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An officially licenced collection of fifteen fully illustrated short stories set in the Elite: Dangerous universe, in E-Book, Paperback, Hardcover and Audio formats, published by Fantastic Books.
An officially licenced collection of fifteen fully illustrated short stories set in the Elite: Dangerous universe, in E-Book, Paperback, Hardcover and Audio formats, published by Fantastic Books.
359 backers pledged £5,686 to help bring this project to life.

Double Celebrations

Posted by Chris Booker (Creator)

We're funded!  Well done to all and thank you, not just for the anthology but for Elite: Dangerous too.

I came across the original Elite back in the 48k spectrum days when I was no more than about 7 or 8 years old.  I was aware that it was nothing like anything I'd seen before, but I wasn't allowed to play - my Dad said it was a grown up game and I wouldn't get it! Pffft.

I'm pretty sure I played it anyway - not sure how far I got, but I know for sure that I played the hell out of Elite+ on the Atari ST in later years, and then got Frontier Elite 2 on release day - I don't remember if I had it on the Amiga 500 or the PC, it was a long time ago and I've had a sleep since. 

After First Encounters - in around 1998, there was talk of a Elite IV, it had a release date of 2002.  I waited and that day came and went.  I kept watching for news, occasionally hearing new things and reading every David Braben interview I could find online - they'd always ask about Elite at the start, and Elite 4 at the end.  The answer was always the same - "We want to make the game, we're working on some things, we'll get to it very soon".

"Soon" is now.

I've waited for a few games in my time - not many; Planetside 2 (a measly 4 or 5 year wait since the rumours began), Empire: Total War (Since 'Rome' came out, and I was watching 'Sharpe' on TV at the time) to name some recent ones - but never have I waited for as long as this or wanted a particular game so much.

I am so pleased that this game is now going to made, that in a moment of madness I appear to have come up with the idea of putting together a book of short stories - but by backing it, you're placing your belief and trust in myself and the other authors and contributors, for which we thank you most sincerely.

As a reward for your belief, we are going to write a great book while we all wait for a great game together.

Happy "Elite Day", everyone!

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    1. deusx_ophc on

      wonderfull stuff chris, really inspired. and congratulations on funding. looking forward to the anthologies

    2. izzy on

      Congratulations again and Happy Elite day :-)