Redemption (Stargate SG-1 zine)
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Redemption 1 was published in July 2002 and is 206 pages long. The cover is by Cat's Meow Creative Arts. Other art and graphics by Leah Rosenthal, Corinna, Siamkatze, Wilma and Lightfoot.
- Editioral (3)
- Fall of Angels by Corby (20 pages)
- The Rules Of The Game by ETS (20 pages)
- Walk On By by Deboran Louise Grough (39 pages)
- A Time To Mourn by Flora (9 pages)
- The quest For Immortality by L.A. Carr (5 pages)
- Gone Before by ELG (10 pages)
- The Test by Nancy Richardson (9 pages)
- Male Bonding by Seanchaidh (4 pages)
- Her Majesty Amonet by Renee (16 pages)
- Quotations by Sheila Paulson (7 pages)
- The Current Of Time by SelDear (3 pages)
- Alone by Kelly W. (3 pages)
- The Darkest Night by babs (4 pages)
- What If... ? by Quale (9 pages)
- Choose Your Battles by Brionhet (45 pages)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 1
[Fall of Angels]: My favorite story from this was the Fall of Angels by Corby as it was so unusual - unlike any Stargate story I'd actually ever read, in a zine or not. It was very striking, and bleak, and I really liked the fact that it didn't have a happy ending, and it was (my interpretation) left up to the readers to guess who was the right Daniel in the end, or whether they were both 'wrong'. 
[Fall of Angels]: OK, I just had to email you after reading "Fall of Angels" (by Corby) in REDEMPTION ... this is, quite simply, one of the most brilliant concepts I've ever read. It's *wonderful*. And Corby’s execution of it is just pitch-perfect -- very, very powerful writing. When I finished I was *shaking*. I immediately called and emailed all my friends and recced it shamelessly, along with the entire 'zine, which is stellar in its own right. It's so nice to read great Stargate work from a VERY talented writer. It was such a dark, smart, eerie story -- and fully explored the consequences of what the events really meant, which was outstanding. It was like having a Stargate nightmare -- something that would wake Daniel up in a cold sweat, shaking. Wow. 
[zine]: Favorite Story from this Zine: Hard to pick one...tried to get it down to just 2 so I chose Quotations and The Test.
Favorite Artwork: I love Wilma's style and the renderings are so true. I especially love the back cover of Daniel in his boonie.
Favorite Photo Manipulation: Love the picture of Daniel on page 157 by Lightfoot.
Favorite Cartoon. Love all of Leah's cartoon. However, in this zine, "Duck" is a classic and I laugh every time I see it. Closely following is "Reference Guides" (one of my personal favorites).General: Read it from cover to cover (with the exception of one story) twice. I know that I will be reading through again in the future. Really enjoyed it. Well put together, Layout easy to read and follow. The art, cartoons, and pictures spread out nicely with the stories. Great color front cover. 
[zine]:Fall of Angels by Corby -- A well written but depressing and dark story. I read this before the announcement about Daniel returning to the show was made so I was still in the midst of my “Severely missing Daniel” depression and found it hard to enjoy this story as much as it deserved to be enjoyed. I will revisit it with some time and distance, because it is written well and definitely worth a re-read. It is just not the way I want to see Daniel reunited with his friends and team mates so I had a hard time with the plot.
The Rules of the Game by ETS -- This was a wonderful “fill in the missing pieces” story for Fair Game. It really gave the back story of how each of the team members dealt with this difficult situation. Well written. Good character voices for all, and I really enjoyed it.
Walk On By by Deborah Louise Gough -- Daniel as a white blond “surfer type” was a real kick. But it was soooo Daniel to try to take it all on himself in order to save his friends. Interesting original characters, good character voices and the inclusion of Janet and Cassandra. Lots of team angst and caring. Interesting plot. Kept me reading.
A Time to Mourn by Flora -- A well told jack POV story. So sad and difficult to deal with so considering so much loss. I tent to focus on all of Daniel’s difficult history and I forget that behind that wise cracking façade is a lot of “Jack” pain also.
The Quest for Immortality by L.A Carr -- Again, a well written story, Wonderful for exploring Jack’s reaction to Daniel’s departure. I still have a real hard time with these stories that remind me that Daniel is gone. I am so glad that he is coming back!
Gone Before by ELG -- Another post Meridian story. I love the fact that this story has Daniel visiting Jack, Sam and Teal’C but I don’t like to read stories where Daniel does not end alive and back where he belongs. Well written and enjoyable but sad.
The Test by Nancy Richardson -- This story is at the top of my Favorites list for this zine. Smooth read, good character voices and I loved the premise. I read it over & over. Daniel and Jack are definitely soul-mates.
Male Bonding by Seanchaidh -- A lovely short story. Wonderful Jack and Daniel bonding conversation. Great character voice, I could see the characters very well. I really enjoyed this story.
Her Majesty Amonet by Renee -- I enjoyed this story very much. It successfully blended SG-1 withy a strong “guest” main character and included Sha’uri, alive and fitting in. No one was wallpaper.
Quotations by Sheila Paulson -- Yea! Daniel returns! Any story that brings Daniel back to Jack and the team, and us, is at the top of my list. And wonderfully written. I also love the Jack portrait at the end of the story.
Alone by Kelly W. -- I love episode tag stories. The show leaves so much unanswered. These stories fill them out. This was a good read and I enjoyed it very much.
The Darkest Night by babs -- Legacy was such a dark, painful story. With all that Daniel has experienced it is certainly believable that he might, at some point, come to a time like this in his life. I love the warmth, caring and strong bond that held them all together in this story to bring Daniel through. Very good story.
What If? By Quale -- This story was silly and serious at the same time. I thoroughly appreciated it on both levels. I love that Daniel actually enjoyed O’Neill’s discomfort and confusion but in a very Danielesque caring way. I love that it brought Daniel back. The story made me think about how Daniel was going to handle knowing everything before it happened and how he would manage to keep from changing the future for the worse instead of better. It was disconcerting to hear him discussing with Oma, that he would be aware of what happened on Jonas’ planet and that he would try to avoid it this time if he could. That would be very difficult to live with. Very rich and thought provoking story. Very enjoyable.Choose your battles by Brionhet -- It’s sad to think that there are people in this world like Willis, Pall and Everett but, unfortunately, there are. I enjoyed the physical training scene where Carter kicked butt, literally. Also enjoyable was Teal’C’s little show with the barbells. But, most of all, the best revenge, was Daniel having to save Willis’ life after that nasty incident during their first trip through the gate. It was tense and suspenseful. Full of team support and caring. The rescue was detailed and I could see the entire story unfolding. Great story! 
[zine]: 1) Favorite story: "Gone Before" by ELG I believe ELG writes the best fan fiction I have ever read. I have no formal training in creative writing, so I'm not certain why her writing works so well, but I find it very fluid. It reads as though writing is effortless for her (I'm sure that's not the case, but it must be what she strives to achieve.) No matter what situation she puts Jack, Daniel, Sam or Teal'c into, she doesn't sacrifice their essential characters for the plot or for humor. ELG allows the humor to develop from their believable interactions, and doesn't shoehorn in a joke she wants to make if it would violate someone's character (unlike some of the profession writers on the show!) There are other great writers in this fandom (most notably the writers with whom she collaborates and betas), but ELG is the best.
2) Hand-drawn art The 'Duck, Sir' cartoon on page 113, drawn by Leah Rosenthal Leah is an excellent cartoonist, and this one matches my sentiments regarding the 'non-character' of Jonas perfectly.
3) Photomanipulation The picture of Daniel on page 161, by Corinna Generally photomanipulations are not my cup of tea, but this picture of Daniel is lovely.4) Other comments I appreciate all the hard work you do in publishing these zines. They always come quickly, without any 'prodding' on my part, and they are well printed, without obvious errors in assembly. Thank you, and thanks for the opportunity to provide feedback to an excellent writer without feeling like a fawning idiot! 
[zine]:First, I wanted to say how well put together and visually pleasing the zine package is. The covers, both front and back, are lovely. All the interior artwork is equally well done. And naturally, I adore all of Leah’s cartoons.
I enjoyed reading all the fics included, several I’ve already re-read numerous times, always a good sign of the quality of the fics. Here are some of my first impression thoughts on most of the contents.
Fall of Angels: When reading a zine, I always go cover to cover and read each fic in order. (and immediately made a liar of me. Getting this LOC together I discovered I’d missed two fics and had to read them. Egad!!!) This story certainly grabbed my attention and kept my interest. Of course, as I was nearing the end, the terrible thought crept into my mind: what if more of the kidnapped Daniels suddenly appear? Nah, the writer wouldn’t do that to us readers, would she? But she did. Very creepy. Of course too many Daniel’s isn’t always a bad thing. But I decided the Daniel we had had to be our Danny ..unless the author writes a sequel saying otherwise. The only other comment I have is Corby’s mind, when controlled by the muse, is a scary place and all the better for giving us such wonderful, gripping fics to read.
Walk on By: Now, if only the writers of the show, and I use the term loosely, would have written this type of plausible NID/conspiracy episodes, ones which actually had a plot, I wouldn’t have disliked them so much. Although I could never picture Daniel with blond hair—my fault, not the author’s who was very descriptive, this was still a well-crafted, well-plotted fic, which fortunately had a happy ending. At least the team was reunited. And it was a nice prequel to Chain Reaction.
A Time to Mourn: A very emotional, piece dealing with Jack coming to terms with the death of Frank Cromwell with both Frank’s widow and himself, and mourning the loss of the friendship once shared by the two men.. Frank’s widow, Lisa, was a believable, well-developed character.
The Quest for Immortality: This was a fic I enjoyed mostly because of the premise. How apropos to find Jack voluntarily going to a museum to look at rocks serving as a very poignant means for Jack to come to terms with Daniel’s ascension and realizing the friend and friendship he once cherished is no longer available to him. And nice use of the cultural stuff, which was sadly lacking in seasons four and five.
Gone Before: I have never read any fic by ELG I didn’t like. Ditto for this short piece. Great angst, nice verbal exchange between Jack and an ascended Daniel giving Daniel a proper send off which, again, was sadly lacking in Meridian.
The Test, Quotations, Alone, The Darkest Night: I decided to give these four short, angsty pieces a combined comment. All were wonderful, got me teary eyed. Great mini doses of angst, with well-written, believable dialogue and characterization between Jack and Daniel. And done with a little help from Teal’c, Sam and Cassie. I firmly believe their friendship is much deeper than the occasional glimpse we saw in the episodes. Well-done authors.
Male Bonding: Where the above were misty-eyed pieces, this one had me chuckling. Oh yeah, our Danny boy is a man of many facets and talents. He does like sports after all, fancy that.
Her Majesty Ammonet: This a different kind of fic from the ones I’m accustomed to reading. Wasn’t sure how I would like it but found in enjoyable and plausible. And Agent Dart didn’t come off as a Mary Sue to me. It’s hard to introduce new characters so when a author can do so successfully, I’m pleased. And nice to see a happy resolution for Sha’re and Daniel. I’m a sap for happy endings.
Alone: I liked this because it was a good Daniel introspection fic exploring how he was really dealing with the emotional toll caused by the kidnapping of Sha’re and Skaara and his determination to find them.
What if..: Okay, we had to know someone would do a post Meridian story based on the infamous Dallas shower scene. But it worked for me. Anytime I can see Daniel in his fuzzy blue robe, wet hair, er, well okay, it worked for me.
Choose your Battles: The zine started out with a great story and ends with one too. I have a real fondness for fics, which portray Daniel winning over and adversary, simply be being the unique personality he is. And I like it even more when Daniel proves he can handle himself very well amongst all these military types, be resourceful and get himself and others out of trouble when he has too. The story nicely developed the antagonism between the two teams. And I confess I was guessing to the end as to whether the three stranded teammates were all going to return to the SCG alive. This is a fic I will reread often in the future.Okay Annie, didn’t mean to be so long winded but wanted to give every author a response. A great zine one I’m glad to have. Thanks for editing and getting it out amongst the masses. 
