Exploring Space 1999 and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 4 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Exploring Space 1999: An ... has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Sold by BRBOOKS54
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book has a few scuff marks, creases and edge wear. Exact ISBN match
Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series Paperback – April 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0786422760 ISBN-10: 0786422769 Edition: Reprint

Buy New
Price: $19.99
12 New from $19.98 13 Used from $15.98
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$19.99
$19.98 $15.98
Free Two-Day Shipping for College Students with Amazon Student Free%20Two-Day%20Shipping%20for%20College%20Students%20with%20Amazon%20Student


Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner
Bach: Music in the Castle of Heaven by John Eliot Gardiner
Discover the story of J.S. Bach, as told by one of his greatest interpreters. Learn more | See related books
$19.99 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 4 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Editorial Reviews

Review

"Comprehensive...…detailed" -- AB Bookman's Weekly

"Well-written…thoroughly researched…. Recommended" -- Library Journal

"detail[ed]...provides...requisite cast, credit, and episode details, as well as synopsis and in-depth analysis...very well indexed" --Booklist

"More fodder for the pop culture mavens!" --Communication Booknotes Quarterly

"A must for the series' fans." --VideoScope

About the Author

John Kenneth Muir is the author of more than 20 reference books covering science fiction and horror on film and television. He is creator of the Internet sci-fi series The House Between.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland; Reprint edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786422769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786422760
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John Kenneth Muir is the award-winning author of over 24 books in the fields of film & television, with an accent on horror & sci-fi. John has been described as one of the horror genre's "most widely read critics" by Rue Morgue Magazine, and as an "accomplished film journalist" by Comic Buyer's Guide. His director books include profiles of John Carpenter, Wes Craven, Christopher Guest, Tobe Hooper, Mira Nair, Sam Raimi, and Kevin Smith. John has twice won a Booklist Editor's Choice citation (for Horror Films of the 1970s and Terror Television). John is also the creator of the award-nominated web series, The House Between, and in 2009 John's blog, Reflections on Film/TV was named one of the "top 100" film study blogs on the Net. In 2010, John appeared in the documentary Nightmares in Red, White and Blue.

Customer Reviews

And again...this IS a book about Space:1999.
Jeff Davis
The book contains very detailed episode guides and behind-the-scenes information, a gazetteer of collectibles and much more.
Amazon Customer
I've been deeply disappointed by the number of errors in Muir's book.
Daddy Todd

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Scott Mcintyre on December 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Space:1999 since it first aired in the states, and finding decent reference books on the series to be a daunting task. I eagerly snapped up Exploring Space:1999 a few years ago in hardcover. I enjoyed it and share John Muir's affection for the series. It was gratifying to read someone giving a few logical rebuttals to the long standing criticism of the series and some episodes. It's clear that many of the show's critics never actually watched the series at length, and some simply repeat what was said by others without fact checking. 1999 was in the unenviable position of being the first major sci-fi series since Star Trek's syndication popularity exploded. At that time, everything (and I mean everything) sci-fi was held up to Trek for comparison. I feel Muir's pain when defending his favorite show, and Star Trek fans were a pretty obnoxious lot back then. So, I was thrilled to see someone reading into the series as I did and shared my (crackpot?) theories on the first year's metaphysical bent.

Where the book falls short is in the decision to bash every other sci-fi show in order to support his theories on Space:1999. While I understand his desire to balance the scales, it comes off unprofessional and, frankly, annoying. Muir slams Star Trek and other shows, sometimes outright but mostly with disguised sarcasm, using loads of qualifiers such as "beloved" and "critically acclaimed." Also, his choice to use exclamation points liberally is distracting and amateurish. It's a trait seen in many UK fan magazines to emphasize a joke or a supposition which isn't all that clever or exciting. He comes across sounding like an excited, rabid fan talking about something most people aren't so enthusiastic over.
Read more ›
2 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. Morris on August 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
Muir does a comprehansive episode by episode review of the 2 seasons of the show. I very much enjoyed his analyses of each episode though I found the comparisons with shows such as STAR TREK a little distracting. There were also errors of fact carried over from the original hardback version of this book; I would like to have seen the publishers give Muir the opportunity to revise the text before publishing this paperback version.

I don't agree with all of Muir's comments by any means and I also think he short-changed Year 2. Granted in many ways it did not match the first season but it had a look and feel all of its own and I think Muir did not emphasise this enough.

Overall a good read. Perhaps not the definitive analysis of Space 1999 but a good attempt. But be prepared to disagree with the author on some of his opinions!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth M. Pizzi on June 29, 2007
Format: Paperback
Clearly, John Kenneth Muir has written a definitive account of the popular series created by Gerry Anderson, whose largest body of work consisted of fantasy-adventure programming aimed for children filmed in "supermarination"--highly sophisticated puppets on miniature sets.

"Space 1999" was Anderson's second venture using live actors, save for the brief two season run of "UFO" produced approximately 6 years earlier. To the author's credit, Muir methodically analyzes each individual episode of Space 1999: the ones that are exemplary and the ones that are better left forgotten; the changes made in the second season under producer Fred Freiberger to add some fire to the principal characters, Koenig and Russell and the addition of Maya (Moonbase's resident alien--not the wisest of moves)and the series' constant, albeit irritating, comparison to its more universally respected rival, "Star Trek." (See my DVD review of Space 1999's Megaset)

Where the book falls short, is in the author's lack of critical distance as both a writer and commentator. Too often, Muir comes across as a fan rather than maintaining a sense of detachment from the subject he is examining. (Historians do this all the time--when you love your subject so much, you can't really see the forest from the trees-For example, how many "critical biographies" have we read on George Washington that have tried not to examine their subject with a sense of reverence and awe for our first President?)

Muir's defense for Space 1999, even in the wake of some critical and erudite comments from Isaac Asimov who thought the show's premise was scientifically preposterous, manages to fall flat. Muir too, takes to task celebrated author, Gary Gerani, of the popular sci-fi historical/pictorial book, "Fantastic Television" (c.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roque Maria Neto on October 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a must for all of you who had seen this series in the 70`s or 80`s. It has a little summary of the story as well as behind the scenes and some comments on each episode. I had a previous version of this book with a blue hardcover and this one is a re-edition. Some critics may say that the book is biased towards Space 1999, since Muir is a sincere fan. However is has some points that show that the show, mainly in its first season was a groundbreaker and visionary one. You will see that the ideas in some episodes would be used in other subsequent series and films, like Dragon`s Domain was the inspiration for Alien first movie. Highly recommended for Sci-fi fans.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series
This item: Exploring Space 1999: An Episode Guide and Complete History of the Mid-1970s Science Fiction Television Series
Price: $19.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?