Hardcover books produced for the Christmas season in UK. Contents of first 4 were written by Angus P Allen, comprising text and comic strip stories, various puzzles & games (a board type game, spot the difference between photos, quizzes), articles on space facts, biographies of cast, cartoons (& from 1976 on, photos with humorous speech bubbles added). Well illustrated with colour photos. The stories were routine space adventure, but exciting. The two-colour comic strips were drawn by John Burns in 1975 (he also drew for the Look-In comic), by Martin Asbury in 1976 (artist of the Garth strip and storyboard artist on the films Greystoke, Legend, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Alien 3) and by an unknown artist in 1977 and 1978 (these were crudely drawn). The cover art on three of the five annuals was by Edgar Hodges. The articles were well researched and entertaining: the background articles on Moonbase life in the first annual were especially good.
All published in August of year.
US,UK Nov 1976
ISBN 0 345 25265-9-195 ; pp259 with 32 page b/w photo section
US $1.95, UK 85p (the US edition was widely distributed in the UK)
10.5 x 18 cm, cover design of spotlight, boom & camera; left is strip of publicity photos.
Behind the scenes conversations with Year 2 cast & crew, with chapters on direction, make up, design, scripts, music, casting, effects, dubbing & cutting, plus profiles of Anderson, Freiberger, cast. Three appendices: 'Metamorph' call sheet, shooting schedule, synopses of Year 1 episodes & 8 of Year 2 (the book was finished in May 1976). Good behind-the-scenes information with some revealing quotes gathered by the journalist Tim Heald.
Heald recounts in the book how Keith Shackleton, head of Gerry Anderson Marketing, approached Hunter Davies, author of the authorised biography of The Beatles, to write the book. Davies had just been appointed editor of the Sunday Times magazine, so the job went instead to Heald, an old colleague of Davies.
Countdown ... ix
Operations Briefing ... 1
Before Space: 1999 ... 7
Action! ... 24
Alphans and Others ... 35
Special Effects ... 76
Scripts ... 94
Music ... 112
Camera and Crew ... 125
Art Direction ... 137
Makeup ... 147
Direction ... 152
Casting ... 160
Dubbing and Cutting ... 168
Distribution and Spin-offs ... 178
Fans ... 183
Debriefing ... 195
Appendix 1; Call Sheet ... 200
Appendix 2: Shooting Schedule ... 203
Appendix 3; Synopses ... 214
US 1977, $9.95
80 pages (single sided, including 5 fold out pages) in loose leaf red vinyl binder (25.5 x 29 x 4 cm). Cover embossed with Alpha insignia.
Compiled & written by David Hirsch, with blueprints by Geoffrey Mandel & David McConnell, & costume art by Anthony Fredrickson.
Blueprints of Alpha layout, Year 2 principle sets (varying accuracy), communications post, comlock, stun gun, laser cannon, uniform & spacesuits. Short profiles of main characters, timeline before & after Breakaway (inaccurate), synopses of all episodes. B/w photos.
It was intended to publish supplements, but the Notebook had poor sales. An entertaining good quality item sometimes let down by the (mostly minor) inaccuracies. One thing notably missing were Eagle blueprints, (Mandel had previously done a set for Starlog magazine, but they were not included)
Cover of fan reprint, which included the Eagle blueprint from Starlog.
Japan, 1981, 780 Yen
20.5 x 25.5 cm. pp122 (Japanese text)
48 colour pages, crammed with colour photos (superb in quality & selection), covering in sections the Moonbase, characters, Eagles, alien ships, aliens, & 2 "filmstories", telling Last Enemy & Metamorph in 78 photos each.
56 b/w pages, crammed with dark poor quality photos, give "storyguides" for every episode (about a page each), plus an "Encyclopedia", with blueprints of base, Eagle, & Main Mission & Command Centre (slightly redrawn from the Starlog and Technical Notebook prints), profiles of cast & crew, the series background, & selected merchandise.
Probably the best item of merchandise produced, with superb photo coverage of almost every aspect of the series.
