Encore (Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Encore (as per the front cover), Encore! as per the title page
Publisher: Beyond Dreams Press
Date(s): March 1999
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS, K/S
Language: English
External Links: Archived link to Encore on the publisher's page
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Alison Fiddler

Encore is a K/S slash a 206-page anthology with seven stories. It also has poetry by Robin Hood. It has a color cover by Alison Fiddler and three pieces of interior art by G. Mills, Claudia, and clm.

The publisher describes this zine: "Authors who were once K/S-fans and who for one reason or another left the fandom, are in this zine given another chance to show what they know best; Getting Kirk and Spock together."

Author's Foreword

Don't you ever wonder what has become of your favorite K/S author? Do you ever miss the way a certain writer has of interpreting your beloved characters? Do you lament when someone who writes Kirk and Spock just the way you see them disappears from the K/S scene?

I know that I do. I was darkly contemplating all these things when one day it occurred to me: why not Invite some of these authors to write K/S again? As my mother often said to me, sometimes a person just needs to be asked! So I scurried about to find addresses, I sent my sincerely worded letters out into the darkness, and I waited. I discovered several things over the next several months. One was that there were good reasons why some of these authors had disappeared from the scene! Life circumstances, ambitions, health and interest all change. I also discovered that lots of the addresses I had were no longer valid. (Hmmmm. I wonder how startled some middle American families were on receiving my fervent communication?) But I also uncovered a few gems: Women who were eager to take on the challenge of once again Interpreting the love expressed between a certain Vulcan and a starship captain. To those authors who are represented in these pages — Elizabeth Scott, Tish, C. Llane de Maler, Robin Hood, Audrey Baker, Fiona James and Vivian Gates — I do extend my most sincere thanks. They assumed the risk of dealing with a first-time K/S editor/publisher, and I do hope that the process was not painful. I enjoyed working with each of these talented writers, and learned from them as well. A few of the stories in this zine require small explanations. From the time the idea for Encore! popped into my head, I wanted to include a reprint story from the very early days of K/S, preferably the 70s. It didn't take me long to decide on The Lost Decade by Audrey Baker. This story was originally printed in slightly different form in The Gropes of Roth, a British zine that came out in the mid 70s, but the tale was actually written several years earlier than that. I am hoping that the many fans who have not yet encountered this moving story will appreciate it, and will be encouraged by it to seek out the other excellent K/S stories and novels that were printed In zines in the 70s and 80s. C. Liane de Maier, author of Save a Prayer, is not technically a former K/S writer. She wrote Star Trek stories years ago In another language, but did not take that big step over into K/S, and hadn't written in years. You could call Liane the featured new K/S author of the zine.

I hope you enjoy this zine as much as I have enjoyed putting it together and interacting with such talented authors, poets and artists. They deserve applause, and I'm so glad they heeded the call of Encore!


  • Night Lessons by Elizabeth Scott ("Although Kirk and Spock are lovers, Spock’s assignments as a teacher take him away from Earth for months at a time, and Kirk is growing increasingly frustrated with the relationship. Then Spock is called away during one of their few times together, and Kirk reaches the breaking point.") (5)
  • Phoenix Rising by Tish ("As the Enterprise warps away from Vulcan, Spock uncovers secrets of the heart. He no longer belongs to his home planet, the bond with T’Pring is forever severed—and all he can think of is the man sleeping in the shadows before him.") (19)
  • Save a Prayer by C. Liane de Maler (""Save a prayer for yourself," a young alien girl tells Kirk as he copes with rehabilitation from serious injuries, a separation from Spock that he had not known would be so painful—and news that the Enterprise is missing.") (29)
  • Together in the Afternoon by Robin Hood ("Kirk has finally reached retirement age, and Spock cannot believe that his long-time friend will be leaving the service—without him.") (51)
  • Mothers Never Lie: on Vulcan, poetry by Robin Hood (64)
  • Mothers Never Lie: on Earth, poetry by Robin Hood (65)
  • Mount Spock, poetry by Robin Hood (66)
  • The Lost Decade by Audrey Baker (This story was originally a privately circulated story from the late 1960-1972. [1]. It was also later printed in a zine before "Encore." "A reprint of the K/S story originally printed in The Gropes of Roth in 1978. "Spock awakens on an unfamiliar ship. Ten years have apparently passed that he has no knowledge of, and Kirk was killed long ago. How can he live a life that must be a dream, but is not? How does he cope with loss and sorrow that sears him to his soul? There’s only one way out….") (67)
  • Avalon by Fiona James ("The Enterprise crew thinks they’re staying over at Avalon for a ship refit and a nice long shore leave. The incompetent commodore heading the ‘base shouldn’t be a problem to weary officers. But there’s murder at the starbase, deception and lies, and classified information being sent to…someone by…someone, and the bondmates Jim Kirk and Spock of Vulcan are right in the middle of it.") (95)
  • Transfer of Affection by Vivian Gates ("The misty forms of two men making love invade Spock’s sleep on a transport vessel. He awakens changed: his sexuality has been re-defined, and his thoughts turn to Jim Kirk. He implements a plan, a long-term experiment, and suddenly there is a homosexual couple on board, and Kirk is vastly disturbed….") (nominated for a 1999 STIFfie Award) (166)

Interior Sample

Reactions and Reviews

See reactions and reviews for Night Lessons.
See reactions and reviews for Transfer of Affection.
See reactions and reviews for Avalon.
See reactions and reviews for The Lost Decade.
See reactions and reviews for Together in the Afternoon.
See reactions and reviews for Save a Prayer.
See reactions and reviews for Phoenix Rising.


  1. ^ Beyond Dreams Press