Sunday, 26 December 2010

Vintage Cult TV Paperbacks - U.F.O

This is a blog post I published back in 2010, but am recycling it for this week's Sepia Saturday. Whilst it's not sepia, it does fit nicely with the 'space' theme that Alan has suggested this week.

U.F.O. was another cult TV series I remember as a child. It seemed at times to have quite an edge to it, and I remember being distinctly scared by some of the episodes. The books were published in the early 1970's and set in the future, albeit only 1980, in a time when 'Unidentified Flying Objects race through the skies like bats out of hell, blasting... killing... vanishing to an unknown alien world'. I also vividly remember seeing various toys as a child, and although I coveted one, I never owned a S.H.A.D.O. vehicle. I imagine they are real collector's items today.

Having seen some re-runs fairly recently, the vision of what we would all be wearing in the future, remains quite amusing. Silver sting vest like all-in-one outfits, short skirts, purple hair with matching eye shadow, etc. As for the aliens, they were of course archetypal baddies, and only intent one one thing.

First UFO paperback, written by Robert Miall, c.1970
 Second UFO paperback, written by Robert Miall, c.1971

More vintage books and magazines on my web site

    

10 comments:

  1. Great finds! And what is wrong with purple hair and eye-shadow may I ask? :)

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  2. Purple hair and matching eyeshadow- I see UFO people just about every day. i've even seen them in church! Great post and right on theme!

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  3. Re: "vision of what we would all be wearing in the future, remains quite amusing. Silver sting vest like all-in-one outfits, short skirts, purple hair with matching eye shadow," We are there and past it. Have seen the all colors hair and some outfits that defy that description!

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  4. Will I ever be able to find a theme you cannot match? Your attic must be overflowing.

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  5. I'm not familiar with this series, but i love the lady's hair and outfits.

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  6. I don't remember the series but I love the futuristic speculation. Great post!

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  7. Great match for the theme. Years ago, I used to consume science fiction paperbacks by the dozen, but the science of the space program has made them too improbable now, and they seem dated, as if from an older era rather than the future.

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  8. Is that the same Gerry Anderson as the one of Thunderbirds fame, I wonder? It looks about the same era. I am quite happy to suspend disbelief and relive these stories.

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  9. Visions of the future are amusing, but they rarely turn out to be accurate.

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  10. i remeber well the series and have it all on DVD!!! too much polyester for my liking though. it was sexy[?], but i warrant not that comfortable...

    :D~
    HUGZ

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