SGA thematic list: alien cultures and new non-human aliens

This SGA thematic list concerning aliens is divided into two parts:

  1. stories featuring (human) alien Pegasus cultures prominently somehow (including the cultures of Sateda and Athos, the Genii and other canonical peoples), preferably if the culture is explored, but if one of the culture's aspects works as a plot device in an unusual way that's okay too, as long as the aliens are visible as having a culture in their own right. This excludes the "aliens made them do it" genre (for which specialized thematic lists already exist anyway) unless the focus is very much the culture and its reasons to require visitors to engage in sexual relations, rather than a "there was a random, irrational fertility ritual *hand-wave*, so John and Rodney have sex" kind. This also excludes any story in which Pegasus aliens only make a token appearance.
  2. stories with new non-human aliens, i.e. not stories featuring canonical non-humans like the Asgard, Ancients, or the Wraith, which I feel is a different theme.

These are not recs, but a thematic list. I'll link gen stories as well as all kinds of pairings, but at least initially it's biased towards pairings I read, e.g. I don't read John/Elizabeth so I'll need others to point out stories from those corners of fandom fitting the list criteria to me. I decided to list the stories with the authors' summaries (if available) rather than listing what kinds of aliens appear in order to avoid spoiling the stories.

If you want a story added, your own or others, please send me the title, author, pairings (if any), summary, a public link (i.e. no f-locked or community member locked LJ entries and the like), whether it's a WIP, and under which topic it'll fit, so that I can list the story.

Last updated: November 19, 2014

1. stories featuring alien cultures

Alien Metallic Toys, by Mirabile Dictu
Teyla Emmagan/Kanaan, Torren. 1,625 words. No summary provided by author.

Almost All Grown Up, by xparrot
Gen. 5,900 words. This, now, was Teyla's first Assemblage since her twelfth Turning, the first she would go to as one of Athos, not an unidentified child.

Alpha Centauri, by Hth
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/Ronon Dex. Series. Alpha Centauri is a trinary star system composed of a primary pair of yellow dwarfs (Alpha Centauri A and B) gravitationally bound to an outlying red dwarf (Proxima Centauri).

And All We Have, by seekergeek
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 49,000 words. Earth is gone, lost to the Ori and Atlantis has to take a hard look at how to survive now that they're on their own.

Ardhanarishvara, by auburnnothenna and monanotlisa
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay/Ronon Dex. 207,540 words. "Tell me, Colonel, did you take a look around and think, hey, it's the Planet of Sex Changes?"

Artisan, by friendshipper
Gen, Ronon Dex. 1,200 words. A boy makes a choice; his parents have other ideas.

Ashna and Eshon, by sheafrotherdon
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 2,100 words. It was Teyla who eased Rodney through the first days of his convalesence.

Athosian For Beginners, by trinityofone
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 11,000 words. She knew what was happening, but it was impossible. Like suddenly knowing, The sun won't rise in the morning. Gravity doesn't work. The Wraith don't mean any harm...

Beast of Burden, by wickedwords
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 4,350 words. Rodney was reeducated, given a good job far from the capital city.

Before the Fall, by kestrelsan
Keras/John Sheppard. 7,500 words. Atlantis is looking for allies. John's looking for something.

Belonging, by Martha Wilson
Gen. 9,350 words. When a mission turns into a trap, Ronon is the only one who can rescue John.

Benched, by cesperanza
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 12,500 words. "I've learned so much from you."

The Birds, by miriel
Gen. 970 words. For as long as anyone can remember, the Genii have lived underground.

Blinking in the Sun, by minnow1212
Teyla/Kanan, Rodney/John, Teyla-centric. 2,000 words. Their trading partners made them pretend to do it. Again.

The Body Holographic, by Leah and springwoof
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 68,100 words. "I would give anything for you to be real."

Bound by Will, by sheafrotherdon
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 2,300 words. On PX8-839, scientists are valued above all other commodities.

A Broader Mark For Sorrow, by thedaytheystop
John Sheppard/OMC. 3,600 words. AU from the Return, Part I. John moves on, and remembers. "After a while--he thinks it's been a year, maybe more, since he entered Daren by bribing a naïve, curious guard with a story of life beyond the ancestor's ring--he notices that he's beginning to look like them, the Darenese."

but the nights are better (out here) and its sequel from the edge of the green sea, by Auburn
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan/Kanaan, Ronon Dex/OFC. 7,200 words. They find safe harbor at the Winterfair on Ljósver.

Catalysis, by chandri
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 61,100 words. After Rodney is held hostage on a trading mission, he starts to slowly fall apart. When he won't admit anything's wrong, he's sent back to Earth to recover, and it's up to John to pick up the pieces.

Circle of the Sun, by LadyAmarra
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/OC. 42,300 words. The people of Cirellia find a naked stranger at the base of their sacred mountain and take him in. They give him a name, shelter and a Family, and the dark haired stranger tries his best to find a way to reciprocate their kindness but he struggles to fit in or be useful, secretly yearning for the sky of an unknown world, a city of silver spires and a blue eyed man who only exist in his dreams...

A Civil Contract, by saphanibaal
Gen, Teyla Emmagan, John Sheppard. 2,230 words. A gen take on one (and a half) of the oldest stock romance plots ever; the words one says may not be those one's listener hears.

