Sept 13th, 1999:
A nuclear accident on the moon blasts it out of orbit, through a space warp, and careening into the cosmos.
311 brave souls survive on Moonbase Alpha, searching the stars for a new home.
SPACE:1999 was a 1974 Sci-Fi television series starring Martin Landau (of Ed Wood fame) and Barbara Bain (of Mission Impossible, along with Martin).
The show had a lot going for it. The special effects efforts by SFX wizard Brian Johnson led to his work on Star Wars. Along with Landau and Bain, it had the amazing Barry Morse heading up the cast. Joan Collins, Christopher Lee, and Peter Cushing all guest starred.
It was to be a Star Trek like series with a 2001 asthetic and tone. While the first season contains many gems, the show was too cerebral for most audiences of the time and was transformed into an action adventure format for season two. At first too adult and then too child-like, the series couldn’t find its footing and was cancelled after year two.
My first graphic novel based on the series was released in 2012 and was called Space:1999 – Aftershock and Awe. The second is sold out and getting harder to find every day.
And yes, there is a new series of SPACE:1999 graphic novels by me on the way.
I have limited copies of Aftershock and Awe available at the $25 cover price plus $6 domestic shipping (FB message me for foreign shipping). All books direct from the author are signed. Please remember to include your shipping address and whatever dedication you’d like. You can order by PAYPAL at email@example.com.
And please, take a moment to celebrate the 44th anniversary of this sci-fi classic, and the 6,935th day since the moon left earth orbit.
—Andrew E.C. Gaska