Slings and Eros

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Title: Slings and Eros
Author(s): Riley Cannon
Date(s): 1993
Genre: slash
Fandom: Blake's 7
External Links: Online at AO3

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Slings and Eros is a Blake's 7 Avon/Blake story by Riley Cannon.

It was printed in the zine Songs of Innocence.

Reactions and Reviews

'Slings and Eros' meanders over 22 pages, with Our Heroes captured by Travis, escaping, then finding themselves in a lost underground civilisation, and ends up in the air with an obvious sequel planned (whether written, I don't know). The relationship between Blake and Avon is rudimentary to say the least, and I couldn't get into the plot, so I had a hard time with it. 'Panacea' was fairly good *if* you can swallow the premise that Blake (thanks to the ever-convenient midwipe) is a total sexual innocent; 'Tying Up Loose Ends' struck me as rather pointless; 'Nor Iron Bars a Cage' tries a little too hard to be ambiguous (a PGP with Avon either insane and imagining Blake has come back for him, or maybe not...).[1]

Blake and Avon are trapped on a post-nuclear world. They have an easy, already established relationship - no sex details given. Plot is cliched, too many things are tried out and then dropped or not fully developed. Grade C- [2]

AU, B/A. Travis has captured Blake and Avon and the Liberator has disappeared. Avon manages to free himself and Blake but is badly injured in the process. They come across an underground community that shelters them until they can make contact with the outside galaxy and get transport, a ship that just happens to be piloted by Tarrant.[3]

This feels like two different stories - 1. B and A get tortured by Travis. 2. B and A live with some natives for a while then get rescued... leading into... 3. another story that may not exist? I like it in a gentle way, although I think these scenarios might have worked best as a 'revealing of the feelings' rather than 'established relationship'. But! It's fine.[4]


  1. ^ by Sally Manton at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site, Archived version
  2. ^ Review posted to the Virgule-L mailing list on May 24, 1993 (quoted anonymously with permission).
  3. ^ Subject: Zine review: Songs of Innocence by Sue C. on Lysator dated August 4, 1993.
  4. ^ June 18, 2014 review by Aralias at her journal, Archived version