Warp 9

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Are you looking for Warp, the German clubzine? Or Warp Factor, a zine that was originally called "Warp Nine.

Title: Warp 9
Editor(s): Dee L. Mauser, Susan C. Passe and Barbara Marczak
Date(s): February 1969-? (according to STW Directory, it was out of print by 1973 or before)
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS and other fandoms
Language: English
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Warp 9 is a gen Star Trek: TOS anthology that includes some content from other fandoms. It has the subtitle: "A Star Trek Chronicle." It was edited by Dee L. Mauser, Susan C. Passe and Barbara Marczak. Art is by Caroline Ager, Carol Lee and DLM.

The zine was meant to be a one-shot but the editor speculated on smaller continuations: "WARP 9 is a one-shot, but in the future Dee is considering a shorter, monthly or semi monthly zine which would include general s-f material as well as ST." [1]

cover of v.2 n.1, perhaps one of the later smaller issues?

For similar zines of this era, see List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air.

From the Editorial

We believe in tomorrow, and the good things tomorrow will bring. We cannot believe that mankind is headed toward self-destruction, no matter what predictors of doom might say. We prefer the Star Trek way -- unity, peace, great exploration, and adventure. Of course we realize that Star Trek may not depict our true future, although we hope it will not be too different. For Star Trek is a vision... a dream... of a future that can be ours, someday. And what greater future could mankind have than seeking -- and achieving -- glory and universal brotherhood among the stars?


front cover, Caroline Ager

Warp 9 was published in February 1969 and contains 70 pages. It had a print run of 150.

  • The Beginning, article by Dee L. Meuser (5) Explains what Star Trek is and how Gene Roddenberry came to create it. At the very end, goes into speculation that Roddenberry knew of life on other worlds and that Star Trek was partly designed to prepare humanity for First Contact.
  • Recovery, fiction by Alivia Benton (3) During meteorite repair to the hull, Spock is trapped in space in an environmental suit, outside of tractor beam/transporter range.
  • Question and Answer, poems by Kristine Smith (10)
  • Harris, fiction by Elsa and Barbara Kretzer (12) Lab tech Harris murders his abusive brother-in-law by switching labels on donated blood. In the end he's hoist by his own petard, and it serves him jolly well right.
  • Amok Time, poem by Suzann Hughes (18)
  • Spock's Mission, fiction by Ellie Ockert (19) Starfleet Command gives Spock a Mission: Impossible type assignment. Disguised as an earthman, he investigates the disappearance of a man whose recently deceased uncle developed a secret project for the Federation.
  • Character Sketch of Mr. Spock by Elaine F. Wagner (26)
  • Dear Diary, fiction by Leni Danelle (28). A bright shiny new ensign right out of the Academy (but not "the youngest" anything - she's actually a mature divorcee) writes about her initial antipathy towards Spock for his nitpicky perfectionism; then she gets a hormonal crush on him after he shoves her away from a malfunctioning console which blows up on him, landing him in Sickbay, then she propositions him, so he explains that he is incapable of love, so she comes to appreciate him for who he is.[2]
  • Revenge, fiction by Dee L. Meuser (32). Spock and McCoy are captured and imprisoned by a mad scientist who is out to get all Vulcans because they perfected the transporter before him. He has an old-fashioned dungeon and whips Spock with a cat o'nine tails which he has poisoned with Vulcan-eating bacteria. One expects the mad scientist's giant Amrian assistant Rchazz to turn on him at the end, but he doesn't. You kind of end up feeling sorry for the poor guy.
  • A Fantasy Story, fiction by De M. Dawson (44) A shaggy-dog story featuring Dracula, Frankenstein, the Wolfman, and Spock.
  • Emotion vs. Mind, poem by Alivia Benton (46)
  • Dilithium Crisis by Suzann Hughes (48) Telepathic androids kidnap Spock and Scotty, asking for dilithium crystals to repower their civilization.
  • Plato's Stepchildren, poem by Kristine Smith (57)
  • Silent Tear, fiction by Barbara Marczak (58) The Enterprise takes a passenger, a deformed woman who has never known friendship. She is dying of an incurable disease and is going blind. She admires Dr. McCoy, but won't let him examine her. Instead, she kills herself. A note explains that the author has severe depression which she relieves by helping others.
  • Epitaph, fiction by Barbara Marczak (61) A space cloud carries a plague wiping out the population of the galaxy. Kirk believes that if all enemy races work together they can find the answer. When the Klingon, Romulan and Orion leaders refuse, Kirk flies the Enterprise into the heart of the cloud and utilizes all the ship's power to destroy it. It doesn't work. Everybody dies. The few remaining humans, Klingons, Orions and others decide to work together on a cure.
  • Requiem, fiction by Dee L. Meuser (68) Nurse Chapel recounts how she was present at the death of Spock after he was rescued from the Klingons.

Reactions and Reviews

A badly mimeographed zine of ST stories and poetry. The only thing of interest to me in the issue was the poem, 'Requeim' by Dee. I thought it was the best piece of writing in the zine. The poem was rather morbid. I can understand fully the wish to write a raunchy Spock story. Don't we all, or most of us, want to be the object of his next pon farr? But to wish him dead... ? Uh, that's about the last thing I would wish. How about wishing he had been a Martian? After all, we'll be going to Mars soon. [3]


  1. from Plak-Tow #13 (March 1969)
  2. And you thought this was gonna be a Mary Sue, didn't you?
  3. from Pentathlon #1