Cocytus, by eretria and murron
Gen. 7,800 words. They cry for those who have no one left to cry for them. In Greek mythology, Cocytus, meaning river of wailing (Greek κωκυτóς, "lamentation") was the river in the underworld on the banks of which the dead who could not pay Charon wandered, according to most accounts, for one hundred years.

Come and Join the Dance, by Mirabile Dictu
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 12,974 words. "Any child would be lucky to have you as a father, Rodney."

The Complexity of Daily Life, by Teaphile
Teyla Emmagan/Rodney McKay/Ronon Dex/John Sheppard. 33,835 words. We're the refugees this time, John. Elizabeth sat down, narrowing her eyes at him. Better get used to it.

The Convocation, by the_drifter
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 3,500 words. The idea was so startling that Rodney actually shut the laptop and pushed it aside. "You're serious," he said to Teyla. "Someone in the Pegasus Galaxy is hosting a scientific conference?"

Dancing Stones, by Auburn
Gen. 4,375 words. Excerpt from a longer, incomplete work. Conceived in 2007 and written intermittently over 2008 and not canonical.

Days of the Dead: The First Day (Animaliorum), by saphanibaal
Gen, Ronon Dex, John Sheppard, Melena. 2,558 words. Ronon had found out where the ritual room was in Atlantis well before the summer had begun.

Days Under Different Stars, by Temaris
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 3,920 words. Step by step, patience and readiness in all things.

Defend, Disarm, Destroy, by Filenotch
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 12,200 words. "If you're going to die, I have to say something." "Go ahead," John says, still annoyed that Rodney is keeping him awake. "Did you watch Voyager?"

De Profundis, by Hth
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/Ronon Dex/Teyla Emmagan. 8,400 words. There was no set of circumstances where that particular configuration of fire, electricity, cultists, gravity, and sociopolitical upheval was going to give anyone a good feeling, but worse this time than normal, because by that point Rodney had gotten used to all three of them and also kind of more or less fallen in love.

Devotio Moderna, by Baroqy
Gen. 93,785 words. When Sheppard and McKay wind up as guests of the local religious order, the last thing they expect is for the monks to be a bigger threat than the local war lord. Especially when Sheppard finds himself the unwilling companion of a malfunctioning Ancient computer.

Dreams Beneath Our Feet, by Neevebrody
Gen. 9,500 words. "Yes, and how many of those friends would sell their own grandmother for what the Genii will be offering for our capture? Hmm? You know as well as I, soon enough every bounty hunter in three galaxies will be looking for us." His face grew hot and sweat prickled the back of his neck. He held up his hand. "And don't forget about these. We're marked. It would only be a matter of time. And then what-do you think their little fun and games will be enough to keep them occupied?" His voice grew louder. "I did not escape Hell to be thrown back into it.

Diplomacy in Waltz Tempo, by wickedwords
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 8,300 words. Get the men inside," Pentau ground out. "This is no place for them."

Duet, by Blueraccoon
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 19,200 words. du·et (n.) 1. Music: A. A composition for two voices or two instruments. B. A group of two singers or two instrumentalists. 2. A pair.

East of The Sun, West of The Moon, by Dossier
Gen. 150,000 words. That which does not kill us, makes us stronger--Friedrich Nietzsche.

Eat Your Heart Out, Peggy Fleming, by miss-porcupine
Gen. 28,000 words. The Ice Capades come to Pegasus and John gets a front-row seat.

Enlightenment, by Luthien
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 20,000 words. "Three representatives from Atlantis and three only for this negotiation, those had been the Rengarians' terms." On what should have been a routine mission, Elizabeth is unexpectedly reminded that people are unpredictable and things are not always what they seem.

Entaillen, by miss-porcupine
Gen. 27,300 words. Those with the ATA gene inherited more than a city that talks back.

Eternity, by Kriadydragon
John Sheppard/OFC. 29,350 words. "There are a lot of galaxies out there. Lots of worlds to explore. Things we can't possibly begin to imagine. If... if you... survive, if you make it back in our lifetime, find me, okay? Because I want to hear all about it."

Eurydice Turns Left, by vee_fic
Gen. 33,400 words. "Aha!" crowed Rodney. "Better a wuss than the biggest klutz in two galaxies."

Exposure, by wneleh
Gen. 7,000 words. Ronon has to make amends for a crime he committed on the run. But this time around, he's not alone anymore.

First Contact, by liviapenn
John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. 5,400 words. At first, she does not even know what to call them, or how to think of them.

Five People John Sheppard Didn't Kill on P11-23R, by Sardonicsmiley
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 9,600 words. The boys get kidnapped, John gets them out. Told by five people he doesn't kill in the process.

The Forest People, by seperis
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 8,500 words. He can still hear the beat of drums, matching the hard beat of his heart, and catching his breath, Rodney keeps running.

Forever Home, by Kass
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 13,870 words. "The point is, at the end of the day I can tell you a lot more about their music -- unsurprisingly based on octaves -- and their math, which is in octal just like the Ancients' -- but not a damn thing about the location of this planet's stargate."

Forever Young, by saphanibaal
Gen, Sora, Teyla, Genii. 6,859 words. Teyla, age thirteen, visits the Genii; or, "This is the Gateway; you have to be Gatewaysteaders first and Genii second if Gatewaystead is to fulfill its function!"

Forget Me Not, by maisierita
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 47,000 words. John the servant turns out not to be anything like Rodney would have imagined.

Fortuitous Night, Fated, Free, by mirabile-dictu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/OMC. 18,300 words. "You kidnapped me, Sah. I can hardly thank you for that."

Found, by ekaterinn and the_acrobat
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 5,160 words. "She says her name was John, which they pronounce “Shon” and Ni'ara names her Shon're, which means found one."

Fractures, by Artaxastra
John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. 3,480 words. Sometimes attraction's not enough, when the world breaks on the fractures. This goes toward the end of Season One, after the episode "Sanctuary" and then during the episode "Letters from Pegasus", when the Wraith armada is bearing down on Atlantis.

Friends and Old Wine, by Eildon Rhymer
Gen, Ronon Dex. 2,800 words. Not long after arriving on Atlantis, Ronon is given a bottle of Satedan firewine, the last of its kind. Throughout the events of the next few years, it stays unopened, because Sateda is gone...

Funny Valentine, by linabean
Rodney McKay/Ronon Dex. 14,400 words. "He has a point," I say. "Multiculturalism is important in, in many ways."

The Gamers of Ardann, by scribblinlenore
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 9,400 words. He'd tried to feel the gratitude she obviously expected, and felt guilty when that failed. But the past was a dark moon of memory, as if he'd appeared out of thin air, and there was nothing to measure anything against.

The Good Fight, by Kriadydragon
Gen, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard. 42,000 words. Sheppard and McKay must journey home after an incident leaves them stranded on a hostile world. Sheppard has amnesia, and as if that wasn't bad enough, has been branded a wanted criminal. Action, adventure, wierd alien creatures lots of friendship, and best of all - Sheppard and McKay whumping ;).

Gulfs Between Him And The Seraphim, by Tielan.
Gen, implied John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan, Teyla Emmagan/Kanaan, Ronon Dex/Amelia Banks, and Rodney McKay/Jennifer Keller. 3,920 words. The cultual differences between Earth and Pegasus are neither absolute nor all-encompassing, but they can cause problems.

Halling on Life/Death and Young Ancestors, by bluetoads
Gen. 1,273 words. He says they are descendants of the ancestors, not ancestors. I have tried to tell him that descendants means they are still ancestors...

Heart of glass, by flambeau
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 20,000 words. John and Rodney get caught up in an Ancient story.

Helping Hands, by wildcat88
Gen, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan. 8,700 words. John and Teyla search for the Athosians after a possible clue is found during the clean up of the settlement.

Hero for a New Age, by smittywing
Gen, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay. 11,800 words. "Superman's the last of his kind, too," Ronon said quickly. "I'm going to try to get McKay to rig me up some heat vision so I can melt steel like Superman."

The House of Three Skylarks, by mirabile-dictu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 20,541 words. Like radiation, Rodney was everywhere, snapping his fingers, talking too loudly and far too quickly, and now, like radiation, he was undergoing exponential decay.

Hunting Parties, by Victoria Custer
John Sheppard/OMC. Series. On what seems like an easy mission, John gets captured, Rodney and the others go nuts looking for him.

If You Wish Upon a Star, by Lunabee34
Gen. 1,180 words. When Idos Servalan is seven cycles old, he is taken below ground for the first time. He has never seen anything like the machines that fill the subterranean caverns of his world--whole forests full of blinking lights and metal. The air is cold and damp down here for all that the space is packed with people. Idos shivers.

I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly to Be Frightened of the Night, by Mirabile Dictu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 12,125 words. He did like that all the cadets were required to address him as "sir," though.

Incipere, by miss_porcupine
Gen, Ronon Dex. 2,700 words. Once upon a time, he could read (Ancient and Modern Satedan), play an instrument, and do calligraphy because that's what people of his social class were expected to learn. He doesn't see the need for any of it in Atlantis and it's not like anything here is written in Satedan script.

In the City of Seven Walls, by auburnnothenna
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/OFC, John Sheppard/OMC. 171,600 words. Gilded cages are still cages. Sheppard and McKay survive life in slavery.

In Their Image, by Teaphile
Gen. 860 words. This was not art. This was desperation.

It's Always Autumn in the Old Trees of Despair and its sequel Winter, by kodiak-bear
Gen. 65,835 words and 34,031 words. A trade agreement goes wrong. Sheppard is separated from his team, forced to live a life foreign and dangerous, while the rest of the team and Carson Beckett must cope with the events. / After Kate certifies John fit for active duty, an accident threatens his life and leads Kate to reexamine her actions and fitness as a psychologist.

Inukshuk, by Murron.
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 87,400 words. Another mission-gone-south isolates Rodney and John from the rest of the team. Forced to search for an Ancient outpost, they struggle to keep each other alive until the time their kidnappers prepare to sacrifice the one and purify the other (set at some generic point after The Hive).

Kala's Tale, by kriadydragon
Gen, John Sheppard, Ronon Dex. 7,250 words. Some legends tend to be a bit skewed.

Kindred, by tielan
Gen, team. 28,000 words. John and his team encounter a charismatic local leader who resents Atlantis' influence in the Pegasus galaxy.

The Lay of Celoni More, by troyswann Gen. 3,800 words. Looking back through an alien eye, from the far end of history. Ethnography, in a way.

Learning Curve, by tigs
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 3,400 words. Rodney learns.

Leavenworth, by amireal
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 13,000 words. "On the plus side, we're apparently in the Ritz of prison cells."

