Full Circle (multifandom zine)
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Full Circle is a slash multifandom anthology published in Australia.
Full Circle 1 was published in 1992 and contains 148 pages. It has artwork by Baravan.
- Captive by Jane (Pros) (5)
- In the Mood by Kathy Keegan (Pros) (6)
- Downtown Saturday Night by Felicity Granger (Man From Uncle) (21)
- Codes of Honour by Jane (Arthur of the Britons) (33)
- Anvil of the Gods by Madelaine Ingram (Star Trek) (43)
- Birds of Ill Omen by Kathy Keegan (Pros) (69)
- Won't You Come Home, Dirk Blackpool? by Felicity Granger (Wizards & Warriors) (77)
- Kindred by Barbara Jones (Highlander) (85)
- Dead Ringer by Shawn Gedge (Lethal Weapon) (93)
- Memories Are Made of This by Felicity Granger (UFO) (100)
- Heron in the Mist by Jane (Robin of Sherwood) (112)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
[Codes of Honour]: In "Codes of Honour" Arthur and Kai were perhaps a little more romantic than I would have made them, but not excessively so, and they were clearly Arthur and Kai as we know them, which is quite an achievement for someone writing without the benefit of recordings. I thought the sex was well written, and fitted the setting. The whole thing was well put together and the political problems carefully thought through, and brought to a typical 'Arthur' conclusion. Definitely worth more than one read. 
[Codes of Honour]: First of all, I must confess that I'm not a fan of the Pros (not yet, anyway, not having seen the series yet, but I will ASAP), so my point of view may seem weird on this comm... However, I'm a fan of 'Arthur of the Britons', and this is why I enjoyed Jane's story, "Codes of Honour", a lot.
Perhaps an AU story is quite unusual in the Pros fandom, but at least, I can say that it is very faithful to the AotB universe. Jane takes great care with this well-defined Dark Ages world and respects the atmosphere and the political plots: it is obvious that her drawing of it is a work of love, detailed with much care and a wonderful attention to details (which is not adverse to correcting some obvious flaws in the original series: for instance, Rowena, the Jute princess who is the main focus of the story journeys with an attendant and a warrior, while in the show she has a tendency to rides alone, even for dangerous distances.)At first, the Baedann and Derai characters don’t seem that much instrumental to the story (which is a very cunning Arthurian political mediation), but their influence on and friendship to Arthur and Kai are an integral part of the story… 
[zine]: This zine contains two Pros stories, both by Kathy Keegan. In the Mood is not really my cup of tea - the lads are too far out of character as I see them in the episodes for me to relate to them very well, and I can't help but read them in an Australian accent too! Birds of Ill Omen I found slightly easier going, but again, not quite the lads as I know them. There is also a piece of "B/D fantasy" art by Baravan, which was unfortunately not in the copy of the zine that I saw. Otherwise, "Full Circle" is made up of stories from eight or nine other fandoms, none of which I have read, however, as I'm strictly mono-fandom! As far as I know, the Professionals stories at least aren't officially available outside this zine, so what the zine is worth to you may all depend on how big a Kathy Keegan fan you are! 
[zine]: I've acquired a few Nut Hatch zines now, and this is very much in what I am coming to think of as the house style: smallish print, set in double columns, with a lot of words to a page. A rough word count gave me about a word count of 1000 words per page, which matches other Nut Hatch zines - I remember coming up with a similar total for Czardas. This is much, much higher than many other publishers. Gryphon comes close (round about 800-900) but I think 400-500 is not uncommon, and I've seen some which are closer to 250. Nut Hatch zines pack a lot of story into their pages. The proofreading is not perfect (male 'brunettes', best guess at spelling of names in the non-Pros stories - Princess 'Ann', 'Hern' the Hunter, etc - and the occasional missing or wrong word) but it's generally fine.
There's the Nut Hatch's usual halfpage editorial-cum-news column of recent events at the Nut Hatch, a response to comments about a previous zine, Goblin - I conclude from the tenor of the response that people complained because it wasn't slash - and a list of what's coming out shortly, which is lots and lots. I can never get over the prolific output involved here. The artwork is almost all black and white copies of publicity shots. The exception is a picture by Baravan, which is Bodie as portrayed in The Hunting (which I still have not read). This picture goes together with a poem by Jane. This poem is apparently Bodie/Doyle, but I didn't realise it on my first skim. Although 'skim' has something to do with that. There are references to emerald eyes in there, though, so that'll be Doyle.
