Horizon (Blake's 7 fan club)
|Name:||Horizon ("Horizon: The Blake's 7 Appreciation Society")|
|Founder(s):||Pat Thomas & Diane Gies|
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|External Links:||older copies of the website archived here, current website here|
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It was founded by in the UK by Pat Thomas and Diane Gies in 1979, and is the largest and longest-running Blake's 7 fan club. 
Its newsletter (the Horizon Newsletter) was sent out to around 300 members beginning in the spring of 1980.
The club also provided A4 size 90+ page, colour cover magazines (the The Horizon Interviews) containing interviews, letters of comment, articles, news on the cast etc.
They also published a letterzine (the Horizon Letterzine)..
"Horizon" offered vast range of merchandise (including photos, scripts, notepads, mugs, badges, etc.), and hosted regular London and regional meetings and outings.
In 1998, the club went online. Starting in 2007(?) the club stopped accepting new members.
Their website went offline in 2008 and then reopened in September 2009.
FAQFrom the club's FAQ:
"So what does the Horizon Club do?
Up until 2001 the club produced regular magazines which kept its members informed about anything occurring to do with Blake’s 7, such as conventions, actors’ appearances in films, theatre & TV, and any other special events, as well as all the latest news on B7 related merchandise such as the long-awaited DVDs. We have continued to provide a comprehensive news service using our Yahoo Groups email bulletin service which currently has over 700 members. The magazines also contained interviews, reviews, competitions, LOCs and encouraged fans to contribute to the magazines and meet up with other fans on a regular basis.Over the years, regular get-togethers were held, enabling members to meet and keep in touch in the UK. Groups got together to see the B7 cast at the theatre, go out for the day or weekend on B7 Location visits and many fund raising activities were, and are still, arranged. The club continues to offer a mail order service on all the latest B7 merchandise, including the episodes on DVD and video, the BBC’s two follow-on radio plays and other CD/videos featuring the original B7 cast members. Other merchandise includes fan fiction magazines, technical manuals, interviews books, photos, fridge magnets, T-shirts, gift items, etc. Information on some of the merchandise currently available is already listed in the website Database in the merchandise section, with more to follow."
Some ActivitiesIn 1994, Judith Proctor posted a list of some of the activities from her club chapter to Lysator, the Blake's 7 mailing list:
Another chapter replied:"The southern regional group of Horizon can be contacted via Serena Trent [address removed]. We meet about once a month, play Quasar, read scripts, swop zines, have quizzes, etc. I think playing Blake's 7 charades at the annual Blakewake was probably the most hilarious thing we've done yet. (If it sounds boring, just try making some poor sucker mime "Harvest of Kairos") We don't actually have very much to do with Horizon. We also have a small zine, "Voice from the South".
- The Teal-Vandor Convention
Published: Zines, Role-Playing Game
- Alternative Seven
- Blake's 7 Calendar (by Kathy Hanson)
- Blake's 7 Role Playing Game
- The Epic
- Horizon Newsletter
- The Horizon Interviews
- Horizon Letterzine
- The Horizon B7 Coloring Book
- The Horizon B7 Technical Manual
- Port in a Storm
- Strangers Among Us
- The Web
The Club's Role in "The Blake's 7 War"
The Blake's 7 War began in late 1988, and many club members were active participants.
- See Issue 22: Letters from the "Controversy in Blake's Seven Fandom" Section (June 1989)
- See A Statement Written by Diane Gies on Behalf of the Horizon Committee (June 1989)
- See Horizon's Summary of "The Controversy in Blake's Seven Fandom" (June 1989)
- See Issue 23: Letters from the "Controversy in Blake's Seven Fandom" Section (December 1989)
The Periodic Adult Content Debates
From time to time, club members would seek to change the club's policy on advertising or linking to adult material.
In 1999, club chair, Diane Gies proposed a new policy for their newsletters/letterzines that would ban any zine, convention or other fan event that allowed adult material to be printed, sold, or displayed. The proposal also sought to remove any links on the fan club's web page to sites with adult content (even sites with adult content warnings) or who themselves link to sites with adult content.
One site she specifically mentioned was Judith Proctor's hermit.org site. What made the timing of this attempt to shift club policy was that it came over a decade after the The Blake's 7 War and well after adult fanfiction had taken root online.
"Advertising of fanzine Dealers in Orac's Oddments ......Further, [all ad listings] would be required to sign something to confirm that they did not produce, or agent for others, any B7 fan fiction containing 'adult' artwork. If they want to sell adult fiction, that's up to them, but the majority of the cast hate the idea of explicit artwork and so do I, as you all know. We would obviously have to advise them what we considered 'explicit', eg. no nudity, and no portraits that would look out of place in a PG rated zine and cause anyone to think "ey-up... bet they're going to be having a **** any minute now"
"I don't want Horizon to advertise any convention that has a B7 guest unless they confirm in writing that there will be a ban on dealers selling adult B7 fiction with explicit art content and, further, that any adult fiction without such pictures will not be openly displayed on the sales table but will be hidden away behind and anyone wanting to view it will have to ask for it, rather than having it in a box on the table marked 'adult' - thus creating a knowledge that such things exist in the person passing by."
"Websites - from Horizon's links section, you only effectively need to do 3 quick 'clicks' through Proctor's site to get into reading X-rated excerpts from zines on her own site. In several cases there isn't even any warning and depending on which bits of her site you start off reading, you don't necessarily get an explanation of what slash fiction, for example, means so the non-fan who has done a search for Blake's 7 can come into the Official Fan Club Site (us!), go through to Proctor's site and immediately be told that there's loads of fiction featuring explicit sex scenes between main characters. It's one thing for people to go and buy these zines, where they have to make some effort and conscious decision to buy, but if it's just sitting there on the internet, I think this is awful and there seems to be so much of it."
This email may have been sent to Lysator in error as it has an informal, almost confidential tone (suggesting that they keep the policy discussion away from a 70+ committee chair member who did not 'need to know' of the existence of adult and slash material). Although most of the mailing list discussions were vigorous, the proposal was not adopted.
- intro at the website, late 1990s
- Subject: Dead club by Judith Proctor on Lysator dated April 6, 1994.
- Subject: Silly B7 games by Ming on Lysator dated April 6, 1994.
- Archive index from October 1999.
- "Orac's Oddments" was the advertising section in the Horizon Newsletter, not to be confused with Orac's Oddities.
- index from 1999.