The Seven Live On

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Title: The Seven Live On
Publisher: Bearly Spaced Enterprises
Editor(s): K. Rae Travers and Sophia Mulvey
Date(s): 1988-1998
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Medium: print, zine
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Fandom: Blake’s 7
Language: English
External Links: review here
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a 1991 flyer

The Seven Live On is a gen Blake's 7 anthology.

General Reactions and Reviews

"Quality varies with this, but you'll probably find something you like in each issue. And the editor is a nice lady. 8-)" [1]

Issue 1

The Seven Live On 1 contains 179 pages and was published in April 1988.

cover of issue #1, Theresa Buffaloe

Fiction:

  • Sue Bursztynski, "Drink Up Thy Soma" (reprinted from Lodestar #5)
  • CarolMel Ambassador, "Means of Persuasion"
  • K. Rae Travers, "Ah-Kee-Ta"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Arsenic and Old Space"
  • K. Rae Travers, "I Don't Care Anymore"
  • Leigh Arnold, "Torro"
  • K. Rae Travers, "Hero?"
  • Sue Bursztynski and Susan Clarke, "Shadow of the Wolf" (reprinted from Multiverse #16; New Wales Universe, Star Trek: TOS crossover)
  • Sue Bursztynski, "Pastoral Scene: Landscape with Unicorn" (New Wales Universe) (reprinted from The Other Side)
  • Lynne Alisse Witten, "Hat Trick"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Death" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Rebirth" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Exhibit" (Deltah Base series)
  • * Sophia R. Mulvey, "Thunder and Lightning" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Deltah Base" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Reunions" (Deltah Base series)

Nonfiction:

  • K. Rae & Sophia, "Dear Reader"
  • "Blake's 7 Search-a-word #1: People" (puzzle)
  • "Blake's 7 Search-a-word #1: Places" (puzzle)
  • "Blake's 7 Search-a-word #3: Terms & Things" (puzzle)
  • Zine ads

Poetry:

  • V. Restal, "Illegal Alien" (filk)

Art:

  • Theresa Buffaloe (front cover)
  • K. Rae Travers
  • Cynthia Case
  • S. R. Mulvey
  • Lynne A. Witten
  • Laurie Ahola
  • Debra L. Fenning
  • Leigh Arnold
  • Mi Kyung Kim

Issue 2

cover of issue #2, Theresa Buffaloe

The Seven Live On 2 contains 170 pages and was published in January 1989.

Fiction:

  • Helen Parkinson, "Per Chance to Dream"
  • Jill Grundfest, "Future Tense Imperfect" (RPF crossover)
  • Jenny Hayward, "Fuzzy" (crossover with H. Beam Piper's Little Fuzzy and Fuzzy Sapiens)
  • Irene Stubbs, "Epiphany" (RPF crossover)
  • Cindy Rancourt, "Fusion Reaction" (sequel to "Whom the Gods Destroy" in Raising Hell #2)
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Terminal Encounter" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Priceless Gem" (Deltah Base series)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Wealth... the Only Reality"
  • K. Rae Travers, "Kai"
  • Rebecca Reeves, "Condition Serious, But Not Yet Terminal"
  • Peggy Hartsook, "Disillusionment"

Nonfiction:

  • Sophia & K. Rae, "Dear Reader"

Poetry:

  • Helen Parkinson, "You Won't Let Me Near"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Moths to the Flame"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Avon, I Knew"
  • Sue Williams, "Differences"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Shattered Trust"
  • Alynes Lawchilde, "Malodaar Aftermath"
  • Alynes Lawchilde, "Both Sides"

Art:

  • Theresa Buffaloe (front cover)
  • K. Rae Travers
  • Maggie Holmes
  • Sue Williams
  • Suzie Molnar
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Lynne A. Witten
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Thomas J. Mulvey
  • Sonia

Issue 3

cover of issue #3, Maggie Holmes

The Seven Live On 3 contains 179 pages and was published in January 1990.

