October 2020

Saru (Doug Jones) and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) in Far From Home (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“Far From Home” is the 2nd episode of the 3rd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “That Hope Is You, Part 1”.

The USS Discovery exits the wormhole in the midst of asteroids suffering further damage and then crashing to a nearby planet. The on-board systems are barely able to maintain life support and need to be repaired as soon as possible. Saru (Doug Jones) and Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman) set out for an inhabited area hoping to find assistance.

Dan Schulman in 2013

PayPal has announced that from 2021 it will support payments through some cryptocurrencies, which in the initial phase will be Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). To integrate this new management into its systems, for the legal part it obtained a conditional license for cryptocurrencies, the one known as BitLicense, by the New York State Department of Financial Services, and for the technical part it signed an agreement with Paxos, a known provider of cryptocurrency services and products. Initially, this new support will be limited to customers in the USA, but PayPal plans to extend it to other countries later in the year.

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (Italian edition)

The novel “A Closed and Common Orbit” by Becky Chambers was published for the first time in 2016. It’s the second book in the Wayfarers series and follows “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet”.

Sidra is an outlaw creature as she’s an artificial intelligence in an android body. Pepper, who managed to achieve that result together with her friend Blue, is committed to helping Sidra adapt to a very different situation than her job as a starship artificial intelligence. It’s a difficult process even if Sidra finds new friends on her path.

Jane 23 is a little girl used together with many others like her to do various jobs. One day an explosion in the factory where she lives and works disrupts her life by revealing that there’s something outside it. She’s frightened, but she escapes taking advantage of the fact that the robots that manage the work can’t leave the factory, and ends up finding an abandoned shuttle where there’s still a working artificial intelligence.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in That Hope Is You, Part 1 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“That Hope Is You, Part 1” is the 1st episode of the 3rd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery”, which starts again after “Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2”.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) exits the wormhole and ends up in the midst of space wrecks while there’s a clash between two starships. She crashes on a nearby planet together with one of the two starships, driven by Book (David Ajala). She discovers that she’s in the year 3188, that the Federation has collapsed, and there’s no trace of the USS Discovery, which was her only hope of not being completely lost in a place and time that is not her own.

'Salem's Lot by Stephen King (Italian edition)

The novel “‘Salem’s Lot” by Stephen King was published for the first time in 1975.

Ben Mears returns after many years to Jerusalem’s Lot, the city where he spent part of his childhood with events that left him with deep traumas. His intention is to write a new novel after the success of his previous ones, and the inspiration comes from the events that marked his childhood. The mansion at the center of the story was purchased by two antique dealers who have recently arrived in the city as well, though one of the two is also away on business.

Jerusalem’s Lot looks like a sleepy town, but what appears to be a quiet situation is shaken when a young boy disappears and his brother dies. Ben Mears befriended Matt Burke, a teacher at the city’s high school, and began a romantic relationship with Susan Norton, who recently graduated from college. They and other inhabitants of the town get involved in an increasingly complicated situation when they have to accept that there are vampires in the city.