Multiverse (multifandom zine)

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Zine
Title: Multiverse
Publisher: Dancing Dalek Press (#1), Soratobu Ninja Press
Editor(s): Nikki White
Date(s): December 1979-1999
Series?:
Medium: print
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Genre: gen
Fandom: multimedia
Language: English
External Links: Publisher website
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Multiverse is a gen "mixed universe" anthology fanzine (i.e containing characters/situations from more than one SF/fantasy TV/film 'world').

It was edited by Nikki White and ran for 30 issues ending in 1999.

In addition to the anthology fanzines, two novellas, Incident on Ardnor and Life Was Not Meant to Be Easy were also published featuring characters from the series.

The first nine issues featured Star Wars.

About

The first issue of Multiverse appeared in December 1979. Prior to that I'd been sending my articles and stories away to various zines both here and overseas where they'd always been accepted but I felt that I always had more than I could place, plus had started writing a series set in my own universe which used some of the characters from Star Trek and Star Wars as well as an original race, the Ensovaari. So why not do a zine of my own? This would be a no-frills fanzine (bit like this website) with no fancy borders and not much art. What it would have would be card covers, heavy staples and heavy tape along the spine. And unlike most of the fairly short Australian fiction zines of that time, it would be around 100 A4 pages long. It would also be one of the few fiction zines devoted to more than one SF "universe" (Lori Chapek-Carleton's Warped Space was just about the only other one) and probably the only one with "mixed universe" (or "crossovers" as the ghastly term is currently) stories as well. [1]

Its Physical Production

Nikki about producing the zine:
I went out and bought a second-hand reconditioned Gestetner mimeograph and a big, heavy office Ambassador manual typewriter with which to cut the wax stencils. Not having anywhere else to put it, I housed the Gestetner on the dining room table. The joys of wax stencils - trying proof read them, trying to correct them (and heaven help you if you jumped a line). The stinky pink correcting fluid; the stencil glue that smelled like rotten apples, both of which could give you quite a buzz ("No, officer, I've just been printing a fanzine..."), the duplicator ink that dried on the rollers on very hot days part-way through a run and tended to run out on a public holiday, anyway, the thermocopier which never reproduced art properly....I wrote all of the first issue and most of the subsequent few but soon was joined by other fans, most notably two South Australians, J.J. Adamson and Jill Curtin in the second issue. Later issues featured work by well known local fans such as Sue Bursztynski, Susan Clarke (now Batho). Edwina Harvey, Christine Hawkins, Bryn Lantry and Shayne McCormack as well as the Adamsons, and included contributions from the UK (Jackie Marshall) and the USA (eluki bes shahar, Pat Dunn and Diana Smith being the best known). The first few issues came out roughly quarterly before settling down to twice a year until the 1990s when it became mor[e] or less annual. MV was sold, exchanged or sent as a contributor's copy to all states in Australia, New Zealand, USA, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Holland and Sweden. [2]

Issue 1

Alison Bloomfield

Multiverse 1 was published in December 1979 from Australia and is 105 pages long.

There are sparse illustrations. They are non credited but likely by White.

From the editorial:

Why "Multiverse"? Well, I like to write "omnium gatherurm" or mixed universe stories as I believe they are a viable form of fanfic. There is no reason why characters of one TV series/film should be confined to one 'universe' nor that these creative universes should be mutually exclusive, I believe that such stories can be written as serious literature and not, only as, pastiches. They present infinite combinations which may be exploited not only for humour bu also for contrasting personalities and cultures, thus bringing each into relief by comparison. I would like to encourage other fans to submit such stories as I feel that ST & SW fiction has got itself into a rut to some extent. While this may not be the solution, it is certainly a solution to breathe something different and some variety into fanfic.

[snipped]: Why do I not write in the so-called Lucas SW universe?.

I can promise a somewhat unorthodox, possibly off-the-wall approach to various SP series. I seem to see them differently from many people but I know I have had enough favourable reaction to my stories to warrant doing this zine. I want to see a variety of approaches to the SW, ST, DW etc. story, no matter how unusual.

I have enough stories or articles on file to do a dozen issues even if no one else sends me anything, the product of nearly a decade's writing and covering SW, SW, POTA, DW & SUPERMAN: THE MOVIE & DRACULA. I will be putting out a novella mid-year, probably, of 3 closely-related segments of my series centring around Darth. However,I would like to see other people contribute especially artists, but please keep drawings to half a page or less and not too much shading or dark areas. This does not reproduce well on a thermostencil.

This is the plain-fan's fanzine. No fancy borders,no double or triple-spacing and no pages of art. I want to keep costs down, hence mimeo - my own machine - and my own thermocopier. I believe most fans want to read rather than simply look.

[snipped]

In future issues, you will not have to suffer as much of my series as in this one but I had to get what is largely scene-setting out of the way first. This section, too, will contain news on clubs, upcoming and current zines, films and other events as it comes to hand (similar to the column I have been doing in DATA for the past 3 years), rather than polemic. However, I felt a statement of aims was necessary so that people will know what to expect and what not to expect. If you do not like this zine, there are plenty of other SW zines around.
  • The Corellian Omnibus, editorial by Nikki White (some of this is Why do I not write in the so-called Lucas SW universe?) (2)
  • Superman: The Amalgam, article by Nikki White (7)
  • The Logical Choice, fiction by Nikki White (Sarek/Amanda) (12)
  • My Universe and Welcome to It by Nikki White (White explains her universe, see images below.) (28)
    • New Boys in Town, fiction by Nikki White (Star Wars) (30)
    • Wild Corellian Boy, fiction by Nikki White (Star Wars) (41)
    • Black Knight/Cyberslayer, fiction by Nikki White (Darth Vader/Star Trek: TOS + Klingon story) (58)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

I recently received MV. It is a well put together interesting 'zine. I am glad that I have had the chance to read it.

In your first issue I liked particularly 'The Corellian Omnibus','My Universe and Welcome to It'(that may seem and odd choice but I always like it when editors explain why they are writing different types of stories. That way, the readers can't complain if they don't like those sort of stories. They simply stop buying the zine.), "Lines we'd like to hear" and "Wild Corellian Boy. "[3]
MV arrived safely and, apart from the fact that the print was sometimes a little difficult to read (the fault, I suspect, of your printing system), I found it a very interesting zine indeed. Han's reaction to the Amazonish ladies of your Universe is fascinating - and thoroughly Hannish. How do you plan to get him (and 'Vader) out of there for TESB? [4]
I really liked your zine and it made me sorry I could not draw. How of often do you come across something that has lots of qualities and is really funny? The way you picture Darth was quite a new thing to me and you're right, it would be such a waste for him to be a gory mass of unhealed flesh, especially if he is starting a K/S relationship with Kang. [ED: Actually, this is hardly the case - holding a chap by the neck does not form a good basis for a close-friendship, especially if said chap is a Klingon.] [5]
I thought: I wouldn't take to a Universe of Darth Vader's, Klingons and Daleks but I was pleasantly surprised. I have never realised how Vader and the Klingons complement each other until reading your stories. I also like your approach to the role of women - which I hope you keep up. [6]
I enjoyed MV and I hope you continue to bring out this magazine. Loved the bits in MV that have the Ensovaari warriors fighting duels to defend Han's "honour" and the picture of poor Chewie cowering under the table. I also loved the love scene between Han and Dicoris, the bit where Darth turns on the charm to impress the Empress and the scenes where he flabbergasts the Klingons by taking over their ship. [7]
I really enjoyed MV. There are so few mixed universe stories. I hope your zine convinces more people to write them. [8]

Issue 2

Multiverse 2 was published in March 1980 and contains 100 pages. The art is by Nikki White and J.J. Adamson.

front cover of issue #2, Alison Bloomfield
back cover of issue #2, Alison Bloomfield

Some topics in the editorial: description of Tom Baker's second visit to Australia, reports and opinions about Star Trek: The Motion Picture, more description of "Chronicles of the Empire" (which was White's title for her long-running, multimedia/original universe fiction series), various worker strikes...

