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Do warn when a fanfic may head into {{shipping}} or [[BetterThanCanon non-canon]] territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, {{Shipping}} is SeriousBusiness.

[[WMG: Authors and Websites]]
[[http://community.livejournal.com/lifein1973/ Fans Of Life On Mars]] by various.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': A collection of Life On Mars fic, from slash, to adventure, to romance, to whump.
Know your labels: White Cortina, safe. Green, okay. Blue, frisky. Brown, risky. Red, oh my dear lord!
* ''Tags'': Warnings of Brown and Red can be for violence or sex, so keep an eye on the synopsis.

[[http://kerfuffle.org/collatorsden/eFiction331/index.php The Collator's Den]].
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Tags'': All sorts of Life On Mars fic, as well as Ashes to Ashes.

[[http://community.livejournal.com/1973flashfic/ Life On Mars Flashfiction]].
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Tags'': A site where authors challenge each other to write various kinds of fic.


[[WMG:[[GenFic General Fics]]]]
''Stories focused on the family and the friendly relationships of the cast. Plot-focused stories or light day-in-the-life stories. Pretty much anything that isn't focused on romance.''

[[http://community.livejournal.com/lifein1973/856761.html Steady as she Goes]] by dakfinv.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': After an accidental shooting at the station, Gene struggles to keep his team from tearing themselves apart while his and Sam's friendship is pushed to the limits.
* ''Comments'': The first part of this gen story was posted on July 7, 2007, and took nearly four months to finish. It is the first epic!fic ever completed in the LoM fandom. Dak, who has written extensively in the fandom, is still well known for this story and her particular brand of ruthless Sam!whumpage.
* ''Tags'': dark fic, violence.

[[http://community.livejournal.com/lifein1973/228974.html Ten Dozen Roses]] by lm_jillybean.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': An alternate universe where Sam Tyler is the local crime boss. Told from Maya's point of view.
* ''Comments'': Posted September 2006, this story was instrumental in opening up a certain kind of dark!fic in the fandom, in which the characters were the dark forces. It was the inspiration for at least three other stories.
* ''Tags'': AU, dark fic, death (of sorts).

[[http://community.livejournal.com/lifein1973/966386.html#cutid1 An Unhappy Man]] by dorsetgirl.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': One major conundrum of the final episode was how to introduce the idea of a "real" Sam Tyler in 1973, who was actually Sam Williams on an undercover assignment.
* ''Comments'': This beautiful and moving story details how a 1973 Sam Williams would come to believe he really is Sam Tyler from the future. It stands as one of the few attempts in fandom to address the mystery of "Sam Williams".
* ''Tags'': Spoilers for the first and second series, rated 'G' for all audiences.

The ''Just a note'' series, by [[http://ferntree.deviantart.com/ Ferntree]] and [[http://xiilnek.deviantart.com/ Xiilnek]].
* Recc'd by Belphegor.
* ''Synopsis'': It's a "Fic art" series, which means a series of handwritten [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin notes]] between Sam and Gene in different situations.
** ''[[http://ferntree.deviantart.com/art/LoM-FicArt-quot-Just-a-Note-quot-149949241 Just A Note]]'': Sam thinks Gene is being irresponsible. Gene thinks Sam is being a twat. Business as usual, really.
** ''[[http://ferntree.deviantart.com/art/A-Slightly-More-Dramatic-Note-151633311 A Slightly More Dramatic Note]]'': At least they're not handcuffed to a radiator this time... But they're being held hostage in a bank.
** ''[[http://xiilnek.deviantart.com/art/More-Dramatic-Note-epilogue-152700572 More Dramatic Note Epilogue]]'':...And the bit that comes after.
** ''[[http://ferntree.deviantart.com/art/Tension-is-a-Passing-Note-pt-1-153020310 Tension Is A Passing Note, part 1]]'' and ''[[http://ferntree.deviantart.com/art/Tension-is-a-Passing-Note-pt-2-153020983?q=gallery%3Aferntree%2F11159631&qo=29 part 2]]'': Sam thinks they need to talk, if only because he's still fuzzy as to how exactly they got out of there alive.
* ''Comments'': It alternates the hilarious and the quite touching, and the different handwritings (as well as various bits of paper, always true to the situation - Sam writes on a Bank of Greater Manchester ''cheque'' at one point!) keep it in character and believable. A great read.
* ''Tags'': a bit of blood during the bank bit, and the average Gene Hunt amount of swears.

