Since science fiction fandom emerged in the Golden Years of the genre, it has grown and fractured into subfandoms. In this series of articles, I’m going to talk about the different kinds of fandom and how you might get involved, if you so desire, right here in Long Beach.
What is fan fiction?
Although not limited to speculative fiction genres, fan fiction is when fans of a TV show, film or even novels write their own stories based on the characters from their favorite universe. These stories are rarely professionally published, but they are often shared within the fan community.
Interestingly enough, fan fiction wasn’t always an expression of fandom for a particular universe. Before 1965, fan fiction included amateur works of science fiction, published in fanzines, even if they were completely original.
Probably the most robust fan fiction community revolves around Star Trek. Another interesting fact: 83% of Star Trek fan fiction authors by 1970 were female, by 1973 that number had risen to 90%.
Examples of fan fiction
FanFiction.net is a forum dedicated to fan fiction, empowering fans to share their stories and poetry related to books, TV shows, movies, games, cartoons and more.
HarryPotterFanFiction.com, is a similar website dedicated to Harry Potter related fan fiction. TrekFanFiction.net does the same for Star Trek fan fiction.
Long Beach fan fiction
Looking for examples of fan fiction in Long Beach, I happened upon “Christmas in Long Beach,” which is a story featuring Spock and Leonard McCoy from the original Star Trek.
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