Found a good, long, actively updated sci-fi fic, of the "ponies in space" variety.https://www.fimfiction.net/story/278312/cryo-7
5,000 years ago, seven cryo-ships left Equus before it was destroyed. Six started colonies on other planets; the seventh was captured, and its sealed cryo-pods were scattered across the galaxy. Recently awakened, Twilight's mission is to track down the pods and find her friends.
This is an adventure/romance fic with a huge cast. Nearly every major character is some kind of super-powered badass (alicorn, telepath, genetically-engineered supersoldier, etc) and it's awesome. They all have detailed backstories on how they wound up with these abilities and how it's affected their lives, which comes out naturally through interactions with other characters. And they all get shipped eventually, either with each other or with other side characters with less powerful but still interesting abilities and history.
Now the bad part: the Twilight/Astral ship is absolute insufferable garbage every time it comes up in the first 250k or so. Twilight handles things with all the emotional maturity of a bipolar 17-year-old. Even the actual 17-year-olds handle their relationships better, and they have real problems to deal with (being tsundere as fuck does not count as a real problem). The ship isn't forced like I first expected (early on, Chrysalis predicts they'll end up fucking by the end of their first mission - they don't), but it's still annoying seeing Twilight so OOC every time the subject of romance comes up.
Fortunately, the bad ship is overshadowed by the adventure elements and development of other characters, which are great. And after about the 250k mark (specifically, after the battle at Canter Delta
), Twilight and Astral quit acting like morons, and the fic gets much better. Not to say it's perfect afterward, but it removes the biggest problem with an otherwise fun fic.
I r8 it 7/8. Read if you like ponies in space.