A Tremor in the Force

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Title: A Tremor in the Force
Publisher: Falcon Press
Editor(s): Cheree Cargill
Date(s): 1984-1997
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
External Links: Falcon Press
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A Tremor in the Force was one of the longest running gen Star Wars zines.

flyer printed in Pegasus #6

From a Submission Request

For the first issue:
In each issue we hope to feature the best in SW fiction, art, poetry and humor! Each issue will run approximately 100 pages long and will be printed in offset (non-reduced, if we can help it, since we can't read all that teeny-tiny type — either)! As far as possible, all issues will be done on word processing equipment and will feature right justified margins and a professional quality layout. We are currently seeking submissions for our premiere issue, scheduled for late autumn 1983. We need material of all sorts, long or short, dealing m with anything related to SW. Artwork should ideally be no larger than 8 x 10 and in black ink on white consider screening and reducing outstanding artwork done otherwise.

We will follow Lucasfilm guidelines, so all work should be rated G or PG (although the editors will gladly read any juicy Han stories you care to come up with)!

Seriously, we are aiming at a top quality SW zine and hope to feature the work of the most respected writers and artists in fandom. Please SASE us if you are interested in contributing.

Issue 1

front cover issue #1
back cover of issue #1
flyer printed in Pegasus #6

A Tremor in the Force 1 was published in May 1984 and is 161 pages.

  • No One Will Know I'm Gone-poem---Martie Benedict 1page
  • Just A Dream----story----Cheree Cargill 2 pages (Leia dreams.)
  • Coming of Age----story---Sheila Truax 1 page
  • The Sins of the Fathers----story---T.S. Wedell 7 pages (Just what did change Han’s mind about staying on with the Rebels? Someone forces Solo to take a new look at freedom and commitment.)
  • Kessel Run----poem---Martie Benedict 2 pages
  • A Lesson in Love---story---Jeanine Hennig 3 pages (also in Catalyst! Collected)
  • Incident on Ord Mantell-----story----T.S. Wedell 7 pages (Sequel to "Sins of the Fathers." On Ord Mantell, Han finds reason to regret his decision to stay with the Alliance.)
  • Interlude on Bespin----story---Cheree Cargill 6 pages (Han and Leia make love the night before their capture on Bespin.)
  • Those Golden Eyes----poem---Kathryn Agel 1 page
  • Miracles Can Happen----poem---Kathryn Agel 1 page
  • The Master's Voice----story---Jean L. Stevenson 4 pages
  • Fortune's A Woman---poem-Martie Benedict 1 page
  • Celebrate the Love----story---Jean L. Stevenson 4 pages
  • The Ballad of Traeger Jonah----poem---Marti Benedict 3 pages
  • The Lesson----story---J.A. Berger 16 pages (Han and Luke run into trouble picking up a cargo on Regal II.)
  • Breakdown in Communication----story---Martie Benedict/Martie Benedict O'Brien, 27 pages (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. While trying to get some freight paperwork filled out, Han and a lady clerk come under attack by crazed counter-revolutionaries.)
  • Through the Long Night----story----Marcia Brin 5 pages (Leia comforts Han when he has nightmares about he carbon freeze. She wants to know exactly what he endured.)
  • Thoughts By Firelight----poem---Sally Smith 1 page
  • Lost Love---poem---Mary Teel 1 page
  • Legacy----story---Jeanine Hennig 71 pages (also in Catalyst! Collected)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Jenni, Angela-M arie Caresano, Suzy Sansom, Mary Stacy-McDonald, Kim Gianna, Barbara Stults and Cheree Cargill, includes two fold-outs

Issue 2

front cover issue #2
back cover issue #2

A Tremor in the Force 2 was published in 1985 and is 187 pages. Art by Wanda Lybarger, Jenni, Nancy Stasulis and others.

  • Goodbye----vignette---Danaline Bryant 1 page
  • Faux Pas---story---Patricia D'Orazio 2 pages
  • Rite of Passage---story-T.S. Weddell 7 pages
  • Encounter Off Kashyyyk----story---Cheree Cargill 10 pages
  • True Opponents---story---Patricia D'Orazio 20 pages (Captured and wounded by a wealthy hunter and a warrior priestess, Han is used as bait to lure Chewbacca into a trap.)
  • The Rescue -Part 2----story-Barbara M. Stultz 15 pages
  • Memories ---story-L.A. Carr 8 pages
  • Whose Worth Unknown----story---T.S. Weddell 23 pages
  • Communication---story-Gail Small 3 pages
  • Requiem----story---Jeanine Hennig 3 pages
  • The Wishing Well---story-Lynda Vandiver 2 pages
  • Beneath the Mythos---story-Linda Knights 5 pages
  • Voices on the Air---story-Martie Benedict 20 pages (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han and Chewie search for a treasure on a mysterious planet and find more than they bargained for.)
  • Against the Wind----poem---Cheree Cargill 1 page
  • A Family Affair----story---Ann Wortham 3 pages
  • The Burdens of His Life---vignettes----Susan Matthews 2 pages
  • With You Always---story---Marcia Brin 3 pages
  • Mindlink----story---Carolyn Golledge (Post Return of the Jedi. Leia and Han are kidnapped by slavers as an evil Senator tries to prevent Leia becoming President of the New Alliance. Carolyn's first story.)

