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Harlan Ellison address fans at Minicon 41 (photo ┬ęDavid Dyer-Bennet)

The news came of the death of writer and screenwriter Harlan Ellison: the cause hasn’t been released but he died yesterday in his sleep.

Harlan Ellison’s character was certainly not easy but behind his disputes there was an artist who worked in various ways, sometimes not easy to notice immediately. He wrote very few novels so his visibility has always been lesser than that of many colleagues and the fact that he became famous and appreciated for the courage of his works says a lot about his importance in the field of science fiction.

Doctor Who - The Underwater Menace

“The Underwater Menace” is an adventure of the fourth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1967. It’s a four parts adventure written by Geoffrey Orme and directed by Julia Smith.

The Tardis materializes on Earth and the Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton), Jamie (Frazer Hines), Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills) go out to explore what looks like a deserted volcanic island. However, the nearby caves are inhabited and the travelers are immediately captured.

The local inhabitants are the survivors of Atlantis and their high priest decides to sacrifice the travelers to their god Amdo. They receive one last meal but the Doctor realizes that it must have been prepared by Professor Zaroff, a scientist whose traces were lost. In fact, Zaroff is working on a plan that can have terrible consequences for the whole world.

Evan Rachel Wood in 2017

On June 24 the second season of the show “Westworld” ended.

The TV show is inspired by the 1973 movie “Westworld”, written and directed by Michael Crichton. The story was based on the theme that was already a classic of the machine that rebels to humans, in this case in a futuristic amusement park. In the movie, behind the rebellion there was some vague information about a malfunction with the possible presence of a virus, in the show the question is much more complex, connected to the self-consciousness in the robots.

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.

Thomas Blanky (Ian Hart) in The C, the C, the Open C (Image courtesy AMC Studios / Amazon. All rights reserved)

“The C, the C, the Open C” is the ninth episode of the TV show “The Terror”, an adapatation of a novel by Dan Simmons with the same title, and follows “Terror Camp Clear”.

Note. This article contains spoilers about “The C, the C, the Open C”.

While Lady Jane Franklin (Greta Scacchi) asks again for help to begin an expedition to rescue the crews of the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror ships, Captain Francis Crozier (Jared Harris) tries to keep his men alive without losing their humanity. Cornelius Hickey (Adam Nagaitis) does’t hesitate to resort to cannibalism to feed the mutineers who followed him.