I Have a Bad Feeling About This (Star Wars zine)

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Title: I Have a Bad Feeling About This
Publisher: Thin End Publications
Editor(s): Louise Turner and Catriona Campbell (issue #1), Louise Turner (issue #2 and #3)
Date(s): 1994-1999
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Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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I Have a Bad Feeling About This is a Star Wars zine published in Scotland.

It ran for three issues.

Issue 1

I Have a Bad Feeling About This 1 was published in 1994 and contains 160 pages. The art is by Z.P. Florian, Gerald Crotty, Catherine Churko, Nicola Pearce, Sara Ferluga, Stefano Vimercati, and Mesarthim.

It was edited by Louise Turner and Catriona Campbell.

front cover of issue #1, Gerald Crotty
back cover of issue #1, Z.P. Florian
From the editorial:

Well, we've done it! 1 Have a Bad Feeling About This' is at last up and running! Editing a 'zine seemed like a good idea at the time (4.30 a.m.), soon grew to feel like a BIG mistake, but hell! looking back on it all, it has been worth it. Despite such problems as disks crashing (a document of 30+ pages was lost just because LT decided she didn't want to make a back-up unitl after she'd finished typing it in!), dead laserwriter cartridges, financial hardships, and one half of the editorial team (CC) losing her head in a love affair...

However, we must add that 'Bad Feeling Too' is now being planned, so get scribbling! Same ratings as before (G-R) and we'd like a good mix of characters, please. Some Han tales, some Luke tales, and minor characters, too, for good measure! LoC.'s for Issue One I would also be gratefully accepted...

Anyway, we hope you enjoy this offering! We've gathered together the works of writers resident all over the world, from the U.S. to France, from the U.K to Italy, and, we must warn you now, this 'zine will NOT be what you are used to! In other words, we spell things differently here, so please don't complain about all the spelling mistakes! We've aimed to get a good selection of light-hearted pieces, along with more serious items (not to mention representatives of the ubiquitous 'bruisie-mendie' genre...) and we feel we've succeeded!

We open the 'zine with 'Amalgamation', the story which probably led to us attempting this idiotic undertaking in the first place. This, our first combined effort, took place over one mad weekend in 1993, and the title refers in part to the fact that we took elements from our « two different 'Star Wars' universes, stirred vigorously, and... The rest, as they say, is history, to coin a cliche! Our writing styles have both changed since then, but we felt the story should still have an airing.

Editing and typing of the 'zine took place over a series of weekends, involving much consumption of caffeine, sticky gateaux, curries, nachoes, and the occasional lager for good measure. Some memorable moments arose, such as the night when we typed in Z.P. Florian's story The Women in His Life'. At 2 a.m., during the dubious climax of the story, what should come on the stereo but ^Master and Servant' by Depeche Mode? We're sure you'll agree that you couldn't have found a more suitable soundtrack, and, well, we had to mention the great Mode in here somewhere, didn't we?

And then, there was that weekend where Catriona arrived to work on the 'zine, and when we both ended up pigging out and watching Depeche Mode videos all day... That, dear readers, is hardly something which should be admitted, as now you know the real reason why the 'zine's late...

