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All posts tagged 1970s

Patrick Woodroffe

I’d already planned on doing an article on the fantasy artist Patrick Woodroffe when the news came in that he’d passed away and so, sadly, this has become my personal […]

Tove Jansson – the Truth about the Moomins

A while back I wrote a post about Tove Jansson’s last Moomin book, Moominvalley in November (1971), pointing out that behind the innocent guise of a charming children’s tale lurked […]

Kate Bush

Tickets for Kate Bush’s first live concert in 35 years went on sale this morning and within fifteen minutes all 80,000 had gone. The fact she hasn’t toured for so […]

Schalcken the Painter (1979)

The history of British TV is littered with brilliant one-off series and TV programmes that appeared once or twice and then vanished, seemingly forever. John Hurt as Raskolnikov in Crime […]

The Art of Ian Miller

The early 1970s saw a renaissance in Science Fiction and Fantasy cover art in the UK, led by New English Library and Panther. If you compare the drab covers of […]

Frank Frazetta

I’m still waiting for Conan. The first Arnold Schwarzenegger film was kind of OK, and had one or two impressive moments. The second was dire and I still can’t bring […]

Life Before Man

On my last trip up to Yorkshire I found one of my favourite childhood books, Life Before Man, by Zdenek Burian (pictures) and Zdenek V. Spinar (text), published in 1972 […]

Tangerine Dream – Phaedra

I started reading science fiction round about the same time I got into music, and so being a fairly literal minded so-and-so I immediately embarked on a quest to find […]

StarForce – Alpha Centauri

This post is a bit of unashamedly geeky nostalgia. As I’ve mentioned before, in the early 1970s I started collecting the science fiction magazines Galaxy and Worlds of If. Apart […]

Vortex – The Science Fiction Fantasy

The disappearance of Science Fiction Monthly in 1976 left a void in the UK. While New English Library’s SFM never really escaped from its teenage boy bedroom poster origins, and the fiction […]

Science Fiction Monthly Vol. 1, No. 2

I’ve chosen the second issue of the 70s British SF magazine Science Fiction Monthly because that’s the one that started it all off for me in 1974. I was on […]

Worlds of If – part two

My last post about the magazine Worlds of If generated quite a bit of interest so I thought I’d post a few more covers so you can see how it […]