On May 8, 2014 fans of Big Finish Productions received the shocking news that Paul Spragg, the person who worked in the production office had suddenly passed away (For those not familiar with Big Finish, they have produced thousands of audio dramas for Doctor Who, Torchwood, etc.) He would often keep in touch with writers who wished to write for Big Finish, so script editor and producer, Ian Atkins came up with the idea for a writing contest, which would give writers who had never written a story for Big Finish before the opportunity, in his memory. That became known as the Paul Spragg Memorial Short Trips.
In June 2018, I entered their writing contest, with what would later inspire my short story titled Suponae. It is one of eleven stories you’ll find featured in an upcoming fantasy/science fiction anthology titled Unknown Realms: A Fiction Atlas-Press Anthology coming out October 28th. Initially, I submitted a short story that was about the 11th Doctor from Doctor Who before he had decided to become a monk. He goes into a pub in medieval London and comes across the wench incarnation of Clara Oswald. Unfortunately, the story wasn’t selected, so I went back to the drawing board.
Instead, I started thinking about the concept of writing a short story collection, as my publisher desires a standalone book from me at the moment, versus a novel for a series. So, I thought, what would that short story collection ideally be?
And, that’s how this story came about. It’s kind of like what would happen if Doctor Who, starring the 11th Doctor, met Captain Janeway from Star Trek Voyager: A stranger has infiltrated the Starship Telsar. Just as Captain Talia is about to find out who he is the ship’s security officer summons her to the bridge. The ship has intercepted a tetryon wave. Unable to avoid contact, the entire crew, except the captain and the stranger, vanishes. Captain Talia discovers the stranger is the caretaker, the protector of the universe, and he has the answers on how to get them back.