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Title: Falcon's Flight
Publisher: Ellen Blair
Date(s): 1978-1980
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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Falcon's Flight is a gen Star Wars anthology It ran for six issues.

An Example of Fannish Outreach

The editor writes in issue #4 that she hopes fellow fans can help fandom in Poland:
On October 10, 1979 I received a letter from a young man by the name of Wiktor Bukato who is a resident of Warsaw, Poland and the press officer for the Polish National Science Fiction and Fantasy Fan Club (being, as he said in his letter, "one of the very few people in the club that can read and write English well enough to do the task.") Wiktor and his friends heard about FF [Falcon's Flight] through the letterzine Alderaan. Although SW reached Polish theatres a few months ago, Wiktor says that the genre of fanzines has never developed in Poland and that the club members are quite intrigued by the concept. They would like very much to receive copies of FF as it comes out, but there is a financial barrier between the countries; Polish currency cannot be converted to U.S. dollars. I've sent him a comp copy of FF#2 and have an idea that might help our Polish fans and friends. Would one or more of you readers like to sponsor a zine-order for Wiktor and his friends? This would entail your ordering a copy of FF and paying the price of the zine plus $7. 50 for airmail to Poland. As of now, they need #1, #3, and #4. I can't think of a better way to extend the hand of friendship across the world and it is rather singular that SW should be the medium through which such friendship develops. How about it? Would any of my readers like to get in On this project? Let me know as soon as possible.

Issue 1

Falcon's Flight 1 was published in October 1978 and has 70 pages.

back cover of issue #1 by Martynn, is also the cover for Enemy Territory
front cover of issue #1, Ellen Blair
About a second printing:
FF#1 will be reprinted. In fact, it will go to press as about the same time as FF#4. Those of you who sent SASE's for notification of this event will receive a detailed flyer shortly. For other interested persons, the following is capsule info: 68 pages quick print, 8 x 11, of fiction, poetry, art, quizzes and the "Meet Han Solo" article that seems to have gained a separate reputation of its own. Due to the aforementioned rising costs, the cover will also be quick printed, so it won't have 100% of the quality of the original print to keep the cost as low as possible.[1]

  • From the Flight Bay (3)
  • Star Wars: an Overview by Richard Lee (4)
  • filksong by Carolyn Carrock (6)
  • Crew Members (6)
  • Starquest: Overture by Ellen Blair, art by L.A. Adolf (8)
  • The Odd Couple by Ellen Blair, art by Martynn (14)
  • Sky-Dreamer by Ellen Blair, art by Martynn (17)
  • Star Wars Trivia Quiz by Carolyn Carrock (17)
  • Word Search by Carolyn Carrock (18)
  • The Forming of the Company by Cynthia and Donald Frazer, art by Carolyn Carrock (19)
  • Meet Han Solo by Bev Clark and Ellen Blair, art by Blair (33)
  • True of False Quiz by Carolyn Carrock (36)
  • The Set-Up by Denise Edwards, art by Beckey Aulenback (37)
  • Han Solo and The Shulammite Woman by Susan Matthews, art by Teanna Byerts (50)
  • Superstition Run by Kelly Hill, art by Martynn (54)
  • Sister Ships (67)
  • filk by Carolyn Carrock (67)
  • front cover by Ellen Blair, back cover by Martynn, centerfold by Joni Wagner

Issue 2

front cover of issue #2

Falcon's Flight 2 was published in March 1979 and contains 116 pages.

  • The Sky Warriors by Ellen Blair
  • Nightwatch by Bev Clark
  • The Set-Up by Denise Edwards
  • The Last Visit by Janice Sidwell
  • Widowmaker by Susan Matthews
  • Renegade by Melinda Holley and Donna Perry

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

The high points of FF#2 were unquestionably Susan Matthews' WIDOWMAKER and BITTER POLEMIC, both of which I was privileged to read early, and one of which (the poem) I was unwittingly partially responsible for, having written two of the four "get-ems" mentioned in it. The art by Becky Aulenback and Martynn is fine as usual, and I'm particularly partial to the shot of Han in a blanket with his arms around the Widowmaker. Hubba-hubbal I didn't care for NIGHTWATCH. Even considering the fact that it is a vignette and not a full-fledged story, it didn't have a plot, just random dialogue with not much meat to fill it out.[2]
Falcon's Flight second edition has much to live up to. The first edition of the zine received praise from all corners of Star Wars fandom (what there is of it to date), so that the second issue of FF has a high standard to maintain. Editor Ellen Blair has not let the SWFans down, but still falls short of top quality. To begin with Falcon's Flight #2 is much easier to read, and has a better visual appearance overall. The editor learned her initial mistakes in that department very well. The graphics are not inspiring, but are now clean and uncluttered. The artwork in issue number two still leaves some room for improvement. I feel that the best piece of artwork In the publication is a piece by Amy Falkowitz which accompanies the story "The Sky Warriors.". There are other good Illustrations inside by Teanna Byerts and Martynn. The rest of the artwork however shows signs of being too quickly finished to live up to the other artists' potential. Perhaps fewer, but better art would be an answer. The fiction in this issue of FF maintains a heavy interest in using most of the original characters in basically action/adventure scenes. Lengthy character stories are not yet in vogue, although it isn't hard to predict that they will evolve. Bev Clark starts off the issue's fiction with a short character story called "Nightwatch." In this story Luke has been injured in a crash and is hospitalized in serious condition. Han barges Into the hospital, forcing his way past bureaucratic nurses and into Luke's room. Somehow no one bothers him once he's past the nurses and Han is free to see and talk to an unconscious Luke in a very insightful scene. Leia eventually turns up and the ensuing dialog between her and Han is revealing of the delicate friendship and loyalty they all share. The story suffers just a bit from Bev's passion to explain Luke's condition and how all of the machinery around him works. It stumbles a bit through all of the technical detail, but when it returns to the people things flow smoothly Into place and finish up making this a touching story of friendship and love. The Set-Up,' is the second part of a story by Denise Edwards. In the first issue of Falcon's Flight we read that Han is captured by Darth Vader and taken to the planet Carnex where the Empire has established one of its newest bases. As a matter of fact, most of Carnex is pretty base—to put it mildly. Camex is inhabited by two groups. On one side of the planet an alien named Andu-Mah lives. Andu-mah is your basic villain in the tradition of Fu Manchu and Dr. Moreau, and probably has nothing better to do than pull wings off of flies and stick sharp objects in Halloween candy. On the other side of the planet is the Imperial base run by one Dr. X-Lo and his two lackeys: Jah-zan, and Tah-mad, who are twins by cloning. Dr. X-Lo is another basic villain too, but he's in the mad scientist union (probably part of AFSCME) and probably hails from, the same schools as Drs. Frankenstein and No. Darth has a few cameo roles in the Imperial base but his parts consist of little more than walk-ons. So now that you have your scorecard we can keep track of who's who. Back in part one of our story, Han Is hijacked by various underhanded means, and whisked off to Carnex,that veritable Disneyland for S&M freaks. And Dr. X-Lo is all set for Mr. Solo when he arrives. The good doctor (his friends call him "X") has tinkered together a drug with his Gilbert Chemistry set which will allow Han to be brainwashed to the point where his gray matter is little more than a cerebral Biz Bag. X-Lo impresses upon Han the idea that Luke, Chewie and Leia are really not his friends, and eventually instills in him a killing hatred for his buddies... [The bad guy] sends Luke and Chewie over the the other side of the planet to fetch back Han. They are coerced into doing this because Leia is being held hostage and will be killed if they don't cooperate, but such is the lot of your everyday princess: always a hostage and never the terrorist. *Sigh* Andu-Mah wants Han for his mind (that's what they all say). Andu-Mah's brother has been turned into a brain-burn case through some sort of accident. But he doesn't want just any ole brain from the Sears catalog...oh no, he want's Solo's brain and has been waiting to get it for years. (Those of you who want the body when he's done will have to take a number. The line forms to the right.) ... To describe the rest of the plot would probably give away all of the suspense I suppose, but it isn't too hard to guess at. In general, "The Set-Up" reads like an episode outline for a Flash Gordon series. If only it had been written as a tongue-in-cheek satire it would have been hilarious. Instead when it is trying hardest to be serious it isn't. Given the stereotype characters and the