Triskelion

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Zine
Title: Triskelion
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Editor(s): editor: Danielle Dabbs, associate editor: Russell Bradley (issues #1-#3), editor: Danielle Dabbs, assistant editor: V. Linea (issue #4)
Date(s): 1968-1976
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Star Trek: TOS & Science Fiction
Language: English
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Triskelion is a gen very early Star Trek: TOS and Science Fiction anthology published by Danielle Dabbs and V. Linea. There were five issues.

It contains fiction, but focuses on articles and commentary. This zine is an example of the cross pollination between the Star Trek fandom and the more traditional science fiction fandom.

It is one of the very earliest Star Trek fiction zines published. For others, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

Reactions and Reviews

From 1970:
Another one of the 'moldy oldies' but I know the editor personally, so I can't say much about it if I want her to let us use her mimeo. Well, it's a pretty fanzine. The covers are among the best I've ever seen. It's even kinda bound. They run more to articles than stories, however, in the new issue they are putting a few more stories than usual. I have a couple of favorites in the issues since my brother did a story and an article and co-authored a poem in the first three issue. Blood IS thicker than a critic's typewriter ribbon. They have fewer drawings than most zines and the tone of the zine is more of a 'quiet fanaticism' than wild-eyed trekkies. How's that for a non-committal review? [1]

Issue 1

Triskelion 1 was published in September 1968 and contains 70 pages.

It has a front cover by Jane R. Miller, interior illos by Sara Fensterer, J.P. Greiss, Carol Lee, and Barbie Marczak.

front cover of issue #1, Jane R. Miller

The zine lists four winners of a contest where the entries were printed in this issue. The winners were Jachem ($25), Lorrah ($5), Dobrovolny ($15), and Greiss ($5).

  • Nuts! by J. Lorrah (reprinted in Parted from Me and Other Stories) (3)
  • what to do... With Useless Tribbles by Carol Lee (5)
  • Steinmans's Economic History, by Russell Bradley (meta written in the form of a future academic article) (6)
  • Star Trek Trivia Quiz by Carol Lee (8)
  • Jabbertrekky by Sherna Comerford (10)
  • Star Trek's Computer: Science Fact or Fiction?, article by J.C. Forehand (11)
  • cartoon by Sara Fensterer (12)
  • Direct Thought Transfer by J.A.D. ("The great problem here is the immobility of the machine. By the year 2001 the machines may be miniaturized and possibly ban be build into a helmet. But they are still a far cry from Direct Thought Transfer. They will still require programming, and they require the spoken word and the attention of the listener.") (13)
  • Chronical for an Unknown Race by Phil Jachem (original science fiction) (16)
  • Star Fleet General Post Office by Estelle Sanders (written in a bureaucratic style, about the postal service in the future) (32)
  • cartoon by J.P. Greiss (35)
  • Genesis and 'The Apple' by Paul Dobrovolny (essay analyzing this episode) (37)
  • Visit to a Cardboard Planet by Linda Stanley (40)
  • Future Man by Gail Abend (41)
  • Vulcan Ethnography by Lt. Adrian Spectra (42)
  • cartoon by Sara Fensterer (47)
  • The Last Memorial, poem by Sara Fensterer (47)
  • drawing by D.E. Dabbs (48)
  • A Stranger's Demise, fiction by S.Q. Wolfe (49)
  • Fun-Con, Los Angeles, 1968, pictures by D.E. Dabbs (65)
  • Night in Faerie by S.Q. Wolfe (71)
  • illustration by Barbi Marzzak (71)

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Jane R. Miller

Triskelion 2 was published in December 1968 and contains 95 pages.

The front cover is by Jane R. Miller, the interior illos by Kathy Bushman, D.E. Dabbs, Seth Dogramjian, Sara Fensterer, J.P. Greiss, Craig Highberger, Kenneth Manthei, Keith Tucker, John Moffitt, and Elizabeth Wyble.

