Evasive Maneuvers

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Title: Evasive Maneuvers
Publisher: Tashery Shannon
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Date(s): 1994
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
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Evasive Maneuvers is a slash 129-page Blake's 7 anthology. It has a color cover by Suzan Lovett.

zine cover by Suzan Lovett
The original art is called "Lion's Den." [1]

Summaries

From the zine flyer seeking submissions:
...soliciting Blake's 7 stories. Gen, adult, /, during the series, 5th season, pre-1st season, alternate universe--all are welcome. *Evasive Maneuvers* will be a spicy variety of forays into the adventures and emotional subtleties of the Liberator and Scorpio crews. The single common theme will be the powerful web of emotions binding the characters together. I'm seeking stories that reveal unexplored aspects of these enigmatic personalities and relationships, or that trace known aspects to greater depths. Preference will be given to stories that set up new situations, while keeping the full complexity and subtlety of the characters as they are in the series. *Evasive Maneuvers* will have a color cover, half tone illustrations and decorative borders. I am soliciting art from some of the finest illustrator in fandom, and hope this zine will be exceptionally handsome, as well as a compelling read. Stories are preferred over poems. Please send only material that has not been previously published. The writing may be edited, or rewrites requested, but no changes will be made without the author's consent. Deadline: roughly September 15, 1993
From the original zine flyer:
Stories true to Blake, Avon, and crew as we know and love them in the series. Interpretations vary, but each aims for characters and plotlines with a real feel of Blake's 7.
From a 1994 ad at Lysator:
Evasive Maneuvers - 1st issue, slash-adult-gen (this issue has turned out to be mostly A/B, but with a longish A/C too). Stories by Marie Blackpool, Alicia Ann Fox, Vanessa Mullen, Catherine Salmon, Tashery Shannon, Kate Singer, The Satanic Twoba (if I've forgotten anyone, please forgive me). Color cover by Suzan Lovett in her *decadent period* - just look for the bare chested Blake and evil Avon toying suggestively with whip. You should find it on Bill Hupe's table. $18.

Contents

  • POEMS
    • Burnt Soul (A/B) by Robin Hood
    • Fragile Perfection (A/B) by Robin Hood
    • Island of Time (A/B) by Robin Hood
    • Look at Me (A/B) by Amethyst Lane

Reactions and Reviews: The Cover

Full colour cover by Suzan Lovatt. Don't know if it has a name, I mentally call it "Lion Taming". Avon and Blake in Regency costume with Blake sprawled half undressed in a lion headed chair. To be honest, not one of my favourite pictures,and I normally love Suzan Lovatt's stuff. [2]
Apart from the cover, which shows two men in regency dress (not un-dress, you can safely read this one on the bus) there is no artwork. Presumably the men are Avon and Blake as one is dark and the other has curly hair, but the resemblance is minimal.[3]
I think it's VERY obviously Blake (Avon less so, but very obviously Blake with amazing hair and a LION chair). I also think it is hilariously overblown and brilliant in the true Suzan Lovett spirit. Very glad that I got to see this :D :D [4]

Reactions and Reviews: The Zine Contents

See reactions and reviews for Hide and Seek.
[zine]: Another one off zine. My favorite stories where Vanessa Mullen's For Nothing, Catherine Salmon's Death Duel and Tashery Shannon's story Rememberance. On a highly picky note, I would have preferred the text to be more tightly compacted, since I dislike large amounts of white space in my zines.[5]
[zine]: Evasive Maneuvers is an adult zine printed on good quality paper. Apart from the cover, which shows two men in regency dress (not un-dress, you can safely read this one on the bus) there is no artwork. Presumably the men are Avon and Blake as one is dark and the other has curly hair, but the resemblance is minimal. It is primarily B/A, and contains one long B/A story by Ms Shannon, five medium length and four short stories, and four poems. Nine of the stories focus on the relationship between Blake and Avon, one being a vampire tale, and two being alternative story lines arising from Duel (a genzine story but the feelings are implicit) and Orbit. There is one A/C and one A/T. The zine concentrates on interrelationships rather than on action adventure. The emphasis is on the feelings evoked and while some of the content is explicit there is no violence. Apart from two very short jokey piece, I enjoyed everything in this zine. All the stories are perceptive and well-developed, and the characters recognisable. In particular Tashery Shannon's long story "Remembrance" is one of the finest - and bleakest - B7 works I have read. It is subtle in its language and captures a very complex relationship with real insight. I was so gripped by its intensity that I just had to read it three times before moving on to the next page, and I'm not particularly a B/A fan. Equally bleak is the A/T story Hide and Seek by Kate Singer, an excerpt from a novella in progress but it reads perfectly well on its own. I felt quite moved by this one, despite the fact that I usually find Tarrant very tiresome. The only straight story, if you discount Ms Shannon's second story featuring Avon as solo artiste, features Avon and Cally after Anna's death. Both these and all the other stories are excellent. If you like anguish, this is a zine for you. My own favourite in B7 is Vila, who makes a negligible appearance here; nevertheless this remains one of my favourite zines. What more can I say? [6]
[zine]: This zine is predominantly slash, so non slash fans should just skip ahead. Full colour cover by Suzan Lovatt. Don't know if it has a name, I mentally call it "Lion Taming". Avon and Blake in Regency costume with Blake sprawled half undressed in a lion headed chair. To be honest, not one of my favourite pictures,and I normally love Suzan Lovatt's stuff.

If there is a general tone to this zine, I would say that it is the absence of stories that delve heavily into s and m. No loss to my mind. It's laid out with full size text and empty lines between paragraphs. A brief synopsis of some of the main stories:

Rememberence (A/B) Tashery Shanon - Avon lusts after Blake who was his lover a long time age, while Blake is wrapped up in fragmented memories of a former female lover who was mostly lost in the memory erase, and recalls nothing of Avon. Eventually Avon realises that the woman is actually himself, twisted and changed by the Federation's psch manipulators. He sets out to try and restore Blake's memory. I like this story.

Apogee (A/B) Marie Blackpool - What if it had been Blake on the shuttle in Orbit instead of Vila? While this story takes a few liberties with the properties of the shuttle, it still works very well.

To Darkness and Me (Avon/Cally) Alicia Ann Fox - I don't know where the heck this story is supposed to be going. I can't bebothred to re-read it to try and find out either.

Death Duel (gen) Catherine Salmon - What if Avon had been sent with Blake in "Duel" instead of Jenna? This one has some nice plot ideas, but is badly over romanticised (Sorry, Catherine)

For Nothing (A/B) Vanessa Mullen - After escaping from a Federation trap, Avon tries to murder Blake. Why? Can Blake do anything to stop him trying again?

The Power of Love (A/B) Catherine Salmon - vampire story. Again, too romantic for my taste. I don't mind Blake being a Vampire, but I get irritated when he and Avon pour out declarations of undying love for one another. I don't mind them being in love, I just cannot see them saying this kind of dialogue

Hide and Seek (post A/B, A/T) Kate Singer - This is the story that really made the zine for me. Tarrant makes a pass at Avon late one night, and they have a quick fling. Avon's memories are forced reluctantly back to Blake. This story is superbly written and the characters feel exactly right to me. [7]

References

  1. This art was for sale at Partnersrmore, Archived version
  2. Lysator, Judith P., dated July 6, 1994.
  3. from anon at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  4. comments by Aralias at Iowa Fanzine Archive (visit May 21st 2014)
  5. by Lynn W.
  6. from anon at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  7. Lysator, Judith P., dated July 6, 1994.
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