Atavachron (Star Trek: TOS letterzine)

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Title: Atavachron
Publisher: out of Baltimore, Maryland
Editor(s): Darlene Oreschnick
Type: letterzine
Date(s): 1978-1979
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Trek: TOS
Language: English
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Atavachron is a gen Star Trek: TOS letterzine that was published in 1978 and 1979.

There were at least two issues.

Reactions and Reviews

As far as I can figure out, this zine only has two issues out. The last issue, according to to its postmark on my copy went out in July [1978], so like Spectrum, there has been a six month delay in issues. This can be deadly to a zine that deals in letters where an exchange of information is part of the zine's function. Putting the time lag between issues aside, Atavachron is generally like other letterzines that have appeared in fandom, or at least in basic format. The content of the letters was a bit different. Atavachron looks as though it may take a more heavy-handed approach to fannish subjects. For what it's worth, Atavachron will have to find some way to distinguish it from other letterzines like Interstat, and a more involved set of discussions will help create a different 'tone' for the zine. To help with this, the editor Darlene Oreschnick, has a page set aside for her own comments, which is something I approve of since it allows the editor to chang ethe course of discussion from time to time so that no one topic becomes stagnant, just as long as she keeps it to a page or two. For the time being, it looks like Atavachron has a long way to go. The editor is new to publishing, and it is instantly clear just by looking at the graphics. The visual appearance of the entire zine is stiff and clumsy, using awkward spacing, badly suited lettering, weak illustrations, and type copy that fails to fill the entire page. This is fine, and expected, for the first few issues. The important part of the zine, however -- the text -- is thoughtful and provoking for a new zine. I can't recommend a subscription on the basis of the iffy mailing schedule, but get a sample copy if you can. [1]


  1. ^ from Spectrum #39