February 18th, 2021


Whoniversaries 18 February

i) births and deaths

18 February 1967: birth of Guy Ferland, director of three of the Torchwood: Miracle Day episodes (2011).

18 February 1993: death of Jacqueline Hill, who played the First Doctor companion Barbara Wright from 1963 to 1965 (she is the first regular cast member to actually appear on screen), and then returned to play Lexa in Meglos (Fourth Doctor, 1980).

18 February 2012: death of Peter Halliday, who played a number of roles in Old Who including Vaughn's security chief Packer in The Invasion (Second Doctor, 1968), Pletrac in Carnival of Monsters (Third Doctor, 1973) and the blind vicar Parkinson in Remembrance of the Daleks (Seventh Doctor, 1988).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

18 February 1967: broadcast of second episode of The Moonbase. The Doctor works out that the Cybermen have been poisoning the sugar.

18 February 1978: broadcast of third episode of The Invasion of Time. The Vardans take over; Leela and Rodan contact the Shobogans; Andred threatens to kill the Doctor.

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The BSFA Best Novel shortlist: Goodreads/LibraryThing rankings

The BSFA short-list is out! And there are no less than ten novels on it, which is not so very short...

Goodreads LibraryThing
reviewers av rating owners av rating
Piranesi, by Susanna Clarke 35802 4.33 1174 4.26
The City We Became, by N.K. Jemisin 27370 4.00 1063 4.06
The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson 2667 3.97 252 3.90
The Doors of Eden, by Adrian Tchaikovsky 1852 3.91 93 4.38
Light of Impossible Stars, by Gareth L. Powell 896 3.95 57 3.65
The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again, by M. John Harrison 370 3.70 66 3.60
Comet Weather, by Liz Williams 95 4.40 43 4.25
Threading the Labyrinth, by Tiffani Angus 52 4.00 10 5.00
Water Must Fall, by Nick Wood 8 4.25 8 1.75
Club Ded, by Nikhil Singh 4 4.75 2 -

On my similar ranking of the 56 novels on the long-list, these ten ranked 1st, 2nd, 19th. 25th, 30th, 32nd, 40th, 48th, 54th and, er, 56th. (The 55th on the list ended up in the Short Fiction category.)

I tried to do the same ranking for the Non-Fiction category, but so few of the short-listed books have been rated by users of either LibraryThing or Goodreads that it does not produce much interesting information, except that Adam Roberts' It's the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of? is way ahead of the rest.

I did put in nominations from the long-list myself. Three of my nomniees for Best Art made the short-list; two of my nominees for Best Short Fiction; one for Best Novel; and none for Best Non-Fiction.