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Zine
Title: IDIC Log
Publisher: IDIC (ScoTpress team)
Editor(s): Sheila Clark, Valerie Piacentini
Date(s): 1989-1996
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Medium: print fanzine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS & Star Trek: TNG
Language: English
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IDIC Log is a gen anthology that had issues with all Star Trek: TOS and issues with all Star Trek: TNG content. Some issues were novels. Art has been included on Fanlore with the publisher's permission.

The Difference Between IDIC Log and Enterprise Log Entries

Re. the IDIC zine; we started up ScoTpress so that we could publish stories which would appeal to other fans with similar interests to our own, which is why ScoTpress has its policy [of no death stories and stories that do not concentrate on the Big Three]. IDIC however caters for all aspects of Star Trek and we don't feel we should dictate the type of story which is published in the club zines. As long as a story can be called 'Star Trek', is well written, is in good taste and doesn't include explicit sex, we will consider it. Basically, ScoTpress will only accept stories which will fit our policy, IDIC can accept any story which ScoTpress does plus all the others. We know some fans prefer to read or submit stories to a zine which prints a larger variety of stories than we do with ScoTpress. [1]

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

IDIC Log 1 was published in November 1989 and contains 100 pages.

  • Carillon Enterprise - Alpha by David Gomm (3)
  • Last Orders? by Ann Neilson (18)
  • A Lively Shore Leave by Oriel Cooper (20)
  • Best of Both by S L Ayres (28)
  • The Forced Affair by Joyce Devlin (30)
  • She Marcia Pecor (poem) (52)
  • Just A Dream by Martin Stahl (53)
  • Another Alternative by Elaine Leeke (poem) (56)
  • Some Days It Just Doesn't Pay by Patricia de Voss & Tricia McKinlay (58)
  • Possession by Linda Wood (63)
  • Stars' Call The by Sheila Clark (65)
  • I Have Been and Always Will Be Your Friend by Patricia de Voss (71)
  • A Mock Time by Manuela Rietano (74)
  • Carillon Enterprise - Omega by David Gomm (85)
  • art by Anne Neilson, Gilllian Runcie


Issue 2

For articles with a similar title, see Echoes of the Past.

IDIC Log 2 - Echoes of the Past was published in March 1990 and contains 112 pages.

It is a novel by Christopher Ng. (The Excelsior's crew has disappeared and the search for them leads Kirk and his crew into terrible danger.)

Issue 3

cover issue #3

IDIC Log 3 was published in April 1990 and contains 99 pages.

  • Triptych by Therese Holmes (3)
  • Yearning by Oriel Cooper (poem) (21)
  • Farewell by Carolynn Taylor (poem) (21)
  • To Hold a Dream by Patricia de Voss (22)
  • A Soul's Odyssey by Alinda Alain (29)
  • Article in 'The Son' by Michael Simpson (comic strip) (63)
  • Scenes from a Different View by Brenda Kelsey (68)
  • art by Corinne Meyer (cover), Karen Savage, Vicki Brinkmeier


Issue 4

cover of issue #4, by Christa Richert

IDIC Log 4 was published August 1990. It has 95 pages.

  • Hope by Christine Jones (2)
  • Bones and Rattles by A. Houseman, (3)
  • The Greater Love by Linda Wood (poem) (6)
  • Remember by Lynette Muir (poem) (7)
  • The Choice by Erika Grunewald (8)
  • Star Tek by Gloria Fry (Cartoons sniping at Tek War) (20)
  • Darkness Into Light by P. Timms,(22)
  • Whalemeld by Linda Wood (poem) (38)
  • The Great Chase, or, Stop Nurse Chapel! by Christine Jones (39)
  • IDIC by Christine Jones (poem) (41)
  • Revenge of the Enyadi by Gloria Fry (42)
  • Yazzo Gazh's Mission by Martin Stahl (64)
  • An Ancient Place by Oriel Cooper (poem) (72)
  • Appearances Are Deceptive by Catherine Flavin (73)
  • Betrayal by Teresa Abbott (poem) (77)
  • Vacation by K.L.L. (78)
  • Amusement Park, Captain? by Linnet Samuel (88)
  • Untitled by Lynette Muir (poem) (95)
  • art by Christa Richert (cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

