Here Be Dragons by gemjam (R)

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Title: Here be Dragons by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: AU, romance, humour, angst
Length: Long (22,000+ words)
Warning: Minor character death
Rating: Author rates as R


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan
Website: Unknown


Summary: Rimmer goes on a voyage of self-discovery that takes him places he never imagined.

Review: In a fandom which on the whole tends to go in for short, funny stories, Here Be Dragons is a remarkable exception. It not only clocks in at a very respectable 22,000+ words, but it also takes the time and trouble to address most of the issues that would seem to work against the idea of Rimmer and Lister ever ending up in a romantic or sexual relationship together.

The premise here, to quote the author, is that 'Rimmer never went off to become Ace and, when the Nanobots rebuilt Red Dwarf, they didn't bring any of the crew back.' This leaves Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, the Cat, and Kristine Kochanski on the rebuilt ship - and Krissie is still pining for her lost partner, the alternate universe version of Lister. Rimmer, from whose POV the story is written, has to sit back and work through his own feelings as he watches Lister and Krissie becoming involved in a relationship - and then is left to pick up the pieces when Krissie is killed and Lister is left alone again.

Psychoanalysing Arnold Rimmer is a massive task, but one which [personal profile] gemjam tackles fearlessly. We are shown the slow stages by which he comes to accept that he actually does feel something for Lister and that by some miracle his tentative advances in the way of friendship are neither being rejected nor mocked. It is a long, tortuous process in which functional sex almost seems to get in the way of any kind of emotional connection between them, but gradually the two men learn to share intimacy and - eventually - even a form of tenderness.

What is most interesting here is the journey Rimmer takes. It's often difficult to feel any sympathy for one of the more unattractive characters of recent years, but his struggles with his own feelings are beautifully portrayed and any reader with even half a heart will undoubtedly end up rooting for his awkward but ultimately successful attempts to understand and reconcile himself to his developing connection with Lister.

Quality storytelling, wholeheartedly recommended.

Link: Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons by gemjam (R)

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Title: Here be Dragons by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: AU, romance, humour, angst
Length: Long (22,000+ words)
Warning: Minor character death
Rating: Author rates as R


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan
Website: Unknown


Summary: Rimmer goes on a voyage of self-discovery that takes him places he never imagined.

Review: In a fandom which on the whole tends to go in for short, funny stories, Here Be Dragons is a remarkable exception. It not only clocks in at a very respectable 22,000+ words, but it also takes the time and trouble to address most of the issues that would seem to work against the idea of Rimmer and Lister ever ending up in a romantic or sexual relationship together.

The premise here, to quote the author, is that 'Rimmer never went off to become Ace and, when the Nanobots rebuilt Red Dwarf, they didn't bring any of the crew back.' This leaves Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, the Cat, and Kristine Kochanski on the rebuilt ship - and Krissie is still pining for her lost partner, the alternate universe version of Lister. Rimmer, from whose POV the story is written, has to sit back and work through his own feelings as he watches Lister and Krissie becoming involved in a relationship - and then is left to pick up the pieces when Krissie is killed and Lister is left alone again.

Psychoanalysing Arnold Rimmer is a massive task, but one which [personal profile] gemjam tackles fearlessly. We are shown the slow stages by which he comes to accept that he actually does feel something for Lister and that by some miracle his tentative advances in the way of friendship are neither being rejected nor mocked. It is a long, tortuous process in which functional sex almost seems to get in the way of any kind of emotional connection between them, but gradually the two men learn to share intimacy and - eventually - even a form of tenderness.

What is most interesting here is the journey Rimmer takes. It's often difficult to feel any sympathy for one of the more unattractive characters of recent years, but his struggles with his own feelings are beautifully portrayed and any reader with even half a heart will undoubtedly end up rooting for his awkward but ultimately successful attempts to understand and reconcile himself to his developing connection with Lister.

Quality storytelling, wholeheartedly recommended.

Link: Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons by gemjam (R)

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Title: Here be Dragons by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: AU, romance, humour, angst
Length: Long (22,000+ words)
Warning: Minor character death
Rating: Author rates as R


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan
Website: Unknown


Summary: Rimmer goes on a voyage of self-discovery that takes him places he never imagined.

Review: In a fandom which on the whole tends to go in for short, funny stories, Here Be Dragons is a remarkable exception. It not only clocks in at a very respectable 22,000+ words, but it also takes the time and trouble to address most of the issues that would seem to work against the idea of Rimmer and Lister ever ending up in a romantic or sexual relationship together.

The premise here, to quote the author, is that 'Rimmer never went off to become Ace and, when the Nanobots rebuilt Red Dwarf, they didn't bring any of the crew back.' This leaves Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, the Cat, and Kristine Kochanski on the rebuilt ship - and Krissie is still pining for her lost partner, the alternate universe version of Lister. Rimmer, from whose POV the story is written, has to sit back and work through his own feelings as he watches Lister and Krissie becoming involved in a relationship - and then is left to pick up the pieces when Krissie is killed and Lister is left alone again.