comic book action "The Set-Up" is written in a much heavier tone than it needs. At points the story has holes big enough to drop the national debt through. A couple thoughtful questions in the right spots and a good rewrite or two might have made a world of difference for this story.... "The Last Visit." Basically, Darth goes sightseeing on beautiful Tatooine (I'll bet they don't even have post cards) to visit 0bi-Wan's home. Somewhere along the line I read another story in which it was revealed that Darth knew all these many years that Obi-Wan was on Tatooine, but felt he was no threat there and allowed him to stay. Evidently, the same premise must hold true in Janice's story since Vader knows exactly where to find Ben's home but does not bother to explain why Darth never sought him out to destroy him earlier, Anyhoo, former-master and former-pupil have a nice little chat, and pass the teacakes please... "Tears," is the next little vignette, by Anna Mary Hall, whose writing talents I have come to appreciate greatly. I regretted seeing only a vignette from Hall. What much can I say about a vignette except that this one is between Luke and Leia, a nice, touching little piece and is...Immediately followed by a short story by Susan Matthews. "Hotdog!" says I after reading "Widowmaker," Susan has found a great title. "Widowmaker" is about a female Imperial bounty hunter who always gets her man/woman/ET/whatever. That is also the name of the character, who is the best Manhunter in the Empire. She catches 'em, and brings 'em in, and then the Imperial interrogators eventually torture and kill those that the Widowmaker handed over. But the Widowmaker has been assigned to bring in Han Solo and things don't turn out so well. She is caught between several problems at once that change her life in a few days regardless of all her plans. This should go over well with any of the "Hanfans" in the reading audience. The accompanying artwork by Martynn is a crowning touch. "Sky Warriors," by the editor, is a serial story. As it begins I was almost forced to abandon the whole story at the bottom of the eleventh paragraph where Luke is in a hospital on the planet Este.... my first impression upon seeing that one sentence was—Ohmygod, Ellen has written a get-em story. This is probably a defense mechanism I picked up reading get-ems in Trek fiction, so you may not react the same way. The action within the story itself—or at least in this part of it—has no gore, so we're all safe so far. The tale beqins when Luke, Han and Chewie are called upon by Princess Leia to help the government of the planet Este. Vader has been doing what bad guys will do on nice plan ets and has prompted a semi-intelligent species of avians to attack the people of Este. The avians, called Skreels, have effectively shut down the planet. In order to protect the good people of Este they need something called a diacube. The diacube is the gimmick excuse needed to send our heroes off on their adventurous ways because only they can accomplish what no one else on the planet has been able to do. The author tackles the seeming implausibility of this situation but the set-up of circumstances that compels the characters to action is still pretty thinly veiled. The action that follows to the end of this part of the serial is mostly action-adventure, with few major conflicts or twists In plot to speak of here. The final story is called "Renegade" by Belinda Holley and Donna Perry. Luke and Han head off for a planet called Divad. Their mission is to pick up the plans for a new interrogation device developed by the Empire. While our heroes pick up the goods the Princess manages to walk into an ambush on another planet. And golly, gee, there's a guy there who just happens to have a lightsabre with him, who rushes to the aid of the good lady. Despite a series of remarkable coincidences. Princess Leia fails to smell anything fishy about her noble defender. Maybe she just can't resist a man with a light sabre. This good Samaritan—named Geir— turns out to be an Imperial fink, who manages to lead Han into the hands of his superiors. It's then left up to Luke and Chewie to set things straight. In general the story Is just a bit too obvious to maintain the suspense ot needs, although suspense stories are one of the hardest types of fiction to contend with. I was a bit put off by the way Leia was portrayed as a Grade-A chump in "Renegade." Not even a novice to mystery and suspense stories could be expected to be fooled by the things Leia is apparently misled by. On the plus side however the comic relief the authors add with 3-PO's dialog is priceless. A little tighter plotting, and a subtler touch with the clues dropped would have made this story much harder hitting than it was. In summary, most of Falcon's Flight's improvements have been mechanical: graphics, visuals, legibility. The fiction inside has remained on about the same level as with the last issue. I would hope to see improvements with the next issue especially with more forceful editorial control. Some of the stories inside are in dire need of revision...revisions that should be pretty obvious even to a new editor. Rewrites delay publication schedules of course, but are always worth the wait in terms of the added quality that comes from the reworked stories. I'll be looking for a more aggressive editorial policy in future issues of Falcon's Flight. That's what this zine needs to be a top notch SW fanzine.[3]

