Warped Space/Issues 21-30

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Issue 21

front cover of issue #21, James Steele
back cover of issue #21, V.M. Wyman

Warped Space 21 was published in November 1976 and contains 44 pages.

From the editor:
[I] hope you've enjoyed the first 20 issues of Warped Space. I'm very glad to have Warped Space 21 done. Please continue to share with me the joy that goes in to the making of Warped Space, as I thankfully go my separate way from the MSUSTC with the next issue and all future issues henceforth...

The editor also notes that she has permission to xerox copies of Interphase to sell, has received "a couple hundred" orders so far, and says she will take no other requests after December.

A fan writes an LoC in this issue about what she has heard about another zine, Energize!:
Sure, it's a good zine, but I'd like to put in an anti-plug. The zine has a beautiful Kraith portfolio by Connie Faddis which all by itself make it worth buying. However, contrary to the usual fannish practice of returning the work to the artist (and a highly commendalbe one it is, too) [name redacted], didn't return Connie's originals. In fact, she even refused to answer letters about it, apparently feeling that they had become her property. Rumor has it (and this is only rumor) that she may have even destroyed the originals. Now, if nothing else, Connie could have sold those for a good deal of money, and she should certainly have the right to reprint the art as she desires. But [name redacted] printed her zine for one reason -- to make money, and having [the art] reprinted might cut down on her profits.
Another fan's LoC is about the K/S Premise:
...Some time ago, and Lord only knows where or when, I read an article on the subject (homosexuality) by a doctor who claimed that it was strictly a physical condition caused by an imbalance of hormones produced by the body. He said he could diagnose the condition with 100% accuracy. At least he did in one experiment with 5 ‘straight’ and 5 ‘gay’ ones. IF he’s correct, then by the time the Enterprise will go on its missions to explore the galaxy, homosexuality will be almost a thing of the past through a medical breakthrough. The few cases based on psychological problems will probably also be diagnosed early and treated, since only a few cases of mental illness will be untreatable in the future. So you see all those Kirk/Spock ‘love’ stories are rather far-fetched, don’t you think?
  • Editor’s Nook (1)
  • Warped Communications (4)
  • In the Beginin’ & All That Stuff… by Paula M. Block (8)
  • Loyalty by Roberta Rogow (10)
  • Cyrano Jones by Jeanne Sullivan (17)
  • Day of Darkness by Jeanne Powers and Cathy Alling (McCoy recalls the one crushing event that ended his marriage.)
  • Omega by Amy Frauenglass (22)
  • Stand by Your Post by Karen Klinck (22)
  • The Weight, part 2, section 2 by Leslie Fish (23)
  • art by James B. Steele (front cover), V.M. Wyman (back cover), Gordon Carleton, Connie Faddis (some from Interphase #3), Leslie Fish, Ronn Gutson and Joni Wagner

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21

I am one of the hundreds of fans who read fanzines but never (rarely) write LoC's. However, in WS 21 I read something in the lettercol which forced me out of the bathtub forty-five minutes early, viz., a letter from [Joyce Q]. Joyce stated that she read an article by a doctor who claimed that homosexuality was a strictly physical condition, and she felt that by STAR TREK's time, homosexuality would be a curable condition. I am a psychology student, and I've read too much to the contrary. Kurt Lewin, the "father" of social psychology formulated an idea, stating that B(behavior) equals f(is a function of) g(genetics) + e(environment) . In this formula, we negate genetics, since all human beings have essentially the same genetic background. Environment then is the major factor in determining all forms of behavior, including sexuality. If this doctor feels that homosexuality can be "cured" he will have to "cure" potential homosexuals' environments first. My second objection is to the idea that homosexuality is an illness. We do not know that it is. Yes, it is an aberrant behavior, but then, so is being an sf fan, and I do not consider myself sick because sf and ST fascinate me. My third objection: why do we assume that heterosexuality is the way of the future? Gays are more accepted now than they ever have been before. More are "coming out" with less fear than five years ago. Who can say that two centur ies from now it won't be encouraged? Given overpopulation on certain planets, it may become necessary. My last point is a personal one. It is not difficult to imagine Kirk and Spock as lovers. The two have a warm respecting relationship, and it seems as though that deep love is the product of continuing sacrifices for one another, shared experiences, and compatible per sonalities. A friendship as thorough as theirs may find expression in sexuality the only way to communicate their mutual love and trust. The first time I ran across this theme, I found it beautiful and believable. I am a little bit uneasy about it, though. Though I am a McCoy fan, and straight myself, I can see how this relatively new angle on Kirk and Spock could jeopardize a lot of fantasies. For all my proselytizing, the thought of Kirk and McCoy in bed would take a lot of getting used to! [1]

