Gambit (Blake's 7 anthology published in Australia)
See also Gambit (disambiguation).
|Publisher:||New Horizons (club; Queensland, Australia)|
|Editor(s):||Theresa De Gabrielle and Robin Walker|
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Reactions and Reviews
This was one of the finds of MediaWest -- with special thanks to Carol McCoy, who spotted it in Sheila Paulson's zine sale and reserved it for me. I had never seen the zine before and knew of its existence only because these two issues are listed in Bill Hupe's Blakesindex. Has anyone ever seen #1? And were there any more issues?
I didn't much care for the long story that makes up #3, in which the Liberator crew encounter a dear little blonde girl who says remarkably precocious things. But there is some good stuff in #2. My favorites were two Tarrant stories: "Fade to Black" by Marilynne Cromarty, in which Tarrant comforts Avon after Rumours in a very believable, no-nonsense Alpha way; and "Sojourn" by Daniel Murphy, in which Tarrant has a brief encounter with Jenna. The Avon/Anna poems by Marilynne Cromarty were nice too.
At last I have seen #1 of the Australian zine "Gambit", which preceded the well-known American zine of the same name.
This is a pretty good zine, worth keeping an eye out for. Interestingly, it has a number of positive Tarrant stories, perhaps due to the influence of Tarrant fan Monica Mitchell. (BTW, I'm still in search of her novel "Thomas Wolfe Was Right", aparently a pre-series story involving an ocf, Travis, and Jarvik. I'd particularly like to know whether it's gen or adult.)I was very taken with the illo on p. 2 showing Tarrant being tortured, but the story it accompanied wasn't particularly wallowy; it was more a semi-comic treatment of the disappointment of the torturer when his victims all escaped.
Gambit 1 was published in September 1981 and contains 70 pages.
- Erin Warelle, "Time's Winged Chariot"
- Robin Walker, "Third Time Lucky"
- Monica Mitchell, "Happy Birthday"
- Monica Mitchell, "About a Natural Man"
- Theresa De Gabrielle, "After the End"
- Monica Mitchell, "An Image Passing By"
- Pat De Voss, "The Reason"
- Anonymous, "Dementia, by two of its victims"
- Daniel Murphy, "Pitfall"
- Beth Lange, "A Different Kind of Freedom"
- Jenny Stewart, "Ode to a Fanaticist"
- Carolyn Hughes, "Mutant"
- Lynda Hortley, "Avon's Thoughts"
- A. E. Walker, "Musings of a Super-Computer"
- Robin Walker, "Gentle Persuasion"
- Monica Mitchell, "And There'll Be Silence Ever After"
- Theresa and Robin, Editorial
- Greg Franklin (front cover)
- Mike Champ
- Harvey A. Kong Tin Esther Mace
- Robin Walker
Gambit 2 was published in March 1982 and contains 67 pages.
- Jenny Stewart, "Not For Thy Faults, But Mine..."
- Cathy Lynn Goodwin, "All Things Equal..."
- Justine Webb-Eliott, "Flake's Seven Strikes Back (or Nearly)"
- Moira Dahlberg, "The Long Past" (later reprinted in The Star Change)
- Robin Walker, "The Truth of the Matter"
- Marilynne Cromarty, "Fade to Black"
- Cathy Lynn Goodwin, "Unguarded Moment"
- Daniel Murphy, "Sojourn"
- Monica Mitchell, "Born Without Love"
- Linda Mitchell, "Freedoms"
- Jenny Stewart, "A Fool's Tirade"
- Yvonne S. Hintz, "Orac"
- Marilynne Cromarty, untitled
- Marilynne Cromarty, untitled
- Daniel Murphy, "Out-take" (filk, Windmills of Your Mind)
- Mike Champ (front cover)
- Harvey A. Kong Tin
- Yvonne Hintz
- Greg Franklin
Gambit 3 was published in September 1982 and contains 66 pages. All art, including cover, is by Mike Champ. It contains a single novel by Yvonne S. Hintz called "Jared's Daughter."