From the editorial:

You will have noticed MV2 costs more than MV1. This is because both stationery and postal rates have gone up and also because I was actually undercharging for MV1. I thought MV1 would be an 80 page zine and calculated accordingly and advertised at that rate. When it came to 106 pages, I felt I had to stick by what I said it would cost so, in effect, those who bought it got 26 pages free. Copies of MV1 are still available but they will cost the same as MV2 from now read as I am single-spacing between words, as well as lines. Artwork has been even further reduced. Unless I get it, folks, I don't print it!

[snipped]

After MV3, I hope to bring out the novella which, follows next in the 'Chronicles' after what will appear in MV3.This is tentatively called 'Incident on Ardnor' and is already written. It focuses on Vader and Solo and should be out June/July, probably 100 pages or so long. Then I might bring out another novel1a, 'Life was not meant to be easy' which is also in the series - or rather forms a subset all of its own. 'Dracula' is its protagonist. Then around September, I want to do MV4. This schedule is only tentative, of course.

As TESB probably will not reach these shores until around Xmas 1980, events mentioned in it will have to be ignored in my own stories. Also, please remember mine are set in an alternate SW universe and I have taken a different approach to certain character developments and relationships than TESB possibly, could. [9] However, the bulk of the Chronicles series is already written. However, other writers are free to incorporate events etc. from it in their own stories if they want
  • The Corellian Omnibus, editorial by Nikki White (i)
  • Attack, fiction by Nikki White (Star Wars/original universe) (1)
  • Trek to America: A Report, con report by Jill Curtin ("longtime ST fan, former president of Sastrek... and current president and founder of the Australian Darkover Council") (15)
  • Star Trek: The Fourth Season, a review of Star Trek: The Motion Picture by Nikki White (She didn't like it.) (20)
  • Fannish Comment on ST:TMP (25)
  • ST:TMP in Australia, article by Nikki White (includes an extensive bibliography of reviews of the movie in mainstream press) (30)
  • Where No Corellian Has Gone Before, fiction by Nikki White (Star Trek: TOS/Star Wars) (36)
  • Superman Strikes Out by Nikki White (61)
  • Dr. Who In the 25th Century by J.J. Adamson (Doctor Who/Buck Rogers) (70)
  • Contact Has Been Made, lettercol (98)

Issue 3

cover of issue #3

Multiverse 3 was published in June 1980 and contains 105 pages.

  • Sith is a Four Letter Word (Star Wars/Original Fiction) - Nikki White (12 pages)
  • Ninja in the Belfry (The Samurai) - Nikki White
  • Red light, Green Light (Star Wars/Original Fiction) - Nikki White (11 pages)
  • Nobody's Innocent Child (Star Wars) - Nikki White (29 pages)
  • Fun, Profit and the Corellian Way (Star Wars/Original Fiction) - Nikki White (12 pages)


Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Multiverse 4 was published in February 1981.

  • The Body In Question (Star Wars) - Shayne McCormack (Luke wonders what to do when your best friend is not the man he was. Han and Dark Vader change into each other's body.) (27 pages)
  • Solo's End, Part One (Star Wars) - Mick Avenhouse (Solo has a close encounter of the worst kind with Vader.) (12 pages)
  • Dark Jedi/Winner Take All (Star Wars/Original Fiction) - Nikki White (The ninth segment of the "Chronicles of the Empire" series.) (50 pages)


Issue 5

Multiverse 5 was published in June 1981 and contains 142 pages.

