Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

The novel “Revelation Space” by Alastair Reynolds was published for the first time in 2000. Dan Sylveste is an archaeologist obsessed with the mystery of the Amarantin, a civilization that lived on the planet Resurgam that disappeared after a mysterious catastrophe about 900,000 years ago. A new discovery shows that the Amarantin were much more advanced than Sylveste and his colleagues thought but the colony of Resurgam goes through divisions and coups. To carry out his research, Sylveste must first survive the assassination attempts.

Rita Levi Montalcini in 2009 (Photo Presidency of Italian Republic)

Rita Levi-Montalcini, neurologist and since 2001 senator for life in the Italian Parliament, passed away today. Born on April 22, 1909 in Turin, Italy, for her discovery of the Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), in 1986 she received the Nobel Prize for medicine.

Nichelle Nichols on the Children Uniting Nations Academy Award Viewing Party red carpet in 2009

Grace Dell Nichols, this is her birth name, was born on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois. Nichelle Nichols is famous mostly for playing Uhura in the Star Trek saga. She also collaborated with NASA to recruit women and minority personnel and promote space missions.

Gerry Anderson in 2009

Yesterday Gerry Anderson passed away. He was a renowned producer, editor, director and writer very active for decades, especially in television. Among his most successful TV shows there are Thunderbirds, UFO and Space: 1999.