a dream," Gjinka told Spock. "You are very curious... about everything... and have come to find that which you have never known before." You claim to sell dreams?") (81)
  • King of the Gypsies, poem by Dovya Blacque (106)
  • Fyan, poem by Dovya Blacque (106)
  • Catnip by Robin Hood (""I'm sorry to have to remind you, Spock, of something I know you'd just as soon never think of again, but... I have to." "I know... Jim." Kirk tried to make it easier. "You'd been on Drraln for how long before... the effect began to take a hold of you, and was it just you?"") (107)
  • Two Halve, poem by Sandee Maxwell (115)
  • Play, poem by Tere Ann Roderick (117)
  • Seeing is Believing, poem by Shellie Whild (117)
  • No Price Too High by Carol Pierce (118)
  • With Fate Conspire by Rachel Abbot (146)
  • Dazzle, poem by Robin Hood (143)
  • Yours Forever, poem by Sandee Maxwell (144)
  • You and I, poem by Shellie Whild (154)
  • Wild One, poem by Robin Hood (155)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

See reactions and reviews for No Price Too High.
See reactions and reviews for Lonely Dreamer.

Issue 7

front cover of issue #7 by Gayle F
back cover issue #7

Daring Attempt 7 was published in January 1987 and contains 158 pages. Front cover by Gayle F and back cover by Dragon. Art by; Gayle F, Dragon, Shellie Whild, Jacquelyn Zoost, Kym, Caro Hedge, C.A. Pierce, Jody Zweserijn, Anja Gruber.

From the editorial:
With the fifth Trek movie in the works, as well as a new series, not to mention the many many fanzines. Star Trek fans have never had it better. Here's to a great new year — 1987. Let it be a year of new beginnings for everyone.
  • The King of Wands, poem by Natasha Solten (2)
  • Loving Free, poem by Tere Roderick 6)
  • A Shower of Rust by Robin Hood— Sometimes a meld is the only way to express yourself…if you’re a tongue-tied Vulcan. (7)
  • Real Love, poem by Taerie Bryant (12)
  • Dialogue, poem by Elizabeth Leicester (14)
  • Jealousy, poem by Judi (15)
  • Meant to Fly, poem by Linda Frankl 16)
  • Letters From Mother by Gene Delapenia - Not everyone who serves in Starfleet is a hero. And people do have to eat. (17)
  • Guardian, poem by N.S. (Natasha Solten?) (19)
  • Shattered Dreams, poem by Anne K. Monnig 20)
  • One More Look by Roberta - It is the night before Spock's funeral, and there are things left unsaid and undone. (21)
  • Lessons and Lovers by Charlotte Frost— The captain and his first officer are lovers and have agreed upon some ground rules concerning sexual fidelity. Then Jim Kirk changes the game. (23)
  • Guardian, poem by Taerie Bryant (23)
  • Cities in the Rain, poem by Taerie Bryant (24)
  • Step in Faith, poem by Tere Roderick (32)
  • Autographs by Roberta - An embarrassing notice appears on the bulletin board in the main rec room. Isosceles by Zoey Brook - In a plan to stop the Romulans from going back in time to change Vulcan's past, the Enterprise falls through a "tear" in the space/time continuum and meets the Master...a longhaired, emotional enigma that could pass for Spock's twin. (33)
  • The Dream, poem by Fiona James (34)
  • Isosceles by Zoey Brook (37)
  • In Memory, poem by Taerie Bryant (74)
  • Eyes, poem by Alta (75)
  • The Emperor, poem by Natasha Solten (76)
  • The Knight of Swordsv Natasha Solten (78)
  • David, poem by Judi (86)
  • Sad Song, poem by by Tere Roderick (87)
  • Dark Glance, poem by Robin Hood (88)
  • How To Make A Doctor Beg by Ursula Tulle - Perhaps the doctor has goaded his Vulcan friend just once too often. (90)
  • The Bounty Hunters by Susie Gordon - When Admiral Kirk steals a Federation starship a reward of 35.000 credits is offered for his capture. After all the facts have become known the reward is rescinded, however not everyone gets the news. Two days after the fal tor pan James Kirk disappears. (96)
  • Nocturne, poem by Jane Mailander (105)
  • Funeral with Bagpipes, poem by Linda Frankl (106)
  • Final Acceptance by Anja Gruber - The loss of three crewmen hits the captain hard and makes him wonder why he's in space in the first place. Then Spock takes him to the observation room and shows him. Left Behind by Yvonne DeChin - Spock and McCoy are far away from the Enterprise for training when pon farr comes. And Spock's soon-to-be-bondmate is not available. (107)
  • Eye of the Storm, poem by Robin Hood (114)
  • Evening, poem by Taerie Bryant (115)
  • Ghost of My Love, poem by Taerie Bryant (115)
  • To Be a Vulcan, poem by Alta (116)
  • A Gathering of Nights, poem by Taerie Bryant (118)
  • Left Behind, story by Yvonne DeChin (119)
  • The Last, poem by Alta (136)
  • Perchance to Dream, poem by Karn Wills (138)
  • Skinny-Dipping, poem by Anne K. Monnig (138)
  • Mindsifting by Natasha Solten - Spock is trying to write his report about the mission to Organia, and especially about his experience under the mindsifter. How much should he reveal? How much should he withhold? How much should he share with Jim? (148)
  • Ashes, poem by Taerie Bryant (157)
  • The Magician, poem by Natasha Solten (159)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

See reactions and reviews for Isosceles.
See reactions and reviews for Mindsifting.

Issue 8

front cover of issue #8, Jody Zweserijn (also credited as Sherry Veltkamp), also used as interior art for "Of Dark Places"

Daring Attempt 8 was published in April 1987 and contains 173 pages. It was edited by JoAnne.

NOTE: This appears on the publisher's website's table of contents for this zine, but doesn't appear in the zine itself: TORY by Mary Suskind Lansing ("A slice of life story that takes place in the later years of Kirk's and Spock's lives together along with their pet, an Irish wolfhound who is twice the size of an ordinary human.")

From the editorial:
The topic of K/S may sometimes seem like a tired one, with so many zines coming out with similar stories, but there are new ideas and new ways of handling old ideas. And most die-hard K/S fans never get tired of our two favorite heroes discovering their mutual affection for each other. Hopefully, DA 9 will be ready by June, '87, but that all depends on the writers and artists. If I don't receive material, I can't print. I do already have a Marilyn Cole cover in the files for DA 9, plus a couple of submissions, so we're off to a good start, But, keep 'em coming. The more stories I get, the better. Though several close friends of mine may kill me for doing this, I am taking my fate into my hands and doing my first 'other media' zine. This 'other media' happens to be Blakes 7. I know many of you may not be familiar with the British series, so I won't bore-you with the details, but those who are interested, send me your thoughts and S.A.S.E.s. I have just recently discovered the series and find it a nice vacation from my every day Star Trek obsession. But don't worry, I will not be leaving any of my Trek zines behind. They will continue to be published at full speed ahead. The B7 zine is just a fun distraction and a nice change for someone (me) who at times finds herself drowning in a self-made, Star Trek rut. Don't take that last sentence the wrong way. Star Trek will always be my first love and first obsession. It's a classic, there's no denying it. But it is fun to test other waters on occasion. So I hope to hear encouragement, ideas and even stories from other B7 fans out there. I'm willing to publish both adult and general B7 stories in this new zine. My mind is wide open on this one. Don't be shy.
  • At First Sight by Natasha Solten ("The first day Kirk takes command of the ENTERPRISE he's surprised upon meeting his Vulcan First Officer that his admiration for him and his accomplishment is mutual. At first sight, both are more than intrigued with the other; in fact, they hit if off quite well... literally!") (7)
  • The Dark is a Fire, poem by Natasha Solten (35)
  • As It Should Be, story by Charlotte Frost (37)
  • Our Dream by Donna Vanderlaan (43)
  • Four of Cups, poem by Linda Frankel (45)
  • It Isn't Easy, story by Yvonne DeChine (46)
  • My Love, He Is..., poem by Shellie Whild (52)
  • Webs of Hope, poem by Donna Rose Vanderlaan (53)
  • Sweet Fire, story by Robin Hood ("Kirk and Spock discuss their friendship and how they felt about one another's personal lives before they discovered their love for each other.") (54)
  • As Shadows Fall, poem by Sandee Maxwell (58)
  • Dark Memories, poem by Sandee Maxwell (58)
  • The Cold Lands, a novella by Romilly Kerr ("When their shuttle crash lands on the planet Oroscon, Kirk and Spock are caught and imprisoned by an alien ruler fearful that their strangeness will contaminate his mid-20th century society. While in the prison, Kirk and Spock must put up with not only the prisoners but each other as well as their hopes for rescue waning and dependency on their friendship for survival deepening.") (60)
  • Starcrossed, poem by Robin Hood (117)
  • Cold Feet by Jenny Starr (119)
  • Death on Display, poem by Linda Frankel (127)
  • The Possessor, poem by Natasha Solten (128)
  • To Catch a Swallow, fiction by Mary Suskind Lansing (130)
  • Of Dark Places, a novella by Mary Kay Urbanski ("While Kirk struggles to survive in a dark cave which is the home of a terrifying alien animal, he experiences flashbacks recalling his friendship with Spock and the slow deepening of their feelings for one another. Meanwhile, Spock searches for his captain with an increasing awareness that Kirk is in immediate need of help and fearful that he will not reach his friend in time.") (141)
  • Everything, poem by [Cybel Harper] (171)
  • Vulcan Love Song, poem by Robert Cole (173)
  • ART by Marilyn Cole, Dragon, Sarah B. Leonard, Sherry Veltkamp, Shellie Whild, Jacquelyn Zoost, Caro Hedge, Jody Zweserijn

