Avon 11

Review by Julia Jones

I've now worked my way through the various Avon Club zines I own.

General comments on the zines:

A5, with the size of print apparently reduced from A4 in some zines, so older readers will need to get their glasses out. The copies I have are fairly clear print.

They don't appear to have been edited at all - there are a number of typos, and a couple of places where planet names etc. have been mixed up. The paragraph layout is rather bizarre, making for unnecessary work in reading.

Avon 11

"The Human Factor", Freda Hyatt
Originally published in Standard by Seven 11

Late second season story, using a number of popular cliches but to good effect. Lots of yummy Avon h/c, and I liked the characterisation of Vila. I don't like stories where Avon has psi powers, since there is no evidence for this in canon, but the psi link between Avon and Cally in this one was well enough written that I managed to force down my usual reaction. I'd have thoroughly enjoyed this one if it weren't for the mild homophobia in the last section of the story, when the doctor recruited to mend Avon's shattered body decides that the price for his assistance is Avon's body, and you know from this that he is A Bad Person... It is, however, *very* mild, with only a slight suggestion that this is worse than a female doctor having designs on Avon's body.

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