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The book is to include recipes from the various civilizations, both well-known and obscure, that exist in the Star Trek Classic, Star Trek: The Ne. It will also in- clude Earth versions you can make at home and some of the lore behind each dish. I would love to hear what your readers think of this, as well as any requests or suggestions they might have. Please write me. Star Trek, to most people a SF television show, but to those true fans of the show, a philosophy set forth by its creator.
Gene Roddenberry. The I. My name is Joe Simko, and I am writing this letter to all the fans and celebrities who assisted me on SeaTrek ' I attended my second SeaTrek cruise and. The fans on the cruise truly live up to Gene's concept and should be commended and recog- nized. While the people who attended this event may not have realized it, the little things that were done for me opening doors, carrying a piece of luggage , and kindness of this nature was greatly appreciated. They did a wonderful job in organizing such a tremendous undertaking. Not only did they take all the regular fan's needs into consideration, but also the special needs of all the disabled fans as well.
These four individuals in particular, in addition to their assignments, were considerate of all the fans and likewise gave me a helping hand when needed. The people I've just mentioned were all great, but all the fans who attended this event were like family. I am hesitant to start mentioning names for fear of leaving someone out, so I will just say thank you to all of you who helped me. To the celebrity guests and all of their travel- ing companions, I would also like to say thank you.
Your kind words of encouragement help me continue when I get down or things get tough. I had a great time on the cruise and will keep all of you in my thoughts and my prayers. I have attended many conventions since I became ac- tively involved with my local Star Trek fan club, and have met a lot of great people. To all of my new friends, I just want to say thanks. Hope to see you all in when we set sail again. Joe Simko Pennsylvania I would like to point out a small mistake in one of your book reviews issue I have just finished reading Forests of the Night by S.
An- drew Swann. I liked the book immensely. So, it's a detective story with SF elements. So what? That combination has been around for years and doesn't make it any less science fiction. But that's not my quibble. Reviewer Penny Kenny didn't seen to be paying attention. In this book, moreau derived from H. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau refers to genetically enhanced animals of one kind or another, animals brought up to be as close to humans as possible. A little thing, but it bothered me. You do good work with the magazine. I look forward to reading it in the years to come.
Inadvertently, seaQuest's Darwin got promoted to Lieutenant. He's an Ensign. And in Videolog. I was reading some past Communications, and I discovered a letter where the person writ- ing was very concerned about people not only watching SF. I agree — to an extent. If people read the "good stuff" — Michael Moorcock. Ray Bradbury, J. Tolkien, Samuel Delaney. Roger Zelazny, Robert Heinlein and the like — they will have their ap- petites whetted and learn what quality SF is.
One way of introducing people, especially young people, to the "good stuff" SF is to intro- duce them to juvenile SF literature. Heinlein wrote excellent juvenile SF. Another excellent writer who wrote introductory SF was Isaac Asimov. I must admit that I did argue the letter's writer on at least one point. I am extremely thrilled to have found a magazine that gives an adult, but fun. The articles covering The Immortal TV series were well written and detailed.
To receive more information for this cruise and to get on our mailing list for future Cruise Treks, send a S. Agoura Hills, CA or call Please specify in which magazine you saw our ad. Only Cruise Trek passengers will atiend ihe Trek events. No infringement is intended. The Immortal had all the elements needed to become a legend within the SF-TV genre, filled with the courage, pathos, action and human drama that makes series like it into the giants they are.
The Immortal had the ability to take science fiction and human drama storytelling to new and unexplored heights. And it definitely had the best man for the job in late actor Christopher George. Christopher George was a real man's actor. The roles he chose were of the kind that chal- Art: Kevin Brockschmidt lenged the human spirit, and gave no quarter when it came down to doing whatever needed to be done.
He was rough, and was willing to give his all to the project. He had a fire within him and al- lowed the fire to show at times, particularly during action scenes, or scenes that called for tense ani- mosity between his character and others. He was the kind that loved to show the more funny and gentle sides of his characters as well.
