Bernice Summerfield

Filthy Lucre

An adventure featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by James Parsons and Andrew Stirling-Brown.

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Money makes the world go round, as can a few too many strong drinks. But when Benny, in a fit of sobriety, agrees to do a pre-Advent favour for Irving Braxiatel, little does she suspect that a bit of corporate schmoozing with a fast food magnate is going to lead her into the biggest spin she’s experienced for a very long time. In a whistle-stop tour of frontier planets, she encounters mysterious burials, guns and swords, legs and claws, lost treasure, mortal combat, conspiracy, stomach-churning posh nosh and a little man called Perkin. Oh, and love and war, again.

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Old Friends

A trilogy of novellas featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by Jonathan Clements, Marc Platt and Pete Kempshall respectively.

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Late 2562: Bernice Summerfield is 22 and en route to the ruin of Earth. She’s young, she’s single, she’s just got an MA in archaeology. There’s a life of adventure in front of her. And then she meets the half-human, half-lemur Ivo, whose life she’ll completely knock sideways. Late 2607: Professor Bernice Summerfield is… well she looks nearly 40, but it’s difficult to tell what with all the time travel. She’s on her way to a funeral, and to meet up with people she’s not seen since her 20s. Jason is keen to go with her. Benny never talks about that period of her life – what she did to keep out of the war, where she travelled, how she survived, or who it was broke her heart. She’s run through all time and space to avoid this reunion. But the best-selling author of Down Among The Dead Men must finally uncover her own past.

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Collected Works

A short story anthology featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, edited by Nick Wallace. Includes stories written by Philip Purser-Hallard, Mags L. Halliday, Lance Parkin and more.

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The Braxiatel Collection is a museum, art gallery and academic institute. A home for renowned archaeologists, runaway art thieves, and galactic waifs and strays. It’s been a private playground and the battlefield in the fight against tyranny. And now things are changing again. With the Collection’s founder missing, it’s up to those left behind to make this place their own. Amidst the chaos of visitors from the far future, dark secrets, old friends and new enemies, Bernice Summerfield must do whatever’s necessary to keep the doors open and her family safe. Yet through it all, there’s one truth she cannot escape. Braxiatel is gone. And nature abhors a vacuum.

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Genius Loci

An adventure featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by Ben Aaronovitch.

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One day she will bring down empires and decide the fate of the universe. One day she will be feared by the creatures of evil and revered wherever people have had just a little bit too much to drink. But all that is yet to come… Right now Bernice Summerfield is 21 years old and living hand to mouth and drink to drink. Offered a job beyond her qualifications she is lured out to the backwater planet of Jaiwan where nothing has ever happened – ever. There she joins a disparate team of archaeologists who have just discovered that the planet of Jaiwan may have been just a tad more interesting than people thought. This could be Benny’s big break and her ticket to a proper career in archaeology. That’s if archaeology doesn’t kill her first.

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Parallel Lives

A trilogy of novellas featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by Rebecca Levene, Stewart Sheargold and Dave Stone respectively (with linking material by Simon Guerrier).

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The Collection has lost one of its own. Someone who made a mistake once, and has never been forgiven for it. Someone whose hard work and need to make amends has been taken for granted. Someone who doesn’t fit in… Clarissa Jones has been head of administration at the Braxiatel Collection for many years. Enough time to really know her way around the place – its security, its weaknesses, its secrets. Knowledge, in fact, of great value to any of the neighbouring powers. So it’s bad news for everyone when she disappears… The Collection has lost one of its own. Unless Clarissa has taken others with her.

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The Tree Of Life

An adventure featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by Mark Michalowski.

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What’s the most famous archaeologist in the sector to do when she receives an uninformative message from a woman she hardly remembers on a planet she’s never heard of? Go and investigate, of course! But the unending, unyielding jungle on Tollip’s World doesn’t make it easy. Nor does the paranoia around the research team’s mysterious discoveries there. Before long, Benny’s under attack from humans, long-dead aliens and unpleasant fungal infections. What happened on Tollip’s World 8,000 years ago? What’s the origin of the electrical discharges beneath the surface of the planet? Why is there a greenhouse in the middle of a jungle? What are the Trees of Life? And could the secrets of Tollip’s World mean the extinction of humanity?

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Life During Wartime

A short story anthology featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, edited by Paul Cornell. Includes stories written by Simon Guerrier, Robert Shearman, Jonathan Morris and more.

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The Braxiatel Collection has been occupied by the Fifth Axis. This shouldn’t have happened: Brax picked this place to be safe, and surely he knows the history of time and space? Bernice and her friends find themselves living under a military government. Bev joins the resistance. Adrian is thrown into a prison camp for aliens. Jason finds a comfortable little niche for himself in the new administration. Bernice’s half-human son, Peter, is now under threat every minute of every day. Bernice finds herself caught in the middle of the occupation, her old friends, and her desperate need to protect her child.

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The Gods Of The Underworld

An adventure featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by Stephen Cole.

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There’s a whisper going round that the long-lost temple of the Argian Gods of the Underworld has finally been discovered on the planet Venedel. There’s a still quieter whisper that deep inside it lies the Argian Oracle, an ancient artefact that can pinpoint the whereabouts of any soul in the universe. Benny Summerfield sets out to see if the whispers are true ­ and to see if it can tell her the whereabouts of her missing lover. Reaching Venedel, Benny finds it under siege from an over-zealous Federation, alleging human rights atrocities and starving the planet out until its people capitulate to its terms. Despite this, a team of Nishtubi mercenaries are running the blockade to supply aid for the Venedelans. But why? Caught between jingoistic natives, Nishtubi heavies, a plague of ancient killers and the cold, undying secrets of the Gods of the Underworld, Benny and her allies have nowhere to run ­ and are left facing nothing but trouble.

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The Doomsday Manuscript

An adventure featuring time-travelling archaeologist Bernice Summerfield, written by Justin Richards.

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The Doomsday Manuscript: The key to finding the Lost Tomb of Rablev. Legend says that if the tomb is ever opened, the world will end. The Braxiatel Collection: Home to Professor Bernice Summerfield, and the location of one half of the Doomsday Manuscript. The Fifth Axis: A callous, aggressive force that is assimilating territory and acquiring art treasures and archaeological finds. Benny finds herself drawn into a web of mystery and intrigue that starts with death and gets more serious at every stage. Can she find the second half of the Doomsday Manuscript before it falls into the wrong hands? Can she trust her partner in the quest? What will she find on Kasagrad – the location of the Lost Tomb of Rablev? And can she squeeze in another drink before the end of the world?

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