From the Publisher
Strange New Worlds Issue 4 - Oct/Nov 1992
Halloween at Strange New Worlds
Welcome to our Halloween Issue and our look at the ridiculous abundance of vampire
toys, books, films, and audios about to swamp the market. If this is your first journey
within our pages, you will find here a place to exchange views, data, and wares with
thousands of other collectors who share your interests in buying, selling, and trading
Science Fiction and Fantasy collectibles.
Columnists for Strange New Worlds
With this issue, we are proud to welcome Bennet Pomerantz, a noted reviewer and
frequent "guest pest" at SF and mystery conventions. His collectibles and trivia
column will be a regular feature of our Strange New Worlds. You may already by
familiar with Mr. Pomerantz through "Audioworld," his nationally syndicated
column offering reviews of "books on tape."
Archie Waugh is on hiatus this issue (rumors that he is caught in a transporter loop
with Scotty are totally false). His Star Trek model series continues next
issue with a look at the Vulcan shuttle. I wish to extend SNW congratulations to Archie
for garnering the Best Amatuer Video award at the '92 Dragon Con for his vampire short.
Amazing as it may seem, Karen Ann Yost is not currently attending a media convention
and plans to remain close to home for the next few months. While re-acquainting herself
with her domicile, she will be busy working on her next Focus on Fandom column, an article
contrasting professional-run and fan-run conventions.
This month's review of the newly released Doctor
Who tapes is by Tom Beck. Tom is a frequent contributor to The Prydonians of Prynceton
newsletter and head of their membership activities.
As for myself, I had the pleasure of attending MagiCon: the 50th World Science Fiction
Convention in Orlando on Labor Day weekend. I am sure you will see numerous con reports
elsewhere detailing this wonderful gathering, so I won't waste space describing the
variety of information and activities available there. I took advantage of the gathering
to meet with many noted fans, collectors, and writers; in future issues you will see
articles by and interviews with these fascinating members of fandom.
Our next issue is dedicated to weaponry and the arms dealers who outfit today's
"Weekend Fantasy Warriors." We will provide profiles of modern-day fashioners of
ancient weapons and offer helpful hints for those shopping for a broadsword or phaser. The
February issue examines amateur/cult video and the original cinema being created in
backyards throughout the country. If you have a video to recommend for this article,
please send a copy along with any press releases and production stills. Until next time,
enjoy your explorations through your own Strange New Worlds!
Jo Davidsmeyer, Publisher
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