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Zine
Title: TrexIndex (at least one issue was called Trekindex)
Publisher: Federation Trading Post, April Publications, Inc., Star Fleet Productions
Editor(s): Roberta Rogow & David Lubkin (computer specialist and associate editor)
Type:
Date(s): 1977 (original set, v. 1), 1978, (original set, v.2/3 and 4/5), the supplements are later
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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cover vol. 1 (1977), cover by Monica Miller

TrexIndex is an index to early Star Trek: TOS fanzines. It contains a listing of fanzine stories by author, a list by subject heading (i.e. "aliens", humor"), episode title, characters, and fanzines.

Art appears on Fanlore with the publisher's permission.

Invaluable to Many Fans

In 1981, TREKisM #21, called this "a must-have for those trying to track down the location of early fan stories."

It was also helpful for fans wanting to avoid things as well. Captain's Log #6 (February 1982) has a LoC by Roberta Rogow in which she derides a popular zine series and its content:
...My (zine) table [at a con] was right next to the one selling Nome (one of the K/S things) - a couple of girls picked up Nome and it was all I could do to keep my mouth shut! Later they insisted on returning it & getting their money back - and then I sold them a Trek index, pointing out that they could avoid much embarassment by those zines listed under "Kirk/Spock Relationship." By the way, they then bought "Captain's Log," which I told them was "Straight Trek, in every sense of the word!" that is, good adventure stories set on board the Big E... [R.G. Pollet, editor of "Captain's Log" added a diplomatic comment]: I sincerely hope no one liking Nome or K/S is offended by that, Ms. Rogow only mentioned it to me because it had something to do with C.L. and I ran it for that reason- There are well writen stories dealing with K/S, but many people don't like it, simply because it is K/S, as some readers don't like action/adventure stories, or parodies. It also shows how helpful Robeta's Trek Indexes can be. Ed.)

The Original Issues and Supplements

a 1987 listing and short description, click to read

The initial TrexIndex was published in 1977. It is subtitled, "The Complete Encyclopedia of Star Trek Fan Magazines." It covered Star Trek fanzines published between 1966 and 1976. It was split in five volumes with different indices.

The following years several TrexIndex Supplements were published, keeping the index current with the newer fanzines. These were also split into volumes.

Announcements

Roberta Rogow has announced the launching of Trexindex, an index for Star Trek fanzines. Trexindex will attempt to list authors and titles of fiction and non-fiction work in trekzines, along with book reviews and art credits. The cross-referenced index will try to list all ST fan puclications ever published,with indications as to whether the publication is still in print. Rogow, a librarian herself, is working on the index with other trekfen of similar skill to produce what she hopes to be "a serious referenoe tool for serious reference by serious science fiction fans, creative writing teachers and librarians." Those wishing to help out Ms. Rogow by sending material (or info about same) for indexing should write her at [address and phone number redacted]. She is looking for assistance, especially those with massive collections to draw upon as a reference. [1]
Roberta Rogow, a New Jersey librarian and acquaintance of ours, is in the process of having her TREXINDEX published. This is a 625 page index to almost all the Trek writing done in the last 10 years. It features the names of 10,000 fiction stories by some 500 authors. She hopes to have it available by May 15 at the ST Mini con. It will sell for about $6.00. Roberta estimates there are at least 160 fanzines available, about 70% of the contents are fiction. She is planning updates every six months selling for $1.00 each. She hopes also to start a fanzine lending library in which people could read out-of-date fanzines which are no longer available. In the article which Roberta sent us, STP was one of the fanzines visible in the photo!

Regarding this Zine's Origins

Roberta began this index because she'd read a story and couldn't find the sequel. The first "Encyclopedia" was her attempt to get someone else to finance the project, something that in the end was not a good idea as she ended up doing it all herself!

The original Volumes I and II were mimeoed, by Devra Langsam. The Supplements were photo-offset at her local print-shop. Roberta did the whole thing by hand... notes on index cards, typed on a Selectric. In 1987 and because of a dwindling amount of time, she turned the whole thing over to Bill Hupe. He had computer database access (very radical in 1987!), so he did the final Supplements. By that time, a lot of Trek-lit was online, and print fanzines were on their way out... and there was the huge Viacom kerfuffle about copyrights and franchise rights, all of which took away much of Roberta's interest in continuing to work on this project.

