November Update with Tim 'Dung Beetle' Gayda
The nights are drawing in, the DVD boxed sets are coming out and there’s a smell of gunpowder in the air – yes, November is here and we Anthology writers have a reason to set off some fireworks of our own too!
It’s hard to believe that the Elite: Dangerous Kickstarter began its campaign a year ago on the 5th of November. At the time we were all just excited at the possibility of a new Elite game after all these years of waiting. After we all recovered from the unbearable tension and frantic excitement of Frontier’s Kickstarter success for Elite: Dangerous - along with many other satellite projects including our own - we’re all now working at lightspeed towards the release of Elite: Dangerous to get our stories out there to you, our backers, and we really appreciate your continued support - we wouldn't have got this far without you!
A Fantastic Opportunity:
As you might have already read on our official website’s blog, the Anthology has been signed by publisher Fantastic Books! This means that Tales from the Frontier will be published not only in e-book and paperback formats but will also include a limited number of paperback boxed sets, with the possibility of special edition hardbacks and a series of audiobooks in the future too. As you can imagine, we’re really thrilled to be part of Fantastic’s Elite portfolio and we’re unable to contain this exciting news any longer, so spread the word to everyone you know!
We’ll be joining all the other illustrious writers signed by Fantastic Books such as John Harper, Allen Stroud and Drew Wagar. We feel very privileged to be part of such a talented group of writers, so make sure you check out the full blog post on Fantastic’s website where Daniel and Gabi share all the details, along with info about their audiobook project which needs as much support as possible for a safe and smooth launch.
Fifteen Authors to Write Them All:
We’re very excited to announce that we have a new author on the team! We’d like to extend a warm welcome to Chris Jarvis, who is well known for being one of the co-hosts on Lave radio, where he regularly engages in lively banter about all things Elite with fellow hosts Allen Stroud, Chris “Fozza” Forrester and John Stabler. With his extensive knowledge of the Elite universe and writing know-how, Chris has joined us to pen the rather intriguingly titled: “Children of Zeus”, which has already been approved by Frontier. Details of Chris’ story are coming soon to the Anthology website, alongside information of how Chris first discovered the joys of Elite. Keep an eye on our website for the latest news and details of this exciting new story!
Chris is also the writer/producer of Elite audio drama “Escape Velocity”, which is just starting its second series! If you haven’t checked out Lave Radio’s “Escape Velocity” serial drama yet, then you can listen to it here, which has a very handy Series One catch-up too.
Anthology Stories Progress:
With so much going off, it’s easy to forget what the Anthology is all about: the stories! Although we’ve been signed by Fantastic Books, we’re not taking a break from writing to nurse an epic hangover due to consuming copious amounts of Lavian Brandy, oh no. All the writers have been flown aboard a luxury ship owned by Fantastic Books to a secret location outside the solar system in order to get their stories finished without any distractions.
In short, the editing process has begun in full swing, with four of the stories already submitted to Fantastic Books’ editorial department for the first round of “editorial tennis” as their CEO Dan Grubb so aptly puts it. This is the beginning of a lengthy process to ensure all the stories are kept up to the highest written standards. A few of the writers are finishing off their first drafts for the internal critiquing process, with the rest prepped for lift-off to Fantastic’s editors before the end of November. The artists are also choosing which stories they’d like to illustrate for and all the pictures will be printed in high quality black and white. We’re confident that you will be impressed with their astronomical brilliance when they are finally published alongside the stories in a few months time.
New “Comms from the Frontier" Transmissions:
We’ve also been very busy recording new podcast broadcasts and our “Comms from the Frontier” is now available for download on the iTunes Library for your listening pleasure - how cool is that? Podcast guests include our Anthology writers, as well as other special guests you'll know from the community. The podcasts discuss many topics, including classic Elite fiction, from the Dark Wheel to fan written stories, and how they will inform future Elite fiction and the mythology for the new Elite: Dangerous game.
You can now also listen to our fourth podcast where Darren Grey, Tim Gayda and Chris Jarvis discuss how Elite has engaged peoples’ imaginations over the years and inspired some to write fan-fiction based in its universe. They also discuss how the imagination plays a role in the creative process, and how Elite’s rich heritage will be reflected in their stories.
You can listen to these episodes and previous podcasts now at: http://www.elite-anthology.co.uk/podcasts
The EliteMeet Convention and Interviews:
Our roving reporter Darren Grey was let out of the writing factory for a few hours to report on the EliteMeet Convention on the 2nd of November in Manchester. You can listen to his findings in an upcoming “Comms from the Frontier” transmission where he’ll be discussing Elite: Dangerous, writing, books and anything else you can think of with fellow writers, backers and Elite fans alike.
Also, don’t forget to check out upcoming interviews of all the Elite writers on the awesome gaming site Hookedgamers.com by Marko Susimetsä, where the latest writers to discuss Elite and the writing process are Ulla Susimetsä, Allen Farr and Tim Gayda. You can read them here.
Although most would call this month "November", some people have now taken to calling it "Movember". Many Commanders are taking part in this event by making the brave decision to abstain from shaving throughout "Movember" to grow the most extravagant moustache imaginable. As well as being a lot of fun, this charitable event is designed to raise awareness regarding male health issues such as Prostate and Testicular cancer. It's a worthy cause, and you can find more details about joining in and donations here.
Stay Informed Commanders:
And finally, fellow Anthology writer Rose Thurlbeck has been tweeting like crazy over our Twitter Feed these past few months and will be doing so for many more to come, so for all you Commanders out there who like to keep up-to-date, don’t forget to check us out on Twitter @eliteanthology, our rapidly growing blog on the Anthology website, Facebook and the GNN service. For all the latest #EliteDangerous news and gossip as it happens... And remember: you heard it here first Commanders!