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Title: Kierestelli
Publisher: Australian Darkover Council
Editor(s): Jill Curtin
Date(s): November 1980 (issue 1), 1985? (issue 2)
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Darkover & a small amount of Dragonriders of Pern
Language: English
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Kierestelli is a gen Darkover zine of fiction, art, and poetry. It was published in Australia. There appear to be two issues.

cover of issue #2, Pyracantha: "I Was A Pre-Raphaelite Pollen Fan: This was created for the cover of a Darkover fan magazine in Australia. Yes, there are (or were) Darkover fans Down Under. "Kierestelli" is a Darkovan lady's name which means "Crystal." The title of this damsel's picture is "Waiting for the Ghost Wind." The "Ghost Wind," on Darkover, is the springtime event of the pollination of psychedelic "kireseth" flowers, where the air is filled with intoxicating and aphrodisiac plant material which also enhances your psychic abilities. A few whiffs of this and your Darkovans, even the chaste maidens like this one, are ready to engage in springtime orgies! Remember that Marion Zimmer Bradley dreamed up a lot of this stuff in Berkeley, California in the 1960s and 1970s, when times were high. I used the "Pre-Raphaelite" 19th century art style for many of my Darkover pieces, but this one's description in my catalogue says it was adapted from a silent film player, Marie Doro, in a movie from 1918... Original art is black ink on illustration board, 8 1/2" x 11", May 1985." [1]

It was originally a newsletter published every eight weeks, but was then planned to be an annual zine. It appears there were two issues. [2]

Issue 1

Kierestelli 1 was published in Fall 1980 and contains over 100 pages.

  • Diary of a Delicata ("When Nadiya is sold to the Lady Most High of Bast, her journey to her new home-world takes her to Darkover, she little realises how much that short detour will change her life, forever.")
  • The Tangled Web ("A story approx. 40,000 words, set 20 years or so after the events in "World Wreckers." How Darkover finally overcomes Terra's interference, is told in this intriguing story.")
  • A Dragon's Choice ("Why is it that Dragon's on Pern sometimes IMPRESS people who appear to be the most unlikely CANDIDATES? This short story explores the question.")
  • Sybella ("A short story dealing with one of the popular 'anti-heroes' among Darkover 'fans.' IT deals with Dyan Ardais, and a brief interlude in his usually unhappy life.")
  • Fetters by Jill Curtin (reprinted in Contes di Cottman IV #11)
  • poetry and art

Issue 2

Kierestelli 2 was possibly published in 1985.


  1. ^ Art By-Products: I Was A Pre-Raphaelite Pollen Fan, Archived version
  2. ^ A fan in 1986 refers to "both issues of Kierestelli" and that she had a story in issue #2. -- editorial from Contes di Cottman IV