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News / The Man In The High Castle to be made by Ridley Scot!
« on: February 12, 2013, 12:30:26 AM »
Syfy Channel says it has sealed a deal to adapt Philip K Dick‘s novel The Man In The High Castle with Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files, Hunted) attached to write and exec produce. Ridley Scott’s Scott Free will produce.

News / Matt Smith hints Billie Piper may return for the 50th anniversary!
« on: September 15, 2012, 05:53:23 AM »
Doctor Who star Matt Smith has spoken for the first time about the possibility of former co-star Billie Piper rejoining the series for the sci-fi show's 50th anniversary.

Gibson says he simply got lucky with his prescient depiction of a digital world. “The thing that Neuromancer predicts as being actually like the internet isn’t actually like the internet at all!” said the writer.

Does anyone know when the third book in the Sliding Void serialization is coming out? Waiting for it is killing me here! I thought it was going to be around now?


That looks very interesting, indeed. Just downloaded it free, thanks.

I'll let you know what I think after I finish reading it.



Trailer Trash / Ridley Scott’s Prometheus
« on: December 23, 2011, 03:34:32 AM »
Possibly the most anticipated and trailed scifi trailer – and movie – of the last few years? Yes, ladies and gentlement, I give you the first look at Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.

Bradford was going back to the future today as a six-month exhibition devoted to the growing movement of steampunk gets under way.

Press Releases / NASA plans for human exploration of deep space
« on: December 22, 2011, 07:02:32 AM »
In 2011, NASA began developing a heavy-lift rocket for the human exploration of deep space, helped foster a new era of commercial spaceflight and technology breakthroughs, fully utilized a newly complete space station, and made major discoveries about the universe we live in, many of which will benefit life on Earth.

"The year truly marks the beginning of a new era in the human exploration of our solar system," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said. "Just as important are the ground-breaking discoveries about Earth and the universe, as well as our work to inspire and educate a new generation of scientists and engineers, and our efforts to keep the agency on a firm financial footing with its first clean audit in nine years. It's been a landmark year for the entire NASA team.”

The following are some of NASA's top stories for the past calendar year:


NASA reached several milestones in developing a new U.S. space transportation system that will serve as the cornerstone for America's future human space exploration efforts. The first decision came in late May, when NASA Administrator Bolden selected the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle as the spacecraft that would take astronauts beyond low Earth orbit. In addition to exceeding the requirements necessary for deep space travel, it was consistent with the NASA Authorization Act of 2010 to retain as much of the current workforce and its critical skills as possible. In September, Bolden announced the design of a new Space Launch System -- a heavy-lift rocket that will take our astronauts farther into space than ever before, create high-quality jobs here at home, and provide the cornerstone for America's future human space exploration efforts.

In November, NASA announced it planned to add an unpiloted flight test of the Orion spacecraft in early 2014 to its contract with Lockheed Martin Space Systems. The Exploration Flight Test, or EFT-1, will fly two orbits to a high-apogee and make a high-energy re-entry through Earth's atmosphere. Orion will land off the California coast and be recovered using operations planned for future human exploration missions. Throughout the year, engineers conducted multiple test firings of the agency's J-2X engines at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and performed several Orion water drop tests at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia. In September, NASA and ATK Space Systems successfully completed a two-minute, full-scale test of Development Motor-3, the agency's largest and most powerful solid rocket motor ever designed for flight.


NASA awarded four Space Act Agreements worth $269.3 million in the second round of the agency's Commercial Crew Development effort in April. Each company received between $22 million and $92.3 million to advance commercial crew space transportation system concepts and mature the design and development of systems elements, such as launch vehicles and spacecraft. The four companies, Blue Origin in Kent, Wash., Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville, Colo., Space Exploration Technologies in Hawthorne, Calif., and The Boeing Company in Houston, are working to accelerate the availability of U.S. commercial crew transportation to the International Space Station and reduce the gap in American human spaceflight capability. This activity is expected to spur economic growth as potential new markets are created. Crew transportation capabilities then could become available to commercial and government customers.

