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News / Cumberbatch's identity in Star Trek 2 just got spoiled!
« on: February 08, 2013, 11:24:24 AM »
It looks like Entertainment Weekly just spoiled the Trek equivalent of Vader being Luke's father.  We're going to show you the image.

News / Reviving TV series Jericho with Netflix!
« on: February 08, 2013, 12:59:05 AM »
Is the second American Civil War back on again after an atomic nightmare? Could be!

News / Mike Singleton, Lords Of Midnight creator, dies at 61.
« on: October 16, 2012, 10:39:59 AM »
Singleton, an ex-teacher, started programming games in the early eighties, producing titles such as Space Ace and Snake Pit for the Pet, Vic 20 and ZX81. In 1984 however, he created his masterpiece, the epic Spectrum and Commodore 64 role-player, Lords Of Midnight.

News / Superman film reboot to be Pentagon Stealth Jet’s screen debut.
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:27:16 AM »
Faster than a sluggish bureaucracy. More powerful than enemy radar. Able to scale tall buildings with a single engine. Up on the screen in the forthcoming Superman reboot, it’s — it’s — it’s the debut of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons program in human history.

Sliding Void / Sliding Void
« on: September 07, 2012, 05:11:22 AM »
 (Book 1 of the Sliding Void science fiction series), currently free on Kindle USA.

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has provided researchers with the first orbital analysis of the giant asteroid Vesta, yielding new insights into its creation and relation to the terrestrial planets and Earth's moon.

Vesta now has been revealed as a special fossil of the early solar system with a more varied, diverse surface than originally thought. Scientists have confirmed a variety of ways Vesta more closely resembles a small planet or Earth's moon than another asteroid. Results appear in today's edition of the journal Science.

"Dawn's visit to Vesta has confirmed our broad theories of this giant asteroid's history, while helping to fill in details it would have been impossible to know from afar," said Carol Raymond, deputy principal investigator at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. "Dawn's residence at Vesta of nearly a year has made the asteroid's planet-like qualities obvious and shown us our connection to that bright orb in our night sky."

Scientists now see Vesta as a layered, planetary building block with an iron core – the only one known to survive the earliest days of the solar system. The asteroid's geologic complexity can be attributed to a process that separated the asteroid into a crust, mantle and iron core with a radius of approximately 68 miles (110 kilometers) about 4.56 billion years ago. The terrestrial planets and Earth's moon formed in a similar way.

Dawn observed a pattern of minerals exposed by deep gashes created by space rock impacts, which may support the idea the asteroid once had a subsurface magma ocean. A magma ocean occurs when a body undergoes almost complete melting, leading to layered building blocks that can form planets. Other bodies with magma oceans ended up becoming parts of Earth and other planets.

Data also confirm a distinct group of meteorites found on Earth did, as theorized, originate from Vesta. The signatures of pyroxene, an iron- and magnesium-rich mineral, in those meteorites match those of rocks on Vesta's surface. These objects account for about 6 percent of all meteorites seen falling on Earth.

This makes the asteroid one of the largest single sources for Earth's meteorites. The finding also marks the first time a spacecraft has been able to visit the source of samples after they were identified on Earth.

Scientists now know Vesta's topography is quite steep and varied. Some craters on Vesta formed on very steep slopes and have nearly vertical sides, with landslides occurring more frequently than expected.

Another unexpected finding was that the asteroid's central peak in the Rheasilvia basin in the southern hemisphere is much higher and wider, relative to its crater size, than the central peaks of craters on bodies like our moon. Vesta also bears similarities to other low-gravity worlds like Saturn's small icy moons, and its surface has light and dark markings that don't match the predictable patterns on Earth's moon.

"We know a lot about the moon and we're only coming up to speed now on Vesta," said Vishnu Reddy, a framing camera team member at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany and the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. "Comparing the two gives us two storylines for how these fraternal twins evolved in the early solar system."

Dawn has revealed details of ongoing collisions that battered Vesta throughout its history. Dawn scientists now can date the two giant impacts that pounded Vesta's southern hemisphere and created the basin Veneneia approximately 2 billion years ago and the Rheasilvia basin about 1 billion years ago. Rheasilvia is the largest impact basin on Vesta.

"The large impact basins on the moon are all quite old," said David O'Brien, a Dawn participating scientist from the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson, Ariz. "The fact that the largest impact on Vesta is so young was surprising."

Launched in 2007, Dawn began exploring Vesta in mid-2011. The spacecraft will depart Vesta on August 26 for its next study target, the dwarf planet Ceres, in 2015.

