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ST: Deep Space 9

Benjamin Sisko

In Due Season by Beatrice Otter

'She sighs in relief as she slips the tightest of the shackles of linear time that have bound her, however imperfectly.' Sarah Sisko's story was never fully explored in canon, and hasn't inspired as much fanfiction as it should. This vignette takes an appropriately non-linear look at the Prophet's side of the story. The author's What You Know gives an important viewpoint that was never voiced on the show

[Added 11/01/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Sarah Sisko, Joseph Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Kasidy Yates]

Orfeo by Macedon

'It was the voice of God calling the world into creation, the primeval dawn, and Jake could not listen hard enough.' Macedon cleverly uses an unusual OC to probe the prejudices of the denizens of DS9 in this fandom classic. The two sequels in the Jeu-Parti series worked less well for me

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jake Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Winn Adami, OC]

The Price of Prophecy by Heretical Vision

'You're no one special. You're just an ordinary girl with a few ordinary ambitions. Your name is Sarah Dillard. You are training to be a photographer, and you are in New Orleans when it happens.' The series glossed over what happened to Sarah Sisko. This is her story. Dark but with a ray of hope at the end

[Added 25/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Sarah Sisko, Joseph Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, wormhole alien; Adult]

Strongest Star by Sophia Gratia

'"You'll have us all dragged in front of HUAC and jailed for this, Kay, you know that," he'd growled, but there had been warmth in his voice and he hadn't hesitated even one moment to sit himself down and start typing. She'd wanted to kiss him, for that.' Moving 'Far Beyond the Stars' sequel that can be read as a meditation on the power of fanfiction. (Crossover with various Trek)

[Added 18/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kay Eaton, Benny Russell, Far Beyond the Stars ensemble, Benjamin Sisko, Kira Nerys; Crossover]


Dukat

Dislocation, Condemnation, Revelation, In Temptation by Sabine

Lovely idiosyncratic details in the dream sections make this piece stand out from the crowd

[Added 15/12/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Dukat, Kira Nerys, Weyoun]

Exile by The Hoyden

'Exile was certainly dark, but in Julian Bashir's case, it was warm and humid instead of numbingly cold.' An intriguing AU which turns the G/B dynamics upside down

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, OCs]

Fire Bringer by Deborah

"Blue-eyed children are lucky, they used to say, children of the Spirits." Worth a try for Dukat's take on Cardassian religion alone

[Added 15/12/2004; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Dukat, Kira Nerys]

Five Things Which Never Happened by Selena

Five different AUs focusing on the relationship between Kira & Dukat, each one a completely believable story in its own right, with some delicious sideturns from canon. One of the most interesting responses to the 'Five Things...' meme I can recall, in any fandom. Simply wonderful! Selena has repeated the exercise for Garak & Bashir, in Paths Not Taken, also highly recommended

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, Weyoun, Damar, Kira Meru; Paths Not Taken: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tora Ziyal]

In the Fire Caves by Deborah

'Sometimes the Prophets speak to us in flame.' A powerful & thought-provoking portrait of Winn Adami which fits neatly into the spaces in canon

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Winn Adami, Dukat, Pah-wraiths]

Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by Cardie-ologist

This realistic look at Resistance and Counter-Resistance measures on Bajor during the Occupation features subtle characterisations and a plausible plot

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Dukat, Quark, OCs]


Elim Garak

Acts Of Kindness by JA Chapman

' "Doctor, are you telling me that you missed the entire point of the story?" Garak tutted, "What a shame, I was under the impression that you were more intelligent than that." ' A clever tale within a tale which sheds light on Cardassian values via exploration of their literature. Worth a try despite one or two jarring mistakes

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tekeny Ghemor, OCs]

Agent Provocateur by Arcady

"To Elim Garak, she was always that woman." A clever reworking of 'A Scandal in Bohemia' that's well worth a read

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, OCs; Crossover]

Big Kid by Paranoid Kitten

Mix Keiko, Miles, Julian, Garak. Stir. A clever and surprisingly plausible vignette

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Keiko O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Elim Garak]

A Clear Conscience by Una McCormack

Post-war politics, devious plotting and a sympathetic original character

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, OC]