Lessons of Loss, by miriel
Gen, Teyla Emmagan. 815 words. For as long as she can remember, Teyla has known death.

Long Way Home, by muccamukk
Gen, John Sheppard, Teyla Emmagan. 4,200 words. Three scenes in Teyla's life: two of movement, and one of stillness, and how John Sheppard helps her through them.

Lost in Translation, by Domenika Marzione
Gen, Teyla Emmagan, John Sheppard. 2,100 words. Teyla's (and the Athosians') culture clash with the Earth folks in Atlantis.

Lustration, by shetiger
Unrequited Keras/Sheppard. 1,080 words. He lets himself look, because there is no reason not to. Set within the episode Childhood's End.

The machinery of heaven, by flambeau
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 42,500 words. On a trading mission, the team gets caught up in local politics.

Mend, by minnow1212
John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex. 5,700 words. Three years, several shootings, multiple conversations.

Men of Action, by boochicken
Gen, team. 2,100 words. This was not what John had expected when his team was asked to pose by the artist's guild on MX-472.

Midwinter, by seperis
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 3,800 words. It's the fifth time.

Missing Breath, by perspi
Gen, Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan. 3,800 words. Teyla helped make a home for Ronon, once. In the face of loss and grief, Ronon returns the favor.

The Modern Man's Hustle, by eleveninches
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Ronon Dex/Elizabeth Weir, incidental Lorne/Teyla. 23,200 words. A diplomatic mission has lasting consequences for Elizabeth and Ronon. Featuring alien wildlife, fake marriages, witch hunts.

My Home And Native Land, by Copperbadge.
Gen, Ronon Dex, Chuck. 16,000 words. Ronon's friendship with Chuck, the head Gate Tech of the Atlantis mission, leads him to discover the strange and alien ways of Canadians and helps him lay his past to rest.

Mr Woolsey's Guide to Etiquette in the Pegasus Galaxy, by busaikko
John Sheppard/Richard Woolsey. 4,950 words. Practical examples of etiquette essential for survival in the Pegasus Galaxy.

The New Frontier, by harriet-spy
Gen. 12,600 words. Six years after the end of the war, there are still battles to be fought.

A Night at the Opera, by shetiger
Ronon/Elizabeth/Teyla. 5,200 words. Aliens didn't make them do it. They just encouraged nicely. With a fruit basket.

Night Swimming, by friendshipper
Radek Zelenka/Teyla Emmagan. 7,900 words. She was sunshine and shadow, lightning and sky; she was earth and deep water, roses and ice; she was the cold perfection of mathematics, and the mellow glory of cathedral bells on a December afternoon. She was all that he wanted, and all that he feared.

No Light and Transient Cause, by sheafrotherdon
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 21,500 words. Rodney McKay has an opinion on everything, including whether, in times of crisis, John Sheppard has any business risking death. Answer: no, don't be utterly stupid, what kind of ridiculous half-wit are you anyway?

Nomenclature, by purna
Gen. 1,240 words. He looks no different.

None Can Quite Extinguish, by sheafrotherdon
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 45,300 words. Unwilling to accept that Sateda has been destroyed, Ronon -- newly aided by the citizens of Atlantis -- convinces Weir to let him visit his homeworld and see things for himself. Accompanied by Teyla, Sheppard and McKay, he discovers that just over a hundred Satedans survived the culling of the planet, eking out life amid the ruins the Wraith left behind, taking care to breathe no word of their existence to anyone else. Despite a rocky beginning to their relationship, the Lanteans attempt to help the Satedans flourish - an undertaking that's hampered by distrust, resistance, and factionalism among those who survived. Amid this, Rodney meets Caius, the 21 year old best hope for a scientist the Satedans can offer, and the role of science in destroying and rebuilding worlds becomes a point of contention for everyone involved - Satedans and Lanteans alike.

nothing else but the mysterious pull of the moon, by mirabile-dictu
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan/Ronon Dex, Elizabeth Weir/Radek Zelenka, Lorne/OFC. 21,140 words. They really were evacuating Atlantis.

Nothing is Different (But Everything's Changed), by pocky_slash
Teyla Emmagan/Kanan. 3,475 words. Teyla evolves.

Of Seagulls and Strange Galaxies, by mayachain
Gen. 1,971 words. Stranded on Earth, Teyla's team is in need of reconnection, Athosian style.

Of Tricksters and Idioms, by saphanibaal
Gen. 2,300 words. In every culture, there are tricksters.

Ohashi, by losyark
Miko Kusanagi/Ronon Dex. 1,450 words. Ronon just wants a civilized meal.

*new* The Monsters Men Don't See by anna_bird
Gen. 5,218 words. They meet the Paria in space, their ship part of Larrin's fleet. At first Rodney's a little wary (who wouldn't be, after what Radek's told him about the nature of Traveler "engineers") but these people have real science aboard their ship: remnants of labs and experiments and technology, some of it Ancient, some of it their own creation and more advanced then the Hoffans' stuff.

One thing Ronon's tattoo doesn't mean, by liviapenn
Gen. 1,250 words. There's a saying where Ronon comes from. It goes like this: 'They feed you well in the militia.'

On the Brink, by simonesimone
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 18,400 words. No summary provided by author.

Over Sear and Ash, by esteefee
Gen. 11,802 words. Ronon returns to find Sateda wasn't destroyed, but there's no going back in time.

