Timeline of Blake's 7 Fandom

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Fandom: Blake's 7
Dates: 1975 – present
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Timeline of Blake's 7 Fandom

1975

  • The series is proposed to the BBC by Terry Nation

1976

  • April: Nation submitted first script
  • November: The series entered production

1977

  • June: Blake's 7 announced to the press

1978

  • January–March: Season 1 of the show first aired in the UK

1979

  • Horizon, a UK fanclub, was founded.
  • January–April: Season 2 of the show first aired in the UK; Gan died and Orac joined

1980

  • Star One, the first Blake's 7 convention

1981

  • First issue of B7 Complex, the first American all-B7 zine
  • January: First issue of Chronicles, a long-running Australian gen anthology zine
  • September–December: Season 4 of the show first aired in the UK; Cally, Zen & the Liberator were replaced by Soolin, Slave & Scorpio. The show ended with the bleak episode 'Blake' (21 December), set on Gauda Prime; 9 million viewers had their Christmases spoiled

1982

1983

  • The first known B7 all-slash fanzine was E-Man-Uelle. The first two issues were published in 1983 (issues 1 to 8 came out roughly twice a year between 1983 and 1987). While badly produced and badly typed, these zines were the first to publish some B7 fan writers who later became better known in other fanzines and other fandoms: Julien, Jane Carnall, Julie Kramer, Bryn Lantry and others. These zines were stories pairing Kerr Avon with either Roj Blake (Blake/Avon) or with Vila Restal (Avon/Vila), which remain the most popular slash pairings.
  • The first Scorpio: a series of British mediconventions, Oak Brook, IL, last one was held in 1989

1984

1985

  • BBC started to release videos with highlights of the series on four tapes

1986

1987

1988

  • Orac (convention), a "Alpha Grade Blake's 7" convention was held near San Francisco, California. Actors Paul Darrow (Avon) and Michael Keating (Vila) were among the invited guests. The convention slogan was "Organized Rebellions Ain't Cheap."

1989

  • Scorpio: a series of British mediconventions, Oak Brook, IL, the last one.
  • Gambit convention was held in New Jersey

1990

  • April: Orac 90, an "Alpha Grade Blake's 7" convention was held near San Francisco, California. Actors Paul Darrow (Avon) and Michael Keating (Vila) were among the invited guests. The convention slogan was "Organized Rebellions Ain't Cheap."
  • August: ORBIT was held in Newark, New Jersey

1991

  • BBC started to release the complete series on video

1992

  • November: The first mailing list was launched; Lysator was named after the "Lysator Academic Computer Society", one of the first Internet-connected sites in Sweden.

1993

1994

1995

  • September: Space City, a slash-friendly mailing list was spun off Lysator to allow discussion of slash and adult topics without controversy.

1996

  • The very first online Blake's 7 fiction page was the website The Aquitar Files in early 1996.

1997

  • June: Central Control launched, a directory of online B7 fanfiction, for several years an important hub site

1998

1999

2000

2001

  • December: Wake for the 20th anniversary of the first showing of 'Blake' was held on Freedom City

2002

  • July: Blake's 7 article created on Wikipedia

2003

  • The BBC start to release DVDs of the series
  • December: b7_rpg B7 role-playing community founded on livejournal

2004

  • May: B7 Friday created, a ficlet challenge community on livejournal

2005

  • July: b7fic & b7icons created, fiction & icon communities on livejournal

2006

2007

  • The fandom was inactive enough to qualify as a Yuletide fandom
  • March: b7recs created as a livejournal recs community, after the fandom dropped out of the regular Crack Van rotation
  • December: b7fanart created, livejournal fan art community

2008

  • Aftermath convention in the UK, celebrating the 30th anniversary
  • February: b7discussion created, a livejournal discussion community
  • October: Blake's 7 page created on Fanlore

2009

  • September: b7rewatch livejournal community starts a rewatch, with weekly episode discussions

2010

2011

2012

  • August: A second rewatch starts at b7rewatch, with weekly episode discussions

2013

  • February–March: The first Blakefest exchange ran
  • June/July: Hip Deep in Heroes, then the largest B7 fanfiction archive, went offline, meaning there was no fandom-specific archive still updating

2014

  • October: Second edition of Blakefest exchange

2015