D.S.V.

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You may be looking for D.S.V.-2, the Blake's 7 fiction club zine for the Australian club, "The System."

Zine
Title: D.S.V.
Publisher:
Editor(s): Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
Date(s): 1994-1998
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Medium: print
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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D.S.V. is a gen Blake's 7 anthology with three issues.

Issue 1

D.S.V. 1 blueprint cover

D.S.V. 1 was published in 1994 and contains 171 pages. It has the subtitle: "A Dream To Some... And a Nightmare to Others!"

Fiction:

  • Kimberly Wigmore, "Malfunction"
  • Jed Shumsky, "Childe Jenna to the Dark Tower Came"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Personality Kwiz"
  • Marilyn J. Hanson, "To Pay or Not to Pay-- That Is the Question"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "The Bridge"
  • Shoshanna, "Maps and Legends"
  • Sheila Paulson, "A Different Reflection" (Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Pamela V. London, "Just Desserts"
  • Jon C. Manzo, "Dreams of the Jester"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Raising Hell, or, Children of Auron-- Shut Up!"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Rogue's Gallery"
  • Catherine Sieman, "Casablanca World"
  • Kim Wigmore, "Blake's 7: The Lost Episodes"

Poetry:

  • Vere Lorrimer, "The Official Blake's 7 Theme Song"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Fall Out"
  • "ShrinkVids" (short poems based on episodes)
  • Celeste Hotaling, "Weapon"
  • Shoshanna, "The Way Back/Spacefall"
  • Shoshanna, "Redemption"
  • Celeste Hotaling, "Tony Attwood's Afterlife"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Harvest of Kairos"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Blake"
  • Anonymous, "Orbit"
  • Celeste Hotaling, "Terminal"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "R.I.P."
  • Celeste "J. Kilmer" Hotaling-Lyons, "Dee Esse Vees"
  • Marilyn J. Hanson, "Blake's 'Poe'-etic Memories of the
  • Liberator as Recalled form His Base on Gauda Prime"
  • Liz Melnert, "Avon Be Good!" (filk, Johnny B. Goode)
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Credits for Nothing" (filk, Money for Nothin')
  • Vere Lorrimer, "The Last Battle"

Nonfiction:

  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Conversation-stoppers, a.k.a. The DSV Editorial
  • "Rebel Sightings"
  • Celeste Hotaling, "The Wild Child's Guide to Blake's 7, First and Second Series" (other parts of the series in B7 Complex #13 and #15)
  • Marilyn J. Hanson, "The B7 Cross Word Puzzle"
  • "Federation Cartoons"
  • "The Adventures of Young Vila Restal"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to DSVs"
  • "Special Advertising Section" (real zine ads, humor, crossword answers)
  • "You Are Receiving This Zine/Copyguard"

Art:

  • Blake's 7 ship design team (front cover)
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
  • Leigh Arnold

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

This zine focuses on the Liberator and Zen, including myriad short, funny pieces, generally of a satirical bent. Hotaling-Lyons has a somewhat bent sense of humor, and if that describes you, this zine would be a good purchase. I personally enjoyed it a great deal.

(...)

"Personality Kwiz" by Alicia Ann Fox. Script format. Vila plays a psychology game (The White Room Questions) with Blake, Jenna, and Avon on a darkened flight deck.

"The Bridge" by Sophia R. Mulvey. Avon decides to find out once and for all what makes Zen tick, and Zen doesn't like that very much. "...+Failure to cease invasionary tactics will result in damage to the intruding unit.+"

"Maps and Legends" by Shoshanna. My favorite of the serious stories by a long shot. The characterizations and dialogue are exceptional. The plot involves the crew of Liberator returning to the System in order to find more information on Zen's functioning before anything else happens that they don't understand. At the same time, Cally reminds Blake of the slaves held by the System, and his obligation to them, giving a nice moral conflict to chew on. My only complaint was that it ended too soon.

"A Different Reflection" by Sheila Paulson. A crossover (spoiler alert) between B7 and classic Star Trek. Not much happens, though she does propose an interesting alternate universe idea. (I happen to prefer her Quantum Leap/B7 crossover in Oh Boy!)

"Dreams of the Jester" by Jon Manzo. This is a Vila story, with an unflattering portrayal of Tarrant. Vila is having a recurring dream about Star One, having to do with a decision he made.

"Raising Hell or Children of Auron-Shut Up!" by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons. I found this story hilarious. The third series crew visits Kaarn and learns that one of the new babies is Servalan, Jr. Many merry mix-ups ensue when they have to care for the fractious tot.

"Casablancaworld" by Catherine Siemann. Like it sounds. Quite funny. [1]
Thankfully, I only borrowed a copy of DSV zine for reading. I can only comment that this is the sort of first effort that a fanzine editor looks back upon in 10 years with extreme embarrassment and zine readers look back upon immediately with regret. A good deal of the content seems to consist of editorial spite against fan individuals she does not like, seemingly oblivious as to whether or not the buyer knows whom she is attacking, or cares. Few of us have an appetite for a spite zine. More seriously, there is a serious paucity substance or content, either in art or story. Bouyed up by a plethora of borrowed humor, derivative wit and the thinnest of narrative threads, this zine sort of ambles along aimlessly for a hundred pages before fizzling. Oddly, the editorial boasts of great achievement in the midst of this disappointing effort. Save the moolah for something more substantive, like a fat, juicy GAMBIT, a lavishly illustrated ZEN AND THE ART OF REBELLION or an absorbing STAR ONE. [2]

Issue 2

D.S.V. 2 blueprint cover

D.S.V. 2 was published in 1995 and contains 178 pages. It has the subtitle: "The Imagineering Issue."

