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Celeste Hotaling-Lyons Fanzine Collection

Identifier: MsC0400

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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of fanzines from a number of different genre fandoms, assembled by fan writer and editor Celeste Hotaling-Lyons. Included are a number of zines that Hotaling-Lyons herself wrote or edited. Also included are a number of program books and other materials from various science fiction conventions, and a few miscellaneous genre-related items, including books of 'filksongs'. (Filksongs are fan-produced songs, often relating to a specific science fiction- or media fandom-related topic.) Most of the items are pieces of fan fiction. Fan fiction is defined as stories, novellas, novels, or poems written by fans about the characters, situations or general universe of the original work. Several of the zines in this collection are defined as "custom zines". These are special zines consisting of stories and artwork that Hotaling-Lyons found online and assembled/edited into a print publication. She designed these zines as personal gifts for small circles of friends. In many cases, the contents of these zines may no longer exist online, making the custom zines the only remaining source of the stories and art contained therein. The custom zines in this collection are identified by the code 'CZ'. Note on Star Trek: Unless otherwise indicated, all Star Trek zines refer to the original series, originally broadcast from 1966-1969. Fandoms in this collection include: Angel Blade Runner Blake's 7 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Crossover Doctor Who Due South Forever Knight Genzines Heroes Highlander: The Series Sherlock Holmes The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Max Headroom Multimedia The Real Ghostbusters Remington Steele The Road Warrior Robin of Sherwood The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne The SEntinel Smallville Stargate ST-1 Star Trek Star Wars Wizards and Warriors The X-Files


  • Creation: 1974-2005


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This collection is open for research. This collection is housed at an offsite location. Please allow two-three business days for retrieval and arrival to main library.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials may be unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility and potential liability based on copyright infringement for any use rests exclusively and solely with the user. Users must properly acknowledge University of Iowa Libraries Special Collections & Archives as the source of the material. For further information, visit

Biographical / Historical

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons has been an active fan and fan author for decades. She first discovered the world of fandom when she attended the second Star Trek convention ever held (in New York City, February 1973), and where, as she puts it, her "mind was totally blown." Since that fateful occasion, Hotaling-Lyons has participated in a number of creative fannish endeavors. Her cartoons, illustrations, and humorous fanfic have appeared in fanzines for a number of different fandoms, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Blake's 7, Doctor Who, Forever Knight, and Due South. She edited and published her first fanzine, DSV #1 (Blake's 7), in 1994. After that she founded Teeny Gozer Productions and under that publishing title edited, co-edited and published a number of fanzines devoted to the television shows Due South, Forever Knight and The X-Files.

Hotaling-Lyons was an early utilizer of the Internet as a medium for fannish endeavors; she discovered online fandom in the mid-1990s, and was active in ForKni-L, the Forever Knight discussion list. She was also a member of the Due South Mailing List as well as the Bloody Awful Poet Society, a list with over 2000 members devoted to the Buffy The Vampire Slayer franchise (and the character Spike in particular). She has also been active in the planning and organizing of a number of SF conventions.


15.96 Linear Feet (39 containers)

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Fan writer and editor. A collection of science fiction fanzines, primarily consisting of pieces of fan fiction, and a few related items, including some science fiction convention materials. Collection of fanzines, encompassing a number of different fandoms, assembled by fan writer and editor Hotaling-Lyons.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, in cooperation with the Organization for Transformative Works, in July 2009. It was processed in August 2009. An additional accession was processed in June 2010. Additional accessions were received in September and December 2010.

Related Materials

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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