Issue 3

front cover of issue #3

Falcon's Flight 3 was published in July 1979 and has 140 pages. It is illustrated by Amy Falkowitz, Martynn, Beckey Aulenbach, Ellen Blair.

  • Prelude to a Ceremony by Tracy Duncan
  • Meet Chewbacca by Christine Jeffords
  • The Sky Warriors, Part 2 by Ellen Blair
  • A Plague on Both Your Causes by Nikki White
  • Brothers All by Hope Inglewright
  • Excerpts From a Corellian Diary by Susan Matthews
  • And After, What Then? by C.A. Bucar
  • poem by Susan Matthews
  • A Teachable Art by Ebba Anderson

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

[A Teachable Art and Brothers All]: Another Jedi in hiding who reaches the Alliance through Han is Nahma Vencino of (in chronological order) Ebba Anderson's "A Teachable Art" and Hope Ingle-wright's "Brothers All," both in FF #3. She is a healer rather than a warrior, and whether or not this is because of her sex, she turns out to be stereo typically weak physically. In the first story she knocks herself out using the Force to help Han, and in the second she collapses from exhaustion because she worked all night in the lab! Even people without the Force to sustain them can do lab work all night without collapsing—can this woman actually have gone through Jedi training of any kind? And her age is no excuse. She' s certainly no older than Ben.[4]
[zine, with a concentration on the art]: Bravo for trying your own hand at the art of illustrating! Your first efforts in FF#3 were really quite nice. Your cover, as its predecessors, was excellent with nice composition and a fine suggestion of the surge of power as the Falcon arcs into deep space. I'd like to see you do one of said ship in hyperspace. Overall, FFI3 not only attained, it surpassed its previous standards, continuing with clear repro and eminently readable layout. The contents were another fine mix of prose, poetry and illos. I appreciated the encouraging words on my contributions from your readers. That makes all the work worthwhile if the fen enjoy it and take the time to say so. PRELUDE TO A CEREMONY, I'm afraid, struck me as just a bit juvenile for our heroes of the Death Star Battle. The basic idea is well-meaning but the whole execution seems a bit superficial and childish from the grammatical faux pas ("Luke lighted up"... instead of "lit up"), the off-base characterization (Luke dancing? Cookies at a rebel toast?? Chewie running around intimidating people at a victory celebration?) and the events that somehow don't quite jive with the film -- after so many rebel deaths In the "afternoon's" battle, a ceremony would certainly be the first consideration, not a wing-ding. And Han did change clothes for the awards ceremony. He probably has all sorts of practical or indecent attire stashed aboard the Falcon. The illo was by far the better of Duncan's offerings -- nice faces and background, just needs a little help on anatomy (hands). MEET CHEWBACCA was a thoroughly agreeable piece. Christine painted her wookiee portrait well and added some delightful insights (Chewie's "instinct for people", his "child and adult" aspects). Applause for SKY WARRIORS! You didn't even have to keep me hooked with a cliff-hanger ending this time because I'm completely fascinated and hopelessly caught up in the puzzle of Eawah and Chewie. Oh, I'm duly concerned about Luke and Lela dropping in their tracks but the strange effect the emet has on Han and the reaction of the wookiee are masterstrokes. Amy's SW illos are apt, expeclally Eawah and the image of Leia's unbound hair hanging about Han as he carries her. I wish she'd do Han's face, though! Anyway, now I'm frustrated as a wet wookiee waiting for the third installment. Susan Matthews, mistress of the dramatic monologue, expert at vivid portraiture and revealing glimpses into the inner workings of our SW heroes minds, once again allows Han to put himself into the spotlight with POEM. I not only thoroughly enjoyed the speaker's impassioned soliloquy, I was moved to the point of responding in kind. (In this issue of FF (!)-- ed.) Christine's second contribution again met with my total agreement. I've read Han Solo at Stars' End and found it to be well-written sf and completely in character, true-to-Lucas SW, too. Of course the fact that I'm an incurable Hanatic didn't hurt my opinion either. Good job, Christine! Alma Hedrick's chilling DARTH VADER rings like a Poe poem. She captures the formalized, Gothic, almost classic evil, knowingly treacherous, of Vader in the declamatory, almost chant-like quality of her verse. I really liked this piece! TEACHABLE ART was a 50/50 proposition for me. It was a fairly adept piece of "relationship" writing which deserves credit. I'm not really sure even Nahma could elicit a blush from Solo—he always struck me as being immodest in extremis. What bothered me was (1) lack of action for a basically action-oriented set of characters and (2) the "cutesy" scenes with Luke and Leia (i.e. cleaning up the Falcon -- I don't think Luke would touch the bird without Han's permission). Becky Aulenbach enhanced the story considerably. Her talents have improved with each ish to the point where her illos are beginning to be true illustrations of the story with excellent likenesses, a good bold style and good background composition. Her Han is particularly noteworthy. BROTHERS ALL dabbled further in the Force and relationships but once again our heroes (this time Luke) are being involved in fairly mundane, home-on-the-base crises. I prefer them to take their lumps under more exciting circumstances (like tiffing with Sith and such). However, once again, for the type of atory it is, Hope handles the subject well. Some little scenes were particularly good—Han revving up to devastate his erstwhile date. Sherry; the rescue of Luke; Luke's amusing imitation of Solo's modesty ("I'm not such a bad guy either.") And we get Han's clothes off again—three cheers! Your actual illos for BROTHERS show promise, though. If you get your body proportions and hands up to the good standard of your faces, fandom is in for another one of those double-threat author/artists! My favorite bit of prose is unquestionably Susan Matthews EXCERPTS FROM A CORELIAN DIARY. I'm a recent and big fan of Sue's Captain ap Rhiannon, having done an illo for the story where she and Han meet in "The Devil and Deep Space" (Galactic Flight 2 forthcoming). Susan's masterful, lyric narrative and excellent dialogue are half the fun of this gem that takes that one line about "If money is all that you love..,." Susan really paints an irresistable and often touching picture of Han. His "experiment" with the Princess curled a few of her toes, too. And the scene with ap Rhiannon was choreographed with breathless intensity and lyricism from Han's whispered "Domina" to Jennet's graceful unbinding of her hair and the palmer's kiss. It's a timeless love story enhanced by the sf and SW trimmings. The only thing missing was Teanna's touch.[5]
