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A further development of the Alternate Universe presented in "The Changeling": where the cast are firemen, and the SGC is just T's dream. This Fan Verse has its own high and low points, but deserves commendation just for the worldbuilding involved: even Atlantis characters have been blended into the setting.
Lots of stories with either a Daniel/Sam shipping theme, or other types that have a lot of focus on Daniel and Sam, even though Jack and Teal'c aren't left out. This troper highly recommends the 7-story "What You Already Know" series most of all so far, a nice Alternate Universe story about Daniel having returned to Earth from his ascension in Season 7 not quite as normal as once thought.
Most of Vathara's SG-1 stories are cross-overs, and heavily so. But the connections between the worlds she connects are well thought out and engaging to read. (Several are sure to induce laughter so hard shortness of breath and contact with the floor may be common symptoms.) Cross-overs include the worlds of Rurouni Kenshin, Airwolf, Godzilla: The Series, Gargoyles and many others.
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.The Barista by dietcokechic
Recommended by Katty008
Synopsis: The series from the point of view of the Barista in Daniel's favourite coffee shop.
Comments: Managed to get me reinterested in Stargate after life had intervened, and it is amazing. Kira's unique insight is given to her by the fact that she really has no idea what is going on, and has a habit of listening in on conversations that involve Daniel. She's also a well-developed OC, so much so that later developments that might raise a few eyebrows otherwise don't come across as contrived coincidences. A must-read.
It's a bit of a Self-Insert Fic, and the main character is a bit of Been There S Haped History because of the way Daniel and/or Jack apparently went to her coffee house during or after almost every single mission, but, well, Tropes Are Not Bad. It's a well-written, funny, believable story about an OC who happens to be one of SG-1's very few "normal" acquaintances, what they look like to her, and how she handles it.
Comments: Huge, gorgeous AU that is better read than summarized - the premise, when you realize it, is a stunner. This is hugely atmospheric, with wonderful characterization and intriguing politics. It's one of those fics that just makes you fascinated about the whole Stargate verse; it's also, without a doubt, the best Jack fic I've ever read.
Sypnosis: In different parallel universes, many "very, very different" groups are forming themselves for their own agendas, each of them looking for tools to fight a pretty old threat coming right on them, or just playing in the hands of some Elder Races.
Comments: First of all, this fic is in French, but it's probably the best SG fanfic written in this language, and anyone reading it should hop on there to check it. Nowhere else could you find Ba'al and clone!Beckett working together and learning to appreciate one another, or an author managing to pull a professional-level novel without rebooting the verse. It takes some time to truly begin, as there are at least half a dozen groups which story is told, and you have to wait until they begin to meet, but then... wow. The level of complexity of the Author's verse is way beyond anything I've ever read, and she gives some depth to the Goa'uld one could never imagine before but which is entirely coherent with the series. Really, a must read, and probably a reason in itself to learn french.
Synopsis: A series of TAGs for each episode, currently up to the end of season six (two seasons per volume; volume four is in the works). They cover the characters' reactions to their missions, and other events that happen offscreen, and all parings follow canon (established or suggested). They don't need to be read in order, or directly after watching the associated episode, but you can if you want to. Spoilers (plenty of foreshadowing) to the end of the series, albeit most of it is minor (except for the stuff with Daniel in season six.)
Comments: Really well thought-out and well-written. Everyone stays in character, which makes me happy. Definitely good worth reading multiple times.
Synopsis:The latest recruits of Stargate Command are the new breed of "steely-eyed missile men" for today's new space race – stepping through the deep void of space to touch new worlds. Julia Donovan meets some of them.
Synopsis: AU story: Jack decides to take Kerry's advice and retire so he can finally be with Sam, but the universe seems like it's trying everything it can to stop him from getting his happy ending. It isn't entirely a "shippy" fanfiction, but the relationship does form a central theme in every chapter.
Comments: Some of the stuff in the middle wasn't as interesting (in my opinion), but Jack's "rules", the stuff with Ba'al, the ending definitely made up for it. My one main complaint is that it doesn't feature Vala.
Pairing: Paul Davis and Daniel, later Jack and Daniel
Synopsis: A year in the life of Dr. Daniel Jackson, going through most of the stages of a relationship with Jack. (Set at around season 5 or 6)
Comments: One of the funniest fanfics I have ever read. There are so many comic scenes, the halloween party and the base being invaded by monkeys being some of my favourites. It's also very tender, with some very well written love scenes. One of the few things ever written that I can read over and over again.
This reader just about died laughing, despite not really being into J/D. Definitely worth a go if you're looking for humor.
DJD is not currently available online, though asking around the right places can net you a copy. e-mail email@example.com if you want a copy
Synopsis: During a rescue mission gone awry, Sam and Jack end up stranded in another galaxy where they find themselves passengers on a ship called Serenity. (PG-13, Action/Adventure, Drama, Crossover with Firefly, Sam/Jack established relationship, hints of Daniel/Vala, Kaylee/Simon, Mal/Inara, and Jayne/Everyone (at least in his mind). Season: Post-BDM for Firefly, early season 9 for SG-1)
Comments: Great writer, a master shipper, although this is more than "just" ship fic. She should be in the SGU writer's room. They need her.
