Network

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Zine
Title: Network
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Date(s): May 1993
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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Network is a gen h/c 170-page anthology of Blake's 7 fiction by Candra Daneson.

It has a slash and adult het sister zine called Network Encounters.

Contents

Fiction:

  • Abandoned (sequel to "A Meeting of the Minds")
  • Avon's Word
  • Bargain
  • Caught
  • Cliffwalk
  • Debts
  • Follower
  • Friends and Allergies
  • Hereafter
  • A Meeting of the Minds
  • Nightmare
  • Pilot
  • The Promise
  • Reluctant Ally
  • Sink or Swim
  • The Soul of the Machine (sequel to "Friends and Allergies")
  • Therapy
  • Traitor"
  • What Are Friends For

Nonfiction:

  • Preface
  • Synopses

Reactions and Reviews

This is a one-person, self-published zine. It's actually pretty good; all of the stories are competently written, though some of them are really just scenes from stories and should be expanded for better effect. If I were the author, I would have submitted the stories to as many different zine eds as possible in order to get lots of free trib copies, instead of going to the trouble and expense of publishing it myself. But she says in the "Preface" that originally the zine was just going to be for herself and her friends, and only later did it occur to her to make it generally available; so maybe it didn't even occur to her to submit the stories elsewhere. She also comments interestingly on the reason why there's so much Avon-hc: "Since Avon is so strong-willed, he rarely reveals his emotions unless he is in dire straights [sic]. Thus, the hurt-comfort subgenre becomes an important vehicle to the examination of Avon's psyche. If you find I seem to beat up a lot on poor Avon in these stories, just remember, it's for his own good, as he will reveal himself to the others and be correspondingly rewarded with their love and support. [1]
Speaking of h-c, there's a new Blake-Avon zine out called Network, all stories by Candra Danesen, almost all of them h-c, and unlike Questions of the Past, the repetition in this zine did bother me. The stories were also full of glaring continuity errors (Orac in the first season, Gan matter-of-factly popping up after Pressure Point, etc-)- And the focus on the B-A relationship was so single-minded that the Federation all but disappeared as a living presence. On the plus side, Candra does get many of the characters' voices right: Avon's, Vila's, Cally's — even Orac's. (But not Blake's, I'm afraid.) [2]

References

  1. Blake's 7 - NETWORK, Archived version, review by Sarah Thompson
  2. from Rallying Call #11