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Zine
Title: Farthest Star
Publisher: Asteris Novis Press
Editor(s): Pat Nolan & Henry Betancourt
Date(s): 1978-1981
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Farthest Star is a gen Star Trek: TOS fanzine.

Issue 1

front cover issue one
the You are Receiving this Zine Because page from issue #1, click to read
back cover issue one

Farthest Star Vol 1, Issue 1 was published in January 1978 and contains 194 pages. Authors: Henry Betancourt , Brenda Shaffer, Jean L Stevenson, Dayle S Palko, Leslie Fish, Ellen Kobrin, April Valentine, Janet Rosenwald, Patricia Ann Stevenson, Leslye Lilker, Dusty Sicotte, Maggie Nowakowska, Sarah Leibold, J Emily Vance. Artists: Pat Stall, Kathi Higley, Kathy Carlson , Suzanne Kirwin, Virginia Lee Smith.

  • Trekkie Dreamer by Brenda Schaffer (1)
  • A Private Grief by Dayle S. Palko (2)
  • Observer by Dayle S. Palko (2)
  • Old Tara by Leslie Fish (3) (reprinted from Talos II #2)
  • Integrity by Ellen Kobrin (41)
  • My Life Decay by Ellen Kobrin (42)
  • And Sorro by Ellen Kobrin (45)
  • Kahswan by Jean L. Stevenson (46)
  • Journey Into Obsession by Janet Rosenfeld (48)
  • Untitled by Jean L. Stevenson (66)
  • poem by Henry Betancourt (66)
  • A Portfolio of Klingon Fashions by Amy Harlib (67)
  • Light as a Feather by Ellen Kobrin (79)
  • Live Long and Prosper by Henry Betancourt (77)
  • Fragments by Ellen Kobrin (78)
  • A Letter April Valentine (79) (based on The Rack)
  • poem by Henry Betancourt (82)
  • Practical Jokester by Patricia Stevenson (83)
  • Bulletin Board by Leslye Lilker (89)
  • poem by Henry Betancourt (90)
  • poems by Dusty Sicotte (92)
  • Ambassadors by Maggie Nowakowska (93)
  • Totally Unique by Jean Stevenson (94) (reprinted from Starbase Operations #1)
  • poem by Henry Betancourt (103)
  • Questionings by Sarah Leibold (104)
  • poem by Henry Betancourt (103)
  • View from the Mirror by Sarah Leibold (104)
  • All the King's Horses, All the King's Men by J. Emily Vance (106) (sequel to "The Rack" (This story deals with the continuing tragedy as seen from McCoy's point of view, as well as exploring what too much power in the hands of the wrong people can lead. It also illustrates "victory in the face of tragedy," when it's already too late for the many people involved. This is the gen version. It was published in combination with "The Rack" a few years later: The Rack & All the King's Horses, All the King's Men)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This was a crazy magazine and... this publisher always had a hard luck story of how difficult it was to produce. [1]
  • Old Tara / Riley in the Easter Rebellion
  • Journey Into Obsession / Young Kirk aboard the Farragut encounters the cloud monster from "Obsession."
  • Untitled / Nice little vignette/soliloquy of Spock attempting to solve the equation that will tell him what to do in "All Our Yesterdays."
  • A Letter / based on "The Rack"
  • Practical Jokester / Spock & tribbles
  • Totally Unique / Kirk, Spock get acquainted
  • All the King's Horses, All the King's Men... / sequel to "The Rack" [2]

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, Mary Stacy-McDonald
back cover by Mary Stacey McDonald

Farthest Star Vol 1, Issue 2 was published in August 1981 and is 84 pages long. Covers by Mary Stacey McDonald. Calligraphy by Juanita Salicrup and lettering by Kathi Spivey. Extensive interior art by Kathy Carlson, Alice Jones, and numerous uncredited artists.

  • Heroes of the Sunlit Sky by Pat Nolan (Kirk and Spock travel back in time to 1940, by orders, to stop Klingons from helping Germany.) (17 pages)
  • Time of Smoke by Eileen Roy (Mirror Spock and bondslave) (3 pages)
  • Dust of the Dead by Crystal Ann Taylor
  • There He Sits, Questioning by Sara Liebold
  • His First Command by P.S. Nim (Kirk’s memory of a toy starship bringing back when he and Spock met when they were each 5 and 7) (6 pages)
  • All Past is Prologue by Diane Guzzo (a Surak story) (6 pages)
  • This Above All by Jean Stevenson (Sarek with Romulans) (28 pages)

