Rebel

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Rebel is also the pairing name for Max/Tess of Roswell.
Zine
Title: Rebel
Publisher: Starhawk Press & Margaret Martin
Editor(s): see below
Date(s): 1985-1996
Series?:
Medium: print, zine
Size:
Genre:
Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
External Links: online zine review here [1]
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Rebel is a gen, Blake's 7 fanzine. It is digest-size and was published in Scotland. It has an adult het sister zine called Rebel Special 18+.

General Reactions and Reviews

I've read half a dozen or so issues of Rebel. It's not an expensive zine, but the contents aren't up to much. I really loathe the font and I've found a very low count of stories that I reckon to be worth re-reading. There's the occasional good one, but they are few and far between. [1]
The gen zine I like least to date is "Rebel". It's a small UK zine and has no artwork (which I can live with), but the editor seems willing to accept pretty well any story that comes along. The results in the occasional very good story, but many poor ones. [2]

Issue 1

cover of issue #1

Rebel 1 was published in 1985 and is 75 pages long. It was edited by Tasha Krivaall aka Starhawk.

Fiction:

  • Maria C. Przeslawska, "Spellbound" (page 1)
  • Elizabeth Everett, "Dream Brother Dream" (page 24)
  • Susan M. Morton, "Stratagems" (page 45)
  • Nicola Barnard, "Deja-vu" (page 59)
  • Margaret Martin, "Mirrors in Time" (page 61)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, aka Starhawk, Editorial
  • Ads for zines, B7 merchandise, etc. (page 76)

Poetry:

  • Nicola Barnard, "Last Thoughts" (page 1)
  • Patrick Chapman, "To Zeeona, Eclipsed by the Green Shadow of Virn" (page 59)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

Published in 1985, so one from the early days. 60 closely typed A5 pages, with the size of the print suggesting that it was reduced from A4. The physical quality of the zine is poor - in fact, there's a note included in the zine apologising for the poor quality of the printing, and promising a change of printers. The zine's been so badly printed that words and occasionally whole lines have had to be written in by hand. It's obviously not the editor's fault, but it does make the zine difficult to read. Those with poor eyesight might want to give the zine a miss.

There's some poetry in the zine, but I'm not greatly enamoured of most fan poetry. This isn't dire, but it doesn't rock my booties either. It only takes up a couple of pages, so it's not a problem.

I found the zine rather frustrating, because I kept feeling that I'd like to see these authors when they'd learnt a bit more about the craft of writing - potentially good, but in need of more practice. If I'd seen this zine early on in my zine reading career, before I'd been spoiled by seeing how good some writers are (including at least one of the authors in this zine:-), I'd probably have liked it a lot more.

Spellbound - Maria C. Przelskawska

Avon gets to rescue a beautiful princess from a tower, and slay her wicked uncle. Lightweight story, somewhat marred by the POV switching from character to character every sentence or two, and an occasional descent into purple prose, but fun.

Dream Brother Dream - Elizabeth Everett

An exhausted S4 Avon is dreaming about his brother and his childhood. Some interesting concepts and writing, but a promising beginning becomes incoherent, IMHO. I'd like to see a rewrite of this after the author had more experience.

Stratagems - Susan M Morton

An alternative view of what happened on Gauda Prime. I'd like it a lot better if I could work out what the author was suggesting had actually happened - this one's a little too cryptic for my tastes. Or maybe I just shouldn't read zines when I'm jet-lagged.

Deja-Vu - Nicola Barnard

Very short story about how the deaths on Gauda Prime will trigger the next cycle of rebellion a generation later. Some of the story borders on breaking suspension of disbelief for me, but I very much like the suggestion that it's the Federation bureaucracy's own unheeding use of Delta menials that gives one of them a glimpse of the possibility of rebellion.

Mirrors in Time - Margaret Martin

I suppose "Avon finding Cally's not-quite-dead-yet body on Terminal" wasn't quite such a cliche when this zine was published... This one has the merit of using it as an excuse for Cally to have a vision of a time PGP, with a plot I don't recall seeing before. [3]

Issue 2

cover of issue #2

Rebel 2 was published in 1987, second printing 1989. It was edited by Me-lyn/Guardian and contains 53 pages.

