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Title: The Holmesian Federation
Editor(s): Signe Landon
Date(s): 1978 to 1991
Series?: yes
Medium: print
Size: digest-sized
Genre: gen
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes/Star Trek
Language: English
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The Holmesian Federation is a gen digest-sized crossover anthology of Sherlock Holmes fanworks crossed with Star Trek: TOS and other science fiction and fantasy characters, including Doctor Who, H.P. Lovecraft, the Invisible Man, and Dracula. It ran for eight issues between 1978 and 1991.

One of these crossovers with Sherlock Holmes turned out to be particularly controversial, bringing quite a bit of attention to the zine. In the 8th issue, a 63-page novella had Holmes and Watson encounter Le Comte de Saint-Germain, the protagonist from Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's The Saint-Germain Cycle series (who was in turn based on a real historical figure). Yarbro sent Cease & Desist letters to the author and editor, leading to a drawn-out (and infamous) dispute. For more, refer to Controversy Regarding Issue 8 and A Matter Of Willful Copyright Infringement.

From a January 1977 Ad

Once upon a time, near the turn of the century (1900, that is), you could wander the fog-enshrouded streets of London, stop in at your favorite tobacconist's, and possibly pick up the current issue of STRAND magazine bearing another account of the science of deduction, as related by John H. Watkins, MD, [sic] of his good friend, Sherlock Holmes. Ah, but those days are past, and you are now (more or less) a fan of Star Trek, a devotee of fanzines and the science of logic. But now you can recapture part of your AND keep to the present, as logic and deduction go hand in hand in a new fanzine, THE HOLMESIAN FEDERATION, now being readied. Therein you may find straight tales of Sherlock Holmes, Star Trek, AND Sherlock Holmes meets Mr. Spock, besides a not-so-straight tale or two, some poetry, songs, end artwork as well. Price and exact length have yet to be determined, but the number of copies will be LIMITED, so send in an SASE now for the information you need. Send it to: THE HOLMESIAN FEDERATION/Signe Landon [address redacted].[1]


Works appearing in The Holmesian Federation were generally credited under the real names of their authors. Among the authors contributing works to the zine were Dana Martin Batory, Ruth Berman, John C. Bunnell, Tina Rhea, and several other writers who were/are known for other fannish interests or who subsequently became professionally published authors.

Twelve short stories by Dana Martin Batory that first appeared in various issues of The Holmesian Federation were later republished as the commercial title The Federation Holmes: Casebook Number One: A Baker's Dozen of Sherlock Holmes – Star Trek Parodies.[2]


This zine received quite a bit of attention in 1991, and became one of the flashpoints in discussions regarding media zines and copyrights. See Controversy Regarding Issue 8. For a similar discussion, see Marion Zimmer Bradley Fanfiction Controversy.

General Reactions and Reviews

Mix Spock and the rest of the ST universe with Sherlock Holmes, and you get a very entertaining little zine...It has a refreshingly humorous feel to it. The stories are, in general, light-hearted, and SW fans will find their obsession tacitly represented. Fans of cross-universes will rejoice upon reading this and they, like me, will want more! [3]

Here's a very lovely little production, a definite one-of-a-kind journal that was nothing but fun for its readership. As the name implies, this journal featured Sherlock Holmes/Star Trek crossover fan fiction. Beautiful covers, a nice variety of stories that took some imagination to come up with, the occasional non-Trek Holmes crossover (Dr. Who, H.P. Lovecraft, the Invisible Man, Dracula . . .). The Holmesian Federation was one of those publications that was definitely taken from us too early -- a sort of James Dean of fanzines -- as Holmes and Star Trek hadn't even begun to cross over. I'd have loved to have seen where it would have gone once Mr. Data and Spock's Star Trek VI well-known quote, "An ancestor of mine . . ." had entered the mix.[4]

The Holmesian Federation" certainly was a whole lot of fun! Sometimes the stories worked very well, in other cases the combination of genres was simply awful, but the fanzine itself was always a pleasure to receive! And yes, I fondly remember the Dr. Who/Holmes story titled "The Adventure of the Crack in Eternity" that appeared in issue 6. Some charming illustrations accompanied the story too. Another fondly remembered piece was Ralph E. Vaughan's "The Adventure of the Ancient Gods" that combined Holmes with Lovecraft's Cthulhu mythos back in issue 4. Extraordinarily fun stuff!"[5]

Entertaining if you are a Trekkie and a Sherlockian. Guaranteed to make canon advocates of either flavor writhe in agony.[6]

I have a copy of this. It's kept in a safe place where it cannot be harmed. :) ...

