As Smooth as a Waltz

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Title: As Smooth as a Waltz
Publisher: in Belgium
Editor(s): Anne Marie Caluwaert
Date(s): 1989-1990?
Medium: print
Fandom: Professionals
Language: English
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As Smooth as a Waltz is a Professionals gen anthology of fiction, non-fiction, clippings, ads, photos, and LoCs. It was published by Anne Marie Caluwaert in Belgium.

While the content was strictly gen, brief mention of slash fiction was included in issue #2, as well as at least one ad for a slash zine.

There are at least four issues.

Some Descriptions

A 1990 ad says: "Genzine dedicated to Lewis Collins. This zine is for Lewis Collins fans -- who like to stay in touch with his career and each other! It will feature -- news, comments, clippings from British/Euopean magazines, artwork, ads, swops, zine/shop lists, photos, LOC's, reviews, synopsis, and fiction based on any of Lewis Collins [sic] many characterizations in movies/t.v./theatre... Each issue will have about 60 to 80 pages, photocopied with hardcover in A5 size booklet. All issues will stay available -- if the one you order is out of print, please, allow a longer time of delivery. Contributions welcome! Free copy for artists/writers."

Guidelines in issue #2 stated that no anonymous content would be printed and that all poems must have titles. Further guidelines: "Do not exceed the bounds of good taste when writing about any characters Lewis Collins played on t.v./movies. While some of the universes deals with denth, war and violence these aspects should be handled with common sense and good taste. I encourage you to be creative and clever, imaginative and original - use all the characters as created on t.v./movie as the basis for your writing, expand and enrich upon what we were given; sequals [sic] on already printed fiction of other authors will be accepted after this author has given his permission.

Please refrain from any 'slash' or 'adult' fiction. As Smooth as a Waltz would like to stay an 'genzine' for all ages and all fans. Editing and rewrites will be done only after prior consultation with the author. The editor reserve the right to final editing and to refuse any storys [sic] wich [sic] may be demaging [sic] to the zine or Lewis Collins. Fiction that Is lengthy may be segmented over several issues at the descretion [sic] of the editor, alter consultation with the author. All storys [sic] must be neatly typed on one side of the paper, neatly handwritten or printed storys [sic] may be accepted but I stress the writing should be clear. If you send your original manuscript I will return it on request, no photocopied manuscript will be returned. I won't pass any non-used fiction to another zine without consulting the author. If any author has payed [sic] for three zines she/he will receive the fouth [sic] issue free."

In a 2007 posting to a fanzine mailing list, "As Smooth as a Waltz " was described as a letterzine and 3 issues were offered for sale.

In a 2010 Livejournal community posting, it was described as being made up of black and white "photocopied articles about Lew and some gen fanfiction about Bodie and Doyle". The zine was published in Belgium in the 1990s. [1]

Issue 1

As Smooth as a Waltz 1 was published in very late 1989 or very early 1990 and contains 83 pages. The artwork and fiction is by Anne Marie C.

flyer for issue #1
  • clippings out of British, French, and West German magazines
  • ads
  • review of "The Cuckoo Waltz" by "Mrs. Brenda Cunningham"
  • essay about the "controversy of violence"
  • Find Bodie 6 pages out of the TV Times Teleficiton '78
  • It's a Dog's Life (7 pages) by Anne Marie C. ("He saw Bodie's face darken and shook his head. "Let's face it," Ray went on. "That old lady has had that dog for years and she can handle him without any trouble. We've made a mess of it!" "Oh, yeah, the Cow is going to love this," Bodie agreed. "Especially when he finds out you were holding the lead, sunshine." Doyle looked alarmed. "You wouldn't tell him...!")
  • For Old Time's Sake (33 pages) by Anne Marie C. ("Bodie's bullets smashed the windscreen and ripped into the seats. Donnatelli felt a burning Paine and then everything went black. The Volvo swung to one side, ran over the pavement and smashed into a brick wall. "Bodie! What's going on?" Cowley's voice called again through the r/t. Murphy got out of the car and turned toward Bodie. "I think he wants an explanation," he said, pointing to the r/t. Bodie pulled a face. "He can't have heard the shots," he said indignantly. ... Ann kept her eyes on her shows, tears slowly staring to run down her face. "Thank you, Ray...." she beneath her breath. Her voice trembled under the strain of keeping her grief to herself. Doyle made no attempt to reply. He left the office, running down the corridor and just catching the lift taking the last group of agents to the car park. Ann looked at the door and at the feeble light wich through it. "I'm really sorry, Ray, I love you," she whispered through her tears.")
  • reprint of a story called "Operation Impossible" by Brian Clemens that appeared in an issue of "TV Times Extra," was also reprinted in the letterzine, Mixed Doubles. The version of the story in "As Smooth As a Waltz" is missing the last third of the last page.

Issue 2

As Smooth as a Waltz 2 was to have been published June/July 1990 and contains 90 pages. The artwork is by Anne Marie Caluwaert.

front cover of issue #2
  • We Shall Remember (3)
  • LoCs (5)
  • I dare say (editorial) (8)
  • The missing page (13)
  • Godley & Hudson, fiction by Anne Marie Caluwaert, edited by Sara Slinn (14)
  • All around (35)
  • Nobody's War, fiction by Anne Marie Caluwaert (38)
  • Dubbing (51)
  • Synopsis of "Who Dares Wins) (53)
  • Top-10 (55)
  • Printed Matters (clippings) (55)
  • The Tricks of Fortune, fiction by Anne Marie Caluwaert (56)
  • Ads (sporadic)
  • Thanks (91)

Issue 3

Issue 4


  1. "The Safehouse".