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Zine
Title: Imperium
Publisher: Forces of the Empire/Imperial Press
Editor(s): Pat Grant, Arwen Rosenbaum, and Judy Yuenger
Date(s): 1983-1997
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Medium: print
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Genre:
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
External Links: WayBack Archive Link to Empire Club Publications, some of the table of content info is from the agent and some is from Another Sky
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Contents

Imperium is a gen Star Wars zine. It contains stories by multiple authors, has black and white covers, and interior illustrations by various fan artists. It ran for twelve issues. Issue #9 won the 2000 Star aWards "BEST 2000 SW ZINE 100-200 PAGES" award.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Daara

Imperium 1 was published in May 1983.

  • Editorial by Pat Grant (4)
  • Moment of Understanding by Beth Adams, art by Adams (5)
  • Orders by Rita Harlow (9)
  • The Loyalty Conversion by Pat Grant (11)
  • ESB Crossword Puzzle by Kris Hummel (27)
  • The Engagement on Hoth: An Imperial View by Mark Walton (29)
  • Confusion by Rita Harlow (30)
  • A Perfectly Simply Little Swindle by A.L. Beuttler, art by Bernie (31)
  • Darth Vader Crossword Puzzle by Pat Grant (58)
  • Slow Dies the Past by Kym Jenson (61)
  • Absalom by Karen Osman (85)
  • Heirs of Darkness, Heirs of Light, part one (87)
  • Heirs of Darkness, Heirs of Light, part two (92)
  • Family Man by Rita Harlow (102)
  • Infiltrator by TIm Eldred (103)
  • Puzzle Solutions (118)
  • Ads (119)
  • other art by Chris Carrier, T. Perry, P. Grant


Issue 2

cover issue #2

Imperium 2 was published in 1986 and has 106 pages.

Issue 3

Imperium 3 1993 Ed. Pat Grant [1]


Issue 4

cover issue #4, Marla Fair

Imperium 4 1994 (L) Ed: Arwen Rosenbaum and has 118 pages. Wanda Lybarger won the 1995 FanQ Award as 'Best Star Wars Artist' for her work in this zine. Other art by Marla Fair (front cover), Z.P. Florian, Debbie Hoyt, Leah Rosenthal and Nancy Stasulis.

  • Lord Vader's Ordeal----story---Marti Schuller 15 pages
  • Dark Calling----story----Cassandra Boyle 4 pages
  • Groundstaff Blues---story---Louise Turner 12 pages
  • Midnight Rendezvous----vingette---Aureitte Lindsey 1 page
  • Ask Me Again Sometime---poem---Yvette Ghilan 1 page
  • The Last Laugh?----story---Veronica Wilson 10 pages
  • One Day on the Set----vignette---Cassandra Boyle & Kathy Metropulos
  • Star Wars Trilogy Haiku---poem---Jennifer Moore 1 page
  • Spaceways: Prologue From the Adventures of Cairn Hopewinger---Auriette Lindsey 5 pages
  • Lightning Strike----story---Marti Schuller 32 pages
  • The Bloodstone---story---Veronica Wilson 10 pages (Senator Palpatine first meets Anakin Skywalker and decides to claim him for his apprentice.)
  • Masquerade---story---Julie Lim 8 pages
  • The Other: Part 1 Imperial Rebellion---story---Sharane McCurry 26 pages
  • The Other:Part 2 Paths of the Force---story---Sharane McCurry 24 pages


Issue 5

cover issue #5, Marla Fair

Imperium 5 was published in 1995 and has 179 pages.

  • Letters of Comment by The Readers 2
  • Vader's Heart by Bernadette Crumb 7
  • Outsiders by Louise Turner 33
  • Masters of the Game by Maggie Nowakowska 39
  • The Winner by John Fredericks 54
  • The Other: Destiny Fulfilled by Sharane McCurry 61
  • Constellation of the Heart by Mary Jo Fox 81
  • Knightfall by Auriette Lindsey 91
  • Repercussions by Marti Schuller 93
  • Ground Grunts by J.P.M. Treleaven 113
  • Throne by Z.P. Florian 119
  • Asteroid Encounters by Susan Zahn 125
  • Cold Hearted Sith by Bambi 128
  • Filks by Deborah Kittle 129
  • To Call The Darkness Light by Pat Nussman 133
  • Jewels of Destiny by Veronica Wilson 135
  • Obsession by Veronica Wilson 147
  • Dark Odyssey by Marla Fair 151
  • untitled poem by Cheryl Deluca 179
  • art by Marla Fair (front cover), Mark Fisher, Melea Fisher, Z.P. Florian, John Fredericks, Wanda Lybarger, Matt Busch, Catherine Churko

