One Night Stand (Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: One Night Stand
Publisher: Pon Farr Press & Wendy Rathbone (#1), Wendy Rathbone (#2, #3, #4/5)
Date(s): 1984 - 1986
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Online Flyer
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One Night Stand is a K/S slash Star Trek: TOS fanzine.

From the editorial in the first issue:
One Night Stand is a K/S zine which was, quite simply, typed, edited, and published in one night. Why? Well, we're still asking ourselves that question. If we figure out an appropriate line of bullshit, we'll fill you in.

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1
back cover of issue #1
inside back cover of issue #1
flyer for issue #1

One Night Stand 1 was published in April 1984 and is 54 pages long. It was edited by Alexis Fegan Black and Wendy Rathbone. Art by Paul Newitt.

From the edtiorial:
Put simply, a One Night-Stand is a life from lifelessness. Er... Wrong speech. Re-load. Replay. One-Night Stand is a K/S zine which was, quite simply, typed, edited, and published in one night. Why? Well, we're still asking ourselves that question.....

ONE NIGHT STAND is a joint publication of Pon Farr Press (and you thought you'd never hear from them again, eh?) and Wendy Rathbone. And yes, Alled Navesih and Andrea Arat are pseudonyms, chosen because certain high-ranking corporations and publishing outfits might not take kindly to the K/S genre by two struggling pro writers. So much for IDIC.

Also, ONE NIGHT STAND is one K/S editor's attempt to re-establish herself in K/S fandom -- and to prove (maybe even to herself) that it can and will be done. You get the picture, right?...

[reminders to order other Pon Farr zines, snipped]

So... what we have here is a joint effort by two K/S editors for a variety of reasons -- the cost of which is fun. We both hope you enjoy ONE NIGHT STAND in the tradition in which it is intended.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

See reactions and reviews for Striking Off His Chains.
See reactions and reviews for That's the Way It Is.
See reactions and reviews for Repeat After Me.

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2
back cover of issue #2
flyer for issue 2 that was tucked inside issue #1, click to read

One Night Stand 2 was published in July 1984 and is 63 pages long. It was published by Wendy Rathbone and according to the editorial, typed up in "one looooong night."

From the editorial:
The theme, quite by accident, is this issue appears to be "what happened after... fill in the blank... Trek episode." We have stories dealing with the after time of "Requiem for Methuselah," "The Naked Time," and "The City on the Edge of Forever." There is also the usual smattering of poetry, three of which were inspired by the movie The Search for Spock. I hope you will find them of interest. Personally, I liked this movie better than any of them. As many Trek fans probably are, I'm avidly awaiting the fourth...

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for The Most Powerful Force.
See reactions and reviews for The Touch of Forgiveness.
See reactions and reviews for The Opposite of Hell.
See reactions and reviews for Vulcan Sand, Earthly Seas.

Issue 3

front cover issue #3
back cover of issue #3

One Night Stand 3 was published in April 1985 and is 60 pages long. It was published by Wendy Rathbone.

From the editorial:
I don't remember if this issue was done in one night or not, but it was done quickly (I'm a very fast typist.) But the contents were created in much more than one night. I want to explain that the the writers contributing to this zine work very hard. Just because I create the zine rather fast does not mean the content suffers....I have also included more photographs since that seems to be a very popular item in the ONS's. I received many letters from people who really like the idea of Trek photos in a zine. So I am continuing that trend. Oh, and speaking of letters, thank you to all the people who have written me expressing their opinions about my zines. All letters of comment (LoCs) are welcome and though I don't always have time to answer every one of them I really do appreciate them. I like feedback. I can take criticism (as long as it's nicely intended and not petty) and I do take reader's suggestions to hand when going on to do the next zine.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Humor is a Difficult Concept.
See reactions and reviews for Shadow of a Friend.
See reactions and reviews for The Primitive Thing to Do.
See reactions and reviews for Shadows of Paradise.

I will not discuss the poetry in ONS3, except to say that it's better than usual. There are no bad poems here and a couple of truly touching ones. But it's the stories that caught my attention.

