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05 November 2009 @ 04:15 pm
Machines Of Freedom: Header Post  


"Men have dreamed of liberating machines. But there are no machines of freedom, by definition."
-Michel Foucault: Space, Power, Knowledge


Title: Machines of Freedom
Author: Amal Nahurriyeh (amalnahurriyeh, amalnahurriyeh@gmail.com)
Illustrator: Scooly (scooly42, welost9minutes)
Summary: The end of the world is coming. And they're doing everything in their power to stop it.
Pairing: On the gen/MSR border, with mentions of slash pairings.
Rating: R (non-explicit sex, language, adult subjects)
Warnings: None for major triggers, but includes some descriptions of violence (in a R-rated movie kind of way). There are also people under the age of 15 in this story; be forewarned.
Timeline/Spoilers: Post-IWTB, seasons 8 & 9 compatible; exists in my post-IWTB universe, which also includes Whiteboard, The Keeping of Secrets, and Five Times Mosley Drummy Wishes He Never Met Fox Mulder, but not necessary to have read those first.

Written for xf_bigbang 2009.

Amal says, "I want to thank idella, my trusty beta, for falling as in love with this story as I did over the past four months, for helping me keep it on track, and for convincing me Consortium is a proper noun; Aloysia Virgata, who did an late-stage second reading that was very helpful, and also for permanently changing the way I think of the word "swipe" in the context of the X-Files; and for sixpences and scullyseviltwin, for helping to make up for my lack of knowledge about sports with bats in them. Also Scooly, to whom I have proposed marriage no fewer than four times over the course of this collaboration."

Scooly would just like to say that this was the coolest fandom project she has taken part in so far.

There are three ways to read Machines of Freedom. First, it can be downloaded as a PDF, with both text and illustrations. To do so, click on the image below.



Second, if you've got a slow connection and want to minimize bandwidth, etc, you can download Amal's text as an RTF file here, and check out Scooly's illustrations separately, here.

Finally, the text is posted as as 12 separate posts on Amal's Livejournal, with thumbnails of and links to Scooly's illustrations.

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12

Author's Notes
Illustrator's Notes (at welost9minutes)

Machines of Freedom: The Soundtrack
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Christy: Dale Cooper approves of this postsnoopdawg on December 2nd, 2009 01:55 am (UTC)
I just finished reading this, and I posted a comment about this over at welost9minutes but realized that I should post it over here, too, since that's not your journal. :p

I really enjoyed the adoption-related parts of this fic. Well, maybe enjoyed is not the word I am looking for-- I'm adopted, and the way you wrote it resonated for me. It reminded me of the first time I met my birthmom, so it was kind of intense and hard for me to read. Which is actually a compliment, in that you wrote it so well that I identified with it. You captured the... tension and ambivalence about feeling torn between adoptive and birth parents really well, especially the linguistic weirdness when it comes to referring to two sets of parents.

I've loved the many smutty fics of yours that I've read, and this work proves that you write non-smut just as well.
Amal Nahurriyeh: mof: csm!amalnahurriyeh on December 2nd, 2009 03:03 pm (UTC)
This comment makes me insanely happy--because I'd really wanted to do this right in a way that would be realistic and emotionally honest but not disregard the complex way any of the people in this adoption triad feel--or try to abolish anybody's relationship with anybody, which I think a lot of William-fic does. So I'm so glad I captured some of this in a way that resonated with you.

I hope the first time you met your birthmom, there were no black-ops army commandos. :)

LOL, I'm glad I'm more than just smut.
Christysnoopdawg on December 3rd, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Ha, that may have come out insulting, which is not what I intended. Of course you're more than just smut. :p It's just that most of what I read, fanfic-wise, is smut, so that's what I base my judgments on. :p

And no, thankfully, no army commandos when I first met my bmom. :) Crazy relatives, sure, but that's not even in the same category.