Timeline of K/S Fandom

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Fandom: Star Trek: The Original Series
Dates: 1967 - present
See also: Star Trek, Star Trek: The Original Series, Kirk/Spock (TOS), Kirk-Spock, List of Star Trek: The Original Series Fanzines, History of Slash Fandom, List of Star Trek TOS Zines Published While the Show Was Still On the Air

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Contents

Below is a timeline of K/S fandom from 1967 to 2012.

For a similar timeline, see Timeline of Star Trek Fandom.

1967

1968

  • A Fan Campaign succeeds in getting Star Trek renewed for a third season. And though it is cancelled after the third, it then had enough eps for syndication, helping it gain popularity through the 1970s
  • The Ring of Soshern by Jennifer Guttridge is written and circulated among friends in England.

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

  • Star Trek Lives! is published; its chapter on fanfiction introduces the idea of fan fiction to huge numbers of fans who'd never heard of it before, piquing interest and spreading the activity.

1976

1977

1978

  • The K&S vs K/S debate was prominent. Fans began complaining about the debate itself.
  • Thrust is the first K/S-only anthology to be published by Carol Frisbie.

1979

  • In December, Star Trek: The Motion Picture is released, rejuvenating ST and K/S fandom. From Boldly Writing: The movie "captured the imagination (or disdain) of many fans, revived the waning interest of some old-timers, brought new fans into the fold, and gave everyone something new and different to discuss and write stories about. It was the beginning of a new era of Star Trek fandom and fanzines -- the movie era."
  • The movie launches hundreds of post-Gol stories.
  • Star Trek: The Motion Picture came out, and perhaps more importantly for K/S fans, so did the novelization by Gene Roddenberry. In it, he coined a new word for the Kirk/Spock relationship, saying that Spock thought of Kirk as his t'hy'la, a Vulcan word that, the footnote tells us, can mean "friend," "brother" or "lover." K/S fans took it as canonical justification; after all Roddenberry didn't have to include "lover" in the definition. Strangely, non-K/Sers frequently tried to use it as "proof" that we were wrong. The Footnote: An Explication de Texte, published in 1997, is an awe-inspiring step-by-step refutation of the idea that Roddenberry's footnote disproves K/S.[1]
  • The Rack, published, a novel-length story that attempted to refute K/S. Unauthorized sequels appeared soon afterward, preceding similar 'fixes' for stories like Consequences in The Professionals fandom.
  • The movie rejuvenates all factions of Trek fandom; old fans come back, new fans arrive in droves -- and many of those fans become K/S fans.
  • Nancy Kipax and friends hold the first K/S Con houseparty -- held annually until 1987.[2]
Naked Times #1 (1978). The zine series ran to 32 issues; the last was published in 1994.
  • The new movie may have unleashed K/Sers' creative forces. After just a few K/S zines are published in the 70s, over 200 K/S zines came out in the 1980s. (There are over 500 K/S zines listed in the K/S Database.)

1980

  • Forum #12 started the tradition of identifying fanzines by a code telling what the contents were. "ST" meant a (non-K/S) Star Trek fanzine, "K/S" for K/S, "SW" meant a Star Wars fanzine, etc.
  • The first KiScon house party is held.

1981

  • At the first MediaWestCon, non-K/S fans were beginning to complain that "all the zines are K/S", even though the number was probably less than 1/4.[3] Score!
  • First issue of T'hy'la is published.

1982

1983

  • First open K/S convention, IDICon, in Houston, Texas. The con sponsored their own awards of merit, which they called the K/Star Awards.
  • 17 K/S zines came out

1984

  • In June, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock is released in the United States.
  • Harlan Ellison reviews The Search for Spock in Asimov's Science Fiction, a prozine which appears on newsstands nationwide. He mentions the fact that Star Trek has a fandom which has developed a culture of its own, with amateur publications, conventions, and "Kirk-shtups-Spock soft-core porn stories."
Cover of T'hy'la #4 (1984)
  • David Gerrold's updated World of Star Trek is published. In the chapter about conventions, he included a mention (complete with exclamation marks of disbelief) about a ridiculous idea called “slash”, which concerned Kirk and Spock having sex with each other. Fangirls the world over realized that there was a name for the thoughts they'd been having, and They Were Not Alone. (Fandom owes him a kick in the ass, and a cookie.)
  • First Time, a K/S anthology zine that eventually had sixty issues, publishes issue #1.
  • 23 K/S zines published