[zine]: It's a shame Teanna's stuff didn't make it into the ish. I look forward to her contributions. PRELUDE TO A CEREMONY was pretty good, and a valid idea of what happened between times in the film. I can't comment on Part Two of SKY WARRIORS since I haven't read Part One yet. Susan Matthews' POEM is hysterical. I don't buy the fact that Han would be that concerned about his privacy, dignity and whatnot—if we didn't start the stories, he's just nicely conceited enough to do it himself. As a writer of "get-ems", however, I can see his point on the writing of those. Gee, you'd think we didn't like him! RESURRECTION and DARTH VADER are fine, though I slightly disagree with the idea that Vader is an entirely evil as portrayed in the poem. He met Ben one to one with no tricks, and if he tortured Leia she came out of it without a hair rumpled. A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR CAUSES is a great concept, though I basically disagree with a few things that got thrown in. However, I assume from the little intro that we weren't supposed to take it terribly seriously. A TEACHABLE ART is very well done, but I have a couple objections. First, why does everyone and his mother have to be Jedi now? Nahma is, and I can see the reasoning, but it seems tame that either Darth did a slipshod job of getting rid of the Jedi, or they're all a bunch of cowards in hiding. And I also slightly disagree with Ebba's concept of Han's childhood. He's a street kid, yes, but his upbringing can't have been quite that rugged for him to have turned out the way he did. It's a psychological fact that a child deprived of love in his early years can't give it later on, and we know from the way he acts around Chewie and Luke and Leia that he's an affectionate person, even if the affection is buried under a sharp tongue and cocky manner. But the scene that flattened me was Han's "dream" or vision or whatever it was, that had him going back to the age of five. Whether I agree with you on the background or not, that is a fine scene! Had me reaching for the kleenexl And this is Ebba's first story? I may be ill, more of the same, please! BROTHERS ALL is a fine followup to the last story, and again there was a scene that had me reaching for the kleenex -- where Han thinks Luke has died. Talk about a gut-wrencher! I can see Han crying if the hurt is deep enough, and Luke's supposed death would definitely do it. A fine story, although I quibble with the writing in a few places. Are we meant to assume from the fact that Han's getting subconscious "messages" about Luke that he's tapped into the Force? This is the man who calls it "simple trick and nonsense, " I debate that, but within the context of the story it works very well. Bravo to the two authors "EXCERPTS FROM A CORELLIAN DIARY" is up to Susan's usual par, although I trust this is one of her "alternate universe" stories. I don't quite buy Han being anyone s "fancy man", not even someone like Jennet. The art ranges from fair to excellent, top of the scale belonging once again to Martynn.[6]
[zine]: This [Prelude to a Ceremony] is a piece of fluff describing what might have happened between the destruction of the Death Star and the awards ceremony... if one can believe that the Rebels really would feel like throwing a wild party immediately after losing so many of their man. There is a strong sense of 'too much, to soon' in this story. Christine Jeffords enables us to 'Meet Chewbacca' and she also reviews 'Han Solo at Star's End.' 'Sky Warriors' is next. Part 1 ended with Han and Luke going over the rim of a cliff... in true serial fashion, this section ends with them in still another crisis. A fascinating thing called Eawah the emet' is introduced. It will be interesting to see where they go from here. 'Poem,' by Susan Matthews, offers a thought -provoking answer to the 'painful' things people have been doing to Han Solo. 'A Plague on Both Your Causes' is a SW version of 'Yojimbo.' Martynn's illos provide their usual perfect enhancement. Solo fans will enjoy this interpretation of their favorite character though, once again, this story hints that Han Solo is on his way to becoming the one characters who may suffer more injuries that Mr. Spock did. 'A Teachable Art' introduces us to a new chapter to the SW universe, indicating that the Order of the Jedi isn't completely destroyed after all. This is one of the longest pieces of fiction in the book and moves well, though the get-Han syndrome still holds true. Beckey Aulenbach illustrated this story and captures very well Anderson descriptions of the bond of growing respect, liking, and friendship being established among four well-known Rebels. 'Brothers All' is a sequel-continuation of 'A Teachable Art.' This time, Luke gets hurt and Han experiences his first lengthy contact with the Force.... There are a few rough spots in this story; even under the circumstances, it was difficult for this reviewer to believe that Princess Leia would run down to fetch a cup of broth instead of sending an aid; even so, the action of the story carries the reader forward quite well. 'Excerpts from a Corellian Diary' begins another serial -- this one hinting that Han might not be so interested in Princess Leia as a woman after all. Why? Because of a lady from his past who who shows up unexpectedly... resulting in some very interesting revelations about one Corellian smuggler... 'And After, What Then?' has a disguised Luke Skywalker conducting a spy-mission on Peniralt -- during which 'the black armored and caped figure of the Dark Lord of the Sith glowered down at him through eyepieces glinting redly in the angled light.' There is peril and tension in this chance encounter where only one of the antagonists reconignies the other. Poetry and artwork fill in the blank spaces to good advantages. There is a liberal sprinkling of typographical errors througout -- some quite discconcerting, but these are an occupational hazard. Considering that fact that this zine was published six months after the release of the previous one, and that the editor also works at other occupations, the pressure must be terrific. People who don't care for serials should be warned this zine does feature such material. Those how enjoy serials will have great fun. The authors do have a fixation for rib injuries in this issue. Luke Skywalker wound up with approximately five broken ribs, for example. Attractive layout and good reproduction -- both of text and artwork -- makes this zine pleasant to read.[7]
[And After, What Then?]: [It] was an excellent piece of work. The characterizations felt true and the story was built up very logically. It was refreshing to read a story of such subtle suspense. Cary seems a highly talented writer and I would like to see more of her work. Her attention to small details and nuances made the story particularly delightful. I particularly like the touch Cary added by having Leia appreciating and liking Luke to a high degree, but finding an "Insidious something" about Han. It was both amusing and thought provoking.[8]
[zine]: My favorite piece has got to be A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR CAUSES. I howled all the way through. The artwork in the zine is much improved over #2. Also liked the letters a lot - face it, I need all the ego-boo I can get. But I liked those which had no comment, or mildly critical comment, about my own work just as well. You're going to make the people wait till when to find out how SKY WARRIORS turns out? ! ! Ooh, you bad thing.[9]
