The Alliance (newsletter)

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Title: The Alliance
Publisher: The Federation, Edward Adams, out of Georgia, US
Editor(s): Tim Cummings
Date(s): March 1990-?
Frequency: planned: monthly
Medium: print
Fandom: "a more diverse sci-fi and fantasy"
Language: English
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The Alliance is a multimedia zine. It is the "Official newsletter of The Federation."

Members of this club met at DixieTrek and decided to published this zine.

Issue 1

The Alliance v.1 n.1 was published in March 1990 and contains 6 pages.

  • introduction
  • What is "The Federation"
  • information on Red October
  • some astronomy information

Issue 2

The Alliance v.1 n.2

Issue 3

The Alliance v.1 n.3

Issue 4

The Alliance v.1 n.4 was published in July 1990 and contains 6 pages. The art is by Eric Dennis and Teresa Sanson.

cover of v.1 n.4

The subject of the guest editorial is warnings:

A week or so ago, I was talking to a friend of mine in Florida. She asked me if I had read a particular book that had recently been published. It just happened that I had picked up the book that morning.

My friend recommended that I read the first part and the last. She said to skip the middle because there was a lot of psychological violence. She asked why there couldn't be a warning or rating on books to alert people to explicit sex or violence. This is an interesting question. The same question was raised before the movie rating system went into effect. The same question is being discussed concerning music lyrics. At least one book club al
ready prints a warning about 
explicit sex or violence in books
 it offers. I pay attention to
 these warnings. I would pay
 even more attention to them if I
 was looking for books for my
 children. , Would a warning be a violation of the author's rights? Clearly not, since the book club does it. Did the author resort to sex or violence to sell a book. Or because he/she couldn't think of anything else to do? Is sex or violence a legitimate part of the story, such as a war story, or simply an appeal to prurient interests? Would it affect sales of the book? Would the quality of books improve as authors and publishers try to lessen the need for or the effect of warnings? Or would they get more bland as controversial stories are avoided?

I don't know the answer to a lot of these questions. I believe this is an idea which deserves serious consideration. What is your opinion? Write to me in care of the newsletter or at the BBS. We will publish a summary and one or two of the best replies.

  • The Pres. Box, open editorial by Bill Downs, the subject is warnings
  • Star Trek: The Adventure Continues, an article by Bryan Smalls
  • a reprinted press release about the re-release of Disney's The Jungle Book
  • a very short blurb about DixieTrek
  • short original fiction called "Transaction on the No.2" by Tanya Woods
  • other unknown content