Encounters (Star Trek: TOS US zine)
|Publisher:||Laura Guyer, also put out the DeForest Kelley Compendium|
|Date(s):||1990 - 1995|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
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Encounters 1 was published in December 1990 and had 153 pages.
It has art by Gennie Summers, Laura Guyer, Leah Shaw, Jo-Ann Lassiter, Jeanne McClure, Elizabeth Beamon, Chris Webb, and Glenn Boreham.
- Not Necessarily Dead by Katherine Estes. Kirk is thought dead but he is actually on an Australian sheep ranch in the 1800s in order to prevent an evil entity from assassinating him. (2)
- Just What the Doctor Ordered by Autumn Lee. McCoy and a bartender are taken hostage by Klingons until she uses her talents to mix them some brew. (56)
- Ski Fantasy by Laura Guyer. Jim takes Spock skiing. (77)
- Sacrifice by Laura Guyer. Kirk, Spock and McCoy are caught in a rockslide, both Spock and McCoy are injured. (95)
- Misunderstood Miracle by Cindy Coffman (109)
- Momentary Lapse by Ray Hawk (120)
- Nightmare by Laura Guyer (122)
- Paradise Relived by Laura Guyer. Kirk encourages Spock to experiment with his emotions by controlled exposure to the spores while he conducts a fling with Leila. (128)
- Time Line by Kelly Graves (140)
- Of Destiny and Courage by Elizabeth Beamon. Saavik's meditations after the destruction of Hellguard. (148)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
- Not Necessarily Dead / Rambling tale of Kirk, apparently dead, but actually whisked off to an Australian sheep ranch in the 1800's in order to prevent an evil entity from assassinating him. In the process, Kirk inspires an old-time Klingon to lead a rebellion against their slave-masters, thus creating the powerful Klingon race he knows in his own time.
- Just What the Doctor Ordered / Reasonably good tongue-in-cheek bar tale, on a planet which evades danger to itself by slipping into other universes. McCoy and the lovely and capable bartender are taken hostage by Klingons until she uses her talents to mix them some brew.
- Ski Fantasy / Cute, and very much in character. Jim takes Spock skiing; the novice Spock winds up on Ski Patrol.
- Sacrifice / K,S,M caught in a rockslide, both Spock and McCoy are injured. When predators run off with McCoy, Kirk chooses to stay with Spock. When McCoy turns up alive but very ill, and Spock vanishes, he chooses to stay with McCoy. Some nice dialogue. Nice touch that Kirk steadfastly refuses to sacrifice one friend for the other.
- Misunderstood Miracle / McCoy salvages the pregnancy of the human wife of a Vulcan delegate.
- Momentary Lapse / Spock cooks up a living banner for Kirk's surprise party.
- Nightmare / Kirk gets word of McCoy's death after a relapse of xenopolythycemia.
- Paradise Relived / Kirk encourages Spock to experiment with his emotions by controlled exposure to the spores while he conducts a fling with Leila. The experiment goes awry and Spock nearly kills Kirk.
- Of Destiny and Courage / Saavik's meditations after the destruction of Hellguard 
Encounters 2 was published in 1991.
- Doubts, 10 pages, by Jill Thomasson (McCoy is suspicious of Kirk’s current love interest and sets out to prove she is dangerous.) (reprinted in The McCoy Files #2)
- other unknown content
Encounters 3 was published in December 1993 and had 190 pages. Cover by Leah Shaw.
- Savage Sunrise by Joanne Seward (p. 1-93)
- Yeti by Jill Thomasson (reprinted in The McCoy Files #2) (p. 94-111)
- The Cause Was Sufficient by Sherry Hopper (p. 112-115)
- Season's Greetings by Charmaine Wood (reprint from Freefall 2) (p. 116-120)
- The Discovery by Charmaine Wood (p. 121-127)
- Treasure Found by Charmaine Wood (p. 128-138)
- The Cat's Grin by Desiree Gaylord (p. 139-143)
- The Galileo Seven: Another Story by Heidi Bloebaum (p. 144-146)
- Encounter by Laura Guyer (p. 172-178)
- Death Sentence by Laura Guyer (p. 179)
- A Matter of Honor by Laura Guyer (sequel to A Matter of Friendship, DK Comp.) (p. 180-183)
- Fallen Hero by Laura Guyer (p. 184-186)
- Tao-Yo by Laura Guyer [prequel to Gunsmoke: Treasure of John Walking Fox] (p. 187-190)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3
- Savage Sunrise / The elders of the planet Jewel have decided to die with their polluted planet; a rebel group of "children" disagree & kidnap the Enterprisers.
- Yeti / Raiders masquerading as Yetis wreak havoc with village -- and McCoy.
- The Cause Was Sufficient / Spock reviews his father's logs of the time of his illness with Bendii.
- Season's Greetings / (reprint from Freefall 2) Enterprise takes Joanna to post on Watt's Planet; he finds her a pet dog for Christmas.
