Trek Encore

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Title: Trek Encore
Publisher: In Case of Emergency Press
Editor(s): Vel Jaeger
Date(s): 1985
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
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Trek Encore is a fanzine gen anthology by Ginna LaCroix (a Surak Award winner) and edited by Vel Jaeger. All the stories were previously published in other zines.

Summary

The theme of the stories is hurt/comfort borderline K/S with Kirk as the one consistently being 'hurt' and Spock 'comforting'. All three volumes are arranged in chronological order ranging from Kirk's childhood to post ST:TWOK. Volume One takes the reader from childhood through Amok Time showing the origins of the close friendship. The culmination of this issue is the final story, "Breach", wherein each must cope with the attempt on Kirk's life by Spock while in pon farr. Volume Two covers The Deadly Years through Turnabout Intruder with more emphasis placed on non-episode derivation of original story lines. Volume Three is a melange of stories which vary from death of main characters to tie-ins with the first two movies. This volume has two prominent stories, "Eye of the Beholder" and "Reverse Image". "Eye of the Beholder" is a drama/humorous piece taking place after Kirk's death. There's just one, small, insignificant detail... Kirk has returned as a ghost which only Spock can see or communicate with. There are some truly delightful scenes of McCoy catching Spock playing chess with himself--and losing, and the imperturbable First Officer talking to corridor walls. "Reverse Image", the final story, is an appropriate ending to the three volume set. The concept of Kirk in advanced age is rarely treated by an author, but here Lacroix pulls out the stops and leaves the reader hanging on the edge wondering where the story line is leading. [1]

From the Editorial for All Three Issues

1975 was the year I discovered that I was not alone In my appreciation of an old science fiction series called STAR TREK. With publication of STAR TREK LIVES and the NEW VOYAGES anthologies that year, I was incurably infected and knew I just had to find more of this nifty fan fiction.

Easier said than done -- my first queries were met with, "Sorry, 'that zine's out of print." It took more than a year of searching and scrounging before I finally hooked Into the publishing network (remember, those were the days before DATAZINE and UNIVERSAL TRANSLATOR -- all I had to work with was a very out-of-date STAR TREK WELCOMMITTEE DIRECTORY). I soon began to notice several authors who stood out head and shoulders above the rest -- and Ginna LaCroix was one of them, her name on a story assured a most pleasurable read. And thanks to long-time collectors such as Sandra Gent and Ruth Breisinger, who allowed me to borrow their zines by the double armload, I was able to soak up many of Ginna's out-of-print stories. All along I thought It a shame that such a rich ouvre was, not available to all fans -- and thus was born the concept of TREK ENCORE (originally simply ENCORE, but a Mel Gibson anthology beat us to that title). Little did we at IN CASE OF EMERGENCY PRESS realize what a task we had undertaken! Pat Friedman has served yeoman duty at her computer, feeding it each and every page of these three volumes -- she had no inkling of the work ahead when she innocently volunteered to "do some typing" for us. And MarIe Wallick has been invaluable by giving us access to her mint condition collection of vintage zines -- and thanks are owed to all the other San Diego readers who dove Into closets and attics searching their collections for us. Usually proofreading is a real chore, but In this case it was a genuine pleasure to read and reread these stories. Thanks also to Kim Knapp and Julie Cabler for their share of time in proofing -- which was gauged not by the number of pages, but by the inches of thickness ("I'll have the last 3" back to you tomorrow").

We must also express our gratitude to the editors who have granted permission for reprinting many of the stories and poetry in this collection. -- Vel Jaeger
printed in each issue, a list of Ginna LaCroix' zine fic

From the Author's Notes for All Three Volumes

A word from the author? Yikes, I've never written a word unless I've been hiding behind Kirk and Spock!

