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Title: A Tremor in the Force
Publisher: Falcon Press
Editor(s): Cheree Cargill
Date(s): 1984-1997
Medium: print
Fandom: Star Wars
Language: English
External Links: Falcon Press (archived link)
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A Tremor in the Force was one of the longest running gen Star Wars zines.

a flyer introducing the series, it was printed in Pegasus #6 in 1983

From a Submission Request

For the first issue:
In each issue we hope to feature the best in SW fiction, art, poetry and humor! Each issue will run approximately 100 pages long and will be printed in offset (non-reduced, if we can help it, since we can't read all that teeny-tiny type — either)! As far as possible, all issues will be done on word processing equipment and will feature right justified margins and a professional quality layout. We are currently seeking submissions for our premiere issue, scheduled for late autumn 1983. We need material of all sorts, long or short, dealing m with anything related to SW. Artwork should ideally be no larger than 8 x 10 and in black ink on white consider screening and reducing outstanding artwork done otherwise.

We will follow Lucasfilm guidelines, so all work should be rated G or PG (although the editors will gladly read any juicy Han stories you care to come up with)!

Seriously, we are aiming at a top quality SW zine and hope to feature the work of the most respected writers and artists in fandom. Please SASE us if you are interested in contributing.

Issue 1

front cover issue #1
back cover of issue #1
flyer printed in Pegasus #6

A Tremor in the Force 1 was published in May 1984 and is 161 pages.

From a flyer printed in Far Realms #6 "PLEASE NOTE that some stories in this zine contain adult scenes. We think they are done in good taste and will not offend anyone, but use your own discretion in ordering. There are no same-sex relationships depicted."

  • No One Will Know I'm Gone-poem---Martie Benedict 1page
  • Just A Dream----story----Cheree Cargill 2 pages (Leia dreams.)
  • Coming of Age----story---Sheila Truax 1 page
  • The Sins of the Fathers----story---T.S. Wedell 7 pages ("Just what did change Han’s mind about staying on with the Rebels? Someone forces Solo to take a new look at freedom and commitment." Another summary: "Han had never been to this planet or in this bar before and was startled when someone called out, 'Hello, Solo— how're you doing?" But Han discovered that it was not to him that the man spoke but to his father...who had deserted his family the night Han was born.")
  • Kessel Run----poem---Martie Benedict 2 pages
  • A Lesson in Love---story---Jeanine Hennig ("A 'Catalyst" series story. There were other lessons in the Force for Luke to learn besides moving objects and using a lightsabre.") 3 pages (also in Catalyst! Collected)
  • Incident on Ord Mantell-----story----T.S. Wedell 7 pages (Sequel to "Sins of the Fathers." "On Ord Mantell, Han finds reason to regret his decision to stay with the Alliance." Another summary: "That bounty hunter they ran into on Ord Mantell changed Han's mind about staying with the Alliance. He'd leave...just as soon as the Hoth base whs secured.")
  • Interlude on Bespin----story---Cheree Cargill 6 pages ("Han and Leia make love the night before their capture on Bespin." Another summary: "Han and Leia had one night together in Cloud City while the Falcon was being repaired. It should have been only a night of sharing love and hopes and dreams. Why couldn't Han rid himself of the nagging sense of doom hanging over it all?")
  • Those Golden Eyes----poem---Kathryn Agel 1 page
  • Miracles Can Happen----poem---Kathryn Agel 1 page
  • The Master's Voice----story---Jean L. Stevenson ("3P0 had searched for uncounted years for the young prince who had been abducted while under Threepio's care. Now, as far as his sensors and memory banks could tell, Threepio had found him.") 4 pages
  • Fortune's A Woman---poem-Martie Benedict 1 page
  • Celebrate the Love----story---Jean L. Stevenson ("The sunlight streamed down through the tall trees and illuminated the couple standing in the glade, surrounded by 'family' and friends. What a perfect place for a wedding!") 4 pages
  • The Ballad of Traeger Jonah----poem---Marti Benedict 3 pages
  • The Lesson----story---J.A. Berger 16 pages ("Han and Luke run into trouble picking up a cargo on Regal II." Another summary: "egal II was a backwater hole that served as a thriving port for smugglers and pirates. It was perfect for the pickup of cargo bound for the Alliance base...except that Leia had arranged for more cargo than the Falcon could carry and Luke and Han knew they didn't dare leave any of it there or it would be gone by the time they got back. To complicate matters, two of Han's old acquaintances from Hos Eisley were determined to get in on the rich haul he was making...and nothing was going to stand in their way.")
  • Breakdown in Communication----story---Martie Benedict/Martie Benedict O'Brien, 27 pages ("Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. While trying to get some freight paperwork filled out, Han and a lady clerk come under attack by crazed counter-revolutionaries." Another summary: "Han just wanted to get his Request for Entry form signed, unload the shipment of computers and be off to Urango and his lady-love's arms. Unfortunately, it was turning into one of those days...")
  • Through the Long Night----story----Marcia Brin 5 pages ("Leia comforts Han when he has nightmares about the carbon freeze. She wants to know exactly what he endured." Another summary: "Han at last was free of the carbonite and he and Leia were finally together. But the experience had affec ted him profoundly and, in his dreams, the carbonite prison still closed in around him.")
  • Thoughts By Firelight----poem---Sally Smith 1 page
  • Lost Love---poem---Mary Teel 1 page
  • Legacy----story---Jeanine Hennig ("A full-length novella set in the last days of the Jedi. The Enclave on Alderaan was apparently thriving, but a few Jedi could see the decay that was gnawing at the underpinnings of the venerable brotherhood. Obi-Wan Kenobi was one and he set about training a remarkable young girl, Rebekah Nightrider. She was to prove to be a pivotal point in the galaxy s future, for she would give birth to the last of the Jedi—Luke Skywalker.") 71 pages (also in Catalyst! Collected)
  • art by Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Jenni, Angela-M arie Caresano, Suzy Sansom, Mary Stacy-McDonald, Kim Gianna, Barbara Stults and Cheree Cargill, includes two fold-outs

Issue 2

front cover issue #2
back cover issue #2

A Tremor in the Force 2 was published in 1985 and is 187 pages. Art by Wanda Lybarger, Jenni, Nancy Stasulis and others.

  • Goodbye----vignette---Danaline Bryant 1 page
  • Faux Pas---story---Patricia D'Orazio 2 pages
  • Rite of Passage---story-T.S. Weddell 7 pages
  • Encounter Off Kashyyyk----story---Cheree Cargill 10 pages
  • True Opponents ---story---Patricia D'Orazio 20 pages (Captured and wounded by a wealthy hunter and a warrior priestess, Han is used as bait to lure Chewbacca into a trap.)
  • The Rescue -Part 2----story-Barbara M. Stultz 15 pages
  • Memories ---story-L.A. Carr 8 pages
  • Whose Worth Unknown----story---T.S. Weddell 23 pages
  • Communication---story-Gail Small 3 pages
  • Requiem----story---Jeanine Hennig 3 pages
  • The Wishing Well---story-Lynda Vandiver 2 pages
  • Beneath the Mythos---story-Linda Knights 5 pages
  • Voices on the Air---story-Martie Benedict 20 pages (Set before Star Wars: A New Hope. Han and Chewie search for a treasure on a mysterious planet and find more than they bargained for.)
  • Against the Wind----poem---Cheree Cargill 1 page
  • A Family Affair----story---Ann Wortham 3 pages
  • The Burdens of His Life---vignettes----Susan Matthews 2 pages
  • With You Always---story---Marcia Brin 3 pages
  • Mindlink----story---Carolyn Golledge (Post Return of the Jedi. Leia and Han are kidnapped by slavers as an evil Senator tries to prevent Leia becoming President of the New Alliance. Carolyn's first story.)

Issue 3

cover issue #3
back cover of issue #3, Dianne Smith
sample pages from issue #3

A Tremor in the Force 3 was published in May 1986 and is 238 pages. Features material by Carolyn Golledge, Martie Benedict. Marcia Brin. T. S. Weddell, Michelle Malkin, Jacqueline Taero, Carol Mularski, Robin White. Kate Birkel, Matthew Whitney, Judith Tyler, Ronda Henderson, Gail Small. Sandi Jones. Art of Wanda Lybarger, Martynn, Dianne Smith, Dani, Steven Fox, Jenni, Nancy Stasulis, Barbara Frances—Simon. Pat Easley, Mark and Melea Fisher, Jim Markle.

  • Full Circle by Carolyn Golledge (Post Return of the Jedi. Boba Fett has survived the sarlacc and is determined to take revenge on Solo.)
  • Murder On the Interstellar Empress by Marcia Brin (Set post Return of the Jedi. Han and Leia solve a murder mystery.)
  • White Feather by T.S. Weddell (A story of Han's early ill-fated military career.)
  • The Emperor's Elite by Karen Finch, art by Mark Murphy
  • an "all Darkside section"

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

I agree about the art in TREMOR #3. I wrote in my LoC that all the art was so good that I couldn't pick favorites, and it was no exaggeration! Before I wrote my letter, I made a list of all the notable pieces, and by the time I was finished, realized I'd best say "everything." Yeah, Dianne Smith is especially good; saw some of her oils at WorldCon and I think she did well, so everybody must agree with us! [1]
In TREMOR IN THE FORCE, I particularly liked the art portfolio of Dianne Smith. I'm no expert, of course, but she seems to be an especially talented artist! Jenni's Darkside Luke is a real charmer (those EYES!) and Jim Markle's cover drawing is well done also.[2]

Issue 4

front cover issue #4
back cover of issue #4

A Tremor in the Force 4 was published in 1988 and is 207 pages.

  • A Long Night's Journey Into Day---story---Judith Tyler 3 pages (Obi-Wan has watched and waited. Now the New Hope of the Jedi is ready to start his journey.)
  • Nothing More Than Feelings---story---Judith Tyler-2 pages (Leia must stand before Vader and watch helplessly as Han is lowered into the carbonite pit.)
  • Hyl Rann's Discovery----story---Judith Tyler 7 pages (The imperial spy has uncovered vital information on Yavin that could spell the end of the Death Star and now must bear dark tidings to his master, Darth Vader.)
  • Boushh----poem----Susan Zahn---1 page
  • Love Resurrected----poem---Susan Zahn 1 page
  • Merry Days, My Lovely----story---Kate Birkel 15 pages (It has been twenty years since Han Solo stormed out of his marriage to Leia Organa. Can a certain Jedi bring them back together at long last?)
  • A Mother's Love---story---Ruth Radecki 3 pages (The time of celebration on Endor following the destruction of the Death Star was also a time of intimate sharing and soul-searching for both Han and Leia.)
  • A Scene from the Past: What Could Have Happened-Margaret Lynn Stewart 1 page
  • Reclaimed----story---Barbara Gardner 4 pages
  • To Be A Jedi---story---Marti Schuller 17 pages (Luke takes three students to Dagobah to finalize their training as Jedi. The pathway for each is different and, ultimately, each must face his own trial with the Dark Side.)
  • The Lando Calrissian Last-Minute Hero Blues---poem---Jacqueline Taero
  • Diamond of the First Water ----story---Marcia Brin 18 pages (Set post Return of the Jedi. Han and Leia go to Trantos for a diplomatic affair that develops complications. A jewel theft and diplomatic intrigue await Han and Leia as they attend a treaty conference outside the Alliance's jurisdiction.)
  • Bright Suns Shone--- Maggie Nowakowska-4 pages
  • Changeling---story---Matthew Whitney 4 pages
  • Into the Dark Side----story---James Booth 17 pages (Han and Leia have moved with their son to the remote world of Ella where Leia discovers that the Emperor's reach from the Dark Side is not limited by death or distance.)
  • Time To Go---vignette-Melanie Guttierrez 2 pages
  • Who Dares Do More---Irina Ozernoy
  • The Conspiracy of Kommnor---story-Angela Fassio 20 pages
  • Victory Scars----story---Carolyn Golledge 20 pages (Burning debris rains on Endor after the destruction of the Death Star. Massive forest fires result—and the ewok tribes in the distant hills look for the person responsible. Luke Skywalker is targeted as an offering to the Fire Demons. Can Han find him in time? And how can Endor be saved?)
  • Sith Before Weddings---story---Kerry Nash (The Sith are ethereal beings who have always been tied to the Jedi. Now Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa are their only contacts and such contact is interlaced with hidden perils.)

Issue 5

front cover of issue #5, Dianne Smith
back cover of issue #5

A Tremor in the Force 5 was published in 1990 and is 280 pages. It has a color cover by Dianne Smith and other art by Wanda Lybarger, Melanie Guttierrez, Nancy Stasulis, Laura Virgil, Z.P. Florian and a portfolio by Steven Fox. 1990 Star aWards for Best Zine.

The editor recalls:
A Tremor in the Force #5 ran about 250 pages (most of it reduced) and cost me nearly $4,000 when all was said and done, including the cost for the color cover and postage.[3]

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

Absolutely the BEST, most true-to-life conversation between Han and Luke I have EVER read took place in Martha Wells' "Trust"! The bitter humor and irreverence Han displays outwardly, while taking Luke VERY seriously, and Luke's courage and resignation to face whatever reaction his friend might have was heartrending. As obnoxious and cynical as Han might have been, his "...give me a little credit" was wonderful; as were his accurate assessments of Kenobi's plotting. To have managed to juxtapose extraordinary characters and powerful dialog with a simple, relaxed setting was sublime. Two men talking became profound. You gave Solo depth beneath his bravado, Martha ... THIS Solo, I like! Quiet dignity for all the characters and just the right amount of magnificent irony throughout. I LOVED this story!

"A Jedi and a Guy Like Me" has given me this wicked idea for a story in which Han reveals a degree in Cosmetology, re-decorates the Falcon (the entire Base) in gingham ruffles and has all of his fannish sexual excesses catch up with him in a particularly nasty, medical way. Luke feverish, in bed, was a delicious image, but really ... darning socks?!

"Marks of Honor" was believable and well-written. Although I'm sick, sick, sick of Han stories, this one had a nice "attitude."

"Conversation in a Garden" was a chilling look at L&L's mom. It sure explained why no one mentioned her to either of her children. Great illo, too, as always; beautiful line. I love the picture-book style.

The art portfolio by Steven Fox was intricate and technically precise, though the subject matter was not to my taste.

Dianne Smith's cover was beautifully three-dimensional, as always. [5]

"A Jedi and a Guy Like Me" - Very funny! I loved it. Ann Wortham's "In-Laws" are wonderful. Delight fully funny. I just wish she included Luke and Leia more (Actually, I have never read an "In-Laws" story with Leia! I probably haven't been reading all the right zines!).

