Vintage articles and footage from the science fiction archives.
A Short Bit: Graverobbing From Who?
Eighteenth and Nineteenth century grave robbers had several nicknames assigned to them by the public, who was aware of the practice of grave robbing,including “night doctors,” “Sack-em-up men,” and “body-snatchers.” (“From Sacrilege to Privilege: The Tale of Body Procurement for Anatomical Dissection in the United States,” Raphael Hulkower, p. 24).
Are These The Most Underrated Science Fiction Books or Not?
We always root for the underdog, if we ever see one. But how can you cheer them on if you've never heard of 'em? That's why--voilà!--our latest list of underrated sci-fi-related things--in this case, the Most Underrated Science Fiction Books!
The Fire Next Time
Climate change has hit the headlines again in the last few days with the decision made by the current administration to withdraw from the Paris Accords. There's been all the usual discussions: should we or shouldn't we be a part of it, is climate change even real, and so forth. In my own mind though was a miniseries I recently watched on the recommendation of a friend and fellow writer called The Fire Next Time that, despite being aired in 1993, touched upon much of what we're dealing with in the year it was set in.
Rewatching... Doctor Who: The Evil Of The Daleks - Part 2
Saturday 27 May 1967 "You seem to be well acquainted with the creatures." Best incidental music so far! There hasn't been a score like this before. We've had lots of specially composed music of course, as well as stock library music, or no music at all. Or as with The Moonbase, ambient sounds doing the same job. The first story had some creepy piano tinkling, there was some marvellously ominous music in the first Dalek one, re-used in Troughton's debut. The Savages had some great orchestral music but as with most of the previous stories it seemed sparse overall. This one has a proper 'full' score by Dudley Simpson with small orchestra as well as Radiophonic synthesiser. Something we will become used to...
'UFO and Outer Space' Comic Book
When I was growing up in the 70's, I did read a variety of comic books. Everything from the super hero to TV and movie tie-ins, and anthology series. One anthology series stood out and was a favorite of mine: UFO Flying Saucers also known as UFO and Outer Space. The comic was about real life reports of UFO encounters from the files of Project Blue Book, the official U.S. Air Force investigation of UFOs, and reports from other sources. UFO Flying Saucers was published by Gold Key comics from about 1968 to 1978. The stories would come in different formats in the comic, a full story based on an incident, a two page spread on UFO origins, and comic panel on UFO hoaxes and frauds. It also came as computation book which contained comic stories of previous issues.
The Man They Called Gallows
Of all the men on this red moon, nobody ever put the fear of God into a man’s heart quite so much as him. The man they called Gallows Sullivan.
Reviewing 'Art, Collectibles, Decor and More' OMNI Auction
The iconic OMNImagazine has been out of print for over 25 years, yet to this day readers are still intrigued by the science fiction magazine's allure, pioneering expertise, and captivating ideas of futurism.
The X MINUS ONE Radio Show
The X Minus One sci-fi radio show aired on NBC Radio from April 24, 1955 to January 9, 1958. The series consisted of 126 half hour episodes. The introduction to each episode was a countdown to a rocket launch with sound effects. " Countdown for blastoff... X minus five, four, three, two, X minus one... Fire! [Rocket launch SFX] From the far horizons of the unknown come transcribed tales of new dimensions in time and space. These are stories of the future; adventures in which you'll live in a million could-be years on a thousand may-be worlds. The National Broadcasting Company, in cooperation with Street & Smith, publishers of Astounding Science Fiction presents... X Minus One. "
6 of the Best "Worst" Science Fiction Movies You'll Ever See
It's a passion we share, you and I. Low quality science fiction films, movies so bad that they're fun to watch, mock, and over time, come to love intensely. It's the reason you're here.
'Star Wars' the First Draft - What Could Have Been
When George Lucas set out to create Star Wars, he thought up a fantastic world that drew from the stories he read as a child and growing up. Flash Gordon. Buck Rodgers. All with the maturity and complexity of Frank Herbert's Dune. But when he wrote his script and showed it to his director friends, they all had suggestions.
Rewatching... Star Trek: The City At The Edge Of Forever
"I see you've noticed the ears." Thursday 6 April 1967 Straight into the action again this week, as the Enterprise is going through some turbulence. Suddenly there's a bang and a flash at Sulu's control panel and he ends up on the floor unconscious. This looks like it's going to be a Sulu episode.
Rewatching... The Avengers: Never, Never Say Die
"I've killed him again!" Friday 17 March 1967 Ah, one of my all time favourite episodes. A close up of a pair of smart shoes. They are soon muddy shoes and we see a tall man walking towards a main road. It's only Christopher blimmin' Lee! He steps in front of a car, is killed and in-hospital pronounced dead on arrival. Gosh, what an opening! But the prologue isn't over yet: as the medics walk away the man's feet start to twitch, and suddenly he gets up and marches out of the hospital. Zombies...on The Avengers??! That was a superb pre-title scene, and also one of my favourite episode titles.