And he loved to show the true triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity. We all lost him far too soon, in the early '80s, to heart failure at age Discovered: In , was awakened from hibernation after a nuclear detonation in the Arctic. Seems to be a turtle. Height: About feet 60 meters when standing on hind legs. Diet: Able to eat fire and draw sustenance from it. Also feeds on coal and petroleum. Other abilities: Has certain organs that create a mysterious energy, allowing flight see inset ; able to generate magnetic fields that jam communications; able to withstand high temperatures.
Fate: Was lured by an international effort to a rocket, imprisoned there, and launched to Mars. Flight method After pulling its limbs into its shell, Gammera begins to rotate and lift into the sky. Gammera was often mistaken for a flying saucer. Shell Exhaust Direction of rotation Gammera destroys a lighthouse on the Japanese coast. And as it would be for him years later, so too, did we all lose The Immortal in the early '70s.
So much more could have been done, had both sur- vived. Truly the loss is to all fans of great fiction. Mark R. Daniels Arlington Avenue Cincinnati. The Wagon Train idea was basically a Trojan Horse; Roddenberry had actually sold them something much more. Star Trek was designed to get by the censors and to tell stories that dealt with real hu- man dilemmas. In order to do this, Roddenberry made some bold assumptions What if humans solved all their internal problems, including war, hunger, prejudice and greed by the 23rd century?
What if man was then set loose on the universe with the sole purpose of exploration and discov- ery? Star Trek then became a vehicle that allowed us to step outside ourselves and examine the hu- man condition in a frank and indefensive way. Starfleet is loosely based on a military model. It doesn't follow that this is the form of govern- ment on Earth.
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We do not know the structure of the Earth's government: this subject was left de- liberately vague. Starfleet does not rule the Federation, the Federation runs Starfleet. Starfleet is an arm of Trek's future, but not its entirety, so to stretch it that far distorts it beyond recognition. Star Trek provides an ideal for what humans should represent.
The problems of our current day must be substantially solved before we venture beyond our solar system. Everyone is included and can aspire to Star Trek's future precisely be- cause Gene Roddenberry pronounced these prob- lems solved!
How will we solve our problems here on Earth? I don't know I just hope we Live Long and Prosper! Roy Ivey St. I admit that Robert Williams was right on some counts. Notice I said some. People do take Star Trek too seriously. Yes, it is military-like. Yes, Q is like a god. And he said fans of Trek cannot admit its flaws. Am 1 the only exception? There are some accusations he made that defi- nitely need to be corrected. Only some people take the show too seriously. Q is not a god. Or the God. He was definitely not meant to be one.
Though he may be like one, and thinks he's one, he is really just a highly ad- vanced life form that can do things so far above us, we consider it "magic" at best. If Gene Roddenberry intended any character at all to be considered a god, why, of all people, Q? Just because Q and his race are more advanced than humans does not make them gods, just better in some respects.
Is there something wrong with the human race not being above all others for once? The reason why Trek can seem militaristic is because they have to keep rank and order to prevent chaos. What's "Nazism" got to do with it? As for people suffering "loss of freedom. They have laws and regulations, just as we do, but while their families are doing household chores on their homeworlds. Loss of freedom? Star Trek is not an "infection. A future without poverty and racism, and elimination of any that does turn up. Binoculars, please. Of course, Roddenberry's series has flaws.
This just shows that even in the future, people strive for an even better future. That's what life's about, striving for the better. If the show, or even our human race itself, was perfect, wouldn't life be terribly dull? In fact, there would be no point to it at all. Lastly, don't say Roddenberry and his shows deserve respect, and then proceed to trample all over them with accusations not thought over twice. It just contradicts what you set out to say, doesn't it? May I ask. Nazism has never been known for its tolerance.
I object strongly to his statement concerning " Besides its "racial cleans- ing" the situation in Bosnia-Herzogovnia springs immediately to mind. Nazism strove for pure dominance, dominance over all — crushing any free thought that diverged from the Fuehrer's or the party's dictates. The Next Generation is flawed, but so are humans — so one should not expect greatness or perfection from a human being, but applaud it when it does come.
