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Jan. 7th, 2017

dragon's eye

mific

A New History (SGA/Temeraire fusion) series (by Sheafrotherdon) (G then M)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Alternate universe (stories featuring dragons!)
Characters: McKay/Sheppard - Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex  and various of the usual suspects
Categories: slash
Warnings: Nil
Author on LJ: sheafrotherdon
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: A New History (SGA/Temeraire fusion) on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: Well, obviously dragons=good, so that's reason enough! This is also a crossover with the Temeraire series, and an historical AU, and it's perfectly in the tone and style of the Temeraire books while still keeping everyone in character for SGA - it's very well done. The dragons are great, and there's a lovely, slow-developing romance in the first story between Sheppard and McKay, which comes to, er, fruition, in the second fic which isn't so dragon-focussed and is more of an intimate epilogue with John and Rodney. All very entertaining.

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Jan. 3rd, 2017

John Sheppard/Sam Carter

dreigiau

"Cathartic Colonels" by sartiebodyshots (Teen)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Sam/John
Characters: John Sheppard, Samantha Carter
Pairings: Sam/John
Categories: Het; angst; fluff
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: none
Author's Website: aeducaning on Tumblr / sartiebodyshots on AO3
Link: Cathartic Colonels on FF.net / on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: Sartiebodyshots is one of the more recent writers in this pairing, supplying plenty of drabbles and shorter fics to satiate (and tease!) any Sam/John fan. Those fics often deal with the simpler, everyday moments, as well as some more poignant ones. "Cathartic Colonels" is one of the latter, with Sam and John reuniting after the end of Enemy at the Gates in a very touching, funny and heartfelt moment.

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Jan. 2nd, 2017


eivac

Undone Wars by esama (PG-13)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (Harry Potter)
Characters: Ronon Dex, Harry Potter
Pairings: Ronon Dex/Harry Potter
Categories: Mild Slash
Warnings: Mild Darkish
Author's Website: AO3 or Tumblr
Link: Undone Wars

Why This Must Be Read:

Harry was banished from the magical world (and subsequently Earth as well) when he is in his early teens and he is sent to a deserted world in Pegasus.

And he lives there for a while being an awesome survivor even managed to turned the local big cat predators into his own protectors/attack squad when Ronon comes to the planet trying to evade the Wraith and save Ronon.

Yes, life of a Runner is hell, but even hell doesn’t seem so bad when you have decent company.

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eivac

Space Haven by esama (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (Harry Potter)
Characters: Atlantis and the Harry Potter cast
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen
Warnings: WIP
Author's Website: AO3 or Tumblr
Link: Space Haven

Why This Must Be Read:

Harry Potter won a battle only to see that the war still continued. Now trapped inside Hogwarts with no way out, he and the others search for a place to make their final stand in. Thankfully they receive a little help from thousand years ago and moved to Atlantis six years before SGA arrives.

That being said, Esama is an amazing writer. But like a lot of writers, she has too many inventive story ideas and not enough time (or muse?) to finish them all.

Space Haven is 140k words and possibly abandoned, but still well worth reading and does end at a high note.

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eivac

Clarke's Law by Isis (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (Harry Potter)
Characters: Carson Beckett, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger
Pairings: None
Categories:Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: isiscolo
Author's Website: AO3 or Dreamwidth
Link: Clarke's Law

Why This Must Be Read:

This is a oldie (rec back in 2005) but a goodie. Unfortunately, the links are bad so here is an updated version.

Clarke's third law states "Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." In making the ATA gene, the basis for Atlantean technology also the basis for magic, Isis takes that concept and runs with it, creating a solid universe story that combines the worlds of Harry Potter and Stargate Atlantis.

Carson is the perfect focus for the story, his background in genetics supplemented with an awareness of magic, and it is his exploration into how to combine the two forces into something that could be used against the wraith that brings the two worlds together.

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goddess47

Lost Christmas by Babs (estimated PG-13)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Jack O'Neill
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, Jonas Quinn
Pairings: Jack O'Neill/Daniel Jackson
Categories: Slash, Angst, Team
Warnings: Drunkeness, prostitution
Author on LJ: not found
Author's Website: On AO3 and Babs at JD Divas
Link: Lost Christmas


Author's Summary: Daniel is ascended. Jack is lost.


Why This Must Be Read:

A new fic by Babs, originally just in time for Christmas! A present for us all!

