But many of these older sections look like they were designed in the 1990s because the original templates for Xenite.Org were carried forward through the years out of convenience. Adding the nicer CSS-based look and feel to a large network that is not published through a content management system takes a lot of time and patience.
In any event, our Edgar Rice Burroughs fan site has now been upgraded, updated, improved, and given some new content. We discovered that one of the WorldFAQs (for Va-Nah, Earth’s moon in the Moon Maid and Moon Men books) had been accidentally overwritten by another WorldFAQ. The original Va-Nah WorldFAQ has now reclaimed its place in the archive.
But we also added a new page to the small fan fiction section that documents the genealogies of Barsoom’s royalty. Not that people have been clamoring for this information or anything, but it was some information I put together years ago and stumbled across while working on restoring the Va-Nah content. I thought it would be a good addition to the site.
In other Xenite news, we’ve also added a Tripods WorldFAQ to our FAQ archive. John Christopher’s four young adult novels tell a compelling story of how humanity rises up against alien masters to reclaim its destiny. The books inspired a BBC television series that many people have seen.
And another recently updated section is Findegil’s Insider’s Guide to The Lord of the Rings. This was an experimental blend of fan fiction and Tolkien research I indulged in about 10 years ago. I was able to write four essays before my commitments elsewhere forced me to stop working on the project.
The original essay in the series, published on September 3, 1999, introduces Findegil as narrator. He dives right in to telling you what scenes would NOT make it into the Peter Jackson movies.
If you ever wondered how Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli passed the time while chasing Orcs across Rohan — well, maybe you should just read the article.