"Acceptance" ~ Very good. Marti knows how much I like what she writes, but I thought I should say it anyway. Great work, Marti!

"Somehow I Always Knew" ~ I usually don't like poems, but this one is an exception. Very perceptive. "The Conspiracy of Komnmor" ~ I wish I had read the first part. I might have liked the second one even better! But what kind of ending is that? Will we ever know what happens after "the end of part one"? ((Ed: There is actually a sequel but there were problems in getting it translated and reworked from Italian to English. If you'd like a copy, try contacting Gian Paolo Gasperi, Modena, Italy.))

The two versions of "the origins" in the zines are very different from one another and, in spite of my prejudice, I loved both "Conversation in a Garden" and "Casting."

My favorite story is "Notions." Beautifully written, as always, original, thought-provoking. Wonderful...[6]

Issue 6

1992 flyer printed in Below the Surface #5, click to enlarge
front cover issue #6
back cover of issue #6

A Tremor in the Force 6 was published in May 1992 and is 372 pages. It has a color front cover by Melanie Guttierrez. Art by Tina Bentrup, Cheree Cargill, Catherine Churko, Dani, Z. P. Florian, Melanie Guttierrez, Wanda Lybarger (back cover), Dianne Smith, Nancy Stasulis, and A.G. Steyn.

There were 200 copies printed, and the editor said there would be no reprints.

From the flyer:
Last of the bit time STAR WARS zines! This is a "Golden Age" zine with quality material equal to that published between 1980 and 1983, when SW Fandom was in its heydey.

Source for some summaries [1], other summaries are from the flyer.

  • Last Testament, poem by Jacqueline Taero, 1 page
  • Just Your Average Day in the Galaxy, vignette by A.G. Steyn, 2pages
  • Family Ties by Cheree Cargill, 2 pages (On Endor, Leia and Luke discuss Anakin Skywalker. First printed in Melange #4]]
  • Snowbound, poem by Susan Zahn, 1 page
  • Nothing Serious by Susan Deborah Smith, 3 pages (Han Solo has a little problem, but he's trying not to let it get him... er... down.)
  • Revelation (Or Bugs!) by Marti Schuller, 3 pages (The gnats and mosquitos on Endor are about to eat Luke and Leia alive. Why aren't they bothering Han Solo?)
  • Impasse, poem by Jeanine Hennig, 1 page
  • The Blue Jawa's Tale by Tina Bentrup, 4 pages (A story about a little person and an old hermit, told from a completely new point of view)
  • Read Instructions Before Proceeding by Z.P.Florian, 10 pages
  • True Colors, poem by Jacqueline Taero, 1 page
  • Choice by Cheree Cargill (After Bespin, Leia discovers she is pregnant. With Han lost, and a war to fight, she must make a choice concerning their unborn child. A three-part story, reprinted here in its entirety for the first time, also in Far Realms #6 and #7)
  • The Black Sleep by Carolyn Golledge, 11 pages (The Blood of Kali forced Indiana Jones' soul to flee its possessed body. When he woke up, he was in a galaxy far, far away.) (crossover with Indiana Jones)
  • Presumed Guilty by Carolyn Golledge, 20 pages (Post Return of the Jedi. Han and Leia argue publicly, calling off their formal wedding and disavowing their earlier Corelli Bonding ceremony. Later, Leia is found close to death, badly beaten and Han is accused.)
  • Taun-Taun Rodeo by A.G. Steyn, 3 pages (There were those who thought a farmboy ought to be a natural when it come to breaking and riding these cantankerous critters.)
  • For Better Or For Worse by Pat Nussman & Jacqueline Taero, 12 pages
  • Father And Son by Z.P.Florian, 9 pages (What if Darth Vader had managed to put Luke into carbonite and spirit him away to train as a Dark Jedi?)
  • The Festival of the Sun's Return by Martha Wilson, 18 pages (Han, Luke, and Leia battle a religious cult during a rebel mission.)
  • Alyeska Wild Card by Maggie Nowakowska, 38 pages (Trapped in an avalanche shelter with a gang of belligerent miners and forced into a marathon sabacc game with Lando, Han suddenly finds his fortune changing.)
  • Ladies' Choice by Pat Nussman & Jacqueline Taero (The Alliance forces have relocated from Yavin to Hoth and things are not going well. And General Rieeken finds that the Empire is not the only thing complicating his life.)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

[Ladies' Choice]:

"Ladies Choice" by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero. Most satisfying reading. Well constructed; believably woven into the saga's events while serving as a realistic counterpoint to them. Some of the most interesting and entertaining of fanfic comes when a skilled writer or writers chooses what is originally a

peripheral character and gives that character a back history and motivations; in short, a life of their own. [7]

What a piece of work is A Tremor in the Force #6.

Cheree, you continuously amaze me with the professionalism of this fine zine. I hope you know how much your efforts are appreciated.

I'd like to comment first on the exceptional illos in this issue, particularly since in the past I have been woefully neglectful in doing so. There were so many wonderful pieces, but I'd like to list my favorites. All of the artwork was wonderful, but I particularly savored the following: Z. P. Florian's art on pages 8, 32, 35, 107 and 151; Dani's on pages 37 and 53; Cheree's on page 42; Melanie Guttierrez's on page 133; Nancy Stasulis' on pages 190 and 335 and Wanda Lybarger's back cover. I also enjoyed Catherine Churko's portfolio and look forward to the products of your challenge, Cheree, to produce a suitable story to utilize them.

Now, to the fiction:

"The Festival of the Sun's Return" by Martha Wells was a nice adventure story. I was especially happy to read that Luke was not totally immune to the poison administered him, as some fans tend to make our fav Jedi a little too invincible. I really liked the humorous ending.

"Presumed Guilty" by Carolyn Golledge was an other fine "trashing" of this Aussie's favorite Corellian with interesting possibilities for at least one sequel.

"Ladies Choice" by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero is another thing. This is a difficult story (novella?) for me to comment on. There's no denying the professional, fluid writing, the fuUy realized characters, the intricate realistic plot. Yet, I cannot say I truly enjoyed this work as much as, perhaps, I should have. Frankly, I think the problem lies in myself. When I read a SW zine, it's to immerse myself in the main characters and their activities. With their adventures appearing mainly as "cameo" roles here, I felt somehow cheated. Had this been original fiction, not set in the familiar surroundings of SW, I would be readily recommending it. Because it isn't, I cannot. Still, when all is said and done, I have to admire the quality of the writing. For that alone, I will say "well done"!

"Last Testament" by Jacqueline Taero was a won derful poem, with very haunting imagery.

"Nothing Serious" by Susan Deborah Smith was an other piece I Uked. Although I'm unfamiliar with this author's work, I see definite professional quality in this work. She handled a "delicate" subject well.

"Just Your Average Day in the Galaxy" by A. G. Steyn was yet another well done, cute and enjoyable read.

One of my favorite two stories, though, was "For Better or Worse" by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero, which was well thought out and very plausibly handled. Han's reaction to Leia's Jedi training made for a very enjoyable reading. The other was "Family Ties" by our esteemed editor, Cheree Cargill. Though short, I found this work poignant and insightful and I really loved it.

Altogether, a magnificant edition of my fav zine. Everyone keep up the great work. I look forward eagerly to the next issue.

Keep the Force, always. [8]

Tremor really looks great. The layout on your zines has always been high quality and very professional and I hope everyone compliments you on it. The art was excellent as usual. I liked the portfolios, especially the one for the story contest, and the cover was really nice. I'd like to thank Melanie Guttierrez for her artwork on my story. Especially good was the drawing of Leia on page 138. I write lousy letters of comment; I really ought to take notes while I'm reading but I never remember to. I enjoyed all the pieces, but I wanted to mention in particular:

"Nothing Serious" ~ I liked the interaction between Han and Leia and really wished it had been longer. I liked her writing style, too.

"Bugs!" gave me a chuckle.

"Blue Jawa's Tale" was funny and original.

"Choice" was a good character piece. I really enjoyed it.

"Presumed Guilty" - She has an interesting character with Hagren. I can't wait to see where she goes with it.

"For Better or Worse" and "Ladies' Choice" ~ I love their writing style, the characterization, the touches of humor. Taero and Nussman are two of my favorite fan writers.[9]

Here is my LoC for Tremor #6. I hope I can keep it reasonably short, but the whole zine is so fantastic, it won't be easy.

You said you wanted new ideas; you got them!

This Tremor was an earthquake! Everytedy who reads it must spread the word that no fan can live without this zine. The incredible Guttierrez cover promised adventure, excitement, color, and the zine delivered all, with the usual elegant, well organized, clean layout.

Taero: "Last Testament", a very moving poem.

Steyn: "Average Day...", a good laugh, especially Han.

Cargill: "Family Ties". I always wanted to read this scene. I am on Leia's side!

Smith: "Nothing Serious". Wow, this is a totally new angle (no pun intended) of Han's manhood.

Zahn: "Snowbound", a fine poem. This is Han as he should be.

Hennig: "Impasse", scary, beautiful. Loved the line "or what depths".

Bentrup: "Blue Jawa". At last, someone does jus tice to the unfairly despired Jawa minority. More, more, please!!

Cargill: "Choice." What a unique story, a stunning solution for what could be Leia's biggest problem.

Golledge: "The Black Sleep." Another novel idea. Now I want Han Solo meeting John Book face to face, preferably in a situation where they try to kill each other first. (I think I am getting spoiled...)

Churko: Story contest drawings. Great, myster ious, powerful pictures.

Golledge: "Presumed Guilty." I can't get enough of her Han, trashed and splendid. She deserves the

Golden Whip Award, with the Platinum Handcuffs. I asked around and everybody agrees that she should never stop putting Solo through the grinder.

Wells: "Suns's Return". Witty, exciting adventure. Nowakowska: "Alyeska." Tense, tight, absolutely wonderful. The painful distance builds between Lando and Han graduaUy and mercilessly, to the point where both betrayal and rescue are equaUy credible avenues of their relationship.

Nussman/Taero: "Ladies Choice". I loved the way the main characters just barely brush the perimeter of this very, very bitter story. My only problem was that Kayka seemed to run too many circles before letting herself be caught. Delavan is a great character. "There is a rat in my office. He is not to be disturbed" is my favorite line.

Steyn: "Taun-Taun Rodeo". By the time you read this, I probably wiU have kiUedyou for the "skinny ass" bit.

Nussman/Taero: "For Better or Worse." Very deep insight into Han and Leia's marriage.

Bentrup's cartoon: Nice to see Kenobi losing his head for a change!

Illoes: The cover was wonderful and the Guttierrez illo on page 133 is a riot! Lybarger's back cover is great. Stasulis draws very clean and very tart, spicy pictures. Steyn has a dirty sense of visual humor. Dani's style is, let me find the word, succulent. Bentrup's Jawa and Kenobi are great. Cargill draws the best Threepio ever. Dianne Smith's Chewie is perfect.

I could go on and on about the stories in great detail, but I am afraid I'd be too long for a LoC ... although in the "old" zines, I've seen LoCs running for pages.

Anyway, Cheree, Tremor #6 is INCREDIBLY GORGEOUS and great reading. Tremor is THE zine now! [10]

If I keep thinking about this any longer, I'll never get anything down on paper, so here goes. It's been a fascinating experience to read all six Tremors over about four months' time. The growth of both the zine and the contributors is very apparent (and not just in size); and the quality and consistency is truly incredible.

Since much has already been said about the five five issues, I'm going to concentrate on #6. First of all, this is a feast for the eyes. One of the things I've enjoyed about all the issues is the artwork and this one is no exception. Melanie Guttierrez' lovely cover of a quite mature Luke is fantastic and sets the tone for all the rest. And I'm sorry that Wanda Lybarger is represented only by the back cover (but what a back cover!!), because her work is wonderful. The two art portfolios are tremendous; I can't wait to see what story will go with Catherine Churko's work.

Trying to decide which story I liked best is impossible. "The Blue Jawa's Tale" by Tina Bentrup is absolutely dehghtful. It's hard to sustain successful illiteracy and still keep the right tone. That she accomplishes it and tells such a marvelous tale is a virtuoso feat. I love the illo of Ben and the jawa; the whimsical mood suits the story perfectly. Right up there with this story is Marti Schuller's "Revelation (or Bugs!)". The whole thing is a wonderful joke with a great punch line. I'm not sure if it should be cate gorized as a humorous story, but "For Better or Worse" by Pat Nussman and

Jacqueline Taero made me laugh. It's such a great explanation for why Han accepts Leia's Force abilities. While I'm on the subject of humor, both of A. G. Steyn's stories were great fun to read.

On the more serious side, "Choice" by Cheree Cargill lends itself to serious consideration of a very common problem that heroines like Leia never seem to have to face. Her anguish over the choice is well depicted. Nice that there is a high-tech solution to the problem. The trust that she shows in Lando by turning to him for help is considerable. It's a nice touch to have him help Leia save Han's child after being responsible for what happened to Han.

Both of Z. P. Florian's contributions have a unique twist. Her alternate ending to the Bespin episode paints a different picture of Luke and his father. I only wonder if Luke could possibly believe that the Vader he dealt with had any spark of humanity left. I enjoyed the suspense in "Read Instructions Before Proceeding"; it had me guessing until the end whether Luke had really opted for the high life. That's a different kind of Dark Side temptation than usual. "Ladies Choice" by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero is definitely one of my favorite pieces because of their wonderful characterization of Rieeken. He's extremely believable with a depth of personality that is amazing. The details of political infighting and the frustration of command are very well done. From what military friends have said, the frustration of the rebel officers with the interference of the civilians on the council was entirely realistic. Maybe even too mild!

I know that there can be a big difference between some one's performance on the job and in private, but Kayka seemed just a bit too tentative in her relationship with Rieeken and with the Council, compared to the abilities she demonstrated elsewhere. Her earlier experi ence with Hareboun wasn't too satisfying as motivation for her hesitancy.

"Alyeska Wild Cards" by Maggie Nowakowska offers a good scenario about how Han won the Falcon from Lando. I like the blizzard descriptions. Actually, I didn't like them at all; they reminded me too much of reality. The ending didn't work for me. I could see how the tension between Han and Lando was supposed to work but couldn't quite beheve in it. Even after a couple of readings, it wasn't as convincing as it could be. And I know her characterization can be great;

"Bright Suns Shone" (Tremor #4) is one of the most moving pieces I've read recently. Carolyn Golledge in "Presumed Guilty" took a fairly standard plot device and gave it her own unique twist. Poor Han suffers so deUghtfully although she wasn't at all kind to Leia in this one. It was quite believable that Han would have episodes like his outburst at the conference every once in a while just to relieve the monotony of being pohte the rest of the time. I'm not sure he'd have hesitated so long in facing up to what had happened, but I do hke the way she slips in a new look at Han and Leia's relationship in all her stories. While I'm on the subject of Han and Leia, Susan Deborah Smith's "Nothing Serious" also introduces a problem that real-life couples may face at some time or other. Han's awkward attempt to cope and Leia's loving reaction gave this story a good feeling.

"The Festival of the Sun's Return" by Martha Wells is a really rousing adventure story; almost seems like it could come right out of Indiana Jones. Speaking of which, "The Black Sleep" by Carolyn Golledge did a fantastic job of pulling those two different worlds together. I wasn't too convinced when I first saw the description of the story, but she definitely pulled it off. Indy's reaction to Chewie and the droids and Luke's fast talking as he tries to keep Indy from finding out he's in another world, are my favorite parts.

As for the poetry, I really got a kick out of "True Colors" by Jacqueline Taero; it's a really wild approach to Leia's background. I don't think I can cover every thing. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed this zine immensely and I am definitely looking forward to #7. Fantastic work, Cheree.[11]

Apologies up front to you and all contributing fans to all zincs. I am among those long remiss in sending Iocs. But, though they won't be the lengthy, in-depth tomes I used to write, I'll try to make sure I say something rather than give up and say nothing because I can no longer manage long ones ~ and still have any time to write and draw myself. So, those I don't mention, it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy your piece; I have to limit myself only to those things that struck me most.

Covers: Dynamic front with no timidity in its color statement; energetic with a controlled and strong com position - Luke's counter body line to the axis of the elliptical background orbits, eye-catching. Incidentally, congratulations, Melanie Guttierrez, on your 1992 Star Award win. Your work is new to me but I can see why you won. I look forward to seeing more. Cheree, I really like the way you chose a back cover stock that picked up on the dominant colors of the front; pulls the zinc together, the stock is still light enough not to obscure details in my art and makes an informal, relaxed moment more warmly intimate still. Lovely judgment. Whole zine is very airy and clean and legible, by the way.

"Last Testament". Jacqueline Taero writes true poetry, rhythmic, distilled to essence, often with a structured formal rhyming meter. Sometimes it's wryly funny, sometimes starkly powerful. This one is as stirring (and unusually "vast" in feeling from her usual tight minatures) as the deep voices of a male chorus (yes, I know there were probably female Jedi ~ I'm responding to the sound of the verse).

"Family Ties". Amen. A short, short story but one that needed writing. Not dismissing Vader's return to the Light as Anakin, his other acts remain. One must live — or die ~ with the consequences ~ and respon sibilities — of all that one does. And graduation to Day-Glo doesn't wipe out the ambivalence of the legacy the man has left.

Sue Zahn continues to profitably mine the interim moments within and between events in the 3 movies. "Snowbound" is both amazingly full of authentic- sounding "Soloisms" and the stop-short "catch" of serious foreboding foreshadow. The pot in the hand of Sabacc, indeed.

Marti Schuller: Woman, you should be roasted - and cheered - for that hilarious shaggy dog, "Revela tions."

"Impasse" - After long absence, Jeanine returns with a piece set not in her alternate but the "canon" universe, and turns out one of her best. Full of quivering silence, wonderfully and precisely cadenced, deftly clicking about-face from thought to thought of indecision and desperate faith.

"Blue Jawa's Tale". Ben using the Force to con veniently bind an unwilling servant? And his muscular kindness ignores the Jawa's cultural sensibilities and dignity in the "white man's burden", 19th century diplomacy. Not a nice man. The Jawa, I love. Diffi cult to carry off dialect without having it be an intrusive device. Here, it adds not only to the humor and alien cultural flavor, it conveys personality. There are hints of sequels...? Hmmm?

'True Colors". Jacqueline being sardonically hilarious.

Didn't comment on Z.P.'s illo for "Last Testament" in order to cite all her art together with the stories, "Read Instructions Before Proceeding" and "Father and Son". Her style is refreshingly different and animated. Of the stories, the former nicely gives Luke some real action, an adventure tailored to his skills and per sonality instead of just sending him off on a seeming retread Corellian tale or (1) having him agonize over the Force or (2) find yet another Force-Sensitive Woman. The latter story offers a neat twist on a what- if and covers new ground other than stories which spring from similar premises.

I'm jumping and cheering over Catherine Churko's portfoho. Absolutely wonderful narrative drive and riveting composition, economical presentation to make strong impact.

To jump around out of sequence to other artists a moment, I want to use this LoC to tell Nancy Stasulis I'm thrilled to see her great narrative illoing again. My letter doing handsprings over the Leia and Darth illos in the last TIF returned with forwarding expired so I'll include the praise and deUght here. Dianne Smith's pastel and charcoal art always exhibits an impeccably polished technique but some times the anatomical structure drifts a bit as here with the one lone Han portrait. Not only Ford's but no one's face is that wide. When she's "on," Dianne does some of the loveliest portraits of all; when she's "off," I find myself wishing she'd strengthen that great technique with some anatomy/mannekin preliminaries to make her less dependent on photos.

Likewise, Carolyn Golledge's two stories, "Pre sumed Guilty" and "The Black Sleep," both display her inventive plot ideas and good prose. Unhappily, both are sabotaged by the overkill trashing. I say "un happily" because she's a damn good writer who's limiting herself by falling into a trap. Forget hurt/comfort. Hurt/hurt has ceased to be a joke or trademark. The plot not only doesn't support the endless carnage, it's a one-note revelation. Han is brave and stubborn, everyone loves and worries about each other. That's been covered so thoroughly, it's knee-jerk. This stuff just plain gets in the way of some of the best-conceived plothooks since Anne Zeek stopped writing SW "O'Henry's". I want to see what Carolyn can do when she stretches to deal with the ideas, not stop in the sandbox to bury Han, et al, again. It's bound to be good. "A New Meaning" [ Choice Parts #2 proved that.

"Taun-Taun Rodeo" with lines like "... take to the saddle like a sithlord to evil," is a snappy entry with difficult to pull off and unusual first person viewpoint. I wrote in past on "Choice" and will only say here I'm glad its reprinting all in one piece makes a good story available to new readers. "Alyeska Wild Cards". Another absent writer returns, working "canon" rather than her own universe, but this has the gritty flavor of her Thousandworlds and a nice sensitivity to the delicate dance of relationships.

"Ladies' Choice" I've known a long time and I'm pleased it's finally in print for a larger audience to enjoy. As alternate and original character-driven, or even moreso, than Thousandworlds it shows there's fine writing to be mined.

I also know "For Better or Worse"; contains my alltime favorite exchange: "He's green... He's a Jedi master... He's dead." "Is he green because he's dead or was he green anyway?"

I saved my favorite for last. I've long eagerly followed Martha Wells' series and "Festival of the Sun's Return" not only has the usual professional authority in writing I've come to expect along with a stamp of "personality" color not unlike - in places ~ C. J. Cherryh, her people sound and act like the movie interpretations. And, oh bliss! Leia's neither bitch nor besotted. They all speak with their individual "voices." Lines like, "Me, buy it on this backwater? I'd never forgive me" and "He's my ex-mate and he's supporting our six children."

I said this would be short, didn't I? I lied. Well, any other LoCs will have to be, but this was a big zine, chock full of diverse goodies ~ very fittingly dedicated to Gene Roddenberry.

One last point before this is too long to print. Best news of all is the submission call for a TF#7 and a Field Studies #3! [12]

Good show! Big, yes, but not overwhelming, not really. I was able to browse through as time allowed without feeling like I'd never get it all, and could still turn the pages about the comb binding when the situa tion demanded I do so. With the layout so comfort ably tidy, the ever-aging eyes didn't get weary or crossed. I think my favorite stories were "The Blue Jawa's Tale" and "Father and Son." Tina Bentrup stayed in character throughout her story and didn't sound a false note in the dialect, at least not to my ear. I hope we'll all hear more from Beejay.

Z. P. Florian's alternate development of TESB was quite refreshing. Her Vader is not "just a nice guy gone wrong" but rather the sort of man I can well imagine doing what he's done. And her Luke is not a rube, but rather a man who thinks his own ideas in his own way ~ someone without the sophisticated back ground of Vader (or Han or Leia), but not someone who is an idiot just because he's ignorant of some attitudes and pastimes. I love the simple, and obvious to everyone but a megalomaniac like Vader, ending. True simplicity of the finest order.

Z. P.'s "Read Instructions Before Proceeding" was good, too. Just enough ambiguity in the beginning to leave the reader wondering which way she was going to go with the story then a swift, clean ending. And I liked leaving the story with the tension of Han's possibly fatal curiosity. Good stuff.

Hokay, Cheree, time to match your resurrected "Family Ties" with a companion piece covering a discussion about Mom! People have been exploring what actually happened but where are the probably very interesting discussions between Luke and Leia about Ms. Mysterious? After all, Leia is right, IMG, to protest labeling Anakin "father", but what is Luke going to think about Mom's handing him over to someone else? Unless he want to think of her as someone who simply let one of her kids be taken away, he's going to have questions about the depth of her involvement. Anywho, it's good to see some of the old stuff reappearing!

I liked your solution to the difficulty of Leia getting pregnant at an inopportune time in "Choice." It makes sense that such variations on a theme are possible in the SW universe and I enjoyed the image of Lando and Leia as a rich couple out for convenience.

I love Jacquehne Taero's poem "True Colors". Love it. And Dani's illo is perfect. This Leia I can deal with ... and can readily see as taking after her infamous sire... (Now, I'd like to see one from Bail's point of view, having known that sire all too well.)

Carolyn Golledge's "The Black Sleep" was nicely inventive. She did a good job with the different dialects of Han and Indy, as well as pointing out the physical differences between the two men (I've never figured out how Ford could look so slim as Han while filming Indy movies in which he looks so much more muscular...). About the only comment I'd make on the development is that I think Han's image of the demon would be different from Indy's, as would Luke's, since the demon would call on the individual fears of each man. Using the snake for all three battles seems to imply that the snake itself is the demon, which is a tad bit Western in prejudice (the snake was the god symbol of Ufe and creation in many pre-Judean religions). Mola Ram's obsession with death was a distortion of Kah worship, which is a recognition of life and death as part of the great circle; Indy himself said Ram had "betrayed Shiva". But, other than that metaphysical nitpick, I enjoyed the story thoroughly.

"For Better or Worse" does an excellent job of tackling the problems of foresight. Leia and Han are presented as adults, not romanticized bickering adolescents, which is refreshing, and I could recognize the kind of communications difficulties that arise in any relationship that advances through to commitment. Luke was well presented, which doesn't often happen in a story centered on what's going on between Leia and Han; all three characterizations were easy on the reader's believability. And Leia's reasons for wanting to get Luke married struck me as very realistic comments on part of a sister with a healthy respect for a brother's vitality!

"Festival of the Sun's Return" was a fine represen tation of Tremor #6's theme of Back to the Good Ole Days of Adventure Tales. Once established, it moved quickly and didn't linger on any of the fannish speed bumps like Get scenes and Leia in Peril. Han's dialogue when faced with real and potential physical danger was pragmatic, and I really liked the touch of the older woman's help. I'm glad you were able to get Pat Nussman's and Jacqueline Taero's story, "Ladies' Choice," out of durance vile. Their SW universe is not a cheery one, but the stories they write are always interesting. And I've long enjoyed Pat's interpretation of General Rieeken. I had some problems with the story I mention because they kept throwing me out of the story until I was determined to finish it rather than pleased to finish it. I'll mention them simply because the story was a long, involved one that deserves an involved assess ment ... and because I'm always screaming about people not offering critical assessments to help writers see their work through different eyes, so I had better satisfy my own demands or shut up. What gave me trouble quickly was that it seemed that anyone not on Delavan's side was a jerk — or shall I say everyone who wasn't seen as useful to Delavan, since even Rieeken gets called names when he ~ gasp, how shocking ~ does something Delavan doesn't like. After a while, despite Delavan's fascinating presen tation, I found myself not caring about the problems she faced because I simply didn't believe in them. I've worked with people like Delavan. They seem incapable of accepting the idea that someone else may have a totally different but equally valid style of work or opinion; everything must be done their way, no matter that another way may accomplish the goal as well. They disrupt the social conventions needed in teamwork because they beheve their skills put them above being polite; although competent in their specific area and dedicated to the task, their hostility, their constant complaining and adoloscent labeling of any one who doesn't serve their point of view as a jerk or an incompetent, ultimately isolates them from their coworkers and proves them to be a major obstacle to getting the job done satisfactorily. This presentation of the character wouldn't have bothered me so much if Delavan's attitude was recognized as simply hers, as in the couple of times Rieeken complains about her juvenile behavior, but the editorial voice seemed to agree with her and, as a result, my disbelief spread to the entire plot. I found myself more susceptible to other questions I had, such as the limited culture of the Alliance members. For a bunch of humans from a bunch of dif ferent planets, they sure seemed to share a similar morality and value system, something that isn't even true on our planet. There appeared to be only one measure of female attractiveness, one measure of sexual conduct, one measure of acceptible male ap pearance. Again, from a character's POV, it's no problem, but the prejudices kept popping up in editorial descriptions (the easiest example is how Senator Mahr's weight always comes up in a denigrating manner; equally annoying was the constant pairing of one male character's masculinity in a derogatory way with his use of make-up ~ heavens, men right here on earth have used and still do use make-up in many cultures to no detriment to their masculinity). Perhaps part of the problem is just that the whole novel itself is, in the end, from Delavan's POV (Amnnssu's longing to be like Delavan - which is perfectly understandable from the presenting of both women's strengths ~ is also the perfect viewpoint of people like Delavan, who assume everyone would be like them if they could), which simply gave me more of Delavan than I was interested in having. I've enjoyed the shorter pieces in this universe and do hope to see more of it, albeit, considering my recent encounters with people like Delavan, in smaller batches!

That's it, Cheree. Looking forward to #7 if you have the energy ... for myself, you've had such a great run that if you have to choose between TF and Southern Enclave, I'll say three cheers for the grand old zine and long live the newsletter.[13]

Thank you for sending me a copy of A Tremor in the Force #6. Great covers. Being a Ford fan, I especially liked Wanda Lybarger's back cover. She really captured the mood of Han and Chewie's labors. A good touch is that the tip of Han's tongue is peeping out at one corner of his mouth in concentration. Some great stories in this issue.

