Futura Memoratia--free in KINDLE/MOBI format for your pc or device.
Dr. Emily Freedman, a talented linguist/archeologist in the Stargate program, is driven to the Pegasus galaxy under the influence of a powerful, but mysterious, ancient artifact. Will she find the answers she seeks in Atlantis? See Season 3 through a new set of eyes in this alternate universe, romantic, novel-length fan fic.
I've provided two formats for download, above. It can also be easily converted to other formats using Calibre (free software that allows you to manage reading devices and convert file formats.)
Smashwords offers advice on how to download direct to Kindle.
On an apple device, the .epub format will open in iBooks automatically. For information on how to download an .epub file with other devices, check out this article on about.com. (It's relatively straightforward. If you are using a pc, you may need to download free software. The article above will tell you how.)
Praise for Futura Memoratia
I'm pleased to announce that Science Fiction Book Blog Twisted Sci Fi recently reviewed Futura Memoratia HERE.
"I chose to read your book because of two reasons: 1) the Latin chapter titles and philosophical preface signaled the story would probably be well thought out and organized, and 2) I like mysterious Ancient artifacts and insights. So far, the book delivered both and more. Lest anyone think this book is too intellectual, though, there is also plenty of humor, romance, heart-felt memories, and excitement.
The idea of introducing a linguist/archeologist into the mission is a well-chosen one for plot advancement, Ancient explanations, and fitting in with personality traits already established on the show. In “The Brotherhood,” Rodney had a bit of a natural crush on the archeologist woman there and was taking the ZPM tracking work more seriously than the rest of his team. This pairing works well for him.
I was delighted to see different types of remembering going on, besides just the mystery of the future visions shown by the device early on in the plot, and the theme of reciprocal determinism exploration for personality trait development and impact on timelines of the lives of other people. It is a web of interconnectedness.
The mechanics are excellent and what really stands out about the way you structured your plot is I can “see” the structure of it from an aerial view and form pictures of it in my mind. The chunks of different events advance the plot along like rungs of a ladder, onward and upward. The way Emily’s presence causes a divergence in the timeline is like a sideways V (<): things start to proceed similarly for Rodney as he encounters some of the things he did in the episodes; but, those experience start to be altered by degrees, culminating in radically different outcomes. All of your events also tie back to one another, woven like a unified tapestry. Emily is no mere spectator." --WraithTech 10/28/12 via GateWorld forum
"I was wrong last night in saying that it was like watching an episode instead of reading it - what I meant to say was that it was more like watching a full DVD of deleted scenes from the show - because you were able to seamlessly incorporate the original episodes with all the minute details YET enhance the story without losing the actual story.
Characterization was really strong - it was funny because I was thinking "Man, she should try to put some actual Czech in the story to make it more"....and by about the time I thought that, you did have some actual Czech in the story - you got me!
Loved the fact that the story revolved around MY favorite characters of Stargate Atlantis - Radek, Carson & McKay and less focused on Teyla/Ronan/Shepherd.
It was a good beginning, a good middle, and a good end. You didn't leave any threads dangling. I felt like it was a proper story without it just being a mishmash of things you wanted to happen (like a lot of fan fiction that is out there), and it was excessively well written - I didn't have to fight my way through it as I have had to do with even popular authors. I usually don't pick up "books based on the characters of".....but I'm so glad I did in this case. It's a wonderful piece of work - and I thank you for writing it ;-)" --@VinoTica 11/1/12 via email
"I have just finished the entire Futura Memoratia that I got from your blog, and may I say it is probably one of the best fan-fictions I have ever read. I thought the way you conveyed the characters - particularly McKay - was fantastic and spot on. I look forward to any other pieces you may write." -- SALIGIA-the seven deadly sins 9/25/2012 via www.fanfiction.net
"I downloaded the story from your website. I absolutely love it the characters and story lines are much more realistic and true to the show then some of the other stories i've read, it's amazing. :)" --Catherine.alice 9/25/2012 via www.fanfiction.net
Overall, great new character. Emily fits in with the Atlantis series, without feeling like someone we've already met. She brings a new light to each character she interacts with, and allows you to see them through fresh new eyes. I like seeing the change in Rodney, but I LOVE that it isn't a predictable one. More importantly it is believable with the story line. You pull in elements of the original storyline and add depth. There are new situations that play out just as they seem they would in the series. --kastreet 5/15/2012 via email
I wanted you to know that I finished your book. It was a page turner and I think the first half of the book turned the pages by its self! I love SG and can't get enough of it. Overall it is a very good story and I liked it - keep writing girl, you have talent! Thank you for sharing your book with me and I would happily read your next book. --@CloeyWorld 6/24/2012 via email
I absolutely love your story. I'm also wondering why you don't have more reviews. I can't wait to read the next chapter! --katie93319 10/4/2012 via www.fanfiction.net
This is amazing! i just found this story and ive become addicted to it! great job! You are an amazing author and Ienjoy your work! I just I love it!!! I woke up like 5 times last night to read it!! its wonderful!!! --BeckettFan03 10/7/12 via www.fanfiction.net and Twitter
I'm a stay-at-home mom. Yawn, already? Right? Yeah. Me, too. One day as I was engaged in some particularly dreadful chore, it occurred to me. Dear God—I’ve got dishwashing protocols, laundry philosophy, vacuuming regimens. My brain is so underutilized, it's trying to make sense of senseless things—things I really don't want to care about.
