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#1 Kirok

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Posted 18 December 2008 - 10:24 AM

[url="http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008"]The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas[/url] has started for a second year, when we celebrate the traditional Season of Goodwill by giving away twelve "presents" from the Star Trek fan production community. In a way it's Christmas all year round for them since fan productions are only allowed by the copyright owners if they are provided to the public for free. Accept them as our tribute to the original actors, writers and production crews, to maintain interest in the originals, build support for future professional productions and extend on the Star Trek universe with our own creative visions.

[b][i][size=4][center][url="http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008/day01.html"]On the first day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me ... a Fan-Made Audio Book![/url][/center][/size][/i][/b]
The present for The First Trek Day of Christmas is "Fatherhood", the second episode from the audio book series, "Tales of Death and Honour". Designed as a trilogy, the series started off earlier this year with "Motherhood", an original tale of love and loss on the Klingon homeworld, and this episode extends on that life and death struggle with a rescue from an unexpected source! It is produced by Silvertongue Productions, the audio productions group of The House of L'Stok, an experimental multimedia production house for the creation of fan and smallscale Indie productions. For more information about this and other productions of the House of L'Stok, checkout the website at [url="http://lstok.blogspot.com"]http://lstok.blogspot.com[/url]

Unfortunately, in the best tradition of fan productions it's late! But by way of an apology for keeping you waiting, and to wet your whistle for the new episode, we offer you the new series trailer for Tales of Death and Honour which is available on the TrekUnited Audio Centre at ...
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Enjoy!

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Posted 19 December 2008 - 06:07 PM

I certainly empathise with the delays. The teaser sounds great, look forward to hearing the next installment.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 02:49 AM

[quote name='hudson' post='688017' date='Dec 20 2008, 10:07 AM']I certainly empathise with the delays. The teaser sounds great, look forward to hearing the next installment.[/quote]Thanks, mate! It gives me a perspective on the ethical problem from the producer's side because I [i]could [/i]cut some corners but if I did, it wouldn't do justice to the work of the other members of the team and ultimately cheapen what we are trying to do.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 06:52 AM

[b][i][size=4][center][url="http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008/day02.html"]On the second day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me ... Two Podcasts![/url][/center][/size][/i][/b]
... or even more!

Podcasting is settling into a regular niche after the initial excitement of it's early years. The unexpected plummeting of the price of portable memory has made devices that can now store as many videos on your iPod (or equivalent) as you used to have songs on it when it first came out! This is not to say that audio podcasting is in danger of being left behind because there will always be a place for audio only media - it is not advisable to watch a video podcast when driving for example! They are starting to be seen as a real alternative to live-to-air radio programmes. You can listen to them any time you want to, as many times as wish and pause for bathroom breaks at will! Whilst they're not as polished as professional productions, the podcasting community is steadily "raising the bar" on what we can expect by technical and stylistic self-education.

[url="http://www.twerponline.net/twerpcast/index.htm"]TWERPcast[/url]
For the second year in a row, Jim Caswell and Doug Zeitlin, co-creators and producers of TWERPcast, have provided us with a great example of what can be done with the media. Technically well produced after a period of early exploration of recording techniques, they've created an identity for their show that is uniquely theirs . This is because, like most of the best podcasts, the characters and opinions of the presenters comes through as spontaneous and honest. This is not your scripted Entertainment Tonight!

Originally we were thinking of having two podcasts but, why stop at two? Whilst there is not an oversupply of Star Trek related podcasts, there is a wide variety of well-established shows …

[indent][url="http://treksinscifi.com/podcast_notes/"]TREKS in SCI-FI[/url] - Long-running, high quality reviews of shows and collectable news.

[url="http://makeitso.libsyn.com/rss"]Make It So[/url] - Two English loonies having a great time! Mature content at times.

[url="http://maquispodcast.libsyn.com/"]Maquispodcast[/url] - Predominantly Starfleet International news and comment.

[url="http://www.hailingfrequency.co.uk/main.htm"]Hailing Frequency[/url] and [url="http://sto-zone.com/blog/"]STO-Zone[/url] - The mainstays of Trek Gaming, now also broadcasting live.

