August 8th, 2008

"Circle of the Sun" by ladyamarra

Title
Circle of the Sun
Author
ladyamarra
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Tao of Rodney - John's the one accidentally caught in the machine.
Summary
The people of Cirellia find a naked stranger at the base of their sacred mountain and take him in. They give him a name, shelter and a Family, and the dark haired stranger tries his best to find a way to reciprocate their kindness but he struggles to fit in or be useful, secretly yearning for the sky of an unknown world, a city of silver spires and a blue eyed man who only exist in his dreams...
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, Sheppard/OC
Rating
R
Word Count
42304 words
Notes
First of all I'd like to thank oriolegirl, my main beta, who was with me right from the start and helped me through the six versions of plots and prompts that I tried and discarded again. She also was my cheerleader and kicked me into motion every time I felt as if I couldn't get any further. Without her and her e-mails this fic wouldn't exist. Big thanks go also to my second beta mairi_, who did a wonderful job and elissahra who helped with suggestions about plot and grammar. I thank you so much!

The Biggest inspiration for this story was my (sometimes very annoying but very patient) brother Woodstock who talked the plot through with me at least a dozen times, suggested surroundings and names and gave me inspiration with his Iceland photographs and movie collection. Thank you so much!

Another important role in this (a little unusual) approach on an amnesia!fic was the music of several Scandinavian music groups like Värttina, Vasen, Garmarna and Hedningarna. This kind of folk music may not be everyone's taste but it certainly helped me to imagine the world in which I let the story play and with time it also gave the Original Characters their own little theme music.

A complete list of all OC names and their meanings can be found at the end of the Story, there are also songs named that belong to the characters and might be interesting.

I hope you will enjoy reading the story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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"Chance, Fate, God or Grace" by sardonicsmiley

Title
Chance, Fate, God or Grace
Author
sardonicsmiley
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: This Mortal Coil - The copies of Weir and the team aren't killed.
Summary
Presumed dead by Atlantis, with nowhere and everywhere to go in the galaxy, the Replicator clones do their best to make a new life for themselves, while struggling to come to grips with what they are.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, Dex/Weir
Rating
R
Word Count
41760 words

"Resonance" by jadesfire2808

Title
Resonance
Author
jadesfire
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   John is more Ancient than anyone realizes.
Summary
As everyone tries to put Atlantis back together again, John has an accident that gives him more of an insight into the city and the Ancients than he ever could have wanted. Unfortunately, this also gives the city and the Ancients an insight into him.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG
Word Count
45916 words
Notes
Enormous thanks to Crystalshard and Donutsweeper for beta-services beyond the call of duty, and Miss_Zedem, without whom this story would literally not exist.

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"Providing the Flame" by wolfshark

Title
Providing the Flame
Author
wolfshark
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Stargate program: Declassification.
Summary
When the American Government and IOA decide to declassify the Stargate program, they don't expect the reaction that they get, and John Sheppard is the focus of a whirlwind of deception and intrigue.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
50425 words
Notes
So many people looked at this story and cheered me on, I lost track of all of them. But I ended up with FOUR wonderful betas: morebliss, ladyflowdi, ambrosia4all, and kathgrr. Thank you so much for helping me out!

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"Second Chance" by sgamadison

Title
Second Chance
Author
sgamadison
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Encounters with Alternate Realities.
Summary
Major Sheppard always wondered how his life would have turned out if he had only gone on the expedition to Atlantis instead of returning home at his father's request.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
59133 words
Notes
Although I do not know anyone personally who has suffered a traumatic spinal cord injury, I did do a fair amount of research for this story. It was not my intention in any fashion to casually portray this condition as a mere plot device. I hope that any mistakes on my part will be attributed to ignorance rather than insensitivity.

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"Down to Sleep" by the_cephalopod

Title
Down to Sleep
Author
the_cephalopod
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Doppleganger - The Alien hitches a ride in a different team member.
Summary
As the Atlantis expedition reels from their narrow escape from the Replicators, their re-location to a new planet and the loss of their commander, Team Sheppard is also attempting to deal the internal fractures which have developed. After mistakes made in the heat of conflict, John and Rodney manage to broker an uneasy peace. Will their fragile relationship be strong enough to deal with the latest threat that Pegasus appears to now be throwing at them or will their worst fears succeed in destroying them completely?
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
63880 words
Notes
I count myself exceedingly fortunate to have had the help of three very talented friends when writing this story. Without their encouragement, suggestions and excellent beta-ing skills this story would not exist. Madison, Bluespirit and Zinnith – thank you all so very much. I would also like to thank the other members of my Big Bang support group for their helpful and insightful comments on my original plot ideas.