  • An Effort of Logic, article by Hal Clement (the science of Star Trek, includes a photo of Clement at Baycon '68) (3)
  • Saga of the Space Academy by V. Linea (description of this fictional place) (17)
  • Commission Day -- James T. Kirk by J.P. Greiss (21)
  • D.C. Fontana is a Romulan Agent, essay by Jean Lorrah (about the episode, "The Enterprise Incident") (25)
  • Rick Carter, Romulan Envoy, photo by D.E. Dabbs (27)
  • NBC Peacock, illo by Craig Highberger (the logo being shot by a phaser) (31)
  • Fata Morgana, fiction by Sylvia Stanczyk (Star Trek) (32)
  • Kirk and Shahna by Kathy Bushman (33)
  • Warlord, cartoon by John Moffitt (34)
  • Captain Kirk: Administrator and Strategist, article by JAD (35)
  • The Touch of Vulcan, poem by Jane Peyton (40)
  • illustration by D.E. Dabbs (42)
  • Adaptions, Adaptions, article by D. Schweitzer ("The primary complaint of most STAR TREK fans is the repetition of plots.... All that is required [to remedy this] is the adaption of previously published SF stories into STAR TREK episodes....there are about 6,000 magazines were published between 1935 and 1968. Each issue had about 8 stories counting each serial installment separately. This does not seriously hinder the accuracy of our reasoning because most of the magazines did not run serials . Ergo 48,000 stories were printed during that period. Now, since not all SF is of the right type, we shall make the rather conservative estimate that one- sixth or 6,000 stories are, applying Sturgeon's Law (nine-tenths of everything is crud), we find that there are about 600 high-quality, potential Star Trek episodes just waiting to be adapted." The author suggests and discusses many SF stories that would be good adaptions to Star Trek.)(43)
  • Moon Men by Kenneth Manthei (44)
  • cartoon by Kenneth Manthei (52)
  • The Green Evolution by Paula Dobrovolny ("Is the green blood of the Vulcan part of a conspiracy of the sponsor to induce viewers to buy more color TV sets, a product of the 1950's style of imagination, a "good- as-anything-else" color for blood, or a reality in the Vulcan evolution of which we are the mirror image?") (53)
  • The Bug by John Moffitt (56)
  • Report on Probability U., article by S.Q. Wolfe (57)
  • cartoon by Sara Fenseter (60)
  • cartoon by Kenneth Manthei (61)
  • Vulcan Ethnography by Adrien Spectra (62)
  • Toss Me Your Pen, illo by Seth Dogramajian, words by Sara Fensterer (65)
  • Romulans, Beware!, fiction by K.E. Sky (67)
  • Dr. McCoy, illo by Elizabeth Wyble (77)
  • Mr. Spock, illo by Elizabeth Wyble (77) (83)
  • Nexus, fiction by V. Linea (original science fiction) (84)
  • The Naked Time, fiction by Linda Stanley (Star Trek) (85)
  • Baycon Photos by D.E. Dabbs (many, including Star Trek fans, guests of honor, Hugo Awards) (87)
  • Baycon Report by the staff (89)
  • cartoon by Keith Tucker (90)
  • Signing "30" by Barbi Marczak (101)

Issue 3

Triskelion 3 was published in May 1969 and contains 87 pages.

James P. Greiss: "Spock's Psyche"
  • Off the Printed Page, essay by Harry Warner, Jr. (1)
  • Parted from Me by Jean Lorrah, a very short piece reprinted in Parted from Me and Other Stories, The Best of Pon Farr, and Archives #6. (6)
  • Portrait of Mr. Spock by D. Carlson (9)
  • The Star Trek Concordance: A Review by JAD, see that page (20)
  • Spock the Barbarian by L.E. Broadway (commentary on the episode "All of Our Yesterdays" - "Spock , in reverting to his barbaric state , probably gained a broader outlook on life and in doing so came to a greater understanding with his human counterpart. Perhaps the Vulcans were wise in the suppression of all emotion, but I am inclined to think that in doing so they sacrificed too much of life and paid too big a price for their peace. At least their ancestors knew they were alive.") (25)
  • cartoon by K. Manthei (27)
  • Vulcan Genetics, essay by Carolyn Ager (28)
  • Spock, illo by Claire Mason (29)
  • Dr. McCoy, illo by Claire Mason (32)
  • Where Does It Come From?, Star Trek quiz by Elyse S. Pines (33)
  • Alien, illo by Kathy Bushman (35)
  • Vulcan Ethnography, part three by Adrien Spectra (descriptions of Vulcan ceremonies) (36)
  • portrait of T'Pring by E. Wyble (37)
  • Report 143, fiction by Beth Moore (Star Trek) (45)
  • The Encountered Conjugate by Daekar Phillips (original science fiction) (48)
  • Inner Conflict, poem by Dee Meuser Gurnett/D.L. Meuser (62)
  • illo of Spock by Barbi Marczak (63)
  • Is There In Truth No JOANNA?, essay by Annette Bristol (about the third season changes which compares an unfilmed script by D.C. Fontana and what was actually filmed: "This Way to Eden") (65)
  • The Following Episode is Brought to You With Pride by NBC, fiction by John Mansfield (Star Trek, metafic, rpf-y) (70)
  • Gene L. Coon, Please Come Home, poem by Annette Bristol and S.Q. Wolfe (Star Trek, commentary on the third season and Fred Freiberger) (86)
  • illustration by Barbi Marczak (87)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

