A collective of bibliophiles talking about books. Book Fox (vulpes libris): small bibliovorous mammal of overactive imagination and uncommonly large bookshop expenses. Habitat: anywhere the rustle of pages can be heard.
It’s time to discover your inner geek.
And if you thought that geeks were just sad Billy no-mates with regrettable personal hygiene standards, zero dress sense and the social skills of an amoeba, think again.
Geek is the new black. Geek is cool.
Don’t believe us? Read ‘em and weep …
On Monday Jackie sketches a review of Ray Bradbury’s classic The Illustrated Man.
On Tuesday, popular VL regular Jay Benedict – who had roles in both Star Wars AND Aliens, but somehow failed to make it into the theatrical release of either of them – will be talking about life on the cutting room floor and how Go Nagai’s Star Fleet got its English soundtrack, in The Most Unkindest Cut.
AND – as the cherry on the icing – there’s also going to be a very special giveaway too … the complete box set of Star Fleet X-Bomber autographed by Jay. Make sure you join us then to find out how to enter.
John Kennedy joins us on Wednesday to take a look at the challenges and rewards of writing monthly comics with well established characters.
It’s Michael’s turn on Thursday. “Britain,” he says, “can make things; smart things, cool things. No, really. Rockets and computer games and everything …” and in his review of Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffins, he sets out to prove it.
On Friday, our old friend Lesley Gallacher will be casting her expert eye over the animated Japanese SF show Star Fleet (X-Bomber), created by manga master Go Nagai and finally released on DVD this month, a mere twenty-seven years after it became a Saturday morning TV phenomenon.
Finally, on Saturday Michael is back with a look at the Russian space programme in: Their Russians were better than our Germans: How the USSR got to space first.
The sublimely appropriate photograph is courtesy of Pipe on Flickr, and is reproduced under a Creative Commons Licence. ¡Muchas gracias, Felipe! And may the dog forgive you …