Pangeneses, a sequel to Panthalassa, by Sapote3
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 16,000 words. There are heroes in the seaweed, there are children in the morning.

Parsus, by scribblinlenore
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan, Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 12,500 words. Sometimes there just is no substitute.

Patchwork, by Auburn
Gen, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard. 18,500 words. People are all made up of pieces of each other. Sheppard and McKay are just more obvious about it.

Pavane for No Princess, by harriet-spy
John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. 4,000 words. "Oh body swayed to music, oh brightening glance,/ How can you tell the dancer from the dance?"

Pegasus Literature 101 (Pass/Fail Remix), by busaikko
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 4,000 words. Atlantis reads the Great Books... of Pegasus.

Penitent, by Hth
Teyla Emmagan, multiple pairings. 8,850 words. "It wasn't your fault." (AU branching off from "The Long Goodbye")

Pianoforte, by mirabile-dictu
Ronon Dex/Rodney McKay. 13,895 words. It's not a piano.

Pilgrim's Hands, by Siriaeve
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 2,100 words. It had taken Teyla some time to grow used to life on Atlantis.

Pilgrim's Progress, by Sardonicsmiley
Gen, Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan. 43,000 words. "You're not God, Sheppard's not your messiah, and I'm not the anti-Christ. But I am going to kill you."

Planet Megalodon Wraith Defense Force, by pentapus
Gen. 31,800 words. John was going to have to accept that his dignity was a necessary sacrifice for Rodney's peace of mind.

Pour It Open, by shetiger
Gen. 3,200 words. Teyla shares an Athosian ritual with the team after John returns from Earth.

Qui Habitat, by miss-porcupine
Gen. 44,000 words. For Atlantis, it takes about six months after the Ori subjugated the Milky Way for things to start to go wrong.

Rabbit, Rock and Twig, by giddygeek
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 2,500 words. "I'm burning that when we get back to Atlantis," John told him. Ford grinned cheerfully. "But you can't burn my memory," he said. "Uh, sir."

The Rain Gods, by seperis
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. WIP. Waking up is when it starts.

The Ratio of Burning, by stillane
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 11,814 words. It's a delicate balance.

Reasonable and Customary and its sequel Preexisting Conditions, by darkrose & telesilla
Rodney McKay/Ronon Dex. 4,889 words each. Ronon is determined to court Rodney in the proper Satedan way.

Red Flowers, by temaris
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 25,620 words. On Canlaon, anything is for sale.

Refugees in Rivertown, by Sholio
Gen. 5,400 words. Young Lona and her sisters are orphans and charnel pickers, making their living by stripping dead bodies. But one day they find a woman who is not yet dead ... a woman from another world.

Reside, by minnow1212
Gen. 3,920 words. The Return, part I: Pegasus galaxy remix.

A Richer Dust Concealed, by Mira
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 12,100 words. Hard lands make hard people, John had once heard Andy Corrigan say, and from his experience on Truebo, he believed it.

A Ring in the Black Sea, by Basingstoke
Teyla Emmagan/Jack Harkness, Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones. 6,633 words. SGA/Torchwood crossover

Rise, by minnow1212
Gen, team. 2,940 words. Every job has its fringe benefits. Theirs have more than most.

The Rising of the Green, by Eildon Rhymer
Gen. 4,300 words. On Athos, it is the first day of summer, when people look to the future and celebrate new life. On Atlantis, Teyla watches her new companions edge falteringly towards friendship, and considers where her future lies.

Rogue, by leesa-perrie
Gen. 22,400 words. Ronon Dex meets a displaced man, running from his own people in an Ancester-built ship...

A Royal Deception by mandragora1
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 13,027 words. Atlantis needs Prince Rodney back.

Sacrificial Drift, by auburnnothenna
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 32,100 words. Of course it all went south on the third day. The Nsheen believe; Sheppard doesn't. Lines are crossed.

Salt Of The Earth, by Dasha
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 77,100 words. Rodney has almost everything he wants.

Scheherazade, by in-wintertime
Gen. 52,000 words. McKay is eager to study new technology that offers a chance of preserving memories of the culled, but Atlantis's new trading partners want something in return.

The Seat of Talents, by xparrot
Gen. 19,500 words. The team gets caught in a trade deal that will have an unexpected cost for one of their four.

The Second Terrace of Purgatory, by miss-porcupine
Gen. 27,000 words. Lorne's not too fond of this kind of deja vu.

Second Verse (Same as the First), by friendshipper
Gen, Teyla Emmagan, John Sheppard. 3,000 words. "The Marines call it the Planet of the Willing Virgins, you know." It's the "willing" part that's debatable.

Selena of the Bears (Aesop's Choose Your Own Adventure Remix), by friendshipper
Carson Beckett/Ronon Dex. 3,300 words. Every culture sees the world through the lens of its stories. It's been a long time since Ronon last had the chance to hear a story whose ending he does not know.

The Seven Maids Mere, by Martha
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 7,500 words. "What Ronon means," Teyla interrupted, apparently having lost patience with them all. "is that the mere itself has an ... unfortunate reputation." "Unfortunately, it's haunted," Ronon clarified.

A Shadow of a Tree, by mirabile-dictu
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan/Ronon Dex. 10,700 words. "It's your choice. But there aren't many Satedans left. Shouldn't you take a little more care to preserve your society?"

