Rebel Destinies

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Zine
Title: Rebel Destinies
Publisher: Peg Kennedy & Bill Hupe
Editor(s): Peg Kennedy
Date(s): 1994-1995
Series?:
Medium: print, e-zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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Rebel Destinies is a gen, het and slash Blake's 7 anthology with two issues.

Issue #2 is especially notable in that it was one of the earliest fanzines offered as an e-zine format.

Issue 1

front cover of issue #1
back cover of issue #1
a December 1993 flyer

Rebel Destinies 1 contains 335 pages and was published in January 1994.

Fiction:

  • Shayney Laurence, "Intersection"
  • Sandra Basham, "Moonlight and Necrophilia"
  • Jean Graham, "Sorceror"
  • Jane Mailander, "The Date"
  • Jennifer Smallwood, "Understanding"
  • Cami, "Carefully Taught" ("Tarrant's training as a soldier serves him well, teaching the young pilot to survive at all costs & feel nothing ... until his introduction to the other survivors aboard Liberator.")
  • Roxie Ray, "The Nightmare" (Star Trek movie crossover)
  • Patti E. McClellan, "Fools and Children"
  • P.R. Zed, "Fear"
  • Marian Mendez, "Pilot Program" (won a 1995 FanQ) ("Two young workers for the Federation meet for the first time, strangely it seems as if they've met before. Stranger still, they seem to be having the same dreams concerning nameless faces. And two years of their lives are a total blank")
  • Alan Moravian, "Principles"
  • Jane Mailander, "Final Theft" ("Vila is dying but there is one final thing he must steal from the Federation in those last precious seconds ...")
  • Jane Mailander, "The Choice" (sequel to "Final Theft;" Kill the Dead crossover)
  • Jean B. Hubb, "Alarms and Excursions" (reprinted from Eleventh Sector #2)
  • Jennifer Smallwood, "The Terrible Case of C.U.T.E."
  • Pat Patera, "Bounty"
  • Maggie Alexander, "In Theory"
  • Catherine Stewart, "The Blake Comes Back" (narrative poem; parody, The Cat in the Hat Comes Back)
  • Sondra Sweigman, "Other People's Hearts: A Gauda Prime 'What If...?'"
  • Rebecca Ann Brothers, "Reviewing the Situation"
  • Rebecca Ann Brothers, "Instant Karma ("Vila had jumped ship and stumbled into an old travelling companion. When Avon & Tarrant begin searching for the thief, Vila's rescuer goes on his own hunt and a series of dangerous & surprising events are put into play")
  • Jane Mailander, "Terminal Conception"
  • Daisy Leung, "Roj Blake"
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "The Unexpected"
  • Lorna Breshears, "Prolific Propensities" ("Zen has been defaced by indelible markers, the food dispensers programmed with laxatives, the Kool Aid stains may never come out of the cushions on the flight deck & Orac is oozing with porridge. The good ship Perambulator is bursting at the seams with tiny new crew members and from Avon's expression the population is not the only thing about to explode!")
  • Patti E. McClellan, "A Difficult Mentor"
  • Karla Taylor, "Reaching the Wall"
  • Rebecca Donahue, "Crisis of Conscience"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Don't Pay the Ferryman"

Nonfiction:

  • Peg Kennedy, "Editor's Comment"

Poetry:

  • Alicia Ann Fox, "Listen to the Madman" (filk, King Herod's Song, from Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Jane Mailander, "Shake's Seven: A Sonnet Apiece"
  • Jacqui Topp, "Friendship's End"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Cross of Gold"
  • Alicia Ann Fox, "That Little Voice in My Mind"
  • Roxie Ray, "Behind the Mask" (filk, Behind the Mask, by Christine McVie)
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Dead Man"
  • Jacqui Topp, "Where Rumours End"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Black Angel"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1

