Edge of Forever (Star Trek: TOS zine published by Jordys Miller and Sandy Bookman)

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Zine
Title: Edge of Forever
Publisher: Forever Productions (Cooper Station, NY)
Editor(s): Jordys Miller & Sandy Bookman
Date(s): 1989-1991
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Edge of Forever is a gen Star Trek: TOS zine of fiction and art. It contains both action/adventure and hurt/comfort stories.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Edge of Forever 1 was published in August 1989 and has 98 pages.

  • A Father Must Always Provide by Gloria DeLeon and Sue Wilson. (First meeting can be difficult. Amanda encounters a member of Sarek's forbidding family.)
  • In the Niche of Tribbles by Shirley B. Backus. (The crew answers an emergency call. Not more trouble with tribbles! Includes a taxingly tribbleous Trivia Quiz.)
  • Back Where I Belong by Jordys Miller. (The Enterprise is returning to Earth at the completion of a triumphant five-year mission. Janice Rand remembers.)
  • Childhood Fancy, poem by Michelle Perry
  • The Leave Taking, poem by Michelle Perry
  • Heal Thyself by Sandy Bookman. (Leonard McCoy finds trouble with marriage; one morning you may wake up beside a stranger.)
  • The Decision by Peggy Avant. (Uhura and Kyle face a crisis of conscience.)
  • Too Good to Be Tru-Matic by M.M. Rengstorff. (The generation gap of the future?)
  • A Matter of Time by Peggy Avant
  • Cyrano's Revenge (Part 1) by Sandy Bookman
  • Dichotomy by Gloria DeLeon
  • Cabin Fever by Jordys Miller
  • art by Sharon Florin, Teegar, Sandy Bookman, Andrea Kunz, B. Perry, Jordys Miller

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

A new zine just released from EDGE OF FOREVER PRODUCTIONS, Sandy Bookman. The zine for a first time EDGE OF FOREVER is in excellent taste and well-written stories for a first timer. All stories on the first issue is wonderful Trek reading for a Trekfan like myself. If you like reading Peggy Avant stories, you will enjoy the change in one of her stories "A Matter of Time" an d "The Decision." But for Sandy, she has written two stories worth mentioning: "Heal Thyself" and "Cyrano's Revenge," and a sweet story about Janice Rand and a future by Jordys Miller called "Back Where I Belong." I hope that Sandy will produce another issue of EDGE OF FOREVER. [1]
An excellent fanzine with both action/adventure and hurt-comfort, featuring not only some of the best-known writers and artists, but also very promising newcomers. [2]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2 by Andrea

Edge of Forever 2 was published May 1990 and has 150 pages. The cover is by Andrea. Other art by Teegar, Gennie Summers, D. Lawrence and S. Florin.

