Outpost (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine zine)

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Title: Outpost
Publisher: Orion Press
Editor(s): Randall Landers (#1-2), Jeff Morris (#3-4), Judith Medina (#5-8), Laura Taylor (#9-10)
Date(s): 1993-1999
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Language: English
External Links: Orion Press
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Outpost is a gen and het Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fiction anthology published by Orion Press. It ran for ten issues.

Outpost and Its Fractious History

Randall Landers answers the question of why he was called "grand poobah" by some Deep Space Nine fanzine readers:

Long time readers were aware that our Deep Space Nine offerings were few and far between (only 19 of them), and we practically shut them down in 1997. I had gone through too many editors for our DSN fanzine, Outpost, and one of them in particular had simply exhausted my patience. She wanted Orion Press to serve as her personal vanity press, and she wanted to publish the stories simultaneously in print as well as on-line. [1] The simple economic fact of the matter is that fanzines need to pay for themselves (fanzines never make money), and posting the stories limits the sales of the zines. She demanded the "right" to post her fan fiction to her own website, and I told her she had to wait for a year before doing so. Well, she nicknamed me "the grand poobah" or some such nonsense, and kept posting her material to her website anyway. This is one of the things that kept driving her zines' sales down, and she kept driving away contributors. She finally left us and took some of her koolaid-drinking followers with her. We even released some of her zines back to her because they simply never sold. Anyway, Laura Taylor (who is probably one of the most talented writers ever to grace our staff) convinced me to keep Outpost going for the next three years, all the way to the point in 2000 when I made the difficult decision to cancel all our non-Classic Trek offerings. [2]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1 by BEKi
back cover of issue #1, David Lawrence
introduction from issue #1

Outpost 1 was published in October 1993 and is 127 pages long. It was edited by Randall Landers. The front cover is by BEKi, the back cover by David Lawrence. Other art is by Glenn Lash, K.A. Marshall and RAG.

The zine's introduction:

The premiere of Deep Space Nine garnered a 25 share in the ratings. That would have placed it 7th in the ratings tor the week. As of the latest ratings I've seen, DS9 is the second highest rated hour-long syndicated show; it would place about 32nd in the overall weekly ratings. While that isn't as high a Star Trek: The Next Generation (which is the highest rated hour-long syndicated program and would rank 21st in the ratings), it's still quite remarkable. Momentum is building (or Deep Space Nine, and it looks like it will end up being as successful as its progenitor.

But neither success or failure of the series would have influenced my decision to produce this fanzine. I have enjoyed the new "flavor" of Star Trek, and I have looked forward eagerly to each show. At the conclusion of the first episode, I made the conscious decision that Orion Press would produce a Deep Space Nine fanzine, and that I would be honored to edit it. I have since garnered submissions from a number of people (including a few whose works will appear in our next issue), and have put together this premiere issue of OUTPOST.

So what's in store for you in this issue?

"The Price of Silence," by Mary Draganis, has Kira Nerys going to a Cardassian prisoner-of-war camp to ascertain whether or not a special member of the resistance was a traitor. This is Mary's first submission to any Orion Press publication, and we're delighted to welcome her to our family of contributors. I might add that Mary's submissions for this story were transmitted electronically to our CompuServe address (Mary resides in Australia, and this is quite a savings of postage for both her and I). Mary also wrote "The Brave Shall Fall and the Mighty Shall Weep," which is the backstory for 'The Price of Silence."

Barbara Robertson, who has provided submissions to ERIDANI, has a close look at our station's doctor, Julian Bashir, as he struggles with an epidemic of sorts on Deep Space Nine. It's an intense story, and we get to see the trials and tribulations of a young medic practicing on the frontiers of space.

The last fiction contributor to this issue is Jeff Morris, a regular in ERIDANI, who has provided us with the comedic "Close Encounters." In this short piece, Kira Nerys is trapped in the turbolift with Doctor Julian Bashir...a cruel fate, to be sure. His other submission, "Prisoners," is a lengthy novella dealing with Sisko, Kira, a Cardassian concentration camp commandant (try saying that fast five times!) and a couple of Bajorans. It's an intense look at an intense situation, and I'm sure you'll enjoy both of these pieces.