Better late than never, we say, and we've only missed the deadline by a couple of months, after all! So thank you for your patience, and we hope you'll find that the wait has been worth it!
  • From the Thin End of Sanity, editorial (i)
  • Amalgamation, story by Catriona Campbell & Louise Turner (1)
  • Tatooine Sunrise, story by Z.P. Florian (reprinted in Han Solo) (20)
  • Born for Glory, poem by Stardancer (31)
  • We Are Family, story by Marti Schuller (32)
  • More Crashes than a ZX-81 by Jason Grant (47)
  • Dark Jewel, story by Anne-Virginie Dutech (48)
  • Bespin Pledge, story by Carolyn Golledge (also in Flip of a Coin #9, Never Say Die #1, and Alliance #3) (53)
  • Cloud City Catalyst, poem by Veronica Wilson (61)
  • The Women in His Life, story by Z.P.Florian ("Post The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker goes undercover as a slave to free thousands of Alderaani survivors from the clutches of slavers, his helper is a Rebel agent, Kani Flamedancer, Luke succeeds with his mission but not before he nearly becomes the toy of Boga, the Slaver Queen.") (sequel is "Azar-Wand" in The Rest of the Garbage) (65)
  • Heir to the Empire - From Another Point of View, story by Paola Carloceti (a parody of the tie-in novel Heir to the Empire) (82)
  • Lessons to be Learnt, story by Judy Ebberly (96)
  • Fabric of Darkness, poem by Veronica Wilson (120)
  • The Face at the Window, story by Mesarthim (122)
  • Sea Change, poem by Veronica Wilson (127)
  • Shadows of Blood, story by Lindsey McBride (129)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This is the first issue produced by Wedge fan extraordinaire, Louise Turner. However, this is a general SW zine, featuring all the gang (a separate Wedge zine is in the works for '96!). Many of the contributors do hail from the U.K., but the U.S., as well as other nations are represented. The best story is one written by the editor and the former co-editor, which focuses on a rivalry between Luke and Wedge. Another gem is a hilarious parody of Heir to the Empire, sure to make those who loved or hated the book laugh hysterically. Jason Grant presents a list of Luke's many crash landings and other mishaps, and wonders why anyone would let him near an X-wing in the first place. Those of you who prefer serious stuff will enjoy Carolyn Golledge's "Bespin Pledge," or Veronica Wilson's poetry. Gerald Crotty and Nicola Pearce have some terrific artwork in here as well. All in all, a good first issue. [1]
Star Wars fandom has another fantastic 'zine.

Congrats Louise and Catriona (sorry to see that Catriona won't be around for Too') - the 'zine is sure to be a hit!

Amalgamation:- Perfect! Wasn't Wedge just an absolute stinker (pardon the pun) for putting the Amamack in the shower? By the way, where were you two hiding the gems such as this? If you have any more of them please get them out now and get them printed! Also loved to see Narra used for a change. The only time we've seen him was in the radio shows, and it sounds like too good a character not to be used.

We Are Family:- Very well done, Marti! Zahn should have taken lessons on childbirth from you. Totally believable the way Luke went into labour with Leia.

And even though I hate the brother/sister storyline, I must admit that this story was well done.

The Women in His Life:- I love almost any story that gets Luke Skywalker naked! And this one actually had a story, not just nudity! Great job, Z.P.

My favourite story in the entire 'zine was Heir to the Empire: From Another Point of View:- Paola Carloceti, you are a genius! Terribly funny, I laughed all the way through the story. If only the other Heir had been written like this one. Please keep going! The other books (and I call them that reluctantly) need your special touch. I have never been so pleased in my life. Thank you, Paola, thank you!

Okay, though I am not a Han fan, I did enjoy Lessons to be Learnt:- I like the way Chewbacca was handled. Love the big Wook, and it's nice to see him treated like the 'adult' he is. Good job, Judy.

The Face at the Window:- Nobody can handle Mon Mothma the way Mesarthim can (in my opinion) and I don't say this just because she's my partner in literary crime, either! She can take a woman whom we only got a very minor glance at in ROTJ and give you insight into her soul. As always, good job, Melanie.

Shadows of Blood:- This is without a doubt one of the best stories I have ever read. Lindsay, you have done a fantastic job! I was in tears by the end. Wedge was perfect. Heck, all the characters were right on target! I shall never forget the image of Wedge sitting on the floor holding Luke's head in his lap, telling him not to even consider dying on him. And the way Wedge had to be led away when they finally landed. Oh God! Terrific! Wonderful! Outstanding! I know who I'm voting for in the 'Star Awards'!

The art in the issue was beautiful. Grotty, Guttierrez and Florian are MASTERS, no, better than that, they are TREASURES! It's a beautiful 'zine, and I wish Bad Feeling, Too the success that Bad Feeling is sure to be.[2]
I remember about a year and a half ago when Catriona mentioned the possibility of doing this 'zine in the pages of Southern Enclave. It's great

to see that it did come into being despite all that happened. I think every zine has a difficult birth! In any case, here is an interesting mix of stories from all over the planet, proving that Star Wars is a universal thing.