Issue 22

front cover of issue #22 by Phil Foglio
back cover of issue #22
our story thus far, "The Weight"

Warped Space 22 was published in December 1976, has 68 pages, a cover by Phil Foglio, and illustrations by Phil Foglio with V.M.Wyman.

  • The Lethargical Conclusion by Phula Shmit [yes, spelled that way], art by Phil Foglio and V.M. Wyman (4) (a parody of The Logical Conclusion
  • Candle in the Window by Kelly Hill, art by Signe Landon (11)
  • The Silent Stars Go by Cheryl D. Rice, art by Carol Frashure (20) (reprinted from S.T.A.R. Base Akron’s Log “Star Trek: That Which Survives” issued December 1975)
  • The Weight (part 2, section 3) “They Told Me, ‘Cheer Up, Things Could Be Worse,’ So I Cheered Up, and Sure Enough, Things Got Worse.” by Leslie Fish (33)
  • Editor’s Nook by Lori Chapek-Carleton, art by Gordon Carleton
  • art by Phil Foglio and V.M. Wyman (front cover), Gordon Carleton (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22

[The Weight]: The dull saga continues. Well, okay, it's not that dull. Still somehow seems plodding to me - maybe because I know Leslie is touting an Anarchist utopia & I'm having trouble buying it. Or maybe because Spock & McCoy are dead. Anyway, in this installment, a bunch of people have gotten killed trying to get the dilithium from the moon; Kirk has lost an eye and suffered brain damage but gotten some dilithium so now they can go, but not fast enough to do the sun thing, so they have to head for the Guardian instead, and Jenneth is plotting to keep the E's crew from grounding Kirk due to the blindness. Oh, and *all* the Anarchists plan to go thru the Guardian to kill the baddie and restore the timeline. And Kirk's Anarchist lover is pregnant. All in all, this should be fun, but somehow just isn't [2]

Issue 23

front cover of issue #23, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #23, Anita Nordstrom

Warped Space 23 was published in February 1977, has 48 pages, a front cover by Gordon Carleton, and a back cover by Anita Nordstrom. Art by Gordon Carleton, Joni Wagner, Monica Miller, Connie Faddis, and Gee Moaven.

There are two LoCs addressing the K/S Premise, each a response to a fan's LoC in #21 which stated that homosexuality was a "condition" that would be cured by the time of Star Trek.

The first letter was by Leslie Fish:
...the AMA publicly admitted, two years ago, what Gay Liberation has been insisting for years—namely, that homosexuality is not a mental (or physical) disease at all, but only a personal choice. We’re all naturally bisexual—as a quick look at the behavior of wild animals will show you—and the only ‘neurosis’ even marginally involved is that of being fixated (‘stuck,’ if you will) on a particular sexual role and unable to try others.... So, by the time Star Trek takes place, homosexuality will not be ‘cured,’ because you can’t cure a ‘disease’ that doesn’t exist. Most people will be, openly, what they are naturally—healthy bisexuals—and all those Kirk/Spock love stories aren’t far-fetched at all.
The second letter was by Carol H:
...“I cannot believe that homosexuals do not feel ‘real’ love for each other just as any heterosexual couple would. Many times these couples live out their lives together in a peace and fidelity that some heterosexuals could not possibly emulate.... I assume that Joyce is saying that neither Spock nor Kirk could enter such a relationship, for by this time in their lives such a flaw would have been uncovered long ago due to the batteries of physical and psychological tests they undergo periodically. Her conclusion is valid as long as her original premise is true: that homosexual love is based on a physical or mental illness. But we see something entirely different with these two men. We see love growing between them as it would between any two persons of the opposite sex. Just watch the series and see how their feelings for each other are expressed. That’s LOVE, not necessarily sex; no definitely not sex, but love. And if that love expresses itself sexually, it should not be dismissed as an illness but should be regarded as the logical culmination of an ever-growing, healthy relationship....

