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A kink meme for Star Trek XI. Not only has this somehow achieved upwards of five thousand comments in under two weeks, but it somehow has managed to have a very good excellent-to-poor fic ratio. Some of these authors are just amazing.
It's currently on part fourteen and growing every day, and the excellent-to-poor ratio is, if not the same, better.
The mod for the kinkmeme has apparently been overpowered by RL, so that one has ended. However, some lovely people have started up a new one here.
There is also a massive RP that started on the kinkmeme, but has developed into glorious insanity. The basic premise is: characters from pretty much every ST universe imaginable (and a couple from completely different ones) start appearing on the Enterprise. There is angst, crack, and lots of gay sex. This troper highly recommends stalking these posts, especially the plotlines for Harold (yeah, you read that right) and Cadet!Scott.
Comments: Atomicskull has been nicknamed LiveJournal's "Resident Queen of AUs" for a very good reason - she writes bloody fantastic ones, including but not limited to: a fashionmag!au that is pure awesome, a highschool!au that validates every story good or bad ever written in that genre and became this troper's favorite fic in the history of everything practically overnight, a surfer!au that will melt your heart, a political!au that is just fabulous and a zombie!AU that is reportedly incredible but which this troper has not read for the sole reason that she can't stand zombies. Her partner in crime, Felonazcorp, wrote a lovely ballet!AU that anyone who enjoys dance movies should go read approximately yesterdayish, and together they created some sort of weirdly awesome mashup of an AU of Atomicskull's High School AU fic (McCoy) and Felonazcorp's ballet!AU (just about everybody else) that practically resulted in a proposal of marriage from this particular reader and an absolute Olympic-size pool of squee from everyone else.
Unfortunately, Felonazcorp's livejournal has been purged. Does anyone know if the ballet!au fic is still floating around the internet somewhere else?
And now Atomicskull's journal is gone too! Come on, those fics were good!
Fangirl heaven. Most subscribed Star Trek XI community on Fanfiction.net. Stories involve whumping Jim Kirk in every single way possible, with every pairing possible, in every setting possible. It takes some time to weed through the ever growing archive of stories, but there are some good ones in there that have real emotional appeal instead of just aimless character whumping.
Comments: Besides the excellent quality of the writing, what stands out most is the OCs, especially the main character Sam Giotto. Rather than overshadowing the canon characters, he fills a niche left open in canon, and fills it very well, to the point that you will wonder where he is when you re-watch the movie or show. All characters, both existing characters and OCs, are well-crafted and portrayed extremely realistically: no risk of Mary Sues here. Although the tone is frequently humorous, the series and its spinoffs span the gamut of genres and emotions. The writing is of superior quality and generally error-free. Highly recommended for fans of the new movie and TOS alike.
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.Stained by razzamatazz73
Summary: A series of short stories in which the crew of the Enterprise bonds over the fact that Jim's a walking danger magnet. Lots of friendship, and obligatory Kirk whumpage and its consequences on the crew.
Comments: Worth mentioning, though it hasn't been updated in quite a while. The imagery in the first story is particularly striking. Author is also the founder/manager of the "Hurt!Jim Addicts... UNITE!" community on Fanfiction.net.
Summary: "You have a bigger problem than being held at gunpoint by Ikkelian raiders?"
Comments: Kirk has to deliver Uhura's baby, while being held captive by rather inept pirates, with Spock and McCoy trying to help via comm. It's pretty damn funny. Obviously, this deals with the canonical Uhura/Spock ship, but I'm putting it under gen because that's mostly not the focus.
Summary: "Great," Kirk says. "In the end, it's not going to be punching someone in the face, or shooting something, or even in some barfight – it's going to be a goddamned diplomatic mission gone wrong that does me in."
Summary: "How many times can you patch up something before you realize that it's too fucking broken to fix, Bones?" When a training simulation uncovers something that Cadet Jim Kirk was never meant to remember, it breaks him. Leonard McCoy can't sit by and watch Jim crumble. When asked what he's willing to do to get the old Jim back, Leonard has only one answer. "Anything."
