Wine of Calvoro

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Title: Wine of Calvoro
Publisher: STAG & ScoTpress
Author(s): Valerie Piacentini
Cover Artist(s): Nicola Moore
Date(s): December 1978
Medium: print zine
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
External Links: online version on the ScoTpress site
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cover, Nicola Moore

Wine of Calvoro is a gen, perhaps het, 55-page Star Trek: TOS novel by Valerie Piacentini. The cover is by Nicola Moore.

The author's dedication: "This story is for Janet Quarton; without whose compassionate interest, warm-hearted sympathy, and passionate devotion... James T. Kirk might stand a snowball in hell's chance of staying out of sickbay for at least one story."


"While visiting a Federation agent on a Prime Directive planet, Kirk is taken to serve the Emperor. First published December 1978. (word count - 33561)" [1]

Reactions and Reviews

This is a novel in which Kirk is captured by an emperor on a planet and is forced to drink wine, and he is drugged. Spock does get him, but not without a lot of problems on the way. This story is very H/C all the way through, and he gets through one medical mishap, and it leads to another. I consider this to be one of the better fanzines of this premise. from an eBay seller </ref>

'Wine of Calvaro' is a really good get-Kirk story. Boy, does he ever get it! The story came about because Janet Quarton wanted to see something wherein Kirk takes a bullet in the shoulder, and, as Sheila Clark says, that's the least of his worries. Poor baby! Just about everything that could happen to him does, with Spock right there (well, most of the time) to soothe the hurts and ease the wounds. The story finds Kirk on a rather medieval planet where the Prime Directive is in full operation. While there, he is 'chosen' by forces of the Imperial Guard to serve the Emperor in a very nefarious manner. I don't want to give away anymore of the plot, except to say that it concerns Kirk's rescue by Spock an the trials they face in escaping to a safe place from which the Enterprise can come and get them. This is an extremely satisfying tale. There is a bare minimum of artwork, as is generally the case with the Scottish zines; but you buy these for the stories, not for the graphics, and Valerie is one of the best tale-spinners in fandom, both plot-wise and style-wise. What I really like best about the British zines is that they don't take themselves too seriously. They tell a good story and don't worry about whether or not anyone will think it's out of character or not. And if the story is good enough, as this one is, it really doesn't matter. [2]


  1. ^ from the ScoTpress site
  2. ^ from Scuttlebutt #12