Legends of Light

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Title: Legends of Light
Publisher: Pooz Press
Editor(s): Susan Voll and Rebecca Walker
Date(s): 1982-1984
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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Contents

Legends of Light is a gen Star Wars anthology. It ran for two issues.

From an ad in Southern Enclave:
As of February 1985, there will not be a third issue of LoL... The major deterrents are increased job demands and limited financial resources for the editors. However, we are planning to publish a sequel to Susan Voll's 'Forerunner' in Spring 1986. Included with this mini-issue will be additional contributions, including short stories, poems, filks, art work, LoCs for issue #2 and filler material. A firm limit will be imposed on the number of pages in this third issues... Thanks to everyone for their support of LoL![1]

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1
back cover of issue #1, D.R. Drake
flyer for issue #1, printed in Pegasus #6
sample page from issue #1

Legends of Light 1 was published in 1982 and has 332 pages. The front cover is by J.R. Dunster and the back by D.R. Drake.

  • Words by Susan E. Voll (3)
  • And More Words by Rebecca A. Walker (5)
  • In Lieu Of (6)
  • Cohorts by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Wanda Lybarger (10)
  • What Happened On... by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Wendy Ikeguchi ("Before Hoth, there was Ord Mandel - and unexpected danger for Han Solo! Seen through the eyes of everyone's favorite smuggler, this story takes us on an exhiliarating adventure that even Han has difficulties handling!") (11)
  • Darth's Been a Little Bit Hard On My by Rebecca A. Walker (24)
  • Scream by Rebecca A. Walker (24)
  • Luke by Susan E. Voll, art by D.R. Drake (26)
  • The Saga Continues by Chester L. Kloss, art by J.A. Low (28)
  • Interrupted Journey by Ruel T. Hernandex, frontispiece by Ernest J. Cervantes, art by Tim Eldred ("Boba Fett runs into complications as he attempts to safely deliver a frozen Han Solo to Jabba the Hut. Full of action, it's a "must" for Bounty Hunter fans!") (32)
  • Imperial Revenue by Susan E. Voll, art by Kurt Alan Christensen (70)
  • Hero by Jani Hicks, art by Meredydd (72)
  • Growing Pains by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Mary Soderstrom (73)
  • Beam Me Up by Susan E. Voll and Rebecca A. Walker, art by D.R. Drake (73)
  • The Wait by Jake (76)
  • Retelling the Legend by Susan E. Voll, art by Rebecca A. Walker (78)
  • Crossword Puzzle by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Rebecca A. Walker (87)
  • Forerunner by Susan E. Voll, art by J.R. Dunster ("Out of the destruction of the Old Republic arose Emperor Palaptine, Lord Darth Vader, and a new heroine for the SW universe. Through new adventures, new characters, romance, and tragedy, fate intertwines this very- human heroine with Palpatine's transformation to evil Emperor, Darth Vader's acceptance of the Dark Side - and the birth and childhood of a major SW character!") (90)
  • Carbonite Dream by Jani Hicks, art by Meredydd (151)
  • Forerunner by Susan Voll
  • Stolen Mometn by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Wanda Lybarger (155)
  • E.T. by Susan E. Voll, art by Susan E. Voll (157)
  • Fandom and Parlance by Ruel T. Hernandez (159)
  • Deathrun by Tim Eldred, art by Tim Eldred (165)
  • Paper Dolls by Susan E. Voll, art by Susan E. Voll (205)
  • Won't You Come Home, Indiana? by Susan E. Voll, art by Voll (210)
  • Rat Turds in the Lost Arck (poster satire) by Mike Cougan (211)
  • Indiana Jones poem by by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Rebecca A. Walker (213)
  • Chart My Course by Susan E. Voll, art by D.R. Drake (217)
  • Leia's Song by Susan E. Voll, art by Rebecca A. Walker (219)
  • Enterprise Crises by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Rebecca A. Walker (220)
  • For Decker by Susan E. Voll, art by D.R. Drake (223)
  • Journey's End in Lover's Meeting by Susan E. Voll, art by Voll (225)
  • A Different Light by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Carol McPherson ("Taking off where The Empire Strikes Back ends, this major story leads our SW heroes into conflicts and inner struggles never faced before, as Leia searches for the meaning of life and her true love, as Han sacrifices his happiness in the name of friendship, and as Luke learns the secrets of his past while fighting the galaxy to initiate his future.") (227)
  • The Origin of Superman by Susan E. Voll (316)
  • Dear Yoda by Susan E. Voll and Rebecca A. Walker, art by Mike Gougan (318)
  • Letter by Rebecca A. Walker, art by Tim Eldred (320)
  • Ads (322)
  • Bios (330)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

