|Type:||fan artist, fanzine publisher, fan writer|
|Fandoms:||Starsky & Hutch, Star Trek|
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Syn Ferguson is a fan artist, fanzine publisher, and fan writer. While she is perhaps best known for her work in Star Trek, having written the well acclaimed Courts of Honor, she also wrote in Starsky & Hutch fandom.
In Her Own Words (1982)
Biographically speaking, I'm a relative newcomer to fandom. When I read the first New Voyages I had a dual reaction. I loved it--and I thought I could do better. Such delusions have initiated many a first novel. I wrote mine and sent it to Carol Frisbie who responded with a post card I still cherish--"Tried to call you but no number. Mrinn should be submitted professionally. Call me." I did, and Carol held my hand through Bantam, through Pocket Books, and Paramount--and wailed with me when Paramount turned Mrinn down. When Jackie Bielowicz published Mrinn in 1979 I didn't even know what an LoC was.
I've confined my production to Star Trek (although tempted by S/H), following Mrinn with two short stories, Freedom is Standing in the Light, and Valley of Shadows in Carol Frisbie's SUN AND SHADOW. Freedom got me nominated and voted "Best Writer ' 80" in INTERSTAT's Trekstar awards. It's absurd to say that story wrote itself, but it did. If all my production was Star Trek, half of my Star Trek production was, and remains, erotic. The Price and Taaz Avine in THE PRICE AND THE PRIZE which I co-edited with Gayle F. "You draw it and I'll write it. Sweetheart," gave me the chance to define male sexuality in my terms. Since men have been writing about women for centuries (be beautiful, be pure, be passionate), I thought it was time for the ladies to have their say. Be beautiful, fellas, be passionate, but pure--and, of course--be gentle.My next project, COURTS OF HONOR, is both science fiction and erotic fiction. It will be out in July, with illos by Gayle F., interior graphics by Wendy Shultz, and a four-color cover by Sat Nam Kaur Keahey. After that--who knows?
The Highly Influential "Courts of Honor"
The zine, Courts of Honor, is perhaps Syn's most visible and influential work. It generated much fannish discussion both due to its long production history as well as the content itself.
Some of the zines she contributed to