Sunday, 28 October 2012

Picnic on Nearside (1984) Barclay Shaw

A collection of short fiction by John Varley by the look of it.  Art by Barclay Shaw.  Now this I really like.

Downtiming the Nightside (1985) Barclay Shaw

One of Jack L. Chalker's stand alone works.  More art by Barclay Shaw.  Never read the book or anything by Chalker for that matter.  If anyone wants to add a pocket review to the comments feel free.

Texas Triumphant (1987) Barclay Shaw

A strangely likable bit of artwork by Barclay Shaw for Texas Triumphant, a novel by Daniel Da Cruz.  I would like to tell you the colours are out on the scan and that the Russian spacesuit is actually a nice deep communist red but I had a copy of this book in my hands about an hour ago and that was girly pink too.  Very; Despicable Me.

Lets have a game of spot the pink spacesuit, anyone?


Saturday, 27 October 2012

Starcom - The Toyline (1987)

I was too old to have been into these when they came out and I don't remember ever being aware that there was a TV series. My younger brother had a couple of the figures and a small vehicle, I think. From what I can gather Starcom never really set the world on fire but I quite like the box art though.


Friday, 26 October 2012

Virtuality (2009)

American TV pilot.  Sounds dreadful.  doesn't look much better either.  If anyone has seen this and wants to correct me by telling me it's a work of genius then feel free.


The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)

This is from the opening sequence of the BBC TV version of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I just watched this again very recently.  Absolutely brilliant opening episode and then just sort of drifts away into a series of over egged set pieces.  It's time to remake this, I think.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Space Race (2005)

This is Yuri Gagarin as portrayed in the BBC Docudrama Space Race.  This was a co production between British, German, American and Russian production teams which is interesting because me and blog watcher; DeadSpiderEye are not at all convince by the helmets.  He has suggested that this is in fact a redressed helmet from the BBC's Star Cops (1987) and it might just be.

And this is the Alan Shepard look-a-likey in his not especially look-a-likey helmet and suit.  I don't know from where it came but you some how expect better of the BBC

Cheers for pointing me towards this, DeadSpiderEye.

Mercury 3 - Alan Shepard (1961)

Alan Shepard first American in Space,  May 1961.
When Shepard was asked why he thought he had been selected for this historical flight, he grinned and said: “I guess they just ran out of monkeys!”

Ham Space Monkey (1961)

Ham the American space chimp completed his sub-orbital flight in January 1961 paving the way for Alan Shepard

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Armageddon (1998) Gallery

I think this is a really bad film.  I wouldn't swear to it because I've blocked all memory of having seen it from my mind.  I can prove this by the fact I was half way through doing this blog when I realised I had already blogged about it once already.  I've just added the word; Gallery, to the title and now we're good to go again.  Look at the pretty space suits but do not be tempted to watch the film.


Prometheus (2012)

I honestly don't know what to say about this film. I watched it last night and I still don't know if I liked it or not. The spacesuits are nice but so were the ones in Planeta Bur! I'll watch it again and see if I can grow an opinion one way or the other. The one thought that I'll share right now is that Alien was a B-movie raised to the level of cinematic art. Prometheus may well be the same thing but in reverse.


Mission To Mars (2000)