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Fanfic Recs: Back to the Future
Proof that the remaining 10% is worth dying for here.

These are recommendations made by Tropers for Back to the Future fanfics, all of which have to be signed to stay on the page. Feel free to add a fanfic of your own to the list, but remember to use the template found here.

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Do warn when a fanfic may head into non-canon territory. Some people just don't like it, and as we all know, Shipping is Serious Business.


Authors, and Websites

Welcome to the Future
  • Recommended by Tito Mosquito
  • The owner of this site has written a LOT of fanfics that are Continuations of the trilogy, and borrowed certain characterizations from the animated series. The site also includes info from the franchise, such as the early script drafts, the filming locations, and closer look at the props. Also includes an alternate history series that covers what might have happened to Marty if he got trapped in the 19th century by means of the DeLorean being derailed.
General Fics

The Almanac Chronicles by Michael2
  • recommended by dbz77
  • Synopsis: Biff Tannen receives a strange book from a mysterious old man. What does he do with it?

Do Something by squonkfan
  • Recommended by BookHobbit, Kazeto
  • Synopsis: A personal loss leads Marty and Doc to reshape their perspectives of one another.
  • Comments: Pre-movie. Really excellent characterization and interaction going on here.

4am, This Letter by ricebol
  • Reccomended by azofafora
  • Synopsis: Marty spends his first night at the Brown Mansion. Insomnia's an understatement.
  • Comments: Takes place during the first movie. Marty tries to write a letter to Doc. Great characterization, and it shows that Marty is a bit smarter than the average teenager.

we can't live in the present forever by ideal_girl
  • Recommended by Cass
  • Synopsis: Marty wonders if Doc has the same problem; histories overlapping, memories colliding in the space of a single, shared moment. He hopes not.
  • Comments: Takes place post-series, a lovely look at living with a headful of memories from a timeline that no longer exists and where Marty goes from there.

In Flux by Kristen Sheley
  • recommended by dbz77
  • synopsis: Jules and Verne travel to 1982 to catch the premiere of Conan the Barbarian. But when they go back to the future, they find both of their parents dead.

First Impressions by Kristen Sheley
  • Recommended by Dynamite XI
  • Synopsis: This fic fills in the details of Marty's stay with Doc at the Brown Mansion during the events of Part I, as the two characters try to get used to each other.
  • Comments: Kristen Sheley—who is a patron saint of BTTF fan fiction and a published author in her own right—wrote First Impressions as part of a series of interstitial vignettes called "Between-the-Lines" that take their cues from the trilogy's deleted scenes and early script drafts (with a hearty dose of the author's imagination, of course). This one is one of her better ones in terms of character development and storytelling, and it's my personal favorite.

"Another One of These Damn Kids Jumped In Front of My Car!" by Kristen Sheley
  • Recommended by TrueBlue170
  • Synopsis: In which Sam Baines has a most unfortunate accident with a strangely attired kid....
  • Comments: Really well written fic by the same author of another really well written fic in the entry above. Another vignette from "Between-the-Lines", it chronicles what exactly happened while Marty was unconscious after becoming "another" victim to Sam Baines's driving. Also shows Lorraine's initial reactions to him - kinda Squicky considering Marty's relation to her, but in a humorous way.

Back to the Future Prequel by FemaleDoc
  • Recommended by bookwormgal
  • Synopsis: About how Marty and Doc first met in 1974. Also a look at Doc's dark past.
  • Comments: Set in the Lone Pine timeline, meaning that Doc knows he'll meet Marty at some point in history, this is a long and yet intriguing story of what might have occurred if their friendship began when Marty was still a child. And how Doc's reputation and the distrust from others in Hill Valley might make such a thing difficult. Now has a page on the wiki.

