Strange Bedfellows (APA)
|Date(s):||May 1993-November 1997|
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This apa was a direct successor to The Terra Nostra Underground.
For the individual trib titles, see Trib Titles.
Shoshanna made a distinction between being the OE of the apa, and what she wrote as her trib. From the first issue:[Shoshanna] founded Strange Bedfellows (SBF) as a successor to the TNU (Terra Nostra Underground), and its current membership is thirty-seven, including Cynthia Jenkins and Henry Jenkins. Members are mostly female, but three men regularly participate at present and others have in the past. The group includes bisexual, gay, and straight people. About half of the members have written fan fiction and/or published fanzines, and that proportion is not, we think, too far above that in media fandom as a whole; the fan community tends to assume that everyone can write and that some people simply haven't done so (yet). There is no sharp distinction between readers and writers in most of the discussion that follows. Both are considered creative. Apa members come from various educational and class backgrounds, although most are middle class and tend to have at least a college degree; most are American, but there are eight European members (including one living in the United States) and one Western woman living in Japan. As far as we know, all the members are white, but since the apa is conducted through the mail rather than in person, we are not certain. 
Though in the first issue, she writes: "I'm not the OE of this apa. The OE writes the page at the front called the OEditorial. Me writing this apazine here, I'm just another apa member, and nothing I write has any official status whatever. Of course, I do have special input with the woman who writes the OEditorial..."
Visibility and Privacy
From the third issue:
And a reminder:We've gotten a lot of inquiries from people about the apa; it's quite flattering to be this popular! At ZebraCon I was pleasantly surprised to meet several people who, though not members, were reading members' topics and following the discussions. (Who, me want to run the journal-of-record of slash fandom? Naw...) So I thought it would be interesting to try to get a sense of how many people are actually reading each issue. How many friends do you folk pass the apa on to? Let's tot it up next issue. Myself, I talk to my roommate about it, but he doesn't actually read it; he's not a slash fan per se. I've also sent out a spec or two; but other than that, the local friends I have who would want to borrow it are all members already.
[Included is]... yes, Romeo and Juliet universe story with her apazine, but note that this one is marked Not For Circuit, so you shouldn't xerox it out of the apa. You do realize that the apa is semi-public, right? Anything could get shown to anyone.
In 1998, some of the apa's excerpts below were quoted in "Normal Female Interest in Men Bonking": Selections from The Terra Nostra Underground and Strange Bedfellows and are online here; WebCite.
If they have not given permission for their names to be cited on Fanlore, then tribbers' names are redacted to initials.
Some Tribs Were Months in the Making
Some fans' contributions to the apa were written over a series of months. For example, it wasn't unusual to have a tribber write that they'd started their typing in May for a publication date of August , and some tribs had addendum.
Similar Contemporary APAs and Online Venues
The apa Late for Breakfast was a print contemporary. It was a British publication.
There was also a lot of cross-pollination with Virgule-L, the first slash mailing list. Virgule-L was never referred by this title in the apa, but instead called "the email list" and "the slash list." In the second issue of Strange Bedfellows, Sandy Herrold called it "The virtual apa — i.e. the slash mailing list," and she noted it had 29 members (the same number of fans who were members of the print apazine.)