[Other People's Hearts]: One of the rare authors who likes Blake as much (if not more) than Avon. These are Fifth Season stories where Avon, after accidentally triggering a therapeutic program in Orac, understands himself well enough to refrain from shooting Blake. Instead, the two of them carry on both the fight against the Federation (with Sondra allowing Fearless Leader to do so intelligently, thank you) and the all-important fighting with, against and for each other. Jenny sometimes find the smarm too smarmy but Sally loves the fireworks between Avon and Blake, the sense of their friendship and the vivid (if not always beautiful) suffering they both undergo in a good cause. [1]
[Bounty]: An alternate 'Blake', as showy and lush as CHECKERS. Avon is cold, savage and almost panther-like; Blake is a grizzled, dangerous bear of a man (though still retaining his noble streak). The other Scorpio crew members don't fare as well - Dayna is somewhat irritatingly jolly-bloody-hockey-sticks and we suspect Tarrant fans won't go for it at all. But Jenny thinks the idea of Avon refusing to return to Blake until he has "...what? A dowry?" should become fanon. [2]
[Final Theft] and [The Choice]: A pair of stories which are so well written that they actually had me believing in the reality of a strong A-V bond. And I must disagree here with Pat, who felt that the 2nd story diluted the impact of the 1st. The 2nd story is of a different "texture" than the 1st, but I found it beautifully complex and deeply moving. It is, in fact, an "after-death" story--and I usually find those silly and wholly unbelievable, but this one is in a class by itself. [3]
[Final Theft]: Short Avon-Vila PGP. Not happy, but with a lot of impact and right in character for both men. For some reason, I didn't care for her sequel, which I thought diluted the impact of this short shocker. [4]
[zine]: This is a megazine loaded with stories, poetry and art.

Deeta Tarrant meets Soolin in S. Laurence's "Intersection"; Avon's reverie upon searching Terminal's ruins for Cally comprises "Moonlight and Necrophilia" by S. Basham; J. Graham's "Sorceror" posits Avon, Vila and Gan trying to survive on Cygnus Alpha. Avon and Servalan compare homicidal notes in J. Mailander's tongue-in-cheek "The Date"; C. McCoy's "Carefully Taught" gives Tarrant a vengefully plausible reason for stalking Klegg's death squad; Avon's "Nightmare" in R. Ray's story of the same name will be strangely... familiar to ST fans. Not long after Malodaar, a sleep-walking Vila shoots Avon in P. McClellan's "Fools and Children".

P.R. Zed's "Fear" gives us a Vila reasonably electing to desert Avon after Malodaar; in "Pilot Program" by M. Mendez, a mind-wiped Tarrant & Dayna begin to recall their pasts after GP; A. Moravian's "Principles" delivers a humorous but insightful lesson on class discrimination; "Final Theft" by J. Mailander is a gory 2-pager set minutes after the GP massacre; "The Choice" is its sequel, an after death/reincarnation yarn with an end twist Tanith Lee fans will appreciate.

A pleasant re-read is the reprint of J. Hubb's "Alarms & Excursions," in which a teleport malfunction puts Vila in touch with the missing Blake; J. Small wood gives us an amusing outing with "A Terrible Case of C.U.T.E." (Tarrant's sex appeal explained at last!); P. Patera's "Bounty" is a smooth, suspenseful account of the Scorpio crew abandoning Avon; a rare tender moment between Avon & Soolin is the focus of M. Alexander's short "In Theory"; C. Steward parodies Dr. Suess with "The Blake Comes Back"; and Sondra Sweigman's revealing "Other People's Hearts: A Gauda Prime What-if' allows Orac the chance to psychoanalyze Avon - with rather surprising results. (See 'Beloved Adversary' for a sequel to this story)

"Reviewing the Situation" by Rebecca Ann Brothers is a short what-if with Vila jumping ship after Malodaar (can you blame him?), and from the same author's pen (er, word processor) comes "Instant Karma," a sequel to the above with a well-plotted alternate Gauda Prime scenario. Jane Mailander's 'Terminal Conscience" wrenches a biologically bizarre twist from Cally's death in 'Terminal.' "Roj Blake" by Daisy Loung is a one-page conversation between Avon and Vila, apparently as both are awaiting execution for Blake's murder. On the heels of Auron's destruction, Avon comforts Cally - and reveals a secret - in Carol Mel Ambassador's "The Unexpected."

