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Date posted June 11 2011 - November 19 2013
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Worm is the first web serial published by John C. McCrae AKA Wildbow. It totals roughly 1.68 million words.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape from a deeply unhappy and frustrated civilian life. Her first attempt at taking down a supervillain sees her mistaken for one, thrusting her into the midst of the local ‘cape’ scene’s politics, unwritten rules, and ambiguous morals. As she risks life and limb, Taylor faces the dilemma of having to do the wrong things for the right reasons.

History[edit | edit source]

The story began with Gestation 1.1 on June 11 2011, and ended with Interlude: End on November 19 2013.

Wildbow followed Worm by writing two unrelated web serials, Pact and Twig. Worm itself is being edited and prepared to reach the standards of professional publishing houses.[1]

A sequel to Worm, titled Ward, began on November 2017 and concluded in May 2020.

Timeline[edit | edit source]

Main article: Timeline

See more at the events category page or on the link above.

See also[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Topped out at roughly 1.68 million words.
  • The word "Worm" is one of the oldest words in the English language. It was originally meant to be a placeholder but eventually settled into being the main title.[2]

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References[edit source]

  1. Post on Pig's Pen
  2. It was a placeholder name for a while, “Worm”, and I wound up sticking with it. In retrospect, I rather like it.

    GSW’s review of Worm at Webfictionguide really sums it up. - comment by wildbow on Colony 15.6

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Chapters
Gestation 1.11.21.31.41.51.61.x
Insinuation 2.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.82.92.x
Agitation 3.13.23.33.43.53.63.73.83.93.103.113.123.x
Shell 4.14.24.34.44.54.64.x4.74.84.94.104.114.x
Hive 5.15.25.35.45.55.65.75.85.95.105.x
Tangle 6.16.26.36.46.56.66.76.86.96.x
Buzz 7.17.27.37.47.57.67.77.87.97.107.117.127.x
Extermination 8.18.28.y8.38.48.58.68.78.88.z
Sentinel 9.19.29.39.49.59.6
Parasite 10.110.210.310.410.510.610.x I10.x II
Infestation 11.111.211.311.411.511.611.711.811a11b11c11d11e11f11g11h
Plague 12.112.212.312.412.512.612.712.812.x12½
Snare 13.113.213.x13.313.413.513.613.713.813.913.1013.y
Prey 14.114.214.314.414.514.614.714.814.914.1014.1114.x14.y
Colony 15.115.x15.215.315.y15.415.515.615.715.z15.815.915.1015
Monarch 16.116.216.x16.316.416.516.616.y16.716.816.916.1016.z16.1116.1216.13
Migration 17.117.217.317.417.517.617.717.8
Queen 18.118.218.x18.318.418.y18.518.618.z18.718.818.f18
Scourge 19.119.219.319.x19.419.519.619.719.y19.z
Chrysalis 20.120.220.320.420.520.x20.y
Imago 21.121.221.321.421.521.621.721.x21.y
Cell 22.122.222.322.422.522.622.x22.y
Drone 23.123.223.323.423.523.x
Crushed 24.124.224.324.424.524.x24.y
Scarab 25.125.225.325.425.525.625
Sting 26.126.226.326.x26.426.526.626.a26.b26
Extinction 27.127.227.327.427.527.x27.y
Cockroaches 28.128.228.328.428.528.528.x
Venom 29.129.229.329.429.529.629.729.829.929.x
Speck 30.130.230.330.430.530.630.7
Teneral e.1e.2e.3e.4e.5e.x
Glow-worm P.1P.2P.3P.4P.5P.6P.7P.8P.9
Daybreak 1.11.21.31.41.51.61.71.81.x
Flare 2.12.22.32.42.52.62.72.x
Glare 3.13.23.33.43.53.63.x
Shade 4.14.24.34.a4.44.54.b4.64.74.c
Shadow 5.15.25.35.45.55.d5.65.75.85.95.105.115.125.x5.y
Pitch 6.16.26.36.46.56.66.76.86.9
Torch 7.17.27.37.47.57.67.77.87.97.107.x7.y
Eclipse x.1x.2x.3x.4x.5x.6x.7x.8
Beacon 8.18.28.34.48.58.68.78.88.98.108.118.128.x8.y
Gleaming 9.19.29.39.49.59.69.79.x9.89.99.y9.109.119.129.139.149.159.z9
Polarize 10.110.210.310.410.510.610.710.810.910.x10.1010.1110.1210.1310.y10.z
Blinding 11.111.211.311.a11.411.511.611.711.811.b11.c11.911.1011.1111.12
Heavens 12.z12.112.212.e12.312.412.all12.512.612.f12.712.812.912.none12.x
Black 13.113.213.313.413.513.613.713.813.x13.913.1013.z
Breaking 14.114.214.314.414.514.614.714.814.914.1014.1114.1214.x
Dying 15.a15.115.215.315.415.515.615.715.815.x15.y15.z
From Within 16.116.216.316.416.516.616.716.816.916.1016.1116.1216.y16.z
Sundown 17.117.217.317.417.517.617.717.817.917.1017.x17.y17.z
Radiation 18.118.218.318.418.518.618.718.818.918.10
Infrared 19.119.219.a19.319.419.b19.c19.519.619.d19.e19.719.819.919.f19.1019.g19.z
Last 20.120.220.320.420.520.620.720.820.920.a20.1020.b20.1120.e120.e220.e320.e420.e520.e620.end
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