[url="http://www.pendantaudio.com/twip.php"]TWIP[/url] - News and background info on Pendant Productions, makers of ST Defiant.

[url="http://www.darkerprojects.com/behind_the_scenes_at_darker_projects.php"]Behind The Scenes at Darker Projects[/url] - Exactly what it says! from the makers of ST Lost Frontier.

[url="http://www.sliceofscifi.com/"]Slice of SciFi[/url] - The classic choice for wide-ranging news and views on Sci Fi.

[url="http://sciphijournal.com/"]The Sci Phi Journal[/url] - Thought-provoking presentations and interviews on philosophy from a Sci Fi basis.[/indent]
If this piques your interest, keep checking back to the Day 2 webpage at [url="http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008/day02.html"]http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008/day02.html[/url] every Sunday until the end of the Twelve Trek Days when we'll be updating this list as required. If anyone has a podcast they would like to recommend, contact us and we'll list anything of a Trek or general Sci Fi nature.

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Posted 20 December 2008 - 10:25 AM

YAY!!! Great list K!

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Posted 21 December 2008 - 09:45 PM

[b][i][size=4][center][url="http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008/day03.html"]On the third day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me ... Three Wise Men![/url][/center][/size][/i][/b]

2008 has been [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_financial_crisis_of_2008"]a year of financial crisis[/url] unparalleled since the [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wall_Street_Crash_of_1929"]Stock Market Crash of 1929[/url] such that the [url="http://biz.yahoo.com/rb/081201/business_us_usa_economy_recession.html"]National Bureau of Economic Research[/url] has pronounced the recession in the US to be the third longest since the Great Depression. It has been worldwide and [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indirect_economic_effects_of_the_subprime_mortgage_crisis"]affected all levels of society[/url] from [url="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/24/business/worldbusiness/24emerge.html"]national economies[/url] to [url="http://www.wsws.org/articles/2008/dec2008/pens-d15.shtml"]retirees[/url] and it has the potential to be [url="http://www.iie.com/publications/opeds/oped.cfm?ResearchID=1022"]as devastating as a world war[/url]!

All is not doom-and-gloom though as governments work [url="http://www.ecb.int/press/pr/date/2008/html/pr080922.en.html"]globally[/url] [url="http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:21972885~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html"]and[/url] [url="http://www.pm.gov.au/media/Release/2008/media_release_0534.cfm"]nationally[/url] to coordinate a response that reflects a rejection of the "every-man-for-himself" lifeboat mentality of past years in favour of [url="http://www.iie.com/publications/opeds/oped.cfm?ResearchID=1015"]international coordination[/url].

When Gene Roddenberry created Star Trek in the mid '60s, he specifically gave it [url="http://www.bbc.co.uk/cult/st/features/roddenberry.shtml"]an optimistic world-view[/url] of a united Earth without national boundaries. The Starship Enterprise was the product of a flourishing society that had conquered the problems of racial conflict, cultural intolerance, poverty and famine. How could we achieve such a paradise and what, one wonders, would the economic luminaries of the [url="http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/24th_century"]24th century[/url] view our current situation and who would these "three wise men" of 24th economics be?

