Written by the Victors by Speranza

Title:  Written by the Victors
Author:  Speranza
Fandom:  Stargate: Atlantis
Pairing: John/Rodney
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Some violence, some historians being waspish
Genre: Historical fiction, sorta,  Romance,
Word Count: 53. 066


When the SGC tells the people of the Atlantis expedition to abandon the Pegasus Galaxy and bring the city to Earth, John Sheppard’s reply is simple. “No.”

What happened next is a matter of history.

Why You Should Read This:

It may be the single best Stargate:Atlantis fan fic ever written.

This story is told from multiple perspectives, mostly from the various historians writing about the events that led to the Earth losing control of city of Atlantis.  In addition we get to see what the historians could not:  what actually happened.  The interplay of historian vs. actuality is fascinating and fun.

As someone who has tried to ferret out what really happened in a poorly documented period in history, I have some sympathy for the historians in this story.  They do their best, but they each have their own agendas and preconceptions.

An important warning: To those who, like me, have no interest in reading John/Teyla, and who upon seeing a mention in the first few pages that John had married Teyla  start to hit the back button, don’t.  Note the pairing listed above.  This is a complex story, emotionally, but it is most assuredly John/Rodney.

This is probably one of the best loved of all Atlantis fan fictions.  I was astonished it hadn’t been recced here yet.


  1. I read this some time ago! I lost the link though. Thanks for the rec! Now I can reread it. Hehe.

    I wonder if you have this fic I am also thinking about. It’s SG1 with Jack/Sam/Daniel and its epically long. Somewhere along it, there was something like World War 3 sorta going on when they were trying for world peace and they Korea got nuclear bombed, so they had the world leaders officiating on prayers over in the space ship on top of Korea….Heard of it?

  2. It thrills the scientist in me to read this pseudo history essay/article/thesis The bibliography! The foot notes! The index!

  3. one of my favorite sga stories despite the brief john/teyla- though it was more like john/atlantis, lol.

  4. It was really great. Thanks for the rec.

  5. Rodney makes a cute Lisa

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *