Spiritus Mundi #58, July 1980, page 22

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Spiritus Mundi #58, July 1980, page 22

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This section contains detailed and rambling reviews and comments on the zines contained within the SFPA mailer. Due to the lack of context in many of the comments, as well as the personal nature of Lillia's addresses to the zine writers, and the stream-of-consciousness style of his writing, descriptions can do little justice to these pages.

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Guy H. Lillian III

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Spiritus Mundi, #58 July 1980

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1980-07

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Amen re Empire, The Long Riders, The Fog. But where’d you hear that we wouldn’t have to wait but a year and a ½ for Revenge of the Jedi? Every source I’ve seen has said “1983”. Speaking of which, I suppose everyone’s noticed the similarities between Lucas’ and Jack Kirby’s series. Leading where, I wonder? ## Well, I let Wirth & Karrh remain on the wl sans fee because both had expressed an interest in rejoining, & frankly I felt they deserved as quick a start as they could get. Linda had since shelled out the two bucks and Doug – very much to our regret – has dropped. ## That night-time “hover-dinghy” search for the phosphorescent psychedelic sounds both spoooky and compelling. A neat adventure. Imagine a fellow on such a search, communing with the spirits of the swamp, perhaps after ingesting somehimself ...

KAR-120c #5/weber ##

Good review of The Empire Strikes Back, but why did’t you use the Darth Vader sketch as a cover? We need art in SFPA, mike! ## Speaking of Frank Oz, did any of you spot him in The Blues Brothers, playing the guard who gave Belushi back his clothes? Or Steven Spielberg as the Chicago Assessor’s clerk? Or Alonzo Atkins as James Brown’s choir (or is it “quire”?) leader? They’re all in the credits! Very funny movie, stolen by Aretha Franklin (who peals “freedom” like no one else ever said the word) and John Lee Hooker. ## This will surprise you (well, maybe it would have, had I not told you this in person), but I really enjoyed your description/analysis/criticism of Cincinnati’s Beast roller coaster. It was obvious that there’s a science to such devilish devices, & that you know what you’re talking about. Anyway, I haven’t ridden a real roller coaster since early childhood, an event barely remembered (GHL Jr. telling me to sit down, a sensation of movement, the image of a car and track, Dad’s restraining hand pushing me over the edge), and if sanity prevails I will greet my 90th birthday with that being my last roller coaster experience. I value my underwear. ## Oh, go easy on college Greeks. Surely they aren’t now the atavistic assholes they were when I was in school. ## Saw The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything just last night; not a bad little show. Neat seeing Peter Brown again. Remember Lawman? (Meade Frierson sheds his outer garb to stand exposed as ... Lawman!) ## You’re the only SFPAn who mentioned Dick Francis this time, so here I’ll yap on about the three Francis volumes read recently. Trial Run was one, a political thriller set in Moscow; as you said, not so hot. As usual, the hero is a frustrated ex-jockey forced to give up racing, the violence is sudden and brutal, the writing fast-paced, but the theme of international terrorism is much better handled by John D. in The Green Ripper (which, by the way, Hank Reinhardt really enjoyed, and no wonder). Whip Hand, the newest book, is superb, on the other hand. As usual, the hero is a frustrated ex-jockey forced to give up racing, the violence is sudden and brutal, the writing fast-paced ... and the whole work coalesces into as exciting and moving a thematic treatment of courage & cowardice as I’ve read in the genre. Whip Hand is Francis at the absolute zenith of his form. Great pun in the title, too. The third book was The Sport of Queens, Francis’ autobiography, interesting enough for the photos of the author & the inside scoops on racing, but hardly illuminating as to the source of the themes of courage/cowardice & sadistic violence that run, like thoroughbreds, through his novels. The most violent thing ever to happen to Francis – apparently – was shedding a couple of teeth in a teenaged fall ... unless the mental torment of losing the ’56 Grand National on Devon Loch counts. That was the professional tragedy of his otherwise spectacularly successful career. Now I’ve read all the Dick Francis books there are. Arrgh! He must write more! ## Slayride is indeed set in Norway. Good zine, mike.

MONKEYS & CUCUMBERS #7/Morrissey ##

Too many zines in a row here without covers! BAD! ## Thanks for the OEgoboo & support on the postmlg. I’d do it twice again to keep Reinhardt in SFPA. ## Didn’t Mike Raub once belong to 14 apas at once? (Mike?) The dear departed Charles Korbas was in a carload, too, as I recalls it. ## You’re right about the Wormhole Star Trek sex story... it’s difficult for a lad to leak when in, ahem, “the manly state”. However, I’ve been told that authoress Melinda Moonstone was in actuality a male, and an ex-SFPAn at that; no excuse for that flaw. Who, though, cares? ## Fred Pohl has always been considered a fine writer, even while he was editing Galaxy, Worlds of If, and Worlds of Tomorrow, but you’re right,

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