Patient Z Collected

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Zine
Title: Patient Z Collected
Publisher: Bea T Kay Press, then Agent With Style
Editor(s): Teresa Kilmer
Date(s): May 2008
Series?:
Medium: fanzine, online
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Fandom: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
External Links: Online versions of Teresa Kilmer's Fic & Publisher's website
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Patient Z Collected is a slash Star Wars: The Phantom Menace anthology fanzine collecting the online stories of Teresa Kilmer. The zine has the subtitle "The Darth Maul Patent Z Alternate Universe."

The cover art is by Laura Sherman.

The stories focused on Darth Maul and in 2008 they were assembled into a 175+ page fanzine with illustrations by various artists. Some of the art can be found here.

Publisher's summary:
A collection of dark short stories, written by Teresa Kilmer, that set a new standard in Darth Maul fandom. In this alternate universe series, Maul survives the horrific events of "The Phantom Menace," and the subsequent exile to his homeworld starts him on a new — and confusing — life. His bitterness towards Obi-Wan and the Jedi leave him battling Darkness on his knees.

Contents

  • Patient Z Universe
    • Patient Z: The Man with the Tiger Eyes (G-gen) (5)
    • Stupor (PG-13) (18)
    • That Hangs the Verses on the Trees (NC-17, explicit slash) (28)
    • Crowd Us and Crush Us (to this Monstrous From) ( (PG-13) (49)
    • Summer Rains, Summer Ends (NC-17, explicit slash) (64)
    • Bird in a Cage, Pt. 1 (PG-13) (84)
    • Purge Us from Thy Womb (written with RedSith) (NC-17, explicit slash) (93)
    • And Farewell to Thee (NC-17, explicit slash) (104)
    • Bird in a Cage, Pt. 2 (G-gen) (116)
    • Graveside (G-gen) (121)
  • Bonus Section (Non-Patient Z Stories)
    • What Rough Beast (G-gen) (123)
    • Return to Fear (PG-13) (126)
    • Slaver's Story (winner of a 2000 Star Award for Best Medium Length Story, G-gen) (132)
    • The Candle (written with RedSith, PG-13, violence) (146)
    • Rituals (The author's first Darth Maul story.) (NC-17, explicit slash) (154)
  • TPM/Pitch Black (Crossover Alternate Universe)
    • A Cold Night's Sleep (NC-17, explicit slash) (163)
    • Spring (NC-17, explicit slash) (169)
    • Fire, Fire, Burning Bright (NC-17, explicit slash) (174)

A 2001 Footnote

In 2001, Teresa Kilmer wrote a defense of writers removing their online fic in "Here Today, Zined Forever," an essay in the Fanfic Symposium:

I cannot understand [the] 'outrage' when stories are pulled from the Net [to be republished in] zines. The logic completely escapes me. First, [some argue] that netfic is free anyway. (This is a false statement. Not everyone is a grad student with their Net access chummily provided them by their university. Most adults I know pay about $20 per month for Net access. That's $240 a year- a long way from free and the equivalent to about ten zines.) Then [they complain] because something free (and therefore less valued) is gone.'

This is a very simple problem to solve. Really, if you like the story that much, send a loc to the author and ask permission to save it to your hard drive or print it off. Given the transitory nature of the Net- sites disappear, television shows issue 'cease and desist' orders, an ISP goes down, an archive mistress gets angry with an author and pulls her stories- it's irrational to complain about a medium that is, by its very nature, constantly in motion.

Bottom line- there are NO guarantees (nor should there be) that once a story appears or is started on the Net, that it will be there forever. Get over it- the Net is simply NOT permanent.

As a writer, at no point in time do I feel any sense of "obligation" to Net readers beyond writing the best story I can. I am certainly not obligated to provide Net readers with access to my stories and their sequels, etc in perpetuity- that's an absurd notion. Taking this logic to the extreme, that would mean I couldn't remove my stories from a particular archive (which I have done) because I didn't like the snuff stories there. As author, I choose which medium presents my stories; moderated archive, public archive, list or print zine....

Overall, I think it's the sense of entitlement .....that bothers me the most. Its very real possessiveness about others' fan fiction seems misplaced. The bottom line is- whether a work in progress, sequel to a story or part of a story series- you are simply Not Entitled to someone else's intellectual property.

Enjoy them while you can, when you can.

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