7th Sector

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Title: 7th Sector
Publisher: Kathy Hanson
Author(s): see below
Cover Artist(s): Kathy Hanson
Illustrator(s): Kathy Hanson, JJ
Date(s): 1985-1986
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
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7th Sector is a set of three gen Blake's 7 standalone novels published in New Zealand. It is a sister zine to Down and Unsafe and "caters for the novellas that don't readily fit into 'D&U's format."

1987 flyer, printed in Hypertension #13

They are reduced-print, digest-sized with card covers.

Issue 1

7th Sector 1 is an 80-page novel called 'Velvet and Thorns.' It was published in 1985 and written by Adam Jenson. The art is by Kathy Hanson (front and back cover) and JJ.

front cover of issue #1, Kathy Hanson
back cover of issue #1

Summary: "Stranded on a planet, Avon meets someone who causes him to re-examine his life and attitudes. Based on 'Androcles and the Lion,' the story asks, 'What would Avon be like with thorn pulled from his paw?"

From the editorial:
Kia Ora, Welcome to the inaugural issue of "Seventh Sector", a new B7 zine which will feature in each issue, one 'epic' novella-lenghth story. This first issue features a long, 'deep' Avon story by Australian writer Adam Jenson. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The second issue, due out a few months from now, will feature the strongly SF oriented "Underworld" by New Zealand author Ross Smith. We hope you come back for it. In the meantime, enjoy "Velvet and Thorns" and, if you have any comments, we'd love to hear from you.

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

[from a fan culling her zines]:

Must-gos: Velvet and Thorns, Vila, Please, The Void Aflame Like a Bonfire. Unfortunately, only one of them is an original I can sell. The other two will make nice recycling. If only I had a fireplace.[1]

Issue 2

7th Sector 2 was published in 1986 and is 96 pages long. The zine includes the longer 'Underworld' by Ross Smith and Kathy Hanson and the story, "Darkness" by Bonnie Andrews.

Summary: "Avon and Vila, Dayna and Servalan fight to stay alive in and comprehend a strange, intriguing and frightening world. What are its secrets? What is the connection to Blake? In a hostile environment where they need each other to survive, will old wounds and suspicions tear apart their delicate alliances of convenience? This a fast-moving saga of tension, adventure and insight set in a world that will excite your imagination."

The editorial:

Kira Ora, Welcome to the 2nd issue of '7th Sector,' the zine which features in each issue a novella-length, epic B7 tale. In this issue the spotlight story is a very different, post-Blake SF-style adventure set in a strange and threatening new 'world'. Technical notes are provided at story's end but,don't be tempted to read them first, as that will 'spoil' the intrigue of the developing plot.

'Underworld' has been co-written by two members of the New Zealand National Association of Science Fiction (Christchurch branch); Ross Smith and myself. It is the product of an original outline by Ross, lengthy discussions and a greatly expanded re-write. It was a lot of fun to do. We hope you have as much fun reading it.

A bonus, and contrasting 'post-Blake' story by U.S. writer Bonnie Andrews completes the zine.

If you have any comments on the zine, good, bad or indifferent, we'd love to hear from you.

Issue 3

7th Sector 3 has the subtitle 'Jabberwocky.' It was published in 1986 and is 128 pages long. There is a single story in it called Link-Up by Sheila Paulson later reprinted in Jabberwocky and Jabberwocky Collected.

cover of issue #3, Kathy Hanson

Summary: "This story is called Link-Up, an alternative universe. The events of the fourth series are now a recurring, and perhaps prophetic nightmare of a Cally injured in the Terminal blasts and shorn of her telepathic powers by mental and physical trauma. Recognition? A warning? Or simply the fear-induced fantasies and delirium? In a stolen, experimental and sentient ship (Jabberwocky) the crew and a kidnapped Federation doctor fight to survive and stay free in a reality far different from that of Cally’s dream yet haunted by persistent echoes of it. Dream elements are inaccurate, or changed, or non-existent…yet close enough, often enough to compel investigation, exorcism of that final set-piece of the nightmare…Gauda Prime."


  1. from Rallying Call #14 (1995)