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Heyyyy, DW friends, long time no see! It has been a ridiculously busy end of summer/start of fall for me, topped off with me being really ill for the last few weeks. I'm feeling a better, which is good because little sister's wedding is next Sunday (I KNOW OMG).

Anyway, what better way to ease back into posting than a new edition of Fic Rec Monday? This week I'm talking about a project I've been running on Twitter, (you can check out the full thread here) where I've been reccing a Star Trek fic every day and plan to do so until the new show, Star Trek: Discovery, premiers. This plan started before they bumped the start date from January to May, so we'll see if I manage it.

Graduate Vulcan for Fun and Profit by [archiveofourown.org profile] lazulisong (15,113 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk, Leonard McCoy, Spock, Vulcan, Languages and Linguistics, secret genius
Summary: It really does take a village to raise a Jim.

The members of the Kelvin's crew watch over Jim as much as he lets them.
Rec Notes: Post-STXI gen fic about Kirk, about the Kelvin crew, about life.

Letters from the Northern Continent by [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden (7,966 words)
DS9, Julian Bashir/Elim Garak, Epistolary, Post-Canon
Summary: It just figured that the first time Julian Bashir set foot on Cardassia after the war, it would be halfway around the world from Elim Garak.
Rec Notes: Probably my favorite post-canon DS9 fic, with a lovely slowest of slow-builds romance between Julian and Garak.

Dexterity by [archiveofourown.org profile] leupagus, [archiveofourown.org profile] screamlet, [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph (7,910 words)
AOS, Amanda Grayson, Winona Kirk, George Kirk, Sarek, First Meetings, Plotty, Languages and Linguistics, Community: trekreversebang, Bechdel Test Pass
Summary: Detailing one of Amanda Grayson's first diplomatic assignments, which happens to be on the USS Kelvin.
Rec Notes: Pre-STXI Amanda Grayson fic w/bonus badass Winona, George, & Sarek. Rarely has a fic made me scream with glee quite like this one.

Midnight Judges by [archiveofourown.org profile] lettered (16,708 words)
Star Trek: The Original Series, AOS, Star Trek Into Darkness, Geoffrey M'Benga, Gaila, Spock Prime, James T. Kirk, Number One, Christine Chapel, Christopher Pike, Genderqueer Character
Summary: In the two weeks following the events of Star Trek Into Darkness, a Starfleet officer tries to put Starfleet back together again.

As a friend pointed out, anyone looking for a fic with plot and subtlety should probably not read this fic. It might work whether you liked the movie or not, but I wrote it in order to address multiple aspects of fail. It should probably be titled, Why I Love Starfleet.
Rec Notes: The only acceptable explanation for Into Darkness, tbh.

With My Feet Toward the Stars (let me remember you as you were when you existed) by [archiveofourown.org profile] kariye (33,267 words)
Post-STXI, AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, past Spock/Nyota, Minor Character Death, Minor Violence
Summary: At age five, Spock informs his mother that it is illogical to wish him “sweet dreams” at bedtime because Vulcans do not dream. “Oh, Spock,” she says.
Rec Notes: This is theoretically Kirk/Spock, but I mostly read it for the abundance of Spock Feels.

strive seek find yield by [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph (68,199 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Nyota Uhura, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, T'Pring, Sarek, Sybok, Madeline, George Samuel Kirk, Aurelan Kirk, Christopher Pike, Leonard McCoy, Gary Mitchell, Gaila, Pavel Chekov, Hikaru Sulu, Number One, Winona Kirk, Alternate Universe - Royalty, Blanket Permission
Summary: Spock is heir to the Federation throne, Jim is Prince of America because his fucking brother abdicated, and the Klingons are on the verge of blowing shit up--a love story.
Rec Notes: Brilliant, hot, and hilarious royalty AU.

Run (I'm a Natural Disaster) by [archiveofourown.org profile] canistakahari (19,717 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Leonard McCoy, Gaila, Christine Chapel, Geoffrey M'Benga, George Samuel Kirk, Aurelan Kirk, Hikaru Sulu, Romantic Comedy, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Developing Relationship, Injury, Broken Bones, Texting, Dating, Past Relationship(s)
Summary: Bones falls in a ditch. Jim helps him out of it.
Rec Notes: What it says on the tin. So, so funny and with a wonderful Bones POV.

Repeat Offender by [archiveofourown.org profile] seperis (6,233 words)
AOS, James Kirk/Spock, Christopher Pike
Summary: After a bar, in Iowa.
Rec Notes: Spock breaks Jim out of jail after a bar fight. It hurts so good.

an upbeat kind of dirge by [archiveofourown.org profile] screamlet (17,278 words)
AOS, Amanda Grayson/Sarek, James T. Kirk/Spock, Winona Kirk, Christopher Pike, Nyota Uhura, Plotty, POV Female Character, Female Protagonist, Grief/Mourning, Family, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Amanda lives
Summary: If it had been her who died in the destruction of Vulcan.
She thinks about it, sometimes, when she can’t sleep at night.


