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What a weird world

In what's possibly a reductio ad absurdum of some sort, I just posted a handful of my old Simon Spector fics to AO3. As apparently there were no previous fics for the character, as far as I can tell I'm now the most prolific publisher of Spector stories in the world, Warren Ellis included.

This would feel a much emptier achievement if I didn't like the setting so much. I don't care if everybody else has forgotten about him, he's still one of my favorite Pulp characters.

Lovely Doc Savage canon

The arrival of the police, who seized the prisoners, was not a part of Doc's plan.
The bronze man had an institution for curing criminals--the cure was rather
unusual--in up-State New York, where he had planned to send Hickey Older and all the
others.

Unfortunately, the existence of the institution was a secret, so there was nothing to
do but let the police have their prisoners.


(Doc Savage's unique "college" for curing criminals has been made use of many times
previously. It is located in a remote section of up-State New York, and patients
taken to it first undergo a delicate brain operation which wipes out all memory of
the past. Following this, they receive training which equips them to earn a living.
Accordingly, criminals who are graduated from the unusual "college" have no knowledge
of their shady past, and no desire to return to crime.)


From The Awful Egg, where there is no textual notion at all that there might be something questionable about any of this and, in fact, it barely merits a casual note.

Doc Savage: nastier than Simon Spector, crazier than Bruce Wayne, only half as superhuman as Axel Brass, but twice the public menace. And everybody in his world loves him.
Title: Genealogy
Fandom: Simon Spector
Prompt: #27, Catharsis
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Nobody is nice in this universe. I mean it.
Summary: Time flies in all sorts of directions.
Word Count: About a hundred and twenty.

What is the first thing you would do with a time machine? Prevent the murder of your parents?Collapse )
Title: Cold Thoughts
Fandom: Simon Spector
Prompt: #17, Group Think
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Nobody is nice in this universe.
Summary: Love takes many forms. All of them are scary.
Word Count: About a hundred and ten.
Author Notes: A companion piece to Whoever Pays Any Attention To The Syntax Of Things, it won't make much sense if you haven't read it.

They know about her body. They think they know about the Case. They think he goes to it every now and then to feel nostalgic or to wallow in sorrow, to convince himself that he had to kill her, or to damn the day he finally shot her.Collapse )
Title: Trapped
Fandom: Simon Spector
Prompt: #28, Free Association
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Nobody is nice in this universe.
Summary: You can never win by following the rules.
Word Count: A hundred.

''You will save us,'' said Christos over the roar of the falling plane. ''Probably die along the way, but that's the way you are, isn't it?''Collapse )
Title: The Flow of the Waters
Fandom: Simon Spector
Prompt: #23, Vicarious
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Nobody is nice in this universe.
Summary: As you sow so shall you reap (a repeated summary, but still a valid one).
Word Count: About a hundred.


It wasn't his design, but he appreciated nonetheless the elegance of it, the wholeness that spoke of pure purpose made tangible. A holy machine that knew not it was holy, and waited only to be wielded for some higher call.Collapse )
Title: Five Things Simon Spector Did When Nobody Was Looking
Fandom: Simon Spector
Prompt: #13, Delusion
Rating: PG13
Warnings: Nothing, really.
Summary: He's human. Nothing human is alien to him.
Word Count: About a hundred and fifty.
Author Notes: Not as terrifying as it had the right to be.

Five Things Simon Spector Did When Nobody Was LookingCollapse )

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