“This is the voice of the Mysterons…”
Or rather, it’s the voice of Chinbeard Books – late next year (September 2017), they’ll be publishing my debut book: “Spectrum is Indestructible”!
“Spectrum is Indestructible” will be a critical guide to Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s sci-fi/action-adventure series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. The book will contain extensive, in-depth reviews of all 32 episodes of the classic series. No stone will be left upturned (hopefully!), meaning that every episode will be torn to shreds to see what makes them tick. The good, the bad and the ugly of Captain Scarlet and the Mysteron’s original, 32-part saga are receiving a very thorough examination!
In addition to these, the book dives deep into Captain Scarlet’s extended universe. An area of the show hitherto untouched in a critical light, Captain Scarlet’s adventures found in the five Century 21-produced audio dramas, the trilogy of paperback novels written by John Theydon, and the comic book TV21 will be placed under the microscope.
Away from reviews, the book will contain other essays as well, ones that tackle specific ideas found in the show. These include themes of morality and paranoia, as well as how Captain Scarlet can be seen as a prime example of a post-human television series. The heroes and villains of Captain Scarlet will also be scrutinised in detail via character studies. More articles are in the pipeline, but I want to try and save a few things as a surprise.
With Captain Scarlet’s 50th anniversary coming in September 2017, I wanted to take advantage of celebrating this unique television show in a way not done so before. I’m a life-long fan of the Supermarionation TV shows/films of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and have written extensively on their works for numerous websites and magazines. These include A Place To Hang Your Cape, ScreenRelish, Flickering Myth, Andersonic Magazine and Starburst Magazine.
As mentioned, this is an unofficial book, but it does have the backing of both ITV and Anderson Entertainment. I don’t have a confirmed release date as of yet, really because I’m knees deep in writing the book at present. However, the aim is to have this book out in time for Captain Scarlet’s 50th anniversary in late September 2017.
You can check out Chinbeards Books’ website here for further info, as well as follow them and myself on Twitter for future updates as work on “Spectrum is Indestructible” progresses. If you’d like to know more about the book, you can get in touch with me via the contact page or leave a comment below.