I (Karl) started watching Farscape the
3rd episode in. It was ok, but Pilot, Moya and the set blew my
socks off. Around that time I was learning HTML. So I did a
web site called: Welcome to Moya It was a description page all the areas of Moya
Pilots Den, Terrace, Command Tier, ETC.
Moya: The background of this page was what I made for
the background of that site. Can you say "What were you
thinking?"<G> I have only small remnants of that
site. Click the image to see some of the humble beginnings of
I followed that site up with:
IASA page. A view of the farscape program from the
IASA. Around this time I found out I was going to be a father
for the second time. We were so excited my son would have a
little brother. My wife and I joked about her being pregnant
at the same time as Moya.
| IASA: Farscape
Mission Report Here was a precursor to my starting to
write fiction. The idea was to cover up the Farscape 1
mission. When I started writing this, the basis was for Jack
to try to get to the bottom of what happened to his
We lost the baby very late in the
pregnancy. It hit us very hard. To deal with my loss I started
writing fiction about Jack Crichton. I found it easy to
identify with his character in dealing with the loss of his
son. It was unbelievably helpful to work through all the
stages of grief. Around this time I met up with Browny and she
started posting my stories on her wonderful site. After a time
I decided to post the stories with pictures on my own
So I started: Karl's Farscape
Farscape 2 Page Ok, there is nothing much that remains of this
site. The story site I did evolved into the site that you see
today. If you go to this link, you will get the flavor of what
the site was.|
From there I added Behind the
Latex and Paint and then the big addition of Spoilers.
The site for the first time started to look familiar to
anyone who visits it today. I had a wonderful Beta reader, PKBarb. She
read my first story, Passage,
and contacted me about Beta-ing my story. Barb has always been
the moral compass of the site. Then Amy
contacted me about the site and we started corresponding. I
asked her if she would mind writing a story for the site.
Bang! With Amy's input, the site exploded! With the help of
another wonderful writer, Johryn, and
all her professional web experience. Then this guy came along,
who continuously haunted me to finish the latest story, Toadie.
To whom I suggested, "If you want fiction, why don't you write
some?" He did and his mega story Black
and White is still going strong. Finally Barb, my beta
reader, was nice enough to come on board the site. With her
hard work the site has expanded immensely... first with her
the Scenes, Newscape
I acquired www.karlsweb.com and the site became Karlsweb: Farscape E- zine.
Karlsweb Farscape E-zine
This is where you are now. Thanks to the great staff Amy, Barb
Johryn, and Toadie if it weren't for them karlsweb Farscape E
zine would not be here.
The name karlsweb is no head trip
or self-indulgence. It's simple... Karl is my
name and no one can say it belonged to them first. <G> I
have tried to change the name of the site, but... as the rest
of the Kweb crew says... it's a name folks know in the
Farscape community. So,although the site's actual name is
Karlsweb: Farscape E zine. Everyone calls it Karlsweb.
So I just got used to it.
Everything was going smashingly
till I got the news that my wife was pregnant again. It was a
time of cautious excitement. Then we discovered she was not
havening one... But two! Well the site was going to have to be
shut down. With two on the way there was no way for me to
maintain the site. Amy had been helping out with a lot of
stuff on the site and she was nice enough to step forward and
take over. Amy, as the editor, has taken my little site and
made into something special. That doesn't mean that I don't
rear my ugly head from time to time just to be a pain in her
frelling arse.<G> So if you like the site, you can thank
the wonderful staff of Kweb.
I hope that you have enjoyed our
site over the past few years. I have to say it has given me
more then I could ever imagine. Not only did writing give me a
outlet to deal with a very dark period in my life, but I
gained some wonderful friends along the way.
So thank you
all its been a frelling blast!
All the best and Scape
PS My son now has two beautiful
A few words from each of the Kweb
crew... (in order of appearance)
PKBarb: The first I knew of Karlsweb
(before it was Karlsweb) was when the IASA Project Review
page turned up on a search I did for Farscape. I remember wondering
where this Karl guy stole all those cool pictures from. It wasn’t
until I found his wonderful fiction about Jack Crichton, complete
with pictures, on Browny’s page that I realized he’d made them
himself. I decided to ask if I could beta his stories, not because I
thought he needed the help, but because I figured that was the best
way to get hold of them sooner.
