Knights

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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 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 1,200 short stories in various genres.


Ish Date Pages Medium Where Pubbed Notes
1 December 1973 15+cover spirit duplicator Fort Bragg, CA Contributors: Michele Gifford, Patrick Myers, Larry Poulsen, J. A. Van Horn, Joe Walter. Cover by Brutis. "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.
2 January 1974 20+cover mimeograph 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
3 February 1974 17+cover mimeograph 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
4 March 1974 17+cover mimeograph Fort Bragg, CA Contributors: Mike Bracken, Joe Colombero, Larry Poulsen, John Robinson, Joe Walter. LoCs: Cheri Partain. Cover: Brutis
5 April 1974 19+cover mimeograph 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.
6 May 1974 12+cover mimeograph Fort Bragg, CA Contributors: Mike Bracken, Joe Walter. LoCs: Warren Johnson, John M. Robinson. Cover: Don Ensley. Interior illos: Don Ensley
7 June 1974 22+cover mimeograph 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.
8 July 1974 22+cover mimeograph, photocopied cover 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
9 August 1974 26+covers mimeograph 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
10 October 1974 18+cover mimeograph 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
11 December 1974 54+covers mimeograph, photocopied covers 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
12 April 1975 56+covers mimeograph, offset covers 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 Coulsen, 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.
13 September 1975 102+covers mimeograph, offset covers 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.
14 December 1975 58+wrap-around cover mimeograph, offset cover 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 Schirmeister, Frank Sederholm, James Shull, Al Sirois, Rod Snyder.
15 March 1976 72+covers mimeograph, offset covers 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 Hayden, Hank Heath, Eric Lindsay, Sam Long, Barry N. 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.
16 June 1976 65+covers mimeograph+offset, offset covers 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.
17-18 July 1977 118+covers mimeograph, offset covers Edwardsville, IL Double issue. 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: Delmonte. 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.
19 December 1977 66+covers mimeograph, offset covers Edwardsville, IL Contributors: Robert Bloch, Mike Bracken, interview with Algis Budrys, Grant Carrington, Charles L. Grant, Wayne Hooks, interview with Deborah Lewis, Thomas F. Monteleone, 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 Schirmeister, Frank Sederholm, Unknown. Notes: Charles L. Grant's interview with gothic writer Deborah Lewis was an inside joke. Lewis was one of his pseudonyms.
20 March 1979 46+covers front cover was a fold-out, offset Collinsville, IL Reviewed File 770 13, p. 5. 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."
21 November 1979 22+covers typeset, offset O'Fallon, IL Final issue. 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.



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