Artwork for this issue was provided by BEKi (who did the front cover), Glenn Lash (whose cartoon is all too apropos), David Lawrence (as always, an excellent job, and his back cover will be featured on every issue of OUTPOST), and lastly, K.A. Marshall and Rae Anne Weston, both newcomers to Orion Press, have provided most of the interiors for us. BEKi also, at my request, wrote the first closing editorial for this zine. Each future issue will feature guest editorials from a variety of fans, and those interested in contributing such an editorial may contact me regarding your subject matter. I'm not guaranteeing that everyone will have a shot at this, but I do want to offer the opportunity to many of you.

Finally, next issue will feature a letter-of-comment (LoC) column, and to do this, we need to hear from you. Let us know what you think of this issue, how we did and all, and also tell us in what direction you'd like to see the zine move. I, for one, would be very interested in your feedback, and I hope to hear from you soon! But until then, enjoy the zine! [3]

  • Commence Station Log, an introduction by Randall Landers (2)
  • The Price of Silence by Mary Draganis (3)
  • The Quality of Life by Barbara Robertson (13)
  • Close Encounters by Jeff Morris (23)
  • The Brave Shall Fall and the Mighty Shall Weep by Mary Draganis (29)
  • Prisoners by Jeff Morris, the story won a 1994 FanQ (43)
  • From the Promenade Deck, a closing editorial by BEKi (126)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

I also purchased and read Outpost and it had some great stories as well. But "Close Encounter" contained disappointing stereotypes of both Bashir and Kira with Bashir being portrayed as a wimp and insensitive bore and Kira being portrayed as a childish bitch. I think both characters have already grown far beyond those stereotypes (if they ever fit at all). The other story by that same, author was considerably better ("Prisoners")~it is a similar plot to "Duet" but I actually liked this story better. It had some interesting elements not touched upon in "Duet." "Price of Silence" is the best amateur story about Bashir that I have seen so far. [4]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2 by Julie Nosal
back cover of issue #2, David Lawrence. It is the same as the back cover to issue #1.

Outpost 2 was published in October 1994 and is 156 pages long.

It was edited by Randall Landers.

The front cover is by Julie Nosal, the back cover by David Lawrence. Other art is by Gail Burt, Terry Cogliano, Glenn Lash, K.A. Marshall and Joey Rodrigues.

It also contained LoCs from readers.

The zine's introduction:

An introduction by Randall Landers.

Welcome to our second issue!

This issue features "Infection," by Mindi French, in which Doctor Bashir receives some help from an unexpected ally to beat a virulent disease affecting the Bajoran populace. In Mary Draganis' "Bury the Past," Kira and an old lover reunite during a Cardassian-Bajoran Peace Accord on Deep Space Nine. "Layover," by Susan Deborah Smith, creates an interlude between Kira and the Enterprise security chief.

"Set 'em Up, Quark," by Skye Dumoulin, details a battle of bartenders as Guinan and Quark vie in a contest. Readers should be advised that this story was previously printed in another fanzine but without the permission of the author (I've got a note from Skye on file). This is the version she prefers, to be sure, and this is the fanzine she wanted it published in.

"Children of the Prophets," by Judith Medina-Wathen, is a look at how Kira comes to grips with the confinement of the Kai to the penal planetoid. "Don't Kill Me; I'm Only the Bartender," by Anne Davenport, is a cute look at what happens when Kira receives one of Quark's mickeys by accident. In Mary Draganis' "Lost Innocence," Kira relates to Day the story of the first time she had to kill. "Survive the Night," by Madalena A. Mumford, is a discussion set in the DS9 infirmary as Bashir struggles to keep the symbiont-less Jadzia from dying. "The Will of the Prophets," by Diane K. McCarty examines the Bariel-Kira relationship. The last story, "The Golden Girl," tells of Kira Nerys' days as a young woman caught in the struggle lo liberate her world from the Cardassians. Featured artists for this issue include: Gail Burt, Terry Cogliano, Glenn Lash, David Lawrence, K_A. Marshall, Julie Nosal, and Joey Rodrigues. There is also an article on the changes the Trill have undergone by Greg Lash, an editorial on Gene Roddenberry's official position on fan fiction, a listing of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition, and an editorial by Jeff Mom's on Deep Space Nine. All in all, it's a good issue.

Next issue, I'm already lining up material from L.A. Carr and others. I would like the zine to reflect the spirit of the series, and additional stories and artwork from Deep Space Nine fans would be welcome!

