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See also: Idyll (disambiguation)

Title: Idylls
Publisher: Orion Press
Editor(s): it was originally to be edited by Beth Beals and Randall Landers, but was instead edited by a number of other people, see article
Date(s): January 1984 - June 1999
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS & Star Trek: TNG
Language: English
External Links: Orion Press
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Idylls is a gen and het Star Trek: TOS and Star Trek: TNG anthology published by Orion Press from January 1984 to June 1999.

The first two were TOS, then three and for TNG with a little TOS, then they alternated for some issues, i.e. the odd numbers TNG, the even numbers TOS anthologies, and with issue 11, it became a TNG zine only, with Interludes becoming the TOS zine.

The first issue of "Idylls" is digest-sized and the rest full-sized.

"Idylls" was billed as a "relationship" zine with romances, stories about family, friendship and professional relationships and consists of R-Rated stories and pictures.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Idylls 1 is a TOS anthology published in January 1984, and is 36 pages long. It was edited by Ann Zewen.

  • Business as Usual by Linda McInnis Goodman.
  • A Stitch in Time by Chris Hamann and Mary Cress. Kirk and Spock experience a dreadful shore-leave.
  • Turn of Fate by Esther Lemay. An interesting Spock-Chapel sequel to "Amok Time."
  • Girl Talk by Esther Lemay. A Spock-Chapel sequel to "Turn of Fate" but further down the line, so to speak.
  • Poetry by Patricia Demetri, Nancy Gervais, Chris Hamann and Esther Lemay.
  • Artwork by Ann Crouch, Patricia Demetri, Nancy Gervais, Chris Hamann and Pat Kilner.

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Linda Baker

Idylls 2 is a TOS anthology published in December 1987, and is 70 pages long. It was edited by Linda McInnis. Artwork by Linda P. Baker, Bobbie Hawkins, Gennie Summers, and Robert Jan.

  • Be Careful What You Wish for -- a quintet of stories written by Linda P. Baker and Ann Zewen, based on one common scenario: the 'shore leave' planet fantasies of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura and Christine Chapel.
    • The Real Thing by Linda P. Baker (Spock/Christine)
    • Just a Game by Ann Zewen
    • The Captain's Pleasure by Ann Zewen
    • Any Illicit Forbidden Thing by Linda P. Baker
    • A Gentleman Never Tells by Linda P. Baker (A return to the Shore Leave Planet where McCoy can enjoy whatever his imagination dictates.) (15 pages)

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3
back cover of issue #3

Idylls 3 is a TNG anthology with some TOS published in March 1989. It contains 144 pages. It was edited by Ann Zewen. Art by Linda P. Baker, Mark Cantrell, Kimberley Junius, Christine M. Myers, Gennie Summers.

  • From the Editor, an introduction by Ann Zewan (2)
  • I Grieve with Thee by Chris Dickenson. Spock and McCoy are back in their own century, and Zarabeth is long dead--but it doesn't seem very long to a grieving Vulcan. (3)
  • Imzadi (poetry) by Marnita Howald (6)
  • ...and Nola was the Color of Honey by Kimberley Junius. Beverly Crusher is serving her internship on Ganymede when she meets a colleague who teaches her a lot about life, laughter, friendship...and love. (Published as "Nola" in a slightly different form in Poems, Prayers and Promises) (7)
  • The Lady in Red by Ann Zewen (35)
  • Escape by Cindy Bayless Overstreet. Tasha Yar knows all about violence, lust and fear. From Data, she wants gentleness and understanding. (42)
  • The Decision by Marnita Howald (51)
  • The Human Equation by Audrey Vest. Christine Chapel found the young Romulan in Sickbay deeply disturbing, but she had no idea how much of a disturbance he would bring to her life. (52)
  • Lift Time by Marnita Howald (68)
  • The Gift of the Mandrake by Kimberley Junius (71)
  • The Wait by Chris Dickenson (95)
  • North Star (poetry) by Marnita Howald (102)
  • The Curtained Sleep by Ann Zewen. Janice Lester is gone. Jim Kirk is back in his own body, and all is right with the Enterprise--except for the nightmares that interrupt Kirk's nights and haunt his days. (103)
  • Idylling (144)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Another Orion zine which I find thoroughly enjoyable is Idylls. Originally billed as a romance zine, it is now being called a relationship zine. I'm all for relationships, aren't you? Earlier issues combined both Treks, but the later issues will be following the alternating policy, I believe.

Idylls 3, which I have next to me right now, includes a piece by Ann Zewen herself, which I intend to read again. Called 'The Curtained Sleep," it deals with the aftermath of one of my least favorite episodes of series Trek, the Janice Lester affair. It somehow validates the events which took place in Turnabout Intruder, making them far more real and revealing more to us of Kirk's feelings in regard to women. Interesting, and no doubt a piece that took a lot of thought and hard work.

Since Orion does categorize their zines it makes it easier to choose the type you enjoy and avoid those you dislike. [1]

IDYLLS #3, in a series of zines based mostly on romance, but this time a crossover to more TNG stories, combining original Trek. The third issue is a change from the normal in past zines and I like the difference very much. Stories in this issue: "I Grieve with Thee," and "Nova was the Color of Honey" about the night together with Beverly Crusher and Captain Picard. A cute little tale, "The Lady in Red," as Uhura tries to get Captain Kirk to notice her in a very sexy red dress at a ship party. All other stories are up to their usual standards. For the more mature audience. [2]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Jean Kluge, also printed in Artforum #3
back cover of issue #4

