I was a subscriber for a year or two during my fanzine-collecting years, and found Treklink very useful.
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As a result, I was glad to hear that Verba had written this book. It's a solid, year-by-year history of the fanzine subculture, describing a few hundred fanzines, discussing the trends in the field, and so on. The book has two main problems. First, it could have been a lot longer, with more time spent on discussions of the key stories and writers. Second, and completely out of Verba's control: If one of the fanzines described piques your interest, you may be doomed to frustration. I've been reading through an interesting book I picked up at MediaWest. A Trekker Fan and Zine History, It's exactly what it sounds like-- a year-by-year history of the first twenty years of Star Trek fandom, rather dryly written but very full and accurate.
How I wish someone would do something similar for B7 fandom! But I suppose it would take someone who was in on it from the start, has saved everything, and is very detail-minded; and I'm not sure such a person exists. Do we have a Joan Marie Verba in B7, who can tell the rest of us what happened when? I've bought a couple of copies, one as a gift. It you weren't involved, it could be a little like reading someone else's high school yearbook, tho. Certainly the people writing fanzines at the time didn't realize they were making a certain kind of history, but it was and is a significant movement.
I am a Trekkie from way back, but I had a very difficult time reading this book. I even skipped several chapters, thinking it might get better, but, um, no I did scan it though, to see if it was the same all the way to the end, which it was, so I put it down. If you were involved in writing any of the Trek magazines, I'm sure it would be more interesting to you. I guess I should have read the intro more thoroughly. One person found this helpful. Many legends live in form of their fans!
This is one such. I would say, author brought back an asset of Star Trek to life with this book. Are you a Star Trek fan? Then not reading this book is your bad luck. So if you want to cherish those moments and get indepth with Star Trek, this is the book for you! I recommend this book for all Star Trek fans!
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It was nice to see some of the old zine names again. I was a little disappointed that a short review of each zine mentioned was not given except for the really big name ones. I would like to have seen the years split up into two volumes and more details given for each zine and whether they are still publishing or not.
However, Verba is a good writer and covers alot of material. It's sorta like putting a tidal wave in an empty bath tub, hard to do, but squeeze more in anyway. It is a wealth of information that can be used by all and a book worth reading. For Trek fans, it is a good reference guide to have all the zine names at your finger tips.
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It would also be helpful in buying zines at conventions, and filling in missing ones in ones' own collection. See all 5 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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View or edit your browsing history. Get to Know Us. English Choose a language for shopping. Not Enabled Word Wise: Not Enabled Screen Reader: I particularly enjoyed The Early Movie Years section, especially as Verba highlighted areas of special interest to me at the moment and I was delighted to see that my own commentary echoes fan criticism in the s of the Pocket Books pro novels I read and review ST: I think most people would probably find this section the most engaging and the most familiar as Verba highlights trends inspired by the movies.
It is in this period that the fandom or actually fandoms appear to have taken the form that they have today from my perspective , for good and for bad. Verba concludes her analysis with a short epilogue of sorts. Verba ends with her own reflection:. From my perspective Boldly Writing — A Trek Fan and Fanfiction History, is a fantastic nonfiction book and for those with an interest in Star Trek and general fandom development, fan literature, or relevant areas of anthropology it is absolutely a must-read.
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