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Title: Sol Plus
Publisher: T'Kuhtian Press
Editor(s): Jacqueline Bielowicz
Date(s): 1975-1981
Series?:
Medium: print zine, fanfic
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Genre:
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Sol Plus is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology.

It has sister zines (Sol III) and at least one sister filk tape:

  • Sol Plus Special Edition 1: Epilogue
  • Sol Plus Special Edition 2 = ?
  • Sol Plus Special Edition 3 = ?
  • Sol Plus Special Edition 4: The Cosmic Connection, a filk tape and lyric book
  • Sol III

From the Editor Regarding Production Choices

Here is what I want to say about offset vs. mimeo issue... There are three basic reasons I don't use mimeo to produce Sol Plus. First, I don't like mimeo. Oh when it is done by an artist such as [names two zineds], it can be delight. But I am famous... for my incredible inability to handle machines more complicated that a rotary can opener. By the time I mimeoed a zine to a readable state, I would have to charge about $20 a zine to make back my cost. Second, I was the editor of Sol Plus #1 and it was mimeoed. It took [fan's name] two months... about ten hours a day, to print the damn thing... She is also one of infinite patience for a machine that is contrary. I don't. Third, mimeo, in my opinion, just doesn't last, and I'm conceited enough to want my zines to be good to the end of time. [1]

Issue 1

Sol Plus 1 contains 85 pages and was published in 1975. The front cover is by J. Fleming, the interior illos by M. Wallace.

cover of issue #1
  • It by K. Fleming
  • Star Trek Animation: Pro and Con by Karen Fleming (article)
  • The Missing Link by J.W. Randell
  • More Deadly than the Male by K. Fleming (a sequel is in Grup #4)
  • Memories by J. Beilowicz
  • Readers' Reference Guide by Karen Fleming (article)
  • Star Track by M. Wallace
  • Play it Again, Sam by J. Fleming
  • Now There's No More Mornin' Dew by B. Arnold

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This, the first issue of Sol Plus, starts off with a darling little ST story called "It". "It" is the child of Konach diplomats the Enterprise is ferrying, and the story, a happy, low conflict tale, is about the waves "it" makes in the crewmembers' lives. For this tale by Karen Fleming makes Sol Plus a worthwhile buy.

However, Karen's other story, "...More Deadly Than the Male", is a violent tale of Klingons aboard the Enterprise, full of little things that strike me wrong, disappointing after "It". For example, women officers are called "Miss" instead of by their proper titles. And part of the plot is based upon the Klingons believing women are inferior creatures, which seems to go against DAY OF THE DOVE, where Kang's wife Mara was the science officer. And the only way to save the ship, therefore, is by Women's Lib. Interesting characterizations of Uhura and some of the other female personnel, but Spock and McCoy lack vitality (being minor characters).

Jackie Bielowicz's vignette (ST) "Memories" was quite good, accompanied by one of the better illustrations of the zine, done by Mark Wallace. Mark also did some very funny cartoon satires of ST, which I thoroughly enjoyed. General sf is represented by Rosemary Arnold's "Now There's No Mornin' Dew", and "The Missing Link", by J.W. Randell, the latter well written and stylized, but of a worn out plot.

Poetry, fanzine reviews, and some articles round out the issue, balancing it. I'm glad I bought it. [2]

Issue 2

Sol Plus 2 contains 44 pages and was published in March 1976. It has interior illos by Cheree Cargill, J. Cunningham, J. Fleming, N. Gwenther, K. O'Brien, and S'Ki.

cover of issue #2, M. Wallace
  • A Controversial Shade of Green by "S'Ki" (article)
  • On the Job Feigning by S.F. Kimery
  • Star Trek or Star Trick by J.B. Wilson (article)
  • Reunion by J.W. Randell
  • Tribble Dribble by Jackie Bielowicz (article)
  • Contact by J.W. Randell
  • Girl of Your Dreams by Vicki Kirlin
  • Survival by Jackie Bielowicz (McCoy is marooned on a planet with a hostile environment and populated by a savage race. He is helped in his struggle for survival by the mental image of Spock offering his logical advice.) (15 pages)
  • something by Shirley Maiewski

