Sep 23, 2021
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Kirk/Spock fanfic legacy might be saved by Archive of Our Own

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Archive of Our Own has always been more than the hottest fanfiction destination on the internet. In 2007, after years of struggling with fragmentation, lack of preservation, and legal threats, a group of fanfic creators came together to launch a nonprofit dedicated to tackling those issues.

They built the Organization for Transformative Works, and crated Archive of Our Own as the arm intended for other creators to be able to host their work in a secure, accessible, and permanent way. As well as AO3, OTW hosts a wiki for preserving fan-related culture, an academic journal, and a project dedicated to importing and preserving other fanworks called Open Doors.

For most of fandom history, fanfic works were difficult to find and easy to…

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