Fiction:

  • Helen Parkinson, "Sanctuary"
  • Sue Williams, "Useful Tool"
  • Patricia Russo, "Under the Shadow of a Dream"
  • Venessa Kelly, "Alone in the Silver Twilight"
  • Jenny Hayward, "Links" (prequel to "Fuzzy", RPF)
  • Robert L. Collins, "The Shot" (AU humor; V)
  • K. Rae Travers, "Take Me Home" (Phil Collins RPF crossover)
  • Roxie Ray, "Curse"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" (Deltah Base series)
  • Bobbie Stankiewicz, "The Kiss"
  • K. Ann Yost, "Red Rain"
  • Theresa Buffaloe, "Promises"

Nonfiction:

  • K. Rae & Sophia, "Dear Reader"
  • Listings: upcoming conventions, video tapes, zines and publications, clubs and organizations, miscellaneous
  • "FYI"

Poetry:

  • Sue Williams, "A Charade Too True"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Sarcophagus"

Art:

  • Maggie Holmes (front cover)
  • K. Rae Travers
  • Leigh Moto'oka
  • Sue Williams
  • Sophia Mulvey
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Theresa Buffaloe

Issue 4

cover of issue #4, Maggie Holmes

The Seven Live On 4 contains 153 pages and was published in July 1990.

  • K. Rae & Sophia, "Dear Reader"
  • Patricia Russo, "Necessary Survival" -- fiction (1)
  • Jackie Black, "Stealin's Quicker" -- poem (6)
  • Anne Collins Smith, "Justin" --poem (6)
  • K. Ann Yost, "Zenova" -- fiction (7)
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Dance of Madness" -- poem (12)
  • Roxie Ray, "Consummate Professionals" -- fiction (13)
  • Anne Collins Smith, "Rebellion Leader" (filk, Daydream Believer, by the Monkees) (15)
  • Peggy Hartsook, "Bad Blood" -- fiction (16) (reprinted as a stand-alone zine)
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Soolin" -- poem (29)
  • Roxie Ray, "Another Kind of Destiny" -- fiction (30)
  • Anne Collins Smith, "When We Had Gan" (filk, When We Were Fab, by George Harrison) (35)
  • Irene Stubbs, "A Likely Story" -- fiction (37)
  • Sue Williams, "Race Against Time" -- fiction (44)
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Never Practical" -- poem (64)
  • Leokadija, "The Rest of the Story" -- fiction (65)
  • Anne Collins Smith, "Man & Machine" -- poem (79)
  • Jennifer Smallwood, "A Different Reality" -- fiction (80)
  • K. Avon, "Between the Lines" (filk, Between the Lines, by Phil Collins) (102)
  • Bobbie Stankiewicz, "Venom" -- fiction (103)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Questions" -- poem (151)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Just Beneath the Surface" -- poem (152)
  • Listings: clubs and organizations, miscellaneous, video tapes, zines

Art:

  • Maggie Holmes (front cover)
  • K. Rae Travers
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Leigh Moto'oka
  • Sue L. Williams
  • Theresa Condon

Issue 5

The Seven Live On 5 was published in May 1991 and has 189 pages.

This issue of the zine itself has a copyright of April 1988, but this is probably referring to the entire series/first issue.

cover of issue #5, Sue Williams

Fiction:

  • Irene Stubbs, "Initiative"
  • April Giordano-Gresalfi, "Dead Men Tell No Tales"
  • Lorna S. Breshears, "Afterimage"
  • Patricia Russo, "Dead Rebel Sketch"
  • Irene Stubbs, "Deception of the Vampire"
  • K. Rae Travers, "Out There Somewhere"
  • Peggy Hartsook & Debra Reynolds, "From the Depths of Delusion"
  • Irene Stubbs, "Retribution"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Project: April One"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Shattered Bonds" (prequel to Deltah Base series)
  • Leokadija, "Rest of the Story, Part II"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Guardians" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sara Talbot, "Under the Table" (Star Trek: TOS and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy crossover)
  • Jenny Gallagher, "Devil's Gift"

