[identity profile] rustler.livejournal.com
Recipient: [personal profile] scarletts_awry 
Title: Keep Your Friends Close (5100 words)
Author: [personal profile] rustler 
Rating: PG-13
Category: slash (McKay/Sheppard)
Spoilers: through 3.19 "Vengeance"
Summary: The Genii, killer bugs, and an inconvenient crush—just another day in the life of Rodney McKay.

Link to the story.

b) The Lantians test the limits of their truce with the Genii when they team up to take out a Wraith outpost or Hive; could go well, horribly wrong, or anything inbetween; can be gen or include any level of Teyla/Sora, Elizabeth/Ronon, or John/Rodney
[identity profile] mirabile-dictu.livejournal.com
Recipient: aesc
Title: A Shadow of a Tree
Author: Mirabile Dictu
Rating: PG-13
Category: slash, het
Length: 63k
Spoilers: Set post S3.
Summary: "It's your choice. But there aren't many Satedans left. Shouldn't you take a little more care to preserve your society?"

Aesc's prompts:
Rodney and John encouraging each other in their insanity. Slash is
always okay.
Attempts at educating Teyla and Ronon in Western popular culture. Slash/gen, whatever.
Team!mission involving explosions (radiation optional), last-minute clever thinking, and some kind of injury. Slash/gen, whatever.

I tried to get a little bit from each prompt into the story.

A Shadow of a Tree


Aug. 24th, 2007 04:25 pm
[identity profile] neierathima.livejournal.com
Recipient: neevebrody
Title: Tuesday
Author: neierthima
Rating: G-PG
Category: Gen
Spoilers: Let's be cautious and say all of season 2
Summary: Lunchtime on Atlantis is good for getting to know people.

neevebrody asked for:
a) Rodney grappling with the duty of notifying next of kin - Sheppard
helps, somewhat. Anything from G to R.
b) Ronon lacking any table manners whatsoever - Maybe Elizabeth helps. G - PG
c) Some connection between Carson and Teyla possibly in re: "Sunday". G

This has a little bit of all three, I think.

Read more )


Aug. 24th, 2007 04:22 pm
[identity profile] roaringmice.livejournal.com
Title: Pie

For: Meredith // xfirefly9x2

Author: RoaringMice

Rating: PG-13

Summary: McKay, virtual reality simulations, and pie

Written for: The Atlantis Back to Basics Challenge, for Meredith // xfirefly9x2. She’d wanted one of the following prompts:

- John, Elizabeth and Carson get trapped offworld during a culling. Elizabeth or Carson saves the day.
- John's team and Elizabeth are sent to an alternate reality via a quantum mirror they find in the unexplored areas of Atlantis.
- McKay. Virtual reality simulation/s. Pie.

Although I liked all three ideas, I could not resist #3.

Read more... )
[identity profile] bluflamingo.livejournal.com
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] gothpyle (pinch-hit)
Title: I May Be Some Time
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bluflamingo
Rating: PG
Category: Slash, John/Rodney
Spoilers: Nope
Summary: “You know,” John says, “When I said I thought we were due a vacation, I was kind of hoping for somewhere –“
“Warmer?” McKay suggests.

I May Be Some Time

[livejournal.com profile] gothpyle asked for:
a)Rodney finds out how to re-charge ZPM's... but there's a price
b)Sheppard and McKay trapped on an ice planet, slash/slashy preferred
c)the ATA gene/therapy starts to evolve into something dangerous
[identity profile] bluflamingo.livejournal.com
Recipient: Meridian/[livejournal.com profile] noafterglow
Title: First Day of School
Author: [livejournal.com profile] bluflamingo
Rating: PG
Category: Gen
Spoilers: Post-The Siege, pre-Runner, no major spoilers
Summary: In which Major Lorne learns exactly what "Sheppard's XO" means

First Day of School

[livejournal.com profile] noafterglow asked for:
a) Lorne, and how he deals with not only being Sheppard's second in command, but also to being new to Atlantis (if not to the world of Stargate)
b) Teyla, and how she deals with what happens during (and after) theevents that take place in Michael
c) Cadman and McKay squabbling, after her decision to remain on Atlantis. Gen
[identity profile] roaringmice.livejournal.com
For: Kajikia

Title: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Author: RoaringMice

Rating: PG-13+/R

Warnings: Swears, torture (offscreen), angst.

