Same stuff, different day...

by David Meadows 31. October 2016 20:13

This week's update might be Saturday instead of Friday.

No reason. It just might be.


Week 21

by David Meadows 28. October 2016 21:25

New this week: Heroes issue 11. The last thing Don said when he cut the team loose at the end of last issue was "keep a low profile". Do you think they listened to him? Here's a hint: the title of this issue, Low Profile, is entirely ironic.

The new factual article this week is an overdue look at the technical specifications of the Strikeforce Teleport system.

There's a new timeline for 1995, and with it I'm starting a new policy of including events that haven't yet been referenced in the main stories. So they won't mean much to you at the moment, but think of them as teasers of stories yet to be told.

You'll notice that the timeline formatting is a bit wonky for some events, but it's not major so fixing it is quite low down my to-do list. I have been reformatting the Who's Who entries, though, as the old format was overly fussy and not in keeping with the rest of the site's design. I haven't redone all the pages yet, but I'm working on it.

And that's probably it. Come back next week for the conclusion of the Swan Song storyline...

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Week 20

by David Meadows 21. October 2016 18:55

The Strikeforce story is back on track! This week you will find part one of the cleverly named (well, I think so) "Swan Song" storyline. Just why does Black Swan keep missing team meetings? The answers are in Strikeforce chapter 10!

Not much else this week. There are a few timeline updates in the History section, and there's a new article devoted to the Penal Colony on Titan.

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Just arrived...

by David Meadows 20. October 2016 13:24

Amazing that there are any of these left in the world in mint condition...


Comment Spam

by David Meadows 18. October 2016 18:25

I really don't understand what purpose it serves.

Now there's a possibility that this comment left on an old blog post is legit:

...but it seems unlikely. It's on a random (and not very interesting) post from four months ago, and the comment is generic and empty of worthwhile content, suggesting the the person leaving it hasn't even read the post.

So I'm left wondering why. It's not advertising anything (which would be the obvious reason for paying some kid in China a fraction of a penny for spamming blogs), there's no URL, there's nothing to indicate it serves a useful purpose for anyone. And yet somebody has gone to the effort of finding my blog, overcoming my (admittedly very simple) bot trap, and writing a random sentence.

What's the point?

Genuine question. I'm am baffled.


Week 19

by David Meadows 14. October 2016 22:15

Back on track with a full range of new pages.

The lead story is issue 10 of Heroes: Unglued. Action! Excitement! The return of the K-Men! And you won't believe how this one ends!!!

In the Encyclopaedia I've finally added a page for Strikeforce, because they are kind of central to... well, everything.

There a new page describing Sylvia Roth's beach house, because we've spent a couple of issues there so why not?

And various other bits and updates to old pages and new cross references.


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Beam me up, Scotty!

by David Meadows 10. October 2016 22:36

Just wrote a long essay on the principles of the Strikeforce teleport system, and realised it really needs some diagrams to go with it.

I'm rubbish at diagrams.

This may take some time...


Scheduling issues

by David Meadows 8. October 2016 20:46

(That's a double meaning. Neat, huh?)

The last couple of weeks saw a blip in the schedule. Partly due to real life intruding, but also because I've run out of material.

A 4000-word Strikeforce chapter takes a couple of evenings to write. A Heroes script takes a little longer (the word count is higher and the structural issues are more complex). I should be able to write one a week, plus a couple of other pages such as news, history, biographies, or whatever. But it's tight, and it's not always possible. I started with a few weeks of pages stockpiled, but I've pretty much burned through them by now.

And there's another factor I didn't take account of when I planned this: putting hyperlinks into all the pages. Everytime I write a new page -- for example, I've just added "Luey's Place" -- I have to go back through every page already on the site and add a link wherever the new page has been referenced (I have a database to track where links are needed, or I'd never manage). Luey's place is referenced in an LA Globe story, in Don's mission reports, and in the 2014 history page, for example, so I had to edit all those pages to make the references into links. When I add Luey himself, I'll have to add links to his bio from all those pages, plus from the Luey's Place page. Plus from any new pages I've written that reference him (and that will happen ,as he's going to crop up again in the stories). So you can see the task grows bigger with every page I add.

There are currently 79 pages on the site, and I have a list of 611, yes six hundred and eleven items (names, dates, places) in those pages that will have to be made into links when I eventually write suitable pages for them to point to. And the number grows each week. All this "housekeeping" is needed to make the site into the fully cross-referenced hypertext fiction and encyclopaedia that I want it to be, but it all takes time -- and more time with each passing week.

So, yes, this is my excuse for the occasional lapse in updating the site. It's not my fault. The dog ate my work. Honest.

(Next week will be fine, as I have Heroes #10 ready to go. After that, no promises.)


Week 18

by David Meadows 7. October 2016 21:00

Ok, after the slight disruption I'm back on track.

The lead story this week is chapter 9 of Strikeforce. This wraps up the third story arc and ends with a major change in the team's status quo. Along the way we learn a bit more about Avatar's powers and get one of my favourite Nightflyer moments. You might also start to see that there's more to Astra than meets the eye. Oh, and I introduce ace investigative reporter Penelope Lane. Yes, really. I'm so sorry.

There's a major plot hole in the chapter that I just couldn't reconcile or explain away, so I just left it in. Let me know if you spot it, but you'll get no prize for doing so. (No prize, get it? Oh, please yourself.)

Elsewhere there's a Whos' Who entry for Gemini, which I know is completely random because he hasn't actually appeared in any stories, but I felt like doing him. The Gazetteer entry is for Luey's Place, and the Encyclopaedia entry sums up everything we know so far about Dimension W.

Well, that should keep you busy and give me time to write something for next Friday. See you then.


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The Heroes Universe is an ongoing work of fiction, conceived and chiefly plotted by David Meadows, with help from a group of friends, over a 30-year period.

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