Posts tagged: UK
SF/F Editor Keith writes about the sartorial and other splendors of his favorite Doctor, Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor.
Hartnell had been the adult, the stern grandfather of early 1960s England. Troughton’s tramp with his mop top hair signified a shift in society toward the more free-wheeling and open society of London in the swingin’ sixties. And then along rumbles the Third Doctor in his jalopy Bessie, resplendent in Chelsea boots, velvet jackets, ruffled shirts — the very picture of the sartorial excess of the late 60s/early 1970s. And what’s more, he brought more than one outfit. When the Third Doctor encountered the First, the First Doctor irritably dismissed his later incarnation as “a dandy.” The Second Doctor called him “Fancy Pants.”
Happy 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who!
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein Manuscripts
The Shelley-Godwin Archive has posted all available manuscripts of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Ope…
Guest Star Beth Watkins interviews Samit Basu about his new book, Turbulence: writing, superheroes, Not Explaining India and villain lairs:
Author Samit Basu’s first American release, Turbulence, is the story of a few regular people who arrive in Delhi on a flight from London…with superpowers. Talk about baggage. Not just the standard flying, invisible, very very fast kinds of superpowers, either: each one of them gets what they most want in life. Basu doesn’t bother with the unlucky folks who wound up with new iPhones or a Prada wardrobe and instead rollicks through the adventures of the more incredible ones: an aspiring actress effortlessly bewitches everyone, a stressed working mom can split herself into multiple bodies, and the protagonist, Aman Sen, once under-noticed, now controls all the networks in the world. It’s not the most traditional distribution of skills in a superhero team, but this is India in the 21st century. Chaos and clamor are the (dis)order of the day—villainous destruction and heroic derring-do hardly make a splash. Aman and his new team mean well, but how can they actually go about saving the world in an always-on, hyperlinked, complicated modern society?
After rave reviews for Turbulence in its Indian and UK releases—from names like Mike Carey and Wired, no less–I ordered a copy from India. And despite me knowing approximately half a percent as much about Indian literature or speculative fiction as I do about Indian cinema, Samit agreed to let me interview him about it anyway.
Originally from Calcutta, India, Samit is also the author of a bestselling fantasy trilogy, Gameworld (The Simoqin Prophecies, The Manticore’s Secret, and The Unwaba Revelations); a YA adventure, Terror on the Titanic; comics, including a zombie invasion of Delhi; films; and many other things, which you can explore on his website.
Step right up–Noir Carnival is now available for your reading pleasure! Nineteen stories–”a heady…
I’m always charmed by the evidence that British repackagers of American material hadn’t quite grasped the nature of what they’d licensed. On the cover of the UK’s 1967 Batman Annual, for example, the Martian Manhunter’s green skin has been replaced by a ho-hum fleshy tone, while “John Jones” has been fastened on as the most interesting part of the character’s name. Quite clearly, the folks at Atlas Publishing & Distributing knew very little about the JLA’s founding Martian.
This week Romance Editor Chris talks about ghosts and Simone St. James’ An Inquiry Into Love And Death.
War, loss, ghosts: these are things that change you forever. But love is also on that list, and it leads to better places. Simone St. James knows that, and writes it beautifully.
Photo via Over The Front.