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Photo offset, non-reduced type. This 'zine is very readable — good reproduction, but the artwork is somewhat disappointing, except for the excellent frontspiece. Authors include Vicki Kirlin, Jacqueline Bielowicz, Shirley Maiewski; Hark Wallace's artwork is above average. Sol Plus contains both serious and non-serious Star Trek fiction, some poetry, limericks, graffiti, cartoons, articles (both serious and humorous), and contains a little bit of everything. Most of the fiction is predictable; none of the pieces are very long and the quality varies from pretty good to fair. None are outstanding. The reviewers gave the 'zine a composite score of 7. One reviewer said this 'zine would probably be best for a neofan. I think it's just a little over-priced, but then, it's printed on pretty expensive stock. This was a good effort, and I'd say the editors are off to a good start. [3]
The physical makeup of this zine rates a real A-plus. It is offset (without eye-killing type) on luxurious glossy stock -- a veritable 'Harper's Bazaar' of zines. Its longest and feature item is 'Survival' by Jackie Bielowicz, a well-written tale in which Dr. McCoy, that ultimate pacifist, lost on a primitive planet and facing a foe who is literally 'dead-set' on him, must realize the limits of his philosophy and the predominance of the instinct of self-preservation. It's a real winner. Most-likely-to-hate is an article called 'Star Trek... or Star Trick,' in which the author 'proves' by leaping from a false premise (that military takes orders from diplomats only if they represent a military dictatorship) into a sea of speculation concluding with: the Federation is a military dictatorship. It calls for a cool, politically knowledgeable reply in a future issue. In addition, there are several short stories. Vicki Kirlin's 'A Girl of Your Dreams,' and erotic fever-dream, is still a little unsure in writing style, but has definite talent. 'Reunion' and 'Contact' by J.W. Randall, and 'On the Job Feigning' by Sam Kimery are short-shorts with stings in their tales. There is also some passable to very good poetry and cartoons. This zine's contents is varied and enjoyable. The price is more than reasonable; get this one! [4]
Most of this zine is made up short stories, some serious, some humorous, several poems, including a page of limericks, and quite a few illustrations. The drawings are mostly on the comic book level, but there's a very nice frontispiece by C.T. Cargill in the style of an old woodcut showing what appears to be a medieval monk with Vulcan ears hard at work over his manuscripts. 'The Girl of Your Dreams' has Kirk meeting a beautiful but mysterious woman and falling madly in love with her, under circumstances that suggest he must be dreaming. It's a little to romantic for my taste, and the ending is too predictable. 'Survival' is about McCoy, who gets lost from a landing party on a wild, savage planet, and injured. It tells of his struggle to stay alive, hunted by native cannibals, until he is rescued. Although well-handled, it's a theme which has been pretty well covered in other stories lately, such as 'The Hunted and the Hunters' by Anna Mary Hall in Interphase #1, or 'Trial by Ordeal' in Interphase #2. 'Star Trek -- or Star Trick?' is an article from which I quote: 'What I hope to do here is point out some obvious flaws -- as well as some perhaps less obvious contradictions -- in the so-called" Roddenberry universe"' ... and present an admittedly superficial discourse on what I personally feel is a more likely future...' which he then proceeds to do. I followed willingly enough while he tore the whole ST universe apart, but parted company when he got to his own interpretation of the future. What I don't understand is , are there really fans over the age of twelve who honestly believe that the ST world could be REAL? Verdict: not an outstanding zine, but contains fair to good. Attractive format. [5]
My over-all impression is one of neatness and polish. Though the art and layout need work, the fact that SOL PLUS II is printed on slick paper, has a very finished cover illustration, and is bound with a plastic slip-on grip strip makes for a lovely magazine. Even the typing shows a lot of work and concern for appearance.

The major piece in the zine in terms of content is "Survival" by Jackie. It's the story of a routine survey landing party turned nightmare for Dr. McCoy. While tromping through some ruins, he falls and hits his head sharply. Then, barely conscious, he unknowingly crawls onto a still-active thought-directed teleport plate and is whisked to heaven-knows-where. while the story could have used a little more work, it was still pretty good. As usual, the people of the Enterprise go blundering into danger — otherwise, where would you get much of your excitement? If they were as cautious as a normal person would be, even aside from their superior Starfleet training, the adventures of the Starship Enterprise would be too often dullsville.

There is fl handful of short-short stories, and a scientific article by S'ki explaining that Spock's blood can't really be green. There's also a lengthy article by J.R. Wilson called "Star Trek...or Star Trick?" Wilson cuts down ST because it is supposed to be a "window to the future." He then procedes to visclously examine ST's obvious flaws and contradictions with a vengence. He seems to miss the point that ST is entertainment and not trying to predict the future, Star Trek needed its futuristic setting as a backdrop to say what it wanted to say, but it certainly wasn't Roddenberry's omnisciency look into the future. Anyway, it is presented in SOL PLUS in the spirit of free speech. [6]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, M. Wallace

Sol Plus 3 was published in August 1976 and contains 157 pages. The original price was $4 for club members, $5 in person, $5.50 book rate and $7.50 first class.

The front cover is by M. Wallace, the back cover by A. Duckett, and the interior illos by S. Bielowicz, Cheree Cargill, Amy Falkowitz, J. Fleming, K. O'Brien, Laura Virgil, and Leslie Fish.

  • Tribble Dribble by Jackie Bielowicz (article)
  • Changes by Darlene Fouquet (also in William Shatner Letter Exchange Dec. 74)
  • Cats in the Cradle by R. Hoffman
  • From the Office of M.L. Dodge (article)
  • Manna by J.W. Randell
  • Blood Chemistry and Color by S. Kimmell (article)
  • What is Science Fiction? by S. Kimmel (article)
  • I Am Albert Einstein Anyway by J.R. Wilson (article)
  • Hell Minus Three by J.W. Randell
  • Domestic Scene With Sehlat by Jean Lorrah (also in Archives #1 and NTM Collected)
  • And the Fanzines They Were Free by R. Schultz (article)
  • Hero's Welcome by J. Bielowicz
  • Definition of a Star Trek Fan by A. Kramer (article)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Sol Plus is a big glossy zine available at an outrageous price. Apparently the steep price is justified by the use of slick paper and offset process, but it too bad the price is not justified by Sol's content.

There are many interesting non-fiction articles, including 'And the Fanzines They Were Free,' by Richard Schultz, about the growth of sf fandom. The stories are based on familiar Strek themes and offer nothing new. The exception to this are Rebecca Hoffman's 'The Cat's in the Cradle,' a fun story about a telepathic feline; if not taken too seriously, it can do no harm. There is also Jean Lorrah's 'Domestic Scene with Sehlat,' a pleasant Sarek-Amanda-young Spock tale that could stand some refining but gets its message across. Besides these two fair efforts, the classy paper is wasted on the other major stories. The editor's 'Here's Welcome' is the old 'Kirk wants to quit Starfleet and settle down with sympathetic girl but knows he is tied to the Big E, his only love, coma.' It is predictable from the word 'go' and even the beautifully repro-ed, black beyond belief illos of Andy Duckett can't save it. But despite its overused theme, Jackie shows us she can thread a story together adequately; if only she could come up with some fresh ideas. 'Hell Minus Three.' by J.W. Randell is nothing short of a dull disaster. Presumably, the protagonist is a detective hired by this nut whose wife is a witch, whose brother-in-law is a werewolf, and whose mother-in-law is a vampire. Got that? The poor detective has to kill off each of the critters, described in increasingly gory detail. The ending is too foolish to mention.

The poetry is a bit schmaltzy and overly obvious, but with some beautiful accompanying illos. Patrice Cullen's security officer poem was by far the best, with some semblance of meter, besides the original subject of the unsung S.O. The dramatic quality is heightened by the excellent Leslie Fish illo, who proves she can draw as well as she can sing. Leslie is even given her own filksong showcase from her popular Folk Songs For Folk Who Ain't Even Been Yet. The great, wonderful 'Ballad of Transport 18' is here, along with 'Skybound Blues,' 'Iron Mistress,' and 'Engineer's Hymn.' all nicely illoed by Laura Virgil. 'Iron Mistress' is the best, a finely drawn Kirk in a style much like Faddis and Landon, against a very black, black background. Mark Wallace could be a good cartoonist and should stick to a humorous subject; his illos on 'Domestic Scene' made Sarek and Family look unintentionally comical. Joe Fleming's style is also rough, unrefined and needs more work, as does Amy Falkowitz's who is still too erratic to judge. The good-looking Stan Bielowicz illo suffers from a photo-in moon which sits there like a moldy Sunkist orange. The cover is a big mess and looks like someone had an accident with a spray gun. A cover by Virgil or Bielowicz would have been more appropriate.