"Presumed Guilty" by Carolyn Golledge. (Dianne Smith's illos for this are delicious!) Carolyn again succeeded in making Han suffer and even gave him a companion in his pain this time. Poor Leia. Won derful story, though, but then Carolyn wrote it. So we can't expect anything less than perfect.

Your "Choice", Cheree, was an excellent story and was one of my main reasons for buying TF#6. And I certainly was not disappointed. I liked the interesting way you dealt with Leia's problem.

"The Black Sleep", again by Carolyn Golledge, was another favorite. She does cross universe (in this case quite literally) very well.

"For Better or Worse" by Pat Nussman and Jacque line Taero was a very enjoyable story. Leia certainly had the right idea about making Han feel more com fortable with the Force.

"The Festival of the Sun's Return" by Martha Wells was a nice action story and was the sort of situation I could also picture Indy in.

"Alyeska Wild Cards" by Maggie Nowakowska was a great story. The plot and characterization were very professional. This was one of the most credible stories of how Han won the Falcon I've ever read.

"Ladies Choice" by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero. Hmmm ... I've got mixed feelings about this one. It was a very well written story, nicely plotted out, etc., but, well, I prefer stories which center on Han, Leia, Luke and ^ewie. This is just a personal thing and not at all a criticism, just a personal preference.

"Revelation (or Bugs!)" by Marti Schuller was a scream. Han, a blue-blood! Ha ha! He'd never live it down.

"Nothing Serious" by Susan Deborah Smith. Jeez, and I thought that Carolyn Golledge made Han suffer! I do think that Susan might have resolved Han's "problem" at the end of the story, though. I'd volunteer to help him!!

Lastly, I LOVE the inside back cover, "Unexpected Visitor." This guy can visit me anytime!

Thank you for producing Tremor for us SW junkies! You bring much enjoyment into many lives. Thank you![14]

If I remember correctly, my first fevered words of the morning were: "Gimme! Gimme!" when I saw that the package my mother was bringing into the house could only be a fanzine, and WHAT a fanzine! After a break of over a year, I was back into fanfic and Tremor #6 certainly made my return a sweet one! I have already told Melanie Guttierrez what I thought of her colorful cover but it bears repeating! Striking!! What a joy it is to see Luke on the front of a zine instead of Han (don't misunderstand me ~ I like scoundrels, too! But primarily I'm a Luke fan) and he looks so dashing and determined! Wonderful! In fact, I was particularly taken by all the art in this issue! Especially Z. P. Florian's ~ I am definitely a fan of her artistic abilities! I adored all her portraits of Luke, though I can't help feeling our Jedi sometimes needs a haircut! (Joking!)

"The Art of Catherine Churko" -- Striking! And throwing open the door for a contest using the illos was a terrific idea! I can't wait to read the winner; if it is based on the ideas from Catherine's amazing pieces I'm sure it will be a cracker! Now to the stories and poems:

"Last Testament" by Jacqueline Taero. Deep, dark and telling. I loved it!

"Family Ties" by Cheree Cargill. I really liked this, primarily for Leia's realistic reaction to Vader being her father.

"Revelations (or Bugs!)" by Marti Schuller. Superb! It really tickles me to think of Han being a true blue blood. The comedy was expertly and cleverly written.

"Impasse" by Jeanine Hennig. I have a Uking for this type of short soliloquy and this one was a carefully crafted gem.

"The Blue Jawa's Tale" by Tina Bentrup. What a terrific little tale! I giggled like a silly school girl over BJ's antics. I simply adored the way this was written. At times it reminded me of the auld Scots dialect still spoken by some in these parts. Wonderful!

"Read Instructions Before Proceeding" and "Father and Son" by Z. P. Florian. I liked both of Z.P.'s stories. They were extremely well written and thought out. Luke was in character for the times of the stories, but I felt, at times, that he was rather cold and conniving. I also have to admit that I didn't like Vader giving Luke a "love droid", but Luke's use of it certainly showed a devious cleverness on his part. Having Vader carbon freeze Luke after plucking him from the weather vane is certainly a chilling thought, but surely the shock of the process would have Idlled Luke by then. His poor beaten and injured body couldn't have survived carbon freezing. However, I did enjoy the stories and look forward to more from Z.P., and as I said above, I'm a great fan of her art!

"Choice" by Cheree Cargill. What a terrible dilemma and secret Leia had to carry. A cleverly thought out story, well written and emotionally stirring throughout.

"The Black Sleep" by Carolyn Golledge. Fantastic! I loved this story and the cross-over with Indiana Jones was a great idea. Very clever!

"Presumed Guilty" by Carolyn Golledge. Wow! A double treat: two Golledge stories almost back to back! Another entertaining adventure. Will we be hearing more from Hagren?

"For Better or Worse" by Nussman and Taero. An other well written and realistic piece. I like Han's questions on Yoda - a welcome humorous lift to the story.

"The Festival of the Sun's Return" by Martha Wells. I really enjoyed this story, particularly Martha's portrayal of the young Luke. I loved the description of him sitting on the cargo containers ~ very funny! A fun adventure.

"Alyeska Wild Cards" by Maggie Nowakowska. I was really taken by the exceptional writing of this story, and it drew me into a tale which, at first glance, held no appeal for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it! Bravo!

"Ladies Choice" by Nussman and Taero. This "monster" was another story which, at first glance, did not appeal to me. Not because of the supporting roles the big three played, but because Rieekan was never really a character which stood out for me in any way. I'm happy to say that, thanks to this novel, I now view him in a different light when I watch TESB. This was full of three dimensional characters who carried the reader through their trials and tribulations with real emotion. I particularly Uked Panore and hope to read more about her. Superbly written!

Well, that about covers it. My apologies to those I have not mentioned. I enjoyed everything but I only have time to comment on the pieces which held that special "something" for me. Everything was wonderful. Thank you, Cheree, for a most welcome tome and I eagerly await #7![15]

For the past several months I've been waiting to attend grad school this fall, and basically slaving away at a job I despise in the meantime. So ~ receiving Tremor #6 was a warmly welcomed event for me. Thanks, Cheree, for saving my sanity, or preserving my insanity, as the case may be. Actually, I think the two are identical.

For the sake of time and space, I shall comment only on those pieces which stimulated me most - got me really thinking. Let me begin by praising "Last Testament". I think the notion that Jedi hubris helped pave the way for Palpatine's rise and the subsequent fall of the Knighthood is fascinating — and highly plausible. I also loved the accompanying illo, too. By the way, was the poem meant to be the words of a Jedi in particular, or of the Knighthood in general? ((Ed: A Jedi in particular, I think. And, although Jacqueline probably meant the poem to reflect the fall of the Jedi in the past, I thought the illl of Luke that I had from Z. P. Florian was so dark and fit the poem so well, that I could project the poem as a view at an alternate universe, far into the future, with Luke and the New Jedi eventually following in the pathways of the old.))

I found "The Blue Jawa's Tale" entertaining and refreshing in its style and novel POV. What an imagi native person Tina Bentrup must be. More, please! "Revelation": I really hked this piece, Marti. Your comedic style helps remind us that our favorite trio is not always deadly serious or always facing epically important confrontations with evil. It is good to see them as capable of play as everyone else! In fact, I bet they need it more.

"Father and Son": This was very well-written, but I had trouble recognizing Vader in this piece. He is far too much a sensualist for my comfort. I think that since Vader is a Force master, and accordingly familiar with discipUne and intimately involved with spiritual concerns, his fixation on pleasures of the flesh and on Luke's virginity are a bit implausible. Surely, he would be more likely to tempt Luke with those things which managed most to tempt and corrupt Vader himself - matters of great Force and political power. Also - Vader himself notes Luke's emotional neediness for him, and Luke also dweUs on it a great deal. Certainly promises of some sort of emotional closeness with the boy would have drawn Luke more readily to his father and hence to the Dark Side. However, the Sith Lord remains as cold as ever. How foolish he is to possess the key to Luke's undoing and never seek to use it!

I enjoyed "Choice" and thought Leia's inner turmoil was nicely in character. I do wonder what contracep tive choices are available in this galaxy and whether it was the "heat of the moment" or a faulty contraceptive method or device that was to blame for Leia's predi cament. I tend to think that, as canny and worldly and emperiled as Han and Leia were, they would have done all they could to avoid a pregnancy, so more discussion of this would have been welcome to this reader. I also liked the notion of the nurturing artificial womb.

I thought both "The Black Sleep" and "Presumed Innocent" were entertaining adventures and I'm always pleased at how Carolyn paces her stories ~ it is rare that a predominantly action-based tale still reveals character insights and yet hers almost always do. I am not really a Han fan (usually preferring the mystical psyche to the more straight-forward ~ and probably sane ~ one), but I genuinely enjoy Carolyn's work. Who is this Sith Lord Hagren anyway? Have we met him before? I think Vader would mop the floor with him, but that's my own bias showing! (Sorry.) He really is a pain. [16]

"Alyeska Wild Cards" was interesting. I liked seeing young Han's brashness tempered by his genuine respect for Lando, and I liked the depth with which Calrissian is portrayed. Especially thought-provoking was his realization that responsibility for the Falcon provided him with chains as well as wings. Little does she know what chains lie ahead!

I have not been able to complete "Ladies Choice" yet what with work and everything else limiting my time, but am reading it diligently. The characters and plot were obviously very well thought-out.

Well, I gotta go. Congrats, Cheree, and to all artists and writers alike! Can't wait for #7. [17]

TIF#6 was an incredible monster of a zine. It was fat, juicy and full of good things. Just the way I like my steaks and zines. I'll highlight some of the pieces but everything was a pure delight to read so everyone please give yourselves a hand and pat on the back. "Bugs!" by Marti Schuller was good for a laugh. Imagine ~ Han a real blue blood!

"True Colors" by Jacqueline Taero was a riot. I couldn't stop laughing especially after reading the last couple of lines.

Carolyn Golledge's "The Black Sleep" was a well- done crossover. Now, when I watch Temple of Doom, I'll think of this story with a big smile. And "Presumed Guilty"'s art by Dianne Smith was exquisite. That Han portrait is so hfe-like. I was glad to see Hagren's return and his subsequent escape again. I can't wait to read more about this evil, vindictive villain. I really enjoy the way she "does" a story. Thanks, Carolyn. Catherine Churko's and Z. P. Florian's art portfolios were spectacular. I can't wait to read the story to go along with Catherine's illos.

"Alyeska Wild Cards" by Maggie Nowakowska was a wonderful story on how Han got the Falcon. Just reading about Hoth-ish cold winter made me want winter even more. The monster story "Ladies Choice" by Pat Nussman and Jacqueline Taero was really good. I really like the character of Panore Delavan as well as Kayka, Lisben and Creh. They have an incredible ability to bring these people to Ufe. I appreciated the way the "known" events from TESB were incorporated in the story to give the readers a rough timeline. I do look forward to more.

The cover by Melanie Guttierrez was beautiful. I loved the colors in the sky and her Luke with those haunting blue eyes. Well done. Wanda Lybarger's work is a joy to me and this bacover was no different.

A masterpiece of a zine, Cheree. I can hardly wait for #7. [18]

I'm very new to the fandom scene, but I feel as if we're all on the same psychic wavelength. Most of the stuff I've read in this beautiful zine has been, well, entertained in my imagination before. Contrats to all of you who put this publication out. You want com ments ... okay, here's a whole heap of them!

The Art ~ Melanie, your cover was marvelous! Luke looks great! Z. P., I loved the illo on page 8 as well as many of the others throughout the zine. The 'TantalizingTatooine Trio" was sure to make the Luke Lusters of the world drool. (Luke the Studboy?) I especially thought the "If Jabba were female" drawing was a trip! A. G.'s cartoons were hilarious, especially the one on page 20. Dianne's drawings were positively gorgeous and so was Wanda's illo on the back cover (hubba, hubba, hubba!). Tina's cartoon of Luke and Ben had me laughing. I'm surprised that didn't happen for real! But my fave was Dani's illo for "True Colors." Classic, especially the tattoo!

The Poetry ~ Jacqueline's two poems were my favorites. "Last Testament" was rich with imagery and emotion. You said the Jedi were like the Knights Templar, and I agree. This poem could've been about them, too. Very touching stuff. "True Colors" was a riot! I especially loved the second-to-last verse. It's all true, I'm sure. I also liked Susan's and Jeanine's poems ~ stream-of-consciousness stuff can be pretty tough to write.

The Stories ~ (Boy, do I ever have a lot to say...) My favorite was Carolyn's "Presumed Guilty". I could totally see most of the events of this story happening. You definitely have Hanny Boy down to a T. From the way he talks to his pride in his cultural background (I love the reference to the Blood Oath thing!). You also did a marvelous job with Leia, Luke and the other characters. There was more than enough action, sexual tension, intrigue, and drama to keep me happy. Oh, that torture scene had me screaming! I felt so sad as poor Han moped about after his big fight with Leia, and, of course, I laughed when they made up. My favoriate line was "Ahh, yes, she always took advantage of him when they were in bed together. There were some advantages to being married!" Good show, babe. Are you doing a sequel?

"Choice" was my second favorite story. Wow! It was very believable. I loved how you handled Leia's dilemma and her emotions without getting bogged down in political rhetoric. It's great how you managed to weave this into the events of ROTJ, too. You also handled the technology stuff very well. But part three of the story ("Janaree") was the real heart of it all - it was erotic without being slea^ and sweet without being sickening. The ending is sure to bring tears to many eyes. The only thing missing is Luke. What does he think of all of this? Surely, Leia would have told him. After all, Janaree's his niece and a future Jedi. I really would've like to have seen Luke's re action. But, all-in-all, Cheree, you should pat yourself on the back for this wonderful piece. ((Ed: Thanks, Mary Jo. Luke didn't figure very much in this story because it was about Han and Leia's private relationship and Luke just didn't have a place in it. And who said anything about Janaree being a future Jedi? She's half- Corellian, remember, and even if she does show some latent Force ability later on, I imagine her father will have something to say about it all!))

"Nothing Serious" gives insight into the most, ahem, intimate aspects of the characters' lives, and I like that. I liked how Susan shows that despite everything the princess has gone through, there are still some things she's inexperiencedwith and, of course, that makes her rather uncomfortable. But I don't think you should've ended it so suddenly! I can't bear to see my Corellian lovegod like this! Don't leave me hanging! How about a sequel in which Leia uses her Force-healing powers to help him out? Speaking of which...

I enjoyed "For Better or Worse" tremendously. Poor little Leia gets to suffer some more, but we do get a happy ending (yay!). I figured the Force would have some kind of use in the bedroom (Jedi tantric yoga?), which is something Han would more than appreciate.

"Black Sleep" was a very interesting concept. Although I liked the story, I think it would've been truly awesome if Carolyn played the whole thing for laughs. Just think of all the fun you could've had spoofing the Indy and SW movies in the same piece! One little quibble: I have a hard time believing that English was ever used in another galaxy. Did Arthur Dent bring English to this realm during his incredible travels? I appreciate the language problems, but I would've liked to have seen a better explanation.

I liked how "Ladies Choice" works around the events of TESB. I never thought of Rieeken as some kind of love muffin, but I hope he and Kayka get hitched. That Panore ... geez, what crawled up her bum and died? What a slut, too! Other folks might like her, but I hate people like that. I guess if I dislike her so much, that means the authors did a good job in creating her.

Other comments: "Family Ties" shows exactly the way I figured Leia would react to the whole Vader/Anakin thing. It's going to be years before she could ever forgive him, if at all.

"Revelation" reminds me of my childhood in South Florida (mosquito capital of the universe).

"Blue Jawa's Tale" was cute, especially the bizarre spellings.

"Read Instructions" was truly twisted, something I admire. I cracked up about Luke scumming the Imps and getting free sex in the bargain.

But I didn't like "Father and Son" as much. I think Vader was too out-of-character with some of his putdowns. Besides, I always thought Vader had a wonderful sense of humor, so I wasn't surprised to hear him laugh.

"Taun-taun Rodeo" was deft and cleverly written.

"Alyeska Wild Cards" was a good long story. Maggie did a great job with the characters.

And last but not least, "Festival of the Sun's Return" was a fun action story - so far I don't see very many action stories in the zines I've read. Etc., etc. ~ Catherine Churko's illos were intriguing but, alas, no story has [)opped in my head to accompany them. They do look like they belong to a story with a heavy, metaphysical emphasis ... hmmm ... Could it be "Luke and Co. Meet the Monolith from 2001?"

Cheree, the layout of the zine is practically pro fessional quality! I love the art nouveau flourishes and illos! Overall, this is one gorgeous zine. #7!

Once again, I congratulate you all! I can't wait for #7. [19]

Well, I read the entire zine in 24 hours so this threatens to be a LoC of epic proportions! Where to start?

Well, it's HUGE! How you manage alone is mind-boggling, Cheree! LOTS to like here...

Jacqueline Taero's "Last Testament" blew me away! WOW! Cryptic and powerful! This poem will haunt me forever. Then, "True Colors" from the same writer - what a contrast! So THATs how the demure little princess became a soldier so easily! Another lyrical surprise to commit to memory.

"Just Your Average Day..." Hey, A. G., you're my kind of writer ~ twisted and inventive. Han's "note", written in jail (of course) made me laugh out loud, NOT something I usually do while zine-reading! Your "Taun-Taun Rodeo" was a hoot, as well! The crack about Luke choosing a female taun-taun was cute, but not as cute as "...his skinny ass..." heh heh!

"Nothing Serious" ~ Aww, you beat me to it, Susan! Han not being able to ... uh, problems arising... um ... NOT arising? He must have been "overworked", even Corellian sex-gods blow a fuse eventually, eh? Imagi native! Then to find "Bugs!" next - neat placement, Cheree! Funny story, Marti! God, just looking at those Ewoks in Jedi makes me itch! I imagine the fleas would have a feast on un-armored Rebels! I envy your ability to write SW humor.

Oh, "The Blue Jawa's Tale" was precious and priceless!

I LOVE Beejay! As charming as the little tale was, it was the consistent, believable idiom that made it so unique, and your little illos were adorable, Tina! Please write, and draw, more! Z.P. the Prolific deserves big Wookiee hugs for all the wonderful Luke in TF#6. Illos everywhere and 2 stories! Oooh! The art portfolio ~ YUM -- nice defined muscles! I probably would have put off reading the two stories until last, 'cause "Darkside" stories usually upset me, but THESE stories are delicious! "Read Instructions" and "Father and Son" show a Luke to be reckoned with. Quietly defiant, calculating and shrewd, daring! In total control of his situation while playing the victim. Such subtle characterizations! And the ironic lines "I have waited long enough for the end of this war. Don't disappoint me!" INDEED! His feinting collapse and second-guessing Carr, in the midst of a furious space battle was grand! Even mentally and physically drained, facing death at the hands of his own people, this Luke ~ this JEDI - submits to the Force, becomes ALL, and a "mere" Star Destroyer is landed effortlessly by ONE MIND, one MAN! YES! YES! HOORAY! Power without pomposity, compromise without capitulation! And, speaking of capitulation... "Father and Son"... Ohhh, FINALLY, a confrontation in which Luke is NOT cowed by abject terror! Instead, he plays upon Vader's expectations and over-confident ego. The Huttese love-droid (a great smarmy touch) being used to outwit Vader was brilliant, and showed Luke as a man adept at controlling himself and, there fore, his situation. For giving us a Jedi who triumphs through brains, not braun, I profusely thank you, Z. P. Dittos for the 'Tatooine Trio."

"For Better or Worse" - Ah, a true gem of a story. Expert writing, EXPERT! The Taero-Nussman team put an interesting twist on a serious scenario. Dare I say this piece was delightfully "quirky"? Leia drunk! And applying the Force as Luke had (does? can?) not, was handled with just the right amount of irreverance. You two gals can WRITE!

"The Black Sleep" was a story I didn't think I'd like, since cross-universe stuff isn't my cup of cocoa as a rule; however, I was curious as to how someone with Carolyn's formidable talent would mesh SW and U. Remarkably, that's how! What a wonderful surprise! Han and Indy distinct from each other, no bravado on Indy's part when he was WAY out of his element, a

clever, brave Luke rescuing Solo in grand, swash-buckhng style AND the PERFECT, PERFECT bit about Indy's "ancient" language being part of SW humanity's past. That's the sort of intriguing detail that I LOVE. Thanks, Carolyn! Dani's art was, as usual, good in resemblances and composition. Nice style.[20]

"Choice" I had read before, in Far Realms, Cheree. I liked it very much, especially the cultural attitude of the galaxy that allowed a noblewoman (any one, not just Leia) to have a "long-distance" pregnancy. In Leia'scase, it was UN-selfishness. Very consistent and believable throughout.

"Family Ties" approached the "moment of truth" between L&L in a much more believable way than is common to fandom ~ or the film, for that matter! Both were right to feel as they did about "Big Daddy."

"Real talk" dialog was especially good. The only thing that didn't ring quite true ~ IMHO ~ was a basic personality difference like Luke's spiritual vs. Leia's practical POV would be resolved so soon, or easily. I liked "Presumed Guilty", too! It was good to see a rocky relationship between Han and Leia, not to mention Solo needing rescuing. Very gritty, horrible torture in the cavern - castration! WHOA! There's areal attention-getter! "Alyeska Wild Cards" is the first long story of Maggie's that I've read and it stands alone as one of the most unusual styles I've ever encountered. Very fast, impressionistic! "Right there" staccato dialog between the men woven into a harrow ing situation. I've always loved Lando and he really shone! There's not enough of him in fanfic. This certainly illustrates the unresolved problems and untrusting attitude of the two men in TESB. A real thinker, Maggie. Thanks!

The novel, "Ladies Choice" was not my favorite type of fic, alas. Panore was just too strident and intense for my taste; but the detail and sequencing with TESB was very good and I'll never look at Rieeken the same way again. All in all, TF#6 was a real treat, Cheree. Speaking as an editor, I don't know how you do it! Exceptionally well-balanced and visually stunning! Bravo! One more thing ~ THANKS to all who voted for "Castling". Winning the STAR aWARdS was a thrill! [21]

I am writing to thank you for TF#5 and #6.

They're both excellent. The only (small) problem is that I like stories to deal with the principal characters, so I had a little trouble with some stories which are centered on other characters. The same goes for the art of Steven Fox in #5. I do not deny his talent, but I couldn't quite see what it had to do with STAR WARS.

In #6, I liked "Read Instructions Before Proceed ing" and "Father and Son" very much. In spite of their differences, these two stories also have much in com mon. "Give them what they want to see and, in the moment of their blind satisfaction, act." Precisely what Luke did in the end of both stories.

"Presumed Guilty" is also very good, but I liked "Festival of the Sun's Return" even more. It seems everyone gets equal treatment now... Maybe they'd rather they didn't!

"For Better or Worse" is my favorite story in the zine. I loved the way Han and Leia solved their problem!

To conclude, I'll just say that your zines are so good that I can't wait for #7! [22]
[zine]: WOW! What a monster! Cheree, I hope that you got some of this on disk and didn't have to type all of that ~ your fingers would be worn to the nubs! It is really a great issue. Good stories, excellent [23]

The artwork and the cover was simply terrific.

I particularly loved "Revelation (or Bugs!)" and "Taun-Taun Rodeo." Now, what gives you the idea that I seem to lean heavily toward comedies! There were so many stories in this issue of Tremor that it is hard to mention them all. In fact, I don't remember reading a story I didn't like.

The color cover was magnificent. The zine itself is of the quality that I have come to expect from Tremor.

Very well done, Cheree. I know that this next subject is probably not something that should be in a LoC ~ more likely controversy for SE. However, I felt that a comment should be made. Why does everyone assume that the SW characters never do mundane things like wash socks, bake pies, etc.? Do they always run around saving the galaxy? Who does the mundane stuff? I'm a Han fan, too, and believe me, I would have laughed just as uproariously if the story had been reversed.

Being a Han fan doesn't mean that I don't enjoy stories about Luke, Leia, Darth or anyone else just as much. Please, let's use a Star Trek thing here ~ IDIC and let's not revive the Church of Ford/Cathedral of Luke.

Again, thanks to all the contributors and to Cheree for a truly wonderful SW zine. [24]

Kudos to Cheree for her unflagging contribution to SWzine fandom as editor/publisher. Kudos to all the contributors of this latest TIF. These are my favs:

"Just Your Average Day in the Galaxy" by A. G. Steyn. I loved this sort of "calm before the storm" adventure we see in this story. Humorous detailing in events and emotions.

"Impasse" by Jeanine Hennig. Ah, the infamous Jenni, the first ed who ever published my work and an inspiration to all Luke-lusters. Is this an old or new piece? Liked the line about hearing worry in his father's breath. If this should be newish ... welcome, JH. ((Ed: This was an old, previously unpublished poem that Jenni says she found while cleaning out her files.))

"Blue Jawa" by Tina Bentrup. Oh, I loved this! It was so funny to have it written in Jawa dialect. I actually read it out loud to myself for fun. So, is Beejay going to find out the trouble about Ben or what, Tina? (jawaaaaa!)

Read Instructions..." by Z. P. Florian. Grood strategy adeventure with 2 of the most beautifuHpoetic (pg. 36) paragraphs on being one with the Force and using it (even delicately humorous, too) I've ever read! Thanks, Z.P.!

"Choice" by Cheree Cargjll. I remember you telling me about this ... good solution.

"Presumed Guilty" by Carolyn Golledge. I have had some difficulty with some of your latest pieces, Carolyn, where even I thought the violence you un leashed on Han and his managing to carry on had become too unbelievable and gratuitous. (This excludes your own self-parodies, which are hilarious) but this story is a tight, suspenseful adventure where all the violence fits in seamlessly. Scary, formidable adver sary! Sequel at some future point?

"For Better or Worse" by Nussman and Taero. Really well cone exploration of Han, Leia and Luke's emotions/thoughts about Leia training in the Force. (Funny, too.) I always like serious stories that include humor in them, since life can be like that.

"Father and Son" by Z. P. Florian. Another good strategy story of wits between Vadera nd Luke.

"Atyeska Wild Cards" by Maggie Nowakowska. Well done tale, Maggie, a sort-of prequel sequence. Wonderful nuances.

"Ladies Choice" by Nussman and Taero. I'm glad Cheree was willing to host this big story filled with all kinds of interesting emotional shadings and observa tions, characters and political fluxes. Really enjoyable!

Now, back to my fellow artists. (You know I wouldn't forget y'all!) Flo: Wonderful accompanying illos to Maggie's story, especially in that narrow framing accenting the physical and mental crampness of the situation. Your Lukes were great (yum) in the "Trio" and the other stories. The action of him rock climbing was especially well drawn. Melanie: Dynamic motion in your cover. Especial ly liked the illo of Luke and han disguised with the Portmaster for Martha Wells' story. Dani: Hi (haven't been able to make it back to MWC since I saw you in '89). Good to see you still illoing. Enjoyed the composite pieces of "Black Sleep" and your "wild" Leia was a laugh ... loved the glove dancing.

Enjoyed your starscapes in "Ladies Choice", Cheree. as well as seeing Nancv contributing a whole bunch of stuff. Always enjoy her line work and expressive faces/body language. Wanda: Talk about stretching of body ... Chewie in the backcover has that great reach with the graphic touch of the cables dangling in front of him that Han is working on.

As for me ... I was so honored that Cheree decided to turn my pieces into a "write the story to the illos" contest. I was still undergoing healing from my shoulder/arm injury, both physically and mentally, and it subtly still effected my work in actual compositions and physical handling of my materials. But over all I did fine (with some occasional very frustrating attempts) and I'm just thrilled she has thought this up. (It's something I wanted to do in my [someday?] one- shot SW artzine ~ "story the illo".) Thank you, Cheree, and all those who took the bait plunged into "my" worlds.

Again, supreme thanks to everyone for this continuing creative community.[25]

Issue 7

front cover of issue #7
back cover of issue #7

A Tremor in the Force 7 was published in 1993 and contains 294 pages long

It has a color cover front and back. The art is by Tina Bentrup, Catherine Churko, Gerald Crotty, Sara Ferluga, Z. P. Florian, Melanie Guttierrez, Wanda Lybarger, Margaret McNickle, Dianne Smith, Nancy Stasulis, Stefano Vimercati, Laura Virgil, and Mario Zorzi.

