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From: "William H. Ansley" <wansley@warwick.net>
Subject: Re: (urth) Fanfic.  Ack!
Date: Fri, 26 Jun 1998 23:13:07 

>The fan fiction movement, while not without its merits
>(anything that encourages people to take up creative writing can't be
>a bad thing) has always struck me as one of the saddest parts about SF
>fandom as a whole since it seems to emphasize characters as abstract
>entities outside of an concept of authors.

Too true, too true!

>The amount of fanfic on the net never ceases to amaze me.  I do a lot
>of searching on the web for my job and it's not unusual for the most
>ordinary-seeming searches to turn up references to fanfic based on
>some TV show or other.  Unbelievable!  Why don't people want to write
>their own stories about their own characters?

I would guess, as with most things, because it's easier for them to be

Now my own little effort in this area, while it may seem similar on the
surface, is quite a different kettle of fish. I am working on a screenplay
for next summer's blockbuster film, _The X Head of Cerberus_, which will
send Agents Mulder and Scully to St. Croix to investigate.

It's a natural! Clones, shape shifters and aliens who may not be aliens.
Complex government bureaucracies engaged in elaborate conspiracies and
cover-ups. Absolutely X-Files territory. And the best thing is, just like
Wolfe's books Mulder's and Scully's investigations never resolve anything!

I be posting the first draft soon on my "Chris Carter-Gene Wolfe Worship Page".

William Ansley

[Need I say I'm only kidding?]

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