A Discreet Private Inquiry by Henrietta Wotton

'When you work for an organization that catalogues the most private desires and behaviors of every citizen of Cardassia, you’ve run into about every perversion imaginable.' An interesting case for Garak pre-exile, as well as one of the most complete pictures of Cardassian society I've encountered. A brief Postscript is set during the show

[Added 09/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, OC]

Exile by The Hoyden

'Exile was certainly dark, but in Julian Bashir's case, it was warm and humid instead of numbingly cold.' An intriguing AU which turns the G/B dynamics upside down

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, OCs]

The Fabric of our Lives by Una McCormack

'I had not expected to be thinking again so soon of marriage.' A moving character piece, which nails not only the author's speciality, Garak, but also Kira & Jadzia. A real personal favourite

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Tora Ziyal, Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys]

Five Things Which Never Happened by Selena

Five different AUs focusing on the relationship between Kira & Dukat, each one a completely believable story in its own right, with some delicious sideturns from canon. One of the most interesting responses to the 'Five Things...' meme I can recall, in any fandom. Simply wonderful! Selena has repeated the exercise for Garak & Bashir, in Paths Not Taken, also highly recommended

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, Weyoun, Damar, Kira Meru; Paths Not Taken: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tora Ziyal]

Flowering by Henrietta Wotton

An intelligent look at the physiology and psychology of an alien race

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 20,000-50,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Enabran Tain, Mila, OCs; Adult]

Nom de Plume, Roman a Clef by Arcady

An inventive premise, clever characterisation and a broad streak of humour place these two short stories among the very best I've encountered in this fandom. Folie a Deux forms a longer sequel to both

[Added 16/04/2003; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys, Benjamin Sisko]

Obsidian Gothic by Una McCormack

Una's Garak voice is always a treat, and this atmospheric story is one of my favourites

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Enabran Tain, Mila, OC]

Once Upon A Time by JA Chapman

' "You aren't going to tell me some cock and bull story about how you worked as a waiter for some Klingon restaurant and got shorted a tip by a diplomat who later died choking on gagh or something equally bizarre, are you?" ' A bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but this tale within a tale shows Garak at his manipulative best during his time as a gardener on Romulus

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Odo, Kira Nerys, OC]

The Riding Hound of the House of Tain by Arcady

Arcady combines luscious descriptive prose with a deft touch in characterisation in this unlikely rewriting of The Hound of the Baskervilles

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, OCs; Crossover]

A Treatise on the Principles of Relativity by Mosca

'This is me, traveling faster than light.' Another excellent character vignette from Mosca's pen: she's encapsulated that strange feeling familiar to anyone who's ever travelled long distance beautifully here

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak]

Two Worlds by Deborah Judge

'She remained in that cave for two weeks, this strange cave that glittered of glass and metal. It had been a spaceship, an ancient spaceship from before science was lost on this world.' An unusual possibility for how Opaka might have been selected Kai. Deborah is adept at stretching canon until it almost snaps to let fresh air blow around familiar situations

[Added 18/01/2014; Romance/Erotica; <1000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Opaka, Elim Garak, Enabran Tain]

What Ails You, An Apple a Day by Nostalgia

A possible future for Bashir. Well written, with an excellent characterisation for Garak -- I wish Nostalgia would write him more often, she's very good at it! Pity the biology rivals Trek itself in suckitudinousness. There's also a sequel, Medicinal Purposes, though actually I felt the first two works stood well alone

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Miles O'Brien]


Enabran Tain

Flowering by Henrietta Wotton

An intelligent look at the physiology and psychology of an alien race

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 20,000-50,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Enabran Tain, Mila, OCs; Adult]

Obsidian Gothic by Una McCormack

Una's Garak voice is always a treat, and this atmospheric story is one of my favourites

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Enabran Tain, Mila, OC]

Two Worlds by Deborah Judge

'She remained in that cave for two weeks, this strange cave that glittered of glass and metal. It had been a spaceship, an ancient spaceship from before science was lost on this world.' An unusual possibility for how Opaka might have been selected Kai. Deborah is adept at stretching canon until it almost snaps to let fresh air blow around familiar situations

[Added 18/01/2014; Romance/Erotica; <1000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Opaka, Elim Garak, Enabran Tain]


Ensemble

Nom de Plume, Roman a Clef by Arcady

An inventive premise, clever characterisation and a broad streak of humour place these two short stories among the very best I've encountered in this fandom. Folie a Deux forms a longer sequel to both

