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Shipper Manifesto: Sam/Jack (Stargate SG-1)

Fandom: Stargate SG-1
Pairing: Sam Carter/Jack O'Neill

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The Fic

Sam/Jack fandom is prolific and well over a decade old, so the prospect of picking a selection of fic for this manifesto was daunting. In the end, I went for choosing a few fics for each of the major popular tropes for this pairing. I have tried to cover the range of awesome authors out there, both the new and the old, the still producing and the long retired. While I tried to limit myself to one fic per author, know that you would be well served by reading everything ever written by all of the authors here. It almost killed me, but I kept myself to fifteen (!!) categories: Accidental Babies, Action/Adventure, Aliens Made Them Do It, Alternative Reality, Alternative Universe, Episode Editions, Established Relationship, Gut Wrenching Angst, Humor, Hurt/Comfort, Screw The Regs, Storage Closets, Stranded Off World, Stupidest Cutest, and UST.

Fic Rec #1 – Accidental Babies: Turn and Face the Strain
Author: syxp 
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3354759/1/Turn_and_Face_the_Strain
Rating/Warning(s): Teens for language

Why This Must Be Read: As in most het fic, marriage and babies often equal the culmination of a romantic relationship, the beginning of a happily ever after. But for me, Sam and Jack have never been a white picket fence sort of pairing. This fic avoids all of those pitfalls. It’s not shiny and happy and gooey, but difficult and full of misunderstandings and Jack and Sam hurting each other and trying to work it out and doing things the wrong way as often as the right, but sticking it out because in the end their feelings as well as their trust keep them together. This is baby fic for the real world and I love it. Not to mention syxp’s quirky sense of humor that is my absolute favorite thing about her writing.

Fic Rec #1b – Accidental Babies: Thyself Unknown
Author: misanthropic
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2211735/29/Thyself_Unknown
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: This is a classic fic that takes off from the episode ‘Beneath the Surface’ and postulates what might have happened if SG-1 had been brainwashed again rather than escaping, giving Jonah and Thera time to build a relationship, and consequentially, have a child. The fic is long, plotty, and deals with the aftermath of rediscovering who they really are, and reconciling Sam and Jack with Jonah and Thera’s child.



Fic Rec #2 - Action/Adventure: Banshee
Author: sgcbearcub
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2585066/1/Banshee
Rating/Warning(s):Teen. Some language and violence

Why This Must Be Read: In Stargate, action and adventure are pretty much the bread and butter of story telling. But finding a long, plotty adventure with a nice Sam/Jack slant is actually a lot harder than you might expect. Banshee is a great atmospheric fic about a Sam Carter pushed too far. She decides it’s time to push back. The rest of the galaxy, including Jack, just try to catch up. Fascinating political interplay and ruminations into the nature of the Goa’uld are just added bonuses.


Fic Rec #2b - Action/Adventure: Let Go and Hold On
Author: rachel500 
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4506628/1/Let_Go_and_Hold_On
Rating/Warning(s): Teens. Some language and violence

Why This Must Be Read: I’m throwing in a second action/adventure fic here. This is a long, plotty, teamy story with a great Sam/Jack thread drawn throughout it. This is SG-1 facing the end of their tenure as a team at the end of season 8 and trying to decide what comes next. But first, there’s one last mission, one last scramble to save the galaxy, one last chance to really understand just what being part of SG-1 means.



Fic Rec #3 – Aliens Made Them Do It: Unlahfulliche in Lyhte
Author: pepper_field 
Link: http://pepper-field.livejournal.com/226905.html
Rating/Warning(s): R for sexual content

Why This Must Be Read: Aliens Made Them Do It is a classic genre of Sam/Jack fic. (But, General! We only had sex because the aliens made us!) This is hands down one of the best fics in this genre. Pepper not only builds beautiful worlds and writes hot smut, but also has a gift for Sam and Jack’s voices—their banter, their nonverbal communication, their barely suppressed feelings. Her Sam and Jack are mature, human, honorable, and completely stupid cute while they deal with the issue of what happens after that line is unintentionally crossed?



Fic Rec #4 – Alternative Reality: fleeting
Author: sharim
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2936799/1/fleeting
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: Basic Stargate canon allows for a heck of a lot of ‘what ifs’. The introduction of the quantum mirror in the first season created the possibility of endless realities and allowed our characters to interact with people from other realities where things are a little, or a lot, different. Sharim’s fleeting gives us a Sam Carter who has been bouncing between reality after reality for so long that she isn’t even sure who she is anymore. But if anything, there is one constant. This fic is short, but lyrical and heartbreaking and lovely.


Fic Rec #4b – Alternative Reality: Biting the Bullet
Author: ijemanja 
Link: http://ijemanja.livejournal.com/76480.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13

Why This Must Be Read: Here’s another great alternative reality fic that explores the lighter possibilities of AR. This is ‘Five times Jack O'Neill asked Samantha Carter out, and one time he didn't have to.’ Hilarious and fluffy and oh, the banter!!



Fic Rec #5 – Alternative Universe: The Little Red Engine That Could
Author: lyssie 
Link: http://lyssie.the-family-archives.com/ana/littleredengine.htm
Rating/Warning(s): R for sexual content

Why This Must Be Read: And then there are the alternative universes (completely different from realities). This fic is set in the universe Teal’c hallucinated in season six, where all of SG-1 are firemen (and Daniel is a psychologist). Chief O’Neill gets a new recruit under his command. It doesn’t take him long to realize he is completely in over his head. Lyssie captures their voices, not to mention Sam’s quiet evil, so so well. Plus, there’s arm wrestling. What more do you need? (Ok, awesome smut too. Happy?) If you like AUs, you should also try reading her Caper as well. (Jack as a gumshoe in the 1940s!)



Fic Rec #6 – Episode Editions: v.2
Author: suzvoy
Link: http://www.suzvoy.com/sg1/v2.html
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: With ten plus seasons of episodes, you can imagine that there is a metric ton of Sam/Jack episode editions out there. I narrowed it down to two of my favorites. Suzvoy has a lot of ep editions, all worth reading (Try ‘Non-Persistent’ as well). This one, for ‘2010’, is one of my favorites. It postulates the question of what if future Jack O’Neill had sent back a second note? Suz’s writing is concise, to the point, and powerful, and her Sam/Jack is achy and lovely. (You may also like Sally Reeve’s 2001.)


Fic Rec #6b – Episode Editions: The Lesson
Author: shinysilvergrl
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2391751/1/The_Lesson
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: This is a great episode edition for ‘Double Jeopardy’ that I really can’t say too much more without ruining. I’ll let the summary speak for itself: Jack and Sam haven't wasted the three years they've been cut off from Earth…and though the price is high, they manage to teach that lesson to another couple who badly needed to learn it.



Fic Rec #7 – Established relationship: Approaching Normality
Author: JoJo
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1488352/1/Approaching_Normality
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: Okay. If you are a fan of Sam/Jack and you have somehow managed to never read something by JoJo, you need to stop whatever you are doing right this moment and go read everything she has ever written. Choosing just one of her fics to recommend is an exercise in futility. (‘Conversing With Cliffs’! ‘Crisis’! ‘Tattoos and Motorcycles’!!) She writes quirky, fluffy, beautiful, stupid cute Sam and Jack. ‘Approaching Normality’ is a wonderful look at Sam and Jack in an established relationship, and Sam realizing how little she knows about Jack’s life outside work. Jack is charmingly aggravating and Sam is persistent and varying levels of patient and as Sam herself notes near the end of the fic “She was *definitely* going to be warm and sappy all day.” And you will be too.


Fic Rec #7b – Established relationship: Real Life
Author: Little Red
Link: http://sachi.arrr.net/reallife.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13

Why This Must Be Read: Little Red is another one of those classic Sam/Jack authors whose fic is practically required reading. Sam and Jack waking up together. Quiet and lyrical and so, so lovely.



Fic Rec #8- Gut Wrenching Angst: Unspoken
Author: Elly427
Link: http://www.samandjack.net/fanfics/viewstory.php?sid=2008&ageconsent=ok&warning=5
Rating/Warning(s): R for sexual content

Why This Must Be Read: I am an unabashed lover of angst. This one hits all my spots. ‘Unspoken’ is a ‘Lost City’ fic that uses non-linear story telling to sweep the reader up into the chaos of Jack’s failing mind and Sam’s attempts to reconcile feeling and losing and holding on even as things slip away. Absolutely stunning and beautiful and a must read.


Fic Rec #8b- Gut Wrenching Angst: Skin Diving
Author: nostalgia
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2320180/1/skindiving
Rating/Warning(s): Older teens for sexual content and language

Why This Must Be Read: This is short and powerful, and all about close calls and justifications. Sam and Jack at their most raw. I just…love Nos’ Sam and Jack to pieces. Nowhere near perfect, and quite possibly really, really screwed up.



Fic Rec #9 - Humor: Miscommunication
Author: Michelle V
Link: http://sg1michelle.homestead.com/miscommunication.html
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is about how Jack and Sam communicate, and don’t. Jack’s attempts to take his field knowledge of Sam and apply it to their conversation in her lab is at turns hilarious and sweet.


Fic Rec #9b - Humor: If Wishes Were Horses
Author: Karen T
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2501971/1/
Rating/Warning(s): Teen for language

Why This Must Be Read: So, you’ve heard about that black widow curse of Sam’s right? Jack should have taken it more seriously under advisement. HILARIOUS.



Fic Rec #10 – Hurt/Comfort: Rocket Fuel
Author: rowan_d 
Link: http://rowan-d.livejournal.com/338676.html
Rating/Warning(s): Mature for sexual content

Why This Must Be Read: Rowan is the undisputed queen of hurt/comfort fic, and her lyrical style really fits the bill of a Sam who is losing ground and the way Jack can cushion her fall.



Fic Rec #11 – Screw The Regs: Resolution, Salvage, and The Furies Wept
Author: nandamai 
Link: Resolution:  http://nandamai.net/fic/?p=36
Salvage: http://nandamai.net/fic/?p=41
The Furies Wept: http://nandamai.net/fic/?p=36
Rating/Warning(s): Mature for sexual content (there are PG-13 versions available)

Why This Must Be Read: This trilogy of stories is hands down the absolute best rendition of the tried and true theme of what would happen if Jack and Sam just said ‘to hell with the regs’ and went for it, and why it would have been the worst thing they could ever have done. ‘Resolution’ leads them over the line, ‘Salvage’ deals with the fallout, and ‘The Furies Wept’ adds Jacob in to the mix just as Sam and Jack are finally finding their footing. Absolutely brilliant from start to finish. I love this vision of Jack and Sam to pieces. And Jacob is cranky, bitter love personified.



Fic Rec #12 – Storage Closets: Out Go the Lights
Author: pepper_field 
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3321506/1/Out_Go_The_Lights
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: We Sam/Jack fans love a good storage closet. They are highly convenient for a little mid-work day shenanigans. Pepper’s rendition of this trope is not only my favorite storage closet fic, but may very well hold the title as my favorite S/J fic of all time. It seamlessly blends angst, fluff, comfort, snark, and kissing to create an all encompassing portrait of the Sam and Jack I love. (Be sure to check out the follow up ficlet too!)



Fic Rec #13 –Stranded Off World: My Scars Healed, A Tight Woven Thread
Author: ziparumpazoo 
Link: http://ziparumpazoo.livejournal.com/17737.html
http://ziparumpazoo.livejournal.com/50744.html
Rating/Warning(s): Mature for sexual content

Why This Must Be Read: This pair of stories are beautifully written pieces about a Sam and Jack exiled from Earth and dealing with life after SG-1. The setting is textured and lovely and serves as a great backdrop for the vibrating tension and emotion of a Sam and Jack that may finally be living together but haven’t necessarily learned how to actually talk to each other.


Fic Rec #13b – Stranded Off World: Bird Stealing Bread
Author: surreallis 
Link: http://surreallis-fic.livejournal.com/36582.html
Rating/Warning(s): R for sexual content

Why This Must Be Read: This is one of my favorite genres and there was no way I would be able to pick just one. This fic strands Sam and Jack together with Pete. Yeah, that guy. But trust me, you need to read this fic. It’s brutal and lovely and everyone acts like adults even as the reality of ‘stranded’ really begins to sink in.


Fic Rec #13c – Stranded Off World: And Then I Dreamt of Yes
Author: holdouttrout 
Link: http://holdouttrout.livejournal.com/176024.html
Rating/Warning(s): Teen

Why This Must Be Read: Sam and Jack sort of have the worst timing ever, and Sam’s had about enough of it. This is a lovely look at Sam and Jack post season eight trying to make that transition to more than ex-team mates—and the universe making it as difficult as possible. Almost as difficult as they are making it on themselves.



Fic Rec #14 – Stupidest Cutest: Rules of Engagement
Author: splash_the_cat 
Link: http://infanity.ficlaundering.com/moa/fic/sgship_rulesofengagement.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13 for language

Why This Must Be Read: We have a favored nickname for Sam/Jack in our little corner of fandom—the stupid cute. For surely no one could better combine fluffy cute ridiculousness with sheer stupidity better than Sam and Jack. I can think of no higher compliment to give a fic than to say it is stupid cute. And no one writes the stupid cute quite like the beloved Splash. ‘Rules of Engagement’ follows a Jack O’Neill pushed to the edge and deciding there is nothing left in the universe that could keep him from saying what he wants to say to Sam. Even a wayward Tok’ra who happens to be her father.



Fic Rec #15 – Unresolved Sexual Tension: Noticing
Author: Claira
Link: http://www.stars-like-dust.ficlaundering.com/noticing.htm
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: I am convinced this conversation actually took place in canon. It’s Sam and Jack acknowledging things between them without really saying a word. Short, beautiful, and so them. (Also be sure to read Claira’s ‘72 000’, which is more gen Sam, but one of the greatest SG fics of all time.)


Fic Rec #15b – Unresolved Sexual Tension: A Cappella
Author: Mrspollifax
Link: http://mrspollifax.livejournal.com/3953.html
Rating/Warning(s): PG

Why This Must Be Read: This is Sam and Jack dealing with close calls in the only ways they can, the habits they build, the unspoken ways of making things livable. Aching, lovely, and understated. All of Mrspollifax’s fic needs to be read.
Tags: fandom: stargate sg1, ship: samantha carter/jack o'neill, special: manifesto
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