25% Off Christmas Sale

Don’t forget!  From now till December 24th, the entire Pencil Tip catalogue of books is on sale up to 25% off!  Now’s the perfect chance to pick up a copy of that PTP book you always wanted, or would like to give as a present.

 

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Reviews Still Needed

We’re sending out another call for reviewers for both our Blake’s 7 and Torchwood editions of our What The Fans Think books.  We still have several episodes from each series available to review, so if you haven’t already signed up to contribute to either project, and would still like to, you’ve still got a chance.

The following episodes from each series are still up for grabs as of today, November 30th (11:50 am PT):

BLAKE’S 7

  • Time Squad
  • Seek-Locate-Destroy
  • Orac
  • Weapon
  • Horizon
  • Pressure Point
  • Trial
  • Hostage
  • The Keeper
  • Powerplay
  • Volcano
  • Dawn of the Gods
  • Children of Auron
  • Ultraworld
  • Power
  • Traitor
  • Warlord

TORCHWOOD

  • Everything Changes
  • Ghost Machine
  • Sleeper
  • Children of Earth: Day Two
  • Rendition
  • Dead of Night
  • Escape to LA
  • The Categories of Life
  • The Middle Men
  • Immortal Sins
  • End of the Road
  • The Gathering
  • The Blood Line

If you’d like to review one of the above episodes, just send us a quick email to: penciltippublishing @ shaw . ca with the subject What The Fans Think Reviews.

WTFT: Torchwood Project Update

A quick update on our What The Fans Think: Torchwood project – roughly 63% of the 41 episodes have been chosen for reviews so far, but there’s still a few left to pick from including:

  • Everything Changes
  • Ghost Machine
  • Sleeper
  • Something Borrowed
  • Children of Earth: Day Two
  • Miracle Day: The New World
  • Miracle Day: Rendition
  • Miracle Day: Dead of Night
  • Miracle Day: Escape to LA
  • Miracle Day: The Categories of Life
  • Miracle Day: The Middle Men
  • Miracle Day: Immortal Sins
  • Miracle Day: End of the Road
  • Miracle Day: The Gathering
  • Miracle Day: The Blood Line

As you can see, all ten episodes from series four are still available for review.  We wonder why?  C’mon folks, these episodes can’t be as bad as we’ve been lead to believe?  This is a perfect opportunity to convince readers otherwise.

And, don’t forget – we’re still looking for specially penned essays on any aspect of Torchwood. These can be articles of interest to readers such as: “Who really was Captain Jack?” or “How did the portal end up in Cardiff?” or “The Evolution of Torchwood,” etc. (These articles should be no more than 3000 words in length.)

Full details on the project, and how to contribute, can be found here.

WTFT: Blake’s 7 Project Update

A quick update on our What The Fans Think: Blake’s 7 project – roughly 40% of the 52 episodes have been chosen for reviews so far, but there’s still lots to pick from including:

  • Space Fall
  • Time Squad
  • The Web
  • Seek-Locate-Destroy
  • Project Avalon
  • Bounty
  • Orac
  • Redemption
  • Weapon
  • Horizon
  • Pressure Point
  • Trial
  • Killer
  • Hostage
  • The Keeper
  • Powerplay
  • Volcano
  • Dawn of the Gods
  • Children of Auron
  • Ultraworld
  • Moloch
  • Death-Watch
  • Rescue
  • Power
  • Traitor
  • Stardrive
  • Headhunter
  • Games
  • Warlord

As you can see, there’s some really great episodes still open to you to offer your thoughts on.

And, don’t forget – we’re still looking for specially penned essays on any aspect of Blake’s 7. These can be short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout the publication. Topics could be on things like: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” etc.

Full details on the project, and how to contribute, can be found here.

Frank Danes Appearance & Signing: October 29th

Image of Frank Danes on Doctor WhoTemporal Logbook II: Further Journeys author Frank Danes (“The Canterbury Tale”) will be speaking about Doctor Who and signing copies of his new book Six Decades In Time and Space on Monday October 29th at St. Peter’s Church, Broad Street Ely UK.

Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time: A social, cultural and screen history of Doctor Who

Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction series in the world. In its six decade run, the show has tracked and embodied the social, political and cultural changes in the United Kingdom and the world, tackling  fascism, environmental disaster, religious fanaticism, changing attitudes towards gender  and, of course, alien invasions. In the person of The Doctor herself – and himself – the programme has given us a hero as immortal in appeal as Sherlock Holmes and Robin Hood.

Ely resident Frank Danes, esteemed teacher, bookseller and renowned Whovian, has written the only one-volume history and reference book of the series you will ever need. Six Decades of Adventure in Space and Time brings the story right up to date – it’s  a witty and engaging gallop through the history of The Doctor written by a man whose enthusiasm shines through on every page, and undoubtedly will do so again as he tells us all about it!

Chromakey magazine will also be interviewing Frank about his book in a forthcoming issue.

Additional details on Frank’s appearance can be found here.

 

Review Episodes Going Fast

Just a quick note to let everyone know that if you’re planning to submit something to either the Blake’s 7 or Torchwood edition of What The Fans Think, story choices are going fast.  So far 31% of the Blake’s 7 episodes have been picked while 42% of the Torchwood stories have been picked.  While there’s still a good selection of stories left open at this point to review, you might want to enter in your name soon before your first choice is gone.

And don’t forget, we’re also looking for short articles/opinion pieces/etc to spread throughout both publications.

For the Blake’s 7 edition, these can be articles of interest to readers such as: “Why didn’t Blake and Avon get along?” or “Was the Federation really that corrupt?” or “What made Servalan such a determined adversary?” etc.

For the Torchwood edition, these can be articles such as: “Who really was Captain Jack?” or “How did the portal end up in Cardiff?” or “The Evolution of Torchwood,” etc.

These special articles should be no more than 3000 words in length.

You can find the full submission guidelines here.

What The Fans Think Update

Thank you to those of you who so far have decided to contribute to our two What The Fans Think projects.  We really appreciate you getting involved.

As a quick update, please remember to check beforehand what stories have already been chosen for review and those still up for review before emailing us your choice.  At the moment we’re still likely able to give reviewers their first choice picks, but we’re pretty sure those review choices will start narrowing down in the coming weeks.

You can find the full submission guidelines here.

Word Vancouver Pics

A typical rainy, wet, cold and dreary fall day in Vancouver

It was great meeting, and talking, to those of you who came out to Word Vancouver braving the torrential rain and wind this past Sunday (Sep 30).  Of course it wouldn’t be a typical fall Vancouver day if it hadn’t been pouring with rain.  Sadly due to the inclement weather, attendance at this year’s event was significantly down on previous years.

Our very damp vendor booth

Pencil Tip would like to thank our volunteers Bonnie and Gary who helped man our booth in addition to braving the cold, wind, rain and damp.

Volunteers Bonnie and Gary who helped man our booth on the day

Pencil Tip hopes to be making further local event appearances over the coming months.  Keep tuned to the Pencil Tip site (and blog) for details of upcoming event appearances.

PTP publisher Bob Furnell with volunteer Bonnie

Meanwhile here’s a few more pictures from the day.

Our dealers booth; you can’t see all the water on the tables

What The Fans Think: Blake’s 7

Pencil Tip Publishing is taking submissions for their new review book, “What the Fans Think: Blake’s 7”.

What the Fans Think is a new series of books where the fans will review and assess their favourite television series. Each volume will concentrate on a specific show and will feature original reviews and analyses of every episode of that particular series. The fans will have their say on what they think are the best, worst, and merely average, episodes of a series. You just might be surprised by what they have to say.

The first book in the series, What the Fans Think: Blake’s 7, will concentrate on the 1978-81 BBC television series Blake’s 7.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of each book will be donated to the Vancouver branch of the BCSPCA (The British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).

Submission guidelines can be found on the Pencil Tip Publishing blog at: www.penciltippublishing.wordpress.com/what-the-fans-think