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Zine
Title: Far Realms
Publisher: Falcon Press & Galactic Winds Press & De-Van Press
Editor(s): Jeanine Hennig
Date(s): 1981-1987
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Medium: print fanzine
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Fandom: Star Wars, multimedia
Language: English
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cover issue #1

Far Realms is a gen multimedia zine with an emphasis on Star Wars content.

It contains stories by multiple authors, has color covers and interior illustrations by various fan artists, sometimes had 300 plus pages, ran for nine issues, and was a Fan Quality Award Winner.

The editor Jeanine Hennig, with Cheree Cargill, also did two parody editions: see Far Realms Sex.

Issue 1

Far Realms 1 was published in 1981 and is 86 pages long.

  • Introspection by Violet Nordstrom (Leia has lost much—her family, her friends, and most of all, a pirate named Han Solo. Can she possibly find the strength to go on?)
  • Starbuck's Gamble by Lillian Carl (The Cylons are close behind and the war-like Tethyans have need supplies. But in order to obtain them, Starbuck must make the most risky gamble yet, with the fleet as stakes.)
  • Catalsyt by Jeanine Hennig (an ad in Datazine #15 says it is the first post-TESB novella... Disheartened after his struggle with Darth Vader, Luke leaves the Alliance once more, only to have the greatest conflict ever awaiting him on a far-off planet, conflict with "The Other.") (reprinted in 1985 as Catalyst)

Issue 2

cover of issue 2

Far Realms 2 was published in 1981 and is 145 pages long. It has art by Flanagan, Jenni Otstott, Keith Woods, Hennig, Nordstrom, and Hernandez. Offset, reduced.

  • Safe-House by Violet Nordstrom and Jeanine Hennig (45 pages) (A chapter in the Catalyst series: Dr. Tiare Falrynne runs an undercover operation on Ord Mantell—offering the Alliance needed supplies. It is up to Han, Luke and Leia to pick up those supplies, but there is a problem. The planet Governor's right-hand man is a bounty hunter who would give anything to capture a certain Corellian smuggler.)
  • Interlude: Dreams and Settlements (6 pages)
  • Dark Winds (1 page)
  • For The Woman Who Has Everything by Kathy and Keith Woods (7 pages) (Ginny Crabtree has everything a normal young woman could possibly want—until two little alien benefactors appear in her bathroom and give her more than she bargains for.)
  • Patience by Mark Hernandez (12 pages) (The dark-haired stranger who entered Teek's Bar looked to be an ordinary freighter pilot—but he wasn't. As the patrons were soon to find out, he was linked to the Force in a powerful, and mysterious way!)
  • Sulu’s Karma (9 pages)
  • Catalyst by Jeanine Hennig, illustrations by Jenni (27 pages) (In this second of three parts, Luke has crashed and is stranded on the planet Marthala. The only other human inhabitant is a young woman named Jessami, who, as Luke discovers, has the Force as only a Jedi could. But now, more than ever, the spectre of Darth Vader hangs over Luke, involving Jessami as well. Can she trust the son of one who destroyed her family? Or will she be moved to vengeance?)
  • From the Desk of the Dark Lord by Guess Who (A regular feature. Do you have any problems? Feel depressed? Can't get that Jedi or that smuggler to notice you? Let Darth help you... or else!!!)
  • Introspection: Emergence (4 pages)

Issue 3

Far Realms 3 was published in 1982 and is 166 pages long.

cover of issue #3
  • Impossible? by Christine Jeffords, illustrations by Carol McPherson (Lieutenant Starbuck thought he could handle any situation, until a black hole sent him areening straight into a squad of TIE fighers. And who to the rescue, but the Millennium Falcon.)
  • Catalyst! by Jeanine Hennig, illustrations by Jenni (In this conclusion to the first story of the series, Luke Skywalker and Jessami Kenobi are forced to battle for their lives alone on the planet Farthala, against a dreaded enemy who demands a fateful sacrifice.)
  • To Shoot Down the Falcon by Lorelie Rade, illustrated by Anne Davenport (Alainkheer, the Master Assassin, tries again to down Solo, but it backfires in a peculiar way.)
  • The Lady in the Woods by Violet Nordstrom and Jeanine Hennig, illustrated by Jenni (When a beautiful, past-haunted lady appears in Dr. Tiare Falrynne's house one morning, Tiare is forced to make a choice. For not only does the lady hold the keys to Tiare's past and know all of the doctor's ties to the Alliance, but she holds the very future of the Rebels in her hands—through Luke Skywalker and the New Order of the Jedi Knights. A chapter in the Catalyst! series.)
  • unknown filks, poetry, an art portfolio, fiction

Issue 4/5

front cover issue #4/5
flyer for issue #4/5, printed in Crossed Sabers #3

Far Realms 4/5 was published in 1983 and contains 256 pages.

  • From the Desk of the Dark Lord, humor by guess who—2 pages
  • Don't Let This Happen To You, vignette by Kathy Woods—1 page
  • Fire in the Steel: Warrior's Blood, story by Christine Jeffords—48 pages ("art by Dorothy J. Wight. When Mari Sevenstars offers to 'Join' the Rebel Alliance, only a few suspect that she has other motives - personal ones that reveal a part of her shadowed past, (first of a trilogy in the 'Brightstar' universe)")
  • Broken Trusts, poem by Jenni—1 page
  • In Their Adventures on Earth, story by Laurie Shanahan—5 pages
  • Forced Reflections, poem by Lonna Poland—2 pages
  • The Commander's Son, story by Lynne Terry—4 pages ("It's rough being the only son of a Commander when you want to be a Warrior ...")
  • Corellians Don't Get Lost, poem by Sandi Hendrix
  • All That Matters, story by Diana Piercy—30 pages ("art by Jenni. On a patrol, Luke Skywalker discovers a young girl whose home has been razed by the Empire. He takes her back to the base, only to find that the base is gone; destroyed by the Empire. So, left with no other choice, he takes the girl, Brianne,to a secluded hideout of the Rebellion, located in a monastery, and finds out there that this seemingly unimportant child could be someone that the Jedi have been searching for a long time!")
  • The Banning, story by Sue Rutherford—3 pages
  • Sapphire Memories, story by Debra Vorgias—3 pages
  • A Choice of Evils, story by Laurie Shanahan—17 pages ("art by Carol McPherson. Lucian Skywalker is introduced to Darth Vader by her mentor, Ben Kenobi, and her highly developed Jedi prescience allows her to see a terrifying vision - where this trusted pupil destroys her whole race. She is forced to make a choice, knowing that as on will be required of her, one who will bring the galaxy to glory or despair. Lucian loves her Master but only Darth can give her child the strength that will be needed ...")
  • Seeds of Destruction: Icarus by Jeanine Hennig—80 pages ("art by Jenni. Luke Skywalker and Jessami Kenobi are forced, by their own choice, to separate for a time. So, Luke leaves for Tatooine to find the keys to his ambiguous past, all the time unaware that Han Solo has been delivered to that same planet and is trying to escape from Jabba the Hut and Boba Fett. And, back at the Rebel Fleet,a bewildered Jessami tries to find the keys to her future, a search that ties herself, Wedge Antilles and Leia Organa in to a fateful knot. The answers that both the young Jedi find aren't necessarily the ones they expected ... (first chapter of a trilogy in the 'Catalyst!' series)")
  • War Stars, Episode 3.2, There's No Hope by Keith Woods ("Will Barph Later be denied his-ah-questioning of Princess Hi ya Howyadoin?")
  • plus Desk Of the Dark Lord, STAR RECK: NOT THE MOTION PICTURE, poetry, filks, and "various mayhem and madness"
  • also a very special Portfolio section with artwork by - J.R. Dunster, Martynn, Mary Soderstrom, Carol McPherson, Jenni, Keith Woods, Anne Davenport, Lin Stack, Brad Foster, Janice Liedl, and more


Issue 6

"There's no bacover art but that's more than compensated for by Jenni's exquisite color front cover of Luke and a "shadow" Vader, entitled "Child of Light, Child Of Darkness." I believe the medium is pastel, with swirling, suggestive, smooth strokes that will stay in your memory. This is easily one of the best covers of the year, simple and subtle, if not the best." [1]
sample page from issue #6
sample page from issue #6, showing what appears to be a fan's color copywork

Far Realms 6 was published in May 1984 and is 280 pages. The front cover is by JENN, the back cover is blank.

From Southern Enclave: "'Fire in the Steel' part two: Trust by Chris Jeffords. Hans life hangs in the balance and Mari Sevenstars is forced to do a thing she swore never to do. 'Seeds of Destruction, Jihad' by Jeanine Hennig. Han Solo has been abandoned on the planet Garet 5, Leia Organa and Wedge Antilles try to save Jessami Kenobi's life and Luke Skywalker's mother, Rebekah, races to help her son, who had been taken to the Emperor in chains."

  • Fire In the Steel - Part Two: Trust (story by Chris Jeffords - art by Martynn) (Han's life hangs in the balance, and Mari Sevenstars is forced to do a thing she swore never to do, turst an Imperial turned Rebel; in her eyes, a traitor and oathbreaker.)
  • Seeds of Destruction: Jihad (story by Jeanine Hennig - art by Jenni) (a Catalyst Universe story) (Han Solo has been abandoned on the planet of Garet 5, Leia Organa and Wedge Antilles try to save Jessami Kenobi's life, and Luke Skywalker's mother (Rebekah) races to help her son who has been taken to the Emperor in chains. Will the Dark gain more to its cause? For if Luke fails, the rest of the 'children' by follow.)
  • The Valley of the Shadow (story by Lillian Stewart Carl - art by Jenni)
  • All That Matters (story by Diana Piercy - art by Dani Lane)
  • The Blood Remembers (story by Linda Knights - art by MRO Ludwig)
  • Choice, part one (story and art by Cheree Cargill)
  • Warrior's Blood by Christine Jeffords (in the Brightstar Universe)
  • Conscience (story by Laurie Shanahan - art by Jenni)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

This is quite a gorgeous zine to look at. The paper is thick so there's little see-through effect, the print is excellent and the art reproduction stunning. There's no bacover art but that's more than compensated for by Jenni's exquisite color front cover of Luke and a "shadow" Vader, entitled "Child of Light, Child Of Darkness." I believe the medium is pastel, with swirling, suggestive, smooth strokes that will stay in your memory. This is easily one of the best covers of the year, simple and subtle, if not the best.

The bulk of the zine is in four long stories. The best and longest of these is unquestionably Jeanine Hennig's "Seeds of Destruction: Jihad", part two of a chapter in her "Catalystl" series. Episodic and very gothic, the story centers on Luke's descent into the Dark, having been tricked by his father and the Emperor, a relative of Kenobi's. This is the first story I've read in the series and I think I've finally found a SW series that I can sink my teeth into. It's quite startling how I could so easily follow the story, and become engrossed in all the proceedings. Hennig accomplishes quite a bit here: a clear, memorable storyline, powerful and distinctive secondary characters (not a common achievement in SW fanfic), a character that could easily have become a typical irritating Mary Sue but doesn't, and a writing style that immediately hooks you in and keeps you suffering for more. The lady is a sadist.