Psychoanalysing Arnold Rimmer is a massive task, but one which [personal profile] gemjam tackles fearlessly. We are shown the slow stages by which he comes to accept that he actually does feel something for Lister and that by some miracle his tentative advances in the way of friendship are neither being rejected nor mocked. It is a long, tortuous process in which functional sex almost seems to get in the way of any kind of emotional connection between them, but gradually the two men learn to share intimacy and - eventually - even a form of tenderness.

What is most interesting here is the journey Rimmer takes. It's often difficult to feel any sympathy for one of the more unattractive characters of recent years, but his struggles with his own feelings are beautifully portrayed and any reader with even half a heart will undoubtedly end up rooting for his awkward but ultimately successful attempts to understand and reconcile himself to his developing connection with Lister.

Quality storytelling, wholeheartedly recommended.

Link: Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons by gemjam (R)

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Title: Here be Dragons by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: AU, romance, humour, angst
Length: Long (22,000+ words)
Warning: Minor character death
Rating: Author rates as R


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan
Website: Unknown


Summary: Rimmer goes on a voyage of self-discovery that takes him places he never imagined.

Review: In a fandom which on the whole tends to go in for short, funny stories, Here Be Dragons is a remarkable exception. It not only clocks in at a very respectable 22,000+ words, but it also takes the time and trouble to address most of the issues that would seem to work against the idea of Rimmer and Lister ever ending up in a romantic or sexual relationship together.

The premise here, to quote the author, is that 'Rimmer never went off to become Ace and, when the Nanobots rebuilt Red Dwarf, they didn't bring any of the crew back.' This leaves Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, the Cat, and Kristine Kochanski on the rebuilt ship - and Krissie is still pining for her lost partner, the alternate universe version of Lister. Rimmer, from whose POV the story is written, has to sit back and work through his own feelings as he watches Lister and Krissie becoming involved in a relationship - and then is left to pick up the pieces when Krissie is killed and Lister is left alone again.

Psychoanalysing Arnold Rimmer is a massive task, but one which [personal profile] gemjam tackles fearlessly. We are shown the slow stages by which he comes to accept that he actually does feel something for Lister and that by some miracle his tentative advances in the way of friendship are neither being rejected nor mocked. It is a long, tortuous process in which functional sex almost seems to get in the way of any kind of emotional connection between them, but gradually the two men learn to share intimacy and - eventually - even a form of tenderness.

What is most interesting here is the journey Rimmer takes. It's often difficult to feel any sympathy for one of the more unattractive characters of recent years, but his struggles with his own feelings are beautifully portrayed and any reader with even half a heart will undoubtedly end up rooting for his awkward but ultimately successful attempts to understand and reconcile himself to his developing connection with Lister.

Quality storytelling, wholeheartedly recommended.

Link: Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons by gemjam (R)

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Title: Here be Dragons by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: AU, romance, humour, angst
Length: Long (22,000+ words)
Warning: Minor character death
Rating: Author rates as R


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan
Website: Unknown


Summary: Rimmer goes on a voyage of self-discovery that takes him places he never imagined.

Review: In a fandom which on the whole tends to go in for short, funny stories, Here Be Dragons is a remarkable exception. It not only clocks in at a very respectable 22,000+ words, but it also takes the time and trouble to address most of the issues that would seem to work against the idea of Rimmer and Lister ever ending up in a romantic or sexual relationship together.

The premise here, to quote the author, is that 'Rimmer never went off to become Ace and, when the Nanobots rebuilt Red Dwarf, they didn't bring any of the crew back.' This leaves Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, the Cat, and Kristine Kochanski on the rebuilt ship - and Krissie is still pining for her lost partner, the alternate universe version of Lister. Rimmer, from whose POV the story is written, has to sit back and work through his own feelings as he watches Lister and Krissie becoming involved in a relationship - and then is left to pick up the pieces when Krissie is killed and Lister is left alone again.

Psychoanalysing Arnold Rimmer is a massive task, but one which [personal profile] gemjam tackles fearlessly. We are shown the slow stages by which he comes to accept that he actually does feel something for Lister and that by some miracle his tentative advances in the way of friendship are neither being rejected nor mocked. It is a long, tortuous process in which functional sex almost seems to get in the way of any kind of emotional connection between them, but gradually the two men learn to share intimacy and - eventually - even a form of tenderness.

What is most interesting here is the journey Rimmer takes. It's often difficult to feel any sympathy for one of the more unattractive characters of recent years, but his struggles with his own feelings are beautifully portrayed and any reader with even half a heart will undoubtedly end up rooting for his awkward but ultimately successful attempts to understand and reconcile himself to his developing connection with Lister.

