fiction, usually fantasy or science fiction, written by a fan rather than a professional author, esp. that based on already-existing characters from a television series, book, film, etc.; (also) a piece of such writing
The second issue of SCIENCE ADVENTURE STORIES out soon! 64 pages of good fan fiction. Only 15¢ a copy, four issues for 60¢. Soon to go bi-monthly.
And Milt is to be congratulated on the story…it is definitly [sic] pro and not fan fiction.
Fan fiction…Properly, the term means fiction about fans, or sometimes about pros, and occasionally bringing in some famous characters from stf stories.
Fan fiction, (1) Sometimes meaning by fans in the manner of pros; that is, ordinary fantasy published in a fanzine. Properly, it means (2) fiction by fans about fans (or sometimes about pros) having no necessary connection with stfantasy.
Laura, whose ambition is to become a professional writer, has been writing STAR TREK fiction since her early teens, and was recently nominated for a Hugo Award for fan fiction for her series ‘Federation and Empire’.
What fringe-fans on the Trek experience don’t realize is that in STAR TREK fan fiction the concept of a character dying is quite common as this allows the writers to explore the other characters more deeply by examining their reactions to the death of an old friend.
Best of all, the editorial approach focuses squarely on the nuts and bolts of the game system, avoiding the lame fan fiction and long winded analyses that drag down so many do-it-yourself publications.
Chris Carter may bar X-Filers Mulder and Scully forever from consummating their deep bond—but it’s a common fantasy in the archives of fan fiction, where familiar TV and movie characters populate digital poems, scripts, short stories—even full-length novels—that span hundreds of websites and Usenet discussion groups. Readership figures are elusive, but fanfic’s America Online index page has collected a half million hits in the past year.
We're burning everything… The Wesley/Worf slash fanfiction sent in ‘just in case we had an interest’.
Added to the OED as a subordinate entry under "fan" in December 2004.
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