[zine]: My first thought on receiving Legends of Light was that its editors had lavished plenty of TLC on its production. If I didn't know, I wouldn't· have guessed that LoL was a "neozine" simply by looking at it. The print is clear and, best of all, unreduced. And the artwork is impressive indeed, mostly by talented newcomers, with a sprinkling of more well known fen... I started to read the zine with a very positive feeling, based on appearances. And I am happy to report that my optimism didn't fade as I continued to read. It sustained several hard knocks, though. Most stories and articles are also by talented newcomers, and all needed polishing to greater or lesser degrees. However, there was nothing hopelessly terrible, nothing that necessitated forcing myself to continue reading to the end. A couple of stoires, in fact, had me eagerly turning the pages. Before I give details of the major pieces, let me mention that there is a good deal of material in this zine which will appeal to the eclectic fan: poems, cartoons and ilIos dealing with Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. and a wonderful portrait of a slightly savage-looking Bennu (The Phoenix played by Judson Scott) by Mary Soderstrom. Most unique of all, there is a Leia paper doll and costumes-get out your scissors and crayons, little girls!-by editor Susan Voll. The readers are challenged to create more costumes for Paper Leia and send them to be published in Legends of Light #2. Editor Rebecca Walker has the first major contribution, "What Happened On ... " The title explains all: this is simply an action-adventure story, "what happened on" Ord Mantell. It has a plot of sorts, but no theme or character growth; it's just an incident. Personally, I'd have enjoyed the story more if those other literary elements had been worked in. And the plot, too, has its problems: Leia goes to Ord Mantell to claim some Alderaani bank account. I hope that in "real life" she'd have enough brains not to try any such thing, since surely the Empire has all such funds impounded and would arrest anyone trying to caim them. These kinds of logic flaws, as well as such technical things as overuse of adverbs and refusal to use the simple word "said" (admittedly a problem all newer writers have) cause me to rate this piece only as mediocre. An article by Chester L. Kloss, "The Saga Continues," is a short biographical sketch of George Lucas. It will probably prove interesting to people new to SW fandom, but is a retelling of already-known facts to those who have been involved a while. I had a major difficulty with one point Mr. Kloss makes: he has a direct quote from Lucas about G.L.'s decision to attend USC, then says something else is probably more true. Kloss doesn't document this assertion. I hope he has very reliable sources, since he needs a darned good reason for saying, in effect, that he knows more about Lucas' past than Lucas does. "Interrupted Journey" by Ruel T. Hernandez has Boba Fett as the main character, instead of one of the Big Three, and the story attempts to show some of Fett's personality traits and as a bounty hunter. The plot involves Fett's abduction by the government of the planet Durkslip. The officials hold the carbon-frozen Han Solo hostage, so that Fett will run an "errand" for them. Unfortunately, I couldn't like this piece much, because the weak plot and amateurish writing style got in the way. The writing was very much "stream of consciousness," and constantly shifted its point of view from Fett, to various of the author's original characters, to unimportant storm troopers. There were some unbelievable elements to the plot; for instance, technicians of the planet Durkslip identified Fett's ship and pulled it to the planet with a tractor beam while the ship was in hyperspece. I might have been almost willing to believe that, if it hadn't been mentioned a few paragraphs later that Fett's ship was made to land on an "antiquated landing field." It's inconsistent that a civilization with such a powerful tracking system and tractor beam would have less than the most advanced spaceport. This is one of the many logical points that the editors should have caught and corrected, even if the author didn't. The next major story, "Forerunner" by editor Susan Voll, marks the beginning of an upswing in th literary quality of this zine. Many fans don't care for stories such as this, featuring only the author's original characters in the SW universe. I'm not one of them, though, and I found this piece very interesting. It starts during the extermination of the Jedi and progresses in stages to (I assume) near the SW "present." Its main character is a woman named Jazz, a child of Jedi parents whom we first meet as a baby when her parents are killed during the Imperial pogrom (?). She is sent by Palpatine to an orphanage, hates it (quite understandably-it's not a pleasant place), and runs away to befriend and be adopted by an old spacer. When he is murdered by pirates, she is sold into slavery. She eventually escapes and swears revenge. Well, it's difficult to synopsize this story in a few sentences, but it's a good one, with interesting characterizations. It also shows an awareness on Susan's part of the complexity and variety that the Imperial Galaxy must have; this attention to detail is rare in newer authors. The story is not com plete, it is to be continued in the next issue of LoL, and I hope that Susan resolves some loose ends in her plot, concerning the Emperor and a mysterious Force "sphere," which Jazz's father was trying to hide from him. "Fandom and Parlance," by Ruel Hernandez, is an overview of fannish terminology. It lists and defines about 80 words and phrases peculiar to SF fandom. Many of the words themselves are quite peculiar! Even after being in fandom for several years now, there were terms that I'd never heard, so I think this article will prove informative to all fans, not only new ones. Hernandez also includes a short bibliography for the benefit of those wishing