Fire and Calm, by Magistrate (PG)

  • Jun. 8th, 2014 at 2:55 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Bra'tac
Categories: episode related, character study, Kasuf, futurefic
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] magibrain
Author's Website: Magistrate at AO3
Link: Fire and Calm

Why This Must Be Read: This gorgeously splendid character study takes Bra'tac's first journey to Kheb, the ultimate destruction and mass Ascension of Abydos, and seamlessly fuses them together into a beautiful exploration of choice, perspective, age, and progress.

Both Bra'tac and Kasuf are courageous mentors who watched their disciples and children soar to greater heights. Here, Magistrate does justice to both of them.

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figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
800 recs, people. Fandom, I salute you!

Rec Category: Drama
Categories: angst, AU, Sha're and Sam friendship, ep related
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [profile] magistrata
Author's Website: Magistrate at AO3
Link: Of Dreams and Desperations

Why This Must Be Read: Two of my favorite women, being utterly awesome!

In this stunning AU of FIAD, it's Sam who confronts Amaunet, not Daniel, and ends up being taken prisoner. What follows is twisty and powerful and full of raw strength and courage, as the two women use the battlegrounds of mind and body to defeat their common jailor and find their way to victory. Gorgeous phrasing, stellar characterization, and an absorbing, gripping read.

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In Its Truest Form, by Stringertheory (PG)

  • Nov. 8th, 2011 at 10:08 AM
figs_sg1_rec: (good enough for jack to read)
Rec Category: Team
Categories: Sam, Jack, Daniel, Teal'c, friendship, character study, ep related
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] stringertheory
Author's Website: Fic list
Link: In Its Truest Form

Why This Must Be Read: This fic personifies teamy goodness in all its glory, as Stringertheory treats us to various moments throughout the years when the team is there for one another.

Happy but not cloying, moving but not maudlin -- this series of snapshots is perfectly right.

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Bead Sutra, by Magistrate (T)

  • Jul. 28th, 2011 at 10:25 AM
figs_sg1_rec: (fanfic fix)
Rec Category: Episode Related
Categories: Daniel, Jack and Daniel friendship, Sam and Daniel friendship, Jack and Sam friendship, angst, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] magibrain
Author's Website: Magistrate at AO3
Link: Bead Sutra

Why This Must Be Read: This gorgeous series reflects on the pain of absent friends, even when that friend may or may not be around. Tied together by an alien string of wooden beads, Magistrate traces through reactions -- Jack flailing at Daniel's non-presence in the aftermath of Unnatural Selection, Jack and Sam trying not to talk about hurtful truths in a parking lot after Full Circle, and Sam trying to reconnect with not!Daniel (aka Arrom) during Fallen. While each of these stories is marvelously complete on their own, you will savor the richness of the underlying theme that connects all three. Wonderful stuff!

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figs_sg1_rec: (humor)
Rec Category: Original Character
Categories: original character, team, Daniel, Jack and Daniel friendship, humor, Hammond, Janet
Warnings: language
Author on LJ: [personal profile] synecdochic
Author's Website: different colors made of tears
Link: The Only Winning Move

Why This Must Be Read: This story hits one of my all-time favorite fic buttons: competence. Not just from SG-1, but from all of the SGC.

The Only Winning Move is a no-holds-barred hilarious romp throughout Stargate Command as a training scenario takes place, complete with high-spirited competition, delightful original characters, and delicious hints of entertaining previous scenarios. You will love this for the deft characterization, general intelligence, and the sheer glee with which all SGC personnel take up the challenge and put their own unique spin on the situation. Add in some marvelous teamwork, Daniel at his most wickedly "innocent," and lovely Jack and Daniel friendship, and you'll understand why this fic has already been recced in multiple categories... and deserves to be recced again and again and again! :)

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figs_sg1_rec: (fic rec)
Rec Category: Original Character
Categories: original character, humor, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [personal profile] holdouttrout
Author's Website: My Fiction Archive
Link: Five People (or Beings) Who Inhabit the SGC

Why This Must Be Read: This charming five things will utterly delight you with its originality, humor, and touch of pathos. Holdouttrout sketches five different people (or beings) who inhabit the SGC, from the woman who phases out of existence intermittently to the alien accidentally caught on base. Some are bittersweet and thoughtful; others are mischieviously hilarious. All of them are wonderfully real, and astonishingly easy to picture as part of the everyday insanity that is life at the SGC!


