The Captain's Woman

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Title: The Captain's Woman
Publisher: BaReMi Press
Editor(s): Barbara Setzer and Rena Leith Weber (#1), Barbara Setzer, Rena Leith Weber and M. Rightor (#2), Rena Leith Weber (#3)
Date(s): 1980-1981
Series?: yes
Medium: print zine, fanfic
Genre: het and gen
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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The Captain's Woman is a het and gen Star Trek: TOS anthology with three issues.

a 1980 flyer, click to enlarge

From Datazine #3: "A trekzine devoted to action, adventure, and love, not necessarily in that order. In the tradition of passionate romance, swashbuckling epics, pulse pounding suspense, and heart-rending drama."

A Gateway for One Fan

A Star Trek fan named Marnie S. talked about this zine in a 2012 interview. Her comments give her opinion about this zine, but more importantly, illustrate the isolation and difficulties some fans had in finding fandom and fanworks:
We lived way out in the country, we lived behind a farm, I had very little close contact with — I had no contact with fandom per se, with a young child and one car. So if I wanted a car, I had to drive my husband into work for an hour, and then home, and then back, to pick him up, and so it was not something that you would do willingly, and who was going to watch the baby? So, I did not have that contact until some years later, when we lived in Texas. We had moved down to Texas. And the first movie came out, there was a resurgence, my first son was — my second son was born, and I — they had a mommy and me type — a mommy drop-off. We lived, again, out in the boonies, in the outskirts of Round Rock, Texas. But they had a thing where in the morning you could take your young child and drop them off for three hours, and I had three hours to— free! Haahh! So I would drive into Austin, and find the science fiction bookstore, and had my entry, and they happened to have a fanzine from a local Texas fan, The Captain's Woman. (whispered) Oh, bleah. (laughter) (whispered) Bad. (speaking) It was, wow! The quintessential Mary Sue zine. However, it just whet my appetite. I had before that, at the science fiction bookstore, found the novelizations of the original episodes, you remember all those, and the animateds. [1]

Issue 1

The Captain's Woman 1 was published in February 1980 (second printing in September 1980) and contains 103 pages long. Art is by Rena Leith, Bonnie Reitz, Barbara J. Setzer, and Jean Setzer.

It was edited by Barbara Setzer and Rena Leith Weber.

front cover of issue #1, -- "I believe this zine was the first fanzine to feature a true 4-color cover." [2]
back cover of issue #1, B. Setzer
  • Revenge Is Sweet Part (part 1) by Barbara J. Setzer (Spock and a pirate captain...) (43 pages)
  • Black Jac by Rena Leith (Jac Stylton, an old friend of Kirk's, accused murderer, was desperately wanted by the Romulans.) (12 pages)
  • The Vulcan’s Dilemma (part 1) by Mary A. Pasel (Spock and McCoy, prisoners on a hidden Romulan base, discover its commander's secret.) (30 pages)
  • Darwin's Theory by Bonnie Reitz (An Irish-Comanche woman and a Klingon man on as espionage mission.)

Issue 2

back cover of issue #2, Gayle F..
front cover of issue #2, see credits below

The Captain's Woman 2 was published in September 1980 and contains 152 pages. Front cover by Bonnie Reitz (Sword Lady), C.L. Crouch (Border Design), Barbara J. Setzer (Colorist). Back cover by Gayle F. Other art by Becky Barnes, Michael Verina, Jean Setzer, and Rena Leith.

It was edited by Barbara Setzer, Rena Leith Weber and M. Rightor.