[Added 16/04/2003; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys, Benjamin Sisko]

Quark's Day by Selena

Lovely subtle group characterisation, which highlights just how the war has changed the denizens of DS9. Also features a cute cameo courtesy of a crossover, but I won't spoil the surprise by revealing the fandom

[Added 07/07/2004; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Quark, Odo, Jadzia Dax, Benjamin Sisko, Elim Garak, Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, Worf, Rom, Nog, Morn; Crossover]


Ezri Dax

Absinthe Heart by Seema

' "Consider it part of my Hemingway phase," she says as you hand her the drink. / You don't know who Hemingway is nor do you care -- unless he walks into the bar and orders a round of the foul smelling green stuff for everyone.' Lovely precise characterisations as Quark and Ezri almost connect

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Ezri Dax, Quark]

Symbiosis by Nostalgia

'We are, we were, we will be.' Thoughtful and rather unusual Dax piece

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; <1000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Ezri Dax, Julian Bashir]


Jadzia Dax

F is for Ferengi (The Tongo Remix) by Cosmic llin

'It was going to make a terrific story. She could only dine out on Curzon's exploits for so long.' Cosmic llin captures Jadzia's playfulness and unquenchable curiosity, as she has a ball on Ferenginar in this unusual vignette. Great fun!

[Added 25/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jadzia Dax, Ishka, Quark]


Jake Sisko

Orfeo by Macedon

'It was the voice of God calling the world into creation, the primeval dawn, and Jake could not listen hard enough.' Macedon cleverly uses an unusual OC to probe the prejudices of the denizens of DS9 in this fandom classic. The two sequels in the Jeu-Parti series worked less well for me

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jake Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Winn Adami, OC]

The War Report by Mosca

'I have grown to hate Fridays.' A quiet, subtle vignette that counts the cost of war through Odo's eyes. Repays rereading

[Added 31/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Jake Sisko]


Julian Bashir

Acts Of Kindness by JA Chapman

' "Doctor, are you telling me that you missed the entire point of the story?" Garak tutted, "What a shame, I was under the impression that you were more intelligent than that." ' A clever tale within a tale which sheds light on Cardassian values via exploration of their literature. Worth a try despite one or two jarring mistakes

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tekeny Ghemor, OCs]

Agent Provocateur by Arcady

"To Elim Garak, she was always that woman." A clever reworking of 'A Scandal in Bohemia' that's well worth a read

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, OCs; Crossover]

Big Kid by Paranoid Kitten

Mix Keiko, Miles, Julian, Garak. Stir. A clever and surprisingly plausible vignette

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Keiko O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Elim Garak]

A Clear Conscience by Una McCormack

Post-war politics, devious plotting and a sympathetic original character

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, OC]

A Clever Plan by Gabrielle Lawson

An intricate plot that leaves the reader guessing right to the end, plus a Bashir who remains true to the complex and fascinating character of the series. Set after the series finale

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Luther Sloan]

Exile by The Hoyden

'Exile was certainly dark, but in Julian Bashir's case, it was warm and humid instead of numbingly cold.' An intriguing AU which turns the G/B dynamics upside down

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, OCs]

Five Things Which Never Happened by Selena

Five different AUs focusing on the relationship between Kira & Dukat, each one a completely believable story in its own right, with some delicious sideturns from canon. One of the most interesting responses to the 'Five Things...' meme I can recall, in any fandom. Simply wonderful! Selena has repeated the exercise for Garak & Bashir, in Paths Not Taken, also highly recommended

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, Weyoun, Damar, Kira Meru; Paths Not Taken: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tora Ziyal]

Nom de Plume, Roman a Clef by Arcady

An inventive premise, clever characterisation and a broad streak of humour place these two short stories among the very best I've encountered in this fandom. Folie a Deux forms a longer sequel to both

[Added 16/04/2003; Romance/Erotica; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys, Benjamin Sisko]

Obsidian Gothic by Una McCormack

Una's Garak voice is always a treat, and this atmospheric story is one of my favourites

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Enabran Tain, Mila, OC]

