Thursday, March 3, 2022

Shadow of the Gallifreyan - Update

 


The deadline for receiving submissions for our next charity anthology (in aid of Shelter) has now passed and we are beginning to edit the pieces.  But don't worry if you have missed it. With so many stories to cover and writers to feature, this was always going to take some time and we are hoping to have the book ready for publication by the end of the year. If you have reserved stories for the collection, but have yet to send in your work, do get in touch to let us know how things are progressing. 

If you missed out on the initial call for pitches, there are still a number of slots available. We plan to approach a number of writers directly to fill in the gaps, but if you'd like to be part of this exciting project then do get in touch with us at altrixbooks@virginmedia.com and we will send you all the details.

For those looking forward to reading the book, we can tell you that you are in for a treat. This is going to be something quite special judging from the excellent stories we've received so far. 



Sunday, October 31, 2021

State of the Altrix: November 2021

 

Mars

You may have noticed a degree of silence from us for a while — we assure you, it's nothing to do with Altrix itself. We're alive and well, and as things stand, hopefully ready to push forward at full speed again.

It's Kara at the wheel today. Some of you may know this via social media already. My grandfather and adoptive father, Charlie Husson, passed in early September. The months prior to that were spent dealing with various end-of-life stages. And the weeks since then have been spent dealing not only with the obvious grief, but also legal and financial tie-ups.

I'd like to thank everyone for their patience during this time, as my family helps to get each other back on track. It's been a longer process than I'd like, and Altrix is (unfortunately) not the only thing in my life affected. Big thanks also to Paul for keeping things afloat while I've been in and out of commission, especially the release of the very good Master Switches.

A lot of things are up in the air, but as I get my feet back under me in the coming days, a few quick notes:

  • Shadow of the Gallifreyan is still being worked on (I will be hopping in to read through the pitches along with Paul shortly) - please keep an eye out for more information on this
  • Master Switches is still available - thanks to everyone who's already bought a copy!
  • We've got other irons in the fire as well, and with both of us in commission, things should be ticking over again shortly

Thanks again for everyone's understanding, and for your continued support of Altrix. 

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Shadow of the Gallifreyan - Extended Deadlines

 


Over the last few weeks we have been reserving story slots for our next Doctor Who charity anthology - The Shadow of the Gallifreyan (in aid of Shelter). We have been delighted by the response so far. Some writers have even sent in completed first drafts, and others have come up with some truly outstanding and original pitches for their chosen stories.

Although we will not be editing submissions until early in the new year, anyone who contacted us before the 30th September deadline should have heard back from us by now. Do get in touch if you think we've missed something from you.

There are still a number of slots to fill, so we are extending the deadline for reserving stories to 31st October. Importantly, we'd like to see a brief proposal for each story before we can give the final green light.

The list of stories that have already been taken and are therefore no longer available is here - list of reserved stories

Initially we limited story reservations to three per writer, but we are now giving you the opportunity to write up to four pieces. If you have already reserved your three stories and would like to pitch for another please do!

For more details about the anthology and what we are looking for see our updated announcement here

The most popular Doctors so far have been the seventh and the twelfth Doctors, but although some of the others are lagging behind we've had a fairly balanced mix of pitches from across every era of the series. 

In order to allow more time for pitches to come in, we are also extending the deadline for first drafts from all writers to the 1st March 2022.

Paul and Kara.



Friday, September 10, 2021

Master Switches: Further Misadventures in Space and Time

 


Altrix Books is delighted to announce the release of Master Switches - an unofficial Doctor Who anthology in aid of The Stroke Association.

After a series of adventures without the Doctor (Master Pieces), the many incarnations of the Master are back to doing what they do best; scheming to bring down their greatest adversary. The proverbial thorn in the side has made a hobby out of thwarting the Master's plans for universal domination. But even the Doctor can't always be the hero, the victor, and the star. Sometimes, the Master must take the Doctor's place...

