Fantastic TV: 50 Years of Cult Fantasy and Science Fiction

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By:Steven Savile
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Released:  April 2010
Publisher:  Plexus Publishing
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Description:  As the title suggests, this book provides an overview of TV science fiction and fantasy from the 60s to the present day. Doctor Who is of course included (both classic and new series) alongside dozens of other notable shows — the final chapter also contains a “round robin interview” with several sci-fi luminaries, including Andrew Cartmel and Paul Cornell.

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Fantastic TV celebrates five decades of science fiction and fantasy television — the cult shows that defined popular culture. Featuring interviews with the writers and creators of many of the shows included, and offering a unique insight into the impact of genre TV from those who bought their visions to era-defining life on the small screen. Taking in ‘60s classics like Star Trek, Lost In Space, and The Twilight Zone, as well as more recent additions to the fantasy canon such as The X-Files, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Lost, Steven Savile provides an incisive overview of those programmes that have inspired devotion — and even obsession — in their viewers over the years.

The interviewees’ reminiscences and the author’s affectionate appreciations pay homage to the importance and visionary uniqueness of all the shows covered, explaining how they relate to the world of genre fiction and the long-running history of science-fiction television, and illuminating how these series persist in influencing the writers and artists of today. Fantastic TV is a personal and perceptively-written tribute to the televisionaries who made broadcast history, changed the face of popular culture, and created legacies that continue to resonate with audiences around the world.

A lifelong genre fan, Steven Savile has written franchise fiction in the Doctor Who, Torchwood, Primeval, Stargate, Guild Wars, Warhammer, Star Wars and Jurassic Park series, as well as adapting the cult comic Slainé [sic], and in 2009 won the International Media Tie-In Writer’s Scribe Award for his best-selling novel based upon the cult UK science-fiction series, Primeval: Shadow Of The Jaguar. He won the Writers of the Future Award for his novella, Houdini’s Last Illusion. His debut thriller, Silver, has been translated into fourteen languages.

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