The Haunting of Haderon

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Title: The Haunting of Haderon
Author(s): Lillian Sheperd
Cover Artist(s):
Date(s): 1979 in Liberator #5, 1982 as a standalone, 1996 in Star Three
Medium: print
Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
External Links: Online here
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The Haunting of Haderon is a gen 52-page Blake's 7 novel by Lillian Sheperd. It is also in Liberator 5 (1979) and Star Three (1996).

Reactions and Reviews

A genuine sf story (rarer than you might think for an allegedly sf fandom) with superb characterisation of the first season crew, and a beautifully drawn relationship between Avon and Vila. It's the sort of gen story that slash fans read for the emotional content, while still being a good political/adventure story. It was first published in the very early zine Liberator 5, then again by the author's own press, and then again in the zine Star Three. It's now available online in the Hermit library… Yes, this is the second story from Star Three I've recced. The zine is excellent, and is still available for those who like dead tree format, while several of the stories are available online. [1]
Hey, I have to put in a good word for this one, too. I've always loved this particular story ever since way back when, and seeing the review makes me want to get out my copy and read it again. I loved the interaction between Avon and Vila in this one. Very nicely done. [2]
...Speaking as I was of good aliens...

I ran across this story in the Hermit Library, having previously read it in print. It's a good, unpretentious action-adventure story, centred around Avon and Vila, who get on the wrong side of some ruthless settlers and end up dumped in the desert to die.

Nice characterisation, both of these two and of Blake (who shows his own ruthless side when protecting his own) and Cally (Lillian *always* does a good Cally portrayal) and a strong plot. Recommended. [3]
This 31 page story much beloved by Avon and Vila fans is printed as part of Star 3. Left to die in the desert, Avon and Vila struggle to survive. Lots of angst. [4]


  1. from Crack Van, recced by grumpoldusenaut, posted May 10, 2004
  2. Sheila P at Gen Fic Crit, May 2004
  3. Sally M at Gen Fic Crit, May 2004
  4. Recommended Zines for VIla