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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Contents

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.
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.

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

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. [2]
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 [3]

Reactions and Reviews: The Zine Contents

[Hide and Seek]: Described on the title page as "Post A/B A/T" and on its own first page as "An excerpt from a series of B7 novel(la)s in progress." Alas, rumor has it that the author has left fandom, so we may never see the rest. But I'm still hoping for a miracle of some sort, because it's a terrific story. In what I assume is early third season, Tarrant seduces Avon (without much difficulty, since the interest is mutual). The sex is red-hot for the reader, and at first, for them; but it all goes wrong, because Avon still wants Blake instead, and Tarrant is smart enough to realize what the problem is. A really interesting example of a good story with bad sex! Lovely descriptions of Tarrant from Avon's POV, and a nice angsty tone throughout. [4]
[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 exceprt 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]

References

  1. This art was for sale at Partnersrmore; WebCite
  2. from anon at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  3. comments by Aralias at Iowa Fanzine Archive (visit May 21st 2014)
  4. Favourite Avon/Tarrant Stories
  5. by Lynn W.
  6. from anon at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
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