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News / Iain Banks: A science fiction star first and foremost.
« on: June 12, 2013, 06:24:15 AM »
Iain M Banks led the 'British boom' of 1990s science fiction on the strength of a simple virtue: optimism. His friend Ken MacLeod remembers a boundless creative mind whose place in SF is assured.

News / Kaley Cuoco forced to remove sponsored Hopper Tweet?
« on: March 01, 2013, 04:47:09 PM »
"The Big Bang Theory" star Cuoco sent out a tweet on February 27 endorsing the satellite cable provider's Hopper service. CBS is currently locked in a battle with DISH over the Hopper's ad-skipping capabilities. The tweet has since been deleted and DISH is accusing CBS of forcing Cuoco to remove the sponsored tweet.

News / Defiance is also now hitting Syfy UK in April 2013.
« on: February 03, 2013, 02:44:54 AM »
Syfy has secured the UK premiere of Defiance, the new sci-fi drama TV series. The series will make its UK debut on Tuesday, April 16th, a mere 24 hours after its US launch.


News / There's a Firefly MMORPG in the works? Yes!.
« on: January 08, 2013, 12:50:04 AM »
Have you been to a convention recently? If you have, you'll no doubt see that Firefly cosplaying continues to be EVERYWHERE. So it should come as no surprise that there's a huge desire to play in that universe. Which is exactly where there's an MMO coming out. Or is there?

News / Gerry Anderson RIP.
« on: December 30, 2012, 03:09:02 PM »
Gerry Anderson, the legendary sci-fi creator behind more nostalgia-fuelling shows than possibly any other individual ever, sadly passed away yesterday, aged 83.

Kindle and e-book news / Top 10 best-selling books of 2012.
« on: December 14, 2012, 09:04:55 AM »
Amazon has announced the top 10 best-selling books of 2012 overall (print and Kindle combined), as well as the top 10 Kids & Teens books. “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” takes the top spot, and thriller “Gone Girl” comes in at number two; “The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)” is the best-selling Kids & Teens book. These top 10 lists take into account first editions that were published in 2012, consider only paid units, and combine print and Kindle formats. To see these lists and all of Amazon’s top 100 best-selling print and Kindle books of 2012, go to

“This was truly the year of the billionaire bad boy in romance—Amazon readers just couldn’t get enough of the genre,” said Sara Nelson, Editorial Director of Books and Kindle at “While E. L. James published the first two books in her Fifty Shades trilogy in 2011, so they aren’t eligible for our 2012 list, the series really took off this year and propelled the third installment and the omnibus edition onto our top 10 list. It’s also interesting to note that four of the five contemporary romance titles in the top 10 list, including the Fifty Shades trilogy, were originally independently published and went on to become huge best sellers.”

The top 10 best-selling books overall are:

1. “Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy” by E. L. James

2. “Gone Girl: A Novel” by Gillian Flynn

3. “Fifty Shades Trilogy: Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Freed 3-volume Boxed Set” by E. L. James

4. “Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day

5. “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden” by Mark Owen

6. “The Marriage Bargain (Marriage to a Billionaire)” by Jennifer Probst

7. “Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel” by Sylvia Day

8. “The Racketeer” by John Grisham

9. “Defending Jacob: A Novel” by William Landay

10. “The Innocent” by David Baldacci

The top 10 best-selling Kids & Teens books are:

1. “The Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan

2. “The Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Book 7)” by Jeff Kinney

3. “Insurgent (Divergent)” by Veronica Roth

4. “The Serpent’s Shadow (The Kane Chronicles, Book 3)” by Rick Riordan

5. “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

6. “City of Lost Souls (Mortal Instruments)” by Cassandra Clare

7. “While it Lasts” by Abbi Glines

8. “The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, Book 3)” by Pittacus Lore

9. “Wonder” by R. J. Palacio

10. “Nevermore: The Final Maximum Ride Adventure (Book 8)” by James Patterson

News / Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan in new X-men movie.
« on: November 28, 2012, 07:25:01 AM »
Singer taking to Twitter has confirmed that as well as James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult - the first iterations of Professor X and Magneto, Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellan, would also be joining the cast this time around.

