Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Midnight Rose was a name taken by a group of United Kingdom science fiction and fantasy writers for a series of shared world anthologies published by the Penguin Books imprint Roc. The group's "core members" were Alex Stewart , Roz Kaveny , Neil Gaiman and Mary Gentle. Other contrubuters included Marcus Rowland , Storm Constantine, Kim Newman, Charles Stross, Stephen Baxter, Colin Greenland , Graham Higgins and David Langford, amongst others.
The anthologies were:
Temps Two volumes of superhero pastiches, set in a world where the United Kingdom and European Union demand registry of superhuman talents, whereupon the Talented are expected to be perminently "on call" as part-time superheroes, in exchange for a stipend. The popular perception of the British Civil Service is played up, with registering as a "Temp" being strangely similar to applying for Job Seeker's Allowance or other benefits. The two books were Temps (1991) and EuroTemps (1992).
The Weerde The concept behind the Weerde was that shapeshifting creatures had been living alongside humanity for millennia, mostly concealing themselve, but occasionally giving rise to legends of supernatural monsters. The books in this series were The Weerde Book One (1992) and The Weerde Book Two: Book of the Ancients (1993).
Villains! Villains! (1992) was a parody of heroic fantasy. Like Gentle's later Grunts, it looked at the typical fantasy world from the point of view of the villains.
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