The Dream Goes On

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Title: The Dream Goes On
Date(s): not dated, but in 1986
Medium: print
Size: digest-sized
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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The Dream Goes On is a 12-page digest-sized zine consisting of a single poem by DeForest Kelley, some publicity shots, and single piece of fanart (not credited).

The poem's calligraphy is by Carolyn (probably DeForest's wife).

There appear to be two very different versions of this poem. One is in this print form, and one can be seen here as transcribed by a fan (perhaps from a spoken version?): Here, There, and Everywhere 2nd edition: 7 Years Ago Today.., Archived version

Similar Creations

Fans were very interested in Star Trek's stars, and this interest generated a lot of "side projects."

Shatner and Nimoy, of course, had the for-profit option of big-name publishers, hence the large selection of offerings such as I Am Not Spock, Nimoy's poetry paperbooks, Shatner and Nimoy's spoken and singing LP albums and much more.

The actors with less attention, and therefore less money-making ability, were more available to fans and their fanworks. Nichols, Koenig, and Kelley were much more willing to write poetry and introductions to zines, as well as creating small zines of their own.

Some examples:

The Poem's Topic

  • some commentary about Star Trek directors (Gene Roddenberry, Harve Bennett, Nicholas Meyer)
  • comments (and jabs) regarding his fellow stars (Harve Bennett "busted his tail" regarding fans and research, the movies' stars don't care about the critics, Kelley thinks the first movie was no good, Nimoy wanted Spock to die until he saw the possible success of the movies, Doohan buys a Jaguar but will probably buy an old RV with a built-in bar, Koenig will get rich selling painted models for boutiques, Takei lost his job with the Mayor's staff due to his crazy laugh...)

The Poem