Xenozine

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Zine
Title: Xenozine
Publisher: D.J. Driscoll
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Date(s): 1984-1986
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Medium: print
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Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
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Xenozine is a gen and implied slash multimedia anthology.

An ad in Datazine #34 asks: "Are you tired of reading mundane media zines? If you hunger for the weird, forbidden, and different then Xenozine is for you!"

An ad in Pop Stand Express #5, "If you're tired of reading mundane media zines... If you hunger for the weird and forbidden... if you're bored with ponderous, self-righteous B.S... THEN... DON'T DELAY! Obtain your copy now!"

Issue 1

Xenozine 1 contains 200 pages, 140 pages are Man from Uncle stories, 60 pages are Star Wars stories. Some Blake's 7 fanpoetry. It was published in 1984. Art by Kirby, Kowalski, Lloyd and others. This zine is subtitled: "Episode One: A New Grope."

cover of issue #1
  • Marysue and the Bandit by Robin White (Star Wars)
  • Assessment of Damages by D.J. Driscoll & Shadowhawk (Star Wars)
  • The Slash of the Empire by T. Brian Wagner (Star Wars)
  • The Alabama Papers by Susan R. Mathews (Star Wars)
  • The Slightly Out Of Hand Affair by Charlene Kirby (Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (Our heroes wage a practical joke war with... THRUSH?)
  • I'll See You In My Dreams by Clotilda Willard (Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (implied slash)
  • The Turning Point Affair by Joy Ashenfelder (Man From U.N.C.L.E.)(hurt/comfort)
  • The What-A-Way-To-Spend-A-Vacation Affair by Laurie Keeper (Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (Illya battles the great outdoors... and gets got.)
  • An Ounce of Prevention by Denetia Arellanes (Man From U.N.C.L.E.)
  • The Fog Off The Coastline Affair by Susan R. Mathews (Man From U.N.C.L.E.) (Illya is a attacked by killer sea lions and rescued by Captain Harlock)
  • The 'O Solo Mio' AFFAIR by Robin M. White & Carol Jones (Man From U.N.C.L.E./Star Wars) (Mr. Solo finds... himself?)
  • a filksong by Maggie Nowakowska "honoring all you hurt/comfort out there"

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

XENOZINE is one of the latest enties into the world of zinedom and D.J. Driscoll's first attempt at publishing a zine. XENOZINE is not one of your more serious minded zines. It is a generally unpretentious, overall clean cut zine, whose stories range from the insane (Mary Sue and the Bandit by Robin White) to the inane (The Sad Lib Affair or How to Create an UNCLE Affair by Filling in the Appropriate Blanks). There is a good feeling to this zine, it doesn't take itself seriously, nor does it wish to be by the readers. It wants you to have fun and it largely succeeds. There is something for everyone in its pages. The stories hit about every facet of fannish writing (hurt/comfort, Mary Sue, slash). Most of the stories carry a light hearted feeling about them, a feeling that urges one to have fun, not to dissect i's paragraphs for hidden meanings and purposes. D.J. has succeeded in gathering many of UNCLE's publishing writers, something that had not been previously done. Of course, this is not-to say the zine is without fault. Except for one nice line drawing of Captain Harlock, most of the art is better off ignored, what little of it there is. Also, it is most difficult to find your way around the zine, as not only does it not have a table of contents, it doesn't have any pages numbered. The editor insists it's because the zine was set up like a movie and movies don't have page numbers. It will be inbresting to see if the-format is changed for the next issue. Still, these are factors easily overlooked. After all, it's not every zine that's interrupted for the Emergency Broadcast Signal. If you're looking for a generally, overall pleasing zine, Xenozine would be a good choice. In this author's jaded opinion, it is not a zine that should be lightly glossed over and ignored simply because it's a first attempt. Do yourself a favor, get yourself a copy of XENOZENE and read yourself into a nice padded cell. [1]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Xenozine 2 was published in 1985. It is subtitled: "Episode Two: The Wrath of Cannes." Table of contents is at end and the pages aren't visibly numbered. It contains 250 pages, 140 pages are Man from Uncle stories, the rest are Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica and Remington Steele. Authors/Artists: Maggie Nowakowska, Robin White, Charlene Kirby, Laurie Keeper, Gina Martin, Susan Matthews, D.J. Driscoll, Denetia Arellanes, Signe Landon, B. Walker, Linda "Caitlin" Rutenberg

Act I – Star Wars

  • Opening Season by Steven A. Gallachi
  • Trouble Season by Debra Doyle
  • Dagobah Diary by Robin White
  • How Time Flies by Shadowhawk
  • Soda Wars Episode IV A New Coke
  • Soda Wars Episode V The Pepsi Strikes Back
  • Soda Wars Episode VI Return of the Classic

Act II- Man from U.N.C.L.E.

  • The Bump and Grind Affair by Charlene Kirby
  • The T.L.C. Affair by Pamela Williams
  • Independent Contractor by Barbara T
  • The What the Hell? Affair by Isaac Person
  • A Public Service Announcement by Susan R. Matthews
  • It’s Tough being an UNCLE Agent by Denetia Arellanes
  • I‘m Forever Blowing Bubbles by D. J. Driscoll
  • The Good Friday Affair by Laurie Keeper
  • The Letter by Joy Ashenfelder
  • The Interlude Affair by C. C. Smith
  • The Magic Kingdom Affair by Gina Martin

Act III – The Search for LOCs

Poetry

  • REFLECTIONS OF A JEDI AS HE LEADS A BOY TO WAR by Maggie Nowakowska
  • Stop Draggin’ My Tardis Around by Terri Black
  • Memories by Jatona Walker
  • First Heat by Ciane McAuliffe
  • Palengenesis by Ciane McAuliffe
  • Her Youth an Arcadia by Susan R. Matthews

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

Well, D.J. still doesn't have the pages numbered, but she assures me it's on purpose. However XENOZINE 2 has evolved considerably more since the first issue. It has maintained its part Star Wars, part Man from UNCLE format, but the former is pretty standard, partially due to the limit of its 'mother' media. XENOZINE 2 offers a teary ; "No Blaze of Glory." We are introduced to Master Obi, a struggling Jedi-in-training and Leia and Han's son, in "Trouble Season" by Debra Doyle. I have to admit to having trouble with this story until I realized that Obi was NOT Obi-Wan. It flowed more smoothly after that. "Dagobah Diary" (not too much mystery concerning what that's about), by Robin White, a letter from Lando, as seen through the pen of Shadowhawk, and two filks by Maggie Nowakowska. This is in addition to the "finish-the-story" contest, and "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far anay .. . Soda Wars". Yes, not even zines are sacred anymore. Next, we come to the hefty ACT II - the Man from UNCLE section. Barbara T offers two short shorts — both cross-universe and both tongue-in-cheek. Laurie Keeper offers one of her hurt/comforts as "The Good Friday Affair" — a little too h/c for my tastes. Joy Ashenfelder does what she does best in The Letter," and tugs at our heartstrings. Gina Martin does a pretty amusing Disneyland tale with "The Magic Kingdom Affair," although some of the scenes are a bit laborious and could have been whittled down without hurting the story at all. There is "The Bump and Grind Affair," by C. Kirby, and, yes, there is a relationship. D.J. Driscoll gives Illya bubblegum lessons in 'Tm Forever Blowing Bubbles"; Denetia Arellanes explains why "It's Tough To Be an Uncle Agent"; and the "What the Hell? Affair," by Issac Person, is interrupted by a special bulletin by Susan Matthews. And there is a definite "slash" bent in C.C. Smith's "The Interlude Affair." However, the highpoint of the entire UNCLE section is "The TCL Affair," by Pam Williams, a woman who has, unfortunately, left UNCLE for other fandoms unknown. Napoleon gets to mother Illya, literally, and it offers both insight and affection into their relationship. Act III was reserved for LoCs, and Act IV handled everything else, including a BG story by D.J. Driscoll; a Sapphire & Steel piece by C. Kirby; "Stay Steele" (RS), by Bev Clark; and a hodge-podge of other material (DW, ST, Hitchhiker's Guide, Captain Harlock), also worthy of attention, but space limits discussing them all. The art in XENOZINE 2 is also a far cry from the offerings of the first issue. There is more of it, and it's better rendered, with some superior pieces from Sue Landon and Denetia Arellanes. Plus there's all the usual insanity, offered as only D.J. Driscoll can do. XENOZINE 2 may not be the best SW or UNCLE zine ever assembled, but it's definitely the best SW/UNCLE zine I've come across. And it's absolutely worth your attention. [2]

Issue 3

Xenozine 3 was published in 1986 and contains 218 pages. Its subtitle is "Episode Three: Return of the Man from Blue Harvest." It has table of contents with pages numbered in Roman Numerals. ACT I contains 109 pages of Man from U.N.C.L.E., ACT II contains 43 pages of Miami Vice, ACT III contains varied works, including Star Wars, MacGyver, Professionals and Robin of Sherwood. Artists include Hindman, Paulie Gilmore, Bonnie Roberts, Jane Largent, Pam Kowalski, Anne Davenport, Dani Lane, Mary Platt, David Heath, Jr.

Man from U.N.C.L.E.

  • The Chain of Events Affair by Driscoll & Hindman
  • The Catch of the Day Affair by Hindman
  • The Survival o f the Fittest Affair by Gina Martin
  • The God is Really Murphy Affair by Hindman
  • The Sort Of Do It Yourself Dreadful Finish the Affair by Isaac Person
  • The Rarest Emerald Affair by Hindman
  • The Curtains Affair by T.W.E.P.
  • The Halloween Affair by Anonymice
  • The Everything Under the Sun Affair by Joy Ashenfelder
  • The Family Jewels Affair by Barbara T
  • The Against All Odds Affair by Robin White

Miami Vice

  • End of the Ride by Susanne McGhin
  • No Cause for Alarm by Susan R. Matthews
  • Heated Concrete by D.J. Driscoll
  • Vacationer's Paradise by Susan Sizemore
  • Burning Bright In The Darkness of the Night by Sarah Macht-DeWitt
  • Tale of the Goat: Appendix by Susan R. Matthews

Miscellaneous

Poetry

  • Promotion by Hindman
  • The Ballad of Rat Masterson by Michelle Roberts
  • Twentieth Century Box by Ciane McAuliffe
  • One Woman’s Slash is Another woman’s Boredom by Susan Scribens

References

  1. from Datazine #35
  2. from Universal Translator #31