Fantasy Flight

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Title: Fantasy Flight
Editor(s): Karla Jarrett
Date(s): 1981
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia
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Fantasy Flight is a gen multimedia anthology 35-page fanzine published in 1981 by Karla Jarrett. It contains Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica (1978), as well as other unknown fandom content. The cover is by Sat Nam Kaur Keahey.

  • Turning Point by Jo Latham (1)
  • Oops Joke by Katra (3)
  • Poem Page by ? (4)
  • Shuttle Run by K. Jarrett and L. Wiedmann (5)
  • Filk Wars by L. Wiedemann, K. Fullerton and P. Marek (14)
  • Oops Joke by Katra (15)
  • To Choose Your Own Path by Lizabeth Thomas (16)
  • Oops Joke by Katra (32)
  • A Cache of Durnindrifes by Jo Latham (33)

Reactions and Reviews

Let me say with all positive emphasis that I sincerely hope that FANTASY FLIGHT keeps publishing. There is an informality and ingenuousness that I find refreshing. Initially, let me comment on the cover art. Sat Nam Kaur Keahey has done a remarkable piece of BATTLESTAR GLAACTICA portraiture. It is truly a lovely cover, and Karla did well to get it for her first issue. Sticking strictly to the SW material (there is a major BSG piece included in this genzine), there are three staries and several poems here. "To Choose Your Own Path" is the ambitious project of Ms. Lizabeth Thomas, an installment novel dealing with 'drug addiction, mind control, and other situations. The story picks up at the immediate end of TESB with Fett escaping with a Han Solo unit, Luke and Leia in a test of wills, and Chewie and Lando off piloting the Millennium Falcon. The new twist in this story is the introduction of an original character by the name of Fafnir Draegan. The name did not impress me since the source is too recognizable, however, the conception of the character is unusual in fandom. Instead of a sweet young thing in her twenties falling at the feet of Han Solo, Ms. Thomas implies that the story will follow the idea of a mature waman in middle age forced to a connection with Han Solo for the benefit of the Empire. This is done through a laboratory experiment, the full purpose of which has not yet been made clear to the reader; however, Darth Vader is sponsoring it. Fafnir also has a certain cynicism about her that gives her plausibility lacking in the other more well-known characters. It is, of course, difficult to say where the strengths and weaknesses of a story lie when you've only seen the first installment; but my interest is strong enough in the Fafnir character that I will make an effort to pick up the next issue to "find out what happens next". Jo Latham has two short pieces in this issue, "The Turning Point" and "The Cache of Durindfires". Both of them bring me to state emphatically that I wish fan writers would realize that one can not expect to keep a reader's interest simply because one is writing about Luke (or Leia or Han). A writer has to have something happening constantly to keep the reader's interest, i.e. a plot. Character sketches and vignettes are all very well if they reveal something new about an individual, but they are not short stories. Vice versa, a short story does not become a character sketch or vignette if it lacks a plot. It merely dissatisfies the reader. Ms. Latham's stories are about Luke before ANH begins, which is good considering the current conviction of many that Luke was a dull boy before Obi-Wan got hold of him. However, more complex plot structure would have improved both pieces. There is poetry of a sort (are filk songs poetry?) and a few cartoons. This was not a zine meant to revolutionize zine publishing, but very much a labor of love. I fully intend to get the next issue. [1]


  1. from Jundland Wastes #9