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thecarlysutra

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Carly has written over a third of the stories in the fandom - a variety of different ships, takes on canon, and AUs, but mostly canonverse Iceman/Maverick — all of which are fantastic: they'll make you laugh and cry in equal measures, and the smut is On Point. Can't recommend her work (particularly the Storm series) enough.

Pink_and_Velvet

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Another prolific Top Gun writer, Tash's fics are great, ranging from fluff to angst, general to explicit; mostly Iceman/Maverick, some Iceman/Slider. Highly recommend.

FabulaRasa

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • She's only written two fics for the fandom, but both are absolutely incredible in terms of plot and pitch perfect character voices (and excellent smut). Can't recommend enough.
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derangedfangirl

  • Recommend by: thecarlysutra
  • Derangedfangirl only wrote five stories for this fandom, but they're all exceptional. Her characterization is sharp and meaty, the dialogue is entertaining as hell, and the sex is scorching.

boasamishipper

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Boasamishipper is an excellent addition to this fandom. She exclusively writes Ice/Maverick, but she writes ambitious crossovers and AUs so nothing ever gets stale. Her plots are engrossing, her dialogue is fun, and the affection she writes between Ice and Maverick is palpable.

leoandsnake

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Although they stopped writing for Top Gun in 2012, their fics are plenty and wonderfully entertaining. In particular, excellent dialogue, perfect characterization, and scorching sex. This troper highly recommends.
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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.

when death is your wingman by kalypsobean

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: He's not that guy, the one who goes into his psych eval and cries and gets discharged with a medal and a pension.
  • Comments: A visceral, heartbreaking look at what war can do to a human being, and a painful but all-too-possible future for Iceman. A beautiful character piece.

Shipping Fics
Stories focused on the romantic relationships between the characters.

up, up the long delirious burning blue by kangeiko

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maverick is re-assigned to Bosnia. He's not prepared for it, not in the least.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: This one's a gut punch. A gritty, gorgeous, unflinching look at Maverick's life after TOPGUN.

Notes by derangedfangirl

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: "Dear Iceman..."
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: A hilarious, delightfully in-voice oneshot of escalating boredom and relief during a guest speaker's time on the podium.

What You Don’t Know by chemm80

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Maverick finds Iceman handcuffed to his bed. He has a hard time getting over it.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: Maverick walks in on Iceman handcuffed naked to his bed, and he can't get over it. This story is scorching. The characterization is great, good dialogue, the tension between Maverick and Iceman is so well drawn, and the sex is explosive.

You took a fall, then you landed soft. by Pink_and_Velvet

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Iceman comes up with a game, to prevent Maverick’s downward spiral and also, get him naked. / “We’ll play the Navy version. Don’t think. Don’t be ashamed. You’ve seen it all before. Oh and, don’t touch the dog tags.”
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: A strip tease on the beach, with Feelings. Great balance of angst and compassion, and sexy along the way.

May by leoandsnake

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Status: Complete (though not marked as so)
  • Synopsis: Twelve years into the future, Maverick's marriage to Charlie is dissolving, his relationship with his son is strained, and he has to cope with Iceman returning from a decade-long tour of duty to teach alongside him at Top Gun Academy.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: One of the best Top Gun fics this troper has ever read, particularly because it reads like a perfectly in-character (and heartbreaking) sequel to the film. Every detail is well thought out and perfectly placed, and though the ending is more bittersweet than happy, this troper cannot recommend it enough.

Ink The Colours Of My Beating Heart by Pink_and_Velvet

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Both tattoos sat just above their beating hearts. They weren’t just a shield or protection. It was their way they could show the world, the colours of their hearts, burning bright.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: In the early 2000s, a couple for many years, Ice and Maverick get matching tattoos. This is a fun, fluffy outing.

If Walls Could Talk by federicobernardeschi

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Iceman fucks Maverick's brains out in the locker room.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: Exactly what it says on the tin — and very, very hot.

Lead Me On (To The Other Side) by boasamishipper

  • Recommended by: Amber
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Goose talked to him most nights. His choice of conversation was normal — movies he’d seen, music he liked, stories about his wife and son — and sometimes Ice almost forgot that Goose was dead at all.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick, past Iceman/Cougar
  • Comments: Goose comes back as a ghost and asks Ice to look out for Maverick now that he can't anymore. Beautifully written, angsty and funny and the ending made me cry. I can't even articulate how much I love this story.

Word on the Street by boasamishipper

  • Recommended by: Anonymous
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Sharon looks down at her wedding ring and says a prayer for the handsome Navy pilot that’s heading their way. He’s got no idea what he’s in for. / Or, Iceman and Maverick versus the Real Housewives of Fallon, Nevada.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick, OC/OC
  • Comments: Absolute gold.

Beyond the Seas by Rushing Waters

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Status: Dormant; last updated March 2020
  • Synopsis: He didn’t used to be like this. There used to be a time, not so long ago, when pain was pain and pleasure was just pleasure, and he did not have to struggle to distinguish between the two. When nights did not hold the threat of dreams and each day was coloured, more meaningful, instead of stretching into a long line of dusty haze.
  • Pairing: Maverick/Charlie, Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: A post-canon angsty masterpiece that shows the darker side of Maverick/Charlie and why they wouldn't be the healthiest of partners for each other. Hauntingly beautiful prose, perfect in-character dialogue. Can't recommend enough.

the further on the edge, the hotter the intensity by Storiesofmylife

  • Recommended by: boasamishipper
  • Status: In Progress
  • Synopsis: Maverick wonders if it's always going to be like this—this burning want under his skin, the total awareness his body seems to have of Ice. The surge of want that always seems to grip him, even at the most inappropriate of times. He wonders if he's ever going to be able to be around Ice and function like a human being. Thankfully, Ice seems to have the same problem as Maverick.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: Five times Maverick and Ice have sex in places they totally weren't planning to, because they're very in love and also very horny and can't keep their hands off each other. The voices are perfect and the sex is scorching. Updated fairly frequently.

Crossover Fics
Stories focusing on an overlay between 2 different source materials.

there's a raging fire in my heart tonight by boasamishipper

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete
  • Synopsis: Thanos snaps his fingers, and half of all sentient life disappears from existence — including Maverick Mitchell. Grief-stricken and utterly determined to make things right, Iceman Kazansky teams up with old friend Carol Danvers and the Avengers in the hopes of bringing his husband back and defeating Thanos once and for all.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: An epic, ambitious retelling of Avengers: Endgame from the point of view of Iceman Kazansky. This is a love letter to Ice and a great fix-it for Endgame. The action is great, characterization is tight across the board, and it's just a really rewarding read.

out along the edges by boasamishipper

  • Recommended by: thecarlysutra
  • Status: Complete (now part 1 of a series)
  • Synopsis: Chell dreams of flying, most nights. / The Captain Marvel AU of Top Gun.
  • Pairing: Iceman/Maverick
  • Comments: A Top Gun reimagining of Captain Marvel. It works well. A love letter to Maverick Mitchell, with great characterization, the perfect amount of angst, and a lot of fun.
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