McShep Match Team Angst 2007 Interview with Rachael Sabotini

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Title: Team Angst McShep Match Interview with Rachael Sabotini
Interviewee: Rachael Sabotini
Date(s): July 28, 2007
Medium: online
Fandom(s): Stargate Atlantis
External Links: online here, Archived version
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Rachael Sabotini was interviewed in 2007 for McShep Angst.

It is part of this project: Team Angst and Romance McShep Match Interview Series.


I started writing fan fiction in…1988, I think. I remember that Star Trek: The Next Generation was in its first year, and I was fascinated by the homoerotic undertones of Klingon culture. I'd already read some Star Trek fan fiction by then, and decided to try my hand at writing Worf/Riker slash. The story isn't available on-line, and my personal copy of the zine it was published in was lost a long time ago, yay. It really was just that bad... In addition to ST:TNG, I also published zine slash stories about the Man from Uncle, Wiseguy, and the Professionals. I've written Highlander, Sentinel, Phantom Menace, PoTC, and a smattering of mostly gen Harry Potter. I've written a lot of small fandoms, too, and I read more widely that I write. I like to watch a couple of episodes of a show or to look at a few photos of a band or actors that have a lot of fannish attention, so I don't feel totally disconnected from what people are actively talking about. I'm a joiner and I do like to feel part of the crowd.

I love that anything can happen [in SGA], both on the show and in the fiction. The fans are great, able to take the most cracktastic ideas and find a way to make it work within the universe setting if that makes them happy. Or they can just bag the whole thing and go for broke, no matter where it takes them. The fans are fun, brilliant, diverse and opinionated, which makes it all terribly exciting. I love the energy it creates.