Quality storytelling, wholeheartedly recommended.

Link: Here Be Dragons

Here Be Dragons by gemjam (R)

  • Sep. 11th, 2010 at 6:45 AM
Title: Here be Dragons by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: AU, romance, humour, angst
Length: Long (22,000+ words)
Warning: Minor character death
Rating: Author rates as R


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan
Website: Unknown


Summary: Rimmer goes on a voyage of self-discovery that takes him places he never imagined.

Review: In a fandom which on the whole tends to go in for short, funny stories, Here Be Dragons is a remarkable exception. It not only clocks in at a very respectable 22,000+ words, but it also takes the time and trouble to address most of the issues that would seem to work against the idea of Rimmer and Lister ever ending up in a romantic or sexual relationship together.

The premise here, to quote the author, is that 'Rimmer never went off to become Ace and, when the Nanobots rebuilt Red Dwarf, they didn't bring any of the crew back.' This leaves Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, the Cat, and Kristine Kochanski on the rebuilt ship - and Krissie is still pining for her lost partner, the alternate universe version of Lister. Rimmer, from whose POV the story is written, has to sit back and work through his own feelings as he watches Lister and Krissie becoming involved in a relationship - and then is left to pick up the pieces when Krissie is killed and Lister is left alone again.

Psychoanalysing Arnold Rimmer is a massive task, but one which [personal profile] gemjam tackles fearlessly. We are shown the slow stages by which he comes to accept that he actually does feel something for Lister and that by some miracle his tentative advances in the way of friendship are neither being rejected nor mocked. It is a long, tortuous process in which functional sex almost seems to get in the way of any kind of emotional connection between them, but gradually the two men learn to share intimacy and - eventually - even a form of tenderness.

What is most interesting here is the journey Rimmer takes. It's often difficult to feel any sympathy for one of the more unattractive characters of recent years, but his struggles with his own feelings are beautifully portrayed and any reader with even half a heart will undoubtedly end up rooting for his awkward but ultimately successful attempts to understand and reconcile himself to his developing connection with Lister.

Quality storytelling, wholeheartedly recommended.

Link: Here Be Dragons
Title: The Law of Mutual Attraction by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Tricky to categorise; I'll go with romance, humour
Length: Medium (6,100 words)
Warning: None
Rating: NC-17


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.
Website: Unknown


Summary: Lister starts seeing things differently when Rimmer gets a body.

Review:

There's a bitter-sweet quality to this story, which is almost as close to being of epic length as this fandom ever gets. It starts with a nice premise - Rimmer now has a hard-light body, but Lister doesn't feel that he's getting the full benefit of it. This is a train of thought which leads Lister into uncharted territory; he's thinking in depth about how Rimmer experiences sensations, and at the same time paying a great deal more attention to the way he does himself. Everything he does, everything he eats, gradually begins to have sexual connotations for him as he acknowledges to himself that actually he is as horny as hell - and he cannot imagine why Rimmer, in his new body, would not be feeling the same. It's a short step from there to actively making a pass at Rimmer - and, although Rimmer responds, it's not with the alacrity that Lister might have been hoping for. This is certainly not going to be the standard 'mutual passion and falling blissfully into bed' scenario; indeed, the author does not merely pay lip service to the complicated relationship dynamic between these two but actually considers it in sufficient detail to give a convincing account of the way it might be adjusted to include sex.

Rimmer, of course, considers the options in his usual not-quite-getting-it way, and then approaches Lister with a proposition. “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but I think it might be mutually beneficial if we stopped smegging around and just had sex.” That's not the sort of offer Lister has ever been known to refuse, especially considering Rimmer is pretty much the only game in town. And when they do get down to it, in spite of Rimmer's lack of experience, there's certainly plenty of mutual satisfaction to be had.

What makes this story unusual is not that it's hot - although undoubtedly it is. It also intelligently and clear-sightedly portrays its characters as flawed whilst at the same time holding out the hope that once they have overcome their mutual antipathy there might be something better ahead for them. I have categorised the story under 'humour' and 'romance' yet it is neither hilariously funny nor sweetly romantic, but then I would hardly label it as 'angst' either. It is actually delightfully realistic, slightly downbeat yet hopeful, and utterly charming. As always I would have liked to see more but, like a good party guest, the story chooses exactly the right moment to make its exit. For Rimmer and Lister nothing has changed, but everything has - and for the better, although they may not exactly realise it at the time.

Link: The Law of Mutual Attraction
Title: The Law of Mutual Attraction by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Tricky to categorise; I'll go with romance, humour
Length: Medium (6,100 words)
Warning: None
Rating: NC-17


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.
Website: Unknown


Summary: Lister starts seeing things differently when Rimmer gets a body.

