Yahoo will be closing down GeoCities later this year, and I’d like to ask for a moment of silence.
It may be hard to fathom now, but back a decade or so ago, when this here internet was still shiny and new, the free web space that GeoCities was as important to fandom as… Well, blogs and forums and wikis and Livejournal are now. It was the place where people were driven by their passion for whatever random bit of… whatever… made sites dedicated to their foci. Sure, it looks goofy now. (To quote Heidi MacDonald: “If you want to see the Web as it existed ten years ago just find any webpage hosted on GeoCities.”) It’s certainly not where fandom – even internet fandom – began, but it’s an important touchstone. And soon it’ll be gone.
Here are a few sites where you can get a feel for the internets of fandom past:
At least we’ll always have the Wayback Archive – not that anyone can actually remember those giant 90′s URLs.
Scour your bookmarks (or take offerings to Google) and drop your old favorites in the comments. (Basic HTML works.)
The Star Wars wiki has expanded into the world of blogging with Wookieepedia Newsnet, a companion to the main site. Spearheaded by CJ reader Graestan, the blog will let those of us who maybe don’t log into our accounts for
months weeks at a time keep up with community goings-on.
Oh, not overtly – Other than Walter Jon Williams having been a actual Star Wars author – but here’s two interesting reads that I urge you to compare and contrast: Williams on writer geeks and the TFN Lit forum’s ‘Why you and I shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the canon’ thread.
After nearly two decades, three actual movies, a TV show/movie, and (approximately) a thousand other books, of course Heir to the Empire and pals have some continuity issues. Sorry, that’s just how we play it in the GFFA. Suck it up, fanboy.
But we can agree on one thing: The covers have always been pretty bad. Of course, some of the EU’s worst have nice Drew Struzan covers, thus proving the old adage…
Erica over at TheBothanSpy.com reports that their bi-weekly web contest to win free SW loot, Watto’s Lotto, is back, and they’re giving away the ever popular Galactic Heroes toys. Want a chance to win? Hop on over to this thread for your chance to score some of those little figures.
Han Solo’s illegitimate daughter (maybe,) Danielle Kieran. Proving, if nothing else, that Harrison Ford would not look all that great in drag.
The big news is The Force Unleashed demo shattering Xbox Live records with more than a million downloads. Count in the Playstation Network and it comes out to 2.3 million. Not too shabby…
There’s been an interesting fanfic discussion thread over on TFN’s Literature boards, and for a conversation I thought would drop like a stone it’s actually turned out fairly interesting. (Silly title and all.)
Things are starting to get a little heated towards the end, but such is the risk one takes with TFN.