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1968 Honeywell Briefcase Computer - designed for Dr. Heywood Floyd (aka William Sylvester) in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The computer features all all the components of a modern laptop computer - keyboard, camera, electronic stylus pen, modem, digital file storage module, and display screen, (image via cnn © Stanley Kubrick Achive)

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Dreadnought by April Daniels

A lesbian trans girl superhero fighting to be herself while saving the world? YES PLEASE.

Thoughts: I love that Danny coming out as trans weaves perfectly into the action-packed superhero plot. Danny has always accepted herself as a girl, but we get to follow her journey to accept herself as a hero.

The book doesn’t shy away from the harsh realities of being a 15-year-old transgender girl with an abusive father, so be prepared for that. The story didn’t have (or need) a romance, but I do hope that we’ll see Danny get a girlfriend in the sequel. (July 2017!)

Summary: Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

Warnings: Violence in action scenes, transmisogyny (*details/spoilers below)

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I recently took my first steps into Dungeons And Dragons, and started an adventure with a couple of friends. So far I am absolutely loving it, and it made me really want to paint up some fantasy miniatures. So I dug out some lovely pieces of dungeon scenery I got in a Modelbox subscription last year, and painted them up!
In the pictures there is an altar, secret door, a vault and I also had some bits left to make a small objective marker using a little lectern and skull.
The models were an absolute joy to paint and I was able to practice some techniques for painting stonework, which turned out really well.
My personal favourite is definitely the altar, with the sacrificial dagger and spilled blood. A dark ritual has definitely taken place there…

Would love to hear what you all think of them!

Happy Hobbying

David