Nonfiction:

  • K. Rae & Sophia, "Dear Reader" Letter from Avin #48
  • Peggy Howard, "Blake's Kennels"

Poetry:

  • Anne Collins Smith, "Justin"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Blake"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Ending"
  • Sue Williams, "Last Stand"
  • Fiona Ellem, "Liberator Limericks"

Art:

  • Sue Williams (front cover)
  • K. Rae Travers
  • Maggie Holmes
  • Theresa Condon
  • Sophia Mulvey
  • Fiona Ellem

Issue 6

front cover of issue #6, the back cover is blank

The Seven Live On 6 contains 179 pages and was published in April 1992.

The art is by Theresa Condon, Fiona Ellen, Maggie Holmes, Leigh Moto'oka, Pam Whitelar, and Sue Williams.

  • Dear Mother by K. Ann Yost (1)
  • One Can Only Wonder by K. Ann Yost (5)
  • Family Ties by Sophia R. Mulvey (a Kill the Dead story) (6)
  • Return of the Magnificent Blake's 7 Plus Six Squad by Peggy Howard (25)
  • A Small Matter of Trust by Roxie Ray (30)
  • Marooned on the Dark Side of Moon and Flight by Roxie Ray (30
  • Helpless Dancer by Catherine Kendell (43)
  • A Little R & R by Helen Parkinson (65)
  • One True Friend by Melissa Mastoris (74)
  • World Enough and Time by Sue Bursztynski (75)
  • Survivor by Melissa Mastoris (93)
  • Final Betrayal by Sue Williams (94)
  • Death of a Stranger by Carol McCoy (96)
  • Stranded by Sue Williams (102)
  • Breaking Point by K. Rae Travers (107)
  • Recover by Jennifer Smallwood (115)
  • Powder Keg by Sophia R. Mulvey (140)
  • Fortune's Misfortune by Melissa Lastoris (179)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 6

The Seven Live On #6, like its five predecessors, could be much better than it is. The quality of its art, stories, and poems is uneven at best. The general presentation of the material is also substandard. There are many differing type styles, including some faint matrix-dot print that reproduces poorly and is eye strain city to read. The general look of the zine is sloppy and careless. Usually a zine in a series this long is better than this, reflecting the editors' increasing experience and reputation. In this case, reputation has proved a hindrance rather than a help. K. Rae Travers and Sophia Mulvey don't seem to edit their tribbers' material at all. (Probably because they are both so genuinely nice. A good editor should be part Klingon: a certain amount of ruthlessness is required.) TSLO has thus acquired a reputation for being a second-rank zine, and the more skilled artists and writers either don't submit to it or send only their less successful efforts.

The only Tarrant story in the zine is Carol McCoy's "Death of a Stranger," an insightful vignette set post-"Warlord" It's good, but quite short; therefore, I cannot recommend this zine to Tarrant fans.

The artists represented in this zine are, for the most part, unknowns. Many of them show promise, though; they could be the Suzan Lovetts and Leah Rosenthals of the future. There are some lovely portraits by the veteran Teresa Condon — particularly her Soolin on page 127. (Not many artists can do Soolin well.)

In sum, TSLO #6 is pretty much in line with earlier issues. If you enjoyed those, you'll probably like this one, too. [2]

Issue 7

The Seven Live On 7 contains 240 pages and was published in May 1993.

cover of issue #7, Sue Williams

Fiction:

  • Patricia Blasi, "Turning & Turning In the Widening Gyre"
  • Sophia Mulvey, "Giving Off Sparks" (Deltah Base Series)
  • K. Ann Yost, "First Do No Harm"
  • Cheufeld Doshire, "Vila Quits"
  • K. Rae Travers, "What Friends Are For"
  • Jennifer Smallwood, "Resurrection"
  • K. Rae Travers, "Whose Rescue Is This, Anyway?"
  • Sue Williams, "Final Victory"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Friendship on Loan"
  • Catherine Kendall, "Spread Your Wings"
  • Sue Skibba, "Special Treatment"
  • Sara Talbot, "Payment in Kind" (sequel to stories in "Inverted Blake #1-2)
  • Patricia Blasi, "Heir Apparent"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Good Idea at the Time"