All the stories in this zine are moving and range from the mildly interesting to the utterly fascinating in conception. All but one, are a bit rough stylistically however, containing some awkwardnesses of phrase. I believe that this; is due to the speed with which the zine was produced. What a pity! The best written story of the lot, was also the most simple. This is "Shadows of Paradise" by Natasha Solten. It's just plain good reading.

There is one technical nitpick that applies to "Shadows of Paradise" and at least one other story in this zine. This is a common error, but it sort of jumped at me in ONS 3. A starship is a very limited ecology. Water would necessarily be conserved. I don't think, that showering is the best use of such a precious resource. That's why I tend to think the concept of sonic showers is much more realistic for a starship, than showering with water. Showering with water is probably a luxury in the lives of Starfleet personnel, that they can have only when staying on water-rich planets. I believe that Vonda McIntyre made this observation in one of her pro Trek novels. Writers, take note.

The zine opens with "Shadow of a Friend" by Andrea Arat. I believe that the dynamic of this story is that of a triad involving Kirk, Spock and Mirror Spock. Unfortunately, the author isn't totally faithful to this dynamic and doesn't follow completely through. I wish she had. As beautiful as the intimacy and sex between Kirk and Mirror Spock is, the idea of mental and physical sharing between the Spocks is overwhelmingly attractive. Imagine how well those two could understand one another, and how much support they could provide for each other in their separate alienations. I suppose this might be my idiosyncracy, but I have always believed that samenesses attract and strengthen intimacy. There is also the fact that Spock/Spock sex would close the circle and complete the triad. When one stands aloof from another partner, as our Spock does in this story, it interrupts the current and mars the triad structure. Much has been said about the instability of triads, but the major reason why they are unstable is exclusion. It's true that our Spock excluded himself, rather than being excluded by the others. That is a significant difference. Being excluded by others against your will and inclination is hurtful and extremely damaging to the fabric of a relationship. Yet voluntary exclusion also harms it in that it lessens the relationship's potential. The flow only travels in four ways instead of six. There's a missing link. I appreciate our Spock's lack of jealousy toward Kirk and Mirror Spock, but I think that more should be demanded of him in this story than that he not be jealous. Our Spock could give Mirror Spock a great deal, and vice versa in less obvious ways. I theorise that the reason why the author left the triad incomplete is because she believes that if our Spock hadn't distanced himself from Mirror Spock, neither he nor Kirk could bear to let Mirror Spock go. The pain of parting would be equal to the beauties of their joining. Yet Kirk, and Spock would still have each other for solace. They would survive it, and would carry memories of something truly extraordinary to enrich their lives.

"Humor is a Difficult Concept", by Robin Hood, deals with an important issue. I do not believe that it deserves to be sloughed off casually. Yet that is precisely what the story does. Confronted with Kirk in the body of Janice Lester, Spock says that Janice's female body is "more appropriate" for sex. Kirk becomes upset, considering this a rejection of his own body, which it is not. It is a rejection of homosex in general. Spock is not saying that he isn't physically attracted to Kirk as Kirk, but he definitely made a statement indicating conflict and discomfort in his own mind concerning that attraction. This is internalized homophobia rearing its ugly head again. But Spock doesn't deal with it at all in this story. Instead, his statement is dismissed as merely a joke. I am not denying that Spock was joking on the conscious level. It was a very bad joke and a hurtful one. Why do people make jokes? We make jokes to release tension. They are usually about people and situations that make us uncomfortable. We feel helpless in dealing with what we are joking about. Ethnic jokes are made by people who are uncomfortable about their own racism, but have no other way of dealing with it. Sexist jokes are made by rnisogynous people who are unable to overcome their misogyny. And homophobic jokes are made by people who are troubled by their own homophobia. The fact that Spock, in "Humor Is A Difficult Concept," didn't have the honesty to confront his homophobia, didn't bother me so much as Kirk seeing it and then abandoning his insight — allowing Spock to get away with an inner fakery which can only cost both Spock and Kirk much pain in the future of their relationship.