Issue 3

cover issue #3
back cover of issue #3, Dianne Smith
sample pages from issue #3

A Tremor in the Force 3 was published in 1986 and is 238 pages. Features material by Carolyn Golledge, Martie Benedict. Marcia Brin. T. S. Weddell, Michelle Malkin, Jacqueline Taero, Carol Mularski, Robin White. Kate Birkel, Matthew Whitney, Judith Tyler, Ronda Henderson, Gail Small. Sandi Jones. Art of Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Dianne Smith, Dani, Steven Fox, Jenni, Nancy Stasulis, Barbara Frances—Simon. Pat Easley, Mark and Melea Fisher, Jim Markle.

  • Full Circle by Carolyn Golledge (Post Return of the Jedi. Boba Fett has survived the sarlacc and is determined to take revenge on Solo.)
  • Murder On the Interstellar Empress by Marcia Brin (Set post Return of the Jedi. Han and Leia solve a murder mystery.)
  • White Feather by T.S. Weddell (A story of Han's early ill-fated military career.)
  • The Emperor's Elite by Karen Finch, art by Mark Murphy
  • an "all Darkside section"

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

I agree about the art in TREMOR #3. I wrote in my LoC that all the art was so good that I couldn't pick favorites, and it was no exaggeration! Before I wrote my letter, I made a list of all the notable pieces, and by the time I was finished, realized I'd best say "everything." Yeah, Dianne Smith is especially good; saw some of her oils at WorldCon and I think she did well, so everybody must agree with us! [1]

Issue 4

front cover issue #4
back cover of issue #4

A Tremor in the Force 4 was published in 1988 and is 207 pages.

  • A Long Night's Journey Into Day---story---Judith Tyler 3 pages (Obi-Wan has watched and waited. Now the New Hope of the Jedi is ready to start his journey.)
  • Nothing More Than Feelings---story---Judith Tyler-2 pages (Leia must stand before Vader and watch helplessly as Han is lowered into the carbonite pit.)
  • Hyl Rann's Discovery----story---Judith Tyler 7 pages (The imperial spy has uncovered vital information on Yavin that could spell the end of the Death Star and now must bear dark tidings to his master, Darth Vader.)
  • Boushh----poem----Susan Zahn---1 page
  • Love Resurrected----poem---Susan Zahn 1 page
  • Merry Days, My Lovely----story---Kate Birkel 15 pages (It has been twenty years since Han Solo stormed out of his marriage to Leia Organa. Can a certain Jedi bring them back together at long last?)
  • A Mother's Love---story---Ruth Radecki 3 pages (The time of celebration on Endor following the destruction of the Death Star was also a time of intimate sharing and soul-searching for both Han and Leia.)
  • A Scene from the Past: What Could Have Happened-Margaret Lynn Stewart 1 page
  • Reclaimed----story---Barbara Gardner 4 pages
  • To Be A Jedi---story---Marti Schuller 17 pages (Luke takes three students to Dagobah to finalize their training as Jedi. The pathway for each is different and, ultimately, each must face his own trial with the Dark Side.)
  • The Lando Calrissian Last-Minute Hero Blues---poem---Jacqueline Taero
  • Diamond of the First Water----story---Marcia Brin 18 pages (Set post Return of the Jedi. Han and Leia go to Trantos for a diplomatic affair that develops complications. A jewel theft and diplomatic intrigue await Han and Leia as they attend a treaty conference outside the Alliance's jurisdiction.)
  • Bright Suns Shone--- Maggie Nowakowska-4 pages
  • Changeling---story---Matthew Whitney 4 pages
  • Into the Dark Side----story---James Booth 17 pages (Han and Leia have moved with their son to the remote world of Ella where Leia discovers that the Emperor's reach from the Dark Side is not limited by death or distance.)
  • Time To Go---vignette-Melanie Guttierrez 2 pages
  • Who Dares Do More---Irina Ozernoy
  • The Conspiracy of Kommnor---story-Angela Fassio 20 pages
  • Victory Scars----story---Carolyn Golledge 20 pages (Burning debris rains on Endor after the destruction of the Death Star. Massive forest fires result -- and the ewok tribes in the distant hills look for the person responsible. Luke Skywalker is targeted as an offering to the Fire Demons. Can Han find him in time? And how can Endor be saved?)
  • Sith Before Weddings---story---Kerry Nash (The Sith are ethereal beings who have always been tied to the Jedi. Now Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa are their only contacts and such contact is interlaced with hidden perils.)

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Dianne Smith
back cover of issue #5

A Tremor in the Force 5 was published in 1990 and is 280 pages. It has a color cover by Dianne Smith and other art by Wanda Lybarger, Melanie Guttierrez, Nancy Stasulis, Laura Virgil, Z.P. Florian and a portfolio by Steven Fox. 1990 Star aWards for Best Zine. The editor recalls, "A Tremor in the Force #5 ran about 250 pages (most of it reduced) and cost me nearly $4,000 when all was said and done, including the cost for the color cover and postage." How to Do a Zine in Southern Enclave

Issue 6

1992 flyer printed in Below the Surface #5, click to enlarge
front cover issue #6
back cover of issue #6

A Tremor in the Force 6 was published in May 1992 and is 372 pages. It has a color front cover by Melanie Guttierrez. Art by Tina Bentrup, Cheree Cargill, Catherine Churko, Dani, Z. P. Florian, Melanie Guttierrez, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Dianne Smith, Nancy Stasulis, and A.G. Steyn.