The premise is that a Starfleet officer visits the planet from "Shore Leave," and he accidentally creates a Moriarty who escapes from the planet. To combat Moriarty, a Sherlock Holmes is created and then employed by Starfleet to bring Moriarty to justice.

The stories are okay. They don't have a Watsonian flavor at all. They're niche 70s-era Star Trek fanfic, and I think there's even a reference to the Animated Series at one point.[7]

One of the great dismays of my Sherlockian life was the demise of a great little fanzine called The Holmesian Federation that centered on crossing over Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek, but wandered into many another fandom as well (the apparent source of its demise due to a copyright infringement case). With Star Trek proving to have seemingly as much long-term viability as Sherlock Holmes these days, it's a real shame that tradition couldn't have continued.

Of course, with the wide open world of the internet, who's to say it won't or hasn't."[8]

Quite a classy little digest zine—highest marks for quality of content and visual appeal.[9]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1 by Gayle F
back cover of issue #1, Gayle F

The Holmesian Federation 1 (64 pages) was published in 1978, consisting of 7 stories as well as several poems, song lyrics, puzzles, and an essay.[10] The cover is by Gayle F and appears in a slightly different form on the first Interphase calendar in 1976.

The art is by Gayle F, Signe Landon, Clare Bell, and Vicki Wyman.

From the editorial:

Well, It's over a year late, and considerably smaller than I had planned, but here, at last, is THE HOLMESIAN FEDERATION #1. My most abject apologies to all of you patient people for the delay. It was caused by a number of problems, mostly unexpected. Some of you are familiar with the trials and tribulations of THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE #3, co-edited by Amy Falkowitz and myself; that was one of the problems. Others were my getting a full-time job earlier this year, general laziness, and the fact that the authors of what were to have been my main stories were considerably behind schedule. One story, by [Melanle R], was a superbly Intricate Holmes story, which is and has for over a year been only a few pages short of completion. Mel, for various reasons, was simply unable to finish It, and probably never will, for which I am truly sorry. The other story was a collaboration between myself and Frankie Jemison, and it almost made it. But then we took a good look at it, and realized that to be a really good story, it would need another several months of re-writing, so we abandoned It.

The loss of those two stories is why this Issue is so short. Fortunately, I got unexpected submissions from several people, or there wouldn't have been a zine at all. As it is, due to the decrease In planned size and, hence, printing costs, I will be refunding $1 to everyone who ordered 1st class, and mailing out all 4th class copies via 1st class. You should find the $1 enclosed In your zine. The reason I am not simply crediting the extra money towards HF#2 Is that, at this point. I have no idea If there will ever be a #2. When I first started this project, over 18 months ago, it was because people were practically leaping out of the woodwork with fascinating ideas for stories combining two of my favorite universes, ST and Holmes. But, one by one, the writers discovered that, if Holmes himself is difficult to write convincingly, writing Holmes and the ST characters convincingly in the same story, is well-nigh~impossible. The stories which do appear here are those that, in one way or another, were successful, and I applaud the authors for prevailing at such a difficult task.

So—the existence of a HF#2 will depend solely on the number of acceptable submissions I receive within the next year or so. Submissions should either combine Holmes and ST (n some way, or be about Holmes alone, and can be stories, poetry, articles, or artwork, humorous or serious. In the meantime, anyone who Is Interested please send me a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope) and I will notify you when I know one way or the other.

