The Laughing Mutoid

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Title: The Laughing Mutoid
Publisher: Cheap Fanzine Productions
Editor(s): Cathy Conrad
Date(s): 1988-1991
Medium: print, zine
Fandom: Blake's 7 & multimedia
Language: English
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The Laughing Mutoid is an adult het humor anthology. The first four issues are all Blake's 7 and the last three are multifandom but very heavy on Blake's 7.

a 1990 flyer

Issue 1

The Laughing Mutoid 1 was published in 1988. It contains all Blake's 7.

  • Cathy Conrad, "An Electric Affair"
  • Cathy Conrad, "But, It was Just a Game!"
  • Cathy Conrad, "An Unlikely Tryst"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Confrontation"
  • "CathyCon 2" (non-fiction)
  • "The Rest of Vila's Limerick" (poem)

Issue 2

The Laughing Mutoid 2 was published in January 1989. It contains all Blake's 7, one of which is a slash story.

  • Cathy Conrad, "Bison's Revenge" " A sequel (sort of) to "An Unlikely Tryst" from LM #1. Features a character of decidedly Southern flavor, who exacts her revenge on Avon. Can you hear the shrieking from Southern Alabama?!?"
  • Cathy Conrad, "The Game Goes On" "Soolin tries to get revenge for Vila's, er, little joke from "But It Was Just A Game" 1n LM #1. Well, she tries to, anyway."
  • Cathy Conrad, "Brawn Before Brains" (slash)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Confessions of a Supreme Commander" "Just a typical busy day in the life of our favorite megalomaniac."
  • Cathy Conrad, "Who's Possessed?" "Cally is taken over by the long-dead spirit of Xaviera Hollander, otherwise known as The Happy Hooker. Will Avon stand the strain? How will they get Cally back to normal? Or does anyone want to get her back to normal...?"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Amagon Nights"
  • "CathyCon 2" (non-fiction)

Issue 3

The Laughing Mutoid 3 was published in 1989. It contains all Blake's 7.

  • Cathy Conrad, "For the Love of a Space Rat"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Work of Art"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Of Aurons and Skinny Beds"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Freedom City Follies"
  • "CathyCon 2" (non-fiction)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

The Laughing Mutoid 4 was published in 1989 and has 34 pages. It contains all Blake's 7.

  • Jenifer Smallwood, "The Best-laid Plans"
  • Cathy Conrad, "The Measure of a Man"
  • Tenaya, "Clothes Can Make the Man"
  • Roxie Ray, "Improbable Orbit" (gen)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Deliverance Times Five"
  • Anne Collins Smith, "Your Secret Pal"
  • Cathy Conrad, "The Apology"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Jungle Love"
  • Cathy Conrad, "Cupid's Choice" Cathy Conrad, "Fractured Filks: Go Ask Travis" (filk)
  • Roxie Ray, "Rooms on Fire" (filk)
  • "CathyCon 2" (non-fiction)

Issue 5

The Laughing Mutoid 5 was published in 1990 and contains 32 pages. Mainly B7 and Dark Shadows but also includes one Star Trek (TNG) story. Het (comedy) but not explicit.

cover of issue #5
  • Cathy Conrad, "Things Change" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Delta House" (Blake's 7)
  • Carol Grasgreen, Cami, Terri Halasz, & Angela Reese, "The Pajama Party" (Blake's 7)
  • Sharon Maust, "Ask Dr. Sharon" (advice column) (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "Telepathic Terrorists" (ad)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Circle in the SAND" (filk) (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Mellow Yellow" (filk) (Blake's 7)
  • art by Leah Rosenthal (frontispiece)

Issue 6

The Laughing Mutoid 6 was published in Summer 1990.

  • Cathy Conrad, "Clay" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Big Bad Mama" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "The Seduction of Six" (Blake's 7/The Prisoner)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Psychedelic Sarcophagus" (Blake's 7)
  • Carol Grasgreen, Cami, Terri Halasz & Angela
  • Reese, "Avon and the Brat Pack, Part Two: It's 10 O'Clock-- Do You Know Where Your Crew Is?" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Getting a Lift" (Blake's 7)
  • other unknown fandom content

Issue 7

The Laughing Mutoid 7 was published in Spring 1991.

  • Carol Grasgreen, Cami, Terri Halasz & Angela (Blake's 7)
  • Reese, "Avon and the Brat Pack, Part Three: Avon at Graceland" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Mixed Signals" ((Blake's 7)/Dark Shadows)
  • Cathy Conrad, "The Mostly Improbable, Neary Unbelievable, Seemingly Impossible but Nonetheless True Post-Gauda-Prime Story (Blake's 7/Twin Peaks)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Fractured Fairytales: Vila and the Beanstalk" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Fractured Fairytales: Callyrella" (Blake's 7)
  • Cathy Conrad, "Magic Scorpio Ride" (filk) (Blake's 7)
  • B7 art by Leigh Motooka

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

[Callyrella]: The tough rebels of Saurian Major won't let meek, skinny, psychic little Callrella come with them on raids; instead she is stuck doing the cleaning and the cooking. Then one night her fairy godmother appears. She magically transforms Callyrella's rags into a spiffy red combat suit and sends her off to the biggest raid of the year, where she meets a handsome prince, who takes her away from it all... But of course, a mere combat suit, even a read one, can't change a sensitive idealist into a fierce warrior permanently! [1]


  1. from The Neutral Arbiter #2 (September 1991)