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Short Trips: Steel Skies by John Binns
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Short Trips: Steel Skies

by John Binns

Other authors: Peter Anghelides (Contributor), Jonathan Blum (Contributor), Graeme Burk (Contributor), Jeremy Daw (Contributor), Matthew Griffiths (Contributor)10 more, Simon Guerrier (Contributor), Paul Leonard (Contributor), Rebecca Levene (Contributor), Kate Orman (Contributor), Lance Parkin (Contributor), Marc Platt (Contributor), Richard Salter (Contributor), Cavan Scott (Contributor), Huw Wilkins (Contributor), Mark Wright (Contributor)

Series: Doctor Who (Short Trips), Doctor Who: Short Trips (5)

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Doctor Who Short Trips is a series of themed short story anthologies of new Doctor Who fiction, featuring the Doctor in all of his first eight incarnations. They feature stories written by some of the leading names in Doctor Who, past and present, including Paul Cornell, Gareth Roberts, Christopher H. Bidmead, and Paul Magrs. Steel Skies is a collection of stories based in enclosed and artificial environments--places constructed to keep the dangers of the universe outside, perhaps, or to keep their inhabitants locked in. It is divided into four sections, each exploring a different type or place of confinement: flight, futuristic frontiers, incarceration, and isolation.… (more)

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The theme of this book is explorations of closed environments, and how the Doctor's arrival might change them (or not). I couldn't help but think that the steel sky as a concept is closely related to the TV studio where the programme is actually made. Anyway, the book is divided into four sections each exploring different aspects of this idea; each of the four had a standout story for me, to wit:

1) "A Good Life", by Simon Guerrier, where neither the villagers nor their apparent imprisonment turn out to be exactly what the Eightht Doctor and Charley expect;
2) "No Exit" by Kate Orman, where a group of colonists have had their reproductive freedom brutally restricted, but what can the Fifth Doctor, Nyssa and Tegan do about it?
3) "Doing Time", by Lance Parkin, where convicted prisoners end up worse off than before despite/because of the Fourth Doctor and (first?) Romana;
4) "Cold War", by my old friend Rebecca Levene, where a participant the human/Silurian conflict undergoes agonising twists of perception witnessed by the Seventh Doctor, Ace and Bernice Summerfield.

No particular turkeys either, I'm glad to report. ( )
  nwhyte | Apr 17, 2016 |
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Burk, GraemeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Daw, JeremyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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