Review:

There's a bitter-sweet quality to this story, which is almost as close to being of epic length as this fandom ever gets. It starts with a nice premise - Rimmer now has a hard-light body, but Lister doesn't feel that he's getting the full benefit of it. This is a train of thought which leads Lister into uncharted territory; he's thinking in depth about how Rimmer experiences sensations, and at the same time paying a great deal more attention to the way he does himself. Everything he does, everything he eats, gradually begins to have sexual connotations for him as he acknowledges to himself that actually he is as horny as hell - and he cannot imagine why Rimmer, in his new body, would not be feeling the same. It's a short step from there to actively making a pass at Rimmer - and, although Rimmer responds, it's not with the alacrity that Lister might have been hoping for. This is certainly not going to be the standard 'mutual passion and falling blissfully into bed' scenario; indeed, the author does not merely pay lip service to the complicated relationship dynamic between these two but actually considers it in sufficient detail to give a convincing account of the way it might be adjusted to include sex.

Rimmer, of course, considers the options in his usual not-quite-getting-it way, and then approaches Lister with a proposition. “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but I think it might be mutually beneficial if we stopped smegging around and just had sex.” That's not the sort of offer Lister has ever been known to refuse, especially considering Rimmer is pretty much the only game in town. And when they do get down to it, in spite of Rimmer's lack of experience, there's certainly plenty of mutual satisfaction to be had.

What makes this story unusual is not that it's hot - although undoubtedly it is. It also intelligently and clear-sightedly portrays its characters as flawed whilst at the same time holding out the hope that once they have overcome their mutual antipathy there might be something better ahead for them. I have categorised the story under 'humour' and 'romance' yet it is neither hilariously funny nor sweetly romantic, but then I would hardly label it as 'angst' either. It is actually delightfully realistic, slightly downbeat yet hopeful, and utterly charming. As always I would have liked to see more but, like a good party guest, the story chooses exactly the right moment to make its exit. For Rimmer and Lister nothing has changed, but everything has - and for the better, although they may not exactly realise it at the time.

Link: The Law of Mutual Attraction
Title: The Law of Mutual Attraction by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Tricky to categorise; I'll go with romance, humour
Length: Medium (6,100 words)
Warning: None
Rating: NC-17


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.
Website: Unknown


Summary: Lister starts seeing things differently when Rimmer gets a body.

Review:

There's a bitter-sweet quality to this story, which is almost as close to being of epic length as this fandom ever gets. It starts with a nice premise - Rimmer now has a hard-light body, but Lister doesn't feel that he's getting the full benefit of it. This is a train of thought which leads Lister into uncharted territory; he's thinking in depth about how Rimmer experiences sensations, and at the same time paying a great deal more attention to the way he does himself. Everything he does, everything he eats, gradually begins to have sexual connotations for him as he acknowledges to himself that actually he is as horny as hell - and he cannot imagine why Rimmer, in his new body, would not be feeling the same. It's a short step from there to actively making a pass at Rimmer - and, although Rimmer responds, it's not with the alacrity that Lister might have been hoping for. This is certainly not going to be the standard 'mutual passion and falling blissfully into bed' scenario; indeed, the author does not merely pay lip service to the complicated relationship dynamic between these two but actually considers it in sufficient detail to give a convincing account of the way it might be adjusted to include sex.

Rimmer, of course, considers the options in his usual not-quite-getting-it way, and then approaches Lister with a proposition. “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but I think it might be mutually beneficial if we stopped smegging around and just had sex.” That's not the sort of offer Lister has ever been known to refuse, especially considering Rimmer is pretty much the only game in town. And when they do get down to it, in spite of Rimmer's lack of experience, there's certainly plenty of mutual satisfaction to be had.

What makes this story unusual is not that it's hot - although undoubtedly it is. It also intelligently and clear-sightedly portrays its characters as flawed whilst at the same time holding out the hope that once they have overcome their mutual antipathy there might be something better ahead for them. I have categorised the story under 'humour' and 'romance' yet it is neither hilariously funny nor sweetly romantic, but then I would hardly label it as 'angst' either. It is actually delightfully realistic, slightly downbeat yet hopeful, and utterly charming. As always I would have liked to see more but, like a good party guest, the story chooses exactly the right moment to make its exit. For Rimmer and Lister nothing has changed, but everything has - and for the better, although they may not exactly realise it at the time.

Link: The Law of Mutual Attraction
Title: The Law of Mutual Attraction by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Tricky to categorise; I'll go with romance, humour
Length: Medium (6,100 words)
Warning: None
Rating: NC-17


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.
Website: Unknown


Summary: Lister starts seeing things differently when Rimmer gets a body.

