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Date: 2008-10-03 09:53 pm (UTC)
danceswithgary: (Default)
From: [personal profile] danceswithgary
I'm glad you were able to repost this - I love the story, especially how both men grow beyond their barriers and into their relationship.

Date: 2008-10-31 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] syble4.livejournal.com
I just found this wondrous tale of yours. I sure hope you plan to take it out of fandom and give it life as a real book. You could. It's that good!

Thanks for the adventure. I really enjoyed it.

Date: 2008-10-31 12:19 pm (UTC)
ext_3572: (sga atlantis)
From: [identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com
This is just awesome, funny and touching in just the right balance...and it really makes far too much sense with SGA canon. I agree, it deserves life as its own story, but I love it with these characters, with this relationship. John programs himself to love Rodney - melt my poor hopeless romantic OTP heart, here.

(I gotta say, it amuses the hell out of me that you detest the show, when you have such a better understanding of the characters than the writers themselves. Then, my brother hates SGA because he sees it as having immense potential that goes almost entirely unrealized, so maybe this, like so much of the fic, is that realization.)

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From: [identity profile] xparrot.livejournal.com - Date: 2008-10-31 01:14 pm (UTC) - Expand

Date: 2008-10-31 03:04 pm (UTC)
ext_1880: (teddy bear)
From: [identity profile] lillian13.livejournal.com
This was lovely and wonderful, a great "what if" that works. (So many of them don't.) I'm glad this got recced!

i cried a little

Date: 2008-11-20 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainbowrock13.livejournal.com
one of the most beautiful stories i have ever read i loved everything about it the references the sarcasm and the emotion just wonderful

Date: 2008-12-16 03:39 pm (UTC)
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
From: [personal profile] dhae_knight_1
This story, right here? Is totally the reason why I'm still watching Atlantis (well, and the big damn explosions...). This is beautiful sci-fi, thoughtful, creative and all around brilliant. And the occasional reminder that, yes, John Sheppard is a robot works like a charm because you do tend to forget along the way.

Genius fanficcers. The only reasons to watch SGA. :-)

Date: 2008-12-17 12:38 am (UTC)
reginagiraffe: Stick figure of me with long wavy hair and giraffe on shirt. (Default)
From: [personal profile] reginagiraffe
I must admit I got a singular chill when I (re)read the line:

"Nobody," Rodney said. "Well, lots of people, but nobody especially badly. They're calling us back to assess Tria Prima. Your five years are up."

A bit of premonition there, eh?

Thanks for making this available again.

Date: 2008-12-17 03:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] counteragent.livejournal.com
Fantastic! Utterly fantastic.

Date: 2008-12-17 08:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_minxy_/
Oh, I *loved* this! So many simple explanations for John's... oddnesses. So elegant.


Date: 2008-12-17 10:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldenrat84.livejournal.com
Amazing fic! I am incredibly impressed with this writing, story, and characterizations.

Date: 2009-01-03 05:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tzzzz.livejournal.com
This was amazing! I was just blown away. It's interesting how little of cannon John being a robot changed. I loved his thought process and the choices you made, with John not realizing he was a robot. It always amazes me how other people do robot!John. When I wrote him as a robot in Mona Lisa Box, I had him be much more clueless, trying to understand human emotion. I liked how you flipped that interpretation around. John didn't have trouble understanding others, just himself.

Date: 2009-01-04 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chaya.livejournal.com
So much love. I cannot put it into words.

Nngh. ♥

Date: 2009-01-05 08:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] katherine-tag.livejournal.com
Wow, I love this story so much. It explains reams about John's personality on the show, and why he is the way he is. I really seriously do not have words to describe how much I enjoyed reading this. Thank you, thank you.

Date: 2009-01-10 07:35 am (UTC)
ext_2551: gray flowers on a wallpaper (sga // mcsheep // love of your life)
From: [identity profile] walkawayslowly.livejournal.com
Since you sadly lost all your feedback, I'm going to leave new comments now that I've reread this.

I LOVE IT. I love Rodney and Zelenka's childlike glee over having their very own robot to play with. I love the part after Elizabeth gets replicator-ized and John wants Rodney to rewrite him, and that John later quotes what Rodney says there in the front of his book. I love that all of Atlantis rallies around him when they find out. I love the code that John writes so he loves Rodney.


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Date: 2009-01-17 11:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] petronelle.livejournal.com
I really enjoyed this a great deal. Wild, crazy, and well done.

