Lucky Starr and the Ambassadors of Eris (4259 words) by AnonymousFor my main gift I finally got Lucky Starr fic after all these years! \o/ It's like a new slice of canon only with more women and more three-dimensional relationships. And up-to-date-science. It's wonderful. (This now makes two Yuletides in which I have gotten fanfic that is about how Pluto is not a planet. I think that means I win.)
Fandom: Lucky Starr - Isaac Asimov
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: John Bigman Jones/Lucky Starr, John Bigman Jones/OFC
Characters: Lucky Starr, John Bigman Jones, Ben Wessilewsky, Hector Conway, Gus Henree, OFC
Additional Tags: Space Flight, Emotional Baggage, Unresolved Emotional Tension, Human Biology, Science, Sexual Tension, Canon Compliant, Mild Sexual Content
A mysterious ship has been discovered entering our solar system. Lucky doesn't know that Bigman keeps a ring in his boot. Will Conway survive the stress of it all?
Five Numbers That Got Munched (And One That Can't Be Proven) (2777 words) by AnonymousFor my treat I got a NUMBER MUNCHER. MUNCHING THINGS. While a poor mathematician tries to teach the muncher math. It is adorable and full of math geekery. It is great.
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Munchers - Character
Additional Tags: 5+1 Things, Mathematics, Food Issues, Dialogue-Only, Yuletide Treat, Yuletide 2014
Throughout history, humans have turned to mathematics to express deep insights.
Throughout history, Munchers have been trying to eat things.
And then! Unexpectedly! I got a Madness gift, that was marked as a Les Mis/Top Gear crossover, and I had no idea what to think, since I hadn't requested either of those fandoms? And like, Jeremy Clarkson is really not much like Jean Valjean. But then it turned out it was a vid.
A vid of the Top Gear Botswana special to "One Day More".
TBH I thought I was over Top Gear fandom, but the minute Oliver came in, singing Cosette's part in the song, I realized I would never, ever be over Richard/Oliver. Plus this is basically EXACTLY the kind of vid I like: shamelessly literal interpretation of a song that really shouldn't work with the fandom and yet does. It's beautiful.
My own story is full of obvious giveaways that it's me, but it's a super-obscure fandom so hardly anyone has read it. (I will just have to get you all into the fandom after reveals....)
Meanwhile, I did really amazingly great on the giant to-do list (well, for me, anyway) until about dinnertime yesterday, and then, uh, not so much, including a break for staying up till 5 AM reading fanfic *sigh*. I did manage to watch this week's Librarians after missing the previous one, though!
It is continuing to be predictable in a fun way but have ricepaper-thin plots, and tbh, none of the characters were grabbing me in a super-fannish way, and I am so bored of the romance-y thing already. I spent the first half of this episode being unimpressed and wondering if I was ready to just stop caring already, and the fact that I still can't remember most of their names at this point is not a good sign.
But then we got to the bit where Jenkins and Dulaque revealed that they have THOUSANDS OF YEARS of fucked-up backstory and there was that whole "back when we were... whatever we were to each other" and. like. hugging? I think I missed part of the hugging bit, I was too busy going "oh NOOOO". Because that's not a ship that's specifically designed to devour my soul or anything, eccentric-but-caring-at-heart really-old-guy who's nearly given up on making a difference in the world vs. his evil ex-boyfriend who still has tender feelings for him.
(I also came out of this caring a lot more about Ezekiel than I had, so that's good, and hopefully Cassandra will get to keep her newly-discovered asskickery powers.)