Comments: This is all but slash, and yet it was written so wonderfully that it honestly could go either way, which is why it's getting listed under the Gen section. Practicalities aside: mijan has just gotten better and better, and this 'verse is her crown jewel - a wonderful examination of PTSD and the price of survival. Also includes a magnificent OC, Janice Toland, on whom this troper has a crush approximately the size of the universe.
I also quite adore this fic. Honestly, this story is a wonderful examination of Jim and Leonard's friendship as the two of them go through a horrific time together. As well, it has a prequel and a sequel, both of which can be found here.
Synopsis: A few months after the destruction of Vulcan, Starfleet notices that several starships worth of Vulcans went missing before the tragedy. Ambassador Spock realizes that the Hellguard Incident may be repeating itself in this timeline, and the Enterprise crew are assigned a covert mission: disguise themselves as Romulans and investigate. But these aren't just Romulans — they're Rihannsu... and Ael t'Rllaillieu is in the area.
JediButtercup has done some brilliant things here, mixing canon, fanon, the works of Diane Duane, and her own interesting spin — like, we learn in the first few paragraphs that not only did Kirk still go through the Tarsus IV genocide, in this timeline it motivated him to join Starfleet Intelligence. Three years before he went through the Academy.
Also bringing in Number One and the rest of the crew from the original pilot/"The Menagerie".
Comments: The graphics are extremely well done, everyone's in fine form, and even some TOS characters get in on the action. And goddamn, it is funny - Spock and Sarek having a @ conversation is a highlight.
Synopsis: Spock starts Desmond-ing back and forth between the TOS and XI universes. A familiar face is at fault.
Comments: This is absolutely brilliant. The story is heartstring-tugging without ever threatening Narmification, Q (lets add some spaces) is written exactly on point, and the ending is perfect. The fic very much ships Spock/Uhura, but it isn't ship-centered.
Summary: An AU in which infant James T. Kirk was captured and raised on board the Narada by Nero to become a weapon against the Federation and Spock Prime.
Comments: An awesome concept executed awesomely. This Kirk, or Tiberius as he's known to Nero and the other Romulans, is just as hardheaded and brave as the Jim Kirk we already know, and is working to live up to an entirely different father's legacy. Nero is simultaneously tragic, sympathetic, and frightening.
Summary: A series of fics about the adventures of the Enterprise crew from the perspective of both major and minor characters. From their weekly movie night tradition, to Chekov's melodramic daydreams, to Sulu's unofficial job as the ship's bookie, this series covers various adventures from the daily lives of a crew who more of less become one big happy family (even when they're trying to kill each other).
Comments: The series is in progress, and the stories are definitely worth reading. The characterization is very well done and humorous. There are relationships present in the stories, but as they are not the focus, I'd consider the series to be general fanfiction.
Summary: She hears about his death from a letter hand-delivered by a boy who looks sixteen.
Comments: The mother of Red Shirt Engineer Olsen (the one who was died on the Nerada's drill) gets the news. A Tear Jerker that will leave you cringing every time you watch that scene. The title refers to the World War One poem of the same name.
Summary: The burden of a leader isn't the strain of heroics or the power of command. It's the constant knowledge that the lives of your people are in your hands, and the weight of guilt and loss when those lives slip through your fingers. Jim Kirk understands this now.
Comments: I have nothing to say about this fic that could possibly do it justice, except that this is quite possibly the greatest Star Trek genfic ever written. Prepare to cry.
Summary: Between what was and what will be stands James Tiberius Kirk, in all his fractured patchwork glory. Because saving the Federation was only the beginning.
Comments: For the first time in my half-a-decade-long fic-reading career, I am stunned. Shattered. Heartbroken. Exhilarated. Moved beyond words. This... is indescribable. Really, truly, beyond-imagining indescribable.
YMMV on this one, as Kirk is a very large Marty Stu, albeit a well-written one.
I read this one some time ago, and was similarly blown away. This is truly brilliant - excellent plotting, spot-on characterizations, great humor, and the best diction and vocabulary I have ever seen. Kirk's aforementioned Marty Stu traits do come with a plausible explanation, and he ends up needing most of them - they aren't there for show. This is seriously the best fanfiction I have ever read, and possibly the best fiction of any kind.
