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Tesseract was the name of the fanzine of the University of Illinois (at Chicago) Science Fiction Society.

The death of author Madeleine L'Engle on Sept. 6, 2007 reawakened the memory, in many, of the novel that popularized the idea of a tesseract. A tesseract is a 4-dimenional cube, sometimes called a hypercube, 8-cell or octachoron. Nevertheless, in "A Wrinkle in Time," she presented the tesseract as a way to "travel through space without having to go the long way around."

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Issue 1: Vol. 1, No. 1 16 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Story "Incursion (Those Who Dare)" by Steven G. Plambeck
Story "Arnie" by Chuck Ott
"Miscellany Column" of "Stand on Zanzibar" reviewed by Chuck Ott
Issue 2: Vol. 2, No. 1 12 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Story "Dirt" by Chuck Ott
Story "Abraxax" by Tim Allen
Magazine "Vertex" reviewed by Chuck Ott
TV pilot "Genesis II" reviewed by Tim Allen
Issue 3: Vol. 2, No. 2 30 Pages - Cover by Tim (Nightowl) Allen
Story "The Amazing Adventures of Aloysis" by Sharon Bloom
Story "Proof" by Mitch Kontek
Story "Downward Wind (Part 1)" by Chuck Ott
Movie "Soylent Green" reviewed by Tim Allen and William Saddler
Issue 4: 8 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Story "Tower of Dreams" by Debbie Johnson
Story "Ferdinand Fegfoot Festival" by Chuck Ott
Story "The Fantastic Cinema" by Douglas Rice
Issue 5: "Best of" issue 30 Pages
  "J.R.R. Tolkien Obituary" (3 Jan. 1892 – 2 Sept. 1973)
Story "Arnie" by Chuck Ott
Story "The Amazing Adventures of Aloysis" by Sharon Bloom
Story "Proof" by Mitch Kontek
  Story "Tower Of Dreams" by Deborah Johnson
Issue 6: 1973? 20 Pages - Cover by Tim Allen
Editor Chuck Ott Poem "Crazed Lamentations of a Frustrated Chicago Astronomer's Ecological Nightmare Syndrome" by Steve Plambeck
Contributing Editor Tim Allen Novel "Rendezvous with Rama" reviewed by Steve Plambeck
Art Direction Doug Rice Story "Dayfall" by Penny Pixler
The New Star Trek reviewed by Frank Eng
Story "The Amazing Adventures of Aloysius, Chapter 2" by Sharon Bloom
"The Starlost" reviewed by Gary Sibio
Issue 7: Sword & Sorcery Issue 24 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Story "The Man with the Silver Shadow" by Doug Rice
Poetry "traveler's log" by "spb" [Sharon Bloom]
Story "People's Park" by Chuck Ott
Issue 8: December 1973 (possibly) 20 Pages - Cover by Tim Allen
Story "True" by Tim Allen
Story "The Watch" by Benj. P. Ruekberg
Club News "What's Been Happening" Second Election Results
  Poem "Photon Cadence" by Steven G. Plambeck
Issue 9: 1974 12 Pages - Cover by Vaughn Bode'
Story "Ration Biscuits" by Chuck Ott
Poem "When Gods Rebel, The Day of Day Alternative" by Steven G. Plambeck
Story "Brothers At Stardust" by Jeff Duntemann
Issue 10: January 1974 24 Pages - Cover by Tim Allen
Editor Chuck Ott Screenplay "Vandal" by Chuck Ott
Art Director Doug Rice TV Movie (Pilot) "The Questor Tapes" reviewed by Doug Rice
Business Manager Mark Polster (3-1/2 pages of ads) Story "Contact High" by Marty Coady
Issue 11 28 Pages - Cover by John Fuller
(6-1/2 pages of ads) Story "Science Goes To Hell" by k.w. macann
Tim Allen and Marty Coady added as Contributing Editors Story "The Diet" by Rif. S. El-Mallakh
Story "Thursday Morning, While Driving to Work" by Chuck Ott
Issue 12: Lurid Trash Issue 34 Pages - Cover by Tim Allen
Story "The Skyfart of Vaseline" by Jeff Duntemann
Story "I Have No Nose and I Must Snot" by "Cornwainer Bird" [Steve Plambeck]
Story "The Adventures of Aloysius, Episode 3" by Sharon Bloom
Story "Godzilla Strikes Back!" by Chuck Ott and Doug Rice
Story "The Notebooks of Horatio Hard" by Robin J. Weinstein [Jeff Duntemann]
Issue 13: Last Chuck Ott issue 32 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
(5-1/2 pages of ads) Story "Morning Music" by Chuck Ott
Television show "Planet Earth" reviewed by Doug Rice
"Finally! The True Story of Mickey Mouse" An Exclusive Interview with the World's Most Famous Rodent by K.W. MacAnn
Issue 14: May 1974 28 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
(5 pages of ads) Story "Day's End" by Jeff Dunteman
Co-editors Marty Coady and Doug Rice Story "Rats at Bat" by Charles Ott
Chairman Writer's Workshop Chuck Ott Column "Chuck Ott's Literature Stew"
Poem "Uranium Fragrance" by Uriah Carr
Poem "Midnight Craving" by S.G. Plambeck
Issue 15: Summer 1974 24 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Summer editor Douglas E. Rice Story "Out There in TV Land" by K.W. MacAnn
Co-editor Marty Coady Column "Chuck Ott's Literature Stew"
Business Manager Frank Eng Article "How to Adapt Someone Else's SF Story to a Movie Script" by E. Michael Blake
Book "SF Media" reviewed by Doug Rice
Issue 16: Fall 1974 30 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
(3 pages of ads) Story "The Ecologically Correct House" by Karl Kornhoer [Chuck Ott]
(staff unchanged) "SF Media" Film review column by Doug Rice
Story "Snoozecon I, or '...So Who's Looking at the Snake?' " by Jeff Dunteman
Issue 17: October 1974 22 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Issue 18: January 1975 16 Pages - Cover by Tim Allen
Issue 19: February 4, 1975 26 Pages - Cover by Phil Foglio
Issue 20: March 13, 1975 42 Pages - Cover by Phil Foglio
Issue 21: May 1975 40 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Issue 22: October 13, 1975 32 Pages - Cover by Tim Allen
Issue 23 58 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Issue 24: 1976 56 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Issue 25: 1976 38 Pages - Cover by Alex Eisenstein
Issue 26: 1976 36 Pages - Cover by Alex Eisenstein
Issue 27: 1976 24 Pages - Cover by Phil Foglio
Issue 28: 1977 32 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Issue 29: 1977 36 Pages - Cover by Doug Rice
Issue 30: 1977 26 Pages - Cover by Mary Ann Cramer
Issue 31: Death Issue (1978)