  • Bones and Rattles / Intern has to learn to get along without high-tech medical devices.
  • The Choice / Disturbing study of Kirk learning to accept the Law of consequences via a lashing.
  • Star Tek / Cartoons sniping at Tek War. Juicily vicious.
  • Darkness Into Light / A muddle of Atlantis, dream-linked aliens, and... well, I gave up, it didn't really seem worth trying to sort out.
  • The Great Chase, or, Stop Nurse Chapel! / Hmm... No plot, no characterization.
  • Revenge of the Enyadi / Evil energy beings have escaped imprisonment and stop to torture the Enterprise crew on their way to exact revenge from the Organians, et al., who had exiled them. Standard fare.
  • Yazzo Gazh's Mission / Time traveler, attempting to force Kirk to provide weapons for planetary feud, is dissuaded on being shown her world dead of nuclear war. Standard fare.
  • Appearances Are Deceptive / Slimy critters make off with Spock but turn out, of course, to be Good Guys. Standard.
  • Vacation / Predictable but well-executed "Get 'em" - Kirk dying after Klingon torture & poisoning, but refusing to give up the ship. Spock & McCoy reactions well-drawn; interestingly, McCoy opts for lying to the patient in this one.
  • Amusement Park, Captain? / Some nice bits in this one, as Kirk takes Spock to an amusement park under pretext of assisting with a large-scale experiment, and proceeds to unwittingly poison him with cotton candy.
  • Poetry:
    • Remember / Spock reminds McCoy, that it is the Doctor, not himself, who has in fact experienced death - from the Black Knight. Nicely done.
    • WhaleMeld / STIV events from Gracie's viewpoint; interesting premise, execution could use work. [2]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Paul Richardson

IDIC Log 5 was published in February 1991 and contains 94 pages.

  • On Leaving Gamma Hydra 4 by Teresa Abbott (3)
  • The Dove by Bettina Rackel (poem) (7)
  • Live Long and Prosper by Marie Chettle (8)
  • Return by Carolynn Taylor (poem) (10)
  • A Reason to Smile by Gill Cheseldine (11)
  • The Fairest of Them All by Christine Jones (39)
  • D.N.A. by Joyce Devlin (41)
  • Friends and Brothers by Christine Jones (poem) (56)
  • Because by Teresa Abbott (poem) (58)
  • Hidden Truths by Scott Nichol (59)
  • Mother Horta by Christine Jones (poem) (71)
  • The Traveller's Song by Christine Jones (poem) (72)
  • Incident by Teresa Abbott (74)
  • Just Like Siberia? by Sandy Catchick (87)
  • Qual Es Tu by Brenda Kelsey (90)
  • art by Roo, Paul Richardson (front cover) and Christa Richert

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

IDIC Log 5 is put out by IDIC of Scodand. Another general-type zine, it was thoroughly enjoyable. If you ever wondered what might have happened to the male Romulan commander if he had survived the destruction of his ship, this is the place to find out. There are also a couple of "postscript" pieces, one taking place after The Deadly Years, the other after ST.-IV, as well as a piece set before Kirk and Spock officially meet. [3]

Issue 6

cover issue #6 by Gordon Smith

IDIC Log 6 was published in April 1991 and contains 100 pages.

  • Trust Restored by Helen Cakebread (3)
  • Stargazer by Pippa L (poem) (12)
  • Dr. Leonard H McCoy by Christine Jones (poem) (14)
  • Double Trouble by JED (15)
  • Pigs In Space by Martin Stahl (41)
  • Personality Clash by J Schmidt (48)
  • Captain James T Kirk by Christine Jones (poem) (58)
  • Lady of the Night by Mimi English (59)
  • A Quiet Moan by Gloria Fry (79)
  • Chekov by Christine Jones (poem) (81)
  • Edge of Yesterday by Patricia de Voss (82)
  • Starfleet Rap by Benjamin Jones (poem) (85)
  • The Best Laid Plans by Pippa L (poem) (86)
  • Perfectly Logical by Sheila Clark - Sequel to Totally Illogical. (89)
  • art by Gordon Smith (cover), Steve Davies


Issue 7

cover issue #7 by Corinne Meyer

IDIC Log 7 was published in August 1991 and contains 101 pages.

