beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
I received a Cat Pictures Please fic.  Catnip: You're Welcome, which is a sweet story.  I also wrote four stories this year: my assignment, a pinch-hit, and two treats.  See if you can guess which ones they are!

Here are my recs:

84 fics in a variety of fandoms )
beatrice_otter: Superman--red cape (Superman Cape)
Like Ephraim and Menasheh (2921 words) by Starlightify
Fandom: DCU
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jonathan Kent/Martha Kent
Characters: Jonathan Kent, Martha Kent, Clark Kent
Additional Tags: Alien Biology, Trans Character, Autism, Disabled Character, neurodivergent character, Parent-Child Relationship, Jewish Character, martha and jonathan kent's adventures in raising a space baby
Series: Part 1 of repairing the world
Summary: There's not exactly a manual on how to raise a space baby. Martha and Jonathan do the best they can.

This is actually a rec for the whole series this story is the first one of; so far it's about 20k words, each story of which is self-contained.  They are AWESOME.  Poignant, hilarious, well-characterized, matter-of-fact, trans-positive, neurodivergent-positive, Jewish-symbolism-not-Christian-as-Siegel-and-Shuster-would-have-wanted, and sweet without being saccharine.  I hope the author keeps writing these because they are LOVELY.
beatrice_otter: Eowyn holding a sword (Eowyn)
[community profile] femmeremix was, as always, a blast, and the fics have now been revealed.  (Authors will be revealed in a week.) I received this marvelous Five Gods fic:
Clarity of Purpose (the Separate Callings remix) (1233 words), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Characters: Ista dy Chalion, Iselle dy Chalion, Illvin dy Arbanos
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, Mother-Daughter Relationship, Reunions, Difficult Emotions, Paladin of Souls
Summary: Ista wonders how much she and her daughter really recognise each other, these days.

Other fics I enjoyed:
MCU, Harry Potter, and more )
beatrice_otter: Cover of Janelle Monae's Archandroid album (Archandroid)
The Moral Economy of Tech, by Maciej Ceglowski
The feeling of competence, control and delight in discovering a clever twist that solves a difficult problem is what makes being a computer programmer sometimes enjoyable.

But as anyone who's worked with tech people knows, this intellectual background can also lead to arrogance. People who excel at software design become convinced that they have a unique ability to understand any kind of system at all, from first principles, without prior training, thanks to their superior powers of analysis. Success in the artificially constructed world of software design promotes a dangerous confidence.

Today we are embarked on a great project to make computers a part of everyday life. As Marc Andreessen memorably frames it, "software is eating the world". And those of us writing the software expect to be greeted as liberators.

Our intentions are simple and clear. First we will instrument, then we will analyze, then we will optimize. And you will thank us.

But the real world is a stubborn place.
An interesting piece on technology, arrogance, politics, and the modern surveillance state.
beatrice_otter: Ginger Rogers--Dancing! (Dancing!)
[Podfic] To The Stars (50 words) by Hananobira
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lina Lamont
Additional Tags: Podfic & Podficced Works, Podfic, Podfic Length: 20-30 Minutes, Audio Format: MP3, Audio Format: M4B, Women Being Awesome, Science, Robots, Community: podfic_bingo

Lina Lamont: Mad Scientist

[ profile] Hananobira  did a wonderful podfic of one of my favorite fics!  Go listen!
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And A Hardboiled Egg (3755 words) by icarus_chained
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Discworld - Terry Pratchett
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Havelock Vetinari, Samuel Vimes, Carrot Ironfoundersson, Roberta Meserole, Rufus Drumknott, Moist von Lipwig, William de Worde
Additional Tags: Havelock is a scary man, Character Study
Summary:  A character study of Havelock Vetinari from a young child up as far as Unseen Academicals. Mentions of most of the major Ankh-Morpork players, especially Vimes. Takes off from Havelock's musings on the nature of evil in Unseen Academicals.