Nonfiction:

  • Alan Moravian, "So You Want to Be a Rebel?"
  • K. Rae & Sophia, "Dear Reader"
  • Alan Moravian, "Dating Game"
  • Zine ads

Poetry & Filks:

  • Melissa Mastoris, "Vixen"
  • Anne Stullken, "Reflections on a Prisoner on Gauda Prime"
  • Anne Stullken, "Cally"
  • Sue Williams, "Weight of Command"
  • Anne Stullken, "Death of a Friend"
  • Roxie Ray, "Ring Upon My Finger"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Alien"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Darkness Descending"
  • Roxie Ray, "Fedbusters!"
  • Anne Stullken, "Vila"
  • Anne Stullken, "Avon"
  • Roxie Ray, "Vila Don't Lose Your Bracelet"

Art:

  • Sue Williams (front cover)
  • Whitby27
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Pam Whitelark
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Cheufeld Doshire
  • Amy Riendeau
  • K. Rae Travers

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 7

"At MEDIAWEST, I picked up issue #7 of the SEVEN LIVE ON. This zine is probably the best (worst?) kept secret in B7 publishing. The lack of artwork may be disappointing to some fans, but IMO the stories are top-notch."[3]
This 240+ page zine starts off with a giggle from Alan Moravian, "So You Want to Be a Rebel" - you might call it an entry-level exam! "Turning & Turning in the Widening Gyre" by Patricia Blasi is a masterful short piece of misdirection that leads the reader in one direaction but artfully twists to an unexpected conclusion. In "Giving Off Sparks" by co-editor Sophia Mulvey, Avon gets psychological help from Carnell, Soolin gets gravid(!), and Vila gets friendly with gnomes, elves and unicorns (yep - all in one story, and that's only the beginning!) Liberator undertakes an errand of mercy in K. Ann Yost's "First Do No Harm; Vila communes with pink elephants in C. Doshier's "Vila Quits"; "What Friends Are For" by K. Rae Travers is a 1 pager on Avon's slipping mental faculties and Vila's concern about same; Jennifer Smallwood's "Resurrection" continues an alternate universe Post-GP series wherein Soolin is a doctor aboard Liberator trying to deprogram Avon and Blake, who have been false-memory-implanted by Servalan. Another K. Rae Travers story is "Whose Rescue Is This Anvway?," in which Blake and Jenna set out to save Avon and Vila - or perhaps it's the other way round! Sue Williams' "Final Victory" is a 1-page joke; Anne Stullken's "Reflections..." is a one paragraph Vila introspective; "Friendship on Loan" by Helen Parkinson concerns kiddies Kerr & Vila and their respective teddies all meeting on a doomed shuttle flight; Catherine Kendall's "Spread Your Wings" is a lengthy speculation on Tarrant's background. Wry humor characterizes Alan Moravian's "Dating Game"; "Special Treatment" bv Susan M. Skibba posits the post-GP crew shipping Avon off to a mental asylum - or is it? Sara Talbot's "Payment in Kind" is an espionage tale in which Vila gets married. (Unfortunately, large portions of this story are illegible due to poor reproduction of dot matrix type!) "Heir Apparent" by Patricia Blasi is apparently a joke based on a drinking song with which we're not familiar. And finally, there's "A Good Idea at the Time" by Helen Parkinson, in which Blake, attacked by other prisoners aboard the London, finds he has an unexpected protector. TSLO delivers a lot of zine for the money. There are few illustrations, but good stories go a long way toward making up for that. [4]

Issue 8

cover of issue #8, Sue Lawrence-Williams

The Seven Live On 8 contains 212 pages and was published in May 1994.

