The Vaslovik Archives

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Zine
Title: The Vaslovik Archives
Publisher: Permanent Press
Editor(s): Mary D. Bloemker (issue #1), Mary D. Bloemker and Kathy Davis (issue #2, #3), Mary D. Bloemker (issue #4, #5)
Date(s): 1976-1987
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: The Questor Tapes, Planet Earth, Genesis II
Language: English
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The Vaslovik Archives is a gen fanzine of fiction, art, poetry that focuses on shows Gene Roddenberry created.

The first issue has material from The Questor Tapes, Planet Earth, and Genesis II. The remaining issues are purely "Questor Tapes."

a 1976 ad printed in an August Party program book

Peter David's serialized Questor Tapes fiction, "The Devil's War," was printed in 1986's The Devil's War Collected. In a story arc of his licensed Star Trek comics for DC, "Who Killed Captain Kirk?", Peter David Tuckerized a key guest character, USS Enterprise-A security officer Bloemker, for Mary.

About

Mary B's first published fanzine was The Vaslovik Archives, produced in 1976. Her partner in the venture was her lifelong friend, M.K. Davis. The focus of the zine was the other projects of Gene Roddenberry, but especially the 1974 pilot The Questor Tapes. Many of the submissions were from fellow members of the group that put on the historic August Party conventions, and included Gary 7 (from the Star Trek episode Assignment: Earth), and Genesis II/Planet Earth fiction and art. The zine ultimately ran 6 issues, plus a special edition collecting Peter A. David's Questor/Gary 7 crossover series, "The Devil's War. [1]

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Mary D. Bloemker

The Vaslovik Archives 1 was published April 1976 and is 62 pages long.

The front cover is by Mary Bloemker, the back cover by Kathy Davis, and the interior illos are by Tracey Dougherty, Rich Kolker, Mary Bloemker, Kathy Davis, and Eddie Torrs.

From the editorial:

This zine was born, literally, out of frustration; the frustration of a Questor fan searching through stacks of Star Trek fanzines in search of the occasional Questor story. Herein are contained the fruits of my search, collected together for the sole purpose of saving other fen from the same frustrations. I hope you're happy, y'all!

Most of the stories are reprints from other zines, with a few original efforts thrown in for good measure. The inclusion of the Planet Earth/Genesis II stories was a purely arbitrary decision on my part. I felt that Gene Roddenberry's other efforts deserved the same recognition... and I'm fond of the little critters, besides. Readers will note the rather hopeful notation on the front cover, Volume One. Future volumes of The Vaslovik Archives will be possible only if contributions are forthcoming. Artwork and stories are gladly welcome, send them on, please!

Also, if anyone knows of a Questor or Genesis II story that has been printed in a zine and that I have managed to miss in this collection, please, please, let me know — we endeavour to make this the best, most complete Questor zine ever printed (to the best of my knowledge, that is).

I would like to thank Gene Roddenberry for the very encouraging nod he gave to the mention of a Questor zine when the subject came up in stray conversation. That one nod did more to speed this project on its way than any three circumstances together — thanks!
  • Project Memo (Declassified) (1)
  • Questor — Assignment Earth Part 2 by Jon Oeschger (Planet Earth) (reprinted from Space-Time Continuum #5) (2)
  • Genesis Too? by Rosemary Thorne (reprinted from Space-Time Continuum #1)(4)
  • Imperative of the Sentinel by Stephen Langford (reprinted from One Trek Mind #3) (5)
  • Genesis Too, Two by T'Bored (reprinted from Space-Time Continuum #2) (12)
  • Vengeance Times Two by Peter David ("What happens when two beings of other-worldly origins with similar missions on Earth meet -- Questor and Gary Seven!") (rewritten and printed in 2nd Age #5 as "The Earthman and the Android") (13)
  • Genesis Too, Two + 1 by T'Horne (reprinted from Space-Time Continuum #3) (31)
  • The Steel Mallard by Stephen Langford (also in Avatar #3) (32)
  • Genesis Too Much by Kathy Davis (39)
  • Warbird by Rich Kolker ("Dylan Hunt and Team 21 take on a daring mission to thwart the mutant Tyranian forces in their plan to renovate museum piece bomber planes in order to attack the headquarters of PAX.") ("(Author's Note: This is, as noted, a story outline for a television screenplay. Therefore it is written in that style, rather than that of a traditional short story. This explains the lack of dialogue, among other things.) (People interested in reading the final screenplay will have to wait until it is finished when it can be requested by letter for copying costs.)") ("Reprinted with the gracious permission of Final Frontier and coincidentally by permission of author.") (Planet Earth) (40)
  • Transplanet Earth by Rich Kolker (Planet Earth) (51)
  • And Miles To Go by M. Katherine Davis ("Jerry Robinson has led a long, full life. Can Questor accept that the life of his friend has come to its inevitable conclusion?") (52)
  • Augury by Gail S. Abend (reprinted from One Trek Mind) #4) (57)
  • Final Mission by Rich Kolker (Questor Tapes) (60)
  • Information Center (63)