  • Storm's End by Gail Christison (3)
  • A Mother's Prayer by Christine Jones (poem) (8)
  • Fever by Patricia de Voss (9)
  • Dreams by Benjamin T Jones (poem) (11)
  • A 23rd Century Odyssey by John A Mariani (12)
  • Of Myths and Legends by Sue Jones (poem) (25)
  • Final Farewells by Kimberly Pederson (26)
  • Untitled by Claire Roberts (poem) (46)
  • New Beginning by Helen Cakebread (47)
  • Mother, Please Try to Understand by Linda Wood (poem) (50)
  • A Perfect Gentleman by Lindsay McBride (51)
  • Ren by Gail Christison (56)
  • Sulu by Christine Jones (poem) (78)
  • To New Voyages by Ewan Michael Flett (79)
  • What Plans? by Mrs Pippin (poem) (82)
  • That Special Look by Linda Wood (poem) (87)
  • Errors by Teresa Abbott (88)
  • art by Corinne Meyer (incl. cover), Ruth Mellor


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

[Final Farewells]: ...this is one of my favourites! Captain Picard and Riker are in dress uniform waiting to beam Spock and his family aboard. Picard steps forward and says he is honoured to meet them; he calls Saavik 'Mrs. Spock'! She tells him to call her Saavik. Riker shows them to their quarters. Spock's little son (Jim) is not very happy as he thinks his father doesn't approve of him in some ways, Next day, Jim meets Melaun and they become friends. She asks him his name and when he tells her it's Jim she says it's a funny name for a Vulcan, He says he has an older sister named Amanda; his other sister is T'Meer. Jim says he was named after the Captain his father- Served under as First Officer, Melaun then asks him if he would like to go to the holodeck, where they shouldn't really go without an adult. When they arrive, Melaun programmes the deck for the old Enterprise. Jim meets his namesake; Kirk teases Spock and tells him he didn't know he was married. Melaun stops the programme and modifies it; they talk a lot to Kirk and then find they must leave for lunch. Spock asks his son where he has been and he lies; Spock knows but doesn't say anything. The next day, Jim goes alone to the holodeck, calls up the programme and sits on Kirk's lap listening while 'Kirk' tells him about his father. Later, Spock wants to know where Jim is and asks Melaun; she says she doesn't know, but they find he is on the holodeck. They want to send a security guard, but Spock says no, he will go himself, When he enters the holodeck he comes face to face with someone he hasn't seen or spoken to for 70 years! The last part of the story centres around what happened to Kirk, and how Spock felt guilty about Kirk dying alone. Get this zine if you can. This story is excellent. [4]

Issue 8

cover issue #8 by Ann Humphrey

IDIC Log 8 was published in February 1992 and contains 98 pages.

  • Leila - Love Story by Maggy (3)
  • The Lament of Lt Smith by Kathleen Glancy (poem) (16)
  • Coaches at Midnight by Sandy Catchick (17)
  • Logic by Bettina Rackel (poem) (29)
  • Death on the Sand by Sheryl Peterson (30)
  • Faces Past and Present by Margaret Connor (poem) (33)
  • The Best of Times… The Worst of Times by Nicole Comtet (34)
  • The Unsung Heroes by Chrstine Jones (poem) (59)
  • A Conversation by Mrs Pippin (poem) (60)
  • Keepers of the Dream by Christine Jones (poem) (61)
  • What Am I? by Maggy (62)
  • The Magnificent Seven of the Enterprise by Christine Jones (poem) (79)
  • Beneath Three Moons by Gail Christison (80)
  • Heroes by Benjamin Jones (poem) (98)
  • art by Ann Humphrey (cover), Keren Breen, Nicole Comtet


Issue 9

cover of issue #9, Corinne Meyer

IDIC Log 9 was published April 1992 and contains 99 pages.