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"Imago: The Tao of John" by kristen999

Title
Imago: The Tao of John
Author
kristen999
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Tao of Rodney - John's the one accidentally caught in the machine.
Summary
Imago: a creature in its final stage of development. John receives a gift that might be used to destroy the Wraith. It might also kill him. Can his team convince him that the cost is too high? Team plus Carson and Elizabeth.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
49759 words
Notes
I want to thank my wonderful betas Wildcat81 and everybetty for their wonderful suggestions and swift, amazing beta skills! You guys rock!
Special thanks to greyias for all those write offs in the middle of the night and timely geek talk. Also applause to D1 for the most incredible cheer leading and feedback!
Note: I do not have a huge science background. I did a ton of research until I understood most things, but I'm sure there are mistakes and they are my own.

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"Push Until It Holds" by zillah_fic

Title
Push Until It Holds
Author
zillah_fic
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Reunion - Ronon goes with the Satedans.
Summary
Ronon has known all his life that the three pillars of victory are honor, loyalty, and unity. He's been a member of Sheppard's team for two years when the team to which he owes his first loyalty finds him again, during a time when Ronon must question whether his loyalty to Atlantis is returned. Torn, he chooses the team he believes needs him the most, but the price is more than just the home he's come to love, and the reward may be betrayal and death, or worse.
Pairing
Dex/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
52924 words

"Draconian Measures" by tarlanx

Title
Draconian Measures
Author
tarlanx
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Encounters with Alternate Realities.
Summary
Following on from the Stargate SG-1 episode, 'The Road Not Taken'. Rodney is coerced into taking over Sam's role as President Landry's chief science adviser, but without another ZPM, he knows it is only a matter of time before the Ori return and destroy the Earth. However, the threat comes from an unexpected direction, and as Earth falls to the Goa'uld System Lords, who want to make Earth their final battleground against the Ori, Rodney and John organize the escape of those they are able to save using the last of Earth's ships (Daedalus and Prometheus) and the Stargate. As they battle to raise Atlantis and then power her, John and Rodney discover that the Goa'uld and the Ori are not the only enemy they must overcome before Atlantis can become a true refuge - and home.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
54851 words
Notes
Many thanks to my exceptional beta readers Aqualegia and Taibhrigh for all their hand-holding and enthusiasm. This story is far better for your contribution!

"See No Evil" by greyias

Title
See No Evil
Author
greyias
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Stargate program: Never happened.
Summary
In a world without the SGC, John Sheppard never got his second chance and is ushered into early retirement. Nine months later he's working as a test pilot for the world's leading defense contractor on a groundbreaking new plane, and has just been introduced to his difficult new coworker, one Dr. Rodney McKay. However, not everything is as it appears to be. There's something very strange about this plane, John's employer--and Rodney McKay.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
89048 words
Notes
I feel like I should write another 89,000 words in order to thank all of the people that not only talked me into this crazy challenge, but who kept pushing and encouraging me until I actually finished. My entire friends list on LJ was awesome, not only putting up with my Big Bang spam/whining, but offering encouragement. Muzzle was very nice to let me call and yell at him for talking me into this, as well as talking me down from the ledge every other week, and a big <3 to Jadesfire and Friendshipper for their support for all of Group 11. I would also like to thank Leesa Perrie, who cheerleaded above and and beyond the call of duty, and helped me keep my sanity and hope throughout this process.

My betas, though, deserve the biggest thanks of all. For Gayle, who put up with the very rough updates, and then read an entire novel for me in a day... I've told you you're awesome, right? We're not even mentioning the phone calls in traffic to try and work out plot bits. And for Kristen, who not only volunteered to beta this in addition to her own Big Bang (and offering very helpful suggestions), but for all of the research help, the tips on motorcycles, and the millions of write-offs... this thing wouldn't have happened without you. Thank you.

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"Five Elements" by heimedall and snowbunny22

Title
Five Elements
Author
heimedall and snowbunny22
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Elizabeth is more Ancient than anyone realizes.
Summary
Atlantis finds themselves facing a new and unknown enemy with their only help from a mysterious five year old girl who suddenly appears. John and Elizabeth's relationship will be tested as the expedition must prepare for an oncoming storm of disastrous proportions.
Pairing
Sheppard/Weir
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
63644 words
Notes
heimedall: Many thanks and hugs to my betas: jadestick and angelsdee. My artists for their work: misssimm and ankareeda. And to all the friends who put up with me whining and complaining about the word count and how far away from it I was. Especially Snowbunny22!

