Mini Review By Sarah Thompson

This golden oldie is well worth looking for at used zine sales, and it should be cheap. It was done in a very modest way (legal-size sheets with very small print, folded in half), but it's crammed full of good stuff.

I can't decide whether it's really a fiction zine or more a newsletter that happens to have some fiction. It's pretty much a draw, perhaps leaning toward the newsletter end of things as the stories are all very short; many of them were responses to the "Variations" game in which the readers were given a short passage and asked to build a story around it.

Some of the essays are very thought-provoking and would be great for web pages, if the authors would give their permission.

The same group of people did an all-fiction zine with longer stories, Shadow Imaginings #1 and 2, which I've already indexed.

Contents of Issue 1

Editor/publisher: Theresa D. Buffaloe (Bay Minette, AL)
Date: August 1987

[Theresa Buffaloe?], "Variations" (segment of a story, to be completed; S?; A-V)

"Allies" (penpal listing)
Theresa Buffaloe, "Digressions" (editor's page)
Theresa Buffaloe, "Questions and Answers with Michael Keating [from Dixie Trek, May 1987]"
Rhonda Krafchin, "Roj Blake" (essay)
Sara Arnold, "Reviews: The English Shakespeare Company, Henry IV Part 2 and Henry V; Double-Edged Sword"
Rhonda Krafchin, "Tragedy in Blake's 7: Avon" (essay)
Robin Lancaster and Sara Arnold, "BATSCon" (con report)
Fanzine listings
Con listings
Theresa Buffaloe, "In Rebuttal: The Tragedy of Avon: A Second View"
Sara Arnold and Robin Lancaster, "Rest Center" (quizes)

Theresa Buffaloe front c. S3 crew
p. 2 S4 A
p. 6 V
p. 18 D
back c. Liberator
Robin Lancaster p. 9 Liberator cartoon
Nola Frame p. 15 cartoon

Contents of Issue 2

Editor/publisher: Theresa D. Buffaloe (Bay Minette, AL)
Date: November 1987

Ingrid Maack, "Meetings" (S4, ocf)
Ren e L. Groce, "One Good Turn Deserves Another" (S5; A-Se)
Nola Frame, "Variations: The Comic" (graphic story; S?; Trek crossover; humor)
Ren e L. Groce, "The Cave" (S1?; A)
Renya Spratt, "Fool's Paradise" (S4; V)
Mary Ann Johanson, "A Variation on 'Terminal'" (S3, alt-Terminal)

Theresa Buffaloe, "Digressions" (editor's page)
Robin Lancster and Sara Arnold, "Questions and Answers with Michael Keating and Gareth Thomas (Scorpio 5 Panel)"
Sharon Maust, "Blake's 7: American Style" (humorous article)
Letters of Comment
Barbara Tennison, "Pairings" (humor)
Theresa Buffaloe, "Spot Review: Strategies"
Robin Lancaster, "Did You Know?" (actor news)
Fanzine listings
Sara Arnold and Robin Lancaster, "Rest Center" (puzzle)
Sara Arnold, "Reviews: Last Stand at the Edge of the World, The World Turned Upside Down, Powerplay)"
Ros Williams, "In at the Start" (memoir)
Linda Terrell, "Review: Murder Must Advertise"
Rhonda Krafchin, "Del Tarrant, A Biography"
Robin Lancaster, "Vila's Joke Page"
Sara Arnold, "Review: Mascarada"
Sara Arnold and Robin Lancaster, "Scorpio 5" (con report)
Club listings
"Allies" (penpal listings)

Alyns Lawchilde, "Question"
Alyns Lawchilde, "Point of View"

Theresa Buffaloe front c. S4 A, D, Ta, V
p. 2 A-V in Killer
p. 13 A-Se; illo for "One"
p. 24 "Life at Shadow" cartoon
p. 31 "Life at Shadow" cartoon
p. 32 S4 A
p. 40 Ta
p. 51 S4 A
back c. Liberator
Lynne Alisse Witten p. 9 A, V, So
p. 29 B, A
Nola Frame pp. 18-19 "Variations: The Comic"
Ren e L. Groce p. 27 B

Contents of Issue 3

Editor/publisher: Theresa D. Buffaloe (Bay Minette, AL)
Date: February 1988

Janet Paderweski, "Honor" (S1, Spacefall; J)
[Theresa Buffaloe?], "Variations" (segment of a story, to be completed; S?; B)
Mary Ann Johanson and Theresa Buffaloe, "Therapy" (S4; Classic Trek crossover; humor)