[[WMG:[[{{Shipping}} Shipping Fics]]]]
''Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the cast.''

[[http://community.livejournal.com/lifein1973/2003730.html Riding Lesssons]] by basaltgrrl.
* Recc'd by peppermint flame
* ''Synopsis'': Annie takes Sam for a country ride. Double entendre fully intended.
* ''Comments'': One of the best Sam/Annie fics out there. Sweet, hot, sexy, and even occasionally funny. But be warned, it is a gender swap story, so YMMV.
* ''Tags'': Sam/Annie, PG-15 for sex and language.


[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/3610 Autogenesis Series]] by draycevixen.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': Drayce gives Gene Hunt's Cortina a personality and a name, and a plan of...action.
* ''Comments'': A wonderful and popular example of what is actually rather rare in LoM fanfiction: crack!fic.
* ''Tags'': Crackfic, OC/everyone, slash, fem slash.

[[http://www.sundive.co.uk/lifeonmars/flash.htm Flash of Light]] by by elfinessy.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': Early exploration of why and what Sam is doing in 1973.
* ''Comments'':This writer was one of the early stand out authors of LoM fic. Most of her work was done in the hiatus between season one and season two of the show, when wild speculation about the true nature of Sam Tyler's situation was all over the map. Her writing in general reflects the early tone of the fandom.
* ''Tags'': Gene/Sam, violence.

[[http://fiandyfic.livejournal.com/8203.html Hookerverse]] by fiandyfic.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': Sam becomes a rent boy, working for Phyllis and Gene.
* ''Comments'': The best (and perhaps only?) example of this kind of dark!fic AR taken to the extreme. LoM is not a fandom known for AUs or hooker!fic, so this remains the exception to the rule and is very well written as well. Not for the faint of heart, but the series is a classic in the fandom.
* ''Tags'': NC-17, Sam whump, violence, sexual violence, slash, het.

[[http://archiveofourown.org/series/2026 Looping]] by mikes_grrl.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': The author describes it as "time travelling, chaos-theory mind warping brain-crack angstiness". She also says, "It makes no sense on a good day."
* ''Comments'': Multiple realities are a staple of many fandoms, but they're not that usual here. This series contains the best and most wide-ranging use of screwed-up time-travel ever seen in the Life on Mars fandom.
* ''Tags'': Crack, slash, Sam/Gene, wibbly wobblly, timey wimey stuff.

[[http://elfbert.livejournal.com/358506.html One Life to Live]] by elfbert.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': Keep your fears to yourself and share your courage with others.
* ''Comments'': An excellent example of the Ray/Chris pairing. Elfbert has championed Ray and Ray/Chris from the beginning, and her stories are popular in the fandom for bringing a textured and complex representation of Ray, who in the series is mostly seen as a foil for Sam Tyler.
* ''Tags'': Ray/Chris with some Sam/Gene, slash.

[[http://evil-demandred.livejournal.com/21946.html Some Days Nothing Goes Right]] by evil_demandred.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': Gene loves Sam. It's a revelation he is far from comfortable with.
* ''Comments'': Posted on August 20, 2007, this was one of the first significant dark!fic stories written in LoM-UK fandom. A haunting and lyrical and disturbing work, it addressed several issues that most fanfic even now brush over, such as Gene's drinking and the homophobia of the era.
* ''Tags'': Character death, slash, homophobia.

[[http://community.livejournal.com/1973flashfic/41344.html#cutid1 That Old Zen Paradox]] by halotolerant.
* Recc'd by peppermintflame
* ''Synopsis'': If two policeman shag and no one hears them, does that mean it didn't happen?
* ''Comments'': Possibly one of the finest and most well loved of all Sam/Gene stories ever written, this is considered a classic and it is often recced as a "must read" to anyone entering the fandom. Referred to a lot.
* ''Tags'': Gene/Sam, fluff.