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.”
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i think i saw this in Border’s just last week…
do the delivery schedules differ from place to place?
In the later series, isn’t it pretty much “WAR!!!!!” every day?
“Star Trek Magazine” is great. I hope they put all the articles they did about the new movie into one “special edition”.
And the next issue is going to focus on the eleven movies. With an interview with David Warner. Looking forward to that.
The newsstand cover is great. Good job STM crew! Looking forward to picking it up (after just finishing off the Klingon issue).
I never read this magazine, however if it became available for the iPad then I’d be very interested.
Who’s the lady on right of the cover?
Haven’t bought a magazine in a long time, as there was a ton of articles about STO9 which I didn’t care about. Might buy this issue.
Blech! This time it’s war! Trek the easy way or the hard way? Let’s hope J.J. part deux doesn’t take the easy way out. I have enjoyed some good Trek action yarns from time to time too, but the best Trek is about ideas. How about this time it ain’t war, but a rip roaring sci-fi story with a little bit of imagination and a lot of heart (I’m thinking more Urban and McCoy. De Kelley, R.I.P.)
I hope if they do anymore live action stuff set in the 24th or 25th centuries that they ignore most of what has gone on in the post-“Nemesis” era. The books aren’t canon, and any new show has to get back to exploration. Not that I don’t like action or battles, its just that we’ve already had the Dominion War, the Xindi War and two Borg invasions. Star Trek is about much more than just space battles.
And we also had a brief Klingon war during “Deep Space Nine”.
You know, I think I liked it better when Star Trek was not quite so mainstream and we had fanzines. Which had some of the best content to this day, I still have a copy of the first issue of “Trek: The magazine for Star Trek fans” somewhere. Then there were other magazines like Starlog, Enterprise Incidents and so on, I always looked forward to receiving the latest issue.
It just felt like a better, simpler time.
When Star Trek did not need to be “sexed up” with all out wars here there and everywhere.
Must be getting old or something…
Off topic but, with tomorrows release of the Ipad from Apple, I’m reminded of Mr. Scott in ST4 saying: “Keyboard, how quaint”.
Looking forward to this issue!
@10 Tend to agree with you. Have all Enterprise Incidents myself, a few Treks, and many Starlogs. The Best of Trek collections were and still are some of the best fan written material out there IMO. Miss them all.
I suspect I’m in the minority here, but I just can’t stand Capt. Janeway! Just looking at the smug look on her face in those pictures makes me want to gag.
Obviously, I didn’t like Voyager all that much, mostly because of the Janeway character, but also because it was just badly done rehashes of TNG stories and they violated treknological canon all the time. I think I stopped watching around season 3.
Sorry, a bit off topic…but this article is peppered with pics of Janeway. Ok, there’s only two, but still.
Trek was a great magazine, one you could truly read cover to cover. Good times.
#5 – Reading something on the basis that it’s only available for your new toy is a bit disturbing.
#7: “Blech! This time it’s war! Trek the easy way or the hard way? Let’s hope J.J. part deux doesn’t take the easy way out. I have enjoyed some good Trek action yarns from time to time too, but the best Trek is about ideas.”
But there’s also a babies-and-bathwater thing … I mean, there’s nothing precluding a war story from being intelligent, thought-provoking, emotionally rich, humanistic, etc … just rent a copy of Glory, for example, for a war movie that would be (if it weren’t a Civil War film instead) entirely worthy of Trek.
The problem with the fighty yarns isn’t that they’re _inherently_ empty-headed … they just happen to serve the knuckle-dragging role well for those who’d misuse them as a safe, easy substitute for drama. The recent film being one example. But it doesn’t _have_ to be that way. A Trek film could be about war (it could even be about – sigh – fighting a Bad Guy) and still fully live up to the name Star Trek.
Not that I’m cheerleading any need for such a film, but it could be done. War movies aren’t _inherently_ easy ways out, just typically so.
16. D*mn straight. I am a huge nuBSG fan and it fits your criteria.It had interesting stories on terrorism, interrogation, torture, military/civilian lines of authority, paranoia and hysteria, genocide, battle fatigue, etc. All done in an intelligent way. But its m.o. is a bit different than Trek, too.
