Jean Lamb

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Name: Jean Lamb
Alias(es): excessivelyperky
Type: writer
Fandoms: Star Trek: TOS, Darkover, Sherlock Holmes, The Professionals, Beauty and the Beast, and other fandoms.
URL: a 1997 bio/bibliography/WebCite
journal [1]
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Jean Lamb is a writer who wrote fiction based on Star Trek, Darkover, Sherlock Holmes, The Professionals, Beauty and the Beast, Final Fantasy I-VI, Harry Potter, and Discworld, and other fandoms.

Some of her fiction is here at FanFiction.Net.


In Darkover, her writing included stories printed in Contes Di Cottman IV and the short story "Shut-In" (published in the anthology Renunciates of Darkover, 1991). [2]

Her most well-known story is Masks. Masks, which was published as an issue of the fanzine Moon Phases.[3]

Jean Lamb's Star Trek works included

"The Affair of the Extraordinary Afghan"--fanfic involving Sherlock Holmes and Watson with a couple of members of the ST crew. Spock and Holmes talk logic as they search for the missing Captain Kirk, while Watson and McCoy retire with the brandy snifter and talk shop.

"How to Win at Fizzbin"--a helpful compendium of hints[2]

Her "Authorized Man/Kzin Wars story "Galley Slave" was published in Analog in August 1996.[2]

Marion Zimmer Bradley Fanfiction Controversy

The works involved in the controversy are Jean Lamb's story Masks and a prospective novel titled Contraband ascribed to Marion Zimmer Bradley. Both are said to have focused on the character of Regis Hastur. MZB had read Masks, and wrote to Lamb[4] sometime around 1992, offering a payment of $500 and acknowledgment in exchange for the use of Lamb's material in MZB's work-in-progress. Lamb tried to negotiate different terms, but the parties were unable to reach an agreement, and Contraband was never published.

The complicated controversy is frequently cited by authors who object to fanfiction to one degree or another, or as evidence that professional authors should avoid reading fanfic based on their published works, to a degree that approaches "urban legend" status.


  1. ^ the seventh book at, November 9, 2006
  2. ^ a b c Accessed October 10, 2008.
  3. ^ Re: The infamous Marion Zimmer Bradley case. March 19, 2001 post by Jean Lamb to rec.arts.sf.written. Accessed September 30, 2008.
  4. ^ The infamous Marion Zimmer Bradley case, 19 March 2001.