Editors: Nancy K. Zinserling, Cory Glaberson and Robert Garcia

Interior Art, Mary Ann Cramer and Thalia St. Lewis
32 Pages - Cover by Mary Ann Cramer

Stories: Revival Meeting by K. W. MacAnn
Judgement Day by Nancy K. Zinserling
Science Fact
Energy Beams in Space Wars -- Too Hot to Handle by J. Bellinger
In Medias Res -- Close Encounters, Melting Man & Others by K.W. MacAnn
Issue 32: Fantasy Issue (1978)

Editors: James Bellinger and Nancy Zinserling

Interior Art: Mary Ann Cramer and Geier

30 Pages - Cover by Mary Ann Cramer

The Golden Orb by Nancy K. Zinserling
Time and a Necessary Half by Fred Mick
Reviews: Mystical Tours by Bob Garcia
In Media Res by Kevin MacAnn
Issue 33: 1979 14 Pages - Cover by Mary Ann Cramer
Issue 34 Cover by Matt Lee
Issue 35: November 1980 Cover by Robin Beal
Issue 36: (no information)  
Issue 37: 1982

Editor - Alan Slate

Other Officers disclaiming all Responsibility in order of vehemence:
President of of this madhouse the Society: John Donat
Vice President / Treasurer: Mike (the nick) Kadisak (sic)
Secretary / Librarian: Rob (the DeHeader) Glass
Chairman, Writers Workshop: Michael Azzariti

Cover Art by Michael Kadisac
Inside cover: A lot of bad fish puns.
Pages One-Three: Editorial by Alan Slate
Page Four: Review of "Lord Valentine's Castle" uncredited.
Page Five: Story Art by Michael Azzariti for "Pressure Vessel" by Jim Kobrinetz
Page Six-Nine: Story Continues. Closing artwork by Michael Azzariti
Page 10 Moving Mountains by Alan Slate, Artwork by Michael Azzariti
Page 11-14: Story continues. Closing Artwork by Michael Kadisac
Page 15-17: Story "Holes" by Mike Myr.
Closing artwork:  "Singing Fish Head Pizza" by Michael Kadisic
Page 18: Pulp Opera Comic Strip by Michael Kadisic and Michael Azzariti.
(A silly parody of Phil Foglio and others.)

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Is Fan Fiction a Good Writing Practice?

Is Fan Fiction a Good Writing Practice?

Author: Kathryn Lively

I've been following an interesting thread of conversation on a writing message board: a debate as to whether or not the practice of writing fan fiction is healthy for an aspiring writer.

By definition: "fan fiction" are stories involving characters from a television series or movie, written by fans and usually printed in underground magazines or on the Internet for other fans to enjoy. This concept is especially popular among fans of science fiction programs, and writers of all skill levels participate. For the serious fan fiction writer, there are even science-fiction conventions which present annual awards for the best-written prose. Stories may range from histories explaining gaps in a particular TV show's canon (e.g. what has the cast of House been up to between seasons one and two?) to rather silly missives—I once found on the Internet a Star Trek story where all of the characters had been replaced by the cast of Desperate Housewives!

Is fan fiction a healthy exercise? For one, it technically is not a legal exercise, as all television and movie characters are protected by copyright. Since fan fiction is essentially a non-profit enterprise, however, most production companies tend to turn a blind eye to the activity. Rene Balcer, an executive producer of the show Law and Order, once told a fan e-zine that he did not mind the fan fiction based upon his show, and this appears to be the general consensus so long as a writer does not try to sell his/her work.

Having written fan fiction in the past, I can say that the practice as a writing exercise has its pros and cons:

PRO – During my heaviest bouts with writer's block, writing a story about a familiar character helped loosen the spigot. Once I pondered what would happen if Dr. Sam Beckett of Quantum Leap traveled back in time to M*A*S*H's 4077th unit, and the result was a 20,000-word story.

CON – Fan fiction can be addictive, and if you devote too much time to the exercise you may find creating original work difficult. If you post stories to the Internet and attract a fan base, you may find yourself writing more to please this small faction of people, and that will take you away from your true calling.

PRO – While writing fan fiction I found my knack for writing smooth dialogue improving.

CON – I also found I tended to use my best "bits" for such a story, leaving the well dry when it came time to write something more serious.

PRO – By posting my fan fiction to the Internet, I was able to attract readers who in turn were led to my website and information about my book. One fan even wrote to say he had bought my book after reading my fan fiction.

CON – I'll try not to stereotype fan fiction readers, but if you have ever visited an online repository of fan fiction you may notice a majority of stories not only portray scenes people would like to see on their favorite shows, but scenes even HBO won't show after eleven at night. Some may argue writing fan fiction is not good for the writer's ego, but reading some of what is posted is certainly not good if you're at work and the boss sees you! I do write romance that is spicy, but there are lines even I won't cross.

Should you write fan fiction as a writing exercise? A few years I may have defended its importance, but now I would suggest alternative writing exercises, ones designed to improve your writing skills and help you to become less dependent on ready-made situations. Should the pull to write a story about Agents Mulder and Scully be too strong, however, why not take the opportunity to introduce your own characters? Let Mulder, Scully, Dr. House, and all your favorite characters inspire what you want to write, but make sure the end product is all your own.

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About the Author:
Kathryn Lively is an award-winning writer and editor. She is the author of Pithed: an Andy Farmer Mystery (Mundania Press) and the Ash Lake Mysteries. She is also the publisher of Phaze, the ultra-sensual romance imprint of Mundania Press, and speaks all over the East Coast at conferences about writing and publishing.

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