DSV:2 the imagineering issue

published in 1995
review by Alicia Ann Fox

Editor: Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
28 Chestnut Street
Everett, MA 02149
Email : celeste_hotaling-lyons@iqj.com

This issue includes a huge variety of humor as well as a long B7/Star Trek: the Next Generation crossover and a few serious short pieces. As with the first issue, a lot of the contents could be described as "bent," and I mean that as a high compliment.


Art: The cover is a blueprint of part of the Liberator set, done in sepia on cream. The zine is filled with art "and art-like substances" by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, Val Westall, and Marion Mendez and OrMac.

Filks: "Kerr Avon's Ride" and "Filks That Will Never (Please God) Be Written" by Shoshanna.

Poetry: "Orac's Elegy" by Marion Mendez and OrMac is a really neat poem, especially considering it was written with the help of poetry-writing software--particularly appropriate for a zine focusing on Zen.

There is another selection of "ShrinkVids (TM)," attempts to summarize episodes as short funny poems.

Miscellaneous: As in issue #1, there is a variety of "filked" cartoons and fake ads. "Wild Child's Guide to Media Fandom," by Celeste, is a combination of cartoons and accurate if satirical description. "B7 Episodes that should have been made...but weren't" are humorous synopses of mythical episodes by Alicia Ann Fox with generous aid from Celeste and her rubberstamp collection.

Short fiction: Postscripts to "Countdown" and "Voice from the Past" by Jamie Melody Randell, told by Avon in first person.

"The DSV Interviews" by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons: a series of parodies, some of them screamingly funny. Baba Wawa interviews Blake after"Blake"; Edward R. School does person-to-person with Avon on RubberRoom World, 5 years post-Gauda Prime (one of my particular favorites); News Center 7 with Vila, commenting on life with Avon (also great); Good Parenting with Cally; Donnybrook! with Jenna; Church Chat with Sleer; Gan on Late Night with Deeva Letterbeing; Orac meets Max Headroom; and Travis's unfortunate encounter with "Mr. Rojer's Neighborhood."

Stories: "Parallel Intersection, or Hey, That's Not Our Theme Song!" by Bill Brickman and Alicia Ann Fox: a lengthy B7/Star Trek: the Next Generation crossover with a somewhat complex plot, set in the interstices between second and third series. Plenty of Blake, plenty of everybody, lots of fun! Since I was an author, I'll provide a few quotes to whet your appetite:

... Avon snapped, "Whether it's a trap or pure accident, we have to look after ourselves. At least I plan to. You saw them. They don't know Roj Blake from a hole in the ground. We're safe here. Wherever here might be."

... Orac sat, unattended, on a table.

Vila gawked. "I think we should just give this up and rob these people blind."

..."I am Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the Federation Starship Enterprise. Supreme Commander Servalan, I presume?"

"Avon's Adventures on Wonderworld" by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons: an absolutely incredible parody of Alice in Wonderland, divided into chapters such as "Space Falling" and "Timex Squad." The style is spot-on--imagine Vila as the White Rabbit--"Oh my adrenaline and soma!" It's frightening what close parallels can be drawn....

Buy this zine!


D.S.V. II: The Imagineering Issue
Editor/publisher: Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
Date: 1995
Format: letter size, 178 pp., beige card front with clear plastic overlay, white card back, perfect binding

Marian Mendez, "Symbiosis" (S1-2-3-4-5; Z)
Jamie Melody Randall, "Countdown: A Postscript" (S2, Countdown; A)
Jamie Melody Randall, "Voice from the Past: A Postscript" (S2, Voice; A)
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Avon's Adventures on Wonderworld" (Alice in Wonderland parody; A; humor)

Bill Brickman and Alicia Ann Fox, "Parallel Intersection, or, Hey, That's Not Our Theme Song!" (STTNG crossover; S2, alt-post-Star One)

Alicia Ann Fox, "Blake's 7 Episodes That Might Have Been... But Weren't" (humor)

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The D.S.V. Interviews, or, Lifestyles of the Hunted and Infamous" (assorted television parodies; humor; reprinted from D.S.V. con booklet)

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Calling All Fans, a.k.a. The D.S.V. Editorial"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to Media Fandom" (cartoons; humor; other parts of the series in B7 COMPLEX #13 and #15 and D.S.V. #1)

Marian Mendexz and Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Federation Cartoons" (real cartoons altered for B7; humor)

"Special Advertising Section" (real zine ads, humor, crossword answers)
"You Are Receiving This Zine/Copyguard"

Shoshanna, "Kerr Avon's Ride" (f, Kerowen's Ride, by Mercedes Lackey and Leslie FIsh)

Shoshanna, "Filks That Will (Please God) Never Be Written" (f: I Fought the Law; We're Off to See the Wizard; The Troll Song; People Who Died; My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean; Kerowen's Ride; I Feel Pretty, from West Side Story)

"ShrinkVids" (short poems based on episodes)
Alicia Ann Fox, "Animals"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Gambit"
Alicia Ann Fox, "Headhunter"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Rumours of Death"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Rumours of Death: Jump-rope Songs"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Children of Auron"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Pressure Point"
Marian Mendez & ORmAC, "Orac's Elegy" (computer-generated poem)
Marian Mendez & ORmAC, "Thoughts" (computer-generated poems)

ORmAC p. 15 "My Family" (S4 crew & GP B)
p. 28 B making a face
Val Westall p. 19 A
p. 32 A-B at end of Countdown
p. 100 A
p. 145 A
p. 173 A
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons pp. 38-47 "Wild Child"
pp. 147-9 cartoon illos for "Blake's 7 Episodes That..."
assorted clip art, computer graphics, rubber stamps, etc.


This is available from:-
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, 28 Chestnut Street, Everett, MA 02149

The price is $18, including the postage (it's $15 in person, the $3 is postage), but that's in the US only.

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