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Favourite SF/ fantasy film
Aged six, Return Of The Jedi was the first film I ever saw at the cinema, so the original Star Wars trilogy will always loom large. Then, as a teenager in the late ’ 80s and early ’ 90s, I shifted to a diet of comic books, horror movies and action films, which is why Aliens had such an impact on me – it’s a perfect combination of at least two of those things. I constantly rewatch The Thing, not least for Rob Bottin’s still-extraordinary effects, and I’ve seen RoboCop hundreds of times – it’s super- smart, it looks and feels amazing, and Clarence Boddicker is one of the all- time great screen villains.
Favourite SF/ fantasy TV show
I was a big, big fan of the miniseries and the first two seasons of Battlestar Galactica. I loved the template so much – this intergalactic chase thriller, full of paranoia and mistrust, where no one ever felt safe. After that incredible episode where Galactica freefalls onto New Caprica, I felt the show lost some of its focus and momentum, but I still think those first two- and- a- bit seasons are hard to top.
Favourite SF/ fantasy book
I Am Legend. Richard Matheson had an enviable imagination. I grew up reading him, Ira Levin and Stephen King. Levin’s This Perfect Day is fantastic – it’s full of great writing and sinister, prescient themes.
Favourite SF/ fantasy guilty pleasure
Predator. But is it still a guilty pleasure if you genuinely think it’s brilliant?
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