Fourteen Go Mad in the Eleven Day Empireon August 11, 2012 at 10:00 am
Well, there you have it. Fourteen blogs for fourteen stories.
To recap for any latecomers to the party:
Burning With Optimism’s Flames – A Faction Paradox collection
Edited by Jay Eales, published by Obverse Books soon
Raleigh Dreaming by Elizabeth Evershed
Office Politics by Alan Taylor
…and from the Tower she did fall by Cate Gardner
La Santa Muerte by Daniel Ribot
Dos Hombres – A Fable by Kelly Hale
All the Fun of the Fear by Stephen Marley
Wing Finger by Helen Angove
The Strings by James Worrad
Squatters Rights by Juliet Kemp
After the Velvet Eon by Simon Bucher-Jones
Remake/Remodel by Jonathan Dennis
Dharmayuddha by Aditya Bidikar
A Star’s View of Caroline by Sarah Hadley
De Umbris Idearum by Philip Purser-Hallard
It’s a line-up I’m very happy with, and I hope that when you get to read it, you’ll see why.
I began by head-hunting some of my favourite authors from the Doctor Who charity fanthologies I edited way back in days of yore, (Perfect Timing 2 and Walking in Eternity, if you’re keeping score), some who’ve gone on to be key writers for the Faction Paradox books. I can’t imagine editing a Faction Paradox collection that did not contain at least some of these names: Kelly Hale, Simon Bucher-Jones, Jonathan Dennis and Phil Purser-Hallard. There are other names, of course, and hopefully we’ll see those names under a Faction by-line before too long. For this particular book, it was not the right time, and in a sense, just as well, as I also wanted to have some surprises in the book. Something old, something new, and so on… Of those fanthology writers who we haven’t been blessed with fiction from in too long, I’m very pleased to reintroduce Alan Taylor and Sarah Hadley. If the names sound only half familiar, and if you have access to those early fanthologies, dig up their previous stories for a glimpse as to why I was so keen to commission them.
Then we come to someone who wrote some of the most entertaining of Virgin’s Doctor Who novels, an author who hasn’t been seen in these parts for some time, but fondly remembered by everyone I tipped off about his participation. Someone who had never written for the Faction before, but seems an obvious candidate when you think about it. Whatever happened to Stephen Marley? This. This happened.
Next, I invited a couple of members of my local writing group The Speculators, who I felt would thrive in the Eleven Day Empire. Step forward Dan Ribot and Jim Worrad. You sick puppies.
Through the British Fantasy Society, I was introduced to the work of Cate Gardner, and after reading her first collection Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits, I knew she would have things to say, and firmly fit the aesthetic I had in mind for Burning With Optimism’s Flames.
Aditya Bidikar was one of a small handful of writers who managed to sneak under the razorwire I erected to keep out the unsolicited submissions for this project. Given the limited number of slots and the knowledge that I had a pool of potential writers far bigger than I could hope to use in a single book, Aditya was the Little Train Who Could, and showed me some of his stories that hit the soft spot.
Rounding out the book, I’m grateful to Phil Purser-Hallard for discovering a trio of new authors who he showcased in The Obverse Quarterly: Tales of the City, and for looking the other way as I snuck into the City of the Saved and liberated his charges to play in the wider Factionverse.
There isn’t a writer among them that I would hesitate before buying a new novel by. It’s been an absolute delight to be midwife to fourteen new fictions. Sometimes there’s been tantrums, phantom contractions and doubts along the way. Oh and blood, plenty of the claret. But it’s all been worth it. Have a ceegar. It’s a book!