Two-Dimensional Thinking

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Title: Two-Dimensional Thinking
Editor(s): Lee Heller
Date(s): 1985
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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back cover, Vel Jaeger
front cover, T.J. Burnside

Two-Dimensional Thinking is a gen 230-page anthology of Star Trek: TOS short stories, poems, songs and original art work. The zine is perfect bound with reduced print.

Art is by Caro Hedge, Bjo Trimble, Mel White, Gennie Summers, Barbara P. Gordon, Christine Myers, Laurie Huff, Melody Rondeau, Cami Forsell, Bonnie Reitz, Vel Jaeger, Wendy Snow-Lang, Lizzie Hexam and Suzan Lovett.

A Submission Request

Two-Dimensional Thinking' cordially invites you to boldly submit where no (wo)man has submitted before. No, it's not S&M; it's a new zine, its less-than-five-year mission to seek out new Trekfic, new art forms, new ways of belaboring a cliche. 'Und you vill submit, or else!' [1]


  • The Insatiable by B.L. Barr (frontispiece)
  • And in this Corner by Lee Heller (3) - story with a female protagonist with esper powers who ends up with Kirk. Illustrated by Suzan Lovett
  • Controlled Damage by Mindy Glazer (a Feldman story) (5) ("Join Ensign Fiona Feldman once more as she confronts the Piece of Axanar, Gil's roommate, Ooga the Andorian Love Slave, and the usual results of any encounter between Feldman and the Powers That Be. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into fanzines." [2])
  • Don't Deny the Miracle by Susan Murray (14)
  • Starfleet's Not My Home by Marguerite Krause (31)
interior illo by Bjo Trimble, a comment on Banned from Argo
  • In Sleep We Meet by CinDe Deren and Diane Miskiewicz (Strange dreams trouble McCoy and Kirk following their visit to Vulcan. What is the cause of these dreams and how is Spock affected?) (32)
  • Chimerae by Vel Jaeger (41)
  • The Journal by Joan G. Ryan (On a visit to Jim Kirk's home, McCoy is strangely obsessed by the portrait of Jim's mother. With some reluctance, Jim gives McCoy his mother's journal which reveals much about Kirk's early life and many of the puzzling aspects of his character.) (42)
  • Child of Nature, Child of Grace by Lee Heller (55)
  • Some Guys Have All the Luck by Lynda Carraher (56) ("McCoy made a minute adjustment to the controls, his attention on the instrument. 'I'm afraid it'll have to be cut off.' 'My foot!?!' 'No, Annie,' he said patiently. 'The boot.' And Kirk thought that having a personal yeoman was easy.")
  • Winter Sucks by Anonymous (67)
  • All's Fair by Beth Carlson (69) ("The long-awaited sequel to 'The First Half of the Battle' (in Kobayashi Maru). Christine has arranged -- with a little help -- to find a secluded home for herself and the slowly healing Spock. But it means a whole new lifestyle for them both, and with it, an entirely new relationship. Can Christine find the kind of satisfaction with Spock that she has always desired?")
  • At Sunrise by Flora Poste (97)
  • Three with W.T.: Where the Bookberries Bloom, reprinted from R and R #11, "Spock and Uhura find themselves in the clutches of that most loving of fathers, W.T. Dubois, and his five -- count 'em, five -- marriageable daughters. For Spock, it may mean the end of bachelorhood itself.", The Wedding, reprinted from Star Canticle ,"W.T. is back, and is he mad! See W.T. meet T'Pau, Sarek, and the entire Vulcan Council! See Spock prepare for martyrdom. See McCoy having the time of his life," The Wrath of W.T.) by Rayelle Roe (97)
  • Insight by B.L. Barr (139)
  • Star Drek III by M.J. Millard and Teri Thorowgood (140)
  • Echo from a Different Voice by DaraLyn Archer (157)
  • Private Sins by Shirley Sipe (McCoy begins to show his troubled mental condition following Spock's death. Kirk tries to understand and comfort his friend.) (173)
  • Ye Old Plug Page (177)
  • Catch a Falling Star by Marguerite Krause (179)
  • Fourteen In, Seventeen Out by Collette Mak (180) - a companion story to the zine novel, Don't Tell It To The Captain
  • David by Ginna La Croix (197)
  • Here as on a Darklin Plain by Lee Heller (198)
  • Lullaby for a Weary World by T.J. Burnside (230)


