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I love angst and fix-it fics (and the writing of prufrock's love) but I'm ready to take a break from the post-series, post-IWTB setting, and read something set earlier in the series. This rec comes from last year's The Ten Greatest XF Fics You've Ever Read. Read what [livejournal.com profile] zinnia03 had to say about "America's Games":

America’s Games by Sarah Segretti. Author’s synopsis: “Assigned to the bioterrorism squad at the 1996 Summer Olympics, Scully tries to make sense of confusing evidence, her baffling partner and her uncertain place in a world where the X-Files don't matter.” Set just post-Talitha Cumi and Herrenvolk. Sort of a fish-out-of-water story with Scully temporarily assigned away from Mulder and the X-Files, though of course Mulder can’t stay away long. Scully tries to puzzle out the information from files they found at Strughold Mining, and Mulder wants to investigate ginseng farms in Canada. Both are frustrated by their lack of progress, plus there's an undercurrent that is making them snipe at each other. High tension story that fits the mid-series tone.

Read America's Games.

I'd love to know what you thought of the story. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions and I will get back to posting them soon. You can also read this fic at Sarah Segretti's Author Page at Gossamer.
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This is a sweet vignette about Mulder and Scully doing ordinary things by one of the old Yes Virginia crowd. I found it on a defunct multi-fandom rec site and thought it might make for a nice change of pace from the long, angst-filled pieces we've been reading recently.

DISCLAIMER: I don't own them. You know who does. I just took them on an outing.
SUMMARY: Spend an autumn afternoon with Mulder and Scully.

Read Only Apples

Leave feedback for the author, if you can, and then let us know what you think. Your suggestions are always welcomed in the nomination post.
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This is almost a guest recommendation since I rediscovered the story while I was hunting down an old recs page. "Unintended Consequences" is a realistic and insightful post-ep for the seventh season episode "Orison." It's a story I liked even better the second time around.

Title: Unintended Consequences
Author: Sarah Segretti
Summary: Just when you think you know how you'd react to a horrific event, life steps up to surprise you. Scully and Mulder deal with the aftermath of the Pfaster shooting.
Category: S, A, UST

The link is courtesy of the Wayback Machine, since the author's own site went down. The story can also be found at Gossamer and the Fugues Fiction Archive. In an old fandom, it's good to know your options.

You can also read her author interview from Chronicle X at [livejournal.com profile] fialka's luscious old school website, Fialka's Candybox. The link is at the bottom, "Spotlight On." Kudos to Fialka for preserving that bit of precious fandom history.

Read Unintended Consequences.

Please let us know what you think, and remember the nominations post is always open for your suggestions.
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I love this story. I love everything Buckingham has written, so I don't know why we have only done one of her stories. This fic is set during season eight, sometime after "Dead Alive." Summary: Life after death.

Read an excerpt )

Yeah, it's melancholy. It suits my mood right now.

You can send email to this author. Please do, as the last I heard she was still working on a season seven story. I have also heard that feedback from readers encourages our writers to persevere. And we'd like to hear from you too, so please let us know what you think.

The nomination post is always open for business.

The link is to an archived copy, but if it goes down, or you prefer old-school text file formatting, you can find this story at Gossamer.

Read "The Laws of Coming and Going".
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My apologies for the long delay between posts. I will say only that there were reasons.

I remember being very taken with this story when I first read it several years ago. It's an X-File story; in fact, "Fish for Fallen Light" would have made a good episode. Mulder has received reports of mysterious sightings off the coastline of California and wants to go mermaid-hunting. Scully is less than enthusiastic. There are some good original characters, some suspense and of course, there is a mystery for Mulder and Scully to solve. Rating is PG.

Read Fish for Fallen Light

This story is not archived at Gossamer so if you like it, you might want to save it in case her website goes down.
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"Night Ride Across the Caucasus" is a haunting retelling of the Ninth Season's "4D" as a Scully/Reyes romance but with a twist. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] infinitlight for the suggestion.