There were 200 copies printed, and the editor said there would be no reprints.

From the flyer:
Last of the bit time STAR WARS zines! This is a "Golden Age" zine with quality material equal to that published between 1980 and 1983, when SW Fandom was in its heydey.
  • Last Testament, poem by Jacqueline Taero, 1 page
  • Just Your Average Day in the Galaxy, vignette by A.G. Steyn, 2pages
  • Family Ties by Cheree Cargill, 2 pages (On Endor, Leia and Luke discuss Anakin Skywalker. First printed in Melange #4]]
  • Snowbound, poem by Susan Zahn, 1 page
  • Nothing Serious by Susan Deborah Smith, 3 pages (Han Solo has a little problem, but he's trying not to let it get him... er... down.)
  • Revelation (Or Bugs!) by Marti Schuller, 3 pages (The gnats and mosquitos on Endor are about to eat Luke and Leia alive. Why aren't they bothering Han Solo?)
  • Impasse, poem by Jeanine Hennig, 1 page
  • The Blue Jawa's Tale by Tina Bentrup, 4 pages (A story about a little person and an old hermit, told from a completely new point of view)
  • Read Instructions Before Proceeding by Z.P.Florian, 10 pages
  • True Colors, poem by Jacqueline Taero, 1 page
  • Choice by Cheree Cargill (After Bespin, Leia discovers she is pregnant. With Han lost, and a war to fight, she must make a choice concerning their unborn child. A three-part story, reprinted here in its entirety for the first time, also in Far Realms #6 and #7)
  • The Black Sleep by Carolyn Golledge, 11 pages (The Blood of Kali forced Indiana Jones' soul to flee its possessed body. When he woke up, he was in a galaxy far, far away.) (crossover with Indiana Jones)
  • Presumed Guilty by Carolyn Golledge, 20 pages (Post Return of the Jedi. Han and Leia argue publicly, calling off their formal wedding and disavowing their earlier Corelli Bonding ceremony. Later, Leia is found close to death, badly beaten and Han is accused.)
  • Taun-Taun Rodeo by A.G. Steyn, 3 pages (There were those who thought a farmboy ought to be a natural when it come to breaking and riding these cantankerous critters.)
  • For Better Or For Worse by Pat Nussman & Jacqueline Taero, 12 pages
  • Father And Son by Z.P.Florian, 9 pages (What if Darth Vader had managed to put Luke into carbonite and spirit him away to train as a Dark Jedi?)
  • The Festival of the Sun's Return by Martha Wilson, 18 pages (Han, Luke, and Leia battle a religious cult during a rebel mission.)
  • Alyeska Wild Card by Maggie Nowakowska, 38 pages (Trapped in an avalanche shelter with a gang of belligerent miners and forced into a marathon sabacc game with Lando, Han suddenly finds his fortune changing.)
  • Ladies' Choice by Pat Nussman & Jacqueline Taero (The Alliance forces have relocated from Yavin to Hoth and things are not going well. And General Rieeken finds that the Empire is not the only thing complicating his life.)

Source for some summaries[1], other summaries are from the flyer.

Issue 7

front cover of issue #7
back cover of issue #7

A Tremor in the Force 7 was published in 1993. It is 294 pages long and contains about 30 stories and poems. It has a color cover front and back. Art by Tina Bentrup, Catherine Churko, Gerald Crotty, Sara Ferluga, Z. P. Florian, Melanie Guttierrez, Wanda Lybarger, Margaret McNickle, Dianne Smith, Nancy Stasulis, Stefano Vimercati, Laura Virgil, and Mario Zorzi.

