DSV: A dream to some...and a nightmare to others!

published in 1994
review by Alicia Ann Fox

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

This zine focuses on the Liberator and Zen, including myriad short, funny pieces, generally of a satirical bent. Hotaling-Lyons has a somewhat bent sense of humor, and if that describes you, this zine would be a good purchase. I personally enjoyed it a great deal.


Vere Lorrimer-yes, the B7 producer. His contributions are lyrics to the B7 theme song and a very good poem at the end.


The cover is a blueprint of the Liberator, done in yellow. The zine is filled with cartoons of various kinds, and some nice illustrative work by Celeste.


"Fall Out" by Alicia Ann Fox
"Avon Be Good!" by Liz Meinert
"Credits for Nothin'" by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
Marilyn J. Hanson filks the Poe poem "Annabel Lee" with Blake's memories of his DSV.


Bent, of course. Mostly small funny pieces by Celeste, scattered throughout. There is a selection of "ShrinkVids (TM)" by Celeste, Shoshanna, Alicia Ann Fox, and the famous anonymous. "ShrinkVids (TM)" are attempts to summarize an episode as a short funny poem.


There is a lot of this, all of it fun. My favorites are a page of personal advertisements submitted by various characters and, mixed in with the zine ads, ads for things like "The Alphex Limiter." "Wild Child's Guide to DSVs," by Celeste, is a combination of cartoons and wacky text...yet is strangely informative.

Short fiction:

"Malfunction" by Kimberly Wigmore
"Childe Jenna to the Dark Tower Came" by Jed Shumsky
"To Pay or Not To Pay" by Marilyn J. Hanson
"Just Desserts" by Pam London
"Rogue's Gallery" by Leigh Arnold


"Personality Kwiz" by Alicia Ann Fox. Script format. Vila plays a psychology game (The White Room Questions) with Blake, Jenna, and Avon on a darkened flight deck.

"The Bridge" by Sophia R. Mulvey. Avon decides to find out once and for all what makes Zen tick, and Zen doesn't like that very much. "...+Failure to cease invasionary tactics will result in damage to the intruding unit.+"

"Maps and Legends" by Shoshanna. My favorite of the serious stories by a long shot. The characterizations and dialogue are exceptional. The plot involves the crew of Liberator returning to the System in order to find more information on Zen's functioning before anything else happens that they don't understand. At the same time, Cally reminds Blake of the slaves held by the System, and his obligation to them, giving a nice moral conflict to chew on. My only complaint was that it ended too soon.

"A Different Reflection" by Sheila Paulson. A crossover (spoiler alert) between B7 and classic Star Trek. Not much happens, though she does propose an interesting alternate universe idea. (I happen to prefer her Quantum Leap/B7 crossover in Oh Boy!)

"Dreams of the Jester" by Jon Manzo. This is a Vila story, with an unflattering portrayal of Tarrant. Vila is having a recurring dream about Star One, having to do with a decision he made.

"Raising Hell or Children of Auron-Shut Up!" by Celeste Hotaling-Lyons. I found this story hilarious. The third series crew visits Kaarn and learns that one of the new babies is Servalan, Jr. Many merry mix-ups ensue when they have to care for the fractious tot.

"Casablancaworld" by Catherine Siemann. Like it sounds. Quite funny.


D.S.V. I: A Dream To Some... And a Nightmare to Others!
Editor/publisher: Celeste Hotaling-Lyons
Date: 1994
Format: letter size, iii + 171 pp., beige card front, printed in brown, with clear plastic overlay, white card back, perfect binding

Kimberly Wigmore, "Malfunction" (S0; Z)
Jed Shumsky, "Childe Jenna to the Dark Tower Came" (S1, Cygnus Alpha)
Alicia Ann Fox, "Personality Kwiz" (script; S2; V, B, J, A)
Marilyn J. Hanson, "To Pay or Not to Pay-- That Is the Question" (S2; humor)
Sophia R. Mulvey, "The Bridge" (S1; A-Z)
Shoshanna, "Maps and Legends" (S2, post-Pressure point)
Sheila Paulson, "A Different Reflection" (ST crossover; S2)
Pamela V. London, "Just Desserts" (S3; V)
Jon C. Manzo, "Dreams of the Jester" (S3; V)
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Raising Hell, or, Children of Auron-- Shut Up!" (D.S.V. Universe series; Raising Arizona parody; alt-S3, post-Children; humor)
Leigh Arnold, "Rogue's Gallery" (real world crossover; humor)
Catherine Sieman, "Casablanca World" (Casablanca parody; humor)
Kim Wigmore, "Blake's 7: The Lost Episodes" (humor)

Vere Lorrimer, "The Official Blake's 7 Theme Song"
Alicia Ann Fox, "Fall Out"
"ShrinkVids" (short poems based on episodes)
Celeste Hotaling, "Weapon"
Shoshanna, "The Way Back/Spacefall"
Shoshanna, "Redemption"
Celeste Hotaling, "Tony Attwood's Afterlife"
Alicia Ann Fox, "Harvest of Kairos"
Alicia Ann Fox, "Blake"
Anonymous, "Orbit"
Celeste Hotaling, "Terminal"
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "R.I.P."
Celeste "J. Kilmer" Hotaling-Lyons, "Dee Esse Vees"
Marilyn J. Hanson, "Blake's 'Poe'-etic Memories of the
Liberator as Recalled form His Base on Gauda Prime" ("based on Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee")
Liz Melnert, "Avon Be Good!" (f, Johnny B. Goode)
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Credits for Nothing" (f, Money for Nothin')
Vere Lorrimer, "The Last Battle"

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "Conversation-stoppers, a.k.a. The D.S.V. Editorial"
"Rebel Sightings" (clippings; humor)
Celeste Hotaling, "The Wild Child's Guide to Blake's 7, First and Second Series" (cartoons; humor; other parts of the series in B7 COMPLEX #13 and #15)

Marilyn J. Hanson, "The B7 Cross Word Puzzle"
"Federation Cartoons" (humor)
"The Adventures of Young Vila Restal" (humor)
Celeste Hotaling-Lyons, "The Wild Child's Guide to D.S.V.s" (cartoons; humor)
"Special Advertising Section" (real zine ads, humor, crossword answers)
"You Are Receiving This Zine/Copyguard"

Celeste Hotaling-Lyons front c. Liberator
p. ii O
p. 1 Liberator
p. 18 (rubber stamps?)
pp. 22-27 "Wild Child"
p. 34 Liberator
p. 40 A-O
p. 45 A-V
p. 49 C-B
p. 54 A-O cartoon
p. 97 cartoons
p. 127 (rubber stamp, in red)
pp. 140-147 "Wild Child"
p. 150 cartoon illo for "Rogue's"
p. 162 A-B cartoon
pp. 164-5 cartoon illos for "Lost Episodes"
Leigh Arnold p. 16 "Men of the LIberator and Their Pets" (cartoon)


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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