Some of Trek’s war stuff has been well done, but a lot has been a sloppy substitute for creative thinking. Since STNG Best of Both Worlds (which I really did like) Trek has gone the easy route of telling these war stories in arcs ad infinitum and it is getting same old, same old tedious. It is also eclipsing other interesting story ideas. This is Star TREK (implying journey, explanation) not Star WARS. I would just like to see a bit more trekking and a little less warring for a change.
You are right in your assessments. However, I reiterate that I think a lot of this is just laziness in the creativity department (like Picard’s movie self–nearly all end with mano a mano fisticuffs; isn’t ANY other ending possible?)
Besides, one of the best “Trek films” was Master and Commander, which actually wove both war and exploration elements into its narrative quite well. It’d be great to see our nuTrek team try something a bit more nuanced like that. It was fun, exciting, thoughtful, et. al. Very interesting film and enjoyable too.
@14; I have one issue of Trek with a full color pic of Nichelle Nichols as Uhura on the cover, resplendent in her red mini. Quite fetching. Mostly familiar with Trek from the Best of Trek compilation books. They did have interesting fan essays. Really good stuff.
Some of the “corporatizing, officializing” (dare I say, sanitizing?) of Trek now is not nearly as interesting as the heady days of early fandom (which I observed mostly from the far fringes and a tween and teenager reading Star Trek Lives!, accounts of the cons, and reading compilations from fandom in Star Trek the New Voyages and the aforementioned Trek Magazine anthologies). Though I guess some of that spirit of the ol’ grassroots lives in the web productions of James Cawley and those like him.
That said it is cool to pass on Trek fandom to my adopted, 9-year-old Chinese son living with me in China. He could barely speak English a few months ago, but he’d sit through entire eps of TOS with rapt attention. So yes, Myrna Star Trek Lives!
Lastly, props are overdue for Anthony for starting THIS grassroots forum, which despite head butting and grumbles from the groundlings is an interesting place to hear fan opinions. Too often the poor guy gets the p and m’s (pisses and moans) from all the sundry rabble who visit his site (self included) ; ), so take a moment and:
As Arex would say, give three thumbs up for Anthony Pascale!
I pick these up each month, but I have to admit that I prefer the older mag which had blueprint layouts of ships and bridges, etc.
@ 10 I agree with you it takes less IQ to fight then to keep the the peace and explore.
Its interesting that in almost every issue of “Star Trek Magazine”, in the Treknology section, there always seems to be an article about how some new technologies and methods are similar to those used by the Borg.
I subscribe to this but I wonder why they send out the newstand version to subcribers instead of the special/premium edtion? You would think that to show some appreciation to those who subscribe and renew each year that they would give the special covers to those people.
That way the publishers would get more people to subcribe if they advertise a special cover edtion to those who have a subcriptions. Business is business….
Just reading the comic polls and why do so many want new movie timeline comics over prime universe.
SO far we have several TOS and TNG comics, we just got a DS9 comic, so it makes sense to do Voyager and Enterprise next.
Besides why do a lot of people want to forget about all the past 40 years of Trek because of the new movie.
I think do the past stuff in comics allows those new fans to see that Star Trek is more than just this one movie.
Bottom line does a new fan who has only seen the new movie and has no intention of watching any of the other stuff got the right to be caled a Trekkie?
The comics and books are also keeping Prime Star Trek alive in the media and to give fans new stories with those characters. Should Voyager not deserve that honour.
I like the new movie but I dont want my Trek to be forgotten as a result by this new generation.
I look forward to the Voyager tribute.
“Just reading the comic polls and why do so many want new movie timeline comics over prime universe.”
Because the new movie opened the door to new storytelling possibilities.
Also, its a great marketing strategy to have stories relating to events in the movie, such as the Nero and Countdown issues. I’m sure there will be a comic prequel to the sequel.
“SO far, we have several TOS and TNG comics, we just got a DS9 comic, so it makes sense to do Voyager and Enterprise next.”
Agreed. Except that IDW doesn’t have the license to do “Voyager” or “Enterprise” yet. I think they want to focus on what they think will sell.
That would be stories tied to new movie, TOS, TNG, and to a lesser extent, DS9. I do think “Voyager” and “Enterprise” will happen, just not this year.
