To m Wats o n
The Deputy Leader of the Labour Party on his SF faves
Favourite SF/ fantasy film
The Fifth Element. It’s the ultimate sci- fi love story. Ever since I was a kid watching The Jetsons I’ve always wondered when the highways in the sky will actually happen. Luc Besson paints a wonderful picture of them in all their chaotic glory. As it turns out, drone lanes will become a reality far sooner. I imagine it will be drones, rather than ebooks, that will be Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s lasting legacy.
Favourite SF/ fantasy TV show
My first ever introduction to TV sci- fi was The Tomorrow People, which I obsessed over as a six- year- old. But I guess my favourite ever sci- fi TV show was Blake’s 7 – in which a dysfunctional group of imperfect heroes struggle against an evil government intent on interplanetary domination. I’m not sure why that still resonates, but it does.
Favourite SF/ fantasy book
Anything by Heinlein. I’d choose Farmer In The Sky, about a teenager on the frontiers of space. But it easily could have been Stranger In A Strange Land, a book about a human raised by Martians who founds a new religion. Or I Will Fear No Evil – in which two souls share a body after a brain transplant.
Guilty SF/ fantasy pleasure
Does being a former Dungeons & Dragons obsessive count as a guilty pleasure? We honour the memory of Crothnor, the chaotic good fighter, who was cruelly killed off by Dungeon Master Andy Robinson.
Tom Watson is the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and can be found on Twitter at @tom_ watson.