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Hugo 2014: Novelette

These are my thoughts on the Hugo-nominated novelettes in 2014. If you're planning to vote, you may wish not to read these notes until you have done so. There will also be spoilers here.

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Tags: hugo 2014, reading, reviews. 22nd July 2014

Doctor Who Re-Watch, series 17

As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details

Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Romana - Lalla Ward
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4 comments. Tags: doctor who, reviews, television. 21st July 2014

Hugo 2014: Short Story

These are my thoughts on the Hugo-nominated short stories in 2014. If you're planning to vote, you may wish not to read these notes until you have done so. There will also be spoilers here.

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Tags: hugo 2014, reading, reviews. 20th July 2014

The Unfortunate History of Aircraft-Carrying Submarines

Aircraft-carrying submarines seem, superficially, like a really good idea. Unfortunately in practice they haven't really worked.

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5 comments. Tags: aeronautics, history. 19th July 2014

The Lost Fleet: Relentless, Jack Campbell

Fifth of a six-book series. In the distant future, a long-frozen space-navy captain tries to lead his fleet home. Spoilers will follow.

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Tags: reading, reviews. 18th July 2014

Kuru Toga Roulette

Since I bought one in 2012, the Kuru Toga Roulette has become my absolute favourite writing tool ever.

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3 comments. Tags: real life, stationery. 17th July 2014

One Hundred Days, Admiral Sandy Woodward and Patrick Robinson

In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands; a Royal Navy task group was sent to take them back. This is the memoir of the task group's commander.

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2 comments. Tags: falklands war, reading, reviews. 16th July 2014

The Lunchbox

2013, "Dabba", dir. Ritesh Batra, Irrfan Khan, Nimrat Kaur: IMDb / allmovie

An old-fashioned epistolary romance, conducted via notes passed in a lunchbox. Plot discussion, which may be considered to include spoilers, follows.

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2 comments. Tags: film, reviews. 15th July 2014

Sisters of the Raven, Barbara Hambly

As wizards, hitherto exclusively male, gradually lose their magical power, some women discover that they are gaining it.

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Tags: reading, reviews. 14th July 2014

Chinese aircraft carriers

The People's Liberation Army Naval Air Force has been making substantial, though largely ignored, efforts to gain a carrier aviation capability.

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2 comments. Tags: 1990s, 2000s, 2010s, naval. 13th July 2014

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