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16 July 2006 @ 12:28 pm
Fic: Standing in for Atlas  
Title: Standing in for Atlas
Author: laytoncolt
Rating: PG-13
Pairing: Rodney/John pre-slash.
Warning: Character Death.
Note: (withheld until reveal)
Summary: Rodney never really wanted to be a hero.

Standing in for AtlasCollapse )
z_rayne on July 19th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
Wow. Tough choices, the kind that really polarize people. Very nicely done.
(Anonymous) on July 19th, 2006 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
ladyagnew on July 19th, 2006 02:37 pm (UTC)
I really liked the last lines, John's words, and find myself bemused, because it feels right and good that you have the amount of soul searching and angst accompanying such a major thing as genocide with unintentional deaths, but it makes me feel a little bitterly ironic b/c I don't think that the military contigent of SGC would be so troubled by a few civilian casualties as a price to pay for wiping out the Wraith. I can see Elizabeth getting into a fury, but the military today is more than fine with civilian innocents dying when they launch a bomb to kill a terrorist, and the Wraith a much bigger and menacing threat than human terrorists. Real life equivalents of SGC wouldn't have put Rodney in a cell for five minutes, much like Oppenheimer and Teller never spent a minute in jail. Your reality is much... more humane than reality.
(Anonymous) on July 19th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)

Thank you so much!

Real life equivalents of SGC wouldn't have put Rodney in a cell for five minutes

I agree. I meant it to come more across that Rodney was just confined to quarters on the base while they did the investigation, but now that you've mentioned that, and after what happened with SG-1, they probably wouldn't have even done that.
dr_dredd on July 20th, 2006 03:18 pm (UTC)
"If you can't see the necessity here," John said quietly. "You have no business being in charge."

That pretty much sums it up, doesn't it. Weir needs to make up her mind. She had no trouble watching Carson develop a biological weapon and test it cold-bloodedly, so this shouldn't have been different.

I particularly liked the title, since the image is very accurate.
laytoncolt on August 2nd, 2006 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! :-)
amothea on August 1st, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I missed reading this the first time around...but excellent story. :)
laytoncolt on August 2nd, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
Thanks, hun! :-)
rogue_planet on August 2nd, 2006 01:38 pm (UTC)
That was... really dark, and exactly the kind of thing Rodney would do if he had to do. I kept thinking of the Ninth Doctor, at the end of Season One, agonizing over whether to activate the Delta wave that would kill not only the Daleks but everyone else. Excellent, and no I have no clue who wrote this...
(Anonymous) on August 9th, 2006 08:10 pm (UTC)
Very well done. I believe you have captured Weir's character perfectly as someone who is not only connfident in herself but refuses to consider that someone under her governership (as it were) who makes a tough decision in the field might actually have made the correct decision on their own. Everyone else's voices were equally on target.

brown_betty on August 10th, 2006 09:04 pm (UTC)
This is such a necessary story, and I'm glad it got written and glader it was written well.
carta on August 11th, 2006 12:03 am (UTC)
Very nice! Strong and gripping. I especially liked this part:

Weir was quiet in the midst of celebration, pacing the length of her office, giving him concerned glances. "I don't like what happened here, John," she told him. "I don't like what we're becoming."

"We're not becoming anything," John said. "We've always been like this."

A short sentence by John, but it says a lot. I was confused by Elizabeth's reaction (blaming Rodney, banning Rodney) until I realized it was a reaction to the realities of what was happening. Conscience-battling indeed.

A minor note - this sentence here:
so why were some of the Athosions and Colonel Sheppard effected by it?
and here "He couldn't have known it wouldn't only effect the Wraith."
Those should be "affect", not "effect".
hooloovoo_too on August 14th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
I know I'm kind of late to the party, but I just wanted to say that this was gorgeous. I love how the fanfic in this fandom deals with the moral quandaries of decisions the Atlantis mission is making in ways that the show doesn't. I think you really nail Rodney's character here. I also like the Weir that you write, because I think that this reaction is very possible based on what we've seen of her so far. It may not be flattering to her, but I'm not sure she's thought too much about the fact that to survive she's either going to have to commit genocide, or authorize one of her team to do it as her proxy. And I can buy that she's not happy when that point is (forcibly) driven home to her. So yeah, I really enjoyed this. Great story!
(Anonymous) on September 4th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
Accolades, a review
This is incredible. Your exploration of the emotional and intellectual reactions on everyone's parts is so very in character for each of them. More than that, your writing is incredibly effective, the title is perfection. This is a string tale and would be an excellent climax for filming the series ending.

teaphile on September 19th, 2006 08:45 am (UTC)
Oh, wow.
redbyrd_sgfic on September 19th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Fantastic story, and the very best kind of SF. Excellently done! And this line:

"We're not becoming anything," John said. "We've always been like this."

Was both very in character for John (I could hear him saying it), and extremely powerful. Yes, humans are self-centered and violent and flawed. But the best ones will make a difficult choice rather than just dithering until choices are no longer possible. And then spend the rest of their lives second guessing themselves, of course! *G*

Really lovely writing!
emmalea_jade on September 19th, 2006 01:32 pm (UTC)
This was....
I don't know, I cant seem to put it into words.
I do know I loved it.
I am a big fan of 'And they lived happily ever after'
But I know life is rarely like that.
I feel you captured Rodney and Weir.
Logic and emotion clash.
I am feeling a little disjointed after reading this.
Well written.
ladyeclectic79 on September 19th, 2006 10:53 pm (UTC)
GAH!!! Loved it, angst at it's finest! :)

Really well written, very in character with everything. Even with Elizabeth taking the moral high ground, although I would hope in canon she wouldn't be quite that judgemental. But gah, Rodney!Angst, am in love.

Must, find, more fics by you!! ;-)
(Anonymous) on September 21st, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
Wraith, Replicators, and Goa'ould
Fantastic story. I've always thought it was a tragedy for the Atlantis expedition that Weir was put in charge rather than Daniel Jackson. About the moral dilemmas: Personally, I don't see how this story could possibly be applied to the Middle East unless one side is defined as non-human monsters. Having said that, it has always troubled me that the Stargate writers have repeatedly chosen to create aliens who can ONLY be defeated by wiping them out. In contrast, Star Trek has consistently had the Federation eventually come to terms with its enemies. The Borg is the exception, and nobody tries to apply the Prime Directive to them. But I'm sure the writers could get around the Borg if they put their minds to it, because the whole mindset of Star Trek is *learning how to co-exist peacefully.* What does it say about us and our time that these hugely popular programs are written around the premise that *it isn't possible to co-exist; one of us has to go*?