No one can deny SP3's fine printing job, with a few fade-outs and a very clear type, with an average number of typos. Some of the illos faded badly and were messily cut-out, however. It is unfortunate that the quality of the material does not live up to its classy appearance. There are many budding talents here who would benefit from some more experience in less expensive surroundings. Printed with less extravagant process, the content could be quietly written of as Basic-Blah-Zine 101, but in bold black type Sol Plus 3 glaringly displays its own faults and weaknesses; it is done in by its own deceptive appearance. A more careful, selective editing job would have reduced the price and increased the enjoyment. Getting 'carried away' is no excuse for the unjustified high price. Perhaps in the future issues, cooler heads will prevail and get SP off its undeserved high horse and back on steadier, if less pretentious ground.[7]
This would be an excellent zine if only it didn't cost so damn much [$5.50]. The print is unreduced, the art is clear except for a tendency for the smaller lines to smear. The who thing is extremely readable, in fact wastefully so. The same material could have been presented at half the price, even if not as spread out or on slick paper. Beyond that the contents are good. The art is competent, though nothing is generally outstanding... All in all, a better than average zine that is awfully expensive. [8]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Mike Wallace
back cover of issue #4, Joe Flemming

Sol Plus 4 was published in 1977 and contains 100 pages. Cover: Mark Wallace; back cover: Joe Fleming. Art & illustrations: Cheree Cargill, Leslie Fish, Joe Fleming, Signe Landon, Gee Moaven, Jim Rogers, Mark Walace, Edmond Walzer.

The editor notes in Implosion #6 that she has over 100 SASES inquiring about the release of this issue.

  • Editorial: Tribble Dribble (iii)
  • You Are My Son (poem) by Brian Gray (1)
  • Kemper County Co-op by Stephen Kimmel (non-ST SF) (3)
  • How to Get from Here to There in Nothing Flat, or, Can somebody Tell Me What the Hell I'm Talking About by J.R. Wilson (9)
  • It All Began With... by Frances Zawacky (12)
  • Graffiti (13)
  • Among the Ways to Babel by Jean Lorrah (NTM story; reprinted in NTM Collected #1) (14)
  • Treklett Showcase by Mark Wallace (45)
  • Sundered Duties by Jacqueline Bielowicz, Linda Deneroff and Frances Zawacky (Kraith story) (47) (also in Probe #9 and Kraith Collected #6)
  • Alas, Babylon by Sandra Gent (79)
  • Point-Counterpoint by J.R. Wilson & Stephen Kimmel (editorials on strengths and weaknesses of Star Trek) (81)
  • Computer Fireflies by Stephen Kimmel (non-ST SF) (88)
  • Sensor Readings (93)
  • You're Getting This Because (99)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

An above-average zine (at times, far above). A marvelous Jean Lorrah story; a mixture of SF with ST vignettes, poems, etc, enjoyable all. 'It All Began WIth...' (poem) and 'Computer Fireflies' (short story) in particular were amusing and good... All in all a zine well worth the money. Very enjoyable. [9]
This is a fine general STAR TREK/Sci-Fi zine with a fairly polished look with a leaning toward Vulcan. There are only two stories of any length or import, but both are engrossing and entertaining. There are also two short stories, some very funny humor, and several interesting articles.

"Among The Ways to Babel", by Jean Lorrah and part of her NTM universe. As the title implies this story picks up with a repeat, and some amplification, of the action at the end of the aired episode, "Journey to Babel", and continues from there. Jean Lorrah has a deft, knowledgeable hand with the characters of Sarek and Amanda, and in this sotory she also gives us a few insights Into her conception of Spock. The major portion of the story deals with Amanda's mental review of the events (including the Season for their absencefrom Spock*s marriage) leading up to Sarek's collapse on the ENTERPRISE and the ever widening gap they had caused between she and her husband. Amanda is definitely the main figure In the plot, and her character is extremely well drawn and fleshed out. The most engrossing scene has to be a mindmeld linking Sarek, Amanda and Spock which Is realistic and suspenseful. The author never minimizes the problems still to be faced by Sarek and Amanda in their relationship. Indeed, she leaves the door open for future stories on the subjects however, the overall tone of the story, especially the ending, is upbeat and hopeful with flashes of humor. This is easily the best offering in the zine.

"Sundered Duties", by Jacqueline Bielowicz, Linda Deneroff, and Frances Zawacky. A fascinating, often sobering, lock at the events leading up to Spock's decision to enter Star-fleet Academy and his leaving to do so. This is a KRAITH universe story, so anti-KRAITH people be warned. The story is not overloaded with Kraith words or ideas, and those used are fairly self-explanatory. If anything, a first time reader might get interested In investigating KRAITH more closely. It is well written with good characterization, flows smoothly, and holds the reader's attention throughout. It is not perhaps an "enjoyable" story, but it is certainly an interesting, engrossing one. The action builds inevitably and believably to the story's conclusion, ana the last scene leaves the reader eager for more while satisfied with what has been read.

