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Title: Shadowstar
Publisher: Alvyren Press
Editor(s): Mary Jean Holmes
Date(s): 1980-1994
Medium: print
Fandom: multimedia & Star Wars
Language: English
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Shadowstar is a gen multimedia zine with heavy Star Wars content. It was edited and published by Mary Jean Holmes.

From the title page of the second issue: "Shadowstar is a not-for-profit fan publication dedicated to the proliferation of science fiction and fantasy literature and art."

It ran for thirty-four issues from 1980-1992. It was originally a quarterly publication and was pretty consistent in that schedule, remarkably so considering its long run.

The series had several regular features. One of them was the essay series Shady Thoughts.

Regarding the Title

From the second issue:
"That's the Shadowstar."

Someone asked me, "Why Shadowstar?" Well, if you will note the design at the top of this page, you will see a little ship whizzing by. That's the Shadowstar, a starship designed

and dearly paid for by certain characters in a Traveller game I'm involved in. The name sounded right, so, when I was looking for a 'zine title, I used it. I'm not proud. Since I devised the nomen for the ship, I had no qualms about using it again. It fits.

A 1983 Statement by the Editor

Holmes wrote a response to the essay Shady Thoughts: "Why Do You Waste Your Time Writing This Stuff?" in issue #10:

What [many people] object to is my choice of subject matter. "Gosh, you write so well -- why do you waste all that time writing Star Wars fiction? Why don't you write something original, so you can get it published professionally? So you can make money?" Maybe it's their personal concern for the state of my finances, but I rather doubt it.


I have been actively involved in fandom for eight years. In that time, I have seen enough of this subculture of ours to determine a number of general characteristics about fans. Their interests are wide-ranging in scope, their minds often open, their intelligence and perception above average. They are natural-born debaters and natural-born crusaders. Many also have an annoying tendency to be presumptuous snobs, of a sort, the kind who believe it their fannish birthright to be a critic -- and I don't mean the term in its intelligent, complementary sense -- of anything and everything that somehow falls within the border of SF land. I have had my works lambasted by progressive-thinking feminist fans who never even read them; I have seen entire groups made pariah by other groups who have decreed their interests "childish"; I have watched the Fannish Family I entered those eight years ago take a turn I do not like and cannot stomach for much longer. When my own friends begin to turn against me, I know something's gone seriously awry.

Okay, I'll admit, I've seen certain groupie-sorts become persistent to the point of obnoxious, but not all of them have been fans of the media. The disease is present on both sides. No area of fandom has remained untouched, and the spread of the virus is sad to see. It's slowly strangling and killing something that was once a noble effort, something was proud to be part of. I'm not proud anymore.

Perhaps that's why I turned to writing fan fiction, and becoming a fan publisher. Somewhere, I nurture a fledgling belief that, here in the pages of Shadowstar, I can preserve for replanting at some future time the open-minded flexibility that I once loved in fandom. Maybe I'm wrong, and the effort is futile, but I refuse to believed it until I finally am forced to surrender the dream to the grave.

Until them, I intent to keep writing -- and yes, I intend to continue printing -- fan fiction, be it Star Wars, Star Trek, Pern, or what have you. There are more than enough pro-'zines and publishers to sate the tastes of those who want nothing but original fiction; there are few sources of good fan fiction. Shadowstar -- and hopefully myself -- will strive to be one of them.

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1, Mary Jean Holmes
back cover of issue #1, Bernadette Krebs

Shadowstar 1 was published in Winter 1980 and contains 70 pages.

From the editor: "This first issue is dedicated to Joy Harrison for renewing my urge to see it done, and to George Lucas, for providing me with so colorful a universe and cast of characters with which to first try my hand at derivative fiction."

From the editorial:

Welcome to this first issue of SHADOWSTAR, what I (and others) hope will be a quarterly 'zine of SF and fantasy prose, poetry, art, and occassional articles. The product of many hours of thought, work, love and fanzine reading, we intend this publication to present a wide variety of material, touching on all the areas of fannish love from the purely original to the derivate.


Read on. Enjoy. Respond. And, for the Force's sake, SUBMIT. I want to keep this 'zine as high in quality as I can; I'd also like to hear from you all, in whatever way your hearts may desire. Just remember to keep it clean.
  • From the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Who is the Other? Theories I've Encountered by Mary Jean Holmes (2)
  • Don't Ask!, story by Karen Pauli, art by Mary Wood (original fiction) (5)
  • Soulmates, story by Bill Roper, art by C.H. Burnett (original fiction) (10)
  • The WindyCon Blues, con report in filk form, by Kyym Kimpel (See Con Reports:1980.) (13)
  • Who Seeks Retribution, story by Mary Wood, art by Wood and Mary Jean Holmes (original fantasy) (14)
  • An Introduction to Elvish Script, article by Thindlas of Edhelond (27)
  • Mating Flight, story by Judy and Todd Voros, art by Mary Jean Holmes ("Note: This is a story written in a parallel universe, wherin Canth flew Wirenth. At Ista Weyr (in this universe), there are several women who have impressed fighting dragons.) (Editor's note: The enclave of Pern fans that calls itself Ista Weyr is, in a way, similar to the Lost Weyr idea. Ista is based in New Orleans; this story appeared simultaneously in its publication, with different art, and appears here with the kind per mission of both author and editor. Because the story was handled by two different editors, it's quite likely that our editing may differ. Sorry, Judy and Todd.") (Dragonriders of Pern) (30)
  • Starflight to Faerie, poem by Leah Fisher, art by C.H. Burnett (38)
  • Meet Chrysophyr, Interstellar Agent, idea by Joy Harrison, art by Marge Ihssen (39)
  • Double Paradox, part one of a Star Wars novel, story by Mary Jean Holmes, art by Joan Zweber and Holmes (40)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Excellent first effort (if it is...?). Many goodies herein. I did not know that Bill Roper wrote "ose and morose" fiction as well as filk. He seems happiest when he's being heartbreaking; I think the man needs help! No — wait a minute. If he gets cured, we won't get any more songs like "Space is Dark" or "The Destroyer," and no more fiction like "Soulmates." Let's let him suffer — for purely selfish reasons.

"Don't Ask!" by Karen Pauli. Really good! It's not always easy for a fan to think like a mundane, and that was done charmingly.

The cartoon on page 12 is my favorite.

I tried several times to read "Who Seeks Retribution" by Mary Wood, but I couldn't. I'm not sure why. It may just be because I'm unfamiliar with the culture. I hope to get to it— but it took me over a year to get into Fa Shimbo's Klysadel series, too. Now I love it.

"Mating Flighf'was delightful. Judy and Todd Voros do understand the Weyrs and the dragonri- ders, which some people who write about them do not. Wonderful.

"Starflight to Faerie" by Leah Fisher is a beautiful poem, and it can be sung to several tunes; my favorite for it is Sharon Porath's tune for "Time and Stars." And it may be about Han So lo, but it needn't be. It applies to every sailor, every wanderer the worlds have ever spawned. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Mary Jean Holmes and L.S. Juliano
back cover of issue #2, L.S. Juliano

Shadowstar 2 was published in Spring 1981 and contains 70 pages.

From the editorial:

I want to thank the people who've given me such favorable comments regarding issue #1. If they'd been slightly less specifically directed towards me, I'd've been inclined to put in a letters column. Maybe someday. I'm grateful not only for the praise, but also for the fact that all of you put up with the ghastly printer's error that effected the latter half of the 'zine. Fortunately, the screw-up affected only my story, so there was no great loss.

I would also like to thank our dear Uncle Samuel for returning us enough of our tax money to purchase this neat new Olivetti Lexicon typer. The old Smith-Corona was on its last legs, no doubt about it.- Now, if I could only find a genuine italic element for it...

For those of you who are looking forward to the conclusion of "Double Paradox," I hate to tell you this, but this issue's installment is only number two out of four. Sorry, but the blasted thing is an honest-to-Force novel, not a novella or novelette. In her letter. Amy Dobratz asked if I thought I was George Lucas. No, Amy, I don't (I should only be so lucky. I could use half his money, and his talent). What I am is long-winded. I can't write simple short stories very easily. My mind tends to take the most uncomplicated plot idea and make a full-blown novel out of it. And take heart (or be warned): this isn't the end. My husband has coerced me into writing a full trilogy of SW based novels; "Double Paradox" is only the first (he's sadistic, that spouse of mine is. He knows I find writing derivate fiction a chore, since it's so tough to keep everything reasonably consistent with the original concepts). The second novel (yes, it's done) is called "A Chance to Live," after a quote from SW. The third has barely been begun. The two latter works may or may not appear in Shadowstar; I'll have to - see how I feel about it when the time comes. There are these 2'x4' paintings illoing the second novel lying around our apartment, however...
From the editor, comments on the fannish politics, differing ideas and control, and disappointment:

Now for the not so nice diatribe.

In 1974, I made my first contact with organize fandom. In those days, there was a certain innocence to the whole affair, as we were all people who'd lived too long without kindred spirits with whom to share some of our most far-flung ideas and flights of fancy. We hadn't yet lost our sense of wonder then; fandom as a whole was still a joyous experience for us all.

Unfortunately, no innocence lasts forever; I experienced this first when our numbers as a group swelled to the point that we could no longer meet in the basement bar at the local university. When we became at last an organized SF club, we were forced to make a break with an old friend in order to preserve our integrity as a group. The experience was not precisely pleasant, but, like the innocents we were, we healed quickly.

Time and the years brought new experiences, new friends, new responsibilities. From a beginning core of three people, our fan group grew within a period of two years to nearly a hundred. And, like the physical growth of adolesence, the sudden growth of our pubescent organization was fraught with pain, both bittersweet and agonizing. It began simply, with a desire to repay our friends in other cities for the conventions we'd attended by giving one of our own. It was a noble thought, and was labored over nobly for several years, until our no-longer-fledgling group contracted a disease that has been the death of all-too-many fannish concerns: Politics.

If I sound bitter over it, it's because I am. Friends were made, to be sure, but many more were lost or alienated over that cancer; and like cancer, it spread, to everything we had touched in our innocence, and corrupted it. Perhaps too poetical, perhaps too naive— but, the fool that I am, I still believe in innocence. I retain my sense of wonder. I see in fandom a group of people with a common dream, a shared goal, a folk with aspirations that rise far above the merely mundane.

But then, all too often, I look at these people, gathered together under the title of club, corporation, association, and see the mud of competition, jealousy, and pettiness clinging to their feet. It cements them with an unbreakable bond to the earth and dooms them to nothing but empty daydreams.

Call me naive, idealist. Still, it hurts me to watch friends hurt each other, stab each others' backs, simply for something as foolish as political power. To me, no influence is worth friendship, and no business concern is as priceless as the stars.

I look at things now, more mature than I was those seven years ago, and I weep.

But I also hope.
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts, an editorial column by Mary Jean Holmes (two topics: trying to discern who is "The Other" by Tarot cards, numerology, and the I Ching, and the ugliness of fannish politics (specifically as they relate to an unnamed convention that has just occurred) (2)
  • Munday: a do-it-yourself participatory memoir by E. Michael Blake (4)
  • Transfer Student by Kathryn Sullivan (original science fiction) (7)
  • The Gofer's Lament by Bernadette Krebs (20)
  • A Night on the Town (from the Misadventures of Luke Skywalker) ("an episode from a Star Wars based Traveller game") transcribed by Mary Jean Holmes, with the artistic assistance of Scott Paulson and Pete Miller (21)
  • Dragonflight? by Karen Pauli (27)
  • The Cult of Diomedes by Larry S. Juliano (The Shadow) (30)
  • Double Paradox, part two by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (39)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes (front cover, with Larry S. Juliano), Anne Davenport, Mary Wood and Bernadette Krebs

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

"Transfer Student" by Kathryn Sullivan. The art on the title page is gorgeous. L.J. Juliano has real talent. I hope to see some of his/her/its artwork at a con soon. But please, not until I have some money! The story is a corker. Sstwel a marketing major? Fantabulous. More than that, all I can say is, why couldn't it've happened to me?

"The Gofer's Lament" by Bernadette Krebs is all too true. I've gofered for more cons than I know, including Noreascon II and Denvention II (which last one needed all the help it could get — volunteers damn near ran that whole con — I never saw any one who would admit to being committee, except the completely neutral lawyer on the weapons panel). And, unlike many poems that allegedly are songs, this one actually scans and fits the tune. Congratulations.

"A Night on the Town" by Mary Jean Holmes.

A familiar theme: I got an A in a creative writing class by presenting as unvarnished truth — well, it was! the Tale of a D and D expedition I had participated in at an SCA revel the weekend before.

Your story is good, too. I'm not going to read it until I feel better, though. The end is so graphic!

The cartoon on page 26 is sick! I love it.

"Dragonflight?" by Karen Pauli is a lovely twist on the pink elephant story. Wonderful.

I cannot deal with "The Cult of Diomedes"— I can't get interested in the Shadow. But Juliano's artwork in spectacular, especial ly the illo on page 34. [2]

Shadawstar #2 was wonderful. Wish we could have a "transfer student" like the one in the story here at MSU. Life on campus would never be the same.

"Munday" was perfect— really captures the spirit of the post-con blaaas.

"Dragonflight?" was also wonderful.

I've never read THE SHADOW before; I only know the barest outline of the character, but "The Cult of Diomedes" was quite intriguing..

And of course, the Star Wars stuff was great. "A Night on the Town" was cute (a Star Was Traveller game? I'd like to know more about that) and I'd love to see more "misadventures.'

Are you sure you don't want to just print the rest of Double Paradox in the next issue? You really do know how to leave a person hanging on a good story! [3]

Issue 3

Shadowstar 3 was published in Summer 1981 and contains 69 pages.

cover of issue #3, Mary Jean Holmes, Mary Wood, Larry J. Juliano
back cover of issue #2, Larry J. Juliano
From the editorial:

To the relief of a number of you, Double Paradox is near its conclusion. Novels two and three (respectively titled A Chance, to Live. and No Place Left to Run) now rest, completed, on my bookshelf, awaiting my decision as to what to do with them. I'm moved, therefore, to ask this of my readers: do you want me to run them in Shadowstar? If I can find artists willing to try their hands at illustrating them, I'll consider it, if interest runs in that direction.

I had intended to make a few comments here concerning the business of editorial duty and privilege, but have decided to save it for a better time. Instead, I'd like to make a few remarks about this past summer. Reflecting upon it, I find that I spent a lot of time at the movies. And really entertaining ones, at that. None of this "slice of life" or "cinema verite" stuff that I find so horribly depressing. I adored Raiders of the Lost Ark (I never expected Harrison Ford to display that caliber of acting ability; but I do suppose that maturation will come inevitably to the truly talented), and, though I've not yet seen them, know many folk who found Superman II, Escape from New York, The Howling, Excalibur, Outland, An American Werewolf in London, Clash of the Titans, and Lord only knows how many others immensely entertaining. I even discovered that, after more than thirty viewings, The Empire Strikes Back can still make me cry. It's encouraging. Although I knew that the studios plan on marketing more of the "ordinary people" type of films this fall, I'm delighted to see that movies as genuine entertainment (as opposed to social statement) has come back in style. Bravo to all thoss intrepid filmmakers, writers, and actors! You've made the movies a place where I can, once again laugh, cry, cheer, and enjoy myself.

There's always hope.

  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Terrans Will Be Terrans by Jean Danielsen (addresses the editorial in the previous issue regarding the ugliness of fannish politics (specifically as they relate to an unnamed convention that has just occurred) (2)
  • Seran by Joy Harrison (Dragonriders of Pern) (5)
  • Picking Nits in Fan Fiction, article by Karen Pauli (10)
  • Doctor Who and the Energy Beam, part one, by Paul Gadzikowski (Doctor Who) (13)
  • Goodbye, Jenny by Kathryn Sullivan (original science fiction) (25)
  • The Empire Plot by Larry Juliano (The Shadow) (28)
  • That Elegant Scruffy Look, article by C.R. Illinois Jones (39)
  • Double Paradox, part three of a Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (41)
  • ads (69)
  • art by Steve Casey, Jean Danielsen (interior back cover), Anne Davenport (interior front cover), Paul Gadzikowski, Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Juliano (back cover), Kyym Kimpel, Mary Wood

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

"Seren" by Joy Harrison. Beautiful title page! The story is the wish fulfillment dream of every fan of Pern. We all wish we could be Seren.

The article "Picking Nits in Fan Fiction" by Karen Paul! is admirable, as is the editor's addenda. Unlike the book, in the movie, we all remember, Leia never says her name or her father's in the holographic message. She greets Obi-wan with "General Kenobl" and a small bow. "Years ago, you served my father in the Clone Wars." That is enough of an introduction. Kenobi knows who her father must be, and, therefore, who she must be. He is visually Impressed. Later on in the message, she mentions Alderaan, but never exactly what her father's or her own positions are. Or were.

"Doctor Who and the Energy Beam. It struck me as being entertaining, and certainly not boring! It was a little rushed in places, such as the stop at Darrin and Smanatha's. But not uninteresting. I also've never seen The Prisoner (except the last episode, which made no sense at all when seen in isolation...), so I could not judge that section for worth. I'm looking forward to the continuation.

"Goodbye, Jenny!" by Kathryn Sullivan. Nice, Very nice. Makes me glad I'm not a twin — I'd start worrying about losing her.

"The Empire Plot" by L.J. Juliano. Same comment as for the Shadow tale in #2.

"That Elegant Scruffy Look" by C.H.(Illinois) Jones. All I've got to say is, "Who're you calllin' scruffy-lookin?I"

Double Paradox part 3. Arrrrgh! This as is bad as Warped Space. #39 and the end of "Resurgence," with Han bleeding to death in that alleyI How can I live until December with Han having just blown his Zaidan cover and gotten caught, with Vader only hours out?l All right, all right, maybe he's not caught. Yet. But if he kills that trooper and runs for it, he'll either lead the hunt right for Luke and Aliana, or, foxlike, lead 'em right away. Either way, Han's dead. Arrrgh. How can you do this to me?l Arrrrgh!! [4]
Issue #3 was magnificent. The reproduction was faultless. #2 was a fanzine that pushed the levels of excellence to new standards, but #3 went beyond the level of being an excellent fanzine to putting profession magazines to shame. Your cover... a combination of pictures was ingenious. [5]

Just a note to thank you for Shadowstar #3.

I think this is the best one yet. I've loved everything I've read, but I haven't read everything yet. My sister said she didn't really like the Doctor Who story... but then, she's a perfectionist when it comes to the Doctor. . . [6]

Issue 4

front cover of issue #4, Mary Jean Holmes and L.J. Juliano
back cover of issue #4, Mary Jean Holmes

Shadowstar 4 was published in Autumn 1981 and contains 79 pages.

From the editorial:

Sometime in the near future, Alvyren Press intends to publish all of Double Paradox in a single volume. Additional art is being sought for this printing. Please contact me if you'd like to contri bute.

Please forgive the dearth of artwork in this issue. A desire to keep the price at a reasonable level, a lack of available artists and other factors contributed to this. However: Larry Juliano has informed me that he intends to make up for his lack of art in next issue's final installment of the Shadow tales. And my pleas for illustrators will, with fortune, not go unheeded.
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Remembrance by Bernadette Krebs (Star Wars) (2)
  • An Insignificant Gift by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (6)
  • A Promise Made by Judith Ann Gaskins (Logan's Run) (14)
  • Vicious Circles by Kenneth Goltz (original science fiction) (24)
  • A City on Its Knees by Larry Juliano (The Shadow) (27)
  • Free Verse by Kyym Kimpel (Star Wars) (38)
  • Doctor Who and the Energy Beam, conclusion by Paul Gadzikowski (Doctor Who) (40)
  • Lonely by Kathryn Sullivan (original fiction) (50)
  • Double Paradox, conclusion of the Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (52)
  • Ads (79)
  • art by Jean Danielsen (interior back cover), Ann Davenport (interior front cover), Paul Gadsikowski, Mary Jean Holmes (front and back cover), L.J. Juliano (front cover with MJH), Kyym Kimpel, Mary Wood

Issue 5

Shadowstar 5 was published in Winter 1982 and contains 67 pages.

front cover of issue #5, Mary Jean Holmes
back cover of issue #5, Mary Jean Holmes

It is dedicated to "all my fellow editors of fiction fanzines, with sympathy." The editor also gives thanks "once again to J. Kimpel for loan of her typewriter while the infamous Black Hole was on the blink."

  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: In Defense of Media Science Fiction and Fan Fiction by Mary Jean Holmes (2)
  • Penumbra, Letters from Readers (3)
  • Homecoming by Joy Harrison (Dragonriders (7)
  • Shadows, Gremlins and Murphy's Law by Karen Pauli (original science fiction) (15)
  • Hot Stuff by J. Robert Holmes (original science fiction) (27)
  • Damon's Legacy by Mary Wood (original fantasy) (30)
  • The Shadow Strikes by Larry J. Juliano (The Shadow) (36)
  • A Chance to Live, part one of a Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (45)
  • Ads (67)
  • Art by Steven Casey, Jean Danielsen, Anne Davenport (interior front cover), Mary Jean Holmes (front and back covers), L.J. Juliano (interior back cover, also interior), Kyym Kimpel, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, Mary Wood

Issue 6

cover of issue #6, Mary Jean Holmes

Shadowstar 6 was published in Spring 1982 and contains 134 pages.

