Futures as we’re being visited by the Galaxy’s greatest hero, Simon Clash. We are fortunate that James Aquilone managed to get hold of an extract from Clash’s life story enabling us to see the hero in action.

A brzzt-brzzt-brzzt came stuttering through the air as we sped over the black sands of Desolation. Something hit the repulsor-cycle’s rear fin, sending it into a vicious spin. Ja-bot was immediately thrown. I fought to regain control, and had nearly stopped the ever-widening gyre, but the cycle caught the edge of a dune and pitched me into the burning sand.Galaxy-background

My inspirations for Simon Clash himself were a couple of TV shows I watched as a kid: Get Smart and Inspector Gadget. Maxwell Smart and Gadget, both played by Don Adams, idiotic, oblivious characters. They were heroes who really weren’t heroes at all, and I’ve always found that funny and endearing.

As much as I love Star Wars, the 1980 Flash Gordon is the hero of a science fiction adventure comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond. First published January 7, 1934, the strip was inspired by and created to compete with the already established Buck Rogers adventure strip.

The Flash Gordon strip has been translated into a wide variety of media, including motion pictures, television and animated series. The latest version, a Flash Gordon television series, appeared on the United States Syfy in 2007–2008.