Shortly after that, Karl asked me
to do a short report for the Burbank convention in 2000 and before I
knew it I was doing episode reviews and a whole bunch of other
things that I never would have imagined. I’ve met, both in person
and in chats, a great group of people that I’m proud to call
friends. Happy Birthday, Karlsweb!
AmyJ: You ever see that movie, Back
to the Future? Michael J. Fox discovers that his father, George
McFly, (before he became his father) wrote science fiction stories.
But when Marty eagerly asks George to read one of the stories, he
snatches it away in a fit of self-conscious anxiety saying, "Oh no!
You can't do that! What if it's no good?"
Beyond my immediate ability to
identify as a writer with good old George McFly, I do find that is a
good question: "What if…" What if I never found Karl's IASA website?
What if I NEVER told anyone I've been writing stories since grade
school? What if I didn't press the send button on that email to Karl
containing the first dreadfully melodramatic passages from
Daddy's Girl? (This is all overshadowed by the huge what
if… What if my boss had been walking by at the same time?)
For the first time in my life I
didn't listen to George McFly. And look at what I have! This
amazing, incredible group of friends. Karl, the person who, since
day one, believed I could "be more". You are the bane of my
spineless existence and I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you.
Johryn, I had always feared I was a Farscape zealot, until I met
you, friend. You have found your gift in writing and I have enjoyed
watching it flourish. Thank you. PKBarb, you are the person I can
only aspire to be some day. Thank you. And, the singular Toadie,
despite your impeccable ability to say just the wrong thing at the
right time, you are a dear friend. Thank you.
Happy anniversary, my friends.
Here's to many more.
Toadie: Wow. I find it hard to believe
that we have reached this stage already, another anniversary for the
site and my first anniversary of being involved with it. Who would
have thought at this point last year when I talked Karl and Amy into
posting my short attempt at fanfic that I would still be writing it
a year later? Originally it was only going to be four parts... Yes
your heard it here first, FOUR!! Now it is four times that size, and
almost one hundred thousand words long. Amazingly enough they have
preserved with my continual expansion of the story and more
importantly with my involvement with the site. This last year has
just been so much fun, capped off with the first of many meeting
between the crew at the World Con in Philadelphia. I would like to
take this chance to publicly give my thanks to the others, to PKBarb
and Johryn for there betaing and story advice, to Amy for her
support and editing of my story and to Karl for not complaining too
much when I once again added another section to the story. <G>
seriously though, it is all thanks to Karl that we got together and
thanks to Amy that we have stayed together and become such friends.
So any complaints you might have, direct them towards those two, I
was completely innocent and probably not even in the country at the
time the incident occurred.
As is always the case with me
this was only supposed to be a hundred or so words long, but as I
always say why keep things simple when you can make them so complex
even you lose track of what’s happening at times. So once more I give my
thanks and praise to Amy, who took over the running of the site so
long ago and has in my opinion not only kept to Karl’s high
standards but raised them to her own through dedication and hard
work, all the while continuing to write her own breathtaking
fiction. To Karl, who inspired us all to come together through his
site and his skilled writing. To Barb whose sage advice and humor
kept us on the straight and narrow, and last but not least to Johryn
who, despite her love of Ben's posterior, I think of as a great
friend an excellent writer.
Janet: Karlsweb ... in a hundred words
or less. Now that's a challenge! Not only because the site is so
frelling great, but because it, and the friends I've made through
it, have changed my life. Instead of dreaming about being a writer,
I am one. Not just Farscape (fan)fiction, but I've actually started
working on my first novel thanks to these great people. I was first
drawn to Karl's unique stories (that guy's got quite the
imagination) and, of course, the spoilers. Then I got sucked in by
Daddy's Girl (Amy's masterpiece) and pretty soon, for reasons
unknown, they asked me to stay and play. And I'll admit, it was the
best decision I've made in a LONG time.
A Collection of banner art along the
The collage on the left was outdated
when I finished it. Toadie and Johryn's fiction were not included.
So for this, our second anniversary, I fixed that by doing a new
collage that includes all of the writers' original characters here at