Monthly Archives: May 2011

Whoniversaries 31 May

i) births and deaths 31 May 1983: birth of Reggie Yates who played Martha’s brother Leo in the 2007 series of Doctor Who. ii) broadcast anniversaries 31 May 1969: broadcast of seventh episode of The War Games. The Doctor and … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 May

i) births and deaths 30 May 1938: birth of Christopher Robbie, who played the Karkus in The Mind Robber (1969) and the Cyber-Leader in Revenge of the Cybermen (1975). ii) broadcast anniversaries 30 May 1964: broadcast of “The Warriors of … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 5-30-2011

lilactoventoux: Glorious 25th of May Ventoux Report Camilla rides up a mountain to raise funds for Alzheimer's research. She's done it now, but I think is still accepting donations. (tags: coolstuff belgium) BBC – Newsnight: Paul Mason: Twenty reasons why … Continue reading

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Gibbon Chapter LII: The limits of the early caliphate

My thoughts here. The Arabs fail to capture Constantinople or to hold Rome or their gains in France, and start to lose ground to the Byzantines as well. Much discourse on Arabic learning. Gibbon concludes that three reason they failed … Continue reading

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May Books 14) Fables vol. 13: The Great Fables Crossover, by Bill Willingham and Matthew Sturges

Catching up with this series since the next volume after this has got a Hugo nomination. The ‘crossover’ of the title is between the Fables of the series (Snow White, Jack Horner, Bigby Wolf) and a new group of characters, … Continue reading

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Barcelona 3, Man Utd 1

I watched a football match last night for the first time since the (disappointing) World Cup final last summer. I’m generally not much of a sports fan, but this match had been hyped so much that I wanted to share … Continue reading

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May Books 13) Ōoku: The Inner Chambers vol. 4, by Fumi Yoshinaga

This is the first manga series I have really got into (I bounced off the first volume of Osamu Tezuka’s Buddha a few years back) and I will start with some general reflections. First, it is easy to read these … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 May

i) births and deaths 29 May 1928: birth of Frederick Jaeger, who played Jano in The Savages (1966), Sorenson in Planet of Evil (1975), and Prof. Marius in The Invisible Enemy (1977). 29 May 1938: birth of Barry Jackson, who … Continue reading

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May Books 12) Doctor Who Annual 1984

I felt the stories in this annual had a slightly more didactic edge to them than usual – bringing peace through negotiations, diagrams of how osmosis works, a story about exporting criminals from which Tegan is mysteriously absent. No comic … Continue reading

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May Books 11) Feed, by Mira Grant

This was pretty much my first exposure to the zombie apocalypse sub-genre, but I must say I rather enjoyed it; set a quarter-century after the dead rose in 2014, it is the account of a group of newsbloggers who follow … Continue reading

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May Books 10) The Dimension Riders, by Daniel Blythe

A Seventh Doctor novel in the New Adventures series, featuring a renegade Time Lord disguised as the head of an Oxford college and equipped with a killer android who he is using to execute the sinister plans of his horrible … Continue reading

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Another Garret tribute

Here, written by my one-time co-author Noel Whelan, including this anecdote: I, along with the Northern Ireland elections expert Nicholas Whyte rushed out a Tallyman’s Guide to the 2003 Northern Ireland Assembly Elections. Such was the rush that the book … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 May

i) births and deaths 28 May 1935: birth of Anne Reid, who played Nurse Crane in The Curse of Fenric (1989) and Florence Finnegan in Smith and Jones (2007). 28 May 1940: birth of Frank Cox, who directed directed part … Continue reading

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Kiss of Death

The latest in the main range of Big Finish’s Doctor Who stories, this has the reunited team of the Fifth Doctor, Turlough, Tegan and an older Nyssa starting off with taking a holiday which descends into a surprising exploration of … Continue reading

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2011 Hugos: Best Novella

This year’s list is a good one, none of the stories being as bad as the worst in the other fiction categories. 5) One has to start pruning somewhere though, and Elizabeth Hand’s “The Maiden Flight of McCauley’s Bellerophon“, though … Continue reading

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My quotes on Mladic

Here. (My name misspelled but the quotes are accurate!)

