Bernice Summerfield's 20th Anniversary

(This post contains a This Time Next Year Game update, for those looking out for such things.)

Still no sign of Spud, who'll be a week overdue on Saturday.  We say let nature take its course.  It's comfy in there, though we keep telling the little one there's more fun to be had out here.  Caroline's now on maternity leave, which seems to mean her playing lots of XCom: Enemy Unknown, while I keep up my word count.

I hope you like the new blog photo.  It was taken by Rob Monk, and the full version will appear as part of a feature in SFX Magazine, to which the image is copyright 2012. 

Monday, the 15th, was the twentieth anniversary of the first appearance of Bernice Summerfield, the Doctor Who companion I created for Virgin's range of Who novels.  Doctor Who Magazine marks the date in its new issue with a lovely piece about her, including contributions by yours truly.  The article mentions the full cast adaptation of Love and War that Big Finish are doing, out this month, and its follow-up, the month after, the celebratory release Many Happy Returns, for which I've written my first new Benny material in ages.  (All proceeds from that one go to Let's Do It For ME, the charity funding research into M.E..)  The latter I'll be blogging about at greater length when it's out.

Meanwhile, Lee Sullivan has found, in his attic, his original painting for the cover of the Love and War novel, and he's put it on ebay. I think there's going to be quite a fight to get hold of that.

I couldn't be more pleased that Bernice has an almost continuous publishing history over the last twenty years. It's really all down to the energy of the community that grew up around her, and the commitment of her small, but beautiful, audience.  (And of course, where would we be these days without Lisa Bowerman?)  Well done the lot of you.

To move on to a few other delightful matters...

Lone Boy is the home for creator-owned works from Hugo Award- winning artist John Picacio, including an upcoming calendar Kickstarter project and a new set of cards for the classic game of Loteria.  Do check out the amazing things my old friend is doing.

And from 29th October to 3rd November, a play that's in the form of what might be called a horror anthology is running at the Leicester Square Theatre in London.  It's called The Halloween Sessions.  The writers include my friends Paul McAuley, Maura McHugh, Kim Newman and Stephen Volk.  It stars Sarah Douglas at the head of a talented cast, and you can book tickets here. There's also a trailer.

I hope we get the chance to go along, but baby might make that difficult.

And finally, here's that update to the status of this blog's year-long prediction game.  Now that the writers for this season of Doctor Who have all been announced, betting on Mark Gatiss and Neil Gaiman has yielded points in question four for: rheitzmann; Michael Lee; CA Young; Matthew Hyde; Soru; Uther Dean; Nick Pheas; Paul F; Ads; James Fairlie and David Bishop.  Which leaves the league table looking like this:

L.M. Myles: 11
Paul F: 11

RHeitzmann: 10
Soru: 10

Fizzle: 9
Liz: 9
Phil Hansen: 9
Uther Dean: 9

B-Guymer: 8
Matthew Hyde: 8
Michael Lee: 8

C.A. Young: 7
David Bishop: 7
Nick Pheas: 7
Penny Heal and Jason Stevens: 7
Tom: 7

Dean Hazell: 6
PSmithsonian: 6

Jennifer Kelley: 5
Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: 5

Ads: 4
James Fairlie: 4

Kendersule: 3
N.J.: 3
Run Iago: 3

Adam Short: 2
L.L.: 2

There's all still to play for.  And you're all doing very well.  Wish us luck with Spud, and until next time, Cheerio!

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