More than five years after it was first announced, it looks like beloved British 1970s/80s science-fiction show Blake's 7
) is coming back to television. The story about the innocent freedom fighter framed for sex crimes against children and his criminal compatriots fighting the Authoritarian Federation
is getting a fresh lick of paint at SyFy. It will be directed by Casino Royale and Green Lantern director Martin Campbell. But should it return
? [more inside]
was an obscure and pretty much forgotten British/German low budget (they borrowed sets from Space 1999
) science fiction televsion series from 1975... On the planet Medusa where the women (naturally all hot) rule over the men, two of the later inferior species escape (including Gareth 'Blake
' Thomas!) to the 'paradise' of Earth [more inside]
British sf tabletop miniature wargame Warhammer 40,000
is 25 years old today, British sf anthology comic 2000AD
is 35 years old tomorrow [more inside]
The stories of now.
An essay by Kim Stanley Robinson on the remarkable pool of SF talent currently working in the U.K.
John Wyndham: The Invisible Man of Science Fiction
) - documentary about the British science fiction writer best known for The Day Of The Triffids
The Russell T. Davis papers
– As he prepares to leave the role of Doctor Who show runner (previously)
he’s releasing a book of email exchanges with Doctor Who Magazine
writer Benjamin Cook about his time on the longstanding British SF series, revealing the younger face of Who he’s like to see
, and plans for a Doctor Who/Harry Potter crossover
which never materialized.
First it was Blake's 7
, now another Terry Nation cult classic sf television programme
is to return. The BBC have announced they are remaking Survivors
. Telling the story of the survivors of a plague that wipes out most of Britain, the original was famed for its gritty and somewhat controversial story-telling
, pilot of the future, scourge of the Venusian Mekon
menace, and modernist architectural inspiration
Edinburgh author Iain M. Banks
, creator of the post capitalist space faring society The Culture
and it's oddly named ships
, has long been the UKs top science fiction writer, but has never had more than a toehold in the US
(in part through lack of availability, in part due to lack of promotion and in part due to some pretty awful covers
. That could change: Matter
, his latest, has been heavily promoted in the US and sports a cover nearly identical to the UK edition. This week Orbit
are releasing US editions of the two earliest Culture novels, with the third following in July, which could mean a complete release of all the novels in the US in order. [more inside]
30 years of thrillpower!
British weekly comic 2000ad
celebrates it's 30th aniversary. Previously discussed here
, current Tharg Matt Smith interviewed
, special birthday Prog
. Splundig vur thrigg!