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21st-Aug-2013 06:09 pm The Faith Trilogy by Gabrielle Lawson (PG)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION
Pairing: None
Length: 185,810 words (total)
Author Website: The Edge of the Frontier or Fanfiction.net
Summary: Doctor Bashir, marooned for over six months, is discovered by the Enterprise. Starfleet counted him dead. Section 31 made sure of that. Can he get his life back?

Why this must be read: One thing that intrigued me about DS9 was the idea of Section 31, but the show didn't really show the possible ramifications of such an organization existing - it was touched on, but kind of abandoned. This trilogy takes (in my opinion) a more realistic viewpoint on what they would have done to Bashir after they attempt to recruit him. It also lets us see how other characters in the ST universe would react if they found about about Section 31's existence.

Hope (Part 1), Forgiveness (Part 2), Peace (Part 3) - on fanfiction.net for readability
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7th-Aug-2013 03:39 pm Tincture of Madness by Ysone
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: None
Length: 20,000 words
Author Website: Ysone's FanFic & Stuff
Summary: A brilliant, but unstable Federation engineer visiting DS9 becomes frighteningly obsessed with Doctor Bashir, the one person on the station she feels understands her. Set in the third season.

Why this must be read: I love everything Ysone's written, and I recommend all her stories. This particular story, Tincture of Madness, reads like it could be a real DS9 episode. The characters are great, the plot is realistic (for Star Trek, anyway), and the writing is very engaging. The story does focus on Bashir, but everyone plays a role.

Tincture of Madness by Ysone
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14th-Feb-2012 07:50 pm Always The Liar by strangeseraph (PG)
Fandom: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Pairing: Jullian Bashir/Elim Garak
Length: Drabble
Author on LJ:
[livejournal.com profile] strangeseraph
Author Website: Fic Tag
Why this must be read:

Since today is Andrew Robinson’s birthday I have to rec another Garak/Bashir future fic.  In this story Garak is surprised by their happy ending because he never thought things would turn out that good.  There’s also some amusing details about Cardassian bureaucracy. 

Always The Liar

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4th-Feb-2012 01:07 pm Letters from the Northern Continent by The Hoyden (PG-13)
[livejournal.com profile] tobimonkee here I will be your Star Trek driver shuttle conductor for February I have been a Trekkie my whole life and like the different shows and characters for different reasons so expect some variety.

Fandom: Star Trek Deep Space Nine
Pairing: Jullian Bashir/Elim Garak
Length: 8,000
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thehoyden
Author Website: AO3
Why this must be read:

Set post series during the rebuilding of Cardassia after the war Bashir and Garak are removed from their usual social setting and yet still very much themselves.  The idea that even when on the same planet they are still so far away they have to rely on technology to communicate adds some extra anticipation to the UST they had on the show.  It fits with their personalities and their relationship that it takes them so long to really understand each other. 

Letters from the Northern Continent




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15th-Feb-2011 08:41 pm Doctor Who/Torchwood/Star Trek: Deep Space 9 (Gen)
Title: "Nowhere Man," by Selena
Pairing: Gen, with implications of Doctor/Master (Owen Harper and other Torchwood characters, Elim Garak, Ten/Simm!Master)
Length: 6,818
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] selenak
Author Website: LJ fic roundup, or at the AO3
Why this must be read:

In "The Sound of Drums," the Master made a brief reference to sending Team Torchwood off on a wild goose chase to the Himalayas before seizing control of Earth. What, exactly, did they do there? Combined with the narrative goldmine of The Year That Never Was, with the Doctor held captive and the planet under the rule of the Master and his floating balls of death the Toclafane, this is already a pretty great setup for an angsty adventure fic.

Adding Elim Garak, DS9's tailor, spy, and consummate survivor, to the mix is a stroke of genius.

The grey-skinned individual, who vaguely resembled a lizard with his ridges, smiled at them, which was less reassuring than a drawn weapon and a good old fashioned 'take me to your leader' would have been. He had very bright blue eyes. )

It's wickedly cool, dark, and smart, as befits any story with both Garak and the Master in it.

Nowhere Man
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30th-Nov-2008 10:05 pm Standardized by babel (PG)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: none
Length: 1700 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] babel
Author Website: Babel Fanfic list
Why this must be read:

Thanks for tuning in to DS9 this month -- I hope you've found something worth reading.

