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Done. Sorta. For now.

That last pair of fics are the last ones of my philosophy_20 Oracle challenge. I'm thinking of it as a qualified non-disaster. I didn't have as much fun as I had with Lex, or the same feeling of understanding what the character is about.

Besides my (heh) technical limitations, I'd say that most difficulties for me in this challenge came from the fact that Oracle was developed in canon in a way that, I think, makes little use of the potential of the premise. Most of the time, Oracle either sends her operatives to rescue-and-or-destroy missions, or provides information services to the Bats and the League. "Worse" (from the point of view of the poor chump trying to write fic about Oracle), it's in most relevant senses Barbara who does these things. It's not about what she is or isn't capable of; it's what we are shown she does, and why, and how.

On the other hand, maybe that's what Oracle wants us to know. *g*

Anyway, behind the first cut is the table of prompts and links to fics.


1.Birth 2.Loss 3.Ends Justify The Means 4.Inertia 5.Syzygy
6.Theory 7.Both Sides 8.Faith 9.Orientation 10.Time
11.Extrinsic 12.6th Sense 13.Love Beyond Desire 14.Parallel 15.Infinity
16.God 17.Lack of God 18.And if the answer is no / can I change your mind? 19.Caught in the form of limitation. 20.Reflection



Also, as you probably realized, the titles of the fics are the codes of categories from the Dewey Decimal System. Below the second cut I pasted a list of those categories, with links to their fic.





And... that's it. Hope you liked them.

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bagheera_san
May. 2nd, 2007 11:19 am (UTC)
I'd say that most difficulties for me in this challenge came from the fact that Oracle was developed in canon in a way that, I think, makes little use of the potential of the premise.

Which is a real pity, because the concept is not only cool, but makes sense, and it's one of few truly modern additions to the superhero concept. Maybe that's why it's used so little? Oracle is a different genre.

I don't know Babs' character enough to make a qualified statement, but I don't think I like her. I just like the idea of Oracle and what you made of it :)
__marcelo
May. 2nd, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)
Maybe that's why it's used so little? Oracle is a different genre.

Yes, I think so. It feels like a proto-Ghost in the Shell (the manga rather than the movie, and the second part more so), which has a different ethos than DC-style superheroics.
razorsmile
May. 2nd, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
You know, this series is the only reason I haven't ditched this icon yet.
Liked them.

Strange though. Completion here feels rather anticlimactic unlike, say, the Lex Luthor (which, if I recall, finished with _infinity_ which couldn't have been more perfect an ending if it tried). Overall, this set had a very subdued feel, not so much dark as grey.
__marcelo
May. 2nd, 2007 03:15 pm (UTC)
Re: You know, this series is the only reason I haven't ditched this icon yet.
I know what you mean. In a way, for Lex I had an overall story to tell - it's in his nature to *do* things, to change. Oracle, in a way, is as radical a change as you could ask for, but that's rather for a Barbara Gordon challenge. Oracle is a Ghost in the Shell: Man Machine Interface character in a DC world that doesn't really work along the same vectors.
katarik
May. 2nd, 2007 03:26 pm (UTC)
I definitely liked them, and I'm not at all sorry I ordered requested an Oracle thing from you.

Also, I totally missed the significance of the titles. A brilliant man is you!
__marcelo
May. 2nd, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
I definitely liked them, and I'm not at all sorry I ordered requested an Oracle thing from you.

You always come up with scary fun ideas.
qem_chibati
Nov. 5th, 2010 10:17 am (UTC)
I just wanted to say that I really loved your Oracle drabbles here. Barbara comes across as incredibly talented and confident in her knowledge. I loved reading the one where she fucked with the hacker trying to find her, the world where she downloads/uploads and all of the interesting ideas that you illustrated. I found it really clever and highly enjoyable.
__marcelo
Nov. 5th, 2010 11:55 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!
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