First Principles

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Title: First Principles
Publisher: FanGraphics
Editor(s): Carolyn Dunkel and Michael Macomber
Date(s): 1991-1993
Series?: yes
Medium: print
Fandom: The Sandbaggers
Language: English
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First Principles is a gen anthology. There are three issues. The same publisher also issued S.I.S, a Sandbagger newsletter.

cover of issue #1

A fourth issue was proposed but not published: "First Principles 4 is still Seeking Fiction, Poetry, Art, Filks & Cartoons! We're looking for material based on any and all characters from The Sandbaggers. Crossovers will be considered. Material can be serious, humorous, traditional or non-traditional. Write and draw what you enjoy, then send it in! There are no length restrictions—vignettes to novels welcome. Content can be up to an "R" rating, but no Adult or Slash please. REVISED DEADLINE: February 1, 1995 AIMING TO DEBUT: May '95 at MediaWest."

Issue 1

First Principles 1 was published in 1991 and is 52 pages long.

  • First Principles by Jacqueline Taero--Poem. (3)
  • Editorial by Carolyn Dunkel and Michael Macomber (5)
  • Paved With Good Intentions by Kevin Likes (art by Micky DuPree) (6)
  • Confession Under Mild Duress by Jacqueline Taero--Poem. (9)
  • Trade Secrets by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero (art by Ken Horan) (10)
  • The Breakthrough In “To Hell With Justice” by Micky DuPree—Non-fiction analysis of Burnside's character. (51)

Issue 2

First Principles 2 was published in 1992 (in time for Visions) and contains 60 pages.

The front cover art is by Suzan Lovett and back cover is by Kevin Farrell; interior art is by Ann Larimer.

front cover of issue #2, Suzan Lovett
back cover from issue #2, Kevin Farrell

from the editorial:

Yes, writing Sandbaggers fan fiction can seem daunting at times. But consider this: yours truly actually penned a tale for this issue. And after reading "Field Test," I have no doubt you will be thinking to yourself, "Hey, I can do better than this!" So, go ahead, sit down and start your Sandbaggers story. Plunge ahead, not with the notion of creating the definitive work in the fandom, but with the intention of having a great time. After all, isn't this supposed to be fun?

Speaking of fun, thanks to everyone who contributed to this is sue. I had a great time reading your stuff, and I look forward to hearing what you think of the way it was presented. We would also love to hear from anyone reading this zine who has an opinion — positive or negative. Tell us what you liked, what you didn't like, what should stay, what should go.

Issue 3

First Principles 3 was published in 1993 and contains 84 pages.

The front cover is by Suzan Lovett and the back cover is by Ann Larimer. The interior art is by Susan Williams, Phoenix, and Ann Larimer.

This issue contains a single crossover with Man from UNCLE, something that is reflected on the front cover.

front cover of issue #3, Suzan Lovett
back cover of issue #3, Ann Larimer
flyer for issue #3

From the editorial:

Well, in the second issue, we asked for your help in assembling enough material to put out a third issue by MediaWest '93 — and you came through! Thanks to all our new contributors, and all our returning contributors, for their efforts, and their marvelous work.

If you do find yourself enjoying this zine, remember that you owe that to the names on the contents page. Fan fiction writers and artists are a rare breed. They do what they for the sheer joy of the exercise, and very seldom do they receive any compensation. (To my mind, a free copy of the zine hardly qualifies as compensation!) So, if you have any comments on this issue, please, write in. We'd love to hear from you.

And meanwhile, there's Issue Four to think about. Now that we're back on our once-a-year schedule, we're aiming the next one for May of 1994, again to debut at MediaWest. So, whatcha say? Got a story, a poem, a filk, some art, a cartoon? Send it in! Copy deadline for Issue Four is February 1st, 1994. Art deadline is flexible.

Thanks again for picking up our zine!

  • Editorial by Michael Macomber (5)
  • The AP Wire by Margaret Riley (art by Susan Williams) (6)
  • Thoughts of a Kingmaker, poem by Jacqueline Taero (8)
  • On the Lowering of the Hammer and the Sickle, poem by Julie Hakes (9)
  • Trust Lost ... And Regained? by Susan Skibbs (art by Susan Williams) ("After the disastrous events of "Special Relationship," Willie has tendered his resignation—but Burnside has no intention of letting him go that easily.") (10)
  • The Loom, poem by Rachel Jay (27)
  • A Day in the Life by Michael Macomber (28)
  • Station Experience, poem by Jacqueline Taero (35)
  • The Burnside Affair by Caryn Dunkel (crossover with Man from UNCLE) ("Can Captain Burnside of the Royal Marines put aside his distrust of the Russians long enough to work side by side with Illya Kuryakin and find out who's responsible for a recent rash of embassy break-ins?") (36)
  • On the Brink of Promotion, filk by Jacqueline Taero (65)
  • A Defection in Trust by Susan M. Garrett (art by Ann Larimer) ("A Polish Secret Service man is shot down in London, a defector jumps the wrong way, and Jeff Ross is under suspicion. Another typical day for Neil!") (66)
  • Sir Geoffrey Reflects, poem by Jacqueline Taero (7)