2008 humorous science fiction; first in its series. In the 25th
Century the British Empire will soon be fighting the insectoid Ghast;
but Captain Isambard Smith, square-jawed, courageous, and perhaps a
bit dim, is called on to take an elderly refitted freighter on a
Since this show was only a few miles from where I live, I thought I'd
drop in. Wycombe Warband, the club where I usually play, weren't
putting anything on, but there were many of the usual dealers and some
interesting demo games with emphasis on participation.
1983, cozy American detective fiction; fourth of MacLeod's novels of
Boston Brahmin Sarah Kelling and art investigator Max Bittersohn.
Sarah and Max, teetering on the brink of getting engaged, visit
Sarah's summer home on Cape Cod. But someone has covertly added a
valuable antique mirror to the furnishings; and a nasty old gossip
turns up with an axe in her chest.
2015 mystery novel adaptation, 12 episodes:
"Beautiful Bones: Sakurako`s Investigation" or "A Corpse is Buried
Under Sakurako's Feet". Kujou Sakurako, osteologist and amateur
forensic anthropologist, investigates the remarkable number of human
bones to be found locally.
2009 urban fantasy. Evie Scelan isn't a magician: she just has a knack
for tracking things by scent. But staying out of the way of the
magical rulers of Boston isn't as easy as simply keeping her head
2015 SF mini-series, adapted by Matthew Graham and directed by Nick
Hurran. In 2016, alien ships arrive on Earth, with the aliens saying
they're come to bring utopia. But not everyone agrees that that's what
2014; fifteenth in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series (amateur
sleuthing in small-town Sussex). After a rehearsal for a village-hall
production of The Devil's Disciple, the lead is found strangled on
the "absolutely safe" gallows.
The Tascam DR-40 is a four-track digital recorder that I'm using for
podcasting and game session recording.
2014 science fiction. The mixed human and alien crew members aboard a
wormhole-building ship move from world to world, on their way to the
job that'll let them move into the big time.
I tried to give it a fair shake. Really I did. But systemd has now
annoyed me to the point where I've been removing it from the systems
for which I'm responsible and bringing back sysvinit.
2007 young adult fantasy. Ryan, Chelle and Josh fish some coins out of
the old well, to pay for a bus home. Then things get far too
complicated, far too fast. US vt Well Witched.
This second supplement in a new line deals with the world after the
end of civilisation: friends, foes and environment.
2015 modern fantasy, 10 episodes; the scrappy team of magic-hunting
Librarians fights against a resurrected Prospero who's planning to
remake the world.
1985 mystery; seventh in Muller's series about Sharon McCone, private
investigator in San Francisco. Someone's causing minor troubles for
the inhabitants of a hotel in the Tenderloin, most of them recent
Vietnamese immigrants; Sharon's employed by the Refugee Assistance
Committee to look into it. Then things turn deadly.
2015 slice of life, four short episodes:
"She and Her Cat: Everything Flows". Miyu's cat contemplates their
1861 non-fiction, popular science, transcriptions of early Royal
Institution Christmas Lectures; Faraday starts from the basics of
combustion and goes on to the frontiers of nineteenth-century
This small one-day boardgaming event
happens twice a year in a village hall in Deepest Buckinghamshire, and
has been going for quite a few years. This was my fourth visit.
2016 science fiction, sixteenth novel in the Vorkosigan universe.
Three years after the death of Aral Vorkosigan, his widow Cordelia
starts to move her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral of
Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in unexpected ways.
John Dallman invented the term Occult Secret Service to describe the
Laundry novels of Charles Stross (from 2001) and the Broom
Cupboard novels of David Devereux (from 2008). It's become popular in
other fiction and in role-playing games. Is it useful to analyse it
The local pub organised a trip to a public evening at the
Rebellion Brewery in Marlow Bottom.
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1958 science fiction. When the aliens capture a colony ship, they take
the slaves who can work and abandon the rest on an uninhabited world.
That's their error. (Also published as Space Prison.)
2015 science fiction, ten episodes, sequel of sorts to the 2002 film.
After the PreCrime programme is shut down, the three precognitives try
to live normal lives. Of course, one of them ends up Fighting Crime.
1994 mystery, fourth of Douglas's novels about Irene Adler; here she
returns to Prague, to solve a problem for the Queen. Espionage, the
Golem, femmes fatales, and really nice dresses ensue. (Retitled as
Another Scandal in Bohemia in recent reissue.)
Several right-minded people went to Culham, on one of their rare open
days, to visit the
Joint European Torus
Mega Ampere Spherical Tokamak
(which should really be called a Sphekamak but never mind).
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2012 science fiction, second in The Expanse series. Ganymede, the
main supplier of food to the outer system, is attacked and its fragile
artificial ecosystem destroyed; Earth and Mars seem likely to go to
The observant will have noticed the tag
"Project Woolsack" on various of my
review posts, and a certain subject matter bias associated with them.
Pyramid is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with
a loose linking theme. This time it's about alternative framings of
the dungeon again.
2015 slice of life, 4-koma manga adaptation in 13 episodes:
"Seiyuu's Life". Ichinose Futaba is a novice voice actress; along with
her friends, she goes to auditions, gets together in a singing group,
and generally tries to advance her career.
2014 military fantasy. The unnamed protagonist leads a unit of The
Line in repelling an invasion by the Dark Lord in the next country.
It was a slightly chilly day, but that just meant that people huddled
round the fire when the wind blew. (Fire good. Fire is my friend.)
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are