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Zine
Title: Star Trek Adventure
Publisher: ELL/TEE Services Unlimited
Editor(s): D.J. Wheeler, editor
Date(s): 1975
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: Star Trek LCARS Book Database
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Star Trek Adventure is a gen 76-page anthology of fiction by D.J. Wheeler. On the cover: "5 Stories reprinted from the Archives' Log." Size: over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

Contents

  • Uhuru's Friend (reprinted from Archives' Log v.2 n.6 and (reprinted from Archives' Log v.1 n.7)
  • The Essential Sulu (McCoy reports to a medical convention on an 'essence' transplant between Sulu and a nit-picking ensign.) (reprinted from Archives' Log v.1 n.8)
  • Scotty and the Children (reprinted from Archives' Log v.1 n.5, reprinted in The Best of Scotty)
  • Mr. Oday and Mr. Spock
  • Chekov: The Story of Sutt (Chekov's first command assignment lands him on a planet ruled by large praying mantis-type insects.)

From the Author

Because it is so much connected with the Star Trek Archives, I was asked to give some background on Star Trek Adventure, a collection of five Star Trek stories written by me. They previously ran in the September 1975 through June 1975 issues of the ARCHIVES LOG. In the order written, they feature Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Spock, and Chekov.

"Scotty and the Children", the first one written, was started by a meeting of Star Trek Archives in the spring of 1974. Someone suggested providing James Doohan, (Scotty on Star Trek) with material for a monolog. What I wrote turned into a plot narrated by Scotty. In it he tells how he had to take command of the ship when Kirk and Spock were transformed into mischievous children. Young Kirk refuses to turn over voice-print control, even when an enemy ship threatens them. (The material wasn't taken up by Mr. Doohan, but the LOG printed a story version of it.)

It seemed fun at this point to take up another supporting character and make a plot centering around him or her. What followed was the story "The Essential Sulu", told by Dr. McCoy. Illness and space phenomena make Sulu lose his "essence", just when he's most needed as the only man who can pilot the ship back through the galactic barrier. Each of the bridge crew — Kirk, Spock, and so on, under a system McCoy has set up, attempts an electronic essence-link with Sulu. The results are unexpected.

"Mr. Oday and Mr. Spock" is told by Spock. Oday, a ship's passenger, is the finest composer of music in the galaxy. However, he's scatterbrained in practical matters. He gets Spock and McCoy into some dangerous spots. As Spock tries to fight the danger, his admiration for the musician is at war with his exasperation at him.

"Uhura's Friend" tells of a big handsome merchant who has some kind of hold over Uhura. On ship his acts put him under suspicion, and Uhura as well. She is caught double-crossing Kirk. The suspects' conversation is monitored by Spock, who goes from annoyance to near rage at the way they outwit him, until all the facts are known.

In "Chekov: A Story of Sutt", the ensign is on his own on the planet Sutt, being entrusted by Kirk with a command assignment. He hopes to do well. However, among the insect people on Sutt, Chekov meets an unusual child. The events that follow this meeting lead to an ordeal he will never forget. [1]

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Reactions and Reviews

These are 5 stories written by D.J. Wheeler that originally appeared in the ARCHIVE'S LOG, Sept. 1974 through June 1975. Mostly, the stories are rather good, and a credit to fan fiction, though a couple are not so good. But what really turns me on is the idea of fan-produced anthologies of the better fan fiction. And this book is done very well.

The first story, "Scotty and the Children, n has the Chief Engineer trying to command the ship by himself because a Klingon spy has regressed the mentalities of Kirk and Spock with a wierd sonic whistle. Scotty is confronted with equipment failures and Klingons, yet is helpless because virtually everything in the ship is voice-coded to Kirk's voice. And Kirk is busy being a spoiled brat. While imaginative, this was not the best piece to have put first. The quality of the writing isn't too bad, but the story suffers because of the absurd story premise. I mean, really — Scotty playing the bagpipes to reverse the regression? The second story, however, is much more sophisticated and is probably the best piece in the book. "Uhuru's Friend" has the Lt.'s brother coming aboard the Enterprise on a secret mission to thwart an attempt to destroy the ship. Internal story logic is good, conversation flows well. There is a finely wroght plot twist, and the episode ends on a light notei the siblings fooled every attempt by Spock and the ship's computers to decode the secret language Uhura and her brother sometimes used - it was a private language the two had invented as children. In other words, "kid-talk."

"The Essential Sulu" is a story told by Doc McCoy about a situation in which the safety of the chip in a crisis is dependent on the good Lt. It seems the ship is thrown into non-space just as Sulu suffers a relapse of a rare disease, causing him to lose hold of his sense of personal identity. And Sulu has just returned from a planet-side training session where he picked up the technique for piloting the ship during just such a crisis. The tension builds well, and good empathy is created. "Mr. Oday and Mr. Spock" — a story told from the viewpoint of Mr. Spock. It's difficult to relate a story as told by Spock, but this one succeeds well. "Chekov: A Story of Sutt" is a sensitive piece that centers on the young Russian. It builds nicely to a climax, and is a fine SF story in its own right. It is the most evocative piece in this collection.

This is really a handsome book. The repro is perfect, there are a number of superbly done photos, and layout is very good. It's a unique end individual publication—something any collector would be proud to own. [2]
This consists of 5 Star Trek Stories - MR. ODAY AND MR. SPOCK; UHURA'S FRIEND; THE ESSENTIAL SULU; SCOTTY AND THE CHILDREN; AND CHEKOV: A STORY OF SUTT. These stories are by D.J. Wheeler, an author who has also written for BELLEROPHON. D.J. Wheeler is an exceptionally talented author who has the knack for bringing the Star Trek characters alive. She knows what each character would or would not do; say or not say and her stories are very enjoyable to read. [3]

References

  1. from Archives' Log v.2 n.9
  2. from Stardate #8
  3. from Bellerophon v.1 n.3