Regarding the rest of Williams' letter, Gene Roddenberry never denounced religion; like Jean- Paul Sartre, he claimed that religion is in each of us. No established religion was ever praised, but certainly shown. Unlike Sartre who often contradicted himself and claimed there was "no God". Roddenberry showed "god-like" beings who were flawed. Q is definitely flawed. Perhaps — but it almost seems more akin to socialism.
No one goes hungry or is sup- posed to, anyway on Earth, resources are divided equally among the "Terrans," and. Sounds pretty socialistic to me. Ah, a compromise — Star Trek has elements of both capitalism and socialism. About the armament of the Enterprise, would speed and cloaking have been truly effective against, say. I think not. Pretty hard to cloak a planet, and move it. It certainly would have left Earth defenseless. What would be the psychological ef- fects that the absence of families would bring on people who embarked upon year missions?
I wouldn't want to be around a person who vented 20 years of familial deprivation out on their neighbors. Concerning the issue of abortion: First, in all the episodes I have seen and I have seen all of them , abortion has never been an issue. Second, if Williams is referring to "The Child," I suggest he review that episode carefully.
In that episode. Worf suggests aborting Troi's child only because it may pose a threat to the Enterprise and her crew members. Also, one should recall the fact that Troi vehemently negated that idea. Star Trek is one man's view — perhaps slightly altered by other men and women around him. I advise him to not let it affect him, and not to destroy another's enjoyment if that enjoyment does no harm.
I agree with the author of said letter on one thing, that Star Trek should be simply rec- ognized as an excellent form of entertainment, and perhaps not as a blueprint. But, still, we can strive for that kind of inner peace — for ourselves and our internal society. For our neighbors.
Maybe not the way Star Trek depicts the future's "peace," but is not internal peace better than disharmony? Toni Mandry 21 17 Chestnut Avenue Wilmette. IL ["subscriber services" 1 I Missing copies? Receiving ' duplicates?
Subscription questions? See subscription ad in this issue. Three to six weeks for delivery. On a scale of one to 10 10 being best , it rates an overall seven, indicating that its 28 stories, all originals but for a couple, are uniformly of high quality. It's particularly remark- able, and to Hartwell 's credit, that despite the common Christmas theme, the stories generally do not read the same or generate that mind-numbing feeling of similarity that other such thematic anthologies sometimes provoke.
If anything, Christmas Forever is a little too much. Twenty-eight stories all around the same theme, most good enough to re- quire careful reading in order to savor each nuance, is a great deal to digest. Certainly, this book should not be read in one sitting, but ingested in small sips, like a snifter of good brandy. For 1, years, the Krotanya and Leishoranya have been at war.
The only dif- ference between them: The Krotanya use their magic only for defense — and they are losing. The one Krotanya having any success in battle is Prince Kahsir, who has magical ability greater than any previous Krotanya. Now he must decide how to use that power: Follow his people's law and forfeit thou- sands of lives, or break that law and save his people. His choice is made more difficult by the suffering of those closest to him. His shield-brother is driven by vengeance.
An- other friend is haunted and battle-mad. Like a classic Russian novel, Tears of Time has a dozen well-written characters acting and reacting at the same time. To Asire's credit, this is never confusing. Her gripping story will have readers clamoring for the next volume. It is a testament to Joe Haldeman's skill that the butchered her family, and he still wields a terrible power over her. This plot would barely make a chapter in most "epic" fantasies, but Kristine Kathryn Rusch paints her characters with such depth and feeling that the emotional impact is stunning.
Stashie's anguish, the king's re- grets and the ambiguity of the brothers gives them a reality few fictional characters attain. Even Tarne, the villain, is understandable, if inexcusable. There are no pat answers or easy escapes here; the book even questions the value of heart reading, but Rusch's skill as a writer, and heart reader, is never in doubt. Schumack rest of the book is nowhere near a letdown. Those who know Haldeman only for hard SF will find the fantasy of "Blood Brothers" and the horror of "Lindsay and the Red City Blues" illuminating, while the closest the book gets to a weak spot is an atypical story, "Manifest Destiny," a fine historical piece with an inconsequential fantasy element.
