GeoCities Rescue Project

GeoCities, a web hosting site founded in the mid-1990s which gave free home pages to its users, closed its doors on October 26, 2009, and took down all its sites. Many fans used the site; therefore fandom lost many early archives and resource sites when GeoCities closed.

If you were the owner of a fanfiction archive or resource, meta, or other fannish page on GeoCities and you do not have another hosting alternative, we can help! Open Doors is teaming up with the Archive of Our Own and Fanlore to preserve as much material as possible.

Fanfiction: We’re offering AO3 accounts to fanfiction archives (both single author and multiple author archives are welcome) so that you may archive your fiction. (If you are not the owner or site administrator, you can still document and memorialize the site on Fanlore. Contact Open Doors for more information.)

Resource sites: If you are the owner of a resource site, we recommend a page in Fanlore with a summary of the information and purpose of the site along with screencaps of the entry page (to convey the feeling of the site) and key information. We have volunteers who can help you set up a Fanlore page documenting both the content and feel of your GeoCities page. (Even non-owners of a resource site can document and memorialize the site on Fanlore. Contact Open Doors for more information)

If you’re interested in either archiving fic or preserving a resource site, contact us. Please include the URL of the site you wish to archive/preserve, and an e-mail address. If you are the administrator of a multi-author site, please include e-mail addresses for each hosted author (if possible.)

GeoCities Rescue Pages include:

The Foresmutters Project

The Foresmutters Project was 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.

Visit the original mirror for the archive, or read (or edit!) the Foresmutters Project article on Fanlore.

Kista (1986) and Demeter (1987): two novels by Jane Land

Kista (1986; original zine 267 pages) 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; original zine 305 pages) 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.

Read (or edit!) the Kista or Demeter articles on Fanlore.