  • Return to the Fold by Jean Sloan (3)
  • A Father's Thoughts by Christine Jones (poem) (9)
  • The End of Forever by Katy Deery (poem) (10)
  • Time for Changes by Helen Cakebread (11)
  • The Traveller by Christine Jones (poem) (26)
  • Acceptance by Sheryl Peterson (28)
  • Art Thee Vulcan by Maureen Frost (poem) (28)
  • Mad Hunter by Sherry Golding (29)
  • Food for Scott by Nina Lynch (37)
  • The Questors by Pony Godic (43)
  • Memories by Maureen Frost (poem) (99)
  • art by Corinne Meyer (cover), Ruth Mellor


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

[zine, emphasis on "The Questors]: Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll tell you about a story. It's called "The Questors" by Pony Godic (now you could really Get Somewhere In Life with a name like that!) and comprises the second half of this zine. I was hooked by the opening paragraph which provides an insightful comparison of the ways in which McCoy and Chapel work. As the story unfolds, both characters are portrayed accurately yet without cliches - McCoy does not get drunk (as is his fate in so much Trek fiction) and Chapel comes over as decisive, more than competent and sensitive. Strong on characterisation, this story also has an interesting and extremely original plot. The Enterprise discovers an all Vulcan ship crippled in space, apparently due to engine trouble- Kirk decides to stay around until their repairs are completed, in case protection is required. Spock is requested by the Vulcan captain to spend some time aboard their ship, accompanied by Chapel, and there the true nature of the problem is revealed to them. Only Spock can provide what they need, and Chapel must choose between her Hippocratic and Starfleet oaths (for the purpose of this story, she is an MD) when she reports back to Kirk and McCoy. A second mystery is skillfully woven into the plot with the approach of a flotilla of strange spacecraft, escorting a huge, unknown artifact. IDIC Log 9 does contain several other short stories and poems, and the cover is graced by a beautiful drawing of Chapel by Corinne Meyer, but any enjoyment of these seems merely a bonus to the excellent "Questors", which I have no hesitation in recommending as being worth the price of the zine on its own. [5]
[zine]:
  • Return to the Fold / Kirk's birthday party, post-STIV, as he and Spock determine their future course.
  • Time for Changes / When everyone else dies Kirk somehow escapes into an alternate universe where he is first mate to Spock. Premise kind of interesting, but execution needed work.
  • Acceptance / Smarmy vignette of Sarek musing over Kirk's losses in saving Spock.
  • Mad Hunter / The boys go camping on Earth and encounter a Zorn who destroys deer to make them feel bad. Rather sloppy and unconvincing.
  • Food For Scott / Mildly cute Scotty tale as he throws a party, post-STV, complete with haggis.
  • The Questors / Spock serves as vaccine factory for a mutant strain of Rigellian Fever attacking a Vulcan ship; Chris Chapel decides to study him for her exo/psych unit; and the two crews encounter aliens of two populations engineered from a common ancestor, seeking reunion and their ancestral race in a hibernation ship shaped like a flying fox. Probably a few too many plot angles here, but the characterization was pretty good and the premise interesting if not particularly biologically sound. [6]

Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Nicole Comtet

IDIC Log 10 - Encounters and Countermoves was published in June 1992 and contains 95 pages. It is a novel by Nicole Comtet in which Spock captains the Enterprise on a training mission. It was published several other times through Orion Press as Encounters and Countermoves.

Blurb from Orion Press: "Doctor McCoy joins Captain Spock, Commander Uhura and a number of other former Enterprise officers on a cadet training cruise. They encounter a madman, rescue a stray cat, and conspire with the Romulans. A fun story!"

