To the Castle Tap for more games. Images follow:
2013 non-fiction, an informal history of the rise and fall (sorry) of
the man-carrying balloon.
2015 science fiction, manga adaptation, 13 episodes:
The Giftia androids look and act like humans, but they have a limited
lifespan: 81,920 hours. After that, they need to be retrieved and shut
down before bad things happen. Mizugaki Tsukasa goes to work for
Terminal Services, and is partnered with the Giftia called Isla…
1963 children's SF. Naill Renfro sells himself into servitude to get
drugs to make his mother's dying easier. After that, things improve
slightly. Well, they'd have to, wouldn't they?
X-Wing at Wycombe Warband, after another
long gap. With images;
1984 mystery; sixth in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private
investigator in San Francisco, and at the same time fourteenth in
Pronzini's "Nameless Detective" private eye series. Both detectives
are at a convention of private eyes in San Diego, McCone also visiting
her family and an old friend who's now head of hotel security. But
then the dying starts.
One Night Revolution,
by Ted Alspach after Akihisa Okui, is a game of hidden identities,
deduction and deception for 3-10 players.
1961 children's SF. Troy Horan was thrown off his planet during the
big war. Now he lives hand-to-mouth in the Dipple. But a casual job
with an importer of exotic pets leads to unexpected intrigue and
Pyramid is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with
a loose linking theme. This time it's a collection of unusual ways of
looking at things.
2015 SF, sequel to Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword. Fleet
Captain Breq is still on Athoek Station, but there are plenty of
problems even without the civil war coming closer.
2015 contemporary romance, light novel adaptation, 12 episodes:
AniDB. Sequel to
2013's Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru - My
Teenage RomCom SNAFU. Cynical loner high school kid and the rest of
the Volunteer Club continue to try to help other people and work out
their own problems.
2008 mystery, second of the "Thorny" Deepbriar series. In rural
Yorkshire in 1957, Thorny the village bobby is still trying to get
into the CID. But his superiors want him walking the beat where he is.
He'll need to pull off an impressive feat of detection, but how can he
do that in a village where nothing much happens?
With the Queen Elizabeth carriers now afloat, the next major
shipbuilding project for the Royal Navy will be the Type 26 "Global
Combat Ship", a replacement for the Type 23 frigates.
2008 non-fiction, an informal history of the shipping container. Until
the Second World War, almost all non-bulk freight was breakbulk,
loaded one piece at a time into a ship's hold. Fifty years later,
pretty much everything long-distance was going in containers. How did
the change come about?
2014-2015, 24 episodes. In modern New York, (a completely different)
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson consult for the police.
2015 SF, sequel to Lines of Departure. The alien Lankies have moved
into the solar system, and a random assortment of ship crews from the
two previously-warring powers must decide what to do next.
A new wargaming show in Peterborough, organised by a friend. With
images; cc-by-sa on
2014 SF/mystery; forty-ninth (roughly) of J. D. Robb's In Death
series. Just before Christmas, a personal trainer is found in his
home, with a nasty head wound and a knife in his chest. He seems to
have been a thoroughly nasty person, but for Eve Dallas the homicide
cop's job is still the job.
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
2015 modern fantasy. Magic is in the world, but "'mancers" only use it
to cause chaos – and it's still true that nothing is free. Flex is a
drug, distilled magic, but the mundanes who take it are even less able
to deal with the backlash than the 'mancers are. Paul Tsabo, ex-cop
and once known as the only mundane to have killed a 'mancer, tries to
track down the terrorist who's filling people with Flex and sending
them out to destroy themselves and others.
This GURPS Action supplement expands character creation with greater
flexibility in power level and skills, while keeping much of the
simplictiy of the Action series.
2007 collection of short horror stories in the style of H. P.
Lovecraft and M. R. James. Kyle Murchison Booth just wants to be left
alone to work on his antique books and letters. But supernatural
events keep happening to him.
For Halloween properly this time,
again. All images are
2012 young adult science fiction. Jarra is Handicapped; something in
her immune system revolts at alien worlds, so she's limited to living
on Earth with the other people who can't go to the stars and be part
of proper civilisation. What's worse, all the offworlders look down on
"apes". But that's not going to stop her doing her best to have a good
Yesterday, within a minute after local sunset, the sky went pink.
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Mel Bush - Bonnie Langford
Ace - Sophie Aldred
1954 science fiction juvenile. Lummox is the Stuart family pet,
brought back a hundred years ago from who-knows-where by
great-grandfather the space explorer. He's large, and occasionally
hazardous to property, but basically docile. But now he's gone on a
rampage, and the forces of law and order want him put down…
Great Expectations again, for a series of short games. Images follow:
2011 humorous science fiction. Lord Thomas Kinago, foppish distant
cousin of the Emperor and son of the First Space Lord, is sent on his
obligatory short tour of military service. Meanwhile, a cluster of
worlds on the edge of the Imperium is being taken over…
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are