Warped Space/Issues 31-40

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Issue 31/32

front cover of issue #31/32, Monica Miller
back cover by V.M. Wyman

Warped Space 31/32 Published January 1978. 86 pages. Art by Randy Ash, Mary Bloemker, Bill Bow, Gordon Carleton, Susan Ceci, Edith Crowe, Mary Ann Emerson, Connie Faddis, Phil Foglio, Elyse Grasso, Anji Valenza, Amy Harlib, Signe Landon, Monica Miller, Leah Rosenthal, Joni Wagner, Carol Walske, Robin Hood, V.M. Wyman, and Beverly Zuk.

From the editor:
I can hazard a guess that the contents of from 1/4 to 1/2 of this issue deals with Star Wars, and I don't think it's a bad situation at all. In the future, I'll be running The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Man from Atlantis, as well as more Star Wars material. I'm willing to consider submissions based on any science fiction or fantasy concept, but I intend to keep Warped Space primarily a Star Trek zine. Some Star Trek fans resent the inclusion of Star Wars material in Star Trek fanzines. Others fear the intrusion of Star Wars enthusiasts in Trek fandom, feeling that Star Wars fandom might someday replace Star Trek fandom. At one point, the general science fiction community felt the same way about that new fannish offshoot -- Star Trek --. Some science fiction fans still look down on us Trekkies. Should we do the same to other fandoms. I'm not going to compare Star Trek and Star Wars. Nor will I compare Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind. I like them all. I also like [names a whole bunch of television shows and movies]... This does not mean I weight them against one another for relative merit. I appreciate them for what they are, and for the entertainment they have given me. I suspect that many Trek fans have other interests besides Trek. One of Trek's major contributions is the concept of IDIC. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combination -- we can all spout off the words. True Trek fans should be able to live up to that ideal, don't you think? Some Trek fans faced ostracism for their interest in Space:1999, and now some face censure for their acceptance of Star Wars. Star Wars fandom will not overshadow Star Trek fandom, just as Star Trek fandom has not overshadowed science fiction fandom. And on the day when any fandom dies out, its death will not have negated the amount of pleasure it gave its fans. If Trek fans would only suspend their jealous resentment -- if they will read some non-Trek fiction, they will find some damn good writing hidden there. And they may become interested in spite of themselves. I'm proud of the material that has appeared in Warped Space thus far. I try to include material that I think will interest the reader, and stimulate him or her to investigate further. A first encounter with a hard sf tale may interest a hard-core Trek fan and stimulate him to pick up an sf paperback. There will always be zines catering to exclusive tastes. Warped Space offers variety, and I hope the reader is broadminded enough to sample the wares, widen his or her horizons a bit along the way.

There is also an ad that announces that Pegasus is switching from an all-Star Trek format to an all-Star Wars format as of its third issue.

One of the many ads for zines in this issue is one for Thrust.

  • Free Enterprise by Kelly Hill (12)
  • No Reward Is Worth This by Jackie Paciello (17)
  • Gratitude by Paula Block (22)
  • Portrait of a Rebel by Kelly Hill (28)
  • Jedi Sister by Patrice L. Cullen (30)
  • The Meaning of Scrod in Modern Life by M. Octyme (31)
  • Homage to Scrod by Paula Smith (32)
  • The Morass of my Mind by Karen Klinck ( 32)
  • And the Scrod Shall Inherit by Paula Block (33)
  • Star Wars Filksongs by Pat & Judy Molnar and Kat Clark (37)
  • The Bar in Mos Eisley by Gordon Carleton (38)
  • The Letter by Anne Snell (39)
  • Some Wildlife Variations from the Northern Vulcan Continent by Leah Rosenthal (43)
  • The Greenwood by Jane Firmstone (47)
  • The Reformation of Nellie Gray by Roberta Rogow (54)
  • Enterprise by Rose Marie Jakubjansky (60)
  • What's In a Gilded Cage by Pat McCormack (62)
  • Truce by Darlene Fouquet (64)
  • And in One Minute's Time by Robin Wood (67)
  • Sedhozheh by Elyse Grasso (72)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 31/32