Finally, let me extend a bit of gratitude for those of you who nominated OUTPOST 1 for the Best Star Trek Zine in the Fan-Q Awards. I was stunned by this. Joey Rodrigues received a nomination for her artwork published in INVOLUTION, and Jeff Morris received a nomination (Best Star Trek Story} for his novella in that issue, and then won!!! Congratulations, Jeff!!

Well, that's all for this issue. It's packed. I hope you'll let us know what you think of it when you're finished! Take care! [5]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Julie Nosal
flyer for issue #3

Outpost 3 was published in Spring 1995 and is 180 pages long. It was edited by Jeff Morris. The cover showing Dr. Julian Bashir is by Julie Nosal.

  • Station Log, an introduction by Jeff Morris (2)
  • Air-LoC, letters of comment from our readers (4)
  • Amidst the Darkness, Hope by Mary Draganis (art by Joey Rodrigues) ("has Jadzia and Kira taking an unexpected detour through the wormhole— back to the days of the Bajoran Resistance.") (7)
  • First Contact by Pat Nussman (art by Pam Spurlock) ("Pat Nussman takes a look at the "First Contact" between Gul Dukat and someone who will have a major impact on his future.") (20)
  • A Deux by Gail J. Christison (art by Terry Cogliano) ("places Kira and Captain Picard together on an important diplomatic assignment, but an act of sabotage throws them into a perilous situation that forces them to rely on each other for survival.") 25
  • The Daily Bump and Grind by Sherri Fillingham (art by Janet D'Airo) ("brings the foremost stripper to DS9, and before too long every man has fallen under her shapely spelL.with one exception. Can Bashir survive the sudden attentions of every (neglected) female aboard the station-?") (52)
  • Circle by Terry Moore/Jeff Morris (art by Terry Cogliano) ("a Dax story. Which Dax?") (80)
  • Tribute to Heroes by Mary Draganis (art by Joey Rodrigues) ("where an eerie replay of events from a TNG episode places Kira and a young friend in a deadly holosuite scenario with the World War II Maquis!") (82)
  • The Reality of Fear by Colleen Hall (art by Gabi Stiene) ("pits the DS9 crew against a fevered, delirious Kira, who sees Cardassians everywhere and decides to rid Bajor of their presence once and for all!"") (98)
  • A Matter of Trust by Kira Bacal (art by Pam Spurlock) ("has Sisko and crew rescue a stranded free trader from a Cardassian escape pod, but Sisko and Odo have second thoughts about this good dead when the trader proceeds to turn the station and crew upside down with his antics.") (126)
  • The Duty Roster (176)
  • The Last Outpost, an editorial by Mary Draganis (179)
  • additional art by Terry Cogliano, Glenn Lash and Janet D'Airo

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Gabi Stiene, the back cover is blank
flyer for issue #4

Outpost 4 was published in Fall 1995 and is 176 pages long. It was edited by Jeff Morris.

The cover is by Gabi Stiene.

From a flyer:

Welcome to OUTPOST 4! You'll notice a number of changes, ranging from the stunning color cover by Gabi Stiene to the new typesetting, and a few other tweaks liere and there. We've also got some new writers and artists, a caption contest by Glenn Lash, a crossword puzzle by Judidt Medina, and more!

