The novel “Wetware” by Rudy Rucker was published for the first time in 1984. It won the Philip K. Dick Award. It’s the second book in the ware quadrilogy and is the sequel to “Software”.
In 2030 boppers have further evolved but are confined in their area after the end of the civil war. The Moon is now inhabited mainly by humans but a new drug could change things and allow a new generation of boppers to live on Earth.
The drug called merge allows to create a human-bopper hybrid using a woman as an incubator. It’s Della Taze, niece of Cobb Anderson, the boppers’ creator. The birth of her son Manchile can upset the new balance between humans and boppers with the creation of a generation of what are called meatbops.
IBM announced a leap forward in the realization of carbon nanotubes circuits. It’s one of the most promising technologies in electronics but so far many problems in its practical application prevented its practical use. IBM now claims to have discovered a way to use it to create transistors to replace the current silicon-based ones.
An article recently published in the journal “Nature” describes the study of the DNA of hominids found in a place in northern Spain called Sima de los Huesos, which means pit of bones. The DNA analysis of these fossils of hominids who lived between 300,000 and 400,000 years ago established that they are an early form of Neanderthals. According to paleogeneticist Matthias Meyer of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, the results suggest that the ancestors of homo sapiens separated from those of the Neanderthals and another species called Denisovans between 550,000 and 765,000 years ago.
The novel “The King’s Dragon” by Una McCormack was published for the first time in 2010.
The Eleventh Doctor takes Amy Pond and Rory Williams in the city-state of Geath, where they find something unexpected. It’s supposed to be a democratic and utopian place but there are a king and a Narrator who sings his deeds. A curious dragon completes the oddities.
The supposed tranquility of Geath is turned upside down by the arrival of a Herald who demands that a treasure is immediately returned. Shortly after, there starships also arrive force the inhabitants to return the treasure. The Doctor must understand who he’s dealing with, also because the treasure is not made of common gold but of a substance forbitten in all the civilized universe that influences the mind of sentient beings.
In recent days, at the “Pandorica 2015” convention Philip Morris revealed a new backstory regarding the finding of the lost episodes of the classic “Doctor Who” series. In October 2013 it was announced that the third episode of the series “The Web of Fear” was not found but now Philip Morris, the man who found the other episodes and the whole serial “The Enemy of the World”, revealed that the third episode had been found but subsequently disappeared, probably stolen.