Portal by Eric Flint and Eric E. Spoor is the third book in the Boundary series.
Boundary is the first book in the series. The story starts with an archaeological dig finding the fossilized remains of aliens. Apparently they were killed by a bunch of Raptors when they landed on Earth 65 million years ago, which places their death on what is called the KT boundary. This discovery leads to sending a mission to Mars, where the discovery of a base on Phobos then leads to further discoveries of a base on Mars.
Needless to say the race is on to exploit the alien technology. Threshold, the sequel to Boundary, takes the story to Ceres, and then on to Jupiter, ending with the expedition stranded on Europa.
So I was keen to read Portal, and find out where the story would go next.
The series is unashamedly traditional old school science fiction. While it may not have won any awards, the story of finding the alien Bemmies (bug eyed monsters), makes for a fun read. The story has dinosaurs, squid like aliens, and spaceships.
What more can one ask for? I certainly wanted to continue turning the pages to find out what happened next?
Meanwhile we are still watching Xena Warrior Princess, and are now coming to the end of series three. It is what it is - lightweight escapist fun.
Sometimes the stories are profoundly cringe inducing, but at the same time the series is strangely addictive. On a similar note, we both really enjoyed both the recent Dr Who episodes. The Mummy On The Orient Express played with the murder mystery tropes, and this weeks episode Flatline, which was stonkingly good fun, told a good story with scary monsters. I like Capaldi's Doctor.
Writing this week has been quite exciting.
I began the week working on my novel The Bureau.
I managed to write 3,732 words, bringing up the running total to 46,803. I then switched to making notes for a couple of articles for Miniature Wargames & Battlegames. One about the Blast-Tastic!, a show I went to, and the other describing the scenario I ran at the show.
I then received an editorial report identifying some problems that needed fixing on Bad Dog. So my week ended up with me adding 907 words during the rewrite.
So this week I wrote a total of 4,639 words, which doesn't sound like a lot until one realizes that I spent eight hours totally restructuring a ninety thousand word novel. Exciting or what?
Without Scrivener I would have been stuffed.