All of NASA's commercial partners are meeting established milestones. NASA program managers also signed several unfunded Space Act Agreements with commercial partners during the year. In July, NASA and United Launch Alliance (ULA) managers agreed to work together on the Atlas V, a flight-proven expendable launch vehicle used for critical space missions. The agency agreed to share its human spaceflight experience and human certification requirements with ULA to advance its crew transportation system capabilities. ULA will provide feedback to NASA about those requirements, including input on the technical feasibility and cost effectiveness of NASA's proposed certification approach. In September, NASA and Alliant Techsystems agreed to collaborate on the development of the company's Liberty Launch System. The agreement enables the two parties to review and discuss Liberty system requirements, safety and certification plans, computational models of rocket stage performance and avionics architecture designs. September also marked the release of a draft request for proposals outlining a complete end-to-end transportation system design, including spacecraft, launch vehicles, launch services, ground and mission operations and recovery. The Integrated Design Contract of up to $1.61 billion is scheduled to run from July 2012 through April 2014. In December, NASA announced a modified approach for supporting commercial crew capability. The agency will competitively award Space Act agreements for the next phase of the Commercial Crew Program instead of awarding contracts. The move will keep on track the agency's plan for U.S. companies to transport astronauts into space and ultimately will end outsourcing the work to foreign governments.


NASA and its international partners celebrated 11 years of permanent human habitation on the International Space Station on Nov. 2. More than 1,400 research and technology development experiments have been conducted aboard the orbiting lab, many of which are producing advances in medicine, environmental systems and our understanding of the universe. NASA selected an independent non-profit organization, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), to manage U.S. scientific and technological research conducted through the part of ISS that is a National Laboratory, and is transitioning responsibilities to CASIS. Robonaut 2, the first humanoid robot in space, and the Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM), which tests robotic techniques for on-orbit satellite servicing, were delivered to the station in 2011. In preparation for the first commercial resupply missions to ISS in 2012, NASA has been working closely with SpaceX and Orbital Science Corp. of Dulles, Va., to ensure the Dragon and Cygnus cargo vehicles' designs and operations are compatible with the station. Integration activities include verification of physical and operational interfaces, safety assessments, joint software testing, operations planning, crew training and mission simulations. This year, NASA graduated the astronaut class of 2009 and, on Nov. 15, began recruiting its next astronaut class. These new astronauts will advance research aboard the space station to benefit life on Earth and develop the knowledge and skills needed for longer flights to explore the solar system. Those selected also will be among the first to pioneer a new generation of commercial launch vehicles and travel aboard a new heavy-lift rocket to distant destinations in deep space. Qualified individuals can apply to become an astronaut through the federal government's website.


NASA's Space Shuttle Program concluded in 2011 with three final missions to the International Space Station. Each mission carried supplies and equipment that will sustain the space station crews until NASA's new Commercial Resupply Service providers take over this role.

Shuttle Discovery launched the STS-133 mission on Feb. 24, carrying the retrofitted, Italian-built multipurpose logistics module (MPLM) "Leonardo" to the space station. On May 16, Endeavour launched STS-134 and, along with supplies and equipment, brought the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS) to the space station. The AMS is a particle physics experiment module designed to search for unusual matter by measuring cosmic rays. STS-135 launched on July 8, making the space shuttles' final delivery of supplies to the space station. Just before returning to Earth, STS-135 Commander Chris Ferguson presented the station's crew with a U.S. flag flown on the first space shuttle mission, STS-1, in April 1981. The flag will remain displayed aboard the station until the next crew launched from the U.S. retrieves it for return to Earth so it can be carried by the first crew launched from the U.S. on a journey of exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.


NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist and the agency's newly created Space Technology Program moved from formulation to implementation in 2011. The Space Technology Program is investing in transformation technologies to improve NASA's capabilities, while reducing cost and expanding the reach of future aeronautics, science and exploration missions. The program has more than 1,000 projects underway, almost all of which were competitively selected, ranging across all technical areas and all levels of technical maturity. The first Technology Development Mission, the Mars Science Laboratory Entry, Descent, and Landing Instrument (MEDLI) Suite, launched with the Mars Science Laboratory in November. In addition, NASA spinoff technologies have created thousands of jobs and revenue while significantly improving the quality of life for millions of people. In September, NASA awarded $1.5 million in prizes for hyper-efficient aircraft at the Green Flight Challenge, heralding a new industry for electric aircraft.


NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist selected the inaugural class of 80 highly qualified and talented graduate students from 37 universities and colleges last summer to receive fellowships. The students will pursue master's or doctoral degrees in relevant space technology disciplines at their respective institutions. This first class of Space Technology Fellows is part of NASA's strategy to develop the technological foundation for its future science and exploration missions. The program's goal is to provide the nation with a pipeline of highly skilled engineers and technologists to improve U.S. competitiveness.