to become more familiar with fannish lexicology. Next comes a comic strip which would dothe Marvel group proud: "Deathrun" by Tim Eldred. It's an exciting tale, about Luke assisting with a Rebellion blockade-running effort and using the Force to save the day, just when things look bleak. Tim's artistic style, although it doesn't have the polished, professional look of Carleton or Foglio, is very good and quite appropriate for this cartoon story. Most of the rest of the zine is taken up by Rebecca Walker's "A Different Light," another fannish continuation of TESB. All TESB characters are included in this story, and Rebecca puts considerale effort into following up on all of Episode V's plotlines, rather than concentrating on the love triangle or the action-adventure element or the search for Han or Luke's angst over Vader, etc. As a result, the story has thematic balance, something of a rarity in fanfic. The general plotline goes like this: Luke returns to Dagobah. Leia goes with him, and gets some Jedi training, too. Meanwhile, Lando and Chewie go looking for Han. Vader is still searching Cor Luke. Eventually, everyone gets together again, and our three heroes must deal with their entwined personal Iives as well as face an encounter with Imperial forces. It's approximately what we expect ROTJ to be, right? But Rebecca's ideas on how this bare outline is filled in are interesting and make entertaining reading. First, comments on some of the story's weaknesses. Although it was nice to see the droids included, they did little more than complain and get in the other characters' ways. It was annoying. Granted, Threepio can be pretty annoying at times, but at least Artoo can usually be counted upon to do something useful. There were several places where all three of the main characters seem out of it. (Out of character, that is.) For instance, at times Leia reacts quite timidly when "scolded" by Yoda; I'd expect her to give him tit for tat, Jedi Master or not. She also is squeamish when she first sees Yoda. Surely, she's had enough previous contact with various intelligent lifeforms to accept Yoda's appearance calmly. The characterizations are also "off" during sections of the story dealing with the love relationships. Luke, Leia, and Han often come across as teenagers with bad cases of puppy love; it's particularly painful to me in Han's case. (Example: I doubt he'd purposely eavesdrop on a private conversation between Leia and Luke.) Regarding Lando's and Chewie's attempt to rescue Han, there's one point where they simply march into Jabba's establishment and demand that the Hut turn over Han to them. Without ransom money, yet! I suspect they would have employed a little more finesse. Finally, the writing style often seems somewhat awkward and would have benefitted from a thorough rewrite. The positive aspects of "Different Light" outweigh the negative, however. Despite the characterization problems, Rebecca's ideas on the love relationship situation are believable. As she wrote it, I found it quite easy to believe that Leia would be confused about which of her two heroes she really loved, and what kind of love (romantic or brother/sister) she actually felt for each of them. Rebecca also has an excellent idea on a different test Luke might face when he enters the "cave" on Dagobah a second time. The dream-Vader doesn't engage him in a physical duel, but a more subtle psychological one. I must put particular emphasis on the story's climax, the final confrontation with Vader. Both Luke and Leia come out of it as equally heroic, which is a nice touch. And while reading the passage, I forgot that this was a fanzine story, forgot even that I was reading. I was right there with the characters, immersed in the action. The passage is powerful. That a new author is able to so involve her readers (at least, this reader) in her tale augurs well for her future as a fanfic writer of quality. Perhaps the best thing about this story is that it's a true page-turner. Despite occasional winces and mild groans induced by the imperfections noted above, I always was eager to know "what happens next. A short ending to a long critique/review.- I recommend this zine. It's the most promising production by relative newcomers that have come across for quite a while.[2]
[A Different Light]: The basic plot goes thus like: While Chewie and Lando are chasing around after Jabba the Hut and Han, Luke and Leia are at the new rebel base on Tatooine. When Luke returns to Dagobah and his training, Leia, having decided that being a Jedi might be even neater than being a dancer on Solid Gold, goes with him. As they undergo Yoda's schooling together, the Princess finds that, despite occasional sob attacks over Han's missing status, she is losing interest in him and being drawn to Luke. When Han shows up at the base, well, you've got trouble...The fact that this is Walker's first piece of SW fiction excuses it somewhat (although the advance hype on this, an indeterminable amount of it perpetrated by zine ed Walker herself, leads me to believe that she was Asking For It, to coin a phrase-surely few authors have the presumption to call their own first published work"major study, full of fast action and fascinating character studies"). As this story is also not yet published in its entirety and was two years in the writing to boot, I will read the next installment expecting to see a considerably more polished and thoughtful product. In the meantime, I think that Walker would be well advised to learn clean plot construction, tight pacing, and economy of language within the self-imposed limits of the short story. Many experienced fan writers are unable to sustain a novel-length piece; it's not necessarily a denigration of Walker's ability to say that she can't do it yet, either. It is entirely possible that Walker has talent; but on the evidence presented in ADL Part I, it is mired beneath so much artifice and overwriting that it might be another two years before it digs its way out." [3]