Fiction:

  • Virginia Turpin, "Ivory Tower" (page 2)
  • Carol Hume, "Competition" (page 11)
  • Virginia Turpin, "Fate Worse Than Death" (page 12)
  • Margaret Martin, "The Quylaar Incident, Part One" (reprinted from Slave #4) (page 13)

Non Fiction:

  • Me-lyn, aka Guardian, Editorial
  • Databank (ads) (page 52)

Poetry:

  • Nicola Barnard, "Foreshadowed Destiny" (page 1)
  • Ruth Gutteridge, "The Barriers between Us" (page 10)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

REBEL 2: while still feeling angry at those who conspire to maintain the bad public image of SF zines and fans as socially deprived inadequates [with Rebel Special 18+], it comes as a relief to look at REBEL TWO produced by the same team. One thing to be said for the zines is that are easy to read, well set out and well produced (typos, & spelling excepted).

Rebel Two is 55 pages, containing 3 one page poems/stories, a short story by Virginia Turpin called 'Ivory Tower' and the main story is called The Quylaar Incident by Margaret Martin. This story was actually first printed in SLAVE 3, but if you weren't around in those days, is worth reading now. It is complete in itself, but TO BE CONTINUED, set in 3rd series time zone. REBEL SPECIAL 18+ is also TO BE CONTINUED, but I can't imagine anyone having the stomach to buy a 2nd one! [4]

Issue 3

Rebel 3 was published in 1988 and contains 92 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.

cover of issue #3
inside issue #3

Fiction:

  • Susan M. Morton, "Children of Cyak: The Emissary (page 1)
  • Margaret Martin, "The Quylaar Incident, Part Two" (reprinted from Slave #4) (page 42)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk, Editorial
  • Databank (ads) (page 91)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 4

cover of issue #4

Rebel 4 was published in 1988 (second printing 1991) and is 85 pages long. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Elizabeth Everett, "A Rebel Vacation" (page 1)
  • Elizabeth Everett, "A Christmas Tale" (page 29)
  • Susan M. Morton, "Children of Cyak: The Emissary (Part Two)" (page 32)
  • Virginia Turpin, "Fog" (page 60)
  • Elizabeth Everett, "Coffee Time Chat" (Doctor Who etc. crossover) (page 80)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk, Editorial
  • Databank (ads) (page 84)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 5

cover of issue #5
cover of issue #5, different version

Rebel 5 contains 91 pages and was published in 1988. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Sandy Lyons, "Rage for Order (From the Ashes, Part One)" (page 1)
  • Carol Hume, "A Fine Wine" (page 21)
  • Margaret Martin, "Starhawk (Part One)" (page 25)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk, Editorial
  • "Restal Enterprises Bargain of the Month"
  • Databank (ads) (page 92)

Poetry:

  • Henry C. Eggleton, "Darkness into Light" (page 91)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

There is a story called "Rage for Order", written by Sandy Lyons. It is a PGP in which Avon after a mindwipe is working as a university professor. He sees Orac in a museum nad his memory starts to come back. He later steals a ship and travels to Cygnus Alpha where he finds Travis and Vila who have improbably become partners. This story appears in two issues of Rebel, and was never completed. However, rumour has it that the story appeared in its entirity in some US zine. If anyone knows where I can find the rest of this story, please let me know. Even a confirmation of whether or not it was ever finished would be useful. [5]

Issue 6

cover of issue #6

Rebel 6 was published in 1989 and is 97 pages long. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Margaret Martin, "Starhawk (Part Two)" (page 1)
  • Margaret Scroggs, "Gan" (page 74)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk, Editorial
  • Databank (ads) (page 98)

Poetry:

  • Henry C. Eggleton, "For the Dead" (page 23)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 7

cover of issue #7

Rebel 7 was published in March 1990 and is 60 pages long. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Sandra Lyons, "Rage for Order (Part Two)" (no additional parts published) (page 1)
  • Cindy Rancourt, "Closer Than a Brother" (page 18)
  • Ros Williams, "...Not to Reason Why" (page 28)
  • Jean Graham, "Bitter Wine" (also in B7 Complex #12 and Refractions #1) (page 46)
  • Viv Gover, "Conscience before Duty" (51)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, aka Starhawk, Editorial
  • Databank (ads) (61)

Poetry:

  • Susan M. Morton, "Outlawed" (page 17)
  • Henry C. Eggleton, "Questions" (page 27)
  • Susan M. Norton, "Star One-- Final Defeat" (page 45)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

