Rising Star (Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Rising Star
Publisher: Midlander Press
Editor(s): Karen Fleming
Date(s): Autumn 1978
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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front cover by Connie Faddis
back cover by Joni Wagner

Rising Star is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology edited by Karen Fleming. It was published in 1978 and contains 167 pages. Artwork by Connie Faddis, Joni Wagner (back cover), Joe Fleming, Marty Siegrist, Gee Moaven, Laura Virgil, and V.M. Wyman.


This zine focuses on the character of James T. Kirk. Stories cover Kirk at various ages, including his early days in Starfleet leading up to his command of the Enterprise. Kirk’s brother Sam makes a few appearances, as does Capt. Pike, Spock, and others. In addition to the fan fiction stories, zine includes a poetry and art folio, and an “addenda” section of non-fiction – essays / editorials / articles.

An ad in Scuttlebutt says it is "devoted entirely to Jim Kirk BEFORE he took command of the Enterprise."


Reactions and Reviews

The theme of this zine is 'Kirk's life before the Enterprise.' As such, it includes stories with original ideas and plots, a welcome relief for those of us who are tired of 1001 variations of 'Kirk's wilting away because Spock is dead' or vice versa. 'Goodnight, You Moonlight Ladies' was all right, but would have been better without all the author intrusions comparing the adolescent Kirk to the man-to-be. 'Chrysalis' was well-written and enjoyable, showing young Kirk learning a lesson in leadership and responsibility. My personal favorite, 'First Contact,' told the story of Lt. Kirk's initiation of diplomatic relations with the Caitians. The author also has a l-o-n-g analysis of Kirk's character in the 'Addenda' section. Other fiction and poetry are all competently written. The mimeo reproduction is very readable -- no strain on weak eyes. The illos range from just okay to excellent. The back cover by Joni Wagner is worth the price of the zine by itself -- it's so ALIVE. I caught myself wondering what the Captain has to be so smug about. I recommend this zine to fellow Trekfen, even those who aren't particularly Kirk fans. I'm not, but I still enjoyed it. [1]



  1. ^ from Scuttlebutt #11