The age of Aquarius: utopia and anti-utopia in late 1960s and early 1970s' British science fiction

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Abstract

Book Abstract: From Doctor Who to Red Dwarf, Thunderbirds to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, some of the most memorable and cherished British television has been in the area of science fiction.This pioneering book, by leading writers in TV history and science fiction, offers for the first time a detailed national survey of this most well-loved of TV genres and provides in-depth reassessments of these shows, as well as others including Threads, Sapphire and Steel, Invasion: Earth and The Last Train. The volume argues that British science fiction television, too often in the past critically derided for the quality of its special effects compared to American equivalents such as Star Trek--deserves to be taken seriously as a legitimate object of cultural analysis, both in terms of its ambition and ideas and its value in illuminating wider aspects of recent social and cultural history.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBritish Science Fiction Television: A Hitchhiker's Guide
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005

Keywords

  • cultural history
  • British science fiction

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