Issue 25 of the official Star Trek Magazine is arriving on newstands now. This issue has a focus on Star Trek Voyager, Species 8472 (now called the Undine) and their link to Star Trek Online. It also has a great article on the history of fanzines. TrekMovie has excerpts and previews below.
STAR TREK MAGAZINE ISSUE 25 PREVIEW
A look back at Trek Fanzines
Star Trek fan history expert (and TrekMovie contributor) John Tenuto has an excellent feature on the history of Star Trek fanzines, here is an excerpt
FROM FAN-TASTIC VOYAGE: A BRIEF HISTORY OF STAR TREK FANZINES
Sometimes amateur writers or artists contributing to the fanzines would go on to have a career associated with Star Trek. Indeed, Star Trek fandom has proved a good training ground for a variety of professional experiences, especially in writing and publishing.
Although fans probably know her best as the co-writer of many Star Trek non-fiction titles and co-editor of Pocket Book’s Strange New Worlds line (themselves a celebration of fan written fiction), Paula M. Block was at one time a contributor to Warped Space, a fanzine that lasted an impressive 10 years with more than 50 issues. The famous Star Trek Concordance (1976) written by superfan Bjo Trimble began life as a fanzine publication by Dorothy Jones Heydt in 1968. Star Trek Magazine’s own Larry Nemecek (author of The Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion and co-writer of the story for the Voyager episode “Prophecy”) was known to write letters during the 1970s to TREK: The Magazine for Star Trek Fans. In fact, his TNG guidebook began as a fanzine concordance and was read by the writers and producers of the television show (the shuttle Nenebek from TNG’s “Final Duty” was named for Larry by Jeri Taylor).
Sometimes fanzines became so professional in editing and design that they were difficult to distinguish from licensed publications. TREK was edited by Walter Irwin and GB Love, and is arguably one of the most successful and professional Star Trek fanzines.
Beginning in 1975 and running for nearly 20 years, TREK produced consistently impressive art, parodies, poems, interviews, behind-the-scene treatises, academic articles, and fan fiction. The most popular articles were eventually collected into 18 The Best of TREK books published from 1978 to 1996. Some of the features of TREK, such as “Reader’s Mysteries” where fans would write in to ask about inconsistencies between episodes or just nitpick were so popular that modern and official Star Trek publications continue to have similar columns.
2-page spread on Fanzines in STM #25
Manu Intiraymi Interview
Star Trek Voyager’s Icheb, Manu
Intiraymi is interviewed in STM #25, here is an excerpt.
In the seventh season’s “Imperfection,” Icheb is prepared to sacrifice his own life to save Seven’s. This is not only Intiraymi’s favorite Voyager episode, but also the one he found the most challenging. “There was an intense conflict in this story and some intense acting as well,” he says. “Near the end of the episode, Icheb disengages his cortical node and is dying. At the same time, he’s yelling at the Doctor, Captain Janeway and Seven to give his node to Seven.
“All these emotions are going on inside me, and [as the character] I’m thinking, ‘Am I going to die? Why won’t these people listen to me? I know I can save Seven.’ It was the only time during my Star Trek experience that I had to walk off to the side of the set before we began to do that scene and really build myself up emotionally and convince myself that I was dying. It was the one time when I really had to act. Of course, in the other episodes I was acting, but here I had to yell, cry, scream and maintain that emotional intensity for take after take and keep it fresh for that scene. It was really difficult, but extremely fulfilling as well for me as an actor.”
“And the best thing that happened to me with this episode had to do with Robert Picardo. I’d looked up to him for quite a while and it’s a kid’s dream to come to Hollywood and work with someone like him. After we shot that scene, Robert came up to me and said, ‘Because we’ve been doing this for so long, we’ve got it down and things don’t seem as new. Every once in a while, though, a guest star comes along who’s good and who wakes us up. And you’re a good actor, kid.’ My heart jumped. To get a compliment about your acting skills from someone as talented as Robert is a total thrill. So that episode was definitely a big plus for my soul, my career, everything.”
2-page spread from
in STM #24
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