Something Like Home, by mirabile-dictu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard/Ronon Dex/Teyla Emmagan. 11,000 words. And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. -- Isaiah 32:2

Songs of Athos, by friendshipper
Gen, Teyla Emmagan. 3,000 words. Teyla discovers Earth music -- and rediscovers her own.

So Petals Moulder, by shetiger
Teyla/Halling. 1,850 words. As the team bond over shared stories of their youth, Teyla remembers what was.

Spirits of the Dead , by kodiak-bear.
Gen. 28,000 words. The problem with pandemics, though, often stretched beyond the initial death tolls.

Steadfast, Loyal and True, by Hth
Ronon Dex/Melena, Teyla. 22,200 words. No summary provided by author.

stars gather, dreams pour into your pillows, by Mira
Teyla Emmagan/Sora, Teyla/OMC, Teyla Emmagan/Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagan/Kanaan. 62,520 words. "Nothing is okay, Rodney, and everything is wrong -- I have lost my home so many times; so few of my people survive, we are no longer Athosians but simply another group of culled and terrorized survivors with no fields to plow, no rivers to fish, no homes to return to; we have nothing."

The Storyteller, by Seperis
Gen. 2,470 words. "Do you not speak of the honored dead?" Kaile asks from across the fire.

The Strange Case of Dr. McKay and Mr. X, by dossier
Gen. 13,000 words. "I think we've lost Dr. McKay."

Strangers When We Meet, by Jendavis
John Sheppard/Ronon Dex. 14,003 words. Sateda never fell.

Strength and honor are her clothing, by kajikia
Gen. 5,700 words. "We don't leave a woman behind, either, ma'am."

A Strong Tea, by shetiger
Gen. 900 words. Charin had made certain Teyla would always remember this recipe, even if it made the lines around her eyes draw into tight furrows of sorrow each time Teyla repeated the words.

The Subterraneans, by Vanitashaze
Gen. 1,400 words. In a hundred years, they will be honored. An evolution of ghosts.

Summerland (Portrait of the Man As a Boy), by samdonne
Gen. 13,600 words. Sheppard always seemed to him a man who hadn't enjoyed growing up, and didn't like seeing it happen to good people. (sequel to Your Cowboy Days Are Over)

Sunrise Prophecy, by allisnow
Gen, Sheppard/Teyla friendship. 14,200 words. There is a story among our people that has been told, as far back as anyone living can remember, of the man that will save us from the Wraith.

Syzygy, by naye
Gen, Rodney McKay, Ronon Dex. 15,000 words. Rodney, Ronon, and a day that begins with a land tsunami, and goes downhill from there.

Takes on Spots: Three, by saphanibaal
Gen, Teyla, Charin, Toran, Orin, Tagan. 562 words. In which the traditional response to childhood infectious diseases is used.

Takes on Spots: Four, by saphanibaal
Gen, Ronon Dex. 2,962 words. In which the meaning of "inoculation" before it became used as a synonym for "vaccination" is demonstrated.

Term of Service, by resonant8
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, RodneyMcKay/OFC, John Sheppard/OFC. 19,000 words. "You're telling me that you would sell your bodies for curiosity, orbital shielding, and a quarter-charged ZPM?" "Well, yeah. Who wouldn't?"

This Is the Song that Goes Like This, by argosy
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 3,200 words. And that was how Rodney got sucked against his will into the Day of Renewal celebration, or--as Rodney liked to think of it--Teyla's Athosian Extravaganza.

This Tardiest Explorer, by mirabile-dictu
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan, Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 8,341 words. All good love stories begin with a kiss.

Three Brothers, by Sholio
Gen. 8,100 words. Teyla has 3 brothers: They're all born in Pegasus. When they're still kids, Sateda creates a great alliance across many worlds and exchanges male children between them to cement the agreement. Teyla loses her cousin Kanaan and gains three brothers she never wanted.

The Three Hunters, by Mirabile Dictu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 19,000 words. Rodney couldn't sit still; he orbited around Teyla, squirming his way along the side decks to the bow, peering into the foaming water beneath them, then back to the stern to study the little motor, still sounding a bit rough to his ears, then down the companionway into the galley and on into the forward cabin and so back to Teyla.

Ties, by yin_again
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, Teyla Emmagen/Ronon Dex, Teyla Emmagan/OMC. 2,730 words. No one was particularly surprised when Teyla started dating. Several people were surprised that the person she was dating wasnt Ronon.

to dream such things, by cupidsbow
Gen. 1,360 words. The quiet was so deep, it was as though the world had stopped turning. It was a feeling Teyla had experienced before, on other worlds. On too many other worlds.

Too dear for my possessing, by harriet-spy
John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan, Teyla Emmagan/OMC. 12,950 words. 'Okay,' Rodney said, 'I officially vote this Worst Mission Ever.'

The Topography of Heaven, by mirabile-dictu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 11,500 words. "We're happy to let a key member of our personnel be loaned out for cleaning services?"

Trading Partners, by springwoof
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Rodney McKay/OFC, John Sheppard/OFC. 42,265 words. The things McKay was willing to do for really good coffee cake...

Translation, by Penknife
Gen, Ronon Dex, John Sheppard. 1,600 words. Figuring out someone else's culture isn't always easy.

Traturian Thaw, by sheafrotherdon
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 4,300 words. Winter + 'the old ways' = trouble. John could've told you so.

