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Authority by Jeff VanderMeer

The novel “Authority” by Jeff VanderMeer was published for the first time in 2014. It’s the second book of the Southern Reach trilogy and follows “Annihilation”.

John Rodriguez was appointed director of the Southern Reach agency with the task of bringing some clarity in its activities and what’s happening in Area X. Being called Control is the simplest thing for him because the staff seems unwilling to cooperate with him and his deputy is openly hostile.

For Control the difficulty in conducting his work comes not only from the staff but also from the state of the archives of the expedition into Area X and in the situation left by the previous director. The survivors of the last expedition must be questioned and Control focuses on the biologist, who now wants to be called Ghost Bird.

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (Italian edition)

The novel “The Stars Are Legion” by Kameron Hurley was published for the first time in 2017.

Zan wakes up without any memory and has to trust what she’s told by the women of the Katazyrna family, who claim to be her sisters. One of them in particular, Jayd, explains what’s supposed to be her destiny, how she faced the Mokshi, unique among the various worlds of the Legion. Her journey will be long and full of dangers but to accomplish it she must first of all avoid getting recycled.

Jayd wants to help Zan but gets involved in power struggles within the Katazyrna family and in clashes with their rivals, the Bhavaja family. An arranged marriage for strategic reasons makes her switch one danger for another, especially when personal relationships intertwine in twisted ways with loyalties with her family of origin.

Sapphire & Steel DVDs

On July 10, 1979 the TV show “Sapphire & Steel” made its debut in the UK.

“All irregularities will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension. Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life. Medium atomic weights are available: Gold, Lead, Copper, Jet, Diamond, Radium, Sapphire, Silver and Steel. Sapphire and Steel have been assigned.”. These words accompanied episode’s opening theme and offered a good part of the limited explanations about the show’s protagonists.

Ecce and Old Earth by Jack Vance (Italian edition)

The novel “Ecce and Old Earth” by Jack Vance was published for the first time in 1991. It’s the second book of the Cadwal Chronicles and follows “Araminta Station”.

The information obtained by Glawen Clattuc lead him to begin a rescue expedition to the continent of the planet Cadwal known as Ecce. It’s a particularly dangerous place because it’s the wildest with its jungles and swamps inhabited by animals, however they’re not the most deadly predators ready to kill those who come unprepared.

After discovering the danger hanging over the Conservation created by the Naturalist Society of Earth to preserve the resources of Cadwal, Wayness Tamm went to the Old Earth to try to save it. She has to rely on all her wit and resourcefulness to find the lead and at the same time avoid the dangers coming from the intrigue that have as their stakes the control of Cadwal’s Conservation.

Jon Pertwee in 1996

John Devon Roland Pertwee – this is his birth name – was born on July 7, 1919 in London, England. His first acting experiences were in radio programs but World War II broke out and Pertwee served in the British Navy and in 1941 he was assigned to the Naval Intelligence Division (NID).

In 1969 Jon Pertwee was cast to play the Third Doctor in the TV show “Doctor Who”. It was a period of great changes in the show’s production as it which moved from black & white to color TV concentrating it on a lower number of episodes per series. That era reached a new peak in popularity but in 1974 the actor announced that he’d leave the show.

Jon Pertwee died on May 20, 1996 following a heart attack, leaving his wife Ingeborg Rhoesa, their son Sean and their daughter Dariel, who followed in his footsteps. Jon Pertwee is known all over the world above all for playing the Third Doctor but he was an eclectic actor and throughout his career he’s been famous in his country for many quirky characters played using funny voices.