Captain Matt Ellis was assigned to the SGC in 2008. He has been off-world once so far. He hasn't been cleared for active duty since then because technically he's still "affected by the unique conditions of P5S-772, which have altered the chemistry of his epidermis to create a camouflaging effect."

In short, his skin changes color.
figs_sg1_rec: (sha'uri's rebellion)
500 recs! Whew! Thanks, fandom. :)

Rec Category: Drama
Pairing: none
Categories: drama, novel, Sha're, AU, episode related, angst, team, action/adventure
Warnings: adult themes, violence, assault; includes references to Daniel/Sha're
Author on LJ: [profile] tafkarfanfic
Author's Website: tafkar's writing
Link: One Dimension Removed

Why This Must Be Read: I should save this until I rec the Sha're category again, but this story is so fantastic I can't wait!

Instead of "THANKS. SEND MORE" the tissue box reads, "PLEASE. SEND HELP." - because Amaunet came through the Stargate looking for a host for Apophis, and took Daniel. Sha're joins the SGC, and the story twists and turns to reflect her cultural upbringing, her connections with her teammates, and the differences she brings to SG-1.

You will love every bit of this, and one certain chapter will break your heart. This is real, this is powerful, and this is good.

Reserve a good block of time for this, and go read it right now. You'll be very glad you did!

(Note: Tafkar rated this as PG; the PG-13 rating is my own. And there is one R-rated chapter that I did not read, because Tafkar generously added a PG-rated version for those who prefer it.)

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Magnificent Desolation, by Abyssis (PG)

  • Feb. 18th, 2009 at 7:49 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (sam jack genfic)
Rec Category: Jack and Sam friendship
Pairing: none
Categories: Jack and Sam friendship, Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, gen, episode related, pre-series, character study
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077
Author's Website: Masterlist of Fanfiction
Link: Magnificent Desolation

Why This Must Be Read: I know that just about everyone has already read this incredible story. But if there's even a single fan who hasn't yet discovered Magnificent Desolation, then this rec is well worth it.

Abyssis lovingly, eloquently traces the history of space travel on Earth, and how it has intertwined with Sam and Jack's lives. She deftly weaves past events with show canon, showing us the unique bond that they share, with their love of flight and the stars that shine above them. This is the best kind of adult writing: penetrating, thought-provoking, satisfying, and beautiful.

If you are going to read just one Sam and Jack friendship fic, choose this one. You'll be moved to tears, and beyond.

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Diplomacy, by Night Spear (PG-13)

  • Nov. 6th, 2008 at 12:10 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel bandana)
My 400th rec! Thanks for putting up with me, folks. :)

Rec Category: Gen
Pairing none
Categories: gen, Daniel, team, Jack and Daniel friendship, Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, Robert Rothman, Sha're, Kasuf, AU, drama, episode related
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] night_spear1287
Author's Website: List of Stories
Link: Diplomacy (table of contents)

Why This Must Be Read: This fantastic, novel-length AU story gives us a 15-year-old Daniel Jackson, who grew up on Abydos (Mel and Claire opened the Stargate in '82, and stayed behind) and is now training at the SGC to help fight against the Goa'uld and get his brother and sister, Sha'uri and Skaara, back home. I have already recced the wonderful Translations, which covers this AU's version of Season One. Now, in Diplomacy, Night Spear treats us to fascinating twists and turns in canon, exploring the different ways events turn in Seasons 2-3 when a younger Daniel is present at the SGC, but not an active member of SG-1

The fic is technically WIP, since only 18 of 26 chapters are currently posted. But you'll want to start reading this right now - for the lovely characterization, the impeccable writing, the tight plotting, the twisting of storylines (Secrets and Thor's Chariot as one!), and the fixing of canon loopholes. There is less onscreen Teal'c and Daniel friendship than there was in Translations, but the amazing Jack and Daniel friendship will more than make up for it. My two current favorite scenes include Jack teaching teenaged Daniel how to handle a weapon, with the memory of Charlie looming; and the awesome rendition of The Fifth Race, which is somehow even better than the version on the show.