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

See reactions and reviews for The Cold Lands.
See reactions and reviews for To Catch a Swallow.
See reactions and reviews for As It Should Be.
See reactions and reviews for At First Sight.
[zine]: DARING ATTEMPT #8 as a whole, the the best DA to come along in a while. I enjoyed almost every story in this zine, which a rare and wonderful thing these days. DA #8 begins with AT FIRST SIGHT by Natasha- Solten, a very well written, emotional look into what it was really like to Commander James Kirk when the FARRAGUT met her end and the aftermath he has to deal with. We also get to see Spock's reaction to Captain Pike leaving the ENTERPRISE and Captain Kirk coming aboard. This is a different vision of Kirk and Spock, one I found beautiful and highly enjoyable. AS IT SHOULD BE, by Charlotte Frost, is an uninspired post-ST 4 story about Kirk and Spock resettling back into their relationship after Spock's death and resurrection. While lacking in fire, this is a nice, warm story, an easy read. IT ISN'T EASY by Yvonne DeChinne is a sex scene in search of a plot, but an enjoyable sex scene. A basic shore leave story with no surprises, but, in this case, the predictable is fun to read. THE COLD LANDS by Romilly Kerr is my favorite story in the zine. Stranded on the planet Oroscon and jailed to keep them from interfering in the native's lives, Kirk and Spock are faced with life in prison. The situation is, to say the least, very difficult and unpleasant and only the closeness between the two men saves both from losing hope and sanity. The Kirk in this story is a very unusual, very vulnerable character without coming off as a wimp or whiny. He leans on Spock for everything including his sanity. The main aspect of THE COLD LANDS that appeals so much to me is the sensitivity shown by Romilly for the characters. This is a touching, warm, beautiful story. TO CATCH A SWALLOW by Mary [Suskind Lansing] is a strange tale of an aged Kirk and Spock and their dog. I won't go into the details because that's what makes this story worth reading at least once (I can't imagine being able to make it through the story more than that, myself). I'm actually not sure if I liked or disliked this story. All I can tell you is that it is different and, living up the name of the zine, daring. OF DARK PLACES by Mary Kay Urbanski is a long story dealing with a traumatic landing party experience for Kirk and the resultant emotional instability he suffers. I found this one a bit contrived; I wasn't convinced that Kirk would ever be so easily faced with insecurity. But, allowing the author her reality, this is a well written, well plotted story with a satisfying conclusion. There is quite a lot of very good poetry in DA 8, includes THE DARK IS A FIRE by Natasha Solten & EVERYTHING by Cybel Harper. The cover is by Sherry Veltkamp and is nice though different while the rest of the art is visually appealing though unremarkable. I highly recommend DARING ATTEMPT #8. This is a good read, well worth the time and money. [12]
