Lingering on the Fringes

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Title: Lingering on the Fringes
Publisher: Mkashef Enterprises
Date(s): 1993-2000
Medium: print zine
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links: online flyer
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Lingering on the Fringes is a slash anthology of stories by Dovya Blacque. The fiction was inspired by Sarah McLachlan songs.

In one issue of Media Monitor, it was advertised under the title "On the Fringes."

Summaries below from the publisher.

Issue 1

Lingering on the Fringes 1 contains 178 pages. It was published in 1993. The introduction comments that the editor had considered printing it on dark green paper to deter photocopying but found the price of colored paper to prohibitive.

  • Lingering (Law & Order): (Mike Logan comes home to a cold apartment after nearly 24 hours working on one of the most gruesome cases he's ever seen. He's depressed, tired and fed-up. Until he goes to bed to find Paul Robinette waiting for him.) (3)
  • Probably Me(Lethal Weapon): (Mandatory leave finds Murtaugh and Riggs on the Code 7, Murtaugh's boat, drifting in the harbor at Catalina Island. It's a pleasant vacation, only slightly strained by the tension surrounding Martin Riggs, a tension which finally finds its way to the surface in the form of a lot of odd questions and, ultimately, a highly revealing confession.) (17)
  • One in Six Million (The Six Million Dollar Man): (Standing as best man at Jamie Summers' wedding has a strange affect on Steve Austin. It leaves him indulging in self-pity and a lot of "what ifs" and "could have beens". It takes the strength of his best friend, Oscar Goldman, to give him the courage to look beyond his self-involved moodiness into the deeper feelings raging inside him.) (36)
  • Outside the Rain (Blade Runner): (Several weeks after he and Rachel ran from L.A., Rick Deckard finds himself wandering, alone, through Tokyo only to come face-to-face with a grinning Gaff. A ride with his old nemesis to a beautiful estate takes him into the reality behind the invention of the Replicants where he meets the true genius behind the Tyrell Corporation and learns an unbelievable secret about Roy Batty.) (53)
  • Andonis Unbound (Quantum Leap): (Sam Beckett, time traveler, has found himself in a lot of difficult, embarrassing situations. But none quite as difficult and embarrassing as leaping into a gay porn star in the middle of filming a very intimate scene.) (72)
  • Beyond a Shadow (Resonable Doubts): (Someone is blackmailing Deputy District Attorney Arthur Gold. Who can he trust to ask for help? The answer shocks both Gold and Dicky Cobb, who finds himself with a troubled boss in his apartment on a rare day off.) (101)
  • Thunder in Your Heart (Thunderheart): (A year after leaving the Lakota Reservation, the drums still fill Ray Levoi's days and nights, seeming to drive him back to the Badlands of South Dakota. Waiting for him on the res is a reluctant Walter Crow Horse, who was told Ray would return because Thunderheart's duty to his people and his people's duty to him had not yet been finished.) (122)
  • Head of the Tempest (Miami Vice): (Following directly after the end of Bushido, Martin Castillo is faced with incapacitation from the wounds he suffered at the hands of Jack Grestky's wife. "Nursing" him is a smoldering Sonny Crockett who is trying to make sense of Castillo's actions following Gretsky's death.) (143)

Issue 2

Lingering on the Fringes 2 was published in May 2000 and contains 178 pages.

cover of issue #2
  • The Moving of the River (Blake's 7): (Sometimes dreams hold more truth that the waking hours. Exactly what IS the truth behind the Federation's child molestation charges against Blake? And what is Avon going to do about it? Can he save Blake's sanity? Is even he crazy enough to do that?) (3)
  • Led into the Sun (Miami Vice): (Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs have quit Miami Vice and disappeared. Martin Castillo is left adrift without the slightest clue as to why. In his need to explain his sudden lack of cohesion of self, Castillo embarks on a journey that takes him from New York to California in search of his lost grounding.) (29)
  • My Sea to Your Shore, poem (Due South) (45)
  • Comparison, poem (Due South) (60)
  • The Touch of Your Hand (Star Trek - K/S): (Why does it so bother Spock when he occasionally witnesses Kirk beginning a new flirtation with a woman? And do McCoy's theories on the subject hold any validity? Just how far outside the Vulcan box is the First Officer of the USS Enterprise willing to go to understand his own motivations?) (61)
  • At First Sight, poem (Star Trek: TOS) v84)
  • Companion to Our Demons (Law & Order): (During a hot New York summer, a serial killer case that brings back memories of Father Joe Krolinsky -- the priest who abused Mike and his friends as children -- plagues Mike Logan. That his contemplations lead him to Jack McCoy only adds to his troubles.) (85)
  • In This Silence (Airwolf) (105)
  • Vision (Stargate: SG-1) (130)
  • Winter's End (Stargate SG-1): (Daniel Jackson is trying to deal with the loss of his wife, Shar'e, after three years of searching for her. Withdrawn, subdued and distracted, Daniel is endangering the other members of SG-1. It's up to his best friend, and team leader, Jack O'Neill to do something about it…) (131)
  • Waiting, poem (The Sentinel) (152)
  • Ice Cream (The Sentinel): (An apple and a difficult case combine to form a shocking question for Simon Banks. What, exactly, determines "intimacy" and, once defined, what boundaries can contain the intimacy that exists between Jim Ellison and his guide, Blair Sandburg?) (153)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

See reactions and reviews for The Touch of Your Hand.
[zine]: The angsty lyrics of Sarah McLachlan fit the B7 universe very well indeed, although I personally always tend to think of them in connection with Pat's Fargone universe, since that's where I was first introduced to them. In Lingering on the Fringes, the songs are applied to various fandoms, leading to some stories that are a bit darker than the author's usual output. "The Moving of the River" is an A/B story that deals with the problem of Blake's past, and the nightmarish memories that the Federation implanted in him to help make the false charges stick. Avon's rational approach to the matter helps Blake to cope. In general I liked the story, but I did feel that Avon's dialogue sometimes sounded a little too stilted and Spock-like, a minor problem that I've noticed in several K/S-turned-A/B writers (and a few artists, too). Now, if only they would switch over exclusively to B7, I'm sure the problem would solve itself quickly. ;) [1]


  1. ^ from Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site