[zine]:Favorite piece of hand drawn art:
(1) Back cover by Wilma
I love her style. The pencil adds a softness to the drawing and wow what a subject to draw. (Our Daniel)
(2) Page 113. Jonas should duck by Leah.
Her cartoons are so funny and inspirational.
Favorite photo manipulations:
Both of my favorites in this issue are by Corinna. Page 131 with Jack and Daniel and page 161 of just Daniel. The colors are excellent in the manipulations.
(1) Walk on by (Deborah Louise Gough). I bought the zine mainly for this story. I am partial to Daniel in trouble stories. The story usually means getting Daniel in trouble and then the strength that comes during the healing process. That is what was demonstrated in this story.
(2) Choose your battles (Brionhet). A very nice story here again showing the strength that we as die hard Daniel fans know that he has even though it is not always apparent. He surprised a certain Major on his skills to get them out of the mess and back home.Thank you. 
[zine]:And because I do read GEN - I thought I'd mention a huzza for Redemption.
A very well put together zine - but then all the zines I've got from Ashton Press have always done zines well.
The story that impressed me most in this zine is Choose Your Battles by Brionhet. A strong Daniel story where Daniel is NOT a wimp. One of the failings I've found with gen stories is that Daniel is generally portrayed as a wilting flower. Which is not the Daniel I've seen in the show. Dr. Jackson is very strong even though he is not military and this story shows how strong and determined he can be.
It's a wonderfully written story. I do love how Daniel speaks up in a team meeting and points out that the other SG team they are training - the Marines, are constantly choosing the wrong battles to fight. And to make an effective team, they need to rethink their battles. When Daniel and 2 Marines are left behind on a planet (not by Jack's choice), he rises to the occasion and takes leadership. The ending is rather amusing when he declares that the shooting ability he has is a "geek thing".I think the funniest cartoon by Leah is on pg 160 - makes me laugh every time! 
Redemption 2 was published in February 2003 and is 175 pages long.
- Editorial (3)
- Alchemy by Corby (23 pages)
- I’m A Civilian by ETS (9 pages)
- Into The Belly Of The Lion by Gallagater (30 pages)
- Translator by K. Hanna Korossy (10 pages)
- Remedy by L.A. Carr (4 pages)
- Things That Go Bump by Carrie (51 pages)
- Shell Game by ETS (7 pages)
- It’s Not Enough by Nancy Richardson (17 pages)
- A Friend Indeed by Marcia Brin (4 pages)
- Lost Soul by Sheila Paulson (17 pages)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 2
[Shell Game]: Shell Game: Wonderful explanation for Boch's little joke. Daniel has knowledge and the first thing oppressors always want to get rid of is those who have that power to oppose with. Enjoyed how everyone is trying to keep it from everyone for all the 'right' reasons;-). A friend indeed: Nice moment of friendship between Jack and Daniel. It would be just like Daniel to be concerned for his friends. I'm glad he did have the possibility to comfort Sam. 
[zine]: Alchemy: This story had me bouncing going: Abby's back ! Abby's back! I loved her in the Cat's Cradle and I'm a sucker for kitties, sue me;-). Travis was a discovery by himself. IMHO Poss should get an award for all her original characters. They always seem to worm their way straight into your heart.
I loved how he wasn't just a sad little boy. He showed you have got to be tough to be a geek who likes books. The intervention of the team, restoring Daniel's faith and helping Travis’ mum was really touching. Even though Jack thinks Daniel is too trusting, he went out of his way to restore that trust in people. *big happy sigh...* Does it show I loved this story?
I'm a civilian: Lovely tag to Enigma, accomplishing the impossible. Transforming Omac from a pompous arrogant bastard SOB to a character that is actually likeable. Jack's concern being the reason for Daniel's new apartment was a nice touch.
Into the Belly of the Lion: *Oophhfff* Classic H/C IMHO, the kind that got me hooked into (my first and still only) fandom. The kind of story which should have a reminder to breathe at the end of each paragraph. Jack's despair made me flick on the light in my room;-).
Translator: *happy happy sigh* Oh, you want more? What is there to say about this perfect bonding moment between the guys. Not too sappy, the way guys communicate, but really warm. Again: *happy happy sigh*
Remedy: Cut that out!!!!!!!!! Daniel is back and you people still bring the tears to my eyes. Then I am kind of a Meridian wuss. Lovely bittersweet story.
Things that go bump: Again a wonderful classic H/C story by an till now unknown author (;-p). Poor Jack. I loved how the team closed rank to help him and worry about Daniel. Lovely bonding moment between Teal'c and Sam. Send it to AT and C;-)...I'm sure they'd love to fit those moment into the show somewhere.
Shell Game: Whoopee!!!!! Just noticed I haven't read that one yet! FB will follow!!!!!!:-D
It's not enough: This is the kind of story you start eating chips and then you stop eating... You stop drinking... and you get kind of nauseous. Horrible but beautiful. It captivated me fully and I'll be thinking about Daniel and Jack's dilemma. Sam and Teal’c’s feelings were also wonderfully captured.
Great. Horrible but great.
A friend indeed: Hello?!? Why did I skip all the smaller stories??? FB will follow.
Lost Soul: Favorite moment?: when Daniel walks over to the edge of the rock and stamps his feet. I loved the interaction between Daniel and the plantJack thingy. IMHO Daniel would be one of the few people who would openly talk to plants and expect a reply. Nicely written and a lovely ride.Thanks for all the hard work that goes into making a zine. It shows it. 
[zine]: I don't read many SG-1 zines anymore because they seem to be mostly angsty, take-'em-through-hell-ten-ways kind of stories or really mushy ones. Redemption 2, however, was generally a welcome surprise of new ideas and faithful characterizations. It's also been a long time since I've read such a typo-free zine! I usually draw a zine out but this one I read in 24 hours and it inspired me--actually, made me chomp at the bit!--to go do more writing of my own. Thank you much for that.
"Alchemy" was the first breath of fresh air. Kids too often come across as phony but Travis nearly always rang true and was a very well-drawn mix of longing and defiance. I could very much see how he could provoke the reaction he did in Daniel, too. I was sorry that the whole issue of molestation had to be given as much attention as it did--chalk it up to the world we live in today--but it was valid. And I even learned a little archeology along the way. :> One snag: Jack's line to Travis about he and Daniel not being gay, "And even if we were, I think you'd find that you could expect the same courtesy and common decency from us." Coming from the law enforcement world, there are a lot of homosexual pedophiles out there and Travis had every right to be wary. Of course not all homosexuals are pedophiles, and too many heterosexuals are, but I'd worry about a male stranger who showed interest in my son. It's a PC line in the story, but also naive.
"I'm a Civilian" addressed, partly, Maybourne's threat to Daniel, which I've seen covered before, but I like the emphasis on his titular defense throughout the episode. It seems obvious now--I bet you could take up that angle for many episodes and go even further with it--but all great ideas do!
"Into the Belly of the Lion" I'm guessing is the story you as editor worked most on. The writing is clearly...young, and I really wish people wouldn't concentrate so much on massive physical and emotional trauma, but, well, reading other LoC's there's definitely an audience for it. I hope Ms. Gallagater keeps working on her craft.
"Remedy" was perhaps my favorite in this zine, an old ploy with a new twist. I finished that piece with a delighted smile on my face. I wonder a little why Ms. Carr was so adamant about how final Jack's resignation is seeing as we know he comes back, but aside from that this was a very satisfying little fix.
"Things That Go Bump"--Daniel's throat is closed up but he can still breathe through his nose? What does Carrie think the nasal passage connects to? :> And the police procedure didn't ring true, but this story was nevertheless a pleasant surprise. Yes, excessive amounts of hand-wringing again, but each time I thought I knew where the story was going, it turned another corner and surprised me yet again, and that was terrific. Extra points for a very human Dr. Fraiser and some perfect Teal'c lines (the one about excessive charcoal comes to mind :>).
"Shell Game" made me feel dull-witted because I read it twice and still didn't quite get it, but I think that just means another watching of the episode is in order. From what I got, though, the writer's cleverness and creativity was really impressive. This is the kind of stuff that sets my imagination off.
"It's Not Enough" was a little too bloody and weepy and angsty for my taste, sorry.
"A Friend Indeed"...I'm not a shipper, so...enough said.
"Lost Soul" reaffirms my impression Sheila is one of our most creative writers. I'm always amazed at how she comes up with aliens and plots that are so outside-the-box, as one LoC-er attributes Daniel's thinking. I never get tired of seeing what she'll think of next. The one thing that's getting old is the whole "aliens accept/believe/trust us because they see Daniel and Jack's love for each other and thus figure we humans aren't all bad." She's written several SG-1 pieces like that and I bet she could go a different direction if she wanted to.As for art, Leah Rosenthal's cartoons always make me smile, and the photo manipulations are fun. Corinna's a little uneven but her women (Sam & Janet) are very nice. 
[zine]:Overall, another visually pleasing presentation for the zine. Leah’s artwork is always a joy, especially the Christmas stocking one. Apparently Santa thinks we’ve all been very good this year since Daniel is coming back. The interior portraits are very nice. I do have a fondness however for the back cover by Lightfoot, a nice foreshadowing of Full Circle and not saying more for those who have yet to see the episode. Manips as a zine artform is something new for me but I like the variety this new technique allows.
Alchemy by Corby I enjoy reading her stories because you never really know what to expect. Certainly like her style and originality. Have to agree with the other LOCer, her original characters all read as very real and only add to the story and never detract from our family of SG-1. I do admit I was glad this one ended on a happy note. I’m a sap for happy endings. Every so often Daniel’s good deeds have to succeed or, heaven forbid, he’ll stop trying. The Jack and Daniel dynamic was terrific, especially in how Jack was supportive of Daniel’s initiating a new friendship, then working diligently to find out the truth of who the thief was, and showing Daniel his instincts had been right all along. Also love Abby. So I’m thinking maybe a sequel to this story in the future?
Into the Belly of the Lion by Gallagater A nice juicy Jack whumper. I found the opening scenes of the team at the carnival light hearted and fun only to have it crash into the reality of the dangers they face during gate travel. It certainly made their struggles to survive very poignant. In keeping with the Stargate mythology, we have a new Goa’uld goddess introduced who I found to be quite nasty (and a faithful rendition of Egyptian mythology canon). Her fate was deserved. Nice teamwork between Daniel and Sam in saving O’Neill and attempting an escape. No super Sam and no wilting Daniel to be found. The characterizations were perfect and, I thought in a perfect world, this would make a nice episode. Thank you. It was a great story from start to finish.
Translator by K Hanna Korosssy I have enjoyed all of the stories by this author. She has a firm grasp on the characters especially with all the nuances of the relationship between Jack and Daniel. This a was an enjoyable exploration of how the layers upon layers of their friendship exist and what it takes on Daniel’s part to excavate through those layers to find Jack’s core and then help him. I’ve read it several times already and seem to find a new subtle aspect I missed in the previous readings.
Remedy by LA Carr A plausible aftermath to Abyss. I could see it happening. I’d really like to see it happen in season seven for real.
Things that Go Bump by Carrie This was a terrific HC read from start to finish. Loved Daniel’s little hissy fit in the store before both the barbeque and things went very wrong. I enjoy reading team angst fics, of getting everyone’s point of view and exploring their feelings and their worry over the fate of one their own. I only wish the story had been longer as I didn’t want it to end. Gen was a very interesting character. Anyone who can take on Jack and survive is special. This author is one of my favorite SG-1 writers because her style creates so much emotional angst from her characters, which we readers also feel. At least I do.
It’s Not Enough by Nancy Richardson Okay, this story had a real emotional wallop for me. I admit, I was squeamish allowing my imagination to portray what the words were telling us, visualizing what happened between Jack and Daniel. However, the aftermath of them both trying to deal with what happened and keep their friendship together was a great read. And the I love you confession. Too funny but so Jack and Daniel.