Star Trek has always had a commitment towards thought-provoking science fiction and one of the things that makes this possible is the way that it's fictional universe is a macrocosm of the tensions and stereotypes that exist in our present, real-life world. It is peopled by alien cultures that represent extremes of attitudes that are part of the human psyche, such as the warlike and aggressive [url="http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Klingon"]Klingons[/url] and the [url="http://memory-alpha.org/en/wiki/Ferengi"]Ferengis[/url], whose culture is based on commercial gain. Who better to give you a different take on our current financial situation that a Ferengi a Klingon and a high-ranking architect of the United Federation of Planet's economy?
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[b][url="http://www.ferenginews.com/"]The Ferengi Viewpoint[/url] from Gelt the Ferengi[/b]
Noel Green's [url="http://www.ferenginews.com/"]Ferengi News website[/url] was my inspiration for today's present. A small business owner, he has definite opinions on commerce and economics and delivers them using the analogy of the Ferengi Rules of Acquisition (a full copy of which is on his website).
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[b][url="http://lstok.blogspot.com/2008/12/if-only-we-hadklingons-in-treasury.html"]The Klingon Viewpoint[/url] from Kash the Klingon[/b]
The Klingon ethic of honour, old-fashioned and irrelevant to the hedonistic world of generation &quot;X&quot; or &quot;Y&quot;, is a basic psychological concept of self-image and pride. If your self-image as an honourable person helps you to lead an ethical existence then can it be wrong? [url="http://houseabukoff.blogspot.com/"]Kapact of House Abukoff[/url] and [url="http://lstok.blogspot.com/"]Kirok of L'Stok[/url] have collaborated on this translation from the works of the Corporate Raider, Kash the Klingon!
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[url="http://www.thunderdownunder.org/daythreefed.htm"][b]The Federation Viewpoint[/url] from Honoré de Monet, Minister of Commerce, UFP[/b]
Another avenue for learning about the real world through the fictional Star Trek universe has always been [url="http://academy.sfi.org/staff/contact-school.shtml"]the Academy of Starfleet International[/url]. These are a series of fan-run correspondence courses on subjects ranging from Andorian studies in the Institute of Alien Studies to the College of Economics of the Institute of Arts whose director, Commander Jan Sleigh of the [url="http://www.ussnewhope.com/"]USS New Hope[/url], gave us a scholarly interview with the UFP's Minister of Commerce, Honoré de Monet. Her work is hosted by fellow SFA director and CO of the [url="http://www.thunderdownunder.org/daythreefed.htm"]USS Atlantis[/url], Cpt Jayden Tyronian, our website guru from last year!

Enjoy!

K
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Posted 21 December 2008 - 11:24 PM

Reposted Days 2 and 3 for you over on the Omega Sector, K.

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 06:32 AM

[quote name='SLWatson' post='688530' date='Dec 22 2008, 03:24 PM']Reposted Days 2 and 3 for you over on the Omega Sector, K.[/quote]Thanks, Steff, this publicising is THE most time consuming part of the whole business! i'm really pleased with the way Day 3 came out - didn't Paul do a great job on those banners? He was able to give us two more to match Gelt's sigLine (Gelt has been on the road - he's offered to siglines like that for TU members if they want one)

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#9 Kirok

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 05:07 PM

Of course when I think of this song I always remember Frank Kelly's [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQkF7fpw-wI&eurl=http://lj-toys.com/?journalid=5375913&moduleid=39&preview=&auth_token=sessionless:1229979600:embedcontentiurl=http://i3.ytimg.com/vi/NQkF7fpw-wI/hqdefault.jpg&feature=player_embedded"]Christmas Countdown[/url]

That gives me an idea ...

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Posted 22 December 2008 - 08:33 PM

Thanks Steff - I appreciate that!

Second - I totally adored this piece (DAY 3) - all three were a blast to read!

Edited by Terilynn, 22 December 2008 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 26 December 2008 - 08:56 PM

*checks date*

*checks schedule posted at google groups*

*taps watch*

I feel un-Twelve-Trekked. /sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />

Edited by Wowbagger, 26 December 2008 - 08:56 PM.

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Posted 26 December 2008 - 09:28 PM

[quote name='Wowbagger' post='689387' date='Dec 26 2008, 09:56 PM']*checks date*

*checks schedule posted at google groups*

*taps watch*

I feel un-Twelve-Trekked. /sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />[/quote]

Say, did you actually help any with it this year?

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Posted 27 December 2008 - 01:52 AM

[quote name='Wowbagger' post='689387' date='Dec 27 2008, 12:56 PM']*checks date*

*checks schedule posted at google groups*

*taps watch*

I feel un-Twelve-Trekked. /sad.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':(' />[/quote]
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Posted 27 December 2008 - 04:16 PM

Giggle! I loved that strip....

