Knights

A 21-issue fanzine known as Knights of the Paper Space Ship (sometimes referred to simply as KPSS) issues 1-12 and as Knights for the remaining issues. The first five issues were edited and published by Mike Bracken and Joe Walter. Issues 6-21 were edited and published by Mike Bracken.

The first few issues were published while Mike and Joe were high school juniors in Fort Bragg, CA, and much of the content was fiction written by the editors and their friends. By the time Knights ceased publication it had been home to articles and LoCs by many SF&F writers who were then or later became well-known (including Robert Bloch, David Gerrold, Larry Niven, and many others) as well as regular columns by Grant Carrington, Charles L. Grant, and Thomas F. Monteleone.

The last issue was published one year after Mike Bracken made his professional writing debut. Writing as Michael Bracken, he is now the author of several books and more than 1,100 short stories in various genres.

Issue Date Pages Notes
1 December 1973 15+cover, spirit duplicator
2 January 1974 20+cover, mimeograph
3 February 1974 17+cover, mimeograph
4 March 1974 17+cover, mimeograph
5 April 1974 19+cover, mimeograph
6 May 1974 12+cover, mimeograph
7 June 1974 22+cover, mimeograph
8 July 1974 22+cover, mimeograph, photocopied cover
9 August 1974 26+covers, mimeograph
10 October 1974 18+cover, mimeograph
11 December 1974 54+covers, mimeograph, photocopied covers
12 April 1975 56+covers, mimeograph, offset covers
13 September 1975 102+covers, mimeograph, offset covers
14 December 1975 58+wrap-around cover, mimeograph, offset cover
15 March 1976 72+covers, mimeograph, offset covers
16 June 1976 65+covers, mimeograph+offset, offset covers
17-18 July 1977 118+covers, mimeograph, offset covers
19 December 1977 66+covers, mimeograph, offset covers
20 March 1979 46+covers (front cover was a fold-out, offset Reviewed File 770 #13 p5
21 November 1979 22+covers, typeset, offset Final issue

Issue 1
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Michele Gifford, Patrick Myers, Larry Poulsen, J. A. Van Horn, Joe Walter
Cover by Brutis

Notes: "Brutis" was a nickname given to Mike Bracken in ninth grade. "Patrick Myers" is a pseudonym for Mike Bracken, though Joe Walter co-wrote at least one piece of faan fiction bylined by Myers; Mike continues to use the Myers pseudonym for some of his professional fiction. "J. A. Van Horn" was a pseudonym of Joe Walter.

Issue 2
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Charlene Ales, Adrianne Berry, Mike Bracken, J.A. Van Horn, Joe Walter
LoCs: Ann Lawler, J. Lira, Mark Shocklee
Cover: Brutis

Issue 3
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Charlene Ales, Mike Bracken, Pat Lasswell, Joe Walter
LoCs: Lori Branscomb, Paul Gartner, Merle Larson, Roy Mitchell, Mike Roberts
Cover: Brutis

Issue 4
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Joe Colombero, Larry Poulsen, John Robinson, Joe Walter
LoCs: Cheri Partain
Cover: Brutis

Issue 5
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Patrick Myers, John Robinson, J. A. Van Horn, Joe Walter
LoCs: Dena Brown, Frank Denton, Dan W. Peters, John M. Robinson
Cover: Edward J. Spence
Interior illos: Don Ensley, Edward J. Spence

Notes: "John Robinson" and "John M. Robinson" are not the same person. This was the first issue to contain interior illustrations, and they were drawn directly on the mimeograph stencils.

Issue 6
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Joe Walter
LoCs: Warren Johnson, John M. Robinson
Cover: Don Ensley
Interior illos: Don Ensley

Issue 7
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Larry Poulsen, John M. Robinson
LoCs: Simon Agree, Bill Breiding, Bob Coulsen, Warren Johnson, Sam Long, Wayne W. Martin, David Singer, Joe Walter
Cover: Don Ensley
Interior illos: Myrta Ann Bates, Don Ensley, Patrick Myers

Notes: Myrta Ann Bates is Mike Bracken's mother, an artist who signed much of her work with her maiden name.

Issue 8
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Charlene Ales, Mike Bracken, Wayne W. Martin, Patrick Myers, John M. Robinson, Dave Sell
LoCs: Brett Cox, Terry Floyd, Sam Long, Wayne W. Martin, Dave Sell
Cover: Simon Agree
Interior illos: Myrta Ann Bates, Don Ensley, Sam Long, Ann Lawler, Patrick Myers

Issue 9
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Simon Agree, Steve Beatty, Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, interview with K. W. Dailey, Tom Reamy, John M. Robinson
LoCs: Simon Agree, Sheryl Birkhead, Tony Cvetko, Terry Floyd, D. Gary Grady, Chris Hulse, Sam Long, Wayne W. Martin, Larry Poulsen, Brad Parks, Tom Reamy, Joe Walter, Leah A. Zeldes
Cover: Brad Parks
Back cover: Simon Agree
Interior illos: Simon Agree, Sheryl Birkhead, Tim Kirk

