When I was a child, I got the idea into my head that science-fiction was a big, grown-up thing for grown-ups and it might therefore hurt my little brain to read it.
As nearly all my favourite movies were science fiction films and all my favourite comics were, to some degree, based on sci-fi principles, I have no idea where I got this notion from. But, somehow, it meant I didn't register those films or comics as being science fiction.
I think I'd decided that for something to qualify as sci-fi, it had to be pretentious. As the things I liked were mostly not pretentious, they therefore couldn't be sci-fi. Clearly, children, like Mancunian criminals, often see things in strange ways.
Regardless of my fear of science fiction hurting my brain, whenever I saw this issue advertised I wanted it.
Bafflingly, I did see it in a shop once but it never occurred to me to actually buy it.
While a lot of the tales from Unknown Worlds found their way into Marvel UK's weekly Planet of the Apes comic, a quick look at its entry on the Grand Comics Database tells me the only story title in this issue that rings a bell is something called Kick the Can. If it was indeed reprinted in Planet of the Apes, I have a feeling it involved an alien, a human and them firing ray guns at each other in between childhood flashbacks.
Of course, the title also made me think of Suzi Quatro's Can the Can and I shall therefore always associate it with leather catsuits.
But then, to be honest, I associate everything in life with leather catsuits.
It gives me pleasure to do so.
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