Like everyone who writes, there are a few people who must take most of the credit. First -- Carol Frisbie, for taking the time to patiently explain to a first time writer why, in "Invasion" she couldn't destroy every starship In the Fleet -- and for always pushing for better stories. Second, -- Merle Decker. You all know her artwork, fnd so much of it has made my stories better than they are. Who can forget her illo in "Reckoning" of a dying Kirk held In Spock's arms. A non-Trek friend said of it that she had never seen such love expressed in a drawing, and I agree. Merle's name should also be on "Truths" -- a story we hashed out on a midnight drive back from New York and who gave Its first editing comment -- "It's got a beginning and an ending, but you forgot the middle!" Third -- Ruth Breisinger -- for being there. Lastly to all the nutty editors who take on the agony of producing the zines in which our works are printed. Without you, we wouldn't be -- and think of how much money we would have saved!! Vel suggested a small history of some of the stories. I seem to write differently from most people, having no preconceived Idea before starting of what I'm going to write about. The only concrete Idea is a "hurt" (mostly for Kirk -- he is so beautiful when he is dirty, bloody, and exhausted -- my Spock tends to sit there stoically and say, "There Is no pain...") or a "quote." That's why I can't get past the short story format. I don't know what's going to happen either. I get so involved as I scribble along that I can't stand it any more and finish so I can find out happens! I'm afraid I'm never going to write the great American novel. For example. "Safe Haven" was supposed to be a happy shore leave story. but when I discovered men plotting against poor Kirk on page one, I knew I had failed. "The Human Tear" arrived out of a hymn book found at the National Cathedral. "Breaking Point" was originally a very long farce, written when Carol Frisbie complained no one was writing hurt/comfort any more. At that time its title was "I Don't Feel Very Good" or "I Assure You, Doctor, I Am Perfectly All Right" or "Why Won't Anyone Ever Listen To Me." In it everybody got hurt. The story also received the best editing comment I've ever "It has to be shortened by about twelve pages, but don't take anything out!" "The Christmas Tree" was written during Hurricane David, which won me the "Landru Award for Illogic" at the Volkers' New Year's Eve party. I often write to relieve my frustrations. After blowing a piston rod through the engine of my car Christmas, did I get mad? No, I sat down and made Kirk a drug addict in "Images." "The Outsider" turned up when everybody else went off to a convention and I had to stay home and work.

Everyone has their favorite story and their own reasons for it, just as I'm sure most writers secretly dislike much of what they have done. I'm no different. I have a very special place in my heart for "Breach" a story written years ago with probably more emotion than anything else I've done. Even now, it stands the test of time and I still love It. I hope each of you finds something of equal value in the following pages, and enjoy reading it as much as I have writing it.

Reactions and Reviews

Ginna Lacroix has a unique ability to create stories using minor characters and specific episodes as springboards. Considered as single entities, each story stands well alone--as they were originally published. As a combined unit, the reader is submitted to a plethora of ways to torture/maim Kirk with the requisite ensuing depths of depression. Kirk fans with a bent toward the hurt/comfort theme will definitely enjoy this set of zines. Concerning the publishing: there should have been some judicious editing to allow unobtrusive continuity. The author, as any writer does, tends to use the same descriptive terms repeatedly when referring to particular aspects of character personalities and abilities. This is not a problem when the stories are located in various zines, but when placed back to back, it stands out, unfortunately. On the positive side, In Case of Emergency Press as accomplished something long overdue in fandom --the reprinting of "out of print" works by a single author. Mention should also be made of Pat Friedman for the many, many hours of labor spent at the typewriter. It is hoped more collected works of fine writers of the "past" will see the light of day as this one has. [2]

Issue 1

Trek Encore 1 was published in 1985 and contains 146 pages. All material is by Ginna LaCroix. There is no interior art.

This issue takes the reader from childhood through Amok Time showing the origins of the close friendship.

another cover version for issue #1, an unauthorized reprint
cover of issue #1, original and authorized edition
  • One: The Changing of a Definition (from Maine(ly) Trek #1) (1)
  • We Were All the Same Age... Once (from Kirk) (2)
  • Triptych (from Rigel #4/5/6) (3)
  • The Beginning (from Nome #1) (23)
  • We Do Our Best (from Fantasia #2 (30)
  • Discovery (from Nome #2) (35)
  • Deja Vu (from Final Frontier #1 -- a slash zine) (47)
  • Epilogue (from Maine(ly) Trek #1) (56)
  • Because of You (from Millenium #1) (57)
  • Mission Accomplised (from Log Entries #11) (63)
  • Running Up and Down on Green Grass (from Nexus #3) (70)
  • Invasion (first story she had published) (from Rigel #3) (81)
  • Reckoning (from Galactic Discourse #3 (93)
  • When Someone Understands (from Nexus #3) (115)
  • Reality (from Kirk) (119)
  • Breach (from The Turbolift Review #1) (133)
  • Dreamers Never Lie (from Nexus #4) (147) (includes the author's original ending)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, original and authorized edition

