Fic by Anne Jamison
I may not have been raised by fans, but I was raised on (and by) fandom. While I consider that first viewing of The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001 the revealing of my fannish destiny, I watched my first episode of Digimon in 1999. Add Internet access and the now actually lost Lost Temple of Ishida (a thousand blessings on the Wayback Machine, seriously), and I was reading and writing fanfiction well before I understood that I had the ability to wear different shoes on different days. I mean, I was nine years old when I got my first FanFiction.Net account. Given the shoddiness of my memory, I’ve practically never known a world without fanfiction.
Star Trek Lives! by Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Sondra Marshak, and Joan Winston
As much as I (lovingly!) poke fun at tumblrinas (definition: any bright-eyed lady fan younger than me on tumblr), I realize that every generation of fan can say the same thing about the generation that comes after. Just as I shake my fist about how we used to have to wait for movies to come out to write fic about them, there’s a woman shaking her fist at me about how you used to have to join mailing lists to get your fix, and a woman shaking a fist at her about how you used to have to subscribe to ‘zines to get your fix. As the development of technology accelerates, fandom has definitely benefited. How else could JaegarCon happen mere weeks after Pacific Rim came out?