Warped Space/Issues 11-20

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Issue 11

front cover of issue #11, Jim Steele
back cover of issue #11, Marty Siegrist
art from issue #11, Marty Siegrist

Warped Space 11 was published in October 1975, contains 30 pages

  • Editor's Nook, The Chicago Con by Lori Chapek (1)
  • Warped Communications (2)
  • The Little Beastie, filk by Karen Klinck (5)
  • The Engineer's Lament, filk by Karen Klinck (5)
  • Kirk's Lament, filk by Karen Klinck (5)
  • Trouble in River City... At Long Last, for what it's worth, the conclusion of that long story started many moons ago (not to be confused with Mooans ago.) What? Forgotten so soon? Well, don't expect me to refresh your memory with recaps. Go reread issues 9 and 10 and maybe you'll remember that I told you it was going to be a long story. Or Trouble in River City by Paula Block (McCoy finds that Sadie has been sleeping with Athos when the alien challenges the doctor to a battle for her favors. McCoy is hurt and furious and all seems to be over between them.) (6)
  • Another Opinion of the Chicago Con by Phil Foglio (11) (cartoon)
  • Secret! by Karen Klink (12)
  • Cassandra's Rebirth by Signe Jesson (14)
  • 'Ear Ye! 'Ear Ye!, filk by Karen Klink (30)
  • I Made a Mistake, filk by Karen Klink (30)
  • Enterprise, filk by Karen Klink (30)
  • The Meeting, filk by Karen Klink (30)
  • 'Phonics Chant, filk by Karen Klink (30)
  • Beads and Rattles, filk by Karen Klink (30)
  • art by Jim Steele (front cover), Marty Siegrist (back cover), Paula Block, Gordon Carleton, Joni Wagner

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

[Trouble in River City]: Athos is aboard as the SCA ambassador; Sadie sleeps with him again. He feels called upon to tell McCoy that he has taken Sadie from him, to give him a chance to reclaim his honor. McCoy is not having any, refuses the fight, but is pissed off at Sadie for going behind his back, points out that sex is not a casual pastime for him, and is not much interested in hearing her excuses. He tells her to leave him alone, and she does. [1]

Issue 12

front cover of issue #12, Joni Wagner, portrait of Lenore Karidian, reprinted as the cover of Crystal Singer #10 in 1978
back cover of issue #12, Mary Gross
inside art from issue #12, "Sadie," one of the Landing Party 6, by Joni Wagner

Warped Space 12 was published in November 1975 and contains 26 pages

  • Editor's Nook, Uffizimger by Lori Chapek and Paula Smith (1)
  • Warped Communicatins (2)
  • Spock Makes a Deal by Dave Umhauer (6)
  • To Need a Friend by Carol Hydeman (Both Spock and McCoy are devastated by the death of Jim Kirk, but it is Spock who suffers the most as he tries to hide his grief. McCoy draws Spock out of his cabin and into the garden on the Enterprise. As they talk and Spock is able to finally express his grief, he realizes how much he needs the friendship of Leonard McCoy.) (9)
  • Galactic Lovecry: 4536.3, Invitation by Ingrid Cross (14)
  • Turnabout Titles, continued (see WS3) Birthday Waltz II by Linda Capel and Paula M. Block (This time it is Sadie's birthday and she ends up needing treatment in sickbay just as she did when she first met McCoy on his birthday. With reluctance McCoy is drawn once again into the arms of Sadie Faulwell.) (15)
  • Conventions: StarCon 4 by Signe Jesson and QuasiCon 1 by Lori Capek (24)
  • art by Cathy Alling, Paula Block, Gordon Carleton, Jane Clinkenbeard, Phil Foglio, Marty Siegrist, Jim Steele, Joni Wagner (front cover, and Mary Gross (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12