Make sure you've got plenty of time, though; it stands at over 160,000 words now, and once you get started, you won't be able to stop!

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Determination, by Beatrice Otter (PG)

  • Oct. 16th, 2008 at 8:24 AM
figs_sg1_rec: (sha'uri's rebellion)
Rec Category: Sha're

Pairing: none
Category: Sha're, AU, General Hammond, Teal'c, drama
Warning: WIP of sorts (see below)
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] beatrice_otter
Author's Website: unknown
Link: Determination and Determination: Practicality

Why This Must Be Read: So few authors even try to write Sha're, and even fewer manage to get her right. She is no timid, shrinking violet, but she is also most emphatically not a modern Western feminist! She is a product of her own culture and values and a fiercely independent spirit, and it takes talent to do this amazing woman justice.

Beatrice Otter breathes her to life in her Determination series with incredible power and delicacy, giving us a Sha're who is uniquely herself and utterly perfect.

In this AU, it was Daniel and Skaara who were abducted by Apophis, and it is Sha're who comes to Earth and goes to Chulak with the rest of SG-1 in an effort to get her people back. Beatrice treats us to a woman who watches, and waits, and learns; who navigates the foreign ways of Earth and the SGC with wisdom and caution, using patience and just a touch of guile. We see her careful meeting with General Hammond, her dealings with Sam and Walter and Siler, and her powerful confrontation with Teal'c, which pays tribute to the worldview of both and the strength of the woman who inspired the rebellion on Abydos.

Determination is a WIP of sorts, in that each ficlet stands on its own, yet is part of a greater whole that offers great promise for more. Go read these, and urge Beatrice to continue this marvelous AU!

Full disclaimer: Beatrice started this fascinating AU at my own prompt. I am awed with what she's done and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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figs_sg1_rec: (Abydos)
Rec Category: Daniel Jackson
Pairing: none
Categories: Daniel Jackson, pre-series, Skaara, Abydos
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rigel_7
Author's Website: Fanfiction Index
Link: Beside me, singing in the wilderness

Why This Must Be Read: Daniel, Skaara, Abydos, and moonshine. What more do you need?

How about lush and loving prose that evokes scents and sights and tastes to put you right there in the story with Daniel? Perhaps it's the gentle weaving of past events with current ones, as Daniel's mind wanders to other occasions involving alcohol. Or, most of all, Rigel's enchanting portrayal of Abydos, in which she creates the rich and vibrant society that embraced Daniel as one of its own.

This story is a treat. Read it slowly, and savor.


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figs_sg1_rec: (Daniel S3 smile)

I'm your devoted Daniel reccer this month! Let's start with an absolute gem, shall we?

Rec Category: Daniel Jackson

Pairing: see below

Categories: Daniel Jackson, Samantha Carter, Jack O’Neill, Teal’c, gen, Sam and Daniel friendship, AU, drama, episode related, angst

Warnings: some language, spoilers through Season Six, one apocafic, spoilers for Moebius, AU major character deaths

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] abyssinia4077

Author's Website: Masterlist of fanfiction


Link:
Please Hang Up and Try Again

 

Why This Must Be Read: This beautifully rendered story will unquestionably break your heart.

 

Abyssis gives us two times five telephone conversations Daniel never had: five because they never existed - each takes place in a different AU - and five that were left on his voice mail during the year that he was Ascended, but were subsequently erased before he ever heard them.

 

The erased voice mails are poignant and heartbreaking and wistful in turns, left by Sam, Jack, Jonas, and Janet, echoing events of Season Six until Sam finally erases them. And the AUs cover the gamut from hope to anguish and back again - the embittered, exhausted Daniel from Moebius, a Daniel on the run from Kinsey, a Daniel who finally achieves public recognition, a Daniel who loses his SG-1... and a Daniel who gets back Sha’re, which brings tears to my eyes every time.

