Spellbound – The Workings of DrugTech / DrugTech – The Deep State Deepens by Marcel Sahade

The anthology “Spellbound – The Workings of DrugTech” by Marcel Sahade was published for the first time in 2020. The anthology “DrugTech – The Deep State Deepens” by Marcel Sahade was published for the first time in 2021.

A student who has trouble speaking without stuttering when he wants to ask the girl he likes for a date is helped by his parents, who work for the pharmaceutical company DrugTech. But what’s the connection between a barrister who hasn’t lost a lawsuit for 15 years, a pirate ship, and DrugTech?

The Obelisk Gate by N. K. Jemisin

The novel “The Obelisk Gate” by N. K. Jemisin was published for the first time in 2016. It’s the second book in The Broken Earth trilogy and follows “The Fifth Season”. It won the Hugo Award as the best novel of the year.

In the underground city of Castrima, Essun and Alabaster can live even though their orogenic nature is known. That can happen thanks to the influence of community leader Ykka and because the strange mechanisms that run all the city’s systems only work in the presence of orogenes. However, Alabaster is slowly turning into stone and knows he doesn’t have much left to live, so he tries to teach Essun not only more about orogenes but obelisks as well. Essun is perplexed when Alabaster tells her about an object he calls Moon.

After Jija killed his son because he found out that he’s an orogene, he fled taking his daughter Nassun with him. He understood that she too is an orogene but didn’t have the courage to kill her too. There are rumors that in the south there’s a place where it’s possible to eliminate orogeny from a person, and Jija intends to bring Nassun there.

Metropolitan by Walter Jon Williams

The novel “Metropolitan” by Walter Jon Williams was published for the first time in 1995.

Aiah is a low-ranking employee of the Plasma Authority who works in the metropolis of Jaspeer. During an emergency intervention following the appearance of a mysterious burning woman who causes damage to several city blocks, Aiah discovers a large source of plasma and realizes that the mysterious woman tapped it directly and ended up killing herself after damaging the area. She’s supposed to report the source location but she decides to keep the information to herself.

In secret, Aiah turns to Metropolitan Constantine, a politician in exile after his political enemies managed to oust him from positions of power in their metropolis. Aiah aims to get a hefty sum in exchange for the secret of the plasma source but the woman ends up entangled in Constantine’s political intrigues.

The Stand by Stephen King (Italian edition)

The novel “The Stand” by Stephen King was published for the first time in 1978 e republished in the so-called Complete and Uncut Edition in 1990.

Charles Campion is on duty when in a secret laboratory on the military base a chain of errors causes a virus created as a bacteriological weapon do get dispersed in the air. When Campion sees the alarm, he realizes that it’s something very serious and manages to escape before being locked up at the base. He leaves with his family trying to get away as far as possible, but has already been infected and just spreads the infection faster.

The army attempts to create quarantine areas, initially with roadblocks disguised as men at work and later with weapons, to try to stop the infection, but without success. In less than a month, almost all of the inhabitants of the USA died. The few survivors, scattered here and there in the territory, try to make do. Their conditions are diverse, but among the things in common are the strange dreams, which include Mother Abigail and Randall Flagg.

H.P. Lovecraft in June 1934 (Photo Lucius B. Truesdell)

Howard Phillips Lovecraft was born on August 20, 1890 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. H.P. Lovecraft’s work in the literary field started as a poet, manuscript reviewer, and journalist. In 1919 he published the short story “Dagon”, where he started developing the themes that would mark his career. For the occasion, he used a Mesopotamian deity, but in the following years, he started creating his own mythology.

Some works of H.P. Lovecraft were published posthumously, and over time rose to fame. The so-called Cthulhu Mythos, which include the works that include a pantheon of deities and various totally alien creatures, became the most important part of the author’s works. They include elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror, and ended up influencing generations of writers in those genres.