The Turbolift Review

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Title: The Turbolift Review
Publisher: Teri White
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Date(s): 1978
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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The Turbolift Review is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology of fiction, poems, articles and art.

a 1977 flyer for this zine, printed in Star Trek Prospers #30

The editor signs the editorial of the first issue with "K/S FOREVER," illustrating how the early use of the term did not necessarily connote a sexual relationship -- At the same time, an example of how some fans didn't necessarily draw a solid line down the middle of "gen" and "slash" comes from an excerpt from a review in 1978: "It is heavy on the K/S relationship, and will delight K/S fans. Not X-rated, nothing you wouldn't let your mother read, though mine did." [1]

A comment by Judith Gran: "Like most Kirk/Spock heavy relationship zines, TURBOLIFT REVIEW was a great big tease. It led us on with touching, hurt/comfort, self-sacrifice and declarations of undying (but brotherly) love and never delivered. But I guess the title was the biggest tease of all ..." [2]

Issue 1

cover of issue 1, M.E. Matyi

The Turbolift Review 1 was published January 1978 and contains 145 pages.

Poems:

  • four poems by Joanne Bennett
  • A Thing of the Mind, poem by Toni Cardinal-Price
  • Turn the Music Down, poem by Susan K. James
  • Beachwalking, poem by Pete Kaup
  • Cormorant, poem by Pete Kaup
  • Voyeur, poem by Ellen Kobrin
  • Unlocked, poem by Ellen Kobrin
  • A Friend Loveth... Born for Adversity, poem by Ellen Kobrin
  • Nightwalke, poem by Ellen Kobrin
  • Reitred, poem by Ellen Kobrin
  • Lady, poem by Sarah Leibold
  • Mirroring, poem by Sarah Leibold
  • Midnight Musings, poem by Sarah Leibold
  • Isn't It Strange?, poem by Ngasharanguet
  • Worlds and We, poem by Ngasharanguet
  • Desert, poem by Ngasharanguet
  • Robot, poem by Ngasharanguet
  • Remnants of the Breed, poem by Ngasharanguet
  • Graveside, poem by Dayle S. Palko
  • Crystal Prison, poem by Nayle S. Palko
  • Bondmate, poem by Gail Saville
  • An Inquiry, poem by Teri White
  • Eulogy, poem by Teri White
  • book review by T'Leina
  • To a Son of Vulcan, A Letter by Ngasharanguet
  • art by Joanne Bennett, Kathy Carlson, Merle Decker, Susan K. James, Carol Matuszewski, M.E. Matyi (cover), Melinda Shreve, Michael Verina and Ngasharanguet

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This is one of the best first issues I've ever seen. It is heavy on the K/S relationship, and will delight K/S fans. Not X-rated, nothing you wouldn't let your mother read, though mine did. The artwork, both quality and reproduction, is excellent. One note here -- watch for more from a very talented artist named Michael Verina. You'll be seeing more of him, for which we all should be grateful. The stories are uniformly good, with quite a few in the excellent category. There's enough humor in 'Deathface' and 'Will Somebody Please Help the Captain' to satisfy anyone who complains there's too much pain, psychological and physical, in the rest. 'Hero' is gut-wrenching and can't help hitting where you live. White's 'Through a Glass Darkly' is a fascinating view of the Mirror-universe K/S and demands more. 'Nightfall' leaves you begging for the rest of the series (it's part of a projected long series called 'The Hadj Tales). White writes so well. "Words that Weep and Tears that Speak' is beautiful, moving, and very satisfying K/S tale. 'Breach' is also moving, offering a fascinating insight into what happened to Kirk and Spock after 'Amok Time.' 'Cause Celebre' brings us a look at the events between 'This Side of Paradise' and 'Amok Time.' The main focus of this ish is an excellent essay called "The Development of the Kirk/Spock Relationship in Fan Fiction.' This is must-reading fro K/S fans and for those of us trying to understand the fascination the relationship has for us. The poetry ranges from O.K. to excellent with two poems in particular (one by Kaup and the the other by James) that are heartbreaking. All in all, this one is highly recommended, and hurry, it will sell out fast. [3]

Issue 2

cover of issue 2, Michael Verina

Turbolift Review 2 was published in September 1978 and contains 199 pages. Cover title leaves off "The."

