Warped Space/Issues 41-50

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Issue 41

cover of issue #41, Will Wilson

Warped Space 41 was published in 1979 and contain 92 pages. There is much Star Trek and Star Wars material.

  • Editor's Nook
  • Warped Communications, LoCs (4)
  • Analysis Please: Miscellanea by Ann Popplestone (13)
  • You Can't Go Home Again by Roberta Rogow (15)
  • Journey's End? by Roberta Rogow (20)
  • Quartet by Sarah Liebold (36)
  • Worlds Away by Pat Malone (28)
  • Homeward Bound by Kelly Hill (29)
  • Dreamings by Kathy Resch (30)
  • A Dragon Art Portfolio by Lynne Anne Goodwin (31)
  • Spacer Man by Jane Firmstone (Star Wars) (38)
  • Comfort by Jackie Pacieloo and Paula M. Block (Star Wars) (52)
  • The Weight (part four, section 4) by Leslie Fish (52)
  • Science Fiction Affliction by Wendy Rathbone (78)
  • A Beastly Art Portfolio by Leah Rosenthal and Virginia Lee Smith (79)
  • The Gift of Fearlessness by Angela-Marie Varesano (86)
  • S'Our Trek, Too (part 3) by Gordon Carleton (87)
  • Miscellanea (89)
  • art by Randy Ash, Gordon Carleton, Doug Drexler, Leslie Fish, Lynne Anne Goodwin, Nan Lewis, Pat Malone, Martynn, Susan Perry (back cover), Ann Popplestone, Leah Rosenthal, Virginia Lee Smith, Angela-Marie Varesano, Will Willson (front cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 41


Like the Marvel comics of the late '60s, WS has made a specialty of continued stories. Unlike the interminable adventures of Peter Parker and Dr. Bruce Banner, however, the stories in WS sometimes do come to an end. In this ish, for instance, Roberta Rogow's Dirty Nellie Gray series inevitable finishes up with two final pieces. Leah Rosenthal's illos give them a poignancy the author had striven for, but missed. On the other hand, third step in a running start on their Star Wars 'Continuator' series is 'Comfort.' which well enough written, but a bit trivial -- Luke meets an old friend from Tatooine, Bigg's old girlfriend, and they comfort each other. And of course, there's chapter four part 4 of 'The Weight,' in which Spock discovers something the reader has known since August 1977. There are some nice scenes in this section, notably Uhura's talk with Roantree; next issue is supposed to finish off the series, whereupon the whole series will be reprinted in its entirety in a separate volume. Something to look forward to. One-shot items in thish include more of Hill and Firmstone's Star Wars 'poetry,' Popplestone on Scientific Myths, two art folios by Goodwin and Rosenthal, and part three of Carleton's cartoon send-up of the coming ST movie, 'S'Our Trek, Too.' In all, a good issue this time. [1]

[zine]: "Homeward Bound"—Kelly describes Han so well. She seems to underhim better than he understands him self. Loved the accompanying illo. Han's mind seems to be elsewhere. "Spacer Man" fits Han like a glove. The illo of Han could pass for a photo. It captures the imagination. Makes one feel you're look ing at Han in the flesh. My compliments to Susan Perry. Hope to see more of her drawings, esp. those of Han.

"Comfort"—Bri Windrider seeming so sad. I guess it's hard to lose someone you love. I'm glad Luke was there to com fort her, and vice versa. I loved the part where she meets Han. It's just like that stubborn Corellian to disobey his doctor. Kirk and Spock were the same way. Lousy patients. I'm dying to read "Resurgence" to learn how Han got hurt in the first place. Probably wasn't being careful.

"The Weight"—would you believe this is the 1st segment I've read in WS? I read excerpts in ENTERPRISE INCIDENTS, but this is the 1st time I've had a chance to really read it. My compliments to Leslie Fish for such an excellent story. I'm anxious to read the whole thing ... [2]

Issue 42

front cover of issue #42, Hans Dietrich, Future Wings - fantasy flight

Warped Space 42 was published in September, 1979 and contains 104 pages.

This issue contains some information about the problems with vandalism at the recent August Party, see that page.

It contains the very last installment of Leslie Fish's The Weight, which some fans had started calling "The Wait" in reference to how long this story was drawn out.

One of the authors of "The Continuator" writes about her series:

In 1977, 'Star Wars' premiered and gave fandom a shot in the arm. The challenge to jaded Trek fen was too much to resist. Around this time I met Jackie Paciello and found that although our writing styles differed plenty, we both had the same outlook towards the potential direction of the SWars universe. And so we began to write together, taking advantage of each other's talent and enthusiasm to produce 'The Continuator' universe. Writing in tandem is not an easy thing -- it requires a blending of styles and compromises -- but it is always inspirational, not to mention a great way to learn new things about technique. [3]
  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek-Carleton (3)
  • Miscellaneous (4)
  • Warped Communications (9)
  • Analysis Please: Evolution by Ann Popplestone (17) (There is a statement published in the next issue regarding a typo in this article: "was a minor typographical error in the last "Analysis Please". The first sentence in the last paragraph on p. 17 is supposed to read, "The idea is now thoroughly discredited." The error was minor but had the effect of reversing the meaning of the entire sentence. Ann is most emphatically not a Lamarckian.")
  • Only a Legend by Ronni Sacksteder (19)
  • "The Continuator (Part 1)" by Paula Block and Jackie Paciello (Star Wars) (22)
  • Star Trek - "The Weight (Conclusion)") by Leslie Fish (37)
  • "Science Is On Our Side" from Anji Valenza's (a Thobo Telecom/Asymetrical Star story) (Klysadel) (Original Fiction) (65)
  • Epitaph for Icarus Montgolfier Wright by Edith Crowe (71)
  • Reverie by Clare Bell (72) (reprinted in Galactic Discourse #3 with the title: "The Stowaway" -- Spock finds a Terran butterfly on the wall.)
  • The Prisoner by Kathy Resch (74)
  • Experiment in Survival by Roberta Rogow (76)
  • Dark Prince by Jane Firmstone (reprinted in Dracula) (86)
  • Lucy Seward: To a Creature of the Night by Jani Hicks (reprinted in Dracula) (88)
  • Have You Hugged Your Wookiee Today? by Paula M. Block (90)
  • This One Ate Nancy by Julie Helseth (91)
  • The Ultimate Convention by Debra Sara Greenblatt (93)
  • Alien by Hans Dietrich (101)
  • artwork by Gordon Carleton, Teanna Byerts, Edith Crowe, Hans Dietrich (front and back covers), Jane Firmstone (reprinted in Dracula) , Leslie Fish, Phil Foglio, Steven Fox, Terri Korthalis, Anji Valenza, Angela-Marie Varesano, Carol Walske, Allyson Whitfield, Bev Zuk, Leah Rosenthal

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 42

WHAT DO WE SAY!!?? You mean you want to put us through that again? Having got this off my chest, I can turn around and say I wouldn't mind if part 2 of "The Weight" was serialized (only in WARPED SPACE, mind! I don't feel I can start hunting around to find out where Chapter 3 was published, and then manage to get hold of it only to find then that I haven't received Chapters 1 and 2 yet. This may be a bit warbled, but I'm sure you get my drift). So, in clear print, yes, I would like WS to continue publishing "The Weight", even though the end of part 1 really threw me off balance — I won't comment on it be cause it was so different from what I'd expected that I don't know what to say.

The rest of the ish is all right, up to par, but not a superior 'zine. I enjoy P. Block's ((and Jackie Paciello's)) continuing STAR WARS epic, with one (yes!) slight criticism: if Princess Leia gets shot or comes down with tetanus in the next installment, I'll stop reading it. Comfort stories are all very well, and they do have a function, but enough already! With Han shot, that extremely John-Boyish blah seduction/ comfort scene with Windrider, that flu thing makes it 3 in a row. I don't know how they'll ever destroy the Empire if they're always fainting about, picking each other up — aside from that, a very good series, with excellent characterization — Han's especially (he forgot to mention they needed help blowing up the battle station) — and a nice plot line (when it doesn't get bogged down because someone throw up) ... [4]
Concerning "The Weight": clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap pause clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap yay clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap clap encore encore clap ... WS 42 was the best one you've had out since ... since ... well, I'll think of it, just give me time ... [5]

Hans' cover was superb. Whoever Hans is, s/he deserves to be knighted on the basis of originality alone. Loved the cat Jones in the ALIEN cartoon! (I didn't see ALIEN and didn't get the joke — but the artwork was excellent nonetheless.)

WARPED SPACE has, bar none, the best lettercolumn I've ever had the pleasure to read in a 'zine. (But then again — I love mail and I guess I'm just naturally curious.) *sigh* I wish I could write concise letters like that. Mine always just ramble on in no coherent sort of order. Martynn's illos are marvelous. She rivals Monica Miller. The lady is talented. Don't let her get away. I am especially fond of her illo for "Have You Hugged Your Wookiee Today?" Her patience must be inexhaustible to apply herself so wholeheartedly to all those tiny dots — and to have them come out looking like something!

<nowikik>*sigh*</nowiki> I hate to sound like a sour grape, but I personally feel the conclusion of "The Weight" was rather weak. Somehow the tension ceased to hold and it came off seemingly rushed. Granted the earlier installments are a hard act to follow, but I found myself really disappointed in the way the conclusion was handled. It was the logical conclusion and one the story should have come to to remain true to the characters. Don't ask me what exactly is wrong — I can't tell you. It just "feels" wrong. I suppose lack of solid "evidence" to back up my claim invalidates the statements. And no, I couldn't do better myself. The artwork was some of Leslie's best so far as the series goes and the one scene of Jenneth's hair being shorn will remain a personal favorite for a long time to come.

Anji's "Science Is On Our Side" was an utterly delightful little piece which has certainly converted me to the ranks of Thobo Telecom fandom! Brilliant placement on your part, Lori, to put a light piece after such a "heavy" emotional piece -- nice contrast and transition.

Wow! I should have known Clare Bell could write. The lady is a marvel. And Ms. Zuk's pencil piece was exquisite! (She definitely rivals Alice Jones' work.)

I'm not a prude, but I do thank you for the warning before "Experiment in Survival." I decided to go ahead and read the story on the basis that I had been warned and if I didn't like it, I could always stop. I enjoyed the story and felt the sexual encounter was a valid part of the storyline. I don't particularly care for stories with sexual content, but I don't scream "pornography!" either if the sex is handled well and is a vital part of the story, rather than merely being used as filler or as an attempt to cover over lack of characterization, plot, or what-have- you. I do appreciate the warning and thank you for taking into account some readers' easily offended sensibilities. Thank you — you get 5 gold stars in my book on the basis of your concern for the welfare of all your readers.

Gordon's cartoons are as usual hilarious. I especially loved the Orion and Boxey ... (yes, I do hate cute kids). [6]

Well, it's "only" 1:30 A.M. and I've finished WS 42 ... Honestly, I am very relieved to see an end to "Dead Weight". The story was fine and the characters good, but all in all, it was terribly ponderous. You needed a mental plow to get past some of the passages. Much as I like Leslie Fish (contrary to what Roberta believes), I feel her best work is in music, and should stay there. I vote "no" on part 2 of "The Weight".

Bev Zuk's Spock on p. 73 is probably the nicest piece of TREK art I can ever remember having seen. Absolutely gorgeous! The poem wasn't half as nice, although the idea was an idyllic one. In any case, Bev Zuk is now my favorite.

"Only A Legend" ... nice. "The Continuator" ... *sigh* What is it this time, get Luke? Mary Otten might say it's about time, since every WARS tale until now has gotten Han. I can do without both, after the first one. You always hurt the one you love, ain't it the truth? Tell Martynn that it's about time she realized there are backgrounds in real life. And other portions of anatomy besides the face ... If one covers the face of any one of her people in illos, the picture looks rather dismal and amateurish. She's improving weekly, though.

"Science Is On Our Side" ... I still think Klysadel is a heavy kind of draft horse and I refuse to get into that universe. I didn't grow with the characters, so I don't find much appeal to going to join them in the middle of nowhere, nice as they are.

"Experiment in Survival" ... Roberta probably knows by now that I refer to this story as "Experiment in Lust". Strangely enough, I'm not a fan of Dirty Nellie. She annoys me, being non-institutional in nature, and I rather like institutions. Maybe that's why I hate "The Weight".

"The Prisoner" and "Dracula" stuff was interesting. So was "This One Ate Nancy" and I especially liked "Have You Hugged Your Wookiee Today?" ... except for the title.

"The Ultimate Convention" ... I dunno, unsatisfying, somehow. Somewhat done before in idea, too. Teanna's illo style pleases me, though.

Gordon is getting pulled away from illos for the 'zine, I suppose. It's the only explanation I can think of for his less-than-brilliant-but-still-hilarious cartoons, this issue.

I still don't think Hans Dietrich's ALIEN cartoon is very funny either, and I didn't think so when I saw it at the August Party artshow. Maybe it's the hour I'm writing this, or maybe I'm getting old and cranky. I still liked the issue as a whole. Now that "The Weight" is through, maybe we'll see some new stuff for a while. [7]

Ahhh ... WS 42 — beautiful! I'm not only satisfied, I'm fairly satiated with the wonderful issue you've served up this time. Leslie Fish has, at last, gotten to the main action. I wondered how she'd get Kirk and Roantree's situations reversed ... But I didn't really think that Kirk would be so tongue-tied while Jenneth was quite the opposite. She doesn't seem able to see things from his point of view at all — yet. It'll be easier to tell the strength of Leslie's tale once it's read without months between episodes. But — I'd rather see parts 2 and 3 serialized in WS as part 1 was. Already I'm trying to figure out how Kirk will get Jenneth as much freedom as possible and where and when the Galilei and Co. will show up again. These folks have got a lot to learn. C'mon, Leslie, show us where they're wrong as well as where they're right!

"The Continuator" was OK, although I ended up wondering how Han and Chewie were doing more than how much more Luke was hurting from visitor to visitor. Let's see — Han got a knife, Luke's got a fever ... if Leia turns up pregnant ...

I truly enjoyed "Science Is On Our Side". Especially since I only got confused as to who is what about 25% of the time (down considerably from the 90% on Anji's last story). 'Course, I'm also now reading — and enjoying — Anji's CHILD OF THE VIOLENT SPRING. SIOOS and "This One Ate Nancy" were both high-quality SF and excellent examples of their authors' versatility.