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Imperium 5 was a fine, professional-looking issue and one of the best SW zines available. I'm glad it won't be folding after all. The cover art for issue 5 by Maria Fair was very nice. In fact, all the art was fantastic, but I especially liked the illo by Mark Fisher on page 25. Melea's illo on page 32 for Louise Turner's Outsiders was exceptional. As always, Z.P. Florian's art astounds me. However, my personal favorite was on page 90 by Melea. Absolutely gorgeous! Fine work for all the talented artists to be proud of. Now to the written contents. Outsiders by Louise Turner was an insightful and welcome look at the lives and friendship of Wedge and Luke. Poignant, without being overly sentimental, this story addednew depth to both characters. Masters Of The Game by Maggie Nowakowska was another interesting tale by this eloquent author. Her knowledge o f a true gambler's mind is nothing short of awesome and though I'm not completely familiar with her galaxy and its players, I can appreciate the emotion she brings to all the characters. She adds new levels to both Calrissian and Leia with her skill. The Winner by John Fredericks was a really interesting angle on the old question of Chewbacca's and Han's meeting. I liked the various points of view very much and Chewie's sarcastic thoughts were superb. Very good writing. To Call The Darkness Light by Pat Nussman. Though I have read similar themes in other stories, this one is chillingly told, the implications dreadful to ponder - even as a totally alternate tale. Obsession I, II, and III by Veronica Wilson offer, as usual, scathing insights into the three principle players of the SW saga. Of the three parts, however, my favorite is the third, particularly the line" With him we'd be three, but without him we're one". How aptly this seems to describe the Emperor's views. How truly revealing. Dark Odyssey by Maria Fair was a very exciting, well-told story. The characters were depicted believably and familiarly and the writing was smooth. Why is it that SW fandom seems to have so many multi-talented people in it? Here, as with Wanda Lybarger, is yet another who can draw quite well and also write with seeming ease and skill. It's wonderful and I'll certainly look forward to more of Ms. Fair's work in both fields, but I must confess a bit of envy as well. My favorite story in this issue was Ground Grunts by J.P. Treleaven. What a terrific read! The characters of Wyvern and Aber were totally three-dimensional and believable, as was Aber's reaction to Luke. The action was vividly described and the plot well-developed A thoroughly enjoyable story. Nice work, J.P.! This was another excellent issue and, as I've said before, I'll look forward eagerly to the next issue. Long may Imperium continue! [1]

Issue 6

cover issue #6, Marla Fair
flyer for issue #6

Imperium 6 was published in 1997 and has 243 pages.

  • Letters of Comment by Various 1A
  • Funeral Games by ZP Florian 3
  • The Adventures of L. Anakin Skywalker by MJ Mink 7
  • Loyalties by MJ Mink 15
  • Gotcha by Ken Keisel 19
  • Enemy Fire by Louise Turner 21
  • Champions by Mary Jo Fox 51
  • Interpretations by John Fredricks 53
  • At What Price? by Catriona Campell 61 (A few days after the events of A New Hope Han is offered a job by the Alliance Command. Luke and Leia join him, but all are caught in the middle of a feud between two Imperial Officers, and their fate is in the hands of a manipulative young man.)
  • Shadow Sithlord by Belea T. Keeney 86
  • Tempting Fate by Veronica Wilson 87
  • Torn by Cheryl DeLuca 137
  • Eye of the Storm by Marla Fair 139
  • Ceremony by Mary Jo Fox 155
  • Crystal City of the Jedi by Tammy Olsen 156
  • Turnabout by K. Wills Sterling 165
  • Reality Bites by Marcia Brin 184
  • Monkey by Marcia Brin 185
  • The Bothans by Z.P. Florian 187
  • Filks by Deborah Kittle 198
  • Antilles by James Addams 201
  • Mevasa by Marti Schuller 214
  • Encyclopedia Galactica by Janice Brockley 238
  • Artwork by Marla Fair (front cover), Z.P. Florian, John Fredricks, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), A.G. Steyn, Nadye Whitham