Reactions and Reviews

See reactions and reviews for Where the Bookberries Bloom.
[zine]: To my mind, however, the best fanzine of the year was Two Dimensional Thinking, edited by Lee Heller... This fanzine ran 230 pages and was perfect bound. To produce this volume, Lee wrote all of her favorite fanzine authors, asking them to contribute something. The result was the best fanzine since Dagger of the Mind, and I thought that both Dagger of the Mind and Two Dimensional Thinking were the best Star Trek fanzines since Interphase. Unfortunately, the editors of all three fanzines never issued another Star Trek fanzine. [3]
[zine]: TWO-DIMENSIONAL THINKING is the best fanzine I've seen in some time. This will be on my mind as a Fan Q nominee for 1985, in the fanzine category, and in the artwork category for Suzan Lovett in particular (though there is other good artwork here as well). There is no age statement on this fanzine, though with mature language, mature situations, and 'suggestive artwork, it might well have had one. Two other minor problems I had were with the single quotations (the left one horizontal, the right one vertical), and the tendency of some authors to abbreviate "Starfleet" as "'fleet" (since it was never done in the series, why do it In a story?). The strongest stories in this fanzine are the comedies. I've noticed in recent years that stories which emphasize comedy also have some of the most accurate characterizations. "Controlled Damage: A Tale of Feldman" by Mindy Glazer details Feldman's first days on the ENTERPRISE. It is written in the style of the Feldman novels. "Some Guys Have All the Luck" by Lynda Carraher features a soap-opera addict whose hobby has an unexpected effect on an alien culture. "Three with W. T." by Rayelle Roe are stories about an isolated farmer who has extraordinary run-ins with the ENTERPRISE crew. "Fourteen In, Seventeen Out" by Collette Mak is about the ship's laundry officer—the numbers refer to socks—and efforts by Spock to get a full accounting of his laundry. All of these feature excellent comedy writing. The three alternate universe stories are also quite good. "The Journal" by Joan G. Ryan finds Kirk and Spock and McCoy at Kirk's boyhood home. Here, Kirk's mother died before he entered Starfleet academy, and a journal provides insight into the mother's character. "All's Fair" finds Spock married to Christine. Spock has an injury requiring extensive therapy, and in the recovery process, the two work out their feelings for each other. "Echo from a Different Voice" by DaraLyn Archer supposes that Janice Lester was killed while in Kirk's body. How Kirk, in a woman's body, must re-establish himself as commander of the ENTERPRISE. There are two well-written short dramas: "In Sleep Wo Meet" by CinDe Deren and Diane Miskiewicz describes three dreams. One is Kirk's, one is Spock's, one is McCoy's, and it is not certain which dream belongs to which man. "Private Sina" by Shirley Sipe takes place after ST II and is by Shirley Sipe takes place after ST II and is compatible with ST III. Here, Kirk is concerned about McCoy's behavior. Finally, there are two romances. "Don't Deny the Miracle" by Susan Murray and "Here as on a Darkling Plain" by Lee Heller have some elements in common. The heroine has fantastic powers, the heroine has Kirk as a lover, all the rest of the crew love and admire the heroine, and the heroine suffers a lot. I found these two stories the weakest ones in the fanzine; admittedly, that is a reflection of my personal taste. Overall, TWO DIMENSIONAL THINKING is excellent. I recommend it highly. [4]


  1. ^ from Universal Translator #22
  2. ^ Mindy wrote in Interstat #27 that she had completed the first part of what was to be the third novel in the series. It is unknown if this is the story "Controlled Damage" or something that was never published.
  3. ^ from Boldly Writing
  4. ^ from Treklink #2