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Whoniversaries 27 May

i) births and deaths 27 May 1926: birth of Peter Ling, who wrote The Mind Robber (1968). 27 May 1981: death of Kit Pedler, who co-wrote The Tenth Planet (1966), The Moonbase (1967) and The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967). … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 May

i) births and deaths 26 May 1913: birth of Peter Cushing, who played Doctor Who in the 165 and 1966 films. 26 May 1927: birth of Julia Smith, who directed The Smugglers (1966) and The Underwater Menace (1967). ii) broadcast … Continue reading

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Delicious LiveJournal Links for 5-26-2011

Ten Anime Films You Should See Before You Die | tor.com | Science fiction and fantasy | Blog posts Noted for future reference. (tags: films) The People’s Pledge campaign: More lies, irrelevancies and distortions from the British EU referendum campaign … Continue reading

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May Books 8) Who on Earth is Tom Baker? An Autobiography

Four years ago I listened to an abridged audio version of this book, read by the man himself; now I’ve finally read the whole thing, fourteen years after frenziedly speed-skimming a newly published copy in an Oxford bookshop without actually … Continue reading

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Thin Ice

Another of the Big Finish “missing stories”, this one drastically expanded by Marc Platt from a note he did for Andrew Cartmel shortly before Old Who was cancelled. I find Platt’s work a bit hit and miss, but this was … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 May

i) broadcast anniversaries 25 May 1968: broadcast of fifth episode of The Wheel in Space. The Doctor fights back against the Cybermen, and sends Jamie and Zoe on a dangerous spacewalk. 25 May 1974: broadcast of fourth episode of Planet … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 May

i) births and deaths 24 May 1944: birth of Fiona Walker, who played Kala in The Keys of Marinus (1964) and Lady Peinforte in Silver Nemesis (1988). 24 May 1945: birth of Graham Williams, producer of the 15th to 17th … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 May

broadcast and related anniversaries 23 May 1964: broadcast of “Temple of Evil”, first episode of the story we now call The Aztecs. The Tardis lands in medieval Mexico, where Barbara is received as the reincarnation of the priest Yetaxa. 23 … Continue reading

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Gibbon Chapter LI: the successors of Mahomet [sic]

The Arabs conquer, in quick order, I. Persia; II. Syria; III. Egypt; IV. Africa; and, V. Spain. A brilliant summary of the campaigns of the Prophet’s immediate successors. Really you need to read the full 90 pages to absorb what … Continue reading

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May Books 7) The Innocents Abroad, by Mark Twain

Apparently this was one of the books that cemented the young Mark Twain’s reputation, an account of a cruise to the Mediterranean by a group of several dozen American tourists, taking in Spain, France, Italy, Greece, Constantinople, Russia’s Black Sea … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Rewatch: 22

I was surprised by two things about Terminus on this rewatch. First, that it is so very slow and padded – barely enough material, really, for even one episode of New Who – just how long are Tegan and Turlough … Continue reading

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May Books 6) Sophie’s World, by Jostein Gaarder

I rather enjoyed this: a canter through the history of Western philosophy from the pre-Socratics to Sartre, as told in a series of mysterious communications from an enigmatic teacher to instruct 14-year-old Sophie. I loved the moment when she learns … Continue reading

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Hugo and Nebula winners over 65

asks, I answer: Hugo winners over 65: Fritz Leiber (1910-1992) 1976, Best Short Story, Catch That Zeppelin! Peter Beagle (1939-) 2005, Best Novelette, Two Hearts Frederik Pohl (1919-) 1986, Best Short Story, Fermi and Frost Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) 1992, Best Novelette, Gold – Asimov had … Continue reading

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Hugo and Nebula winners under 30

(that is, under the age of thirty when the award was announced or retrospectively might have been announced) Hugo winners under 30: Hal Clement (1922-2003) 1946 retro-Hugo, Best Short Story, Uncommon SenseIsaac Asimov (1920-1992) 1946 retro-Hugo, Best Novel, The MuleGeorge R.R. Martin … Continue reading

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