The Amazing Adventures of Sara Corel
A novel by Toomey

Origins of Susan

Sharon Best:
        I've been following the comings and goings in and of the Aurora Universe for a couple of years, in silence up to now. I guess I've always thought of it as a guilty pleasure, something the rest of my family might not easily understand. (They all have their own computers now and leave mine alone. So I don't have to clear my 'history' file after each session…) Anyway, count me as a fan. I'm there at least once a week. And I am grateful.
        Thank you.
        I found your site originally when searching for anything about my favorite flying blonde. To feed my obsession, I guess. I don't know why, but there is something compelling about the tension between gentleness and power that pushes my imagination. There are elements in the uberstory that have a stimulating effect on my dreams, waking and sleeping.
        I must say I am greatly relieved at your recent de-emphasis of the more prurient elements in your stories — especially since the frequent, serial sexual episodes tended to obscure the narrative, besides being inevitably repetitious. I don't mean this as a put down, but — really — how many ways can anyone come up with novel descriptions of the old in-and-out? And I've always thought of our heroine as a super-girl at the edge of innocence, just short of womanhood. That her form and substance stirs the noblest perceptions of beauty, rather than the merely base carnal instincts.
        Even before the Aurora experience, I have been writing a version of her story in my mind, but I have come to it from a different perspective. Your inspiration, and those of your other contributors, has at last stirred me to try to put my musings to the test by making them available to a general readership in a way that would have been impossible prior to the Internet.
        Four chapters are complete enough (I expect tweaking to continue forever) to be made available. I'm guessing that I should create a website repository for this project accessible by a link. I'm hoping that you might be kind enough to bear such a link. I don't want to create a whole fanfiction website, just secure an unadorned place in cyberspace to park the text.
        Regrettably, my story does not take place in the Aurora Universe, but rather in a model of our own, and is much more like the grand old style of science fiction than the comic book or fantasy related genres. The super girl at its heart is not our dear Kara Zor-el, but is certainly inspired by her. I want to use the story as a vehicle to explore several themes:
        1. The effect on our world as we know it by an actual superhuman suddenly thrust into our midst. I've extrapolated a humanistic sentient being, produced by a technology so far advanced that it is indistinguishable from magic (Sturgeon's Law), culminating in a constructed personality that is indistinguishable from human (the Turing Test). Her interactions with our Terrestrial societies will produce profound effects.
        2. A "strange visitor from another planet" represents First Contact with an alien civilization. This by itself changes everything. The collective psyche of our civilization would suddenly be challenged by the realizations that not only are we not alone, but we're not nearly as important as we thought we were. Even if it impossible for our primitive science to learn anything about how such a being is produced or works (it's pretty hard to find out how something ticks if you can't take it apart), the glimpse of the future she embodies is itself enlightening (and possibly frightening; after all, any story about created life is a variation of "Frankenstein").
        3. In the real world — or, at least, an analogue thereof — to explore the duty, obligations and responsibilities of a person with, "powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal man." I suppose that fighting crime is important and a way to generate adventurous plots, but it has always seemed to me that Clark Kent — mild mannered reporter for a great Metropolitan newspaper — was far more important to his community than his alter ego. Even in a single large city (let alone the entire planet) the institutions that comprise the Rule of Law, prodded and pushed by an unfettered Free Press, would have a greater impact on crime than any vigilante, no matter how buff.
        4. Everyone who has shared the dawning of consciousness by a small child experiences with them the joy of discovery of a new world. Origin stories have always been my favorites (I've always wondered what it would be like to watch someone "Growing Up Super"). How fascinating it would be to be there at the birth of Athena, "sprung full-grown from the mind of Zeus."
        5. Well, there are some other things, but — damn! — am I long-winded, or what? Make up the rest yourself. I was going to talk about the element of humor, but I bored myself silly, so kindly disregard the previous blather. By the way, have you ever seen the Anime Maris the Chojo?
        Anyway, if you think you might be interested, let me know and I'll fling my link at you.

Proper Waffles
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© Patrick Hill, 2000