"Kemper County Co-op", non-TREK, by Stephen Kimmel, Standard Sci-Fi, but still nicely written with a few good touches, including an ending that, while not completely unexpected, still manages some emotional clout. "Computer Fireflies", Non-TREK, by Stephen Kimmel. A humorous, lightweight, totally irrelevant to anything, but very enjoyable story, and a welcome break from the more weighty matters of life. "Point-GounterPoint", by J.H. Wilson & Steve Kimmel. Concerns their widely differing views on the strengths and weaknesses of STAR TREK. The editors make it clear they are not, starting a town meeting on the subject but short comments are welcome. Both sides are clearly thought out and present interesting, if opposite, views of the same subject.

Artwork is not overabundant in the zine, but what is there is very good, especially the portraits illustrating "Sundered Duties". There is also a spattering of humor and humorous graffiti that is overall very funny and the cartoons are well drawn. "You Are My Son", by Brian Gray is a fluid, powerful poem, melancholy in tone, with a memorable last stanza and a beautiful illo to enhance its strength.

The layout is generally good. The printing is clear, easy to read, with no wasted space good reading and worth its price. Considering the general high quality of the fiction and non-fiction in this issue I would not hesitate to recommend it or future issues other friends and fans. [10]

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Mark Wallace
back cover of issue #5, Dennis Drew

Sol Plus 5 was published in July 1978 and contains 108 pages. Cover: Mark Wallace; back cover: Dennis Drew. Art & illustrations: Cheree Cargill, Dennis Drew, Gayle F, Joe Fleming, Brad Frank, Sheila Hallman, Amy Harlib, Mark Shepherd, Marty Siegrist, Laurraine Tutahasi, Anji Valenza, Laura Virgil, Mark Wallace.

The editorial:
You think this is late, don't you? You're wrong. The other three issues were early. If we get this out on our present schedule, this, too, will be early by on month. In case you guys haven't figured it out yet (and we have figured it out), we have printed (not including this issue) 549 pages since February, 1976 (Jackie, that makes my finger stubs hurt). Therefore, after this issue, we are going to take a very, very minute vacation. So don't expect issue six before February, 1979.

Concerning submissions to Sol Plus, as of this time we have issue six filled except we need one medium article and, of course, artwork. We are especially interested in getting a really spiffy front and back cover. For issue seven, we have all the science fiction we need, but are in desperate need of Star Trek, along with the usual poems, articles, etc., etc. Deadline for #6 is November 1, 1978. Deadline for #7 will be announced in six. The main reason we are taking a vacation is to build up our Star Trek stockpile. Another reason si that when you finish one issue and immediately start on another, it is no longer a hobby, it is a pain in the ass. So we will use the time to recharge our enthusiasm batteries, so to speak. For the multitudes who have already asked, there will be no Epilogue 3. Jean has finished this series and if you want any more, you can write it yourself. However, that does not mean that we will not be doing a Special Edition #3. It will probably come out after issue 5 so we will have more information in that issue. Submissions for this special edition are now being taken. What we wan tis a novel length Star Trek work. Violence and explicit sex and vulgar language will be considered only if it is an integral part of the story. We are interested only in quality writing, not Star Trek exploitation, or immature sex fairy tales, and please, no Star Wars.

In the last issue, we failed to list the addresses of two 'zines who were kind enough to allow us to reprint some of their material. We would like to rectify this error and once again thank the editors for their kindness.
  • Tribble Dribble (editorial) (iii)
  • Ode to Mary Sue by D.K. Brewer (1)
  • Alter Egos by Nancy (2)
  • The Last Unicorn by Sheila T. Hallman (4)
  • So Dime It Flickers Blue by Randy Vereyken (10)
  • Note: by Mark Wallace (11)
  • Miss-Match by Nancy (13)
  • Tiger, Be! by Diane Tessman (15)
  • 4 Poems by Mark Shepherd (30)
  • The Rule of the Dead in Vulcan culture by Karen Fleming (33)
  • Mechanomorphosis by Joseph Cown (37)
  • Future Shock by D.K. Brewer (54)
  • Showcase: Brad Frank (56)
  • Graffiti (60)
  • Trekletts by Mark Wallace (61)
  • Stardrifter by Randy Vereyken (63)
  • In Prinipio by Beverly Clark (65)
  • OKon '77 Postcard Auction stories (67)
    • The Hand of Venca by Wilson "Bob" Tucker
    • The Rite of Passage by R.A. Lafferty
    • The Daily Planet by Jim Rogers
    • Putting on the Bite by Lee Killough
    • Ghengis Con by Gary Phillips
  • Bridge Between Souls by Karen Fleming (reprinted from R & R #4) (72)
  • Point-counterpoint by J.R. Wilson & Stephen Kimmel (86)
  • Mnemosyne by Mark Shepherd (95)
  • Sensor Readings (104)

