The K/S Press/Issues 101-110

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The K/S Press 101 (February 2005)

The K/S Press 102 (March 2005)

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The K/S Press 103 (April 2005)

The K/S Press 104 (May 2005)

  • contains 32 pages
  • has LoCs for the fiction Cannot Touch, Not Heat, One Particular Harbour, Catching a Wild Goose, In Love with My Captain, Sensate Focus, A Tale from the North, Shadow, Then to Piece the Broken Chain, Vulcans Don't Sing the Blues, and Out of the Big Black, see those pages
  • this issue has episode commentaries for "Conscience of the King" and "The Galileo 7"
  • a long-time fan comments on K/S formats, and she is also bowing out of K/S LoCing and reading due to personal life issues:
    I do really encourage people to write K/S stories for print publication and also to write LOCs for the KSP. I sincerely believe we need to have a lot of viewpoints on stories. To me, K/S is all in paper publications. I do nothing K/S-wise on the internet. I am not familiar with the newer authors who are mainly on the internet and certainly have no knowledge of people solely on the internet. I just prefer paper, and that is my choice. I do have internet access and have had it for five years. I just choose not to belong to K/S groups or to visit K/S websites. There is no need for me to do so. I am quite content with KSP and the K/S zines I buy every year. I used to own EVERY K/S zine in existence when I was avidly into K/S. But since 1993 I have gotten rid of my extensive collection and have been content to only selectively read some things instead of devouring every zine ever done. But even so, I probably read some or all of something like six or so K/S zines every year. Or, at least, I did up until 2005. Sadly, this month's KSP might contain my last LOCs. And these LOCs were actually written last year. I tend to do a whole lot of LOCs at one time and then allot them to different months so that I do not flood KSP with a ton of stuff and then have nothing left.... Anyway, I shall still be in K/S even if I do stop doing LOCs. I have loved Kirk/Spock for a long, long time and always will.

The K/S Press 105 (June 2005)

  • contains 37 pages
  • this issue has episode commentary for "Courtmartial"
  • has LoCs for the fiction Antimony, Christmas Gifts -- Blue Seduction, The Chess Game, Just a Simple Word, A Rare and Special Gift, Retrospect, Rhapsody in Rain, Sensate Focus, Targets, A Private Obsession, Let Me Count the Days, One Hundred Days, The 1000th Man, The K/S in the Window, First Anniversary, Rooked, Centenary, A Special Report from Bugs Anonymous, From Starfleet Public Relations, The Magic Box, Centennial, see those pages
  • a fan comments on the pro book, The Price of the Phoenix:
    I enjoyed reading your comments about “The Price of the Phoenix” and it brought back fond memories. I remember discovering the book (and its sequel) and thinking “this is more like it!”. After reading them, I went looking for other pro books that also depicted such an intense relationship between Kirk and Spock. But alas, I never discovered K/S until many years later.
  • a fan offers these comments regarding Killa's contribution:
    I am in awe of your writing and analytical ability, reflected in this amazing essay on K/S. I can think of no better person to do this, and am so glad K/S had such a wonderful representative for the Shipper’s Manifesto. I am sure K/S will gain new fans thanks to your efforts. Despite being a K/S fan for some years now, I found your essay to be very enlightening and perceptive, and written in such an entertaining style. I also think this overview of K/S is very appropriate for the anniversary issue. Thanks so much for contributing it.
  • a fan comments on a current Trek TPTB:
    I don't like Rick Berman. He's a coat-tails operator, only rich and (famous?) because he's traded in on GR's legacy. If Star Trek is leaving the air because of lowered ratings, it's because of him and his terrible-- shall I call it 'vision'? I never watch his shows. Berman disrespects TOS. Case in point, his remarks made in one interview I read in the local paper: Berman said the decline in ratings....began gradually with Deep Space Nine. "We've reached the point with 624 hours of Star Trek, 700 if you count the original series, that perhaps it's time to take a rest," he said... What's with him?? You can't not count TOS! Blah! It's depressing.

The K/S Press 106 (July 2005)

  • a fan comments on two pieces of fiction:
    I promised myself I would read “Sharing the Sunlight” and “Promises To Keep” before Jenna’s long-anticipated new novel arrives in my mailbox. This morning I am nearly finished with STS, and have been captivated once again by its complexity and the wondrous spell of love it weaves. The love between the Marines Jack and Sergei and its effect on Kirk and Spock is so compelling—and I’ve never quite forgotten it. There is a tremendous plot behind STS, one that could easily stand on its own as a pro novel, but I’m eternally grateful it is not something that Paramount or Pocket Books has had the opportunity to spoil. All those parts that make it touch our hearts with such intensity would be gone if that were the case. And they are what make it unforgettable.
  • a fan comments on vidding and one way to approach canon:
    In the category of “something else I’d like to try if I ever have time” is watching TOS episodes with the sound muted. I’ve heard from those who make K/S vids that this gives you a whole new perspective on the looks that are exchanged between Kirk and Spock, the non- verbal language that they both speak so fluently. I’ve done this only in small doses while doing screen captures on the computer, and I know there is truth to it. Frame by frame examination of their faces reveals things that you can never catch sight of when the film is moving at normal speed. It is a testament to the incredible acting ability of the stars and affinity that William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy have for each other. Those ingredients that provide the formula for K/S are not imagined!
  • a fan thanks others:
    I wish I could thank each of you by name, I will take a shortcut and just offer my heartfelt gratitude and tell each and every contributor to the KSP how much you and your offerings of K/S wisdom mean to me. You are my K/S family and each month when the K/S Press arrives it is like a warm homecoming. Please continue opening your doors to me through these pages—I would miss you desperately if you weren’t there.

The K/S Press 107 (August 2005)

  • contains 38 pages
  • this issue has four extremely long con reports for Shoreleave, see those pages
  • has LoCs for the fiction Logical Heartache, Restraint, The Sound of Silence, These Things Take Time, see those pages
  • a first for K/S fandom:
    Beyond Dreams Press is pleased to announce that we are making available the very first K/S zine on CD. The novel In the Shade can be ordered on one CD for a lot less than the cost of the zine in print form. The cost is $10 in the U.S. sent First Class and $14 everywhere else sent Global Priority Mail. The files are presented in .pdf format, so you’ll have to use the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them on your computer. As we’ve explored the possibility of making zines available on CD, it seems three reasons were advanced for wanting them that way. First, folks wanted to make the font size larger. This is possible with .pdf files on your computer screen. Second, they had storage problems and wanted to be able to have zines in a smaller space. The CD in a slim jewel case fits that bill. And third, they wanted zines for less money. In the Shade on CD is less than one-third the cost of the zine in print. I had hoped to bring the cost even lower than $10 in the U.S., but I am forced to purchase the Adobe Acrobat program and it costs a fortune, and that is going to take a while to recover from. So, let’s see if folks are really interested. We do hope to present other zines on CD in the future.
  • a fan comments on K/S fandom, and on awards:
    KSP is really my only link to K/S besides zines and private emails with other K/S fans. I appreciate reading KSP, even if I don't agree with some of the opinions expressed. That is part of what makes a healthy fandom—freedom of expression as well as diversity in writing and differing concepts of K/S.... As for the Philon Awards, I haven't read some of the stories or zines yet. And some of the stories I did read, I don't remember. I think all the writers should realize that in any voting that the voting is only indicative of what SOME people thought at ONE point in time based on what they had read and NOT read. It doesn't mean that the winners really are the three "best" in any category. And that the ones who didn't win were somehow less in quality. One person's fourth or seventh place might be another person's first place. My choices were based on four of the seven zines and my poor memories of them because I had none of them in my possession at the time I voted. And even so, it was hard to chose just three best stories in some of the categories. That's probably true of all the voters. I will admit that I get an F in voting for the poetry and all the arts because I didn't. Whereas in the past I was always very excited about poetry and art, especially the art, these days I concentrate on the stories, the prose. And I'd like to personally thank all you wonderful editors/publishers who continue to provide us K/S junkies with our paper zine fixes. Thanks, indeed.
  • a fan writes of the Sharing the Sunlight series:
    I want to say what an awesome experience it was to read all the STS novels and stories in sequence. Each is enjoyable on its own, and each can easily stand alone because of Jenna’s creative inclusion of references to what has gone before. Together, though—together they are almost indescribable, but I shall try! It is seldom we see the love affair of James T. Kirk and his Vulcan First Officer examined from the very beginning through several years of an established relationship. That’s understandable, of course, because it would take volumes, right? And that is exactly what we have in the STS series. These are very cohesive and extraordinarily detailed chapters in their lives. Events and how they shape Kirk and Spock are examined from every conceivable angle. Beginning with the evolutionary stirrings of first love not yet recognized we see so much more of Kirk and Spock than just their feelings for each other. The complexity of their emotions and personalities are brought sharply in focus. We see their Starfleet training and determination, the sense of duty that is so much more complex than simple commitment to a career. They are dedicated to the betterment of the universe without false bravado or egotistical pompousness. They readily accept the ship and their crew as their responsibility even to the detriment of their own well-being. Woven throughout the pages are glimpses into every element of who they are. They are made of strong stuff, these twenty-third century heroes. Their love story sometimes takes the forefront, but with the advantage provided by epic length, we are able to see so much more. I have quite simply fallen in love with them all over again and have learned once more to admire them more than I can say. While I would never think to deprive myself of the breathtaking love scenes that are liberally dispensed throughout, I find it is the sharing of their everyday lives that makes me feel closer to the characters than ever before. At times it is watching them share a quiet walk together, at times it is observing them as they take on a problem head-on. There are many adventures in these combined pages, and in all of them Kirk and Spock are depicted as men of strength, fairness and wisdom. They are daring, but not foolish. The decisions each must make are never made for a selfish reason or for their own gain. Admiration, respect and awe grows with each escapade. I have come to know them as one would know men with whom they worked and lived on a daily basis. I am honored and humbled. Adversity comes to them in many guises: enemies of the Federation assail them, as does injury, uncertainty and deep personal loss. Their maturity, resolve and unwavering devotion to each other brightens the way no matter how hazardous it becomes. Surely this is the most comprehensive and detailed assessment of their lives together that we have ever been privileged to read. There are chapters or stories that are difficult to read, to comprehend, or to accept. Not that they are written poorly—they are difficult because they convey that bad things happen to good people. Just as in life, their difficult times are balanced by the sweet, the rewarding, and the humorous. Characters met along the way spring to vibrant life—they are not cardboard cutouts created simply to fill the pages. Hunyady and Dawson are real. The marines Jack and Sergei will never be forgotten. Randolph, the news reporter, continues to play a convincing part in their lives. The original members of the Enterprise bridge crew are not neglected either. I worried about McCoy at one point, but it was worth the cost when to my relief he came around and proved himself to be the friend I always imagined him to be. Scott is well-portrayed throughout as is his reaction to his commanding officers. To see their love, and the agonizing possibility of its demise, through Uhura’s eyes was nothing short of inspirational.

