The Chronicles (Blake's 7 zine)

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Title: The Chronicles
Publisher: Clarke & Keating Ink
Editor(s): Susan Clarke
Date(s): 1981-
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Medium: print
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Genre: gen
Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
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The Chronicles is a gen Blake's 7 fanzine published in Australia. It has a sister zine, an annual, Chronicles Annual, featuring content too long for the regular issues.

Note on title variation: issues up to #14 are called "The Chronicles," issues after are called, "Chronicles." There are also a number of collected issues: for example, issues #1-#7 were later bound together.

This zine contains articles, fiction, poetry, reviews, editorials & letter columns. It was the winner of The Australasian Science Fiction Media Awards for Best Media Fanzine four years in a row and was nominated for FanQ Awards.

General Reactions and Reviews

This is the B7 zine with the most issues, by far-- into the 60s now. It's not quite as many as the numbers suggest, because there have been a fair number of double and triple issues, but still more than any other zine.

The name started out as "The Chronicles," and along the way the "The" was dropped. Here I'm going by what it says on the cover and/or the title page of the zine.

I don't have a complete set, unfortunately, but I'll post what I've got, in order, and maybe someone else can fill in. I've got a mixed batch of originals, Australian reprints by the original publisher, and authorized North American reprints by Bill Hupe.

In general I'm not terribly impressed with the fiction, though there are some good things too; but the art is superb-- among the best I've seen in zines.

The art gets better and better. Minds-i-view is one of my favorite B7 artists.

xBryn Lantry fans will want to read her gen fiction and poetry. And for Tarrant fans, I've noticed that Monica Mitchell is a very Tarrant-friendly author, well worth checking out. (Explanation of typical abbreviations: Ta-hc, uc Ta/ocf means: "Tarrant gets hurt and has an unconsummated romance with an original female character.") I also liked her Wodehouse pastiche in #30.

The story by Leah and Annie in #45 is one that I actually hadn't read! It's not quite Bizarro but almost as funny.

I'm puzzled by Falcon D'Arenburg's "Wall of Honour" series as it appears to have nothing to do with B7 other than being set in that universe. Possibly there was something in the earlier segments, which I don't have, that explained the relationship between these characters and the B7 ones.

"Star-Walker" in #53 is somewhat similar in that it appears to be set in an earlier(?) version of the B7 universe, but without the B7 characters. The main connection of "Litraline" to B7 is that the rebel heroine is the daughter of Travis.

"World Enough and Time" in #47 is an interesting time travel story, close to a historical AU. Jenna finds herself in Roman times.

I rather like the B7-ized "Christmas Carol" in #46. Avon (series 2 model) is Scrooge, of course; Marley is played by Gan (presumably because he's conveniently dead and so can appear to Avon as a ghost).

Rosemary Woodhouse's "Young Vila" stories are recommended for Vila fans; others in the series have appeared in various zines including INPUT and CHILDREN OF THE FEDERATION.

As usual, there is some scrumptious art.

The editors note in the editorial for #53 (July 1992) that they are planning to go to MediaWestCon the following year, 1993. Dang, a missed opportunity! That was my very first MWC and I didn't know much about fandom yet. I think they were pointed out to me, but I didn't quite understand who they were! Well, maybe there will be another chance to meet.

"A New Prometheus" in #27/28 is a very touching look at the background of a seldom-mentioned character-- the android, Vinni. By the same author, under her new married name, is "A Body Worth Guarding" in #49/50/51, in which Tarrrant meets Deeta's widow, who turns out to be quite a remarkable person in her own right. I remember commenting back when I was looking through the earlier issues of the zine that Monica Mitchell (later Bell) does good Tarrant, and is a good writer in general.

"Not in Your Stars" in #55 is a rather odd story. It's sort of a Trek crossover, but not exactly; it's a study of what sort of person James T. Kirk might have been if he were a product of the B7 universe rather than the Trek one, and a loyal officer of a different Federation. Here he interacts with the young Tarrant. It's well-written and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes Trek as well as B7. Being pretty much a Trek apostate these days, I liked this story better than the one that I presume was a prequel to it, because that one had no B7 characters at all.

Even odder are the two sex-reversal stories by Venessa Kelly. Whereas Vickie treated this theme seriously, these stories are for laughs. And yes, the change is permanent and never explained! [1]
"Quality varies on this one, but when it is good, it is very good, and when it is bad I wait for the next issue. And (up until *very* recently, I wonder what happened?) you aren't kept waiting with this zine, comes out quarterly."[2]

Another review by Kathryn Andersen in 1996 is at Katspace; reference link.

In with the Old, Out with the New

In October, the typewriter used to type this zine was offered for sale. From the editor in Beyond Antares #24:
WANTED: Good Home for a typewriter. A brother electric, in it's case. Golf ball with four balls and a carton of ribbons (the balls are worth $28 each and the ribbons $6 each) — mostly carbon ones — about $100 ribbons. For $250. In good condition and recently cleaned, etc. (not used since) Must sell as soon as possible. If sent to a distance, train parcel costs to be added to this (approx. $8). This typewriter did all the offsetted issues of Chronicles and Beyond Antares and Eye of Newt, but we've brought this Apple IIE computer plus brother printer and now have to pay for them.

Issue 1

cover of issue #1, Michael McGann

The Chronicles 1 (January 1981, 12 pages) The front cover is by Michael McGann.