Idylls 4 is a TNG 144-page anthology with some TOS published in March 1990. It was edited by Ann Zewen.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Ancient History by Kimberly Junius. When Jim Kirk first met Carol Marcus, sparks flew, but a careful campaign soon tore down her defenses. She didn't count on the gift he left behind, though. Many will agree that this must be exactly how It happened.
  • In the Middle of In-Between by Cyndi Bayless Overstreet. Data was the only member of the Away Team who completed the beamdown. What happened to the others? And who was the woman he found? She couldn't possibly be who she appeared.
  • The Friday Girl by Kaye Dunham. A perfect example of the Dixon Hill genre.
  • On My Mind by Chris Dickenson. A Star Trek V view of Spock and Christine Chapel. On the eve of a camping trip to Yosemite with his friends, Spock takes time out to answer a summons from Christine Chapel. What does she really want?
  • Restless by Susan Leinbach. A tongue-in-cheek tale about the romantic escapades of Counselor Troi.
  • In the Middle of In-Between by Cyndi Bayless Overstreet. A very special story about Data and the badly missed Tasha Yar.
  • Unexpected Sparks by Chris Dickenson. A romantic fantasy for our favorite helmsman.
  • Facetious Attraction by Kaye Dunham. When the transdigital disruptor interacts with the fabric of their uniforms, Data and Lieutenant Tess Munro learn a whole new meaning for the phrase "stuck on you." A delightful Data romp.
  • The Apples of Possibility by Emily Alward. A nicely written story that details the first meeting of Will Riker and Deanna Troi.
  • Poetry by Overstreet and Lance.
  • Artwork by Baker, Jean Kluge, Leinback, Myers, Nosal and Seigrist.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

I'm going to start with the artwork—or, initially, the printing of the artwork. Boo, hiss. Thumbs down. My cover illustration of Data and Tasha was printed with the most care, but even it shows a loss of detail that could easily have been retained from the 85-line screen provided, and the contrasts were markedly intensified. Soft, dark grays became harsh black, and light grays were lost completely, or masked by the gray paper used for this particular cover. Rending of hair, gnashing of teeth, and a general bewailing and mourning is indicated for the demise of two fine illustrations. In this case, I refer to pencil drawings produced by Marty Siegrist for a story by Cyndi Bayless Overstreet. Prior to publication, I saw xerox copies of these drawings that had been done from originals (not screens!), and they were delicately shaded masterpieces of illustrative work. In Idylls 4, they were rendered unrecognizable. White became a medium gray, medium gray became black, and there were strange dark bands at the top of each, strongly suggestive of some sort of adhesive tape. All subtlety was lost, and while I don't quite accuse the editor of first degree homicide, l believe that a case could be made for involuntary manslaughter. In fact, 'involuntary' seems a good word to describe this fanzine overall. Very little of this production shows any thought or attention to detail (there are exceptions I will mention in the ensuing paragraphs). The layout is predictable, the writing uninspiring or simply cliched, and the artwork either run of the mill or badly reproduced (the latter suggesting a lack of initiative in finding a reputable possible from inexperienced talent. I believe that this is the greatest problem with Idylls and, in fact, other Orion Press fanzines--the refusal of its 'editors' to truly edit the work submitted to them. Quality is the exception rather than the rule, and quantity is preferred to the effort required to produce an outstanding product. At their best, fan publications should provide us with thoughtful commentary, new or interesting insights into the characters, a slice of life that feels so real that one could be living it, or any of the other myriad things that good writing and illustrating impart to their consumers. Instead, Idylls seems to feel that merely typing and xeroxing is all that a fanzine requires. After all, "this is only a hobby. [3]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Julie Nosal
back cover of issue #5, Julie Nosal

Idylls 5 is a TNG anthology published in March 1991, is 97 pages long, and contains 11 stories. It was edited by Ann Zewen.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • The Better Part of the Bargain by Jeanne-Marie Martin. A post-"Sarek" story bound to please all of our Picard/Crusher fans
  • Patterns in the Sand by Cyndi Bayless Overstreet. Another of her wonderful Data/Tasha stories. This time, Tasha attempts to flee her memories of "The Naked Now" by retreating to the holodeck. But the best-laid plans ...
  • The Big Hello written by Ann Zewen. Another Picard/Crusher story, a tale of fantasy vs. reality, of imposters and discoveries.
  • Future Preferred by Miriam S. Darnell. Did anyone else notice that Riker's "wife" in "Future Imperfect" seemed to be a composite of two women in the commander's life and one of them was not a holodeck creation? That's the premise that led to this excellent story.
  • Wishing for a Thing by E. Brooks. A change-of-pace story; to tell you anymore would spoil the story.
  • The Topaz Heart by Barbara Robertson. This story details one version, a very plausible one, of how Beverly and Jack Crusher met. But who's Lancelot?
  • 9.37% by Kimberley Junius. What might have happened if Geordi LaForge ever met the real Doctor Leah Brahms. The title refers to the holodeck computer's margin of error in creating the Leah simulation in "The Booby Trap." It might not sound like much difference, but ... Watch for the sequel to this one, tentatively titled "All the Shiny Little Ponies" in Tantalus 3.
  • Poetry by Carol L. Lance. Artwork by Barbara Caldwell, Kimberly Junius, Jeanne-Marie Martin, M.J. Millard and Julie Nosal.
  • Artwork by Ann Crouch, Patricia Demetri, Nancy Gervais, Chris Hamann, Julie Nosal (both covers) and Pat Kilner

Issue 6

front cover of issue #6
flyer for issue #6

Idylls 6 is a TOS anthology published in Septemper 1991. It was edited by Ann Zewen.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • A Proper Vulcan Wife by Anne Evans. The possibility of a Spock/Christine romance has inspired many a Trek fan to write her very own version of this relationship. This story may well be one of the most believable ever written.
  • Interlude by Joanne K. Seward. This piece addresses the Kirk/Uhura possibilities. Are they or aren't they? We'll never know for sure. But Joanne makes the possibilities, as our Vulcan friend would say, fascinating.
  • Shared Dreams by Sherry A. Bass. Yet another look at the Spock/Christine relationship. In the course of life, death and life again, just how much did Spock forget?
  • Federation Day Dreams by Deborah Baudoin. An exploration of the friendship between Christine Chapel and Penda Uhura. A brief, slice-of-life vignette about choices, their consequences and how hard it can be to make them ... and how a good friend can make those choices both easier to make and easier to bear.
  • Legacy for Tomorrow by Ann Zewen. A "what if" story, in which the writer adds a simple act to established Star Trek canon, and asks the question: What would happen later if this happened here? In this case, have you ever wondered what would happen if Sargon and Thalassa had...
  • Poetry by Fisher, Lance, and McInnis.
  • Artwork by Baker and Lawrence.

