From The Adventures of Twizzle (1957) to Thunderbirds Are Go (2015), the many worlds of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson have given great pleasure to television audiences the world over. Even though they are no longer with us, their shows and ideas live on in new versions of classic favourites and development of other ideas and concepts.
In Andersons’ Supersonic Centuries, critic and essayist Fred McNamara looks at various strands of the Andersons’ entertainment output, and assesses their merits, while comparing and contrasting with other shows and concepts. From the early days of Fireball XL-5 (1962) and Stingray (1964), through Thunderbirds (1965) and Captain Scarlet (1967), the live-action Space: 1999 (1975) and UFO (1970), to the modern reimaginings of the classic shows and more, McNamara studies of the worlds, the cities, the equipment, the characters, the hardware, the vehicles and the themes.
A superb unauthorised and unofficial collection of essays looking at numerous aspects of the worlds that Gerry and Sylvia Anderson created. Essential reading for anyone interested in the genre!
279pp. 6×9 format paperback book.
ISBN 978-1-84583-197-4 (pb)
Published 18 March 2022
‘You may not be able to buy a new TV21 annual this year, but if you’re looking for something to settle back on the couch with this Easter and dream of Century 21, Andersons’ Supersonic Centuries is just the ticket.’ Harry Dobermann, Wyblog
‘Anderson’s Supersonic Centuries is a spirited and comprehensive critical encapsulation of an incredible body of work of British science fiction and cult television. Gerry and Sylvia’s creative output bursts with intelligent and imaginative subtext. Whilst many of their works were intended for young audiences, they rarely talked down to those young audiences. This book pays tribute to that perspective which unites much of their work.’ We Are Cult
‘A witty and insightful collection of essays, written by an author who displays a clear passion for the subject matter.’ Amazon Reviewer
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Fred McNamara is an atomic-powered writer, author and comic book editor who is based in the not-so-atomic rural landscapes of Lincolnshire. After being exposed to Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet during their reruns on BBC Two in the early 2000s, he was never the same again. He thrills in overthinking the thematic aspects of vintage and obscure science fiction and other genre media. He’s previously written for We Are Cult, Starburst Magazine, Andersonic and Comic Scene, amongst others. Between 2014 and 2020, Fred was the senior editor for the superhero/indie comic book website A Place To Hang Your Cape. His debut book, Spectrum is Indestructible: An Unofficial Captain Scarlet Celebration, was published in February 2020. He’s permanently chipping away at more book-length projects whilst dipping his editorial toes into new comics. In his spare time, he wonders why he has so little spare time. He’s probably the only person who thinks Terrahawks is as good as Space: 1999.