TaVeryMate (taverymate) wrote in the_safehouse,

Early Pros Writer Sue S. aka The Android Removing Some Stories From Website In 2012

Or Adventures in tracking Pros stories, the importance of saving things, and the value of feedback!

I just found out that Sue S. aka The Android (amongst several other pseudonyms) will be removing a number of fan fiction stories from her website in 2012; some written by Sue, some written by others. Sue is one of the earliest Pros writers and has written in numerous other fandoms over the past thirty years.

Her fandoms include but are not limited to: The Agony and The Ecstasy, Airwolf, Automan, The Bill, Colditz, Doctor Who, The God of Gamblers, Happy Days, Hawaii Five-O, Henry V, The High Chaparral, The Incredible Hulk, Inspector Morse, James Bond, Jeeves and Wooster, Kojak, Lark Rise To Candleford, Les Miserables, Lovejoy, Men in Black, Perfect Scoundrels, Poirot, The Professionals, Quantum Leap, Shogun, The Six Million Dollar Man, Stargate SG-1, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Enterprise, The Three Musketeers, The Virginian, Warship, The West Wing.

Stories slated for removal include two Pros stories: "Inside Information" and "Cause For Concern". Though Sue has written many more Pros stories, only these two have been online at her website recently. Her website, The Dungeon, has removed stories in the past, notably several by MerLyn - including some Pros crossover stories.

I found Sue's "Hit List" (her phrase, not mine *g*) when looking for a current link to "Inside Information" in response to a request via Prosfinder. Someone asked about Pros stories where prisons played a prominent role, and I listed several - amongst them the Circuit story "Inside Information". Another Pros fan asked if I had a link to that story.

Well, my paper copy is from the Circuit, my Proslib copy is from the days of floppy disks (which I still have!), and my html copy is from the early days of The Dungeon (Sue's website) circa 2000. And while I try to keep up with my bookmarks - especially Pros - I wasn't sure if the story was still online.

I knew that in 2006 the Hatstand Archive had linked two stories ("Inside Information" and "Cause For Concern") at Sue's website, using the same URL I had bookmarked. A quick check showed the Hatstand still has the same URL. However, when I checked, Sue's website had moved this past February. Luckily, Sue had a redirect page with a dated explanatory note.

I checked out the new website and found Sue's notice that she'd be removing some stories in 2012. I would STRONGLY urge anyone interested in her stories to save copies NOW as there is no indication when this year the "Hit List" stories will be removed.

Many of these stories are not found elsewhere online, though a majority were zine published or Circuit stories (in the case of Pros), so paper copies do exist. Still, tracking down OOP zines and Circuit stories can be quite an undertaking.

Here are links for those wanting to visit Sue's site and read and/or save stories.

Sue aka The Android's website, The Dungeon:

Sue's "Hit List" - stories slated for removal in 2012:

Direct link to Inside Information (Pros):

An undercover assignment has meant a month in Wormwood Scrubs for Bodie. When he's released he doesn't seem to relish Doyle's company any more. Something that happened inside must have changed him - but what?

Direct link to Cause For Concern (Pros):

CAUSE FOR CONCERN (22,630 words)
Bodie and Doyle are sharing everything, even their women; they're too close. Cowley decides to intervene - and his plan involves the return of Ann Holly, Doyle's former fiancee.

I also want to urge folks to send LOCs - even just a few words - if you read and/or save any of the stories on The Dungeon website. I've never met a Pros author yet who hasn't been delighted to hear that her stories are still being read and enjoyed - and I'm sure that Sue, or any of the other authors with stories at The Dungeon, are no exception.

In particular, it struck me that Sue said: "This will probably be the Dungeon's last incarnation; it's been in existence for more than ten years, but most of the stories had already been published in zines long before they appeared online and must now be of only antiquarian interest to most fans." [Emphasis added by me.]

I think she is dead wrong, and it saddens me that this perception is behind stories being removed from easy online access - and possibly the disappearance of the entire website in the future.

One thing I have consistently found is that Pros authors - or authors in any other fandom with a long history - tend to vastly underestimate current and ongoing interest in older stories, especially if they have moved onto other fandoms or left fandom entirely.

DON'T FORGET: Not only are there always people entering new-to them fandoms to whom all stories are "new" but many longtime fen have great affection for older stories and continue to reread and recommend them. And even longtime fen still have stories they have never read - particularly in fandoms like Pros where there are literally thousands of stories that have been written over the decades.

But readers, too, suffer from misperceptions. All too often, readers assume that authors from the early years of a fandom are impossible to reach and so don't even try to send feedback. Take a minute and TRY - it's not that hard!

Many stories will list a contact email for feedback. If there isn't an email on the story itself, check the website. Nearly all websites have contact info. If a site has multiple authors, the webmaster will nearly always have individual contact info and will gladly pass on emails to the individual authors. Both the Hatstand Archive and Circuit Archive explicitly state they will pass on LOCs to authors.

The Proslib archivist, Frances, includes this note at the end of every story post: "If you enjoy a story, please consider sending a comment, however brief, to the author. If no e-mail address is included send it to proslib-owner AT yahoogroups DOT com [changed to prevent spambot harvesting] and we'll do our best to pass it on."

If you're reading a zine story, check the info page. Most will include an email for LOCs. If there isn't one, check the publisher's website for contact info. Again, most zine publishers will be delighted to pass on LOCs. Hell, they'll be delighted to hear from a reader, period! In the very, very, very rare case that the zine publisher is not online - find a stamp and use the mail service. Your hand won't wither and fall off and the world won't end if you actually send a letter! *g*

Crossposted to ci5hq
Tags: fandom history, fic discussion, zines
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