SPICA

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Zine
Title: SPICA
Publisher:
Editor(s): Terri Black and Charlene Fleming
Date(s): 1979-1982
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Star Wars & Battlestar Galactica (1978)
Language: English
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SPICA is a gen Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica anthology.

From an ad in Jundland Wastes: "Stories should be PG-rated, or at the most, a mild R. We like 'em relatively 'straight and clean'."

Issue 1

SPICA 1 was published in 1979.

  • Beginning of Silver Squadron by Linda Rose (BG fiction)
  • The Mordala Underground (Star Wars fiction)
  • Battlemine: Goulash (BG fiction)
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

SPICA is really good. Well put together and the stories are very good. I thought Linda Rose's "Beginning of Silver Squadron" was very good especially. And "The Mordala Underground" was good. It's the first zine I've seen that is interesting. On this side of the country, there are so many Star Trek zines — no end! And the worst part is that they aren't solid adventure. Most are soap opera (pages and pages!!!) and sex related. Now, I realize some fans go for that and it may be interesting — but not when there are like 100-150 solid pages of Lt. Kevin Reilly's social/sex life at Star Fleet Academy. Do you know what I mean?? SPICA is different from that. It's like it caters to everyone's tastes. Gives one a little of what they like most — and enough to satisfy every one. [1]
Got SPICA #1 today, and immediately read it through — three times! Despite a few minor typos (no one's perfect, right?), it definitely has much promise. Much as I adore "Star Wars", my two favorite stories were "Silver Squadron —- The Beginning" and "Battlemine: Goulash". Great takeoff on BG! "Silver Squadron" has great potential — I'm glad that there's finally a series involving women! "The Mordala Underground"was good — but I got a rather uneasy feeling from it. Wouldn't Luke have sensed what was going to happen to him before he entered Galway's quarters? Otherwise, it was a pretty good story. Nice artwork — my congratulations to all those who contributed. [2]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Mike Raabe

SPICA 2 was published in spring 1980 and contains 63 pages. It is mimeo and ektaprint. Art by Thomas Lew, Bob Eggleton,Chris Johnson, and Mike Raabe. Approximately 230+ copies were printed. The issue was dedicated to "The Beatles: John, Paul, George and Ringo because we just became fans."

  • Editorial (2)
  • Science Fiction, poem by Daphne Fisher (3)
  • More Zines (4)
  • Letters and Opinions (6)
  • Pros/Cons (Galactica 1980) (7)
  • You're Not the Same by Charlene Fleming (9)
  • Star Wars Trivia Quiz (14)
  • A Just and Lasting Peace by Terri Black (15)
  • Recruits by Ken Black (27)
  • Silver Squadron, Some Things are Worse than Death by Linda Rose and Charlene Fleming (39)
  • The Last One by Ken Black (54)
  • Will Earth Survive? by Edward Retherford (58)
  • The Mos Eisley Cantania Band by Seattle Rain (64)
  • Art by Thomas Lew, Bob Eggleton, Chris Johnson and Mike Raabe (front cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