[zine]: Although this zine was first published In April, 1987, I have not read a review of it and thought that it should be reviewed as it contains some excellent stories and is still available. AT FIRST SIGHT - Natasha Sotten. A wonderfully warmhearted and involving story telling how a grief-stricken Kirk, still mourning the death of Captain Garrovick of the Farragut, is given command of the Enterprise. The characters are well-rounded, the awkwardness and beauty of Kirk's budding sexual relationship with his first officer is sensitively handled by the author. I couldn't put it down. Characterization, especially of Kirk, is spot-on. AS IT SHOULD BE - Charlotte Frost Set post STIV and detailing how Kirk and Spock become lovers again. Short but erotic. IT ISNT EASY - Yvonne DeChine. Kirk and Spock have been lovers for 4 months and are staying In an elaborately furnished hotel suite on LaSerpa. The title refers to Spock's efforts to surprise birthday-boy Kirk - and by the story's end he certainly succeeds. SWEET FIRE - Robin Hood. A vignette wherein Kirk and Spock reminisce about the night they became lovers. THE COLD LANDS - Romilly Kerr. A 56-page novella detailing how our heroes survive on the planet Oroscon where they are sentenced to life imprisonment. The harsh prison environment and the open lust of the other inmates and guards have a decidedly debilitating effect on Kirk, and he gradually is forced to acknowledge his dependence on Spock for protection. I just couldn't see Kirk falling to pieces like this. In my opinion he's made of tougher stuff. A real survivor. Additionally, when they first arrive at the prison, they agree to note everything which might aid them in escaping in the event that rescue doesn't come, yet by the end of the story they have not formulated even one escape plan and don't even discuss making a break for it. Strange indeed. COLD FEET - Jenny Starr-. A cute piece of dialogue about one of Kirk's little idiosyncracies - he's embarrassed about love-making in broad daylight I should have thought quite the opposite, but the author makes it believable and the story left me smiling. TO CATCH A SWALLOW - Mary [Suskind Lansing]. A much older planet-bound Kirk and Spock have had a succession of Irish wolfhounds and their reaction when the latest one - their eights - dies make for a moving story. Unfortunately, I have just never envisioned Spock as the type of person who would have a dog as a pet, especially such a large, dumb, destructive (to furniture and antique books), and short-lived one. The story is competently written, but I would venture to say that the readers involvement depends to a large extent on whether you like Irish wolfhounds or not. OF DARK PLACES - Mary Kay Urbanski. A novella-length story where once again Kirk is pushed to his limits as he is lost in the labyrinthine depths of a large cave. His security guard is killed by a hideous, slimy monster and by the time Spock finds him. Kirk has lost ail touch with reality and is totally helpless. Why didn't the slime monster get Kirk, too? Beats me! I'm afraid I found the plot too far-fetched by any stretch of the imagination. For instance, why would Starfleet send the captain and first officer of the Enterprise to search some uninhabited planet by shuttlecraft for some Klingcn renegade? Surely Starfleet Security could do the job or, if necessary, security personnel from the enterprise, but to send the captain and first officer of a starship is just ludicrous. On the whole the poetry is good. My favorite was WEBS OF HOPE by Donna Rose Vanderiaan about the beginning of love for Kirk. OUR DREAM by the same author, set post STIV and told from Spock's p.o.v., also struck a chord. Artwork ranges from good to mediocre. The best pieces are mainly portraits by Jacquelyn Zoost. The front cover is by Sherry Veltkamp. The zine is 173 pages, spiral bound. Definitely recommended. [13]

