Telos Publishing Newsletter – 9th July 2012

Welcome to another newsletter from Telos Publishing. So the rains came … and stayed … and we ended up with the wettest June on record. Ho hum. At least there are some smashing books from Telos to curl up with.

Newly arrived since the last newsletter are:

Songs for Europe: The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest: Volume One: The 1950s and 1960s
by Gordon Roxburgh
Every year since 1956 millions of people around Europe and beyond have tuned in to watch the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It has become compulsive viewing, as viewers support their favourite song or country, and eagerly watch the performances and anticipate the excitement of the international voting as the show heads towards its climax.

Through examination of surviving archive material and documentation, plus interviews with those involved both behind and front of the camera, this series of books charts the history of the United Kingdom in the contest. Find out more about how the songs were selected to represent the country, and details on the all important voting each year.

This first volume looks at how the contest was created, and how important the BBC were in influencing its development. There is in depth coverage of those contests staged in the United Kingdom, and interviews with artists, composers and production personnel who took part in both the domestic and international competitions.

A detailed and exhaustive work of reference which fans of music and television history will find invaluable and fascinating.

The chap who runs the UK Fan Club for the Song Contest, Gordon Lewis, has described this book as follows: ‘It’s amazing. Okay, I haven’t read it cover to cover yet, but I’ve dipped in and already found a few fascinating facts. I love the colour illustrations in the centre and must congratulate you on what you have achieved. It’s brilliant.’

Copies can be ordered from Telos here:


By Your Command: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide To Battlestar Galactica: Volume 1: The Original Series and Galactica 1980
by Fiona Moore and Alan Stevens
Foreword by Richard Hatch.

‘The opposite of war isn’t always peace…’

Battlestar Galactica was one of the most impressive American telefantasy series of the 1970s, facing down competition from the Star Wars franchise and antipathy from its own network to gain high ratings, a devoted fan following, and a spinoff commissioned less than a year after the original had ended.

In this book, Alan Stevens and Fiona Moore use behind- the-scenes material and in-depth analyses of both screened episodes and unmade stories to explore howBattlestar Galactica interwove relevant political and religious themes into the traditional space-opera format to produce a television programme which is never less than entertaining and frequently thought-provoking. Like the reimagined series it inspired, the original Battlestar Galactica poses difficult questions about the legitimacy of war, the value of love, the perils of leadership and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

There’s a smashing review on the SFX Website of this already, and they say: ‘As good a guide to the show as you could hope to read.’ You can read the full review here:

Copies can be ordered from Telos here:


We have announced a couple of titles for the latter part of 2012:

The Comic Strip Companion: The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide toDoctor Who in Comics: 1964 — 1979
by Paul Scoones

First launched in the pages of TV Comic in November 1964, the comic strip version of Doctor Who is just one year younger than the television series on which it is based. This is its story.

This volume chronicles the first 15 years of the Doctor Whocomic strip from its origin in TV Comic to just before the ongoing strip was launched as a regular feature in Doctor Who Weekly in 1979. During this time more than 200 comic strip stories were published in the pages of TV ComicCountdownTV Action,TV Century 21The Dr Who Annual and the Dalek books.

Every strip is covered in depth, including plot details, continuity, points of interest and analysis. For the first time, details about the creation and development of the adventures are documented, alongside comments from some of the original writers and artists.

Follow the exploits of the Doctor in his first four incarnations alongside John, Gillian, Jamie, Sarah and Leela as he battles Daleks, Cybermen, Quarks, Kleptons, Trods, Sarracoids and the Ugrakks!

The Comic Strip Companion is your comprehensive guide to Doctor Who in the comics.

This title has caused quite a stir already, and there is now a hardback option added to the Telos site as well as the paperback option.

Copies can be ordered from Telos here:


Whostrology: A Time Traveller’s Almanac
by Michael M Gilroy-Sinclair
Illustrated by Deborah Taylor
Whostrology: an astrological system based upon the travels of a certain Time Lord. The mythic qualities of his tales of adventure form the basis for this book of daily readings that can help you shape your life and live in a truly Whovian way.
It has been said that the Doctor was born under the sign of the crossed computers. This could mean one of two things. It could be nothing more than a flippant remark to a passing local; or it could be a reference to the stars as seen from the Doctor’s home world. As any visible constellations are an arbitrary set of images fully dependant on the observer’s location in time and space as well as their cultural heritage, it can also be argued that some people have nothing better to do than make things up.

Whostrology is a book of daily readings, zodiac signs and explanations, and other Who-based astrological elements, designed to allow every Who fan to lead a life of peace and ordered calm.

This title has been a little overshadowed by the news of The Comic Strip Companion, but it’s a worthy tome, presenting a day-by-day selection of astrological readings, plus zodiac information … everything you need really.

Copies can be ordered from Telos here:


Zombies at Tiffany’s
by Sam Stone

Kat Lightfoot thought that getting a job at the famed Tiffany’s store in New York would be the end to her problems … she has money, new friends, and there’s even an inventor working there who develops new weapons from clockwork, and who cuts diamonds with a strange powered light. This is 1862, after all, and such things are the wonder of the age.

But then events take a turn for the worse: men and women wander the streets talking of ‘the darkness’; bodies vanish from morgues across town; and random, bloody attacks on innocent people take place in broad daylight.

Soon Kat and her friends are fighting for their lives against a horde of infected people, with only their wits and ingenuity to help them.

A steampunked novella of diamonds, chutzpah, death and horror from the blood-drenched pen of Sam Stone.

All titles preordered will be personally signed by Sam Stone.

We’re delighted to be publishing another story by Sam, as her work is always brilliantly written and evocative. Here’s what Sam said about the book: “It’s great to be back working with Telos again after the superb job they did with my horror collection Zombies in New York and Other Bloody Jottings last year. The new novella is riffing on the famous Audrey Hepburn/Blake Edwards film and the novella by Truman Capote, but it’s not the same as either. I enjoy playing with the genres, and this time we have a steampunk Victorian adventure. With zombies. In the famous Tiffany’s store in New York. It’s a lot of fun, and I even have a Jewish zombie wandering around who can only eat Kosher brains – that’s a nod to the character of Shagal the Inn Keeper, brilliantly played by Alfie Bass in the Polanski filmThe Fearless Vampire Killers.”

Copies can be ordered from Telos here:


In other news, we’re delighted that Fantom Films have now released the final three audio-books in theTime Hunter range. These audios are tremendous, and the readers bring great life and vitality to the adventures in time and space of Honore Lechasseur and Emily Blandish. The final three are written by Dale Smith, R J Carter and Troy Riser, and George Mann and David J Howe.

They can be ordered from the Telos site here:

Or there are download and multiple order discount offers available from the Fantom Films website here:

Finally, Mark B Oliver, author of the BLAKE’S 7 MERCHANDISE GUIDE, which has been very popular over the last few weeks, has prepared an update PDF containing details of additional items and information. This is being hosted as a free download on the Telos site, and a link will be available very soon in the same place as the ordering details for the main book.

Ordering details for the title, and the free download, is available here:

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