I liked this zine. We get a neat little SW tale by Charlene Fleming detailing Luke Skywalker's adventures on an isolated, newly-liberated planet; I can't tell you the details without spoiling it for you, but she had me fooled. Terri Black's contribution, 'A Just and Lasting Peace,' involves Sheba and Apollo on a world they hope is Earth -- ah, but with a difference. I especially enjoyed Terri's solid non-sexist characterization of Sheba. Ken Black's 'Recruits' is a SW action story centering on a married couple who, having attempted to assassinate Lord Vader without success, drop through the skylight of a hashhouse onto Han Solo's lap and hire themselves straight passage to Rebellion. And that's just the first two pages. Also by Ken Black, 'The Last One' -- how much is Luke willing to learn from the dark side of the Force? Edward Retherford considers a Cylon attack on present-day Earth in 'Will Earth Survive?' Earth may, but Seattle's very own skyline doesn't. Poetry by Daphne Fisher, some other features. I saved the best for last: a Silver Squadron (BG) story by Linda Rose and Charlene Fleming. The Silver Squadron is the Galactica's all-female fighter squadron and in this story, which will be continued in issue #3, the Silver Squadron is off to rescue Captain Apollo, who is off to rescue some friend of his, the Squadron certainly had never heard of him, some dude by the name of Starbuck. Meantime, back on the Cylon base star, Baltar is just enjoying his nasty little self, exposing the latter to all sorts of unpleasantness. Boo! Hiss! But the gallant soldiers of the Silver Squadron are a resourceful if insubordinate lot, and I have great faith in their ability to rescue Apollo and whoever that friend of his was, Starbuck, yeah, that's the one. But if you ask, is it worth the $4.20. Yes. If the material doesn't catch your fancy, the artwork is sure to. The cover is by Mike Raabe, and is very nicely done. Mike also contributed some of the fine 'pop' style illos to 'Recruits.' I have to confess that Bob Eggleton's art particularly fascinates me -- the white-on-black Cylon warriors on page 61 in particular. Much of the artwork was specially reproduced to preserve the detailing and the saturation of the predominantly blacl pieces. This kicked the price of the zine up a bit, but it was worth it. The repro is a little spotty in places, but nothing illegible in my copy. I've got high hopes for this zine. [3]
SPICA is really good. Well put together and the stories are very good. I thought Linda Rose's "Beginning of Silver Squadron" was very good especially. And "The Mordala Underground" was good. It's the first zine I've seen that is interesting. On this side of the country, there are so many Star Trek zines — no end! And the worst part is that they aren't solid adventure. Most are soap opera (pages and pages!!!) and sex related. Now, I realize some fans go for that and it may be interesting — but not when there are like 100-150 solid pages of Lt. Kevin Reilly's social/sex life at Star Fleet Academy. Do you know what I mean?? SPICA is different from that. It's like it caters to everyone's tastes. Gives one a little of what they like most — and enough to satisfy every one. [4]
Got SPICA #1 today, and immediately read it through — three times! Despite a few minor typos (no one's perfect, right?), it definitely has much promise. Much as I adore "Star Wars", my two favorite stories were "Silver Squadron —-The Beginning" and "Battlemine: Goulash". Great takeoff on BSG. "Silver Squadron" has great potential — I'm glad that there's finally a series involving women! "The Mordala Underground" was good — but I got a rather uneasy feeling from it. Wouldn't Luke have sensed what was going to happen to him before he entered Galway's quarters? Otherwise, it was a pretty good story. Nice artwork — my congratulations to all those who contributed. [5]

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Mike Rabbe
flyer for issue #3

SPICA 3 was published in July 1980 and contains 67 pages.

  • Editorial (2)
  • Letters and Comments (4)
  • More Zines (7)
  • The Starbuck Luck, poem by Terri Black (11)
  • Lament of the Dark Lord's Child by Terri Black (12)
  • Test of Strength by Ken Black, part one (13)
  • The Young Warriors, book review by Charlene Fleming (19)
  • Reflections from the Adama Journals by Mary A. Turner (21)
  • Answers to the Quiz from previous issue by Terri Black (23)
  • Mark Hamill Talks to Seattle (24) (transcript of a radio interview from a station in Kirkland, Washington)
  • Hide Your Love Away by Charlene Fleming (30)
  • Moonlight Feels Right by Susan Matthews (30) (Starbuck meets a special lady on Caprica)
  • A Matter of Pride by Terri Black (41)
  • Money, poem by Starbuck (48)
  • Battlestar Galactica Trivia Quiz by Charlene Fleming and Kristen Wilson (49)
  • Silver Squadron, Some Things are Worse than Death, part two by Linda Rose and Charlene Fleming (50)
  • The Seattle Rain (67)
  • art by Mike Rabbe (front cover), Mick Avenhouse, Terri Black, Scott Buckingham, Bob Eggleton, Chris Johnson, Thomas Lew, Jean McGraw, Mary A. Turner

Issue 4/5

cover of issue #4/5, Mike Rabbe
interior of issue #4/5

SPICA 4/5 was published in spring 1982 and contains 84 pages of fan fiction stories and art from Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica.

  • Editorials (3)
  • Darth Vader's Theme, filk by Phyllis Johnpoll (4)
  • Letters of Comment (5)
  • Well, It Could Have Happened That Way by Susan Matthews (11)
  • Across My Universe, filk by Terri Black (15)
  • To Learn Despair by Linda Knights (16)
  • My Friend He is My Captain, poem by Terry Black (34)
  • Test of Strength, conclusion by Ken Black (35)
  • The Final Goodbye, poem by Allkia Marie Pirore (40)
  • Consigllore by Phyllis Johnpoll (41)
  • Han Solo Import/Export Chart of Accounts by Phyliss Johnpoll (44)
  • A Second Change by Diana Rusnak (48)
  • The Star Wars/Empire Strikes Back Primer by Cynthia Shannon, with apologies to Paula Smith (52)
  • Where is Your Home, poem by M.H. Loughlin (55)
  • Silver Squadron: Prologue (56)
  • Silver Squadron, R and R on the Rising star by Charlene Fleming and Linda Rose (59)
  • ar by Manny Vasquez, Mike Raabe (front cover), Carol McPherson, Thomas Lew

References

  1. from an LOC in issue #3
  2. from an LOC in issue #3
  3. review by Susan Matthews in Universal Translator #5
  4. from an LoC in SPICA #1
  5. from an LoC in SPICA #1