There is a story called "Rage for Order", written by Sandy Lyons. It is a PGP in which Avon after a mindwipe is working as a university professor. He sees Orac in a museum nad his memory starts to come back. He later steals a ship and travels to Cygnus Alpha where he finds Travis and Vila who have improbably become partners. This story appears in two issues of Rebel, and was never completed. However, rumour has it that the story appeared in its entirity in some US zine. If anyone knows where I can find the rest of this story, please let me know. Even a confirmation of whether or not it was ever finished would be useful. [6]

Issue 8

Rebel 8 was published in June 1990. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "When Fate Smiled"
  • Elizabeth Everett, "The Mystic Keep," "Kept in Darkness," "Watcher-- Keeper" (cycle of narrative poems)
  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "Sanctuary"

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, Editorial
  • Databank (ads)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 9

Rebel 9 was published in November 1990. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "Voiyoc"
  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "Blake Revisited"

Non Fiction:

  • Databank (ads)

Art:

  • Elizabeth Everett (front cover)
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 10

Rebel 10 was published in 1991. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "The Forgotten One"
  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "Echoes of Bartolomew"

Non-fiction :

  • editorial by Tasha
  • databank (ads ; in loose flyer and at end of zine)

Issue 11

Rebel 11 was published in July 1991 and contains 74 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.

cover of issue #11

Fiction:

  • Jean Stroud, "The Turning Point" (page 1)
  • Margaret Scroggs, "Lost and Found" (page 3)
  • Helen Williams, "Continuum" (page 22)
  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "The Awakening, Part One: Revelation" (page 27)
  • Virginia Turpin, "'Blake': Epilogue" (page 72)

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, Editorial
  • Databank (loose ads)

Art:

  • cover photos A, V
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 12

Rebel 12 was published in November 1991 and contains 86 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.

cover of issue #12

Fiction:

  • Viv Gover, "Someone I Have To Speak To"
  • Lindsey Jane Shelton, "The Awakening, Part Two: Final Absolution"

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, Editorial
  • Databank (ads)

Art:

  • photos cover B, V
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 13

Rebel 13 was published in January 1992 and contains 67 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.

cover of issue #13

Fiction:

  • Eileen Carr, "Better the Devil"
  • Jean Stroud, "In the Wake of Terminal"
  • Viv Gover, "Used"
  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "Retrieval"
  • Jean Stroud, "Dark Shadows"

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, Editorial
  • Databank (ads)

Poetry:

  • Charlotte Keyeson, "Trust"
  • Susan M. Morton, "Hidden Fears"
  • Charlotte Keyeson, "A Fool's Observations"

Art:

  • photo cover
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 14

Rebel 14 was published in June 1992 and contains 72 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "A Transitional State of Being"
  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "Alliance"

Art:

  • photo cover
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 15

cover of issue #15

Rebel 15 was published in October 1992 and contains 71 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Ben Mott, "Report from Gauda Prime"
  • Helen Connor, "Fact or Fiction"
  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "The Enemy Within"

Non Fiction:

  • Tasha, Editorial
  • Charlotte Keyeson, Crossword Puzzle
  • Databank (ads)

Art:

  • photo cover
  • Susan Morton (back cover)

Issue 16

Rebel 16 was published in 1993 and contains 64 pages. It was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.

cover of issue #16

Fiction:

  • Alan Miller, "Sacrificial Lion"
  • Margaret Connor, "All Through the Night"
  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "Shades of Humanity"

Non-fiction :

  • Tasha : Editorial
  • Databank (ads)

Issue 17

Rebel 17 was edited by Tasha Krivaal, aka Starhawk.


Fiction:

  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "First Love"
  • Margaret Scroggs, "Faulkland Encounter"
  • Lindsey J. Shelton, "A Commonplace Day"
  • Susan Barrett, "Nothing But Heroics"

Issue 18

Rebel 18 was published in 1996 and was edited by Margaret Martin.

Fiction:

  • Susan Barrett, "Different Prisons"
  • Helen Connor, "Helmar"
  • Therese Coady, "Look to the Future"
  • Susan Barrett, "A Chance to Say Goodbye"
  • Therese Coady, "Thoughts of a Thief"

Art:

References

  1. from Judith Proctor
  2. Lysator, Judith P., dated August 22, 1994.
  3. from Helen Patrick
  4. from Horizon Newsletter #17
  5. Lysator, Judith P., dated December 23, 1993.
  6. Lysator, Judith P., dated December 23, 1993.