Input

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Zine
Title: Input
Publisher:
Editor(s): Rebecca Reeves
Date(s): 1988-1990
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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Contents

Input is a gen Blake's 7 anthology published in Canada. It has the subtitle: "An International Blake's 7 Fanzine." It has four issues.

General Reactions and Reviews

A good Canadian B7 zine, alas only four issues were done. Talent from all over the world.[1]
This zine has even more of an international flavor than most B7 zines, as indicated by the contributor bios in the back of each issue, which are marked with appropriate flags -- 4 to 5 per issue!

I especially like the stories in script form by Rebecca Reeves, and the newscasts in #3; the dry, deadpan humor of the stories by Ros Williams; the graphic story by Tim Pieraccini in #4; and "Circle of Life," also in #4. "Contagion" is another of Lorna's very grim stories. "Nothing Ever Goes as Planned" could have been in "Roads Not Taken", as it's an alternate Terminal. Hmm, I guess #4 is my favorite issue!

For Gan fans, the Sheila Paulson PGP story in #4 is strongly recommended, as is the story by David Hume in #1. And for Tarrant fans, there's wonderful angst in "Guardian Angel" (again, in #4). In fact, one of the special points of the zine is that it has a good balance in terms of the characters represented.

Also noteworthy are the interviews with the actors.

The long series by J. Kel continues in Dark Between the Stars. I have mixed feelings about this one; I kind of like it (and some of my friends are enthusiastic about it), but I wish it had been more heavily edited. I'd love to sic Judith on it! It also strikes me as being sufficiently far removed from the aired canon that it might not be all that difficult to "file off the serial numbers" and market it as a pro SF novel; I wonder whether the author has ever considered that? [2]

Issue 1

Input 1 contains 130 pages and was published in February 1988.

cover of issue #1, Donna Paton

Fiction:

  • Rebecca Reeves, "To Surrender Dreams" (play)
  • Teresa Ward & Elizabeth Mundell, "With a Friend Like You"
  • Ros Williams, "A Very Special Day"
  • Debra Bruce, "Trap"
  • David E. Hume, "The Ring of Light and Secrets"
  • Debra Bruce, "Judgement"
  • Faye Bull, "Cabbages and Kings"
  • Paul Delaney, "Could It Be True?"
  • Rebecca Reeves, "Oh Hell... It's Avon"

Nonfiction:

  • Rebecca Reeves, "Output: An Introduction by the Editor"
  • "Interview: Sheelagh Wells," conducted by Rebecca and Barbara Reeves
  • "Interview: Gareth Thomas," conducted by Rebecca and Barbara Reeves (on July 31, 1987, at Scorpio V)
  • Contributors

Poetry:

  • Jennifer Jean Clark, "From 'Orbit:' Heart of Steel"
  • Vicki Harrison, Limericks
  • Vicki Harrison, "Selections from the 'Travis & the Mutoids Secret Songbook'" (filk, Return to Sender; Suspicion; Heartbreak Hotel; You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog; All Shook Up; Love Me Tender))
  • Teresa Ward, "Irreconcilable Differences"

Art: Donna Paton (front cover) Rosemary Woodhouse Barry Bowman Rebecca Reeves

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Stories, poetry, a short play a la Samuel Beckett, limericks, selections from the Travis and the Mutoids Seceret (sic) songbook, two satisfyingly long interviews with Gareth Thomas and Sheelagh Wells respectively, and some ink drawings.

Overall the standard of writing is good, the stories imaginative and largely devoid of cliche. Some feature non-regular characters quite prominently. A long story by David E. Hume "Ring of Light and Secrets" features Gan and Vila, but principally Gan. An interesting story but the ending is perhaps a bit contrived. There is a good short Avon/Vila story "Trap" by Debra Bruce, and a well-maintained comic story "Oh Hell, it's Avon" by Rebecca Reeves. Other stories are by Ros Williams and Paul Delaney.

