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Childhood Science Fiction: Ice Cream

The 1970s were a time when every cool science fiction show had an ice cream or ice block (lolly). There were stickers and games associated with them too. Here are a few I remember.

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 8.2)

Having cut their teeth on the Supermarionation of Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet, and Stingray, Gerry and Sylvia Anderson turned their attention to live-action science fiction with the TV series – UFO and Space 1999, as well as the action-adventure … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 8.1)

  This particular post is dedicated to the shows developed by Gerry Anderson and his team. My earliest recollection of these is watching Captain Scarlet in black and white, followed a few years later by Thunderbirds, Stingray and Joe 90. … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 7)

A few more of the science fiction television influence in my preteen years. This time around we encounter invisible men and secret agents with superpowers. The Invisible Man ¬†(1975) This was my first encounter with the actor, David McCallum, having … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 6)

More bionic and psychic abilities today. Does anyone remember Max(imillion) the Bionic Dog? The Tomorrow People (1973-1979) One of the highlights of my childhood science fiction watching, The Tomorrow People¬†introduced the scenario of children hitting puberty developing psychic powers. These … Continue reading

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Celluloid Spiders

Inspired by the latest Doctor Who episode, we venture into film and television which have featured our favourite(?) eight-legged arthropods. Of course, arthropods includes crustaceans, so your favourite arthropod might be lobster served with garlic butter or the classic shrimp … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 5)

This instalment is a smorgasbord of television shows that filled in some of the gaps of childhood viewing but with some pertinent life lessons for the younger viewer. Things I learned from these shows: Don’t ever get in a boat; … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 4)

Scary science fiction is back on the agenda today, as well as Greek mythology crashing into science fiction superheroes. Sapphire and Steel (1979-82) If Children of the Stones scared kids to death, then Sapphire and Steel nailed their coffins well … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 3)

  In this post we are sent spiralling into the 25th century to join a 1930s spaceman dragged into the 2400s via 1979. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-81) In 1979 Buck Rogers blasted across our TV screens as … Continue reading

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Childhood Science Fiction: Television (Part 2)

Part 2 of childhood science fiction influences. This time the action hero we all wanted to be, the programme is possibly the scariest children’s TV show ever, and then we go swimming. The Six Million Dollar Man (1973-78) Steve Austin … Continue reading

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