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News / Catch that asteroid? Win $195 billion!
« on: February 13, 2013, 01:19:22 PM »
The asteroid NASA say is about the half the size of a football field that will blow past Earth on February 15th 2013 could be worth up to $195 billion in metals and propellant.

News / James Cameron tips Hobbit to spark film revolution.
« on: November 29, 2012, 07:44:48 AM »
Director James Cameron predicted Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" would do for high-definition film-making what his own hit "Avatar" did for 3D movies.

The Diogenes Club / Avon releases steampunk novella.
« on: April 16, 2012, 03:31:16 AM »
The first book in Zoe Archer’s debut Avon Impulse novella, SKIES OF FIRE, is already an established author with her paranormal romance series, “Blades of the Rose,” has created an exciting new world in the “Ether Chronicles” series to introduce to her loyal readers and new fans alike.

Associate Editor Amanda Bergeron was very excited to acquire a steampunk manuscript. “Steampunk combines the things we love about historical and paranormal romance,” she said. “I know fans of both are going to love SKIES OF FIRE.”

Bergeron believes Archer is a great choice to debut this subgenre within the Avon list. “Zoe is such a smart writer. She seamlessly combines action, adventure and heart-stopping romance at a breakneck pace. That and her huge imagination make her the perfect author to kick start this subgenre for us.”

In SKIES OF FIRE, Captain Christopher Redmond has just one weakness: the alluring spy who loved and left him years before…when he was still just a man. Now superhuman, a Man O’ War, made as part of the British Navy’s weapons program, his responsibility is to protect the skies of Europe. If only he could forget Louisa Shaw.

Louisa, a British Naval Intelligence Agent, has never left a job undone. But when her assignment is compromised, the one man who can help her complete her mission is also the only man ever to tempt her body and heart. As burning skies loom and passion ignites, Louisa and Christopher must slip behind enemy lines if they are to deliver a devastating strike against their foe…and still get out alive.

Zoë Archer is a RITA Award-nominated romance author who writes novels with adventure, sexy men, and women who make no apologies about kicking butt. Her books include The Hellraisers paranormal historical series and the acclaimed Blades of the Rose paranormal historical adventure series. She enjoys baking, tweeting about boots and listening to music from the ‘80s. Archer and her husband, fellow romance author Nico Rosso, live in Los Angeles.

When Christopher Nolan asked Tom Hardy to play the villain in his third and final Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises, due July 20, the director doted on one job requirement in particular: the budding star would have to wear a mask that looked like a leathery baboon mouth with metal casings for fangs – a sort of steampunk respirator as fashioned by Francis Bacon.

News / The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan (book review).
« on: April 15, 2012, 08:41:50 AM »
This first novel in ‘The Traitor Spy Trilogy’ follows on from ‘The Black Magician Trilogy’, twenty years into the future. The reader encounters a very different magic guild peopled with the novices we got to know in the previous trilogy.

News / Open Door 2012 starts tomorrow.
« on: April 15, 2012, 05:55:12 AM »
Don’t forget – if you are an unagented author with a completed Classic Fantasy novel, we’d love to see it – but you only have 2 weeks in which to send it to us.

News / The Best Of Stephen R. Donaldson (book review).
« on: April 15, 2012, 03:55:39 AM »
Herein collected is the best shorter fiction of Stephen R. Donaldson, famed for such lengthy works as ‘The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant’ which are reputedly verbose, especially the last trilogy. As I could never get past the first hundred pages of ‘Lord Foul’s Bane’ this doesn’t affect me much. In the interests of establishing reviewer impartiality, let me add that I think ‘Mordant’s Need’ is probably the best fantasy I have ever read.

Watchmen really changed the way the world thought about comic books, but original artist Dave Gibbons said he does have one regret about the shift the landmark work created: It made black leather cool.

Though the future of "Fringe" still hangs in the balance over at FOX, the writers, like the fans, aren't quite ready to give up the hope of a Season 5.

