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Flying Solo by [personal profile] elke_tanzer - Flying Solo is one of the first fics I read in this fandom and still one of the hottest things I've read in any fandom. We're talking brain-melting, lose the power of speech hot here. This is Kara Thrace in all her glory; a strong, confident and powerful woman, comfortable in her own skin and unashamed of her sexuality. [personal profile] elke_tanzer seamlessly blends Kara's memories and her fantasies into a narrative that is as strong and as sexy as Kara herself.

Palmer's Notation by [ profile] elismor - BSG is a great fandom for secondary characters and I love that the show and the fanfic writers aren't afraid to play with them. I've had a soft spot for Cally since I first saw the mini-series, and my love has only grown as we've learned more about her. Here, [ profile] elismor takes a fleeting revelation about Cally from Episode 2.3 and spins it into a short, revelatory character study. One that is only more powerful when read with the knowledge of what comes to pass in subsequent episodes.

Servant by [ profile] inlovewithnight - I love the complexity of the relationship between Lee Adama and Laura Roslin; the give and take, the fierce but precarious interdependence. [ profile] inlovewithnight embraces that complexity and explores the many facets of the question, "what do they see in each other?" The answer is as layered, nuanced and beautiful as the characters themselves.

State of the Colonies by [ profile] isis_uf - What do you do when you discover you're world is under attack? If you're President Adar, you discover quickly and terribly exactly how little even the leader of the colonies can do. [ profile] isis_uf takes a character mentioned but never seen in canon and brings him grandly to life. In a few brief lines she sketches a character who is believable, flawed and altogether human; a leader discovering how tenuous that leadership is, a powerful man discovering how impotent that power can be.

Five Ways to Lose Your Faith (And One to Find It) by [ profile] myalchod - Another pov of the cylon attack, this from a young priestess aboard the passenger liner Tyche's Blessing in the midst of a pilgramage to each of the 12 colonies. It is a simple story, in 6 linked vignettes, of the loss and rebirth of faith, of the descent into darkness and the promise of spring. Ellie is a believable and sympathetic viewpoint character and [ profile] myalchod has done a nice job of anchoring her experiences to the familiar events of the series occurring elsewhere in the fleet. What really makes this story though is the vision presented of the Colonies' religion. Mixing what little can be gleaned from the show with elements of Greek myth, [ profile] myalchod makes the colonist's faith feel tangible and real, with prayers and rituals and beliefs deftly woven into the pattern of day to day life.

Calliope by [ profile] rheanna27 - [ profile] rheanna27 presents the story of the cylon invasion from the point of view of the crew of the Calliope, a family-run cargo-ship and the smallest member of the Rag Tag Fleet. The Calliope is a family-run ship in the strictest sense. Her crew consists only of the captain, Max, his wife Helen and their two children. From the safety of this small microcosm we witness the destruction of civilization and the gathering together of the remnants into something new. Max and Helen are incredibly alive. I almost feel like I'd recognize them if I met them on the street, their concerns, their love, their wondering about what might have been, all are deftly portrayed. Lee Adama gets a cameo towards the end of the story, and he's excellently drawn as well, but the story ultimately belongs to the Calliope and her crew and to all the little families out there in the fleet struggling to survive in a dangerous new world.

Intra by [personal profile] svilleficrecs - Formatted as a series of fragments and scenes, Intra is a story told in borrowed time. Set entirely during the episode "33" it focuses not on the fights or the briefings or the jumps, but on those few precious minutes sandwiched in-between, when the exhausted pilots are finally able to pause and breathe and eat or shower or even snatch a few precious minutes of sleep or a desperate hand-job in the shower. Although her focus is on Lee and Kara's relationship -- past and present -- [ profile] svilleficrecs also turns her keen eye on some of the other pilots and deck crew. [ profile] svilleficrecs has a talent for spare, sharply-drawn characterizations, even those characters who only get one or two lines feel fully realized. But her Lee and Kara are the heart of this story, she captures everything that makes them captivating without shying away from either's more infuriating traits all while deftly weaving a picture of their past, their present and even their tenuous future.

Your Quaint Honour by [personal profile] voleuse - What is that moment when a relationship turns from a friendship to something else? Sometimes it's not a single moment or a single conversation, sometimes it isn't any words at all, just a series of minute changes and gradual shifts. In "Your Quaint Honour" [ profile] voleuse charts the unspoken shift in Lee and Kara's relationship, a shift that begins with the ending of civilization. [ profile] voleuse's strength is her prose. With stark, elegant sentences, she illuminates the unspoken, drawing out the meaning in a look, a touch, a slight shift in behaviour. She alternates segments of story with excerpts of verse (the poem To His Coy Mistress), a technique that is difficult to pull off. Here though, the juxtaposition is perfect, with the verse serving both to complement and to add richness to the narrative.

Ekphugion by [ profile] fourteenlines - I am so in love with this story. I've been reccing it everywhere I could think of ever since I first read it. Written for this year's Multiverse Crossover Ficathon, Ekphugion deposits the crew of the Galactica in the midst of Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan series. Departing from BSG canon at the end of season one, [ profile] fourteenlines imagines what might happen if the Rag Tag Fleet were to come out of jump and find themselves orbiting an inhabited planet with a very confused military presence. Fortunately for everyone involved, the planet is Sergyar, part of the Barrayaran Empire in Lois Bujold's Vorkosigan series and there is probably no one in the universe better equipped to deal with this situation then the Viceroy and Vicereine of Sergyar. Everything about this story thrills me. Shaye has a great grasp of both universes and entertwines two large casts and a handful of memorable walk-on OCs brilliantly. All the interactions are delightful and the outsider perspective on both universes is absolutely fascinating and dead on. If you haven't read Bujold's books parts of this story may be confusing, but I recommend it heartily anyway, if for no other reason then that it might inspire you to give her wonderful universe a spin.


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