  • Susan Clarke, "Hell-Raiser" (fiction)
  • "Orac's Oracles" (editorial)
  • Allan Anderson, "Review: The Empire Strikes Back"
  • Sheila Cougah, "Chronical Extracts, Reviews"

Issue 2

The Chronicles 2 (July 1981, 28 pages)

cover of issue #2

Fiction:

  • Edwina Harvey, "It Takes a Thief"
  • Susan Clarke, "Incident on Alta"
  • Susan Clarke, Editorial

Non-Fiction:

  • A.B.C. TV, "Blue Peter 'Blake's Seven Bracelet'"
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Susan Clarke, "Dayna"
  • Susan Clarke, "To Dieter"

Art:

  • Michael McGann (cover)
  • Terry Jeeves
  • Susan Clarke

Issue 3

The Chronicles 3 (November 1981, 23 pages)

cover of issue #3

Fiction

  • Robin Walker, "And Love Is More Cruel"
  • Narrelle Harris, "Kinta"

Poetry

  • Narrelle Harris, "Blake's Seven"
  • Narrelle Harris, "Vila, the Thief"

Nonfiction

  • Julie Townsend, "What Now Blake?"
  • Chronicles Reviews
  • Letters

Art:

  • Alison Bloomfield (cover)
  • Michael McGann
  • Lana Fahey
  • Terry Jeeves

Issue 4

The Chronicles 4 (February 1982, 32 pages)

cover of issue #4

Fiction:

  • Sheelagh Buchanan, "Mind Bender"
  • Moira Dahlberg, "The Nova Taryl" (later reprinted in The Star Change)

Poetry:

  • Narrelle Harris, "Tarrant"
  • Peter Brodie, "Servalan"

Nonfiction:

  • Lettercol

Art:

Issue 5

The Chronicles 5 (1982, 28 pages) has a front cover by Michael McGann.

cover of issue #5

Fiction:

  • Narrelle Harris, "Resurrection"

Non Fiction:

Reviews:

  • Susan Clarke, "From the Other Side"
  • RSK, "Rumours"
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Ruth Dick-Smith, "Faraway"

Issue 6

The Chronicles 6 (June 1982, 34 pages)

cover of issue #6

Fiction:

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Val Rogers, "The Current State of the Blake's Seven Series"
  • "Viewscreen: The Episode Titles"
  • Janet Ellicott, "Blake: A Synopsis"

Reviews:

  • Julie Vaux, "Blake's Seven Monthly"
  • Susan Clarke, "The B.B.C. Times #1"
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Ruth Dick-Smith, "Rosemary"

Art:

Issue 1-6

cover of issue #1-#6

The Chronicles 1-6

Issue 7

The Chronicles 7 (June 1982, 47 pages)

Fiction:

  • Moira Dahlberg, "A Change of Season"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Hamlet-- Unrehearsed"
  • Edwina Harvey, "Servalan"

Non Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Ruth Dick-Smith, "The Rebel Is Questioned"
  • Shayne McCormack, "Thoughts Alone, On Early Watch"

Art:

  • Micheal McGann (front cover)
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Kerrie Hanlon
  • Esther Mace
  • Ruth Dick-Smith
  • Shayne McCormack (back cover)

Issue 7-10

cover of issue #7-#10

The Chronicles 7-10 was published in 1982 and contains 166 pages. Authors/Artists: Moira Dahlberg, Sue Bursztynski, Linda McCarthy, Nikki White, and more.

  • "A Change of Season"
  • "Hamlet - Unrehearsed"
  • "Holocorn: Amusement Centre"
  • "Rumours of War, part 1" (first part of a PGP serial)
  • "With Insurance at a premium"
  • "Gemini"

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7-10

Rumours of War gets continued in issues 11-16, if you like that story. [3]

Issue 8

The Chronicles 8 (March 1983)

Fiction:

  • Nikki White, "Kunoichi: The Woman with No Name"
  • Linda McCarthy, "New Direction"
  • Ruth Dick-Smith, "Holocorn: Amusement Centre"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Letters
  • Linda McCarthy, "Cosmic Classifieds and Correspondence"

Poetry:

  • Ruth Dick-Smith, untitled
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Flight of Fancy"
  • Fiona Ellem, "Guess Who's Joined A.A." (filk, Close Every Door to Me)

Art:

  • Lana Brown (cover)
  • Michelle Kavazos
  • Esther Mace
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Ruth Dick-Smith
  • Shayne McCormack
  • Michael McGann
  • Kerrie Hanlon

Issue 9/10

The Chronicles 9/10 (July 1983, 87 pages)

Fiction:

  • Abigail Neville, "Rumours of War, Part One: Colony of Forgotten Souls"
  • Judy Baumann, "With Insurance at a Premium"
  • Yvonne S. Hintz and Cathy Lynn Goodwin, "More Luck Than Logic"
  • Virginia Wurth, "Interlude"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Gemini"

Non Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Moira Dahlberg, "Kera"
  • Ruth Dick-Smith, "Message from Anna"

Art:

  • Michael McGann
  • Abigail Neville
  • Sakura Allison
  • Steven Pacey
  • Shayne McCormack
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Merridy Johnstone
  • Esther Mace
  • Kerrie Hanlon

Issue 11, 12/13

NOTE: at some point, Issue #11 (47 pages) was published separately, issues #12/13 were published together, and then in 1984, issues #11/12/13 were published together. Contents of these separate volumes can be sorted out here.

cover of issue #11-13
cover of issue #12-13

The Chronicles 12/13 was published in 1984 and 121 pages long.

