At Nine Worlds, I promised some notes on the locations of some older femslash fanfic, so here we go!
The main femslash archive back in the day, where most of us went first for fic, was The Pink Rabbit. It's still available, although no new fic has been posted in several years, at altfic.com
. And the person who ran it is still posted their excellent f/f fanart on AO3! Which was a nice surprise: PinkRabbitPro
The Xena writer who ended up writing a couple of episodes for the show is Melissa Good
, who writes Xena/Gabrielle fic and a long-running Xena Uber fic (Dar/Kerry) under Merwolf. Her page is Merwolf's Cave
. The episodes she wrote were in season six, "Coming Home" and "Legacy".
One of the big archives for Xena fic was The Royal Academy of Bards
. "Alternative" was ye olde term for F/F, and Mel & Janice were the in-show reincarnations of Xena and Gabrielle who spawned the Uber genre. Some of the old Uber fics have disappeared from the web (when authors pulled them to publish as f/f romance--if you're reading a lesbian romance from the late 90s/early 2000s and it has a suspiciously familiar combination of character archetypes...yeah, a lot of Ubers were pulled to publish way before 50 Shades did it!), but a fair number of fics are still on the old archives.
If anyone knows Xena authors who haven't put their stuff onto AO3, a legion of new and old Xena readers would be grateful if you could nudge them!
The big Buffy femslash archives have all long since gone inactive. Many of them were killed by the great Geocities purge, or by the Tripod decimation before that. Woe. A few of the fics are still on Pink Rabbit and you can try following some of the links over there, but be prepared for a lot of page not found errors.
The Janeway/Seven fic I mentioned, Just Between Us, can be found on Gina L Dartt's website
. Luckily, she's still maintaining her site so it hasn't been lost to the mists of time!
If anyone remembers anything we discussed and isn't here, let me know and I'll try to track it down. In the meantime, happy reading!
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