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

Not tightly plotted, and the characterization is sometimes trite - McCoy appears only in his irrational-foil-for-Spock persona, Spock is rather uninteresting in his omnipotent perfection, and Uhura's main function seems to be social director. A surprising number of typos - Orion usually has very good editing - and far too many saccharine uses of 'special.' But some nice touches as well, and the novel is overall pretty entertaining. The cat was particularly fun. Captain Spock is taking a bunch of cadets off on 3-week training cruise and has gathered up the old crew except for Kirk, who appears only in a cameo at the end. Things go awry beginning with two stowaways - a lunatic who takes hostages to force the ship to take him to Serenidad, and a cadet's pet cat who gets loose and wreaks havoc with the ship's wiring. Spock resolves both. Then a cadet practicing firing torpedos just happens to hit the Romulan Commander's new renegade ship which was hanging about in the firing range and just about to be boarded by Orions. After a short reunion they repair her ship and send her on her way. This makes Spock melancholy and the crew gather round with metaphorical hugs - projects to keep his mind off his lost love. Then a party for Scotty and return home where Kirk comes aboard for inspection. As I said, rather loosely plotted, this one. [7]
IDIC Log # 10 is a novel. Most of my zines seem to be anthologies, but I do enjoy reading novels. Apparently more fans write short stories rather than novels, but I admire any fan who can write any length story or poem or do illustration, especially since I only have the ability to appreciate such talents, not do them. It's a fun novel to read—a lot happens that all "falls into place." Spock is Captain on the Enterprise and leads training missions. McCoy goes on a training cruise (since Chapel wasn't available) for a "nice three week flight" that's supposed to be a quiet, easy one (we know better, right?). Anyway, unexpected things happen, and Spock handles everything in his logical, compassionate, thorough way. The story is nice because Spock shows that he does indeed have "a gift" for teaching." There's no Kirk in the story, and I still liked it. The interactions between Spock and McCoy are written "just right" and we get an Uhura who doesn't just say, "Hailing frequencies open" (I wouldn't have minded more Sulu lines, but then, I'm a Sulu fan too). The first chapter was different (and great!) as it depicted McCoy getting upset overhearing other people criticizing Spock for being a "walking computer." This zine wasn't as "heavy" as Living in Spite of Logic—but it's fun. [8]

Issue 11

cover of issue #11, Lynne Hendricks

IDIC Log 11 was published in June 1992 and contains 98 pages.

  • Star Trek by Diane Terry (3)
  • Silver-White Lady by Benjamin Jones (poem) (10)
  • Phantasm by Leonie Flynn (11)
  • When the Dream Stops by Gail Christison (15)
  • My Lonely Space by Benjamin Jones (poem) (40)
  • The Candidate by Gloria Fry (41)
  • From the Diary of Sarah Kirk by Helen Cakebread (51)
  • Question by Helen Connor (poem) (52)
  • Conflict on Alpheratz by Bonnie Holmyard (53)
  • Inside Programme by Sherry Golding (67)
  • A Cry from a Lonely Heart by Christine Jones (poem) (74)
  • Commitment by Teresa Abbott (75)
  • Searching by Benjamin Jones (poem) (98)
  • art by Lynne Hendricks (cover), Keren Breen

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

IDIC Log #11 is a collection of stories and poetry. "When the Dreams Stop" by Gail Christison, satisfied my hurt-comfort preference when Kirk and Spock are tortured because they are accused of "treason, sedition and sorcery" on a primitive, barbaric planet. The story concentrates on the "comfort" (Spock and McCoy helping Kirk recuperate from the experience). The story is only 26 pages long, but it feels like a mini-novel. Gloria Fry wrote "The Candidate" about how Captain Christopher Pike chooses Spock as his science officer, from among a group of aspirants. Needless to say, Spock passes admirably, but the test itself is very original. I don't care for stories where none of the major characters is one of the Classic crew, but "Commitment," by Teresa Abbott, held my interest throughout. Peter Kirk (post Deneba incident) wasn't interested in going into Starfleet Academy as Uncle Jim Kirk wanted him to. Not realizing that his uncle is too ill to respond, Peter decides on a course of action he thinks will make Kirk listen to him. Peter is disillusioned and led astray in more ways than one—and causes Spock to get captured by blackmailers. How Peter grows up (learns to take responsibility for himself and Spock) and plans their return to the Enterprise comprises most of the plot. McCoy was well-written, and Peter's bitterness is almost palpable—as is his eventual recognition of his reckless acts. There are a few nice surprises in the plot—but every page flows smoothly. [9]

Issue 12

cover of issue #12, Raymond D Sless

IDIC Log 12 - The T'Varon Chronicles 1 by Gloria Fry was published in January 1993 and contains 80 pages.

It contains stories 1 and 2 of a series set in an alternate universe in which Kirk is assigned to the Vulcan ship T'Varon in an attempt to see if Humans can work successfully with Vulcans.

  • cover by Raymond D Sless


Issue 13

cover of issue #13 Raymond D Sless

IDIC Log 13 - The T'Varon Chronicles 2 by Gloria Fry was published in January 1993 and contains 104 pages.

