Philip Sandifer is apparently contemplating writing an annotation of William Blake’s work http://philsandifer.tumblr.com/post/139080576731/manifesto-notes-for-blake-annotations and I think that is quite an exciting prospect.
At least one witty fellow on Twitter suggested that it would be a set of annotations on Blake’s 7. I say, why not both? Blake’s 7 but set in the late 18th century and with the demiurge-like Urizen manipulating the British Empire and Blake commanding the uncanny sailing ship known as the Liberator.
But who are the rest of the unlikely crew? There isn’t a neat overlap in ages for my choices but let’s just assume timey-wimey influences allow them all to be closer in age:
Blake – William Blake obviously
Avon – Joseph Priestley, scientist and polymath (its the 18th century – lots of polymaths). Not actually very much like the character of Avon but there is a bit of a resemblance
Vila – Thomas Paine because he was a cheeky fellow
Cally – Mary Wollstonecraft who would make an excellent alien telepathic freedom fighter
Gan – Ersamus Darwin, just because
Jenna – Jane Austen
Orac – the disembodied brain of Jeremy Bentham