Issue 7

front cover of issue #7
flyer for issue #7

Idylls 7 is a TNG anthology published in April 1992, is 183 pages long, and contains 14 stories and poems. It was edited by Ann Zewen.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Family, Too by BEKi. A "what if?" story. In this case, it's: "What if Will Riker wasn't an only child?" Read this story and find out. There are a few surprises in store for you.
  • For the Love and Dance by Mindi French. A beautifully romantic piece, a Beverly Crusher "first love" story, this one's written as only a dancer could do it.
  • Practice Makes Perfect by Margaret and Barbara O'Quinn. For all you Data fans who read Margaret O'Quinn's novel No High Ground, here's the promised companion love story to that one. In it, Rihana Kane convinces Data that even if he didn't get it right with Jenna in "In Theory," it's worth another try. He just shouldn't try so hard, and perhaps he picked the wrong woman. If you didn't read Maggie's novel, don't worry. This one does very nicely on its own merits, too. But beware! You're certain to want to read more about Lieutenant Kane after you meet her.
  • The Morning After by Marianne Morici. Mornings after are often devastating, or at least embarrassing, as Beverly Crusher discovers in this post-"The Host" vignette.
  • Rozah by Gail J. Christison. A bittersweet Picard romance, with more than a touch of action-adventure and even some hurt/comfort thrown in. This one would have made a great episode on television.
  • Future Perfect by Jordan Trevor. An alternative to the "Future Imperfect" episode. Clearly many will like this idea better.
  • Replacements by Sandi K. Almany. An excellent first story from this author. This is the second of three Data "romances" in this issue, and I, for one, found it very intriguing how completely differently the three authors depicted our beloved android as he tests the waters of romance.
  • Morning Tea by Barbara Robertson. A Picard/Crusher story--with a twist!
  • Parenthood by Carol Davis. An exploration some of the possibilities in the Riker/Troi relationship.
  • Battle Scars by Wendy Scott. A great Riker/Troi story, whatever you think their relationship is.
  • One More Hurdle by Jo-Ann Lassiter. One of the best Picard/Crusher writers around finds new layers to their relationship.
  • Heart to Heart by Andra Marie Muller. A "what if?" story. If Deanna Troi hadn't regained her empathic powers after "The Loss," could she have continued as Ship's Counselor? Perhaps...with a little help from a very special friend.
  • Skinny-Dip by Cyndi Bayless Overstreet. What a story! Featuring Data, of course, but to tell you more than that would be cheating, except for a special warning on this one: it's hot! So much so it sizzles. The title itself is a good hint, so proceed at your own risk!
  • Poetry by Almany and O'Quinn.
  • Artwork by Baker, Byrd, Caldwell, Hardeman, Lawrence, O'Quinn, and Wong.

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Linda Baker
flyer for issue #8

Idylls 8 is a TOS anthology published in October 1992, is 97 pages long and contains 8 stories. It was edited by Ann Zewen. Cover: Randall Landers.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • A Clean Break by Alison Wilson. Another look at the relationship between Jim Kirk and Carol Marcus, uniquely told in the first person.
  • A Logical Thing by Joanne K. Seward. A new approach--a dancer's approach-to the Spock-Christine relationship.
  • Crossed Signals by Jill Thomasson. A special relationship has developed for our favorite doctor--if he'll just take the time to enjoy it. (updated and reprinted in The McCoy Files.)
  • Liberty by Amanda Cassity. Getting Jim Kirk to take shore leave is one chore Doctor McCoy often finds difficult. But once he convinces Kirk to take a little time off to have some fun, the captain usually obliges, as he does in this wonderful story. But there's something about this woman...
  • Aftermath by Joanne K. Seward. The events of "The Naked Time" were embarrassing for almost everybody. But what about Doctor McCoy? Was he really so immune to the Psi 2000 virus? Or maybe his reaction was just a bit delayed...?
  • The Homecoming by Heidi J. Bloebaum. A delightful vignette. Who can resist a look at Spock's childhood?
  • Intermezzo by Ann Zewen. A vignette about the Jim Kirk-Carol Marcus relationship at a more mature point in their lives.
  • Home by Donna Wright. "The Search for Spock" opened one of the biggest debates in Star Trek fandom: "Did they, or didn't they?" They, of course, are Spock and Saavik. This story assumes they most certainly did and then takes a look at the possible consequences.
  • Artwork by Baker, Hardeman and Lawrence.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

Idylls 8 is an all classic Trek issue, with a broodingly gorgeous Kirk (drawn by Linda Baker) on the cover for all the Kirkophiles out there. (Sigh...) I have two stories in it that I hope you will enjoy, but what I'm really excited about are a story by Alison Wilson, and a vignette by Ann Zewen, who also edits the zine.

"A Clean Break" by Alison Wilson is a young Kirk and Carol Marcus story written with such understanding, it's easy to assume Alison has been through a similar situation. The story is written in the first person, and though I'm usually put off by that particular treatment, it is perfect for this story. I'm not the greatest reviewer, I read with my heart, not my head, so all I can say is this story deserves to be read. It's special. The vignette, "Intermezzo" by Ann Zewen is, oddly enough, also about Kirk and Marcus, although it takes place many years later, after the events of ST:TWOK Not quite four pages long, "Intermezzo" feels just right.

The other stories in the issue include several lighthearted romances, a view into Spock's childhood, and one possible outcome of the events which took place on the Genesis planet. [4]

IDYLLS 2 (December 1987) is listed as a fanzine for "romance," but I found this issue filled with very explicit sex scenes. I have not found that the publisher requires an age statement, but it is my opinion that a fanzine with explicit sex, such as this one, should have an age statement.