At the risk of making a PSA, there's plenty of great DS9 fic still out there waiting for you. I had a hard time choosing the last story but decided to end the month back at the beginning, with another recent story in a fandom that's still alive and kicking.

"Standardized" consists of five snapshots of Julian Bashir's life. In just a few words and scenes, babel examines the ways in which Bashir's evolution from struggling preschooler to genetically enhanced genius only intensified his sense of failure and alienation. There's not a word wasted in this incisive portrait of a man and his teddy bear.

Everyone looks so disappointed, and they won't tell you why. )

Standardized
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30th-Nov-2008 09:42 pm Poison and Deliverance by Lieutenant Dan (PG-13)
Sorry - thought this posted yesterday but somehow it didn't go through.

Fandom:
STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: None
Length: 4500 words
Author on LJ: none that I know
Author Website: LieutenantDan on Fanfiction.net
Why this must be read:

Kira Nerys had an amazing story arc. She grew from angry terrorist/resistance fighter (depending on your definition) into someone who could both find the moral high ground and hold it in the face.

"Poison and Deliverance" follows Kira, before and after the Resistance, doing what she has to do and how her definition of that evolves over time. Lieutenant Dan's terse, economical prose really captures the immediacy of Kira's tension between morality and necessary evils. 

Poison and Deliverance
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28th-Nov-2008 05:16 pm Salus Populi by Matt Edwards (R)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Sloan/other
Length: 492 k
Author on LJ: none
Author Website: Fanfiction.net
Why this must be read:
    The introduction of Section 31 became another path for DS9 to explore the morality of desperate measures in desperate times. In the context of the series, section 31 operative Luther Sloan may have been a villain, but a villain with the best interests of the Federation at heart.
    Matt Edwards' epic "Salus Populi" is a Sloan origin story which takes a penetrating look at the evolution of a pragmatist. It's a powerful and thoughtful examination of how the ideals of the Federation could be maintained in the face of hard reality of politics and imperfections of human nature.  The story starts a bit slowly but picks up the pace quickly. Parallels to Bosnia are overtly drawn and well used, and the characterization of Sloan's evolution is superbly done.
    If you want a story which hearkens back to the original DS9's interplay of politics, consequences, and human ideals, this is your story.

Salus Populi
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27th-Nov-2008 03:26 pm Internment Camp 317 by Jewels (PG)

Fandom: STAR TREK DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: None
Length: 9,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] bjewelled 
Author Website: bjewelled.co.uk
Why this must be read:
    In honor of the American holiday celebrating mismatching survivors banding together against adversity and eating themselves silly, here is ... a DS9 story about a bunch of mismatched survivors banding together against adversity and eating themselves silly. (So to speak.)
    "Internment Camp 317" is the story of what happens between Bashir's arrival in the Dominion prison and the eventful day when a Klingon, a Romulan, and a human walked into a bar 37 days later.  Jewels does a great job bringing Tain, Martok, Kalenna, and Bashir to life in a way which is true to their personalities.  As she shows, the way in which the different species work together to beat Dominion is something they can all appreciate.

Internment Camp 317
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26th-Nov-2008 08:32 pm Split Personality by Paula Stiles (PG-13)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Worf/Jadzia Dax, Bashir/Jadzia Dax
Length: 17,000 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] thesnowleopard 
Author Website: The Snowleopard's Lair
Why this must be read:

Back in the first season episode "The Passenger," Bashir's body got hijacked by a fugitive consciousness (if you don't know, don't ask), and actor Siddig El Fadil had to do a really terrible Evol accent. The episode was not one of DS9's finest. Quite possibly the opposite. Yet from the lemons of suckitude, Paula Stiles wrote a great little story.

"Split Personality" finds the DS9 crew trying to prevent a mad scientist from unleashing, well, mad science, upon a whole lot of people. The  success of the story lies in Paula's ability to make the crisis and the conflict personal.   "Split Personality" it's the rare story which really captures the complexity of Julian Bashir's character  Bashir's backstory is full of fascinating but often contradictory elements: his genetic engineering, his teddy bear, his penchant for baiting admirals, his stubborn idealism, and his inconvenient habit of getting kidnapped, possessed, or stranded in war zones.  Somehow, Paula weaves all of these layers into a coherent story, and the result is a fascinating and compassionate exploration of a guy who alternates between escaping from Dominion prisons and sleeping with his teddy bear.