  • On the Edge (editorial) (3)
  • Letters of Comment (4)
  • Unfamiliar Ground by Marcia Pecor. (Amid an attack by unknown forces, Pavel Chekov strives to build a relationship with his new commanding officer.) (7)
  • Once, Paradise by Peggy Avant. (The love story between Spock and Leila Kalomi -- including the scenes we didn't see.) (29)
  • The Pit by Larry D. Kirby III. (Will a man's grief be any easier to bear in the 23rd Century? Perhaps with the help of friends.) (51)
  • Cyrano's Revenge: Recap & Conclusion by Sandy Bookman. (When Uhura bought the spectacles from Cyrano Jones, she had no idea what effect her simple purchase would have around those around her, or the repercussions on a routine mission to Alpha Centauri.) (57)
  • Last Things by Patty Paludan. (As every human knows, saying goodbye to a friend is never easy.) (97)
  • Nightingale Woman, poem by Peggy Avant (103)
  • Lucky Pavel and the Three Virtuous Maidens of Gdansk by Teegar. (A story in which Pavel Chekov and three lovely crew members spend a five-day monitoring mission on a supposedly uninhabited planet.) (105)
  • Shadows of Doubt by Jordys Miller & Sandy Bookman. (Kohlinahr is a level of attainment which Spock has always considered necessary to reach. Failing that, the course of his life is undecided. Can the Guardian help?) (129)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Very nicely produced zine, with some fine portraits, and little Enterprises serving as story breaks.
  • Unfamiliar Ground / Kirk & Chekov. Kirk cannot come to terms with Gary's death, and shows irrational resentment to his new navigator, whom he rides hard and will not call by name. Under attack, Kirk & Chekov end up crawling through tubes together, trying to get to the bridge, dealing with each other's injuries, and having it out. Well done interactions, with Pavel finally standing up for himself, though Kirk is a real jerk here.
  • Once, Paradise / Essentially a write-up of the episode, nothing new added here.
  • The Pit / On Vulcan after ST III, Kirk is deeply depressed over all his losses, for a friend he doesn't really seem to have gotten back as Spock has apparently lost his human half. He is also facing extradition to the Klingons for murder if he returns to Earth. McCoy brings Spock to him and they force him to release his grief.
  • Cyrano's Revenge: Recap & Conclusion / Ooh, fun. Uhura buys a pair of pretty glasses from Cyrano Jones. Turns out they give the wearer a daydream drawn from their psyche. No one can resist, despite watching others have bad experiences. Uhura has a nice dream of a lover. Chekov has a nightmare of command when a Kobayashi Maru gets him. Christine dreams of her desired life with Spock and it's nasty - she wanted him, he wanted family, she has no love. Meanwhile an Andorian ambassador is making Kirk's life miserable and Spock saves them all from a bomber. The two plots didn't go together all that well, but people's reactions to the glasses were great. Oh... Cyrano is tried for owning something from Talos IV; Kirk & Co. get him off.
  • Last Things / Admiral Spock visits Ambassador Kirk, now in his 90's - which should still be pretty prime. His health is failing and he misses McCoy who died some years before. Kirk dies of heart failure and Spock deals with the arrangements, effects, and his grief
  • Nightingale Woman (poetry)
  • Lucky Pavel and the Three Virtuous Maidens of Gdansk / Charming, clever, entertaining juxtaposition of a new world exploration with Chekov's retelling of a Russian fairy-tale (in a style showing Spock's influence) as Ensign Chekov is assigned with three lovely Lieutenants (a mystic botanist, a witty, mischievous geologist and a catty, career-minded zoologist) to an environmental monitoring station on a planet that may have intelligent plant life. Best line: 'It's the story of Lucky Pavel, not Clever Pavel.'
  • Shadows of Doubt / Post-TMP. Spock, torn over whether to remain in Starfleet, goes through the Guardian to meet with Surak. Commodore Lesko has taken some pains with his travel arrangements, placing him first on an all-Vulcan ship, and then with an "extravagantly human" shuttle crew. Well written exploration, especially the picture of Surak as never having intended a denial of emotion. [3]

Issue 3

Edge of Forever 3 was published September 1991 and contains 194 pages. It was their "biggest issue yet."

cover of issue #3, cover by Teegar
  • The Gumshoe Incident by Sandy Bookman. 60,000 word novel, Kirk and Spock return to Iotia one year after negotiating the Federation's 'piece of the action.' What's going on is murder.
  • Genesis Rising by Ann Miller and Sandy Bookman. First person account of Spock's arduous road back after the Fal-Tor-Pan
  • Absent Without Leave by Jordys Miller. Janice Rand is missing and Spock, Kirk, and McCoy are on her trail. But who is Parker Arnac and why is he looking for her?
  • Discoveries by Marcia Pecor. At the beginning of the first five-year mission, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy anticipate their new working relationships.
  • O City Station by Michael Bubrick
  • The Color of Honor by Berkeley Hunt and Teegar Taylor
  • The Real McCoy by Autumn Lee
  • Doldrums by Joanne K. Seward