See reactions and reviews for To Need a Friend.
[Birthday Waltz II]: Sadie and McCoy have been not seeing each other for a couple of months. It's Sadie's 30th birthday; her friends are holding a party for her. Ship gardener David Keith gives her her own pair of real overalls, and she proposes to him then goes and hides in a virtual reality room where McCoy inadvertently walks in on her in the midst of a raging thunderstorm. They quarrel, Sadie breaks her hand hitting him, and McCoy inadvertently creates a tidal wave. When he takes Sadie to sickbay to fix her hand, she demands a birthday dance and despite his insistence that it's over, he puts on the tape, knowing it will play over and over... [2]
[zine]: The first thing I noticed about this was a lovely cover (Lenore Karidian) by Joni Wagner. As a matter of fact, this issue is chock-full of nice art -- one of my favorites being a 'before and after' cartoon of the Chicago ST Con gopher. It has three good stories. The first is about Spock's winning an entire planet in 'Spock Makes a Deal.' The second, 'To Need a Friend' is about McCoy and Spock having to adjust to Kirk's death. In 'Birthday Waltz II," WS's resident yo-yo, Sadie Faulwell, turns 30 -- which she considers a near disaster. All three stories are well-written. There is also a letter column, two very short con reports and assorted other wee goodies. For those who care: it's printed offset with reduced print of various sizes.[3]

Issue 13

front cover of issue #13, Jim Steele
back cover of issue #13, Joni Wagner

Warped Space 13 was published in December 1975 (second and final printing April 1976) and contains 27 pg.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 13

See reactions and reviews for 100 Proof Positive.

Issue 14

silkscreened front cover of issue #14, Marty Siegrist. Fans were impressed at the art medium, some saying that, aside from Interphase, they'd never seen silkscreen before. One fan complains the cover curls up. And from another in the LoCs: "The cover was beautiful -- I like the silkscreening, but the ink gets on your fingers. I had blue on my fingers for days after reading it."
later version, the non-silkscreened cover

Warped Space 14 was published in January 1976 and contains 31 pages.

From the editor: "Gripes with this ish is the difficulty of finding (on a campus the size of MSU [Michigan State University]) a decent typewriter. Suffice it to say this issue was typed on two different manuals and two different electrics. I apologize for inconsistencies of ribbon darkness, clarity, or readability. In some cases, we're using the typewriter under stealthy conditions, and I couldn't get a fresh ribbon."

  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek (1)
  • Warped Communicatins, LoCs (2)
  • The Plague by Diane Scott (6)
  • And Now for Something Completely Different ("a man with a starship up his nose!") by L.R. Yesterdaise (13)
  • Ayok [spelled that way in the table of contents] Time ("an eleventh hour Paula Block story, with additions, corrections and sections by Gordon Carleton") by Erin O'Mercy (23)
  • art by Gordon Carleton (back cover), Jane Clinkenbeard, and Joni Wagner, Marty Siegrist (silkscreened front cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

The first thing about this issue that you'll notice is the beautiful cover. This illo is a composite piece of offset work of a Romulan Centurion and the Bird-of-Prey ship, with the stars and Warped Space logo printed over a blue background with silver ink. Compared with Connie Faddis' work in Interphase this is only poor serigraphy with fade-out borders, overly thick and blotchy ink, and terrible looking stars. It is rare, however, to even find someone who will silk-screen a cover. This is a beautiful first try for the Warped Space people and I hope they will attempt another cover like this. I still have my doubts about the editor of WS including so many LoCs in each issue. The letters generally abound with praise, many of who are repetitious, and Halkan Council has a much better position to handle frequent letters and they edit their letters better. WS, I suspect, uses them as filler and could do with trimming their LoCs down to size or including pertinent ones. This continues to be a stumbling block in WS's format. The first story. ' The Plague' is by Diane Scott. This concerns the delivery of a Romulan plague by two Federation doctors, and their efforts to find a cure. For some strange reason, the past few stories I've read dealing with the Romulans have been excellent, and this is no exception. The person writing this story has a very good grasp of the actual procedures doctors would use and the story is resolved beautifully. The illos accompanying by Joni Wagner are good, but not her best. 'And Now for Something Completely Different... A Man with a Spaceship Up His Nose ' not only qualifies a one of the longest titled stories but is a hilarious parody of 'Alternate Factor,' with great illos by Gordon Carleton. 'Ayok Time' is a warped parody of 'Amok Time' written with WS's own cast of characters from the LP6 gang. Although some spots are bogged down and it does not flow as quickly as the first parody, it is still excellent... If you are cursed with hyperopia or can't read fine print, you'll still go blind reading parts of this. The printing fades out in spots but not nearly as much as issue #13. Otherwise, this is probably one of the BEST issues of WS that I have seen, but get a new printer, gang. [4]

Issue 15

front cover of issue #15, James B. Steele. The toroidal space station is based on a 2001: A Space Odyssey poster, but with a Star Trek shuttlecraft added in.
back cover of issue #15, Anita Nordstrom

Warped Space 15 was published in March 1976 and contains 28 pages.