Allow me to explain. Back in the mid-1970's, at one of the Michigan conventions, fanzine editors, writers, and readers got together to discuss the topic of fanzines with explicit sex. The idea of having an age statement came into being because none of the participants wanted such stories to get into the hands of immature Star Trek fans. Recently, however, it seems that some editors are not requiring an age statement for what they call "R" rated material. Allow me to point out that an "R" rating, in the movies, requires a person under 16 to be accompanied by a parent or guardian (at least in theory—I know it does not work this way in practice). I see no way to enforce an "R" rating in fanzines, without requiring an age statement, as with the X-rated fanzines. An "X" rating does not mean only that there are hard-core four-letter words in the story. An "X" rating does not mean only that there are same-sex relationships in the story. It means that there is explicit material that one would not want an immature individual to read. IDYLLS 2 had only heterosexual sex in it. It had no hard-core four letter words. Even so, I would strongly recommend that this fanzine, as well as any fanzine with so-called "R" rated material, have an age statement simply because detailed descriptions of fondling genitals—anyone'3 genitals—is for mature-minded audiences only. If these scenes were filmed, the film definitely would have an "X" rating. And I think this should be the criteria for asking for an age statement; that is, if the scenes were filmed, what rating would it get? If it would get an "R" or "X," then I think an age statement should be required.

As for th stories themselves, I found them to have lot3 Of 3ex and lots of conversation t the effect of "do you know what I did an who I did it with?" but not much in the wa of story, In fact, the bulk of the writin involves one shore leave in which Kirk an Uhura made love, and Spock and Christine made love, and McCoy made love to several women. First, we have Christine's point of view, Later we have Uhura's point of view, and Spock's point of view, and Kirk's point of view. I found it repetitive to say the least. I think perhaps "lay-Kirk or "lay-Spock" or "lay-whomever story enthusiasts might enjoy this fanzine, As for me, I have found that the most memorable and most striking "X" (or "R") stories were ones in which sex and the discussion of sex are part of the plot, and not the bulk of the plot. (Just as, in life, sex is a part of life and daily events, not the whole of life.) [5]

Issue 9

cover of issue #9

Idylls 9 is a TNG anthology published in April 1993 and contains 116 pages. It was edited by Mindi French and Cheryl Washington.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Legacy of the Mind by Mindi French. Beverly Crusher is happily married, and reflecting back on her life, when suddenly, she decides to accept her legacy...
  • The Gift by M.J. Millard. The inner thoughts of a confused Picard, as Guinan helps him discern the differences between 'complicated' and 'uncomplicated' love, and what one can receive by just accepting love.
  • Beloved Pinocchio by Katie McBeth. Remember when we first met Data? Riker has the task of answering Data's queries as to his humanity.
  • This Time by Alison Wilson. Set during the first season... Beverly Crusher and Jean-Luc Picard ask themselves, and each other, what sort of relationship they can forge from their friendship. And if they want to pursue it...
  • 'Round Midnight by M.J. Millard. Riker has questions to be answered. One note here, while we now know that his middle name is Thomas, what if it had been Thelonius?
  • Family and Friends by Sharon Lokken. Set during the episode "Families", Picard must decide which path his life may take, with the assistance of those around him.
  • Echoes of the Mind by Gail J. Christison. Riker is sent on another first contact, but, how effective can he be as two societies collide and explode, when he finds himself with amnesia?
  • Artwork by Baker, Millard, and O'Quinn.

Issue 10

cover of issue #10, Linda Baker

Idylls 10 is a TOS anthology published in April 1994. It contains 128 pages and was edited by Ann Zewen. Cover Artwork by Linda P. Baker. This is the last issue with TOS content; as the editor explains, TOS material will now be published in Interludes.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • From the Editor, introduction by Ann Zewan (2)
  • Stranded by Amanda Cassity. This story features that popular concept of just one more simple mission to a friendly planet that inevitably goes wrong. This time, a badly injured Jim Kirk is stranded with his communications officer and must rely on the very capable -- and very beautiful -- Lieutenant Uhura to keep him alive until help arrives. (3)
  • Add Not Your Tears to Those Whose Dreams Have Died by Holly Trueblood. The lady Amanda returns to Earth for her first visit in the twenty-five years since her marriage to Sarek. While there, she reflects on her role as wife and mother to two very stubborn Vulcan men. (34)
  • Winged Demons by Jill Thomasson. A continuation of the relationship of Leonard McCoy and Jennifer Malone which began with "Crossed Signals" in Idylls 8. But this time, things aren't so idyllic when, on an alien planet, the Enterprise landing party encounters a race of gargoyles, who alternate between being not friendly enough and far too friendly. (updated and reprinted in The McCoy Files.) (52)
  • The Questors by Pony Godic. A novella which explores the Spock-Chapel relationship. At first it was a courtesy visit, an exchange of respect, social pleasantries and scientific information. But when Christine Chapel learned that Spock was temporarily remaining behind on the Vulcan vessel--and why--she insisted on staying, too. If he was going to risk his life, the least she could do was to risk her career. (52)
  • Idylling (53) (editorial, focus on how this is the last TOS issue and how the zine Interludes is going to be step in)

Issue 11

front cover of issue #11
back cover of issue #11

Idylls 11 is a TNG anthology published in July 1994, is 113 pages long, and contains 11 stories. It was edited by Mindi French.

Starting with this issue, all content is TNG.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Just out of Reach by Jo-Ann Lassiter. Sometimes, the realization of true love is obvious, and sometimes it takes any number of years to be shown.
  • The Agony of Defeat by Irene Deitel. Ever wonder what the aftermath of a carousing evening spent with Worf would be? Especially if one loses a bet with him? Riker is slowly recovering, with a little help from a friend.
  • Idle Pleasures by Gail Molnar. Two well-meaning fellow officers, one broken bed, and a deserted beach... Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher finally find some time to ... talk.
  • Home Safely by Alison Wilson. The best part of a trip is often the return home. Or is it? And how would a younger Picard relate to time, and confidences shared with each member of the Crusher family?
  • Missteps by Irene Deitel. When Commander William Riker decides to brood, Deanna Troi knows where to find him, but next time, she won't forget her coat.
  • Cold Turkey by N.B. Thayer. An interesting "what if?" scenario for Picard and Crusher after their retum from KessPrit...and leaves them with a decision that could have life-long repercussions for them.
  • Shore Leave by Louise Ellis. Following "Sub-Rosa," Beverly has a difficult time readjusting to her previous life, until some friends take the time to remind her where true happiness lies.
  • Talisman by Rosemary Cullen. Nella Darin returns as a crewmember and companion of the captain. When she presents him with a small stature as a memento of a shore leave, the talisman opens a new adventure for the crew as it reunites a new lieutenant and her husband, a Starfleet scientist believed to be dead.
  • Poetry by Andra Marie Mueller.
  • Artwork by Glenn Lash, M.J. Millard, Joey Rodrigues, Mickey Sayles and Gabi Stiene.