Review:

There's a bitter-sweet quality to this story, which is almost as close to being of epic length as this fandom ever gets. It starts with a nice premise - Rimmer now has a hard-light body, but Lister doesn't feel that he's getting the full benefit of it. This is a train of thought which leads Lister into uncharted territory; he's thinking in depth about how Rimmer experiences sensations, and at the same time paying a great deal more attention to the way he does himself. Everything he does, everything he eats, gradually begins to have sexual connotations for him as he acknowledges to himself that actually he is as horny as hell - and he cannot imagine why Rimmer, in his new body, would not be feeling the same. It's a short step from there to actively making a pass at Rimmer - and, although Rimmer responds, it's not with the alacrity that Lister might have been hoping for. This is certainly not going to be the standard 'mutual passion and falling blissfully into bed' scenario; indeed, the author does not merely pay lip service to the complicated relationship dynamic between these two but actually considers it in sufficient detail to give a convincing account of the way it might be adjusted to include sex.

Rimmer, of course, considers the options in his usual not-quite-getting-it way, and then approaches Lister with a proposition. “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but I think it might be mutually beneficial if we stopped smegging around and just had sex.” That's not the sort of offer Lister has ever been known to refuse, especially considering Rimmer is pretty much the only game in town. And when they do get down to it, in spite of Rimmer's lack of experience, there's certainly plenty of mutual satisfaction to be had.

What makes this story unusual is not that it's hot - although undoubtedly it is. It also intelligently and clear-sightedly portrays its characters as flawed whilst at the same time holding out the hope that once they have overcome their mutual antipathy there might be something better ahead for them. I have categorised the story under 'humour' and 'romance' yet it is neither hilariously funny nor sweetly romantic, but then I would hardly label it as 'angst' either. It is actually delightfully realistic, slightly downbeat yet hopeful, and utterly charming. As always I would have liked to see more but, like a good party guest, the story chooses exactly the right moment to make its exit. For Rimmer and Lister nothing has changed, but everything has - and for the better, although they may not exactly realise it at the time.

Link: The Law of Mutual Attraction
Title: The Law of Mutual Attraction by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Tricky to categorise; I'll go with romance, humour
Length: Medium (6,100 words)
Warning: None
Rating: NC-17


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.
Website: Unknown


Summary: Lister starts seeing things differently when Rimmer gets a body.

Review:

There's a bitter-sweet quality to this story, which is almost as close to being of epic length as this fandom ever gets. It starts with a nice premise - Rimmer now has a hard-light body, but Lister doesn't feel that he's getting the full benefit of it. This is a train of thought which leads Lister into uncharted territory; he's thinking in depth about how Rimmer experiences sensations, and at the same time paying a great deal more attention to the way he does himself. Everything he does, everything he eats, gradually begins to have sexual connotations for him as he acknowledges to himself that actually he is as horny as hell - and he cannot imagine why Rimmer, in his new body, would not be feeling the same. It's a short step from there to actively making a pass at Rimmer - and, although Rimmer responds, it's not with the alacrity that Lister might have been hoping for. This is certainly not going to be the standard 'mutual passion and falling blissfully into bed' scenario; indeed, the author does not merely pay lip service to the complicated relationship dynamic between these two but actually considers it in sufficient detail to give a convincing account of the way it might be adjusted to include sex.

Rimmer, of course, considers the options in his usual not-quite-getting-it way, and then approaches Lister with a proposition. “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but I think it might be mutually beneficial if we stopped smegging around and just had sex.” That's not the sort of offer Lister has ever been known to refuse, especially considering Rimmer is pretty much the only game in town. And when they do get down to it, in spite of Rimmer's lack of experience, there's certainly plenty of mutual satisfaction to be had.

What makes this story unusual is not that it's hot - although undoubtedly it is. It also intelligently and clear-sightedly portrays its characters as flawed whilst at the same time holding out the hope that once they have overcome their mutual antipathy there might be something better ahead for them. I have categorised the story under 'humour' and 'romance' yet it is neither hilariously funny nor sweetly romantic, but then I would hardly label it as 'angst' either. It is actually delightfully realistic, slightly downbeat yet hopeful, and utterly charming. As always I would have liked to see more but, like a good party guest, the story chooses exactly the right moment to make its exit. For Rimmer and Lister nothing has changed, but everything has - and for the better, although they may not exactly realise it at the time.

Link: The Law of Mutual Attraction
Title: The Law of Mutual Attraction by gemjam
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Tricky to categorise; I'll go with romance, humour
Length: Medium (6,100 words)
Warning: None
Rating: NC-17


Author on LJ: It's a headless blunder operating under the illusion of a master plan.
Website: Unknown


Summary: Lister starts seeing things differently when Rimmer gets a body.

