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News / Iain Banks: the final interview.
« on: June 18, 2013, 08:36:46 AM »
Iain Banks died last Sunday, just before the publication of his final novel The Quarry. Last month he talked to Stuart Kelly about writing, politics and all the things still left to do.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jun/15/iain-banks-the-final-interview

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SF writers' association draws stinging criticism with chainmail bikini cover and articles praising Barbie and 'lady editors'

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2013/jun/12/science-fiction-sexism-sfwa

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Nineworlds Geekfest has, at the time of writing, 36 hours to go until the finish of their Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for London to mount the UK’s answer to the monster Comic-Cons over in the USA. And the good news is the event organisers have already monstered their target for fundraising, with the folding green stuff currently sitting at +150% of what they need to get this new mega-con rolling!

http://sfcrowsnest.org.uk/nineworlds-geekfest-londons-answer-to-comic-con-thrashes-kickstarter-target/

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Christopher Tolkien gave his first ever press interview with Le Monde, shedding light on his father's vision and sharing his own deep dismay with Hobbit director Peter Jackson.

http://www.worldcrunch.com/culture-society/my-father-039-s-quot-eviscerated-quot-work-son-of-hobbit-scribe-j.r.r.-tolkien-finally-speaks-out/hobbit-silmarillion-lord-of-rings/c3s10299/#.UTHKyDd5IXt

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News / Joss Whedon on re-booting Firefly.
« on: February 04, 2013, 07:13:53 AM »
Joss Whedon says, 'I'll never really accept the end of Firefly. And I always, in the back of my head, think, 'What if I could get the old gang back together?'

http://www.torontosun.com/2013/01/25/joss-whedon-would-love-firefly-to-take-flight

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Captain Lana Fiveworlds has a hell of a lot of problems. She's sliding void in an ageing seven-hundred-year-old space ship, scrabbling around the edges of civilised space trying to find a cargo lucrative enough to pay her bills without proving so risky that it'll kill her. She's got an alien religious freak for a navigator, an untrustworthy android for a first mate, a disgraced lizard for a trade negotiator and a deserter from the fleet acting as her chief engineer.

And that was well before an ex-crewman turns up wanting Lana to rescue a barbarian prince from a long-failed colony world.

Unfortunately for Lana, the problems she doesn't know about are even more dangerous. In fact, they just might be enough to destroy Lana's rickety but much-loved vessel, the Gravity Rose, and jettison her and her crew into the void without a spacesuit.

But there's one thing you can never tell an independent space trader. That's the odds...

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News / Godzilla getting Frank Darabont rewrite.
« on: January 09, 2013, 12:44:50 AM »
As it stomps its way toward a March production start, Godzilla has two significant developments in the offing. Frank Darabont, who veered into genre territory by launching the AMC series The Walking Dead, has been hired by producer-financier Legendary Pictures to do a final rewrite on the script.

http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/godzilla-getting-a-frank-darabont-rewrite-as-legendary-battles-roy-lee-and-dan-lin/

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News / Monsters University: Campus promotional!
« on: January 02, 2013, 04:44:52 AM »
Thinking about going to university? Then here’s a place you might consider. Watch this promo for Monsters University, then feel free to apply… if you have three arms… or green skin… or a furry tail… or look like Boris Johnson…

http://www.sfx.co.uk/2013/01/02/monsters-university-campus-promotional-video/

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News / Russia boosts space spending, pisses over NASA in new space race.
« on: January 01, 2013, 02:57:58 PM »
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev approved a plan to spend 2.1 trillion roubles (US $68.71 billion) on developing Russia's space industry from 2013 to 2020.


http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/27/russia-space-idUSL5E8NR6TB20121227

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Sliding Void / Stephen Hunt's 'Sliding Void' - now free in the UK!
« on: December 31, 2012, 04:27:05 AM »
Loved it. Now, serious question, when is the 3rd novella in the series coming out? Soon I hope! Don't keep me waiting here!

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News / Skylon spaceplane engine concept achieves key milestone!
« on: November 28, 2012, 12:35:39 PM »
The UK company developing an engine for a new type of spaceplane says it has successfully demonstrated the power unit's enabling technology.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-20510112

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News / NASA just found life of Mars!!!!
« on: November 20, 2012, 02:18:19 PM »
NASA has some amazing new results from one of the rover's instruments. On the one hand, they'd like to tell everybody what they found, but on the other, they have to wait because they want to make sure their results are not just some fluke or error in their instrument.

http://www.npr.org/2012/11/20/165513016/big-news-from-mars-rover-scientists-mum-for-now

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News / Creator of TV series Last Resort explains why his show got nuked!!
« on: November 20, 2012, 10:53:18 AM »
One of the best new shows of the season, ABC's Last Resort, was an intriguing "what-if" about a U.S. nuclear sub crew going rogue amid a global political conspiracy. Sadly, the network decided to pull the plug last week—and show creator Shawn Ryan is here to explain why.

http://blastr.com/2012/11/last-resort-creator-shawn.php

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'Fated' by Benedict Jacka is the first outing for his new lead character, Alex Verus, who runs a magic shop in London. However, it's not exactly the kind of place you'd visit to pick up your standard card tricks. Verus is a probability mage, a diviner who can see the most probable course the future will take after a range of actions. For instance, he knows that he'll be getting a visit from the Mages Council soon and that probably won't lead to anything good.

http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/articles/books/2012/Fated-Alex-Verus-novel-book-1-by-Benedict-Jacka-16795.php

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It's always a treat to hear the calm and reassuring tones of Ian Chesterton (William Russell) telling us about another adventure he had with the First Doctor. This time, they meet The Wanderer (Tim Chipping), a strange man who will have his own part to play in history.

http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/articles/books/2012/Doctor-Who-The-Companion-Chronicles-The-Wanderer-by-Richard-Dinnick-16799.php

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