A Personal Statement from Susan Matthews

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Open Letter
Title: A Personal Statement from Susan Matthews
From: Susan Matthews
Addressed To: Star Wars fans
Date(s): January 30, 1981
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
Topic: Original Fiction, Filing Off The Serial Numbers
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In January 1981, Susan Matthews announced that she was pulling her series of Star Wars fanzine stories, called Ragnarok, from publication in order to rework the stories into a science fiction format in an attempt to sell the collection as a professional sf novel. She finally sold the first book in The Jurisdiction universe in the late '90s, and now has a number of books published in the series.

This open letter was printed in many zines.

The Ragnarok Stories

They appeared in:

Text of the Open Letter

A PERSONAL STATEMENT FROM SUSAN MATTHEWS/ 30 January 1981 : For the past year I, Susan R. Matthews, have been trying to market the Ragnarok stories that originally appeared in a SW universe of fan fiction in a new and original universe of my own invention. With two novels finished and three in draft to date, my agent feels that I have a very good chance of selling the entire Cycle. This means that I am forced to immediately pull all fanfiction that treats of or refers to the Ragnarok and any character associated with the Ragnarok in order to protect my interests. The only exceptions I have made are with the zines that had already gone to press when I made this decision. Under no circumstances will any reprints of Ragnarok material be permitted. I ask everyone to please remember that Ragnarok, unlike ST and SW, is not yet "in the public domain, " and that even the most innocent of infringements on the Ragnarok material and my copyrights may adversely affect my health and welfare. I ask that the editors I took manuscripts back from, the artists who had done illustrations for those manuscripts, and whoever might have been anticipating more Ragnarok-related material, to understand my motives and excuse the inconveniences I have put them to.