- many of participants in Strange Bedfellows were also members of Virgule-L, though some apa tribbers were adamant in their avoidance of things having to do with computers
- many of the same topics were discussed in both venues, though Strange Bedfellows had more of an emphasis on academic discussion; fans in both paces for instance, discussed The Wave Theory of Slash when it was distributed to both places simultaneously
- male members were allowed to be members of Strange Bedfellow while they were disallowed at Virgule-L"
- the apa had a limited membership and there was always a waiting list
- the mailing list had a strict referral policy for members: you had to know someone
- fans' full and legal names, as well as addresses, were used in both spaces
Initial membership eligibility in the apa was a bit fierce. Members of the then-recently ceased The Terra Nostra Underground had first dibs. Some fans partnered up with another fan for a "co-subscribing," and at the time of the first issue, there was a waiting list.From the first issue:
[Jane C's] cosubscriber, who was listed with her full name in the preliminary roster I sent out, has asked to be listed with a pseudonym; please take note. Also, in early April [Lezlie S] nipped in and got the last remaining subscription to SB. A week after that [Cat A] took advantage of the grandfather clause for TNU members and joined as well and when Kath sent her zine in she included another from her friend Veronica, who will be sharing Kath'ssubscription and therefore evades the question of limits altogether. Welcome; I'm glad to have you all. On top of that, we have two people on a waiting list. Hoo boy, is we popular! If anyone has an opinion one way or the other about changing the subscription limit (or instituting a membership limit), please drop me a line; and remember that TNU members can still join until July first, regardless.
Some Vocabulary: "re yr ct"
The fans in "Strange Bedfellows" used a version of "RYCT" or "re yr ct" (re your comment to) that was commonly used in older, science fiction fanzines.
The term is used in relation to member's previous comments, and a way to keep track of "threaded comments" in previous issues. It was the nature of apas to have been published two/three months or more previously, and communications could get tricky!
Fans in Strange Bedfellows used a version of this, along with tweaks: "reyrct" = "re yr ct." Less commonly, "reherct."
Some "Strange Bedfellows" examples of use: M. Fae: reyrct Tre, re biblical stuff and reyrct Barbara reherct me: I loved 'reading intimacy between peers as itself erotic.' Yes! reyrct me on philosophy.
Regarding Referring to this APA with Initials: First, a "stirring, vibrant, muscular" Request for "SBF"In the first issue of the apa, two fans (M. Fae and Nancy B) requested that the title of this publication not be "SB," but "SBF":
A Plea to Shoshanna and the other members of Strange BedFellows. Do you think we could refer to the APA as SBF? In conversation it's too much of a mouthful to say the entire name of the thing and just referring to it by two initials (SB) isn't quite enough—too weak and namby-pamby. Moreover, to those of us here in Southern California, SB means Santa Barbara! In the past you could refer to another TNUer. Try that with SB—^SBer. Aaahh! It's pathetic! Please, please, please let us adopt the stirring, vibrant, muscular SBF.
Some comments from subsequent issues:
[M. F G] and [N] asked plaintively if they could refer to the apa as "SBF" rather than as "SB." Frankly, folks, I don't care what you call it, but if you call it" that worthless piece of badly-collated garbage" you'd better not do so in my hearing. I usually call it Bedfellows, which works just fine. For that matter, some people are still calling it the TNU... 
On the subject of referring to this APA: SBF or SBA (A for APAZINE); SBF ss not different enough from LFB (late for Late for Breakfast, which is a British multimedia slash chatzine), and the vowel makes it easier. (As to SBFA, there already is the BSFA (British Science Fiction Association.). B F (short for Bedfellows only) is easier on the tongue and ear than SB I feel. Try to pronounce both and see. 
Other Letterzines/Apas With Much Blake's 7 Content
- Pressure Point (1987-1989)
- The Terra Nostra Underground (apa, 1989-1993)
- Liberation Letters (1991-?)
- The Neutral Arbiter (1991-1993, with a single 1994 outlier)
- Rallying Call (apa, early 1991 to at least 1998)
- Horizon Letterzine (1992-1998)
- Dandruff Droppings (apa, 1992-?)
- Strange Bedfellows (apa, May 1993-November 1997)
- The Way Forward (apa, 1995-ongoing)
- AltaZine (1996-1997)
Also see: List of Letterzines.
- Q Who? by Jane Carnall, originally written as a loc for His Beloved Pet by Ruth Gifford and Atara Stein: adapted as an apazine article for "Strange Bedfellows"
- "The Tragedy of Romeo and Tybalt" by Jane Carnall (Romeo and Juliet)
Strange Bedfellows 1 was published in May 1993 and contains about 170 pages.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 001.