Issue 12

cover of issue #12
flyer for issue #12

Idylls 12 is a TNG anthology published in April 1995, is 174 pages long and contains 8 stories. It was edited by Mindi French.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • And They Lived... by Elizabeth Knauel. A look back at Classic Star Trek, and perhaps a new tie to the Next Generation.
  • Tapestry Not Woven by N.B. Thayer. Another look at the design to the tapestry of his life and a glimpse down the road not taken by Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and his wife.
  • The Gift by Debra L. Taylor. Will Riker a father? He unexpectedly is given a daughter. But is she his? Or another Riker's? Will delves into the world of parenthood, with some help from his friends.
  • We'll Make Do by Becky J. Woods. Even the best laid wedding plans can go awry when the bride and groom are the captain and chief medical officer of one of the busiest ships in Starfleet. Compromises can work through most difficulties...
  • The Cost of Friendship by Kira Bacal. A look at an old 'acquaintance' of Will Riker is who visits the Enterprise as part of a mediation team attempting to prevent an interplanetary war.
  • The Realm of the Selkies by Gail Molnar. When a different mediation team attempting to settle a dispute between the native Selkies and the non-Selkie colonists is abducted, an old friend of Beverly Crusher assists in their rescue.
  • Missing Slides from 'A Captain's Holiday' by N.B. Thayer. What did Vash find out from Jean-Luc Picard about his friends on the Enterprise.
  • Aftermath by Lynn C. Lorton. Jean-Luc Picard must deal with his feelings that emerged in "Attached" and an absent Beverly Crusher. When she returns, they both face the sea of emotions, and the decisions that need to be made.
  • Artwork by Glenn Lash, M.J. Millard, Zaquia Tarhuntassa, and Gabi Stiene.

Issue 13

cover of issue #13 by Joey Rodrigues

Idylls 13 is a TNG anthology published in January 1996, is 110 pages long, and contains 7 stories. Cover by Joey Rodrigues. It was edited by Mindi French.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Truths and Consequences by Louise Ellis. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (or something like that). This story explores the hidden truths of a relationship, and the consequences Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher face when their relationship begins to be taken for granted with a little help from Julian Bashir and Deanna Troi.
  • No Doubt by Mary Lee Boyance. Sometimes we need someone to leave us without regret about our choices in life. Beverly Crusher finds that special someone in her memories ... and on the holodeck.
  • Mosaic by Rosemary Cullen. Fourteen years can make a drastic change in anyone's lives, and Jean-Luc and Beverly Picard are no exception. This post-Generations story finds Ambassador Picard, his wife and three children on Romii as the treaty Ambassador Spock has worked so hard for is about to be signed. But, at what personal cost to the Picards?
  • Passing Clouds by D.J. Nicholson. In this tale of loves lost and loves found, the Captain and CMO are there for each other, in friendship and love.
  • Not Just Anybody by Gail Molnar. A return to the "Realm of the Selkies" (Idylls 12). Beverly convinces Jean-Luc to go on vacation to visit the Fraser's. Together, they visit a fair, find a infant ruskoc, and find what makes a vacation special.
  • Into the Fold by JoAnn Lassiter. A tale of the deep and caring love shared between two friends as they grow separately and together.
  • Artwork by Joey Rodriguez.

Issue 14

cover of issue #14

Idylls 14 is a TNG anthology published in summer 1996, is 112 pages long, and contains 7 stories. It was edited by Mindi French.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Results by Louise Ellis. Julian Bashir helped show Beverly and Jean-Luc that they were beginning to take each other for granted in "Truths and Consequences." This issue, she follows that situation.
  • Choices by Ulrike Schaefer. Everyone has to face them at one time or another. Beverly once again has something to tell Jean-Luc, but she's injured before she can do so, forcing him to make a choice that will affect their futures--if they have one.
  • Rendezvous by Becky J. Woods. Famous centuries into the future, the Orient Express is well known for presenting the unexpected, and indeed, who knows who you'll meet? An exotic locale, elegant surroundings, and a bottle of the '47 from the Picard vinyards are the perfect setting for this encounter...
  • The Targ and the Sehlat by Martina Jarrett. Did you ever wonder exactly how Miles O'Brian and Keiko met? Or if Keiko is really as reserved as she seems to be? Data and Deanna find out when they visit with Miles and Keiko.
  • Double Action by UIrike Shaefer. Parallel universes are the same until one small detail causes them to split. Unfortunately, that one person who caused the split gets caught in an anomaly and ... one ship's crew is seeing double with two Beverly Crushers. After all two heads are better than one.
  • The Death by Lisa Ann Richardson. Perhaps a bit of that telepathic link did remain between Jean-Luc and Beverly after their return from KesPrytt. A tragic shared dream draws the two of them closer and creates a new future.
  • Tin Soldier by Rosemary Cullen. In the future, Data had his own command, until the ship was destroyed, and now Will Riker seeks out Jean-Luc and Beverly Picard with clues that their friend may not have perished in the explosion after all. Follow the clues with Will and Jean-Luc as they unravel the mystery.
  • Artwork by Arla F, Glenn Lash, MJ. Millard, Gabi Stiene, and Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

