5th Season (Blake's 7 zine)

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Title: 5th Season
Publisher: Spice Press
Editor(s): Sheila Willis, also Kathryn Yount, Robyn Burnside and Laura Peck
Date(s): 1982-
Series?: yes
Medium: print, fanzine
Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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cover of issue #1, T.J. Burnside

Blakes Seven 5th Season is a gen Blake's 7 anthology. The cover title is sometimes "5th Season" and sometimes "Fifth Season."

Issue 1

5th Season 1 was published in 1982 and has 145 pages. Art: T.J. Burnside (front cover), Pat Cash, Mary Bloemker, Robin L. Belyea

back cover of issue #1
  • Sheila Willis, "Editor's Notes" (2)
  • Robyn Kevelson Burnside, "Episode Guide" (4)
  • fiction, Gail Pittaway, "What Be the Price of Trust" (11)
  • fiction,Robin L. Belyea, "The Thought That Counts" (34)
  • Sheila Willis, "The Prisoner" (song) (45)
  • fiction,Linda Melnick, "Re-Naissance" (46)
  • poem, Gail Pittaway, "Like the Night" (68)
  • fiction,Sandy Hall, "You Can't Go Home" (105)
  • fiction,Sandy Hall, "The Liberator-ed Princess" (105)
  • fiction,Sheila Willis, "Fire and Ice" (114=3)
  • Erin Jahr-Strom, "Silver Swords" (song) (132)
  • fiction,Sheila Willis, "Calliope" (133)
  • Erin Jahr-Strom, "Song of the Kirith-Rah" (song) (144)
  • Kathryn Yount, "Tarrant's Theme" (song) (143)

Issue 2

5th Season 2 was published in May 1983 and contains 300 pages. Art: Pat Cash (front and back cover), Kat Yount, Robin Belyea, Sheila Willis, Willis & Yount, Rene Steiner?, Deb Walsh, T.J. Burnside, Mary Bloemker?

cover of issue #2 by Pat Cash

From an ad in Universal Translator #21: "[It] satisfies the editor's sick desire to produce the world's first 300-page B7 zine, with many, many stories and mucho, mucho art."


  • Sheila Willis, "Loitering With Intent"
  • Kathy Hintze, "If the Spirits Are Willing"
  • Sandy Hall, "Easy to Be Hard" )
  • Sheila Paulson, "The Mirapi"
  • Janet L. Walker, "The Return of Blake"
  • Susan R. Matthews, "Berserksganger"
  • Kathy Hintze, "A Thief's Pride"
  • Sandy Hall, "Another Fine Mess"
  • Janet L. Walker, "...And Still Blake"
  • JoLynn Horvath, "Friendly Drink"
  • Sheila Willis, "Water, Water"
  • Gail Pittaway, "Phantom Snowball"
  • Brenda Callagher, "Double Cross"
  • Sandy Hall, "The Scars That Won't Heal"
  • Eileen Dougherty, "Saraba"
  • Janet L. Walker, "Final Episode"


  • Susan R. Matthews, "Speak Gently, Sweet Avon" (filk, Flow Gently, Sweet Afton)
  • Kat Yount, "Avon/Unspoken"
  • Kat Yount, "Dayna/Dream"


  • Sheila Willis, "Editor's Page"
  • Pat Cash, "A Blake's Seven Primer (or Mr. Roj's Neighborhood)"
  • Eileen Dougherty, "Blake's 7th" (list of frequency of appearances of characters)
  • Zine ads and con ads

Issue 3

5th Season 3 was published in 1983 and contains 126 pages. The working title was "The Double Digit Hurt." Art: Deb Walsh (front and back cover), Pat Cash, Nancy Kolar, Robin Belyea, Sheila Willis, Peter Zale.

front cover of issue #3 by Deb Walsh
back cover of issue #3, Deb Walsh


  • JoLynn Horvath, "The Collector"
  • Gaiol Pittaway, "Thump! Thump! Thump!"
  • Sandy Hall, "The Ties That Bind I"
  • Sandy Hall, "The Ties That Bind II"
  • JoLynn Horvath, "Comfort"
  • Nabby Lee, "Price of Passage"
  • Sandy Hall, "And Another Fine Mess"
  • Kat Yount, "The Long Fall"
  • Sheila Willis, "Two Steps Back"
  • Sheila Willis, with Kat Yount, "Nightmares"
  • Susan R. Matthews, "The Ultimate Alternative"


  • Pat Cash, Limericks
  • Kat Yount, "Warning!"


