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Our annual salute to TV
begins with part one of a three-part SPACE:1999 script-story that
finds Koenig questioning the reason for their strange adventures,
"The Devil's Sweets". Also: Sam Beckett leaps into a mental
patient whose wife is conspiring to steal his land in the
complete-in-this-issue QUANTUM LEAP story "Pardon My Insanity"; a
SPACE:1999 "tech sheet" on Alpha as the "Hub Of Our Solar System:
Lunar Transportation Node"; TWIN PEAKS' Agent Cooper tangles with
a cantankerous stapler in the third "Tapes Withheld"; a FLASH
filksong, "You Won't See Him"; FLASHBACK editor/publisher Steve
Beverly reviews the Golden Age sci-fi classic series SCIENCE
FICTION THEATER; part two of the FLASH story "Comes The Cheetah";
part three of the TWIN PEAKS script-story "Yin And Yang".
Primary story: The ENTERPRISE's crew (STAR TREK:THE NEXT
GENERATION) questions a Deltan female suspected of murder in a
take-off on BASIC INSTINCT's interrogation scene called "Raw
Data". Also: A DRAGONRIDERS OF PERN short-short, "Lost And
Found"; J. Calvin Smith provides a tongue-in-cheek preview of
"DUNE: The Musical"; Shirla Turman sings a STAR TREK filksong
about Spock's mating cycle, "I Think I Grock You"; a SOMETHING IS
OUT THERE episode guide; a report on a national poll on
Americans' impressions of extra-terrestrial life; part three of
the PROJECT:U.F.O. story "Reunion: The Men In Black Incident".
Primary story: The struggle against the Visitors of V goes on
with a new agent to take up the battle in the
complete-in-this-issue story "Death Dreams". Also: The first
ever JURASSIC PARK filksong, "Meat Eater"; Sam Beckett QUANTUM
LEAPs into the life of INVISIBLE MAN Dr. Dan Weston in part one
of a crossover adventure called "Leap In, Fade Out"; part two of
the three-part GET SMART tale "The Almost, Absolutely, Positively
Ultimate KAOS Kaper".
Primary story: Ben Horne's up to no good in the
complete-in-this-issue story "Boys Night Out". Also: Cartoonist
J. Calvin Smith turns out "A Musical Guide To TWIN PEAKS For The
Very Young"; Cooper discovers the joy of temperature regulation
in Federal buildings in the latest in the ongoing humor series
"Tapes Withheld"; conclusion of the two-part Russ Tamblyn
Primary story: Paul and Scott return to STARMAN's home world to
save his people from a plague killing them in the conclusion of
"Home For The Weekend". Also: The makeshift COUNTERSTRIKE team
of Peter, Stone, and Monique Lamer must stop Strand from carrying
out his evil plan and save Nikki--if they can--in the conclusion
of "The Man Who Fell From The Sky"; SPIDERMAN Peter Parker
collides with Kingpin Wilson Fisk in the conclusion of "All The
Primary story: CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS face off over
the world economy in the complete-in-this-issue story "The Gold
Standard". Also: Act two of the three act SPACE:1999 script
"The Devil's Sweets", in which the alien ship encountered at the
end of act one is close enough so its gravitational forces
threaten Alpha's existence; CAPTAIN SCARLET mulls over an
important decision in the short-short "Moonlight Rhapsody";
reviews of Anderson productions TERRAHAWKS, STINGRAY, FIREBALL
XL-5, THUNDERBIRDS, and UFO; universe guides to CAPTAIN SCARLET
AND THE MYSTERONS and SPACE:1999.
Primary story: An overview of independent comics, reprinted from
THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER. Also: JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA
tries to stop one of their own who's gone renegade in the
complete-in-this-issue story "Blind Justice"; previews from
independent comics FREEX, BECK & CAUL INVESTIGATIONS, U.N. FORCE,
and WANDERING STAR; part four of "The Fantastic Four"; part three
of the FLASH adventure "Comes The Cheetah".
Primary story: Captain Kirk and the ENTERPRISE finds a ship
containing a beautiful woman who enchants Chekov in the
complete-in-this-issue story "Chekov's Wife". Also: STAR TREK
and STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION filksongs "Talk To Mr. Spock",
"Identical Androids", and "You Belong To The Starship"; Kirk and
company take the place of Wile E. Coyote in the humorous "STAR
TREK Meets The Road-Runner"; a variation on the famous "Hi-Bob"
bar room game called "STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION--The Drinking
Game"; reviews of THE FLINTSTONES and the Romulan-oriented
newsletter CLOAKING DEVICE.
Primary story: CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS collide again
as Spectrum tries to protect a World Navy exhibition in a "Time
Warp Tales" reprint of the out-of-print "An Exercise In Hope".
Also: A bank holdup in Spokane two days before Dale and Audrey's
wedding draws Dale and Diane's attention away from TWIN PEAKS in
the complete-in-this-issue story "New Lives"; an ALIEN NATION
filksong, "We All Live In An Alien Nation"; QUANTUM LEAP
filksongs "Bringin' On The Rain" and "Quantum Blues"; reviews of
THE SHADOW and the 60's Japanese kids' series ULTRA 7.
Primary story: A woman and her boyfriend head to Camp Crystal
Lake for a murderous encounter in the complete-in-this-issue
FRIDAY THE 13TH story, "Just the Same". Also: Michael Myers is
ready to leave the mental hospital--or is he?--in a
complete-in-this-issue HALLOWEEN story "Love's First Kiss";
reviews of DEAD AT 21 and FOX's rebroadcast of THUNDERBIRDS; part
two of the FOREVER KNIGHT tale "Rogue"; part three of the
original piece "Night People: Night Of The Owl".
Primary story: Buster, Lisa, and Clarissa try to stop the
monsters dominating a retirement home in act three of the six-act
original script-story "NightSpeak". Also: Holiday etiquette for
Klingons; a pilot in the near future receives an offer from her
sensei she can't refuse in the complete-in-this-issue story
"Earth Bound Misfit, I"; Picard and company encounter an odd
spaceship in the ST:TNG short-short "Where No Man Has Gone
Before?"; act six of the seven-act script story "Twisted Web 2:
Primary story: Fandom universes converge and only the Fictional
Hero Protection Alliance can sort out the damage in J. Calvin
Smith's sequel to the non-media-based tale "D.V.O." entitled
"F.H.P.A." Also: L. Gray explores how Harry Truman and Dennis
Bryson formulated their plan to rescue Agent Cooper from Jean
Renault in an episode from the second season of TWIN PEAKS in
this complete-in-this-issue "missing scene" tale, "Uniformity";
learn why Ben Kenobi stopped fighting evil in the
complete-in-this-issue STAR WARS story "Fading Faith"; a STAR
WARS satire, "DEC Wars"; from the internet, the BABYLON 5
frequently asked questions (FAQ) list.
Primary story: A grieving young man needs LOIS AND CLARK's help
to find his missing girlfriend who's found out something about
the notorious crime syndicate InterGang in part one of a
five-part script-story, "Better Late Than Never". Also: The
duality of man as personified by Spectrum agent Captain Scarlet
and his ex-mentor, Spectrum agent-turned-Mysteron terrorist
Captain Black, is explored in part one of a new multi-part
CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS story, "Pawns Of Evil"; the
aftermath of SLEEPING BEAUTY's life with Prince Charming is
explored in the short-short "After Love's First Kiss"; a look at
a designer who designs TNG clothes from an entirely different
angle; episode guides to LOIS AND CLARK's first season and to the
short-lived s-f/action series VIPER; a look at the internet's
reaction to X-FILES; movie reviews of PUPPET MASTERS, STARGATE,
and STAR TREK:GENERATIONS.
In the era of STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION, a new starship with
a new crew prepares to head off on a First Contact mission to the
Tholian Assembly in part one of a multi-part story, "The SOLAR
WIND Saga: First Impressions". Also: Q returns to haunt Picard
and THE NEXT GENERATION crew in part one of a two-part tale,
"Winner Take All".