  • Abigail Neville, "Rumours of War, Part Three: Beyond the Rimworlds" (16 pages)
  • Sheila Tracey, "Roots" (3 pages)
  • Anonymous, "Sleeper" (15 pages)
  • Fiona Ellem, "One Fine Day on the Liberator" (4 pages)
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Children of Gemini" (17 pages)
  • Edwina Harvey, "To Catch a Thief" (6 pages)
  • Jenny Phillips and Michelle Kavazos, "Seek... Locate... Confuse..., or, Let Sleeping Grandads Lie" (25 pages)

Art:

  • Michael McGann (front cover) of original issue #11
  • Patricia Ostwald (front cover) of original issue #12/13
  • Gayle Rogers
  • Abigail Neville
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Ruth Dick-Smith
  • Kerrie Hanlon
  • Sakura Allison
  • Tricia Osterwald
  • Tracy Hamilton
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Shayne McCormack

Issue 14

Chronicles 14 was published April 1984 and contains 46 pages.

front cover of issue #14
back cover of issue #14

Fiction:

  • Gail Neville, "Rumours of War, Part Four: Of New Worlds and Long Lost Loves..."
  • Geoff Tilley, "Happy Birthday, Avon"
  • Linda Cox Chan, "Changes" (graphic story)
  • Sue Bursztynski, "The Loveliest of All"

Non Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Sheila Tracy and Yvonne Hintze, "Rememberance of Things Past"
  • Sheila Tracy, "To Vila"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 14

"The Loveliest of All" (one of Sue B.'s nice stories) [4]

Issue 15

Chronicles 15 (July 1984, 50 pages)

Fiction:

  • Gail Neville, "Rumours of War, Part Five
  • Kylie Churchyard, "Hair Today-- Goon Tomorrow"
  • Felis Sylvestris, "The Wise One"
  • Peter Brodie, "Don't Look Now"
  • Felicity Millard, "The Alien" (RPF)

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Letters

Art:

  • Patricia Ostwald (front cover)
  • Gail Neville
  • Kerrie Hanlon
  • Ruth Dick-Smith
  • Jenny Hale
  • Sakura Allison
  • Mike McGann (back cover)

Issue 16

Chronicles 16 (October 1984, 48 pages)

cover of issue #16

Fiction:

  • Gail Neville, "Rumours of War, part Seven: Destiny"
  • Julie Johnson, "Hide And Seek"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "The Reason"
  • Rosie Peck, "Replacement"

Nonfiction:

Poetry:

  • Sheila Tracy, "V. R."

Art:

  • Mike McGann (front cover)
  • Rosemary Woodhouse

Issue 16.5

Chronicles 16.5 contains 44 pages.

Issue 17-18

cover of issue #17/18, Michael McGann
interior page from #17/18

The Chronicles 17-18 (July 1985, 61 pages)

Fiction:

  • Debbie Churchyard, "Juvenile Crime-- Federation Style"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Reunions"
  • Marilyn Hammond, "Rumours of Death: Before and After"
  • Geoff Tilley, "Avon's Vow" (sequel to "Happy Birthday, Avon" in #14
  • Moira Dahlberg, "Not All Who Dare Can Win" (reprinted from The Star Change
  • Linda McCarthy, "Reminder"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • "Art Portfolio: The Heroes of Blake's Seven"
  • Susan Hinckley, Puzzle

Reviews:

Poetry:

  • Mai Ling, untitled
  • Ruth Richardson-Smith, "Dayna-- Father & Child"

Art:

  • Michael McGann (front cover)
  • Patricia Ostwald
  • Merridy Johnson
  • Linda Cox Chan
  • Tracy Hamilton
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Esther Mace
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Elsie Sager
  • M. Wright
  • John Humphries
  • Joanne Keating

Issue 19

Chronicles 19 was published April 1985 and contains 44 pages.

front cover of issue #19, Adrian Butcher
back cover of issue #19, Michael McGann

Fiction:

  • C. F. Millerd, "A Human Face"
  • Timothy Clarke (aged 6), "Blake's New Fren"
  • Greg Dales, "Zane"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Susan Hinckley, "A Blake's Seven Puzzle"
  • Review: Quicksilver Rising
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Ruth Richardson-Smith, "T to S"

Art:

  • Adrian Butcher (front cover), Michael McGann (back cover), Robert Jan, Tim Clarke, Tricia Ostwald, Tracy Hamilton, Ruth Richardson-Smith

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 19

"A Human Face" - one of my utter favourite stories. [5]

Issue 20

Chronicles 20 was published in July 1985. Editors: Susan Clarke.

front cover of issue #20, Mike McGann
back cover of issue #20, Mike McGann

Fiction:

  • Sheila Tracy, "Genesis"
  • Gail Neville, "The Betrayal"
  • Felis Sylvestris, "Cuckoos and Teddy Bears"
  • Rosie Peck, "Stranded"
  • Linda McCarthy, "Outsider"
  • John Humphries, "(Dead?) or Alive" (Real world crossover; A-Chris Boucher)
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Encounter at the Pearly Gates"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Ruth Richardson-Smith, "Fair Soolin"

