Environmental Factors by Staranise (teen)

  • Mar. 1st, 2013 at 7:39 PM
Title: Environmental Factors
Author's LJ/DWJ:  [personal profile] staranise 
Categories: edges of canon
Warnings: none
Link to story: Environmental Factors
Why this should be read: When the SGC rescues a goa'uld host, people like Helen Meyer oversee their recovery. Helen's one of the psychologists dedicated to studying goa'uld symbiosis and treating PTSD. After years of research, she finally gets to ask: what happens to the rescued hosts from other planets? She's not going to like the answer.

Very interesting and thoughtful look at both what the life of an SGC psychologist is like, and what the general fate of former hosts is.

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Title: Five People (or Beings) Who Inhabit the SGC
Author's LJ/DWJ:
Categories: edges of canon
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list:
Link to story: Five People (or Beings) Who Inhabit the SGC
Why this should be read: Some of these people we know from the show, and others we don't see, but all of these are interesting pictures of what might be happening just around the corner from the cameras. It's one of my favorite five things fics.

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Fine Spirits, by Julie (PG)

  • Jul. 13th, 2011 at 3:56 PM
Title: Fine Spirits
Author's LJ/DWJ: [livejournal.com profile] splash_the_cat
Categories: team, Teal'c, humor, drama, original character, lost ep
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list: Moments of Adoration
Link to story: Fine Spirits/feedback on LJ

Why this should be read: To quote the summary: Three Tau'ri and a Jaffa walk into a bar...

S7 teamy goodness, Teal'c backstory, competence, fighting and friendship and just the right dash of humor -- it all adds up to a great lost episode that you're sure to enjoy!

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Title: Look to the Heavens and Number the Stars
Author's LJ/DWJ: [personal profile] minervacat
Categories: awesome women, original character, Daniel, Jonas, team, episode related, Janet, character study, angst
Warnings: spoilers through S9, including canon character deaths
Author's Webpage/Fic list: when the floods roll back
Link to story: Look to the Heavens and Number the Stars, parts one and two, and The Silent Language of the Star (a companion fic)

Why This Must Be Read: Minervacat introduces us to a superbly-realized original character, Claire, who is recruited to the SGC by Jack at Daniel’s behest. Claire slowly takes over the staggeringly difficult task of cataloging the artifacts that accumulate over the years. With time, she befriends the characters we know and love - especially Janet, her main source of gossip, and Daniel, who never returns her books. Yet Minervacat cleverly evades the Mary-Sue trap for Claire; this original character remains quietly on the sidelines, interacting only enough to be a part of the story without interfering in the events as we know them, or knowing more than she should.

Covering some seven years of SG-1 history - including a fascinating side-trip into the AU of Moebius - these two fics are elegantly written, with just the right touches of humor and distress to make Claire amazingly real.

A librarian at the SGC, with all that entails. Both these stories are too wonderful to be missed!

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Tarantella by livengoo

  • Apr. 18th, 2011 at 5:55 PM
Title: Tarantella
Author's LJ/DWJ: gooligan
Categories:  team, suspense, era: season 3-5, character: original
Warnings: language, creepiness, violence
Author's Webpage/Fic list: fanfiction.net
Link to story: fanfiction.net
Why this should be read:

During a scientific mission gone wrong, SG-1 plus Daniel find out that the uninhabited planet they're studying isn't quite as empty as they first thought. Now, chased by something through the ruins of a jungle city, Daniel and the sole surviving member of SG-10 must make it back to the gate alive. Meanwhile, rescue is having problems of its own and radio contact is sketchy at best.

Everyone's characterization here is just perfect, including the original characters. Daniel is true to form, trying to unravel the mystery and understand their pursuers even when he's just as terrified as everyone else. The rest of SG-1 shine as well, as they balance concern for their teammate with the duties of a rescue team. The emotions are very well written; you can feel the desperation as they try to keep calm and try to stay alive in a situation that is way over their heads. And the pace doesn't let up until the story is over, keeping you on the edge of your seat until the very last chapter. A note, though: if you find the premise of the series Alien too freaky to watch, you might want to tread carefully.

Thsi may or may not fall under the stranded off-world category. There's nothing actually wrong with the Stargate and the SGC even sends help, but the characters are several days away and there's a horde of creatures between them and it.

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Son of Endless Sky, by Rydra Wong (PG-13)

  • Dec. 28th, 2009 at 11:33 PM
Don't forget, we're currently running the favorite fic theme. It doesn't have to be your single favorite fic (I have over 30 of those myself), but rather a story that you love to read over and over and again. I hope some of you will take the time to rec your favorite fic and share the squee with others.

