Passage to Arms

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Zine
Title: Passage to Arms
Publisher: Deborah Laymon & Deborah Goldstein
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Date(s): 1982
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
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back cover by Kate Nuernberg
front cover by Kate Nuernberg
Tim Eldred

Contents

Passage To Arms is a Star Wars 142-page anthology published in 1982. There were 150 copies printed.

Front and back covers are by Kate Nuernberg.

  • Journey's End by Pat Nussman, art by June Edwards (3)
  • The Littlest Bounty Hunter by Tim Eldred, art also by Eldred (8)
  • A Day in the Life...? by Yvonne Zan, Jan Boll (38)
  • One Less Debt by Kathleen Nuernberg, art also by Nuernberg (39)
  • A Tangled Web (Weaver (part one), Snare (part two), (Tangled Thread (part three), Epilogue by L.C. Wells (part one, two and epilogue) and Chris Callahan (part three) (As the Empire moves against the Jedi order, a list of hidden Jedi is sent to General Kenobi, but it doesn't reach its destination. The list's creator, Dyannis Carmathan, is caught by Imperial Colonel Tarkin and vanishes. Her cousin, the aristocratic Dacy Arean, (lover of Rupert Organa) finds the Empire closing in on her as Tarkin hunts for the list. Finally, Maeve Solo, a Corellian ex-friend of Carmathan, finds that old friendships can have dangerous consequences.) (71) (archived links)
  • Freedom, filk by E.M. Weems, art by J.R. Dunster (99)
  • Extreme Unction by Deborah J. Laymon and Deborah Goldstein, art by Cathye Faraci (101)
  • The Highwayman, original poem by Alfred Noyes, from the ballad version by Phil Ochs, art by Raynette Dodge (119)
  • A Day in the Life...? (part two) by Yvonne Zan and Sue Surls (120)
  • The Kessel Syndrome by Anne Elizabeth Zeek, art by Anne Davenport (121)

Reactions and Reviews

This zine contains generally acceptable stories. Unfortunately, the layout is so appallingly bad, with pages out of sequence, blank lines in the center of paragraphs, and repeated sentences, which negate the impact of the pieces. It's a shame... For my money, the best piece is 'The Littlest Bounty Hunter.' Done in the style of the Marvel comic book, it has Han, Luke and Chewie on a weapons run, whereupon a two-foot-tall bounty hunter, a nine-foot tall Wookiee, and about a million stormtroopers raise various objections. Great drawing, well-paced plot. A close second is 'The Kessel Syndrome,' a nicely charactarticed adventure yarn which ties together the spice mines of Kessel, the twelve-parsec Kessel Run, and why Han owed Jabba money. On a more ambitious, and deeper level, 'Extreme Unction' (from the 'Black Sabre' universe) tells the story of a psychopathic telepathic who finally gathers the strength to leae the circumstances -- interrogating and killing for the Empire's goals -- that were driving her over the edge. I'm not sure the piece succeeds, as I'm still not sure what d'Loren, now Peride Sjani, was trying to do, but the story holds the reader's attention and offers interesting scenes and phrases along the way. 'One Less Debt' also attempts some serious thought -- when Luke is forced to kill as part of his fighting-slave disguise, how does he reconcile the murders he must perform with the Forces? -- but stops short of actually tackling the dilemma in favor of getting on with the plot: Lando pits 'his' slavefighters Chewie and Luke against Jabba the Hut's in order to win the thawed Han back. Guess how Luke has to fight? Not so hot are 'Journey's End' in which Leia is tempted by the Dark Side to find peace, and 'A Tangled Web,' mostly because, though both are trying hard to be profound, neither succeeds in coming to any sort of a point... [1]

References

  1. from Warped Space #48