Keep Watching the Skies!

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(Did you mean the French fanzine?)

A warning that something will happen in the (more or less) near future. It is more definite than “Real Soon Now” or “Just Like a Daugherty Project Except That It Will Actually Happen.” It’s also used as a general farewell or letter closing.

The catchphrase comes from the end of the 1951 science-fiction film, The Thing from Another World, where Ned “Scotty” Scott (Douglas Spencer) cautions against alien invaders:

“I bring you a warning: Every one of you listening to my voice, tell the world, tell this to everybody wherever they are. Watch the skies. Everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies!”

Bill Warren used this as the title for his book on sf movies. In the macrocosm, Patrick McCray used it for a book on the 1950s Operation Moonwatch and a number of others for other things.

See also: Anywhen and When The Last Dangerous Visions is published....

Fanspeak 1951
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