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The complete first season of Terry Nation’s classic sci-fi adventure series will be published as a collection of brand-new hardback novelisations.
Blake’s 7 debuted on BBC television in 1978 and quickly developed a cult following of fans eager to enjoy the exploits of Roj Blake and his gang of rebels in their battle against the sinister Federation.
Now, for the first time, the original episodes have been adapted into full-length books, featuring lavish photos and artwork, and released as a single box set limited to just 1,500 copies.
Blake’s 7: Origins is due for publication on 27 March 2023, marking 45 years since the original broadcast of the first season’s final episode. The set of seven is now available to pre-order for just £99.99 (plus postage & packing) exclusively here.
Each adaptation comprises two stories from the TV series and has been written by a well-known sci-fi author:
The Way Back/Space Fall by Paul Cornell
Cygnus Alpha/Time Squad by Marc Platt
The Web/Seek-Locate-Destroy by Gary Russell
Mission to Destiny/Duel by Jacqueline Rayner
Project Avalon/Breakdown by Steve Cole
Bounty/Deliverance by Una McCormack
Orac/Redemption by James Goss
Producer and Commissioning Editor Peter Anghelides said: “Our wonderful writers bring their talent, imagination and wit to these new novelisations. Each of them already has an impressive track record as a novelist, not to mention a wide range of other writing in prose and other media.
“Unlike conventional novelisations, which tend to be written before a TV show or movie has been completed, these are all informed by the available reference materials, 45 years of the show, and the inventiveness of our authors. They are all big fans of the series — our very own ‘Blake’s 7’ for this unique collection.
“The Nation Estate very helpfully allowed us to see original drafts written by Terry, some hand-annotated, to reference as the origins of the TV show. Where appropriate, we’re staying faithful to the original series. For example, some draft scripts feature the characters Arco Trent and Brell Klein, who make it onto Liberator – but (spoiler alert) they won’t be escaping Cygnus Alpha in our novels.
“However, along with BBC filming, camera, and rehearsal scripts, those early drafts have informed these brand-new novels for all thirteen episodes of that first season. And with Redemption as the conclusion of Terry Nation’s original fourteen-story run, it’s the first time that any of the second season has been novelised!”
The premium hardback printed books are available to pre-order together in a single collection for just £99.99 (plus postage & packing) here. These books are not available to buy separately.
All the above prices include the special pre-order discount and are subject to change after general release.