Book:Only You Can Save Mankind
|Only You Can Save Mankind|
|Publication date||September 1992|
|Main characters||Johnny Maxwell, Wobbler, Yo-Less, Kirsty|
|Series||Johnny Maxwell Series|
|All data relates to the first UK edition.|
Twelve-year-old Johnny receives a pirate edition of the new video game Only You Can Save Mankind from his friend Wobbler. However, he hasn't been playing for long when the ScreeWee Empire surrenders to him. After accepting the surrender he finds himself inside the game in his dreams, where he must deal with the suspicious Gunnery Officer as well as the understanding Captain, and work out exactly what they're all supposed to do now.
This might all be the result of an over-active imagination except that the ScreeWee have disappeared altogether from everyone else's copy of the game. With the help of another player, Kirsty, who calls herself "Sigourney" (as in Weaver), Johnny must try to get the ScreeWee home.
In 1996, Only You Can Save Mankind was adapted into a three-part radio drama on BBC Radio 4. Adapted by Bob Hescott, directed by Brian Lighthill.
- Tim Smith: Johnny Maxwell
- Janet Dale: Scree-Wee Captain
- Michael Angelis: Gunnery Officer
- Akhbar Karim: Wobbler
- Marian Kemmer: Johnny's Mother
- Laurence Rew: Johnny’s Father
- Tessa Harrison: Scree-Wee Crew-member
- Terry Pearson: Newscaster
- Peter Dalton: Yo-Less
- Michael Perestrello: Bigmac
- Natalie Moore: Kirsty
- Renu Setna: Mr Patel, Newscaster
- Tina Grey: Kirsty’s Mother
In 2004, a musical adaptation for the stage was premiered at the Edinburgh Festival, with music by Leighton James House and lyrics by Shaun McKenna. The album was released online November 23, 2009. A national CD release came out in April 2010.
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