Title: Son of Endless Sky
Author's LJ/DWJ: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Categories: theme: favorite fic, Jack and Daniel friendship, Daniel, character study, original character
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list: fic tag
Link to story: Son of Endless Sky

Why this should be read: Rydra Wong gives us one of the most beautifully rendered original characters I’ve ever read.

Shortly after Daniel’s decension, the team meets a group of native traders who recognize that he has died and come back to life. They maintain that he is dangerous, belonging to neither earth nor sky; and they insist that Daniel allows them to provide him with a literal grounding, to keep his spirit safely within his unmarked body that was once nothing more than light.

You will be charmed by the one-paragraph complete story of little Bao, and Daniel’s quiet, gracious acceptance of what the natives ask. You will be moved by the profundity of the artist’s insights into SG-1, and the inherent beauty and pain in what he senses about Daniel’s past and how he writes that essence on Daniel’s body. Most of all, you will come away from this enchanting, haunting story with a sense of conviction that the traders are right – and that ephemeral Daniel does, indeed, require tangibility to keep himself anchored in our world.

(Regarding pairings: The fic is essentially gen; although the unnamed narrator observes the close relationship between Jack and Daniel and wonders about its nature, subtext is left up to the reader. The fic is a remix of [info]brainofck’s Pervasive Local Obsidian, though, which is Jack/Daniel, so the fic is officially labeled as “Jack/Daniel implied/UST.”)

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Title:The Friday Night Colonel's Club
Author's LJ/DWJ: [personal profile] ziparumpazoo
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list: Archive Of Our Own--upload still in progress
Link to story: The Friday Night Colonel's Club
Why this should be read:

Because Jack is spot-on. Because it's nice to see the other people at the SGC, people who aren't SG-1, but are there and doing their jobs day in and day out. Because watching Jack relax with his peers is fun and interesting. This is not a flashy story, it's a quiet fic that fills in background details in such a way that makes it seem flawlessly blended into the show.

Untitled Daniel, by Emily (PG)

  • Aug. 13th, 2009 at 9:06 PM
Title: Untitled Daniel
Author's LJ/DWJ: [personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Categories: Daniel, original character, humor
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list: Nomadic Spirit
Link to story: Untitled Daniel

Why This Must Be Read: Here's another rec for our Dangerous Daniel theme!

You know all those cliched fanfics in which poor, woobie Daniel is bullied by nasty, mean Marines?

...You know, that Daniel? The one who stands up to the Goa'uld (even when he's on his knees) and, to quote this priceless fic, has had his "penchant for biting sarcasm" once "registered as a lethal weapon on an alien planet"?

Trust me. This story is not that kind. :)

With a hilarious series of phone calls from Jack and a zinger of a tag line from Reynolds, this fantastic ficlet will have you laughing out loud, even as you're nodding in agreement. Because really, no one could ever bully Daniel Jackson and live to tell the tale!

Daniel blinked, twice. Opened his mouth. Closed it. A marine wandered into the locker room, took one look at Daniel's face, and headed right back out.

Gavilan, by Elysium (PG)

  • May. 14th, 2009 at 3:59 PM
Title: Gavilan
Author's LJ/DWJ: unknown
Categories: Teal'c, character:original, drama
Warnings: none
Author's Webpage/Fic list: Fan Fiction
Link to story: Gavilan

Why this should be read: I recced this one back in early 2007, and it's even better than I remembered!

This intriguing fic, written before Tangent aired, gives us a fascinating original character: a pilot flying the converted death glider from The Serpent's Lair, and his observations of the civilian that the Air Force insists he take along on a test flight – a mysterious, enigmatic, silent man who seems to be codenamed "Teal'c." And when the routine flight takes a sudden serious turn, the pilot finds himself awed not only by Teal'c's undeniable expertise, but also by his character, his courtesy, and his grace.

It's rare to find an author who can create an original character and invest him with personality and depth without allowing that creation to take over the story entirely. Elysium walks the perfect line here; Major Mike Gavilan treats us to his initial reluctance to deal with Teal'c, his growing admiration and awe for his skills, and his confused ignorance of everything that he shouldn't know, and doesn't get to find out.

Some of this is clearly AU for what we know of SG-1 today: Jack never did bother to learn to speak Go'auld, and of course this death glider doesn't have Apophis' recall device. But I enjoyed this story for its intelligence, its narrator, its interesting storyline, and Elysium's wonderful portrayal of Teal'c as seen by an outsider. And when we do get Teal'c's perspective on events, his POV is marvelous - his bemusement and amusement with the Tau'ri, their world, and their youth.

Despite the annoying white-text-on-black-screen setup - if you can, toggle off the page colors for an easier read - Gavilan is a story that any fan of Teal'c is sure to savor.

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