Andromeda

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Introduction

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The Canon

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Terminology

Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.

  • Bekaneers: "people whose favorite character is Captain Rebecca "Beka" Valentine. They are one of the more stable groups of fans, and guys in love with Lisa Ryder compose only a sizable minority of their members. They get along fine with all other fan factions. The Bekaneers do not have a defined leadership, although you could say that their Honorary leader is Ethlie Ann Vare herself." [1]
  • Dylanites: "people whose favorite character is Captain Dylan Hunt. They are about evenly divided between women who are in love with Kevin Sorbo and other people (male and female) who just like his character. Dylanites tend to get very annoyed when you call Captain Hunt a "Boy Scout", but otherwise get along fine with other faction members. The acknowledged leader of the Dylanites is Lil Wolf, who goes by the handle "Dylanite" on the SlipstreamBBS." [2]
  • Harpies: "people whose favorite character is Seamus Zelazny Harper. They mainly consist of women who are in love with Gordon Michael Woolvett, although there is a sizeable minority who just like Harper's sense of humor. Harpies tend to get along with everyone, much like Harper himself. Their acknowledged leader is a SlipstreamBBS member who goes by the handle "Shurikan". The Harpies have their own website at http://sparkycola.topcities.com/ if you're interested." [3]
  • Minor Character Factions: "A couple of the guest characters have proved popular enough to have their own factions, even though one of them hasn't even appeared on screen yet! How long before that Perseid customs officer from The Honey Offering gets his own fan group?" [4]
  • Reverants: "people whose favorite character is Rev Bem. A small group, they are about evenly divided between women who are in love with Brent Stait, and others who just like the character for his personality. Luckily, there seem to be no fans who are in love with Rev Bem for his looks. They get along with everyone, and their acknowledged leader is Lena Bem, who also runs a Brent Stait website at http://www.brentstait.co.uk/ if you're interested." [5]
  • ROMans: "people whose favorite character is Rommie. They are mainly composed of men who are in love with Lexa Doig, and can you blame them? Wow! Anyway, they tend to get along with everyone, and their acknowledged leader is a SlipstreamBBS member who goes by the handle "FMD", which stands for "Future Mr. Doig", and he is often referred to as "The Emperor". The Roman website (known as the Roman Empire, of course), can be found at http://rommiesromans.homestead.com/ if you're interested." [6]
  • Trancers: "people whose favorite character is Trance Gemini. They consist mainly of men who are in love with Laura Bertram, with or without the purple body paint. Trancers do not get along well with Tyrants, and they hate it when you call Trance a "purple monkey". Their acknowledged leader is a man who goes by the handle "enTranced" on the SlipstreamBBS, who also coined the term "Trancers", and is sometimes referred to as "The General". He got the idea from the "Trancers" series of sci-fi action movies, in which Trancers are zombie-like creatures who, hopped up on drugs, tend to kill people unless a rogue cop named Jack Deth kills them first. Bad movies, but good fans." [7]
  • TYRants: "people whose favorite character is Tyr Anasazi. They are about evenly divided between women in love with Keith Hamilton Cobb and people (male and female) who want to grow bone spurs and become Nietzscheans. Tyrants hate it when you call Tyr a "Tree" (some do because of Keith's supposedly wooden acting style, others just to annoy the Tyrants), and tend to not get along well with Trancers. The acknowledged leader of the Tyrants is John Burke, a moderator on the SlipstreamBBS, although Slipstream members BobDylanite and Iolanthe (who coined the term "Tyrant" in the first place) are also considered spokespeople for the Tyrants." [8]

Timeline

Below is a partial timeline of events in the Andromeda fan community.

2000

2001


2004

2006

Number of LiveJournal communities compared to mailing lists created by year from the following fandoms: Andromeda, Charmed, CSI,Gilmore Girls, Harry Potter, Xena, X-Files. Totals are based on years of creation found on those fandom's article pages as of December 15, 2006.

2009

  • On January 8, 2009, Andromeda-Web.com announced the Andromeda Re-Watch of 2009. The idea was to generate new interest in the show and revive the online community.

Kerfluffles

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Fan Fiction

Fan fiction was posted a variety of places in the Andromeda fandom. These include mailing lists, fan fiction archives, message boards and blogging services like LiveJournal.

By March 2006, fen think the fan fiction community is dying. One of the reasons attributed to this is the show having gone off the air. [17]

By 2008, the fan fiction writing community activity level had leveled off. There were not the sheer number of new works that had been published in earlier years.

LiveJournal

Andromeda fan fiction was being posted on LiveJournal by 2003. Fan fiction specific communities did not begin to catch on until later when specific communities were created to cater to them. This includes andromeda_100, a drabble community founded on March 22, 2006 [18] and andromedafix, created for the posting and review of Andromeda fan fiction, created on June 22, 2006. [19]

Mailing lists

On March 8, 2002, the mailing list beka-tyr was created for the posting of Beka Valentine/Tyr Anasazi fan fiction. [20] It was one of several Andromeda fan fiction mailing lists that served the community.


Non-English language communities

French

Compared to other French language communities, this community is one of the smaller ones found on FanFiction.Net.

On February 2, 2003, L'arme de la République by millenium-dragon1 became the first French language Andromeda story published on FanFiction.Net. [21][22]

As of February 15, 2008, there is 1 French language story on FanFiction.Net.

German

On July 20, 2002, Ein perfekter Tag by jadzia1 became the first German language story published on FanFiction.Net. [23][24]

As of February 15, 2008, there are 39 German language stories on FanFiction.Net.

Spanish

Compared to other Spanish language communities, this community is one of the smaller ones found on FanFiction.Net.

On October 3, 2004, Cuando el final es ahora by Andrea d' Epinay became the first Spanish language Andromeda story published on FanFiction.Net. [25][26]

As of February 15, 2008, there is 1 Spanish language story on FanFiction.Net.

Fan fiction policy and history

According to Bolingbroke in a post to Brunching Shuttlecoks BB dated December 7, 2001, the folks of Andromeda tolerate fan fiction. In the post she says:

As a side note, one of the few fandoms I'm particularly involved in is Andromeda, and I post at Slipstream BBS, which is kind of an interesting case as it's frequented by several members of the writing and creative staff. There's a fanfic forum there, and while the writers who post at Slipstream can't read it for legal reasons, they don't mind that it's there. (Consequently, there's a very strict policy about posting story ideas; anything in the general or episode fora that looks like it's getting into that territory gets moved over to fanfic.) It all seems to work out fairly well. [27]


Real Person Fic

Like most traditional media fan fiction communities, the majority of the fandom was intolerant of ActorFic based on actors from the show. Fan fiction archives and mailing lists did not tolerate th material in the same fan space as their material based on characters from the show.

On July 18, 2002, the mailing list Andromeda_Romance was created for the posting of Andromeda fan fiction. Real Person Fic based on the actors was banned from the list. [28]

The Internet

LiveJournal

By 2002, a number of mailing list members had moved to LiveJournal. They started creating communities dedicated to the show on LiveJournal. Many of these communities were largely inactive by 2007.

Below is a partial timeline of Andromeda related LiveJournal creation dates.


Mailing Lists

Mailing lists played an important role in the earlier Andromeda fandom and continue to serve as a place where fans can get updates on people related to the show, fandom activities and find new fan fiction. By 2005, a number of these lists had gone quiet, with most new content being spam.

Below is a partial list of Andromeda related mailing lists founded by date.

Usenet

The Andromeda community was served by alt.tv.andromeda and a couple of people affiliated with the show read and posted on the community. It was why people asked that no fan fiction be posted to the group: If it was posted, those folks would have to leave the group. [49]

Canadians got to watch six episodes before Americans. This led to some anti-Canadian sentiment on alt.tv.andromeda. [50]

Shipping

"Andromeda fandom is notable for its laid-back approach to shipping—in all my time in the fandom, I've yet to see a serious shipping war. This is good. It means that Harper/Trance, Harper/Beka, Harper/Rommie (and Harper/Andromeda), Harper/Dylan, Harper/Tyr, Harper/Rhade (Gaheris and Telemachus), Harper/OFC, Harper/OMC, Harper/Minor Character Who Was Only Seen In One Episode, and Harper/Doyle are all written about enthusiastically, and no one fears repercussions from it. No matter how crack your pairing is, someone has thought of one crackier." [51]

National communities

The Andromeda fandom has a number of national communities included in it that have their own histories. These communities exist because of language issues, different cultures, distance, canon release dates differing and a variety of other factors.