Reacations and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for Bridge Between Souls.
[zine]: The editorial contains a policy statement and a listing of what the editors are, and are not, looking for in submissions. The remainder of the zine is taken up with a variety of material: poetry, puzzles, non-fiction, articles, fiction, and artwork. One story is reprinted from R & R #4 and one illustration is reprinted from the Interphase calendar. A special bonus is the inclusion of material by pro science fiction writers (Tucker, Lafferty, Rogers, Killough, and Phillips). This issue contains a little something for everyone and is printed offset on sturdy paper with (miracle of miracles!) unreduced type. Easy on the eyes, enjoyable reading. [11]
[zine]: Best two stories are "Tiger Be" where a young and unsure and guilt-ridden Kirk finds peace after he sets free a rare sabreenian tiger. This freeing his own psyche to grow into the man we know. "Bridge Between Souls" is another version of Spock/Christine's eternal dilemma with the usual results. I like Mark Wallace's illustrations. He has a devilish sense of fun with certain 'sacred cows.' [12]

Issue 6/7

Sol Plus 6/7 was published in October 1979 and 160 pages. It was a flip-over zine combining two issues.

The editor writes in an ad: "Two for the price of one! Sol Plus is going to a whole new format, mimeo with some offset art. This way we hope to give the same great issue at half the price. In Sol Plus #6 there is fiction by Steven Kimmell and Ann Bagley. In Sol Plus #7, there is fiction by Sarah Hood and Joy Wilson, to name a few." [13]

cover of issue #6/7, the #7 cover of this flip-over zine, Laura Virgil
Laura Virgil

Contents of #6:

  • art by Stan Bielowicz, Cheree Cargill, Gordon Carleton, ERIC, Brad Frank, Mark Shepherd, Laura Virgil, Mark Wallace, ZACK, Bev Zuck.
  • Editorial: Tribble Dribbles (iii)
  • This is Not For Me by Gene Delapenia (1)
  • Lot's Wife by Rebecca Ross (McCoy is about to start his autopsy on the salt monster when he realizes the creature is not dead.) (2)
  • Little Green Men by Randy Vereyken (10)
  • Finagle's Folly by Nancy (11)
  • The Sanctuary by K. Lee Killough (12)
  • Infared Cosmos by Randy Vereyken (30)
  • Banshee by Sarah Hood (32)
  • Answer to Puzzle (60)
  • Tomorrow & Tomorrow by Ann Bagley (62)
  • art by Mark Wallace (66)
  • Spacefighter by Charlie S. McCue (68)
  • Trekletts by Mark Wallace (88)
  • You Are Getting This Because (90)
  • Tradrotriticale Stew (91)

Contents of #7:

  • art by Cheree Cargill, Raynette Dodge, ERIC, Joe Fleming, Brad Frank, Mary Ellen Matyi, Laura Virgil, Mark Wallace, and ZACK.
  • Editorial: Tribble Dribbles (iii)
  • Ode from a Forgotten Star: Beta Niobe by Lucy Tuttle (1)
  • Aionaarap by H. Patrick Killough (2)
  • Kraith Portfolio by Gene Delapenia (14)
    • Uhura
    • S'Darmeg
    • Spock
  • First Duty by Stephen Kimmel (18)
  • Maze-Word by Nancy (31)
  • Illusion by Lucy Tuttle (33)
  • Code Name: Tunnel by Robert Teeple (34)
  • Trekkie... Trekkie... What is a Trekkie? by Jacqueline Bielowicz (58) (reprinted from "Crudzine" #2, editor Mike Rogers)
  • Answer to Puzzle (61)
  • To Find an Answer by Joy Wilson (64)
  • Sensor Readings (77)
  • Graffiti (80)
  • Tradrotriticale Stew (82)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6/7

