October 2023

Eden by Stanislaw Lem

The novel “Eden” (“Eden”) by Stanislaw Lem was published for the first time in 1959. It was translated to English by Marc E. Heine.

Due to an error, a spaceship ends up in the atmosphere of a planet and crashes on its surface. The on-board robots are rendered useless by the consequences of the impact but the six human crew members are in good shape and the atmosphere is breathable. There remains the problem of repairing the spaceship, which sunk into the ground.

The crew searches for sentient natives and finds what appears to be an automated factory but none of the humans can figure out what the objects being produced are for. When they return to the spaceship, they find that a native has entered it. This and subsequent contacts only serve to increase their confusion regarding the planet’s civilization.

Homo sapiens and Neanderthal skulls

An article published in the journal “Science Advances” reports the results of a genetic analysis that reconstructs the interbreeding between Homo sapiens and Neanderthals that occurred during the migrations of populations of these two species. A team of researchers from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, analyzed the DNA of over 4,000 Homo sapiens who lived in Eurasia over the last 40,000 years. The results show variations in the presence of genes inherited from Neanderthals following various interbreedings in different populations and at different times.

Proxima Rising by Brandon Q. Morris

The novel “Proxima Rising” by Brandon Q. Morris was published for the first time in 2021. It’s the first book in the Proxima Trilogy. The English translation is by Frank Dietz.

Marchenko is an artificial intelligence created using the memories of a cosmonaut. His task is to guide a spaceship to Proxima b, a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. The mission is to find the civilization that sent a distress call or what remains of it if it was destroyed.

The interstellar spaceship led by Marchenko is very small for most of its journey and only when it’s approaching the Proxima Centauri system do the tiny on-board systems begin to build everything that will be necessary for the mission. It’s not just equipment but also two human beings who will have the task of exploring Proxima b together with a robot controlled by Marchenko.

In The Blood by Jenny T. Colgan

The novel “In The Blood” by Jenny T. Colgan was published for the first time in 2016.

The Tenth Doctor brings Donna Noble back to her time but things quickly start to go wrong. Donna wants to spend some time with her old friend Hettie but finds her grumpy even though her life is supposed to be perfect. She’s not the only person to engage in that type of behavior, and internet trolls increased significantly. However, trolls also began to die.

The Doctor thinks something abnormal is happening to people, stimulating their negative instincts. Unfortunately, someone opened a bar in front of the Tardis and is ready to use violence to prevent him from entering it. The Doctor and Donna must use conventional means to travel around the world in search of the cause of what is happening.

Serpent's Fury by David Bruns and Chris Pourteau

The novel “Serpent’s Fury” by David Bruns and Chris Pourteau was published for the first time in 2019. It’s the sixth book in The SynCorp Saga series and follows “Masada’s Gate”. It’s also the third book in the Empire Earth trilogy.

On the Moon, Ruben Qinlao is trying to set up a plan to free Tony Taulke but Cassandra is already preparing him for transport to Earth, where he will be subjected to a public trial aimed at marking the end of SynCorp.

The two factions are preparing the final moves before the final clash that will determine the future of the entire solar system. Stacks Fischer takes Bekah Franklin to the Moon to complete Project Jericho to defeat Cassandra.