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:
Ain’t Nothing but a Kid by Phyllis (unknown date)
Brothers? Us? by Jackie (2009)
Drabble -Contemplation by Christine C. – now claimed, and rearchived here: Drabble -Contemplation
Drabble by Cecilia (2008)
Drabble- House Call by Christine (2007)
Drabbles by Unknown Authors (various dates)
(The) Art of Conjugating
It’s All In The Genes
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
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 here: Finally Home
Fireworks By Cheryl Pierson – now rearchived here: Fireworks (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 here: Lost 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)
Lancer Gateway Archive Team
15 January 2023