Issue 10
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Steve Beatty, Mike Bracken, Ben Indick, Wayne W. Martin
LoCs: Bruce Arthurs, Terry Floyd, Grant Canfield, Ben Indick, Sam Long, Roy Tackett, Joe Walter
Cover: Sheryl Birkhead
Interior illos: Simon Agree, Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, Don Ensley, D. Gary Grady

Issue 11
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Margaret A. Basta, Steve Beatty, Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, Donn Brazier, Don D'Ammassa, Sam Long, Wayne W. Martin, David McDonnell, Patrick Myers, Roy Tackett, Harry Warner Jr.
LoCs: Donn Brazier, Brett Cox, Chris Hulse, Dwain Kaiser, Sam Long, John Robinson, Bud Webster
Front and back covers: Sheryl Birkhead
Interior illos: Simon Agree, Randy Bathurst, Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, Grant Canfield, Don Ensley, D. Gary Grady, James Venturni

Issue 12
(Fort Bragg, CA)
Contributors: Bruce D. Arthurs, Steve Beatty, Mike Bracken, Don D'Ammassa, Chris Hulse, Ben Indick, Jon Inouye, Jodie Offutt, John Robinson, John M. Robinson, Michael T. Shoemaker, Roger D. Sween, Wayne W. Martin, Joe Walter
LoCs: Sheryl Birkhead, Richard Brandt, Bob Coulson, Don D'Ammassa, Larry Downes, Terry Floyd, Gil Gaier, Mike Glicksohn, D. Gary Grady, Ben Indick, Terry Jeeves, Sam Long, Wayne W. Martin, Henry Ritman, Al Sirois, Roger D. Sween, Bud Webster
Cover: Al Sirois
Back cover: Dan Stefacek
Interior illos: Simon Agree, Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, Grant Canfield, D. Gary Grady, Terry Jeeves, Brad Parks, James Shull, Al Sirois, Dan Stefacek

Notes: In this issue, Mike Bracken announces the death of his mother. This is the last issue published in Fort Bragg, CA.

Issue 13
(Tacoma, WA)
Contributors: Steve Beatty, Mike Bracken, Richard Brandt, Don D'Ammassa, C. L. Grant, Gary Hubbard, Ben Indick, Jon Inouye, Mike Kring, Sam Long, David McDonnell, Wayne W. Martin, John Robinson, John M. Robinson
LoCs: Cy Chauvin, Brett Cox, Tony Cvetko, Don D'Ammassa, Terry Floyd, D. Gary Grady, C. L. Grant, Craig Hill, Ben Indick, Mike Kring, Sam Long, Will Norris, Jodie Offutt, George Perkins, Roger D. Sween
Cover: Sheryl Birkhead
Interior illos: Simon Agree, Todd Bake, Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, Terry Jeeves, Sam Long, Barry Kent Mackay, Brad Parks, Frank Sederholm, Al Sirois, Bruce Townley
Photograph: Yvonne Crytzer

Notes: This issue marked the first installment of SF/F/Horror writer C. L. Grant's column "From the Fire on the Mountain." C. L. Grant later changed his byline to Charles L. Grant.

Issue 14
(Tacoma, WA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Val D. Conder, C. L. Grant, Wayne Hooks, Keith L. Justice, Robert Werner, Neal Wilgus
LoCs: Sheryl Birkhead, Bill Bowers, Richard Brandt, Larry Carmody, Cy Chauvin, Don D'Ammassa, Stephen H. Dorneman, Gil Gaier, Mike Glicksohn, Ben Indick, Sam Long, Jodie Offutt, Jerry Pournelle, Michael Shoemaker, Robert Silverberg, Darroll Pardoe, Al Sirois, Wayne W. Martin
Wrap-around cover: Al Sirois
Inside front and inside back covers: Phil Foglio
Interior illos: Sheryl Birkhead, Mike Bracken, Grant Canfield, Don Ensley, Barry Kent Mackay, Marc Schrimeister, Frank Sederholm, James Shull, Al Sirois, Rod Snyder

Issue 15
(Tacoma, WA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Cy Chauvin, Don D'Ammassa, C. L. Grant, Wayne Hooks, Keith L. Justice, Thomas F. Monteleone, Neal Wilgus
LoCs: Gregory Benford, Cy Chauvin, Brett Cox, John Brunner, Don D'Ammassa, Frank Denton, Steve Fahnestalk, Terry Floyd, David Gerrold, Mike Glicksohn, Patrick Hyden, Hank Heath, Eric Lindsay, Sam Long, Barry M. Malzberg, Jeff May, Thomas F. Monteleone, Jerry Pournelle, David Taggart, Rick Wilber
Front and back covers: Randy Mohr
Inside front cover: Mike Streff
Inside back cover: Al Sirois
Interior illos: Phil Foglio, Dave Haugh, Barry Kent Mackay, Randy Mohr, Joe Pearson, Frank Sederholm, James Shull, Al Sirois, Rod Snyder, Mike Streff, Bruce Townley

Note: This issue marks the first installment of Thomas F. Monteleone's column "The Mothers and Fathers Italian Association." After Knights ceased publication, Monteleone's column continued in Mystery Scene and later in Cemetery Dance.