The K/S Press 108 (September 2005)

The K/S Press 109 (October 2005)

  • contains 37 pages
  • this issue has a long interview with a fan: see A 2005 Interview with Jesmihr
  • has LoCs for the fiction Anchored, Drowning by Design, Common Ground , For A' That, Heading Out, In the Shade, Language Lessons, Resolution, Shakedown, These Things Take Time, Twice I Have Lived Forever, see those pages
  • this issue has an episode commentary for "The Enemy Within"
  • there are two con reports for K/S CONnections, see that page
  • fan writes of a recent disaster:
    After feeling the shock, heartbreak, disbelief and anger of the events following Katrina, I found myself thinking wistfully of a city I did not, and probably will not ever know, except for the rich descriptions written by Killa in Turning Point. New Orleans sounded so romantic, so rich and mythical. Killa’s writing is so detailed and atmospheric, I cannot help but feel as if I have been there.... Short of a miraculous recovery of this great city, I feel I will only have such impressions to draw on. For that, I am thankful. And I hope that you all find some way to help those get back on their feet.
  • a fan has a new project:
    It’s an exciting time for me to be in K/S! I have started a purely-personal project that I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time: I am re-reading my way through all of my K/S zines. Alphabetically. I won’t read every part of every zine, but in big chunks, anyway. I started with Act Five, Scene One and already have enjoyed myself immensely re-discovering stories I’d forgotten about. Home from Eden by Vivian Gates, for example, or The End of the Old by Donna Vanderlaan, or Where Have All the Playthings Gone? by Alice Mills. I know that Donna has been out of fandom for many years; I wonder if she, or any other former K/S writers, knows how much their K/S efforts still please many readers? The End of the Old was one of the first stories I read when I went through my K/S introduction, and of course we always remember those first incredible reading experiences. It is very sweet and inventive, and it’s always a little painful to read the scene where Spock finally discovers what is on the slip of paper that several of his crewmates rejecting doing: as part of a New Year’s game at a party, the directive to Go to Mister Spock and tell him you love him. But it’s not something his captain rejects doing. I can tell that this personal project, while arduous and sure to take me a long, long time (I own just about every English language K/S zine), is going to bring me lots of joy.
  • a fan puts in a plug for the newly formed The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive:
    I’m also really excited about the new K/S archive online at www.ksarchive.com. I think this is something our fandom has needed for a long, long time. It’s what most other major online fandoms have to bring them together: a central point where creative work is gathered, where new fans wandering around the internet can start their acquaintance with the wonders of Kirk and Spock. I hope that lots of people post their stories to the archive! I have done so with my three online stories and discovered that it was easy to do, even for me.