This edition of Input is not one of my absolute favourites but only because I prefer a more substantial hurt/comfort content; it is a thought-provoking and individual zine, well worth reading. [3]

Input 2

Input 2 was published in March 1989 and contains 140 pages.

cover of issue #2, Kathryn Andersen
interior page from #2

Fiction:

  • Virginia Turpin, "Birds of a Feather"
  • Jeanne DeVore, "Companions"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Checkmate"
  • Ros Williams, "Waiting"
  • Rebecca Reeves, "There Was a Crooked Man..." (play)
  • Elizabeth Everett, "Blind Faith"
  • Sheila Paulson, "Life-Line"
  • Debra Bruce, "The Waking"
  • J. Kel, "A Very Ordinary Need"

Nonfiction:

  • Rebecca Reeves, "Output: An Introduction by the Editor"
  • "Interview: Stephen Greif," conducted by Teresa Ward
  • Contributors
  • Fanzines & Clubs

Poetry:

  • H. Saavedra, "The First Lost"
  • H. Saavedra, "Insanity"
  • H. Saavedra, "Obsession of Grief"
  • H. Saavedra, "To Find a Place to Be"
  • Marie Logan, "Haiku: Warlord"
  • Marie Logan, "Haiku: Sand"

Art:


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

[Waiting]: Blakes7, notoriously, is a Novel Without Heroes, where the protagonists are morally ambiguous to one degree or another: a Terrorists and Criminal Team v. Minions of Tyranny matchup. This story, first published in the zine INPUT #2 in 1989, is now part of the Bang and Blame PGP archive. In this twisty and thought-provoking story, Avon and Vila have survived GP, the others haven't, and, as in so many PGPs, they're on the run. They turn the tables on the Federation officer guarding them (who isn't quite who he appears to be); there's only one gun, but Vila has it...but Avon has a knife....but Sleer is arriving...but Avon and Vila know who she is...and then there are those rebels....Vila doesn't exactly Save the Day, because it's past saving, but he does get sort of an apology for Malodaar (for what it's worth at this point), and sort of a demonstration about how it happened. Every plot twist is an essay question about how to survive in a world where Last Guys Don't Finish Nice--and about the value of survival as well as whether it's possible. [4]

Input 3

Input 3 was published in December 1989 and contains 146 pages.

cover of issue #3, Kathryn Andersen

Fiction:

  • Rosemary Woodhouse, "Birthday Presents"
  • Tim Pieraccini, "Paid in Blood"
  • Jean Graham, "An Oath of Fealty"
  • Gin Turpin, "Awakening"
  • Ros Williams, "The Gift"
  • David Hume, "The Bridge"
  • Kristy Merrill, "Interlude"
  • Rebecca Reeves, "What If...?"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Schizoid Man"
  • Rebecca Reeves, "And Now the News"
  • J. Kel, "Rain of Judgment"

Nonfiction:

  • Rebecca Reeves, "Output: An Introduction by the Editor"
  • "Interview: Brian Croucher," conducted by Teresa Ward
  • Contributors
  • Clubs & Fanzines

Poetry:

  • C. T. Cap, "Revelation"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "On His Madness"
  • C. T. Cap, "Anna"
  • C. T. Cap, "Requiem: A Sonnet"

Art:

  • Kathryn Andersen (front cover)
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Dale S. Sproule
  • Gin Turpin
  • Tim Pieracini
  • Laetitia Edwards
  • Annie Hamilton
  • Teresa Ward
  • Rebecca Reeves
  • Jeff McCoy
  • Donna Paton

Input 4

Input 4 was published in November 1990 and contains 150 pages.

cover of issue #4

Fiction:

  • Gin Turpin, "In the Beginning"
  • Ros Williams, "Deliverance? Well, Not Quite"
  • Teresa Ward and Cami, "Explanations"
  • Lorna Breshears, "Contagion"
  • Lorna Breshears, "Circle of Life"
  • Alicia Ann Fox & Pamela London, "Nothing Ever Goes As Planned"
  • Tim Pieraccini, "Masquerade" (graphic story)
  • Sheila Paulson, "A Case of Deja Vu"
  • Cami & Teresa Ward, "Guardian Angel"
  • J. Kel, "The Bed at Midnight"

Nonfiction:

  • Rebecca Reeves, "Output: An Introduction by the Editor"
  • "Interview: Michael Keating" conducted by Rosemary Woodhouse (in March 1990)
  • Contributors
  • Fanzines & Clubs

Poetry:

  • Michael J. Macomber, "Distortion"
  • Lorna Breshears, "Stonecutter"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Trooper"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Shame"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Cyber-surgeon"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "All My Life"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Drowning"
  • Jenny Hayward, "Almost an Epitaph"

Art:

  • Kathryn Andersen (front cover)
  • Leigh Motooka
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Derrin
  • Eve Yazembiak-Thomas
  • Annie Hamilton
  • Tim Pieracini
  • Dale Sproule
  • Rebecca Reeves

References

  1. Katspace, by Kathryn Andersen
  2. a review by Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  3. a review by CB at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  4. from Crack Van, recced by executrix, October 18, 2004
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