Forgotten Seven

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Title: Forgotten Seven
Publisher: Clever Trevor Press
Editor(s): Teresa Ward
Date(s): 1990
Medium: print
Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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Forgotten Seven is a gen Blake's 7 anthology focusing on the less popular characters of B7, namely anyone other than Blake, Avon, Vila, Cally, and Servalan. It was published in 1991 and is 145 pages long.

A 1991 ad in The Neutral Arbiter #3 said it is "center stapled, gorgeously laid-out and printed!"


  • Leokadija, "Debt and Obsession" (20 pages)
  • C.K. Smith, "Paradigmatic Duplicity" (12 pages)
  • Cami, "Crossroads" (14 pages)
  • Lorna Breshears, "Truce"
  • Peggy Hartsook, "Pilot of the Storm" (11 pages)
  • Leigh Moto'oka, "Certainties" (6 pages)
  • Teresa Ward, "A Difference of One" (5 pages)
  • Roxie Ray, "A Friend in Need" (6 pages)
  • Rebecca Reeves, "Friends" (2 pages)
  • Anne Collins Smith, "Stiff Competition" (3 pages)
  • Lorna Breshears, "Deluge, or, 'Twas a Dark and Stormy Night" (2 pages)
  • Jenny Gallagher, "Streets of Forbes" (3 pages)
  • Eugenie Nicholas, "Jenna's True Love" (3 pages)
  • Lorna Breshears, "Breakthrough" (8 pages)
  • Leokadija, "A Happy Ending" (5 pages)
  • Anne Collins Smith, "London Calling" (4 pages)
  • Ros Williams, "What If...?" (10 pages)
  • Rebecca Reeves, "Considering" (3 pages)


  • Teresa Ward, "The Obligatory Editorial and Credit Where Credit Is Due Page"
  • "Fanfic Presents: Super Avon"


  • Lorna Breshears, "Cyclops"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "The Pain" (5 pages)
  • Leigh Moto'oka, "Reflections: Terminal/Gauda Prime"
  • Angela Reese, "Travis' Plan" (filk, Bella Notte)
  • Michael J. Macomber, "For Deeta"
  • Lorna Breshears, "The Middle Man" (7 pages)
  • Lorna Breshears, "Barnstormer" (Ta)
  • Angela Reese, "I Saw Tarrant Kissing Servalan" (filk, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus)
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Musings and Choices"
  • Lorna Breshears, "Lost Huntress"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Redemption: For Dayna"
  • Derrin, "Metamorphosis"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "The Wall: A Memory"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Deeta's Last Thoughts"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "The Deathwatch"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Vinni"
  • Michael J. Macomber, "Deva"
  • Angela Reese, "The Tarrant Confusion" (filk, The Rainbow Connection")


  • Leigh Moto'oka (front cover)
  • Adrian Morgan
  • Derrin
  • Kate Knepper

Reactions and Reviews

This zine is devoted to the less popular characters of B7, namely anyone other than Blake, Avon, Vila, Cally, and Servlan! The fiction features, in order, Travis (the editor's fave), Tarrant (her second fave-- but I don't think he'd qualify as a "forgotten" character today!), Soolin, Jenna, Gan, and some of the guest characters. Dayna doesn't star in any of the stories, but a couple of poems are devoted to her.

As usual it's hard to choose a favorite story, but I do especially like Leokadija's ironically titled "Happy Ending," which is actually an angsty death story for Gan. On the smut front, Roxie Ray's series develops a nice Vila/Soolin relationship, which is amusingly parodied in Anne Collins Smith's story. Ros Williams's tale of how the Liberator crew is psychoanalyzed by Carnell is also very funny. Both "Paradigmatic Duplicity" and "Crossroads" postulate encounters between Travis and Tarrant back in their Space Command days; "Duplicity" gives Tarrant a special relationship with Servalan.

Recommended for fans of any of these characters. I think the zine is out of print, but used copies can be found with a little searching. [1]

"This is a zine with short stories and poems "dedicated to the forgotten characters in Blake's 7 fandom." As you'll see from the very brief plot synopses, the characters honored are mostly Jenna, Soolin, Travis, and Tarrant, with a few others thrown in including Gan, Nova, Shivan, and Leylan and Artix. If you ask me, Tarrant isn't forgotten nearly enough...I'm joking! Just a joke!

Some of the cartoons are cute, a bit primitive artistically, but cute. I offer no opinion on poems and filk.


"Streets of Forbes" by Jenny Gallagher was the best story and possibly one of the best I've read. Certainly one of the best I've read recently. Anybody know what else she's written and where to get hold of it or get in touch with her? I thought this was fantastic! It's Jenna's thoughts as she sees the news of GP and it's moving, not sappy, and I liked it even though I disagreed with some of the outlook. Really good.

I also liked (in alphabetical order by author and trying to avoid spoilers):

"Deluge" by Lorna Breshears. Jenna keeps Avon and Vila's minds off a thunderstorm (they're both dome dwellers, not used to storms) by telling them spooky stories. If you know the story of the guy with the hook, this is really funny.

"A Happy Ending" by Leokadija. Gan at Central Control. It's a killer, plenty of angst. Nice job with the Fed worker.

"Crossroads" by Carol McCoy. Travis and Tarrant -- on his first mission as a cadet -- are stranded with some other Feds on a planet. Nice job with Travis. And I'm not just saying that because I know and like Carol. She does some great videos, too, BTW.

The other stories, in order of appearance:

"Debts and Obsession" by Leokadija. Travis bonds with Maryatt and family and their fates only fuel his obsession with Blake even though most of what happens is Servalan or Avon's doing.

"Paradigmatic Duplicity" by C.K. Smith. The only story I've seen about Shivan. Cool. What a bastard.

"Truce" by Lorna Breshears. Tarrant learns some respect for Vila on a long flight home to Xenon.

"Pilot of the Storm" by Peggy Hartsook. Tarrant gets everyone off GP. Blake is very nasty but I only object because he doesn't win 8-) The sequel in _Roads Not Taken_ (review forthcoming) is better IMO.

"Certainties" by Leigh Moto'oka. Love her videos. Avon, Dayna, and Cally are stranded. Will Tarrant rescue them...

"A Difference of One" by Teresa Ward. Zeeona's survival changes the outcome at GP.

"A Friendship Begins" (set in the Friend in Need universe created by the author) by Roxie Ray. Vila and Soolin become very close. Vila met her sister. That could be a spoiler...

"A Friend in Need" by Roxie Ray. More Vila and Soolin. Vila gets over Cally.

"Friends" by Rebecca Reeves. Soolin as a girl just before all hell breaks loose on GP.

"Stiff Competition" by Anne Collins Smith (set in the Friend in Need universe). Soolin and Kerril shoot it out over Vila, sort of. It's a comedy...

"Jenna's True Love" by Eugenie Nichols. Jenna is fed-up with Blake after the Inga Incident and realizes that he isn't her true love anyway.

"Breakthrough" by Lorna Breshears. Jenna leads Avon, Gan, and Vila on a mission.

"London Calling" by Anne Collins Smith. Leylan and Artix decide returning to Earth is not a good idea.

"What If...?" by Ros Williams. A comedic piece that starts with Blake upset over Avon's popularity with fans.

"Considering" by Rebecca Reeves. Nova's thoughts about his fellow prisoners on the London."[2]
Another zine I remember liking at least bits of is _Forgotten Seven_.

I don't know if it's still available--I got it used and there's no date on the title page. It was edited by Teresa Ward and is dedicated "to the forgotten characters in Blake's 7 fan fiction." If I remember right, that mostly meant Tarrant. 8-)

I posted a review of it last year, right after I'd read it. The two best stories, I thought, were "Deluge" by Lorna Breshears (very funny if you're up on urban folklore) and "The Streets of Forbes" by Jenny Gallagher. I think this is one of the best stories I've ever read--it's stayed with me all this time. [3]
[inside back cover]: Did you ever see "Super Avon" on the inside back cover of the old zine "Forgotten Seven"? It featured a boldly poised, pumped-up cartoon Avon, hands on hips, and surrounded by banners with such statements as: "More telepathic than Cally; a better pilot than Tarrant; a better shot than Soolin ..." I loved it. A wonderfully sarcastic way to make a point about how ridiculous is the whole UberAvon cliche, IMO. [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.

All of this zine has to fall into The Unique, because the whole purpose was to devote some time to the less explored B7 characters.

  • [The Good]: Paradigmatic Duplicity by C.K. Smith - cameo appearance by Tarrant in early season story. Servalan has the good taste to show interest in him.
  • [The Good]: Cossroads by Carol McCoy - Cadet Tarrant meets Major Travis shortly after the accident that cost Travis his arm and eye.
  • [The Good]: Tarrant poetry by Leigh Motooka, Michael J. Macomber, Lorna Breshears, and Melissa Mastoris
  • [The Good]: Tarrant art by Motooka, Derrin, Lorrie Jones and Kate Knepper
  • [The Good]: Truce by Breshears - Tarrant gets to know Vila better as they share a mission on Scorpio.
  • [The Good]: Pilot of the Storm by Peggy Hartsook - Tarrant reluctantly leads a spiritless crew after the Gauda Prime disaster.
  • [The Good]: Certainties by Motooka - Tarrant proves his loyalty to his Liberator shipmates.
  • [The Good]: A Difference of One by Ward - An alternate Warlord that allows a less tragic reunion with Blake.
  • [The Good]: Tarrant filks by Angela Reese [5]


  1. Review by Sarah Thompson: Blake's 7 FORGOTTEN SEVEN, Archived version
  2. Subject: Zine review: Forgotten Seven by Sue C. dated July 29, 1993.
  3. Lysator, by Sue C. dated June 17, 1994.
  4. Lysator, Lorna B., dated September 1995.
  5. by Carol McCoy in On the Wing #2