Friday, February 01, 2019

Everything Is Connected: The Wold Newton Cycle of Win Scott Eckert


While I would prefer that readers discover on their own the deeply interconnected nature of my seemingly unrelated tales, I’ve come to realize that this is not the wisest marketing strategy in terms of enticing new readers to take a chance on my stories, so I’ve created an outline illustrating how my tales are linked, both to each other and to the works of Philip José Farmer (I’ve noted the latter to avoid confusion). 

It should go without saying that all are connected in varying degrees to Farmer’s Tarzan Alive: A Definitive Biography of Lord Greystoke and Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life, but there you go, I’ve said it anyway.

Publication info is available on my site’s bibliography.

I’ve tried to keep this relatively spoiler free, but in identifying the connective tissue, there’s no avoiding mild spoilers. The vast majority of readers are not picking up on the links anyway, so really, what do I have to lose by disclosing some high-level spoilers?

Each and every crossover is not listed. That’s what my Crossovers, Volumes 1 & 2, and Sean Lee Levin’s Crossovers Expanded, Volumes 1 & 2, are for.

Following are recurring antagonists and the aliases used in various stories (if a character is unlicensed, aliases or descriptive hints are used):
·         XauXaz / Baron Ulf von Waldman / Baron von Hessel / Doctor Karl Walden  / Doctor Karl Stipier
·         Doctor Natas / Doctor Shan Ming Fu (Doctor Fu Manchu)
·         Lili Bugov, the Countess Idivzhopu / “The Countess” / Lilya Zarov
·         Madame Inga (Fah Lo Suee)
·         Dame Sinestre (Sumuru)

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2070–12,000 BCE–2140

Time’s Last Gift (Farmer)
Protagonist: John Gribardsun
Other: time travel


Approximately 10,000 BCE
The Khokarsa/Ancient Opar cycle by Farmer and Christopher Paul Carey. I won’t recap all the tales here, since Carey has already created a handy checklist.

1795
“Is He in Hell?”
Protagonist: The Scarlet Pimpernel (Sir Percy Blakeney)
Antagonist: Leonox
Other: Eridaneans; the Heart of Ahriman

“Nadine’s Invitation”
Protagonists: the first generation of the Wold Newton Family
Antagonist: Countess Nadine Carody

“The Wild Huntsman”
Protagonist: John Gribardsun
Antagonist: XauXaz
Other: the first generation of the Wold Newton Family; the Eridaneans and Capelleans; distorters; time travel; the Secrets of the Nine series

1798
“Marguerite’s Tears”
Protagonists: Doctor Siger Holmes and the first generation of the Wold Newton Family
Antagonist: Countess Nadine Carody

1815
“Violet’s Lament”
Protagonists: Doctor Siger Holmes and Violet Blakeney
Antagonist: Countess Nadine Carody

1820
“Zorro’s Rival”
Protagonist: Zorro (Don Diego de la Vega)
Antagonist: El Halcón (Violette Durand aka Violet Blakeney)

1872
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg (Farmer)
Protagonist: Phileas Fogg
Antagonist: Captain Nemo/Professor Moriarty
Other: the Eridaneans and Capelleans; distorters

“Being an Account of the Delay in Green River, Wyoming of Phileas Fogg, World Traveler”
Protagonists: Phileas Fogg and the Lone Ranger
Antagonist: Doctor Shan Ming Fu

1895
“The Problem of the Sore Bridge—Among Others” (Farmer)
Protagonists: A. J. Raffles and Harry “Bunny” Manders
Antagonist: alien shapeshifter (“a worm unknown to science”)

1899
“No Ghosts Need Apply”
Protagonists: The Phantom; Barker and Nash
Antagonist: Colonel Sebastian Moran
Other: John Gribardsun

1916
The Adventure of the Peerless Peer (Farmer)
Protagonists: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson
Antagonist: Von Bork

1917
“The Adventure of the Fallen Stone”
Protagonists: Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John Watson
Antagonists: Von Bork and Baron Ulf von Waldman