Issue 15

cover of issue #15, Janet D'Airo

Idylls 15 is a TNG anthology published in April 1997 and contains 124 pages. It was edited by Althea Katz.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Overheard by Becky J. Woods. In IDYLLS 14, "Rendezvous" took us along on a private Picard-Crusher meeting. Now we're let in on the crew's gossip! (30 pages)
  • Jealousy by Rachel Rybarczyk. The Enterprise-D has crashed and the crew split up. Rachel Rybarczyk brings two of them together to explore Will Riker's feelings of--could it be? (4 pages)
  • Swamp Ophelia by Gwyn Allman. A journey through Beverly's past, clearing the way for her future. (20 pages)
  • Kiss Me Like An Android by Meg Wise-Lawrence. Since Lieutenant Commander Data installed his emotion chip, Counselor Troi has been intrigued with his progress. In time, his thoughts have turned to love. Will the Counselor be able to help? (10 pages)
  • Another Time, Another Place by Louise Ellis. In a universe where the Federation is a rebel force, Beverly's been captured by the enemy. (16 pages)
  • Always, My Friend by Denise Tanaka. Things change. People change. But few as drastically as Data did when he installed his emotion chip. Now, Geordi and Data try to find a way to remain friends... (8 pages)
  • Highland Fling by O.J. Nicholson. Caldos was left far behind, but the feelings were never settled. Still, Beverly and Jean-Luc manage to find a chance to recover and to heal. (28 pages)
  • Only Her Hairdresser Knows For Sure by Diane Bellomo. This story fills in a blank from the teaser of the episode "The Quality of Life." Did Beverly and the boys ever get back to that poker game and its hair-raising stakes? (1 page)
  • Friends in Low Places by Gwyn Allman. The crew of the Enterprise would do anything for Jean-Luc Picard. What is the captain's secret? (4 pages)
  • Artwork by Janet D'Airo, Joey Rodrigues, Meg Wise-Lawrence, Abigail Meadows.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

This edition of Idylls was shepherded into print under new editor, Althea Katz, and the Tipster noticed some new authors also contributed to this edition. That's always nice to see as new ideas and points of view can only foster renewed enthusiasm for TNG stories.

Newcomer Gwyn Allman provides two stories, the amusing "Friends in Low Places" and the poignant, "Swamp Ophelia." Initially, the Tipster felt that "Swamp Ophelia" belonged more correctly in the h/c zine, "Four Lights." But upon rereading this sadly sweet tale, the Tipster realized that it does indeed meet Idylls criteria, as it deals with the loving relationships that influenced and molded our favorite characters' lives. Beverly takes shoreleave on Arrveda in order to lay to rest some ghosts. As she recalls some painful memories, a treasured gift from her long dead mother bridges the lessons from those troubled times with the promises of a happier future. And in "Friends in Low Places," Allman describes a typical night in the duty shift of Carl Eddison, turbolift maintenance. Behind every great man, they say, is a woman. And in this witty story, that statement might be amended to include: Behind every great couple is a dedicated, devoted ensign. Very cute. Keep up the good work, Gwyn. The Tipster looks forward to your next offerings!

If you liked Becky Woods' "Rendezvous" in Idylls 14, then you'll also enjoy the sequel to that story. How would the crew adjust to the captain's and the doctor's growing intimacy? How discrete can our favorite couple be? And how does everyone respond when the couple's efforts are "Overheard." Janet D'Airo's remarkable artwork truly complements this story.

The aftermath of Crusher's possession in "Sub Rosa" is dealt with in D.J. Nicholson's "Highland Fling." Ashamed by her perceived indiscretions, Crusher avoids her closest friend, despite Counselor Troi's concerned prodding. After an uncomfortable incident during a staff meeting, Beverly finally summons enough courage to approach him, and over dinner, the two come to a renewed understanding- Knowing that she had never had the chance to settle her grandmother's affairs, Picard accompanies her to Caldos where the two officers comfort each other and strengther the bonds they have forged over a lifetime of friendship. Wonderful as always, D.J.!

Despite not being terribly interested in Riker fiction, the Tipster did enjoy "Jealousy" by Rachel Rybarczyk The Tipster regretted that the Powers That Be saw fit to ignore the welt depicted deep loving and caring friendshi] between Riker and Troi in favor of a Troi/Worf relationship. For by the time the series ended, Riker and Troi wen extremely cute together, relying on each other in time of need, drawing strength from each other, and playfulh teasing each other. "Jealousy" describes the aftermath of the 1701D's crash, as Will Riker seeks out his Imzadi ti order to make a confession. Nice, sharp dialogue and very accurate characterizations.

The Tipster's only complaints came in the way of some poor editing/copying. One story had several sentence; which simply stopped, the final words eliminated, and one paragraph was repeated. It didn't ruin the enjoyment o the story, but the Tipster hopes that all the bugs are worked out in terms of galley proofing before the next edition But all-in-all, Idylls 15 is an enjoyable read, with a little something for everyone. [6]

Issue 16

cover of issue #16

Idylls 16 is a TNG anthology published in October 1997 and contains 156 pages. It was edited by Althea Katz.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Undercover by Louise Ellis. Hazard. Intrigue. Romance. A little dancing and a lot of innuendo--it may not be what Starfleet had in mind when it sent Picard, Crusher, and Worf undercover, but they'll do whatever it takes to get the job done--no matter how outrageous or dangerous.
  • Veritas by Tracy Thomas. He's loved her from afar for years, When the veritas virus lands a young lieutenant in Beverly's sickbay and strips away his tact, how are he and his object of adoration to cope? And what happens if the virus spreads?
  • 12 Days by Terry S. Bowers. Beverly Crusher finds herself with a secret admirer whose gifts are becoming ever more personal...
  • The Physician's Code of Conduct by Gwyn Allman. The good doctor has been in trouble with Starfleet Command before, but never as seriously as she is when racing a formal hearing for violating Starfleet Medical's most sacred code.
  • The Path Taken by Becky J. Woods. The roads we journey down in life are many. Sometimes we choose the right path and other times, we're given a chance to change our course. Taking place after the events in Star Trek: Generations, Picard and Crusher are given the opportunity to examine the paths they've followed, and those that lead into the future...
  • The Things We Do For Love by Diane Bellomo. Worf is the perfect stoic Klingon, but when he and Deanna land in sickbay, he must discuss certain matters.
  • Paradise Lost by Rachel Rybarczyk. The perfect romantic scene for Picard and Crusher. But one misstep might lead to a lost opportunity...
  • Just Friends by Sandra K. Davies. In the aftermath of Ambassador Odan's stay on the Enterprise, Will and Beverly and Jean-Luc and Deanna try to unravel who are the lovers and who are friends with a little help from an ensign and an obnoxious omniscient being...
  • Locutus of Borg by Gwyn Allman. This is not a dream. The Borg have been defeated and Locutus is Human once more, but the repercussions of these events may cost Beverly Crusher her life...
  • My Soul's Imaginary Sight by Tracy Thomas. On KesPrytt, they shared a cell, an escape, a dream. Then she walked out on him. Now Beverly has to cope with her own fears and her knowledge of Jean-Luc's desires...
  • Glad Tidings by Diane Bellomo. To usher in the holiday season, the story of a little girl, a nativity pageant, and tidings of joy for some officers.
  • Artwork by Janet D'Airo, Abigail Meadows, Joey Rodrigues, Lori Speck.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

