We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale

We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale Neil Snowdon, editor & The Big, Big Giggle by Nigel Kneale 

Leaving aside writers from another century such as HG Wells, there is little doubt that the most significant of modern British science-fiction writers was the late Nigel Kneale, whose superlative writing and concepts – both on television then courtesy of Hammer Films brought a level of sophistication and intelligence to the genre which had become much rarer, banishing cliché. And many of Kneale’s innovations are still being sampled today (that’s a polite way of saying ‘being ripped off’), notably in the long-running TV series Doctor Who — which has cheerfully plundered the Kneale back catalogue for years. Electric Greenhouse and PS Publishing have made available two books which will tempt admirers – one much more than the other. The Big, Big Giggle is perhaps one for collectors only, as it is a television screenplay – and, accordingly laid out in that format. Much more essential for Kneale admirers. We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale in which Neil Snowdon curates an absolutely definitive guide to the writer’s entire career with contributions from such admirers as Mark Gatiss. It’s a book that will not only give pleasure for its own range of ambition but will send the reader back to the classic Nigel Kneale originals. (It should be noted that The Big Big Giggle is available as an ‘extra’ as part of the Deluxe Edition of ‘We Are The Martians’ which is signed by the contributors, and presented in a slipcase as a separate volume rather than as an appendix.)

Barry Forshaw

We are the Martians: The Legacy of Nigel Kneale Neil Snowdon, editor & The Big, Big Giggle by Nigel Kneale are published by Electric Dreamhouse and PS Publishing