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

Congratulations to you, Judy, on a job well done with this issue (Imperium #6) and best wishes for your time at the helm of Imperium. It's always great to have a superior zine around and I know you'll do a great job. I wanted to congratulate the many artists who contributed to this issue before commenting on my favorite stories- The artwork throughout the zine, and cover to cover, was exceptionally nice. You alldeserve kudos for your fine efforts. As usual, I will only comment on those storiesthat, for one reason or another, struck a chord in me, but I did enjoythe entire zine. Turnabout by K. Wills Sterling was a veiy well- written story offering plausible history for the pre-ANH Solo. While I've not read this writer's work before, I will be on the lookout for more. SW fanfiction can never have enough writers of this caliber. Good work. The Adventures Of Anakin Skywalker by M. J. Mink - you are one funny, sick, twisted lady! I like it, I like it!!! At What Price by Catriona Campbell was a well-told, action oriented story in true SW fashion. The Y'iami was an especially intriguing being andone I hope this author will bring back in future "episodes'. Nicely plotted, with fully developed characters, it's great to see Treenain print again! I've missed you,gal!! Tempting Fate by Veronica Wilson- Besides giving us a good adventure, this story offers an exciting glimpse of what seems wholly possible in the inter actions between Leia and Vader. Once again, Veronica brings new depth and insight to two powerful, complex characters while creating an all-too-real political background. Gratifying, yet thought-provoking, writing! All in all, another good issue of a good zine and I look forward to the next issue eagerly. [2]
You and Arwen deserve kudos for Imperium #6. This zine has an excellent reputation to live up to. What an awesome edition. Marla Fair's dynamic front cover captured the Star Wars characters in a lovely montage. I like the symmetry of the composition and the way Vader looms over it all- in the background- but at the center of the piece. My favorite pieces were: Funeral Games by ZLP. Florian continued her tradition of good storytelling in the Star Wars universe. Her Anakin was an arrogant and cold young man; ripe for the picking by Palpatine. Their conversation was chilling. A n interesting discussion o f Dark vs. Lightside philosophies. The Adventures Of Anakin Skywalkerby M. J. Mink was another stellar tale. It was a dark yet jaunty take on the trilogy. The run-on sentences made it a quirky and entertaining read. Minky has put together an unsettling combination of light tone with rather grim events. Would Vader (or would it have been Anakin?) have wept i f Luke had died on the Death Star? Quite an interesting question. John Frederick's Interpretations was a new perspective on Ben, Anakin and Yoda. And another double-fisted fan: yes, he writes and he draws. Tempting Fatewas a lengthy and satisfying masterpiece by Veronica Wilson. She addressed a "taboo" topic that she had alluded to in previous stories - an unsettling attraction between Vader and Leia. I admire her ability to write each character's point of view with such authority and believability. Her original characters are well-dran, too. The perspective on Morini matriarchal society was also enjoyable. More, please, more! Imperium #7 is eagerly awaited! [3]
I have been catching up with SW fiction missed over the last couple of years, courtesy of my good friend Carolyn Golledge. I noticed that most of the fiction that moved me most was written by one Veronica Wilson. Your newest issue contains a prime example of her work. Tempting Fate is one of the best SW stories I have read, and I say that without hesitation. Few stories have looked at the relationship between Leia and Vader, and few have done so without concentrating on her hatred of him. Veronica has amazing ability (why aren't there books on bookshop shelves with your name on the spine, woman?) While her vision of Vader may not tie precisely with that presented by the movie universe, it is nonetheless a very human, fascinating and ultimately believable one. She also managed an extremely difficult feat (and I speak as a writer here as well as an appreciative audience) in having Vader acknowledge his need to have Leia and keep it totally non-sexual. I read every page of this thoroughly enjoyable long work and my only disappointment was that there weren't more pages to read. More, please! I hope to attend MediaWest Con next year and if Veronica is there, I would love to meet her and con gratulate her in person. Writing such as yours, Veronica, makes the rest of us envious as well as mak ing us try harder. I also enjoyed The Bothans by Z. P. Florian, another author who's stories I like. An odd little idea that appealed to my strange tastes. . .I've always had a soft (in the head) spot for vampires, and the idea o f a vampireintheSW universe is a neat one. The general quality of your fiction is superb and I felt I had received a good value. Well done, and I look forward to the next issue. [4]
Although we had to wait two years for it, Imperium #6 again proves to be the home of some of the best stories in fandom. Arwen's last turn as layout master was as good as her past efforts; her simple elegant style will be missed. But I am glad the zine will liveonunderJudy'ssupervision- though I don't know how she does it! I was also glad to see another nice cover by Marla Fair. Her illos were fantastic. Another favorite illo was of the merry trio as kids by Wanda Lybarger. How cute! Okay, the stories. It's going to be a crowded field in the next STAR aWARdS long story category come next spring! Louise's Enemy Fire was an excellent Wedge adventure, filled with action and humor. I don't know which was funnier, Wedge getting caught looking at the medical journal or Luke chastising the pilots as he dispatches the badguys. I read James Addams's Antilles years ago; it's too bad he doesn't write more fan fiction. . .1 haven't seen that Chewie story he promised yet. Turnabout by K. Wills Sterling was a very well-written Solo story, with close careful attention to canon. I liked how she fleshed out Bib Fortuna's sleazy character, a creep driven by greed and his addiction to ryll. Han's heart of gold shines through his mercenary I-don't-care facade once more, very true to the guy we've seen onscreen. Tempting Fate had Veronica teaming Vader up with Leia oncemore; okay, some parts of it I was saying to myself, "Yeah, right I believe this arrangement" and I'm not sure if Vader was really a bleeding-heart-liberal under all of that armor. But the story was very well-written and parts of the story were compelling. I have to say that I probably enjoyed Catriona Campbell's At What Price the most It was a great action-adventure tale utilizing all of the main characters, not something you see too much of in fan fiction. I found The Bothans utterly weird; not so much because Z.P.'s Bothans are vastly different from what I think they are, as it is whether SW fits into a typical vampire story. The Encyclopedia Galactica wasjust bizarre. To wrap this up, Debbie Kittle's filks were as enjoyable as always, particularly Another Imp Bites The Dust Overall, a great issueof Imperium... I'm looking forward to #7! [5]
I enjoyed reading Imperium #6 very much - a delightful zine. Marla Fair's cover art is again gorgeous. She is very talented! Louise Turner's Enemy Fire was really good. I love how she portrays Wedge and the squadron. Interpretations by John Fredericks was a decent pre-SW story, filling in some blanks. At What Price by Catriona Campbell was a really fine story- lots of action- well done. Veronica Wilson's Tempting Fate was incredible! I really loved this one. Enjoyed Leia and Vader's interactions. I like Ceremony by Mary Jo Fox -- a great story filler. An interesting and enjoyable story by K. Wills Sterling; Turnabout gives an intriguing twist to ROTJ. Z.P. Florian's The Bothan was strange but interesting. I can't picture Bothans as bloodsuckers, but it was quite a different twist As for James Addams' story Antilles, I did enjoy his version very much. A.G. Steyn's cartoons were cute. Mevasa by Marti Schuller was really good. An intense and powerful story. Glad to see Cutter return. Well done. This issue was worth the two year wait Thanks for the many hours of enjoyment Can't wait for#7. [6]
Brin: Monkey- loved the ending "I'll be only Luke Skywalker, whoever he turns out to be. Wilson: Tempting Fate-not the first time that she got Vader and Leia together, always an explosive combination. I can't have enough of her Vader. Mink: The Adventures - it would have been funny, except that I cried... Keisel: Gotcha-good to see that some people still remember bido oil. Shouldn't the new generation read those stories? Campbell: At What Price- welcome back, that's a good, exciting story! Fredericks: Interpretations - loved the uncertain Force visions and the dynamics between Ben and Yoda. Now, what's the next story? Sterling: Turnabout - gritty, realistic, colorful, excellent Schuller: Mevasa - not only a good story, but finally, Han and Leia are acting as parents. Many thanks for that. Brockley: Encyclopedia - a perfectly beautiful mockery of history writing at its usual. Loved the beautiful drawings by Marla Fair. A word of regret... due to, I think, some problem in a find and replace program during editing (the names needed to be changed) in my story, The Bothans, the names of the vampire twins were frequently reversed. I doubt anyone had a chance to understand which of the twins was doing what, or even which was the boy and which was the girl. Those who did should be given some kind of a prize. [7]