  • Sheila Willis, "Editor's Notes"
  • "Federated Worlds Insurance Company" claim report
  • Zine ads, con ads

Issue 4

front cover issue #4 by TACS
back cover of issue #4, TACS

5th Season 4 was published in August 1986 and is 200 pages long. Art: TACS (front and back cover), Leah Rosenthal, Pat Cash, T.J. Burnside, Denise Habel, Spurlock, Peter Zale, Kate Nuernberg.

a1985 flyer printed in the Pros zine Discovered on a Rooftop. Note that this flyer does not specify the fandom, which must have been confusing to Pros fans


  • Sandy Hall, "Taking Liberty, or Avon's Revenge" (S4; humor)
  • Louisiana Bailey and A. Toyten Banks, "Cuckoo" (S2; B/oc; humor)
  • Sandy Hall, "Ghosts" (S4; A/D)
  • Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham, "A Furry Tale, Archived version" (S2; A as cat, V as dog; humor)
  • Sandy Hall, "Still Another Fine Mess" (S5; Fine Mess story 3; AU humor)
  • Katherine Scarritt, "Nightshade" (S3-S4; Rescue; A/C)
  • Leah Rosenthal, "Band on the Run" (S5; Bizarro Seven universe; humor)
  • Susan R. Matthews, "Deus Ex Machina" (S5)
  • Sandy Hall, "Conscience" (S1)
  • Sandy Hall, "Yet Another Fine Mess" (S5; Fine Mess story 4; AU humor)
  • Sheila Willis, with Kat Yount, "Coda" (S5; episode 7; A/D)
  • Sheila Willis and Kat Yount, "Secrets" (S5; episode 8; A/D)


  • Holly Horseman, "Watching Blake's Seven" (f, Waltzing Matilda)
  • Susan R. Matthews and Sheila Willis, "Dune Walker"
  • Marjorie McKenna, "Blake!"
  • Marion McChesney, "Emptiness"
  • Karin L. Zygowicz, "Shattered Immortality"
  • Kat Yount, "Care to Know"


  • Sheila Wilis, "Editor's Page"
  • Denise Hable, "A Blakes 7 Nursery Rhyme" (parody of The House That Jack Built; humor)
  • Zine ads

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

[A Furry Tale]:Another one of our pre-Bizarro 7 stories. We were just starting to hit our stride when it came to putting our intrepid Liberator crew into strange situations.[1]
"Throughout its publication, Fifth Season has been an example of good zine publishing in the American style. (In Blake's 7 fandom, this distinction is perhaps relevant.) Its flaws are minor -- the proofreading is occasionally not all it should be -- and it displays generally good writing, consistent good humor in all senses, and excellent production values along with art that is frequently worth looking at. I'm glad to say that issue #4 maintains the level of of quality established by its predecessors. It carries a selection of well-written stories, including humor from the frankly silly to the inspired, as well as examples of the serious work that was more predominant in some issues. The majority of items are again based in or after the 4th series of the show, though Sheila Willis has shown the excellent sense never to take her title as a rigid ruling on content. The only drawback I can cite to this zine is the presence of items which are parts of continuing series from previous issues -- and that is more theoretical than actual in this case. If you collect zines to keep, by all means hock your grandmother's necklace for a copy; with any luck it'll fetch enough to give a start on finding previous issues as well. It's 200+ pages, perfect-bound, cleanly printed in only-somewhat-reduced type, with a striking cover."[2]

