1994 non-fiction, volume 10 of the Brassey's New Battlefield Weapons
Systems and Technology series. A practical primer on the design and
operation of nuclear weapons, their effects, and their simulation.
2015 futuristic fantasy, 12 episodes:
After the Great Tokyo War, Japan is balkanised; each area is protected
by its own vigilante squad. Four girls set out to deal with some of
1995 non-fiction. In October 1957, the core of Windscale's Pile 1
caught fire, burned
for three days, and spread radioactive contamination across what was
then Cumberland. This is the official history of the incident and its
famously states that "bad money drives out good": if there are two
currencies available, people will tend to hoard the one they trust and
spend the one they don't. I think there's a different but allied
process going on with items that are "good enough" driving out of the
market ones that are good.
This one took a while, largely because I've been busy with a writing
project that's stuck its tentacles into all my space time.
2009 historical detection, second in Dean's Dido Kent series. Rich
invalid Mrs Lansdale has died, of an overdose of laudanum. Her nephew
stands to inherit. But did he do it?
Eight zombie campaign frames sketched out in moderate detail.
Back to this this small quarterly boardgames convention in Watford.
2014 translation of 2006 SF from China. In the long shadow of the
Cultural Revolution, various people try to work out why scientists are
More X-Wing at Wycombe Warband, first
time I'd made it for a while. With images;
2015 modern fantasy, 12 episodes:
Sequel to 2012's Kamisama Hajimemashita; vt "Kamisama Kiss" or
"Beginning of Life as a God". Ordinary schoolgirl Nanami has become a
shrine deity, and is still trying to learn how to do her job.
2012 mystery, first in Oswald's Inspector McLean series. A
prominent city elder in Edinburgh is killed, but less than a day later
his killer commits a public and messy suicide. Case closed, and the
police are happy. But McLean won't let it lie, especially when the
same thing happens again.
2015 SF, 13 episodes. In the future, humanity has been nearly wiped
out by a plague. James Cole is sent back in time to 2015, just before
it started, to try to prevent it.
1957; mystery/thriller or romantic suspense. Jennifer Silver goes to
the Pyrenées to visit her widowed cousin, who's staying in a convent
and thinking about taking orders. But when she arrives, she finds her
cousin has suddenly died and been buried. Or has she?
2014 comedy, dir. and starring Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi:
Four vampires share a flat in modern New Zealand. Comedy happens.
1980, cosy American detective fiction; first of MacLeod's novels of
Sarah Kelling and Max Bittersohn. In Boston, an old family vault is
opened for the first time in thirty years… to reveal the corpse of a
well-known burlesque dancer.
As has been widely discussed, a group of science fiction fans and
hangers-on managed to populate the 2015 Hugo Award nominees with many
works from their preferred list. What is a reasonable response to this?
1990 military SF. In the 22nd century, the Japanese empire which
controls Earth and the colony worlds sends a task group to suppress a
three-way colonial revolt. It doesn't help that many of the colonists
are exiled Boers.
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
2011 thriller: five short stories about Charlie (Charlotte) Fox,
former soldier and current private bodyguard.
2014, 24 episodes:
Sports. Onoda Sakamichi, cyclist with huge natural talent, continues
his racing career. (Sequel to Yowamushi Pedal.)
2014 fantasy. Maia is the fourth son of the emperor of Elfland, exiled
to a rural estate and forgotten about. But now the emperor is dead
along with his other sons, and Maia becomes the new emperor, thrown
headlong into court politics for which he is unprepared.
Pyramid is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with
a loose linking theme. This time it's combat: fighting of all sorts.
1999 SF. More than a thousand years after Greatwinter destroyed
civilisation, new cultures have grown up in what was once Australia.
But what is the secret at the heart of the Library?
The Wycombe parliamentary constituency has been Conservative since
1951. It has often had candidates from obscure parties, but since 2001
there's been an Independent: one David Fitton.
2007 mystery. In rural Yorkshire in 1956, Constable "Thorny" Deepbriar
is a village bobby who's always longed to try his hand at detection.
Now he's going to get his chance.
When we were on our way to see Defender last Saturday, we spotted
this Spanish frigate moored at West India Docks. I was able to get
back to see her in a bit more detail on Monday. Images follow:
Back to basics with this introductory scenario, which we completed in
a little over three weeks. This time things went very differently…
To Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum.
I hadn't been for eight years, and things had changed a bit. Many
2005 SF, sequel to The Getaway Special. With cheap hyperdrive
available to the world, things are falling apart; two people try to
work out their options.
After the tour of HMS Middleton, it was off to Greenwich to see the
Type 45 HMS Defender. As with other recent tours, it was very
selective, with no access to berthing or engineering spaces. Images
follow: cc-by-sa on