Magnificent Seven (Blake's 7 zine)

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This article is about the Blake's 7 fanzine. For the TV show, see Magnificent Seven.

Zine
Title: Magnificent Seven
Publisher: Pony Press in cooperation with Overmind: The Society for British Science Fiction and Telefantasy, reprinted and sold by Bill Hupe in the US
Editor(s): Leigh Arnold
Date(s): 1983-1991
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Medium: print zine
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Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
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Magnificent Seven is a gen Blake's 7 anthology.

cover of issue #1 by Phred

Issue 1

Magnificent Seven 1 was published in 1983 and contains 146 pages.

  • Linda Gerhart, "Underground Tapes" (Suspense and aid from a mysterious force when Avon, Cally and Vila try to steal some tapes from Servalan) (29 pages)
  • Leigh Arnold, "Vontrolley Way" (A first-season story where Avon finds the Vontrolley Way open to freedom (17 pages)
  • Jenn Eccles, "The Cavern" (Avon’s adventure below ground with a made computer and a beautiful woman (14 pages)
  • Linda Gerhart, "First Impressions" (Vila’s in prison and meets someone who is to have a great affect on his future life—Avon (9 pages)
  • Jenn Eccles, "Mutiny" (Second season story where Blake takes the Liberator to a planet that Avon knows something about) (27 pages)
  • Leigh Arnold, "Family Ties" (The Scorpio crew succeed in taking Zeeona away, then instead of going to Gauda Prime, begin meeting old friends)
  • * Acceptance (16 pages)
  • * Our Adventure On Exbar (29 pages)
  • Phred, "Nightmare" (An adventure to find Blake goes wrong) (5 pages)

Art:

  • Phred (front cover)
  • James Doyle
  • Tei Ruki
  • Angel

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Magnificent Seven 2 is a collection of 7 stories and is 202 pages long. First printing: July 1984 (reprints: March 1986, January 1987, March 1988)

Art by Leigh Arnold (front cover), Susan Molnar, Tei Ruki.

  • Sheila Paulson, "Double Bluff" ("Vila opened his eyes and squinted at Avon. 'Avon...am I dying?' Avon was tempted to lie, though he had never believed in pointlessly shielding people from unpleasant truths. But Vila's eyes held him steadily and he heard himself saying, 'Yes, Vila, you may be.'")
  • Virginia Turpin, "Fog"
  • Kathy Hintze, "By Right of Possession" ("Avon lingered for awhile, remembering the emotions he had felt. Desire for Cally, then hatred for the man on the couch. Avon could not think of him as Vila. Vila was somewhere else, being held against his will. No, the man on the couch was his enemy, and Avon would do everything he could to destroy that man and save Vila. Even if it came to killing him.") (reprinted in Everything But the Kitchen Sink #1)
  • Nabby Lee, "The Idiot and the Fool" ("Avon lingered for awhile, remembering the emotions he had felt. Desire for Cally, then hatred for the man on the couch. Avon could not think of him as Vila. Vila was somewhere else, being held against his will. No, the man on the couch was his enemy, and Avon would do everything he could to destroy that man and save Vila. Even if it came to killing him.")
  • Janet L. Walker, "Any Dream Will Do" ("'What are you searching for, Thres?' he asked again. This time she answered, wanting to let him know that he wasn't the only one who was alone. 'Friends I can't find, special friends that you meet once in a lifetime-- and a man who comes along once in a very great while.'")
  • Jenn Eccles, "Murder on the Liberator Express" ("Cally's door was locked but Vila made short work of it. He stepped in first then wished he hadn't. Cally was lying in bed, seemingly still asleep. But her pillow was a deep and soggy red. Her throat had been neatly slit. ")
  • Leigh Arnold, "Avon" ("Avon got to his feet, gun in hand. He took aim, only to have Blake knock his arm down. Avon snapped it back, elbowing Black out of the way, and fired the gun. The action seemed to reassure Avon's people but it gnawed on Blake a bit. He recalled Deva's warnings and decided that perhaps he should heed them.")
  • "Federation Top Ten Most Wanted List" (non-fiction, this is a list with reward amounts, etc.)
  • "Crypto-shorts" (puzzles)