- The Discovery / McCoy takes leave to visit Joanna, falls into a cave, is captured.
- Treasure Found / Bad guys from previous story capture Joanna now; turn out to be mixed up with Klingons looking for metallurgical secrets.
- The Cat's Grin / The last survivor of a cat race appears to Spock.
- The Galileo Seven: Another Story / Spock, injured, is treated better by the crew than in the original.
- Encounter / Injured Spock saved by aliens, who then insist on keeping him a year.
- Death Sentence / McCoy on a binge after diagnosing his own xenopolythycemia.
- A Matter of Honor / (sequel to A Matter of Friendship, DK Comp.) Starfleet forces Kirk to tell them where he got the drug for paralysis. 
Encounters 4 was published in December 1995 and had 144 pages.
- One Nerve Left by Joanne Seward (p. 1-11)
- Amnesia! by Leah Shaw. Female Vulcan officer awakes in sickbay with no memory. (p. 12-18)
- Be Not Proud by Cindy Coffman. A Vulcan carrying secret documents is injured in shuttle accident, his life saved by paramedic Megan and McCoy. (p. 19-39)
- I'll Dance At Your Coronation by Charmaine Wood. A retelling of the ending of the pro novel "Covenant of the Crown." (p. 40-43)
- Lessons Learned by Mary Schuttler. Kirk, Spock and McCoy become camp counselors for fifteen teenaged boys. (p. 44-57)
- The Needs of the One by Mary Schuttler. Joanna, heading a private relief company, works with her father on plague and generally messy conditions on Minedox. Kirk accompanies them, and the resulting liaison between him and Joanna produces a serious rift between McCoy and Kirk. (p. 58-67)
- A Different Sort of Paradise by Joanne Seward. Kirk works out the psychological aftermath of recovering his own life following the death of Miramanee and his child. (p. 68-80)
- The Trojan Horse by Jill Thomasson. An evil scientist, formerly McCoy's friend but now in league with Koloth because of lost research funding, fits an android of McCoy with a self-destruct in order to destroy Enterprise. (p. 81-98) (updated and reprinted in The McCoy Files #1)
- A Vulcan Chronicle by Sherry Hopper. A historian interviews Ambassador Spock, bringing up many quotes from the series. (p. 99-103)
- Another Mission Accomplished by Charmaine Wood (p. 127-128)
- A Shore Leave With a Difference by Charmaine Wood. McCoy takes Kirk to a classical music concert. (p. 129-134)
- The Let This Be Your Last Battlefield Syndrome by Steven Mendenhall (135-144)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4
- One Nerve Left / Kirk, on edge as Enterprise waits to pick up Sarek and a defecting Klingon, loses it at a variety of silly jokes and geegaws with which his people have been decorating their work stations.
- Amnesia! / Female Vulcan officer awakes in sickbay with no memory, and surprised at her Vulcan-ness.
- Be Not Proud / Vulcan Shalen, carrying secret documents is injured in shuttle accident, his life saved by paramedic Megan and the fortuitous arrival of McCoy. Nice human/vulcan romance coupled with very nasty villains.
- I'll Dance At Your Coronation / Mediocre rehash of ending of Covenant of the Crown, with addition of McCoy being injured by the Klingon woman.
- Lessons Learned / K/S/M become camp counselors for 15 early-teen boys, one of whom has a taste for practical jokes and a nasty streak of anti-alien bigotry.
- The Needs of the One / Joanna, heading a private relief company, works with her father on plague and generally messy conditions on Minedox. Kirk accompanies them, and the resulting liaison between him and Joanna produces a serious rift between McCoy and Kirk, with McCoy assaulting Kirk. Nicely handled.
- A Different Sort of Paradise / With help from McCoy's needling and workouts with Spock, Kirk works out the psychological aftermath of recovering his own life following the death of Miramanee and his child.
- The Trojan Horse / Evil scientist, formerly McCoy's friend but now in league with Koloth because of lost research funding, fits an android of McCoy with a self-destruct in order to destroy Enterprise. The ruse is discovered, but then McCoy himself is implanted with a destruct device and sent back. M'Benga manages to get it out, operating far from the ship in a shuttle piloted by Spock. Good little story, though the evil researcher was a little trite.
- A Vulcan Chronicle / Historian interviews Ambassador Spock, bringing up many quotes from the series. Interesting & well-written but nothing scintillating.
- Another Mission Accomplished / K/M dialog which starts as a series of elegant compliments, descending slowly into normal banter mode. Cute.
- A Shore Leave With a Difference / McCoy takes Kirk off to an uncharacteristically high-brow shore leave evening of classical music. Again, cute.
- The Let This Be Your Last Battlefield Syndrome / Tongue-in-cheek re-working of Bele & Lokai, in which their makeup flakes off and Chapel shuts them up by turns with sour lemon drops.