May 17th, 2009

not happy

Joe Haldeman predicted this...

A hat-tip to my blogging neighbour, ex-US diplomat Gerry Loftus, for linking me to this horrifying article from this monthy's Harper's about the infiltration of Christian evangelicals into the US military. Joe Haldeman's near-future novel Forever Peace has this scenario leading almost to the destruction of the planet Earth. (Heinlein, typically, has this the other way round.)

Normally I'm disinclined to weigh in on atheists vs believers, other than telling people to get a grip, but this is really very disturbing indeed...
tardis

Five Big Finish plays

Since I completed my run through the complete BF series of Doctor Who plays a couple of months back, they have continued cranking them out. Here's my thoughts on the latest (Seventh Doctor) audio from their main series, the almost latest (Second Doctor) of the Companion Chronicles, and the first three of the new Eighth Doctor plays.

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The second CD also includes the first installment of The Three Companions, an ongoing series featuring Anneke Wills as Polly, Nicholas Courtney as the Brigadier and John Pickard as Thomas Brewster. Brewster is certainly my least favourite of the audio companions, but the other two are sheer delight, and I found I had something in my eye as Polly and the Brigadier exchanged notes on their time with the Doctor.

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So, of this lot I think Hothouse is the most accessible for the general listener. Both The Magic Mousetrap and Resistance have their strengths too.