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 23

It's nice to see that the WS crew has finally gotten better at layout, typography and graphics all around, as this issue proves. In many instances this makes all the difference between making a mediocre story either lousy or exquisite. Such is the case of the first story within this issue, 'Song of Laughter, Song of Tears.' In this toned-down soap opera, Lt. Cmdr. Scott gets a 'Dear Scotty' letter from Mira Romain, which sends him into an emotional slump. He takes solace on the 'Shore Leave' planet, and meets a fairie. They have a brief fling and she vanishes. A neat little twist to the story is that you never know how real she ever was to begin with. The story would not be so nearly as captivating if it not for the superb illos accompanying it done by Wyman. Immediately following is a delightful filk song lyric to the tune of 'Beep! Beep!' by Bev Clark. A more bewildering piece that follows is called 'Of Which Reason Knows Nothing.' In this screwball romp, Amanda and Sarek are on Deneb V for diplomatic purposes. An acquaintance of Amanda's winds up murdered with a broken neck... and guess who suspect number #1 is? Right. As it turns out, one of the other Vulcans at hand clobbers Sarek and declares that he's been looney for years, and probably did Gav on the Enterprise. Throughout the whole story events, people, and shifts in time and place occur rapidly and without any subtle transition. Ms. Beetem does not give her audience any descriptive background to work with, but merely thrusts people, places, and events at us too quickly to consume and digest mentally. Either that, or a power-mad proofreader axed the living hell out of the original version for sheer sadistic joy. In any event, it turns out almost indecipherable... 'Star Chaparral' has got to be one of the most galling satires ever done of the show. It has elements of half of the two-bit westerns ever produced... but worse yet, this may turn out to be a continuing series. Ug. And I thought LP6 was bad. 'Two Tickets Please' by Gerry Downes is a short but startlingly surreal tale of Kirk trapped in a maze. Her style reminds me of Thomas Disch or Harlan Ellison, and Ms Downes has created a superbly chilling tale eerily removed from reality. Leslie Fish has a two-page section about her anarchist society in The Weight, and the background of the story. For followers of the story, this is an enjoyable and entertaining insight into the framework upon which the story was laid. Finally, the major piece finishing up thish is from the Diamonds and Rust series... a chapter called 'Treasure.' I will heartily congratulate anyone who can read this without being at least a little confused. Yes, I know, I'm going to publish the collected edition, but many of them do now work out well in print separately and this is one of them. Even with the introduction preceding this story, this chapter's main action involves a birthday party for Christine. It's just too disjointed reading this chapter out of context. Sorry Mandi, sorry Cheryl, but as it's printed here, it's a washout. Elsewhere in this ish are letters, a poem or two and a copy of Murphy's laws. Nothing spectacular. If you have nothing better to blow $2.50 on, then it'll do, but dinner at McDonald's for the same price is more filling. [3]

Issue 24

front cover of issue #24, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #24

Warped Space 24 was published in April 1977 and contains 64 pages.

From the editor:
You may remember that I sent out a plea for donations to help pay for T'Kuhtian Press's IBM Selectric Typewriter. Well, the typewriter has arrived, an so have donations, and I am deeply touched. As as I promised, this is the the financial report such far: total cost (of the typewriter), $928.25. Total donations (thus far): $157.86. On April 5th, I sent in payments totaling $155.75 (and had previously made a down payment of $202.50).
  • Editor’s Nook by Lori-Capek Carleton (3)
  • Miscellanea…
  • Star Chaparral (part two, “The Plot Thickens” by Pluckers McGee, art by Gordon Carleton (6)
  • Kraithies by Paula Smith, art by V.K. Wyman (8)
  • The Barrier by Roberta Rogow, art by Nan Newis (10)
  • I.F.T.P. by Rose Marie Jakubjansky, art by Gordon Carleton (16)
  • Star-Child Lullaby by Ruta Jansons, art by Joni Wagner (17)
  • A Fact of Life by Cathy Alling, art by Nan Lewis (18)
  • Trek Over the Black Ridge by Nancy Spinks, art by Robin Wood (A research colony is in ruins and the Enterprise responds to the distress call. The inhabitants will evacuate to an alternate settlement, but 5 children are missing. Spock and McCoy are assigned to locate the children and lead them safely to the neu settlement.) (19)
  • Limericks by David Lubkin (26)
  • Ode to the Restless by Ingrid Cross, art by Gerry Downes (26)
  • Time by Ingrid Cross, art by Joni Wagner (28)
  • Warped Communications (29)
  • The Weight (part 3, section one, “Tiptoe Through the Tulips: They Just Might Take a Hunk Out of Your Leg.”) by Leslie Fish, art by Fish (35)
  • art by Bill Bow, Gordon Carleton (front cover), Gerry Downes, Leslie Fish, Nan Lewis, Carolynn Roth, Joni Wagner, Robin Wood and W.M Wyman

