"Well, if that's what you want. I mean it's a bit soon... I had so many places I had wanted to take you. The Fifteenth Broken Moon of the Medusa Cascade, the Lightning Skies of Cotter Palluni's World, Diamond Coral Reefs of Kataa Flo Ko... Thank you. Thank you, Donna Noble, it's been brilliant. You've... you've saved my life in so many ways. You're... You're just popping home for a visit, that's what you mean."Art The time ship takes its final trip to Toxteth for one of the Monuments of the Future, a stained glass window from artist Arseny Zhilyaev illustrating The Last Planet Parade, the supposed final occasion when a particular concentration of planets and stars appear in the nights sky and viewable from a particular position on Earth and only on a single spot in the universe.
-- The Doctor, "The Sontaran Stratagem"
Within the space there's a long apparently biographical note, about how Zhilyaev's interest in space developed from childhood, his father seeing Yuri Gagarin on a visit to Manchester and experiencing his first Planet Parade, something he celebrates every 22 January with a fancy dress party. As with many of the pieces in this Biennial, the fiction is frictional.
As well as the window, there's a display of news clippings, photographs and books connected to the biographical note, just the sort of literature my Dad kept from his childhood and I grew up reading before I could afford to buy franchise novels. For the purposes of future historians and people who don't have time to visit the exhibition, here's a bibliography:
ANDERSSON, Poul. 1973. The Rebel Worlds. Coronet.
CLARKE, Arthur C. 1975. The Lion of Comarre & Against The Fall of Night. Corgi.
CLARKE, Arthur C. 1969. Voices From The Sky. Mayflower.
GREENHOUGH, Terry. 1979. The Wandering Worlds. New English Library.
MOORE, Patrick. 1978. The Observer's Book of Astronomy. F Warne Publishers Ltd.
TUCKER, Wilson. 1971. The Time Masters. Signet Books.
TURNELL, Reginald. 1975. The Observer's Book of Manned Spaceflight. F Warne Publishers Ltd.
VAN VOGT, A.E., 1973. Children of Tomorrow. F Warne Publishers Ltd.
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