Return of the 7

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Zine
Title: Return of the 7
Publisher: Evil Twin Press & Starlines Press, see below
Editor(s): Janet Walker
Date(s): 1985-1991
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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Return of the 7 is a gen Blake's 7 anthology.

cover of issue #1, Vikki Weidner, Arlene Gogan and Suzie Molnar

Issue 1

Return of the 7 #1 was published in 1985 by Starlines Press and is 110 pages long.

back cover of issue #1, Vikki Weidner

The art is by Vikki Weidner (front cover), Arlene Gogan (front cover), Suzie Molnar (front cover), Anne Davenport, and Sheila Paulson.

Issue 2

Return of the 7 #2 contains 220 pages and was published by Starlines Press in May 1987. The art is by Vikki Weidner (front cover), Sheila Paulson, Esther Reese, and J.L. Walker (back cover).

front cover of issue #2, Vikki Weidner
back cover of issue #2, J.L. Walker


Issue 3

Return of the 7 #3 contains 296 pages and was published by Starlines Press in March 1989.

cover of issue #3, Judith Boguslawski
flyer for issue #3

The art is by Judith Boguslawski (front cover), Suzan Lovett, Adrian Morgan, Suzie Molnar, and Barb Johnson.

  • Empire of Sand, fiction by Sheila Paulson ("Escaping from Gauda Prime with a wounded Blake and his pilot, Scorpio's crew have a lot to deal with. Even more so when someone starts sabotaging the ship and Vila is almost killed.")
  • Pastoral Scene, Without Unicorn, fiction by Jill Grundfest ("A quiet shore leave turns into a fight for Avon's life.")
  • Never Mistaken, fiction by Cindy Rancourt ("Tarrant learned a hard lesson on Gauda Prime and he'll never make the same mistake again.")
  • Limits, fiction by K.D. Swan ("After Malodaar Vila volunteers to go on a mission with Avon to prove he can take care of himself, only to end up having Avon's life depend on whether Vila hates, or loves him enough to keep him alive.")
  • Ring Around the Collar, fiction by Kathy Hintze ("Vila still has the Amagon collar around his neck, and Avon refuses to take it off.")
  • Where Anything Can Happen, fiction by Denise Sheets ("Avon and Vila end up in Peewee Herman's playhovise—believe it! This woman did ' Darth Vader Visits Mr. Roger's Neighborhood' and made it happen.") (Peewee Herman crossover)
  • The Same Altar, fiction by Janet L. Walker ("The 'prequel' to "Hoops of Steel"--Yes folks, here's where I finally explain how Blake got in such bad shape and everyone ended up on a first name basis.")
  • The Legend of Avon and Blake, poem by Sheila Paulson


Issue 4

front cover by Judith Boguslawski
back cover of issue #4

Return of the 7 #4 was published by Evil Twin Press in 1991 and is 170 pages long.

The art is by Judith Boguslawski and and Esther Reese.

  • A Fine Collection of Allies, fiction by Sheila Paulson (1)
  • In the Lion's Den, fiction by Ruth Berman (A PGP guest-starring Docholli from 'Gambit'.) (105)
  • Web of Deceit, fiction by Kathy Hintze (120)
  • Hold On, fiction by Sheila Paulson (133)
  • Odds and Evens, fiction by Jill Grundfest (134)
  • Masque, fiction by Sheila Paulson (151)
  • To Betray One's Kind, fiction by Ruth Berman (162)
  • Eagle Forgotten, fiction by Sheila Paulson (166)


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4

Janet Walker swore she was not going to do any more of these, yet here it is, 170 perfect-bound pages, complete with a striking blue and silver cover. Reportedly, we have Sheila Paulson to thank for forcing an other issue out of poor Janet!

The longest story in the zine is Sheila's "A Fine Collection of Allies"; it's an absorbing alternate third series scenario, uniting Tarrant and Dayna with the 2nd series crew. As expected from Sheila, the characterization is terrific. I love the way she allows us to see each of the principles through the eyes of each of the others. Her Tarrant is bright, talented, knowledgeable, witty, sublimely self-confident, and more than a match for Avon and Blake.

The other stories in the zine are all enjoyable, and Tarrant isn't bashed in a single one of them. Ruth Berman's "In the Lion's Den" tells us more about the fate of a certain character that I've always found fascinating, and has some brief but charming Tarrant moments. Jill Grundfest's "Masque," though plagued with grammar/formatting problems, is an interesting and different story. Usually, PGPs revolve around Avon and Blake patching up their differences, or around Avon and Vila re-hashing Malodaar. This time, it's Avon and Tarrant who have to make peace with each other! And Sheila's "Eagle Forgotten" offers a glimpse of the Federation long after the rebellion has been won, a time when Blake is not remembered and Avon is recalled only as "one of the people with Tarrant"!

It's fascinating to compare the treatment of Tarrant in various issues of The Return of the Seven. In the first issue. Tarrant is unpleasant, unintelligent, and unlik- able, even in Sheila's story. He is much improved in #2, and #3 has the lovely "Empire of Sand." Issue #4 has several stories in which Tarrant is favorably depicted and none in which he is bashed; if this trend continues, Carol McCoy's dream of Tarrant taking over fandom could come true! [1]

References

  1. ^ from IMHO* #2 (1995)