Science Fiction

Spock (Ethan Peck) and Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in If Memory Serves (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“If Memory Serves” is the 8th episode of the 2nd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Light and Shadows”.

While the USS Discovery is still investigating the space rift near the planet Kaminar, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) takes Spock (Ethan Peck) to the planet Talos IV, where the natives help them to clarify the memories connected to the Red Angel.

Needle by Hal Clement (Italian edition)

The novel “Needle” by Hal Clement was published for the first time in 1949 in the magazine “Astounding” and in 1950 as a book.

The Hunter is chasing the fugitive in space to bring him to justice on their planet but their spaceships fell to Earth, in the Pacific Ocean. Both belong to a symbiotic species living inside hosts that belong to other species. On reaching the beach, the Hunter finds Bob Kinnaird, a boy of fifteen, and takes advantage of the fact that he is asleep to enter his body.

For the Hunter, taking care of his host and not hurting him is one of the most important laws, but humans are an unknown species for him and must proceed with caution. Slowly he learns enough about his host to establish a form of contact with him, which is essential to begin the search for the fugitive, who could have entered the body of any large Earth’s organism.

Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) and Ash Tyler (Shazad Latif) in Light and Shadows (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“Light and Shadows” is the 7th episode of the 2nd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “The Sounds of Thunder”.

The USS Discovery is still orbiting planet Kaminar when a time rift pops up with consequent distortions. While Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) begins a close investigation, Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) returns to Vulcan in the hopes of finding new information on Spock.

Doctor Who - Terror of the Zygons

“Terror of the Zygons” is the first adventure of the thirteenth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1975. It follows “Revenge of the Cybermen” and it’s a four parts adventure written by Robert Banks Stewart and directed by Douglas Camfield.

The Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) receives a call from Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart (Nicolas Courtney) so he brings Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) back to Earth and precisely to Scotland, near the North Sea. Shortly after their arrival they find out that the call arrived after oil rigs were destroyed and the survivors spotted a giant sea creature.

The Doctor tries to understand the situation and examining some debris from one of the oil rigs destroyed he nitices what look like signs of huge teeth. Soon he and his companions come across the tracks of the Zygon aliens and their Skarasen monster.

Dancing with Bears by Michael Swanwick

The novel “Dancing with Bears” by Michael Swanwick was published for the first time in 2011. It’s part of the Darger and Surplus series.

Aubrey Darger and his partner Sir Blackthorpe Ravenscairn de Plus Precieux nicknamed Surplus managed to devise a trick to get a position on a diplomatic expedition and join a caravan of the Byzantium ambassador to Russia. The caravan transports the Pearls of Byzantium, seven women who were genetically modified to become the perfect brides for the mysterious Duke of Muscovy.

It’s a long journey that is full of dangers but eventually Darger and Surplus arrive to Moscow alive. There they try to be received by the Duke in order to implement their scam against him but it seems that nobody is allowed to see him. Instead, they find themselves entangled in a series of intrigues that also include the demons created with ancient technologies.