Issue 3

Magnificent Seven 3 was published in 1988 (fourth printing April 1989) and 154 pages. The reprint omits some stories.

cover of issue #3

Fiction:

  • Mary Alice Wuerz, "Titan's War" (15 pages)
  •  ?, "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished"
  • Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham, "Fortuneteller" (10 pages) (reprinted in Roads Not Taken)
  • Leigh Arnold, "Blizzard" (26 pages)
  • Linda Terrell, "Reaping Purpose" (14 pages) (Knight Rider crossover) (reprinted in Frak #10; later revised and reprinted as "Once Upon a Time in Outer Space" in Southern Seven #10)
  • Bonnie Vitti, "The First Battleground" (33 pages) (reprinted in Children of the Federation)
  • Leigh Arnold, "The Poet"
  • Janet L. Walker, "Rest and Relaxation" (32 pages)
  • Jenn Eccles, "Casagauda" (14 pages)
  • Mary Alice Wuerz, "In the Balance" (28 pages)
  • Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham, "Sundae Bloody Sundae" (7 pages) (reprinted in The Bizarro Zine #1)

Non Fiction:

  • Tei Ruki, "Write Your Own B7 Story" (3 pages)
  • Photo captions
  •  ?, "Memo-- found in Federation wastebasket"

Art:

  • Leah Rosenthal
  • Tei Ruki
  • Leigh Arnold
  • Ann Davenport
  • Susan Molnar

Issue 4

Magnificent Seven 4 was published August 1987; second printing, February 1988 and is 306 pages long. Cover by Dani Lane. The reprint omits some stories.

cover of issue #4 by Dani Lane
  • Adieu by CarolMel Ambassador (4 pages)
  • Point of View by Mary Alice Wuerz--Part two of the 5th-season "In the Balance" series. Avon is settling in until he faces an assassin!(16 pages)
  • Space Coffin by Leigh Arnold (13 pages)
  • Poetic Justice by Ann Wortham--Vila is pushed into doing something drastic in order to save Tarrant. (5 pages) (also in The Chronicles #32/33)
  • A Lion to Guide the Lamb by Jean Graham--Avon has to learn how to act like a Delta, and Gan is willing to teach him. (32 pages) (also in Avon's Seven and Syzygy #6)
  • All I Need Is a Miracle by Ann Wortham and Leah Rosenthal--Blake and a shower, and Jenna and a dream, change the course of history. (3 pages) (also in The Chronicles #30)
  • Tangent by Leigh Arnold--A get-Avon, Avon&Cally, third-season alternative universe story that brings Anna Grant on board the Liberator. (53 pages)
  • Alternative Ending [for 'Tangent'] by Leigh Arnold
  • Reflections by Diana Dougherty and Laura Wynne (13 pages)
  • Brats in the Belfry by Genn Eccles--Vila always suspected that Avon was a terror as a child -- but he hardly expected it from Cally! (13 pages)
  • Solitaire by Laura Wynne--Shows that even Avon can find someone to love. (20 pages)
  • Vila Don't Lose My Number by Ann Wortham and Leah Rosenthal--The first-ever Bizarro story. Vila has a run-in with a vice squad and a crocodile! Miami Vice crossover. (16 pages) (reprinted in The Bizarro Zine #4)
  • In Too Deep by Sue Glasgow--Blake loans out his best thief and embezzler to some Federation agents posing as rebels. (60 pages)
  • Here Kitty... Kitty... Kitty by Bonnie Vitti (16 pages)
  • Shock Waves by Mary Alice Wuerz-- Part three of Wuerz's "In the Balance" series--all of Blake's people begin to accept that Avon is sane and all right, until an earthquake demolishes the base and when it's evacuated he chooses to remain. (31 pages)
flyer for issue #4 with story summaries, click to read

Poetry:

  • Denise Leanne Mathews, "Avon"
  • Denise Leanne Mathews, "Fascination"
  • Joan Enright, "Not Quite Human"
  • Joan Enright, "The Candle Flame"
  • Tei Ruki, "Three Verses: Avon, Cally, Vila"

Non Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold, Editorial
  • Photo captions
  •  ?, "FSA Space Captain's Final Exam" (6 pages)
  •  ?, "Insurance claim-- found in wastebasket"

Art:

  • Dani Lane (front cover)
  • Leigh Arnold
  • Vicki Brinkmeier
  • Leah Rosenthal
  • Kathy Hanson
  • Tei Ruki
  • Shann

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

[Poetic Justice]: I can't say much about this short-short (only 4 pages) without spoiling. Bang and Blame (the PGP archive) accurately call this "a real gut-punch of a story." After Gauda Prima, the Scorpio crew is having yet another discussion of expediency and expendability. What comes next is perfectly heartbreaking, perfectly surprising, and perfectly believable. [1]

Issue 5

Magnificent Seven 5 was published in February 1988 and has 240 pages.

cover of issue #5

Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold and Sue Glasgow, "A Wonderful Day in a One-Way World"
  • Mary Gerstner, "Thread of Sanity"
  • Mary Alice Wuerz, "Best Laid Plans"
  • Siane Rhys, "CAvaLLrY Too Late"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Ashes to Ashes"
  • L. S. Willard, "Reparation"
  • Genn Eccles, "Desperado"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "A, B, and C"
  • Kathy Martin and Colette Bolech, "Echoes in the Darkness"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Post Gaudy Print Blues"

Poetry:

  • Alicia Ann Fox & Holly Hutchison, "Fade to Black" (filk, Goodnight Saigon, by Billy Joel)
  •  ?, "There's a mirror in your eyes..."

Non Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold, Editorial
  • Leigh Arnold & Sue Glasgow, photo captions
  • "Lawsuit from the offices of Arnold, Glasgow & Spadotto"
  • Assorted lightbulb jokes
  • "For Sale" ad

Art:

  • Mary Gerstner
  • Holly Hutchison
  • Lynne A. Witten
  • Shann
  • Mary Robertson
  • Tei Ruki
  • Leigh Arnold

Issue 6

Magnificent Seven 6 contains 238 pages and was published in February 1988.

cover of issue #6, Holly Hutchinson

Fiction:

  • Mary Alice Wuerz, "Backlash"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Spring Break"
  • Mary Robertson, "Millions of Ships"
  • Ellen Walters, "Another Chance"
  • L.S. Willard, "To What Lengths"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Truth of the Matter"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Asteroid One"
  • Jill Grundfest, "Home and Away"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Visitor"
  • Mary Robertson, "Things in the Storage Cupboard" (Doctor Who crossover)
  • Cindy Henry, "Gehenna"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Ditto"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Engineer"
  • Genna Eccles, "Angel of Death"

Poetry:

  • Tei Ruki, "Girlfriend in the Cellar" (filk, Girlfriend in a Coma, by The Smiths)
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Servalan's Song" (filk, I've Got a Little List, from The Mikado)
  • Tei Ruki, "Ship of Frustration" (filk, Land of Confusion, by Genesis)
  • Tei Ruki, "Big Gun Strikes Again" (filk, Big Mouth Strikes Again, by the Smiths)
  • Tei Ruki, "Psychos in Black Leather" (filk, Nights in White Satin, by the Moody Blues)
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Sand" (filk, And She Was, by the Talking Heads)
  • Tei Ruki, "Man in Black Leather and Studs" (filk, Man in a Uniform, by Gang of Four)

Non Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold, Editorial
  • Leigh Arnold, "Introduction to Flake's Seven"
  • Leigh Arnold & Sue Glasgow, photo captions
  • "Hand Wash Clinic" ad
  • "All Points Bulletin, Courtesy California Highway Patrol"
  • Want ads
  • "Blake's Seven Related Fan Clubs"

Art:

