Grand Master Michael Moorcock joins us to discuss several new projects, including his Dr. Who novel Coming Of The Terraphiles. He discusses how the opportunity to write for Who came about, BBC not allowing cigar smoking lizards in the manuscript, putting a toaster on the TARDIS, the role of the Absurd in Dr. Who, his favorite Doctor, his new collection of essays, and Chris Roberson’s fine Elric comic book.
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Russian/American scientist and author, Isaac Asimov, once wrote: Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today — but the core of science fiction, its essence, has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.
Science fiction is the marmite of literature – people tend to love it or hate it. Yet no one could deny that it has produced many of the great myths of our age, from Frankenstein’s monster to William Gibson’s cyber-reality.
SF blogger Damien Walter joins our panellists to discuss where it is now, and why we should all tune in to a genre that can be satirical, prophetic, political and plain good fun, often all at the same time. He also outlines some of the titles to look out for in 2010.
We also look at John Wyndham’s previously unpublished novel, Plan for Chaos, and interview China Miéville, rising star of the "new weird".