There were 28 subscribers sharing 21 subscriptions. Sandy Herrold and Nicole: "But T-shirt Slogans ARE Intellectual Discourse" were not listed in the apa's list of subscribers or tribs, but was none-the-less present.
Because this apa was a direct descendant of The Terra Nostra Underground, the first issue of Strange Bedfellows contains continuing discussions and references to topics in that zine.Shoshanna wrote:
The cover for this issue — the real cover, not the plain brown wrapper — is probably the best example I've ever seen of obeying the letter of the law while thoroughly evading its spirit. "No exposed genitalia," I said in my rules for SB covers, and lo and behold, Agnes ups and offers me the use of a stunningly gorgeous piece of artwork, and, well, it's got no exposed genitalia... Look, it's my apa and I'll break the rules if I want to (la la la), but even though it was too wonderful to turn down as a special premiere treat, I knew I wouldn't be comfortable reading a zine with that cover on the bus, which is the real litmus test for SB covers, and if I wouldn't be comfortable — I'm pretty brash, as some of you know — I could imagine how others might feel. Hence the fig-leaf this issue. Whether you choose to tear it off or leave it on is your affair. For future covers I'm revising my guidelines to be "no more than PG-13 rated; basically something that can be read on the bus." All offerings gratefully considered.For the record, Agnes got Suzan Lovett's permission for the limited reprinting of this piece as an apa cover. I won't use any fan artwork without such permission. Commercial pictures from whatever source I consider fair game; if we were going to quibble over such appropriation, we wouldn't be writing fanfic, would we?
Topics in this issue include:
- actor slash
- copyright, fair use, including some discussion regarding George Lucas and the Star Wars letters
- opinions about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and representation
- discussion about Forever Knight and f/f fiction, vampires, menstrual blood
- slash in general, and its appeal and definitions
- fandom and profit, specifically the differences between profit from fanart and fanfic
- Wiseguy, appeal, slash in, trading VCR tapes of
- AIDS, ramifications of, slash as fantasy, safe sex, realism regarding fictional explicit sex
- gay rights, the US military
- blonde men portrayed as more passive, "girly"
- the movie The Crying Game
- everyone seems to hate US Vice President Dan Quayle; one fan states that envisioning him naked is the least of his evils
- this issue contains the 6-page essay about the Pros fic, Heat-Trace, by Shoshanna titled Angst and emotional dynamics in slash, as exemplified in Helen Raven's "Heat Trace"
- this issue contains "Living on Tulsa Time," a Tris/Alex fic by Pamela Rose, some photocopies of members of the band Led Zeppelin
- reprints of many newspaper and magazine articles, including Star Trek erotica gets some hot, others bothered and Out of the closet and into the UNIVERSE
- one of the first iterations of The Wave Theory of Slash by Lezlie Shell
Strange Bedfellows 2 was published in August 1993 and contains 198 pages.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 002.
There were 33 members sharing 21 subscriptions. "Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you will be dropped from the apa. Waiting list: [Sarah T], [Leigh M]."
Regarding ideal size of this apa: "Basically, I'm going to aim, by limiting the number of subscriptions, to keep the apa at between ninety and one hundred pages of contributions. Yes, this is a very imprecise control, since some subscription are much longer than others. But the absolute upper limit on size is what the heavy-duty stapler can punch through, after all."From the OE on etiquette and response:
Oh, by the way... several people have mentioned to me that they worry when they can't respond to every person's zine. Apa Etiquette does not dictate this, folks; if you were at a party with thirty-two other people, would you fed guilty over not speaking to them all? Keep the discussions lively, yes, but if someone didn't say anything last time that prompts you to respond, don't worry that their feelings will be hurt because you haven't said something specifically to them. And remember the useful apa-speak abbreviation RAEBNC: Read And Enjoyed But No Comment. If someone did say something that you want to respond to, but you don't have time to write it before the apa deadline — well, it may not be as much fun, but you can always write to them privately if you like, or
start writing your apazine sooner.Note that if members share a subscription but have different addresses, the address in the roster goes with the first name listed; if you are writing to one of the others, you should put "care of on the envelope.
