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Monthly Archives: July 2012

New Sandman Story by Neil Gaiman Coming in 2013

I’m a few days late to this one. Wow! More here.


Sherlock Holmes joins the Enterprise. Somehow I did not know Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) was cast in Star Trek 2. Since he’s doing the voice of Smaug in the Hobbit, That’s 3 fanatical fan bases covered. Now if he could just get on to Doctor Who.

Sword-Wielding Victorian Lizard Women in Doctor Who Season 7

Looks like Madame Vastra, the Silurian adventuress from last season, is coming back. There’s also a Sontaran in a suit and tie, which could be Commander Strax. However, seeing as how that character died at the end of  ‘A Good Man Goes to War,’ I’d think that means they’re going to give the backstory for how the Doctor met some of the characters in that episode.

I’m speculating that this episode, or at least scenes from it, could be set in an earlier point in the Doctor’s timeline because they almost never have the Doctor go back and meet characters that have died when he was present. In fact, the only example of that I can remember, ever, is River Song. Say . . . when was he planning to mention any of that to Amy and Rory?

A scene: The Besjian in the Bar

landscapeExcept for the sign over the door and the crowd inside, the bar could have been one of the city’s ancient ruins.

A Besjian was talking to Duck in their own language. “Hey, how I’m supposed to eat looking at that flat-faced thing you bring in here, ah?”

“What is he saying?” asked Joshua.

“He’s never seen an alien. Heard how tall you are, doesn’t believe it. Just get up, he’ll go away.”

Joshua pushed his chair back and stood.

The Besjan looked up at Joshua’s chin. “Is he done standing?”


“Well, that’s good.”

“He says he never saw a sword like that. Wants to know what it looks like.”

This short scene is for the Friday Fictioneers flash fiction meme. Every Friday a bunch of online writers write 100 words on a given topic. In this case, the picture above. Then we link and comment on each others’ posts. Check it out here. Links to other peoples’ fiction should start appearing in the Comments to this post as well.

Criticism is invited! Tell me what you think of my prose. How can it be tightened up? I . . . sort of blew out the 100 word limit on this one; sorry!

To read more about the novel in which this scene will be set, look under “The Story” tab at the top. If you’d like to contribute ideas for my book, just drop them into the Comments and I’ll work them in as best I can.

Mr. Higgs, I presume?

If you haven’t heard already, scientists at CERN have confirmed the existence of the Higgs boson. This is one of the most important scientific breakthroughs in the last 100 years.  In the video Peter Higgs, 83, is the one taking off his glasses to wipe his eyes.