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So, Jukebox author reveals have come and gone. My amazing gift, Trajectory was written by [personal profile] weakinteraction, whom I've been assigned to in a number of recent exchanges. (They have most excellent taste.) The story itself is 7k of science fiction of quality good enough to be in a Best Of anthology, and is ridiculously well tailored to poke at my "science fiction of vaguely thought experiment bent". Like, if you like Greg Egan, you'll probably like this.

Other stuff from the collection that I liked:
Doomed to Repeat, <1k, poetically written and about the cyclic nature of history
The Face In The Jar, <1k, compact and precise, on life after hope's death
Danse Macabre: Five Interviews from the 2013 Tarantella Epidemic, ~2k, hilarious interview-format fic from after the most innovative apocalypse I recall seeing
Saving Isobel, ~7k, a look at a dystopia of sorts where they're literally at war with nature
Or just read it all.

As for what I wrote, well, I wrote 4 things, all between 1k and 2k:

testing out Flamebyrd's Post to DW bookmarklet )
I've also started tagging all my "five-minute fandom" works with Original Works, after authors have been revealed. It's more for internal bookkeeping, but hey, why not?
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WBEX reveals are here! link

My giftfic the most perfectest thing:
A Century of Savvy Travelers: A Look Back at the GSST Project, 100 Years On (G, gen, 5.8k)
It's a retrospective book thingy with multiple travelogue excerpts in different styles and it's AMAZING. Words cannot describe how much I like it!

Periwinkle, Daffodil (T, multi, 2.4k, TGE)
This in-universe book review is well worth the read just for the descriptions of the books. (Also, I want that cape.)

Policies of the Dynasty (G, gen, 2.7k, TGE)
A look into the succession laws and such that made Maia Emperor. Features a deserved shutdown of Chavar.

Child of Ulis (T, gen, 7.9k, TGE)
An excellently-written look at pre-canon Thara Celehar, when he chooses his life of prelacy.
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What I got:
The Huntsman's Reel – Vorkosigan, T, Simon/Alys, 4440
"Somewhere in this party," said Captain Illyan, "there are four Cetagandan assassins."
A truly fantastic casefic-type where Alys gets to shine and solve a political problem.

Found in the Stars – Yoko Tsuno, G, Khâny/Yoko, 1044
Khâny missed Yoko.
Yoko and her group, at the start at what will no doubt be an exciting Vinéan adventure. Khâny and Yoko have a moment.

* shallow cluster * deep dive * Streaker find * – Uplift, G, gen, 41
When asked later why he chose to investigate the shallow cluster, Captain Creideiki would not, or could not, offer any explanation beyond this particularly obscure piece of Trinary haiku.

Other recs:
Main Collection )

Madness )
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In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. [community profile] snowflake_challenge

I do have some rec posts, but here are some TGE things!

Peace & Purring by [archiveofourown.org profile] bigsunglasses is pure cat-related adorable fluffytimes, very good as a pick-me-up after sad, tragic, or scary fics.

It’s Not the Size of the Airship; or, Less Tashin, More Passion by [archiveofourown.org profile] Island_of_Reil is comedic Cala/Beshelar porn about Beshelar being insecure about his "tashin stick" and Cala easing his fears.

Michen Mura by [archiveofourown.org profile] Path is about Maia visiting the craftsmen who'll make replacements for the michen mura lost with Varenechibel.
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The complete collection, just after author reveals.

What I wrote:
Past and Present, for [personal profile] kaesa, 1k of F/F hard SF about space lesbian smugglers.
Say My (True) Name for [personal profile] measured_words, 3.6k of worldbuildy fantasy with name-based magic in a central role.

What was written for me: (both by [archiveofourown.org profile] Eida)
Never Stop at the Horizon, 3k of slice-of-life prior to the starship Sagan being launched.
Mater In Machina, 3.5k of science fiction dystopia about a creche-mother AI.