Art:

  • Mike McGann (front and back cover)
  • Kerrie Hanlon
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Rita Lennon
  • Patricia Ostwald
  • Lana Brown
  • Megan Ellem

Issue 21

Chronicles 21 was published in October 1985. Editors: Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating.

front cover of issue #21
back cover of issue #21

Fiction:

  • xBryn Lantry, "Parting (After Star One)"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Beltane Night"
  • Venessa Kelly, "Foe or Friend?"
  • Sheila Tracy, "The Werewolf of Space, or, How the Saintly Servalan Saved Her Servants from the Shapechanger"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Sheila Tracy, "Puzzle"
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Ruth Richardson-Smith, untitled

Art:

  • Mike McGann (front and back cover)
  • Patricia Ostwald
  • Gail Neville
  • Joanne Keating

Issue 22/23

Chronicles 22/23 was published in January 1986. Editors: Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating.

Fiction:

  • Greg Dales, "Deception"
  • Sheila Tracy, "The Truth at Last"
  • Geoff Tillley, "Storm in the Liberator Teacup"
  • Rosemary Woodhouse, "This Way There Be Dragons"
  • Yvonne S. Hintz, "Kith and Kin"

Poetry:

Nonfiction:

  • Editorial
  • Ads
  • Sheila Tracy, "Puzzle"
  • Letters

Art:

  • Michael McGann (front cover)
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Esther Mace
  • Ruth Waters
  • Tricia Ostwald
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Linda Cox Chan
  • Yvonne Hintz

Issue 24

Chronicles 24 was published in April 1986. Editors: Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating.

cover of issue #24 by Adrian Butcher
interior page from issue #24

Fiction:

  • Sheila Tracy, "Loved She Not Honour More"
  • F. L. Millerd, "Two-legged Traveller"
  • Moira Dahlberg, "With a Little Help"

Non Fiction:

Reviews:

Poetry:

Art:

  • Adrian Butcher (front cover)
  • Mike McGann
  • Robert Jan
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Tricia Ostwald (back cover)

Issue 25

Chronicles 25 was published in July 1986 and contains 85 pages.
front cover of issue #25
back cover of issue #25

Fiction

  • Linda Hasn, "Cally"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Tarrant's Complaint" (Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Cathy Lynn Goodwin, "A Sense of Obligation"
  • Virginia J. Wurth, "Identity Crisis"
  • Edwina Harvey, "Lone Survivor"
  • Robert Jan, "Bran the Unblessed #3"

Nonfiction

  • Editorial
  • Yvonne S. Hintz, "Fill-In Puzzle"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Yet Another Puzzle"
  • Letters
  • Reviews
  • Puzzle solutions

Poetry

Art

  • Adrian Butcher (front cover)
  • Michael McGann
  • Kerrie Hanlon
  • Linda Cox Chan
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Megan Ellem
  • Marianne Plumridge

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 25

Well, this one contains my first ever poem in print... (grin) And "Tarrant's Complaint" is a fun little piece, but it's very short. [6]

Issue 26

Chronicles 26 was published in October 1986. Editors: Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating.

cover of issue #26
interior page from issue #26

Fiction:

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, "Crossword" (puzzle")
  • Yvonne Hintz, "Picture Puzzle"
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Kathryn Andersen, "Friends"
  • Tely Ported, "Will It Never End?"
  • Shelley Templar, "A Liberating Christmas"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 26

This one has quite a few good pieces. Though "Still The Dead", a Bizzaro story, probably appeared elsewhere as well. [7]

Issue 27/28

Chronicles 27/28 was published in January 1987 and contains 85 pages. Editors: Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating.

cover of issue #27/28

The art is by Kathryn Andersen (front cover), Michael McGann, Robert Jan, Joanne Keating, Monica Mitchell, and Bernice Cuffe.

Fiction:

Poetry:

  • xBryn Lantry, "Renunciation"
  • Y.S. Hintz, "A Lovely Lady All Alone"

Nonfiction:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 27/28

4 out of the 6 pieces are good.[8]

Issue 29

Chronicles 29 was published in April 1987 and contains 45 pages. Editors: Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating.

cover of issue #29, Kathryn Andersen

Fiction:

  • Cathy Lynn Goodwin, "What's Done Is Done"
  • Tele Ported, "Peace and Quiet"
  • Sheila Tracy, "The Missing Loot"
  • Moira Dahlberg, "Tense: Future Past Imperfect"
  • Faye Bull, "Today's the Day"
  • Leah Rosenthal, "Walking the Wind" (also in Southern Seven #2)
  • Monica Mitchell, "Deadfall"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "The Last Word"

Non Fiction:

Poetry:

  • Kathryn Andersen, "In Retrospect"
  • xBryn Lantry, "Psychosis and Other Aberrations"

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 29

"Walking the Wind" is another one of my utter favourite stories, though I think this one has also appeared elsewhere. There's also some other good pieces too. [9]

Issue 30

Chronicles 30 was published in July 1987 and contains 45 pages.

front cover of issue #30, Linda Cox Chan
back cover of issue #30

Fiction:

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Yvonne Hintz, "Picture Puzzle"
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • xBryn Lantry, "Song, From a Rebel to a Free Trader"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "I Never Would Have Cried"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "Pictures of Auron"
  • Robert Jan, "The Tipsy Star Rover" (filk, The Gypsy Rover)

Art:

  • Linda Cox Chan (front cover)
  • Michael McGann
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Denise Loague
  • Adrian Butcher

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 30

Three good poems (two of them by me, so you can ignore that if you like) and "Avon and the Enne Affair" which is quite fun. That one is narrated from the PoV of Vila, and based on the P.G. Wodehouse story "Jeeves makes an Omlette". [10]

Issue 31

front cover of issue #31, Bernice Cuffe
back cover of issue #31

Chronicles 31 was published in October 1987.

