Preview: Pegasus Purgatorio by MrsHamill

Title: Pegasus Purgatorio (for the whole thing, though some parts have other names)
Pairing: Sheppard/McKay
Genre: Action/adventure
Rating: Adult
Words: roughly 115,000
Timeline: This goes AU at about the midway point of the fourth season. The Asuran planet is not destroyed, but the Replicators are partially neutralized (a 'three-laws' patch, they can't directly harm humans); Elizabeth Weir returns as head of Atlantis and other events of the fourth and some of the fifth season do occur.
Summary: It is difficult to write a paradise when all the superficial indications are that you ought to write an apocalypse. It is obviously much easier to find inhabitants for an inferno or even a purgatorio. (Ezra Pound)
Warning: Enough technobabble to frighten off even David Hewlett. Seriously. And all of it is based on real, honest-to-gosh science, enough to do Brian Greene proud. But other than that -- off-screen death of an OMC is all.
Notes: Betas (almost too many to mention and I think I might have forgotten a few, that's how long this damn thing has taken): Kathgrr, for line-by-line-by-line help; WordWitch; Kisa Hawklin (for helping me rein in Romantic!John); CookieMom; Jer (for timely swats); Ladyholder (for timely hugs and encouragement); Susan, of course; Celtic Tiger (I think, yes?); and OMG Gnat, even after a freaking car accident. If I've forgotten anyone, please forgive me. This story ATE MY LIFE. Seriously. I came close to wrapping it in a burlap bag and throwing it in the river.

There are also acknowledgments: Douglas Adams for being the world's best writer, even posthumously; Bill Watterson for Calvinball; Stephen Hawking for not being boring; Ted Bunn from UC Berkeley for being a freak about black holes; Wikipedia for being always available; half a dozen dead physicists for helping me learn stuff that almost made my head explode; Robert Heinlein and Arthur C. Clarke for teaching me how to write good technobabble; everybody from Monty Python; and Neil Gaiman, because I wanna be him when I grow up.

This story is the middle between And All the Seas and Prodigal Sails. It tells you what happens to them and takes them a little beyond Prodigal Sails. You don't have to read either, but it helps. The length of time covered is roughly nine years.

A bit of a preview:

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There's your preview, and I hope you all like it!
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Preview: Know How to Fall by auburn

Title: Know How to Fall
Author: auburnnothenna
Pairing: McKay/Sheppard
Rating: R
Genre: AU romance
Word Count: ~84044
Warnings: mentions of other relationships
Notes: Many thanks to betas dossier, mecurtin, enviropony, (who lent not only her sharp eyes but her expertise as well) and mirabile_dictu.
Summary: John Sheppard finally accepts the title to Pegasus Farm after ten years of working in Europe and South America. When he meets prickly horse trainer and former Olympic hopeful Rodney McKay, he falls hard for him, while John's friendship shakes up Rodney's life, making him want to take chances again. When his old friend Teyla Emmagan is left homeless after a betrayal shuts down Athos Circus, John invites the tattered remnants of the circus troop to come and stay with him. He begins to turn Pegasus Farm into a home, and put the ailing farm back on the equestrian map, but soon discovers that rejecting an offer to buy may put them all in danger.

dossier says:

I love Know How To Fall. It's a lush and sweeping romance set against Pegasus Farms that twists between sweet and heart wrenching. Auburn's research is fantastic, and the equestrian details really come alive; I've read it five or six times, and I get something new from it every time. John, Rodney, Teyla and Ronon are wonderful, very much the people we're used to seeing on screen, despite the fact that they're all transplanted into the completely AU setting. They aren't the only ones, the casting spills across two series in hilariously perfect ways. Pegasus Farm is as much a character as the people, I kind of want to go and live there right now.

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The Bonus Soundtrack

Know How to Fall

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preview: "The Astonishing Persistence Of Memory - Present Tense" by Tielan

Title: The Astonishing Persistence Of Memory - Present Tense
Author: Tielan
Category: team drama with John/Teyla pairing
Rating: PG
Word Count: 60,147
Spoilers: Up to Common Ground, with hints and mirrorings from the seasons after.
Notes: Sequel to my sgabigbang story from 2008: The Astonishing Persistence Of Memory: Past Time which goes AU after Common Ground but retains certain plot elements of the series.

Copious Thanks: Thanks go to my betas with_apostrophe and michelel27, who gave excellent concrit and did wonderful beta jobs to the tune of mucho panic and fretting. They also go out to the cheer squad over at sga_team, who were encouraging and helpful when things got stuck, and encouraging and supportive when things were going well. And finally, they go to ladyjax, whose persistently expressed desire to read this story has been my fluffy blankie for the last couple of months.

Summary: After being missing for six months after Kolya tried to use him as a hostage, John Sheppard is once again back in Atlantis, back with his team, back among his friends. But even as he tries to attain 'normality' in his life, the shadow of what the Wraith did to him in those missing months looms - and threatens not only him and his team, but all of Atlantis, too.

