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Saturday, August 29th, 2009 02:23 pm
Part 2 of my recs master list got too long as well, so I give you: Part 3.
About 50 recs in this post. Sorted by length. A lot of gen (mostly team, also character-centric: Rodney, Jennifer, Ronon, Teyla, Aidan, John). Also McShep, Rodney/Teyla, Rodney/Jennifer, and Sam/Rodney. (As to these last three pairings, I'm always looking for recs myself!)

recs under the cut )
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Saturday, July 18th, 2009 12:42 pm
I'm sorting through my fanvids folders and lost myself in rewatching my faves... Here's a rec: watch Muppets in Atlantis (by [personal profile] chayiana) immediately followed by Welcome to the Black Parade (by kitakatzz). Polar opposites in tone; if one didn't know better, one couldn't even tell that it's the same show. ♥
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Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009 01:22 am
vid recs:
Muppets in Atlantis by [livejournal.com profile] chayiana
Music: "The muppets" main theme
gen; humor; Spoilers up to 3x20 "First strike"

Chayiana's Lorne-vid "Be a Rockstar" is one of my favorite SGA vids ever, and one I use to recruit among my friends. So I checked out "Muppets", which is *hilarious*. She has great comedic timing. This one might also make a good recruiter vid though it gives a slightly, well, distorted view of the show. ;)

The Lost Button by [livejournal.com profile] chayiana (SGA/Dr.Who)
Music: Laurel and Hardy's theme; Artist: Marvin Hatley; Genre: Crossover, silent movie, action/humour

This vid really captures the feeling of that old b/w silent movie comedies. Funny and charming. Those two shows play together well.

I'm days behind on answering email and LJ comments... but I should have time to catch up soon. non-dramatic rl stuff )

Oh, is anyone on my flist planning to go to San Diego Comic Con? I booked a flight the other day, not overpriced for once, and [livejournal.com profile] jwaneeta and I already secured a room. I think applications for con tickets aren't open yet, but in previous years pros got to take one guest on their pass. So if you're interested, drop me a line. Free pass for all four days, and you'd get your own pass so no need to stick together at all times. I can also enter a name now and if that person decides not to come, it's no problem. It's just very difficult to change the name at the con center.

I considered flying back via Minnesota and take in Writercon on the way home but in the end I booked a flight out of Seattle. Now of course, seeing the list of who's gonna be there I'm slightly regretting it. OTOH I really love the Northwest. (Even if it starts raining every time I go there.) But anyway, two cons within ten days might've been a bit much? I don't know...
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Sunday, February 15th, 2009 11:51 pm
Okay, I'd say I've fulfilled my griping quota for this month so I'm going back to posting recs. No doubt y'all are as relieved at that as I am. ;)
fic rec:
Born in the Barrens by [livejournal.com profile] rhymer23
gen; AU; Sheppard&McKay mainly; adventure; h/c; Rating T; Warning: mentions of torture in flashbacks (though nothing overly graphic); Length: 60,000 words
Summary: While on a mission to the city of the Genii, Rodney McKay, master alchemist, is given a gift of a slave.

Rhymer creates yet another fascinating AU, and I love her version of the characters (particularly Rodney... brilliant alchemist, reluctant hero, arrogant, socially clueless and very lonely). When the story ended, I didn't want to leave that universe. I'm already crossing my fingers for a sequel, since the set up for one is there! This story isn't open-ended though... it comes to a satisfying conclusion, but at the same time leaves room for more stories.

vid rec:
The Writer by [livejournal.com profile] suzvoy (download link)
McShep; Rating: no idea (one brief scene of nudity)
Summary: Constructed reality McShep music vid. An aspiring writer lacks inspiration until he starts a part-time job at a movie theater.

