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Doctor Who - Tom Baker
Sarah Jane Smith - Elisabeth Sladen
2013, dir. Ruairi Robinson, Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas:
Towards the end of a manned mission to Mars, things start to go wrong.
My first tech job was doing tech support by phone for a certain large
ISP. (It's still around, but it's just a brand name now.)
The YB-35 and
YB-49 were flying-wing
bomber prototypes built during and in the wake of the Second World
Anthology from 1998 of alternate histories based on different
decisions by military leaders; edited by Harry Turtledove, Roland
Green and Martin H. Greenberg.
Many designers of fantasy fleets like to come up with all sorts of
plausible-sounding technological developments. I'm mostly going to
borrow ideas which historically worked for the Americans, and transfer
them to the British with appropriate modifications.
2013, dir. Caradog W. James, Caity Lotz, Toby Stephens:
Some time in the nearish future, researchers try to build a
self-directed robot soldier/assassin. It doesn't go well.
This time it was just
In my first serious ISP job, we sold leased lines (among many other
was to be a flying-boat strategic bomber for the U.S. Navy.
Things heard, and links, from the Mild Day on Saturday. In no
Second of the Dickson McCunn novels, though he has only a minor part
in most of it. Two of the former Gorbals Die-Hards, Dougie and (no
longer Wee) Jaikie, go off on a walking holiday, and get involved with
a kidnapped press baron and two separate lots of Sinister Foreigners.
I'll come back to what the British are up to, but the historical enemy
has to be considered.
2011, dir. Gonzalo López-Gallego, Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen:
The found-footage story of the secret final Apollo mission in 1974.
This was late in 1999. I had to get into Telehouse.
Yeah, I pretty much have to do this one, don't I? The
was to be a Mach 3 high-altitude nuclear bomber.
Jerry Mitchell, aboard an Ohio SSGN, goes on a mission to extract two
Iranians with knowledge of the nuclear weapons programme from that
country. Mild spoilers will follow.
Here's what I've read in March.
Salute is the UK's biggest wargaming show
of the year. For me this one was frustrating in some ways, rewarding
I often come up with alternate histories. The usual way of doing this
is to change some historical detail and then speculate about what
might have gone differently. In this case, I have a specific goal in
mind, so I'm trying various divergences to try to get to the state I
Tenth in Brett's Fethering Mysteries series. Several pubgoers go
down with food poisoning, and other events start to make it look like
a concerted campaign against the pub. But who's doing it? And why?
2012, dir. Colin Trevorrow, Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass:
A journalist and two interns, trying for a human-interest story,
interview a man who's placed an advertisement for a companion in time
You tell it to the kids these days, they won't believe you. This
happened some time late in 2000, when I was working for a medium-sized
consumer ISP (that's now a forgotten asset owned by a brand name of a
Concealed in Death is the forty-eighth story of J. D. Robb's In
Death series, and a huge improvement on its immediate predecessor
Thankless in Death. It drops many of the science-fictional trappings
of the setting to deliver a powerful and well-told story.
was a carrier-borne supersonic bomber.
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 first visit.
Third in the Carrier series. "Tombstone" Magruder is a naval aviator
aboard a Nimitz-class carrier, as the USA gets involved in a major
conflict with India.
Lots of wargames, particularly those simulating space combat, have
some sort of acceleration value for their units: you were going at
speed 5, you accelerate by 5, you're now going at speed 10, so you
move 10 units this turn.
This is wrong.
The TSR-2 was to be a
highly capable low-and-fast bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. It was
famously cancelled in 1965.
In the 1950s, retired MTB commander Philip Vivian gets into trouble
while struggling to run a small yacht charter business.