AU: If Sarek had died in the destruction of Vulcan, but Amanda survived.
Rec Notes: Oh, Lord, I have had enough of fridges. Give me a glorious universe where the women live. Amazing Amanda and Winona feels.

Still Life by [archiveofourown.org profile] dogpoet (39,886 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Tarsus IV, AU, Kolinahr
Summary: Traumatized by his experience on Tarsus IV, Jim Kirk runs away to Vulcan to undergo kolinahr. Reboot AU.
Rec Notes: Kid Kirk and Spock bond while trying to purge their emotions. Because of course they do.

Catching Fire by [archiveofourown.org profile] kel_1970 (137,494 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Leonard McCoy, Crew of the Starship Enterprise, Modern AU
Summary: 21st Century fire department AU. Paramedic Leonard McCoy flees a disastrous break-up in Savannah and ends up working at a fire department in Iowa.
Rec Notes: The Enterprise crew works in a firehouse and it's so good.

Your First Time Should Be Special by [archiveofourown.org profile] helenish (6,650 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock
Summary: The thing about being a captain of a starship is that you forget how to break up with people; the starship is a gigantic, unmistakable clue that you're probably not sticking around.
Rec Notes: Because [archiveofourown.org profile] helenish is a brilliant monster this is hot and heartbreaking and also hilarious.

So Wise We Grow by [archiveofourown.org profile] deastar (81,248 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Kid Fic, Past Child Abuse, Implied/Referenced Child Abuse, Implied/Referenced Domestic Violence, Past Sexual Abuse
Summary: "Commander Spock, we have located your son," the Vulcan lady on the screen says, which would be great, except Jim can tell by the look on Spock's face that he's never heard of this kid before in his life. "If it is expedient, the child will be sent to join you on the Enterprise within the week."
Rec Notes: I never wanted to have this many feelings about James T. Kirk, but dammit, here we are. And it's kid fic, which I don't usually like, but it's fucking amazing. So just read it.

assassins down the avenue by [archiveofourown.org profile] green_postit (5,892 words)
AOS, Mirrorverse, Mirror Christine Chapel/Mirror Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Mirror James T. Kirk/Mirror Leonard McCoy, Mirror Universe, Violence, Minor Character Death, Abuse, Torture
Summary: This is how Christine Chapel falls in love.
Rec Notes: So mirrorverse fic is not for everyone. Your faves are dark and terrifying, but damn this fic is so, so good. Plus it's about one of my favorite TOS characters who's yet to make an appearance in AOS canon, Christine Chapel.

Bluebird by [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph (7,087 words)
AOS, Post-ST:B, James T. Kirk/Spock
Summary: “Jim Kirk.”
Jim whipped around so fast most of his drink ended up on Spock, who was reaching for the phaser that wasn’t there. The Enterprise crew was parting like the biblical seas before Moses, and Jim could feel the temperature dropping.
“Mom,” Jim croaked.
Rec Notes: WINONAAAAAA. And also lots of Jim/Spock feels. Written post-Beyond, so spoilers if you haven't seen the latest film.

Atlas by [archiveofourown.org profile] distractedKat (135,529 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Leonard McCoy, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov, Nyota Uhura, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Christopher Pike, Cupcake, Post STXI, Genius!Kirk, Genius!Spock, Awesome!Crew, Protective!Spock, Hurt/Comfort, Emotional Hurt/Comfort, Angst and Humor, Mind Meld
Summary: Between what was and what will be stands James Tiberius Kirk, in all his fractured patchwork glory. Because saving the Federation was only the beginning.
Rec Notes: A novel-length continuation of the first film, positing that the crew directly set out on a five year mission following the ship's repairs.

Literacy by [archiveofourown.org profile] thehoyden (5,581 words)
DS9, Julian Bashir/Elim Garak
Summary: "You want me to read to you?" Julian repeated, somewhat taken aback.
Rec Notes: While sick, Garak teaches Julian Cardassian. His education is very, very thorough.

Shining On The Quay by [archiveofourown.org profile] topaz (22,958 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Christopher Pike, Leonard McCoy, Number One, J.M. Colt, Philip Boyce, Hurt/Comfort, Community: startrekbigbang, First Time, Age Difference
Summary: When Captain Christopher Pike left the bridge of the USS Enterprise over Vulcan, he went with the full knowledge that he was a dead man walking. The team he left in command had a different idea, one that they managed to pull off; and so, in the weeks and months after, Chris found himself putting his life back together.

He was more than a little surprised to find Jim Kirk a part of it.
Rec Notes: Pike recovers post-STXI and makes great/terrible life choices.

to make a house a home by [archiveofourown.org profile] dirgewithoutmusic (1,175 words)
AOS, Post-Beyond, Jaylah & Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Jaylah & Nyota Uhura, James T. Kirk & Jaylah, Crew of the Starship Enterprise & Jaylah, Hikaru Sulu, Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Spock, I just want Jaylah to have so many nice things
Summary: Within her first week at Starfleet Academy, Jaylah hacked into the environmental controls and security systems of her dorm– because she was bored and twitchy, because she didn’t know what to do with a home she had not taken apart and re-wired herself.
Rec Notes: A list of thoughts about Jaylah the Magnificent.

The Genetic Soap Opera (or, One of the Less Dignified Royal Weddings) by [archiveofourown.org profile] waketosleep (6,181 words)
AOS, Post-STXI, James T. Kirk/Spock, Leonard McCoy, Nyota Uhura, Christine Chapel, Janice Rand, Sarek, T'Pau, Marriage, Pon Farr, Inheritance, Genealogy
Summary: Turns out Jim Kirk's more than meets the eye, genetically speaking. There are a lot of consequences, mostly for Spock and his sanity.
Rec Notes: ::hysterical laughter::

Shooting the Moon by [archiveofourown.org profile] domarzione (5,007 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk, Christopher Pike, Gen
Summary: It's hard to know what you're looking for when you don't realize it's missing.
Rec Notes: Phenomenal Jim at the Academy fic with thorough, interesting worldbuilding, covers the events of the first film.

Bang a Gong by [archiveofourown.org profile] waketosleep (22,722 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Leonard McCoy, Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov, Pon Farr, Romantic Comedy, Shenanigans, Abject Silliness, Mission Fic, Star Trek Big Bang Challenge
Summary: The chronicles of the Sad Bastards Club (Enterprise Chapter).
Rec Notes: Reads like a hilarious extended episode, or The Pon Farr RomCom.

Past Duties by [archiveofourown.org profile] astolat (2,353 words)
TNG, Jean-Luc Picard/Q
Summary: Late in life, Picard has an uninvited guest.
Rec Notes: Picard retires alone and an old friend visits to offer him another adventure.

One Foot In Front Of The Other by [archiveofourown.org profile] lazulisong (1,392 words)
AOS, Pre-STXI, Winona Kirk, Spock, Christopher Pike
Summary: Winona is called to fix the cock-up of the Yorktown's engines. She uses one of the science-bitches to help her do it.
Rec Notes: Winona meets Chris's protege and favorite science-bitch: Spock.

Feelings Are Boring by [archiveofourown.org profile] lazulisong (22,291 words)
AOS, Post-STXI, Spock/James T. Kirk
Summary: This is not exactly what Jim thought the 'exploring strange new worlds and exotic civilizations' was about. Also, Vulcans are kind of crazy. Jim and Spock go through a alien ritual, which, yes, changes everything -- he's hoping for the better. Spock just wants to get through this with his sanity, if not his dignity, mostly intact.
Rec Notes: Sequel to One Foot In Front Of The Other. Spock has a very bad time on a diplomatic mission.

In Our Bedroom, After the War by [archiveofourown.org profile] resplendissante (11,906)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Academy AU
Summary: McCoy's ex-wife dies, and her secrets pull him back to Georgia.
Rec Notes: Bones receives two very unexpected pieces of news from back home. Jim has to move up his five-year seduction plan.

a sequence that you never learned by [archiveofourown.org profile] annataylor (64,669 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Leonard McCoy, Nyota Uhura, Hikaru Sulu, Pavel Chekov, Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Carol Marcus, Christine Chapel, Kid Fic, Fake Marriage, Adoption, First Time
Summary: "'Spock,' Jim breathes out, completely overwhelmed by the gesture—not quite believing that Spock knows him so well, that's he's already started researching, that he trusts Jim with a member of his own endangered species."

When Jim gets it in his head to adopt an eight year old Vulcan, Spock presents a logical solution to the issue of Jim's humanity: marriage to a Vulcan citizen.
Rec Notes: Fake married for adoption reasons. SO MANY FEELS.

I Took the Stars from My Eyes (and Then I Made a Map) by [archiveofourown.org profile] canistakahari (5,675 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Leonard McCoy, Gaila, George Samuel Kirk, Academy Era, Starfleet Academy, Vacation, Freckles, Friendship, First Kiss, Fluff, Humor, Resolved Sexual Tension
Summary: At the end of their first year at the Academy, Jim decides he's taking Bones for a beach vacation.
Rec Notes: This fic is entirely to blame on Karl Urban and his fetching shoulder freckles.

You'll Get There in the End (It Just Takes A While) by [archiveofourown.org profile] seperis (33,465 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Spock/Nyota Uhura, Leonard McCoy, Christopher Pike, Spock Prime, First Time, Pon Farr, Telepathy
Summary: "Spock. Just say 'I don't trust Starfleet not to mess up the only captain in the fleet who I can train up to my expectations and enjoys running into danger wearing a blindfold as much as I do'."
Rec Notes: Truly epic post-STXI mission fic.

How We Are (but not how we're going to be) by [archiveofourown.org profile] alpha_hydra (35,916 words)
AOS, Spock/James T. Kirk, Miranda Jones, Big Bang Challenge
Summary: Even when they hate each other, they're still sort of falling in love.
Rec Notes: I am now dead of Spock feels. SO MANY SPOCK FEELS.

Magpie by [archiveofourown.org profile] waldorph (57,648 words)
AOS, James T. Kirk/Spock, Alternate Universe - Canon, Tarsus IV
Summary: 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).
Rec Notes: Kirk and Spock are childhood friends I need to go lay down because TARSUS FEELS.

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