  • Transfiguration---poem---Jacqueline Taero---1 page
  • Be Careful What You Wish For----vignette---Cheree Cargill---3 pages
  • I'll Be Back---poem---Kathryn Agel----1 page won a 1994 FanQ.
  • Separate Paths---story---Marti Schuller---12 pages
  • Beauty is in the Organ of Vision of the Beholder--story-- Z.P.Florian-3pgs
  • The Saga According to Leia Organa--Jacqueline Taero--poem--1 page
  • Separate Paths,Ending1--Marti Schuller-- 2 pages
  • Spazzin at the Spa--story-- Homer Sapiento--8 pages (Leia is missing and Han and Luke are sent to find her --- in an all female resort. Hence, they must go in "disguise.")
  • Hardship Love--poem--Yvette Ghilan--1 page
  • Leia---poem--Yvette Ghilan---1 page
  • Gathering Shadows--story--Catriona Campbell--3 pages
  • A Nice Man-- poem--Kathryn Agel--1 page
  • To Catch a Skywalker--story---Yvette Ghilan--9 pages
  • Father, Help Me---poem--Eleonora Sessa---1 page
  • Glass Garden--story--Wanda Lybarger--25 pages won a 1994 FanQ.
  • Separate Paths, Ending 2- Marti Schuller- 2 -pages
  • It's Not My Fault--story--Mary Jo Fox--6 pages
  • I Need---poem--Kathryn Agel--1 page
  • The Call--poem--Yvette Ghilan-- 1 page
  • Awakening--poem--Yvette Ghilan-- 1 page
  • Where Is Thy Sting--story--Marti Schuller/Veronica Wilson--35pgs (Vader faces many problems after he is injured in the battle over the first Death Star. But they pale into nothingness when he later faces his Emperor and learns he has a son --- Luke Skywalker. This classic telling of Vader's emotions and motives from the destruction of the first death star to the last moments of his life, and the triumph of his return to the light, won the 1993 STAR AWARD for BEST MEDIUM STORY.) (archived link)
  • Nativity--poem- Yvette Ghilan--1 page
  • Uniformity--poem--Jennifer Moore--1 page
  • Turning Point--story--Catriona Campbell-3 pages
  • A Night Out--story--Z.P.Florian--4 pages
  • Separate Paths,Ending3--Marti Schuller--2 pages
  • Complications on Itrurua--story- J.P.Treleaven--23 pages
  • Shattered Circles--story --Veronica Wilson--5 pages
  • Separate Paths,Ending 4--Marti Schuller--3 pages
  • Beginner--story--Z.P.Florian--12 pages
  • The Seeds of Revenge--vignette- Cheree Cargill--3 pages
  • Link of Fate--poem--Yvette Ghilan--1 page
  • High Seas---story--Carolyn Golledge--24 pages (After the victory of Endor, there were still many Imperial strongholds to be cleared. Han and Leia accept a supposedly peacful misson to escort a victorious Rebel-allied prince who is returning to his native land, via sea, aboard a hospital ship carrying his wounded soldiers. (Note: This story precedes "Wedding Day Bruise")
  • The Falconers Series--story--Carolyn Golledge--4 pages
  • Separate Paths, Ending 5--Marti Schuller--4 pages
  • Designated Hitter--Carol Hines-Strode--story--48 pages

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

This is the Lollapalooza of SW fanzines, and one of the longest-running around. The table of contents is a Who's Who of SW fandom. The zine's reputation is so high, previous issues have won the coveted Fan-Q Awards for best SW zine.

Each issue has a theme. This time around, TIF #7 is billed as "The Vader Issue." In fact, our favorite Dark Lord of the Sith graces the full-color cover. But, not everything inside is about Uncle Darthie. Just about every major character appears somewhere, and a couple of minor characters too. TIF #7 is a treat for fan-art lovers. There are excellent illustrations by Gerald Crotty, Melanie Gutierrez, Wanda Lybarger, Dianne Smith, and several others. (Han-lusters will love the Smith portrait on the back cover!). As for the stories, they range from the silly to the sublime, but its always interesting to see how different people view the saga through the kinds of stories they write. The poetry is pretty good for the most part. They range from short, simple verses to epic length. The zine is nicely collated, printed on tine-quality paper, and has a rather professional look to it. The editor has obviously put a lot of time and effort into this zine, for which she deserves a lot of credit.

All in all, TIF #7 is well worth the $28 for those who collect fanzines and enjoy fanfiction by a variety of people. Submissions are now being accepted for #8. [3]

Issue 8

front cover of issue #8, Nancy Stasulis
back cover of issue #8
flyer for issue #8

A Tremor in the Force 8 was published in 1994 and is 351 pages long. . Color cover by Nancy Stasulis. Two contributors won FanQ Awards for their work in this zine:

  • 1995 'Best Star Wars (Gen) Poem/Filk': "Musings of a Princess/Musings of a Smuggler" by Kathy Agel (A Tremor in the Force #8)
  • 1995 Best Star Wars (Gen) Story: "Mercy Mission" by Cheree Cargill (A Tremor in the Force #8)

Table of Contents [2]

