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September 20th, 2022 6 comments

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Michael Seely: Cyberman – The Quest for Pedler

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Revised Limited Edition Hardback (Only 300 copies published). Individually numbered with artwork postcard signed by the author Michael Seeley and cover artist Connor Adkins.

Kit Pedler was a man of ideas, both scientific and fictional. He brought his thoughts on the future of science alive to millions of television viewers as prescient drama.

As a writer, he will forever be associated with creating the Cybermen with Gerry Davis for Doctor Who. The ultimate in human upgrade; they were less fearful from being a monster, but as a potential echo of our future. He also devised the process of regenerating one Time Lord into another incarnation, thus succeeding in securing the continuation of Doctor Who to the present day.

He became a household name when he co-created Doomwatch, the BBC serial starring Robert Powell. It thrilled audiences and speculated on the dangers of runaway science and the impact it could have on humanity.

In the 1970s, he turned away from the conventional path of a career scientist and embraced the new movement of alternative technology, becoming a public advocate of living modern life in a way which would impact less harmfully on the planet.

In this revised edition of Cyberman – The Quest for Pedler, Michael Seely traces the path of Kit’s life, and with help from his friends, family and colleagues, explores the many fascinating ideas and campaigns that Kit Pedler took to his heart.

Categorised under: Autobiographies and biographies, Books



  • Anon

    September 20th, 2022 - 1:28pm

    I ordered this a week ago but when I checked it doesn’t appear in my orders list. I received a confirmation email and a PayPal email confirming payment but the order just isn’t there. I’ve sent two emails and heard nothing back yet. It’s a bit concerning. I ordered the latest Cushing charity book from obverse yesterday as well.

    • Anon

      September 20th, 2022 - 2:24pm

      What a relief the book arrived today but I had no emails from them saying it had been sent. Was pleased to spot that the author has written a book about the nightmare man series, adapted by Robert Holmes in the early eighties. Love that series so will watch out for that coming!

    • Jay

      September 23rd, 2022 - 6:14pm

      I’ve just ordered my copy Anon. Have you started reading it yet?

    • Anon

      September 24th, 2022 - 10:54am

      I read it years ago when it was first released in paperback by miwk. This version is an edited down version, the original features a doomwatch script that has been removed due to copyright. I lent my original out and never got it back so I’m happy to get it back. It was interesting, a little dry at times and there is a wealth of detail about his life. The doctor who sections are short as they formed a relatively small portion of his career as a working scientist. It is decent though.

    • Jay

      September 24th, 2022 - 4:40pm

      I never got around to ordering the original, but sorry to hear you never got it back after you lent it out! That’s why I never lend my books to people now. I’m looking forward to reading about Kit’s life and career and sounds like it will be interesting.

    • Anon

      September 24th, 2022 - 6:10pm

      Yes, I’ve learned my lesson, I don’t lend anything out now as I’ve lost some really good stuff over the years including some I’ve never been able to replace. It was interesting to read about his life and career outside of his TV work. And this new version just looks really nice!

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