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News / Spy... or Fry!
« on: August 17, 2013, 02:38:57 AM »
Lavabit's owner threatened with arrest for shutting down rather than spying on customers.

Kindle and e-book news / Pining for dead trees?
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:28:46 AM »
The simple truth is that with one exception, every link in the value chain must be profitable or the entire chain breaks.  Bookstores are breaking and are taking the entire chain along with it.  Amazon’s hands are outstretched to receive the new customers, to play its dominant role in the new ecosystem. The one exception?  Authors.  Most authors don’t now and have never been able to live on the proceeds of their work.  A few do, and do so spectacularly.  That spectacle draws authors in:  it’s not the prospect of a good and interesting job but the chance to win the lottery that makes a writer out of a normal human being. 

Great stuff!

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From Joss Whedon's S.H.I.E.L.D. show to the new TV series from the increasingly busy J.J. Abrams.

News / Lawrence Kasdan to write new Star Wars!
« on: November 22, 2012, 12:51:01 AM »
Kasdan scripted two of the original Star Wars films in the 1980 The Empire Strikes Back and the 1983 follow-up Return of the Jedi. He also scripted Raiders Of The Lost Ark for Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Kinberg’s franchise work: X-Men: The Last Stand, Sherlock Holmes and the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past which Bryan Singer will direct.

News / What Looper Tells Us About Time Travel?
« on: October 15, 2012, 11:58:20 PM »
Do time-travel movies really need rules?

News / eBook-only deals screwing authors, may also hurt big publishing.
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:37:45 AM »
In the last year a number of major publishers have begun offering authors contracts for “e-originals” – books released originally – and exclusively – in e-book format. Though this is a logical step in the evolution of traditional publishing houses from tangible to virtual formats, the deflationary nature of its business model poses a serious threat to author earning power.

News / 20 Things We Love About Battlestar Galactica.
« on: June 24, 2012, 03:09:59 AM »
SFX revisits the sci-fi show that made it cool to be a geek.

News / Fringe still hasn't been renewed for a fifth season yet!
« on: April 17, 2012, 11:39:30 AM »
And as time goes by, the chances of it returning are looking less and less likely. That sucks, because Fringe is actually pretty great.

News / Has the DAREDEVIL Reboot Come to a Halt?
« on: April 17, 2012, 09:47:10 AM »
In what I consider to be a hugely disheartening couple of tweets, David Slade (the man Fox chose to helm their Daredevil reboot) has informed everyone that not only is the Daredevil reboot ways away from being made, but that the he seems to be lacking energy for the movie.

News / The Wisdom of Steven Spielberg...
« on: April 17, 2012, 06:50:16 AM »
He's Steven Spielberg and he's wise. How wise? Listen to this...

News / Free Stephen Hunt novella on Kindle during the SFX Weekender >>
« on: February 01, 2012, 01:50:43 PM »
To celebrate this weekend’s live event, you’ll be able to read fantasy spy-fy actioner “In The Company Of Ghosts” digitally for free.

Mark Sheppard is to join the stellar cast at the Official Doctor Who Convention taking place on the 24th and 25th March 2012 at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre.

Sheppard was an instant hit with fans playing the role of Agent Canton Delaware III in the opening episodes of Series 6 The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, helping the Doctor to eliminate one of his creepiest foes  – The Silence.

Sheppard said: "I grew up watching Doctor Who, and the fans are a huge part of what really makes the show so very special. I can't wait to come back to Cardiff for this unprecedented behind-the-scenes event - a unique chance for fans to meet the amazing people responsible for so much of the show we all love and get to experience their talent and creativity in a totally new way"

Also announced as joining the Convention line up today are: Nick Briggs, voice of the Daleks; Neil Gorton, A Director of effects specialist MillenniumFX; Ian McNeice who appeared as Winston Churchill in the Doctor Who episodes The Wedding of River Song; The Pandorica Opens; Victory of the Daleks and The Beast Below; and Raquel Cassidy who played Cleaves in The Almost People and The Rebel Flesh. 

They join  a host of cast and crew appearing at the Official Doctor Who Convention including: Matt Smith; Steven Moffat; Arthur Darvill; Danny Hargreaves; Tom MacRae;  Barnaby Edwards; Caroline Henry; Stephen Pehrsson; Michael Pickwoad; Andy Pryor; Gary Russell and Marcus Wilson with further announcements to follow in the next two weeks. The Convention is a full day event that will reveal the inner workings of Doctor Who, showing the journey from script to screen: Live special effects and pyrotechnic demonstrations; prosthetic masterclasses and in-depth Q & A sessions with the makers of the show will give an unrivalled glimpse into the behind-the-scenes world of Doctor Who. 

For more information about the event and for tickets please visit:

This weekend sees the UK’s answer to Comic-con in California, the SFX Weekender, arrive in Wales’ Prestatyn Sands holiday camp.

Great stuff. Got mine now, thanks.


Press Releases / Bitter Seeds (new novel).
« on: November 30, 2011, 06:51:30 AM »
We’re delighted to welcome US author Ian Tregillis as a Zeno client. We’re representing Ian (who has been described by George R.R. Martin as ‘A major talent‘) in the UK, Commonwealth and translation markets on behalf of his head agent Kay McCauley at  Pimlico/Aureous Inc in NYC.

We’re equally delighted to announce in the same breath that UK/BC rights to Ian’s Milkweed Trilogy – comprising of BITTER SEEDS, THE COLDEST WAR and NECESSARY EVIL – have been acquired by Orbit in a deal negotiated by John Berlyne.

John says ‘This is a particularly sweet sale for me, as I read and absolutely loved BITTER SEEDS when Tor first published it in the US back in 2010, long before I had any professional dealings with the author. The mix of WWII action and comic book super-powers was something I found completely irresistible as a reader. To have the chance to handle these books outside the US is a real privilege and I’m thrilled that Orbit have picked them up and they will, I’m quite sure, do a wonderful job with them.’

Orbit Commissioning Editor Anna Gregson says ‘We’re delighted to have acquired this thrillingly sinister, clever and compelling tale that melds real-life events with occult forces and weird science. Its vivid atmosphere and supernatural twist make this a deeply mesmerising and entertaining novel, with great appeal for any fans of alternate histories, dark fantasy and superhero comics. Think Inglourious Basterds crossed with X-Men!‘.

BITTER SEEDS is scheduled for publication in December 2012, with the second and third titles following respectively in February and April2013.

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