I have started this blog because I enjoy reading science fiction and have done so for over 50 years.
I still read and watch a great deal of it, past and present, and thought I would like to share this passion with others. I have taken the title of this blog from H G Wells as this is what he himself called his work, he never called it “science fiction,” a term then unknown. In 1921, in a preface to a new edition of The Sleeper Awakes, published by Odhams Press, Wells wrote : “It is the first of a series of books I have written at intervals…they are all “fantasies of possibility”; each one takes some great creative tendency, or group of tendencies , and develops its possible consequences in the future.”
I think Wells summed up what has always attracted me to the genre: the ideas and imagination which at their best can make you look at the world in a different way.
Apart from this I research and write history books; teach courses about radical history, particularly the history of radical women 1790-1970; and lead radical history walks around Manchester from time to time. You find out more about these activities on my other blog: Red Flag Walks
In January 2015 Five Leaves Press published a pamphlet I had written: Doctor Who and the Communist: Malcolm Hulke and his career in television. Mac, as he was known, was a sucessful writer for more than 20 years on television, writing the Pathfinders in Space serials, contributing episodes to The Avengers, and writing seven serials for Doctor Who, mainly in the Jon Pertwee era, for which he is best remembered. Copies are still available.
In the spring of 2015 I taught an evening class in the spring of 2015 on The History of Doctor Who at Aquinas College, Stockport. You can see a short news item about this here.
If you have any comments about this blog I would be delighted to hear from you, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
My Twitter acount is @mjherbert