The non-Pros stories cover Man From UNCLE, Arthur of the Britons, Star Trek, Wizards and Warriors, Highlander, Lethal Weapon, UFO and Robin of Sherwood, and are by a range of authors. Just to be clear here, I am well aware that some of these names are widely thought to be the same person, but for simplicity I'm just going to stick to the name on the title page.
Pros stories first:
In The Mood, by Kathy Keegan. 16 pages. Doyle is startled when Murphy makes a pass at him, but takes him up on it. Afterwards, Murphy confesses the reason for the pass: he and Bodie had been speculating about Doyle. Doyle decides to teach Bodie a lesson by pushing him and then telling him where to get off. But they end up talking instead. There are some terrifically long monologues about feelings in here - at one stage Doyle talks solidly for an entire page (so about a thousand words) - and some authorial insistence that 'this is how it is for men' which, well, um. But there is brief Doyle/Murphy as well as Bodie/Doyle, and I liked that.
Birds of Ill Omen, by Kathy Keegan. 8 pages. Bodie and Doyle wake up with terrific hangovers. Emerging to greet their girlfriends, they are appalled to realise that they each apparently proposed that night, and the girls accepted. Much angst ensues. This one isn't my thing. Part of this is because I find both the basic premise and what they do to solve it unrealistic. Yes, I know I was quite happy to accept Murphy and Bodie laying bets about Doyle. I am not terribly consistent, no.
Codes of Honour, by Jane. Crossover with Arthur of the Britons. 10 pages. Arthur of the Britons was a British series in the seventies which was set in the Dark Ages rather than the usual fantasy version of twelfth century. Long hair, horses, mud-wrestling in the first episode, someone tied up against a big rock with not much on later in the series, you can see the attraction. This story is billed as a follow-up to East Wind Blowing, a Jane story in Fantazine 4 which I had not read when I read this one. I didn't need to. I did need to pay attention, though, to follow the goings-on. Arthur must mediate between feuding factions, most of whom are canon characters in Arthur of the Britons. The Professionals link appears in the form of Baedann and Derai (known as 'Rai'...), two warriors from 'the north'. They don't have a lot to do in this; it's much more an AotB story. I asked for a second opinion from an AotB fan: trepkos enjoyed it, and may be along later to comment.
Kindred, by Barbara Jones. Crossover with Highlander (the film). 8 pages. Apparently a sequel to 'A Kind Of Magic', also to be found in Fantazine 4, and also unread by me. I have at least seen Highlander, and this takes place during the events of the film. Bodie and Doyle must guard Connor MacLeod when the Kurgan is spotted in London. They already know about Connor and other Immortals, presumably from the previous story. Quite liked the Highlander aspects to this one: things like Connor's comments about fighting through the centuries and how the Kurgan might think. Didn't really need to be told the names of half the actors in the play they go to see. 'Kindred' worried me as a title because I kept expecting a World of Darkness tie-in (ie, vampires, and I am not keen on vampires in my Pros), but it's not about that: it's about the kinship between warriors. Although these are warriors who curl up on the bed to share a box of chocolate and cuddle.
Dead Ringer, by Shawn Gedge. Crossover with Lethal Weapon. 7 pages. I haven't seen this film either! And so I would not have known the crossover if the zine hadn't said. I'd just have assumed it was an OMC called Riggs. It's told from Riggs's point of view. He is undercover in a gay nightclub, hoping to find and pick up a heroin dealer. Bodie and Doyle are also there, observing and acting as back-up, but this is very much a Riggs story. Ends with Riggs thinking happily back to the threesome of the previous night.
Downtown Saturday Night, by Felicity Granger. Man From UNCLE, 12 pages. Thrush have kidnapped a female impersonator from a gay nightclub, replacing him with a woman to put people off the trail. Napoleon and Illya must find the trail, and fit in some sex along the way. This is a Christmas story, appropriately enough. How in character it is, I can't judge. I found the commentary on men watching a woman pretend to be a man pretending to be a woman a bit laboured. There were so many references to how Napoleon and Illya had got together on a beach that I found myself wondering if this story was a sequel to another.