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

With the publication of this volume of Edge of Forever, editors Sandy Bookman and Jordys Miller have clearly established a track record for publishing quality stories in a quality format. If you haven't read the first two volumes in the series. I can assure you your time and money vill be well spent. This is one of the best Classic lines being published. Issue III offers up the usual goodies, which include eight short stories, a handful of poems, and a 90 page novella. It's unusual to find oneself enjoying every story in an anthology, but I could hardly help myself - the work in EOF HI is consistently excellent. With one possible eiception, all the stories rely heavily on characterization and are less concerned with plot. Here's what you'll find in EOF III: Kirk. Spock and McCoy get to know each
other while on a camping trip just prior to em
barking on their first five year mission. Ever wondered what happened to Uhura in STIII after she'd beamed her comrades aboard the Enterprise? What happened to Mr. Wonderful? It's here. On an away team mission. Chekov defends an abused woman and thereby teaches a culture about honor. Entries from Spock's personal diary,
written as he struggles to redefine himself
following his body's regeneration and reunion
 with it's katra. Janice Rand is AW0L. Her lover, a San Francisco detective, suspects she's been kidnapped by terrorists bent on destroying the Federation. Hundreds of McCoy clones are loose on the Enterprise. Kirk goes out of his way to help his crew relieve a case of the doldrums brought on by a routine star mapping assignment. Finally, there's editor Sandy Bookman's novella, "The Gumshoe Incident", in which the Enterprise revisits lotia, the world last seen in the televised episode "Piece of the Action." Beta Oimyi, former gang leader and now mayor of Chicago, has been mysteriously murdered and assistant mayor Jojo Krako has called in the Federation to solve the case. Surprisingly, this is the weakest entry in this issue. I say surprisingly because Bookman's last novella, published in two parts in issues I and II. was the best piece of both volumes. Unfortunately, reading "The Gumshoe Incident" is like reading a Mickey Spillane novel: the story is driven by the plot, the characters are two dimensional, the dialog is cliched 1940s slang, and the twists and turns in the story are rather predictable After 50 pages, I was eager to put it down But if you like the hard-boiled genre, or you're nostalgic for a look at lotia, then you might enjoy it. The art found in fanzines isn't usually worth looking at and I prefer it when editors either leave it out or use it sparingly. Fortunately, there's not much of it in EOF III. and that there is is uneven in quality. As usual, the package is superb, consisting of two column page layouts (like this review) done with the aid of desktop publishing software and a laserprinter, all handsomely wrapped in a glossy black and white cover and perfect bound. [4]
Edge of Forever is the Rolls Royce of Star Trek fanzines. Everything is first class from the professional cover layout, to the editor's enchanting invitation to "...stand, poised at the edge of forever, ready to jump. The Guardian is before us, the wind sighing around us. Ready?...", to the final line of a story steeped in iotian culture. Produced by Jordys Miller and Sandy Bookman, Edge of Forever III features stories by Bookman, Pecor, Bubrick, Hunt, Taylor, Miller, Lee, and Seward. Artwork is by Teegar, Bookman and Michaud. The zine is 194 pages and was published in September 1991. Simply put, Edge of Forever is one of the best Star Trek zines being produced today. Edge of Forever III opens with "Discoveries" by Marcia Pecor. Set during the Christmas holidays, this story finds Kirk, Spock and McCoy at the beginning of their five year mission. A shuttle impulse drive malfunction has stranded the three men at a secluded cabin. As they go about the routine tasks of dinner and KP duty, the author gives us an insightful view into each man's character. Spock muses on the course his life has taken from the light-hearted youth he was under Captain Pike to the more sober individual he has become. McCoy tries to analyze and understand the new Science Officer while Kirk ultimately yearns for his friendship. As the evening progresses, McCoy produces a box of home-baked goodies from Joanna and offers them around. Spock initially refuses but after recalling the caramel treat he shared with his mother each year during the holidays, he accepts a caramel. The sugar makes him