 

You will be blown away by the sheer power of this fic and its scope of if-onlys and might-have-beens. Go and read this one right now.

 

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Penmanship, by Salieri (G)

  • Oct. 15th, 2007 at 7:40 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (teal'c)

Rec Category: Gen

Pairing: none

Categories: gen, George Hammond, Teal’c, character study

Warnings: none

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] troyswann

Author's Website: Outside the Box

Link: Penmanship


Why This Must Be Read: [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong recced this amazing story in the Teal’c category several months ago, and I fell in love with it the moment I read it. This is George Hammond, personified, and Teal’c, walking clear-eyed into his future, one careful step at a time.

 

Salieri gives us very early S1 Hammond, looking through SG-1’s reports of their latest mission. There is the light humor of how perfectly the reports mirror their authors: Sam’s is nearly mathematical in its precision, Jack’s is delightful succinctful, Daniel’s is desperately crammed with all the details he longs to tell the world, but never can. But then Teal’c comes into the office, and the reader is blown away by the power of what happens next: Teal’c’s triumph, Hammond’s understanding, and the satisfying snick of the team together as one.

 

This one is tenderly beautiful. Go and read!

 

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figs_sg1_rec: (team off-world)

Greetings! I'm pleased to rec the Gen category this month, starting with a rec I've been waiting for ages to make!

Rec Category: Gen


Pairing:
none

Categories: gen, original character, episode related, team, Janet Frasier, Jonas Quinn, Daniel Jackson, character study, angst

Warnings: spoilers through S9, including references to canonical character deaths

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] minervacat

Author's Website: when the floods roll back

Link: 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:
I read this fic – and later, its companion story – and they completely blew me away.


…That’s not enough? :)


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!

(Reccer's note: The author posted the fic with a rating of R; when I asked her why, she said she didn't remember. :) Since there's nothing to warrant that rating, I'm reccing it here as PG-13.)

 

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Only Misplaced, by Random (PG)

  • Sep. 30th, 2007 at 11:00 AM
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel teal'c orpheus)

Rec Category: Teal'c and Daniel friendship

Pairing: none

Categories: Teal'c and Daniel friendship, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, gen, character study, dramaxml:namespace prefix = "o" /

Warnings: none

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] randomfreshink

Author's Website:

Link: Only Misplaced

 

Why This Must Be Read: Full disclaimer: not only did I get to serve as a beta for this absolute gem, but Random has called this a belated birthday present for me.

 

If you want to skip the rest of the rec, this should be enough: SQUEEE!

 

Oh, this fic is wonderful. Forget, for the moment, the intriguing puzzle Teal’c and Daniel need to solve, the sudden tension at the potentially fatal stacking of the deck against them, the drama of a frantic Daniel trying to save Teal’c’s life after Teal’c has saved his life, the sober realization of how Pandora’s Box can never, ever be closed... No, what makes this story incredible is that it’s early, early S1 Teal’c and Daniel, struggling with preconceptions and the weight of the baggage they already carry between them. There are fascinating references to their “training” and the meaning of the word “guide”; a lovingly detailed look into both their heads, as they consider one another; the slow journey to acceptance, and to what we know will be an astonishing friendship.

 

Sam and Jack, the disembodied voices over the radio, serve as a sort of grounding backdrop to the drama in characterization that unfolds before us. But this fantastic story is all Teal’c’s and Daniel’s, and it goes on my top-ten favorites list. Read this one right now!

 

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Ithaca, by Niamaea (G)

  • Sep. 24th, 2007 at 11:08 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel teal'c mock)

Rec Category: Teal'c and Daniel friendship

Pairing: none

Categories: Teal'c and Daniel friendship, Teal'c, Daniel Jackson, gen, futurefic, team

Warnings: none

Author on LJ: niamaea

Author's Website: All the Fic

Link: Ithaca


Why This Must Be Read:
At first glimpse, this short story seems to open with an almost prosaic scene: Teal’c and SG-1 coming through the Gate, with Daniel there to welcome them. Then, slowly, it dawns on you: who Daniel is, now, at the SGC. What Teal’c is doing. The years of friendship that allows for a shorthand of even brief sentences to carry a wealth of meaning.

 

There’s gentle humor and the enchanting prospect of a beautiful future. There’s the inherent promise of a marvelous backstory, and the satisfaction of seeing these characters we love at peace. Sam and Jack aren’t physically present for this one, but they’re solidly part of Teal’c and Daniel’s lives – and it’s a life that I still hope Niamea will continue to create for us, because this is one happy ending I would love to see for SG-1!

ETA: Whee! Niamea wrote an additional pre-Ithaca snippet over here!

 

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

  • Sep. 2nd, 2007 at 9:31 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel abydos)
Rec Category: Original Character

Pairing: none, really (but see below)

Categories: original character, Daniel Jackson, Jack O’Neill, episode related, character study

Warnings: spoilers through Homecoming

Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] rydra_wong

Author's Website: Fics here.

Link: Son of Endless Sky


Why This Must Be Read:
Rydra Wong gives us one of the most beautifully rendered original characters I’ve ever read in Son of Endless Sky.

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 [livejournal.com profile] 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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figs_sg1_rec: (daniel abydos)

Rec Category: Daniel Jackson

Pairing: Daniel/Sha’re
Categories: Daniel Jackson, Daniel/Sha’re, Skaara, Kasuf, character study, humor
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [info]grav_ity
Author's Website: Gravity Not Included
Link: Paper, Scissors, Yak [LJ entry currently locked; also available here]

Why This Must Be Read: I have been waiting for a long time for the opportunity to rec this delightful Abydos story! Set some time between the movie and COTG, this charming fic gives us beautiful snapshots into life on Abydos – the freedom from Ra’s tyranny that impoverished them for so long, the eagerness of the Abydon people to have Daniel teach them of their lost heritage, the humor of Daniel’s not-so-successful attempts to follow the culture’s traditions. It’s written with deftness and warmth and love, and it will make you fall in love with Abydos – and Daniel! – all over again.

Scotoma, by Rydra Wong (PG-13)

  • Jul. 1st, 2007 at 10:05 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (sha'uri's rebellion)

Rec Category: Sha’re

Pairing: none
Categories: Sha’re, Samantha Carter, AU, gen, angst, drama
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [info]rydra_wong
Author's Website: Fic list
Link: Scotoma

Why This Must Be Read: In this powerful AU, Amaunet is captured by SG-1 and Sha’re is freed. But the triumph can only be bittersweet… because this takes place in Season Six, and Daniel isn’t there.

This is the amazing story of Sha’re’s journey to emotional recovery and equilibrium. Follow in her steps as she mourns her husband’s absence, moving among his things to try and taste his presence; develops a beautifully real friendship with Sam, whose experience with Jolinar allows for a special empathy; handles Mackenzie and other irrating facets of life in the SGC with aplomb; and finds her own place, her own strength, and her own heart.

There are fantastic cameos from Janet and Teal’c – and even Jonas! – but this story is mostly Sha’re’s, and Sam’s. Rydra Wong gives us the Sha’re that Daniel fell in love with, and makes us fall in love with her all over again.

…And look! Here’s an extra treat! [info]isabeau has just posted a beautifully evocative remix of Scotoma for this year's [info]gateverse_remix : Whispers of the Gods.

figs_sg1_rec: (teal'c)

Rec Category: Gen

Pairing: none
Categories: gen, Teal’c, character study, team
Warnings:
none
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] paian
Author's Website: Enkomion
Link:
Teal'c's Five Favorite Board Games

Why This Must Be Read: This amazing Five Things is my personal definitive Teal’c fic. Despite the seemingly lightness of its premise – Teal’c’s favorite board games on Earth – it is filled with rich characterization and a deeply moving insight into Teal’c and his history, both before and after he joins the SGC.

