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City on the Edge of Nowhere is Fiona van Dahl's first free online web serial, released through her website, to serve as a recap of the Gothic Disaster (her scifi/horror novel Eden Green).

Note that this serial, and the following list of tropes, contain spoilers for Eden Green.


Contains examples of:

  • Alien Invasion: The city of Gothic, Arkansas, is overrun with alien needle monsters.
  • Aliens in Cardiff: Takes place in the fictional small college town of Gothic, Arkansas, an expy of the author's home city of Fayetteville.
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  • Apocalyptic Log: Written from the perspective of a reporter who was evacuated due to the Disaster.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: The author has included doodle-sketches of the monsters and speculation about their biology.
  • Daylight Horror: During the initial Disaster, carnage continued through day and night.
  • Herbivores Are Friendly: The 'bestiary' section in Part 1 warns that herbivores will attack if threatened.
  • Inscrutable Aliens: No one can figure out where the monsters are coming from.
  • Lamprey Mouth: The 'giraffes' and giant worms each have these.
  • Literary Allusion Title: Averted. The author is often asked if the title is a reference to the Star Trek: The Original Series episode 'City on the Edge of Forever' but says she was only reminded of its existence later.
  • Lock Down: Since the origin of the monsters is unknown, the entire city of Gothic is fenced off and quarantined.
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  • No FEMA Response: Averted, as FEMA finds shelter for evacuees as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: The exes, to the internet's delight.
  • Rational Fic: Government response to the Disaster is shown in detail, and arguably goes much smoother than it would in real life.
  • Southern Gothic
  • Surreal Horror
  • The Swarm: Swastikas.
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