Years ago when Star Trek Voyager started I was fascinated, I found Captain Janeway both commanding and attractive, a worthy successor to Picard for a starship, I enjoyed most of the first season. My girlfriend at the time, not a fan of science fiction or Star Trek in general, quickly put an end to my viewing. A few years later I stumbled upon this fan fiction series and was at once hooked. It’s very well-written and the characterizations feel wonderfully real. I have to say that after reading the series (more than once) and then watching Star Trek: Voyager the TV series was a let down. I wanted the universe that Gina Dartt created!
Genesis Series (X-Files Fanfic) by Radclyffe
First of all I want to say, go read the stories. Even if you’re not an X-Files fan, go read the stories. They’re free, they’re well written and they are hot.
So, if you read my rant you know how I came to lesbian fiction through fan fiction. In the wide world of fan fiction, this story/series is my favorite. It was originally released as a weekly series, sent on a mailing list to subscribers shortly after each X-Files episode aired. There are episode details woven through the fan fiction, the story filling in the gaps in time not shown on television. I ended up liking Radclyffe’s X-files much better than Chris Carter’s.
How I discovered lesbian fiction
When I came out there was nothing it seemed for lesbians beyond dry books you’d find in a Women’s Studies class. There were of course the “classics” of lesbian literature, books I found preachy and decidedly un-sexy. Somewhere around the second year my girlfriend and I were together she kept wanting to watch Xena. I was reluctant, not because I wasn’t all swoony over Xena, but because the show seemed so hokey I didn’t know if I could enjoy it. As with most things, what the girl wants… so we watched Xena. Being the good computer nerd I was, I was all over the internet finding Xena information (ok mostly looking for hot wallpaper of Xena and Gabrielle) and I came across something I’d never heard of… Xena fan fiction. I was intrigued.