ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
This is a thematic list (i.e. not recs) for stories about Ancient/Non-Reform Vulcan, i.e. stories featuring a Vulcan society without their emotional control. This can be either real Vulcan in the past at any point before Surak's Reforms (whether set then, or with time travel from the canon time period), some kind of alternate universe in which Vulcan devolped differently (mirror universes, parallel universes etc.) or even a society of Vulcanoid people who are living on another planet (e.g. were seeded by the Preservers or a faction of Vulcans who colonized the planet in the past, with the exception of the Romulans, who are not counted for this trope). Not included are stories that focus on individual Vulcans loosing emotional control, or just feature some tradition or rituals that date back to ancient Vulcan.

These are not recs, but a thematic list. I'll link gen stories as well as all kinds of pairings. Also, while I label for pairings and include the author's summary, I don't list detailed warnings, and due to the nature of this theme stories frequently may feature violence, slavery, dub-con, and non-con among other things, so readers following links should take care and check out the full story headers. It is split in TOS and Reboot for now, but if anyone has TNG, DS9, VOY or ENT stories featuring this, I'd add those as well.

So far I have eleven TOS and five Reboot stories, but I'd love to find more.

Star Trek thematic list: Ancient/Non-Reform Vulcan
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
...before I felt the urge to compile thematic lists for Star Trek. I asked for stories featuring the Ancient Vulcan trope on [livejournal.com profile] st_ficfinder, and between some links there and my own bookmarks and searching I have now have already about twenty or so. And I find myself thinking "hm, that would be enough to be worth a thematic list." Argh.
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
First, the [livejournal.com profile] sticksandsnark challenge entries have been posted. So there's lots of good Rodney and Teyla stuff. This year's masterlist is here. In particular I want to point you towards Your Mouth As Some Surprise by Siriaeve (Rodney/Teyla, 9,400 words), which is an awesome story with Rodney and Teyla stranded in a Pegasus monastery for a while. It's my favorite of the entries I've read so far. Also check out Astrid's gorgeous drawing.

Second, because compiling lists is a great way to procrastinate while still giving yourself the illusion of accomplishing something, I posted yet another SGA thematic list, this time of all SGA wingfic I could find. I also listed some art, but it's not yet nearly as comprehensive for that, because I don't bookmark fanart as much. As usual if you know of stuff I missed, please link me. I've also updated several of my other SGA thematic lists recently.

Third, I did not actually forget about the results of my previous "what should I draw" poll from a while ago. The results when I last checked were a three-way draw between the SGA/Avatar fusion option, the gothic/steampunkish SGA mad scientist AU, and the Dresden Files illustration. Of these I have the clearest idea about the SGA/Avatar fusion, so I've decided to go with that first, and draw Ronon as Firebender. I'm just (unsurprisingly) kind of slow making actual progress on this (and procrastinating via thematic list compilation, as seen above). Anyway, this is my public commitment to that project, still following my theory that public statements about WIPs might help in overcoming my lazy inertia.
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
Because this gets asked for quite frequently on [livejournal.com profile] sgagenrefinders (like here, here, here and here...), I figured I'm not the only one with a soft spot for wereanimal stories, and a thematic list might be useful.

This is a SGA thematic list (i.e. not recs) for stories in which an SGA character becomes or already is a wereanimal. 'Wereanimal' here is not all that strict, but refers to any supernatural animal-shapeshifting as long as is not another kind of magical animal category, such as centaur!fic or dragon!fic. It is sorted by character, which kind of wereanimal is listed with the story.

As usual, if you know of any story that I've missed, please tell me about it.

Link: SGA thematic list: Werewolves and other wereanimals.

huh.

Aug. 24th, 2008 16:35
ratcreature: RatCreature smokes Crack (crack)
In my search for stories where the expedition is stranded in Pegasus, I noticed that there is apparently a whole subgenre where they form communes on Earth.
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
I've decided to start a new thematic list for another one of my favorite SGA fic tropes, an Atlantis that either by necessity or choice has to fend for itself in the Pegasus galaxy.

For a story to be included in this thematic list the Atlantis expedition has to loose contact with Earth permanently, or at least for a significantly longer time than in canon, declare independence from Earth, or be stranded as a colony in Pegasus after Atlantis is lost. I've divided the list in the following subsections:
  1. Atlantis is involuntarily cut off from Earth, e.g. it's on its own because Earth has been lost or is too occupied in the Milky Way (overrun by Ori, Replicators or Goa'uld, blown up, hit by a natural disaster...), or has never (or only much later) reestablished contact in the first place; contact with Earth may or may not happen eventually, but the separation has had a lasting impact, and is somewhat central to the story.
  2. Atlantis intentionally secedes from Earth, i.e. declares its independence, or its allegiance to one or more Pegasus cultures/alliances or develops into a colony city in the (far) future.
  3. The Atlantis expedition members (i.e. more than just the team) settle as a colony somewhere else in Pegasus, e.g. because Atlantis the city has been lost to some enemy or disaster, or taken over by Earth officials the original expedition can't support in their goals leading to mass desertion, or similar scenarios.