And HERE'S to being Fashionably late! Better to be worth the wait then on time and meh. *KISSES*

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Posted 28 December 2008 - 02:52 AM

[quote name='SLWatson' post='689401' date='Dec 26 2008, 08:28 PM']Say, did you actually help any with it this year?[/quote]

Nah, I'm just being a jerk. Hopefully Kirok don't take it personal.

I'm just glad it wasn't an unplanned crash of the Twelve Days, which had me most nervous. Looking forward to the next installment!
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Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:59 AM

[quote name='Wowbagger' post='689931' date='Dec 28 2008, 06:52 PM']Nah, I'm just being a jerk. Hopefully Kirok don't take it personal.

I'm just glad it wasn't an unplanned crash of the Twelve Days, which had me most nervous. Looking forward to the next installment![/quote]That's cool, broad shoulders, man, I can take it! This year is a more "literary" year than last which makes it more labour intensive, especially these next three days - fanzines - fan films - fan audio dramas. The team is working to expectations except one bloke ... but I'm dancing as fast as I can, honest!

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 06:30 AM

[b][i][size=4][center][url="http://www.twerponline.net/12days2008/day04.html"]On the fourth day of Christmas, Star Trek gave to me ... [s]Four[/s] Fanzines![/url][/center][/size][/i][/b]

This year you get three fanzines and a lump of coal – Santa decided that you hadn’t been good enough to deserve four fanzines and … oh, all right! I only got three submissions but I’m hoping that we can improve on that again next year! Does this perhaps suggest that fanzines are loosing their popularity? I don't see why they should be. The opportunities today for creative people to self-publish are immense – whether you want to blog a daily journal or write reviews, commentary or fiction the possibilities are immense and growing every day!

Fanzines are a form of fan publication that has been around since before there was an internet, yes, when people could only distribute their writing on pressed wood pulp known as paper. Fanzines have today become a significant part of our literary culture, there has been a Hugo award for fanzines since 1955, but where have they come from? What have they become? Perhaps of more interest to us, what part did Star Trek play in their development and what lies in their future?

In his 1973 "The World of fanzines", Frederic Wertham describes fanzines as "uncommercial, nonprofessional, small-circulation magazines which their editors produce, publish and distribute. They deal primarily with fantasy literature and art. The fact that they are not commercially oriented, may come out irregularly, and are privately distributed differentiates them from the professional newsstand magazines. Their writers and readers belong chiefly to the under-thirty group." He cites "The Comet" that came out in 1930 as the first fanzine although [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fanzine"]Wikipedia[/url] traces their roots to [url="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amateur_press_association"] amateur press associations[/url] that go back to the 19th century. If you're interested in reading transcriptions and scans of historical fanzines look no further than [url="http://fanac.org/fanzines/"]Fanac[/url].

J.M. Verba's "[url="http://www.ftlpublications.com/bw.htm"]Boldly Writing[/url]" gives us a pretty exhaustive picture of the early history of Star Trek fan activity between 1967 & 1987 - that it was a fertile time for Trek fanzines can be seen from the fact that she has a five page list of 'zines that are referenced in the book! Another important resource is "Star Trek Lives" by Jacqueline Lichtenberg who, with her writing partner Jean Lorrah, whose work was in Spockanalia, the first Star Trek fanzine, are two early luminaries of the Trek fan world who have gone on to champion the use of action / adventure stories to test the boundaries between science fiction and romance.

Star Trek has always had an emphasis on character centric storylines and over the years a subgenre of Trekzines have come to focus on love and lust in the Star Trek universe. One of the ways that Star Trek fanzines broke new ground was with [url="http://beyonddreamspress.com/history.htm"]the invention of the term slash[/url], from "Kirk-slash-Spock" (K/S), the idea of Kirk and Spock being lovers.

For the purposes of this project, I set myself the goal of looking for fanzines that covered four criteria: They had to be about Star Trek, free, family friendly and a fanzine as opposed to a newsletter. Whilst the first three are self-evident, why, you might ask, make the distinction with the latter?

