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no, use my SPACE name! ([personal profile] damalur) wrote2010-10-28 10:22 pm

the sheldon/penny starter kit

This is intended as a blend between a beginner's kit for new fans and a personal reclist; I doubt I've combed through even a tenth of the fanfiction at Paradox, but hopefully this will serve as a starting place for people new to the fandom.

(I've gone through about six different iterations of this list, but, um, also hopefully it's found a permanent incarnation here? WHO KNOWS. Still under construction, probably forever.)


[livejournal.com profile] sheldon_penny's fanfiction tag

[livejournal.com profile] fujiidom's reclist and cover archive

[livejournal.com profile] bigbangbigbang, a ficathon for stories over 15,000 words

[livejournal.com profile] bbt_imho, a Big Bang Theory rec community

[community profile] rainbowbridge & Pinboard, my recs! :)

In the beginning, there was Yuletide.

[livejournal.com profile] annakovsky's The Failure of Einstein's Universe is the story that breathed life into the fandom. It's the starting point for most fans and certainly deserves its place at the top of this list.

([livejournal.com profile] montycrowley's Starship Olisbos holds a special place in my personal list of favorites, as much for the conceits as for the stellar writing. [livejournal.com profile] ishie's The Vengeance Paradox and [personal profile] allthingsholy's & light is only now just breaking are other favorites.)

Author recs. Coming soon: fanvids, meta, podfic, further format revisions, anon section, ruby_caspar, slybrunette, notalwaysweak, d_sieya, starfish001, danakate, hesperia, jazzfic, misbegotten, gidget_zb, ladylioness, kangeiko, liviapenn, htbthomas, buffied, rj_anderson, galfridian, spaceanjl, winninghearts, 3pirouette, artic_fox, averypartofme, so_pseudogoth, lilyayl, rashaka, weirdmisty, renisanz, deadduck008, & screamlet!


& light is only now just breaking
Penny moves back home to take care of her mother. Sheldon, for reasons of his own, follows her.
[ Family, slow build | T | 22k ]

Every Chorus Was Your Name
There's no feeling quite like being on stage, Penny thinks, with the lights in her eyes and the mic in her hand.
[ AU, bandfic | PG-13 | 8k ]

Shoot Down All of the Stars (& Wish Away)
Sheldon needs help acting normal, and Penny's the only obvious choice. There's formal wear and gossip, too, and a kiss and a tear. They test a few hypotheses.
[ Fake dating | PG-13 | 13k ]

The World In Solemn Stillness
Tachycardia. Bradycardia. There is a name for this, he knows, the fluttering and failing of his heart in his chest.
[ Holidayfic, breakup/makeup | PG | 5k ]


The Suspension Bridge Experiment
Penny's psychic was right.
[ Penny/career | PG | 3k ]

The Home Turf Advantage
Maybe he can build a time machine and stop Penny from ever moving into the building.
[ PG | 3k ]


Experiments on Gravitation
There are about six million risks in pointing out that Sheldon has missed anything.
[ Cooper-style courtship | PG-13 | 5k ]

Basic Human Interaction
"Dr. Cooper, your girlfriend was lost on the first floor. I'm disappointed that you've kept her such a secret."
[ Fake dating | R | 9k ]

Hooray for Our Side
Technically speaking, Penny said she was going to move to California and work in the movies. So, technically speaking, this gig at the theaters, tearing tickets, shoveling popcorn, it's technically like she's living her dream.
[ Movie theater AU | R | 8k ]

some credit now, where credit is due.
The short list for why Penny breaks up with Leonard looks like this: Sheldon.
[ Canon, S3 | PG-13 | 3k ]


Through Quartz, Sand, and Cellulose
Sheldon gets some unexpected help from Penny dealing with the leftover grief of his father's death.
[ Hurt/comfort, romance | M | 13k ]


The Cheap Trick Acceleration
Penny racks her brain for the next twenty miles, trying to think of a subtle way to bring up the topic of meeting your time-traveling future self, or being sent on a mission to avert an apocalypse-related death. Finally she tells herself Forget it, Penny, it's Nerdtown. Sheldon and Leonard have weirder conversations six times a day. Sometimes before breakfast. Sometimes over Twitter.
[ Road trip, time travel | T | 6k ]


Yours (The Earth And All That's In It)
He loses the Nobel. She makes pie. The season ends. The world ends. They fix it. They ruin it. Then they find each other. And it all makes sense in the end.
[ Time travel | M | 6k ]

Starship Olisbos
Sheldon assigns Penny a terrible sci-fi reading assignment... which strangely parallels her relationship with Leonard. She gets hooked, Sheldon gets swine flu and everybody is confused. LULZ, romance and acting careers ensue.
[ S3, pulp sci-fi | PG | 10k ]


The Road Ahead Is Clear Again
Penny’s had enough of being a failure. If she can’t succeed at what she wants to, then damn it, she’s going to succeed at what she knows she’s good at.
[ Penny/career | T | 21k ]


You Don't Have to Be Constrained
Sheldon lives alone in an apartment that’s made for two people. Penny moves in across the hall.
[ Canon AU | PG | 2k ]


The Steep-Sided Gorge Excursion
The journey of 500 miles starts with a meticulously put-together binder of information, NOT a single step as we were led to believe.
[ Established, road trip | PG-13 | 3k ]


i have suffered shipwrecks right from the start
The land will always be with you, even if you leave. Sheldon and Penny in 2012, and those who came before them in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.
[ Established, historical | K+ | 2k ]

your fonder heart, half-lit in the half-light
What would you do if you met the other you? In which there is a free ticket to space and a fine line between what is and what should have been.
[ Fusion, science fiction | T | 3.5k ]
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[personal profile] brynspikess 2012-10-01 07:16 am (UTC)(link)
Is montycrowley's fic posted anywhere else? I keep seeing links to these two fics on a bunch of rec lists, but the links are all broken. *sadface*