Anvil of the Gods, by Madelaine Ingram. Star Trek. 26 pages. Kirk/Spock. Investigating a now-deserted planet, Kirk and Spock enter a transporter which takes them back to a time when it was populated. As Scotty, Uhura and McCoy try to understand the transporter to get Kirk and Spock back, Kirk and Spock have to fend for themselves until they can return. There is a lot about how exactly they do this - slivers of bone for needles, a convenient bush of berries which numbs flesh for, um, aftercare, and how they make plates. All goes well until the inhabitants arrive, one of whom has his eye on Kirk. I like Star Trek as a show, but have read practically no fic for it (except: see a later review today...) I have heard... things... about Vulcan anatomy and was quite disappointed that this story does not elaborate. Ahem. Instead the part in question was 'strangely human' and I still don't know what it is about Vulcans that's special! (Doon't tell me, I am having much fun speculating.) More seriously, this story postulates a very romantic and passionate relationship, but where that fits in the spectrum of K/S, I don't know.
Won't You Come Home, Dirk Blackpool? by Felicity Granger. Wizards and Warriors. 8 pages. Oh. This show again. This is Erik Greystone/Dirk Blackpool. They are normally deadly enemies, despite childhood friendship. Dirk suffers a blow to the head and amnesia, and forgets they are supposed to be enemies. Guess what they do? I didn't really get the point of this the first time I read it. The second time, I had discovered from the internet that Wizards and Warriors was supposed to be a comedy which lampooned fantasy stereotypes. Which made a little more sense of it. But only a little. Sorry. I think we have to conclude that I have no sense of humour :(
Memories Are Made Of This, by Felicity Granger. UFO. 12 pages. Paul Foster/Ed Straker. I don't think I've read any UFO before, and I haven't seen it. From this, I gather that Foster and Straker work for something called SHADO and the work involves a moonbase and something called Skydiver which may be a submarine. They watch for UFOs. A trouble-maker puts it around that Foster and Straker are lovers. Which they are, so they fear for their jobs as more and more people in the building hear the story...
Heron In The Mist, by Jane. Robin of Sherwood. 37 pages. Robin/Nasir. Aha. I like Robin of Sherwood. I loved it, in fact, and wrote to the programme as an angsty teenager, and still have the photos and publicity blurb they sent me. So I was actually a bit worried about reading fanfic based on it. In the event, I enjoyed this story a lot. Jane clearly enjoys writing dark age and medieval fantasy. I really don't get it for Pros, but even I enjoyed one of her historical Pros AUs, the Flesh and Steel trilogy.
And I enjoyed this story a lot too. There's lots of references to the episodes - which I am clearly going to have to re-watch, because I had forgotten a lot of it. Some of the characterisation is, um, not as I see them, but I can see that it's how Jane might see them. This actually includes the slash: as a 14-year-old solitary fan, I couldn't believe what I was seeing between the Sheriff and Gisbourne - it was my head canon long before Philip Mark came along and confirmed it for me- but I really don't see the same between any of the outlaws. Although I am always happy to read it :) The only thing I didn't care for was her handling of Much: a bit too close to Doyle in Gentle On My Mind, but this is obviously a Jane thing, because there's a touch of this in the newly-revived Robin as his mind re-develops too.
Oh! Plot! Set after series 3, Belleme is back, and hopes to achieve mastery over Albion (the country, not the sword). Herne is in the process of reviving Robin (of Loxley), and Nasir confesses his love for him. Marion needs to be kept safely away from Belleme and therefore from Robin, Robert and the outlaws too, so she's mostly not in it, or being escorted away. Meanwhile, back at the castle, the Sheriff and Guy are uneasily working together, but also conscious that the relationship that used to exist between them has now shattered. There's a battle against Belleme and his minions and their evil powers which I wish the programme had had the budget for - very visually striking. The meaning of the title is explained right at the very end. This is a superstition I have never heard of, but who cares, I enjoyed it.
Which was a good way to end the zine. What else can I tell you? I think all the stories have at least one fairly lengthy sex scene in them. Not always Bodie/Doyle, mind you. There are almost no illustrations - well, not in the sense of original artwork. Just the one illo opposite the poem. But every story has an illustration in the form of a press photo or a scene from the programme and several have two. This is why my page counts differ from elsewhere. I have not included the picture pages in the count.