From the editorial:
I had intended to expound herein on my intention of keeping TLR an "old" ST zine, meaning staying with the original characters, despite whatever changes might be inflicted' upon us in a movie. Luckily, however, now that Leonard is back, such a statement would seem to be unnecessary. Of course, knowing the minds in charge, they could still screw things up. Let's just keep good thoughts.

Anyway back to the zine. Once again, I want to thank all my contributors profoundly for entrusting to me their work. After all, without them where would an editor be? I also wish to apologize to those people who expected to have their work appear here and have searched the pages vainly. I just plumb ran out of space. It will all be in my next ish. Special gratitude is also extended to all you nice people who wrote to me about #1. Only wish I had space to run the letters, but I figured you'd all rather read new stories. All of your comments are most welcome and I have attempted to incorporate many of your suggestions for improvement in #2. One criticism of zines (not just mine, all zines) that bothers me a bit is that the work found in them is not of "professional" quality. Well, what is of pro quality is debatable at best (much fanfic is far superior to some "pro" stuff, need I mention SPOCK MUST DIE?) Anyway, we're all just fans, trying to do our best and maybe learn a little along the way. Someday we might be pros. Sometimes I think we take ourselves a mite too seriously. This is all supposed to be fun, remember? I'm not out to compete with Bantam. One word about #1. There was a story in there called "NIGHTFALL." I asked for comment on that and believe me, I got it. I had intended to print excerpts from that extended series as they were written. However, the response convinced me to hold off and publish the whole story at one time. When? Well, hopefully in the spring. To this end, I have taken on a collaborator Ellen Kobrin. So THE HADJ TALES will see the light of day before too long.

I would be interested in adding one feature to TLR -- one SF story per issue (other than ST.) However, I would want any such submission to contain at least the spirit of TREK. Does that make sense? I can't define what it is I'm looking for, but I'll know it when I see it.
  • The Road Less Traveled by Sibyl Hancock (2)
  • The Thin Line by Toni Cardinal (10)
  • Objet Trouve by Teri White (32)
  • The Crystal by Mariann Hornlein (43)
  • Now You See It, Now You Don't by Verna Mae Long (57)
  • The Morning After Woe by Ellen Kobrin and Teri White (72)
  • Il Commence by Jean Stevenson (83)
  • Betrayal by Crystal A. Taylor (86)
  • Soliloquy by Ellen Kobrin (107)
  • All Things Heal in Time by Ginna LaCroix (108) (reprinted in Computer Playback #6 and in Trek Encore #2)
  • And Not to Yield by Donna Toutant (135)
  • The Song by Frances Wilson (159)
  • The Slightest Folly by Dayle Palko and Michaelene Dalton (163)
  • At Midnight in some Flaming Town by Cheryl Rice (179)
  • FIAWOL by Rose Marie Jakubjansky (182)
  • Coup D'Etat by Teri White (186) (The author notes at the end of this story that the conclusion will appear in issue #3 of this zine, an issue that did not materialize.)
  • poems by Ellen Korbrin, Jennifer Bakal, Mark Polakoff, Crystal Taylor, Toni Cardinal, Rose Marie Jakubjansky, Dayle Palko, Gail Stark, Heidi Heyman, Diana Rusnak, Pete Kaup, Sarah Leibold, and Jeanne L. Powers
  • art by Kathy Carlson, Merle Decker, Ellen Blevins, Gail Stark, Rose Jakubjansky, Marilyn Spear, Virginia Lee Smith, Pat Stall, M.E. Matyi, Michael Verina (cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

