Dark Between the Stars

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Zine
Title: Dark Between the Stars
Publisher: Bill Hupe [1]
Editor(s): Kristy Merrill
Date(s): 1989-1993
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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Dark Between the Stars is a gen and het Blake's 7 fanzine.

General Reactions and Reviews

Mixed stuff, but not only do they have some good stories and illos, but some of the poets can actually write! (Sorry, most poetry in zines doesn't deserve to be called poetry). [2]

Issue 1

Dark Between the Stars 1 was published in 1989 and contains 134 pages.

front cover of issue #1 by Vicki Brinkmeier, the back cover is blank

Fiction:

  • Nancy Lynn Hayes, "Death-Shadow" (Avon is the prisoner of Commander Sleer, and her psychostrategists are programming him to be Blake's assassin, if he survives.)
  • Sheila Paulson, "The Turning Point"
  • Adrian Morgan and Brendan O'Cullane, "The Room" (reprinted in Double Vision)
  • Aravis Katheryn DelClare, "Goblinfruit"
  • Helen Sargeant, "Blake's Chickens"
  • April Schowyrs, "Brotherhood"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Torrent"
  • Claudine Vissing, "River of Danger"
  • Todd Parrish, "Weep, Servalan"

Nonfiction:

  • Kristy Merrill, "Editor's Page"
  • SueLynn Carroll, "Blake's Seven Trivia Quiz"
  • Aravis Katheryn DelClare and Sherry Lassiter, "Blake's Seven Actors Index"
  • "Blake's Seven Episode Guide" (list of eps; no synopses)
  • "Contributor Information"

Poetry:

  • Teri Sarick, "Waiting"
  • Cathy Errickson, "Ballad of Blakes 7 (Or 5, Or 9 Or...)" (filk, John Brown's Body)
  • Nancy Lynn Hayes, "He Once Was a True Love of Mine" (filk, Scarborough Fair)
  • Michelle Douglas, "Haiku"
  • Michelle Douglas, "The Empty Chair"
  • Teri Sarick, "Bright 7" (filk, White Christmas)
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Fledgling"

Art:

  • Vicki Brinkmeier (front cover), Denise Loague, RandyM, Cindy Brown, Michelle Douglas, Dineh Torres, Wilma Douglas

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

There's some non-explicit het action in this issue, the first of 5. In "Death-Shadow," Avon is forced to serve Servalan until he is saved and reunited with his true love Cally. In "Goblinfruit," not only does Lord Avon make it with Meegat, but Vila and Gan are also entertained by local ladies. All are observed from the cynical pov of Jenna. Fans of dark A/B may like "The Room," a short (2 pp.) PGP A-B chiller. The opening sentence: "The madman walked down the stairs carrying the dead man in his arms." The Actors Index is a fun guide to those familiar faces (not just the regulars but the guest stars as well) who keep turning up on various other British shows. [3]

Issue 2

Dark Between the Stars 2 was published in 1990 and is 199 pages long.

front cover of issue #2 by minds-i-view
back cover of issue #2

Fiction:

  • Jenn Fletcher, "Invictus" (Jenna has an encounter with Avon after he has killed Blake.)
  • Lorna Breshears, "Dusty Death" (Something is happening in the unused Hold B3. The door slid aside and allowed it unlimited access to the ship and unsuspecting crew.)
  • April Schowyrs, "Survival"
  • minds-i-view, "Medicinal Purposes"
  • RandyM, "Baby-Sitter"
  • Helen Sargeant, "Peace of Mind"
  • Jenn Fletcher, "Argument"
  • Teresa Ward, "Daydreamer"
  • Cami, "Shore Leave"
  • April Schowyrs, "Atacama"
  • Teresa Ward, "Transition"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Participant"
  • Michelle Douglas, "Crucible: A Post-Gauda Prime Novella; Part One: Genesis; Part Two: Legend; Part Three: Prophecy" (Avon found no consolation in the cave. "Damn you, Blake, for trusting me." And another voice that occassionally haunted his dreams pierced his thoughts.")

Nonfiction:

  • Contributor's Information
  • Kristy Merrill, "Parting Shots"

Poetry:

  • Michael Macomber, "The Only Alternative: For Avon and Servalan"
  • Ann K. Schwader, "Failed Orbit"
  • Sue-Ann Hartwick, "Vila's Song"
  • Michael Macomber, "Tenderly: For Avon and Anna"
  • Michael Macomber, "The Angel of Death"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Fireside Thoughts"
  • Michael Macomber, "Idealist"
  • Ann K. Schwader, "Double Breakdown"
  • Ann K. Schwader, "Rewriting the Legend"
  • minds-i-view, "Destiny's Edge"
  • Sue-Ann Hartwick, "Alien"
  • Michael Macomber, "Gauda Prime: Never Tell"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Companions for My Death"
  • Michael Macomber, "Slate Gray"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

The highlight of this issue, IMO, is the lovely art by minds-i- view, one of my favorite fan artists. There's also a nice nonexplicit A/C by the same person in her role as author. According to the "Contributors Info," she's an Aussie who now (well, at least as of 1990) lives in Florida. [4]

"The Good, the Bad, and the Unique" (A blatantly prejudicial, biased non-review of some recent zines.) Before going on, please read this disclaimer. I admit that this considers zine stories for only three things: if they are fair in characterizing Tarrant (The Good) if they greatly misunderstand, malign, or ignore Tarrant (The Bad), if they have some refreshing premise or twist (The Unique). I will not comment on quality of good writing and will ignore or pan stories that are better written than some of "The Good" ones. All ratings are based on my own personal impressions, tastes, and interpretations.

