Multi-media genzine edited by Kathryn Andersen

This issue is now out of print in the UK, however copies can still be obtained from Kathryn Andersen.

Review by Judith Proctor


A Blake's 7/Sapphire and Steel crossover by Russ Massey.

I first saw this story well over a year ago when it was in an earlier draft. It wasn't a bad story then. I saw it in a later draft and it was looking even better. Now, in its final incarnation, it's a darn good story. When you think about it, it isn't surprising that a Time Distort drive should cause distortions in time. People on Liberator are seeing both the past and their future. Gan walks into his room to find it full of someone else's posessions. Vila sees a black girl on the flight deck. Then the crew meet two strangers on board who claim to have been sent to remove the time irregularity. One thing I really like about this story is that all characters are well handled - nobody gets ignored. The ending is a beauty - but I won't spoil things by saying what it is. There's also a nice poem by Kathryn Andersen that provides an excellent coda to the story.

On the Way To the Midnight Sun

A story set in the Ladyhawke universe by Marie Logan. I've never seen the series, but picked up the story easily enough. Well written, but ultimately failed to grab me. It asks what would happen if the curse on Ladyhawke extended to her children.

Steele Blades by Mark Overton

A Remington Steele/Highlander crossover. This story represents quite an achievement by the writer. I've never seen either series, but I still enjoyed the story and felt by the end that I really understood the relationship between Steele and Laura Holt. Excellent chat between the characters - I felt as though I was watching them on screen. There was also enough background worked in for me to understand the basic premise of both series.

Cold Fire

An Alien Nation story by Kev Davis. Probably the best story in the zine. You don't have to be an Alien Nation fan to enjoy this story. Although this is essentially a detective story, it has a subtle humour as well. In true Alien Nation fashion, all the aliens have names that are bad puns: Jonah Varque, Anne Algesic for example. There's a gentle humour running through this story that reminds me of classic Star Trek for no easily definable reason. The few episodes I've seen of Alien Nation also have that flavour.

There's also a short Babylon 5 story, several poems (which aren't bad by fan poetry standards) and a couple of amusing cartoons showing what really lies inside Kosh's encounter suit. The zine is well laid out, very low on typos (I only saw about 5 and that's very good for a whole zine) and the art work is selected to match the stories. The zine is A4, 80 pages with parchment paper covers. The UK edition is slidebound.

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