This version has an "obi", a paper slip that is folded outside the cover (here in red). In Japanese publishing the obi fulfils the same purpose as the text on the back cover of a western book, describing the contents, publisher and price (rarely repeated on the back or front cover). It is often discarded or lost after purchase, and the rarity makes them collectible.
UK, April 21st 1994. £9.99
ISBN 1 85283 393 9
96 pages, softcover.
Glossy guide to the two series, illustrated by many good, sometimes unusual photos in colour and black and white. Includes short and sketchy chapters on production details, characters and scenario, culled from publicity material and other sources (such as Heald's "Making Of Space 1999" book), plus an episode listing. The superficial text is a disappointment.
Italy, November 2000. L. 36000 €18.60
128 pages, hardcover.
Italian version of above book. The glossy pages have many more photos than the UK original. There is an additional "technical section" for each series, the four page Space 1999 section consisting of plans of the Moonbase and Eagle, and a colour cut-away of the Eagle, all by Roberto Baldassari. There is a new epilogue, about Message From Moonbase Alpha, with the complete script (in Italian).
France, first edition June 1993 (1500 copies, 72 pages), second edition September 1996 (1500 copies, 125 pages). 70FF
Card cover, 11.5cm x 21cm.
In the series Le Guide Du Telefan, a series of pocket guides to cult television series written by fans but published professionally. In French with black and white photo illustrations. The colour cover shows Koenig and Helena cowering in front of the computer. The subtitle means "The Epic Of Whiteness", a reference to the symbolism of the series.
A useful, fairly comprehensive and mostly accurate guide to the series with articles on symbolism, profiles of cast and crew, episode guide with notes, clubs and merchandise. The episode guide has original air dates (in the UK and France), credits, short plot summary and production notes and observations (less extensively for the second series). A glossary ("Le petit Alpha illustré", after French dictionaries), contains entries from "Aigle" (Eagle) to "Zantor", via "Kitsch", "Inconnue" (unknown) and "X" (which begins: "Question for 100 francs: do Koenig and Russell sleep together?").
Second edition table of contents:
Thanks to Nicolas Lemarignier
Hardback: US October 1997 $36.50 ISBN 0-7864-0165-6
Paperback: US February 2005 $24.95 ISBN 0-7864-2276-9
Subtitled: "An Episode Guide and Complete History Of The Mid 1970s Science Fiction Television Series". Originally issued as a hardback with plain library binding and a print run of 1000, it was reissued in 2005 as a paperback edition with a photographic cover (an astronomy photo of the real moon, not a series photo).
History, episode guide including critical commentary, interview with Catherine Schell, summary of criticism (focusing on Asimov's criticisms and the Star Trek feud), fans and collectibles, short bibliography, index.
As the wordy subtitle suggests, Muir adopts an academic approach based around an episode guide and placing the series in the context of other science fiction television. It is sparsely illustrated with black and white photos (only five from the series, with more of cast members in other films) and with two pieces of line art from John Semprit. Muir has few background stories (Fageolle's Guide Du Telefan is a superior reference work in this respect). As a result, while the book is very accurate as far as on-screen information goes, it is guilty of some (minor) false assumptions and technical inaccuracies. While it makes reference to visual style and story continuity, these aspects are not greatly explored. Instead the approach is thematic, focused on plots, characterisation and ideas. It is more lightweight than the symbolism and philosophy in Fageolle's book, but nevertheless the episode analysis is well thought out and expressed, neither hagiography or damning, with a strong preference for the serious eerie mysteries of Year One. The focus on drawing similarities with other television science fiction, especially Star Trek, is a rewarding angle. The hypothesis is that, just as Space: 1999 was influenced by the original Star Trek, it provided themes and ideas used in the 1980s series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Thorough and impressive.
US 1977, 59c
32 pages & softcard cover, 18 x 26 cm. The cover shows the Metamorph Eagle, and Koenig, Helena, and Alan peering over a rock. Two (year 2) stories by Mary A Mintzer ("The Return Of the Metamorph", "Queen Brain"), colour illustrations by Frank Bolle. Very crude & juvenile.
96 pages. Introduction & 5 text stories with comic type illustrations. Stories are:
"Live Warhead", "Space Traitor", "Planet Of The Ants", "Space Emperor" & "Doom Dust". Art and stories very much in the vein of the Charlton b/w comics, drawn by Gray Morrow.
US 1999; 25 copies ($30 each)
104 pages black and white with colour covers; spiral bound.
A thorough survey of the Space: 1999 toys and books produced, almost all illustrated with black and white photos, short description and manufacturer. Includes a price guide and some prototype toys from dealer catalogues. The front cover is based on the original packaging design for Azrak-Hamway's range of Space: 1999 toys.
Photos thanks to Gordon Moriguchi.
Trafford Publishing, Canada 2001-2002 (US$29.95)
416 pp, cover by Catherine Bujold
Extensive reviews of all 48 episodes and Message From Moonbase Alpha; detailed cast lists for every episode; year 1 filming schedule; commentary from Landau, Bain, Morse, Schell, Merton, Tate, Hancock, Phillips, Byrne, Penfold, Freiberger, Wilson.
The Future Is Fantastic is based on commentary by the actors and production crew, as well as Wood's own discussion. Useful as a reference, invaluable as commentary.
Withdrawn from publication in Feb 2002, apparently due to copyright problems.
Telos Publishing, UK 26 January 2009 (£12.99). Website
490pp. A5 paperback book. ISBN 978-1-84583-034-2
Kindle e-book (with updated text), 10 January 2014.
Subtitled "The Unofficial and Unauthorised Guide to Space: 1999". Similar in format to the earlier Future Is Fantastic (2001) book by Wood, the book examines each episode in turn, with detailed reviews, observations and comprehensive quotes from actors and crew.
Destination Moonbase Alpha is the most comprehensive book ever published on Space 1999, including extensive cast lists and detailed reviews of all 48 episodes, as well as the Message from Moonbase Alpha short film. Destination Moonbase Alpha tells the incredible story of the making of a science fiction classic, told by the actors, writers and production crew who created it.
This is the essential guide to Space: 1999 - from critical reaction then and now, through the triumphant 35 year odyssey of Moonbase Alpha since the show debuted in 1975 and finally to writer Johnny Byrne's concepts for the return of the series.
"It's a must-have for every Space: 1999 fan - a page-turner packed with facts and informed opinion and seasoned with spicy scuttlebutt." Prentis Hancock, co-star of Space: 1999
Cover art by Iain Robertson. Contents:
Editions Yris, France, 20th October 2014 (€22).
256 pages, 300 photos, 17 cm x 25 cm. ISBN 978-2-912215-35-2
The publisher Yris published several books by Liardet in their "Télévision en Séries" series, covering 1960s and early 1970s US and British fantasy/adventure series. It is not authorized by ITV.
The book follows the well-established format of describing the history of the series, profiles of cast, episode guides, and in the annexes, a merchandise guide. Most pages have photos, some in colour; the merchandise guide is particularly well illustrated. The history, actor profiles and episode pages have extensive lists of credits, with French titles and directors noted. Episode guides give story summary, first broadcast dates for ATV (UK) and France, plus a full cast list and notes on the episodes and the cast. The episodes are described following the ATV order (not the production order or French TV order).
The information is comprehensive, but doesn't uncover anything new. All the information can be found publicly in the Catacombs website, and sometimes Liardet seems to be copying crew names from the Catacombs (people left and joined throughout the series, so it's more complicated that the text describes). Some of the photos, possibly most, are from the Catacombs, some with tell-tale edits, but none are credited. Most blatant is a full-page picture of Brian Johnson and the Meta Probe, which is a composite made by Dean Scott that cuts off the Meta Probe nose cone. A few photos have inaccurate captions, but overall Liardet seems to know the series well.
Lulu Press, 17 November 2014
736 pages, paperback, 6" x 9" (15cm x 23cm), ISBN 9781312585935
The book is an edited version of the chronological episode discussions on the "Online Alpha" mailing list discussions from November 1997- December 1998. The book acknowledges the original emails are available on Space1999.net, and Ogland's edit is based on that by David Welle on Metaforms.Space1999.net
Copyright Martin Willey