Marcia Brin

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Name: Marcia Brin
Alias(es): MistWraith, Boadiccea
Type: fanwriter
Fandoms: Star Wars, Supernatural, Professionals, Stargate SG-1, Equalizer, Beauty and the Beast, U.F.O., Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Rat Patrol, Robin of Sherwood, Babylon 5, Airwolf, Shades of L.A., Quantum Leap
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Marcia Brin is a gen fanwriter whose work appears in many zines and online. She was a frequent contributor to Southern Enclave. She tied for a 1994 FanQ award for her story "Deja Vu" in (Alliance & Empire).

Fans Comment Regarding Brin's Star Wars Fiction

If you are primarily a Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader fan, if political stories a la ThousandWorlds turns you on, if stark realism is your thing, if you are serious and literal-minded, forget it. Don't read Marcia's stories. You'll hate them, consider them sentimental slop and beneath your attention. I happen to like Marcia' s stories. Her work is primarily concerned with Han and Leia, is definitely emotional and romantic in tone, often goes for a light touch (or, when serious, a poignant one), and, especially in her more recent pieces, echoes the fairy tale and mythological feel so popular in fandom this past year. If this type of story is to your taste, you won't have any problem finding Marcia's pieces--it would be more difficult to avoid them. She's nothing if not prolific and it's difficult the name zines that don't have her stories or poems or both, from "big name" zines like Guardian and Time Warp to lesser known zines like The Jedi Journal or Visions. Most of her stories are variations on a theme, a classic motif of warring lovers, showing up in tales from Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" to the 30's and 40' s movies from which Lucas derived some of his inspiration, in which... actor/actress teams played the same courtship games as do s Han and Leia. And Marcia's embattled pair are no less entertaining than their distinguished predecessors... Marcia's stories don't always have an unabashed happy ending, though. One of my favorite stories is in Time Warp 5, "The Sound of Distant Laughter", in which Han has been dead for years and Leia an old woman,, drain-ing her life into the new Republic. The poignancy of this story is amazing, more so because very few fan writers can handle any such thing. Marcia walks the tightrope between poignancy and slush and not only does she not fall, she doesn't even slip. This story brought tears to my eyes and few fan stories do that. Then there are her myth/fairy tale-based stories... Most of Marcia's stories are worthwhile and I've by no neans even scratched the surface with this overview. Witty, adeptly-written, with a fine, unbitchy Leia characterization, and a Han straight out of TESB (meaning, not the overly- macho, uneducated slob so often fan- written after A New Hope), Marcia' s stories are fun to read, if you can accept the Han/Leia pairing and don't mind more than a touch of the romantic. If you can't and you don't, there are lots of socially-significant, heavy stories in fan-fico You read those; I'll curl up with a story by Marcia. [1]

Marcia Brin's stories and poems almost always focus on Han or on Leia. She is often capable of unique plot twists and could easily be dubbed the O. Henry of the SW fanzine. In "Heritage" in Pegasus 6 Han loses all memory when he sees his father kill his mother and later watches as his grandfather takes his retribution on his family's betrayer. In a later story, "Long Way Home" (Docking Bay 3) , Han is thawed from carbonite on the Executor and invited to dinner with Darth Vader—who reveals that he is Han's father and uses the Force to break the mind block Han has been using since childhood to protect his sanity. His acceptance of his Force-heritage and the mental training he receives from his grandfather and Master Yoda enable him to protect himself from Vader and implement his escape.

In one of her most ingenious stories, "Timeline" (Docking Bay 4), Han is sent back into the past by Yoda and Ben where a brief encounter with a young woman results in a son — Luke. In another, "Web" in Kessel Run 4, Mon Mothma and Anakin Skywalker are the parents of a three-year-old who is kidnapped. Anger and bitterness lead Anakin to the Dark Side. Years later, it is Mon Mothma who wonders what the fates have in store for her new-found son as he volunteers to lead the ground assault on Endor. Brin has a fertile imagination and expertly captures Solo's wit and verve. [2]

Zines Containing Brin's Work

Some Places for Online Fiction

References

  1. ^ from Jundland Wastes #11
  2. ^ from From Star Wars to Jedi: The Fanzine Way (1985)