The Chameleons

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Title: The Chameleons
Author(s): Gillian Marsden
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): 1986
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
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The Chameleons is a gen Blake's 7 54-page novel by Gillian Marsden. It was reprinted in Millennium Special. The Avon Club describes it as having a "Front cover of Avon and Tarrant."

Reactions and Reviews

Nominations for the Tarrant stories which are worth reading: The Chameleons.

I found this story pretty boring, until quite a long way through, Avon and Tarrant appeared, as it didn't seem to have any connection to B7 until then and is set long after Gauda Prime... during which time everything's changed out of recognition. Avon's part is poor -- he's a dreary failure. But Tarrant's part is terrific and I was devastated by the ending! Furthermore, the story stops when Tarrant's and Avon's part end and you're left fuming that you aren't told any more. So... good and bad, but for Tarrant fans it's excellent once he's in it. General writing style is superior. Humor nil, a pity. Just wish it had some B7 atmosphere. [1]
Available from Ann O'Neill. This is an above-average fan story, though I can't agree with Ann that it's the best PGP around. Much depends on what you like to read and this gloomy and often violent tale isn't entirely to my taste. It is 9 years after GP and the Universe has become totally unrecognisable due to very dramatic events which the writer spends a lot of time (necessarily) explaining. Finally, Avon appears and we discover that he is merely a successful crook these days, trying to keep out of the political limelight. He's arrested by mistake, recognised by Tarrant and from then on it's disaster all the may - with Avon a hapless puppet unable to control any of the horrors flung at him. We are launched into a catalogue of 'how to kill your Fed. Guard in 1001 different ways' which will delight the bloodthirsty, but the political matters slide into the background as Avon and Tarrant wend their gory way to an interesting but ultimately fruitless (of course) meeting with Servalan, If you care only for Avon and Tarrant, perhaps you'd be happy with this, but I wanted to know what happened to this new political situation which had been described earlier at such great length and I was furious when the zine just ENDED. Tarrant is the most interesting character by far, and his fans should like it. Avon fans may well feel that Avon is rather irrelevant to the tale, apart from his chat with Servalan. Vila Is sorely missed. All in all, I'd recommend it highly as a bit of quality writing, but feel the ending is weak, Avon is underrated, and Servalan's earliest trips to another galaxy seem very off-hand when you consider that even Liberator couldn't make the nearest in less than 150 years! [2]


  1. comments by Ros Williams, 1991, in On the Wing #4
  2. from Horizon Newsletter #17