April 3rd, 2021


Whoniversaries 3 April

i) births and deaths

3 April 1924: birth of Peter Hawkins, the original voice of the Daleks and Cybermen.

3 April 1929: birth of Michael Hayes, who directed The Androids of Tara (Fourth Doctor, 1978), The Armageddon Factor (Fourth Doctor, 1979), and City of Death (Fourth Doctor, 1979).

3 April 2008: death of Johnny Byrne, who wrote The Keeper of Traken (Fourth Doctor, 1981), Arc of Infinity (Fifth Doctor, 1983), and Warriors of the Deep (Fifth Doctor, 1984).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

3 April 1965: broadcast of "The Knight of Jaffa", second episode of the story we now call The Crusade. King Richard asks the Doctor and Vicki to join his court, and sends Ian to rescue Barbara, who meantime has been handed over to the evil El Akir.

3 April 1971: broadcast of fourth episode of The Claws of Axos. The Doctor sends Axos - and the Master? - into a perpetual timeloop, but is himself unable to leave Earth.

3 April 1977: broadcast of Whose Doctor Who, a BBC documentary about the show, presented by Melvyn Bragg.

3 April 2010: broadcast of The Eleventh Hour, first story in Season Five of New Who; first full episode for Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor, first appearances of Karen Gillan as Amy Pond and Arthur Darvill as Rory Williams.

iii) dates specified in-universe

3 April 1926: date on the Illustrated London News found by the Third Doctor and Jo Grant on the S.S. Bernice, though in fact the crew and passengers think it is June, little realising that in fact they are on display in Vorg’s MiniScope in Carnival of Monsters (1973).

3 April 1938: date that Rory Williams is transported back to in The Angels Take Manhattan (Eleventh Doctor, 2012)

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March Books

A couple of days later than usual, here's my month-end round-up for March.

Non-fiction 5 (YTD 13)
The Unstable Realities of Christopher Priest, by Paul Kincaid
Inside Out: A Personal History of Pink Floyd, by Nick Mason
It’s the End of the World: But What Are We Really Afraid Of?, by Adam Roberts
Romeinse sporen: het relaas van de Romeinen in de Benelux met 309 vindplaatsen om te bezoeken, by Herman Clerinx
Scottish independence: EU membership and the Anglo–Scottish border, by Akash Paun, Jess Sargeant, James Kane, Maddy Thimont Jack and Kelly Shuttleworth

Non-genre 1 (YTD 5)
Dances With Wolves, by Michael Blake

Scripts 2
Driving Miss Daisy, by Alfred Uhry
Mostly Void, Partially Stars, by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor

SF 12 (YTD 35)
The Ministry for the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson
Comet Weather, by Liz Williams
“Sandkings”, by George R.R. Martin
Chasm City, by Alastair Reynolds
Enemy Mine, by Barry B. Longyear
The Doors of Eden, Adrian Tchaikovsky
Threading the Labyrinth, by Tiffani Angus
The Fountains of Paradise, by Arthur C. Clarke
Titus Alone, by Mervyn Peake
Light of Impossible Stars, by Gareth Powell
Water Must Fall, by Nick Wood
The Sunken Land Begins To Rise Again, by M. John Harrison

5,600 pages (YTD 16,500)
3/20 (YTD 24/61) by women (Williams, Angus, Sargeant/Thimont Jack/Shuttleworth)
1/20 (YTD 12/61) by PoC (Paun)
5/20 rereads (YTD 7/61) - “Sandkings”, Chasm City, Enemy Mine, The Fountains of Paradise and Titus Alone.

Current (as of 31 March)
Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
Kaleidoscope: diverse YA science fiction and fantasy stories, eds Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris
Worlds Apart, by Richard Cowper

Coming soon (perhaps)
Le dernier Atlas, tome 1, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval and Fred Blanchard
The Serpent Sea, by Martha Wells (2012)
The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi
Riot Baby, by Tochi Onyebuchi
Splinters and the Impolite President, by William Whyte
In the Days of the Comet, by H. G. Wells
Cloud on Silver by John Christopher
City of Blades, by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Complete Short Stories Of Guy de Maupassant
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age, Vol. 2 by William Moulton Marston
Comic Inferno, by Brian W. Aldiss
Carrying the Fire, by Michael Collins
Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber: Book 1, by John Gregory Betancourt
"Stories For Men", by John Kessel
Empire Games, by Charles Stross
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, by Alex Dally MacFarlane
Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding