The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive

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Archive
Name: The Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive
Date(s): 2005-present
Archivist: Killa
Founder: Killa
Type: eFiction, automated archive
Fandom: Star Trek, Kirk/Spock
URL: http://www.ksarchive.com
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The K/S Archive is an archive for Kirk/Spock slash fiction. It's primarily slash, but gen "friendship" stories are also permitted. RPF is not allowed to be posted to the archive.

In 2009, with the new movie, the archive expanded to include that universe, and in late May 2009 was reorganized further to allow visitors to search specifically for Star Trek: TOS stories or ST XI stories if they wished. The archive's banner reflects the change, showing images of both sets of Kirk and Spock.

New banner, showing images of both sets of Kirk and Spock (2009)

Some History

Available and popular is wonderful, but it’s probably safe to say that the majority of K/S fans prefer not to be restricted to pieces free of all adult references. It seemed like the advantages of the electronic information age were not being tapped. The adult archives were fragmented; the dominant one was restrictive to authors and perpetually only partially indexed. Server space and bandwidth prices had dropped dramatically, and it was the age of dynamic Web pages and free open source scripts. It seemed that it should be feasible to have an area of the Web where writers could publish, modify or remove a Kirk/Spock related story at will. A place where readers could go to read stories for free, print them out if they choose, and self-assemble a personalized zine with one’s stories of choice.

Other fan fiction sites were doing it. Why not K/S? In 2005, it happened when Killa opened up ksarchive.com. Says Killa, “With this archive, I’ve tried to create a space for K/S that’s inclusive rather than exclusive—a ‘one-stop shop’ for all things K/S. For this reason, the archive does welcome stories about the Kirk-Spock relationship that are pre-slash, or gen; it does welcome polyamorous stories, and stories where K/S is not the only relationship. The idea is that, while welcoming stories that fit a broader definition of K/S (and might be of interest to K/S readers), it also allows readers to select from specific categories, so that they can view only the stories that interest them.” Currently, it’s over 500 submissions strong and growing with both brand new fiction and previously printed stories finding a new audience in online readers.

While the K/S archive is about ideal for K/S authors desiring a Web presence, would-be readers are impeded by the fact that stories being added are at the author’s discretion. Authors must be willing to have their works presented there and must take the time and effort to submit a copy. Only a minor fraction of all the K/S out there has been added. [1]

References

  1. from the 2007 article If They're Called Web Pages, Shouldn't They Be Collected Into Zines?
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