New Enterprise (Star Trek: TNG zine)

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Title: New Enterprise
Editor(s): Ann O'Neill
Date(s): 1995
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TNG
Language: English
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New Enterprise is a Star Trek: TNG anthology published by Ann O'Neill in the UK.

all three issues

Issue 1

New Enterprise 1 was published in January 1995 and contains 75 pages.

"This zine is fondly dedicated to all my friends, 'cuz all good things don't have to come to an end!"

  • * Hours Only, part one of a trilogy, a story by Ann O'Neill (3)
  • I, Too, Have Wept, part two of a trilogy, a story by Ann O'Neill (8)
  • Epilogue, part three of a trilogy, a story by Lesley Turner (30)
  • The Measure of a Man, article by Isabelle Wood (34)
  • It's Played This Way, Too by Lesley Turner (a response fic to a story in The Beverly File #2) (37)
  • To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, story by Sarah Lock (49)
  • The Chain, story by Lesley Turner (56)
  • Fan Letter to the Adoring Masses, news feature by Suzanne Moore (63)
  • From Anorak to Zen, article by Teresa Hehir (66)
  • Dream Enough, story by Ann O'Neill (68)
  • adverts (76)
  • art by Barry Jones
  • digitized images by David Bowden

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

New Enterprise is a brand new TNG zine from this side of the Atlantic. Issue 1 contains 75 pages of fiction, articles and computer images with a definite bias towards Picard.

First of all I have to say that I was impressed with the cover - plain 'command' red with a gold-embossed graphic of the Enterprise 1701-D. Rather classy.

The first piece of fiction takes the form of a trilogy with the writing shared between Lesley Turner and the editor Ann O'Neill. Set after Chain of Command, the story deals with Picard's recovery but it centres not so much on his own crisis as on the feelings of his fellow officers, particularly Riker and Dr Crusher. The story flows well despite, or perhaps because of, the two-author team and the characterisation is excellent. Next up is It's Played This Way, Too, again by Turner. This story is set during a cricket match and was written in reply to a baseball storv bv Lillie Deans which appeared in Beverly File 2. Unfortunately the rules of cricket are a complete mystery to me though I did enjoy the imagery of Jean-Luc dressed in cricket whites with his shirt half undone. To Sleep, Perchance to Dream (S Lock) is a post-Borg recovery story, this time highlighting the Picard-Guinan relationship. The Chain (Turner) follows on from Attached and was definitely my favourite story in the zine. Jean-Luc accuses Beverly of cowardice with regard to their relationship and from then on the gloves are off! The tension is electric and the dialogue crackles with more than a few home truths. A wonderful piece of P/C. Read it and gasp! Dream Enough, the final story by Ann O'Neill won first prize in the fiction competition at Contagion last year. Set after The Inner Light, this is a poignant cameo featuring a very moving conversation between Riker and Eline.

I think this zine could turn into the UK version of Involution, and I am eagerly looking forward to the next issue. I recommend it to Picard fans everywhere. [1]

Issue 2

New Enterprise 2 was published in June 1995 and contains 80 pages.

  • Counselling Skills, story by Anne-Marie Flowers (3)
  • Man of Sorrows, story by Ann O'Neill (14)
  • Aunty Klarg's Problem Page by John Stevens (18)
  • Time for Everything, story by Sarah Lock (20)
  • Star Trek: Generations, film review (35)
  • The Big Goodbye, story by Lesley Turner, part one of a trilogy (39)
  • "What the Papers Say...", news item (55)
  • Fear No Fall, story by Isabelle Woods, part one (57)
  • Adverts (79)
  • art by David Bowden
  • other unknown content

Issue 3

New Enterprise 3 was published in December 1995 and contains 80 pages.

a flyer for issue #3
  • Dreams, story by Anne-Marie Flowers ("Living a lie? A painfully frank look at the Crusher/Picard relationship. Set post 'Attached'.") (3)
  • The Siege of Troi by Barbara Barrett (article) (14)
  • Fear No Fall, story by Isabelle Woods, part two/conclusion ("Which holds the greatest threat? The fear of change or, change itself?") (21)
  • The Star Trek Experience by Prabha Lacey--Review. (39)
  • Rara Avis, story by Gill Marsden ("A rare chance to examine the relationship between Will Riker and Deanna Troi, and to understand 'Imzadi'.") (41)
  • Letters of Comment (78)
  • news items, articles, ads (80)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

I have to say thar my first reaction to this zine was "reader rage", a condition brought on by the non-appearance of the promised sequel to my favourite story, Lesley Turner's The Big Goodbye - which featured in NE2, However, after reading the editor's explanation for this omission, I calmed down and grudgingly decided to give the contents a chance.

I skipped the first story, but you might enjoy it. After watching Attached, I couldn't believe that Beverly left Jean-Luc to blow out the candles, so I wrote Dreams to exorcise my wrath. It explores what the Doctor saw in the Captain's psyche and explains why it frightened her off.

Next up was the concluding part of Isabelle Woods Fear No Fall, a Picard H/C story. Most of the hurt happened in part I and as a result the Captain has developed a severe form of mind-block. It was a trick he learned from Sarek and it probably saved his life., but now he is completely cut off from his friends- Will Beverly ever get back the man she loved?

The Siege of Troi by Barbara Barrett, a trained counsellor, is an article which was originally published in DWB in 1994. It examines Troi's role in the series and severely criticises her professional conduct "(she) has been to counselling what Herod was to mothercare". It also explores her character and puts forward the theory that Deanna was an abused child. I found this article very interesting and an excellent contrast to the final item, Rara Avis by Gill Marsden.

It is a long story exploring the Troi/Riker relationship from the rime of their first meeting to his no-show on Risa. The characterisation is excellent and I was really pleased to see Riker get his comeuppance with a dose of "Cardassian clap." Ultimately we know that the relationship is doomed but I think that anyone who enjoyed Peter David's Imzadi will also appreciate Gill's version of events and I hope Ms Marsden will treat us to a sequel some day.

This issue may be a slight disappointment to Picard fans, but if you happen to likeTroi, I think it would be worth buying for Gill's story alone.

WARNING: I think this issue should be rated PG or perhaps even 15. [2]


  1. ^ from IDIC #41
  2. ^ from IDIC #46