Cry N.139

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[page 6] CRY No 139 Again this issue, John Berry leads off with a chapter of _The Goon Goes West._ This, the penultimate chapter, takes him back across the Atlantic, through customs (which episode proves John can still capitalize on a small incident and write it up big), and back to the door of 31 Campbell Park Ave. In line with my past comments that TGGW should be rewritten before book publication, Harry Warner, Jr., has suggested a new reason for rewrite: getting those fans who have the serialized version to buy the book version, too. With no revision there will probably be 50 or so readers of CRY who will consider they have no reason to pay out money for the book. Elinor Busby's column discusses fantasy. Quite a number of people have com- mented that fantasies have dull beginnings and cite the beginning of _The Fellowship of the Ring_ as an example. Strangely, I didn't find it so -- either when I first read the book, or on re-reading. Nor did I have anyone to warn me that I should plow through the first part because the rest was excellent. When the University of Florida library got the books, I was the first to get hold of them -- and found all of the books, even the beginning of _The Fellowship of the Ring_ and all of _The Two Towers_ (which some have characterized as dull, also). Another interesting point about fantasies: where science fiction calls for a suspension of disbelief, fantasy calls for an active belief -- a greater degree of em- pathy. This, I @believe,is@ the primary reason for the fantasy lasting longer in popular- ity than a science fiction story. Comment? Art Rapp takes up a page with the same @complain@ that fills the lettercolumn: the Burbee article was missing from his copy of CRY 138. Very strange; since that CRY came out, Burbee has re-told that story several times, in person. True, he changes it a little, such as making it the _morning_ Laney blushed, instead of the night, but it's still the same story, essentially. Maybe you CRYers should run some more copies and send them out to all these people. Mal Ashworth begins a series of Factual Articles (not to be confused with @Faactual@ Articles like Berry writes) on Lancaster fandom. The Ashworth humor is a bit quieter than most, but is is very good -- I wish he'd started writing earlier, so we would have had more chance to appreciate that humor. But at least I hope he keeps it up for a while. Somehow I must have got the wrong impression of the prevailing Busby attitude toward satirizing GM Carr. I got the idea that such satires weren't approved (for the reason that negative egoboo is as acceptable as positive to GMC, if for no other rea- son) from the reaction to my publishing the parody on "Sam Hall" called "Gem Carr." But this issue of CRY has a Jules Feiffer takeoff by J. Les Piper that is a lovely dig at GMC, and I laughed my head off at it. And since there is no editorial comment, I guess I'm in error, which, in this case, I'm glad to be. Satire is a way of life. CRY is an excellent fanzine -- the best being published, as far as I'm con- cerned. Though my own attitude toward the zine has changed because CRY has lost its old feeling of spontaneity which it had when the lettercol ran most of the zine, I can see that spontaneity has been exchanged for more solid material and a better quality of writing, which is certainly an improvement in the eye of the editor. Yet occasionally I sense something is missing in CRY and can't figure out what it is. It might be the layout, which still tends to be haphazard, but about which no one usually complains in the lettercolumn -- or it might just be my missing @Sense of Wonder@. Anyway, if you are not getting CRY, you're missing the top zine in the field. (Box 92, 920 3rd Ave., Seattle 4, Washington. 25¢, 5 for $1, 12 for $2. Or 1/9, 5 for 7/-, 12 for 14/- from John Berry, 31 Campbell Park Ave., Belmont, Belfast, N. Ireland.)

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