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ship: john/cam
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Preview: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars, by kyizi

Title: The Deconstruction of Falling Stars
Author: kyizi
Pairings: John Sheppard/Cameron Mitchell, Teyla Emmagan/Evan Lorne, and there are a few others mentioned peripherally
Rating: 12A/PG-13
Word Count: 60,084
Spoilers: SGA & SG1 through to the end.
Notes: A massive thank you to my awesome betas tesserae_ and devikun, who gave me the best beta I could have asked for. You guys are awesome!

Summary: It’s been almost four years since Atlantis was thrown into the far reaches of the universe, with no idea where they are or how to get home. John Sheppard is lost and Cameron Mitchell can’t quite work out how the hell he's managing to cope with running the city; his only consolation is that he’s not the one running the whole show. When one of their teams is lost and planets start to disappear from the night sky, things suddenly take a turn for the worst. Struggling to cope with their loss, the people of Atlantis have to pull together to fight an enemy unlike any they’ve seen before and their only chance of winning seems to lie within the city itself, but the cost of survival may just turn out to be too high.

Preview: I seriously couldn’t decide what snippets from the fic that I could use, so I decided to do something a little different and introduce you instead to Atlantis and its characters as you’ll find them in my fic. Please note that the following text is not a part of the final story.

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Sparky Big Bang!

Preview: Restoration, by the_scary_kitty

Title: Restoration
Author: the_scary_kitty
Pairings: John/Elizabeth, with side orders of Teyla/Kanaan and Rodney/Jennifer
Rating: R for language, violence (including torture) and assorted mayhem (Preview: PG-13)
Word Count: 60,290
Beta Readers: anuna_81 and southernred2
Spoilers: For "Enemy at the Gate," as well as the Fandemonium novels "Reliquary" by Martha Wells, and "Angelus" by Peter J. Evans.
Summary: AU/The Season 6 That Should Have Been. Atlantis's return to the Pegasus Galaxy is marked by new discoveries and adventures, continuing conflicts stressed to the breaking point, the return of old friends and foes alike, and more than one miracle that no one expected.

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john and ronon

Preview: The Road to Hell by wildcat88

Title: The Road to Hell

Author: wildcat88

Pairing: None

Rating: R (violence, adult subject matter)

Word Count: ~50,000

Genre: H/C, Action/Adventure, Friendship

Summary: Desperate to reassure himself that he has fully recovered from being turned by the Wraith, Ronon asks Sheppard to join him in a test of endurance and teamwork. Ronon has the best of intentions, but the Pegasus Galaxy has other plans. Soon they are trapped on a world they cannot escape from, forced to make impossible choices, each one leading them a little further into hell.

Notes: Preview contains images. Massive thank yous to my betas kristen999 and everybetty with a special shoutout to the fabulous coolbreeze1 and kriadydragon for their comments and suggestions. I couldn't have done it without you. All faults mine.

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Chrysler Building

Preview: Trinity of One (a tale of love, loss and redemption) by helenkacan

PRIMARY PAIRING: Rodney/John (also Rodney/Teyla/John as an important plot device and foundation for the fic)
RATING: NC17 (mild) for entire fic; G for preview
TIMING: Begins shortly after Enemy at the Gate, S5x20

SUMMARY: Imagine the future. What if Rodney had been the boss in Atlantis? Or Pegasus? Ah, but not to worry. He merely thought he'd been in charge. And it wasn't John either. It was Teyla whose wisdom prevailed, her vision for her people and all of the worlds in Pegasus compelling her to keep her mind firmly focused on her goals. Her determination and perseverance did not waver, even as she encountered tragic losses throughout her life.

But nothing would extinguish her love for her people, in Atlantis and throughout Pegasus, for her children and, on occasion - when they weren't being too irritating which wasn't often enough - for John and Rodney. Through her, they learnt the true meaning of redemption.

PECULAR QUOTE OF THE DAY: "What would a cat know about heaven?"

Even I have to admit it's never been ascertained why a variety of fish played such a prominent role in this story. But an old man and his Yorkshire terrier proved indispensable.

Just remember, don't let Rodney know he wasn't supposed to be the centre of attention.

WORD COUNT: 58679 words

AUTHOR'S NOTES (partial):
I am so grateful to the two betas who responded to my request: nightshadow_t2 and ambrosia4all.

Thanks also to my cheer-leading group (crossborder_bb) who read snippets of two chapters after I got brave enough to submit them.

Finally, it was an honour for me to have been chosen by artist mapsandlegends. I don't know how long I can hold my breath until her artwork is revealed.

And just an observation. If you find the spelling odd, please remember, Rodney's not the only Canadian here.


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To read more about Rob's adventures in outer space and, oh yes, definitely about Rodney, John and Teyla (the stars of this epic story), stay tuned for the upcoming release of Trinity of One (a tale of love, loss and redemption), coming soon to an exclusive BigBang location near you.

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