Lost Soul by Shelia Paulson This was a nice story to end the zine. Another believable portrayal of the Jack and Daniel friendship, the way Daniel was able to discover the truth of what happened with his outside of the box thinking, with finding a new alien species and opening the way for future diplomatic relations. Agree, his stamping his foot in frustration elicited a smile. It was comforting in the end Jack and Daniel reaffirm what their friendship means to they both. A very real portrayal of Sam, again no super Sam, as she took over command and tried to find the truth through her scientific investigations then she and Daniel sharing ideas to find the solution.This zine didn’t have a single story in it I didn’t like and that is a rarity and a joy as well. I see many re reads of the stories in the future. Great job everyone. So, when does Redemption 3 come out again? 
Redemption 3 was published in 2003 and is 191 pages long. Artwork by Leah Rosenthal, Amy, Wilma, The Cat’s Meow Creative Arts and Corinna. It was a 2004 FanQ Winner: Best Stargate Gen Poem – “My Friend Jack” by Sheila Paulson
- What Remains to be Won by Sheila Paulson
- Sanity Break by K. Hanna Korossy
- Sensitivity by Julie Fortune
- Conspiracy by Nancy Richardson
- Hide and Seek by Kelly W.
- Burden of Guilt by Joag & J. M. McClure
- Smoldering Embers by ETS
- Whipping Boy 101 by Lex
- Crossing the Abyss by Marcia Brin
- It’s the Little Things by Julie Fortune
- My Friend Jack by Sheila Paulson
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 3
[zine]: One of the features I enjoy in the Redemption zines is the variety of stories included. They can be team focused, Jack/Daniel friendship focused or friendship pairings of any of the four team members and always offer something different as far as the story line goes. I have not been disappointed yet with any of these zines and issue three is no exception.
The art was pleasing to look at, both cover and interior and a nice mixture of original and digital creations. I have a particular fondness for the Daniel illustration on page 33. The artwork served to enhance the stories, not distract from them. Leah’s cartoons are, per usual, biting and hilarious.
Now on to the fics.
It’s the Little Things: This was a gripping read for me. The Sam portrayed in the story is a Sam I can admire, respect and enjoy reading about. An independent woman who is a brilliant scientist as well as a capable soldier, a woman of great inner strength experiencing self doubts about her worth and her place on the team even after she survived the mission gone very bad. I also enjoyed the Janet and Jack interaction and felt it to be true to character. Daniel, of course, contributed by devising the “out of the box” idea to get the team safely home. There were a few twists in the story, none of which I expected. I hope to read more stories from this author in future issues.
Sanity Break: A nice angst ridden Daniel focused follow-up to Legacy with a little malevolent twist added in. I love reading Jack and Daniel friendship stories. This was a wonderful story of the reaffirmation of the bond between these two friends proving to Daniel that no matter what happens, he can always go to Jack for help.
Burden of Guilt: I’m not sure there is a correct moral solution to the end of Beast of Burden. But this story was a nice debate on the consequences, pro and con, resulting from a split second decision in the field. There is added angst because it was Daniel who chose the violent solution, one he normally avoids at all costs. A nice touch to have Hammond also put in his two cents worth. We never have enough of Hammond’s POV on situations.
What Remains to be Won: My thanks to the author for providing a believable explanation for the distance, which existed between the team and Daniel during Nemesis and Small Victories. Daniel was experiencing an emotional roller coaster in these two episodes, as well as prior ones, which was sorely ignored in the series. Now I have plausible explanations to fill in the blanks. I should add, surprise, the Jack and Daniel discussion at the end was my favorite part of the story.
Conspiracy: This is the type of NID/conspiracy story I wouldn’t have minded seeing in the show at all. I always felt after Daniel’s behavior in season one, there would be “an agenda” from outside the SGC to get the meddling civilian out of the program. Unfortunately it was a plot thread the series never followed. Again there were enough plot twists and turns in this story to keep me guessing until the end how it would all be resolved.
Sensitivity: I wasn’t too sure I would enjoy this Sam focused story concerning being put into a very embarrassing situation. But I did enjoy it. I try to view of Sam as “just one of the boys”. Now and then I need to be reminded she’s not. This team cares for each other and will do whatever it takes to help one of their own when something happens to them, even something which could be term embarrassing to the extreme.
Whipping Boy 101: I thought this was going to be a Danny whumper fic, because of the title but it wasn’t. Again, pleasantly surprised to read a story that I haven’t already determined the outcome. The turning of the tables at the end was unexpected. The idea of Jack demonstrating to Daniel in a rather realistic way, that he is stronger, emotionally, than he thinks and not the weak link on SG1 at all finally got Daniel to see his true worth.
My Friend Jack: Amusing little yarn base on Rudyard Kipling, but so SG1. Thanks to the author for providing chuckles with this humorous view of our favorite team.
Crossing the Abyss: Nice little introspection of Daniel’s POV after Abyss. It probably would have been more pertinent before Full Circle, but we have very few fics out now detailing Daniel’s life as a glowing octopus and I was glad to read this version.
Hide and Seek: My first thought after finishing this story was, it would have made a terrific SG1 episode, probably a two parter. Great plot, lots of action, the story flowed and kept me turning the pages. Everyone was involved, and Daniel wasn’t the one in real trouble for a change. Normally, I find kid characters annoying but not the ones in this story. They were believable and I felt sympathy for their dilemma. Also tackled a lingering SG1 question, just where do the Goa’ulds get their ships from anyway?Again, Annie, a terrific zine and I’m looking forward to issue 4. Thanks. 