Press Releases / Jason Statham in new film, Safe.
« on: April 14, 2012, 03:18:38 AM »
Jason Statham starrer upcoming action film 'Safe' from director Boaz Yakin (Remember The Titans) will be released in India by Reliance Entertainment on 4th May, 2012.

Action star Jason Statham has built a legion of enthusiastic fans for his charismatic portrayals of hard-boiled men in favorites like 'The Transporter' series, 'The Italian Job' and 'The Expendables'. But audiences will experience a new depth of his talent in writer/director Boaz Yakin's new action-thriller, SAFE. The film is a relative rarity among action movies: an all-out genre piece that is powered by a full-blooded emotional core. Director Yakin says, "He plays a tough guy, and with the stunts and the action he's meticulous to a crazy degree. But this is a much more vulnerable character than he usually plays. He really went for it and I think that's going to surprise people."

The film also stars Catherine Chan and Chris Sarandon. Statham plays Luke Wright, a former NYPD cop cum second-rate cage fighter whose wife has been murdered and his life destroyed by the Russian mob. With nothing to live for, Luke begins contemplating suicide. But his unlikely savior is a ten-year-old Chinese math prodigy named Mei. Kidnapped by Triad boss Han Jiao for her flawless numerical memory, Mei has been brought to America and forced to act as the organization's "human ledger". But the information Mei holds in her memory is also coveted by the Russian mob, and a botched abduction attempt sends her on the run¿and right into Luke's path. He tries to protect Mei from the Triads while outwitting New York officials and the Russian Mafia. He won't stop until she's safe. SAFE's vivid central relationship between Luke and Mei is the driving force of the film.

From the producers of 'Kill Bill' and 'Inglorious Basterds' watch out for this gritty action thriller on 4th May.

Press Releases / 2012 Prix Aurora Award Nominations
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:43:30 AM »
We are proud to announce the English Professional and the Fan Aurora Award finalists for 2012. All works and activities were done during 2011 by Canadians. Voting will begin on April 16, 2012. All ballots must be received by July 23, 2012, 11:59pm PDT.

Best Novel – English

Enter Night by Michael Rowe, ChiZine Publications

Eutopia: A Novel of Terrible Optimism by David Nickle, ChiZine Publications

Napier’s Bones by Derryl Murphy, ChiZine Publications

The Pattern Scars by Caitlin Sweet, ChiZine Publications

Technicolor Ultra Mall by Ryan Oakley, EDGE

Wonder by Robert J. Sawyer, Penguin Canada


Best Short Fiction – English

“The Legend of Gluck” by Marie Bilodeau, When the Hero Comes Home, Dragon Moon Press

“The Needle’s Eye” by Suzanne Church, Chilling Tales: Evil Did I Dwell; Lewd Did I Live, EDGE

“One Horrible Day” by Randy McCharles, The 2nd Circle, The 10th Circle Project

“Turning It Off” by Susan Forest, Analog, December

“To Live and Die in Gibbontown” by Derek Künsken, Asimov’s, October/November


Best Poem / Song – English

“A Good Catch” by Colleen Anderson, Polu Texni, April

“Ode to the Mongolian Death Worm” by Sandra Kasturi, ChiZine, Supergod Mega-Issue, Volume 47

“Skeleton Leaves” by Helen Marshall, Kelp Queen Press

““Skeleton Woman”” by Heather Dale and Ben Deschamps, Fairytale, CD

“Zombie Bees of Winnipeg” by Carolyn Clink, ChiZine, Supergod Mega-Issue, Volume 47


Best Graphic Novel – English

Goblins, webcomic, created by Tarol Hunt

Imagination Manifesto, Book 2 by GMB Chomichuk, James Rewucki and John Toone, Alchemical Press

Weregeek, webcomic, created by Alina Pete


Best Related Work – English

Fairytale, CD by Heather Dale,

The First Circle: Volume One of the Tenth Circle Project, edited by Eileen Bell and Ryan McFadden