  • Letter from the Editor (10
  • Shady Thoughts: Further Comments and Editorial Reaction to "Who is the Other?" by Linda Ruth Pfonner (a response to Shady Thoughts: Who is the Other? Theories I've Encountered) (2)
  • The Revenge of the Editor (4)
  • Penumbra, Readers' Letters (6)
  • Getting Away from It All by Karen Pauli (12)
  • Challenge by Leah Fisher (21)
  • Triptych, three songs by Mary Jean Holmes (220
  • Images in Ice by Mary Wood (24)
  • Tibanna Sunrise by Alan Golias (27)
  • Lady in the Night by Susan Walker (41)
  • To Wooka by Linda Ruth Pfonner (Han and Luke go on a rebel mission to Chewbacca's home planet.) (42)
  • The Royal Wedding scripted by Mary Jean Holmes (76)
  • Cell Thoughts by Bernadette Krebs (80)
  • It's Not My Fault by G. Llewellyn (81)
  • Death and the Princess by Leah Fisher (86)
  • Me an' My Shadow (from The Misadventures of Luke Skywalker and Friends) by Peter A. Miller (88)
  • Letters from a Homesick Wookiee by Joei Kimpel and M.J. Holmes (95)
  • Sanddreams by Roberta Stuemke (99)
  • A Chance to Live (part two of a Star Wars novel), by Mary Jean Holmes (103)
  • ads (134)
  • Art by Jean Danielsen, Anne Davenport (interior cover), Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), L.J. Juliano, Kyym Kimpel (interior back cover), Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, Jay Sinden, Mary Wood, Joan Zweber (back cover)
  • other unknown content

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

I've finished reading Shadowstar #6, and, like I once said, every succeeding issue gets better. L.J. Juliano's artwork is beautiful, he's definitely a man of the shadow touch (probable pun intended). Will he be doing any more Shadow stories?

Mike Goodwin, watch out! Karen Pauli's coming in fast on the outside lane. How long before she decides to publish her own cartoons? Also liked "Getting Away From It All."

The other stories and poems were good, but the novels you're writing are hard to put on an equal basis with them, so 1 won't. I don't think Tal Westar is dead, and I have the feeling Han is the person he talks about in one chapter. Like he said: "Too many coincidences."

Since my singing voice is about as good as Luke's, I didn't try to work out how "Triptych" was sung. 1 read them as poems, although it tends to lose some of the feeling that would exist if one heard them sung.

I agree with you in "The Revenge of the Editor." Han couldn't be the Other. I don't have any idea who it is, either, but Han Leia, and Lando are at the bottom of my list. We'll just have to wait for May 27, 1983 for the answer, because you just can't second-guess George! [7]

Like it? 1 love it!

I never saw the SW Christmas Special, and had no trouble accepting "To Wooka" by Linda Ruth Pfonner. The characters grew! And that's most important....

When I saw the picture at the end of "It's Not My Fault!" I was afraid of another "Leia gets spanked" story, but I was pleasantly surprised. Leia was perfectly in character, and did she ever deserve what she got! I wish the story had been longer!

Comments about the Other: You stated you believe the Other must be Luke's Mother — I disagree, for some of the reasons you already pointed out. There was no foreshadowing, and there isn't enough time. I have speculations:

#1: It is Han. Even if he's not able to deal with the disciplines of training a Jedi requires, he is "outside the matrix," and has already shown he can beat Vader — look what happened at the 'Death Star — he wasn't expected.

#2: Luke's father will surface. I'm not fond of this idea, but hen, I'm not Uncle George.

#3: Obi-Wan is Luke's father. Why would he stick around the desert all those

years? It was stated in TESB that it's sometimes difficult to read the future. Perhaps when Obi—wan said Vader killed Luke's father, he was referring to the Death Star? [8]

I've held my silence long enough — now I have to write. I've been a reader of Shadowstar since issue one, which is a pretty good record, considering I'm not a great fan of fanzines. I find the majority of them are poorly done and aimed at too specific an audience for my tastes. Although I love Star Wars,, horror movies, and SF and fantasy literature (especially the works of Tolkien, Kurtz and McCaffrey), I can't say I'm particularly a fan or "groupie" of any one of them. I like variety and I like quality. Shadowstar has both.

I get bored with most fanzines quickly because they're so restricted in the topics they deal with. I think you 'zine is the only one I've read which doesn't "specialize" in any one fan group. It's true there does seem to be a preponderance of Star Wars derivative fiction it, but I think that's because a lot of space is devoted to your novels. Still, all in all, except for issue #6, you've kept a balance of SW and "other" fan fiction.

I also think it's important to have a vehicle for original fan fiction -- after all, where do you suppose future authors of SF and fantasy are going to start out, the market being what it is? I don't know of any other fan publication that encourages original fiction that's not based on professionally published words or media. Bravo!


Lo and behold, my $4,00 wasn't wasted. [9]

Issue 7

Shadowstar 7 was published in the summer of 1982 and contains 102 pages.


front cover #7, Mary Jean Holmes
back cover of issue #7, L.J. Juliano

The art is by Lee Christopherson, Jean Danielsen, Ann Davenport, Tim Eldred, J.R. Holmes, Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Juliano, Kyym Kimpel, G. Llewellyn, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, and Mary Wood.

  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Tolerance in Fandom: an Endangered Specie? by Mary Jean Holmes (2)
  • Penumbra, Letters from Readers (4)
  • Mammoth Alpha (Part One) by Tim Eldred -- comic book story. (Star Wars) (9)
  • Irregulations by Lee Christopherson (original SF) (21)
  • A Song From Luke by Linda Ruth Pfonner--A filk of Rudyard Kipling's "Bridge-Guard on the Karroo." The events of Star Wars: A New Hope from Luke's perspective. (Star Wars) (24)
  • The Silence of Emotions by Martha Stricklin (Star Trek: TOS) (26)
  • Effort Under Fire by Kenneth Goltz (original SF) (37)
  • Dragon, Guardian of Xanadu by L.J. Juliano -- comic book story. (original superhero) (43)
  • The Proposal by Mark Walton (Star Wars) (50)
  • The Day, poem by Marcia Brin (Star Wars) (56)
  • The Plato Patrol by Bill Roper, et al (original superhero) (58)
  • Sandcastles by L.J. Juliano (69)
  • A Chance to Live (part three of a Star Wars novel), by Mary Jean Holmes (70)

Issue 8

cover of issue #8

Shadowstar 8 was published in Autumn 1982 and contains 131 pages of Star Wars, Original Fantasy and Original Science Fiction.

  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra, Reader's Letters (2)
  • The Holiday Silly Section:
    • Harry Xmas to All by Misty Lackey (12)
    • Listen Up, Fuzzball by Mary Jean Holmes (16)
  • Volunteers by Lee Christopherson and Cathy Lee Cieminski (25)
  • To the Future, a Song by Mary Jean Holmes (28)
  • Mammoth Alpha (conclusion) by Tim Eldred (29)
  • Form Letter for Readers of Fiction Fanzines by Karen Pauli (59)
  • Time by Marcia Brin (60)
  • High Corellian by Roberta Stuemke (62)
  • Lessons by Susan Walker (76)
  • Link by Katrhyn Sullivan (78)
  • A Chance to Live (conclusion of a Star Wars novel) by Mary Jean Holmes (85)
  • Stormtrooper Training School by Debra Sears (131)
  • ads (132)
  • art by Lee Christopherson, Jean Danielsen, Anne Davenport (interior front cover), Tim Eldred, Mary Jean Holmes (front and back covers), L.J. Juliano, Misty Lackey, Lumpawarump, Carol Paulson, Mary Wood

Issue 9

Shadowstar 9 was published in Winter 1983 and contains 114 pages.

cover #9, L.J. Juliano and Mary Jean Holmes
flyer for issue 9 printed in Pegasus #6
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra: Readers' Letters (2)
  • Sandcastle by Lori J. Juliano (8)
  • Last Dark Lord by Roberta Stuemke (12)
  • Graduation Day by Misty Lackey (26)
  • Pleasure Cruise by Linda Ruth Pfonner and Karen Klinck (31)
  • Oh, Convention by Jean Danielsen (filk to the tune of "Michael, Row Your Boat Ashore") (47)
  • History of Rheta, first in a series of articles by Mary Wood (48)
  • Fairy Tale (part one of two) by Debra Sears (51)
  • Poems by Karin Zygowicz (78)
  • Out of the Frying Pan from the adventures of the Dragon by L.J. Juliano (66)
  • Apology Accepted by Janice Bratton (72)
  • Lady, Do You Weep by Karrin Zygowicz (78)
  • No Place to Run, part one of a Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (79)
  • The Mary Su Fan Fiction Blues by m.j. holmes (113)
  • Ads (114)
  • art by Lee Christopherson, Jean Danielsen (back cover), Mary Jean Holmes (front cover left), L.J. Juliano (front cover right), Misty Lackey, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, Mary Wood

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

I bought a copy of SHADOWSTAR #9 at Capricon last February. I meant to write to you then, but the 'zine was laid aside and buried under a bunch of other stuff. (Neat, I'm not.) I found it again after JEDI came out, and I was looking for Star Wars stuff to read.

Just a comment on a few things. Han sure gets beat on a lot in these stories, doesn't he? Doesn't anyone ever pick on Luke? I admit, Han gets it in the SW movies, too, but Luke suffers so well. Okay, I'll admit it — I'm a Luke fan. I can't help it, I like cure blonde little kids. That's why I married a 6'4" Dark Lord.

I had a little problem accepting "Plea sure Cruise." I just find it hard to believe security would be so lax on a Rebel Base. I could see one psycho/ assassin slipping by, but six of them? And Leia and Dodonna and Wedge not knowing who else they could trust on the Base? The other thing that bothered me is, after one attempted assassination in the sick bay while Han is out wandering around, security was so non-existent, it let the rest of the men burst, fully-armed, into Han and Luke's room! I know they knocked off the guards outside, but they shouldn't have even gotten close. Why wasn't there anyone else in the room watching Han and Luke? I'd best calm down, it wasn't real, it's only a story. ((Ed: Ah...bmm...well. Seeing that I didn't write the story, I can't really answer your questions -- maybe Linda and Karen will care to take the shot. At any rate, I suppose this story is a good example of "Willing Suspension of Disbelief." If that elusive something clicks for the reader at the beginning of a story they never seem to notice the small flaws and logical inconsistencies. Obviously, it clicked for me on "Pleasure Cruise." I never even noticed these points until you brought them to my attention. Ahh well... And as for the question of why people don't beat up on Luke...maybe after seeing TESB, the writers felt sorry for him???))

I really like the art in Juliano's strip, and you draw a real cute Luke. [10]

Issue 10

Shadowstar 10 was published in Spring 1983 and contains 128 pages.

cover #10, Mary Jean Holmes and L.J. Juliano
  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra, Readers' Letters (2)
  • Shady Thoughts: "Why Do You Waste Your Time Writing This Stuff?" by Roberta Stuemke (7)
  • The Choice by Lori J. Juliano (10)
  • Alderaan Lady by Bernadette Krebs (12)
  • Immortal Adversary by Mary Jean Holmes (13)
  • Fly Free by Karen Klinck (26)
  • Bounty Hunter by M.J. Holmes (27)
  • The History of Rheta, part two by Mary Wood (28)
  • After Wooka by Linda Ruth Pfonner (part one) (sequel to "To Wooka") (30) (After facing considerable obstacles, the Millennium Falcon returns to the Rebel Base, only to find that the Rebellion believes her crew to be traitors.)
  • The Metalloids by L.J. Juliano (53)
  • Sandcastle by Lori J. Juliano (61)
  • I Saw Talla Again Today by Marcia Brin (62)
  • Night Lord by Misty Lackey (64) (Long before the invention of Vader, Dark Lords of another nature walked the Earth, and not all of them were evil.)
  • Fairy Tale, conclusion by Debra Sears (72)
  • Someone is Watching by Kathryn Sullivan (84) (Something evil is stalking the galaxy espers, and it's up to Janice to find it and destroy it.)
  • Impression by Karen Ann Weikert (93)
  • Cantina Customers by Karen Klinck (94)
  • No Place Left to Run, part two of a Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (95) (As the novel continues, our heroes discover another threat, sabotage, treacherous enemies, and the bounty hunter on ORd Mantell.)
  • ads (128)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes (front and back covers), L.J. Juliano (front cover), Kyym Kimpel, Gwen Llewellyn, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 10

Well, you did it. I don't know of any other 'zine that has- had ten regular issues of high caliber, as SHADOWSTAR has proved to be. Plain and simple, I love it, and that's not because the editor had deigned to publish a few pieces of my writing and filks.

I guess I'll carry this thing cover to cover. The front cover collage is, as usual, marvelous. My favorite is "It Broke." ((the frontpiece from "After Wooka," part one.)) (How I wish I'd had the credits to bid on it at MediaWest*Con!) The new graphic you're using is nice, although I have to get used to them, after nine issues of the old ones.

As usual, I enjoyed the LoCs, and the incidental illos that accompany them are terrific.

Shady Thoughts covered something that I've had to combat ever since I started writing fanfic. Try explaining fanfic and derivate fiction to a college creative writing instructor! It's a lost cause. So, I just let the nasty comments go in one ear and out the other as much as I can.

"Choice" is a good piece to begin with. I really enjoy writing that makes you think, and Ms. Juliano has done well with this short-short.

Oh, gee, "Alderaan Lady." Who is this Miss Krebs, anyhow? Thanks for making it look so good.

I want to see more of the Annals of the Tavrenese. I could get lost in such a world and not come back. Origi nal fiction is a major reason I like SHADOWSTAR. Maybe I'll even get up the nerve to submit my Drennar universe stories . . .

"Bounty Hunter" made a hit with a friend of mine who admires Boba Fett to distraction. When can we have the music to it? ((Ed: As soon as I have the time and facilities available to sit down and cut a tape of my 30-odd SW songs. Issue #2 of The Perpetually Incomplete Fi Iksimer is supposed to be a tape- with-words-and-chords sort of things, but alternately, time constrictions and budget problems have prevented it. So, real soon now...))

"The History of Rheta" is a good article. I want to see more of this, if possible. I really enjoyed the Rheta stories that have been printed in past issues, and hope to be given more in the future.

Hmm, more serials. That's not fair. You finish "Fairy Tale," and give us part one of "After Wooka." Grr.

I'm running out of time, so I'll have to be really quick with the rest. No Place Left to Run is definitely the best of the novels so far. Keep up the good work.

Mr. Juliano's artwork, both incidental and in the "Metalloids" is fantastic. "Night Lord was interesting. Is there going to be more of this vampire to be seen in future issues?

"Someone Is Watching" is a very nice piece. I was wondering if we'd get to see more of Janice and Apson. The poetry and filks were terrific, and up to the high standards of the 'zine.

Marcia Brin's "I Saw Talla Again Today" was one I liked in particular. It's logical that Han would have had other women in his life that meant something to him, and the loss of that woman could be a factor in making him what he is.

Keep up the good work — I'm waiting eagerly for #11. [11]

I just got back from MediaWest*Con, where I picked up my very first issue of SHADOWSTAR ~ #10. I am very im pressed with the mix and caliber of writing in your 'zine, and am looking forward to #11. "Immortal Adversary" was a very enjoy able story. I'm glad you had the oppor tunity to include it. I read this story while I was sitting, waiting for the play Amadeus to begin, and I thought I'd scream when the lights went down. Luckily, I got to finish the story at intermission. Hope we'll see more of your

I found "After Wooka" extremely enjoy able. I loved the relationship develop ment between Han and Luke, and the jealousy of Chewie. Can't wait to see how this one ends up! Of course, now I'm going to have to order #6, to read "To Wooka."

I'm afraid I didn't understand "The Metalloids" at all, but "Sandcastles," which followed, was real nice. Marcia Erin's poem about Talla was real nice, too. "Night Lord" was different — and enjoyable. I liked it. "Fairy Tale," on the other hand, was so con fusing. This one was too far out for me, I'm afraid. "Someone Is Watching" was kind of spacy, too — but good, real good. It was scary and tense writing — just perfect for the story. And, of course, there's No Place Left To Run. I was very impressed with this story, but again, I have to wait to find out what happens. No fair! I especially liked the characterizations of Han and Leia, although Luke seems like a bit of a twit when he chews

Han out. [12]

I totally agree with Shady Thoughts and your reply. I've only been in fandom a little over three years, but I've already encountered people of the type you mentioned. It was especial ly brought home to me at Chicon last year. Although I enjoyed the con in general, nowhere have I encountered such cliques as I did there. The gap was especially noticable between printed SF fans and media SF fans. Why can't people forget their differences and concentrate on what they have in common? Ah, well, fandom — like true love — never runs smooth.

"The Choice." I must have been half asleep when I read it — I didn't understand it. What was the choice? Where did the illos fit in? Your other works are fantastic, Lori. I'd like to hear from you on this. < ref> from an LoC in "Shadowstar" #11 </ref>

Kathy Sullivan — the next H. P. Lovecraft? Her story was something else, wasn't it? I think she should do more stories with a horror I slant. She exhibits a grit I've not noticed in her other writing.

SHADOWSTAR #10 was another long- awaited dream-come-true. Every thing was super, but "Someone Is Watching" had to be the gem of the issue.

While I'm on the topic of horror, vampire stories are the most worn- out genre. Talk about overworked subject matter! Of course, this is only my opinion. That's why I can't understand why I liked Misty Lackey's "Night Lord." I think I was fascinated with the thief and- healer ideas. The final understate ment about the graves neatly ended the tale. I assume Misty did her own art? It reminded me of Japan ese animation style. I forgot to write in my last letter the thing that I wanted to say most about #9. I loved the short poems. I think the idea was a unique and refreshing touch. The poetry it self had a big idea all in a neat and small package. It was nice to be able to not have to spend a long time reading to get to the end of a short story or a novel. I hope that this feature of SHADOWSTAR will be repeated in each issue to come.

Thank you for making Shadowstar #10 a reality. [13]

Since I haven't said it before, I very much appreciate your sure hand on my rough spots. 1 type so badly and so slowly that I nearly despair over the uneven bits — yet I can't bear to go through ALL THAT AGAIN and try some thing else. Beautiful editing job on "Night Lord!"

If you really think (from the mailbag) that people want to see more Dawntreader stories, in the words of the late Jimmy D., "I've got a million of 'em!" They're roughly based on the Andre Norton universe of The Last Planet et al, plus a few embellishments of my own.

I absolutely loved all of #10 (as per usual). Must say that I see no problem in writing derivate fiction; ultimately, all fiction is derivate — we are our roots. You'll notice that, though my stuff is supposedly "original," it owes tons to Tolkien ("Merry Xmas"), Andre Norton ("Graduation Day"), and Fred Saberhagen ("Night Lord"). The piece enclosed ((this issue's "Were Hunter")) owes its entirety to the song/video by Duran Duran,"Hungry Like the Wolf." So, as my postdoc friend Di (the direct inspiration for Diana Tregarde) says, "Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke." Or, in translation, "If you don't like what I'm doing, ignore it or shut up about it." ((Ed: Actually, I would prefer to expand it to "Ignore it or write what you like yourself." To quote Henry Higgins: "If you can't appreciate what you've got, you'd better get what you can appreciate." This could apply well to many of fandom's anti-media people. Just because one person chooses not to "waste" his or her time in a certain pursuit doesn't make the pastime worth less or somehow invalid.)) [14]

Issue 11

Shadowstar 11 was published in Summer 1983 and contains 156 pages.

front cover #11, L.J. Juliano and Mary Jean Holmes
back cover of issue #11, Jean Danielsen
  • Letter from the editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Our Writer's Guidelines: An Explanation by Mary Jean Holmes (2)
  • Penumbra (4)
  • Prelude by Roberta Stuemke (original science fiction, Traveller's role playing game) (11)
  • The Contest, introduction of a contest for Star Wars fic based on an illo, winner planned to be printed in issue #14) (20)
  • A Friendly Place by Misty Lackey (Diana Tregarde first appeared in "Merry Xmas to All" in Shadowstar #8.) (22)
  • Word Search Puzzles by Lynda Vndriver (26)
  • Shifting Sands by Lori Juliano (original fantasy) (28)
  • After Wooka by Linda Ruth Pfonner (part two) (sequel to "To Wooka") (Star Wars) (33)
  • After After Wooka by Linda Ruth Pfonner ("The following segment was not originally a part of this story. However, after urging by both the editor and other readers at MediaWestCon, Linda graciously provided this addenda, to answer a few burning questions: what happened to Major Sandor and the cat? To this end, we present what I refer to as: After After Wooka.") (Star Wars) (56)
  • They Wait, poem by Kathryn Agel (Star Wars) (62)
  • The Dragon by L.J. Juliano (The Shadow, comic) (63)
  • Wisdom, a Song by Mary Jean Holmes (68)
  • Were-Hunter by Misty Lackey (In a letter of comment in this issue, Lackey wrote: "The piece enclosed in this issue ("Were Hunter") owes its entirety to the song/video by Duran Duran,"Hungry Like the Wolf."") (70)
  • The Fall of Castle Merrimac by Rosalinda Arias (original fantasy) (73)
  • Magic-Bringer, poem by Karin Zygowicz (83)
  • The Parting by Carol Paulson (84)
  • Chameleon by Misty Lackey (sequel to "Graduation Day" in issue #9) (86)
  • No Place Left to Run, part three of a SW novel by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (91)
  • Think Art, poem by Lori Juliano (119)
  • art by Jean Danielsen (back cover), Anne Davenport, Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), L.J. Juliano (front cover), Kyym Kimpel, Misty Lackey, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, Mary Wood

Issue 12

Shadowstar 12 was published in Autumn 1983 and contains 157 pages.

front cover #12, Joan Sweber
back cover, Mary Jean Holmes
  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra, Letters of Comment (2)
  • Rovan by Marcia Brin (8)
  • Crossed Wires by Mary Wood (14)
  • Point of View by Kathryn Agel (45)
  • Star-Kindler by Mary Jean Holmes (46)
  • Spacer by D.L. Miller (64)
  • Decoy Part 1 by Linda Ruth Pfonner (After being rescued from the carbon freeze, Han is accused of being an Imperial spy, and his past is revealed.) (65)
  • A Different Point of View by Ann Wortham (88)
  • Fatherhood? by Lynda Vandiver (101)
  • Hi-Tech Sideways Comix Presntes: Color and Create an Adventure! by L.J. Juliano (102)
  • Jedi Junkie by M.J. Holmes (105)
  • Remembrance by Pat Molitor (106)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (124)
  • No Place to Run, conclusion of a SW novel by Mary Jean Holmes (125)
  • ads (157)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes (back cover), L.J. Juliano, Kyym Kimpel, Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Mary Wood, Joan Sweber (front cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 12

I loved SHADOWSTAR #12! My favorites in it were "Crossed Wires" by Mary Wood, "Remembrance" by Pat Molitor, and your No Place Left To Run. I really enjoyed "Crossed Wires!" I have never read any of the Deryni tales, but I plan to do so in the future. Morgan and Duncan are interesting characters, the story was well-written, and Luke was given a good role in this tale. He wasn't presented as being perfect (which he isn't), but neither was he presented as weak, indecisive, or neurotic (which he also isn't). I thought Morgan and Luke made a good team.