Lorna Breshears sends up all those profligate progeny zine stories (you know, the ones where everyone not only survived Gauda Prime but married and lived happily ever after in a nice house with a pretty picket fence, a flower garden and at least 12 insufferably darling children apiece???) with her hilarious story "Prolific Propensities." Avon calls Blake to task for planting that bomb in the Ortega's hatch in Patti E. McClellan's "A Difficult Mentor."

"Reaching the Wall" by Karla Taylor outlines Servalan's cruelly macabre plans for Avon after the Gauda Prime massacre. Rebecca L. Donahue's novella "Crisis of Conscience" puts together a credible alternate storyline from the end of "Warlord," saves Zeeona and a few others who originally died, then sets off on a number of missions - including catching up with Blake - and Servalan. The final short entry is Alicia Ann Fox' "Don't Pay the Ferryman," in which Orac has a little surprise in store for Servalan. Whew! There's a lot packed into this zine. [5]
[zine]:"Just received a copy of "Rebel Destinies", a 300+ page zine from Peg Kennedy and Bill Hupe. It's pretty good-- the most impressive thing in it is by Jane Mailander: she wrote a sonnet for each character, and some of them are INCREDIBLE. MAN WAS I IMPRESSED!!! There are also several pieces of fiction by Mailander which I enjoyed, a Rebecca Ann Brothers, a truly hysterical piece called "Prolific Propensities" by ur mailing list's own Lorna Breshears, and a story called "Principles" (Alan Moravian) about class status that I found excellent. It's worth buying I think, and I would tell more but have to be in rehearsal in ten minutes."[6]
[zine]:"Here's a quick and dirty review of Rebel Destinies. I'm just going to mention the stories, etc., that I particularly enjoyed or especially stuck with me.

Nice color covers; front is an Avon by TACS.

INTERSECTION by Shayney Laurence is fairly short but well drawn. I find it especially interesting as it focuses on Deeta Tarrant and an episode from his days as a mercenary. Nicely done.

SORCEROR by Jean Graham. Jean always delivers, and I enjoyed this. Events on the London are changed a bit, so Avon didn't board Liberator and escape with Jenna and Blake. Gan and Vila toil away with the other monks/inmates on Cygnus Alpha for months after Avon mysteriously disappears. Meanwhile, Blake and Jenna travel to the penal planet for a belated rescue attempt. Well-written, as Jean's stories always are, with a wonderful twist ending. I wish Jean would follow up, as I'd like to know what happens next!

PILOT PROGRAM by Marian Mendez is a take on post GP that I've never seen before. Tarrant and Dayna are happy Federation officers until dreams (or memories?) of a past life start filtering back. Good plot and characterization, some nice scientific touches, and well-done dialogue. I usually like different twists on often-done themes, and I quite liked this one.

FINAL THEFT by Jane Mailander. Short and sweet tale of Vila's and Avon's last few moments on GP. Pretty good, with one killer sentence that I loved.

ALARMS & EXCURSIONS by Jean B. Hubb. Tarrant and Vila are separated from one another by a teleport glitch during a supply-buying foray. While Tarrant enjoys the company of a local lady, Vila runs into an old, familiar friend. Meanwhile, those on Liberator try to decipher the teleport problem while facing possible danger from a space-going cloud of colorful fibers. Fun, fast-moving vignette, effectively utilizing all the Series 3 crew.

REVIEWING THE SITUATION and INSTANT KARMA by Rebecca Ann Brothers. The former story is a short set-up for the longer INSTANT KARMA: A fed-up Vila stows away aboard Scorpio during the initial trip to Betafarl and disembarks during a stop-off on Gauda Prime. INSTANT KARMA takes off from there, with a very reasonable and well-done plot following and eventually weaving together Avon and Tarrant (who crash-land on GP while returning to search for Vila), Blake and Vila et al., Sleer, Arlen, and a couple of surprising blasts from the past. This story covers a lot of ground in under 30 pages. Avon and Tarrant work well together, Blake is thoroughly believable, and Sleer is as nasty as she ever was. I wish Dayna and Soolin could have had more coverage, but they aren't entirely neglected and what there is involves some nice character background, especially for Soolin.