  • What Now, Mr Spock (Star Trek: TOS) - Susan Clarke
  • Solo's End, Part Two - Mick Avenhouse (Star Wars) (8 pages)
  • Witch-child (Star Wars) - Nikki White (47 pages)
  • Doing Vader - eluki bes shahar (Star Wars)
  • You Might Have Been a Headache (Star Wars) - Nikki White
  • Dark Jedi: Winner Take All - Nikki White (Star Wars) (57 pages)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

The material found here is of such variable quality that one hesitates to say anything negative or positive about Multiverse. From what I have seen, I would say that this issue is a step up from past issues in the areas of repro and artwork. However, the written material (heavily emphasizing Darth Vader) seems to be a mixture of the delicious and the abysmal. The first SW material appearing is an adventure story, 'Solo's End.' A serialized chase, this tale has Vader making childish attempts to destroy Solo as Solo darts from cave to cave, planet to planet. As in all good serialized adventures, each episode ends with a cliffhanger. Unfortunately, even though Avenhouse seems to have shown some improvement since the story began in the last issue, he has major problems. The plot-line is disjointed; the characters is shallow and undeveloped. The problems with his writing are those of most new writers -- foreshadowing is pompous, transitions from scene to scene abrupt, and the reader is told the action rather than being drawn into it. Darth Vader's fascination is explored in the essay, 'Doing Vader.' Is he really that wonderfully wicked? The fascination of the serpents eyes for the mesmerized bird is the most striking analogy Eluki draws to explain why we love Vader. The thrill of playing of fire. The piece is liberally sprinkled with literary quotations and allusions, a touch that personally liked very much. White's profile of Vader, 'You May Have Been a Headache But You Were Never a Bore,' follows 'Doing Vader.' An interesting compendium of Vader's main personal attributes, it is a reprint from Mos Eisley Tribune #3. Ms. White had not seen TESB at the time she wrote this so it is limited in that sense. She is aware of the various influences upon Lucas as he created the SW universe and these are painted out in the course of the article. In particular, I felt this was an interesting piece to be included in Multiverse because of the two fictional pieces, also by Ms. White, appearing in this issue. Both stories center around Darth Vader. The first, "Witchchild", is the story of Vader' s life before he joined the Imperial forces. Despite some flawed writing, I enjoyed this piece very much because of the distinct culture Nikki gave the Sith., Ritualistic, primitive, it gives credence to her theory that Darth left his people because he wanted to use the powers of a Jedi to bring them into competition with the rest of the cultures of the planets around it. To her, Darth falls by doing the wrong thing for the right reason. He wishes to fight the Emperor but by use of the same means as the Emperor uses. All in all, I found the characterization of Vader in this piece to be one of the most valid that I have ever read. What disappointed me was the fact that the second fictional piece dealing with Vader was so poor by comparison. "Dark Jedi/Winner Take All" takes place in an alternate universe, so far removed from anything I recognized as for it to be purely coincidental that the characters bear the same names as the personalities created by George Lucas. In this universe, TESB has never taken place. Darth has been hurtled by shock waves from the Death Star's explosion into a world of matriarchs, Japanese ninja, Klingons, and Federation types. In my this is the worst sort of cross-universe writing. Nothing blends. It is very much as if Ms. White was simply taking everything she was ever interested in and throwing it together in a story without regard for compatibility or cohesiveness. It is stated by the author that this particular story is part of a series which includes "Witchchild" as well as Ms. White's novella, Incident of Ardnor. By and large, I was not greatly impressed by Mulitiverse 5, but I do feel compelled to say that from what I have seen of former work, this issue is an improvement over the ones before. [10]

Issue 6

Multiverse 6 was published in November 1981 and contains 104 pages.