  • poem by Frankie Jemison
  • Editorial (2)
  • It's Elementary by Melanie R (4)
  • poem by Frankie Jemison (8)
  • New Scotland Yard by Frankie Jemison (9)
  • A Nostalgic Country of the Mind by Dana Martin Batory (10)
  • Notes on the Persistence of Evil by Edgar B. Smith, M.D. (16)
  • A Study in Harlots by Frankie Jemison (17)
  • Puzzles by Catalina Mellon (21)
  • Holmes Was a Vulcan by Priscilla Pollner (24)
  • Role Model by Ruth Berman (29)
  • Spock's Halloween by Frankie Jemison (30)
  • At Waterloo by Frankie Jemison (55)
  • Songs by Melanie R and Signe Landon (59)
  • Two Old Friends by Eileen Roy (60)
  • art by Gayle F, Signe Landon, Clare Bell, and V.M. Wyman.

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, Signe Landon
back cover of issue #2, Signe Landon, "Peter Cushing as Holmes"

The Holmesian Federation 2 (88 pages) was published in 1980 and contains 8 stories. Art is by Signe Landon, Gloria-Ann Rovelstad, Melody Rondeau, and Gordon Carleton.

From an ad in The Clipper Trade Ship #29:

"You will observe, Watson, the sallow complexion of our visitor, not to mention the pointed eyebrows and ears. I deduce that not only is he not of this world, but he is from the future as well. This can mean only one thing — THE HOLMESIAN FEDERATION has returned!" Yes, the second issue of THE H0LMESIAN FEDERATION, the one and only zine that dares to combine the universes of Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek, will be out soon -- August, 1980. It will be approx. 80 pages, offset, digest-sized. Advance orders will determine the number of copies printed, so please order soon.

  • The Mysterious Lodger by R. Merril Bollerud (1)
  • Every Comes in Circles by Dana Martin Batory (18)
  • Aphorism by Anonymous (29)
  • Quadrumvirate by Dana Martin Batory (30)
  • Of Course by Anonymous (45)
  • Xenolith by Dana Martin Batory (46)
  • Elementary, My Dear Gollum by John H. Watson, M.D., edited by Cathy Siemann (55) (reprinted from Palantir #1, a Sherlock Holmes/Tolkien crossover)
  • The Adventure of the Missing Monolith by Eileen Roy (63)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

The Mysterious Lodger" [is] an intriguing story, in the best Doyle tradition, and the solution is fascinating. The story offers a though-provoking reason for Holmes' eventual renunciation of the cocaine habit, and the illos by Gloria Ann Rovelstand are appropriate. "Every Comes in Circles," "Quadrumvirate," and "Xenolith," by Dana Martin Batory... are all stories in an alternate universe which was established in Issue #1 in which Holmes and Watson, recreated via the Shore Leave planet, have settled into residency in the Federation. They find a home on Memory Alpha and recreate, as much as they can, their Baker Street digs. These stories, unlike the rest in this issue, are third person, and not from Watson's point of view, but I suppose Watson could not have described Holmes as 'taking on the attitude of a slumbering sehlat.' Overall, these stories are fascinating, and Holmes is just as at home solving intergalactic crime as he was back in foggy London. "The Adventure of the Missing Monolith" by Eileen Roy... shares with 'The Mysterious Lodger' an aura of authenticity about it -- it seems as though this is a long lost manuscript of Dr. Watson, and the style and characters ring absolutely true. Second, Holmes' and Watson's reactions to the Enterprise and our crew is wonderfully done -- though I do wonder how Holmes takes it so calmly. The winning point is Watson's descriptions of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy.)... This zine is an absolute delight... The artwork throughout by Rovelstad, Landon, and Melody Rondeau is marvelous, as is the illo by Gordon Carleton. This zine also contains two absolutely horrendous puns in the form of two very short vignettes. The zine is absolutely must for Sherlockinans, it is also a must for any Trek fen who enjoy a deliciously told tale, even though it has a larger percentage of Holmes and Watson than Federation tales.[11]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Signe Landon

The Holmesian Federation 3 (80 pages) was published in 1982 and contains one story by Marguerite Krause. Art is by Signe Landon. On the cover: The Holmesian Federation Presents: The Adventure of the Vanishing Corpse.