A few comments about OUTPOST 3 - first off. I neglected to credit Julie Nosa! for her stunning cover of Dr. Julian Bashir (as played by Siddig el Fadil, or Alexander Siddig. or something along those lines). Second. I hope everyone appreciated my stunning rendition of a cloaked Cardassian cruiser in a white hole on the lower half of the last page. It took a great deal of effort to pull off, but I'm very proud of it. Moving on to much more pIeasanter topics, let's talk about this issue's stories: Mary Draganis leads things off with "A Helping Hand", where circumstances force a very reluctant Major Kira to play babysitter to the daughter of a Starfleet admiral. Oddly enough, though, she finds they have a common bond between them... "Sidewinder", by Linda A. Furey, has the station crew scurrying to get rid of a deadly infestation of poisonous snakes. They have to be careful, though, because the first victim is Dr. Julian Bashir, and things don't look too good for him! "Of Fathers and Sons" comes from Sherri Fillingham. It takes a look at Jake Sisko's decision to avoid Starfleet, the awkward breach it puts between him and his father, and how some things come in cycles... "Necessity", by Kira Bacal and Vance F. Serchuk, features the unlikely team of Miles O'Brien and Quark as a simple trip to a starbase in need of aid becomes a dangerous mystery that requires both their unique talents to solve! Karen E. Weber checks in with 'Treatment", where Bashir's worst nightmare comes true~Odo is critically injured in a vicious attack, and the multi-species, specialist has to find a way to save the life of the one person he has no medical background on. Kronette reviews the aftermath of the controversial episode "Life Support" in her story, "Peace". Burdened with their private guilt and grief, Kira and Bashir struggle to find die truth behind Band's death...and the new treaty between Bajor and Cardassia. And Kira Bacal closes things out in "Worst Enemy", as a teenaged Bajoran orphan runs wild throughout the station, driving the senior staff crazy trying to keep up with him. Only one person can control this hellion...Odo? Art is provided by Gabi Stiene, Terry Cogliano, Maryann Jorgensen, Madalena Mumford, Janet D'Airo, Glenn Lash, K.A. Marshall and Judith Medina. Judith has also provided us with OUTPOST's first DS9 Crossword Puzzle; in addition, we're holding our first "Caption Contest", where Glenn Lash provides the cartoon, and you have to provide the dialog. Of course, given Glenn's "unique" sense of humor (check out "A DIFFICULT CONCEPT", a collection of his Orion Press work-it was a big hit at the May Atanta convention), you know it's not going to be an easy task. Check it out and send in your submission—the winner gets a trib copy of OUTPOST 5!

And of course, we are still looking for submissions to OUTPOST 5...and 6...and wait until you see the cover to next issue... [6]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Gabi, the back cover is blank

Outpost 5 was published in January 1996 and has 164 pages. It was edited by Judith Medina. The front cover is by Gabi Stiene.

The zine's introduction:

Greetings. Welcome to OUTPOST 5!

As the new editor, I am striving to improve the quality of the zine by way of providing different points of view about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) and each of its characters from as many different people as possible. Watching the cast of characters develop is part of the joy of watching the program and I want to infuse that sense of evolution, of growth into OUTPOST.

Out of the fifty or so ORION contributors who specifically devote themselves to OUTPOST, many wrote to offer help, congratulations or advice. I thank you warmly—you are welcome to OUTPOST. You are holding this issue because you want to read (or write) enjoyable, thought-provoking, supplemental writing to the DS9 universe and you are in the right place. The stories here examine our favorite characters, their faults, foibles, fears, fortitude, faith and failures, from as many different perspectives as could be gathered. OUTPOST 5's first offering, "The Terms Of Our Agreement" is from Cameron Bumell and it looks at the Odo/Kira attraction from the mirror-universe side, asking the question: would Kira be the lovelorn instead of Odo? It is as relentless as the world it takes place in, a wonderful segue to the episode "Crossover," our first look at the DS9 mirror universe.

A.S. Medina (my too-modest brother Albert) takes a look at Sisko and Curzon's first adventure in "Sisko & The Wily Old Worm." Rebecca E. Wise provides us two amusing views of the station, first in her interesting story "The Ambassador," bringing "Madame Ambassador" Lwaxana Troi back to the station to visit...Garak? Then Rebecca returns in parody & prose in "Keep Space Mine."

Rebecca Canfield's diversionary tale "The Traveler" has a mysterious refugee distracting the busy crew, but is she what she seems to be or something else? J. Callard and J. Bos give us "Lonely Among Them," an intense epilogue to the first-season episode "The Vortex." My own first offering is "Good-Bye & Good Riddance!," a comic post-"Meridian" piece that covers what the episode did not. My second offering is for Odo-fans everywhere; "Shaken" is a stark epilogue to the incredible third-season episode "Heart Of Stone," and details Kira and Odo's return to DS9 after their fateful runabout trip. Lastly, N.B. Thayer completes this issue with her wonderful fourth-season story "The Heart That Loves and Must Let Go," a post-"Rejoined" piece that in the best Trek tradition, does not lay blame or argue, but merely illustrates what love can bring people to.