Topics discussed in this issue:
- slash as its own fandom
- explanation of the circuit
- manga and slash
- what is slash, why slash
- guys at slash cons
- a mention of an early example of mpreg
- some discussion of several zines: E-Man-Uelle, Science Friction
- opinion about how to refer to this apa, Strange Bedfellows
- replacing one actor with another while reading Alias Smith and Jones fic
- the phrase in fic "birds are okay" and what it signifies
- men at slash cons
- a review of the books "Madonnarama: Essays on Sex and Popular Culture" and "The Madonna Connection" and "Making Things Perfectly Queer: Interpreting Mass Culture"
- getting past one's opinions on an actor's attractiveness
- actor slash
- agenda fic
- MUCH MUCH discussion of The Wave Theory of Slash
- Textual Poachers being taught in classrooms, zines ordered as class materials, visibility
- the differences between Textual Poachers and Enterprising Women
- discussion of how the writer's own needs and desires shapes the finished story, discusses Penthouse letters, slash, "Male readers thus draw on their own personal histories to flesh out the character background just as slash readers draw on program history"
- hurt/comfort and hitting too close to home
- fanworks emphasizing personality, etc. over mechanics, in contrast to mundane writers
- Dorothy Sayers' Gaudy Night
- copyright and fanworks
- curiosity about the differences between American and Japanese slash zines
- many comments, some quite personal regarding two male fans not in this apa, about males and slash writing
- the image of the fan as a misfit, journalists maligning people who like things too much
- fans and fandom's new visibility, this fan uses the phrase "coming out" as a fan
- fandom as a way of exploring the subjectivity of experience, writing as argument, interpreting the universe, slash as more true to the original canon universe
- what is "female writing"?
- why does there have to be only one definition of slash
- lack of female characters in slash, problematic queer characters
- the controversies at the recent OktoberTrek regarding snoopy journalists
- the story series Wind and Tree Song by Keiko Takemiya
- figure skating
- the "For Better or Worse" cartoon strip, and many newspapers banning it when it ran a series that featured a gay character coming out to his family and friends
- the trope We're Not Gay, We Just Love Each Other
- a swipe at academic interest in fandom
- slash or gay fiction when creating original characters?
- is "heterotica" slash?
- what is a "man" and what is a "woman" -- sex and gender
- a mention of the British apa "The Women's Periodical"
- a Jesus/Matthew story by Jane Carnall done as a Dorothy Sayers pastiche
- a film called An Actor's Revenge, made in Japan in 1963, directed by Kon Ichikawa
- a mini-essay called "For the 'Little Doyle' School" -- it described the kinds of foppish Ray Doyle stories this fan had seen: The Cinderella, The Spoilt PlayDoyle, The Independent-Minded Free Spirit, The Successful Model/Artist/Actor, The Equally Successful C15 Agent, The Waif, The Doyle-Who-Has-Lost-the-Love-of-his-Life, The Disillusioned Doyle, The Scatterbrain
- St. Seiya: the groups that do gold saint stories, and the groups that do bronze saint stories
- Noam Chomksy
- an illusion to the Pros fic Rough Ride which had been printed in the 1992 zine It's Greek to Me
- the ridiculousness of epithets
- zine piracy and the recent open letters circulating, specifically Open Letter to Fandom by Alexis Fegan Black Regarding Zine Pirating
- personal responsibility
- AIDS and our society, changing definitions of "victim"
- rape and partner rape in fanfiction
- changing social attitudes towards women and sexual freedom
- an update on the Mad Max novel by Leslie Fish called Outrider
- real person slash
- some comments on the recent Escapade
- some comments on the recent MediaWest*Con
- Jane of Australia's fic Game for Two Players
- feedback and crit as inherently selfish
- mention of a horrified dad
- Escapade, the Pros panel
- an update about the newly formed slash mailing list
- four fandoms (Starsky & Hutch, Star Trek: TOS, Blake's 7, and Pros) and commentary on who and the characters in them trust each other and the other characters they interact with
- "feminization" of male characters in slash
- why are some slash fans so attracted to "B-minus shows"?