There is no hard and fast definition of what is, and is not, a fanzine. Over the course of the years different subsets of the fanzine world have been identified, such as Perzines (personal 'zines) Clubzines and even Crudzines which are the 'zines that no-one likes! One of the things that they all have in common though is their individuality: they have a purpose ... even though that aim might be, to be aimless!

Newsletters on the other hand have one, over-riding purpose, they exist to report on and for their readership or membership. Their scope of content is created to cater for the likes and dislikes of the members. Nowhere is this more in evidence in the newsletters of Star Trek fan clubs and Starfleet International (SFI) is a perfect example of this. Not only is there an expectation that a chapter or 'ship' will have its own newsletter, like [url="http://www.uss-southerncross.com/news.htm"]ScuttleButt[/url] the newsletter of the USS Southern Cross, but there are also newsletters for regions, such as the award winning [url="http://www.region4.org/documents/newsletters/R4SC%20-%20111207.pdf"]Subspace Communicator[/url] and SFI has it's own excellent, long-running, tabloid-sized, hardcopy newsletter sent by mail to all members, [url="http://www.sfi.org/site/download.php?list.5"]Communique[/url].

So what’s the difference between a newsletter and a fanzine? Because of their mandate to focus on the membership, a newsletter sacrifices a large amount of the individuality that is part and parcel of the fanzine. A newsletter editor would be remiss if he reported on the latest rumours from the set of the new Star Trek film at the expense of reports that could encourage a member to participate and feel part of the crew. By the same token, Jacques Moreu, a some-time Star Trek fan of Montreal, is unlikely to be interested in the administrivia of a Star Trek club in Ohio. This is not to say that the Ohio newsletter does not have some well written material that is of general interest to Star Trek fans all over the world, but you might have to search for it.

Fanzines have no such imperative. They might have a certain scope, say to write about Music or genre fiction and they might be “clubzines” in that they are the publications of a specific club, but their focus is more on the subject of their club than the members which certainly makes them more interesting to the general reading public.

Most fanzines were, in practical terms, free - the pittance that was sometimes asked was barely enough to cover photocopying and mailing expenses. Interestingly it was usual for a fanzine editor to offer a free exchange with other editors, such that they would send you one of theirs in exchange for one of yours. This had the effect of encouraging a readership of people who would be expected to have similar interests. In their heyday, fanzines were a forum for discussion for their readership and it was expected that if you exchanged fanzines, you would exchange LOC's or "Letters Of Comment" about matters raised in articles.

Part of their charm for us today is their “hand-made look”. Because of the limited technology of the day they were all typewritten and reproduced by methods that only exist in museums today. Artwork was often original and hand-drawn and I cannot help but think we have lost a lot of originality because of the ease with which we can copy & paste a graphic (or article) from the internet to suit our purposes.

Today, many of the functions that the fanzine used to service for the literary everyman have been usurped by other, more efficient, internet-driven media. Whereas [url="http://apa.sf.org.nz/index2.shtml"]APA[/url]'s struggled to distribute contributions from isolated members, Blogs, internet forums and mailing lists take all the work out of distributing your work. Similarly, whereas before computers a Letter of Comment might have been laboriously drafted and typed out, to be mailed off once a month, now we can dash off our thoughts and comments in a night, to see them exhibited and commented back on within minutes.

The internet is changing many of the things that made fanzines what they are. I found the article "[url="http://www.lundwood.u-net.com/fandissy/fdtitle.html"]Fanzines: Their Production, Culture and Future[/url]" by Phil Stoneman to be fascinating and stimulating reading, even though the thrust of the content was more on music 'zines in the UK. I particularly liked his comparison between Perzines and personal home pages, to which, given the speed with which things change, I would now add [url="http://2007.bloggies.com/"]Blogs[/url], [url="http://www.facebook.com/"]Facebook[/url] and [url="http://www.myspace.com/"]MySpace[/url] ... or whatever flavour of social networking you prefer.

These all facilitate cultural communication far quicker than the unwieldy fanzine yet it might be that very aspect of the intermittent nature of LOC's that made them more valued. If you knew that you only had one chance a month to say your piece, you jolly-well put some thought into it and the resulting missives are some quite excellent examples of the essayist’s art.