Trek Encore 2 was published in 1985 and contains 146 pages. All material is by Ginna LaCroix. This issue covers The Deadly Years through Turnabout Intruder with more emphasis placed on non-episode derivation of original story lines.

another cover version for issue #2, an unauthorized reprint
another cover version for issue #2, an unauthorized reprint

Contents:

  • A Matter of Trust (from Enter-comm #2) (Kirk forced to watch his men die) (1)
  • The Hottest Fire (from Vault of Tomorrow #4) (A/U Alternate Universe with Kirk, Pike and Spock) (14)
  • Only Human (from Berengaria #9) (Admiral West on Enterprise) (32)
  • A Private Little Hell (from Rigel #4/5/6) (Tyree from A Private Little War) (40)
  • Breaking Point (from Sun and Shadow) (after Omega IV with Tracey; Kirk healing poorly) (46)
  • Musings (from Rigel #4/5/6) (64)
  • Conundrum (from Galactic Discourse #4) (Klingon problems) (65)
  • Gem (from Star Canticle #3) (93)
  • The Answer (from Maine(ly) Trek #2) (Tension headaches) (94)
  • The Christmas Tree (from Contact Christmas) (Spock buys a tree to cheer Kirk up) (100)
  • The Human Tear (from Stardate Unknown #5) (Kirk injured on planet and a malfunctioning transporter) (103)
  • The Outsider (from Contact #8) (Kirk teaching at the Academy) (108)
  • Safe Haven (from Guardian #2) (Medical rest) (113)
  • But Up to Now (from Contact #5/6) (Kirk with Daystrom) (130)
  • All Things Heal in Time (from The Turbolift Review #2, also in Computer Playback #6) (Bad morale on another ship) (135)
  • The Fabric of Space (from Rigel #3) (Bill Theiss' recollections, an early RPF) (151)


Issue 3

cover of issue #3, original and authorized edition
alternate cover for issue #3, an unauthorized reprint

Trek Encore 3 was published in 1985 and contains 156 pages. It is a collection of stories which vary from death of main characters to tie-ins with the first two movies. All material is by Ginna LaCroix.

  • Because of You (from Vault of Tomorrow #1) (1)
  • Eye of the Beholder (from Trek Continuum #1) (battle with Klingons and Gorns) (5)
  • One Good Turn… (from Galactic Discourse #2) (destruction of parts of a planet) (16)
  • The Mourner (from Sun and Shadow) (Kirk in mourning on planet—sad) (24)
  • The Flight (from Enter-comm #3) (28)
  • The Dream (from Alpha Continuum #3) (Spock leaving for Vulcan) (29)
  • The Parting (from Nome #4) (end of 5 year mission) (30)
  • Legends.... and Men (from Kirk (44)
  • Images (from Contact #7) (Kirk captured and addicted to drugs) (45)
  • Returning Home (from Millennium #4) (Kirk's home) (73)
  • Truths (from Enter-comm #5) (The Big Three go mountain climbing with disastrous results) (76)
  • The Sun is No Friend of the Dead (from Nome #5) (Kirk H/C) (106)
  • When There Are No Answers (from Nome #6) (review of recent cadet accidents) (125)
  • A Time to Care (from Galactic Discourse #4) (after STII) (149)
  • As I Stand Here (from Vault of Tomorrow #4) (151)
  • Remember (from [[Galactic Discourse #4) (152)
  • Reverse Image (from TREKisM at Length #3) (Nogura's retirement) (153)
  • Perfection (from TREKisM at Length #3) (156)

References

  1. from Datazine #39
  2. from Datazine #39