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During a press conference for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, J. J. Abrams was asked about John Williams' involvement in Episode VII, and Abrams was more candid than usual...

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/62210

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News / John Williams wants to score next Star Wars film again.
« on: February 20, 2013, 03:22:39 AM »
“We’re about to play Star Wars [audience interrupts with cheers] and each time we play it, I’m reminded of the first time we played it decades ago.  Neither I, nor George, nor anyone else involved thought this would go far or in a few years there would be a sequel and I’d have to revisit the themes…and years later another trilogy.  Now we’re hearing of a new set of movies coming in 2015, 2016…so I need to make sure I’m still ready to go in a few years for what I hope would be continued work with George…[more cheers].”

http://www.jwfan.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=22882

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News / Drew Struzan asked to design Episode VII art!
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:54:23 AM »
Retired artist Drew Struzan has been approached by Walt Disney Pictures to design art for Star Wars: Episode VII and beyond.

http://geektyrant.com/news/2013/1/21/star-wars-drew-struzan-asked-to-design-episode-vii-art.html

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Press Releases / Re: Why Santa must die? (free ebook)
« on: December 23, 2012, 06:16:23 AM »
Great art as well. Stephen should add illustrations to ALL his books. I'd love to see Sliding Void with colour illustrations.

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News / Secret Bedfellows?
« on: November 02, 2012, 08:59:11 AM »
Born out of the desire to maintain creative control over programming, to empower fans and viewers and to eliminate network and studio costs, Brian Lane (“MacGyver,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation”) and partner Donna Cohen are pioneering a new broadcasting model with the launch of as-free NotMyMothersTV.net and its first series “Secret Bedfellows,” it was announced by Lane and Cohen.  The 60-day fundraising effort begins today, Tuesday, October 9th, with the on-line debut of the edgy, sci-fi comedy’s complete half-hour pilot episode, plus many other filmed assets for viewers to explore, all through Indiegogo.com (www.indiegogo.com/secretbedfellows).

“A writer’s vision for a series isn’t always consistent with the business needs of the network that airs it, and fans don't understand why their favorite shows get canceled despite their loyalty and support,” Lane explained.  “It's time we changed all that.  Primetime broadcast-quality, scripted television can be produced for less than 10% of what studios and networks pay, if only you cut out network and studio overhead.  The Internet allows you to do just that and a viewer who wants to actively participate in network content can fully support an entire TV season for the cost of one cup of coffee house coffee.”

Surprisingly, Lane’s notions for the future of television are backed by Hollywood players at the highest levels.  “If you can bring down costs while maintaining quality, and be directly responsive to viewers, that’s a winning formula for everybody,” noted David Ladd, independent film producer and former executive vice president of production for MGM Studios.

To help fund their novel venture, Lane and Cohen have selected the popular crowdfunding site Indiegogo.com.  Viewers interested in becoming founding members of the network and backing the production of subsequent episodes to complete the first season of “Secret Bedfellows” can contribute money at various “tiers” starting at $6.00.  Each tier delivers its own unique perks to reward viewers for participating.  All levels will always have a say in casting, creative content, and network pick-ups and cancellations.

Additionally, all network members will be able to pitch their own ideas for series and movies as the network moves forward.  Network members will even determine whether there will be additional fundraising for future series or whether the network will sell ads or seek other financing instead.

“Secret Bedfellows” is the byzantine brainchild of Brian Lane, who earned the respect of Trekkies everywhere when he penned the fan-favorite episode of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” called “Elementary, Dear Data.”  He also devised the cosmological science for the TNG series bible at the request of “Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry.
 
“Secret Bedfellows” reveals the truth about the universe – there are NO Earthlings!  And the Head Man (comedian Michael Rayner) has the top-secret government files that prove beyond the shadow of a doubt that everyone here on Earth is an alien being, creature, or monster.  In the pilot, viewers will see these secrets of the universe revealed through the story of The Head Man, Diamond (Burnadean Jones, “Suburgatory,” “The Closer”), and Jeremy (Matthew Prater, “Mating 101”).  As the latter two take their “friends with benefits” relationship to a new level, they find themselves dealing with some shocking personal and intergalactic revelations, proving that you never really know who – or what – someone is.  Storylines in subsequent episodes introduce additional unique characters and lay out a mythology of science, fun and fantasy that rivals iconic sci-fi series.
 
“Secret Bedfellows” is written and directed by Lane.  Cohen serves as producer and online experience expert.  Micheal C. Pounds executive produces.  The series is being produced independently and each 30-minute episode will be distributed via NotMyMothersTV.net, a populist, broadcast quality, internet television network that will launch along with the series, giving fans the opportunity to have their voices heard and ultimately impact the creative direction of scripted television entertainment, without network and studio interference or cost.

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ChiZine Publications (CZP) announced today that Helen Marshall, who has served as a managing editor for the last three years, is stepping down.

