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A good story, but it has some minor structural issues Still needs a little copyediting
A particular favorite of Bryan's Particular favourite of mine
Contains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendo Graphic sexual content
Contains graphic descriptions of violence Graphic violence
This story is illustrated! Illustrated
Over 100 kilobytes long Long story (>100kB)
Under 15 kilobytes long Short story (<15kB)
In the fantasy genre In the fantasy genre
In the modern magic genre In the modern magic genre
In the science fiction genre In the science fiction genre
In the comedy genre In the comedy genre
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"Bryan's picks" is a list of stories on Shifti that I, Bryan, has picked as being of particularly good quality both in terms of technical execution (formatting, spelling, etc) and in terms of writing.

If you've posted a story on Shifti that I haven't included here don't worry, I may have not even read it yet. The gold stars are assigned based on personal taste and are even more subjective, so they shouldn't be taken as anything other than a sign of my own hubris. I may even reassign gold stars at some point as my tastes shift over time. Other users are encouraged to create their own lists and make their own editorial decisions; I'm doing this solely as a user, not as an administrator.

Note that I have high technical standards; a few incorrect "your/you're"s is sufficient to warrant the "needs copyediting" icon and a story that still looks like a rough draft won't be added here at all even if it's otherwise complete. I am happy to provide editing assistance myself, or for general assistance requests try the editor's corner.

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New additions remain in this section for at least a week before being moved into sections by subject.

February 2:

  • Jessica's Mouse by Ermine - Andrew doesn't like Jessica's mouse, or Jessica for that matter, but the mouse likes him. In the modern magic genre