Primary story: Award-winning author Mary J. Rudy contributes a
complete-in-this-issue tale where the indestructable CAPTAIN
SCARLET must protect the British Prime Minister from a "Tiny
Terror" Mysteron agent. Also: A CAPTAIN SCARLET filksong,
"Angel Ng"; part two of "Better Late Than Never".
Primary story: A being from the dream realm is causing
nightmares for Audrey and Diane and to stop him, Cooper must keep
an "Appointment with Morpheus". Also: J. Calvin Smith's
analysis of one of TWIN PEAKS' most controversial moments, the
death of Madeleine Ferguson, in "Closed Circle"; a look at the
USENET newsgroup alt.tv.twin-peaks and the denizens therein.
Primary story: X-MEN collide with Magneto and his forces in the
conclusion of "X-Men". Also: Smith tempts fate while LOST IN
SPACE when he encounters "The Toy Maker"; CAPTAIN SCARLET is
concerned about the "Differences" in his life after Spectrum's
initial encounters with the Mysterons in a complete-in-this-issue
short-short; SILVER SURFER brings Galactus to Earth in the
conclusion of "What Price Be Mercy?"
Primary story: Buster, Lisa, Clarissa, and Dr. Delgado continue
their fight against the forces of evil in act four of
"NightSpeak". Also: From the internet, the STAR TREK:THE NEXT
GENERATION humor piece "The Fall Of The Borg"; conclusion of the
script-story "Twisted Web 2: Resurrection".
Primary story: A space trader transports a very unusual cargo in
the complete-in-this-issue original tale "A Trader's Tale".
Also: The conclusion of PROJECT:U.F.O. story "Reunion: The Men
In Black Incident"; conclusion of the CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE
MYSTERONS script-story "Pawns Of Evil".
Primary story: In the era of STAR TREK VI, the crew of the
EXCELSIOR tries to find out what happened to Captain Sulu in part
two of "Ghost Captain". Also: A viewer's guide to the GODZILLA
movies; traffic backs up behind "The Sweeper" in this
short-short; reviews of the X-FILES novel GOBLINS and the third
installment of the BATMAN trilogy, BATMAN FOREVER; act five of
"NightSpeak"; conclusion of "The Renewal Run".
Primary story: The Book House Boys go on a mission to stop drug
runners using TWIN PEAKS as their throughway in the
complete-in-this-issue tale "Star Light, Star Bright". Also:
The Mysterons threaten the European commanders of the World
military--one of whom is Captain Scarlet's father--in the
complete-in-this-issue CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS story
"Uneasy Relations"; reviews of JUDGE DREDD and APOLLO
13; part two of the QUANTUM LEAP/INVISIBLE MAN crossover "Leap
In, Fade Out"; conclusion of "The Almost, Absolutely, Positively,
Ultimate KAOS Kaper".
Primary story: CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS find out "Whose
Heart Is Blackest" when they encounter an insane German military
officer who has Captain Scarlet's regenerative powers. Also:
Act one of a new ROCKY HORROR script-story, "The Revenge Of Dr.
Frankenfurter"; Sam Beckett QUANTUM LEAPs into a Vietnamese
P.O.W. who plays a vital role in Al's survival in "The Leap Into
Hell"; conclusion of the exciting script-story "NightSpeak".
Our second salute to the contributions of British producers Gerry
and Sylvia Anderson kicks off with members of Moonbase Alpha
getting mysteriously ill as a stricken spaceship from a peaceful
race docks for repairs in the complete-in-this-issue SPACE:1999
story "Images". Also: The first battle between CAPTAIN SCARLET
AND THE MYSTERONS is over--but Spectrum must decide what to do
with the newly-revived Captain Scarlet in a "missing scene"
story, "Chance For A Lifetime"; a UFO episode guide; fans speak
out about the universe of Gerry Anderson in a special survey;
conclusion of the SPACE:1999 script-story "The Devil's Sweets".
