Dark Future reading list.


Dark Future game
Dark Future was originally a replacement for Games Workshop's early board game Battlecars, which merged combative car gadgets in a Mad Max background. Published in 1988, the game was set in the (then-future) year of 1995.

Novels by Jack Yeovil (pen name of Kim Newman) created an alternate history where Elvis Presley is a hard-as-nails bounty hunter and Oliver North is president of the United States. In 2005 the setting was brought back as a series of novels published by GW's fiction imprint Black Flame. 

Dark Future anthology, second print.

The final book of the "Demon Download Cycle", "United States Calvary" [not a typo], was promised in the back of Comeback Tour but never produced.

Unpublished and lost: Violent Tendency by Eugene Byrne, completed manuscript lost when the writer's Amstrad PCW died.

Sources:http://futurehighways.roll2dice.com/general/archives_books.html, http://www.eugenebyrne.co.uk/ and http://eugenebyrne.wordpress.com/

More background here: http://www.vectormagazine.co.uk/article.asp?articleID=42
'"Curse all manling coach drivers and all manling women," muttered Gotrek Gurnisson, adding a curse in Dwarvish ...' 

That's the first line of 'Geheimnisnacht' by William King, the first story in the first book of Warhammer fiction, the anthology Ignorant Armies, published in 1989. Since that beginning there has been published a whole string of books, magazines and comics, set in the universes of the highly successful war games and role-playing games marketed by Games Workshop (GW). 

...Today GW publishes new and reprinted fiction — great mountains of it, in fact — under its 'Black Library' imprint. But over the years GW fiction itself has been the subject of a saga of gamers and business suits, of orthodoxies and heresies, of Stakhanovites and rebels, of collapses and recoveries, of intriguing lost possibilities, and of struggles for literary freedom in an 'owned universe'. 

I've been arguing for some time that somebody ought to do a proper study of this saga. Well, nobody more qualified than me took up my challenge, and if you want something done … My aim here is to set out an informal history of GW literature, especially that of the Pringle period, based on the personal recollections of those involved, told as far as possible in their own words. I'd love to see a proper academic study of this body of work some day. 
Bonus: http://www.interrobangstudios.com/potluck/index.php?strip_id=989

That's what happens when you let Kaldor Draigo run around in the warp carving his name into this or that.

UPDATE: No sooner had I finished this post than the following appeared in my inbox.
Eugene Byrne email reply within 19 hours.

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