  • From The Trekless Wastes (editorial)
  • Attrektions and Retrektions (letters of comment)
  • Revenge Is Sweet Part II (Spock with Kara) by Barbara J. Setzer. Art by Barbara J. Setzer (35 pages) (Spock's only link to Kirk is the pirate captain, now a Federation prisoner.)
  • The Changeling (Spock meets an abandoned girl, then takes her to Vulcan to be raised) by Rena Leith. Art by Rena Leith (10 pages)
  • Challenges by Mattie Jones. Art by The Enterprise Connection
  • From The Galactic Who's Who (15th Edition) by Kim E. Neidigh. Art by C.L. Crouch
  • Guiding Lights by Kim E. Neidigh. Art by J.Setzer (2 pages)
  • Farewell by Kim E. Neidigh. Art by C.L. Crouch (Kirk leaving the Enterprise) (1 page)
  • The Vulcan Dilemma Part II (conclusion) by Mary A. Pasel. Art by Becky Barnes (18 pages) (Spock finds Zakar in Spock's bed and the warrior is not alone.)
  • The Last Word by C.L. Crouch
  • Hunters (Spock and Zakar) by Bonnie Reitz. Art by Bonnie Reitz (15 pages) (A tale of a werewolf and two Klingons after a bizarre mass murder.)
  • What Is The Sound Of One World Dying by Connie Crouch. Art by Connie Crouch (Chekov and Zelaph) (34 pages)
  • In Fond Delusion by Jarbella Gelansus Porlsuu, Rigel I (currently in the male phase) Translation by C.L. Crouch
  • An Awakening by Michel G. Rigtor. Art by Micheal Verina (During Spock’s second year at Star Fleet Academy, he got his first real taste of non-Vulcan life, an experience that would haunt him for many years) (12 pages)

Sampling of the interior art

Issue 3

cover of original edition of issue #3, by Gayle F, a four color-separation process
inside art for issue #3, by Bonnie Reitz for the story, "Break Even"
cover of issue #3, later edition which is plain.

The Captain's Woman 3 contains 101 pages. It was published in September 1981.

Art is by Barbara J. Setzer, Rena Leith Weber, Bonnie Rietz, Rebecca Barnes, Janice Liedl, and Barbara P. Gordon.

It was edited by Rena Leith Weber.

  • From the Trekless Wastes (editorial) by Barbara, Rena and Michael
  • Attrektions and Retrektions
  • Break Even by Bonnie Reitz (1) (reprinted in The Worlds of Bonnie Reitz)
  • At My Side by Patricia Dunn (17)
  • Logic's Creed by Patricia Dunn (17)
  • Whom God Hath Joined by Kim L. Neidigh (18)
  • Surak's Time by Jim Green (21)
  • Romulan Incident by D.E. Dabbs (22)
  • Getting There by Kathleen Gaitley (32)
  • Turnabout Command by Jay Marchand (34)
  • Uhura by Patricia Dunn (52)
  • Enterprise by Patricia Dunn (52)
  • /!#&$%?!& by Rena Leith (53)
  • Man Trap by Linda Jeffrey (59)
  • The Captain's Woman Story Contest by Mary Pasel (60)
  • Lurker in the Darkness by Kim L. Neidigh (61)
  • The Survivors by Kathleeen Gaitley (67)
  • Someday by Gene S. Delapenia (69)
  • She's a Woman: Enterprise by Gene S. Delapenia (70)
  • In the Mind's Eye by Bonnie Reitz (70)
  • For Miri by Patricia Dunn (85)
  • On the Edge of Forever by Patricia Dunn (85)
  • Alicia by Susan Wolfe (86)
  • The Price of a Dream, part one by Rebecca Zertuche (89)
  • The Encounter (no author listed) (102)
  • Free Spacers' Press (103)
  • art by Gayle F (front cover of first edition, later edition has no art), Bonnie Reitz, Rebecca Barnes and Barbara J. Setzer