Fiction:

  • Patti E. McClellan, "Bright & Dark"
  • K. Ann Yost, "Where Loyalties Lay"
  • Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Punch Drunk" ("DSV Universe")
  • Marian Mendez, "The Fifth Stone"
  • Jean Graham, "Sojourn"
  • K. Rae Travers, "Restal?"
  • Jenny Gallagher, "Question of Method"
  • Helen Parkinson, "30 Pieces of Silver
  • Helen Parkinson, "Sensory Deprivation"
  • Helen Parkinson, "If Wishes Were Horses"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Home Again, for the Very First Time" (Deltah Base series)
  • Sue Williams, "Best Chance"
  • Alan Moravian, "Kind Hearts & Paper Flowers"
  • Vannessa Kelly, "Mummy Dearest"
  • Anne Collins Smith, "Words of Tongue or Pen"
  • Patti McClellan, "Perspective"

Non-fiction:

  • Alan Moravian, "Help Wanted"
  • Alan Moravian, "The Oprah Winfrey Show"
  • Alan Moravian, "Dear Mr. Tarrant"
  • Alan Moravian, "Xenon Salvage & Surplus"

Poetry & Filks:

  • Melissa Mastoris, "Aftermath: Anna"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Jenna's Lament"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Misunderstandings"
  • Anne Stullken, "Blake"
  • Anne Stullken, "Travis"
  • Melissa Mastoris, "Trust Betrayed"
  • Anne Stullken, "Dayna"
  • Anne Stullken, "The Game"

Art:

  • Whitby27
  • Sue Lawrence-Williams (front cover)
  • Maggie Holmes
  • Amy Riendeau
  • Theresa Condon
  • Kathryn Andersen
  • Marian Mendez


Issue 9

cover of issue #9

The Seven Live On 9 was published in May 1995 and contains 88 pages.

  • Authors/Artists: Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, Michele R. Moyer, Alan Moravian, K. Ann Yost, Anne Stulken, K. Rae Travers, Marian Mendez, Avril A. Brown, Sopha R. Mulvey, Whitby27, Pam Whitlark, and more.


Issue 10

The Seven Live On 10 contains 211 pages and was published in May 1996.

cover of issue #10, Sue Lawrence-Williams

Fiction:

  • Nicole Petty, "The Only Power"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Contagion"
  • Marian Mendez, "Interminable Nightmare"
  • Shirley de Meyer, "Queen of Rain"
  • Susan Barrett, "Sacrifice"
  • Amy L. Burns, "Sojourn in the Dark"
  • Amy L. Burns, "Powerplay"
  • Irene Stubbs, "Teleporting Down"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Small Wonders" (Deltah Base series)
  • K. Rae Travers, "Tucker"
  • K. Ann Yost, "Bid for Freedom"
  • Alan Moravian, "From Bayban with Love"
  • Susan Barrett, "Shadows"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Our Little Life is Bound with Sleep"

Non-Fiction:

  • Alan Moravian, "Vila's School for Thieves"

Art:

  • Whitby27
  • Sue Lawrence-Williams (front cover)
  • Wendy
  • Fiona Ellem


Issue 11

The Seven Live On 11 was published in May 1998 and contains 112 pages.

Fiction:

  • K. Ann Yost, "Hope for Tomorrow"
  • Nancy Dziergowski, "The Fall"
  • Susan Barrett, "Show Trial"
  • Vanessa [sic] Kelly, "Thirst"
  • K. Rae Travers, "On the Way to Heaven"
  • Susan Barrett, "Searching for Summer Shade"
  • Helen Parkinson, "Deadly Waters"
  • Tatoo Moon, "Tomorrow and Tomorrow"
  • Marian Mendez, "The Alphabet Gang"
  • Shirley DeMeyer, "Children of the Corn"
  • Sophia R. Mulvey, "Strong in the Broken Places" (Deltah Base series)

Art:

  • Whitby27 (front cover)
  • Fiona Ellem
  • Marian Mendez
  • Bret Raynes

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 11

Like Chronicles, this zine tends to be spotty in quality; some of the stories are so-so, but some are really good. IMO this is one of the better issues. I consider Susan Barrett Riaz to be one of the best new B7 writers, and established writers like Marian Mendez, Sophia Mulvey, and Helen Parkinson can always be counted on for a good read.