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, Mary D. Bloemker
back cover of issue #2, Mary D. Bloemker

The Vaslovik Archives 2 was published 1977 and is 86 pages long. It was co-edited with Kathy Davis.

The acknowledgments:

This issue is dedicated with much love and just a touch of exasperation to the following people: To Rick Kolker, for being quietly persistent. To Charles Heiden, for being loudly persistent and alarmingly prolific. To Paul Westerfield, whomever you may be. To Peter A. David, for being one in a million. To Ann Wigmore, for all that she's done. To Dale Jones, for being the person she is. To Rae Curtis, with all my best. To Mary Hartery, for the support when I needed it. To Carole Abbs, and most especially, her very special friend to whom I owe three very special days. Thank you. And not to be outdone, to the Co-Editor, Kathy Davis, who did what she could and wished she could do more, a very special thanks.

And to all the rest of them: Chris, Lisa, Pam, Tracy, Jacqui, Chuck, David, Carol, Pat, and Pat, Steve, Sharon, Vicki, Polly, and Evelyn.

And most especially, to GENE RODDENBERRY, for starting it all.
From the editorial by Mary:
Anyway, the reason this zine was not out on schedule was in part due to some shaky finances on my end and some stupidity on the printers end. Just when it seemed that "Vaslovik Archives #2 was nearing its completion, the printers lost six pages of original manuscript—and after two months of twice-weekly requests, they now deny that I ever gave them the pages to print in the first place. Since turning red and throwing fits all over the place wasn't exactly the most constructive way to get a zine printed, I then turned my mind to more practical alternatives, Retyping the pages in question wouldn't have posed much of a problem if it weren't for the fact that I had moved in the interim and the typewriter, a rental, was now about 400 miles away. The fact that you hold this zine in your hands at all—well, short of calling it a miracle, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to Gail Paradis for coming through and retyping the missing pages for me. It was a much needed helping hand— thank you.
From the editorial by Kathy:

This time I pleaded infirmity instead of insanity and let Mary do the typing. Which is why there is so little art in this volume — by the time I kicked her out of my apartment at night her hands were too numb to draw. I never knew how she could type with that many fingers anyway.

So, with the fragrance of Wite-Out in my nostrils, with yards of carbon-ribbon spaghetti overflowing my wastebasket, and the incessant hum and staccato rhythm of a rented IBM Electric filling my living room, this fanzine came to be.

Like I said at the completion of Volume One — one of us has gotta be crazy.

And may the Baltimore Orioles win the pennant this year.
  • Editorials (1)
  • Prologue Part 1 by Rich Kolker (Despite this being "part 1," this story was not continued.) (M*A*S*H/The Questor Tapes) (3)
  • Insufficient Data by Ann Wigmore ("Ann lives in England and has never had the benefit of seeing THE QUESTOR TAPES movie. Despite this tragic handicap, Ann has become a fan through a cassette sound recording and the D.C. Fontana paperback adaptation and the glowing descriptions the more fortunate of us have given her. Ann gives us the story of how Dr. Emil Vaslovik came to choose Jerry Robinson for Project Questor, and her insight into the characters is remarkable, well-crafted story telling — would you, reading this story, believe that she has never seen the movie?") (10)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Mary Bloemker

The Vaslovik Archives 3 was published 1980 and is 51 pages long. The art is by Mary Bloemker.

This issue was edited by Mary Bloemker and Kathy Davis.

