Tal-Shaya (US Star Trek: TOS zine)

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Title: Tal-Shaya
Publisher: Postal Instant Press, the reboot issue by Falcon Press
Editor(s): Cheree Cargill, Laura Virgil
Date(s): 1973-1978, 2012
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS with some Doctor Who
Language: English
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Tal-Shaya is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology with six issues.

The editor remembers: "I have fond memories of the first zine I ever did -- a little Star Trek zine called Tal-Shaya which ran about 50 pages (non-reduced) and which cost me $200 to have printed." [1]

Issue 1

Tal-Shaya 1 was published in October 1973 (reprinted in December 1973?) and contains 52 pages.

cover of issue #1

In an ad in A Piece of the Action #8, the editor writes: "I don't think anyone will be too disappointed in it." Its cost was $1.25, and it was printed offset.

  • Incident of the Oiseau d'Or by Kay Bradford and Cheree Cargill
  • fiction, some by Diana Hall
  • a ten-page cartoon supplement called "The Adventures of Super Vulcan"
  • a trivia test
  • a Vulcan glossary and alphabet

Issue 2

Tal-Shaya 2 was published in was published in 1974 and contains 50 pages. It was edited by Laura Virgil and Cheree Cargill.

front cover of issue #2
back cover of issue #2, Laura Virgil
  • Scripts That Didn't Quite Make It N.G. Nieling
  • Star Tripe (cartoon) by Robert Faires and Len Calder
  • New Ways by Jackie Bielowicz
  • Charisma by Cheree Townsend

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Compared to Tal Shaya #1, this issue doesn't make the same impression, but it is still a good issue. The reproduction tends to fade in parts, nothing too serious. The worst mistake in make-up is that the cartoon section is printed too close to the edge of the paper, making it difficult to re-bind. Cheree had this problem in the first issue, and it is to be hoped she can solve this before the next issue. The contents ran from good to horrible. There is a story ('Charisma') by Cheree that read very well, but could have used a touch more tension. The title character comes out slightly flat. The small cartoons are funny, though not classics. The large cartoon section ('Star Tripe') by Robert Faires and Len Calder was terrible. It tried to cram too much into too little space and ended with a fussy, over-crowded appearance. There were some funny lines it, but they tended to get lost. The artwork was generally very good, and I fell in love with the frontispiece. My only complaint is that you could go blind trying to find the title on the front cover. Over all, this is an enjoyable zine unless you are a very picky reader. [2]

Issue 3

backcover of Tal-Shaya #3 by Chree Cargill
front cover of Tal-Shaya #3 by Laura Virgil

Tal-Shaya 3 was published in August 1974 or 1976 [3] and has 56 pages. Cover by Laura Virgil, backcover by Cheree Cargill, interior art & illustrations by Laura Virgil, Cheree Cargill, Gee Moaven, Katy Wilson, Linda Cappel.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for How Long the Night, How Bright the Stars.
[I'm Not Dead Yet]: McCoy is suffering and hiding his xenopolycythemia symptoms, while his lab crew is working on some mysterious experiment - which, of course, turns out to be the cure, revealed at a party for him. Nice little vignette. [4]
[A Touch of Love]: Despite McCoy's insistence that Spock is brain-dead after an encounter with the mind-sifter, Chapel demands to accompany Spock to a hospital on Vulcan, and convinces a telepathic healer to keep trying for contact, which ultimately succeeds in recovering his mind from its retreat. A little sappy, but an okay read. [5]

Issue 4

Issue 4 was published in April 1977 and contains 50 pages. The art is by Laura Virgil, Cheree Cargill, Cheryl Frashure, Linda Cappel, and Darlene Johnson.

front cover of issue #4
back cover of issue #4, Cheree Cargill
  • Editor's Page by the resident Druids (4)
  • Parting Ways by Cheree Cargill (8)
  • An Unspoken Word, poem by Bonnie Guyan (10)
  • Consider the Possibilities by Laura Virgil (11)
  • Fleurs du Mal by Cheryl Rice (16)
  • An Evening Prayer by Bonnie Guyan (McCoy's bedtime prayers.) (27)
  • Song by Katy Wilson (28)
  • Fun with Your New Tongue (34)
  • Aliens' Wear Daily by Linda Cappel (35)
  • The Blooded Flame by Jacqueline Bielowicz (43)
  • Untitled by Laura Virgil (49)
  • A Klingon Zodiac (50)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5 Cheree Cargill
interior art #5,Cheree Cargill
interior art #5,Cheree Cargill
interior art #5,Cheree Cargill

Tal-Shaya 5 was published in December 1978, printed offset and contains 90 pages. "Make star peace, not star wars." Cover art by Cheree Cargill. Portfolio by Linda Cappel. Other art by Laura Virgil, Cheree Cargill, and Guy Clayton Brownlee. It was the last issue.

  • A Note From the Bridge
  • Two Poems by Bonnie Guyan
  • Jackie's Mary Sue by Jacqueline Bielowicz
  • Scenes We'd Like to See
  • The Ancient Flame by Cheryl Rice
  • McCoy's Lament by Bonnie Guyan (McCoy reflects on his life in Georgia, and on the life and times of his father.) (1 page)
  • Hippocrates Was a Healer by Bev Clark. (McCoy is called to the planet Hippocrates to investigate the miraculous cure of a terminally ill scientist. He claims to have been cured by a 'deity' of some type belonging to the planet. McCoy is skeptical until his own experiences on the planet.) (16 pages)
  • Seasons' Processional (interior illustrations) by Linda Cappel
  • My Heart, My Soul, But Not My Life by Bonnie Guyan. How far will Christine go to possess Spock?

Issue 6 Tal Shaya Reboot

cover of issue #6

Tal Shaya Reboot was published in 2012 and contains 145 pages. It contains some adult themes, but no same sex material and nothing is explicit. This is a gen/het zine with a general rating of about GP-13. Most of the stories revolve around Spock and Christine, although there are more general ST stories, too. It was edited by Cheree Cargill. Printed photocopy, GBC bound. Art by Kaz and Laura Quiles.

  • Spock by Ruby Moon-Houldson (fiction)
  • Forbidden by Saidicam29 (fiction)
  • My Vulcan Friend by Ruby Moon-Houldson (fiction)
  • Seeking Solace by Saidicam29 (fiction)
  • After the Fire, Before the Flame by Jade Nocturnius (fiction) (nominated for 2013 FanQ)
  • Reldai by Saidicam29 (fiction)
  • Consequences by Mary Schuttler (fiction) (nominated for 2013 FanQ)
  • In the Aftermath by Aconitum Napellus (fiction) (nominated for 2013 FanQ)


  1. from How to Do a Zine
  2. from a review in The Halkan Council #11 (October 1975)
  3. 1974 according to the story "I'm Not Dead Yet" online note, 1976 according to Halliday's Zinedex.
  4. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex
  5. from Karen Halliday's Zinedex