And damned if I'm not beginning to like Dirty Nellie Gray, too! She's matured quite a bit from the first glimpses I re member. "Experiment in Survival" showed sides of Nellie and Klingons that were well-handled. Kaldon seems to be a nice-enough fellow, although a bit on the ruthless side when it comes to certain potentially life-or-death decisions. (They aren't really giving Klingons ridges on their heads and claw-like hands for the movie, are they?)

As always, the artwork was superb and the poetry memorable.

And I just again admit that WS 42 made up 100% for the few shortcomings of WS 41. Now, how long before "The Weight", part 2?

Thanks for the time and effort you donate to make WS the consistently excellent 'zine it is. Lori and Co., you're super. [8]

I was very pleased to see some topics which were not of fannish nature. One being the short article on evolution by Ann Popplestone. I found this article while not detailed, enough (for my taste) interesting enough to read.

"Miscellanea" was put together very well. I always look for a good fanzine re view when I pick up a fanzine, and your review was good.

... the story "Experiment in Survival" I found to be done well. The characters to me seemed to be flat and one-dimensional, however you can't make a novel out of an 8-page story. I think the story was constructed well as far as placing the sequence of events together, but not in the area of character development.

I found the ALIEN cartoon on p. 101 very funny and nicely-drawn. Hans' drawings show a lot of movement and life even though done in a cartoon style ... [9]

I haven't seen WS in a year and a half and I was very impressed with the quality of 42. You've come a long way and done it all so very nicely, too. "The Continuator" is helping to satisfy my wild imaginings about SW and the up coming sequel. I'm happy to see WS devoting space to SW literature. Personally, I found quite a bit to chew on from the movie, and George Lucas left many ideas and thoughts unanswered. I enjoy reading how others are dealing with those questions.

I hope Han doesn't bite the blaster, so to speak. He's such a lovable scoundrel, with a heart of gold.

I was happy to see some BSG literature too. Wonderful! Like a few of your readers, I found the show lacking in some ways, but so fascinating in others. I only wish the show had the second season I felt it deserved to further develop the characters. Now we'll never know if Apollo and Sheba marry and if the Pegasus is still in one piece.

As for the rest of the issue, the art work is beautiful (as always), the cartoons simply marvelous (as always) and the poetry and prose very moving. You continually amaze me on how well your 'zines are put together. [10]

Last night I did something I've never done before — at 1 A.M. I started reading at the front of WS 42, and didn't quit until I came to the bacover. I must admit that my WS collection starts with 31/32, and I've never felt the need to read ALL the 'zine before, let alone sit down immediately and LoC it (does that mean I'm not a neo anymore?). But here goes. When is Ann Popplestone going to start writing hard science books? I think her "Analysis Please" (for the last several ishes) has been some of the finest science- fact I've read for the last few years, including Asimov's science-for-idiots texts. Even to a science major (me) the explanations were NOT insultingly simple nor were there significant quantum leaps in logic as is so often found in novice-explanation pieces. Bravo! How about one on black holes and the curved-universe theories? I can't be objective about "Only A Legend" since I was one of the people beating Ronni with spaghetti trying to get her to send it to you. Angela's illo is shockingly appropriate for what she calls a piece of "odd art". Ronni has an incredibly complex style and I can't believe that she simply sits down and writes like she does. "The Continuator" is brilliant, as al ways. Po and Jackie have obviously done their homework, because, except for the swollen joints, Luke has a textbook case of viral meningitis, and the doctor's sense of impending doom after he seizes is quite appropriate. As a piece of writing it's flawless — no technical problems, even -- and Martynn's illos are beautiful. She'll probably kvetch because the backgrounds aren't all filled in, but Martynn, lovely, sometimes; that does an even better job of setting off your subject. Considering the pressure she was under when she did these illos, they're incredible. And now she has one more for the large file cabinet of Chewie-carrying-somebody illos.

Oddly enough, the last segment of "The Weight" is the first one I've read -- and I didn't feel like I'd walked in in the middle of a conversation. The only previous explanation I'd had was that Jenneth was in some way an alternate-Kirk, and the piece did not ramble as I had been warned it might. Leslie's illos are all her own, in an unmistakable style that some folks don't like, but that I find darkly appropriate for the subject matter. I will probably wind up getting a copy of "The Weight, Collected" — and my friends will be surprised, because I have screamed for the last ten months that "I don't read TREK!" The social ethics involved spoke very loudly to a Survivor of the Campus Sixties, and I think I'll probably run home tonight and read the rest of what I've got of the story.

"Science Is On Our Side" is the first, also, of the Klysadel pieces I've read, and was extremely enjoyable. I have been in many a science course where we'd liked to have grabbed the instructor and done some thing to him — techies especially, I think, will sympathize with this piece.

"Epitaph for Icarus Montgolfier Wright" was a nice little bit, but I think it could have been longer. If someone is going to wax eloquent at all, on a deathbed, he'd probably do it for long enough to write some thing about how he felt — besides relieved. But there is a sense of appropriateness at the starkness of the words and the contrast between the first-line feelings in each stanza and the following modifying lines are remarkable. The illo is excellent — beautifully stark and bare, and I liked the touch of the symbols on the wall. I especially liked the hands — long, thin fingers spread limply on the dust.

"Reverie" was beautiful — how simple and how appropriate! The turns of phrase that are so Spock; the last thought always of Captain and command. I can practically hear it. No, I can definitely hear it. And Bev's illo is incredible — delicate and fragile — like the subjects. Pencil, I assume, and well-executed. Only one problem — the features in the full face lower right didn't print very clearly; one assumes it was because they were light in the original. I know that your printers have beautiful half-tone capabilities — I have the original of Sue Perry's "Spacer Man" illo from 41 on my wall to compare with the prints and they're identical — so what happened? Was the original so light that it didn't print on the negative?

"The Prisoner": as a longtime fan of the series I liked the calligraphic interrogation a little better than the poetry, but the poem felt right. It was rather the painting of the rebellion of a free mind in a standarized society.

"Experiment in Survival" was the first Dirty Nellie story I'd read, and I admit that I've looked dubiously at the obvious technology-dependence in the ST universe, and groaned at the marshmallows that its people had become. Not that I'm any backpacking militant from the Sierra Club, but even in the SW universe a certain bemoanable tendency toward extreme machine-dependence exists. Where would dear Darth be without a machine to pump air in and out of his body saecula saeculorum? The situation was funny and touching and I groaned at the esper business; between the Jedi and the pseudo-Vulcans, I don't know who's worse. And it's obvious that espers are not writing these stories or they'd be a bit more realistic. The illos were nice, though -- for once Leah restrained her urge to make every available male look like Clint Eastwood. Distinct paragraphing problem, though.

What can I say about Jane's "Dracula" poem? It's shorter than mine, but the feeling is much the same. And the illo! Oy, gevaldt! She tells me it went for a pitiable sum at ST America. Some folks have no taste ...

Po's Wookiee poem was gorgeous, as always -- another piece written after the fact, or so I hear, to go with the illo. The huggy-Wookiee (also known as "C'mere, darlin'") didn't print very well at all — a lot of the detail on Chewie's coat and some in the lines on Han's hair was lost. What happened? I've seen the prints that Martynn has of this piece, and they're faithful repros of the original, so it can be done.

"This One Ate Nancy": a bit of fluff, don't you think? Cute, and Foglio's cartoon was very appropriate, but I got a was-this-story-necessary feeling from it. Can't be more specific.

"The Ultimate Convention" was HYSTERICAL, considering I got my introduction to conventions just this year and can sympathize with Kirk and McCoy's feeling of "What the hell?" Required reading for all first- con-goers. [11]

"The Weight", finally over?!? I must admit to being shocked by the ending. How ironic! I thought the Anarchists were realists, judging from the past 3 installments. But their ideas about treatment of people who make errors really take the cake! I sincerely hope the Anarchist has a good grip on his or her own self-worth, otherwise the blow will really be crushing if he or she makes a minor error and loses his or her position as a result. Wonder how many people have been displaced in such a way? Evidently they don't believe in second chances! How realistic is it to expect a leader to never lead them wrong? Are the Anarchists so sure that Jenneth would have persisted in her errors if she had stayed at her post?

I also wonder what will happen when they come across a pro-Federation person who isn't a total idiot like Komack, or the weak squeamish ones the orienting Science Team appeared to be. I'm also surprised — well, I will be — if Komack accepts the cock-and-bull tale Mendez fed him. If I were a cautious Admiral, I'd try to run a careful check on the Federation people who had interactions with the Anarchists. People like Kirk, Scott and Chapel may prove to be the real insurrectionists.

It's been quite a series. My vote is in favor of the serial approach for the next parts of the trilogy. I also hope it includes a glimpse at what happens with the roving Anarchists — especially Quanna. Can &he really be totally indifferent to the fact that her lover Jenneth is in exile? On other interesting detail I noticed: Jenneth (on p. 52) condemned Kirk and Federation of living by the lie that "might is right". Yet in the crucial voting scene, (p. 58) Bailey did not alter her decision from death to exile until after Quanna had posted herself beside Jenneth while bran dishing a throwing knife. The threat was clear, and Quanna voiced no arguments or appeal to common sense, just a silent threat of force.

"Reverie" — the poem was whimsical and the illo seemed to go perfectly with it.

"The Continuator" — well, looks like Luke has become part of the "get 'em" ranks with this installment. I'm a bit surprised that Leia or one of the other rebels hadn't noticed his grave sickness earlier. Methinks Leia's dedication may be obscuring her powers of observation — and possibly pointing her toward an unexpected yet inevitable collapse of her own at some future date. I do like the developing cast of characters. Especially the cynical physician Savlanoot. He must be a descendant (or ancestor?) of one of the M*A*S*H doctors -- especially Hawkeye. His rueful reflections on repairing the rebels only to send them off again to get killed certainly matches that mode.

Once again we get a cliff-hanger ending. What happens to Luke? Only the force (and the authors) knows. [12]

Paula Block and Jackie Paciello's series continues to be excellent, although I wish someone didn't always end up "gotten". I like Savlanoot and I hope we'll see more of him. Not all the interesting characters connected with the Rebel Base could possibly have appeared in the movie, and it's up to fans to discover them.

I also enjoyed the Dirty Nellie story, although I was a bit put off by "For the first time in her life ... " Does Roberta mean to imply that gentle sex will not give women orgasms? I hope not. My only other complaint was that the story seemed rushed; perhaps it was too short.

As for "The Weight" — wow! I don't agree with all of Leslie's interpretations of the Enterprise's finest, but she's cruelly consistent. [13]

This ish has less of the genre of literary material which I prefer but it is still up to the usual quality and variety. Hans' gentle, dark-eyed wingers on the front and bacover were two of my favorite pieces of art in the whole ish. Her lines are always simple but they flow and show depth despite their simplicity. And her invented creatures are always superb -- the tenderness coupled with the alienness of the family of wingers on the bacover is really engaging. Joni's centerfold is beautiful and certainly suitable for framing just by itself! The detail and precision of every little hair of Wookiee fur, the body proportions in such a large group, and even the proper expressions of all the rather shadowed faces are all just right. Bravo, Your Highness!

I was most amused at your use of the "Born Loser" cartoon I sent. Wonder how many readers will notice that you used a "loser" cartoon to head the "winners'" column? And thank you for printing Maggie and my thoughts about our awards — I tried to get to a lot of those responsible in per son but publishing the thank-you in WS will reach anyone and everyone I could possibly have missed.

Once again, the LoC column is as entertaining and instructive as ever. I'm still trying to catch the angle mentioned by Franny Moore-Kyle that makes her think I draw the SW characters as "younger people than we saw in SW". From my obviously prejudiced point of view, the Han Solo portrayed in "Resurgence" at least in the stabbing picture, is no kid. Perhaps some of the distance shots came out looking younger. Ford has a strangely intriguing facial quality that can make him appear anywhere from a youthful 25 to his own rather rugged 36-some. Maybe Franny will like the Luke-sick sequences better when the kid gets a little stubble on his chin (right, Po?). Anyway, I'm glad to hear that the readers are enjoying said SW series as much as I am.

Ann Popplestone's "Analysis" this time is a bit meatier than the last couple but certainly as enjoyable and instructive. I finally had the pleasure of meeting said writer, now that she's stationed in the Pitt, and found her to be every bit as knowledgeable and entertaining as her articles imply. She did tell me, however, that she's not really getting the batch of interesting requests for analyses she had hoped for so I would urge your readers to not be shy and submit to Ann all those burning questions they've always wanted explained without further ado. Otherwise I'll be forced to send in those zingers I've been saving for her like "Analysis and Ramifications of Copper-Based Blood and the Effects of Alcohol (if any) Thereon", "Wookiees and Primate Anatomy", and "Is 'Ambrov Zeor' Really Religious?". Anyway, it's nice to know that Charles Darwin didn't exactly corner the market on evolutionary theories. And the little giraffes are really cute.

The only other SW contribution to WS 42 besides Po and Jackie's stuff, Ronni Sacksteder's "Only a Legend" reads very nicely and is complimented by Varesano's legendary-looking Kenobi. I find long free-verse poems interesting usually but I particularly liked the intricate structure of this one with its repetitive formulas, naming no names but evoking each of the memorable SW characters in concise, evocative images.

"I can't believe 'The Weight's the whole thing!" At last. And much as I com plain habitually with each LoC about various aspects of said tome, I'll glibly admit that Leslie tied up the loose ends and accomplished the denouement with a flourish. I do, however, have reservations as to the logic or believability, given "The Weight's" previous format, of the Anarchists leaving Roantree behind at the end. As a writer's ploy its genius is unquestionable though, bringing the story full-turn in a sort of "Alternative Factor"/TIME AFTER TIME twist. The artwork was particularly good in this installment, too — especially the lovely Christine on p. 46. Now that the series has come to a momentary halt, after all is said and done, regardless of my personal interest in the piece being only marginal, "The Weight" certainly deserves the title of classic in the annals of fan TREKlit.

Valenza's contribution, "Science Is On Our Side", while making much less sense and having less 'weighty' import, I found quite delightful in its own right not just because of the usual outrageous puns and my favorite Klysadel characters, but be cause, having served my required time of penance in the "institutions of higher learning" in the Pitt and having been a mischievous student myself, I could find great kinship with the devilish bad-guys as well as the resourceful faculty. Lots of good poetry in this ish. The "Epitaph" by Crowe read impressively although the significance of the title (I know Icarus and Wright, but the Montgolfier ref went over my receptors) escaped me.

The heroic simplicity of the scene, both poetically and artistically make at least this reader wish she knew the background to the verse — where is the dying entity? Why is he dying? An ironic foil for THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. Bell's "Reverie" and Zuk's delicately beautiful illo bring out those characteristics that always endeared #1 Vulcan to me — his gentleness, his respect for life, his loneliness and his own uniqueness, like the butterfly, one of a kind in deep space.

I saw so little of "The Prisoner" when it aired and we don't get any syndicated showings of it in the Pitt so the poetry based on that show sort of passed me by, but it didn't stop me from admiring the pleasing lay-out and calligraphy of Whit field's interrogation.

Rogow's "Experiment in Survival" is my least favorite Dirty Nellie story to date. The plot of the piece and the participating characters showed great promise, in my opinion at the onset, but as the narrative progressed to the "adult" scene, I found myself liking the two protagonists less and less for their involvement. Lord knows I like a good lay-story as much as the next charter member of the DOB's and I'm not adverse to explicit scenes, but the style and subject presentation of Nellie and Kal's encounter left a lot to be desired for my tastes. And it's not just that Kal's a Klingon because Walske's and Marder's Klingons have their time between the sheets too and some of the scenes are distinctly alien though, I found, not at all offensive. Somehow the casual, abrupt nature of the lay-scene in "Survival", together with what I considered unnecessary allusions to feminine hygiene and the actual mating were altogether cruder than necessary. Granted Nellie's a free spirit always, but I found it hard to believe she's never had a climax before and that she could willingly settle down to keep house with the first alien she beds. I continue to prefer the whodunnit Nellie stories.

Speaking of aliens, the alien cartoons in this ish are some of the best and funniest I've seen. I love Gordon's blase, urbane little fellows — all they needed were some Mickey Mouse ears and STAR WARS t-shirts. And though I really didn't care that much for the recent ALIEN movie, the cartoons it has engendered since have been hysterical, particularly Hans'.

If those tidbits of vampiric verse are any indication of the quality of your DRACULA one-shot, which I suspect they are, you'll do the Count proud! Both lushly romantic poems convey the continual fascination with the original Dark Lord in a very artistic, personal fashion. My favorite of the two would have to be Jani's, but Jane made up for the technical loss by penning that gorgeous illo that's enough to send shivers up any spine (and I won't specify what type of shivers either — for the ladies).

"This One Ate Nancy" was fairly appetizing in a nonsensical sort of way. I'd love to hear Ann Popplestone's opinion of the physics therein. The Foglio illo was as absurdly appropriate as usual.

That leaves the TREK con story which didn't get too much mileage out of the humor, but the proposition at the end was interesting. I was particularly glad to see Teanna Byert's work finally appear in the pages of WS. She's a very fine up coming artist and a superb cartoonist who up until now has graced mostly a few lucky SW 'zines, like MOS EISLEY TRIBUNE. [14]

I've been waiting for what seems like a year to read the conclusion of "The Weight". Hah! If that was a conclusion, I'm bright blue! All Leslie did in that installment was let the Anarchists know just how the deck was stacked. The real fun is just ready to start now! For one thing, when Jenneth wakes up, she's going to have trouble deciding who she wants to kill first, Jim or Spock! Seems to me, Jim would be just a little peeved with Star Fleet Command, too. I wouldn't be a bit surprised to learn he plans to make life as unpleasant as possible for them. (Like maybe ramming his twin down their collective throats as a starship captain, possibly?) I'd love to see him try it, providing, of course, he can get Jenneth to cooperate. She's likely to be a bit peeved with him! I'd also love to see a scene where Spock tries to explain Jenneth to Sarek! Come to think of it, I'd rather like to see a scene between Sarek and Jenneth! If Jim has any sense, he'll do his damnedest to keep those two as far apart as possible! If he can't manage that, he'd do well to find himself a bomb-shelter! For some reason, I suspect Sarek and Jenneth would suffer a severe personality clash! I most definitely hope to print further sections of "The Weight" in WS. Not only have I become rather attached to it, but it's nice to find something you know you will enjoy for certain! This doesn't necessarily mean I believe the characterizations in "The Weight" any more than I believe them in KRAITH, but like KRAITH, I find the story so well-written that I go along with it. Frankly, I don't see Spock quite as nervy as Leslie portrays him, but I do enjoy her devious mind! I find that I can enjoy a wide variety of STAR TREK universes without necessarily going along with any one of them completely. This is one reason I've enjoyed even the K/S stuff I've read, even though part of me simply refuses to see that pair in such a context. I've noticed the controversy on your letter pages and I'm afraid I don't really understand what the fuss is all about. If the material offends people, why do they read it? It's like television — if you don't like it, turn it off! I don't believe it, but some writers (Leslie Fish, Gerry Downes, and Susan James in particular) write what can only be called love stories. I think it is this element in their tales that I find so enjoyable.

I must confess, on occasion I would like to see" a story written by one of these writers which pairs Kirk or Spock up with women who could be considered a true match for them. I admit to a slight curiosity concerning their ability to write as enthralling a tale as the ones they have already produced. I suspect that this may be one reason I find Jenneth and Quanna so interesting. If Spock could keep from shying away from her, his involvement with Jenneth could become quite interesting. (Wonder how Kirk would react; don't you?)

The Klysadel series for some reason normally does not appeal to me.

I think "Science Is On Our Side" is the first piece of it I have understood and enjoyed the first time I read it. Usually I find something else to read about half-way through one of Anji's pieces. I don't want to put her down, she really is good, but so much of what she writes requires prior knowledge. This one was funny, no matter if you knew the background of the characters, or not.

I enjoyed "Experiment in Survival". Slowly but surely, we're finding out what Roberta has in mind for Nellie. It some how figures she'd end up with a Klingon! I was pleased to see T'Rass finally did bond with Stavek. Do you know if Roberta plans to write a story covering the bonding?

... while I have read and enjoyed your STAR WARS material ... the movie was 90% action; the remaining 10% didn't allow for too much in the area of in-depth characterization. I have to start all over with the characters in each SW tale I read. For this reason, I find that the SW tales I tend to enjoy are those that, like "The Continuator" series, allow time and room enough for the development of the characters. I look forward to further sections of this series.

I did not like "The Prisoner" when it ran on TV and I'm afraid I don't enjoy bits about it in your 'zine. It may just be me; I tend to be a bit literal, but I was never able to tell what was going on and as a result, never could get interested in the character.

Frankly, I just plain enjoyed Debra Greenblatt's "Ultimate Convention". Nothing deep here, a story that was just for fun ... I enjoy the stories with deeper meanings, but now and then it's kind of nice just to play. [15]

Issue 43

front cover of issue #43 by P.S. Nim
inside back cover of issue #43 by Signe Landon -- the back cover itself is blank.

Warped Space 43 was published in February 1980 and contains 97 pages. Star Trek, Star Wars, Klysadel, The Prisoner, Time After Time, The Man From Atlantis.

From the editorial (which was three pages long, single-spaced, double columns):

Has it really been 5 months (give or take a few weeks) since WARPED SPACE 42? Forgive me? I could tell I was overdue when 90% of my incoming mail concerned the whereabouts of the next WARPED SPACE and/or the long-delayed OBSC'ZINE 4. Good news — OB 4 is due to be collated the week after this issue is, and both issues will be mailed in February. I'll try to get back on schedule again, but it will depend on contributions, deadline feasibilities (artists seem to be in greater and greater demand these days!), and the amount of time I can devote to fannish activities.

Oh, I'm not losing interest, but I've gotten a full-time job since graduating, and while making a steady income is nice (though somehow the income flows out as fast as it comes in), the amount of time I have available for fannish activities has decreased by about 40 hours weekly. As a consequence, projects that were delayed be fore are still delayed, though I'm working as hard as I can to get caught up. As usual, I'm behind in answering mail, and if you're waiting a reply to something really urgent, I suggest you write again, or call. Not collect, and not after 11:30 p.m. I've really gotten bogged down in filling xerox orders, due to a sudden in flux of new orders. Please continue to be patient, and I promise to fill your orders as soon as I can.
From the editorial, a zine is jossed, but some others are still in the pipline:
Gordon wants to pass the word that he's still working on SUPRAMAN — THE MOVIE PARODY and that he won't finish S'OURTREK, TOO, since he was basing it on rumors concerning STAR TREK — THE MOTION PICTURE before its release, and since the movie's come out, the rumors are a moot point. He has finished a satire entitled STAR TRIP -- THE MANGLED PICTURE, which he is working on in conjunction with Cory Correll, and they are submitting it to professional publishers.
From the editorial, regarding a survey:
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.
From the editorial, regarding contributors:

Artists — if you'd like to get re quests to illustrate stuff for WS, send me some samples of your style and let me know what kind of subject material you prefer, and what kind of deadline you can work under.

Would-Be-Contributors — I appreciate double-spaced typed manuscripts with return postage enclosed. We've currently got enough material for several more issues. People who have submitted stuff and are wondering what has become of it will be hearing from me throughout the year. I've been spending part of the past five months cleaning and re-organizing (and setting up an office in the spare bedroom), so material is slowly getting shuffled into preliminary issue lay-outs.

Would-Be-Collators — contact me with your address and phone number if you'd like to know when collations will be. Collations are generally weekend-long parties; you get fed, and we sometimes hit good movies in town and/or go horseback riding. You also get to meet the cats and Wolf.
From the editorial, a costuming snafu!:
I'd like to thank our overseas friends who put us up in London and Scotland this past summer while we were touristing about before SeaCon. Unfortunately, our PIGS IN SPACE costume heads spent 3 months in limbo before returning home at Christmastime. Needless to say, we didn't enter the Sea-Con Costume Competition as a result. And we coulda been contenders! Sigh.
  • The Editor's Nook (1)
  • Warped Communications (3)
  • Analysis Please: The Force by Ann Popplestone (13)
  • Ripper in the Fold by Paula M. Block (14)
  • One Finger Symphony by Eileen Roy (15) (Christine Chapel feels useless, totally undesirable, and so afraid of failure. The pharmaceutical cabinet with its row of pills draws her near, but Leonard McCoy is there to offer his help.) (also in Enter-comm #2 and Kraith Collected #6)
  • Fata Morgana by Dayle Barker (18)
  • A Question by Vicki Shaull Carleton (21)
  • Our Skylab Flies Over the Ocean by Gordon Carleton (21)
  • Dream of Deep Waters by Maureen S. Donnelly (22)
  • Child of Atlantas by Wendy Rathbone (24)
  • For One Destroyed by Anji Valenza (25)
  • Alien Lullaby by R.M. Hill (38)
  • Captain Dallas Saves the Day! by Hans Dietrich (40)
  • Shafted by Hans Dietrich (41)
  • Inconsistancy by Carol Mularksi (42)
  • Art Portfolio: The Maze Series by Toni Gorkin (43)
  • Catch Fire, Draw Flame by Anne Elizabeth Zeek and Barbara Wenk (Star Wars)(49)
  • The Alliance: Base Gandooine by Jackie Paciello and Paula Block (Star Wars) (54)
  • The Continuator, part 2 of 3 by Paula Block and Jackie Paciello (Star Wars) (56)
  • Ben Kenobi's Last Words by Rose Wolf (66)
  • The Children's Crusade by Chris Lombardi (68)
  • Oriana - The Investigation by Roberta Rogow (81)
  • Birds of a Feather, part one by Jane Firmestone (Star Wars) (88)
  • Mos Eisley Inn Menu by Jeanne Sullivan (97)
  • art by Paul Bucciarelli, Gordon Carleton, Hans Dietrich, Connie Faddis, Steven Fox, Melody Frame, Cheryl Frashure, Michael Goodwin, Toni Gorkin, Signe Landon (inside back cover), Martynn, P.S. Nim, Susan Perry, Carolynn Ruth, Anji Valenza, Angela-Marie Varesano, Joni Wagner

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 43

[Birds of a Feather"]:

[It] contains one very significant line, spoken by Han about Luke. After a fellow smuggler, Sheen, risks Luke in a rescue of Han, Solo tells her, 'You'd've gotten the kid killed, you wouldn't be sittin' here right now.' This small episode is important because it represents an often-used theme in fan fiction -- Han as Luke's protector. Solo is continually cast in the role of big brother, despite his unfamilial manner. This writer, like so many others, demonstrates that there is no limit to what Han would do to protect Luke. [16]
[Birds of a Feather]: Jane Firmstone's Sheen Kenowa ("Birds of a Feather," WS #43 and 44) is a pilot who owns her ship; her first partner, a human male/ is strictly a business partner and friend who would like to change the relationship but has so far been unsuccessful. Max is killed by troopers who mention Vader's name, and Sheen swears vengeance. She ends up getting drunk with Han and being tricked into taking a job that means getting involved with the Alliance — practically the last thing she'd do if she'd been sober! But the pay is good, she has debts to take care of, and it may help her get to Vader, so she stays, always plotting to get back at Han. In the second part she is in charge of rescuing Han from an Imperial attack, and finishes up by neatly getting even and then some. She rather likes Han, but nowhere along the way does she become involved with him. [17]

[The Children's Crusade]:

How happy I was to see "The Children's Crusade" in WS—the first time I've' ever seen a "Prisoner" story. As much as I believe that Drake would never have gotten a 15-year-old kid in volved in the spy business (not merely the danger involved, but who in his right mind is going to trust a little boy playing at cops and robbers with his life?), I can see that Alec's youth is a necessary ele ment to the story. After all, Number Six is obviously the type who feels protect ive of two things; women (Nadia in "The Chimes of Big Ben," Cathy in "Harmony," the girl in "It's Your Funeral"; each time. Number Two used 'damsels in distress' to manipulate Six, and children. I can sus pend disbelief long enough to get the point of the story. What I liked most about the story was that the growth of the characters was es sential to the action. Alec reminds me of Hamlet, he starts out a bit of a twit— which is excusable in one so young not knowing what steps to take to gain control over his own destiny, confused and scared. Anyone who felt that it was sad that Alec died because he 'was too young to die' missed the point. The ultimate sadness was that, like Hamlet, he had finally attained adulthood —losing his life at the same stroke of the pen. I believe that Six grew a little, too. He learned that if the Village symbolizes he dark side of human nature, that dark side is to be found in any and all humans, even himself. He was also taught that nobility can be found in the most unexpected places, not just within himself. Perhaps I'm reading too much into the story, or reading it wrong. I hope the author will talk a bit about his story (or is Chris a her? ((Her.)).

What a sneaky-good idea to have Two an opposite of Alec—they're both young men, but Two is fair and blue-eyed to Alec's dark looks; Two is in cool control, while Alex gives himself away with every fidget. At the end, the tables are turned. Two be comes the powerless one, uncomfortable with the situation and unsure of his next move.

But here is where I start asking the big question—what on earth is all this 'Villier's' stuff? Does it refer to a previous story, or to "Secret Agent"? He was never mentioned on "The Prisoner". No, for my money, it was Seltzman who caused Drake's retirement—next time you see "Do Not For Sake Me, Oh My Darling," see if you don't agree with me. The big clue is that Drake gave his fiance, Janet, the receipt for the slides the very day before he quit and subsequently disappeared. The Seltzman incident was his last case. I believe that Drake's superiors at M.9 wanted him to capture Seltzman and/or his mind-switching machine. Drake realized that M.9 truly wasn't made up of 'the guys in the white hats', they wanted the machine to use it to do evil things similar to Two's plans for it (switch minds with an agent on the other side, the perfect cover—come to think of it, M.9 may just be an extension of the Village). Drake must have belt betrayed; here is a man working for truth, justice, and the British way; seeing clearly for the first time something he must have suspected for a long time; the men he's working for are just as bad as the 'enemy' (Two: Who am I? Six: you are an enemy. Two: I'm on your side. Six: Ye-es ... This is from "Once Upon A Time".) The men he's working for want to cruelly use men's minds and bodies in a bid for more power. Drake knew how to decode the slides and find Seltzman, but couldn't betray the doctor's trust in him, esp. for such a reason. He must have laughed when he gave the receipt to Janet, his superior's daughter--it would be under Sir Charles' nose all the time. How typical of Drake's sense of humour.

By the way, in case anyone is interest ed, THE PRISONER by Thomas Disch has been reprinted ... For several years now I've been searching for an old 1968 copy in used book stores, and was overjoyed to find it, fresh and new, in my favorite book store. My joy was rather short-lived, be cause although the book starts off promisingly, written with a rather dark wit, about half-way through it degenerates with the introduction of some rather silly characters into a MarySue story. The last few pages are awful and insulting to the intelligence. The book isn't a written- down version of the series, its premise is 'what if the Village kidnaps Number Six again?'. I think Chris' story is better written and more in character than the second half of Disch's book. The reverse is true of the first half, however. The dark wit, the controlled violence, and Six's bitter cleverness really felt correct. How could Disch have petered out? He should have left it a short story.

Well, we "Prisoner" fans do tend to go on a bit ... forgive us, but we only have 17 episodes to work with, and we intend to squeeze every drop of meaning out of them that we can. [18]


So, anyway, we got Part Two of 'The Continuator' in which Luke encounters a tenth-order version of the mana Ann Popplestone links to luck fetishes in her 'Analysis Please.' Luke links luck, life loss looms, Leia Loses levelness. There's a nice sequence reminiscent of a dangerous visions story, whereby Luke metaphorically rights the crashing of T-16 with his body. Also on the SW front, we have 'Catch Fire, Draw Flame' in which we meet Jarret Stryker, evidently a lead character in their 'Circle of Fire' series. The timing and unspoken precision between Solo and Stryker in the shootout before they even meet, is satisfying. Not as satisfying is 'Birds of a Feather' which isn't even concluded in this issue. I find Frimstone's work too often laden with cliches. Here, we have the six-foot Amazon who quells the sexual ardor or her crew of one with 'a dirty look' and swears she'll 'die before she goes back to that Imperial prison,' is Chewbacca's good 'ol buddy from just ages ago, happens to have so modified her starship that it's an uncanny match for the one-of-a-kind Falcon (hers is the Kestral), chug-a-lugs not one but two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters even tho she 'doesn't usually drink' and not only slugs but decks Han Solo. In the next chapter, you know Solo will introduce her to the Rebels and she and he will wind up in the sack together. This is Modesty Blaze; this is Dragon Lady; this is comic strop characterization. There is some honest emotion, especially over the death of her co-pilot, but it doesn't survive long pitted against the Sunday strip plotting... There is another Klysadel piece, 'For One Destroyed,' which tho as obscure in the writing as Valenza's often are, is fascinating. Worlds and societies and cultures roll out of her Bic; her sources and early influences may have been no more highbrow than Firmstone's but Valenza creates original things from them. 'The Children's Crusade' is the first piece I recall seeing from Chris Lombardi. Watch that name. Beyond explaining myself better, this story is uncannily close in tone to its parent, 'The Prisoner'. It is easy to guess the plot resolution once the boy rather too coolly inquires about the Rovers' function, but it is the way of the story is told that provides insight into the sacrifice/salvation. [19]

[zine]: ... I especially liked Gordon's cartoon (WS 43) on p. 80, the 'rest stop' with the direction map. I'm going to send it to some astronomers I know. Not at all im pressed by "Catch Fire, Draw Flame", the illustrations had more character than the story. I could be prejudiced, of course ... more in favor of the artist, you know me. Also, I'm not a Harrison Ford fan, either.

Toni Gorkin's art portfolio was nicely interesting; I don't usually go for surrealism, the technique sounds interesting too. Definitely not run-of-the-mill contribution. 'Hans Dietrich's' cartoons and illustrations were up to her usual level of droll wit and nonsense. She's showing a trend towards shading and shadows to give her illos more depth, and you always have to be careful and look for the little background details for one or more of her jokes —'Shafted' is a good example of this, and the illustrations for the Han Solo story are another. Her work has an inher ent good-natured humor that reflects the artist's character.

Carol Mularski's "Inconsistency". Hear, hear! Right on, Carol! Applause, applause, etc. Only one film I've ever seen even came close to getting the science right, and that was 2001. I'm still wait ing for the next one, and I'm certainly not holding my breath.

Anji Valenza (aka Fara Shimbo, or whom ever) is always welcome with me, she creates fascinating species and characters, even if she doesn't explain everything that goes on in one of her stories. Between her and 'Hans', I've been forced to make a study of art and illustrating out of envy and jealousy for their talents.

"Prisoner" stories, enhhh. Not my bag. Don't like the "Dirty Nellie" stories as much as I did, she doesn't have the feisty, insubordinate character she used to have.

I have filed away an idea for a Nellie/ M'ress story which I might write someday ...[20]

[zine]: I was very glad to find WS 43 in my mailbox. Frankly, I was beginning to think that you'd quit fandom after viewing ST:TMP ... More on that later. First, WS itself deserves a few comments after being 'off the air' for so long.

There's some nice art in it, as usual; particularly Faddis' Christine, Toni Gorkin's etchings (save for the last one; it reminds me of a GOR book, for some reason) and Signe Landon's "Prisoner" on p. 69. And the front cover.

On to the 'zine itself. An informative article by Ann Popplestone. Does she know all that stuff, or did she look it up? Nice vignettes, but too short to satisfy me.

"Our Skylab Flies Over The Ocean"— grand 1 I never cared beans about that silly Atlantis show, so that's that. Anji's "For One Destroyed" is quite good, and easier to follow than most of her work. If I have a quibble, it is that her aliens, although quite different physiolog ically, seem to have very human thoughts and feelings. The mother Pikeridri, the bereaved Hali appear to react much as one of us would. But then, i couldn't imagine a totally alien psychology, so perhaps An- ji couldn't either. "Catch Fire, Draw Flame" was nice work, except for the prostitute bit; it's annoying enough to get treated like furniture by male writers, must the women do it to themselves as well? It wasn't necessary to the story that Han be cuddling a woman —so why do it at all?

The continuing "Continuator"—you al ready know my thoughts on that. To be fair, I will say that having left Luke at death's door in WS 42 (six months ago!), I couldn't very well expect to find him com peting in the Alliance Olympics in WS 43. It is my fervent hope that he will be (up, that is) in WS 44. Frankly, I am waiting to see what happens to Han and Chewie. Jackie and Paula, would you please deliver? Han recovered from a near fatal stab wound ages faster than Luke from a sniffle, for God's sake! (I know it's viral meningitis; just the sort of thing he'd catch, too— now Han got stabbed by an alien creature using a strange knife—probably dirty— that's panache.


Enough about "Star Wars". We come to my favorite piece: "The Children's Crusade". The fact that I'm a "Prisoner" fan from way back, doesn't hurt it, of course, but it's very good; good enough to stand on its own feet. It's well-written, it has caught the mood of the Village, and Number Six's feel ings of pent-up rage, as well as the var ious Number Two's peculiar quality of des perate viciousness. Some of the incidents didn't quite ring true, though. For in stance, knowing the importance of guarding his feelings. Number Six would never have spent that afternoon with Alec; he would never have let them know how much he cared what happened to him. He knew their meth ods too well. And Alec would not have fooled Number Two so easily. Keeping prisoners is his—their—business. He really managed to get himself killed too easily. But these are differences of interpretation and don't in the least diminish my enjoyment of the story ...

To end this overlong LoC, a word on "Oriana". I like the series well enough, but think that Roberta Rogow would be well advised to use her imagination to construct a plot-line of her own, instead of using Elizabethan rejects. And I must admit to little liking for Nellie's paramour. I find their couple—and couplings—somewhat crude. Sex scenes in books are often a way of filling up half a page. Nothing more. [21]

[zine]: Warped Communications were, as usual, both stimulating and intriguing. I enjoy reading what your other readers are discussing.

Ann Popplestone's analysis of the force was interesting, however I thought that it would be an entire article on the force as we saw it in SW and TESB. The article was interesting, anyway. Paula Block's "Ripper in the Fold" was ingenious! God, how that woman can write. I'm jealous. Joni Wagner's accompanying art—marvelous. Eileen Roy's little short added some much-needed depth to a sadly neglected character. Connie Faddis' art was good, as well. The two MFA pieces were very evocative of the inner thoughts Mark must be plagued with. It may just be me, but I can't seem to get intereeted in the Klysadel stories for some reason. I realize that to create a whole universe is a massive undertaking on Anji's part, but it doesn't interest me--yet.

A well-deserved belly laugh to the "Alien" cartoons and etc. I wonder what the alien would do to old Darth?

The Maze Series was well-done, esp. "Stonehenge Decoded". Luck to Toni.

Methinks the story "Catch Fire, Draw Flame" is part of a series. If so, where can the entire thing (if written yet) be found? Did Hans Dietrich intend that Jarret Stryker should look like Mike Gambit from "The New Avengers"?

I have a friend who is absolutely bonkers on the subject of tables of military or para-military organization. He went wild when he saw the one facing Part 2 of the "Continuator" series. Thanks for the reference, Jackie and Paula. I look forward to the continuation of the "Continuator. "

"Ben Kenobi's Last Words"; I like the analogy of Darth to Death. (All you have to do is change two letters!) That is a persona for the Dark Lord that I never considered. The art work is fantastic. That is Obi-Wan.

I have mixed feelings about Chris Lombardi's "Prisoner" story. On the one hand, it carries exactly the tone that the series had, and is excellent in that respect. However, I doubt that an intelligence service would use a 15-year-old as a contact for an agent in the field. A contact is an agent's control, or link with the home base when he is on assignment. He passes on bits of information vital to the field executive, and he gives him any new orders delivered from the top. I also doubt that an organization as paranoid as intelligence would allow for a strong bond to be formed between one of their couriers and an agent, expressly because it would give the agent an Achilles Heel that could be used against him. As a long-time student of semi-factual intelligence organizations (by this, I mean that I read the authors who are speaking from experience and are writing what really goes on), I can tell you that no agent will work constantly with the same contact. Another point in my little is that Alec is too young to be in charge of the information that a contact in the field would need to know. The control must know more about the assignment than the agent, who only needs to know what is prudent at the time for him to know. Pardon, all. I tend to rrmble and get long- winded when arguing. Anyway, Chris. I really did enjoy the story and would love to learn what the "Villiers Affair" is. Even the title sounds spy-like. To my knowledge, there has never been a story written about the resignation of John Drake. How 'bout it, Chris? I loved

Signe's illo so much that I got it photo copied and it now occvipies a place of honor on my wall. Where is the original? Is there any chance I might get a hold on it?

Roberta Rogow's "Oriana" series contin ues to delight me. Does she base the Spacetown slang on old Earth Cockney, I wonder? Best to all at 'home, luv. Are we to see the exploits of Kaldon and Gray in the future? Hope so.

"Birds of a Feather"--at last, a female foil for Solo to cross steel with. I love the idea of Sheen decking Han. But Jane, shouldn't Vader be able to probe Max's mind and see that he's not Solo? I have a feeling that you were trying to portray the Lord of the Sith as totally evil, but he's not stupid. [22]

[zine]: ... I thought there was a nice mix in WS 43, a little ST, a little SW, some "Man From Atlantis." Wanted to specifically mention Vicki's poem, which made a point on one of my favorite Soapbox Subjects. What's the Blake to it; from the Aug uries of Innocence—"To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand and Eternity in an hour." So I in terpreted Vicki's poem as a comment on the 'can't see the universe for the stars' syndrome.

Can't really comment on the fiction pieces, cause I haven't read all of it. I did enjoy Jane's story, though. Haven't been able to get interested in "Continuator" despite its good solid characterizations; it's seemed to me they're just running through the standard repertoire. But I may just be impatient because I've been so absorbed in my 'own' (non-SW) cycle series. The artwork in 43 is superior, as usual; and along with praise for Hans and Martynn and Faddis and Perry et al, I wanted to huzzah! for the ALIEN/FUTURE WINGS cartoons. [23]

[zine]: ... I've noticed that many people, as far as I can tell from other LoCs, don't care for the great variety of stories presented. Personally, I find it quite refreshing. I receive many types of 'zines, some strictly Trek and others strictly SW, both types I thoroughly en joy. WARPED SPACE is one of the 'zines that practice the philosophy of infinite diversity. Having been with WS from its dark ages, I've seen it go through many changes, experiments, and finally evolve into a truly admirable 'zine. Lots of class and quality. And in spite of the exceptionally high quality of the writing, ya still find it in your heart to give a novice a break.

Issue 43 artwise was a visual feast! The Maze Series by Toni Gorkin was beautiful! They now grace the walls of my room. Ah, to be exceedingly rich and possess actual prints. As for the ALIEN concept- more! More! Hans Dietrich had me rolling on the floor. "Captain Dallas Saves The Day" was reminiscent of Kirk on his galac tic soapbox. As for Gordon, what can be said that hasn't already? I was singing bits of "Our Skylab" for days, and getting the strangest glares! Is Vicki Shaull a relative ((our sister-in-law))? Really liked "A Question."

"One Finger Symphony" is the epilogue to a Trek story I read somewhere. Damned if I can remember where, though. My moods vary on a scale of extreme highs and lows, and very rarely anywhere in between. Christine has hit rock bottom on my person al moods scale and at that stage, various forms of escape cross the mind. I don't believe that she would actually have taken any of those pills, but the idea that it would have even crossed her mind and McCoy's reaction was fascinating. The comparisons she draws between herself and Leila are so typical! Compare yourself with someone that doesn't even remotely resemble you, whether morally, physically, spiritually, etc. The 'world is coming to an end' syn drome and 'why even bother to go on' out look. Was glad that McCoy didn't have any quick cures at the end. Just 'we're in the same boat' statement. Nice.

Not being familiar with the "Circle of Fire" series, I felt as if I'd jumped into chapter 20 of a 100 chapter book. Betrayal is a rather strong word to use in describing Chewie's actions. But Han would see it that way. The "I'm Solo" and "I don't need anybody" attitude was wonder ful. It's the only attitude he could have had. How else has be survived throughout the years? Look out for Number One! Han's observation of Jarret Stryker's situation was that on an experienced sur vivor. He'd found a kindred spirit and recognized Stryker as such. Do we get to see more of these two? Love to see the workings of the Solo mind.

"The Children's Crusade", I feel, shines a new light on the plot line presented in "The Prisoner". Although not an avid fan, the story line in "Crusade" was uniquely different. There was always so much of 'us' vs. 'them', and like many situations where the principles involved are more important than the principals, the super powers only concern themselves with win ning. Alec is the little guy, the peon, he peasant, a pawn in the chess game who decides he won't be manipulated, even by his best friend. It's not in character with "The Prisoner" as we know it, since names are mentioned. But it's a unique situation and a unique viewpoint.

Glad that "Birds of a Feather" is going to be continued. Sheena is a mirror image of Han. Loved watching him get floored! Her reactions were so much like the ones to be seen in Han; have a private wake and find the guy they thought your co-pilot was. The situation drawn was perfect in describing typical Empire procedure, esp. with Vader in command. Can't wait to see these two Corellians at odds—again!

And now to the feature I'd been waiting on the edge of my seat for. "The Continuator" is fabulous! As a matter of fact, it was the first thing I turned to when I finally got my eager little paws on the 'zine. I have always resisted the idea of Luke and Leia becoming a twosome. It simply rings too much of a fairy tale with a typical 'live happily ever after' ending. Also, Leia is just too worldly for Luke. But that can also be a good reason for her possible interest in Luke. I've always felt that Han and Leia would get together simply because they deserve each other! Both have the same sarcastic sense of humor and love to take shots at each other.

There would be conflict in their relationship. Love and kisses are fine, but the world does not exist on them alone! As Han said in TESB, "You like me because I'm a scoundrel." Although we heard an actual declaration by Leia, I don't think the triangle has been solved. Have this theory that Lucas is going to kill off Luke in the next movie, esp. after Yoda's comment. How will Paula and Jackie solve this dilemma? Hurry and let's read the next chapter!

Thanks for a great issue! See you next time![24]

[zine]: Contents irregardless, the 'zine should be worth the credits in vested for the covers, front and back.

I've always loved P.S. Nim's baby Vulcans, but the little Earther on the front cover has them all beat in the wide-eyed cuteness category and the shadowy parade of aliens behind him serve as a reminder from whence his innocence and sense of wonder spring. Signe's backcover family portrait is deli cately detailed and well-balanced, with a particularly fine Adama.

The LoCs are their usual delightful range of incisive criticism, welcome compliments, and interesting observations, with the predictable few sour scrods in the trash masher.

Whether or not my LoC is printed this time 'round (I send 'em regardless because I feel it's a courtesy to ye olde ed for the freebie 'zine as well as other contributors, if it is printed), I do want to respond to Leah Rosenthal's comment about my lack of backgrounds, just for the record If Ms. Rosenthal would take a peek at some back issues of WS, say the ones with "Re surgence" or check out recent issues of FALCON'S FLIGHT, SKYWALKER 4, GALACTIC FLIGHT, MOS EISLEY TRIBUNE 4, or any of several other 'zines which include my illos, she would find that I do indeed recog nize the existence of background and 'parts of the anatomy other than faces' (particularly when the anatomy is a certain Corellian's ... ). I am, of course, less like ly to include backgrounds if I only have a limited amount of time. I had somewhere around 6 months of fairly uninterrupted time to do "Resurgence" and the most I get any more is a couple weeks to do pictures, what with four score 'zines to accommodate and deadlines up through the middle of the year. Perhaps if I adapted my style to Ms. Rosenthal's less detailed renderings. I'd have more time to spend on backgrounds and such--hers are always, admittedly, very competent. Leah's comment only serves to point up the reason why I do not change my style, though. First, I don't want my work to look like hers or anyone else's, rather my own.

Second, any changes I make in my illos (lack of background, less detail on figures, etc.) would be printed without a written explanation and someone would be sure to gripe about the changes then, too. I'm not denegrating Leah, though; I'm glad she takes the time to look at my stuff and commend as ideas from a .sister artist are always appreciated, whatever the view they represent. Ah yes, before I forget, those delightful little Goodwin ST cartoons that embellished the LoC pages are priceless and break up the eye-boggling solid pages of print nicely.

The general contents of the 'zine get more and more diverse which proves the universality of your readership and is a tribute to your continuous editorial open-mindedness. I'll cheerfully read nothing but "Star Wars" material, but it's sort of too much chocolate cake or spaghetti—so rich that I need a bit of vegetables, fruit, and meat to balance out the body, just as the SW goodies are interspersed with Trek, hard sf, and other literature.

Ann's "Analysis of the Force" falls in the meat and potatoe category—a basic, yet as always, interesting look at the possible analogues from which Lucas drew his pervading SW power. Ann, being an anthropolo gist, chose force parallels from primitive and ancient societies, which may indeed fit into Lucas' framework. George has mentioned the Buddhi.st concept of zen as well as his personal belief in 'aura' when building the idea for his saga. Believe me, Lori, Ann is a gem who will gleefully tackle any subject intelligently. Recently, after seeing TESB for the umpteenth time, I was bemoaning the sad fate of Han Solo and Ann launched into a discussion of flash-freezing and cryogenics, which was meant, I think, to be comforting. I did see "Time After Time" (remember down in Kazoo last fall?) and was, as always, profoundly impressed by Po's power ful dramatic monologue—a very apt liter ary. form for the insane, yet horridlv con temporary ravings of the kipper. And Po, brilliant short person that she is, has not only the speech pattern and inescap able madman's logic down, she manages to tie together the events of "Time After Time" ST's "Wolf In the Fold", "Martian Chronicles" and summon up a truly ageless evil. Bravo! Joni's Ripper—almost for- got--is a fine, mad face in a maze.

The two Trek pieces, Roy's "One Finger Symphony" and Barker's "Fata Morgana" are nicely orchestrated pieces. Somehow I al ways pictured Christine as so with strong er, a survivor—but Roy's intense, melancholy vignette not only revealed a possible reason for Chapel's will-to-continue, it highlighted once again the lonely, loving humanity of McCoy. Barker's piece balances well with Roy's as a companion tale of aching loss told in few well-chosen words. Faddis' and Frashure's two pained, confused, lovely faces compliment the prose and poetry well. Connie's with the welter of pills and double image is particularly evocative of Chapel's silent desperation.

On the general side, Vicki Carleton's "Question" is the essence of good poetry —a pertinent thought or picture distilled into a very few carefully chosen lyric verses. Fox's starchildren have a 'wondering' quality to them almost overshadowed by the busy, bursting background. And speaking of overshadowed, I love Gordon's poor overwrought fellow hiding from Skvlab (that is Chicken Little behind him, right':'). Gads, the hunks of spacestuff are even breaking the frame of the filk. Gordon'.:, fertile imagination is not only boundless and always very funny artistically, now that incomparable jester's writing filks, too! I can't wait to sing this one at a mundane party.

Sue Perry's Mark Harris of the unfathomable, vulnerable eyes and tentative webbed fingers, coupled with Donnelly's "Dream of Deep Waters" made me fall in love with the "Man From Atlantis" all over again. Donnelly kept Mark alien yet draws the reader into his dream and makes the yearning, the frustration, and the final sad return to the unnatural reality unfold like a film before the mind's eye. Only the sympathetic support of Elizabeth at the end keeps the picture from degenerating in to the hopeless vision of a large fish im prisoned in a tank. The images of the underwater city are fascinating and suitably elusive. Rathbone's "Atlantis" poem also has some good images ("Brother to the dolphin") and some that don't ring quite right ("enigma from the coral reefs").

Rhyming verse is a delicate propsition at best and when the words and phrases don't quite adapt to the meter, as in "Child of Atlantis" the flow of the verse takes on a halting quality at odds with the grace of its subject.

Valenza's "For One Destroyed" is another marvelous chapter in Anji's fascinating Klysadel tales.. As always there is the difficulty of many characters with different names, alien sexuality, and alien situations. However, the struggle of sifting through them and paying close attention to the net she constructs to draw all her story threads inexorably together is eminently worth the effort. Her drawings are a definite aid to understanding, too.

I still did not like the movie "Alien" at all, but it's extremely difficult not to find the cartoons and parodies it 'spawned' in WS clever and amusing, if not downright endearing, esp. Hans' elegant and expressive (classy, even!) creature. I'd read Bud Hill's lullaby before. He gives a new dimension to the old adage, 'a face only a mother could love'. And a couple of those verses are real classics. "Our hosts are stupid/And uglier than we!" and "you've planted/your clone inside her cat." Hans' thumbnail alien madonna and child (?) are delightful and the artistic detail in her longer cartoons (particular ly "Shafted") proves her Fan Q Award justly earned. Gordon's alien is a lot nastier-looking—a real match for Darth indeed, although I fear the Sith might engender severe indigestion. The real clincher in the alien section, though, is Hans' 1st cartoon which graphically cites one of my main objections to "Alien". It's taken years for outworlders like Spock, Maya, Chewbacca, the horta, Robbie, C-3P0, R2- ' D2, and Twiki to overcome mundane "Frankenstein" prejudices against the aliens and mechanicals as ugly and evil. "Alien" set the concept back into vogue, which is un fortunate. At least you gave R2 the last word, if not equal time, on the following page in Bucciarelli's portrait of two kindred souls ...

Hate to admit it, but Carol Mularski's "Inconsistency" is right. The difference is that while "BS Galactica" did indeed suffer from scientific faux pas no worse than those in "Star Wars", SW was a better all-round written show with better character development and plot and advantage of a large screen for its special effects. Without the distraction of BS's few 'heavenly bodies' the show was such a bore most of us had nothing better to do than pick out its discrepancies.

Gorkin's Mazes didn't do much for me. I can admire the painstaking style but aside from "Stonehenge Decoded" I found the works too 'cluttered' and abstract for my personal taste. The "Bad Dream" I found particularly distasteful.

I'd also read "Catch Fire, Draw Flame" in an early draft. As a Han-story it reads well, but I have two problems with it, both dealing with the "Circle of Fire" series basic premises. 1) I have problems seeing Chewie leave Han to join the rebel lion and 2) with TESB or without, I don't think Solo would leave the Alliance that readily. The character of Jarret comes across well but given Han's basically sus picious nature the Corellian warms to him awfully fast. Thansk to Anne, Barb and Hans for those short-but-sweet sequences with Han's lady-of-the-evening. Hans caught Solo's abstracted expression beauti fully and her final Jarret bears delicious resemblance to a certain Avenger after whom he's patterned.

Need I offer any prejudiced comments about "Continuator", which I'm still most happy to be involved with? Part 2 I particularly liked the development of Leia. Her ambivalent attitude towards Luke seems to be just what George L. had in mind, judging from TESB. I'm kinda glad we did 2 before TESB's release, though. I'd hate to have seen Savlanoot and those picturesque floating medical 'droids replaced by the bale ful 2-lB. The force sequences too are highly correlative to what we now know of Yoda's teachings and read well regardless. Hope Po and Jackie don't let the series end with 4. Whether they continue along their own lines or adapt to TESB's new material, their talents are eagerly awaited (besides, I want to keep my job ... ). Wolf's last words of Kenobi are at best with the implications of their first line. After that they become a bit too poetic. Angela's Obi-Wan on the facing page is, as always, quite well-done, with particularly wonderful expressive eyes and mouth.

"Children's Crusade" I didn't particularly care for, not being a fan of the "Prisoner" series or Lombardi's implications in the story. For its genre the piece is well-constructed and sustains a painfully high pitch of emotion. Landon's accompanying art is superb from the excel lent likeness to the stark but well-bal anced composition.

Nice to have Nellie and that loveable Klingon Kaldon back in a good ol' murder nystery. Not terribly exciting, but just fine as light reading. Missed Leah Rosen- that's Nellie illos, though. Hope her absence isn't permanent.

Ten points for Joni and R2-D2! "Birds of a Feather" didn't lose any thing vital in the printing delay, I'm happy to say. I am sorry Jane didn't al low Sheen any further sequels to perhaps ease her rather antagonistic relationship with Han, maybe build a friendship of sorts with Luke and meet Her Worship. Chewie I already know about. (What ever happened to that story about Sheen and the Wookiee? I was really getting psyched to illo it, esp. after meeting Peter Mayhew ... ) The repro of the art in my copy of the 'zine was not up to par, but at least it finally got in![25]

[zine]: Best story in WS 43 was Jane Firmstone's "Birds of a Feather". I really like Sheen, and I do feel sorry for Han when she finds out what he's done. The next installment should be interesting!

What are Paciello & Block going to do with their series now that TESB has Leia apparently preferring Han? The relationship with Luke seems to have settled into a brother-sister relationship there. "Continuator" is not bad, but not the best fiction I've seen in WS. And Martynn's work wasn't up to some of her other illos, tho' the one of Leia was excellent.

Loved the "Alien" cartoons by Dietrich —the 1st two I saw last summer at a con; Gordon Carleton's is OK, but not up to his best (one of my prized possessions is a color cartoon of Mork saying to Mindy, "It followed me home—can I keep it?" with the alien drooling over his shoulder—I had

to fight in the auction for that one!) [26]

[zine]: First off, glad you presented a positive review of ST:TMP. It's about time. I per sonally loved the movie, and it's inspired me to start writing Trek fiction. There's no way possible that it could have satis fied all the preconceptions—I think they did a damn fine job. Fans need to be unit ed in their support now, or the chance of a sequel will vanish entirely. It already appears to be slipping away, what with word coming out that Paramount has postponed work 'indefinitely' due to various beat- around-the-bush reasons.

"Heartbeat"—chilling. And very probable. Marian has a way of turning a nightmarish phrase. "The Compromise" ... an excellent idea, and I can see Spock going on forever following the dictates of the 'goddess' ... but what if Kirk ever finds out? Loved Judith Low's drawing on p. 28 ... excellent evocation of that particular as pect of SW. "Between the Lines" was great. Where does Gordon get all his talent? What a fantastic idea—sure added a lot of depth to that particular TESB scene for me. Though I've only seen a couple of "Dr. Who" episodes—for some reason they've never seen fit to show it anywhere I'm living—I really enjoyed Ruth's story. It was complete in itself, and didn't require any understanding of the background—well, not much, but I've already picked up on the basics from several of my friends who are great fans of this series.

I don't know if I'm looking forward to Paula Smith's 'zine review columns ... she seems to hate everything. I like Jane Aumerle's reviews better ... even when she's criticizing something, she does it in a constructive manner.

"Highly Illogical" ought to be xeroxed and sent out again next spring ... I'm sure it will be just as timely then ... "A Matter of Judgment"—it takes a rare author to get me involved in any secondary characters, because so few have the ability to make them seem real, and not just extensions of the author's personality. Jackie is one of these authors. Last off, Barbara Wenk ... After I finished "One Way Mirror", I started keep ing a look-out for her work. Love her sense of humour. And it's nice to see Darth cringing for once. The illo is priceless ...[27]

[zine]: ... I am impressed by your 'zine, but I suppose you've heard that from better men than I, if your letter column is any indication at an ego stroke is an ego stroke. I muself am a SW fan particularly, but I am and old ST, "Prisoner", "Man From Atlantis" and almost anything else viewer. I would like to congratulate you on the balance of your 'zine. I enjoyed reading almost all of the material it contained.

I read only the last episode of "The Weight", Had I realize from reading the letters that this was a rather controversial story. I cannot comment on this episode in context of any of the other installments. I felt that the story was understandable enough without the other information al though I'm sure some things passed me by without my realizing it. I felt it moved quickly, had suspense, and I loved a lot of its implications (maybe these were more than just implications if you were familiar with all of the story.)

Paula Block and Jackie Paciello ("The Continuator") are, in my estimation, two of the best SW writers around. I thoroughly agree with most of their views on the SW universe, esp. with their views on Luke's use of the force (which they explained in WS 40). So many authors have Luke doing amazing things right out of left field and crediting it to the force--things that have never been documented or that he has only seen Ben do. One other thing they handle well is Leia's character—theirs is an attempt to explain her, which makes sense. They make her a person with motives, unlike so many who make her a dictator and/or a bitch ... The other solution authors are fond of, which Paula and Jackie manage to avoid, is to change Leia's character, ignoring the one Lucas has set up. I can't wait until the end of the "Continuator" to see how she comes to terms with herself and her feelings about Luke. (Nice touch, dreaming about being the wife of a farmer-- makes her more human).

Also worth mentioning is Jane Firmstone's "Birds of a Feather". It has plenty of action while it still takes time to build some characters. It also has something for oth Luke and Han fans--a lot of authors like to write one or the other — although I would like to see them together for once rather than at opposite ends of a story. [28]

Issue 44

front cover of issue #44, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #44, Gordon Carleton: various aliens gamble on a table made of Han Solo trapped in carbonite

Warped Space 44 was published in July 1980 and is 94 pages long. The zine was to have been out in June but "one reason WARPED SPACE 44 has been delayed is because I wanted to provide material based on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK--and be one of the first 'zines doing so."

This issue contains a flyer for the first MediaWest*Con. The editor wrote that elsewhere in this issue was "a full-page ad for our own MediaWest*Con (membership now stands at something over 30 people already signed up as attendees and we've got some programming already lined up!"

Also from the editorial:
I've let five months slip by between the last issue, and this issue. And OBSC'ZINE #4 is still in limbo. Sigh. OB #4 will be T'Kuhtian Press's next publication, though (what do you mean, you don't believe me?), and I have hopes of getting WARPED SPACE 45 out in October. In May I put together a catalog/update/flyer listing all sorts of interesting info on what T'Kuhtian Press has been up to and plans for the future. It's still pretty current, and each copy of this issue should also contain a copy of the flyer. I'll list here any changes that I know about: obviously, WS 44 is coming out in July instead of June; ESPER!'s publication date of this month was rather optimistic and has been pushed back to at least October; GEMINI LYNX will probably be published in 1981 sometime; I'm still working on DREAM WORLDS [29], and GHOSTWINDS Council; due out-of- print xerox 'zine list is overdue for an update as we've added several new titles (send a s.a.s.e. for the update, probably available in August) and I'll work on filling those long-backed-up xerox 'zine orders as soon as this issue is at the printer.
  • Editor's Nook (3)
  • Don't Say That! by Barbara Wenk ("Now that THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is almost upon us, we have more than enough information about the plot to give one a pretty good idea of the kinds of fan stories that will immediately follow.") (A fan's response fic to this essay is "Fairy Tale" in Shadowstar #9.) (4)
  • Star Trek, The Motion Picture review by Ellen Blair (5)
  • The Empire Strikes Back, opinions by Beverly Lorenstein (6)
  • comments on both the Star Trek movie and the Star Wars movie by Louise Stange (7)
  • For Natira by Ingrid Cross (8)
  • Heartbeat by Marian Kelly (Leonard McCoy is about to become a sacrifice to savage captors if he is not found by his shipmates.) (Star Trek—McCoy) (9)
  • The Compromise by Barbara Greenwood (Star Trek —Spock) (10)
  • Starsong by Leah Rosenthal (18)
  • For What Of One So Small (Tale from the Kiysadel) (19)
  • Dark Lord by Judith Low (also in Falcon's Flight #5, something that the editor apologizes for in "Warped Space" #45: "[It] apparently debuted there a little before it appeared in WARPED SPACE. The double submission was in error, and I thank those who pointed it out.") (27)
  • Luke: Deferred Memories by Kathy Resch (31)
  • Wages of Virtue by Barbara Wenk (Star Wars) (32) (a very rare Deathfic)
  • A Song Upon Leaving by Paula Block (34)
  • Between The Lines by Gordon Carleton (Star Wars) (35)
  • Birds Of A Feather—Conclusion by Jane Firmstone (Star Wars) (37)
  • Oriana—The Invasion by Roberta Rogow (Dirty Nellie series, sixth episode) (54)
  • The Collator's Hymn, filk by Roberta Rogow, Leah Rosenthal and Friends (63)
  • Analysis Please: Hello, Out There? (essay) by Ann Popplestone ("Much of science fiction and all of STAR TREK rests on the assumption that there is intelligent life on other planets. How close can we come to making an estimate of how many? What facts or theories support this assumption?") (64)
  • Doctor Who and The Other Tardis by Ruth Berman (Doctor Who) (68)
  • Highly Illogical (by Isabel Real (Star Trek) (78)
  • Post Gratitude by Paula Block (Star Wars) (79)
  • A Matter Of Judgment by Jackie Paciello (Star Wars) (83)
  • Imperial Soliloquy by Barbara Wenk (Star Wars) (winner of a 1981 FanQ) (93)
  • art by Gordon Carleton (front and back covers), Leslie Fish, Paulie Gilmore, Lynne Anne Goodwin, Michael Goodwin, Judith Low, MRO Ludwig, Martynn, Lisa Mason, Leah Rosenthal, Anji Valenza, Joni Wagner, Deborah Walsh, Allyson Whitfield

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 44

[Don't Say That]: Barbara Wenk's "Don't Say That" was so funny, it had a roomful of SW freaks rolling around all over the floor at WindyCon. [30]
[Birds of a Feather]: Jane Firmstone's Sheen Kenowa ("Birds of a Feather," WS #43 and 44) is a pilot who owns her ship; her first partner, a human male/ is strictly a business partner and friend who would like to change the relationship but has so far been unsuccessful. Max is killed by troopers who mention Vader's name, and Sheen swears vengeance. She ends up getting drunk with Han and being tricked into taking a job that means getting involved with the Alliance — practically the last thing she'd do if she'd been sober! But the pay is good, she has debts to take care of, and it may help her get to Vader, so she stays, always plotting to get back at Han. In the second part she is in charge of rescuing Han from an Imperial attack, and finishes up by neatly getting even and then some. She rather likes Han, but nowhere along the way does she become involved with him. [31]

[zine]: By the way, one last comment. When I saw that "Star Wars" stuff was being included I gave a silent groan. Though I loved the picture and saw it repeatedly, I just didn't see that there was much in the way of characterization to go on, esp. as compared to Trek. Well, it just goes to show what a good writer (like Paula) can do. I'm really interested in "The Continuator". Keep up the good work ...


I disagree with those who say that the Klysadel stories are hard to follow. I'm not having any trouble at all. "Voices on the Wind" had a little introductory piece at the beginning that explained a lot, and the rest you can pick up just reading the stories themselves. Speaking of "Voices on the Wind", Anji certainly seems to know horses. Much as I like the stories in WS, I like them even better when they have horses in them (I'm a horsewoman myself; I train and show Three-Day Eventers. Anji, if you're reading this, write to me! I'd love to hear from you and talk about horses!) Now if only there was a story floating around out there about Han Solo and horses ...


I also love the SW stuff; can't wait to finish Jackie Paciello's and Poblocki's "Continuator" series. I also liked "Catch Fire, Draw Flame" (WS 43). Are any of the other "Circle of Fire" stories collected anywhere, or are there plans to make a collection of them? I'm very interested ... I have just one question about it, though: why would Chewie just up and leave Han like that, especially after 13 years? Stryker also looks very familiar, but I can't place him. ... I hope "Time After Time" stories keep coming! "Ripper In The Fold" was an absolute masterpiece! And Joni Wagner's illo was gorgeous! Still think that the movie missed out on some marvellous possibilities with that microwave oven ... [32]

[zine]: The high point of 44 for me was Jane Firmstone's conclusion of "Birds of a Feather." Even though Sheen is obviously a mirror image of Han Solo in female form, she is different enough to be her own per son and come across as a truly memorable character in her own right. It is refresh ing to see all the characters handled so well, and the dialogue between them is witty, funny, and exactly what you would expect of them. The story line moves swiftly, leaves no gaps, and keeps you tripping over words in your haste to see what happens next. I loved it!

The rest of the 'zine was less memorable, but just as well done. The one Trek story of any length ("The Compromise") was pretty good, but I cannot agree with the rigid adherence to the Prime Directive. I personally feel that the Prime Directive is open to interpretation as is any law, and Kirk in his various tamperings and twistings has done no more than any of our present day lawyers and judges. The true effectiveness of any law is in the testing of that law under various circumstances, and if the rigid application of the Prime Directive in the many and varied situations that Kirk and crew had had to deal with has proven to be ineffective or impossible, then it is time to revise or amend that law and not judge those who must try to work within the confines of it.

"Highly Illogical" was a more than accurate comment on the present day tax filing system: Here's hoping that by the time Kirk has to file his return, mankind will have found a better way.

I have no real comment to make about the regular Klysadel stories you feature other than I am still trying to figure out the universe it represents, and I can't really get involved enough to make a real effort. But this is a lack on my part, and is no reflection on the talent of the author.

The cartoons were as always, delightful, though there weren't as many as one would have liked. Rest assured, I will be a regular reader of WARPED SPACE. [33]


I didn't think I'd enjoy your recent issues of WARPED SPACE because of the "Star Wars" coverage. While I thoroughly enjoyed both "Star Wars" and "The Empire Strikes Back", I felt they were essentially children's 'cartoon' films and did not look forward to reading stories written about them. I should have known better. If "Dark Lord" by Judith Low is any indication of things to come, I wait with baited breath ...[34]

[zine]: WS 44 was rather disappointing. Only one really good story in the whole issue, Jane's conclusion to "Birds of a Feather". I do like Sheen! I think she and my character, Maeve Solo, would get along very well. But her comment on Luke, "once he reached puberty"—nasty, nasty! Not even Maeve, who's old enough to be his grandmother and not known as an embodiment of sweetness and light, would be quite so unkind! Sheen's revenge on Han is delightful and so appropriate. Hope we'll be seeing more of her.

Gordon should stick to cartooning. "Between the Lines" is, putting it politely, not one of his best creative efforts. His back cover, on the other hand—sick and funny, I'm not. sure whether sicker or funnier Thanks for the two rave reviews of TESB. I went to see it opening night in B.C. with a bunch of sf and SW fen (a few, like my self, being both) and had all fingers and toes crossed, hoping it'd be at least as good as SW (which I saw 50 times--yes, I liked it! And I normally don't go to movies, period!). I came out several feet above the ground, screaming with the rest of the group that Lucas had done the impossible, made a sequel even better than the original. Ghod, if he keeps this up,

imagine what the 9th film will be like! [35]

[zine]: On WS 44, " Imperial Soliloquy" was hysterical, both prose and cartoon. The guard with the pike reminds me of Larry in "Wizards" (as in "Master love Larry, Master feed Larry!"). Or is he distantly related to the Ores, Gordon? Recognized the winged monkey, too.

"A Matter of Judgment was realistic in its scene-setting and dialogue, as is typical in most of Jackie's writing, her Trek piece in PEGASUS IV the sole exception (sorry, Jackie). Nice to see somebody else dealing with the common folk in the Alliance and the rest of the SW galaxy, with out their being overshadowed by one or a combination of the Big Four.

I have one small argument with Ruth Berman regarding her intro to "Dr. Who and the Other TARDIS"; Leela, if I recall correctly, took up with a Panoptican guard in "Invasion of Time", rather than a Time Lord. There are commoners on Gallifrey, which is one of the reasons for the class struggles and the defectors outside the city. Other wise, it was a wonderfully whimsical piece, and Sarah and the Doctor were in perfect character. And Paulie's illo ... oooh, yum.

The "Oriana" series is always interesting, even without the Tudorian references. I'm not much of a history buff, but I don't feel lost amidst all the asides.

Ah-ha, so there's another female character who doesn't fall down drooling at the sight of Han Solo! Sheen and Jass Moris should get along splendidly. Maybe they could step out of their authors' universes and gang up on the goniff. I like Kliss; reminds me of a guinea pig we used to have.

I thought Ozzel protesteth too much to be your average stick-in-the-mud Imperial. Nice to know I wasn't imagining things. Thanks for "Between the Lines", Gordon.

Unlike my ex-roommate, "The Wages of Virtue" didn't do anything for me, Anne and Barb seem very attached to tiie bleakest aspects of this conflict, and while I dislike war as much as any other fan, I think some of Lucas' fairy-tale adventure and lighter moments should not be left out for the sake of realism. This is not to say that they don't tell a good story; I prefer Po and Jackie's "Continuator", Pat Stanley's "New Order", and Maggie's "ThousandWorlds" series, where the soap- boxing isn't so prevalent, that's all.

I'm one of those poor souls who walked in late on the Klysadel universe, so I can't make out a lot of the terms Anji uses to get any benefit from her stories. I do like Thobo and Jon, and Anji's deli cate artwork, so I guess that's something positive.

Loved the Trek pieces. It's about time somebody with clout caught up with that man for mucking with the Prime Directive. For sheer chilling, "Heartbeat" wins hands down in this issue. Gods, what a final scene ...

I won't comment on the reviews, as it would take too long. "Don't Say That!", however, rates a mention: an absolute scream! #9 could also be titled "The Little Corellian That Could". I have a

suggestion for #11: "Just Remember, No Short Jokes"--it is discovered that Leia/Lando/Chewie/Luke's long-lost sister or cousin or whatever/Han is the 'other' Yoda refers to, and must be taken to Dagobah for training. [36]

[zine]: ... I'm kind of new at this. I've always enjoyed reading the LoCs in your 'zine though, and was kind of disappointed that they weren't in 44. I wouldn't mind paying extra for a brochure format of "Misc." esp. since I don't get UT or FORUM. I like being kept up on other 'zines and such but I don't want you to sacrifice the fiction or letters page, either.

What, no "Continuator"? I've been wait ing for the ending and now I have to wait for the next issue.

I liked the poem ("A Song Upon Leaving") though ... Barbara Wenk's rating system for future TESB stor ies is real cute. Now that my future story is labelled a 10 maybe I should just title it that. "10, the story of a reject" —or people could put a little number on the corners of their manuscripts so they can be sorted into the proper categories (let's see, I'd like a 2 in this issue). Really, I liked her article; it was hilar ious. "Heartbeat" and "Wages of Virtue", the first was a little melodramatic, I thought. It was interesting, though. As for "Wages", at first I didn't care for it at all (I don't like stories where everyone gets killed off). However, after seeing "The Big Red One" I happened to reread the story and if you changed the names of the characters you would ha e an accurate portrayal of Hamill's (Griff's) reactions at the end of the movie. I'm a super Hamill fan and watching him change from a sweet, Skywalker type at the beginning of the movie to an uncaring, hardened soldier at the end was really something.

I've enjoyed reading "Birds of a Feather" and I really enjoyed Martynn's illos. "Post Gratitude" was good, esp. in line with what's been happening in TESB. I just bet Leia has nice little dreams about Han, don't most of us? I hope Lucas lets the ice maiden thaw out a little more by the time the next movie appears; I'm sure Carrie can express other emotions than icy disapproval ...

"A Matter of Judgment" was very good; it was different and it went into a character I haven't seen much written about. I like Wedge. Let's see some more Wedge stories.

"Imperial Soliloquy" was really funny. Barbara is super writing humour.

I liked the cartoons, my favorites being the one on p. 53 (the munchies), the back cover (I may be morbid, but I liked it), and esp. the one on p. 62. 1 showed that one to my husband and he thought it was hilarious

(he never reads my 'zines). I can't think of anything more to write, but am looking forward to the next issue. [37]

[zine]: ... Please tell Gordon he is a sneak, a trufan, and no gentleman! "Between the Lines" in WARPED SPACE 44 was absolutely superb! I read the bloody thing, laughed uproariously, and then said, "Hmmmmmnnn ... I wonder," when I sobered down. Next time I went to see TESB I paid particular at tention to the Ozzel scenes. And, damn it! Gordon's right! Voila! From being "Too Dumb To Live" (Judi Hendricks' contribution to fannish saying.s. I love it!), good old Ozzel has become a "hero of the revolution". Much more fun—and, of course, much more well-rounded and characterized—that way. Yeah, Gordie! (And do you suppose that's what George meant? He being as much a sneak, a trufan, and a non-gentleman as Gordie, I, for one, would not be surprised.

In WARPED SPACE 44 I also enjoyed Barbara Wenk's "Don't Say That" (although, considering some of the story ideas I've heard discussed lately, I think Barbara left out some good ones: "Any Port in a Storm"—with Han out of the way, Leia turns her attention to whoever happens to be around ((Luke, Lando, Chewie, Darth, you name it)), and frequently for the flimsiest of reasons, other than the very obvious fact that the author wants the Corellian free of royal entanglements; "The Treatise" —stories ((?)) masquerading as SW/TESB tales of action/adventure/romance/character development when in reality they are exercises in alien sociology, culture, psy chology, etc., and not even well-done ((in short, b-o-o-o-o-ring, and not at all suited for SW)); "Poor Darling Darth"((title courtesy of Karen Osman))m—mMary Sue Sith or Corellian or Alderaani or whoever goes right to the heart of the matter and saves Darth's soul ((strange now no mention is made in this kind of story about Darth's shoulders and thighs. Hmmmnn. Guess Mary Sue Whatever is above the celebration of such 'crude matter'.)) and converts him to goodness and light, thereby making the galaxy safe for truth, justice, and the American Alliance way. Can't think of any others right now, but I'm sure, as an editor, you can come up with a few yourself.).

"Imperial Soliloquy", by the same author, isn't (a soliloquy, that is), but is an absolute riot for all that. And the funniest thing of all is, funny though it is, it is also true. Just how is good old Darth-baby going to get out of this one? Somehow, the Emperor of TESB did not strike me as being the bumbling old Palpatine mentioned in the SW novelization. (Pulling in a ringer on us, George? Eh?) I do not think the Emperor will be--'amused' at Darth's losses in TESB. No, not at all amused. Then, to round out the issue, Wenk has "Wages of Virtue". Brrr! Can't say I like it — too damn chilling for that — but gods, so possible; and so tragic. Poor Luke. Survivor's luck, bunh? Right. What a fate.

"Post Gratitude" was well-crafted, as are all of Paula Block's offerings. But, if there's one thing I hate more than anything else, it's a bloody 'it was only a dream story!!! I don't care if it is a semi-precog dream (Leia as the other, maybe?). It's STILL a damn dream story. And I HATE them.

The rest of the 'zine was a mixed bag this time around. Some forgettable poetry, Klysadel (which I have never been able to get into. I've tried, but it's really a very closed universe. Which is strange, since it started in Anji's own fanzine, MONKEY OF THE INKPOT. You'd think it'd be open, in an attempt to attract fans. But, just the opposite. Oh, well.), etc. Martynn's and Joni's artwork is always a pleasure, and I liked MRO Ludwig's illo for "Wages". But McCoy's 'heart of gold'? And Spock touched by a god? GAKK! [38]

Issue 45

front cover of issue #45, Dot Sasscer
back cover of issue #45, Dot Sasscer

Warped Space 45 was published in March 1981, 93 pages long.

From the editorial:

LoCs are back, and I'll try not to skip them in subsequent issues. Welcome Paula Smith's Bored of Review column debuting in this issue, please, and let us know what you think of it.

MediaWest*Con has filled its membership rolls — we extended the minimum from 350 to 375 to 400. If any attendee wishes to cancel his/her membership, write to us as soon as possible, and if anyone wants to be on the waiting list for a possible vacancy, also write to us as soon as possible. Supporting memberships are still available for $3 and 3 business-sized sases. The 2nd Progress Report will be going out to members sometime this month, with further details on the con.


Those of you who have written me since the beginning of the year may have noticed what I hope is a trend on my part; I've been able to keep up with incoming mail on a daily basis! And while doing so, have been managing to whittle down the backlogged mail stacks by several inches a week! Concurrently, I'm catching up on reading submissions, readying various projects for publication, and continuing to better organize and straighten up the office. Last month I finally succeeded in alphabetizing my 'zine collection! Orders received for 'zines in stock are filled at least once weekly, more often if my errands around town take me past the Post Office and/or UPS building more than once a week.

If anyone wants to help collate future issues and doesn't know how to go about volunteering, contact me and I'll be happy to fill you in, as well as welcome you to the fold!


Thanks to all who wrote LoCs in the 8 month hia
tus between WS 44 and 45, plus those who sent in
 LoCs on 43. Obviously, we can't print every LoC
 we receive, but we try to print a representative
 cross-section of opinions received. Your LoC
 stands a better chance of being printed if it is
 concise and clearly labelled as a LoC.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 45

See reactions and reviews for SulkCon '81.

[zine]: [1981]: Like many previous issues, this is an excellent fanzine. Each page offers a new treat, be it a cartoon, an illo, a poem, a short short, or a story. Graphically speaking, the reproduction of the illos and text is just fine. There is more emphasis on short pieces in this issue and only one long story ('Continuator'). As far as the subject matter is concerned, it's a bout 70% SW and 30% ST. 'The Continuator' is another chapter in this series concerning the rebels at their new base after the events in Star Wars. The characterizations are among the best in SW fan fiction. Even when the story emphasis shifts from one character to another, no one suffers... In these final chapters, everyone is healthy, so those who are bothered by get 'ems or hospital stays should be happy. This series is basically a continual story chronicling the events, small and large, in the personal and business lives of the rebels. It's not a one-major-crisis story, but rather it paints a very realistic picture of life on a transient military base with all the inherent problems and strategies intact. The attention to detail is admirable and the small, seemingly boring details concerning supplies, contacts and diplomatic endeavors are incorporated into the story in a realistic and natural way. I guess I'm just a sucker for a story that not only elicits an emotional response in the reader, but is also logical and does not violate any rules of human behavior in the cause of poetic license... Emotionally the story packs a wallop and Paula and Jackie handle these scenes very well. Of course, Martynns illos are worth turning the pages for.

A new feature made its debut in WS #45, the 'Bored of Review' column. Paula's reviews are concise, witty, and she does not mince words -- a good guide for the cautious zine buyer.

The short humorous pieces are also quite good. 'If You Can't Say Something Nice' is an inventive little piece of correspondence concerning everyone's favorite minority group -- the scruff-looking nerf herder. 'Nothin' Left to Bruise' is a very short (but oh-so-appropriate) parody of another story in SW fanfic. It brings a chuckle, plus a Martynn illo makes it even more worthwhile -- lovely. 'The Reluctant Jedi' is a short story that speculates on the possibility of Han Solo becoming a Jedi Knight. It's well-written and funny, but I kept wishing that it were on screen in stead of on paper. The sight of Solo wheeling around with an out-of-control light saber while Luke, Leia and Chewie cower under furniture would be well worth the price of admission. Connie Faddis' illo was a great Chewie, but why oh why didn't she do one of Solo trying to tame the saber? 'Son of What' is a dialogue regarding Luke's parentage. One look at the Leah Rosenthal illo and you know where this one is headed -- improbable and a bit predictable but worth a chuckle. 'Honor Binds Me' is not funny at all and wasn't meant to be. It's a short piece that somehow manages to exhilarate, warm, and knock the wind out of the reader in a mere two pages. I guess it's not the quantity, but the quality and this one proves it. I can't reveal the subject matter or the effect will be ruined, but I can say it concerns Han's homecoming after being thawed out. Okay, what ISN'T good about WS #45? There has to be something, right? Well, there is the fact that it is only 93 pages long... [39]

[zine]: [1995]: This is a "classic" SW zine. Actually, this is more like an issue dominated by SW. Warped Space was a Trek/what-ever-else-is-cool fanzine, featured critical zine reviews, art, stories, filk cartons, and pages of readers' letters. It was produced in an era when desktop publishing meant a typewriter, some glue, and scissors, and copy machines weren't so prevalent. We're talking about the Mimeograph Age (kids, ask your parents about that.)

Most of the stories were really short, since this was a small fanzine, relatively speaking. A couple of them were kind of funny, but there were some serious ones too. In fact, one was downright grim — Han, an undercover Imperial spy, kills Luke and Leia before killing himself. Hmm, the author must've been listening to too much Joy Division. The other serious story was on the sappy side, but amusing to read in light of what happens in ROTJ. I was more impressed by the artwork scattered throughout the zine. There were some humorous bits too, like a Franklin Mint ad for Han-in-Carbonite, a letter of protest sent to Leia from the United Galactic Brotherhood of Nerf-Herders and Bantha-Breeders, and a take-off of Billy Joel's "Only the Good Die Young," It's a kick to read the letters of comment, partially because a couple of Trekkers whined about the fact SW material was appearing in the zine. Nyah nyah! Overall, it's fascinating to read a zine from the early '80s and see what fan writers were up to back in the day, when only two-thirds of the saga had been released. Unfortunately, this zine, like many other old zines, aren't easy to find. Your best bet is a fan-run Trek convention or a media con like Media West or Eclecticon. [40]

Issue 46

Warped Space 46 was published in September 1981 and is 96 pages. Fandoms include Star Trek, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Doctor Who. Art by Gordon Carleton, Connie Faddis, Melly Frame, Paulie Gilmore, Michael Goodwin, Terri Korthals, Martynn, Susan W. Perry-Lewis, Leah Rosenthal, Cathy Strand and Joni Wagner

front cover of issue #46, MIchael Goodwin
back cover of issue #46, Terri Korthals

This issue originally came with a small separate leaflet with fanzine ads. It also included a supplement that said that, according to the enclosed copy of the two letters from Maureen Garrett, the story, "Ships in the Night" would be sent separately for those who sent in an age statement.

From the enclosed supplement that also included a copy of the text of two letters by Maureen Garrett:
Ahem... You're probably wondering what happened to pages 107-112 of Ships in the Night which have been left out of your copy of Warped Space #46. By way of explanation, we are reprinting a set of letters [from Maureen Garrett]... While we don not consider anything we've published, including this story, to be 'pornographic,' we've withheld those pages containing some mildly explicit descriptions. As the wording in Ms. Garrett's letters is rather vague, we can only hope we've accurately second-guessed her intended meaning. Since the main concern expressed in these letters seems to be that objectionable SW material stay out of the hands of underage readers, we will only make the deleted pages available to those subscribers who send us a legal size SASE (with .18 cents postage) and an signed statement that they are eighteen years of age or older... We will attempt to obtain more specific guidelines from Ms. Garrett so that we may avoid awkward situations of this sort in future issues. While we do not fully agree with Ms. Garrett's descriptions of the legal aspects of various points, we believe that George Lucas has certain moral rights concerning the characters he created. If he or his representatives will provide SPECIFIC guidelines as to what he finds objectionable, we will attempt to comply with such standards.
  • Analysis Please: “Talking Chimps” (Essay) by Ann Popplestone
  • Merman by Dian Hardison (20)
  • Ballad of Mark Harris by Jocelyn Feaster (22)
  • Zip-ee Wars by Anne Davenport (STAR WARS Cartoon) (24)
  • Vader Of The Lost Ark by Eluki bes Shahar STAR WARS/INDIANA JONES) (29)
  • The Alternate Universe Traveler’s Handbook by Beverly Grant (30)
  • And Don’t Think It Hasn’t Been Fun (A Tale From The Kiysadel) by Fa Shimbo (31)
  • Sow The Wind (STAR WARS) by Anne Elizabeth Zeek, art by Connie Faddis. (Boldly Writing says of the art: "The magnificent illustrations in the fanzine were black-and-white. The originals, however, displayed in the MediaWest art show, were even more spectacular in color." (37)
  • Don't Say That, Wenk Limericks and This is Living by Barbara T (50)
  • Misquoted by Beverly Grant (51)
  • Take it Back! by Beverly Grant ((51)
  • Dr. Who??? by Mari L. Bangs (DOCTOR WHO) (52)
  • Heroes Of The Rebel Alliance (5 illustrations) by Karen River (53)
  • Spockiloquy by Carol Hansen (59)
  • The Green Gorilla by D.J. Hewlett (STAR TREK) (60)
  • Second Chance by Kelly Hill (STAR WARS) (66)
  • Lone Spacer Serenade by Jani Hicks (101)
  • Mari Su by Eluki bes Shahar (102)
  • Ships in the Night by Paula Block and Judi Hendricks (STAR WARS) (see accompanying notes) (104)
  • Bored of Review by Paula Smith

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 46

See reactions and reviews for Ships in the Night.
A notable thing about 'Sow the Wind' was that it was a Star Wars story, about Luke's birth. 'Media' fans would often argue to [ST] fans who concentrated on one genre that readers ought to appreciate any story about any genre as long as it was well-written. 'Sow the Wind' was undoubtedly well-written. On the other hand, the unavoidable fact is that for every well-written story, there are a dozen poorly written ones. If one is not a fan of the genre, one does not want to read a dozen badly-written stories in order to find the well-written one. Also, sometimes even the well-written stories of one's preferred genre seem boring. [41]
What can one say about a zine which manages to reach 46? Warped Space seems to appeal to just about everyone and that is not surprising, for it is about as close to the median of fannish writing as it's possible to get. The offerings are eclectic, with something for almost every reader, and the quality generally adequate, with occasional flashes of brilliance and lapses into dreck. Issue 46 is no exception... This issue is heavily slanted toward Star Wars material, and I will deal with that only here. 'Zip-ee Wars' is mindless but a great gag and a lot of fun. 'Vader of the Lost Ark,' as the title suggests is another of Eluki bes Shahar's bizarre and inspired pastiches which manages to cram references to almost every Harrison Ford role into one very funny page. 'Sow the Wind' is an an excellent story supported by a truly outstanding art portfolio. Those people who saw the stunning original paintings at MediaWest Con can only regret that black-and-white reproduction, as good as it is, can only give a hint of their quality. Anne Zeek is one of the few fan authors who does more than pay lip service to the frequently-cited mythological patterns of Star Wars, and 'Sow the Wind' explores the archetypical figures of Father, Son, Mother, and Child through permutations drawn from Arthurian legend, a variety of Greek mythical parallels, and the pre-Classical and medieval conflicts of mother-goddess and sky-father. The elegant writing style compliments the intellectual fireworks of this remarkable piece to create a story which will undoubtedly became famous in fandom. 'Second Chance' provides this issue of Warped Space with its example of fictional sludge, the sort of error in editorial judgement that consistency reduces WS from an outstanding zine to an average one. It is an interminable and totally predictable hurt/comfort Han story which seems to be cobbled together from every old fan fiction cliche at hand. The writing is adequate but lackluster, and the standard plot announces itself so clearly by the third page that you don't have to read any further to know exactly what is going to happen. This is probably just as well, for the reader's best bet is to simply skip this story entirely... This issue is filled out by a filk from Jani Hicks, accompanied by an exquisite illo by Martynn, and two pages of Eluki bes Shahar's funny and beautifully drawn cartoons on the theme of Mari Su and Cuddly Darth. The final item, for those readers who sent in an age statement, is 'Ships in the Night.' Readers who felt a bit cheated at the end of 'Marketable Commodity' in Pegasus #4 will be more than satisfied by this lovely return engagement between Luke and Cori Beckett. It is lyrical, sensual, erotic in the highest degree, yet so skillfully written and tasteful that there is not a hint of the pornographic in it. The characters are real people, totally believable, and the authors resist the temptation to cheapen them by tacking on a contrived and happy ending. This story should be required reader for every aspiring writer of erotica, as an example of How To Do It Right. It is complemented by illos in Joni Wagner's best style, although the artist seems to have been inhibited by Lucasfilm's recent pronouncements into making the illos a bit more PG than the story really deserves. There is little else to note about the art in this issue, except to mention one particularly nice illo of a star-destroyer firing on the Falcon by Michael Goodwin and a GREAT cartoon by Rosenthal and Otten on page 65 which can't really be described without spoiling it. [42]

Issue 47

Warped Space 47 was published in 1982 and contains 98 pages. It has art by Leah Rosenthal, Bernie, Eluki bes Shaar, Gordon Carleton, Ann Davenport, Amy Harlib, Kate Nuernberg, Karen River, Fa Shimbo, Mary Stacey-MacDonald, Susan W. Perry-Lewis, and Martynn.

front cover of #47 by Karen River
back cover of #47
  • Bored of Review by Paula Smith (1)
  • Analysis Please: Dinosaurs by Ann Popplestone (5)
  • Hail and Farewell by Roberta Rogow (Star Trek) (the last Dirty Nellie story) (7)
  • How NOT to Write Star Wars Fic by Eluki bes Shahar (16)
  • Lament by Kate Nuernberg (18)
  • Dragonslayer by Jean L. Stevenson (20)
  • Star Wars Toy Club by Vi and Jenni (22)
  • With a Few Modifications by Beverly Grant (art?)
  • Elegy for a Mercenary by Eluki bes Shahar (23)
  • Some Sociological Implications of the Appearance of Luke Skywalker et al on The Muppet Show, or, Close Encounters of the Third Frog Kind by Kevin Dunn and Dee Beetem (26)
  • TV Guide Fall Preview by Elyse Dickenson and Dawn McLevy (28)
  • The One to Fly to by Franny Moore-Kyle (29) (a Superman vignette, illoed by Susan W. Perry-Lewis)
  • TV Guide Close-Up by Gordon Carleton (35)
  • Robinson's Time Piece by Paula M. Block (36)
  • Time by Jenni (38)
  • Stowaway by Debra Wint (Star Trek) (38)
  • Blood Debt by Deborah June Layton, illoed by Kate Nuernberg (the beginning of the Black Sabre Han Solo Series) (55)
  • Star Struck by Kim Blekis Dyer (68)
  • Epithalumion by Jean L. Stevenson (71)
  • The Paths of Choice, part one, the next "Continuator" installment by Jackie Paciello (73)
  • Con-versation by Leah Rosenthal (Star Trek) (86)
  • Editor's Note by Lori Chapek-Carleton (89)
  • Incident on Kolderanheck by Chuck Upmann (90)
  • Pseudo Book Advertisements by Amy Harlib (91)
  • The Red Badger of Courage by Chuck Upmann (93)
  • Alley Oop by D.M. Langsam (94)
  • A Weird LoC by Fa Shimbo (96)

Issue 48

front cover of issue #48, Gordon Carleton
back cover of issue #48, Steven Fox

Warped Space 48 was 96 pages long and published in March 1983. Fandoms include Star Trek, Star Wars, Blade Runner, ET. Art by Kim Gianna, Gordon Carleton, Martynn, Vel Jaeger, Steven Fox, Anne Davenport, Pam Kowalski, Signe Landon, Kate Nuernberg and Lin Stack.

  • Analysis Please: Archeoastronomy North of Mexico by Ann Popplestone (8)
  • The Summons, Star Trek story by Pat Nussman (10)
  • Duel for Honor, Star Wars story by Pat Nussman (11)
  • The Night Before Star Trek by Linda DeLaurentis (14)
  • Request to Another by Jocelyn Feaster (15)
  • The Paths of Choice, Part 2, Star Wars by Jackie Paciello (16)
  • Star Wars comic strip, Day of the Droids by Tim Eldred (35)
  • I Know What I've Got by Marcia Brin (48)
  • Something More by Franny Moore-Kyle (50)
  • Blind Vision, Part 1 (Star Wars) by Deborah June Laymon (52)
  • A Time for Every Purpose, a 3 page Star Trek story about STII by Linda DeLaurentis (82)
  • The Chosen, a Bladerunner story by Anne Elizabeth Zeek (85)
  • Intervention by Martynn (87)
  • The Survivors, a 2 page Star Wars story by Anne Elizabeth Zeek (88)
  • A Spacer's Lament, filk with music by Maggie Nowakowska, musical transcription by Lee Reynolds (ThousandWorlds Universe, Star Wars) (90)
  • Star Trek, the Wrath of Paramount by Gordon Carleton (92)
  • Kirk's Eulogy for Spock by Gordon Carleton (93)
  • Bored of Review by Paula Smith

Issue 49

front cover of issue #49, Karen River
back cover of issue #49, Gordon Carleton

Warped Space 49 was published in 1983 and contains 98 pages. Although the publication date printed in the issue is October, the issue wasn't mailed out until sometime in December 1983.

The art is by Gordon Carleton, Anne Davenport, Martynn, Kate Nuernberg, Susan W. Perry-Lewis, Tim Eldred, Karen River, and Joni Wagner.

Due to the length of the zine reviews, there were no letters of comment printed in this issue.

  • Quoth the Raven by Deborah June Laymon (38)
  • A Slight Misunderstanding by Marcia Brin (40)
  • An Ill-Made Jedi, part 1 by Deborah June Laymon (46)
  • Mere Puppets They, Who Come and Go by Jeri Kendel (Dr. McCoy, Kirk and Spock are snatched from the Enterprise by aliens who want to know more about the physiology of humans and vulcans. The aliens possess McCoy and he performs an autopsy on his two living friends. They are returned to the ship and Kirk and Spock recover, but Mccoy's experience results in his confinement to a mental facility where he will stay if Spock can not find a way to help.) (68)
  • Editor's Nook by Lori Chapek-Carleton (75)
  • C-3PO Strikes Back (or, "I Did Say So Before") by Irene Shafer (77)
  • Right of Passage BY Anne Elizabeth Zeek (82)
  • Testing Ground by Pat Nussman and Anne Elizabeth Zeek (84)
  • Day of the Droids, part 2 by Tim Eldred (87)
  • Readers of the Lost Joke by Gordon Carlton (back cover fancomic)

Issue 50

front cover of issue #50, Karen River
back cover of issue #50, Gordon Carleton. Note that all the fans are wearing propeller beanies, a common art shorthand for sf fans since the 1940s.[1]

Warped Space 50 January 1984, 100 pages. The art is by Eluki bes Shahar, Gordon Carleton, Karen River, Anne Davenport, Tim Eldred, Helena Ming, Susan W. Perry-Lewis, Melody Rondeau, Nancy Stasulis, Joni Wagner and Susan Wyllie.


  1. ^ by Paula Smith in Scuttlebutt #14
  2. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  3. ^ from an interview with Paula Block in Menagerie #16
  4. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  5. ^ the entirety of an LoC by Paula Smith in Warped Space #43
  6. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  7. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  8. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  9. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  10. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  11. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  12. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  13. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  14. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  15. ^ from an LoC in Warped Space #43
  16. ^ from Jundland Wastes #3 (which uses this story as one of four examples in an article that explores the relationship between Han and Luke in fanfic)
  17. ^ from the 1982 essay Visible Women
  18. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  19. ^ from Datazine #8
  20. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  21. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  22. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  23. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  24. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  25. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  26. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  27. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  28. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  29. ^ "Dream Worlds" was never published
  30. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  31. ^ from the 1982 essay Visible Women
  32. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  33. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  34. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  35. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  36. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  37. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  38. ^ from an LoC in "Warped Space" #45
  39. ^ from Jundland Wastes #4
  40. ^ from Blue Harvest #6
  41. ^ Joan Verba writes in "Boldly Writing"
  42. ^ from Jundland Wastes #5/6