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BBC2: Tomorrow's Worlds

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  • BBC2: Tomorrow's Worlds

    Did anyone catch the first episode of, Tomorrow's Worlds: The Unearthly History of Science Fiction, on BBC2 last night? This one was devoted to, Space.

    Have to admit, was rather disappointed. Plus points were talking head appearances of Ursula K. Le Guin, with mention of The Left Hand of Darkness and Neil Gaiman. Minus points were a concentration on mainstream Film and TV, with reference to the actual literature in very short supply. Too much 2001, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Darkstar, Alien, Avatar and Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Not enough about just about everything else after Jules Verne and HG Wells.

    First part of a four part series. Coming up, Invasion, Robots and Time. Expect BBC efforts like Quatermass and Doctor Who, to feature heavily.

    Was hoping for a bit more depth and more reference to the actual literature. Will be watching, but not getting my hopes up.

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    The presenter, Dominic Sandbrook was on Start The Week this morning and did confess that, not surprisingly for a TV programme, it is very clip orientated although they do (apparently) try to have a core text (The Time Machine, Frankenstein, etc.) at the centre of each episode. Didn't realise the first episode had gone out or that it was on BBC2 rather than BBC4; will try to catch it on iPlayer.
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."