Issue 2

Legends of Light 2 was published in 1984 and contains 382 pages.

back cover of issue #2
front cover of issue #2
inside issue #2
inside issue #2
  • Words by Rebecca Walker (4)
  • More Words by Susan Voll (5)
  • Legendary Letters (7)
  • In Lieu Of by Liz S. (23)
  • Journey to Midnight by Ellen Blair-Aspengren, art by Martynn (25)
  • Through Your Eyes, Luke by Phyllis Wilson, art by Pat O'Neill (51)
  • Command Decision by Pat Nussman, art by Judy Low (53)
  • Costume Recreation by Susan Parsley, art by Parsley (55)
  • Slow Dawning by Jenna Bruce, art by Jenni Hennig (59)
  • Destiny by Suzy Sansom, art by Gail Bennett (69)
  • Hutt So Bad by David Wanger, art by Peter Zale (71)
  • Fill in the Blank by Voll and Walker (72)
  • Twinkle, Twinkle Altercation by Liz Gregory, art by Time Eldred (75)
  • Truce by Carol Mularski, art by Walker (81)
  • Vader Poem by Marilyn Morey, art by Morey (87)
  • Desideratum by Jenni Hennig, art by Jean C. (89)
  • A Date With Mary Sue by Rebecca Walker, art by Tim Eldred (91)
  • Lost Young Man by Liz S., art by Wendy Ikeguchi (93)
  • Legacy by Chris Jeffords, art by Wanda Lybarger (97)
  • Old Alderaani Lullaby by Chris Noel, art by Susan Voll (137)
  • Secret Hurt by Rebecca Walker, art by Cheree Cargill ( 139)
  • Courtship by Tamara Vermande, art by Nancy Stasulis (141)
  • The Prophecy of St. Sartan of Alderaan by Chris Noel (145)
  • A Certain Point of View by Marilyn Morey, art by Nancy Stasulis (147)
  • Tatooine Waltz by Linda Eggleton and Janice Bratton, art by Suzy Sansom (149)
  • The Captive by Susan Voll and Rebecca Walker, art by Wanda Lybarger (150)
  • Wrath Side Story, a Musical, art by Peter Zale (151)
  • The Emperor Awaits by Debbie Gilbert, art by Rebecca Walker (167)
  • Han's Song by Chris Noel, art by Madeline Rogers (168)
  • Requiem by Richard Brown (169)
  • Limerkcik by Susan Voll, art by Suzy Sansom (170)
  • Alliance by Marcia Brin, art by Judy Low (171)
  • Corellian Thoughts by Kathy Agel, art by Suzy Sansom (174)
  • Big Brother, Little Sister by Kathy Agel (175)
  • Time of Leaving by Kathy Agel (179)
  • Uhura by Liz Gregory, art by Marilyn Morey (181)
  • Luke and Leia's Theme by Debbie Gilbert, art by Judy Low (183)
  • A House in Flames by Chris Noel, art by Time Eldred (185)
  • Epistle for Luke by Liz Gregory, art by Carol McPherson (208)
  • Reflections by Lynne Terry-Hicks, art by Martynn (209)
  • Time of Proving by Angelo Varesano, art by Liz Hoolihan (211)
  • It is the Wind by Suzy Sansom, art by Jenni Hennig (212)
  • Review: Triangle by Nola Caulfield (213)
  • Poor Transportation by Linda and Bobby Eggleton, art by Tim Eldred (216)
  • costume contest winners (216)
  • The Morning After by Debi Cole, art from Madeline Rogers (219)
  • Decision? by Chris Noel, art by Wanda Lybarger (223)
  • Those Days by Rebecca Walker and Susan Voll, art by Martynn (224)