Featuring stories by Jon Arnold, Andrew Blair, Kara Dennison, Paul Driscoll, Kenton Hall, Stephen Hatcher, Paul Hiscock, Matthew Kresal, Gary J Mack, Greg Maughan, Iain McLaughlin, Ellen Montgomery, Nathan Mullins, Gerard Power, Rachel Redhead, Graham Tedesco-Blair and Joshua Wanisko. Cover illustration and design by Ginger Hoesly. 

The book is available to buy now for a limited time in various Amazon regions, including the UK and the USA



Sunday, August 15, 2021

The Shadow of the Gallifreyan - Call for Pitches

 


This flash fiction 2022 charity anthology edited by Kara Dennison and Paul Driscoll considers the after-effects of the Doctor’s presence in a televised adventure. The things they leave behind, physically and emotionally. It’s the ‘what happened next’ as told from the perspective of some of the individuals who encountered them. The title is inspired by the German theologian Gerd Thiessen’s The Shadow of the Galilean (and is not intended as a loaded comment on the Doctor’s origins).

We are looking for flash fiction of between 500 - 1000 words told by a supporting character to cover every televised Doctor Who story. They can be minor or major characters (as long as they have a spoken role and name), human or alien, hero or villain, but no companions or series regulars.

Your character is the narrator of the piece, whether you write it as an action scene or piece of reflective speech. The best contributions will be those that best capture the individual voice of the speaker. We will accept multiple genres, from poetry as consciously written by the character, to letters, journal entries and straightforward story-telling.

We want to know what impact the Doctor had, in terms of their actions, their decisions, their words, and their character. We don’t want a book that becomes a gushing eulogy, so those experiences and judgements might be negative as well as positive, or more likely a little bit of both. Although these are the experiences of those whose lives were altered in some way by the Doctor, the focus must end up on the Doctor, hence the title of the collection.

You can pick a ‘good guy’, a ‘bad guy’, or a neutral character. Their perspective and ‘side’ might have changed from what was seen on screen. No series regulars, including any of the Doctors should be active figures in your story. This is about what happens after they have left – whether that be the immediate aftermath, or sometime in the future, from days to years.

As an unofficial charity anthology, this work is not meant to be considered as canon in the strictest definition of the term, meaning that you do not need to worry about presenting a consistent timeline to that which might be featured in official spin-offs such as BBC novels or Big Finish audios. Be creative and don’t feel limited by existing stories.

There will likely be two volumes to cover 1963-1996 and 2005-present.

You can reserve up to four (UPDATED) stories in total. We just need the name of the story you are planning to cover and the character you would like to use. Slots will usually be reserved on a first come - first served basis, but the final green light will come following receipt of an acceptable synopsis (which can be just a few lines). 

We will be raising money for the UK homelessness charity, Shelter. We hope that some of the stories might show a character who has experienced similar social and economic challenges to those faced by the people the charity support, but it is of course by no means a requirement.

DEADLINE FOR RESERVING STORIES (UPDATED): 31st October 2021.

DEADLINE FOR STORY SYNOPSES (NEW): 31st October 2021.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING YOUR WORK (UPDATED): 31st August 2022.

E-Mail for reservations, pitches and story submissions: altrixbooks@virginmedia.com.


Friday, August 13, 2021

Master Switches - full line up.

We are now in a position to announce the full line-up of stories in Master Switches. Unlike our previous collection, the Doctor is back for this one, only not as you might expect. This is the Master’s chance to shine at their old adversary’s expense. You’ll read some re-imaginings of old adventures, new combinations of Masters and Doctors, and stories where the Master gains the upper hand or perhaps even the moral high ground. Edited by Paul Driscoll and with cover art by Ginger Hoesly, the anthology is in support of The Stroke Association and is due for release this August.

