Cry, "Sanctuary"

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Zine
Title: Cry, "Sanctuary"
Publisher: it was originally to be published by Gemini Press, but after the dust-up with that press, it was put out by Verbany Constellation Publications
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Author(s): Phyllis Johnpoll and Geraldine Stout
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Date(s): 1984
Medium: print
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Fandom: Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Language: English
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Cry, "Sanctuary" is a 100-page gen Battlestar Galactica novel by Phyllis Johnpoll and Geraldine Stout. Illos are by Stout.

It was meant to be the first zine in a trilogy called "Galactica: The Continuing Sage", one that was never completed. Book 2 was to be "The Rock That Is Higher" and Book 3 was to be "The Janus Time".

Summary

"A "GALACTICA" finds Earth novel. Exceptionally sensitive story answers the question of what really happened to all those missing crewmembers." [1]

"An action/adventure/character study... The year is 1981, the situation for the Colonial fleet, even though they've found Earth, is getting hairy. And Earth isn't helping any. Someone on the planet to launch a much publicized stardrive. As a method of avoiding the Cylon's dangerous notice, this leaves something to be desired. Commander Adama, growing older and more tired as time goes by, decides upon a desperate method of prevention. Captain Troy and Lieutenant Dillon, along with Jamie Hamilton, find themselves at Capricorn Industries, forty miles east of Barstow. Contrary to how this ad sounds, the story does have a serious bent, interspersed with our own unique brand of humor. This should be enjoyed by fans of either or both series; after all. EVERYONE is in it." [2]

Reactions and Reviews

This fanzine is the the first in a series of three dealing with the Galactica universe. Cry Sanctuary starts the story out with the problem of trying to make sense out of both shows. This is itself a gargantuan task. The two authors have made a very good try at a compromise. Actually, it seems to work; at least as well as it can using the date given on the shows. The whole zine is written in first person and set up as reports done by the individuals involved, after the fact, for historical reference. Each is identified at the beginning of their report, and they follow in chronological order without repeating each other. Book 1’s real purpose seems to be to get all the main characters together, and define their relationships while setting up the basis for the rest of the stories. What happened to Apollo and Sheba? What did Starbuck do after Cy was blasted? These questions are answered along with many more. The reader is plunged into events leading to crisis almost immediately. Things seem to happen at breakneck speed. Relationships form or reform at an incredible rate. I must admit it gives me no time to get bored. The crisis seems a little contrived, but no more so than many stories I’ve read and liked. I found the story was warm, funny, sad, and hopeful. The characters are true to both stories. I had no trouble with their actions or thoughts. The events flowed and the report form was not a hindrance to enjoying the story. The real complaint I have with this zine is the artwork. It is only adequate, and there is an over abundance of it. Geraldine has the potential to be a good artist, but looking at her work makes me wonder if she didn’t go for quantity instead of quality. I’m looking forward to reading books II and III. [3]

References

  1. from a flyer in Pegasus #6
  2. ad from Datazine #30
  3. from Datazine #30