Another double issue, with three fold-outs and over 86 pages chock-full of stuff. Like that candy bar, WS always seems to be 'thickerer.' Lori's editorial starts off by explaining WS' policy, ie: while keeping the emphasis on ST, she will also be printing material from SW to U.N.C.L.E. to straight SF. This seems to be a good idea. Genre zines abound in fandom to such an extent that a really good general zine like WS is valuable. The contents: Three SW vignettes by Kelly Hill, Jackie Paciello, and Paula Block; SW poetry and filksongs by Hill, Patrice Cullen, Pat and Judy Molnar, and Kat Clark; SW-ST-science fiction related parodies by M. Octyme, Paula Smith, Karen Klinck, and Gordon Carleton. All of the above are funny, sad, endearing, exciting, and well worth the attention which I have too little space to give them here. The ST contents include three vignettes based on various episodes... a short-short by Anne Snell (a Mary Sue that isn't -- I found it unexpectedly touching.), a ST-fantasy story by Firmstone that could bear expansion into a longer story, and another Nellie Gray story, wherein the irrepressible daughter of Finnegan mends her ways. The issue closes with a longer straight science fiction story, 'Sedhazheh.' It was a little hard to get into, with all the background information to digest, but engrossing and well-written once that had been done. The artwork deserves a separate review all by itself and I wish I had the talent to give it. From Monica Miller's gorgeous cover and foldout (that Han goes up on my wall), to Robin Wood's delicate fantasies, to... all the others whose portraits, cartoons, and illos helped make this zine; it is a beautiful thing to behold.[1]
...one delightful piece is 'The Meaning of Scrod' and scrod finger jokes that started in the vicinity of Pittsburgh fandom.[2]

Issue 33/34

front cover of issue #33/34 by Mark Rogers
back cover of issue #33/34 by Joni Wagner

Warped Space 33/34 February 1978, 100 pages. Art by Mary Bloemker, T. J. Burnside, Gordon Carleton, Susan Ceci, Jean C., Connie Faddis, Kelly Frame, Nan Lewis, Martynn, Monica Miller, Pat Nunson, Jackie Paciello, Mark Rogers, Leah Rosenthal, Carolyn Ruth, Melinda Shreve, Leslie Smith, and Joni Wagner. It was half Star Wars, half Star Trek + Man from Atlantis story.

In the Miscellanea section, an anonymous listing claims: Illegal buttons of Gee Moaven's artwork are being sold in various stories around the country. None of the dealers have her permissions. If you see any of these buttons, please take the time to inform them that you know they are illegal -- and do not buy them for that reason."

Also in the Miscellanea section, Patti Cullen makes three related announcements: one, she is getting married. Two, she is moving to North Dakota (and plaintively asks if there any fans anywhere in that state). Three, she "has been persuaded to" hyphenate her maiden and her married name "in fandom, but for all legal purposes she will be" taking her husband's name.

  • Renaissance by Carol Mularski
  • Dark Lord by Jane Firmstone
  • Inheritance by Kelly Hill
  • Wandering Star by Kelly Hill
  • The Reluctant Bride by Roberta Rogow
  • The Shortest Star Trek Story in the World by Doris Beetem
  • In Your Silent World by Jackie Paciello
  • Star Wars Limericks by Meg Garrett
  • Lastling by Leah Rosenthal
  • The Sith Lord by Jean C. and Barbara Deer
  • Star Trek Limericks by Rob Dye
  • And the Magician Is No More by Janus Leo
  • Re: The 1978 World Science Fiction Convention Iguanacon - a Statement of Ethical Position by Worldcon Guest of Honor Harlan Ellison (in which Ellison explains his reasons for attending the 1978 Worldcon held in Arizona in spite of the fact that Arizona failed to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment when he, and others, had chosen to boycott other sci-fi conventions held in Florida before due to Anita Bryant's homophobic stance on gays. (reprinted with permission from the Dec 1977 issue of Locus magazine (#207)[3]

Issue 35/36

cover of issue #35/36, Hans Dietrich

Warped Space 35/36 was published in March 1978.

