Turn Back the Night

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Zine
Title: Turn Back the Night
Publisher: Neon Rainbow Press
Editor(s): Jody Norman & Cinda Gillilan
Date(s): 2002-2003
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Fandom: Andromeda
Language: English
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Turn Back the Night is a slash and het anthology Andromeda fanzine.

Issue 1

Turn Back the Night 1 was published in 2002, contains 125 pages.

cover of issue #1
  • Unrequited (by Anna McLain) Dylan/Rommie. A party is the moment when they realize their feelings run deeper than they've said. het (3)
  • Damage Control (by Sienna Edwards) Beka/Harper. Being infested with Magog eggs sucks, but when you have a friend like Beka, things don't look quite so bad. het (6)
  • Thunderstorm (by Kludge) Beka/Tyr. Their feelings have been kept under wrap a little too long, and it's starting to become noticeable to other members of the crew, including Dylan. het (8)
  • Lion's Tyr (by Eirene) Tyr/original female. Tyr is feeling the pressure to find a mate, so he sets out to find a legend. And then he finds her. het (19)
  • Tyr's Pride (by Eirene) Tyr/original female. Tyr brings his mate back to the Andromeda, but they can't keep their hands off each other, that is until Tyr get a real surprise. het (17)
  • In the Kitchen (by Sienna Edwards) Tyr/Harper. Set before the series, Tyr and Harper cross paths when both are much younger and at the mercy of others with power over them. Luckily, they are able to find a little solace in each other's arms. slash (20) (nominated for a 2003 FanQ)
  • Tactical Error (by McKenzie Griffin) Dylan/Tyr. Knowing the captain is hurting after losing Sarah again, Tyr offers him a unique gift. slash (10)
  • The Games People Play (by Lexi Jordan? McKenzine Griffin?) Dylan/Tyr. Dylan is trying to teach Tyr not to cheat at Go, and he thinks he has a way, but Tyr turns the tables on the captain. slash (11) (won a 2003 FanQ)
  • Dream Lover (by Pamela Talbot) Dylan/Tyr. Dylan is being haunted by some interesting dreams. slash (10)
  • Dreams are Made (by Pamela Talbot) Dylan/Tyr. As Tyr dies, he has a most interesting revelation. slash (7)
  • Plus poetry by Wolf. Drabbles by Anna McLain.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Turn Back the Night #1, by Neon Rainbow Press.

Set up almost identically to Slipstream #1, Turn Back the Night is its adult and slash sister zine. All stories are soft R to NC-17.

Description: comb-bound, 125 pgs, with color cover, plastic protector sheets front and back and interior card stock pages to protect the cover.

The front cover, a collage of what look like publicity stills on a star field, is attractive and well done. I'm not sure who the artist was. I couldn't find a dedication.

Once again, the editor's page includes a sweet thank you to all of the contributor's. A nice touch, that. They also include a "beg and grovel" section listing all of their zines seeking submissions.

The font is large, about 11 pt, and pleasing to the eye. The titles are large and each title page includes any author's notes that they sent in; not something included in every zine. Margins appear to be 1 inch on the sides and top, 1 1/2 on the bottom, so not a lot of white space. At the end of each story is a nice little design.

I really liked that the editors divided the table of contents and the zine into 2 sections: adult and slash. This makes it easy for those who want to read one or the other to find what they're looking for. I also liked that at the very top of the title page for each story it lists the type of story and the pairing. You don't have to peek, but if you're looking for something specific, it really helps.

Now, for the stories: since I don't read m/m slash, I'm going to leave the reviews of all of the slash stories to someone else who got the zine. I'm sorry. I really just don't like to read m/m slash. I recognize some of the author's names and they are good writers, so I'm sure the stories are good.

All of the stories I read were well written and well edited. There were very few typos and I noticed no real grammar errors in the zine.

I also won't review my short and two drabbles, though I can tell you a little bit about them.

"Anticipation" by Anna McLain, 3 pgs, stars Rommie and Dylan and ends with a twist. That's all I'm gonna say about that. :-)

"Unrequited" and "Reprieve" by Anna McLain are both drabbles. One is a you -decide -who -it's about, and the other is Rommie/Dylan set at the end of All Too Human.

"Damage Control" by Sienna Edwards, 5pgs, a really revealing Harper and Beka character study. Taking place directly after The Widening Gyre, it explores the depth of caring the two feel for each other. Very emotional!

"Thunderstorm" by Kludge, 8 pgs, is a Beka/Tyr story chock full of angst and high emotion. The characters are well drawn and there's a cool peek into Tyr's psyche. This is a complex story that could easily be a sub-plot in an episode.

"Lion's Tyr" by Eirene, 18 pgs, is a Tyr/original female story. It explores some of Tyr's inner conflicts and inner voices. I loved the scene between he and Rev Bem. I know, that's not telling you all much, but I don't want to spoil it. It has vivid descriptions. The character of Eirene is well developed and interesting.

"Tyr's Pride" by Eirene, 16 pgs, picks up shortly after "Lion's Tyr" ends. Let's just say, it's wonderful to experience Tyr in love. A very detailed and explicit story with a funny twist.

"Electric Dreams" by Wolf, poem, 1pg. As a Rommie/Dylan fan, I really enjoyed this poem. Stuffed with angst, longing, desire and unrequited love, it's an excellent read.

The rest of the stories are m/m slash. I'll give titles and page counts.

"In the Kitchen" by Sienna Edwards, 19 pgs.

"Tactical Error" by McKenzie Griffin, 10 pgs.

"The Games People Play" by Lexi Jordan, 11 pgs.

"Survival" by Wolf, 1 pg.

"Dream Lover" by Pamela Talbot, 9 pgs.

"Dreams are Made" by Pamela Talbot, 6 pgs.

Altogether, another great zine. If you want intense mature reading, this is a good zine for you. [1]

Issue 2

cover issue #2

Turn Back the Night 2 was published in 2003 and contains 108 pages. It has art by Anja Gruber which won a Fan Q.

  • Pandora's Box (by Phip) Harper/Rommie. Harper has a special gift for Rommie, but he needs to make sure it's working correctly. het (3)
  • Desire (by Phip) Mixed het parings. When the crew is cursed, interesting things begin to happen. het (10)
  • Soul Slipping (by Mary Grieve) Harper/Tyr. Harper meets up with one of Trance's tools and learns more than he ever expected about his relationship with the crew, especially Tyr. slash (7)
  • Breaking Out (by Mary Grieve) Harper/Tyr. Harper finds himself asking himself one of the big questions: what does he really want? The answer surprises him, as does what he's willing to do to get it. slash (53)
  • Imaginary Lover (by McKenzie Griffin) Dylan/Tyr. Thinking that he's lost Tyr, Dylan finds himself meeting the man in an unusual location. slash (5)
  • Facing the Furies (by McKenzie Griffin) Dylan/Tyr. Dylan's dreams were more real than he imagined, but now he has to deal with a Tyr who's changed, and not for the better. slash (19)

References

  1. a review by Anna McLain, June 26, 2002