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Collecting FS fanfiction in one place?
Hello there.

So I've been reading a lot of r/HFY recently and I came up with an idea. I've reminded myself that there's a bunch of fanfiction texts based in Freespace universe, some of them even really good. But unfortunately, I don't think we've got any more or less complete index of these novels scattered throughout the Internet, so maybe we could set one up?

Here, let me start:

Fanfiction archive over at Freespace Files
Some texts over at fanfiction.net
Bunch of texts from Interplay's story contest in some archives
Batutta's two novels
Rheyah's Shetland/Ephesus

Maybe it would even deserve its own page at HLP Wiki?
« Last Edit: April 26, 2019, 03:25:07 am by MitoPL »
Mito [PL] - Today at 8:52 PM
I was supposed to make a short presentation about basics of optical fibers and here I am, listening to Eurobeat while reading about quantum cryptography.

 
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Actually, I'm also wondering if results of some of the ARGs we had on this forum would qualify, since things like Assassin714's The Final War for the Multiverse seem to also produce some content that could be definitely considered as a fan fiction text.
Mito [PL] - Today at 8:52 PM
I was supposed to make a short presentation about basics of optical fibers and here I am, listening to Eurobeat while reading about quantum cryptography.

 

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Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
The winning Interplay stories are already on the wiki but don't have a category of their own.  Making a fanfiction category and adding all the stuff here isn't a bad idea.
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Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
Perhaps it could be somewhat distinguished from the rest of the wiki content if it received some special layout like the Frontlines page:
https://wiki.hard-light.net/index.php/News(Frontlines)

 
Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
The winning Interplay stories are already on the wiki but don't have a category of their own.  Making a fanfiction category and adding all the stuff here isn't a bad idea.
However, the archive I linked to seems to have all of the contest entries in it, not only the winners. So uhh, more content!

Edit: there also are the Descent: Freespace stories which seem to be highlighted by Volition.
Mito [PL] - Today at 8:52 PM
I was supposed to make a short presentation about basics of optical fibers and here I am, listening to Eurobeat while reading about quantum cryptography.

 
Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
Just adding more and more content won't help much if readers don't know what it is about, if it's good etc...

 
Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
I don't quite understand you. Isn't it actually a good thing that we can get all of these stories here, not only the winners, since every one of them holds some kind of a value (and it would simply be a shame if these stories just disappeared)?

Also, you know, readers know what these ones are about. If these ones land in the HLP Wiki, it's obvious that people who will be around to check them out will most likely be at least vaguely knowledgeable about Freespace. And even if not, I don't think these stories require such experience with the universe.

If you meant categorising these and writing down some rough description for each one, of course they would need to be somehow categorised to be properly placed in HLP Wiki, but I'm not so sure about these short descriptions - IMO they would spoil some of the plot right away.
Mito [PL] - Today at 8:52 PM
I was supposed to make a short presentation about basics of optical fibers and here I am, listening to Eurobeat while reading about quantum cryptography.

 
Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
Of course it is good to have them all in one place, but when I went to the SG archive just once there was a lot of files. I don't know whether they're good or bad, but in general it's the same thing as with Knossos - it's good and easy, but you might think that "Shattered Stars" sounds cooler than "Blue Planet" depending on your liking...

 
Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
I can understand that this could be an intimidating concept for some, to try and dive into this with no guidance. But I think there shouldn't be a stiff rating system or something like that for these stories for the same reason there isn't one for mods on Knossos. There are definitely a couple must-reads, highlighting them being definitely useful for people that are just diving into this franchise, but I don't think having people clinging only to the stories that happened to be most popular or best rated, ignoring any smaller thing that can pop up around the place is a very good thing. But maybe each of these texts deserves to have a honest description next to it. I've got no idea here.

It could alse be of use to have some tags informing about the state of the story, for example:
[Complete]
[In progress]
[Abandoned]
Mito [PL] - Today at 8:52 PM
I was supposed to make a short presentation about basics of optical fibers and here I am, listening to Eurobeat while reading about quantum cryptography.

 
Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
Sounds reasonable to me. :)

 

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Re: Collecting FS fanfiction into one place?
There appears to be exactly one Freespace-related fic on AO3.
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Re: Collecting FS fanfiction in one place?
Here's some more super-cool FS-related fiction: http://mt.hard-light.net/storyline.html

  

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Re: Collecting FS fanfiction in one place?
The archive of VolitionWatch has some good stuff.  There are two stories published for Derelict, and some stories for BWO.

There is the VolitionWatch story archive, as well as Eishtmo's story archive.

There is the giant Leader for the Shivans story, in several parts.

I think many of these have been archived on SectorFiles.  I haven't done a complete inventory though.


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