I feel obligated to note that you don't need to have seen "The Passenger" to enjoy this story, and Paula's excellent Bashir story Triage was also recommended on crack_van a couple of years ago.

Split Personality
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20th-Nov-2008 06:36 pm Cause of Death and Wormwood by Marlissa Campell (PG-13)

Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: none
Length: 7500 words (Cause of Death) and 325k (Wormwood)
Author on LJ:  [livejournal.com profile] plaguedocs 
Author Website: Some of author's DS9 Fic archived at Trekiverse
Why this must be read:

Ten years is a long time in fandom, but Wormwood and its "spin-off" story, Cause of Death, are still worth reading. Both are set shortly after the retaking of DS9 and deal with the fallout of the station's fall to and recapture from the Dominion.  Both stories provide a close, thoughtful examination of the characters left behind on the station and the consequences of hard choices. The prose is crisp and elegant, and even the long Wormwood moves briskly.

Cause of Death is a short but dense explanation of reasons Ziyal's death as those who knew her struggle to come to terms not only with her loss but with those reasons. Though narrated by Bashir, the story focuses on how Kira, Dukat, and Quark deal with the ways in which their actions contributed to the death of an innocent.

Wormwood is a long and twisty parallel tale of what happens  when Starfleet sends a forensic psychiatrist to evaluate Gul Dukat. There are some highly charged encounters between Dukat and Kira, seen through the perspective of the story's narrator, the psychiatrist.  Without giving too much away, the story brilliantly captures the seductive allure of Dukat's madness ... or it is evil? It's a question the story asks well, leaving the reader to find the answer.

Cause of Death

Wormwood

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15th-Nov-2008 11:16 pm Star Trek: Deep Space Nine / Star Trek: Next Generation (PG)
Title: Into the Breach, by BEKi
Pairing: none
Author on LJ: none that I know of
Author Website: none that I know of

Why this must be read:

It's a DS9 crossover that doesn't involve Garak, and story that makes Will Riker interesting!  (Nothing wrong with Garak, but just try to find a crossover without him. As for Will Riker ... sorry, Riker fans. If you exist.)

Snark aside, this story perfectly juxtaposes the idealism of TNG with the reality of DS9.  In "Emissary," it's a revealing moment when we learn Sisko won't forgive Picard for Wolf 359.  "Into the Breach" explores the clash of world views when Riker asks Sisko to do just that.

Into the Breach
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14th-Nov-2008 07:16 pm The Needs of the Few by Brenda Shaffer-Shiring (PG)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: None
Length: 3800 words
Author on LJ: none
Author Website: Brenda Shaffer-Shiring on Fanfiction.net
Why this must be read:

Ben Sisko and Michael Eddington were a lot more alike than either would have believed, what with their shared penchants for over the top speeches, ethically ambiguous decision making, and dearth of cranial hair. Like Siskso, Eddington was a complex character doing what he thought was right in a complex situation; unlike Sisko, Eddington found himself on the wrong side of the official line.

This fic examines why Eddington joined the Maquis -- or, more precisely, the circumstances under which a perfectly unremarkable Starfleet officer came to the absolutely remarkable conclusion that it's easy to be a saint in Paradise, and harder to be a moral person living in a world of shades of gray.


The Needs of the Few

The Needs of the Few at Fanfiction.net
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9th-Nov-2008 09:40 pm When There Are No More Tomorrows by CDS (R)
Fandom: STAR TREK: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Julian Bashir/Ezri Dax
Length: 26,000 words
Author on LJ: none
Author Website: CDS on fanfiction.net
Why this must be read:

Just call it DS-Noir ...

Part mystery, part thriller, part buddy-cop road-trip, this is the story of what happens when Julian Bashir volunteers for post-Dominion War reconstruction and finds himself caught up in a tangled web of murder and conspiracy.

CDS writes a crisp, taut thriller, leavened with humor and an evolving relationship between Bashir and Ezri Dax. What really makes the story sing, though, are the moments when CDS turns a sharp, incisive eye on his characters, peeling back the surface layers to find the wonderful and terrible heart of human nature.

Read more )

When There Are No More Tomorrows
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3rd-Nov-2008 10:49 pm Moments of Weakness by Babel (not rated)
Greetings! I'm oce, and I'll be recommending for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine this month. Sorry for the late start.