Review:

There's a bitter-sweet quality to this story, which is almost as close to being of epic length as this fandom ever gets. It starts with a nice premise - Rimmer now has a hard-light body, but Lister doesn't feel that he's getting the full benefit of it. This is a train of thought which leads Lister into uncharted territory; he's thinking in depth about how Rimmer experiences sensations, and at the same time paying a great deal more attention to the way he does himself. Everything he does, everything he eats, gradually begins to have sexual connotations for him as he acknowledges to himself that actually he is as horny as hell - and he cannot imagine why Rimmer, in his new body, would not be feeling the same. It's a short step from there to actively making a pass at Rimmer - and, although Rimmer responds, it's not with the alacrity that Lister might have been hoping for. This is certainly not going to be the standard 'mutual passion and falling blissfully into bed' scenario; indeed, the author does not merely pay lip service to the complicated relationship dynamic between these two but actually considers it in sufficient detail to give a convincing account of the way it might be adjusted to include sex.

Rimmer, of course, considers the options in his usual not-quite-getting-it way, and then approaches Lister with a proposition. “I don’t like you and you don’t like me, but I think it might be mutually beneficial if we stopped smegging around and just had sex.” That's not the sort of offer Lister has ever been known to refuse, especially considering Rimmer is pretty much the only game in town. And when they do get down to it, in spite of Rimmer's lack of experience, there's certainly plenty of mutual satisfaction to be had.

What makes this story unusual is not that it's hot - although undoubtedly it is. It also intelligently and clear-sightedly portrays its characters as flawed whilst at the same time holding out the hope that once they have overcome their mutual antipathy there might be something better ahead for them. I have categorised the story under 'humour' and 'romance' yet it is neither hilariously funny nor sweetly romantic, but then I would hardly label it as 'angst' either. It is actually delightfully realistic, slightly downbeat yet hopeful, and utterly charming. As always I would have liked to see more but, like a good party guest, the story chooses exactly the right moment to make its exit. For Rimmer and Lister nothing has changed, but everything has - and for the better, although they may not exactly realise it at the time.

Link: The Law of Mutual Attraction

Alone by hazeltea (PG-13)

  • Jun. 19th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
Title: Alone by hazeltea
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Ace Rimmer/Lister
Categories: MPREG, romance
Length: Short (885 words)
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13


Author on LJ: backdoor shenanigans in deep space
Website: Archived on Red Dwarf Slash


Summary: A few private moments for Lister and Ace

Review:

I'm not generally a big fan of MPREG fiction and have in fact been very rude about it in the past, but it just so happens that Red Dwarf is one of the very few fandoms in which MPREG is canon and so inevitably there are a few stories available on the subject.

This particular little vignette offers a charming picture of a heavily pregnant Lister (he's carrying twins, the 'father' of whom is his alternate-universe female counterpart Deb Lister), gloomily contemplating the imminent departure of his glamorous lover Ace - which will leave him to face the rigours of childbirth with no help but that of the Cat, the skutters, and the uncharismatic and generally useless Rimmer. It's no wonder Lister's feeling weepy and clingy and in the mood for a little tender affection from Ace.

And that, in a nutshell, is virtually all that happens in this story. There's a moment of vulnerability from Lister, a moment of reassurance from Ace, then the weary acceptance of inevitability. It's a little downbeat, to be honest, but not entirely without a spark of hope. It is, however, very well-written and offers a moment of tranquil insight that is rare in what is usually a knockabout slapstick fandom.


Link: Alone

Alone by hazeltea (PG-13)

  • Jun. 19th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
Title: Alone by hazeltea
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Ace Rimmer/Lister
Categories: MPREG, romance
Length: Short (885 words)
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13


Author on LJ: backdoor shenanigans in deep space
Website: Archived on Red Dwarf Slash


Summary: A few private moments for Lister and Ace

Review:

I'm not generally a big fan of MPREG fiction and have in fact been very rude about it in the past, but it just so happens that Red Dwarf is one of the very few fandoms in which MPREG is canon and so inevitably there are a few stories available on the subject.

This particular little vignette offers a charming picture of a heavily pregnant Lister (he's carrying twins, the 'father' of whom is his alternate-universe female counterpart Deb Lister), gloomily contemplating the imminent departure of his glamorous lover Ace - which will leave him to face the rigours of childbirth with no help but that of the Cat, the skutters, and the uncharismatic and generally useless Rimmer. It's no wonder Lister's feeling weepy and clingy and in the mood for a little tender affection from Ace.

And that, in a nutshell, is virtually all that happens in this story. There's a moment of vulnerability from Lister, a moment of reassurance from Ace, then the weary acceptance of inevitability. It's a little downbeat, to be honest, but not entirely without a spark of hope. It is, however, very well-written and offers a moment of tranquil insight that is rare in what is usually a knockabout slapstick fandom.


