The Nowhere Man Affair

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Title: The Nowhere Man Affair
Publisher: Otter Limits Press
Author(s): Paulie
Cover Artist(s): Paulie
Date(s): 1986, 2005
Medium: print zine, fanfic
Genre: gen and slash
Fandom: Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Language: English
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The Nowhere Man Affair is a novel written and illustrated by Paulie. It was originally published in 1986 as a gen 77-page novel. It was revised and published in 2005 as a 158-page slash novel by PJ Morvant-Alexander (a pseud of Paulie). It won a 1986 Huggy, a 1986 FanQ and a 1987 Alexander Award.


From a distributor, Agent With Style: "Solo and Kuryakin go on a manhunt when fellow U.N.C.L.E. agents start disappearing. Those that are found die shortly afterwards, screaming the words to a Beatles song: 'Nowhere Man'. All die, that is, save one, who manages to warn Solo that Kuryakin is next. But her warning comes moments too late. Solo teams with Dancer and Slate to find his partner before the same fate befalls him."

From a flyer: "U.N.C.L.E. agents are disappearing. Some turn up dead, while others are found in a state of mental collapse. Napoleon and Illya set out to find the cause, running into one dead end after another. When Illya goes missing and all evidence points to his being dead, Solo convinces Dancer and Slate to help him continue the search, butting heads with Waverly all the while. Vengeance is on the menu, with Kuryakin as "the flavor of the day," in this adventure concerning a 19 year-old sociopath at the controls of a diabolical 'toy box,' as well as an unforgettable visit to a group of hippies in New Orleans' French Quarter."

Other Related Fanworks

"A Rainy Day" by Gloria Vargas in The Kuryakin File #9 is a story in this universe. One fan wrote:
When I originally read the novella THE NOWHERE MAN AFFAIR by Paulie (Otter Limits Press), in which an amnesiac and temporarily brain-damaged Illya is taken in by a kindly group of people in New Orleans' French quarter, I was almost disappointed when Napoleon found Illya. I just loved the scenes with his New Orleans "family." I think a lot of readers felt the same way. Well, "A Rainy Day" by Gloria Vargas, written with Paulie's full consent and blessing (and a gorgeous Paulie illo of Lewis and "Johnny"), provides us with one warm, loving day from that time. In addition to a nice touch with the NMA character and setting, the writer also captures the personality of a four-year-old quite well. If I try to tell you the plot—Blue takes "Johnny" (Illya) to visit a friend and he works through a bad memory—it won't sound like much. So let me just say that it is a wonderfully nostalgic trip back into that world and I didn't want it to end. If you've read and enjoyed NMA, you'll love this story. If not, it might serve as a nice introduction. [1]


  1. ^ from Zine Scene V.2 N.1