Once Upon A Time by JA Chapman

' "You aren't going to tell me some cock and bull story about how you worked as a waiter for some Klingon restaurant and got shorted a tip by a diplomat who later died choking on gagh or something equally bizarre, are you?" ' A bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but this tale within a tale shows Garak at his manipulative best during his time as a gardener on Romulus

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Odo, Kira Nerys, OC]

The Riding Hound of the House of Tain by Arcady

Arcady combines luscious descriptive prose with a deft touch in characterisation in this unlikely rewriting of The Hound of the Baskervilles

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, OCs; Crossover]

A Treatise on the Principles of Relativity by Mosca

'This is me, traveling faster than light.' Another excellent character vignette from Mosca's pen: she's encapsulated that strange feeling familiar to anyone who's ever travelled long distance beautifully here

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak]

What Ails You, An Apple a Day by Nostalgia

A possible future for Bashir. Well written, with an excellent characterisation for Garak -- I wish Nostalgia would write him more often, she's very good at it! Pity the biology rivals Trek itself in suckitudinousness. There's also a sequel, Medicinal Purposes, though actually I felt the first two works stood well alone

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Miles O'Brien]


Kasidy Yates

In Due Season by Beatrice Otter

'She sighs in relief as she slips the tightest of the shackles of linear time that have bound her, however imperfectly.' Sarah Sisko's story was never fully explored in canon, and hasn't inspired as much fanfiction as it should. This vignette takes an appropriately non-linear look at the Prophet's side of the story. The author's What You Know gives an important viewpoint that was never voiced on the show

[Added 11/01/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Sarah Sisko, Joseph Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Kasidy Yates]

The Life That Is Waiting by Lunabee

'She spends most of her free time on the Promenade with Jake, one arm around his shoulders and the other cradling the curve of her belly, watching the cosmos fracture again and again through a viewport. But Ben never comes.' Delicate portrait of Kasidy, and Bajor, after the finale. Sweet but not sentimental

[Added 24/08/2013; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kasidy Sisko, Kira Nerys, Ezri Dax, Ishka, Lwaxana Troi]


Keiko O'Brien

Big Kid by Paranoid Kitten

Mix Keiko, Miles, Julian, Garak. Stir. A clever and surprisingly plausible vignette

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Keiko O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Elim Garak]

A Five-Point Tour of the Alpha Quadrant by Mosca

O'Brien's character development often got sacrificed to his dual Everyman & plot exposition roles on the DS9 roster. These tiny vignettes give him space to breathe

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Miles O'Brien, Keiko O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Kira Nerys, Julian Bashir]

The Roads Must Roll by Alara J Rogers

'People glare at Kirayoshi all the time, even though it's obvious from his age that he was born when humanity was still free, when the population codes weren't in effect and it was absolutely normal for humans to have two or even three, four, five children.' A day in the life of our Everyman Engineer in an extremely dark AU. Part of the Judgement Day series

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Miles O'Brien, Keiko O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Kirayoshi O'Brien, Jean-Luc Picard, OCs; Adult]


Kira Nerys

A Clear Conscience by Una McCormack

Post-war politics, devious plotting and a sympathetic original character

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, OC]

Dislocation, Condemnation, Revelation, In Temptation by Sabine

Lovely idiosyncratic details in the dream sections make this piece stand out from the crowd

[Added 15/12/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Dukat, Kira Nerys, Weyoun]

Fire Bringer by Deborah

"Blue-eyed children are lucky, they used to say, children of the Spirits." Worth a try for Dukat's take on Cardassian religion alone

[Added 15/12/2004; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Dukat, Kira Nerys]

Five Things Which Never Happened by Selena

Five different AUs focusing on the relationship between Kira & Dukat, each one a completely believable story in its own right, with some delicious sideturns from canon. One of the most interesting responses to the 'Five Things...' meme I can recall, in any fandom. Simply wonderful! Selena has repeated the exercise for Garak & Bashir, in Paths Not Taken, also highly recommended

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, Weyoun, Damar, Kira Meru; Paths Not Taken: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tora Ziyal]

Incarnations by Mosca

'Time passes differently in the Great Link than it does in the humanoid realm, so I could not say how long I'd spent there. I only knew that it was time I left.' Strays a little off the beaten track, but Mosca's firm grasp of characterisation sweeps the reader along

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Kira Nerys]