DON'T PAY THE FERRYMAN by Vickie McManus. A one-page GP with a truly evil twist. I just sat there mentally screaming: "Why didn't I think of this? It's wicked! I love it!"

POETRY: Jacqui Topp has a couple of very nice poems. The showpiece is Jane Mailander's SHAKE'S SEVEN: A SONNET APIECE. Well-done poems for every character, even Zen, Slave and Orac. I only wish they had been set off with some artwork. Oh well.

Not much of the artwork grabbed me particularly; I did particularly like Leigh Moto'oka's cartoon for THE TERRIBLE CASE OF C.U.T.E. and Leah Rosenthal's cartoon to a story I submitted, but admit to extreme prejudice in both cases.

REBEL DESTINIES has a nice layout and easily readable text, although some of the stories are in different fonts. There does seem to be rather a lot of typos--not horribly glaring, but a tad irritating, especially in these days of spell-checkers. But that's a minor gripe. The zine weighs in at 338 pages and is comb-bound.

There are many more stories and poems than the ones I've mentioned; basically, this zine appears to have something to suit everyone's taste, from

Tarrant-Fancier to Avon-aholic, and those in between..."[7]

Issue 2

Rebel Destinies 2 was published in 1995. It was available both in as a print zine and, in 1996 by New Leaf Publications, on a disc, making it one of the earliest fanzines offered as an e-zine by distributor.

front cover of issue #2
front cover of issue #2, different publisher
back cover of issue #2

It appears that this issue was published by two different publishers.

Fiction:

  • Marian Mendez, "Ask Me No Questions"
  • Jean B. Hubb, "The Songs That Bind"
  • Susan Barrett, "More Than a Fool"
  • P.R. Zed, "Loyalties"
  • Susan Barrett, "Different Prisons"
  • Linda Knights, "Last Will and Testament"

Nonfiction:

  • Peg Kennedy, "From the Editor"

Poetry:

  • Melissa Mastoris, "Avon's Blessing"
  • Sandi K. Almany, "Christmas at Blake's Place" (filk, various Christmas songs)

Art:

  • Whitby27 (front cover)
  • Anja Gruber

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2

"Ask Me No Questions" is a delightfully inventive tale of Avon and Vila imprisoned by the Federation. Avon suffers in new and strange ways which I cannot recall being used against him before. Great fun.

Post-Star one, "Songs that Bind" has Avon and Blake meeting unexpectedly and reassuming their previous ambivalent relationship, while helping a planet with an unusual problem. This is an interesting story which nevertheless lacks intensity, given the protagonists.

"More than A Fool" is a short, well executed account told in the first person by Avon. It reveals a pre-series relationship with Vila, and centres on Avon's misunderstanding of earlier events.

"Loyalties" is by far the longest story in the zine. It is a PGP in which Vila has rescued Avon and picked up a apprentice en route. The story begins on their planetary bolthole, which they leave in search of Orac. Subsequent adventures have them seized by a dangerously vengeful Avalon; Avon suffers, but ultimately things are set to rights. Deva, Bek and Veron feature strongly, and Vila has a substantial role.

Liberator answer a distress call from a Federation ship in "Different Prisons", and finds a mystery which brings back childhood memories for Avon. This is a good Avon-with-a-heart story.

"Last Will and Testament" is a simple, effectively told message from Blake to Avon, which Orac plays to him after Terminal. [8]

References

  1. Sally and Jenny's 50 Favourite a-B Gen Stories
  2. Sally and Jenny's 50 Favourite a-B Gen Stories
  3. Lysator, Sondra S., dated September 6, 1994.
  4. Lysator, Pat Nussman, August 31, 1994.
  5. a review by Jean Graham at Judith Proctor's site, accessed October 10, 2012
  6. Subject: Blake and Avon set-up on GP by Vickie M on Lysator dated Jan 24, 1994.
  7. Subject: Zine Review--Rebel Destinies by Lonra B on Lysator dated April 10, 1994.
  8. review by CB at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site