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Title: The Turbolift Review
Publisher: Teri White
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Date(s): 1978
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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 1999 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

[All Things Heal in Time]: I reread Turbolift Review II last month and just melted. That was a damned good zine. I particularly liked the Ginna LaCroix story with kirk having to go command a small spy ship, inheriting a crew that had been maimed by the ex-captain and who were out to make Kirk's life miserable. Ginna's "hurt" in that story was a lot more subtle than her hardcore get 'ems from later years. [4]

1979- [zine]:

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 [5] 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. [6]

1978- [zine]:

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! [7]

1978- [zine]:

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) [8]

1984- [zine]:

'The Road Less Travelled' by Sibyl Hancock. Spock leaving home for Starfleet. Short and simple.

'The Thin Line' by Toni Cardinal. Kirk and Janet Wallace, after 'Deadly Years', revive their affair. On a landing party, they are both thrown into a river with a very fast current by an earthquake; they manage to grab rocks to stop their headlong passage downriver; Spock and McCoy, following along the bank, find them; while McCoy tries to contact the ship, Spock dives in and, ignoring Kirk's orders to save Janet, pulls Kirk to safety. Janet is swept away. And when he regains consciousness, Kirk refuses to have anything to do with Spock. McCoy tries to comfort Spock, telling him that he couldn't have saved Janet anyway, couldn't possibly have reached her in time, and that if he had tried, Kirk would certainly have died. The rest of the crew make it plain" that they're on Spock's side, but when Kirk continues hostile, Spock submits his resignation at which point Kirk begins to think - but he's not yet prepared to admit that he was wrong. Spock goes on landing party duty, determined to carry out his orders to the full; there's an earthquake and he is seriously injured, Back on the ship, Kirk knows nothing except that someone is injured; he goes to sickbay prepared to bawl Spock out and discovers just how badly Spock is injured. It makes him think some more, and for the first tipe, admit to himself that Spock couldn't have saved Janet, This is very much my sort of story - mental hurt/comfort. Kirk's reaction is possibly a little extreme, but necessary for the development of the story.

'Objet Trouve' by Teri White. Post 'Enemy Within'. Kirk and Spock on a week's shore leave, camping, roughing it. Kirk would really rather be at the casino area on the other side of the planet. On the third day, swimming, Spock gets trapped in some very sharp-edged seaweed, his leg badly cut; Kirk slashes his hands, too, trying to free him. The incident gets them talking and admitting freely their friendship for each other. A nice little piece, but it feels fractionally lightweight after 'The Thin Line' to me, at least.

'The Crystal' by Kariann Kornlein. Landing party duty. Kirk and Spock are asked by the natives to locate and destroy something - but they cannot remember what, when they find themselves in a boat, wearing unfamilar clothes, and with swords. Right at the start, Spock is injured, bitten by a sea monster. Kirk's hands burned by acid blood as he fights it off. They keep being attacked, and saving each other until at last they destroy a crystal. It has all been a test by the natives to see if different races' can work together. Although their injuries are real enough.

'Now You See It, Now You Don't' by Verna Mae Long. One minute they're in the Enterprise, the next - somewhere unknown, no phasers, no communicators, surrounded by fog. Then some thing wraps itself round them and carries them to a cage. Every time either one tries to struggle, the whatever-it-is-binding-them tightens. And on the ship, nobody can detect them on the sensors, and the officials they wore supposed to be visiting can only say they never arrived. Spock manages to empty his mind, and his bindings fell off; they are held on by mental energy - that of the victim. It takes time, but Kirk finally manages to do the same. Then out of the mist, appears Santa Claus, who leaves two packets with them then rides off again. The packets are picture frames - Kirk's blank, Spock's with a picture of himself, Kirk and McCoy on the Enterprise. Kirk's remains blank until he expresses a wish to know what is happening on the Enterprise, and a picture forms. He throws the frames at the bars of the cage, and a hole is blown in them by an explosion as the frames hit; getting out of the cage, they begin walking. Soon they see a creature native to Vulcan - a dangerous carnivore. It leaps at Kirk, who throws up his hands - and they go through the creature. Then they see a Vulcan snake, which also vanishes as Kirk touches it. Then they are contacted by the race that has 'kidnapped' them -again this has all been a test of their integrity.

'The Morning After Woe' by Ellen Kobrin & Teri White. Kirk is ill, having contracted a paralysing illness only contracted through contact with Vulcans. Spock has been caring for him on Vulcan, but he decides to leave Spock's care and go to the hospital to live. Spock protests; while doing so he is adjusting some machinery, and is too preoccupied to realise an impending malfunction. It explodes; Spock is thrown free from it, unconscious; Kirk manages to drag himself to Spock's side, and this gives him hope that the treatment is succeeding.

'II Commence' by Jean Stevenson. The beginning of the five-yearmission.

'Betrayal' by Crystal A. Taylor, Post 'Menagerie'. Kirk, remembering that Spook had not confided his plans to him, begins to wonder if Spock's real loyalty lies with Pike. It takes a while - and some danger - before they resolve the situation. Again, my kind of story.

'All Things Heal in Time' by Ginna LaCroix. "Post 'Turnabout Intruder'. The T-17 is a ship under strain, a poor captain having destroyed morale on board. Kirk is assigned the job of pulling ship and crew together - and he is still under strain himself from the exchange of bodies, Spock and McCoy can't go with him. As usual with Ginna, an excellent story well put together. For me, it suffers through having Kirk on his own with a crew of strangers (I'm a Spock fan) but I can appreciate the quality of the writing.

'And Not To Yield' by Donna Toutant, Spock disappears from the bridge, kidnapped by an alien race. He is in fact a laboratory specimen for a race, who consider themselves superior, and their ruler intends to rule the galaxy. Kirk beams down and almost manages to rescue Spock, who by now has switched off his body so that he will die before betraying the Federation to the aliens. In the struggle to escape, the dictator is killed and one of the scientists releases the prisoners. We'll thought out.

'The Sons' by Frances Wilson. Spock has composed a song - and words to go with it....

'The Slightest Folly' by Dayle Palko and Michaelene Dalton. They meet Flint - and Rayna - again. But this Rayna is cold, aloof...and he remembers that she died - and realises that Spock had made him forget. Angry, he lashes out at Spock. Flint is now totally mad, and plans to kill Kirk for besting him at their first meeting. However, between them Kirk and Spock overcome Flint, and Rayna takes charge of him.

'At Midnight in Some Flaming Town' by Cheryl Rice. A letter from McCoy to Scott, telling him how Kirk and Spock died together in a fire.

All in all, 'Turbolift 1 & 2' are excellent zines. I was more than sorry Teri that never put out a third issue, and that she dropped out of ST fandom too. [9] And I've never stopped feeling frustrated that she never did finish those two serials! [10]

References

  1. from Scuttlebutt #6
  2. Judith Gran at alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated, July 25, 1999
  3. from Scuttlebutt #6
  4. comment on Virgule-L, quoted anonymously (June 20, 1994)
  5. 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
  6. from Right of Statement #3/4
  7. from Scuttlebutt #10
  8. from Enterprise Incidents #6 (1978) by Sandra Gent
  9. Terri White dropped Trek and went into Starsky and Hutch.
  10. from Communicator #15 (1984)