The Life That Is Waiting by Lunabee

'She spends most of her free time on the Promenade with Jake, one arm around his shoulders and the other cradling the curve of her belly, watching the cosmos fracture again and again through a viewport. But Ben never comes.' Delicate portrait of Kasidy, and Bajor, after the finale. Sweet but not sentimental

[Added 24/08/2013; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kasidy Sisko, Kira Nerys, Ezri Dax, Ishka, Lwaxana Troi]

The Long Haul by Yahtzee

"It's not as though the Starfleet people will be here very long. They'll blow in, full of themselves and proud of their wealth, pretending to be the saviors of the Bajoran people." This quiet character piece, set immediately before the series starts, just matures with each rereading

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Kira Nerys, Quark]

Our Bodies, Our Selves by Ryfkah

'Still, she understood the weight of a corpse. A corpse weighed about the same when you killed it as it was going to weigh for as long as you had to carry it. New life, on the other hand, was an unknown quantity which – it turned out – continued to accumulate unexpected bulk on both the physical and the metaphorical level.' Insightful double character study that draws parallels between Kira's alien pregnancy & Odo's solidity

[Added 15/10/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Odo]

Strongest Star by Sophia Gratia

'"You'll have us all dragged in front of HUAC and jailed for this, Kay, you know that," he'd growled, but there had been warmth in his voice and he hadn't hesitated even one moment to sit himself down and start typing. She'd wanted to kiss him, for that.' Moving 'Far Beyond the Stars' sequel that can be read as a meditation on the power of fanfiction. (Crossover with various Trek)

[Added 18/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kay Eaton, Benny Russell, Far Beyond the Stars ensemble, Benjamin Sisko, Kira Nerys; Crossover]


Miles O'Brien

Big Kid by Paranoid Kitten

Mix Keiko, Miles, Julian, Garak. Stir. A clever and surprisingly plausible vignette

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Keiko O'Brien, Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Elim Garak]

A Five-Point Tour of the Alpha Quadrant by Mosca

O'Brien's character development often got sacrificed to his dual Everyman & plot exposition roles on the DS9 roster. These tiny vignettes give him space to breathe

[Added 13/01/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Miles O'Brien, Keiko O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Kira Nerys, Julian Bashir]

The Roads Must Roll by Alara J Rogers

'People glare at Kirayoshi all the time, even though it's obvious from his age that he was born when humanity was still free, when the population codes weren't in effect and it was absolutely normal for humans to have two or even three, four, five children.' A day in the life of our Everyman Engineer in an extremely dark AU. Part of the Judgement Day series

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Miles O'Brien, Keiko O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Kirayoshi O'Brien, Jean-Luc Picard, OCs; Adult]

What Ails You, An Apple a Day by Nostalgia

A possible future for Bashir. Well written, with an excellent characterisation for Garak -- I wish Nostalgia would write him more often, she's very good at it! Pity the biology rivals Trek itself in suckitudinousness. There's also a sequel, Medicinal Purposes, though actually I felt the first two works stood well alone

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Elim Garak, Miles O'Brien]


Minor

Acts Of Kindness by JA Chapman

' "Doctor, are you telling me that you missed the entire point of the story?" Garak tutted, "What a shame, I was under the impression that you were more intelligent than that." ' A clever tale within a tale which sheds light on Cardassian values via exploration of their literature. Worth a try despite one or two jarring mistakes

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tekeny Ghemor, OCs]

and i have told you this to make you grieve by Kangeiko

'"A man may survive on crumbs for a long time, it is true; but sooner or later a full meal is needed to replenish him." / An actual meal may prove more useful to the populace than a spiritual one, Jaro thought, but if a spiritual meal was all you had to offer, there was no point dreaming of hasperat.' Kangeiko explores the complexities of living under the Bajoran Occupation through the eyes of Jaro Essa (from 'The Homecoming'/'The Circle'/'The Siege'). Precise details make the setting come alive

[Added 04/10/2013; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jaro Essa, Winn Adami, OCs]

Eureka! by Henrietta Wotton

Henrietta really gets under Odo's 'skin' here. The Bajoran and Cardassian original characters are also convincingly drawn

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Mora, OCs]

