Susan Cutter

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Name: Susan Cutter
Alias(es): wordsunworthy
Type: author, poet
Fandoms: Blake's 7
Communities: Space City
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URL: wordsunworthy on LJ
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Susan Cutter is a prolific Blake's 7 fan author and poet who was most active in the mid-to-late 1990s and early 2000s. Her writing was awarded multiple Fan Q and STIFfie awards.

Fanfiction

Susan is best known for her adult stories, which feature a hugely inventive range of pairings, both het and slash. Her favourite pairing is perhaps Avon/Tarrant, but she's written just about everything -- including the story ('A Dream') responsible for Sarah Thompson's coinage of the term "leafy het" to describe the very strange dream sequence in which Dayna is ravished by the topiary bear![1]

Unusually, her writing frequently includes good roles for Dayna and Soolin, and she has also been praised for her original characters. Susan has also written gen.

Most of her work was published in fanzines, including Angelfood, Dark Fantasies 6, Diverse Doings series, D.S.V. 3, Fire and Ice 4, Forbidden Star 2, Pressure Point, Southern Comfort 10.5, Southern Seven 11, Tales from Space City series, TTBA, and others. She also published work on the Space City and Freedom City mailing lists. Little is currently available online, but Susan has one story archived at Hermit Library and another at the TTBA archive.

May King cover, by Whitby27

Example Fanfiction

  • Anniversary & Present -- Avon/Tarrant (in Diverse Doings 1 & 3)
  • May King -- S4 novel with multiple pairings. Oliver Klosov writes: This novel is one of the few I have read which gives a strong part to every B7 character, particulary Soolin and Dayna, who are often underused. In fact, this is the finest use of Dayna I have ever seen. Not only does each character have a large part, each is indubitably him- or herself. Cutter creates several memorable original characters as well, whom I was sad to leave at the end of the novel. / So far as page-turning plot goes, "May King" could have been an episode, an exceptionally good one. Then there are the sex scenes, which are the most inventive I've seen in fanfiction, and are not limited strictly to Our Heroes. Not only are the sex scenes unusual, but some of them delve into the emotional lives of the characters in intriguing new ways.[2]
  • Privilege -- Tarrant backstory; Tarrant/m (in TTBA). Ika writes: A cracking story with a very sympathetic and plausible take on a teenage Tarrant. I found the Delta voices wobbled slightly with occasional "lapses" into correct grammar and educated vocabulary, and the prose style as a whole was slightly clumsy, but plot, characterization, attention to physical detail, and an impressive view of Federation social structure more than made up for it. ... The 'privilege' theme is very well handled and interesting, and the point where Susan Cutter ends allows for endless speculation about what happened between the end of the story and Power Play. So, despite some minor reservations, I still think this is top quality fanfic, opening up a range of questions to think about which would never have occurred to me if I hadn't read this.[3]
  • Santa does Space City -- comic poem (in Tales from Space City 1)
  • Traitor to the Cause -- S2 murder mystery (in Pressure Point). Sally Manton writes: ...harsh, but has one of the best plots I've seen in fan fiction and an interesting look at how the crew might react in a situation of deadly suspicion among themselves (I found the twist at the end unpersuasive, but that's just a personal reaction).[4]

Other Activities

Susan was active on the Lysator and Space City/Freedom City lists, and she hosted Space City.[5] She was a founder member of Avon Without Guilt with Pat Jacquerie.[5]

References

  1. Hermit: Tales from Space City: Mini Review By Sarah Thompson (accessed 25 May 2012)
  2. Hermit: May King (accessed 25 May 2012)
  3. Hermit: TTBA: by Ika (accessed 25 May 2012)
  4. Hermit: Pressure Point (accessed 25 May 2012)
  5. 5.0 5.1 In Memory (accessed 24 May 2012)