This vid is unusual since Suzvoy uses footage not just from SGA, but also at least two more movies of Hewlett/Flanigan. The idea is just cool - the writer (Joe Flanigan) writes himself into SGA canon to get over writer's block - and it's really well executed, too. Great storytelling!

work & fanart babbling )
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Sunday, December 21st, 2008 11:41 pm
Slightly Tarnished Armor by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
PG; Pairings: Ronon/Jennifer, Rodney/Teyla, John/Elizabeth; 37,000 words
Summary: Hear ye, hear ye! Hark to the tale of the heroic and marginally competent Sir Rodney of McKay, the Lady Guinevere the healer, her betrothed King Ronon Pendragon, and sundry other Heroes and Villains, in a tale of Classic Adventure, Tumultuous Peril, Base Treachery, Mistaken Identity, Heroes in Disguise and other Trappings of a Romantic Sort.
author's notes: It should be obvious from reading the summary and warnings, but when it comes to historical accuracy, this is TOTAL CRACK, and while it was originally conceived as a sort of King Arthur AU, it no longer bears much resemblance to the Arthur legend, either. This is silly pseudo-medieval fantasy that has about as much to do with the actual Middle Ages as Monty Python's Holy Grail.

I found this fic way funnier and more entertaining than the Python movie. Friendshipper takes every cliché in the book and spins them into a fun tale. I really enjoyed the plot, and I loved the way she transferred the characters into the (pseudo)medieval setting.
Snippet: Rodney hated the wilderness in general. It was full of wild beasts, which he would be expected to kill, and ruffians, which he would be expected to fight, and flowers, which he was allergic to. He hadn't thought that anything could make him hate the wild lands more than he already did. Come to find out, though, he'd found something that did the trick: riding through the woods on a recalcitrant, ancient warhorse that just wanted to find a nice patch of sun and take a nap, surrounded by all of Kell's most vulgar and violent knights and their even more loutish squires, riding off to kill some poor bastard who was going to be outnumbered thirty to one.

vid rec: Open Secrets of the Pegasus Galaxy by [livejournal.com profile] yevgenie (Song: Leonard Cohen)
gen; PG; whole cast; Seasons: 1-4; Length: 4:04
Summary: That's how it goes, everybody knows.
author's notes: This is my love letter to Stargate Atlantis. It is also a letter about how Stargate: Atlantis drives me fucking crazy. [waves hands in explanation]

Brilliant vid about life and death in Pegasus. It's a meta-essay in vid form, and it made me fall in love with the show all over again.
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Tuesday, December 9th, 2008 12:07 am
vid rec: Sweet Apocalypse by [livejournal.com profile] zap99nad (Artist: Moby)
Action/Drama, AU; can be read as gen or McShep; Characters: Sheppard, McKay, supporting characters: Kolya, Elizabeth, Carson, Wraith
Summary: Kolya is a bounty hunter working for the Wraith in exchange for a steady supply of Enzymes. John's next on the list. This is what happened...

Constructed Reality, very convincingly done. A cool, fun, atmosperic vid with great storytelling and pacing. I enjoyed watching it a lot; it was much like reading fic.

Page seven of The Long Way Home is inked, here's a little outtake. Not the funny kind of outtake... more like the 'guh, I'm an idiot' kind - I got carried away while inking and my thumbs tend to be on the vague side... just a few squiggly lines to indicate camera angle, balloon placement, not so much with the details. It didn't occur to me to check the script while inking, and when I finally did I noticed that the line in that panel has to go to Rodney. Ah, maybe I can find a home for my Shep someplace else.

It's amnesty month at [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic, and though I didn't find the perfect prompt to give meaning to my poor, half-finished McShep gen picture, I did get an idea for another prompt which I really like. It's a kind of Atlantis/Sleepy Hollow pastiche and I see the scene crystal-clear before my inner eye. So if time allows, I'll try to squeeze that in somehow before I go back to the comic. It's just one panel after all, albeit a fairly large, complex one. Still, could be done in a day or two. Now I only have to find a day or two.

Once more I'm feeling this bizarre disconnect with the fandom because, once again, I quite enjoyed this week's Stargate episode (Infection), only to come online and find that most of the fandom (or at least my corner of it) is currently watching a different show than I am. I guess for the remainder of the season the only way to go is read the friends list heavily filtered on days following new episodes. I'm not making the mistake again of reading random reviews linked on the newsletter. Seriously, every time I see someone bash Keller an angel loses its wings I want to make Keller fanart. And I got enough ideas as it is.