Short (under 2500 words) but bitter-sweet... Poor Jack doesn't doesn't know how to cope after Daniel ascends, and is doing all the wrong things... until Daniel comes back....


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janet next

sg_fignewton

January reccers

Our reccers for January are:

dreigiau: John/Sam

eivac: Crossovers

goddess47: Jack O'Neill

mific: AU

patk: John Sheppard

popkin16: John/Rodney

theemdash: Jack/Daniel

I'll be around, too, making my usual random recs, as will the admins as recurrent reccers.

Reccers, you all have access and can start posting at any time. Remember that you have committed yourself to reccing at least two fics over the course of January, although of course we will be happy with more. Feel free to use the copy-and-paste template from the reccer's FAQ for your convenience.

Happy reccing!

Jan. 1st, 2017

SG-1 awesome

sg_fignewton

2016 stats, and last call for reccers for January

Many thanks to dreigiau, eivac, goddess47, mific, patk, and smilebackwards for all their December recs! We finished out 2016 with a very nice month, totaling 26 recs.

Our total for 2016: 192 recs. That's much lower than our two previous years, which were both within the 250-rec range, but I and the other admins very much appreciate all those reccers who continue to perpetuate Stargate love (or gen, heh) so many years after our canon has closed.

The official monthly list of reccers will be going up tomorrow, so if you want to start off 2017 with some extra Stargate enthusiasm, there's still time to join the others who have already signed up to rec! If you want to share at least two of your favorite stories with others, please go to this entry and sign up.

Once again, I would like to thank all the reccers and my wonderful, steady fellow mods - annieb1955, danceswithgary, and thenightsfall - for all their dedication. Here's to another great year!

Dec. 31st, 2016

Sheppard

smilebackwards

No Refunds or Exchanges by astolat (M)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: John Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay
Pairings: John/Rodney
Categories: Slash, AU
Warnings: Mature/Explicit
Author's Website: astolat at AO3
Link: No Refunds or Exchanges

Why This Must Be Read: One of my favorites. In this AU, John isn't part of the original Atlantis expedition but finds his way there by way of being a mail order bride for Rodney. John fits into Atlantis and he and Rodney have a lot of feelings while they fall in not actually unrequited love. Great writing and a great slightly shifted version of Atlantis.

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Sheppard

smilebackwards

Muscle and Blood and Skin and Bones by Taste_is_Sweet (G)

Show: SGA/SG-1

Rec Category: John Sheppard
Characters: John Sheppard, Cameron Mitchell, Evan Lorne, Radek Zelenka, Bill Lee
Pairings: John/Rodney & others in later parts of the series
Categories: Gen
Warnings: None
Author's Website: Taste_is_Sweet at AO3
Link: Muscle and Blood and Skin and Bones

Why This Must Be Read: I love this series and this one is both my favorite and the first chronologically. An interesting twist on the robot/android threads woven into Stargate in different ways, this gives us John (along with Mitchell) starting out as robots at the SGC under the care of creators Zelenka and Lee and babysitter/mentor Lorne. John and Mitchell's personalities shine despite their starting out as toaster-sized robots and how Zelenka, Lee and Lorne relate to them is both hilarious and touching.

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Dec. 30th, 2016

John Sheppard/Sam Carter

dreigiau

"Murphy's Law of Snap Decisions" by lone-ranger1 (T)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Sam/John
Characters: John Sheppard, Samantha Carter, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagen, Ronon Dex, Original characters
Pairings: Sam/John
Categories: Het; humour; friendship; comedy
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: none
Author's Website: lone-ranger1 on FF.net
Link: Murphy's Law of Snap Decisions on FF.net

Why This Must Be Read: In most of lone-ranger1's writing, what pops out at the reader is his ability to joke around with the characters and highlight the funnier aspects of the Stargate franchise. And "Murphy's Law of Snap Decision" isn't a story that takes itself too seriously - not at first. There are cliches and a variant of "Aliens Made Them Do It", as well as some veiled jabs on some other sci-fi tropes, but without it becoming laborious or boring. At the same time, the story brings forth the characters of Sam and John in an excellent way - and completely canon-compliant if you only count the TV series. They are shown as complex characters who have become friends during the time Sam is on Atlantis, and it is this friendship that fuels any further development of their relationship, which in turn makes it believable.