  • Man To Man by Carol Hines-Stroede. (There were a few things Luke had never learned about the Force. And sometimes a boy's just gotta talk to his father. (3 pages)
  • Lamentations by Louise Turner (9 pages)
  • Alliance Avant-Garde (10 pages)
  • The Day After (6 pages)
  • Midnight At Home (3 pages)
  • Time Will Tell (18 pages)
  • The Trial (by Patricia Kelley, art by Catherine Churko. Luke Skywalker had saved his father's life when he pulled him from the impending explosion of the second Death Star. He didn't think about what might be ahead for Anakin once he recovered from his wounds. (23 pages)
  • Night Thoughts (3 pages)
  • Her Ladyship by Marti Schuller, art by Z. P. Florian. (The venerable Lady of Alderaan had outlived all her companions and only she remembered the truth about the Rebellion Against the Empire. Now she must pass her knowledge along to a new generation. (10 pages)
  • The Daemon (8 pages)
  • Art (5 pages)
  • Seek, and Ye Shall Find by Catriona Campbell, art by Gerald Crotty. (Two new stories in the Penumbra series. While on Tatooine to rescue Han from Jabba the Hutt, Leia takes time to visit the Lars farmstead, searching for some remembrance of Luke. Meanwhile, the Son of Vader prepares for battle.) (6 pages)
  • Shadow Talk (by Z. P. Florian. The Emperor has Luke Skywalker in his possession. Now the battle of wills begins. (3 pages)
  • The Right Thing by Nora Mayers. (Han and Leia's children were strong in the Force. It was now time that they be trained by Luke, but not surprisingly Han had equally strong objections.) (10 pages)
  • Need (3 pages)
  • Patterns Of Battle (37 pages)
  • Balance of Power by Veronica Wilson, art by Z. P. Florian. Tarkin and Vader are both vying for the special attention of the Emperor. And Palpatine is thoroughly enjoying the show. (Enduring rivalry between Vader and Tarkin nearly turns deadly as Palpatine determines who should command the Empire's newest battle station.)
  • "On the Third Day" by Carol Hines-Stroede, art by Nancy Stasulis. (An Alan Patronis story. Vader is dead, the Alliance is in power, and the Dark Lord's top assassin is in custody. But when he attempts suicide, it is up to his long time friend, Dr. Jen Berani, to save his life. Little does she dream that her past associations will now come home to haunt her.)
  • "Heart's Blood" by Marti Schuller, art by Melanie Guttierrez. The Alliance has had a valuable source inside the Empire supplying them with information. Now that source has gone silent. Han, Luke and Leia are sent in to investigate ... and rescue the source, if possible.
  • "Every Droid's Dream" by Carolyn Golledge, art by Z. P. Florian. Han and fellow Corellian Kellahen have crashed their experimental craft in the desert and must walk to safety. It's unlikely that they will make it unless an unlikely rescuer can come through for them ... Threepio!
  • All the Marbles" by Martie Benedict, art by Wanda Lybarger. Once again, Han Solo was dead broke and without a cargo. But lady luck almost literally fell into his lap in the form of a little alien named Tymee. She had a scheme for getting rich. She just needed a couple of partners who could make it happen.
  • Mercy Mission" by Cheree Cargill, art by Wanda Lybarger. 1995 Fan Q Winner for Best Star Wars Short Story! All Leia needed Han to do was fly to an Imperial controlled planet, pick up some supplies and fly back. She absolutely, positively guaranteed nothing could go wrong. Nothing!
  • Color cover by Nancy Stasulis. Interior art by Robert Beard, Tina Bentrup, Cheree Cargill, Catherine Churko, Gerald Crotty, Cheryl DeLuca, Z. P. Florian, Carolyn Golledge, Melanie Guttierrez, Wanda Lybarger, Margaret McNickle, Nicola Pearce, Laura Sherman, and Nancy Stasulis

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9, Nancy Stasulis
back cover of issue #9
flyer for issue #9

A Tremor in the Force 9 was published in 1996 and is 252 pages long. The story "Falling -- Author: M.J. Mink won the 1997 FanQ Award For Best Star Wars Gen Story. The zine also won the 1996 STAR Award for Best Star Wars zine.

Summaries from the publisher:[3]

  • Silent Night by M.J. Mink (A time to remember those lost on Alderaan.)
  • Time by M.J. Mink (As the Force grows stronger in Luke, he faces an unexpected horror.)
  • Chewbacca Goes Shopping by Z. P. Florian. Star Award Honorable Mention. The fair on Kashyyyk always brought merchants and gypsies selling their various wares. This time, for some reason, the small naked human boy being abused by his gypsy "father" aroused Chewbacca's interest and he stepped in to alter the situation.
  • The Planting by MJ Mink. It is Planting Time on Tatooine and Luke must undergo an important ritual to insure harvest. Can he supply the all-important Fertilizer that will make the seed grow?
  • Ashes by Veronica Wilson, art by Z. P. Florian. Star Award Honorable Mention. You will never forget this Cinderella story about a Darkside witch and the Prince Charming she seduces!
  • A.W.O.L. by Louise Turner, art by Gerald Crotty. Luke has disappeared following the evacuation from Hoth. Was his ship destroyed in the mad scramble off the planet or -- even more unthinkable -- has he deserted? Wedge Antilles can't believe either one and he's sure that Luke will return. But meantime he has been thrust into the role of Red Leader.
  • Career Choice by Pat Nussman. Han and Leia have come to the realization that any children they have will be pawns of the New Republic and Luke's New Jedi Order. Together they reach a painful decision.
  • Falling by MJ Mink, art by Nancy Stasulis. Fan Q and Star Award Winner. Luke has been captured by Vader who undertakes his son's education regarding the Jedi and the Dark Side of the Force. The longer he listens, the more sense Vader begins to make and Luke realizes that his much-feared father has a lot more knowledge to impart than Obi-Wan or Yoda ever would have told him. Can he reach a balance without succumbing to evil?
  • The House in the Woods by Marti Schuller. Star Award Honorable Mention. Luke is on a much needed vacation on a pastoral planet and finds great peace in a small village. But there is a house in the woods shunned by the villagers and from it he senses pain and sadness. Unable to keep away, he finds a lonely young woman in need of love and the healing spirit of a gentle Jedi.
  • Luke-a-Palooza by Mary Jo Fox. Star Award Winner. The Jedi Academy has this cash flow problem, see, and Luke thinks he's found a way to raise capital. First you get all these great bands together, then you find an empty field...
  • The Last of the Jedi by Z. P. Florian, art by Laura Virgil. What would have happened if Kenobi hadn't been killed on the Death Star and had been able to continue Luke's training as a Jedi? What sort of Jedi Knight would Luke have become?
  • Time by MJ Mink. The Force was growing stronger in Luke but there was one aspect he hadn't expected -- the ability to feel the pain and deaths of every pilot, either Imperial or Rebel, that was killed around him in battle. Could he learn to control this or would he be doomed to suffer this unexpectedly personal side of war forever?
  • Shifting Sands by Veronica Wilson. Vader has seen so much death and destruction that even he was beginning to crumble under its weight. Palpatine couldn't afford to lose his most valuable servant. Could he pull the Dark Lord back from the precipice of madness before it was too late?
  • On the Side of Light by Martie (Benedict) O'Brien, art by Dani. Star Award Winner. Optyl was not a nice place, a planet whose rotation caused one side to always face its sun, the other side to always face away. Life was only possible in a narrow strip between the two extremes. And now a religious war seemed ready to break out there as well. So, why had Han Solo accepted a consignment to haul a load of religious artifacts in to one of the warring sides while the other was fanatically determined to stop him? Well, being destitute had a way of making a man do some pretty desperate things to stay alive...
  • Much much more. This issue also features material by Donna Frayser, John Fredericks, Rich Gawel, Yvette Ghilan, Jason Grant, Debbie Kittle, Tammy Olsen, Jacqueline Taero, and many more. Color cover by Nancy Stasulis. Back cover by Gerald Crotty. Additional art by Wanda Lybarger, Z. P. Florian, Laura Virgil, Melea Fisher, Donna Frayser, John Fredericks, and more.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