Pat Molitor's "Remembrance" was well done. I enjoyed the flashbacks Into Darth Vader's past. It makes sense that the encounter between Luke and Vader on Bespin would have an impact on Vader, as it did on Luke. Pat Molitor's characterization of Vader is very believable and it made me feel more sympathetic toward him.

I enjoyed all of No Place Left To Run. It was an exciting adventure story. Thank you for giving Han and Luke equal roles! Your characterizations were very well done. Your story is a joy to read.

I also liked Marcia Brin's vignette, "Rovan," the poem "Jedi Junkie," and the cute back cover. The front cover wasn't bad, either, by the way. The sick cartoon was definitely that![15]

Issue 13

Shadowstar 13 was published in Winter 1984 and contains 120 pages.

cover #13, Mary Jean Holmes, Wanda Lybarger, Mary Wood
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: On Being Edited, A Reaction by Roberta Stuemke (2)
  • Penumbra (4)
  • The Message by Joyce Devine and Lynda Vandiver (12)
  • Graylands by Roberta Stuemke (18)
  • Under the Night Sky by Deborah S. Busse (27)
  • Odyssey by Mary Jean Holmes (28)
  • Whose Lucky Day? by Judith Ann Gaskins (59)
  • Within the Ice Palace by Rosalinda Arias (62)
  • Masks by Misty Lackey (63)
  • Forgotten Hero by Ann Wortham (78)
  • The Payoff by Kathryn Agel (80)
  • Mr. Gannet by Mark Wallace (84)
  • Decoy Part 2 by Linda Ruth Pfonner (After being rescued from the carbon freeze, Han is accused of being an Imperial spy, and his past is revealed.) (87)
  • Puzzles: Word Searches by Lynda Vandiver (77, 86)
  • Return of the Jedi by Marci Erwin (17)
  • Star Wars Hide and Seek by Marci Erwin (85)
  • Ads (121)
  • art by Mary Wood, Wanda Lybarger, Mark Wallace, Mary Jean Holmes, Jean Danielsen (back cover), Anne Davenport, Brian Lane, Melody Luke, Lumpawarrump, Martynn, Carol Paulson, John Sies,

Issue 14

Shadowstar 14 was published in Spring 1984 and contains 136 pages.

cover #14
back cover of issue #14, Mike Wallace
flyer for issue #14, printed in Far Realms #6
inside pages from issue #14
  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Another Look at "On Being Edited, A Reaction", by Wanda Lybarger (2)
  • Penumbra (4)
  • Night Moves by Misty Lackey ("Diana Tregarde faces a nameless horror who stalks and kills in the streets of New York, and her only help is a benevolent vampire...") (10)
  • The Contest (18)
  • Winner #1: The Black Mountain by Roberta Stuemke (20)
  • Everything in Life is Temporary, Ain't It? by Marci Ewin (28)
  • Field Promotion by Mary Jean Holmes ("The battle is over, the Emperor destroyed, but, two days later, not all is quiet on the Alliance front...") (29)
  • Haiku by Kathryn Agel (45)
  • High Line by Misty Lackey ("In their endless search for a Patrol Base and employment, Darla and the Dawntreader meet an unusual man...and his even more unusual stories...") (46)
  • Shadowed Sight by Linda Knights ("Captured by a former Imperial Jedi-killer, can Luke hope to escape before he himself is destroyed?") (52)
  • The Wedding Trip by Joyce Devine and Lynda Vandiver (61)
  • The Lykonian, part one by Mike Winkle (65)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (72)
  • Valley of the Shadow, part one by Pat Molitor ("Following the death of his father in the battle over Endor, Jorann Piett finds himself besieged by nightmares, and his quest to explain it takes him first to Luke Skywalker, then, ultimately, to the world of the Sith, where a terrible secret awaits him...") (78)
  • Limericks by Ann Huizenga (84)
  • World Walker by Misty Lackey (98)
  • Decoy Part 3 (the conclusion) by Linda Ruth Pfonner (After being rescued from the carbon freeze, Han is accused of being an Imperial spy, and his past is revealed.) (103)
  • Puzzles by Lynda Vandiver and Marci Erwin (101)
  • ads (136)
  • Jean Danielsen, Marci Erwin, Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Martynn, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, John Sies, Mark Wallace (back cover), Mary Wood

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

I enjoyed Roberta Stuemke's "The Black Mountain." I can understand why it was one of your winners. It was creative, and it was an interesting sequel to her "Last Dark Lord." I liked "Field Promotion," too. Wedge deserved his new appointment and promotion. My favorite story in #14 was Pat Molitor's "Valley of the Shadow." I can't wait to read the next part of the story. Jorann Piett and Ariel Merriad are likeable characters. It was nice that Leia finally found a friend she could talk with and share a project with (Ariel and her plans to reintroduce plants and animals on the planet Damaris). I enjoyed Luke's conversation with his father, too. "Worldwalker" by Misty Lackey was cute. It was a different kind of Mary Sue story. (Gee, what did you say to Luke, Mary Jean?)

I didn't like Linda Ruth Pfonner's novel. Decoy. It started out well enough in #12. It was an interesting idea to have Han marked with an Imperial code number. Unfortuantely, it went downhill from there, in my eyes. It ended up following the same, old, much over-done pattern that so many other stories in other 'zines do: that, despite terrible injury, Han manages to 1). save the day, 2). win the girl, 3). discover his hidden Force talents, and 4). make Luke look foolish. In addition to looking foolish in this story, Luke is also made to look very self-centered and rather nasty. Near the end of the story, Pfonner has Luke say to Han, "Up until yesterday, I was so jealous of you, I could've cheerfully killed you — except that it would've hurt Leia, and I love her." I believe that line is totally out of character for Luke! I can believe that he could be jealous, but jealous enough to "cheerfully" kill?!! Ho way!!! I don't think Han, Leia, Lando, Chewie, or most especially Luke could have "cheerfully" killed anyone — not even an enemy, let alone a best friend! I'm sorry, but I'm afraid that this story was another example of where Luke's character gets dumped on in order to further build up Han's character, and I DON'T APPRECIATE THOSE STORIES!! If you want to build up a character, fine, but don't tear down another character to do so!

[Editor: I find this situation rather interesting, since the two authors you seem to be fond of (Pat Molitor and Mary Wood) are both Lake fans whom I had to brow-beat a bit in order to stop them from portraying Luke as in infallible person. At any rate, I have this to say in defense of Linda's story: first off hers is an alternate universe taking off from the end of TESB and going on into the future^ Now, while I firmly believe that the Luke we know at the end of ROTJ would not behave in quite this manner, Luke at the beginning of Decoy has yet to go through the confrontation with his inner Dark Side. Since, in Linda's tale, it is plainly not to be his battle with Vader, I have always believed that it was his almost consuming Jealousy that took its place, in this story. Look at Luke on the DEATH STAR in ROTJ; we see any of a number of moments when he is poised on the brink of falling into the Dark, very obviously of a mind that he could cheerfully do away with either Vader or the Emperor or both. To me, it has never been a sign of nastiness or denigration on the author's part when Luke makes that statement to Han rather, it's a sign of personal growth and inner maturity that he could and does admit to his blackest thoughts. He faces his Dark Side, and goes past it.
Secondly, this was not intended as . a story of Luke's quest to vanquish Vader, Luke's personal growth, Luke's acceptance of loss in love. Linda intended it to be Han's story, and, since that was her intention — and her right — that is the basis on which we, the readers, should accept it. If personal tastes and preference don't coincide, then I recommend the reader just skip over it. At any rate, virtually nothing is known of Han Solo's past. That very sense of the unknown, of mystery, makes him a very fertile ground for the imagination. He has that same 'je ne sais quoi' that many characters both past and present have to spark imaginations. There's nothing wrong with it, and that very lack of concrete knowledge is bound to produce some very wild speculations. Regardless of my oersonal beliefs (which I express in this issue's SHADY THOUGHTS), as an editor, I try to divorce myself from the controversy and simply look for the merit of the story itself, and I found this one well-written and well-considered, from a rather technical point of view. Whether or not Linda's speculation is Lucas-truth is beside the point; it is internally consistent, and the characters behave, for the most part, as they would, given the circumstances and context of the story. It doesn't really matter what the fans choose to believe. For all we know, Han may turn out to be nothing more than he appears — a common pilot and smuggler who throws in with the rebellion — perhaps much more. This is up to Lucas to decide. Meanwhile, I find it neither harmful nor disturbing to see healthy debate and "what if?"s circulate, especially those that are presented with talent and interest.
Lastly, Linda's Decoy draws a great deal of its flavor from Frank Herbert's Dune. This is not at all objectionable, since, by his own admission, Lucas was also influenced by this classic. The fact that Linda chose to tell the tale of the leader of the Sardaukar rather than that of Muad'dib is her prerogative. The reader's is to pick and choose from what is offered. If, however, a reader happens to dislike it because of personal bias, that in no way lessens the writer's effort. The only other suggestion I can offer is: if you don't like what's being published, why not try writing some of your own? Perhaps your point of view could best expressed that way, and others could appreciate it better.
I do not offer these comments out of sarcastic, angry, or malicious intentt if any offense is taken from them, I sincerely apologize. Howevers since the items presented in any publication are ultimately the choice of the editor, I feel compelled to defend my selection of what I found to be an excellent story. Had I deemed Decoy objectionable on either the basis of character or plot, I would not have hesitated to reject it. However, in my readings of other 'zines, I have seen equal guilt on both sides of this question. Supporters of Han who portray Luke as a hick, or want him to fall to the Dark so that Han can save the universet and fans of Luke who either ignore the character of Han completely, or portray him as habitually drunken, dense as a black star, or, in general, crude in comparison to shining Luke. I prefer neither situationt hence, the stories I will choose to present in SHADOWSTAR offer, in my opinion, acceptable depictions of both characters. Individual story emphasis, however, remains the domain of the author.] [16]

I refuse to comment on the Lykoniad, because I'm already several chapters ahead of you folk — Mike brings us the new ones every other week. I'll just say you're in for a lot more than you realize, at the moment.

I also refuse to comment on this Lackey person — why do you print her stuff, anyway? If anybody is slightly confused, though, chronologically, "High Line" comes before "Masks."

"The Black Mountain" had me fooled for a bit. I never pegged Han as an exorcist — or would "medium" be a better term, I wonder? Can't wait to see the other contest winner, since this was first-rate.