Link: Alone

Alone by hazeltea (PG-13)

  • Jun. 19th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
Title: Alone by hazeltea
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Ace Rimmer/Lister
Categories: MPREG, romance
Length: Short (885 words)
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13


Author on LJ: backdoor shenanigans in deep space
Website: Archived on Red Dwarf Slash


Summary: A few private moments for Lister and Ace

Review:

I'm not generally a big fan of MPREG fiction and have in fact been very rude about it in the past, but it just so happens that Red Dwarf is one of the very few fandoms in which MPREG is canon and so inevitably there are a few stories available on the subject.

This particular little vignette offers a charming picture of a heavily pregnant Lister (he's carrying twins, the 'father' of whom is his alternate-universe female counterpart Deb Lister), gloomily contemplating the imminent departure of his glamorous lover Ace - which will leave him to face the rigours of childbirth with no help but that of the Cat, the skutters, and the uncharismatic and generally useless Rimmer. It's no wonder Lister's feeling weepy and clingy and in the mood for a little tender affection from Ace.

And that, in a nutshell, is virtually all that happens in this story. There's a moment of vulnerability from Lister, a moment of reassurance from Ace, then the weary acceptance of inevitability. It's a little downbeat, to be honest, but not entirely without a spark of hope. It is, however, very well-written and offers a moment of tranquil insight that is rare in what is usually a knockabout slapstick fandom.


Link: Alone

Alone by hazeltea (PG-13)

  • Jun. 19th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
Title: Alone by hazeltea
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Ace Rimmer/Lister
Categories: MPREG, romance
Length: Short (885 words)
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13


Author on LJ: backdoor shenanigans in deep space
Website: Archived on Red Dwarf Slash


Summary: A few private moments for Lister and Ace

Review:

I'm not generally a big fan of MPREG fiction and have in fact been very rude about it in the past, but it just so happens that Red Dwarf is one of the very few fandoms in which MPREG is canon and so inevitably there are a few stories available on the subject.

This particular little vignette offers a charming picture of a heavily pregnant Lister (he's carrying twins, the 'father' of whom is his alternate-universe female counterpart Deb Lister), gloomily contemplating the imminent departure of his glamorous lover Ace - which will leave him to face the rigours of childbirth with no help but that of the Cat, the skutters, and the uncharismatic and generally useless Rimmer. It's no wonder Lister's feeling weepy and clingy and in the mood for a little tender affection from Ace.

And that, in a nutshell, is virtually all that happens in this story. There's a moment of vulnerability from Lister, a moment of reassurance from Ace, then the weary acceptance of inevitability. It's a little downbeat, to be honest, but not entirely without a spark of hope. It is, however, very well-written and offers a moment of tranquil insight that is rare in what is usually a knockabout slapstick fandom.


Link: Alone

Alone by hazeltea (PG-13)

  • Jun. 19th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
Title: Alone by hazeltea
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Ace Rimmer/Lister
Categories: MPREG, romance
Length: Short (885 words)
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13


Author on LJ: backdoor shenanigans in deep space
Website: Archived on Red Dwarf Slash


Summary: A few private moments for Lister and Ace

Review:

I'm not generally a big fan of MPREG fiction and have in fact been very rude about it in the past, but it just so happens that Red Dwarf is one of the very few fandoms in which MPREG is canon and so inevitably there are a few stories available on the subject.

This particular little vignette offers a charming picture of a heavily pregnant Lister (he's carrying twins, the 'father' of whom is his alternate-universe female counterpart Deb Lister), gloomily contemplating the imminent departure of his glamorous lover Ace - which will leave him to face the rigours of childbirth with no help but that of the Cat, the skutters, and the uncharismatic and generally useless Rimmer. It's no wonder Lister's feeling weepy and clingy and in the mood for a little tender affection from Ace.

And that, in a nutshell, is virtually all that happens in this story. There's a moment of vulnerability from Lister, a moment of reassurance from Ace, then the weary acceptance of inevitability. It's a little downbeat, to be honest, but not entirely without a spark of hope. It is, however, very well-written and offers a moment of tranquil insight that is rare in what is usually a knockabout slapstick fandom.


Link: Alone

Alone by hazeltea (PG-13)

  • Jun. 19th, 2010 at 5:35 AM
Title: Alone by hazeltea
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Ace Rimmer/Lister
Categories: MPREG, romance
Length: Short (885 words)
Warning: None
Rating: PG-13


Author on LJ: backdoor shenanigans in deep space
Website: Archived on Red Dwarf Slash


Summary: A few private moments for Lister and Ace

Review:

I'm not generally a big fan of MPREG fiction and have in fact been very rude about it in the past, but it just so happens that Red Dwarf is one of the very few fandoms in which MPREG is canon and so inevitably there are a few stories available on the subject.