- loving "guilty pleasure" fic, bad fic you love
- trying to confirm a rumour of slash fanworks being given to Dean Stockwell (Quantum Leap) and/or Gareth Thomas (Blake's 7)
- Virgule-L, referred to as "the slash apa," has 29 members
- misogyny in slash fic
- personally knowing too many fans cuts down on the amount of LOCS this fan sends
- a rec for the Tris/Alex zine For All the Gods Departed
- thankful to find out that Ray Newton is female
- Sandy's Tuckerization in Lois McMaster Bujold's novels
- comments on Ember Days
- comments on Southern Lights zines
- slash, pairings in Miami Vice
- comments, responding to other discussion, about how vampires would deal with blood, HIV, and AIDS
- aired canon as only a take-off point
- slash as a way to discuss and think about sexuality
- that scene in The Wrath of Khan with Spock and Kirk and the all of glass as a metaphor for slash
- slash and visibility
- a fan's love for email and computer communication: "I won't stop [talking it up] till everyone I know is converted to the Way of the Net."
- dislike of Avon/Vila stories due to poor power dynamics, style and quality of fiction
- liking violence in slash, but hating violence towards women
- irritating characterization of females in slash stories
- the zine Ember Days
- says that the first panel they were ever on was called "Yes, but would you date them?"
- Gareth Thomas and a rumor regarding violating the fourth wall and a slash zine
- labels and zines, the taboo of male/male sex
- A Matter Of Willful Copyright Infringement, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
- Sime/Gen and Jacqueline Lichtenberg's restrictions
- acafans and their influence on fandom
- getting the opinions of characters confused with one's own regarding behavior
- the 1993 press article about OktoberTrek and slash: Star Trek erotica gets some hot, others bothered
- "creeping heterophobia"
- comments on Wave Theory of Slash
- the zine Science Friction
- Picket Fences and an episode that hinted at/discussed f/f relationships
- changes in mainstream television shows: their hesitant but persistent portrayals of some gay and lesbian characters
- what makes slash appealing
- The Bullshitters
- agenda stories
- comments on the controversial Pros fic Consquences
- The anti-slash statements in some Robin of Sherwood zines
- the zine Never Let Me Down and internalized homophobia
- the analysis of Heat-Trace in the previous essay Angst and emotional dynamics in slash, as exemplified in Helen Raven's "Heat Trace"
- unified field theory of slash
- "erotic correctness"
- h/c, sadomasochistic relationship, sadism in fic
- Tris/Alex, Living on Tulsa Time
- what is butch/fem, slash, male/female in fic?
- can male/female fic be slash?
- much discussion of Heat-Trace, Snowbound, Harlequin Airs
- "heterophobia" and lack of f/f fic
- a reprint of this fan's trib to Short Circuit #4
- slash and visibility
- happy endings and matching the tone of the canon source
- posting someone else's fic on the Internet without their permission
- includes the phrase "normal female interest in men bonking"
- a long scathing review of the Simon and Simon zine My Brother's Love
- a very short dismissive review of the Blake's 7 zine The Big B7 Zine
- pronouns: not a problem after all!
- why slash, why analyze
- comments on Moonlighting and Quantum Leap
- The Mary Sueing of Hurt/Comfort, an essay by [L S]: "hurt/comfort in a nutshell -- changing dynamics"
- comments on Heat-Trace and the essay Angst and emotional dynamics in slash, as exemplified in Helen Raven's "Heat Trace"
- slash is "not for gay men"
- slash's emotional intensity and presence
- comments on the fics Lest These Dark Days, This Classical Dilemma
- optimism and frustration with Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and f/f possibilities
- no bottoming for Bodie
Strange Bedfellows 3 was published in November 1993 and contains 202 pages.