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Dec. 29th, 2016

humor

sg_fignewton

Have you signed up yet to rec next month?

Now's the time to start 2017 with reccing squee! Go to this entry and sign up to rec at least two of your favorite fics in January.

Dec. 28th, 2016


goddess47

The Friday Night Colonel's Club

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Jack O'Neill
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Sam Carter, Kawalski, Feretti,
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen, friendship, team
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: ziparumpazoo
Author's Website: On Ao3
Link: The Friday Night Colonel's Club

Why This Must Be Read:

Author's Summary: Even off the field, Jack thinks it's nice to know somebody's got your back.

Sometimes, you need friends who just understand. Jack finds that -- first with Kawalski and Feretti, and then with the other Colonels in Stargate Command. Colonels are high enough up the food chain that there aren't as many of them and, as team leads, there are pressures that only someone else in the same position will understand.

The group changes over the years, but the bar they have found has become both a refuge and a shrine to their successes and losses.


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Dec. 29th, 2016

broken glass Sheppard

patk

"Do I Dare Disturb the Universe" by vaguely_concerned (explicit)

Show: SGA
Rec Category: AU
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, OC Faith Lumsbred, Queen Harmony, various OCs
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: temporary character death
Author on LJ: [Unknown LJ tag]
Author's Website: none
Link: "Do I Dare Disturb the Universe" by vaguely_concerned

Summary by the author:
When Faith Lumsbred disobeys the decree of Queen Harmony and goes into the forbidden part of the woods, she expects to discover something cool, or at least something suitably unsettling. Finding instead an ageing astrophysicist and his cat she decides to get to the bottom of the things. How did McKay end up here? Why has the queen gone to such lengths to keep him hidden? And what exactly has he been doing out here all by himself?

Why This Must Be Read:
Because, dear reader, you know something terrible must have happened to get Rodney stranded on Harmony's planet for decades and you want the answers to all those questions the author brought up. *g*

Excellent storytelling, largely seen from Faith Lumbsbred's POV (the granddaughter of canon-character Nolan Lumsbred from the episode "Harmony"). She's a well developed character, a girl at the beginning of adolescence, who apparently takes after her grandfather and we discover Rodney's secrets followin in her tracks. We also see what happened int the past in retrospective through Rodney's eyes.

I love pretty much everything about this story. The way Faith gets to know Rodney, her fascination with Rodney's drawings, the scene in which she finds John's old leather jacket - which means nothing to her but with the background the reader has from a few scenes earlier it's heartbreakting to see it there.

The grown up Queen Harmony who is surprising likable. Rodney's desperate search for a solution to the catastrophe, that he will go to any lengths to change the outcome, the innovative and surprising way he finds to reach his goal and then, what he actually *does* to change the situation. wow! Destroying this uninhabited solar system has nothing on what he does here.

There's a gut-wrenching scene in which he watches the downfall of Atlantis and after that, I was totally with him on what he decided to do.

I especially love the final part of the story - it's cleverly written and it isn't immediatly noticeable what has changed, or if anything has changed at all but then, when the scenes continue and you realize step by step what has changed you'll feel your heart go lighter. Since the last part is told from Faith's POV at age 13 we only get to see the result of Rodney's efforts at this moment - not the whole process of change - but that's perfectly well done. Reading the final part I *felt* the changes and it made me very much happy to imagine what must have happened in the last 25 years to lead to this.

Read it, it's worth every minute of your time and despite the bleak situation at the beginning, it is a happy story.

And I have just discovered that there's a small companion story to it:

"That Time Harmony Should Probably Just Have Listened To Nolar (but it wouldn't have been as much fun)" http://archiveofourown.org/works/7469478

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Dec. 28th, 2016

AR1 team

mific

Saffrashinu (by kho) (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Under the Influence (drink/drugs)
Characters: McKay/Sheppard - Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex
Categories: slash
Warnings: Nil
Author on LJ: kho
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Saffrashinu on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: This time it's the team cheerfully under the influence with some kind of Pegasus pot - all in the name of promoting off-world cultural relations, of course. I love this fic as it's so happy, the dialogue's hilarious, and the drugged-up loosening of lips leads to a very good outcome for John and Rodney.

