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Hello Listeners....and welcome to Fic Rec Friday!

Welcome to Night Vale fandom has come out with some of the best fic and best fic AU's that I've seen from fandom in a long time. Most of these are longer reads so pack up, bring a snack, and enjoy some fic.

A Practical Application of the Buttered Cat Paradox by EHyde

Summary: Carlos thinks he's found a way to solve the problem of the floating kittens. He just wasn't prepared for how cute they'd be.

Comments: Absolutely adorable. My favorite take on Khoshekh's kittens. One-Shot. Complete.


Love is All You Need to Destroy Your Enemies by shadydave

Summary: There are a few things that Carlos may have neglected to tell Cecil.
Like his last name.
Or how he hasn’t actually dated anyone since his junior year of high school.
Or that he’s a wizard of the White Council and the regional commander of Wardens in the western United States and not, in fact, a scientist.
You know. Minor details.

Comments: Crossover with The Dresden Files and oh boy, does it have it all. Bees!, references to dinosaurs!, Interns that don't make coffee!, Wizard shenanigans!, Time travel!, fascinating and diverse cast!, Incomplete (for now but updating steadily).


run, run, fast as you-- by branwyn

Summary: The night that his research partner (and sort-of ex) shows up at his apartment with a gun, Carlos decides to take a mysterious but exceptionally well funded two-year research posting in a town called Night Vale.

A story in which Night Vale is there for the people who need it, Cecil's propensity to wear his innocent heart on his sleeve is perceived as a threat (until it isn't) and no one is allowed to hurt the Scientist. No one.

Comments: OMIGOSH. I LOVE THIS ONE. One of the first fics in WTNV to handle asexuality and it's become a popular re-read because of it. I love this version of Cecil (he dated Sarah Sultan, community college president and smooth, fist-sized river rock. Carlos reconsidered his life. It's great) and has an unfinished sequel but functions as a stand-alone. Multi-chapter. Complete.


Welcome to Cyber Vale by Hubris_And_Crafts

Summary: Carlos is a scientist who has been called in to assist with C.E.C.I.L, an A.I. that runs the artificial planet known as the Vale Colony. However, none of his superiors bothered to inform him that the A.I. appears to be completely insane. And prone to falling in love.

Comments: There are two things you need to know about me. A) I love space. B) I love robots. This fic has both. Great worldbuilding and jokes with a full ensemble cast. Kevin and Scoutmistress Eileen have some of my favorite scenes in this. Also, I love when fic writers remember little Megan. Multi-chapter. Complete.


He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian by SailorPtah

Summary: Ever since Carlos was little, he and his daemon have been fans of Dr. Lyra Belacqua. Both as the most groundbreaking experimental theologian of the 20th century, and as the heroine of dozens of fantasy-adventure children's stories (based very loosely on her own mysterious childhood).

But Lyra's true legacy is still bigger than Carlos ever imagined...until he took a team of scholars to study Rusakov particles in the most theologically interesting community in Hispania Nova. Now his own day-to-day life is full of things like angels, witches, hooded spectres, portals between worlds, vague yet menacing branches of the Magisterium, and a man who walks around without his daemon and can read an alethiometer as easily as a stop sign.

Comments: Saving the best for last! This one is an AMAZING read, especially if you are familiar with His Dark Materials canon. This fic does the first two years of Night Vale up to the Strex Take-over.The writer clearly did their homework when it came to the worldbuilding for both canons. Also, Carlos's daemon is an Armadillo. Really fascinating take on Cecil as well and how daemons would work in Night Vale culture. Multiverse shenanigans!, Awesome and diverse cast!, Tamika Flynn being a badass! If I could only rec one WTNV fic, this would be it. Multi-chapter. Has a sequel. Complete.


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