So overall? If you're solely a Pros fan, hmm. The Pros-only stories are a very small part of the zine. I think your reaction will depend on how much you enjoy Kathy Keegan's stories generally. And two of the Pros crossovers focus on the other fandom. Only the Highlander one is anything approaching equal time - if either show is favoured, it's Pros - and that's got supernatural stuff in it.If you like other fandoms as well, there's more in here of interest to you. There were a couple that didn't do a lot for me, but I did like the Robin of Sherwood one, and I and my Arthur of the Britons friend liked the Arthur of the Britons one. I found myself enjoying the plot element of the Trek one more than the slash element, oddly, but I think that's because I'm not familiar with how Kirk and Spock are characterised generally. 
Full Circle 1.5 was published in 1993 and contains 73 pages (five stories). Its subtitle is, "All the Professionals stories from the Mediazine."
Full Circle 2 was published in May 1994 and contains 158 pages.
- Right End of the Wrong Rainbow by Maggie Logan (Blake's 7)
- Pandora's Toybox by Shawn Gedge (Lethal Weapon/The Professionals)
- Brass Tacks by Felicity Granger (14 pages) (MacGyver)
- Than-Q by Karen Mercer and Maggie Logan (Star Trek: TNG)
- For Personal Reasons by Madelaine Ingram (The Professionals)
- Red Cools Green, Beast Beats Fire by Wally (Star Trek: TOS)
- Blood and Iron by Barb Jones (Highlander/The Professionals)
- When the Blue Wave Rolls Nightly by Trish Darbyfield (The Professionals)
- A Touch of the Sun by Felicity Granger (Star Wars)
- The Affair of the UNCLE Who Wasn't by Wally (Man From Uncle)
- A Fine Madness by Wally (UFO)
- Things to Do On A Rainy Day by Abigail Weiss (Star Trek: TOS)
- Healing by Maggie Logan (Blake's 7)
- I'm Still In My Bath by Trish Darbyfeld
- The Milk of Human Kindness by Trish Darbyfeld
- Poetry by Andie Vyland, Jess Malloy, Lainie Ingram, Jane.
Full Circle 2.5 was published in 1994 and contains 75 pages. It has all Pros content. Its subtitle is, "All the Professionals stories from the Mediazine."
- For Personal Reasons by Madelaine Ingram
- When the Blue Wave Rolls Nightly by Trish Darbyfeld
- Pandora's Toybox by Shawn Gedge
- I'm Still In My Bath by Trish Darbyfeld
- The Milk of Human Kindness by Trish Darbyfeld
- Blood and Iron by Barbara Jones Pros/Highlander crossover.
- Velvet and Steel by Andrea Vyland
- After the Storm by Andrea Vyland
Full Circle 3 was published in 1995 and has 173 pages.
- Flashpoint by Jane. Reprinted as a stand-alone zine. (Starsky and Hutch) (A figure from the past, whom Starsky had believed dead, proves to be very much alive, and the nightmare for Dave Starsky has just begun. For Hutch, the ordeal wears three faces: he must watch his partner torn apart by decade-old events that took place in Vietnam, he must launch an investigation into the mystery of a man called Bonelli, in the hopes of bringing Starsky back from the edge; and he must confront his own feelings toward his partner. A whole short-novel from this popular writer.) (42 pages)
- Boundaries by Dee (Pros) (Not-so-random happenings awaken Ray Doyle to just how his partner feels about him, and the lid is off. It's wonderful ... until it goes wrong. Misunderstanding and discord threaten to split the partners, perhaps forever. It's one of those times when the patience for which Bodie isn't often celebrated, but should be, is a key to survival!) (21 pages)
- Blood On The Streets by Rimfire (Jake and the Fatman) (A vicious serial killer is targeting cops, and as fast as Jake and Derek think they have the answer, it slips through their fingers again. The blood is literally all over the streets, fear is running high, and the payoff is hair-raising.) (22 pages)
- Last Leap by Wally (Quantum Leap) (Finally, finally, they get it right and Sam makes his last leap, back into his own body ... and the space-time he will inherit for the rest of his life. Things are not the way they were, but only Al knows. However, things are just — terrific!) (5 pages)