As for art-, well, just look at our cover and flip through the pages. The art submissions were remarkable and I thank you all, but especially must mention Stephanie Etmanski, Terry Cogliano, Gaby Stiene, and Janet D'Airo. Your combined talents just blow me away and I thank you for offering them so generously. I credit each and everyone of my contributors; this issue is beyond my modest expectations due to all of you. [7]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

'Outpost 5' was disappointing. There wasn't one really good story in it, and what there was, was fairly pedestrian. [8]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

Outpost 6 was published in April 1996 and is 158 pages long. It was edited by Judith Medina. The front cover is by Stephanie Etmanski.

The zine's edtiorial:

Welcome to OUTPOST 6, fellow DS9ers!

This issue was unexpectedly blessed when a couple of contributors turned in some long-promised work and so you readers will get your DS9 fix a little sooner than expected. Consider it an ode to Spring!

This issue's offerings:

"Christina," by V. Page, is a delightfully funny mid-fourth season romp that details what happened to Chief O'Brien's pet tarantula...but we want to know what happened to those two pictures? Read it and find out why!

Albert Medina explores "Ferengi Foibles" by way of interviewing everyone's favorite bartender on the station: Quark, J.C. Medina provided a jam-packed "Deep Space Nine Timeline & Lexicon" full of behind-the-scenes information—don't ask how; we won't tell!

Compiled from the episodes, episode guides, scripts, novel adaptations of scripts, interviews and convention notes, this is a fun and fascinating quick-access reference guide strictly dedicated to DS9 and its characters. You won't believe it was abridged when you read it!

V. Page teams up with Janet D'Airo to give us the "Top Ten Reasons Not to Irritate the Constable," a tongue-in-cheek look at our favorite changeling.

Robin Franklin Steele IVtakes us "Home for the Holidays" in a warm Ferengi family tale.

Glenn Lash and Albert Medina team up for "The Boys (Bajorans, Trill Changelings, etc.) of Summer," a comic look at how our favorite station folk might just approach the idea of intramural station sports.

Rebecca E. Wise returns to provide us an interesting mystery to solve with the help of our favorite Cardassian tailor in "Disguises." 'Seth Battar' gives us food for thought in his article, "The Deeper Issues."

Cameron Buraell returns to give us the tender and touching "Once, Twice, Four Times a Lady." This is a day-in-the-life story of Jadzia Dax and the men who love her—Worf, Bashir.and Odo.

Intermixed with all those goodies are poetry, cartoons and, as always, great art! Color cover by Stephanie Etmanski, with illustrations provided by Janet D'Airo, Gabi Stiene, Rebecca E. Wise and Joey Rodrigues.

I am deeply grateful to all my contributors. Writing and illustrating are not easy tasks, and your generosity is deeply appreciated in light of your own busy lives. Thank you all so much! [9]

  • Ops Watch, a word from the editor (2)
  • Subspace Chatter, letters from our readers (3)
  • DS9 Cartoon Contest Winning Entry (4)
  • Christina by V. Page (5)
  • Unrequited, poetry by J.C. Medina (41)
  • Ferengi Foibles, humor by Alfred S. Medina (43)
  • DS9 Timeline and Lexicon, compiled by J.C. Medina (47)
  • Tom Ten Reasons Not to Bother the Constable, humor by Janet D'Airo and J.C. Medina (90)
  • Home for the Holidays, by Robin Franklin Steele IV (99)
  • Sisko's Lament, poetry by Cameron Burnell (110)
  • The Boys (Bajorans, Trill Changelings, etc) of Summer, a DS9 sporting roster by Glenn Lash et al (112)
  • Disguises, by Rebecca E. Wise (117)
  • DS9, poetry by Cameron Burnell (129)
  • The Deeper Issues, an article by Seth Battar (130)
  • Once, Twice, Four Times a Lady, by Cameron Burnell (133)
  • A Guide to Outpost (153)
  • About The Authors (159)
  • About The Artists (160)
  • Station Log, Closing Entry, closing editorial by J.C. Medina (161)
  • art by Janet D'Airo, Stephanie Etmanski, Glenn Lash, J.C. Medina, Joey Rodrigues, Gabi Stiene, Rebecca E. Wise

Issue 7

cover of issue #7

Outpost 7 was published in Fall 1996 and contains 162 pages. It was edited by Judith Medina.