Australia

On January 31, 2001, the Australian Andromeda mailing list australianandromedaalliance was created. [52]

Canada

On October 7, 2000, Andromeda premiered on television in Canada. [53]

Czech Republic

On May 20, 2006, a Czech language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [54]

Czech fansites

Brazil

On August 30, 2002, the show premiered on television in Brazil. [55]

On August 9, 2007, a Portuguese language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [56]

France

On September 22, 2001, the show premiered on television in France. [57]

On October 27, 2005, a French language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [58]

French sites

Germany

On September 5, 2001, the show premiered on television in Germany. [59]

On October 10, 2002, the Andromeda mailing list Andromeda_Fanfiction was created. [60]

On November 8, 2003, a German language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [61]

German sites

Hungary

On October 21, 2001, the show premiered on television in Hungary. [62]

On June 28, 2007, a Hungarian language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [63]

Hungarian fansites

Ireland

On September 28, 2000, the Andromeda mailing list AndromedaUK was created. [64] It was for fans of the show living in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

On October 9, 2000, Andromeda premiered on television in Ireland and the United Kingdom. [65]

Italy

On July 25, 2003, the mailing list Andromeda was created. [66]

On October 29, 2005, the show premiered on television in Italy. [67]

On January 21, 2006, an Italian language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [68]

Italian sites

Lithuania

On August 5, 2007, a Lithuanian language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [69]

New Zealand

On January 7, 2002, the show premiered on television in New Zealand. [70]

Poland

On June 23, 2005, a Polish language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [71]

Polish fansites

Portugal

On August 9, 2007, a Portuguese language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [72]

Russia

On September 1, 2001, the show premiered on television in Russia. [73]

On February 10, 2006, the LiveJournal community ru_andromeda was created for Russian fans of Andromeda. [74]

On July 12, 2006, a Russian language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [75]

Slovakia

On September 8, 2004, a Slovak language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [76]

Spain

On April 7, 2002, the show premiered on television in Spain. [77]

On April 17, 2005, a Spanish language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [78]

Spanish sites

Sweden

On September 10, 2001, the show premiered on television in Sweden. [79]

On April 3, 2005, a Swedish language article about Andromeda was created on Wikipedia. [80]

United Kingdom

On September 28, 2000, the Andromeda mailing list AndromedaUK was created. [81] It was for fans of the show living in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

On October 9, 2000, Andromeda premiered on television in Ireland and the United Kingdom. [82]

Role Playing

People role played in the Andromeda fandom. Interest in this form of fannish expression started rather earlier. An example of that interest can be seen with the creation of the role-playing mailing list andromedarising which was created on November 11, 2000. [83] A number of other mailing lists for role playing would be created, including AAndromedaAscendantRPG on March 2, 2003, [84] AndromedaTierEsRiegn on February 29, 2004, [85] ANDROMEDA1RPG on March 14, 2004, [86] and AAndromedaAscendantRPGOOC on March 16, 2006. [87]

Fandom size

November 2006

Comparative size of fandom based on archive sizes from November 2006
Comparative size of fandom based on archive sizes from November 2006

As of November 21, 2006, there are 72 stories on Mightier Than the Sword [88] and 1,807 on FanFiction.Net. [89]

December 2006

Includes data on total stories posted to FanFiction.Net on December 28, 2006 and January 3, 2007, total of new stories added during those periods, number of LiveJournal communities and users with the fandom as an interest, number of news stories on Google, number of episodes on television in a two week period.
Same chart as above only including Quizilla totals from December 2006

There are 1,810 stories on FanFiction.Net as of December 9, 2006. [90]

February 2008

There are 1,908 stories on FanFiction.Net as of February 15, 2008. [91]

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See also

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