Justice triumphs in "Field Promotion." A good tight story, and a darn good read. "Wedding Trip" was absolutely priceless. It's very hard to write humor, and this was pulled off beautifully. Threepio's character come through clear as anything — the fussbudget!

And finally, the last part of Decoy! Good work, good ending. Very satisfactory. But what I'd like to know is how Han managed to get Leia preggers when he seemed to spend so much of his time in sickbay. Is there something about that sickbay you're not telling us, hmm?

I may not be able to live until September and #15. [17]

You truly amaze me! I know I have said this before, but the more I read of your SW writing, the more I enjoy it. Your story lines and characters just fit right into George Lucas' universe so well. I know you get embarrassed easily, but you have become my favorite writer of SW fiction. I hope you never stop writing. Just like George, your writing has humor without being slapstick; suspense with believability; you stir the imagination, and always leave the reader wanting more. I can hardly wait until this coming winter for your Illuminations. I'm sure I won't be disappointed, as I do favor that good-looking Corellian.

"Field Promotion" was extremely clever, and proved that, even when you're dealing with a minor character from the SF universe, you make them believable and human. The conclusion to Decoy was quite enjoyable, even if Han seems to get quite black and blue in all of Linda's writings. [You noticed that, too...?] Actually, I enjoy it; my tastes run along the same lines as Linda's, and she does always have a happy ending.

I think you made an excellent decision by adding your Junior Editor to your staff. However, I do wish he would take a line from his Senior Editor and write a story or two on his adventures with Dad, Han, and Company. His point of view is quite enjoyable. [18]

Issue 15

front cover #15, L.J. Juliano, Mary Wood, Mary Jean Holmes, Wanda Lybarger
back cover of issue #15, Martynn

Shadowstar 15 was published in Summer 1984 and contains 157 pages.

From the editorial:

You may note a general lack of illustrations this time. This is not entirely due to the long delays, but primarily because this monster was getting out of hand. Since I have vowed to never publish an issue with an in-person price of more than $10, it was a tough task keeping the length (and cost) down. I hope no one's terribly disappointed. We've tried to make up for the general dearth with some top-notch stuff. I hope we succeeded.

This issue may also have one of the shortest PENUMBRAs to date. It's rather puzzled me that we've had virtually no LOCs, of late. I hope that doesn't mean interest is flagging...?
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: A Theory to Explain the Universe (According to George Lucas) by Mary Jean Holmes (2)
  • Fuzzy Thoughts: On Wookiees and Fan Fiction by Lumpawarrump, Junior Editor (4)
  • Penumbra (7)
  • Sundering by Jeanine Hennig (Star Wars) (12)
  • Valley of the Shadow, conclusion by Pat Molitor (original fantasy) (16)
  • The Lykoniad, part two by Mike Winkle (original fiction) (40)
  • Setting Up Housekeeping by Joyce Devine and Lynda Vandiver (Star Wars) (45)
  • Nightblade, the Continuing Adventures of the Dragon by L.J. Juliano (original comic) (49)
  • After Endor by Kathryn Agel (contest winner) (Star Wars) (56)
  • Crossword Puzzle by Marci Erwin (68)
  • Flashback to a Nightmare by Linda Ruth Pfonner (contest winner) (Star Wars) (69)
  • Conversation with a Unicorn, poem by Karin Sygowicz (101)
  • Dreams and Nightmares by Misty Lackey (Dawntreader and Darla) (102)
  • The Crocked Corellian by Karen Klinck (Star Wars) (115)
  • The Proconsul by Sean Linderman (original science fiction) (119)
  • Aros by Rosalinda Arias (original fantasy) (122)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon: "If I only had a hand." (129)
  • Change of Heart, vignette by Ann Wortham (Star Wars) (130)
  • three poems by Chris Smith (131)
  • The Oklahoma Weedwhacker Massacree, filk by Misty Lackey (132)
  • Lost in the Shuffle, part one of a Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (133)
  • ads (158)
  • art by Martynn (back cover), Jean Danielsen, Anne Davenport, Marci Erwin, Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), Jenni, L.J. Juliano (front cover), Wanda Lybarger (front cover), Virginia Rogers, John Rides, Mark Wallace, Mary Wood (front cover)

Issue 16

Shadowstar 16 was published in Fall 1984 and contains 121 pages. This issue did not print any letters of comment.

front cover issue #16, Mary Jean Holmes
back cover of issue #16, Mary Jean Holmes
From the editorial:

I may be entirely possible that this issue presented us more knotty last-minute problems than any other to date, despite its lack of exceeding length. Murphy's Law strikes again; because we had so very little time in which to prepare both this and ILLUMINATIONS, it simply had to be a proverbial pain-in-the-klarn. Remember that choke-a-bantha issue we had last time? The 170 page monster? This time, the problem was reversed. Once everything was typed up and printed, we found ourselves coming dreadfully short of anything akin to a decent page count. We kept adding and adding and adding, and still, things came up short.

In retrospect I can see three major reasons for why this is so: A. the average length of the contributions intended for this issue was relatively short, B. the extremely tight lead-time between this issue and the last forced a virtual dearth of art; most artists find it tough to fit things in on a two-week deadline, especially when they and I live some hundreds of miles apart, and C. unforeseen difficulties forced the withdrawal of one of the more lengthy pieces from this issue.

Speaking of both B and C: although we indicated last issue that this publication would include the first part of "Honor's Price" (from The Pirate and the Lady) by Christine Jeffords and Eluki bes Shahar, an art snafu forced us to put it on hold. Hopefully, the matter will be cleared up by #17, so that we can bring you the start of a truly fascinating tale. Our apologies to both the readers and the authors. I just hate when things like this happen.

Well, all these problems aside, we have a marvelous diversity of short tales for you this time, both humorous and tragic. Brevity in no way lessens the quality of these pieces, and we hope you enjoy them all.
  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: An Open Letter to George Lucas by Dorothy P. Freda (2)
  • A Christmas Carol? by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (3)
  • Cry Havoc! by Misty Lackey (original fiction?) (11)
  • "Star Lord" and "Other Times," two poems by Chris Smith (15)
  • The Loremaster's Apprentice by Kathryn Sullivan (original fantasy) (16)
  • Allies by Roberta Stuemke ("Not all the entries in our recent contest were winners, but, as I said, they were all good. Here we have another of Roberta s, the one that didn't win. She asked my permission to set it in the post-ROTJ universe I had devised, and I happily conceded.") (Star Wars) (18)
  • word search puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (24)
  • The Lykoniad, part three by Mike Winkle (original fiction) (25)
  • Over the Rainbow? by Misty Lackey (Includes a bit of Tuckerism: "Once again, this submission, like its predecessor ("Worldwalker", SHADOWSTAR #14), was not in any way solicited ('cept maybe for saying "yes" when the author asked if she could send it). Although it might have been better-suited for publication in one of our other 'zines (due to its specific subject matter), we include it here in part to balance off the incredible morosity of Misty's submission "Cry Havoc!" and in part because of the editor's "oblique" inclusion within it (hey, I get a name this time!). The plot thickens.") (Diana Tregarde/Indiana Jones) (44)
  • Space Lover's Puzzle by Marci Erwin (crossword puzzle) (50)
  • Interlude in the Kilghard Hills by Mary Frances Zambreno (Stars Wars/Darkover) ("The following is a story set in an alternate universe -- combining versions of two different universes -- neither of which should ever have been permitted within a half-mile of each other. Still, one can't help wondering...") (52)
  • Anakin, poem by Pat Molitor (Star Wars) (60)
  • I am a Jedi, illo by D.L. Miller (Star Wars) (62)
  • Selkie, Selkie by Misty Lackey (Diana Tregarde) (64)
  • Name Game, word search by Marci Erwin (68)
  • You Can Fool Some of the People... by Karen Klinck (Star Wars) (70)
  • Let it Be a Tombstone by Kenneth Goltz (original science fiction) (73)
  • It's Not My Fault, poem by Ann Wortham (78)
  • Luke Skywalker's Response to "The Mary Sue Fan Fiction Blues" by Jacqueline Taero (A response to the "Mary Su Fan Fiction Blues," which appeared in Shadowstar #9) (Star Wars) (79)
  • An Evening with a Solo by Joyce Devine (Star Wars) (80)
  • Carbonized Corellian, poem by Marci Erwin (Star Wars) (83)
  • The Coming of Darkness by Terry O'Brien (original science fiction) (84)
  • Lost in the Shuffle, part two of a Star Wars novel by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (89)
  • ads (122)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes (both covers), Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, Virginia Rogers, John Sies, Mark Wallace, Mary WOod

Issue 17

Shadowstar 17 was published in Winter 1985 and contains 144 pages.

cover #17, Mary Jean Holmes
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Why I Like Reading/Writing Fan Fiction by Misty Lackey (2)
  • Fuzzy Thoughts, tongue-in-cheek essay by a wookiee about why fans are now more excited about the Ewoks than the Wookiees (4)
  • Penumbra (6)
  • Ties of Life -- and Death by Jeanine Hennig (12)
  • Companion by Melody Luke (science fiction) (28)
  • The Hearth Calleth, poem by Paula Freda (30)
  • Star Wars Double Trouble Puzzle by Marci Erwin (35)
  • Alien, poem by Paul Freda (36)
  • Not for Burning by Misty Lackey (science fiction) (37)
  • Honor's Price, part one by Christine Jeffords and eluki bes shahar (47)
  • Poetry by Chris Smith (74)
  • Jedi Character Hunt by Marci Erwin (75)
  • Looking Glass by Mary Frances Zambreno (76)
  • Flights of Fancy, poem by Paula Freda (83)
  • The Lykoniad, part four by Mike Winkle (science fiction)(83)
  • Lost in the Shuffle, part three by Mary Jean Holmes (97)
  • ads (157)
  • art by Jean Danielsen, Mary Jean Holmes, Jenni, Misty Lackey, Melody Luke, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Martynn, Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, John Sies, Mary Wood

Issue 18

Shadowstar 18 was published in Spring 1985 and contains 170 pages.

cover of issue #18, Mary Jean Holmes
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra (2)
  • A Midsummer's Nightmare by Misty Lackey (6)
  • The Price of Amber by Roberta Stuemke (25)
  • The Price of Amber by Paula Freda (34)
  • Fire of the Mind, part one by Mary Jean Holmes (36) (winner of a 1986 Fan Q)
  • Thoughts of Love by Marci Erwin (67)
  • The Princess and the Pirate by Ellen Randolph (68)
  • Word Search Puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (73)
  • Honor's Price, conclusion by Christine Jeffords and eluki bes shahar (74)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (105)
  • Revelations by Ann Wortham (106)
  • Star Words Puzzle by Marci Erwin (108)
  • Special Delivery by Mary Frances Zanbreno (111)
  • Word Search Puzzle by Lynda Vandiver (133)
  • Showdown by Lynda Vandiver (133)
  • Lost in the Shuffle, conclusion by Mary Jean Holmes (137)
  • ads (170)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes (both covers), L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Karen Pauli, John Sies, Sandra Williams, Mary Wood