Issue 7

flyer for Imperium #7
cover issue #7,Marla Fair
back cover of issue #7, Rhyderrch Wilson

Imperium 7 was published in May 1998 and has 289 pages.

  • Letters of Comment by The Readers 1
  • Even Asses Can Dance by Marla F. Fair 6
  • Fuzzy Cargo by Z.P. Florian 10 (Han and Herlivon transport an interesting cargo. Why do things never seem to go easy for these two?)
  • For a Fistful of Credits by Mary Jo Fox 19
  • I Know by Deborah Kittle 21
  • Rescue on a Small Satellite by Marti Schuller 22 (A distress call is received from some Imperials. Is it real or is it a trap? Luke and Han decide to find out.)
  • Savage Dove by Belea T. Keeney 52 (Inspired by MJ . Mink's Favorite Son, this tale sees Leia appealing for help from Vader.)
  • Difficult Sometimes by Cindy Olsen 60 ( Leia deals with her feelings for Han.)
  • Stars Over Coruscant by Deborah Kittle 75
  • Chances Are by Rebecca Maynard 76 (A young Han rescues a young girl and meets a hard-boiled but sympathetic tag.)
  • Paradox by Veronica Wilson 113
  • The Next Step by Amy S. Farmer 115 (Luke gets a rather strange student at his Jedi Academy.)
  • Lord of the Day by M.J Mink 118 (Luke inherits Castle Vader and finds someone he didn't know existed.)
  • Shadows of the Mind by Jamie C. Cohen & Dennis Biegel 132
  • Destiny's Dawn by Veronica Wilson 148
  • Questions and.... by Richard Gawel 149
  • Tree of Life by Cara J. Loup 152 (Han and Luke have been estranged for some time. Han bolsters his courage and asked for Luke's help. Chewie is dying and Han hopes that Luke's hocus pocus can help.)
  • The Private Torments of Lord Vadar by Marti Schuller 173
  • Dreams by Marie Flanigan 174 (Leia has had some bad experiences and Han is trying to pry them out of her.)
  • Like There Ain't No Yesterday by Deborah Kittle 181
  • Choices by Amy S. Farmer 182
  • Endor Morning by Veronica Wilson 184
  • Chrysalis by K. Willis Sterling 186 (A sequel to Chances Are. Han is now living with the tag, Jac and life is definitely not a bed of roses between the two hard- headed men.)
  • art by Marla Fair (front cover) , Kristen Brown, Z.P. Florian, Rebecca Maynard, Nancy Stasulis, A.G. Steyn, Rhyderrch Wilson (back cover), and Zyene