“Besides why do a lot of people want to forget about all the past 40 years of Trek because of the new movie.”
I think you’re paranoid. No one wants to forget what came before. But a reboot was neccessary for the prior movies and shows to be remembered and preserved in the minds of the casual audience. Updates are neccessary for any pop culture phenomenon to survive. Shakespeare for example has been updated numerous times, including with a 1996 version of “Romeo + Juliet” in 1996 that took place in Los Angeles instead of Verona but used the same style of English that was spoken during Shakespeare’s time. And the original versions of his plays are still being performed. Updates have to be made to keep Star Trek relevent to each new generation and changes will and have to be made to ensure new audiences can relate to the characters and stories. But just like Shakespeare, the new versions are not meant to replace the originals, only to get people aware of them. Shakespeare had to be adapted and updated numerous times to survive, and the same holds true for Star Trek.
“Bottom line does a new fan who has only seen the new movie and has no intention of watching any of the other stuff got the right to caled a Trekkie?”
A bit bitter, are you? Yes, a Trekkie could very well be someone who only likes this movie. But that would be unlikely. But for a lot of people, “Star Trek” will be the gateway through which they enter Trek fandom. They will consider it to be their favorite movie for the same reasons people who became fans through TNG consider that show their favorite or one of their favorites. And there is no reason for any Trekkie to hold anything against someone who likes only the new movie. And you certainly don’t have a right to determine who can be a Trekkie or not.
“I like the new movie but I don’t want my Trek to be forgotten as a result by this new generation.”
It will never be forgotten. Instead of being resentful of the new generation, perhaps you should be happy that Star Trek is continuing to live long and prosper.
I know some new Trekkie’s are going to prefer this movie over other Trek but what I am saying was just, does just liking the new movie mean they should be classified as a Trekkie?
Not a rant
I do love the new movie but I feel it should be used to open the door to new fans into this cools show, not be the only one they watch.
I am not resentful but I do want to keep our Trek alive at the same time
I am happy that Star Trek is continuing but am I not allowed to point out parts of the film that annoyed me.
I hate the fact Vulcan got destroyed in this movie and it pains me to see that part of the film everytime I watch the new movie.
Am I wrong and bitter for hating this part of the film?
Graituitous massive destruction seems to be the “red shirt” syndrome of the movie series.
You aren’t wrong for disliking certain parts of the movie or the entire movie, for that matter. Its the issue of you believing that with this movie the other shows and series will be forgotten about. They won’t. There is no need to become “territorial” and paranoid when it comes to Star Trek.
#25: “Because the new movie opened the door to new storytelling possibilities.”
(A) Infinity, plus infinity, equals infinity.
(B) The first thing it did with its “new” storytelling possibilities was a standard-issue snarling black hat threatening the Earth, getting whupped on by the white hats saving it.
“Shakespeare had to be adapted and updated numerous times to survive”
What an interesting thing to believe. Can you demonstrate that Shakespeare would not have survived without that? (I mean, not Shakespeare himself, obviously, because he didn’t survive that thing where he died).
I’d personally like to see more comics set in the RM universe just because, so far, the comics have been the best part.
#24: “Bottom line does a new fan who has only seen the new movie and has no intention of watching any of the other stuff got the right to be caled a Trekkie?”
The right? When did we start needing certification?
Shakespeare’s plays had to constantly be adapted and updated to survive because times change with each succeeeding generation. With each new generation comes more competition. And it becomes harder for younger generations to relate to plays like “Romeo + Juliet” or “Hamlet” because of the language spoken as well as the eras in which those plays were set. In other words, Shakespeare has to remain relevent or else it will be forgotten. Nothing stays the same forever. But new versions help keep the originals in the public consciousness. The new can’t and won’t replace the originals. But they help get people to appreciate the originals. That is the point of updating and adapting.
Maybe Shakespeare’s plays would survive without updates and adaptations, but they certainly wouldn’t have remained relevent to today.
#33: “But new versions help keep the originals in the public consciousness. The new can’t and won’t replace the originals. But they help get people to appreciate the originals. That is the point of updating and adapting.”
All of this is true, but also a bit obvious.
“Maybe Shakespeare’s plays would survive without updates and adaptations, but they certainly wouldn’t have remained relevent to today.”
What an interesting thing to believe.