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Andy Lane (1) (1963–)

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Andy Lane is a journalist, novelist and TV writer. The first volume of his guide to Babylon 5 has rapidly become the de facto work of reference on the series, and on the strength of it he is currently consulting on a licensed Babylon 5 project. His book The Band Files (written with Paul Simpson) vis mere does for Ian Fleming what this book does for J. Michael Straczynski. vis mindre


Værker af Andy Lane

Death Cloud (2010) 852 eksemplarer, 63 anmeldelser
Slow Decay (2007) 439 eksemplarer, 9 anmeldelser
Red Leech (2010) 438 eksemplarer, 18 anmeldelser
Black Ice (2011) 311 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
Fire Storm (2011) 266 eksemplarer, 4 anmeldelser
All-Consuming Fire (1994) 238 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Lucifer Rising (1993) 201 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Empire of Glass (1995) 199 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Snake Bite (2012) 196 eksemplarer, 7 anmeldelser
The Babylon File, Volume 1 (1997) 188 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Original Sin (1995) 178 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Legends of River Song (2016) 144 eksemplarer, 8 anmeldelser
Decalog 3: Consequences: Ten Stories, Seven Doctors, One Chain of Events (1996) — Redaktør — 130 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Babylon File, Volume 2 (1999) 115 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Knife Edge (2013) 114 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Decalog 4: Re:Generations: Ten Stories, A Thousand Years, One Family (1997) — Redaktør — 65 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Netherspace: Netherspace 1 (2017) 63 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Stone Cold (2014) 62 eksemplarer
Night Break (2015) 60 eksemplarer
Dawn of Spies (2016) 43 eksemplarer
A Thousand Tiny Wings (2010) — Forfatter — 29 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Mahogany Murderers (2009) 28 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Here There Be Monsters (2008) 25 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Paradise 5 (2010) 24 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The World of Wallace and Gromit (2004) 21 eksemplarer
Bedlam (2011) 17 eksemplarer
All-Consuming Fire [audio drama] (2015) 14 eksemplarer
Day of Ice (2017) 14 eksemplarer
Agent Without Licence (2018) 12 eksemplarer
Originators (2018) 11 eksemplarer
The World of Austin Powers (2002) 10 eksemplarer
Original Sin [audio drama] (2017) 10 eksemplarer
The Seventh Doctor: The New Adventures, Volume One (2018) 9 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Last Safe Moment (2018) 9 eksemplarer
Shadow Creatures (2014) 7 eksemplarer
Last Day on Earth (2019) 4 eksemplarer
The World of the Magic Roundabout (2005) 4 eksemplarer
Last Boy Standing (2019) 3 eksemplarer
The Scent of Blood (2019) 3 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Torchwood: Slow Decay {Abridged} (2014) 2 eksemplarer
UFO - Destruct: Positive! (2022) 1 eksemplar
Night of Terror (2018) 1 eksemplar
River of Time 1 eksemplar
Sporting Chance (1996) 1 eksemplar
Four Angry Mutants 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

Decalog: Ten Stories, Seven Doctors, One Enigma (1994) — Author "Fallen Angel" — 174 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
The Banquo Legacy (2000) 172 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Decalog 2: Lost Property: Ten Stories, Seven Doctors, No Fixed Abode (1995) — Bidragyder — 146 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Ultimate Dragon (1995) — Bidragyder — 135 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Ultimate Witch (1993) — Bidragyder — 77 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty (2015) — Bidragyder — 74 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Full Spectrum 5 (1995) — Bidragyder — 73 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Royal Whodunnits: Tales of Right Royal Murder and Mystery (1999) — Bidragyder — 71 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Dead Letters (2016) — Bidragyder — 57 eksemplarer
Ultimate X-Men (1996) — Bidragyder — 43 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Short Trips: Transmissions (2008) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
Further Associates of Sherlock Holmes (2017) — Bidragyder — 35 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Missing Adventures (2007) — Bidragyder — 26 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Doctor Who: Evening's Empire (2016) — Bidragyder — 21 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Jago & Litefoot: Series One (2010) — Bidragyder — 18 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Jago & Litefoot: Series Two (2011) — Bidragyder — 13 eksemplarer
Jago & Litefoot: Series Three (2011) — Bidragyder — 12 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
Jago & Litefoot: Series Eight (2014) — Bidragyder — 9 eksemplarer
In●Vision: The Talons of Weng-Chiang (1989) — Contributor "Ideal Holmes" — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: Sarah Special (1989) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: The Power of Kroll (1992) — Bidragyder — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: The Ark in Space (1988) — Contributor "This is a Recorded Message..." and Artist back cover — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: Black Orchid (1995) — Contributor "Borderlines" — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: Warriors' Gate (1994) — Contributor "Mirror Image" and "The Man in the Control Seat" — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: Full Circle (1994) — Contributor "Borderlines" — 2 eksemplarer
In●Vision: Terror of the Zygons (1988) — Artwork back cover — 2 eksemplarer
The Frame — Issue Seven (1988) — Writer [as Andrew Lane] "Michaeljohn Harris Interview" — 1 eksemplar
The Frame — Issue Six (1988) — Writer [as Andrew Lane] "A Suitable Case for Treatment" — 1 eksemplar

