Forever Net

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Title: Forever Knight
Publisher: InterKnight Press Publications
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Forever Net is a Forever Knight gen fanzine containing stories that were posted to the ForKNI-L and FKFIC-L lists and collected by Valery King and Karin Welss.

Issue 1

Forever Net 1 was published in 1994 and contains 200 pages. It was a 1994 Fan Q nominee.

  • Kindred by Lynne Levine
  • Coming Across by Lisa McDavid
  • Confessions by Lisa McDavid
  • Of the Blood by Margaret Newman
  • Entwined by Margaret Newman
  • Dairy Blossoms; Schanke Cleans His Plate, and some pretty strange short fiction by Don Bassingthwaite
  • So Lonely by Sharon S. Scott
  • Breathers by Barbara Reid
  • Old Blood" by Veronica McKnight
  • Sidney Meets Janette by Dionne E. Nelson
  • Say Goodbye to the Light by Karin Welss
  • Nectur du Natalie: The Forbidden Wine of Dreams by Marian Gibbons

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Ain't technology grand?

For example, there's this series about this Canadian vampire cop. And it's shown in Canada and the USA. And people from Canada and the USA get to talk to one another about it via computer bulletin board systems. And on one of these systems in particular, somebody put together a listing where conversation could be exchanged and another where stories (including fragments and ideas) could be posted and downloaded by other computer users. Immediate communication, connection, reaction (no waiting for LOCs that never come or reviews from *AHEM* people to whom they can't respond), and gratification (to readers who spend their dollars on download time and computer paper and ink cartridges-no waiting for a zine to arrive by mail when the stories are THERE to be read).

But somebody-Valery King-started wondering what to do about the people who'd like to read the fiction that was posted, but didn't know about the net, or know people who had access to the net. And, her little hands itchin' to get at typos, Valery got permission from the writers to place their completed (and edited) works into a proper zine format, where it would be available for all the non-computing world to see.

Thus was born Forever Net.

There's no artwork. The layout is clean, in a very modernist "no frills, but nice choices of type can be pretty, too" way. There's a good introduction about how the zine came to be, how the Internet list came to be, and an example of how a brief bit of on-line humor can lead to fragments or entire stories. In fact, it's a continuation of one world (Forever Knight, which it's assumed you've seen, or at least whose premise you understand) and an introduction to another (the FORKNI-L and FKFIC-L listings on Internet).

The quality of the fiction is well above and beyond the fannish average. From "Old Blood," by Veronica McKnight (in which Nick is vetted by a protector of his partner's family), to a brief interlude like "Kindred," by Lynne Levine, to a rip-roaring "my vampire's back and there's gonna be trouble" story like "Of the Blood" by Margaret Newman. The historical pieces, when done, are done well (as in "Say Goodbye to the Light" by Karin Weiss) and the hysterical pieces, such as Don Bassingthwaite's "Dairy Blossoms" are well worth the time and trouble of any good shaggy-bat story.

My favorite two pieces would have to be "Sidney Meets Janette" by Dionne E. Nelson (in which Natalie's cat give a running POV dialogue about a vampiric visit to her human's apartment), and "Nectur du Natalie: the Forbidden Wine of Dreams," by Marian Gibbons. The latter is a particularly well-drawn story in which one discovers that there are certain advantages to having a vampire for a friend (and possible significant something-other), especially when you're dying of a terminal disease.

I suppose the amazing things about Forever Net are that the fiction is sooooo good (Valery having deftly culled the best from a good batch of fiction-I never stumbled once over grammar, dialogue, motivation, or setting) and that it was done so quickly (the immediacy of downloading computer compatible fiction with instant access to editorial requests). The price is a bit high ($20.00 for two hundred pages, first class), especially since there's no special priming needed for artwork. But I suppose all that immediate access does cost something more than two weeks and a twenty-nine cent stamp....

Is this the face of future zines? Possibly. I wouldn't count on every net-induced zine to come up with this quality material or presentation. But for now, it's good stuff.

So why am I going through art-withdrawal? [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Forever Net 2 was published in 1994 and contains 280 pages.

  • Editorial (1)
  • Caroline by Sharon S. Scott (3)
  • No Excuse for Not Flossing by M.J. Farrell (29)
  • Heart of Darkness by Karin Welss (33)
  • Icebreaking by Valerie Meachum (65)
  • Heart Within the Beast by Lisa McDavid (73)
  • Forever Schanke by Don Bassingthwaite (119)
  • Sleep of the Undead: or, No Rest for the Wicked by Pamela Rush (141)
  • A Thirst for Vengeance: a round-robin story by the members of FKFIC-L (147)
  • Which Side by Don Bassingthwaite (205)
  • All That's Best of Dark and Bright by Susan M. Garrett
  • About the Authors and Staff

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Forever Net 3 was published in 1994 and is 183 pages long.

  • And Memories, Like Diamonds, Shine by Susan M. Garrett (6 pages)
  • Lust For Blood by Sandra Gray (34 pages)
  • It’s In The Cards by Barbara Reid (2 pages)
  • Ashes To Ashes (8 pages) by Karin Weiss and Marian Gibbons
  • In The Night, Cries by Teleri Beaty (28 pages)
  • A Novel Idea by Susan M. Garrett (6 pages)
  • Knight’s Dragon: A Round-Robin Story (34 pages)
  • Sleep Of The Undead, Or, Caught In Your Knightie? by Pamela Rush (4 pages)
  • Bless me Father For I Have Sinned by Lizbeth Marchese (6 pages)
  • What Price Mortality by Rebecca Rauscher (10 pages)
  • Celebration by Margaret A. Newman (4 pages)
  • A Lamentation, For Strings by Susan M. Garrett (40 pages)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Forever Net 4 was published in 1995 and is 202 pages long. It was a 1995 Fan Q nominee.