Synopsis: First Officer Spock comments on life aboard the Enterprise and his service under Captain James T. Kirk.
Comments: Pure epic. Not only is it one of the most natural-feeling slow-moving romances you will likely ever read (Anon_j_anon is a master of 'show don't tell', and with every mission that passes you can just feel how Kirk and Spock's relationship grows from awkward hostility to respectful friendship to genuine love) it is also just plain a great post-Star Trek 2009 'what happens after?' fic. Although Kirk and Spock are the focus, the whole cast gets involved, and side-plots such as Kirk's training of Uhura and Sulu to eventually become captains themselves can be just as interesting as the main storyline. It also plays with the Reboot fanfiction trope of applying TOS episodes to a reboot universe but always puts a different spin on the scenario so they always end up very different. Anon_j_anon is also an extremely intelligent person, with knowledge of logic, mathematics, physics, and linguistics that give the fic a really learned, interesting feel, and go a long way to contribute to an amazing Spock voice. (The references are usually explained in the Annotations, of course.) Finally, it is extremely long - 262 chapters and over 400k words. All of this contributes to an extremely emotional, realistic, and engrossing fic.
Seconded. This fic is dauntingly long, but the payoff is so worth it. It has it all: science, language, and beautiful characterizations. It gives a richly textured world told from all directions. Amazing Spock voice. This fic is the best of the best. -onesmallpigeon
Third this. It's right next to Home in it's awesomeness. It is intellectually stimulating while loving and dramatic—-the characterization is so spot on it might as well be canon. This is a must read for those tired of the same cliches and useless dialogue. This story is anything but that, with every word striking a chord with the reader.
Synopsis: During their final semester at Starfleet Academy, two people who have no intention of ever changing transform each other.
Comments: This fic does what the movie never did - it develops and explains Spock and Uhura's seemingly out-of-nowhere romance, showing that their relationship is founded on very logical mutual interests and the utterly illogical emotion called love. Heavily recommended.
Summary: The Enterprise is actually a fashion magazine and James T. Kirk is editor in chief. "World War III (known as Almost the End of the World) occurred in 2014 during Milan Fashion Week. It was short, it was bloody, and it was absolutely spectacular to see unfold."
Comments: Seriously, give this a shot. This is a link to the first part of the series, and the characterization for everyone is wonderful. Also, for an added bonus, go over to Turntap2's journal once you've finished the story, and look at the absolutely fantastic fanart she did for the series.
Summary: Jim Kirk is a hotshot new shortstop in the Constitution League. His team is young, but they have a lot of potential, and oh by the way, the team doctor? Is hot.
Comments: Yet another amazing K/Mc AU. This one was written for the Star Trek Big Bang fest, which basically means that a) this sucker is long and b) it has been run through the beta mill about a thousand times. This adds up to ridiculously high quality.
Synopsis: The Enterprise is grounded for a while, leaving Kirk and Spock with the opportunity to get to know each other better, and slowly begin to bond.
Comments: A wildly popular fic in the Star Trek category on FF.Net, and for very good reason. An absolutely perfect story that can only continue to get better. The author's profile also has links to some really cute fanart for the series.
More comments: It's at thirty-three chapters now, and has only gotten more awesome. Unfortunately, the fic hasn't been updated for over a year, so it's likely a Dead Fic. YMMV, but fortunately the fic has been left off somewhere that is moderately satisfying, so you should still give it a read.
Synopsis: All her life Janice Rand had wanted one thing - to figure out just what she was supposed to do with herself. She drifted into Starfleet on a whim, and to her surprise, found a niche to fill. But being assigned to the Enterprise brings with it a challenge to her neat and ordered way of life, and Janice is unsure as to how much she's willing to let James T. Kirk affect her. But since when has love ever been easy? And will Janice let her heart stand in the way of her career?
Comments: I've never been a fan of Kirk/Rand stories, but I gave this one a shot, and boy, am I glad I did! Fringedweller takes the time to develop Janice beyond a hot body and deferential attitude, and in the process makes it very clear why these versions of Jim and Janice are perfect for each other. Definitely give this a shot.
