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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?

What Re­mains by Tim Weaver is out now in pa­per­back and ebook.

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