Trekzines are a specific subgenre of fanzines that has evolved in a different direction to the average fanzine available today which, to my mind, is more about commenting on literature than creating it. Their roots lie in the early Star Trek 'zines of the 1967 - 1987 era as described in J.M. Verba's definitive "[url="http://www.ftlpublications.com/bw.htm"]Boldly Writing[/url]" and Jacqueline Lichtenberg's seminal "Star Trek Lives" which covers the whole fan experience of the time, not just fanzines. Their focus has always been on fan fiction, art, poetry and filk and as such I feel that today they represent a largely underused distribution medium for creative fans.

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In alphabetical order, the fanzines we have for you this year are …

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[/center][left][url="http://acruxfanzine.blogspot.com"][b]Acrux Fanzine[/b][/url][b] [url="http://issuu.com/kirok.of.lstok/docs/acrux-0803.3a"]0803, Dec 2008[/url][/b]
[indent][url="http://acruxfanzine.blogspot.com"][img]http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/874/chickletlink10jx0.gif[/img][/url][b] ... Link to the author's website[/b]
[url="http://issuu.com/kirok.of.lstok/docs/acrux-0803.3a"][img]http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/74/chickletissuu10fp3.gif[/img][/url][b] ... Browse or download it as a pdf on Issuu[/b][/indent][/left]For one issue, [url="http://acruxfanzine.blogspot.com/"]Acrux[/url] becomes a Trekzine instead of a perzine, playing host to Star Trek fan fiction, art and poetry. As a perzine or personal fanzine, I try to keep the content as close to 100% my own work as possible but this issue I'm publishing contributions from a number of sources. I have a challenging story written by Robin Woodell and illustrated by Ken Gurton, both from Region 3 (Louisianna & Texas) of Starfleet International, plus the story of a Christmas leave spent by Bones and Scotty in Engineering, written & illustrated by SL Watson. Of course I hope you'll enjoy the other fiction and commentaries from my favourite author - ME!

This year, I turned away from my original idea of a blogzine (a 'zine created using Blogging software) in favour of something more traditional with a pdf file that can be printed out as a 20 page booklet in A3 (or as a digest sized version on A4). Because of this, it can partake in the existing world of fanzines – I’ll gladly partake in a fanzine exchange and look forward to Letters of Comment. However as an electronic file, it also has a foot in the door of the internet such as being available for live browsing on [url="http://issuu.com/explore"]ISSUU[/url]. Now if I can just open it up into a few other avenues of distribution …

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[url="http://www.trekunited.com/news/content/view/13/28/"][b]Hailing Frequencies Open[/b][/url][b] [url="http://issuu.com/kirok.of.lstok/docs/hfo26-02.1e"]Issue 26, Christmas 2008[/url][/b]
[indent][url="http://www.trekunited.com/news/content/view/13/28/"][img]http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/874/chickletlink10jx0.gif[/img][/url][b] ... Link to the author's website[/b]
[url="http://issuu.com/kirok.of.lstok/docs/hfo26-02.1e"][img]http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/74/chickletissuu10fp3.gif[/img][/url][b] ... Browse or download it as a pdf on Issuu[/b][/indent]Since it's creation three years ago, TrekUnited has shown itself to be a pro-active (some might say Quixotic) fan group that tries to give Star Trek fans a voice, within the fan community and outside it. Part of that mandate for action has been their magazine, Hailing Frequencies Open (HFO), which through a long, monthly print run of nearly two years, steered by the flamboyant Richard Anderson, they delivered a quality news magazine for members. Over the past year though their focus has changed, primarily with the winding down and eventual closing of the Save Enterprise Campaign, and what has taken it's place is an organisation that strives to provide a friendly forum for Star Trek fans to make the most of their fandom, regardless of whether they are into collectables, conventions, gaming or fan productions.

