2021

The novella “Binti: The Night Masquerade” by Nnedi Okorafor was published for the first time in 2018. It’s the third work in the Binti series and follows “Binti: Home”.

The alarming news she received, brings Binti back to her village in hopes that her family is well. The clash between the Khoush and the Medusae risks leading to open warfare with the Himba village caught between two fires. Binti appeals to her village elders to try to prevent a tragedy from happening.

Lifeboat by James White (Italian edition)

The novel “Lifeboat” by James White was published for the first time in 1972.

Doctor Mercer is Eurydice’s new ship doctor and his first voyage looks boring because the ship’s safety is absolute. The only problems seem to be in establishing a relationship with the passengers and even more so with the officers, who consider him a glorified steward.

On the route to Ganymede, a problem is detected in one of the nuclear reactors that power the Eurydice. The captain is injured during an intervention on the reactor, which at that point becomes impossible to shut down. As a result, the order is given to abandon ship, and Mercer finds himself trying to help the passengers from afar after they scatter among the lifeboats.

Bicellum brasieri fossils

An article published in the journal “Current Biology” reports the discovery of an organism dating back to about a billion years ago that lived in present-day Scotland and showed a cell differentiation typical of multicellular organisms. A team of researchers discovered microfossils in the Diagbaig Formation and named this species Bicellum brasieri. The examination led to the conclusion that it could be an organism of the Holozoa group, which includes animals and their closest single-celled relatives. If confirmed, this is the discovery of the oldest known multicellular organism, perhaps even the oldest that ever existed, and could be a new link in the evolutionary history that led to the emergence of animals.

The novella “Binti: Home” by Nnedi Okorafor was published for the first time in 2017. It’s the second work in the Binti series and follows “Binti”.

A year after she started studying at Oomza University, Binti continues to suffer from the trauma suffered during her journey despite the therapy and the friendship established with Okwu, one of the Meduse. she still feels the connection with the traditions of the Himba people and decides to return to her home for a pilgrimage even though she knows that facing her family will not be easy.

The Lost Fleet: Fearless by Jack Campbell

The novel “The Lost Fleet: Fearless” by Jack Campbell was published for the first time in 2007. It’s the second in The Lost Fleet series and follows “The Lost Fleet: Dauntless”.

Captain John Geary is looking for the right course to bring home the Alliance fleet he found himself commanding due to a number of circumstances. A pause in a seemingly unimportant system leads to a battle against small enemy forces and above all leads to the discovery of a prison camp.

The rescue of the prisoners of war is a success but creates an unexpected problem with the discovery that the ex-prisoner of the highest rank is the legendary Captain Francesco Falco, aka Fighting Falco. Convinced that he has the seniority necessary to take command of the fleet, when he realizes that he can’t compete with John Geary, Falco tries to influence him by proposing a much more aggressive strategy. Can the fleet work with two legends who have extremely different ideas about how to run it?