Bryan's picks

Animal TFs
Canine, lupine and vulpine
The Effect of Spotted Clothes by Erastus Centaur A love story about a boy and his dog. Set in the Barken, Texas universe, but previous knowledge of it isn't needed. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Free by Xodiac Buddhists should learn Morse code. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Spells of Brigervan by Virmir Bryce's life flashes before his eyes. In the fantasy genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Where Wolf by Bob Stein Clever werewolf, feral werehuman In the modern magic genre
Cervine
Escape by Jon Buck The alien invaders have vastly superior technology, but humans have an advantage that the aliens simply don't understand. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan'sThis story is illustrated! Forest Life by Bryan The elevator stopped at a most unexpected floor. A long transformation ensues. In the modern magic genre
Hunter's Moon by Jon Buck Some types of lycanthrope stalk their prey in an unusual way. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long It's in the Skin by Michael Bard A quick little tale showing why one should make sure one can trust one's suppliers. In the modern magic genre
Summer Job by Erastus Centaur Spending summer in a national park isn't a bad way to earn some money. In the science fiction genre
A particular favorite of Bryan'sThis story is illustrated! Swift of Foot and Hoof by Eirik Morlith discovers a brand new spell of a sort never seen before. The only way to be sure what it does is to cast it, and then the challenge for him and his apprentice becomes figuring out how to reverse its effects. In the fantasy genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Who gets the Dreamers? by Michael Bard Team 18 scores a major catch! Go team! In the modern magic genre
Equine
A particular favorite of Bryan's Arms and Armor by Jon Buck A curator at a museum discovers a peculiar suit of medieval armor, or perhaps barding; it looks like both. In the modern magic genre
Baylor's Rein by Bob Stein A wayward Prince will do anything to have his own way - even if it means using risky magic. In the fantasy genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Best Laid Plans by Eirik Plot and counterplot between old friends - who's fooling who? In the comedy genre
Companion by Bob Stein Aaron's life slowly starts to change. Who's responsible? In the modern magic genre
Contains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendoUnder 15 kilobytes long Dark Horizons by Shannon Robertson A straightforward description of a straightforward bioweapon test. In the science fiction genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Gaia's Rain by Felix Sagittarius I believe Gaia's policies are deeply misguided, but at least we get some nice TFs out of them. In the modern magic genre
Gypsy Gold by Bob Stein A murdered Gypsy's ghost wants his rightful property restored. In the modern magic genre
Hoof Beat by Bob Stein A human cop insults a pompus elf and gets predictably cursed. But even magic wears down with time. In the fantasy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Jacked into the System by Bob Stein Jake got a 'deal' on his BodMod suit - and finds out that the price tag is a lot higher than expected. In the science fiction genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Lasting Impression by Bob Stein A couple of clever thieves run into a cleverer Wizard. In the fantasy genre
Long Ride into Morning by Eirik A man and his mare get their bodies swapped for a year by a chance encounter with a fay. Both are eager to swap back, but complications arise. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan'sOver 100 kilobytes long The Long Shadow by Jon Buck A reluctant knight goes off to war and gets tangled up in a battle of magics. An excellent depiction of the equine mind. In the fantasy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Major Problems by Eirik Backpackers in France encounter a cursed abandoned farm. The aftereffects are with them for years. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long No Bull by Bob Stein A phooka tries to be helpful, in her own way. In the modern magic genre
On The Couch by Eirik Post-traumatic TF syndrome? Perhaps. A patient confides in his psychiatrist about the time he spends as a horse. In the modern magic genre
Simple Life by Bob Stein The King's tax assessor finds he's got a price on his head, and then decides he's fine with what his assassin has in mind. In the fantasy genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Stable Home Life by Xodiac On the one hand, it's a trap. On the other hand, rent's cheaper than you thought. In the modern magic genre
Totally Pucked by Bob Stein Puck has a bit of fun at the expense of an ass. In the modern magic genre
Translations by Eirik Jack's work on translating the spell was meticulous, the materials of utmost purity. But he got it inside out. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Tug of War by Eirik An overly competitive man loses his title and Edward gets caught in the middle of the plots that ensue. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's An Unexpected Stop by Charles Matthias A broken-down car, a stay at a farmhouse, the love of the farmer's daughter; a classic tale well told, and with a nice ending. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Whicker Man by Bob Stein While on a road trip in the back country of Ireland Kevin finds himself an unwilling guest of the locals. An extremely well described and drawn out transformation. In the modern magic genre
Aquatic
A particular favorite of Bryan's How did the Ceolocanth REALLY Survive? by Michael Bard Thanks to shapeshifting, of course. In the science fiction genre
Under 15 kilobytes long The Power of Suggestion by Michael Bard The placebo effect is powerful indeed. In the science fiction genre