I've listed about thirty stories so far, but there are probably more, so if you know of any I missed please comment with a title and a link.
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
I've updated my SGA thematic list for alien cultures, which lists SGA fic that features human Pegasus cultures prominently or even in an interesting plot-device way, i.e. basically anything that isn't the "aliens make them do it" genre (unless the focus were very much the culture and its reasons to require visitors to engage in sexual relations, rather the "there was a random, irrational fertility ritual *hand-wave*, so John and Rodney have sex" kind) or standard plot-device usage (meaning things like "randomly violent natives attack the team for h/c purposes" and such, but we never really learn about the aliens in-depth) or merely token appearances, but shows Pegasus aliens as having a culture in their own right.

I hadn't updated in a couple of months, so there's a number of new links, also as always I'm happy if anyone points me to stories I missed. The same goes for my two other thematic lists for Wraith/Iratus bug transformations and for stories with John Sheppard as Ancient, Ori or Ascended.
ratcreature: RatCreature as Wraith. (wraith)
Because it is such a common, recurring request on the SGA genrefinders comm (and because I love Bug!John stories), I decided to compile a proper thematic list for stories relating to Wraith/Iratus bug transformations. The majority is Bug!John, but I have included sections for stories in which another human character is transformed into a Wraith or Iratus bug hybrid, as well as a section for stories dealing with the reverse, i.e. Wraith transformed into humans. Currently it lists about forty stories, but I'd love add any fitting story that I missed. I did not include those Conversion tags that are set completely after John reverted, unless there were at least some remaining transformation related aftereffects.

To avoid having to update the list in multiple journals I maintain it on my website, like with my other thematic list:

SGA thematic list: Wraith/Iratus bug transformations
ratcreature: Procrastination is a Lifestyle. RatCreature in a hammock doing nothing. (procrastination)
Since I am now crossposting on three sites, and have already backed my old entries up to GJ and intend to do the same to IJ eventually, it is a real hassle to update the SGA thematic list I maintain (the one listing stories with alien Pegasus cultures and new non-human aliens) directly as journal post, so the thematic list itself is now on a separate webpage. It's very bare bones, because it was annoying enough already to reformat it and to convert all the lj-shortcuts. I didn't even bother to replace them with "proper" author names if the pseuds differ, because there's well over a hundred stories on that list by now. But it should be serviceable enough, and I'll have to add stories in one place only instead of two or eventually three. Of course the original LJ entry is still there and now links to the webpage, so if you have for some reason linked my thematic list, your link won't be broken, though people have to follow an extra click.

On a slightly more fun note, I've posted another, slightly belated monster for [livejournal.com profile] amarin_rose, who asked for a "Purple People Eater":
beware of the monster lurking behind this cut )
ratcreature: RL? What RL? RatCreature is a net addict.  (what rl?)
Once I posted my first attempt at a SGA thematic list to my LJ I announced it on the [livejournal.com profile] sga_noticeboard and at [livejournal.com profile] sgagenrefinders to spread the word, in particular I asked John/Elizabeth shippers for links, because I don't read that pairing at all, and my list is completely lacking in that direction. Unfortunately nobody responded with any J/E story additions. :/ Then yesterday I x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] stargate_search, and it's not that I didn't get replies either, just again no J/E (so far).

I'd really like the thematic list to be somewhat "pairing neutral" and I can't imagine that there are no J/E stories featuring alien cultures, but I'm a bit at a loss what I should do about it. Somehow joining J/E specific communities, when I dislike that pairing myself, feels vaguely like trolling, also, I'm kind of unfamiliar with the infrastructure in that corner of SGA fandom. I mean, I looked at the SGA overview at the [livejournal.com profile] newbieguide, and while there at least six different communities for that pairing only [livejournal.com profile] john_elizabeth has a really large membership, so I guess that would be the best venue, but I x-posted at three places (albeit non-pairing specific ones) already, and past a certain point it becomes obnoxious, and when I looked over [livejournal.com profile] john_elizabeth to figure out whether that community would even allow fic searches, I did come across a post with a reminder not to x-post excessively. Any advice?
ratcreature: reading RatCreature (reading)
This SGA thematic list concerning aliens is divided into two parts:
  1. stories featuring (human) alien Pegasus cultures prominently somehow (including the cultures of Sateda and Athos, the Genii and other canonical peoples), preferably if the culture is explored, but if one of the culture's aspects works as a plot device in an unusual way that's okay too, as long as the aliens are visible as having a culture in their own right. This excludes the "aliens made them do it" genre (for which specialized thematic lists already exist anyway) unless the focus is very much the culture and its reasons to require visitors to engage in sexual relations, rather than a "there was a random, irrational fertility ritual *hand-wave*, so John and Rodney have sex" kind. This also excludes any story in which Pegasus aliens only make a token appearance.