From the editor, who says they have been selling reprints of the zines, as well as The Omnipotent Third Season Star Trek Script Generator, The Official Star Trek Rumor Generator, and "The Transporter Malfunction of the Month" (centerfold from issue #10) to pay off some debts of Ourcon. "We've paid off all but one of the remaining four speakers we had still owed fees."

art from inside #15, kudos from boojums Press
  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek (1)
  • For Sale, Must Sacrifice by Paula Smith (1) (In A 2005 Interview with Kathy Resch, Kathy says that this story was part of her inspiration for A Private Obsession.)
  • A Matter of Trust by Johanna Cantor (6)
  • Pasadena Blues I by P.M. Block (Shore leave on P-77 or Pasadena II as it is renamed by the crew. Palm trees, warm breezes, sand. It should be idyllic for Sadie as she shares it with McCoy, but Sadie is uneasy and finally returns to the ship. She is no sooner on board then Pasadena suddenly begins to break out of orbit pulling the Enterprise in its wake. Pasadena is not a planet but a living organism.) (15)
  • Death Be Not Proud by Clark Van Hekken (21)
  • Once by Laurie Haldeman (22)
  • Red Planet by Karen Klinck (22)
  • How Much is that Harlequin in the Window by Paula Block (23)
  • The Addict by Ingrid Cross (24)
  • McCoy's Medical Center by Annie Brown (24)
  • Warped Communications, LoCs by the readers (25)
  • art by James B. Steele (front cover), Anita Nordstrom (back cover), Paula Block, Gordon Carleton, Jane Clinkenbeard, Marty Siegrist and Joni Wager

