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I ran into this story while perusing the YA author Malinda Lo's website. There's a small section of non-fiction which she wrote in grad school, and a website devoted to Dana Scully, which includes a small archive of Scully-centric fanfic. Yes, Malinda Lo is an X-Phile. I decided to reread some of the stories. This lovely story was in the section called "Disease/Dis-Ease." It's set during season two, after Scully has returned to work following her abduction.

Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1,900
Author's Note: Takes place in November 1994 between "Firewalker" and "Irresistible." For the purposes of fiction I'm eliminating the month-long quarantine Mulder mentions at the end of "Firewalker."

Read "Loss of Yesterday": at Dreamwidth | as a txt file

You can leave feedback for the writer at DW. Please let us know what you think.

The nomination post is open for business, waiting for your suggestions.
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I've been reading a lot of fanfiction this past weekend, trying to figure out what to post. I kept ruling things out: too schmoopy, too earnest, too long, much too long, an excess of Mulder-torture, an excess of Mulder-worship, an excess of thinly veiled misogny Scully-hatred. Too many adverbs.


I worry that I've become the Goldilocks of fanfic readers. Well, enough about me.

"Rainbow Sign" is a crisply written post-ep for the season five episode "One Son." It's an insightful if bleak portrait of Mulder and Scully doing what they do best: working in tandem, following the evidence, and facing the grim truths of the conspiracy together.

Read Rainbow Sign at Dreamwidth. Also available at Gossamer, but not sadly, at AO3. Why X-Files Authors of Olde? Why don't you archive your X-Files fic there while you're archiving everything else? Nothing lives forever, not even Gossamer.

Please leave feedback for the author. You have no idea how cheering it is to wake up to find a comment or kudos on an old story in your inbox. The nomination post is always open for your suggestions.
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Finally. She posts.

Hey now. I've been busy. With what? Yuletide, [livejournal.com profile] xf_santa, reccing for The X-Files at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van (and updating the fandom overview). And now, I have a new community with [livejournal.com profile] tree to celebrate Dana Scully's 50th birthday: [livejournal.com profile] scully_fest. Go check it out.

So. I've been looking everywhere for this story. As it turned out, the author wrote under a different name back in the day, changed it at Gossamer, then changed it again--as one does--on LiveJournal. Fortunately, she archived it at AO3, where I ran into it accidentally looking for something else entirely.

Ahem. I am supposed to be telling you why you should read this. Well, it's a funny, character-driven fic set between "Triangle" and "Dreamland". Mulder and Scully deal with the fallout from his bedside confession of love. He's caught between two realities and two women: the woman from his fantasy world in 1939 and his partner, Dana Scully. Her character voices are perfect--wherever Mulder's imagination takes him.

Read Sixty Degrees of Separation. You can easily leave feedback for the author at AO3.

If you're interested, this Chronicle X Author's interview can also be found at Fialka's Candybox.
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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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In "Monday," we watch Mulder and Scully live one day over and over again. They die over and over again, too, when a robbery attempt goes bad. It's The X-Files time loop episode. But Mulder and Scully aren't the true center of this drama; they don't even remember reliving it. The real protagonist is Pam, the bank robber's girlfriend, whose eventual death is the pivotal event that sets the universe back in motion. This story is about how she tries to stop the time loop, but it's also about what she does and where she goes, after she fails, time and time again.

Title: "Other People" (3955 words) by Pares
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, Walter Skinner
Additional Tags: Groundhog Day, Episode: s06e14 Monday
Summary: Pam Driscoll and the longest day.

Read Other People at AO3. Or, if you prefer old school text files, the story can be found at Gossamer. Send feedback to the author, please. Then come back and let us know what you think.
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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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I thought it would be good to start the New Year off on a cheery note. This is a post-ep for "This Is Not Happening," told from Frohike's point of view. Yeah, it's pretty sad, but at least now we know Mulder wasn't dead. I think I said in an earlier post that it takes talent to pull off first person pov. She has talent. This story works, and works well.

At Your Feet, His Emblems Fall
Author: M. Sebasky
Rating: R
Spoilers: TINH
Category: Post EP, Frohike POV, Angst. Scully,
Doggett and Skinner are here, too.
Feedback: is always appreciated.
Disclaimer: I don't own these characters. Chris Carter and 1013 do. If I did, they'd be treated better.
Thanks and notes at end.

For Cofax. Here's the idea you lent me. Thanks.

As always, feedback is appreciated by the author: look, she said so herself. We'd like to hear what you thought, too. Please leave your suggestions for next time at the nomination post.

Read "At Your Feet, His Emblems Fall."
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In The X-Files fandom there are debatably no two authors more closely associated in the minds of fanfic readers than RivkaT, the author of our last fic, and MustangSally, who are indelibly linked by their co-authorship of "Iolokus". Which is why this week we're going to be reading "All the Children Are Insane," perhaps MustangSally's most widely read solo fic.

