Science Fiction

The Sinful Ones by Fritz Leiber (Italian edition)

The novel “The Sinful Ones” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1953. Its protagonist Carr Mackay lives a very normal life until one day he meets a girl who looks upset and asks him strange questions. All of this happens in a few minutes and initially he dismisses the event but then he begins to feel increasingly estranged from his daily routine.

Doctor Who - The Sontaran Experiment

“The Sontaran Experiment” is an adventure of the twelfth season of the “Doctor Who” classic series aired in 1975. It’s a two parts adventure written by Bob Baker and Dave Martin and directed by Rodney Bennett. It features the Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane and Harry.

The Santaroga Barrier by Frank Herbert (Italian edition)

The novel “The Santaroga Barrier” by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in the magazine “Amazing Stories” between October 1967 and February 1968. It was published as a book for the first time in 1968.

Halting State by Charles Stross

The novel “Halting State” by Charles Stross has been published for the first time in 2007. It was a finalist for the Hugo and Locus awards in 2008 as the best novel of the year.

Elisabeth Sladen in The Hand of Fear, her final classic Doctor Who story

Yesterday, the English actress Elisabeth Sladen suddenly passed away. She’s been suffering from cancer for some time but she was a private person so she had kept it a secret.

Elisabeth Sladen’s career is inevitably linked to the famous series “Doctor Who” where she made her debut in 1973 in the serial “The Time Warrior” with the Third Doctor played by Jon Pertwee. Her character, journalist Sarah Jane Smith, was very successful thanks to her performance and stayed in the series with Tom Baker, when the Doctor regenerated, until 1976. Sarah Jane Smith’s departure in the serial “The Hand of Fear” was an event like a regeneration.

In 2006 Elisabeth Sladen resumed her role as Sarah Jane in the new “Doctor Who” series episode “School Reunion” with the Tenth Doctor, played by David Tennant. Later she became the protagonist of the new spin-off “The Sarah Jane Adventures” and appeared again in other episodes of the new “Doctor Who” series.