Highly recommended. Also aboard her ship are Hush, a native Shoowa, a killer and a few alien ghosts. Hidden somewhere aboard the Cat's Cradle is a Shoowa artifact stolen from Hush. Puck is determined to help her new friend find it, even though it puts her own life in danger. If Puck and Hush fail, neither will be able to face life on Shoon. Annette Curtis Klause has written an entertaining, fast-paced adventure for pre- teens.
She proves once again that a well- written story for young people can be just as enjoyable as anything on the adult shelves. Her heroine Puck is a spunky and likable young girl in an adventure that combines mystery and traditional SF elements. Stashie and Dasis are heart readers, psy- chics who can probe human character and evaluate a person's ability to love.
This mis- matched pair is chosen to find a force that's stealing souls from within the palace. Their investigation leads them through a strange portal into a series of worlds that tests their separate and combined abilities. These two stubbornly independent people realize they need to work together to suc- ceed. They must also deal with their growing attraction for each other. But is it real, or part of the tangled web in which they're caught? Realms is told in alternating points of view: Chalaine narrates her portions in first person, while Bariden's is told in the third.
The technique works well — giving readers access to both characters' thoughts without slowing the story down. Chalaine and Bariden are a delightful pair. They combine brains, brawn, wit, hu- mor and quirky habits. Two slight problems: The end seems contrived and incomplete, but since that carries on the book's plot, it's forgivable. Also, the logic behind the traps becomes dizzying at times. Unfortunately, that's one of the better moments in this disappointing book, and Fossil is only for Hal Clement's most ardent fans.
As usual, Clement excels at building planets and life forms, but the storytelling here is weak. Ice-bound Habranha is com- plete with convincing weather and geogra- phy, and the five alien races that have joined humans and native Habranhans for a contro- versial archeological dig are all vivid cre- ations — if flat as characters; but despite crises and rescues, some laboriously described running around and subplots about odd nonhuman talents and bias against artificial intelligence, nothing much happens.
Even the major plotline, involving a fanatical scientist and a mysterious frozen corpse, generates little drama or melodrama.
Shalindra isn't the pure heroine either. She too can feel the pull of power. Only about half the jokes are funny, but there are so many tacked onto the ram- bling plot that the book delivers a few hours of light entertainment. This time, the Satellite News Team of in- vestigative reporters an alien, an android, a cyborg brain and two token "normal" hu- mans are tracking a Martian prince, who was seemingly kidnapped from his wedding.
Varis, youngest prince of the House of Ylor, becomes addicted to the for- bidden art of necromancy. He uses that power to usurp the throne, forcing the true heir and his sister Shalindra to flee. Raised in exile, Shalindra returns to see her brother put on the throne. Versed in necromancy herself, she's both drawn and repelled by Varis and his plans for the two of them. Can she help defeat him when she isn't sure she wants to? The Wolf of Winter is similar in feel to a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale in its stark setting, the feeling that these two char- acters are the only two in the world and the ambiguity of its ending.
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Then, something happened which is rather nebulously explained at the novel's end and the Godspeed ships stopped arriving. The Isolation began. Several centuries later, in the slowly-decaying Maveen system, a young boy embarks on a quest to find one of the legendary Godspeed ships. The plot is basi- cally the same, even down to some minor developments the boy being caught while spying on the pirates , except that it has been cleverly redressed in SF terms.
The charac- ters, too, are the same. Treasure Island has an enjoyable dra- matic structure, and consequently, so has Godspeed, unless one minds the Robert Louis Stevenson imitation. The universe in which it takes place is well-crafted, relying on interesting scientific or pseudo-scientific, but does it matter? One would even enjoy a sequel, hopefully more original and better than Treasure Island sequels have been. Greg Bear mixes politics, romance and transcendental physics in a moving, tragic and fascinating tale of one woman's role in the conflict between Martian settlers and mother Earth.