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

Marla Fair - Even Asses Can Dance, it's been ages since anyone wrote Han as a Force user. Must say it was refreshing. Schuller - Rescue On A Small Satellite, vintage Schuller, full of good characters as usual. And, The Private Torments Of Lord Vadervtas a particularly beautiful vignette. Keeney - Savage Dove, loved it! What a great Leia, what a great Vader, what a great story! Maynard - Chances Are, it's always good to get the little Leia and the young Han together, good adventure too. Sterling - Chrysalis, the continuation o f the above, clearly proved that one good story inspires another good story. Mink - Lord Of The Day, now that's a very interesting setting for the Sith, and Ronin is a good character, enjoyed Luke's acceptance of the situation too. Loup- Tree Of Life, a beautiful visit on Kashyyyk. Olsen - Difficult Sometimes, a truly splendid insidelook at Han and Leia's relationship. Flanigan - Dreams, now that's a rare realistic view of what had happened to Leia, and a blessedly good explanation of why she looked so good after the torture on the Death Star, my special thanks for that. Farmer - Choices, another good Leia story, glad to see more of those, she deserves to be portrayed well. Cohen and Biegel - Shadows Of The Mind- very scary. Loved Wilson's poems, Kittle's filks and Steyn's wicked cartoons, Fair's drawings, the marvelous Stasulis on page 130, the dark moody Maynards. Brown's very promising lines, and Zyene's poetic lifetree. [8]
This is one of the best zines I've read in a while, and it's an honor to be included. I really liked Maria's Even Asses CanDance. Not many people stop to consider the relationship between Ben and Han. I'm glad she did, and did it so well. ZP's Fuzzy Cargo was funny, and Mary Jo's Fistful, though brief, was well-drawn. Cindy's Difficult Sometimes was very well-done, with great tension between Han and Leia. TESB has some great unresolved questions. How long were Han and Leia stuck on the Falcon as they escapedto Cloud City? And what did they do during all that time? Cindy really gets at the effects that long, claustrophobic ride would have had on than. I also liked Amy's Next Step. Personally, I like it when authors stq) away from the main characters and explorethe minor characters, throwaway lines and plot points from the movies and novels. Same goes for Jamie & Dennis's Shadow O f The Mind, which resurrects a great villain in Nil Spaar. They managed to effectively show how badly Han was tortured while in Yevethan space, and show that Spaar is a villain as evil and deadly as any in the SW galaxy. And, yet, on top of all this, two stories blew me away - Chances A r e and Chrysalis. Rebecca sets up Han's rough childhood with warmth and depth. And, little Leia is just as smart and as feisty as she should be, hintingat the warrior princess she will someday become. The minor characters, like Jaq and Bail Organa, are well-developed without stealing the show, while whetting the reader's appetite to find out more about them. And, she handles the continuity problem for Leia logically and nicely, though I wonder about Han's memory. Is there a future story there, too? Did I say something about whetting the appetite? K. Wills delivered. Han's teenage conflicts, adjusting to school, a new father figure, and his ties to his past life of crime were all displayed. Jaq's own conflicts were well-written, too. Also, the layered structure of the story, with the tale of corruption on top of this developing relationship, was sophisticated. Of course, I was expecting an unhappy ending - Jac getting killed, perhaps - which would produce the cynical and jaded Han we know from the films. But, Han and Jaq seem to live happily ever after. So, what happens to change all this? Again, is there a sequel in the works? Finally, I almost neglected to mention Marti's Rescue On A Small Satellite, a rousing, fun adventure. Her minor characters gave the story its resonance. She also portrayed the Imperials very well, showing that they do have honor and duty and a sense of protection towards the general public. They're not all cackling power-hungry Dark Siders. There were plenty of other stories, drawings, poems and cartoons throughout the zine that were excellent. Once again, this was a great zine. Thanks for the copy and thanks for including me.[9]