I'll mention my favourites:- Amalgamation - It may have been an early story, but it's still very, very good! I guess Luke showed Wedge, huh? I suppose Catriona was the one who finished the story...

More Crashes than a ZX-81: This was absolutely 100% on target. Didn't you know Luke's old nickname 'round base was 'Crash?'

Dark Jewel: I usually don't like alternate universe stories, but I did enjoy this one. Yeah, what would happen if Leia went Dark sider? Empress of the New Order does have a nice ring to it, too.

Bespin Pledge: Glad to see a story from the old days, particularly one by Carolyn. Gee, even the Han-trashing was kept to a minimum. She always does a great job writing Han-and-Leia stories, but if s always made sense to me that Leia was the first one to admit her feelings. When Han tells her he loves her in ROTJ, I was always under the impression that was die first time he told her, which is why the scene seemed to be a big deal'. Also, the I know' line in ESB is even funnier if Han is still trying to play down his own feelings in the face of doom. Just my humble opinion, not really a criticism of the story.

Heir to the Empire: Hilarious parody, even though I did like the book.

The Face at the Window: Always good to see a Mon Mothma story.

Veronica's poetry is as great as ever and Gerald's cover is a scream! (While I'm at it, I'm putting subliminal pleas into Gerald's head to please do some Leia art for the second issue of Snowfire - hint, hint... [3])

Great show, Louise! Looking forward to #2...[4]
Your Bad Feeling Fanzine is excellent. I feel as if my meagre contribution is outclassed amongst the talent you and Catriona have gathered within those pages. Of the items I've read so far, Lessons to be Learnt by Judith Ebberley is my favourite. I thought Paola Carloceti's and Lindsay McBride's stories, plus Catriona Campbell and Louise Turner's Amalgamation all came joint second.[5]
I had to write to tell you that I really enjoyed

Bad Feeling!! A really good job by both of you! I loved the cover, but then Gerald Grotty's artwork is wonderful.

The editors' story Amalgamation was a hoot and had me chucklhig for quite a while. And Marti Schuller's story We are Family had me in stitches, too. A priceless story but then I enjoy all of Marti's stuff.

Dark Jewel by Anne-Virginie Dutech was quite an interesting alternate storyline, one I enjoyed reading.

Both of Z.P. Florian's stories Tatooine Sunrise and The Women in His Life were fun to read. I really liked how Han won the Falcon and Luke's mission in Women/life.

I also got a kick out of Heir to the Empire: Another Point of View by Paola Garloceti. A really good satirical take-off of Zahn's novel. The rest of the 'zine was just as thought-provoking and enjoyable. And I'm really looking forward to next issue![6]
Thanks for a great 'zine! It was an excellent debut! I'll definitely rave about it to friends, if 1 haven't already.

The story that got me hooked on a 'Bad Feeling' was Amalgamation. I was laughing aloud - it was great! But I wondered: did the authors serve in the military? The characters of Ysabel and the Deck Officer were so lifelike! The interaction of their characters with Lucas's blended perfectly. But the goings-on at the base are what you'd find in the military. Where did they come up with that stuff?

We are Family was great! As usual, Marti creates an excellent story! Talk about role reversal! I laughed aloud at this tale, too. She knows how to write the characters so well.

The rest of the 'zine was good - I could go on and on. But for the sake of brevity I'll say Dark Jewel, Lessons to be Learnt, Cloud City Catalyst and all the rest were great!

The art - especially the front cover - was worth the price of die 'zine alone.

Thanks again, and I'm looking forward to #2! [7]
Congratulations on the delivery of your first issue, Louise and Catriona. The 'zine was well worth the added wait. If s attractive and well- organised. I enjoyed the cute cover by Gerald Crotty and the artwork throughout was nice, as well. I especially loved the illo on page 64 by

Z.P. Florian. Gorgeous!

Amalgamation by Catriona Campbell and Louise Turner was a good story that rang true to the film characters while adding to their depth. 'Well-written. It was nice to see Luke portrayed as more than a bumbling farmboy for a change, too.

The Women in his Life by Z.P. Florian was a good, well thought-out story of Luke's final maturing. I liked Kani and her honesty very much.