Five Things Which Never Happened by Selena

Five different AUs focusing on the relationship between Kira & Dukat, each one a completely believable story in its own right, with some delicious sideturns from canon. One of the most interesting responses to the 'Five Things...' meme I can recall, in any fandom. Simply wonderful! Selena has repeated the exercise for Garak & Bashir, in Paths Not Taken, also highly recommended

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Dukat, Odo, Tora Naprem, Weyoun, Damar, Kira Meru; Paths Not Taken: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tora Ziyal]


Odo

Eureka! by Henrietta Wotton

Henrietta really gets under Odo's 'skin' here. The Bajoran and Cardassian original characters are also convincingly drawn

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Mora, OCs]

Incarnations by Mosca

'Time passes differently in the Great Link than it does in the humanoid realm, so I could not say how long I'd spent there. I only knew that it was time I left.' Strays a little off the beaten track, but Mosca's firm grasp of characterisation sweeps the reader along

[Added 08/07/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Kira Nerys]

The Long Haul by Yahtzee

"It's not as though the Starfleet people will be here very long. They'll blow in, full of themselves and proud of their wealth, pretending to be the saviors of the Bajoran people." This quiet character piece, set immediately before the series starts, just matures with each rereading

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Kira Nerys, Quark]

Our Bodies, Our Selves by Ryfkah

'Still, she understood the weight of a corpse. A corpse weighed about the same when you killed it as it was going to weigh for as long as you had to carry it. New life, on the other hand, was an unknown quantity which – it turned out – continued to accumulate unexpected bulk on both the physical and the metaphorical level.' Insightful double character study that draws parallels between Kira's alien pregnancy & Odo's solidity

[Added 15/10/2015; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kira Nerys, Odo]

Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by Cardie-ologist

This realistic look at Resistance and Counter-Resistance measures on Bajor during the Occupation features subtle characterisations and a plausible plot

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Dukat, Quark, OCs]

The War Report by Mosca

'I have grown to hate Fridays.' A quiet, subtle vignette that counts the cost of war through Odo's eyes. Repays rereading

[Added 31/12/2005; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Jake Sisko]


Original character

Acts Of Kindness by JA Chapman

' "Doctor, are you telling me that you missed the entire point of the story?" Garak tutted, "What a shame, I was under the impression that you were more intelligent than that." ' A clever tale within a tale which sheds light on Cardassian values via exploration of their literature. Worth a try despite one or two jarring mistakes

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Tekeny Ghemor, OCs]

Agent Provocateur by Arcady

"To Elim Garak, she was always that woman." A clever reworking of 'A Scandal in Bohemia' that's well worth a read

[Added 08/07/2004; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, OCs; Crossover]

and i have told you this to make you grieve by Kangeiko

'"A man may survive on crumbs for a long time, it is true; but sooner or later a full meal is needed to replenish him." / An actual meal may prove more useful to the populace than a spiritual one, Jaro thought, but if a spiritual meal was all you had to offer, there was no point dreaming of hasperat.' Kangeiko explores the complexities of living under the Bajoran Occupation through the eyes of Jaro Essa (from 'The Homecoming'/'The Circle'/'The Siege'). Precise details make the setting come alive

[Added 04/10/2013; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jaro Essa, Winn Adami, OCs]

A Clear Conscience by Una McCormack

Post-war politics, devious plotting and a sympathetic original character

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, OC]

A Discreet Private Inquiry by Henrietta Wotton

'When you work for an organization that catalogues the most private desires and behaviors of every citizen of Cardassia, you’ve run into about every perversion imaginable.' An interesting case for Garak pre-exile, as well as one of the most complete pictures of Cardassian society I've encountered. A brief Postscript is set during the show

[Added 09/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, OC]

Eureka! by Henrietta Wotton

Henrietta really gets under Odo's 'skin' here. The Bajoran and Cardassian original characters are also convincingly drawn

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Mora, OCs]

Flowering by Henrietta Wotton

An intelligent look at the physiology and psychology of an alien race

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 20,000-50,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Enabran Tain, Mila, OCs; Adult]

Obsidian Gothic by Una McCormack

Una's Garak voice is always a treat, and this atmospheric story is one of my favourites

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Enabran Tain, Mila, OC]

