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Monday, October 08, 2007

Prog 242


The Future Shocks are experiencing a golden age at the moment. In fact, it’s so golden that it isn’t uncommon to see two Future Shocks in the same issue. Script robots Alan Moore, Kevin Gosnell and Steve Moore (no relation) seem to be rotating writing them between each other and despite Alan’s being of a superior quality, Kevin and Steve’s compare favourably.

The Future Shock has always been the testing ground for new talent but in the early days Tharg seemed often to mix them up with more established creators. Later, they become the showcase for exclusively new and, often, inferior creator droids and used to fill gaps between the end of an established series and the next re-launch prog. I came to think of them as space fillers, released from the pool when required and nothing to get excited about in their own right.

But right now, they are great. In Love Thy Neighbour by Gosnell and Jesus Redondo, a grumpy inventor, who makes Victor Meldrew look like a Blue Peter presenter, successfully shuts off all electricity inside a three kilometre radius because he’s bad tempered and ends up with a fighter jet crashing into him. In Mister, Could You Use a Squonge? by Alan Moore and Ron Tiner, the world’s population increase their intelligence thanks to some alien brain bolt-ons found in space. At the end of this one, Tharg explains that this tale takes place in a separate time-stream, as if Alan Moore is considering consolidating every Future Shock into a single multi-verse. It wouldn’t surprise me if this is something he is thinking about.

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2 Comments:

  • How good does that 16p look in the top corner? Any chance of a review of the price (in galactic groats) of the prog around the solar system? still loving the blog - splundigg vur thrigg!

    By Blogger Ben, at 10:51 am  

  • Cheers Ben. You're right, I have neglected the galaxy wide pricing so far.

    By Blogger Paul Rainey, at 6:51 pm  

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