The novel “The Trouble With Tycho” by Clifford D. Simak was published for the first time in 1960 in the magazine “Amazing Science Fiction” and in 1961 as a book.
Chris Jackson is a lunar prospector who lives in hardship looking for the rare lichens present in an area of the Moon. The meeting with Amelia Thompson could change his outlook because the girl wants to finish a deed started by her brother but that means venturing into the crater Tycho, where many people have already died, creating a really sinister reputation.
Chris Jackson would rather not risk his life staying away from the crater Tycho but the situation changes when he gets hired as a guide to a scientist who wants to solve the mystery. The risk is huge but the result could be the discovery of the secrets of the lichens, the lunar life form known as hounds and more.
The short story “The Promise of Space” by James Patrick Kelly was published for the first time in 2013.
Astronaut Kirk Anderson was hospitalized in very serious conditions. After being exposed to radiation during a Mars mission he suffered brain damage that made him lose part of their mental faculties. There’s no cure for him but only an attempt to compensate for what he lost using the recordings he made and an artificial intelligence but what really remains of Kirk Anderson?
The novel “The Kif Strike Back” by C.J. Cherryh was published for the first time in 1985. It’s the third novel of the Chanur series and follows “Chanur’s Venture”.
Pyanfar Chanur ended up in the middle of a feud between two hakkikts, two leaders of the kif species. The result is that her niece Hilfy and the human Tully were taken hostage and her number one priority is rescue them. It’s just the latest problem for the captain of the space freighter “The Pride of Chanur”, less and less engaged in trade and more and more in political problems.
The only relief reason for Pyanfar Chanur is the fact that her husband Khym is no longer a fish out of water on the starship and on the contrary is more comfortable in political clashes being used to them after having lived many on the planet Anuurn. Any help is very welcome for Pyanfar Chanur because she made enemies among the hani and is forced to accept alliances among the kif.
“The Tenth Planet” is an adventure of the fourth season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1966. It’s a four parts adventure written by Kit Pedler e Gerry Davis and directed by Derek Martinus.
The Tardis materializes in the Earth’s south pole in 1986. The First Doctor (William Hartnell), Ben (Michael Craze) and Polly (Anneke Wills) are arrested by the guards of Snowcap base, which among other things is a control center for space missions and is handling the contacts with a spacecraft in orbit. A series of strange observations worry the mission managers but that’s nothing compared to the discovery that an unknown planet is approaching the Earth.
The Doctor reveals that the mysterious planet is called Mondas and that its inhabitants will come soon to Earth but is not believed. While the spacecraft in orbit suffers a loss of energy, Snowcap base is attacked by three Cybermen, Mondas’ inhabitants who over time have replaced more and more of their bodies’ organic parts becoming cyborgs. The Cybermen want to bring the Earthlings to Mondas and make them become like them.
The novel “City at the End of Time” by Greg Bear was published for the first time in 2008.
Ginny, Jack and Daniel are apparently normal persons but what could seem dreams are actually connections with a future so remote that the universe is completely different. Yet even in a hundred trillion years there are human beings, the result of a series of humanity’s rises and falls.
Jebrassy, who wants to be a warrior, and Taidba, an explorer, live in this very remote future. Their connection to Ginny, Jack and Daniel involves all of them in the events that threaten the destruction of the universe. Is it possible to save those future humans from the strange entity that is destroying the universe?