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: 942 recs in 217 fandoms; 64 links
Latest update: 31/10/2017: Arthurian legends (1), Charles Dickens (1), Classical mythology (2), Georgette Heyer – Regency Buck (1), Harry Potter (3), Hav (1), Historical RPF (1), Jane Austen – Persuasion (1), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (1), JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings (1), JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit (1), JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion (1), LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series (4), Lord Peter Wimsey (3), Narnian Chronicles (2), Ray Bradbury (1), Rivers of London series (2), Sesame Street (1), Sherlock (1), Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (2), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1), Star Trek: Voyager (2), The Buried Moon (1), The Highwayman (1), The Tempest (1), Watership Down (2), Welsh mythology (1), Wilkie Collins (1) & 1 new link

Arthurian legends

The Green Year by Selden

'Morgause was staring at the little rim of sun around Gawain, considering. "We need to clean you up a little before the night comes, my son," she said. / Gawain knew that other boys' mothers - mothers who were not queens - would follow this up by spitting on a corner of their apron and scrubbing at a smut on his face, or tugging the neck of his jerkin closed. / Morgause took out an axe.' A rich & complex reworking of 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight', drawing on the Fisher King legend, densely packed with allusions & delicious details. There's a fascinating exchange between the author & the recipient in the comments. One of my very favourites from this year's Yuletide

[Added 31/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Arthurian legends]

Charles Dickens

Diabolis in Musica by Sistermagpie

'"The music's meant to encourage the congregation to contemplate the things for which they ought to be grateful Mr. Jasper,” he said. "Not put them in mind of hell." / "I don't believe there is music in hell," Mr. Jasper had answered softly.' Slow-building Victorian horror, with a wonderful Lovecraftian feel. I suspect this was not the resolution to the mystery that Dickens envisaged (Edwin Drood)

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Charles Dickens]

Classical mythology

My Father's House by Selden

'I knew what I was then, before I had a stone or arch or shady room, before the bull-boy ran down through me crying for his mother. I curled around my brother's fingertip, around my father's mind. I knew I was a place for loss, for keeping secrets, for forgetting, folding up and swallowing down.' A suitably dark & twisty story for the sentient Labyrinth. Original & creepy, with an ending that caught me by surprise

[Added 19/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Classical mythology]

Patron of the Guard by Fresne

'While on patrol, they came upon Eualia, a down on her luck Heteara, who'd fallen a few ranks, and now liked to dip her sandals in red paint and mark the stones with the words, "Follow me," which at least meant she was looking for clientele who could read.' Enjoyable noirish casefic novelette, with an endearing Vimes-like OC. It's a bit uneven – I skipped all the dream sex on reread – but worth a try

[Added 31/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Classical mythology]

Georgette Heyer – Regency Buck

Gruesome that someone so handsome should care by Aja

'But Brummell looked, as always, as if radiant spring winds had crept into his room and slowly nursed him awake to the dewy glow of the sun only moments before. Still, upon entering the immaculate drawing room, Worth saw that his friend was tireder than he had first thought.' Aja injects a note of reality into the Heyer bubble in this moving tale of the Beau teetering on the brink

[Added 31/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Georgette Heyer – Regency Buck]

Harry Potter

Dim Sympathies by Creascendo

'Severus had taken pains to keep no personal effect beyond the functional and impersonal. The dummy frame had been left starved of memories, of letters, of childhood mementos, of any trace of his existence. At his death, Hogwarts would not be able to generate a portrait.' An interesting short on the ethics of magical portraiture. Suffers a bit from short-paragraph syndrome

[Added 26/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Harry Potter]

Picture Perfect by Selden

'He and Potter had had to clear the room by levitating out rack upon rack of cheap port, only to spend almost an entire day dealing with the enormous wheel of cheese that had once been a diplomatic gift from the Dutch wizarding community but which had, by the time they unearthed it, become a kind of Doxy village, practically ready to claim municipal status.' This plotty casefic novella, with a side of H/D, marries Selden's usual lush descriptive prose with excellent worldbuilding & fascinating thoughts on the ramifications of portrait magic. Highly recommended

[Added 26/10/2017; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Harry Potter]

Unseen by Astolat

'He kept it with him all the time, after that, and started wearing it more often than not—he'd forget he had it on, and if he was doing a shift at one of the desks, people would come by and then go away again without asking him to do anything and he'd belatedly realize they hadn't been able to see him.' Strong worldbuilding & superb characterisation of a traumatised post-War Harry who handles celebrity abysmally. The story suffers a bit from St Draco syndrome but don't let that put you off

[Added 25/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Harry Potter]

Hav

Imaginary Planes by Cyphomandra

'And then a patchwork of buildings that ran out abruptly, leaving nothing but the railway line and the wrinkled white surface of the salt flats, the unmade bedsheets of some absent giant.' I don't know the original, but this deliciously written vignette stands on its own. The sideturn ending is superb, and surprisingly moving (crossover with historical RPF)

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Hav; Crossover]

Historical RPF

For Him I Sing by Disenchanted

'Owen, for his part, was editing a hospital literary magazine comprised largely of interminable serialised stories and advertisments for Hardy Bros. fishing rods (in one issue there was a poem which rhymed ‘laugh’ with ‘quaff’). Siegfried observed that the work seemed fascinating to Owen, whose experience with the literary world had up until now consisted solely of a friendship with a flatulent country cousin who wrote in the manner of Tennyson.' A moving joint portrait of Sassoon & Owen at Craiglockhart, anchored in sharp details. Disenchanted does a good job of portraying the two very different men as both poets & soldiers, and Sassoon's perspective on the young Owen is particularly interesting

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Historical RPF]

Jane Austen – Persuasion

Sea Change by Lynndyre

'That night, the sea was utter calm. It spread about them like a dark and clouded glass, reflecting nothing.' Events seen through the lens of magical realism, with a perceptive narrator in Captain Harville. I wish this were longer!

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; <1000; Jane Austen – Persuasion]

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

mirk mirk night, nae stern light by Indigostohelit

'...Childermass ... could still not make out whether they were a man or a woman, or their age, or indeed any feature of their face; but he could see, now, that they were wearing a long, long coat the color of moss. (Too like moss; he thought he saw insects crawling within the fabric.)' An atmospheric story set after the novel, with a strong pastiche style, an interesting depiction of Faerie & a suitably creepy OC

[Added 31/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell]

JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings

O Spring-time and Summer-time, and Spring Again After by Dreamiflame

'She woke hungry. The River slept while winter ruled, but she slept empty, with dreams of food and blood her companion during the long, dark months.' A deliciously creepy glimpse of Goldberry, with a haunting ending

[Added 26/10/2017; Character Piece; <1000; JRR Tolkien – Lord of the Rings]

JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit

Clarity of Purpose by Mithen

'"Seek for the shield which is oaken; in Khazad-dûm it dwells."' A rich, complex AU novel that fuses The Hobbit with LotR, in which the quest to destroy the Ring sets out 50 years earlier, & with a rather different Fellowship. Events start out mirroring LotR closely, but spiral further away as the novel unfolds; perhaps because of the time shift, things often turn out less tragically than in the original. Mithen explores novel regions of Middle-earth & provides a supporting cast of thousands, including Entwives & Blue Wizards. A real treat!

[Added 27/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; JRR Tolkien – The Hobbit; Crossover]

JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion

Oh Lift Me as a Wave by Zdenka

'Elwing breathed deeply, taking in the scent of salt, the sense of joyous flight and untrammeled freedom. She almost thought the wind spoke to her sometimes, saying her name in a voice full of affection.' A novel take on Elwing's motivations when she casts herself out of the window

[Added 26/10/2017; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; JRR Tolkien – The Silmarillion]

LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series

Cynthia's Choice by Sglottalk

'Cynthia had to admit that the idea of foisting 'women's work' on a bunch of misogynists had a certain appeal.' A sadly rare piece of backstory for Ethan of Athos, which examines Cynthia Baruch's decision to facilitate the Athosian's rejection of women by constructing their ovarian cultures

[Added 15/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

King of the Mutants by Elfwreck

'He rode out of the blighted lands of Vorkosigan Vashnoi, surrounded by warrior guardians. He was tiny and bent and crippled, with a large head that wobbled on his misshapen body, and he wore the robes of a king so that everyone knew that to challenge him was death.' A creepy vignette based on 'Mountains of Mourning' that rehearses Ma Mattulich's side of the story

[Added 15/10/2017; Character Piece; <1000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Riva; Yuell. 'Energy generation via five-space oscillation: Evidence and implications'. New Journal of Five-Space Physics. by Hollimichele

'She watched a small boy of no more than three run in wobbling elliptical loops around his patient older sister, who had tied a length of ribbon to his overall strap as a preventative measure, and considered orbital mechanics.' Dr Riva on Sergyar. A delicate sequel to Komarr, focusing on one of my favourite minor characters, with bonus speculation on Sergyar's future

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Tour Guide by Philomytha

'Her accent was the highest of high Vor, a level sharper and crisper even than Ivan's. The immediate resonance for Duv was with the cruel Vor ladies from the subversive holodramas his father had given him to watch as a boy, the wicked witches of his childhood...' Duv gets a history lesson from Aral in this thoughtful one off. Like many of Philomytha's stories, it feels like a missing corner from canon

[Added 15/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; LM Bujold – Vorkosigan series]

Lord Peter Wimsey

In The Beginning by Sonetka

'The back of the book displayed a more welcome sight; his own face, or rather, his own face as it had been eight years ago, when Philip Boyes was the handsome young author of the much-discussed if poorly-selling Abhasa. Dark curls artfully rumpled, the younger, optimistic Philip stared out at the current version, and looked distinctly unimpressed.' A thoughtful novella that attempts to elucidate why Harriet agreed to live with Boyes. Sonetka fleshes the man out, giving him believable motivations without whitewashing him

[Added 18/10/2017; Romance/Erotica; 20,000-50,000; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Kitty by Mrsredboots

'She also learnt – slowly and painfully, and not without some embarrassing mistakes – to notice other things; to know that if Mrs X was not in church, it was probably because her husband had come home drunk again and slapped her around, whereupon a tactful visit next day might be appreciated, but if Mrs Y was absent, it was probably because she herself had been in the pub all night.' An interesting possible backstory for Kitty Climpson, with the perfect vehicle for her coming to Peter's attention

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Solitary as an Oyster by Flourish

'"Oh, let's sing Silent Night and eat our pudding and forget about men," Eiluned shouted. / "Let's!" Harriet agreed, "except the Baby Jesus is a man, isn't he?"' This delicate conversation piece features perfect character voices & meanders slowly towards a strong ending

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Lord Peter Wimsey]

Narnian Chronicles

Carpetbaggers by Cofax

'Rhea blinked at him, and her ears relaxed a little, swiveling outwards. She turned that dark gaze on Edmund, Susan, and Lucy, before looking back at Peter. "You appear somewhat short of courtiers, good king."' A long satisfying novel exploring how the Pevensies established their reign after Aslan left, with many & varied adventures along the way for each of the sibs. There is thoughtful worldbuilding, and a large supporting cast of OCs & minors. Cofax treads a delicate balance in adding depth & complexity to canon, including some very dark themes, while remaining very close to its spirit. Deservedly a classic. The Cave in Deerfield, also recommended, forms a brief prequel that explores one of the novel's darker ideas

[Added 20/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; Narnian Chronicles]

The Last Defense of Cair Paravel by Cofax

'In those days, the Earl of Lantern Waste was a Human named Shandon, who was descended through many mothers from King Frank himself, although several of her fathers were river-gods rather than Human.' This unusual short puts forward some interesting hypotheses about the peculiar relationship between Narnia & humans, and features an excellent OC

