The anthology, NEVER AGAIN, edited by Allyson Bird and Joel Lane, is now available for pre-order here: http://grayfriarpress.com/catalogue/neveragain.html
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The anthology contains fiction by some of the most talented writers around, including Nina Allan, Lisa Tuttle, John Howard, Tony Richards, Alison Littlewood, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Rhys Hughes, Simon Kurt Unsworth, Joe R. Lansdale, Kaaron Warren, Steve Duffy, Gary McMahon, Rob Shearman, Carole Johnstone, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen Volk, Andrew Hook, Simon Bestwick and many more. Pre-order a copy today!
I can't wait to read it!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Just finished watching the complete boxset of Sapphire and Steel. This is a show which I only saw once when I was about ten years old and it left such a huge impression on me. I couldn't remember specific things from it (apart from Joanna Lumley's eyes going all blue and twinkly) but it was more of a feeling which stayed with me. Rewatching the series as an adult obviously means much of the magic is lost but, even despite the huge limitations of the budget, the show still stands up as a genre show that was way ahead of its time. I love the interplay between McCallum and Lumley (he is all cold and gruff while she is soft-spoken and all heart) and the ending of the final episode in which our heroes are left stuck in an existential trap - 'Nowhere...forever' - is just fantastic. For me, the shorter assignments (i.e. four episodes) were more successful but, as a whole, the series was a genuine original. I would love to see it brought back but only if they stuck to the show's original formula and didn't try to explain everything as is the vogue nowadays. Still, there are always the Big Finish audio stories which I may sample sometime, but somehow I don't think they'll be quite as satisfying.