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Dec. 27th, 2016

broken glass Sheppard

patk

"Ripples in the Space Between" by Miriel (aka Mardahin) - not rated by the author

Show: SGA
Rec Category: AU
Characters: John Sheppard, Rodney McKay, Lorne, Carson Beckett, Laura Cadman, David Parrish, Elizabeth Weir, Radek Zelenka, OCs - a lot of them are the kids of the main characters
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard, Beckett/Cadman, Lorne/Parrish, Weir/Zelenka
Categories: slash, het
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: mardahin
Author's Website: none
Link: "Ripples in the Space Between" by Miriel

Summary by the author:
An exercise in world-building, beginning with a lower-decks view of Atlantis and spinning off into an independent city-state after Earth pulls the plug.
Includes MPreg, FemPreg, rambunctious (and remarkable) children, and eventually, a serious case of social adjustment issues. Better than it appears on the tin, or so I've been told. The series spans just over 20 years, all told.

Why This Must Be Read:

I have no clue on how to rec this one properly.

It's not so much a continuing series but rather four stories that put a spotlight on three different phases of the Atlantis-expeditions existence - in three different styles.

Sounds confusing? Yeah, thought so too and, since I'm not particularly fond of AUs, I didn't read it for years because of that. My mistake, don't make the same. *ggg*

The series diverges from canon in S2 and starts with "Letters to John Doe (A Diary of Sorts)" and it's told from an OC's POV, namely "Dr. Laura James, the Lone OB of Atlantis" who came with the Daedalus because "After the second time a set of bizarre flashing lights resulted in an alien pregnancy scare, Carson Beckett demanded that SGC send him a specialist. This was the result." It covers a year in Atlantis and is told in epistolary style. It's interesting to see Atlantis and the familiar characters through the eyes of a person who is not one of the main characters, a 'lower-decks view', as the author calls it, and I can very much relate to how she's feeling. Love this 'outsider who becomes an insider'-POV

The middle part consists of two stories that highlight events happening 3-4 years later:
"Extraordinary" - 'Tales from the playpens of Atlantis' - in which we get to know Atlantis' kids (narrative style) and its counterpoint "Captain's Log" - 'The official records of the commander of the USAF Icarus, sent to investigate the rumors that the Atlantis Expedition might still be alive', told in the Captain's log-entries in his official and personal log. Both stories cover the same period of time and reach a point of contact in a certain situation.

It's an intriguing style and I love the humor that manages to be funny without crossing the line into comedy/slapstick. The author did a great job by putting together this kind of series/stories and I just can't do it justice in my attempt to recommend it.

The fourth story, the last part, is called "B.A.N.D. Camp" - 'Basic Acclimation & Non-Disclosure Camp was designed to facilitate the integration of children raised off-world into Earth Culture for the express purposes of higher learning (university attendance)' and shows the kids from "Extraordinary" attending said camp.

They're true 'Lanteans and those 'social adjustment issues' the author was talking about in her summary? Yeah, that's happening here. They're perfectly adjusted to Atlantis and Pegasus - to Earth? Not so much.

I fell as hard for those kids as I have fallen for their parents ten years ago. :-)

I don't think it makes much sense to post snippets of the fics, their style is too different and no
matter what part I choose, it would end up raising the wrong expectations. So, even if you think these stories hold no appeal for you - give them a try, I bet you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Dec. 24th, 2016

Shep - oh crap

mific

So Movey (by Sheafrotherdon) (PG)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Under the Influence (drink/drugs)
Characters: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: Nil
Author on LJ: sheafrotherdon
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: So Movey on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: A very short fic which is entirely about John Sheppard being off his face drunk, and Rodney, his minder, being amused and charmed. Perfectly captures a very plastered Sheppard - I think it's my favourite drunk!John fic.
McShep smirks

mific

Cakes and Ale (by Mira) (T)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Under the Influence (drink/drugs)
Characters: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard - Rodney, John, Radek and various of the other usual suspects.
Categories: slash
Warnings: Nil
Author on LJ: mirabile_dictu
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Cakes and Ale on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: I love Mira's writing - she's a really excellent writer, and her stories tend to be inherently hopeful without being sentimental or glib. This one only has a very little bit of drugged!Rodney (and several other scientists) in it, but the title's all about this theme, it's a great read, and the ending promises some nicely stoned snogging in John and Rodney's future. I suspect that, like me, Mira's an aging hippie and I like that there's often a bit of recreational toking-up in her stories. It's the festive season, after all.

