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Morgan

By Judith Proctor
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Editorial

'Morgan' is a crossover between the universes of Blake's 7 and Morgan's Boy. It is written for those who have never seen Morgan's Boy, and probably never will unless the BBC repeat it. It assumes no prior knowledge of the series at all. All you need to know is that Morgan was played by Gareth Thomas who was nominated for a BAFTA for his performance.

The story began as nothing more than a fragment of a dream that I typed up and sent to Val for her amusement. She wanted to know what happened next. I hadn't actually thought there was going to be any more! But with her encouragement and that of the members of the Space City mailing list, it grew and took on a life of its own. That fragment became the novella that you see before you. In spite of some of the earlier chapters being serialised on Space City (which is an adult list), this is not an adult zine. In fact, it's not a story in which sex has any part to play at all. It's the tale of two men with very different backgrounds and beliefs, and the relationship that develops between them.

'Morgan' has been over a year and a half in the writing. Every time I had another zine to edit and layout, it got sidetracked. It never got abandoned though. Morgan is a character who calls out to me and would not let me forget him. I've put more of my heart into writing this zine than into anything else I've ever done. It's going to seem odd not having him around any more. I think Val got caught up by Morgan too. She's done some of her best art ever in her illustrations for this story. She's caught the subtle differences that make Morgan different from Blake. In fact, and I hope she'll forgive me for saying this, she draws him better than she draws Blake.

I had a compulsive need to get the details right in this zine. Apart from the physical details of the town of Brecon, everything, touch wood, should be accurate. This is due in no small part to those friends who helpfully gave me information on everything from social security forms to the finer points of sheep sheering. The spread of skills to be found among Blake's 7 fans is truly amazing. Thanks particularly go to Ruth Saunders, Louise Rutter and Tom Forsyth.

Thanks also go to those who read and commented on the text, especially Lillian Sheperd and Neil Faulkner. Special thanks go to Gareth Thomas for a late-night conversation at the last Who's 7 convention which had a major impact on the way that the story developed. Lastly, I mustn't forget my husband Richard who contributes in so many ways to these zines, even though he is not, and probably never will be, a Blake's 7 fan.

This zine is for many people, but most of all for Gareth Thomas. Not for Blake, nor even for Morgan, but for being himself: generous, warm-hearted and loved by so many who know him.

PS. If you enjoy this zine and would like to see the series that inspired it, why not write to the BBC and request them to repeat it? The address is Viewer and Listener Correspondence, BBC, Villiers House, The Broadway, London, W5 2PA. Morgan's Boy was an 8-part BBC drama screened in 1984. (They like to know things like the year so that they know which programme you're referring to.)

Glossary

Blainau is pronounced Bly-knee, to rhyme with blimey, but don't ask me what it means.

WRVS - Women's Royal Voluntary Service - often provide a refreshment service in hospitals.

portacabin - portable temporary building - US trailer.

Fridd Fawr - pronounced Frith Fower (as close as I can get) - translates as High Pasture.

This zine is copyright March 1998 to Judith Proctor. It is understood that only original material is covered by this copyright and no attempt is made to supersede any copyright held by Terry Nation, Alick Rowe, the BBC or any other holder of copyright on Blake's 7 or Morgan's Boy material.


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