Omnibus containing La Ville Vampire by Paul FĂ©val, Czarna Volka by Stefan Grabinski and The Croning by Laird Barron (Italian edition)

The novel “The Croning” by Laird Barron was published for the first time in 2012.

Don Miller is a geologist who sometimes travels to various countries along with his wife, anthropologist Michelle Mock. During one of these trips, Don has reason to believe that Michelle ha disappeared but trying to find her almost gets killed. He survives but remembers very little of his ordeal.

Don and Michelle’s life seems overall normal and yet some events are weird to say the least. In his old age, Don tries to put together the pieces of a strange puzzle but meddling with certain things can be dangerous and death is only one of the possible consequences but not necessarily the worst.

Albertavenator curriei illustration (Image courtesy Oliver Demuth)

An article published in the journal “Canadian Journal of Earth Science” describes the identification of a new species of bird-like dinosaur. Called Albertavenator Curriei, it belongs to the troodontid family and lived in today’s Alberta, Canada, about 71 million years ago. The name of the species was chosen by the Royal Ontario Museum and the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum’s scientists after the famous Canadian paleontologist Philip J. Currie.

The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter

The novel “The Long Earth” by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2012. It’s the first book of The Long Earth series.

When the instructions to build a Stepper, a device that allows to move to a parallel universe, are made public on the Internet, a new frontier opens up for humanity. Anyone can do it and there seem to be infinite parallel universes where the Earth is similar but with some differences, hence the expression “Long Earth” and in none of them human beings evolved.

When human being move to a parallel universe they feel nausea but Joshua Valienté is an exception. He gets hired to participate in a an expedition to explore the Long Earth along with a truly unique companion, Lobsang, an artificial intelligence who claims to be the reincarnation of a human being.

Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor (Image courtesy BBC)

The BBC broadcast a promo announcing that Jodie Whittaker will play the Thirteenth Doctor. The actress succeeds Peter Capaldi and will officially take his place at driving the Tardis in the special episode that will be broadcast on Christmas Day 2017.

Kromberg Formation Microfossils (Image courtesy Dorothy Oehler)

An article published in the journal “Precambrian Research” describes the comparative study of lenticular microfossils dating back to 3.4 billion years ago. Dorothy Z. Oehler and Maud M. Walsh started working on these microfossils and together with other researchers concluded that the ones found in the Kaapvaal Craton, South Africa, are related to those found in the Pilbara Craton, Australia. Probably they were autotrophic organisms that for some phases of their life cycle lived like plankton.