Hennig's Leia, while not hopeless, still suffers from triviality. Leia's only role in the story seems to [unclear word], to comfort, to be Han's female. She is often a trembling little girl with none of the natural strength and Independence from the films. She is referred to as "cold" (again), "shrewish", and a "figurehead from the beginning" in the Alliance. Han, as usual, has greater importance, but Hennig isn't gushy about him. He offers practicality, perception, honesty, love. And then of course, there is Luke. Hennig is a Luke fan but she doesn't portray him with gush or oversentimentality. He is not a perfect hero. He is a deeply cmnpleit, quite beautiful heroic/anti-heroic construct, and an utter joy for this reviewer to read. The scenes of battle and of love are filled with texture and emotion, although Hennig would do well to improve her attempts to provide a fuller sense of setting. Throughout all this are Hennig's own characters. The most successful is Luke's mother, Rebekah, whose personality resemblance to her son provides for some fascinating and funny moments. When she first sees the Falcon, She exclaims, 'What a piece of junk!" Rebekah is the link for all the mystical elements taking place, and for all the young Jedi who threaten the Emperor. She is a Master Jedi, and despite all the pain she has apparently suffered in the past and is suffering now, she exudes a spirit of hope that keeps the action exciting. The scenes between her, Vader and Luke are powerful and tantalizing, much too short and somehow incomplete. This is no ordinary nuclear family, folks. Hennig also incorporates Hedge into a prominent role in the action of a Jedi and a rival to Luke in his love for the girl Jessami. These secondary characters are not fully developed, but they have such strong, distinctive personalities already that they engender a devotion of their own among many readers, particularly Rebekah and Wedge. The scene where I had the hardest time in believabilty is between Luke and Jessami 's twin, a Dark Sider, when their child is conceived. It reads too much like a bad gothic sex scene with Luke saying things like, "You scheming little bitch.' Jenni's illos to this story are the best in the zine—dramatic, emotional, though a few are placed in such a way that the characters don't really seem to be interacting with each other, but are being put on display for the viewer. The illos pick ue perfectly the atmosphere of the story: brooding, panoramic, dark.

The three other stories cone before this one and are all disappointing. Christine Jeffords' *Fire in the Steel—TRUST" is the second part in a trilogy and revolves around her recurring character, the Azaeli pirate Mari Sevenstars and her attempts to rescue Han from yet another underworld character. The most interesting thing here is Mari's unusual, unspoken devotion to Han. That Sevenstars is a memorable character is without doubt. Unfortunately, I can't seem to take her seriously. She's more of a strutting martinet with a personal bodyguard who are fiercely loyal to her, yet it's really not clear why they should be. She is perhaps too much of a caricature than a real person for me to become interested in. We are constantly reminded of her fierceness and warrior skills, yet we're nsver shown this. The action of the story is constantly interrupted by unimportant details that break the flow of the story. And the piece just doesn't move, it seems that the only thing Mari thinks about is revenge or killing. Then, too, occasionally Jeffords' writing becomes a bit pretentious as in her use of the word "thither." There are long moments of reflection that also should be consigned to quieter moments, not in the middle of a coming rescue or battle. The plot is also very thin. Jeffords' writing is quite fine generally. She merely needs to make more of her character than an immature child playing with guns, acting tough, intimidating people. Dani Lane's illos to this, however, are full and well-chosen. Her perspective and composition are excellent, and she provides vivid renditions of various scenes.

Linda Knights' "The Blood Remembers" is even slower moving. Luke is drawn to a strange, mystical planet to discover his origins. The inhabitants are apparently strongly tuned in to the Force. The story revolves around Luke's journey to a village that may be his parental home. Accompanying him are four men, the most interesting of whom is a non-talkative, almost fairy-like denizen of the forest who silently protects Luke on the journey. There is a lot of waiting around in the woods, dull, stiff, philosophical dialogue. The philosophizing often becomes extremely pretentious and obscure. Knights' interpretation of the Force is also a bit skewed. Upon entering an area where the Dark Side had consumed the inhabitants (who are now all dead), Luke has a vision of the events that led to the village's destruction. Apparently, the village's "shaman" was filled with a "seed of doubt" (there's a lot of talk about this "seed of doubt" in this story) who passed it on to his son, who passed wish to question, the entire village becomes consumed. Finally, after pages and pages of philosophy, we reach the village of Luke's origins and the scene is decidedly anticlimactic. This is a plodding, overdone story, and a chore to read. MRO Ludwig's illos are a bit flat and sterile. The people are indistinct and there's no illo of the village of Northern Shores, Luke's destination, which is described in some detail.

