Doctor Who - The Keys of Marinus

“The Keys of Marinus” is an adventure of the first season of the classic “Doctor Who” series aired in 1964. It’s composed of six parts, it was written by Terry Nation and directed by John Gorrie.

Some Pleiades supercomputer racks (photo NASA)

At the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany, NASA has announced that its Pleiades supercomputer is now ranked seventh among the world’s most powerful computers. It has 182 racks for a total of 11,648 nodes, a total of 185 TByte of RAM, a total of 6.9 PByte mass storage and to run this supercomputer there’s the Linux operating system, specifically SuSE Linux.

Open Prison, aka The Escape Orbit, by James White (Italian edition)

The novel “Open Prison”, also known as “The Escape Orbit”, by James White was published for the first time in 1963. It was a finalist for the Nebula Award in the best novel of the year category of 1965, the year of its publication in the USA.

The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

“The Atrocity Archives” contains two stories by Charles Stross. The novel “The Atrocity Archive” has been published for the first time in the magazine “Spectrum SF” between November 2001 and November 2002. The novella “The Concrete Jungle” was published for the first time in 2004. In 2005 it received the Hugo Award as the Best Novella of the year.

“The Atrocity Archive” introduces Bob Howard in his first active-duty assignments on behalf of the Laundry, a secret British government agency with a unique specialization, the occult. The first task is tedious and at the end Howard is soaking wet but the next assignment, which is supposed to be routine, becomes a deadly battle fought in two universes with a creature conjured by the Nazis decades earlier.

In “The Concrete Jungle” the power of the Gorgons was implemented in surveillance cameras. Bob Howard begins to investigate a concrete cow and eventually discovers that behind it there’s a conspiracy that will endanger the Laundry itself.