Metamorphosis (Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Metamorphosis
Publisher: Love Child Press & Nimoy Factor
Editor(s): D.T. Steiner
Date(s): 1973-1976
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Metamorphosis is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology.

The original plan was for it to be published five times a year. In reality, there was an issue in 1973 and one in 1976.

an ad from the 1973 Equicon program book

Issue 1

Metamorphosis 1 was published in 1973. It contains 68 pages. The front cover is by Greg Jein, the back cover by S. Steiner, interior illos by A. Andres, K. Flanery, M. Green, D. Herring.

front cover of issue #1 by Greg Jein
back cover of #1, photocopy of the back cover by Sam Steiner: "Bohemian"

On the cover: "In this issue: Ruth Berman, Greg Jein, Alan Andres, Douglas Herring, Karen Flanery, Masie Green."

From a 1973 flyer:
FIRST BURT REYNOLDS (refers to a centerfold in Playboy]. Well, have we got your attention? Good! Then let me tell you a little about METAMORPHOSIS and SPOCK ENSLAVED!. Now, I'm not going to promise you a centerfold or anything like that, but artist friend Greg Jein certainly has an interesting imagination, doesn't he? METAMORPHOSIS is a new, mixed-bag Nimoy/Trek zine with the emphasis on quality plus quantaty. First issue features such fandom greats as Ruth Berman, Greg Jein, Alan Andres, and Karen Flannery. Need I say more? Subscriptions $2.50 per year for five issues, or 50¢ an issue. Submissions welcome -- We pay in contributors' copies.
  • Contributor's Page (5)
  • Leonard Nimoy by Karen Flanery (6)
  • Alpha Waves by D.T. Steiner (7)
  • News Of Your Favorite Berry by D.T. Steiner (11)
  • They Went That Away by D.T. Steiner (14)
  • The Intrepid by Douglas Herring (15)
  • The Intrepid Incident by D.T. Steiner (reprinted in Archives #1 (15)
  • Catlow by Ruth Berman (16)
  • Have Some Madeira M' Dear by D.T. Steiner (17)
  • To Jim by D.T. Steiner (21)
  • "The Man In The Glass Booth" review by D.T. Steiner (23)
  • Federation Planet by D. Snyder (28)
  • "Spock" Favors McGovern by Bob Yuskavage (29)
  • Convention Calendar (31)
  • Ads: Part 1 (31)
  • Leonard Nimoy by Karen Flanery (33)
  • Oliver! Oliver! by Karen Flanery (34)
  • Kirk, Spock, And McCoy (37)
  • Summer's End (Part 1) by D.T. Steiner (38)
  • The Enterprise by Douglas Herring (60)
  • Stars' Child by D.T. Steiner (60)
  • My Reasons For Being by Musie Green (60)
  • Spock and Kirk with Friend by Alan E Andres (61)
  • A Piece of the Action--Letters (63)
  • Ads: part 2 (67)
  • You Are Getting This Zine Because
  • Bohemian by Sam Steiner (back cover)
  • Editors' blessings (not listed in the table of contents)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Doug Herring
peek inside issue #2
art inside #2

Metamorphosis 2 was published in August 1976 and contains 80 pages, offset. Illustrations by Alice Jones, Gayle F, Doug Herring, Connie Faddis, Signe Landon, Joni Wagner, D. Collin, Gerry Downes, M.A. Emerson, K. Penland, L. Tutihasi, and Gee Moaven. Original cost $3.50.

  • The Enemy Within by Connie Faddis
  • Saboteur by Jackie Bielowicz
  • Summer's End (Part 2) by D.T. Steiner
  • The Premature Ejaculation by "D.C. Anonymous"
  • "Zombies of the Stratosphere" (review) by G. Jein
  • Alpha Waves by D.T. Steiner
  • Letting Go by C.R. Faddis (A look into the future several years beyond the five year mission. A diplomatic assignment has ended in the death of all except Kirk and McCoy. We read of Kirk's thoughts as he holds a gravely injured McCoy and waits for a rescue that may not be in time to save their lives.) (6 1/2 pages)
  • The Maze by Joan Winston (there is a sequel, "From Both Sides," by another author to this story in Galactic Discourse #2)
  • Errantry by D. Trimmer
  • Where No Man by Gerry Downes
  • The Illogic of Your Position by D.T Steiner
  • For Her by Trinette Kern
  • The Dream by Kathy Penland
  • Mnemonic Engraving by Kathy Penland
  • Relativity by Connie Faddis

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Finally, Meta #2 came out and we can read the conclusion to 'Summer's End!' The editor has worked up an excellent issue with superb layout and top quality illos by Landon, Moaven, Herring, Faddis and others. Good choice of material, too: the light comedy balances out the blood 'n guts. 'The Maze' is a Kraith Warder-Leige (Spock/Kirk) tale with some lovely Signe Landon illos. The story starts out well but takes an absurd turn of events, making 'The Maze' either a ridiculously serious story or a seriously ridiculous story. Take your pick. 'Saboteur' is an amusing whodunnit about the Enterprise being sabotaged by an officer on board -- the culprit is either one of two grinning Vulcans! 'Errantry' is a delightful tale of Sir Kirk, knight errant, his trusty Squire and his noble steed, Phazer, complimented by a beautiful Gayle F illo... 'Letting Go' is a well-handled McCoy story complete with Connie's scratchboard illo. Gory and good, 'Letting Go' prepares the reader for 'Summer's End.' There is no synopsis for SE, part one, but it doesn't take you too long to find out that poor Spock is getting the royal green stuffing knocked out of him by a bad-ass Romulan sadist named Kortran... Coming out after, 'The Logical Conclusion, 'Summer's End' is not that impressive as a get 'em, and Spock's eventual recovery is tedious and drawn-out. And to add aggravation, it's not even the end of the story. Grrr... another lengthy wait for the next part? ... Meta #2, altogether, is a classy, well-written zine with some of the best writers and artists around. [1]


  1. a review from an unknown zine