Fiction:

  • Venessa Kelly, "Female of the Species"
  • Catherine Kerrigan, "Promises to Keep"
  • Karen Herkes, "Too Many"
  • Moira Dahlberg, "And To This End"
  • Margaret Pitcher, "End Tale"

Non Fiction:

Poetry:

  • xBryn Lantry, "All the World's a Wallet"
  • xBryn Lantry, "Wisewoman"

Art:

  • Bernice Cuffe (front cover)
  • Linda Cox Chan
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Fiona Ellem
  • minds-i-view

Issue 32/33

front cover of issue #32/33, Bernice Cuffe
back cover of #32/33, Kathryn Andersen

Chronicles 32/33 was published in January 1988 and containns 85 pages.

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "Yet Another of Those Self-Indulgent Christmas Mary Sues"
  • Monica Mitchell, "Honey Bees and Fantasies"
  • Helen Sergeant, "Peace of Mind"
  • Moira Dahlberg, "Neither Federation Nor Heroine"
  • Karen Herkes, "A Way Back"
  • Ann Wortham, "Poetic Justice" (also in Magnificent Seven #4)
  • Linda McCarthy, "Freedom's Price"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "A Damned Nuisance"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Sheila Tracy, "Fancy Dress Party Logic Puzzle"
  • Ads for zines etc.

Reviews:

Poetry:

  • Kathryn Andersen, "First Impression"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Memories from City"
  • xBryn Lantry, "Dirge for a Deadhead (Bek to Petie)"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Battle Hymn of the Liberator" (filk, John Brown's Body)
  • Lynne's Lunatics, South Penrith, "Ten Kerr Avons" (filk, Ten Green Bottles)

Art: Bernice Cuffe (front cover), Micheal McGann, Kathryn Andersen (back cover), Rosemary Woodhouse, Fiona Ellem

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 32/33

[Poetic Justice]: A very short, post-Gauda Prime story that has Vila attempting to simply survive, any way possible. [11]

Issue 34

cover of issue #34

Chronicles 34 was published in April 1988 and contains 46 pages.

Fiction:

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Sheila Tracy, "Logic Problem"
  • Linda McCarthy, Review: Multiverse #17
  • "Blake's Seven 10th Anniversary Charity Appeal"
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Sheila Tracy, "Blake"
  • xBryn Lantry, "Soul of the Ship (Blake to Jenna)"

Art:

Issue 35

cover of issue #35

Chronicles 35 was published in July 1988 and contains 46 pages.

Fiction:

  • Wendy Ratter, "Dungeons and Doorcodes"
  • Falcon, "To Honour and Love"
  • Monica Mitchell, "The Power and the Glory"
  • Edwina Harvey, "Metaphysical Company"

Poetry:

  • Sheila Tracy, "The Star Roads"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "Up Revolution" (filk, Waltzing Matilda)

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Y.S. Hintz, "Official Federation Grades Test" (puzzle)
  • Letters
  • Ads for zines etc.

Art:

Issue 36

Chronicles 36 was published in October 1988.

Fiction:

  • Teresa Ward, "If I Were in Your Shoes"
  • Geoff Tilley, "No Way Back"
  • xBryn Lantry, "Of Crims and Rebels"
  • Y.S. Hintz, "There Are No Miracles"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Poetry:

  • Teresa Ward, "Blake's Computers (Zen's Opinion, Tirade, Humble Servant)"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Cally's Road"

Art:

Issue 37/38

cover of issue #37/#38, minds-i-view

Chronicles #37/#38 was published in January 1989.

Fiction:

  • Y.S. Hintz, "Double and Nothing"
  • Natalie Prior, "Vila's Story"
  • Monica Mitchell, "Song for a Winter Day"

Non Fiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 37/38

All the pieces in this one are good. [12]

Issue 39

Chronicles 39 was published in April 1989.

cover of issue #39

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "The Christmas Present" (realworld crossover)
  • Rebecca Reeves, "Simba"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Mission to Destiny"
  • Falcon D'Arenburg, "Wall of Honour, Episode 1: Citadel"

Poetry:

  • Teresa Ward, "Tarrant"
  • Teresa Ward, "Rationalizations"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Tracy Hamilton, "Word Search/Puzzle"
  • Letters
  • Ads for zines etc.

Art:

  • Kathryn Andersen (front cover)
  • Michael McGann
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Y.S. Hintz (back cover)

Issue 40

Chronicles 40 was published in July 1989 and contains 45 pages.

Fiction:

  • Venessa Kelly, "The Best of Enemies"
  • Teresa Ward, "Transition"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Letters

Poetry:

Art:

Issue 41

Chronicles 41 was published in October 1989 and contains 44 pages.

