Mad Norwegian Press has now solicited the Doctor Who essay collection edited by myself and Robert Smith?. Yay! A book with my name on the cover! (And Robert’s, though Robert is already hugely famous after he helped to mathematically model a zombie outbreak…)
Time Unincorporated Volume 2: Writings on the Classic Series is one of the most diverse compilations of Doctor Who fan writing ever produced. Robert and I intended it as a full-blooded follow-up (in spirit) to Virgin Publishing’s 1997 collection of fan writing License Denied. We’ve tried to expand the scope, with nearly 75 essays that examine every era of the classic Doctor Who series that ran from 1963-1989. Featuring writing from UK, Canada, the US and Australia, the collection includes reprints from fanzines such as Enlightenment, Shockeye’s Kitchen, Burnt Toast, Dark Circus, The Whostorian and more. Also included are several original essays and an introduction by Matt Jones (Doctor Who: The Impossible Planet / The Satan Pit, Torchwood: Dead Man Walking and producer of Shameless). There are also original essays from published authors like Simon Guerrier (author of some great Doctor Who novels including The Pirate Loop and The Slitheen Excursion, Lou Anders (an old friend who is Editorial Director at Pyr Books) and Jim Sangster (author of several brilliant TV reference books including the indispensable TV Heaven).
The collection reprints several of my own Enlightenment articles including my piece on racism in The Talons of Weng-Chiang and my essay on Sydney Newman and how his work at the CBC contributed to the vision of early Doctor Who. These are pieces I’ve been immensely proud of and I’m thrilled to see them in book form. I also wrote several of the introductory essays.
The vagaries of the publishing industry means the book is advance solicited by six months, so it won’t be out til May 2010. More details will come out about this in the coming months. Nonetheless I’m really stoked. Robert and I both have long wanted a book that showed the breadth of talent that exists in fan writing and I think we have it. I think this is one of the best collections of writing about a TV series, never mind Doctor Who, ever done. The breadth, intelligence and wit of this collection is astounding. I’d say this even if I wasn’t a contributor. Honest.