Interview with Rachel Shave

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Title: Interview with Rachel Shave
Interviewer: Susan P. Batho
Interviewee: Rachel Shave
Date(s): April 18, 2003
Medium: online as PDF
Fandom(s): Star Trek
External Links: effect of commercialisation and direct intervention by the owners of intellectual copyright : a case study : the Australian Star Trek fan community by Susan Batho (2009)
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Rachel Shave was interviewed at Perth WA.

The interview was included in an academic paper by Susan P. Batho which addresses the effect of the Viacom Crackdown, TPTB, and Australian fandom.

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I entered, it would have been about 1980. I was a fan before that but I only entered Fandom itself in about 1980. I was going along to the Anzac House screenings, and then I joined ASTREX of NSW Star Trek Club in about 1983 I think it was. It was certainly before metric, 1984. Yes, 1984. I was involved actively in the Fandom from then until 1993, when I moved over to Western Australia to live and I went and lived in the country. I lost contact with official Fandom at that stage.
As soon as I joined the Star Trek Club, I phoned up the editor at that stage, and became a dogs-body on the newsletter. I was typing and proof reading for that, collecting articles. I started taking to organizing conventions as a dogs-body. I attended conventions, made costumes, went along to opening nights. Eventually I was an editor of Data proofing for two years and I can’t remember the dates, it was some time in the 80’s.
Engaging through emails has made it much easier to be a fan. In pre-Internet days, you had to meet someone who was already in fandom to gain an entrance. For me, this meant I had to wait until I went to Sydney and I came across a flier about the monthly Anzac House screenings of Star Trek episodes. (This was even before the days of video, so it was the only way I could see episodes.) It was through this avenue that I became an active member of fandom. Nowadays, fandom has very much moved onto the Internet. While I think engaging in e-mails has made access to fandom easier, or at least keeping in contact with fans from other sides of the country or on different continents, it is the Web and particularly live journal (LJ) that has really taken over as the primary site of fandom in the last couple of years – certainly since 2004. Nowadays, you can search for your fannish interest in Google and pretty much any fandom will give some hits, with big ones such as Harry Potter giving literally hundreds of thousands member in it. I still get together (physically) with fans on a regular monthly basis when we sit around and talk about our various fannish interests, watch episodes or songvids etc. There are also conventions and weekends that I attend on occasion. However, I keep in contact with my fan friends through LJ in between meetings. I also engage with fans that I have never met and probably will never meet in the flesh, but I have ongoing, meaningful discussions with them. I feel that this is an equally valid aspect of fandom and, these days, I cannot imagine my life without either physical or online fandom.
I heard, I was reading on the net recently there seems to be a breach between old zine culture and current internet culture, and there seems to be a friction between the two groups of people. There doesn’t seem to be too much intermesh between them. Which is a shame because I can see a place for both of them I guess that’s because I was a fan from the zine era yet I get my fiction now from the internet. If I could read examples of the fiction from the internet I’d buy it. I think it’s very sad you can’t actually look at [the fanzine]. Because they’re very expensive too and I think that’s got a lot to do with it, because with one zine you’re looking at large costs you’re looking at around $50,and spending $50 for sight unseen, for something you may not like the work of is a heck of lot money to write away to possibly no return.