The Royal Canterlot Library is a project to spotlight exemplary My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfiction. We publish one feature per week, taking a look at a what makes the story great and offering an in-depth interview with its author.
Chris is not now, nor has he ever been, a member of the Equestria Daily pre-readers. He does have a website, though: One Man’s Pony Ramblings, a fanfic blog which includes (among other things) his reviews of every completed 6-star story on EqD. He’s also written a bit of fanfiction himself, including The Purloined Pony, Going Up, and Letters from a Senior to a Junior Changeling. Things he loves to see in stories include clever and/or amusing dialogue which expands upon characterization; stories which use an original or unorthodox narrative device not merely as a gimmick, but in a way which makes said device integral to the story being told; internal consistency and attention to setting; and, where appropriate, terrible puns.
Present P. Perfect is an Equestria Daily pre-reader who reads and reviews fic for fun on the side. Stories he’s written include The Elements of Awesomery, Dance ‘Til We’re High and Epic Unicorn History: The Beards of Harmony. He enjoys seeing fanfiction that pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in the show: crossovers, world-building epics, post-apocalyptic dystopian futures and the like. Also shipping. All the shipping. (So much shipping.)
Horizon, who is not a changeling, wandered in off the street one night and started helping us evaluate stories for the Library. Ever since then, he’s been too useful and/or scary to kick out. Hivemates speaking on the condition of anonymity allege that this former newspaper editor has himself written fanfiction (Fugue State, Hard Reset 2: Reset Harder), pony poetry (Melt), and acclaimed fusions of the two (Thou Goddess). He habitually drools over stories (no matter the genre) which offer a self-consistent, thoughtful, and immersive look into a world unlike our own—the more ridiculous the premise a story can successfully sell, the better.
AugieDog is another of those pesky Equestria Daily pre-readers. Among his stories, Half the Day is Night was featured in the Pony Fiction Vault, and In Their Highnesses’ Clandestine Corps was featured right here at the Royal Conterlot Library. He also, for reasons that are unlikely to become clear any time soon, participates in the Writeoff Association‘s monthly contests under the name of Baal Bunny — where his best finishes so far have been a gold medal for Fiddlers Three and a silver medal for Collaborators — and writes his own original science-fiction and fantasy under the name of Michael H. Payne, with stories that’ve sold to places ranging from Asimov’s SF magazine and the annual Sword & Sorceress anthology to Tor Books and Sofawolf Press. His favorites are light stories that open slowly to reveal their hidden depths, but he isn’t averse to the dark, heavy stuff if it’s done with style.
Soge needs a bio. This is definitely not a sign of him having been replaced by a changeling. It’s not horizon’s fault.
Although these curators have left the project, we owe them a debt of gratitude for all their hard work: