man from u.n.c.l.e. fan fiction

recommendations by allaire mikháil

date: 09 Dec 2006



Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a fandom I came to more or less by accident. It being one of the pre-internet classics, I'd been aware of both the show and the fact that in form of File 40, there was a big, unexplored fanfic archive out there. So one day, on loose ends, I ventured over there and fell in love with the Solo-Kuryakin dynamic. Both men reminded me a lot of Kirk and Spock of Star Trek: TOS - Solo was the suave womanizer, Kuryakin the closed-off scientist -, and their relationship appealed to me. The one episode of the show I managed to catch subsequently was a huge disappointment and must have been from season 2 or 3 since its plot was so harebrained it hurt. Still, NS/IK slash continued to fascinate me, perhaps because of the radical change required in Solo's mindset if he ever fell in love with a man, as well as because of the rather intolerant time of the 60s, in which, as well as within the organisation of U.N.C.L.E., such a relationship was nigh on impossible.



The main pairing on this page is
Napoleon Solo / Illya Kuryakin.

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Stories


Cord Smithee (aka Cordwainer Smithee)
e-mail: cordwainer.s@gmail.com Archived at: The Chrome and Gunmetal Madhouse
livejournal: ljcordwainer_s
Title: Spiderweb offsite Story Length: ~ 68 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: references to past rape
Pairing: Napoleon Solo & OFC, Napoleon Solo / Satine, Napoleon Solo / Illya Kuryakin Time Frame: Pre-Series to Mid-Season 1
Genres: Angst, Character Study, Drama, Episode Related, First Time, Romance Recommended: 23 Nov 2006
Summary: How Napoleon lives with his attraction to Illya from December 1959 to December 1965.
Review: Cord Smithee, in all her stories, is very good at realistically depicting the evolving relationship between Solo and Kuryakin. "Spiderweb" is written from Napoleon's POV and allows the readers a look into his mind and at the half-buried memories of an old trauma that is more hinted at than ever actually described. In the six years spanned by this story, Napoleon has to learn to let go of his masks and acknowledge his past; thankfully, Illya is there to lend an ear, strength, and an old German Christmas folktale. Napoleon is convincingly vulnerable, and both men are wonderfully in character. Understated and lovely.

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Jane Fairfax
e-mail: janefairfax1@verizon.net Archived at: U.N.C.L.E. File 40
Title: Becalmed offsite Story Length: ~ 100 KB
Series: none Rating: PG-13
Category: Slash Warnings: none
Pairing: Napoleon Solo / Illya Kuryakin Time Frame: Mid-Series not specified
Genres: Pre-Relationship, Romance Recommended: 23 Nov 2006
Summary: Interlude on a sail boat.
Title: Body Language offsite Story Length: ~ 136 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: graphic m/m sex
Pairing: Napoleon Solo / Illya Kuryakin Time Frame: Post-Series
Genres: Angst, Character Study, First Time Recommended: 23 Nov 2006
Summary: Communication comes in many forms.
Review: It is almost impossible to stop reading when in the middle of a story by Jane Fairfax, and when finished, one usually wishes for a sequel - often because the author ends her stories on an unhappy note. Thankfully, that is not the case in both stories listed above. Jane's style is subtle, yet pictoral, and she brings across her characters' emotions in a very believable way. Told from Illya's POV, in "Becalmed" Solo is the confident seducer while Kuryakin fluctuates wildly between different moods, afraid of changing the status quo and yet unable to resist his friend. In "Body Language", Napoleon and Illya struggle with the implications of Solo's imminent move up to Section 1.

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Kellie Matthews
e-mail: kellie@mrks.org Website: Home Page for Kellie Matthews
livejournal: ljkelliem Kellie Matthews @ mrks.org
Title: Safe Harbor offsite Story Length: ~ 291 KB
Series: none Rating: NC-17
Category: Slash Warnings: graphic m/m sex
Pairing: Illya Kuryakin / OMC, Napoleon Solo / Illya Kuryakin Time Frame: Mid-Series not specified
Genres: Angst, Character Study, First Time Recommended: 23 Nov 2006
Summary: Sometimes you don't have to look as far as you thought to find the one person with whom you can truly be yourself.
Review: In this story, Kellie proves that she's an incredible writer beyond due South as well and brings new wind into a more and more cliché-laden fandom. A refreshingly new plot, good characterizations, her usual meticulous style and insight into her protagonists' motivations make "Safe Harbor" a joy to read. Add to that a vulnerable Solo who does a lot of soul-searching, a legitimate issue that keeps the partners apart and a similarly believable resolution to their problem, throw in some hot sex in which for a change Napoleon is the novice and the more passive participant, and you won't able to stop reading until the very end. Unequaled.

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Links


fan fiction
  • Man from UNCLE File 40 Fiction Archive Homepage
  • is the fandom's oldest and biggest archive for both gen and slash fan fiction. Please be aware that it has no search function, and that not all stories from the updates page have yet been moved to the general index.
  • The Chrome and Gunmetal Madhouse
  • is an automated archive and rather new in comparison. It is slash only and growing quickly.
  • Raven's Lair
  • has Ravenschild's own Man from U.N.C.L.E. stories as well as a section for fiction by other authors. Layout and navigation are a bit confusing.
  • Incognito - a MfU slash ezine
  • is made up of NS/IK slash stories on disguise and role playing written by various authors and collected by Lyrebird aka Clare Chew. Story qualities vary.

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