There were 34 members sharing 21 subscriptions. Waiting list: [Sarah T], [Leigh M], [Laura A].
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 003.The OE wrote:
And a reminder:We've gotten a lot of inquiries from people about the apa; it's quite flattering to be this popular! At ZebraCon I was pleasantly surprised to meet several people who, chough not members, were reading members' topics and following the discussions. (Who, me want to run the journal-of-record of slash fandom? Naw...) So I thought it would be interesting to try to get a sense of how many people are actually reading each issue. How many friends do you folk pass the apa on to? Let's tot it up next issue. Myself, I talk to my roommate about it, but he doesn't actually read it; he's not a slash fan per se. I've also sent out a spec or two; but other than that, the local friends I have who would want to borrow it are all members already.
[Included is]... yes, Romeo and Juliet universe story with her apazine, but note that this one is marked Not For Circuit, so you shouldn't xerox it out of the apa. You do realize that the apa is semi-public, right? Anything could get shown to anyone.
Some topics discussed:
- this issue contains a full clipping of an article (in the September 5, 1993 issue of "Observer Magazine") called "OUT on the Force: - "Is there any environment more difficult for gay men than the police force? DUNCAN CAMPBELL meets a policeman who has shocked conservatives throughout the service with his frank - and courageous - remarks about his homosexual experiences in the force."
Strange Bedfellows 4 was published in February 1994 and contains 156 pages.
There are 37 members sharing 24 subscriptions. Waiting List: [Lynn C].
Not all letters are listed in the index.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 004.
Strange Bedfellows 5 was published in May 1994 and contains 171 pages.
There were 36 members sharing 24 subscriptions. Waiting List: [Lynn C], [Patricia G], [Adrian M].
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 005.
Strange Bedfellows 6 was published in August 1994 and contains 138 pages. Not all tribs were included in the table of contents.
There were 36 members sharing 24 subscriptions. "Waiting List: [Lynn C], [Patricia G], [Adrian M]. Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you will be dropped from the apa."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 006.
Strange Bedfellows 7 was published in November 1994 and contains 89 pages. The cover is by Barbara T..
There were 35 members sharing 23 subscriptions. "Waiting List: [Patricia G], [Adrian M], [Nola F-G], [Dorothee K]."
The OE wrote: "Note that I am now reachable by email. I don't promise a faster response to it than to a letter, though."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 007.
Strange Bedfellows 8 was published in February 1995 and contains
There were 35 members sharing 23 subscriptions. Waiting List: [Patricia G], [Adrian M], [Nola F-G], [Dorothee K]. Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you will be dropped from the apa."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 008.
Strange Bedfellows 9 was published in May 1995 and contains 105 pages.
It has a Babylon 5 cover by Isoline.
There were 35 members sharing 23 subscriptions; [Patricia G], [Adrian M], [Nola F-G], [Dorothee K], [Michele G] all of whom are being offered memberships as of this writing: most or all will probably be members next time. Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you wil be dropped from the apa."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 009.
Strange Bedfellows 10 was published in August 1995 and contains 100 pages.
There were 39 members sharing 27 subscriptions.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 010.
Strange Bedfellows 11 was published in November 1995 and contains 102 pages.
There were 35 members sharing 24 subscriptions. "Waiting list: [Kathy A], [Jeanne J]. Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you wil be dropped from the apa."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 011.
Strange Bedfellows 12 was published in February 1996 and contains 87 pages. (NOTE: This issue was mislabeled both on the cover and on the tribber list inside as "Issue 11.")
There were 35 members sharing 24 subscriptions. "Waiting list: [Kathy A], [Jeanne J], [Eileen R.]"
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 012.
Strange Bedfellows 13 was published in May 1996 and contains 82 pages.
