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ST: Next Generation

Data, Lore

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A 62-Day Study of the Human Grieving Process by Sloane

A subtle study of Data's thought processes after the death of Tasha Yar, which spirals out to encompass the entire Enterprise crew. One of the few pieces of TNG fanfiction to capture what I love about the show

[Added 05/12/2005; Character Piece; <1000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Data, Tasha Yar, Worf, Jean-Luc Picard, Beverly Crusher, Deanna Troi]

Let Me Entertain You by Alara J Rogers

'I have discovered that achieving your greatest lifelong dream is not necessarily all it's cracked up to be.' Insightful character study that explores Data's real strengths in an AU where he's made human. Part of the Judgement Day series

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Data]

Lydia, still by Tree

'I do not wish to ever repeat that first night on my own when it was so horrid dark and cold. I thought I should die from it! Papa always said that Lizzy was the only clever one of us but I am certain that I am just as clever as she and maybe even more too.' It's hard to recommend this oddest of crossovers without spoiling it. Strangely moving (P&P/ST:TNG)

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Lydia Bennet (P&P), Data, Jean-Luc Picard, Spot, Reg Barclay; Crossover]

Metadata by Winged Mammal

'Data was pleased -- it had been 439 days since the installation of the emotion chip, but he was still not completely confident in his ability to determine the appropriateness of humor at the expense of someone else.' Post-chip Data is a common subject for TNG fiction, but this piece stands out for its precise ensemble characterisation

[Added 18/10/2011; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Data, Deanna Troi, Geordi La Forge, Will Riker, Worf]

The Things that Juliana Didn't Say by Pensnest

'Of course, if he made this android look just like a human being, then people might not notice how clever he has been.' An interesting account of Data's origins, which successfully explains some of the peculiar features of canon

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Data, Juliana Soong, Noonien Soong, Lore]

Vacation by Pensnest

'He had attended nine concerts, seven theatre matinÉes, a dynamo racing event, a game of football, and a Tudor-style banquet of dubious authenticity, and had even lain in the sun for five minutes and seventeen seconds while he read twenty-four escapist novels.' It's easy to poke fun at Data's naiveté, but Pensnest succeeds in pinning down the android's essential naturees, a dynamo racing event, a game of football, and a Tudor-style banquet of dubious authenticity, and had even lain in the sun for five minutes and seventeen seconds while he read twenty-four escapist novels.' It's easy to poke fun at Data's naivetÉ, but Pensnest succeeds in pinning down the android's essential nature

[Added 18/10/2011; Humour; 2500-6000; ST: Next Generation; Characters: Data, OCs]