Gen - these fics contain no sex.

Ah, the good old Gen vs. Slash/Het/Femmeslash/Poodles discussion.

There are dozens of different definitions of gen floating around out there, and I've tried to formulate a few of my own over the years. My general theory is that gen fics can mention romantic and sexual relations, as they an integral element of human psychology and very hard to get away from when dealing with characters with much depth, but that said relations shouldn't be the point of said fic. I could go on about details, but it would probably get dull.

What it really boils down to, though, is that, in terms of sexual content, I'd be perfectly comfy showing all the fics here to the average non-fandom person who had not previously expressed an interest in textual smut. In other words, other people's mothers. Mine's psychotic and doesn't count.

Please also note that "gen" does not necessarily, as many people tend to assume, mean "plotty." That's what SOC is for! Remember, PWP actually means "Plot, What Plot?" and not "Porn Without Plot" as it has come to be used, and there are quite a few fics here that qualify for the old definition.

Note: I tag gen, softcore, and hardcore exlusively as three levels of sexual content. In other words, every fic on this site is tagged with one of the three.

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Arcana Viscera
Fullmetal Alchemist

"Would you like a blindfold, Mr. Tucker?"

  [ Shou Tucker, in the Fifth Lab, in search of the Gate ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 37
  Beta - Mattador of the Hot Pants
  For - Demidevi's Gen & Squick Contest; winner in both categories
  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 artsy
 gen
 horror
 violence
200516,440 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Black Bird Jeopardy
Cowboy Bebop

"His father's best sword hangs over the mantle; it is a long, razor sharp, perfectly balanced katana, sheathed in deep greenish black and accented in patina bronze."

  [ Vicious: a creation myth for a character too inscrutable to have a story ]

Subjects:
 gen
 violence
20031,408 w.Canonlit. N 
 Blue Bird Rhapsody
Cowboy Bebop

"For the first few months he lives far away from the cities, for fear of discovery. In the countryside of Callisto the snow lies fluffy and a handspan or more deep, and it has its own profound silence and its own soft roar of sound, and he understands."

  [ Gren's story, in sound ]

  Spoilers - through ep. 13

Subjects:
 gen
 soc
20031,562 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Crocheting Time - Hidden Rooms
Myst

"By the Maker... I thought everything was burnt. Goodness knows, I might have kept something elsewhere than the library--a work in progress, maybe, a failed age..."

  [ Atrus gives his new apprentice a task both useful and educational ]

  Canon - written before Myst IV in attempt to reconcile continuity issues
  For - Sepdet, in a way; the title is a tribute
  Ref. - recording (by myself)

Subjects:
 gen
20041,074 w.Canonlit. Y 
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the dark myst vignettes
Myst

"Why are you crying, little brother? She tried to kill you. She didn't even go limp when she died. You're lucky I could do that. I saved you."

  [ seven stories in one, or one story in seven, of Sirrus and Achenar ]

  Spoilers - Myst
  Canon - written before realMYST, Uru, Myst IV and V
  Beta - Dester'edra
  For - Aitrus5, by dedication
  Ref. - author's notes

Subjects:
 gen
 horror
 violence
2001 - 200451,698 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Go East
Harry Potter

"He has a terrifying amount of control over my body. It took him weeks to insinuate himself, to force my surrender into a habit."

  [ a brief look at Quirrell ]

  Beta - Ayla Pascal

Subjects:
 gen
 horror
 soc
2002969 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Land of the Living
Final Fantasy X

"Wordlessly, Auron unhooked the bottle again, uncapped it, held it out to the boy. Tidus looked down at it for a long, long time before he took it."

  [ Tidus has emo at Auron ]

  Spoilers - through Zanarkand
  For - bard_linn, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 gen
2006827 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Long Wooden Objects
Rurouni Kenshin

"A fight with long wooden objects should be conducted solely with long wooden objects, that it should."

  [ Hiten Mitsurugi tends to drive you a little crazy, umbrella drops and all ]

Subjects:
 fluff
 gen
20061,479 w.Canonlit. Y 
 The Right Hand of Light
Harry Potter

"This was his life, in five digits and a silver palm."

  [ Peter and his hand ]

  Canon - written before bk. 5
  Beta - Ayla Pascal

Subjects:
 gen
 soc
2002971 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Sleep of the Unjust
Myst

"Sleep was falling, was hanging, was chains hand-carved over mindless years and locked around his own wrists, was a linking book swallowed by acid-green fire, was ten thousand days alone in a prison written with words of madness on howling wind..."

  [ Atrus angst in the wake of Revelation ]

  Spoilers - for Myst IV

Subjects:
 gen
 soc
20042,166 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Slither
Harry Potter

"When you talk to snakes, everything comes in long stripes, and everybody stares at you as the little scaly garter winds around your wrist and flicks its tongue and murmurs about how blades of grass go this way and that..."

  [ Tom at ten, the crazy boy ]

  Canon - written before bk. 6
  Beta - Dester'edra

Subjects:
 gen
 soc
 violence
20031,110 w.Canonlit. N 
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So Sayeth Death
Harry Potter

"The priest could not rid himself of the fear that the boy was going to kill himself."

  [ an ordeal in the lost years of the Dark Lord ]

  Beta - strange fire

Subjects:
 gen
 horror
20031,395 w.Canonlit. Y 
 Sparkly
Iron Man

"I think we have a new favorite word, dear."

  [ of course Tony Stark had a lab bench when he was two ]

  For - neotoma, by LJ ficlet request

Subjects:
 fluff
 gen
2008350 w.Canonlit. N 
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