Jeff Johnston

From Fanlore
Jump to: navigation, search
Name: Jeff Johnston
Alias(es): M.J. Fisher
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS, Star Wars
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.

Jeff Johnston was a writer and zine publisher. His publishing company was Kzinti Press.

Johnston was an early publisher of Star Wars zines and in his fan correspondence, he often used the term eofandom. He defined this term as "the period between the time when the potential for a fandom exists, but has not been realized is known in sf fandom as 'eofandom'." [1]

According to a 1987 issue of Comlink, Johnston gafiated in 1980.

Jeff, in Some of His Own Words

Jeff wrote of his interest in fandom and of the birth of Star Wars fandom in Alderaan #5 in 1979: "I have an interest in fandoms of all sorts. Even if the theme of certain fandoms does not appeal to me, then at least I still have something in common with the fans. All fans, no matter which fandom they belong to, share a bond of kinship. Fandoms unite all fen to a degree. I've never been able to explain this, and I have long ago stopped trying to come up with "the" definition of fandom. Fandoms are unique—even weird—in many ways. In my own personal experience, some of my worst adventures, as well as some of my best have been through my involvement in fandoms. This nagging elusiveness and indefinability have helped keep me in confusion ever since I discovered fans back in 1969. The chance to see and to be involved in a new fandom is as exciting for me as being able to relive the excitement I felt during the first moon landing ten years ago. By the time I became active in Trek fandom in 1973 (which was the same year I became a passifan in SF fandom) ST fandom was already well-developed. I never had the opportunity to see how it was that ST fandom grew. Even if Trek fandom had begun in '73, I still wouldn't have seen it all from my vantage point as a neofan. I would have lacked all of the necessary contacts and knowledge to see what was happening. I had that information to draw upon in 1977, and some of what I saw did surprise me." -- an excerpt from Who Comes With Summer.


When Jeff attended this con, he brought his trusty mimeo: "... many people were interested in how to make their own fanzines, so Jeff, the editor of the zine 'Spectrum' volunteered to create the zine, The Cage at the con so that those attending the convention could see a mimeographed fanzine being put together before their very eyes. It took all four days of the con. ("The result was 41 pages, printed on Jeff's machine. There were a variety of contributions—stories, articles, satires written under pseudonyms (one of which was "Su Do Nims"), plus an honest-to-goodness Mary Sue story.") [2]

Jeff also contributed to a number of STW booklets, including How to Start a Club, Communication the Hard Way... Fan Publishing, and So You Want Publicity.


Zines he published:

Other publications he contributed to:



  1. ^ from Comlink #30
  2. ^ Verba, Joan. Boldly Writing. F T L Pubns, March 26, 2003, pg 37