Teal’c sees satisfying metaphor in checkers and Go and Chutes and Ladders – or, as Daniel points out, Snakes and Ladders, with an extra nod to canon in Fire and Water. He slowly and patiently collects bits and pieces of facts, until he is undisputed king of Trivial Pursuit, even when they play with Daniel Rules and use the Jaffa Edition. And he finds bemused escapism in the innocence and charm of the simplicity of Life, with its airy assumptions of easy success.

This story is poignant and humorous and thought-provoking in turns. We get some lovely glimpses of various team members, and they all ring clear and true. But most of all, we get Teal’c – in his entirety, and wonderfully, beautifully real.
 

A Million Years Into the Sky, by Niamaea (PG)

  • Apr. 23rd, 2007 at 12:28 AM
figs_sg1_rec: (Default)

Rec Category: Teamy goodness

Pairing: see below
Categories: team, friendship, futurefic, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, Teal’c, Jack O’Neill, Vala, Cameron Mitchell, Cassie
Warnings: canon character deaths (mostly off-screen, and of old age)
Author on LJ: [info]niamaea
Author's Website:
unknown
Link:
A Million Years Into the Sky

Why This Must Be Read: Full disclaimer: I got to beta this. Lucky, lucky me. :)

Niamaea is one of the founders of [info]sg1_ever_after, a relatively new community about giving SG-1 happy endings. This amazing fic offers a heartbreakingly beautiful look at that happy ending, as Niamaea provides us with a universe that cares for her children and the long, gentle journey that the members of SG-1 take, one by one, to get there.

The first part of the story is told from Sam’s POV; the second, from Teal’c’s, in one of the most stunning characterizations I’ve ever seen for our beloved Jaffa. The entire fic is chock-full of fantastic insights: Sam’s epiphany into how Jack and Daniel’s personalities complete one another. The team’s careful manipulations to ensure that Daniel is “remembered to history for his life,” and not how he died, because that’s what he would have wanted most. Teal’c watching, from the perspective of his longer lifespan, as one by one, his teammates slip away – complete, and in peace. (And Teal’c’s choice for his third grandchild’s name brought tears to my eyes.) 

While I would strongly call this fic gen, I didn’t add that to the categories, because it does include some mention of pairings peripherally – Ry’ac and Ka’ryn, for example. And Sam’s marriage to a teammate. But while the pairings are there, they are not the main import of the story – the quiet future, and the universe’s kindness, are what really matter. 

“Shal’kek nem’ron,” he says.

Daniel shakes his head and corrects him. “You lived free, Teal’c.”

It was difficult to choose a snippet for this, as much of the story is snapshots of events that span decades of time. I know this rec is longer than usual, but this story richly deserves it. Go read it, slowly, and savor.
 

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The Good Wife, by Julie Fortune (PG-13/R)

  • Mar. 7th, 2007 at 3:54 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (daniel abydos)

Rec Category: Gen

Pairing: none
Categories: gen, Daniel Jackson, team, drama, friendship, character study, hurt/comfort
Warnings: major whumping and violence; some sexual references; possibly disturbing religious allusions
Author on LJ: [info]juliefortune 
Author's Website: Fanfic for the Fearless
Link:
The Good Wife

Why This Must Be Read: This tense, gripping story takes place some time at the beginning of S7. SG-1 is in Vorbei Dei, negotiating for naquadah. But when Daniel is imprisoned for two days for the crime of stopping a man from beating a child, and soon gains a jailmate that he can't help but defend, events quickly spiral downward.

More than anything, this is a fascinating character study of Daniel. But Julie also gives us a beautifully rendered picture of the town, with the stark contrasts of color and darkness echoed in the characters and their behavior and outward appearances. And then there's Rebecca, who becomes more of an icon than an individual to Daniel before all is said and done, but whose ultimate fate will wound the reader as much as Daniel's pain.

There's some great insight from Sam, and Jack in superb CO mode, and Teal'c as magnficient bulwark. This fic is disturbingly, frighteningly good, and you'll remember it for a long time to come.
 
