"The Long Engagement (Cover)" by fractalreality

Title
The Long Engagement (Cover)
Artist
fractalreality
Preview
The Long Engagement (Cover)
Subject
An Ichyrus in Atlantis, John Sheppard
Rating
G
Medium
Digital manipulation
Notes
There were so many great scenes I could have drawn, and I plan on going back and doing art for all of them (if the author lets me!). But there was a picture, taken by National Geographic's Bruce Dale (entitled Tightrope Walker), that captured perfectly the image I had of John being 'one' with the sky, and so I had to use that in whatever I decided to do. I only hope it does the story justice...
Companion Story
The Long Engagement

"The Journey Home: John's Story" by puddle_of_goo

Title
The Journey Home: John's Story
Author
puddle_of_goo
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
When John is forced to leave Atlantis and the Air Force, he thinks his life is over. But amid the chaos of his shattered life he discovers the true meaning of family and where he really belongs.
Pairing
Sheppard/McKay, Sheppard/OFC, McKay/OFC
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
258500 words
Notes
Much thanks must go to my betas, Chaps and DJaddict. If you find any mistakes it's because I didn't listen to them.

"A Wing and a Prayer" by kriadydragon

Title
A Wing and a Prayer
Author
kriadydragon
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
An expedition of humans and their dragon companions travel to the Pegasus Galaxy in search of Atlantis. There they discover a people bonded to telepathic griffins, and that before the expedition can find the lost city they must first earn the right to become its new caretakers. When Major Sheppard is taken and returned with a piece of his memory missing, what began as a search for the city of the Ancients becomes a race against time and an enemy that is the very definition of being more than they seem.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
97156 words
Notes
But of course there needs to be a big resounding shout out to my betas Wildcat88 and Coolbreeze, as well as Sharpes_Hussy who provided back-up and a little extra insight when needed. And also to our Big Bang group in general: Kristen999, Everybetty, Titan5 and Obsessed101 for being sounding boards, critical eyes and all around awesome. You all may not know this, but you helped keep me motivated to write what I normally feel a tad uncomfortable writing - the dreaded AU! So a mighty, mighty thank you to you all.

"Whipping Boy" by skinscript

Title
Whipping Boy
Author
skinscript
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
McKay, Lorne, and three teams of Marines head out on a research mission to a planet on the edge of the galaxy, and disappear without a trace.  Eight months later Lorne returns with two injured team members, a counterfeit McKay, and no explanations.  What the hell happened eight months ago, and where's McKay?
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
45754 words
Notes
Thank you to my betas, goblie and cali0623!

"Solitary man" by bluespirit_star

Title
Solitary man
Author
bluespirit_star
Prompt
Big Bang 2009.   Anything goes.
Summary
John Sheppard was used to being on his own.  He'd been booted out of the Air Force, was estranged from his family and was haunted by the guilt of everyone he'd ever let down.  Then a wrong turn on a snowy night changed his life forever.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40700 words
Notes
This has been a wonderful writing experience, and I want to say a huge thank you to my fabulous betas - lantean_drift, sgamadison, the_cephalopod and xanthelj - for their invaluable help and support.  Thanks also to team_bigbang and to my ever-patient flist for all of their advice and cheerleading.