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Pairing: Tris/Alex
Alternative name(s): Derek Quinn and Allyn Sterling, Zepfic
Gender category: m/m
Fandom: Led Zeppelin
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The pairing of Tris and Alex is from the RPS fandom and is coded Led Zeppelin.

To show respect for the real people and to avoid possible legalisms, the writers in the Led Zeppelin fandom often changed the names of the real Jimmy Page and Robert Plant.

One pair of writers, Nancy Arena and Pam Rose, named them Tris and Alex in their short stories and their novel For All the Gods Departed. These names caught on, and other people in the small fandom used those names as well.

appears to be a fan's fictional timeline, perhaps from "The Binder of Pain". See some of the story titles under "Additional Stories"
appears to be a fan's fictional timeline, perhaps from "The Binder of Pain." See some of the story titles under "Additional Stories"

Unlike media fandom Tris/Alex fandom did not have TV episodes to create their canon, but fans used live footage that as one fan explained: "Some of which could be called good hair/pants days, and other concerts/interviews that even their not show them at their best." [1] Still slash fans, like fans before and after, happily persevered to create their own fanon.

As one fan explained the lack of canon was actually a benefit to those writing RPS: "And the best part is--it *isn't* scripted! We *don't know* what will happen next! Will they stay together? We hope so, but we don't know. Will they "declare their undying love/lust for each other?" Although we're not holding our collective breath for that one, *we don't know*. The remote chance is--they might! After all, as you noted in your message, Robert yelled out at the end of a recent concert in Scotland, "We're back! And we're courting!" So who can tell? That's both the joy and hardship of this particular fandom." [2]

With such a small fandom struggling to swim upstream against the tide of fans dubious of RPS, all fan fiction, even unfinished stories, was greeted with joy: "In fact, back in my Tris/Alex days I had an entire 3-ring binder of unfinished stories by all sorts of writers. Megan Kent started it, and called it "The Binder of Pain." There was so little *finished* fiction in the fandom, sometimes I just had to reread these little unfinished pieces, even though I knew I'd be a wreck afterwards..." [3]

Derek Quinn and Allyn Sterling

Bird of Paradise is a fanwork with a similar premise. It is an explicit slash coded crossover with Starsky and Hutch/OCs (Derek Quinn and Allyn Sterling) who most fans believed were based on Led Zeppelin. According to the author, however, the OCs were instead based on real people in a lesser known band.[4]

Additional Stories

Fan Comments


I find that the problem (if problem it is) [of missing exposition] is even worse in a set of stories in the same author-universe, like the Tris/Alex main stories, or Vas/Dex or what was that long set of k/s stories, Continum? something with a 'C' where they did it once, and then went back and filled in the blanks, and then did a sequel after they died? Any of the stories stand alone in a thematic sense: they all fave their own plots and climaxes, and yet, because you are assumed to have read all of the other stories, they don't go on and on about how much these guys care about each other, or whay they can trust each other; you know there is this enormous back story, and it lets you allude to the depth of their relationship very quickly, rather than actually having to show and tell it. I think this is a strength (usually), but it does explain to me why when I read just a couple of out of order Vas/Dex stories, and later a couple of out of order Tris/Alex stories, neither of them grabed me. You have to read the whole series, even though the plots are self contained, to get the emotional connection. [5]


  1. Sandy Herrold posting to the Virgule-L mailing list September 13, 1994, quoted with permission.
  2. Posted to the Virgule-L mailing list September 12, 1995, name withheld.
  3. Sandy Herrold posting to Virgule-L mailing list June 22, 1998, quoted with permission.
  4. from the author: Gloria Galasso. Email to gardeners list. April 13, 2010.
  5. Sandy Hereld, June 15, 1993, comment at Virgule-L, quoted with permission