figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Pre-series
Categories: Daniel/Sha're
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: unknown
Author's Website: regentzilla at AO3
Link: Snapshot

Why This Must Be Read: Daniel's framed picture of Sha're had to come from somewhere...

If not for our knowledge of what's coming, this little ficlet would merely be charming fluffiness. As it is, this is bittersweet, gentle, and makes you glad this opportunity didn't slip past before it was too late.
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Character Study
Categories: ep related, pre-series, Nick Ballard, Daniel, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] ivorygates
Author's Website: ivorygates at AO3
Link: K is for Kinship

Why This Must Be Read: This is a fascinating exploration of Nick's backstory, including a history that spans decades and too many griefs. I love how a person that so many fans perceive as a shallow, cookie-cutter character suddenly becomes very human and very real!


Looking down at Claire’s son, Kaatje’s grandson, he knew he couldn’t face another love, another loss. He made his voice harsh as he told Daniel there was no place in his life for him. That someone – someone else -- would care for him. About him.

And he left.
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Teal'c
Categories: pre-series, angst, character study
Warnings: Jaffa battles
Author on LJ: [personal profile] skieswideopen
Author's Website: Skieswideopen at AO3
Link: In Battle's Fury, Silence (The Pale Battalions Remix)

Why This Must Be Read: Powerful and painful, this is a stark, vivid painting of Teal'c's life as First Prime to Apophis. Canon tells us that Teal'c's rejection of the Goa'uld was a long, struggling process; this bleak character study is another step along the way.


There was nothing remarkable about the battle. Nothing at all.
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Daniel Jackson
Categories: episode related, Nicholas Ballard, angst, kidfic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] campylobacter
Author's Website: Campylobacter at AO3
Link: Ready When You Get Back

Why This Must Be Read: Enjoy a fascinating, angsty exploration of Daniel's waffle breakfast with his grandfather after his parents' funeral, with a bonus time-twisty handwaving of certain discrepancies in Threads and a nod to Crystal Skull. I love stories that focus on tiny details and make it all make sense... or possibly not. :)


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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Sha'uri
Categories: Skaara, pre-series, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] magibrain
Author's Website: Magistrate at AO3
Link: Y is for Yearling

Why This Must Be Read: This is a delightful peek at Abydos in the pre-movie days, full of imagery and humor and perfect characterization. Every older sister (and, yes, younger brother) will recognize the dynamic between Sha'uri and Skaara. It's impossible not to be charmed by this... and to smile, too, at the introduction of a character-of-sorts who will definitely play a major part in the movie!


She stamped her feet to be sure the sandals held firm. "Go on, then," she whispered. Careful not to wake anyone who might hear. "What have you found?"

Skaara grinned at her and took off running, and Sha'uri rushed after him.
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Pre-series
Categories: Daniel, Skaara, Sha're, character study, Abydos
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] lokei
Author's Website: Lokei at AO3
Link: To Make Your Soul Grow

Why This Must Be Read: This is a sweet glimpse of Abydos after the events of Stargate: the Movie, as Daniel tries to explain the nature of myth and art and legend to Skaara and the boys. Add an amused Sha're in the background and some wonderful imagery, and you're left with a charming picture (if you'll pardon the pun) of that happy time on Abydos when the people were truly free.


When Skaara’s friends find Sha’re beginning to paint the story of the rebellion on the walls of the temple, they start yelling.
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Teal'c
Categories: AU, drama, episode related, Baal, Bra'tac, Qetesh, Vala Mal Doran, Apophis
Warnings: minor AU character deaths
Author on LJ: [personal profile] aurora_novarum
Author's Website: List of My Stories / Aurora at AO3
Link: Path of Good Intentions

Why This Must Be Read: I believe this fic is actually unique: an exploration of Teal'c's life in the alternate timeline of Continuum, when Baal is playing with foreknowledge and already has his eye on the young Jaffa he wants to claim as his own First Prime.

This is a great sketch of Teal'c's experiences of Baal's cold manipulations, the way the timeline keeps twisting away from reality, and the underlying Goa'uld hubris that is actually creating the potential for Baal's eventual defeat. Add great cameos by Brat'ac and Vala (complete with a perfectly sensible handwaving of that "fifty years" quote) and a perfectly in-character Teal'c, and your only regret will be that Aurora didn't make this fic any longer!

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figs_sg1_rec: (Jack paperwork)
Rec Category: Five Things
Categories: Jack, Kawalsky, team, friendship, humor
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] sid
Author's Website: fic tag
Link: Five old 'war stories' O'Neill tells that feature Kawalsky

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is filled with warmth and friendship and bittersweet humor, as new friends join Jack in saluting an old friend he's lost. Complete with snark, increasing drunkenness, and a constant refrain of "Shut up, Daniel," (in the nicest possible way, natch), Sid does sparkling credit to Jack, Kawalsky, and all of SG-1.


"To Charlie Kawalsky, and to fallen comrades everywhere."
figs_sg1_rec: (team patch by paxm)
Rec Category: Pre-series

Characters: Daniel Jackson, Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal'c
Categories: character study, kidfic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] thothmes
Author's Website: unknown
Link: Too Cool for School

Why This Must Be Read: This series of vignettes is an absolute delight: each member of classic team on their first day of school. I love the way Thothmes shows us their nascent personalities as they navigate the uncertainties of their new surroundings. This is charming kidfic without ever slipping into sugary sweetness, and a real pleasure!

I admit my favorite is Teal'c's, and that the last few lines of Jack's is the good kind of ow, and that Daniel's mother is perfect, and that Sam's relationship with her brother and father are wonderful, and... Oh, just go and read it all yourself. :)
figs_sg1_rec: (bra'tac)
Rec Category: Bra'tac
Categories: character study, Teal'c, Apophis, pre-series, post-series
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] thothmes
Author's Website: unknown
Link: U is for Unspoken

Why This Must Be Read: This is a fabulous sketch of Bra'tac, arcing across the decades and played against a strong theme of silence: his first stirrings of doubt as a chal'ti, his lonely search for fellow rebels, his initial observations of Teal'c and then of the Tau'ri. Thothmes finishes with a lovely scene of Teal'c and Bra'tac together, content in silent contemplation of their ultimate victory in achieving freedom.

(Literally) quietly triumphant, and a read to savor.

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figs_sg1_rec: (sam is reading)
Rec Category: Sam and Cam friendship
Categories: pre-series
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] cantarina
Author's Website: Cantarina at AO3
Link: Drag and Lift

Why This Must Be Read: This is wonderful Sam and Cam pre-series friendship, complete with S9 coda. With stellar characterization and excellent dialogue, this fic is a marvelous exploration of competitiveness, support, and true companionship.


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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Tok'ra
Categories: pre-series, character study, Egeria
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] pipisafoat
Author's Website: pipisafoat at AO3
Link: The Memory of Race

Why This Must Be Read: A layered, subtle exploration of the very beginning of Egeria's rebellion against Ra, and the two-way path of influence between symbiote and host.


Ra and Hathor travel to Dakara to create a new race, and Egeria stays to mind the slaves. With her Lord away, she has nothing better to do than entertain herself playing games with the host. What happens if I give it control of the mouth? she wonders, and it answers: "I am not an it. I am a she."
figs_sg1_rec: (sha'uri robes)
Rec Category: Sha're
Categories: five things, character study, Daniel/Sha're
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] smilebackwards
Author's Website: master fic list
Link: Five Lies Sha're Told

Why this must be read: This was written at my request and ohhhh, it is so good. From the first hints of her rebellious intelligence in childhood to her rejection of Ra to her suffering as Amaunet's host, Smilebackwards does justice to this amazing woman's courage and character. Add some bittersweet glimpses of her marriage to Daniel, and you're left with a stellar five things that will leave you loving Sha're more than ever!


"Is that writing, Sha're?" her father asks, his voice hot and tumultuous, like a sandstorm. He steps closer to get a better view.