Three years ago, I closed out [the second supplement] and vowed never to do another one. Since then, the fanzines have been rolling along, and I've decided there is enough interest left in fandom for me to try once more. However, I cannot do another issue without some input from my fellow editors. Therefore I must ask for help. Those editors who want their fanzine included in the new volume and are in doubt about whether I have information can contact me... Those editors who wish to trade (one copy of the zine for a copy of the Index) may do so. Any fanzine I acquire will become part of the Fanzine Library Collection [2] and will not be sold or otherwise disposed of. Those editors who do not wish to trade but who want their fanzines indexed can send for an indexing form, which they can then send back to me with the requisite data. Those editors who, for whatever reason, do not wish their fanzines to be included in the 'Trexindex Third Index' must contact me before the end of the year so I can remove references before I start to type the finished copy. [3]

V.1 (January 1977)

  • v. 1: Titles of fanzines, titles of stories and articles; 34 pages, cover by Monica Miller, it contains no interior illos.

Reactions and Reviews: V.1

TREXINDEX bills itself as "The Complete Encyclopedia of Star Trek Fan Magazines." Looking at its 34-page length, you wonder what's going on.

TREXINDEX is at best a mediocre attempt to catalogue ST fanzines. Despite its 'pro' publisher and format, TREXINDEX is of poorer quality than some of the fanzines it lists. Errors, from mispellings to omissions and mistakes, are numerous. The format is not always consistent. The print quality is extremely poor in spots, with entire pages faded out.

The "Introduction" to TREXINDEX includes some lines of questionable accuracy—a prelude of things to come. One outright error is the statement that "all stories become copyright property of the editor." This is not so. First of all, some zines, even today, are not copyrighted at all. Secondly, many editors have their zines copyrighted with all rights reserved to the authors and artists. Furthermore, anyone can have their story, poem, drawing of other such item copyrighted to themselves exclusively simply by sending it, with the proper forms, to the copyright office; the editor must then list the private copyright under his or her own.

What does TREXINDEX list? From a selected group of fanzines (all those Ms. Rogow could collect, one assumes) we are given a list of "stories" and"articles" in alphabetical order, by title. There is neither listing not mention of any poetry, artwork or other such material—7-page epic poems and 6-page art portfolios not withstanding. And yet, TREXINDEX does list 1-page short fiction pieces done as responses to artwork and it does include 1-page editorials (which often have no better listing than "Editorial.") But no poetry. Except in error. There is, for example, on listing for a piece of music with poetry lyrics—it is all called "music," and is labeled as an "article." (This is not to say, of course, that all music in the fanzines catalogued have listings, erroneous or otherwise. To the contrary.) Recipes are also listed at times—as "articles."

The reason for the omission of poetry and artwork is not stated anywhere in TREXINDEX.

However, a few questions raised produced a rather interesting answer: TREXINDEX is not "The Complete Encyclopedia of Star Trek Fan Magazines," it is only Volume I of the "encyclopedia." The $4.00 you pay for the"complete" item only gets you one small part of it. I understand that there are planned volumes on poetry, artwork, cross-referenced lists of authors and artists, and so forth, not to mention further updating of stories and articles. How many volumes must we get before we have a "complete encyclopedia?" Will it ever be really "complete?"

[some detailed information on errors omitted]

TREXINDEX claims claims that pseudonyms are indicated with quotation marks. But who checked on the pseudonyms? Not all slightly 'different-sounding' names are pseudonyms—a number of real names are shown with quotation marks. And granted, not all pseudonyms are obviously pseudonyms, but editors and the general public are aware of some of them. Nevertheless, there are cases where pseudonyms known to the compiler are not in quotes—because the writer has been able to convince the editor to keep the secret. A little consistency, please…

The single most marked inequity In TREXINDEX Is that only one author is listed per story. If a story was written by two or three authors, only the first one is listed, producing such entries as "Sundered Duties— J. Blelowicz." (I'm sure co-authors Deneroff and Zawacky, who happen to follow JB In the alphabet, are delighted.) Even zines are listed in this way, i.e.: The Other Side of Paradise, edited by Signe Landon (with no mention of Amy Falkowitz). This is grossly misleading and unfair to the writers and readers who look for the works of particular authors, even in collaboration. The preface mentions that this practice is employed in the zine editor's list; It says nothing of individual stories and articles.