[zine]: PRELUDE TO A CEREMONY: Not a bad piece of fiction and I do love Sandy. I hope the Duncan sisters write more about her. She could be a great foil for all of the characters. MEET CHEWBACCA: It is nice to see someone highlighting the wookiee for a change. Although I do not agree with Miss Jeffords on all counts, it is good to see other views of these delightful SW characters we all love so much. THE SKY WARRIORS, Part 2: It is beautifully handled throughout. The only thing I could wish for is the last installment now!!! POEM: Susan does have a way with words, and some of what she presents in here has its validity. I have read a few of her pieces before this and have found her to be improving, as do all good writers. EXCERPTS FROM A CORELLLAN DIARY: To me it is one of the best piece of hers I have read. Beautifully written, easy to read, in short a delight. Is there more than two parts to this story? (At least six - can you stand it? ed.) If there is, I think I will find a hole and pull it in after me. I don't think I can wait that long to finish the story!! I A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR CAUSES: This is about the only piece I take umbrage at. It is not that It Isn't well written, but for some reason I could not take it as humorous. I don't know why yet, I only hope I'll find out soon. Maybe it's because I do not think of Han Solo as that mercenary. Whatever! Nikki does write well. RESURRECTION: It's a nice little poem, although it leads the reader astray at first. Neat twist to it. I like that. I KNOW WHAT I'M DOING: It is funny how more than one person has come up with this same theme. More than one I have talked with have been of the opinion that Han Solo knew exactly what he was doing. He would not have been a smuggler for as long as he has if he did not. Thank you, Marie Gleason, for finally putting this long-disputed issue to paper. DARTH VADER: That is one chilling poem. Just reading it, I got the creeps. It is nice to know Vader is a fictional character and not someone you would meet on the streets, I hope! A final comment on Callahan and Falkowitz. All I can say is they're great. Callahan has a great sense of humor, and Amy's improving with everything she does.[10]
[zine]: The best thing to do while waiting for the sequel is to read as many zines as possible - and FF#3 is marvelous. PRELUDE TO A CEREMONY was fun. I like Wedge bugging Luke about how he did it, and the Princess dragging him into a dance. Christine Jeffords deserves a warm wookie on a cold day for her masterly intro of Chewie. You left us with another cliff-hanger after you got our heroes off the cliff. I don't trust those emets (especially if Chewie doesn't. His judgement concerning other non-humans is pretty good. Are the emets hypnotizing the humans? Lota of items for my funny bone: Mouse Robot as a toaster - ouchl Greg's frog in the wine glass leaves me In hysterics and the froggie tipsy. Susan Matthews strikes again, and twice. Her POEM is pure Han, and I won't dispute the authorship - I like to stay alive. She is building a very interesting background for Han, a good mixture of humor and pathos. Her female characters come from all classes: bounty-hunter, bar maids, royalty. Now we meet the Imperial in Han's past, and she's a commander turned Rebel at that! With her crew - one classy lady. Loved the touch of Latin: "Domlna" fits her. A TEACHABLE ART and BROTHERS ALL have so many good points that l can't list them. I always though Han needed a good strong woman at his side - but a foster-mother? Why not! Nahma possesses strength and warmth, and her role as healer fits her Jedl qualities well, The suggeetion that her Corellian husband was a Jedi opens many possibilities, and might make Han nervous if he knew that. The artwork was generallygood but one complalnt: General Do-donna is the greybeard. Ellen, you've drawn a nice picture of Willard. But the mustached Luke eavesdropping on Vader was fun, and complemented Cary Anne's intriguing story.[11]
[zine]: I loved the "Meet Chewie" article. I'm only sorry I missed the "Meet Han" article in FF 1. How can you keep stretching out SKY WARRIORS after the opening line about Leia and Han lying behind the door dying? The wait is killing me but then then's what I love about fandom. I loved the touch with Han and the emet but what the hell is Chewie's problem? (Are you sure Hitchcock isn't one of your favorite directors?) Normally in stories I find it hard to believe Chewie willfully leaving Han for any reason but yours is quite valid. The emotional interplay was right on the mark. They are both capable of being thoroughly bullheaded, but it is always tempered by an unspoken love and concern for each other forged through years of shared dangers and triumphs. Tracey Duncan's PRELUDE TO A CEREMONY, a nice little vignette and so much in character. I'm really looking forward to her Star Journeys zine after this one. As for Susan Matthews' contribution, what is there left to say that hasn't already been said? The lady is fantastic. POEM ranks right up there with her own and fandom's best efforts. Here the Han we've all fallen in love with. Her talents at character delineations constantly amaze me as much as Lucas' own talents for creating the characters in the first place. A PLAGUE ON BOTH YOUR CAUSES I found interesting but didn't particularly care for much, although Han's wisecracking was right on the mark. DARTH VADER, very good, the essence of the character. The only problem is that Vader probably doesn't think of himself as that bad a guy. SECOND SAGA was interesting and plausible, but one question -- why two light sabres? The one for Luke I understand, but somehow I don't see practical Han ever giving up his blaster. And where are the medals? Buried? Overall it is an excellent explanation for the infinite variety of SW stories. A TEACHABLE ART is probably my special favorite. It's too soon to pass judgement on WARRIORS which is running an extremely tight second but as they say, the jury is still out on that one. I really think that Leia would have had a much harder time convincing Han to leave in a strange ship, emergency or not. Nahma's gentle administrations and her easing aside of Han's defenses are totally believable. The only real problem I had with it was Han's childhood. Somehow I don't think it would have been as grim as many fans describe it. BROTHERS ALL is another good story. It fit so neatly with A TEACHABLE ART. My biggest problem on this one was Solo not knowing about the cargo space. Solo, the tinkerer, the man who boasts of his few "special modifications", the man who knows every inch of his baby better than most men probably know their wives, not knowing about space enough for another cargo hold? C'mon. The aspects of the Force were handled quite well. But Solo's quailing was a bit much. Blaming oneself for someone else's death and wishing to God, or who or whatever, it had been you instead, I understood that. But Solo berating himself for always taking and never having given anyone anything, I juat can't aee it, AND AFTER, WHAT THEN?, an interesting short, Peraonally I think Han's made his choice and its the rebellion as long as they let him call his ship and his life his own.[12]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Ellen Blair
back cover of issue #4, Hope