Issue 5

5th Season 5 was published in August 1988 and contains 200 pages. Art: Suzan Lovett (front and back cover, interior), TACS, Leah Rosenthal, Lee Moyer, Tim Pieracini, Pat Cash.

front cover of issue #5 by Suzan Lovett: "Merlin and Morgana"
back cover of issue #5 by Suzan Lovett: "Legend's Reprise" -- "I cannot begin to describe how I feel about that fur-trimmed tunic. I keep scrolling away and scrolling back to it. It’s like a glimpse into someone else’s extremely specific kink, but I don’t know what the kink is and they can’t explain it." [3]
  • Ed's Orial, editorial by Sheila Willis (1)
  • Worse Than Useless, fiction by Joan Hoffman (4)
  • Sea Change, fiction by Mary Alice Wuerz (36)
  • The Castle and the River, fiction by Jean Stevenson ("This is a story in which the mage Kier of the River, in service to the Roje of Blakemir, is tempted by the sorceress Siri Valan, who wishes him to assassinate the Roje. But he has seen images in a crystal of another Kier, and another life that ended very badly…") (48)
  • The Turning Point, fiction by Alex Delicado (60)
  • Happy Birthday, fiction by Jane E. Sibley ("Author's note: This nonsense takes place in Susan Matthew's universe, where everyone is alive and relatively safe and happy together on the Liberator.") (81)
  • Aftermath II, fiction by Toni Lay (84)
  • Never Frighten a Little Man, fiction by Jeff Morris (94)
  • Nevertheless, Another Fine Mess, fiction by Sandy Hall (98)
  • A Matter of Time, fiction by Alex Delicado (104)
  • Ill Met on Malodaar, fiction by Dee Beetem and Renee Couture (114)
  • What Dreams May Come, fiction by Mary Robertson (119)
  • The Wait, fiction by Susan R. Matthews (122)
  • As the Gentle Rain, fiction by Mary Alice Wuerz (140)
  • Swan Song for a Survivor, fiction by Jean L. Stevenson (150)
  • The Long Run, fiction by Jeff Morris (168)
  • Till Death Do Us Part, fiction by Dee Beetem and Renee Couture (172)
  • Student Driver, fiction by Mary Robertson (178)
  • A Likely Story, fiction by Sandy Hall (181)
  • No Difference part 1, fiction by Sheila Willis (191)
  • Endgame, poem by Tyndara Meffe (198)
  • zine ads

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

See reactions and reviews for Worse Than Useless.
See reactions and reviews for Sea Change.
See reactions and reviews for The Castle and the River.
See reactions and reviews for The Turning Point.
See reactions and reviews for Aftermath II.
See reactions and reviews for A Matter of Time.
See reactions and reviews for Ill Met on Malodaar.
See reactions and reviews for Swan Song for a Survivor.
See reactions and reviews for Till Death Do Us Part.
See reactions and reviews for A Likely Story.
See reactions and reviews for No Difference.
"Speaking of 'to be continued' - the zine ends with one of the cruellest adverts ever. Blake and Avon work together... to defeat Carnell... with Blake's engineering skills... in a fic written by the author of 'Road to Hell'... and Avon says that Blake is distracting him... and then they get under a desk together... ...I must read this fic. AND YET. It's almost 25 years later and so I KNOW THIS ZINE WAS NEVER PUBLISHED because there is no record of it anywhere on the internet. Fortunately, I've already hunted down the right gifset to express my feelings on this matter: [See Aralias' journal] BRB, being sad forever..."
Fifth Season 5 - gen. Nominally anyway. It actually has some pretty racey Avon/Cally towards the end... Conclusion: Good, if not mindblowing

The short fics are almost all pretty good - the long fics not so much, but I generally abandoned them fairly early on, which is not a great way to read a zine, but not bad. The good ones are pretty good, though, but it is true that I might well have considered selling this zine had it not looked like this: [image of zine, back and front covers]... Not only does it feature a picture of Roj Blake as a very sexy King Arthur, it is also PERFECT BOUND. Be still my heart. It looks so... real. It must have cost so much to do.

