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Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders Jun 24, 2019.

Tanith Lee Was An Indispensible Fantasy Author

Tanith Lee Was An Indispensible Fantasy Author

Tanith Lee, who died on Sunday, was one of the most prolific and influential authors of fantasy and horror. Everyone seems to know her for something different. Some people are obsessed with The Silver Metal Lover, while others devoured her fantasy series. And then there are the Blake’s 7 episodes. She left a huge bounty.

Top image: The Birthgrave, British cover

Lee wrote dozens of novels, and...

James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Jun 04, 2019. 20 comments

RIP Paul Darrow, Blake's 7's Unlikely, Sardonic 'Hero'

RIP Paul Darrow, Blake's 7's Unlikely, Sardonic 'Hero'

Paul Darrow, beloved for his turn as Kerr Avon in the cult British sci-fi series Blake’s 7, has passed away after a short illness at the age of 78.

Darrow was known for turns in everything from Law & Order UK, to The Legend of Robin Hood, and of course to classic Doctor Who —appearing not once, but twice, as ill-fated UNIT Captain Hawkins in “Doctor Who and the Silurians” and in a...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Sep 04, 2018. 16 comments

RIP Jacqueline Pearce, the Dazzling Villainess of Blake's 7

RIP Jacqueline Pearce, the Dazzling Villainess of Blake's 7

Jacqueline Pearce, best known to sci-fi fans as the glamorous and calculating Servalan on the cult British space drama Blake’s 7, has died at the age of 74.

As Doctor Who News notes, in her long running acting career she made several genre appearances—including guest roles in The Avengers, starring turns in the Hammer Horror classics The Plague of the Zombies and The Reptile, and even a...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Mar 01, 2018. 13 comments

RIP Gareth Thomas, the Unforgettable Hero of Blake's 7

RIP Gareth Thomas, the Unforgettable Hero of <i>Blake's 7</i>

Gareth Thomas, the star of the fantastic British dystopian space opera Blake’s 7, has passed away at the age of 71. Thomas had a long and storied career on British television, but he’ll be forever known and loved for his starring role as Roj Blake.

Before landing the title role in Terry Nation’s subversive scifi saga, Welsh-born Thomas began his televisual career in 1965, before landing steady...

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Charlie Jane Anders Charlie Jane Anders Nov 25, 2017. 21 comments

The Difference Between A Great Twist And A Mediocre Twist

The Difference Between A Great Twist And A Mediocre Twist

Everybody loves a surprise. Our movies, TV shows, books and other media are constantly pulling rabbits out of hats and revealing that the truth is something other than what we believed. But some twists are better than others — and here's the crucial difference.

These days, we hear a lot about the importance of preserving the sanctity of the Big Surprise — spoilers are destroying pop culture,...

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