[zine]: "It's the Little Things" was fascinating for being a realistic, creatively plotted get-Sam story in which she isn't all fine by the next episode. Interesting idea about the gate filters, and very true about the little things often sinking or passing a mission. I'm not sure anyone could have survived what Sam did, but I'm glad she did and I'm glad to see some thought put into the aftermath. And a little more human side of Janet. "Burden of Guilt" brought up the very overlooked but important dilemma of Daniel arming a people instead of Jack. Good for Jack for calling him on it, and how nice it was to see the General taking part, too, as I think he would but writers often don't credit him for doing so. I'm also a big fan of the "Daniel's way isn't always the right/smart/realistic way" school of thought. "What Remains to be Won" had one of my favorite conversations in the zine, at the end of the story. There's another episode we don't see a lot of sequels to. Sheila doesn't usually write Daniel as being so...needy--he's pondering his worthlessness because no one really said hi to him upon their return?--but I liked the characterization besides the guilt trip and the idea of Daniel not being well during "Small Victories." He didn't seem it to me, either. "Conspiracy" was so credible, I'm surprised someone hasn't come up with something like this sooner. It worked almost frighteningly well to have Maybourne put someone in the program who can set up Daniel. It was nice to have another SG leader who thinks a lot of him, too, something we also haven't seen a lot. Daniel's whole plot to get Levings to talk got a little convoluted for my taste and I don't think his sexual excitement over what he did was necessary, but I generally liked the piece. "Sensitivity"...um, sorta skimmed this one, blushing. And *why* exactly do the Goa'uld raise a planetful of female aphrodisiacs? Some, er, nicely sensitive reactions from the guys when they're worried about her at least. "Whipping Boy 101" scared me with the title, but it made a really fascinating point with the whole beta male thing. I'd never heard of or thought of it that way before but it made perfect sense. My one little quibble--it seemed like Daniel had been knocked out in the simulation, which I don't think he would have been--but the idea itself was very neat and unique. "My Friend Jack"--who else but Sheila would even take a stab at doing an SG-1 piece Kipling-style and pull it off?! "Crossing the Abyss" had a bit too much ruminating and not enough doing, but I do think this is a conversation Daniel would have had to have with himself. My one real reservation is that I think he would have worked this through and made this decision during Full Circle, not right after Abyss, because his behavior at the start of Full Circle does not reflect this new resolution. But change the timing and I agree with it completely. And "Hide and Seek" would have made a good episode. Great to see another competent SG team, Daniel not needing to be rescued all the time, and a real story. I even liked the kids, which I usually don't in stories. And the idea of a planet of shipbuilders makes a lot of sense but was also the first I'd seen. Good work. Add to that some of the best art I've seen in an SG-1 zine in a while, and it's a great package! Thanks for letting me be a part of it. Thank you for a delightful zine! 
Redemption 4 was published in 2003 and is 200 pages long. 2004 FanQ Winner: Best Stargate Gen Story – “Rebirth” by ETS and Best Stargate Gen Artist – Leah Rosenthal.
- Editorial (4)
- A Period Of Silent Reflection by Julie Fortune (21 pages)
- Truck by L.A. Carr (7 pages)
- In Deed, In Thought, In Spirit by Wilma Hoogland (40 pages)
- When You’re Least Expecting It by Tiv'ester (5 pages)
- Words by Sheila Paulson (11 pages)
- Dream Team by Darcy (10 pages)
- Mri Di Ankh by Nefret (6 pages)
- Promises Made by Kiva (5 pages)
- Hush by JoanG (14 pages)
- Rubicon by Nancy Richardson (20 pages)
- It’s Never What You Think by K. Hanna Korossy (21 pages)
- Rebirth by ETS (36 pages)
Reactions and Reviews: Issue 4
[zine]: A Period of Silent Reflection by Julie Fortune: Yellow Aliens, and I couldn’t help but think of Jack and his Simpsons. Not that I thought about that long, as the story swept me away in an emotional roller coaster. Jack’s. Very good story, and even though I knew it was Jack in a machine, it made me cry. For this story that’s a good thing.
Thick by L.A Carr: Only one thing I can say about this. Nice to read that Jack isn’t that dumb after all. Easy to read and enjoy. Jack is speaking another language. Wow. (smile)
When You’re Least Expecting It by Tiv’ester: Nice to read about Fallen, but this time with a little more thought brought into it than the episode. Always a bonus when fans write a story “between” the scenes.
Words by Sheila Paulson: Made me wanna look up Anagrams on the Internet. Very original story. Had fun trying to figure out what was going on, and later to figure these anagrams out even more. Don’t know who was more frustrated, Daniel, Jack or me. Haha.
Dream Team by Darcy: It was very interesting to read about SG1 through the eyes of someone else, the Newbie. You made Andrew a very likable character though, and I could really imagine his reactions to the “infamous” SG1. I liked this very much!
Mri Di Ankh by Nefret: Another season 7 story. I don’t mind that. I certainly don’t mind the way this story talks about what happened after Fallen and Homecoming. Short but satisfying as I like to read about Daniel and his confusion. Glad he’s back. Thanks for this story.
Promises Made by Kiva: Reflections of Daniel and Jack talking about the people they loved and lost are always sad but this one was also hopeful. It gave them hope for the future and gave the reader (me) not such a sad feeling after all. Let them talk like this more often.
Hush by Joag: A very good old fashioned Hurt/Comfort story. Hurt them and heal them. I couldn’t stop until everyone was feeling a little better again. At the end of course.
Rubicon by Nancy Richardson: I always enjoy Jack and Daniel being connected in some way to each other. (hmm, see my story, haha) So, this story was very interesting. The concept and plot were great. I liked the ‘balls’ turning into an old man. Still, what did Daniel tell him the older man/image looked like at the end? (Although I liked Jack’s Homer) Good team stuff in this one as well.
It’s Never What You Think by K Hanna Korossy: A very good thought of team story. I also liked the plot. Asgard ship forgets O’Neill. Oww… A real team story, where all the characters of SG1 get a chance to do their work, and to be who they are. They are all very well written in this story. My compliments for that, as I know it’s hard to write for all of them that good.
Rebirth by ETS: Oh boy, did I like this one. Fallen rewritten the way it should be. Well, I will never see Fallen again without this story in mind now. It was great to read what happened before and after SG1 found Daniel on that planet. You also did a great job at Shamda, and even Jonas was well written. This is marvellously done. Thanks so much.
