2000 military SF, second in the Jump Universe series. The Unity War is
over, but that doesn't mean things are peaceful; Commander Izzy Umboto
of the cruiser Patton is chasing down pirates, and worse.
I hadn't particularly planned to stay up for this, but then I noticed
that the next total lunar eclipse isn't due for a while.
Fourth in this series of one-day conventions in bustling metropolitan
Baildon (suburban Bradford). All images are
2013, dir. Mike Slee, Mark Strong, Jock McLeod;
A brief history of the Great Martian War, combining interviews with
veterans and archive footage.
1981, cosy American detective fiction; second of MacLeod's novels
of Professor Peter Shandy, set at an agricultural college in
Massachussetts. A few days before the Annual Competition of the
Balaclava County Draft Horse Association, the college's farrier has
been murdered. And the prize pig has gone missing. Is it a school
prank gone horribly wrong, or something more sinister?
The latest Harpoon PBEM game was a return to the old standard
scenario, to get a new player up to speed.
2015 modern occult secret service, sixth in the Laundry Files
series. As CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN continues, more and more people are
developing occult powers, and they envision them according to their
own mythologies. Which means superheroes. Mo O'Brien, combat
epistemologist and wielder of the last Zahn violin, now has to run a
Back at the Great Expectations. Food's not bad, but pricy; beer is
much better. Images follow:
1999 military SF, first of a series that comes both chronologically
and in publication date before the Kris Longknife books. Four soldiers
on opposite sides of the war between the Society of Humanity and the
Unity do their best to stay alive in the face of enemies both of the
conventional kind and in their own ranks.
Suburbia Five Star
(or 5★ if you follow the cover style) is the second expansion to
Surprisingly good weather after a week of mostly rain, so I left the
tent down again for the relatively small party (if it rained we could
all shelter in the gazebo, though it didn't anyway).
Driverless cars, quite apart from privacy concerns, are solving the
wrong problem. Here's what I want to build to replace the majority of
transport infrastructure. It is unabashedly utopian.
2014 supernatural mystery, fourth in Oswald's Inspector McLean
series. A body is found in the North Esk, dead of a fall, and tattooed
all over. A prominent politician shoots his wife and children, then
himself. Tony McLean is more interested in the former, but gets the
latter on his plate as well.
2014-2015, 22 episodes: the immortal Henry Morgan works as a medical
examiner in modern New York to fund his research on ending his own
2004 military SF, first of a series of twelve books so far with at
least two more planned. Kris Longknife, daughter of the Prime Minister
of the long-settled world of Wardhaven, joined the Navy to get away
from politics. But as the old alliance of humanity falls apart, it's
not going to be that easy.
My old file server is Full. So it's time to build a new one.
All images are cc-by-sa.
Pyramid is the monthly GURPS supplement containing short articles with
a loose linking theme. This time it's about created, and creative,
creatures in a horror context.
2007 mystery, the ninth book in Lovesey's Peter Diamond series. A
woman is found hanged in a park in Bath; a few days later her partner
turns up in the same state. A suicide pact?
1965, dir. Harvey Hart, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Mark Richman;
San Francisco, 1891. Playboy Brett Kingsford is secretly an occult
detective. When his best friend's fiancée comes to him describing her
husband-to-be's strange mental state, he starts to look into it.
1981, cosy American detective fiction; first of MacLeod's novels
(as "Alisa Craig") of Dittany Henbit and the Lobelia Falls
Grub-and-Stakers Gardening & Roving Club. In a small town in Ontario,
the local villain has a plan to build houses on a wilderness area. But
one of his patsies ends up shot.
As always, spoilers abound. See Wikipedia for production details
The Doctor - Colin Baker
Peri Brown - Nicola Bryant
2009 military SF, last in a five-book series. Ky Vatta has her fleet,
and is ready to move against the pirates as soon as they attack. But
she doesn't know all their plans.
I recently bought a tennis-ball catapult, for the benefit of a
visiting dog. It's not as good as I'd hoped.
2012 collection of six short stories.
Mini-TringCons are all-day house gaming events run by the organiser of
TringCon, in Deepest
2011 SF. Nyx is a bel dame, an assassin tracking down and killing
deserters for the government of Nasheen. Then things go wrong. Now
she's being employed for a covert recovery mission, but everyone's
hand is against her.
This GURPS supplement deals with teaching, learning, and games based
on either or both.
2014 SF anthology about the run-up to the end of the world.
Back to the boardgame café. With
images; cc-by-sa on
Some trailers I've seen recently, and my thoughts on them. (Links are