Summary: He’d seen this much blood before.

Prompt: writing for Kajikia, who gave me the following options:

1. How Atlantis resolves/gets out of the cliffhanger ending of the season finale
2. Hunting down the creatures from "Vengeance"
3. Lorne's team to the rescue!Gen, het, and/or slash are all fine with me.

I went with number 3.

Read more... )
[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com
Recipient: [livejournal.com profile] rustler
Title: A Hair’s Breadth of Time
Author: Pouncer
Rating: PG
Category: gen, episode-related
Spoilers: through 3.11, The Return II (although nothing that couldn't have been predicted from the first part)
Summary: Teyla fancied the butchered trees and shrubbery were external proof of her pain at yet another displacement, now that the Ancestors had reclaimed Atlantis. 3200+ words.

Too much change, too fast.

John and Rodney had once attempted to explain to Teyla the meaning of the word "gate-lag." They tripped over each other's contributions, throwing out terms like jets and melatonin and time zones. Teyla was certain half of what John said were jokes delivered in his dry, deadpan tones. The voice she would never hear again.
[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com
This is just a reminder that stories are due tomorrow, 24 August.

If you're going to miss the deadline, can you please let either [livejournal.com profile] akira_yta or I know? And if life has intervened and you won't be able to complete a story at all, please let us know that as well so we can arrange a pinch-hitter to fulfill your recipient's prompt.

Admin: please provide the following header information when you post your story (or a link to it) here

Rating (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17)
Category (gen, het, slash - plus any other category the author cares to use)
Spoilers (through xx episode)

Warnings are at the author's discretion. At some point, please also list the requests your recipient made - this can be at the end of the story if you prefer.

I can't wait to read the stories!
[identity profile] texanfan.livejournal.com
I won't be around Friday so I'm posting early.  I hope that's okay.

Recipient:  tigerlady
Title:  Swimming hole
Author:  texanfan
Rating:  G (your grandmother could read this)

Category:  gen
Spoilers through Grace Under Pressure
Summary:  John takes his team for a little R&R
Prompts:  1) Someone close to them (preferably Teyla/Ronon/Elizabeth/Radek) finds out about John and Rodney being together, whether through confession, eavesdropping, stumbling upon them, whatever. (No angsty ending for the guys, please.)
2) John and Rodney goofing off together.  golf, computer games, whatever.  Slash or gen, but please no pairing them off with other people.
3) A day in the life of Teyla, whether it's high adventure, daily drudgery, or something shippy (I'm not picky who you pair her with, as long as it's not an established enemy).  Or all three. :) 

I picked two but slid it into team fic.

[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com
That's right, the deadline for the Atlantis Back to Basics Ficathon is on August 24th.

If you think there is ANY chance that you might miss this deadline, please let us know that a) you're running late, and b) when we can expect your story. (For example: "I'm writing as fast as I can, but I may be a day late").

If life has turned upside down and you don't think you'll be able to complete anything at all, also PLEASE LET US KNOW, so we have time to organize a pinch-hit for your recipient.

If we don't hear from you, we shall assume all is good, and that your story will be ready for the 24th.

Just a few reminders:

1) Please have your story beta-read. Volunteer beta-readers can be found here: http://community.livejournal.com/atlantisbasics/15194.html.

2) Please remember these stories should be based in on-screen canon. (Primary and secondary resources on canon from last time around - profuse apologies that we never got this updated further)

3) You can post your story at either your own or the community LJ, but please put the link, including full header block up at the community.

The header block should be:

Rating (G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17)
Category (gen, het, slash - plus any other category the author cares to use)
Spoilers (through xx episode)

Warnings are at the author's discretion. At some point, please also list the requests your recipient made - this can be at the end of the story if you prefer.

The mods will compile the master list from there.

Have fun, and we look forward to seeing your stories!


