Endgame (Professionals story)
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|Date(s):||1981 (circuit), 1993 (zine), online (2006)|
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It was originally a paper circuit story, c.1981-1985, and later in Friends Will Be Friends #2 in 1993.
Prequels and Sequels
- prequel: Checkmate, a prelude to "Before the Time of Crossing" by J.M. Sherwood, 1 page (paper circuit)
- prequel: "Before the Time of Crossing" by JM Sherwood (paper circuit)
- sequel: Counter Move by ET (link)
- sequel: Endgame: An Epilogue - of Sorts by Mosby Singleton (link)
- sequel: "Threads in the Tapestry of Time" by Felicity M. Parkinson
- sequel: "Solitaire" (gen poem) by Shayne McCormack, 1 page, printed in Mixed Doubles (multifandom zine) #1
Reactions and Reviews
- "The BEST story I've seen, without exception, is Endgame. It arouses sensations that may make one uncomfortable (personally I threw the whole thing across the room in a jealous rage at the talent of the author), but it is a beautifully written story. It, however, is not one of my favorites."
- "...is incisive, brilliant, and absolutely chilling!! Bodie is dangerously insane for all the right reasons. The logic of his insanity leaves my hair standing on end. Yes, I knpw it's a death story and I loathe death stories—but it's too good to be ignored."
- "Endgame (hated it but can't forget it)"
- "I'd almost put The Pillory on a par with "Endgame", which is another story I cannot re-read because it is too painful to do so." 
- "I see Endgame and the fic I recced before, These Things Do Not Remember You by Gwyneth Rhys, as sort of bookends and mostly read them one after the other. Both deal with the death of one partner and how the surviving one does - or rather doesn't - cope and finally dies, too. Very depressing, you might say, but I find a sort of dark satisfaction and even comfort in the fact that they're not able to exist on their own. And both writers manage a beautifully fitting character portrait in their respective stories." 
- "There are those who refuse to read death stories. That is their perogative and, at least in this instance, their grievous loss. The author of this story has spun us an intriguing tale of a man who chooses his death, for reasons that seem sufficient to him and in a manner entirely consistent with his character, and has made it seem a completely understandable and not unattractive choice."