Date: 2009-01-21 01:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crydwyn.livejournal.com
This was a truly excellent read. I found the first chapter or so when John didn't know he was a robot significantly disturbing to my ethical compass, basically my subconscious spent that whole first section murmuring "wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong" fortunately I found some relief from that anxious weight when John found out about his robotic nature. Whether that was your intent or not it made for an excellent read :D.

P.s. I'm guessing you've read all the classic A.I. related novels you mentioned in the fic, may I suggest John Scalzi's Old Man's War and it's sequels if you haven't read them already - he works with a similar concept from a different angle (especially his second book)

Date: 2009-01-21 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] krichira.livejournal.com
Loved the story to the extreme. I've always loved AI stories and this is just plain awesome. John as a robot actually explains so much and it's pretty lovely reading how he develops along the way.

RE:The Difference Engine Story

Date: 2009-01-24 10:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mysticmcknight.livejournal.com
Totally Wow! I feel speechless but need to express how intenstly wonderful I found this story. I'm glad I discovered it and was drawn in from the begining to the end and felt touched and deeply moved. A clever and well written idea as well as well how well you used cannon of the show. I totally recommend this story and have uplinked it to my favorits. Job well done. Thank you for sharing.

Date: 2009-02-14 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] secondsilk.livejournal.com
I've never quite understood the fascination with stories about robots before. This is awesome.
All the screwed up humanness and and not metaphors for living.
McKay and Zelenka are pretty much perfect in the roles of mad scientists, the abstraction and attachment. And I loved their first AI robot, using their spare parts. And John's rant to his father - I wrote myself a computer program.

Date: 2009-03-23 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] greenapple.insanejournal.com (from livejournal.com)
Very sweet, and funny. I enjoyed this immensely.

Date: 2009-04-06 12:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beachlass.livejournal.com
I'd somehow missed this story - it's lovely. Made me teary-eyed at the end.

What an intricate and charming exploration of human-ness.

Date: 2009-04-07 03:55 pm (UTC)
fyrdrakken: (Rodney)
From: [personal profile] fyrdrakken
I only just ran across this story yesterday and I'm very glad you reposted it after the hacking. It is as usual the side details I most love -- the attention-grabbing opener, the reminders that McKay is one of the more ruthless characters in Atlantis, the personal videos and Daniel fanboying the anthropological sidenotes, the reactions on Atlantis when Sheppard outed himself, Rodney's required-viewing list for the introspective AI, Caldwell's latest attempt to grab Sheppard's job, all the things Sheppard wished he'd had the chance to say to his brother and his father, sulking in low geosynchronous orbit, the coda personalizing the faceless braindead others who would go on to resume their lives as a result of the project. And the book -- how much do I love that John wrote the book he had really needed to read as a method of grief management and of working out who and what he was now? And the flailing and handwringing over notifying Sheppard of what had been done to them, followed by his anticlimactic non-reaction that was well-signaled by his ongoing emotional connection issues in the preceding installments of the story?


Date: 2009-04-15 02:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lest-we-ship.livejournal.com
I love it when Fic explains Canon...I'll never look at John the same way again...Your concept makes so much sense!

Date: 2009-05-10 01:55 pm (UTC)
ext_13205: (asgard)
From: [identity profile] korilian.livejournal.com
*snif* I got all emotional in the end there. Wonderful fic. Thank you for writing this.

Date: 2009-07-23 08:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] innocentsmith.livejournal.com
I'm having one of those "whyyyyyyyyy can't canon be as glorious and original and moving as fic?!" moments right now, so take this all with a grain of salt, I guess, but: GOOD LORD. This story is amazing, and subtle, and disturbing in all the best ways.

One of the best things I've found in SGA fic is this ability to look at the characters and say, okay, this thing - canon or otherwise - that this character did? Completely fucked up. But here is why they did it - insert fic reasoning - and that doesn't make it any the less fucked up, really. But it does make them human. The mistakes, and the evil, and the ruthlessness, and the batshit insanity - these are all human traits. And you can love these characters without thinking that they're moral, or wise, or even okay in some senses of the word.

I think this fic really exemplifies that quality. I love this John, and this Rodney. I love all the differing viewpoints; you don't make a big production of the fact that there are differing viewpoints, but I kept being happy every time things shifted away to Jack and Daniel. And the epilogue bit about the perspective of Pegasus folks on the Lanteans made me really happy, in ways that I can't fully articulate. As did Ronon's desire to translate John's story, and Teyla's acceptance.

The development of John's code regarding Rodney is something that I kept switching back to previously read sections to check and reread, because it was just so nicely done.

I could keep rambling on for some time, here, but really all I wanted to say was: hey, this was awesome. I loved it a lot. I'm bookmarking it. Go you and your mad talent, and go fandom for having a writer like you.
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