And there goes another piece of my childhood. Like a lot of people of my generation, I grew on on Gerry Anderson’s TV shows such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. Made in what was described as Supermarionation, these used puppets as their characters, with some pretty damn good for the time visual effects and nifty model work. They were fun, and an inspiration to many. Alastair Reynolds, an author I’ve mentioned once or twice, said this on Twitter:
I doubt very much that I’d be writing SF if it wasn’t for Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and the rest.
— Alastair Reynolds (@AquilaRift) December 26, 2012
And that says all that needs saying.