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on 17 October 2008
This is an anthology of short essays on British Science Fiction Television written by various media academics and writers within the SF genre.

On the whole the content of this book is informative and written well enough to engage the average fan of the genre. When the essays 'work', as in the ones written about the depiction of a future nuclear holocaust in shows such as The War Game and Threads, you come away feeling like you have learnt something important and vital to your life - a bit like the shows themselves. The less effective essays try to take a hypothesis, e.g. Sapphire and Steel were rampant Tories or The Red Dwarf crew were a missed opportunity in exploring post-gender relationships, and then fit the content of the shows to match the hypothesis. The constant referencing to obscure moments makes these essays unreadable.

I would recommend this book to a fellow casual SF fan who might want to know more about the state of society and what the writers were thinking when their favourite shows were made. However the level of detail in some of these essays would put off the less knowledgable fan while frustrating the more obsessive ones. The Blakes 7 essay is the prime example of this. This is a major flaw and I believe that this book will struggle to find an audience for that reason. This is a great shame.
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