Owning a Kindle just got a whole lot better for magic-loving Muggles. Starting June 19, is adding all seven Harry Potter books (in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Harry Potter is the all-time best-selling book series in history, and Amazon has purchased an exclusive license from J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore to make the addition of these titles possible. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library is a benefit of Amazon Prime membership—Prime members also enjoy free two-day shipping on millions of items and unlimited streaming of more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has now grown to over 145,000 books that can be borrowed for free as frequently as once a month, with no due dates.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we’ll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners,” said Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of “Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the $79 cost of Prime or a Kindle. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library also has an innovative feature that’s of great benefit for popular titles like Harry Potter – unlimited supply of each title – you never get put on a waiting list.”

The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library now features over 145,000 books to borrow for free, including over 100 current and former New York Times Best Sellers. With traditional library lending, the library buys a certain number of eBook copies of a particular title. If all of those are checked out, readers have to get on a waiting list. For popular titles like Harry Potter, the wait can sometimes be months. With the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, there are no due dates, books can be borrowed as frequently as once a month, and there are no limits on how many people can simultaneously borrow the same title—so readers never have to wait in line for the book they want.

To learn about all the additional benefits included with Amazon Prime, or to start an Amazon Prime free trial, visit


The Dark Knight Rises’ Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Gotham City cop John Blake, could end the movie as the all new Batman, according to one theory. The Dark Knight Rises is in cinemas 20 July 2012.

News / Mars Viking Robots 'Found Life'.
« on: April 13, 2012, 07:14:30 AM »
New analysis of 36-year-old data, resuscitated from printouts, shows NASA found life on Mars, an international team of mathematicians and scientists conclude in a paper published this week.

Conventions and events / Stan Lee gets own comic convention.
« on: April 13, 2012, 02:26:17 AM »
Comikaze Entertainment Inc., the operator behind the largest multimedia pop culture, comic book, horror, anime and gaming convention in Greater Los Angeles, has announced a strategic partnership with world renowned pop culture icon Stan Lee and his company POW! Entertainment.  With a staggering 40,000 attendee turnout and over 300 exhibitors during its 2011 debut, this one-of-a-kind-expo was promptly recognized and embraced by attendees, the comic convention industry, and the greater LA area.  In fact, LA Weekly named Comikaze Expo the "Best New Convention".

Hosted at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 15-16th 2012, 'Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo presented by POW! Entertainment,' promises a larger premier experience for attendees this year with an  amazing line-up of attractions from vendors, exciting interactive contests, tons of celebrity autograph signings, the addition of movie screenings, incredible panel sessions and all new gaming tournaments. Comikaze Expo will also join other major Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment endeavors such as the release of Lee's dedicated digital hub "" with EQAL, 1821's "Romeo & Juliet: The War" and "Stan Lee's Kids Universe," A2 & Archie Comics' "Stan Lee's Mighty Seven," and "Stan Lee's World of Heroes" YouTube channel with Vuguru.

"The inauguration of Comikaze Expo demonstrated the mighty appetite and eager response from fans to experience a Los Angeles-based event that provides a variety of comic book and pop culture entertainment," said Stan Lee, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment. "We saw an opportunity to creatively take this event to new heights through our partnership and we seized it!"

Regina Carpinelli, Founder and CEO of Comikaze Entertainment Inc. commented: "Stan is one of the greatest entertainment icons of our generation and the godfather of modern comics.  We expect him to be instrumental in developing the Los Angeles Comikaze Convention. We have partnered with one of pop cultures most celebrated figures and we plan to wow not only LA but also the world.  Audiences can anticipate a highly interactive experience at Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo, unlike any other show. We want to change the way conventions are created and make an ultimate fan experience year round.  Besides, it's about damn time Stan had his own convention!"

Gill Champion, CEO of POW! Entertainment, said: "Live events are an important element supporting POW!'s brand extension. Where else to better start this program then in our own back yard here in LA and with a proven venue and association."

Further announcements around Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo 2012 will be revealed leading up to the convention. Tickets are now available through pre-sale at $12 in honor of their inaugural 2011 show prices.  Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo presented by POW! is also offering a unique ticket that enlists fans into the Stan Lee's Comikaze Army. This interactive ticket includes a weekend pass, armband, dog tag, military id for discounts on merchandise and select vendors as well as collector's edition posters(children under 12 enter for free) through

Conventions and events / SCI-FI-LONDON 11 is almost with us...
« on: April 13, 2012, 01:19:32 AM »
...and blimey are we excited. I guess we say it every year, but we think this edition is the best we have ever had!

Picking out highlights is almost impossible, we have seven feature-film world premieres, three short-film world premieres, dozens of UK premiere screenings, comedy, live music, docs, competitions, a latex fashion show… you try picking something from that!

However, in time-honoured tradition, we shall endeavour to point out a few things in this and the next few newsletters. So first up:

From Fabio & Fabio (Fabio Guaglione, Fabio Resinaro), the makers of the amazing short Afterville, comes TRUE LOVE, directed by Enrico Clerico Nasino.