Sol Plus 6/7 features a new format, mimeo/offset, which, according to the editorial, cut the price and doubled the problems. It's a nice mimeo, though, and 172 pages makes the price reasonable. The zines are flip-flopped back to back like an old Ace Double and beware the staples. You may yet have two individual zines! There is an amazing variety in the contents: stories, poems, art, non-fiction, SF and Trek, Kraith and Nivens universes, and even a K/S story. No one story stands above the others as clearly superior and there are too many to go over each story. My favorites: "The Sanctuary" SF by K. Lee Killough. I won't give away the plot because of the nice twist at the end. 'The Banshee' by Susan Hood could have been aired Trek. It is a complete with problem-adventure-rescue, a humorous sick-bay wrap-up, and nice art by Bev Zuk. If you have a little extra money this month, try this one. It isn't the best zine Sol Plus has ever produced, but there is something for everyone, and the price is right. [14]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Mike Wallace

Sol Plus 8 is a collection of 20 stories and poems. It was published in March 1981 and is 134 pages long. It is an all-Trek issue and contains eight stories. The front cover is by Mike Wallace. Other art by B.P. Gordon, Cheree Cargoll, Beverly Clark, ERIC, Dixie Gay, Ben Hopkins, Sue Klasky, Christine Myers, Gerald Peel, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Ann Shelby, Marty Siegrist, and Mark Wallace.

  • Editorial, Tribble Dribbles (iii)
  • Botony Bay by Gene Delapenia (1)
  • The Testimony of Thomas Wiggins by Stephen Kimmel (When dreams become too real for life... or death.) (2)
  • Exercitation on Enhanced Chronometry Utilizing Hydrogen Maser Technology by J.R. Wilson (11)
  • The Ballad of Capricorn One by Cheryl J. White (14)
  • Romulan Maze, puzzle by Marie Blair (16)
  • In the Dark Empty Blackness by Hermine L. Woelke (17) (The crew of the Enterprise stage a mutiny... sort of.)
  • The Burning House by Gene Delapenia (27)
  • Trekletts by Mark Wallace (28)
  • Icarus, Descended by Deborah Lymon (32)
  • Court Martial Offense... With Honors by Nancy Munden (Riley and Scotty against a Klingon ship. Too bad the Klingons didn't have better odds.) (33)
  • Maze, puzzle by Pat Grant (61)
  • Amanda by Gene Delepenia (62)
  • Prologue by B.W. Hopkins (63)
  • Word Hunt, puzzle by Pat Grant (76)
  • Untitled by Gene Delapenia (77)
  • Earthfall by Susan Farrell (A fond Auld Lang Syne. We follow McCoy and his friends as they return the Enterprise to Earth at the end of the 5 year mission.) (79)
  • Ni Var by Jeanne Cloud (92)
  • Words? Words? Words? by Nancy (94)
  • The Idleness of Astronomy by Michael White (95)
  • My Brother Cain by Sarah Hood (McCoy gets his chance to meet an emotional Vulcan, and is sorry he asked. McCoy and Spock become the prisoner of the Vulcan Sinnok who is a dangerous throwback, and determined to kill them.) (99)
  • Sensor Readings (131)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

It had a you are getting this because section, something I had not seen since the early days of fanzines. Even Devra, who had originated the idea in Star Trek fanzines, did not include the checklist anymore. [15]
As far as tone and outlook go, the stories in this zine are similar to many of the original ST episodes: optimistic, a bit simplistic, easy to digest. The only thing wrong with them -- and with the original episodes like 'Squire of Gothos' and 'The Alternative Factor' -- is that their creators wouldn't or couldn't strive for better than two-dimensional plots and characters. Take 'Court Martial Offense.' Nancy Munden postulates a world whose inhabitants are threatened by starvation and crowding because of over-population... but [the author's] knowledge of science and human nature is rather limited... 'The good part of 'Prologue' is its O'Henry ending; I hadn't seen it coming, yet the groundwork for it was laid all the way through.... 'In the Dark Empty Blackness of...' ... everyone should read this one -- not only is it a perfect pip of a story, but it points out gently and humorously what so often goes wrong in writing a fan story, and how to avoid some of the traps. It does this by having Kirk and Co. kibitz over the writing of the very story they're in, giving critical analysis and raising objections over impossible timings or silly characterization. In so doing, they're more 3-D than the characters of many a story... 'My Brother Cain' is a something of a throwback, if not only by intention, to the elder days of treklit when get-Spocks were rife... The story is not awful, but there's not a whole lot of insight in it except for Sinnock's pathetic pride in the Old Ones of Pre-Reform Times. [16]
...On the whole I was a bit surprised by the zine. Leafing through it idly when it arrived in the mail, I didn't expect anything of great interest although there was a great variety of pieces -- poetry, artwork, puzzles, cartoons, and a good selection of short stories. It looked like just the kind of relaxed reading one would welcome on a quiet rainy day, and I saved it for exactly that.