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 15

[Pasadena Blues I]: The crew is enjoying shore leave on balmy planet Pasadena - except Faulwell, who finds it too hot, and goes back to the ship in a sulk despite tentatively renewing her relationship with McCoy on the planet. The planet suddenly takes off out of orbit of its own volition - it seems to be an organism - and the folks downplanet start to get chilly. [5]
[zine]: It's really remarkable who these folks in E. Lansing manage to put together such a good zine every six weeks -- and now a copy that doesn't send the reader off to the eye doctor. Three main stories in this one: 'A Matter of Trust,' is a sort of 'after' story for 'Balance of Terror' and a 'before' story for 'Amok Time' and rather hard to follow; 'Pasadena Blues' is the first half of another LP6 story -- and it will be interesting to see the second half; the best one is 'For Sale, Must Sacrifice.' in which Paula Smith again brings new meaning to the phrase, 'you always hurt the one you love.' It's a very believable get-Spock in which the Merry Men of the Big E once again run afoul of the Prime Directive. For some reason, it just seems like the kind of a thing that would REALLY happen to them. This is a bloody (and green one, at that) tale, but not sickeningly so, and there's a pun in the title... Other features include an interview with H. Ellison (while he's in a bookstore window); LoCs, poetry, and nice illos by Gordon Carleton and Marty Siegrist. Front cover by Steele of a shuttlecraft leaving a 2001-looking space station. Bacover by Nordstrom is a very close-up portrait of McCoy/Kelley. [6]
[zine]: Alleluia! The WS editors have finally managed to put out a completely readable issue... No fade-out and unreadable reduced print. The illos also print without graying out in the heavier black areas. Leading off the fiction this time is 'For Sale, Must Sacrifice' by Paula B.G. (Blood and Guts) Smith. This is another in the series of Paula-gets-her-rocks-off with Spock as the subject... again. As you might remember, Paula killed off Spock five times in her novella The Logical Conclusion. In this happy go lucky story, Spock meanders unsuspectingly beneath a tree, is attacked, and finds himself the unfortunate victim scheduled for sacrificial surgery at dawn. Through the whole gory mess, Spock makes nary a sound of protest and blithely allows his captors to ostracize him from the Enterprise and Osterize his body. It all served a purpose in TLC but its almost pointless in this story and makes me wonder why the editor included it in WS. The only way Paula could profit by this story is to sell Star Trek barf bags with each copy. Need I say more? Following back to back is a story by Cantor about Vulcans in general. The first part of the story concerns the legalities of a Vulcan who kills another Vulcan dying of the linger death in Pon Farr. The action then suddenly shifts to a Vulcan boy who will suffer optical nerve damage unless operated upon and Spock must help convince the child's guardian to consent. The characters in this story are a little too cardboard, the plot shifts half-way through with no subtlety or reason, and the first part is very choppy and hard to read through. A good try, and it would have made a nice study of the Vulcan character (although there are already hundreds of those around), yet this story looks more like an outline or first draft than a finished product. Ever ask for a rewrite, Lori? 'Pasedena Blues' is the only half-way decent piece in this issue. First, I am not overly impressed by the LP6 stories in WS which this is one. LP6 is a group of weird characters on the Big E who compromise [sic] one of the standard landing parties on board ship. The characters are far too flighty to have ever passed a Star Fleet exam unless they signed up as ETs. With this kind of character, the only kind of story vehicle that works well is light, tongue-in-cheek style, yet many of these stories are attempted as serious and the characters just aren't meant to appear in a serious story. Nevertheless, WS continues to use the LP6 gang because almost any half-wit can write an LP6 story with those characters. This is good for WS which will try to publish anything in order to get their issues filled and mailed within 6 weeks or so. If you can accept the characters, fine. If you can't, WS will probably continue to publish LP6 stories so you have no choice. Paula Block has at least done something respectable with the raw material at hand in writing 'Pasadena Blues.' Faulwell, a linguist, is the major character in this story. It's portrayed well and seeing events thru her eyes is entertaining and interesting. The plot is in the vein of Big-E-meets-a-strange-new-life-form... nothing new. The ending promises to be good but will appear in issue #16, get that issue, and you won't be missing a helluva lot by not buying issue #15. The remainder of this issue is filled with little snippets and vignettes of stories and the lettercol, all of which is occasionally interesting but fills more paper than brain capacity. The front cover is by James B. Steele and is an illo of the Galileo shooting out of Space Station #5 a la 2001. It looks good from a distance but the details are poor, and it's not overly abundant on creativity. Bacover is by Anita Nordstrom and is a huge (but good) close-up of McCoy... if it would have been a little smaller, it would have been excellent. A few respectable illos by Marty Siegrist appear within and Jane Clinkenbeard had the only outstanding piece of art inside, which is a picture of Spock, asleep. All in all, this isn't quite the issue of WS you'll want to spend money to gold plate, but it'll pass a good 45 minutes if you read it slow, especially Block's story. [7]
[zine]: WARPED SPACE is one of the best and more vital ST fanzines around. It contains mainly fiction and letters by/from many of the more prolific and capable writers in ST fandom. Though layout assistance is sorely needed, artwork is good and quality of writing makes up for any lack of professionalism. Unfortunately, past issues have been poorly, almost unreadably reproduced, and perhaps two of the short stories in this issue suffer from poor plots. One piece of news is that WS is not going to be reprinting and more of #'a 1-14. There is a tendency among many of the better fanzines to reprint past issues for the convenience of collectors and admirers. But WARPED SPACE will instead print a volume of The Best of Warped Space, Volumes 1 and 2. With the next WARPED SPACE I get to review (and especially if I get a BEST volume) I will have a much longer review. But space and time limitations prevent it this issue. [8]

Issue 16

front cover of issue #16, Jane Clinkenbeard
back cover of issue #16, Joni Wagner. It portrays "Salish" the jilted betrothed of Miramanee.

Warped Space 16 was published in April 1976 and contains 29 pages.

  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek (1)
  • Warped Communications (1)
  • Pasadena Blues, Part II The Mad Experiment (by Paula M. Block (Star Trek) (4)
  • In Defense Of Faulwell by Vivian Sheffield and Pat McCormack (STAR TREK) (12)
  • Enterprising Lady by Laurie Haldeman (14)
  • Holmes, Sweet Holmes—A Review by Vivian Sheffield (16)
  • Space 1999 by Anonymous ( 17)
  • The Ambassador’s Nightmare by Jean Lorrah (Sarek and Amanda) (18) (also in The Best of... and NTM Collected #2)
  • Cheron by Jane Clinkenbeard (Centaur story) (28)
  • art by Jane Clinkenbeard (front cover), Joni Wagner (back cover), Paula Block, Gordon Carleton, Phil Folio, Leah Rosenthal, Marty Siegrist, and Jim Steele