  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek_Carleton (3)
  • Warped Communications, LoCs
  • Patience by Jackie Paciello, art by Signe Landon (12)
  • IDIC by Jane Firmstone, art by Gordon Carleton (15)
  • UPI Newsitem, Sports, S.D. 5310.1 by L.V. Fargas, art by Leah Rosenthal (16)
  • The Tantalus Hype by Roberta Rogow, art by Nan Lewis (16)
  • Voices on the Wind, part 1 by Anji Valenza, art by Valenza (26)
  • The Weight, Pt. IV section 2 "Because Something Is Happening Here and You Don't Want to Know What It Is, Do You, Mr. Spock?," by Leslie Fish, art by Fish (Star Trek TOS novel)/)
  • other art by Gordon Carleton (back cover), Hans Dietrich (front cover), Connie Faddis, Molly Frame, Amy Harlib, Carolynn Ruth

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 35/36

This ish starts out with an nice cover by Hans Dietrich. I'm not sure if the cover relates to anything inside. Probably not, but it's a good piece of art just the same, and art for art's sake has always been fin by most people in fandom. (Also, it looks like it's printed on vegetable parchment... yes? Looks very nice.) The written part of the issue starts off with a section of various notices and plugs as well as the WS lettercol, followed by a short but poignant vignette by Jane Firmstone, in which she personifies the idea of IDIC as a person. Just long enough as a story to say something without getting maudlin. Nicely done. 'The Tantalus Hype' is a return to the Mirror, Mirror universe in which a supposedly gruff character named Nellie Gray is chosen to go into the alternate universe to copy the plans of the Tantalus device. Although Dirty Nellie is supposed to come across as a brusque tomboy, she is actually only a Mary Sue in wolf's guise. She speeds through the plot propelled on the wishful strings of the author, encounters a whole two or three obvious conflicts that can't help but feel contrived, and escapes (golly gee!) in the nick of time. A nice, basic action/adventure plot, but almost zero characterization to prove that Nellie is little more than a wooden marionette. Following this is a story called 'Voices on the Wind.' I flatly refused to read this story after reading the introduction. It is so involved and convoluted that I felt like I was reading another language, indeed, Anji even redefines the use of pronouns in her story. Look people, if I wanted to learn another language, I would take up French or something practical. Creating alternate universes may be fun, but don't get so carried away that your readers need to spend a lifetime buried in some abbey somewhere before they can amass enough knowledge to read your work... Kraith is a good example because it is so familiar... Even so, Kraith does get a little too over-involved in made up words... The same problem with 'Voices on the Wind' cropped up in 'To Know Dishonor' in Masiform D #6... This is as much the editor's fault as it is the authors'. If the author is so wrapped up in her own universe's complexity that she can't write comprehensibly about it to other people, then for Ghod's sake, find somebody to write the introduction who both understands the universe in question and writes in 20th century English. Forcing a reader to understand a complicated background to an alternate universe story is like forcing a beachcomber to earn a master's degree in oceanography before he can collect shells on the shore. ... The next part of The Weight. In this installment, Kirk ties the two alternate timelines together through the Guardian of Forever and brings the anarchists through the corrected timeline. The shock of merging both the alternate universe Kirks into one body is too much for the captain and he retreats into catatonia... One technical quibble: Leslie does not credit many of the lyrics which she quotes in her story, many of which are heavily copyrighted... Although this may be Leslie's decision, omitting the credits is a copyright violation and makes YOU liable, Lori, because you printed it that way... In general, the only thing that is worth your time in the zine is the segment of Fish's story, and handful of decent illos, particularly a good one of Obi-Wan by Signe Landon printed on heavy stock... If, however, you don't like The Weight, you might want to wait until the next issue of WS to subscribe...[4]

Issue 37

Warped Space 37 was published June 21, 1978 and contains 63 pages, CE3K cover by Gordon Carleton. Fandoms include Star Trek, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Man From Atlantis, Logan's Run and Wonder Woman (centerfold).

front cover of issue #37, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #37 (of Hawkeye Pierce)

This issue included a flyer from the editors explaining in great detail the legal battle they were having with the original university club regarding rights, privilege, and money. The flyer included the names of about 100 subscribers and the amount they were owed, along with a plea to petition the university.

  • Editor's Nook
  • Warped Communications (13)
  • Other Side by Dian Hardison, art by Martynn (27)
  • Farewell by Ronnie Molnar, art by Mary Bloemker (28)
  • Wonder Woman Montage (29)
  • Close Encounters/Contact Analysis Please: Cones by Ann Popplestone (31)
  • A Class III Reprimand by Amy Forrest (33)
  • Man Trapped by Paula Block, art by Robin Wood (We share McCoy's anguish after he has killed Nancy Crater.) (34)
  • ... And a Star to Steer Her By by Cheryl Rice, art by Signe Landon (35)
  • T'L'lla by Marcia Mathog, art by Joni Wagner (37)
  • No Deposit, No Return by Jan Lindner, art by Cheryl Frashure (40)
  • Star Trek Haiku by Desire Gonzalez, art by Gonsalez and Edith Crowe (43)
  • A Funny Thing Happened... by Catherine Strand (47)
  • A Scrod Portfolio by Amy Harlib (48)
  • Little Troopers, or Ticky Tacky by Anne Wilson, art by Gordon Carleton (52)
  • Moff Tarkin by Pat and Judy Molnar
  • Leia Organa: Memory Strands by Kathy Resch, art by Signe Landon (53)
  • Star Death by Jane Firmstone, art by M.J. Fisher (art reprinted from an issue of Alderaan) (56)
  • For Han (An Introspection) by Susan R. Matthews, art by Martynn (57)

Issue 38

Warped Space 38 - September 2, 1978 - fantasy cover - penguin piloting spaceship by James Caulfield. 100 pages. It's content is Star Wars and Star Trek: TOS.

front cover of issue #38, James Caulfield, very similar to the cover of the OKon 1979 program book
back cover of issue #38, James Caulfield
  • Editor's Nook
  • Warped Communication, LoCs (11)
  • Quark Primer, a Child's Garden of Trash by David Lubkin (22)
  • Transcript of a Senate Hearing: Investigation of NASA Mars Project, "Capricornacopia One" leaked by Gordon Carleton (24)
  • Anaylsis Please: Ion Drive by Ann Popplestone (22)
  • The Prisoner (an existential comic) by Gordon Carleton (29)
  • The Messages of Star Trek by Elsa de Vera (30)
  • First Sight by Melanie R (32)
  • Finnegan's Wake by Roberta Rogow (34)
  • What if They Gave a Convention and NOBODY Came? by P.A. David (40)
  • On the Rim by Randy Ash (45)
  • Who Only Stand and Wait by Kelly Hill (50)
  • Tega Run by Judi L. Hendricks (53)
  • Duel by Kelly Hill (62)
  • Rogue Mercenary by Kelly Hill (68)
  • Team Work by Irene Schfer (69)
  • Splinter in a Pig's Eye by Martynn (72)
  • Act Five (After the Awards Ceremony) by Paula Block (73)
  • A Portfolio "Canadian Creatures) by Hans Dietrich and Carrie Rowles (74)
  • Voices in the Wind, part 2 by Anji Valenza (80)
  • art by Randy Ash, P.M. Block, Gordon Carleton, Hans Dietrich, Connie Faddis, Molly Frame, Amy Harlib, Nan Lewis, Martynn, Monica Miller, Pat Munson, Leah Rosenthal. Carrie Rowles, Anji Valenza, James Caulfield (front and back covers)

Issue 39

front cover of issue #39 by Martynn from the Frank Langella's movie Dracula
back cover of issue #39 by Connie Faddis

Warped Space 39 was published in November 1978, is 124 pages long.

  • Editor’s Nook (3)
  • Miscellanea
  • Analysis Please Recombinant DNA by Ann Popplestone (7)
  • Li’l Teeny Things by Paula Smith, art by Gordon Carleton (9)
  • Solatium by Paula M. Block, art by Joni Wagner (14)
  • Nosferatu by Edith Louise Crowe (16)
  • Our Lot in Life by Patti Cullen-Heyes, art by Michael Goodwin (18)
  • Star Light, Star Bright by Rose Marie Jakubjansky, art by Randy Ash (21)
  • Trekula by Gordon R. Carleton (32)
  • Battlestar by Kelly Hill, art by Susan Perry (36)
  • S’Our Trek, Too (part 1) by Gordon Carleton (38)
  • The Weight (part 4, section 3) by Leslie Fish (41)
  • Resurgence (part 1) by Jacqueline Paciello, art by Martynn (93)
  • Voices on the Wind (conclusion) by Anji Valenza (111)
  • Murphy’s Law by Allyson Whitfield (121)
  • art by Randy Ash, Barbara Blewett, Gordon Carleton, Edith Crowe, Connie Faddis (back cover), Leslie Fish, Michael Goodwin, Martynn (front cover), Susan Perry, Ann Popplestone, Anji Valenza, Joni Wagner, Allyson Whitfield
In the Editor's section, the editor notes that R&R #1 and Pegasus can now be added:
... to the list of xeroxable 'zines... I've been asked to make a 'reverse plug', and with some sadness, do so. I do not recommend that anyone currently try to order either SENSUOUS VULCAN or SPOCK ENSLAVED!, as Diane Steiner, to the best of my knowledge, is not filling orders, but is accepting checks. Several people, myself included, have repeatedly called her or written letters (or both), but have gotten no response. I hear that she is now refusing to accept registered mail. If you are awaiting a 'zine from her and are really desperate, I suggest that you check with your local postmaster and see what course of action he or she recommends. I had an order for SENSUOUS VULCAN in at least a year ago, and Diane has still not sent my copy.
In the Miscellanea section, a fanzine publisher explains why so many fanzine orders have gone missing:
It has been proven beyond all doubt that a party or parties unknown has been tampering with my mail for the past several weeks (as of 10/9/78). A formal investigation has now been initiated. Anyone who has ordered anything from me since about the first of July and has not received what they ordered can assume 1) their order and payment did not reach me or 2) I sent the material ordered, but it did not reach their address. Anyone who has sent checks to me that have not turned up in their bank statements during the period of time indicated are advised to stop payment immediately and send out new ones if they wish. Those who have had their checks returned but haven't received their materials are advised to contact me to see if I received the checks, or if some 'funny business' has been going on...i.e., forgery. I know for a fact that the checks and money orders I did receive during this period were those that had been tucked inside a s.a.s.e. and couldn't be seen or felt from outside. 'Crud' and personal letters have made it through to mailbox, of course, but nothing of value has made it for a period of at least two months ... except for one exception. It was impossible to tell from the outside that it was some thing of value. Those who have sent artwork, stories, fanzines, etc. and haven't received acknowledgement now know why. I didn't get the items -someone or something else did. Am greatly sorry for the inconvenience that this state of affairs may have been causing you. Hopefully, the 'problem' will soon be taken care of.

Issue 40

front cover of issue #40, Michael Goodwin
back cover of issue #40, Miriam G. Harvey

Warped Space 40 was published in March 1979 and contains 112 pages. Fandoms include Star Trek, Star Wars, The Man Who Fell To Earth and many more.

This issue contained an insert, a survey. In "Warped Space" #43, the editor writes: "Those damned questionnaires from WS 40 are still trickling in, so I'll give you guys 'til the end of March [1980] to get 'em in. After that, we'll play statistics, and the results will appear in WS 44."

  • Editor's Nook (The editor acknowledged a gap in her editorial. "After a somewhat long time between issues, Warped Space is resurfacing with this issue.")
  • Warped Communications (12)
  • Analysis Please: Anti-Matter by Ann Popplestone (23)
  • Just One of Those Days by Jeanette Lethco, art by P.S. Nim (25) (a story about Spock as a child)
  • A New Beginning by Lynda K. Roper, art by Susan Perry (33)
  • The Wreck of the Zera Hold by Maggie Nowakowska, art by Signe Landon (35)
  • The Princess Royal Affair by Melanie R, art by Signe Landon (40)
  • Icarus Descending (The Man Who Fell to Earth) by Kathy Resch, art by Susan Perry (52)
  • One Afternoon, On the Terrace... by Anji Valenza (56)
  • New York Strek (in retrospect) a con report by Redbeard the Elder, art by Todd Hamilton (57)
  • Dialogue by Jane Firmstone and Kelly Hill, art by M.J. Fisher (58)
  • Changeling by Leah Rosenthal (60)
  • Glorious and Magnificent, the musis of Star Wars by Carol Mularski (60)
  • From the Past of Sarpeidon by Franny Moore-Kyle, art by Edith Crowe (75)
  • Officer on Duty by Pat Carpenter, art by Pam Kowalski (76)
  • Seumas O and the Leprechaun by Kelly Hill, art by Nan Lewis (77)
  • For Services Rendered by Paula M. Block (82)
  • Resurgence (conclusion) by Jacqueline Paciello (84)
  • Notes on the Force as Presented in Resurgence/The Continuator by Paula Block (101)
  • Dear Dad, a Letter from Camp by Skratjrelk D'My Gzosswemn, art by Gordon Carleton (103)
  • S'Our Trek, Too (part 2) by Gordon Carleton (111)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 40

For the last several issues, Lori has been cleaning out her story files and putting them into print. That's partly why, recently, there's been little of significance in the zine. Yet she didn't scrape the bottom with this issue; most every piece within is at least competent, and one is even damn good. That one is 'Resurgence,' the next chapter in Block and Paciello's Star Wars series, 'Continuator,' in which skewered Han Solo, having sighted Darth Vader at Mos Eisley, risks death and pernicious anemia to return to Yavin to warn the Rebels. One wonders how badly Solo is drawn at the blood bank, the way writers have been picking on him lately. But the story is excellent, and has illos by P-burgh's own Martynn. The next major piece in thish is a Man from U.N.C.L.E. short, 'The Princess Royal Affair.' Except for a tendency to get silly, [Melanie R] has done a nice job of characterization. Landon's illos are slightly disappointing, tho, mostly because they are just portraits drawn from twelve-year old stock stills, and I HAVE seen all those already. Maggie Nowakowska, who by now has written under this and her own name, more in, on, and about SW than maybe George Lucas, has a 35-verse ditty about Solo that will probably turn up at the 2'Con filksing, and rightly. Another SW piece worth mentioning, Pat Carpenter's 'Officer on Duty' is.......... except for the ellipses......... compelling. The title of Leah Rosenthal's 'Changeling' has absolutely nothing to do with her story, which is itself one of the the merely competent pieces. Basically, she has put the Man With No Name on board the Enterprise, making the story The Good, The Bad, and The Half-Assed. Clint Eastwood is a security officer. But the illos are good. Of the two remaining stories, Kelly Hill's 'Seumas O and the Leprechaun' has been done by four different people before, myself among them, and Jeanette Lethco's 'One of Those Days' is, like its subject matter (ten-month old Spock), just TOO adorable for words.[5]


  1. from Scuttlebutt #6
  2. from Scuttlebutt #6
  3. Ellison stayed in a rented RV that was parked at the curb in front of the Hyatt hotel, on the theory that as long as he didn't spend any money in the state, his boycott would be valid. Of course, this left convention gophers the task of running out to the parking meter every few hours to feed the meter, until the convention was able to persuade the mayor to bag the meter on the the second to last day of the convention. Just an Innocent Question: Time For An Arizona Worldcon Bid? by File770, dated May 1, 2010; WebCite.
  4. from Spectrum #37
  5. from Scuttlebutt #13