[Added 20/10/2017; Drama; 2500-6000; Narnian Chronicles]

Ray Bradbury

When She Woke at Dawn by kalirush

'Alone, mute, and impotent, the house dreams. Memories crawl like termites along the wreckage of its cybernetic brain.' A cleverly structured vignette with a poignant future for the not-quite-dead house of 'There Will Come Soft Rains'

[Added 30/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Ray Bradbury]

Rivers of London series

Birdcage by Philomytha

'Any police service takes the disappearance of an officer extremely seriously, and I'd studied all the proper procedures. The trouble was, they all started with notifying the missing officer's line manager. And I had no idea who Nightingale's line manager was, or if he even had any superior officers apart from the Home Secretary and the Commissioner. And it wasn't as if I had either of them on my speed-dial.' Peter takes centre stage in this satisfying, close-to-canon adventure novella, set during the London Olympics. Philomytha, like Aaronovitch, excels at creating odd corners of the capital, and unlike him, spares a thought for the ethical issues arising from Moon over Soho

[Added 18/10/2017; Drama; 20,000-50,000; Rivers of London series]

J'attendrai by Quasar

'His suit jacket was of good quality but altered rather than bespoke, and the style was unfamiliar - not Continental, perhaps American? He hadn't bothered with a tie or hat or waistcoat. As he dodged out from behind the anxious mother I realised he was a Negro or mixed race, which seemed to strengthen the American hypothesis.' An intricately plotted time-travel novel, which never confuses as it slowly unfurls, despite the frequent time jumps. The device neatly bypasses the mentor/student taboo, and offers a series of intriguing glimpses into Nightingale's long life

[Added 18/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; Rivers of London series]

Sesame Street

Exclusive Content by Ellen Fremedon

'They all good shows, but truthfully Cookie proudest of early UK coproductions. Me, Claudius first time on television monsters do period drama in monster dialect. No one outside monster community notice, but it big deal.' An entire piece in Monster speak, which milks a great deal of humour from the dissonance between content & mode of expression. The monster versions of Hamilton &c are worth the price of admission alone

[Added 30/10/2017; Humour; 2500-6000; Sesame Street]

Sherlock

Whispers in Corners by Esama

'"Relax, Mr. Potter," the man says, amused and, yes indeed, smarmy in the way he pronounces the words, the way he smiles. "You are not the first person with… supernatural abilities I have encountered. Granted, your ability is something new, genuine and powerful as far as my research can tell, but not exactly unheard of."' This meandering crossover novel, in which Harry Potter works as a consulting medium for both Mycroft & Lestrade while Sherlock is 'dead', is at its best in the series of cases & the gradual reveal of how Harry ended up in the Sherlockverse. There's a bonus cameo from ACD Holmes. It's a bit shippier than my usual recs, but it's one I return to again & again

[Added 26/10/2017; Drama; >50,000; Sherlock; Crossover]

Star Trek: Deep Space 9

Abraham's Son by Selena

'"You wanted to live," Winn stated in her calm, placid voice that made her sound deceptively grandmotherly, and Jake reminded himself that she was a dangerous woman who would undoubtedly file this conversation in her mind somewhere where she might use it against his father, if necessary.' Canon largely brushed the fascinating topic of the Prophets/Pagh Wraiths' ethics under the rug but luckily fanwriters have picked it up. This missing scene explores the aftermath of 'The Reckoning', with a perceptive look at what Jake & Winn might have in common

[Added 28/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

War Songs by Raven

'"The Festival of Alignment," Sisko says, impatiently. "Is it a fast, a party, a military commemoration, or what?"' A quiet, sweet but not cloying ensemble piece that explores found family. Very much in the spirit of the lighter parts of the show

[Added 28/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Deep Space 9]

