Down and Out

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Title: Down and Out
Publisher: Ashton Press
Author(s): Leah Rosenthal & Ann Wortham
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): 1998
Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
External Links: B7 zines at Ashton Press
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Down and Out is a gen Blake's 7 79-page (71,000 words) zine by Leah Rosenthal.

It is a reprint of the two Leah Rosenthal & Ann Wortham Blake's 7 novellas, "Down and Out" and "Hawkwind," edited with the addition of approximately 10,000 words and a full color cover. These novellas originally appeared in issues of B7 Complex.

cover by Leah Rosenthal


The time is immediately following Gauda Prime. Commissioner Sleer has taken her prize prisoners, Kerr Avon and Roj Blake on a fast ship back to the Federation, where she hopes to use her capture of them to regain lost political ground. A crash landing on a remote planet changes has the potential to change not only Sleer's plans, but the entire course of Federation history! In the meantime, Jenna Stannis and the crew of the Hawkwind, have returned to Gauda Prime to find the rebel base in ruins and most of their friends and compatriots killed or fled. Only Vila Restal remains to tell the tale of what happened to Blake and the others...and he's determined that, one way or another, he's going to make certain that Kerr Avon is dead! [1]

Reactions and Reviews

[zine]: What's a nice slash fan like me doing with this gen zine? I bought this post-Gauda Prime zine on a lark, and I adored it. It consists of two stories, Down and Out and Hawkwind. The first story details Sleer, Blake and Avon trapped on a uncolonized planet, and the second is Jenna and Vila's search for Blake and Avon. I do prefer the first story, because that's where my interest falls. This story might not be for everyone, because none of the characters are knights in shining armor. But, if that's what you're looking for in your fanfic, what are you doing reading Blake's 7? [2]
[Down and Out]: As you like Blake on GP, have you read "Down and Out" by Wortham & Rosenthal in B7 COMPLEX #11? It begins after GP, when Servalan takes a recovered Blake and Avon, whose injuries have him in an onboard cryo unit, in a pursuit ship to return to Earth in triumph - though by a very surreptitious route. The ship crashes on an undeveloped world. She has a broken arm and the crew is dead. She grimly realizes she must awaken Blake, who is strapped down, as she'll need help in surviving until, if ever, rescue arrives. [3]
[Down and Out]: "Down and Out" ... was one of those hidden classics that leaped right off the page. Avon paralyzed, Blake mean, tough and deadly with a gun with Servalan as his huntress mate . . ay carumba! Wortham and Rosenthal know how to put on the Blake [4]
[Down and Out]:I've read and enjoyed "Down and Out" by Wortham & Rosenthal ... That strikes me as a sinister but believable Blake. There's a companion story ("Hawkwind," in B7 Complex 16) about the concurrent adventures of Jenna and Vila, and I've heard that the authors plan eventually to write a third story and publish all of them together. [5]


  1. ^ from
  2. ^ B7 index
  3. ^ from Rallying Call #15 (1995)
  4. ^ from Rallying Call #16 (1996)
  5. ^ from Rallying Call #16 (1996)