  • [The Good]: Baby-Sitter by Motooka -- a teenage Vila has a run in with an Alpha brat
  • [The Good]: Daydreamer by Ward -- Tarrant's special relationship with Liberator
  • [The Good]: Tarrant art by Motooka
  • [The Bad]: Crucible by Michelle Douglas -- yet another Avon-Vila RPG [5]

Issue 3

Dark Between the Stars 3 was published in 1991 and contains 199 pages.

front cover issue #3, Cynthia Brown
back cover of issue #3

Fiction:

  • Michael Macomber, "School Days" (12 pages)
  • Lorna Breshears, "Visionary" (15 pages)
  • P. Weaver, "Reunion" (16 pages) (A post Gauda  Prime novel. Avon must find Vila.)
  • P. Weaver, "Aristo"
  • J. Kel, "Pattern of Infinity: The Auron Comedy" (45 pages)
  • Cami, "Unknown Waters" (21 pages) (Tarrant and Cally are attacked by a creature in water.)
  • minds-i-view, "The Wall" (4 pages)
  • Teresa Ward, "My Brother's Keeper" (6 pages)
  • Leigh Moto'oka, "Sacrifice and Betrayal" (6 pages)
  • D.J. Waters, "The Biggest Little Fraud" (48 pages) (Avon meets Anna Grant.)

Nonfiction:

  • Kristy Merrill, "Parting Shots"

Poetry:

  • C.T. Cap, "Orbit"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Shattered"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Gan's Views on Orac"
  • Michael Macomber, "Star One"
  • Michael Macomber, "Brittle as Bone"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Final Act"
  • Michael Macomber, "Five Days"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

J. Kel's "The Pattern of Infinity," which started in "Input", picks up here. There's more art by minds-i-view, including a two- page spread of the first-season crew, and a half-page A/C vignette by her. Tarrant fans should note that this issue has several good stories featuring Tall and Toothy. [6]

Issue 4

Dark Between the Stars 4 was published in Fall 1992 and contains 206 pages. It has a full-color cover by Darren Albertson; the flyer notes: "a quarter finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrator's of the Future contest."

cover of issue #4, Darren Albertson
1995 flyer for issue #4

Fiction:

  • M.L. Pennington, "A Greater Truth" ("The appalling conclusion was inescapable. Someone had tampered with the records, and therefore, the collective memory of the New Republic. Ensor has been misremembered. Even worse, it undermined the credibility of the Libary. If this book, how many others? Doubt thundered around him. Suddenly every little question, every unresolved controversy, every insignificant detail accumulated over a lifetime of scholarship assumed titanic proportion. Deryl felt the ground tremble as an edifice of confidence crumbled.")
  • Rebecca Donahue, "A Christmas for Avon"
  • Marian Mendez, "Pre-Generation" (Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Claudine Vissing, "Of Friends and Foes" (""At least Norin did show up," pointed out Vila as he tried to follow a still angry Avon. "After the way you threatened her she had every right to forget she ever knew us. She doesn't owe us anything." Avon turned back on Vila with a snarl, stopping the thief in mid-stride. "Thanks to her little errand the Federation may already have their teleport system working. I hope you can hold onto your sympathy for Norin when Federation troops materialize on the flight deck and kill all of us."")
  • Rebecca Donahue, "Aftermath at Gauda Prime"
  • Catherine S., "Obsession's Second Chance"
  • Alan Moravian, "The End"
  • J. Kel, "The Life of His Epoch" (part five of "The Pattern of Infinity") ("Good Lord, Avon! A prisoner again. Never innocent of the state of incarceration (never innocent period), yet he found it this time to be particularly jarring. For one of the few times of his life, words like "unfair" and "embarrassing" occurred to him. The guards who roughly escorted him with measured stomps and the medical personnel who examined him crudely seemed to have not the slightest idea who he might be, or if they did, were utterly indifferent. They scarcely seemed to be able to stifle their contempt.")
  • Rebecca Donahue, "The Vampire"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Proximity" (""Too bad you'll never live long enough to realize your full potential," Sleer mused as she turned from Ugine and the prisoners. A smile still dawned her features. Sleer knew her mutoid would be waiting for her when she arrived back to headquarters. He, at least, never questioned her orders. Even the thought of him encircling her within his firm and demanding embrace made her eager to return home. For who in the universe could boast of possessing the most famed rebel that had fought against the Federation as her personal guard and protector? The fact that the famed Roj Blake was now a mutoid programmed to her specifications was a lesson worth learning by any enemy.")
  • P. Weaver, "Suspicion"
  • P. Weaver, "Loyalty"