Category: Episode rewrite, Slash (Scully/Reyes)
Rating: PG for sexual overtones and one scene of graphic violence
Summary: '4D' done my way. Please note that you may need a knowledge of '4D' to understand it, even though that particular episode was about as clear as mud.

My knowledge of "4D" is rudimentary and I had no trouble following it.

Warning: major character death

You can also read this at her website and at Gossamer.

Night Ride Across the Caucasus

Don't forget to leave feedback about the story, for the author and for us.
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What a nice response we got to "Oak Leaves in October." It's good to remember that there is more to this fandom than just the canon ship.

"Every Sparrow Falling" is a case file that is also an x-file. This is Mulder and Scully doing what they do best, investigating the paranormal. It's been some time since I last read this, but I remember being scared out of my wits. There is no summary from the author so here's the one from Raiders of the Lost Fanfic, Maybe Amanda's old rec site: "Casefile, paranormal, religion, madness. And hot dogs, peanuts, and Cracker Jack."

Read an excerpt )

Read "Every Sparrow Falling", then come tell us what you think.

The link is to IOHO's archive, but if their bandwidth runs out, you can also read it on her old site via the Wayback Machine or at Gossamer.
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It's a good thing we just got finished with an apocafic, because this year we're going to have two fics for Christmas and they're both sweet and generally happy little stories. Everyone is welcome to comment on both, or only one, in either order, at any time.

The first one is an AU season 9-ish fic in which Mulder and Scully spend Christmas together with their infant son. It's also probably the most homey, domestic fic I'm ever going to rec. *g* But don't let my Scrooge impression scare you off. It's nice, and there's an interesting little twist to Mulder and Scully's world, amidst all the domestic bliss.

Epiphany by Maybe Amanda

In the second fic, Mulder and Scully spend Christmas Eve stranded while on the road. It's set in any one of the early/mid seasons, and it's nothing complicated, just a sweetly romantic little vignette.

How to Fly by Oracle

Merry Christmas to all who celebrate, and seasonal well wishes to all who don't.

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For Thanksgiving three years ago [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 posted JET's widely loved holiday fic, "Small Lives Awake." It happens to be the first fic I ever commented on, here at the book club, which makes me feel rather delighted to have the privilege of posting my own choice of Thanksgiving fics this year, this one also by JET.

"Relic of Tough Weather" was written and is set in November, 1999, shortly after the events of TSE:AF. Though it doesn't have the length or popularity of "Small Lives Awake," it is a distinctive blend of JET's signature style: evocative prose and compassionate characterizations.

Relic of Tough Weather

JET's still around, to some extent; I'm sure she would appreciate the feedback. And, as ever, our nomination post is open for recommendations.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone celebrating the occasion.

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We're back into the angst, this week, with a couple of vignettes that fill in some of the blanks the previous fics have hinted at about Mulder and Scully's past assignations, and the days of their early relationship. First up is "The Fall of Our Summer", a post ep for Drive, which Kyber originally posted to [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love in 2009. Second we have "Poems", a post ep for Wetwired, and the second to last instalment in the KvsS7 universe.

The Fall of Our Summer


Only one more KvsS7 fic to go. Hopefully you've been fascinated, intrigued, or otherwise drawn in by the story so far, and you'll tune in five (or so) days from now, to reach the end of the road with us.
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I was originally considering something fluffy after last week's horror and gloom, but then this fic lured me in with its spare, eerie tone and the unique way it makes use of several important loose threads the series left us with.

So this week's rec is the story of how young William Van de Kamp uncovers the truth about who he is, and what's happening to the world. It's set between the years 2005 and 2012, and it deftly weaves a lot of impact into only 8K of writing.

In My Secret Life by David Hearne

And for those of you who find this sort of info interesting: the posting date on this fic is stamped May 20, 2002 - the day after the series finale aired. When Hearne gets a story in his head he clearly doesn't hesitate.