  • Holly Hutchison (front cover)
  • Shann
  • Lynn A. Witten
  • Leigh Arnold
  • Lenore Dunlop
  • Ellen Walters
  • Mary Gerstner
  • Suzie Molnar
  • Vicki Brinkmeier

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

[Engineer]: One gen story that I thought had a very negative view of Blake was called '"Engineer." I think it may have been by Leigh Arnold, but I don't know what zine it was in. In that one Blake turned out to be a psychostrategist, using his professional skills to manipulate poor dear Avon. [2]

Issue 7

Magnificent Seven 7 contains 258 pages and was published in November 1988. The art is by Shann (front cover), Elizabeth Gagliano, Mary Gerstner, Suzie Molnar, Leigh Arnold, Lenore Dunlop, Samantha Hayman, Linda Mazdel, Adrian Morgan.

cover of issue #7, Shann

Fiction:

  • Mary Alice Wuerz, "Homeward Bound"
  • Renee Ransdorf and Dee Beetem, "Deja Vu" (Eternal Champion [by Michael Moorcock] crossover)
  • Cindy Rancourt, "Closer Than a Brother"
  • April Giordano, "The Impossible Dream"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Benefactor"
  • Jill Grundfest, "After Anna"
  • Dee Beetem, "I Know How You Feel"
  • Tamara Verbande, "Absolution"
  • April Giordano, "Believe It Or Not"
  • Joan Enright, "Daughter of the Regiment" (Tour of Duty crossover)
  • Leigh Arnold, "Mission Improbable"
  • Nancy Catherine, "Reconciliation"
  • Jeanne DeVore, "I, Avon"
  • Paulie Kay, "Impressions"
  • Cindy Henry, "The Wages of Boredom"
  • Bonnie Vitti, "How I Spent My Summer, by Rojjy Blake"
  • Cindy Henry, "Measure of Virture
  • Bonnie Vitti, "How I Spent My Summer, by Kerry Avon"
  • Sue Glasgow, "Cat and Mouse"
  • Meg Garrett, "Second Coming"
  • Sophia Mulvey, "Home by the Sea"
  • Dorian Gale, "Regrets"
  • Linda Donahue, "I Never Forget a Face"
  • Adrian Morgan & Brendan O'Cullane, "Thieves" (reprinted in Double Vision)
  • Genna Eccles, "Remember Me"

Poetry:

  • Paulie Kay, "One Woman's View"
  • Paulie Kay, "Goodbye"
  • Paulie Kay, "How About Friend?"
  • Paulie Kay, "Gauda Prime"
  • Heather Saavedra, "To Tell a Tale"
  • Paulie Kay, "The Thief"
  • Heather Saavedra, "Believe to the End"

Non Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold, Editorial
  • Sue Glasgow, Bev Spadotto, and Leigh Arnold, photo captions
  • "Computer bulletin board...."
  • "Dirty Trick"
  • "Kitty Atilla" ad
  • KOCE-TV letter and news release
  • Meet the Tribbers
  • Leigh Arnold, Statement
  • Stardrive ad
  • Leigh Arnold, New Statement: Where's the Fire?

Issue 8

Magnificent Seven 8 was published in December 1989 and has 252 pages. Cover by by Susan Lovett.

cover of issue #8 by Susan Lovett

Fiction:

  • Cindy Rancourt, "Shattered" ("What if … there had never been any aliens at Star One? The last two seasons hinged on the fact that the Andromeda Galaxy had sent invasionary forces to destroy the Federation’s central computer control center. Without this invasion there would have been a very different outcome to Blake’s war.") (also in Chronicles Annual 1989)
  • Claudine Vissing, "Of Friends and Faith"
  • Mary Gerstner, "The Cost of Freedom"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Vain Attempt"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "The Making of a Rebel (Klyn's Story)"
  • Jill Grundfest, "Miles to Go Before I Sleep"
  • Ellen D. Weitz, "The Better Part of Valour"
  • Teresa Sarick, "*Between* Battles" (Pern crossover)
  • April Giordano, "The Point of No Return"
  • Kathy Coy, "What Really Happened After They Found No Alien Invasion at Star One"
  • Tom Beck, "Pursuit"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Hurt So Good"
  • Barbara Adams, "Retrospect"
  • Mary Alice Wuerz, "Resonance Effects... And Dissonance"
  • Susan Glasgow, "The Dreamer"

