Monthly Archives: April 2021

April 2021 books and Friday reading

Books finished in the last week: Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn (did not finish) The Relentless Moon, by Mary Robinette Kowal The Serpent Sea, by Martha Wells The Orphans of Raspay, by Lois McMaster Bujold Two Truths and a Lie, by … Continue reading

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Thu, 12:56: RT @themindrobber: Three things are astonishing about this photo. 1) It shows the surface of a comet, 67P Churyumov–Gerasimenko. 2) It… Thu, 13:02: RT @bbcdoctorwho: “You’re gonna love this!” Happy birthday to the Doctor, @therealjomartin https://t.co/e7gHLctb02 Thu, 13:40: … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 30 April

i) births and deaths 30 April 1983: death of Gabor Baraker, who played Wang-Lo, the rather camp tavern-keeper, in the story we now call Marco Polo and Luigi Ferrigo, a dodgy Genoese merchant, in the story we now call The … Continue reading

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March 2011 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and … Continue reading

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My tweets

Wed, 12:08: RT @Petrit: Nick Whyte went all forensic on the latest non-paper and found out the author was …. – Estonian! https://t.co/Tkn4K0gHRN Wed, 12:24: RT @bancroftian: Non-papers and the definite/indefinite article, by @nwbrux. https://t.co/ZiWYlU0dLK Wed, 13:02: Very wise on … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 29 April

broadcast anniversaries 29 April 1967: broadcast of fourth episode of The Faceless Ones. Jamie gets on a Chameleon plane, which is duly captured by the aliens 29 April 1972: broadcast of fourth episode of The Mutants. The Marshal plans to … Continue reading

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Muse: Coraline and Celia, by Terry Dodson & Denis-Pierre Filippi

Biggest frame of vol 1, page 3: Biggest frame of vol 2, page 3: I saw this recommended somewhere: two albums written by French author Filippi, best known for his writing for young adults, and illustrated by Dodson, better known … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 18:18: Birthday: Colin Baker, megaliths and erotica https://t.co/jKQw1XOPjq Wed, 09:30: Whoniversaries 28 April https://t.co/hCxRAHgGxT Wed, 10:37: I see it’s non-paper time again – so soon after the last one? This is obviously a set up to destabilise negotiations. (I … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 28 April

i) births and deaths 28 April 1928: birth of Raymond Cusick, who designed the Daleks. 28 April 1977: death of Anthony Coburn, who wrote An Unearthly Child (1963) and the never-produced story The Masters of Luxor. i) broadcast anniversaries 28 … Continue reading

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Birthday: Colin Baker, megaliths and erotica

Thank you all for your kind wishes for my birthday yesterday. One of the great things about the interconnected age is that we can easily reach out and let someone know that we are grateful for their continued existence. It … Continue reading

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My tweets

Mon, 12:56: Peelian Principles and American Policing https://t.co/LuY5lCl5XZ …and why it would be nice to introduce them to each other. (by @czedwards.) Mon, 15:27: SF Magazines of April 1967 https://t.co/7fu1T5FGWU Mon, 21:41: Thank you!!!! https://t.co/F09MXXe24d Tue, 09:30: Whoniversaries 27 April … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 27 April

i) births and deaths 27 April 1928: birth of Hubert Rees who played the Chief Engineer in Fury from the Deep (Second Doctor, 1968), Captain Ransom in The War Games (Second Doctor, 1969), and Stevenson in The Seeds of Doom … Continue reading

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SF Magazines of April 1967

I saw this meme going around a few months ago – what were the covers of the major science fiction magazines for the month you were born? They are a nice collection. The best is the cover of Analog, by … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sun, 12:48: Miss Congeniality – Describe your perfect date? https://t.co/INf2LEIeW9 via @YouTube Sun, 12:56: Animate Europe: Animate Europe – Animated Short Films https://t.co/f8Rmt0KVzc The winners of the biennial competition for EU-themed comics, animated. Sun, 14:25: La Pierre du Diable, Haillot. … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 26 April

i) births and deaths 26 April 1928: birth of Donald Cotton, who wrote The Myth Makers (1965) and The Gunfighters (1966) as well as the novelisations of both stories and of The Romans (1965), three of the best Who novelisations … Continue reading