"Turned Upside Down" by melyanna

Title
Turned Upside Down
Author
melyanna
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Totally AU.
Summary
In the final months of fighting in the American Revolutionary War, Loyalist John Sheppard arrives in Williamsburg, Virginia to investigate a suspected traitor, and lands the household of Patriot Elizabeth Weir.
Pairing
Sheppard/Weir, Heightmeyer/Lorne, Teyla/Michael
Rating
PG-13
Word Count
41458 words
Notes
This story is set in slave-holding Virginia; while slavery is not a part of the story, some issues of race in the period are. I chose to use the somewhat anachronistic term "black" in describing a character of African descent rather than the terms actually used in the colonial period, because those words are often derogatory in modern American usage.

The spelling of one character's name has been changed to reflect his being from a particular country in this story.

"The Most Unlikely of Couples" by secondalto

Title
The Most Unlikely of Couples
Author
secondalto
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Sunday - That thing with the exploding tumor? That last one doesn't actually go off.
Summary
A near death experience leads both Carson and Teyla to take a chance. A re-writing of the end of season three and all of season four.
Pairing
Beckett/Emmagan
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40033 words
Notes
Other pairings: minor John/Rodney and background Ronon/Keller
Thanks: Thanks to sylum_river_tam (Kris) for looking this over when I was half done and flailing over characterization, to darsynia for her cheerleading. To alleonh, and xdawnfirex for their beta duties. And finally to Fiareynne, my braintwin, birthday sister, ultimate cheerleader, beta and the reason I'm writing Carson/Teyla in the first place; thank you for believing in me.
Author's Notes: I can't believe I'm actually attempting this. It must be noted that while I stick to basic plot outlines for seasons three and four, this is much more than simply sticking Carson into the episodes. Having Carson alive and well in the city changes the entire dynamic of the situations the citizens of Atlantis find themselves in. I do mess with timelines in certain places to make the story work, but I try to be as faithful to what was on the screen as I can be, just with added Scottish charm and romance. And sex.

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"The Kids Are Alright" by nakedwesley

Title
The Kids Are Alright
Author
nakedwesley
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Outcast - Rodney goes back to Earth with John instead of/in addition to Ronon.
Summary
When John Sheppard's father dies, he finds himself faced with an estranged brother, runaway Replicators, and a budding relationship with the ever-complex, frequently annoying Rodney McKay. There is only so much a guy can take before reaching his breaking point.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
43250 words
Notes
This story would never have been finished without the following amazing people: My Betas - indybaggins, kimberlyfdr, and sam_gamgee; My incredible support group - who praised me and pushed me to keep going, even when I didn't think it would ever be done - indybaggins, darsynia, wickedwords, and chandri; and my tireless cheerleader d_odyssey, who has had to listen to me whine about this for months and has read over my rough drafts more times than I can count. You guys all rock!! Thank you so much!

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"The Fall of the House of Sheppard" by saffronhouse

Title
The Fall of the House of Sheppard
Author
saffronhouse
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Outcast - Rodney goes back to Earth with John instead of/in addition to Ronon.
Summary
John Sheppard's strange inheritance has drawn Dr. Rodney McKay across two galaxies and back again. Now Dr. McKay must survive the dark forces at work in the Sheppard house to save the man he loves! Serious warnings for such a frivolous story: Noncon, sexual battery, and violence.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard, McKay/OC
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40150 words

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"We Fought in a War" by clockstopper

Title
We Fought in a War
Author
clockstopper
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Reunion - Sam isn't the one that gets chosen as leader.
Summary
This is a complete rewrite of season four (and the first two of season five apparently, but seriously, a lot of this was written before that) with the concept that Radek Zelenka was made leader of Atlantis. Some of the changes are subtle, some of them are very drastic, but mostly this is Radek's story and his struggle to balance all the things that make him who is plus his new position as leader.
Pairing
Gen
Rating
R
Word Count
70339 words
Notes
So, I would like to blame this on an assortment of different people, but really, I was writing this before any of those people got involved. Except for maybe Martin Gero. I would also like to take this time to thank my betas rilestar and el_gilliath. Seriously, they freaking rock and I love them to pieces. Alright, so, enjoy the fic.