Whale Jelly by Jed Curtis Not only does the spot removal creme fail to work, it causes significant weight gain as a side effect. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes longThis story is illustrated! You get what you Wished for by Michael Bard Starfleet knows what it's doing when it sends in the redshirts. In the science fiction genre
Other
Under 15 kilobytes longA particular favorite of Bryan's Eyesore by Eirik Haunted houses come in many forms and locations. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Change of Flightplan by Shannon Robertson A quick tale illustrating a way to sidestep the bureaucracy at the border. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes longContains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendo Look Before You Leopard by Shannon Robertson An undercover agent tries to escape from his current assignment. The outcome is hinted at by the title.
Under 15 kilobytes long The Pantry is Bear by Eirik A short about the trials and tribulations of a long-suffering husband. In the comedy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's The Perils of Wereostrichdom by Michael Bard A social worker means well, but really, who'd believe the truth? In the modern magic genre
Contains graphic descriptions of violence Puzzle Box by Eirik A memorable and disturbing reptilian TF. A word to the wise; the old cliche of friendship overcoming all doesn't always hold true. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Testing The Waters by Viqsi A subtle magical trap in the woods draws its victims in but at least it's a nice place to settle down. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Whiner's Dismissal by Shannon Robertson A rare and special vintage shared at a wine tasting triggers a detailed change among all involved.
Under 15 kilobytes long What You Eat by Shannon Robertson Cooking could be considered a form of alchemy, after all. This gingerbread recipe marks an important accidental discovery in the field. In the modern magic genre
Over 100 kilobytes long Witchhunt by Bryan Sequel to Xanadu. Someone's gunning for Eric, and his friends Arthur and Felix get caught up in it. In the modern magic genre
Anthropomorphic
180 Meters by Shannon Robertson A test of a deep-diving suit goes disastrously well. In the science fiction genre
Change Lady by Eirik Know when to stop asking! In the modern magic genre
Over 100 kilobytes longA particular favorite of Bryan's Colony by Jon Buck An alternate history where the New World has no native humans, and the magic of the land keeps it that way. In the fantasy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Doe's Hoof by Jon Buck When a gnomish forest ranger riding a raven advises you not to leave the trail, don't. Origin story for the "Enchanted National Forest" setting. In the fantasy genre
Under 15 kilobytes longContains graphic descriptions of violence Down the Rabbit Hole by Michael Bard Evil bunnies! Evil, evil bunnies! In the science fiction genre
Over 100 kilobytes longA particular favorite of Bryan's Far Indeed From Sherwood Forest by Xodiac Robin Hood and Maid Mare-ian, now living on the pun in modern Florida. A Xanadu story. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Historical Revisionism by Eirik A man gets a chance to rewrite history, but the result is a bit unexpected. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's A Kind of Paradise by Jon Buck What if the world was going furry, and nobody noticed? In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long My Name is... by Michael Bard Upon gaining superpowers, be extremely thoughtful about how you choose to first introduce yourself to the world. In the comedy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Public Domain by Phil Geusz The power of perception gets magnified by the Internet until it defines its own reality. Best goldfish transformation I've ever read. In the science fiction genre
Rush Hour by Jon Buck A Winds of Change short, though you don't need to have read any others to follow this. Contains one of my favorite dino TFs.
Under 15 kilobytes long Slip Sliding Around by Michael Bard Quick and cute, illustrating a common problem of anthro TFs. In the comedy genre
Stages by Eirik The tale of Tim, a typical young man in college who endures a typical year in the life of the Paradise setting. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Tall Tales by Jon Buck Newly-minted furries and old hands alike get together in a furry convention to organize. A kind of critical mass is achieved. Sequel to A Kind of Paradise. In the modern magic genre
Mythical TFs
Bottom Up by Bob Stein An old partnership from ancient Greece still holds firm to this day. In the modern magic genre
Contains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendoUnder 15 kilobytes long Chain Reaction by Shannon Robertson The ultimate sexually transmitted disease. In the modern magic genre
Cleaning Up by Bob Stein A grad student working in a museum cleans up a set of pan pipes sealed over two thousand years ago, and discovers what was sealed within. In the modern magic genre
Contains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendoThis story is illustrated! An Early Spring Night's Dream by Shannon Robertson Charles and a fairy are both searching for something in the woods. Ill-advisedly, Charles agrees to assist. In the modern magic genre
A Faerie Tale by Michael Bard Offended fae take terrible vengeance, and then make it worse. A nice bittersweet little story. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes longA particular favorite of Bryan's Free Solo Dragon by Shannon Robertson A story that's inherently short; a mountain climber loses her grip on the rock face. In the modern magic genre
Inspire Me by Michael Bard If one can't find inspiration, giving it is not such a bad consolation. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Keeping Secrets by Michael Bard If you have secrets you shouldn't assume you're the only one. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's The Limelight by Jon Buck The magic of wisps mix with the magic of the stage. Set in the Wisp-touched universe.