Issue 25

front cover of issue #25, Robin Wood
back cover of issue #25, Carolynn Ruth

Warped Space 25 was published in May 1977 and contains 76 pages.

  • Editor’s Nook
  • Miscellanea…
  • Warped Communications (5)
  • Ode to the Horta by Jan Gagliano, art by Bill Bow (14)
  • Loose Ends by Leah Rosenthal, art by Rosenthal (15)
  • Be at Peace, My Husband by Rose Marie Jakubjansky, art by Joni Wagner (22)
  • Fish Out of Water by Ruta Jansons, art by Robin Wood (24)
  • Omicron Ceti III by Mikial Liston, art by Carolynn Ruth (28)
  • Onward Klingon Soldiers by Karen Klinck and Phil Stephens, art by Gordon Carleton (29)
  • Convention Bound by David Lubkin (29)
  • Bye Bye Con by David Lubkin (29)
  • The Tale of the Horta by Jan Gagliano, art by Gordon Carleton (30)
  • Oriana (part one, “The Heiress”) by Roberta Rogow, art by Leslie Fish (31)
  • A Brief Addendum to the Report by D. Sigmund Mead on the Cultural and Physiological Peculiarities of Andorians by Roberta Rogow (37)
  • Rhinestones and Mush “Treasure Chest” by Erin O’ Mercy and Handy Schmaltz, art by Gordon Carleton (39) (a responsefic to Diamonds and Rust (see note below)
  • art by Bill Bow, Gordon Carleton, Leslie Fish, Leah Rosenthal, Carolynn Ruth (back cover), Joni Wagner, Robin Hood (front cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 25

[zine]: Warped Communications' [the LoC section] has a very long and extremely interesting letter debate on the Diamonds and Rust series to complement Erin O' Mercy and Handy Schmaltz' parody, 'Rhinestones and Mush.' There is 'Loose Ends,' an-everybody-on-the-ship-has-to-be-married, which would be good if it had a plot instead of a device. 'Fish Out of Water' concerns Spock and a dolphin and is very good. More: 'Oriana' is a tale of Andorian politics which could be enthralling. That is, it was enthralling when PBS did it a few years ago, and called it 'The Six Wives of Henry the VIII.' Well-written, but just a little too familiar. 'The Weight, part III' by Leslie Fish is continued in this issue in a cautious upswing of mood. Leslie partially retrieved the 'Feds are idiots, anarchists are perfect' impression she left in the last part. Unfortunately, the placing of her last illo gave away her punch-line. This zine comes out so damned often (that was a loving curse, Lori) that it is very expensive to keep your subscription up to, but WS is one of the zines that knits Trekkers together. [4]
[Rhinestones and Mush]: “There was a very long, never finished Kirk/Mary Sue saga called “Diamonds and Rust” which featured a statuesque, gorgeous Mary Sue named Chantal Caberfae. I remember that Kirk was absolutely besotted with her. It was accompanied with some highly romantic illustrations. Someone wrote a wickedly funny satire called “Rhinestones and Mush”, published in Warped Space # 25, which was complete with cartoons by Gordon Carleton satirizing the art by showing Chantal as practically sparkling/glowing with Kirk being depicted as basically her lapdog. [5]

Issue 26/27

Warped Space 26/27 - July 16, 1977 - 92 pages; Star Wars/Tatooine cover by Gordon Carleton with the caveat "In this Issue: Nothing About Star Wars." And there wasn't anything in the zine; the cover was the only Star Wars content.

