And, in case you're new to the wonderful world of zine fandom, here's a short glossary of terms you will see used at this site (and others), and what we mean by them. These terms are somewhat fluid in zine fandom and they might mean something slightly different at another site, so when in doubt, ask the web master!

Adult Fiction:
Fan-written stories that include some level of heterosexual erotica. This can range from the suggestive (kissing, sexual tension) to the graphic (explicit details of male-female love-making) depending on the story. This is sometimes called "Het" or "Shipper" fiction, although we make a distinction between heterosexual relationship stories (Shipper) and explicit adult-content stories (Adult or Het).

Alternative Universe Fiction:
Also called an AU. Fan fiction that uses the characters from a particular TV series, but places them in another, entirely different, setting. For example, taking the 1990s western Magnificent Seven, set in the 1870s, and making the characters ATF agents in modern day Denver, Colorado.

Crossover:
Crossover stories are ones that include two or more different TV universes. For example, Nick and Cody from Riptide might meet Rick and A.J. from Simon and Simon in a story. Crossovers sometimes overlook the temporal reality of TV - that is, you might see a story where characters from a 80s TV series meet and interact with the characters from an 90s series and both sets of characters are portrayed as they are in the series (i.e. they haven't aged).

Fan:
Someone who enjoys a particular TV series and/or a particular kind of TV genre. Jody and I are fans of buddy and team action-adventure, western and science-fiction series.

Fan Fiction:
Fiction (short stories, novellas, novels, poetry, etc.) written by fans and based on their favorite TV series and characters.

Filk:
A filk is created by taking a popular song and re-writing the lyrics to relate to a fannish interest, like a TV series, or a particular TV character. For example, "The Streets of Laredo" being re-written to describe a particular episode of the TV series War of the Worlds becomes "The Streets of Beeton".

Gen Zine (also Straight Zine):
A collection of fan-written fiction (short stories, novellas, poetry, etc.) based on a TV series and characters. No adult/het or slash content - usually.

Hurt/Comfort Fan Fiction:
Fan fiction where one character is injured and his buddy provides him with some comfort. (Please note that these are not typically medical reality stories. The emphasis is on the deep, loving friendships shared by the characters, not on getting all the medical details right, although many authors do try.)

Letterzine:
A collection of letters of comment (LoCs) written by fans as well as other (typically) non-fiction information on a particular TV series/genre and/or actor. Off-line these are usually available in yearly subscriptions.

Missing Scene:
A fan-written short story that fills a narrative gap in an actual episode of a TV series. For example, in an episode of Riptide we see Nick and Cody talking in one scene, then we go to a commercial. When we come back to the series, Nick and Cody are doing something else. That is a narrative gap. A missing scene would tell us what happened between the talk and what we see them doing next in the aired episode.

Multi-Media Zine:
A zine made up of stories from a variety of different TV universes. This is in contrast to a "single universe" zine, which includes fiction from only one TV universe.

"Shipper" Fan Fiction:
Fan fiction that focuses on a developing "relationship" between two characters, male and female, such as The X-Files (Mulder and Scully shipper stories) or JAG (Harm and Mac shipper stories). Some of these stories might also be Adult/Het Fan Fiction.

Slash:
Fan-written stories that include some level of homoerotica (male same-sex erotica). This can range from the suggestive (kissing, sexual tension) to the graphic (explicit details of male-male love-making).

Special Collection:
Unique to Neon RainBow Press as far as we know. These are collections of single universe stories pulled together from our published multi-media zines. We did this because some fans are only interested in one particular TV series and we didn't feel they should be forced to buy several multi-media zines to get a few stories. Also, we know many fans who can't afford to buy several multi-media zines to get a few stories on a particular fandom.

Tag:
A "tag" is a short story that picks up at the end of an aired episode and continues the story to a more complete resolution.

Universe:
The world of a particular TV series. So, for example, the Star Trek universe is everything we know about the world in which the series takes place. This term is also used to refer to particular TV series (e.g. the Magnificent Seven universe, the Without a Trace universe, etc.).

Zine (also Fanzine):
A collection of fan-written fiction (short stories, novellas, poetry, etc.) based on TV series and characters. This can be a gen zine, an adult zine or a slash zine, also a single-universe zine or a multi-media zine.