January 2018

Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear

The novel “Hull Zero Three” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2010.

A man awakens from Dreamtime naked, wet and cold in a place that is not familiar to him. A young girl explains to him that he’s Teacher and must adapt quickly or die. Fragments of memory emerge but too little and too slowly to end its confusion. The presence of strange creatures in the corridors certainly doesn’t help.

Teacher tries to understand his situation but doesn’t know how reliable the information provided by other people he meets can be. Putting together the various pieces of information, he realizes that he’s traveling on Ship but doesn’t know its destination. He understands that something serious happened and reconstructing those events could be the key to the survival of all humans on board.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Vaulting Ambition (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Vaulting Ambition” is the 12th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “The Wolf Inside”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “Vaulting Ambition”.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) takes Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) to the Emperor (Michelle Yeoh) as a gift while Paul Stamets (Anthony Rapp) meets his doppelganger and Ash Tyler / Voq (Shazad Latif) seems close to collapse.

Nancy Kress between Delia Sherman and Ellen Datlow

Nancy Anne Koningisor – this is her birth name – was born on January 20, 1948 in Buffalo, New York, USA. Nancy Kress’s career as a writer started in 1976, initially writing short fiction. Her first novels were fantasy but she obtained her biggest success with her science fiction works, from the Beggars series to the most recent novels and short fiction.

Throughout her career, Nancy Kress showed how the division between hard and soft science fiction can be difficult writing many stories based on scientific concepts, often genetic engineering, using them to tell the consequences of the society of their developments. It’s one of the skills that made her a writer of great value appreciated by the public.

The Godmakers by Frank Herbert

The novel “The Godmakers” – in some editions styled as “The God Makers” – by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in 1972 as an expansion of four short stories published in previous years.

Lewis Orne works for a government agency that aims to identify planets where there’s a risk of war breaking out and to find ways to keep peace. Seeing the signs of that kind of risk is not always easy but his mental abilities seem to develop in such a way that they allow him to perform in-depth analyzes that after various missions lead him to disturbing conclusions.

On the planet Amel, a religious order has the extremely ambitious aim of creating a god and it’s not the first time they have dona that. They don’t know from what creature, or what, it will be born and yet what the Abbod says and does was designed and calibrated with extreme precision because random influences are too dangerous.

John Carpenter in 2010

John Howard Carpenter was born on January 16, 1948 in Carthage, New York, USA. He’s been the director of a number of movies that sometimes had little commercial success but in time became cult movies such as “Dark Star”, “Halloween”, “The Fog”, “Escape from New York”, “The Thing”, “Big Trouble in Little China”, “Prince of Darkness”, and “They Live”.