Before I discuss "A Primitive Thing To Do" by Andrea Arat,I would like to deal with some misconceptions about S/M — sadomasochism not Spock/McCoy. There is much bigotry and misunderstanding about S/M. It seems to me, from my observation of K/S fandom, that the word "positive" in a zine advertisement or call for materials is a code word for NO S/M WANTED, Sometimes editors are explicit about this policy and sometimes not, but everyone seems to know what is meant by "positive".

These people are sincere in their belief that S/M is violent, equivalent to torture and non-consensual. This image of S/M is indeed negative and I would never defend it. However, it is a far cry from the practice of gay men, lesbians and heterosexuals who are into S/M. Their relationships are voluntary and contractual, often involving much more consideration for the sexual preferences of each partner than in many relationships which aren't S/M oriented. Because S/M practitioners must be concerned with safety, a great deal of planning goes into the sexual encounter and partners discuss exactly how far they want to go, A sexual encounter is often built around a carefully designed fantasy scenario in which both partners play roles. It is not haphazard cruelty.

In "A Primitive Thing To Do", Kirk is experiencing dreams which are memories of a harrowing captivity where he was tortured for two days. He exhibited sexual arousal during this captivity and continues to have erections as a result of the dreams. Spock explains to Kirk that this is a natural response to extreme danger. There is an additional explanation. Psychologists who have studied hostages have noted a response called "Stockholm Syndrome". Captives thrown together intimately with their captors begin to feel a dependency toward them and a sympathy for them. Some of them may even go so far as to become rornantically attatched to their captors, or sexually obsessed by thern. When the imaginative horizon is narrowed by imprisonment, it tends to focus on what is before it. But all of this is not the same as S/M. Kirk confuses the two and Spock attempts to free him of this confusion by making a dernonstration that supposedly proves that Kirk isn't turned on by pain. This dernonstration satisfies thern that Kirk isn't into S/M, but it doesn't convince rne. When someone is turned on by pleasureable stimulation, this doesn't mean that any such stimulation applied haphazardly with no attention to technique will do, Spock could have made an equally- inept attempt at cocksucking, for example, but it wouldn't be fair to conclude from this that Kirk isn't sexually turned on by cocksucking. If Spock really wanted to prove that Kirk isn't turned on by S/M, he should have designed a sceviario in consultation with Kirk, established the parameters and then tested it out. Then if Kirk had no sexual response to this, I would have been convinced that he really isn't into S/M. Well, Andrea Arat, do we want to try again?

I enjoyed this zine because it allowed me to elaborate my thoughts on a number of issues of concern to me. The stories that I discussed in depth we're flawed, but it was out of those very flaws that my insights grew. For this reason, ONE NIGHT STAND 3 can be said to be an interesting experience. It is very probable that my analysis will stimulate further discussion from those of you who disagree with it or who have different insights into these issues. [1]

Issue 4/5

front cover of #4/5 by Chris Soto
back cover of #4/5, Chris Soto
interior art by Jacqueline Zoost
interior art by Jacqueline Zoost

One Night Stand 4/5 was published in June 1986 and is 105 pages long. It was edited by Wendy Rathbone. The art is by Chris Soto (front and back covers) and Jacquelyn Zoost (portfolio).

An ad for it in On the Double says: "An issue comprised of vignettes & poetry. A big hit with all my readers."