Fiction

  • Moira Dahlberg, "Just Testing" (real world crossover; actors)
  • Y.S. Hintz, "Nor All That Glitters... And Looks Cute"
  • Falcon D'Arenberg, "Wall of Honour, Episode 2: Obsession"

Poetry

  • Teresa Ward, "Casual Observer-- Soolin"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Song to Avon"
  • Teresa Ward, "Lost Time"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "Vow"

Nonfiction

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Letters
  • Ads
  • Letter from secretary of Huttcon '90 (Sf-media con)

Art

  • BAL (?) (cover)
  • Michael McGann
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Theresa Buffaloe
  • Y.S. Hintz
  • Jocelyn Munro

Issue 42/43

Chronicles 42/43 was published in January 1990 and contains 87 pages.

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "The Gift" (real world crossover)
  • minds-i-view, "Family Trait"
  • Ann Neville, "Resurrection"
  • Falcon D'Arenberg, "Wall of Honour, Episode 3: Sound of the Crowd"
  • Rosemary Woodhouse, "The First Time"

Nonfiction:

  • Joanne Keating and Susan Clarke, Editorial
  • Letters
  • Ads

Poetry:

Art:

Issue 44

Chronicles 44 was published in April 1990 and contains 45 pages.

Fiction:

  • Moira Dahlberg, "Fair Exchange"
  • Marianne Plumridge, "Each Quiet Moment"
  • Felis Sylvestris, "The Restej Incident"
  • Barbara Hamilton Fletcher, "The Edge of Caring
  • Venessa Kelly, "Nightwatch"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Betrayal"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Yvonne S. Hintz, "Word Puzzles"
  • Ads

Art:

Issue 45

Chronicles 45 was published in July 1990.

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Art:

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 45

[You Look Marvelous]: This is another example of a story written extremely early in our collaboration and, like many of our early humorous stories, it's a bit of a precursor to the Bizarro 7 silliness we eventually began to write. [13]

Issue 46

cover of 46, minds-i-view

The Chronicles 46 was published in October 1990 and is 43 pages long.

Fiction:

  • minds-i-view, "Once upon a Christmas Eve" (30 pages)
  • Falcon D'Arenburg, "Wall of Honour, Episode 5: Seconds" (11 pages)

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Art:

  • minds-i-view (front cover)
  • Denise Loague
  • Michael McGann

Issue 47

Chronicles 47 was published in April 1991.

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "Christmas Story 1990" (real world crossover)
  • Falcon D'Arenburg, "Wall of Honour, Episode 6: Nature of the Beast"
  • Edwina Harvey, "Dream Fasting"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "World Enough and Time"

Poetry:

  • Nova Salsh-Klabe, "Post G.P. Letter"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Margaret Pitcher, "In Praise of Tarrant" (article)
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Art:

Issue 48

cover of issue #48, Kathryn Anderson

The Chronicles 48 was published in July 1991 and contains 46 pages.

Fiction:

  • Andrew Williams, "Loose Ends"
  • Y. S. Hintz, "Honey"
  • Jean Stroud, "The Height of Ambition"
  • Andrew Williams, "Reasons"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "The Dolphin Bed"
  • Falcon D'Arenberg, "Wall of Honour, Episode 7: End Play"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Ads
  • Letters

Poetry:

Art:

Issue 49/50/51

Chronicles 49/50/51 is a bumper issue to celebrate ten year's of publication. It was published in January 1992 and contains 142 pages.

cover of issue #49/50/51, Theresa Buffaloe

Fiction

  • Moira Dahlberg, "Emma"
  • Jean Stroud, "Payment in Kind"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Clothed in Darkness"
  • Anne Neville, "A Little Excitement"
  • Monica Bell, "A Body Worth Guarding"
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Explanation"
  • Anne Neville, "After Anna"
  • Venessa Kelly, "Vice Versa"

Nonfiction

Art

  • Theresa Buffaloe (front cover)
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Michael Kavazos
  • Robert Jan
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Bernice Cuffe
  • Linda Cox Chan
  • also, as illustrations to the Index, reproductions of the covers of #8, Se by Lana Brown (p. 133); #48, A by Kathryn Andersen (p. 133); #24, Se-Tr by Adrian Butcher (p. 142); and #12/13, V by Tricia Ostwald (p. 142)

Issue 52

Chronicles 52 was published in April 1992.

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "Christmas Story 1991" (real world and multimedia crossover)
  • Sheila Tracy, "Through Chase and Slime with Rojinald Blackout"
  • Rosemary Woodhouse, "Not Really by Chance"
  • Jean Stroud, "A Slow Slide down into Etrenity"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Art:

  • minds-i-view (front cover)
  • Marianne Plumridge
  • Rosemary Woodhouse
  • Andrew Williams (back cover)

Issue 53

cover of issue #53

Chronicles 53 was published in July 1992.

Fiction:

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke and Joanne Keating, Editorial
  • Kathryn Andersen, "A Blake's Seven Crossword"
  • Ads for zines etc.
  • Letters

Art:

  • Theresa Buffaloe (front cover)
  • Andrew Williams (back cover)
  • Tracy Hamilton

Issue 54

cover of issue #54

Chronicles 54 was published in October 1993 and contains 44 pages. It includes A short Servalan story; a Gan story; a series of letters to by Kerr Avon to his mother, including some bits about his cousin, Servalan; Avon and Cally are stranded, alone, cold and with their memories, and a Blake/Cally story set during "Terminal."