The K/S Press 110 (November 2005)

  • contains 32 pages
  • has LoCs for fiction in Burden of the Heart, But Never Parted, "Finally", In Check, In the Shade, A Private Obsession, The World Turned Upside Down, see those pages
  • there is an interview with a fan, see A 2005 Interview with Kathy Resch
  • fan defends the Star Trek movies, writing they are a source of angst and material for fan works, and addresses some points made in A 2005 Interview with Jesmihr, see that page
  • a fan is excited about an upcoming project/zine:
    Legacy! What a wonderful word! What vivid images come through when contemplating the proposed 3 volume tribute to our special fandom. I know that some fabulous authors, artists, editors and publishers have signed on to be part of this amazing project and I'm very, very excited about it.
  • a fan is a fan of some new art:
    T'Guess: Your talent is truly stunning! I adore your art, your artful manips. I never dreamed I'd see such beauty as this. Our guys presented in a fresh, real fashion. You're a gem and I thank you so much!
  • a fan comments on a poem and art in an unspecified zine:
    Shelley Butler: What can I possibly say about your stunning work of art, the shower scene with Jim and Spock so much together it made my heart pound. It was not only the expertise of your depiction, it was the heartfelt feelings and thoughts your talent evoked from me when I came upon it. Literally, I was in shock; this powerful creation drew from me such sweet, moving, touching emotions I could not think, I could only sigh. Amazed by the gift of you, giving us the gift of the essence of Kirk and Spock's love, right there on that page, in that shower. It melted me. More thanks than I could ever bestow on you for being a conduit of their love. T'Marii: Your sweet, moving poem, Epilogue to the Queglan, sent me into nirvana, particularly when coupled with Shelley's shower-scene art piece next to it. I call that a sensitive placement of poem and art, one that brought tears to my eyes. Such a great experience, reading your work.
  • regarding songtapes:
    I just can’t imagine anyone ever watching a K/S song vid and coming away with even a fragment of doubt concerning the K/S concept. I say this after watching the K/S DVDs by Killa and Tjonesy and the one created by [Karen P]. Watching the episodes and movies is something I seem to find less and less time for. And when I do watch, sadly, I am usually doing so on the run so to speak. When you watch that way, you do yourself such a disservice, and you miss the looks and the touches and the feelings that zing through the air like mini photon torpedoes. Realize it or not, this can dull your sensitivity to K/S, especially when life is crowding in from all sides. Along comes a K/S Vid to the rescue! There are the looks you remember, and Lord help us, they are powerful! Set to music and words of love or even lust, they do a frenetic dance along your spinal cord and bring you right back into the fold. Maybe I’m different than anyone else, but my pulse actually races as I watch Kirk and Spock watch each other. How could anyone ever misinterpret those looks of adoration, pride and longing? I am in awe of the ability of vidders to capture them and time them to precisely the correct split second to inflict the most emotion on the viewer. At times I am almost embarrassed to be witness to such open expressions of love, and yet they are not something imagined by an artist, but scenes that are a part of TOS. Amazing. James T. Kirk has the most extensive repertoire of dazzling smiles and alluring expressions I’ve ever seen. I say JTK and not William Shatner, because I do not see the same 100 megawatt beauties on display in T.J. Hooker or Boston Legal. For all practical and non- practical purposes they seem to be ignited only by Kirk’s beloved Vulcan. And if your heart can stand it, the best place to see them on display is in a well-crafted K/S vid.