Diane Marchant

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Diane Marchant was a Star Trek author and artist.

She is best known for having written the first published slash K/S story, "A Fragment Out of Time" in Grup #3, and its meta defense, "Pandora's Box... Again" in Grup #4.

In July 1978, Diane Marchant was mentioned in an issue of TV Times, which called her "Australia’s number one fan of the show." This article includes a photo. [1]

Diane ran the Star Trek fan club, Austrek, in Australia for many years and volunteered on many fan run conventions.

In 1982, Gene Roddenberry sent an audio letter to Diane which can be heard here on the Scotpress website.

Diane was a guest of honor at AussieTrek in 1979.

She died April 5, 2006. [2]

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Interviews

An excerpt:
I remember seeing something in the TV Times, it was a letter that Gene had answered to somebody - I wondered if this was fair-dinkum or just publicity. But there was an address there, so I gave it a try. I told him, more or less, what had happened to me and how he, with his series, said something to me. I just said I wanted to write and thank him and I gave him a few of the ideas that I thought of my philosophy which agreed with a few of the episodes that I'd seen. He wrote back with a gushing big letter saying "Yes." He's citing people all over the world, where it's reaching, that are actually seeing what he means (in the episodes). "It's amazing, the people running the studios haven't got the foggiest idea what I'm doing". He said he loved going there and sitting back listening to them talking, and thinking "Okay, I've pulled the wool over their eyes this time, how am I going to do it the next?". (Laugh) He started off by putting his ideas about anti-conscription and so on. Each main character is an extension of his personality; he would like to be a Captain Kirk, like to be cool and logical like Spock - so he used these people.
An excerpt:
One would have to be wearing blinkers to miss their [Kirk and Spock] growing of two souls becoming as one. It was a beautiful coming together of two halves. The hand needed the fingers if it were to function as its maker and nature planned. They were what was needed for the other. They were a whole. Sharing/caring/relying/ trusting/cherishing/etc. Adding strength to strength, permitting respite, adding closeness, humour, respect and like. In short, each bolstering the other’s strengths—by their friendship, devotion, security, and the constancy of knowing—they are not alone. From our discussion of such things came a natural progression—as to whether— given the century, if not all “love” was acceptable as legitimate. If one considered the IDIC as an universally accepted ideal—then the answer must be an unequivocal: YES!

Memories and Comments

Some might remember Diane for her tireless work in organising Trek events in Australia. Her most memorable contribution to humanity, however, will remain the two-page epic short story A Fragment Out of Time, published in issue #3 of the Grup fanzine in 1974. In amongst much coded prose could be found, for the first time ever, a description of a homosexual liaison between Captain James Tiberius Kirk of Earth and Dr Spock of Vulcan. This marked a turning point in the history of fanfic (which starts with the invention of paper - evidently fanfic was not suited to cuneiform), pushed along the history of feminist sf and kickstarted the slash fanfic phenomenon. As we speak, tricorders are being switched off and jumpsuits worn at half mast in her honour. Diane, millions of Trekkies salute you. [3]
I loved reading how she was first drawn into ST, and how the fans were keeping it going at a time when the show was over and it was believed there would never be any more of it. Ideas and thoughts were shared with friends, discussions of the characters flowed, and eventually the focus shifted to the two main characters, and their unique relationship and love. From this Diane wrote her story, not realizing the women she shared it with (affectionately called ‘the Grup sisters) decided to publish it! It was like letting the cat out of the bag – the fans went with it. I was very sorry to read that shortly after her contribution to Legacy, Diane passed away. She was a pioneer of what is today a beloved fandom, a fandom that is very precious to me personally. I am grateful to her for taking that step and writing what she truly believed was right there on the screen for all to see: Kirk and Spock in love. [4]

References

  1. WebCite
  2. Sue Bursztynski. A Fannish Funeral - vale Diane Marchant!, 17 April 2006. (Accessed 07 May 2011)
  3. Paul Montgomery. A... moment of... silence... please Spock..., 08 May 2006. (Accessed 07 May 2011)
  4. from a review of Legacy #1, printed in The K/S Press #132 (2007)
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