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Short Trips 05 : Steel Skies

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There are many places that most of us can never see: places that are sheltered, locked away, cordoned off from the outside world. But to the Doctor, and those who travel with him in his TARDIS, there is no such thing as a locked door. Anywhere in space and time is open to them to visit ­ even if sometimes it might be better to leave such places well alone.
Steel Skies is a collection of stories based in enclosed and artificial environments: places constructed to keep the dangers of the universe outside, perhaps, or to keep their inhabitants locked in. It is divided into four sections, each exploring a different kind of confinement:
Section One, Flight, comprises four tales of travellers who left their homes for far-away destinations ­ to explore, to start a new life, or to fight for the survival of their species.
Section Two, Frontiers, explores the corridors, living quarters and ventilation shafts of four futuristic environments ­ designed to shelter men, women and children from harsh natural forces, or from the threat of nuclear war.
Section Three, Incarceration, tells four stories of punishment and imprisonment, from San Francisco¹s infamous Alcatraz, to the cage of a flightless angel in the dilapidated ruins of Heaven.
Section Four, Isolation, deals with the loneliness and despair of being cut off from the world outside, by physical or mental incapacity, by the ravages of war, or caught between destinations aboard the TARDIS itself.
A recurring theme in all four sections is the effect of the Doctor's arrival in these enclosed environments ­ sometimes positive, sometimes less so.
Featuring "Corridors of Power" by Matthew Griffiths, "A Good Life" by Simon Guerrier, "Reversal of Fortune" by Graeme Burk, "Monitor" by Huw Wilkins, "Dust" by Paul Leonard, "Light at the End of the Tunnel" by Mark Wright, "No Exit" by Kate Orman, "House" by Jeremy Daw, "Deep Stretch" by Richard Salter, "Inmate 280" by Cavan Scott, "Doing Time" by Lance Parkin, "The Ruins of Heaven" by Marc Platt, "Cold War" by Rebecca Levene, "Oh, Darkness" by John Binns, "Greenaway" by Peter Anghelides, and "Eternity" by Jonathan Blum.

Edited by John Binns

 

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Short Trips 07: Life Science

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Once, we believed our lives were sacred, that we had souls. Now we know we are mere machines; genetic data. We are science.

But even as we learn, the properties of life remain uncertain. How does life acquire consciousness, or rights? Does a robot dream? If a person transforms into an oak tree, is it science or the work of gods? Did the Victorians find a way to resurrect the dead?

To science, such questions are invitations to explore. Who better to explore with than the Doctor?

Life Science is a menagerie of creatures from some of the most exciting names in the Doctor Who universe, including Kate Orman, Lance Parkin, Jonathan Morris, Jim Mortimore and Steve Lyons.

The editor is John Binns, who compiled the previous Short Trips collections A Universe of Terrors and Steel Skies.

The Stories are: Mortal Thoughts by Trevor Baxendale,
Syntax by David Bailey,
Primitives by John Seavey,
The Northern Heights by Mark Stevens, Observation by Ian Farrington, Lant Land by Jonathan Morris, A Star is Reborn by Richard Salter, The Southwell Park Mermaid by Kate Orman, The Destroyers by Steve Lyons, The Reproductive Cycle by Matthew Griffiths, Scribbles in Chalk Gareth Wigmore, The End by Alexander Leithes, The Age of Ambition by Andrew Campbell,
Echo by Lance Parkin, Jonah by Todd Green and A Rose By Any
Other Name by Jim Mortimore.

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Short Trips 08: Repercussions

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The galaxies are awash with stories, myths and legends of the Doctor, the courageous Time Lord who rights wrongs and brings down the evil dictators.

But does the Doctor always get it right? In his efforts to save the smaller picture, is it possible that occasionally the bigger picture, the Web of Time itself, can be broken by his actions? If so, what can he do to repair it?

Repercussions features sixteen tales set on a strange airship taking its passengers on a trip to… who knows where? Amongst the people aboard is young adventuress Charley Pollard, just a few weeks into her life aboard the TARDIS alongside the Eighth Doctor, a man whose past, she will discover, she knows frighteningly little about. She encounters a diplomat trying to stop a war, a young man seemingly murdered by the Doctor, a tramp, a seismologist and a republican trying to save the life of his plague-stricken daughter. One thing they all have in common - an encounter with a strange alien visitor who seemed to help them but perhaps should have left them alone.

Learning their stories, understanding their grief, their anger or even their joy, Charley begins to see a new side to this enigmatic man she has chosen to travel the universe with. And she is forced to ask, will she one day also find herself aboard a strange airship, teeming with fellow travellers, all of whom seem to represent a danger to the Web of Time?

 

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Short Trips 12: Seven Deadly Sins

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Hardcover short story anthology. Stories include 'Envy' by Tara Samms; 'Gluttony' by Rebecca Levene; 'Wrath' by Mark Wright; 'Pride' by John Binns; 'Sloth' by Gareth Wigmore; 'Lust' by Paul Magrs; 'Avarice' by David Bailey and with additional linking material by Jacqueline Rayner

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