Emily Brunson

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Name: Emily Brunson
Alias(es): Em Brunson, janissa11, SophieBrun, Cerise
Type: fanwriter
Fandoms: Babylon 5, Big Valley, CSI, CW-RPS, Firefly, One West Waikiki, Sentinel, Sports Night, Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Supernatural, X-Files
URL: Em's Fan Fiction (1990s Sentinel site)
Master Fiction List and earlier version (Wayback)
janissa11 (LiveJournal)
EmLand (Yahoo! Groups )offline, not arhived))
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Emily Brunson writes slash and gen fanfic in many fandoms. Some of the older fanfic was made available through the file archive of her mailing list EmLand, which went offline with the demise of Yahoo Groups in 2019.

Fan Comments

Over the years she has been known for a predilection to focus on the hurt end of the hurt/comfort spectrum. See, e.g., her The Sentinel story The Longest Walk, in which Jim Ellison loses the use of his legs. Or her Sports Night story Dancing on Glass, of which one fan wrote: "This is a beautifully-written, soul-destroying epic for which I have no words to describe how much it moved me."[1]

Another fan wrote: "Em Brunson's Dancing on Glass is the longest story in the entire Sports Night Archive. And it's still a WIP. But that doesn't matter, because it's tender and loving and sad and good. Read it, and you won't be sorry. But be aware that this story made me cry three times, so don't read it in public. And don't worry too much about the WIP status; it ends at a fairly well-resolved place." [2]

Another says: "Emily Brunson is the writer whose stories introduced me to The Sentinel. She's also the queen of character-whumping and of unfinished WiPs, but since all her work is undeniably well written and addictive, her readers deal with both with good grace. Her Jim usually suffers through realistically portrayed physical or emotional trauma, be it AIDS or paraplegia, or he works as a prostitute, or he's locked away as a misdiagnosed schizophreniac, but with Blair standing by him, not all hope is lost. Don't read her stories when you're feeling down. Otherwise, enjoy. [3]}}


As of July 15, 2010, this list does not comprise an exhaustive list of her fiction, as her current site does not list everything that her older Geocities site did, and her current site does not list any works she posted exclusively to her LJ.

Babylon 5

  • Benedictus
  • The Hammer and Stone
  • House of Flesh (a 71 page printed copy is archived in the Escapade Fanzine Library)
  • Penny from Heaven
  • The Wishing Tree

Big Valley

  • Five Ways Heath Didn't Die
  • Interlude
  • Native Strangers (WIP as of 6/17/07)
  • One Short Sleep (listed as "to be updated" as of 6/17/07, no working link to story)


  • Abaddon
  • Afterlife (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Arcana (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Bare Places
  • Boucenna's Walk
  • Boxing the Compass
  • Canada
  • Common Hours
  • The Conference
  • Down to the Ground
  • Drawbacks
  • Dreamland
  • Enmity
  • The Gospel of Mary (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Greece
  • Halflight (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Hallway
  • Hell
  • In the Desert
  • Living Backward
  • The Many Passages
  • Men of Understanding
  • Meridian
  • Metadata
  • Perfect Day
  • Purgatory
  • The Riddles series
  • Revolution (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • The Ruse
  • Snippets: 1, 2, 3
  • Spare Parts
  • Statistic
  • The Swishverse: Mask, Front, Shelter, Precipice
  • The Temperaments series -- Sanguine, Melancholic, Choleric, Phlegmatic
  • Two Wrongs
  • Untitled
  • Watcher


  • Little Bottles
  • Misery Loves Company


  • Détente
  • Raw Deal
  • Tussle

One West Waikiki

  • Hali`a Aloha


  • Alien Tears
  • Aphrodite's Garden
  • Cydonia
  • Dante
  • The Dart of Abaris
  • Detour
  • Little Deaths
  • The Longest Walk
  • Midnight
  • A Place Where No Shadows Fall (recommended and linked to here)
  • Stereotype ("The theme of the story is stereotypes: of police officers, of gays, of office temps. Janet is the perfect temp, doing in one day the work three clerks normally do in two." [4])
  • Tashlich
  • The Tears of Hlin
  • This Side of Heaven
  • The Thing with Feathers

Sports Night

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

  • Journeyman
  • The Listening Wind (unfinished as of 3/10/98), lost, then recovered Details here
  • The White Leopard


  • Bedtime
  • Birthdays: Eighth
  • Birthdays: Eleventh
  • Birthdays: Ninth
  • Birthdays: Tenth
  • Birthdays: Twelfth
  • Brothers and Strangers (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Buzz Cut
  • Croup
  • Dancing Backward (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Epiphany
  • Happy Thoughts
  • Heart Language (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Knock on the Sky (WIP as of 6/19/07)
  • Lasagna
  • MRSA
  • Nice Boy
  • On the Snap
  • Red Beans and Rice
  • That Which Has Been Our Delight
  • The Cup of Silence (WIP as of 6/19/07, listed as on semi-permanent hiatus)
  • The Way It Is
  • Trash
  • Under a Haystack