(This mini-rant, by the way, was brought to you by LJ blacking out just as I was about to post.)
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Monday, August 11th, 2008 09:39 am
I've barely read Joe M's blog in two months, for lack of time... and reading the comments there I get a feeling I should keep away a little longer; the anti-Keller sentiment gets on my nerves somewhat fierce.Yeah, I get it, some people don't like Keller, but I wish some commenters would stop with those generalizations. Hey, internets, I actually *was* at the Comic Con panel and, no, I didn't cheer for her als Kaylee or for her as Jewel; the cheering was for Keller, kthanx. Also, it is possible to be female fan and like the character. Yes, she's young and pretty and somewhat insecure and terrible in a fight. McKay used to be terrible in a fight, too... that's one of the things that drew me to the character. Argh. I have to remind myself that in the greater scheme of things it really isn't important and certainly doesn't warrant commenting there. *twitches*

flist, sorry for the early morning ranting... I shall make up for it with this vidlet rec: Atlantis opening credits, House Style
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Sunday, August 10th, 2008 08:56 pm
An anthropological introduction to YouTube, presented by Professor Michael Wesch at the Library of Congress.
I thought I'd put this video on as background entertainment while sketching, and it totally failed on that front as I watched the thing from start to finish. I'm not really involved in the whole YouTube culture, but I found this pretty fascinating.

Maybe of particular interest is the part at 43:37: Seriously Playful Participatory Media Culture. He quotes from Lim's vid Us... which is still the most poetic and moving statement on... I guess they call it remix culture now, that I've seen. (I've watched 'Us' what must've been a hundred times by now, and I'm still getting goosebumps seeing that one Batman clip, every time. That vid visualizes my thoughts and feelings so perfectly, it's crazy. )

Audio interview with Rebecca Tushnet on fanfic, copyright, and fair use, with mentions of the Organization of Transformative Works. (ca 9 min)
This was posted before I went on vacation... I'm really behind on posting, but I figure maybe not everyone has seen the link (in spite of the inevitable bruhaha that sets in whenever OTW gets some press).

Remixing Television - Francesca Coppa on the vidding underground
Excellent interview, wherein Coppa talks about the customary marginalization of women's contribution to art, all the while providing a good crash-course in vidding history. snippet:
I started doing this work because I knew enough to try to present the vidding community fairly. If you’re going to start documenting subcultures that have been doing interesting things in the world of film and video, vidders deserve a place at the table. The stereotypically female desire to keep our heads down should not keep us out of the history books.

That’s what happened with the novel. There were women who wrote novels in the 18th century, and then the novel “went professional” and the men came. Now people will tell you that the first novel was by Henry Fielding or Samuel Richardson. This whole women’s culture that came before that got written out and later had to be recuperated by feminists. And I feel that I would rather not die out and have to be recuperated by feminists. Maybe some of us could actually articulate ourselves right now and never be lost in the first place.

And, it's through this interview that I discovered this vid: (hey, is that a good segue or what? ;o)
Too Good To Be True by [livejournal.com profile] blithesea
Rodney/Ronon pining
very funny vid, the editing is brilliant. Some of the edits I only realized on second viewing (during the first viewing my brain was scratching its metaphorical head, going waitaminute...). Watch it, you'll see what I mean.
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Sunday, August 10th, 2008 04:52 pm
Eh, my main SGA recs post was getting too long for LJ, so I had to split it. The new additions are going to go in this post.

For the most part Rodney-centric. Recs (both posts combined) are primarily gen, McShep, teamfic... also a handful of Sam/Rodney, Rodney/Teyla, McKeller, Rodney/Todd. Sorted by story length. [Last updated February 14, 2009]
Part II, under the cut ) (older recs in Part I)
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Monday, June 16th, 2008 05:17 pm

vid rec:
Grace Kelly by [livejournal.com profile] dkwilliams (diana@slashcity.com)
Pairing: McShep (could be friendship), Sheppard/Various Women; Format & Size: 30MB DIVX

Why don't you like me, why don't you like me?!" wonders Rodney. Heh. Another one of my favorite Atlantis vids... funny and charming. I really like that song, too.

You know what I'm craving? Fic with some nice McKay/Keller interaction... something in the vein of Tipper's Figurative Hell and Literal High Water. Why, oh why, do so few people want to write that? I'd happily take McCarter, too! Just re-watched 48 Hours and GUP... I love the chemistry those two have. Why do I always have to pick those fringe pairings for OTPs, I wonder.

Today I finally found a xerox machine that can handle the specific paper and format I need for my current project. It sure would've been nice to find that out a few weeks ago, before I inked the whole bunch over my lightbox. But at least now I can fix mistakes without having to re-draw whole pages. I managed to successfully copy one page that had a pretty glaring mistake on it. So, I'm thrilled. And feeling oddly accomplished.

