Artist's concept of Sollasina cthulhu (Image courtesy Elissa Martin)

An article published in the journal “Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences” reports the discovery of a species related to the animals of the class Holothuroidea, the ones commonly known as sea cucumbers, which was named Sollasina cthulhu for a certain resemblance to the creature invented by the writer H.P. Lovecraft. A team of researchers examined very well preserved fossils discovered in the English site of Herefordshire dating back to about 430 million years ago, during the Silurian period, using modern technologies to create a 3D reconstruction.

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.

Professor Philip Piper with the first Homo luzonensis bone discovered (Photo courtesy Lannon Harley / ANU. All rights reserved)

An article published in the journal “Nature” reports the recognition of a new species of primitive humans that was named Homo luzonensis. A team of researchers studied a number of fossils discovered between 2007 and 2015 in Callao Cave, on the island of Luzon, Philippines, concluding that these are the remains of individuals belonging to a species of hominins different from those hitherto known who lived on the island between 50,000 and 67,000 years ago.

Ensign Sylvia Tilly (Mary Wiseman), Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount) in Such Sweet Sorrow (Image courtesy CBS / Netflix. All rights reserved)

“Such Sweet Sorrow” is the 13th episode of the 2nd season of the TV show “Star Trek: Discovery” and follows “Through the Valley of Shadows”.

The crew of the USS Discovery is abandoning the starship, which must be destroyed to prevent Control from seizing information that would allow it to become fully sentient but the database has a form of self-protection and prevents destruction.

The House That Jack Built by Guy Adams

The novel “The House That Jack Built” by Guy Adams was published for the first time in 2009.

When Gwen Cooper blocks a shoplifter during her shopping and the police intervene to arrest her, her old colleague Andy tells her about the strange death of a boy in the vicinity of an old house called Jackson Leaves, which seems to be tied to a peak of chronon energy similar but not the same as that coming from the Cardiff Rift.

Captain Jack Harkness hired an alien who came to spend his retirement on Earth using the name Alexander Martin to work for Torchwood as a freelance doctor when they need someone to do the job Owen Harper used to do. The Jackson Leaves investigation brings to Jack’s mind old memories because in 1906 he became the house’s first owner.