1994

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1994 was a big year in fan fiction. A lot of television shows and artists who would have communities based on them down the line are on television or are releasing albums. Usenet continued to be a cluster point for a number of fan fiction communities that were existing on-line. There were not as many influential mailing lists in this period.

In the world of canon universes, a number of things were going on. Babylon 5 was in its first season on television. X-Files was entering its second season. Star Trek: The Next Generation was in its last season. Star Trek: Deep Space 9 was in its second season. Due South and ER were in their first seasons. Gundam, Gargyoles and Hercules were on the air in their first runs. Blink 182 released their first album.

The Doctor Quinn, Medicine Woman fan fiction community was started this year. This can be pegged to the start of the Doctor Quinn Discussion list. The mailing list would have a number of stories posted to it and would later go on to have a direct impact on the canon universe.

The X-Files fan fiction community got started with the posting of several stories to Usenet. The early stories included Birds of a Feather by Cliff Chen, a Doctor Who crossover, and Eve Unplugged by Steven Han.

The Lois and Clark fan fiction community was busy this year. Their biggest archive was created by this time. They had a Usenet group. The community was using IRC to communicate in real time. At some point in this fan fiction community’s history, Terri Hatcher would become involved as she hung out in one of the IRC rooms. Eventually, she even invited fen down to the set of the show.

The anime community continued. This year, the Bubblegum Crisis Fan Fiction Guide was founded.

The comic book fan fiction community gained a bigger net presence this year thanks to Usenet. On January 11, alt.comics.fanfiction was created for the purpose of comic book fans to post their fan fiction. The FAQ for the group was originally maintained by Andy Jones.

The zine scene was still out there with a number of active communities. One community was Highlander. Among the zines they would publish this year included Immortal Tales.

The reaction of media companies to fan fiction continued to not always be positive. Around this year, according to Kristen Sheley, TSR Inc. started their policy of actively discouraging people from writing fan fiction and producing fan art based on their copyrighted and trademarked material.


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