A Personal Statement from Susan Matthews
|Title:||A Personal Statement from Susan Matthews|
|Addressed To:||Star Wars fans|
|Date(s):||January 30, 1981|
|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.
- Interstat #41 (March 1981)
- Datazine #10 (February/April 1981)
- Universal Translator #8 (March/April 1981)
- Jundland Wastes (March or June 1981)
The Ragnarok Stories
They appeared in:
- Galactic Flight #3 (1980) -- "The Devil and Deep Space," co-authored with Christine Jeffords
- Galactic Flight #4 (1980 -- "Second Round"
- See My Master's Patronage for fanfic in honor of the original character Andrej Koscuisko in the "Ragnarok" series
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.