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    • ISBN:9781848943292
    • Publication date:16 Apr 2009

Wiffle Lever to Full!

By Bob Fischer

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A hilarious and affectionate romp through the strange world of sci-fi, cult TV and film conventions, from Doctor Who to Star Wars via the weird world of The Prisoner!

'Personal and engaging . . . anyone who agrees that Star Wars was a defining moment of our collective childhood will love this book' - The Times

'Funny and affectionate' - Time Out

'Will have you hitching aboard the Millennium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities. ****' - Metro

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In 1981, the eight-year-old Bob Fischer was entranced by Daleks, Vogons and crack Imperial Stormtroopers.

Almost three decades later, Bob decides to rekindle the affair with a tour of the UK's sci-fi and cult TV conventions. Freewheeling from Doctor Who to Discworld, Star Wars to Star Trek and Robin of Sherwood to Red Dwarf, he combines misty-eyed memories with a terrifying travelogue of terrible, torturous . . . terror. Or something.

In space, no one can hear you scream. And don't expect much sympathy in Peterborough, either.

Biographical Notes

Bob Fischer is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who has previously enjoyed careers as a record shop owner, a solo singer-songwriter and a short-lived Elvis impersonator (one gig). He now works as a radio presenter for BBC Tees, a job that has led him to spill tea over Jack Charlton's antique fireplace and sing on a UK Top 10 hit single ('Bunsen Burner' by John Otway, No 9 in October 2002). Bob has also won a prestigious Sony Radio Award . . . just a bronze though, so don't get too excited.

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  • ISBN: 9781473680951
  • Publication date: 04 Oct 2018
  • Page count: 336
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
Personal and engaging . . . anyone who agrees that "Star Wars; was a defining moment of our collective childhood" will love this book — The Times
Will give anyone from the era of Spam fritters and Blue Riband biscuits a Prustian rush . . . a witty, heartwarming exploration of the light side of SF fandom — SFX magazine
Amiable and amusing . . . a glimpse into the world of fandom cranked up, on holiday, given licence to be sillier than usual — Daily Telegraph
Funny and affectionate — Time Out
Guaranteed to make you yearn for days of yore . . . don't be surprised to find yourself laughing at more in-jokes than you care to admit. **** — Focus
An amiable read — Independent
Will have you hitching aboard the Millennium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities. **** — Metro
A joyous, irreverent celebration of Britain's secret love of the bizarre — Gay Times
It's hilarious . . . For anyone who has ever liked any of this stuff, there's laughter and nostalgia aplenty — Nottingham Evening Post
Personal and engaging . . . anyone who agrees that "Star Wars; was a defining moment of our collective childhood" will love this book — The Times
Will give anyone from the era of Spam fritters and Blue Riband biscuits a Prustian rush . . . a witty, heartwarming exploration of the light side of SF fandom — SFX magazine
Amiable and amusing . . . a glimpse into the world of fandom cranked up, on holiday, given licence to be sillier than usual — Daily Telegraph
Funny and affectionate — Time Out
Guaranteed to make you yearn for days of yore... don't be surprised to find yourself laughing at more in-jokes than you care to admit — Focus****
An amiable read — Independent
Will have you hitching aboard the Millennium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities — Metro****
A joyous, irreverent celebration of Britain's secret love of the bizarre — Gay Times
It's hilarious . . . For anyone who has ever liked any of this stuff, there's laughter and nostalgia aplenty — Nottingham Evening Post

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