Varia Lectio

Varia Lectio is an all-singing, all-dancing B7 zine from AngelDog Press containing a collection of hard-edged, gritty, techno-punky sci-fi short stories based in the B7 universe.

Authors and stories: Stories range from pre Way Back to post Gauda Prime and cover every season in between.

First Blood, by Steve Rogerson: Some days are more unexpected than others for a Federation policeman.

Heroes Lost, by Calle Dybedahl: Babylon 5's White Star jumps out of a blue vortex next to the Liberator, and neither universe will ever be the same again. Contains FF slash.

Four Credit Opera, by Penny Dreadful: In the shadows of Space City, a drifter meets a Federation fugitive.

Swamp Weed, by Jessica Leenstra: A young Soolin begins her love affair with the gun.

Quarry Dogs, by Alison Page: Mr Black's a man with a plan. What could possibly go wrong?

Shooting Stars, by Una McCormack: Treachery and sacrifice on Gauda Prime.

An Intelligent Mind Can Adapt, by Harriet Monkhouse: Servalan learns the shocking secret of who killed Blake.

Blood, Heroes, Swamp, Quarry, and Intelligent Mind were originally posted to the now defunct unarchived B7 mailing list Space City in the last century. An unedited, unillustrated version of Heroes Lost is archived on the author's website. Four Credit Opera and Shooting Stars are completely new.

The stories in Varia are predominantly aimed at a general mature readership. However, two - Heroes Lost and Swamp Weed - contain a small amount of sexual content and as such this zine is not available to 16s and under.

Art: 14 original pieces of digital artwork, produced by Daisy, 9 in colour.

Format: A5, 120 pages, hard-back. Hand-stitched to produce a quality, long-lasting bind. Covered by hand in a choice of black or 'Avon's trouser' red leathercloth and decorated with studs. There are 52 zines for sale, each one named after a different episode.

On 2nd May 2002 the following were still available: Spacefall, Cygnus, Squad, Mission, Breakdown, Bounty, Orac, Avalon, Weapon, Hostage, Keeper, Powerplay, Volcano, Dawn, Harvest, Children, Sarcophagus, Ultraworld, Moloch, Rescue, Power, Traitor, Stardrive, Animals, Headhunter, Assassin, Games, Gold & Warlord.

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Publisher: Angeldog Publications
Date: August 2002
Format: A5 digest, 120 pp., handmade covers in red or black synthetic leather with silver trim, silver cord binding
Steve Rogerson, "First Blood" (gen; S0; B; 5 pp.)
Calle Dybedahl, "Heroes Lost" (S2; B5 crossover; Se/Delenn, Delenn/ocm, C/Ivanova, A/Se, uc A/C, Se/Tr; 54 pp.)
Penny Dreadful, "Four Credit Opera" (gen; S2; Tr-oc; 10 pp.)
Jessica Leenstra, "Swamp Weed" (S0; So/ocms; 22 pp.)
Alison Page, "Quarry Dogs" (gen; script; S4; based on "Reservoir Dogs;" 11 pp.)
Alison Page, "Tomorrow, tomorrow, tomorrow" (gen; S4, Blake; Shakespeare pastiche; 1 p.)
Una McCormack, "Shooting Stars" (gen; S4; B/J; 5 pp.)
Harriet Monkhouse, "An Intelligent Mind Can Adapt" (gen; S5; A-O; 4 pp.)

Ellie B., "Editorial"
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all photo montage illos
p. 2 A/C (color)
p. 7 B (color)
p. 9 A/Se in B5 gate (color)
p. 30 C/Ivanova (color)
p. 41 A in Fed uniform
p. 62 Marcus, Cally, Delenn (color)
p. 64 Bek (color)
p. 74 weeds
p. 83 swamp
p. 93 young So (color)
p. 97 S4 A; poster-style tp for "Quarry Dogs" (color)
p. 109 B (color)
p. 114 woodcut-style border for "Tomorrow..."
p. 115 A-B on GP as jigsaw puzzle
p. 119 S4 B

Last changed on 21st of December 2007