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Roswell told the story of three teenaged aliens: Max Evans, his sister, Isabel, and their friend, Michael Guerin. They were stranded in Roswell, New Mexico, with no idea who they were, but knowing that they had powers that were unexplained (Max could heal, Isabel could visit people in their dreams - "dreamwalk" - and Michael could destroy things). They assumed that they originated from the famed "Crash of '47." Much of the show was dedicated to the three aliens discovering the secret of their past. To that end, eventually, a fourth alien, Tess Harding, was also introduced.
The story of Roswell kicked off when a local high school student, Liz Parker, was shot in her family's cafe, the Crashdown, by accident. Max healed Liz, because he was secretly in love with her, and, thus, exposed his secret to her. Liz's best friends, Maria and Alex, were eventually brought in on the secret as well. Another important character was the sheriff of Roswell, Jim Valenti, who was the original antagonist in the series, as he tried to expose Max's true identity. He became Max's ally later in the series, after Max healed Valenti's son, Kyle, who also became an important character. In Season 3, the character of Jesse Ramirez was introduced, as a love interest for Isabel.
Fanfiction was written for Roswell from the very beginning. More details will follow below.
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Below is a list of terms and their definitions that are used in this fan community.
Most terminology in Roswell Fanfiction is related to romantic pairings. Some of the major pairings are listed below:
Ground Zero (GZ): Max/Maria
In Crowd: Kyle/Isabel
Awakened Dreamer: Zan/Liz
Mental Vibrator: Michael/Tess
Please see Roswell ships for a more comprehensive list of shipper terms used in the Roswell fandom.
There is also some terminology which refers to "type" of story:
Canon: stories which pick up from events which occured on the show
Alternate Universe/AU: stories which place the characters in alternate universes, either with aliens or without
CC: Conventional Couple pairings. These are the pairings which were majorly explored on the show and are considered the "canon" pairings: Max/Liz, Michael/Maria, Alex/Isabel, and, to a lesser degree, although increasing recently, Kyle/Tess. Although Max/Tess, Liz/Kyle, Isabel/Jesse, and several others were explored on the show, to lesser or greater degrees, they are rarely considered "conventional."
UC: Unconventional Couple pairings. These are stories which pair characters who were not necessarily paired on the show, or might have been, for a short time, but are still considered "unconventional" - popular examples would be Michael/Liz, Max/Tess, Isabel/Kyle, and Max/Maria. There are many others.
Crossover: Stories where Roswell is crossovered with other shows, movies, books, etc. There are popular "crossover" pairings in Roswell fandom. An example would be X-Tremers, who pair Liz with Alec from the T.V. show Dark Angel
Below is a partial timeline of events that took place in this fan community.
- On October 6, 1999, the 1ALL_ROSWELL mailing list was created. 
- On October 7, 1999, the All-Roswell mailing list was created. 
- From 1999 to 2000, part of this fan fiction community was very active on FanForums. Members posted stories and gave feedback on the site.
- "At the end of the first two seasons, in 2000 and 2001, fans peppered network offices with more than 10,000 bottles of Tabasco sauce. The effort eventually branched out to include charitable donations tied to the show, but none of it was enough to get Roswell past its third year." 
- On June 10, 2004, the LiveJournal community roswell_fandom was created. 
- On July 2, 2004, the MySpace group roswell was created. 
- Fanfiction continues to be written in this fandom. The largest and most popular site is Roswell Fanatics. It has over 6000 members. As well has hosting current fics, it has a huge archive of older fics and several discussion boards. It also hosts the Roswell Fanfiction awards.
- April 15th of 2006, the Roswell Heaven board was created by lissalou72. It is a spin-off from the now closed Dreaming Among the Stars board. It has a archived a number of now defunct Roswell fanfic sites such as Alien Blast, The Boardello of Fanfic, Dreaming Among the Stars, and others. It also houses current fics and works in progress. Roswell Heaven is known for being a friendly board, with an open chat room, discussion threads, monthly fanfiction awards - the Orbit awards, the Vilondra Project and Not of this Earth quarterly writing challenges, and seasonal games and contests.
- Candy is Dandy is a board for candy fans and candy fics only. It is one of the oldest and most enduring sites in the fandom Candy is Dandy. Some fics from this board can be found on other sites but many are exclusive to CID. In June 2010, a chatroom was established on the board for the first time.