I find myself bored by most thematic zines, even by those that are well-done. 'Turbolift Review' is NOT well-done... My immediate impression of TLR was that I was reading a very poor imitation of Contact... 'The Thin Line' presents a syrupy romance between Kirk and Janet Wallace, a romance which ends in the requisite tragedy. The doctor proves expendable. She and Kirk are walking hand in hand along a river when a sudden earthquake topples them in... It's Spock to the rescue, but because Kirk and Janet are separated by raging currents, he can only save one of them. Guess who! Right!! Kirk blames Spock for Janet's death and makes his feelings quite known. He proceeds to blame Spock for everything that goes wrong from then on... The man who survived Edith Keeler and Miramanee grouses around like a wounded wolverine, deliberately wounding Spock with his tear-gut words He sends Spock into danger, and the Vulcan is (what else?) injured. Kirk weeps saccharin tears over the near-corpse, there is the requisite sick-bay reconciliation in a cathartic bout of hysterics. Characterization is abysmal, plot deus-ex-machina ridden, writing skills only passable. 'The Morning After Woe' defies all approximation to logic. James Kirk is a quadriplegic, a victim of neuromyasthensis, a 23rd century mutated disease... how can Kirk 'miraculously' regain the use of his aforesaid paralyzed limbs when Spock is put into physical danger from a lab explosion? And how... but why go on? You have the dynamic duo weeping copiously over one another. What matter plot, characterization, believable dialogue, or even, science accuracy and logic in the face of THAT?! By now, you'll have guess that I dod not approve of stories where the sole raison d'etre is addition verbiage of the K/S [4] saga. If the relationship between Kirk and his First Officer can be meaningfully explored within the context of a well-plotted, carefully constructed story, fine. I can accept that. Due to be fed pablum in the face of meat and potatoes is something else. A story that exists solely for the purpose of telling us about the K/S relationship, one lacking plot, motivation, character, dialogue, and all other attributes to decent fiction, is no story. A story needs plot, motivation, change. Most K/S stories have none of these essential elements. Crystal Taylor, of all the authors specializing in K/S, usually handles the difficult chore of writing a valid story within which the K/S elements are an integral but not obtrusive segment. How much more disappointing, therefore, is her 'Betrayal',' in which Kirk, despite his and the author's denial, goes into what is manifestly a jealous snit over Spock's relationship with Christopher Pike. Saddest of all is that Crystal writes well enough that this story could have easily been sufficiently strengthened to be a strong story.... 'All Things Heal in Time' is poorly plotted and built on an illogical supposition... 'And Not to Yield': How many 'Kirk and/or Spock are kidnapped by an alien for study' stories are there out there? This one adds nothing new to the genre... 'The Slightest Folly' approached a topic thus far neglected by fan writers -- the ethics, or even the morality, of Spock's action in causing Kirk to forget Rayna Kopek. Unfortunately, what could have been a fascinating study in comparative ethics degenerated into yet another Kirk/Spock confrontation/conciliation scene. Five minutes of oxygen deprivation will destroy so many irreplaceable brain cells, that irremediable brain damage occurs... It certainly strains my credulity to have the Mirror Kirk hovering over a Mirror Spock for ten minutes, practicing artificial respiration on him, and to have Spock revive as calmly as though waking from a deep sleep. On second thought, maybe Spock did NOT escape brain damage? That's the only feasible explanation for the pitiful actions he takes against the Empire in the name of revolution in Teri White's 'Coup D'Etat.' Unfortunately, this serial will be continued in the next issue. The balance of the fiction ranged from boring to execrable. The poetry was treated strictly like filler material ranged from fatuous to promising. Graphics and layout showed no sign of thought or planning. Art ranged from poor to excellent, with the Verina cover and Pat Stall's interior work leading the way. Merle Decker's pieces were also good... There are also some smaller pieces that do not deserve to be printed. I'd rather look at an illo-less zine, boring as that may be. With zines going offset, and charging offset prices, wasting page space on illos as bad as some that are in TLR should be a federal offense. In