Thought about watching the football game tonight (it's tonight, right?) but I think going to the sauna instead would be an even better idea. Thursday I was the only one who showed up for Yoga class... apparently everybody else was glued to the tv. Private Yoga class. :)
Anyway, enough with the procrastinating...
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Monday, June 2nd, 2008 01:04 am
vid recs - These went straight to my 'favorite vids' folder after the first viewing, and still love them after re-watching countless times:
Be a Rockstar by [livejournal.com profile] chayiana (scroll down to the vid)
Music: Rockstar by Nickelback; Genre: Humor; Spoilers up to The Kindred
Characters: Lorne, Team, Todd (*G*)

So much fun... a witty idea at every turn, and images that fit the music perfectly (not necessarily in ways you'd expect).

What is Eternal? by [livejournal.com profile] gnine
Song: from Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Beethoven's Last Night
Character: Rodney
Spoilers: Big whoopin' spoilers for 'The Last Man'; the vid won't make as much sense if you haven't seen the episode.
(alternative lyrics link, as the one in the post stopped working for me)

Such a beautiful interplay of lyrics and clips; the song is *perfect* for Rodney. Specifially, the Rodney we see in TLM. More than a simple retelling of The Last Man, this vid adds a whole other dimension to it. Hard to describe... best watch!

The new challenge at [livejournal.com profile] artword sounds awesome. And challenging: Illustrative typography. And I won't have time for it this month. I'd be tempted to sign up but it would be beyond insane. I'll be lucky if I make my deadlines as it is. And there're those taxes too, which were due, haha, yesterday or so. I haven't even started. I guess I should call real soon and ask for an extension.

I'm itching to do a real quick fanart though, so I'm wondering whether I can dig out that short comic which I started for one of the flashfic challenges, on the last day of the challenge. It's already layouted after all, and simple to draw. One day, two tops. Maybe I can do that once I finish the historical book, to reward myself.


btw, I just saw that there is a LJ feed for Jewel Staite's blog. Been looking for that.
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Tuesday, March 11th, 2008 11:19 am
vid rec:
Stargate Atlantis: The video game by [livejournal.com profile] starrylizard
Gen; character: McKay; no S4 spoilers
Summary: Someone is trying to play the SGA video game.

comic rec:
An Elepant Story (spelling intentional) by [livejournal.com profile] tardis80
McShep; Rating, um, PG-ish?, no S4 spoilers
Summary: But Rodney had forgotten that this was the Pegasus galaxy and everyone was out to get him...

Here's a very cool link, non-fandom related for once:
Art with only one sheet of paper!

Entries for an art contest at the Hirshorn Modern Art Gallery in DC
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Friday, March 7th, 2008 06:53 pm
vid rec:
Cupid vs. McShep by [livejournal.com profile] pyrateanny
Summary: Rodney and John each call on Cupid for help, but this particular Archer of Love seems a bit inept.

Cracks me up every time I watch it. Very cute.
And Hewlett in the role of Cupid... words fail, really. :D

Found via [livejournal.com profile] wraithfodder: About.com has a nice long interview with David Hewlett

While looking for a piece of art I wanted to post, I came across the comic pages I did for that Outer Limits tie-in many (many many) years ago. Not exactly my most inspired work, but... is the detective in this scene the same guy who plays General Hammond on SG-1? )
I couldn't find the artwork I set out to find in the first place. But I threw out at least three large bins filled with paper and my shelves are in a less chaotic state as a result, so it wasn't for nothing.

Back to work. Four double-spread pages, two single pages, and two vignettes left to ink (I have a constant countdown running in the back of my mind). I have reached one of those points where there seems to be no progress, and the stuff left to-do stretches before one. It would probably be wise to start coloring the half dozen pages that are already inked, to mix things up a little. I'm just usually obsessed with finishing one stage before proceeding to the next. But coloring definitely sounds way more fun right now.
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Sunday, February 24th, 2008 12:26 pm
'Sandman' by [livejournal.com profile] lim
download it | watch it on imeem
Doppelganger episode vid. McShep. Song by Gob.