1985

  • Prominent K/S fan Toni Cardinal-Price was killed by drunk drivers. After her death, her stories were pulled together into an in memoriam zine: The Stories of Toni Cardinal-Price.
  • Killing Time published. After years of fannish whining about how horrible Pro Trek books were, and how fans could do it better, a prolific K/S writer and publisher sold Pocket Books her Trek manuscript. While not overtly slashy, the manuscript definitely wrote a Kirk and Spock closer than most pro Trek books did. The first printing was recalled after it was discovered that an earlier, even slashier version of the manuscript had made it to the press.
  • In the December there are 42 K/S fanzines and 160 non-K/S ST fanzines.
  • Joanna Russ publishes Another Addict Raves About K/S in Nome 8, before publishing it in one of her books later that year. Essay in Nome is widely praised -- modified version of the essay in a book aimed outside the K/S community raises consternation. Some fans feared that by promoting K/S as pornography, that new writers would join the community for the erotic first, instead for Kirk and Spock first. A fan quoted in Enterprising Women said about Russ's essay, "This stuff is private, and taking it out into public isn't going to get you well liked."[4]
  • Open Letter to K/S Fandom by David Gerrold
  • Open Letter to the Editors of All K/S Zines & All Other "/" Media Zines
  • K/S adzine/reviewzine/letterzine Not Tonight Spock! debuts.
  • 34 K/S zines published

1986

  • A Camille Bacon-Smith article titled "Spock Among the Women" comes out in The New York Times Book Review on November 16, 1986. Article explains what Star Trek fanzines are, but doesn't give contact information.
  • Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home comes out.
  • ST:TNG is announced. Gene Roddenberry states, "Eventually Picard and Riker will have a closer relationship than Kirk and Spock."[5]
  • As part of the Great Usenet Renaming, net.startrek becomes rec.arts.startrek.
  • First K/S convention, IDICon, in Houston, Texas. The con sponsored their own awards of merit, which they called the K/Star Awards.
Cover to Courts of Honor‎ (1985)
  • Courts of Honor won a Fan Q for Best Trek Novel. (Years later, claiming that the Fan Q staff didn't like slash, slash fandom will create its own slash-only award at MediaWestCon.)
  • Patricia Frazer Lamb and Diana Veith, both huge K/S fans, publish first academic paper on K/S, "Romantic Myth, Transcendence, and Star Trek Zines"
  • Star Trek IV comes out
  • In the October/November issue of Datazine, the zine-buyer's bible, the Sears Catalog Wishbook of zine fandom, the editors began to use two labels for Star Trek fanzines: "ST" for non-K/S fanzines, and "K/S" for that genre. In Datazine's December issue, in the December issue, there were 42 K/S fanzines and 160 non-K/S ST fanzines listed. Universal Translator soon followed suit. 35 K/S zines published; according to the editor of The LOC Connection, there were 31 K/S zines published in the U.S.; she did not list K/S zines published elsewhere

1987

1988

Cover of First Time #6 (1986) by Caren Parnes. The first issue is from 1984 and this zine series is still being published.
  • Last IDICon
  • 30 K/S zines published

1989

  • In June, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier is released in North America. Star Trek V is generally considered the worst original series Star Trek film.
  • Star Trek V comes out.
  • First Koon-ut-CaliCon K/S con
  • 27 K/S zines published

1990

1991

1992

  • 28 K/S zines published

1993

  • 27 K/S zines published

1994

  • 23 K/S zines published
  • Star Trek: Generations is released in November. It is the first Star Trek: The Next Generation film, but features three original series characters -- Kirk, Scotty, and Chekov. Kirk dies.

1995

  • Killa (as Killashandra) posts the first part of Turning Point, the first attributed K/S story on the internet, to the USENET group alt.sex.fetish.startrek.[6]
  • 13 K/S zines published -- beginning of the end; never again are more than 10-15 K/S zines published in a year.

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

  • KiScon 2008 is held in Los Angeles, CA in June.

2009

2010

  • Star Trek Reverse Bang is founded by Ileliberte with signups posted in January. Among the many pairings, nine stories contained Kirk/Spock slash or pre-slash/friendship.[8]
  • Kathy Resch launches an initiative, working with authors, to publish their zine stories on the K/S Archive and allow them a much wider audience.

2011

2012

References

  1. The Footnote by Judith Gran, 1997 on alt.startrek.creative
  2. Nancy Kipax' LJ
  3. Verba, pg 54: "This convention was the first time I encountered the "all Star Trek fanzines nowadays are K/S" attitude (though it was certainly not the last)".
  4. Bacon-Smith, Camille. Enterprising Women. University of Pennsylvania Press, 1992. pg 242]
  5. Verba, Joan. Boldly Writing. F T L Pubns, March 26, 2003, pg 76
  6. The group was succeeded by ASCEM
  7. Archived link of Slash Advent Calendar 2002. (Accessed 20 June 2012).
  8. ST Reverse Bang 2010 Masterlist on LJ (Accessed 18 June 2012).
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