Sha're swipes the evidence away with her sandal. "Just pictures, Papa," she says.
figs_sg1_rec: (stargate team)
Rec Category: Pre-series
Categories: Teal'c, Jack, Daniel, Sam, original characters, five things
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] thothmes
Author's Website: unknown
Link: In a Mother's Eyes

Why This Must Be Read: Here's an insta-rec for you all: a simply gorgeous five (well, four) things that looks at classic SG-1 from the perspective of their mothers. I love the way Thothmes shows us the hints of each character's passions and personalities, and the mothers that nurture these wonderful children and help shape them into the people they eventually become. This is a love letter not only to Teal'c and Jack and Daniel and Sam, but also to mothers everywhere.

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figs_sg1_rec: (sam major carter)
Rec Category: Sam
Categories: character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] ardvari
Author's Website: Stargate fic tag
Link: The woman who circumnavigated the universe in a ship of her own making

Why This Must Be Read: A simply gorgeous character sketch of Sam and her relationship with the stars, her father, and herself.


When she’s on Earth, the stars pull at her heartstrings and she’s restless, always looking up the way she used to, itching to get back out there again.
figs_sg1_rec: (teal'c inscrutable)
Rec Category: Teal'c
Categories: pre-series, character study, Bra'tac, drama
Warnings: reference to typical Goa'uld atrocities
Author on LJ: [personal profile] magibrain
Author's Website: Magistrate at AO3
Link: Many Have Said

Why This Must Be Read: This is an absolutely glorious journey together with Teal'c, following the steps he trod on the road to rebellion. Here is the year between Ra's fall and COTG, from the perspective of a First Prime recognizing the repercussions of the death of the Supreme System Lord. The leaps from one scene to the next will leave you as breathless as Teal'c, leading up to that pivotal moment when he recognizes Jack as someone he can trust and follow. This is classic Magistrate fic: well-written, thought provoking, and perfectly in character.

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figs_sg1_rec: (Default)
Rec Category: Teal'c
Categories: Teal'c, Bra'tac, pre-series, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] rigel_7
Author's Website: Fanfiction Index
Link: G is for Glory

Why This Must Be Read: I love stories that explore pre-series Teal'c and his path to rebellion. Here, Rigel gives us a superb exchange between Bra'tac and Teal'c on the eve of battle, with Bra'tac planting the first hints of unease and critical thinking. The rhythm of their language, their mindset, the uncertainty -- it's all beautifully rendered, and well worth reading.

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figs_sg1_rec: (sam daniel wondertwins)
Rec Category: Sam and Daniel friendship
Categories: AU, crossover, pre-series, humor
Warnings: crossover/fusion with Doctor Who
Author on LJ: [personal profile] ultranos / [personal profile] abyssinia
Author's Website: fic tag for Ultranos / Abyssis' fanfic masterlist
Link: Welcome to the Universe, Doctor Jackson

Why This Must Be Read: Take Daniel's failed lecture at the beginning of Stargate: the Movie. Add Doctor Who and Sam in a long leather jacket. Fuse the two fandoms together.

The result? The gleeful premise of Sam as Time Lord (well, Time Lady) with Daniel as her companion, merrily careening through time and space. Whee!


"It's a big universe out there, Daniel Jackson. Time to get started."
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel s1)
Rec Category: Daniel
Categories: character study, ep related, angst, Jack and Daniel friendship
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] penknife
Author's Website: Penknife at AO3
Link: Coming Forth By Day

Why This Must Be Read: This is a superb sketch of early S1 Daniel, trying to settle back into life on Earth when his heart is still on Abydos and his soul is still out there, looking for Sha're. Aching and real, and really good.


