The Catacombs The Merchandise Guide
Fan Publications
Compiled by Martin Willey

Fan newsletters

Landau-Bain Fan Association, Main Mission Alpha, International Space: 1999 Alliance, SPACE,
Geoff Wright's Mini-Mag, Nick Tate club, Omicorn, PHY (German Moonbase Alpha club)

There are a huge amount of fan fiction, newsletters, fanzines and other fan publishing. These pages are just a small sample!


Alphacon Series Guide

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UK: Fanderson (Alphacon convention) 1990. Convention package; separately £2.

24 page A5 guide to series written by Chris Bentley & Roger Rice. Colour cover (features Alan, Helena & Maya in Immunity Syndrome), with 6 high quality colour & 33 rather poor black & white photos. Intelligent text covers pre-production of both series, brief summaries and observations on eight episodes each of Year One and Two, cast and credit summary, plus a tribute to fan Neil Swain and discussion of "The Day After Tomorrow".


Intercom One

Intercom 1

UK & Denmark: Fanderson 1982 £1.50
(also through International Space 1999 Alliance in US, $3)

68 page fanzine produced by Danish fans (Lis Therkildsen, Carsten Andresen, Steen Pedersen), publication delayed by the death of one of it's authors (Andresen). Highly regarded by fans, & especially notable for Andresen's authoritative Byrne interview. Perhaps the best early example of fan publishing.

Includes 33 poor quality b/w shots of series, plus 19 b/w shots from Blackpool exhibition.

Contents:


The Earth Command Technical Guide by Jeff Ruble

Cover

USA: 1988

62 page A4 fanzine written & illustrated by Jeff Ruble, subtitled "An Update on Space Exploration Since Breakaway of The Moon". Card covers and well-printed pages. An imaginative account of what happened to Earth-based space exploration after the Moon had left, in the style of Starlog's "Moonbase Alpha Technical Notebook". The ingenious and well-drawn designs include updated commlocks, stun guns, uniforms and Eagles, plus a Mars Station Delta and the Dove shuttle. The space mission accounts and timeline are also clever extrapolation from the series.


Moonbase Alpha Blueprints by Keith Young

USA: Sets 1,2 & 3 1987 & 1991-92, set 4 1990, set 5 1991. New sets were preparation in 1999.
Each $25 (volume 3 $30).

Keith Young blueprints- thanks to Gordon Moriguchi

Extending the Starlog "Moonbase Alpha Technical Notebook" with revised and additional blueprints and sections. Loose-leaf A4 sheets, some fold out sheets. Quality and accuracy was good and on later sets was excellent. The sets included room plans of Alphan rooms, props and costumes, spacecraft drawings and accounts of alien encounters, either derived from the episodes or from original designs. From set 4 the prints included "records lab reports" profiling alien contacts, and from set 5 "synopses linear notes" making observations and spotting errors in the episodes. Thorough, absorbing in it's attention to detail, the blueprints achieve the status of a definitive guide that the professional "Technical Notebook" fell short of.

In 2014, updated blueprints were published as Moonbase Alpha Reference Guide CD-ROM.

Contents include:

set 1: Main Mission, 5 separate medical units, Generating area 3, Year 1 living units, Recreation area, Nuclear Waste domes and Area 2 site plan, moonbuggy, moonbase door control panel
set 2: Costumes & badges, Ultra Probe, Centuri Spacedock, Reentry Glider, Swift
set 3: Eagle & pods, interior and exterior views
set 4: Medical rooms including manufacturing dome, Hydroponics, launch pad rooms, Eagle utility pod, Falcon spaceship, records lab reports, series 5000 alien encounters
set 5: Main Mission, technical labs, various hand props including limpet transmitter & laser rifle, the Venus space station, the Kaldorian ship, "synopses linear notes".
Moonbase Plans Hardware Ultra Probe

Ultimate Eagle Blueprints by Roberto Baldassari

Italy/Internet 1996, 1999

The Ultimate Eagle blueprints (1996) are four sheets showing exteriors and cross sections of interiors. Superbly drawn.
The Ultimate Eagle Poster (May 1999) is a stunning full colour technical cutaway of an Eagle, 36 x 32 inches on heavy gloss paper.


