May 2013 in Review

This is an index and summary of the things I’ve talked about over the last month. Links for multi-post subjects go to the first post (even if it’s before this month), you can follow the internal navigation links from there.



“Isaac Asimov Presents Great SF Stories #10 (1948)” ed. Isaac Asimov & Martin H. Greenberg. Anthology of the best short stories of 1948. Part of Read All the Fiction, boxed up.

“Shadow of Night” Deborah Harkness. Sequel to an urban fantasy where the protagonists have travelled back to 1590, so this instalment is more historical fantasy. Library book.

“Nemesis” Isaac Asimov. Science fiction set in a mid-distance future where some of humanity is living permanently on space stations and interstellar travel is just beginning. Part of Read All the Fiction, boxed up.

“A Memory of Light” Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson. Last book of the Wheel of Time series. Library book.

Total: 4


“China: The Three Emperors 1662-1795” eds. Evelyn S. Rawski & Jessica Rawson. Exhibition catalogue from a 2005 exhibition at the Royal Academy, covering the art collection of the three Qing Dynasty Emperors the Kangxi Emperor, the Yongzheng Emperor and the Qianlong Emperor.

Total: 1


Star Trek Into Darkness.

Total: 1


Architectural Details – a series of photos taken in Cambridge.




Total: 3


Absolute Zero. In Our Time episode about absolute zero, both what it is and the history of the scientists trying to achieve it in the laboratory.

Gnosticism. In Our Time episode about Gnosticism.

Pitt-Rivers. In Our Time episode about Augustus Henry Lane-Fox Pitt-Rivers, the man whose collection forms the basis of the Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford.

Water. In Our Time episode about the chemical nature of water.

Total: 4


EEG Visit to the Petrie Museum. A trip to the Petrie Museum by members of the EEG where we were given a tour & a talk by Wolfram Grajetzki about Lahun.

“Mummies, Asps and Far Too Much Eye Make-up: Ancient Egypt in the Cinema” John J. Johnston. Talk given at the EEG meeting in May, about films featuring Ancient Egypt.

Total: 2



Doctor Who: The Crimson Horror.

Doctor Who: Nightmare in Silver.

Doctor Who: The Name of the Doctor.

Total: 3


Archaeology: A Secret History. Richard Miles presenting a series about the history of archaeology.

Brazil with Michael Palin. Palin travels round Brazil.

Chivalry & Betrayal: The Hundred Years War. Programme about the Hundred Years War between England & France, presented by Janina Ramirez.

Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach. Programme about the human digestive system presented by Michael Mosley, involving internal cameras amongst other things.

The Last Days of Anne Boleyn. Part of the BBC’s Tudor Court Season, a programme where seven experts discuss what is known and what is conjectured about the fall of Anne Boleyn.

Ice Age Giants. Alice Roberts talking about the large animals that lived during the ice age, complete with CGI recreations.

Panorama: North Korea Undercover. Programme about North Korea, partly filmed inside North Korea itself.

Wild Arabia. Nature show about the wildlife & people living in Arabia.

Wonders of Life. Brian Cox series about life – mostly about the physics & chemistry behind it.

Total: 9