The "9/11 Averted" Fanzine 2015

A magazine dedicated to my alternative history story "9/11 Averted". In this magazine, I answer some questions about why I wrote the story as well as give out the background history of September 11, 2001 and how the cousins Logan, Dicky, and Andrea managed to stop the attacks from happening.

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9. Issue #6 December 7, 2015

Page 1 - Introduction

Hello, and welcome to the sixth issue of the 9/11 Fanzine 2015. In this issue, I’ll be talking about the end of the Harry Potter phenomenon and how it led to a revival of the Lord of the Rings, how Logan, Dicky, and Andrea reacted to the "War on Terror" (which is this issue's featured piece, and what to expect in the year 2002.

So all you have to do now is just sit back, relax, and enjoy the latest issue of this magazine!

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Page 2 - Short Story
2001 in a Nutshell

A new year has begun, but the sting of last year still remains. An attempted attack led to war, and we were forced to grow up.

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Page 3 - Essays
How the Failure of "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" Led to the Revival of the "Lord of the Rings" by Deirdre Langston Trichenberg

It is not surprising that "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" bombed in theaters. The movie was too over-the-top, had weak characters, and a plot that seriously needed reworking. (How J.K. Rowling didn't take the hint when that book was rejected was beyond me.)

But that's not what this essay is about.

This essay is about how "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" failed, and how that failure led to the success of "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". Setting aside the failed cartoons that were made of "Lord of the Rings" during the 1970s and 1980s, we see that "Lord of the Rings" predates Harry Potter by 40 years, and was composed during a time that Britain experienced World War II. But Lord of the Rings wasn't about World War II; in fact, J.R.R. Tolkien claimed that it was more of World War I, when he fought against Germany in that war.

So, how did "Lord of the Rings" succeed and Harry Potter didn't? "Lord of the Rings" gained popularity during the 1960s. Also, Tolkien created a story that centered on the languages he himself made up. Also, the universal story of bravery, courage, kindness mercy, and strength serves to remind us of what's really important.

Needless to say, Harry Potter wouldn't last a second in Middle Earth, and I'm sure Gandalf would beat the pants off of Dumbledore AND Voldemort with BOTH hands tied behind his back. (Plus, he don't got time for no witchcraft and wizardry crap!)

So, now that you know this, please set aside "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" and go watch "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring". You'll thank me one day.

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Page 4 - Advice from Lucy Miller

Dear Lucy,

Everyone I know says I shouldn't watch "Lord of the Rings" because it copied off of "Harry Potter". I don't believe that for a second. I want to know which came first: "Harry Potter" or "Lord of the Rings"?

Confused

Dear Confused,

If you want to know which story came first, it was Lord of the Rings. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien was published in 1954-1955 and gained a large following during the mid-1960s. In comparison, "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone" by J.K. Rowling was published in 1997. So you can tell your friends that Lord of the Rings came first, not Harry Potter.

Also, go watch Fellowship of the Ring. In all honesty, Harry Potter might have taken more than a few things from Lord of the Rings.

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Featured Article - Logan, Dicky, and Andrea Deal with the "War on Terror"

"The war on terror?" Logan cried out as the news of the war broke on CNN. "They’ve got to be kidding!"

"You do know that since Sean stopped the 9/11 attacks, people are talking about the possibility of war," said Andrea. "Now look at what happened. We're now at war. And it's not just any old war; it's a war against terrorism."

"How do you fight against terrorism?" said Logan. "I mean, what was President Bush thinking to announce that America should fight back against its attackers?"

"At least they're trying to find and catch Osama bin Laden before he does any more damage," said Dicky. "The only good thing about this is if the attacks had happened as planned, things in the Middle East would be far worse."

"I hope not," said Andrea. "Right now, Muslims living in America are gathering in their mosques, begging Allah to spare them some mercy and to persuade their brothers and sisters to surrender peacefully."

"How do you know that?" said Logan. "You don't have any Muslim friends, or do you?"

"I do," said Andrea. "But it would be nice if people didn't think of them as terrorists."

"People are considering Muslims as terrorists? Shameful," said Dicky. "This is shameful. I’m surprised President Bush didn't call out a mass punishment for the Middle East."

