"It might be your name on the deeds, but you don't belong here any more. This is our home, our collection."
The Braxiatel Collection. It's 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.
|Work in Progress||Nick Wallace|
|The Tears of Laughter||David N. Smith|
|Perspectives: Tribal Reservations||Philip Purser-Hallard|
|Outside the Wall||Sin Deniz|
|The Inconstant Gallery||James Swallow|
|Perspectives: Quire as Folk||Philip Purser-Hallard|
|Cabinets of Curiosities||Mags L. Halliday|
|Grey's Anatomy||Simon A. Forward|
|The Tree that Was||Steven Kitson|
|Perspectives: Forging a Bond||Philip Purser-Hallard|
|The Two-Level Effect||Eddie Robson|
|Let There Be Stars||Mark Michalowski|
|Perspectives: Intermissions||Philip Purser-Hallard|
|False Security||Nick Walters|
|The Painting on the Stair||Simon Bucher-Jones|
|The Cost for a Collection||Ian Mond|
|Perspectives: The Injured Party||Philip Purser-Hallard|
|Mother's Ruin||Dale Smith|
|Future Relations||Philip Purser-Hallard, Nick Wallace|
- These stories all link together to tell the story of the Quire's visit to the Collection in the wake of Braxiatel's disappearance. Three of the stories — The Two-Level Effect, Let There Be Stars and Sleeptalking — take place simultaneously.
- Philip Purser-Hallard, who wrote the most material for the anthology, published on his blog the short story Making a Collection, which combined elements from his stories in Collected Works and Nobody's Children.