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 16

[Pasadena Blues II]: A Sadie Faulwell story from pov of gardener David Keith, who generally tries like hell to stay off the bridge. He participates in a meld with the plant life which lives in symbiosis with the planet-creature, and learns that when the planet goes traveling, the plantlife creates a mist which functions as a protective shield. That mist is now threatening the crew on leave by preventing transport back to the ship. David and the plants manage to contact the planet-creature and talk it into stopping so the humans can get off. David, however, has some trouble pulling out of the meld - it takes both Spock and Sadie to pull out his roots. A pleasant story, with a charming visualization of David becoming a palm. [9]
[zine]: This zine alternately makes me want to laugh and cry. The two latest issues have had me a little bit on the melancholy side, I must admit. The front cover of issue #16, the shoddy layout and lettering, especially on the contents page -- somehow, it doesn't make for an personal zine anymore, just an unprofessional one. Maybe zine readers (and reviewers) will never be satisfied. The first thing that stuck in my mind after finishing this issue was the obsequious character of the lettercolumn this time and another part of the zine called 'In Defense of Faulwell.' which is an article thinly disguised as a two-letter lettercol, or is it the other way around? In any event, take care to avoid the sugary spots lest you finish this issue in a fit of diabetic shock. 'Pasadena Blues part 2' is the major feature of this issue. A disappointing note is that the editor did not put a synopsis of part one in this issue. Zines like Babel and prozines... use synopses of their sequels to preface the later parts. Think someone could pass the word on to WS? One of the major pieces of action in this story involves a mind meld with a plant... from orbit, and over Mr. Spock's initial objections. Hookay... The way in which it is handled, however, makes up for the implausibility of the premise. There is a good build up to the climax and the story resolves itself rather well in the end. Later on in the issue is a review of Leonard Nimoy's performance in Sherlock Holmes, a hilarious page, uh -- dedicated {?) to Space: 1999, and an almost mythical-style story about a centaur which is a sequel to Jane Clinkenbeard's first such story. Another major story, and perhaps the best one in this issue, is called 'The Ambassador's Nightmare,' by Jean Lorrah. Here is an interesting study of Amanda and Sarek, and although some may disagree with me violently, I am ecstatic as all hell to see a refreshing new story about Vulcan that doesn't have Spock in it. This story concerns Sarek in his role as Ambassador on a potentially dangerous diplomatic mission, one in which Amanda must come along if he is to proceed with it. Jean does a splendid job describing the culture of the new world, and shows a side of Amanda and Sarek during their early marriage that we have rarely seen. Although this story is mainly concerned with showing the characters, it turns out as one of the few high points in this otherwise ho-hum issue of WS. This, and the excellent bacover by Joni Wagner, were the only real features that make it worthy of a place on the bookshelf. [10]

Issue 17

front cover of issue #17, Joni Wagner, the Landing Party 6
back cover of issue #17, Joni Wagner

Warped Space 17 was published in June 1976 and contains 38 pages.

  • The Editor's Nook (1)
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Pat McCormick (2)
  • In the Beginning by Annie Brown (5)
  • The Future Crew of the Enterprise and Other Illustrations by Leah Rosenthal (6)
  • Star Truckkin' (Or, The Adventures of C.W. Kirk) by Jim Steele (11)
  • The Mind Rape by Paula M. Block (We experience the forced mind meld by the mirror universe Spock on Dr. McCoy) (12)
  • The Weight by Leslie Fish (part one) (12)
  • art by Joni Wagner (front and back covers), Kimeya Maya, Girc'N, Fred Shippe, Sadie Faulwell, Mitya Razumov, Anne MacCormack, Gordon Carleton, Leslie Fish, Leah Rosenthal, Jim Steele

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 17

[The Weight]: Kirk & co. get a weird message, originating well outside the galaxy, asking them to send a starship to "Chicago" at the signal's point of origin to verify historical data. For untidy reasons, they embark into the past to find out what it's all about. (In this universe, the Earth was set back into an agrarian, anarchic society by biological war and the melting of the ice caps; industrialization survived only on the Moon, from whence conquerors later took back the Earth and the Federation was born.) Now a new crop of Enterprise cadets turn out to be plotting to change history and keep Earth agrarian. One gets a phaser to an engineer, resulting in Earth defeating the Lunar invasion and remaining agrarian. Spock and McCoy, meantime, are stranded in dead Chicago - but get inadvertently scooped with up with the city by extra-galactic archaeologists who put them in hibernation until their own time. They disappear before they get there. Enterprise returns to her own time, where: there is no Federation; they find McCoy a true country doctor. All but Kirk beam down to live out their lives; he resolves to stay aboard and single-handedly fend off the Klingons when they come. [11]
[zine]: Well, the folks at MSU have done it again -- this issue's a real winner and thicker than usual. The art is great; for those wondering what the heck the members of LP6 look like, now you know. The front cover features their likeness, drawn by Joni Wagner. Inside, we find the Editor's Nook detailing future plans for the zine, and then a short LP6 story by Pat McCormick titled 'The Other Side of Paradise' -- now why does that sound familiar? It is, ah ha, you guessed it, that group's reaction to the goings on of that Trek episode, with illos by Carleton. Next is a short story by Annie Brown, her version of creation. Then a cartoon section penned by Leah Rosenthal, which (*giggle*) a look at the crew of the Big E a 'few' years before they took on their respective positions. Hmmm.... cute little Star Truckkin' illo by Jim Steele, poking fun at the current CB craze. Now we come to the nitty-gritty: Paula Block pioneers a new genre of Trekfic with her story, 'Mind Rape,' which is elaborations of parts with the episodes -- her's is of the mind meld scene from 'Mirror, Mirror,' and it lent considerable insight to the whole televised episode (nice illo by Wagner -- McCoy's eyes -- brrrr...). The remainder of this ish is devoted to the beginning of Leslie Fish's Kirk saga -- and a finely written one it is, too. The plot is systematically developed along with several absorbing sub-plots. Mainly, it's a serious investigation of Kirk, the man -- his reactions to guilt feelings over the crew being inadvertently stranded in the past -- a past in which science has never been allowed to develop, i.e., an alternative timeline. A possible criticism could be the crew's treatment of Kirk -- ostracizing him to life alone aboard the Big E because they blame him for their predicament, but this is attempt (shades of AU4!) to see how Kirk rebuilds his shattered life. By the end of the first segment, he has already banded with a group of pro-science anarchists and discovered some VERY intriguing circumstances. I reached the end of the tale feeling the need for more... more! This is a good 'un, so snatch it up! [12]
[zine]: The cover of this zine is enough to make me want to throw up cry. It seems that the WS fans -- whoever and wherever they are, remain in a rut with enthusiasm over LP6 and the accompanying series of stories. I am at a loss to understand the depths of this enthusiasm. The cover is, gak, a picture of LP6, or at least their alter-ego counterparts dressed for the role. It is done by Joni Wagner, and it isn't even one of her better pieces of art. The faces are fair to good but the composition and lettering are frankly bad. Immediately inside is the first of the stories called 'The Other Side of Paradise.' Nothing like originality, hey what? This story puts that famous episode in perspective of the LP6 group, and sees it all through their eyes. The story is short, and about as original as the title... 'In the Beginning' is a very, very short, choppy and confusing vignette of a story concerning advanced beings and the creating of life. It has been done before, notably by Isaac Asimov in his story 'Eyes Do More than See,'... and his version is infinitely better. 'The Future Crew of the Enterprise' is a good selection of cartoons by Leah Rosenthal depicting the bridge crew of the Big E as they were in their childhood. A very charming and entertaining section. Jim Steele also has a single page illo of 'Star Truckers.' It is interesting but rather pointless without much else to refer to about the piece. 'Mind Rape' is a very intriguing vignette and hopefully the beginning of a line of stories by others concerning the details of various scenes implied or not shown from Star Trek. Paula chose the scene where the Mirror, Mirror Spock probes McCoy's mind for information. It was only done so-so. Since these scenes will be so short, it will be hard to pick one that can be constructed with any kind of normal climax, but perhaps the techniques will be perfected more somewhere down the line. 'The Weight' by Leslie Fish is the major feature of this issue. It concerns a mission the Enterprise has had in the past. Somehow, something goes wrong, the past is changed and the ship is left without enough power to return to the present. Kirk is left alone on his ship and after 3 1/2 months, he's ready to go off the deep end from simple isolation. Then he finds evidence of the last vestiges of technology on the planet and helps them in their fight against the barbarism that is now rampant over the planet because of the mistake the Big E has made in the time line. Leslie hasn't mastered the technique of playing temporal parcheesi. There are a few inconsistencies. One major fault is that her own characters far outweigh Kirk. This isn't a Star Trek story, but a temporal science fiction story thinly disguised to fit into a Trekzine. The Kirk she shows is plausible but Leslie hasn't taken the time to develop the situations or character so that he is believable. It ends with a good twist but the weaknesses and construction of the story keep it from becoming a truly great pice of fanfic. The issue is illustrated adequately for the most part. The only good pieces are the bacover and the one illustrating Block's story, both illos by Wagner, and the illos with Fish's story. This issue of WS is better than the preceding few but I don't think it's their best. Keep tryin', gang. [13]

Issue 18

front cover of issue #18, Linda Cappel and Marty Siegrist
back cover of issue #18, Gordon Carleton, Man from UNCLE

Warped Space 18 was published in July 1976 and contains 34 pages.

