2018

The Tuunbaq creature in We Are Gone (Image courtesy AMC Studios / Amazon. All rights reserved)

“We Are Gone” is the tenth and last episode of the TV show “The Terror”, an adapatation of a novel by Dan Simmons with the same title, and follows “The C, the C, the Open C”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “We Are Gone”.

Captain Francis Crozier (Jared Harris) tries to undermine the control that Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis) has on the mutineers in the hope of ending the conflict among the survivors of Franklin’s expedition and the acts of cannibalism. The showdown can’t leave the Tuunbaq creature out.

Proxima by Stephen Baxter

The novel “Proxima” by Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the first book in the Proxima series.

When Yuri is awakened from hibernation, he finds himself in a place and time that’s very different from the one he grew up in. Even worse, when someone finally tells him what’s going on, he finds out that he ended up in a group of people selected for an expedition to a planet in the Proxima Centauri system.

Stephanie “Stef” Kalinski is a scientist who is investigating the mystery of the kernels, objects discovered by humans and exploited as spaceship engines. Through trial and error, it was possible to understand how they work in an empirical way, but nobody knows what they really are and above all the principles that explain why they work. The answers could be on the planet Mercury.

Homo Naledi partial sSkulll (Image courtesy John Hawks. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences” describes a research on the possible characteristics of the brain of the hominins called Homo naledi discovered in 2013 in South Africa. A team of researchers laser scanned seven fragments of the skulls discovered to create a 3D model that could reproduce their brains’ imprints. The result is that those brains were indeed small but many aspects of their structure were substantially the same as those of Homo sapiens.

Marsarchaeota

An article published in the journal “Nature Microbiology” reports the discovery of a new group of archaea that was called Marsarchaeota. A team of microbiologists from Montana State University (MSU) discovered these microbes in Yellowstone National Park, USA, in hot springs where temperature and acidity are high and the main mineral is iron oxide. Their discovery could offer new information on their evolution and in general on the origin of life on Earth and on the importance of iron in the early stages of its history.

The short story “Let’s Take This Viral” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2013.

After quite some time Default decides to go down to the nocturns to try to get a little moral boost after having dissolved the geneshare contract with his now-ex-lover. He’s fallen behind with the latest trends but his friend Schorr, who has since changed sex, helps him find the right post-human fun for him, also based on viruses and bacteria from the Old Earth.