Datazine/Issues 41-50

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Issue 41

cover of issue #41, Leah Rosenthal

Datazine 41 was published in April/May 1986 and contains 40 pages.

  • there is a personal statement from the writer of Courts of Honor:
    COH is completed and a few copies have been mailed -- few in comparison to the many copies ordered. It has taken me four and a half years to reach this point, and now that I have, I am emotionally and financially bankrupt. I can't fulfill the remainder of my orders, and I can't handle the volume of correspondence COH has generated. For some reason I can't fathom, there are still fans who are willing to donate their, time, and labor to this project. I have turned over the paste-up and all other physical assets of COH to them. They will issue their own statement about the disposition of COH in this and other information zines. They do not, however, inherit my debts. I alone am responsible for those, and I am the only one who has received income from the zine. For reasons of physical and mental health, I need a time-out. I am gafiating, and after the end of March, now one in fandom will know where I am. This isn't what I intended or expected as a result of my work, and I very much regret both the financial loss to those who ordered COH and my betrayal of their trust.
  • there is a personal statement regarding Courts of Honor that is signed by six fans: Edi Bjorklund, Alta Brewer, Victoria Clark, Caren Parnes, Mary Ann Drach and Barbara Storey:
    We would like to assure all who have ordered COH that we are determined to see it in print... What we are doing is a rescue effort...We understand that we cannot be fair to everyone, but we're going to try to be fair to the majority. As soon as we know precise details, all SASEs will be mailed out. Print run will be based on the number of orders we receive... We are each chipping in what we can afford. In spite of that, it won't be enough unless we have order money up front. We know you've been burned; we are asking for your trust.
  • a fan writes in with this idea:
    What would happen in 100 Trekkers bought 1 share of Gulf and Western (Paramount's mother) and we all met at the annual stockholder's meeting... First, they wouldn't know what to do with us. Secondly, think of the wonderful tailgate party we could have in the parking lot! Third, could you just imagine what would happen if more than 100 bought a share? If 1000 bought a share? The possibilities!!!. Of course, the main idea is to keep ourselves in the minds of the Business Suits. We can't let them forget for a second that WE kept Mr. Roddenberry's idea alive and it's OUR money that's paying their dividends and salaries.
  • some zine eds are going to have a section in their zines for fans' reactions to the Challenger space shuttle explosion
  • a prominent zine ed apologizes for the lateness of his zine, citing illness, two job changes, and a move to a new house. He also calls out another zine ed for not sending the zines (Only Trek and Saurian Brandy Digest) he ordered over two years ago
  • two publishers, who've parted ways two years ago, are still getting each other's mail and money with one accusing the other one of being, essentially, a thief
  • there is a personal statement from Randall Landers that he is "taking a break from the fanzine publishing business at this time" but that he intends to remain active in fandom
  • MKASHEF advertises a K/S trivia game called "Intimate Details." "Do you think you know everything about everything ever written in every K/S zine ever printed? This game is for you! Six categories (100 questions each): 'Classic K/S -- Before 1982,' 'Contemporary K/S -- 1982-1985.' 'Art,' 'Alternate Universes,' 'Locations,' and 'K/S and the ST Movies.' Printed on good quality cardstock, illustrated by Gayle F. SASE for price and availability."
  • a review of Progressions, see that page
  • a review of Nome #8, see that page
  • a review of Greater California K/S, see that page
  • a review of Mach-1 Plus, see that page
  • a review of Daring Attempt #4, see that page
  • a review of Consort #1, see that page
  • a review of Dreams of the Sleepers, see that page

Issue 42

cover of issue #42, Don Harden

Datazine 42 was published in June/July 1986 and contains 40 pages.

  • the editors report that Intergalactic Trading Company had done a test to determine how timely zine eds were in getting material out to those who'd paid for it: "Sixty orders were placed from ads placed in an issue of Datazine. In the first two weeks, 35% of the orders had arrived. By the end of six weeks, over half of the orders had been filled. After a polite letter of inquiry was sent asking the progress of the orders, a few more arrived. Just over 10% of orders were still not filled or heard from after ten weeks. A second letter prompted several more to come in... After twenty weeks there were still a few zine editors who'd cashed their checks and still not sent fanzines. The conclusion was that you could expect quick delivery of your fanzine about 50% of the time, slow delivery about 40% of the time, very slow delivery 5% of the time, and at least 5% of the orders would never be filled." The survey concluded that "most fanzine publishers are reliable."

Boldly Writing wrote that "the editors ran the item because they thought the results were worth boasting about, but some fanzine publishers took offense, especially those who put out fanzines after long and unexpected delays."

  • there are no zine reviews

Issue 43

cover of issue #43, uncredited

Datazine 43 was published in August/September 1986, contains 40 pages. It was printed on a laser printer, one of the very first zines to do so.

