Master and Apprentice (Star Wars: TPM archive)

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Name: Master and Apprentice
Date(s): 21 May 1999 - present
Archivist: Lori
Founder: sockii
Type: slash fanfic
Fandom: Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
URL: Master and Apprentice Archive, Archived version (defunct, 1999)
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Master and Apprentice is the main Phantom Menace slash archive, and is associated with the master_apprentice mailing list.

The archive was a member of the Jedi Grrls webring, SW Slash, the Slash Fan Fiction Ring and The FanFic Archives WebRing.[1]

The warning page featured a quote by Keelywolfe:

"A Long Time Ago in a Galaxy Far Far Away, George Lucas created Star Wars. And he looked at it and saw that it was good. And all was right in the world. But then, we saw that Obi-Wan doth look upon Qui-Gon with lust, and that Mr. Lucas was not likely to include that in the next movie, so we said screw it and wrote it ourselves, even though we do not make any money off of this. And all was right with the world." -- Keelywolfe


Sockii was the archive creator, owner, and moderator until November 2001. She asked for someone to take over that had a technical background since the archive was running on a unique Perl script database and Lori took over.

In 2003 Lori, published a fundraiser fanzine on CD to raise funds for the archive's operating costs: Master and Apprentice Archive Fundraising Zine that was original content that was distributed on CD in support of the archive. In 2005 there was another fundraiser with Fuumin's art that was very short lived. As of January 2011 the archive had over 4,200 stories. There is also a small gallery of fan art as well.

For more on the birth of this archive, see A funny thing happened on the way to my birthday…, posted by Sockii at Fan History Wiki's blog on May 18, 2009 [2]

As of March 1, 2014, the stories were imported to Archive Of Our Own, in the Master Apprentice Archive collection. The collection has over 1,100 works.


In 2000, Sockii created a CD as a fundraiser for the archive. It was a copy of the archive at the time and permission was not asked of the authors before the CD had begun mailings. A few authors were unhappy that distribution in a different format had not been cleared with them. The Jan 2001 CD contained 2179 stories and was in an interactive web browsing format, with stories indexed by title and author. It also contained the author bios.

Years later the website had the following statement:

Once upon a time (2000) there was a CD of the archive. There were many issues with permission with that CD and a question of use of the profit that came from it. Because of those issues the CD is no longer available. Please don't ask the archiver(s) for one. If there is a another CD it will only be with the explicit permission of the authors - but don't hold your breath.

In 2005, the new archive owner created a second fundraiser CD with artist and writer permission: We're Not Dead Yet.




Sample Fanart

The archive contained approximately 60-80 artpieces. Many of them were uncredited in the gallery. An archived version of the gallery can be seen here.


  1. Master and Apprentice,via Wayback: 1999. (Accessed 21 November)
  2. WebCite