April 30th, 2021

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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 Crusade

30 April 2004: death of Richard Steele, who played Commandant Gorton in The War Games (Second Doctor, 1969), Sergeant Hart in Doctor Who and the Silurians (Third Doctor, 1970) and a guard in Mark of the Rani (Sixth Doctor, 1985).

30 April 2020: I missed the sad news a year ago of the death of Wally K. Daly, who wrote The Ultimate Evil for the Sixth Doctor but never saw it produced; he did write the novelisation and eventually authorised Big Finish to produce an audio version. I've heard some of his other radio plays, which are great.

ii) broadcast anniversaries

30 April 1966: broadcast of "A Holiday for the Doctor", first episode of the story we now call The Gunfighters. The Doctor, Steven and Dodo arrive in Tombstone, Arizona in 1881 in search of a dentist.

30 April 2005: broadcast of Dalek. The Doctor and Rose encounter a captive Dalek in 2012 America.

30 April 2011: broadcast of Day of the Moon. Against the backdrop of the first moon landing, the Doctor and his companions must solve the mystery of the aliens and the little girl.

30 April 2020: webcast of Sven's Scarf, a prequel to Dalek.

iii) date almost specified in canon

30 April, some time in the 1970s: most of the events of The Dæmons (1971).

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April 2020 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 Sarah Pinsker
The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi

April Books

Non-fiction 1 (YTD 14)
Kathedralen uit de steentijd, by Herman Clerinx


Non-genre 2 (YTD 7)
The Silence of the Lambs, by Thomas Harris
Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco


SF 12 (YTD 47)
Worlds Apart, by Richard Cowper
Network Effect, by Martha Wells
Kaleidoscope: diverse YA science fiction and fantasy stories, eds Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios
Riot Baby, by Tochi Onyebuchi
The Empress of Salt and Fortune, by Nghi Vo
The Gameshouse, by Claire North
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 Sarah Pinsker
The Consuming Fire, by John Scalzi


Doctor Who 1 (YTD 2)
Adventures in Lockdown, ed. Steve Cole


Comics 5 (YTD 9)
Muse vol 1: Celia, by Terry Dodson & Denis-Pierre Filippi
Muse vol 2: Coraline, by Terry Dodson & Denis-Pierre Filippi
Le dernier Atlas, tome 1, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval and Fred Blanchard
Feeders & Eaters & other stories, by Neil Gaiman, art by Mark Buckingham
Sculpture Stories, by Neil Gaiman with Lisa Snellings


4,800 pages (YTD 21,300)
9/21 (YTD 33/82) by women (Wells x2, Krasnostein/Rios, Vo, North, Deonn, Kowal, Bujold, Pinsker)
3/21 (YTD 15/82) by PoC (Onyebuchi, Vo, Deonn)
1/21 rereads (YTD 8/82) - Foucault’s Pendulum.

Current
The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant
In the Days of the Comet, by H. G. Wells
The Evidence, by Christopher Priest

Coming soon (perhaps)
Cloud on Silver by John Christopher
City of Blades, by Robert Jackson Bennett
Wonder Woman: The Golden Age, Vol. 2 by William Moulton Marston
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, ed. Alex Dally MacFarlane
Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech, by Rana Foroohar
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
"Grotto of the Dancing Deer", by Clifford D Simak
Le dernier Atlas, tome 2, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval and Fred Blanchard
Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh
The Place of the Lion, by Charles Williams
Kipps, by H.G. Wells