The zine's introduction:

This issue of Outpost is a special one for various reasons. For one, it's a brand new season of DS9! Five years now...gads, who would have believed? For another, it's my first year anniversary as editor and what a strange year it has been. So many new things, both in life and on the show. New life seems to be an on-going motif — new life with Kira giving birth to the O'Brien's child, a new life and way of living it for Odo. Jake taking steps toward life as an adult. Quark and Worf rivals over a lady to brighten their lives...and in our corner of the galaxy a non-descript rock provides possible clues to life on our neighboring planet.

Of course, there are obstacles around every corner both here and on DS9. but I know I'm boring you already so I'll get on with things...honest! I'm presenting you an eclectic issue this cool, lovely autumn. Get me tell you, rarely have I read a story where the plot or writing is good enough, satisfying enough to focus only on one or two characters at the expense of the other characters on the station.

Lee Billings provided me not just one but two and for Outpost, I present you one of them: her up-close and intimate look at the complex character, Dukat, in "Opposites". For those who have asked me about Cardassian stories, I'm certain you'll be as intrigued as I was by this story which examines events taking place on Terok Nor, long before D59.

Also insightful is new contributor, Tiffani's bittersweet, tale "Regrets & Things Left Unsaid' which provides a glimpse into the future...and the past, of two of our favorite characters. Abra Mitchell explains The Price Of Peace" in a third-season story that lets us have a look at how our old friend, Ro Laren, is doing.

Fellow fiend, er, friend, Glenn Cash, surprised me with a tongue-in-cheek poem "The Song Of Konid" which explores the foibles of Klingon philosophy. This is followed by "Deep Space Nine Months"(Oh, okay! Five months since Bajorans like to do things so fast!)

This episode suggestion from Heidi Staneslow really made my day when I received it. I hope it makes yours, too!

Then Cameron Burnell and I bring you "Into the Grey Zone, The Hunt for Yesterday", a time-traveling, action-adventure with a large dash of spice. I'll leave you to guess who supplied what to the story!! I'll art caps up the issue with the short and touching what-if, "One More Chance".

Okay, now I want to apologize to Stephanie Etmanski and Janet D'Airo. Two of Steph's and one of Janet's sketches for FACETS first issue were regrettably lost by the postal service and poor Steph's name was in the credits... with no pictures to show for it. i. These things do happen, however it makes them no less upsetting!

That said, I look forward to reading your latest D59 dish. And please don't feed the tribbles! [10]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Tracy Hemenover

Outpost 8 was published in Summer 1997. It was edited by Judith Medina. The cover is by Tracy Hemenover.

From the editor's notes:

This issue contains:

Irish Eyes, from newcomer Diane Bellomo, a warm and touching epilogue to the intriguing DS9 episode "Looking for Par'Mach".

Tiff brings us the disturbing, but deeply compelling Kira monologue entitled "A Whisper in the Dark"

What happens when two PADDS are accidentally switched? Tracy Hemenover, also new to Orion, provides the answer in the delightfully charming "Tempestuous Hearts".

Yet another newcomer (and hailing from Australia!) Felicity Carthew provides us a look at the stresses and the love, to be found in one Bajoran family in "My Brother's Keeper'.

Orion favorite, Abra Mitchell, brings us two wonderful stories! "Not Just A Little Girl" provides an intriguing look at the lives of two of our favorite DS9 crew.....from the deathbed of one of them.

"The Waiting Game" is a wonderful epilogue to the episode "Hippocratic Oath" and the stress it placed on Bashir and O'Brien's friendship, introducing us to an enigmatic young Bajoran that has ties to Garak...or does she?

In the more romantic or hurt/comfort realm, "Catharsis" by newcomer Cristal Martinez is a touching and tender hurt/comfort epilogue to "the Begottoen".

Will fallible heart win spotted maiden? Your editor answers this in "Discoveries", a light, but (hopefully?) charming 'what if' epilogue to "Rejoined".

"In Another Life" by my fellow editor, Elizabeth Knauel, poses the question 'what if' Keiko had died n "Body Parts"? Her engaging story provides a convincing answer.

Old favorite, Cameron Burnell brings us "I Thought You Were Sleeping", a sexy, funny and somewhat outrageous look at Garak and Ziyal.

And newcomer Catherine Allen brings us the touching and intriguing "Save Me", a touching attempt by Odo to justify his love for Kira....at the same time that he might lose her forever. Will it be too late?

