Space Team: Planet of the Japes
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)


While trying to stop a cyber-attacker stealing all Space Team’s hard-earned money, the cyborg, Mech, unlocks a secret partition in his hard drive, revealing a mysterious set of co-ordinates.

The co-ordinates lead the team to Funworld, a planet-sized theme park with a worrying number of artificially intelligent clownbots, and a shocking disregard for Health & Safety.

As the author notes at the end, this is different from the Universe-shattering last story and concentrates on the ‘Space Team’. The characters are now well established and the fast talking jibes flow easily.

The  story is a bit different, you never know where it’s going (I don’t think the author knew until the final scenes). But overall it keeps up the humour and light-hearted adventuring.


After Crying

After Crying is a one of the first of the modern progressing rock bands I came across in the mid 1990s (the second wave of prog). From Hungary and established in 1986.

it’s more towards the explicitly contemporary classical music style. A lot of the music uses acoustic symphonic instruments, with electric bass, guitar and drums thrown in.

The first album I got was De Profundis (1996)

This starts with choral singing, then quickly morphs into a more dark dramatic tone. Most of the albums are similar, however the best are :

Bootleg Symphony (2000)

which is more of a Symphonic piece, and ‘Struggle For Life” (1999)

A sprawling 2 CD, mostly live recording that ends with John Wetton singing Starless.



Supercozi is a Japanese electronic artist / DJ, also a behalf of Electronic unit Zen Lemonade. She creates alternative & experimental Electronica, Chillout, Techno, Progressive, Glitch-Hop, Dub, Psychill, Ambient with twist and psychedelic texture.

An interesting mix of genres and styles. Somehow it all comes together into music that is both groovy and chill.


Nick Williams has been releasing Space Ambient music under the name of Susperia-Electrica since 2008. He is an ambient electronic artist, composer and producer hailing from Sussex in the United Kingdom.

There are 15 albums, all free on his bandcamp page. This is very traditional space music with inspirations from Vangelis and Tangerine Dream. Great for late night relaxing.




Barrows is a post-rock band from Los Angeles, California that fuses atmospheric and heavy music in the form of sprawling concept albums. The band creates entrancing, circling riffs and rhythms intercut with explosive peaks and brilliant subtleties.




The Calderan Problem
by Joseph R. Lallo (2017)

The Calderan Problem is the fourth high-flying, swashbuckling adventure in the Free-Wrench series.

Several months have passed since Nita’s last adventure in the fug, and though she has spent them back in her native Caldera, she has never been busier. After countless debates and discussion, she has finally convinced her people to give the Wind Breaker and its crew safe harbor on the shores of her idyllic homeland. Now she is looking forward to introducing Captain Mack, Lil, Coop, and the rest of the crew to the land of her birth.

The first in the series was brilliant, the second also good, the third a disappointment. This I didn’t finish. After getting 29% through nothing was really going on and it became rather boring. So I stopped reading.


Op Zop

Op Zop Too Wah
by Adrian Belew (1996)

“Op Zop Too Wah” is the tenth solo album by Adrian Belew.

This is notable as it was one of the first CDs I purchased online from America. It cost $34 and probably took ages to get here. Now that’s worth two months of spotify and probably 20 albums from Bandcamp.


Hab 12

Hab 12 (Scrapyard Ship #2)
by Mark Wayne McGinnis (2013)

Captain Jason Reynolds faces new challenges, not only on Earth but from the far side of the universe as well. The only way to stop the Craing this time will be to square off with them on their home turf.

Most of this story takes place in what appears to be an alternative world within a starship. It’s not that clear, in fact a lot of this novel is not clear, like the motivations of characters and how things work.

It just seems to move from one set piece of adventure/battle with little logic. Not a series I was wanting to continue with. Just very average.



Veep 4.01

Veep 4.01 – Joint Sessions


Twenty-four hours before Selina’s first major speech as President, her staff frantically tries to work out how she can say two completely opposite things (cuts in the military/ spending on the families first bill) at the same time. But, just before the speech begins, everything falls apart. The staff adjusts to their new roles in the White House: Gary questions his worth now that he can no longer be close to Selina. Jonah is put off by the hands-on approach of the new VP’s chief of staff, Teddy. Amy learns that Bill Ericsson, a rival campaign manager, may make a play for her job. Mike is trying to be healthy.

Kent: The only unthinkable thing is that anything is unthinkable.
Ben: Kent majored in fortune cookies.



Starcraft HD

Starcraft was originally released on March 31, 1998. I’m sure I have played it at least twice through (including the sequel Brood War).

The original game was released wit ha resolution of 640×480, sufficient for games of the time but now out of date. On 14 August 2017 it got a Hi-Def upgrade, released as  Starcraft: Remastered.

I had already purchased the Starcraft Compilation (required to play the game). So re-installed the game from the Blizzard site then went looking the the ‘Remastered Upgrade’ to install. Couldn’t find it anywhere, so tried playing the installed game. It had a new intro screen proclaiming ‘Starcraft: Remastered’, but it looked just like the old game. It took some digging around in the settings to work out that checking the ‘HD’ box was all that was required. Why wasn’t it on by default ?