Synopsis: Jack and Daniel have a passionate relationship (and never mind Jack's whining about never having enough sex). Jack discovers the existence of the television show The Sentinel and then of fanfic, and decides that what the world needs is Sentinel fanfic written by Jack O'Neill (with plenty of Mary Sue-ish insertions of himself and Daniel). Hilarity ensues.
Comments: And I'm not kidding. I'm not a slash fan, but this is one of the funniest Stargate fics I've ever read. Especially's Jack reactions to reader commentary on his deathless prose.
Synopsis: The Daedalus finds a mysterious gate in the asteroid belt during its shakedown cruise that ends up taking them to an alternate earth hundreds of years into the future, which despite their efforts, becomes infected with a deadly plague. The SGC decides to help them find a cure, and discover shocking secrets about their origins.
Synopsis: When a damaged Goa'uld ship stumbles into the Solar System and discovers an Earth still recovering from the Final War, it unwittingly sets a force worse even than them loose on the galaxy. Earth and the Stargate are controlled by the Draka rather than the US, and the Draka have very few qualms with using whatever force necessary to survive in (and take over) the galaxy.
Comments: Crossover with S.M. Stirling's ''Draka'' Series. It is non-canon as all of the Stargate history and the cultures are reimagined (including Tollans who are imperialistic rather than bland).
Synopsis: On a routine mission to London, Jack finds himself running into Harry, and gets captured along with him by the Death Eaters,and subsequently rescued by SG-1. When the mark Voldemort leaves on Harry begins to affect him all the way as Stargate Command, they take drastic measures to protect him.
Comments: Not a bad story, all things considered. Well-written, shows interesting scenes such as a fight between Goa'uld and Voldemort and Harry's reaction to things such as aliens and the sort of supertech that the Stargate universe is so well-known for, but not a must-read. Not saying it's bad, just... YMMV, is all. Has an incomplete sequel Here, titled ''"Scones, Anyone?"''
Synopsis: The SGC has made contact with the Twelve Colonies of Kobol (nBSG). Unfortunately, the rulers of the Colonies have decided that the lost thirteenth colony must be brought back into the fold. By force, if necessary. Earth must throw everything it has at the Colonials and then some to maintain their sovereignty. Recently updated after the trouble mentioned below.
Synopsis: a round-robin variation of the Raa B story by several fans of the series, where the Earth Forces are forced to submit by the threat of orbital bombardment, and the Colonials occupy Earth. Things do not go well for all sides involved.
Comments: As this is written by people other than the original author, so the quality of individual entries varies (some get shoved into Canon Discontinuity even), but it's overall almost as good a story as the original. Other series than just Stargate and Galactica get involved in some places, and it's a little Curb-stompy in the beginning as the Colonials run headfirst into forces far better equipped for ground combat.
This also resulted in several massive arguments between the authors, several more nearly leaving or just stop writing SG fanfiction. Also the original author of RAAB stated he has no wish to continue with RAAB for the time being because of this AU (Troper's Note: RAAB is being continued again!). Overall all spacebattles members agree this idea while good suffered from lack of oversight, disagreements on how to handle the occupation with out curbstopming or performin a genocide on the Colonials(which many people were calling for), and just disagreements over everything else.
Synopsis: SG-1/X-COM Crossover - As humanity fights two alien threats its defenders join forces to turn the tide
amitakartok: HOO-LEE-SHIT. There are no words to describe how excellent this fic is. I think I'm not overexaggerating when I say this is to Stargate what Shinji And Warhammer 40 K is to Evangelion: take the original and crank it Serial Escalation. I especially love how the two armies exchange stuff to catch both the Sectoids and the Jaffa by suprise. One example: one Avalanche Missile + few kilos of naquadriah against one alien Battleship. Do the math. I also love how the author portray X-COM soldiers as dakka-craving adrenaline junkies. Seriously, would a sane person think of building a Gatling cannon out of staffs???
Night: Take the above with a grain of salt. If you want a feel-good asskicking romp, this isn't a bad story for it, and it develops its world nicely enough. But therein lies the problem; neither UFO Defense nor SG-1 (and with the sequel to this story, Atlantis and Terror From The Deep) were such things. UFO Defense is the story of a desperate defense against near-incomprehensible alien power, done on much more of a shoestring. SG-1 is the story of having to build a defense for Earth from the ground up with a lot more resources and much better help. Mixing the two wouldn't really turn out like this. On the other hand, this story does present one major truism: to a veteran X-Com squaddie, Jaffa would be as nothing.
Sithking Zero: Both Night and Amitakartok have good points: Yes, it is crazy awesome, but it's not as true to the spirit of the original. However, there is one point that I believe deserves mentioning: it's nearly exhaustively researched. Every single plot point, every twist, every turn, has examples and references clearly listed, with good justification for them. I would say read it.
