Refractions (multifandom zine)
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Refractions is a mixed Media SF fanzine, which I (Kathryn Andersen) edit. It's mixed because my tastes are far too eclectic to be limited to just one fannish universe. One of my guiding principles in choosing stories is: Nothing is too obscure, because a good story can stand on its own. I just want something that's a good read.
Why Refractions? The name and the idea for the logo came to me at about the same time, in January 1995. A single beam of light, refracted into many colours. It's supposed to indicate diversity of ideas, alterations, crossovers, and things broken away from the original yet echoing its image; the epitome of a Mixed Media SF fanzine.
Refractions 1 was published in 1995 and contains 58 pages. The cover is by Kathryn Andersen.
- Migration by Kathryn Andersen (Ocean Girl) Poem
- Bitter Wine by Jean Graham (Blake's 7) (also in B7 Complex #12 and Rebel #7)
- Elegy For The Seven by Judith Proctor (Blake's 7) Poem
- Winning is the Only Safety: First Death by Kathryn Andersen (Blake's 7/Highlander)
- Deliverance by Kathryn Andersen (Blake's 7) Poem
- Suspicion by Jenny Hayward (Blake's 7)
- Bartolemew by Judith Proctor (Blake's 7) Poem
- All I Really Needed To Know I Learned From Watching Highlander by Marina Bailey (Highlander)
- Ending by Kathryn Andersen (Bladerunner)Poem
- Though This Be Madness by Jean Graham (Outer Limits)
- Soldier by Judith Proctor (Blake's 7)(poem)
- Not Dead But Sleeping by Kev Davis (Alien Nation) This is set in the Alien Nation universe, but with all original characters.
- Aftermath by Jim McMahon (Babylon 5)
- Illustrated by Kathryn Andersen, Shona McAndrew and Jean Graham. Parchment paper covers.
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
This zine contains a number of stories and poems set in various fannish universes. Probably the most distinctive feature of Refractions is the layout. Text, images, fancy borders are worked together very smoothly indeed. The zine looks good to the eye. Do the contents live up to the layout? I'd say they do. I can't comment on the poetry because I wrote most of that, but I'll look at some of the stories here.
Winning is the Only Safety by Kathryn Andersen - Blake's 7/Highlander crossover. This is the first instalment of what is intended to be a longer saga. Avon awakes in a mass grave on Gauda Prime. He realises that he is cursed in a unique way, he cannot die. While I enjoyed this story, I really would like to have more of it because it does end at a point that demands continuation.
Not Dead But Sleeping - by Kev Davis - Alien Nation - probably my favourite story in the zine. I think you could easily enjoy this story without knowing the series at all. It's not tied into the series continuity in any way, uses new characters and develops them well. The details of Newcommer life are happily worked into the plot. Cowly, a Newcommer, is a policeman in Birmingham, has raw haddock at his local chip shop and complains about thc chemical additives in the sour milk at the pub. The story is essentially a murder mystery and the plot takes us deeper into Newcommer history before they came to earth.
All I Need to Know I learned From Watching Highlander by Marina Bailey. "If you see two people fighting with swords, don't interrupt." and other useful aphorisms. Amusing and interesting selection even if (like me) you've never seen the series.
Though This be Madness by Jean Graham - Outer Limits - This is a prequel to to an episode called 'The Form of Things Unknown', but it's pretty creepy in its own right. If you like horror stories, this may well appeal.
Aftermath by Jim McMahon - Babylon 5 - a pleasant short story and to say more about it would give away the plot.There's also a couple of short Blake's 7 stories by Jean Graham and Jenny Hayward. 
Refractions 2 was published in 1996 and contains 80 pages.
- What's in a Word? by Kymberlee (Babylon 5)
- Kosh Encounters #1 & #2 by A&K (Babylon 5)
- Faith Manages by Alison Hopkins (Babylon 5) Poem
- Irregularity by Russ Massey (Blake's 7/Sapphire & Steel)
- Coda by Kathryn Andersen (Blake's 7/Sapphire & Steel)
- Resolution by Kathryn Andersen (Blake's 7) Poem
- On The Way To The Midnight Sun by Marie Logan (Ladyhawke)
- Haiku for Katana by Donna Kirking (Highlander) poem
- Steele Blades by Mark Overton (Remington Steele/Highlander)
- The Long Sleep by Kathryn Andersen (UFO) Poem
- Cold Fire by Kev Davis (Alien Nation) Set in the Alien Nation universe, with all original characters. The second Inspector Crowley tale.