her editorial, Ms. White comments about zine critics who complain that stories and artwork in zines are not of 'professional' quality. She seems to feel that we are all fans together, and that we should have no standards of excellence. Sorry. Zines have become too expensive for me to be indiscriminate in my choice of reading matter. I might be willing to accept a certain amount of mediocrity in a $2.00 mimeo zine. When zines are $5, $6, $7.50 and up, I want more. and the 'more' in that sentence refers to quality, not quantity.... In summation, TLR is b-o-o-o-r-i-n-g and not at all worth the $5 cover price. The stories are slanted for K/S people who are totally indiscriminate in their reading matter and who are willing to forgo theme, plot, characterization, believable dialogue, and logical development for the sake of the glorious K/S relationship. If you MUST read K/S navel-groping, read Contact. At least the stories in that zine, though over-edited, are, on the whole, well-written. [5]
This second issue of Teri's K/S zine is well-produced and edited and offers a fine selection of stories. 'The Road Less Traveled' is a sensitive look at Spock's decision to leave his home planet, where he was never quite accepted as a truly Vulcan, and enter Star Fleet -- a fateful decision that will ultimately end his loneliness. 'Object Trouve' is a moving study of Kirk's attempt to handle his knowledge of the 'enemy within' him and his discovery that he is not alone. There is a half Vulcan who understands and cares, who knows the worst about him and is still willing to call him friend. Best of all is 'All Things Heal With Time' Kirk, still psychologically and emotionally shaken by his ordeal with Janice Lester, is sent to command a UFP spy ship and direct a perilous mission with an embittered and mutinous crew. How Kirk handles that volatile situation and his own haunting memories is what this story is all about. A good plot and one of the best characterizations of Kirk I've read! Much more in this issue including poetry, some good art, and part one of an excellent mirror story, and 'FIAWOL', a hilarious description of a hopelessly addicted fan. This zine will be hard to put down. Recommended! [6]
First of all, the cover of this "relationship" zine is gorgeous - a profile portrait of Kirk and Spock by Michael Verina. The inside illos are not as outstanding, but are acceptable, the best pieces of artwork being those by Pat Stall and Merle Decker. As for the contents, the stories and poetry are plentiful and the type is clear, making it quite readable. To cover briefly a few of the offerings, in "The Thin Line" by Toni Cardinal-Price, Kirk and Janet Wallace have become an item, only to have her die in a freak drowning accident. Spock could rescue but one of them, and, lucky for us, his choice was Kirk, much to Kirk's displeasure. "Betrayal" by Crystal Ann Taylor starts where "The Menagerie" left off, with Kirk wondering if he isn't the center of Spock's universe, after all. "All Things Heal in Time", authored by Ginna Lacroix, has Kirk recovering from the turmoil of "Turnabout Intruder, a process cut short by an emergency situation demanding his presence on the T-17, a scout ship doing spy duty in the midst of the Klingon fleet. Naturally, the Klingons are about to invade and subjugate a defenseless planet and its people. Kirk must take command of a crew ready to mutiny, a condition that is the result of the previous leadership -- or lack of it -- aboard the T-17, and come to grips with himself as well, all without Spock's support and/or assistance. Poor baby! In the "Morning After Woe" by Ellen Kobrin and Teri White, Kirk is the victim of a 23rd century disease much like polio, a virulent, deadly illness to which Vulcans are not the subject, but are carriers, much like Typhoid Marry. Cheryl Rice's "At Midnight in Some Flaming Town" has Kirk and Spock facing the end together, with McCoy as an unwilling and helpless witness. Finally, there's Rose Marie Jakubjansky's "F.I.A.W.O.L.", also titled "Warning: Star Trek May Be Hazardous to Your Health," an entertaining bit of lunacy told through the eyes of a Trek fan's long-suffering husband. RATING 9 (out of 10) [7]

References

  1. from Scuttlebutt #6
  2. Judith Gran at alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated, July 25, 1999
  3. from Scuttlebutt #6
  4. Note: the K/S referred to in this review does not refer to sexually intimate relationship, but instead to an older use of the term: see K/S and K&S
  5. from Right of Statement #3
  6. from Scuttlebutt #10
  7. from Enterprise Incidents #6 (1978) by Sandra Gent