  • Flash Gordon review - Dale Scott
  • First Encounters (Star Wars) - Caren Perlmutter (11 pages)
  • Monkey Magic (Monkey TV series) - Nikki White
  • Reflections (Star Wars) - Susan Clarke (2 pages)
  • Rescue Mission (Star Wars) - Jenny McLean (1 page)
  • Solo's End, Part Three by Mick Avenhouse (12 pages)
  • Fathers and Sons (Battlestar Galactica) - Jenny McLean
  • The Quest of Taelith Kender (Star Wars/Original Fiction) - Nikki White (33 pages)
  • Star Trek Remembered - Linda McCarthy


Issue 7

Multiverse 7 was published in April 1982 and contains 130 pages.

  • Solo's End, Part Four - Mick Avenhouse (9 pages)
  • Friendship (Battlestar Galactica) - Jenny McLean
  • The Superfluous Superman (Superman/Star Wars/Battlestar Galactica) - Nikki White (34 pages)
  • Windows on Time (Dr. Who/Battlestar Galactica/Buck Rogers) - L. Tristy Spence
  • You've Come a Long Way Baby - Nikki White (19 pages)
  • Thoughts in the Night (Battlestar Galactica) - Jenny McLean
  • Galactic Noticeboard - Linda McCarthy
  • Mission on the Alkhmar (Star Tred/Original Fiction) - Nikki White (25 pages)


Issue 8

cover of issue #8

Multiverse 8 was published in August 1982.

  • Time Bandits review - Dale Scott
  • Zaphod Meet Marvin (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy) - Edwina Harvey
  • Runt of the Litter (Blake's 7/Original Fiction) - Sue Bursztynski
  • Survivor (Alien) - Mike Adamson
  • How to Warm a Wookiee (Star Wars) - Caren Perlmutter
  • The Broken Bamboo' (Blake's 7) - Nikki White
  • Moment of Truth (Star Wars) - Linda McCarthy
  • Animal Ship (Star Trek/Muppets) - Susan Clarke


Issue 9

Multiverse 9 was published in November 1982.

  • Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan reviews
  • Protection (Star Trek) - Linda McCarthy
  • The Ronin (Blake's 7/Original Fiction) - Nikki White
  • Incident (Star Wars) - Caren Perlmutter
  • Aftermath (Star Wars/Samurai/Other) - Nikki White
  • Star Flight (Buck Rogers) - L. Tristy Spence
  • Outsider (Samurai/Star Wars) - Nikki White


Issue 10

cover of issue #10

Multiverse 10 was published in June 1983 and 94 pages.

  • Shakedown (Star Wars/Samurai) - Nikki White (28 pages)
  • Tartarus Incident (Blake's 7) - JJ Adamson (7 pages)
  • Only the End of the World Again (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy) - Edwina Harvey (6 pages)
  • The Ronin, part two - Nikki White (41 pages) (Blake's 7/Original Fiction)


Issue 11

Multiverse 11 was published in February 1984 and contains 121 pages.

  • Around the World in Half a Daze (UK/Japan trip report) - Nikki White
  • The Ronin, part three - Nikki White (Blake's 7/Original Fiction)
  • Corsair Lord (Battlestar Galactica) - L. Tristy Spence
  • Gambler's Choice (Star Wars/Battlestar) - Susan Clarke
  • Kharina (Blake's 7) - Linda McCarthy
  • Two Brothers (Blake's 7) - Vikki Weidner
  • A Cry in the Night (Blake's 7) - Gail Neville
  • Trial by Error (Blake's 7) - Nikki White
  • A World of His Own (Blake's 7) - Geoff Tilley
  • Happy Easter (Blake's 7/Alien) - Nikki White
  • Travis by the Stars - Nikki White

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

Multiverse, as the name suggests, is a zine of stories set in different media SF universes. It even has a series which involves characters from ST, SW, BG, B7 and The Samurai. This universe is thus a complex mixture and the threads are difficult for someone to sort out when beginning in the middle of the series, however ideas such as that of Spock and Avon getting together over computers, and Han Solo in Kirk's crews are irresistible and would seem worth the effort of pursuing. [11]

Issue 12

Multiverse 12 was published in August 1984.