Under Marshall, ChiZine Publications grew from producing print-on-demand books to an internationally acclaimed press with distribution around the world. She edited nine titles as well as co-founding the Aurora Award-nominated Chiaroscuro Reading Series and the Aurora Award-winning Toronto SpecFic Colloquium, both sponsored by CZP. Her short story collection Hair Side, Flesh Side will published by ChiZine Publications in November 2012.

"It has been my tremendous privilege to be part of a company devoted to fostering new voices, energetically tackling the challenges of the new publishing landscape, building a vibrant Canadian literary community, and raising the bar for small presses everywhere," Marshall says.

An Aurora Award winner for poetry, she will spend the next year finishing her PhD in medieval literature as well as promoting Hair Side, Flesh Side and Skeleton Leaves, a volume of poetry published by Kelp Queen Press.

“Helen has been a tremendous asset to CZP. We would not be where we are without her hard work, leadership and guidance. Happily, we’re still working together in an author/publisher relationship, so she still remains a big part of the ChiZine family,” says Co-Publisher Sandra Kasturi.

Helen’s duties as managing editor will be taken over by Samantha Beiko, who will be playing a greater role in the company.

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News / 10 Things Parents Should Know About Dredd.
« on: September 20, 2012, 11:58:28 PM »
Judge Dredd comes from the pages of the British comic 2000 AD, originally via the mind of writer John Wagner and artist Carlos Ezquerra and is set in the future, where nuclear fallout has reduced most of Earth to radioactive wastelands.

http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/09/10-things-about-dredd/

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News / Is Harry Potter author J K Rowling 'imprisoned’ by her wealth?
« on: September 20, 2012, 06:18:31 AM »
JK Rowling could be 'imprisoned' by the huge fortune that she has made from the Harry Potter books, according to her fellow author Joanna Trollope.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/9553776/Is-Harry-Potter-author-J-K-Rowling-imprisoned-by-her-wealth.html

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Kindle and e-book news / Content is King.
« on: September 20, 2012, 12:00:17 AM »
This week came the news that Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing program will offer its content providers a 70% royalty on all sales made in India—provided the content providers go with Kindle Select only. For those of you who don’t know, Kindle Select requires exclusivity from anyone who joins it. You can’t market your work on the iBookstore, for example, or on Kobo if you’re part of Kindle Select. Only on Amazon alone.

http://kriswrites.com/2012/09/19/the-business-rusch-content-is-king/

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News / Are you a Neal Asher fan?
« on: September 18, 2012, 12:28:15 PM »
Daft question. How could you not be? Since 2001, when his first novel, Gridlinked, was published, he’s been at the forefront of British science fiction, giving us fast-paced, action-packed space that combines the punch-the-air grandeur of big screen space operas with the mindblowing concepts of the hardest-edged SF.

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2012/08/07/neal-ashers-zero-point-and-how-you-can-change-the-future/

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News / This Robot will transform U.S. manufacturing.
« on: September 18, 2012, 08:44:48 AM »
A smarter, safer new industrial robot will bring automation to new areas of manual work and help many U.S. manufacturers regain a competitive edge.

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/429248/this-robot-could-transform-manufacturing/

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The Diogenes Club / Re: Goodreads and the Steampunk Deletions!
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:35:12 AM »
I notice that all Stephen Hunt's Jackelian novels are absent from the list, and given that it was the 100,000+ sales of Court of the Air that re-booted the steampunk genre in 2007 from being an obscure corner of SF into a thriving sub-culture, I suspect there has been some, shall we say, 'interesting choices' made in producing the list.

 ??? :-[ ??? :P :'(

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Press Releases / John Rhys-Davies may have a Hobbit cameo.
« on: July 05, 2012, 12:23:21 PM »
Ages ago, John Rhys-Davies spent a few days visiting the Hobbit set while he was in New Zealand.

http://www.theonering.net/torwp/2012/07/02/58108-john-rhys-davies-may-have-a-hobbit-cameo/

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To celebrate the 15th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Bloomsbury is launching a nationwide competition to find the ultimate Harry Potter fan.

Bloomsbury is inviting fans to write a letter of no more than 50 words explaining why they love Harry Potter. Entrants are encouraged to include drawings, doodles and more to make their letters as elaborate as possible but they cannot go over the 50 word limit.

The competition is designed to encourage entrants to visit their local bookshop or library as the only way to enter is to ‘post’ your fan mail in one of the specially designed postboxes that will be displayed exclusively in these places. Information on the competition can be found online but entries will only be accepted via bookshops or libraries.

The competition will run from Tuesday 26th June to Friday 31st July 2012. The biggest Harry Potter fan and the runners-up will be announced on Saturday 1st September 2012. To get involved, bookshops and libraries can visit the website or speak to their Bloomsbury area manager to register for a Harry Potter post box pack. Registration opens on Friday 16th March and closes on Monday 23rd April 2012. Each participating bookshop and library will be listed on the competition website and be entered into a separate retailer competition to win a crate of champagne.

For more information go to: www.bloomsbury.com/hptrade

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Lovely, thanks for the tip-off, I do like those old time scifi classics.

 :-*

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