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Kirk/Spock Slash Fiction Zine Collection

Finding aid prepared by Michael P. Palmer, © 2007

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Summary Information

Repository
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
Creator
Unknown
Title
Kirk/Spock slash fiction zine collection
Collection no.
Coll2007.008
Date [inclusive]
1978-1986
Extent
1.2 linear feet.
Language
English
Abstract
31 Kirk/Spock slash fiction zines, 1978-1986, based on characters from the 1966-1969 television series "Star Trek", including five issues of T'hy'la, six issues of  Naked Times, and five issues of the  Out of Bounds series.

Preferred Citation

Kirk/Spock slash fiction zine collection, Coll2007-008, ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California.

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History

Slash fiction is a genre of fan fiction (fiction concerning characters or settings originally created by others) that portrays sexual or romantic relationships between two characters of the same sex. The term takes its name from the use of the "/" slash used to separate the names of the paired characters, as distinct from the "&" ampersand conventionally used to separate the names of characters in friendship fiction (which portrays characters in non-sexual relationships). Slash fiction is written primarily by women and targeted to a female audience.

Kirk/Spock, also commonly referred to as "K/S" and based on characters from the 1966-1969 television series "Star Trek", was the first prominent slash pairing to appear in English-language fan fiction. Indeed, the term "slash" derives from the expression "Kirk slash Spock". The first K/S stories appear to have been written in England in the late 1960s and privately circulated. The earliest datable story, "The Ring of Shoshern", was written in 1968, but was not published until 1987. The first K/S story to be published is Diane Marchant's "A Fragment out of Time", which appeared in the fanzine Grup #3 in 1974. Romance in general, and this pairing in particular, was not initially popular, and while stories continued to be written and privately circulated, it was not until June 1976 that Gerry Downes' Alternative: Epilog to Orion, the second published piece of K/S and first stand-alone K/S zine, appeared. Thereafter, K/S fiction became increasingly popular, and by 2002 more than 500 K/S zines had been published. The first attributed K/S story to be published on the internet, Killashandra's "Turning Point", was posted to the Usenet group alt.startrek.creative in January 1996. The SciFi Channel's decision to rerun the "Star Trek" television series in the late 1990s fueled an explosion of K/S fiction on the internet, which peaked in 2000 at nearly 900 story posts. Although the number of Usenet story posts has declined considerably since 2000, K/S remains a large component of on-line fan fiction.

Sources:

"Kirk/Spock", http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirk/Spock (accessed 1/22/2007)

Jenna Sinclair, K/S Zine Database, http://www.beyonddreamspress.com/database.htm (accessed 3/23/2007).

Jenna Sinclair, A Short History of Early K/S, http://www.beyonddreamspress.com/history.htm (accessed 3/23/2007).

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Scope and Content of Collection

The collection consists of 31 Kirk/Spock slash fiction zines, 1978-1986, based on characters from the 1966-1969 television series, including five issues of T'hy'la, six issues of Naked Times and five issues of the Out of Bounds series.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by zine title.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
© 2007
909 West Adams Boulevard
Los Angeles, California, 90007
(213) 821-2771
askone@usc.edu

Access

The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

Publication Rights

Researchers wishing to publish materials must obtain permission in writing from ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives as the physical owner. Researchers must also obtain clearance from the holder(s) of any copyrights in the materials. Note that ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives can grant copyright clearance only for those materials for which we hold the copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain copyright clearance for all other materials directly from the copyright holder(s).

Acquisition Information

Donor and date of acquisition unknown.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Michael P. Palmer, March 23, 2007.

Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Fan fiction--Star Trek
  • Slash fiction--Star Trek

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

 

Act Five: Scene One (Mkaschef Enterprises)

 December 1985 

1 1

 

Act Five: Scene Two (Mkaschef Enterprises)

 April 1986 

1 2

 

And Another K/S Zine (Entwhistle and Duck Productions)

 July 1983 

1 3

 

Another K/S Zine (Entwhistle and Duck Productions)

 December 1982 

1 4

 

Consort

1 (Reprehensible Press) January 1985 

1 5

 

Dreams of the Sleepers (Pon Farr Press)

 1985 

1 6

 

The Fifth Hour of Night (Pon Farr Press)

 1986 

1 7

 

Final Frontier (Tiger Press)

 1981 

1 8

 

Impact No. 93 (Fire Trine Press)

 April 1985 

3 6

 

Naked Times 4/5 Part 1 (Pon Farr Press)

 1984 

1 9

 

Naked Times 4/5 Part 2 (Pon Farr Press)

 December 1984 

1 10

 

Naked Times 6 (Pon Farr Press)

 April 1985 

1 11

 

Naked Times 7 (Pon Farr Press)

 July 1985 

3 7

 

Naked Times 8 (Pon Farr Press)

 November 1985 

1 12

 

Naked Times 10 (Pon Farr Press)

 June 1986 

2 1

 

Nocturne (Defiant Press)

 July 1981 

3 8

 

Out of Bounds, Again (Shoestring Press)

 1983 

2 2

 

Out of Bounds, Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves (Unrepressed Press)

 1984 

2 3

 

Out of Bounds, Overflow (Shoestring Press)

 1983 

2 4

 

Out of Bounds, Too (Shoestring Press)

 January 1982 

3 9

 

Passages (Pulsar Press)

 1978 

2 5

 

The Poet and I (Merry Men Press)

 April 1986 

2 6

 

A Question of Balance (Pon Farr Press)

 1980 

2 7

 

Shades of Grey (Mkashef Enterprises)

 1986 

2 8

 

Still More California K/S (Noel Silva)

 1986 

2 9

 

Still Out of Bounds Old Friend! (Shoestring Press)

 1982 

2 10

 

T'hy'la No. 1 (Kathleen Resch)

 1981 

3 1

 

T'hy'la No. 2 (Kathleen Resch)

 1982 

3 2

 

T'hy'la No. 3 (Kathleen Resch)

 1982 

3 3

 

T'hy'la No. 5 (Kathleen Resch)

 1985 

3 4

 

T'hy'la No. 6 (Kathleen Resch)

 1985 

3 5

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