Fic Title: A Distraction of Planetary Proportions
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, no warnings
Genre: Anthropomorphic planet crack
Why This Must Be Read: You don't have to be a fan of Star Trek--this story stands on its own as creative, smart, hilarious and hot. The protagonists are planets, Earth (Terra) and Vulcan, who've assumed humanoid forms in order to attend the first diplomatic contact between Vulcans and humans. Terra and Vulcan meet, misunderstand each other, flirt and fight, until their conflict threatens to derail the talks. How they ultimately resolve their differences and, um, come to an accord makes for a sharp, witty and ultimately scorching read.
I can't say enough about how well-done this story is. Terra and Vulcan are great original characters, and tristesses does a beautiful job setting up the premise of planets as conscious beings with their own moods, social relationships, habits and personalities. The little astronomical jokes sprinkled throughout are charming in their own right. This is my favorite fic of 2009, and I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I have!