Fandom
Though The Death Gate Cycle was widely read and translated into over a dozen languages, the online fandom remains small with little fan fiction output. There are no archives dedicated to the series, leaving fics scattered across personal sites, series sites, and FanFiction.Net. Fanart is the more common form of fanwork produced in this fandom, and it can be found on archives such as Elfwood and DeviantArt. The content on this page was originally produced by me for the Fan History article about the series.
Timeline:

1990
  • In January 1990, Bantam Spectra published the first book, Dragon Wing (dated as a February release).
  • In October 1990, Bantam Spectra published the second book, Elven Star (dated as a November release), and the paperback edition of Dragon Wing.
  • As early as 1990, fan were discussing The Death Gate Cycle on Usenet. The series never had its own newsgroup, so discussions primarily took place on rec.arts.sf.written and alt.fan.dragonlance.

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    1991
  • In July 1991, Bantam Spectra published the third book, Fire Sea (dated as an August release), and the paperback edition of Elven Star.

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    1992
  • In February 1992, Bantam Spectra published the paperback edition of Fire Sea.
  • In March 1992, Bantam Spectra published the fourth book, Serpent Mage (dated as an April release).

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    1993
  • In March 1993, Bantam Spectra published the fifth book, The Hand of Chaos (dated as an April release), and the paperback edition of Serpent Mage.
  • In November 1993, Bantam Spectra published the sixth book, Into the Labyrinth (dated as a December release), and the paperback edition of The Hand of Chaos.
  • In November 1993, rec.arts.sf.written users discussed the then-released volumes of The Death Gate Cycle [view thread].

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    1994
  • In February 1994, a comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.action user made a comparison between the Doom games and The Death Gate Cycle [view post].
  • In March 1994, rec.arts.sf.written users wondered about possible links between Dragonlance and DGC [view thread] and Zifnab's real nature [view thread].
  • In May 1994, rec.arts.sf.written users wondered about the release date of the final book and Zifnab's real nature [view thread].
  • In July 1994, rec.arts.sf.written users discussed The Death Gate Cycle [view thread].
  • In July 1994, Bantam Spectra published the paperback edition of Into the Labyrinth.
  • In August 1994, Bantam Spectra published the seventh and final book, The Seventh Gate (dated as a September release).
  • In August 1994, rec.arts.sf.written users discussed The Seventh Gate [view thread].
  • In September 1994, a rec.arts.sf.written user posted a review of the series [view post].
  • In December 1994, two comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.adventure users discussed themes in the books versus the game [view thread].
  • On December 22, 1994, Dan Ringham notified rec.arts.sf.written that he had posted midis of "Kicksey-winsey" and "Hand is Flame" to alt.binaries.sounds.midi [view post].
  • In 1994, Legend Entertainment released an award-winning computer adventure game called Death Gate based on The Death Gate Cycle.

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    1995
  • In January 1995, an alt.fan.dragonlance user reviewed the Death Gate game [view thread].
  • Around April 1995, Dee's Death Gate Cycle Tribute site opened. Though it has changed addresses and has not been updated in a decade, it remains the longest-running fansite dedicated to The Death Gate Cycle. Webmaster Dee Schlatter received permission and assistance from Margaret Weis and the video game team for the materials used, unusual for a fan site of any fandom.
  • In June 1995, production began on a MUD based on The Death Gate Cycle. It opened publicly in June 1996 under the name "The Vortex."
  • In October 1995, rec.arts.sf.written users discussed themes in The Death Gate Cycle [view thread].
  • In December 1995, Bantam Spectra published the paperback edition of The Seventh Gate.
  • On December 29, 1995, Frank West released a text adventure called "The Deadly Labyrinth" inspired by The Death Gate Cycle. It can be found at this archive.
  • Later in the 1990s, the RinkWorks website released Book-A-Minute SF/F: The Death Gate Cycle, a "condensed" version of the series.

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    1996
  • In May 1996, alt.fan.dragonlance users discussed Zifnab and Tracy Hickman answered [view thread].
  • In May 1996, another alt.fan.dragonlance user had questions about Zifnab and Fizban, and Tracy Hickman left a comment [view thread].

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    2001
  • In 2001, JacquesLink created the website Death Gate Cycle: The Morrowind Connection, a combination fansite and project to produce a modded version of the then-upcoming Morrowind game [Archive.org backup]. The site eventually relocated to DeathGateCycle.com and was renamed to The Death Gate Cycle Online. Its forums were popular with fans of the series and interested volunteers. The game project never got off the ground and the website stopped updating in 2003. The site went offline sometime in late 2006 and has not returned [Archive.org backup]

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    200
  • In 2003, the Italian Death Gate Neverwinter Nights Server [defunct link] began development. [No Archive.org page available]

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    2004
  • Sometime in 2004, FanFiction.Net created a separate category for fan fiction from The Death Gate Cycle. Previously, authors posted their DGC fics to the Dragonlance category.

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    2005
  • On June 21, 2005, the LiveJournal community death_gate was created.

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    2006
  • In March 2006, author Tracy Hickman opened a Death Gate subforum on his webforum.

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    2007
  • In December 2007, Margaret Weis Productions opened a Death Gate subforum [defunct link] on their webforum. The entire forum later closes; no Archive.org backup is available.

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    2009
  • In October 2009, the TV Tropes wiki article The Death Gate Cycle was created and lists common fictional tropes seen in the series.

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