Summary: If you're Starfleet, you spend your whole life wishing you never see an EPAS uniform right up until the moment they become your only hope. Whether you're dying a slow, cold death in space, or a long painful one on some godforsaken planet, they're going to come for you. So count your last breaths, son, and hold on tight. They leave no soul behind.
Comments: An incredible AU, where the gang are EPAS in Darker and Edgier AU where the galaxy is being ripped from the inside out via Nero. This is not a happy fic, but the characters are incredibly believable,well-rounded, and its an ensemble story with complicated and nuanced friendship rather than being a pure slash story.
Seconded so hard. This fic redefines epic - it may be only slightly shorter than The Lord of the Rings - and it makes good use of its length, broken up as it is into various episodes of conflict, all of which are edge-of-your-seat thrilling and generally feature the amazing, genius characters we know and love dealing with intense crap by being amazing geniuses. It is tense, beautifully characterised, and has a magnificent arc; the reading equivalent of watching an entire season of a particularly excellent show. I cannot recommend it enough.
Synopsis: In which Kirk and Bones grow up together, Kirk plays baseball, and Bones looks fabulous in leather pants.
Comments: Atomicskull does it again - this time it's a High School AU done absolutely right. I cannot praise this fic highly enough. Atomicskull has a remarkable, deft touch with AUs, managing to keep them beautifully in character. Their love is so obviously based on friendship, so truly real and deep in the best sense of the word, it takes my breath away. From Bones and Jim helping move each other into college to nights with stolen beer on the neighborhood baseball diamond, from Jim's beat-up yellow Chucks (a staple of Atomicskull's writing) to Bones' leather pants, this is a journey of soulmates, of two halves of a whole. Best summed up in one exchange from the fic:
Bones: We are one pair of codependent fuck ups.
Jim: Yeah, but we're hot codependent fuck ups who have each other.
Synopsis: The lives of James Kirk and Leonard McCoy as viewed through the eyes of Joanna McCoy.
Comments: This deserves bonus points for making Joanna a fully realized (and completely awesome) character. Be warned, though: this fic covers the span of Kirk and McCoy's life together, and that includes their deaths. It is, however, perfectly written and utterly wrenching.
Summary: Everyone knows the story of how James T. Kirk beat the Kobayashi Maru. But only Kirk, Spock, and McCoy know the real story. Set before and after the events of the film, this fic offers a slashtastic twist on events.
Comments: This fic is right up there with Home in terms of characterization and great storytelling. Its an emotional rollercoaster, especially in regards to Jim's past, and not exactly for the faint of heart. But when you've got the dark machinations of Section 31 at work, would you have expected any different? There are currently 53 chapters up and they aren't short. Its mostly Jim-centric, but it also focuses on Jim's distant mother, Winona, as well as Bones and even Spock's extended family. I highly recommend this to readers with a mature taste. Not because of the sex and violence, but for mature themes that tend to border on the philosophical. A riveting read.
Summary: "Commander Spock, we have located your son," the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock's face that he's never heard of this kid before in his life. "If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week."
Comments: Another Big Bang fic, with all the quality that implies. A wonderful look at the building of a family - and, with it, a romance.
Summary: Spock is heir to the Federation throne, Jim is Prince of America because his fucking brother abdicated, and the Klingons are on the verge of blowing shit up—a love story.
Comments: Also known as Spoctoria, this fuses Star Trek with (of all things) The Young Victoria. Kirk is Albert, Spock is Victoria. I am not kidding. Just... go read it, okay? Bring tissues. And ice water.
Summary: The life and times of Leonard H. McCoy MD/PhD. If Leonard McCoy's life could get any fucking weirder, it would be - Jesus, he didn't even want to think what that could possibly mean, because it's already been too fucking weird to make any kind of rational sense.
Comments: When the author says this romance is on slow burn, she means glacial. Doesn't stop it from being one of the best fanfics out there.
