- Written by Laura J. Sweeney
The samplings below are only a minuscule fraction of fanzine publications. Fanzines are publications produced by fans. Before the internet, message boards and other types of high technology communication, the fans corresponded with one another mostly through letters and contributed to publications by sending material to each other in the mail. Fanzines generally had a network of contributors from around the country writing articles or providing art work for illustrations. Below are some samples from the fanzines ST-Phile and Spockanalia. Both of these fanzines were dedicated to the topic of Star Trek. Other fanzines such a Yandro covered a broad spectrum of science fiction interests.
This section of the website would not be possible without the gracious generosity of Juanita Coulson, Bjo Trimble, and Devra Langsam in giving of their time in answering questions, recollecting their experiences in the science fiction community, providing leads to other sources of information, sending copies of fanzines, and personal letters. Never would I have believed people I had never met would be so kind and helpful, but they were, and this gracious nature is indicative of the overall spirit of fandom. I give my utmost and sincere gratitude and appreciation for all the support and assistance these three wonderful people provided to this research.
Juanita Coulson Bjo Trimble Devra Langsam
ST-Phile was a two issue fanzine published by Juanita Coulson and Kay Anderson in 1968 solely devoted to the topic of Star Trek. Below are a sampling of articles from both issues. The introduction by Juanita Coulson for both issues was written for a reprinting in 1976. The introductions give a summary of Star Trek fandom from the late 1960s up to 1976. Other articles demonstrate how fans read Star Trek on its first run in the late 1960s. Many thanks to Juanita Coulson for sending these fanzines and providing your insights on the science fiction community and Star Trek through correspondence.
Sampling of articles from ST-Phile Issues One and Two:
Introduction from ST-Phile Issue One
Introduction from ST-Phile Issue Two
The Original Star Trek Idea, by Gene Roddenberry
as published in ST-Phile Issue One
Liberalism in Outer Space, by E.A. Oddstad (Eleanor Arnason) in ST-Phile Issue Two
We're Getting a Message, Sir, by Shirley Meech in ST-Phile Issue Two
(One fan's observation about Uhura in Star Trek.)
What We Did on Our Visit to Desilu, by John and Bjo Trimble in ST-Phile Issue One
(John and Bjo Trimble who spearheaded the campaign to save Star Trek description of one of their
visits to the set.)
Initially, Spockanalia was intended as a one-shot fanzine. However, five issues were printed before Devra Langsam, Deborah Langsam and Sherna Comerford-Burley decided to end the zine. Spockanalia was dedicated to the character Spock in Star Trek, but other articles from various contributors over the course of the five issues discussed additional topics on Star Trek as well. Many thanks to Devra Langsam's wonderful generosity in sending issues of Spockanalia and a file cabinet drawer quantity of personal letters between the early fans of Star Trek. With these contributions this research was greatly enriched.
Introduction and Table of Contents from Spockanalia Issue One
Sample Article from Spockanalia Issue One, Vulcans and Emotions, by Devra Langsam
Introduction and Table of Contents from Spockanalia Issue Two
Sample Article from Spockanalia Issue Two, The Man in the Hero Suit, by E.A. Oddstad (Eleanor Arnason)
Introduction and Table of Contents from Spockanalia Issue Three
Sample Article from Spockanalia Issue Three, Off the Top: An Editorial, by Yeds
Introduction and Table of Contents from Spockanalia Issue Four
Sample Article from Spockanalia Issue Four, Time Enough, by Lelamarie Kreidler
Introduction and Table of Contents from Spockanalia Issue Five
Sample Article from Spockanalia Issue Five, Off the Top: An Editorial, by Yeds
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