Editor Althea Katz had a most profitable summer, as she says. During her sojourn in the states (Althea resides in Israel), she successfully recruited some new talent into the print fanfic arena, and the result is an 11 story edition of Idylls, one of the thickest versions in some time. Idylls 16 sports a marvelous portrait of Gates McFadden/ Beverly Crusher on its cover and includes the talented artwork of Orion press regulars, Joey Rodrigues and the PSN's own Janet D'Airo.

The most original story in this issue of Next Generation friendship/relationship fiction was "Locutus of Borg," by Gwyn Allman. It chronicles Locutus' recovery and return home. Now, before you say, "been there, done that," author Allman throws quite a magna spanner into this familiar premise. For the Borg did not take as their representative Captain Jean-Luc Picard but rather, CMO Doctor Beverly Crusher.

Already possessing superior, and largely unbeatable, military might, what the Borg came for was the medical knowledge needed to remove all those deemed unusable. Assimilate those necessary for the advancement of the Borg, and eliminate, with the use of biological warfare techniques stolen from Beverly Crusher's vast expertise, everyone else. A very cunning and logical plan, and a strategy that, as Gwynn writes herself, "...he [Picard] and Starfleet's mighty expert on the Borg had so grossly misunderstood..." The Tipster would add herself and TPTB to this list, too! As in the television version, Locutus is rescued from the Berg's clutches and "de-assimilated," but then Allman once again takes us on a very sensible and well thought out journey of recovery. Beverly is taken to Caldos, where her grandmother, son, and dearest friend help her overcome her horrific injuries, the understandable but ill-directed anger of comrades and citizens, and the guilt she faces with the realization that her life as a healer has been used to destroy.

A brilliant story with excellent characterizations, especially that of Felisa Howard, Beverly's diminutive, yet fiercely strong and protective Nana. The Tipster hopes Gwyn will continue to treat us with more episodes in her ingenious alternate universe of Locutus of Borg.

She realizes the emptiness inside her and how it can be filled. Meanwhile, Jean-Luc Picard extinguishes the candles and retires to his bed, fighting his heightened emotions and thoughts of how much of his life revolves around his friend.

Thomas' story is charming, with honest emotions, and a witty, completely believable exchange between a roaming and confused Crusher and an exasperated Deanna Troi. Well done, Tracy!

Diane Bellomo's, "The Things We Do For Love," is an amusing little Troi/Worf story. Big, rough, gruff, warrior Worf and petite, empathic Deanna Troi, and what happens when things get a trifle heated. And how does one explain that to one's doctor? Cute and marvelously descriptive. The Tipster can see all of Worf s pained expressions and hear all his hedges and pauses and carefully chosen words.

Finally, "Undercover," by Louise Ellis, presents a scenario of intrigue, covert actions, and consummate acting. Crusher, Picard, and Worf go undercover to rescue Federation personnel from incarceration. Beverly gets to play a shopping-mad airhead, Jean-Luc, a businessman and devoted husband, and Worf, well, Worf plays himself. It was fan reading Beverly having fun with her dumb disguise and Picard indulging in public displays of affection with his CMO. But, author Ellis needs to not rely on one word sentences as a dialogue style. True, people do use one or two word responses in conversation, but not for every part. The style is unfortunately, in the Tipster's opinion, grating and annoying, and not true representations of these familiar characters. Despite this weak point, it is not enough to completely ruin the story—it's still a fun little romp. [7]

Issue 17

cover of issue #17, Janet D'Airo

Idylls 17 is a TNG anthology published in April 1998 and contains 192 pages. It was edited by Althea Katz.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • The Host(ess) by Diane Bellomo. Set after "The Host." Does Kareel feel what Odan did? The Trill searches her own heart with the help of Commander Will Riker.
  • Evidence by Terry S. Bowers. Beverly Crusher has proof of Picard's past misdeeds--or does she?
  • A Stumbling Block Before the Blind by Louise Ellis. Emotions, expectations, reputations, and regret are combined in this engaging story.
  • Captured by Diane Bellomo. One of our favorite couples has been taken, but who's the hunter and who's the prey?
  • Sound Advice by Audrey Liddy. A young Jean-Luc Picard receives some sage input...
  • Survival by Janis Sherringham. Picard, Riker, Crusher, and Troi are thrust into deadly games where the stakes are life and death.
  • Locutus of Borg II: Suddenly Inhuman by Gwyn Allman. A mirror universe with a very different Locutus who must come to terms with having lost his humanity, and so must his lover.
  • Friends and Crewmates by Rachel Rybarczyk. Riker, Crusher, and Picard are forced to explore the boundary between friendship and love.
  • A Gallery of Memories by Louise Ellis. A guided tour of Beverly and Jean-Luc's memories, preserving the images of their courtship and marriage.
  • Avant De Ma Blonde by AdmiraITAG. Why is the good captain is always stuck with a certain someone...
  • Duty Before Pleasure by TrexPhile. A little intoxication is added to the mix as the crew struggles...
  • Grapes and Other Hazards by Gwyn Allman. An expansion of the captain's personal boundaries...
  • The Patient by Emilie D'Andrilli. Based on the brilliant ideas and passages of Michael Ondaatje in his book The English Patient, combined with some of the wonderful dialogue written by Anthony Minghella for the screenplay. In an alternate universe for Picard, the Crushers, and Walker Keel, there are no boundaries ... not war, nor country, not time, nationality nor death.
  • Artwork by Janet D'Airo, Emilie D'Andrilli, Audry Liddy, AdmiralTAG.

