Fanfiction is an integral part of Star Trek
history. Most people will tell you that Kirk and Spock were the first ever 'slash pairing' - for the uninitiated, that's a fan-imagined romance between two characters of the same sex - although others reckon this stuff goes back as far as the Bible.
(We don't recommend dwelling on that last thought for too long, by the way.)
And while the likes of EL James
haven't done much to improve its unsavoury rep, fanfiction in its place is a fine and admirable creative pursuit, allowing young writers to develop their technique within an established universe and take an active role in the fandoms they love.
A lot of it's also much better written than the soul-destroying novelisations that film studios pay half-rate writers to churn out. We're all for fanfiction at Digital Spy
, make no mistake. That being said, there is some very, very weird stuff out there in the Trek
fandom. We've selected nine of the best examples - a mix of story summaries and actual extracts – to prove our point.
James T Kirk in 'Star Trek: The Original Series'
1) "Spock knocked you up?" Bones asked quietly, eyes wide, lips pulled back in a grin. "That robot got it up and put a telepathic bun in your oven?" He held a hand up. "I need a moment.""Can we get back to the matter at hand, Dr. McCoy?" Jim hissed, pressing chilled hands to his face to fight the blush threatening to overtake it.
Spock and Kirk in 'Star Trek' (2009)