MARK O'CONNELL

Writer, Author, Bond Fan

Category: Spielberg and Us

IT WAS A DARK TIME FOR FANDOM…

Imperial entanglements at the Odeon Leicester Square as The Last Jedi opens (December 2017).

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WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US has now landed in the forest!

A book that is 3 million light years from home.
A book that marks the return of the great adventure.
A book that thought it was safe to go back in the water.
A book that knows what scares you.
A book that is 43 years in the making.

Cue a John Williams overture, a cascade of BMX bikes, a trail of Reece’s Pieces and flying with friends from other stars…

WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US is now published and has landed in the forest of all good book and e-book stockists!

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Mark O’Connell didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker. He wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. And he would have done it had his parents had better pine furniture and a condo in California.

Star Wars, Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Superman didn’t just change cinema – they made lasting highways into our childhoods, toy boxes and video stores like never before.

In Watching Skies, O’Connell pilots a gilded X-Wing flight through that shared universe of bedroom remakes of Return of the Jedi, close encounters with Christopher Reeve, sticker album swaps, the trauma of losing an entire Star Wars figure collection and honeymooning on Amity Island.

From the author of Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan, Watching Skies is a timely hologram from all our memory systems. It is about how George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, a shark, two motherships, some gremlins, ghostbusters and a man of steel jumped a whole generation to hyperspace*.

*Action figures sold separately.

Mark Gatiss (SHERLOCK, DOCTOR WHO) on WATCHING SKIES.

Mark Millar (KICK ASS, KINGSMAN, X-MEN) on WATCHING SKIES

Please rewind all memories before returning.

A BIG and heartfelt thanks to The History Press for the brilliant production and blockbusting efforts to make Watching Skies a true summer blockbuster!

£16.99
Paperback ISBN 9780750970198
eBook ISBN 9780750986151

For all Watching Skies press, reviewing and media enquiries :
Jess Gofton @ The History Press
01453 732513
jgofton@thehistorypress.co.uk

For all writer enquiries:
Vivienne Clore
020 7497 0849
vivienne@vivienneclore.com

Press Release – WATCHING SKIES – STAR WARS, SPIELBERG AND US by Mark O’Connell – Summer 2018

 

HELLO DAVE – Remembering Stuart Freeborn on the 50th anniversary of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

“I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.

2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

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WATCHING VIRTUAL SKIES – Reviewing READY PLAYER ONE

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From CATCHING BULLETS to WATCHING SKIES

From the author of CATCHING BULLETS – MEMOIRS OF A BOND FAN comes its prequel… Continue reading

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