- 6.2 Has Two by Rimfire (Pros) (5 pages)
- The Sound Of Silence by Felicity Granger (MacGyver) (Still living in England after leaving the Phoenix Foundation, MacGyver and Jack are enjoying the good life ... until Mac takes a job, figuring out the puzzle of a boat that should have been carrying explosives and isn't. And out of this job comes one of Mac's greatest challenges: he must learn how to cope with deafness. For Jack, through whose eyes these stories are told, it's a time of trauma - 'til that flight to Spain...) (17 pages)
- A Q Before Breakfast by Karen Mercer and Maggie Logan (Star Trek TNG) (A sequel of sorts to the episode, Tapestry, this story also builds on an idea mooted in a previous story, Than-Q. With his power to 'play' with temporospatial events, Q could indeed bend linear time, show Picard the galaxy in a microsecond, and have him back in time for breakfast! But would he? Why? And what if he did? This is a delightful, fascinating and thought provoking story, and an unexpected romance!) (17 pages)
- Future Imperfect by Jane Mailander (Highlander) (The year is 2025, and Richie Ryan, now around fifty years of age and still the late-teens cherub, is in big trouble. But it remains for Duncan to work out what is going on and, as always, fix things! Someone from the past is muddling their lives, and as memory flashes back thirty years, to 1995, Duncan and Richie realise what they are up against. It ain't pretty. And about about The Gathering?!) (28 pages)
- Winning The Pools by Dee (Pros) (3 pages)
- Companion by Wally (Star Trek TOS K/S) (1 page)
- The Human Factor by Barbara Jones (Pros) Highlander/Professionals crossover (A new gun runner is at work in England, dealing in superior weapons, supplying warzones in Africa and South East Asia, and banking in Zurich. He's a gentleman, if you stretch a point: the Mercedes, the Belgravia penthouse, the emerald rings all fit the profile. Only one thing. He's seven feet tall, and he just might be head-hunting in London this season, as well as making a fortune in illegal arms. Where is Connor MacLeod when you need him? Bodie and Doyle wonder if they're biting off more than they can chew this time.) (8 pages)
Full Circle 4 was published in 1996 and has 163 pages. It contains no interior art.From the editorial:
Just a few words from me this time... because they're mostly explanations and excuses anyway! This is the first time I've ever did a zine that was about six months late. The reasons for that lateness are mostly down to luck. Ask Dame Fortune why, oh why, I chose this of all years to float a small business with my brother? Nut Hatch was on a bit of a roll, and in my complacency, I thought, what the heck, it's like paying for itself these days (and I wince as I say this) took my life savings and invested almost the lot in the new business... And Nut Hatch promptly decided to lobotomize itself. We took a big, big loss at MediaWest. No one is to blame, but we sent about 80 zines, mostly copies of a gen media zine, and they just did not sell well. I'd depended on those sales to print the new zine (this one), and the fund didn't materialize. WIth all of my own money invested, I had nothing to fall back on, save for sales of existing shelf stock! And that was the moment where zine sales decided to hit an all-time low. It gets worse! In a shrewd (?) attempt to get printing costs down, I 'bought in' with Karen, a part-share in a copier. It was supposed to enable me to lower our cover prices, and so help to boost sales. The reality was it broke down every 5000 copies, and with paper, toner and repair bills, the copy cost was up to about 13 cents per page!... The next issues are going to be later again, because of the very, very slow rate at which zines sell these days. Yes, yes, I'll continue to do the zines, but if I'm to fund them, first my little business has to stop being a money pit, and get into profit. Either, that, or folks out there have to start buying zines again, which given the current bite of the economy is a tall order.
