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Feedback / Re: In Dark Service
« on: June 24, 2014, 12:57:12 AM »
Inquiring minds are sometimes rewarded . . . one new In Dark Service board now set up in the Stephen Hunt author's corner.


Kindle and e-book news / Why men don’t read books...
« on: August 15, 2013, 01:56:19 AM »
For Pinter, this experience demonstrates that one of publishing’s truisms — men don’t read books — has become self-fulfilling. Few men work in book publishing, so there are few supporters in the industry for books that men in particular might like, causing fewer such books to be published or promoted and finally leading men to think that books are not for them.

News / Doctor Who: John Hurt's role revealed!!
« on: July 05, 2013, 04:47:05 AM »
John Hurt's Doctor will play a regeneration in-between that of Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston.

News / Exterminate Doctor Who boss, BBC is urged.
« on: May 17, 2013, 01:49:57 AM »

Press Releases / Children's Museum of Indianapolis does superheroes.
« on: March 18, 2013, 03:18:19 AM »
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is pairing superpowered heroes from pop culture to world culture to create a superpower showdown this spring break.

Unique powers have transformed ordinary mortals into extraordinary heroes and villains for centuries. Arguments over which power is the best have circulated just as long. Now you get to determine which power will prevail as the top power in the land through this unique exhibit and online voting opportunity. Batman®, Spider-Man®, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®, Hercules, Ravana and Eagle Kachina are just a few of the options. Vote online or onsite March 15 – May 5, 2013.

"The premise is to connect objects from our interesting 120,000 artifact collection that range from mythological heroes and literature to pop cultural icons on loan from movie studios and private collectors to superpowers," said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. "Superpowers can turn an ordinary person into the hero (or villain) of extraordinary stories. They excite and inspire us by doing things no one else can. We want children to understand they are special with their own unique power to change the world however they choose."                                                                                                           

Unique artifacts The Children's Museum chose to represent amazing pop culture characters and their superpowers include:

    G.I. Joe® accelerator suit used in the filming of G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Channing Tatum's suit on loan from Paramount)
    Cape from the Batman TV series featuring Adam West (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Superman® cape worn by Christopher Reeve in Superman I & II movies (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Bumblebee Camaro used in the first Transformer movie (loan from Randy Rousseau)
    The Riddler costume worn by Jim Carey in Batman Forever (loan from Profiles in History)
    "Raphael" Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle® costume from the movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Batman® costume worn by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises (loan from Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and DC Comics)

Unique artifacts the museum chose to represent amazing characters and their superpowers from literature, mythology and legend include:

    Monkey King shadow puppet, late 20th century, from Xi'an China (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Samurai Ca. 1800 suit of Japanese Samurai armor and sword (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Ruler of the sky Eagle Kachina, figure made in the late 20th century by a member of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Fire breathing Goddess Sekhmet Faience, glazed ceramic figure made in Ancient Egypt between 712 BC and 395 AD (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Hercules of Greek mythology, The Legendary Journeys action figure, 1995, based on the divine hero of classical mythology (The Children's Museum's super collection)
    Magical Ravana festival figure, made for a festival procession in India, mid-20th century (The Children's Museum's super collection)

Families are invited to vote onsite or online to determine which superpowers should hold super status in the museum's hero-to-hero and villain match ups.  Families are also encouraged to create their own superheroes along with stories about them.

One America is the presenting sponsor of Super Heroes, supported by Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent and AAA Insurance. Monitors provided by Sharp Business Systems.

The Children's Museum of Indianapolis is a nonprofit institution committed to creating extraordinary learning experiences across the arts, sciences, and humanities that have the power to transform the lives of children and families. For more information about The Children's Museum, visit,

News / Doctor Who… Ice Warriors with Bells.
« on: March 01, 2013, 02:35:04 AM »
What, a photo of the all-new ice warriors and the Doctor and Clara on a motorbike? It must be Doctor Who time. The first of the new Doctor Who eps, the Steven Moffat-authored The Bells of St John, is coming your way on Saturday 30th March 2013, along with Clara Oswald, aka actress Jenna-Louise Coleman, as the doctor’s companion.

Sliding Void / Space opera classic 'Sliding Void' free again in the UK.
« on: February 22, 2013, 08:39:41 AM »
If you are in the UK, the novella Sliding Void is available free again via Kindle at

Happy reading!

