|Also Known As:|
|Works:||The Secret Country trilogy, Tam Lin, etc.|
|Official Website(s):||Pamela Dean's Site|
|Fan Website(s):||Pamela Dean at Wikipedia|
|On Fanlore:||Related pages|
Pamela Dean is an American fantasy author. Her works include the Secret Country trilogy (comprising The Secret Country, The Hidden Land, and The Whim of the Dragon); Tam Lin, a novel based on the Scottish ballad of the same name; and stories in the Liavek shared-world anthologies edited by Will Shetterly and Emma Bull.
As a Fan
Sometime in my early teens I started writing fan fiction. The purpose there, of course, was to provide more of what I liked best about my favorite television shows. My best friend wrote stories too, and we exchanged ours and egged each other on; so for the first time I had a specific audience, though we also argued bitterly about plot lines and characterization.
[Interviewer: Can I ask which shows you wrote about? Lois Bujold writes in a charming essay about the Star Trek stories she and her best friend passed back and forth. Was it Star Trek for you too, or something else?]Oh, yes, that was a fine essay. She and Lillian were a lot more energetic than I was. I did write a lot of Star Trek stuff, but not while the show was still on; it took me a while to get my mind around it and to really miss it. I wrote Man From U.N.C.L.E. stories and also, I am sorry to have to admit, a huge number of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea stories. I can still watch U.N.C.L.E. with pleasure, but Voyage makes me cringe now. What I liked about it then was not the monsters, but the enclosed society, the interactions of people crammed together in a small space; and also to some extent the technology, which was at least allegedly futuristic.
In response to a query by Fan Works Inc. in June 2001, Dean stated that she did not have a policy at that time regarding fanfiction based on her works, but would consult her agent for advice. She wrote in part:
I don't allow it or not allow it; the question has not come up before.
Oh, but it is tremendously flattering, there's no doubt about that. I know that the impulse to make fan fiction demonstrates that the original author did a very good job, because I have been on the other side. I've written and read Star Trek fan fiction and even tried to sell a novel to two different editors at Paramount, but they didn't like it. I would hate in any way to quash the impulse, but the law seems capable of landing me in a very nasty situation if I am not very careful. I was horrified to hear that Marion Zimmer Bradley had had to abandon a novel because of complications with fan fiction. I don't want to end up in a situation like that.
Other Involvement with Fandom
Dean was a Guest of Honor at Minicon 19 in 1983.
Cassandra Claire Plagiarism Controversy
- Main article: The Cassandra Claire Plagiarism Debacle
- The Secret Country series - Pamela Dean at AO3
- Tam Lin - Pamela Dean at AO3
- Books > Secret Country at FanFiction.Net