"Pocket Full of Kryptonite" by margarks

Title
Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Author
margarks
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Outcast - Rodney goes back to Earth with John instead of/in addition to Ronon.
Summary
"Sam, you don't... you don't understand." Rodney's hands clenched in frustration. "I can't let him go alone."
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
41075 words
Notes
Spoilers: Everything up through S4 - Outcast
*Warnings*: None

Disclaimer: I don't own anything. And I'm totally not making a profit.
Author's Note: There is a second surprise prompt that I used that will be revealed at the end. Thanks to my betas mmmchelle and apple_pi! All your work and comments and support were much appreciated! Also, special thanks to ladycat777 for all the cheering and support she gave me that allowed me to finish this challenge.

"This Bolder Life" by darkrosetiger and telesilla

Title
This Bolder Life
Author
darkrosetiger and telesilla
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Stargate program: Someone finds out.
Summary
After a pair of newspaper reporters uncover the existence of the Stargate Program, the team, along with Rodney and Teyla's baby daughter Elizabeth, travel to Earth in order for John and Rodney to testify before the US Congress. However, not everyone in the world approves of the program, and as Team AR-1 fights bureaucrats and politicians to keep the program alive, a group of extremists take matters into their own hands.
Pairing
Dex/Emmagan/McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
40500 words
Notes
This story follows canon through the end of Season Four with two major deviations: the team started sleeping together after "Tao of Rodney", which in turn meant that Kanaan and Teyla were never involved. After "The Last Man", the story veers completely off into AU territory. (Technically, we're also using the "post-S4" prompt as well--we hope you won't mind too much. :-) )

We'd like to thank helens78 and padawanhilary for their fabulous beta help; any mistakes you find are not their fault, but are the result of our last-minute tweaking. Also, without the Spatula All Star Cheering Squad--almostnever, anatsuno, kyuuketsukirui, msilverstar and zillah--the whole process would have been a lot harder and a lot more lonely; you guys rock! Finally, thank you to the mods and artists who have done so much work on making Big Bang the experience it is.

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"Finding Home" by diamond_raven

Title
Finding Home
Author
diamond_raven
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   Forks in the Road: Reunion - Sam isn't the one that gets chosen as leader.
Summary
When John continued staring at him blankly, Rodney thought he'd clarify. "We're going to run, John. We've got two weeks before the Daedalus gets here. Which means in a week and a half, we have to be long gone from the city."
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
54960 words
Notes
Along with the familiar faces, this story also features Colonel Ellis (the commander of the Apollo), Eldon (the ex-convict they picked up in 'Condemned'), Commander Larrin (from 'Travellers') and Todd (our Wraith acquaintance). I'm also including some references to Sgt. Mehra who may or may not keep her name when she makes an appearance in canon in Season 5. I know nothing about what her character will be like, I just liked her name and the idea I had in my mind concerning her character. Lastly, I've decided to make Dr. Corrigan (who's on Lorne's team) a woman.

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"The Price That Life Exacts" by cathalin

Title
The Price That Life Exacts
Author
cathalin
Prompt
Big Bang 2008.   John is more Ancient than anyone realizes. / After season 4.
Summary
When John disappears without a trace during a routine mission, people in a beleaguered Atlantis eventually have to try to move on. Rodney never completely gives up hope of finding John, and though he soldiers on to help Atlantis, a year later he still lives every day with his grief. The story opens with a shocking discovery that may help Rodney come to terms with some truths about himself and his relationship with John, and will have consequences beyond what anyone might predict.
Pairing
McKay/Sheppard
Rating
NC-17
Word Count
63848 words
Notes
Warnings: I've placed warnings for this story in the Notes at the bottom, as they are somewhat spoilery for the fic. Please scroll down and read the warnings if there are things you need to avoid reading about.

Thanks: You've heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child. Well, this fic needed a village to raise it. In the early stages of figuring this story out, all the members of my Big Bang Support group -- chase_a_cow, eccentricweft and sageness -- provided insights and ideas which helped me immensely, and later, their cheerleading sustained me through seeing the fic to the end.

gypsytpotter and tacittype provided invaluable "virgin eyes" beta services, and as always, went above and beyond to provide constructive criticism, canon knowledge and cheerleading. At a critical time, cindyjade provided her unique and valuable perspective and beta eye, not to mention an infusion of much-appreciated enthusiasm.

And last, but far, far from least: rheanna27 and shaenie. Let me put it this way: whatever this story is, it is far, far better than it ever would have been without their amazing and generously honest critique, hand-holding, idea generation, writing help, and insights. I literally can't express how awesome and generous these two incredible writers are: I was so very privileged to have them audiencing, brainstorming, editing, critiquing and cheering me on.

Any problems with this story, of whatever kind, exist despite the tireless efforts of all these amazing people, and rest entirely on my shoulders.