Craving something longer, smuttier, happier? Have a specific fic you'd like to discuss? The comments thread is always open.

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I thought "Night Giving Off Flames" would be an interesting choice to follow "Machines of Freedom." At first glance, they couldn't be more different in style, tone, and structure. But both stories address an important theme in our fictional universe: how loss can change our world-view, our sense of self, even our destiny. I think it's one of the best in The X-Files fandom in the post-colonization genre.

You can read it at Gossamer, under Jesemie's Evil Twin, or follow my links to [livejournal.com profile] jetfic.

"Night Giving Off Flames" Part One and Part Two.

Please leave feedback for the author: I still live in hope that she will finish the sequel to "Small Lives Awake." The nomination post is always open for business. Stay tuned for "Left Standing" by Maidenjedi, "Heated" by Joann Humby and "Prison of Innocents" by jrfpatton.
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Recently, I was asked to post another very fine IWTB prequel story here, but I'm posting this instead because in a very few days I expect you will not be able to read it anywhere on the internet, not unless I go ahead and create THE OUTLAW FANFICTION ARCHIVE, Where Unwanted Stories Go to Hide from Their Authors.

If you read my fandom journal, here or at Dreamwidth, then you already know that CazQ has deleted [livejournal.com profile] cazfic, taken down her website, and requested that all of her stories be removed from fanfiction archives, including Gossamer. Since then, she has also blocked her site from The Wayback Machine with robots.txt. Her Author's Page at Gossamer is still up, but will most likely be gone by the next update, which I expect will be in July, since the last one was April 8th. This is a grievous loss.

Just as she is one of the finest writers to have ever graced our fandom, "Hard Times Come Again No More" is one of the best, if not the best story to have come out of the ashes of the second TXF movie. It's so good that I can almost forgive 1013 for inflicting that travesty on the fandom.

She feels, out of nowhere, deeply and unassuageably homesick for another Mulder, one she knows is a long time dead now: a lean and hungry-eyed white knight in a horrible tie, with much of the wide-open wonder of the boy still clinging to him, who would stick his fingers straight into any unidentified substance but could never just come right out and say what he meant. That Mulder who stood too close to her in morgues; always assumed he was going to drive; raised his hackles every time another man leant in too close to talk to her; stood like a gunslinger with his hands on his hips whenever he wanted to argue a point; made her sit through innumerable basement slideshows, and played travel Scrabble with her in hospital rooms for hours on end.

This is exactly how I feel about both of them. I miss them terribly; sadly, I missed them even more after seeing I Want To Believe. CazQ wrote the story I had been wanting to read ever since I left the theater back in July 2008.

Go read it. Go read all of her stories and save them to your hard drive. Comment about any of them; I'd love to know what you think. Just do it soon.

The link is to her page at Gossamer, scroll down until you find the title. Her Gossamer Page has now been deleted. If there is something of hers you want to read, I have everything saved.

"Hard Times Come Again No More"
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This week's story is nominated by Lurker Sophie, who feels "its beautiful imagery is sadly unsung," and seconded by [livejournal.com profile] amyhit. "The Watching Wall" is set during season seven, with spoilers for Biogenesis, The Sixth Extinction, and Amor Fati. The summary says only this: "Cartography, he had said of her once."

I'm excited. It's not often that I get to read something that's new to me.

The Watching Wall

Let the author know what you think, and then come back for discussion. Leave your suggestions for next time at our nomination post.
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Nominated by yours truly, this charming, sexy, short story by Maria Nicole is perfect reading for a hot summer day. Pour yourself some ice cold lemonade, put your feet up, get comfortable and enjoy! A big hug for [livejournal.com profile] estella_c for helping to remember the author of this cute fic.

When the link goes dead after geocities closes this October, you can find the story at Gossamer. Sending the author some feedback might help encourage her to move her fan fiction site or to at least archive her fic elsewhere.

Edit: Thank you, reocities.

