Voice of Oracle

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See also Voice (disambiguation) for more zines of this title.

Zine
Title: Voice of Oracle
Publisher: Susan J. King
Editor(s): Margaret Bennett
Date(s): 1983-?
Series?:
Medium: print, zine
Size:
Genre:
Fandom: multimedia & Blake's 7
Language: English
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Voice of Oracle is a gen multifandom anthology with seven issues. Its content was mostly Blake's 7, but each issue also contains some Star Trek: TOS and Original Science Fiction.

Issue 1

Voice of Oracle 1 was published in 1983 and contains 30 pages. The typeface is quite primitive e.g. many letter "o"s are filled in.

cover of issue #1

Issue 2

Voice of Oracle 2 contains 57 pages.

  • Ally Fiddy, "Reunion"(Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King(?), "Gemini (Part 2)"(Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "A Blake 3 Story" (sequel to "Reunion) (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King(?), "And Now for My Next Trick" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Episode 3" (Blake's 7)
  • Fan clubs (info)
  • "Aunty Serveleer" (non-fiction)
  • "Character Study: One Fan's View" ( Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • other fandoms: Star Trek: TOS and Original Fiction

Issue 3

Voice of Oracle 3 was published in October 1984 and contains 62 pages.

  • Margaret Bennett, "One Look" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Episode 4" (RPF/(Blake's 7))
  • Susan J. King, "Machines Don't Cry (Part 1)" (Blake's 7)
  • J. D. Humphries, "Vila Tackles the Big Bang Theory" (Blake's 7)
  • Sue Little, "Out for a Duck" (Blake's 7)
  • Gina Phillips, "Thoughts" (Blake's 7)
  • Margaret Bennett, "A Blake 4 Story" (Blake's 7)
  • J. D. Humphries, "The Inside Story" (Blake's 7/RPF)
  • J. D. Humphries, "Ode to Insanity (or a Duckbilled Platicat") (Blake's 7) poem
  • "Puzzle Page" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "Serveleer" (advice column) (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • Margaret Bennett, "Blake's 7 Article/article, or, A Cure to Sanity" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • Ads for clubs and zines non-fiction
  • "The Answers!" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • art by J. D. Humphries (front cover), Steve Lines
  • Kanaljit Banga, "The Missing Child" (original SF)
  • Jane King, "The Silent Stars Go By" (original SF)
  • J. D. Humphries, "Inspection Parade" (script; Star Trek: TOS)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3

Now the bad - VOICE OF ORACLE 3. 62 pages of completely unreadable AA gestetnered printing. I picked this up at Galacticon and think the price was £1.50 but can't recall. The artwork (mostly by J.D. Humphries) is quite good, and definitely the best part of the zine. The print was so bad I couldn't really concentrate on any of the stories, but they were all pretty dull and non-eventful, intermingled with some Star Trek bits at the end, one reasonably amusing page story by the above mentioned J.D. Humphries and some very inane comments introducing and ending each article from the editor. She does apologise for the printing in the zine, but if I were producing zines, would certainly not have the nerve to charge for such a thing. (Ed. - never heard of this one. Anyone out there disagree??) [1]

Issue 4

Voice of Oracle 4 contains 53 pages.

  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 1" (Blake's 7)
  • Margaret Bennett, "Blake 5" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 2" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Machines Don't Cry (Part 2)" (Blake's 7)
  • other fandom content: Star Trek: TOS and Original Fiction

Issue 5

Voice of Oracle 5 was published in March 1986 and contains 52 pages.

  • Ros Williams, "Crossroads" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 3" (Blake's 7) )
  • Margaret Bennett, "The Plan As It Stands" (Blake's 7)
  • J. D. Humphries, "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" (graphic story) (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 4" (Blake's 7)
  • Jess, "Blake 6" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King and Margaret Bennett, "Echoes of the Past" (Blake's 7)
  • Kady, "Tarrant" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Jess, "Infinity" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Kady, Untitled (Blake's 7) poem
  • Kady, "Chant of Breed" (Blake's 7) poem
  • "Puzzle Page" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "Aunty Serveleer" (advice column) (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "The Answers!" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • Margaret Bennett (front cover)
  • J. D. Humphries (back cover)
  • "Star Trek Page" (puzzle; review of episode Miri) (Star Trek: TOS)

Reactions and Reviews: Issue 5

[Crossroads]: While I'm listing British pieces, I'd also like to put in an "Honorable Mention" for a little story called "Crossroads". I have no idea who wrote it, as the author's name was missing from the copy I have. (Any ideas, anyone?) This is a fun little story recounting how *one* fan thought the series might end, probably written fairly early on in the life of the series. Blake has won his battle, and elections are about to be held that will undoubtedly result in making him President of the new Federation -- and he can't quite figure out why he isn't happy. (Avon knows, though...) This piece is heavy on the sweetness-and-light (which is why I think it was written early on -- Gan is still alive in this, for one thing), but I still like it. Every so often, I *enjoy* a little sweetness-and-light, even in B7... (OK, so I have a perverse streak.)[2]

Issue 6

Voice of Oracle 6 was published in September 1987 and contains 42 pages.

  • Jeff Haughton, "The Power Out" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 5" (Blake's 7)
  • Gail Neville, "Brothers" (Blake's 7)
  • Lesley E. Hatch, "Children of the Stars" (Blake's 7)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Retribution" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 6" (Blake's 7)
  • Margaret Bennett, "Reflections" (Blake's 7)
  • Kady, "Blake 7" (Blake's 7)
  • Helen Parkinson, "From the Very Beginning" (Blake's 7)
  • Jess, "Star Child" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Henry Eggleton, "Of Ages Past" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Jess, "Zeeona" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Patrick Chapman, "Avon" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Jan H, "Blake" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Editorial (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "Puzzle Page" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "The Answer" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • art by Rosemary Woodhouse (front cover), J. D. Humphries (back cover)
  • Rowena Sayer, "The Probe" (original SF)
  • Rowena Sayer, "Yeoman's Log" (Star Trek: TOS)

Issue 7

Voice of Oracle 7 contains 67 pages.

  • Rowena Sayer, "Midsummer Solstice" (Blake's 7)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Prelude to Destiny" (Blake's 7)
  • Susan J. King, "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 2, Episode 7" (Blake's 7)
  • Kady, "Games without Frontiers" (Blake's 7)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Saving for a Rainy Day" (Blake's 7)
  • Olivia Fawkes, "Rebirth" (Blake's 7)
  • "Seven Plus Two Equals..., Story 3: Time Is, Time Was, Time... What Time Is It Anyway?!" (Blake's 7)
  • Margaret Bennett and Susan King, "Friends" (Blake's 7)
  • "Vila's Limerick" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Helen Parkinson, "The Man Within" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Henry Eggleton, "Sword of Light" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Henry Eggleton, "Darkness into Light" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Clare Nicholson, "Blake" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Cheryl Beresfrod, "Vila Remembers" (Blake's 7) poem
  • Helen Parkinson, "A Puzzlement" (Blake's 7) poem
  • "Dear Readers" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "Puzzle Page: Logic Problem" (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • "Aunt Servowarm" (advice column; humor) (Blake's 7) non-fiction
  • art: Fliss Davies (front cover)
  • Helen Parkinson, "Christine Chapel, Alone with Her Thoughts" (Star Trek: TOS) poem

References

  1. from a fan in Horizon Newsletter #13 (January 1985)
  2. Lysator, Mary Alice W, dated September 9, 1994.