I always read the poetry first! It seems to set a precedent for the rest of a publication and as I discovered with SOL PLUS #8, suggested a quality that would hold my interest throughout the entire volume, all 134 pages. One particular piece of artwork caught my attention on page 78, an illustration for the story "Earthfall" by Susan Farrell. The artwork, consisting of a very nice profile of the Big Three, was done by one Marty Siegrist and, in my opinion, should have been on the cover! Very nice, indeed. And the story matched the illo. Briefly, it covered the last day on the Enterprise at the end of the five year mission. It includes some classic poetry and some soulful reflections that made for some very good reading. But: back to the poetry: one selection, "Ni Var" by Jeanne Cloud, was done in calligraphy and Sue Klasky's expertise lent a dream-like aura to the chilling message enclosed. Surprisingly enough, the poem "Botany Bay" leaped out at me from the first page, and I wondered if the author, Gene S. Delapenia had known something the rest of us hadn't? The story material is varied, humorous, serious, sad, and nostalgic. My favorite would have to be "My Brother Cain" by Sarah Hood. A strange Vulcan is discovered on a distant planet named Oribi II and although he claims never to have met Spock before, McCoy is disturbed by the fear in the strangers eyes. Ultimately, McCoy and Spock are trapped on the planet with the Vulcan, Salas, and the two aliens face off in a deadly confrontation. The story was well written in straight-forward style with excellent descriptive passages as well as a suspenseful chase to cap the climax, although one of the other stories is longer, I found this one to be more reflective of original Trek and its characters. There are two somewhat technical shorts on time computation and Black holes which are interesting and informative if given serious consideration. But the first story, "The Testimony of Thomas Wiggans" will leave you with the hair raising on the back of your neck. It is not set in a Trek universe but rather in dream universe, the likes of which will keep you thinking for days. Its theme deals with the dream/reality theory which has been raised by poets and authors over the centuries, and Stephen Kimmel presents his version most interestingly.

The zine is attractive, well done with few errors despite the ed's apology, and I think due praise should go to "The Great Broads of the Galaxy" who did the collating and all the rest involved in assembling and polishing. The zine seems to come out yearly as a result of some very dedicated teamwork. [17]
"Court Martial Offense" is another good Scotty story -- featuring a journey to the 20th century style -- Dracos IV, Kevin Riley, and Klingons. Scotty and Kevin break the rules but defeat the bad guys with some feminine help out risk court martial for breaking the Prime Directive. "Prologue" gives us the first glimpse of McCoy and "My Brother Cain" is one of the closest versions of a Vulcan reversal to barbarism and the loneliness of banishment I have read. Salas/Sinnock is not a nice person but we can feel sympathy for his loneliness but not his methods of ending it. Well written and characterised. This issue also features poetry by Gene Delpenia and Jeannie Cloud, illustrations from Mark Wallace and B.A. Clark enhance the stories. [18]

Issue 9

Sol Plus 9 was planned to be published in 1986 or after. However, according to the editor, the final issue never reached publication.[19]}}

"Stories by Thorn, Humphrey, Farrell, more -- McCoy must choose between his daughter's safety and Federation safety; Sarek's dead and Amanda is mourning -- can Spock balance Vulcan tradition with her needs?; How did Scotty's grandmother get a communicator from a six foot leprechaun? Art by Carleton, Crouch, Myers, Jaeger, Hedge. Trekletts by Wallace, poetry by Patt, Nevins, Cloud, Cargill. Articles and more." (from an ad in Datazine #42)

References

  1. from Implosion #6
  2. from The Clipper Trade Ship #6 (1975)
  3. from Fanzine Review 'Zine
  4. from The Halkan Council #18
  5. from The Halkan Council #19
  6. from Stardate #8
  7. From The Halkan Council #23
  8. from Menagerie #11
  9. from Scuttlebutt #2
  10. from Delta Triad #4
  11. from Scuttlebutt #9
  12. from Beyond Antares #30/31
  13. from an ad in Datazine #1
  14. from Datazine #3
  15. from Boldly Writing
  16. from Warped Space #46
  17. from TREKisM #26
  18. from Beyond Antares #30/31
  19. Email from Jackie Bielowicz to Morgan Dawn dated June 7, 2015.