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Well, for me, Christmas starts today, Friday December 14th - the first day of Christmas!

Every day, for the next twelve days, I will feature a different form of Star Trek fan production - a present to you. These will be reported on the Twelve Days of Christmas website, kindly donated and managed by the CO of the latest Starfleet international (SFI) shuttle in Australasia, Cpt Jayden Tyronian of the Shuttle Atlantis, they will be mirrored on most Star Trek media forums as well as being expanding in excruciating detail in this fanzine!

Everybody has their motives, mine are pretty simple. I want to show Star Trek fans the diversity of fan produced media that are open to them. Some, like fan films, are reasonably well known already, others like web comics, card models and filk are relatively unknown. I also want to build bridges. I would like to see Christmas once again be what it was, a time of good cheer and making friends, a time of giving, a time when organised Star Trek fandom can show the world what IDIC means by coming together and giving freely of ourselves.

Besides ... we need a little stress in our life, don't we Igor?

Read more about the Twelve Trek Days of Christmas in my editorial and follow each day as it happens in the contents box on your left.

Everybody likes Christmas presents.

Who doesn't appreciate something given to you for free, without any thought of something in return? Christmas is known as the "season of giving" but what if I told you that there are people to whom giving is a year 'round thing? If you are a Star Trek fan then we have a treat in store for you!

Star Trek fans come in all shapes and sizes, the timid and the bold, the consumers and the creative. Amongst the creative there are those who write, those who act, those who have production skills that can turn out artistic and entertaining productions in a surprising range of media.

I have started a project called "The Twelve Trek Days of Christmas" which is a major collaboration between a wide variety of Star Trek fan groups and individuals to celebrate the season of goodwill and giving. It is first and foremost a fun activity created by Star Trek fans, as a gift for their fellow fans. It is meant to introduce you, the world wide web of Star Trek fandom, to the amazing array of material available for free on the internet.

What are we going to give you? Well ...

On the first day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
A Hako Enterprise bridge

On the second day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Two Fanzines …
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the third day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Three Wise Men,
Two fanzines …
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the fourth day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Four Podcasts,
Three Wise Men, Two
fanzines
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the fifth day of Christmas
Star Trek gave to me
Five fan films,
Four Podcasts, Three Wise Men, Two
fanzines
And a Hako Enterprise bridge

On the [sixth - eleventh] day of
Christmas Star Trek gave to me

Six Filkers, Filking ...

Seven Music vid's ...

Eight Trekfan podbooks ...

Nine Gamers gaming ...

A Ten page Comic

Eleven Hakos, hacking

A Trek fan calendar

What exactly are they? We're not telling! You can shake the presents as much as you like and try to guess what is inside the wrapping! The surprise will be all the better on the day!

These are all made by fans of Star Trek and, as such, it is meant as a homage to the professionals who have created the films and TV shows, the games and toys, the books and collectables. If you like what we have done then help to keep the Roddenberry dream alive by buying a book or DVD, play one of the cutting edge games or own a little piece of the dream by buying one of the quality, licensed collectables.

It must be stressed that these are all fan productions. The trademarks and copyrights of Star Trek lie with CBS / Paramount and no profit can be directly or indirectly made from these ventures. Any attempt to sell, rent or otherwise make a profit from any of these projects will be reported to the copyright owners for their action.

EDITORIAL -

Within the short space of five issues the new crew of the USS Southern Cross, have given me the support and content to create a high quality, fan made newsletter, ScuttleButt, which is available as a free download from our website as a series of free pdfs. Fun though it has been at the time, there is no real space in it for creative content or in-depth treatment of things that might be of importance to me but which would bloat the newsletter. After all, it's never been my intention to turn it into "The Kirok Newsletter". It has become increasingly apparent that I do need a forum for publishing my own work - and the work of others that doesn't quite fit the mold of a club's newsletter.

So here it is. My personal 'zine. In it I not only intend to blatently soapbox about issues I feel are important with Star Trek fandom in Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia, but also showcase the fan productions of Star Trek fans within the region.

What's a fan production? Like a lot of buzz-words it means different things to different people. On Wikipedia, the article on Star Trek fan productions takes the narrow view of seeing them as dramatic productions, covering only fan films, animation and audio dramas. I prefer to take the wider view that a fan production is virtually anything that a fan produces! Fan films, music videos, written fan fiction, filk and poetry! Virtually anything that is of an art or craft nature that expresses your love of the Sci fi genre! Yes, crafts and technology as well! Whether they are paper models or knitting patterns, musical instruments, costumes, Treknology or props!

If what you love dearest is to watch your DVD collection, read the licensed books or see the stars at a convention, I'm right there with ya! These are things that cemented my love of the sci fi genre and I gain great entertainment and satisfaction from my own collections and convention going. However amongst all groups there are those who want to contribute & create and through their own efforts gain a resonance of the feeling they had for the original.

Read more on "The Ravens Writing Desk - June, 2007" by Lt Cmdr Kirok of L'Stok, Editor, USS Southern Cross