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Doctor Who - Time and the Rani

“Time and the Rani” is the first adventure of the twentyfourth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1987. It follows “The Ultimate Foe” and it’s a fourt parts adventure written by Pip and Jane Baker and directed by Andrew Morgan.

The Tardis is attacked by the Rani (Kate O’Mara) and falls to the planet Lakertya. Right after regenerating, the Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) is brought to the Rani’s lab while she pretends she’s Melanie Bush (Bonnie Langford) to take advantage of his post-regeneration confusion. The Doctor’s amnesia is increased by drugs and he doesn’t realize that his enemy is convincing him to help her in one of her criminal plans.

When Mel wakes up in the Tardis and can’t find the Doctor, she goes looking for him but faces a number of dangers. The area is full of traps placed by the Rani and there are the Tetraps, monsters that serve the rogue Time Lady. Mel discovers that Lakertya’s natives have been enslaved by the Rani but some are trying to organize the resistance to take back the control of their planet.

Little Fuzzy by H. Beam Piper (Italian edition)

The novel “Little Fuzzy” by H. Beam Piper was published for the first time in 1962. Itìs the first book in the Fuzzy series. It can be freely downloaded from the Project Gutenberg website.

Jack Holloway is a Sunstone prospector on the Zarathustra planet on behalf of the Zarathustra Company. During his work, he comes across small creatures he names Little Fuzzies and soon realizes that they show signs of intelligence, an event that can dramatically change the planet’s status.

The Zarathustra Company has a charter on the planet based on the fact that it’s not inhabited by sapient creatures, if the level of intelligence of the Little Fuzzies got recognized the corporation would lose part of the control of the planet’s resources. The decision becomes the subject of a harsh legal battle in the form of a murder trial.

Trace Memory by David Llewellyn

The novel “Trace Memory” by David Llewellyn was published for the first time in 2008.

In 1953, the explosion of a box sent to Torchwood Cardiff before it reached its destination kills the people who were handling it except a boy named Michael Bellini. 55 years after an alarm is tringgered in the hub and when Captain Jack Harkness and the members of his team in service search for its cause and find out Michael Bellini’s presence. The boy is confused and doesn’t know what happened to him after the 1953 events.

To find out if a temporal anomaly carried Michael Bellini through time, the boy is questioned to get at least some useful information to begin the investigation. Soon the situation becomes stranger because the Captain and his team members realize they’ve met Michael in the past and Jack knows him better than anyone else. Who are the mysterious men in bowler hats who seem to be chasing him and what do they want from him?

Crux by Ramez Naam

The novel “Crux” by Ramez Naam was published for the first time in 2013. It’s the second book of the Nexus trilogy and follows “Nexus”.

Six months have passed since Kaden “Kade” Lane publicly released Nexus 5, the latest version of that nanotechnology that allows a direct connection between different minds, and the world’s situation has become explosive between repression and terrorist attacks. Kade and Feng are fleeing, hunted by bounty hunters and governments, but at the same time must try to face events that are likely to lead to a war between humans and posthumans.

Rangan Shankari and Ilya Alexander are prisoners of the US government and are being tortured to be forced to reveal the secrets of Nexus. Samantha “Sam” Cataranes abandoned the ERD and is taking care of a group of childre born with Nexus in their brains but how can she avoid getting involved in the crisis? Kade possesses the secret of Nexus backdoors, will he be wiser than all humanity?

The novella “To Bring the Light” by David Drake was published for the first time in 1996.

Flavia Herosilla is a well educated woman who lives in the imperial Rome when she is hit by a storm and almost struck by lightning. Stunned, she struggles to recover full consciousness and when she does it she realizes that she’s no longer in the same place. Somehow she traveled back in time to the period when Rome was about to be founded.