Primary story: James West and Artemus Gordon leave THE WILD WILD
WEST behind to visit Sherlock Holmes in England in the sequel to
"Night Of The Shylock" called "The Case Of The Retired American
Agent". Also: A glimpse into TWIN PEAKS' newspaper archives in
another installment of "Tapes Withheld"; Agent Fox has captured
STARMAN in a "Time Warp Tales" reprint of the out-of-print "In
The Name Of Science"; act three of "Better Late Than Never".
Primary story: Scully and Mulder go on an X-FILES case and
discover something that could disrupt the fabric of time in "The
Incident In Napierville". Also: The end of the universe
approaches in an original tale, "Future Tense"; a young man at a
dance meets a woman with a special secret in "Tomorrow's
Invitation"; A SPACE:ABOVE AND BEYOND universe guide; Captain
Black sings the plot of CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS in a
filksong called "No Earthman Will Survive".
Primary story: Sam Beckett QUANTUM LEAPs into TNG's Jean-Luc
Picard as the ENTERPRISE goes back in time in a matter that
involves "The Essence Of Time". Also: Tom Restivo gives VOYAGER
the MST3K treatment in "From THE POWER STAR OF LOVE..."; a STAR
TREK filksong, "Addicted To TREK"; conclusion of "Winner Take
Primary story: SUPERMAN and THE INCREDIBLE HULK team up to fight
a being from another realm in "Strange New World". Also:
CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS tangle over a nuclear
matter-antimatter reactor in Brazil to prevent "Twenty Minutes To
Anhiliation", then CAPTAIN SCARLET and Spectrum reluctantly team
with ARMY OF DARKNESS' Ash to destroy the Necronomicon in
"Technical Difficulties"; act four of the LOIS AND CLARK
script-story "Better Late Than Never".
POWER STAR celebrates the series' sixth anniversary with a
novella-length murder mystery that brings Donna Hayward back to
TWIN PEAKS in "Coming Around Again".
Primary story: THE ATOM teams with BATMAN to prevent an
"Explosion". Also: BATMAN must deal with another vigilante who
brings Gotham City into a form of "Stalemate" and the Mad Hatter
in the conclusion of "The Tea Party"; conclusion of "The
Fantastic Four"; conclusion of "Better Late Than Never".
The WAR OF THE WORLDS continues in a new novella-length tale
involving an old friend of Suzanne's who comes to visit and gets
a more exciting visit than she bargained for in "People Like
Peggy". Also: A movie review of SCREAMERS.
POWER STAR writers reminisce about 100 issues and the development
of the zine as we celebrate our longevity. Also: Fictional
characters from disparate universes each awaken to find
himself/herself in The Village in part one of a four-part
multi-universe adventure "The Kingmaker"; Hawke and AIRWOLF must
save a dying agent of Archangel's who happens to be Hawke's
half-sister in "He's My Brother"; THE FLASH tangles with The
Weather Wizard in "Flash Of Darkness"; a QUANTUM LEAP filksong,
"Save QUANTUM LEAP"; a rewrite of the ALIEN NATION filksong
"Ballad Of The Newcomers"; a QUARK filk-short-short, "A Ditty For
The Betties' Uniforms".
Primary story: The death of Dr. Helena Russell disrupts life on
Moonbase Alpha in a complete-in-this-issue SPACE:1999 story, "La
Carmencita". Also: CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS both have
an interest in stopping the insane plans of a general who has
designs on launching a direct attack on Mars in "Tyrant"; part
two of "The Kingmaker".
Primary story: Hawke and AIRWOLF are on a hunt to find the
missing Dominic Santini in a complete-in-this-issue story,
"Gyrfalcon". Also: Seven years before he was dubbed CAPTAIN
SCARLET, Second Lieutenant Paul Metcalfe was a member of the
World Army Air Force Special Forces and experienced a mission
that became "A Cross To Bear"; part four of "Comes The Cheetah";
part three of "The Kingmaker".
Primary story: Nick Knight
must face the consequences of shooting a fellow officer while
trying to protect Natalie from vampire enforcers in the conclusion
of "Rogue". Also: A V cross-reference; an original tale, "The
Return Of Zorrothustra"; a poem about fiction writing, "A Lone
Creation"; part four of "Night People: Night Of The Owl";
conclusion of "The Kingmaker".
