Science Fiction

Christopher Lloyd in 2015

Christopher Allen Lloyd was born on October 22, 1938 in Stamford, Connecticut, USA. Christopher Lloyd began his acting career in the 1960s in stage plays. Especially in the 1970s he worked a lot on Broadway and also started finding roles in television and cinema productions.

Christopher Lloyd started playing Emmett “Doc” Brown, his most iconic movie character in the 1985 film “Back to the Future”. It was his first movie directed by Robert Zemeckis, followed by “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” (1988), “Back to the Future – Part II” (1989) and “Back to the Future – Part III” (1990). An animated TV show was also produced with some parts about Doc Brown with Bill Nye which aired between 1991 and 1992.

Christopher Lloyd is an actor who has an extraordinary amount of roles behind him, but in many ways isn’t appreciated as it deserves. He’s capable of great transformations ranging from a Klingon to Uncle Fester and in general has a great expressiveness and for these reasons his fans adore him.

Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey (Italian edition)

The novel “Cibola Burn” by James S.A. Corey was published for the first time in 2014. It’s the fourth book in the Expanse series and follows “Abaddon’s Gate”.

The portal built by the protomolecul opened a new frontier for human beings and there are those who would like anyone to be free to settle on one of the many potentially habitable planets that have become available. A group of people reach one of them and call it Ilus but some time later another expedition arrives with United Nations support and the situation becomes immediately difficult with some colonists who decide to attack the new arrivals.

To try to avoid further bloodshed, Chrisjen Avasarala and Fred Johnson reach an agreement representing the United Nations and the Outer Planets Alliance choosing Jim Holden as a mediator. When he arrives on the planet with his crew on the spaceship Rocinante, he finds an explosive situation with Adolphus Murtry, the expedition’s chief of the security, ready to kill the colonists. Things get even worse when something very ancient on the planet awakens.

The short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” by Rebecca Roanhorse was published for the first time in 2017. It won the Hugo, Nebula, and Apex Magazine Reader’s Choice Awards as the best short story of the year.

Jesse Turnblatt is a particular tourist guide as he offers his agency’s customers virtual tours that provide Native American experiences. A serious problem is that tourists expect what they see in movies and are disappointed if Jesse offers something different, even if more authentic. When you have a wife, a loan to pay and a boss who controls you, you just have to give your customers what they want. One day a customer shows genuine interest but the situation becomes complicated in unexpected ways.

War Dogs by Greg Bear

The novel “War Dogs” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2014. It’s the first book in the trilogy of the same name.

Sergeant Michael Venn is a Skyrine – Sky + marine – part of an international force specialized in fighting against the Antags (Antagonists), the aliens who reached Mars. On his latest tour he’s sent to the Red (Mars) but the Earth’s fleet is attacked in orbit by the Antags and only some of them survive and land. Weapons, equipment, supplies and above all air are limited.

Venn’s group is left looking for resources on Mars in the hope of finding air, water and food while trying to get in touch with other groups of survivors or receiving messages from the Earth’s spaceships with information on the Antags’ positions. The impact of a comet suggests that the Antags can control its trajectory. A hope for the Skyrines comes from the encounter with a Muskie, the daughter of Earthlings who arrived on Mars decade earlier to colonize it.

Under the Dome by Stephen King

The novel “Under the Dome” by Stephen King was published for the first time in 2009.

Chester’s Mill is a normal Maine town until one day a transparent dome covers it completely. Its origin is unknown and the only activity it shows is to blow up all the electronic devices that get too close, otherwise it’s a passive barrier that seems impossible to breach.

Chester’s Mill’s isolation immediately becomes an opportunity for James “Big Jim” Rennie, one of the city’s selectmen, to assert his power. Taking advantage of the weaknesses of the other selectmen and the death of the police chief, whose pacemaker exploded near the Dome, he quickly turns the police into his personal militia. Dale “Barbie” Barbara, an ex military man, and Julia Shumway, the owner of the city newspaper, are among the few who oppose him.