Special Collections Gallery
The Open Doors Special Collections Gallery links to rescued archives and challenges hosted at the Archive of Our Own, as well as to digital projects which cannot currently be integrated into the Archive or Fanlore. These include .pdfs, multimedia fanworks, historically important fan sites, and other digital artifacts. While some of these fanworks may later be integrated into the Archive or Fanlore, others which have a particular historical significance or are structurally difficult to integrate may continue to be preserved as "special collections."
|Title||Date archived||Collection Tags||Body|
|The Foresmutters Project||05 August 2010||Special Collections, Star Trek, fanfiction, archive, bibliography, multifandom, website||
The Foresmutters Project is the first test case for the Open Doors project. Foresmutters is a bibliography and collection of stories from the very earliest days of recorded slash, principally Kirk/Spock from the mid-1970s. It's a tremendously valuable resource for the K/S fandom, which is still active today, and for historians of fanworks. We are hoping to grow this collection. If you or someone you know wrote K/S in the 1970s or 1980s, please contact us; we can find someone to help you transcribe or scan your fiction.
|Kista (1986) and Demeter (1987): two novels by Jane Land||05 August 2010||Special Collections, Star Trek, pdf, fanfiction||
Kista (1986; 267 pages; click to save zipped .pdf, 87.1 MB) was described by author Jane Land as "an attempt to rescue one of Star Trek's female characters from an artificially-imposed case of foolishness." In it, Chapel still loves Spock, but their developing romance is allowed to be complex, with Chapel being more of a rounded person (as well a doctor!) than she was allowed to be onscreen.
Demeter (1987; 305 pages; click to save zipped .pdf, 101.5 MB) is a sequel to Kista. As Henry Jenkins and John Tulloch wrote in Science fiction audiences: watching Doctor Who and Star Trek, "Demeter places [Spock and Chapel's] relationship within a larger social context, dealing more directly with how women are treated within the Federation." The plot "concerns the threat a group of intergalactic drug-runners pose to Demeter, a feminist space colony, a world where women have lived without any contact with men for several generations." Uhura also plays a large role in this novel, commanding the all-female mission to Demeter; Robin Reid argues that this novel is important "within the context of second wave feminism, specifically: the creation of the 1970s feminist utopias (which often featured a lesbian separatist culture, sometimes though not always on a separate planet!)" (Reid, "'A Room of Our Own:' Women Writing Women in Fan and Slash Fiction," ICFA 2009).
Our thanks to Dr. Robin Reid for organizing the preservation of these works.
|Missed the Saturday Dance||05 August 2010||Stargate Atlantis, Special Collections, website, multimedia||
Missed the Saturday Dance, by Zoetrope, is a multimedia World War II Stargate: Atlantis AU (Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, NC-17). It has won many awards and is a fan favorite for its worldbuilding and seamless integration of art, audio, video, and story elements.