For your reference, the DS9 Fandom Overview was just updated last month by [livejournal.com profile] elizabethhelena . Though the show has long ended and the fandom is pretty quiet, DS9 writers are still turning some wonderful stories. I hope to recommend a mix of new and classic fics which will show some of the depth and diversity of the fics out there.

Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: none
Length: 2400 words
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] babel 
Author Website: Babel's Livejournal

Why this must be read:

I'm starting with a relatively new fic which deals with the heart and soul of DS9: consequences. The series finale left behind two characters, Kira and Bashir, who were there from the beginning but who rarely interacted in the show. When the series began they couldn't stand each other. By the time it ended, they had a lot more in common that either might like to believe. Babel starts from that end and explores the people Kira and Bashir have become -- and how to find the way forward forward from there.

Babel's fic encapsulates the essence of DS9, filled with people who don't live in paradise but won't let that stop them from trying to make the best of it.

Moments of Weakness


Thanks for tuning in, and hope you'll stick around for more DS9 fic!

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28th-Oct-2008 09:11 pm To The O'Briens With Love by Fire Frog (PG)
And now for something completely different. . .

Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: O'Brien/Keiko O'Brien, Garak/Bashir
Length: novel length
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: Fire Frog's Deep Space Nine Slash Story Page

Why this must be read:

In the interests of full disclosure, I must warn you that this story is an mpreg -- no, don't run away! Let me assure you that I believe that any author who writes a fanfic (other than a parody) featuring a pregnant man should be beaten with dead Cardassian voles, and the story itself banished to the Bajoran fire caves.

Except this one.

In canon, a pregnant Keiko O'Brien was badly injured and Doctor Bashir had no choice but to transfer the baby into Kira. Fire Frog reboots this weird storyline, except this time Kira can't be the surrogate because of her alien physiology. What makes this mpreg work is that the author never pretends that a pregnant human male is anything other than a really bad idea, both physically and psychologically. However, Fire Frog cleverly exploits canon facts about Doctor Bashir to explain why he might just take this incredibly foolish risk.

Plus, from baby names to disappearing penises, this story is as funny as hell.

Take a peek: )

To The O'Briens With Love
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28th-Oct-2008 04:59 pm The World Spins Madly On by Sheepfairy (PG-13)
I was quite distressed to realize that I haven't recommended any hot woman-on woman action so far. Definitely time to rectify that right now!

Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Kira/Lupaza
Length: 11k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] sheepfairy
Author Website: Planet Fiction

Why this must be read:

The World Spins Madly On is a brilliant exploration of Kira's time in the resistance, and what happened when the Occupation ended. Through a series of vignettes, the author reveals how those years were both the best and worst of times for Kira, and how they indelibly formed her character.

Kira and Lupaza is an unusual pairing, but Sheepfairy makes it feel like canon. The relationship between these two women is multi-layered and poignant, much like Kira's involvement in the resistance itself. While the actual sex between them is a very small component of the story, it's a sensual and funny moment that tells us a great deal about life in the Shakaar cell.

Have a taste: )

The World Spins Madly On
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24th-Oct-2008 04:14 pm Scorched Earth by Una McCormack (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Garak/female and Garak/male implied
Length: novel length
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] altariel
Author Website: Una McCormack's Deep Space Nine Pages

Why this must be read:

First, this novel has an engrossing plot wherein the Obsidian Order and the Tal'Shiar succeed in their attack against the Founders. The author takes us right into the treacherous corridors of power on Cardassia where Garak has returned to Tain's side. At first, all goes well, but as events increasingly spin out of his control, Garak's decisions will change both him and the Alpha Quadrant forever.

Second, Una McCormack writes characters that are vibrant and believable. Her original creations intermingle with DS9's characters with ease, creating a realistic network of family, friends and enemies surrounding Garak. Moreover, through glimpses of Garak's past and an unflinching examination of his actions in this new future, Una provides the reader with a far deeper understanding of Garak than canon ever supplied.

Finally, Scorched Earth poses the question of how an intelligent man of culture and conscience could participate in evil. It's a testament to the author's integrity that she doesn't offer easy answers to her readers nor provide an easy atonement for her characters. It's a testament to her skill that the answers she uncovers are unforgettable.

