June 1st, 2021


Whoniversaries 1 June

i) births and deaths

1 June 1947: birth of Jonathan Pryce, who played the Master in The Curse of Fatal Death (1999).

1 June 1965: birth of Bharat Nairulli, director and executive producer of The New World, the opening episode of Torchwood: Miracle Day (2011).

1 June 1991: death of Milton Subotsky, who produced and wrote Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks - Invasion Earth 2150 AD (1966), the two cinema films starring Peter Cushing as Doctor Who.

1 June 2005: death of Geoffrey Toone, who played Temmosus in Doctor Who and the Daleks (Cushing Doctor, 1965) and Hepesh in The Curse of Peladon (Third Doctor, 1972).

ii) broadcast anniversaries

1 June 1968: broadcast of sixth episode of The Wheel In Space, ending Season 4 of Old Who. The Doctor manages to destroy the Cybermen with the X-ray laser; and Zoe stows away on the Tardis.

1 June 1974: broadcast of fifth part of Planet of the Spiders. The Doctor confronts the Great One, and escapes to Earth with Sarah; but she is under the spiders' control.

iii) date specified in-universe

1 June 1977: Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee, as celebrated in Mawdryn Undead (1983).

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May 2021 books

Non-fiction 2 (YTD 16)
Doctor Who: The Pandorica Opens: Exploring the Worlds of the Eleventh Doctor, by Frank Collins
Statement and Correspondence Consequent on the Ill-Treatment of Lady de la Beche by Colonel Henry Wyndham, edited by Ann Auriol

Non-genre 3 (YTD 10)
Schindler’s List, by Thomas Keneally
The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant
Forrest Gump, by Winston Groom

SF 7 (YTD 54)
The Evidence, by Christopher Priest
In the Days of the Comet, by H. G. Wells
Cloud on Silver by John Christopher
All the Fabulous Beasts, by Priya Sharma
Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton
Finna, by Nino Cipri
City of Blades, by Robert Jackson Bennett

Comics 4 (YTD 13)
DIE, Volume 2: Split the Party, by Kieron Gillen, Stephanie Hans and Clayton Cowles
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, by Adrian Tomine
Ghost-Spider vol. 1: Dog Days Are Over, by Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa and Rosie Kämpe
Invisible Kingdom, vol 2: Edge of Everything, by G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward

4,600 pages (YTD 25,900)
6/16 (YTD 39/98) by non-male writers (de la Beche/Auriol, Sharma, Cipri, Hans, McGuire/Kämpe, Wilson)
3/16 (YTD 18/98) by PoC (Sharma, Tomine, Miyazawa)
1/16 rereads (YTD 9/98) - Jurassic Park.

Wonder Woman: The Golden Age, Vol. 2 by William Moulton Marston
Bridget Jones's Diary, by Helen Fielding
The Mammoth Book of SF Stories by Women, ed. Alex Dally MacFarlane
Monstress, vol. 5: Warchild, by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Coming soon (perhaps)
Don't Be Evil: The Case Against Big Tech, by Rana Foroohar
Comic Inferno, by Brian W. Aldiss
Carrying the Fire, by Michael Collins
Boys in Zinc, by Svetlana Alexievich
Roger Zelazny's The Dawn of Amber: Book 1, by John Gregory Betancourt
"Stories For Men", by John Kessel
The Monster's Wife, by Kate Horsley
Riding the Unicorn, by Paul Kearney
Empire Games, by Charles Stross
The Kingdom of Copper, by S. A Chakraborty
"Grotto of the Dancing Deer", by Clifford D Simak
Le dernier Atlas, tome 2, by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval and Fred Blanchard
The Place of the Lion, by Charles Williams
The History of Mr Polly, by H.G. Wells
Thirteen, by Steve Cavanagh
Cryptozoic, by Brian Aldiss
Middlemarch, by George Eliot
Fish Tails, by Sheri S. Tepper
Eurofiles: A Cartoonist's View of Europe and the Wider World, by Peter Schrank