  • Letters of Comment (3)
  • Transfiguration, poem by Jacqueline Taero (16)
  • Be Careful What You Wish For, vignette by Cheree Cargill (18)
  • I'll Be Back, poem by Kathryn Agel (won a 1994 FanQ) (21)
  • Separate Paths, story by Marti Schuller (22)
  • Beauty is in the Organ of Vision of the Beholder, story by Z.P.Florian (35)
  • The Saga According to Leia Organa, poem by Jacqueline Taero (38)
  • Separate Paths, Ending 1, vignette by Marti Schuller (40)
  • Spazzin at the Spa, story by Homer Sapiento (Leia is missing and Han and Luke are sent to find her --- in an all female resort. Hence, they must go in "disguise.") (42)
  • Hardship Love, poem by Yvette Ghilan (50)
  • Leia, poem by Yvette Ghilan (51)
  • Gathering Shadows, story by Catriona Campbell (52)
  • A Nice Man, poem by Kathryn Agel (55)
  • To Catch a Skywalker, story by Yvette Ghilan (56)
  • Father, Help Me, poem by Eleonora Sessa (70)
  • Glass Garden, story by Wanda Lybarger (won a 1994 FanQ) (71)
  • Separate Paths, Ending 2, story Marti Schuller (104)
  • It's Not My Fault, story by Mary Jo Fox (106)
  • I Need, poem by Kathryn Agel (113)
  • The Call, poem by Yvette Ghilan (114)
  • Awakening, poem by Yvette Ghilan (115)
  • Where Is Thy Sting story by Marti Schuller/Veronica Wilson (Vader faces many problems after he is injured in the battle over the first Death Star. But they pale into nothingness when he later faces his Emperor and learns he has a son --- Luke Skywalker. This classic telling of Vader's emotions and motives from the destruction of the first death star to the last moments of his life, and the triumph of his return to the light, won the 1993 STAR AWARD for BEST MEDIUM STORY.) (archived link) (117)
  • Nativity, poem by Yvette Ghilan (142)
  • Uniformity, poem by Jennifer Moore (143)
  • Turning Point, story by Catriona Campbell (144)
  • A Night Out, story by Z.P.Florian (148)
  • Separate Paths,Ending 3 by Marti Schuller (154)
  • Complications on Itrurua story by J.P. Treleaven (Luke and Leia in a bodyswap story) (156)
  • Shattered Circles—story by Veronica Wilson (179)
  • Separate Paths,Ending 4 by Marti Schuller (184)
  • Beginner, story by Z.P. Florian (187)
  • The Seeds of Revenge, vignette by Cheree Cargill (200)
  • Link of Fate, poem by Yvette Ghilan (203)
  • High Seas, story by Carolyn Golledge (After the victory of Endor, there were still many Imperial strongholds to be cleared. Han and Leia accept a supposedly peacful misson to escort a victorious Rebel-allied prince who is returning to his native land, via sea, aboard a hospital ship carrying his wounded soldiers. (Note: This story precedes "Wedding Day Bruise") (204)
  • The Falconers Series, story by Carolyn Golledge (239)
  • Separate Paths, Ending 5 by Marti Schuller (243)
  • Designated Hitter by Carol Hines-Strode (247)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

This is the Lollapalooza of SW fanzines, and one of the longest-running around. The table of contents is a Who's Who of SW fandom. The zine's reputation is so high, previous issues have won the coveted Fan-Q Awards for best SW zine.

Each issue has a theme. This time around, TIF #7 is billed as "The Vader Issue." In fact, our favorite Dark Lord of the Sith graces the full-color cover. But, not everything inside is about Uncle Darthie. Just about every major character appears somewhere, and a couple of minor characters too. TIF #7 is a treat for fan-art lovers. There are excellent illustrations by Gerald Crotty, Melanie Gutierrez, Wanda Lybarger, Dianne Smith, and several others. (Han-lusters will love the Smith portrait on the back cover!). As for the stories, they range from the silly to the sublime, but its always interesting to see how different people view the saga through the kinds of stories they write. The poetry is pretty good for the most part. They range from short, simple verses to epic length. The zine is nicely collated, printed on tine-quality paper, and has a rather professional look to it. The editor has obviously put a lot of time and effort into this zine, for which she deserves a lot of credit.

All in all, TIF #7 is well worth the $28 for those who collect fanzines and enjoy fanfiction by a variety of people. Submissions are now being accepted for #8.[26]
Without doubt. Tremor is the most spectacular SW zine around. Number 7 is another beautiful example of the great work of Ed Cargill. This is "The Big Vader Issue." Don't even know where to start raving..

Loved the "Penumbra" series by Campbell, so dark, so sad. Cargill: 'Seeds of Revenge" was very cruel. "Be Careful What You Wish For..." — hey, who cares about the fence? Ghilan: "To Catch a Sky walker" ~ a very excellent Lando story, with Luke like a shining icon in the background. And let's not forget the many beautiful poems. Schuller/Wilson: "Where Is Thy Sting?" -- A very interesting approach to Vader, a novel explanation for his death. Wilson: "Shattered Circles" -- Loved Vader asking the question, "Ben, why didn't you tell me?" Schuller: "Separate Paths" - Wonderfully exciting format, with the multiple endings. Fox: "It's Not My Fault" — I think she is part of a plot to eliminate all fans by making them die laughing. Treleaven: "Complications" — Now that's a new twist, and quite an accomplishment to pull it off. Lybarger: "Glass Garden" -- Absolutely splendid. Incredible array of alien creatures and customs. You write IDIC, lady, and your Han is great. Hines-Stroede: "Designated Hitter" - This is definitely the kind of Vader I like, and I love the details, the solid reality of the universe, love Patronis and Berani. They make a fine couple. Golledge; "High Seas" — Hmm, who would've thought we can double the pleasure? Two Corellians are better than one. Thanks for the new guy. Sessa: "Father, Help Me!" — A beautiful, poetic vignette.

The art in this issue was stunning. A great idea to introduce the Italian artists, very high quality, fine work. Loved Slasulis' stark, defined pictures and the strong cover. Loved Smith's excellent Leia with the Corellians, and Han's uncovered back on the back cover (uncovered front on the front cover might be too much to ask for?). Lybarger constantly amazes me with her powerful line work and living bodies. Bentrup's cartoons are wonderful. Crotty's Leia is a masterpiece. Guttierrez already knows how I love her Luke-faces. Churko, as always, dynamic and full of mystic energies.[27]
Thanks for another great zine! As a Vader fan, I was very pleased with Tremor #7. I think the number of talented SW fen keeps growing, judging by the quality and diversity of this issue. I hope everyone keeps up the great work; this zine is not only engrossing, but absolutely gorgeous.

For the sake of time and space, I'll only comment on the works that most impressed me. However, I hasten to add without exaggeration that there literally was not a single bad piece of art or fiction in the entire publication. Impressive! "Separate Paths" is a great adventure tale thai keeps the reader's interest through all five endings. Marti did a fantastic job at making "the big four" seem much as they were in ANH — as yet unchanged by revelation or serious romance. Marti captures Leia's intelligence, Han's sarcasm, Luke's idealism, and Vader's ambitious nobility wonderfully. For all four characters, it almost seems as if this is one of their last adventures of innocence (for lack of a better word) available to them, before the war escalates and before they begin to fathom how very interconnected they truly are. "To Catch a Skywalker" is also terrific. Not only does Yvette bring Lando wonderfully to life, but she does it in such a way as to make goosebumps on my arms. Lando's awareness that he was watching legends unfolding before his eyes, and that he had no choice but to be a part of the process — WOW! Keep it up, Yvette; you remind us of the magic of SW. Wanda's "Glass Garden" moved me. The rela-tionship between Jek and Malliggi is poignant, intense, and totally believable. A great exploration of the war between the desire for security and the need for freedom. I also enjoyed what we see of the young Leia. "It's Not My Fault!" is funny ~ Mary Jo, you have quite a talent for satire, you naughty woman! What's next. The Love Boafi Parts 2 and 3 of the "Penumbra" alternates aie quite chilling. Treena, you must do more of these. The most intriguing sentence (in fact, the key sentence) of part three is: "A turning point, but in which direction?" Obviously, this could be a turning point for Vader as well as for Luke. I'm eager to know what happens next. "A Night Out" is intriguing. I've occasionally wondered about the way fen often assume Luke's naivete in regard to sex. I grew up in the Midwest, and many farm kids I knew were relatively sheltered and "wholesome", but many others were quite worldly at an early age. It comes with being "close to nature", and with having few other distractions available, I suppose. "Beginner" has made me think a lot, Z.P., each of the three times I've read it. I alternately accept Luke's discovery as "truth", and reject it as "too dangerous." A great point to ponder. "The Seeds of Revenge" is a disturbing, very well-written story. I have difficulty accepting Vader as a rapist, even immediately after his turning, but perhaps I'm loo biased lo state an opinion here. The idea that love (of Luke) grew out of an act of hatred is compellingly ironic. Yet, there is nothing of Anakin in this Vader, and we are told that Anakin was Luke's father before he turned. Kenobi may have lied about that as well Still, Ben spared few scathing comments that would have set Luke against his father permanently. If Luke had been created by Vader's act of violence, wouldn't Obi-Wan have used that information to damn Vader forever in the boy's eyes? I wonder ... or, would that have hurl Luke too badly for even Ben to accept? Hmmmm. Interesting, Cheree, and thought-provoking. (Ed: This vignette "Designated Hitter" by Carol Hines-Slroede is fantastic. Her Vader is soooo darkly attractive --especially his dry humor. As always, Patronis is still fascinating; I never knew I could like an assassin so much. I also think the good doctor is terrific « no Mary Sue here! I'm glad you're writing again, Carol. Now, a brief comment about the art. All of il is absolutely wonderful, and ihc cartoons are great! I would like to extend a special thank you, if I may, to Nancy Slasulis and Z. P. Florian for the fabulous illos in "Where Is Thy Sling?" and "Shattered Circles." I'm impressed, and very pleased, ladies!

Well, I'll wrap this up now Thanks again, Cheree, for your labor of love.[28]
What another great issue of Tremor) First off, the covers were fantastic, especially that Han Solo. I'd love to know what he's "looking at" off page because it seems so real.

"Designated Hitter" by Carol Hines-Stroedc was a wonderful read and Nancy Slasulis' art went quite nicely, too. I'd really like to see Alan & Jen gel together. Carolyn Golledge's "High Seas" was pure enjoyment. I couldn't put the zine down while reading this story. 1 really liked Jake and both he and Han play off each other wonderfully. I can't wait to read more. I liked the way Z. P. Florian wrote "The Beginner" to incorporate Catherine Churko's illos. Well done. And Z. P.'s "A Night Out" was a riot. What a way to get one up on Han. And speaking of riot, I roared with laughter at J P. Treleaven's "Complications on Itrurua". What complications! The scenes were written beautifully and Melanie Guttierrez did a great job with the art. 1 loved Luke doing Leia's hair. "Where Is Thy Sling?" by Marli Schuller and Veronica Wilson was a great filler piece for events posl-ANH and beyond. Also another good filler piece was Yvelte Ghilan's "To Catch a Skywalker." Her interpretations of Lando seemed to be perfectly in character. It was nice to see some of the Italian Cloud City artists. I hope to see more of them because they are quite good. I was glad there were a lot of LoCs. It means more people are writing in and that's important. Keep it up everyone.

I want everyone to know that, though I didn't make a comment on everything, I did enjoy everything and everyone's work. Thank you one and all for hours of pure reading satisfaction! Anxiously awaiting Tremor #8.[29]
Well, I always enjoy A Tremor in the Force and #7 was no exception. The front and back covers were eye-calching and very well done. I want to mention again how clean and professional the layout and overall appearance of the zine is Even with desktop publishing programs, thai still takes work and a good eye for design.

A few comments on the stories: I thoroughly enjoyed "Glass Garden" by Wanda Lybarger. Great characterization of Han, interesting setting (especially the bar, Rafflour's, I really liked it), and good anthropological detail on the Hults. 1 love it when people add to the SW galaxy in ways that really mesh with the movies and books. I hope Wanda is planning more stories. Liked "High Seas" by Carolyn Golledge very much. Nice change of pace, having it on an oceangoing ship instead of star-hopping one. Tense action scenes and some good suspense while they were looking for the saboteurs. "Be Careful What You Wish For." Yeah, we all wish... Cheree, your "Seeds of Revenge" was a good, dark Vader story. And speaking of the dark side, that was a nice illo on page 145 by Gerald Crotty. "To Catch a Skywalker". Quite a good Lando story, with a realistic view of the character that was very true to the movies. I also thought Maggie Nowakowska did quite a good analysis of "Ladies Choice" from Tremor #6 in her LoC. Made me haul out thai zine again lo take another look at the story.

I guess that's all for now. Hope everything's going well for you and I'll be looking forward to the next zine.[30]
My little black heart nearly burst with joy when the mail carrier dumped my copy of TFU7 on my doorstep. (Yes, I actually heard a "thud") Anyway, here are my comments...

"Be Careful What You Wish For" - A trip! How many of you saw yourselves in this story? How many of you would care about the fence?! "Separate Paths" —Good ad venture/treasure story in the vein of the old "choose your own adventure" books. 1 love to see this kind of stuff. "Spazzin' at the Spa" — Campy, silly, ridiculous and downright absurd ... yet it was one of the most entertaining stories in the zine. It's sort of like what would happen if John Waters directed a SW film. As for Luke's "falsies", 1 doubt Leia needs them ... they taped em down in ANH for a reason! "Gathering Shadows/Turning Point" — good brooding stuff. Enjoyed it although 1 never read "Penumbra" 1. "To Catch a Skywalker" One of my favorites! Yvette has a real gift for putting herself into the shoes of different characters, allowing us to see familiar events from a different point of view. I loved how Lando could sense the strong empathic bonds between the other characters and how he dealt with the guilt over what he did to Han. This is the kind of story I'd like to see more often. "Glass Garden" — Nicely detailed, and I loved the tragic, ironic ending. I kind of have a hard time believing, however, that Han had seen a teenage Leia on more than one occasion, and then doesn't recognize her a few years later.

"Where Is Thy Sting?" -- Another kick-butt story! Thanks for letting us know what's been going.[31]
"Where Is Thy Sting?" offers a unique view of Vader's psychology. The disintegrating crystals available only on the destroyed Alderaan are a diabolic touch worthy of Palpaline (especially the Emperor who appears in the illo on page 129) and he plays Vader's feelings for Luke beautifully at the beginning. My question is whether he underestimates where those feelings would finally take Vadcr or if he believed that he could control the situation no matter what decision the Dark Lord made.