Though the Cold War was mostly a decades-long superpower standoff, there were a few hotter moments. There was the launching of Sputnik, the Cuban missile crisis, and the time the U.S. planned to detonate a nuke on the moon in hopes of scaring the Soviets into defeat. No, really.

News / Star Citizen exceeds $6 million in funding from Kickstarter!
« on: November 20, 2012, 05:18:32 AM »
Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts’ latest project has amassed $6,316,262 through duel crowdfunding efforts across Kickstarter and the game’s official website, Roberts Space Industries. The figure breaks the prior record for crowdfunding, which was held by Obsidian Entertainment’s Project Eternity – the studio’s Kickstarter campaign raised just short of $4 million.

News / Ryan Reynolds to be new Highlander.
« on: June 27, 2012, 01:48:46 PM »
Ryan Reynolds has officially been cast in the lead role for HIGHLANDER. Reynolds will play Conner MacLeod, a Highlander who discovers he is one of a dwindling group of immortals who wander the earth and kill each other in combat for the final “Prize” – immortality.

Firstly, I should point out that author Kristine Kathryn Rusch is using ' diving' as the aquatic metaphor for examining derelict spacecraft. Considering we call space vehicles ' spaceships', seeing the vacuum of space as a sea shouldn't be that much of a surprise although it only really disguises the term extra-vehicular activity. Although Rusch's future period has no date, I do wonder if a 20th century metaphor would still be used in the future.

News / Ray Bradbury RIP.
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:33:36 AM »
Ray Bradbury has died today in LA (aged 91) – he was an American fantasy, science fiction, and mystery writer who will be best remembered for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451, as well as the series of SF stories collected as The Martian Chronicles, and his novel The Illustrated Man.

News / Justice League Warner Superhero movie back on.
« on: June 06, 2012, 08:00:51 AM »
While Disney and Marvel were busy shooting "The Avengers" last year, Warner Brothers quietly began getting its own all-star superhero pic back on track, tapping "Gangster Squad" scribe Will Beall to write "Justice League," based on the WB-controlled stable of DC Comics superheroes.

News / Hobbit collectibles on the way.
« on: June 06, 2012, 01:42:02 AM »
Warner Bros. Consumer Products and Weta Workshop announced today a partnership under which the design company will develop and market a range of prop replicas, collectibles and merchandise based on the upcoming films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, productions of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The licensing agreement grants Weta access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for the two films. The first products in the collection will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con at the Weta booth (#3513B) in July 2012, along with a limited number of exclusive pieces that will be available for purchase.

“Weta’s role behind-the-scenes of these two films makes them uniquely qualified to recreate the richly imaginative world of Middle-earth that their workshop helped brought to life,” said Kelly Gilmore, senior vice president, Global Toys and Themed Entertainment, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “This story will transport audiences to extraordinary new places and we are thrilled to bring fans products that capture the artistry and spirit of these beloved properties.”

The Weta Workshop collection will be inspired by the scenery, characters and adventures Bilbo Baggins encounters on his journey in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from filmmaker Peter Jackson, slated for release December 14, 2012. Fans and collectors will appreciate the craftsmanship behind each element of the collection, which will include collectible statues, dioramas, jewelry and art prints.

"We are excited to be returning to Middle-earth,” said Weta Workshop's Academy Award-winning Creative Director, Richard Taylor. “We have been working with Peter Jackson and the product team on the design and production of the movies for the last four years, and we now get the chance to share our passion with fans and collectors. Our authentic prop replicas and collectibles are created by the very same artists who have worked on the two films, so effectively they come straight from Middle-earth."

News / Star Wars 1313 Secret Project is Boba Fett Movie?
« on: May 08, 2012, 07:58:52 AM »
Lucasfilm have registered several domain name URLs with variations on the term “Star Wars 1313? this week, leading to speculation that George Lucas is working on a super secret new project that could be the previously talked about Boba Fett movie.

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