Serrated Seven

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Zine
Title: Serrated Seven
Publisher: Ashton Press
Editor(s):
Date(s): 1993
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Medium: print fanzine
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Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
External Links: B7 zines at Ashton Press
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front cover by Karen River
back cover by Leigh Mootooka

Serrated Seven -- Blakes 7 gen 203-page anthology with a theme of hurt/comfort. Color cover by Karen River.

The zine won a 1994 FanQ.

The art is by Leah Rosenthal, Karen River, Leigh Mootooka, Adrian Morgan, Samantha Hayman, Sue Williams, Daphne Ann Hamilton, and Todd Parrish.

Contents

  • In the Shadow of the Night by Linnadel Cameron (4) (Three sequels to this story were written by Baravan and published in Love and Sacrifice)
  • Shoot Feds and Dodge, poem by Anna Collins Smith (32)
  • Happy Families by Sheila Paulson (also in Author's Choice) (34)
  • Death Be Thine Enemy, Death Be My Friend by Beth Masterson (59)
  • Avon, We Really Bash You, poem by Anna Collins Smith (64)
  • Of Mice and Thieves by Robin Roarke (65)
  • Turnabout by Teresa Ward (66)
  • No Friend of Mine (73)
  • Neltzsche Was Right by Leokadija (74)
  • Voices by B.N. Fish (97)
  • Make Me Groan by Roxie Ray (102)
  • The Hour of Light and Dark by Dee Dee Winslow and M.R. Robber (104)
  • Machinations by Jennifer Smallwood (125)
  • Watches of the Night by Joan Hoffman (135)
  • Fanzines in the Night by Jeff Morris (152)
  • Change of Heart by K.T.K, T.T. and O.T. (153)
  • Shared Danger by C.A. McCoy (168)
  • Firebreak by K.D. Swan (179)
  • The Longest Night by Jane Mailander (191)
  • Shattered Dreams by Sue Williams (198)

Reactions and Reviews

I thought the long-awaited Ashton Press hurt-comfort zine "Serrated Seven" was (with a handful of exceptions) mediocre-to-terrible. [1]
I most enjoyed Sheila Paulson's "blatantly sentimental" "Happy Families" probably because it reminded me of old issues of B7 Complex. The Longest Night" by Jane Mailander was a nice piece, too. However. I feel the most inventive by far was K.D. Swan's "Firebreak.- Wow. [2]

Serrated Seven is a "hurt/comfort" genzine from Ashton Press.

It starts off with an involving, angst-ridden Tarrant story, "In the Shadow of the Night" by Linnadel Cameron, in which everyone somehow survived Gauda Prime, and Blake and co. rescue the pilot from a grisly fate on a Federation penal world.

The "comfort" portion of this tale consists primarily of all the characters repeatedly hugging one another, an action severely outof-character for most of them, but wildly popular in wishful fan fiction.

"Happy Families" by Sheila Paulson is, by the author's own admission, an unmittigatedly sentimental post G-P story in which everyone (except poor Gan) turns up alive, to be reunited (eventually) with an autistic Avon who's been rescued and adopted bv a family of space traders.

In "Death Be Thine Enemy, Death Be My Friend," Beth Masterson fills in the five grim days of Avon's interrogation and torture before the events in "Rumours of Death."

We're afraid we didn't understand the point of Robin Roarke's 1 pager "Of Mice and Thieves," in which Vila talks to a pet rodent, drinks a lot and never gets to do anything.

In "Turnabout" by Teresa Ward, Travis gets the worst of it, and in Leokadija's "Neltzsche Was Right," a much-tortured Soolin, Vila and Avon go after revenge against Servalan.

Avon's trapped in a cave-in, wondering if Blake will come looking for him or not in B.N. Fish's "Voices."

Dee Dee Winslow and M.R. Robber penned "The Hour of Light and Dark" with a post G-P Blake, Avon and Vila put through the wringer bv a gloating Servalan, until Avon agrees to a mysterious deal with her.

Jennifer Smallwood's "Machinations" tortures Avon in excruciating detail as Servalan's minions attempt to extract Liberator's location from Blake.

"Watches of the Night" by Joan Hoffman is a succubus/vampire tale with some softcore porm content, slightly out of place in an otherwise all-gen zine.

"Change of Heart" by a long string of initials (!) puts Tarrant through the gauntlet when he and Avon try to escape Federation troops in rugged forrest terrain.

Poor Tarrant gets the worst of it yet again in C.A. McCov's "Shared Danger," in which the pilot, Vila and Cally are betrayed by a planet's rebel faction and sold to Servalan.

In "Firebreak" by K.D. Swan, Vila develops a peculiarly uncharacteristic self-destructive streak, but in Jane Mailander's "The Longest Night" he acquires the even more credulity-stretching habit of chanting ancient myths round the campfire on good old Terminal. Even more laughable is the shellshocked Avon suddenly bursting forth into - of all things - a maudlin Leslie Fish filksong. This entire story evoked more titters than the obviously intended pathos. (Sorry, filk fans.)

Finally, there's Sue Williams' "Shattered Dreams,' with a wounded Avon accidentally left behind on a planet and hallucinating an angry Blake, whom he fears will not return for him. [3]
Yes, why is there so much emphasis on the hurt and not the comfort? Not just in BELOVED ADVERSARY, but stories in general. SERRATED COMFORT [sic] was a big disappointment that way. It could go back to people wanting to be careful about suggesting anything sexual going on, that if the guys are all concerned over each other it makes them suspect, because Real Men don't do that. Ever look at the sidelines of a football game, though, especially the losing team in a big game? Anyone gonna tell a 6'6", 300 lb. linebacker he's not a real man because he's crying with/hugging his team mates? [4]

References

  1. a comment in Rallying Call #11
  2. from an LoC in "Southern Comfort" #10
  3. from Jean Graham at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  4. from Rallying Call #16