Alara's Spiffy Magneto Page
|Name:||Alara's Spiffy Magneto Page|
|Dates:||2000 (Wayback date) - 2008 (last update)|
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Alara's Spiffy Magneto Page is a fansite focusing on the character Magneto from the X-Men (mainly comicsverse). It is a subsite of Crossroads X, which has separate pages devoted to several X-Men characters and themes.
It has a link index for Magneto fanfiction, filk, poems, Magneto FAQs and background info, reviews of fan fiction, pro fiction and Marvel works featuring Magneto, a link collection and a Magneto graphics collection with fanart and scans.The last update was in 2008, apparently in response to some controversy:
- It has come to my attention that there have been accusations that KiplingKat has plagiarized my theory about mutant genetics -- specifically, that all human beings in the Marvel Universe contain the genes for superpowers, but that the mutant X-Factor is a gene or complex of genes that activates said superpowers.
- It is true that KiplingKat came up with the same theory about 15 years after I did and about 10 years after I first posted it (approximately). It is also true that KiplingKat has visited my site and may have read my material. However, it is also true that I based my theory on the behavior in the Marvel Universe of mutant powers, "altered human" (non-mutant superheroes whose genes were altered) powers, and events such as Chris Claremont's "The Gift" in which Loki magically grants humans their "latent" superpowers. Anyone who read the same material I did could have come up with the same ideas.
- Moreover, there were unique features to my theory that KiplingKat did not replicate. For instance, I speculated that "altered humans" *are* in fact mutants, that the allele of X-Factor they possess is one that is not the ordinary human allele but activates powers in the presence of a chemical or radioactive stressor, and that it easily mutates into X-Factor in the sex cells, explaining why "altered humans" and "latent humans" (humans who father or bear mostly mutant children according to Chris Claremont) have mostly mutant kids. I speculated that X-Factor in particular alters the brain structure to produce a unique brainwave, but that both X-Factor and the "altered/latent human" allele are equally mutations, so that technically Spider-Man is as much a mutant as Magneto. None of these features appeared in KiplingKat's theory. She did not use similar language to describe her ideas except where genetics theory demanded it, she did not use similar examples, and she did not include some of the more unusual features of my theory.
- It is therefore my opinion that KiplingKat came up with her theory independently, or read my work a sufficiently long time ago that she sincerely did not remember that I had created a similar theory. I consider her work a validation of mine, proof that someone besides me can look at Marvel's handling of mutant and superhuman powers and come to the same conclusion as me. I do not consider it plagiarism and I would ask that no one accuse her of plagiarising me or attack her on my behalf.