  • Editor's Introduction by Valery King (iv)
  • The Joke by Margaret Newman (1)
  • Top 10 Reasons Why Nicholas is Not a Wimpy by Sharon Scott and Margaret Newman (4)
  • LaCroix Takes the Wheel by Diane Trap (5)
  • A Worse Curse Than Vampirism by Lynne Levine (10)
  • Car Trouble by Sharon Himmanen (11)
  • One Of Our Own by Siobhan (15)
  • "You Are Old, Lucien LaCroix" by Celest Hotaling-Lyons (38)
  • None So Blind by Diane Trap (39)
  • Hill of Crows by M.E. Drive (47)
  • LucienLaCwocky by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons (52)
  • In the Black by Susan M. Garrett (53)
  • Christmas Trypitich (54)
    • ’Twas A Nightie For Christmas by Pamela Rush (55)
    • Sidney Vs. Treezilla by Susan M. Garrett (65)
    • Twelfth Night by Pamela Rush (75)
  • A More Permanent Atch-Ed-Double Hockey Sticks by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons (88)
  • Why Nick Became A Police Officer and Not An Academic Again or Forever Python,: The Bruces by Don Bassingthwaite (89)
  • Memories by Lynne Levine (4 pages)
  • The Clearing by Margaret Newman (4 pages)
  • Nicholas and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Night by Diane Echelbarger (4 pages)
  • Experiment by Sharon S. Scott (3 pages)
  • Walk On By by Susan M. Garrett (2 pages)
  • Partners Of The Month: The Unseen Scenes by Pamela Rush (12 pages)
  • Those Left Behind by Diane Trap (5 pages)
  • To My Dearest Children, Who Have Had a Close Call by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
  • Justice, Being Blind by Susan M. Garrett (74 pages)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5

Forever Net 5 is 192 pages long and contains 23 stories. It was published in 1997 and contains 192 pages.

  • Remember by Jill Kirby
  • LaCroix's Valentine by A.C. Chapin
  • Love You To Death by J.R.
  • Where There's a Will by Marcia Tucker
  • Gay Vampire Toronto Cop Fathers Alien Love Child by The Lurkers--Maddog and Rastro
  • The New Life by Apache
  • Apricots and Mortal Tears by Apache
  • Company's Coming, Dear by J.R.
  • In the Age of Transparent Aluminum, A Brick Is Still a Brick by J.R.
  • Time Is A Three Lane Highway by Margaret Newman
  • Forever Freud by Catherine Siemann
  • A Third-Season Script, or Remember It Could Be Worse by Sarah Welsh
  • When Life Hands You A Lemon, Rewrite History by J.R.
  • Welcome to the Family by J.R.
  • Night Train by L.D. Steele
  • Teddy Bares by Pamela Rush
  • Echo by Apache
  • Special by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
  • Red Dreams by Jane
  • Revenge by Jane
  • I've Got A CRUSH On You! by Catherine Siemann
  • Contemplating Mortality by TJ Goldstein and Sorcha O'Faolin

Special Issue 1

Forever Net Special Issue 1 is subtitled, "Special Holiday Issue" and "Forever Net Before Christmas." It was published in 1994 and contains 140 pages. The story, "Angel Crossing", was nominated for a 1995 FanQ.

cover of Special Issue #1
  • Five Christmas "Challenge" Stories by Susan M. Garrett: "Neither Flesh, Nor Fowl, Nor Good Red Herring" (Janette); "Angel Crossing" (LaCroix); "Coin of the Realm" (Nick); "Trick or Treat" (Natalie); "'Tis the Seasoning" (Schanke)
  • Five "Challenge" answers: "A Vampire in My Stocking" (a script by Jennise Hall and Margaret Newman); "Flowers in the Night" (Sharon S. Scott); "I'll Be Home for Christmas: a Forever Nat story" (Marian Gibbons); "It's a Wonderful Knight" (Mary J. Farrell); "O Mighty Town of Toronto" (a poem by Edith Crowe).

Special Issue 2

Forever Net Special Issue 2, published in October 1995, is subtitled, "Special Challenge Stories". It contains 183 pages.

Featuring 36 stories from the Snakebits, Vampires Anonymous and Forever Not challenge stories from the fan fiction mailing list, three of the list "challenges": "Forever Not," "Vampires Anonymous," and "Put Down the Snake and We'll Talk."

Forever Not Stories: Don't Call Me Buffy (Marian Gibbons). The Evening After and Choices (both by Sharon Himmanen). Hose Were the Nights, My Friend (Celeste Hotaling-Lyons). Domestic Tranquility (Jill Kirby). Deuces Wild, or To Have One's Cake and Eat It, Too (Lisa McDavid). Fatherhood (Margaret Newman). Ne M'Oubliez Pas (M.E. Orive). Valentine From Another Planet (Pamela Rush). More.

Snakebits (Variations on a Scale): Water, Water; Over Boa-ed; The Barest Slip Twixt Fang and Lip; Getting it Straight (all four by Susan Garrett). The Cure (Sandra Gray). A Share of Darkness (Robin Carroll-Mann). More.

Vampires Anonymous: Vampires Anonymous; Special Delivery; 500 Channels and Nothing to Watch (three by Susan Garrett). Business Cards (Dawn Steele). Vampire Quarterly (Beth Marchese). Harry King Undead (Valery King). Variations on a Theme: Moonlighting (Karin Welss). More.

References

  1. from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #5. The reviewer in gives it "5 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale. See that page for more explanation.