For the second time in the histoty of this apa, I have bound a plain brown wrapper over the cover. The first time was the inaugural issue, and the cover was a stunning Blake/Avon piece by Suzan Lovett. This isn't the inaugural issue, and they aren't Blake and Avon, but it's still Suzie's art, and it's still just as stunning. These are Frank and Vinnie, from Wiseguy, which coincidentally enough will have aired its "reunion movie" on May 2. Many thanks to Suzie for her permission to reproduce the piece here (in nothing approaching its true glory—this is nickel-a-page xerox, and slightly reduced to boot) and to [A] fot arranging it.
There were "
35 32 members sharing 24 22 subscriptions. Waiting list: Pat Nussman (to be offered a place)."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 013.
Strange Bedfellows 14 was published in August 1996 and contains 111 pages.
There were "
34 33 members sharing 33 22 subscriptions. Waiting list: [Jilly R], [Judith K] (to be offered places). Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you wil be dropped from the apa."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 014.
Strange Bedfellows 15 was published in November 1996 and contains 94 pages.
There were "
34 28 members sharing 23 20 subscriptions. Waiting list. [Agnes T], [Dawn F], [Judith K] (to be ofered places). Minac warning! If you do not contribute to the next issue, you wil be dropped from the apa."
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 015.
Strange Bedfellows 16 was published in February 1997 and contains 82 pages.
There were 30 members sharing 22 subscriptions. There were 17 tribs to this issue.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 016.
Strange Bedfellows 17 was published in May 1997 and contains 60 pages. For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 017.
There were 30 members sharing 22 subscriptions. There were 11 tribs to this issue.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 018.
Strange Bedfellows 19 was published in November 1997 and contains 85 pages.
It was the final issue.
There were thirty-two members sharing twenty-three subscriptions. There were twelve tribs to this issue.
For excerpts from this issue, see Issue 019.From the OE:
Hello, goodbye, and thanks for all the fish.
This is the last issue of Strange Bedfellows. (It's also shockingly late, due to—um— ZebraCon, EclectiCon, requests for delays. Thanksgiving, and an eleven-hour Buffy the Vampire Slayer marathon. See what happens when I let my life interfere with my OEing?) It's been fun, folks, and I'm sorry I'm not up to doing it any more. However, as you'll see in this issue, Jean Holmes is founding a successor to SBF, just as I founded SBF as a successor to the Terra Nostra Underground. Contact her for further info. 
Postage accounts wil be closed; if I am stil holding money for you, then either there is a check attached to this issue's roster, or I'll be sending you one soon. If you owe me money, there is a note of how much on the roster page, and please send it to me soon. Some non-US people have contacted me about shifting dollars around, and that's in hand. Take care, everyone.Oops. I almost forgot to thank Leigh for the cover of this issue, and to thank Cat, who sent a cover in case I didn't already have one. Leigh's had already arrived, though, so Cat's ended up as an extra page of her trib. Thanks to you both!
As per apazine custom, most fans created a title for their set of contributions.
Some of the titles carried over from Terra Nostra Underground.