Making matters even worse is that there is one mention of additional authors: "Alternate Universe Four (novel)--S. Halewski, V. Tilly, et al" and "Alternate Universe Four, Vol. 2: The Debt (novel)--S. Maiewski, et al." Thus, having been shown on the first page of the listing how multi-authored stories should be credited, the unsuspecting reader would assume that all items not so marked were written by single authors,

I could go on and on. Certain names are misspelled over and over again. Even the names of the zines are misspelled—Spockanalia, the first ST fanzine and perhaps the most well known one, appears as "Spocklnalia" throughout the index. And heaven help you is you use a technical word or foreign name in the title of your story. Hyphens turn up on the strangest places. Indications for the second line of a reference aren't consistent. Lines are cut off between the name of the zine and the issue number, so little lonely 3's and 5's sit in the middle of nowhere.

There is a disclaimer in the front of TREXINDEX which reads, "the publisher is not responsible for errors or omissions." That, then, leaves it to the editor. Ms. Rogow, TREXINDEX needs to be followed by twi things; a massive list of corrections and an apology—to all those who contributed to fanzines, who were omitted and misrepresented because of the arbitrary decisions and errors made in the compiling of TREXINDEX. [4]

[By Way of Explanation by Roberta Rogow]: I think I know how Gene Roddenberry felt during the last half of the Third Season of Star Trek. There is something totally disheartening in spending much time and energy on a certain project, only to see it go sour because, for various reasons, one must give up a measure of control of the finished product.

It is disconcerting to see, staring up from the printed page, the same typographical errors that were laboriously removed from the galley proofs. It is even worse to see "corrections" in spelling made by the typesetters without the knowledge or consent of the editor. But worst of all is to have to take the blame for the printing, format, and price which were the responsibility of two other people, and over which I had no control.

For instance, I pleaded with the publisher to remove the term "Encyclopedia" from the title page. Trexindex was never meant to be an "encyclopedia", but an Index, a listing of the contents of as many Star Trek fanzines as I, my associate David Lubkin, and the editors and collectors of fanzines across the country could find. When so many people are involved, certain errors and omissions may occur. Whenever possible the information forms were crosschecked, but in some cases that was not convenient. Corrections will be made in later printings of Volume I, and in the next three volumes.

One of the hardest things I had to do was to list only one author per story or article in Volume I, for reasons of space. Volume II will give full listings for each story or article, with cross-references to pseudonyms. As for well-known pseudonyms, which are used as official noms-de-plume, it would be useless to list the personal names of certain writers, just as it drives many readers into a frenzy to have to look for Huckleberry Finn under the author Samuel Clemens.

Trexindex was originally planned to be printed in one volume. When the manuscript was completed, it filled four notebooks (640 typewritten pages) and the publisher and I realized that the finished book would probably cost at least $25.00 or more to print properly. By dividing the Trexindex into four volumes, the cost is spread out over a period of time. Volume II, which will contain biographical material about some of the better-known Star Trek fan authors as well as complete author listings, will be printed later this Spring. Volume III, which will contain some critical remarks and the Subject Headings, will be printed during the summer. The Poetry and Art listings will be Volume IV, and the whole Trexindex will then be available at a total price.

Trexindex is, at present, the only source of information on many of the fanzines listed therein. It serves a need in fandom that has not been satisfied before. Volume I costs $4.00 for 40 pages (including the excellent cover by Monica Milier), which works out to 10 [cents] a page. Looked at that way, Trexindex becomes a bargain, and well worth the price. [5]

V.2/3 (1978)

Includes authors/subject listings of stories and articles; Printed mimeograph, stapled, 105 pages. Artwork by Monica Miller, Joni Wagner, Gennie Summers, Claire Mason, Gee Moaven, and Amy Falkowitz. Contains "An Introduction to Star Trek Fandom, Fan Writing, Fanzines and TrexIndex."