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Face-off, by Jennghis Khan (PG)

  • Mar. 1st, 2007 at 7:25 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (humor)

Rec Category: Jack O'Neill

Pairing: none
Categories: Jack O'Neill, gen, team, humor, Makepeace
Warnings: none
Author on LJ: [info]surrealphantast
Author's Website: tagged fic links
Link: Face-off

Why This Must Be Read: When Jack gets just a little too carried away at his smugness at SG-1's "overwhelming coolness," he rashly agrees to a hockey match between his own team and Makepeace's Marines on SG-3. Then he discovers that Sam is a little too busy computing vectors with the hockey puck to pay any real attention to the game, Teal'c is having just a little too much fun smashing the puck into the stands and denting the seats, and Daniel… Well, Daniel is really good at tripping over his skates and sprawling on the ice.

We get Siler's guest spot as goalie, some ruthless manipulation of Daniel's ineptitude, and Jack's insane competitive streak that drives him inexorably onwards to the ultimate humiliation. There's humor and teamy goodness galore, and despite a rather smug Makepeace, SG-1's overwhelming coolness is readily apparent where it really counts… and everyone who reads this delightful story is going to cheer in agreement with Jack's final sentiment.


Eroding Away the Mountains, by Abyssis (PG)

  • Feb. 21st, 2007 at 6:43 PM
figs_sg1_rec: (sam daniel friendship)

Rec Category: Sam and Daniel friendship

Pairing: none
Categories: Sam and Daniel friendship, Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, team, gen, character study, angst
Warnings:
spoilers through the end of S6
Author on LJ: [info]abyssinia4077
Author's Website: unknown
Link: Eroding Away the Mountains

Why This Must Be Read: A really enchanting story, Eroding the Mountains traces Sam and Daniel's friendship through the first five seasons of SG-1.

The story begins when Sam offers to take Daniel hiking, in the first tentative step towards getting to know the legendary Dr. Jackson just a little bit better. Over time, the closeness deepens and strengthens, as we catch glimpses of their innermost thoughts and desires. There's talk of Sha're and Abydos, of the pain both feel at not being able to share their knowledge with the rest of the world, of failure and struggle and hope. We watch Sam and Daniel scale hills and peaks of varying difficulty, even as they cope with the stresses and complications of their lives on SG-1.

Abyssis gives us an excellent Sam voice and some truly insightful glimpses into both Sam and Daniel's characters. Eroding the Mountains is a leisurely, intelligent fic that you'll want to read thoughtfully – and thoroughly.

Angels and Vagabonds, by Random (PG-13)

  • Dec. 27th, 2006 at 12:56 AM
figs_sg1_rec: (Daniel S3 smile)

Rec Category: Daniel Jackson

Pairing: none
Categories: Daniel Jackson, gen, team, Jack O'Neill, Samantha Carter, Teal'c, angst, drama, hurt/comfort
Warnings: Teal'c- and Daniel-whumping
Author on LJ: randomfreshink
Author's Website:
Link: currently offline

Why This Must Be Read: Angels and Vagabonds comes awfully close to topping Numerology as my favorite Random fic. I was lucky enough to read this as a beta reader, but it seems to get better every time I look it over again.

Daniel and Teal'c accidentally spring a trap off-world, leaving Daniel stuck behind a seemingly impenetrable force-field. What follows is pure teamy goodness at its best, as SG-1 tries its shining hardest – despite the S4 political rumblings that cruelly cut their options short – to try and get him out before he dies of thirst… or "gives himself" to the temple.

We get amazingly good Jack POV and characterization, as always for Random. Sam aglow with scientific brilliance and her determination to get Daniel released – "she made science look good," Daniel muses at one point. Teal'c's amazing speech is so perfectly him that it only never took place on the show because they would never give him so many lines of dialogue. And Daniel… Daniel's beautiful thoughts that pay tribute to his love for his teammates, and wanting it to mean something, even in the end, for those who didn't make it.

The epilogue is one of my favorite bits, as Jack and Hammond turn those political rumblings on their heads to get a little payback. That, and the SGC's strenuous efforts to help one of their own, even in the face of the need to appear to be following orders. Hammond and Siler, in particular, are wonderful.

Really, this whole fic is fantastic. Go read it, and savor.


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