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News / Tyche, huge concealed world, could exist in our Solar System!
« on: July 25, 2013, 01:38:08 AM »
Scientists may soon be able to prove the existence of the gas giant, which could be four times the size of Jupiter, according to astrophysicists John Matese and Daniel Whitmire from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Press Releases / 2013 Mythopoeic Award Winners.
« on: July 17, 2013, 09:59:08 AM »
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature
Ursula Vernon, Digger, vols. 1-6 (Sofawolf Press)
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature
Sarah Beth Durst, Vessel (Margaret K. McElderry)
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies
Verlyn Flieger, Green Suns and Faërie: Essays on J.R.R. Tolkien (Kent State Univ. Press, 2012)
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies
Nancy Marie Brown, Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)
The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature is given to the fantasy novel, multi-volume, or single-author story collection for adults published during 2012 that best exemplifies “the spirit of the Inklings.” Books are eligible for two years after publication if not selected as a finalist during the first year of eligibility.  Books from a series are eligible if they stand on their own; otherwise, the series becomes eligible the year its final volume appears. The Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature honors books for younger readers (from “Young Adults” to picture books for beginning readers), in the tradition of The Hobbit or The Chronicles of Narnia. Rules for eligibility are otherwise the same as for the Adult Literature award. The question of which award a borderline book is best suited for will be decided by consensus of the committees.

The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Inklings Studies is given to books on Tolkien, Lewis, and/or Williams that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship. For this award, books first published during the last three years (2010–2012) are eligible, including finalists for previous years. The Mythopoeic Scholarship Award in Myth and Fantasy Studies is given to scholarly books on other specific authors in the Inklings tradition, or to more general works on the genres of myth and fantasy. The period of eligibility is three years, as for the Inklings Studies award.

The winners of this year’s awards were announced at Mythcon 44 in East Lansing, Michigan, on July 14, 2013. A complete list of Mythopoeic Award winners is available on the Society web site:

News / Never pay the frigging author!
« on: July 17, 2013, 06:00:19 AM »
I asked Al Murray, the legendary Pub Landlord, what he charges for personal appearances. The answer made me feel a bit funny myself. It's 70 per cent of the door. Had I charged that at Hay, I would have made £3,920. No wonder comedians are so rich.

News / Forget Monroe—meet the president of Revolution's OTHER republic.
« on: January 19, 2013, 10:13:53 AM »
Former 24 star Leslie Hope has been cast to play the part of the tough-as-nails President Foster, who leads the Georgia Federation.

News / Is the end of 'Fringe' the end of scifi on TV?
« on: January 19, 2013, 03:30:46 AM »
In terms of pure sci-fi TV, there isn’t much left to carry the torch after Fringe closes up shop. It wasn’t always like this, of course; Some of the most well-known and well-loved modern science fiction has come from broadcast television throughout the decades, from The Twilight Zone through the various Star Treks, Babylon 5 to The X-Files and Lost.

News / Avatar writer to script next Terminator movie.
« on: January 18, 2013, 11:14:41 AM »
Skydance Productions and Annapurna Pictures have set Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier to script the next installment of The Terminator franchise. Her credits include Avatar, Shutter Island and Alexander, produced White House Down.

News / Alphas Exclusive: Laura Mennell (Nina) Interview.
« on: September 08, 2012, 02:47:01 AM »
Nina’s like a superfast hypnotist, reckons Mennell, but she does get more than her fair share of extreme close-ups.

Conventions and events / Hugo Awards Ceremony - 2nd time lucky?
« on: September 07, 2012, 09:44:05 AM »
The 2012 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be re-broadcast in its entirety and ad-free via Ustream on Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT (8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT) at

The original live broadcast of the ceremony was interrupted on Sunday, September 2 when an automated infringement system detected content in the stream that it deemed copyright infringement. Although the material was cleared for Chicon 7 use, the feed could not be restored before the ceremony concluded, meaning that fans around the world were unable to enjoy the remainder of the show.

Ustream founder and CEO Brad Hunstable spoke directly to Chicon 7 Chairman Dave McCarty on Tuesday, September 4, and expressed his regret at the loss of the broadcast. Hunstable's online blog post notes "Unfortunately, we were not able to lift the ban before the broadcast ended. We had many unhappy viewers as a result, and for that I am truly sorry. As a long-time Firefly, Stargate and Game of Thrones fan among others, I am especially disheartened by this?.... ?I have suspended use of this third-party system until we are able to recalibrate the settings so that we can better balance the needs of broadcasters, viewers, and copyright holders. While we are committed to protecting copyright, we absolutely must ensure our amazing and democratizing platform allows legal broadcasters to Ustream their events and shows."

To makeup for the disruption to the original broadcast, Ustream will feature the full un-edited and bot-free ceremony on its Homepage this Sunday, September 9, starting at 7 p.m. CT. Ustream will also run the broadcast ad-free on the Worldcon Hugo Awards channel at, and provide additional marketing and promotional support to raise the profile of the event. The broadcast will subsequently be available from the same channel on an on-demand basis. Ustream has also offered additional support and publicity for the streaming of future Hugo Award Ceremonies for upcoming Worldcons in San Antonio, TX (2013) and London, UK (2014).