Neo-Opsis, edited by Karl Johanson

On Spec,published by the Copper Pig Writers’ Society

Tesseracts Fifteen: A Case of Quite Curious Tales, edited by Julie Czerneda and Susan MacGregor, EDGE


Best Artist (Professional and Amateur Nominations)

(An example of each artist’s work is listed below but they are to be judged on the body of work they have produced in the award year)

Janice Blaine, “Cat in Space”, Cover art for Neo-Opsis, Issue 20

Costi Gurgu,cover art for Outer Diverse, Starfire

Erik Mohr, cover art for ChiZine Publications

Dan O’Driscoll, “Deep Blue Seven”, cover art for On Spec magazine, Summer issue

Martin Springett, Interior art for The Pattern Scars, ChiZine

Fan/Volunteer Award Nominations

Best Fan Publication

BCSFAzine,edited by Felicity Walker

Bourbon and Eggnog by Eileen Bell, Ryan McFadden, Billie Milholland and Randy McCharles, 10th Circle Project

In Places Between: The Robin Herrington Memorial Short Story Contest book,edited by Reneé Bennett

Sol Rising newsmagazine, edited by Michael Matheson

Space Cadet, edited by R. Graeme Cameron


Best Fan Filk

Stone Dragons (Tom and Sue Jeffers), concert at FilKONtario

Phil Mills, Body of Song-Writing Work including FAWM and 50/90

Cindy Turner, Interfilk concert at OVFF


Best Fan Organizationa

Andrew Gurudata, chair of the Constellation Awards committee

Peter Halasz, administrator of the Sunburst Awards

Helen Marshall and Sandra Kasturi, chairs of the Chiaroscuro Reading Series (Toronto)

Randy McCharles, founder and chair of When Words Collide (Calgary)

Alex von Thorn, chair of SFContario 2 (Toronto)

Rose Wilson, for organizing the Art Show at V-Con (Vancouver)


Best Fan Other

Lloyd Penney,letters of comment

Peter Watts, “Reality: The Ultimate Mythology” lecture, Toronto SpecFic Colloquium

Taral Wayne, Canadian Fanzine Fanac Awards art

News / The Quest for e-Weird concludes.
« on: April 14, 2012, 02:30:37 AM »
My epic voyage through the electronic universe in search of brilliant writing has been arduous, but it's yielded some remarkable treasure.

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Just in time for the Halloween season,, a reviewer of Steampunk eBooks & Accessories for the Amazon Kindle eReader, is giving away free copies of the novel "The Clockwork Companion (Mrs. McGillicuddy #0) [Kindle Edition]" by K. H. Koehler. Each and every entrant will receive a copy of this book. Additionally, three winners will also receive another novel: "A Clockwork Vampire (Mrs. McGillicuddy #1) [Kindle Edition]" which follows the same characters in another mystery.

A Clockwork Vampire has been described as 'steamy' mystery set in a contemporary fantasy world where vampires coexist with computers and steam-powered airships. No purchase is necessary to enter, and promotion details along with more synopsis of the book can be found at this webpage:

Press Releases / Subterranean Press Buys New James P. Blaylock Novel
« on: June 29, 2011, 11:11:06 AM »
eno Literary Agency is delighted to announce our first sale to Subterranean Press, who will publish James P. Blaylock's YA novel, ZEUGLODON in 2012, following a deal negotiated by John Berlyne.

'A skeletal hand clutching an iron key lies hidden within a mermaid’s wooden sarcophagus; a hand-drawn map is stolen from beneath the floorboards of an old museum; an eccentric sleeping inventor dreams of a locked passage to the centre of the hollow earth, and by dreaming of the passage, brings it into being...

Pursued by kidnappers thinking of riches and murder, Katherine Perkins and her two cousins, junior members of The Guild of St. George, must descend into the depths of the earth in order to return the Sleeper to his ancestral home on the shores of Lake Windermere.  But to awaken him would mean the end of the dream, the closing of the passage, and the three intrepid explorers marooned in a savage land forgotten by time itself...'

Subterranean have a long and fruitful relationship with Blaylock having for some years published a good deal of his work in beautiful premium, collectable editions. Bill Schafer says "We at SubPress are more than pleased to add that most Blaylockian of novels, ZEUGLODON, to our schedule next year. It's vintage James P. Blaylock, set on the same fictional map as his classic novel, THE DIGGING LEVIATHAN, with all the mystery, charm, and whimsy one could want."

Press Releases / Westercon 64 announces special events
« on: June 29, 2011, 11:10:25 AM »
This Fourth of July weekend sees Westercon 64, the 2011 West Coast Science Fantasy Conference, coming to downtown San Jose. Westercon 64 will include several special events in its schedule in addition to traditional SF/F convention programming. Among the special events planned is a performance of a radio-style play written by artist guests of honor Phil and Kaja Foglio, a themed Saturday afternoon tea with writer guest of honor Patricia McKillip, a focus event on the guests moderated by Terry Bisson from the SF in SF reading series, and an SF/F-themed game show. The convention will also include two Regency Dances and the Westercon Masquerade costume contest.

Friday Events

Friday evening of Westercon features Regency-style Dancing in the appropriately named Regency Ballroom starting at 7:30 PM. Come while away the evening in courtly style. Period costumes are welcome (but not required), and both experienced dancers and those that have never tried Regency dancing are all welcome.

Saturday Events

Writer Guest of Honor Patricia McKillip will be featured in a Saturday Afternoon Tea in the Westercon 64 Hospitality Suite from 4:00-5:30. Tea and light refreshments will be served with Moira Greyland playing the harp for accompaniment.

The SF in SF Reading Series makes a special appearance in San Jose on Saturday afternoon at 5:30 in the Club Regent Room, with the spotlight on all of Westercon 64's guests: Patricia McKillip, Phil Foglio, Kaja Foglio, and Mike Willmoth. Terry Bisson hosts the Q&A/interview session to follow the readings.

Saturday night at 8 PM is the Westercon Masquerade Costume Contest, where members of the convention show off their best SF/F costumes before an appreciative audience. Costumes are a big part of SF/F conventions, both "hall costumes" designed to be work around the halls of the convention and "presentation costumes" to be shown on stage at events like the Masquerade.

Sunday Events

The Hugo Award-winning Girl Genius series of graphic novels by Artist Guests of Honor Phil and Kaja Foglio is the inspiration for a radio-style play on Sunday night at 8 PM in The Club Regent Room. The play features the Foglios along with the Girl Genius Radio Players in a hilarious romp through the "gaslamp fantasy" world of Mad Science with Agatha Heterodyne, Girl Genius and her companions. Members wishing to participate in the play should come to the Foglios' table in the Dealers' Room to volunteer.

If you have a ready answer to a question like "Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!" then you'll love Match Game SF, an SF/F-themed version of the classic 1970s game show, Saturday afternoon at 2:30 PM with a special "late night" edition on Sunday night at 10 PM. Both shows will be in the Club Regent room. Contestants will be randomly selected from the audience to match wits with the panel. Contestants who do the best job of matching the panelists receive great prizes, while all participants receive the famous Lovely Parting Gift.

Because one good Regency dance deserves another, Alan Winston adds live music to the second session of Regency dance on Sunday night at 7:30 PM in the Regency Ballroom. As with Friday's session, costumes are encouraged (but not required), and all skill levels are welcome.


Westercon 64 will be at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, California on Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4. The convention opens on Friday morning, with the Dealers' Room and Art Show opening at Noon (10 AM the other days of the convention). Programming starts at 1 PM on Friday and 10 AM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with the convention winding down on Monday afternoon around 4 PM.

Admission to Westercon (known as an "attending membership") is $75 for all four days. Single-day admission memberships are also available for $25 to $40 depending on the day. Children 7-12 accompanied by a parent/guardian are $40, and kids in tow under seven years old are free but must stay with their parent/guardian except for children 3 and older in Children's Programming.

For more information about Westercon 64, see the convention web site at

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