His groundbreaking 1970s TV series Gangsters was a great influence on Kaldor City, hence the "Thanks too... Larson E Whipsnade" credit that appears on all the CD inserts.
Sunday, 27 December 2020
Monday, 23 November 2020
By special arrangement with the Doctor Who Appreciation Society, we bring you a complete issue of their magazine Celestial Toyroom themed around "The Robots of Death" and Kaldor City, edited and written by Magic Bullet and friends. Right-click to download, or left-click to read in browser:
Saturday, 31 October 2020
To celebrate the re-publication of Driving Ambition, a story of murder, labour relations and self-driving cars, as an independent production, the ebook will be priced at at $2.99/local equivalent for the month of November. Click the link for adventure!
Paperbacks are also still available for £7 plus P&P: email firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested.
Telos Publishing have released their bestseller list for the month of October. Liberation: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Blake's 7 (2003) is at #3, and Fall Out: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to The Prisoner (2007) is at #8! Find out more about these perennial favourites at the links.
Tuesday, 6 October 2020
Remember when the only thing we had to worry about was Yeti invasions and takeovers by sinister intelligences from beyond space? We do! Now for your reading pleasure, we have 36 Cool Things About "The Web of Fear" (and 14 Stupid Ones), where the Doctor joins the Underground movement and the Great Intelligence bypasses Victoria!
Sunday, 4 October 2020
A collection of seven short stories by Fiona Moore, featuring robots, AI and the Internet of Things, is now available on Kindle, with a cover by Andy Lambert. For the price of a coffee you can buy it here:
A prototype self-driving car escapes from a research facility and drives off on its own— a simple programming error, or something far stranger....
Monday, 7 September 2020
Friday, 4 September 2020
Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Sunday, 30 August 2020
Thursday, 20 August 2020
Celestial Toyroom issue 508/9 is currently at the printers and Alan Stevens' Guest Editor's Blog has now been put up online:
Once more unto the breach, dear friends...
Doctor Who fans may choose one of two roads to travel: either fretting themselves to a frenzy, or petting themselves to a purring satisfaction. And in the course of doing one or the other, they eat their way into that universe, turning cinders and flinders of stars into issues for Celestial Toyroo
m. Why do they do this? Unable to fully fathom Doctor Who, they seek to change the things they have problems comprehending into Something Utterly Fathomable. Nor will they stop until the nebulae he travels through and the planets she visits have been processed in the name of Sublime Order: for only when Doctor Who has been thoroughly catalogued and nailed down, will it be, in our sight, acceptable and wholly respectable.
So please join Dylan Rees, Ian Scales, Fiona Moore, John Darley, Mathew Peck, Dale Smith, Jez Strickley, Andy Lambert, JL Fletcher, Ann Worrall and myself as we tear up another piece of the universe in our never-ending quest to comprehend the infinite.
Alan Stevens (with thanks to Stanislaw Lem)
Below is a version of the cover without the Celestial Toyroom logo!
Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Sunday, 12 July 2020
Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Thursday, 2 July 2020
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
And here we are again!
Physics teaches us that every single particle in the universe has a gravitational effect upon every other particle, no matter how great the degree of separation between them. This unified effect supports the theory that all events are related in some way. Synchronicity can then, in turn, be seen as merely a very personal and subjective observation of this inter-connected universe, of which we are but a small part.
I was the producer of Magic Bullet’s Kaldor City audio plays, and, although it’s been several years since there has been any addition to the series, the compact discs and downloads still sell, and I am frequently asked questions about the story… which is a little problematic in that Kaldor City was written to be a mystery with many possible answers, not a secret, which, by definition, can only have one.
So although an article on the Kaldor City plays was a necessity, it was not for me to write it. Equally, any piece commissioned by myself on the subject could be seen as an indirect reflection of my thoughts, which would influence the reading of the series, causing certain narratives to become more defined, whilst other possibilities vanished.
Then, as I wrestled over and over with this philosophical Gordian Knot, Ann Worrall turned up, unsheathed her sword of shining clarity, and sundered the knot with a single stroke!
“I’ve written this article about competing narrative structures in the Kaldor City audio plays,” she said.
Synchronicity or plain dumb luck?
In conclusion, I’d like to thank Andy Lambert for his highly surreal wrap-around cover featuring a Voc robot playing a metaphysical game of chess, and JL Fletcher for yet another awesome full colour postcard, this time depicting the Fourth Doctor, Leela and the crew of Storm Mine Four.
Alan Stevens (with thanks to Chris Boucher)
Fiona's book on The Robots of Death is available here: https://obversebooks.co.uk/product/43-robots/
Monday, 1 June 2020
Friday, 29 May 2020
Monday, 11 May 2020
“Though very few points in the series’ history are as highly regarded as The Robots of Death, Fiona Moore’s newly released Black Archive volume about the story – the 43rd in the series – nonetheless offers a fresh and compelling analysis.”
Read the full review here, and click the title above to order the book (if you haven't already).
Saturday, 9 May 2020
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Sunday, 3 May 2020
Monday, 27 April 2020
""Fiona Moore loves The Robots of Death as much as we do, unravelling the various threads that combine to create a pretty much perfect story. And as much as you might think you know there’s nothing new to say here, you might just be surprised. 9/10""
You can pre-order the book here.
Sunday, 19 April 2020
"One of the key aspects of Terry Nation’s original draft is its sense that the plague and the war has stopped history, causing the future to become a blank slate, no longer predicated on what has gone before."
Saturday, 18 April 2020
Wednesday, 1 April 2020
Monday, 23 March 2020
Thursday, 19 March 2020
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Monday, 16 March 2020
Monday, 9 March 2020
Sunday, 9 February 2020
Wednesday, 5 February 2020
Monday, 27 January 2020
Thursday, 23 January 2020
Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Saturday, 11 January 2020
Saturday, 4 January 2020
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