Down and Unsafe #2

Mini Review By Sarah Thompson

"Sanctuary" in #s 2 and 3 is one of my favorite Avon gen stories. Lovely suffering, especially in the second part. This story was recommended to me by a friend who claimed that she just didn't understand hc-- but then she said in passing, "You'll probably like this." How right she was!

Review By Julia Jones

A5 digest zine, readable but not wonderful print quality. Several stories, reasonable to excellent. There's also a fair bit of art, average to good, mostly by the editor Kathy Hanson, including some amusing cartoons. It also has a quiz and one piece of poetry.

Note that the longest story (35 of the 74 non-editorial pages) is part 1 of 2, so you'll need to have Volume 3 to enjoy around half the page count of this volume. I gather from the editorial in volume 3 that letters of complaint persuaded the editor to put novellas in their own stand-alone zine for future issues:-) This is the only story where you'll have to buy more than one volume of this zine series. It's well worth it.

Blackout - Mary Moulden

Nice SF story about Jenna being set adrift by accident during hull repairs, and having to create a way for _Liberator_ to find her under difficult conditions. I liked this a lot, especially as it's rare to see a piece of fanfic that's genuine SF. I have a vague recollection of seeing that solution in a pro SF story, but this sort of thing is a standard hazard for people who read lots'n'lots of SF - it's all been used before...

Only mistaken - Karen McCutcheon

Vignette applying one of Cally's sayings to fourth season Blake.

Getting to know your DSV - Kathy Hanson

Selection of cartoons on the perils of learning to use an unfamiliar spacecraft.

Sanctuary - Kathy Hanson (Part 1 in this issue, part 2 in issue 3.)

Excellent novella with the second series crew having to deal with a group of desperate people who are trying to hide their colony from the Federation - and who are determined to have Avon's help in protecting themselves, regardless of his opinion on the subject. This is a thoughtful story looking at both sides of the dilemma. Lovely characterisation, and the h/c fans will enjoy this one, especially part 2.

Teleporting for beginners - Kathy Hanson

Selection of cartoons on the perils of learning to use an unfamiliar form of transport.

A moment out of time - Susan Clarke

The third season crew find Blake, but life isn't that simple. Doesn't do a lot for me, in part because I don't find Avon's behaviour and Cally and Vila's acquiescence plausible.

Under the weather - Helen Pitt

Vila is complaining about being bored, so Dayna and Cally find something for him to do... Short and amusing.

To cheat fate - Moira Dahlberg

(previously published in "The Star Change and other stories) Vignette set during _Rumours of death_, showing that you can't cheat fate.


Editor/publisher: Kathy Hanson (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Date: [1984?]

Mary Moulden, "Blackout" (S1; J)
Karen McCutcheon, "Only Mistaken" (S4; B)
Kathy Hanson, "Sanctuary [Part One]" (S2; post-Voice; A)
Susan Clarke, "A Moment out of Time" (S3; B)
Helen Pitt, "Under the Weather" (S3; V)
Moira Dahlberg, "To Cheat Fate" (reprinted from The Star Change and Other Stories; S3; alt-Rumours)

Kathy Hanson, "Getting to Know Your D.S.V." (cartoons)
Kathy Hanson, "Teleporting for Beginners" (cartoons)
Kathy Hanson, "The Quiz"
"Meet the Contributors"
Kathy Hanson, "Enditorial"

Julie Stigter, "Reflections on the Past"

Harvey Kong Tin front c. A, B, J, Lib., Slave
p. 78 Anna
p. 80 C
p. 83 Liberator
Caroline Hills p. 3 Fed troopers
Kathy Hanson p. 4 J; illo for "Blackout"
p. 7 J; illo for "Blackout"
p. 13 S4 B
p. 16 A
pp. 17-22 "D.S.V." cartoons
p. 23 Liberator
p. 28 B; illo for "Sanctuary"
p. 51 A-B; illo for "Sanctuary"
p. 58 A
pp. 59-64 "Teleporting" cartoons
p. 66 B-Ta; illo for "Moment"
p. 71 V; illo for "Under"
p. 77 gun in hand
back c. A

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