Random Encounters

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Zine
Title: Random Encounters
Publisher: Triforce Productions
Editor(s): Lynn Tucker & Lyria Hall
Date(s): 1990-1992
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Medium: print
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Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Random Encounters is a gen multifandom anthology.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Lyria Hall

Random Encounters 1 was published in 1990 and contains 46 pages. The front cover is by Lyria Hall and Lynn Tucker, the back cover by Lynn Tucker and other art by Lana G. Merkel.

  • From the Editors (2)
  • The Leavetaking by Lyria Hall (Star Trek: TNG) (3)
  • The Limits of Language by James R. Kimsey, Jr. (Star Trek: TNG) (3)
  • Empath by Lynn Tucker (Star Trek: TNG) (7)
  • Friday the 13th: The Series, background notes (8)
  • Works of Art by Lynn Tucker (Friday the 13th) (9)
  • The Mind of a Machine by Lyria Hall (Star Trek: TNG) (18)
  • "Odds Are" by William Wilson Goodson, Jr. (10 pages) Friday the 13th: The Series/MacGyver crossover
  • La Bete by Lana G. Merkel (Beauty and the Beast (TV) (35)
  • Data by Lana G. Merkel (Star Trek: TNG) (37)
  • Captain by Lana G. Merkel (Star Trek: TNG) (39)
  • Visions by Lana G. Merkel (Star Trek: TNG) (41)
  • Just a Bad Dream by Lynn Tucker (Star Trek: TNG/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) (42)
  • Addendum ("Stuff We Forgot") (46)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

The artwork probably would have been better had it been nonexistent (barring three very nice portraits in the interior) and we don't even want to talk about the front and back cover or the quality of reproduction of same; the poetry ran from abysmal (1) through mediocre (2) through competent (2), to excellent (1); the stories were beginning efforts with some heart but failed execution...one was quite good and saved by brevity, I think; the production values were nonexistent and I don't think these people had ever heard of a non-reproducible blue pencil. But I enjoyed the hell out of that fanzine for all its flaws because it was evident that these people really put their hearts and souls into the work. It lacked polish, and, dare I say it, rudimentary knowledge in quite a few areas, but it was a nice attempt for the barest cost of printing--60 pages for $4.50 1st class. I would have given it a two on the tree scale, because they really made an effort and they were as unpretentious as they come. In reading the other reviews in Wanna Buy a Fanzine, I daresay anyone else in the zine would have given it a minus three. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Lynn Tucker

Random Encounters 2 was published in 1991 and contains 41 pages. Lynn Tucker is the front cover artist, other art by Lana G. Merkel and Lyria Hall.

  • From the Editor (3)
  • First Thoughts by Patience Sibeal (Star Trek: TNG) (4)
  • Forward by Patience Sibeal (Star Trek: TNG) (4)
  • Witch Hunt by Stephanie White (Star Trek: TNG) (5)
  • Murmurings of a Schizoid Man by Patience Sibeal (Total Recall) (13)
  • Robot Crows from Spectra by Lyria Hall (Battle of the Planets (15)
  • Street of Shadows by Lynn Tucker (Battle of the Planets) (27)
  • His Song by Patience Sibeal (Star Trek: TNG) (29)
  • Illusions by Lynn Tucker (Friday the 13th) (30)
  • Momentary Regrets by Lynn Tucker (Friday the 13th) (30)
  • Curses by Lynn Tucker (Friday the 13th) (30)
  • Song of Caprica, Song of Hope by Vonnia E. Elmore (Battlestar Galactica (1978)) (31)
  • But by Patience Sibeal (Star Trek: TNG) (33)
  • Heroes by Lyria Hall (Starsky and Hutch) (35)
  • Job Description by Lyria Hall (Starsky and Hutch) (35)
  • Transience by Lana G. Merkel (Beauty and the Beast (TV)) (37)
  • Detachment by Lana G. Merkel (Star Trek: TNG) (39)
  • Counselor by Lana G. Merkel (Star Trek: TNG) (41)
  • From the Editor Again (42)

Issue 3

Random Encounters 3 was published in 1992 and contains 43 pages.

From an ad in The Monthly: "This time out, the fiction is all TNG. We have a vignette taking place after 'The Offspring,' an alternate universe family story dealing with Picard's relationship to Beverly and Wesley, and a P/C short-short (too short for sex, I'm afraid). The poetry represents a wide range of fandoms from Pern to The Terminator."

The contents included:

  • "Give Sorrow Words," by Lana Merkel
  • "Daddy", a poem by Patience Sibeal
  • "Tupolev's Thoughts", a poem by Melissa Mastoris
  • "Curses Broken", a poem by Julie Karasik
  • "A Chance Meeting", a poem by LeeAnn McCann
  • "A Way of No Words," by LeeAnn McCann
  • "Friend in the Shadows," a poem by Julie Karasik
  • "Don't Leave Me Alone," a poem by Melissa Mastoris
  • "Q and A", a poem by Lana G. Merkel
  • "Recognition," a poem by Lana G. Merkel
  • "Lwaxana," a poem by Lana G. Merkel
  • "Your Picture Melted," a poem by Patience Sibeal
  • "Our Place," a poem by Patience Sibeal
  • "Contentment," by Lynn Lorton

Art was by Lana G. Merkel and Mary Wheeler.

Fandoms included Twin Peaks, The Hunt for Red October, Dark Shadows, Dragonriders of Pern, The Terminator, and Total Recall.

References

  1. from a letter by Susan M. Garrett in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #2, in which she comments on the perhaps unnecessary and discouraging reviews that zine has printed