The Time Eliminator: A Short Science Fiction Story

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In this case, I hope not. I was very pleased to hear the European Science Fiction Society announcement that TitanCon , the Belfast based bid, won the right to host the Eurcon in just last month in June. As a hopeful chair of a Worldcon Science Fiction Convention, I feel it is incumbent upon me to be welcoming and open to working with whatever bid wins the Eurocon. Belfast was uncontested in their efforts but even so, it is proper to be impartial.

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Now that Belfast has won their bid, I can hope and be excited about the prospect of a huge number of fans going from the Dublin Worldcon up to Belfast as the TitanCon is the weekend after Dublin I was heavily involved in Loncon 3 in and helped with Shamrokon, the Dublin based Eurocon that occurred the weekend after Loncon 3. It was fabulous to be able to take so many fans to Dublin, and we brought a Double Decker bus load around the Convention Centre Dublin.

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The weekend was a great relaxation for all who had just worked a Worldcon and for fans from across the world it allowed a level of co-ordination that was spectacular. And now we have that fabulous opportunity with Dublin and Belfast, all going well for our bid. I truly hope that fans take the time to see how heart stoppingly beautiful the country is. Here is just a short video of some of the Game of Thrones locations.

Jo Playford and Phil Lowles have been working hard. The SF community on these islands is small enough, that it becomes obvious when hard graft and serious efforts are being made, and I congratulate them on their success. With cult references a-plenty, including Star Trek and Fahey has crafted a rich and vibrant story and we genuinely cannot wait to read the sequel! Book reading has been, and always will be one of humanities greatest pastimes, with countless themes, genres and styles to suit anyone.

Like most things, however, there reaches a point where certain genres get saturated, and it takes the next 'big thing' to buck the trend and take things in a new direction. If you're a die-hard SciFi nut, and sport isn't your thing an vice versa , you'll still find solace in Morgenstein's writing. It's the last ever season of baseball - a sport which has become associated with terrorism. Radical islam has almost destroyed America as we know it, and a new world has been borne out of love.

But could the very game of baseball itself usher in world peace, or could it be the cause of a new war to end all wars? I genuinely haven't read a book so refreshingly different, well-paced, surprising and completely and utterly unique. It is incredibly pleasing to learn that this is part of a planned series for Morgenstein's 'Dark Depths' saga, and the second part cannot come quickly enough!

Highly recommended! Intergalactic war?

But then the award ceremony is interrupted by eleven figures in white uniforms and peaked skull helmets, wielding bat-shaped weapons that fire lethal bolts of light into the screaming crowd. The Krikkitmen are back. Millions of years ago, the people of Krikkit learned they were not alone in the universe, and promptly launched a xenophobic crusade to wipe out all other life-forms. After a long and bloody conflict, the Time Lords imprisoned Krikkit within an envelope of Slow Time, a prison that could only be opened with the Wicket Gate key, a device that resembles — to human eyes, at least — an oversized set of cricket stumps….

From Earth to Gallifrey, from Bethselamin to Devalin, from Krikkit to Mareeve II to the far edge of infinity, the Doctor and Romana are tugged into a pan-galactic conga with fate as they rush to stop the Krikkitmen gaining all five pieces of the key. If they fail, the entire cosmos faces a fiery retribution that will leave nothing but ashes…. Romana thought she was having a bad day when The Doctor decided to take her to the cricket. But that was nothing when the most deadly robots in the universe turned up. The Doctor and Romana romp around the universe racing to collect all the pieces of the Wicket Gate key in order to stop the Krikkitmen freeing their home planet, Krikkit, enveloped in a slow time field by the Time Lords, after a devastating conflict.

The entire universe is at stake, with the Krikkitmen aiming to destroy everything and everyone as they step up to the bat. Oh and did I mention the most incredibly dangerous weapon in the universe is rolling around looking very much like a Cricket ball from planet earth? The most tantalising part of the book is how evident the voice of the writer's is.

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Whether it is detailing the quiet hobbies of Time Lords back on Gallifrey including their favourite, ever-loving quest for a lovely cup of tea or The Doctor checking if he's talking to the right K9 and not the one he left with Leela, who is running about on the planet somewhere. Doctor Who And The Krikkitmen is a fantastic celebration of one of the best writers Doctor Who has ever had, and has brought his spirit back to life.