Jul. 19th, 2007 11:00 pm
[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com
If you'd be willing to help beta for the [livejournal.com profile] atlantisbasics challenge, can you comment here? There are some people trying to connect with betas, so a brief rundown of what you're comfortable/uncomfortable with, and a means of contact like an email address, would be wonderful.

Thank you!
[identity profile] akire-yta.livejournal.com
I've just finished emailing out the last of the assignments. Please check the email you left with us, and if it doesn't turn up in the next 24 hours, reply care of this post and I'll resend it to you. If there are any problems with your assignments, please let me know ASAP and we'll do what we can to address them. Where possible, I've tried to make sure all three scenarios are write-able: there are a small number of prompts where one of the scenarios listed mentioned something you said you could not write. But everyone should have at least two prompts that are okay. But if all three squick you out, please let me know as soon as possible.

A few notes about the format of the prompts (because people asked!) I've included in the prompts what people WOULDN'T write, just to help you get a sense of your assignee's likes and dislikes. In fact, I've included in as much information as was given to help you get a feel for your assignment. That said, if something is unclear, or you need to ask your recipient a question, please ask one of your friendly mods to do so, to ensure anonymity.

Secondly, we encourage you if you so desire to write a 'letter to my author' in your LJs - where listed, we've included LJ names, and there is a master list at the top of the sign-in page. Go, sneak a peek at your recipients LJ and see if that helps spark your ideas.

Thirdly, if for whatever reason you are liable to miss the August 24th deadline, please let us know immediately. We want everyone to have a story to unwrap.

Have fun, and if there are any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!
[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com
Since one of our mods lives in New Zealand, we're going to be closing down sign-ups soon. Not until midnight EST, but if you've been holding back, your time is running out.

Come! Join us!
[identity profile] thepouncer.livejournal.com
The second annual Back to Basics Atlantis challenge.

Sign-ups are now closed.

In the (slightly revised) words used to introduce this last year:

So, as fun as AUs and crackfic can be, I've been jonesing for stories set within the Atlantis we see on the show - characters that align with what we've seen in episodes, situations that we can extrapolate without leaping ten kilometers sideways, and a tone that also slides into canon. Thus, the Back to Basics: Atlantis story exchange.

Stories can be gen, het, or slash, depending on what’s requested, and can range from G to NC-17. (Het and slash relationships are allowed in the challenge as the author/requestor are building on something that they do see in canon - namely the chemistry between two characters.)

The minimum story length is 1000 words. No maximum story length - if you want to write a novel, go for it, so long as you can post it on August 24, 2007.

The goal of this challenge is to receive feedback saying: "this reads just like an episode (or a scene from an episode)” (perhaps with optional sex). And if you think about it, that’s not such a limiting factor!

Things seen in canon )

AUs aren't the purpose of the challenge, so please don’t ask for: any transformations of team members not seen in canon (such as: penguins or centaurs or reversion to childhood or genderswap (beyond the Duet scenario)); changes in the team structures or canonical backgrounds of the characters as revealed so far; changes in profession of characters seen so far; changes in the science as seen so far, stories set away from the greater Stargate program. Remember that the idea is to stick as closely to canon as possible – there’s still lots of ground to explore within those confines!

To sign up for the challenge, comment on this post and leave the following information (comments are screened to maintain an element of surprise):

1. Name (including LJ name)
2. Contact email
3. Three scenarios you’d like to receive in your story
(only one of these will be written – this is to give your author options)
4. One thing you don’t want to write
5. Note here if you haven't seen the series through the end of season three, so we don't give you a spoiler-filled request
6. Are you willing to be a pinch hit author at the last minute?

For example:

1. Name: Pouncer
2. Email: pouncer77 at gmail

3. I'd like a story about:
a) Weir and Ronon dancing around their attraction to each other. Anything from G to NC-17.
b) McKay and Sheppard squabbling. Could be slashy.
c) Lorne dealing with the many challenges of being Sheppard's second in command. Gen preferred.

4. I can't do: Beckett as a sexual being
5: Pinch Hitter?: Yes

Although you’re providing three requests, the author only has to include one of them in the final story.

We'll be annotating this post with the names of those who've signed-up, so you have some idea of the scope of the challenge.


