Story Recs: Crazy Science

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We love it when the SVM/TB realm goes a little Frankenstein. Toss in a lab coat or two, some bubbling green goo, and watch all the excitement happen! In all seriousness though, our fandom knows of many great stories that play with the notions and capabilities of science in a way that makes ‘magick’ look decidedly lame and offers us a rather unique set of Erics and Sookies. We can’t help but to give a nod to previously-reviewed stories such as idream3223’s “Faux” and the uber-intelligent science buff that is Sookie in elfchef’s “Twisted & Turned.”*

 

Stop snickering already!

Stop snickering already!

 

“Skullcrusher Mountain” by Sophie Myst

 

Eric is an evil genius and mad scientist. His world changes when one of his minions brings him a new toy: Sookie. AU, E/S, rated K+, ONE-SHOT

 

This little one-shot treasure had me laughing from the start with its unusual portrayal of Eric. He is insane…truly. Like many stories, he falls “madly” in love with Sookie, and, as usual, he thinks he knows what is best for her, but this translates to which of his creations would best suit her. His crazy logic had me crying. Sooks eventually figures things out, and you just need to read it to see what she does. One of my favorite parts of this story is the author’s descriptions of Eric’s creations, including his minion, Scarface, and all his little monsters. I thought they were hysterical until I saw the Puppy Monkey Baby in a Mountain Dew commercial during the US 2016 Superbowl…I’m not kidding – Google it. It was scary!

 

The Magic Eight ball assured us of it...

The Magic Eight ball assured us of it…

 

“Playing God” by Kjwrit

 

Wealthy, a playboy, and a genius to boot, Eric Northman lives his life without regret and without apology. But when his own life hangs in the balance, it’ll take more than his own ingenuity to save himself. Namely, his Executive Assistant, Sookie Stackhouse. All human…to start. AU, OOC, E/S, rated M, -COMPLETE-

 

Inspired by the charmingly rakish Iron Man as interpreted by Robert Downey Jr. in the 2008 feature movie, ”Playing God” presents us with an Eric who is a genius scientist and a millionaire, yet he has the ’emotional maturity of a hormonal teenage boy.’ Lucky for him, by his side he’s got a formidable Personal Assistant, Sookie, who does her best to save him from himself, with inestimable help from Godric who enjoys here one of the most original (and adorkable) iterations of this fan-favorite character. Also, favorites will no doubt be a band of bros made up of Alcide Herveaux, Jack Purifoy, and John Flood who deliver the required testosterone, high stakes action scenes, and the odd prank, too. “Playing God” is a rollercoaster where crazy science meets supernatural mythology with plenty of twists and turns, but also full of the writer’s trademark humor, including laugh out loud moments, and, of course, there is romance…

 

Hey, they may be human but they're still our Eric and Sookie!

Hey, they may be human but they’re still our Eric and Sookie!

 

“Eric and the Real Girl” by Jan-of-Arc

 

Eric’s life is in a complicated mess, can a little something his Grandpa left in his attic be of help? Almost all human, set some indeterminate time in the future. Human Eric/Robot Sookie. AH, OOC, E/S, rated MA, -COMPLETE-

 

Eric is the favored grandson of a genius inventor, himself a natural tinkerer and artist. Having essentially had the false love of two absentee parents his entire life, the thought of having a wife and child was not something he ever contemplated for himself. However, when he unexpectedly discovers that he is a single father, he also becomes the beneficiary of one of his grandfather’s most ambitious -and controversial- inventions. This is certainly not your usual Eric and Sookie romance, but, surprisingly, it brings up a few issues about science, artificial intelligence, gender roles, feminism, and marital roles…and maybe even what paths we’re headed toward. A short story at 3 chapters, it’s worth the couple of awkward robot moments in gold, or should that be silicone?

Stories set in an altogether rich Alternate Universe

Stories set in an altogether rich Alternate Universe

 

“Hope is the Thing with Feathers” by Terri Botta

 

Eric gives Sookie a gift. Story takes place ten years after Let Love In. AU, OOC, E/S, rated M, -COMPLETE-

 

Ten years after Eric and Sookie have settled into a peaceful and loving marriage, Eric discovers that he might be able to gift his wife with the child of his blood they never thought possible. Reproductive scientists have discovered a way to harvest DNA in stasis from his time as a human, allowing the couple to undergo in-vitro fertilization. From this simple premise, Terri Botta skillfully leads us through the emotional uncertainty of the IVF process and its impact on all involved, the often surprising reactions of those surrounding a vampire-human pregnancy, and all the challenges our couple face as they try to make their dream come true in the complex and often cruel world they live in.
To me, some of the most entertaining aspects of the story are the subtle and not-so-subtle changes our favorite vampire “daddy” goes through as his beloved advances through her pregnancy. Luckily for him, Sookie has matured into such a loving and understanding woman! Many of the beloved characters we came to care about in Terri Botta’s “Let Love In” return in this tale, but the story reads well enough on its own merit.

 

 

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*elfchef’s Brilliant “Twisted & Turned” will be reviewed in another category soon at which point we’ll provide the link to the review, but go read it anyway in the meantime here!

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