It includes these first few chapters, which is immensely interesting to see how much changed by swapping out the companion. Overall, it's a fantastic romp in the style of, what some consider, the best era of Doctor Who. A thoroughly enjoyable read, full of attention to detail, and, quite simply, a lost classic on screen. On finishing, it left me wanting more and I immediately popped City of Death in my DVD player for a seamless experience. Even the chapter titles have humorous elements to them, my favourite: Chapter The Meaning of Life.

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Know your frenemy. When she's not busy amassing armies of Cybermen, or manipulating the Doctor and his companions, Missy has plenty of time to kill literally. In this all new collection of stories about the renegade Time Lord we all love to hate, you'll discover just some of the mad and malevolent activities Missy gets up to while she isn't distracted by the Doctor. So please try to keep up.

Since her first appearance in the series, Missy has become one of the most anticipated and well loved characters from the Capaldi era.

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Piggybacking from friend to foe for The Doctor, you never know what to expect with her, and with these short stories, it continues to build that wonder. The Missy Chronicles combines a plethora of writing talent to give us more on her backstory and how she came to be the master, reborn. This book consists of 6 short, but thrilling stories which open up the doors to various off-screen adventures. Set in the past, present and future, you don't know what to expect next from the loveable rogue.

There's even the return of the Tissue Compression Eliminator in a couple of the stories, which I loved immensely. Dismemberment By James Goss is a look into the psyche of Missy and how you should not cross her, or maybe you won't make it home in time for tea. Lords and Masters By Cavan Scott is a wonderful parallel to say, The Key To Time, in which The Timelords have sent Missy out on a mission, much like The Doctor, but will she stick to the task, or does she have a more ruthless plan up her sleeve.

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Teddy Sparkles Must Die! Seemingly looking out for the children, something more mysterious is in play and it involves a magical bear called Teddy Sparkles. Absolutely mad but superb. The Liar, The Glitch And The Warzone By Peter Anghelides is a wonderfully written adventure featuring Missy trapped between two timezones and shows what lengths she is willing to go to in order to survive. This short really left me wanting more. Girl Power!

Written from the perspective of Missy using the internet, this is the most experimental short story of the collection and is full of charm. If you have ever wondered what Missy, Jane Austen , Agatha Christie and Boudica in a online chat room would be like, wonder no more. I love the dialogue between these two and would happily read a mini-series based on the pair, alone. This whole book is a triumph to the character and shows a clear example how characters from within the Doctor Who universe can stand on their own two feet.

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A highly recommended read for anyone who loves the new series stories and could do with a little burst of evil in their life, every now and then. But this brand new, updated edition of WHO-OLOGY- The Official Miscellany is bursting with well-researched, fun and interesting facts, you may never have even thought of; I mean, it would be rude not to have it in your collection. These 24 pages delve into key dates of the shows history, summarising it in short, interesting passages. Filled with Biographies of the actors to play The Doctor, our heroes height and even a collection of all the alternative names used throughout time - There's 75, I counted!

For me, the section of this chapter that stands out the most is The Lives and Times of Nicholas Courtney. Similar to the 55 year diary, this details all the Doctor Who related events to our beloved Brigadier, who is still very much missed. A Carnival Of Monsters. Have you ever wanted an A-Z of The Daleks?

A Sontaran Roll Call? Or Even a list of familiar voices that helped to make the plethora of monsters send a chill down your spine? Well this part of the book is fantastic and dives into the history of, what I think, makes the show so special. Lots of planets have a north: A rough guide to Earth and other worlds. How many countries has The Doctor actually visited on Earth? A wonderful infographic provides us with the answer of 32, but you will have to get the book to find out where.

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The detailed list of Planets attacked by The Daleks is brilliantly researched, there's 4 pages of them, who would have thought?! A Kettle and a piece of string: Technology in Doctor Who. Scrambling Scribble Monsters, an essential reason of why we need the Sonic Screwdriver in the real world! Outside of the fandom, our beloved show has attracted a lot of attention and become a cult icon.

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