From the editorial:

I started the project of indexing Star Trek Fanzines during the Summer 
of 1976, and had a finished monumental manuscript in the hands of a publisher by 
December of that year. My dreams of seeing my brainchild committed to print within
a short period of time frustrated by unexpected delays. I was relieved to see
 Volume I, Title listings, off the press one anxious year from the time I had first
 brought it in. Though the response from the devotees who saw and purchased this
 work was enthusiastic, the publisher decided that it was not propitious to produce
the other three volumes….

Since I sincerely feel that TREXINDEX has a place in the Star Trek literary and library world, I have made arrangements with Devra Langsam of Poison Pen Press to type the stencils myself on my trusty (if ancient) IBM electric, and to have her duplicate the result. Though this process may not be as delightful to the eye as the type-set volume, it will bring the material to the light of print and give me more personal control over its accuracy and style. It also provides you with the opportunity of having this information available by the Summer of 1978.

I hope you find this material useful in your pursuit of research Into the ocean of fan literature that has gushed forth from the personal presses of Star Trekkers during the last decade.

V.4/5 (1978)

Incluedes poetry / art listings; It contains 86 pages. In addition to the comprehensive index, there is also an article by Rogow ("Introduction to Poetry and Art in Star Trek Fanzines," 7 pages), and art by Beverly Zuk, Gordon Carleton, Doug H., Leslie Fish, Melinda S., Marty Siegrist, and Carol Walske.

Supplement V.1 (1979, 1981)

TrexIndex First Supplement (1979, first edition, one volume) covers 1977-1979.

TrexIndex First Supplement (1981, second edition, two volumes) covers 1977-1980. It has art by Kathy Carlson (front cover), Mary Bohadonowicz (back cover), Vel Jaeger, Terri Lipanovich, Michelle Pederson, Carol Salemi, Gennie Summers.

  • v. 1: author / title / subject
  • v. 2: poetry / art listings
From the editorial of the second edition:

WHAT ARE THE TRENDS? The villain, if you can call him that, is George Lucas. After fifteen years of Star Trek, Lucas gave the fans another Universe to explain and dissect and write about. Brian Dailey's excellent series of novels only shows Han Solo at work; writers like Paula Block, Jani Hicks, and Jackie Paciello have taken the Star Wars Universe for their own. Trekzines like Warped Space and Guardian run Star Wars stories alongside Trek; Pegasus, which started as a Trekzine, is now totally Star Wars.

Where one fan goeth, others follow. Battlestar Galactica was not as important an influence on fan writers, but Adama Journal and Spica testify to the impulse to create yet another universe. So far there are only a few stories based on Buck Rogers (the 1979-81 television show), but there may be more.

Once a fan writer gets to the typewriter, nothing will stop her from using the Trek-lit idea. Warped Space and The Clipper Trade Ship have printed stories based on such unlikely themes as "The Man From Atlantis" and "The Incredible Hulk". Meanwhile, thanks to re-runs, late-nite TV, and cable, a whole generation of fans is relishing such Golden Oldies from the '60s as "Wild Wild West" and "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." The result is a fanzine like Paladin, Syndizine, or N? which may draw on sources as unlikely as "The Muppet Show" and "M'A'S'H". The farthest afield that this gets is the Western-fan's 'zines, Wide Open Spaces and Gone to Texas, in which one may read of the further adventures of the Cartwright family, or the Man With No Name, played by Clint Eastwood in a series of Spaghetti Westerns.

Supplement V.2 (1980)

TrexIndex Second Supplement was published in 1980.

Supplement V.3 (1984)

TrexIndex Third Supplement covers 1980-1984. It was published in 1984.