Issue 16
(Tacoma, WA)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Don D'Ammassa, Mike Glicksohn, D. Gary Grady, C. L. Grant, Thomas F. Monteleone, Larry Niven, Neal Wilgus
LoCs: Don D'Ammassa, Mike Glicksohn, Keith Justice, Pauline Palmer, Jerry Pournelle, John M. Robinson, Ted White
Cover: Thomas Canty
Back cover photograph: Michael Vilain/Creative Photography
Inside front cover: Joe Pearson
Inside back cover: Mike Streff (as the last page of a four-page graphic story)
Interior illos: Todd Bake, Dave Haugh, Hank Heath, Terry Jeeves, Randy Mohr, Joe Pearson, James Shull, Al Sirois, Mike Streff

Issue 17/18 (double issue)
(Edwardsville, IL)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, interview with Grant Carrington, Cy Chauvin, Charles L. Grant, Thomas F. Monteleone, Jerry Pournelle, John M. Robinson, Richard A. Wilber
LoCs: Greg Benford, Brett Cox, Don D'Ammassa, George Flynn, Mike Glicksohn, Richard A. Lupoff, Barry N. Malzberg, William Rotsler, Christopher Priest, Jerry Pournelle, John A. Purcell, Robert Runte, Dave Vereschagin, Rick Wilber
Cover: Delmote
Back cover: Dave Haugh
Interior illos: Mike Bracken, Grant Canfield, Dave Haugh, Terry Jeeves, Taral Wayne MacDonald, Joe Pearson, Frank Sederholm, Mike Streff

Notes: LoC writer Rick Wilber is the same person as contributor Richard A. Wilber.

Issue 19
(Edwardsville, IL)
Contributors: Robert Bloch, Mike Bracken, interview with Algis Budrys, Grant Carrington, Charles L. Grant, Wayne Hooks, interview with Deborah Lewis, Thomas F. Monteloene, Rod Snyder, Michael Stern
LoCs: Grant Carrington, Cy Chauvin, Don D'Ammassa, D. Gary Grady, Charles L. Grant, George Flynn, Neil Kvern, Jim Mann, Laurie Mann, David Moyer, Stella Nemeth, William Rotsler, Michael Shoemaker, David Taggart
Cover: Derek Carter
Back cover: Delmonte
Inside front and inside back covers: W. C. Rhomberg
Interior illos: Mike Bracken, Delmonte, Dave Haugh, Terry Jeeves, Taral Wayne MacDonald, Barry Kent Mackay, William Rotsler, Marc Schrimeister, Frank Sederholm, Unknown

Notes: Charles L. Grant's interview with gothic writer Deborah Lewis was an inside joke. Lewis was one of his pseudonyms.

Issue 20
(Collinsville, IL)
Contributors: Mike Bracken, Grant Carrington, Joe Wehrle Jr.
LoCs: Frank C. Bertrand, Algis Budrys, Don D'Ammassa, Grant Carrington, George Flynn, Mike Glicksohn, J. Owen Hanner, Laurie Mann, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Bob Tucker, Victoria Vayne, Harry Warner Jr., Gene Wolfe
Fold-out cover and back cover: Joe Pearson
Inside front cover (two illustrations): Grant Canfield, Dan Steffan
Inside back cover: Craig Anderson
Interior illos: Chris Black, Mike Bracken, Grant Canfield, Joan Hanke-Woods, C. Lee Healy, Barry Kent Mackay, Randy Mohr, Michael Ogle, Joe Pearson, Joe Wehrle Jr.

Notes: This issue marks the first appearance of Grant Carrington's column "Gremliana."

Issue 21
(O'Fallon, IL)
Contributors: Frank C. Bertrand, Mike Bracken, Grant Carrington, David Gerrold, Thomas F. Monteleone, Victoria Vayne
LoCs: Grant Carrington, Don D'Ammassa, Steve George, J. Owen Hanner, Jim Mann, Jessica Amanda Salmonson, Roger Waddington, Harry Warner Jr.
Cover and back cover: Delmonte
Inside front cover: Barry Kent Mackay
Inside back cover: Dale Allen
Interior illos: Dale Allen & Chris Black, Jim Barker, Grant Canfield, Delmonte, Alexis Gilliland, Joan Hanke-Woods, William Rotsler, Taral

Notes: This was the final issue.


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