Once Upon A Time by JA Chapman

' "You aren't going to tell me some cock and bull story about how you worked as a waiter for some Klingon restaurant and got shorted a tip by a diplomat who later died choking on gagh or something equally bizarre, are you?" ' A bit rough around the edges, perhaps, but this tale within a tale shows Garak at his manipulative best during his time as a gardener on Romulus

[Added 15/07/2009; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, Odo, Kira Nerys, OC]

Orfeo by Macedon

'It was the voice of God calling the world into creation, the primeval dawn, and Jake could not listen hard enough.' Macedon cleverly uses an unusual OC to probe the prejudices of the denizens of DS9 in this fandom classic. The two sequels in the Jeu-Parti series worked less well for me

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jake Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Winn Adami, OC]

The Riding Hound of the House of Tain by Arcady

Arcady combines luscious descriptive prose with a deft touch in characterisation in this unlikely rewriting of The Hound of the Baskervilles

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Julian Bashir, OCs; Crossover]

The Roads Must Roll by Alara J Rogers

'People glare at Kirayoshi all the time, even though it's obvious from his age that he was born when humanity was still free, when the population codes weren't in effect and it was absolutely normal for humans to have two or even three, four, five children.' A day in the life of our Everyman Engineer in an extremely dark AU. Part of the Judgement Day series

[Added 18/10/2011; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Miles O'Brien, Keiko O'Brien, Molly O'Brien, Kirayoshi O'Brien, Jean-Luc Picard, OCs; Adult]

Sharper Than a Serpent's Tooth by Cardie-ologist

This realistic look at Resistance and Counter-Resistance measures on Bajor during the Occupation features subtle characterisations and a plausible plot

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Dukat, Quark, OCs]

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; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Original characters]


Quark

Absinthe Heart by Seema

' "Consider it part of my Hemingway phase," she says as you hand her the drink. / You don't know who Hemingway is nor do you care -- unless he walks into the bar and orders a round of the foul smelling green stuff for everyone.' Lovely precise characterisations as Quark and Ezri almost connect

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Ezri Dax, Quark]

F is for Ferengi (The Tongo Remix) by Cosmic llin

'It was going to make a terrific story. She could only dine out on Curzon's exploits for so long.' Cosmic llin captures Jadzia's playfulness and unquenchable curiosity, as she has a ball on Ferenginar in this unusual vignette. Great fun!

[Added 25/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jadzia Dax, Ishka, Quark]

The Long Haul by Yahtzee

"It's not as though the Starfleet people will be here very long. They'll blow in, full of themselves and proud of their wealth, pretending to be the saviors of the Bajoran people." This quiet character piece, set immediately before the series starts, just matures with each rereading

[Added 15/12/2004; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Odo, Kira Nerys, Quark]

Marketing by Miggy

' "Your honor," he said in his most obsequious tones. "It is hardly a new business model to involve existing personalities in the pleasurable storylines of holosuites…' Comedy is so hard to write well, but I think Miggy really pulls it off here

[Added 15/12/2004; Humour; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Quark, Martok, Sirella]

Quark's Day by Selena

Lovely subtle group characterisation, which highlights just how the war has changed the denizens of DS9. Also features a cute cameo courtesy of a crossover, but I won't spoil the surprise by revealing the fandom

[Added 07/07/2004; Character Piece; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Quark, Odo, Jadzia Dax, Benjamin Sisko, Elim Garak, Miles O'Brien, Julian Bashir, Kira Nerys, Worf, Rom, Nog, Morn; Crossover]


Winn Adami

and i have told you this to make you grieve by Kangeiko

'"A man may survive on crumbs for a long time, it is true; but sooner or later a full meal is needed to replenish him." / An actual meal may prove more useful to the populace than a spiritual one, Jaro thought, but if a spiritual meal was all you had to offer, there was no point dreaming of hasperat.' Kangeiko explores the complexities of living under the Bajoran Occupation through the eyes of Jaro Essa (from 'The Homecoming'/'The Circle'/'The Siege'). Precise details make the setting come alive

[Added 04/10/2013; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jaro Essa, Winn Adami, OCs]

Chosen by Selena

"Undoubtedly, the Prophets would allow her to show him the error of his ways, in time." A tantalisingly brief glimpse at an early chapter in Winn's life

[Added 15/12/2004; Drama; <1000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Winn Adami]

