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Smegazine #9

If our recent Series X article wasn't enough (before you ask, no we're not slowly turning into a Red Dwarf fan site...), the notoriously modest Rear Admiral Lieutenant General Symes from Ganymede & Titan recently stumbled upon this gem from Issue 9 of the classic Smegazine collection from 1992. For those not in the know, two volumes worth of Smegazines , originally entitled The Red Dwarf Magazine , were published between 1992 and 1994, and are now considered to be serious collector's items among merchandise-hungry fans. Often showcasing rich and varied content, articles ranged from original & adapted comic stories, sneak peaks of upcoming episodes, and reports covering related cast projects, etc. Funnily enough, this particular issue is dated, 'November 1992', but I've been reliably informed that Issue 9 was actually published in late October - just in time for broadcast. Enjoy!

Space. The funniest frontier.

Last December, I was fortunate enough to be part of the live studio audience for the very first episode of Red Dwarf X to be filmed at Shepperton Studios. Neatly bookending my experience (to say the least!), on Friday, I attended the final show, too. Since 1988, thanks largely to strong viewing figures and an impossibly loyal and dedicated fan-base , this acclaimed sci-fi/comedy series has proven itself to be more resilient than a lump-hammered Talkie Toaster ™ . Famously, during rehearsals on the first series, an electricians' strike very nearly pulled the plug on the entire project before it even had chance to air. A three-year hiatus between later series would also keep fans guessing as to the programme's future and possible change in direction - culminating with the BBC rather tactlessly admitting they were "no longer interested in the audience [the show] used to attract" . But ultimately, and thankfully, these setbacks did little to dissuade digital cha