Slash fiction is a form of fanfic featuring a same-sex pair of fictional characters, typically from commercial media, in a romantic or sexual relationship not in the original. Slash, in this context, refers to a virgule sign.
The beginnings were in privately circulated stories in the late 1960s, with the first K/S stories in fanzines appearing in the early to mid-’70s. Use of the virgule showed up later in the 1970s, apparently first in Starsky & Hutch zines; the term slash dates to about 1981 in the same milieu.
- Entry at Wikipedia.
- Article at Fanlore, with detailed history and many sub-articles.
- “Usage of the word ‘slash’ and the virgule ‘/’ alone” by Mary Ellen, Alternate Universes, December 16, 2002 (archived).
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