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Star Wars: Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Cards Volume One with an introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

August 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Cards Volume One with an introduction by Gary Gerani (book review).

Following the success of the ‘Star Wars Galaxy’ trading cards series in 1993, Topps were looking for another new direction in which to take George Lucas’ franchise. In hindsight, the decision seems obvious given the proliferation of retail widescreen VHS. Topps decided that they were going to take a ‘Panavision look’ at the ‘Star Wars’ […]

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Star Wars: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire by Greg Stones (book review)

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Star Wars: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire by Greg Stones   (book review)

In Greg Stones’ admittedly funny book of illustrations, ‘Star Wars: 99 Stormtroopers Join The Empire’, the Empire’s finest, the stormtroopers, are put through the wringer as a whole ninety-nine of them sign-up for duty. In a series of mishaps, rebel attacks and acts of plain old stupidity the numbers of the stormtroopers are whittled away […]

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Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book by Jeffrey Brown (book review).

April 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book by Jeffrey Brown (book review).

Jeffrey Brown’s cutesy yet adorable ‘Darth Vader And Family Coloring Book’ reimagines the Dark Lord of the Sith as a doting father of a younger Leia and Luke, whose ages range from toddler-size to teen. As with Brown’s other titles such as ‘Darth Vader And Son’, he draws a series of cartoon vignettes that show […]

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UFO – The Complete Series (Blu-Ray and book review).

January 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
UFO – The Complete Series (Blu-Ray and book review).

‘UFO’, Gerry Anderson’s first foray into live-action television is an interesting contrast of style and content. From a design point-of-view, the series looks fantastic: amazing sets, futuristic costumes, action-packed model shots of flying saucers, fighter aircraft and submarines. From a content perspective, it’s the show that gives us ‘Carry On’ style leers from male personnel […]

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The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by John Kushins (book review)

January 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Art Of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by John Kushins    (book review)

**This review contains spoilers for ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I suggest you go watch it and then read this review!** As ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ continues to generate millions of dollars of revenue at the box office, this is a great time to take […]

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Terrahawks: Volume 1 (Blu-ray TV series review).

November 14, 2016 | By | Reply More
Terrahawks: Volume 1 (Blu-ray TV series review).

‘Terrahawks’, Gerry Anderson’s 1980s return to puppets and model-based action adventure has always been an odd fish. The story of an Earth-based defence force taking on the repeated assaults of an Mars-based foe with a selection of specialist vehicles was deliberate mash-up of ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Captain Scarlet And The Mysterons’. It’s the fifth or sixth […]

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Saucer Country Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (graphic novel review).

September 13, 2016 | By | Reply More
Saucer Country Volume 2: The Reticulan Candidate by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly (graphic novel review).

‘The Reticulan Candidate’ collects issues 7-14 of Paul Cornell’s political alien abduction thriller ‘Saucer Country’. Governor Arcadia Alvarado is running for president, trying to mask the fact that she believes she was abducted by aliens. As such, she’s employed a Ufologist named Kidd to investigate reports behind abductees, Men in Black and a black ops […]

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Exploring Space:1999: An Episode Guide And Complete History Of The Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series by John Kenneth Muir (book review).

September 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Exploring Space:1999: An Episode Guide And Complete History Of The Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series by John Kenneth Muir (book review).

‘Space 1999’, like ‘Thunderbirds’ and ‘Terrahawks’ was one of those rare Gerry Anderson productions that actually made it to a second series. That the second series welcomed producer Fred Freiberger who decided to take the show in a direction that more closely resembled ‘Star Trek’ has been debated about by fans for years. What is […]

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A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars edited by Peter W. Lee (book review).

September 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars edited by Peter W. Lee (book review).

‘Star Wars’ is a genre-mashing, cultural melting pot and therefore open to multiple interpretations. This is presented across the variety of essays presented in ‘A Galaxy Here And Now: Historical And Cultural Readings Of Star Wars’ edited by Peter W. Lee. Explorations of race, nation and gender dominate the text. Gregory E Rutledge and Paul […]

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The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry by Lance Parkin (book review).

September 2, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry by Lance Parkin (book review).

As ‘Star Trek Beyond’ continues to perform well at the box office, it is an opportune time to revisit the life of the man that started it all. This is exactly what Lance Parkin does in his new book ‘The Impossible Has Happened: The Life And Work Of Gene Roddenberry – The Creator Of Star […]

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