Artwork: I also want to thank all the artists in this zine. I really enjoyed the illos that Lightfoot made with my story. It’s just great to see a thought of character come to life in a drawing. I always enjoy the manips, as they are very good. And of course Leah’s cartoons. Nice. All this artwork makes the reading even more enjoyable. They bring the zine to life.And of course I want to thank Annie, for bringing these zines to us. All the hard work she does to edit all of our work. It’s great. 
[zine]: I have to tell you, it is such a relief to read this zine. I read it concurrently with another SG-1 zine that came out at ECon, and there was a chasm of difference between the two. No Jonas-centered stories, while at the same time no Jonas-bashing. No Jack & Sam romance-tinted stories to make me cringe. No pretending Daniel's loss wasn't a huge blow or that his return wasn't the team's gift of a lifetime. How nice to read a zine that concentrates on the friendships, the reason I got into SG-1 in the first place!
My favorite stories: definitely liked "Rebirth," too--solid writing, good filling-in-the-gaps including scenes I hadn't thought of, like Janet explaining Daniel's "death" to him. Interesting idea that Shamda and his people were Ascended. The one thing I missed was what I missed in the show, too, the sense of when Daniel's memories really returned and when there was that moment of realization he was who they'd said he was and that he was back where he belonged. But that didn't diminish the piece, not at all. I also loved the simplicity of "Promises Made." No crisis, no traumatic h/c, but a nice moment of friendship and--not an easy thing to write--a heartfelt conversation between Jack & Daniel that stayed in character. "Dream Team" I liked a lot more than I thought I would. Again, a subtle point made with humor and without major angst. I liked Andy a lot, too. He could have easily been 2D but Darcy made him a lot more complex than that. "Mri Di Ankh" was a little over-the-top emotionally but the humor saved it. I'm sure there were quite a few scenes like this after Daniel's return.
"Rubicon" and "It's Never What You Think"--how funny that Jack ended up singing "100 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" in two different stories! What are the chances? I guess that's proof it fits his character. My one complaint with the former, as with "Hush" and "In Deed, In Words, In Spirit," is they all verge on too much hurt, hurt for the sake of h/c. I couldn't quite accept any of the bad guys' motives for inflicting the hurt. But then, I've never been a big angst fan!
"A Period of Silent Reflection" was fascinating in that it kept not turning out to be what I expected. I liked the twists in it. Still more torture than I'm comfortable with, and a bit more vague an ending than I like, but an interesting view of Jack. I think he would react this way to such a situation. "Words" and "Thick" both had scenarios I couldn't quite buy--Jack a closet PhD?--but they were fascinating and different enough--and thoroughly enjoyable--that I didn't mind. Again, a creative, new take on both the fandom staples of Jack's density and Daniel getting hurt. They were among the most fun of the stories in the zine. Of course, Leah's usual side-splitting cartoons also added to the fun factor. And I really liked the creative photo art, particularly Sheila's hieroglyph Daniel. And the pictures chosen for the cover--how funny! I'd love a bookmark of that, SG-1 at its quirky best. :> This zine series consistently has some of the most enjoyable artwork in this fandom.Thank you for a delightful zine! 
Redemption 5 was published in 2004 and is 207 reduced print pages. Artwork by Leah Rosenthal, Cat’s Meow Creative Arts, Amy, Wilma, Lightfoot. 2005 FanQ Winner: Best SG Gen Story – “The Price of Knowledge” by Nancy Richardson.
- Editorial (3)
- Home Flight by Yum@ (4)
- Watching His Six by DebA and JoaG (14)
- Midnight Conversation by Toshua (41)
- The Price of Knowledge by Nancy Richardson (43)
- Transformations by SG1Storyteller (56)
- Augury by SG1Storyteller (73)
- The Great Daniel by Sheila Paulson (97)
- Smiling by Marcia Brin (111)
- Rough Waters by Wilma Hoogland (115)
- Nondisclosure Agreement by Tiv’ester (146)
- Cocidian by brihana25 (154)
- For the Good of the Team by K Hanna Korossy (190)
Redemption 6 was published in 2005 and contains 200 pages. 2006 FanQ Winner - Best Stargate Gen Zine. The zine contains both front and back color covers, along with both color and black and white interior art. Front cover by The Cat's Meow Creative Arts with a back cover by K9. Interior art by: Brihana25, Leah Rosenthal, Wilma, Amy, JDArt and Maryann Jorgensen Hawk.
- Educating Nesa by Kaz
- Silence is Broken by Chelsea Frew
- In the Clear by Yum@
- Samadhi by JoaG
- From Jim to Jack by K Hanna Korossy
- A Word of Difference by Cathy
- Shattered Glass by Valerie Vancollie
- Slaying Dragons by Sheila Paulson
- Reclamation Project by Marcia Brin
A sample of some of the interior art
Redemption 7 was published in 2006 and contains 143 pages.
- The Last One by Yuma (winner of a 2007 FanQ)
- Christmas: A Time to Remember by Sistine
- Missing by JoaG
- A Day in the Life by Cathy
- The Colonel Who Cried Wolf by K Hanna Korossy
- The Tok’ra Way by Linara
- Loss by Marcia Brin
- This Way Lies Madness by Sheila Paulson
Redemption 8 has a color cover by Cat's Meow Creative Arts, cartoons by Leah Rosenthal and more interior artwork from Amy. This issue is gen and 104 pages long. It is digest-sized and was published in 2009.
- Leap to the Stars by Lorraine Anderson
- Four short story “missing scenes” by K Hanna Korossy
- Unseen Legacy
- End of the Race
- Out the Window
- Window of Opportunity by ?
- All About Change by Storyhaus
- MIA by Yum@
- The Jack and Jim Show by Lorraine Anderson: Stargate SG-1 meets Star Trek meets Alice in Wonderland ... with a little help.
- Friends of the Past, Family of the Future by CMO Lauretta: The evolution of Robert Rothman's and Daniel Jackson's friendship.
- Another One by Storyhaus: SG-1, friends and family remember Jacob Carter.