I found 'Shattered Circles" complemented this story in a way that made both better This is one zine that needed a whole bunch of lighter stories to balance the heavy hitters and they indeed were there I'm going to include Carolyn Golledge's "High Seas" in this category because I found it a relief to read after the dark doings in the other stories and not because I consider her a lightweight in any way. Her story is full of action and very well plotted. I didn't think there was anyone who could out-Corellian Han Solo, but Kella-han does it in spades. And together they are almost too much. (Can you imagine a whole roomful of these people?) Although I enjoyed the introduction of another heroic Corellian who can have all sorts of harm inflicted on him, I'd rather go with the original. Carolyn, you have my vote to go back to trashing Han, if you want. I haven't stopped laughing at "A Nighl Out". Han Solo as the worried nursemaid-type, trying to protect Luke from himself, was hilarious. The variety of types of partners for Luke is incredible — great job, Z. P. Between this story and Homer Sapiento's "Spazzin' at the Spa", there's enough laughter to offset the gloomier pieces with lots left over. 1 really like the idea of Leia retreating to a luxurious spa to escape from her well-meaning male companions. She needs the break! Mary Jo Fox's story, "It's Not My Fault!, went right along with it. The Velvoid Lounge sounded like a version of the Poconos in Space. And 1 enjoyed the penny ante bounty hunter no end. I'm running out of time and space, so here comes the typical rushed conclusion. I thought the portfolio of art from the Italian fans was a real treat. They are extremely talented. Melanie, thanks for doing an excellent job with the illos for my story. Il still surprises me to see my ideas show up as art and you do it so well Jacqueline Taero once again puts her unique spin on the events of SW; I look for her poems, knowing that they will be wonderful. The cartoon on page 147 was great as was Tina Bentrup's version of Luke and his father as it might have been (especially the one about the buttons)!

You should be very proud of yourself, Cheree. This zine is a blockbuster.[32]
As always, Tremor keeps up the great work! Here's my LoC to let you and all the contributors know what a great job they've done!

A couple of stories really stood out for me: "Glass Garden" by Wanda Lybargcr and "To Catch a Skywalker" by Yvette Ghilan. What got me was the strong characterizations! Jek, the little mahdi, was so believable without being comy. The way Wanda portrayed his plight was thought-provoking. Yvette really made Lando a sympathetic figure, too At last, somebody was able to explain Lando's tough situation -- Yvette did it so well! She and Wanda have the SW charactors down to a T. They did nothing unexpected or too off the wall. One other, shorter story caught my eye, "Gathering Shadows" by Catriona Campbell. Excellent alternative universe! I'm a sucker for those types of stories, and after reading hers, 1 can see why. How did she capture Lcia so well? She musfvc watched the movies a half-million times The rest of the zine is great! The artwork is always breathtaking! Especially to someone who can't draw a straight line with a ruler. The Vader football cartoon was priceless1 He looks meaner than most linebackers.

Everything else in Tremor is excellent. I'm definitely going to order W8 Thank you all again! (Also please tell Marti to write some more alternate ending stories The last one was a blast!) [33]
Don't tell me "it's not my fault" when, upon opening my mail in the car and finding Tremor, I wookied — uh, whooped "yes! yes! yes!" and let traffic back up two miles because the light had changed.

Hoth-bound all winter up in Lake Peekskill has ; gift of this author This is a thoroughly entertaining and insightful work. Weil done, Wanda! Bravo I!

As 1 said, a wonderful, magnificant zine. Cheree, you keep this up and you're going to find it harder and harder to keep topping each issue. But 1 certainly hope with all my SW loving heart thai you never stop. Thanks to everyone involved for such much enjoyment.[34]
Well, this is actually the first LoC 1 have ever written. I usually end up ordering back zines and by the time I read them, the second or third issue is already out, but I'm glad I received Tremor HI in time to write a LoC.

While 1 have the chance, I'd like to quickly comment on Tremor #5 and #6. I have to say they are the best zines I have ever ordered They are so nicely put together and wetl-writtcn. It is a pleasure to read a zine that doesn't have a thousand typos. The stories, poems, and artwork are just fabulous. Now I'd like to specifically comment on some pieces in Tremor H7. "To Catch a Skywalker" by Yvette Ghilan was an extremely interesting story. I love reading original SW material from a different point of view. The best part of the story, to me, was how Yvette described the characters in such detail Her interpretation of how Lando first viewed Leia was fabulous. After reading this story, I saw Leia from a whole new perspective. She was always described as a remarkable woman, but to hear her described as "well you'd know what I mean if you knew her* was great Thanks, Yvette, for such an entertaining story. Another story along the same lines as "Skywalker" is "Where Is Thy Sting?" by Marti Schuller and Veronica Wilson. Again ihey took the original SW story and added to it. The Vader point of view was excellent. I always wanted to know what happened in the dining room on Bespin "Alderaani Crystal," fabulous irony.

Another story I feel compelled to comment on is "High Seas* by Carolyn Golledge. It was very refreshing to read a slory that took place on a ship that was actually in the water and not in space. The different setting really made the story stand out I also liked the character of the new Corellian. I was grateful that he didn't turn oui to be Han's long-lost brother. We have heard enough of those stories. Great action packed story. I had a great time reading it Also, Dianne Smith's artwork was fabulous, as usual. I can't wait for Tremor US. This is by far the best zine series ever.[35]
Thank you so much for my contributor's copy of Tremor #7. What a great issue — so many stories! I didn't think you could do better than the cover for #6, but Nancy Slasutis' Vader is its equal. The composition is dramatic and dynamic, it's a real winner. Her other illos are also excellent, especially those accompanying "Designated Hitler."

There are so many stories I don't quite know where to start One of my favorites is Carol Hines-Stroede's "Designated Hitler." I find Patronis very believable and interesting to read about. The story offers mystery and intrigue as well as filling in more of Patronis' background. And I loved the ending! I hope there will be more to come. ((Ed- Hold onto your potatoes, J.P. The sequel, "The Third Day", is within these very pages!)) Z. P. Fionan's story fits Catherine Churko's illos beautifully. And her portrayal of Luke's emergence as a complete Jedi is a breath of fresh air after years of stories about his incisiveness and downright neurotic behavior and unending debates about Dark Side versus Light Side I got a kick out of Marti Schullcr's alternate endings although this is not my favorite kind of story. She did it very cleverly, allowing the personalities of each of the characters room for expression. Both of Cairiona Campbell's stories were killers in the depression line. I'm glad she left room at the end for something positive to happen in the future; the events are so dark. I assume that they're sequels to "Penumbra" but I refuse to read them as such. It was such a perfectly frightening story in its own right that I prefer to keep it by itself in my own mind — without peer and without sequel, so to speak.

"Glass Garden" by Wanda Lybarger was wonderful. I found her Dru fascinating and could only marvel at the details of the unique culture of the Hutt. The intricacies of Jek and Malliggi's relationship are lightyears away from the drooling of Jabba. And, as always, her illos are great, especially the one of page 93, which would not be out of place in a Lewis Carroll story.[36]

Issue 8

front cover of issue #8, Nancy Stasulis
back cover of issue #8
flyer for issue #8

A Tremor in the Force 8 was published in 1994 and is 351 pages long. It contains a massive amount of art. The color front cover is by Nancy Stasulis, the back cover is by Nicola Pearce.

Interior art by Robert Beard, Tina Bentrup, Cheree Cargill, Catherine Churko, Gerald Crotty, Cheryl DeLuca, Z.P. Florian, Carolyn Golledge, Melanie Guttierrez, Wanda Lybarger, Margaret McNickle, Nicola Pearce, Laura Sherman, and Nancy Stasulis

Two contributors won FanQ Awards for their work in this zine:

  • 1995 'Best Star Wars (Gen) Poem/Filk': "Musings of a Princess/Musings of a Smuggler" by Kathy Agel (A Tremor in the Force #8)
  • 1995 Best Star Wars (Gen) Story: "Mercy Mission" by Cheree Cargill (A Tremor in the Force #8)
  • Letters of Comment (5 pages)
  • It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's... Super Mon?, poem by Jacqueline Taero (1 page)
  • Man To Man by Carol Hines-Stroede. (There were a few things Luke had never learned about the Force. And sometimes a boy's just gotta talk to his father.) (3 pages)
  • Musings of a Princess, poem by Kathryn Agel (1 page)
  • Musings of a Smuggler, poem by Kathryn Agel (1 page)
  • Lamentations by Louise Turner (9 pages)
  • Alliance Avant-Garde by Susan Zahn (10 pages)
  • The Day After by Yvette Ghilan (6 pages)
  • Midnight At Home by Susan Deborah Smith (3 pages)
  • Time Will Tell by C. Anson (18 pages)
  • Luke, Store Front—Aging Man's Mission, poem by Jennifer Moore (62)
  • Mediation Aboard the Crispian by Lisa Papp (63)
  • The Trial (by Patricia Kelley, art by Catherine Churko. (Luke Skywalker had saved his father's life when he pulled him from the impending explosion of the second Death Star. He didn't think about what might be ahead for Anakin once he recovered from his wounds.) (65)
  • Night Thoughts, poem by Kathryn Agel (88)
  • Her Ladyship by Marti Schuller, art by Z.P. Florian. (The venerable Lady of Alderaan had outlived all her companions and only she remembered the truth about the Rebellion Against the Empire. Now she must pass her knowledge along to a new generation.) (91)
  • The Daemon by Mary Jo Fox (101)
  • After the War: Another View, poem by Jacqueline Taero (109)
  • Portfolio: The Art of Robert Beard
  • Seek, and Ye Shall Find by Catriona Campbell, art by Gerald Crotty. (Two new stories in the Penumbra series. While on Tatooine to rescue Han from Jabba the Hutt, Leia takes time to visit the Lars farmstead, searching for some remembrance of Luke. Meanwhile, the Son of Vader prepares for battle.) (115)
  • Mercy Mission by Cheree Cargill, art by Wanda Lybarger. 1995 Fan Q Winner for Best Star Wars Short Story! (All Leia needed Han to do was fly to an Imperial controlled planet, pick up some supplies and fly back. She absolutely, positively guaranteed nothing could go wrong. Nothing!) (121)
  • I Want a Whiskey Voice Like Princess Leia's, filk by Susan Deborah Smith (143)
  • Contemplating Frost, poem by Veronica Wilson (144)
  • Shadow Talk (by Z. P. Florian. (The Emperor has Luke Skywalker in his possession. Now the battle of wills begins.) (146)
  • The Right Thing by Nora Mayers. (Han and Leia's children were strong in the Force. It was now time that they be trained by Luke, but not surprisingly Han had equally strong objections.) (149)
  • Need by Sandi Jones (159)
  • All the Marbles by Martie Benedict, art by Wanda Lybarger. (Once again, Han Solo was dead broke and without a cargo. But lady luck almost literally fell into his lap in the form of a little alien named Tymee. She had a scheme for getting rich. She just needed a couple of partners who could make it happen.) (163)
  • The Secret, poem by Yvette Ghilan (185)
  • The Burden, poem by Yvette Ghilan (186)
  • My Friend, poem by Yvette Ghilan (187)
  • Patterns Of Battle by Catriona Campbell (188)
  • Every Droid's Dream by Carolyn Golldege, art by Z. P. Florian. (Han and fellow Corellian Kellahen have crashed their experimental craft in the desert and must walk to safety. It's unlikely that they will make it unless an unlikely rescuer can come through for them ... Threepio!) (194)
  • Force Visions by Lisa Papp (231)
  • Storms of Passion, poem by Lynda Siegel (233)
  • "Heart's Blood" by Marti Schuller, art by Melanie Guttierrez. (The Alliance has had a valuable source inside the Empire supplying them with information. Now that source has gone silent. Han, Luke and Leia are sent in to investigate ... and rescue the source, if possible.) (234)
  • "On the Third Day" by Carol Hines-Stroede, art by Nancy Stasulis. (An Alan Patronis story. Vader is dead, the Alliance is in power, and the Dark Lord's top assassin is in custody. But when he attempts suicide, it is up to his long time friend, Dr. Jen Berani, to save his life. Little does she dream that her past associations will now come home to haunt her.) (271)
  • Balance of Power by Veronica Wilson, art by Z. P. Florian. (Tarkin and Vader are both vying for the special attention of the Emperor. And Palpatine is thoroughly enjoying the show. (Enduring rivalry between Vader and Tarkin nearly turns deadly as Palpatine determines who should command the Empire's newest battle station.) (307)

Issue 9

front cover of issue #9, Nancy Stasulis
back cover of issue #9
flyer for issue #9

A Tremor in the Force 9 was published in 1996 and is 252 pages long. The story "Falling -- Author: M.J. Mink won the 1997 FanQ Award For Best Star Wars Gen Story. The zine also won the 1996 STAR Award for Best Star Wars zine.