Congratulations, Judy, on a fine and deliciously large issue. Imperium is one o f the best zines available today and under your control I know it will continue to be so for some time to come. As usual, the artwork throughoutthe zine was very good, but i especially loved A.G. Steyn's cartoons and Nancy Stasulis's illos. Both these artists just seem to get better and better. I also likedZ.P. Florian's illoson pages 12and 148. The story contents were also excellent, though I will comment only on a select few lest this become a novella in itself. Even Asses Can Dance by Maria F. Fair was a beautifully written beginning to the zine. I like her interpretation of Han's internal battle and Obi-Wan's ghostly intervention on that fateful Hoth night Her Han is a man I can believe in, too. Nice job. Difficult Sometimes by Cindy Olsen was a nice piece, creating a plausible scenario for a princess's confused heart. Chances Are by Rebecca Maynard is one of my most favorite stories in this issue. I love this writer's galaxy and the rich characters in it, especially Jaq Odella and Maresha. Well-written with vivid scenes and realistic dialogue, this story was a delight to read. Chrysalis by K. Wills Sterling was my other favorite story in the zine. Wonderfully, believably written,thisisaterrificstory. Knowingthattheauthor used some characters from another fan's work makes it only that much more exceptional. Great work! As usual, I look forward to next year's issue. Kudos to Judy and all the fine artists and writers affiliated with Imperium. May your imaginations never fail. Thanks for letting we readers enjoy your talents. [10]
Marla Fair has been doing some fantastic covers on Imperium and the one on issue #7 is no exception. I enjoyed her artwork and story Even Asses Can Dance. Her interplay between HanandObi-Wan Kenobi was great. Marti Schuller's Rescue On A Small Satellite was a wonderful story. I loved the way the Imperials and Alliance members interacted and the way she dragged it out Difficult Sometimes by Cindy Olsen was a good Han and Leia story. I really enjoyed it. Rebecca Maynard's Chances Are and K. Wills Sterling's sequel Chrysalis were incredible. I loved the young Han in these stories - he's very believable and hope to see another story where Jag and Maresha get together. Shadows Of The Mind by Cohen and Biegel was a well done post-Black Fleet Crisis novel story. They seemed to capture all the emotions and turmoil that I felt while reading the novel. I enjoyed all of A. G. Steyn's cartoons - lots of fun. Thanks to all for a wonderful read. [11]
Thank you so much for the copy of Imperium 7, and thank you for finding space inside it for my tiny little vignette. This is one of the best zines I've read in a while, and it's an honor to be included. I really liked Maria's Even Asses Can Dance. Not many people stop to consider the relationship between Ben and Han. I'm glad she did, and did it so well. ZP's Fuzzy Cargo was funny, and Mary Jo's Fistful, though brief, was well-drawn. Cindy's Difficult Sometimes was very well-done, with great tension between Han and Leia. TESB has some great unresolved questions. How long were Han and Leia stuck on the Falcon as they escapedto Cloud City? And what did they do during all that time? Cindy really gets at the effects that long, claustrophobic ride would have had on than. I also liked Amy's Next Step. Personally, I like it when authors stq) away from the main characters and explorethe minor characters, throwaway lines and plot points from the movies and novels. Same goes for Jamie & Dennis's Shadow O f The Mind, which resurrects a great villain in Nil Spaar. They managed to effectively show how badly Han was tortured while in Yevethan space, and show that Spaar is a villain as evil and deadly as any in the SW galaxy. And, yet, on top of all this, two stories blew me away - Chances Are and Chrysalis. Rebecca sets up Han's rough childhood with warmth and depth. And, little Leia is just as smart and as feisty as she should be, hinting at the warrior princess she will someday become. The minor characters, like Jaq and Bail Organa, are well-developed without stealing the show, while whetting the reader's appetite to find out more about them. And, she handles the continuity problem for Leia logically and nicely, though I wonder about Han's memory. Is there a future story there, too? Did I say something about whetting the appetite? K. Wills delivered. Han's teenage conflicts, adjusting to school, a new father figure, and his ties to his past life of crime were all displayed. Jaq's own conflicts were well- written, too. Also, the layered structure o f the story, with the tale o f corruption on top o f this developing relationship, was sophisticated. Of course, I was expecting an unhappy ending - Jac getting killed, perhaps - which would produce the cynical and jaded Han we know from the films. But, Han and Jaq seem to live happily ever after. So, what happens to change all this? Again, is therea sequel in the works? Finally, I almost neglected to mention Marti's Rescue On A Small Satellite, a rousing, fun adventure story. Her minor characters gave the story its resonance. She also portrayed the Imperials very well, showing that they do have honor and duty and a sense of protection towards the general public. They're not all cackling power-hungry Dark Siders. There were plenty of other stories, drawings, poems and cartoons throughout the zine that were excellent. Once again, this was a great zine. Thanks for the copy and thanks for including me. [12]