Primary story: Kirk
faces "The Fire Of The Forge" in a complete-in-this-issue story.
Also: From the internet, "100 Reasons Kirk Is Better Than Picard";
a STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION poem, "Wasteland"; conclusion of
"The SOLAR WIND Saga: First Impressions"; a review of STAR
Primary story: The first manned mission to Mars encounters more than they bargained
for in the complete-in-this-issue tale "Live From Mars". Also: Find out the "Top Ten
Signs You Are Hooked On BABYLON 5"; Parker Gabriel turns out another CAPTAIN
SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS filksong, "A Story In Scarlet"; a review of THE
Primary story: One of the very first X-FILES
cases--the disappearance of Mulder's sister--takes a strange turn
in the complete-in-this-issue story "The Murder Of Mulder's
Sister". Also: BECK & CAUL INVESTIGATIONS take on one of their
most bizarre cases yet in "Darkest Before The Dawn"; a tongue-in-cheek
look at MILLENNIUM's protagonist in "The Ballad Of Frank Black"; an
episode guide to RAW TOONAGE; the resemblence between two long-running
TV shows are examined in "STAR TREK:THE NEXT GENERATION--A LOVE BOAT
Clone?"; a review of EXO-SQUAD.
Primary story: Life on Alpha changes
drastically as SPACE:1999's Helena Russell prepares to lead a
mission aboard an experimental craft back to Earth in a
complete-in-this-issue story "Mission: Home". Also: The
unexpected pregancy of an Alpha technician and the disappearance of
Maya lead to a "Transformation" of attitudes in this
complete-in-this-issue SPACE:1999 story; SCIENCE FICTION MODELLER
correspondent Marc Frattasio provides insights into the
construction of many of the Gerry Anderson series' models and sets;
General Henderson is found dead at Harlington-Straker Studios and Ed
Straker is determined to get to the bottom of it in the
complete-in-this-issue UFO story "The Men In Black".
Primary story: Archangel is being held hostage and
the terrorists who have him want AIRWOLF in exchange in the
complete-in-this-issue story "Vision". Also: The same syndrome
that nearly killed Captain Morris in the first SOLAR WIND story may
be spreading in "The SOLAR WIND Saga: The Trail"; let poetry lift
your spirits skyward by reading "To Soar In The Great Frontier";
MILLENNIUM fans can participate in "The MILLENNIUM Drinking Game"
and watch as "Frank Black Plays Clue With The Family", or check to
see if they're addicted with the "You Know You're A MILLENNIUM Nut
When..."; sing along with a STAR TREK filksong, "Captain Kirk" and
laugh along with Kirk's attempts to read the instruction manual for
his Captain's Log in "STAR TREK: The VCR".
Primary story: Sheriff Harry
S. Truman faces new questions about the F.B.I.'s continued
involvement in TWIN PEAKS law enforcement in the complete-in-this-issue tale "An Issue Of
Character". Also: A TWIN PEAKS drinking
game; Cooper and Forensic Pathologist Sam Stanley investigate the
Teresa Banks murder in "The Start".
Primary story: Deanna Troi has been
working with Worf's son Alexander to help him cope with life
without his mother, but learns that "A Child's Love" can be a
powerful force indeed in this complete-in-this-issue Star Trek:
The Next Generation story. Also: The SOLAR WIND crew faces a future
battle with The Old Ones in "The SOLAR WIND Saga: The Apocalypse
Scenario"; Robert Picardo finds himself face to face with the
Emergency Holographic Medical Program in the VOYAGER story "The Reality
Wormhole"; Kirk and Picard team up to negotiate peace with the Romulans
in "The Chains Of Command"; from the internet, the top ten ways both
THE SIMPSONS and STAR WARS are better than STAR TREK.