From the editorial: "Somebody called me on May 29 at approximately 4:50 pm from a pay phone in Chicago. I got billed $4.51 for that call. Does anyone what to confess? Evidently it was a collect call., and somebody at [address redacted] accepted the charges. And I don't remember doing so..."

  • The Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek (1)
  • Warped Communicatin (3)
  • Those were the Days by Carol Hanson (12)
  • Reflections by Laurie Haldeman (15)
  • Logical Conclusion by Laurie Haldeman (15)
  • Loser by Laurie Haldeman (15)
  • Sweet Maiden by Clark Van Kekken (15)
  • And To the Man on the Street by Carol Hydeman and Nancy Svenson Reibiling (16)
  • Limericks by Nancy Lewis (17)
  • My Reason for Not Re-Enlisting by Karen Klinck (18)
  • Captain Mine by Erin Duffey (18)
  • The Final Affair by Paula M. Block (19) (This is the first Man from UNCLE story published in a zine. It is reprinted in The M.U.N.C.L.E. Book. A follow-up to this story is in Syndizine #2.)
  • art by Linda Cappel and Marty Siegrist (front cover), Gordon Carleton (back cover), Gee Moaven, Leah Rosenthal, Joni Wagner, Maryann Walther

Issue 19

front cover of issue #19, V.M. Wyman
back cover of issue #19, V.M. Wyman

Warped Space 19 was published in August 1976 and contains 44 pages.

  • Editor's Nook (1)
  • Only a Child by Pat McCormack (2)
  • The End by Gerry Downes (4) (reprinted from the SF zine, "Karmic Runes" (April/May 1976 issue)
  • Command Decision by Joan M. Verba
  • Shadows by V. McLean (12) (The editor notes that this is the first story the zine has received from a non-American, and that the author resides in England.)
  • The Weight, part 2, section 1 by Leslie Fish (19)
  • Warped Communications (40)
  • art by V.M. Wyman (front and back covers), Gordon Carleton, Connie Faddis, Leslie fish, Marty Siegrist

Issue 20

front cover of issue #20, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #20, Mark Askran

Warped Space 20 was published in October 1976 and contains 110 pages. It has explicit het material as well as non-explicit slash. The front cover: Gordon Carleton; back cover: Mark Askran. Art & illustrations: Mark Askren, Paula Block, Linda Cappel, Gordon Carleton, C.R. Faddis, Gayle F., Leslie Fish, Leah Rosenthal, Marty Siegrist, Paula Smith, and Joni Wagner.

It includes four foldout centerfolds, one of a naked McCoy lounging at the side of a woodsy creek (Marty Siegrist, "Bones"), one of Spock (Martynn, "Ask the Girl Who Owns One"), one of a naked Uhura, bound to a wall, Kirk nearby with a key on a chain around his neck (Joni Wagner, "Uhura's Fantasy... Or... Hailing Frequencies Open?") and of Kirk, naked just getting into or out of bed with a woman (Gordon Carleton).

