Multifandom fanfiction recommendations

Innovative and stylish fanfiction, showcasing the very best across multiple sf, fantasy & literature fandoms. Good writing in all its forms can be found here, including gen, het, slash, OCs, AUs, crossovers, future fics, humour & pastiche. Linked stories may not be suitable for children

Contents: 901 recs in 208 fandoms; 64 links
Latest update: 04/08/2016: Georgette Heyer – The Convenient Marriage (1), Harry Potter (1), LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series (3), Narnian Chronicles (4), Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (1), Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle (1) & 1 new link

Georgette Heyer – The Convenient Marriage

Inconvenience by Astolat

'The Earl's face did not change even now. He answered gently, “No, dear Robert; you only seem to have imagined me a fool.” Lethbridge paused, and drew back a little. There was still scarcely a handsbreath between them, but Rule drew out a snuffbox and took a pinch, delicately, without scattering so much as a grain upon either man's sleeve.' Well-characterised, psychologically insightful Drelincourt/Lethbridge, with a delightful Horry. If Heyer had written slash, it might have come out like this

[Added 05/07/2016; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Georgette Heyer – The Convenient Marriage]

Harry Potter

The Blue Flower by Tree and Leaf

'Power harnessed in exactly the right way; steam forced through pistons and driving inert matter swiftly on; passion used with entire precision. That was what magic should be, and what it so rarely was.' An interesting historical casefic, which develops an excellent voice for Phineas Nigellus, the detective. The origin story for one of the most interesting magical objects in the HP-verse is a bonus

[Added 05/07/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; Harry Potter]

LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series

Captain Vorpatril's Plotbunnies (I) by Bracketyjack

'It was serendipity that her garden abutted an area of sulphides and oxides whose dull but determined colours she found pleasing, and chance that a cowbane spore could blow so far west and take root just where its lustrous ochre should so complement the oxide. But it was also beautiful, a conjunction only South Continent could produce...' Bracketyjack creates a strong voice for the unnamed mosaic maker in this tale of how Miles 'practically kidnapped' her. The strongest of four missing scenes from Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Lilies of the Field by Raven

'"What sort of scale of problem did you have in mind? The problem of why three of the Residence wait staff have taken their annual holiday at the same time, causing, I am informed, no end of trouble for the kitchens? Or the problem of why the Komarran soletta array has possibly, we're not sure, been sabotaged?"' A quiet piece in which Cordelia does women's work, with a little help from Alys. Reads like a missing fragment from the lighter parts of canon, with believable OCs. Delightful

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 6000-20,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

On a Cold Planet by A T Rain

'Byerly Vorrutyer was heartily sick of lichen. / It grew on the south sides of buildings on Jackson’s Whole. It crept in at the window frames, coated the door hinges, covered the roofs and choked the gutters. It became slick and slimy at the slightest touch, smearing clothing, ruining paint jobs.' A satisfying novella that unpacks the meagre information the CVA epilogue provides on House Cordonah's re-establishment, with strong world building about Jackson Whole and its denizens' values

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 20,000-50,000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Narnian Chronicles

Clipsie the Mariner by Transposable Element

'He was very stubborn and wouldn't listen if anybody told him to look on the bright side, so Clipsie didn't tell him that she much preferred boing-boing-boing to toddle-toddle-toddle. It was a lot faster and a lot more fun.' A manifesto for the DufflepudsMonopods, that gives a voice to one of Lewis's many names

[Added 05/07/2016; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Narnian Chronicles]

From the grove of cypress and yellow rose by Redsnake05

'Tumnus was brought forth at midsummer, from under a tangle of yellow roses nestled in the bend of a small, sweet stream. His father was scratched and his arms ran with blood from a multitude of little cuts as he drew Tumnus out of the undergrowth and into the world.' A fascinating origin story for Tumnus, which does a good job of melding high & cosy Narnia

[Added 05/07/2016; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

I'll Squeeze You a Cup Full of Diamond Juice by Edonohana

'"I caught a single glimpse of the land at the heart of the world, all heat and color, and it captured my soul. Perhaps it would have killed me if I had tried to descend into the land of flame. But I think it would have been worth it."' An adorable account of how Rilian returns to Bism, with descriptions that make one want to follow him. The ending is perfect

[Added 05/07/2016; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Oathkeeper by WingedFlight

'Aravis had heard of Edmund Wandbreaker before — everyone in Calormen had heard the stories. This was the boy who, upon witnessing the death of his brother at the hands of the White Witch, had shattered her wand and escaped into the winter wilds with naught but his life.' A clever, vivid AU in which another witch takes the place of Jadis. Unrelentingly dark, but wholly believable

[Added 05/07/2016; Drama; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Star Trek: Deep Space 9

T'naehm series by Sixbeforelunch

'T'Nirin's office was not decorated in a Vulcan style. It was first of all colored in shades of blue and gray, like everything that Starfleet Medical designed. It was also soft, with chairs that offered no proper support. The art work on the wall was what was called watercolor. Many species appeared to find it soothing. Veral found the indistinct shapes and blurred lines difficult to look at for very long.' Sixbeforelunch employs richly textured OCs to explore the effects of the Dominion War on Vulcan. The world building in both parts is impeccable, and the second forms a moving meditation on the costs of war even to non-combatants

[Added 04/08/2016; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle

The First Train to Brotherhood by Arrogantemu

'The first train to Brotherhood arrived in the middle of the night, with the moon high and mottled overhead. Brotherhood did not, technically, exist yet, except as the terminus of the line...' Insightful story about the earliest settlers of Anarres, and the way that language shapes thought

[Added 05/07/2016; Drama; 1000-2500; Ursula Le Guin – Hainish Cycle]

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