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The Bordleys of Baltimore in art

I was looking at my grandmother’s memoirs the other day and came across this interesting passage: Like so many Americans, I know much more about my mother's family than about my father's, and she in turn knew more about her … Continue reading

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My tweets

Sat, 12:56: It’s been exactly one year since Trump suggested injecting bleach. We’ve never been the same. https://t.co/CAE7pyq8oA Funny, all of Trump’s crazy and harmful statements blur together for me. Sat, 14:48: RT @Purple_Wyrm: @nwbrux @filkerdave The map from N. … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 25 April

i) births and deaths 25 April 1923: birth of Paul Whitsun-Jones, who played the Squire in The Smugglers (1966) and the Marshal The Mutants (1972). 25 April 1961: birth of Cyril Nri, who played the Shopkeeper in two Sarah Jane … Continue reading

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Unforgiven

Unforgiven won the Oscar for Best Picture of 1992, and three others: Best Director (Clint Eastwood), Best Supporting Actor (Gene Hackman) and Best Film Editing. It lost in five other categories to five different films (including Clint Eastwood’s nomination for … Continue reading

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Fri, 12:56: RT @The66Ramblers: Whenever I think I’ve messed something up at work, I just remind myself at least it’s not immortalised for the rest of t… Fri, 16:05: These are the last two pictures taken from the surface of … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 24 April

i) births and deaths 24 April 2008: death of Tristram Cary, who wrote incidental music for six First Doctor stories and two later ones. Here's his "The Ambush" for the story we now call The Daleks. ii) broadcast anniversaries 24 … Continue reading

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February 2011 books

This is the latest post in a series I started in late 2019, anticipating the twentieth anniversary of my bookblogging which will fall in 2023. Every six-ish days, I've been revisiting a month from my recent past, noting work and … Continue reading

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Friday reading

Current The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant The Serpent Sea, by Martha Wells The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi Legendborn, by Tracy Deonn Last books finished The Empress of Salt and Fortune, by Nghi Vo Muse vol 1: … Continue reading

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My tweets

Thu, 12:56: A Delightful Discovery Inside an Old Book https://t.co/DroGQsqRSa A note from Fritz Leiber. Thu, 13:04: RT @APCOBXLInsider: Europe’s forests have grown to cover about 45% of EU land. The EU Forest Strategy this Summer will set out how … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 23 April

i) births and deaths 23 April 1975: death of William Hartnell, who played the First Doctor from 1963 to 1966, and returned for The Three Doctors in 1972-73. 23 April 2013: death of Norman Jones, who played Khrisong in The … Continue reading

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Vector 293: Chinese SF

Second paragraph of third article (“龙马精神 Dragon Horse Vitality Spirit”, by Yen Ooi): Genres are in general difficult to define, but CSF is especially complicated. Both the terms Chinese and science fiction defy any clear definition, yet are used so … Continue reading

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Wed, 12:40: Hugely childish. @DanTehanWannon was senior adviser to Aus trade minister Vaile 2002-06, was then director of trade policy and international affairs for Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry 2006-07. @TrussLiz became UK’s trade minister in Jul 2019. Er, … Continue reading

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Whoniversaries 22 April

i) births and deaths 22 April 1942: birth of Denis Lill, who played Dr. Fendleman in Image of the Fendahl (Fourth Doctor, 1977) and Sir George Hutchinson in The Awakening (Fifth Doctor, 1984). 22 April 1984: birth of Michelle Ryan, … Continue reading

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400 days of plague

Well, the Belgian numbers are a little better than ten days ago, but only a little. All of them ticked down today, both day-on-day and week-on-week, apart from – crucially – new infections, which are a hair up from the … Continue reading

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My tweets

Tue, 12:56: Tim Curry Once Got Thrown Out of a ‘Rocky Horror’ Screening https://t.co/hqYnxVI97U Top quote from a 1982 interview. Tue, 16:05: Just cancel the Future of Europe Conference https://t.co/FQwrgnPxTb I think @andrasbaneth has a good point! Tue, 17:11: RT … Continue reading

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