Strange New Worlds Issue 4 - Oct/Nov 1992
Letters to the Publishers
To Whom It May Concern:
Some general comments of "Slash" the symbol "/". (Note: The
slash in writing is formally called a virgule or diagonal). I
must be some sort of square or whtever, never not even once having
read or heard about this [See "SLASH" by Karen Ann Yost, SNW issue #2]. It is a
free country and everyone can, at least theoretically, say or write what he/she pleases
(the proper use of virgule or slash). [...] I would think science/ficton readers/fans
(S/F: another use of the symbol) would not like their heroes being used in this facetious
fashion. Pairing Kirk and Spock (K/S), Starsky and Hutch (S/H), or Riker and Picard (R/P),
or any other of the possible combinations of TV's S/F genre tales in of all
concepts a homosexual relationship, strikes me as a bit of camp. One wonders how
this form of amusing and/or erotic literature came into being. One also wonders that, at
least according to your conservative, learned article, why is it that only female writers
have taken up the pen in what might be called esoteric camp? Finally, being unfamiliar
with slashing, I ask quite innocently, aren't there any girl heroines around? And might
they, too, be given the treatment in a homosexual/lesbian relationship?
The Man From U.N.C.L.E / The Woman From A.U.N.T.
Thank you for introducing us to Strange New Worlds. I found the articles
well-written and very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the article on "slash"
fiction. Being new to fandom, and having heard the term used at various cons, I had asked
a friend to fill me in. Interesting concept. As a published writer of both non-fiction and
fiction in general interest magazines, it was not until I discovered 'fandom" that I
realized the realms to which a person's imagination might soar. I hope that your magazine
is a continued success.