Datazine/Issues 01-10

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Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Debi Barbich

Forum 1 was published in Jan/Feb 1980 and contains 16 pages.

  • Debi Barbich (artist), Susan Crites (columnist), Caro Hedge (reviews) , KathE Donnelly and Joyce E. Thompson (editors)
  • "Two PUBLISHED current fanzine reviews will entitle the writer to a free issue of Forum.
  • cost: $1 an issue, $6.75 for nine issues, $3.60 for four issues, all first class mail
  • from the editorial:
    After seven long months of planning, the first issue of Forum is finally a reality. It's been a joy to do (mostly), a hassle (on occasion), and a bit of a pain (only rarely), but we've had some very rewarding contacts... and we've become even more aware of all the time, effort, and plain ole' hard work which Celeste and Mary Ann put into Scuttlebutt. When it comes to zine listing publications, no doubt Scuttlebutt will always be considered 'the grand-daddy of them all,' and rightly so.
  • "Think It Over": "Each issue will feature a question or statement for reader consideration. In the following issue the most representative letters will be published." The first question: "Based on what is seen in the Star Trek: The Motion Picture, does Christine Chapel still love or maintain any special feelings for Mr. Spock? Why or why not?"
  • a column by Susan Crites called "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter" which explains the very basics of creating a zine. "Susan's articles will attempt to highlight some of the pitfalls frequently encountered by zine editors and publishers."
  • review of Masiform D #9, see that article
  • review of Startoons, see that review

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2, appears to be Debi Barbich

Forum 2 was published in February/April 1980 and contains 24 pages.

  • art by Debi Barbich, column by Susan Crites
  • fans discuss whether Christine Chapel is still in love with Spock: two say yes, one says no, and the fan who suggested the question to the editors says she was misquoted:
    I do feel the question as stated is overly simplistic and that it does not convey the real essence of the question as I originally posed it. The qustion I would like to see discussed is this -- "In the ST novel [movie?], Gene Roddenberry says that Christine is still in love with Spock. Why does Gene Roddenberry keep writing her like that? Does he see her as a 'fan' as it were? This would seem to be a much more viable question for your readers to consider.
  • review of Changeling, see that article
  • review of Future Wings Flypast, see that article
  • review of NTM Collected #2, see that article
  • review of Falcon's Flight #3, see that article


Issue 3

front cover of issue #3, Debi Barbich

Forum 3 was published in April/May 1980 and contains 30 pages.

  • "Think It Over": there are two letters from fans which discuss the question "Why does Gene Roddenberry insist on writing a Christine Chapel character who is in love with Spock?" The editors apologize for not being able to print all letters received.
  • The discussion question for next issue is "How much is ST-TMP going to affect Trekzines? Will Trek fiction soon divide into 'first generation' and 'second generation' stories'? Will the movie spawn a whole new group of zines based only on the movie?"
  • the out-of-print zine listing names 22 titles (38 issues)
  • a fan asks where she can get a hold of a ST parody by Ursula LeGuin she has heard about called "Intracom"
  • a fan writes that she is interesting in "obtaining out-of-print zines, or in a photo-stat service which can furnish them" for her
  • there are a number of notices from fans asking other fans to xerox copies of zines for them
  • a review of Mirrors of Mind and Flesh, see that page
  • a review of Sol Plus #6/7, see that page
  • a review of "Where No Man Has Gone Before, The Authorized Biography of William Shatner"
  • a review of R & R #11, see that page
  • a review of Sing a Song of Trekkin', see that page
  • "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter..." by Susan Crites: the article discusses how she, as an editor, chooses stories and other material for a zine, how to reject stuff, how to edit, and the importance of SASEs

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Debi Barbich

Forum 4 was published in May/July 1980 and contains 40 pages.

  • a review of Crossfire, see that page
  • a review of Dilithium Crystals, see that page
  • a review of "First Channel," a Sime~Gen pro novel
  • a review of "Where No Man Has Gone Before, The Authorized Biography of William Shatner"
  • "Think It Over" question for next issue is: "Is in the past couple of years, many long-time ST fans seem to have drifted into other fandoms and areas of interest --- SW, S & H, Galactica, 1999, etc. Is there any specific reason (or reasons) for the defection? Does ST lose its 'magic' after a few years?"
  • "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter" by Susan Crites discusses a fan's 'right' to control/copyright her own characters in established fandoms considering one is writing 'borrowed' characters anyway, and what are an zine editors rights and responsibilities in reprinting zines in regards to art

Issue 5

Forum 5 was published in July/August 1980 and contains 45 (though about 6 pages are duplications) pages.

front cover of issue #5, Debi Barbich
  • there is a letter from Joyce Yasner and Devra Langsam thanking a number of fans for their help at Mos'Eastly Con
  • there is a letter from a fan saying there is no formal connect between August Party and Austrek '80, even though some of the organizers are the same. "We are a fan-run con and such, request your support."
  • Mpingo Press "is finally recovering from its economic problems, and wishes to thank all the patient people who gave understanding assistance and just plain did not hassle us."
  • several fans have announced they are marrying other fans
  • there is a new column called "Miss Demeanor" that is meant to answer fans' letters about fannish behavior and culture
  • "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter" by Susan Crites talks of choosing fiction to print in zines and rewrites
  • a review of Games of Love and Duty, see that page
  • a review of Echerni: The Lightfleet Letters, see that page
  • a review of One Way Mirror, see that page
  • a review of Menagerie #16, see that issue
  • a review of a zine (mostly non-fiction, but also some fiction) called "Windhaven" (issue #5) focusing on females, minorities, issues, articles relating to writing and motivation
  • a review of Spin Dizzie #3, see that page

Issue 6

front cover of issue #6, Shona Jackson

Forum 6 was published in August/October 1980 and contains 40 pages.

