Pat Nussman

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Name: Pat Nussman
Type: Fan Writer, Fanzine Editor, Moderator
Fandoms: Star Wars, Blake's 7, Remington Steele, Harrison Ford, The Sandbaggers
URL: Pat's Fanfic Page
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Pat Nussman became active in media fandom in 1980 in Star Wars fandom, and later became a prolific writer and zine editor in Blake's 7 fandom.

the subject is Pat Nussman, the artist is Nancy Stasulis for the story "Prince in Waiting" in Time Warp #6/7 Volume 1

Pat Nussman passed away in 2003.

She edited the Star Wars zine Alderaani Imperative and the letterzine Jundland Wastes. She was a multiple Fan Quality Award winner, wrote many non-fiction articles on both Star Wars and Blake's 7, and was creator and moderator of a large multimedia mailing list. She published her zines under the name Nerfherder Press.

Pat, by Eluki, a "fan with grace and determination."
From her fanfic page:

"I first got into fandom in 1980.....The earliest stories are in the Star Wars universe, my first fandom, which I got into right after The Empire Strikes Back was released and represents my writing output from about 1980-1986.

In 1986, I got hit by the Blake's 7 bug (in case you don't know, B7 is a rather dark British science fiction series) and I've been fairly monogamous to that fandom ever since, with a few extensive side flirtations (maybe one affair--with another British show, The Sandbaggers)."[1]

In 2009, Maggie Nowakowska dedicated her history of the Star Wars letterzine Jundland Wastes to Pat: "In memory of Pat Nussman, editor extraordinary of JUNDLAND WASTES, the dynamic STAR WARS letterzine of the early 1980s. Pat Nussman played "list mom" to the first hurricanes that tore through SW fanzine fandom with grace and determination."

Pat also coined the fannish phrase The Magic Circle which describes X-Files Mulder's and Scully's increasing inability to trust those around them, forcing them to rely exclusively on each other for trust and friendship. [2]

Permission to Copy

In 1990, she wrote:
Again, for the record, I officially give permission for fans to copy any of my OOP SWars zines (frankly, it's easier on me than doing the photocopying myself): JUNDLAND WASTES (all issues), ALDERAANI IMPERATIVE, COMPLETE CIRCLE OF FIRE 1 and COMPLEAT ZEEK 1. For the record, the last two never had second volumes because of various fiscal problems... SWars has become a fairly small market and the price of printing is way up.[3]

Hokas, and a Tribute to Pat

From Millennium #2 (2004), a zine that was dedicated to Pat Nussman:

The small drawings of Star Wars Hokas scattered through this issue [of Millennium] were first drawn as column headers for one of the first Star Wars letterzines, "Jundland Wastes". The editor, Pat Nussman, also a talented writer of fiction in several fan "universes", was one of my own earliest friends in fandom. Pat was the kind of person who, having found her way into fandom, turned around at once to offer her hand to the next newcomers. Long before the Internet, her zine was intended to provide a place for Star Wars fans to discover each other. Pat left us much too soon, taken away by cancer, but her fine writing is still here and for her sense of fun... One more time, these little folks are for you, Pat.


  1. Bio from Pat Nussman's fan fiction website (Accessed 02 December 2009)
  2. Google groups archive of discussion about X-Files acronyms, accessed September 4, 2011
  3. from Southern Enclave #25
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