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Steve Rogerson



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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 8:35 am    Post subject: Zine announcement - Tales from Space City 8 Reply with quote

Tales from Space City 8 (mix of gen, het and slash) is now available via the Hermit shop. Note, this is an adult zine not for sale to under 18s.

http://www.hermit.org/Blakes7/

Description:
Issue 8: digest size zine, 76 pages and 28,000 words of non-editorial text. No particular theme this time, although looking over the completed proofs I get the impression that it's a distinctly listish issue. Rollcall snippets, Labor Day party pieces, challenges, and examples of one writer being inspired by another.

Contents:
A Mouthful of Feathers by Jennifer McGee
Five Things That Never Happened to Kerr Avon by Belatrix Carter
Five Things That Never Happened to Roj Blake by Hafren
Art & Crafty by Predatrix
Murdering Mouth by Snowgrouse
Soolin Hair Poem by Snowgrouse
A Fannish Conversation
ASCII art by Spacefall
Ugandan Affairs by Helen Patrick
Desert Island by Predatrix
An Explanation
Victory by Nickey Barnard
Unlikely Pairing by Jenner
Filks by VM
Somnifera by Snowgrouse
Once, Before the End by Belatrix Carter
Avon Calling by Harriet Monkhouse
Sunrise by Zenia
Sunset by Snowgrouse

Art by Val Westall and Willa Shakespeare
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PostPosted: Wed May 19, 2004 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A review of:
Tales From Space City 8


This 76-page A5 zine is the latest in the series edited by Helen Patrick, featuring stories that started life in some way on the Freedom City (and its predecessor Space City) email list. It contains explicit sexual material and is not for sale to under 18s.

A Mouthful of Feathers, by Jennifer McGee
The opening story is a brutal tale of gangsters abusing two children. It doesn’t take long to realise who the sister is, especially when we learn she has blonde hair and is learning to shoot a gun. But the story is told first person through the eyes of her younger brother, and the twist is when we discover whom he really is.

Five Things that Never Happened to Kerr Avon, by Belatrix Carter
Five short what-ifs to amuse the reader, followed quickly by…

Five Things that Never Happened to Roj Blake, by Hafren
…a similar entertaining set of what-ifs. I liked the last one. B7 would have been an odd show if that had happened.

Art & Crafty, by Predatrix
An odd little piece this. It is all A/B and it is funny with nice section heads that make up the editor’s once listed writing preferences, hence the story is dedicated to the editor as a birthday story. A strange mix of gay porn and cross-stitching.

Murdering Mouth, by Snowgrouse
No plot here, just a longish, well-written sex scene between Avon and Blake. Very graphic, and the title should give you a clue as to the nature of some of the action.

Ugandan Affairs, by Helen Patrick
Blake has the unpleasant task of chairing a meeting of squabbling rebels and Avon goes along to keep him company. During a toilet break, Avon uses the estimated five minutes to heighten his relationship with Blake knowing there is a risk of being caught. A more relaxed debriefing follows when they get back to the ship.

Desert Island, by Predatrix
Predatrix muses on what she would take to a desert island and decides on a magic wand so she can replace herself with Blake and Avon, and then watch the inevitable sex that takes place. Afterwards, when the wand is used to turn a pumpkin (don’t ask) into a pair of teleport bracelets, the author seems to have forgotten to dress the pair before they snap on the bracelets.

Victory, by Nickey Barnard
No sex, which came as a bit of a shock given the content so far. This is set just before the start of season three and the action takes place on Servalan’s ship as she views the battle and decides how to boost morale and at the same time boost her own standing. We see a very stressed Servalan in an extremely well written missing scene.

Unlikely Pairing, by Jenner
Avon and Blake wonder what kind of story they have to look forward too as they compare the tastes and styles of various fan fiction writers and look back at previous stories by this author. A short tale aimed at those who know the fan fic writers.

Somnifera, by Snowgrouse
A crew member is seduced by Soolin and tells the tale in first person. I won’t spoil it by saying who the lucky person is, just that the experience is beautifully narrated.

Once, Before the End, by Belatrix Carter
Vila decides to let Tarrant share his booze and gives him comfort following the death of Zeeona. Then one thing leads to another. I generally quite like Tarrant/Vila stories, but this one troubled me because Vila was the dominant one, and I find that hard to gel with the characters on screen. Well written, but I couldn’t get into it because of that problem.

Avon Calling, by Harriet Monkhouse
This is a filk to London Calling by The Clash. It is set on Gauda Prime, as Harriet’s Christmas filks traditionally are. I like the line:
“My base is exploded, my space ship is downed,
My people are missing on unfriendly ground,”
The filk is basically Avon calling in on Blake. I can’t help wonder though whether The Clash song “I fought the law” might be better suited to Gauda Prime. Maybe next year.

Sunrise, by Zenia
Sunset, by Snowgrouse
These two apparently linked short stories finish the zine off in the Avon/Blake style that is almost but not quite a theme of the publication. Sunrise takes place many years after Gauda Prime. Blake has become a recluse and discovers he is dying, and thus seeks comfort in the arms of Avon. The story merges nicely into Sunset, a beautifully written sex scene between the two of them.

Other stuff
Snowgrouse gives us a poem about Soolin’s hair and the editor explains how a piece of art was more than what it seemed at first glance and how it inspired the Ugandan Affairs story. An unusual piece of ascii art from Spacefall brought a smile to my face. Val Westall’s front cover art shows a gen shot of Blake and Avon and Willa Shakespeare gives a sinister look from Servalan on the back cover. Bondage is the subject of a couple of filks from VM.
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inge



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 31, 2004 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the review Steve.
I will order this one as it sounds intriging, especially the stories, A Mouthful of Feathers and Sominifera.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 23, 2004 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I received it yesterday and finished it last night.
Some great stories especially Somnifera and A Mouthful of Feathers.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 18, 2004 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello to you Steve and Inge
I am new on forum and fairly new to fanfic
Thanks for the zine report It sounds like a fun read

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 5:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You'll enjoy enjoy the read if you are open-minded.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

inge wrote:
You'll enjoy enjoy the read if you are open-minded.

I am open minded Inge It is the so called religious right in my country
keeping us in Victorian times mentality,,,I like a good story Bored
with trashy romance novels
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2004 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I enjoy B7 fanfic because the original series only being 52 episodes left so many loose ends.
Not all B7 fanfic is good but some of it is great and better than the original writers.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2004 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes true. I better get reading now!
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