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Bettina is a lifelong fangirl. She loves reading, gaming and going to conventions. In the past she dabbled in writing fanfiction, but nowadays she leaves that to more talented people. Today, Bettina talks about her work with the GSSU Archive which can now be found on AO3.
How did you first find out about fandom and fanworks?
I’ve always been kind of “fannish”, even as a young child. One of my earlierst memories is of me sitting in front of my grandmother’s TV set and watching Star Trek. I loved the show so much and loved TNG even more. I wanted more and because of that I started reading the TNG novels in German. In the back of one of the novels I found an ad for a Star Trek club. Up until then I didn’t even know that other people shared my obsession.
I decided to write a letter for more information about the club (it was before the Internet!). I had to convince my parents to pay for the membership. It worked out and I became a member of the STCE club (Star Trek Central Europe). The STCE published info zines and yearbooks, which also included fanworks. I met other fans, found my first fandom friends, found fanfiction. I never really looked back after that.