Timeline of Blake's 7 Fandom
|Dates:||1975 – present|
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Timeline of Blake's 7 Fandom
- The series is proposed to the BBC by Terry Nation
- April: Nation submitted first script
- November: The series entered production
- June: Blake's 7 announced to the press
- Blake's Seven Information Service and Appreciation Society UK fanclub was founded
- First edition of Liberator Popular Front Newsletter, an early newsletter, and Liberator, an early anthology fanzine, both from the Liberator Popular Front fanclub; Liberator 1 carried fanfiction by Anne Lewis & Janet Ellicott
- January–March: Season 1 of the show first aired in the UK
- August: First edition of Resistance Communique, an early newsletter
- Defects of Loneliness was published. It was the first fan fiction novel in the fandom.
- Horizon, a UK fanclub, was founded.
- Star One, the first Blake's 7 convention
- January–March: Season 3 of the show first aired in the UK; Blake & Jenna were replaced by Tarrant & Dayna
- April: First edition of the Horizon Newsletter
- First issue of B7 Complex, the first American all-B7 zine
- January: First issue of Chronicles, a long-running Australian gen anthology zine
- May: The Teal-Vandor Convention, a one-day UK convention
- September–December: Season 4 of the show first aired in the UK; Cally, Zen & the Liberator were replaced by Soolin, Slave & Scorpio. The show ended with the bleak episode 'Blake' (21 December), set on Gauda Prime; 9 million viewers had their Christmases spoiled
- Edgecon (UK convention)
- Slash fanfic began to be published in 1983: an early zine that included same-sex as well as mixed-sex relationships was The Big Boy's Book of 1001 Things to Do in Zero Gravity with a Federation Hand Blaster, first published August 1983, which includes what may be the first B7 slash story, Licence, pairing Del Tarrant with Jarvik, a character who appears only in a third-season episode 'Harvest of Kairos'.
- The first known B7 all-slash fanzine was E-Man-Uelle. The first two issues were published in 1983 (issues 1 to 8 came out roughly twice a year between 1983 and 1987). While badly produced and badly typed, these zines were the first to publish some B7 fan writers who later became better known in other fanzines and other fandoms: Julien, Jane Carnall, Julie Kramer, Bryn Lantry and others. These zines were stories pairing Kerr Avon with either Roj Blake (Blake/Avon) or with Vila Restal (Avon/Vila), which remain the most popular slash pairings.
- The first Scorpio: a series of British mediconventions, Oak Brook, IL, last one was held in 1989
- BBC started to release videos with highlights of the series on four tapes
- April: Changing by Jane Carnall is published in "touched", a Jenna/ofc story that's the earliest known Blake's 7 femslash
- DSV (Blake's 7 convention) held in New Jersey
- Orac (convention), a "Alpha Grade Blake's 7" convention was held near San Francisco, California. Actors Paul Darrow (Avon) and Michael Keating (Vila) were among the invited guests. The convention slogan was "Organized Rebellions Ain't Cheap."
- Scorpio: a series of British mediconventions, Oak Brook, IL, the last one.
- Gambit convention was held in New Jersey
- Freedom City convention
- April: Orac 90, an "Alpha Grade Blake's 7" convention was held near San Francisco, California. Actors Paul Darrow (Avon) and Michael Keating (Vila) were among the invited guests. The convention slogan was "Organized Rebellions Ain't Cheap."
- August: ORBIT was held in Newark, New Jersey
- BBC started to release the complete series on video
- November: The first mailing list was launched; Lysator was named after the "Lysator Academic Computer Society", one of the first Internet-connected sites in Sweden.
- May: B. King & D. White Blakes' 7 Site is in existence; perhaps the earliest fansite?
- September: Space City, a slash-friendly mailing list was spun off Lysator to allow discussion of slash and adult topics without controversy.
- Event Horizon (Australian convention), a science fiction convention in Brisbane, Australia.
- Early fansites are linked in the January 1996 Lysator FAQ, including Adrenaline and Soma Powered Blake's 7 Pages, Lee Butler's Blake's 7 Page and Kathryn Andersen's Breezing with Blake's 7.
- May: Hermit.org was created.
- The very first online Blake's 7 fiction page was the website The Aquitar Files in early 1996.
- The influential zine Deadlier Than the Male appeared, focusing on female characters
- April: Tarrant Nostra website was in existence
- June: Central Control launched, a directory of online B7 fanfiction, for several years an important hub site
- The Blake's 7 Story Archive, later known as 'Hammer to Fall', was in existence by September
- January: An Avon/Tarrant Online Fiction Archive was in existence, perhaps the earliest B7 slash archive
- The Hermit Library was launched
- October: Bang and Blame, the post-Gauda Prime archive, was split from the 'Blake's 7 Story Archive', which subsequently became known as Hammer to Fall
- December: Wake for the 20th anniversary of the first showing of 'Blake' was held on Freedom City
- July: Blake's 7 article created on Wikipedia
- The BBC start to release DVDs of the series
- Several influential fans set up personal livejournals early in the year including AstroGirl, Executrix, Mistral Amara, Pink Dormouse, Una McCormack, Zenia and others
- April: Espresso Recommendations posts first set of Blake's 7 recs
- December: b7_rpg B7 role-playing community founded on livejournal
- May: B7 Friday created, a ficlet challenge community on livejournal
- August: Blake's 7 Ficathon, perhaps the first livejournal ficathon
- The fandom was inactive enough to qualify as a Yuletide fandom
- March: b7recs created as a livejournal recs community, after the fandom dropped out of the regular Crack Van rotation
- December: b7fanart created, livejournal fan art community
- Aftermath convention in the UK, celebrating the 30th anniversary
- February: b7discussion created, a livejournal discussion community
- July: Hip Deep in Heroes launched, the first B7 auto-archive
- October: Blake's 7 page created on Fanlore
- September: b7rewatch livejournal community starts a rewatch, with weekly episode discussions
- October: b7rewatch concludes
- August: A second rewatch starts at b7rewatch, with weekly episode discussions
- February–March: The first Blakefest exchange ran
- June/July: Hip Deep in Heroes, then the largest B7 fanfiction archive, went offline, meaning there was no fandom-specific archive still updating
- December: Second b7rewatch concludes
- October: Second edition of Blakefest exchange