The Void Aflame, Like a Bonfire

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Title: The Void Aflame, Like a Bonfire
Publisher: Clean Slate Press
Author(s): Irene Stubbs
Cover Artist(s): Gin Turpin
Date(s): 1989
Medium: print
Genre: gen
Fandom: Blake's 7
Language: English
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cover by Gin Turpin

The Void Aflame, Like a Bonfire is a gen 63-page Blake's 7 novel by Irene Stubbs, with a cover by Gin Turpin. It was edited by Sharon Monroe.

From an ad in Datazine #59: "Someone attacked Mornay and Idyn -- they say it was Blake. Someone killed Avon -- or claims he did. Blake rescued the crew of a damaged ship -- or they could be spies. Or is it all lies? Servalan searches for a truth she can use as the crew of the Liberator seeks escape from the tightening noose."

Summary from a distributor, Agent With Style: "Worlds are being destroyed, and someone is laying the blame at Liberator's door. In spite of the danger, Jenna convinces Blake to rescue the survivors of a sabotaged Federation ship, who prove very untrustworthy guests, making the ship a battleground. And then Avon slips away, against orders, and returns covered with blood, at death's door."

Reactions and Reviews

For fans of space opera with a twist I also recommend the Irene Stubbs novela.... The Void Aflame, Like a Bonfire. It is a little hare to get into, but if you keep reading things start to clear, and the author makes entertaining use of outrageous similes. Not professional writing, but a wonderful imagination. [1]

[from a fan culling her zines]:

Must-gos: Velvet and Thorns, Vila, Please, The Void Aflame Like a Bonfire. Unfortunately, only one of them is an original I can sell. The other two will make nice recycling. If only I had a fireplace. [2]


  1. Review by Susan A. on Lysator dated March 31, 1994.
  2. from Rallying Call #14 (1995)