As a sign of that re-direction, they are rebooting their flagship publication in a new format - as a fanzine and as the incumbent editor for the rebirth of HFO it is my privilege to be able to deliver something a little different for the TrekUnited membership and fans in general. What I've tried to do is to give the TrekUnited membership a publication that is written *for* them rather than *by* and *about* them. I see the scope of the 'zine as entertainment, information and commentary drawn from the whole of Star Trek fandom rather than just TrekUnited. I see this as a fan production in that it is a meeting of the energy and creativity of the common man and the love of their craft shown by respected professionals. I feel that it should reflect the "Infinite Diversity" of Star Trek fans (and isn't everyone a Trek fan deep down?) and that it should provide a fan experience for both those who wish to be involved in it's creation and those who simply want to enjoy reading it.

Starting with a short summary of online resources for those who like to read or create Star Trek Fan Fiction, it has three episodes of Star Trek: The Forge, a new Enterprise Virtual Season 5, a short story from Robin Woodell, a longer Christmas tale from the Mirror Universe by SL Watson and a flash fiction from my favourite author. The issue is dedicated to Majel Barrett Roddenberry, ‘The First Lady of Trek’, from her fans.

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[url="http://www.sfiussindiana.com/Fanzine.html"][b]Imaginations Unlimited[/b][/url][b] [url="http://issuu.com/uss.indiana/docs/imaginationsunlimited-0812.0"]Vol 11, Dec 2008[/url][/b]
[indent][url="http://www.sfiussindiana.com/Fanzine.html"][img]http://img99.imageshack.us/img99/874/chickletlink10jx0.gif[/img][/url][b] ... Link to the author's website[/b]
[url="http://issuu.com/uss.indiana/docs/imaginationsunlimited-0812.0"][img]http://img143.imageshack.us/img143/74/chickletissuu10fp3.gif[/img][/url][b] ... Browse or download it as a pdf on Issuu[/b][/indent]Imaginations Unlimited is a Trekzine that started as a member’s project with Jeff Davis, the president, or CO, of the USS Indiana, which is a chapter of Starfleet International (SFI). It is now the official fanzine for their Region 1, covering Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North & South Carolina and Virginia & West Virginia where he draws his material from a core of contributors although submissions from outside this area are welcome.

Jeff's fanzine follows the accepted Trekzine formula of a fan fiction anthology covering short stories, serials, artwork, poetry, filk, etc. For this year’s Twelve Trek days of Christmas he has released a 28 page Christmas special with a mixture of fiction with an episode from Jeff’s "Captain Ryan Chronicles" and a new collaborative story from two of his crew on the Indiana, Walter Ewing and Michael Kent. This month, Jeff too has tried something different, with a review on the Original Series episode Amok time and an article on a new starship design, the Proxima.

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What does the future hold for Star Trek fanzines? Well they're certainly not going to disappear altogether although perhaps they will need to think about what their readers want and what their contributors have to give. There is plenty of scope for development, in the same way that fan films and audio dramas have, though some exciting technological advances in the fields of desk top publishing, electronic publishing and distribution.

Who knows, perhaps next year we might have more Trekzines available than I can shake a stick at? One can but hope!

Enjoy!
Latest releases !!! ~ March 11 - [url="http://tupub-books.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/hfo-personal-logs-2-march-2012.html"]HFO Personal Logs 2[/url] ~ March 19 - [url="http://tupub-books.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/pd-smith-tales-from-fleet-01-species.html"]PD Smith-Tales From the Fleet 01 : Species 571[/url] ~ March 11 - [url="http://tupub-books.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/bruffy-novatrek06-tale-of-two-captains.html"]Bruffy-NovaTrek06 : A Tale Of Two Captains, Pt 2[/url] ~
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Posted 31 December 2008 - 11:58 AM

Reposted over to the Omega Sector for ya.

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:19 PM

Thanks Steff....I couldn't get the links and pics to carry over...glad you were able to do it!

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Posted 31 December 2008 - 12:31 PM

[quote name='Terilynn' post='690818' date='Dec 31 2008, 12:19 PM']Thanks Steff....I couldn't get the links and pics to carry over...glad you were able to do it![/quote]

Hit 'quote' here, copy, then take it over there and remove the 'quote' tags. ::grins:: It's all BBCode, so it transfers.



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