Right of Statement
|Title:||Right of Statement|
|Editor(s):||Anne Elizabeth Zeek & Regina Gottesman|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: TOS|
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There were three issues.
A fan writes a very short review of issue #3/4 in Scuttlebutt #14 and wonders if it will be a successor to that zine.
Right of Statement 1 was published in July 1978 and contains 30 pages.
Right of Statement 2 was published in September 1978.
Right of Statement 3/4 was published in 1979 and contains 19 pages.
- a BNF writes: All tax difficulties aside, what is there about the making of profit that is intrinsically wrong? A lot people seem regard anyone who takes even 25 cents off the top of a price of a fanzine a Robber Baron. What with the rising costs of postage, plus the costs of paper and printing, putting out a 'zine would be strictly for rich kids if the readers were not asked to take on some o the burden of paying for the 'rag'. Well, you say, what about buying a mimeo? And where, pray tell, does one put the beast? Not all of us live in huge Victorian houses with basements, attics, and spare rooms... Nor do all Trekkers have access to office or school duplicating equipment. This leaves us at the mercies of the local printer, who tends to charge more and more for the simplest procedures. There are assorted hidden expenditures, like tables at cons, and postage, which is usually counted into the price eventually set for the 'zine. The point is that very few people these days are in a position to give away their time and effort, even for the love of Trek, without expecting a small return on the investment. Since this small return is usually ploughed [sic] back into the 'zine in the form of postage or printing or advertising, and since this hardly goes to support the 'zine editor in luxury, but only permits said ed to continue to publish, I think the quibbling is sanctimonious and not very reasonable... I try to cut corners where I can -- but I have to charge enough for my 'zine to pay the printer, and to have enough left over to cover the deposit on the next ish -- and that makes me a Capitalist, I guess.
- a fan was glad to read the review of The Displaced in the previous issue: I was struck by [name redacted] passionate defense of 'The Displaced' as a good story in itself even though it technically comes into the category of Lt. Mary Sue. I, too, believe it is possible to enjoy a story and to find a well-written, fully-fleshed Lt. Mary Sue worthy of standing right up there along with the rest of the good stories of Treklit.
- more on zine production: May I add a factor to the analysis of why editors use offset rather than mimeo? It's called time. Like most of us, I'm a working girl. I'm also lucky enough to have a family which has to be fed and watered and a house which I try to pick up often enough that we don't have to kick a path to the door. In other words, the amount of time I have available for Yeoman Press is finite. In fact, I have a simple alternative: 1) professional printing and collating, or 2) no zine. I do agree with [name redacted] that zineds should try to keep costs down... but mimeo is not the be all and end all.
- more on profit and zines: As an editor, if I call Washington State from New York City, that's a zine expense if the call is to discuss a story in the works. That is estimated into the cost of a zine. If other zine editors discounted the cost of postage, phone calls, secretarial supplies and th price of tables at a con (or, for that matter, con expenses for a con a I wouldn't go to if I wasn't selling a zine), the editor would go broke very quickly... Non-profit in my books means making the zine pay for itself so I don't have to pay for anything out of my own pocket. To carry Karen's ideas of non-profit to an extreme, she would pay for the zine out of her own pocket and not charge the reader anything.
- there is much discussion about the "Townsley Cons," most of it negative. Fans felt they were boring, badly run, focused on big-name stars who didn't show, and were ultimately over-priced: "A pox on Mr. Townsley and his conventions."
- a fan bemoans the recent lack of civility in Star Trek fandom: Comments in both Right of Statement and Interstat indicate a disturbing current trend of vicious treatment of fans by fans... Disagreements are issues are to be expected. Star Trek thrives on controversy... I expect vicious backbiting from people not exposed to the IDIC concept. Perhaps mean behavior is due to a fandom-wide epidemic of pon farr. What else could account for such irritability?
- a self-professed neofan bemoans the rising costs of fanzines and suggests APAs: This would leave those persons producing longer pieces, like novels, out in the cold. But with short stories, articles, etc., this should not only make getting fan material cheaper, but will allow the average fan a creative outlet without having to feel the need to make it fill 50 or 60 page fanzines.
- about a zine's production, a fan shrugs: Personally, it makes very little difference to me how a 'zine is produced, as long as it is readable. I enjoy the flashier 'zines as well as the next person, but will buy a quality 'zine no matter what its cost, as long as the subject matter interests me... I am disappointed, however, to buy an offset zine that is sloppily produced... I resent paying good money for ignorance, and would recommend that editors considering offset learn the ins and outs thoroughly before going ahead. I confess that I started Warped Space without having first seem more than one fanzine, Babel. I quite frankly did not know the difference between mimeo and offset, or what those terms meant... The first 21 issues of Warped Space are largely an embarrassment to mea today, from a visual point of view. I tried mimeo with the first issue of The Fanzine Review 'Zine, and found that for me, mimeo is much too inconvenient to use, and the savings are negligible.