Congratulations, Cheree, on another beautiful issue of Tremor! The front and back covers by Nancy Stasulis (as well as her illos throughout) and Gerald Crotty are lovely, and Crotty's portrayal of Yoda is very striking and detailed. The entire layout of the zine is extremely well done, and I particularly enjoyed the different graphics you used for the titles and as page borders. The contents are uniformly terrific, so I'll try to confine my comments to a manageable length.

Z. P. Florian's "Chewbacca Goes Shopping" is an interesting variation on the story of how Han and Chewie met her "Last of the Jedi" is fascinating in its portrayal of Obi-Wan, with her Luke as strong and enigmatic as always. Her illustrations throughout Tremor are wonderful. Wanda Lybarger's "The Legend of the Queen of Lightis very rich and colorful in its descriptions. Sarah Glasgow's art and poetry is absolutely charming, and I hope to see more from her. Pat Nussman's "Career Choice" is a thoughtful piece and very plausible. Louise Turner's "A.W.O.L." is a good look at a turning point in Wedge's life, very well done, and Gerald Crotty's illos for it are marvelous. "Luke-A-Palooza" by Mary Jo Fox is totally bizarre and funny! Veronica Wilson's "Shifting Sands" is an absorbing view of the interaction between Palpatine and Vader regarding Luke's existence. Maggie Nowakowska's "Dangerous" is beautifully lyrical.

"Varastus, the River Beast" by John Fredericks is refreshingly unusual and a well-told tale. Rich Gawel's "Ishtiil's Legacy" is a great background piece for a neglected character, Ackbar. Jacqueline Taero's "The Saga According to Darth Vader" - an engagrng and clever recitation by poor, misunderstood Darth - is a delight! [4]
Tremor #9 was a beautiful zine, especially the detailed front and back covers. Gerald Crotty's Yoda was frameable. All of the artwork was great, too. "Chewbacca Goes Shopping" by Z.P. Florian was a different look at how Han and Chewie hooked up. "Time" by MJ. Mink blew me away. This story seemed to fit perfectly between TESB and ROTJ. Great insights into Luke's character. Her "Silent Night" was strange and interesting, too. Ditto for "Falling" and the character of Tal. I enjoyed "A.W.O.L." by Louise Turner a great deal, especially how Wedge wasn't really sure what

happened to Luke but didn't want to believe he was a deserter. Mary Jo Fox's "Luke-a-Palooza,, was a scream, especially Han's line about "For a few bucks more, why not get the real thing?" "Shifting Sands,, by Veronica Wilson was another dark look at Vader and Palpatine's relationship. Liked the bit about Beru's plants.

