A look at fan fiction on the Internet -- Sites devoted to ''Star Trek,'' ''Xena,'' and ''Lois & Clark'' top our list

A look at fan fiction on the Internet

There are almost as many fanfic sites as there are TV shows. Here’s our guide to the best.

Fan Fiction on the Net is the definitive guide to online and offline fan fiction. Every fanfic group from Jane Austen to Sailor Moon is mentioned here, as well as newsgroups and mailing lists. There are also separate pages for writers’ resources and fandom sites. Whether you want to read about — or write about — General Hospital or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, this is the place to start your journey. A+

Kudos to the Alt.Startrek.Creative Archive, which has taken the impossible task of organizing all the Star Trek fan fiction and made it look easy. Stories are placed under the individual series name and then categorized into one of three areas: general, adult, and parody. For a lighter side of Trek fanfic, try the Crossover section, which introduces plots and characters from other shows and even from galaxies far, far away (“Jean-Luc, I am your father…”). The Archive is also working on a search engine, which will be able to ferret out all the romantic Chakotay-and-Janeway stories for the few Voyager fans not panting after Jeri Ryan. B+

Just because Xena’s a warrior princess doesn’t mean that she’s illiterate, and neither are her fans. The Athenaeum is the index for Xena: Warrior Princess fan fiction, complete with everything from romance to adventure. Stories are categorized by character, genre, author, and theme-based focus, like Amazon tales and homespun yarns about Potedaia and Amphipolis. Of course, there’s no shortage of romantic stories, but there’s also enough horror, adventure, and mystery to satisfy all fans. B

In 1995, Vincent Juodvalkis started to archive X-Files stories. Today The Gossamer Project has four mirror sites and a number of subsites specializing in poems, nonfiction, even folk songs. You thought the black-oil conspiracy was complex? Witness the mind-bogglingly labyrinthine structure of the show’s fan base: Almost every single X-Files story can be found here, and fanfic from the alt.tv.x-files.creative newsgroup and the four X-Files mailing lists are automatically pulled into the archive. A

Professor X would approve of the community-minded Comic Fan-Fiction Authors Network. The CFAN does more than just link to every comic fan-fiction site; it also offers a support group for the amateur writers, including a section called ”Bad Writer!” that allows authors to discipline themselves by owning up to their nasty habits (”I will stop talking about my stories in progress and actually write the damn things,” vows one anonymous scribe). B+

It’s not faster than a speeding bullet, but the Lois & Clark Fan Fiction page currently holds more than 890 archived stories about the Dean Cain-Teri Hatcher duo. Stories are categorized by title, author, file name, and theme, whether they’re about ominous Lex Luthor or Superman as a kid. And — talk about Bizarro World — there’s even a complete fifth season written by the fans. B+

It’s not uncommon to hear people singing along to musicals, but writing extra chapters? That’s what the Les Miserables Fan Fiction Index has: stories that continue the lives of folks like Eponine, Marius, and Cosette. The site consists of a simple alphabetical index that color-codes the works — red dots for stories, blue dots for poems — and includes one-line spoilers. Although the romances are touching, the parodies are the most original: In fact, Broadway might be a better place if Jean Valjean did turn to Javert and say ”I think this is the start of a beautiful friendship.” C+