It Takes Time on Impulse

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Title: It Takes Time on Impulse
Publisher: Harriett Stallings
Date(s): 1983-1986
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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It Takes Time On Impulse is a gen (though at least one issue appears to contain a Kirk/McCoy story, and the last issue, a K/S story) Star Trek: TOS digest-sized anthology.

Issue 1

It Takes Time On Impulse 1 was published in 1983 and contains 188 pages. It is digest-sized.

From the editorial:
ITTOI, as a threat/promise is sixteen years old. That's three years older than my eldest child, and one year older than my car. Which tells you why the title for the 'zine. I've been meaning to get a new car, I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Nevertheless, enjoy a good 'read'. That's the only reason me and red put ourselves as well as friends, family and the writers in this volume through this. Write and scream and write and say well done to the writers, please. All LoCs become property of ITTOI, and will be shared with the authors, printed in part or in whole in the next volume.

ITTOI is a "by invitation" 'zine. This is not a bit of snobbery, believe me, and I will look at any work sent to me, but never promise to accept it for print. I've learned a lot since I asked the writers in this volume for work from them. And I am a more plesant person to deal with, for having slaved with them. To each of them, my undying gratitude. -- Harriet Stallings
front cover of issue #1, Nan Lewis
  • me and red (editorial) (1)
  • point and counterpoint, non-fiction by J. Ferris and H. Stallings) (3)
  • Call it Speculation, non-fiction by Guinn Berger (4)
  • View from The Big Blue Marble, non-fiction by Susan Heath (7)
  • Perchance to Dream, fiction by Dan Barth (11)
  • Too Old to Dream, fiction by Billie Phillips (37)
  • Making the Rounds, fiction by Laurie Huff (57)
  • Red Wind, fiction by Frankie Jemison (62)
  • Survivor's Ethic, fiction by Harriet Stallings (91)
  • Thirst, poem by Syn Ferguson (104)
  • Rot and Fall Off, humor by Dan Barth (107)
  • The Trouble With Kids Is: They're Always Running Amok..., humor by Guinn Berger (112)
  • The Bar, Et Al, humor by Non Est Invetus (he has not been found)
    • The Bar (121)
    • Ficus (133)
    • The Romp (146)
    • Scotty's Bottle (155)
  • Memos by Terry Todzonis (170)
  • Final Word from the Editor (180)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Nan Lewis

It Takes Time On Impulse 2 was published in 1983 and contains 101 pages.

  • The Undeparted by Leslie Fish (A concept of the bond that continues to exist among Kirk, Spock and McCoy even after Spock's death.) (6 pages)
  • Only Fools Believe by Toni Cardinal-Price (11 pages)
  • Festivals of Light by Eileen Roy (6 pages)
  • Of Steel Ships and Men (5 pages)
  • In Silent Remembrance by Laurel Ridener (A look at McCoy and co-conspirator, Lisa Tallon of the computer department, as they plan a surprise for the first officer of the Enterprise. (8 pages)
  • Lions and Orions (18 pages)
  • The Bar, Et Al—Unusual Review (14 pages)
  • McCoy, Patron Saint by Non Est Inventus (McCoy helps some of the more unusual members of the Enterprise crew survive a shore leave escapade.) (16 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

There is no artwork except for the cover by Nan Lewis whose work is always outstanding. The zine is not the usual size, instead %" by 8". It consists of several extremeley short stories.... 'The Undeparted' -- personally I found the story objectionable because of the profanity used and because the story seemed to be an excuse to get Kirk and McCoy in bed together. I don't like K/S and I find K/M even more improbable. The story 'One Fools Believe' is a another version of Spock undergoing the discipline of the Kholinar; however, there is a twist in the fact that the Masters are a group of fanatics who are not approved by the rest of Vulcan. Their reasons for wanting Spock as a a disciple are purely selfish. 'Festivals of Light' is another story of Kirk's childhood. Unless this story takes place in another universe, she is in error when she writes that Kirk has never been to Earth. According to The Making of Star Trek by Whitfield and Roddenberry (page 215), Kirk was born in a small town in Iowa. She is not alone in this mistake; others have made it... 'The only story I really enjoyed was 'In Silent Remembrance.' It is aobut what happens when McCoy finds out about Spock's birthday. The editor claims there are fewer typos this time around. If there are, the first issue must have been filled with them. There seemed to be at least one on each page of this issue... My recommendation would be to borrow this zine to read, but not purchase. [1]
ITTOI 2 can be described succinctly by the phrase "a nice little zine." (It's 5 1/2" by 8 1/2", spiral bound, with 101 pages of reduced text, and no interior artwork.) It is not an earth-shaker by any means. Harriett only publishes one poem per issue, and ITTOI 2 contains no long pieces of fiction. It does make for excellent reading while working out on a exercyele, however, and had its moments of high comic pleasure. The two best stories in the zine are the editor's own "Lions and Orions" and Laurel Ridener's 'In Silent Remembrance," both lighter pieces. The former is farce at its funniest. Harriet carefully exaggerates the traits of Kirk and Spock while on a marvelously silly mission through the Guardian and manages to capture the reductio ad absurdum possibilities of this particular genre of Trek fiction. "In Silent Remembrance" is a warmer story about McCoy's streak of pranksterism and succeeds most by virtue of its central character, computer tech supervisor Lisa Tallon. Lisa's personality is evoked with great skill in a very few pages and leaves one wanting to know more about her and her inside view of life on the Good Ship E. While there is no bad work in ITTOI 2, the rest of the stories in the zine do not match the higher skill of these two. This issue contains two more stories in 'The Bar' series; and while their effort to create three new and different characters is ambitious, the writer does not seem able to transfer his/her ideas to paper in any but a cryptic and uninviting manner. At the opposite extreme is Toni CardinalrPriee's "Only Fools Believe," which creates a scenario in which Spock has to choose between Kohlinar and the knowledge that his resignation from Starfleet is leading Kirk into a disastrous career choice. The concept is an interesting one, but heavy-handed in its execution, so that the story gets its message across mainly by means of melodramatic moments of confrontation. And Leslie Fish's almost-K/M/S story, "The Undeparted," suffers from the predictability inherent in its genre — the bedroom always seems to end the matter, without any confrontation of the issues whieh the story raises. In addition, ITTOI 2 includes an article on the space program by Susan Heath, a poem by Terry Todzonia, a weird and not very successful dramatic vignette by the editor, and LoCs for ITTOI 1. Nan Lewis' cover is quite beautiful, but it is the only piece of art in the zine. And the print reduction, while it lowers the price of the zine, can be tough on the eyes. Which is all to say — if you can afford to buy widely, this is a zine worth reading, but if you have to save your money for special efforts, you won't be missing the read of the century. [2]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Nan Lewis

