Return of the 7
|Title:||Return of the 7|
|Publisher:||Evil Twin Press & Starlines Press, see below|
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Return of the 7 #1 was published in 1985 by Starlines Press and is 110 pages long.
- Sheila Paulson, "All But Reason" (31 pages)
- Janet L. Walker, "The Antique" (2 pages)
- E. Reese, "Bedside Manner" (7 pages)
- Janet L. Walker, "Hoops of Steel" (8 pages)
- Anne Davenport, "Blake's Not Here" (script; parody) (3 pages)
- Suzie Molnar, "A Pride of Lions" (36 pages)
- Anne Davenport, "Gossips of Death" (20 pages)
- Janet L. Walker, "Letter from the Editor"
- Randy Goodrum, "You Needed Me" (filk)
- Chris Edmunds, "The After Scorpio-2 Blues"
- Sheila Paulson, "Bereavement"
- Vikki Weidner (front cover)
- Arlene Gogan (front cover)
- Suzie Molnar (front cover)
- Anne Davenport
- Sheila Paulson
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).
- Janet L. Walker, "Letter from the Editor"
- Sheila Paulson, "Unfinished Business" (All But Reason sequel) (3)
- Susann Molnar, "Going Home" (All But Reason sequel) (41)
- Mary Robertson, "Thy Brother's Keeper" (poem) (86)
- Sheila Paulson, "Paternity Suite" (87)
- Linda Terrell, "All the Right Moves" (92) (also in Airwaves #4 and Airwaves Blake's Seven Special #1)
- ?, "Hypothermia" (97)
- Sheila Paulson, "The Music Lesson" (100)
- Linda Terrell, "Taken by Chance" (104)
- Kathy Hintze, "Fortunes of War" (108)
- Mary Robertson, "Three Wise Men" (128)
- Sheila Paulson, "Pity the Sea Horse" (147)
- L. A. Carr and Ann Wortham, "Mercy Mission" (167)
- Linda Terrell, "The Shadow That Walks Between Us" (186) (also in Airwaves #4 and Airwaves Blake's Seven Special #1)
- Leigh Arnold, "Switch" (212)
Return of the 7 #3 contains 296 pages and was published by Starlines Press in March 1989.
- Sheila Paulson, "Empire of Sand"
- Jill Grundfest, "Pastoral Scene, Without Unicorn"
- Cindy Rancourt, "Never Mistaken"
- K. D. Swan, "Limits"
- Kathy Hintze, "Ring Around the Collar"
- Denise Sheets, "Where Anything Can Happen" (Peewee Herman crossover)
- Janet L. Walker, "The Same Altar"
- Sheila Paulson, "The Legend of Avon and Blake"
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 Ester Reese.
- Sheila Paulson, "A Fine Collection of Allies" (1)
- Ruth Berman, "In the Lion's Den"--A PGP guest-starring Docholli from 'Gambit'. (105)
- Kathy Hintze, "Web of Deceit" (120)
- Sheila Paulson, "Hold On" (133)
- Jill Grundfest, "Odds and Evens" (134)
- Sheila Paulson, "Masque" (151)
- Ruth Berman, "To Betray One's Kind" (162)
- Sheila Paulson, "Eagle Forgotten" (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! 
- from IMHO* #2 (1995)