Diana Piercy's "All That Matters" tells the recurring story of yet another young, beautiful Jedi girl (this one's called Brianne) who loves and is loved by Luke. The point of view switches, the dialogue is stiff, there is some misuse of words ("Ben spoke to her intrinsically") and the story just doesn't inspire interest. Brianne is an adolescent, childish creature, and I can't for the life of me understand why Luke would love her. (Someone should also tell the author that the word isn't "un-comfortableness" but "discomfort." ) Brianne's love for Luke is melodramatic, over-sentimental and dependent. The love scenes are rather good, however, written with some triteness but affecting and subtle. Also, Leia is done surprisingly well here. Most stories with one of these female characters do little' justice to Leia. But here, the Princess is portrayed with accurate warmth and kindness. Dani Lane's illos to this are genuine depictions of emotions. The perspectives are wonderful, sometimes from overhead. One illo of Luke end Leia standing on a ramp has Leia's stance ard expression done exactly as the stcry describes. Lane's free, easy, creative style truly helps to see things that sometimes the story is unclear about.

Vignettes and poems arf sparse in the zine, "Choice" by Cheree Cargill has Leia commiserating about what to do with Han's child since, so Cargill assumes, there's no place for children in a revolution. Laurie Shanahan's 'Conscience" has Han and Luke commiserating over their medals just after ANH, with Han (again) disparaging Leia for her supposed insensitivity. It's strange to see Han talking about guilt over killing since in that same film, he blasts Greedo with such total indifference (actually making a joke about it as he leaves) that I can't believe he would feel guilty about his role in the Death Star battle. No one looks upset at the end of ANH.

Once again, I have to object to a zine's exorbitant price. It isn't even 300 pages and it's $19.00. It's a truly beautiful zine with a few excellent offerings and wonderful art. It's up to the potential buyer on this one.[2]

Issue 7


cover of issue 7
Far Realms 7 was published in 1985 and is 336 pages long.
  • Choice (parts 2&3) (Story and art by Cheree Cargill)
  • Oh Love, Oh Love, Oh Careless Love (story by T.S. Weddell; art by Wanda Lybarger)
  • Variations on a Soul (story by Linda Knights, art by Jenni)
  • Corellian Confidences (story by Kathryn Agel, art by Suzy Sansom)
  • Warrior's Blood: Quite an Item Together (story by Chris Jeffords, art by Martynn) (in the "Brightstar Universe)
  • First Steps (story by Samia Martz, art by Dani Lane)
  • Seeds of Destruction: Renaissance (story by Jeanine Hennig; art by Jenni) (a Catalyst Universe story)
  • much more unknown content


Issue 8

cover of #8

Far Realms 8 was published in 1986 and contains 278 pages. Art by Jim Markle, Danaline Bryant, Marci Erwin, Ronda Henderson, Wanda Lybarger, Mark Murphy, Melea Fisher, Keith Woods, Pat Easley, Mark Fisher, Cindy McAuliffe, Dani Lane, Jean Kluge, Martynn, Jenni, Jean C., and Guy Brownlee.

