Fanfiction Fridays: Visitorverse by Riona, salanaland, and VampireBadger

(via IGN)

(via IGN)

Crossover fanfiction is usually not for me, and neither are time travel stories, for that matter. But every once in a while, I come across one that, against all odds, works really nicely. Visitorverse is one of those stories. Written by three different authors, Visitorverse is, at the time this article is being published, a series of nineteen fics taking place in the world of Assassin’s Creed, only the rules of the universe are the same as those in Sense8. Six Assassins—Desmond, Ezio, Altaïr, Edward, Avaline, and Connor—as well as two Templars—Haytham and Shay—find themselves connected across time and end up visiting each other at seemingly random moments in their lives.

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Fanfiction Fridays: I and Love and You (You Plural) by yasaman

sense8News about Sense8 Season 2 is trickling slowly out onto the interwebs, but we now know that Season 2 will be divided into two parts, the first of which will be out in December of this year. Despite some mixed feelings about the first season, I’m looking forward to seeing more of the show—and I’m most excited to see more of Sense8’s fantastic interracial lesbian couple, Amanita and Nomi.

It was really only when they were no longer on the run from Whispers and BPO, and as safe as they were going to get, that Amanita realized, shit, I’m sharing my girlfriend with seven other people. Or my girlfriend is also seven other people? Am I in a relationship with eight people? She paused in her book shelving and frowned as she considered the best way to conceptualize the whole sensate, part of a cluster thing. A patron looking for the latest YA hit about “mermaids or vampires, or maybe it was mermaid vampires?” interrupted her musing, and from there the rest of her day was taken up with the daily trials of working retail.

Going back to working in a bookstore was something of a comedown from taking on an evil global conspiracy, but Amanita had to admit she was grateful for it now. She’d had more than enough excitement for the year, and she knew how lucky she and Nomi were to be able to return to some semblance of their pre-Whispers life. They’d been living in one of those schlocky airport conspiracy thrillers, or no—a superhero comic. Her girlfriend had goddamn superpowers, and they’d gone up against a full-on evil supervillain. Amanita couldn’t help but grin to herself as she imagined the whole crazy situation as a comic book. Daydreaming up superhero outfits for the cluster got her through setting up the new bestsellers display, and then she spent her MUNI ride home coming up with increasingly outlandish possible superhero names that she was definitely going to regale Nomi, and by extension the rest of the cluster, with as soon as she got home. The comic book analogy only went so far though. The thing was, superpowers didn’t disappear when you were finished fighting a supervillain.

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Fanfiction Fridays: here comes the fighter by peppermintcas

We’ve talked a little about Sense8 on this blog before, and although we haven’t reviewed the entire show, I can say it was certainly a show that took enormous risks—some of which paid off and some of which, well, didn’t. However, one of my favorite tropes is the found family trope, and Sense8 fulfilled this one to a T. Our eight protagonists discover that they’re sensates, and that they’re bound together in a cluster until death do them part. With Season 2 of Sense8 around the corner, I went looking for fics about the found family part of the show—and found a great fic rec for you guys today.

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Hispanic Heritage Month: Creating Latin@ Identities in Pop Culture and IRL

It’s that time of year again: National Hispanic Heritage Month in the USA begins today, lasting until October 15. As the current token Hispanic contributing author for this blog, I would like to share a few thoughts about the Hispanic/Latin@ presence in pop culture and what it looks like. First off, Hispanic or Latin@? (Spelling note: Spanish is a gendered language, -o generally denoting masculine and -a generally denoting feminine, so -@ is often used online in an attempt to cover both and everything in between.) Like most complicated subjects, all can be completely clarified and resolved with just a few panels of an online cartoon. Just kidding, it’s not that simple. In a nutshell, “Latin@” emphasizes geography (are you from Latin America?), “Hispanic” emphasizes language (does your country speak Spanish?). But do we include Spaniards in our definitions of Hispanic? How far do we geographically extend the idea of “Latin America”? Endless questions, with no definitive answers. Let’s take a closer look after the jump.

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