According to Dave McCarty, "this incident is just one of several that have been in the news recently, and it reflects a broader challenge faced by the industry. I welcome Brad's personal response and his commitment to review the way in which channel suspensions are triggered and controlled. And of course, we are delighted that all science fiction fans can experience a great Hugo Awards Ceremony which celebrated the best in recent science fiction literature and media and its fans. As Chair of the Hugo Award Marketing Committee, I also look forward to building this partnership with Ustream over the coming years."

The Diogenes Club / Lantern City.
« on: July 15, 2012, 03:54:51 AM »
The new Steampunk show Lantern City, from executive producer Bruce Boxleitner, is an exciting foray into fan-inspired and fan-created television. It combines first-rate storytelling, innovative production design, and a rich world that fans will fall in love with. Even though it will blend great science fiction with dynamic storylines, at its heart the show asks two questions: how far would you go to be with the person you love and what lengths would you go to in order to survive?

Lantern City highlights the steampunk genre to create a one-of-a-kind television experience. Other properties have had Steampunk elements, but this is the first mainstream television show to proudly wear the label of Steampunk. Current fans of the subgenre will not be disappointed and it will attract a much wider audience to the long neglected world of Steampunk. The show is unique in that it allows viewers to be involved in the process – a first for any television show.

News / Firefly Fans Make Joss Whedon Cry at SDCC.
« on: July 14, 2012, 08:48:52 AM »
For Nathan Fillion, a handkerchief came out, and not for the first time. Joss clearly was trying not to weep openly, and everyone else on the panel was nearly in tears, if not completely so.

News / Re: Lessons from Twilight versus lessons from Buffy.
« on: June 28, 2012, 05:45:33 AM »
See a vampire, stake the S.O.B. Here endeth the lesson.

Apex Publications is pleased to announce that the company has signed two of horror’s most knowledgeable and respected personalities to a book deal: Rebekah and David McKendry. The book is tentatively titled 150 of the Greatest Horror Films You’ve Never Seen and will include essays, insights, photographs, and horror-luminary interviews from the unique ‘insider’ perspective of the authors. Rebekah and David have worked for Fangoria Magazine for many years (He’s is a writer and video producer, while she is the marketing director, contributing writer, and associate editor) allowing them to leverage their day job to make a truly remarkable book on horror films.

Apex Publications continually strives to present smart and compelling nonfiction books into genre discussions.  This new title will be of interest to fans of film history, of horror, and those looking for a little something different to watch on a dark and lonely Saturday night.

150 of the Greatest Horror Films You’ve Never Seen releases this fall in trade paperback and enhance digital formats from Apex Publications. Updates and information will be available at

REBEKAH MCKENDRY is the director of marketing, a contributing writer, and associate editor for Fangoria Entertainment, located in New York, NY. She holds a Master’s degree in Media Education (VA Tech) and Film (City University of New York). Rebekah is currently pursuing a PhD in Cult Media from Virginia Commonwealth University.

DAVID MCKENDRY is a contributing writer and video producer for Fangoria Entertainment, located in New York, NY. He has also directed films, and recently a pair of music videos for Municipal Waste and Gwar.

APEX PUBLICATIONS ( is a small press dedicated to publishing exemplary works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. Owned and operated by Jason B. Sizemore, Apex publishes the critically acclaimed Apex Magazine (a 2011 Hugo Award nominee for Best Semiprozine). In 2006, Apex Publications branched into book length projects, earning a Bram Stoker Award nomination for their first title, AEGRI SOMNIA, in 2007, and another for the collection MAMA’S BOY AND OTHER DARK TALES by Fran Friel, published in 2008. Recently, the press has won major awards for works by Gary A. Braunbeck and Gene O’Neill.

News / Disney and Marvel, sitting in a tree... K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
« on: April 09, 2012, 12:16:40 PM »
Ever since Marvel became part of the Mickey Mouse Empire, we’ve regularly heard rumours that the studio would bring their new, four-coloured characters over to The Magic Kingdom and realise some kind of crossover.

News / Joss Whedon interviewed.
« on: April 09, 2012, 07:33:57 AM »
"My favorite part of Comic-Con?  The groupies.  Man, they have loose morals, really.  Men, women, I’m just saying that it gets weird on Sunday night."

News / Armored edited by John Joseph Adams (book review).
« on: April 09, 2012, 03:35:42 AM »
The first sentence of the foreword by Orson Scott Card leapt out and grabbed me, just as the first line of a good story should. I read the entire thing and enjoyed it. Card had many thought-provoking things to say about why someone wears armour and who that person is, essentially, a theme explored by many of the stories in the anthology. It’s the first anthology of its type about mechs, power armour and bio-suits. My only question was, why did they wait so long?

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