Implosion

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Zine
Title: Implosion
Publisher: Leonidas Press
Editor(s): Mandi Schulz
Type:
Date(s): December 1976-May 1977
Frequency:
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Implosion is a Star Trek: TOS gen personalzine/letterzine that lasted one year. The editor sent it out free to whom she chose, and asked that it not be advertised in other zines. "Implosion" featured critical fanzine reviews by H.O. Petard, and was a zine of hotly-contested opinions, both with those who had letters published in it, and for those who heard about it but didn't receive copies.

The Editor's Description

From an ad in The Halkan Council #23 (January 1977):
Mandi Schultz's personalzine, encompassing all manner of whatever its ed has on her mind. Available for "a kind word, a pat on the back, an expression of perplexity, or what-have-you... anything except money."
The editor writes in The Halkan Council #26/27 that Implosion is:
...a private venture, there has never been any charge for it. I cover all the costs myself, tho some IMPers have been kind enough to contribute stamps, mailing labels, things like that, to the common cause. Becoz it IS a private venture, it has been within my rights to restrict readership in any way I desire – and that has been primarily on an economic basis – I can’t afford to send it to everyone, so I don’t.
From the editorial in issue #6:
IMP is a personalzine, or more aptly, one of those horrendous mimeo'ed letters you get now and then, only when we're having Christmas on a monthly basis... IMP is a forum, a soapbox, whatever it is you need. The foundation of said soapbox is built on is very simple and basic -- that everyone has the right to both have and express an opinion. Send me yours and we'll try to fit it in here somehow. Believe it or not, opioins do not have to agree with my own to get printed... As usual, what's mine is mine, and what's bylined has come from elsewhere, so kindly direct your nasty comments and hate mail to the approporately deserving partines. If I print something that ticks you off, I'm sure I have a reason, but kindly remember that I am not the source of every single line of this rag. Which all means that if [fan's name] says something to offend thee, by all means tell me so I can print what you think, but send the bricks to her . Get it?

Subjects Discussed, With No Holds Barred

  • complaints about zines and fannish material ordered but never received
  • writers and artists wrote of the zines where their material had been rejected
  • complaints against other fans' behaviors, actions, and opinions
  • whether HOP's reviews are valid, appropriate, destructive, mean ...
  • the price of zines
  • whether Interphase was worth the cost
  • whether zine publishing is elitist
  • the trend of copyrighting filks and fanzines and how that was not fannish
  • many, many, many comments, pro and con, about Diamonds and Rust
  • the amount of fannish crap for sales at pro cons
  • how to educate the neofans
  • the letters had plenty of complaints about of all sorts of things, who-said-what-to-whom-and when, lots of name calling, and put downs
  • there was much ranting by the editor about various things

Issue 1

Issue 1 was published in December 1976.

  • the editor writes of The Premise:
    “Now I’m not saying that people shouldn’t write about all of the things they have no experience with...but homosexuality does exist. For real. And ALT [Alternative: The Epilog to Orion] is as far off base with its outlook on homosexuality as...well, as saying the rear- entry position for hetero intercourse is the most common. I had heard that a forthcoming zine is going to feature an article by a practicing homosexual giving his comments on ALT, which should settle the question of its validity once and for all.
  • a review of Alternative: The Epilog to Orion by H.O. Petard
  • other unknown content

Issue 2

Issue 2 was published in January 1977.

  • the editor writes:
    For whatever it’s worth, there have been a couple of ‘lay Kirk and Spock with each other’ stories I did like.... SHELTER, Fish’s tantilizer [sic] in WS20.... And that could easily be becoz of the blatant realism that tromps thru her writing. Her characterizations are so pulsatingly real.
  • other unknown content

Issue 3

Implosion 3 was published in February 1977 and contains 12 pages.

cover of issue #3, Marty Siegrist
  • a letter from Leslie Fish taking a detractor of Alternative: Epilog to Orion, H.O. Petard, to ferocious task for bad review -- an excerpt:
    If you really want to know, the relationship portrayed in ALT is, according to homosexuals and bisexuals of my acquaintance, not to mention several careful and unbiased surveys, a quite accurate representation of a mature, same-sex affair. Yes, Virginia, it often is like that. Of course homosexual affairs can be exploitive, neurotic, and sordid—and so can heterosexual affairs. Big deal. I certainly hope that you have your eyes open when a homosexual friend of mine publishes his review of ALT.
  • a rebuttal from H.O. Petard that takes Leslie Fish to ferocious task in retaliation -- an excerpt:
    “Whether or not our dashing twosome are lovers may or may not be worthy of consideration, but everyone is considering it—some much better than others. It certainly is as 75 valid to have the two in love with each other as it is to have Kirk panting after the Enterprise and Spock enamored of Vulcan—but I would like to see it handled better.
  • the editor of Implosion scolds fans for continuously buying what she considers "over-priced shit" from dealer and various hucksters
  • a review of Off the Beaten Trek #2, see that page
  • a review of Alnitah #1, see that page
  • a bit from a letter by Paula Block saying that Diamonds and Rust was indeed a Mary Sue, something that the editor discusses some more

Issue 4

Implosion 4 was published in March 1977 and contains 14 pages.