In the Fire Caves by Deborah

'Sometimes the Prophets speak to us in flame.' A powerful & thought-provoking portrait of Winn Adami which fits neatly into the spaces in canon

[Added 30/12/2005; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Winn Adami, Dukat, Pah-wraiths]

Orfeo by Macedon

'It was the voice of God calling the world into creation, the primeval dawn, and Jake could not listen hard enough.' Macedon cleverly uses an unusual OC to probe the prejudices of the denizens of DS9 in this fandom classic. The two sequels in the Jeu-Parti series worked less well for me

[Added 14/07/2009; Drama; 6000-20,000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jake Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Winn Adami, OC]


Miscellaneous

A Clever Plan by Gabrielle Lawson

An intricate plot that leaves the reader guessing right to the end, plus a Bashir who remains true to the complex and fascinating character of the series. Set after the series finale

[Added 16/04/2003; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Julian Bashir, Luther Sloan]

F is for Ferengi (The Tongo Remix) by Cosmic llin

'It was going to make a terrific story. She could only dine out on Curzon's exploits for so long.' Cosmic llin captures Jadzia's playfulness and unquenchable curiosity, as she has a ball on Ferenginar in this unusual vignette. Great fun!

[Added 25/05/2012; Romance/Erotica; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Jadzia Dax, Ishka, Quark]

The Fabric of our Lives by Una McCormack

'I had not expected to be thinking again so soon of marriage.' A moving character piece, which nails not only the author's speciality, Garak, but also Kira & Jadzia. A real personal favourite

[Added 16/04/2003; Character Piece; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Elim Garak, Tora Ziyal, Jadzia Dax, Kira Nerys]

In Due Season by Beatrice Otter

'She sighs in relief as she slips the tightest of the shackles of linear time that have bound her, however imperfectly.' Sarah Sisko's story was never fully explored in canon, and hasn't inspired as much fanfiction as it should. This vignette takes an appropriately non-linear look at the Prophet's side of the story. The author's What You Know gives an important viewpoint that was never voiced on the show

[Added 11/01/2014; Character Piece; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Sarah Sisko, Joseph Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, Kasidy Yates]

Lead, Kindly Light by Tree and Leaf

'Horran's prophecies reminded them that the Prophets could be sought and found in the ordinary and every day, in spring wine shared with a friend, in sowing seeds and bringing in the harvest, in birth and in death.' A thoughtful short which explores Bajoran beliefs, as Opaka ponders her fate

[Added 18/01/2014; Character Piece; <1000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Opaka]

Marketing by Miggy

' "Your honor," he said in his most obsequious tones. "It is hardly a new business model to involve existing personalities in the pleasurable storylines of holosuites…' Comedy is so hard to write well, but I think Miggy really pulls it off here

[Added 15/12/2004; Humour; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Quark, Martok, Sirella]

The Price of Prophecy by Heretical Vision

'You're no one special. You're just an ordinary girl with a few ordinary ambitions. Your name is Sarah Dillard. You are training to be a photographer, and you are in New Orleans when it happens.' The series glossed over what happened to Sarah Sisko. This is her story. Dark but with a ray of hope at the end

[Added 25/05/2012; Drama; 2500-6000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Sarah Sisko, Joseph Sisko, Benjamin Sisko, wormhole alien; Adult]

Strongest Star by Sophia Gratia

'"You'll have us all dragged in front of HUAC and jailed for this, Kay, you know that," he'd growled, but there had been warmth in his voice and he hadn't hesitated even one moment to sit himself down and start typing. She'd wanted to kiss him, for that.' Moving 'Far Beyond the Stars' sequel that can be read as a meditation on the power of fanfiction. (Crossover with various Trek)

[Added 18/01/2014; Drama; 1000-2500; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Kay Eaton, Benny Russell, Far Beyond the Stars ensemble, Benjamin Sisko, Kira Nerys; Crossover]

Two Worlds by Deborah Judge

'She remained in that cave for two weeks, this strange cave that glittered of glass and metal. It had been a spaceship, an ancient spaceship from before science was lost on this world.' An unusual possibility for how Opaka might have been selected Kai. Deborah is adept at stretching canon until it almost snaps to let fresh air blow around familiar situations

[Added 18/01/2014; Romance/Erotica; <1000; ST: Deep Space 9; Characters: Opaka, Elim Garak, Enabran Tain]