Eagle and Hawk blueprints by Lawrence D. Miller

US/Internet 2008-2009 $6.99 each

Miller draws various science fiction subjects and sold via ebay. They are 14" x 8.5" pages printed in colour with photo illustrations and graphics (of the Year 2 badges). The Eagle set (2008) is 5 pages, the Hawk (2009) is 4 pages. Text is mostly copied verbatim from the Geoffrey Mandel Starlog prints. Both are heavily influenced by the Baldassari prints (to the point of including close-ups of the Ultimate Eagle Poster in one print, and Baldassari's own Hawk insignia in the Hawk sets).

Miller also sells stationery packs with science fiction letterheads- a couple are Space 1999 themed.


The Gerry Anderson Design File Volume 2: Space 1999.

Design File 2

Compiled and edited by Ian Boyce.
UK: 1993. Fanderson membership package.

28 page A4 booklet with black/white photos and over 50 preproduction drawings. This good quality publication covers Alpha interiors by Keith Wilson (lacking the original striking colours- although Wilson originally drew them in black and white), and spaceship designs by Martin Bower, plus Bower's designs for The Day After Tomorrow spaceship.


The Danger Zone Script Book

Danger Zone script book

Space: 1999 "Breakaway" and UFO "Timelash", edited by Chris Bentley
UK: 1995, Fanderson & Danger Zone convention

32 page A4 booklet with black/white photos reprinting the scripts of "The Void Ahead" (pages 5-9) and "Timelash". 20 photos from 1999.


Lunacy by Erwin Stank, Lew Place, others

Lunacy cover

USA: 1990 $12

142 page A4 fanzine edited & largely written by Erwin Stank. Card covers and well laid out and printed. A vast assortment of whimsy, satire and farce based on "Space: 1999", clever, often irreverent, even (mildly) obscene, with diverse styles and art by Lew Place. Among the articles: the alternative pornographic version of the series, Fred Freiberger's personal files, unknown merchandise, How to Admit You are a Space 1999 Fan by Bob Mathias, spoofs of fan club newsletters, plus articles on bloopers and gossip. The wide variety of material includes some duds, but many hilarious hits. Many jokes go on for too many pages, but the core ideas are fun and energetic. The best example of humour in Space 1999.


S9Fanzine

Mark Shaw art for S9Fanzine 5, July 1998

Publication of the Space: 1999 Fan Activity Network (S9FAN), by George Eichler.

Excellent fanzine, from 1993 until the last, S9Fanzine 5, in July 1998. Includes letters, art, fiction, episode reviews and round-table discussions. Frequent contributors include Mark Shaw (whose superb cover art is shown here), Rose Marie Badgett, Terry Bowers, Rebecca Eisenhuth, Jenny Lobb. The fanzine accompanied the Resource Guide (which lasted 8 issues), a information resource listing clubs, fanzines, conventions and dealers.


Postcards

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UK: Fanderson 1992. Membership package.

Amongst 8 postcards of Anderson series, two were of 1999: "Voyager's Return" and "The Immunity Syndrome".

UK: Psycon convention, October 1992. Membership package.

6 postcards.

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The Fanderson Archives Present Fanderson 82

UK: Fanderson, 1990. £3

Audio recording by Ralph Titterton of guest lectures at the 1982 convention. Includes Barry Morse discussing his career. About 8 minutes on "Space: 1999". He reveals he was unhappy with the scripts, and all the effort and expense spent on design, such as the "ludicrously bad" uniforms from fashion designer Rudi Gernreich, rather than on the characters. He explains he declined the offer of a new series saying "I'd rather play with the grown-ups for a while". He thought the series had the potential to be the best science fiction series of all time, and even the best dramatic series of any kind.

Sleeve art by Jonathan Baxter includes Maya (with Thunderbird 2 & Capt. Scarlet)


Fanderson Presents Fanderson 90 Volume 2

UK: Fanderson, 1991. £3.75

Audio recording by Francois Evans of guest lectures at the 1990 convention. Includes Dave Prowse interviewed by Neil Swain about his career. With approximately 2 minutes on "Space: 1999". He discusses how after Star Wars he met director Bob Lynn at his keep fit department in Harrods department store. "It was me versus every stunt man in London." He recalls the monster costume included plimsolls with claws on, dubbed with massive clumping footsteps. Includes five seconds of tinny music by Francois Evans based on Barry Gray 1999 theme.

Dramatic sleeve art by Jonathan Baxter features Beta Cloud monster and Eagle in front of Moon.


Psycon by Jon Todd

Psycon tape cover

UK: Psycon convention, October 1992. £4.00

Pop-music based on Year Two theme, in two 18-minute versions. Also containing versions of Paul Westermann's themes for the video Alphacon.

Sleeve art features Eagle by a large planet.



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