Rising Star (Star Trek: TOS zine)
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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."
- Goodnight, You Moonlight Ladies by Cheryl Rice (Story of Jim Kirk at 12 years of age. It was reprinted very quickly in Osyssey #3) (1)
- Chrysalis by Jacqueline Bielowicz (13)
- Night Creatures by Mandi Schultz (In it, Kodos spares Jim and Sam Kirk's life in return for sex. Reprinted from Alpha Continuum #1. The editor of "Rising Sun" says it was "offered as part of a 'sort of alternate universe' story" in the Diamonds and Rust series.) (24)
- Why the Prime Directive? by Richard Van Treuren (35) (reprinted from Babel #2)
- First Contact by Gerald Roberts and Karen Flanery (43) ("First Contact", the first story in the series, appeared in Time Warp #1 and The Compleat Zeek, and was revised extensively and reprinted in Rising Star, a zine devoted to young Kirk stories. This story has a sequel in Time Warp #2 called "Right of Passage.")
- Endings ... Beginnings by Ronni Sacksteder (66)
- To Launch Without Fear by Kathryn Carter (72)
- The Changes of Time by Eileen Roy (98)
- other illos reprinted from Interphase #4 and Sol Plus #2
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. 
- from Scuttlebutt #11