Issue 19

Shadowstar 19 was published in Summer 1985 and contains 194 pages.

cover of issue #19
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra (2))
  • Crucible by Misty Lackey (8)
  • Special Delivery, part three, Coreillian Holliday by Mary Frances Zambreno (21)
  • Reject by Misty Lackey (51)
  • Alderaan Dawn by Mary Jean Holmes (52)
  • Dark Lady by Ann E. Huizenga (54)
  • The Lykoniad, part five by Mike Winkle (56)
  • Saga Star Search Puzzle by Marci Erwin (78)
  • Fire of the Mind, conclusion by Mary Jean Holmes (79)
  • Poetry by Chris Smith (111)
  • A Good Knight's Rest by L.A. Carr (113)
  • Temper, Temper by Lynda Vandiver (114)
  • The Twin Bond by Kathryn Sullivan (120)
  • Past Imperfect by Pat Nussman (160)
  • A Single Tear in the Eye of Night by Stephen Studach (162)
  • Question by Pat Moliotr (173)
  • Maiden Flight by Lori Juliano (174)
  • The Labyrinth of Darkness, part one by Paula Freda (175)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon with Limerick (175)
  • Afterword (194)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes, June Edwards, L.J. Juliano, Judith Low, Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Karen Pauli, John Sies, Mark Wallace, Sandra Williams, Mary Wood

Issue 20

Shadowstar 20 was published in Winter 1986 and contains 160 pages. It is all Star Wars.

cover of #20, Mary Woods, Mark Wallace, Mary Jean Holmes
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • The Ugliness Without by Paula Freda (2)
  • Locked Room by Mary Frances Zambreno (7)
  • Second Chance by Misty Lackey (25)
  • Knight Dreams by L.A. Carr (29)
  • A Question of Intention by Lynda Vandiver (31)
  • Lando by Paula Freda (34)
  • Not a Hero by Marci Erwin (35)
  • Natural Resouces by Tom N. Traub (36)
  • The Lykoniad, part seven by Mike Winkle (40)
  • Characters, Creatures and Places of TESB, puzzle by Marci Erwin (72)
  • A Very Private Vendetta by Mary Jean Holmes (73)
  • Circle of Love by Mary St. Cyr (117)
  • Old Friends? by Misty Lackey (122)
  • The Labyrinth of Darkness, part two by Paula Freda (139)
  • ads (162)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Karen Puali, John Sies, Mark Wallace, Mary Wood

Issue 21/22

Shadowstar 21/22 was published in Spring/Summer 1986 and contains 244 pages. It has some Blake's 7 content, other fandoms unknown.

cover #21-22
  • Letter to the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: On Challenger Incident by Mary Jean Holmes (3)
  • Penumbra (5)
  • Solstice by Veronica Wilson (12)
  • Who Ya Gonna Call? by Misty Lackey (15) (The Real Ghostbusters)
  • Word Search Puzzles by Lynda Vandiver (14)
  • The Privilege of Her Burning , part one of two by Christine Jeffords and eluki bes shahar (23)
  • Dreaming of Dragons by Mary Frances Zambreno (49)
  • The Unveiling by Paula Freda (57)
  • The Windkin by Kathryn Sullivan (58)
  • No Returns by Pat Nussman (64)
  • On Falcon Wings by Kathryn Agel (65)
  • Conan the Corinthian by Georgette E. Howard (75)
  • The Lyknoiad by Mike Winkle, (78)
  • The Real World by Jacqueline Taero (101)
  • Jedimania by Pat Militor (102)
  • Journeyer by Karin Zygowicz (108)
  • Slow Dancing by Ann Wortham (109)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (112)
  • Allegro Non Troppo by Mary Wood (113)
  • Tomorrow is the Past by Misty Lackey (138)
  • Musings by Karen Weikert (144)
  • Deductions by Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham (145) (reprinted in The Bizarro Zine #1)
  • To the Rescue by Marti Schuller (149)
  • Uncertain Surrender by Barbara Gardner (158)
  • Happily Never After, part one of three by Mary Jean Holmes (159)
  • Deathless in Merredhall by Roberta Stuemke (198)
  • All in the Family by L.A. Carr (210)
  • A Tear by Barbara Gardner (214)
  • A Light Against the Darkness by Ellen Randolph (215)
  • The Labyrinth of Darkness, part three of four by Paula Freda (220)
  • The Lazy Man's Trilogy Puzzl by Marci Erwin (242)
  • ads (244)
  • art by Kevin Duncan, Marci Erwin, Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Juliano, Judith Low, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Martynn, Carol Paulson, Leah Rosenthal, John Sies, Kathy Sullivan, Mark Wallace, Sandra Williams, Mary Woods

Issue 23

Shadowstar 23 was published in 1986 and contains 177 pages. The cover is composed of art by Mary Jean Holmes, Dani Lane, Mark Wallace, and Mary Wood.

back cover of issue #23, Jean Kluge
front cover #23, Wanda Lybarger
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra (3)
  • Fuzzy Thoughts, letter to the editor by Malla (Chewbacca's wife) (Star Wars) (7)
  • A Ghost of a Story by Paula Freda (Original fiction) (11)
  • A Call of Atlantis by Thomas M. Egan (16)
  • A Circle of Sonnets by Elizabeth Merrick (Star Wars) (17)
  • You Look Marvellous by Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham (Blake's 7) (20)
  • The Womp Rat that Ate Mos Eisley by Jacqueline Taero (Star Wars) (29)
  • The Privilege of Her Burning, conclusion by Christine Jefford and eluki bes shahar (Star Wars) (30)
  • Star Wars Number Maze by Marci Erwin (52)
  • Witch's Vengeance by Albert J. Manachino (Original fiction) (53)
  • Haiku by Kathryn Agel (Star Wars) (59)
  • Cry of the Banshee by Kathryn Agel (Star Wars) (60)
  • Night Fears by Karen Weikert-Weston (Star Wars) (61)
  • The Return of the Contest (62)
  • Troubleshooter by Misty Lackey (Diana Tregarde/Grimjack) (64) [19]
  • Happily Never After, part two by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (78)
  • Ultraworld: Tarrant by Pat Nussman (Blake's 7) (121)
  • Promise of a Dream by Marti Schuller (Original fiction) (122)
  • A Dream Came True Today by Marci Erwin (Star Wars) (123)
  • The Lykoniad by Mike Winkle (Original fiction) (124)
  • Luke, Ten Years After by Jacqueline Taero (Star Wars) (144)
  • Powerplay by L.A. Carr (Star Wars) (145)
  • The Labyrinth of Darkness, conclusion by Paula Freda (Star Wars) (155)
  • Word Search Puzzle, Creatures in ROTJ by Lynda Vandiver (177)
  • ads (178)
  • art by Kevin Duncan, Mary Jean Holmes, Jean Kluge (back cover), Dani Lane, Wanda Lybarger, Carol Paulson, John Sies, Mark Wallace, Mary Wood

Issue 24

Shadowstar 24 was published in 1987 and contains 208 pages. It is almost all Star Wars.

cover #24, Dani Lane, Mary Jean Holmes, Mary Wood and Mark Wallace
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra, Letters from Readers (2)
  • Home by Catriona Campbell (23)
  • Echoes in Silent Company: Leia by Jacqueline Taero (31)
  • Return of the Jedi Puzzle by Marci Erwin (32)
  • Firefall by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero (33)
  • Lady Vader by Amy Sue Seier (36)
  • From Father to Son, part one by Janice Lamel (37)
  • I Hope She's All Right by Paula Freda (64)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (65)
  • Light of the Storm by Mary St. Cyr (66)
  • A New Age Dawning by Marti Schuller (74)
  • Deadly Interlude by Veronica Wilson (91)
  • Fire and Ice by Lynda Vandiver (94)
  • Longafter by L.A. Carr (95)
  • Who Dares? by Barbara Gardner (99)
  • Avenue of [Anneeties?] by Lauralee Braun (100)
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation by Ursula Sandmann? (name blurred) (133)
  • Tamarina by Paula Freda (134)
  • I Won't Be Walkin' Out that Door by Kathryn Agel (139)
  • Are You Really Mine? by Marci Erwin (140)
  • Rim of the Universe by Roberta Stuemke (141)
  • The Last Perfect Person in the Galaxy by Violet Nordstrom (159)
  • Ask Me Again Sometime by Paula Freda (164)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (166)
  • Happily Never After, conclusion by Mary Jean Holmes (167)
  • Captain Needs by Paula Freda (208)
  • ads (209)
  • art by Kevin Duncan (back cover), Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Juliano, Rozalyn Levins, Wanda Lybarger, Carol Paulson, John Sies, Sandra Williams, Mary Wood

Issue 25

Shadowstar 25 was published in Summer 1987 and contains 167 pages.

cover #25, Wanda Lybarger, Mark Wallace, Mary Wood
  • A Letter to the Editor (1)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (2)
  • Penumbra (3)
  • Birth of Darkness, Birth of Light by Marti Schuller (9)
  • Strike Watch by Kathryn Sullivan (18)
  • Daddy by Mary Jean Holmes (25)
  • Know About Leia? Word Search Puzzle by Marci Erwin (44)
  • Alone Again by Misty Lackey (46)
  • Mixed Doubles, part one (46)
  • Mixed Doubles, part two (59)
  • A Day at the Emperor's Court by Veronica Wilson (61)
  • The Intangible by Paula Freda (64)
  • Dark Intruder, part one by Barbara Drake (70)
  • Poem by Paula Freda (85)
  • Someday by Catriona Campbell (86)
  • The Lykoniad, conclusion by Michael Winkle (91)
  • Found Her, Have You, Son? by Paula Freda (111)
  • Understanding by Liz S. (112)
  • The Return of the Contest Winners (117)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition, part one by Mary Frances Zambreno (118)
  • Requital by Jacqueline Taero (134)
  • All Over Again by L.A. Carr (135)
  • From Father to Son, part two, by Janice Lamel (141)
  • Musings on an Identity: Luke by Jacqueline Taero (166)
  • Musings on a Name: Leia by Jacqueline Taero (166)
  • Ads (167)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Lybarger, (front and back covers), Karen Pauli, Carol Paulson, John Sies, Mark Wallace (front cover), Sandra Williams, Mary Wood (front cover)

Issue 26

Shadowstar 26 was published in Spring 1988 and contains 226 pages. 65% Star Wars, the rest Real Ghostbusters, Airwolf, Jules Verne.

