I suck at being a live-journaler. My "journal" (if anything this devoid of entries can be called that) consists of exactly one entry, but I'm trying to turn it around. I'm in the midst of writing a massive Trek fic that I'll probably never finish, but until then, I figured I'd keep track of (and share) the best Star Trek fics I've read to date.
Quick note about this list: these stories are my absolute, all-time favorites: the ones that come most quickly to my mind when I think about ST stories to recommend. That said, there's thousands of excellent ST fics that I've read and enjoyed that aren't here (and thousands, hopefully, that I have yet to read.)
So, without further ado, here's an unfinished, ongoing list of the best of Star Trek Reboot (last updated Jan 2013, though 99% of these fics were written pre-2012)
: Long fics that made me feel differently about the characters and relationships they focused on:You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes a While)
This fic has pretty much defined the way I think about Kirk and Spock. Anger, hurt, elation, sex, comfort, pon farr: this one's got it all. War Games
Let's just put it this way: before I read War Games
, You'll Get There in the End
, its prequel, was far and away my favorite Trek fic, and I like this one about twice as much. Seperis is a master storyteller, and boy does this work showcase her talents. Trying to teach some one how to show
, rather than tell, in their fiction? Make them read this.Hold Me Down (This Starless City)
Jim, ages 5-22. If You'll Get There in the End defined adult Jim for me, Hold Me Down has become my reference point for child-Jim. To paraphrase a well-written summary on someone else's rec-list, it's got a smart Jim, a protective but jaded Sam, an absent Winona, and a couple memorable OCs.
Alas, Spocktoria (Strive Seek Find Yield)
What can be said about it? It's Jim + Spock, young Victoria style, but also so, so much more (Waldorph definitely improves upon the movie that inspired her). The Jim/Kirk chemistry is so tangible that you feel like you're in the room, and it had me grinning ear-to-ear throughout most of the story. I love Waldorph's smart!Jim (she's the one who gave us the √π233/hy7 series), and this has got to be one of my favorite AU characterizations of Jim, ever. His status as Prince of America makes his childhood just a tad less shitty, and lets his genius develop in a really awesome way. Spock is also an amazingly believable, complex King of the Federation planets, and the supporting cast--the enterprise crew, Una Pika, a few OCs--is used highly effectively. Can you tell I'm obsessed with this? Reverse Order
by blc writer. Kirk/Pike/McCoy, but reads more like an external POV Kirk/McCoy at the beginning. "Wordy as hell" and "wicked long," by the author's description; I'll paraphrase as "amazing." Genius!Kirk and a smart Pike--the POV--with fantastic depth and a consistent voice.One Wing
Very few summaries of this fic (e.g., Kirk and Spock stranded on a planet, Spock Prime bets on Kirk and Spock’s actions to save his life, NuTrek meets TOS) can get anywhere close to doing it justice. Just go read it.
And then go read…Deeper Down
, it's sequel. Kirk's capture by Anton Karidian drives Spock into a realization of his feelings. Cue rescue, and great K/S!Switch
It took me a couple of chapters to really get into Switch
, but once I did, boy was I hooked. I read it nonstop for about a week, only pausing to eat, work, run, and sleep (not always). The characterizations of Jim and Bones are perfect, and the rich details and and three-dimensional original characters not only make Bones and Jim's slow-building relationship seem believable, it seems inevitable. So Wise We Grow
Someone who rec'd this fic called it a "master class" in dialogue, and it's that and a lot more. Don't even read a plot summary of it--if you're remotely interested in Kirk and Spock, go start reading it immediately!
____Other Fantastic Long FicsAtlas
by Angel Baby
This is a massive, plotty fic that you’ll love if you’re a fan of genius!Jim (and who isn't?). I’m massively impressed by the scope of the author—Angel Baby1’s—vision. A fic like this would only really work if told from another POV (in this case, an expertly-penned Spock), because you’d probably think Jim was a little too good to be true otherwise. Collecting Fallout from the Blast
Jim's childhood, cleverly constructed in a series of snapshots that focus around his grandfather, Tiberius. Be warned: it'll tug at your heartstrings. The Sum of its Parts
I'll Give you JB McDragon's summary, since it's so nicely written: The Casari homeworld is a place that has yet to become unified. The people are ready to join the Federation, but one rebel faction will do anything to stop it. Anything, including capturing a starship captain and his first officer. With Kirk's memory damaged and Spock's mental shields shattered, escape is unlikely. It won't stop them from trying.A Beautiful(ly Illogical) Mind
Waldorph's epic √π233/hy7 Genius!Kirk series, with Jim playing "Good Will" to Spock's Stellan Skarsgard. Except that it's a lot hotter than that.Magpie
Every few months, I'll visit Waldorph's dreamwidth
for the sole purpose of seeing if she's updated this fic. It's time well-spent. Spock met Jim when he was 7 and Jim was 6. It has since been generally agreed that this was a mistake (or: the one where they grow up together and things are simultaneously better and worse for it).
K/S, kid!fic as you've probably never seen it done before.
___Great Shorts:Five to One
and its sequel, Stitches
by Alone Dreaming
Jim in captivity and recovery. 5 to 1 packs enough plot and character that I almost listed it in "epics," though it's actually quite short. And don't be intimidated by Stitches' massive paragraphs: it's one of the best recovery fics out there. and they won't believe you when you write home about it
Kirk/Spock, as told by a hilarious Sulu. Funny and heart-clenching all at once. If you like h/c, you'll love its sequel. Murphy's Law of Jim Kirk Diplomacy
by seven crows
An injured Kirk, a cold Spock, and a candid McCoy trapped on failing shuttle. Gen, with a great dynamic between K, S, & M. 5 Times James Kirk Almost Died and One He Didn't
by Angel Baby
Overall strong fic, particularly if you like hurt!Jim, but chapter 2--in which a delerious ill Jim replays his father's last moments--is particularly inspired, and touching.We'll Lie in the Shadows of Them All
by hart and sole
In the chaos of an away mission gone wrong, Spock must mind-meld with Jim. In the process, he discovers secrets about Jim's past that irrevocably changes their relationship. Warning: graphic description of sexual abuse.The Days and Hours
by lindmere. 20 years in prison in less than 1,000 words. A Kirk/McCoy masterpiece.The Czernak Protocol
Another of Lindmere's brilliant h/cs. The nerd in me loves the academic language, while the nuances of Lindmere's story pull at the heart strings.
Far and away my biggest kink, worthy of a greatest hits list of its own. The Perpetual Check Series
Jim and Spock bond over chess. I'll think of a more worthy summary later; in the meantime, just read it.Once Upon a Time
littlebirdtold has some great stories, and I think this one's my favorite. An AU featuring a 21st century smart!kirk, Spock as the prince of Vulcan (if you like Spocktoria, you'll love this), and a plotting Q, all neatly wrapped up in a fairy-tale package. Graduate Vulcan for Fun and Profit
A new favorite of mine. Author Lazulisong interweaves an academy Kirk working on his Vulcan doctorate with scenes of his post-Tarsus recovery in the custody of a Vulcan "uncle."
That's all for now, though I'll doubtless be updating and adding to this.