Other recs:
reeds growing out of my fingertips by [archiveofourown.org profile] Pameluke, 3k about a water spirit who wishes to survive and will possess people to do so.
The Last Year-King by [archiveofourown.org profile] Zdenka, 5k of F/F fantasy ritual combat with excellent and intriguing worldbuilding.
A penny for the ferryman by [archiveofourown.org profile] sevenofspade, 1.5k of a woman descending into the Etruscan underworld to retrieve her lover, F/F, truly excellent.
The Temple of Thoth by [archiveofourown.org profile] thedevilchicken, 3.5k of a plant that was originally a girl in Ancient Egypt.
Tardigrade Out Of Control! by [personal profile] measured_words, 1.5k about a tardigrade space traveler, returning home!
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No this is not late I swear

The complete collection.

What I wrote: True Progress for [archiveofourown.org profile] primeideal
FTL: Faster Than Light, 1087 words, T, gen
Envoy would only like for the galaxy to know that true progress cannot be achieved through bloodshed.

What was written for me: Uncharted by [archiveofourown.org profile] jiokra
Europa Report (2013), 1558 words, G, gen
On Earth, footage from the probe has been recovered.
This is an AWESOME STORY and OMG it's exactly what I've always wanted! Whee!

Other stuff I've liked:
Supply Run by [archiveofourown.org profile] DigitalMeowMix for [archiveofourown.org profile] guineamania, a nice graphic about the Firefly crew's shopping list!
Brothers in Arms by [archiveofourown.org profile] primeideal for [archiveofourown.org profile] VampirePaladin, a FTL: Faster Than Light epistolatory fic about Robert Smith!
There was also a lot of stuff in fandoms I didn't know, so go take a look!
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My awesome, 11/10 gift:
The Iron Gates
Vorkosigan saga, 10k words (!!!), the ending of Diplomatic Immunity from Ekaterin's POV. IT'S AWESOME, GO READ.

Other neat stuff found in the main collection:
Case for Human Intrusion into the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
Expert Judgement on Markers to Deter Inadvertent Human Intrusion..., 6.5k, three different, intriguing styles of text on post-apocalyptic humans' findings on the nuclear waste storage sites of the past. No canon knowledge required.

The Captain's Report
FTL: Faster Than Light, 2.5k, a Captain Church has to explain the hilarious doings of her crew to Admiral Tully. No canon knowledge required.

The Goblin Emperor, 11k, Deret Beshelar pines for the Emperor and is distressed when the pining is requieted.

Vorkosigan saga, 2.5k, Simon Illyan associates with Aral and Cordelia over the years.

Of Guardsmen, Empress Laisa, and the Art of Trust
Vorkosigan saga, 4k, Ivan befriends Laisa, to the worry of many guards. No canon knowledge required.


Vorkosigan saga, 2k, Helen Vorthys through the years: her marriage, her studies, her children, Barrayar.

Name of the Game
Vorkosigan saga, 1.5k, Miles convinces Gregor to go on vacation and gets drafted as an assistant.

Mind the Gap
Rivers of London, 4.5k, Peter and Nightingale deal with a disturbance in the tube.

Neat stuff from Madness:
Ivan's To-Do List

Vorkosigan saga, 107 words, companion to "Of Guardsmen, Empress Laisa, and the Art of Trust"

Winds of Change
Incompetent Time-Travelling Saxophone Haters, 855 words, a group of grad students attempt to murder the inventor of the saxophone.
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Theme - long(-ish) Vorkosigan plotfic! (10k+)


[archiveofourown.org profile] ScottWashburn's Anny Payne series
(Major character death, graphic descriptions of violence)
These focus on an OC, Anny Payne, the first woman in Barrayar's military. Honorverse-flavored, with very well-written battle scenes and characters who believe in the military ideal.
Tales from the Academy (Anny's Academy days)
Lieutenants (Anny's time as a Lieutenant)
Loose Ends (Captain Payne assists Lord Auditor Vorkosigan, though this one is more Miles-centric)
Total word count: 445 644

[archiveofourown.org profile] Glishara's Guerrilla series
(Major character death, graphic descriptions of violence)
The ending of Diplomatic Immunity goes wrong, and the Cetagandans invade Barrayar. Ivan Vorpatril leads the resistance movement.
Guerrilla (the main fic)
Emperor (the tragically incomplete sequel that I'm still reccing despite its last update being in 2011)


