The Truth Is In Here

I don't watch much TV, but when I do, I watch the Scully show -- I mean, The X-Files. I have a long-standing interest in the paranormal. Forteana is what serious aficionados call it. I called that category of literature, ideal for reading on a Sunday afternoon while drinking something caffeinated and eating Lays potato chips, "rumor books." Damon, who does all the TV work, pointed out to me that a "rumor show" was due to start in fall of 1993, and to indulge him, I watched it.

Then I started taking Friday nights off from my relentless pursuit of literature so we could watch it. With the lights out.

Then I suggested that we should have been taping it all along.

Then I started obsessing -- about the plots, the conspiracies (there's at least two), and especially about Scully, Scully, my wonderful heroine Scully.

Then I got on the Net, and the rest is history. Those of you who hung out in the AOL X-Files Forum between June '95 and July 96 may know me as Peni G, the woman from the "Scully is Perfect" universe. My AOL days are over, and they should never have gone for that fifth season, but Scully is still perfect.

-- Peni

I Want To Believe

Though I occasionally find myself in the position of having to defend Mulder, I have no preference for one agent over the other. They only work well, in this particular job, as a team. Despite their recurring bouts of bickering -- and no, I do not think Mulder is to blame for all of them -- their genuine respect and affection for each other has allowed them to synthesize a true Partnership, with each of them functioning as one hemisphere of the same brain; Scully, obviously, provides the rational left-brain mode of thought, effectively balancing Mulder's more intuitive right-brain leaps. Neither mode of thought works well alone, which is why we humans come equipped with both.

--Damon

Go ahead and explore the rest of the site. Here you'll find a little fan fiction, Myers-Briggs personality profiles for Mulder and Scully, a list of the internet "bookmarks" that just might be on Dana and Fox's own computers, an episode guide, complete with insightful commentary, information on how to roleplay the X-Files (or the next best thing), a Compendium of Aliens, and perhaps more as we get inspired.

To find out more about the show, the actors, the production staff, or what other Philes think, try X-Files @ Rutgers

The Fanfic Files

We don't read fan fiction much. There's way too much real fiction to read, and it's so hard to sift through the masses of ore dug out of the fannish mine for the rare gems. However, fanfic is an important part of the science fiction fan experience. Although we support the copyright laws and believe strongly that only the creators should profit from use of a character or setting, we see no downside to fanfic as normally practiced, from the point of view of the copyright holder. It is a sign of the degree of devotion fans hold for a show that they are eager to spend their precious spare time attempting to re-create the feeling they get when watching a new episode. The traditional format of minimal-circulation mimeographed fanzines has given way to publication on the net, potentially available to millions; but this has actually reduced the profitability of fanfic, because one can no longer swap it for "the usual" (another fanzine or a dollar). The production of fan fiction can fuel the flames of fan interest during long spells of re-runs, and even bridge huge gaps like that between the last airing of classic Star Trek and the advent of the movies. It is a productive and absorbing hobby for fans, providing valuable practice for people who intend to be professional writers someday -- especially for those who wish to make their livings writing for comic books and TV series, two media in which one must continually work with other people's creations.

As a professional writer, fanfic is -- not beneath me, precisely -- but largely a waste of time. All the same, I have written some, and so has Damon, who writes quite well when he's playing at it, but doesn't care to turn it into work. We prefer parody fanfic to more serious types. The following stories have the approval of the AOL X-Files Forum community, where they first appeared in the "Genre Changes" folder. Check 'em out!

Sorry, we had to zip most of these up, since we did want to use our space for a few other things besides fanfic. If you need unzipping software, pick up WinZip 6.0 from c|net central's download site. You'll need it sooner or later, anyway.

Damon's "V-Files" (27.5 K) takes place between the end of Season Two ("Anasazi") and the beginning of Season Three ("Blessing Way")--yep, while Fox was in the boxcar. You can also check out his work in progress, and see if you can get him to finish it!

The Light in the Tower at Mulder Manor is a 66 chapter parody in the style of a Victorian gothic. Only the elaborate chapter headings and the first few paragraphs of each chapter are made available, just enough for the reader to follow the story, but it's still pretty long (216K when unzipped). Read Chapter 1 first to see if you want to download the whole thing. This is a revised version of the story first posted to the "Genre Changes" folder beginning in July 1995 and completed in February 1996. My thanks to Devi XF for her permission to publish her contributions to the early chapters. This final version resolves a few contraditions and addresses some lacunae arising from the original haphazard production. If you've already read it on AOL, you still need this version, because it supplies the missing "first meeting" scene.

The Scully Girls' Adventure on Martha's Vineyard, by Susyn Sharpe, is only one of the many thrilling yarns available from the Straitenarrow Syndicate, a concern devoted to churning out mysteries for the juvenile market in the 1930s. Read Ch. 1: Summer Plans to see if you want to download the zip file (expands to about 100K), consisting of the first and last pages of each exciting chapter. This is nearly identical to the version posted to "Genre Changes" between February and July 1996. "Uncle Jim," Paul, and Wally's boat the Kipler are all AOL in-jokes, but shouldn't spoil the story for non-AOLers. Check out Fox's jalopy, and see if you can deduce Dana's theory about the Warmfranc Sea Serpent before the final chapter!

The Government Strikes Back is the second part of a trilogy. I've never seen Parts 1 & 3, but don't worry, you'll be able to follow the plot. Creator Kelli Ann Buyer is the first of the AOL folks to take me up on my standing offer to make completed Genrebendrs available here. Read Chapter 0ne for a taste of this 68K romp through a galaxy long, long ago and far, far away with Fox Solo, Princess Dana, Walter the Wookie, and Alex Ratwalker!

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