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Spots the Space Marine by M.C.A. Hogarth

Defense of the Fiddler 

Pollyanna meets Starship Troopers in this serial about a 30-something Marine called out of retirement to help fight the war against the alien crabs. But shattered morale is the least of the company’s problems . . . .

Note: Spots the Space Marine contains some graphic violence and harsh language.


A complete scripted series

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Listed: Mar 15, 2010

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By Linda Schoales, editor

Mar 15, 2010: The Introduction is a series of black and white graphic novel pages. After that the story begins in text.

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Why you should read Spots the Space Marine

By ubersoft, author of A Rake by Starlight

Feb 14, 2013: Before I tell you why I think you SHOULD read it, and why, if you do, I believe you will enjoy it, I want to tell you what’s going to discourage you from doing so.

When I settle down to read fiction I go into it mostly blind, but with a few expectations. One is that the narrative will be told as a narrative, with some kind of cohesive voice, either in impartial third person or a more intimate first person. [more . . .]

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Compelling space opera

By ctan, author of Daron's Guitar Chronicles

Mar 21, 2010: I’m only partway through what’s been posted so far, but I’m completely sucked in by this piece. What the author (who is also an artist—the intro pages are done as a webcomic and then it switches to prose) has done is present this almost like a screenplay, so that instead of a traditional prose narrative, the reader gets a steady stream of sensory impressions, dialogue, sound, visuals. It’s the writing equivalent of a Chinese brush painting, where everything is powerfully conveyed in the minimal strokes. As such, it moves fast [more . . .]

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Grace Under Fire

By Starbat Wiles, member

Sep 16, 2012: Spots the Space Marine has been one of my favorite webserial reading experiences. It’s fast, it’s tense, it has some unexpected characters (a lot of web fiction describes itself as "webcomic without pictures," but Spots actually is – almost no narration, all dialogue with a bit of terse description, it reads like a movie script). I like space opera, and while from that standpoint this is absolutely conventional – humans in powered armor, fighting off buglike hiveminded aliens trying to take over the galaxy, the setting is lifted straight from [more . . .]

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