Theresa Buffaloe, "Digressions" (editor's page)
"Questions and Answers (Excerpts from Scorpio V Liars Panel)"
Robin Lancaster, "Did You Know?" (actor news)
Letters of Comment
Rebecca Ann Brothers, "Review: Tanith Lee's Kill the Dead"
Nicole Petty, "The Federation: A State of Decay" (essay)
Barbara Tennison, "Blake's 7 vs. Star Trek: The Next
Generation" (comparative chart)
Theresa Buffaloe, "DSV Con Report"
"Vila's Liquors" (recipes)
Theresa D. Buffaloe, "Special Editorial"
Barbara Tennison, "Review: Gambit"
Janet P, "The Last Freedom Fighter" (essay)
Sara Arnold, "Rebuttal: The True Rebel" (essay)
Theresa Buffaloe, "Review: The Bizarro Zine"
The Shadow gang, "New Year's Resolutions"
Meg Garrett, "What's His Name?" (short article)
Sara Arnold, "Reviews: Shadowplay, Southern Seven 2, Rerun 5"
Theresa Bufaloe, "Street Gang Chic and Starship Sleazy"
(article on clothing)

Alyns Lawchilde, "Shadowman"
Theresa D. Buffaloe, "Just a Smile" (f, Tar Top by Alabama)
Leigh Burnham, "Blake's 7"
Nicole Petty, "The Stare"

Theresa Buffaloe front c. "My Bear Doesn't Like You" (A)
p. 24 "Only in Our Dreams" (A)
p. 28 "Life at Shadow"
p. 30 "Paul Darrow #2"
p. 31 "Regrets" (A)
p. 36 "Avon-- Stylized"
p. 50 "The Stare" (A)
back c. Liberator
Lynne Alisse Witten p. 7 "Shadow Avon"
p. 8 "Blake"
Suzy Molnar p. 23 "Avon & Cally"
Nicole Petty pp. 20, 39,40 "Fan-atics" (cartoons)
Circe Karen Fraguadas p. 32 A-Se cartoon

Contents of Issue 4

Editor/publisher: Theresa D. Buffaloe (Bay Minette, AL)
Date: September 1986

April Giordano,"In the Eye of the Beholder" (S3; J, So)
Ren e Groce, "Variations" (segment of a story, to be completed; S5; A-So)
Tammy Riden, "The Great Meadow Mutoid Massacre" (graphic story, Bloom County crossover; S1?; humor)
Mary Gerstner, "Relationships" (S4; B-Klyn)
Michelle Moyer, "Variations: Freedom" (S4, Rescue; B-C)
Nicole Petty, "Variation of the Truth" (S4; B)
Janet Pederewski, "Vigil" (S1; A-V, A-hc)
Julie Shook, "Meeting the Enemy" (S3 or S4; B)
Barbara Tennison, "Between Battles" (S0; B-A's brother)
Cindy Blish, "Variations: It" (S2?; B)
Cathy Conrad, "The Day the Girls Took Over the Ship" (S3; humor)

Theresa Buffaloe, "Digressions" (editor's page)
Meg Garrett, "Questions and Answers with Sally Knyvette
(ORAC, April 9, 1988, San Francisco)"
Ros Williams, "The Lesser (?) Ladies of Blake's Seven" (essay)
"Allies" (penpal list)
Club listings
Barbara Tennison, "Improbable Pairings" (humor)
Rebecca Reeves, "Anglicon" (con report)
Ingrid Maack, "A Rose by Any Other Name" (article; etymology of names)
"Found in the Xenon Base Trash Heap" (candy recipes; humor)
Robin Lancaster, "Rest Center: Blake's 7 Word Search" (puzzle)
Sharon Maust, "Blake's Seven Crossovers" (humor)
Doris Robin, SWars-B7 feghoot
Mary Gerstner, "A Question of Cally" (essay)
Jean Graham, "Con Review" (ORAC)
Diana Fox, "77 Things To Do on The Liberator When You're Bored" (humor)
Fanzine listings
Jean Graham, "Reviews: Powerplay 2, B7 Complex 13, B7 Complex 14, Shadowplay by Susan Matthews"
Rhonda Krafchin, "Tragedy in Blake's 7: Blake" (essay)
Nancy Catherine Bernadski, "Omnicon VIII" (con report)
Roland W. Gagne, "Blake's 7-- A Piece of Star Trek's
Action?" (essay)
Letters of Comment

M. J. Dolan, "The Women"
M. J. Dolan, "Le Belle Dame Sans Merci" (Se)
Sara Arnold, "For Theresa"
M. J. Dolan, "Jenna's Lament"

