By Carl Slaughter: Shirley Maiewski (1920-2004) was known as “Grandma Trek.”
She served as chairman of the Star Trek Welcome Committee, acting as a liaison between the corporate world and the fan community. She kept the franchise flame alive between cancellation of the show and the start of the movie series.
Maiewski also wrote one of the most popular fan fic stories, “Mindsifter.” It appeared in Bantam’s Star Trek: The New Voyages (1976), edited by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath, the second of the Star Trek anthologies commissioned by Frederik Pohl.
She didn’t write any more fan fiction for 2 reasons: 1) “Mindsifter” was revised without her knowledge or permission. 2) Reviewers deconstructed it. She was so upset with Bantam, she called for a boycott. Because of her status in the fan community, Bantam’s source of fan fic manuscripts dried up.
After 40 years, “Mindsifter” finally got a screen adaptation. It wasn’t New Voyages best episode and the print version is much better.
- Star Trek: New Voyages:
- Director’s commentary: