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Short Trips - Short Story Books

Short story collections and script books.



Short Trips 01: Zodiac

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Take a TARDIS trip through the constellations, as the Doctor travels to twelve thrilling tales inspired by the mystical zodiac.

Telepathic fish, miniature lions and twin planets are the least of his problems, as the Doctor ­ all eight of him ­ faces the Capricorn Killer, endures a mindswap with the Machiavellian Master, and dances with Death herself.

And that's not the half of it ­ as the two K9s can attest.

This collection features twelve exclusive short- stories from well-known names in Doctor Who fiction ­ including acclaimed novelist and Booker nominee Paul Magrs, alongside Simon A Forward, Mark Michalowski, Paul Leonard and Joseph Lidster ­ as well as fresh new voices.


Short Trips 04: The Muses

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Tell me, O Muse, of that many-aspected hero who fled his home world to travel every corner of time and space. Tell me, daughter of Jove, of his battles and his tragedies, of the strangers he encountered and the evil plots he foiled. Speak with laughter, with tears, through songs and visions of the Doctor, the hero and champion of this world and many more.

The nine Muses have since ancient times brought inspiration to those willing to receive it. Nine authors have received the inspiration of the Muses, to speak of the mysterious Time Lord known only as ‘the Doctor'. They will tell tales of History, of Dancing, of Comedy and Tragedy, of Sacred Poetry, Epic Poetry and Love Poetry, of Music and Astronomy. May they speak to your hearts.

Features stories by some of Doctor Who's most popular and acclaimed writers: Gareth Roberts, Robert Shearman, Justin Richards, Simon Guerrier, Steve Lyons, Tara Samms, Simon A. Forward, Ian Potter and Sarah Groenewegen


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



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.


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?





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


Short Trips 13: A Day In The Life

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Each spin of the Earth - a revolution at an arbitrary rate decided by the vagaries of cosmic history - results in a period known as a day, a twenty-hour slice of time.

When you're time travellers, the concept of a day - from midnight to midnight - can get lost: the Doctor and his companions arrive on different planets in different eras at different times of the day. They can show up during someone's lunch break or when they're asleep, at the breaking of dawn or the coming of night.

Time, it seems, is very much of the essence…


Short Trips 14: Solar System

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A star like many others in the western spire of the Milky Way galaxy.

Around it, orbit its planets ­ each one has its own environment; its own history; its own circumstances.

The third planet of the ten is the most-densely populated. And, over time, its inhabitants have reached out to the other worlds.

There, they find surprises, wonders, danger.

Welcome to the solar system