1918
Escape from Loki: Doc Savage’s First Adventure (Farmer)
Protagonist: Clark Savage (James Clarke Wildman)
Antagonists: Baron von Hessel and Lili Bugov, the Countess Idivzhopu
Other: “a worm unknown to science”
 
Tarzan and the Dark Heart of Time (Farmer)
Protagonist: Tarzan
Antagonists: Jelke Helmson and James D. Stonecraft
Other: The Crystal Tree; time travel

1920–1921
Ironcastle (J.-H. Rosny and Farmer)
Protagonist: Hareton Ironcastle

1929
“Iron and Bronze” (with Christopher Paul Carey)
Protagonists: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman) and Hareton Ironcastle
Antagonists: Harry Killer and Antinea

1937
“Captain Midnight at Ultima Thule”
Protagonist: Captain Midnight
Antagonists: Sun Koh and Madame Inga

1941
“Shadows Over Kunlun”
Protagonist: Lance Star
Antagonist: Doctor Natas
Other: Madame Inga

1944
“The Glass Lady” (forthcoming)
Protagonists: Richard Benson (The Avenger) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Werner Conrad, the Iron Skull, and the Iron Skull’s daughter, Lenni Blau-Montag

“Death and the Countess”
Protagonist: Richard Benson (The Avenger)
Antagonist: The Countess

1945
“Happy Death Men”
Protagonist: The Avenger (Richard Benson) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Doctor Karl Walden and the Countess (aka Lilya Zarov)

“According to Plan of a One-Eyed Trickster”
Protagonist: The Avenger (Richard Benson) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Doctor Karl Walden and the Countess (aka Lilya Zarov)
Other: alien shapeshifter/human hybrid (see “Sore Bridge”)

1946
“Toil and Trouble” (forthcoming)
Protagonist: The Avenger (Richard Benson) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: The Iron Skull, Lenni Blau-Montag, and Doctor Karl Walden

“The Eye of Oran”
Protagonists: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman), “Shrinking” Violet Holmes, and Adélaïde Lupin
Antagonist: Doctor Natas

“Les Levres Rouges”
Protagonist: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman) and Adélaïde Lupin
Antagonist: Madame Elisabeth (Countess Erzsébet Báthory)

1948
“Dame Sinestre”
Protagonists: The Green Ghost (George Chance) and the Domino Lady (Ellen Patrick)
Antagonists: Leonox and Dame Sinestre
Other: the Heart of Ahriman

1949
“The Vanishing Devil”
Protagonist: Doc Ardan (Doctor James Clarke Wildman)
Antagonist: Doctor Natas
 
1964
“Fang and Sting”
Protagonists: The Green Hornet and Kato
Antagonists: Doctor Shan Ming Fu and his granddaughter, Doctor Isabella Fang


1965
“The Atomos Affair”
Protagonists: Alexander Waverly, Napoleon Solo, and Illya Kuryakin (hinted, not named)
Antagonist: Mme. Atomos
 
1967
A Girl and Her Cat (with Matthew Baugh)
Protagonists: Honey West and T.H.E. Cat
Antagonists: Shan Ming Fu, Isabella Fang, and Doctor Karl Stipier
Other: Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin (hinted, not named); distorters

1973
“Progress”
Protagonists: The Green Hornet and Kato
Antagonists: Shan Ming Fu and Isabella Fang
 
1973
The Evil in Pemberley House (Farmer and Eckert)
Protagonist: Patricia Wildman
Antagonists: The Dowager Duchess of Greystoke, Doctor Augustus Moran, other family members
Other: Doctor James Clarke Wildman and Adélaïde Lupin Wildman; Violet Holmes; Helen Benson; Jelke Helmson

1974
The Scarlet Jaguar
Protagonists: Pat Wildman, Parker, and Helen Benson
Antagonist: The Scarlet Jaguar
Other: Doc Wildman and Adélaïde Wildman; Violet Holmes; Doctor von Hessel


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