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About Time 8 print, About Time 6 ebook on sale now

Today is the formal release day of About Time 8, the next installment of the seminal Doctor Who work from Tat Wood and Dorothy Ail. This volume covers Series 3, “Voyage of the Damned,” “Time Crash” and “The Infinite Quest.”

The digital version of About Time 8 is being worked upon, and should go on sale this week. Meanwhile, a digital version of About Time 6 is now available on Kindle, and will soon be available on Kobo, Nook and iTunes.

Running 2 ebook out today; About Time 8 slated for November

The Running Through Corridors 2 ebook, containing Toby Hadoke and Rob Shearman‘s journals of watching 1970s Doctor Who, is now on sale. The Kindle version is available, and the Nook, Kobo and iTunes versions will quickly follow.

Additionally, the latest in the About Time series — Volume 8, covering Series 3, Voyage of the Damned and The Infinite Quest — is up for preorder on mainstream booksellers, with a release date of November 7th. This volume retails for $24.95.

Correction to DemiCon bio by Lars Pearson

As requested, I have asked DemiCon to correct my Guest of Honor bio to read that I was Editor-in-Chief of the Chicks Dig… series. I apologize that the original wording caused some concern and offense.

I am both the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief at Mad Norwegian, a small press with a handful of staff. A large part of what I do would come under the banner of “editor” at a larger publisher.

That said, I did not intend to take credit away from any of the hard-working, diligent editors and contributors I’ve worked with over the years. I take great pride in the Hugo nominations Mad Norwegian books have garnered over the years, and particularly that editors Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O’Shea won for Chicks Dig Time Lords. The work was theirs, the credit is theirs (and those who contributed articles), that’s what it says in the book itself, and I never intended to imply otherwise. I’ll do what I can to correct the record.

I would ask people to look at our titles, look at how Chicks Dig Time Lords was singled out by the Sad Puppies as part of their crusade against Social Justice Warriors in science fiction, and I hope you’ll acknowledge that Mad Norwegian is, on the whole, on the side of the angels.

Unhistory (digital Ahistory supplement) out today!

Mad Norwegian Press is pleased to announce the release of the digital-only Unhistory: Apocryphal Stories Too Strange for Even Ahistory: An Unauthorized History of the Doctor Who Universe. The book is currently available on Kindle, and will soon appear on Nook, Kobo and iTunes.

This supplement is a cornucopia of nearly 500 Doctor Who-related stories that have been deemed apocrypha, so represent some bizarre (but so often delightful) side-deviation from the Whoniverse. Highlights include the pre-Doctor Who Magazine comics (1964-1979); the 1960s and 1970s Dalek-related books; the World Distributors Doctor Who annuals and more.

Also included: new essays on topics including the Daleks’ static electricity phase, the Doctor’s cottage years, and how there’s something quite different about the Doctor portrayed by a much-older Tom Baker.

At this time, there are no plans to fold the stories in this supplement into future print or digital versions of Ahistory.

Running Through Corridors 2, Space Helmet for a Cow 2 released today

Today is the official release day of Running Through Corridors 2: Rob and Toby’s Marathon Watch of Doctor Who (The 70s) by Toby Hadoke and Robert Shearman, and Space Helmet for a Cow 2: The Mad, True Story of Doctor Who (1990-2013) by Paul Kirkley.

The books are, broadly speaking, now available through retailers including Forbidden Planet, the Book Depository, Amazon US and more, although some delay in shipment of Running 2 has been reported by Amazon UK.

The ebook of Space Helmet for a Cow 2 is now available; the ebook of Running 2 will go on sale in May 2017.

Mad Norwegian thanks everyone involved in the production of these books, and to our readers for their support. We couldn’t do it without you.




Onion AV Club Spotlights Faction Paradox: The Book of the War

The renowned pop culture website The AV Club, a non-satirical offshoot of The Onion, spotlighted Mad Norwegian’s Faction Paradox: The Book of the War on April 2nd in its Staff Picks section.

AV Club writer William Hughes (who by his own admission doesn’t find Doctor Who to be his cup of tea) writes: “[The Book of the War] offers little in the way of conclusions (it’s meant as an introduction to the wider Faction Paradox universe), that just makes the breadcrumbs even more alluring, offering up a sense of wonder, and weird, brilliant cleverness that a million sonic screwdrivers or references to fezzes couldn’t match.”

To read the full article (as well as other Staff Picks including vegan bags), go here:

The Book of the War is currently out of print, and no digital version has been produced.