NASA missions continued their ground-breaking research on the Red Planet in 2011. These discoveries will help lay the foundation for future human missions to Mars. NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter revealed possible flowing water during the planet’s warmest months. Dark, finger-like features appear and extend down some Martian slopes during late spring through summer, fade in winter, and return the next spring. Repeated observations tracked the seasonal changes in these recurring features on several steep slopes in the middle latitudes of Mars' southern hemisphere. Scientists' best explanation for these observations is the flow of briny water. Some aspects of the observations still puzzle researchers, but flows of liquid brine fit the features' characteristics better than alternate hypotheses. These results are the closest scientists have come to finding evidence of liquid water on the planet's surface today.

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover program continued to make news in 2011. The Opportunity rover found bright veins of a mineral, apparently gypsum, deposited by water, near the rim of Endeavour crater. Analysis of the vein will help improve understanding of the history of wet environments on Mars. NASA's newest Mars explorer, the Mars Science Laboratory spacecraft, which includes the car-sized Curiosity rover, launched aboard an Atlas V rocket on Nov. 26 to begin an eight-month journey to the Red Planet's Gale Crater. The rover will search for signs that the planet could ever have been hospitable to life.


NASA's new Aquarius instrument, launched into Earth orbit on June 10, produced its first global map of the salinity of the ocean surface. Surface salinity is the last of the major ocean surface quantities to be measured globally from space and provides scientists with a new tool to explore the connections between global rainfall, ocean currents and climate changes. Aquarius is now producing continuous observations of the global oceans in unprecedented detail, including extensive low-salinity regions associated with the outflow of major rivers. The instrument was launched on the Aquarius/SAC-D observatory, a collaboration between NASA and Argentina's space agency, Comision Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, with participation by five other nations.


The Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO) spacecraft captured the first entire view of the far side of the sun in June. These first-ever views will advance the study of solar and space physics, help validate previous imaging techniques, and contribute to the accuracy and timeliness of space weather forecasts. The spacecraft reached opposite sides of the sun in February, but a small part of the sun was inaccessible to their combined view until June.


NASA's Year of the Solar System resulted in three planetary launches, major science observations, an asteroid rendezvous, and a comet flyby. In February, Stardust-NExT provided the first-ever opportunity to compare observations of a single comet, Tempel 1, made at close range during two successive passages. In March, the Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry, and Ranging, or MESSENGER, spacecraft became the first spacecraft inserted into orbit around Mercury, our solar system's innermost planet. The mission is currently providing unprecedented images of that planet's topography and improved understanding of its core and magnetic field. In July, the Dawn spacecraft began orbiting the asteroid Vesta and obtained never-before-seen close-up observations of the second largest asteroid in our asteroid belt. In August, the Juno spacecraft was launched on a mission to Jupiter to map the depths of the planet's interior and learn how the gas giant was formed. It will reach Jupiter in 2016. The Gravity Recovery and Interior Laboratory, or GRAIL, lifted off in September to study the moon from crust to core. And in November, the Mars Science Laboratory was launched on its voyage to the Red Planet with Curiosity, the largest planetary rover ever developed, and the first astrobiology mission since the Viking landers in the 1970’s.


Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with a turbulent sea of magnetic bubbles. Using a new computer model to analyze Voyager data, scientists found the sun's distant magnetic field is made up of bubbles approximately 100 million miles wide. The bubbles are created when magnetic field lines reorganize. The Voyager spacecraft, more than 9 billion miles away from Earth, are traveling in a boundary region where the solar wind and magnetic field are affected by material expelled from other stars in our corner of the Milky Way galaxy. Understanding the structure of the sun's magnetic field will allow scientists to explain how galactic cosmic rays enter our solar system and help determine how the star interacts with the rest of the galaxy.


NASA's Swift satellite, Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory teamed up to study one of the most puzzling cosmic blasts ever observed. Astronomers never before had seen such a bright, variable, high-energy, long-lasting burst. Usually, gamma-ray bursts mark the destruction of a massive star, and emissions from these events last no more than a few hours. Astronomers soon realized the source, known as Swift J1644+57, was the result of a truly extraordinary event -- the awakening of a distant galaxy's dormant black hole as it shredded and consumed a star. The galaxy is so far away, it took the light from the event approximately 3.9 billion years to reach Earth.