This vid blends comic, animation, and real life video and the result is AMAZING. Seriously, guys, you've got to watch this vid. It's like a comic book come to life, and it's stunningly beautiful.
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Sunday, November 25th, 2007 04:22 am
For the shark challenge at [livejournal.com profile] sga_flashfic:
"Rumble" by [livejournal.com profile] astolat and [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza
download, imeem
Sharks vs Jets - West Side Story in Atlantis. It's hilarious and perfectly timed. And heh, those lyrics strangely fit. Very cool vid.

I stumbled over it at [livejournal.com profile] strangefandom: Stranger In A Strange Fandom - Introducing people to new fandoms through fanvids...
Where people who know nothing about a fandom get to watch three vids and then write down what they think the show is about.
There is a geeky scientist named Rodney who is slashed with someone who may or may not be named McKay.
...
Nerdy Dude ascends to some higher plane of existence where everything exists in metaphor, and destroys Girl Voldemort once and for all in a dramatic sequence that involves throwing a suitcase into another galaxy
...
Meanwhile Marilyn Manson and the cast of Final Fantasy showed up and I guess they're at war or something, and Anders got kidnapped. Times were hard. He presumably decided to take up golf around that time. There's more. Oh, so much more.
I want to post more, but it's 4:22 in the morning, so I better shut up now.

Wait, one more:
The Song of the Count - Lemon Demon Version
There goes another childhood icon, demolished by the internet.
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Monday, November 19th, 2007 11:53 pm
Thanks to whoever nominated my stuff for McShep awards, I'm tickled pink. (I remember how not so long ago I was wondering which one was Rodney and which one John...:) I just hope I didn't mess up that survey - my browser and firewall are always set to 'extra-paranoid' and at first I couldn't at all see those categories it was telling me about. Think I finally figured it out though.

minor work griping; skippable,really ) Anyway, as a means of procrastination, I'm doing a "My Ten Favorite Vids" meme. Yes, this is me fishing for vid recs but I thought this way it's more fun. Anybody want to play? Here're mine note: list is subject to changes depending on certain factors like time of day, weather, etc. )
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2007 02:22 am
A Bed Too Small by [livejournal.com profile] liketheriverrun
Nine pages of graphics; McKay/Sheppard, Rating: T; Category: Slash/silliness.
Characters: McKay, Sheppard (with a smidgen of the others)
Summary: The epic tale of how John and Rodney fell in love and fell out of bed.

Totally cracked me up. It's shiny and funny and all around awesome. ♥

also, couple youtube vids:
Stargate SG-1 opening with Macgyver Theme... which really works surprisingly well.
Rocks and Trees - Stargate SG-1
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Wednesday, September 19th, 2007 04:46 pm
SGA fandom, how are you so awesome and full of crack? I mean, just look at this: 4 Ways to Defeat the Wraith Through Good Health, part 2 by Zoe Trope (vid, imeem link) And, and this: Stargate Atlantis - A Mini Adventure! by fraffledragon. An animated vid in four parts (youtube link)

fic recs...
While You Were Out by Mad Maudlin
Summary: The last thing John remembered was exploding. 1,893 words
"I'll explain it all after coffee." Rodney stopped short in the hallway. "Oh my god. I cut off diplomatic ties with our only source of coffee, didn't I?"
Finagle's Quake by Perri Smith
Characters: Rodney, Teyla, and team; gen; 18,834 words
Summary: Buried alive with a teammate on an alien world, and something outside just might blow up the planet. It's a very bad day in the Pegasus galaxy, even by Rodney's impressive standards.

Christmas in the Holly Free Zone by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
Summary: It's the first Christmas on Atlantis. Sheppard's a candy cane, Kavanagh's an elf, Heightmeyer has a cunning plan to build team spirit, Elizabeth has a headache and Rodney's just boycotting the whole thing. Humor, friendship. 11,439 words, season one

Okay, maybe 'tis not yet the proper season to rec this, but I just read it today and wanted to share the, um, Christmas joy immediately.
"C'mon, Elizabeth, cut 'em some slack. We've been living in a combat zone for months; everyone's in a ... what would the psychobabble be ... heightened state of combat readiness, or something." Sheppard snagged himself a couple of cookies, looked at the pudding for a minute and then gave it a pass. "Besides, the party's in, what, twenty-four hours? I don't think they have time to go completely insane."

