Bound by the Force

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Title: Bound by the Force
Publisher: Forces of the Empire
Editor(s): Pat Grant
Date(s): 1982-1997
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars with occasional meta & multimedia
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Bound by the Force is a multifandom letterzine/newsletter for the Forces of the Empire fanclub.

From issue #96: "Bound by the Force is a quarterly publication sponsored by Forces of the Empire, a subsidiary of the Alternate Universes Interactive Literature Association, Inc."

Submission FAQs

Bound by the Force is the official newsletter of the Forces of the Empire. Bound by the Force (BBTF) is published four times a year, and a subscription is included with your membership to FoE.

Each Division within FoE has its own section in BBTF. The Divisional Sections are used by each division for role-play reports, in-character communication, publishing stories, etc. Submissions for a Divisional Section should be sent to the Division Leader of that division. Divisional address can be had from the General Club Address.

In addition to the Divisional Sections there are two special sections. The first it Galactic Transmissions. GT is part of the Mercenary section. It is used for general, in-character communications. It is like an IRC channel almost. Because it is part of the Mercenary Section, transmissions for GT should be sent to the Merc Division Leader.

The other special section, is the General Club section. The General Club section is used for out-of-character communication between members, for discussion and Letters of Comment (LOC) on general things in Star Wars Fandom, and similar issues. Submissions for the General Section should be sent to Pat Grant at the General Club Address.

Submission Guidelines for Bound by the Force:

Submissions to a section must be sent to that Section Leader's address. Only submissions for the General Section, should be sent to the General Club Address. If items for a division are sent to the General Club address it may cause a delay in getting them published. When submitting to the General Section:

If possible submit on computer disk. Mac MS word is preferred, but ascii, any other Mac word processor, or an IBM format is acceptable. disks can be converted.

If submitting on disk please label your disks with your name and the format the disk is in. Also if you wish a specific font to be used, please specify the font and/or make sure it is in a format that can be used/converted. Hard copy submissions must be written neatly or typed. Please note that any hard copy submission will be re-typed to be added to the newsletter.

The General Section is looking for Letters of Comment (LOC), artwork, cover artwork, responses to various ongoing discussions, out-of-character announcements, and any articles of interest regarding Star Wars and the people involved. Anything else should go to the specific divisions.

Every thing must be a PG rating or less!

Artwork should be a clear, camera ready, copy. Never send originals artwork will not be returned, unless special arrangements are made.

Photos are welcome also. If you want photos returned please include a SASE. [1]

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Reactions and Reviews

From a 1993 discussion about the newsletter in rec.arts.sf.starwars:

The other flyer is for the rather bizarrely-named F.O.E. (Forces Of the Empire), which is an interactive role-playing club dedicated to Star Wars. Members create personas which fit into various club divisions (the Imperial Forces, the Rebel Alliance, the Diplomatic Embassy, the Free Spacers and Mercenary's Guild, the Renegades, the Independant Galactic News Network, or the Imperial News Network). Membership is $10.00 and includes a membership packet and four issues of the 'Bound by the Force' newsletter."[2]

Issue 1

Bound by the Force 1 was published in 1982.

Issue 50

Bound by the Force 50 was published in 1988.

Issue 72

Bound by the Force 72 was published in winter 1994.

Issue 73

Bound by the Force 73 was published in spring 1994.

Issue 82

Bound by the Force 82 was published in June (3rd Quarter) 1996.

Issue 83

Bound by the Force 83 was published in "fourth quarter" 1996.

Issue 84

Bound by the Force 84 was published in "first/second quarter" 1997.

Issue 85

Issue 86

Bound by the Force 86 was published in February 1998.

Issue 87

Bound by the Force 87 was published in April 1998.

Issue 88

Bound by the Force 88 was published in May/June 1998.

Issue 89

Bound by the Force 89 was published in August 1998.

Issue 90

Bound by the Force 90 was published in October 1998.

Issue 91

Issue 92

Bound by the Force 92 was published in May 1999.

Issue 93

Bound by the Force 93 was published in September 1999.

Issue 94

Bound by the Force 94 was published in November 1999.

Issue 96

Bound by the Force 96 was published in May 2000.


  1. ^ Bound By The Force
  2. ^ Alliance Address listed in rec.arts.sf.starwars dated October 11, 1993