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21 December 2007 @ 12:06 pm
Stargate - The Audio Adventures  

I've been keeping this under wraps for a couple of months, but now the news has broken thanks to actor Michael Shanks (see Here) and the release of issue #20 of the official Stargate Magazine.

It is with great pleasure and not a little enthusiasm, I can say that Big Finish Productions, known for their excellent Doctor Who, Tomorrow People, Sapphire & Steel, 2000AD and Dark Shadows audio drama series are bringing the worlds of Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis to the audio realm - and I'm one of the writers.

More information will be up on BF's site soon; six titles (three SG-1, three Atlantis) have been announced for 2008. It's my understanding the plays will be available via download or on disc. There may be bonus content on the discs; but don't quote me on that.

The hour-long stories are a kind of halfway-house between a traditional talking book and a full-cast audio play. Each story has two actors - one lead voice, one supporting - in the same style as BF's recent Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles series (for which I wrote the Brigadier story Old Soldiers, out now!).  The Stargate plays are all-new, original stories written specifically for audio. I'm joining Sally Malcolm (editor and writer at Fandemonium Books, publishers of the official Stargate novel series) and Sharon Gosling (former editor of Stargate Magazine, author of the Atlantis series guides and producer for the audios) to write this series.

These are the initial release dates, but I'm not sure of how correct they are, so consider them flexible:

Stargate SG-1: Gift of the Gods by Sally Malcolm (April 30, 2008)
Stargate Atlantis: A Necessary Evil by Sharon Gosling (May 30, 2008)
Stargate SG-1: Shell Game by James Swallow (Jun 30, 2008)
Stargate Atlantis: Perchance to Dream by Sally Malcolm (Jul 31, 2008)
Stargate SG-1: Pathogen by Sharon Gosling (Aug 29, 2008)
Stargate Atlantis: Zero Point by James Swallow (Sep 30, 2008)

As mentioned in Stargate Magazine, Gift of the Gods is a season three story featuring Michael Shanks as Daniel Jackson, with John Schwab as Major Hunter. Shell Game is a tenth season story with Claudia Black as Vala Mal Doran and Shanks as Jackson.  I had a blast writing for Vala and Daniel, and I can't wait to hear the finished play; I'll talk more about Shell Game and my Atlantis audio Zero Point in the new year.

I can tell you that we've got a great spread of main cast members from both shows for this first six releases, and we don't plan on stopping there.  I'm really excited to be a part of this project and I know Sally and Sharon and the team at Big Finish are going all out to make this a hit.

If you'd like to know more, as mentioned there's a piece in the new Stargate Magazine - and issue #20 also features "Outsiders", an SG-1 short story by me...

 
 
Current Distraction: 'Stargate Overture' - David Arnold
 
 
 
cjmr: advent 3cjmr on December 21st, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
Old Soldiers came yesterday! I was so afraid it wouldn't get here in time for Christmas.
jmswallowjmswallow on December 21st, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Old Soldiers came yesterday!

Tsk. I'm still waiting for my copies!
Dayton Ward: Spockdaytonward on December 21st, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Very cool!

I'd almost forgotten about Old Soldiers! I need to order that, as well.
cobrabay: Santa hatcobrabay on December 21st, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh way cool! I'm a big fan of Claudia Black so I look forward to your first one arriving.
Michael Schustermichaelschuster on December 21st, 2007 04:57 pm (UTC)
Coolness!

I know what I'll be buying next year ...

Here's a question for you: the cast members you (don't) mention, do they record their bits in the US/Canada, or does that only happen when they travel to Europe?
jmswallowjmswallow on December 21st, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
Here's a question for you: the cast members you (don't) mention, do they record their bits in the US/Canada, or does that only happen when they travel to Europe?

It's a bit of both; the production is only based in the UK.
karenmiller: cute puppykarenmiller on December 21st, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
Woot!!!!! Congrats!!!!
kalliope_plkalliope_pl on December 22nd, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
Is there a chance for a text version of "Shell Game" too? English is not my language, so I'd be happy to have the possibility to also read this one to be sure I understood everything... ;) BTW, Claudia Black is a wonderful narrator, at my LJ you'll find links to George R.R. Martin's stories read by her :)
jmswallowjmswallow on December 23rd, 2007 11:07 am (UTC)
Is there a chance for a text version of "Shell Game" too?

I would think not initially, but some time after the release, perhaps if there's enough interest, it might be possible. Big Finish Productions have released script books for their Doctor Who plays in the past.
maxine: D/V homemaxine_mirkwood on December 23rd, 2007 10:25 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link Kalliope, I'll have to check those RR Martin stories out! I love audio books and trained stage actors like Claudia (and Michael) are absolutely the best at reading them. Shakespeare makes wonderful practice. :-)
kalliope_plkalliope_pl on December 23rd, 2007 10:52 pm (UTC)
I also recommend "Black canoes" (link in the newest entry at my LJ), it's an audio play Claudia did together with Anthony Simcoe (D'Argo on "Farscape") back in 2000 for SciFi Channel's Seeing Ear Theater. It's really great.
wraithfodderwraithfodder on December 22nd, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Sounds quite interesting!
heavenlybarquehevnlybarquings on December 23rd, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Very exciting, James! How cool to have your words voiced by such great actors. Congrats.

maxine: D/V homemaxine_mirkwood on December 23rd, 2007 10:21 pm (UTC)
Great choice of actors for these first two releases, both Michael and Claudia have wonderful voices plus the training and experience to carry it off. Hopefully there'll be one for Chris Judge sometime in the future? I think he'd be amazing.
jmswallowjmswallow on December 30th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Maxine.

Hopefully there'll be one for Chris Judge sometime in the future? I think he'd be amazing.

As Teal'c might say, indeed.
funnyerik9funnyerik9 on December 28th, 2007 12:13 am (UTC)
OLD SOLDIERS was great! You really captured the Brigadier and his POV. Congrats!

-Erik
jmswallowjmswallow on December 30th, 2007 02:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks Erik, glad you enjoyed it.
Bella: teylabellalarina on January 9th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
Sounds fascinating. Do you know which SGA actors are involved and what sort of stories they're doing?
jmswallowjmswallow on January 10th, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
Yup. I'm sure I'll be able to name some names soon.