[livejournal.com profile] aesc
[livejournal.com profile] bluflamingo
[livejournal.com profile] ga_unicorn
[livejournal.com profile] goddess47
[livejournal.com profile] gothphyle
[livejournal.com profile] icarusancalion
[livejournal.com profile] insight2
[livejournal.com profile] ismenetruth
[livejournal.com profile] kajikia
[livejournal.com profile] kribby
[livejournal.com profile] kylielee1000
[livejournal.com profile] let_fate_decide
[livejournal.com profile] mirabile_dictu
[livejournal.com profile] neevebrody
[livejournal.com profile] neierathima
[livejournal.com profile] noafterglow
[livejournal.com profile] roaringmice
[livejournal.com profile] rustler
[livejournal.com profile] scarletts_awry
[livejournal.com profile] shetiger
[livejournal.com profile] texanfan
[livejournal.com profile] thepouncer
[livejournal.com profile] wojelah
[livejournal.com profile] xfirefly9x


The sign-up period will be open from June 6 to July 1 (if I'm counting right, that should be the Sunday after the season three finale airs on SciFi).

Assignments will be sent out by July 6 (probably before), and should remain secret until the stories are posted.

Stories are due August 24th, and should be posted to the [livejournal.com profile] atlantisbasics community by the author on that day (you can also post them to your personal LJ or any archive you want on that day, but not before).

On August 17th, we'll be emailing all participants to ask about your progress with your assigned story. If we don't receive an affirmative reply ("Yes, I'll be ready to post as of the deadline"), we'll arrange for a pinch-hit author at that time. Last go-round, there were a fair number of stories that never got posted, and we want to avoid disappointment for the authors who worked hard and met the deadline.

The organizers (myself and [livejournal.com profile] akire_yta) will create a master list of all stories and link to it from the community profile page.

If, at any time, you find yourself unable to complete a story, notify the challenge organizers immediately so that we can find someone to fulfill the request.

Beta readers are encouraged, as is fact-checking. We'll be updating the list of resources as we get closer to handing out assignments.

Feel free to ask any questions here.

We hope you sign-up!

Sign-ups are now closed.
[identity profile] akire-yta.livejournal.com
Okay guys, time’s up! Reading my flist this morning (yes, it’s morning where I am. You have til when it’s the 8th where you are, so stop panicking and keep writing!) I know a lot of you have been working hard to get your fics across the line on time!

Here’s how it’s going to work. Below is the master list of recipients and writers. As you post a story (either here or in another LJ), please post the story block and a link/cut to the story in this community. The Pouncer and I will tally them as we see them and update the recipient list. Simple.

Please note that some people have indicated to us that they’re going to be a few days late with their stories. Where we knew this, we organized pinch-hit ‘placeholder’ ficlets so those who were receiving stories late wouldn’t be left out of the general squee. Placeholder ficlets are indicated by the square brackets after the actual writers names. These people will also be receiving a fic from their nominated writer (aren’t they! *glares*) in a few days time - these ficlets are just to tide you over til they arrive. Thanks to all those who volunteered to do pinch-hitting – it was greatly appreciated.

Now, the bit you've all been waiting for. Drumroll please!

Recipient Writer
Cedara --> The Little Atlantean Humpback That Could by Sharma [Pinch-hit placeholders: Lead and Follow | Alt-Cetacean Relations]
TheGrrl --> The Pegasus Galaxy's Greatest Hits by Rustler
History_Gurl --> When Once I Had Called Him In by Chicklet [pinch-hit placeholder: New Arrivals Must Clear Customs]
Chicklet --> Cedara [pinch-hit placeholder ficlet]
Rivier --> Tangible by Chelle
CassieJames --> "In Which the SGC Suspects They Received a Highly-Edited Report from Pegasus" (part 1 part 2 part 3 byVolari
Sian1359 --> Time Cannot Benumb These Feelings by The Pouncer
Danvers --> Rivier [pinch-hit placeholder ficlet]
Chelle --> Strength and Honor Are Her Clothing by Kajika
RoaringMice --> Radek Zelenka and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very-Bad Day by Kiara [pinch-hit placeholder ficlet]
Frawg/Sharma --> Kara - A Short Hello pinch-hit by Tigerlady[pinch-hit placeholder: Morphine Dreams]
Kiara --> Mizz_Destiny - The Desert of Rejoicing pinch-hit by Kajikia. [pinch-hit placeholder: Illusion of Understanding]
Kajika --> Fallout Part One Part Two by Sian1359
Volari --> Telephone by CassieJames
Mizz_Destiny --> Butterflies and Hurricanes by Danvers
Kara --> Forgiveness by RoaringMice
Mandeep --> Synaesthesia by Alyse
Alexa --> Dancing Machine - a pinch-hit fic by RoaringMice...Nausica [pinch-hit placeholder and another pinch-hit placeholder]
Alyse --> Semper Fidelis—Always Faithful by Alexa
Nausica --> The Hardest Thing by Mandeep [an inkling pinch fic by RoaringMice]
Kaizoku --> History_Gurl. Missing Scene from Inferno pinch hit by dracostella [pinch-hit placeholder: Distraction Time]
Piplover --> Reception by Stillane
Stillane --> Beware of the Pretty People by Maryavatar/Moonloon
Dracostella --> A Little Chat by Drusemia
Niannah --> When Guises Fall by Flatlanddan
Moonloon --> Pueblo, CO by Dracostella
Rustler --> Stand Back Up by ga_unicorn
Packmentality --> Fault Tolerance by Wickedwords
FlatLandDan --> Sky From Sea by Packmentality
Wickedwords --> A History of Knives by Niannah
Drusemia --> All for One by Piplover
Ga_Unicorn --> Elixir, Or How Rodney McKay Got His Coffee Back by Kaizoku [pinch-hit placeholder: The Hunt]
The Pouncer --> Polyphony by TheGrrl

Read, rec, respond and repost at other comms! Share the canonical love! And thanks for participating!
[identity profile] akire-yta.livejournal.com
Just FYI, the list of posted fics for the Atlantis B2B challenge has been updated! Go forth and enjoy any fics you may have missed!
[identity profile] roaringmice.livejournal.com
Title: Dancing Machine
Author: RoaringMice
Author’s Email: roaringmice at yahoo dot com
Summary: An encounter with a device has unexpected consequences.
Rating: PG-13

Pinch Hitting for the Atlantis Basics Ficathon

This story is for Alexa. She’d wanted the following: “ancient device does something bizarrely inexplicable yet terribly amusing, hopefully involving as many of the characters on the show as possible.” However, another of her requests had been about angst. I think I was influenced by both, because this started out amusing, then got warped. What could I do? It wanted to go that way!


“I can’t understand why it is that you can’t seem to do anything without me actually being there,” Rodney shot over his shoulder, and by “you” he meant the staff, not Radek specifically.

And he knew that Radek understood, because the man rolled his eyes and replied,“Yes, yes, we are working and all of our thoughts on the matter must first be approved by you, Rodney.”

Rodney ignored the sarcasm. He pulled his robe around his body as he stalked the night-darkened corridors of Atlantis, trailing Radek in his wake. He heard Radek mumble something about “…three in the morning, nothing better to do than to take abuse from…” and then trail off into Czech.

Read more... )
[identity profile] dracostella.livejournal.com
Recipient:[livejournal.com profile] kaizoku
Title: Missing Scenes from Inferno
Author: dracostella
Rating: G
Category: Norena/Rodney; John/Rodney (It is, look, all you have to do is get into the prowling frog position, bounce on one foot and squint with your third eye)
Spoilers: Inferno

"Oh good," Rodney said, then dropped straight to the ground with a soft thud.

Missing Scenes from Inferno )
[identity profile] kajikia.livejournal.com
Recipient:[livejournal.com profile] kiarasayre
Title: The Desert of Rejoicing
Author: Kajikia
Rating: PG
Category: gen
Spoilers: general season one
Summary:"We make our own families from the pieces we have."

[livejournal.com profile] kiarasayre wanted:
a. An at-least-vaguely intelligent Ford.
b. First-season team!fic, with an emphasis on Teyla and Ford.
c. Anything, really, that doesn't entirely focus on the McKay/Sheppard banter.

This is a little bit of all three.

The Desert of Rejoicing
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