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Worm

About the Book

The story, titled Worm, takes the form of a web serial, posted in bite-sized reads in much the same way that authors such as Mark Twain would release their works one chapter at a time in the days before full-fledged novels. Worm started in June 2011, updating twice a week, and finished in late November, 2013. It totals roughly 1,680,000 words; roughly 26 typical novels in length (or 10-11 very thick novels). The story updated on Tuesdays and Saturdays, with bonus chapters appearing on the occasional Thursday, as explained below.

The actual work is divided into a number of story arcs, each containing five to sixteen individual chapters. Interludes (side stories) are inserted between each story arc to showcase events from different perspectives or provide some background information that the reader wouldn’t get from Taylor’s point of view. Further interludes were released as bonus content when the audience reached specific donation goals, but these were found to distract from the core story (with a good reception, but still) and were paced out more in favor of additional main-story chapters.

Readers should be cautioned that Worm is fairly dark as fiction goes, and it gets far darker as the story progresses. Morality isn’t black and white, Taylor and her acquaintances aren’t invincible, the heroes aren’t winning the war between right and wrong, and superpowers haven’t necessarily affected society for the better. Just the opposite on every count, really. Even on a more fundamental level, Taylor’s day to day life is unhappy, with her clinging to the end of her rope from the story’s outset. The denizens of the Wormverse (as readers have termed it) don’t pull punches, and I try to avoid doing so myself, as a writer. There’s graphic language, descriptions of violence and sex does happen (albeit offscreen). It would be easier to note the trigger warnings that don’t apply than all the ones that do.

All in all, this probably isn’t a story for the sensitive or the young. I’d peg it with a PG-18 rating, but I think we all know that there’s kids who can handle that sort of thing and there’s adults who can’t. Use your best judgement and ask in the comments below if you’re still unsure.

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About the Editor

Stavros Korokithakis
Stavros Korokithakis

I'm Stavros, I'm a software developer with a fondness for Python and teaching it to people, and for making products people will want to use.

I am Greek, and currently live somewhere between Greece and London.

I founded a company called Stochastic Technologies, it's a software development agency which has also launched a few applications people enjoy.

