May 2013

Doctor Who - Spearhead from Space

“Spearhead from Space” is the first adventure of the seventh season of “Doctor Who” classic series, which aired in 1970 featuring the Third Doctor, Liz Shaw and Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. It follows “The War Games” and it’s a four parts adventure written by Robert Holmes and directed by Derek Martinus.

Jack Vance at the helm of his boat in the early '80s

News came of the death of the American writer Jack Vance, a master of science fiction and fantasy. He passed away on May 26, 2013 at his home in Oakland. During his long career Jack Vance wrote many novels including varios cycles: The Dying Earth, the Demon Princes, Tschai, Durdane, Alastor, Lyonesse and the Cadwal Chronicles.

SSA NEO Coordination Centre ESRIN (Photo ESA)

Thursday 22 May 2013, ESA inaugurated the NEO-CC, the NEO (Near Earth Object) Coordination Centre in Frascati, near Rome, at ESRIN (European Space Research Institute), also known as ESA Centre for Earth Observation. Its purpose is to be a coordination hub of the information network about NEOs, the objects such as asteroids and comets whose orbits pass close to Earth.

Vertigo aka Terminal Velocity by Bob Shaw (Italian edition)

The novel “Vertigo”, reprinted in 1991 with the title “Terminal Velocity”, by Bob Shaw was published for the first time in 1978.
Rob Hasson is an Air Patrolman who was involved in a serious accident in which he’s been badly injured. On the road to recovery, at least physical, he goes to spend an extended period of convalescence with a Canadian fellow Patrolman but he finds a situation even worse than the one he was used to in the area because the air is controlled by groups who compete in dangerous flights and his colleague obeys a local ruthless businessman. As if that weren’t enough, Hasson is terrified at the prospect of flying again.