From the editorial:
Hello, and welcome to One Night Stand 4/5, the quickie zine of quickies, those one night stands we all dream about, or remember, or forget, or whatever.... Therefore, it is fitting that this zine contain only poetry and vignettes (and short, short stories all under ten pages in length}. These one nighters are for you the reader to enjoy and, hopefully, remember as you add this dirt rag to your extensive collections. I hope to continue the trend of printing only vignettes in future issues of One Night Stand. In fact, I'm currently accepting submissions for issue #6. Poetry and stories less than ten pages are actively being sought. The reason this issue is a double issue is I realized that I had let ONS lapse. There hasn't been a new one in over a year and I wanted to make the comeback of ONS special and memorable. It is, aftarall, the year of Star Trek's 20th anniversary, and since this zine will premiere at the 20th anniversary Trek Convention in Anaheim on June 21, I wanted to make it unique . And it is special, I think. I had a great time putting it all together and I have sane wonderful contributors this issue as well.
  • The Caretaker by Robin Hood (Spock plays the caretaker in the aftermath of Edith Keeler's death.) (7)
  • After the City, poe by Wendy Rathbone (13)
  • The Stars, poem by Sandee Maxwell (14)
  • Cubs by C.A. Pierce (After a three-day long separation, Kirk and Spock are a little too enthusiastic when they finally get together.) (15)
  • Loving You, poem by Patt (16)
  • Gently in the Night by Faris Vincent (Would Kirk really take advantage of an unclothed, sleeping Spock? And would Spock really not wake up?) (17)
  • Temptation, poem by Sandee Maxwell (22)
  • The Lovin' of the Game by Jenny Star (Kirk sweats it out gambling with the richest of the rich. Is no price to high for "the lovin' of the game"?) (23)
  • Watching, poem by Patt (28)
  • In My Soul (29)
  • Who Shall Know You?, poem by Romilly Kerr (30)
  • At Ease, poem by Romilly Kerr (30)
  • A Farewell by Elizabeth Leicester (Personal logs from five different crew members record varied feelings concerning the departure of Christine Chapel.) (31)
  • Spock's Promise by Natasha Solten (After V'ger, the awkwardness in facing new feelings becomes almost impossible for Kirk and Spock to bear.) (41)
  • The Morning After, poem by Charlotte Forst (5)
  • Sunset Premonition, poem by Linda Frankel (52)
  • The Knight of Mirrors, poem by Linda Frankel (52)
  • Step by Step (53)
  • Mirage, poem by Robin Hood (55)
  • Sunlight, poem by Sandee Maxwell (56)
  • Love's Vortex, poem by Sandee Maxwell (56)
  • Spell of the Unicorn (57)
  • A Lifetime of Memories by Donna Rose Vanderlaan (A much older Kirk and Spock discuss pleasant memories in a touching, nostalgic vignette.) (67)
  • Distress Signal. (71)
  • Another Place Called Home by Natasha Solten (75)
  • Mirror Aftermath by Rachel Abbot (Kirk discovers that the mirror universe Kirk and Spock have a much more intimate relationship than he and his Spock do. He sets out to even the score.) (77)
  • Memory Green, poem by Robin Hood (76)
  • Within Your Arms, poem by Sandee Maxwell (79)
  • Gathering of Storms, poem by Alexis Fegan Black (80)
  • Risks by Andrea Arat (Never take for granted certain sexual positions before you try them. They don't always work.) (81)
  • To Explore, poem by Sandee Maxwell (83)
  • To Touch the Sun, poem by Sandee Maxwell (83)
  • Seduction, poem by Patt (84)
  • A Vulcan in Podunk by C.A. Pierce (Not everyone in the 23rd century lives aboard a modern, streamlined starship. Kirk takes Spock back to nature where the "real" people of Earth still farm the old-fashioned way. But the trip turns out not quite as they expect.) (85)
  • Those Moods by Charlotte Frost (A discussion of what the literal translation of "ass" really is transpires between Kirk and Spock.) (93)
  • Together, poem by Patt )95)
  • Close, poem by Patt (96)
  • Needs (97)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4/5

See reactions and reviews for The Caretaker.
See reactions and reviews for The Lovin' of the Game.
See reactions and reviews for Those Moods.
See reactions and reviews for Gently in the Night.
See reactions and reviews for A Vulcan in Podunk.
See reactions and reviews for Mirror Aftermath.
See reactions and reviews for A Farewell.
See reactions and reviews for A Lifetime of Memories.
See reactions and reviews for Spock's Promise.
See reactions and reviews for Risks.
See reactions and reviews for Cubs.
See reactions and reviews for Needs.
See reactions and reviews for Distress Signal.
See reactions and reviews for Spell of the Unicorn.
See reactions and reviews for Step by Step.


  1. ^ from K/S & K.S. (Kindred Spirits) #17 (December 1985)