Double Exposure (Star Trek: TOS zine)

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See also Double Exposure (disambiguation).

Title: Double Exposure
Editor(s): Sylvia Bump & Nancy Gervais
Date(s): around 1971
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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Double Exposure is a Star Trek: TOS fanzine.

Issue 1

Issue 2

Double Exposure 2 was published in July 1971 and was listed in the Trekindex Supplement 1.

This Zine's Place in History

This is the zine that made Paula Smith write A Trekkie's Tale and coin the term Mary Sue.

In 1976, Smith cautions fan editors that their zines should "NOT look like Double Exposure, a handtyped, handcrayoned Spockie zine of some years back which had dozens of little yellow ducks tracking across its pages." [1]

In 2010, Smith says in an interview: "Then came along this one story. I don't even remember the title of the zine, but I remember vividly that its cover was illustrated with hand-colored yellow ducks. Well, that didn't seem to have a whole lot to do with Star Trek, but I guess it meant something to the author. This particular one not only had the young teenaged girl who was a lieutenant come on the bridge, where Kirk and Spock immediately fell in love with her—I think Scotty and McCoy did as well—but they all backed off and were very respectful because she only had eyes for Chekov. So during the adventure, everybody beams down to the planet and everybody gets captured by the aliens, and this character manages to spring them because—literally—she has a hairpin. When they get back to the ship, she's sick. She had caught something down there and she dies. And then she resurrected herself…" [2]


  1. from Smith's editorial in Menagerie #10 (1976), see I (and Sharon) have been backed into a corner defending a single position over quality controls. Frankly, I rather resent this.
  2. from Transformative Works and Cultures, 2010 interview, 2011 publication