Synopsis: SG-1/Worldwar/BSG Crossover - What if the Race from Turtledove's Worldwar series arrived in time to meet the members of Stargate SG-1, who themselves have recently been in contact with a group who insists that Earth is the Thirteenth Colony? (The SG-1/BSG part is something of an AU to Reunions are a Bitch, above, having mostly been guest-written by the same author.) Also, in the sequel, it is openly admitted that they are split off from the same universe; however, in the RAAB timeline, Ra destroyed the Race, so they never appeared.
Comments: Sithking Zero: Quite good, not too much action until later chapters, though. Got me into the Worldwar series, which I am thankful for. Captures the Race well, but it is kind of an accurate portrayal of how the Race would react to technology light years beyond their own, rather than just WWII levels (as it was in the original timeline). I'd give it a shot- it's not "Shinji and Warhammer 40K," or one of the other darlings of TV Tropes, but it's still good. It has a sequel, as noted below.
Sypnosis: The 'Race', and the Colonials of Cyrannus each tried to conquer Earth. They both failed. The Race has a new colony now. The Colonials haven't finished yet. It's a bad combination all around because everyone's stubborn. Welcome to the galaxy at large.
Comments: Sequel to Worldwar: Discovering the Balance
Sithking Zero: Somewhat more polished than the first work, with better character development.
Sypnosis: The Colonies are forced to enter a galaxy ignored for centuries. As powerful empires begin to notice these twelve isolated worlds the Colonies will have to stand together with their lost brothers against these new and powerful enemies. Chapter 6 posted.
Sypnosis: After the battle with the Collectors, the Normandy tries to return to the Terminus systems. Unfortunately things don't go as planned and now she and what's left of her crew must find a way home. However reality is rarely cooperative with the Specter.
Comments: Crossover with Mass Effect.
Sithking Zero: At times, it feels like it's trying to be XSGCOM. Plenty of good twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and it's worth a look.
Sypnosis: or Junior Year of High School, Revised, A Clones Tale. Highlander-Stargate X-Over. Methos was just spending a year as a highschool teacher; Jake O'Neil was just trying to be someone other than Jack O'Neill; neither are simple individuals.
Comments: The best Highlander/Stargate crossover fic I've ever read, where people are in character and no one spills precious secrets at the drop of a hat to strangers just because. I especially love the author's take on Teal'c and how his cultural upbringing gives him a different view than the humans on certain issues; I also love Methos' characterization in this one.
Bridges by Tassos (Crossover with Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Recommended by EMY3K
Synopsis: After the collapse of Sunnydale, Jack gets a call about a woman he knew over twenty years ago. . . and the son he didn't know he had.
Comments: This is probably the most well-written "Xander's real father" story that has ever been written. Neither fandom gets pushed aside in favor of the other. The relationship between Jack and Xander is believable and well-paced. Links to the sequels are included.
Synopsis: All Jack wanted to was stop off at the convenience store to pick some stuff up before meeting up with his wife and enjoying his vacation. Unfortunately, Murdock has mistaken him for his old nemesis, Dr Angus MacGyver.
Comments: The story is based on the fact that O'Neill and MacGyver have the same actor, and that both have a close associate who answers to Sam. It's short, but rather good.
Synopsis: When Agatha Clay gets thrown through a Stargate and meets SG-1, things get... interesting fast.
USA Bobcat: A very interesting and in depth look at what SCIENCE! does to the Stargate crew. There is a Goa'uld OC that comes off as very Mary-Sueish, including avoiding the horrible fashion-sense of the System Lords. However, he does not get away with everything, and Agatha shuts him down quick nicely. Be aware, though, that this is Agatha before the main plot of Girl Genius, and not the one at the most up-to-date issue.
Synopsis: A MALP is sent through the Gate of an uninhabitable world and finds a quarian exploratory team who picked up the building the gate was in on orbital scans and came to investigate on the other side. A decidely friendly First Contact follows.
Comments: A crossover with Mass Effect, although one set a couple of centuries prior to the events of the game (the quarians have only been stuck on the Flotilla for a century or so). Not many chapters so far but what there is is good.
Synopsis: Crossover with JAG. The plot is set following events of "Shades of Grey" in SG-1's 3rd season and in or after JAG's 5th. Harm is sent on an investigation to Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado, and is later joined by Mac.
Comment: Engaging plot with good characterizations and believable interaction between the characters from the two series.
Synopsis: An amazing crossover between A:TLA and Stargate SG1 staring Toph, Zuko, Carter and Janet Fraiser. Everyone is amazingly in character and the two shows are blended marvelously. Author is excellent at writing action, which is good because there are major fight scenes throughout. Kryal also brainstormed the story with the Crossover Queen herself, Vathara. Has a trope page!
Thirded by Kalaong. Kryal actually blows Vathara clear out of the water with this one, giving every character a chance to be amazing without bashing anyone. Even Aang, the fandom's designated Butt Monkey, manages to pull off a series of amazing acts of thoughtfulness, wisdom, and badassery. Aang does get a mild tap, but it is immediately followed by some hard thinking on his part that is perfectly in character. The Tok'Ra get a nasty slap, but again, the characterization is spot-on, making repeated references to canonical responses. Also, Kryal spends a lot of time developing a Platonic Life Partnership between Toph and Zuko that the series hinted at but never got a chance to develop.