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Fandom is obession, fandom is focus - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
Fandom is obession, fandom is focus
This past year, as part of a fanzine preservation project, I've been contacting many of the original Star Trek fanzine publishers.   A few weeks ago, I emailed Roberta Rogow who created an amazing index of all the Star Trek fan fiction published (to date) in 1976.  And while I knew she had created an 'index' and that a lot of work must have gone into it, it was not until I held a print copy of the index in my hand that I realized what an amazing job she did.

In days before computers, when stone knives and bearskins roamed the earth, there were no searchable indexes, no Google, no storyfinder communities, no forums or twitter or tumblr and no way to find that "zine that contained the plomeek soup recipe" or "that Capt Kirk story where he went looking for the Loch Ness monster but was captured by aliens and was tortured but then Spock saved him."*

Her index cross-references:
The zines by title
The zine publishers by name
The stories by title
The authors by name

The she lists contents by subject:
Stories with Klingons as adversaries
Stories with Klingons as protagonists
Convention reviews
Fanzine reviews
Zine with Recipes
Stories that feature the Loch Ness monster
Capt James T Kirk, Torture and Death stories
Stories based on myths and legends
Stories about slavery

and the list goes on and on and on... She didn't just do one index, she did several with updates and additions as fans kept creating.

*No I do not know if that story exists. But if you find it, let me know?
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cluesby4 From: cluesby4 Date: May 5th, 2013 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I have always been amazed as to what this fandom has produced from the beginning on, from the earliest vids and artwork. Indexes and zines. And how I miss my Universal Translator. The anticipation of getting it in the mail. Carefully reading and selecting the zines I wanted.

In some ways I miss those days.
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