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28/02/2020: BOOK REVIEW: The Golden Age of Science Fiction A Journey into Space with 1950s Radio, TV, Films, Comics and Books By John Wade

An exciting book that will interest lovers of Sci Fi from the 50s. With colour pictures and photos throughout, there is lots to keep the reader involved – even if you didn’t grow up in that era. Wade goes into details over radio series of that time including Journey into Space from the BBC aided by photos of the people wo provided the voices. He also includes detailed respective plots and series information of Lost in Space, Dan Dare and other radio presentations before looking at the TV Sci Fi offerings of the time. Quatermas and the Pit, Nineteen Eighty-Four both get a mention and for the 20something readers, the original Star Trek series is covered too. Wade mentions HG Wells’ War of The Worlds reminding us that not all aliens like to be friendly.

With regards to science fiction films, we learn background information about the posters advertising the films too – even the misleading interpretations some posters gave. In the book section, towards the end of Wades’ research, he looks at novels and comics. This is a fantastic collection of sci fi memorabilia for those who enjoy escapism and a nostalgic trip down memory lane. Brilliant stuff! Reviewed by Sarah Banham

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