Ladies, Gentlemen, Gelfs and Simulants… I’m happy to submit my Red Dwarf fan-fic, titled “Homecoming”, to the general public!
It was written to answer the biggest question of the series: “What happened directly after Series VIII?” Many fans have posted in the forums and Facebook Groups, asking which Rimmer appears in BtE and beyond, and how that came to be. Hopefully this story will become your personal head-canon. Enjoy!
Pretty amazed that this ties together many, many continuity plot holes whilst retaining the structure of a coherent story and feeling like part of the show’s universe. Only a couple of big laughs, but plot-wise it works really well. As I don’t expect Doug to ever fill in the blanks this will work as a nice piece of head canon.
Or the vast majority of stories online that would have you believe that Lister really wants to shag Rimmer.
Pfft, they’ve got the wrong character, the smegheads! Despite Rimmer’s assertions that Lister will “bonk anything”, everyone knows Cat’s really the one who’ll have sex with anything. It’s right there on his CV! = P
What I particularly love about this story is that, unlike a lot of other “Rimmer comes back” stories, he’s neither too heroic nor too pathetic. He’s just not that into being Ace, so he comes home. Also, I like that nano RImmer doesn’t simply don the wig and take over. He makes his own destiny.
I’d be very curious to know the amount of these stories that you’ve actually read. I’ve read many, and in general, the fics that pair Rimmer and Lister together are done by talented authors, and I’m not including myself in this analysis. Like any fandom, you’ve got fanfics that don’t particularly cut the mustard, but in general, the RD writers are a talented lot.
You may not agree with someone deciding to go a slightly different route from canon and imagine a “what-if?” scenario where Lister and Rimmer wind up more than antagonistic bunkmates, but something not being your cup of tea doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad. Different strokes for different folks.
I did try to stay conscious of the amount of “fan-wankery” in the story, but most of what I did put in just seemed to flow naturally from the story without having to shoe-horn it in, unlike in some other stories I’ve read, which were built solely around fan service. Most of the elements you’re probably referring to were most likely added as a logical step between points A and B, and weren’t even in my mind when I originally thought up the story. Ah well.