There's no love like the non-canonical love between two characters in a media science-fiction franchise. And there's no love like the love of writers for these pairings. A surprising number of established authors have dabbled in romantic or steamy fanfic.
When it comes to slash fiction - fans' illicit writings about same-sex hook-ups - people always talk Kirk/Spock. Or Snape/Everyone. But here are some valiant science-fiction heroes who secretly rule the world of slash fiction.
When Harry Potter author JK Rowling announced that venerable wizard Albus Dumbledore was gay, nobody was more shocked than the fans. But now they're writing stories about Albus going where the novels never permitted.
Slash fiction has let us down. Yes, fans are constantly writing their own stories about sexual/romantic liaisons between Luke Skywalker and Jabba the Hutt, among other bizarre pairings. But there are still places that naughty fanfic hasn't gone yet, and it's time to give it a little push. What are the couples you wish…