Primary story: Sci-Fi Graphics artist Andrew Kear
presents a new Space: 1999 comic that has the "Errant
Moon" wandering into the space around the planet
Aron. Also: Spectrum must deal with both Mysteron
clones and nature's own lookalikes--identical twins--in
a Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons tale, "Mixed
Doubles"; Koenig discovers that the Alphans who
escaped in a rescue Eagle discovered "New Lives
Beyond The Black Sun" in a Space: 1999 story;
Commander Straker writes a "SHADO Log" about
alien contributions to Earth's wonders in a UFO comic
Primary story: War,
honor, dragons, fair maidens--it's all a part of Vickie
Murphy's complete-in-this-issue fantasy tale "Of Cabbages
And Queens". Also: The perils of life with a
wiccan are examined in the poem "Armchair Witches";
a reporter not only gets a great scoop on the
Roswell U.F.O. incident but also more than he bargained
for in an original complete-in-this-issue tale,
"Exile From The Earth", a report from Spectrum Research
on "Mysteron Reversal Of Matter"; poetry by
Davery Jeannette Craggs; "Snow White's Stepmother"
attempts to clear her name in this
The struggle between Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons
is now over two years old, and the secret of Captain
Scarlet's indestructibility has been compromised in a
complete-in-this-issue story, "Truth And Consequences".
Also: The Mysterons threaten to destroy the pride of
the seven seas, and it's up to Captain Scarlet to stop
them in "Unknown Danger"; your questions about Gerry
Anderson shows are answered in the Gerry Anderson
Productions Frequently Asked Questions List.
Boy meets girl...boy is girl...and then there's a giant
panda, all in "An Alternate History Of Ranma 1/2".
Also: The war between Captain Scarlet And The
Mysterons is at a lull, giving Scarlet time to think
about the future in "Good Knight, Dear Lady"; a
Mann & Machine episode guide; a renegade has taken
control of the Battlestar Galactica's agroship in the
complete-in-this-issue "Hostage Warriors"; Starscream
is going to be replaced by clones in the Transformers
short-short "Starscream And The Destroyers".
The Solar Wind is called to investigate reports of a
renegade faction of Tholians that have placed "Souls In
Tension" in this complete-in-this-issue adventure.
Also: A "Time Warp Tales" reprint of a story from our
very first issue, about "The Girl With Homely Eyes";
nightmares from "A Haunted Past" trouble Tasha Yar
in a Star Trek: The Next Generation short story; Tom
finds out old friend Scott knows something about
Them and a group called "S.A.R.T.E" in a Nowhere
Man story; the only witness to a series of vampire-esque
slayings is all-too-familiar to Nick Knight in the
Forever Knight script-story "Deja Vu".
Primary story: Sam
Beckett Quantum Leaps into a bigamist in a new Shirla
Turman piece called "I led Three Wives". Also: Two
new Mary Battle Star Trek: The Next Generation
stories--injuries to Troi, Beverly, and Tasha lead to some
exploration of emotions in "Deadly Games", and
Tasha Yar's capture by the Romulans after the Enterprise-C
travels back in time is explored in "Alternate
Life"; the loss of a parent is felt in the poem
"Nocturne"; a filksong from the internet reminisces
about the "U.S.S. Enterprise"; a Captain Scarlet And
The Mysterons filksong about the Spectrum Angels,
who are truly "One-Part Harmony"; conclusion of
"Night People: Night Of The Owl".
Primary story: Meg and Harmon
think they're dealing with an apparent attempt at
terrorism on US soil...but the truth is something much
bigger than even they bargained for in the
complete-in-this-issue JAG tale "Anarch's Hand".
Also: Klingon poems "Glory's Call", "The Soul Of A
Warrior's Heart", and "Star Of Life"; Brendan Dillon's
"Top Ten Reasons Why The Enterprise Doesn't Have An
Infinite Improbability Drive" and "Top Ten Things
That Will Never Happen On The X-Files"; from the
internet, a "Generic Disaster Movie Script"; reviews
of Gattica, Kisses, and the science fiction romance
novels of Johanna Lindsey; what JMS didn't show you
in a Babylon 5 satire, "Sheridan's Interrogation: The