Synopsis: Kirk and Spock are members of the orchestra recording the soundtrack for the new Star Trek movie. As in, the actual Star Trek XI movie, about the adventures of... Picard and (I'm guessing) Riker. Against all odds, they fall in love.
Comments: This piece is... indescribable. I mean, really. They're absolutely, perfectly in character. Christopher Pike is the conductor, Uhura and Gaila are in the choir, Scotty's on drums, McCoy plays the sax, and Chekov and Sulu play I-didn't-catch-what but they're together. It also features a truly beautiful Spock/Uhura friendship. It was spawned from the kinkmeme, which tells you just how high-quality that particular meme is.
Synopsis: A series of dramedy-based stories primarily about Kirk and McCoy falling in love with each other. Strange things happen in the process. Oh yeah, and the Enterprise has its own water park.
Comments: This series is amazing, as on the surface it's sheer crack but has an incredible amount of character depth for all of the main characters. And you don't get more amazing than a water park on the Enterprise.
Synopsis: Five Things Everyone Knows About Greg 'Cupcake' Harris: He's big. He's violent. He's dumb. He's good at his job. He doesn't seem to like a single person in the universe. One Thing Cupcake Knows About Everyone Else: Everyone else doesn't know shit. Nobody knows anything about his momma or his dad or his brothers. Yeah, Greg's big. He's stupid, and he gets in a lot of fights, and he doesn't have friends and he isn't good at anything in the fighting and stopping smaller guys from getting hurt. But he's trying. And that's something nobody seems to give a shit about, that he's a world away from what he was raised to be, and he's trying. So Greg doesn't care what everyone thinks about him, because the one thing he knows is that people don't really know shit.
Comments: Very well written, you should check out the rest of Mc Stories stuff.
Synopsis: The Enterprise is due for its first ever inspection. Everyone is nervous until Kirk discovers that the inspector is an old pal of his. But the man appears to have his own agenda where Kirk's first officer is concerned.
Comments: Genius. Beautifully written, and absolutely heartrending.
Summary: "Spock. Just say 'I don't trust Starfleet not to mess up the only captain in the fleet who I can train up to my expectations and enjoys running into danger wearing a blindfold as much as I do'."
Comments: This is partly a reboot!Trek take on the whole Pon Farr thing (the plot device that spawned a thousand slash fics). It's also about why Spock decided to rejoin the Enterprise crew, and what he and Kirk are to each other. Mostly, it's just really good.
It now has a sequel, War Games, which is even longer and just as epically awesome.
Summary: In this AU, Nero captures Winona Kirk and her infant son Jim shortly after destroying the Kelvin. In his grief-induced insanity, Nero decides the universe owes him a family and keeps Winona and Jim as a surrogate wife and son.
Comments: A dark and psychological fic about the Stockholm Syndrome slowly developing between Winona and the man who killed her husband, Nero. The author wisely puts the creepiness of this relationship front and center and the story never descends into fluffy romance. Nero's characterization is perhaps the most remarkable: he's completely delusional along with being homicidal, but he's so damaged and passionate that the reader can't help but comprehend his appeal.
High School AU done right, again, this time with the premise that Kirk and Spock go to a Young Leadership Convention, Spock with the intention of learning about stuff, Kirk with the intention of seducing as many people as possible over the two weeks. The people from the other fandoms are also in attendance and Hilarity Ensues as Kirk tries to get laid and is repeatedly rejected. Often violently. I can't really describe it, but it's really, really freakin' funny.
Pairings: Eventual Kirk/Spock with some Pike/Spock and Spock/Uhura
Summary: Spock-centric action/romance novel within Reboot-canon. Slow-building Pike/Spock, progressing to slow-building Kirk/Spock as main pairing. From first love to the love of his life and everything in between. Ad astra per aspera.
One of the best fics I have ever read. Definitely one for Spock lovers if you don't mind slash. Still a WIP (as of this post), but it is an epic story. It starts before the movie and continues on after.
