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Contents: 912 recs in 209 fandoms; 64 links

Vorkosigan series

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Aletheia by Elvaron

'Glass, Illyan thought, and his chip helpfully pulled up a list of fifty-six ways in which a glass building could be compromised using tools that you could obtain from your nearest D.I.Y. store.' Simon encounters another person with a memory chip. A beautifully characterised story with a well-drawn OC that feels like a missing prequel to Memory

[Added 09/01/2014; Drama; 6000-20,000; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, OC]

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; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cynthia Jane Baruch, OCs]

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; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Cordelia Vorkosigan, Alys Vorpatril, Gregor Vorbarra, Simon Illyan, Aral Vorkosigan, original characters]

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; Vorkosigan series; Characters: Byerly Vorrutyer, Rish, Shiv Arqua, Udine Arqua, Pidge Arqua, the Jewels, original characters]

Service by Minutia R

'When they played Escobar War, Yegor wanted to be Prince Serg. But Georgos had the dark good looks, familiar from all the vids.' Well-structured OCs story that wraps neatly around canon to reflect how far the Barrayaran empire has come

[Added 15/10/2015; Drama; 1000-2500; Vorkosigan series; Characters: OCs]