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'AKA the Greater New York Area PTSD Support Group' by triedunture - recovering the Winter Soldier was the easy part, now to try and get back Bucky Barnes. Steve/Bucky, Sam/Steve, Sam/Steve/Bucky.
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'Just Stay Alive' by Dira Sudis - a series of three stories, as the Winter Soldier tries to become more like he thinks Bucky was, also exercising what the author calls 'love through surveillance'. Steve/Bucky, Sam/Bucky, Sam/Steve, Sam/Steve/Bucky.
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'In Libres' by Elizabeth Bear, originally published in Uncanny Magazine.

The Library was not a single building, but rather a complex of buildings on the edge of campus, with only one way in. It was said to have one copy of every book ever written. This was probably an exaggeration, despite the fact that it seemed to have a functionally infinite interior. The Library was bigger on the inside, and it iterated.
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'Winter's Children' by neery - I'm not a big fan of kidfic, because most of it I find unrealistic in terms of child development or a calculated attempt to use a plot moppet for emotional purposes. This story subverts my usual attitude, as the Winter Soldier finds out that Hydra have been trying to recreate the super soldier formula by starting with the same raw material and moving onwards. Steve/Bucky.
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'Here Be Monsters' by Carrie Patel, originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.

Each day I watch the horizon, and each night I watch the stars. They can tell you a lot if you know how to read them: where you are in the world, how long you’ve been there.
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'When the Circus Lights Down' by Sarah Pinsker, originally published by Uncanny Magazine.

The circus landed in late October. It was a Tuesday night, near midnight, and I should have been asleep. I had been asleep, actually, on the couch that served as my bed, but then the rain started. Not a gentle autumn rain like we’d been getting off and on for the last week. Sharp, slanted rain that would rip the last brilliant leaves from the sycamores lining the street; the kind that drenched the floor under the window before I was awake enough to register what was happening.
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'The Nalendar' by Ann Leckie, originally published in Uncanny Magazine. Gen.

Fleeing an unwelcome suitor, Umri heads down the Nalendar river. This is a universe full of gods and, to make her escape, she makes a deal with a small god who is looking to reclaim his former status, getting dragged into his complicated (and not a little dangerous) scheme to do so.
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'The Universe, Sung in Stars' by Kat Howard, published in Lightspeed Magazine. Gen.

There is music in the stars. The stars, the planets, the asteroids, the galaxies. Everything that is flung, whirling in orbit through space and time. We dwell inside an enormous, ever-changing symphony, and each of the many universes sings a song of its own.
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'Monkey King, Faerie Queen' by Zen Cho - if, like me, you love the Monkey King, then you'll love this, as the Great Sage Equal to Heaven encounters the Fair Folk and probably scars them for life. Published in 'Kaleidotrope', gen.
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'Goatskin' by K.C. Norton - originally published on Beneath Ceaseless Skies, this is the story of Shanzi, a 'goatskin girl', who can turn herself into anything or, as she discovers, anyone. Gen.
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'Make No Promises' by Rachel Halpern - originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, what do you do when you can see the future? When the people around you don't know what's going to happen, but you do, including the betrayals? Gen.
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'Rain and Darkness Too' by jamesina - another great fic about Bucky making the transition from being the Winter Soldier to whatever-he-is-now. Steve/Bucky.
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'The King in the Cathedral' by Rich Larson - originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies this is a really nicely drawn story of an unwilling king sent into exile where nothing is quite as it seems at first. Gen.
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'as the crooked smiles fade' by millerette - in which we follow Sam, Steve and Bucky on their murder trip around Europe in the wake of Captain America: Winter Soldier. Steve/Bucky.
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'Birdcage' by philomytha - When Nightingale disappears, Peter tries to find out what happened to him. But with the London Olympics opening in a few days and a string of magical crimes across the city, he can't afford to let any more major tourist attractions blow up either. Gen.
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'Waterloo Sunset' by philomytha - off to deal with another nest of vampires, but this time it doesn't go so well. Gen.
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'The Earth and Everything Under' by K.M. Ferebee, originally published by Shimmer.

Peter had been in the ground for six months when the birds began pushing up out of the earth. Small ones, at first, with brown feathers: sparrows, spitting out topsoil, their black eyes alert. They shook and stretched their wings in the sunlight. Soon they were pecking the juniper berries and perching on rooftops, just like other birds. They were small, fat, and soft; Elyse wanted to hold them. But they were not tame and they would not come to her.
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I just updated the user profile for this account to include the fact I've been posting a lot of original/profic of the SFF genre in recent time. I've read so much good stuff that I don't see that changing any time soon - I'll probably go back and tag the SFF stuff accordingly.

However, I noticed when I updated my profile that it links to a list of what I'm reading/not reading etc. from 2006. A lot of water has flowed under the fannish bridge since then, in more ways than one, so I thought maybe I should do a new page about what is likely to appear here in case anyone is interested except me.

What you'll find here (as of February 2015):

  • Stuff set in the extended Avengers universe - various pairings and gen
  • Pro short stories/novelettes/novellas published online in the SFF genre

    Other fandoms which make an occasional appearance may include:

    Person of Interest, Master and Commander and The Eagle, as well as anything else cool and well-written that pops up in a rec list somewhere and is in a fandom I know/like.

    I hate to admit it but it's unlikely I'll be reccing much Man from UNCLE any time soon. That's not because I've fallen out of love with the show, or that I'm pouting over the impending movie, but just that I am so far behind in terms of what's being written it's no longer funny. Seriously, I will probably never catch up, so anything turning up here is only likely to do so because someone has recced it to me.
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    'Heaven Thunders the Truth' by K.J. Parker - I've read a few of his/her books but hadn't come across any shorter fiction; loved this look at someone ending up much cleverer than they ever thought because of magic which is also (naturally) quite destructive in other ways. Gen, published by Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
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    'through smoke, solid ground' by magdaliny - I've been reading a lot of Steve/Bucky since Captain America: Winter Soldier aired last year, so anything that I rec has to be above the common herd. And this is even more so, since I don't really go for stories told in the second person, but this is exceptionally good. Steve/Bucky.

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