CT 484/5 - Alan Stevens

CT484/5 Information


History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. What is the worth of all this? The only guide is your conscience, the only shield to your memory is the rectitude and sincerity of your actions.

But what if time changes? What if your deeds are undone by your own future actions in the past? Maybe the sacrificed will live again, but also, perhaps, cherished friends will blink from existence.

If there is no end game, but only a ceaseless chain of cause and effect, punctuated by the occasional bootstrap paradox, then what’s it all for?

Equally, if recorded time and memory diverge, then where does the truth lie, as no matter how sincerely meant, your actions are rendered meaningless.

These are just some of the questions raised, but not answered in Celestial Toyroom issue 484/5, although Andrew John Summersgill, Ian Scales, Fiona Moore, Mike Kenwood and myself work very hard to inform, educate and entertain you, just the same.

I'd also like to express my thanks to Colin Brockhurst for his stunning wrap-around cover artwork, depicting a group of space borne 1980s-style Cybermen before, and then just after, their encounter with that deadly traveller in time and space known only as — Doctor Who/Doctor Foreman/Dr. Caligari/Doctor von Wer /John Smith/Merlin/Theta Sigma/Doctor Bowman/Basil/Ka Faraq Gatri etc.

Finally, I’d like to show my appreciation to JL Fletcher for producing the tremendous artwork image of the Black Dalek Supreme, that appears on this issues free give-away colour postcard. Well done, mate!

Kindest regards,
Alan Stevens (with thanks to Winston Churchill)