Issue 4

The Holmesian Federation 4 was published in 1983 (second printing 1987) and contains 68 pages. The art is by Laura Virgil, Melody Rondeau, David Ackerman, and Merle Decker.

covers of issue #4, Laura Virgil

From the editorial:

Welcome to the Holmnsian Federation #4 - an issue which seems to mark a turning point for this little ' zine. The first three issues were published at 2-plus year intervals, because that's how long it took to accumulate enough material for an issue. This one is coming out only a few months after #3, and could have been published earlier if I'd had the time and money to do so. Better still, I already have the stories for #5, as well as a couple in the works for #6! While I'm not going to aim for anything as regular as a bi-yearly schedule, if stories keep coming in at their current rate that may very well be what will occur. I think The Holmesian Federation has finally hit it's stride.... This issue goes back to the usual, multi-story format which I temporarily abandoned in #3. An unusual and eerie tale by Ralph Vaughan of an elderly Holmes' encounter with H.P. Lovecraft's "Ancient Gods" is the only non-ST story. It's illustrated most effectively by newcomer David Ackerman. Brad Keerauver's two satires provide comic relief - "Scott Must Die!" is straight Trek, but it's short enough and funny enough that I included it anyway - and the story by Debra Doyle is a touching speculation on what might have happened to Holmes "After the Fall" from the Relchenbaoh. Two more stories in Dana Martin Batory's remarkable canon round out the issue - which, by the way, is the first issue for which I've had enough illustrators available that I haven't needed to illustrate anything myself. (Which is not to say that I won't be illustrating things for future issues!)

  • Editorial
  • The Color of Death by Dana Martin Batory (1)
  • The Adventure of the Ancient Gods by Ralph E. Vaughan (10)
  • The Case of the Scandalous Starship by Brad Keefauver (30)
  • One Pipe Problem by Dana Martin Batory (46)
  • Scott Must Die! by Brad Keefauver (53)
  • After the Fall by Debra Doyle (55)
  • art by Merle Decker, Signe Landon, Melody Rondeau, David Ackerman, and Laura Virgil (cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

The story, "The Adventure of the Ancient Gods", appeared in issue 4 of The Holmesian Federation. The little fanzine was not much different than hundreds of others being published at the time, and the only thing that really set it apart from other Star Trek 'zines (of which there were so many that it constituted almost a sub-genre of its own) was that it mixed the two literary universes -- Star Trek and Conan Doyle. The editor like the story, but I never really was sure how it went over with the 'zines readership, but at least it stood out from the other stories in issue 4 simply because of the odd mix. To me, it seemed an obvious joining, mainly because both Lovecraft and Sherlock Holmes were higher interests to me than Star Trek -- after all, it had been a long time since it had appeared on television, and, really, I don't know that there was anyone around who thought, even in their wildest dreams, that Star Trek, in any form, would ever return to the small screen, though there were rumors of a theatrical film. So, it was published, there it was, and there the story died...or so I thought. Several years after "The Adventure of the Ancient Gods" had first seen print, an editor who published one of my other stories happened to mention that Gary Lovisi, a writer living in Brooklyn, was something of a fan of mine and would I contact him about that odd little story which had appeared long ago in The Holmesian Federation #4. I did write him, we exchanged several letters, and the story was published as a chapbook under the title Sherlock Holmes in the Adventure of the Ancient Gods. One curiosity about this first edition was the misspelling of my surname on the cover by the artist who designed title and byline as calligraphy. Gary was very apologetic about the mistake, but I took it in stride, since anyone with a surname like mine is just asking for trouble.[12]

Issue 5

The Holmesian Federation 5 (78 pages) was published in 1984 and contains 4 stories.

cover of issue #5, Wanda Lybarger, the back cover is blank
  • The Captive Bride by Dana Martin Batory (1)
  • The Mechanical Pup by Dana Martin Batory (25)
  • Return of the Wolf by Brian Garner (31)
  • Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Frankie Jemison (76)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger (cover), Melody Rondeau, Signe Landon, Theresa Buffaloe, Annette Taylor

