The journalist, Writer and Host of Newswatch walks us Through her Sci-fi faves
Favourite SF/fantasy film?
I grew up on dystopian sf films on Tv in the ’70s. But The Andromeda Strain (1971) was the one that left the greatest mark. I was obsessed with its sterilising process and coloured levels as the scientists descended further. When I went on the Hong Kong underground last year I was ridiculously excited to find the colour coded stations were an exact match for The Andromeda Strain’s levels.
Favourite SF/fantasy TV show?
Star Trek overall but Space: 1999 was a huge influence, even though it was so bleak. I adored Maya – the spock-like alien who also scored the Italian boyfriend. My mum took me to the Space: 1999 walkthrough experience at selfridges in about 1975. I once interviewed Martin Landau who, brilliantly, still talks seriously like Commander Koenig about the rules of life on Moonbase Alpha.
Favourite SF/fantasy book?
The Handmaid’s Tale is hauntingly good because, like the original Planet Of The Apes films, it’s about a society ruled by religious fundamentalism. There is nothing more frightening in sf or plausible, than a retreat to the irrational.
Favourite SF/fantasy comic?
I discovered Wonder Woman on my first trip to America in 1976 and still collect silver and Bronze Age issues. Issue 206 fascinates me, when she finds she has a black sister called Nubia and has to fight her. Wonder Woman rarely had the writers she deserved, but she – and her sister – are the greatest.
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