Running Through Corridors 2, Space Helmet 2 slated for December

Mad Norwegian Press is pleased to announce the forthcoming release of two new Doctor Who books… the long-awaited Running Through Corridors 2 by Toby Hadoke and Robert Shearman (with a Foreword by Louise Jameson), and Space Helmet for a Cow 2 by Paul Kirkley.

Both books will be officially released on December 6, 2016, with advance copies available at Chicago TARDIS in late November. The ebook of Space Helmet 2 will also be available on December 6; the ebook of Running Through Corridors 2 will go on sale six months later, in May 2017.

Running Through Corridors is the diary of Toby Hadoke and Robert Shearman’s heroic, madcap rewatch of Doctor Who (the two of them barrelled through the whole series in 2009, culminating in David Tennant’s departure on New Year’s Day). This second volume covers the whole of the 1970s: all five years of Jon Pertwee’s tenure, and the first six seasons featuring Tom Baker as the Doctor.

Space Helmet for a Cow is the behind-the-scenes story of Doctor Who, as written by journalist Paul Kirkley. The second volume covers the entirety of the Wilderness Years, the debut of the TV Movie starring Paul McGann, the inception of the new series starring Christopher Eccleston, and on through to Matt Smith’s swan song in 2013.

Running Through Corridors 2 will be 400 pages, and retail in print for $29.95. Space Helmet for a Cow 2 will be 304 pages, and retail in print for $19.95.

Wired cites Chicks Dig Time Lords among “books that caused a culture war”

Wired magazine has numbered Mad Norwegian’s Chicks Dig Time Lords among the books that caused a culture war, owing to the backlash it prompted from the Rabid Puppies movement. In the Wired piece, Chicks Dig Time Lords is seen alongside “If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love” by Rachel Swirsky (Apex Magazine), Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and other The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin and other works that raised the Puppies’ ire. Chicks Dig Time Lords was released in 2010, and won the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Related Work.

Chicks Dig Gaming nominated for ENnie Award

Mad Norwegian Press is pleased to announce that Chicks Dig Gaming has been nominated for a 2015 ENnie Award. The ENnies are a fan-driven award given out for excellence in gaming, with the winners to be announced at Gen Con in Indianapolis.

Voting for the ENnies will be held online from July 4th to July 14th. No membership or dues are required to cast a vote.

Mad Norwegian extends thanks for the nomination; it is a great honor to be considered for the award.


Mad Norwegian Press Thanks Sad Puppies for Reminder That There’s Still Work to be Done

Lars Pearson, publisher and editor-in-chief of Mad Norwegian Press, comments:

“If there’s any upside to the Sad Puppies successfully dominating the 2015 Hugo Awards nominations, it’s this: it’s a signal flare that so many of us still have a lot of work to do in the world.

“In microcosm, this goes to what I’ve long said about extreme conservatives – so many of their beliefs are repellent, but I greatly admire their discipline, their ability to focus on a task with laser-like intensity. Along those lines, I don’t like the suggestion that the Puppies ‘gamed the system’, which suggests they changed the rules to their advantage. Instead, they amassed enough votes to win, and if progressives don’t like that, they damn well better stand up and do the same – even if this time around, it means voting No Award for the 2015 Hugos.

“As a side note, I was actually emboldened to read that one of the Puppies’ ringleaders, Larry Correia, went out of his way to cite our Chicks Dig… books, as well as Queers Dig Time Lords, as representative of the pitiful state of your typical Hugo nominee / winner these days. In all seriousness, and without sarcasm, it’s heartening to hear that someone who so heavily abuses the term ‘Social Justice Warriors’ holds a special dislike for our efforts to give women and LGBTQ people a greater voice in the world, as it means we’re doing something right. Correia’s rebuke, in fact, was a sort of fan mail that I’m almost tempted to frame and hang in my office.

“With so many things in life, there’s a temptation to coast on your progress – to find signs of improvement so encouraging, you stop running at top speed toward your goals. The Puppies’ power grab is a clarion call to anyone of opinion that the inclusion of women, LGBTQ folks and minorities in all levels of fandom – all levels of society, in fact – is a good thing, and we need to rise to that challenge.”

Mad Norwegian Press won the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Related Work for Chicks Dig Time Lords, and received Hugo nominations for Chicks Unravel Time (2013), Chicks Dig Comics (2013) and Queers Dig Time Lords (2014).