READ THIS NOTE: - 9/11/2008
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.
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. This site has actually been updated!! I hope no one keels over dead from the shock.
So here's the news. My semi-automated archiving site, Asteroid A, died. A RAID-5 array blew two drives at the same time (for those of you who don't understand this technobabble, this is basically rain in the Sahara, lions laying down with lambs, and Marvel actually paying attention to its own continuity, all at the same time. In other words, extremely improbable.) We have not yet been able to recover the data. Using the spiffy Internet Wayback Machine I have been able to recover most of the lost stories, and I have re-added them in this update. I also am no longer located on my own server, but am buying space from Dreamhost.
I haven't updated at all in three years; four years since I last updated the database I use to store these listings. So this update consists largely of: fixing broken links, identifying stories that have been lost entirely, putting Shifting Sands back up because a lot of these fics link there, recovering any lost fics I could find via the Wayback Machine, putting them up, and adding a very small quantity of new fanfic. There has been an explosion in fantastic movieverse fanfic featuring Magneto... most of it Magneto/Xavier, though very little of that is explicit... and I felt bad that I hadn't managed to get any of that in the very last update I did. So in this update, I have added a small quantity of Movieverse M/X from some of my favorite authors, as well as a couple of new fics I found from authors I'd already gotten approval from while checking links. I am going to be busting my butt toward the end of this month to get more of the vast quantity of new fanfic that's out there onto this site.
I also added two general overviews to the FAQ page for folks who like the character but don't know his history well. One is an overview of Magneto's history in comics, and the other is for Magneto/Xavier ficcers from any of the many media sources Magneto now appears in.
If anyone has sources for any of the Lost Stories, please let me know.
Updates to fanfic are now listed on their own page.
If you have a Magneto fan story that is not archived anywhere else, or a piece of neat information about Magneto, magnetism, the Holocaust or anything else relevant, send it to me. If I like it, I'll archive it here for you. If you have a story that is archived somewhere else, send me the URL and I'll index it. If you have a page with Magneto artwork, send me the URL; I won't actually archive Magneto art here unless it is very good, and it shows Magneto being attractive rather than wearing his helmet and grimacing. But I'll at least link to other people's art if it doesn't meet my standards for being on my page. Also, I'm looking for reviews of Magneto fanfic, reviews of comics, TV shows, books and games featuring Magneto that were put out by Marvel, and your votes for the best and worst Magneto stories of all time.
The Magneto Mailing List is a forum for anything having to do with Magneto. Includes fanfic and discussions and pretty much anything else. It is now managed by me. It's low traffic, so don't worry that it will clobber your bandwidth.
To join, send email to the MML subscribe bot. The email can be completely blank; you will be subbed at the address you wrote from. Or, you can go to http://www.yahoogroups.com/ and sign up there! Or, as a last resort, write me and I'll sub you.
All the Magneto or Joseph stories I have been able to find on the Web.
Index of Indexes: This page will allow you to access the stories by author, by story title, or the old index's "main character/secondary character/not in all parts" breaks, but as multiple separate pages for faster loading. I have removed the Master Page, because it was too unwieldy to keep it maintained.
The Lost Stories: Stories whose archive has died and which are not available via the Wayback Machine or any other archive I have found. If anyone has these, please let me know.
Nowadays we have so many Magneto-related filks, songs and poems that I put them on their own page.
For some reason, Magneto seems to generate more articles and other products of real-world research than most other characters. The FAQ page collects all kinds of articles on things having to do with Magneto, from discussions of the Holocaust and the real-world physics of magnetism, through collections of information about the Marvel comics with Magneto in them, to extrapolation pieces that use what we know about Magneto to try to solve the mysteries, danglers and contradictory retcons of the character's past.
Completely revamped! Now contains links to "Recommended Reads", the "Hall of Shame", and the "1999 Maggie Awards" for best Magneto fanfic. Also, new reviews have been added.
The best Magneto stories on the web. Chosen by a panel of four members of the Magneto Mailing List, on the grounds that, uh, they volunteered first. :-)
Not much here as of yet-- there's the Female-Centric page (scans and fan art of Magneto looking sexy; if you're a gay or bi guy, I don't mean to exclude you either! Come drool!) and the Fan Art page. The Scans page has, well, almost nothing.
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