A hilarious and affectionate romp through the strange world of sci-fi, cult TV and film conventions, from Doctor Who to Star Wars via the weird world of The Prisoner!
'Personal and engaging . . . anyone who agrees that Star Wars was a defining moment of our collective childhood will love this book' - The Times
'Funny and affectionate' - Time Out
'Will have you hitching aboard the Millennium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities. ****' - Metro
In 1981, the eight-year-old Bob Fischer was entranced by Daleks, Vogons and crack Imperial Stormtroopers.
Almost three decades later, Bob decides to rekindle the affair with a tour of the UK's sci-fi and cult TV conventions. Freewheeling from Doctor Who to Discworld, Star Wars to Star Trek and Robin of Sherwood to Red Dwarf, he combines misty-eyed memories with a terrifying travelogue of terrible, torturous . . . terror. Or something.
In space, no one can hear you scream. And don't expect much sympathy in Peterborough, either.
Personal and engaging . . . anyone who agrees that "Star Wars; was a defining moment of our collective childhood" will love this book - The Times
Will give anyone from the era of Spam fritters and Blue Riband biscuits a Prustian rush . . . a witty, heartwarming exploration of the light side of SF fandom - SFX magazine
Amiable and amusing . . . a glimpse into the world of fandom cranked up, on holiday, given licence to be sillier than usual - Daily Telegraph
Funny and affectionate - Time Out
Guaranteed to make you yearn for days of yore... don't be surprised to find yourself laughing at more in-jokes than you care to admit - Focus****
An amiable read - Independent
Will have you hitching aboard the Millennium Falcon to a galaxy overflowing with infinite possibilities - Metro****
A joyous, irreverent celebration of Britain's secret love of the bizarre - Gay Times
Bob Fischer is a lifelong science fiction and fantasy fan who has previously enjoyed careers as a record shop owner, a solo singer-songwriter and a short-lived Elvis impersonator (one gig). He now works as a radio presenter for BBC Tees, a job that has seen him spill tea over Jack Charlton's antique fireplace and sing on a UK Top 10 hit single ('Bunsen Burner' by John Otway, No 9 in October 2002). Bob has also won a prestigious Sony Radio Award . . . just a bronze though, so don't get too excited.
Bob has dabbled with writing before, but Wiffle Lever To Full! is the first major project he's ever actually finished. Or, indeed, started. He lives near Middlesbrough with a tall girlfriend who thinks old-school Doctor Who is 'rubbish', and a medium-sized dog that doesn't mind the Jon Pertwee era, but if pressed would admit to preferring Blake's 7.