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9

Daring Attempt 9 was published in August 1987 and contains 198 pages.


  • The Waking by Charlotte Frost ("Kirk glanced sideways at his companion and smiles. It had been a rough four years since V'ger, but Spock looked better now than he ever had before. There was a maturity and a softening about the Vulcan, as well as a sense of contentment that Kirk had been afraid he'd never see.") (3)
  • Not Himself by Robin Hood (""Vulcans never lie, do they, Spock?" McCoy asked. "Seldom," the Vulcan snapped. Spock considered not continuing the conversation but his curiosity was gnawing at his innards. "Has he become enamored of a... man?" "Yep! And not a human to boot!"") (67)
  • Perchance to Dream by Cassandra (""Bones, I have this awful feeling that I've lost Spock, down here in my gut. That I'll never see him again. I went up to the bridge tonight and this feeling of overpowering loneliness came over me." "Are you afraid his mate will take him from you?" "I'm not sure, that may be a part of it. But there's more to it than that."") (71)
  • A Shadow from the Past by Debbie Cummins ("Spock reached out and brushed the tousled hair from his brow. When Kirk slept like this, his face smooth and unlined, the recalcitrant hair that forever seemed to dangle across his brow, he looked no more than a child. Spock watched him sleep as he had watched him so many nights before, as if fearful that, if he looked away, the captain would vanish like a mirage...") (87)
  • Memories of Long Ago by Donna Rose Vanderlaan ("Kanessa Simpert turned the corner and saw the large white building that was the Starfleet Museum... She went to another display and intently studied the holos of the officers. "Funny they should have had only one alien on board, isn't it... First Officer Spock." She studied his face then turned to the guide who was also studying the faces. "You know, you look very much like him," she said. "Thank you," the Vulcan replied, "I have been told that before."") (123)
  • Never Too Old by Greta Foulard ("Sammy Piccard was not exactly a novice. And Kirk was quick to sense his natural athletic abilities. The constantly weaving hands were almost hypnotically graceful and quick as a certil's viperous strike. Too late, Kirk felt his ankle grasped and an instant later, he landed on his back. "Good moves, Piccard." "Thank you, sir. Easy take-downs?" Sammy smiled charmingly and offered a helping hand. He easily lifted Kirk back onto his feet. Kirk grinned too. "Just don't break any of my bones." "Nor mine, sir. At least, not permanently. I'm hoping to make captain someday."") (134)
  • The Happy Pill by Charlotte Frost ("Kirk walked into his quarters with a mischievous grin. Spock was already there, standing with his blue-clad back to the doorway. Kirk went up to his first officer and attacked him by poking his fingers into the lean ribs... "I'm home, dear," the other jeered... "Indeed," Spock replied calmly. "You have been in quite a playful mood of late."") (145)
  • Belial by Mary Kay Urbanski ("Never before had Kirk felt such intense terror as he felt now from the unseen intruder. The presence, he sensed, was so evidently evil and perverse that he actually began to quake from fright. The maliciousness was actually palpable and Kirk broke out into a cold sweat, trying to maintain control of his shaking body. He knew he would have to sustain the pretense of sleep in hopes that the interloper would leave them alone.") (148)