Issue 8

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front cover issue #8, Matt Busch
back cover of issue #8, Z.P. Florian

Imperium 8 was published in May 1999 and has 295 pages. Artwork by Matt Busch (front cover) and Z.P. Florian (back cover). Other art by Z.P. Florian, John Conway, Bert-Olaf Lundin, and A.G. Steyn.

  • Letter of Comment by The Readers (1)
  • Cartoon by A.G. Steyn (3)
  • Lifemates by Marti Schuller (4)
  • A Devil's Bargain by Mary Jo Fox (24)
  • Don't Remember Me by Z.P. Florian (31)
  • Lando's Rescue by Rebecca S. Wolking (37)
  • Transgalactic E-mail by A.G. Steyn (38)
  • You're Gone by Deborah Kittle (43)
  • Honor Among Thieves by Carolyn Golledge (44)
  • Palpatine by Mary Jo Fox (75)
  • First Assignment by Richard Gawel (76)
  • Shadows Before Dawn by Kelly Hodgson Kline (A sequel to "Shadows of the Mind" by Jamie C. Cohen and Dennis Biegel. Han Solo is forced to confront an old nemesis--Nil Spaar. Reluctantly returning to the genocidal viceroy's spawnworld of N'zoth, he is willing to sacrifice just about anything to save his wife and child.) (86)
  • First Steps by Judy Ebberly (118)
  • Facing the Past by Augusta Downey-Hovey (128)
  • Cartoon by A.G. Steyn (137)
  • Can't Really Be Gone by Deborah Kittle (139)
  • Dark Moon by Jamie Cohen & Laura Tarzia (140)
  • It's Always Easier to Run Away by Alison Glover (Set during Return of the Jedi. A conversation between Han and Luke. Winner of the Star Award for Best Medium Story.) (180)
  • Cartoon by A.G. Steyn (197)
  • Understanding Owen by Rebecca S. Wolking (198)
  • Cartoon by A.G. Steyn 201
  • Han and the Jawas by Z.P. Florian (203)
  • Blood Calling by Marti Schuller (204)
  • Bounty Huntin' by Deborah Kittle (215)
  • Truly Dead by Z.P. Florian (216)
  • Life Debt by Cindy Olsen (A story of Han and Chewbacca's first meeting, and how the life debt began.) (222)

Issue 9

cover issue #9, A.G. Steyn

Imperium 9 was published in May 2000 and has 167 pages.

  • Cartoon by Nancy Stasulis 3
  • Out of the Badlands by Cara J. Loup 4
  • Mirage by Deborah Kittle 11
  • Diplomatic Maneuvers by Judy Ebberly 12
  • Musings of the Emperor by Marti Schuller 24
  • Computer Image by Z.P. Florian 27
  • Winter by Kate Birkel 28
  • But They Don't Know You by A.G. Steyn 34
  • Return to Iridonia by Z.P. Florian 35
  • Isolation by Mary Jo Fox 42
  • Cartoon by Sandra Scholes 45
  • Retreat from Yavin by Amy S. Farmer 46
  • Final Insight by Amy S. Farmer 49
  • Slaver's Story: The Limits of Loyalty by Belea T. Keeney 50
  • The Choice by T.J. Perkins 63
  • Since My Life Went Mad by A.G. Steyn 65
  • A Mother's Decision by Valerie Vancolli 66 (What if Padme had brought Luke to his father when he was only nine months old?)
  • I Can Still Feel You by Deborah Kittle 89
  • Let Bygones Be Bygones by A.G. Steyn 90
  • The Ashes of the Past by Amy S. Farmer 111
  • The Barmaid's Song by A.G. Steyn 113
  • The Eternal Challenge by Selinthia Avenchesca 114
  • Solitary Anguish by T.J. Perkins 121
  • Yavin-Sized Heartache by Deborah Kittle 123
  • Loss by Marti Schuller 124
  • Bloody Sands by Z.P. Florian 143
  • Cartoon by A.G. Steyn 151
  • Homecoming by Alison Glover 152
  • Artwork by A.G. Steyn (front cover)


Issue 10

cover issue #10, Marla Fair
interior illo #10 by Judy Street, story: The Price by Valerie Vancollie

Imperium 10 was published in May 2001 and contains 138 pages.

  • Letters of Comment The Readers 1
  • Interview with the Sith Mary Jo Fox 3
  • A Night to Remember Deborah Kittle 5
  • Matriarch Judy Ebberley 6
  • Contributions to the Cause Alison Glover 26
  • A Letter to Ben Kenobi Z.P. Florian 31
  • Out of the TerrorIrene Heron 32
  • Angel Debra Durkee 44
  • Crowd Us and Crush Us Belea T. Keeney 50
  • A Woman Scored Z.P. Florian 62
  • Fate and Glory Veronica Wilson & Barbara Gardner 68
  • Improvisation Paul Jeffrey Tatting 78
  • The Tree Marla Fair 91
  • Cartoon Sandra Scholes 93
  • The Price Valerie Vancolli 94
  • Sins of the Father D.J. Slaten 114
  • We Help the Hopeless Jason Grant 120
  • It Was Deborah Kittle 123
  • Dinner Cindy Olsen 124
  • Artwork by Marla Fair (front cover), Sandra Scholes (back cover), and Judy Street

