Mid-Month Memo 17: Lost Authors – Preserving Their Legacy

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We have a new specialist title page on the website, dedicated to preserving the legacy of authors who have been lost to the fandom over time.

It’s a sad fact that writers come and go, and their stories become ‘orphaned’ on mailing lists and FB groups.  Many stories on this page were rescued from the old Yahoo groups (Morro Coyo, Green River, and Spanish Wells) before being lost forever when Yahoo shut down those sites. 

Since then, we’ve been debating what to do with them. Normally, we would only archive stories with author permission – we don’t own the stories, after all! It’s a different issue when it comes to listing stories archived on public archives such as fanfiction-dot-net or AO3 because (i) the author has posted them up where anyone can read them and (ii) we aren’t archiving them here ourselves, just letting readers know the stories exist and where to find them. But even in those circumstances, we’ve removed links when authors said they didn’t want their stories listed on the Gateway at all. All of this is basic courtesy, and acknowledges where story ownership lies.

So where we have no contact with the author at all and they haven’t been active or known in the fandom for years… well, we’ve been dithering for a considerable time about whether or not to archive. In the end, we’ve bitten that bullet. The stories here are all ‘orphans’ and we’re concerned that one day we could lose them completely. So, we’re storing them here to make sure that doesn’t happen.

However – and it’s a big ‘however’ – the original author still owns the story. Should they reconnect with the fandom at some point, we will naturally respect whatever they wish to do with their story.

If you know any of the 19 authors listed here, or if you are one of them and we haven’t made the connection (!), do let us know how to make contact so we can talk with them directly about archiving.

Here are the orphaned stories, with the date each was first posted in Yahoo if we know it:

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Ain’t Nothing but a Kid by Phyllis (unknown date)

Brothers? Us? by Jackie (2009)

Drabbles by Juanita (Evi) (2009)
Brothers – Johnny
Brothers- Scott
Murdoch’s Drabble -Calling the Tune

Drabble -Contemplation by Christine C. – now claimed, and rearchived hereDrabble -Contemplation

Drabble by Cecilia (2008)

Drabble- House Call by Christine (2007)

Drabbles by Unknown Authors (various dates)
(The) Art of Conjugating
Asleep
Chilli Work
Disclosures
Have Mercy
It’s All In The Genes
Johnny’s Baby
Like Looking in A Mirror
Love and Its Repercussions
Missing Scene from Last Train For Charlie Poe
Miss Teresa’s Tears
Missing Scenes from The Escape
Responsibilities
The Ride
Thoughtless Words
WHN for Chase a Wild Horse
(A) Working Man

Dreams (A Foley Episode Addition) By Joan Miller (2007) –now claimed, and rearchived here : Dreams

Finally Home by Linda L. (2004)-now claimed, and rearchived hereFinally Home

Fireworks By Cheryl Pierson – now rearchived hereFireworks (Rated R)

Full Circle by Nancy W. (unknown date)

(The) Game by Deb M. (2009)

(A) Gift from Nogales by Juanita (2009)

Goldie by Joan Miller (2006) –now claimed and rearchived here: Goldie

(The) Impostor by Millicent (2002)

In Transit by Sherri (2004)

Johnny’s Home by Jackie (2009)

Lost Son by Linda L. (2004) now claimed, and rearchived hereLost Son 

Merry Christmas To You by Deb Eliz & Debbie/Gidget (2001)

My Brother, My Friend by Ama (2014)

Nightfall in Nogales by Juanita (Evi) (2009)

Only The Strong Survive by Ama (2015)

(A) Private Talk by Kee (2004)

Retirement by Amby (2005)

Roll Call by Sherri (12/2003)

Someday by Amy (unknown date)

Sons: A Homecoming by Joan Miller (2006)- now claimed and rearchived here: Sons: A Homecoming

(The) Stage by Christine C. – now claimed and rearchived here(The) Stage

(The) Stranger by Ama (2014)

Too Many Rules by Ama (2014)

(A) Very Berry Thanksgiving by Deb Eliz & Debbie/Gidget (2001)

Who Am I by Cecilia Jones (unknown date)

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Lancer Gateway Archive Team
15 January 2023

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9 thoughts on “Mid-Month Memo 17: Lost Authors – Preserving Their Legacy

  1. Hi. I am Christine C – one Drabble (Contemplation) and Stage. Happy for them to go on your site. Christine Cheney

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    1. Oh, that’s great, Christine. I’ll set you up with an author page today, and we’ll transfer the links from the Lost Authors page – we’ll announce your new page at the end of the month update.

      I have an icloud email address listed as getting our updates. Is that you? And if it is, would you like me to use that one to send any comments on to you?

      Anna

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  2. Thank you for all your work in saving these stories. Personally I like reading the early works and would hate to see them lost.
    However, I do agree with the way you give authors the chance to decide the fate of their stories.
    I am grateful to have mine on the Gateway site.
    Thank y’all. Elin

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  3. The name Cheryl Pierson was very familiar and I vaguely remember an old member who was published . I’m not sure if this is the same person but she showed up on an Amazon search Hope this helps

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