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Calling All Fans, a.k.a. The D.S.V. Editorial"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to Media Fandom" (other parts of the series in B7 Complex #13 and #15 and DSV #1)
  • Marian Mendez and Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Federation Cartoons" (real cartoons altered for B7)
  • "Special Advertising Section" (real zine ads, humor, crossword answers)
  • "You Are Receiving This Zine/Copyguard"
interior art issue #2 by Whitby27

Poetry:

  • Shoshanna, "Kerr Avon's Ride" (f, Kerowyn's Ride, by Mercedes Lackey and Leslie Fish)
  • Shoshanna, "Filks That Will (Please God) Never Be Written" (f: I Fought the Law; We're Off to See the Wizard; The Troll Song; People Who Died; My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean; Kerowen's Ride; I Feel Pretty, from West Side Story)
  • "ShrinkVids" (short poems based on episodes)
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Animals"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Gambit"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Headhunter"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Rumours of Death"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Rumours of Death: Jump-rope Songs"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Children of Auron"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Pressure Point"
  • Marian Mendez & ORmAC, "Orac's Elegy" (computer-generated poem)
  • Marian Mendez & ORmAC, "Thoughts" (computer-generated poems)

Art:

  • Blake's 7 set design team (front cover)
  • ORmAC
  • Whitby27
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons

Issue 3

D.S.V. 3 Avon costume design cover

D.S.V. 3 was published in 1998 and contains 172 pages. It has the subtitle: "The 'Still Crazy After All These Years' Issue."

Fiction:

  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons and James Kythe Walkswithwind, "One of Those Centuries" (Forever Knight/Starsky & Hutch/The Professionals crossover
  • Marian Mendez, "Mutualism"
  • Susan Cutter, Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, Kim Ashford & Alicia Ann Fox, "Great Crossovers That Should Have Been Made But Fortunately Weren't" (Bonanza, Due South, Robin of Sherwood, Nightmare on Elm Street, X-Files, Forever Knight, Quantum Leap, Kung Fu, Starsky & Hutch, Mod Squad, All Creatures Great and Small, Gone with the Wind, The Sentinel, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Doctor Who crossovers)
  • Alicia Ann Fox & Bill Brickman, "Wild Cards" (Star Trek: TNG crossover)
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons and Jon Manzo, "The Dickens, You Say"
  • Kim Ashford, Alicia Ann Fox, and Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Great Cartoon Crossovers That Should Have Been Made But Fortunately Weren't" (Warner Brothers, Ren & Stimpy, Marine Boy, Jabberjaws, Casper the Friendly Ghost, X-Men, Scooby Doo, The Simpsons crossovers)
  • Susan Cutter, "Happiness is a Warm Puppy"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Through the Force-Shield... And What Avon Found There"
  • Marian Mendez, "Conscience of the Queen"

Nonfiction:

  • "Thank-yous!"
  • Marian Mendez, "Tom Swifties"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to The Kiss of Death" (reprinted from B7 Complex #15; other parts of the series in B7 Complex #s 12-13 and DSV 1-2)
  • "From the Pen of Kerr Avon, Genius"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to Blake's 7: The Fourth Series" (reprinted from B7 Complex #15; other parts of the series in B7 Complex #s 12-13 and DSV 1-2)
  • Chris Blenkarn, "Liberator Gardens"
  • "You Are Receiving This Zine Because:"

Art:

  • June Hudson (original costume design on cover)
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
  • M.G. Blenkarn

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

This is a light-hearted zine-- not entirely humor, although there's plenty of that, but even the serious stories are upbeat ones. Like its predecessors, it's beautifully designed; and no wonder, since the editor is also an artist.

There are lots of fun things here, but IMO the very best of all is "Liberator Gardens." Utterly wonderful, even for people like me who know nothing about gardening! The review of Sevencyclopedia reminds me of an alleged early review of Lady Chatterley's Lover, which complained that it was sadly inferior to Practical Gamekeeping. Dayna tells how to kill pests, Cally explains the making of a proper compost heap, Tarrant reviews lawn mowers, Kerril introduces "tender charmers," and Sarkoff has a column on "Back to the Fuchsia." Avon and Vila offer trenchant advice on various matters to all and sundry.

And then there's this little item, from Meegat's column on "Delectable Vegetables:"

"Parsnip Avonresister Firm fruits of a good length. Resistant to canker, its succulent white flesh will become sweeter and better flavored after a period of cold storage. Can be pulled from late May. Highly suitable for exhibition. Fine smooth skin."

Oh, the images this description evokes! I could swear there was also something about a variety of potatoes with beautiful white skin that bruises easily, but I can't seem to find it now. Wishful thinking, perhaps. [3]

References

  1. by Alicia Ann Fox at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  2. Lysator, Kathryn A., dated November 7, 1994.
  3. by Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site