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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 (Star Wars)(12)
  • No Reward Is Worth This by Jackie Paciello (Star Wars) (17)
  • Gratitude by Paula Block (Star Wars) (22)
  • Portrait of a Rebel by Kelly Hill (28)
  • Jedi Sister by Patrice L. Cullen (Star Wars) (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 (Star Wars) (37)
  • The Bar in Mos Eisley by Gordon Carleton (Star Wars) (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

[zine]: 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.[2]
[zine]: ...one delightful piece is 'The Meaning of Scrod' and scrod finger jokes that started in the vicinity of Pittsburgh fandom.[3]

#31/32 courses more deeply into things Star Wars Kelly Hill's "Free Enterprise" tells how Han Solo acquired and staffed the Millenium Falcon; decently if speedily written. Rather better are Paciello's "No Reward Is Worth This" and Block's "Gratitude" post-and background-SW stories. Also in this ish is it explained good and forever the existential reality of Scrod (or the Dia Nogu, as Lucas so mundanely labeled the periscopic thing in the garbage bin) by M. Octyme, K. Klinck, P. Block, and Yrs. Truly.

The most significant trek piece is Rogow's "The Reformation of Nellie Grey," the poor man's Sadie Faulwell.

Contents - 4 Graphics - 5 $ Worth - 4[4]

Warped Space 31/32 took a little while to get here, but it was worth waiting for.

While Warped Space is still predominantly a Star Trek zine, this issue is roughly 1/4 or 1/2 devoted to Star Wars material.

For those of you who can't get enough of her, Monica Miller has two pieces of artwork included. The front cover is a beautiful illo of Luke Skywalker. And further on in the zine is a fold-out (no, not a centerfold) of Han Solo. Both pictures are definitely up to her standards.

There is a wide range of artwork representing 19 of some of fandom's best illustrators. Phil Foglio & Gordon Garleton are, of course, the resident cartoonists, while the more serious art is left to the others. Signe Landon, Connie Faddis, Randy Ash, & Beverly Zuk all have at least one illo. And Leah Rosenthal has put together four pages of "Some Wildlife Variations From the Northern Vulcan Continent (Vynsahn)," taken from the collection of the late 'first-contact' naturalist, Ling Tsao-Pi. The rest of the collection, for anyone who is interested in wildlife, is on display at Memory Alpha.

Now, on to the fiction. The first three stories are Star Wars based, and all three have Han Solo as the chief character. "Free Enterprise" (Kelly Hill) fills in some of the questions of Han's past —how he knows Jabba, how he obtained the Millennium Falcon, and where Chewbacca fits into his life.

"No Reward is Worth This" (Jackie Paciello) is a short story that spans the time between Han & Chewie loading up the Millennium Falcon at the rebel base & their return to the base with the triumphant Luke & his X-wing (as seen in the movie). Neither Han nor Chewbacca are as gruff as they seem.

"Gratitude" (Pauia Block) takes place right after the victory banquet. Han leaves early, after finding that the celebration is not quite to his tastes. Chewbacca eventually finds him in a bar & relays the message that the Princess wants to see him. With one thought foremost in his mind, Han sets out to see if he can accommodate her wishes.

Next comes a section devoted to (of all things) scrod - fingered scrod, yet. Scrod, for those of you who don't know what they are (my self included), are other/ise known as codfish. This section consists of a short essay on scrod entitled "The Meaning of Scrod in Modern Life" (M. Octyme), 2 poems "Homage to Scrod" (Paula Block), sung to the tune of "Ein Fester Burg," and "The Morass of My Mind" (Karen Klinck), sung to the tune of "The Windmills of Your Mind." There is also a short parody called "And the Scrod Shall Inherit" (Paula Block). I couldn't stop laughing after I read it. The parody intertwines both the Star Wars & Star Trek universes (plus scrods, of course) and it does so with hysterical results.

Two poems and some Star Wars filksongs round out this half of the zine. Then it's on to the Star Trek section.

After being in such a good mood from reading the parody & the filk songs, it was definitely depressing to read the next selection. It really has no title, although it is listed in the table of contents as "The Letter" (Anne Snell). It takes the form of a subspace message printout (a letter) & it is written by one of Mr. Spock's subordinates to her mother. In essence, she, just like Spock, didn't say "I love you" to her mother. The big difference is she still has time. Spock does not - Amanda had died the week before.

"The Greenwood" (Jane Firmstone) reads like a fairy tale. Ilspeth & Robin find an injured person - a faun, Ilspeth calls it. He has fallen & hurt his head, thereby losing his memory. Ilspeth nurses him & they fall in love. They are happy, but only for a little while, for Ilspeth must send him away. This is an easy-to-read story, & the ending took me totally by surprise.

For those of you who have read Nellie Gray & LP6 stories previously in Warped Space here's another one for you - '"The Reformation of Nellie Gray" (Roberta Rogow). The captain's yeoman, known as Dirty Nellie Gray, is assigned to the 'floating position' in Landing Party Six, & almost immediately upon beam-down gets herself & Fred Shippe captured by the Klingons ., During the course of their internment, Nellie undergoes a transformation. The question is: Is everyone ready for the new Nellie Gray? Is anyone?

The two short stories that fol low are based on aired episodes, "What's in a Gilded Cage" (Pat McCormack) is based on I, Mudd & "The Truce" (Darlene Fouquet) on The Galileo Seven. In "Gilded Cage" Uhura has the chance to actually transfer herself to an android body. It's not just wishful thinking, the body is there, waiting for the final transfer. "Truce" involves two characters, James Kirk & Federation High Commissioner Ferris. It's about a meeting between the two of them soon after the rescue of the Galileo, and how they act towards each other now that the emergency situation is over.

The final long story is "Sedhozheh" (Elyse Grasso). And to tell the truth, I had a hard time understanding it. Previous stories in this universe have been printed before , but not in Warped Space. Near the end of the story I finally 'got into it', but not knowing any of the background information, I didn't like it. It is neither Star Wars, nor Star Trek. It is a universe of its own & is very difficult to explain. The underlying plot is an overthrow of the current government of the city of Duthemi on the planet of Machura. I just didn't feel that this type of story fit into the Warped Space format. "Sedhozheh" was too heavy reading for the normal lightness of Warped Space.

But, other than that, I really enjoyed this issue. There is some thing for everyone, whether it be Star Wars or Star Trek or something totally different. I look forward to receiving the next issue. [5]

WS 31/32 is fabulous! And I totally agree with your editorial and hope it gets through to the people who "disapprove" of the printing of other kinds of literature in ST zines. WS always has a great diversity in its contents, which is a delight, especially after reading the tenth version of "Spock in pon farr with Kirk/Chapel/McCoy/unknown yeoman/sexy alien the only one around" or "Kirk and Spock prove their love by almost dying for each other again" or "hostile alien entity invades somebody's mind" ... there are other equally worn themes that appear in too many zines. But WS always has a little "something completely different" and that's nice.