  • Night Watch by Liz S. (Set during Return of the Jedi. Han's first night with Leia after the carbon freeze. Reprinted in Bloodstripe)
  • Jedi Jests (232)
  • Release by Chris Noel, art by Suzy Sansom (235)
  • Solo's Choice by Janice Bratton, art by J.R. Dunster (237)
  • Forced Humor by Rebecca Walker, art by Walker (262)
  • Haiku by Rebecca Walker, art by Marilyn Morey (264)
  • Death Mission by Eim Eldred, art by Eldred (267)
  • word search puzzles by Lynda Vandiver (304)
  • Shifting Sands by Debbie Gilbert, art by Elizabeth Cerritelli (306)
  • The Ultimate Labyrinth by Rebecca Walker, art by T.J. Burnside (307)
  • crossword puzzle by Marci Erwin (352)
  • Animals by Linda, Johnny, Bobby Eggleton, art by Tim Eldred (355)
  • Dear Yoda by Walker and Voll, art by Gougan (356)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

LEGENDS OF LIGHT was not as Luke oriented as I had expected, but a few things in it were memorable..."Solo's Choice" by Janice Bratton was one of the best written Solo stories I've come across. Normally, if a story centers on the irascible Corellian, I skip it until I've read any Luke based fiction in the zine, since that doesn't take very long with most zines (the small, number I've read), it was a real surprise to come across a Solo story that was so enjoyable. Han's character was dynamic and very believable as he handled the news of the high price placed on his head by Jabba by retreating into his superficial "loner" persona. There are some great confrontation scenes between Han and Chewie and the book's dialogue is handled just right, both in content and presentation. All the dialogue moves naturally and sounds just as it should for each character. Best of all, Luke is treated with the respect and depth of character he deserves. Great art by J. R, Dunster complemented the story perfectly. "Truce" by Carol Mularski was a very good story explaining Leia's distrust of Lando alter their escape from Bespin. "Requiem" by Chris Brown was a sensitive, moving insight into the thoughts of Anakin Skywalker as he is welcomed into the Force; and Fat Nussman's "Commnand Decision" was a memorable account of the very complex thought processes of Organa, the woman. Very powerful, Pat. I, for one, am sorry you are no longer writing for SW fandom.[4]

References

  1. It is unclear whether this mini-zine was ever published.
  2. from Jundland Wastes #13
  3. from a much longer review in Jundland Wastes #14, one which generated a lot of anger due to its content and tone. The editor of the letterzine comments later: "This review was one I stewed a lot about. I finally decided that thought the tone of the piece was biting, that the actual criticism was not personal-that is, it criticized the story, not the writer. And since my concern has always been to allow as much latitude in reviews as possible, I ran it.
  4. from Southern Enclave #26
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