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10 February 2016 @ 09:28 pm
Stuff I Love - Zines  
I know the world is moving on but zines will always be very special to me. The first zines I ever laid my hands on were Beyond Antares, Star Trek zines published by Susan Clarke in the early eighties, and they're also the first zines I ever contributed to which makes them particularly precious to me.

While the net has made fandom - and fan fic- more accessible, I do miss the excitement of seeing the parcel in the letterbox, and opening it to see the cover (so many had fantastic cover art!) then eking it out, a story at a time, to make it last... then there were always, in the older zines, the letters of comment about previous issues which were a treat to read.

I still occasionally print out a longer story, and bind it to keep, but more often than not I'll just download to my kindle, and where's the fun in that? The anticipation, the excitement? I love the ready availability of fic now though,and am grateful because with postage rates as high as they are I can't often stretch to buying another zine. I know there are download alternatives but nothing beats having the finished product in your hands.
 
 
Current Mood: nostalgicnostalgic
 
 
 
Spencer's Journalspencer5460 on February 11th, 2016 03:08 pm (UTC)
I know I really should print out some of my favs, like "Decorated for Death" and "The Thousandth Man."
miwahni: S&H Mean Streetsmiwahni on February 11th, 2016 08:44 pm (UTC)
Do it, just in case. Which reminds me - I need to grab "Crab Sandwiches" in case it ever disappears. I'm sure there'll be a day when I feel like a good crying jag.