The movie tells the story of newly-weds Jack and Kate, who both wake up alone in sealed, doorless cells. On the walls, videos are projected revealing parts of each other’s lives. A small monitor asks them questions to which they must push a button to answer Yes or No. However, each answer has consequences and as more questions are asked, more secrets are revealed.
If you like your sci-fi tense, claustrophobic, dramatic and a little bit sinister, then this is for you.

We are delighted that the director and producers will be on-hand for a Q&A following the screening.

Set in the 29th century on Gannymede, one of Jupiter’s moons, Strange Frame: Love & Sax is in the unique genre of animated sci-fi lesbian rock musical. Employing a hybrid of cut out and CGI animation, the film presents vibrant and eccentric characters in stunning settings, with a soulful and rocking original score. Sex, drugs, rock ‘n’ roll and revolution: everything you could want from a movie that definitely makes this animation no kids’ cartoon. It is like nothing you’ve ever seen or heard before.

With an awesome soundtrack by Grammy Award winner, Dave Pellicciaro and Shelley Doty, the movie also has a voice cast to die for including; George Takei, Claudia Black, Alan Tudyk and the legendary Tim Curry!

We are delighted that co-writer Shelley and GB Hajim (the movie's Director) will be on hand after the screening for a Q&A.

Press Releases / Syd Mead - SF artist update.
« on: April 13, 2012, 01:17:37 AM »
Available at the – Limited edition 1000 piece jigsaw puzzles featuring three of Syd Mead’s iconic images each containing a unique signed and numbered certificate. Once assembled the puzzles measure 18 1/4″ by 27″.

Biomorph Vehicle, created in 1979 depicts guests arriving via air-cab on a floating platform overlooking the Norcon Center surface transport interchange. This image is featured on the cover of Syd’s book Sentinel.

Megacoach, created in 2010, depicts a futuristic recreational vehicle set before a backdrop of the mountains in Palm Springs, California. They are available at the Syd Mead website.

In addition, a third Puzzle featuring Runnning of the Six DRGGX is available exclusively at the Forest Lawn Gift Shop and will only be sold at venues that host the Syd Mead Progressions Exhibition. This puzzle is available for purchase on the Forest Lawn Website.


On March 8th the Pasadena Arts Center sponsored an evening lecture and book signing by Syd at the Forest Lawn Auditorium. The Auditorium is a stunning venue that sits on a hilltop overlooking Burbank and Los Angeles with breathtaking views. The evening included hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Syd delivered a presentation to an audience of almost 700 arts students and fans followed by a Q & A session and book signing. Thank you to The Pasadena Art Center and Forest Lawn for organizing such a successful and fun evening.


Gallery Exhibition – New York City

Starting May 11, BravinLee Programs will present an exhibition of 20 of Syd’s pieces. The exhibition will run through June 30th.

News / George Lucas to Marin County... %$^& this, we're out of here.
« on: April 12, 2012, 09:31:23 AM »
Annoyed by continual building restrictions and planning appeals, the Lucas team vow to build their new Studio/Ranch anywhere other than Marin County.

Conventions and events / Brent Weeks to be guest at Fantasycon 2012.
« on: April 12, 2012, 06:32:56 AM »
Fantasycon 2012 is delighted to announce that we have added New York Times best-selling author Brent Weeks to our exciting line-up of Guests. Brent is the author of "The Night Angel Trilogy", featuring master assassin Durzo Blint, who practices his fatal art in a world of dangerous politics, strange magics and sudden death. The first volume in the series, The Way of Shadows, was published in 2008 and was quickly followed by Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows.

Perfect Shadow is a prequel novella in the same series, while the first book in the author’s new "Lightbringer" series, The Black Prism, launched in August 2010. It will be followed by The Blinding Knife, which will be published by Orbit in time for this year’s FantasyCon, which is being held in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over September 27-30, 2012.

Brent joins our other author Guest of Honour, legendary Texas "Mojo Story Writer" JOE R. LANSDALE (, Special Editor Guest MARY DANBY ( and Master of Ceremonies TIM LEBBON (

With memberships fast approaching 200, if you have not joined up yet, do so now! All you have to do is go to the "How to Join" page on the website:, submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given. Remember, you cannot be considered for Programming if you are not a registered member of the convention.

After the huge success of last year’s event, the convention is returning to the Royal Albion Hotel on the seafront. For those who require a little more luxury, then we also have a limited number of rooms available at the nearby Queens Hotel.

Please note that the Dealers’ Room is now completely SOLD OUT.

The Diogenes Club / The band Rush goes steampunk too!
« on: April 12, 2012, 02:56:15 AM »
Rush will return this summer with "Clockwork Angels," a steampunk music album, the iconic prog-rock band revealed on Wednesday.

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