Summaries from the publisher:[2]

  • Silent Night; also here by M.J. Mink (A time to remember those lost on Alderaan.)
  • Time; also here by M.J. Mink (As the Force grows stronger in Luke, he faces an unexpected horror.)
  • Chewbacca Goes Shopping by Z. P. Florian. Star Award Honorable Mention. The fair on Kashyyyk always brought merchants and gypsies selling their various wares. This time, for some reason, the small naked human boy being abused by his gypsy "father" aroused Chewbacca's interest and he stepped in to alter the situation.
  • The Planting; also here by MJ Mink. It is Planting Time on Tatooine and Luke must undergo an important ritual to insure harvest. Can he supply the all-important Fertilizer that will make the seed grow?
  • Ashes by Veronica Wilson, art by Z. P. Florian. Star Award Honorable Mention. You will never forget this Cinderella story about a Darkside witch and the Prince Charming she seduces!
  • A.W.O.L. by Louise Turner, art by Gerald Crotty. Luke has disappeared following the evacuation from Hoth. Was his ship destroyed in the mad scramble off the planet or—even more unthinkable—has he deserted? Wedge Antilles can't believe either one and he's sure that Luke will return. But meantime he has been thrust into the role of Red Leader.
  • Career Choice by Pat Nussman. Han and Leia have come to the realization that any children they have will be pawns of the New Republic and Luke's New Jedi Order. Together they reach a painful decision.
  • Falling by MJ Mink, art by Nancy Stasulis. Fan Q and Star Award Winner. Luke has been captured by Vader who undertakes his son's education regarding the Jedi and the Dark Side of the Force. The longer he listens, the more sense Vader begins to make and Luke realizes that his much-feared father has a lot more knowledge to impart than Obi-Wan or Yoda ever would have told him. Can he reach a balance without succumbing to evil?
  • The House in the Woods by Marti Schuller. Star Award Honorable Mention. Luke is on a much needed vacation on a pastoral planet and finds great peace in a small village. But there is a house in the woods shunned by the villagers and from it he senses pain and sadness. Unable to keep away, he finds a lonely young woman in need of love and the healing spirit of a gentle Jedi.
  • Luke-a-Palooza by Mary Jo Fox. Star Award Winner. The Jedi Academy has this cash flow problem, see, and Luke thinks he's found a way to raise capital. First you get all these great bands together, then you find an empty field...
  • The Last of the Jedi by Z. P. Florian, art by Laura Virgil. What would have happened if Kenobi hadn't been killed on the Death Star and had been able to continue Luke's training as a Jedi? What sort of Jedi Knight would Luke have become?
  • Time by MJ Mink. The Force was growing stronger in Luke but there was one aspect he hadn't expected—the ability to feel the pain and deaths of every pilot, either Imperial or Rebel, that was killed around him in battle. Could he learn to control this or would he be doomed to suffer this unexpectedly personal side of war forever?
  • Shifting Sands by Veronica Wilson. Vader has seen so much death and destruction that even he was beginning to crumble under its weight. Palpatine couldn't afford to lose his most valuable servant. Could he pull the Dark Lord back from the precipice of madness before it was too late?
  • On the Side of Light by Martie (Benedict) O'Brien, art by Dani. Star Award Winner. Optyl was not a nice place, a planet whose rotation caused one side to always face its sun, the other side to always face away. Life was only possible in a narrow strip between the two extremes. And now a religious war seemed ready to break out there as well. So, why had Han Solo accepted a consignment to haul a load of religious artifacts in to one of the warring sides while the other was fanatically determined to stop him? Well, being destitute had a way of making a man do some pretty desperate things to stay alive...
  • Much much more. This issue also features material by Donna Frayser, John Fredericks, Rich Gawel, Yvette Ghilan, Jason Grant, Debbie Kittle, Tammy Olsen, Jacqueline Taero, and many more. Color cover by Nancy Stasulis. Back cover by Gerald Crotty. Additional art by Wanda Lybarger, Z. P. Florian, Laura Virgil, Melea Fisher, Donna Frayser, John Fredericks, and more.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 9

Congratulations, Cheree, on another beautiful issue of Tremor! The front and back covers by Nancy Stasulis (as well as her illos throughout) and Gerald Crotty are lovely, and Crotty's portrayal of Yoda is very striking and detailed. The entire layout of the zine is extremely well done, and I particularly enjoyed the different graphics you used for the titles and as page borders. The contents are uniformly terrific, so I'll try to confine my comments to a manageable length.

Z. P. Florian's "Chewbacca Goes Shopping" is an interesting variation on the story of how Han and Chewie met her "Last of the Jedi" is fascinating in its portrayal of Obi-Wan, with her Luke as strong and enigmatic as always. Her illustrations throughout Tremor are wonderful. Wanda Lybarger's "The Legend of the Queen of Lightis very rich and colorful in its descriptions. Sarah Glasgow's art and poetry is absolutely charming, and I hope to see more from her. Pat Nussman's "Career Choice" is a thoughtful piece and very plausible. Louise Turner's "A.W.O.L." is a good look at a turning point in Wedge's life, very well done, and Gerald Crotty's illos for it are marvelous. "Luke-A-Palooza" by Mary Jo Fox is totally bizarre and funny! Veronica Wilson's "Shifting Sands" is an absorbing view of the interaction between Palpatine and Vader regarding Luke's existence. Maggie Nowakowska's "Dangerous" is beautifully lyrical.

"Varastus, the River Beast" by John Fredericks is refreshingly unusual and a well-told tale. Rich Gawel's "Ishtiil's Legacy" is a great background piece for a neglected character, Ackbar. Jacqueline Taero's "The Saga According to Darth Vader" - an engagrng and clever recitation by poor, misunderstood Darth - is a delight! [37]
Tremor #9 was a beautiful zine, especially the detailed front and back covers. Gerald Crotty's Yoda was frameable. All of the artwork was great, too. "Chewbacca Goes Shopping" by Z.P. Florian was a different look at how Han and Chewie hooked up. "Time" by MJ. Mink blew me away. This story seemed to fit perfectly between TESB and ROTJ. Great insights into Luke's character. Her "Silent Night" was strange and interesting, too. Ditto for "Falling" and the character of Tal. I enjoyed "A.W.O.L." by Louise Turner a great deal, especially how Wedge wasn't really sure what

happened to Luke but didn't want to believe he was a deserter. Mary Jo Fox's "Luke-a-Palooza,, was a scream, especially Han's line about "For a few bucks more, why not get the real thing?" "Shifting Sands,, by Veronica Wilson was another dark look at Vader and Palpatine's relationship. Liked the bit about Beru's plants.

Rich Gawel's "Ishtiil's Legacy" was good in filling out the character of Ackbar. My only complaint is that it wasn't longer. It seemed like the first part of something bigger. Finish it out, Rich. I'd like to know what happens next "The House in the Woods" by Marti Schuller was a believable story. Her Luke and Hazba became real people to me. My only concern is Luke's taking her on as a lover and then leaving her. Physical intimacy tends to bind people very deeply, and I have to wonder whether Luke did the right thing for her knowing that he had to leave her eventually. I really wanted to like "On the Side of Light" by Martie Benedict O'Brien. It had a fast moving plot, a novel way to produce rain, and believable characters in the Androgene, Raelis, and Gresham DeChanter. However, there were a number of things which kept throwing me out of the SW universe everytime I came across them. One was the teleportation device and "phasers". These "Trekkisms" just don't fit in with the movies. Also, there was an abundance of swearing (including frequent use of the f-word). There is nothing in the movies to suggest that Han was a foul-mouthed pig. Perhaps most of these words could have been substituted with a SW slang term. Overall the zine was excellent and thanks to all the author, artists and Cheree for the hours of good reading it provided. I appreciated the Leia, Wedge, Chewie and Ackbar stories for the diversity they provided. Hope to see more of these in the future and maybe some stories featuring Lando aud the droids more prominently. How about it, writers? [38]
The zine looked great, as usual. The art throughout was wonderful. I really loved Martie Benedict's "On the Side of Light." Favorite elements were the description and detail of the planet, the characterization of Han and Chewie (loved the bit where Chewie is reading the adventure novel) and the space battle towards the end. I also loved "Chewbacca Goes Shopping" by Z.P. Florian and Wanda Lybarger's "Legend of the Queen of Light." [39]
Though like many of your loyal readers I hate seeing Tremor go to an every other year publishing schedule, I certainly understand and can but hope that there will be more issues to look forward to, regardless of the time between them. Tremor has set the standard for some of the best zines and will always remain among my prized possessions.

Now to issue #9... Laura Vrgil's illos on pages 66 and 147 were incredible. It is so great to see this talented fan back! As always, Gerald Crotty's art is phenomenal. His back cover of Yoda was incredible, as were his illos for "A.W.O.L." by Louise Turner. His talent Just grows increasingly more astonishing and awe-inspiring. How lucky SW fanfic is to share his wonderful gift! "Ambulance - Dayshift" by Jason Grant was an interesting, too brief glimpse of another side of the SW galaxy. Though I wish his stories were a bit longer, I find his characters three-dimensional and intriguing. This writer shows much promise of expanding the playground we all love and I look forward to reading more of his efforts. "Ashes"by Veronica Wilson was a fine twist on an ancient tale, made uniquely dark and sinister by this very talented writer.

"The Planting" by M. J. Mink was a fascinating look at a time-honored and plausible ritual in young Luke's life, very poignant and sad. *Silent Night" by the same author was extraordinarily moving, all the moreso for its unexpected last sentence. 'Market Strategy" by Donna Frayser was a gem of a little story with a fun ending. I will eagerly look for future material from this obviously gifted writer. My favorite piece in this issue, however, was "Luke-a-Palooz-a" by Mary Jo Fox. What a bit of rollicking, silly fun! This had me alternately groaning rolling my eyes, and laughing aloud. A wickedly delightful sense of humor in this author! More!! Until next time, keep up the fine work, everyone![40]
Well, I finally finished the long-awaited Tremor #9 and overall found it up to the high standards it has set for all other fanzines. The layout is clean and professional- looking, with scarcely a typo in sight! All of us dream of having a zine that looks this good. Again Tremor is graced with great front and back cover art. I especially liked the front cover ... you go. Leia! There was some impressive interior art as well, particularly Gerald Crotty's work on "A.W.O.L. Wanda Lybarger's illos, and Nancy Stasulis' illos for "The Saga According to Darth Vader" and "Falling." Perhaps my favorite story was Louise Turner's "A.W.O.L." Not only does she do a fine job building on Wedge's character, she excels at presenting the little details from the movies many fan writers often ignore, but are necessary to give a story an authentic SW feel to it. I appreciated the fact that John Fredericks in his story "Varastas, The River Beast" included a long-neglected facet of the SW universe, non-humanoid sentients. Same goes for Rich Gawel's "Ishtiil's Legacy", which gives a rare glimpse into Admiral Ackbar's youth. "Ashes" was an interesting twist on the old Cinderella fairy tale, but no one lives happily ever after here. I'm guessing Laelara's child is Palpatine, right? "Falling" was another dark and eerie tale (in fact there seemed to be a lot of dark-n-eeriness this issue) where things end on a depressing note. Even though I'm not a big fan of angst-filled SW fan fiction, it was nicely written. "The House in the Woods" need a basic gothic storyline; I would've preferred it to have "felt" more like it was set in the SW universe other than just having Luke present. As for poems, I enjoyed the usual cynical verses from Jacqueline Taero as well as Sarah Glasgow's more romantic view of things. Maggie Nowakowska's "Dangerous" series of filks were exceptional; each one managed to capture the essence of each character. I can't believe I have to wait another two years for #10 ... but I'm sure it'll be worth it! [41]
To start with the problem -- every story was good. Loved "Blue Harvest" by Ghilan. Mink's "Silent Night" was a stunner, "Planting" definitely rates a gasp, "Time" was great, "Falling" was an absolute chiller. Lybarger's "Legend" was breathtakingly sweet "Ashes" by Wilson was very, very clever, and "Shifting Sands" got me with the knife scene. Schuller's "House in the Woods" was very good. Martie Benedict O'Brien's "On the Side of the Light" had one of the best Hans I've ever read, and a great plot Frederick's "Varastus" was definitely entertaining, and the two small pieces, "Ambulance" by Grant and "Ishtiil" by Gawel were fine examples of good background writing. Mary Jo Fox's "Luke-a-Palooza" was a hoot. Nussman's "Career Choice" was a well-aimed arrow through the heart Turner's "A.W.O.L." — good Nowakowska's "Dangerous" got me humming. Art: Laura Virgil's gorgeous Kenobi on page 146, the Lybarger Hans in abundance, the great Yoda by Crotty on the back cover and of course, the front cover with the incomparable laughing Chewie and gloating Leia by Stasulis.[42]

Issue 10

front cover of issue #10, Nancy Stasulis
back cover of issue #10
flyer for issue #10

A Tremor in the Force 10 was published in 1997 and is 297 pages long. It has a color cover. Art by Kristin Brown, Cheree Cargill, Catherine Churko, Gerald Crotty, Z. P. Florian, Dani Lane, Wanda Lybarger, Shayne McCormack, Margaret McNickle, Nicola Pearce, and Nancy Stasulis.

Summaries below from the publisher:[3]

  • "Babysitter" by Tara Ludmer. Even Han and Leia need a night out away from the kids. Thank the Force for teenage girls who live next door!
  • "Sands of Time" by Marti Schuller, art by Cheree Cargill. Obi-Wan Kenobi has spent the last 20 years in his hut in the Jundland Wastes, watching over the young boy who is growing to manhood not far away. The time has almost come when his training must begin. But Obi-Wan has grown old and his heart is beginning to fail. Will he have enough time to train the Galaxy's only hope?
  • "The Other Way Around" by Barbara Gardner. As Luke lay writhing in agony under the Emperor's Force attacks, it was his father who had finally saved him. What if it had happened the other way around?
  • "By the Turn of a Card" by Catriona Campbell, art by Gerald Crotty. The latest chapter in the Penumbra series. Leia, Lando, Chewie and the droids infiltrate Jabba's palace to rescue Han. But in this universe, Luke isn't there to lend his Jedi powers and Han must learn the horrible news of Luke's fall to the Dark.
  • "Best Friends" by MJ Mink, art by Dani. Luke Skywalker had grown up with Biggs and Tarrant Darklighter, sharing the usual love-hate relationship of many teenage boys. Then Biggs had gone off to the Academy and something changed between Luke and Tarrant that neither could pinpoint. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the Darklighters had always been Protectors of the Jedi ... and Luke was the last Jedi.
  • "Ca Ta" by Marti Schuller, art by Z. P. Florian. When Luke sees a strange little alien about to be run down by speeding cyclists, his instinctive reaction is to save her. But afterwards he is startled and chagrined to discover that his act of selflessness has won him a personal bodyguard, the grateful Mij who must now fulfill "ca-ta" by protecting her savior for the rest of his life—or commit suicide in disgrace.
  • "To Serve With Love" by Martie Benedict O'Brien, art by Nicola Pearce. Leia was weary beyond words, weary of war and duty, of being a symbol and soldier. And yet there was no way she could abandon the cause she had fought so long and hard for. Was there any place—any way—that she and Han would ever be able to find a peaceful, happy existence? Luke had an idea, a desperate, half-crazy idea to help them ... and it just might work.
  • "The Candle" by Z. P. Florian. Luke has established the Jedi Academy and Leia assigns him an assistant from her staff, a skittish young woman named Joli Wheatgrower. At first nervous around the handsome young Jedi, she grows to love him and their relationship becomes one of devotion and commitment. But there are others who love Luke just as much and are as committed to helping him in his task.
  • "Act of Faith" by Veronica Wilson, art by Gerald Crotty. The sequel to "Balance of Power" in TF#8. The unthinkable has happened—an Imperial royal guard has made an assassination attempt on the Emperor and Darth Vader in the depths of the Imperial palace. Conditioned for absolute loyalty, the only explanation is that the guard has been tampered with to commit the heinous crime. Vader begins the investigation with a vengeance and what he discovers will shake the foundation of the Imperial government.
  • "Thwarting Mordred" by Martie Benedict O'Brien (A new twist on Han's struggle above the Death Star.)
  • Much more! Material by Marie Flanigan, Mary Jo Fox, Belea Keeney, Debbie Kittle, Susan Zahn and more. Color covers by Nancy Stasulis and Gerald Crotty. Interior art by Kristin Brown, Gerald Crotty, Z. P. Florian, Dani Lane, Wanda Lybarger, Nicola Pearce, Nancy Stasulis, and others. Special feature—color art portfolio from SW fandom's best artists! There are sure to be even more surprises. Nearly 300 pages of action!


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