"The Degenerator" by Paula Smith, slash, gen and het solutions to "Mr. Spock goes into pon farr & "Captain Kirk has a case of the hornies"
  • Logical Solution by Lora Rene. Having bonded with Spock to save him in pon farr, Christine now faces the frustration of his long celibate period. (p. 1-5)
  • Shelter by Leslie Fish and Joanne Agostino, though Fish is the primary author. "This story is probably the first fully-developed K/S short story that was actually published. In it, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy are stranded on a planet when their shuttlecraft lands and explodes. Spock suffers from a blow to the head and is unconscious when they take shelter in a convenient cave. (Convenient caves are an amusing cliché used by many K/S writers over the past twenty-five years.) During his delirium, Spock expresses and acts on his deeply-suppressed desire for a sexual relationship with Kirk. McCoy feigns sleep, and Kirk, though initially confused, goes through with the encounter, presumably willingly. But the question is, will Spock remember when he regains consciousness?" [1]) There is a sequel titled Poses, first published in Obsc'zine #1 in 1977. (p. 6-15)
  • A Time Out Of Fragment; Oedipus Sex; Eat It Raw by Paula Smith. Short shorts - Chapel/Uhura (non-explicit parody of A Fragment Out of Time), baby Spock, Kirk and steak. (p. 15-16)
  • A Lesson in Perspective by Connie Faddis (also in Relay #3) Connie extrapolates on what effect being confined to Janice Lester’s body would have on someone as caught up in being male as Kirk. Physical and psychological trauma from the transference and Janice Lester's hatred sends Kirk spiraling into depression and impotence. McCoy makes matters worse by plying him with aphrodisiacs on Wrigley's, sending him in search of relief he eventually finds in a drug den and causing a complete breach between Kirk and McCoy. Kirk ends up spending shore leave on secluded New Seattle with middle-aged, lively nurse Sajis Caffrey (who is a very appealing new character). All manner of things go wrong, but Kirk comes out of it right again. (p. 37-79)
  • It's In the Blood by Pat McCormack (A virus sends all the Rh positive crew into sexual frenzy. (p. 17-23)
  • Limericks (p. 23)
  • You Get What You Pay For by Gordon Carleton. The Three visit a museum with a whorehouse exhibit. (p. 25)
  • Circles & Cycles by Erin O. Mercy. Virginal Mary Sue gives virginal Spock a blow job to save him in pon farr. (p. 26-29)
  • There are Worse Things by Johanna Cantor. Post- Lorelei Signal, Spock goes into pon farr and Kirk & McCoy prevail on Theela to assist. (p. 30-37) (also in The Best of...)
  • The Degenerator by Paula Smith. A chart of "all the Kirk-Spock relationship stories you never wanted to know" (p. 80)
  • Free Man by Mone Delitsky. Spock/Leila vignette. (p. 82-83)
  • Chronic of Our Times by Paula Block. A Sadie/Bones spoof (p. 86-88)
  • Mating Call by Roberta Rogow. An Enterprise orgy story (p. 89-94)
  • Avant-Propos by Mandi Schultz. From the Diamonds and Rust series. Kirk falls in love with the amazing Chantal, a Capellan. (p. 100-111)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 20

See reactions and reviews for Shelter.
See reactions and reviews for A Lesson in Perspective.
[Chronic of Our Times]: Odd and, I thought, not very funny bit of silly dialogue for Sadie & McCoy, married, with Thurber-esque drawings of the pair, with someone building an ark outside the ship and water coming in the window. [14]
[zine]: ... stories include a Spock/Christine "marital adjustment" story, a pon farr parody, a post-"Lorelei Signal" (the animated episode) pon farr story, and an erotic chapter from the Mandi Schultz and Cheryl Rice DIAMONDS AND RUST. And there is "A Lesson in Perspective" by Connie Faddis, an excellent story in which Kirk is suffering from the strong after affects, including impotence, of his unpleasant sojourn in Janice Lester's body. McCoy's attempted cure only exacerbates Kirk's problems, but all eventually is worked out with the aid of some curative shore leave and a motherly nurse. It is well illustrated by Gayle F in a style not recognizably hers, but lovely nonetheless. There are also various limericks and vignettes, including an Uhura/Christine one. In another Sadie Faulwell story, by Paula Block, she marries McCoy. In another Dirty Nellie story by Roberta Rogow, a plant specimen causes horniness in the Enterprise's crew. Most of these share the peculiar irreverant and somewhat snide WARPED SPACE brand of humor. There are illustrations and cartoons by thirteen artists, including Gee Moaven, Signe Landon, Joni Wagner, and Connie Faddis, with various nudes and foldouts of Kirk, Spock, McCoy, and Uhura. But the only other K/S-related item is... (The Degenerator all the Kirk-Spock relationship' stories you never wanted to know") by Paula Smith, which is a kind of chart or diagram in which you can follow various plot alternatives, beginning either with "Mr. Spock goes into pon farr", or "Capt. Kirk has a bad case of the hornies." It shows, if nothing else, how much K/S has evolved since 1976. [15]


  1. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  2. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  3. from The Halkan Council #14
  4. from Spectrum #23
  5. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  6. from The Halkan Council #18
  7. from Spectrum #24
  8. Stardate #9
  9. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  10. from Spectrum #25
  11. Zinedex
  12. from The Halkan Council #20/21
  13. from Spectrum #26
  14. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  15. from Not Tonight Spock! #6