Have a taste: )

Scorched Earth Main Page
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24th-Oct-2008 11:06 am Emigre by Mark Russel Stanley (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Garak/Bashir
Length: 23k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mrs260
Author Website: Mark Russel Stanley's Garak/Bashir Homepage

Why this must be read:

Emigre presents a compelling and poignant post-series future for Doctor Bashir on war torn Cardassia. Mark draws on both the optimistic idealist of season one as well as the indignant realist of season seven to portray Bashir as a complex, caring and ultimately resilient human being. And just like the series at its best, this story disposes of the myth of the Federation as a Utopian construct. Instead, it is a political entity, struggling to survive and capable of both right and wrong. What's more, Emigre has one of the most realistic portrayals of a loving relationship between Garak and Bashir. One that is replete with conflict, banter, and affection, but doesn't contain a single ounce of saccharine.

Have a taste: )

Emigre
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21st-Oct-2008 08:58 pm A Five-Point Tour of the Alpha Quadrant by Mosca (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: O'Brien/Keiko O'Brien, O'Brien/Bashir, Kira/O'Brien, etc.
Length: 13k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] mosca
Author Website: There's a comprehensive Fic Index on her lj

Why this must be read:

Mosca takes us on tour of five different places O'Brien might have ended up after the series ended. Each compelling vignette can be read as a stand alone destination or as a step in a single journey. Whether O'Brien finds heartbreak or happiness, each scenario feels like a genuine possible future for O'Brien and his family. What's more, each new setting also reveals an essential aspect of his character. So, by the end of the tour, you will have gained a deeper understanding of who Miles O'Brien really is.

Take a whirl: )

A Five-Point Tour of the Alpha Quadrant
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21st-Oct-2008 05:30 pm Drinking with a Child by nostalgia and kbk (PG-13)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Bashir/O'Brien
Length: 11k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] nostalgia_lj and [livejournal.com profile] kbk
Author Website: kbk's Resting Place of a Fannish Butterfly and nostalgia's Fic by teh nos' (when the site works -- in the meantime, remember the wayback machine is your friend)

Why this must be read:

Drinking with a Child is a multi-layered story that lays bare the complexity of Miles O'Brien's relationships with his best friend, his wife, and himself. Drunk and lonely, O'Brien's thoughts take him dangerously close to self-awareness before veering back into self-deception, only to swerve back again. Told in a fluid stream of consciousness style, the authors never once allow their subject to become maudlin or trite. Instead, they successfully combine a moving character piece with a titillating peak into the sexy shenanigans that ensue when the wife's away.

Have a sip: )

Drinking with a Child
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21st-Oct-2008 12:45 am The First Time by Olivia Monteith (NC-17)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Garak/Bashir
Length: 70k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: unknown

Why this must be read:

The majority of Garak/Bashir fics portray Garak as the dominant partner, while Bashir is cast as the inexperienced newcomer to hot man-on-man action. The First Time reverses these roles, and creates a very different yet utterly believable version of this pairing. Olivia Monteith also captures all of the overwhelming emotions and physical sensations of a 'first time', and balances them with gentle humour and witty dialogue. The result is a poignant and sexy tale of two very different cultures, species and men colliding behind closed doors.

Have a taste: )

The First Time
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20th-Oct-2008 10:06 pm Rishi Baba by Karmen Ghia (NC-17)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Garak/Bashir
Length: between 20 to 40k depending on the path you choose
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] karmenghia
Author Website: click here

Why this must be read:

Because Rishi Baba is far more than just a hypertext 'choose your own adventure' for adults. It's a story that explores the nature of fantasies and reality, or in this case, realities. Depending on the choices you make, the characters will experience dreams or nightmares, love or betrayal, life or death. However, where ever you go, you'll encounter witty banter, graphic sex, and what lies at the very foundation of Garak and Bashir's relationship -- arguments over what makes good literature.

Have a taste: )

Rishi Baba
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20th-Oct-2008 12:10 am Drama by Viridian5 (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Garak/Bashir
Length: 18k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] viridian5
Author Website: The Green Room version 3.0

Why this must be read:

In Drama, Viridian5 uses the discovery of Julian's big secret in season five as a gateway into this character's complex inner self. Through Julian's eyes, we learn the cost of growing up with a dual identity, and what changed and did not change for him once all was revealed. What's more, the author brilliantly exploits this canon revelation to create convincing motivations for Bashir's friendship with Garak, and why he'd take it to the next level. What's more, Viridian5 makes accomplishing all of the above look easy.

Have a taste: )

Drama
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19th-Oct-2008 09:05 pm A Dead End by dilly r (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Bashir/Dax
Length: 6k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] babel
Author Website: unknown but her DS9 fic can be found on her lj here.