Issue 6

The Holmesian Federation 6 (88 pages) was published in 1985 and contains 3 stories. The art is by Laurie Huff, Melody Rondeau, Helen Bookman, and Signe Landon.

covers of issue #6
front cover of issue #6

From the editorial:

The stories this time include the long-delayed Dr. Who/Holmes cross over story by Mary Frances Zambreno, "The Adventure of the Crack in Eternity", in which Holmes and Watson join forces with mystifying but worthy allies, to face an equally mystifying foe who could destroy London. For those of you not familiar with Dr. Who, a bit of background. It is a British television series, ostensibly for children but equally beloved by adults, which has been running for some 20 years now. The Doctor is a Time Lord, one of an ancient race of beings who have mastered the secrets of time travel but, because of the great power that gives them, have become a secluded and stagnant race who refuse to involve themselves in the doings of the universe. The Doctor is a renegade. In a stolen time machine - the Tardis - he roams time and space satisfying his own considerable curiosity and "getting involved" - usually to the benefit of the beings he gets involved with - right and left. He is generally accompanied by a companion or two, often from his favorite planet, Earth.

Time Lords have the ability to regenerate themselves into a new body and personality when they age or are mortally injured, which gives them incredibly long life-spans - the Doctor is 750+ Earth years old - and incidentally provides the key to the show's longevity on the BBC. When one actor tires of the role, the Doctor simply regenerates into a new one! The Doctor in this story is the fourth, and in America, the most popular. He is silly, arrogant, brusque and highly charismatic, and, as in all his incarnations, an eccentric but brilliant scientist. His current companion, Leela, is from a wayward planetful of humans who live at a barbaric level and consider being a warrior to be the best of all possible lives. Together they make one of the most dynamic Doctor/companion pairs in the history of the show, and it is a pleasure to be able to present them in a new adventure.

Another excellent story by Dana Martin Batory, and a time-travel story (this almost makes it a time-travel issue!) by newcomer Frank Ramirez round out this issue. In light of past experience - every time I set a time to have an issue published by, I am grossly late - I will set no dates for issue #7, but it will probably be in a year or so. It will include more by Dana and Frank, as well as a tale which, in actuality, started this whole endeavor back in '77. It is a straight Holmes adventure - no mixed universes - and began from an idea of mine, was written almost to completion by a friend who then lost interest, and has since languished in several file drawers waiting to be finished. Now Eileen Roy, who has appeared in these pages before, has vowed to complete it, and I look forward to publishing it at last - 7 issues later! - in HF #7.

  • The Chalice of Skorr by Dana Martin Batory (1)
  • Hyperchronicon by Frank Ramierez (15)
  • The Adventure of the Crack in Eternity by Mary Frances Zambreno (27) (crossover with Doctor Who)

Issue 7

The Holmesian Federation 7 (92 pages) was published in 1987 and contains 5 stories. The art is by Signe Landon, Melody Rondeau, Tina Rhea, and Stefanie Hawks (spelled both "Stephanie" and "Stefanie" in this zine).

cover of issue #7, Stefanie Hawks
  • Editorial Natter (inside back cover)
  • The Adventure of the Unearthly Cat by John C. Bunnell (1) (Star Trek crossover)
  • Watson Comes Through by Dana Martin Batory (25) (Star Trek crossover)
  • Melissakrator by Frank Ramierz (38)
  • Pas de Deux by Tina Rhea (45) ("A romantic look at what might have happened during part of the Great Hiatus, and I hope to be publishing more by her as well.")
  • The Adventure of the Russian Faberge by Eileen Roy and Melanie R (67) ("Has a long history which is recounted at the beginning of the story. It has Moriarty, Mycroft, Lestrade, amnesia, Russians, and a diplomatic crisis - what more could one ask?")

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

I just spent a pleasant afternoon reading THE HOLMESIAN FEDERATION #7, and it was very satisfying indeed. Initially a Sherlock Holmes/Star Trek fanzine, issue #7 is mostly for the Sherlock Holmes fan. Out of five stories, only two deal with Star Trek at all.

