Eden By Annihilation, a full-length novel starring the Sixth Doctor, receives a 2022 reissue! Taking advantage of many new benefits and abilities not available during the novel's initial release. Including a variety of new bonus features and a special audio performance from Brian Corrigan as the Sixth Doctor!
Available now from Anthologies and Novels!
"Success at Divergent Wordsmiths is measured by the completion of our projects. No more, no less. We set ourselves an objective, work towards it and, in the end, achieve what we set out to accomplish. I'm delighted to say (with some degree of bias) that each release keeps getting better and better.
Since 2018, we have succeeded in more than sixteen instances across short stories, fan theories, analyses and novels. The Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2 symbolises a milestone in Divergent Wordsmiths' development as August 2022 will mark five years of the community's contributions and publications. A year that will informally last until August 2023 and one, I hope, that we'll be able to celebrate with full measure.
2023 will also mark a rather important event for Doctor Who itself. Sixty years of travelling in Time and Space, since its first airing in November 1963, and one that we intend to honour as readily as our own. However, in order to do so -- in such an uncertain age as ours, presently -- 2022 will be a markedly quieter year for external submissions. This has been due to a series of real-world false starts, many due to the requirements of quarantining coronavirus outbreaks, that have prevented allocation of the time and resources necessary to ensure our standard of a high-quality release.
Does that mean, though, that Divergent Wordsmiths is on hiatus? Well... No, actually. Instead, we'll be operating with a much wider timeframe for conception, which will allow for the development of more comprehensive and engaging ideas for the 2023 submissions. We already have a premise and a potential framework. You will hear more details on this project as details are proposed, discussed and, ultimately, confirmed.
2022 will also be used for the development of a novel project (in both senses of the word) that will hopefully see release sooner, rather than later. The details of which will be released closer to its date of publication. As part of that process, Eden By Annihilation will receive a Second Edition upgrade that will take advantage of new features not available for its original 2020 publication. That may seem vague, I know, but this initial secrecy will be worthwhile. It's an idea that hasn't been done in quite this way before.
Until then, enjoy our content, keep reading and writing, both, and we'll have more for you later, Wordsmiths!"
Publisher and Chief Editor at Divergent Wordsmiths
THE PAUL SPRAGG ReCOLLECTIONS ANTHOLOGY: VOLUME 2
FASHION VICTIM – “Something has breached the safety of the TARDIS. Eroded her power and bent its systems to its will. It's intent? To destroy the Eleventh Doctor. Without mercy and without hesitation. And the Doctor is alone—well, almost alone...”
KERENSA'S SURPRISING LAGOMORPHS – “The Sixth Doctor and Melanie Bush are faced with a puzzle in Time. One that will annihilate an entire family unless stopped. They have seen the effects, but not its cause. Do young Kerensa and her unusual pets hold the way out...?”
THE REGENERATION DILEMMA – “There is a terror stalking the streets of Trusis. A Code: Gamma priority threat. However, the Fifth Doctor and Nyssa of Traken have met monsters before. This time, it's not quite so simple. Are the people of Trusis ready for the truth...?”
THE DINNER CRASHER -- “Sarenzi Akenaku is mere hours away from her ultimate triumph. She has planned her ascension to the smallest detail. Soon, she will be Empress, should this dinner party goes right. All that stands in her way is the Fourth Doctor...”
THE SIN EATERS – “In one of the darkest moments of his life, Alexander Hamilton is offered the opportunity to wipe away his sins. The temptation seems so rich, how can he refuse? So, why is the Ninth Doctor so determined to keep Hamilton from absolution?”
GIRL OUT OF NOWHERE – “On a cold Christmas, 2017, Kevin receives a visit in the sleepy Cardiff night. That doesn't seem quite right. Her name is Nyssa of Traken. She appears, as if from nowhere. Nyssa needs to find the Fifth Doctor... But, well, her friend is who knows where?"
THE SINGING PLANET – “The Sixth Doctor and his new friend, Margaret, think there's something odd about this latest performance on Cantabile. Virtuosa of the Maestri has given it her all and her audience are beguiled. It has all the makings of a farewell performance, but a farewell to who...?”
NIXED – [The circumstances surrounding the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith's presence at the Nixed Corporation have been sealed from public access. We thank you for your cooperation.]
FOUND BUT FORGOTTEN -- “The past stays with the Twelfth Doctor. However much he would like to leave it behind, it returns. Like a haunting, and it returns with a face. That of Donna Noble, a once dear friend. Now, gone. But, perhaps, the past has other plans for them...”
TOWER BLOCKED – “It should have been a routine visit to the Powell Estate. A quiet night away from the perils of the Universe. For the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler, however, their troubles never end. Isolated. Confined. Imprisoned. They must find a way to break free.”