Below is an almost complete list of the tribs within the apa:
- Another Mad Cult (Morgan 2)
- Babylon 5 Security Transmissions (Isoline S 15)
- Bad Girls Go Everywhere (Morgan 4)
- Beheaded and Lobotomized (Nancy B 13)
- By This Time, My Lungs Were Aching For Air (Susan/Sue C 5)
- Cat's Spawn (Airelle 3)
- Confessions of a Male Slash Fan (Henry Jenkins 1)
- Darkling Zine (varying subtitles) (Cat A 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19)
- De Nada (Morgan, 5)
- Delusions of Gender (Morgan 6, 8)
- Desert Blooms (Kim B 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
- A Different Eye (Morgan 3)
- For the World is Hollow and I Fell Off the Edge (Shoshanna 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17)
- From the Bottom of a Dark Barrel (Lynn C 8)
- The Ghost in the Christine (Christine 9, 10)
- Ghost Speaker (Jane C 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19)
- Goodbye and Good Luck (Kath S 7)
- Hello to SBF (Lynn C 7)
- Hide Your Men, Women, and Children! (Cat A 11)
- I put the ;;fun into "dysfunctional" (Nicole 8)
- I'll Give You Three Seconds (Susan/Sue C 6)
- It's Not So Much the Apocalypse (Susan/Sue C 4)
- Kiken na Futari (Jean D 19)
- Lavender Lilies (Nina B 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 16)
- Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon (Laura A 8)
- Love Without Mercy (Dawn F 17)
- Lunatic Fringe (Christine 2, 3, 4, 5)
- The lure of the clambake (Susan/Sue C 8)
- The Magic May Return (Jeanne J 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19)
- Mardi Gras Favors (Jean H 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19)
- Menage a Deux (Henry J & Cynthia J - sometimes together, sometimes separately 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, 11, 12)
- Musings from the Last Possible Minute (Linn O'Brien 5)
- Notes From Tomorrow (Agnes T 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 11, 16)
- Notes of a Neophyte (Laura A 4, 7)
- Paradoxical Ramblings (Jenn H 1, 2, 3, 8, 10)
- Phoning From the Margins (Sarah Tripp 4)
- Piles of Snow Turn Into Piles of Paper! (Isoline 12)
- Push the Button, Frank (Susan/Sue S 10)
- Secret Kiss (Alex P 1)
- Shadowy Dream (Alex P 2)
- Slash is Everywhere (Kathy R 3, 7)
- Something Rich and Strange: Tales from the Obsessed (Pat N 14, 16, 17)
- Something Rich and Strange: Untitled (Brooke B 14)
- Strange Tongues (Barbara T 1,2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19)
- Sukebei (Kath S and Veronica P 1, 2, 3, 4)
- T-Shirt Slogans Are Intellectual Discourse (Alyx (Sandy) & Nicole (a, 2, 3, 5, 8)
- Thoughts of Love... Power... Lust (Laura A 15)
- Thoughts of Love and Thoughts of Power (Laura A 13)
- To Be Announced (David B 5)
- To Be Announced (Teresa H 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16)
- Twinbear (Eileen R 13, 14, 15, 16)
- Two Heads Are Better Than One (Nancy B & M. Fae & LDM 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15)
- Unknown Unsecrets Unspoken (Letty A 7)
- untitled (Brooke B 16, 19)
- untitled (Cynthia J 1, 6)
- untitled (Eileen R 17, 19)
- untitled (Henry J 6)
- untitled (Katharina K 10)
- untitled (Kim B 1)
- untitled (Meg G 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 13, 16)
- untitled (Susan/Sue C 2)
- Vice Files (Isoline S 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11)
- W.H.I.P.S. Redux (Thomas 5)
- Weirdness on a Swan's Wing (Skuld 1, 2, 5, 7, 10, 14)
- When Correctly Viewed (Sarah Thompson 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19)
- WHIPS: Coming Up for Air (Thomas 10)
- WHIPS: Evolution in Action (Lezlie S 10)
- WHIPS: Iconoclastica (Thomas (Katharine) 2)
- WHIPS: Mary Sueing... (Lezlie S 2)
- WHIPS: Under Water Reflections (Thomas 6)
- WHIPS: Women of Houston in Pornography (Lezlie S & Katherine S 1, 4, 5)
- WHIPS: Why I'm Reading Kung Fu Genzines (Lezlie S 6)
- Wide-Eyed and Breathless (Jilly R 15, 16)
- With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemas (Leigh M 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19)
- Wonderlust (Nola F-G 11, 12)
- Works Well Under Pressure (Nicole V 3)
- Writing from the Margins (Sarah K 1, 2)
- Yamibutoh (Jean D 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16)
- from "Normal Female Interest in Men Bonking": Selections from The Terra Nostra Underground and Strange Bedfellows
- From the second issue: "I am actually starting this trib early (oh, I know you've heard it before, but as I type this, it is May10 — of course, I make no promises about when I'll finish it, but we'll see)."
- comment by the OE in issue #2
- from issue #2
- from issue #2
- This successor appears to have not made it off the ground.