Diane Marchant

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Name: Diane Marchant
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Type: fan writer
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Diane Marchant published the first slash K/S story, "A Fragment Out of Time" in Grup #3, and its defense, "Pandora's Box... Again" in Grup #4.

From A 2006 Interview with Diane Marchant, published in 2007 as part of the K/S Legacy Project and in 2010 online here.

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!

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

She died April 5, 2006. [2]

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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