High & Low: Books

Red Dwarf is blessed with a good number of tie in books, both official and unofficial, but not quite *enough* to have any tension over which will be included or not included in a list such as this. As such, they’re pretty much all here, but since it’s been a while since we’ve talked about any of them in any great details we thought it would be worth taking stock of the pulped tree based tie-ins and sort out the good from the garbage. As always this is just my opinion and, to be perfectly honest, I’ve taken more than a few liberties with the ordering anyway so don’t let it worry you too much.

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The Last Novels

The Red Dwarf novels are some of the finest TV to book adaptations in existence. In fact, no, I’ll go as far to say they are the best TV to book adaptations *ever*. Some people even hold the opinion that they’re superior to their TV based cousin… Me? Well, I think it’s impossible to compare, […]

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Fat

Look, everyone! Rob Grant’s Fat! Alright, that’s the last time we’ll use that joke, we promise. But you have to admit, he’s almost complicit in it with a title like that. Anyway, after a lengthy wait (although, to be honest, not as lengthy as some have made out – we’re not exactly talking Duke Nukem Forever or Chinese Democracy, here), Rob’s latest novel, Fat, is finally in shops. And after an almost as lengthy wait (fortuitous circumstances meant we were in a position to get a review of this book out for its release date; dire technical circumstances meant we failed to do so), the G&T verdict is here as well. So, what do we reckon?

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Rob Grant – Forbidden Planet signings

Forbidden Planet is delighted to announce a signing with Rob Grant. He will be signing his new book FAT (Gollancz – Special Offer Price £8.99) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2 H 8JR on Saturday 6th January 1 – 2pm.

Marvellous! FP’s own website, meanwhile, also tells us that he’ll be in Bristol on Thursday 11th – although, annoyingly, it’s between 2-4pm, so those of you with JOBS won’t be able to make it. Which seems rather daft, really.

UPDATE : Word now reaches us from TOS that there’s actually a full-blown tour in the works. Check out the dates over there – and note that in addition to the FP signing (where you’ll queue for ages to see him for about thirty seconds), there’s going to be a ticketed event at Waterstone’s, presumably including a reading and/or a Q&A…

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Classic Books of Estonia

It’s amazing what a bit of late night Googling can do. Seb, Cappsy and I were having a discussion about whether Doug Naylor used to be really fat, so I searched for “Doug Naylor” on Google Images. After a while, it came up with this page. From what we can tell, it’s the Estonian version of Last Human!

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The Good Book Guide

Sci-fi shows are notorious for spanning published spin-offs. These range from reference books, to programme guides, to novelisations and even fan-fiction. However, these are often shoddy, with poor research and lazy writing. This accusation can not be levelled against Red Dwarf, which is usually just as good on the page as it is on the […]

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The Official Red Dwarf Companion

Price: £6.99 Cover: Paperback Pages: 96 pages ISBN: 1-85286-456-7 Release Date: October 1992 The book opens with an excellent introduction by Rob Grant and Doug Naylor, which, like their later efforts for the Making Of and Doug’s Red Dwarf VIII books, are wonderfully irreverant. They discuss the inspiration for Rimmer, late scripts for Son of […]

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