Ye Olde Collectibles and Trivia
Column highlighting new product releases
Strange New Worlds Issue 9 - Sep/Oct 1993
Remarks, Reruns, Retreads, and Returns
As August looms on the cinema horizon, there are some interesting selections in the
multiplexes. I am awaiting the Harrison Ford remake of The Fugitive, Robert
Townsends Meteor Man with cameos by Bill Cosby and James Earl Jones, Blake
Edwards The Son of the Pink Panther, horror master Stephen Kingss Needful
Things with Max Von Sydow and Bonnie (Die Hard) Bedelia, and Jason Goes To
Hell: The Final Friday. If you believe this is the end of the Friday the Thirteenth
movies, I have swampland on sale very cheaply in Brooklyn.
Each film, of course, has some sort of merchandise available that bears its name. The
Fugitive will have a novelization from Avon books. Robert Townsends Meteor
Man currently has a six issue mini-series from Marvel Comics. Harvey Comics is
re-releasing the Pink Panther comics. Penguin HighBridge Audio has author Stephen
King reading the novel of Needful Things to tape. This twenty-four-hour
presentation is not for the weak of heart. For the Friday the Thirteenth fans,
Topps is releasing a comic book adaptation of the movie with a trading card poly-bagged
with each comic and a 100 card set of the movie.
Beam up the Gameboy, Scotty
I have an extraordinary and remarkable wife who understands I am a BIG kid at heart.
She bought me a Gameboy for our anniversary. So I am impatiently anticipating the August
release of Star Trek: The Next Generation for Gameboy. The press releases of this
product look great. The game seems similar to the old IBM Star Trek: The Next
Generation game, The Transinium Challenge, which is now longer for sale. By the
way, the Gameboy also has the Star Trek: 25th Anniversary Game similar to the
Poster Em, Danno
In my study I have a wall filled with movie posters of the films that I have enjoyed
over the years. I do not care what other critics have thought of these films; I enjoyed
both the films and the poster art. Bruce Lanier Wright has accumulated a collection of
science fiction movie posters from the 50s and 60s in his book, Yesterdays
Tomorrow [see book excerpt in SNW #12] from
Taylor Publishing. This collection of film history is a wonder for fans of B-movies, this
critic included. The informative text with one-sheet poster illustrations tells
behind-the-scenes stories about the films and their creators. The books low price,
under $20, makes this a gift affordable to all collectors of posters or science fiction
Let me draw your attention to several excellent audios now available.
Star Wars: The Original Radio Drama (Penquin/HighBridge Audio) is a collection
of the 1981 National Public Radio shows that expanded the film versions of the Star
Wars saga. After you listen to this audio production you may want to review the film. (For
further information about this six-and-one-half hour radio drama, see story on page 5.)
A soundtrack recording of a Dr. Who adventure that many thought lost was found
in the BBC soundtrack library. Dr. Who: The Evil of the Daleks (BBC Audio) is an
adventure of the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton). The audio version is slightly
confusing, since it was originally a TV production and the circumstances that you would
see visually are not there. Narration to explain the actions that sound cannot cover is by
Tom Baker, the Fourth Doctor. This soundbook is a treasure since no video of this Doctor
Who adventure has survived.
Music For Little People has re-released the Grammy-winning The Little Prince. Do
not miss this classic tale narrated by Richard Burton. Also on this spoken word recording
are the vocal talents of Jonathan Winters, Jim Backus, and John Carradine.
Im Conning Around the Mountain
I am going to be busy this fall at the following conventions: First Trekopolis at the
Roanoke Civic Center in Virginia on September 18 - 19. Then, I will be at Kaleidoscope
SF&F convention September 24 - 26 at the Radisson in Lynchburg, Virginia. Then I will
be heading the writers workshop and judging the costume call at Rising Star 2 at the
Salem, Virginia Civic Center October 1 - 2. Of course, I will be happy to autograph Strange
New Worlds , so stop and let me.
In June I had the pleasure of finally meeting the publisher of this wonderful magazine
face-to-face at the 1993 American Booksellers Association in Miami Beach. It was a pure
delight for me!
So, until next time, lets be good to each other!