Spock Underground

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Title: Spock Underground
Publisher: the fan club of the same name
Editor(s): Carle Johnson
Type: bulletin
Date(s): May 1968-to at least February 1970
Frequency: monthly?
Medium: print
Size: 10 pages
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Spock Underground is a gen Star Trek: TOS bulletin/newsletter/writer's club. It contains fiction, art, and trivia contests. There are at least nine issues, each running about 10 pages each. The print run of some issues as low as 19 and as high as 100.

This group of fans also put out the zine Galileo.

For similar zines of this era, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

About the Club

Mostly for those fans who like to write Star Trek stories, science fiction, poems, etc. Members exchange their works through the mail to receive the comments, praise, or criticisms from other members.

A 1968 Mention

From Chatter Boxes #9 (Summer 1968) where "Spock Underground" is reported to have the "aim of recording "Legends of Spock.":
The 30 members work on these legends, and check each other's stories for 'authenticity' with the aid of their staff of 'authorities.' Some members have chosen such esoteric subjects as 'Vulcan Customs and Traditions,' 'Klingon Studies,' 'Vulcan Glossary,' 'Vulcan Anatomy,' 'Alien Psychology,' and 'Alien Environments,' as well as conventional sciences.

A 2005 Mention

Wow, do you remember "Spock Underground?" (60's hard copy circulation of erotic stories none of the zines would touch, both het and K/S premise)? [snipped] "Spock Underground" --- was a writer's group that circulated 1960's fictions "too hot to handle" for regular fanzines. The "head editor" would ask for a written age statement and leave it at that for membership. The process for these early K/S, or S/BEM, (hehe, that's old SF for "Bug Eyed Monster") fictions was to circulate them in the U.S. "real snail mail" with a "diary" of comments by all members. Each member would read, comment, and pass on and the stories would eventually find their way back to the author with a booklet of reviews. Simply a "hard copy" version of today's on line postings.

The generous exchange in this association was remarkable, and many comments would be as detailed as a college essay, citing line and verse to either praise, or give positive criticism. Not much out-and-out nastiness in hard copy. Some of the authors who participated in those days include some present-day *non-slash* pro-SF female writers --- so I feel a bit unsure about mentioning specifics, except to say that they learned from their first efforts and their passion matured into real professional ability. Hats off to you, ladies. [1]


  1. a comment at Men On Men: Why Do Women Enjoy Slash?