mildly tipsy and leads to amusing consequences. But even more than that the incident breaks the ice and lays the foundation for the trio's lifelong friendship. This story is well-written with realistic characterization and compelling insights. "O City Station" by Michael Bubrick is a terrific Uhura story. The story is set during The Search For Spock and focuses on Uhura as she waits for Sarek at O City Station after beaming Kirk and Company aboard the Enterprise. Tension builds to an almost unbearable level as the reader jumps and twitches with Uhura at every sound. The story reaches a dramatic climax as Commodore Blixten manages to track the signal to Uhura while, at the same time, Sarek races to the rendezvous pursued by Admiral Morrow's aide. A wonderful story portraying a strong, vital Uhura and shedding new light on an important scene. After shining the spotlight on Uhura, the editors next focus in on Chekov. "The Color of Honor" by Berkeley Hunt and Teegar Taylor has Chekov and Sulu accompanying Captain Kirk on a diplomatic mission to the planet Titheria. Titherians value power and privilege above all else and announce what they believe in by the colors they wear. Chekov finds this out when he inadvertently wears Hue — the color of virginal innocence. (In an amusing sidelight, Kirk wears dark green — the color of promiscuity). This leads the Titherian ruler to treat him as a child. When Chekov attempts to protect a merchant's daughter, he is sentenced to a public whipping. He endures this (without screaming) and red, the color of his blood, becomes the color of honor. This was an interesting story, with a very creative alien culture and lots of bantering byplay with Sulu and Chekov. "Genesis Rising" by Ann Miller and Sandy Bookman fellow's Spock's daily impressions after the Fal Tor Pan restores his katra. This story is a stark, emotional, at times almost desperate rendering of Spock's groping to come to terms with who he now is. Janice Rand takes center stage in "Absent Without Leave" by Jordys Miller. Rand has fallen in love with private detective Parker Arnac while on shore leave. When she mysteriously disappears, he starts an investigation that eventually involves Starfleet and the Enterprise. This story has an interesting futuristic view of terrorism and supplies a neat little explanation for Rand's departure from the Enterprise. I also enjoyed several of the background characters in the story. "The Real McCoy" by Autumn Lee is another great story. As the scene opens, McCoy is giving the aged Nefarion a physical before beaming him aboard the Enterprise. Nefarion is the custodian of a clone factory on a deserted asteroid. The Enterprise has orders to destroy the factory since the asteroid has started making erratic orbital sweeps into Klingon territory. Nefarion is full of nostalgia over the past and as he gives Dr. McCoy a final tour, he impishly locks McCoy into the cloning machine and begins experimenting with all the dials he never found time to try. Soon the Enterprise is flooded with all kinds of McCoys, ranging from violent to extremely randy. This was a very funny story and it did include a "I'm a doctor, not a clone" statement. The clone concept has been done before, but it has seldom been tackled so lightheartedly. A little silly, not very scientific^ but an enjoyable read as Kirk, Spock and the reader try to track down "the real McCoy." "Doldrums" by Joanne K. Seward presents a fascinating slice of shipboard life. More than any other, this story manages to convey the actual tedium involved in routine shipboard duty. As Kirk and Uhura deal with their frustrations and boredom, Dr. McCoy finds accidents, weight gain and injuries are all on the rise all over the ship. An inspired Kirk, with the help of Scotty, conceives the concept of sudden weather changes on the recreation deck and a delighted crew snaps out of the doldrums. "Good Companions" by Marda Pecor and Jordys Miller, is an introspective piece, similar to "Discoveries." As Kirk lies recovering in Sickbay from injuries, all his good companions reflect on their friendship with him and the end of the Enterprise's five year mission. The authors use this story to question the role of Starfleet, weighing the loss of life against the possibility of making a difference. Edge of Forever III closes with a long, detailed mystery called "The Gumshoe Incident" by Sandy Bookman. Set on the planet Iotia, Kirk and Spock assume the role of Federation investigators to discover who murdered Bela Oxmyx. A fascinating array of characters parade through the story. Spock, as in "A Piece of