Falcon's Flight 4 was published in October 1979 and contains 100 pages. The plentiful art is by Hope, Ellen Blair, Martynn, Greg Callahan, Becky Aulenbach, Nomad, Amy Falkowitz, and Bettina Helms.

From the editorial:
On to the zine at hand. Due to Lack of space, I wasn't able to add a note at the end of "The Sky Warriors" (yes, patient readers, it concludes in this ish!). There's been a lot of interest and speculation generated by Chewie's antipathy with Eawah the emet, an antipathy which was not explained in the story. So. in response to several inquiries (and a few outright pleas!) there will be a sequel in FF#5. The story is called "The Seed. " Did you think that wookies were native to Wooka (or Kazhyyk in Lucas-ese) and emets to Este? Well, they are but. . . What Han Solo and Chewbacca don't know about each other could be deadly. . . (ahh, but you'll have to wait and see!)

I'm most pleased with the material offered in this ish, not the least of which is the plethora of puzzles, poems, quizzes, and cartoons. See, I knew it was all out there. One just has to shake the branches a little.

The fiction is outstanding and as varied as one could wish. Lisa Adolf's "Little One" is based on the Star Wars Holiday Special. Lisa is a new writer who shows a great deal of promise and I think you'll enjoy her version of how Han came to say to Chewbacca's kin, "You're like a family to me."

"The Price of Error" is by another fairly new writer. Alma Hedrick. Alma shows a distinct flair for detail and subtle suspense. The premise in this story could so easily have come across as a cliche. In Alma's hands, it has not. It's a Luke story, but don't look for the Tatooine farmboy or the starstruck young hero. What you'll find is the embryonic development of a Jedi warrior.

The second chapter of "Excerpts from a Corellian Diary" is calculated to leave you breathless. . .in more ways than one. Other than that, I'll let Susan Matthews' work speak for itself (as it always does.) And there's another dramatic monologue by Guess Who. (Dear me. are those groans of horror I hear, or sighs of delight? )

Bettina Helms debuts in FF with "The Anguish of the Marrow. " a Kenobi offering of considerable depth and breadth and height. If you weren't a Kenobi fan before reading this one, you'll at least be thoughtful when you finish it. Bettina, by the way, is a double threat; her developing talent as an artist is keeping a very adequate pace with her expertise as a writer.

Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru fans will find a great deal of satisfaction in Cindy Frazer's short piece "Beginnings" and in Carol Mularski's fine "Meet" article. Both offerings are not only entertaining but thought-provoking as well.
cartoon from issue #4, poking fun at another fandom
  • from the flight bay (editorial) (4)
  • Transmissions (6)
  • The Price of Error by Alma Hedrick (15)
  • Star Friends (27)
  • Han Solo by Kathy Blair (28) (a filk to the tune of "When I Marry Mr. Snow")
  • Meet Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru by Carol Mularski (29) (article)
  • To the Midnight Poem Writer by Maryann Walther (34)
  • Little One by L.A. Adolf (35)
  • Rationale by Susan Matthews (50)
  • Beginnings by Cynthia Frazer (52)
  • Star Wars Crossword Puzzle in the shape of an X-Wing (54)
  • Sky Warriors, conclusion by Ellen Blair (57)
  • Nightmare by Alma Hedrick (69)
  • Reflection by Alma Hedrick (70)
  • Training Exercise from Alpha Central by Lori Kilpatrick (71)
  • Excerpts from a Corellian Diary, chapter 2 by Susan Matthews (72)
  • Shadows by Alma Hedrick (77)
  • The Anguish of the Marrow by Bettina Helms (78)
  • Confession by Alma Hedrick (85)
  • Sister Ships (86) (zine ads)

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Ellen Blair
back cover of issue #5, Hope

Falcon's Flight 5 was published in April 1980 and has 144 pages.