Fabric of Darkness and Sea Change by Veronica Wilson were both quite good. Both offered chilling imagery and revelations of Vader's internal nature, his conflict and acceptance, doubt and certainty. No one writes Vader as well as Veronica, IMO.

Shadows of Blood by Lindsay McBride was very good. It was exiting, believable and well- written. I liked the new dimensions it brought to the relationship between Wedge and Luke. I also thought Ms. McBride did a realistic job of portraying Lord Vader. I've not read this author's work before, but after this I will certainly look forward to more. Nice work!

My favourite story in the 'zine was Heir to the Empire: From Another Point of View by Paola Carloceti. Well done! Far more entertaining than the pathetic novel it parodies. This author's wit, sarcasm, humour and delightful sense of wickedness had me laughing aloud. Too much genuine talent is lacking on the so-called professional Star Wars novel market! This is another author whose work 1 will look forward to eagerly. Brilliant!!!

I enjoyed everything in the 'zine, in fact, and look to Issue Two to be of equal or greater triumph. Welcome addition to the 'zine world of Star Wars. I'm sure you'll soon be swamped with contributors eager to be included in your pages. Again, congratulations and much success. [8]
Congrats on a fine premiere issue, and here's hoping there are many more!

Amalgamation was thoroughly enjoyable, a well-written, amusing and plausible glimpse at 'real life' in the Alliance. The teasing and camaraderie were believable and a refreshing addition to 'Star Wars' fanfic. Good job at alluding to Ysabel's free-spirited nature without falling into the trap of making her a stereotypical 'loose woman'.

Z.P. Florian's Tatooine Sunrise was interesting, and I enjoyed all the details about Fett's attitude and how (this version of) Sabacc is played. Very entertaining.

Anne-Virginie Dutech's Dark Jewel is a haunting alternate, lush and dark. I liked the surprise ending.

The Women in his Life is a great adventure story, and one that beautifully shows Luke's strength of character. The one thing I regretted was not knowing what would happen to Boga the Slaver Queen!

Paola Carloceti's Heir to the Empire: From Another Point of View is absolutely hilarious! I laughed aloud many times while reading this. Obtaining such a terrific level of satire and maintaining it throughout is a tremendous feat. Congratulations!

Mesarthim's The Face at the Window is gorgeous and thought-provoking showing both the chilling subtle similarities and the vital major differences between Mon Mothma and Palpatine. I would like to see more stories exploring the past events of this fraught relationship.

Shadows of Blood by Lindsay McBride is gripping and thoroughly believable. The characterisations of Luke and Vader are particularly well-done, and I especially appreciate her ability to show the Dark Lord's simultaneous evel and intelligence, his ruthlessness with plausible limits. Her Vader, admirably, is by no means shallow or stereotypical. Well done!

Again, this is a fabulous beginning for a new 'zine. For all of us hungry 'Star Wars' readers and writers, please keep up the great work![9]

Issue 2

I Have a Bad Feeling About This Too was published in 1996 and contains 123 pages.

cover of issue #2, Bert-Olaf Lundin
back cover of issue #2, Helen Tidswell

The art is by Z.P. Florian, Helen Tidswell, Wanda Lybarger, and Bert-Olof Lundin.

This issue is edited by Louise Turner alone.

From the editorial:

There are stories by some of those who contributed to the last issue: Marti SchuUer, Z.P. Florian, Anne-Virginie Dutech, Lindsay McBride, and, of course, Catriona Campbell and myself. And I'm pleased to announce that there have been more contributions forthcoming from the Brits - Steven Boyes, Jason Grant and Suzanne Godsalve having contributed stories or articles to this issue. There has been a change in the contributing artists, too. Some of those whose work graced the pages of the previous issue have been unable to offer their services for the second, but some new names have emerged. These include Bert Olof Lundin, and also Helen Tidswell, whose work may be familiar to those of you who possess copies of 'Tydirium'. One consistent contributor remains, however, the tireless Z.P. Florian, who provided illustrations for her own stories and also for 'Legitimate Target' by Catriona Campbell. Finally, I'm pleased to announce a special guest appearance by established fan artist Wanda Lybarger, who very kindly contributed artwork for the 'zine.

What does 'I Have A Bad Feeling About This' # 2 have to offer you? This issue could be seen as a 'zine in two parts. 6 out of the first 7 stories share a similar theme, being fairly serious in tone. From the corridors of the ill-fated Tantive IV to the penal colonies of Kessel, we are taken on a trip through the darker side of the 'Star Wars' universe. It's a powerful journey, but this is 'Star Wars' - a universe where hope can survive even the blackest events, as these stories demonstrate. Go read them in order - you'll see what I mean! And to set you up for this journey, we have Marti Schuller's 'Introduction to Horror', where things might not be what they seem! Wanda Lybarger's artwork marks the end of the themed section, and is followed by a varied selection of material which includes short fiction, filksongs and a non- fiction article. It's an eclectic mix, and I hope you like it!
  • Lines of Comment (iv)
  • Introduction to Horror by Marti Schuller (1)
  • I see it all, the Rural Policeman Said by Anne Virginie Duetech (3)
  • Pencil Sketch of an Imperial Jail by Z.P. Florian (reprinted from Hibernation Sickness #15) (6)
  • Baptisms of Fire by Lindsay McBride (13)
  • Liberation by Louise Turner (This story features characters first introduced in The Ormand Factor, and forms the prologue of the forthcoming novel, Skyhook's Legacy.) (22)
  • Life Debt by Mary Jo Fox (44)
  • Legitimate Target by Catriona Campbell ("The events in this story follow those described in "Missing," published in The Wookiee Commode #6 and #7.") (46)
  • The Artwork of Wanda Lybarger (two illos) (65)
  • Transformation by Marti Schuller (68)
  • My Jedi Lifestyle, filk to the tune of "Mi Vida Loca" by Pam Tillis, by Deborah Kittle (72)
  • Lancasters or Mosquitoes? The Major Influence on the Battle of Yavin, article comparing plot points and filming choices regarding aerial battles in Star Wars: A New Hope and the film "633 Squadron," by Steven Boyes ("If you were to ask the average person which film they thought influenced the depiction of the Battle of Yavin, it would be a sure bet that most would say "The Dambusters'. But I would state another film which I feel has a greater influence by far, to the point where the climactic aerial battles of both films have at least ten points of similarity! In fact, if I could ask George Lucas just one question, it would be, "Which was the biggest influence on the Battle of Yavin; 'The Dambusters, or... '633 Squadron'?"") (73)
  • X-Wing Man, filk to the tune of "Pick Up Man" by Joe Diffi, by Deborah Kittle (75)
  • Leave Him Out of This, filk to tune of the song with the same title by Steve Warner, by Deborah Kittle (94)
  • Dark Half by Z.P. Florian (95)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

It looks like you did just fine on your own, Louise. It's nice to see a collection of work from people who aren't widely known in the U.S., as well as more familiar names, all in the same 'zine.

I particularly enjoyed Campbell's A Legitimate Target. I really felt for Luke. The camaraderie and friendship demonstrated among the members of the Rogue Squadron rang very true.

Liberation was another piece of well-written drama, especially when the guy freed from Kessel was becoming reacquainted with the outside world. Kessel was a bit more plush than I imagined it would be, but oh well.

Marti Schuller's Introduction to Horror was amusing, and her Transformation was an interesting take on things, though I'm more partial to the idea that Han is an ordinary guy, not a covert Jedi or something.

Steven Boye's article on a possible influence on George Lucas was fascinating. I'm going to have to watch that film sometime. Personally, I've always wanted to see Akira Kirosawa's The Hidden Fortress, which supposedly was a big influence on the Star Wars films.

Debbie Kittle's filk, X-Wing Man, had me laughing out, particularly the line "But I still wouldn't trade it for that A-wing crap."

Bert-Olaf Lundin's cover was also a hoot.

Can't wait for Bad Feeling Also. [10]
I have now read it and really enjoyed the mix of stories. Some stood out more than others but that is always the way and before I go into specifics, I have to admit that enjoyed reading all the stories.

One of the early stories in the issue which stood out was Baptism of Fire. Lindsay managed to pack in all of the action of the opening sequences from Star Wars with the thoughts and emotions of the Tantive Crew. It kept me hooked to the end.

Schuller's Transformation was interesting and different. I have never thought of any of the human characters as being anything but human. The supposition that Han recognised that he had feelings for Leia on Yavin, a long time before the two actually admitted the attraction, as well as Han not being human was well written and left me the question: what if it was true?

I enjoyed Grant's ISB story. I know his characters quite well from the stories he has written for me and Telesponder but it made a change for Acen Hunter to be paired with another partner, instead of Alex Stern.

Then, of course, there is your story Liberator. It was certainly a taster for Skyhook and I am looking forward to whenever you get to publish that.

I have have just one niggle about my story and that is the spelling of D'llyon. It should not have a capital L in it.

Bad Feeling Too is well put together and a great read of fan fiction. [11]
I enjoyed reading Bad Feeling Too. I liked Schuller's funny and unexpected ending to her story in Introduction to Horror. Cute!

Both of Florian's stories were well-done. I especially liked Dark Half. The calm, mature light-side Luke was great. I would guess he'll probably win him over to the Light rather soon. I'd like to see a sequel to that story. It would be interesting if they formed a partnership and went on missions for the Republic together, or if they founded the Jedi Academy together. I really liked her picture of the Dark and Light Lukes on p. 97. Florian's other story, Pencil Sketch of an Imperial Jail, was more serious, and it kept me thinking about it for a long time after I had read it. I guess it's probably tured that for some of the Imperials like the guard outside the prison bars, it was just a way of making a living, another day at the job. For someone like Luke, who was IN the Imperial prison though, that job caused torture, worry and uncertainty about the future... Yet the Imperial was not an evil person. He was family man who evens has some compassion for the man behind the bars. It was still unsettling though to hear the cheerful banter between the two guards as the shift change took place, while Luke was on his way to what was probably a very painful interrogation.

I always enjoy Turner's stories about Luke, Wedge, and Ysabel (Ormand Factor was TERRIFIC!!!) Liberation was no exception. I'm glad they were able to find and liberate at least one member of the Tantive IV...

Another well-written story was Campbell's Legitimate Target. I had very much enjoyed the prequel to that story, Missing. I had hoped that things would work out in the sequel, and that somehow the Minoan mission could have been warned in time, and that Luke's friend, Tamara, who had risked her life for him, would have lived. Instead, poor Luke has even more to feel guilty about, as he caused the deaths of many innocent people because Alliance Intelligence gave the wrong co-ordinates. That's an awful lot of guilt for one young man to to carry on his shoulders! I'm glad that he was at least able to make a friend in this story, and that he found someone with whom he could share his burden. I still find myself wondering what happened to Tank and Tamara. I guess I'm still hoping for another story that gives Luke a happier ending. Z.P. did a very nice drawing of Luke for this story.

Kittle's filksongs were good. I particularly liked "My Jedi Lifestyle. I appreciated everyone's efforts. I always enjoy reading the SW stories nad poems written by others. I only mentioned a few of the stories in this 'zine, but I'd like to congratulate all of the authors and artists on their work. [12]
Another delightful issue, Louise. Good job! I loved the cover. A very wicked sense of humour.

A Baptism of Fire was good. Not much is written about the secondary characters so I enjoyed reading all about the Tantive crew.

I was glad to see and read the story A Legitimate Target. I loved Missing when it came out and really enjoyed this story. I could feel Luke's pain and anger over hitting a civilian target. I hope Catriona keeps writer. I miss her stuff.

Both of Schuller's stories, Introduction to Horror (suspenseful and then funny) and Transformation (an interesting take on the character of Han) I liked.

Liberation by Turner was really wonderful. I can't wait to read Skyhook's Legacy. I hope it won't be too long![13]
Really nice job under trying circumstances, lady! Take a bow yourself for all the hard work.

[snipped]

The delightfully warped front cover continues what bids to be a tradion of lighthearted (with an edge) humour.

The "dark" stories are dark indeed, but Schuller's Introduction to Horror is such a wonderfully silly tease, it's an excellent lead-off from that cover.

Pencil Sketch of an Imperial Jail is a genuinely chilling picture of the grisliest aspect of life, it's sheer banality when reduced to routine.

Baptism of Fire and Liberation make excellint bookend viewpoints of the same movie event, and then enlarge on them.

Legitimate Target is a convincing psychological portrait of our Jedi after the tragic events of her earlier story, Missing. His wounding, being left, hidden, tortured, and then seeing the family he'd come to care for wiped out by their choice to keep him, these would certainly be harrowing enought o cause the grief and self-doubt we see her. But equally, there's thoughtfulness and realism in the way he works through the burden.

Pleased to see both the non-American and male contingent represented in Boye's non-fiction analysis, and it was interesting to hear about 633 Squadron since I'm a fan of old movies. For some reason, British films of the past are more difficult to find about than European ones.

Transformation was a bit startling from Marti, [who] is mainly a Luke fan (though she's always been even-handed with all the characters), and a very generous viewpoint.

Public Enemy is, like the other original character pieces in the zine, well-written...But for my tastes, it has the edge in a central character way, removed from Earth-type human, and a novel idea that Twi'leks are a sort of vampire (the race or just Nifestra?). Bib Fortuna certainly looks the part!

Borrowed Dreams is an intriguing idea and enough of a variation from other stories that explored Vader's duality that I don't think I 've read anything like it.

Dark Half is an extended vignette rather than a complete story but a number of such type tales: Luke encountering a Dark partner. This one is refreshingly free of angst. I love the description of Luke: "Search my feelings: do I care?" You tell'em, Luke!

Altogether, it's a really pleasure to say hello to another new Star Wars 'zine. Thanks for letting me join in. [14]

Issue 3

I Have a Bad Feeling About This Also was published in 1999 and contains 242 pages. The art is by Gerald Crotty, Z.P. Florian, and Amanda Palumbo.

cover of issue #3, Gerald Crotty

It was edited by Louise Turner.

In the editorial, Turner states that this will be the last zine in this series. She addresses the three year gap between this issue and the previous one, and writes about some personal losses. During that time:
The Star Wars Universe began its inexorable change, for better or worse. The hype for Episode 1 came along, and then then at last the film itself was released, and by that time I felt I was an outsider looking in to a universe with which I was no longer familiar.

So it is that when you read this 'zine, you will find yourself slipping into a time-warp. Returning to a world where there is no Jar-Jar Binks and where the thought of the delicious Ewan Macgregor playing Obi-Wan Kenobi is no more than a rumour. This is the Star Wars Universe that I remember, and though I thoroughly enjoyed The Phantom Menace, this is the one that I will always have the more affection for.

[snipped]

As for the future? I said earlier that I'm working on a pro-novel, and this is taking up most of my attention right now. But I hope to get back to writing Star Wars stuff eventually. The second and concluding part of Skyhook's Legacy will be out later on this year, along with -- I hope -- a short story collection. And there are another two half-finished Wedge novels in the pipeline. To those of you who are on the mailing list, you will be hearing from me in due course.
  • Game Over by Z.P. Florian (1)
  • Illegal Entry by Jason Grant (16)
  • Showdown at Kosan by Marti Schuller (25)
  • The Rebel Alliance Flight Manual by Karen Cloney (52)
  • Acceptance, poem by Katrina Heintz (54)
  • The "Bad Feeling" Songbook, a selection of filks by Deborah Kittle (55)
    • What Do I Know, to the the tune by the same title by Ricochet
    • Hypnotise the Moon, the tune of the same title by Clay Walker
    • I'm Not Strong Enough, to the tune of the same title by Blackhawk
  • Where Opposites Meet by Louise Turner (65)
  • ForceD Displacement by Amanda Palumbo (93)
  • Brothers in Arms by Lindsay McBride (146)

References

  1. ^ from Blue Harvest #5
  2. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  3. ^ Gerald Crotty did not take the hint; there is no art by Crotty in Snowfire.
  4. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  5. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  6. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  7. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  8. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  9. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #1
  10. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #3
  11. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #3
  12. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #3
  13. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #3
  14. ^ from a letter of comment in "Bad Feeling" #3