Rich Gawel's "Ishtiil's Legacy" was good in filling out the character of Ackbar. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer. It seemed like the first part of something bigger. Finish it out, Rich. I'd like to know what happens next "The House in the Woods" by Marti Schuller was a believable story. Her Luke and Hazba became real people to me. My only concern is Luke's taking her on as a lover and then leaving her. Physical intimacy tends to bind people very deeply, and I have to wonder whether Luke did the right thing for her knowing that he had to leave her eventually. I really wanted to like "On the Side of Light" by Martie Benedict O'Brien. It had a fast moving plot, a novel way to produce rain, and believable characters in the Androgene, Raelis, and Gresham DeChanter. However, there were a number of things which kept throwing me out of the SW universe everytime I came across them. One was the teleportation device and "phasers". These "Trekkisms" just don't fit in with the movies. Also, there was an abundance of swearing (including frequent use of the f-word). There is nothing in the movies to suggest that Han was a foul-mouthed pig. Perhaps most of these words could have been substituted with a SW slang term. Overall the zine was excellent and thanks to all the author, artists and Cheree for the hours of good reading it provided. I appreciated the Leia, Wedge, Chewie and Ackbar stories for the diversity they provided. Hope to see more of these in the future and maybe some stories featuring Lando aud the droids more prominently. How about it, writers? [5]
The zine looked great, as usual. The art throughout was wonderful. I really loved Martie Benedict's "On the Side of Light." Favorite elements were the description and detail of the planet, the characterization of Han and Chewie (loved the bit where Chewie is reading the adventure novel) and the space battle towards the end. I also loved "Chewbacca Goes Shopping" by Z.P. Florian and Wanda Lybarger's "Legend of the Queen of Light." [6]
Though like many of your loyal readers I hate seeing Tremor go to an every other year publishing schedule, I certainly understand and can but hope that there will be more issues to look forward to, regardless of the time between them. Tremor has set the standard for some of the best zines and will always remain among my prized possessions.

Now to issue #9... Laura Vrgil's illos on pages 66 and 147 were incredible. It is so great to see this talented fan back! As always, Gerald Crotty's art is phenomenal. His back cover of Yoda was incredible, as were his illos for "A.W.O.L." by Louise Turner. His talent Just grows increasingly more astonishing and awe-inspiring. How lucky SW fanfic is to share his wonderful gift! "Ambulance - Dayshift" by Jason Grant was an interesting, too brief glimpse of another side of the SW galaxy. Though I wish his stories were a bit longer, I find his characters three-dimensional and intriguing. This writer shows much promise of expanding the playground we all love and I look forward to reading more of his efforts. "Ashes"by Veronica Wilson was a fine twist on an ancient tale, made uniquely dark and sinister by this very talented writer.

"The Planting" by M. J. Mink was a fascinating look at a time-honored and plausible ritual in young Luke's life, very poignant and sad. *Silent Night" by the same author was extraordinarily moving, all the moreso for its unexpected last sentence. 'Market Strategy" by Donna Frayser was a gem of a little story with a fun ending. I will eagerly look for future material from this obviously gifted writer. My favorite piece in this issue, however, was "Luke-a-Palooz-a" by Mary Jo Fox. What a bit of rollicking, silly fun! This had me alternately groaning rolling my eyes, and laughing aloud. A wickedly delightful sense of humor in this author! More!! Until next time, keep up the fine work, everyone![7]
Well, I finally finished the long-awaited Tremor #9 and overall found it up to the high standards it has set for all other fanzines. The layout is clean and professional- looking, with scarcely a typo in sight! All of us dream of having a zine that looks this good. Again Tremor is graced with great front and back cover art. I especially liked the front cover ... you go. Leia! There was some impressive interior art as well, particularly Gerald Crotty's work on "A.W.O.L. Wanda Lybarger's illos, and Nancy Stasulis' illos for "The Saga According to Darth Vader" and "Falling." Perhaps my favorite story was Louise Turner's "A.W.O.L." Not only does she do a fine job building on Wedge's character, she excels at presenting the little details from the movies many fan writers often ignore, but are necessary to give a story an authentic SW feel to it. I appreciated the fact that John Fredericks in his story "Varastas, The River Beast" included a long-neglected facet of the SW universe, non-humanoid sentients. Same goes for Rich Gawel's "Ishtiil's Legacy", which gives a rare glimpse into Admiral Ackbar's youth. "Ashes" was an interesting twist on the old Cinderella fairy tale, but no one lives happily ever after here. I'm guessing Laelara's child is Palpatine, right? "Falling" was another dark and eerie tale (in fact there seemed to be a lot of dark-n-eeriness this issue) where things end on a depressing note. Even though I'm not a big fan of angst-filled SW fan fiction, it was nicely written. "The House in the Woods" need a basic gothic storyline; I would've preferred it to have "felt" more like it was set in the SW universe other than just having Luke present. As for poems, I enjoyed the usual cynical verses from Jacqueline Taero as well as Sarah Glasgow's more romantic view of things. Maggie Nowakowska's "Dangerous" series of filks were exceptional; each one managed to capture the essence of each character. I can't believe I have to wait another two years for #10 ... but I'm sure it'll be worth it! [8]
To start with the problem -- every story was good. Loved "Blue Harvest" by Ghilan. Mink's "Silent Night" was a stunner, "Planting" definitely rates a gasp, "Time" was great, "Falling" was an absolute chiller. Lybarger's "Legend" was breathtakingly sweet "Ashes" by Wilson was very, very clever, and "Shifting Sands" got me with the knife scene. Schuller's "House in the Woods" was very good. Martie Benedict O'Brien's "On the Side of the Light" had one of the best Hans I've ever read, and a great plot Frederick's "Varastus" was definitely entertaining, and the two small pieces, "Ambulance" by Grant and "Ishtiil" by Gawel were fine examples of good background writing. Mary Jo Fox's "Luke-a-Palooza" was a hoot. Nussman's "Career Choice" was a well-aimed arrow through the heart Turner's "A.W.O.L." — good Nowakowska's "Dangerous" got me humming. Art: Laura Virgil's gorgeous Kenobi on page 146, the Lybarger Hans in abundance, the great Yoda by Crotty on the back cover and of course, the front cover with the incomparable laughing Chewie and gloating Leia by Stasulis. [9]

