For the past few week, Radio 4’s arts magazine show, Front Row , has been running a feature where they’ve been asking leading “creative minds” (writers, performers, designers, artists) to name their favourite works or culture or other creative minds that have influenced their lives. It can get unashamedly high brow (you’ll be happy to learn that Brian Sewell chose “Christ contemplated by the Christian Soul” by Diego Velázquez and not On The Buses so all is right with the world) but a fair few interesting SF and fantasy choices have been made.
Below we’ve listed all the relevant instalments with links so you can listen to them. Well worth an aural browse.
Riz Ahmed on Street Fighter II
Gemma Chan on The Princess Bride
James Blake on Stalker
CJ Sansom on William Hartnell as the First Doctor
Paul Franklin on The Thief Of Bagdad (1940)
Sarah Hall on Blade Runner
Neil Gaiman on The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke by Richard Dadd
Brian Aldiss on The Diary of Maria Bashkirtseff
Mohsin Hamid on Olaf Stapledon