I've always had an active imagination. Always wanted to write, but like so many, never found the time or drive to finish anything. Throughout my years of schooling, from elementary through my B.A. in biology, my creative home was theatre. I loved the craft, but was unwilling to subject myself to that lifestyle (it was the fear). So, I did some community theater but in my community, it just wasn't my scene.
What's a nerdy girl to do? Enter Stargate Atlantis. This simple television show captured my Sci-Fi-Geek's heart like no other. I'd loved Firefly, Farscape, BSG, SG1, Red Dwarf, Doctor Who, Star Trek in all its iterations, and of course Star Wars, but nothing has ever seemed more appealing to me than SGA. That show had heart. It was about a bunch of Regular Joes (albeit brainy ones—the best kinds of Joes in my opinion) who find themselves in another galaxy embroiled in a war they didn't start. It's a war that they can't win—or can they? Are the best and brightest that the human race can offer able to triumph over the evilest evil with nothing but their wits and salvaged technology from an extinct race at their disposal?
It was that day, the day I'd had my revelation that my brain needed something more to occupy it, that I sat down and thought about a story I could write for fun—just to give my brain something to do, so it wouldn't dwell so much on the laundry. I was only vaguely aware that fan fiction existed. (My husband actually had to tell me about fanfiction.net etc. I really didn't know.) I had read my share of Diane Duane's Star Trek novels in the 80's, though, and so I began. I found writing very satisfying. It was filling a hole that acting had left behind. And my story grew and grew and grew. I learned a lot along the way. I finished something. My first something. And now I'll share it with you.
The character of Dr. Rodney McKay is, in my opinion, one of the best crafted characters on television and the actor who played him, David Hewlett, a wonderful actor with incredible range. I see McKay as something of a Darcy—complex, brooding, full of angst. (My second love behind sci fi being period romantic drama, particularly the classics.) I wasn't satisfied with the romance they had provided McKay on screen. It didn't have much depth. I mean, Keller 'falls in love' with McKay when he is acting completely out of character with a parasite in his brain. Yep. Er. I don't know if that would really go well, ultimately. So, I thought about what kind of woman might be a better fit for him, or at least be more realistic for him—what her strengths and weaknesses might be and what kinds of challenges might change her, draw her out, make her grow. So, Dr. Emily Freedman was born.
Throughout my fic, my primary goal was to entertain. I'll never be a literary genius and I have no desire to be. I just hope to divert you for a few hours, if you'll let me. I stayed right with canon, despite this being an Alternate Universe story, to give it a sense of “realism” for the fans of SGA, tweaking it only when necessary to my plot line. Wherever possible I tried to expand on the canonical ideas, using my own knowledge of science, in a way not possible on screen due to time constraints, hopefully bringing the world they created more fully to life.
So, why did I choose fan fiction? I wanted to write something in my spare time that would be fun—something with no pressure. If I sat down from the beginning thinking those thoughts, I felt I could grow more as a writer and worry less (not that that stopped me from worrying). This was just. . .a whole lot of fun and I learned a lot.
Since finishing this fic, I’ve undertaken a serious study of the craft as I embark on my next, wholly-original novel, working title: Fluency. I can see now so clearly the mistakes I made when writing this. For example, when it comes to plot—there is conflict in every chapter propelling the characters forward, but it is episodic in nature rather than over-arching. Hopefully, I can be forgiven for that since Futura Memoratia is based on an episodic television show. I did manage to create character arcs that I, as a writer, found very satisfying. Emily grows into a stronger, more competent individual and McKay gains depth he didn’t know he had at the beginning.
Aside from my children and that one really awesome sweater I once knit, this is one of those things that I'm most intensely proud of. I spent more than six months writing, re-writing, revising, and editing it. I’ve taken constructive criticism and copyediting notes from three beta-readers and put their comments to good use.
Yes, most of the characters are borrowed and maybe some people might think that means fan fiction is easier to write. I actually thought that finding their voices was far more challenging than finding the voices of my original characters who sprung cleanly from my own imagination. The only thing I found easier about writing fan-fiction was the occasional help canon provided with plot and the setting of the city of Atlantis itself—that world being already gloriously built.
One final note: Wright, Cooper, Binder and Gero--you guys are my heroes. (You seriously needed a woman on your writing staff, but hell, you were good!) Hope you bring us back to the Gate real soon, or maybe somewhere even better.
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