  • there is a letter from Jean Lorrah that says another fan, one who offered to sell fanzines at a con for her, has reneged on the deal. When asked to return the zines or the money owed, there has been no answer and the Lorrah is out $138.75. She warns that this fan is no longer to be trusted.
  • "Miss Demeanor" explains the usage and history of the term: Sci Fi
  • a review of The Perfect Object, see that page
  • a review of Penumbra, see that page
  • a review of Spin Dizzie #4, see that page
  • a review of "Shadows Of", a zine that contains a tiny, tiny amount of Trek fiction

Issue 7

Forum 7 was published in October/November 1980 and contains about 40 pages.

front cover of issue #7, Debi Barbich
  • the editors respond to a letter printed in Interstat #34 regarding the review of Penumbra in Datazine #6. They write that they do not edit reviews, nor do they shun controversy and welcome all fans to write reviews. They print a rebuttal review of Penumbra by Susan Crites.
  • the editors have received an unsigned memo complaining about a Star Trek club in Massachusetts:
    I resent being the recipient of unsigned slanderous material of any sort. If the folks who authored this thing will contact me and be honest enough to use their name, I will be willing to listen to their position. Meanwhile, I could prefer to have no more anonymouse crap in my mailbox.
  • the editors have also lost money sent in for zines to a fan who has had to cancel a con called S'Con. This loss of $37.50 means they must delay the printing of the next 'Forum.'
  • a fan complains of the review of Dilithium Crystals by Tigriffin. It was "... the most careless hatchet-job I have ever read in fandom."
  • "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter" by Susan Crites, she recommends some books useful to writing
  • a review of Starweaver, see that page
  • a review of Nome #2, see that page
  • a review of L.A. Vespers, see that page
  • a review of Dracula, see that page
  • a review of Accumulated Leave #1, see that page
  • a review of Maine(ly) Trek #1, see that page
  • a review of Penumbra, see that page

Issue 8

Forum 8 was published in January/February 1981 and contains 44 pages.

front cover of issue #8, not credited
  • there is a lengthy statement from Tigriffin called "Tigriffin Reviews Tigriffin":
    This is the first, and last, and only time such a respose will appear as Tigriffin's function is to review fanzines, not exchange personal opinions on esoteric subjects... The main purpose of a fanzine review is to provide potential purchasers with a basis on which to decide whether or not they wish to order the zine... In conclusion, Tigriffin acknowledges that she has not as yet attained perfection in the art of reviewing. There are instances in all seven of her reviews for Forum where the unbiased eye will detect a poorly chose word, a misjudgement in the propriety of a clever remark, or, even a typographical error. These shortcomings are evident to Tigriffin as well, and she hopes to eliminate them with practice and perserverance... Tigriffin stands by her overall assessment of every story and every fanzine, as well as her belief in this system of evaluation, and will continue to do so. It is to be hoped fandom at large can respect this moral position, even if they must disagree with some of the reviews it produces.
  • "Miss Demeanor" talks about BNFs and approachability, and what to do when you disagree with one. "A true BNF has the mandate from the people. She has a big heart, not a big head."
  • "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter" discusses the "The Ten Suggestions" for fanartists and zines
  • a review of "My Stars," by Michael Goodwin, a sequel to Who Was That Monolith I Saw You With?
  • a review of Warped Space #43, see that page

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9, Debi Barbich

Forum 9 was published in January/February 1981 (yes, the same as the previous issue) and contains 28 pages.

  • "They Laughed When I Sat Down at the Typewriter" talks of the results of several questionaires she has sent out to artists
  • there is note about how the Star Trek Fan Fund is "undergoing a face-lift" and will now include all media fans
  • there is a note about who the fifth FanQ awards are changing, that one third of the MediaWest*Con memberships have to nominate and vote or there would be no awards
  • "Miss Demeanor" offers advice to a fan who has finally met a pen pal and doesn't like her in person very much
  • a review of Time Warp #4, see that page
  • a review of the pro book, "Galactic Whirlpool"

Issue 10

Forum 10 published in February/April 1981 and contains 30 pages.

front cover of issue #10, Debi Barbich
  • Susan Matthews announces she is pulling her series of zine stories ("Ragnarok") from publication in order to rework them into a science fiction format in an attempt to sell them in a pro novel: {{Quotation| With two novels finished and three in draft, my agent feels I have a very good chance of selling the entire Cycle. This means I am forced to immediately pull all fanfiction that treats or refers to the Ragnorak and any character associated with the Ragnarak in order to protect my interests. The only exceptions I've 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 even the most innocent of infringements on the Ragnarok material and my copyrights may adversely affect my health and welfare.}] [1] [2]
  • "Miss Demeanor" advises a fan who has put out a zine but is bothered that no one has reviewed it yet
  • there was no "They Laughed When She Sat Down at the Typewriter" column in this issue
  • a review of Maine(ly) Trek #2, see that page
  • a review of Captives, see that page
  • a review of Stylus, see that page
  • a review of My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys, see that page
  • a review of Obsc'zine #4, see that page

References

  1. see A Personal Statement from Susan Matthews.
  2. Matthews ended up selling her first pro novel fifteen years later, in 1996.