  • Gift by Jane Mailander (64)
  • The Hermit by Natasha Solten (66)
  • Meld by Linda Frankel (70)
  • Start With Shadows by Natasha Solten (83)
  • Keeping Secrets by Natasha Solten (84)
  • The Five of Coins by Natasha Solten (86)
  • The Nine of Coins by Natasha Solten (120)
  • The Seven of Cups by Natasha Solten (122)
  • I Have Never Left You by [Cybel Harper] (131)
  • In Meditation by Linda Frankel (132)
  • Journey Home by [Cybel Harper] (147)


  • Dragon
  • Anja Gruber
  • Caro Hedge
  • Sherry Veltkamp
  • Shellie Whild
  • Jacqueline Zoost
  • Jody Zweserijn

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

See reactions and reviews for The Waking.
See reactions and reviews for Not Himself.
See reactions and reviews for Perchance to Dream.
See reactions and reviews for Memories of Long Ago.
See reactions and reviews for A Shadow from the Past.
See reactions and reviews for Never Too Old.
See reactions and reviews for The Happy Pill.
See reactions and reviews for Belial.
[zine]: The final issue of this title. As always there is a good variety of stories and something here to please everyone. THE WAKING - Charlotte Frost this story is set post STIV when Kirk and Spock have been lovers for 4 years, although a good deal of it is told in flashback as the author traces their relationship from the time of Spock's meld with Vger and the resultant trauma. The crisis in their lives 4 years later precipitates revelations that both must deal with. An engrossing story. NOT HIMSELF - Robin Hood. Spock comes to McCoy to discuss Kirk's absent-minded condition - and McCoy sets him straight. PERCHANCE TO DREAM - Cassandra. Spock's gone back to Vulcan - ostensibly to marry - and Kirk's having strangely erotic dreams. This idea's not new but is quite nicely done. SHADOW FROM THE PAST - Debbie Cummins. Another of Kirk's old girlfriends turns up on the enterprise - and this one's a real psycho! I found it very reminiscent of the movie, "Play Misty for Me', and, as in the latter, I found myself feeling sorry for the girl in the end. MEMORIES OF LONG AGO or A GUIDED TOUR - by Donna Rose Vanderlaan. My favorite story in the zine. A young 26th century girl who has dreamed of a career in space visits Starfleet Museum in San Francisco. Her guide is a mysterious Vulcan who seems to know more than all the historians put together about the 5 year mission of the enterprise. A story that will stay In your mind long after you've read it. Well written and original. NEVER TOO OLD - Greta Foulard. A light-hearted, erotic story of Kirk's visit to Starfleet Academy and his encounter with a junior cadet as he proves to himself and Spock the truth of the title. THE HAPPY PILL - Charlotte Frost. A vignette about a happy Kirk. Short and sweet. BELIAL - Mary Kay Urbanski. An intriguing story of a haunted ship. Why are so many crew members seeing strange apparitions? Why is Kirk, In particular, being singled out? From the first page where Kirk is literally terrified by something unseen and menacing in his quarters to the final solution of the mysterious happenings, I couldn't put it down. The author handled the subject very well. Another unforgettable story. My favorite poem was GIFT by Jane Mailander, a warmhearted piece about Kirk's birthday. Artwork is on the whole fairly good with an excellent illo by Jacquelyn Zoost on page 194. The zine is 198 pages, spiral bound, and is a worthy addition to anyone's collection. Definitely recommended. [14]


  1. ^ to quotes, used anonymously from a mailing list (August 30, 1999)
  2. ^ from Universal Translator #29
  3. ^ from On the Double #5
  4. ^ from Datazine #39
  5. ^ from Universal Translator #29
  6. ^ from The K/S Press #38
  7. ^ from The K/S Press #38
  8. ^ from Datazine #41
  9. ^ from On the Double #1 as well as Universal Translator #31
  10. ^ from Treklink #4
  11. ^ from The LOC Connection #9
  12. ^ from Datazine #49
  13. ^ from On the Double #9
  14. ^ from On the Double #9