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From: "Dan'l Danehy-Oakes" <ddanehy@siebel.com>
Subject: (whorl) Fan fic? Fooey.
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2001 09:10:29 

Or pfui. With all due respect to the various people who've 
used this term, I'm just about apoplectic from not shouting 
at you about it, and now I will.

Look. Whatever _tBotSS_ is (or the editors-written third-
person parts of it, or even "selected bits" of those), it 
ain't fanfic. The term is specific, refers to the parasitic 
creation of new stories in a _fictional_ world _created by 
some other person or corporate entity_, on an amateur or 
not-for-profit basis, and usually (but not always) quite 
_bad_. The best-known, if not actually dominant, forms, 
are the [erotic|pornographic] "slash" fiction* and the

* The concept of / fiction in the Lupiverse has its own 
  peculiar horrors to offer. Severian/Severian?

What makes the concept ludicrous is this: Who is the 
fan writing the fanfic? Not Wolfe, certainly; he's the 
creator of all this. Not the editorial kids; what comes 
from them isn't fiction -- it's either reconstruction 
or outright lies.

(Where did that one conversation come from? Maybe
Oreb? Naaaaah...)


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