In 2011, NASA's Kepler mission confirmed its first planet in the habitable zone, the region where liquid water could exist on a planet's surface. Kepler also discovered more than 1,000 new planet candidates, nearly doubling its previously known count to 2,326. Ten of these candidates are near-Earth-size and orbit in the habitable zone of their host star. The newly confirmed planet, Kepler-22b, is the smallest yet found to orbit in the middle of the habitable zone of a star similar to our sun. The planet is about 2.4 times the radius of Earth and located 600 light-years away. Scientists don't yet know if Kepler-22b has a predominantly rocky, gaseous or liquid composition, but its discovery is a step closer to finding Earth-like planets. While the planet is larger than Earth, its orbit of 290 days around a sun-like star resembles that of our world. The planet's host star belongs to the same class as our sun, called G-type, although it is slightly smaller and cooler. Kepler mission also discovered the first Earth-size planets orbiting a sun-like star outside our solar system. The planets, called Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, are too close to their star to be in the habitable zone, but they are the smallest exoplanets ever confirmed around a star like our sun.


NASA's aeronautical innovators continued in 2011 to lay the foundation for the future of flight by exploring new ways to manage air traffic, build more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly airliners, and ensure aviation's outstanding safety record. NASA researchers investigated for the first time the impact on airport local air quality of jet engines burning renewable biofuels and found large reductions in the output of harmful small particulates compared to burning today's jet fuel. NASA aeronautics researchers also developed new concepts for efficiently routing airliners around bad weather, which accounts for 70 percent of all air traffic delays each year. New sophisticated computer algorithms developed by NASA are also providing airlines with the capability to sift through millions of pieces of information collected from flights each day to identify maintenance or operational issues long before they lead to incidents or accidents.

News / Stan Lee Cameos In Chuck
« on: December 22, 2011, 06:13:27 AM »
The show finally gets its ultimate geeky guest star. A preview clip from “Chuck Versus The Santa Suit”.

News / Science fiction book Sliding Void riding at #1 in Amazon charts
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:47:20 AM »
Yes, some good news – my science fiction novella ‘Sliding Void’ is currently number one in the UK charts for science fiction and number two in the USA Amazon charts (sandwiched by HG Wells – now there’s an honour). It’s at number two in the general adventure charts, just under Lee Child (in the States, I’m sharing with The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson).

Arthur Darvill, who plays the Doctor’s companion Rory Williams in the BBC’s hit sci-fi show, will be joining The Doctor Matt Smith and the series’ Lead Writer and Executive Producer Steven Moffat at the ultimate Doctor Who fan event in Cardiff’s Millennium Centre next March.

Further additions to the line-up today include Casting Director Andy Pryor, Author and Screenwriter Tom MacRae, Director of Photography Stephan Pehrsson, Script Editor Caroline Henry - and actors Stuart Milligan and Simon Fisher-Becker.

The Convention is a full day event that will give Doctor Who enthusiasts a chance to delve into the inner workings of the TV show and learn how it is created – a journey from script to screen. With unique access to the cast and production crew, this event offers fans a chance to see behind-the-scenes of the sci-fi show.

Tickets include three panel discussions with key cast and crew and Doctor Who production teams showing live pyrotechnics and prosthetic demonstrations, PLUS a chance to talk to the creators of some of the iconic costumes in the props and costume exhibit.

Tickets are on general sale now, priced at £99 and available at:

Press Releases / Steampunk Scarlett
« on: October 28, 2011, 09:47:48 AM »
Steampunk Scarlett is described as Nancy Drew meets Steampunk in 1890s Victorian London.

Supernatural Devices, Book 1 of the Steampunk Scarlett novels for teens and young adults is a combination of mystery, romance, fantasy, science fiction, paranormal, and steampunk. This young adult series will also feature a new technology within the paperback and epub versions of the books, which brings more interactivity and sense of adventure with the readers.

This is the synopsis of Supernatural Devices:

Scarlett was a sensible seventeen-year-old young lady, or so everyone thought, but there was definitely more to her. The daughter of famous English Egyptologists and archeologists Theodore and Gemma Seely, she was prone to adventure and all the world had to offer. It was the 1890s, and she had just received a letter from one of her parents' dearest friends, a certain detective who lived on Baker Street, who needed her help on a case most bizarre. As she embarks through the supernatural side of London, venturing into the forbidden realms bordering Victorian society - often accompanied by a dashing but infuriating Lord Darthmoor - Scarlett's first case, which had seem innocent at first, had taken a turn for the unexpected and dangerous.

According to Gow, "Scarlett is a teenage female Sherlock Holmes, who encounters danger and romance as well as vampires, fey, and other underground citizens of Victorian London. She uses her wits, charms, and gifts to solve mysteries; as well as a slew of dashing handsome male friends and amazing devices."

