As part of this year's September Shorts I've asked writer friends to contribute posts inspired by the title One Cool Thing. They'll be telling you about one cool thing they're looking forward to as Autumn approaches. It might be a book or movie, a tabletop or computer game, an event or visit to a special place, a chance to achieve something... or perhaps even an exciting new project.
Today is the turn of sci-fi writer Eugene Lambert, the brains behind the wonderful Sign of One trilogy. You can check out his website here.
Eugene Lambert: Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years
One Cool Thing that I’m looking forward to curling up and watching this autumn, as the inevitable Lakeland rain hammers down outside, is Red Dwarf: The First Three Million Years.
As the title suggests, this 3-episode ‘documentary’ takes a fond and intelligent look back at one of my favourite television programmes of all time, the long-running (32 years!) SciFi comedy series, Red Dwarf. Here I must confess that I’ve already taken a sneaky little pre-Autumn peak at the first episode. Impatient me. Anyway, suffice it to say that it’s an absolute delight for any ‘Dwarfers’ like myself, lurking out there on the cosmic couch of fandom. It’s stuffed full of hilarious clips (personally, I’m particularly looking forward to Dwayne Dibley and Mr. Flibble), but equally good are the reminiscences by the cast members themselves. It took me back to the early days of the pilot episode, which I never saw and featured a different Kryten, then fast-forwards through the years as the show develops.
So if - like me - you’ve enjoyed the misadventures of lonely space-bum Lister (the last human alive), Rimmer (the uber-cowardly hologram), Kryten (the spaceship-cleaning mechanoid) and Cat (the pinnacle of feline evolution and hence by far the vainest creature in the universe), then I suggest you have an Autumnal binge! It’s available on Freeview, the Dave channel.