Dan Grubb explains why he took on the Anthology
By Daniel Grubb
When I first ventured into the world of Elite it was as an observer, watching my elder brother despatch pirates and skilfully match the rotation of those epic space stations. I was only 7.
Fast forward 30 years and, no longer just an observer, I find myself publishing the largest collection of Elite tie-in fiction of any publisher and I couldn't be happier!
The Elite: Tales From The Frontier anthology was brought to my attention by Chris Jarvis, audio actor, scriptwriter and sound engineering Jedi. I worked with Chris to build the Fantastic Books Audio studio and during the build discussed many of his projects including Escape Velocity, Lave Radio, the Radio Theatre Workshop and, of course, his story in the anthology 'Children of Zeus'.
The passion and commitment to the project (which went as far as literal blood, sweat and tears of laughter) cemented my resolve to get these books out there and to make them as Fantastic as they can be.
Allen Stroud kindly gave us (and continues to give us) seemingly unending resources of time, advice, guidance and much needed encouragement, showing his determination to get the job done and done right.
Chris Booker, the organiser of the anthology, wrote a very touching note which is at the start of the anthology, I urge you all to read it.
With 15 authors in the anthology, it's hard for me to express how grateful I am for the professional and punctual way each of them faced the often arduous task of editing their work.
As the general launch begins for this incredible collection I have lost count of the amount of times I've been asked the question 'which story is your favourite?' As a lifelong fan of all things SF that's a really hard one to answer but, if someone were to hold a plastic gun with a single shot to my head, I would have to say Ramon Marett's 'The Easy Way Out'. It's not the most complex of the tales and by no means the longest but something in it appeals to my inner SF fan.
That said, I thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and look forward to rereading them over and over which is my way of showing respect to these finely crafted tales.