- Cold as Ice by CMO Lauretta: A tag scene for “The Lost City, Part 2. ” Jack's body is frozen; will Daniel be lost, as well?
- The Coffin by Lorraine Anderson: Jack is missing but SG-1 won't give up on their lost friend.
- Evolution of a Man by CMO Lauretta: During "Evolution," was that crazed look in Daniel’s eyes as he was about to brain Jack with that rock from surprise? Or was there something else going on with our abused hero?
- Zero Tolerance by Kelly W. and Terri T.: A Stargate SG-1/The Sentinel crossover. Blair's discovery of a crystal skull soon has Daniel and the SGC involved in a hunt for giant aliens ... and Goa'uld.
- Dinner and the Dead by CMO Lauretta: A tag scene for “Homecoming.” Dinner at Jack’s and he gets more on his plate than he asked for.
- Big Bang X-treme by Lorraine Anderson: When a strange crate meant for Area 51 shows up in Leonard's lab (Big Bang Theory), curiosity gets the better of Leonard, Sheldon, Raj and Howard.
- Shared Tears by CMO Lauretta: What we didn’t see in "Heroes part 2."
- Sometimes Good Things Happen by Nancy Richardson: SG-1's offworld mission doesn't go according to Jack's plan.
- Out of the Ashes of Disaster by CMO Lauretta : A missing scene from “Homecoming.” General Hammond reflects on the humble beginnings of the Senior Civilian Consultant to Stargate Command as they prepare for the attack on Anubis.
Redemption 10 was published in 2011 and contains 175 digest-sized pages. A novella by Sheila Paulson and short stories by Lorraine Anderson, Doctor Beth and Storyhaus. Color covers by Montana. Summaries below are from the publisher.
- Not the Last by Lorraine Anderson: Baal has finally been defeated and all of his clones are gone ... or are they? Jack is called on to undertake a special mission with the help of SG-1.
- Sharp Dressed Man by Storyhaus: Teal'c needs a little fashion advice from Daniel ... or does he?
- The Scar by Doctor Beth: Daniel's appendicitis scar becomes more important than any of SG-1 could have ever imagined when a mission goes badly wrong. (nominated for a 2012 Fan Q Award)
- Don't Touch by Lorraine Anderson: Jack is always telling Daniel not to touch things ... and Daniel always touches them. This time, the team is split when Daniel touches something he shouldn't have and it is a race to find their way back to each other. (nominated for a 2012 Fan Q Award)
- Never Again by Storyhaus: Jack and his team bond at a team get-together.
- Shall We Dance? by Lorraine Anderson: A routine meet and greet on a new planet leads to strange discoveries ... and dancing.
- The Foreseen by Sheila Paulson.: A Novella. A planet, a previously unknown artifact, Daniel Jackson ... trouble soon ensues and SG-1 follows right after their errant archeologist. But can they find him before it's too late? Set shortly before the episode "Secrets." (It won a 2012 Fan Q Award.)
Redemption 11 was published in 2012 and contains 181 digest-sized pages. It contains a novella by Sheila Paulson and short stories by Lorraine Anderson, Ann Wortham and Storyhaus.
- What's in the Attic by Lorraine Anderson: A strange room on a mission leads to even stranger meetings with a strange "Doctor" and his companions ... (nominated for a 2013 FanQ)
- Life Saving Edition by Storyhaus & Ann Wortham: The stranger seems to be Daniel Jackson's guardian angel ... (nominated for a 2013 FanQ)
- The Death & Life of General O'Neill by Lorraine Anderson: Jack thinks his life is over and he's ready to go ... but old friends still need his help and he's not done saving the universe quite yet!
- The Road Through Jericho by Storyhaus & Ann Wortham : A crossover with the series, Jericho, speculating how the SGC and SG-1 would react to a nuclear attack.
- The Lurker at the Threshold by Sheila Paulson.: A Novella. Translations on a planet lead the team to ... H. P. Lovecraft? (nominated for a 2013 FanQ)
Redemption 12 was published in May 2013 and has 176 pages. It contains short stories by Susan Macdonald, Storyhaus & Ann Wortham, Doctor Beth, Lorraine Anderson and a novella by Sheila Paulson.
- Teal'c in a Kilt by Susan Macdonald: Teal'c is anxious to find out what "Highland Games" are all about so Jack and the rest of SG-1 take him on a field trip.
- The Nobel Prize by Doctor Beth: A crossover with The Big Bang Theory. A device to contact aliens yields results far beyond Sheldon's dreams ...
- Too Much Time by Storyhaus & Ann Wortham: A "fill in the blanks" type story that takes place during "A Matter of Time." Daniel was off world with SG-6 when contact with the SGC was lost ... this is what happened to Daniel and the off world teams.
- What If? by Lorraine Anderson: The discovery of a giant Sphynx on a mission yields important discoveries that only come to light much later.
- Last Look by Storyhaus & Ann Wortham: The Stargate program is public and the SGC facilities are considered a "museum." However, one elderly tourist has some thoughts about the exhibits ...
- The Root of the Matter by Sheila Paulson: A novella. When a mission is complicated not only by violent storms on the planet but the sudden arrival of Apophis and Jaffa, SG-1 find themselves relying on unexpected allies.
Redemption 13 was published in May 2014 and has 136 pages. The art is by Montana.
- Cell Talk by Lorraine Anderson
- The New Gate by Doctor Beth
- His Snaky Butt by Lorraine Anderson
- Derby Day by Lorraine Anderson
- The Cube by Sheila Paulson
- The Alien Blues by Ann Wortham
Redemption 14 was published in March 2015 and has 232 pages. Art by Montana.
- Siabhre by Baileys and CMO Lauretta
- The Size of Adventure by Sheila Paulson
Redemption 15 was published in May 2015 and has 189 pages. The art is by Montana.
- Trees by Storyhaus and QAW
- Scrappy by Lorraine Anderson
- Little Changes, Big Troubles by Storyhaus and QAW
- Saving Santa by Doctor Beth
- In the Blood by Sheila Paulson
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