Star Trek: The Next Generation

A Daughter of the Fifth House by Beatrice Otter

'She wouldn't even be able to get a job in a shop, because who would want to buy from someone who couldn't look into your mind, see exactly what you wanted, and take you to it?' Deanna viewed as disabled, with some intriguing titbits about how Betazoid culture might differ from that of non-telepaths

[Added 28/10/2017; Character Piece; 2500-6000; Star Trek: The Next Generation]

Star Trek: Voyager

Cultural Nuances by Sixbeforelunch

'Vulcans eat no meat, he is told indignantly when, at a banquet, he piles his plate with roasted insects. / In the north of Han-shir, where he was born, insects make up the majority of dietary protein.' A short exploring the diversity of Vulcan culture via Vorik, the ship's other Vulcan

[Added 31/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Star Trek: Voyager]

Wearing Shrapnel In Our Skin by Raven

'That's a comfort, Kathryn decides; a relief, that Seven's world has begun to differ from her own, so they intersect like Venn diagrams rather than concentric circles.' A subtle, multilayered piece that explores what choice & consent mean for Seven & Data (Voyager/TNG)

[Added 28/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Star Trek: Voyager; Crossover]

The Buried Moon

The Wise Woman of the Marshes by Zdenka

'The Moon ate and drank while she listened, and perhaps the plain beer and cakes were as unusual to her as drinking starlight would be to you or me.' A charming peek behind the scenes, fully in the spirit of the original tale

[Added 19/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; The Buried Moon]

The Highwayman

though hell should bar the way by Betony

'She did this to me, mind. Bess the landlord's daughter, and that blasted love-knot in her black hair.' A subtle & atmospheric short, with a clever twist on the original poem

[Added 30/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; The Highwayman]

The Tempest

The Blue-Eyed Witch by Selden

'The queen leans forwards with a creak of stays, watching her son as he nods and turns, and tosses back a jest to his half-seen companions. He moves within the glass like a small flickering fish caught in a child's cupped hands, unknowing as the water drains away.' Rich writing in this tale of two witches

[Added 19/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; The Tempest]

Watership Down

Far Far Away by Redgear

'He has never seen a fox, but he knows it is one; he had once dreamed he was a man with a loud metal stick, and he had pointed it at a quicksilver flash of red in a bush, and it had smelled very strongly of smoke and rot and very faintly of blood and fox.' A dark, unusual vignette, in which a beautifully characterised Silverweed has a strange meeting. I love the edge of ambiguity to the ending

[Added 29/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

The Story Of The Doe Who Hid Her Kittens by Edonohana

'The listening rabbits scuffled in annoyance. Kittens learned not to interrupt stories by the time they were weaned. And this was Efrafa, where only the powerful and the foolhardy spoke so loud.' A tale within a tale told by Hyzenthlay. The frame story gives a moving glimpse of life in Efrafa, and the ending is particularly powerful

[Added 29/10/2017; Drama; 1000-2500; Watership Down]

Welsh mythology

all that's best of dark and bright by Betony

'You are my son, that is true; your hair yellow as your great-uncle's gold and your belt heavy with the very blade I gave you and your hand caught in matrimony with the woman my brother created for you.' Neat reworking of the Mabinogion from Arianrhod's side, with a lovely narrative voice

[Added 30/10/2017; Character Piece; 1000-2500; Welsh mythology]

Wilkie Collins

Lydia Gwilt in the American Melodrama Novel, or The Bride And Some Other People In The Tomb by Blueinkedfrost

'One of these American millionaires who seem to spring up like mushrooms after rain... They make their fortunes in hog bellies, piecing together railroad sidings for all of Maine, crowning themselves the king of ladies' hairpins, or some such concept. Ageing, dyspeptic, inattentive, and caring only for his next million and a safe digestive biscuit.' Lydia Gwilt travels to the New World to find herself in a terrible sensation novel. Lovely voice & a hectic romp through the genre tropes (Armadale)

[Added 25/10/2017; Drama; 6000-20,000; Wilkie Collins]

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