Issue 18

cover of issue #18, Janet D'Airo
another version of the cover for issue #18, Janet D'Airo

Idylls 18 is a TNG anthology published in October 1998 and contains 140 pages. It was edited by Althea Katz.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Building Blocks by Louise Ellis. A sequel to last issue's "A Stumbling Block Before the Blind. " Beverly must fight to regain her sight and Jean-Luc must make her see the truth about her late husband.
  • The Party by Gwyn Allman. Beverly Howard didn't want to go to this party, but the guest she meets there will make her change her mind.
  • Thank Q by Diane Bellomo. Amanda Rogers makes a return visit to the Enterprise, finding out what truly makes the ship run.
  • A Most Peculiar Interlude by Jami Dustman. Troi invites Riker onto the holodeck, where they get trapped by poor Reg Barclay. Can Riker save his life and his dignity?
  • Destinies by Melissa Zander. An alternate universe story. What would have happened if Jean-Luc had met Beverly Howard before Jack did?
  • The Wedding Seasons by Anna C. Bowling. Fueled by four very different weddings, Worf and Deanna's begin the long road back to each other after Worf returns from Deep Space Nine.
  • Career Advancement by T.E. Myers. Jack Crusher woos the woman he loves, despite the reservations she keeps secret.
  • Humanity 101 by Diane Bellomo. In Star Trek: First Contact, Picard said to kill the crewmates-made-Borg, to spare them that living death. What happens when the Voyager returns and he learns Borg can become Hunan again?
  • The Good, the Bad, the Memories by Irene Deitel. Will comforts Troi through a devastating loss. We grow older, but do we ever grow up?
  • Locutus of Borg: Human Kind by Gwyn Allman. The third installment in this alternate universe. Beverly has to face the frightening longing to return to what she once was: Locutus of Borg.
  • Means of Persuasion by Louise Ellis. Gul Madred hold prisoner what Jean-Luc Picard wants most: Beverly Crusher. He also hold prisoner what Beverly wants most: her daughter. Can Picard free them all and make things right?
  • Artwork by Janet D'Airo, Katie English, and AdmiralTAG.

Issue 19

cover of issue #19, Olivia Monteith

Idylls 19 is a TNG anthology published in June 1999. It was edited by Althea Katz.

Summaries below are from the publisher.

  • Unexpected Discoveries by Louise Ellis. Sometimes you can make the most of circumstances when you least expect them, as Beverly and Jean-Luc find out when they once again are assigned to a covert operation team, this time without Worf. A new assignment utilizes the unique talents of the two as they find something they didn't expect in a distant medical lab.
  • Locutus of Borg 4--Remember Us by Gwyn Allman. Beverly's nightmares become all too real when she tries to escape the warp bubble she's trapped in. Braving the vortex is nothing compared to the dangerous being that doesn't want her to leave.
  • Late Again by Nan Cain. Beverly is in trouble again. Tardy to meetings, exhausted. And Admiral Nechayev's certain those are the least of Beverly's sins. Is she about to lose her position? Can Picard bail her out? Does he want to?
  • Full Circle by Jami Dustman & Nancy Biancarelli. The Enterprise is transporting the daughter of one of Captain Picard's oldest friends to Starbase 234, where she is to assume command of a starship. Her presence causes Picard to recall a turning point in his young life. While attending Starfleet Academy, the young Jean-Luc and his boyhood friend, Pierre Blanchard, become involved in a scandal that threatens the future careers of both cadets.
  • The Lessons by Lynn Lorton. They started off innocently enough. Two athletic individuals teaching their best friend (who just happen to be each other) their favorite off-duty "sporting" activity; horseback riding and dancing. Yet another way to spend relaxing time together. All went well in the beginning ...
  • The Whole Truth by Irene Deitel. Love can be blind. Love can be silent. Love can be stupid and stubborn. After leaving the Ba'ku homeworld, Riker and Troi are all these things and more, until Beverly force them to admit their feelings...
  • Re-Insurrection by Gwyn Allman. The Enterprise's CMO has had enough of being ignored. After leaving the Ba'ku planet she decides to take matters into her own hands. Starfleet and Captain Picard had best beware!
  • Runaway Hearts by Anna C. Bowling. On a faraway world, Riker and Soren meet again. Their lives have changed. Their feelings have not. Is it safe to take another chance on love?
  • The Return by Louise Ellis. Call it revenge, not acceptance of TPTB refusing to put Beverly and Jean-Luc together... Following the events of Star Trek: Insurrection, Jean-Luc, Beverly, and Data return to the Ba'ku planet, Jean-Luc to see Anij, Data to see Artim, and Beverly as a scientist to complete some studies left undone when the previous team left. Of the three, however, Beverly's return has the most significant and life changing impact as she finds new friends, happiness, and even love when she least expects it. Not exactly P/C, but elements exist...
  • The New History by Miranda Greene. On a future Enterprise, a clone of Jean-Luc Picard is experiencing a crisis of conscience. The captain turns to his first officer and mentor, Data, for guidance and understanding.
  • Poetry by Anna C. Bowling.
  • Artwork by Olivia Monteith.

External Links


  1. ^ from The Trekzine Times v.1 n.3
  2. ^ from Treklink #19
  3. ^ from a much longer review by Jean Kluge in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #1. The reviewer gives it "2 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale. "Please note: This review is actually a revamping of a LoC to the zine's 'editor. The LoC was denied printing by the editor because of its critical nature; therefore, I am using this forum to exercise my right to express my opinion freely."
  4. ^ from The Trekzine Times v.3 n.1
  5. ^ from Treklink #12
  6. ^ from Coach's Club House #9 (September 1997)
  7. ^ from Coach's Club House #12 (May 1998)