Poetry

  • There He Sits by Henry Betancourt
  • Questionings by Sara Liebold
  • Outcast by Dale Barker
  • The Farthest Star by Carolyn Venino
  • Poem for My Lady by Tishri
  • Edith by Henry Betancourt
  • Mahko by Sara Liebold
  • Tonias's Song by Dayle Barker
  • Unto the Utmost Bound by Dale Barker
  • Dust of the Dead by Crystal Ann Taylor
  • Gone Away by Sara Liebold
  • The Sport of It by Sara Liebold
  • Under the Surface Sheen by Sara Liebold
  • Golden Nightmare by Sara Liebold
  • Child of the Universe by Lucy Miner
  • Farewell by Pat Nolan
  • Stranger's Nativity by Lucy Miner (cartoons)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

The trend of tardiness at the time, led to this issue being 18 months late. But they strove to create a touchable world of the mind. [3]

Scheduled [to be in this zine] was the long awaited 'Fire in the Mind,' of Juanita Salicrup's Christine and Spock [fourth chapter in the Crossroads begun in Stardate: Unknown] series. Unfortunately, according to the editorial, it is not in this volume and may never see print due to Juanita’s other commitments. This is disappointing, but FS2 stands up well without it. Entirely readable, somewhat reduced print make the 84 pages/7.65 FC price quite reasonable. Typos are few, the printing clean, the illos profuse and generally good. There is a nice, unified feel to it. One quarter of the zine is poetry and accompanying illos, and the layout varies from good to excellent… Some of the art is unsigned or unaccredited. The cartoons by Spivey are funny, the Mary Stacy-MacDonald illos are the best I’ve seen her do, and there are Alice Jones portraits of Kirk and Spock, stunning as always. The first of the five fiction pieces is ‘Heroes of the Unlit Sky,’ fatally flawed because it is never explained satisfactorily whey the Klingons make such elaborate plans to aid Hitler and destroy Earth’s future, or why Kirk and Spock (a Vulcan?) had to be the ones to go back and involve themselves in an equally elaborate and unlikely plan to counter them. Spock and Kirk are Royal Air Force pilots who manage to save the day. Spock shooting down other planes is disquieting, and there is the question of what he, a vegetarian, ate during the months of training while he was passing as a human. The saving grace of this story is the interaction between Kirk and Spock – there are some passages that give interesting insights into their relationship and almost save the story.

‘Time of Smoke’ was a well-written three-page mirror mirror universe story that seemed incomplete – just enough of a glimpse into the story to intrigue, not enough to satisfy. It was followed by ‘His First Command,’ a hilarious Kirk-and-Spock-meet-as-children tale. While not all the havoc they manage to create in an afternoon seems logically possible, the author has caught the essence of two little boys excellently. ‘All the Past is Prologue’ is a Surak story that considers his wife and child as well as the change he must bring to Vulcan. The plot is clear, the historical background interesting, and the ending is hopeful. The last story, the longest, is ‘This Above All.’ It blends Sarek with the secret new star drive, the Klingons who want it, Spock tortured to wring the truth from his father, and the Rom-Com, here named Selicia, to save the pair of them. The Romulan culture shown here is developed and believable, as is the Klingon culture we also get a glimpse of. The plot is complex, slightly disjointed at the beginning but quickly falling into place. Towards the end, it begins to waver as the author apparently can’t decide which of several excellent themes to emphasize, but all loose ends are wrapped up, and the ending is thoughtful.

This is a pretty good zine, of interest to Kirk and Spock fans, and well worth the price. [4]

This would be a good zine to recommend to the neofan, has several long stories by such well-known writers as Jean L. Stevenson, Eileen Roy, and P.S. Nim, a modest art folio which does not illo stories, numerous bits of poetry lavishly laid out with suitable artwork, and one good long story by the editor.

Imagine Kirk and Spock flying Spitfires with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII! Logical reasons necessitate their presence during this period to intercept a Klingon effort at changing history -- but I would sure love to see the "computer treatment guaranteed to disguise your ears and soften the shape of your eyebrows," as Kirk assures Spock. No doubt computers will be able to do some magical things in two hundred years, but this is stretching credibility to a breaking point. Once you swallow this though, the wondrous detail surrounding this adventure leaves no doubt that Pat knows her subject first hand, and it will hold your interest right up to the story's hairbreath conclusion.

A class zine, long awaited, and a good mate for the well-received #1 issue. [5]

References

  1. from a 2007 ebay seller
  2. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  3. from a 2007 eBay seller
  4. from Datazine #16
  5. from The Clipper Trade Ship #35/36