Duane’s Fiction

August 10, 2008

Biological Families

Wow, I never guessed when I started that it would take three and a half years to write this story.  And when I started I thought this was going to be the first of three short stories that would combine to a nice 150,000 word novel.  Instead, this story all by itself grew into a truly massive 350,000 words.

This is a sequel to ‘The Portal’.  After having Clark go up against Romans in the first story, I thought a Nazi battleship would be a nice step up in the size of the challenge.  Of course, as always happens with me, by the time I reached that point in the story it had morphed into something different then what I originally intended.

Deciding to involve the Nazis, it was a matter of picking a specific time.  As I started writing, the 2004 Olympics in Athens were about to start (and interestingly, I am watching the 2008 Beijing Olympics as I write this) and I decided it might be fun to set the story during the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  Of course, I had to have them try out for the American team and having them interact with Jesse Owens ended up being one of my favorite chapters.

Then once I had gotten the story to the point where they were actually back in 1936, I decided you couldn’t have Nazis in the 1930s without throwing in a little Indiana Jones action.  Since the best Indiana Jones stories always involve biblical relics, I put on my thinking cap and came up with one I hadn’t seen anyone use before and that was perfect when you throw Clark Kent into the mix.

The ‘biological families’ in the title was selected when I thought this was going to contain three short segments.  In this first part we meet Clark’s ancestor, Var El of Krypton.  And along the way get to find out what actually caused the destruction of Krypton, as well as a little about the origin of the Krypton race and a hint at why Kryptonians look just like humans.

This hardly covers more than a small fraction of what takes place in this story, however If this quick description  has sounded enticing, you can start reading it here. (Although I would strongly recommend reading ‘The Portal’ first.)

I tried to put a reasonable amount of effort into researching the historical references included in the story.  But a number of people have sent me messages disputing some of my ‘facts’.  I am always happy to discuss the details.  So if you would like to chat about the history or my weird science (or is that science fiction?) elements in the story, just leave a comment.

(Oh, and I don’t have a ‘no tights, no flying’ limitation like the TV show has self-imposed.  In this story Clark gets to fly and in the next he will get ‘the tights’.)

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Updated 2/3/2013 – New cover art for the fanfiction.net website.  Created using Pulp-o-mizer:

Bio Families - Cover 02 - Pulp

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August 4, 2008

Boris, Doris, and Faith

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This is a cross-over story between ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and the movie ‘True Lies’.  With the actress Eliza Dushka playing both Faith and the daughter in ‘True Lies’, this has always been an obvious cross-over to me, but I have never seen it done.  I think I have come up with a logical explanation of how the eleven-year-old Dana Tasker of the movie would have evolved into the fifteen-year-old Faith who arrived in Sunnydale during the third season.  However this story mostly focuses on events after the series finale with events before Faith’s arrival in Sunnydale covered via flashbacks.

I originally started this story when I was in the middle of writing ‘The Portal’, as I wasn’t happy with my ability to write action sequences and wanted to get a few more under my belt before I reached the climax of the other story.

Currently, I have completed the first five chapters and you can read them here.

I have made several attempts at starting the next chapter of this story.  The problem I keep running into is that the story really needs a transitional chapter to move the action from Cleveland to Transylvania.  However since it has been so long since I last updated this story, I would like to come up with something special and exciting to restart things.  I guess one solution would be to do an extra long (even by my standards) chapter to accomplish the transition as well as some follow-up action.  Anyway, if you would like to read the 8,000 word start I have made to the next chapter, you will find it here.

If you would like to discuss this story or push me to get back to work on it, leave a comment.

The Portal — My first fanfic

Artwork by jedwar.tevas, July 20, 2010

This story was the first piece of fiction I ever wrote.  You can read it here.

It is a Smallville story set near the end of season 1.  This story involves Clark, Chloe, Lex, and Lana being stranded in ancient Rome by a time machine.  There is a big plot twist involving Chloe which occurs in chapter 5 and exploring the consequences of this plot twist is the whole reason I wrote the story.  Let’s just say it involves some far-out nanotechnology.

Let’s see, what else?  Oh – Romantic pairings – First up Clark & Chloe.  Chloe has always been my favorite and even though they were half way through the second season when I started writing the story, I set it right before the season 1 finale because that was when Clark and Chloe were briefly a couple.  When I started the story, that was the only pairing I had planned, but then in the middle of the story a story line involving Lex and Lana just seemed to blossom of its own accord.

I finished this story before I started my first ‘works in progress’ page, so I never created a ‘book cover’ piece of artwork to go with it.  Plus with my meager photoshop skills, getting Clark, Chloe, Lex and Lana appropriately attire in Roman togas was beyond me. Therefore I want to give a big THANKS to jedwar.tevas for creating this piece of artwork for me. If anyone else feels inspired to do a piece of fan art for one of my stories, I will gladly add it to this page. Duane

Artwork by jedwar.tevas, June 16, 2010

Updated 2/3/2013 – New Cover Art for the fanfiction.net website.  Created using the Pulp-O-Mizer:

The Portal - Cover 02 - Pulp

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