Author has written 6 stories for F.E.A.R., Dead Space, StarCraft, Zeno Clash, and Don't Starve.
"But," you ask me, "Who are you, really? Who is Strader?"
To which, I reply: Thomas Pynchon had it right, in my opinion. Stories work best with a faceless author - the less you know about the writer, the better. Borges, similarly, once argued that the author and the writer are very different people - the person I am when I write is different than the person I truly am. I subscribe to this philosophy. To this I might add that I, personally, am not all that interesting - nor especially given to blowing my own horn. So you will of course understand why I'm reluctant to talk about myself.
Granted. This is fan fiction. But still - principles.
For some, however, this will not be answer enough. For some, to know the author is to define the work, or to give one a new means of appreciating it. I understand this viewpoint as well. I am, then, a 22 year old man from Canada, currently doing my Master's degree in Modern & Contemporary English Literature at the University of St. Andrews. I first signed up for this site six or seven years ago now - strange to think it was that long ago, and how different I was back then (as a brief comparison between the tone of my oldest story with that of my newer ones will attest): I was in high school when I joined, and now I have a university degree. In any case, I might say that I came to write, and stayed to write. So it goes. I enjoy writing, and one of the advantages of fan fiction is that there are no expectations here: to write fan fiction is to write for the sake and the mere pleasure of writing, without the need to publish, to share, or to be marketable. There is a certain freedom in that - one absent from other forms of writing. It's why I've stayed.
I first got into fan fiction when I read the collected Diablo works of Steve "The Boojum" Dong on his website seven years ago at time of writing (the man is a genius and I strongly recommend his works to everyone reading this). His works showed me that fan fiction could be fun and engaging - and, importantly, free of pretension. It's a philosophy I have taken to heart.
So there you have it. A little more detail.
And if I may turn off the pithy wit for a moment - if you've read and enjoyed anything I've written, then I thank you.
I mean that.
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