Prose Works by MegaZone
I started writing prose, mostly sci-fi/fantasy anime fan-fiction,
in 1991 when I met Benjamin
'Gryphon' Hutchins. He had been referred to me by a mutual friend
as a source of anime - this was back before anime hit the US market,
and the only real way to see it was to share with other collectors.
Well, Ben was hooked fairly quickly and he teamed with my then
roommate, Rob 'ReRob' Mandeville, to write a short fan-fiction
However, Ben was new to anime, and Rob was more a general sci-fi
fan than an anime fan, so they decided that they should have someone
with more anime knowledge work with them as an editor/advisor. Of
course, I got tapped for the job. It had been years since I had
written any fiction, aside from a few class assignments, and I was
just going to check the story out for them.
Well, I only managed to restrain myself for a few minutes before I
had taken over the keyboard and started making changes myself, then
writing myself into the story more than as an incidental character.
Soon I was a full author and worked with Ben and Rob developing the
story. That story was Undocumented
Features. And our partnership became Eyrie Productions, Unlimited.
Undocumented Features started as a 100 page one-shot
story. Today it is a full universe over 1000 pages long, and still
growing. Other authors have joined the team, which took the name
Eyrie Productions since Gryphon is the true creative head of the
group. But Eyrie is not a one person show, we work by consensus, and
it is rare that Ben or I have to make an executive decision.
Eyrie Productions has also produced four other fictional universes
- at least that we've released for consumption so far. One is
connected to Undocumented Features, it is a BGC
Another is derived from Ah! My Goddess! - Gods
Willing. This one is the simplest of them all. So far
there is only one episode. Like Star Wars we started with chapter 4 of
the story. We had plans for more, but it just stalled. Just recently,
in early 1998, we've begun to look at resurrecting the story with some
new plot direction.
Then came Street Fighter:
Warrior's Legacy. This is basically like an buddy film series
starring Ben and Zoner. Zoner is the ace pilot, superspy, crack-shot
wisecracking partner, Ben is the kick-ass martial artist, quieter,
more thoughtful partner. This has been one of the easiest to write
since it is deliberately over-the-top.
And the latest of the ever expanding pantheon is Neon Exodus Evangelion. This is
fairly obviously a twist on Neon Genesis Evangelion - NXE is NGE,
Eyrie style. Which means some people love it, and some people have it
profoundly for daring to make major changes to the universe. New
characters, missing original characters, and some major changes to
some of those who remain. Do not think of it as NGE, because it
isn't, despite the familiar feel to much of it. Perhaps think of it
as a slightly different dimension, where events have produced a
recognizably similar, but rather different, environment.
In addition to Eyrie Productions, I have also contributed to Chris
Meadows' multi-author story, Robotech:
The Misfold. It is a continuing alternative
universe story based on Robotech.
Eyrie Productions will continue to produce fan fiction for some
time to come. You can catch our work on rec.arts.anime.stories, and
also my FTP area. I hope that you read and enjoy our work, and we are
always open to comments from our readers. The links above are to the
rough HTML archives on Eyrie Net. As time permits I do intend to give
the stories a more thorough HTML treatment. Time will tell.
Outside of Eyrie Productions I have also done a bit of work. I
wrote the very short story, Free
Flight as kind of a dark fantasy. And the only short play I ever
finished, and had performed, is Regrets.
It is a combination of many things, sometimes I find things I wrote
into it without realizing what I was doing.