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Lane, Andrew
Dorset, England, UK
Warwick University



This is a spin off Doctor Who novel featuring the first Doctor William Hartnell and his companions Steven Taylor and Vicky. I enjoyed the historical backdrop of early 17th century Venice, though I thought the history was rather crowded with Galileo, Shakespeare and an anachronistic Marlowe all featuring as prominent characters. Another Time Lord, Irving Braxiatel, is trying to convene an Armageddon Convention, a meeting of alien races designed to seek agreement to outlaw various weapons or methods of warfare, and to use the Doctor to try to mediate. Needless to say all does not go according to plan, and the various betrayals and counter-betrayals by some alien races left me a little confused. Enjoyable stuff overall.… (mere)
john257hopper | 2 andre anmeldelser | Apr 30, 2024 |
Not as good or as thorough as the first volume, and definitely trace elements of dissatisfaction by the writer in how the series turned out. It's a shame in a way that he couldn't have waited until the (short-lived) spin-off 'Crusade' had aired, to make this more comprehensive.
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therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
When I was a child, I had a strange love of television and film guidebooks. The weirdest part was, they were generally for programs I had little or no interest in. (This might not be so weird; I was a child interested in things popular for 1990s young people, whereas guide books tended to be for adults.) I had a mini bookshelf filled with books on The X-Files (which at the time I had never seen), The Brady Bunch (which I had seen to my regret), and notably James Bond, with which I have never had any interest - and it turns out that book was written by Andy Lane, the author of the book currently under review! What a small world.

This is the first of two volumes, a smartly designed guide to the first three seasons of Babylon 5, the strikingly original and densely-plotted TV series of the 1990s which was regarded at the time as a significant evolution in both sci-fi television and long-form storytelling. I have only just discovered this program; while it has its flaws 30 years after the premiere of the pilot movie, there's an awful lot to love. Lane gives a vivid overview of plots, characters, goofs, quibbles, questions, plot arcs, and so on. It's exactly what you expect, with a touch of the author's particular verve. Naturally enough a 25-year-old guidebook to a television series is outdated and also, with the advent of the more popular internet, somewhat redundant. But not only is it heartwarming to those of us who remember the 1990s but also perhaps a more useful and easily-searchable tome than some resources online.

There are a few caveats, which fall under the "I would have done things differently" category:
1) Lane's attitude to spoilers is consistent with his original target audience (either people who had watched the show on first viewing and were buying the limited edition expensive VHS tapes, or people who would only catch occasional episodes on repeat in that horrid pre-digital world and thus couldn't be expected to view the thing in order). In short, he doesn't mind them. This gets most annoying with a couple of big revelations that are made early on. But it's even more annoying when he is somewhat vague but not vague enough. Imagine (I'm making this up) if you said "Julie falls off the cliff in episode 7 but we never see her dead body. This sets the groundwork for a major twist in episode 20". Can you guess what that twist might be? Or "Sam mentions that it'd be funny if Joe turned out to be a spy, which is ironic considering a surprise reveal in episode 40". Gosh, I wonder what that reveal might be. There could have been some more finesse there, i.e. discussing the foreshadowing when you reach the episode with the twist, rather than the other way around.

