Sheila Willis

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Name: Sheila Willis
Type: fan writer, filker, fan artist, and fanzine publisher
Fandoms: Blake's 7, Robin of Sherwood, Star Trek, Professionals, Star Wars
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Sheila Willis was a fan writer, a filker, (a member of Technical Difficulties) fan artist and a fanzine publisher. She died in 2013.

Notable Works

Sheila Willis co-edited 5th Season, a Blake’s 7 fanfic zine, and contributed art to other zines celebrating the tv show, including Southern Seven and Vault of Tomorrow.

Fan Comments

  • "Julia Ecklar does a wonderful performance of Sheila's "Elizabeth's Song" on her new album Horsetamer. I decided it was my favorite track on the album before noticing it was by Sheila (though I knew it was a Technical Difficulties number)." [1]

Memories and Recollections

Deb Walsh's announcement in the second 2013 MediaWest*Con progress report:
Sheila Willis passed away in March from a heart attack. Folks who've been around since the '80s will remember her as the editor of the Blake's 7 'zine Fifth Season, plus a bunch of other 'zines, including a number of Professionals titles. She was also a prolific artist and writer. She was also one-third of the filk trio, Technical Difficulties (with TJ Burnside and Linda Melnick). You'd often see Sheila running around cons in her trademark surgical scrubs. A bundle of energy and a force of nature, Sheila never did anything by halves. She ultimately dropped out of active media fandom involvement. She continued to work as a nurse, most recently as a children's OR nurse. Sheila and I didn't always agree, and sometimes we were in competition, but she was a good-hearted person who lived large, and contributed a lot to our fannish heritage. She will be missed. [2]



  1. comment in the "Sheila Willis' thread posted to dated March 16, 2013 (public post, may require login)
  2. also posted to MediaWest 33 Facebook, dated March 3, 2013 (public post, may require login)