  • v. 1: author / title / subject; 8 1/2 x 11, 108 pages. Author, title and subject indexes to about 80 Star Trek fanzines published prior to 1984.
  • v. 2: poetry / art listings; Volume II: Poetry and Art is 65 pages long.
    • Acknowledgements (list of fanzine editors) (1 page)
    • Introduction: The Fanzine Scene 1984-1985 (Trends, K/S premise, movies, Star Wars (4 pages)
    • Fanzines Listed In This Volume (6 pages)
    • Poetry Listings: Authors (18 pages)
    • Poetry Listings: Titles (13 pages)
    • Art Listings: Artists (16 pages)
    • Art Listings: Fanzines (19 pages)
    • Poetry Listings: Addenda: Inside Back Cover (1 page)

Supplement V.4 (1986)

TrexIndex Fourth Supplement covers 1983-1986. Published in 1986, 92 p, covers 133 zines. Art by Nancy Gervais (front cover), Sherri Veltkamp (back cover), Nicole Branch, Jean Ellenbacher, Su Fine, Gennie Summers.

  • v. 1: author / title / subject
  • v. 2: poetry / art listings

Supplement V.5 (1988)

TrexIndex Fifth Supplement covers ?

Supplement V.6 (1990)

TrexIndex Sixth Supplement was published in November 1990 by Peg Kennedy and Bill Hupe.

"One combined volume for fiction, poetry, art, 500 pages. Indexes over 400 fanzines, reduced, double column. A few hundred thousand computer records went into this volume, which includes indexes by story/article title and author and cross-indexed by subject; Poetry title and poet indexes, and artist and art by zine indexes, as well as addresses from which to buy every zine indexed. About 75% new zines since last volume; the rest are older, previously-unindexed fanzines."

V.1

TrexIndex v. 1 is 250 pages. It includes authors, titles, and subject for both TOS and TNG zines.

V.2

TrexIndex v. 2 is 120 pages. It includes poetry and art listings. It has a front and back cover by Teegar. Interior art is by Teegar (originally in Abode of Strife #17, and Robert Jan.

  • Introduction (i)
  • Zine Addresses (iii)
  • Poems by Author (1)
  • Poems by Title (26)
  • Alpha Index to Artists (45)
  • Artists by Zine (67)
[The introduction]:

We know this volume isn't due for at least another six months, but now that the computer software is available and written to handed Trexindex much more rapidly and efficiently than before, there is no reason to wait a full year between each volume's supplements.

Which brings us to the question of when Supplement Seven will be out. A very good question indeed. We hope it will see print in time for Media*West 1992, but it may very well be sooner. The first half of this volume was about as physically large as we ever intend a single volume to be, so the the next supplement should come out shortly after we have indexed 400 zines more or less. The only problem is... zines are issued at a greater rate than 400/18 months. A terribly interesting dilemma, one which Peg and I hope to start reading zines at a faster rate and stack the odds in our direction, so to speak.

So, you hold in your hands the poetry and art supplement, which encompasses all the zines listing on the following pages. Most of these zines are still available in one form or another from the address given; and all zines , irregardless of their in-print statues , of course can be found in used zine sales and sometimes at cons. Jim and Melody Rondeau of Clipper Trade Ship fame very often have a plethora of used items; the adzines, such as Popstand, Generic Ad Zine, FY,I and others ...

[snipped]

Many have asked us since the first half of this supplement was issued our opinions on the best adzines. Well, there simply isn't' one -- each excel at a given point... Popstand is downright the snazziest looking of the adzines, hands down; Popstand and The Monthly are undeniably the most of to date of the lot, featuring information in many cases less than two weeks old. GAZ has to be as complete as they come -- virtually hundreds of fanzines can be found listed in each and every issue, no small feat indeed. However, do be aware that the Star Trek supplement to GAZ st be ordered along with the regular GAZ if you wish that supplement. The Zine Connection and FYI are also quite timely, although they don't lest nearly as many zines as GAZ, they do tend to list zines not found in the other listings (Zine Connection is especially good for slash listings). So There you have it!