Dark Half by Flaming Trails
  • Recommended by ladyofthelibrary
  • Synopsis: Doc's sadistic twin decides to torture him by kidnapping Marty. But things aren't exactly how they appear. . . A Non Trilogy Story
  • Comments: As stated in the synopsis, the events of the second and third movies didn't happen. However the good writing and the storyline more than make up for it. However this story is very dark and shouldn't be read for the first time at night.
  • Trigger warning: Cold-Blooded Torture

The Story of a Letter by obsessedwithstuff
  • Recommended by mysterykcad
  • Synopsis: Have you ever wondered what happened to the letter after Doc handed to the post office in 1885? How the post office reacted to letter with precise instructions of when and where it should be delivered to? How it survived 70 years sitting on the shelves? Have you ever wondered what happened to the man after he handed over the to Marty?
  • Comments: As the title suggests, this fic follows the letter that Doc wrote in 1885, and the impact that such a strange letter would have on the people working in the post office. It's short, but it provides a rather interesting perspective on the story of Back to the Future.

Stranger in a Hat by enigma939
  • Recommended by mysterykcad
  • Synopsis: While preparing to send Marty back to 1985, Emmett Brown meets an oddly familiar stranger at the Town Square...
  • Comments: A short but interesting look at the scene where Doc meets and speaks with his future self. It explores what this would be like from 1955 Doc's perspective, and the eventual realization of just who he was talking to. It's the kind of fic that meshes very well with canon.

Jukebox Hero by Ace in da hood
  • Recommended by TrueBlue170
  • Synopsis: The night that Marty realized his love for music was also the night that Dave abandoned him in the parking lot of rock concert.
  • Comments: Set in the Twin Pines Mall timeline, this follows a thirteen-year-old Marty dealing with being left outside in the rain while his brother enjoys a rock concert with his stoner friends. Not only does he reflect on what he hates about his family and life (which is very nice Foreshadowing for the movies), but he also has an epiphany — which is a loose plank and a ripping of soundproof foam away. A very interesting look into Marty's life before a certain time machine came into the picture, along with a believable theory of how he got into music.

Shipping Fics
CinderMarty by Flaming Trails
  • Recommended by fruitstripegum
  • Synopsis: After the death of his parents, Marty McFly found himself at the mercy of his evil stepfamily, the Tannens. But fortunately for him, a royal ball reveals he has a little magic in his life...
  • Pairings: Marty/Jennifer, Doc/Clara, George/Lorraine
  • Comments: As the title implies, this is a Cinderella story given the Back To The Future treatment. Every major character from the trilogy is here (although there's obviously a few liberties taken with age and family relationships), and there's a couple of Shout Outs thrown in for good measure. All in all, a great fic that is much better than it sounds.

The Future is Past Us by usedusernames
  • Recommended by Cass
  • Synopsis: AU in which Marty and Doc leave the west early . Sometimes having your present destroyed makes for a better future.
  • Pairings: slight Marty/Doc
  • Comments: Marty doesn't avert the accident that wrecked his hand, but their knowledge of the possible future lead to both him and Jennifer taking different paths.

Crossovers

Back to the Doctor by Doctor McFly (crossover with Doctor Who)
  • Recommended by lanky
  • Synopsis: Following the events of the Back to the Future trilogy, Marty McFly thinks that he can finally settle down and get on with his life. Too bad there are creatures in the universe with an interest in time travelers and the energy they emit. On the bright side, sometimes all you need is a good Doctor to step in and save the day.
  • Comments: Essentially a vehicle to explore the idea of Marty McFly as the Tenth Doctor's companion. What is really fascinating about the whole thing is that Doctor McFly manages to capture the 'voice' of both Marty and the Doctor extraordinarily well, combining the two and generating genuine character interactions which work. With the stories organized into episodes (beginning with Frozen In Time, it makes for a nice, quick read. The author currently plans to write twelve 'episodes' consisting of four or five chapters apiece (and they're into the fourth 'episode' already). Worth a look.

The Boy Beyond Time
  • Recommended by trimeta
  • Synopsis: After his time-travel adventures, Marty Mc Fly hopes his life in college will be a bit more relaxing. But who is this tweed-wearing professor who calls himself John Smith? Maybe Marty's roommate Rory can help...
  • Comments: Ongoing Back to the Future/Doctor Who crossover, with the Doctor and the Ponds trying to make sense of Marty's unusual timeline. Good character voices throughout.
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