Revenge of the Rabble

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Zine
Title: Revenge of the Rabble
Publisher: Rabble Press
Editor(s): Linda Evans and Mary Arens
Date(s): May 1989
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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cover by Linda Evans

Revenge of the Rabble is a gen Blake's 7 anthology. It was published in 1989 and is 103 pages long.

Contents

Fiction:

  • Mary Morris, "Or Else I could Choose Time" (6 pages)
  • Jeff Morris, "Finale" (2 pages)
  • Dana Stovell, "Lone Survivor" (2 pages)
  • Mary Arens, "Crime and Punishment" (2 pages)
  • L. K. Cook, "Chasing Charles" (13 pages)
  • Donna D. Carroll, "Island of Felonia" (3 pages)
  • Mary Morris, Linda Tomazi, and Linda Evans, "Ruined Rebels" (Play) (5 pages)
  • Linda Tomazi, Mary Morris, and Linda Evans, "Ruined Rebels, Part Two"
  • Sherry Freeman, "The Bellfriar Legacy" (12 pages)
  • Jeff Morris, "Only Mistaken" (3 pages)
  • Mary Morris, "Just Rewards"
  • J. P. Hains, "Flake's 6 7/8, or, 'Even the Cat's Dead'" (20 pages)
  • Linda Evans, "Just a Slight Miscalculation" (Sapphire and Steel crossover) (3 pages)
  • Donna D. Carroll, "Avon Meets Freddy" (Freddy crossover) (3 pages)
  • Jeff and Mary Morris, with Celeste Hotaling, "You Say It's Your Birthday" (B7, the Next Generation) (12 pages)

Nonfiction:

  • Zine ads Poetry:
  • Katherine Keetch, "Avon's Silver Blaster" (filk, Maxwell's Silver Hammer)
  • Evelyn Adrian, "Restal's Band" (filk, Those Were the Days)
  • Evelyn Adrian, "Dreamer" (filk, Sounds of Silence)
  • Katherine Keetch, "Liberator" (filk, Waiting for the Robert E. Lee)
  • Donna D. Carroll, "The Only Living Rabbler in Outer Space" (filk, The Only Living Boy in New York)
  • Kim McCarthy, "Vila" (filk, My Name is Luca)
  • Linda Evans, "Trust Like a Stone" (1 page)
  • Evelyn Adrian, "The Final Scene" (filk, Mama Look Sharp; B)

Art:

  • Linda Evans (front cover)
  • Dawn Evanson
  • Donna D. Carroll
  • Celeste Hotaling

Reactions and Reviews

I'm not sure if the "Rabble" are a B7 club or not, but this zine has the flavor of a club zine. There's a very eclectic mix of material, and the quality of the offerings varies considerably. In general, the humorous pieces are more successful than the serious ones. There's an installment of Jeff & Mary Morris' "B7: the Next Generation," which originated in Southern Seven #5. Many people adore this series, though it isn't really my cup of tea. However, the accompanying Celeste Hotaling illos are a delight! She even put herself in one of them! Dawn Evenson's cartoons are also terrific, droll and very professional-looking.

The Tarrant quotient of this zine is distinctly underwhelming. "The Bellfriar Legacy," by Sherry Freeman, is the only story which gives Tarrant even a mediocre role. It reads as if written by two people: one who likes Tarrant and one who hates him. Tarrant vacillates between being critically injured and running around like Bo Jackson. At the end, he unexpectedly croaks —off screen, and his death is barely noticed by the others.

Cheez Whiz! Why even bother? The author should have just killed Tarrant off in the tracking gallery, as she did with Dayna and Soolin.

Graphically, this zine is somewhat unusual. The editor takes a lot of chances, using peculiar layouts. Most of these are annoying and confusing, though the two-layered cover is interesting and effective.

If I had to pick one word to describe this zine, it would have to be "amateurish." But that's not all bad. True, the stories, art, and poetry in Revenge of the Rabble don't measure up to, say, Southern Seven. But it has a refreshing energy and enthusiasm that's often missing from more polished and professional efforts.

I'm not sorry I shelled out $6.00 for this zine, second hand. [1]

References

  1. from IMHO* #2 (1995)