  • The Knowing by Karen Ripley
  • Not Just Another Pretty Face by Margie Goforth
  • Lady of the Two Lands by Deborah J. Laymon
  • Edge of Darkness by Patricia D'Orazio
  • Destiny by Lee Vibber
  • Aftermath on Bespin by Matthew Whitney
  • Suspicious Behavior by Lynda Vandiver
  • Somehow, I Knew by Patricia D'Orazio
  • My Sweet Leia by Kathy Agel
  • The Homecoming: Tomorrow's Yesterday by Chris Jeffords
  • The Night Bird's Song by Danaline Bryant
  • Surviving by Lee Vibber
  • False Friends by Carolyn Golledge
  • Flyin' on Home to You by Kathy Agel
  • Not a Jedi Yet by Deborah J. Laymon
  • Gambit by Ann Huizenga
  • A Look in the Mirror by Marcia Brin
  • Darkside Confusion by Gail Small
  • My Inheritance on Set, or How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Jeanine Hennig
  • Sympathy for the Devil by Michelle Malkin, art by Jim Markle
  • much more

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 8

I'm sifting through old boxes in an effort to get my house ready for the contractor's appearance next week, and I just came across something... odd. In a box full of old Pagan periodicals is one lone Star Wars fanzine called "Far Realms 8", printed in 1986. So I was flipping through the ToC trying to see whether it's worth keeping or not when I saw this: "Sympathy for the Devil" by Michelle Malkin, art by Jim Markle. It seems to be an origin story for Palpy about a boy named Jomel Palpatine whose father was "an assassin for the Slemneen crimelord of Tatooine". The kid gets jumped by slavers, raped, and while this seems to have happened to him repeatedly, this particular incident awakens the Force in him and he kills the rapist without touching him. Guess that's where Pervy Palpy, "master" of Anakin, was created, eh?

So are there two Michelle Malkins, or does the infamous conservative pundit have a dark teenage past writing OC Palpy Stu fic?

ETA: Debunked, sadly. Must be two bad writer Michelle Malkins. Which is also scary, just not quite as interesting.[3]

Issue 9

cover #9, Jenni
issue #9 table of contents, click to read
issue #9 table of contents, click to read

Far Realms 9 was published in January 1987 and contains 292 pages. Full color cover by Jenni Hennig. Art by Mark Fisher, Jim Markle, Emily Penfield, Pat Easley, Catherine Churko, Rebecca Carey, Ronee, Sandi Jones, Daara, Melea Fisher, Angela-Marie Varesano, Dani Lane and Jenni.

  • The Legends People Tell by Linda Knights
  • Backstairs at Bespin by Jacqueline Taero
  • Solo & Skywalker, Deceptions by Sarah Laker
  • The Ballad of Luke Skywalker by Jacqueline Taero
  • Pirate's Return by Christine Jeffords
  • Ties That Bind by L.A. Carr
  • New Beginnings by Linda Shadle
  • Alliance in Victory by Jacqueline Taero
  • Corellian Doorprize by Linda Shadle
  • Rendezvous with Starlight by Catriona Campbell
  • Abandonment by Pat Nussman
  • Another Step by Samia Martz
  • Destiny Sleeps by Ronee
  • Shadow of Desire by Sandi Jones
  • Father by Angela-Marie Varesano
  • Well, I Never! by Ruth Radecki
  • Running by Erin Endom
  • Decision by Angela-Marie Varesano
  • Cellmates by Ruth Radecki
  • What Price, Peace? by Carolyn Golledge
  • But Be Sensible by Sandi Jones
  • Somebody's Knocking by Jean Thompson
  • You Can Never Go Back by Dina Heredia
  • Dulce Far Neinte by Pat Nussman
  • Secret of Sith by Marti Schuller
  • Desert Plains by Erin Endom
  • Battle Hymn of the Dark Lord by Jean Thompson
  • Sword of Sorrow, Sword of Hope by Patricia D'Orazio
  • With This Torch by Sandi Jones
  • Dustball Mechanic by Jean Thompson
  • The Different One by Linda Knights
  • These Dreams by Jeanine Hennig


Issue 9 Interior Art Gallery

Because issue #9 was the last issue and was released on the zine's 10th anniversary, the editors sought out many current and past art contributors for art. Below is a representative sampling of only a few of the many artists who contributed.

References

  1. from Southern Enclave #7
  2. from Southern Enclave #7
  3. Random Squib at Fandom Lounge, posted August 29, 2007, accessed June 4, 2013