  • the publisher of Genesis Aftermath says that the third printing of this zine will now include illustrations, and anyone who ordered the first two editions can get the illos sent to her or him for thirty-nine cents and a SASE
  • a fan writes that other fans can call him, provides a phone number, and says: "Limit two calls only. Limit time: six minutes. Saturdays only. Limit calls to within the states of Ohio and New York, ask for Rodney."
  • a fan says that after three unswered SASEs for a zine he had paid for, he is now pressing charges for mail fraud "as soon as we discover your whereabouts"
  • a zine ed tells other fans not accept checks from another fan, and states her entire name
  • Walking Carpet Press editors have decided that they cannot sort out Courts of Honor pre-orders and that anyone who wants the zine will have to pay the price of $20 regardless of any prior deposit
  • a review of Shades of Grey, see that page
  • a review of The Poets and I, see that page
  • a review of As I Do Thee #4, see that page
  • a review of A New Hope, see that page
  • a review of Naked Times #9, see that page
  • a review of Hello/Goodbye, see that page
  • a review of Likely Impossibilities #2, see that page
  • a review of Vive La Resistance!, see that page
  • a review of Kista, see that page
  • a review of Stargate #1 and #2, see that page
  • a review of Angel Unaware and Other K/S Stories, see that page
  • a review of The Women's List, see that page
  • a review of Melange #7, see that page
  • a review of Fantazy #3, see that page
  • a review of Outlands #9, see that pate
  • a review of It Takes Time on Impulse #4, see that page

Issue 44

cover of issue #44, Lynne Gutshall, nominated for a Surak Award

Datazine 44 was published in October/November 1986 and contains about 40 pages

  • personal statements include one from the editor of Alien Brothers saying the zine isn't late as she never set a publication date, that even if it were late it was because her house flooded and even though she saved the zine, she lost everything else. She is unhappy because one "unscrupulous contributor" sent a one of the works in AB to another zine in the meantime, an action that that has made the publisher decide that all submitters sign a release from next time. She also wants a statement from each contributor regarding the use of her or his real name in the zine. She scolds folks for hassling her about how long its taking for this zine to be published:
    I am only interested in turning out a superior product... I do all the work myself, except for typing. This takes time, lots of it. Therefore, please don't push or threaten me!... I know all of you are eager, but really! Give me a break!
  • there is an announcement and description of the Surak Award
  • a fanzine publisher writes, somewhat amusingly, that her computers have developed a personality of their own:
    TO EVERYONE WHO MIGHT BE WAITING FOR STARSHIP BRITANNICA #3: Due to unforeseen difficulties, SB#3 will be postponed from October to December. First, changing from programming micros to programming IBM mainframes in machine language requires (shouldn't but does) more math credit than I have, and the fall semester has started. Even more seriously, Harriet, the wonderful, hard working IBM PC responsible for getting FOUR zines our between February and August of this year, had a nervous breakdown when she saw the number of disks to be formatted in preparation for SB#3...She'll quite willingly run programs (and did eventually format the disks) but word processing definitely needs a screen ....Peon, the Commodore, only requires a TV and has volunteered. Unfortunately, Peon also requires an RS232 interface board to run the beautiful dot matrix (could you tell) Toshiba Harriet uses. So which ever one comes up to par first runs the word processing software.
  • Bill Hupe says Randall Landers has given up production rights to Stardate and Orion and that Bill is taking over
  • Kathy Resch says she has taken over the publishing of Before the Glory by Syn Ferguson
  • a fan thanks another for returning the cassette tape recorder (with "brand new batteries") containing talks with DeForest Kelley and Leonard Nimoy; she'd left the machine sitting at a table at a con
  • a fan proposes "A Thousand Roses" for William Shatner during the filming of Star Trek V. Each fan (hopefully a 1000) will buy a small florist card which represents a rose, sends it (and nine dollars for Shatner's fan club), along with personal message of undying gratitude. Each day a new card will be displayed by an actual rose in his office. The fan gives a reminder: "Please remember, everyone, this is going to be on public display. So Do Not Embarrass the Man!!."
  • a fan takes another to task for publicly telling other fans she is not to be trusted, says she has acted in good faith, and it is he who is a skunk
  • a review of Destiny's Children #2, see that page

Issue 45

cover of issue #45, Lynne Gutshall

Datazine 45 was published in December 1986 and contains 40 pages.

  • the editor notes that Universal Translator has ceased publication
  • the editor asks that fans not pass along copies of Datazine to non-paying fans, asking those fans to instead buy their own subscriptions
  • this issue contains, for the first time, a nomination from for the FanQ Awards; the form says the current categories are Star Trek, Star Wars and General
  • there is a nomination form for the Surak Award
  • a zine ed writes that in her two years of fandom that she has found zine buyers and the post office to be 100% pleasant and reliable, but that success rate does not apply to other zine eds
  • a fan is trying to get a hold of a zine for a refund she started asking for four years ago
  • a fan writes in support of Syn Ferguson, saying:
    While I am upset about paying for a zine (and paying extra to help out), that I never recieved, let's all remember that 'Let he who is without sin...' Sometimes people overextend themselves. Let's forgive and forget. And throw our support behind the group that is now trying to get COH published.
  • a zine ed is making her third request in personal statements for a fan's current address as she keeps trying to send her a zine and the post office keeps sending it back
  • the editor of a new press advertises for "one obsessed fan to catalog every Chekov story published from 1984 through mid-1987, for an index to appear in the upcoming fanzine, PROTOSTAR." Applicants had to submit a writing sample that listed the author, zine, publisher info, a synopsis and as rating of the story quality. [This zine was to have a cover by C. Sibbett, fiction and art by Vel Jaeger, Dan Barth, Laurie Huff, and Tom Howard.] It is unclear if the zine was ever published.
  • there were 42 K/S fanzines and 160 ST fanzines advertised for sale
  • a review of Goliath, see that page
  • a review of Masiform D #15, see that page
  • a review of The Pilot's Prayer, see that page
  • a review of Choices, see that page
  • a review of A Gift Beyond Price, see that page
  • a review of The Price of Freedom, see that page

