For those of you not familiar, fan fiction is a story set in the universe of a well established book of film/tv series, using the original characters. It is meant as a way to expand the storyline/backstory of the characters you've enjoyed, and to share with other fans in order to keep the stories alive. It is generally accepted by most authors as a sincere form of flattery, as long as no one makes an attempt to profit from their fan fiction (ie-the intellectual property of the original author).
At Fanfiction.net, the largest website on the internet dedicated exclusively to fan fiction, there are thousands upon thousands of stories written within hundreds of different literary universes. After I finished the seventh Dark Tower book, I went there to keep the magic alive in my mind for a few months. I didn't want the magic to end.
As I said, I had been toying with the idea of adding a monthly feature to the website for Fan Fiction. I wanted to write a short story every month to play around in the worlds of other writers, to revisit stories that I have drawn a fair amount of enjoyment from over the years. I took a look at fanfiction.net after this mornings revelations regarding the movie, and was shocked that not a single Altered Carbon Fan Fiction piece exists on the entire site.
There are over two thousand different pieces of fan fiction regarding the "39 Clues" franchise, but none for Altered Carbon? I couldn't let that pass. I took this afternoon to write a short piece that I hope those of you that have ready at least the first volume of the Takeshi Kovacs series, "Altered Carbon", will enjoy. I did not spend a monumental amount of time on it, since I am planning on making this a monthly thing I didn't want to set the bar so high that I spend more time working on my monthly fan fiction piece than my publishable stories.
I highly recommend that you read Altered Carbon before reading the story below, as I did not spend as much time explaining the different technologies as I could have, and have included minor spoilers. I tried to emulate the writing style of Mr. Morgan in Altered Carbon, but I will let you all be the judge of how well I did.
So here it is, my short fan fiction piece for Altered Carbon (and yes, I will post this to FanFiction.net once my recently created account is allowed to do so).
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