It Takes Time On Impulse 3 was published in 1985 and contains 283 pages.

  • an article on black holes and types of stars by Don Barth
  • The Trackers, a story by Karen Bates (A story of courage, fear and savage death on a landing party assignment that goes very, very wrong.) (8 pages)
  • Mirror Chapel by Guinn Berger
  • Intellectual Chaos by Toni Cardinal-Price
  • Circle of Memories by Linda Chanek (Post ST: TWOK. Kirk, the bridge crew and McCoy gather to deal with their grief for Spock.) (6 pages)
  • The Gift, a genderswap story about Kirk and Spock
  • McCoy, I'm Glad You Came This Day by Linda Chanack (Seeking quiet and solitude in a woodIand, McCoy is visited by an unseen entity that knows our doctor very well.) (2 pages)
  • Past to Future A.D., a story
  • Unmentionables by CinDe Deren and Diane Miskiewicz (A humorous story of the adventures of McCoy and Spock when they become prisoners of the little inhabitants of an unexplored planet.) (10 pages)
  • A Night Out with the Boys by Rayelle Roe
  • a story in the Bar Series
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Harriett Stallings and her many contributors have put together a charming volume of Star Trek material called IT TAKES TIME ON IMPULSE III which offers a large number of excellent presentations. A very wide selection of stories and vignettes highlight the well-known ST characters, and other tales bring new and familiar ITTOI characters into the universe. The nonfiction and editorial offerings are also excellent. In fact, I liked the editorial concepts very much. They provide that extra bit of spice which separates this zine from all the look-alikes. All this, and much more, are put together in a 5.5 by 8 inch book of 280' plus pages which will lie flat whenever you dare to put it down. The talents of Dan Barth are readily displayed in two pieces. His article on black holes and types of stars was presented with the limitations of his readers in mind. Nonetheless, it was an ambitious undertaking and it was very well done. The article was a fantastic lead-in to Forever On My Mind, a tale of two Starfleet scientists who join their talents to investigate a black hole. The fact that they discover much about life and themselves in the process makes this an outstanding story. Another talented ST writer, Karen Bates, gives us The Trackers. This story doesn't pull punches when adversity challenges the crew. Add Guinn Berger's Mirror/Chapel to this Trekker's feast, and let another view of Christine Chapel propel you through an alternate belief. Remember Admiral Morrow, Kirk's straight-arrow friend? He's here, along with his down-to-earth wife. Read Toni Cardinal-Price's, Intellectual Chaos, and meet them--- close up and personal. Linda Chanek's five word-pix of our favorite people are among the very best in this zine. I especially enjoyed McCoy's encounter with ... well, you decide who it was! The list of good stories can go on and on. The K/S fans will be interested in The Gift in which Jim Kirk meets, very unexpectedly, a startlingly different Spock. History buffs will enjoy Past to Future, A. D.; what can a fur trapper from the 1800s do on the Enterprise? Those readers who look forward to tales of humor need look no further; there's more here than anyone can digest in one sitting. Who would dare to pass up Rayelle Roe's spoof on sports entitled A Night Out With The Boys? Spock tired, but he was dragged along anyway! A group of tales about Maxx, Hen, and Rikki -- the Bar Series-- continue the chronicles of this trio. Those of you who have met them before will howl at their new antics, and all of you new readers have a treat in store. This is a can't miss 'zine, because all you ever wanted in a volume of short stories about Star Trek is right here. Hurry! Don't let this one slip out of hands or you might not get another chance to read it! [3]

Issue 4

It Takes Time on Impulse 4 was published in 1986 and contains 262 pages. This issue does NOT have the traditional Nan Lewis cover. The zine is digest-sized.

cover of issue #4

On the cover: "Ittoi's Stepchild."

  • Leviathan 99 by Elf Barth
  • A Starfleet Officer by Patsy Curnow
  • The Encounter by Eva Stuart (also in In the Wilderness)
  • unknown vignettes
  • unknown short stories

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

The longest and best story of the stories is 'Leviathan 99' by Elf Barth. Captain Kirk and Co. play but a peripheral role, but the author's own characters are fully fleshed out and intriguing in their own rights and make for a fascinating story. 'A Starfleet Officer' by Patsy Curnow is a well written story focusing on the secondary of Sulu, Uhura and Scotty. The remaining entires range from vignettes to short stories, including three satires of three episodes. 'The Encounter' by Eva Stuart uses an established K/S premise but there is nothing explicit, and I doubt anyone would find it offensive. Anyone who enjoys a solid, middle of the road Trek zine will find ITTOI #4 a treat. [4]


  1. from Datazine #30
  2. from Universal Translator #23
  3. from Datazine #37
  4. from Datazine #43