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Issue Details: First known date: 2006... 2006 Key
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'Peter discovers that Wolsey's old collar, which Benny kept as a memento, contains an electronic pass that allows him to enter forbidden areas of the Collection. Deciding to have an adventure, he takes his friend Keith to the Mansionhouse, "Uncle Brax's Palace," and uses the key to enter the Stacks. He and Keith spend the afternoon exploring the Stacks' contents, which include a statue of a naked lady with no arms, and a box labelled "Ark of the..." and a word that Peter doesn't understand. However, while they are investigating the inside of what looks like an alien war machine, an inventory droid passes by and lowers the lift, leaving them stuck inside. Jason eventually finds Peter calling for help and rescues him, but is terrified by the thought that the Martian ship's defences could have sucked out Peter's mind; however, while Benny agrees that her son must be punished for running off without telling anyone where he was going, she refuses to frighten him into believing that the world is a scary place that must be avoided. She's a bit worried that Peter has apparently been hanging around with his future half-brother, but Peter assures her that "Keith" really is just an imaginary friend. For his part, Peter accepts his punishment, and begins to realise that his mother's fantastic tales of adventure and wonder are all true.'

Source: ( Sighted: 19/5/11

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    y Collected Works Nick Wallace (editor), Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2006 Z1780228 2006 anthology short story science fiction

    '"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.'

    Source: ( Sighted: 19/5/11

    Maidenhead : Big Finish Productions , 2006
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