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Destination: Moonbase Alpha

Destination: Moonbase Alpha [Kindle Edition]

Robert E Wood , Zienia Merton
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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September 13th, 1999...

A massive nuclear explosion blasts the Moon out of Earth orbit, sending Moonbase Alpha's 311 inhabitants on an uncontrollable odyssey through deep space. Now, Destination: Moonbase Alpha takes you back to a future billed as "the most spectacular space science fiction series ever produced for television."

Destination: Moonbase Alpha is the most comprehensive book ever published on SPACE: 1999, including extensive cast lists and detailed reviews of all 48 episodes, as well as the Message from Moonbase Alpha short film.

Destination: Moonbase Alpha tells the incredible story of the making of a science fiction classic, told by the actors, writers and production crew who created it. Including commentary from:

Martin Landau (Commander John Koenig)
Barbara Bain (Doctor Helena Russell)
Barry Morse (Professor Victor Bergman)
Sylvia Anderson (Producer - Year One)
Catherine Schell (Maya)
Fred Freiberger (Producer - Year Two)
Zienia Merton (Sandra Benes)
Gerry Anderson (Executive Producer)
Prentis Hancock (Paul Morrow)
Johnny Byrne (Writer)
Nick Tate (Alan Carter)
Christopher Penfold (Writer)
Anton Phillips (Bob Mathias)
Keith Wilson (Production Designer)
John Hug (Bill Fraser)
And many more!

Destination: Moonbase Alpha also includes - for the first time ever - the complete story behind the disappearance of Barry Morse and Professor Victor Bergman... It's a true story no fan has ever known - until now!

Destination: Moonbase Alpha is the essential guide to SPACE: 1999 - from critical reaction then and now, through the triumphant 35 year odyssey of Moonbase Alpha since the worldwide debut of SPACE: 1999 in 1975, and finally to writer Johnny Byrne's concepts for the return of the series. Keep this indispensable guide with you, and escape into worlds beyond belief!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1429 KB
  • Print Length: 489 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (10 Jan 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HOI0G32
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,229 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars All you need to know but were afraid to ask ! 23 Jun 2010
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Robert E Wood's unofficial guide to space 1999 is a scintillating read! every episode from year 1 and 2 is reviewed, dissected and commented on by Wood and many of the cast and crew who worked on the show. Want to know why Barry morse left after the 1st series and never came back?,lots of rumours about this over the yrs but here you finally get the full version from Morse himself. Lots of great information here.. for a few tidbits..Landau comes across as being a scene grabber and 2nd season producer Fred Freiberger is given a less than stellar comments by the cast and crew.Intrigued? then you need this book! Wood seems to be a bit of a generous marker reviewing some episodes far better than they deserve! but gives a fair account on a lot of them.

Space 1999 has gained a cult following over the yrs,never particularly successful in the u.k but it acheived moderate success abroad. Here you'll learn just about all you need to know!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Space:1999 was a fairly popular tv-series in it's day but it does not enjoy the widespread mainstream recognition that it's sci-fi contemporaries, Star Trek and Star Wars, receive today. Space:1999 is very much of cult status in the modern world and, as is often the case when shows are at this lower level of recognition, information tends to be scattered and hard to come by even with the presence of the internet. So we, as fans of the show, are fortunate indeed to have a tome like this available to us. The material is largely concerned with the production of the shows rather than any technical aspects and also offers an extended critique of individual episodes as well as each of the two seasons and the show as a whole. The interesting thing is that a lot of this critique is from the people who actually worked on the show - writers, directors, producers, actors etc. which makes it particularly pertinent. This book is full of information and opinion, commentary and juicy inside information that would be virtually impossible to find anywhere else.
On the whole I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and it has given a whole new level to watching the show again with all the background knowledge and opinion for each episode. If I had to make any criticism it would be the lack of photos - Ironically, the only photos included are model shots (i.e. technical stuff) rather than of any of the people involved. I understand why this is, there are licensing and permission issues when featuring pictures of people and this is an "unathourised" biography of the show. It's a shame as there are probably all sorts of candid, behind-the-scenes photos in the possession of those involved in the show and this would be the perfect place for them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth getting if you are a fan 12 July 2010
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An extremely well researched book which gives lots of original and highly detailed information and observations. This is not a very visual book so don't expect much in the way of illustrations. However, this is compensated for by the depth and breadth of information. There is in-depth analysis of every episode (from both seasons) and it is therfore a useful companion to the excellent Network DVD release of series 1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive Overview of Space 1999 19 May 2010
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If your a fan of this 1970's sci-fi show you'll love this. The book is written by someone who absolutely lives and breathes the show. All aspects of the production are covered across its two seasons with comprehensive episodes guides and commentaries from cast and crew. You can pick it up anywhere and read something new about the show you didn't know before. The actor Barry Morse who played Professor Victor Bergman in series one never appeared in series two and the reason for his omission is fully explained here.

The book is over 500 pages long and one thing that should be mentioned is that there are no 'official' photos from the show as it is entirely 'unofficial'. There are, however, photos of some of the spacecraft models used in the series supplied by their modelmaker, Martin Bower.

A great read if your a fan and you won't be disappointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible family history book! 14 Sep 2010
Having grown up on Alpha, in order to escape a harsh household, it feels wonderful to be transported back to the home I took shelter in.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential book on this sci-fi classic 26 Mar 2014
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Space:1999 is one of my all time favourite TV shows (well the stunning design and ideas of the first series anyway).

This book from cover to cover looks at every episode made, provides in-sights throughout from cast and crew, gives you the origins of the show, and adds in an episode guide and more comments from those involved.

An essential purchase if you're a fan of Gerry Anderson and this sci-fi classic.
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