She also sent the funny and touching "Pique" which answers the question for once and for all - can changelings get drunk? [11]

Issue 9

Outpost 9 was published in 1998 and has 128 pages. It was edited by Laura Taylor.The cover is by Zaquia Tarhuntassa.

cover of issue #9, Zaquia Tarhuntassa

From the editorial:

Wow. What a year this has been!

Believe it or not, two years ago I had yet to discover the world of fan fiction. Three years ago, all I knew of Star Trek was that my mother and sister both loved it — therefore, it was the epitome of uncool and must be avoided at all costs. Now, not only am I a devotee of Trek — and particularly of DS9 — but I've been a regular contributor to alt.startrek,creative for almost two years. Who'da thunk it? I think even Spock would agree that the next logical step in my evolution would be trying my hand at 'zine editing. So here I am, with uneasy mind and heavy heart, presenting to you, oh most kind and generous readers, my first attempt. I don't know which of us is the more insane: Randy Landers, for entrusting Outpost to me, or myself, for even volunteering for the job. Even so, I did, and he did, and now it's up to you to decide if we made the right choice. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. If you're interested in action/adventure and humor, then Outpost 9 is the 'zine for you. We've got everything from a mirror universe medical mystery to a nail-biting showdown between Garak, Dukat and Damar, from a reunion of two old — very old — friends to a sexually-charged transaction putting Kira in an uncomfortably intimate situation with her worst enemy. And there's more! Doctor Bashir gets up close and personal with a bowl of ice cream. Mom has to find a way to pay off his bar tab, and K'Noid finally wins the woman of his dreams. Last but certainly not least, we have an in-depth and thought-provoking examination of the first Federation-Cardassian war that perhaps the bigwigs at Starfleet Command should pay careful attention to if they want to bring the current war to a close. Of course, as we all know, a 'zine is nothing without its contributions. My deepest regards and gratitude goes out to all my contributors, for having faith in me, enduring my nitpicking, and waiting patiently for all the pieces to fall into place. If it weren't for them, I'd have probably gotten much more sleep the past month, but then you wouldn't have this to read and enjoy. I'd like to send a special thanks to all my artists and illustrators. I'm a big fan of illustrations, and it disheartens me to see how artists' creative efforts often go unappreciated. I know they put just as much hard work into crafting illustrations as writers do into creating stories, and often under a tight deadline with impatient editors breathing down their necks. The artists whose works are showcased in Outpost 9 outdid themselves in hard work, talent and punctuality, so be sure to take the time to appreciate their contributions. And, finally, many thanks to all of the Orion Press old-timers for welcoming me into the fold. To Randy, most of all, for giving me the chance to stretch my wings; to Ann, for being there when I needed a voice of reason; to BEKi, Glenn, Elizabeth, Zaquia, Brenda and everyone else who dropped by via e-mail or greeted me at Shore Leave, my most grateful thanks goes out to y'all. Now that I've got Outpost 9 out of my hair, I'm already looking ahead to Outpost 10 which will be an all-romance issue. Besides stories featuring the 'classic' couples — Worf/Dax, Kira/Odo, Julian/Jadzia, etc., I'm particularly interested in less common pairings, such as Sisko/Yates, Garak/Ziyal (or Damar/Ziyal), Quark/Grilka, perhaps even Ezri/Jake (let's face it: the poor boy needs a date!). And those of you who know me can count on at least one Kira/Dukat in Outpost 10 <BG> So, start writing those love stories — the deadline for submissions is April 30, 1999!

And so, my friends, go forth, read and enjoy! [12]

Issue 10

cover of issue #10 by Lauren Francis

Outpost 10 was published in June 1999 and contains 146 pages.

It was edited by Laura Taylor and according to the editorial of #9 it was planned to be an all romance issue. The cover is by Lauren Francis.

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  1. ^ something Randall, much later, does himself: "Right now, for the time being, we've decided to publish virtually simultaneously, in print and on-line. This will diminish the sales of the zines, but the main thing is that the Orion Press writers, myself included, want their works read."(quote also from the Orion Press website)
  2. ^ Orion Press: Questions and Answers, accessed March 10, 2012
  3. ^ publisher's pdf
  4. ^ from Multi-Species Medicine #3
  5. ^ publisher's pdf
  6. ^ publisher's pdf
  7. ^ publisher's pdf
  8. ^ from a fan in Multi-Species Medicine #26
  9. ^ publisher's pdf
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  11. ^ publisher's pdf
  12. ^ publisher's pdf