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SFX April 2018

SFX is the world's leading sci-fi, horror and fantasy magazine. Covering all areas of the genre across TV, movies, books, games, collectables and comics, every month SFX delivers news, features, exclusive Q&As, behind-the-scenes stories, star profiles and TV episode guides. Recently redesigned to reflect the growing mainstream popularity of sci-fi, now you can read our Hollywood news, TV celebrity interviews and top columnists on your computer or mobile device, thanks to Zinio.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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13 Issues


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the ed zone

BBC Radio 4 was like audio wallpaper in our house when I was a kid. Even now, the sounds are incredibly evocative: the Archers theme, for example, never fails to make me wish I was somewhere else. But nothing made as big an impact on my small ears as The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy – hardly a surprise, seeing as Douglas Adams’s universe is among the richest and most inventive ever created. Where else would you encounter a being called Slartibartfast, understand every language in the universe courtesy of a fish in your ear, or learn that the answer to life, the universe and everything is… 42?Whether your first encounter was via radio, TV or the least accurately titled trilogy of novels in history (let’s not mention the movie,…

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rants & raves

RICHARD EDWARDS EDITORRAVESI don’t have enough words to say how forking brilliant season two of The Good Place was. Both exceedingly funny and exceedingly clever.Enjoyed Netflix doc The Toys That Made Us, especially the episodes on Star Wars and He-Man – now I have some idea of the thought processes that allowed Moss Man and Mekaneck to exist.IAN BERRIMAN REVIEWS EDITORRAVESThe second half of Star Trek: Discovery was awesome. I love how you never know where the hell this series will go next!LP of the month: “Space Museum” by Solid Space, a vinyl reissue of a bedroomband duo’s 1982 cassette with tracks inspired by Doctor Who – including a great song about “The Tenth Planet”!JONATHAN COATES ART EDITORRAVESWatching Falcon Heavy’s boosters land in perfect synchronisation totally blew my mind!Westworld season 2…

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count doom

THE FUTURE FIRST! Red Alert APRIL 2018NEWS //// INTERVIEWS //// INSIGHT //// MERFOLKHighlights12 EXTRA TIMETurns out tales of its demise were premature... How Timeless came back from the dead.15 THE BAILEY SHOWTop comic Bill Bailey tells us all about his sci-fi and fantasy faves.25 START YOUR ENGINESLondon’s on the move as Mortal Engines finally hits the big screen.SCI - FACT!Patrick Warburton, who plays Lemony Snicket, sings in a garage band that perform Pearl Jam covers.It wasn’t time to crack out the Shirley Temple costume.“I literally walked in, sat down and the first words out of my mouth were, ‘Okay, here are the reasons you want to hire me’,” says Men In Black and Addams Family director Barry Sonnenfeld of the meeting that led to him becoming a showrunner for the first…

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out for the count

What is the key to making Olaf more of an appealing villain than an obnoxious one?Olaf never learns from his mistakes. He thinks that when he fails, if he just tries one more time, he’ll succeed, and he gets more and more desperate as the show goes on. There’s something maniacal and delusional about that, which makes it easy to play in the repetition of it all. It’s been exciting to be Olaf as random characters who are as different from Olaf as possible to juxtapose the darkness of Olaf with the ridiculousness. That’s been the fun part, artistically.What are the challenges of being an actor playing an actor playing other roles badly?It’s a little meta. I have to choose my times to have his guises drop so that Olaf,…

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time’s not up

SCI - FACT!Timeless star Matt Lanter voiced Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.Let’s cut through all this tension please.Veteran showrunners Shawn Ryan (The Shield) and Eric Kripke (Supernatural, Revolution) have both experienced the untimely deaths of their beloved TV creations, but neither has previously experienced Timeless’s miracle of resurrection Effectively cancelled by US network NBC last May, it had a surprise reprieve just three days later when some quick budget tinkering led to it being renewed for a ten-episode second season.Now with all of season two but the finale written, Ryan tells Red Alert that the lastminute save, “certainly made us understand and appreciate, if we didn’t already, just how precious every episode is. If you get to make a show you really care about like this, where…

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aerial assault

Matt Berry and Kayvan Novak to star in pilot of What We Do In The Shadows TV spin-off.No happily ever after for Once Upon A Time, which is cancelled after seven seasons. The Shannara Chronicles also given the axe after two seasons.Bryan Fuller leaves his showrunner gig on Apple’s reboot of Steven Spielberg’s Amazing Stories.HBO gives greenlight to new JJ Abrams sci-fi show Demimonde.Disney boss Bob Iger confirms that more than one Star Wars TV series is in development.Joanne Whalley joins Daredevil’s third season as Sister Maggie.The CW is going back to the ’90s for ideas, ordering pilots for reboots of Charmed and Roswell.New Superman prequel series Metropolis (set in the city before the Man of Steel’s arrival) coming to DC’s new digital streaming service.“DON’T QUOTE ME”“WHEN EVEN 5% OF THE PEOPLE…