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Title: Heteronormativity, Gender Construction, and Non-Verbal Signalling in Intercultural Communication Situations (A Comedy)
Author: mad_maudlin
Recipient: vipersweb
Pairing: John/Teyla, various others
Rating: PG-13
Word Count: ~35,000
Spoilers: Through early S4
Warning: Mensa AU
Summary: In which Teyla may be plotting something, Keller may be delusional, Ronon may be cheating and John may in fact be the girl. No pudding cups were injured in the production of this fanfic.

A/N: This was the FIC THAT WILL NOT END so, Vipersweb, I hope you don't mind the length. Special thanks go out to C, my beta; M, my idea-off-bouncer; and L, who is many things, but most relevantly here, my source for all things Mobile Suit Gundam-related. All my information about MRE menus is from MREinfo.com.

Heteronormativity, Gender Construction, and Non-Verbal Signalling in Intercultural Communication Situations (A Comedy)

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Feb. 4th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
Here via stargateficrec. So sorry I missed this the first time around. Brilliant fic! I love the verse you've created here. The characters are all wonderful, but I adore mensa!john and Teyla. This had me laughing out loud from beginning to end. You crafted a wonderful, stunted personality for John that I just want to squeeze and not let go of. I see so much of our John in the quiet, emotionally stunted persona but you've added so much more. I loved the humor of John allowing Lorne in because he could draw his gaming figures, the pigeon perv Zelenka, "virile" Ronon and of course, the ruus wine inspired "Never have I" antics with Sam and Katie. I love that John and Teyla are both "fucked up" and yet find each other and fit together so well. Perfect ending with both apologizing and then the morning after in the mess. Absolutely loved and adored this. 10 out of 10. Thank you, going to bookmark now!
Feb. 4th, 2009 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks! :-D
Feb. 4th, 2009 03:05 pm (UTC)
I somehow stumbled across this story. I have only reached as far as John sending Eldon to dinner with Teyla but since I have tears of laughter running down my face, I figure that's far enough along to tell you this is an amazing piece of work. Yes, yes, this is John Sheppard as he would be given just a few tweaks in his background and experience. And the glimpses we get of the Atlantean position in Pegasus galaxy affairs, (the Athosians can officially apologize for the the expedition. Love it!), and the AU nature of some of the familiar Pegasus Galaxy cast of characters is wonderful. Made my February.
Feb. 4th, 2009 04:21 pm (UTC)
Aw, thanks! Glad somebody's February could be made a little brighter.
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
There's one real problem with sneaking fanfic at work, and that is how hard it is to giggle stealthily. And I was giggling for so so so much of this story! This is a terrific fleshed-out version of the Mensa AU, with lots of awesome little details like John's two teams and anime/sushi night and Sumner's knitting, which will never not be awesome. Rod and John and Teyla and Ronon are so much themselves while being entirely different people that I'm a little in awe.

And wow, the total misunderstandings abounding (particularly the running Ronon/Keller/Melena triangle, which oh my god, could not stop laughing!) across the board were just wonderful. Even your secondary characters, like Lorne and the Sex and Guns and Ammo and the City women were beautifully done. Funny and sweet and fantastic, and I owe a cookie to the person who recced this to me.
Feb. 6th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Thank you! I think I have a soft spot for the comedy-of-errors format.
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Aug. 7th, 2009 06:18 am (UTC)
This is brilliant! So funny and so rich! I love your exploration of this universe -- how the characters might have evolved differently and yet somehow things remain mostly the same. And did i mention funny? Thanks for this, it was a real treat.
May. 2nd, 2010 12:33 pm (UTC)
Why have I not feedbacked this before? This fic is funny as hell and I loved it.
May. 2nd, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
Here off astridv's rec and I can't believe I missed this earlier. It is fabulous !
Aug. 23rd, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Okay, so I caved and read it again. So many favorite lines, I don't know where to start.

(Rod totally is creepy.)
Dec. 19th, 2010 08:18 pm (UTC)
okay you are entirely insane but that's a good thing when it means stories like this! I loved it from beginning to end. John is clearly fucked up and for Rod to be the one who gets people? Truly, entirely messed up. But it's hilarious and fun and whacky and just the way things probably are in Rod's universe. Well done.
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