  • From the Flight Bay (3)
  • Special Bonus Photo Section (The Empire Strikes Back) (8)
  • Transmissions (11)
  • The Spirit of Star Wars by Nancy L. Duncan (22)
  • Marriage Secret by Pat Gonzales, art by Beckey Aulenbach (27)
  • Tolly Wok’s Lightsabre by J.J. Adamson (49)
  • Meet See Threepio by Christine Jeffords, art by Ellen Blair (51)
  • The Talia Stone by Melinda Holley, art by Pam Kowalski (54)
  • Realization by Jacqueline Taero, art by Angela-Marie Varesano (73)
  • One Simple Word by Cary Anne Bucar, art by Amy Falkowitz (74)
  • Yes, I Will by Jani Hicks, art by Angela-Marie Varesano (80)
  • Gerontion by Bettina Helms, art by Helms (81)
  • Dark Lord by Judith Low, art by Low (also in Warped Space #44) (89)
  • Word Search by Lori Kilpatrick (93)
  • Will It Never End? By Pam Buchanan, art by Hope (94)
  • Planetbound by Jani Hicks and Pat Gonzales, art by Angela-Marie Varesano (100)
  • Excerpts from a Corellian Diary, chapter 3 by Susan Matthews, art by Martynn (101)
  • Shooting Star by Judith Low, art by Low (105)
  • Skil-o-Gram by Lori Kilpatrick (106)
  • Reminiscences of a Free Corellian Trader by J.J. Adamson, art by Adamson (107)
  • Protest by Alma Cowart Hedrick, art Angela-Marie Varesano (110)
  • The See by Ellen Blair (111)
  • Anacrostics by Lori Kilpatrick (128)
  • Han Solo’s Revenge, book review by Sherry Magee (129)
  • People First, Thank You by Pam Buchanan, art by Hope (131)
  • After the Battle by Christine Jeffords, art Angela-Marie Varesano (part of the Brightstar Universe) (135)
  • Hanni, We Hardly Knew Ya by Lisa Adolf, art by Beckey Aulenbach (147)
  • Star Friends (147)
  • Sister Ships (149)
  • front cover by Ellen Blair, back cover by Hope

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

[The Talia Stone]: Janella of Melinda Holley's "The Talia Stone" in FF #5 lives alone; her friend and sometime partner, a younger Corellian woman, is a pilot whose hatred of Han is completely mutual—Janella does not know why, and never asks. Han and Luke hire Janella and Varna to help them steal a priceless gem needed to ransom Leia. Janella plans and runs the entire operation, though Luke, using the Force, actually takes the gem and substitutes a fake provided by Janella. At the end Janella risks her life (Varna being ready to use her ship's guns) to ensure that Leia is released according to the bargain.[13]

Issue 6

front cover of issue #6, Neal Andrews
back cover of issue #6, Hope

Falcon's Flight 6 was published in 1980 and has 160 pages (there is an earlier edition with 206 pages).

  • From the Flight Bay (3)
  • Transmissions (6)
  • Star Friends (12)
  • Incident on Salizar by Dolores McAllister, art by Judith Low (14)
  • Behind a Courtly Mas by Kathleen M. Jones, art by Jones (50)
  • Profile: Anthony Daniels (53)
  • Blood Favor by Finocchio Fen (53)
  • Waiting by Alma Cowart Hedrick (61)
  • He'll Be Back by Pam Buchanan (62)
  • Corllian Drinking Song by Alma Cowart Hedrick (65)
  • Flotsam by Eva Albertsson, art by Amy Falkowitz (66)
  • A Droid's Lament by Alma Cowart Hedrick (81)
  • Meet Artoo Detto by Christine Jeffords, art by Ellen Blair (82)
  • Seasons Change by Alma Hedrick, art by Nomad (85)
  • Chewbacca by Alma Cowart Hedrick (102)
  • Word Search by Beth Ann Huffman (103)
  • Yoda's Song by Scorpio, art by Ellen Blair (106)
  • Kheel's Return by Denise Edwards, art by Neal Andrews (107)
  • Statistically Speaking by Kathleen M. Jones (146)
  • The Apples of Eredor by Scorpio, art by Judith Low (147)
  • A Smuggler's Ditty by Kathleen M. Jones, art by Jones (148)
  • Ancient Precedents for a Modern Heroine by Kathleen M. Jones (149)
  • Profile: Peter Mayhew (152)
  • Threepio by Scorpio, art by Judith Low (153)
  • The Blind Man by Scorpio, art by Judith Low (154)
  • Excerpts from a Corellian Diary, chapter 4 by Susan Matthews, art by Martynn (155)
  • Kazhyykish Translation by Beth Ann Huffman (159)
  • Sister Ships (160)
  • art: Neal Andrews (front cover), Hope (back cover), Kathleen M. Jones (centerfold poster), L.A. Adolf, Tracey Christensen, Alma Hedrick, and Nomad


  1. from the editorial in issue #4
  2. from a LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  3. from Alderaan #5
  4. from the 1982 essay Visible Women
  5. from a LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  6. from a LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  7. from Datazine #2
  8. from a fan's LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  9. from a fan's LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  10. from a fan's LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  11. from a fan's LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  12. from a fan's LoC in issue #4 of Falcon's Flight
  13. from the 1982 essay Visible Women