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "Christmas Story, 1992" (real world crossover)
  • Moira Dahlberg, "Politics Make the Strangest Bedmates" (listed on title page as "Politics Makes the Strangest Bedfellows;" sequel to "Marcus Samson and the Orabanda Dragon" by Greg Dales [Moira Dahlberg] in The Other Side #4; S4; real world crossover)
  • Margaret Pitcher, "Gan, A Big Man"
  • Karen McAllister and C. Hawkins, "Love, Mother"
  • Barbara Hamilton Fletcher, "Cold Comfort"
  • Andrew Williams, "A Companion for Death"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan Clarke, "Yet Another Editorial"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Word Finder" (puzzle)
  • Margaret Pitcher, "The Smile" (article)

Poetry:

  • Kathryn Andersen, "A Season of Wishes" (filk, Scarborough Fair)
  • Jean Stroud, "A Poem for Cally"
  • Jean Stroud, "Thoughts from an Underground Bunker"

Art:

  • Bernice Cuffe (front cover)
  • Michael McGann
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Susan Hinckley
  • Andrew Williams (back cover)

Issue 55

cover of issue #55

The Chronicles 55 was published in 1994 and contains 47 pages.

Summary from Bill Hupe: "A confrontation between Orac & Avon on trailing Blake; sometimes fates set  unexpected pairs up for collusion."

  • Stories by Margaret Pitcher, Susan Clarke & Sue Bursztynski, Andrew Williams & Vennessa Kelly, and others. Poster art by minds-i-view. Art by Kathryn Andersen.


Issue 56/57/58

Chronicles 56/57/58 was published in March 1995 and contains 110 pages. It is a "special edition."

cover of issue #56/57/58

Fiction:

  • Marie Logan, "Pandora's Legacy" (reprinted from Enarrare #5)
  • Marie Logan & Jenny Hayward, "Key (Part 1)" (reprinted from Enarrare#5)
  • Marie Logan & Jenny Hayward, "Key (Part 2)" (reprinted from Enarrare #6)
  • Marie Logan & Jenny Hayward, "Key (Part 3)" (reprinted from Enarrare #7)

Art:


Reactions and Reviews: Issue 56/57/58

Triple issue containing the entirety of "Key" by Jenny Hayward and Marie Logan. Another one of my favourite stories.

The utter best.

If you have very little to spend, of those mentioned above I'd say you should get #19, #29, and #56/57/58. But only if you have similar tastes to moi. [14]
DO NOT BUY if you 1. object to Blake bashing and 2. aren't terribly interested in Avon stories. Blake is not only dead BUT THE REBELS HELPED kill him off because he was a detriment to the cause. I gave this TURKEY to an Avonite. It was a waste of my money. [15]

Issue 59

Chronicles 59 was published in April 1995 and contains 48 pages. It has art by Andrew Williams (front cover), Bernice Cuffe, Yvonne Hintz, and Denise Loague.

cover of issue #59, Andrew Williams
  • Editorial (3)
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Christmas Story 1994" (real world crossover) (5)
  • Andrew Williams, "His Master's Voice" (7)
  • April Pentland, "Tantrum" (script; Cheers parody) (9)
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Krismus" (15)
  • Sheila Tracy, "Diagram Puzzle" (puzzle) (26)
  • April Pentland, "Stew" (script; Cosby Show parody) (27)
  • Andrew Williams, "A Matter of Perception" (33)
  • April Pentland, "Shot" (script; M*A*S*H* parody) (35)
  • Susan Clarke, "Fragments" (45)
  • ads (47)

Issue 60/61/62

Chronicles 60/61/62 was published in April 1996 and contains 119 pages.

cover of issue #60/61/62, minds-i-view

Fiction:

  • Susan Smith Clarke, "Jenna's Freedom"
  • Moira Dahlberg, "Child's Play"
  • Susan Smith Clarke, "Setting Out" (reprinted from Interface #8)
  • Andrew Williams, "Lying, the Which and the Wardrobe" (Doctor Who and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe crossover)
  • Sheila Tracy, "Through Chase and Slime with Rojinald Blackout (with apologies to Ferdinand Feghoot and Grendel Briarton)"
  • Monica Bell, "Gateway"
  • Susan Smith Clarke, "A Moment Out of Time"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Through Chase and Slime with Rojinald Blackout (with apologies to Ferdinand Feghoot and Grendel Briarton)"

Nonfiction:

  • "Editorial"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "Blake's 7 Crossword: Season A (2)"
  • "Fanzine Listing, Clarke & Keating Ink"
  • Zine ads

Art:

  • minds-i-view (front and back cover)
  • Bernice Cuffe
  • Denise Loague
  • Tod Parish
  • Rosemarie Woodhouse
  • Theresa Buffaloe
  • Andrew Williams
  • Fiona Ellem

Issue 63

Chronicles 63 was published in 1999 and contains 59 pages.

