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Please note that most of these story recommendations were made before I reconsidered my warnings policy (i.e., before I decided to include warnings). Generally speaking, there's little of a dark or violent nature to warn for in these stories, but...caveat lector.

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Amireal: "Coping Mechanisms" (Sheppard/McKay. Long and engaging and emotionally satisfying from beginning to end. A believable look at the development of a relationship in this sort of setting without ever turning into "issuefic.")

Amireal: "Quarks, Quantum Chromodynamics and Other Unproven Theories". (Sheppard/McKay. It may look like they've "stumbled onto some Ancient kid's homework," but what they find is a lot more interesting. Long and plotty and sweet.)

busaikko (also busaikko on LJ/DW): "Dulce Domum" (McKay/Keller/John. "Jennifer would be the first to admit that she'd never planned on a life that looked like this, but it worked." Polyamory and Asexuality, and I'll let you read this unexpected and quietly sweet to see how the pairings play out.)

busaikko (busaikko on LJ/IJ): "A Hundred Happy Things" (Rodney/John...although here, John is a MtF transsexual named Jona. "Harlequin AU (no Stargate). Kaleb's long gone, Jeannie's got a career, Madison has problems, Rodney's got Inner Power!, and Sheppard. . . is pretty much the same." A wonderful story of a developing relationship, with the John-Jona change handled intelligently and respectfully, while keeping Jona totally recognizable as the Sheppard we know from canon. And as a side issue, watching Rodney as the primary caregiver for his sister's daughter is...very amusing.)

canadian_snoopy: Impossibilium. (Sheppard/Mckay. Even when John is trying not to notice, Rodney's always there...until one day, he's not.)

Hth: Handsome Johnny. (Aiden Ford gen. An achingly beautiful story about who we love and what it means to say goodbye.)

Isis (isiscolo on LJ): "Clarke's Law" (SGA/HP crossover. Beckett-centric, with a cast of many. Shouldn't work, but it does!)

Isis (isiscolo on LJ): Double Occupancy. (Sheppard/McKay. "Being on the same planet with John Sheppard was aggravating enough, sometimes; being in the same body was an order of magnitude worse.")

jenn (seperis on LJ): instructional. (Gen, with a whisper of McKay/Sheppard. "The learning curve can be a little rough.")

Julad: The Secret Life of Scientists. (McKay/Zelenka. "By the time Canada took the 2002 gold, Rodney was drunk as a skunk and determined to move in with Radek Zelenka. Ice hockey! Hours and hours and hours of ice hockey!")

Kaneko: Intersections. (Sheppard/McKay. The Antarctica story, with wonderful intertwining flashbacks.)

Koschka: Geek Protocol. (Sheppard, McKay. Gen, but could be seen as pre-slash. Rodney steps up to the plate. Note: 3rd of a loosely connected series, and all worth reading)

Lamardeuse: The Other Half of the Equation. (Sheppard/McKay. A few months ago, he’d never have considered that "death without honour" would ever be on a par with "death from soul-sucking alien.")

Lamardeuse: Relaxation. (Sheppard/McKay. On an unexplored upper floor, there is a room. If you're old enough, think of this as an homage to Woody Allen's Sleeper *g*)

Merry: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Give or Take). (Sheppard/McKay. Wherein jumpers can double as submarines, and John and Rodney go down...all the way.)

Mira (mirabile_dictu on LJ): "The Three Hunters" (Rodney/John, Teyla, Ronon. "Rodney couldn't sit still; he orbited around Teyla, squirming his way along the side decks to the bow, peering into the foaming water beneath them, then back to the stern to study the little motor, still sounding a bit rough to his ears, then down the companionway into the galley and on into the forward cabin and so back to Teyla." The team travel to an alien planet for a little R&R and get separated by a natural disaster. Fantastic world building and excellent voices. No real warnings, although quite angsty nonetheless.)

Miss Pamela: Background Noise. (Sheppard/McKay. "We've all got baggage." Helpful hint: Click on the individual background stories - both of which are wonderful - before clicking on the picture of Sheppard and McKay.)

Miss Pamela: Once More, With Feeling. (Sheppard/McKay. John has been through the classic "aliens made me have sex" scenario...and it wasn't with Rodney.)