 :P ::) ;D :D

News / Terrible meteor strike on Russian city, videos flood in.
« on: February 15, 2013, 04:19:22 AM »
A meteor strike has just blasted Russia, wounding hundreds in the city of Chelyabinsk, and it is believed to be per-cursor debris to asteroid DA14 (you remember, the one that is meant to MISS Earth shortly, but by the very narrowest of margins). Videos are now flooding onto YouTube showing both the passing streaks in the sky, the airburst, and then the shockwave taking out parts of the Ural-situated city.

When the hell are the world's governments going to stop spending billions on killing each other, and start spending a fraction of that monstrous budget on decent detection and deflection systems?

News / Malware currently on LA Times confirmed by Avast.
« on: February 13, 2013, 03:17:19 AM »
Any users reading this who visit The LA Times web site, please be aware that anti-virus software firm Avast believe that the LA Times is hosting malware after their web site has been hacked.

Yes, I have heard from the man himself and the 3rd novella in the series will be with us in the first half of this year... 2013, in case you were in any doubt, science fiction fans.


News / Hobbit movie subsidy should be handed back now, Peter Jackson!
« on: January 16, 2013, 03:45:48 AM »
The number of jobs created by The Hobbit movies was "plucked out of thin air", NZ First leader Winston Peters says. So now New Zealand wants its f*&^%%&& money back!

News / Scott Gimple to be new 'Walking Dead' head zombie.
« on: January 15, 2013, 05:48:21 AM »
The executive producer, who joined the zombie drama during season two, will take over for Glen Mazzara as the series' third showrunner.

News / Ben Affleck sets the record straight on 'Justice League'.
« on: December 21, 2012, 02:51:34 AM »
I think there’s a DC 'Avengers' that could be done because they have the characters for it. And there’s some stuff in the comics now that’s kind of interesting, and it’s cool. That's what Marvel does so well.

There is a new threat in the Star Wars™ universe and the future of the Republic, the Empire and the entire galaxy is at stake! Today, BioWare™, a studio of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:EA), and LucasArts announced that players will face-off against the ruthless Hutt Cartel in the first Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel, coming Spring 2013. Beginning today, Star Wars: The Old Republic Subscribers can Pre-Order the Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel for only $9.99, 50% of the regular price. Free-to-Play Players can purchase the Digital Expansion for $19.99. Any player who pre-orders before January 7, 2013 will receive five days of Early Access* to the new fully-voiced story driven content.

“We know our fans want to keep experiencing the classic Star Wars storylines they love, and that’s what we’re delivering with the Rise of the Hutt Cartel expansion,” said Jeff Hickman, Executive Producer at BioWare Austin. “The planet Makeb is shaping up to be one of our most breathtakingly beautiful settings and the clash with the Hutt Cartel is epic and exciting. And this is just the tip of the iceberg. We have a lot more surprises in store for our fans next year!”

The Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel will send players to Makeb, a dual-faction planet where players will continue their battles with the merciless Hutt Cartel. During their journey, players will meet new allies, make new enemies and uncover the cutting-edge technology on this vibrant planet. Experience five new levels of story driven missions to an already expansive; epic online universe that will raise the level cap to 55.

Star Wars: The Old Republic is set thousands of years before the classic Star Wars movies. Players are immersed as they team up with friends online to fight in heroic battles reminiscent of the films, exploring a galaxy of vibrant planets, experiencing visceral Star Wars combat, all set to a sweeping musical score. Now, players can experience the complete storylines of the eight iconic Star Wars classes, all the way to Level 50 without having to pay a monthly fee. The new Free-to-Play option complements the existing subscription offering, providing greater flexibility in how to experience Star Wars: The Old Republic.

For more information on the different ways player can now experience Star Wars: The Old Republic, including the Free-to-Play option, please visit or

For more details on the Digital Expansion: Rise of the Hutt Cartel, please visit

Kindle and e-book news / Author Bill Bryson Takes Agent to Court
« on: December 07, 2012, 02:45:05 AM »
Bestselling author Bill Bryson has sued his literary agent, claiming he "failed to perform some of the most fundamental duties of an agent," including forwarding royalties, and "stonewalled inquiries from publishers and his own client ... undermining Bryson's livelihood and reputation."

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