The first is "The Adventure of the Unearthly Cat" by John C. Bunnell. It takes place in 1903 London, and features Kirk and Spock in supporting roles. Being able to figure out the mystery did nothing to diminish the enjoyment of this story as the characters figure out the mystery. If I had any complaint at all about this story, it might be that Kirk's character seemed a bit too brusque for the situation, unusual though it may have been.

The second SH/ST story, "Watson Comes Through" by Dana Martin Batory, leaves a little to be desired. One of the fun things about reading detective fiction is that the reader always knows he has an equal chance at solving the mystery ahead of the fictional detective, the solution being totally logical and totally unexpected. Maybe I should have said good detective fiction— Batory waits until the criminal has already been captured before giving half the clues. Batory recreates the murder, but spoils it by going into elaborate, graphic (and unnecessary) detail. The criminal isn't even introduced until after the crime has been solved, and when captured, he doesn't even deny it! Where's the mystery? Where's the suspense? Where's the fun? The story takes place in the Star Trek universe, and perhaps a short note of explanation may have been in order to explain how Holmes and Watson got to the 23rd century; it would have been a small concession indeed for unenlightened readers (like moi) coming in on the middle of an obvious series of stories.

On the purely nit-picky note, the last page of the zine and the back cover are blank. I get bothered by this sort of thing, because, to me, it looks unprofessional—white space attracts attention, in this case, away from the stories and artwork. On an unconscious level, it says the editors didn't have the imagination to put something, anything there, even if it was just a bit of filler artwork. Even a simple border around the back cover would have been better than nothing. Otherwise, THF#7 is an attractive, well-edited zine (I only found about three typos), and in these times a real bargain for four bucks.[13]

Issue 8

front cover of the controversial issue #8, artist is Gary Davis
back cover of the controversial issue #8, artist is Gary Davis

The Holmesian Federation 8 (132 pages) was published in 1991 and contains 9 stories.

  • cover (Gary Davis ("original art owned and lent by David Haugen")
  • Letters from the Holmeses by Jan Lindner, illoed by Signe Danier (1)
  • The Adventure of the Traitorous Lieutenant by Eileen Roy (6) (previously in The Paladins Affair #2 as "The Affair of the Empty House")
  • The Interrupted Game by Dana Martin Batory, illoed by Melody Rondeau (14)
  • The Adventure of the Spiritualistic Author by Eileen Roy, illoed by Signe Danler (23)
  • Sherlock Holmes Sees Through 'The Invisible Man' by Robert F. Fleissner (29)
  • The Grand Old Game by Brad Keefauver (34)
  • The Fairy Thieves by Dana Martin Batory, illoed by Melody Rondeau (37)
  • The Adventure of the Man Who Loved Bats by Lucy Westernra (Brad Keefauver) (55)
  • The Adventure of the Gentleman in Black by Tina Rhea, the art is by Stefanie Hawks (63)

Controversy Regarding Issue 8

The eighth (and final) issue of The Holmesian Federation included a 63-page illustrated novella titled "The Adventure of the Gentleman in Black" written by Tina Rhea about a case in which Holmes & Watson encounter le Comte de Saint-Germain, the protagonist in a series of novels by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro who, in turn, had based her character on the Count of St. Germain, a historical figure from the 18th century.

In the eighth issue of "The Holmesian Federation" editorial, editor Signe Landon stated that "Ms. Yarbro was not supportive of the idea of a story using her character", adding that "I think the story is too good not to be published, if only in this limited forum."

Shortly after it was published, Yarbro's lawyer was shown the zine at a party.

"Some time later Quinn's agent [14] was at a party and came across a copy of the fanzine, with the story in it, prefaced by an editorial comment....

Thinking quickly, the agent asked her host if she could borrow the fanzine "so I can read it in peace and quiet when the party's over." She brought it to Quinn next day and they held a council of war....