The True Story of When They Went A-Wandering, by Auburn
Gen, team. 16,290 words. It's just like a mission, only not. Team Sheppard tours Pegasus.

The Truth about Alliances, by Vipersweb
John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan, Rodney McKay/Jennifer Keller. 8,735 words. Teyla always knew she should have explained the way alliances worked in Pegasus before someone else did. Too bad she doesn't have that option anymore.

Twelve Things They (Will Someday) Say in the Pegasus Galaxy, by minnow1212
Gen. 2,800 words. Twelve Things They (Will Someday) Say in the Pegasus Galaxy.

Upward Over the Mountain, by Auburn
Gen. 36,275 words. The first part of a longer, incomplete work meant as a gift for mirabile_dictu. Abandoned due to plot, structure and character faults that are inherent to the original concept. Conceived in 2007 and written intermittently over 2008 and not canonical. Posted for Fictional Amnesty Day.

The Water Grinds the Stone, by Auburn
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 242,740 words. When the Stargate Program goes public, old loyalties are set against new ambitions for the Atlantis team, but a deal with the devil to save McKay's life will bring everything full circle and leave Sheppard in need of saving too, when Earth finds itself in contention with the people of the Pegasus Galaxy.

Wayfarers, by kriadydragon
Gen. 78,600 words. The nightmare is over. It's time to go home. The team's journey back to Atlantis.

What Comes Around, by busaikko
Gen. 940 words. S2 AU. Imagine Médecins Sans Frontières... the Pegasus version.

When I Sorrow Most, by The Cephalopod
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 55,000 words. "Hey," John said, trying to lighten the tone a little. "The IOA are getting better," he said, reaching across the bed to flick the little Canadian flag on Rodney's jacket before nodding his head towards Ronon and Teyla.

White Noise, by miss-porcupine
Gen. 3,250 words. Set in the first week of the Atlantis expedition (circa "Hide & Seek"), John Sheppard fails to avoid participating in an Athosian rite. He's supposed to be thinking on his past ties, but instead ends up thinking about his newest relationship -- with a city that kindamaybesorta talks to him.

Who's Left and Who's Leaving, by the_drifter
Gen. 9,500 words. "No names," Rodney tells them, one more time. "And no dates -- I'm serious about that. No one can know what anyone else is planning." John learns the structures of life and death."No names," Rodney tells them, one more time. "And no dates -- I'm serious about that. No one can know what anyone else is planning." John learns the structures of life and death.

wine red wool, by kormantic
Gen, Teyla Emmagan, Charin. 420 words. No summary provided by author.

Winter Discontent, by wickedwords
Lorne/Parrish. 2,500 words. As he watched Sanchez hit the symbols on the gate for the tenth time, Lorne knew they were utterly, utterly fucked.

Woven Together, Seamless, by Sholio
Gen. 8,300 words. Ice worlds, drunken team snuggling, Athosian festivals and things of that nature. Gen, but maybe a teeny bit OT4-ish.

Written By The Victors, by cesperanza
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, John Sheppard/Teyla Emmagan. 53,500 words. Caroll, Franklin R. Atlantis Revisited. New York and London, Routledge, 2011. Chapman, Denise. Several Kinds of Genius: The Life of Rodney McKay. NY: Harper Perennial, 2015. Croft, Rosalind. City of Spires: A Memoir. Toronto: The Mercury Press, 2009. Dugan, Paul. A Political History of Atlantis. Oxford: OUP, 2012.

You Have Served Our People Well, by parisntripfan
Gen, Cowen and Ladon Radim. 530 words. You have served our people well. It was phrase every Genii child knew and feared.

Your Cowboy Days Are Over, by samdonne
Gen, incidental Sheppard/OFC. 59,100 words. "You did what you had to do," Frank Sheppard says. "You come back from war an asshole, but you don't have to stay that way."

Your Mouth As Some Surprise, by Siriaeve
Rodney McKay/Teyla Emmagan. 9,400 words. Rodney came in to see her that morning just as the lelev's physician left.

2. stories with non-human aliens

Antediluvian, by Threnodyjones
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 15,400 words. It was a cube. A big black cube.

Ars Arboreous, by mahoni
Gen. 27,250 words. Sheppard is stuck on an alien planet with something the Ancients left behind.

The Birds and the Bees and the Bats and the Robots, by iibnf
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 3,300 words. Rodney makes the aliens...

Braaaaaains, by jimandblair
Gen. 6,600 words. No summary provided by the author.

The Call of the Traveler, by linaerys
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 5,500 words. This is Stargate: Atlantis by way of H. P. Lovecraft.

Callus, by laytoncolt
Gen. 2,238 words. There is a planet that lies eight inches from Atlantis on the map.

Classification, bizarre, by kodiak bear
Gen, team. 3,800 words. Telepathic Worms with Radioactive Urine. (This is the fourth section of a "five things" story, "WARNING: this job may be is hazardous to your health.")

The Crazy Normal, by kodiak-bear
Gen. 34,288 words. McKay and Sheppard take the Jumper on a routine survey mission find out just how alien the universe can be.

An Earthly Knight, by Victoria Custer
John Sheppard/OFC/OMC. 11,300 words. Rodney flung his arms in the air. "Oh, great! So in nine months we're going to have to come back here to retrieve his half-elf half-human with a side order of Ancient babies? Because I thought this situation couldn't be more traumatic."

