Disclaimer: I am friends with the editor and multiple authors in this collection; I purchased a hardcopy of this book from one of the authors for full price.
“The Mysteries of Emege” by Jo Graham: I could say that the ending of this story had enough emotional impact to bring me to tears and leave it at that. Graham brings Teyla and the Athosian people to life as they face an uncertain future. She doesn’t reduce them to a mono-culture that all wants the same thing, and the story also includes some subtle critique on the “colonizer” attitude of those from Earth, as well-meaning as it appears.
Story I’d Like to See Expanded
“Going Home” by Aaron Rosenberg: Plenty of Stargate SG-1 episodes featured Team O’Neill facing conflict on Earth, but I wish there could have been more “fish out of water” episodes bringing Team Sheppard to Earth in Stargate Atlantis. This story by Rosenberg fills that gap to humorous effect, especially with the opening scene. Though this story works as a stand-alone piece of story fiction, many questions are left unanswered that I’d love to see expanded on.