From the editorial: "I am herein declaring the 'Diamonds and Rust' discussion/debate closed, as of this issue and, and will not print any more LoCs on the subject, as I feel that D&R has received more than adequate and varied comments within the pages of this 'zine!" There are 33 names on the WAHF list and 19 letters printed.

front cover of issue #26/27, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #26/27, Robin Wood

A mostly Star Trek issue including "The Weight - Part III"; fiction, poetry and analysis by Roberta Rogow, Paula Block, Leslie Fish, Paula Smith; artwork by Gordon, Connie Faddis, Nan Lewis, Anji Valenza, Joni Wagner, Amy Harlib.

  • Editor’s Nook (3)
  • Miscellanea (4)
  • Warped Communications (7)
  • To the Water and the Wild by Cheryl D. Rice, art by Signe Landon ((McCoy spends the last few hours on the shore leave planet uith Tonia Barrows. Her announcement that she will soon leave the Enterprise has added to his ever present feeling of loneliness, but a brief encounter with a beautiful mythological beast helps him realize that his involvement with Tonia was never meant to last.) 15)
  • Star Child by Lee Ardnt, art by Carolynn Ruth (24)
  • Oriana (part 2, “The Cadet”) by Roberta Rogow, art by Leslie Fish (25)
  • For Leila by Andrina Lewis (31)
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  • This Side of Paradise by Anne Snell, art by Nan Lewis (31)
  • The Way I Always Heard It Should Be, or, All the Soap That’s Fit to Print by Paula M. Block, art by Connie Faddis (McCoy's unexpected proposal of marriage leaves Sadie beuildered and uncertain. Her attitude leaves McCoy shaken and contributes to a heart attack that nearly takes his life. While Sadie stands vigil at McCoy's bedside she realizes how much he means to her. The wedding will take place.) (32)
  • The Weight Collected (part 3, section 3 “Cold Wind to Valhalla”) by Leslie Fish, at by Fish (50)
  • Recruiting Song: Circa 1999 by Karen Klinck, art by Gordon Carleton (78)
  • Trouble by Carol Hansen, art by Gordon Carleton (78)
  • An Essay in Defense of Fan-Written Characters by Pat McCormack (79)
  • Security’s Lament by Rose Marie Jakubjansky, art by Gordon Carleton (80)
  • A Round for an Exploration Team by Karen Klinck, art by Gordon Carleton (80)
  • The Security Song by Karen Klinck, art by Gordon Carleton (80)
  • Paradox Lost by Jean Lorrah, art by Gordon Carleton (81) (reprinted in The World of Dark Shadows #20/21)
  • Wasted Space by Paula Smith
  • art by Gordon Carleton (front cover), Connie Faddis, Amy Harlib, Signe Landon, Nan Lewis, Carolynn Ruth, Paula Smith, Anji Valenza, Joni Wagner (reprinted from Warped Space, Robin Wood (back cover)
  • a personal statement from Trinette Kern announcing the end of her association with Off the Beaten Trek and the creation of a new press with Carol Mularski to publish New Beginnings.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 26/27

[The Way I Always Heard It Should Be]: McCoy's suggestion that they get married throws Sadie into a panic of considering her options, and then the two of them into a hurtful fight. On landing party, McCoy suffers an unheard-of heart attack. Waiting, Sadie blames herself. When she finally is allowed to see McCoy, he berates her fear of love, and convinces her to accept him. The writing, as always, is superb. Excellent characterization and dialogue, probably the best McCoy romance around. Nice illos by Connie Faddis. [6]
[zine]: This double issue of Trek fandom's most regular zine has a lot to offer by way of humor, fiction, and art.

"To the Water and the Wild" is a "what happened after" the episode "Shore Leave" story. McCoy finds himself trying to find a nice gentle way to dump Tonia Barrows when they get back aboard the Big E. This is a very well written, nice friendly kind of story. McCoy is kept very much in character and the scene about Spock at the end stands out. Beautiful.

"Oriana" is part of a series, yet a complete story all by itself. The story centers on an Andorian female cadet who just happens to be a member of the royal family. There's trouble brewing back at home, and she's asked to return to straighten things out. Of course, she refuses, then there is an attempt to murder her. All in all, a nicely written change of pace story.

"The Way I Always Heard It Should Be..." is a a McCoy/Faulwell story in which Sadie gets her man. McCoy proposes and Sadie isn't sure she wants to get married. One of Paula's better Faulwell stories.

"The Weight" -- This heavy piece should better be retitled: "The Wait," 'cause that's what you do... wait for the next installment. The continuing saga of a bedraggled James T. Kirk and his counterpart in an alternate universe who just happens to be female. Leslie seems to be loving Kirk to death. So far, he has lost one eye, has a badly scarred face and a bad case of the "Wheezes" which sounds very much like TB. In this installment, we meet Sarek and learn a little about the Vulcans of this universe and the Big E reaches the time planet which seems to be their goal.

"An Essay in Defense of Fan Written Characters" -- thank you, Pat, I'm glad to see someone else who also believes. Well said.

"Paradox Lost" is a good parody of Dark Shadows. A warm, gentle story, excellent.

The issue ends with a parody of itself, which I didn't like at all. Paula's humor is too smug.

A few poems and filksongs round out the issue. Some of the songs were cute, but the ones slapping Space: 1999 turned me off 'cause I happen to like 1999 a teeny bit. The artwork ranged from good to beautiful. Gordon Carleton's Star Wars cover was very good, but Robin Wood's backcover is my favorite. I recommend this zine to everyone. [7]

Issue 28

front cover of issue #28, Anji Valenza
back cover of issue #28, Robin Wood

Warped Space 28 was published in August 1977 and is 57 pages long. It was the first issue to contain fiction from other fandoms and included the first Star Wars fan fiction published in a multimedia zine.

  • A Report To The Committee For Interplanetary Affairs Concerning The Political History Of The Northern Isles Of The Planet Andoria, Of The Empire Of Andor, Submitted By Sealen, Deputy-Director To Thelev, Ambassador To The United Federation Of Planets as transcribed by Roberta Rogow (Star Trek: TOS) (3 pages)
  • Oriana (Part III) "The Return" by Roberta Rogow, illustrated by Leslie Fish (Star Trek: TOS) (9 pages)
  • Exile by Abraham Rodrigues, illustrated by Joni Wagner (Star Trek: TOS) (2 pages)
  • Relativity by Leah Rosenthal, illustrated by Rosenthal (Star Trek: TOS) (7 pages)
  • Interstellar Babysitters, Inc. by Eileen Roy and Leslye Lilker, art by Gordon Carleton (Star Trek: TOS) (5 pages) (also in The Best of...)
  • poem by Frankie Jemison
  • Hearts and Flowers by Dixie G. Owen (38)
  • First Meeting by Jackie Paciello, art by Connie Faddis (Star Wars) (6 pages)
  • The Thousandth Man by Kelly Hill, art by Mary Bloemker (44)
  • On The Border by Kim Blekis, art by Jonie Wagner (Star Wars) (3 pages)
  • And The Gods Shall Weep by Jane Firmstone, art by Anji Valenza (Star Wars) (5 pages)
  • poem by Frankie Jemison (52)
  • Finnegon's Song by Federation Outpost 24
  • McCoy's Plea by Rose Marie Jakubjansky
  • Sadie's Other Options by Rose Marie Jakubjansky
  • other art by Bill Bow, Carolynn Ruth, Marcia Scott, Debbie Walsh and Robin Hood (back cover), Anji Valenza (front cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 28

Thish opens with the third part of Roberta Rogow's "Oriana" and an accompanying background "Report to the Committee." This segment diverges notably from its Tudor models, and the improvement in plotting and characterization is proportional. Ro- gow even pokes sly fun at the parallels and at herself via a down-at-heels T'Kuhtian playwright named (naturally) Shasper'N. "Exile", by Abraham Rodriguez, is psycho- logically sound--the "Paradise Syndrome" Indians need a scapegoat and Salish is "it"--but technically rough around the edges. The same criticism applies to Leah Rosenthal's "Relativity". Both stories would also have benefitted from a little more cultural accuracy: Indians did not believe in angels, and Puritans did not ordinarily consort with Catholic priests. "Interstellar Babysitters, Inc." has an air of inevitability about it, one of those stories that are bound to be written sooner or later. It's a take-off (by two of it practitioners) on that staple genre of fanzine fiction, "Spock's (Kirk's/McCoy's/Uhura's) Little Bastard and How It Grew." The ending, appropriately, is in the tradition of the classic horror story. Poor Sarek. The zine winds up with three STAR WARS pieces, all nicely done. "And the Gods Shall Weep," despite the rather gaudy title, is a compact story that proves that Jane Firmstone ␣ ␣ write well-characterized fiction when she sets her mind to it. Graphics throughout the zine are excellent, with Connie Faddis' drawing of Luke Skywalker and Obi-wan Kenobi outstanding. Highly recommended. [8]