It's a vignette set in the summer after S5, with sex, angst, and the burnt-office base notes of existential crisis. The posting date stamp on "All The Children Are Insane" is June 18th 1998, just one day before Fight the Future hit theaters. To me the writing has always hummed with the captured tension of that summer, the fever pitch of fannish excitement and anxiety.

All the Children Are Insane

[livejournal.com profile] mustangsally78 is still around; sending feedback never hurts. And as always, our recommendations thread is over here.
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Well everyone (I'm not sure how numerous you are at the moment, but I'm going to be bold and say 'everyone'), we've reached the end of the road - the point where the narrative pavement turns to gravel turns to a beaten dirt path trailing off narrowly into the uncharted wilds of the great and sometimes terrible WIP territory.

By waybacking Khyber's website we get what seem to be conflicting accounts of what the future of KvsS7 was to be. In early 2008 there were five fics meant to follow "The Waterskiers," three of which were to be "full episodes" and two were to be vignettes (as seen here). This outline complies with Khyber's notes for "Amnesia" which he judged to be the "late beginning/early middle" of the story. Yet by late 2009 the titles of four of these five fics had vanished, and only the one titled "Parabola" remained. It was initially indicated to be planned as a vignette, but later seemed intended to have been a full episode.

In summary, the fate of the KvsS7 universe remains largely a mystery, and anyone participating in the comments thread should feel free to speculate on the future of the story, as well as share their thoughts about the fic itself.

TITLE: The Waterskiers (Mod note: You may have to c/p the URL, or find the fic on Gossamer.)
AUTHOR: Khyber
E-MAIL: khyber@khyberfic.net
DISTRIBUTION: Ephemeral, Gossamer, please ask for anywhere else.
RATING: R for mature content.
SPOILERS: Pbbblffft.
SUMMARY: Missing scenes... okay, a LOT of missing scenes... from "Hollywood AD."

Author's Notes: This story is part of "Khyber Versus Season Seven" and takes place during "Hollywood AD," specifically, following the end of the famous bathtub scene. The rest of the episode takes place a week or more after the end of this story.
Remember that the premiere of "The Lazarus Bowl," according to the episode, is "eighteen months later," sometime in late 2001.

Sadly the summer is over. That does, however, mean a return to something resembling a normal posting schedule at some point in the near future. Remember the old days (July) when a new week meant changing up the plot, style, and characterizations with an all new fic? Well those days are returning along with coats and scarves, so if you have any suggestions for fics you'd like to read this fall the recommendations page is always open.

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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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DISTRIBUTION: Ephemeral, Gossamer, please ask for anywhere else.
RATING: PG-13 for mature content
KEYWORDS: Mulder/Scully something.
SPOILERS: S7, lots.
SUMMARY: Post-ep for "First Person Shooter." "And Mulder's
falling down on his end of the deal by doing a lousy job of making
the bed; it's impossible to convince myself that this really
is nothing."

Disclaimer: 1013 owns and is sorely neglecting significant
creative capital borrowed in this story.

Author's Notes: Part of Khyber VS 7. Thanks to Mims and
Samiam for early reads. This story was posted a week ago at:
http://www.alanna.net/Khyber. I *strongly* recommend reading
"Collapsar" and "Weret-hekau" first.

3. How Gravity Works on Planet Spooky

And if you have any suggestions for fics you'd like us to read once we get back to our regular schedule, please head over to the recs page and toss 'em out there.

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Because the book club has been such a ghost town recently, [livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 and I were considering going on a brief hiatus. Then I mentioned I'd been thinking about rereading "Khyber vs. Season Seven," and Wendelah suggested we read it here, rather than going on hiatus. So for the next month we're going to be kicking back, relishing the end of summer, sipping imaginary iced tea (or real iced tea (it could be love)), and reading KvsS7 at a pace that is decidedly not breakneck.

For those of you who don't know, KvsS7 is a series of ten stories written by Khyber, the majority of which are set in S7. Most of these stories are vignettes, though there are a couple of longer fics, and they all take place in the same slightly alternate universe. Khyber's aim was (among other things) to craft a retelling of S7 by replacing some episodes and adding onto others, so that in theory a reader could watch S7, intersperse it with his KvsS7 instalments, and wind up with a finished product that functioned as a successful alternate outcome for the season (and perhaps for the entire series). Sadly he never finished the KvsS7 project, but even unfinished the KvsS7 stories are complex, intelligent, and often strikingly intense. They feature a Mulder and Scully who are in character yet subtly different from canon, and a story universe that is written with a level of stunning realism TXF rarely attempted to achieve.

