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The Terror by Dan Simmons

The novel “The Terror” by Dan Simmons was published for the first time in 2007.

In October 1847 the British ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, which set sail in 1845 for an expedition that intends to be the first to cross the last part of the Northwest Passage, are blocked in the Arctic ice. Because of the weather colder than normal, during the summer they couldn’t move and the prospect is having to spend another winter in the same situation.

There are many dangers in the Arctic and the sailors start dying for causes to ascertain. In addition to the threats due to natural environmental conditions, something else started attacking the crews, a strange creature that looks like a giant polar bear but shows a superior intelligence.

Robert Sheckley

Robert Sheckley was born on July 16, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA.

After graduating from New York University in 1951, Robert Sheckley tried more jobs, also to maintain the family he created after his first marriage and the birth of his son Jason. He also started to work as a science fiction writer by selling his first story, “Final Examination”, at the end of 1951 to the magazine “Imagination”.

Robert Sheckley’s humor, with strong elements of satire, made him famous from the beginning of his career, also thanks to the fact that in his short stories he was able to exploit them with greater intensity. Several of his stories got adapted in a more or less faithful way for radio, television and cinema. He’s an author who became famous among readers and also inspired authors of later generations.

The short story “The Ethical Treatment of Meat” by Claude Lalumière was published for the first time in 2003.

Raymond and George think that adopting a fleshie could be a good idea for their family. It’s not an easy choice as they’re the first to do it in their neighborhood. However, that growing trend also leads to some social problems because the most radical people think that eating fleshies’ brains when they grew up isn’t right.

Harlan Ellison address fans at Minicon 41 (photo ©David 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.

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.