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At Kirkus: Unauthorized Stories – Fan Fiction and Fandom

When I was a bit more active in the Star Wars fan circles, something you couldn’t escape from was fan fiction. Forums such as TheForce.net and Fanfiction.net each had vibrant communities in the early ’00s, and there was a whole range of really interesting stories to really crappy ones. I wrote a couple of the crappy ones – spinoffs from the Rogue Squadron series – and I had a bunch of friends who did as well.

Fan Fiction has interested me for awhile because it’s this really unique way that fandom contributes to genre literature. Stories become more than just an author telling the reader a story: the readers jump in and continue that story.

Go read Unauthorized Stories: Fan fiction and fandom over on Kirkus Reviews.

About Andrew Liptak (180 Articles)
Andrew Liptak is a freelance writer and historian from Vermont. He is a 2014 graduate of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop, and has written for such places as Armchair General, io9, Kirkus Reviews, Lightspeed Magazine, and others. His first book, War Stories: New Military Science Fiction is now out from Apex Publications, and his next, The Future Machine: The Writers, Editors and Readers who Build Science Fiction is forthcoming from Jurassic London in 2015. He can be found over at www.andrewliptak.com and at @AndrewLiptak on Twitter.
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