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My Fab Years! Sylvia Anderson Signed Limited Edition [Hardcover]

Sylvia Anderson

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Book Description

Aug. 14 2007
Hermes Press proudly announces the publication of the definitive behind-the-scenes history of the great British Sci-fi television series and movies of the late 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s: Supercar, Fireball XL5, Stingray, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, Secret Service, Joe 90, Doppelganger, UFO, and Space: 1999, from their co-creator, Sylvia Anderson. This all new book will be a must-have for any fan of these great Sci-fi productions. Packed full of behind-the-scenes photographs depciting the daily nuts-and-bolts of these productions, Sylvia Anderson details everything fans of these great shows want to know. Anderson's new book contains pages after page of memorable stories and anecdotes about her involvement with these ground-breaking sci-fi television shows and films. The book contains over 200 rarely seen photographs with detailed remembrances of what made these gound-breaking shows so memorable.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Hermes Press; Limited signed edition edition (Aug. 14 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932563938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932563931
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 31.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,665,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have for fans of the Anderson shows Aug. 17 2007
By mcair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The highlight of this book is the great (and plentiful) behind-the-scenes photos, mostly in b/w that tell the story of the Andersons' company and the production of their timeless shows.

There is not a whole lot of technical detail regarding the production that hasn't already been revealed by earlier books and websites. What this book does cover in some depth, however, is the extended afterlife and public attention that shows like Thunderbirds have attained - testament to the great care lavished on the original productions.

The only serious criticism of this book is the occasional lapse in proof-reading. Ed White on Gemini made the first spacewalk during the Thunderbirds production timeframe, it was Armstrong on Apollo that was the first moonwalker, long after Thunderbirds was completed. The model that Sylvia is standing next to on page 32 is Thunderbird 3, not TB1.

Buy it for the pictures and the unique perspective of someone who is very proud of her accomplishments in family entertainment, and rightly so. The techniques and innovation pioneered by the Andersons and their talented crew have been emulated, but seldom matched in the thirty-some years since their heyday.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book is Also FAB Sept. 28 2007
By Adrian M. Kleinbergen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book and interesting to see what Sylvia's view of the whole Anderson Empire was as it was all happening. Her contribution to all the great shows from "Twizzle" to "Space:1999" was considerable and she is often forgotten while eclipsed by the shadow of her ex-husband, Gerry Anderson. The book is large and contains many rare photos of the people who made Thunderbirds go as well as all the other Supermarionation programs most of us grew up with.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Strings Attached Aug. 1 2007
By Tony Medeiros - Published on Amazon.com
One half of the Anderson duo, Sylvia Anderson, always creatively attached to the symbiotic Gerry Anderson gave the world "Supermarionation". Many kids in England in the 50's clamored together and had their eyes glued to the likes of Fireball XL5 and a whole barrage of TV shows created by the duo till their apex creation Space 1999. They put out some serious science fiction ideas with their marionettes with their signature strings and stiff character presentation, but we all forgot that with the strong stories and fun escapism. Not much is known about Sylvia, Gerry basked in the glory. Now we can glimpse the true scope of Sylvia's contribution to the series loved by many for over 50 years. She was not only pigeon holed to only children's fare, she got involved in many other film projects in those years, some famous and some not so famous.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly interesting, but very disjointed. Nov. 23 2009
By David J. Eisenstein - Published on Amazon.com
If you're an Anderson fan then you may like this book, but be advised Sylvia jumps around from topic to topic. The writing style is very disjointed. If you're on a limited budget there are many better books about Gerry Anderson's creations than this one though.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sylvia Anderson the FAB (Fairly Average Book) Years Sept. 3 2007
By tv21 - Published on Amazon.com
To be honest - just a rehash of the 1991 book 'Yes, M'Lady' in a larger format.

Not much new, several mistakes... page 32 is a clanger Photo Credit: "Standing next to TB1" - it is TB3.

Page 17 Sylvia seems to imply she thought up the idea of Supercar... "I had written some children's stories - and presented him (Lew Grade) with our next project: Supercar"...), then page 18 she states Reg Hill and Gerry thought it up. All a tad confusing, with statements repeated several times over various chapters.

Some good photographic content, but absolute embarrassing recognition of the 2005 Thunderbirds The Movie over 16 pages (Universal's biggest bomb in the last 12 years). Her views of the marriage break up are boring. Fans have heard it all (both sides). There's no points to be won by reading about it.
Out of 10 - a 6.5. Dennis Nicholson

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