We're going to start with the vignettes "Collapsar" and "Weret-Hekau," which are post eps for Millennium and Theef. In approximately five days we'll post again, and continue to post at about that pace until we've covered all ten fics. This does not mean discussion on the previously posted fics must stop, it's just for the sake of organization.

KvsS7 was a weighty concept and a remarkable project, and the resulting fics are sometimes lovely, sometimes horrifying, and often breathtaking. I hope you'll give this fic universe a try, and tell us your thoughts and opinions. This is definitely the sort of fanfic to provoke thoughts and opinions.

1. Collapsar (post Millennium)

2. Weret-Hekau (post Theef)

ETA: I just now realized we actually have covered "Collapsar" here before, about two years ago, as some readers may remember. I even participated in the discussion. Memory fail, amyhit. I'm not going to link you to that discussion, since we're going to be reading the whole thing through this time, and I think it would be nice to get some fresh comments, if we can, without anyone feeling daunted by the prospect of repeating something someone else said back in 2009. However, I'm sure anyone who is interested will be able to find the post in question with a few clicks of a mouse.

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[livejournal.com profile] wendelah1 has been extra busy lately, so I'll be posting again this week. Because Human Credentials sparked a fair amount of discussion for its controversial sex scene, Wendelah suggested we read First/Second by Amal. Short and without a plot to speak of, it's not much like our last rec in any way, but it does feature a less than idyllic sex scene that is striking and worthy of discussion. Not to be mistaken for PWP, this fic is written with the skill and intelligence that is characteristic of Amal's writing.

First/Second by [livejournal.com profile] amalnahurriyeh

Tell us what you think, feedback the author, and feel free to give us any recommendations you have in mind.

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Here's an 'all things' post ep/missing scene, distinguished by its brevity (861 words), and its fairly distinctive prose style.

TITLE: Subaqueous
AUTHOR: Melymbrosia
E-MAIL: melymbrosia@mail.com
CATEGORY: V, R, post-ep
SPOILERS: all things
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Next up is post Redux II, a foray into the thick of Scully's recuperation.

title: this is what happens after the pain.
rating: r.
word count: 906.
summary: No matter how hard he tries, he can’t stop seeing the illness in her eyes.
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Once again, I am reminded it has been far too long between posts. But "Universal Invariants" was long and wonderful and worth spending the time on. Plus we had Thanksgiving weekend! Anyway, if you haven't already, there is still time to participate in the discussion, as well as send feedback to [livejournal.com profile] syntax6. I am still hoping she will finish "Original Sin," eventually.

This week I have a short short story for you. I know I recced it at [livejournal.com profile] crack_van and might have mentioned it in passing here too, but it deserves a post of its own. It is unusual for a story of this length, and in this genre yet, to have so impressed me since I usually like long stories with complicated plots.

Technically a post-ep for the pilot, "Untold" is told through a series of interconnected vignettes about the Consortium, featuring some familiar names and places, and introducing a few new ones as well. It is chilling and unforgettable.

You can read the rest of her stories at her website or at her author's page at Gossamer. Let us know what you think and remember to feed the author.

Read "Untold."
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The party's over. Yes, this week we are taking a break from our first-time Mulder/Scully madness, changing course to read a PG-13 casefile. "Wing and Prayer" was nominated by [livejournal.com profile] hyperladder, seconded by [livejournal.com profile] lightlack and thirded by [livejournal.com profile] amyhit, who is right, by the way, this isn't exactly genfic. This is seventh season MSR, with [livejournal.com profile] revely portraying their relationship in a way that feels very close to canon even to me.

The nomination post is always open for business. Send feedback, then come back for discussion.

Read "Wing and Prayer".
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There is still plenty of time to read and comment on the "In Dreams" trilogy.

I first heard of "Ceremony" at the late lamented fictalk, where it was posted for discussion as a one-hit wonder, which it isn't really, since the writer wrote two other fine stories. You can find them at her author's page at Gossamer. As a post-ep for Orison, this story deals with its emotional fall-out in a realistic and moving way. However, what is most memorable to me about "Ceremony" is its depiction of adult sexuality as both carnal and transcendent.

As always, please send feedback to the writer, then let us know what you think. Suggestions for next time can be left at the nomination post.

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There is still time to go read and comment on "Fathoms Five."

"Blue Patches" is a post-Requiem short story, a vignette, really, so I hesitate to say much about it for fear of giving away the entire plot. Her summary: Mulder, returned. Thanks again to lurker "Tiger Janet" for the nomination. I like how it creates a mood of tension and uncertainty, and sustains it all the way to the ending.

Please give feedback to the author, and then let us know how you liked the story. Suggestions for next time can be made at the nomination post.

"Blue Patches"

Or read it at her Author's Page at Gossamer.


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