Issue 10

front cover of issue #10, Nancy Stasulis
back cover of issue #10
flyer for issue #10

A Tremor in the Force 10 was published in 1997 and is 297 pages long. It has a color cover. Art by Kristin Brown, Cheree Cargill, Catherine Churko, Gerald Crotty, Z. P. Florian, Dani Lane, Wanda Lybarger, Shayne McCormack, Margaret McNickle, Nicola Pearce, and Nancy Stasulis.

Summaries below from the publisher:[4]

  • "Babysitter" by Tara Ludmer. Even Han and Leia need a night out away from the kids. Thank the Force for teenage girls who live next door!
  • "Sands of Time" by Marti Schuller, art by Cheree Cargill. Obi-Wan Kenobi has spent the last 20 years in his hut in the Jundland Wastes, watching over the young boy who is growing to manhood not far away. The time has almost come when his training must begin. But Obi-Wan has grown old and his heart is beginning to fail. Will he have enough time to train the Galaxy's only hope?
  • "The Other Way Around" by Barbara Gardner. As Luke lay writhing in agony under the Emperor's Force attacks, it was his father who had finally saved him. What if it had happened the other way around?
  • "By the Turn of a Card" by Catriona Campbell, art by Gerald Crotty. The latest chapter in the Penumbra series. Leia, Lando, Chewie and the droids infiltrate Jabba's palace to rescue Han. But in this universe, Luke isn't there to lend his Jedi powers and Han must learn the horrible news of Luke's fall to the Dark.
  • "Best Friends" by MJ Mink, art by Dani. Luke Skywalker had grown up with Biggs and Tarrant Darklighter, sharing the usual love-hate relationship of many teenage boys. Then Biggs had gone off to the Academy and something changed between Luke and Tarrant that neither could pinpoint. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the Darklighters had always been Protectors of the Jedi ... and Luke was the last Jedi.
  • "Ca Ta" by Marti Schuller, art by Z. P. Florian. When Luke sees a strange little alien about to be run down by speeding cyclists, his instinctive reaction is to save her. But afterwards he is startled and chagrined to discover that his act of selflessness has won him a personal bodyguard, the grateful Mij who must now fulfill "ca-ta" by protecting her savior for the rest of his life -- or commit suicide in disgrace.
  • "To Serve With Love" by Martie Benedict O'Brien, art by Nicola Pearce. Leia was weary beyond words, weary of war and duty, of being a symbol and soldier. And yet there was no way she could abandon the cause she had fought so long and hard for. Was there any place -- any way -- that she and Han would ever be able to find a peaceful, happy existence? Luke had an idea, a desperate, half-crazy idea to help them ... and it just might work.
  • "The Candle" by Z. P. Florian. Luke has established the Jedi Academy and Leia assigns him an assistant from her staff, a skittish young woman named Joli Wheatgrower. At first nervous around the handsome young Jedi, she grows to love him and their relationship becomes one of devotion and commitment. But there are others who love Luke just as much and are as committed to helping him in his task.
  • "Act of Faith" by Veronica Wilson, art by Gerald Crotty. The sequel to "Balance of Power" in TF#8. The unthinkable has happened -- an Imperial royal guard has made an assassination attempt on the Emperor and Darth Vader in the depths of the Imperial palace. Conditioned for absolute loyalty, the only explanation is that the guard has been tampered with to commit the heinous crime. Vader begins the investigation with a vengeance and what he discovers will shake the foundation of the Imperial government.
  • "Thwarting Mordred" by Martie Benedict O'Brien (A new twist on Han's struggle above the Death Star.)
  • Much more! Material by Marie Flanigan, Mary Jo Fox, Belea Keeney, Debbie Kittle, Susan Zahn and more. Color covers by Nancy Stasulis and Gerald Crotty. Interior art by Kristin Brown, Gerald Crotty, Z. P. Florian, Dani Lane, Wanda Lybarger, Nicola Pearce, Nancy Stasulis, and others. Special feature -- color art portfolio from SW fandom's best artists! There are sure to be even more surprises. Nearly 300 pages of action!


  1. from Southern Enclave #14
  2. This was a story that was in the works for a long time; it was mentioned being read by at least one fan in 1981 in the article Mixed Grille or will the real Darth Vader please stand up?.
  3. from Blue Harvest #1
  4. from an LoC in "A Tremor in the Force" #10
  5. from an LoC in "A Tremor in the Force" #10
  6. from an LoC in "A Tremor in the Force" #10
  7. from an LoC in "A Tremor in the Force" #10
  8. from an LoC in "A Tremor in the Force" #10
  9. from an LoC in "A Tremor in the Force" #10
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