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The Mind Parasites by Colin Wilson (Italian edition)

The novel “The Mind Parasites” by Colin Wilson was published for the first time in 1967.

When Dr. Gilbert Austin discovers that his friend Karel Weissman has committed suicide, he remains shocked. He can’t believe that a man he knew well could do such a thing but the issue becomes even more shocking when Austin starts reading the papers Weissman left him and discovers that his friend was convinced that humanity is under the attack of a kind of mental cancer.

Those events have a profound effect on Gilbert Austin’s archaeological research as well when he discovers the existence of the remains of a civilization so ancient that it’s buried at a depth never seen. Along with other colleagues, Austin tries to study those ancient ruins but with surprise when he tries to find traces of some memories of their builders he discovers them in the writings of writer H.P. Lovecraft.

Dr. Hugh Culber (Wilson Cruz) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Choose Your Pain (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“Choose Your Pain” is the 5th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”.

Note. This article contains several spoilers about “Choose Your Pain”.

Captain Gabriel Lorca (Jason Isaacs) is demanded to make progress with the spore propulsion but the tardigrad used as a pilot appears to be in pain after the last jump. As he returns to Discovery, Lorca is kidnapped by Klingons who want to find out how he can appear on the battlefield so suddenly.

Pack Animals by Peter Anghelides

The novel “Pack Animals” by Peter Anghelides was published for the first time in 2008.

Halloween is coming while Gwen Cooper and her fiance Rhys Williams are making preparations for their wedding. However, the festive atmosphere gets spoiled by a series of strange attacks by Weevils and in some cases of other creatures that in turn attack them. Captain Jack Harkness’s team isn’t equipped for interventions on that scale and there’s a risk that the Cardiff population gets panicky while Torchwood drew the attention of a journalist.

The members of the Torchwood team have their hands full trying to contain the attacks, prevent the news of the creatures that carried them out spread and figure out if there’s a thread behind it. Among the clues there’s the discovery of playing cards with monster images including Weevils and above all the apparitions of people who seem to be steps ahead of them with an ever-present name: Achenbrite.

The Exiles trilogy by Ben Bova

The novel “End of Exile” by Ben Bova was published for the first time in 1972. It’s the third book in the Exiles trilogy and follows “Flight of Exiles”.

When Peta causes a damage that greatly reduces food production, a severe punishment is inevitable. His friend Linc tries to intercede for him but can’t save him because the message from Jerlet through his priestess Magda shows no change in the laws governing the community’s hard life. Linc would like to try to restore food production but it’s using the machines is forbidden so it’s impossible to repair anything that is broken.

In spite of that law, Linc finds out how to run one of the repairing equipments but this gets him in trouble with Monel, who wants to take power in the community. The only hope for Linc is to look for Jerlet to gain his support and to ask him what’s the star that’s getting bigger and bigger.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix)

“The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry” is the 4th episode of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Context Is for Kings”.

Note. This article contains several spoilers about “The Butcher’s Knife Cares Not for the Lamb’s Cry”.

Finally the show seems to find its pace after introductory episodes. Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) has to contribute to the war effort but seems to be the only one interested in understanding the mysterious giant “tardigrad” found on the USS Glenn rather than using it simply to kill Klingons.