Elizabeth sighed as she sat down. "I really wish you hadn't said that."
more fic recs behind the cut )

videos:
via Joe Malozzi's blog: video of Jason Momoa’s first fight/stunt rehearsal
Stargate Atlantis Q&A, David Hewlett and Amanda Tapping
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Tuesday, September 11th, 2007 08:35 pm
Written By The Victors by [livejournal.com profile] cesperanza
The fic that's eating fandom - the story of Atlantis' secession from Earth, told partly in the form of excerpts from historical texts as well as traditional narrative. Incredibly satisfying and complex, just go read! (if you haven't already; you probably have but I can't not mention it :) 55,000 words

Written By The Victors: The Vid! by [livejournal.com profile] queenzulu
Constructed reality, absolutely convincing. I've watched it repeatedly already; it's so cool to watch the story come to life in pictures.

Two more SGA vids I just discovered and loved:
I am/Lamb by [livejournal.com profile] lim
music: The Mercy Seat by Johnny Cash
A visually stunning look into the mind of John Sheppard. I know zilch about vidding technique but I thought it has a great use of special effects - they're very effective in creating a particular mood without being obtrusive.

Dreams by [livejournal.com profile] newkidfan
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard; Rating: PG; Spoilers: none (footage from seasons one and two only)
Fascinating vid. Unusual in that it uses stock material not just from the show but from other sources as well, with great results.

meta/recs The SGA Project, a.k.a., "Flavor Of The Year." by [livejournal.com profile] icarusancalion
The goal: Give readers a taste of 2006 Stargate fandom, provide a rec-list with context, a description of intertexts, and explanation. (slanted toward Sheppard/McKay)
Not just a great recs list and a way for the fandom newbie to get up to speed, but an interesting view at the creative interaction in Stargate fandom, not just with the canon text but with other fannish works. Very cool.

Stopping here, must go and sketch fanart...
[eta: sketch, totally WIP] )
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Friday, July 20th, 2007 02:08 pm
Ghost in the Machine by sholio/[livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
summary: Action, suspense, horror. Halloween story (though I realize it's nowhere near Halloween at the moment, it was when I started it!) Sheppard and McKay are trapped on a world with a malfunctioning Stargate, a monster ... and a mystery. 48,000 words; gen
Season/spoilers: Early-to-mid Season 3; spoilers through early Season 3; Rating: T/PG-13; Genre: Action/adventure, h/c, horror, suspense
--both suspenseful and moving.

Plumber's Helper by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
Summary: As if the Wraith aren’t bad enough, now the Atlantean plumbing is broken. Set during and after Rising. Early Sheppard McKay friendship, but most of the other characters get to play too.; 27,435 words; gen
--Great banter and a fun, original plot (possibly the first fic I read that deals with the issue of plumbing). The city of Atlantis is a character in its own right, really, and it's great to see more glimpses of it here.

Your Inevitable Unhappy Ending by [livejournal.com profile] helenish
"The fifth time didn't count, because everyone on M5X-251 thought Rodney was sexy"; 14.610 words; McKay/Sheppard; R
Warnings: title very possibly misleading
--Years in the future, Atlantis is being completely cut off from Earth and the Lanteans are struggling to survive. John falls in love with Rodney but he knows he'll fuck things up. Character-driven story with great background detail.

Candle in the Dark by [livejournal.com profile] friendshipper
Summary: Injured and trapped underground with a killer robot, Sheppard and McKay must rely on each other to survive.; 26,000 words; gen
Season/spoilers: Season 2 or 3; no real spoilers; Rating: T; Genre: Action/adventure
--Page-turner with spot-on dialogue and a rather scary killer robot.

rodney mckay is a very bad manager by [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic
author's note: I justify myself by saying that it was performance reviews month. Warning for gratuitous use of Word documents. For the Documentation Challenge.
--Hilarious and very Rodney

and the band's playing "hail to the chief" by [livejournal.com profile] synecdochic
Set ten years after synecdochic's Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose, this is a satisfying coda to a wonderful story.

On a similar note, there's a vid made by [livejournal.com profile] lim to accompany "Freedom": This is How it Works . (download link) I think this vid manages to perfectly reflect the sentiment of the story - it conveys the same conflicting emotions of sadness, loss, hope, and love... making the best of your life, without regrets, without letting the fear of loss stop you from loving, from living. The lyrics match the story beautifully and the visuals grip you. It's hard to shake this one off but then, I didn't really want to.