"Hope for Tomorrow" by K. Ann Yost is from her series of Jenna's letters to her mother. Here, Jenna visits the Auron colony on Karn and hears their story. Interesting and amusing.

"The Fall" is a short vignette recounting some of the events of Star One from the POV first of Blake and then of Travis. Travis survives his fall and plots revenge, leaving the reader to wonder whether this is perhaps the beginning of a series.

"Show Trial" has lovely Avon angst as he endures prolonged torture and is finally dragged off to a trial. But a surprise awaits him there. My favorite story in the zine.

Two stories have Avon and Vila marooned in a planetary wilderness. In "Thirst," they are saved by a friendly alien who is also an exile. The title is the name of the alien character. I wish the author had picked something that is not an English word, as I kept expecting something involving the torments of thirst; but apparently the choice of name was purely coincidental. I preferred "Searching for Summer Shade," which shows us how Vila got the idea that he would be safe with Avon.

"On the Way to Heaven" deals with a budding romantic relationship between Vila and Soolin, sparked by an incident in which he is injured in an attempted kidnapping. I very much liked the role reversal of the woman rescuing the man, and I thought the development of the relationship was very believable. However, I found the flashbacks a little awkward and hard to follow.

"Deadly Waters" is a nicely written adventure story in which Avon is saved from a horrible fate by Gan. The planetary setting is vivdly described, and the action moves right along.

"Tomorrow and Tomorrow" was a disappointment. It has an intriguing premise-- an older Blake rebelling against a New Federation led by Avon-- and a nice angsty tone leading to a tragic ending. However, there is far too much explanation of the various characters' mental states for my taste. I would have preferred to be shown instead of told just what is wrong with Blake. Also, some interesting plot threads are never explained-- such as the origin of the mysterious young woman who may be Blake's daughter. And I didn't like the fact that the explanations of how to pronounce the names were inserted into the text. I found it intrusive and would have liked to see them in a little note at the beginning or end of the story instead.

"The Alphabet Gang" is another favorite. It's the story of four little girls in an orphanage who wonder who their parents were and, since no one will tell them, decide to find out for themselves. We have some suspicions, based on the prologue set on GP, the personalities of the children, and the charming illustrations provided by the author; but only at the end is all revealed. The POVs and behavior of the children are very true-to-life. Fun.

"Children of the Corn" was very difficult to follow, partly because it is a sequel to a story in the previous issue that I haven't read, and partly because there are many different characters; the story jumps back and forth from one subplot to another rather too quickly for my taste. And I didn't find any of the original characters very compelling. Example: the villainess Demoniah, who wants Avon to father a child for her. Why bother to invent the likes of Demoniah when you already have Servalan?

"Strong in the Broken Places" is a well-written story from the Deltah Base series; I found it enjoyable even though I haven't read enough of the series to keep track of exactly what is going on in it. There is a nice reconciliation scene between Blake and Avon, facilitated by Carnell, who is now working with them. We find out at last what really happened on GP.

For me, the stories in the zine fell into four categories:

My favorites: Show Trial, Deadly Waters, The Alphabet Gang Also good: Hope for Tomorrow, Searching for Summer Shade, Strong in the Broken Places

OK: The Fall, Thirst, On the Way to Heaven

Not to my taste, but YMMV: Tomorrow and Tomorrow, Children of the Corn

(Is it a coincidence that #11 has 11 stories?!)

There's some nice art, mostly by Val. The layout and printing are very well done. Overall, I'd recommend the zine. [5]

References

  1. from Kathryn A at Katspace, accessed June 4, 2013
  2. from IMHO* #2 (1995)
  3. Subject: FANZINES by Karen Y. on Lysator dated Sept 1, 1993.
  4. from Jean Graham at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site
  5. from Sarah Thompson at Judith Proctor's Blake's 7 site