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

This zine presents a strange dichotomy in appearance. The cover is an outstanding four-color Gayle F illo, and the zine itself is encased in wraparound perfect binding. The increase in total expense this could have caused is minimized by the editors doing their own printing on a newly acquired offset press. Unfortunately, the printing quality is extremely poor. The text is legible , but almost all 102 pages are marred by spearing, specks, join lines, and/or miscentering. One of the co-editors uses half her editorial as a solicitation of printing work from other zineds, promising high quality service, which makes Tigriffin wonder exactly what their reproduction standards are. ‘Break Even’ – stories centered around a touch, sassy female of mixed ancestry are legion in Trekfic. Generally, the heroine is the author’s hidden personality prototype come to cardboardy life. This story is an exception that proves the rule. The multi-talented Little Hawk is set against equally able protagonists and a decidedly difficult problem, with the result that the reader cannot assume her victory is a foregone conclusion, and keeps turning the pages with interest n the outcome and admiration for the writer’s skills. “Whom God Hath Joined’ – a good idea, adequately written. Zephram Cochran and the Companion are captured by a Klingon landing party, with the predictable results. If the events had been less predictable, or the insights of the Companion more alien, the story’s impact could have been stronger. ‘Romulan Incident’ – an excellent story, made so by its focus on an individual’s attitude toward a Romulan brought aboard when his ship is destroyed. The conclusion is emphatically not the sentimental outcome promoted by most fan writers, but a moving one just the same. ‘Getting There’ – this two-page vignette should have been expanded into a real story. Its theme, changes in career opportunities and advancement possibilities for female members of Starfleet, is too complex to do justice to in the brief space allotted. Well done within this limitation, but it is hard to be satisfied with good when great was possible. ‘Turnabout Command’ – good use of characterization and dialogue keep this story moving along quickly. The bridge crew turns up missing, due to the Enterprise accidently crossing a kind of transporter beam and the second shift, which includes Uhura, Riley, and Chekov, must take over. One noticeable flaw was Uhura’s failure to explain their emergence to a Romulan commander when he challenges their actions and presence near Romulan territory. It might not have averted the ensuing battle, but would have fulfilled a requirement for fleet command the Tigriffin thought was law – don’t be afraid to explain your motives, and think of battle as a last resort. Good story otherwise. ‘/!#&$%?!&’ -- the adventures of Ensign Nancy Sidemar, prone to fantasizing on duty and off, which gets her into predictable troubles. It’s light in tone, not overdone, and ends with ‘to be continued’ before the reader’s interest wanes, a sign of knowledgeable writing AND editing. ‘Lurker in Darkness’ – this story conjures up an interesting speculation, but it is difficult to tell what, if any, points the writer was trying to emphasize. A Vulcan researcher falls afoul of an alien mind-energy device he is attempting to restore, purportedly by tapping into the energy barrier of the galaxy. This comes across as an effort to legitimize the story by tying into an aired Trek, rather than a logical plot thread, because the ensuing results have little in common with those shown in ‘Where No Man Has Gone Before.’ This writer has ability but needs practice and advice on how to construct a story for optimum results. ‘The Survivors’ – another vignette. This one stands well on its own; a warm look at Uhura in her retirement years before being visited by Spock. Particularly effective ending line. ‘In the Mind’s Eye’ – another story of a half-breed, this one a male. His charm as a protagonist lies in his attitude towards himself; though he possesses mental abilities that are impressive even to other telepathic races, he does not consider himself to be a super-normal hero type – a thoroughly refreshing change for Treklit readers… When his ship is attacked by Klingons, he allies with the survivors of a Romulan vessel in similar straits, to the horror of most of his crew; the Romulan war ended a mere six years ago. The crew of the Romulan vessel is a collection of the most fascinating, likeable aliens since the new crew additions in ‘Entropy Effect.’ … Best of Zine Award. ‘Alicia’ – wired, but not overdone story of a Vulcan taking a human wife, who is not what she seems. An interesting idea, saved from sticky sentimentally by telling it with Amanda as a narrator. ‘The Price of a Dream’ –with few exceptions, it is a very bad idea to run part of a story, to conclude or worse, continue it, in the next issue. It does injustice to the continuity of a good story and effectively destroys a poor one because the mind mercifully deletes painful experiences from the conscious memory. In this case, one would probably pick up the next section without undue confusion, but only because the plot consists almost exclusively of clichéd happenings presented with much hackneyed conversation. A disappointing ending to a fine zine. Overall contents: good, some wasted space, especially around the poetry. This white space is particularly prone to show the smears and specks from bad printing. Art: poor to excellent, the best thing that of Reitz and Barnes. The art tends NOT to suffer from the poor reproduction so evident in other places, which copies that makes for such low general quality in the reproduction area. Value: still a very worthwhile investment. [3]

The Proposed 4th Issue

While it never got off the ground, the fourth issue appeared to be fairly complete in this announcement: "... is in progress and is scheduled for publication in May 1982. Includes stories by Reitz, Leith, Setzer, Pasel, Rightor, Dabbs, Neidgh, and others. Art by Barnes, Clark, Setzer, Gordon, Leith, and others. Full color cover by Sat Nam Kaur." [4]


  1. from Media Fandom Oral History Project Interview with Kandy Fong and Marnie S
  2. from Dribbling Scribbling Women: The History of Our Art
  3. from Datazine #16
  4. from Universal Translator #13