Title: Sudden Contact Author: A Very Thirsty Megalomaniac Rating: T Genre: Sci Fi/Humor (Personally, I wouldn't say humor, however) Status: Complete Fandom: Mass Effect/Starcraft Pairings: N/A Summary: At the dawn of the Great War, first contact was made between the protoss, imperious firstborn of the xel'naga, and the turians, proud militarists. As the galaxy catches fire at this sudden conflict, unlikely alliances are formed while ancient directives are carried out by the oldest minds in the Milky Way. The Koprulu sector has opened, and the zerg are loose. Now complete! Link: https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11034056/1/Sudden-Contact This is one of my favorite fanfictions. I discovered it relatively recently, and couldn't stop reading it; I devoured the entire piece in a mere day, and it's not a short one by any means. At first, it appears to be a relatively "standard" First Contact Mass Effect/crossover. The title is incredibly uncreative as well, I'll admit. However, it differs in several aspects. The first is a smooth, flowing mixture of the two universes. Despite them being distinctly separate, the two mix together quite well; there are no real stomping on either side, and each faction pertains their merits. Another alluring facet is its placement in Starcraft 1 and its incredible character focus; it selects several characters (spoiler: Adrien, Raynor, Daggoth, Liara, Tassadar, and Alexei) and sticks to them, developing them and changing them as events get more dire and dire. He's not afraid at all to change and veer heavily from the plot, his writing quality is excellent, tension, character development and threats are all amazing. He manages to strike this balance; it's distinctly new and unique, but simultaneously holds just enough elements of the original plot to be incredibly interesting and... well, I can't help but to sing praises. Overall, I can't help but give this a 5/5. It's an amazing piece, it has an incredibly rare merit of being completed, and it already has a sequel in the works.