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The Starman Archives

Putting together the books in the Starman Series has been a monumental task. There is more to writing a book than just sitting down and writing it: plots have to be designed, outlines have to be written, plot points have to be adjusted, characters have to be developed, the book's universe has to be constructed, and so forth. It's quite a process: in fact, during the first 5 years of writing the Starman Series the authors writing the series exchanged well over 7000 e-mails and generated thousands of pages of documents.

Since a lot of this material is quite interesting, we decided to create a series of appendices that incorporate the best of this material. These books will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the series, showcasing what it takes to write a Starman book. Along the way you may learn a great deal about the series that you didn't realize before - and best of all, it's free.

 


Volume 1: The first volume of the Archives focuses on the first three books of the Starman Series: Assault on Mars, The Runaway Asteroid, and Journey to the Tenth Planet. It has in it the original plot summary for each of the first three Starman books, hundreds of letters exchanged by the Starman team while writing the books, the official writer's notes for the books (which reveal many of the hidden things placed in the books), and a section on the early days of the series, when the authors switched from writing Dig Allen books to writing Starman books. This 242-page document also has 88 footnotes that reveal many previously-unknown facts about the series.

This book is available as a free e-text, and you click on any of these links to download it. Keep in mind, however, that this book contains information that will spoil plot surprises in the first five Starman books, so if you haven't read all five Starman books think carefully before you download this Archives.

New! This book is also available for sale as a 289-page paperback book with a full-color cover. You can find it for sale here:

http://www.cafepress.com/starman1.21402060

The book measures 7.5" x 9" (which is not the standard series-book size; unfortunately, Cafepress is currently limited in the size of books they offer) and is being sold at-cost (with no markup) as a service to our readers. The book costs $15.67 plus S/H and is only available through Cafepress.

 


 

Archives Volume 2: The second volume of the Archives focuses on the fourth and fifth books of the Starman Series: Descent Into Europa and The Lost Race of Mars. It has in it the original plot summary for each of the first three Starman books, hundreds of letters exchanged by the Starman team while writing the books, the official writer's notes for the books (which reveal many of the hidden things placed in the books), and a section on the early days of the series, when the authors switched from writing Dig Allen books to writing Starman books. This 283-page document also has just under 400 footnotes that reveal many previously-unknown facts about the series.

This book is available as a free e-text, and you click on any of these links to download it. Keep in mind, however, that this book contains information that will spoil plot surprises in the first five Starman books, so if you haven't read all five Starman books think carefully before you download this Archives.

New! This book is also available for sale as a 349-page paperback book with a full-color cover. You can find it for sale here:

http://www.cafepress.com/starman3.22172587

The book measures 7.5" x 9" (which is not the standard series-book size; unfortunately, Cafepress is currently limited in the size of books they offer) and is being sold at-cost (with no markup) as a service to our readers. The book costs $17.47 plus S/H and is only available through Cafepress.

 


 

Archives Volume 3: The third volume of the Starman Archives focuses on the artwork found in the first five Starman books. This 103-page book not only has the various letters we exchanged while developing the artwork found in the series, but it also contains a lot of illustrations depicting everything from never-before-seen illustrations, to images of the various dustjackets while they were being developed, to images of the fabled author's copies of the Starman books, and more! It's pretty cool.

This book is available as a free e-text, and you can click on any of these links to download it (just pick the format that suits you!). Since this book simply talks about artwork, it contains no spoilers and can safely be read by one and all without fear of spoiling anything.

 

New! This book is also available for sale as a 469-page paperback book with a full-color cover. You can find it for sale here:

http://www.cafepress.com/starman4.22180776

Note that the printed version of this book, as a bonus, also includes Archives volumes 4 and 5! The book measures 7.5" x 9" (which is not the standard series-book size; unfortunately, Cafepress is currently limited in the size of books they offer) and is being sold at-cost (with no markup) as a service to our readers. The book costs $21.07 plus S/H and is only available through Cafepress.

 


 

Archives Volume 4: The fourth volume of the Starman Archives covers two topics: the trials and troubles involved with printing the Starman books, and the great pains we went through to create the printed-cover edition of the first five Starman books. Interested in what it took to print a Starman book, or how much it cost, or what sort of problems we had? If so, this is the book to read! This book clocks in at 171 pages and 216 footnotes.  You don't want to miss it!

This book is available as a free e-text, and you click on any of these links to download it. I don't think this volume has anything that could be considered a spoiler, but I could have missed something. It ought to be pretty spoiler-free, though!

 

Archives Volume 5: The fifth Starman Archives brings the Appendices up-to-date. With the release of this volume, everything concerning the production of the first five Starman books has been covered; there will be no more Appendices until after Starman #10, The Last Command, is released. The 130+ pages and 200+ footnotes of this particular volume cover three topics: the Inter*Stellars, miscellaneous items that didn't fit anywhere else, and the Starman stories that might have been written but weren't. It's really an intriguing document: where else can you find a discussion on fast food in series books?

This book, like all the Appendices, is available as a free e-text and you can click on any of the links below to download it. This volume does contain material that could spoil some surprises in the first five Starman books, so if you haven't read all five you may want to think twice before you read this. I do hope you enjoy it, though! It's been fun writing these.

 

Message Board Highlights Volume 1: Just when you thought it was safe, we went and released another volume! This isn't an Archives, though, but instead is a collection of posts (mostly written by David Baumann) concerning various aspects of the Starman series. The topics addressed include: the Starmen's tears, race and gender in the series, the Starmen's martial arts training, scientific plausibility in the series, and much more! This 27-page book is available as a free e-text, and you can download it right here:

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2005 by David Baumann, Jonathan Cooper, Mike Dodd. All rights reserved. Page last updated: 7/25/2005