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Proxima by Stephen Baxter

The novel “Proxima” by Stephen Baxter was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the first book in the Proxima series.

When Yuri is awakened from hibernation, he finds himself in a place and time that’s very different from the one he grew up in. Even worse, when someone finally tells him what’s going on, he finds out that he ended up in a group of people selected for an expedition to a planet in the Proxima Centauri system.

Stephanie “Stef” Kalinski is a scientist who is investigating the mystery of the kernels, objects discovered by humans and exploited as spaceship engines. Through trial and error, it was possible to understand how they work in an empirical way, but nobody knows what they really are and above all the principles that explain why they work. The answers could be on the planet Mercury.

The short story “Let’s Take This Viral” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2013.

After quite some time Default decides to go down to the nocturns to try to get a little moral boost after having dissolved the geneshare contract with his now-ex-lover. He’s fallen behind with the latest trends but his friend Schorr, who has since changed sex, helps him find the right post-human fun for him, also based on viruses and bacteria from the Old Earth.

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.

Rite of Passage by Alexei Panshin

The novel “Rite of Passage” by Alexei Panshin was published for the first time in 1968. It won the Nebula award for best novel of the year.

For Mia Havero it’s time to start training for the Trial, the rite of passage that every inhabitant of the Ship has to face at the age of 14. Together with a group of kids of the same age, she’ll be left for a month on a colony planet, where she’ll have to survive for a month thanks to her skills. The survivors will be considered adults.

Over the course of two years, Mia and the other kids her age must keep on attend normal classes but also start learning everything that will help them survive during the course of the Trial. For kids who grew up on a Ship, the idea of ​​spending a month on a planet inhabited by people they consider “Mudeaters” is quite shocking and when she participates in a trade mission with her father her opinion on the colonists doesn’t improve.

The Ghost Girl by Richard Larson

The short story “The Ghost Girl” by Richard Larson was published for the first time in 2014.

After reading another article about the ghost girl who lived in a dump outside Bujumbura, Iguo decides to investigate to understand whether it’s only an urban legend or there’s something real behind it. What he finds is a consequence of the war fought in the previous years.