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Welcome to the inaugural round of Boom, Boom, Baby! a Big Bang challenge instituted to celebrate the fact that more than six years after the last episode aired, there's still life in OZ.

Longer stories are rare in OZ fandom. When we set out to host a Big Bang and set a requirement of 25,000 words, we wanted to encourage authors to stretch a little bit, to get out on the yard, to challenge themselves to produce some of the longer work they'd considered but hadn't committed to writing. We also knew we had to get our fandom's talented artists in the mix. From the beginning, we've had an amazing amount of interest in the challenge. We finished this year's Big Bang with stories from five writers who produced nearly 300,000 words, illustrated by eight artists who created fantastic pieces to accompany the stories and the site, including drawings, graphics and a soundtrack.

Our sincerest thanks go to everyone who participated in this first annual OZ Big Bang, including authors, artists, betas and cheerleaders, friends and community members. We want to extend special thanks to our pinch-hitters: Beechercreature, Dustandroses, Trillingstar and Rustler, who stepped up at the last minute - in some cases, at the very last minute! - to help make the Big Bang a success. Rustler deserves additional thanks and kudos for providing a unit to house the challenge and for designing and producing the site, as well as Beechercreature, who created artwork for the site.

To our prospective readers, thanks to those of you who've encouraged us all while we were putting this together and to those of you who are just now checking us out. We already have plans in the works for next year, and we hope to see new and familiar faces when we throw open the doors for the 2010 round of Boom, Boom, Baby!

But for now, check out and enjoy this year's stories and artwork - and don't forget to send feedback to the authors, artist and designers who made it possible!

- Marylex (Mary the Fan), Ozsaur and Trillingstar

Beggar's Banquet (The New Constellation Mix)



Scar Tissue


Almost There


Just Another Day in Paradise