It contains stories 3 and 4 of a series set in an alternate universe in which Kirk is assigned to the Vulcan ship T'Varon in an attempt to see if Humans can work successfully with Vulcans.

  • cover by Raymond D Sless


Issue 14

cover of issue #14 Gill Marsden

IDIC Log 14 was published in April 1993 and contains 98 pages. It is a special Star Trek: TNG issue.

  • The Deceivers Heather Noyce (3)
  • Riker's Temptation by Helen Connor (poem) (10)
  • Solutions by J Schmidt (11)
  • Deanna's Nightmare by Margaret Connor (poem) (42)
  • Young Riker's Championships by Sherry Golding (43)
  • What an Enterprise by TQ (46)
  • Deja Q by Christine Jones (51)
  • A Sacred Word by Sherry Golding (52)
  • Lal by Christine Jones (poem) (56)
  • Full Circle by J Schmidt (58)
  • art by Gill Marsden (cover), Kari M John, Ruth Mellor


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

A pleasant surprise, this one. I was glancing through the zines at Warp One and found it. The cover is illustrated with an unusual drawing of Beverly Crusher by Gill Marsden. Like the other illustrations it is very good (here speaks an O level art reject). I had already read Full Circle and Solutions by Jackie Schmidt when I received them as a kind of Christmas present. Nevertheless I thoroughly enjoyed reading them again. Full Circle is a continuation of her story Personality Clash but in my opinion lacks the raw violence of the first. It deals with the visit of the Enterprise to Travai and a renewal of a conflict started many years before. But I wish there had been a bit more depth...

Solutions is an interesting idea and equally typical of Jackie's style. An Enterprise crewmember, granddaughter of an Orion trader, must find an answer to the fact that her adoptive parents, a Vulcan and a Klingon, are trying to marrv her off before her grandfather sells her to a Ferengi. The answer is uuite unusual!

Short and to the rather painful point is Sherry Golding's A Sacred Word, dealing with the problems caused when a word in normal use is considered sacred and to speak it blasphemy. Poor Riker gets into all kinds of trouble. Sherry's other story also deals with a certain First Officer. Young Riker's Championships has him in an Olympic trail. I won't say more as it would spoil the story. Well-written and worth reading.

The Deceivers by Heather Noyce is a confusing but interesting story of plot and counterpoint, but to attempt to unravel any of it here would just ruin it for anyone who has not read it. The Romulans are up to their usual tricks.

The four short poems I found extremely good. As I am a Q fan I liked Riker's Temptation by Helen Connor particularly. She has got the slightly mocking Q's line down to perfection.

There is another contribution in this zine, but to be honest I'm in no position to review it. All I can do is apologize for it because it was written as a character study after seeing about 5 TNG episodes. What an Enterprise! credited to TQ, is a script set in a dilapidated coach hire company... but the characters are a little more familiar to us all. For those who don't know, I'd better explain that the Vulcan passenger is NOT Spock.

Apart from the last bit of lunacy, it is a very good zine, my usual congratulations to all concerned, and certainly well worth adding to any collection. [10]

Issue 15

cover of issue #15 Lynn Herricks

IDIC Log 15 was published in April 1993 and contains 100 pages.

From Bill Hupe: "The Daystrom labs appear to be haunted; Chekov begins to behave out of character; more."

  • Transit Ghost by B. Spencer (3)
  • Return of the Swan by P.C. Timms (31)
  • Always There by Christine Jones (poem) (73)
  • In Loving Memory by Liz Aris (74)
  • Scotty by Christine Jones (poem) (99)
  • Edith by Christine Jones (poem) (100)
  • art by Lynn Herricks (cover), Janet Meacham


Issue 16

cover of issue #16, Martin Street

IDIC Log 16 was published in June 1994 and contains 100 pages.

From Bill Hupe: "McCoy has a deadline to meet; 3 historians go through the Guardian to the Eugenics Wars; Kruge's family wants revenge, more."

