Southern Seven #6

Mini Review By Sarah Thompson

This issue has one of my very favorite pieces of Suzan Lovett's art. It's a portrait of a worried-looking Avon, with the image of the early Blake directly behind him, and behind that, the sinister face of GP Blake. A pair of hands are reaching out to clutch at Avon, but it's not clear which Blake they belong too. I take this as a representation of Avon's state of mind on GP.

My other favorite thing in the issue is a poem, Aya Katz'a rendition of the events of "Sand" in the form of "The Walrus and the Carpenter." Wonderful! I also like her filk of "Blue Tail Fly." ("The Feds have won and I don't care, 'cause Avon's off my back.")

"The Prophecy" is sweet and sad. Unknown to Avon, he and Cally had a daughter, who was brought up on Kaarn with the other little Aurons. Vila accidentally travels into the future and learns of a prophecy that he must marry the daughter of Avon and Cally, in order to produce a child who will eventually bring down the Federation. But it turns out that the prophecy has been interpreted incorrectly....

In "Elvis Is Everywhere," Avon is too shy to respond to Cally's advances when he's in his right mind. But when he's possessed by Elvis, everything changes. Very funny.

Other especially recommended stories are Shoshanna's tale of the bank fraud, and Carol's dark PGP A-V, which won the writing contest. Yes, folks, she also writes excellent stories with no Tarrant in them at all! :)


Editor: Ann Wortham
Publisher: Ashton Press (Altamonte Springs, FL)
Date: October 1991

K. D. Swan, "Booby Trap" (S0; The System)
Adrian Morgan & Brendan O'Cullane, "Nightwood Rest" (AU; KTD universe; A-V)
Shoshanna, "Days in the Death" (S0; A/Anna)
Kim Davis, "Someday Soon" (S2; Tr1-Tr2)
Kathy Coy, "Knight in Leather Armor" (S2; A)
Linda Knights, "It's All Done by Magic" (S1?; B)
Jeff & Mary Morris, "Elvis Is Everywhere!" (S3; A/C; humor)
Kaye Dunham, "Changing Stations" (S4; Lost in Space crossover; A-V)
Jamie Ritchey, "Out of Control" (S4; V)
Julie Nowak, "Homecoming" (S5; A)
Cami, "The Price of Safety" (S5; A-V)
Barbara Tennison, "Drinks for the Memory" (S1?; A-B-V; Cordwainer Smith crossover?)
J. Smallwood, "Promise" (S2)
Teresa Ward, "Evil Possessions" (S2; V)
Diana Klopf, "Faker" (S3?; V/ocf, uc A/V)
Claudine Vessing & CarolMel Ambassador, "Complications" (S2)
Leah Rosenthal and Ann Wortham, "Playing the Fool" (reprinted from Powerplay #4; S2; V)
Shannon, "Vila Looks Back" (S4?; V)
Carl Nicastro, "A Twist in Time" (S4; alt-Blake)
Shoshanna, "Walkabout" (S4; So)
Janet P, "Prophecy" (S4; V; A/C)
Jane Carnall, "And Then I Care Not" (S5)

Roxie Ray, "Seven Rebels" (f, Seven Wonders, by Fleetwood Mac)
Jacqui Topp, "Irreconcilable Viewpoints"
M. R. Robber, "Musings"
Aya Katz, "The Improbable Scheme"
K. D. Swan, "What Price?"
Jacqueline Taero, "Vanishing Act"
Jacqueline Taero, "Survivor"
Melissa Mastoris, "Brother"
Shoshanna, "Dreamer" (f, Fast Car, by Tracy Chapman)
Aya Katz, "Vila's Revenge" (f, Blue Tail Fly)
Jacqui Topp, "Double-Edged Sword"
Jacqueline Taero, "Filk for Avon"
Shannon, "Dreams"
Aya Katz, "Sand" (based on The Walrus and the Carpenter by Lewis Carroll)
Melissa Mastoris, "Golden Gunfighter" (So)
Shannon, "Consequences" (S5; J-G)
Shannon, "Fragments" ("with thanks to Meatloaf, whose music provided the inspiration")

Ann Wortham, "From the Airlock" (editorial)
Brendan O'Cullane, "Trivia and Word Search Puzzle"
The Second Southern Seven Writing Contest (Art by Mariann Howarth, Sue Williams, Leah Rosenthal, Leigh Motooka, Melody Rondeau)
"Stories written by Leah Rosenthal and/or Ann Wortham and where to find them"
Zine ads

Laura Virgil front c. V
p. 55 A
p. 87 V
Leah Rosenthal p. 1 TP; Thanksgiving cartoon
p. 7 A-Karen River cartoon
p. 10 SS6 cartoon
p. 63 A-B
p. 108 A cartoon (writing contest)
p. 114 A-V illo
p. 120 crazed V cartoon illo
p. 126 A & children; illo
Mariann Howarth p. 9 cartoon
p. 50 cartoon illo for "Knight"
p. 69 cartoon illo for "Elvis"
p. 71 cartoon illo for "Elvis"
p. 105 A-V (writing contest)
p. 107 A-cat (writing contest)
p. 166 A-V-C; illo for "Prophecy"
p. 174 V-ocf; illo for "Prophecy"
p. 179 A-V; illo for "Prophecy"
Leigh Motooka p. 13 S4 A as babysitter cartoon
p. 109 A-Ta (writing contest)
Picasso p. 18 Hellhound Se
Kathy Coy p. 20 cartoon
Adrian Morgan p. 25 illo for "Nightwood"
p. 48 B-Alta cartoon
p. 80 Se-Dr. Smith; illo for "Changing Stations"
back c. A
MaryAnn Jorgensen p. 30 A/Anna
p. 41 A-Anna
Kate Knepper p. 37 young A
p. 65 B
p. 93 A
p. 102 A
Sheila Paulson p. 62 A-B
p. 158 V
Kathryn Andersen p. 89 A-O
p. 117 V
p. 140 V
p. 190 V
Julie Nowak p. 97 A; illo for "Homecoming"
Sue Williams p. 106 A-B illo (writing contest)
Melody Rondeau p. 110 Mad Tea Party cartoon (writing contest)
p. 191 GP apes cartoon
S. Molnar p. 153 V drinking
Suzi Lovett p. 183 A-B

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