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Five things that future history books get wrong about the Stargate and the SGC

Fandom: Stargate Atlantis/Stargate SG1

Category/Rated: Gen, PG

Year/Length: 2010/~399 words

Disclaimer: No, I don't own them, for which I should think they're profoundly grateful.

Author's Notes: for sg1_five_things set 102

Feedback: Yes please. Even if it's bad. Especially if it's bad.



They frequently make it sound like the SGC always knew what they were doing and had a plan. Sam reads some of the books about the programme and can't recognize anything in them, not even the people with her friends' names attached to them. She prefers the books that treat them like they were slightly crazy, but brave and heroic, always pulling off a last minute rescue. At least that feels real.


They always miss Jack out of the list of commanders at the Mountain. Not that he cares, but he could live without the way the various grandkids of ex–SGC staff always look at him like they think he might be lying about it. It's why he mostly sticks to stories about his team's daring missions. That, and they're a lot more entertaining than paperwork.


Some of the more military focussed books list off all the dead from whichever part of the programme they're writing about. John reads the lists from Atlantis, every time, and he wishes he didn't know every single name that they've missed off and every single name that they've added incorrectly. He'd love to be able to forget.


Some of them talk about the people in the city, the relationships between them, and they always mention that (a) Dr Keller and Major Davis met while working for the SGC and (b) they were the first long–term inter–galactic couple that it produced. Cam threatens to write and tell them they're wrong every single time, and usually only doesn't because John points out that, after 15 years of maintaining their cover story, they really don't want to have to explain to the massed press where their son actually came from.


They say that Teyla was a warrior princess, or John's girlfriend, or an ambassador from her people, or just a woman who happened to live in the city and have a child there. She laughs over them with Kanaan and lets Jennifer complain about how they don't have these problems with how to write about Ronon. Then she puts the books back on the shelves and turns on her laptop, lets stories about those Teyla's spin out under her fingers, in between writing the true story, about her and Elizabeth, Kate and Laura and Jennifer and Larrin – all the people that she will not allow history to get completely wrong.

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