  • The Spectres of the Past by Lorna Elliott (3)
  • Love, Honour, Duty by Christine Jones (poem) (68)
  • Get Him to the Medical on Time by Tracy Beadle and Nina Lynch (69)
  • Postscript by Teresa Abbott (71)
  • A Young Ensign by Gillian Fry (poem) (73)
  • Is There Anybody There? by David Gallagher (poem) (74)
  • The Helmsman by Gillian Fry (poem) (74)
  • Written by the Winners by Jeremy Broadribb (75)
  • All Ashore Who's Going Ashore by Nina Lynch and Tracy Beadle (98)
  • art by Martin Street (cover)


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

There is an interesting variety of items in this zine. The longest story (65 pages) is The Spectres of the Past by Lorna Elliott. The story is set in the rime period between ST 4 & 5. The Enterprise in once more captained by James T Kirk, but both ship and Captain have their problems. After a trial run, the Enterprise NCC 1701-A is forced to put in to SB11 tor repairs. Meanwhile. Kruge's niece Kalenth has been given the task of avengin Kruge's death. The story is well-plotted and written. The revenge plot is counterpointed by an exploration of Kirk's feelings as he is claimed by exhaustion and depression after the events of ST 3 & 4. The story links in to the beginning of ST5, and into the themes of that film.

Nina Lynch & Tracy Beadle have two short stories in the zine - All Ashore Who's Going Ashore, and Get Him to the Medical on Time. These stories both explore, with humour, the relationship between Spock and McCoy. Another short is the reflective Postscript: Let That Be Your Last Battlefield by Teresa Abbott, who is one of my favourite writers. It explores Kirk's feelings about ordering the destruct sequence which is oniy just aborted in tune. David Gallagher has a short with a twist in the tail (pardon the pun, David) which is hilarious nonsense - very enjoyable.

There are poems too; Gillian Fry offers limericks and Christine Jones, Love, Honour. Dutv - again, Christine is one of my favourite writers. The second longer story in the zine is Written by the Winners by Jeremy Broadribb. This is a story about the Guardian; a group of historians is given permission to go back in time to the period of the Eugenics wars with the object of gathering fuller information about this poorly documented period. Of course they blunder into an era they know little about and are soon in time-trouble. The story is well written and the events chronicled about the Eugenics period are a believable extension of the ST universe.

There is something for everyone in this Classic Trek zine - it is nicely balanced between humour and seriousness, and between short and long stories, and poetry. [11]

Issue 17

cover of issue #17, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

IDIC Log 17 was published in February 1995 and contains 100 pages.

From Bill Hupe: "McCoy attempts to persuade Spock to abandon Kolinahr, Kirk and the Enterprise are pawns in a vengeance hunt, an alien race destroys all who contact their planet... and the Enterprise has a mission there..."

  • Supplication by Maggy (3)
  • Together Forever by Christine Jones (poem) (17)
  • Heart of the Matter by Nina Lynch & Tracy Beadle (18)
  • Emptiness by Katrina Heintz (poem) (19)
  • Spock: Vulcan to Human by Sheryl Peterson (poem) (20)
  • Sphinx by Ingrid Schwaller (21)
  • Spock by Christine Jones (poem) (55)
  • Dragon in the Smoke by Alan Boag (56)
  • Hopes by Helen Connor (poem) (64)
  • Amok Time Revisited by Airelle (65)
  • Double by Philippa Timms (70)
  • As Good as Guardian Angels Are by Debbie Lee (75)
  • Enterprise by Christine Jones (poem) (100)
  • art by Artwork Zaquia Tarhuntassa (cover), Claire Roberts


Issue 18

cover of issue #18, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

IDIC Log 18 - Dreams was published August 1995 and contains 76 pages.

It is a novel by Ruth King. The artwork is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa (cover), Maike Zock, Angrit Lower, Matthew Christie.

From Bill Hupe: "Star Trek/ST:TNG crossover novel: Wesley, Picard, and Geordie return to Kirk's Enterprise to try and stop the Romulans from changing history."

Issue 19

cover of issue #19, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

IDIC Log 19 was published in April 1996 and contains 100 pages.

  • Ribbon of Flame by Jacqueline Y. Comben (2)
  • Deltan Way by Alan Butler (53)
  • Longing Within by Christine Jones (poem) (80)
  • Green Fingers? by Gill Moran (poem) (81)
  • My Turn Now by Mrs. Pippin (poem) (82)
  • Conversation Peace by Brenda Kelsey (83)
  • Sickbay Incident by Alan Boag (91)
  • Lasting Gift by Christine Jones (poem) (100)
  • art by Zaquia Tarhuntassa (cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19

"Life would become tedious indeed if we all believed and acted exactly as everyone else. It is our diversity which allows us to grow. Without that requisite variety, our culture would atrophy. I am still learning..."

Sarek to Spock in Conversation Peace bv Brenda Kelsey Now I need a reason for quoting from Brenda's story... The zine is about growing and changing, but I am really quoting because the words struck a chord - a reminder of all IDIC is all about. Anyway, to the zine. And I will start with Brenda's story which offers an unusual angle on, and a secret about, the Gorkon peace treaty in ST:V1; in fact, Brenda, I think there is more story lurking there waiting to be told. Conversation Peace examines the aftermath of the ST:VI conspiracy, the settling of the Enterprise crew into new roles, the launching of Spock on his diplomatic career. There is a certain poignancy in this story because it marks Kirk's separation from Spock, but it is not pessimistic as it offers new horizons for Sulu, Uhura and Spock. We get to see Sulu as Captain, and Spock's relationship with his father.

The zine is a particularly strong one. The first story is one that I had been waiting for ever since i heard a rumour that it was being written. It is Jacquie Comben's rewrite of the end of Generations, and it is an absolute must tor everyone who thought that Kirk's death in the film was "!!,!" (supply a suitable colourful metaphor). Anyway, Ribbon of Flame neatly restores Kirk to his natural place in the scheme of things - by Spock's side to go off into a future where they can continue to grow. On the way to the conclusion of the VERY neat plot which actually sorts out some of the illogic of Sunn's methods in the film, Jacquie offers one of the best and funniest McCoy stories I have ever read when the good Doctor is forced to take passage on an inter-stellar liner. Ribbon of Flame is not a gut-wrenching hurt/comfort story; it is a logical conclusion to the film which reads like an episode and where the characters behave like themselves. I hope that that is sufficiently enigmatic to make you want to read it...

The Deltan Way by Alan Butler is another story leading to the growth and development of Kirk and Spock. The plot centres on Delta and Ilia's people, looking more closely at their culture than TMP does. Ilia's metamorphosis onto a higher plane of being has afflicted (the Deltan race who have deep empathic awareness or each other; as their group consciousness does not understand what has happened to Ilia, Deltans are lapsing into coma, X'ian. a Deltan ambassador, has been despatched to seek the help of those who were present at Ilia's transcendence. Kirk, Spock and McCoy go to Delta to investigate. Alongside the plot with its interesting insight into Deltan culture, there is strong Kirk/Spock relationship story exploring the nature of their empathic understanding as Kirk tries to sort out his post-Kolinahr relationship with the Vulcan.

Sick Bay Incident by Alan Boag runs true to Alan's trademark which is to create a story from a one-liner, a commonlv used expression or a saying upon which the
 story then hinges. This story is really 
suspenseful; I cannot tell you the relevant 
phrase because it would ruin the plot.
Alan's stories are always very lightly
written; this one works verv well.

There is poetry, too. Christine Jones offers The Longing Within and A Lasting Gift which echo what I have decided is the theme of the zine, a vision ot future. My Turn Now by Mrs Pippin shows McCoy getting one over on Spock, based on the episode The Empath - it has a certain poignancy. Green Fingers by Gill Moran analyses Sarek's relationship with Amanda, using their garden at Shikahr as a metaphor; this poem has joined my list of all time favourite ST poems.

This zine is a good example of fanzines being better than the professional novels. I think it is the last IDIC Log; it is a fitting finale to the series. [12]

References

  1. from IDIC #4
  2. Halliday's Star Trek Zinedex - Contents - I, Archived version
  3. from The Trekzine Times v.1 n.3
  4. from IDIC #21
  5. from IDIC #30
  6. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  7. from the Zinedex
  8. from The Trekzine Times v.3 n.1
  9. from The Trekzine Times v.3 n.1
  10. from IDIC #28
  11. from IDIC #36
  12. from IDIC #47