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Medusa Uploaded, Emily Devenport 23 September 2018

2018 science fiction, first of a planned series. On the generation ship Olympia, life is stratified into the Executives and everyone else. Oichi Angelis is an everyone else, but one with a hidden asset.

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The demise of 3dhubs 22 September 2018 - 1 comment

Since December of 2016 I've been offering 3d printing services via 3dhubs. From the end of this month, it won't happen any more.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 17 September 2018 21 September 2018

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

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Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld 20 September 2018

2009 young adult steampunk SF, first of a trilogy. In an alternate 1914, the German Clanker powers build massive legged war machines, while the English Darwinists engineer creatures to serve their purposes. But none of that stops the Archduke Franz Ferdinand from being assassinated.

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Tonari no Totoro 19 September 2018 - 3 comments

1988 fantasy: AniDB, vt "My Neighbor Totoro". Perhaps some time in the 1950s, a university professor and his two young daughters move to the countryside to be near his hospitalised wife; the house and woods prove to be full of magical creatures.

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Star Trek Ascendancy: first game 18 September 2018 - 2 comments

I bought Ascendancy (and the three currently-available expansions) at UK Games Expo, and I've just got it to the table.

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Penric's Fox, Lois McMaster Bujold 17 September 2018

2017 fantasy novella in the World of the Five Gods (formerly known as Chalion), third by internal chronology in the Penric sub-series (though published after Penric's Mission). A temple-trained sorcerer is murdered in the woods, and her demon is missing; Locator Oswyl looks for the killer, while Penric looks for the demon.

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Thirsty Meeples September 2018 16 September 2018

Back to the boardgame café. With images; cc-by-sa on everything.

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Clarkesworld 144, September 2018 15 September 2018

Clarkesworld is a monthly on-line magazine edited by Neil Clarke.

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Marlow Tabletop and Board Games 3 September 2018 14 September 2018 - 2 comments

This Meetup-based boardgames group continues to meet at the Marlow Donkey.

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Magic Bites, Ilona Andrews 13 September 2018

2007 modern fantasy novel. In a world where magic ebbs and flows unpredictably, Kate Daniels is a mercenary who specialises in magical creatures. But her mentor has been murdered, and someone seems to be trying to start a war between the vampires and werecreatures of Atlanta.

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Pyramid 119: After the End II 12 September 2018

Pyramid, edited by Steven Marsh, is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with a loose linking theme. This time it's post-apocalyptic material, and more for The Fantasy Trip.

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Defend and Betray, Anne Perry 11 September 2018

1993 mystery, third in Perry's William Monk series (Victorian investigation). In 1857, General Thaddeus Carlyon, a military hero, dies in an accident during a dinner party; but when the police decide it might have been murder, his widow confesses. She is sure to be hanged, but the justification she gives for her action is clearly false; Monk the private investigator, Oliver Rathbone the barrister, and Hester Latterly the nurse returned from the Crimea, work together to dig out what really happened.

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Frankie Drake Mysteries season 1 10 September 2018 - 2 comments

2017-2018 mystery show, 11 episodes. In 1920s Toronto, Frankie Drake, former Signals rider, and her partner Trudy Clarke, are the city's first female private detectives.

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Healthy Back Bags 09 September 2018

A friend introduced my wife to Healthy Back Bags, and we're both rather impressed with them.

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The Grub-and-Stakers Pinch a Poke, Charlotte MacLeod 08 September 2018

1988, cosy American detective fiction; third of MacLeod's novels (as "Alisa Craig") of Dittany Henbit and the Lobelia Falls Grub-and-Stakers Gardening & Roving Club. There's a collection of antique theatrical memorabilia looking for a new home, and its owner sets a contest: whoever writes and produces the best new play, on a vaguely Canadian subject, will get it for their town. The Club gets together a two-act drama based on The Shooting of Dan McGrew, but complications follow.

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Star Realms Frontiers: first look 07 September 2018

Star Realms Frontiers is the new expanded version of Star Realms, by Darwin Kastle.

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Space Platform, Murray Leinster 06 September 2018 - 2 comments

1953 science fiction, first of a series. Joe Kenmore goes to work on the construction of the space platform, the first step in humanity's road to the stars, but finds it beset by sabotage.

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Who Goes There?: first look 05 September 2018

Who Goes There? is a new heavyweight social deduction game for 3-6 players, by Anthony Coffey and Jesse Labbe.

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Rogue Protocol, Martha Wells 04 September 2018 - 5 comments

2018 science fiction novella, sequel to Artificial Condition. People are asking questions about the mysteriously vanished SecUnit from the planetary survey incident, and Murderbot (that same SecUnit) reckons the best way to distract attention is to bolster the case against the company which caused the incident.

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Human Era: first look 03 September 2018

Human Era is a new social deduction game by Zach and Jake Given.

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Mira's Last Dance, Lois McMaster Bujold 02 September 2018

2016 fantasy novella in the World of the Five Gods (formerly known as Chalion). This one follows directly from Penric's Mission; the demon-ridden sorcerer tries to get a discredited general and his widowed sister to the safety of a foreign court. But Penric is injured, and the minimal funds they had for their escape have run out.

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August 2018 Trailers 01 September 2018

Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are to youtube. Opinions are thoroughly personal. Calibration: I hate everything.)

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