Medtrek 84

Mini Review By Sarah Thompson

This is another multimedia zine that is actually almost all B7. I think perhaps I will count zines as "all B7" if they are more than 50%.

I don't actually have the zine, only a photocopy of the contents page and the B7 stories. They are excellent! I wish someone would reprint these, either on paper or on line.

Does anyone know whether Shayne McCormack's "Nemesis" series was continued? I can't remember seeing it anywhere, and I'd certainly like to read it. (Of course, for all I know it may be in some of the numerous issues of Chronicles that I don't have.)

The story by Edwina Harvey is short but interesting, and Narrelle Harris can always be counted on for a good read-- in this case, an episode-like action-adventure story.

I was especially taken with Sue Bursztynski's story (and finally I can spell her name, after typing it out many times!). In fact, I think it will go on the list of favorite gen A-Ta stories that I am mentally compiling for the next issue of the Tarrant apa. PGP, Avon and Tarrant, who appear to be the only survivors, have been stranded on 20th-C. Earth, where they are supporting themselves by operating a video game parlor. They are seen through the eyes of a fourteen-year-old Australian girl. I tend not to like what I call real-world crossovers, but this one I found very appealing. The young narrator's voice was just right, and the sad circumstances of the B7 characters appealed to my love of romantic doom'n'gloom. (And of course, being also an A/Ta fan, I was imagining all manner of things going on between them that the young narrator wouldn't have noticed or understood.)

I also like the author's "Gemini" series in Chronicles, dealing with young clones of Avon and Blake. Her "New Wales" series is popular and well-written, but too sweet in tone for my personal tastes.


Publisher: Medtrek SF Media Convention
Date: 1984

B7 fiction:
Shayne McCormack, "Nemesis: The First Step" (Nemesis series, part one; S5; ocs, A-V)
Edwina Harvey, "Travesty" (S5; A/Se, A-V)
Narrelle Harris, "A Wise and Masterly Inactivity" (S3)
Sue Bursztynski, "My Strange Experience" (S5; A-Ta, ocf)

B7 poetry:
Sheila Tracy, "Cally's Song" (C-B)
Sheila Tracy, "Remorse" (B-G)

Non-B7 fiction (or poetry?-- not in my copy):
Stephanie Kane, "The Guardian"
T. A. Morris, "The Return of the Thrush"
Virginia Wurth and Narrelle Harris, "A Bird in the Hand"

B7 art:
Kerrie Hanlon p. 26 Liberator
Yvonne Hintze p. 27 C-B
Merridy Johnson p. 56 V

Non-B7 art:
John Shave, Ruth Dick-Smith, Val Rogers, Merridy Johnson, Julie Vaux

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