cover of issue #4, Shel Dorf
"Emma Peel" by Rene Inkald
  • the editor writes:
    If you don't know by now, IMP is my personalzine wherein I honk and mutter and carry on at great length... IMP is free to those who receive it as long as I can manage it, altho there are some certainly Celestial beings who'll receive it whether I start charging the rest of you lowly mortals or not. Distribution is my fiat, after all... [But] for the sake of my virtually non-existant budget, I'm forcing myself to implement a new rule. Now, there are some of you out there who have recieved three issues -- this will be 4 -- and haven't said Word One about any of it. Which by and large is ok, but come on people, give me a break, at least make a noise. I frankly cannot afford to send this to anyone who doesn't like it or is indifferent to it. You needn't send me a volume of pithy comments. What you DO need to do is send me a postcard telling me you want to continue to receive it, if I haven't heard from you in one form or another already. Otherwise, I'm forced to remove you from the mailing list. I'm sorry but that's the breaks.
  • there is much detailed content on the editor's trials and adventures at the post office
  • the editor says she gave a copy of Alternative: Epilog to Orion to a gay friend to review and this is the report back:
    ....ALT has graced my coffee table since it arrived, collecting fingerprints as well as comments. John (who has never seen Trek) thought that, although not at all real, it was, at times ‘very human.’...There’s a certain separateness in male to male relationships due to (in part) the nature of the physicality involved that seems to be ignored here, making me think that the person who wrote ALT is either (1) very young, or (2) a closet queer, or (3) a man who’s just come out and hasn’t come to realize [the] nature of homosexual relationships, or (4) a woman. But, as you even said, no relationships are like that, even hetero ones.
  • the editor is "deliriously happy" that she has received no further comments on Alternative, a zine she can't stand; she also says she sent it to her first boyfriend, a gay man, who thought it had some "human moments" in it, but for the most part thought it was badly written, poorly illustrated, and silly. "And that...definitely, is MY last word on ALT."
  • the editor apologizes for not sending much mail out to friends lately and lists a variety of personal reasons. One of them is her "wretched typewriter".
  • a fan writes in at great length about not getting the 28 pieces of art she'd sent to a zine publisher almost a year and a half after the zine had been published:
    I'll never see those illos again except in print, and I've callously resigned myself to that fact. I'm not going to name names, and lower myself to their lack of ethics, but for most it's not a far throw to guess just of whom I'm speaking." She lists five editors she will trust with her art, suggest that fanartists come up with a release form of sorts (a contract with some carbon paper) as a way to protect artists. "Don't misunderstand me... if there were no editors, the artists would probably never be published. On the other hand, if there were no fan artists, the zineds would be paying CASH for their art if they couldn't draw it themselves. For that we should be thankful. But how can one be thankful for blatant misuse again and again? It's not fair to put so much time into art and then be openly ripped off.
  • a fan writes in the role of a zined and says that many fans are too impatient, that zine editors put out zines in their time, as a hobby:
    This zine problem [zines not sent in a timely matter, or not at all] really is a double-edged sword. The problem, basically, is that when money has exchanged hands, there is room for a lot of problems. Having paid money even in a fannish situation, one is entitled to expect something back...
  • Rusty Hancock writes a lengthy essay entitled, "In Defense of Diamonds which argues that while the main character has some elements of a Mary Sue, she isn't one. She writes extensively on what is, and is not, a Mary Sue.
  • the editor writes:
    "there may be a very small reprint of the back issues if there is enough interest to warrant it -- right now, I'm not going to dig through all those cruddy, inky stencils just to reprint three copies here and there. Sorry, but take pity on me; it's obvious I'm not well to be doing this to begin with. Who in their right mind would do a monthly zine for free, after all?
  • it contains a review of Beta Niobe Revisited, see that page

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Implosion 5 was published in April 1977 and contains 12 pages.

  • the editor writes about Delta Triad #3
  • a review of The Castaways, see that page
  • a review of R&R #2, see that page
  • a review of The Other Side of Paradise #2, see that page
  • a sort-of review, mostly justifying, sort-of, the price for the Interphase zines
  • a pointed essay by Paula Smith about the evils of sloppiness, poor editing, laziness of writers and zineds, and specifically which zines are worth the price they charge; it is an essay that ruffles many feathers and ignites conversations of both of readers of "Implosion" and with other fans who heard of its content
  • a denial that H.O. Petard is Paula Smith
  • the editor refuses to print anything more about Alternative: The Epilog to Orion, saying she is sick of the whole thing
  • a long, long essay that explores and explains that the author of Diamonds and Rust has "peopled the stories with favorite performers," that the characters, at least physically, resemble a real life actors of the time. Chantal is based, physically on the actress Cornelia Sharpe. "I willingly admit [the author comments on the essay later] that Cornelia Sharpe couldn't act her way out of a paper sack but all I need is her exterior."

Issue 6

cover of issue #6
Implosion 6 was published in July 1977 and was 16 tightly-packed, legal-sized (long) pages. There was MUCH discussion about the power and responsibility of reviews, about Diamonds and Rust, a kerfuffle over Delta Triad, and zine production choices. The editor says on the last page that the zine is taking a personal toll on her health and that it will be taking hiatus:
IMP will be back -- in a few months, or a couple of months, I don't know.... Besides, now that the first collected volume of D&R is complete, I have a lot of sick, warped, tasteless, marysue stories to get working on for the next volume. And you don't think that's hard work, believe me, it is.