Out of everything Star Trek has spawned in its 45 year span (six television series, ten films and an avalanche of merchandise), almost nothing has been more of a game changer than slash fiction. Star Trek introduced the world to Slash fiction, which is essentially fan fiction with a sexual (usually same sex) bent.
The original "slash fic" was K/S, all about the forbidden love of Kirk and Spock. Eventually slash fic expanded out of Trek (I even found a slash fic for short lived 90's TV series "Due South". Who knew anyone cared about that show, much less wanted to see the main characters have sex with each other??) But Star Trek is where it all began and it is with those characters that slash fiction continues to thrive.So in honor of Trek creator Gene Roddenberry's birthday, let's celebrate the Top Ten Trek slash fic pairings, and their tenderest moments.
Dr. Bashir and Garak
This is overwhelmingly the #1 slash fic pairing for fans of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, by a significant margin -- which is interesting, as both are supporting characters, and Garak was only a semi-regular character.
When Dr. Julian Bashir, CMO of station Deep Space Nine was introduced to Garak in the second episode of the series, there was a definite gay vibe to the way Garak (the station's tailor and shopkeeper, as well as exiled spy) approached Bashir, who was sitting alone having lunch.They would eventually become confidants, even friends, and this relationship launched a thousand slashfics, with titles such as "Spy, Tailor, Tease Extraordinaire" and "Too Hot for Odo’s Monitor’s".
Captain Janeway & The Entire Crew of Voyager
Captain Kathryn Janeway holds a special place in the Trek Captain pantheon, as she is the first and only woman to command a ship on a series.
As a woman in charge of an entire crew, this leads to a special form of slash fic, one where Janeway is paired with the essentially the whole ship, like a leather clad dominatrix, and the entire crew are her submissive sex slaves.
The most well known of these S/M romps is a series called "The Secret Logs of Mistress Janeway".
These are most famous mostly for being mentioned in the documentary movie Trekkies, and also for the sheer number of stories in the "secret log" (64, at last count). Here’s a typical exchange from one of these stories:
"Janeway to Kim," I said much more stridently, than I should have.
"This is Kim," I could hear the confusion in his tone.
"Where are you?"
"My quarters with Tom."
I squeezed my eyes shut trying to blot out the images of their young, naked bodies entangled together. "Understood. I’m on my way."
"Yes, Captain!" he said brightly.
Sulu and Chekov
Let's face it....there were only three real characters on the original Star Trek series (four if you count Scotty) but Sulu, Chekov and Uhura pretty much sat around the bridge for 79 episodes and just made expository comments or bad jokes about Russia. They rarely got a lot to do.
Not in the slash world though. Nope, in this world these two yellow shirted characters are gettin' it on left and right. And considering how often Captain Kirk beams down to a planet on an away mission, it is easy for the boys to play "when Daddy's away". The Sulu/Chekov pairings usually go something like this:
"'Good morning!" Lt. Sulu's voice was obscenely cheerful as he entered his cabin. "Boy, the bridge is sure quiet today." His captive had no choice but to remain quiet himself. "Pretty boring stuff," the helmsman reported brightly, making unidentifiable noises around the room. "You know how it is -maintaining standard orbit around a planet with a skeleton crew while everyone else is down there having a good time... Well, almost everyone." "Mmmm," the lieutenant said, cupping the ensign's rump in his hands. "Nothing better for a coffee break than sweet buns..."Somehow, this all ends in some S&M type scenario, but then...doesn't everything?
Odo & Quark
Odo is Deep Space Nine's shapeshifter security chief whose natural shape is a bucket of goo.
Quark is basically Ferengi with giant ears that wrap around his head, and bulbous cranium, and fangs for teeth.
Somewhere in the world, there is someone who wanted these two characters to have sex SO much they needed to write about it, and then share it with the world.
I guess the contempt these two characters shared for each other on the show ultimately had to result in some kind of sex, no matter how frickin' weird it was.
Odo also had relations with the former Cardassion head of Deep Space Nine, Gul Dukat. In one story, Dukat makes Odo use his shape changing ability to his advantage -
"I heard you know some more tricks," the Cardassian said. "Maybe, but I won't perform them for you." "You are nothing, Odo. That's your name. Whatever you do here, you do so because we allow you to." Odo's head sank, his gaze coming to rest on the man's boots. "And tonight, you will do as I say."I gotta say, shapeshifting for your evil master makes more sense than Odo ever having sex with Quark.And it is probably a hell of a lot sexier.