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "Recalled to Life"
  • Katrina M. Harkness, "Confrontation"
  • Katrina M. Harkness, "Irony"
  • Yvonne S. Hintz, "Vila's Gamble"
  • Katrina M. Harkness, "The Other Side of the Coin"
  • Andrew Williams, "The Only Safety"
  • Sheila Tracy, "Through Chase and Slime with Rojinald Blackout (with apologies to Ferdinand Feghoot and Grendel Briarton)"

Nonfiction:

  • Susan, "Last minute publisher's note"
  • Jenny Gallagher, "Terry Nation" (eulogy, reprinted from Centero #64)
  • Andrew Williams, "Guestitorial"
  • Kathryn Andersen, "Blake's 7 Crossword, Season B"
  • Andrew Williams, "Orac Service Manual" (humor)
  • Kathryn Andersen, "Answers to Blake's 7 Crossword, Season B"
  • "Locol" (LoCs)

Art:

  • Andrew Williams (front and back cover)
  • Bernice Cuffe
  • Fiona Ellem
  • John Tipper

Issue 64

Chronicles 64 (60 pgs) August 1999 issue. With fiction by Pat Fenech, Alison Glover, Yvonne Hintz, Ana Morgan, Edwina Harvey and Judith Proctor.

Issue 65

Chronicles 65 was published in December 2000 and contains 55 pages. It has a cover by Whitby27 and other art by Tricia Ostwald.

cover of issue #65, Whitby27
  • Forward by Narrelle M. Harris
  • Editorial
  • The Story So Far
  • The Key by Narrelle M. Harris
  • Recovery by Narrelle M. Harris
  • Interlude - Maret by Shayne McCormack
  • Letters of Comment

Issue 66

Chronicles 66 was published in July 2001 and contains 60 pages.

Stories

  • A Message for Marric by Geraldine Pragnell
  • A Question of Loyalty by Marian de Haan
  • Life Line by Alison Glover

Poetry

  • Who's Who by Carol Burgess (humorous)
  • 73 Kilos by Melissa Mastoris ('Orbit')

Art:

  • Bernice Cuffe & Andrew Williams

Issue 67/68

cover of issue 67-68

Chronicles 67/68 was published in March 2002.

Issue 69

Chronicles 69 was published in 2003 and contains 74 pages.

  • Times Recurring - Andrew Williams
  • Work Experience by Nicola Mody
  • I am Falling - Penny Dreadful
  • When I was a Delta - Chris Blenkarn
  • Mattaka - Marian de Haan
  • Belonging - Gina the Dormouse
  • Fugitive - Philippa Watts

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 69

This is the first time I've bought Chronicles, and I'm glad I did. This one contained some good stories and was very enjoyable.

Times recurring - Andrew Williams -- A one-pager to get you up to speed, and a relatively plausible - if anything is plausible in this world - explanation of an early Blake's 7 mystery.

I am falling - Penny Dreadful -- There are two certainties whenever you read one of Penny's stories - it will be about Travis and it will be beautifully written. This story doesn't disappoint in either category. Here Penny takes us back to when Blake's gun removed Travis' arm and eye, and then takes us back again and again as Travis each time tries to make changes to alter the outcome. Groundhog Day meets Blake's 7.

When I was a delta - Chris Blenkarn -- I must confess my knowledge of Gilbert & Sullivan is minimal, so I don't know what this sounds like sung to the tune of "When I was a lad" as it should be. Perhaps Chris can sing it to me next time we meet. Till then, I have to treat this as a poem plotting an alternative route for Vila to his life as a thief and a rebel as he moves up the ranks from tea boy.

Work experience - Nicola Mody -- So what was Avon reading when we first saw him? And how did Vila know Avon already? Both these questions are answered in a delightful story about Vila being given one last chance to avoid Cygnus Alpha. Avon's and Vila's characters are expertly written in a lovely tale, some of which will be recognised by anyone who has worked in an office and had to face the hurdles of office politics and stupid supervisors.

Mattaka - Marian de Haan -- Set shortly after Shadow, the longest story in this zine sees the crew embark on a mission to destroy the clinic the Federation uses for creating mutoids. What should have been straightforward becomes complicated when another rebel carries out the same plan at the same time. Add a psychotic prisoner to the mix and a potential traitor among the Liberator crew and you end up with a story that, if filmed, could have been one of the better episodes.

Belonging - Gina the Dormouse -- Chronicles is a gen zine and as such you don?t get a lot - if any - sex in the stories, but that hasn't stopped Gina going for one of the most unusual pairings in this short story of love between a moon disc and a lump of sopron.

Fugitive - Philippa Watts -- If it's Flip it must be Tarrant, and this shortish story to end the book has the curly haired pilot in search of an old classmate and Federation deserter who might have the knowledge and resources to produce an antitoxin to Pylene 50. However, humans aren't the only inhabitants of the planet where he resides and the situation he is in is not quite what Tarrant was expecting. [16]

Issue 70

Chronicles 70 was published in 2005.

References

  1. by Sarah Thompson
  2. Subject: B7ML: Fan Fiction post to Lysator dated Jan 10, 1993.
  3. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  4. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  5. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  6. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  7. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  8. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  9. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  10. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  11. Ashton Press, 1998
  12. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  13. Ashton Press, 1998
  14. Katspace, reviewed by Kathryn A in 1996, Archived version
  15. from a fan in Rallying Call #14 (1995)
  16. by Steve Rogerson at Blake's Seven Fan Fiction - A place to use your warped mind to warp poor Blake, posted January 3, 2004