Gerry Anderson, creator of Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet, UFO and Space: 1999 (among other shows) died today aged 83.
Thunderbirds was a significant influence in my childhood interest in
science fiction; it was a bright, optimistic show depicting a future
full of extraordinary and wonderful machines (but very few people!).
Captain Scarlet was a far darker show, with the Mysterons, an alien race
probably based on Mars, waging a "cold war" against humanity because we
destroyed one of their Martian cities.
And UFO involved a secret organisation battling invading aliens with the
help of hi-tech space-craft, set in... er... 1980. (ten years ahead
when the show was made!)
Gerry Anderson forged much of my childhood image of the future. Rest in
peace, Gerry - you will be remembered through your creations.