the Action," plunges into his character. We see him using slang, doing a good cop/bad cop routine and skewering Kirk with a Bogie impression. Both Kirk and Spock have romantic flings and there are several dead bodies strewn along the way. The mystery isn't too difficult to solve, but the author's attention to detail creates an absorbing story from the opening scene as Krako criticizes them for walking around in their pajamas to the final scene as he offers them a job on the newspaper he is starting. Edge of Forever III earns a final high score of 90.1 deduct 10 points from the artwork. It was well drawn but seemed harsh at times, and it would have been nice to see a little more of it. If you're in the mood for a special treat, journey to the Guardian of Forever and savor a marvelous visit with old friends. It's well worth the visit. [5]
Edge of Forever is a rare and endangered beast seldom seen in today's fannish jungle: the full-size, well-produced, classic Trek anthology. For those of you who get nostalgic over the days of zines like Contact, Nome, and Galactic Discourse, cheer up and cough up. Classic Trek is not dead (bleeding profusely, maybe, but not dead). Physically, Jordys Miller and Sandy Bookman have produced a slick, perfect-bound baby that is very clean, well laid out, and visually unified throughout The easily readable font, double columns, and computer-generated titles work quite well, you may even smile at the hole Enterprise icons that seem to be ubiquitous through the entire production. As a gestalt experience, I liked the zine as a whole a great deal more than most of the parts taken individually ("O City Station" and "Gumshoe Incident" were strong exceptions to this). The mix of authors and styles works quite well, and most of the weaker items are so short as to be vignettes rather than stories. I also noticed that the better writing stands out not just in terms of style or execution, but in clarity and consistency as well. I would have preferred to see a more consistent hand from the editors in these terms. I cannot comment on the more technical editing (grammar, punctuation, spelling, etcetera), because my own skills in these areas are not what they should be. [6]
I recently read Edge of Forever III, which is a huge, thick zine. It contained several interesting stories, all well worth reading. My two favorites are the first and the last in the zine. "Discoveries," by Marcia Pecor, has the big three on their first shore leave together around Christmas time. It was really cute, especially with the flashback to a young Spock's Christmas treat. The final story in the zine is really a novel—89 pages of small print in double columns on each page. Called "The Gumshoe Incident" by Sandy Bookman, it combined my two favorite subjects—Kirk and Spock, and a mystery who-done-it to solve. I really enjoyed trying to figure it out. Our heroes are playing private investigators on Iotia, trying to solve a murder. The only complaint I have about Edge of Forever III is I had a difficult time with the double columns, my eyes tending to skip on across the page, but perhaps this is just a personal problem for me. Otherwise, I loved the zine and look forward to TV. [7]
I've not been in contact with many zines, but the few I've read have had some very amateur stories in them...The EOF stories are professional and well written. Any minor flaws are easily overlooked. Too bad Pocket won't publish Trek short stories anymore because there's a gold mine in the EOF zines. Sandy and Jordys deserve many kudos for their efforts. Ill be looking forward to IV with great anticipation! Your story and poetry were great, Michael. I had no idea you were an author on top_ of everything else. Getting the "Journey to the Promised Land" from Uhura's viewpoint filled in a great many holes and was skillfully done. You managed to have my fingernails in grave danger of being chewed off during her 10 minute (100 years?) wait!...I would be honored to be included in such classy company! These stories have done real justice to our Classic crew. We may not ever be able to "go back home" in the movies or TV series, but the EOF zines get us there for a little while. [8]

References

  1. from Treklink #20
  2. from Bill Hupe's catalog
  3. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  4. from Engage! #13
  5. from STARLink #22/23
  6. from a much longer review in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #4. The reviewer gives it "4 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale.
  7. from The Trekzine Times v.2 n.1
  8. from The Trekzine Times v.3 n.1