DAUGHTER OF THE AMAZON – “Jo Grant's time in the Amazon has never been dull. However, she never expected the Third Doctor to return into her life so soon. Things can't be as they were, but there's no time to explain. The Doctor discovers a remarkable people are being stolen...”
THE ONCE AND FUTURE CRISIS – “The Second Doctor, Jamie McCrimmon and Victoria Waterfield are in a bit of a bind. It's the 1940s in an American military base and a routine trip to visit friends has gone terribly awry. Their only hope is Doc Holliday of D.C. – the First Doctor and Dodo Chaplet.”
"THE ALCHEMISTS OF FEAR" - AN EXCERPT
By Alan Camlann
If the first of the travellers had stretched his arms wide, his body would have fit roughly five of himself across, between each wall, and eight directly up. There was no ceiling. Only a slope arcing outwards to accommodate the level above. A tang of static electricity salted the air.
Quickly, the Doctor could see why.
His Ship, the TARDIS, had chosen to land among an undergrowth of aerials and antennae that nestled shoulder-to-shoulder. Lifelines of power trailing to nearby electronics stores and maisonettes. He was unconcerned. The tensile strength of the cables looked sturdy enough to withstand a nudging from the old girl. In fact, so confident was he in the theory, he tested it by jumping on the nearest cable. A tightrope walker. His sky-blue umbrella was used as a baton for balancing.
He was soon joined by two others.
The first was a young American botanist called Perpugilliam Brown—Peri to her friends. The second, a whifferdill detective who led his life before the TARDIS as Avan Tarklu. Better known on his travels as Frobisher.
Peri untucked a sock from her denim jeans and rearranged the collar on her black-chequed blouse. Frobisher flipped up the collar on his grey mackintosh, experimenting with the damp concrete beneath his webbed penguin feet.
“Cool, but—eh—not unpleasantly so…” Frobisher approached the calico funambulist. “What’d you say this place was called again, Doc?”
“Mandusus Chi, Frobisher.” He leapt from one foot to the other keeping perfect balance. “Hah! Triumph!” He chuckled to himself. “A satellite in the constellation of Mandusus.”
“Ah, yes, Europe, the capital city of Europe.” Peri hadn’t lost any of her sarcasm in the journey.
“Which came first?” Frobisher wondered.
“No one’s quite sure.” The Doctor tilted the umbrella from side-to-side. “The prevalent theory at the moment is that it has become the latest victim of universalisation, but it’s equally possible that the name was chosen to honour its newly christened flightpath. Only eighty-years-old now… This constellation and I have something of a history, so I thought I’d drop in again and get my bearings.”
“This place have any other names?” Peri inquired. “Y’know, for simplicity’s sake?”
“The--whoo-op…” The rover wobbled on one leg. “Ah. The slowship itself, Peri, was originally commissioned under the name, MRS-7 Ostrea.”
She bit her lip, eyes searching. “Ostrea… Why does that sound familiar?”
“Good hunting of Tellurian sea otters…” the Doctor pursed his lips, “and daring avians wishing to try something beyond their ‘humdrum synthesised treehouse’, as one put it…”
“Still sore about that, is she?” Frobisher glanced at the TARDIS. “I did apologise. More than once. For that and the Mars Bar incident.”
Peri curled an eyebrow at him.
“Incidents…” The final consonant hissed from his beak as an afterthought.
“Let’s just say…” the Doctor clicked his tongue, placing a hand on the whifferdill’s shoulder, still balancing. “We’ll be trying takeaway for a while, just to be safe.”
Peri frowned. “Wait, ostrea… You’re not talking about the caramelised clams are you?”
“‘Fresh from the Renogolian seas’,” the three quoted in unison.
“Hey, they were good!” protested Frobisher. “Rare time you ever let me near a stove.”
“Stomach cramps for days…” Peri stuck her tongue out and mock shivered. “In all seriousness, though, never again. Neither one of you are allowed in the galley again.”
“A small conflagration of little importance,” the Doctor waved a hand.
Frobisher shook his head, a smile to his voice. “So, why name the place after a sand gaper, Doc?”
“Observe…” The Doctor deployed his umbrella on a gentle arc skywards. A lecturer with a pointing stick. Little droplets of rain caused the blue pigment of its canopy to shift and alter to green ultraviolet trails. A pretty enough novelty on its own, but one far eclipsed by the main event.
At that moment, dawn arrived. Self-conscious and shy, at first. Not from east, nor west on any horizon line, but from a horizon point. A torchlight glow, slowly approaching closer behind the Doctor’s umbrella. The geometry, alien to the expectations of planetgoers, left Peri and Frobisher rather giddy.
Peri shook her fringe from her eyes and peered up as hard as she dared.
“Mirrors…” Frobisher heard her mutter, then more confidently, “Hey, they’re mirrors!”
Starlight, not too far from Mandusus Chi’s current position, struck at the centre of what was shaping out to be a massive array of reflective petals held parallel to the dome’s Skyframe. Tessera upon tessera building into a complete mosaic that captured the pure corona of an unfiltered star.