Poetry:

  • "Don't Give up on Us, Avon" (filk, Don't Give up on Us, by David Soul)
  • "Roj's Song" (filk, Long Way, by Queen)
  • "I Want Avon" (filk, I Want Candy, by Annabelle & BowWowWow)
  • "Travis Gets His Kicks" (filk, Fat Bottomed Girls, by Queen)
  • Teri Sarick, "Encounter"
  • "Was It All Worth It?" (filk, Was It All Worth It, by Queen)
  • Jan Grokett, "Betrayal's Vampiric Kiss"

Non Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold, Editorial
  • "A Quiz"
  • Sue Glasgow, Bev Spadotto, and Leigh Arnold, photo captions
  • Blake's Grill menu
  • Ingsby and Bredon, "Blake's 7 Important Lists (true information you couldn't live without)"

Art:

  • Suzan Lovett (front cover)
  • Elizabeth Gagliano
  • Samantha Hayman
  • Joanne Christy
  • Judith Kitzes
  • Mary Robertson
  • Susan Williams
  • Vicki Brinkmeier
  • Leigh Motooka
  • Suzie Molnar
  • Shann
  • Tei Ruki
  • Judith Boguslawski
  • Leigh Arnold
  • Kathy Hanson

Issue 9

Magnificent Seven 9 contains 269 pages and was published in March 1991.

cover of issue #9, Phoenix
From the very, very long editorial, one which addresses The Blake's 7 Wars in a coded fashion:

Then there is the good news and bad news. First the bad. [snipped: much about "real life" taking up too much time for the editor to continue publishing zines.]

The good news is that I am putting my efforts toward launching a writing career. "Ill Winds" is currently at the agent's, waiting for an answer. And waiting. And waiting. Everyone tells me a) they take forever anyway and b) it's a good sign. And there are two more novels on the way. And several short stories. Writing in the 'real world' is very much like writing in the fandom world -- you pick your magazine and your subject, and you write and write, and you send it off, and wait.

Blake's Seven fandom has been an excellent place to learn -- to learn the craft of writing, and to learn about people. "Lone Star" took about two years to write.. "Ill Winds" (about 150 pages longer) took four months, but the practice I gained between the two books shows in the latter effort. You learn what zines you like, and how to write stories those editors write. All the nice locs didn't hurt, either, or Terry Nation's public comment about my writing. (thank you thank you thank you!)

The people part is the most valuable. Not only learning about other people, but about myself. I had corresponded with a person in the fandom and we discussed Nazi Germany and how each of us would have behaved. I can now answer for both of us because immediately after, the great "Controversy" broke, and there in a microcosm, was a harmless fantasy world in which to witness behavior, and I know how he acted, and I know how he acted. I learned the boundaries between being a fan and and obsession where people have a life and where they only claim one; where self-gratification exceeds ethics and morals; how far one would go to stay on safe terms with a power-base; how evil can be condoned even for the best intentions; how one can be physically mature but not spiritually or emotionally; and where reality and fantasy meet and cross. I've seen fans turn on idols because they weren't given enough attention or recognition by their idols, and that was sad; I've seen fans rally for truth and justice, and that was beautiful. I've seen betrayal in this fandom. I've met some wonderful, balanced people. I've met some "celebrities" one could actually talk to and be with. I've confronted fans who thought that THEY were the celebrities...

With this last issue of Magnificent Seven there are a LOT of people I would like to thank for various reasons [much, much snipped about this list of fans and celebrities]...

[I'd like to thank some fans for] your written or vocal support during the hard times, the so-called Controversy and whatever, and who knew the difference between Right and Wrong. [Doris L, Celeste H, Jean A, Kathy H, Mary M, Karlene H, Judith K, K Rae T, Carolyn B, Helen P, Pearl S, Anna S, Gail B, Dotty B, Marie P, Ann B, Judith S], and everyone who stood up for Right.

Fiction:

  • Lee Vibber, "Renewal"
  • Shann DePuy and Sue Glasgow, "Letting Go"
  • Siane Jones [=Leigh Arnold], "Nan's Pictures"
  • Laura Wynne, "Phantasmagoria" (Wizard of Oz crossover)
  • Robert Collins, "The 500-kilo Enemy"
  • Genna Eccles [=Leigh Arnold], "Commentary" (reprinted from Southern Seven #2)
  • Kelson Vibber, "Blake's 7: A New Beginning; Part 1: The Battle Begins Anew"
  • Leigh Arnold, "The Slave Revolt on Dumbo"
  • Judith Kitzes, "Blake's Dream"
  • Margaret Schwarz, "Substantiated"
  • Linda Donahue, "Servalan's Thief"
  • Leigh Arnold, "The Velvet Frog & Elderly Giant Alien Toads"
  • Jim Vibber, "Overlay"
  • April Pentland, "Any Questions?"
  • Meg Atkinson [=Leigh Arnold], "The Hungry" (reprinted from Southern Seven #2)
  • Sandra Lyons and Steve Oualline, "The Balance of Trust"
  • April Pentland, "End-Game"
  • Kate Daniels, "Damage Control"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "On the Wings of Destiny"

Motley Crew section:

  • Renae Ransdorf, "Don't Cross Me" (Smurfs crossover)
  • Susan Glasgow and Shann DePuy, "The Adventures of Ruby and the Terrorists" (Ruby, Galactic Gumshoe * crossover)
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Accidental Meeting" (Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Kim Wigmore, "Dragondeed" (Pern crossover)
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Disciple" (Doctor Who crossover)
  • Meg Garrett, "Propaganda" (Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Siane Jones [=Leigh Arnold], "Liberator vs. Church Lady" (Saturday Night Live crossover; reprinted from Southern Seven #4)
  • Dee Beetem & Renee Couture, "Return of the Guardian of the Abyss" (Guardian of the Abyss crossover)
  • Leigh Arnold, "Flake's Night in Court" (Flake's Seven universe; Night Court crossover)
  • Meg Atkinson [=Leigh Arnold], "Just a Day at St. Swithin's" (DITH/I/Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe/Doctor Who crossover)
  • Kathy Kipper, "The Federation" (Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Leigh Arnold, "Flakes and Hammers" (Flake's Seven universe; SH (Starsky and Hutch? crossover)

New Horizons:

  • Genna Leigh Arnold, "The Return of the Queen" (this is part 13 of the New Horizons series)
  • Details of other parts

Poetry:

  • "Gauda Prime" (filk, Los Angeles, by X)
  • Gracia Fay Elwood, "Bodhisattva"
  • Teri Sarick, "Vila Sings: Who Needs Me?" (filk, As Long as He Needs Me)
  • Teresa Sarick, "The Ship"
  • Teri Sarick, "Avon"
  • "Rebellate" (filk, Mediate, by INXS)
  • Teri Sarick, "Final Scene"
  • Teri Sarick, "Blake Sings: One Rebel Born" (filk, And When I Die, by Clayton Thomas)
  • Teri Sarick, "Rebel Jive" (filk, Java Jive, by Drake & Oakland)
  • Tei Ruki, "Blue Avon" (filk, Blue Monday, by New Order)

Non Fiction:

  • Leigh Arnold, Editorial
  • Orac cliches
  • Photo captions
  • "Ask Earache (pages torn from Awesome Comics Flake's Seven Bi-Monthly')"

Art:

  • Phoenix (front cover)
  • Thomas Mulvey
  • Tei Ruki & Art Plic
  • Leigh Arnold

References

  1. from Crack Van, recced by executrix, March 26, 2004
  2. from a fan in Rallying Call #14 (1995)