The Baron of Bespin

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Title: The Baron of Bespin
Author(s): Susan R. Matthews
Date(s): 1988
Genre: gen
Fandom: Star Wars
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The Baron of Bespin is a gen Star Wars story by Susan R. Matthews.

It was originally planned as a story in a zine anthology by the same name in 1986, one that had a focus of Lando Calrissian, but it ultimately became a single story in the multifandom zine Guardian #8 in 1988.

The Original Zine Ad: 1986

THE BARON OF BESPIN - A zine for discriminating adults who understand being caught between a rock and a hard place. Lando Calrissian, the Baron of Bespin, the original owner - or at least, prior owner - of the far-famed MILLENNIEUM FALCON, the hero of the Death Star (II)....and a world-class foxy gent on top of It. What more could you want? Action? Adventure? A day In the life? Maybe even a modest frisk to warm your cockles on cold winter nights? It's all here. Fiction by Deneroff, Dickerson (Reprinted from GALACTIC FALCON [1]), Matthews, Nowakowska, Sharpe, Synge [2]. Digest size, 64 pages, reduced, for approximately $3.50. Send SASE for information to Susan Matthews, [3]

Reactions and Reviews

The Baron of Bespin, by Susan R. Matthews has to be the best story in the zine. Her Lando is no better, or worse, than the character we have seen at the end of Return of the Jedi charming, a gambler, with an innate sense of responsibility that always gets him into trouble. The writing is eloquent, the secondary and tertiary characters are fleshed out and three-dimensional, everyone has motivation, the description is flawless...hell, it's a great story. One of the best fan stories I've ever read. [4]


  1. ^ The Price of Success by Elyse A. Dickenson
  2. ^ "Synge" may be a typo for Signe Landon.
  3. ^ from A Close Circle of Friends #1
  4. ^ from Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine? #3. The reviewer, Susan M. Garrett, gives it "5 trees." The reviewers in "Psst... Hey Kid, Wanna Buy a Fanzine?" rated zines on a 1-5 tree/star scale.