Vetinari is one of the most difficult characters to get right that I can imagine, and this character study nails him.  Perfect.
beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
Hypothetically (1116 words) by scribblemyname
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Maria Hill
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Friendship, Pre-Relationship, Flirting
Summary:  Stark's people expect Maria Hill to kick up a fuss when Steve Rogers brings back the Winter Soldier and so do most of the Avengers. In SHIELD, this would've been history repeating itself.

This is sweet and fun and so in character, I love it!
beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
If you haven't been reading the fic from the MCU Ladies Ficathon (aka Marvel Halfamoon) you should go do it immediately, because I don't know if I've ever participated in a ficathon where the quality of work was that high.  Almost all the stories are well-written and entertaining, and most of them are awesome in one way or another.  I've been working my way through them and squeeing the whole time because there are so many fics that I have to double-check that it wasn't written for me because it is absolutely exactly what I wanted and requested in one way or another.  Even the ones that covered territory that lots of ficcers have covered gave new and interesting (and usually thoughtful) twists.

Here are some of my favorites:

Agent Carter to Agents of SHIELD, Iron Man to Avengers, and everything in between )


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I've recced this before, but with the movie in theaters I thought I should point this out again.  John Lennard is an Oxford grad who's taught at Cambridge, and who is also a fanfic author (bracketyjack ).  He's written a very thoughtful essay on just why Fifty Shades is problmatic by explaining all the various and sundry ways the author is trampling all over fanfic, feminism, and bdsm while profiting from them.  It's both readable and well-researched, and you can pick it up for a couple of bucks at Amazon, or read it for free if you have Amazon Prime.
beatrice_otter: Plot Bunny Princess (Plot Bunny Princess)
If you mean “a short fic of less than 1000 words” you can say “ficlet” or “vignette,” but a drabble, properly speaking, is 100 words.  Anyone who doesn’t think you can do anything worthwhile with 100 words should go read “By the Water Cooler" by [personal profile] tielan .  It is hilarious and true to the characters and 100 words is exactly the right length.  (Captain America, post-TWS, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, Sam Wilson, Steve Rogers)

beatrice_otter: Tardis on a green field (Tardis)
Doctor Who is awesome. It's also intimidating, with fifty+ years of background. So it's awesome that [personal profile] londonkds has put together a series of meta posts about the history of Doctor Who from the beginning--the strengths and weaknesses of each era, best and worst episodes, and enough about what was going on behind the scenes to put it all into context. Really, really excellent stuff.

Doctor Who: a guide for the overwhelmed: Part One: the 1960s
Doctor Who: a guide for the overwhelmed: part 2: the 1970s
Doctor Who: a guide for the overwhelmed: part 3: the 1980s
Doctor Who: a guide for the overwhelmed: part 4: the 21st century
beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
That is all.

Y'all should go check it out.

I got three great fics (and a Madness yet to be revealed.)

The Language of the Unheard--The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
This is AWESOME! I love the way you write Michelle, and her relationship with Wyoh, and the political philosophy, and how you tied it in to current events, and EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS FIC.

--The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Heartbreaking and yet still with a glimmer of hope.

Tamara Adama is being bullied at school. Her Uncle Sam is the one she chooses to confide in about it.  Great character study and sketch of the family dynamics.
beatrice_otter: Talia Winters asks, what am I, a mind-reader? (mindreader)
Now, I hadn't ever heard of Janelle Monae because the only time I am introduced to music made in the last thirty years or so is when somebody does a vid of it and I go, huh, that's interesting, I like that.  And then my tastes run more to Regina Spektor.  But still: given that she's weaving an epic SF story involving robots and time travel across multiple albums and videos, why isn't more of the SF/F world talking about her?  I depend on you guys to learn about cool stuff that's happening!  You are falling down on the job!