Miss Pamela: Souvenirs. (Sheppard/McKay. "Man, go to another galaxy and the Red Sox win the World Series. Crazy." A little time back on Earth is all it takes to realize how much has changed...and we're not just talking about baseball.)

Pru (rageprufrock on LJ): Hindsight. (AU. McKay/Sheppard. When someone makes an attempt on Rodney McKay's life, Agent Sheppard's on the case.)

Purna (purna on LJ): "Converging" (Sheppard/McKay. AU. "John saves a man from drowning and takes the long way home." Smart and believable and touching.)

Purna: "Three Graces" (Weir/Zelenka, with implied Sheppard/McKay. "The Atlantis team find a sentient Ancient ship that takes a liking to Rodney." Love, friendship, and the making of choices.)

Resonant: Abstain. (Sheppard/McKay. "Aliens force John and Rodney not to have sex." Really.)

Resonant: A Missing Scene.... (Sheppard/Mckay. Set - with permission - in the universe of Shalott's "A Beautiful Lifetime Event" and yes, that story must be read for this to make sense. Perfect voices and some great not-that-great sex.)

Sandrine (Claudia, sandrine on lj): "If We Make It Past the Judgement" (Sheppard/'Todd'. "'Trust me,' the Wraith says with a smile that mocks John, and it's almost enough for him to put a stop to this whole thing. " Necessity? Convenience? Or...something more? A look at what the John/Wraith dynamic could have been - or what it could be. Very well done.)

Sarah T (harriet_spy on LJ): "Corvee" (Teyla/Todd. "In San Francisco, Teyla is starting to see things differently." Short, but just long enough to be disturbing.)

shalott: A Beautiful Lifetime Event. (Sheppard/McKay. Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans. This isn't how they explained it in my sex ed classes, but apparently the Ancients knew otherwise.)

shalott: No Refunds or Exchanges. (McKay/Sheppard. "It shouldn't have been that hard to get good help." AU.)

shalott: Proof of Contradiction. (Sheppard/McKay. "What sucked most was the sinking feeling that McKay was handling the whole thing better than he was.")

shalott: Transcendental. (Sheppard/McKay. The Genii's plots create a power vaccuum in Atlantis, and who better than McKay to know that nature abhors a vaccuum. Wonderfully written and long: could easily be an episode of the show - if the sex scenes could get past the censors.)

Speranza: "Things to Do In Denver When You're Dead" (McKay/Sheppard. One of the best 'on Earth' stories I've read so far, with some lovely insights into John's - and especially Rodney's characters.)

Speranza (cesperanza on LJ): "Written By The Victors" (Sheppard/McKay. A future history - or rather, future histories - about an uprising and a man who would be king, however begrudgingly. Brilliantly plotted, with wonderfully drawn relationships and...actually thrilling in places. Plus...documents galore! As I type this, everybody in SGA fandom has already read this story, but to those of you living in the future, who weren't in the fandom when this story was first posted: ah...you're in for such a treat.)

Springwoof (springwoof on LJ and DW): "The Next Time They Meet" (John/Todd. Spoilers for episodes 307: Common Ground, and 503: Broken Ties. An excellent and very in-character look at the love/hate relationship between John and 'Todd.')

Synecdochic: "Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left To Lose". (McKay/Sheppard implied. Recced by everyone when it was first posted and deservedly so, this is Rodney's life after Atlantis and after everything else that he still can't speak about. Smart and painful and beautiful and life-affirming. *)

Temaris (temaris on LJ): "Everything Changes (And you gotta be ready)" (Cross-recced in SGA/Doctor Who/Torchwood. McKay/Sheppard, technically, but reads like gen...in a very good way. "Sheppard goes missing and Rodney moves heaven and earth to find him." Smart, engaging, and treats all three canons - and all individual characters - honestly and fairly.)

Toft (toft_froggy on LJ): "String Theory, a Concerto for Violin in D Minor" (Sheppard/McKay. An AU, wherein McKay is a world-famous composer and Sheppard is a violinist...and yes, it works beautifully. Excellent feel for the professional music world and all the relationships ring true.)

torch: Lost in space. (Sheppard/McKay. Of course they could just open the door - if only they knew where the door was.)

Zoe Rayne: Upir. (Sheppard/McKay. John didn't sleep as deeply anymore, not since he'd died.)

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