An additional perspective: at the time all this happened, a movie studio was negotiating with Quinn and her agent about the possibility of a movie or series of movies about her vampire...."[15]

Very shortly after learning of the novella's publication, Yarbro contacted sent Cease & Desist letters to the author and editor. A protracted dispute ensued; Yarbro's account of the matter appeared in two 1992 consecutive issues of the SFWA Bulletin. See much, much more about this at A Matter Of Willful Copyright Infringement.

Some fans note that because the legal settlement terms prevented the editor and the author from further discussing the case that this "pretty much left Yarbro's presentation and interpretation of the matter in full possession of the field." [16]

The Federation Holmes (the hardcover reprint)


Some of the stories were later republished in 2001 in hardback form under the title "The Federation Holmes." The book was written and edited by Dana Martin Batory, published by The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box and contains 173 pages.

Publisher's blurb:

Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson. Captain Kirk. Dr. McCoy. Spock. And Denebian Slime Devils? What's up? It's elementary! Here, gathered together for the first time, are Dana Martin Batory's rare science fiction parodies combining the very dissimilar worlds of Sherlock Holmes and Star Trek. Published between 1978 and 1991, the twelve short stories (plus one written especially for this book), appeared in the small fan magazine The Holmesian Federation, now a much sought after collector's item itself. The strange tales follow the life and adventures of Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson among the alien citizens and worlds of the Federation of Planets ­ from their "robotic" origins in "A Nostalgic Country of the Mind," to the stunning success of their first case in "Everything Comes In Circles", and Watson's own solo investigation in "Watson Comes Through." The game's afoot! [17]

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
  • A Nostalgic Country of the Mind
  • Everything Comes in Circles
  • Quadrumvirate
  • Xenolith
  • The Color of Death
  • A One Pipe Problem
  • The Captive Bride
  • The Mechanical Pup
  • The Chalice of Skorr
  • Watson Comes Through
  • The Interrupted Game
  • The Fairy Thieves
  • Zindernuff's Treasure
  • Publication History

Reactions and Reviews: The Federation Holmes

The first story in The Federation Holmes features the crew of the Enterprise. Later, they appear only in cameo roles. Quickly Holmes and Watson set up their agency on Memory Alpha. Holmes dives into learning alien cultures and customs; collects his scrapbooks; and resumes publishing scientific papers. Watson adopts the new medical instruments, stashing his medical tricorder, medikit and hypo spray in his Gladstone bag. Some memorable guest stars were Cyrano Jones, Denebian Slime Devils and a mention of Lord Peter Blau.

The stories are well written, and have a distinct Watsonian flair for painting the scenes that bring a reader into the story. Unlike the original Canon, the stories were written in the third person. [18]


  1. ^ an ad in The Clipper Trade Ship #16
  2. ^ The Federation Holmes - A Baker's Dozen of Sherlock Holmes Star Trek Parodies. (Accessed 30 December 2009)
  3. ^ Scuttlebutt #14
  4. ^ Sherlock Peoria
  5. ^ Christopher Lee and Holmes post to dated Jan 1, 2003.
  6. ^ comment by mmtz at The Federation Holmes, January 22, 2012
  7. ^ comment by Allyn Gibson at The Federation Holmes, January 22, 2012
  8. ^ Spock and Sherlock 2012 post to the Sherlock Peoria blog dated December 11, 2102.
  9. ^ comments by kslangley at What was your first fandom?, August 28, 2016
  10. ^ Holmesian Federation at Sherlock Peoria. (accessed 15 November 2009)
  11. ^ Datazine #13
  12. ^ Book Scribbles: Random Thoughts, Random Books, Random Minds, posted February 20, 2011
  13. ^ Treklink #10
  14. ^ Not agent. She was Yarbro's lawyer.
  15. ^ Copyright and filk songs post to rec.arts.sf.written dated March 3, 2non001.
  16. ^ comment posted in rivkat's LJ blog entry [nonfiction and touting] dated June 29, 2011; WebCite.
  17. ^ Steve Roby, also at The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box
  18. ^ The Battered Silicon Dispatch Box
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