Is there, like, a basic fannish primer out there?  So I know what to look for and what to get?  Because while the style of music in general leaves me feeling meh, she's good at it, and the overarching story has me feeling intrigued.  (This may be a new Yuletide fandom for me.)

beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
I started watching Agents of SHIELD last fall because I like the Avengers movies and didn't want to be missing stuff in fanfic about them.  I wanted a little background on the universe and didn't expect much out of it.  And, you know, for most of the season that was about what I got.  Interesting, but not really making me fannish about it.  I was particularly annoyed with Ward, who seemed to me to be a cardboard cutout stereotype.

Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier happened, and holy cow.  Because that changed everything in the MCU, and especially for any SHIELD agent.  All those plot-of-the-week episodes that I enjoyed but didn't grip me?  We were learning stuff.  We were learning stuff about the characters, and about their world.  So that when that world got turned upside down, they could do some REALLY COMPELLING storytelling about where things go from there.  (And it turns out that I WAS SO WRONG ABOUT WARD.  Or, not really, he was kind of cardboard cutout stereotype but that's because he was actively trying to be.  I got suckered SO BADLY.)

And it got renewed for a second season!  Yay!  Basically, if you haven't watched any of it yet, get it on HULU Plus or Netflix or something, because it is excellent.  And then join the fun at [community profile] agents_of_shield 

Also, Peggy Carter is getting her own TV show!  I can't wait!

I grew up a DC fan, mostly because of the excellent Bruce Timm cartoons.  I've never read many comic books, and just as I had the disposable income to start, they did the New 52 thing and it was clear from the way they handled it that DC doesn't want my money, or indeed the money of anyone who is not a white dudebro.  So it is wonderful to me that Marvel is taking up the slack and giving me compelling, intelligent stories about superheroes that are inclusive and diverse.  DC should be taking lessons.  (And also giving us a Bruce Timm-directed Wonder Woman live-action movie.)


May. 14th, 2014 07:04 pm
beatrice_otter: Men may move mountains, but ideas move men. (Ideas move men)
One of my favorite bloggers, Ada Palmer, just reviewed a new SF/F short story, The Litany of Earth by Ruthanna Emrys that is up for free at or for $1 here if you want to support the author. The review is here: Discontinuity and Empathy: a non-review of “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys.

First of all, I've never read a Cthulhu-mythos story, but this looks so interesting that I may read it anyway.

Second, this is the single most interesting book review I've ever read. It's not a synopsis, a critique, or a highlighter of the best bits. It is, instead, an exploration of the ideas and connections that the short story evoked in her. If you are at all interested in the history of Western thought, comic books, or shared-worlds meta-fic, you should read this review even if you aren't interested in the story she's reccing. Because the review is interesting enough to stand on its own feet and not just as a "should I spend my time/money on this story?"

Third, if you have any interest in the history of Western thought or comic book fandom (or how the two interact), you should already be following Ada's blog exurbe.

beatrice_otter: Maria Hill (Maria Hill)
So, that multi-fandom female-focused remix that [personal profile] tielan and [personal profile] theladyscribe were thinking about looks like it will be a go!  [community profile] femmeremix will have signups in May, probably.  Here's the tentative fandom list, in which you must have at least 3 500-word fics focused on a female character.  If there's a fandom you'd really like to see on the list, and you think you will participate, go tell the mods; they're still in preliminary planning stages.  These are fandoms in which they have four or more people saying they're eligible to sign up in it.
  • Babylon 5 (4)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (9) -- does not include Angel (3)
  • DC Comics Movies (4) - Batman and Superman
  • Doctor Who (5)
  • Fairy Tales (6) -- includes Disney Princesses
  • Game of Thrones (5)
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe (17) (not including Agents of SHIELD)
  • Pacific Rim (4)
  • Star Trek TOS (5)
  • Stargate Atlantis/SG-1 (7)
  • Supernatural (4)
  • White Collar (4)
  • The X-Files (4)

beatrice_otter: Uhura and Uhura Prime (Too awesome for one timeline)
So there are remix challenges happening, which is always exciting, because I love remix!