- In Sept of 2009, RoswellOracle opened her personal Roswell Archives to the public. She has been collecting Roswell info and pics since the beginning, and is hosting it on her Roswell site so everyone can access to it. RoswellOracle.com
The Archive is still in progress, but has many sections with a huge amount of information, including - Series Info & Episode Guide, Series Reference & Dictionary, Character & Places Guide, Series Timeline, Press Releases & Publicity, Series Music, Silver Handprint Archive, Internet Culture, Theories & Speculation, Merchandise, and more.
- In 2010, fanfiction for this fandom is still going strong. Some of the largest sites that are still active are Roswell Fanatics, Candy is Dandy and Roswell Heaven
This section has been moved to Roswell kerfluffles.
The Future Arc by Danilise
Roswell Elementary Series by Kara and Emily
Homes by EmilyLuvsRoswell
The Son Series by Midwest Max
A Call to Arms by Bennie
Happenstance by Angel
Born of the Stars by Kath7
Everything you are by Javagin
AU With Aliens
Spin by incognito
This Brilliant Dance by mangoaddict
Here Be Dragons by tequathisy
AU Without Aliens
Own Me/Our Story by jasper711
My Life as a Teenaged Superhero by Deejonaise and Applebylicious
Not So Little by Applebylicious
Gold diggers by nibbles2
Still Yours by Kzinti_Killer (Roswell/Highlander)
Don't Dream It's Over by Calinia (Roswell/Dark Angel)
The Experiment Series by LivE
Captive Hearts by Breathless
Revelations by EmilyLuvsRoswell
Antarian Sky by Rosdeidre
Yours by Deejonaise
Serendipity: Every Path Leads to You by Majesty
The Bitter Dregs by Tasyfa
Snapshot by max and liz believer
Burning To Feel by Sylvia37
The Praetorians by DocPaul
Rebels and Saviors by DocPaul
The Day We Never Kissed by DocPaul
Routines by Chicky
The Short-Term Fix by Yettaren
Lost In America by candylovespell
Passion by April
521 by April
The Truths About Dating And Mating by Fehrbaby
521 by April
Passion by April
Love and the Single Woman by StargazerUK
The Letter by StargazerUK
Almost Perfect by vegas312
My Angel by KarenEvans
Absolution by Rowedog
The Fourth by Icalynn
I Could Have Loved You by jbangelo
Nothing To Lose by jbangelo
The Polar Novel by Whiteotter
Finding Ulysses by Peachykin
Memory of Her by Peachykin
Journey's End by Darkvixen
Nemesis Game by Darkvixen
Poison by Zanzabehr aka PolarTruckin'
Point of Origin by various authors
Hands Of An Artist by RoswellOracle
Second Chances by femmenerd
Providence by mangoaddict
Remnants by Didi
To Sunrise From Indigo by jbangelo
Paradise Lost by Elizabeth
Lost And Found by Midwest Max
My Beloved Wife by Midwest Max
Other UC Pairings
Analecta by Hauntedd
Desperately Wanting by jbangelo
The Cravings Series by RoswellOracle
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As of January 7, 2008 there are 3,326 stories on FanFiction.Net  and 83 stories on Twisting the Hellmouth . RoswellFanatics.net has a total of 128584 articles and 4914 registered users , and Roswellian Chronicles has 758 registered users.
However, the Roswell fandom did not tend to gravitate towards boards such as FanFiction.Net. Instead, it centered around numerous Roswell-only boards such as RoswellFanatics.net and other discussion communities or ship-specific sites (examples include Candy Is Dandy and PolarAttraction.com which has more than 1430 members, 12000 posts, and 696 stories on its archive).
In addition, the Roswell fandom is notorious for hosting a vast amount of "lurkers," or fans who read fanfiction and discussions without ever registering or participating in any way. As such, there is no way to accurately gauge their numbers.
Roswell Fanfiction Sites
Below is a partial list of articles and academic sources to help you continue to learn about this community.
- Stein, L. E. (2002). Subject: 'Off topic: Oh my God, US terrorism!: roswell fans respond to 11 September. European Journal of Cultural Studies. 5 (4), 471-491.
- Storm, Jonathan. "Save My Show!" The Philedelphia Inquirer. 28 March 2007. 
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