October 2017

The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R. Delany and The Dark of the Soul (Italian edition)

The novel “The Einstein Intersection” by Samuel R. Delany was published for the first time in 1967. it won the Nebula Award as best novel of the year.

Lo Lobey is an alien who’s trying to get to know the ancient culture of the Earth after it was abandoned by humans. He’s part of a wave of alien colonizers who took possession of the planet with its many electronic devices left behind and still running.

In this situation, Lo Lobey goes looking for his beloved Friza to bring her back to life like a new Orpheus. During his quest he meets other aliens who absorbed something from ancient human culture taking on the roles of mythological characters. The reletionships among them are not easy and sometimes they end up in a clash.

Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad” is the 7th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Lethe”.

Note. This article contains several spoilers about “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad”.

There’s a party on the USS Discovery and cadet Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) tries to push Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) to dance with Lieutenant Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) but everything gets ruined by Harry Mudd (Rainn Wilson).

Some microfossils from the Khesen Formation (Image courtesy Yale University)

An article published in the journal “Geology” describes a research on microfossils in excellent state of conservation discovered in northern Mongolia that could help to understand the evolution from microbes to animals. A team of researchers led by the Yale University studied these embryo-like fossils discovered in what was called Khesen Formation dating to about 540 million years ago, during the Ediacaran period.

Doctor Who - Delta and the Bannermen

“Delta and the Bannermen” is an adventure of the twentyfourth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1987. It’s a three parts adventure written by Malcolm Kohll and directed by Chris Clough.

Gavrok led his Bannermen to the almost genocide of the Chimeron but Queen Delta managed to escape with an egg that represents the last hope for her species. After arriving at a spaceport, Delta tries to get confused within a group of tourists who are traveling to the 1959 Earth for an exotic vacation.

The Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) discover they’ve won a prize holiday when they arrive at a spaceport. The spacecraft disguised buses is going to Disneyland but when in orbit it collides with an experimental satellite and ends up in Wales, where other unexpected meetings await the travelers.

The novel “The Island of Dr. Moreau” by H.G. Wells was published for the first time in 1896.

Edward Prendick is traveling on the Pacific Ocean when gets shipwrecked with the resulting death of almost all the crew and passengers. The man is saved at the last moment by a small ship passing by where he meets Montgomery, accompanied by M’ling, a strange servant who shows various physical deformities.

Edward Prendick is just beginning to recover from his ordeal when he’s left on an island where Montgomery has landed with his servant. There they are welcomed by other men who show strange physical characteristics and then meet Dr. Moreau, who seems to run the small community that lives on the island.