To celebrate the release of Supernatural Devices, there will be a live Author Webcast from Kailin Gow's personal writer's retreat - a hotel where there was recent paranormal activity.

Details about Kailin Gow's Online Halloween Party can be found here:

Gow is the author of the Frost Series , an award-winning and bestselling series on the Amazon Hot Teen 100 list for more than 12 months. The fifth book in this series, Midnight Frost, debuted earlier this month at number twelve on's Top 15 New Children's List.

Her young adult series: PULSE Vampires Series, Wicked Woods Series, DESIRE Series, FADE Series, The Fire Wars Series, Beautiful Beings, The Stoker Sisters, and the Stoker Sisters have all been on the Amazon Top 100 Teen Bestsellers Lists.

About The Steampunk Scarlett Series and Bestselling Author Kailin Gow

The Steampunk Scarlett Series will feature a new technology within the books itself in paperback and in epub versions of the books. They will be the first to kick off this technology in all of the young adult books by Kailin Gow.

The EDGE Books ( ) is a publisher specializing in the following genres: fantasy, science fiction, paranormal romance, fantasy romance, action adventure, paranormal mystery, mystery, and non-fiction geared toward teens and young adults. Besides providing popular fiction in the young adult genre, The EDGE Books also provides books that reluctant readers in high school can and will be motivated to read.

The EDGE Books is the Teen/Young Adult imprint of publisher Sparklesoup Inc. currently with over 40 young adult titles in print since 2010.


William Mitchell from London, England will be honored at the 28th Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement awards being held on Saturday, 14 April, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

The event will celebrate the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where William was the 3rd quarter, first place winner for this year, making it further than some several thousand others who entered the international competition, and where his winning story will also be published in the bestselling Science Fiction anthology series - L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume XXVIII.

Alongside William will be winners flown in from as far away as Australia, Thailand and across the USA. They will also be treated to a week long workshop taught by the contest blue ribbon panel of judges.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. Past winners of the Writing and Illustrating Contests have had over 500 novels, 1,400 short stories and tens of thousands of illustrations published, selling an impressive 31,000,000 books.

The Contests were initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 shortly after returning to the field of science fiction with his bestseller Battlefield Earth.

For more information on the contest, go to

Stars from sci-fi series HAVEN and WAREHOUSE 13 will be appearing at this month’s MCM Expo London Comic Con, show organisers have announced. Lucas Bryant and Aaron Ashmore will be joining actors from shows such as EUREKA, TORCHWOOD, TEEN WOLF and SANCTUARY as special guests at the 28-30 October show, which is Britain’s biggest festival of pop culture.

HAVEN star Lucas Bryant plays Nathan Wuonos, a police officer who partners with FBI agent Audrey Parker to try to get to the bottom of the supernatural problems troubling the town of Haven. Loosely based on the Stephen King’s The Colorado Kid, HAVEN has recently been renewed for a third season.

WAREHOUSE 13’s Aaron Ashmore plays Steve Jinks, an ATF agent recruited by Mrs. Frederic after Artie Nielsen told him about Warehouse 13’s true nature. Aaron is also well known for playing Jimmy Olsen in SMALLVILLE. A sister show of EUREKA, WAREHOUSE 13 returns for a fourth season in 2012.

London Comic Con is also delighted to announce that TEEN WOLF’s Jill Wagner is to join co-stars Tyler Posey and Dylan O'Brien at the show. Jill, who has also appeared in STARGATE ATLANTIS, plays werewolf hunter Kate Argent.

For London MCM Expo and Memorabilia London tickets please go to:

Jessica Parker Kennedy, star of hot new supernatural drama THE SECRET CIRCLE, is the latest special guest announced for MCM Expo London Comic Con, where she’ll be signing autographs and meeting fans on both Sat. 28 and Sun. 30 October.

Currently airing on Sky Living, THE SECRET CIRCLE revolves around six teenage witches who form an infamous coven known as 'The Secret Circle'. Jessica Parker Kennedy plays Melissa Glaser – a member of the coven and best friend of mean girl Faye Chamberlain with her own deep, dark secret...

As well as starring in THE SECRET CIRCLE, Jessica Parker Kennedy played Plastique in SMALLVILLE, appears in Seth Rogan comedy drama 50/50 and is set to star in IN TIME alongside Justin Timberlake and Olivia Wilde.

Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien and Jill Wagner, the stars of another smash hit Sky Living show TEEN WOLF, will also all be special guests at London Comic Con.

For London MCM Expo tickets visit:   

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