A particular favorite of Bryan'sContains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendo Mortal Danger by Bob Stein A boat trip into the wilds results in a whole passle of shapeshifting, including an interesting version of the satyr/dryad dynamic. In the modern magic genre
Over 100 kilobytes longContains graphic descriptions of violence Mythic Journeys Part 1 and Part 2 by Michael Bard An epic-length story featuring many Greek myths and transformations, and a few others besides. In the fantasy genre
Of Love and Hate by Michael Bard Also of good and evil. A bittersweet tale that touches on the concept of absolute and relative morality. In the fantasy genre
Over 100 kilobytes long Olympus by Bryan In 1935 magic swept out into the world and devastated civilization. A quarter century later Dalton thinks he's figured out where it came from. Origin story for the Wisp-touched universe.
A particular favorite of Bryan's Refamiliarization by Xodiac He thought he'd got off easy, wearing just a modest pair of horns when the magic struck the convention... (A Xanadu story) In the modern magic genre
Three-Fourths by Shannon Robertson A witch goes to Africa in search of a familiar and winds up with more than she bargained for. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Unicorn Dance by Bob Stein A beautiful fantasy tale of a young princess and her love for a visiting prince. In the fantasy genre
Under 15 kilobytes long A Walk in the National Enchanted Forest by Michael Bard Featuring one of Canada's most famous mythical creatures. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Wereing on the Moon by Michael Bard Another science fiction epic, though not quite as long as Returning Home. Even far in the future an old disease resists a cure. In the science fiction genre
Transgender
Contains graphic sexual depictions and/or innuendoUnder 15 kilobytes long Corruption by Shannon Robertson An evil enchantress wins her war to reshape the world, but by reshaping herself along with it the results are not quite what she expected. In the fantasy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Femtroopers by Joysweeper After the mass transformation of Xanadu, the rivalries and alliances between various groups of cosplayers take on a solid reality of their own. In the modern magic genre
Fight the Wind by Jon Buck A low-plot but well-described TG tale about a man who's swept up in life changes. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Joker by Bob Stein Prototype teleporters and practical jokers are an interesting combination. In the science fiction genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's The Perils of Voice Acting by Joysweeper A voice actor receives a visit from a monster from a show he worked on years ago, demanding that he play his part so that it can find resolution to the series. A Xanadu story. In the modern magic genre
Miscellaneous and multiple
A good story, but it has some minor structural issues Everything is Kaput! by Devin Hallsworth The bunker survived the apocalypse, but not the apocalypse it was designed for.
Just the Right Shoes for This Life by Erastus Centaur Set in Bob Stein's "Walk-a-Mile" universe, a man tries on a variety of lives to see which one fits best. In the modern magic genre
A particular favorite of Bryan'sUnder 15 kilobytes long The Last of the Niagaras by Michael Bard Creepy-creepy! Makes me glad I'm not a railroad buff. A man goes in search of a long lost model of train locomotive and it finds him. Temporarily offline for paper publishing. In the modern magic genre
The Myth of Beetlecat by Michael Bard Oberon demands a fursuit for the fairie ball! Not exactly a classic tale, but classically told. In the fantasy genre
A particular favorite of Bryan's Once Upon a Country Road by Eirik Kidnapped by aliens, but for nontraditional purposes. In the science fiction genre
Reality Bites by Eirik What would really happen if a common TF plot device was tried. In the science fiction genre
Over 100 kilobytes long Returning Home by Michael Bard A science fiction epic. Anita Lei discovers the means to open a gate between universes, and winds up cast through to a world that's been devastated by a war that rendered the land uninhabitable. The only way to survive is to go native. In the science fiction genre
Sentinel by Jon Buck A small troop of French soldiers, fleeing Napoleon's fall, come upon a manor house abandoned after the French Revolution. Its grounds contain a small pool of magic, in which a number of ghosts still survive. In the fantasy genre
Something Fishy by Michael Bard How do aquatic aliens invent technology without the ability to make fire? A Xanadu story. In the modern magic genre
Contains graphic descriptions of violenceA particular favorite of Bryan's Something to Remember by Bob Stein An uncharted isle, a hate-filled witch, and a well-written take on the legend of Circe. In the modern magic genre
Survival and Sacrifice by Michael Bard The Thing's journey, told from an interesting perspective. In the science fiction genre
The Survivor by Michael Bard Far in the future Venus has been terraformed, humanity has passed, and a successor civilization of uplifted animals controls the solar system. A smuggler crash lands and finds that the 'primitive' aboriginals of Venus have retained some fairly advanced knowledge. In the science fiction genre
Taint of Chaos by Bryan When the gods created the world out of chaos, they left a few bits behind. These have bad effects on their surroundings. In the fantasy genre
Taylor Series Tom and Cat by Jetfire An odd means of curing cancer, to be sure. First in the Taylor Series. In the modern magic genre
Under 15 kilobytes long Through Reality by Eirik Dennis comes to a gateway through which a story lies, and then runs away. In the science fiction genre