“A complex panoply of photovoltaic reflectors,” the Doctor clarified, “implemented via computer control to detect and, well… You can explain it, can’t you, Peri?”
The glow spread across micrometeorite pocks, solar wind shear and the lasting wounds of other voyaging phenomena to encompass a mudcrack sky. Thin lines of shuttlecraft and freighters trickling like zarbi across a microwave dish. All pretence of unbroken unity shattered by centuries of wear, but still as vibrant and beautiful a spectacle as it had likely been before its metaphorical wrinkles.
Peri looked quizzical. “I can?”
“Artificial chloroplasts.” He spun a hand. “Away you go.”
“Oh,” she smiled. “The chloroplasts absorb sunlight and generate a pigment or whatever its manmade equivalent is here to create its own variant of chlorophyll. Those mirrors, in this case.”
“Or chevalium. A similar mirror-like element,” clarified the Doctor.
“Collecting solar radiation to power the slowship.”
“And the remaindered energy is siphoned for transmission in low-grade sunlight to provide a natural day-night cycle to its inhabitants. Much like what’s done aboard the TARDIS.”
Frobisher was still entranced by its glow. “What’s the name of this local star?”
“It’s 8187, so… The systemless sun of Savapandit. Expected to be a passive source of power for the next half-century, at least, after passing from the solar embrace of Eruditanik as determined by Flight Control.”
“Flight Control?” Peri inquired.
“Mandusus Chi’s local Government,” clarified the Doctor. “Well, I say Government… It’s an age of corporativism now, really.”
“The big open secret.” Frobisher hummed at the dome. “Bright old ball of solar light up there.”
“And will hopefully remain so for quite a time yet. Now…” The traveller rubbed his hands together, hopping down from the aerial cable with wilful abandon. “I’ve always wanted to visit Mandusus Chi, but now that we’ve shored, I find myself at an unusual loss for specifics.”
“You, the walking wordfinder?” japed the penguin.
“It has been known, Frobisher,” he smirked.
The whifferdill’s foot scuffed the remains of a poster left sodden in a puddle of coolant.
“How about, ‘Get fit, get healthy’…?” he read.
“Healthy? Healthy?” The thought gathered momentum in the Doctor’s psyche, as he pulled at the Ship’s door. “Well… I suppose a stroll wouldn’t do us any harm.”
Peri buttoned her jacket. “Is the TARDIS going to be alright here?”
“Circumspect enough for our purposes.” He gave one of the smaller antennae a waggle altering its buzzing frequency into a dragonfly shiver. “I doubt anyone will notice her among the bric-a-brac. Perhaps they’ll start counting electric sheep…?”
His eyes twinkled with wicked mischief before he led his party into the wider streets.
And that's a wrap for 2021. Thank you, sincerely, to our... *checks notes* Whoa, 300(ish)+ followers across social media.
It's been a rough year, but also one of considerable joy. Thank you, all, for your continued support of this wonderful community and for being a part of Divergent Wordsmiths's journey.
Happy New Year's Eve, all!
By AFJ Kernow and Alan Camlann
Merry Christmas from us at Divergent Wordsmiths!
Have you opened your Christmas present? Our gift under the tree, from us to you. A full-length, free short story!
Artwork by Jay Smith
"Two parties separated across Time. Fellow travellers at their lowest and highest. Their common link? The Doctor. But all is not well this Christmas at UNIT..."
Starring the exiled Third Doctor and the forces of UNIT with Sarah Jane Smith of Bannerman Road and an array of companions from throughout Time!
Congratulations to Joe Vevers! The Paul Spragg competition winner for 2021. With the announcement, we invite our Wordsmiths to check out The Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 1!
Artwork by Caroline Tankersley
Did you know that you can listen to Eden By Annihilation with music? Rare soundtracks selected from Doctor Who composer, Peter Howell! Check out the back of the novel for more!
EDEN BY ANNIHILATION
On the edge of space lies Natasia Tor, a sargasso of dead spacecraft, through which members of the Affiliation of Outer Free Worlds and the Tyrikan Resurgence are forbidden to travel.
When the TARDIS materialises in the eighty-second century, the Doctor, Peri and Frobisher discover the region to be far from unoccupied. At the heart of the mausoleum in space, something vast and terrible has begun to wake.
Who are the Vaisyan Lonewatch and their opponents? What links the mysterious object with a planet known as Trailblazer Prime?
And can the Doctor and his friends escape a violent and bloody fate from a war set to ignite the Galaxy?
As of November's end, we can happily report that we are well and truly on our way with the editing of the Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2.
In fact, on our twelve stories, we're over halfway there!
As editing continues, we're delighted to announce the alphabetised list of stories for the upcoming Paul Spragg ReCollections: Volume 2!
Featuring a wide plethora of familiar faces in Space and Time from all across Doctor Who!
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