Literature

The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi

The novel “The Consuming Fire” by John Scalzi was published for the first time in 2018 and follows “The Collapsing Empire”. It’s the second book in the Interdependency series.

Emperox Grayland II received the first evidence that the predictions presented by Marce Claremont were correct and the shoals of the Flow started disappearing. The whole Interdependency is in danger but not everyone believes that it’s real, while for someone, especially in the Nohamapetan House, the possible changes are an opportunity to reach the throne.

While Grayland II announces to the Church of the Interdependency that she had visions, Marce Claremont realizes that his father’s theories can be completed by the research of Hatide Roynold, who until then he considered his rival. Predicting in a more precise way the future of the the Flow shoals will help but only if the Emperox manages to stay alive.

The Taking of Chelsea 426 by David Llewellyn

The novel “The Taking of Chelsea 426” by David Llewellyn was published for the first time in 2009.

When the Tenth Doctor arrives on Chelsea 426, a space colony orbiting the planet Saturn, his first impression is of a rather boring place with rules that prevent fun. The Flower Show is a local event but the Doctor’s attention is drawn in particular to a strange plant discovered in space.

The Doctor tries to examine the mysterious plant before the show opens but without success. His investigation is interrupted by the arrival of a Sontaran spaceship on a special mission commanded by intelligence General Kade.

Arthur Conan Doyle in 1914 (Photo Walter Benington)

Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle was born on May 22, 1859 in Edinburgh, Scotland. “A Study in Scarlet”, the first Sherlock Holmes novel, was published in 1887 and was a great success. 56 short stories and three more novels about the famous detective were published in the following years: “The Sign of Four” (1890), “The Hound of the Baskervilles” (1902) and “The Valley of Fear” (1915). At a certain point the author made Holmes die in the short story “The Final Problem”, which introduces his archenemy Moriarty, but the readers’ reaction convinced him to find a way to change the detective’s destiny.

The novel “The Lost World” (1912) became a classic among modern science fiction precursors. Arthur Conan Doyle re-used the character of Professor Challenger for some other novels and short stories that today can be considered science fiction.

On July 7, 1930, Arthur Conan Doyle suffered a heart attack at his country home in Windlesham. At the time of his death, the character of Sherlock Holmes had already become the protagonist of some movies and a number of short films, quickly becoming an icon far beyond literature. He’s a crucial character in the detective story / mystery genre but the author is also remembered for other important works in various genres, also often adapted in cinema and television productions.

Ultima by Stephen Baxter

The novel “Ultima” by Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2014. It’s the second book in the Proxima series and follows “Proxima”.

A group of people reached a different timeline and only the artificial intelligence known as Earthshine has some idea about what’s going on. The human beings who made that strange journey are only interested in trying to make a living in the new conditions despite the difficulties.

For Earthshine the matter is quite different because its plans are much more ambitious and long-term. The new situation is just another step in the search for the mysterious creators of hatches and kernels. His actions, however, can bring unexpected consequences, at least for his old traveling companions.

The Prison in Antares by Mike Resnick (Italian Edition)

The novel “The Prison in Antares” by Mike Resnick was published for the first time in 2015. It’s the second novel in the Dead Enders series and follows “The Fortress in Orion”.

Some Democracy scientists found a defense against the Q bomb, the devastating weapon of the Transkei Coalition that killed an huge number of people for years. The Coalition’s reaction was the killing of almost all the scientists who invented that defense and the kidnapping of Edgar Nmumba, the only one who wasn’t killed.

Nathan Pretorius is tasked to free Edgar Nmumba or kill him if this proves impossible. Iris “Irish” Fitzhugh, a psychologist who will assess Nmumba’s mind state and check if he was compromised, is assigned to him and his team, nicknamed the Dead Enders. But first they have to find the scientist, locked up in a very peculiar prison.