In conclusion: I am not going to sell it. I am going to stroke it forever....

[much snipped about art]

...there's a lot [of art] and it's mostly pretty good, although none scales the height of the cover for me :D

[See Aralias' longer comments on the other stories in this zine on their separate pages on Fanlore.]

Jane E. Sibley, "Happy Birthday" A short, silly fic where everyone has to help throw a birthday party for Blake. For some reason Avon's broccoli quiche (made against his will) is hilarious to me.


Jeff Morris, "Never Frighten a Little Man" The premise of this one appeals to me a lot - Vila plays practical jokes (one including a snake) on Tarrant in revenge for... him being Tarrant. It's fun.

Sandy Hall, "Nevertheless, Another Fine Mess" Another one I mostly didn't read. Some sort of AU where everyone has different names and is comically incompetent. I think. It's not actually that bad - it's just also not all that funny.


Mary Robertson, "What Dreams May Come" Very very short Avon/Cally h/c thing in the wake of 'Rumours'. It's basically inoffensive.

Susan R. Matthews, "The Wait" This is a long, long poem. So I did not read it. It has a nice picture of Blake at the beginning, though.

Mary Alice Wuerz, "As the Gentle Rain" Terrible opening line- "Jenna hadn't know there could be so many tears" -to this PGP fic that is about Jenna's reaction to Avon after he kills Blake and various rebels put him on trial (same old, same old). I actually really like where this fic goes. Nice weary Avon, nice hard-as-nails Jenna.

Jeff Morris, "The Long Run" Short, vaguely weird PGP thing where they've mostly gone their separate ways and are basically happy. I don't know. Seems like... what's the point?

Mary Robertson, "Student Driver" More short silliness. Avon doesn't want to have to pilot the ship. It's pretty funny...

[comments about the flyer for "The Killing Grounds" snipped] [4]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6 by Robin Wood. This image is an illustration of 'What is Gone is Gone', a story within the zine

5th Season 6 was published in May 1990 and contains 192 pages. Art: Robin Wood (front cover), Karen River, Robin Belyea, Sheila Willis.

a flyer for the sixth issue with a projected publication date of 1989

Unlike some of the other issues of this zine, it contains only 5th series stories. All stories are parts of a larger series, though in most cases the whole series is not represented in this issue (Kat Yount's series may be stand-alone?). The other 'episodes' of Sheila Willis's series appear to be published in earlier issues of this zine. Alex Delicado's 'Puppet Master' is presumably a sequel to their two stories in issue 5.


  • Alex Delicado, "Puppet Master" (part III)
  • Kat Yount, "Mandala" (gen, with B/J and A/D)
  • Kat Yount, "What Is Gone Is Gone" (sequel to the above, same pairings)
  • Sheila Willis, "Interlude" (S5; interlude before episode 9; A/D)
  • Sheila Willis, "Colfax" (S5; episode 9; A/D)
  • Sheila Willis, "Dreams That Never Were" (episode 1 of a new series, probably following on from the earlier one)


  • Kat Yount, "The Piper" (music from "The Piper" by Björn Ulvaeus)
  • Roberta Rogow, "Liberator Journey: Avon Calling" (filk, Sentimental Journey)


  • Zine ads, con ads

Issue 7

There are adverts in issue 6 that suggest a seventh issue either exists or was planned. Presumably it does/would have contain(ed) later episodes of Sheila Willis' 'Dreams That Never Were'.


  1. ^ Ashton Press, Archived version, 1998
  2. ^ Pressure Point no.1
  3. ^ comment by liferstate at bruinhilda.tumblr, February 21, 2017
  4. ^ on August 23, 2013, Aralias reviewed this zine on Dreamwidth, Archived version, see her journal for some zine images