Kalin Kollected

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Title: Kalin Kollected
Editor(s): Sue Frank
Date(s): winter 1993
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Kalin Kollected is a gen Star Trek: TOS Klingon-centric anthology of new fiction and fiction by Linda Slusher that had appeared in other zines, one of them Masiform D.

Kalin Kollected was published in Winter 1993 and contains 155 pages. It is referred to as "v.1" in ads, but this was the only issue.

This zine was edited by Sue Frank, and art is by Bonnie Reitz, Gennie Summers, Linda Slusher, Melody Rondeau, Jim McNair-Brown, and Anne Batterby.

front cover: the sign behind the Klingon reads: "The Floggings Will Continue Until Moral Improves." The artist is Bonnie Reitz
back cover by Gennie Summers


From an ad in The Monthly:
Cover by Bonnie Reitz, other art by Linda Slusher, Gennie Summers, Jim McNair-Brown, Melody Rondeau and Ann Batterby. This volume has nine stories and a partial comic-book version of one of them along with an introduction by moi. Enjoy the adventures of Kalin den Teke, a scientist and nobleman who has been drafted into Imperial military service. He's a Classic Klingon, a handsome, smooth-headed fellow who operates with charm, wit, good manners and genuine Klingon ferocity when that's called for. The stories all appeared in other zines. Most are drawn from past issues of THE CLIPPER TRADE SHIP and all with the author's gracious permission. Small color frontispiece by the author -- Kalin dancing with a mystery admirer.

From the Editorial

From the moment I "met" Kalin I have wanted to publish his collected adventures. Linda eventually gave her approval-even if she doubted that people would want a whole book of 'Puddles." (See "The Life of a Warrior is Short" for the origin of that macho nickname.) She agreed that, even if she wasn't sure about an all-Kalin zine, "Something like that would sure have good art. I have been blessed with terrific artists and I think good art does a lot for a zine story." Linda is no longer writing Kalin, but while she was at it, she laid up a large store of material for his future fans. She had started writing Klingon stories during the mid-seventies-her teen years and was still at it in 1989 when I met her. But her focus was changing. Linda would tease by threatening to kill off Kalin in her next story, a sure sign that she was ready to move on. She began to write about Robin Hood, inspired by the excellent British "Robin of Sherwood" series, then tossed off an original novel of fantasy and adventure, building her own world and characters from scratch. Recently she has completed an unclassifiable treat of a book which she hopes to get published by someone who pays you for inventing five hundred pages of delightful entertairunent. I encountered Linda soon after I bought my first zine, an issue of Roberta Rogow's mostly Star Trek GRIP. On the last page of some issues Roberta ran a feature called the "Backscratching Page" where she listed names and contact addresses for other zines her readers might want to try. That's where I learned about Jim and Melody Rondeau and The Clipper Trade Ship, their long-lived mixed- media zine. Hooked up vdth them and found an irresistible offer in their ad section: Linda Slusher was holding a "Sagging Shelf Sale" to sell off some of the zines that were multipl5dng like tribbles and crowding her out of her house. Well, I had just found out who Linda was: author of a terrific story in TCTS about a Klingon commander named Kalin. And here she was, offering to part with a stack of the zines in which her own stories had appeared up to this time. She had also managed to collect some of the vintage gems of fannish Klingon literature, so she ended up furnishing my fannish archive vdth stuff I was far more entranced with than most of the "pro" Star Trek books. I had the pick of a collection assembled by a veteran ST writer who just happened to love the Klingons. When I visited Linda a couple of years later, she let me play in her files and copy off whatever I chose. So it is between that special chance and tracking down the stories already published in zines that we have begun to assemble the "Corpus Historiarum Kalini," that is. The Komprehensive Kalin Kollection.


Once Linda and I had made contact, we began an exchange of letters and calls-most of this coming from Linda who is an extravagantly energetic, generous writer. Just set her a theme and off she'll tear. I could pose her questions about Kalin and his companions which she'd answer as if they were alive and she did not so much invent as observe them. We explored the range of Klingon culture, especially manners, a rich theme in the work of the woman who said, "I think lessons in Basic Etiquette might improve life." Linda had a lot to say about Klingons, but her remarks always coiled back onto our contemporary lives and culture-as do the situations in her stories!


  • Kalin Sources (1)
  • Editor's Introduction, art by Gennie Summers (3)
  • Kalin den Teke-Character Profile, art by Gennie Summers (9)
  • Home Leave, art by Anne Batterby (13) (also in Our Favorite Things #1)
  • Rare Mistakes by Linda Slusher, art by Melody Rondeau (also in Beyond Antares #9)
  • Thoughts on a Spring Night, art by Bonnie Reitz (25) (also in TREKisM at Length #3)
  • The Nastiest Things, art by Gennie Summers (27) (also in Zottly's Zine)
  • Psychobabble (33)
  • Lily of the Kaia, art by Melody Rondeau (64)
  • The Life of a Warrior is Short, art by Gennie Summers and Linda Slusher (84) (also in The Clipper Trade Ship #63)
  • The New Improved ShaLaZu 2000, art by Jim McNair-Brown and Melody Rondeau (115)
  • front cover by Bonnie Reitz, with lettering by Betty Bigelow, back cover by Gennie Summers, inside back cover by Linda Slusher