  2. stories with new non-human aliens, i.e. not stories featuring canonical non-humans like the Asgard, Ancients, or the Wraith, which I feel is a different theme.


These are not recs, but a thematic list. I'll link gen stories as well as all kinds of pairings, but at least initially it's biased towards pairings I read, e.g. I don't read John/Elizabeth so I'll need others to point out stories from those corners of fandom fitting the list criteria to me. I decided to list the stories with the authors' summaries (if available) rather than listing what kinds of aliens appear in order to avoid spoiling the stories.

If you want a story added, your own or others, please comment with the title, author, pairings (if any), summary, a public link (i.e. no f-locked or community member locked LJ entries and the like), whether it's a WIP, and under which topic it'll fit, so that I can list the story.

ETA (August 16, 2007): The thematic list is now located on a separate website for easier maintenance.

1. stories featuring alien cultures

2. stories with non-human aliens
ratcreature: zen? or not. Animated pic, that first shows RatCreature calm,  then angry. (zen)
I read quite a lot SGA fanfic and I'm starting to develop-- well, it's not quite a pet peeve, but this plot device in SGA fanfic that random alien "natives" capture/torture/sacrifice/chase the team with primitive weapons without ever being given proper motivation or even just common sense, it's staring to make me twitch whenever I see it. I get that the point of these stories isn't the alien culture but the h/c or sex ritual or whatever the author needs the spear waving natives for, but still.

For one it throws me out of the story, because it is so obvious that the Pegasus natives are only there for their effect on the team, that they aren't even real people. It's not that the team being the primary interest in the story was a problem, well developed cultures can serve the same ultimate purpose in a narrative, it just wouldn't be so blatantly obvious that they are only there as a plot device. These natives don't even get the minimal development of stock characters, who at least have a thin veneer over their purpose of just serving the heroes' plot. Even the traditional "exotic backdrop natives", problematic as they are for numerous reasons even when it's all filtered through being fantasy and not projected onto an actual culture, are at least, well, "exotic" and as such interesting or at least colorful.

Which leads me to the second point, i.e. it is reminiscent of the cringe-worthy and racist cliche of "primitive, non-rational savages vs. European explorers" in adventure fiction. Personally I think that they are so often complete non-entities is kind of worse than even if they were exotic backdrop for the protagonists (like in the typical "Africa movie") because they often don't get even that much minimal agency and presence as people.

That said, I wonder whether there would be any interest in an SGA thematic list with the topic "alien cultures" or something like that, kind of expanded from my earlier post to collect stories that give the Pegasus cultures at least a bit more room than to be just savages alternatively hurting the team or making them have sex.
ratcreature: RatCreature as grey alien (alien)
Somehow my google-fu and other search skills must be lacking, because I'd like to find certain kinds of SGA stories, but can't figure out an effective combination of google keywords or the right tags for searching on del.icio.us and such.

I'm looking for stories in which either an alien culture features prominently somehow, preferably if it's explored, but if one of the culture's aspects works as a plot device in an unusual way (and not just for the "aliens made them do it" genre, which is often indexed as such in link lists and tags and easier to find anyway) that's okay too, or stories in which they have first contact with non-human(oid) aliens, or stories doing both.

Examples for what I mean in the first category would be stories like (in no particular order):

The machinery of heaven by [livejournal.com profile] flambeau
Your Cowboy Days Are Over by [livejournal.com profile] samdonne (that one also has non-human aliens)
The Body Holographic by Leah and [livejournal.com profile] springwoof
Duet by [livejournal.com profile] blueraccoon
Planet Megalodon Wraith Defense Force by [livejournal.com profile] pentapus
Eurydice Turns Left by [livejournal.com profile] vee_fic
In the City of Seven Walls by [livejournal.com profile] auburnnothenna (still a WIP, but with the added bonus of being slavefic)

and for the second category stories like:

Flying Blind by [livejournal.com profile] minnow1212
Fellow Traveler by [livejournal.com profile] ltlj
I guess Mostly Harmless by [livejournal.com profile] astolat would also count, but I'm not looking for humor unless it's more plotty than "aliens made them do it".

Also I can't find the link to the most recent one I've read, which was on ff.net and not the most brilliantly written, but it had John being kept as children's pet by dinosaur people, so what's not to like? (ETA: I meant this one.)

BTW if you know of stories in which either John or Rodney is an alien, that would be great too. I mean stories like:

Angels in the Architecture by [livejournal.com profile] docmichelle (John's a descended Ancient here, so maybe not technically alen, but it's still cool)
Just as required by [livejournal.com profile] liviapenn
An Aesthetic Solitary Thing by [livejournal.com profile] eliade (well-written wingfic + tentacles, how can that not be awesome?)

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