Eternity, by kriadydragon
John Sheppard/OFC. 29,350 words. "There are a lot of galaxies out there. Lots of worlds to explore. Things we can't possibly begin to imagine. If... if you... survive, if you make it back in our lifetime, find me, okay? Because I want to hear all about it."

Fellow Traveler, by Martha Wilson
Gen. 14,400 words. The team meets an alien who may or may not be helpful. There are misunderstandings, and Wraith.

Flying Blind, by minnow1212
Gen. 10,167 words. They were always dependent on the kindness of strangers.

From the Depths, by gaiaanarchy
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard, Rodney McKay/OFC, John Sheppard/OMC. 19,888 words. John is really starting to hate the ocean and the things that come out of it.

Happiness is a Warm Gun, by lunasky
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 16,483 words. It is a mistake to think you can solve any major problems just with potatoes. ~Douglas Adams

I Am Your Image Dressed as the World, by mirabile-dictu
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 11,500 words. "I missed you so much," John whispered. "I didn't know. It was always me leaving, so I didn't know."

I Feel the Earth Move, by janusglance
Gen. 22,700 words. This is just one vision of the future. Pretend, for a moment, that you got stranded somewhere for a few years, only to return and watch the series finale of SGA without having a chance to catch up.

Insect Hole, by lavvyan
Gen. 2,400 words. Generations had passed since the last time someone had come through the rrytver. When the sun symbols started to light up on its great circle, the colony had chirped with excitement.

Inundation, by Martha Wilson
Gen, team. 3,200 words. The flood and the subsequent mudslide that had buried the gate were pretty bad, but at least the rain had stopped. And nobody was dead.

Later On, by Springwoof
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 56,000 words. "Are you and I having a three-way with an alien?"

Liar's Chair, by icarusancalion
Gen. 3,700 words. "The planet was a tropical paradise--if your peculiar concept of paradise includes no technology, sinus-killing allergens, and stinging bees. But the real mission report concerns how Colonel Sheppard ended up, from there, in a frozen wasteland...."

Little Things, by trinityofone
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 7,600 words. In paradise everybody's happy forever.

PX5D09, by auburnnothenna
Gen. 1,100 words. They were looking for something to scare the Wraith. They found it.

The Q'raek'n, by seikaitsukimizu
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 3,400 words. And while parts of John's mind were going Yay! Bodily contact! The tactical part of his mind was keeping his head down so that Lorne could shoot whoever Rodney was backing away from.

Really Close, by Esteefee
Rodney McKay/John Sheppard. 3,142 words. Psychic Zombie Killer Trees make them do it.

Somnus, by jimandblair
Gen. 55,000 words. No summary provided by author.

Suburban consumption rituals, by flambeau
Gen. 2,800 words. Buy three, get one free! Last-minute gifts are a tricky business.

Tamed, by losyark
Rodney McKay/OFC. 6,000 words. Doctor Rodney McKay could build a nuclear bomb in thirty seven minutes flat, but he could not, could not learn to jump in a circle on the spot and bark just for the sake of getting fed earlier.

The Taste of Apples, by auburnnothenna
Gen. 31,400 words. It ran between the fingers of his memory.

They Might Be Giants, by auburnnothenna
Teamfic, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay/Ronon Dex/Teyla Emmagan. 17,440 words. Human beings weren't meant for any of the things they're doing here, but they wouldn't be human if they let that stop them.

*new* Those Who Favor Fire by anna_bird
Gen. 16,503 words. AU, after Enemy at the Gate (series finale). The City of Atlantis and inhabitants have returned to Pegasus from their heroic rescue of the planet Earth at the hands of the Wraith. But something is wrong.

Thousandmother, by springwoof
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay. 49,121 words. A run-in with the Wraith results in the Team being separated and stranded on a cold, harsh planet without help or supplies. As they struggle to survive and find each other, the Team discovers a new alien race and secrets that the Ancients left behind. Including a secret about Ascension that neither the Ancients nor the Ori want anyone to know.

Using Occam's Razor to Skin Schrödinger's Cat, by sajinn
John Sheppard/Rodney McKay, John Sheppard/Carson Beckett, Rodney/Carson Beckett, John Sheppard/Rodney McKay/Carson Beckett. Series. Parsimony is never simplistic, the road to hell is paved with good intentions and survival is a messy affair.

WHATISIT, by jimandblair
Gen. 3,475 words. No summary provided by the author.

Whipping Boy, by skinscript
Gen. 45,754 words. McKay, Lorne, and three teams of Marines head out on a research mission to a planet on the edge of the galaxy, and disappear without a trace. Eight months later Lorne returns with two injured team members, a counterfeit McKay, and no explanations. What the hell happened eight months ago, and where's McKay?

Why Rodney Should Stop Recommending Planets the Ancients Struck from their Database, or, The One with Tentacle Hentai, by Bironic
Rodney McKay/alien creature, John Sheppard/alien creature. 6,230 words. Non-cracky PWP in which a many-limbed creature takes a special interest in John and Rodney.

Wrong End of a Leash, by kriadydragon
Gen. 39,354 words. Sheppard becomes the pet to an unusual, sentient being. But life on the leash isn't very pretty. Starts out seeming funny, but doesn't stay that way.

Your Cowboy Days Are Over, by samdonne
Gen, incidental John Sheppard/OFC. 59,100 words. "You did what you had to do," Frank Sheppard says. "You come back from war an asshole, but you don't have to stay that way."