Reactions and Reviews: Supplement V.6

The sheer enormity of this undertaking overwhelms me. Hupe and Kennedy have sought out new zines, new publications, boldly gone where no fan— oops, sorry. I got carried away, there. Anyway, they've risked both eyesight and sanity to discover, obtain, read through and catalogue every fannish Trek publication they could get their mitts on, including several overseas entries. All zines included in this supplement are listed in the front of both volumes. Volume I contains listings by zine title, showing all writers represented therein. Stories and articles are indexed by author's name, by title and by subject—highly useful stuff if you want to find everything in print by Carolyn Huston, or if you simply must read every story about Tasha Yar ever published. Volume II, the poetry and art section, lists poems both by author and by title, lists artists by name, showing where their work has appeared, and lists publications, showing whose work is included in each. The graphics and design—and the presentation overall—are excellent (something that does distinguish this from the average ST:TNG zine). I would have preferred it if more method had been used in the placement of the filler art; it's a tad random for my taste. But that's a minor quibble. High quality, laser-printed masters were used for the text, and it's obvious that care was taken with the printing process. I prefer the typeface used in Volume I (a very neat, high-tech yet elegant sans serif) over that in Volume II, but both are eminently readable, small, yet easy on the eyes. Each volume is comb-bound (I think that's what it's called in the printing biz), making it easy to flip through them.

The art is primarily filler, which makes sense in a publication of this kind, and the editor did a nice job of balancing Classic Trek and TNG pieces. Robert Jan's fillos, and his excellent back cover for Volume I, are good examples of the Proper Use of Pen and Ink in the Modern World. They are clean and neat, in a variety of styles. The front cover of Volume I, by Susan Cooper, is a simple, well-planned design. The likeness is not one hundred percent, but the execution, while not compelling, works well enough.

Teegar's front cover for Volume II is a Spock portrait with an art deco motif. The stylized approach is appropriate here, but the likeness, while recognizable, is not as good as it should be, and she needs to hone her skills in gauging proportion. Also, she goofed in inking the circle that frames the figure, and she left the goof there. It should have been corrected or camouflaged somehow (and yes, indeed, I do know just how hard that can be). In a design whose success depends on clean lines and precision for an elegant appearance, there is no room for errors like that. However, her stippling here is excellent, achieving both delicacy and dimension in her subject, and a pleasing consistency in the border. Her back cover, a Picard profile with starfield and starship, is less successful, as is her interior piece—a starship with art deco border— which suffers from the failure to use clean, straight lines to complement her clean, attractive design.

There are two ways in which this massive volume information could have been made more "user friendly." One, there is nothing to indicate whether a given zine is Classic Trek, ST-TNG or both. Although I enjoy both, I generally want to know which I'm getting into. This is sometimes, but not always, self-evident from the title or contributors. Two, an indication of when each zine was originally published, and/or the timeframe encompassed by this Supplement, would have been helpful, as would info as to whether or not these publications were still in print at the time Trexindex Supplement 6 was published. Be that as it may, I still consider this an impressive achievement, and an excellent investment for the zine enthusiast, even at the somewhat intimidating price. [6]
This 500-page monster from Bill Hupe costs $30 + postage, but for the zine reader is well worth the money. Do you like to keep track of what you have read/want to read, but don't have the time or energy to keep regular records? You can stop worrying about it; it's already been done for you! Have you heard about a good story, recently published, of just the kind you like to read, but your informant can't remember where to he read it? Fret no more. Alphabetically arranged Trexindex lists zine stories by subject and tells you what zine the story is in and where to buy it. It is, obviously, mostly concerned with American zines, but includes several British ones as well. [7]

Supplement V.7 (1993)

TrexIndex Seventh Supplement covers ?

Reactions and Reviews: Supplement V.7

It has no plot to speak of, and characterization is non-existent. [8]

References

  1. from Star Trek Today #7 (June 1976)
  2. This collection eventually became the Paterson Fanzine Library, now defunct.
  3. from a personal statement in Universal Translator #20
  4. from a fan review in Probe #12
  5. from Roberta Rogow in Probe #12
  6. from a longer review in Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #2. The reviewer, Marty Siegrist, gives it "4 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale.
  7. from IDIC #29 (1993)
  8. a tongue-in-cheek comment from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #2