Now Available: Facing the Raven

Now available for order: Facing the Raven: Doctor Who Series Nine in Review.

By taking the best of modern Doctor Who (like character drama and series-long story arcs) and the best of classic Doctor Who (multi-episode stories, cliffhangers, fewer modern-Earth settings, etc) 2015 gave us one of the greatest seasons the venerable show has ever produced. Facing the Raven: Doctor Who Series Nine In Review includes an overview of the series’ themes, in-depth analyses of each episode, exhaustive background details, a timeline of events leading up to the broadcast of the season, and exclusive interviews with director Rachel Talalay, scriptwriter Jamie Mathieson, prosthetic effects producer Kate Walshe, and creature performer Jon Davey.

Facing the Raven is 178 pages and is $10.00. You can order a copy here.

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Children of Time Cover Reveal

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Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who is a new non-fiction anthology that focuses on the Doctor’s companions: the teachers, the journalist, the Highlander, the temp, the stewardess, the medical student, the archaeologist (both of them!), the kiss-o-gram, a mother, a grandfather, and even the tin dog! All the Doctor’s traveling companions and faithful friends get featured in this volume.

Ever since the first episode was broadcast in 1963, the Companion has been the audience’s surrogate. They travel in the TARDIS on adventures — sometimes into

Earth’s past, sometimes into the future, and other times to distant and exotic planets — and they take us along with them. We sit in the comfort of our living room while they encounter all the danger! They’ve survived Dalek invasions, Android invasions, and Christmas invasions. The companions ask questions, get in trouble, get out of trouble, and challenge the Doctor to think and act in new (and usually better) ways. Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who will feature profiles of Companions from all forms of Doctor Who: television, audio, comics and novels.

Our contributors include well-known authors, a librarian, a playwright, podcasters, fanzine creators, publishers, a ukulelist, the man who created Erimem for Big Finish, and many more. You’ll read about the time the Paternoster Gang met Sherlock Hol

mes, how Turlough is the first companion to get a true character arc, the ultimate love letter to Melanie Bush, and a transcript of Jackie Tyler’s speech to a support group for mothers of kids who’ve gone off traveling with the Doctor (attendees of the group include Sylvia Noble and Francine Jones), plus many other surprises.

We also have involvement from three of the Doctor’s companions: Katy Manning and Daphne Ashbrook, along with Mark Strickson, who has written the book’s introduction!

Projected release date is May, 2018. More details on that forthcoming.

CoT Update: Introduction by Mark Strickson

Image may contain: 1 person, closeup and outdoorVery pleased to announce that the introduction for Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who has been written by none other than MARK STRICKSON, who played Turlough in the 80s! As you probably know, Mark took a break from acting to become a zoologist and then moved into a hugely successful career as a nature filmmaker. He helped launch the career of Steve Irwan – Crocodile Hunter! Mark has a passion for animals, and I’m thrilled to have him involved in this book supporting Furkids, Inc! This news is announced today on the Discussing Who Podcast — take a listen to get a preview of this year’s WHOlanta Convention and of Children of Time!

http://www.discussingwho.com/…/episode-99-children-of-time…/

CoT Cover Reveal … Almost!

It’s nearly time! The book goes to the printer in SEVEN DAYS! All the essays are in place, all the artwork has been submitted, and the final pieces are coming together! We’re on track for our May 4 release date! If you’re going to be at the WHOlanta 2018 convention (May 4 – 6 in Atlanta, GA) you’ll be among the very first people to see it! I hope you’ll be there!
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Upcoming Release Schedule

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The problems with already having three books in the works at the same time and then adding a fourth on top of that is that a) it’s hard to get any one of them done in a timely manner, and b) then they all tend to get released at the same time! Here’s an update on all the projects in the pipeline:

Facing the Raven: Doctor Who Series Nine in Review: Taking elements that made both Classic and New Doctor Who successful, and combining them with a lead actor that embodied both series, made Series Nine an incredibly special season. The book includes reviews of each episode, in-depth background information on each one, and exclusive interviews with special effects makeup artist Kate Walshe, monster performer Jon Davey, scriptwriter Jamie Matheison, and director Rachel Talalay. Releasing March 2018

Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor WhoThis anthology covers nearly 80 of the Doctor’s assistants, associates and friends, covering characters from television, comics, novels and audio. Contributors include actors from the show (Katy ManningDaphne Ashbrook and a third TBA who has written the book’s introduction), character creators from Big Finish (Iain McLaughlin, who created Princess Erimem, and Matthew J. Elliot, creator of the Sixth Doctor’s newest companion, Mathew Sharpe), plus well known artists, authors, and fans of all stripes. Sales of the book go to support Furkids, Inc. Learn more by visiting the book’s page. Releasing first weekend of May at the WHOlanta Convention.

Star Trek’s Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Episodes From The Final FrontierThe second book in our Greatest Hits series takes on the iconic Star Trek in all of its various television incarnations. Reviews of the 50 best episodes, background details of each, and fan “personal log” remembrances. Coming Summer 2018

Doctor Who’s Greatest Hits: A Guide to the Best Episodes From Time and Space: The first book we ever released gets a fresh coat of paint and a major update for the show’s 55th anniversary, bringing it up to date through the end of the Peter Capaldi era. The book covers the ground in between the very first episode, “An Unearthly Child”, to the last one broadcast, “Twice Upon a Time.” Includes reviews of the 55 best episodes, background details on each, plus recommendations for further exploration. Update will be released Fall of 2018 (hopefully!)

The Companions: A New Anthology in the Works

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kOZMIC Press is now seeking contributors for a new anthology, tentatively entitled Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who. This anthology will feature new essays covering each television companion and as many companions from Big Finish, comics and novels as possible. Proceeds from sales of this book will be donated to FurKids, Inc, an animal rescue and no-kill shelter in Atlanta, GA. Because just like Jamie, Tegan, Rose, Donna and Charley are the Doctor’s companions pets are our companions. Please click here to learn more.

Facing the Raven: A Review of Doctor Who Series Nine

CoverFinal-flattenedThe second book from R. Alan Siler is nearly ready for release! Review copies have arrived from the printer and will be combed through thoroughly! Facing the Raven: A Review of Doctor Who Series Nine is an in-depth examination of one of the best seasons of Doctor Who in the modern era. It was a season that changed everything about the show’s formula and produced some amazing television.

By taking the best of modern Doctor Who (like character drama and series-long story arcs) and the best of classic Doctor Who (multi-episode stories, cliffhangers, etc.) 2015 gave of one of the greatest seasons the venerable show has ever produced.

The book includes an overview of the season, an analysis of each episode, tons of behind-the-scenes facts, a timeline of events leading up to the debut, and interviews with the people who make the magic happen: writers, special effects techs, performers, and more.

R. Alan Siler will be previewing the book at DragonCon, Sept 1-4 2017, in Atlanta, GA. The target release date for the book is Monday, October 2. It’s the first book in a series that will cover all the key seasons of Doctor Who.