  • Prodigal Daughter (Blake's 7) - Gail Neville
  • Final Act (Blake's 7) - Russell Devlin
  • Dr. Who and the Flight of the Fleet (Doctor Who/Battlestar Galactica) - Pat Dunn
  • The Dissolving of Duloom (Star Trek) - Roger Kuiper & Bob Schreib
  • My Universe and Welcome to It - Nikki White
  • And Some Prefer Nettles (Blake's 7/Original Fiction) - Nikki White


Issue 13

Multiverse 13 was published in March 1985.

  • Prodigal Daughter - Gail Neville
  • Fault in the System(Blake's 7/Dr. Who) - Karen McCutcheon
  • Human Brother Cylon Foe (Battlestar/Space 1999) - Geoff Tilley
  • Avalon (Blake's 7) - Adrian Butcher
  • Alternatives (Blake's 7/Star Trek) - Felis Sylvestris
  • And Some Prefer Nettles (Blake's 7/Original Fiction) - Nikki White


Issue 14

Multiverse 14 was published in January 1986 and contains 58 pages.

flyer for issue #14
cover of issue #14
  • Sally Knyvette interview
  • Prodigal Daughter- Gail Neville
  • Brian Croucher interview
  • Hunter Out of Time (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Adam Jensen
  • Gareth Thomans & Sheelagh Wells interview
  • Dr. Who and the Return of the Galactica - Pat Dunn
  • Jacqueline Pearce interview


Issue 15

Multiverse 15 was published in August 1986 and contains 115 pages.

cover of issue #15
flyer for issue #15
  • Loves in Alternative (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Jackie Marshall
  • Mephistopheles in the Cellar (Blake's 7/Dracula) - Bryn Lantry
  • Every Home Should Have One (Blake's 7) - Linda McCarthy
  • On the Town (Blake's 7/Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy) - Edwina Harvey
  • Dr. Who and the Return of the Galactica - Pat Dunn
  • And Some Prefer Nettles (Blake's 7/Original Fiction) - Nikki White


Issue 16

cover of issue #16
1987 flyer for issue #16

Multiverse 16 was published in April 1987 and contains 83 pages.

  • Giant Shadows on the Wall (Blake's 7) - Gail Neville
  • Amber Ambiguities (Blake's 7) - Bryn Lantry
  • Shadow of the Wolf (Blake's 7) - Sue Bursztynski & Susan Clarke
  • And Some Prefer Nettles (Blake's 7/Original Fiction) - Nikki White
  • The Paladin Connection (Dr. Who/Knight Rider) - Linda Terrell
  • Dr. Who and the Return of the Galactica - Pat Dunn


Issue 17

Multiverse 17 was published in September 1987 and contains 84 pages

1987 flyer for issue #17
  • Avontrokerrdred (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith
  • An Alien Touch (Blake's 7) - Moira Dahlberg
  • Kunoichi (Blake's 7)- Nikki White
  • Death of a Time Lord (Doctor Who) - George Ivanoff
  • Star One, Too (Blake's 7) - Nikki White
  • While Walking Through the Park One Day (Dr. Who/Knight Rider) - Linda Terrell
  • Exchanges (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith
  • A Klingon's Lot is Not a Happy One, part on' (Star Trek/Dark Shadows) - Nikki White


Issue 18

cover of issue #18
1988 flyer for issue #18, click to read

Multiverse 18 was published in May 1988 and contains 85 pages.

  • Family Ties (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith
  • Right Forest, Wrong Tree, Part One (Blake's 7/Superman/Star Wars) - Nikki White
  • In the Hooves of Horses (Black Stallion/Doctor Who) - Linda Terrell
  • Separation (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith
  • A Klingon's Lot is Not a Happy One, part two - Nikki White


Issue 19

cover of issue #19

Multiverse 19 was published in September 1988 and ontains 85 pages.

