The K/S Press/Issues 161-170

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The K/S Press 161 (February 2010)

The K/S Press 162 (March 2010)

  • contains 36 pages
one of the photos from "Kirk* and Spock* Visit Berlin (*in the form of Vermont Teddy Bears)" -- the bears read an issue of T'hy'la

The K/S Press 163 (April 2010)

The K/S Press 164 (May 2010)

  • contains 34 pages
  • has LoCs for the fiction First Anniversary, The Captain's Boy, Unto Harvest in Fullness of Time, Deflectors Down, Starbase Eighteen, Chimera, The Hidden, Broken Images, Command Decision, Common Ground, Snow, Wednesday Morning 3 AM, Take It Like a Man, The Gift, Neutral Territory, Where the Dreams, A Thin Flame, see those pages
  • there are no Roundtable LoCs
  • a fan writes of new technology:
    I‘ve had difficulty adapting to reading fan fiction on the internet. I have worked with technology for twenty years and quite comfortable with computers for a wide range of purposes for work and entertainment. Reading for long periods of time from a computer screen has been something I have never done well. It is too easy to be distracted, or become uncomfortable sitting still and reading a screen for long periods of time and have a sense of being lost in a vast collection of web pages. It is too easy to start to read something, enjoy the story being told and then be distracted by something else -- an email perhaps, the call of real life, and never find my way back. Then I started traveling more for business and my husband gave me a Kindle for my birthday. Suddenly, all those vast hours waiting in terminals or in airplanes had greater entertainment potential. I pulled up the many, many web page bookmarks for stories I have always thought I would read one day but never got around to it. I saved many of those stories to my Kindle which helpfully allows me to read as many stories as I want at once, maintaining bookmarks of where I left off - allowing me to be switch between stories with ease.

The K/S Press 165 (June 2010)

The K/S Press 166 (July 2010)

The K/S Press 167 (August 2010)

artwork by Caren Parnes, raffled off at Closet Con for charity

The K/S Press 168 (September 2010)

The K/S Press 169 (October 2010)

Why are so few new print zines coming out? What do you think may be in play? Time lag in getting "print" stories out? (which I fully realize is because editors don‘t have enough submissions to make a good zine)
"Older" print oriented authors moving on to other fandoms? Any idea of what the hottest fandoms are these days?
"Younger" tec savvy authors publishing electronically for instant gratification? Simply because that‘s their "native" medium?
Newbie energy going into "AOS" fic? Almost none of that has showed up in recent print zines? Why?
TOS K/S has just done everything there is to do?
The "plot" of a romance is generally the obstructions put in the way of "happily ever after" and with the current culture of acceptance there aren‘t enough obstacles to keep a story going?
Mainstreaming of "/" fiction (both in-print and electronic books) drawing authors ideas and energy to new and different places?
Has the printing cost of today‘s print zines pushed more readers to rely on electronic archives?
Have the new e-book devices (Kindle, Sony Reader, Nook, I-Pad made reading e-only stories more comfortable and "user friendly?"
Additionally to Editors:
If you would share some ideas of a print run today vs. 10 years ago, vs. 20 years ago?
Do individual issues of zines "break even?"
How much time do you invest in a single zine, these days? As opposed to 10 years ago? 20 years ago? In those dark ages before word processors?
What kind of inventory do you keep? What does it cost to re-print- on-demand older issues?
Could you estimate how many "active" fans you have now ordering new print zines as they come out?‘ Ten years ago? Twenty years ago?
How many orders do you receive from "overseas?""

The K/S Press 170 (November 2010)

  • contains 32 pages
  • has two CGAs by T'Racionn
  • has LoCs for the fiction "None So Blind", Call Me Brother, Shopping Daze, Sleeping Dogs, Sojourns, Still Amok, The Word Withheld, Cries of the Children, From Rags to Riches, see those pages
  • a fan comments on a fan-created song, My Best Friend, see that page
  • an acafan named Laura Campillo Arniaz asks for help:
    I'm a scholar at the University of Murcia (Spain) and a die-hard (if relatively recent) fan of Star Trek fanfiction. I am currently planning to write an academic article analysing how Shakespeare has been appropriated by/parodied in the ST fandom, and I'm looking for any kind of fiction where the members of the Enterprise interact as if they where characters in a Shakespearean play. I'm specially interested in the TOS and Reboot universes, slash and gen, any rating and genre, so all suggestions will be heartily welcome!

  • a fan writes:
    [Rebecca T] asked several interesting questions last issue. I haven‘t had time to answer them all, but I thought I‘d tackle at least one: Rebecca asked: Why are so few new print zines coming out? And then offered several possible explanations, including: "The plot of a romance is generally the obstructions put in the way of happily ever after and with the current culture of acceptance there aren't enough obstacles to keep a story going?" That reminded me of a panel discussion a couple of years at at the slash convention Escapade to discuss the trope WNGWJLEO (We‘re Not Gay We Just Love Each Other), which has been around since the beginning of slash fandom. This trope has often manifested itself as a single line or paragraph in a story which otherwise has nothing to do with how homosexuality is viewed in the future, often stating that either Kirk or Spock or both had never had male/male sex before now. (If I‘m recalling correctly, a panel at an early KiScon tackled the same topic.) The moderator of the panel was worried that, without that trope, "we‘d" have nothing to write about". Since I‘ve never written that trope and have always written from the baseline assumption of bisexuality for both Kirk and Spock, I pointed out that I‘d always had plenty to write about. Several other members of the audience had the same thing to say. Also, from what I‘ve seen in AOS stories, and contemporary slash in general (and there are huge quantities of both), this trope is fairly uncommon these days. Considering that all-too-often it was shoehorned into stories but had nothing to do with the actual plot, we clearly had plenty else to write about all along.