Liberator Popular Front Newsletter

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Title: Liberator Popular Front Newsletter
Publisher: Liberator Popular Front
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Date(s): 1978-1986
Frequency: quarterly
Medium: print
Fandom: Blake's 7
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Liberator Popular Front Newsletter is a gen newsletter from the very first Blake's 7 fan club. It released four issues a year that were mainly chat and news, but some issues contain a bit of poetry, fiction and art.

It has a fiction sister zine called Liberator.

Regarding the Title

Citizen Smith, a classic comedy series originally shown in the late 70's, contrasted occasionally by fans with B7 as Smithy is a would-be revolutionary/political leader. Lives in Tooting, London (hence his ineffectual Tooting Front political party he runs but most people totally ignore, hence the B7 newsletter called Liberator Popular Front), wants blood in the streets and all that, but really is far too nice (and too incompetent) to be capable of what he threatens. his "team" is a hopeless comic thug, an idiot, the girlfriend who doesn't take him seriously, the incongruous mascot, etc. He lives in his girlfriend's home, in the attic, much to the annoyance of her father (who can't stand Smith's nonsense" and longs to throw him out) and to the delight of her mother (who thinks Smithy is sweet, which he is much of the time as he tries not to be). His plans are frequent disasters. [1]

Issue 1

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 1 was published in 1978.

  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 2

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 2

  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 3

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 3 was published in June 1980 and contains 19 pages.

  • Seven by E.P.S. (poem)
  • The Enigma of Anna by Glennys Holland (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 4

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 4

  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 5

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 5 was published in December 1980.

  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 6

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 6 was published in March 1981 and contains 21 pages.

  • Why by Margaret Martin (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 7

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 7 was published in August 1981 and contains 17 pages.

  • Only a Fool by Margaret Martin (poem)
  • On Anna by Anonymous (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 8

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 8 was published in October 1981 and contains 13 pages.

  • The Final Farewell by Sue Little (fiction)
  • The Ordeal by Tamsin Carter (fiction)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 9

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 9 was published in April 1982.

  • Blake, Part Two by Ian S. Lamont (fiction)

Issue 10

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 10 was published in July 1982 and contains 26 pages.

  • Blake, Part Two, Part Two by Judith Seaman (sequel to previous issue) (fiction)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 11

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 11 was published in October 1982 and contains 24 pages.

  • Blake, Part Two, Part Three by Tim Pieraccini
  • Farewell Flight by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 12

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 12 was published in January 1983 and contains 24 pages. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Blake: Part Two, Part Four by Judith Seaman
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 13

drawing of Tanith Lee done by Tim Pieraccini

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 13 was published in April 1983 and contains 24 pages. It has a cover, a drawing of Tanith Lee done by Tim Pieraccini.

  • The Prisoner by Pauline Causey (fiction)
  • an interview with Tanith Lee
  • Ode to Superman by Pauline Causey (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 14

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 14 was published in July 1983 and contains 24 pages. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Terminal'-- An Epilogue by Lee Steadman
  • Asteroid Attack by Tim Pieraccini
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 15

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 15 was published in October 1983 and contains 24 pages. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Decoys by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • Elegy by Linda Short (recorded on filk tape Songs of the Seven)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 16

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 16 was published in January 1984. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • A Certain Smile by Sylvia White (fiction)
  • The Tarrant Sketch" (script; Monthy Python parody) by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • Tarrant's Bad Influence by Laura Corkell (fiction)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 17

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 17 was published in April 1984. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Distrust and Respect by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • The Operation by Dilly Daydream (fiction)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 18

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 18 was published in July 1984. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • From the Very Beginning by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • To the Very End by Sue Walker (fiction)
  • Blake: A Prologue by Lee Steadman (fiction)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 19

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 19 was published in Octbober 1994. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Avon's Conscience by A Loyal Avon and LPF Fan (fiction)
  • The Long Fall of a Brave Coward by Geoff Tilley (fiction)
  • Patterns of Orbit by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • Judgement by Joanne Stone (fiction)
  • Malodaar by Nicola Barnard (poem)
  • To Dayna by Brenda Hapton (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 20

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 20 was published in January 1985. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • prologue to BLAKE (novelization of ep) by Peter Anghelides (fiction)
  • The Leader by Tim Pieraccini (poem)
  • Tarrant by Brenda Hampton (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 21

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 21 was published in April 1985. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Ros Williams, "Deliverance Undelivered" (discussion of alternate version of Deliverance, with B in A's place)

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 22 was published in July 1985. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Afterwards by Alex Delicado (fiction)
  • A Cry from Eternity by Patrick Chapman (fiction)
  • Masquerade to Paul Darrow by Anonymous (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 21 and 23

The LPF was long before my time, so I was glad to be given two issues from the newsletter and a chance to see what fandom was like sixteen years ago. Being a newsletter, it's mainly news and chat rather than fiction, but I think it's worth reviewing anyway.

Lovely cover art by Tim Pieraccini, in pencil, and reasonably well screened so that you can actually see the pencil shading. If you're into art, the cover of #23 is worth getting hold of. I don't like #21 as much, because it's very obviously two pieces of art, in the days when cut-and-paste meant a pair of scissors and a pot of glue, and the layout and reproduction don't do them justice.

The zines are mainly reviews, discussions and con reports, which are interesting if you like reading that sort of thing years after it was written, and probably deeply boring if you don't. Lots of ads, which are completely irrelevant today, but of historical interest.

As far as the fiction and poetry goes, the only thing in #21 that might qualify is a discussion by Ros Williams of how Deliverance might have gone if Blake had gone down to Meegat's planet and Avon had been hijacked by Ensor. I gave up on it after the first page. Ros Williams' view of the characters is a long way from mine, which I don't mind, and the article assumes that the rest of fandom shares the author's view of the characters, which I *do* mind.

Issue 23 has Tim Pieraccini's "Blake's 7: The Authorised Version", a story in the form politely known as a parody, and colloquially known as a piss-take. Tastes are likely to vary on this one, but I personally thought it was bloody funny, although it probably went on a little longer than the joke could really sustain. And it's interesting to see that some cliches were already well established in 1985. There is also Patrick Chapman's "Shadow on the Wall" (Rumours of Death-- A Prologue), a one page dream sequence about Avon and Anna. I'm not sure whether I like it or not. One piece of poetry, which I'm not impressed with, but then "not impressed with" means I rate it higher than quite a lot of fan poetry...

If you're interested in the history of the fandom, these newsletters are worth getting hold of. As to art, fiction and poetry, the amount varies (see Sarah Thompson's bibliography for details of individual issues). Use your own judgement as to how much effort and money it's worth to get hold of them. On the two examples I've got, I wouldn't chase after them but I'd happily pay a few pounds if I found a set in a box of used zines, if only for Tim Pieraccini's cover art on the later issues. [2]

Issue 22

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 23 was published in July 1985. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Alex Delicado, "Afterwards" (S4, post-Sand; Se-Ta) (fiction)
  • Patrick Chapman, "A Cry from Eternity" (S4; So-Dorian) (fiction)
  • Anon., "Masquerade (to Paul Darrow)" (poem)

Issue 23

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 23 was published in October 1985. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Blake's Seven, the Authorized Version, by Trebor Boil, Crisp Voucher, and A. Phanrighter by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • Shadow on the Wall by Patrick Chapman (fiction)
  • Avon's Lament for Cally by Elizabeth M. Cook (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

Issue 24

Liberator Popular Front Newsletter 24 was the final issue. It was published in January 1986. The cover is by Tim Pieraccini.

  • Sid-- Unsung Hero of Blake's Seven by Sylvia White (fiction)
  • Occupying Power by Judith H. Seaman (fiction)
  • Deathwatch by Tim Pieraccini (fiction)
  • Reincarnation by Patrick Chapman (fiction)
  • Daughter of Death by Tim Pieraccini (poem)
  • miscellaneous chat and news

References

  1. from a fan in Rallying Call #11 (January 1994)
  2. by Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site