But remix often comes with issues of not having the ability to specify that you aren't a big fan of slash or mostly write women. While that can sometimes be part of the fun, it's also really frustrating when you've got a bunch of awesome stories about women and one not-as-awesome story about men and that one not-as-awesome story is the one that gets remixed because your author doesn't write women.

So are you into stories about women? Have you written stories about women? Would you like to read and write more of them? Would you like to read and write stories based on other people's stories? Yes? Motherfucking yes? Well then, I want to hear about it!

In short, [personal profile] tielan and [personal profile] theladyscribe are trying to gauge possible interest in a female-centric remix.

The interest-gauging post is here.
beatrice_otter: Poirot: Little Grey Cells (Little Grey Cells)
So there's this Renaissance scholar with a blog that's really cool. 2/3 of his stuff is really interesting meta on history and how it affects us today, and the other 1/3 is a random mix of stuff including how to tell just by looking if a gelato place is good and some awesome Loki-meta.  (Yes, as in Avengers Loki.)  His latest post is about the history of thought, how skepticism and the scientific method developed and why and it's awesome, you should totally go read it.
beatrice_otter: This looks like a good day for World Domination (World Domination)
You know what makes me sad right now? [ profile] crack_van has closed its doors. It was my go-to place for fic recs for years. And there is nothing quite like it on DW.

However! There are a couple of great rec coms that fill at least some of the void. [community profile] bestthingever and [community profile] fancake. And right now is a great time to join both communities!

[community profile] bestthingever is not a rec comm where you look through your bookmarks and recommend your all-time favorites. It's a comm for the avid fan to rec the latest incredible thing they came across and can't wait to share with everyone. It's for new fanworks only, and the holycrapawesome ones at that. There are no assigned reccers, just people who find the most awesome fanwork ever and can't wait to share it.

Right now is a great time to join because they're doing the Best of 2013. Any fanwork of 2013 is fair game, as long as you think it was one of the absolute best of the year.

best of 2013 @  best thing ever

Then there's [community profile] fancake. Fancake is a thematic fanwork recommendation community, where all members are welcome to post recs and fanworks of all shapes and sizes are accepted. [ profile] crack_van grouped works by fandom; [community profile] fancake groups them by theme. So, for example, there was a month for people to post Mythical Creature AUs (where the characters are werewolves or veela or mermaids or what have you) and there was a month for Awesome Women and there was a month for Established Relationships and they just finished up a month-long round for fics where the writer had done great background research. This month's theme is "Gateway fics." What fics are the ones you would give to someone who didn't know the fandom? Which fics would really "hook" someone and get them to watch the show?

fancake banner for round 39 gateway fic: thematic multi-fandom recs

My ulterior motive is to get more people reccing, which means a wider variety of fic and fandoms recced.  (When I started following these communities and reccing a year and a half ago, they were mostly bandom-focused fics getting recced.  Now there's a wide variety of stuff, which is awesome, but it would be even more awesome with more people participating!)

beatrice_otter: Yuletide (Yuletide)
I have read the entire Yuletide archive (or at least all the non-Madness fics in fandoms I know) and here are my recs:

14th Century CE RPF, Agents of SHIELD, Allstate Mayhem commercials, Batgirl, Batman Beyond, Blue Beetle, Calvin and Hobbes, Curse of Chalion, Cutting Edge, Die Hard, Elementary, ET, Galaxy Quest, The Godfather, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Jurassic Park, Kings, A League of Their Own, Mansfield Park, Miss Marple, Much Ado About Nothing, Mulan, Persuasion, Peter Pan, Sarah Jane Adventures, Singin' in the Rain, Star Trek: Rihannsu, Temeraire, Twisted Disney, Wicked, WALL-E

Written for me! A lovely Temeraire AU.
Two ways an engagement between Anahuarque and John Granby could have ended, and the one way it did. What it says on the tin. My only complaint is that it isn't longer!

Lots o' fic )


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