This particular little vignette offers a charming picture of a heavily pregnant Lister (he's carrying twins, the 'father' of whom is his alternate-universe female counterpart Deb Lister), gloomily contemplating the imminent departure of his glamorous lover Ace - which will leave him to face the rigours of childbirth with no help but that of the Cat, the skutters, and the uncharismatic and generally useless Rimmer. It's no wonder Lister's feeling weepy and clingy and in the mood for a little tender affection from Ace.

And that, in a nutshell, is virtually all that happens in this story. There's a moment of vulnerability from Lister, a moment of reassurance from Ace, then the weary acceptance of inevitability. It's a little downbeat, to be honest, but not entirely without a spark of hope. It is, however, very well-written and offers a moment of tranquil insight that is rare in what is usually a knockabout slapstick fandom.


Link: Alone
Title: The Time of your Death by Norwegian Porn Faerie aka kahvi
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Humour
Length: Short (1903 words)
Warning: None
Rating: Rated by author as 'Mild R'

Author on LJ: Kat's Evil Mega-Global Journal
Website: Kat's Secretly Ironic Korner of the Universe

Summary: Time of your Death Travels – JMC-approved holographic holidays for the long-term deceased. For when being being able to touch and be touched is just too much to take.

Review:

After only a couple of weeks in his new hard-light existence Rimmer's really struggling. He's feeling cramped and overwhelmed by sensation, and it doesn’t help that Lister keeps on touching him - a friendly pat on the shoulder, the occasional smack on the head. In desperation he starts looking for a means of getting away from the ship, even if it only means taking a virtual vacation among his own subroutines, and fortunately the answer comes along in the form of a brochure promising holographic holidays for the long-term deceased.

Of course, as viewers of any show which deals with holograms and virtual reality know only too well, such things are never straightfoward. Rimmer's systems have been substantially re-engineered by Legion, and he runs into a backwards-compatibility problem which only becomes apparent after he's initiated the software. Thus, instead of a subjective two-week holiday which takes five minutes of ship's time, Rimmer is forced to endure six months of CGI paradise. "Forced to endure?" you may wonder - but then, this is the old old story of the man being given everything he thinks he wants, only to find out that he doesn’t want it after all. By the time Lister manages to find a way into the software to drag Rimmer to freedom, Rimmer is so overwhelmed by his experiences that he kisses him. Oddly, Lister doesn’t seem to mind too much.

This is a very well-written and thought-through story although I could have wished that it was longer. One quibble is that the author could really have done with the services of a native-English-speaking beta; excellence of expression and inexplicable typos do not fit well together. (Although I freely admit that I could not write a story of any sort in any language but my own.)

Red Dwarf slash is a scarce commodity and some of it is of less than stellar quality. This story, happily, is one of the best; it's a slash story that isn’t all about the sex - and that, in my opinion, is just what the hologram ordered.

Link: The Time Of Your Death
Title: The Time of your Death by Norwegian Porn Faerie aka kahvi
Fandom: Red Dwarf
Pairing: Rimmer/Lister
Categories: Humour
Length: Short (1903 words)
Warning: None
Rating: Rated by author as 'Mild R'

Author on LJ: Kat's Evil Mega-Global Journal
Website: Kat's Secretly Ironic Korner of the Universe

Summary: Time of your Death Travels – JMC-approved holographic holidays for the long-term deceased. For when being being able to touch and be touched is just too much to take.

Review:

After only a couple of weeks in his new hard-light existence Rimmer's really struggling. He's feeling cramped and overwhelmed by sensation, and it doesn’t help that Lister keeps on touching him - a friendly pat on the shoulder, the occasional smack on the head. In desperation he starts looking for a means of getting away from the ship, even if it only means taking a virtual vacation among his own subroutines, and fortunately the answer comes along in the form of a brochure promising holographic holidays for the long-term deceased.

Of course, as viewers of any show which deals with holograms and virtual reality know only too well, such things are never straightfoward. Rimmer's systems have been substantially re-engineered by Legion, and he runs into a backwards-compatibility problem which only becomes apparent after he's initiated the software. Thus, instead of a subjective two-week holiday which takes five minutes of ship's time, Rimmer is forced to endure six months of CGI paradise. "Forced to endure?" you may wonder - but then, this is the old old story of the man being given everything he thinks he wants, only to find out that he doesn’t want it after all. By the time Lister manages to find a way into the software to drag Rimmer to freedom, Rimmer is so overwhelmed by his experiences that he kisses him. Oddly, Lister doesn’t seem to mind too much.

This is a very well-written and thought-through story although I could have wished that it was longer. One quibble is that the author could really have done with the services of a native-English-speaking beta; excellence of expression and inexplicable typos do not fit well together. (Although I freely admit that I could not write a story of any sort in any language but my own.)

Red Dwarf slash is a scarce commodity and some of it is of less than stellar quality. This story, happily, is one of the best; it's a slash story that isn’t all about the sex - and that, in my opinion, is just what the hologram ordered.

Link: The Time Of Your Death

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