  • Escape (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith ("Alternative Escape" in issue #22 is a response fic for this story.)
  • A Klingon's Lot is Not a Happy One, part three - Nikki White
  • Time Barely for Stones (Doctor Who) - A.A. Twist
  • What's in a Name (Blake's 7) - Linda McCarthy
  • Right Forest, Wrong Tree, Part Two (Blake's 7/Superman/Star Wars) - Nikki White


Issue 20

cover of issue #20

Multiverse 20 was published in February 1989 and contains 85 pages.


Issue 21

Multiverse 21 was published in December 1989 and contains 84 pages.

cover of issue #21
  • At Least You Can Choose Your Friends by Moira Dahlberg (Blake's 7) (31 pages)
  • Right Forest, Wrong Tree, Part Four by Nikki White (Blake's 7/Superman (movie)/Star Wars) (24 pages)
  • Phantom Agents by Peter Lempert (Science Fiction) (4 pages)
  • As Clear as Snow by Geoff Tilley (UFO) (7 pages)
  • A Klingon's Lot is Not a Happy One, part four by Nikki White (Star Trek: TOS) (12 pages)


Issue 22

Multiverse 22 was published in July 1990.

  • Brother Against Brother (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith
  • Tommy & Co. (Frisco Kid) - Linda McCarthy
  • Interlude (Blake's 7) - Sue Bursztynski
  • T'hy'la (Star Trek/Blake's 7) - Jenny Gallagher
  • A Klingon's Lot is Not a Happy One, part five - Nikki White
  • Alternative Escape (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Kathryn Andersen


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 22

[Alternative Escape -- notes from the author]: This is an Alternative Universe Crossover story -- but it is doubly Alternative. Its origins are as follows: Pat Dunn and Diana Smith wrote a series of stories (in Nikki White's fanzine, Multiverse) about the childhood of Avon (of Blake's 7 fame). They decreed that Avon was, in fact, a Time Lord (full name, Avontrokerrdred) and was related to the Doctor. While still a child, he was kidnapped by the Master, taken to the Blake's 7 universe, stranded, and adopted by some kindly souls.

Pat and Diana then wrote a story called "Escape" (which appeared in Multiverse #19) which was set immediately after the last episode of Blake's 7, where Avon is rescued by his parents, and is taken home to Gallifrey.

I was rather frustrated with "Escape", feeling it had a number of plot holes, and thinking they could have done it better. In fact, I thought I could do it better. So I put my money where my mouth was, and did so -- and this is it. (I then sent it to the authors to ask their permission for its existance... oh well...) Being an alternative to "Escape" it is titled "Alternative Escape". It was published in Multiverse #22 in 1990 -- with Pat and Diana's permission.

Note that I wrote this back in 1989, so there may be clunkiness in style. But I still think the plot holds up, despite its age.

Being an alternative to Escape, it was constrained to start at the same point, in the same way. So, cast your mind back to the last episode of Blake's 7, and begin... [12]

Issue 23

Multiverse 23 was published in July 1991 and contains 85 pages.

front cover of issue #23, the back cover is blank
  • A Klingon's Lot is Not a Happy One, part six - Nikki White (Star Trek: TOS) (2)
  • A Friendly Little Game - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith (Doctor Who and Blake's 7) (24)
  • Frozen Assets - Nikki White (Blake's 7/Doctor Who/Star Trek: TOS) to be continued (53)


Issue 24

Multiverse 24 was published in July 1992 contains 60 pages.

  • For Shadrach Flowers Also (Blake's 7) - Moira Dahlberg
  • Frozen Assets, part two (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Nikki White
  • Family Fixation (Blake's 7/Doctor Who) - Christine Hawkins
  • Matchmakers (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith
  • Unfinished Business (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Nikki White


Issue 25

Multiverse 25 was published in March 1993 and contains 87 pages

  • McCoy and the Pirate (Star Trek) - Susan Clarke & Sue Bursztynski
  • We Are Seven (Blake's 7) - Christine Hawkins
  • Unifinished Business (Dark Shadows/Blake's 7) - Nikki White
  • Delicate Matters (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith


Issue 26

Multiverse 26 was published in April 1994 and contains 92 pages.