cover #26, Mary Jean Holmes, Mary Wood, L.J. Juliano, Margaret Purdy-Dean
  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Pictures at an Exhibition, conclusion by Mary Frances Zambreno (3)
  • Missing the Silence by L.J. Juliano (28)
  • Things that Dreams... by L.A. Carr (33)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, part one by Michael Dayne Winkle (37)
  • High-Tech Man by Mary Robertson (66)
  • Dark Intruder, conclusion by Barbara Drake (67)
  • Alone by Lynda Vandiver (84)
  • Vehicles of the Star Wars Saga Puzzle by Marci Erwin (85)
  • Adventures in the Life of Opal by Sandra Williams (86)
  • Spy Trap by Roberta Stuemke (17)
  • Decisions by Misty Lackey (138)
  • Jedi's Return Quaze Puzzle by Marci Erwin (146)
  • Runaway by Mary Jean Holmes (147)
  • Common Ground by Lynda Vandiver (160)
  • A Distance Voice, part one by Mary St. Cyr and Margaret Purdy-Dawn (161)
  • Two Poems by Thomas M. Egan (187)
  • Old Women in the Park by Paula Freda (188)
  • From Father to Son, conclusion by Janice Lamel (192)
  • Two Filksongs by Mary Robertoson (226)
  • art by Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger, Margaret Purdy-Dean (front cover), Mary St. Syr, John Sies, Sandra Williams (back cover), Mary Wood (front cover)

Issue 27

Shadowstar 27 was published in Spring 1988 and contains 185 pages.

cover #27, Margaret Purdy-Dean, Mary Jean Holmes, Mary Wood
  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Shady Thoughts: Star Wars and the Road to Middle Earth? by Thomas M. Egan (2)
  • Penumbra (4)
  • Journey's End by Misty Lackey (13)
  • Mother by Catriona Campbell (20)
  • Destiny by L.A. Carr (21)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, part two by Michael Dayne Winkle (24)
  • Avon by Mary Robertson (46)
  • Reflection by Ann E. Huizenga (47)
  • Stereotypes by L.J. Juliano (48)
  • This Could Be the Start of Something by Janice Lamel (50)
  • Martian Whimsy by Thomas M. Egan (53)
  • A Distant Voice, conclusion by Mary S. Cyr and Margaret Purdy-Dean (55)
  • Sorry, Sweetheart by Paula Freda (88)
  • Pandora's Box by Mary Jean Holmes (91) (The Real Ghostbusters)
  • Between Yesterday and Tomorrow by Lynda Vandiver (118)
  • Morning Glory by Paula Freda (119)
  • Stranger by Ann E. Huizenga (123)
  • Double Double Jedi Trouble Puzzle by Marci Erwin (125)
  • Reality Games, part one by Linda Ruth Pfonner (126)
  • Dream-Vision by Marti Schuller (152)
  • Oyarsa by Thomas M. Egan (162)
  • Chance Encounter by Kathy Agel (161)
  • Another One? by Alyns Lawchilde (162)
  • Graven Image, part one by Mary Wood and Mary Jean Holmes (163)
  • But That Was Yesterday by Lynda Vandiver (183)
  • ads (184)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (back cover)
  • Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), L.J. Juliano (front cover), Wanda Lybarger, Linda Ruth Pfonner, Margaret Purdy-Dean (front cover), Mary St. Cyr. John Sies, Sandra Williams, Lynne Alisse Witten, Mary Wood (front cover)

Issue 28

cover #28

Shadowstar 28 was published in 1988 and contains 201 pages. The art is by Mary Jean Holmes, L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Karen Pauli, Linda Ruth Pfonner, John Sies, Diana Stein, Mark Wallace, Sandra Williams and Mary Wood.

The content: 70% Star Wars, the rest Real Ghostbusters, Airwolf, Jules Verne.

  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra (2)
  • Swan Song by Misty Lackey (10)
  • Night Dance by Amy Sue Zeier (25)
  • Where's Lea? by Paula Freda (25)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, part three by Michael Dayne Winkle (32)
  • The Whole Truth and Nothing by L.J. Juliano (49)
  • The Best Things in Life by L.A. Carr (53)
  • The Great Selkie by Mary Jean Holmes (65) (The Real Ghostbusters)
  • Mind Games by Mary Frances Sambreno (97)
  • Jedi Doozey by Marci Erwin (106)
  • Firedancing by Roberta Stuemke (108)
  • Reality Games, part two by Linda Ruth Pfonner (124)
  • The Empire Strikes Out by Carol Marshall and Catriona Campbell (156)
  • Tool of Evil by Marti Schuller (160)
  • Graven Image, part two by Mary Wood and Mary Jean Holmes (171)
  • Luke, Before the Rebellion by Amy Sue Zeier (201)
  • ads (202)

Issue 29

cover of issue #29, Mary Jean Holmes (lower part), Mary Wood (upper part)
art by Mary Jean Holmes for "The Holly and the Dryad"

Shadowstar 29 was published in Autumn 1988 and contains 114 pages. The art is by Mary Jean Holmes, Mary Wood, L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger, John Sies, Diana Stein (inside front cover).

It contains Real Ghostbusters, Star Wars, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea fiction.

  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Memorial Day by Mary Wood (2)
  • One Magic Night by Marti Schuller (Luke is instructed by the ghostly image of Ben Kenobi to go to the Terra System and this time he MUST take Han along. What awaits them on this unknown world is beyond their wildest imaginings.) (5)
  • Tell Me a Story by Kathryn Agel (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea) (35) (reprinted in Below the Surface #5)
  • An Imperial Christmas by Pat Molitor (42)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, part four by Michael Dayne Winkle (43)
  • Rachel Was Special by Paula Freda (72)
  • Half-Second Thoughts by L.A. Carr (75)
  • The Holly and the Dryad by Mary Jean Holmes (76) (The Real Ghostbusters)
  • Luke's Wish by Pat Molitor (1140
  • ads (115)

Issue 30

Shadowstar 30 was published in Spring 1989 and contains 149 pages. The art is by Mary Jean Holmes (front cover), L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Carol Paulson, Sandy Schreiber, John Sies, Diana Stein (inside front cover), and Mary Wood.

It was the winner of a Star Wars 1990 Fan Q Award.

cover #30, Mary Jean Holmes
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • The Legend by Marti Schuller (2)
  • The Little People by Kathryn Agel (23)
  • Starshower Dreams, part one by Linda Ruth Pfonner (25)
  • Dream a Little Dream by L.A. Carr (50)
  • The Forgotten by Catriona Campbell (52)
  • Obligatory Sick Cartoon (72)
  • Han and Leia by Paula Freda (72)
  • Turning Points, part one by Janice Lemel (74)
  • The Deadly Deception by Deborah Kittle (102)
  • Graven Image, conclusion by Mary Wood and Mary Wood

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 30

[The Forgotten]: ....masterfully authored... I found this story a sensitive, insightful and extremely stirring account of members I seldom considered before Treena's skills called my attention to them. Being a child of the Viet Nam era and having lost a friend to that horrid waste, Treena's story struck a chord deep within that still flinches like an old wound. Superb writing and better reading. I strongly urge especially our younger members to seek it out. [20]
[zine]: SHADOWSTAR #30 has, besides Marti's "Legend" story, "Star Shower Dreams" by Pfonner... Han is shipwrecked on a fascinating planet with neat culture/beings delineated and mysterious as to just where the planet is located... very lyrical. It also has the conclusion of "Graven Image" by Woods/Holmes. A very exciting post-ROIJ story of Luke beginning to set up his Jedi school amidst much suspicion and doubts from some quarters, Han and Leia and their relationship and their troubles in setting up the new government. They throw in a lot of good comment and speculation on what Pat and Jacqueline inquired about in re nonhumanoid/human status. Wrap it up in good characterizations and intrigue. Parts 1 and 2 are in issues #27 and #28, respectively. [21]

Issue 31

Shadowstar 31 was published in Summer/Fall 1989 and contains 150 pages (60% Star Wars 20% Real Ghostbusters, 20% Jules Verne.) Art by Sandy Schreiber (back cover), L.J. Juliano, Wanda Lybarger, John Sies and Mary Wood.

cover #31
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, part 5, by Michael Dayne Winkle (3)
  • Diptych by Paula Freda (32)
  • Baby Boom by Mary Jean Holmes (38) (The Real Ghostbusters)
  • Truth, and Consequences by L.A. Carr (69)
  • Starshower Dreams, conclusion by Linda Ruth Pfonner (73)
  • The Omega Factor by Terry O'Brien (100)
  • Turning Points, part two by Janice Lamel (119)
  • ads (150)

Issue 32

Shadowstar 32 was published in 1990 and contains 146 pages. It is 85% Star Wars 15% Jules Verne. The art is by Mary Jean Holmes, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Sandy Schreiber, Sandy Williams and Mary Wood.

cover #32
  • Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Penumbra (2)
  • Poturna by Marti Schiller (14)
  • Star Wars Word Seeker: Empire by Marci Erwin (38)
  • Beyond the Maelstron, part six by Michael Dayne Winkle (39)
  • What It's About by Paula Freda (61)
  • The End of the Storm by Mary Jean Holmes (62)
  • The End of the Dream by Mary Jean Holmes (62)
  • The Love Harp by Paula Freda (84)
  • Come Tomorrow by Catriona Campbell (88)
  • Lords of the Heart and the Assassin Droid: part one by Paula Freda (97)
  • Turning Points, part three by Janice Lamel (118)
  • The Traveling Saleslady and the Farmer's Nephew by L.A. Carr (145)
  • Smugglers's Rules by Amy Sue Zeier (146)
  • ads (147)

Issue 33

Shadowstar 33 was published in 1992 and contains 170 pages.

The front cover is by Mary Jean Holmes and Mary Wood. The back cover is by Wanda Lybarger. The interior illos are by Wanda Lybarger, and Sandy Schreiber.

  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Lords of the Heart and the Thief of Soul by Paula Freda (Star Wars) (2)
  • Shadow Hunting by Roberta Stuemke (Willow) (18)
  • Aftermath by Mary Jean Holmes (sequel to Turnabout) (Star Wars) (54)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, part 7 by Michael Dayne Winkle (66)
  • Turning Points, Part Four by Janice Lamel (Star Wars) (96)
  • Destiny's Design by Marti Schuller (Star Wars) (122)
  • At Very First Sight by Mary Jean Holmes (Back to the Future) (133)

Issue 34

Shadowstar 34 was published in summer 1994 and contains 51 pages. The front cover is by Bruce Bond. The back cover is by Wanda Lybarger. The interior art is by Sandy Schriber and Mary Jean Holmes.

It was the winner of a 1990 Star aWard for MULTI MEDIA ZINE (containing SW).

  • A Letter from the Editor (1)
  • Past Sins: Shadow on the Rock by Paula Freda (Star Wars) (2)
  • Dreams by Barbara Peake (Indiana Jones) (21)
  • These Days by Kathy Agel (Star Wars) (25)
  • Conjuncture by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (26)
  • Time by Kathy Agel (Star Wars) (54)
  • The Further Misadventures of Luke Skywalker and Friends by Mary Jean Holmes (Star Wars) (55)
  • Zimbabwe by Paula Freda (Indiana Jones) (64)
  • Reflections by Catriona Campbell (Star Wars) (90)
  • Beyond the Maelstrom, conclusion by Michael Dayne Winkle (Jules Verne) (99)


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  17. from an LoC by Misty Lackey in Shadowstar #15
  18. from a letter of comment in "Shadowstar" #15
  19. fail_fandomanon: FFA DW Post # 388 - Re: Why didn't anyone TELL me?, Archived version (March 10, 2016)
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