See reactions and reviews for Parted from Me.

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, James P. Greiss: "The Time Tower"

Triskelion 4 was published in 1971 and contains 116 pages.

The art is by Alicia Austin, James P. Greiss, John Moffitt, Kenneth Manthei, Kristina Trott, and Alice Jones (portfolio).

  • illo by Alicia Austi (frontispiece)
  • Dedication by Kenneth Manthei (1)
  • The Time Tower, fiction by Everett Hunter (Star Trek) (2)
  • Life in an Automated Putty Knife Factory, fiction by W.G. Bliss (original science fiction) (26)
  • Epilogue I, excerpt, fiction by Jean Lorrah (later published in Epilogue) (32)
  • And They Shall Meet, fiction by Phil Jachem (original science fiction) (45, continued on page 87)
  • The Cosmic Beanstalk, fiction by Franklin McKym and R.F. Conover (original science fiction) (55)
  • Analysis: "The Tholian Web" by Laura Basta & Margaret Basta (64)
  • Extrapolation, essay by Carol Pruitt (Star Trek, topic is the time frame in which the show took place) (74)
  • Beyond Unseen Barriers, fiction by Darrell Schweitzer (original science fiction) (76)
  • Flight From the Skillet, article by Peggy Gemignani (83)
  • drawing by John Moffitt (110)
  • The Enterprise Crew by Alice Jones (111)

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, James P. Griess

Triskelion 5 was published in 1976 and contains 100 pages.

It has art by J.P. Griess, Hal Crawford, John Moffit, Doug Herring, J. Miller, and Kristina Trott, some of which is original to this issue, and some of which are reprints from previous issues.

In March 1975, the editor wrote in Pentathlon #3 about this last issue:

This is my pride and joy. However, it has been plagued by setbacks since November, I was planning on having it out by Christmas (a Christmas present to myself) but the typewriter I use for it broke and is now in Bryan with my parents (this is my ten dollar electric I'm using - hint; check your newspapers for notices in the public notice column of the classified ads. The government has sealed bid auctions of all manner of equipment. My friends and I have bought everything from big IBM typewriters to offset presses and 16mm projectors for under twenty dollars. Take someone who knows about the machines and go inspect the ones offered sometime. Some are beyond hope, but a lot of times they are just last years model or they have been replaced by a more efficient model.)

The first 20 pages of Triskelion are printed at least so keep heart. [2]
  • Never and Always by Jean Lorrah (Star Trek) (5)
  • The Key to Everything by Clinton H. Holder, Jr. (original science fiction) (25)
  • Epilogue II by Jean Lorrah (Star Trek) (later published in Epilogue) (33)
  • Portfolio by John Mottit (54)
  • The Tarquin Trilogy: Equus Enterprise (Part 1, of 3) by Sue Pettit (55)
  • Star Trek Fans by V. Linnea ("extracted from an article" in "The National Observer," author Wesley Pruden, Jr., March 6, 1976) (101)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Art runs from excellent to really poor. Sf story is mediocre, sf fiction runs from good to excellent. Front cover -- outstanding! [3]

References

  1. ^ from Pentathlon #1
  2. ^ from Pentathlon #3
  3. ^ from Fanzine Review 'Zine #2 (1977)