Issue 22
Volume 6 Number 1
January 2001

In This Issue

 •  Contents
 •  Cover Illustration
 •  Editorial
 •  Do Artists Dream of Electric Shepherds?
 •  The Rocket's Red Glare
 •  Flay Your Friends And Family
 •  Santa's Little Helper
 •  Occupational Stresses of Sentient Locomotives
 •  Lokta Plokta
 •  Friends Come in Boxes
 •  Great Airplane Disasters of OurTime

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Cover Illustration
A reproduction of the cover of the original paper fanzine.

In which we update you on what we've been winning doing lately and provide ourselves with a chance to gloat reflect on the year in fanzines.

Do Artists Dream of Electric Shepherds?
Alison Scott
In a rare outbreak of seriousness, Alison demonstrates that she knows nothing about art, but knows what she likes. And what she likes thrashes.

The Rocket's Red Glare
Steve Davies
A con report on the 2000 Smofcon, held in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and attended by half the cabal. There was only one firework in their display, but it was a helluva big one.

Flay Your Friends And Family
Steven Cain
Steven writes alliteratively about a bloke and his chopper.

Santa's Little Helper
Victor Gonzalez
Alas, we eventually decided that it would be a bit too much to entitle this piece "My Life As A Tosser".

Occupational Stresses of Sentient Locomotives
Jackie Duckhawk
In order to balance our serious article on art, we include a scientific paper on psychological stresses at work.

Lokta Plokta
Sorry, we've WAHFed you again.

Friends Come in Boxes
Sue Mason
Sue describes an alternative travel method for fan fund delegates to consider in future.

Great Airplane Disasters of OurTime
Giulia De Cesare
Giulia demonstrates that her expensive education as a psychologist has not gone entirely to waste.

This is issue 22 of Plokta, edited by Steve Davies, Alison Scott and Mike Scott. It is available for letter of comment (one copy is fine, we pass them over to each other), trade (copies to each of our addresses please), contribution, editorial whim, or for cures for Millennial angst.

Art by D West (Tetra Plokta), Marianne Cain (Dr Plokta), Sue Mason (Babies won't change our lives 1, 2 and 3, Separated at Birth, Victor sorts the mail, Domestic Goddess, Friends come in boxes), Glenn Brown (The Loves of Shepherds (after Tony Roberts), I Fell In Love With A Starship Trooper), Tony Roberts (Double Star), William Holman Hunt (The Hireling Shepherd).

Photos by Caroline Mullan (Smug), Alison Scott (Baby in Recycle Bin, Plummeting Moose), Steve Davies (Ooblek), (Martin Smith).

Picture manipulation by Alison Scott (Cover, V for Victor, Martin Smith, Cacophony, Dig For Victor, The Winged Victor of Samothrace)

The cabal also includes Giulia De Cesare, Sue Mason, George the cat, Marianne Cain, Steven Cain and Jonathan Cain.

D West artwork

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