Theresa Buffaloe front c. "Lights in His Darkness" (A and female characters)
p. 2 A-V in Killer
p. 53 "Life at Shadow" (cartoons)
back c. Liberator
Mary Gerstner p. 8 Liberator
Tammy Riden pp. 14-17 "The Great Meadow Mutoid Massacre"
Elizabeth Gagliano p. 18 "Servalan"
p. 23 "Klyn"
p. 35 "Jenna"
Lynne Alisse Witten p. 30 A-B-Se; illo for "Variation of the Truth"
p. 71 "Sinofar"
Robin Lancaster
& Sara Arnold p. 43 "Shadowtoons" (cartoon)
Mariann Howarth p. 57 "They shouldn't have told me..." (cartoon)
Tammy Riden p. 47 "Silver Penguin" (cartoon)
Nicole Petty pp. 26, 44, 69 "Fanatics" (cartoons)

Contents of Issue 5

Editor/publisher: Theresa D. Buffaloe (Bay Minette, AL)
Date: April 1989

Sophia Mulvey, "The Conversation" (S4, post-Orbit; A-So)
Theresa Buffaloe, Michelle Moyer, Janet P, and Nicole Petty (from an idea by Terry Nation, Dixie Trek '88), "Cross Purposes" (S1?; B7/Doctor Who and the Silurians/Dangermouse crossover; humor)
April Giordano, "Ask Me No Secrets" (S4; O)
Rebecca Reeves, "Variation: Epilogue" (S5; humor)
Janet P, "Delta C.O.D." (S3)
Cathy Conrad, "Daddy" (S1; A; humor)
Julie Nowak and Randi Tinkham, "Passing Remark" (Black- and-white B7 universe; S?; A-V; humor)
Deirdre Hughes, "Variations: The Unsolvable Dilemma" (S5?; A-So-Del Grant)
Bethany Ford, "Variations: Once and Future Friends" (S5; A-So-Del Grant)
Michelle Moyer, "When In Doubt, Improvise" (S1; Se)
Nicole Petty, "Security" (S0; A/Anna)

Theresa Buffaloe, "Digressions" (editor's page)
Betsy Roberts-Miller, "Questions and Answers with Paul Darrow (Anglicon, May 6-8, 1988, Seattle)"
"Allies" (penpal list)
Contempt, "The Origins of Contempt" (humor)
M. J. Dolan, "Personals" (humor)
M. S. Collins, "Avon: Bringing Up Tarrant" (essay)
Betsy Roberts, "Tarrant: Mostly Grown Up" (essay)
Rebecca Ann Brothers, "Review of Trust, Like the Soul by Jean Lorrah"
Perrenelle Doublehanded, "Top of the Pops" (humor)
"Shadow Survey Results"
M. J. Dolan, "William and Roj Blake" (essay)
Michael Grade, "Blake's Seven, A New Comedy, Cast List" (humor)
Ros Williams, "The Front Man" (essay; Tarrant)
Barbara Tennison and Doris Robin, "How to Turn an Idealist into a Fanatic" (essay; Blake)
Rebecca Ann Brothers, "Roj Blake, the Once and Future Rebel" (essay)
Barbara Tennison and Doris Robin, "How to Turn a Cynic into a Lunatic" (essay; Avon)
Henry Jenkins III, "A State of Decay: An Alternative Approach" (essay)
M. J. Dolan, "Mottoes"
Barbara Tennison, "Reviews: Blake's Doubles 1, Oblaque
"Rest Center: Trivia Questions"
Theresa Buffaloe, "Con Report: Gambit"
Letters of Comment

Ren e Groce, "Control Central"
Theresa D. Buffaloe and Nicole Petty, "All My Rebel
Friends Are Coming Over Tonight" (f, All My Rebel Friends Are Coming Over Tonight, by Hank Williams, Jr.)
Jeanetta Burnham & Leigh Burnham, "Blakes 7 Limericks"
Theresa D. Buffaloe, "Living My Way" (f, Gypsies on Parade, by Sawyer Brown)
Michael J. Macomber, "If I Could Run"
Theresa D. Buffaloe, Untitled (f, Southern Cross, by Crosy, Seals, and Nash [sic])
Michael J. Macomber, "Paranoia"
Michael J. Macomber, "Let the Record Show"
Rebecca Reeves, "Sand"
Sara Arnold, "Liberation"

Theresa Buffaloe front c. "Marsha's Gareth"
pp. 10, 20, 23, 26, 28, 30, 37, 46, 55, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63
"Contempt" (cartoons)
back c. Liberator
Nicole Petty p. 9 "Fan-atics"
Leigh Motooka p. 10 "Post-GP: The Restaurant" (cartoon)
p. 14 Ta cartoon
p. 18 D-So cartoon
Nola Frame-Gray p. 23 cartoon
p. 40 cartoon
p. 49 cartoon
p. 55 cartoon
Sooli p. 23 cartoon
M. Howarth p. 37 "Vampire Teddy Trio" (fans)
Lynne Alisse Witten p. 57 A-Anna; illo for "Security"
Julie Nowak p. 45 A-B cartoon
p. 59 A cartoon

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