Poetry:

  • Catherine Salmon, "In the Shadow"
  • Sondra Sweigman, "Prelude to a Promise"
  • Sondra Sweigman, "Aftermath"
  • Sondra Sweigman, "Blake" (filk, Vincent, by Don McLean)
  • Todd Parrish, "Auronar's Children"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Cally's Last Thoughts"
  • Todd Parrish, "On the Edge"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "No Winners"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Not Just a Delta"
  • Todd Parrish, "Rebellion"

Art:

  • Darren Albertson (front cover) (a quarter finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard's Illustrator's of the Future contest.), Anja Gruber, Annie Hamilton, Linda Garlick, ORmAC, Cynthia Brown, [[Leigh Moto'oka], Vicki Brinkmeier, Derrin, Richard Jackson, Todd Parrish, minds-i-view (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

My favorite thing in this issue is the pair of A-B poems by Sondra Sweigman, with the very nice acompanying illos by Cynthia Brown. [7]

Issue 5

cover of issue #5 by Richard Jackson

Dark Between the Stars 5 was published in Fall 1993 and contains 127 pages.

flyer for issue #5

Summary from Bill Hupe: "Episode 5 of Pattern of Infinity; "Avon turned back on Vila with a snark, stopping the thief in midstride. Thanks to her little errand, the Federation may already have their teleport system working. I hope you can hold your sympathy for Norin when Federation troops materialize on the flight deck'. Someone has tampered with the collective memory of the New Republic. Sleer programms Roj Blake as a mutoid, and much more."

From the flyer: "And episode 6 of The Pattern of Infinity (J Kel): Sarkoff views Servalan's demands as intolerable but sees no choice but to accede to them. Avon and he are planning a final negotiating attempt when the Federation attacks, even before her deadline is complete. Lindor, now in a state of war, and there is no time use the nanotechnology alternative. Sarkoff resigns, his daughter standing beside him, having decided she could never leave the one man she truly loves ... And so episode 6 begins.

Fiction:

  • Sondra Sweigman, "The Choice" (Servalan allows Blake to choose the manner of his death.) (reprinted in The Way Forward: Crusades of Blake)
  • Alan Moravian, "Who's the Boss"
  • Rebecca Donahue, "Reunion" ("Cally meets up with Avon's brother.")
  • Catherine S., "Avon's Story." Story is broken into five parts: "The Longest Day," "Long Day Into Night,"Waking Nightmare," "When the Dawn Breaks," and "Sunlit Shadows" (Avon must choose on Terminal: only 22.7 hours of power left, and Blake will die without 40 hours of life support.)
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Partners"
  • Alan Moravian, "Under the Skin" (S3; Ta)
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "The Outbreak"
  • Orion Kovacs, "Facade"
  • Robin White, "One Possible Explanation"
  • J. Kel, "Of What Devils Hid the Stars"

Nonfiction:

  • Orion, "Snorkles #1-4"
  • Zine ad

Poetry:

  • Catherine Salmon, "Dying Wish"
  • Orion Kovacs, "Avon Confronts Blake"
  • Catherine Salmon, "When Illusions Shatter"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Edge of Destruction"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Beloved Stranger"
  • Sondra Sweigman, "Blake" (corrected version, reprinted from #4; filk, Vincent, by Don McLean)
  • Robin White, "Shadow of a Man"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Harmless"
  • Orion Kovacs, "You... and... I"
  • Robin White, "Walls"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Lucky 7 Minus 1 Equals 13"
  • Robin White, "Only... Avon"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

[The Choice]: This is a knockout story with a corkscrew backhand; the Blake in ambivalence is well-captured here. The set-up; Servalan has the crew and Liberator, all is lost but she does have one last game to play with Blake, he can choose a swift, merciful death by firing squad or a slow, agonizing death from her best interrogators. The catch is, whichever death Blake chooses, Avon gets the other. [8]
[zine]: This is a juicy issue for A-B fans. I especially like the first story, "The Choice." I found it very haunting. Catherine Salmon's A-B saga is also very slashy.

"Under the Skin" is a strange dream-story; it could almost be adult in content, perhaps.

Avon and Soolin are a couple in "Partners." [9]

References

  1. as per Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 page
  2. A brief review of the zine by Kathryn Andersen at Katspace
  3. from a review by Sarah Thompson at Hermit.org
  4. from Sarah Thompson at Hermit.org
  5. by Carol McCoy in On the Wing #2
  6. from Sarah Thompson at Hermit.org
  7. from Sarah Thompson at Hermit.org
  8. from Rallying Call #13 (1995)
  9. from Sarah Thompson at Hermit.org