- a fan explains at great length her attempts to get some of her zines (NTM Collected and Epilogue) copyrighted by the Library of Congress, and she writes of what she has discovered about getting Star Trek fanzines considered for the Library of Congress' service of recording materials for the blind and handicapped, the "talking books program"
- a fan praises Right of Statement:
- a fan writes about profit and fandom: I notice a lot of comments about the high price of zines, one of them verging on hostility. I don't know anyone who makes a profit on these, even the higher-priced ones...a zine editor should make a little money from one zine to help defray the costs of the next zine is hardly out of line... Such things as postage costs --particularly in the shipping of artwork in a way that the Post Awful will do the least amount of damage -- flyer costs, and just answering inquiries sent by people who do not know what a SASE is, is not a negligible amount of money. If followed strictly, this leaves zine publishing to those of upper incomes -- and do we really need to make this into an upper-class hobby? Agreed, lower-income people cannot purchase expensive zines. But there is another alternative to the hassle of a mimeograph (and mimeograph, if my experience with it is typical, is a royal pain in the ass) which I think should be seriously considered. It's a format which I've used quite successfully - 50% reduced photo offset in a digest-sized zine. Yes, there are people who object to this -- small print and awkward size seem to be the main complaint. I sincerely hope that these are not the same people complaining about high zine prices -- it's either one or the other, loves. Or mimeo. But you simply can't have a zine of the quality of Interphase, Warped Space or Stardate: Unknown, to name a few, without paying the printer. With the digest-sized zine, you get four pages for the price of two. And the savings in postage is considerable if you used third class mail. I was (before the latest postal increase) able to print a 60-70 page zine with a circulation of about 250, and have the issue, including postage, sell for $1.50... Of course, this format is not suited to an art-orientated zine.
- a general review and long article about of all the pro books published so far by Bantam (8 of them). The fan created a point system: My simple of a points is a simple one, on asterisk apiece for each of the following: 1) recognizable ST characters (even if only occasionally) 2) reasonably exciting depiction of those characters (and no, they are not all exciting all by the themselves. The author has to a little bit of work or it has usually come out in one big yawn!) 3) mind-broadening science problems (to fit the 'science' part of sf) 4) a consistent narrative style and that unnamable something that gives the whole work such conflict, warmth and cliff-hanging/nail-biting substance that it is instantly and naturally perceived to be within the ST universe, and the reader literally cannot put it down. OPEN STATEMENT TO THE POWERS THAT BE: Only one of the books listed above has accomplished all four of those goals! OPEN STATEMENT TO JOE HALDEMAN: Thank ghu, somebody did it right and fun and exhilarating and I loved it! Why couldn't you pull it together as well as this with your first one (which wasn't really all that bad)? 
- Spock Must Die! "The main objection to this book is that it is a little cold. It's as if there's an invisible screen between the reader and what he/she is reading. This was never true in aired Trek."
- Spock, Messiah! "This one is a too obviously an exploitation of the popularity of Spock the Alien without a corresponding attempt to undersand the true causes of that popularity or the character himself."
- Planet of Judgement "The science problem is nice and involves some really exciting aliens and the climax meets the single criterion of 'great' love that a man 'lay down his life for a friend.' However, the inattention to some o the smaller details which makes the universe in whch the book takes place is not quite recognizable as a 'genuine' ST article."
- Starless World "Is fascinating sf but is always a little off-kilter as per the characters. They're there, but they resemble echoing tin-men... no hearts."
- Trek to Madworld "The most interesting characters turned out to be the visitor and her Romulan pal. This after almost 100 pages of blah about Kirk et al."
- World Without End "Is like watching 'Bread and Circuses,' or 'Shore Leave,' or 'The City on the Edge of Forever,' or 'Turnabout Intruder,' or ... sigh."
- a review of Echoes of the Empire #1, see that page
- a review of the pro book "Vulcan!"
- a review of Grup #6, see that page
- a review of The Other Side of Paradise #3, see that page
- a review of Paradise, see that page
- a review of Galactic Discourse #2, see that page
- a review of The Turbolift Review #2, see that page
- a review of Fantastic Journal, see that page
- a review of the movie Superman
- a review of Masiform D #8, see that page
- The books themselves and their ratings: "World Without End" gets ****, "Spock Must Die!" gets ***, "The Price of the Phoenix", and "Planet of Judgement" each gets **, "The Starless World", and "Trek to Madworld" each gets *, and "Vulcan!", and "Spock, Messiah!" are awarded no asterisks.