Unless there is a massive display of commenting enthusiasm, I am going to assume you've all gone to the south of France for the month of August and am putting the community on hiatus. If you are worried about running out of things to read, we posted a STORY A DAY last year from July 11 to August 4 and I know you haven't read them all. You can always read more of Maria Nicole's stories, too.

Suggestions for when we resume can be made here. I'll see you in September!

"The Opposite of Impulse"
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Last month, when I was going through the past recs for The X-Files at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van in preparation for my turn "driving the van," I was startled to realize that "The Sin Eater" was not on the list. As good as it is, and often as it has been recced elsewhere, I would have thought that everyone would have read it by now, but then a friend, who has been in the fandom since the fourth season, told me she had just read it recently, so this is apparently not the case.

Not only is it a classic science fiction story, complete with time travel and alternative history, it is also a brilliant character study of Mulder, told from Scully's point of view, which illustrates just how much he would give up in order to save his partner's life. Though written in 1997, which certainly qualifies it for Fandom Classic status, there is a very contemporary feel to the writing.

read an excerpt )

"The Sin Eater"

As I mentioned in my entry at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van, Jane's site at AOL went down last year, leaving a number of her stories not archived at Gossamer, including "A Bitter Taste on the Tongue" (het-angst), and "The Jacuzzi Stories" (het-fluff), so if you like them, you might want to save them to your hard-drive. In the meantime, here is a way-backed link to her old site: Jane Mortimer Fan Fiction.

As always, please let us know what you think, and do give us your suggestions for next time.
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There just are not enough funny stories written for The X-Files fandom, so when I need a humor fix, I keep coming back to the same authors (and the same reccers). [livejournal.com profile] estella_c and [livejournal.com profile] counterphobe, what would I do without you?

Even Jess's summary for Bombardier Boy makes me smile:

SUMMARY: Mulder and Scully (who else? As if I've ever written Krycek fic)investigate the mysterious deaths of members of the Russian Mafia and the appearance of a new "breed" of crime fighter.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: I am not an entomologist. I hate doing research. Draw your own conclusions. This idea was my husband's, so this is dedicated to him. He is a beetle fanatic.

Thank you, Jess Mabe, this was just what the doctor ordered.

If you have a funny suggestion (or even a serious one, okay) for next time, leave a note in the nomination post. If anyone knows how to contact Jess Mabe, please tell me, so I can send her flowers and chocolate-covered Mulderclones.

Bombardier Boy: Or, The Metamorphosis of a Superhero

Jess M's fanfic (Thank God for the wayback machine)
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This Scully POV vignette takes off immediately after the end of "The Truth." All they have now is a black SUV, the clothes on their backs, and each other.


As always, let the author know what you think; let us know what you think; and please, give us your suggestions for next time.
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We're back with another post-Truth ficlet: "One & Only, First & Last" by [livejournal.com profile] onpaperfirst. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] frey_at_last for the recommendation!

My favorite line: "They were never the sort of people who would drive to a winery on a Sunday afternoon, unless, maybe, a dead body had been found jammed in a vat of merlot."

Love it? Hate it? Post-Truth fics just aren't your thing? Then you know what to do: give us a suggestion for next time!
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Syntax6 is best known for her long novel length case files and for writing believable Mulder/Scully romance. These short stories do not fit precisely into either of those categories. They follow canon, from seasons one through seven, with each pair of stories describing either Mulder's or Scully's birthday. Since this is not a show full of happy endings, some are rather melancholy. Please don't let that stop you from reading them. They are small, perfect gems that show us glimpses of the characters' lives off screen, full of intimate knowledge and convincing details about the cases they are working on together and, of course, about Mulder and Scully themselves. Syntax6 wrote "Birthday Stories" as a birthday gift for a friend, but they are truly a gift to us all.

The first story seems especially appropriate to read today as it features a trip to the Liberty Bell.

Birthday Stories

She also started a Christmas series last year; you can read the first two stories at her author's page at Gossamer.

Happy Independence Day to our members in the USA.


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