[archiveofourown.org profile] a_t_rain's A Bit Too Much Good Work
The Byerly-and-Rish case fic, set amidst Captain Vorpatril's Alliance.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Elvaron's And the Darkness Shall Turn to Dawning
In which Alys is the one married off to Crown Prince Serg, and her only hope is a cute young ImpSec Lieutenant with an eidetic memory chip

[archiveofourown.org profile] manateehugger's Rehabilitation
Lieutenant Vorberg, victim of Miles' seizure-induced plasma arc attack, has to solve a terrorist attack on the Vorbarr Sultana metro network. He receives aid from the intriguing foreign doctor co-protagonist.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Glishara's Hydra-Headed
An Imperial Auditor is killed in the line of duty, and Miles is sent to go full Miles onto the town in question.

[archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha's The Nature of Kings
Duv Galeni saves the Prime Minister Vorkosigan from an assassination attempt. The investigation and Komarran politics talk.
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Simon, Aral, Cordelia etc
Warrant for a Day's Leave by [archiveofourown.org profile] jetta_e_rus – "After 'The Warrior's Apprentice', Aral and Simon need to reconnect. A translation by Philomytha of a Russian fic that was written for the Winterfair Open Exchange."
The Earring by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha – "Aral and Cordelia on a state visit to Beta Colony."
the winter here is cold, and bitter by [archiveofourown.org profile] Raven – "Simon Illyan is loyal, loved and a perfect spy. One of these things is a lie."

Kareen, Serg, Ezar, Piotr etc
Second Son by [archiveofourown.org profile] jmtorres – "The birth of Kareen Vorbarra's second child was was well-attended, as befit that of an Imperial Heir."
In This Stranger World by [archiveofourown.org profile] lannamichaels –"Take this oath and press it between your palms." Piotr Vorkosigan -centric

Miles' generation
The Pivot by [archiveofourown.org profile] salable_mystic – "Gregor Vorbarra is 26 when he decides that jumping off a balcony is how he will best serve Barrayar."
We're All Mad Here by [archiveofourown.org profile] a_t_rain – "In which Dono Vorrutyer flirts very briefly with convention, and breaks up with convention to flirt with Olivia."
From the Old to the New by [archiveofourown.org profile] avanti_90 – "One man can alter the course of history. A random encounter leads Duv Galeni to change his mind and return to Komarr."
The Nature of Kings by [archiveofourown.org profile] Philomytha – "The Prime Minister makes a visit to Komarr while Galeni is posted there, and the political becomes personal for them both."

Finding Absolution by [archiveofourown.org profile] Lia – "Dag Benin, the day before his graduation into the ranks of the Cetagandan Imperial Service, reflects upon the events that led him on this path for the retrieval of the honor of his line."
Kama Sutra for Kamikaze by [archiveofourown.org profile] jetta_e_rus,[archiveofourown.org profile] Tel  – "A Cetagandan ghem-officer is captured by one of the dreadful barbarians of the Dendarii hills... and turns the tables on him."
Public Enemy Number One by [archiveofourown.org profile] jetta_e_rus – "Captain Duv Galeni issues visa to some aged Cetagandan tourist. A translation by belana of a Russian fic that was written for ilanal for the Winterfair Open Exchange." Sequel to Kama Sutra for Kamikaze
Notes from the Desk of a Barrayaran Cultural Liaison Officer by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ankaret – "The job of Barrayaran Cultural Liaison Officer is one that often makes its holder wish for a transfer, perhaps even to a weather station."

Texts Presented To The Emperor The Haut Fletchir Giaja, May He Reign Forever, On The Occasion Of His Visit To Sergyar by [archiveofourown.org profile] Ankaret – "A Cetagandan haut-poet writes RPF about Cordelia and Aral's relationship."

My bookmarks, for those interested. Any comments on the format? Any recs you'd like to share? (I concentrated on what I'd not found already recced elsewhere, and those which I didn't have to hunt down.)


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