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Published Books and Short Stories


Virgin Publishing:
Doctor Who: The Left-Handed Hummingbird (1993)
Doctor Who: Set Piece (1995) – nominated for the Aurealis award
Doctor Who: SLEEPY (1996)
Doctor Who: Return of the Living Dad (1996)
Doctor Who: The Room With No Doors (1997)
Doctor Who: So Vile a Sin (with Ben Aaronovitch, 1997)
Walking to Babylon (1998) – nominated for the Aurealis award

BBC Books:
Doctor Who: Vampire Science (with Jonathan Blum, 1997)
Doctor Who: Seeing I (with Jonathan Blum, 1998)
Doctor Who: Unnatural History (with Jonathan Blum, 1999) – nominated for the Aurealis award
Doctor Who: The Year of Intelligent Tigers (2001)
Doctor Who: Blue Box (2003) – nominated for the Aurealis award

(Seeing I, The Year of Intelligent Tigers, and Blue Box are available in paperback and electronic format from Penguin and Amazon.)

Telos Publishing
Doctor Who: Fallen Gods (with Jonathan Blum, 2003 – winner of the 2003 Aurealis Award for best Australian Science Fiction Novel)

Big Finish Publishing:
Blakes 7: Mediasphere (with Jonathan Blum, 2015)

Short fiction

“The Bicycle Net” (Interzone, September 1997)
“Cactus Land” – (Realms of Fantasy, August 2000 – Honourable Mention in The Year’s Best SF and Fantasy 2000)
“Flotsam and Jetsam” (Torchwood Magazine #19, Nov/Dec 2009)
“Rare Earth” (Torchwood Magazine #22, Jul/Aug 2010)
“Red-Handed” (Torchwood Magazine #24, Nov/Dec 2010)
“Head Case” (Cosmos 41, October/November 2011)
Robbie Can’t Dance” (Cosmos, 13 October 2014)
Keeping Mum” (Cosmos, 10 March 2016)

“No-One Goes to Halfway There” (Decalog 4, Virgin, 1997)
“The Adventures of Kate Orman, Novelist” (Pretext: Salvage, Pen & Inc Press, 1999)
“Steal from the World” (The Dead Men Diaries, Big Finish Productions, 2000)
“Pyramid Scheme” (Outside the Box: the Best Short Fiction from Bookface.com, Wildside Press, 2001)
“And All the Children of Chimaera” (Passing Strange, Mirrordanse Books, 2002)
“Ticket to Backwards” (Agog! Fantastic Fiction, Agog! Press, 2002)
“Solar Max and the Seven-Handed Snake Mother” (A Life of Surprises, Big Finish, 2002)
“In the Days of the Red Animals” (Agog! Terrific Tales, Agog! Press, 2003)
“The Peter Principle” (Life During Wartime, Big Finish, 2003)
“No Exit” (Doctor Who Short Trips: Steel Skies, Big Finish, 2003)
“The Southwell Park Mermaid” (Doctor Who Short Trips: Life Science, Big Finish, 2004)
“Buried Alive” (A Life Worth Living, Big Finish, 2004)
“Culture War” (Doctor Who Short Trips: 2040, 2004)
“Nobody’s Gift” (Doctor Who Short Trips: The History of Christmas, 2005)
“All Mimsy Were the Borogoves” (Nobody’s Children, Big Finish, 2007)
“White on White” (Doctor Who Short Trips: Christmas Around the World, Big Finish, 2009)
“Black Sky Mining” (In Uniform, Slash Books, October 2010)
“Don’t Do Something, Just Sit There” (Bernice Summerfield: Present Danger, Big Finish, September 2010)
“The Five-Dimensional Man” (Doctor Who: Short Trips, vol. 3, Big Finish, May 2011)
“Crocodile City” (Truth or Dare, Slash Books, July 2011)
“Playing for Time” (Liberating Earth, Obverse Books, January 2015. I also edited this anthology.)
Selected Non-Fiction
“One of us is yellow”: Doctor Fu Manchu and The Talons of Weng-Chiang (in Doctor Who and Race, Intellect Books, 2013)
The Black Archive: The Pyramids of Mars (Obverse Books, 2017)

The Black Archives: The Pyramids of Mars


My non-fiction book on the classic Tom Baker Doctor Who story The Pyramids of Mars is now available for pre-order, in both paper and e-book formats.

The Black Archive books aren’t just another series of behind-the-scenes making-of guides, but are lengthy examinations of the stories themselves and their contents. I had a blast researching and writing the book, which looks at everything from Ancient Egyptian mythology to Britain’s occupation of Egypt in modern times to Victorian era and Twentieth Century mummy novels and movies – all the rich and colourful ingredients which went into making Pyramids one of the most highly-regarded Doctor Who stories of all time (and one of my favourites).

There’s an interview with me and some of the other Black Archives authors at the Doctor Who Companion blog.

Read my story “Keeping Mum” online

My science fiction short story “Keeping Mum” is live on Cosmos magazine’s Web site!

While I’ve got you there, Starlog magazine has made its back issues available through archive.org – here’s my interview about the Doctor Who New Adventures from May 1997: Who’s Next?

And if you missed it, you can still catch me chatting with Phil Sandifer about Doctor Who, including the New Adventures, on the Eruditorum Podcast.

Out now!

Here’s a quick roundup of the latest stuff in print from Kate Orman (me!) and husband and co-author Jonathan Blum.

Jon and my co-written Blakes 7 novel, Mediasphere, is now available from Big Finish, in both electronic and paper formats. Here’s the blurb: “The Liberator crew infiltrate the Mediasphere, a space station which produces the Federation’s propaganda and popular entertainment. But who is really controlling the Mediasphere – and scripting a series of deadly encounters for our heroes?”

If you haven’t already checked it out, the Faction Paradox anthology Liberating Earth is available from Obverse Books in hardback, paperback, and electronic formats. I edited the book, and wrote the overarching story “Playing for Time”. “Just what would happen if a couple of Cousins used our planet as their personal game board? As they create one alternative reality after another, twisting history and reality into knots, only one outcome is sure: whoever wins, the human race loses.”

Jon and I also wrote for Outside In 2: 125 Unique Perspectives on 125 Modern Doctor Who Stories by 125 Writers, now available from ATB Publishing. Jon pondered the Cyber-story Army of Ghosts / Doomsday and how they fit into Series 2 overall, while I discussed the chinoiserie of Turn Left.

And finally, don’t miss Jon’s contributions to Gods, Memes, and Monsters: a 21st Century Bestiary: the Meme Mosquito and the elusive Greater Spotted Capital. Available now (print or e-book) from Stone Skin Press.

Liberating Earth

Liberating Earth cover

We’ve been so busy with multiple writing projects (as well as our day jobs) that I neglected to announce the publication of Liberating Earth – an anthology of science fiction and fantasy written entirely by women! I edited the collection for small press Obverse Books, contributing a linking story which deals with the anthology’s premise: two Cousins from Faction Paradox, manipulators of space, time, and magic, who compete in creating alternative universes in which the human race are not the Earth’s dominant species. I’m extremely pleased with the resulting stories and their very varied settings and styles, and especially proud to have got some of the writers into print for the first time.

The anthology is available from Obverse Books as a beautiful little hardback, and as an electronic book too.

Blakes 7: Mediasphere

My husband and long-time co-writer Jonathan Blum and I are working together on a novel for the first time since Fallen Gods in 2003. Mediasphere is based on a classic of British 70s science fiction television: Blakes 7.

The heroes of Blakes 7 were a small group of rebels who turned the power of an alien starship against the ruthless Federation. The Mediasphere is the space station where the Federation produces a carefully controlled diet of popular entertainment, propaganda, and news for its citizens.

Blakes 7’s cynical, sardonic dystopia is an ideal setting for a satirical look at the media. Plus Jon and I have been fans of the series since we first watched it as kids. As you can imagine, we’re having a lot of fun!

Mediasphere is due out in November 2015 from Big Finish.

Read my story “Robbie Can’t Dance” online

My science fiction short story “Robbie Can’t Dance” is now live on Cosmos magazine’s Web site!

I’ve got plenty of other projects on the go, some of which I can’t tell you about just yet… in the meantime, though: I’m proud to have a short story in the forthcoming unofficial Doctor Who charity anthology Seasons of War.

Where is she now?

It’s past time I started keeping a proper blog just for my writing. If you’ve heard of me, it’s probably because of my Doctor Who work, but I haven’t written much Who lately. So what am I up to these days?

My science fiction short story “Robbie Can’t Dance” appears this month in Australia’s Cosmos magazine (and on their Web site), a tale of robotics and love (or is it?). This marks my tenth original short story in print. My first ever sale was “The Bicycle Net” (to Interzone, way back in 1997), set in a post-apocalyptic Australia, and the most recent was “Head Case”, published in Cosmos in 2011 – still available to read for free at their Web site.

One of these days, when I have enough decent stories in print, I’m going to pitch an anthology… or dare I publish it myself? Hmm, I have a lot of research to do before I know whether that’s a realistic option or not.

In the meantime, I’ve completed a rough first draft of the original science fiction novel I’ve been working on since – this is not a joke – 1999! Strange Flesh has been through multiple incarnations (and titles) since it began as a proposal for an Eighth Doctor novel. It’s traditional SF in many ways, with spacecraft, interplanetary colonies, and weird alien organisms – although there are no sentient aliens (or are there?), you can tell I loved Larry Niven’s “Known Worlds” tales as a teen.

Right now, though, Strange Flesh is in the “drawer”; I won’t return to it to do rewrites until it’s rested there for a while, so I can see it with fresh eyes. It’ll be a while before I have a draft fit for the eyes of a potential agent. Amongst other projects I have on the go is another novel, with a similar title but a very different style: Strange Device is much more of a science fantasy. Again I guess my adolescent influences are apparent, this time Chris Claremont’s classic time on the X-Men comics.

Earlier this year I finished editing an all-woman anthology for Obverse Books, Liberating Earth. I’m really pleased with the quality and variety of stories in the book! The usual real-world hurdles have delayed its publication, but it’ll be worth the wait. I’ll post here as soon as it’s available.

And now, back to work!