- Catch of the Day by AMW (Starsky and Hutch) (Hutch takes a fishhook out of Starsky's head during a fishing trip) 1 page (reprinted in Firesigns and Other Stories)
- Flareup by Jane (Pros)
- Reflections in a Mirror by Wally (Star Trek: The Original Series) 6 pages
- Me and Thee by Cat (Starsky and Hutch) (Starsky has a lover named Dirk. Hutch catches them together, and nearly rapes Starsky in a fit of jealously.) 6 pages (reprinted in Firesigns and Other Stories)
- The Locutus Legacy by Maggie Logan (Star Trek: The Next Generation) 14 pages
- Trouble in Paradise by Rimfire & Wally (Jake and the Fatman) 16 pages
- Hard Wired by Felicity Granger (Earth 2) 8 pages
- No Rules to the Game by Felicity Granger (Highlander) 29 pages
- A Road Less Travelled by Wally (Star Trek) 7 pages
- The Blake's 7 Affair by Airelle (Blake's 7/Man from Uncle) 2 pages
- Cameras Do It All The Time by Barbara Jones (MacGyver) 7 pages
- Due South of the Border by K. Anon (Due South) (limerick)
- Sweet on Benny by K. Anon (Due South) (limerick)
- Chicago Melody by K. Anon (Due South) (limerick)
- Firesigns by Jane (Starsky and Hutch) (post-Sweet Revenge, established relationship, case story) 40 pages (reprinted in Firesigns and Other Stories)
Full Circle 5 was published in 1997 and is 159 pages long.
- Heaven and Hell by Jane. Reprinted as a stand-alone zine. (Due South) (78 pages)
- Hostage by AMW (Starsky and Hutch) (5 pages) (reprinted in Firesigns and Other Stories)
- Learning Experience by AMW (Starsky and Hutch) (4 pages) (reprinted in Firesigns and Other Stories)
- A Walk On The Wild Side by Rimfire (MacGyver/Forever Knight) (36 pages)
- Passages by Felicity Granger (Highlander) (30 pages)
Full Circle 6 was published in 1998.
- The Interview by Toshua (Starsky and Hutch)
- Jealous by Toshua (Starsky and Hutch)
- other unknown content:
Full Circle B/D Outtakes is sometimes known as Full Circle Collected. It was published in 1995 and containing 280 pages of Pros fiction from other "Full Circle" anthologies.
- In the Mood by Kathy Keegan. It began as a bet between Bodie and Murphy, that Murph could seduce Ray Doyle. But Ray gets the truth from Murphy one way and another, and what follows might have been revenge but, in the tangled-web fashion, goes its own sweet way. Strange how romance begins.
- Birds of Ill Omen by Kathy Keegan. Bodie and Doyle wake up in the same bed after a wild party. Their hangovers are boundless and they don't recall a thing of the previous night. That's bad enough, but what really wreaks havoc is that this morning, Penny and Samantha remember being proposed to last night! All at once the lads are engaged to be married ... and they don't remember a thing. Help!
- Pandora's Toybox by Shawn Gedge - crossover with Lethal Weapon.
- For Personal Reasons by Madelaine Ingram. Cowley sends Bodie after his partner when Doyle resigned from the department. 3/7 finds himself in the midst of a scenario he never imagined ... a Yuletide story to bring out again at mid-winter!
- Blood and Iron by Barbara Jones - crossover with Highlander (movie). Connor McLeod is back in England, this time to buy a home in the wilds of Scotland. Bodie and Doyle are invited to visit, and they eagerly travel north ... so, uninvited, does the Kurgan.
- When the Blue Wave Rolls Nightly by Trish Darbyfeld. Bodie and Doyle enjoy a first-time encounter -- with a waterbed!
- Boundaries by Dee. Not-so-random happenings awaken Ray Doyle to just how his partner feels about him, and the lid is off. It's wonderful ... until it goes wrong. Misunderstanding and discord threaten to split the partners, perhaps forever. It's one of those times when the patience for which Bodie isn't often celebrated, but should be, is a key to survival!
- The Human Factor by Barbara Jones - crossover with Highlander (movie). A new gun runner is at work in England, dealing in superior weapons, supplying warzones in Africa and SE Asia, and banking in Zurich. He's a gentleman, if you stretch a point: the Mercedes, the Belgravia penthouse, the emerald rings all fit the profile. Only one thing. He's seven feet tall, and he just might be head-hunting in London this season, as well as making a fortune in illegal arms. Where is Connor MacLeod when you need him? Bodie and Doyle wonder if they're biting off more than they can chew this time. They're about to take on the Kurgan -- alone.
- Flareup by Jane (published in Full Circle 4). Ann Holly is back in town, and she's in big, big trouble. Who else shall she turn to for help but Ray Doyle? And just when Bodie and Doyle thought life can't get any tougher, it does.