United Sandmen

1977 - 1986 (sort of...)

In about 1977 The United Sandmen formed in New Mexico. The United Sandmen had a monthly mailing "Sentinel Informer" which had numerous issues each about 15 pages in length and a large fanzine sized annual publication "Sandman Sentinel" which produced 11 issues. The fanzine stared out a biannual production but that schedule was dropped after issue #2. The United Sandmen was an official chapter of the LROF, I recall reading that in the Circuit at one point. The club did not advertise too much. I think it had one advert in Starlog, magazine, and another in their only once printed Starlog Communication handbook. There was also an advertisement in the Circuit at one point. The fanzine was a large format usually around 70+ pages. The first issue was offset print. The second and third were a more traditional mimeograph process. This makes them extremely hard to read today. Issues 2 (Vol. 1 #2) and 3 (Vol. 2 #1) are the hardest to find.

Around issue #5 or 6 the Janelle Holmes became to busy to continue the production so I volunteered to put out future issues. Before that Janelle and Dan Helmich had been the publishers. I knew nothing about publishing a fanzine, but over the course of the next several years I would learn quite a lot. I had been involved with the production of The Gorgon Chronicles (1980-1981) but Dan Murphy did most of the work, I just added in the picture pages and clip art and ran off the copies. But nothing prepared me for the huge task of word processing, printing, publishing and mailing all of these issues! Janelle Holmes remained as editor and contributed editorials to issues 7 and 8. Issue 7 was my first issue. It was made on an Atari 800 and printed on an Epson FX80 printer. My word processor did not even have a spell checker! Heck I was just a high school student back then. By the time issue #9 rolled around I was going to college and had access to some better production equipment, but my time was very limited. Issue nine and ten on were 'velobound' and had clear plastic protective covers. Issue 9 has a sepeatoned picture of Logan and Jessica in the swamp from the episode Stargate. The cover of issue #10 was one of, if not the first SF fanzines in the world to have a full color cover. The club dissolved in 1986 upon publication of Sandman Sentinel #10. On average one issue was produced each year, with the exception of issues 7 and 8 which were both produced in the same year so that the final issue could be printed in connection with the tenth anniversary of the movie's release. In between issue 10 and issue 11 one fan kept the club alive.. His name is (Darn! I don't have it handy here) but he put out Sentinel Informer issues on a regular basis. Issue #11 was not produced until 1994 and received very limited distribution. Even though issue 11 was promoted at worldcons and regional conventions very few people ordered it as Logan fandom had sunk to an all time lack of interest. Now, thanks mostly to the Internet, Logan fandom seems to be making a sort of comeback. Well maybe not a comeback but at least the interest is there.

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Vol 1 #1 September 1977 (commonly referred to as issue #1.) believe it or not there were a lot of copies of this issue made, so it is the easiest to find. The nice binding and offset printing makes it very readable today.

Remember there is no such thing as a dumb Sandman... just dumb citizens!

Sandman Focus
Gym Graffiti
DS Training Manual
Sandlady Part I by Janelle Holmes
Sentinel Search (Word Maze)
Star Wars Focus
Star Wars Review
Mark Hamill alais Luke Skywalker
News and Notes
Editor's Page
Logan's Run Update
Media Notes

Vol 1 #2 October 1978 (commonly referred to as issue #2.) Mimeographed and some pages were glued together so that they could have a picture on one side this is one of the harder issues to read. My copy has a lot of unreadable bits in it.

Articles
Pages From The Deep Sleep Training Manual
Logan's Run Supertrivia Quiz
Sentinel Search (word maze)
Jenny! A Complete Biography by Michael Smith
Movie Review: Invasion of the body Snatchers
Fiction
Fight For Life by Alfred F Turner
The Search by Pat Caillouett and J. L. Holmes
Sandlady Part II by Janelle Holmes
Death of a Sandman (poetry) by Jacquelyn Taylor
News and Notes
Editorial by Janelle Holmes
Accolades (letters section)
Tri-Dim Report
Sentinel Search #1 answers
Missing A Few Words ( reprinting blured out words in the previous issue)

Vol 2 #1 May 1979 (commonly referred to as issue #3 as this was the only issue published this year. Mimeographed with offset art. The art in this issue was exceptional. Some pages were printed on different color (yellow) paper.

Articles
Logan's Run - - A Series Doomed To Failure
D. C. Fontana on Logan's Run Exclusive Interview
Logan's Run Epiosde Synopsis
Logan's Run Stars' Biographies
Fiction
DS Training Manual (with illustrations)
Terror Unto Death Part I by Jacquelyn Taylor
And Gant Slew Ballard by Leigh Chapman
Fight For Life by Alfred F. Turner (who also did some great art in this issue)
The Search by Pat Caillouett and J. L. Holmes
The Sandlady's Return By Janelle Holmes
Carousel by Gloria Colon ( a nice filk song)
News and Notes
Editorial by Janelle Holmes
Accolades and Tirades (letters section)
DS Exchange
Answers to the LR Trivia Quiz
Missing A Few Words ( reprinting blured out words in the previous issue)

Issue #4 December 1980 This issue and the ones following it all looked very sharp. Mimeographed with offset art. By the time this issue was printed the Logan's Run Organization Of Fans had already folded. 'Runs' at conventions were being banned because of accidents. It was a very bad year for Logan's Run fans and the third and 'final' Logan's book was published.

