Duet (Due South zine)

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Zine
Title: Duet
Publisher: Duet Press
Editor(s):
Date(s): 2002
Series?:
Medium: fanzine, print
Size:
Genre:
Fandom: Due South
External Links: Duet Press, some table of contents pulled from the zine agent
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Duet is a slash Due South anthology focusing on the Fraser/Kowalski relationship.

issue #1, Killa

Issue 1

Duet 1 was published in 2002 and is over 300 pages digest sized. Colour and black and white art by Eugenie Chua and Killa.

Awards

  • Duet cover art by Killa won 2003 Huggy Award for best zine art in Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • 'The Bodyguard' by Speranza won 2003 Huggy Award for best zine story and best zine writer in Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • 'Bedlam' by M. Fae Glasgow was nominated for 2003 Huggy Award for best zine story in Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • Winner 2003 Huggy Award for best zine, Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • Winner 2003 Marion McChesney Award for Best New Editor (Sizzler Award), Valentin and Stormy, ConneXions 2003
  • Winner 2003 SCREWZ award for best Due South zine (both volumes)
  • Nominated 2003 Serious Duck Award for best slash anthology
  • Winner 2002 Sizzler award for best Due South zine. (tied), ConneXions 2003

Table of Contents:

  • A Perfect Something by Aristide ("Fraser's eyes were right at him directly leveled at him, and for one helpless moment Ray found himself wondering how it would be different, kissing someone his own height—to have all the important parts just naturally lined up, all right there if Ray were to hold his head up and step towards Fraser and go for it.") (1)
  • Understood by Ren ("Dreamed the same dream, and woken up in as close to tears as made no difference, still feeling the cold clutch of fingers against his skin. Ray had held him, wordless, the warmth of him easing the tremors and sending him into sleep.") (45)
  • The Bodyguard/and here by Speranza ("Which was a totally different thing from this armful of warm, nice-smelling Mountie. A totally different thing them being with Fraser, who'd needed two years of friendship, a near-rape by a demented ballerina, and some serious arm twisting before he'd even given Ray the time of day.") (57)
  • Bookends by Destina Fortunato ("After all, that picture had been left behind. And things that are abandoned have to be cared for — finders keepers. He would keep care of it, and after a time, maybe, it would be his.") (131)
  • Bedlam by M. Fae Glasgow (""I want to. I've wanted to for weeks." Ray arched his back a little, pushing into Eraser's touch "I just don't know who I'll be after I do it."") (147)
  • Not a Brother by Debra Fran Baker ("The bruises on Kowalski's face were almost faded, and he was getting more and more use out of his left arm, and Fraser, who was barely scratched, wasn't saying a word.") (193)
  • Head Case(Wayback link); at Archive of Our Own by Pares (""I'm sure a model of your skull would be a phrenologist's dream "") (207)
  • Unrestrained by Kit Mason (""Oh, very well, then. Two men, one deserted cabin during the autumn rains, and a pair of handcuffs exactly like those. Oh, and might I mention that there was no indoor plumbing?"") (229)
  • Ghosti by Hth ("Missing Fraser. Which Ray didn't know a damn thing about, because he had never missed Fraser, not for a second, not for the blink of an eye, not for any reason at all, not Fraser or his wolf or his five-dollar vocabulary words or his circus outfit or his anecdotes or his bullshit, I'm-too-important-to-bother-with-your uncommunicative bullshit attitude.") (267)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

I have *missed* this story. *siiiiigh* You never forget a fandom you have loved. [1]
Man, that zine was GOLD, though, right? - every other story in there was by someone amazing... Yay for old loves brought back to light [2]

Issue 2

issue #2, Killa

Duet 2 was published in 2002 and contains 306 pages. It is digest-sized. Colour and black and white art by Eugenie Chua and Killa.

Awards

  • Duet cover art by Killa won 2003 Huggy Award for best zine art in Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • First Person Imperfect by Stormy was nominated for 2003 Huggy Award for best zine story in Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • Mangy Dog by Speranza won 2003 Huggy Award for best zine writer in Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category
  • Nominated 2003 Huggy Award for best zine, Other Cop/Spy/Detective Category, ZebraCon 2003
  • Winner 2003 Marion McChesney Award for Best New Editor, Sizzler Award, Valentin and Stormy, ConneXions 2003
  • Winner 2003 SCREWZ award for best Due South zine (both volumes)
  • Nominated 2003 Serious Duck Award for best slash anthology

Table of Contents:

  • Fall by Mia ("Fraser felt his dignity slide from him like a robe. He wondered if this were finally the bottom—intoxicated on Ray's sofa in the middle of the night, begging him—or if he had further to fall.") (1)
  • Rational by Viridian5 ("The new Ray had thrown himself into his role and at me so quickly and recklessly that he'd already been in deep within my personal space before I could summon the presence of mind to object.") (13)
  • Palimpsest by M. Fae Glasgow (""There's someone I want to look at me different from how they see me right now, only I don't know what to say to make that happen. You said you'd be better at this than me, and you're the guy with the big words and the quotes and the memorized Paradise Lost, so go ahead, be my guest, do this better than me."") (19)
  • First Person Imperfect by Stormy ("I'm focusing intently on his face, determined to remember this moment for all time, this picture of sated, sweaty, messy masculine beauty. Because I shall never see him again. Of this I'm sure.") (57)
  • ...And the Cow Jumped over the Moon by Eugenie Chua ("They tied me to the pole next to Frase, and I swear his eyes nearly popped outta their sockets when he saw me. I wiggled a little, Just to give him something to think about. Another couple of guys came up and started piling some stuff at my feet. They were surrounding me and Fraser with... lamb chops.") (89)
  • Mangy Dog by Speranza ("Ray opened his eyes and showed him the ghost of a smile. His lips moved, and Fraser could see the word: Hey. But no sound came out of Ray's mouth. Instead, the voice Fraser heard was his father's, echoing loud in his head: What do you want a mangy dog like that for?") (103)
  • The Whole Enchilada by Pares & Laura Shapiro ("Fraser was yelling now. It made his throat sore, and he could feel the blood in his face. "What the hell am I supposed to do when you kiss me and run? When you tell me you want to be with me, and then moon over your ex-wife? What am I to infer from that?"") (147)
  • Scar Tissue by M.R. (""Ray." I consider for a moment what tone to use. Command will only make him more stubborn. Of course, right now so would reasonable, pleading, and probably seductive. I settle for mildly irritated. "Did we or did we not promise each other when we started this relationship that we would have no secrets?"") (189)
  • Food for Thought by Sihaya Black ("Churchill gave Fraser a comradely grin. "I never could figure out if Michael always had a thing about monogamy," he said, "or if it developed because he had to share Ray for so long.") (205)
  • Six Feet Under by Barb G. ("The locking mechanism slid open (not like before, I wasn't thinking of before) and Fraser was there, standing in the hall. The light around him made him into a dark shadow, but it was a Fraser-shaped shadow, and it was good.") (235)
  • Superfreaky by cmshaw ("Fraser's skin was hot under the thin fabric, and when Fraser took his other hand lightly he could feel that Fraser's palm was sweating. It was hot in here, definitely hot, and Ray's bra straps itched more than his shoulder holster ever had.") (259)
  • And Life Continues by Jacquez H. Valentine (""It's a stupid story, Fraser. It wouldn't happen. First of all, Turnbull wouldn't run for office, because I happen to know he's kinked for the uniform And Stella hates Florida. It's not a good story."") (297)

References

  1. comment by Teland on Archive of Our Own (2017)
  2. comment by kormantic on Archive of Our Own (2017)