2) Sometimes Lane's élan tips over into pretentiousness. He is prone to seemingly needless jabs at Star Trek, for example. I understand that among some sci-fi fans, especially a contingent of Doctor Who acolytes with whom Lane was acquainted, this was a common target of ire. After all, it was increasingly successful as a franchise while Who languished off air, and there was a feeling that the latter was a wonderful, plot-driven extravaganza while the former was simplistic, plodding American pap. Whether or not this is true, it seems a bit gauche in this volume! In a similar vein he is prone to confusing opinion with instruction. In his introduction, for example, Lane sternly tells us that good writers will ensure that the "A" and "B" plots of an episode are thematically linked, whereas bad writers will not. That's a great opinion and it's certainly orthodoxy in some circles. I still remember a reviewer/blogger when Game of Thrones was on the air, who would search for a thematic or visual link every time an episode transitioned from one of its many subplots to another. The reviewer sometimes became quite snarky when there were no clear links. Thing is, while I see the desire for that, it's only one viewpoint. Mine is quite different: the nature of episodic television is such that there isn't always time to structure a season of plots so that they thematically join together, nor to film a series like Game of Thrones in such a way that you can guarantee the order of certain shots or sequences across different storylines before you reach the editing bay. Additionally, there can be an appeal for dedicated viewers to having a variety of stories in an episode that utilise different characters, settings, tones, and approaches. I agree that it would be lovely if every television episode merited as much analysis as a novel by Joyce, but it's probably not realistic. It doesn't, in my view, make someone a bad writer if they don't have strong resonances between subplots, especially considering that an episode may be the result of much reworking, numerous authors, plot or production necessities, and so on. I would rather judge it based on what it was setting out to do, whether that was achieved, and how that fits into the overall tapestry. Lane is not wrong in his view but he couches it in a didactic tone that is highly reminiscent of these kinds of '90s volumes.

3) Whereas he is sometimes prone to over-analyse, as above, Lane can be frustratingly terse on core production issues. I was startled to see that the departure of a certain major character late in season 2 was represented by one factual paragraph of why the actor chose to leave. I would have enjoyed some speculation on whether this renders the preceding two years of character development moot, a broader understanding of the circumstances (for example whether that reason was felt more broadly by the cast), or a discussion on whether the plot twist used to remove the character figures well into the series' continuity - not to mention its impact on gradual character development of another impacted figure. Very often with more minor elements of the plot, we simply have a reference to the series creator's explanation for why a certain scene happened or a note on some deleted information that would have clarified the situation without much editorialising. I would have liked more insight, even opinion, into whether it's valid to use an unseen deleted moment to endorse a plot that otherwise is a bit shonky, for example. I appreciate that Lane was an up-and-coming jobbing writer who valued these gigs, and didn't want to be seen as an aggressive critic, but there's an in-between.

4) This is a personal bugbear, I'll concede, and it stems from me not having much interest in "genre" fiction, as Lane calls it. Usually when he profiles a guest actor, he will fixate on their appearances in genre programming at the expense of all others. It can be frustrating, for instance, to be told that Guest Star X appeared in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager and two episodes of The X-Files while leaving out series in which they appeared as a regular, movie or theatre roles, and the like. Again I appreciate that there was/is a world of people who exist solely in this space, much as some fans of Bridgerton would overwhelmingly be interested in actors' connections to romance content at the expense of all else. But it renders many of these entries even more useless than they otherwise would be all these years later.

Anyhow, those are minor criticisms. You'll like this book if you have an especial interest in the genre and guidebooks from the 1990s. Otherwise, why the hell are you reading this review?
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therebelprince | Apr 21, 2024 |
I absolutely loved this. River is my favorite character besides the doctor so of course, I would love this. All of the stories were great but there was definitely some ones that stood out.
Fortunesdearest | 7 andre anmeldelser | Feb 2, 2024 |



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Tim Foley Contributor, Author
Tim Treloar Performer, Narrator
Russell McGee Composer
Peter Doggart Composer
Katy Manning Performer
Tom Webster Cover Design
Ben Jeapes Contributor
Peter Anghelides Contributor
Jim Mortimore Cover artist
Gareth Roberts Contributor
Steven Moffat Contributor
Craig Hinton Contributor
Guy Clapperton Contributor
Jackie Marshall Cover artist
Stephen Bowkett Contributor
Colin Brake Contributor
Sylvester McCoy Reader, Performer
Lisa Bowerman Director
Gus Smith Contributor
Kate Orman Contributor
Lance Parkin Contributor
Alex Stewart Contributor
Richard Salter Contributor
Paul Leonard Contributor
Liz Holliday Contributor
Steve Jordan Contributor, Author
Ann Bell Narrator
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Teddy Kempner Narrator
Helen Goldwyn Narrator
Alex MacQueen Narrator
Claire Wyatt Narrator
Nicola Bryant Performer
Colin Baker Performer
James D'Arcy Narrator
Richard Earl Narrator
John Dorney Adapter
Travis Oliver Performer
Ioan Morris Composer
Paul Darrow Narrator
Steven Pacey Narrator
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Grant Kempster Cover Design
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