Summary: ALIENS FORCED THEM TO DO IT SPOCK/MCCOY with one pissed off Kirk cause yknow K/S is practically canon. Basically I want spock and mmcoy planet side, doing something or other, they both get nabbed and are forced to do the dirty (ill let the writer decided how or why, but I have a major collector of endangered species kink if you get me), Kirk up on the USS is forced to watch/listen as his long time lover, is getting jiggy with his BFF.
It's a lot funnier than the summary makes it sound. And jealous Kirk is always awesome.
Pairings: Kirk/Spock, with previous mentions of Spock/Uhura and some very mild, one-sided Kirk/McCoy
Summary: When Spock left Starfleet after the encounter with Nero, Jim thought he'd lost his chance at their supposedly destined friendship. Upon returning to Earth after the Enterprise's first five-year mission, he discovers that Spock lost far more. Jim's willing to fight for the bright future they were promised, but the one thing standing in its way is Spock himself.
Comments: Essentially, it is 'Pretty Woman', only instead of a plucky human prostitute intent on earning respect, we have a conflicted Vulcan hobo intent on spitting in destiny's face. It's about as awesome as it sounds.
Summary: The Enterprise is captured by Nero before it can destroy the Narada, and Nero decides to get revenge on Spock with Uhura. While the crew organizes an escape she manages to kill him, only to wind up with his katra inside her head in addition to all the trauma he inflicted on her. Once they have escaped they all have to learn to move on from what happened to them on the Narada, and become the crew they're meant to be.
Comments: This fic is intense, violent, and often very dark, but well worth it if you can handle it. Each chapter is told from the POV of a different character, and the progression of everyone's characterization is downright amazing. The author calls it a Kink Meme prompt that took on a life of its own: it's reached twenty-three chapters, though it remains unfinished.
Synopsis: AU - Kirk has moved into an apartment/house and wants to get to know his neighbors. He meets his neighbor Spock, a loner who suffers from extreme agoraphobia. Kirk thinks he's a beautiful enigma.
Comments: One of my most beloved fics of all time. What makes Take Refuge outstanding is its exceptional psychological credibility that captures the readers’ attention and makes them empathize with the characters of a brilliant hurt/comfort story. In addition, I have to admit to being completely charmed by McCoy’s four-year-old daughter Joanna who plays a vital part in the story. As a last note: although the fic is long, it’s complete, which is another incentive to read it.
Synopsis: An accident leaves Spock with amnesia. His last memory is bringing a cadet up on charges for cheating on the Kobayashi Maru - a cadet who, to his disgust, is now his bondmate.
Comments: Heartwrenching. Kyliselle writes believable, sympathetic, versions of Kirk and Spock, and nevertheless some of the scenes incite a certain urge to reach through the screen and slap Kirk and/or Spock for being colossal Jerkasses to each other.
Synopsis: The relationship that started it all - Sarek/Amanda. How a logical guy like Sarek fell for a human, and why he would defy his people to marry her. Sybock & Spock will be featured. Starts with Sarek's first Pon Farr - first two chapters are angsty.
Comments: Haven't finished this one yet, but so far the characterization is completely believable and Sarek is both sympathetic yet not woobified. Really, this pairing needs more love.
Synopsis: The Vulcans need a new home planet, so the Enterprise and her crew set out to find one for them. "They’d come all the way for this? Which mad astronomer had sent them out here? Whose twisted idea had it been?"
Comments: I was really torn whether to recommend this one under shipping or under gen. Even though it eventually ends up K/S, the ride is slow, and the focus is on the action and adventure and friendship, with the romance taking second mike. Has spot on characterization, good pacing, and Uhura, especially, is written to be awesome. The action sequences feel like they could be part of an actual episode.
Synopsis: The Sith lead Qui-gon and Obi-wan on a chase between galaxies. But why are the Sith so interested in the Federation planet of Darkover? The Jedi realize they need help, and the crew of the Starship Enterprise discover they have been volunteered.
Warnings: Has slash for the Darkover fandom, though other two fandoms are gen. NC-17.
Comments: It's a tricky thing to write a believable crossover, much less one with three canons, yet Legends is about as solid a piece of writing as you're going to find. The author does a very realistic job chronicling the unfolding of a disastrous situation for the Enterprise and the crew's reaction to it.