Articles
Review of Logan's Run ( written back in 1976)
Biography of Michael York
Biography or Richard Jordan
Fiction
The Masquerade by Frank R. Wilson
Their Souls and Spirits Prose by Frank R. Wilson
Citizens Career Guide
Sandgirls Part I by Carl Nicastro (a story too 'hot' for The Circuit!)
The Historian by Dan Helmick
Terror Unto Death Part II by Jacquelyn Taylor
Sandlady's Return Part II by Janelle Holmes
News and Notes
Editorial by Janelle Holmes
Accolades and Tirades (letters section)
DS Exchange

Issue #5 December 1981 Mimeographed with offset art.

News and Notes
Editorial by Janelle Holmes
Accolades and Tirades (letters section)
Fiction
Time Tripper Part 1 by Tony Doimadios
Sandgirls Part II by Carl Nicastro
A Sandlady By Any Other Name by Janelle Holmes
Terror Unto Death Part III by Jacquelyn Taylor
Reflections on a Crystal by Jessica 6 (as written by Gloria Colon)
Deep Sleep Training Manual Supplement by Gloria Colon
Death Chase by Greg Crawford
Adrian's Run by Dan Helmick
Logan's Discovery Part 1 by John Kennedy

Issue #6 December 1982 Mimeographed 2 sided printing. Cover based on t he Corgi Books Logan's Run Paperback.

News and Notes
Editorial by Janelle Holmes
Accolades and Tirades (letters section)
Fiction
Time Tripper Part 1 by Tony Doimadios
Odyssey of Santana 3 Part I by Greg Crawford
Sandgirls Part III by Carl Nicastro
A Sandlady By Any Other Name: Part II by Janelle Holmes
Terror Unto Death Part IV by Jacquelyn Taylor
The Adventures of Sandgirl Mackenzie 19 by Marcy Dare
Pages From the DS Training Manual by Francine Bake
Logan's Run Word Maze by Tony D Doimadios

Issue #7 December 1983 Mailed out much in the summer of 84! Originals of this issue were printed on dot matrix printer paper, so if you see an Xerox copy of it it is not an original. Produced on an old Atari 800 computer!

Non Fiction
Michael Anderson Jr. on Logan's Run The Movie
George Clayton Johnosn on Jessica's Run
Fiction
Quest of the Spear Part 1 by Carl Nicastro
Odyssey of Santana 3 Part II by Greg Crawford
A Sandlady By Any Other Name: Part III by Janelle Holmes
Terror Unto Death Part V by Jacquelyn Taylor
The Adventures of Sandgirl Mackenzie 19 by Marcy Dare
Articles
Answer key to Issue 6 Word Maze
Accolades and Tirades Janelle Holmes
From the Typist by Rick Hallock

Issue #8 June 1985 This issue was also printed on a dot matrix printer, but was veroxed to make the print darker. Very thin paper made for a very thin issue. The end of the club is announced by Janelle. A few pages were lost but later recovered and put is issue #9 of part IV of Janelle's story.

Non Fiction
From The Editor Janelle Holmes
From the Typist by Rick Hallock
Script
The Playground Part 1
Fiction
A Sandlady By Any Other Name: Part IV By Janelle Holmes
Groso's Run Part II by Rick Hallock
The Adventures of Sandgirl Mackenzie 19 by Marcy Dare
Articles
City Demographics By Dan Helmick
The Philosophy of the 23rd Century by Carl Nicastro (Rainbird 6)
Religion In The Future By Carl Nicastro

Issue #9 January 1986 First velobound cover. First use of spot color

Non Fiction
From the Typist by Rick Hallock
Script
The Playground Part 2
Fiction
A Sandlady By Any Other Name: Part IV Missing pages from the earlier issue By Janelle Holmes
Terror Unto Death Part VI by Jacquelyn Taylor
Groso's Run Part II by Rick Hallock
Francis 7? By Greg Crawford

Issue #10 November 1986 This issue was sent out to all the people still with valid addresses on our mailing list as a free thank you for supporting Logan Fandom for those many long years. Velobound full color cover. It also featured biographies of club members who wrote in with how Logan's Run had effected them. There were a bunch of these floating with fanzine dealers for a few years after publication at west coast cons. This issue also featured three wallet sized pictures courtesy of Tim Smith to go with his articles. George Clayton Johnson liked this issue and complimented me on it and the Jacquelyn Taylor story!

Non Fiction
From the Typist by Rick Hallock
Bios by Janelle Holmes, Greg Crawford, Tim Smith
Ankh and A Scene Passed By Too Quick By Tim Smith
A complete membership list both past and present
Script
The Playground part 3
Fiction
A Sandlady By Any Other Name: The Conclusion by Janelle Holmes
Terror Unto Death Part VII by Jacquelyn Taylor
Groso's Run Part III (conclusion) by Rick Hallock

Issue #11 1995 (extremely limited distribution) Originally was planed to include a videotape with this issue, but it never got enough subscriptions to support that ffeature. Most were shipped in a three ring binder with a transparent cover. The cover was full color printed on (at the time) state of the art HP 550c inkjet printer. The inside was a crisp original laserprinted copy. Not many stories.. but quite long ones!

Non Fiction
From the Typist by Rick Hallock
Fiction
The Thinkers Sandlady by Janelle Holmes (a complete story)
Last Run by Greg Crawford (a complete story)

Special Thanks to Greg Crawford for financial contributions on this issue, Tim Smith and Chris Wiedner for their unending support of Logan's Run, and a very special thanks to Janelle Holmes for writing another fantastic Sandlady story.

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