Issue 29/30

front cover of issue #29/30, Randy Ash
back cover of issue #29/30, Joni Wagner

Warped Space 29/30 was published in November 1977 and is 121 pages long. Fantasy cover by Randy Ash Other art by Randy Ash, Beckey Aulenbach, Mary Bloemker, Gordon Carleton, Mary Ann Emerson, Richard Knowles, Connie Faddis, Leslie Fish, Amy Harlib, Nan Lewis, Martynn, Monica Miller, Leah Rosenthal, Carolyn Ruth, Anji Valenza, Joni Wagner, Carol Walske, and Robin Wood.

This issue has a special supplement called Star Trek America -- 1977 -- A Retrospective.

  • Ask the Right Questions by Jean Lorrah. NTM universe story. (reprinted in NTM Collected #2) (15 pages)
  • Uni-Verse by Leah Rosenthal
  • A Day in the Life of ... Darth Vader by Connie Faddis
  • The Almost Perfect Computer by Carol Hansen (Humor, 2 pages)
  • The Learning by Jean Stevenson (2 pages) (Star Trek: TOS)
  • Reflections in Time by Kelly Hill
  • Night in the City by Nancy Kippax (STAR TREK—Set during ‘City On The Edge Of Forever’) (2 pages)
  • Necessity by Dayle S. Palko
inside back cover, Man from Atlantis art by Gordon Carleton
  • Consequences by Pat McCormack (STAR TREK—Set during ‘City On The Edge Of Forever’) (2 pages)
  • Diabolicon '77 by Maggie Nowakowska, poem describing the con, is accompanied by a foldout centerfold by Mary Ann Emerson and Richard Knowles
  • A Dealer in Kivas and Trillium by Juanita Salicrup (4 pages)
  • Sketches from an Archaeologist on Vulcan" by Leah Rosenthal (5 pages)
  • Biggs by T.J. Burnside
  • Afterthought by Jackie Paciello (STAR WARS) (2 pages)
  • Scum and Villainy Bar & Grill by Connie Faddis, centerfold pull-out of art
  • Weep for Alderaan by Deborah M. Walsh
  • Gohirsid Jon by Anji Valenza (Science Fiction) (20 pages)
  • The Weight, Part 4 by Leslie Fish (STAR TREK) (35 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 29/30

Another double ish with a lot of variety. Front cover by Randy Ash, who is an up and coming young artist and zine ed -- I think he's going to be right up there with artists like Miller, Faddis, Landon, and [Gayle F] in another year or two. Inside cover of certain interesting characters from a galaxy far, far away... (cover was stapled poorly though). Lots of zine and fan news, a service I appreciate. 'Ask the Right Question' in my opinion, one of the best NTM stories -- a very interesting story of how and why pon farr. Beautiful poem and illo by Leah Rosenthal 'Uni-verse.' There are parodies of episodes and episode sequels -- two each sequels to 'City on the Edge' and 'Errand of Mercy.' Several S.W. items, poetry, and short stories as well as cartoons (with a gorgeous Luke by Walske on page 54). AND another installment of Fish's The Weight. (ye gods, is 'The Weight' now part 1 or a trilogy??!) One of the best stories in the whole ish is 'Gorhisid Jon,' a tale from her Klysadel Series -- it is neither Trek or SW, and is very good with excellent illos. [9]


  1. from Obsc'zine #2
  2. [1] Zinedex] (see other reactions and reviews at The Weight)
  3. from Spectrum #32
  4. from Scuttlebutt #2
  5. Catalenamara Live Journal
  6. Halliday’s Star Trek Zinedex (TOS) - Title Index, Archived version
  7. from Delta Triad #4
  8. from Jane Aumerle in Mahko Root #1
  9. from Scuttlebutt #5