Table of Contents

  • Gestation 1.1
  • Gestation 1.2
  • Gestation 1.3
  • Gestation 1.4
  • Gestation 1.5
  • Gestation 1.6
  • Interlude 1
  • Insinuation 2.1
  • Insinuation 2.2
  • Insinuation 2.3
  • Insinuation 2.4
  • Insinuation 2.5
  • Insinuation 2.6
  • Insinuation 2.7
  • Insinuation 2.8
  • Insinuation 2.9
  • Interlude 2
  • Agitation 3.1
  • Agitation 3.2
  • Agitation 3.3
  • Agitation 3.4
  • Agitation 3.5
  • Agitation 3.6
  • Agitation 3.7
  • Agitation 3.8
  • Agitation 3.9
  • Agitation 3.10
  • Agitation 3.11
  • Agitation 3.12
  • Interlude 3
  • Shell 4.1
  • Shell 4.2
  • Shell 4.3
  • Shell 4.4
  • Shell 4.5
  • Shell 4.6
  • Interlude 3½ (Bonus)
  • Shell 4.7
  • Shell 4.8
  • Shell 4.9
  • Shell 4.10
  • Shell 4.11
  • Interlude 4
  • Hive 5.1
  • Hive 5.2
  • Hive 5.3
  • Hive 5.4
  • Hive 5.5
  • Hive 5.6
  • Hive 5.7
  • Hive 5.8
  • Hive 5.9
  • Hive 5.10
  • Interlude 5
  • Tangle 6.1
  • Tangle 6.2
  • Tangle 6.3
  • Tangle 6.4
  • Tangle 6.5
  • Tangle 6.6
  • Tangle 6.7
  • Tangle 6.8
  • Tangle 6.9
  • Interlude 6
  • Buzz 7.1
  • Buzz 7.2
  • Buzz 7.3
  • Buzz 7.4
  • Buzz 7.5
  • Buzz 7.6
  • Buzz 7.7
  • Buzz 7.8
  • Buzz 7.9
  • Buzz 7.10
  • Buzz 7.11
  • Buzz 7.12
  • Interlude 7
  • Extermination 8.1
  • Extermination 8.2
  • Interlude 8 (Bonus)
  • Extermination 8.3
  • Extermination 8.4
  • Extermination 8.5
  • Extermination 8.6
  • Extermination 8.7
  • Extermination 8.8
  • Interlude 8
  • Sentinel 9.1
  • Sentinel 9.2
  • Sentinel 9.3
  • Sentinel 9.4
  • Sentinel 9.5
  • Sentinel 9.6
  • Parasite 10.1
  • Parasite 10.2
  • Parasite 10.3
  • Parasite 10.4
  • Parasite 10.5
  • Parasite 10.6
  • Interlude 10
  • Interlude 10.5 (Bonus)
  • Infestation 11.1
  • Infestation 11.2
  • Infestation 11.3
  • Infestation 11.4
  • Infestation 11.5
  • Infestation 11.6
  • Interlude 11a
  • Interlude 11b (Anniversary Bonus)
  • Interlude 11c (Anniversary Bonus)
  • Interlude 11d
  • Interlude 11e (Anniversary Bonus)
  • Interlude 11f (Anniversary Bonus)
  • Interlude 11g (Anniversary Bonus)
  • Interlude 11h
  • Plague 12.1
  • Plague 12.2
  • Plague 12.3
  • Plague 12.4
  • Plague 12.5
  • Plague 12.6
  • Plague 12.7
  • Plague 12.8
  • Interlude 12
  • Interlude 12½ (Donation Bonus)
  • Snare 13.1
  • Snare 13.2
  • Interlude 13½ (Donation Bonus)
  • Snare 13.3
  • Snare 13.4
  • Snare 13.5
  • Snare 13.6
  • Snare 13.7
  • Snare 13.8
  • Snare 13.9
  • Snare 13.10
  • Interlude 13
  • Prey 14.1
  • Prey 14.2
  • Prey 14.3
  • Prey 14.4
  • Prey 14.5
  • Prey 14.6
  • Prey 14.7
  • Prey 14.8
  • Prey 14.9
  • Prey 14.10
  • Prey 14.11
  • Interlude 14
  • Interlude 14.5 (Bonus Interlude)
  • Colony 15.1
  • Interlude 15 (Donation Bonus)
  • Colony 15.2
  • Colony 15.3
  • Interlude 15 (Donation Bonus #2)
  • Colony 15.4
  • Colony 15.5
  • Colony 15.6
  • Colony 15.7
  • Interlude 15 (Donation Bonus #3)
  • Colony 15.8
  • Colony 15.9
  • Colony 15.10
  • Interlude 15
  • Monarch 16.1
  • Monarch 16.2
  • Interlude 16 (Donation Bonus)
  • Monarch 16.3
  • Monarch 16.4
  • Monarch 16.5
  • Monarch 16.6
  • Interlude 16 (Donation Bonus #2)
  • Monarch 16.7
  • Monarch 16.8
  • Monarch 16.9
  • Monarch 16.10
  • Interlude 16 (Donation Bonus #3)
  • Monarch 16.11
  • Monarch 16.12
  • Monarch 16.13
  • Migration 17.1
  • Migration 17.2
  • Migration 17.3
  • Migration 17.4
  • Migration 17.5
  • Migration 17.6
  • Migration 17.7
  • Migration 17.8
  • Queen 18.1
  • Queen 18.2
  • Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Queen 18.3
  • Queen 18.4
  • Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus #2)
  • Queen 18.5
  • Queen 18.6
  • Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus #3)
  • Queen 18.7
  • Queen 18.8
  • Interlude 18 (Donation Bonus #4)
  • Interlude 18
  • Scourge 19.1
  • Scourge 19.2
  • Scourge 19.3
  • Interlude 19 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Scourge 19.4
  • Scourge 19.5
  • Scourge 19.6
  • Scourge 19.7
  • Interlude 19 (Donation Bonus #2)
  • Interlude 19
  • Chrysalis 20.1
  • Chrysalis 20.2
  • Chrysalis 20.3
  • Chrysalis 20.4
  • Chrysalis 20.5
  • Interlude 20 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Interlude 20
  • Imago 21.1
  • Imago 21.2
  • Imago 21.3
  • Imago 21.4
  • Imago 21.5
  • Imago 21.6
  • Imago 21.7
  • Interlude 21 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Interlude 21
  • Cell 22.1
  • Cell 22.2
  • Cell 22.3
  • Cell 22.5
  • Cell 22.6
  • Interlude 22
  • Interlude 22 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Drone 23.1
  • Drone 23.2
  • Drone 23.3
  • Drone 23.4
  • Interlude 23
  • Crushed 24.1
  • Crushed 24.2
  • Crushed 24.3
  • Crushed 24.4
  • Crushed 24.5
  • Interlude 24
  • Interlude 24 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Scarab 25.1
  • Scarab 25.2
  • Scarab 25.3
  • Scarab 25.4
  • Scarab 25.5
  • Scarab 25.6
  • Interlude 25
  • Sting 26.1
  • Sting 26.2
  • Sting 26.3
  • Interlude 26 (Donation Bonus #1)
  • Sting 26.4
  • Sting 26.5
  • Sting 26.6
  • Interlude 26a
  • Interlude 26b
  • Interlude 26
  • Extinction 27.1
  • Extinction 27.2
  • Extinction 27.3
  • Extinction 27.4
  • Extinction 27.5
  • Interlude 27b
  • Cockroaches 28.1
  • Cockroaches 28.2
  • Cockroaches 28.3
  • Cockroaches 28.4
  • Cockroaches 28.5
  • Cockroaches 28.6
  • Venom 29.1
  • Venom 29.3
  • Venom 29.4
  • Venom 29.6
  • Venom 29.7
  • Venom 29.8
  • Interlude 29
  • Speck 30.2
  • Speck 30.3
  • Speck 30.4
  • Speck 30.5
  • Speck 30.6
  • Speck 30.7
  • Teneral e.1
  • Teneral e.3
  • Teneral e.4
  • Teneral e.5
  • Interlude: End
  • Glow-worm – P.2
  • Glow-worm – P.3
  • Glow-worm – P.4
  • Glow-worm – P.5
  • Glow-worm – P.6
  • Glow-worm – P.7

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