Was it intentional, or am I imagining that the STAR WARS portion of 31/32 seems to be a Han Solo special? Not that I mind ... ! (Though on second thought, it could also be considered a Scrod special ... )

Thank you for the lovely presentation of my poem. All the other SW stuff is great. But my favorite item in the whole zine has to be "The Letter" — that's one of those diverse things and it's touching and well done. [6]
[zine]: I am really getting off on the Han Solo stuff in WS 31/32! Especially Miller's "Fastest Gun" — I saw it before it was completed and I must say it is delightfully twitchy. PoBlocki's story was my favorite — her Chewie is really fine (especially her Wookiee-gab, which nearly had me in traction), although I think she was just a tad harsh with Solo's characterization. Oh well, maybe the Princess had a headache (as well as rocks in her head). Gordon's "Mos Eisley Bar" was great — especially the pictures of Han and Chewie looking "innocent".[7]

I thoroughly enjoyed all the SW stories! My favorites were "The Meaning of Scrod ... " and "Homage to Scrod". I think something grabbed my ankle while in the shower last night; upon yelling "Ye Scrods!" and diving for my glasses, towel, and plant gun loaded with Malathion, it let go. Never did get a good look at it...

I'm sure you'll get a lot of letters about "Dear Mom — Love, Trisha", but I liked it very much. Yeah, the idea is a little trite, but it still says a lot ... if the story makes people stop and think — hurrah!

... I was interested by "Sedhozheh", but got lost in all the details. I get the feeling that Elyse Grasso is trying to create another DUNE with her specialized lingo. The details that were there for this one story were, for the most part, extraneous. The ones I wanted to find weren't there. Some I picked up by inference, but you really had to work to follow the story. I would have liked a more complete "picture" before the story started, or the author should have left out all the extras and given more "story" to it. [8]

I was disappointed in WS 31/32. A pretty big thing for me, since I can't remember ever being disappointed in WS in the year and a half I've subscribed.

One quarter of the mag for STAR WARS is fine. More is not. I am still trying to figure out why people who write good STAR TREK stories write crappy STAR WARS stories. So far, I have not read anything that will convince me that STAR WARS has a place in WARPED SPACE. Yuk!

As for lack of character development in the film, there was about the same amount in STAR TREK for Sulu and Chapel — not to mention Kyle, M'Benga, and a score of others — yet no one has trouble writing about them. No, the backgrounds of Solo, Luke, and Princess Leia do not interest me. (So far no robot stories, thank God.) Chewbacca interests me, but apparently no one else. Obi Wan and Darth Vader interest me, but I prefer to wait for the sequel to the film. But, to be fair, all would be for given if there had been enough decent Trek in 31/32.

Too many too-short shorts. The Nellie Gray story was good. The MAN FROM ATLANTIS sketches were better than the show.

I still like the "crude drawings from Vulcan" pseudo-series. "The Greenwood" reminded me of the Scotty faerie tale, and for that reason didn't thrill me overly. But the illos ... exquisite!

Oh, I can handle overdoses of STAR WARS or any other hysteria, but these long, long, dull, dull stories with eight four dollar prerequisites and three in comprehensible words per sentence are just too much.

"Sedhozheh" wasn't as bad as "Gohirsid Jon" — was in fact almost entertaining at times — but if the pages had been occupied with "Star Chaparral" instead, I would not have shed a tear. [9]

"No Reward Is Worth This" — the title doesn't quite seem to correspond with the story — the account of the miraculous rescue of Luke, as seen from the reluctant hero's (Han's) side. Han remained hard-bitten to the last. Good show!

"Gratitude" — what came after the victorious ceremony. However, I really can't see why Luke would want to return to Tatooine under any circumstances. After all, he felt life was passing him by on that "piece of rock". Also, I didn't see any evidence of that close a bond forming between Solo and Luke — not as close as the type forged between Kirk and Spock.

"Jedi Sister" — how about that! Maybe the STAR WARS galaxy is not as male chauvinistic as I expected!

The Scrod Section — never has so much been written by so many about so little. Sounded like pun-time to me. About Paula Block's Scrod segment — I, too, was laughing at it — until I read the last page. There's more than a ring of truth to that one today. After hearing that the STAR TREK II series was now to be a film ... again; Roddenberry and Susan Sackett to the contrary — ST fandom won't wait around forever. They are leaving now, for STAR WARS and CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND.

"The Letter" — well, at least this female character wasn't trying deliberately to get an inside track with Spock. I do wonder, though, why he permitted that "touch" telepathy with her. Also, the drawing seemed to look too much like paper-doll cut-outs. Still, I empathized strongly with the moral of the tale — maybe because, like Spock and Trisha, I too have let time slip by. Poignant lesson!

"The Greenwood" — fairy tale atmosphere. I didn't think Wyman's art was very illustrative of the stranger. But at the end of the tale, I saw that it did serve its purpose — to conceal. It's a change, to see an Enterprise crewmember through alien eyes.

"The Reformation Of Nellie Gray" — average, adventure/comedy tale of the series. But I can't help wondering why even being placed in peril could have caused such a drastic change in Nellie. After all, even, acting like a regulation squeaky-clean yeoman would not have changed her chances of survival one iota in this case. Besides, I'd still like to see a little mischief in her encounters with Kirk — off-duty, perhaps?

"Truce", and "In One Moment's Time" — I think I'd have appreciated these vignettes more if they'd appeared when the show's re-runs were still fresh.

My favorite Trek tale in this ish was "What's In A Gilded Cage". I could actually feel Uhura's strong yearnings for that beautiful long-lasting shell. How ever, I wish I could have seen a few more hints as to the reasoning that actually caused Uhura to finally reject it. Was it that she preferred a real body more?[10]

I loved "Free Enterprise"; the characterization was great. That is Han Solo ... but his hair was too dark in the illos.

"No Reward Is Worth This" is equally good. On the other hand, "Gratitude" leaves me ambivalent for some reason, though the scenes with Han and Chewie work well — maybe the characterization of Leia is off a bit compared to my ideas of her. She doesn't really have any good Princess Leia-type lines. I liked the rats with the targets (womp!).

Hallelujah! Finally an explanation of why it is a Pittsburgh Scrod. And filksongs, "And The Scrod Shall Inherit" and still more filksongs. (They even scan!) "The Bar In Mos Eisley" is magnificent. No wonder Han was faster on the draw — Greedo got his finger/tentacles tangled (note 7th illo).

Subspace Message Printout is a lot better than most Mary Sue type stories. A bit heavy-handed with the moral, but nice in that there is a point to the thing. Very impressive if it was written by someone under 12 or if the character was supposed to be very young, but other wise there's something odd about the prose style.

There are too many flying things in the Vulcan biology thing and their wingspan/ body size ratio is off since it was established in the aired shows that Vul can has a high gravity and thin atmosphere relative to Earth. And they're all too Earth-like. What's the use of developing an alien planet if you're going to de- alienize it? It would make much more sense to work at developing the ecologies which relate to such creatures as the sehlat, le-matya, and tanglepod vine as shown in the animation "Yesteryear". Or even bet ter, invent whatever ecology, etc. you like, but don't call it Vulcan.

"The Greenwood" is a shaggy dog story. Like the stories where Superman marries Lois Lane or she finally finds out who Clark Kent is and it all turns out to be a dream or those Marvel comic stories where New York city is demolished and then Odin or somebody puts it all back together and gives everybody amnesia and they don't notice that the clocks are wrong or what ever. It's writing, but it's not a story. And how to V.M. Wyman's people ever eat enough to stay alive with such tiny jaws?

"The Reformation of Nellie Gray'.' . . . Records Officer Duffy? Oi.

I hereby state for the record that I was responsible for inking and zip-a-toning the illos for "Sedhozheh" and if the artists are to blame for the muddiness of the illos it was me, not Anji Valenza. But I think it was partly the printer[11]

WS 31/32 looks terrific, especially that foldout of Han Solo ... got me so excited I went to see STAR WARS again.

... Excellent editorial. My greatest love and loyalty belongs to STAR TREK and always will — especially to the STAR TREK universe as expanded and enriched by 'zine writers. But it's a big universe; none of us (I hope) has only one interest. Most of my fannish friends, on the contrary, practically need index cards to keep track! These interests can be mutually enriching and a lot of fun in combination. Sometimes I feel like Obi-Wan Kenobi, being a science fiction fan when STAR TREK was no more than a synaptic disturbance in the fertile brain of the great bird, and seeing and' liking (loving!) STAR TREK from show number 1.

STAR TREK and STAR WARS are not mutually exclusive. They're very different things, and saying that one or the other is "better" is meaningless. They are both beautiful examples of what they are, and that's what counts. Sometimes one feels like whole wheat muffins and sometimes one would rather have eclairs — and it would be a poorer world without either. As you said, one should appreciate them for what they are.

My A-1 choice of jobs, however, is still A & A officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise (and I don't mean the aircraft carrier). By the way, it was great to see Landing Party 6 again — I've really missed them.[12]

Jackie Paciello and Paula Block's STAR WARS stories were very good. The never-ending references to the 'scrod' had me laughing my head off at 3 a.m. (especially "waving dere little fingers at me" p. 33. Where did you find the word 'scrod'?).

I don't usually like "Communications From the Enterprise" types of stories, and Anne Snell's was no exception. I can only start with this comment: Mary Sue. I wish someone would kill Amanda once and for all. The one thing Spock would have done in such a situation would have been to throw her out of his cabin. Fast.

"The Greenwood" is a nice story, and I would have liked it if the faun hadn't turned out to be Spock. That was cute; I don't like 'cute'. It should have been done as straight fantasy. As it was, it turned into a gimmick story: Spock + amnesia + little people in the woods. Re cipe for a fairy tale. On top of that, it was a little sketchy. But not all bad. Nothing in WARPED SPACE is ever all bad.

I usually like Nellie Gray, but couldn't see the point in "The Reformation Of ... " unless it was to provide Nellie with a steady boy-friend?

"Sedhozheh": the introduction gave me a headache. It got worse as I attempted to plough my way through the story itself. Halfway through the second page, I under stood why Germaine Best had seen fit to print her name and address twice in the introduction ((Oops.)). Unless I do de cide to contact her, I won't read any more of "Sedhozheh". I really can't tackle it without more background information and a proper dictionary. Maybe I'm off my feed, or my brain is growing soft, like Kirk's.

There is too much STAR WARS material in this ish. While I am not against SW (on the contrary), I feel that your 'zine should be at least half made up of ST material. Some fantasy, science fiction and STAR WARS is fine, but you really went overboard in this ish. The first fire of enthusiasm and all that, I imagine. And the stories were all good, therefore hard to turn down. You're ab solved, but don't do it again (I can hear you swearing at me). [13]

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 was published in February 1978 and contains 100 pages.

The 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, a fan 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.

  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek-Carleton (5)
  • Miscellanea (6)
  • Warped Communications, letters of comment (10)
  • Renaissance by Carol Mularski (Star Wars) (25)
  • Dark Lord by Jane Firmstone (Star Wars (30)
  • Inheritance, poem by Kelly Hill (Star Wars) (32)
  • Wandering Star by Kelly Hill (Star Wars) (33)
  • The Reluctant Bride by Roberta Rogow (Star Trek: TOS) (40)
  • The Shortest Star Trek Story in the World by Doris Beetem ("The last STAR TREK fan on Earth sat alone in a room, There was a Spock at the door.")(Star Trek: TOS) (48)
  • In Your Silent World by Jackie Paciello (Man from Atlantis)(49)
  • Star Wars Limericks by Meg Garrett (Star Wars) (57)
  • Lastling by Leah Rosenthal (Star Trek: TOS) (58)
  • The Sith Lord by Jean C., Barbara Deer, Pamela Jensen, and Kay Gonzales (Star Wars) (78)
  • Star Trek Limericks and Other Things by Rob Dye (94)
  • And the Magician Is No More by Janus Leo (96)
  • 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)[14] (reprinted from Locus #207) (98)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 33/34

[zine]: Well, I could be wrong; type-plotting moves point-five past light speed, apparently. Carol Mularski's "Renaissance," which not exactly a Lay- Leia story, does manage to marry her off to Luke; and Hill's "Wandering Star" is, so help me, a get-Han saga. Blessedly, there is "The Sith Lord" by Clissold, Deer, Jensen and Gonzalez. There is enough material in these 15 pages to fill three of the projected ten sequels of SW, but tho little more than a character study of Darth Vader, this does give a unique interpretation of the conflict source between Darth, Obi-Wan, Luke's father, and Owen.

For Man From Atlantis fans, there's Paciello's "In Your Silent World." Jackie does better with Luke and Han. Leah Rosenthal's "Lastling" has a Cara Sherman-esque character in this monolithic trek tale, and Beetem's "Shortest Star Trek Story in the World" is a classic parody.

Contents - 5. Graphics - 5. $ Worth 5. [15]

Even doubling up the issues, you still manage to come out more often than all but a very few newsletters. There's got to be an engineering-type-genius (Tullio, maybe?) out in fandom who can hook you up to a power line to lower our fuel bills. The cover was fabulous. Better than many a Galaxy or F&SF cover. The interior art was rather uneven, some of it marvelous, some of it crud.

"Miscellanea" these days contains nearly as much info as SPECTRUM, SCUTTLEBUTT and INTERSTAT combined. And it's one of the least important aspects of WS ....

... Personally, I don't know whether STAR WARS is 'destroying' fandom, aiding an already started process, or has no effect. Regardless, fandom slowly dying. Does anyone have a viable (as opposed to wishful) plan for resurrection? Is there anyone who will even admit to the decline and forthcoming fall?

Dee Beetem, with her Shortest STAR TREK Story ... *sigh* ...

"The Sith Lord". Whew, what a theory. More! [16]

WS 33/34 ... certainly satisfied my craving for more STAR WARS stories and material. "Renaissance" and "Wandering Star" were very very good, and the illos for each were beautifully done.

"The Sith Lord" had an interesting premise, but in some places I felt something was missing, that too much was being left to the reader's imagination. "Inheritance" was so sad!

"Dark Lord" was chilling, and Pat Munson's illo was awe-inspiring. Please continue with STAR WARS and other material, despite what some people say.

Other things: "Reluctant Bride" was cute. I can see T'Pau having fits over "Earther" interference, although her contempt was a little overdone and Kraithish. It took me a while to realize the source of the title for "In Your Silent World", but it fits, it fits! I'm only a peripheral MAN FROM ATLANTIS fan, but I liked the story.

"Lastling" is my favorite non-STAR WARS piece in the 'zine. I was wondering if we'd see more of Kem Tory, and it was great to find out who the Seven Moons were. It's been driving me buggy.

I also enjoyed the Enterprise's new security chief, being a Gary Cooper fan from way back.

Oh — thanks, Martynn, for putting a title to Monica Miller's Han Solo poster [in issue #31/32]. "Fastest Gun" is quite appropriate, although I'd been calling it "Bedroom Eyes" myself.[17]

I see that when you threaten to use any letter written to you in the 'zine, you mean it. As long as nobody comes after me with a bomb, I don't mind.

Less STAR WARS in this one, all of it good. "Renaissance" fine, although I don't much like Solo drunk. But then, I hate all drunks.

"Wandering Star" great; I always had a weakness for wounded heroes.

"The Sith Lord" was also good; but I feel that making Vader Luke's uncle is a trifle far-fetched, as the British elegantly used to say.

"The Reluctant Bride", or the further adventures of the Three Musketeers: o.k., even if, in my opinion, no way would T'Pau have let a female fight for T'Rass. Somewhere, somehow, the Vulcan Traditions must forbid it. I can't prove it, it's just a feeling I have. Don't know why. The "Man From Atlantis" story wasn't bad, but I was never a fan of the show's. I thought that most of the scripts were abysmally rotten (if that's redundant, so were the scripts). The story in WS was better than most of them.

I was expecting another segment of "The Weight" in this ish. I've got a nerve, asking for more, haven't I? I can't commend you enough for reprinting Harlan Ellison's statement re: IguanaCon. From other statements attributed to him, and comments from people who have met him, I'd sort of formed the image of Elas one of the self-styled 'God's gift to women'. I was surprised and pleased to see that he feels even more strongly than I about ERA (I break out into hives whenever I see Phyllis Schafly on TV, or hear her name mentioned). It's a rare delight to discover that you can respect a writer whose prose you love as a person, not only as a writer. Thanks for printing the statement, Lori.

"Lastling" by Leah Rosenthal. A Mary Kemilworth? And a Mary Jeremy? Kidding aside, I know how difficult it is to present new characters at the beginning of a story. One always sounds like a talking biography, somehow. This story got better and better as 1 read it. It's a little far-fetched, but interesting. A little strange, but different. Mellow, but sweet. And I'd like to read more about Sinkoor and the Romulans (the best praise one can give a story, is saying one wants to read more).

... There weren't any LoC's in 31/32. Don't ever do that again. Please! I enjoy them as much as any story. The LoC's and the miscellanea pages are as much a part of WARPED SPACE as the arti cles or fiction. They keep us informed of available items (zines, conventions, etc.) and allow us to check our opinions against those of other readers. They even permit irate writers to shit back (sorry) on nasty readers. They are essential to WS. We love them or hate them, but we need them.

Speaking of hate, doesn't Paula Smith send you any more LoC's? Has she been murdered?

... Once again, I dipped my typewriter in venom and concocted a poisonous LoC for you. As I said, I intend to be very efficient from now on. Translated, it means I'll keep up with you. [18]

Keep the LoC section big. It was my favorite part of the 'zine. Just one thing: when somebody asks a question, why don't you answer it? Some of the unanswered questions have left me screaming.

I think your STAR WARS fiction is much better than what Ballantine has published; somehow Foster doesn't seem to handle other's characters too well. I like his Krang series. (Is that the right name?) "The Sith Lord" by all them people was excellent. A much better explanation for Vader's disfigurement than Lucas's. Volcano, indeed! I would really like to see more by this group. Like, "I'll not come back ... except to take the boy," or what happens when Vader learns that his nephew blew up his toy.

'Bout time we saw Yarrah-Bethan again. It was an interesting twist, having her fight for T'Rass. Only did Roberta have to let loose with T'Pau yelling "Perversion!"? You know what can of worms that's gonna open.

Let's hear some more from Kemilworth Tory, but have Leah restrain her malicious mind. After all, telling us that Tory knows the secret of the Guardian, and going no further is cruel.

Gordon's CLOSE ENCOUNTERS poster was inspired. [19]

I liked "Renaissance" very much. The characters were just right, though I think Luke will revive the Jedi without any urging from the Princess. That's a good explanation of how the Princess resisted the mind probe, which is something I've wondered about. "Wandering Star" was also very good, but I think Han knows why he went back. He went back because, as he would put it, "The damn fool kid's gonna get himself killed." It's true that he might not realize why he cares if the kid gets killed until an incident like the one in the story shocks him into it. I agree that he'll never say any more than "Thanks". "Inheritance" was touching, but I'm confused. I thought the speaker in the poem was Luke's father, but then who is Monica's lovely illo supposed to be? ((Young Luke.)) "The Dark Lord" was very good.

I liked "The Reluctant Bride", but I don't see how Captain Stavek knows T'Rass well enough to be willing to be her champion. I enjoyed "The Lastling" very much. I was glad to see the explanation for the behavior of the Vulcan Council in "Notes From An Archaeologist On Vulcan", and am looking forward to a sequel explaining why Cooper was in jail on Starbase One. "The Sith Lord". Very interesting theory, but I don't accept it. I seriously doubt Kenobi would have known all that and not told Luke some of it. Also, I don't think Owen Lars could or would have kept Luke's own grandfather away from him. In addition, there are some gaps in the story. For example, how exactly were the Jedi purged? Finally, a small point. I think Owen's attitude towards Luke's father is best explained if Luke's mother was Owen's sister, and that Skywalker was probably not from Tatooine. The story does give a good explanation of what a "Dark Lord of the Sith" is. I enjoyed the MAN FROM ATLANTIS story. I liked the show when it began, but the plots became silly and the characters weren't developed, so I stopped watching.

To Steve Czapla: I don't know anyone who's left STAR TREK fandom for STAR WARS. Some of my friends are still only interested in STAR TREK, and the others have simply added on another interest. [20]

First off, I have to say that the Mark Rogers cover on WS 33/34 is fantastic! I could swear that's a portrait of two para-huans from Schmitz's Demon Breed (highly recommended SF).

I, too, am in favor of across the board samplings of science fiction in your 'zine — not just STAR TREK. For instance, the Jackie Paciello story about the MAN FROM ATLANTIS was a refreshing and beautiful piece. And I happen to think that the delicate balance that Duffy and Montgomery brought to the relationship between Mark and Elizabeth could be one of the most difficult to write about. I think Paciello did a good job — anybody else taking up the challenge? I am enjoying Roberta Rogow's creation immensely, and the fun gets better with each new installment. Frankly, the Tudors always left me cold, but a Finnegan-tormenter for Kirk is great and I'm a push over for Vulcans. More, please! Leah Rosenthal!!! That's enough ... just say her name and then contemplate infinity. Where did this person come from — the forehead of Zeus? (for Jove, read T'Pau.) The little con report that accompanied WS 29/30 is a joy — I show it to people who want to know what a con is like. I was captivated (tantalized? haunted? titillated?) by the hints of ancient Vulcan (Vynsahn) in WS 29/30. Ima gine my joy, then, to see those tidbits so fully realized in "Lastling". Kem Tory is a foe worthy of T'Pau — when will we see more? And Cooper (I have this hysterical mental image of the sheriff from "High Noon" on board the Big E.) What next? Was disappointed, of course, at the absence of "The Weight' — but that lack was actually made up for by Doris Beetem's story which was only 2.375 times as long as its title. Trufun.

On the STAR WARS stuff. Why there really is a Han/Chewie relationship! (Uh oh ... the wookiee's out of the bag now!) However, I am enjoying the further adventures of Han, et al. By the way, is that poem from Kelly Hill's story a song? It's beautiful.

"The Sith Lord" was interesting reading — and a reasonable backward extrapolation. The authors did a good job — and they brought up a few very interest ing questions with that ending.

Anyway, I have loved every issue of WARPED SPACE I've read. They get better each time, and I hope you'll consider this my vote to continue what you were planning on doing anyway.[21]

How long does Connie Faddis spend on those illustrations, anyway? Goddess, I wish I could draw like that! . Whew! Move over, F.K. Freas.

Since there seems to be some sort of debate on the comparison between STAR TREK and STAR WARS, might I throw in my five cents' worth? As entertainment, both have their strong points. In the area of characterizations, TREK has had three years of exposure and nine more of spec ulation in the fanzines. STAR WARS is only a ten month old space fantasy, with all the whys and wherefores in Lucas's head (and he may not even do the next one or two sequels). It can't hope to com pete with TREK'S track record. I do take offense to the remark that the SW charac ters are not real. They're as real as one wants them to be; it takes only a little more digging. True, the character type of a sheltered young man who gets more adventure than he bargained for, but still rises to the occasion, is present in more than one plot (D'Artagnan, "Prince Valiant", Captains Courageous). However, so is the image of the individual who is in a position of authority at an early age, and agonizes over drastic command decisions (Lord Jim, The Hobbit, David and Jesus in the Bible). The question is: who is more realistic, Luke Skywal- ker or Jim Kirk? It's all a matter of exposure and trial-and-error fan fiction. We've got a brand new springboard for ideas here (for both ST and SW). Let's enjoy it, not point accusing fingers.

Loved No Reward ... " (J.P. has another fan out here in the boonies), not to mention the scrod material. So would my tribble, if I let it anywhere near the 'zine. Back! Back! [22]

That cover on 35/36 is fantastic!

"Warped Communications" in the past two issues has been somewhat unsettled with vociferous complaints about too much SW and/or the quality of SW material. Kind of reminds me of the outrage some hard core SF fans felt when ST was first called science fiction. There's room for all folks, and then some.

Frankly, WS has never disappointed me. It has an excellent variety of ST, SF, and now SW. Plenty of humor, serious and 'weighty' (pardon the pun!) matters — I've always enjoyed it all. It's heaven to see some more of the KLYSADEL series. The art work on pgs. 24-25 was magnificent. "Voices On The Wind" is well-written SF that touches on the ST universe.

I like the recent installment on "The Weight". This is really taking shape. I'm looking forward to more.

Keep up the good work. [23]
[zine]: Basically, I think "The Sith Lord" needed more to be written. I can't see documenting Darth's rottenness in the space of 20 or 30 pages. Something very involved happened to him: being seduced by the dark side of the force doesn't sound like much fun. I mean, it was probably terribly exciting for him, and frightening too, and I can't help but imagine there was one hell of a fight for his soul on. The way it comes out in the Sith Lord story it sounds like the Exorcist or the Omen, like he was possessed by it by giving it an inroad into him. Perhaps it's more like getting turned on to the power of the universe; the dark side's role was passive. In "The Sith Lord" it sounds like it was just waiting for him, fangs dripping. [24]

Concerning the question of the diversity of the material in \VS — al though the non-TREK material is a relatively recent development, hell, you've been saying for 35 issues now that WS is slanted towards diversity. And most of the praise for WS (other than praising its frequency and consistently-high quality) has especially noted the element of diversity. The people Who bitch about the non-TREK material strike me as in much the same class as the people who nitpick about STAR WARS or STAR TREK 11 without Spock. You're going to watch/read it no matter what you complain about now, so why complain? The fact remains that WS is the best $ for value even after you delete SW material (if you object to that) or "The Weight" (if you object to that).

To Julie Helseth — while I do not agree that "people who write good STAR TREK stories write crappy STAR WARS stories", granted your premise, perhaps it is for the same reason that by and large the early TREK zines (of course there are notable exceptions) were of comparable quality (whatever that means). Give them a couple years and a couple sequels, and then see if they write "crappy stories".

... Does Signe want to sell the original for "Patience"? ((Nope. It's mine.)) ... The story "IDIC' ... and the "UPI Newsitem", both could have been improved by drastic shortening. Cute. So? Nitpick about Nan Lewis's illo of Nellie and Uhura for 'The Tantalus Hype". If Uhura was holding her knife that way, not only would she probably cut her hands, but rather than threatening Nellie with it, she would lose both knife and, if fighting the Mirror-Nellie, her life in very short order. Shame to foul art that good with something like that.

Anji's tale of the KLYSADEL was less perplexing than usual. 1 can never remember who is what, and what has gone before. I think this is a very big problem. Especially as KLYSADEL appear now in five zines. The bone of contention with DIAMONDS AND RUST had been that the series appeared in so many different places, and because of that, regardless of the merit of the series (or lack thereof), it could not be properly evaluated. Mandi would contend (validly, I think) that her Kirk in, say, "Treasure" evolved from the series through the individual stories. And, again, here, I cannot follow the plotline, and especially cannot see the evolution of the characters. For any characters in any fiction to live, they must change with time. If I can see them only briefly, in one or two stories out of a vast body of fiction (with some fantastic detail work), I lose a lot. And, of course, for an example of what I mean by evolution of characters mandated in fiction, and a case of what marvels can come from this, we have a rather Fishy tale. There is a very strong temptation to cry out in the middle of reading the latest chapter, "Spock, you twit. Look at Quanna, and then look in the mirror already. To quote "City", "I am a fool.") Very strong notion he should have reached the truth already. And why isn't Kirk suspecting anything? Why don't the Anarchists meet up with

Khan and his batch of Playdo-boys? How about Mirror"The Weight"? And Juggeth Roundthigh can play a dulcimer and sip dandelion wine during her coffee break in the vast bureaucratic maze in which she works ... Can the Guardian send one over to the Mirror-Universe? Why not?[25]

As always, you provided a most interesting and balanced issue. The,Nellie Gray story made me chuckle — I'd love to know how the "Mirror" Kirk copes with his version! "The Weight" — well, Sheila and 1 had been wondering if Quanna was the Spock alternate. One thing — you mentioned in the introduction that Parts-2 and 3 will be printed in their entirety — is there any chance that this segment will be, too? ((Yes. After "The Weight" completes its serialization in WARPED SPACE, both it and its 'prequel' "The Sixth Year" v/ill be published by T'Kuhtian Press under one cover, to be followed by separate one-cover publication of Parts 2 and 3.))

We both missed some of the earlier parts, and though I think we've followed pretty well, it would be nice to have it complete. [26]

I'm all for IDlC in a 'zine ... provided, mind you, that the 'infinite' regularly includes some MAN FROM ATLANTIS material. D'ya think, if you twisted a few arms jut a bit harder, you might induce some talented person(s) to write just a couple (thousand) more MFA stories? You could try ... please, Lori. Have you ever seen someone with a really bad case of fin-flash having withdrawals? It's a horrible sight ... dragging themselves feebly along the beach, having periodic and increasingly intense convulsions, lifting their sandy faces to gaze at the water and sobbing, pitifully ...

Anyway, if you should hear from anyone else who sounds as (or almost as) obsessed as I am, I'd love to correspond with them. [27]

I've never watched "The Muppet Show", so 1 got quite a chortle over the illustration, thought maybe it was an original concept that would pop up in a later issue. Well, why not? I'm in the habit of thumbing through each issue before 1 read it, looking at the illos and guessing what happens in the stories — the title "The Reluctant Bride" with Kirk's picture under it got an even bigger laugh than "Pigs In Space". That story weighs about half and half with me. I like Ivanov (how 'bout a story, Rober ta?) and wanted to find out why T'Rass was reluctant, but the rest of it seemed sort of tacky — making T'Rass's be trothed Stonn's brother (just because Stonn's a jerk doesn't mean his brother would be one, too — lots of nice folks have jerky siblings) and making said jer- key brother a dope peddler seems a bit contrived. Jerks or not, Stonn and Steyn are Vulcans — and I have a hard time believing that even the creepiest Vulcan would be involved in something that seamy.

I have an equally hard time believing that even a jerky, creepy, runty, dope-peddling Vulcan could be whipped so easily in a fight, unaccustomed to combat or not — especially by a non-Vulcan. I was delighted to see the -urk- "pseudo-series" (why didn't you tell me?) blossom into a full-blown adventure yarn, complete with old loves and New Guinean puberty rites. Leah Rosenthal has a knack for tying up loose ends (Har-de-har-har).. Bravo!

"The Sith Lord". Although I disagreed with the basic premise of this story, I enjoyed it — so far it is the best-written SW piece I have yet come across. However, the fact that it took four people to write it does not alleviate my cynicism over much. [28]

The fact that I've been commenting exclusively on SW material would probably fuel the accusations that "SW is taking over," which I find ridiculous. It's simply taking its place among the rest, and there's bound to be a particular surge at the beginning of any 'movement'. I've always thought WS was an SFzine, not a STzine, so SW does have its place here too. The reason for my slant in commenting is that I have been reading them piecemeal (I have classes, work, etc. four nights a week, plus correspondence, writing, and general living), and having been in ST fandom for over ten years (with no intention of dropping out) I gravitated to the more different material first for a change. I did think "Interstellar Baby sitters, Inc." was hilarious; and am thoroughly delighted to see that there are others interested in MAN FROM ATLANTIS stories; look at it this way, folks: at our worst, we couldn't be as bad as the series' scriptwriters! It's an absolute impossibility. In fact we've bettered them already with Jackie's story, and Gordon's cartoon is priceless. I'm hoping to see a lot more.

I tend to prefer orchestras to solo instruments, so keep the variety coming, Lori![29]

Issue 35/36

front cover of issue #35/36, Hans Dietrich
back cover of issue #35/36, Gordon Carleton: "One Day on Yavin Four"

Warped Space 35/36 was published in March 1978 and contains 98 pages.

The art is by Gordon Carleton, Hans Dietrich, Connie Faddis, Leslie Fish, Melly Frame, Amy Harlib, Signe Landon, Nan Lewis, Leah Rosenthal, Carolynn Ruth, and Anji Valenza.

From the editorial:

There will be a breather between this issue of WARPED SPACE and issue #37 — at least a month, probably longer. I'll have to recuperate from T'Con, do some spring house- cleaning, and reorganize myself in other ways. Jan Lindner's sequel to Paula Smith's "For Sale, Must Sacrifice" from WARPED SPACE 15 will definitely go in WS 37, and that issue will also contain an updated schedule of printing. To all the authors who have sent me manuscripts, please hang in there! That's one more reason for me taking a breather between issues — I will go over manuscripts next month and notify you all of acceptances or rejections, re-write suggestions, etc. Pass the word. Gordon and I plan on producing a T'Con Souvenir Book, which should contain photos panel transcripts, artwork, etc. — maybe assorted reviews of the con. Supporting and attending members of the convention are scheduled to receive this publication as part of their convention membership. Anyone else desiring a copy is requested to send a s.a.s.e. to us no later than April 30. We will use these s.a.s.e.s to estimate the necessary print run, and will send price information in early May. We hope to print the Book in May.


If anyone has a copy of the soundtrack album for "Silent Running" for sale, I'm interested!
  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek_Carleton (3)
  • Warped Communications, LoCs
  • Patience by Jackie Paciello, art by Signe Landon (Star Wars) (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 (later printed in Snow on the Moon) (original science fiction) (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) (45)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 35/36

[zine]: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...[30]

The cover looks like a couple of depraved Khevet. Is it intended, or am I the depraved being, to imagine such a thing?

Your art is up to its usual high caliber. I always expect Leslie Fish's, for reasons of my own (it horrifies me, is why). Whoever wrote "UPI Newsitem is quite mad. Chain him/her to a desk and demand more.

"The Tantalus Hype": the premise of this story is absolutely ridiculous; the story itself closely follows the premise. I think that Roberta Rogow, for the sake of using a frankly endearing character, has a tendency to let plot and credibility slide into nothingness.

"Voices On The Wind": its introduction rivaled that of "Sedhozheh", but I managed to pull through. Definitely harder to follow than "Gohirsid Jon". Which, as far as I can judge, it doesn't have much to do with. It's very hard to go from one KLYSADEL story to the next.

I feel guilty about "Sedhozheh" as well; if I could finish this story, I should have the other. Maybe I'll give it another try.

"Voices" is bizarre and compelling — the art is fabulous. I can't help feeling that Anji Valenza would make it much easier on the reader if she got the series published in book form (continuity being beneficial to the human mind, you know). Surely she could find a science fiction editor willing to do so?

If a horrible thing like "Marauders of Gor" can get published, someone must be willing to print a good thing like the KLYSADEL series?

"The Weight": Gahrhk! I knew Leslie Fish wouldn't let Kirk come back to point one. After all, it's hardly worth her while to drag a character through months of misery and actual physical/mental suffering, just to allow him to remain the same person he used to be — a person Fish doesn't happen to like much, incidentally.

Quite a neat trick to have the two time-lines merge through Kirk. A bit hard on Kirk, yes, but after all, what mercy can he expect from Leslie Fish? I suppose I must be thankful that he got his eye back, lot the scars, limp and brain damage. Never mind the tuberculosis and mental strain: it does get them taken care of, finally — and now!

I'm actually going to miss old Crown- of-Mirrors: he reminded me of the theme song from one of the Disney series: "Scarecrow, scarecrow ... "

Physical regeneration notwithstanding, it seems that Kirk is not through suffering yet (another turn of the screw in 38?). At least, I can see that Spock will have some difficulties of his own fairly soon. Already has them, in fact — I'll bet Quannechota could get arrest ed on Vulcan for what she's done.

Is it gross to point out that underneath all the sociological coating and numerous sub-plots (as in: 'Uhura: power-groupie'), the main 'moral' of this story is a good screw will put all your fears to rest'? (Or most of them, anyway.) As far as I can tell. Fish hasn't made the 'new' Kirk an anarchist after all, which is reasonable as well as clever of her (I can only take so much). I must admit that I got to laugh several times while reading this segment. That's a switch: I usually read "The Weight" in grim, horrified silence.

The 'fight' between the two Kirks was gripping: incredible writing. I was hanging on by my thumbnails ... All right, I give up: I may not agree with all (or most of) Fish's premises and if a ideas, but I sure am addicted to "The Weight". I'm already trying to figure out what happens next.

By the way, I didn't know part of rural Michigan was French-settled. Do people actually speak French there now? And has anyone else noticed that Leslie Fish's "eh eh's" and "hee hee's" in "Warped Communications" sound like the demented laughter of mad scientists in old black and white 1940 horror movies?

... WS 35/36 was up to your usual standards. Keep it up.[31]

That cover on 35/36 is fantastic!

"Warped Communications" in the past two issues has been somewhat unsettled with vociferous complaints about too much SW and/or the quality of SW material. Kind of reminds me of the outrage some hard core SF fans felt when ST was first called science fiction. There's room for all folks and then some!

Frankly, WS has never disappointed me. It has an excellent variety of ST, SF, and now SW. Plenty of humor, serious and 'weighty' (pardon the pun!) matters — I've always enjoyed it all. It's heaven to see some more of the KLYSADEL series. The art work on pgs. 24-25 was magnificent. "Voices On The Wind" is well-written SF that touches on the ST universe.

I like the recent installment on "The Weight". This is really taking shape. I'm looking forward to more. Keep up the good work. [32]
[zine]: I'll start with the cover — looks like a typical couple at Santa Cruz beach — my father thought it was a driftwood sculpture. "The Tantalus Hype" was fun, but, like nearly all Dirty Nellie stories, ended just as things started cooking. Frust rating! That Ivanov story better be at least ten pages long! I really enjoyed the latest segment of "The Weight", as usual ...[33]

I loved Gordon's cartoons, especially the Devil's Tower one, and I liked the sports bulletin. I loved "IDIC". It's a much better answer to various complaints than any LoC could be. "Patience" was excellent. It reminded me how important my dear Luke is. "The Tan talus Hype" — how could a story Nellie tells Kirk/A on the spur of the moment be something Nellie/A was supposed to tell him? I admire the amount of work Anji Valenza has done, but I found•"Voices On The Wind" boring.

Maybe it isn't fair for me to comment on "The Weight" since I first read it in 26/27, read 24 and 25 later, and conse quently had trouble making sense of the story, but I don't like it. I think Jim Kirk would try to find a way to put time right without bringing 41 people (it might have been 57) into a universe in which there is no place for them. I

don't understand how Kirk and Spock can have female analogues with different names, instead of simply never having been born. I don't agree that women's rights would still be an issue 200 years from now. Granted, women were not equal to men in the aired episodes, but that was a reflection of the times and can be ignored by fans writing today. I also don't like the idea that all the more open-minded Terrans are space travelers. We'll need people with vision on Earth, too, and I think they'll be there. Finally, I don't understand why the Guardian is given a personality. It certainly didn't have one in "The City on the Edge of Forever." [34]

Issue 37

Warped Space 37 was published June 21, 1978 and contains 63 pages. It has a front cover by Gordon Carleton and a back cover by Jackie Paciello.

The interior art is by Mary Bloemker, Gordon Carleton, Edith Crowe, Cheryl Frashure, M.J. Fisher, Desire Gonzalez, Michael Goodwin, Amy Harlib, C.L. Healy, Terri Korthais, Signe Landon, Martynn, Carolynn Ruth, Catherine Strand, Anji Valenza, Joni Wagner, Robin Wood, and Joyce Yasner.

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: CE3K
back cover of issue #37, Jackie Paciello: 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.

This issue also includes a letter of comment from David Arey ("Audio-Visuals, Tristar Industries Inc., STAR TREK AMERICA, STAR TREK PHILADELPHIA, STAR TREK ATLANTA") that addressed fan complaints about fan experiences at the Schuster Cons:

I wish to comment on some of the unflattering things that have been said concerning the conventions that we hold in various areas of the East Coast. It has been stated that we are a rip-off group, only interested in the amount of money that can be made from the STAR TREK phenomenon. I have also heard the pronouncement that we do not have enough variety to our cons. My comments will be directed towards these two points.

First, I must state that the majority of STAR TREK fans who attend our cons are very loyal and caring. It seems to be a small group that feels we are not giving as much as they feel would be necessary for an enjoyable con.

The comment about being a rip-off: not only in my own opinion, but, in that of other fans, the conventions we do are not a greed-project! When you pay your $20.00 for a three-day ticket, we try to give you three, full days of entertainment. An average of seven different events are taking place from the time we open at 10 o'clock in the morning. Example: Dealers' Room; episode film room; art exhibit; writers' panels; amateur film contest; autograph session with the stars; a variety of displays on space colonies, space shuttle, computer advances, etc.; and the crazy costume contests. This is only a sampling of the type of things that take place at our cons. The science fiction film festival usually takes place after 9 p.m. As a rule, the last room to close down during the three days is the episode/film room. It usually closes around 3 a.m.! We are one of the few conventions that have had Leonard Nimoy attend. With this as an example, do we sound like a rip-off to you? It must also be understood that it is a costly investment to put together a convention of this type. Hotel bookings, stars' air-fares, equipment rentals, film costs; not to mention the salaries of those on the staff that get paid for their hard work. Simple it is not!

In regards to the variety question, I guess I have already answered that. If someone out there still considers us a rip, please send us any information you have on how to make it less expensive to put on a convention, and we will lower our ticket prices.

My thanks for allowing me to air my views about this matter.
  • Editor's Nook
  • Warped Communications, letters of comment (13)
  • Other Side, poem by Dian Hardison, art by Martynn Man From Atlantis (27)
  • Farewell, poem by Ronnie Molnar, art by Mary Bloemker Man From Atlantis (28)
  • Wonder Woman Montage (29)
  • Contact, poem by Kathy Resch (Close Encounters of the Third Kind) (30)
  • Analysis Please: Clones by Ann Popplestone (31)
  • A Class III Reprimand by Amy Forrest (Star Trek: TOS) (33)
  • Man Trapped by Paula Block, art by Robin Wood (We share McCoy's anguish after he has killed Nancy Crater.) (Star Trek: TOS) (34)
  • ... And a Star to Steer Her By by Cheryl Rice, art by Signe Landon (Star Trek: TOS) (35)
  • T'L'ila [35] by Marcia Mathog, art by Joni Wagner (Star Trek: TOS) (37)
  • No Deposit, No Return by Jan Lindner, art by Cheryl Frashure (a sequel to For Sale, Must Sacrifice in issue #15) (Star Trek: TOS) (40)
  • Star Trek Haiku by Desire Gonzalez, art by Gonsalez and Edith Crowe (Star Trek: TOS) (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 (filk to the tune of "Big Spender") (Star Wars) (52)
  • Moff Tarkin by Pat and Judy Molnar (filk to the tune of "Little Boxes") (Star Wars) (52)
  • Leia Organa: Memory Strands, poem by Kathy Resch, art by Signe Landon (Star Wars) (53)
  • Star Death by Jane Firmstone, art by M.J. Fisher (art reprinted from an issue of Alderaan) (Star Wars)(56)
  • For Han (An Introspection), poem by Susan R. Matthews, art by Martynn (Star Wars) (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 (Star Wars) (50)
  • Tega Run by Judi L. Hendricks (Star Wars) (53)
  • Duel by Kelly Hill (62)
  • Rogue Mercenary by Kelly Hill (68)
  • Team Work by Irene Schfer (Star Wars) (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 on the Wind, part 2 by Anji Valenza (later printed in Snow on the Moon) (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)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 38


On WS 38, my compliments to Judi Hendricks for "Tega Run". Han Solo has always fascinated me ever since SW. I'm curious to know what he was like as a young man. The story gave us some insight into the forces that shaped him. I particularly liked the way he met Chewbacca, although it was a shame about Han's partner Pauri. A grisly way to meet one's maker. Re "Finnegan's Wake", I must admit to liking Fin-negan even though I understand he did give Jim Kirk quite a bad time at the academy. [36]

Issue 39

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

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 (Star Wars) (14)
  • Nosferatu by Edith Louise Crowe (reprinted in Dracula) (16)
  • Our Lot in Life by Patti Cullen-Heyes, art by Michael Goodwin (Star Wars)(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) (on some copies the story is titled "The Weight Part VI, Section 3")
  • Resurgence (part 1) by Jacqueline Paciello, art by Martynn (Star Wars) (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 (reprinted in Dracula), 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 (ThousandWorlds Universe, Star Wars) (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 (Star Wars) (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 (Star Wars) (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 (Star Wars) (84)
  • Notes on the Force as Presented in Resurgence/The Continuator by Paula Block (Star Wars) (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

[zine]: 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.[37]


  1. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  2. ^ from Scuttlebutt #6
  3. ^ from Scuttlebutt #6
  4. ^ by Paula Smith from Menagerie #14
  5. ^ from Fleet #21 (April 1978)
  6. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #33/34
  7. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #33/34
  8. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  9. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  10. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  11. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  12. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  13. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ from Paula Smith in Menagerie #14
  16. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  17. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #35/36
  18. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  19. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  20. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  21. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  22. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  23. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  24. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  25. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  26. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  27. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  28. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  29. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  30. ^ from Spectrum #37
  31. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  32. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  33. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  34. ^ from a fan in "Warped Space" #37
  35. ^ Yes, spelled that way.
  36. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  37. ^ from Scuttlebutt #13