In the end for Tales from the Twisted Eden Sector, all of the stories were grouped based on a similar theme or idea. I played with a lot of different groupings for them, but in the end I found that thematically made the most sense when you were reading the anthologies.1 The ideas, for those who have not checked them out yet:
Syndicate – An introduction to the universe and some basic elements
Backstreets – What the backstreets are
Office – The Syndicate offices and how it functions
Visitors – Things that exist in the universe that should not be there
Evidence – Magical items
Legacy – A look at all those potential “Chosen ones” that exist in these sorts of stories and what they’re doing
As one person pointed out, doing this didn’t work for every book. Backstreets, I agree, was very samey after a while because the type of story is very much the same when I tell something that happens in the Backstreets. It’s essentially a winding haunted house, so they all came out with a very heavily haunted house influenced feeling and narrative structure.
Legacy also had issues in that it was the last book of a very loosely explained series that attempted to give an explanation of what was going on.
Overall, though, I think it worked for this series. Considering I was going to allow users to build their own books from the stories provided,3 I think this was probably the best idea I could have gone with.
You know, until next week when I think of something better.