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!

Upcoming Release Schedule


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


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.

DragonCon Schedule

Image result for dragoncon logoI will be appearing at DragonCon on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta. DragonCon is one of the largest mixed-genre conventions in the country. I will be appearing on numerous panels on Doctor Who, Class, and Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detection Agency. the DragonCon BritTrack. This is my second year as an attending professional, following over ten years as a BritTrack staffer. I’m most looking forward to interviewing Michael Eklund from Dirk Gently, plus appearing on the Classic Doctor Who panel, which is my favorite panel to do every year. My schedule is below:

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Coming Soon

A new essay collection celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation will be released on September 28 – the day of the anniversary – and includes an entry by R. Alan Siler called “A Glimmer of Hope.” It’s about the Season One episode “Haven” and addresses a turning point for both Counselor Troi and the series itself. The collection includes contributions from great writers like Keith R. A. deCandido, Rich Handley, Jim Beard, Robert Greenberger, David A. McIntee and many others. All proceeds from sale of the book go to support AVERT: AVERTing HIV and AIDS, a worthy cause, and all contributing authors waived fees in order to fully support this charity.

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Earth Station Who

ESWlogoI just recorded a very enjoyable podcast with the great folks at Earth Station Who, a Doctor Who podcast that’s part of the Earth Station One network. I got to talk a little about my book, Doctor Who’s Greatest Hits, and also about one of my all-time favorite Who stories, “The Seeds of Doom.” As soon as the episode is available online I will post a link here. Readers should definitely check out Earth Station One and its affiliate shows. Or come meet them at a local convention!