  • Five Go To Cygnus Alpha (Blake's 7) - Christine Hawkins
  • Chasing Dark Shadows - Nikki White
  • Sarah Jane Investigates Twin Peaks - Nyssa Groenewegen (Twin Peaks/Doctor Who)
  • Reversal of Fortune (Deep Space 9/Blake's 7) - Moira Dahlberg
  • 24 Hours From Nowhere (Dracula/Blake's 7) - Nikki White
  • Revelations (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) - Pat Dunn & Diana Smith


Issue 27

Multiverse 27 was published in November 1994 and contains 79 pages.

cover of issue #27
  • Lois Lane Confesses by Sue Bursztynski (Superman) (2 pages)
  • Ransom by Pat Dunn & Diana Smith (Doctor Who/Blake's 7) (20 pages)
  • Unfinished Business by Nikki White (Blake's 7/Dark Shadows) (28 pages)
  • Interlude by Nikki White (Blake's 7) (8 pages)
  • The Eagle and the Bat by Nikki White (Dark Shadows/Original Fiction) (19 pages)


Issue 28

Multiverse 28 was published in January 1996.

  • The Springfield Solution (Quantum Leap) - Linda McCarthy
  • Unifnished Business (Dark Shadows/Blake's 7) - Nikki White
  • Hunting Wabbits (Babylon 5) - Katrina Weeden
  • Ro Remembers (Star Trek: TNG) - Sue Bursztynski


Issue 29

Multiverse 29 was published in November 1996.

  • Qupid's Arrows (Star Trek:TNG) - Sue Bursztynski
  • A Space Tale (Star Wars) - Susan Smith Clarke
  • Unifnished Business (Dark Shadows/Blake's 7/Forever Knight) - Nikki White
  • Hollow Memories (Babylon 5) - Katrina Weeden
  • Partners (Forever Knight) - Christine Hawkins & Karen McAllister
  • If Only (Quantum Leap) - Linda McCarthy
  • Our Place (Star Trek:TNG/Original) - L. Tristy Spence
  • Consequences (Quantum Leap) - Linda McCarthy


Issue 30

Multiverse 30 was published in June 1999 and contains 85 pages

  • Multiverse history and index
  • Starfleet Aacdemy Course Calendar & Outline - Christine Hawkins
  • Unifnished Business: Another Day, Another Dimension (Blake's 7/Dark Shadows/Babylon 5/Space Above & Beyond) - Nikki White
  • A Conversation Over Tea (Star Trek:TNG) - Sue Bursztynski
  • Dracula 97 report - Nikki White
  • Sic Moritur Vir (Babylon 5) - Christine Hawkins
  • The Vampire in Film - Nikki White
  • The Doctor's Companion (Doctor Who) - Sue Bursztynski
  • Unfinished Business: Another Day in the Strife (Dark Shadows/Blake's 7/Xena) - Nikki White

References

  1. ^ Nikki White. Multiverse; WebCite (Accessed 25 June 2014)
  2. ^ Nikki White. Multiverse; WebCite (Accessed 14 October 2009)
  3. ^ from a letter of comment in "Multiverse" #2
  4. ^ from a letter of comment in "Multiverse" #2
  5. ^ from a letter of comment in "Multiverse" #2
  6. ^ from a letter of comment in "Multiverse" #2
  7. ^ from a letter of comment in "Multiverse" #2
  8. ^ from a letter of comment in "Multiverse" #2
  9. ^ About this jossing, see White's comments: Why do I not write in the so-called Lucas SW universe?.
  10. ^ excerpt from a review in Jundland Wastes #8
  11. ^ from Truffles
  12. ^ by Kathryn Andersen at A Teaspoon and an Open Mind