Why this must be read:

For my last Dax-centric recommendation, I've selected a story that tackles head-on the potential train wreck consequences of the canon relationship between Julian Bashir and Ezri Dax at the end of season seven.

However, A Dead End shuns the obvious pitfalls for these two characters. Instead, dilly r has created a moving piece that masterfully exploits Bashir's emotional strengths and weaknesses. Moreover, she pinpoints a risk faced by any new host interacting with the symbiont's old friends that every fan should have seen coming. And not just at the beginning of season seven, but way back in season one when Sisko first called Jadzia "Old Man".

Oh, and don't let the briefness of this story fool you. Dilly r doesn't need a lot of words to pack one heck of a punch.

A Dead End
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17th-Oct-2008 04:13 pm You Can Be Me When I'm Gone by Emptyfox (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Garak/Bashir
Length: approx. 13,600 words
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: unknown but more fic can be found here.

Why this must be read:

The premise of this story can be best summed up by the Garak /Bashir Fuh-q Fest challenge that inspired it: "When Jadzia died, the Dax symbiont was in extreme distress and the only suitable host available was Garak."

Emptyfox takes the idea of a Garak Dax and doesn't just make it work, she makes it sing. Every character's reaction to this bizarre turn of events rings true, and every surprising twist and turn of the plot feels natural. You Can Be Me When I'm Gone is an entertaining and moving story, that will enrich your understanding of Garak, Bashir and the Dax symbiont.

Have a taste: )

You Can Be Me When I'm Gone
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16th-Oct-2008 02:43 pm Memories by kbk (R)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Ezri Dax/Worf, Curzon Dax/Sisko
Length: 5k
Author on LJ: [livejournal.com profile] kbk
Author Website: Resting Place of a Fannish Butterfly

Why this must be read:

While this is first and foremost an Ezri Dax vignette, I love how she perceives Captain Sisko here. Memories reveals that how Ezri sees Sisko is influenced by Starfleet gossip, a truly bizarre first impression, and some unexpected memories from her symbiont.

In this short but sweet fic, kbk gave me new insight into the internal balancing act required by newly joined Trills, and a new found respect for Ezri Dax.

Memories
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16th-Oct-2008 02:01 pm Home Again by Tori Morris (PG-13)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: Sisko/Kasidy
Length: 6k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: unknown

Why this must be read:

Poor Captain Sisko. He's played with power and conviction (and hotness) by the talented (and hot) Avery Brooks. He has enough internal and external conflicts brought on by his roles as loving single father, clueless boyfriend, kickass warrior and reluctant religious prophet to make other characters weep with envy. But still Sisko does not get the fanfic.

Which is all the more reason to cherish the Sisko gems that come along, no matter how small. In Home Again, Tori conveys the real human costs on Sisko and his immediate family of how the series ended. Every time I read it, her words make my heart ache, but this possible future rings so true that I can't deny or forget it.

Home Again
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15th-Oct-2008 08:20 pm Deep Space Nine/Original Trek, Next Generation, Voyager & Enterprise (NC-17)
Title: After Hours by J.A. Chapman
Pairing: too many to count, both het and slash
Length: 13k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: unknown

Why this must be read:

Because it's unadulterated, smutty crack that pokes fun at canon, fanon, meta fiction and itself. Plus, After Hours ensures that everyone on DS9 finally enjoys a hedonistic break from all the war, suffering and betrayal of season seven. . . well, with one hilarious exception.

Have a taste: )
Go ahead and indulge yourself (I'll never tell).

After Hours
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14th-Oct-2008 09:29 pm Five Minute "Emissary" by Zeke (PG)
Fandom: DEEP SPACE NINE
Pairing: none
Length: 15k
Author on LJ: unknown
Author Website: FiveMinute.net

Why this must be read:

Zeke is renowned for his five minute website that takes Star Trek episodes (and so much more) and condenses them into summaries that can be read in. . . you’ve guessed it. Zeke is also one of my favourite Deep Space Nine précis producers, and his version of the series premiere Emissary is a hilarious and pithy analysis of DS9’s strengths and weaknesses.

Have a taste: )

Whether you’ve seen the episode or not, Five Minute "Emissary" is definitely a thinking man or woman’s crack. Much like the show itself, come to think of it.

Five Minute "Emissary"
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