  • Project Memo (Declassified) (ii)
  • The Devil’s War Part 2 by Peter A. David (1)
  • Losers Weepers by Paul Westerfield (9)
  • Encounter in a Small Town by Linda Lanzi (16)
  • For Now and Ever After by V.F. Newton (22)
  • The 0939 From Canaveral by Charles Heiden (26)
  • The People’s Choice Part 2 by Charles Heiden (39)

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Mary Bloemker
back cover of issue #4, Deb Walsh

The Vaslovik Archives 4 was published May 1981 and is 84 pages long. This issue was edited by Bloemker, with Davis listed as "administrator emeritus."

The art is by Mary Bloemker and Deb Walsh.

From the editorial:

After five years and four issues of The Vaslovik Archives, I am still constantly surprised at the fierce loyalty of the fans of an innocuous little TV movie called The Questor Tapes. Sure, when Kathy Davis and I thought of putting a one-shot zine together, comprised of reprints of Questor stories scattered throughout Star Trek fanzines, we thought we might be able to sell a few copies. Our first surprise was when Peter David offered to contribute an original Questor story to the effort (ah, Peter, what would this zine ever do without you? Don't try it!); our second surprise was when the zine sold out of the first printing within three months. After that, the surprises came fast and furious, the latest one being that I actually got this fourth issue out when I said I would. (Don't faint, I left the smelling salts in my other purse.)

For those of you whose interest might have been piqued by the reference on the contents page to the Administrator Emeritus, and whose curiosity might have been aroused by the brief, deliberately enigmatic reference to my ex-Ko-editor's illness in the editorial in Issue #3, I will explain a little whether she wants me to or not. The idea for the Questor zine was jointly ours — basically, we supported each other in our madness. Madness, yea, verily it was, since neither of us had the slightest idea of what on earth we were doing. Kathy did the majority (something like 95%, I believe) of the typing on Vaslovik #1, primarily because she had the spare time, and I couldn't type to save my life. A college typing course took care of the latter as far as I was concerned; as far as Kathy was concerned, well, two things conspired to separate the future issues of VA from her involvement. One, I moved 400 miles away, and two [...]
  • Upshot, essay by Jim Rondeau (The essay is about how "The Questor Tapes" was planned and written, how the show failed due to some similarities with The Six Million Dollar Man and the lack of support from NBC and the unpopularity of the the character of Jerry Robinson, how there were supposedly 16 sample completed scripts despite D.C. Fontana and Bjo Trimble's statements to the contrary, and how Rondeau acquired two of these unaired scripts... one of which is printed in this issue: "The Surgeon Without a Heart, by Juanita Bartlett, based on a story by Roddenberry.") (reprinted in The Clipper Trade Ship #15) (The Questor Tapes) (1)
  • Friends by Lorraine Bartlett (18)
  • A Woman's Work by Janet Walker (25)
  • Promises and Maple Leaves by Eileen Roy (reprinted from Paladin #1 and The Clipper Trade Ship #26) (28)
  • The Devil's War Part 3 by Peter David (44)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

The Vaslovik Archives 5 was published April 1985 and is 50 pages long.

From the editorial:

Veterans may note the new format; this is one reason for the delay. Ever since being introduced to computerized word processing, I found it increasingly difficult to cope with even an IBM Selectric II and all the tedious typo corrections. It seemed as though every time I spent three hours painstakingly correcting proofread copy, twice as many typos would miraculously make an appearance. This can get pretty discouraging after the third or fourth session.

I finally threw all caution to the wind (and my budget out the window) and sprang for a home computer around Christmas. This entailed retyping everything, of course, so that added to the delay. But it all seemed worth it when the printer spit out.the entire zine in less than ten minutes, picture-perfect!
  • Editorial (ii)
  • Settling In by Lorraine Bartlett (1)
  • A Walk in the Park by Jeri Marlowe (11)
  • Soul-Mate by Sherri Caviness (18)
  • Angelus by Susan M. Garrett (19)
  • Guardians by Sherri Caviness (50)

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Mary D. Bloemker

The Vaslovik Archives 6 was published 1987 and is 42 pages long. It consists of the novelette Sheldon.

From July 1993 GAZ: "Contains the novellette "Sheldon" by Janine Goldfarb. Questor is convinced that his purpose on this planet, to aid mankind, can best be served by employing and training a brilliant young man with an unfortunate employment history, owing to a more unfortunate tendency toward excessive clumsiness. Jerry Robinson, on the other hand, is convinced that his android friend and colleague is missing a few gears. Both of them are in for the surprise of their lives'."

References

  1. ^ The Bloemker Archives, accessed 3.2.2011