Science Fiction

Star of the Sea by Una McCormack

The novel “Star of the Sea” by Una McCormack was published for the first time in 2016. It’s the fourth book of the Weird Space series and follows “The Baba Yaga”.

A few months have passed since Delia Walker went through a portal that connects our universe with that of the mysterious aliens known only as the Weird when a girl arrives claiming to be her daughter. For the people who knew the woman it’s difficult to accept a situation that seems impossible but on the planet Stella Maris it would be only one of the many oddities.

Stella Maris was already an anomaly, a world outside the Expansion where there was peace between humans and aliens, either Weird or Vetch. In the Expansion there are those who don’t accept that situation but what’s really happening? Even within the Expansion’s Intelligence agents believe different truths and being on the wrong side can be dangerous.

Doctor Who - The Sun Makers

“The Sun Makers” is an adventure of the fifteenth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1977. It follows “Image of the Fendahl” and it’s a four parts adventure written by Robert Holmes and directed by Pennant Roberts.

Cordo can longer pay taxes that are getting higher all the time and decides to end his life. The arrival of the Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) and Leela (Louise Jameson) interrupts his suicide attempt and the man explains to the two travelers the reasons for his desperation.

The Nightmare Stacks by Charles Stross

The novel “The Nightmare Stacks” by Charles Stross was published for the first time in 2016. It’s part of the Laundry series and follows “The Annihilation Score”.

Alex Schwartz, also known as Alex the Vampire, started working for the Laundry after receiving an offer he couldn’t refuse. His first task is supposed to be routine and his main concern is that it’s in Leeds, his hometown, with the anxiety about meeting his parents and telling them a cover story about what happened to him. The positive note comes from his meeting with Cassie, a local student who seems to find him interesting.

On a parallel Earth a not-exactly human civilization developed upon magical powers is planning to invade what for them is another Earth. The king’s daughter is sent as a spy to gather information on the civilization of humans to assess their power and facilitate the invasion. To infiltrate humans, she takes the form of Cassie, a student from the place she arrives after crossing the bridge between the universes.

Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) in Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2 (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“Such Sweet Sorrow Part 2” is the 14th and last episode of the 2nd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Such Sweet Sorrow”.

The USS Discovery and the USS Enterprise can only count on their crews and the firepower of shuttles modified at the last moment for the battle against the fleet leed by Control. The hope is to gain enough time for the new Red Angel to be ready to accomplish her mission.

Araminta Station by Jack Vance (Italian edition)

The novel “Araminta Station” by Jack Vance was published for the first time in 1987. It’s the first book of the Cadwal Chronicles.

When Glawen Clattuc turns 16 his destiny is decided according to the strict rules ruling human presence on the planet Cadwal. His father manages to foil an attempt to sabotage the boy’s future by Spanchetta, a relative who hates them, and Glawen is given a place in the planet’s aristocracy and enters Bureau B, the police force of Araminta Station, the most important settlement on the planet.

Glawen gets romantically connected to Sessily Veder but during a party the girl mysteriously disappears. The investigation leads to the suspicion of a tragic demise for the girl but there’s not enough evidence to convict the man suspected of the possible murder. It’s just one of the events wrapped in mysteries that have Glawen’s attention over the years.