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Dec. 22nd, 2016

wordle

mific

Equinox (by Punk) (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Under the influence (drink/drugs)
Characters: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Categories: slash
Warnings: Nil
Author on LJ: runpunkrun
Author's Website: See the AO3
Link: Equinox on AO3

Why This Must Be Read: Short, sweet and funny - a lovely glimpse of a cheerfully soused John at an Athosian festival, getting lost and being a pain in Rodney's long suffering ass. Also, kissing!

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Dec. 21st, 2016

don't say ka

sg_fignewton

January reccers: volunteer post

This entry will be open to volunteers through January 1st. The official list of monthly reccers will be posted on Monday the 2nd.

The volunteer post doesn't usually go up this early, but next week is likely to be a busy one, so... :)

Comment with the username you'll be using to rec and the category you want, choosing a category from the list below or selecting a more rare category that has been used in the past. If you want to rec a category that is not on the list below or in the community memories, feel free to ask. Remember that you may volunteer for a category that isn't listed.

By signing up, you are committing yourself to reccing at least two (preferably four) stories in that category during the month of January. December reccers may only sign up for next month after posting their minimum two recs for this month. The FAQ and rec template, with detailed instructions, can be found here.

You must be a member of stargateficrec in order to post, so if you're a new reccer, be sure to join the community.

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Dec. 20th, 2016

fanfic fix

sg_fignewton

The Art of the Return, by Artaxastra (G)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Samantha Carter
Characters: Samantha Carter
Categories: gen, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: artaxastra
Author's Website: SG-1 tag
Link: The Art of the Return

Why This Must Be Read: Here is intelligent, thoughtful Sam introspective in late S1, considering the dangers of the Stargate and the odds of inevitable loss. I love this for her thought processes, her courage, and her determination. Excellent stuff!

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Dec. 17th, 2016


goddess47

A is for Assassin by Denise (PG-13)

Show: SG-1

Rec Category: Jack O'Neill
Characters: Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, Daniel Carter, OC
Pairings: None
Categories: Gen, Action/Adventure, Team, Hurt/Comfort
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: skydiver119 (but no public posts since 2013)
Author's Website: On AO3
Link: A is for Assassin

Why This Must Be Read:

Author's Summary: SG-1 finds an unwelcome surprise on an alien planet

This could have been an episode of SG-1. Denise claims this is her first fan fic, so there's a couple of teeny burbles, but in the end, it's an interesting story. The "A" implies it was written for SG_FigNewton's Soup challenges.

This is typical "mission gone awry" -- on what looks like a boring mission to search for Kheb, bad things happen. Sam gets hurt, Jack is forced to shoot Teal'c (it makes sense at the time) and they lose their GDO. There's a couple of moments of major worry, but I will spoil this enough to tell you that there's a good ending.

It's a satisfying story... long enough to be interesting, but not too long that you have to slog through anything.


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eivac

Controlled Blast by copperbadge (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (IronMan)
Characters: John Shepard
Pairings: John Shepard/Tony Stark
Categories:Gen
Warnings: None
Author on LJ: copperbadge
Author's Website: AO3 or Tumblr
Link: AO3 or Tumblr

Why This Must Be Read:

In which Tony Stark is training John Sheppard for another mouthy scientist, far in his future.

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eivac

Ambulance series by sabinelagrande (R)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (IronMan)
Characters: John Shepard
Pairings: John Shepard/Tony Stark, John Shepard/Tony Stark/Pepper Potts
Categories:Slash, Threesome, Drama
Warnings: Slash
Author on LJ: sabinelagrande
Author's Website: AO3
Link: LiveJournal or AO3

Why This Must Be Read:

John starts his career not in the air force but as Tony Stark’s personal pilot, and ends up helping out with test piloting the iron man suits.

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eivac

The Things We Did and Didn't Do by siriaeve (G)

Show: SGA

Rec Category: Crossover (IronMan)
Characters: Rodney McKay
Pairings: Rodney McKay/Tony Stark
Categories: Gen, Humor
Warnings: Mild Slash?
Author on LJ: siriaeve
Author's Website: AO3
Link: LiveJournal or AO3

Why This Must Be Read:

In which Rodney tries to recruit an old flame for the SGC, gets rebuffed but ends up spending some quality snarking time in his company, anyway.

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