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

I couldn't get over the array of different stories I had been reading and generally getting into. My favorites are as follows: I found Mary Jo Fox's Interview With The Sith a fun read I liked the idea of Darth Sidious putting out a job ad - the funniest part is that he's an 'equal opportunity employer'. Mr. Dunleavy thinks there's much fun to be had as his Sith apprentice- but as we all know, the trap door awaits! Alison Glover - Contributions To The Cause was an interesting insight on how other members of the Alliance can help - or hinder the usual team of Luke, Han, and Leia. One of the best short stories I found was Z.P. Florian's A Letter To Ben Kenobi. I really liked how you love it even though you know what happens next. It makes you think 'what if Ben Kenobi had left Luke aloneto become just a farmboy'. Irene Heron's Out Of The Terror I thought was a great read. It's nice to see a story showing Luke's potential not just as a Jedi but him having one psychic awareness of a trapped person. He realizes at one end of the story that he is a true Jedi, not a farmboy playing at being one. I found Valerie Vaneollie's The Price a thoroughly good read even though Luke had gone to the Rebellion, when Palpatine had captured him once he realizes through his DNA test that Vader's his father, it's so easy for him to join the Dark Side- family, eh? I liked all the stories very much. Beautiful cover by Maria Fair- almost a sepia and nicely outlined for an extra special effect. I also like the interior illustration from Judith Street. Keep that art flowing, girls. [13]
A good read of a zine. Imperium 10 was entertaining. Some of my favorites were: Out Of The Terror by Irene Heron - good plot and characterizations. Angel by Debra Durkee - not enough Wedge stories out there so enjoyed this one and his interaction with Leia. Dinner by Cindy Olsen - I love her Han and Leia, well written stuff and Kate's illos were delightful. Thanks to everyone for their hard work, a great job done by all. [14]
Another great issue of Imperium that was a treasure of wonderful fic and art for the starved mind. Awesome job, Judy! I truly enjoyed Mary Jo Fox's Interview With The Sith That was very unique and funny! I loved Matriarch by Judy Ebberley. I realty enjoyed her character of Corrinn and the way she treated Han. To see him defer to anyone like that was interesting, but to have it done in front of Leia was great. I especially enjoyed all the details in the traditions and rules o f the culture o f the Matriarch. In particular I liked the hairstyle. I can just picture Han with braids and beaded ribbons in his hair. Fantastic! I hope that we we'll get to see more Corrinn and Han stories. Contributions To The Cause by Alison Glover was also a blast. I loved the little tricks those former Imps did with all the equipment before they joined the Alliance. That's great and extremely creative! I can just see the poor stormies and other Imps using all of that equipment. A perfect explanation as to why Imperials seen unable to shoot straight. Out Of Terror by Irene Heron was a terrific read. The development o fLuke's powers and reputation as the Alliance's Jedi was great, as well as how his abilities helped him accomplish a mission which would have foiled had he not been there. Veronica and Barbara's Fate And Glory was awesome. I loved their style and found the story itself really intriguing. I have never looked at Palpatine in that light but it was very interesting. Especially his vulnerabilities and the way he looks at what is going on in the movies. The Tree by Marla Fair was also terrific. I enjoyed the way it was presented and how Luke learned from his experience. [15]

Issue 11

front cover issue #11, Nancy Stasulis
back cover by Carrie Williams

Imperium 11 was published in May 2002 and has 189 pages. Artwork by Nancy Stasulis (front cover) and Carrie Williams (back cover). Interior art by Sandra Scholes, Kate Birkel, and Z.P. Florian.

  • Letters of Comment 1
  • World's Oldest Living SW Fan by Lori Barron 3
  • Flagship by Kate Birkel 4
  • There You'll Be by Deborah Kittle 11
  • A Lack of Commitment by Judy Ebberley 12
  • Accidental Modulation by Paul Tatting 24
  • Out of the Darkness by Amy S. Farmer 40
  • His Father's Eyes by Jude Bingham 44
  • Maul's Fate by Mary Jo Fox 63
  • Return to Tatooine by D.L. Slaten 64
  • So, How Did You Join the Galactic Civil War? by R.J. Thompson 70
  • Mephisotopheles Rising by Mary Jo Fox 74
  • He was Supposed to Be by Deborah Kittle 77
  • Old Friends Long Gone by Cindy Olsen 78 (With the Empire in tatters, Princess Leia is part of a team undertaking surrender negotiations with remnant Imperial forces. But neither she nor Han are prepared for the impact it will have on their relationship when an old friend from the past appears. (Can be read as a "long distance" sequel to Life Debt.)
  • You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This by Deborah Kittle 120
  • Jungle by Paul J. Tatting 121
  • Bedtime Story by Valerie Vancollie 122
  • Initiation Rites by Veronica Wilson 126

Issue 12

cover issue #12, Dani

Imperium 12 was published in May 2003 and has 183 pages.

  • Guilt Trip by Judy Ebberley 2
  • Going Home by Danielle Millerd 12
  • A New Dawn Has Come by Valerie Vancollie 15
  • Complicated by Deborah Kittle 17
  • Ghosts of the Past by D.L. Slaten 18
  • Growing Pains of Love by Margaret Westphal 32
  • Present Company Excepted by Skye Rutherford 74
  • Tricks of the Mind by Cindy Olsen 80 (Part 3 in the Committed trilogy. The Battle of Endor has been fought and won, but the war is not yet over for Han Solo. As the Alliance celebrates and plans for the future, Han fights with the demons that plague his mind -- old and new.)
  • The Jedi in Me by Deborah Kittle 111
  • Sold by Angel 113
  • Redemption at Theed by Richard Gawel 115
  • Invitation by Angel 116
  • The Ballad of Han and Leia by Angel 119
  • Family Matters by Leela Starsky 120
  • Shiver by Deborah Kittle 182
  • Artwork by Dani (front cover) and Laura Quilles (back cover)

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