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I've been Slashdotted! - Elf M. Sternberg
I've been Slashdotted!
Apparently, I've been Slashdotted over the The Only Fair Game. Poor Larry. One mistake (mentioning it in Man Kz*n Wars IV, not slamming me) and it was all over.

Not that that's bad, mind you. I normally get about seven hundred story downloads a day. So far, TOFG was download 1600 times. I don't think that's going to overwhelm Drizzle's poor little server, which is a pretty robust commercial webhosting server, but it's nice to see that kind of traffic.

Now if only it would generate some donations, that would be something!

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kingfox From: kingfox Date: March 10th, 2003 02:54 pm (UTC) (Link)

Enjoy unwashed GNU hippies debating over you.

jenkitty From: jenkitty Date: March 10th, 2003 02:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow... Slashdotted, shredded, and applauded all in one day. Plus at least two disclaimers of "IANAL"...

You should be so proud, m'dear. May Glenn do as well in his writing. *GRIN*
elfs From: elfs Date: March 10th, 2003 03:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
That sad part of the whole tale is that, despite Larry's assertion, I did remove all of the works in my stories that referred to his own. I was writing Kz*n and P*ppeteer slash when he came down. TOFG I wrote much later, when I realized why I was inspired to write Kz*n slash-- the Kz*n only make sense to me if gay Kz*n can exist. The periods of High Heresy seem like a good time for such an underground movement to exist. (Terms elided to avoid search engines.)

I'm somewhat grateful to Larry for the kick in the pants he gave me. He inspired me to write in my own universe, to come up with my own characters and situations. To get out from under the forms and restrictions of trying to write in someone else's pond.

And he's still among my favorite authors. I don't think I could do serious harm, nor do I think Larry could ever successfully argue that I've hurt his franchise. In an attention economy, I might have even done him a favor by providing a point about which once can ask, "What is all the fuss?"

All of my parodies are tongue only gently in cheek-- I do like all of the people I've made fun of-- Larry, Disney's Aladdin, The Thundercats-- I just think they all had flaws that were best illustrated by, um, example.
nbarnes From: nbarnes Date: March 10th, 2003 05:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

I wonder if I'm the only person that was familiar with Elf's work before I read any of Larry's. I was very pleased with myself when I finally found a used copy of Man-Kz*n Wars IV and got to read the introduction.
kenshardik From: kenshardik Date: March 10th, 2003 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I read the Journal Entries via USENET when I was in college. I didn't pick up "Ringworld" and "The Integral Trees" until years later.

And, as you can see, I'm kinda fond of Elf's work. :)
elfs From: elfs Date: March 10th, 2003 08:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

And no, I'm not offended by your name choice. Puzzled, a bit, but he is a fictional character, all the same.

And those guinea pig costumes were painful. Why would you do that to a poor, innocent, furry animal?

(Don't answer that.)
kenshardik From: kenshardik Date: March 10th, 2003 08:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
It was too good to pass up. LiveJournal... Journal Entries... I couldn't resist.

And I am in no way connected to that bizarre guinea pig page. Some things are just too painful to bear witness to alone. :)
kyriani From: kyriani Date: March 11th, 2003 09:26 am (UTC) (Link)
I do believe I read Ringworld before reading this story, but I'm not totally sure. ;) I suck at remembering timelines in any sense of the word and timing in my life in general. ^_^ I do know it was before I met him, and it was quite funny realizing Omaha's husband was *that* Elf Sternberg. ;)
*HUGS* I'm sure Drizzle will handle the Slashdotting (I love Drizzle), but I hope your pocketbook doesn't suffer for it. :(
felis_concolor From: felis_concolor Date: January 6th, 2004 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I read a lot of Larry's work before Elf's, including the reference to Elf's parody story, but didn't make the connection quickly, because the first thing I read by Elf was the Journal Entries. I remember thinking "cool, another ringworld", but that's about it - took quite a while to pull my self out of the book so to speak, and look at Elf's other work, at which point I burst out laughing, remembering Larry's comment :)
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