- Symbiosis by Una McCormack (Blake's 7) Poem
- Mirror Truths by Mary Richards (Babylon 5) Poem
- Illustrated by Kathryn Andersen, Photo Phred, Alexander Tulloch, Adrienne Losin. Parchment paper covers.
Refractions 3 was published in 1997 and contains 64 pages. The cover is by Kathryn Andersen. The fanzine received a C&D letter from TriTac Games for mentioning the phrase "Bureau 13", because it is the name of one of their games. The phrase never appeared in the fanzine.
- Voice From The Past by Jenny Hayward (Babylon 5/Highlander)
- Man of the Century by Russet McMillan (Quantum Leap)
- Knight's Quest by Kathryn Andersen (Forever Knight)
- You Never Let Me Go by Una McCormack (Blake's 7) (poem)
- Tell It Like It Is by Sandra McDonald--Amanda and Richie discover common ground at Joe's. (Highlander) (First appeared on the HLFIC-L mailing list)
- Messages From... by Kymberlee (Babylon 5) (First appeared on the B5-creative mailing list)
- an (A-Team/Battlestar Galactica crossover) by Laura Michaels
- "We have made a covenant with death, and with hell we are at agreement..." by Deborah Laymon (Babylon 5) (First appeared on the B5-creative mailing list)
- Elegy by Una McCormack (Blake's 7) (Poem)
- Voice From The Past by Jenny Hayward (Babylon 5/Highlander) (First appeared on the B5-creative mailing list)
- Pieces by Kathryn Andersen (VR.5) (Poem) (First appeared on VR.5 mailing list)
- Other prose and poetry by Sandra McDonald, Una McCormack, Kymberlee, Deborah Laymon, and Kathryn Andersen, from the universes of Highlander, Blake's 7, VR.5, Forever Knight, Rat Patrol and Babylon 5.
- Illustrated by Kathryn Andersen, Photo Phred, Adrienne Losin. Parchment paper covers.
Refractions 4 is an 84-page novel. Illustrated by Mary O'Connor and Kathryn Andersen.
Summary from the publisher: "When Ambassador Sinclair decides to have a holiday, guess where he decides to go? Garibaldi thought that his worst problem would be keeping it a secret, so that Jeff could have some peace, but when Jeff goes out on a routine patrol that vanishes without a trace, keeping it secret suddenly becomes the least of his problems... This is a novel set after Confessions & Lamentations, and approximately three weeks prior to the events in Divided Loyalties. This version has been revised from the version that first appeared on the Babylon 5 fiction mailing list."
Refractions 5 contains 70 pages. The cover is by Kathryn Andersen.
- Winning Is the Only Safety (2): Hide and Seek by Kathryn Andersen (Blake's 7/Highlander) The sequel to Winning is the Only Safety: First
- Mortality Rate by Russet McMillan (Highlander)
- Other prose and poetry by Kathryn Andersen, Kerry Blackwell, Inga Marie Horwood, and Kate Orman, set in the universes of Blake's 7, Highlander, Babylon 5, and the Tomorrow People.
- Illustrated by Kathryn Andersen and Mary O'Connor. Parchment paper covers.
Refractions 6 The cover is by Kathryn Andersen.
- Haunting by Kathryn Andersen (Blake's 7)
- Future Imperfect by Rachel Lynn Brody (Buffy: The Vampire Slayer) (slightly revised from the version which appeared on the BuffyFic mailing list)
- Journey by Kathryn Andersen (Highlander)
- Darius by Elise Bochinski (Highlander)
- Poem about Darius - and Werner Stoker.
- The Reality Affair by Jill Sylvan (Man from U.N.C.L.E./Sapphire & Steel) slightly revised from the version which appeared on the sapphire-and-steel mailing list)
- Projekt: Heinrich by Catherine Stewart (UFO)