NOTE: I do not update these reports after they are posted so some of the links may not work after a while. If you find a broken link check the title in the alphabetical lists of alternative or general reviews at the end of this report.

SUNDAY FAN FICTION REPORT - 5/24/98
[Previous report was for 5/23/98]

Hi guys,

Putting out a call for HELP tonight :) As many of you know we now have three fantastic sites on the Web which index all those great fanfic stories we enjoy so much:

SHADOWFEN'S XENA: WARRIOR PRINCESS FAN FICTION INDEX
http://lonestar.texas.net/~scottd/xwpffi/ffindex.htm

THE ULTIMATE FAN FICTION DIRECTORY
http://www.geocities.com/SoHo/Museum/3702/index.html

THE XENAVERSE CODEX
http://xenafiction.net/index.html

The Webmasters who maintain these sites do an awesome job providing links to most of the fanfic out there. However, they have stopped providing links to fan fiction stories posted on the XENA NETFORUM because of the difficulties involved in tracking fanfic on there. The NetForum tends to be slow, sometimes stories aren't appropriately labeled as fanfic, sometimes stories are started and never finished, etc. Shadowfen and the Webmasters maintaining the ULTIMATE FAN FICTION DIRECTORY would like to provide links to the fanfic stories but need assistance in order to do so. If you haven't figured it out by now - this is a HELP WANTED notice :)

If you're willing to regularly track the fan fiction on the NetForum and work with these Webmasters please consider volunteering your services. Knowledge of HTML is not needed - just a willingness to visit the NetForum regularly, peruse that fanfic and send the appropriate information to the indexers. Also of course, a desire to contribute something to the Xenaverse :) A LOT of fanfic is posted on the NetForum guys. Many of our BEST bards started out by posting stories there and we continue to get some real nice ones so I HATE the thought of these stories not being available down the line. Unfortunately, because posts on the NetForum scroll off the screen after a day or two unless that fanfic is indexed it becomes very difficult to locate. I myself don't review NetForum stories until they are permanently archived at a regular fan fiction Web site so my reviews don't offer a way of locating the NetForum-only stories either.

If you think you can help please contact EITHER Shadowfen at scottd@texas.net or the ULTIMATE FAN FICTION DIRECTORY Indexers at xenafiction@hotmail.com These are TWO separate positions here with different sites.

Now, talking about fanfic :) Tonight's entries are all alt. fiction.

ALTERNATIVE FICTION:

YOUR NAME by Katherine Colson
A very poignant vignette and a fitting tribute to a selfless act of love. DO NOT MISS!!
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content3/yourname.html

ONLY ONE by Redhawk
This is a promising HIGHLANDER/XWP crossover story set in the modern world which has the one-time Warrior Princess, now a deadly immortal, getting the shock of her life when she sees a familiar face lost to her centuries before. Still unfinished this is nicely written and should be particularly entertaining for fans of both series.
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content3/onlyone.html

LUCIFER RISING by SL Bowers
Part three of this story is now available. Joining the many gems we've been seeing lately in Xena uber fiction comes this VERY unusual, riveting new story set in the glamorous and often deadly underworld of Miami - a world in which wealth, and seductive pleasures exist side by side with violence and death. It is into this very world reporter Liz Gardener finds herself stepping into as she pursues a story that has obsessed her for years now - the sordid tale surrounding a dark and beautiful and dangerous ex-DEA agent by the name of Jude Lucien who having gone over to the other side is now one of the most powerful and feared druglords in the business. With two very different agendas, the two women will find themselves drawn to one another - sensing something very real in the other - sensing perhaps that neither is quite what she seems... In this latest part Jude relives a nightmare...and then fulfills a dream :) S.L.'s two heroines are beautifully depicted with incredible depth, rich emotional histories and engaging personalities. With a very contemporary feel to it and a clever uber rendition of the Xena/Gabrielle relationship, this is a solidly written, FASCINATING tale certain to keep you wanting more of those chapters in the weeks to comes! It receives my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION! [Note: story features rough language]
http://www.xenafan.com/fiction/content3/luciferrising.html

For those of you reading this post who are not familiar with the term alternative (alt.), it refers to ADULT stories that add a romantic element to the relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, depicting them as more than just friends.

Happy reading!

Lunacy 8-)