It felt like coming back to life, slowly and painfully, not all at once the way he had in Ra's sarcophagus. He wasn't sure whether that was a good thing or a bad thing, but he was sure that it wasn't something he wanted. But it didn't matter what he wanted. He had to remember how to live here, at least for a while.
figs_sg1_rec: (vala fanfic)
Rec Category: Tok'ra
Categories: pre-series, post-series, Vala, Anise, character study
Warnings: reference to off-screen torture and assault
Author on LJ: [personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Author's Website: Author's page on AO3
Link: Point of Intersection

Why This Must Be Read: This fic extrapolates beautifully from what we know of Vala's backstory, giving us her recovery from Qetesh's removal... under the supervision of Anise. Cool pragmatic scientist meets flamboyant con woman, and the results are simply fantastic! Add an explanation for Anise's choice of clothing, some perspective on the Tok'ra's reactions to the events of Stargate: the Movie, and stellar characterization for both women, and you'll find this story an absorbing, fascinating read.


She's going to kill Lantash for this. Her work is far too important to be interrupted by humanitarian aid simply because Lantash feels guilty that he had to torture this woman. And now Freya is locked inside her own mind, not even offering suggestions on how to deal with the woman, reliving her own treatment at Ra's hands all those many years ago.
figs_sg1_rec: (point of origin)
Rec Category: Crossover
Categories: Catherine Langford, character study, pre-series
Warnings: crossover with The Chronicles of Narnia
Author on LJ: [personal profile] sentientcitizen
Author's Website: Fanworks Master Post
Link: Physicist, Soldier, Queen

Why This Must Be Read: Fic that features Catherine Langford is always a reason to cheer. And in this superb crossover, Catherine meets a younger Susan Pevensie, post Last Battle, as they both take comfort in intellectual pursuits in the wake of their respective griefs.

I love the way that neither Susan nor Catherine ever learns each other's secrets, even if they learn to share both mental challenges and the pain of loss. This is gorgeous backstory, sketching out a minor character and highlighting with her brilliance. Absolutely wonderful!

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figs_sg1_rec: (daniel)
Rec Category: Crossover
Categories: Daniel, character study, pre-series
Warnings: crossover with Indiana Jones
Author on LJ: [personal profile] penknife
Author's Website: Penknife at AO3
Link: Z is for Zombies

Why This Must Be Read: In this superb fic, Daniel attends a lecture by an older Professor Jones, a contemporary of Nick Ballard. I love the exchange between them: the searching for truth, the need to know, the dismissal of their peers' conventionalism. No, Indiana doesn't satisfy Daniel's curiosity, but he does encourage him to seek his own truths. And it's just marvelous!


"Does it matter whether we found anything at Tanis or not?"

"Yes," Daniel says, more hotly than he means to. "Of course it matters."
figs_sg1_rec: (team off-world)
Rec Category: Pre-series
Categories: pre-series, five things, Jack, Sam, Daniel, Teal'c, Hammond
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] sg_wonderland
Author's Website: Fic Page
Link: Five Things That Happened Pre-Stargate

Why This Must Be Read: This five things is a lovely weaving of threads, showing us the paths that George, Daniel, Sam, Jack, and Teal'c all take that lead inexorably to the Stargate and SG-1. My personal favorite is Teal'c's, because it brings them all together and resonates so well with Teal'c's shouted line of defiance to Jack in COTG. Too short for a snippet, so just click on the link and enjoy!
figs_sg1_rec: (jack)
Rec Category: Pre-series
Categories: Jack, pre-series, character study, angst
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] da_angel729
Author's Website: [livejournal.com profile] angelcreations
Link: An Old Friend

Why This Must Be Read: This superb character sketch gives us Jack and his gun, with all the paths of duty and grief that led him to the SGC. From his first rifle at the age of ten to the first time he shouldered a weapon to walk through the Stargate as the leader of SG-1, this is perfectly, marvelously Jack.


Jack wondered when he'd begun to need the weight of the weapon on his leg, in his hands.
figs_sg1_rec: (teal'c)
Rec Category: Pre-series
Categories: Teal'c, Bra'tac, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] thothmes
Author's Website: unknown
Link: Of Honey Cakes and Honor

Why This Must Be Read: There is so much to love about this little ficlet: the glimpse of everyday Jaffa life, young!Teal'c and his honest courage, Bra'tac's shrewd eye and deliberately heavy hand. The last paragraph is icing on the honey cake... or the doughnut. :) Read and enjoy!

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