Issue 46

cover of issue #46, Charles T. Stidham

Datazine 46 was published in 1987 and contains 55 pages.

  • includes a double-page ad of Bill Hupe's zines for sale
  • includes a 3-page ballot for the Surak Awards
  • a fan wants information on zines about Andorians
  • there are some Nome t-shirts for sale
  • the zine auction for Toni Cardinal-Price is still trying to get off the ground
  • the first Star Trek con in Italy was held
  • there are no zine reviews

Issue 47

cover of issue #47

Datazine 47 was published in May/June 1987 and contains about 60 pages. The editor asks for readers to send in suggestions for a list of the "ten best zines of all time."

Issue 48

cover of issue #48, Leah Rosenthal

Datazine 48 was published in July/August 1987 and contains 50 pages.

  • there are many letters by fans complaining about not receiving zines they'd paid for, former zine ed partners skipping town with zine money in had, and fans warning other fans about other fans
  • a zine ed writes a personal statement:
    I like publishing zines. I would like to continue publishing zines. But an attitude has developed in zine fandom that is causing many zine eds to retire and others to become bitter and hardened, including myself. Fanzines are and should be an hobby, an avocation, not a business. They should be done when an editor has the time, the money and the interest... Sometimes editors their deadline because of illness, family, business, personal problems, financial shortfalls or *gasp* tardy contributors. In many cases, the editor has no choice but to wait until next year... If the editor is having problems with the rest of her life, she probably doesn't have the time, energy, or inclination to write comprehensive missives spilling her personal problems upon stranger's eyes. I have known editors who have been delayed by cervical cancer, divorce, remarriage, a life-threatening premature baby, family suicide, stress induced mental and physical breakdown, and more... made worse by being hounded by the demands of contributors and correspondents. Often this was for zines that more no more than a year or two late... We are all losing fine editors and zines because of all the bitching and backbiting by fans who see only their needs, and their wants, and who make their demands. Because of the demands by YOU, the zine buyers, for form over function. In the past, editors could could count on help and support, understanding and compassion from the rest of fandom. If a zine was late, fans checked with other fannish friends of the editor to find out what the problem was and IF THEY COULD HELP IN ANY WAY. Now, in this age of Phil Donahue, editors are expected to spill their guts no matter how personally painful and to operate their publishing like Pocket Books or Ballantine. Fanzines and fandom offer you a chance to create a voice in a society where you personally can rarely make an impact. In fandom, one note of support, one bit of patience, one helping hand, can make the difference to not only another human being, but the entire community of fandom. In this, fanzine fandom's twentieth anniversary year, I bet you to try a little patience and offer a little support.
  • a zine ed makes a personal statement that says it has been two years since her co-editor skipped town with a bunch of money and left her holding the bag. She has spent the last two years sending zines out out to fans in reparation, has lost a huge amount of money:
    I feel I have done the best I can to deal with the disaster of Impact in a just and honest manner. I can do no more than that.
  • one fan writes a personal statement in response to one in the previous issue of Datazine. She completely disassociates herself from another fan:
    Be it known that I, [name redacted] have never been or will be associated with [name redacted]. Anything that has anything to do with her is solely her responsibility. In keeping with the belief of IDIC, I lent a helping hand. Unfortunately, I was just another poor soul to lend that helping hand to the wrong person.
  • there are no zine reviews

Issue 49

cover of issue #49, Bruce Burr

Datazine 49 was published in September/October 1987 and contains 50 pages.

Issue 50

cover of issue #50

Datazine 50 was published in November/December 1987 and contains about 50 pages.

  • it contains no zine reviews
  • the personal statements section is, again, remarkably calm and conflict-free
  • from the editorial:
    Wow, Datazine is 50 issues old. It's been a long haul, and a lot of fun, hard, satisfying work... We are probably dumb enough to continue for another 50 issues. Thanks to the growth in fandom, Datazine has gone from a 24-page ring-around-the-collating-table-affair to a computer-produced, machine-collated piece of cake. I really doubt that KathE and I would have continued if the job hadn't gotten any easier. I remember well the first issue I helped KathE produce. On her spastic typewriter, we typed out the listings... then after the printer was finished, we had to lay it out on her dining room table and wear a path in KathE's already thread-bare carpet. HOURS and HOURS later, we stapled, hand-stamped, and labeled each and every copy.

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