  • THE MANY FACES OF WENG-CHIANG Joshua Wanisko
  • TIME SIGNATURE Andrew Blair
  • YOUR NEW WEBMASTER Paul Driscoll
  • THE ONE PLACE Kara Dennison
  • MERLIN’S DRAGON Stephen Hatcher
  • A MOST PECULIAR INFECTION Graham Tedesco-Blair
  • THE EMPRESS OF KOLKATA Rachel Redhead
  • THE THIRD KNOCK Kenton Hall
  • MASTER BRIGHTSIDE Gerard Power
  • THE BATTLEMENTS Jon Arnold
  • RE-GENESIS OF THE DALEKS Iain McLaughlin
  • THE GENOAI TANGO Ellen Montgomery
  • THE DEADLY ALLIANCE Nathan Mullins
  • THE SLAVES OF MISSY Gary Mack
  • PEACEMAKER Paul Hiscock
  • A DIPLOMATIC SOLUTION Matthew Kresal
  • NIGHT OF THE GLARING Greg Maughan

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Master Switches - An Interview with Paul Driscoll


The editor of Master Switches, Paul Driscoll, takes us behind the scenes on the making of the collection and gives the inside track on his own story 'Your New Webmaster'.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Based in Leigh, Greater Manchester, I’m the editor of Master Pieces and Master Switches. Alongside running Altrix Books with Kara, I am one of the editors of Obverse Books’ Black Archive range. I’ve written several fiction and non-fiction works for various publishers, many of them set in the Doctor Who universe or one of its spin-off worlds.

Why did you want to organise a follow-up to Master Pieces?

To raise even more funds for The Stroke Association and to give our writers the chance to include the Doctor in a new Master focused story. One of the stipulations of the first collection was that the Doctor was mostly absent. I wanted to read and write stories where the old sparring partners were back in action together, but ones in which the usual rules of engagement were shaken up. I was also conscience that many gifted writers missed out on the chance to pitch for the first book.

How did you decide with Master/Doctor combo to run with?

I waited to see what was left after all the pitches had come in and been selected. While the Masters were well covered, we were short of ideas for Ninth Doctor stories – the one that we had accepted was superb, but sadly the writer had to pull out. I think, continuity-wise, this was one of the least obvious Doctors to pick since his whole persona is largely based on his identity as the last of the Time-Lords. For the Master, the idea of the suave and sophisticated Roger Delgado walking onto the Powell Estate was a hard one to resist.

Can you describe your story in a nutshell?

Jackie Tyler’s search for Rose leads her to the doorstep of Caroline Finch and an unlikely partnership with the grieving widow’s enigmatic therapist, Doctor Magister.

How did you find the writing process?

The story originally centred around Mickey Smith (the clue’s in the title which I haven’t changed), but after recent revelations concerning Noel Clarke, I felt that it would be unwise and insensitive to publish it at this time, which is not meant as a comment on the actor’s guilt or otherwise. The theme of the story just made it impossible to keep in the anthology. So it required a substantial rewrite or a replacement with another story. I didn’t want to lose the story and, hopefully, found a way of making it better than the original by switching Mickey’s role in the story with Jackie. It was a bit of a headache and a moral dilemma, but I think I made the right call. The worst part was losing some good jokes about bins and some social commentary on racism, but writing for Jackie instead was a lovely thing.

What aspect of your story are you most proud of?

Capturing the voices of the key players and the spirit of Doctor Who in 2005. Writing with someone else’s toys always feels like a huge responsibility, and I like to think I’ve done justice to Russell T Davies’ marvellous characters.

Do you have a favourite line from your story?

Not one involving the Master, surprisingly. I think it has to be this little exchange after a scene set in Mickey’s abandoned yellow beetle:

‘You were joking before, weren’t you?’ said Rose, following the Doctor down an alleyway back to the TARDIS.

‘Joking?’

‘About the yellow car?’

‘Bessie? Of course, not.’

‘You had a yellow car and you named it Bessie? Yeah – sure you did, Doctor. Blue is much more your colour.’