Not the least of the book's achievements is that it shows politics as a vital, interesting human activity while it follows Casseia Ma- jumdar from naive student protester to wide- eyed emissary to super-sophisticated Earthling and finally to mature player in the complex, dangerous effort to reconcile Martian hopes with Earthly fears. The political machinations are leavened with human drama; Casseia's love for biologist Ilya Rabinovitch and her uneasy bond with physicist Charles Franklin and Earth aristocrat Orianna are as integral to the story as the vividly realized Martian landscape and biology and the philosophical- technological revolution that ultimately shatters everything.
There are no villains here, and the heroes are fallible mortals facing apocalyptic forces. Bear's novel is both an exhilarating story and a poignant meditation on the near- impossibility of using power wisely. SAVE Complete animation coverage plus all the latest comic books, movies and TV shows! More color! New opinionated columns!
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Features the bloody best photos, makeup secrets and chilling interviews with horror all-stars of movies, books and video! It features a full widescreen image and thundering surround sound that has been completely re-mastered just for this set. All three films are on nine CAV discs; each film has its own jacket and all three jackets fit into a handsome grey and silver slipcase, along with a four-pound hardcover book.
The book — George Lucas: The Creative Impulse by Charles Champlin — is a nice enough history of Lucasfilm, but it nearly doubles the package's weight and adds unnecessarily to its shelf space, while adding little or nothing to the Star Wars saga. It would have been a far better idea to bundle in the four TV documentaries produced on the trilogy instead. Perhaps the people at Image Entertain- ment, who produced the extra materials, thought that a heavy book would make up for the sketchy supplements they supplied. Other "definitive editions" — e. Get your copy today, wherever fine books or audio are sold.
Or order direct: Call There's a new hope for fans. There is a little of this, but very lit- tle — some sides have only a minute or two of commentary nestled into 25 minutes of absolute silence; it would have been a good idea to put the original mono sound mix on the analog channel opposite the run- ning commentary, but it just whets your appetite for what could have been. To help salvage the sparse commentary, Fox Video has included a booklet with notations on which chapter stops have comments from Lucas, ILM's Ken Ralston and others.
Unfortunately, the printed information is inaccurate, either noting commentary that isn't there or not listing some that is. It means you must hunt and search for the few tidbits of commentary included. Three discs have been alloted for each movie, and since each film runs a good deal less than the minutes that three discs allow, the sides have been filled out with a nice selection of behind-the-scenes stills taken on location and in the studio, and the customary theatrical trailers.
Unlike the films themselves, the trailers don't appear to have been taken from original materials and have a very fuzzy "home video" look to them. One of the Empire trailers features Harrison Ford's voice at its swashbuckling best, and one of the Jedi trailers uses the Re- venge logo. The widescreen transfer is razor-sharp as promised, the color is creamy and rich, and the picture looks like the prints were made yesterday. There are a few pinhole flashes every now and then that someday will be cleaned up with digital re-touching, but on the whole, the transfers are pristine.
By the way, if you were hoping that this "definitive edition" would include the legendary pre- release outtakes as part of the supplement, forget it. It's the soundtrack that's the real star in this set. This new digital soundtrack goes way beyond anything heard in the theater; the newly re-mastered sound will really give your system a workout. This is the director's cut, which restores about 20 minutes deleted from the original theatrical print.
The chapter stop index printed inside the album specifically notes which chapters were altered and which chapters were completely deleted in the American theatrical release. The real treasure here is the audio commentary on the secondary track, which features nearly continuous discussion about what's happening on screen from director Roeg and performers Buck Henry and David Bowie — it is very il- luminating. The supplementary section de- tails the deletions and alterations made for American theaters and includes a generous selection of production photos, costume drawings and behind-the-scenes snapshots.
Paramount continues to re-package their classic Star Trek episodes, and they always make good stocking stuffers. The videos are closed-cap- tioned for the hearing impaired and priced at SI 2. Episodes are still available in the original packaging. Everyone's favorite family of domesti- cated dinosaurs, the Sinclairs, who live on that well-known supercontinent, Pangaea, have arrived from Walt Disney Home Video for the holiday season. Choose from over 25, photos covering all of today's movie favorites, classic and current television, rock music and fashion models.
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