|Date(s):||1997 to present|
|Moderator:||Dina Lerret, Stephen Ratliff|
|Fandom:||Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Enterprise|
|URL:||ASCEM / ASCEML / Trekiverse|
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ASCEM had a strong slash leaning, due to the flamewars associated with Alt Startrek Creative that caused many slash authors to leave the newsgroup.
An associated mailing list, ASCEM(L), acts as a mirror for ASCEM usenet posts. ASCEML, unlike ASCEM, allows real-time posting with no moderation after the subscribed account is determined not to be a spam account.
All ASCEM submissions are archived at Trekiverse.
The current FAQ was written by Ned Fox and revised by FAQ Maintainer Greywolf the Wanderer.
ASCEM began in August 1997, as did the associated mailing list, ASCEM(L).. ASCEM succeeded two previous unmoderated Star Trek erotic fiction newsgroups: alt.sex.fetish.startrek (ASFS)  and alt.startrek.creative.erotica (ASCE).
The amount of slash/sex discussion stirred up on the newsgroup upset a number of members and a separate group alt.startrek.creative.erotica (ASCE) was created for those specifically wishing to write read such things. But advertising is everything, and within a few months, ASCE (as well as alt.sex.fetish.startrek) was drowned by spambots pushing adult services. ASC endured, and those wishing to see a viable list for K/S pushed on and petitioned for alt.startrek.creative.erotica.moderated (ASCEM) to be formed—moderated only for the purposes of filtering spam.
Thusly was The Big List born.
In 1998 the numbers involved increased dramatically, possibly due to a change in the group mechanics: messages from the Usenet news server were relayed to a Onelist mailing list, making posting and receiving much more user friendly and accessible. Describes Hafital: “It didn’t take long for me to read my way through the archive to feed my new obsession. But, I had no idea where the actual activity was going on. I saw the stories in the archive, which I could reach through the World Wide Web, but I had no clue about email lists or newsgroups or anything, really. The Frequently Asked Questions section on the main ASCEM Web site was helpful for those wanting to submit stories but it made no mention on how to actually join ASCEM—presumably because the moderators thought if you where there already, you would know! I felt very much like I was stranded outside the party and could only look in the window.“Eventually, some of the stories posted to the archive had a footer at the end that mentioned that ASCEM was mirrored on Onelist and that proved to be my salvation. I was able to find Onelist and able to subscribe and then I blindly walked into a world I really had no idea had ever existed. 
ASCEM(L) was initially moderated by Anneinchicago.
Memes and Themes
A subgroup of ASCEM, TSU, developed in 1998 as a response to the students (now known as aca-fans) who were part of fandom to study it for their college theses, etc. The Star Trek fandom came down hard on both sides of the issue, with many fans annoyed by the academics' "intrusion" into the safe space of fan community, and others excited about the prospect of academizing -- and to a degree legitimizing -- fannish practice.
Soon after, UKJess posted a parody of classic Kirk/Spock stories, Ah'm Norra Rude Person, written in broad Yorkshire. A second wave of Rude Person stories followed, where the basic Kirk/Spock plot was re-written in various ways - in Minnesotan dialect, in Silicon Valley speak, in the style of Joseph Conrad, etcetera.
Former staff and members.
- Greywolf the Wanderer(2000-2002)
- Ned Fox (1999-2000)
- Ruth Gifford(1996-1999)
- Christine Faltz (1995-1996)
Status of Stories
- Juls - Status of Stories FAQ (-2004)
- ASCEM: A Guide to Infinite Combinations (Accessed September 30, 2008)
- ASCEM--the List, part 2. August 7, 1997 (Accessed September 30, 2008)
- ASFS began in 1994, PROPOSAL: alt.sex.fetish.startrek (RESEND), May 11 1994
- from The Legacy of K/S on the Internet: Online K/S Fiction, an article in Legacy #1 (2007)
- Posted the first FAQ (Proposed) January 7, 1995 to a.s.f.s. Prior to this date there was no FAQ. The last time she posted the FAQ was May 5, 1996 to a.s.c.e. (Accessed October 11, 2008)