Erm, hello. Look what we did. The web is so last year, darlings.
Yes, we’ve, er… well, we’ve published a book. Thanks to print-on-demand service Lulu, we can now offer a lovely paperback tome (or a PDF download) collecting two hundred pages worth of old G&T articles. You can see what the front of it looks like over to the right there, and here’s what it says on the back:
Red Dwarf, the cult BBC2 and Dave sci-fi sitcom, has entertained millions of fans worldwide since its first broadcast in 1988.
Ganymede & Titan, a Red Dwarf fan website, has entertained literally several of those fans since its launch in 1999.
Now, a selection of the site’s best articles from between 2003 and 2011 have been rounded up and thrown into The Garbage Pod, the first such collection of unofficial fan writing in the show’s long and illustrious history.
Inside, you’ll find analytical critical commentary, bloody-minded arguing, meticulously researched Lists of Stuff, hard-sci-fi theorising and elaborate swearing from the site’s team of entirely unprofessional and equally unsanitary writers.
Now, some answers to the obvious questions:
Why have you done this?
Well, why not? We reckon, as we hope you do too, that G&T is a repository of largely Very Good writing about Red Dwarf – and the strongest representation of the 2000s-era “state of fandom”. This book is an attempt to provide a snapshot of that era, in much the same way as the years of excellent fanzine writing throughout the 1990s did for that time. Although the book consists of content that’s available on the site, many people won’t have bothered to spend the time rooting through the archives for it all, so we’re sure that for most Dwarf fans – even those who’ve been following G&T all these years – there’ll be something new and interesting to discover. Plus it all flows quite nicely when it’s put together like this.
It’s all old material, then?
There have been no articles specifically written for the book, no. However, a number of the older articles have either been given footnotes to bring certain details up to date, or in some cases had full revisions and/or extensions. The “Don’t Leave Us Hanging” article, for example, now includes full details on Back to Earth.
So how much is it?
A very reasonable £4.99 for the paperback, or £1.99 for the download. The bulk of that price is actually Lulu’s printing costs, BUT…
Are you making any money off this?
… no. There will be a small net profit made (about 15% of the cover price) on each copy sold – however, G&T will be donating any and all proceeds from the book to Amnesty International. It’s a cause that we all consider worthy of support, and we’d like there to at least be some positive result of our daft little vanity project.
Where and how do I get it?
In case you missed the big link at the top of the page, the product page on Lulu is here. You can buy either format straight away – the download is in PDF format, which unfortunately means it can’t be scaled on e-readers, although I can confirm it looks lovely on a Kindle so long as you don’t mind the text being a bit on the smaller side of things. If you go for the paperback, meanwhile, it’ll take a couple of days to print it and then a couple to ship (do also be advised that the quickest P&P option adds another three quid onto the price of the book).
And if you’d like to have a look at one in the flesh before making up your mind, we’ll also have copies with us at Dimension Jump. Which means, if you get in QUICKLY enough, you won’t even have to pay postage.
So what is it?
Oh, somebody punch him out.