By Way of the Stars is a short story, which was published by Titan Magazines in Stargate SG-1/Atlantis: The Official Magazine 29. Written by Suzanne Wood and is the first part of the short story called 'By of the Stars'.
Hunting for the Sangraal, the SG-1 team find themselves at yet another dead end. However, in 'gating away, they end up even further from home...
An extract from the short story:
The mission was a bust. Surrounded by bare walls, SG-1 stared dispiritedly at each other. Every time they thought they were getting close to finding the Sangraal, they ended up with a big fat pile of nothing.
Mitchell turned away from the others’ disappointment and gazed out the closest window. The view hadn’t changed any; acres and acres of flat grassland stretched away in every direction until it blurred into the horizon. The only movement was the tall grass bending in swirling waves under the relentless wind. The building they’d gated into with such high hopes was the only feature to be seen. It would take days, maybe weeks, of walking just to get far enough to confirm there was nothing else on this planet. Sam’s scans couldn’t even find an underground bunker that might hide a secret weapon or two.
“Jackson. You’re sure this is the right address?” he asked. Cam tore his gaze away from the hypnotic view.
“Yeah, I’m sure.” Daniel’s voice was tinged with resignation and a hint of irritation.
Cam sympathized. Weeks of research in stuffy English libraries and the end result was…grass.
“I’m still curious about what else you got up to in that ‘supposed’ library, Daniel,” Vala said suspiciously.
Daniel scowled at her, and she took cover behind Teal'c. He glanced at Cam. “The style of the building definitely suggests Ancient design, but the lack of—”