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9/28/2003 03:16:00 am - Reported by Shaun Lyon

September 28, 2003  •  Posted By Shaun Lyon
Big Finish has released several new cover illustrations for its forthcoming fall releases. At bottom left is the cover illustration for Zagreus, the 40th anniversary three-CD set starring Paul McGann, Sylvester McCoy, Colin Baker and Peter Davison and a host of other Doctor Who performers. Next is the cover illustration for Exile, the final Unboundserial starring Arabella Weir as the Doctor. The "Zagreus" cover art is duplicated on the Doctor Who: The Inside Story hardcover book release featuring an inside look at the making of all of the Doctor Who audios; and finally, the cover for the next Short Trips short fiction anthology, Short Trips 5: Steel Skies, for which the cover blurb is available below. Click each thumbnail for a larger version.

SHORT TRIPS 5: STEEL SKIES edited by John Binns

There are many places that most of us can never see: places that are sheltered, locked away, cordoned off from the outside world. But to the Doctor, and those who travel with him in his TARDIS, there is no such thing as a locked door. Anywhere in space and time is open to them to visit even if sometimes it might be better to leave such places well alone.
     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 kind of confinement:
     Section One, Flight, comprises four tales of travellers who left their homes for far-away destinations to explore, to start a new life, or to fight for the survival of their species.
     Section Two, Frontiers, explores the corridors, living quarters and ventilation shafts of four futuristic environments designed to shelter men, women and children from harsh natural forces, or from the threat of nuclear war.
     Section Three, Incarceration, tells four stories of punishment and imprisonment, from San Francisco?s infamous Alcatraz, to the cage of a flightless angel in the dilapidated ruins of Heaven.
     Section Four, Isolation, deals with the loneliness and despair of being cut off from the world outside, by physical or mental incapacity, by the ravages of war, or caught between destinations aboard the TARDIS itself.
     A recurring theme in all four sections is the effect of the Doctor's arrival in these enclosed environments sometimes positive, sometimes less so.
     Featuring "Corridors of Power" by Matthew Griffiths, "A Good Life" by Simon Guerrier, "Reversal of Fortune" by Graeme Burk, "Monitor" by Huw Wilkins, "Dust" by Paul Leonard, "Light at the End of the Tunnel" by Mark Wright, "No Exit" by Kate Orman, "House" by Jeremy Daw, "Deep Stretch" by Richard Salter, "Inmate 280" by Cavan Scott, "Doing Time" by Lance Parkin, "The Ruins of Heaven" by Marc Platt, "Cold War" by Rebecca Levene, "Oh, Darkness" by John Binns, "Greenaway" by Peter Anghelides, and "Eternity" by Jonathan Blum.