Star Trek fan fiction writers, prior to the advent of the Internet, transgressed against innumerable social and literary conventions in order to tell the stories that they wanted to hear, and to share them with a sympathetic audience. These women wove a hypertextual web of stories without the electronic mediation to facilitate it. Their means were 'zines, mimeo-machines, and face-to-face Conventions for sharing material and meeting others of like mind. According to Bacon-Smith, these women writers operated from a model of connectedness rather than separation (and thus literary distinction) in their stories. "The fanwriters know their work fits into a structure that includes both the source products and all the fiction that has grown up around them. That structure recapitulates within the body of literature and the blueprint for the structure of the community, and in turn creates that blueprint" (56).

Bibliographic entry for J.D. Bolter's _Writing Space_.