"The Middle East doesn't need to be punished," said Logan. "Just the guys who decided to side with Osama and blow up buildings and kill innocent people. The bin Laden family gave him the boot back in 1993, which was when Sean and I were in New York during the first attack on the World Trade Center; which we barely escaped with our lives. I wonder why President Clinton didn't call for bin Laden to be captured then."

"Let’s hope that in spite of everything, President Bush will do what President Clinton failed to do," said Andrea.

"Or maybe we should find Sean and then we all go find bin Laden ourselves," said Dicky. Logan and Andrea glared at him and he said, "What? It worked in "Agents & Kings", so why can't it happen in real life?"

"Well, we already have him as our enemy when we stopped him from blowing up the Twin Towers a few weeks ago," said Logan. "We don't have to make it any harder for ourselves than we should."

"Then again, we're the Trichenbergs," said Andrea. "Evil people everywhere flee at the very mention of our names. Or at least they did until World War II, which was when things went incredibly wrong for our family."

"Indeed," said Dicky.

“Well, I know one of my uncles was killed on the battlefield and another uncle was killed at Auschwitz along with several of his sons,” said Logan.

“That’s so sad,” said Dicky. “What can we do against this kind of reckless hate?”

"Well, I guess it means that it's time for the world to know that the Trichenberg family has resurfaced," said Logan. "We haven't been beaten down; far from it. We may have lost relatives to war, diseases, and even Auschwitz, but we haven't backed down or surrendered. And we're not about to start now!"

"Good," said Andrea. "Osama bin Laden and his cronies have messed with the wrong family; in doing so, they've made some very dangerous enemies. We’re going to teach them what it means to mess with a tiger."

“Indeed we will,” said Logan. “If defending a nation such as America is wrong, then we Trichenbergs don’t want to be right!”

The cousins laughed as they plotted a way to hit back at Osama bin Laden for causing them (and the rest of the world) nothing but trouble. That evil man had better watch out, as the cousins were coming after him…

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Page 7 - Pop culture

Movies of the week (Theatrical releases)
1. A Beautiful Mind
2. Impostor
3. Gosford Park
4. The Brotherhood of the Wolf
5. Black Hawk Down

Songs of the week
1. How You Remind Me - Nickelback
2. U Got It Bad - Usher
3. Family Affair - Mary J. Blige
4. Get The Party Started - Pink
5. Always On Time - Ja Rule Featuring Ashanti
6. My Sacrifice - Creed
7. Whenever, Wherever - Shakira
8. Hero - Enrique Iglesias
9. Differences - Ginuwine
10. A Woman's Worth - Alicia Keys

Books of the week
1. ONE DOOR AWAY FROM HEAVEN, by Dean Koontz.
2. SKIPPING CHRISTMAS, by John Grisham.
3. THE CORRECTIONS, by Jonathan Franzen.
4. VIOLETS ARE BLUE, by James Patterson.
5. DESECRATION, by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins.
6. JOURNEY THROUGH HEARTSONGS, written and illustrated by Mattie J. T. Stepanek.
7. LAST MAN STANDING, by David Baldacci.
8. THURSDAY'S CHILD, by Sandra Brown.
9. JACKDAWS, by Ken Follett.
10. A BEND IN THE ROAD, by Nicholas Sparks.

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Page 8 - Things to Expect in 2002

Since this issue takes place in the year 2002, here's a short list of everything that happened during that year:

1. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" DVD release
2. Adult Swim on Cartoon Network
3. NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey space probe on Mars
4. Apple to release G4 iMac computer
5. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones premieres in theaters
6. MTV reality show "The Osbournes" premiere
7. 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Queen Elizabeth II to celebrate "Golden Jubilee"
9. Euro debuts
10. FOX's "American Idol" premiere

We will cover these and other events in future issues.

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Page 9 - What's in the next issue

Unfortunately, we're now at the end of this issue. But don't worry, because we have some exciting new things happening in the next issue:

1. News Article Detailing the Arrest of Sterling McGravin
2. Full List of TV Shows that were cut from On Point TV (plus, a preview of Frostsnap, the sequel to Frostfall)
3. Essay from Deirdre Detailing Her Kidnapping (and Rescue, courtesy of Logan Trichenberg)
4. Interview with Karema Smittand
5. Winter Olympics

Next week's issue is on its way. If you like it, then please subscribe.

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