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On "Spiele" (2005) by Ulrike Draesner (1962-)
"A game of chess but not my country’s rules. These halting friendlies tend to stalemate. The usual Saxon gambits out of luck, I feel for squares and how the pieces move. For days, my stutter-play in church and square. Each night a lingering at single moves....
On "Spiele" (2005) by Ulrike Draesner (1962-)
On "Spiele" (2005) by Ulrike Draesner (1962-)
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Cyberman 2.4: Extinction by James Swallow (December 2009)
"Everything you are is inferior to the perfection of the machine." Extinction  brings the four episodes of Cyberman II ,   and the eight episodes of Cyberman as a whole, to a close (at the time of writing, just over eight years later, there is still no sign...
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Cyberman 2.3: Machines by James Swallow (December 2009)
There seems to me more thematic meat and coherence to  Cyberman II  than there was in  Cyberman I , particularly in the way each of these releases looks at a different phenomenon within a world that makes the Cybermen possible: first James Swallow explored ...
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Cyberman 2.2: Terror by James Swallow (December 2009)
The second instalment of Cyberman II  is yet more taut, pacey, and unnerving than the first , revolving around terror of various kinds - the fear humans feel at the merest whisper of android spies, the fear that leads them to put their trust in silver overl...
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Cyberman 2.2: Terror by James Swallow (December 2009)
The second instalment of Cyberman II  is yet more taut, pacey, and unnerving than the first , revolving around terror of various kinds - the fear humans feel at the merest whisper of android spies, the fear that leads them to put their trust in silver overl...
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Cyberman 2.1: Outsiders by James Swallow (December 2009)
In the majority of respects, James Swallow's relaunch of Cyberman  for another four-episode series looks like it will improve upon the first. It does this by sharply focussing on two quite disparate aspects of the series, which in one sense are polar opposi...
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Main Range 112. Kingdom of Silver/Keepsake by James Swallow (September 2008)
112a. Kingdom of Silver Set against the same space-opera backdrop of the 26th century Orion War as  Sword of Orion , Kingdom of Silver  and its companion piece Keepsake  also serve as the launching point for the second series of Cyberman  stories which came...
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Main Range 111. The Doomwood Curse by Jacqueline Rayner (August 2008)
It would be unfair to dismiss  The Doomwood Curse as "a Six/Evelyn historical romp by Jacqueline Rayner that happens to have Charley instead of Evelyn in it", however much it might look like that from the outside. "Would it work?" I wondered. One of the maj...
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Thinkpeace
Paid leave. That’s what brains
should take. Two weeks’ vacation, every year. Two weeks’ blissful
thinkinglessness. Not a ponder, not a hope, not a
fear. “The risks could be serious,” the
brainiacs warn, Manacled by minds of their own, “Thoughtswarms aren’t ...
Thinkpeace
Thinkpeace
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Main Range 110. The Boy That Time Forgot by Paul Magrs (July 2008)
with thanks to Louis McEvoy There's a bit of a trend for taking what one could charitably refer to as "less popular companions" and going some way to redeeming them - Bonnie Langford's Melanie Bush probably being exhibit A in that regard. What happens in Th...
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