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News / Angry entrepreneur replies to patent troll with racketeering lawsuit.
« Last post by Tashia Howk on September 17, 2013, 10:30:48 AM »
Patent trolls are legal.  Can one be nailed for extortion? One man is betting yes.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/09/angry-entrepreneur-replies-to-patent-troll-with-racketeering-lawsuit/
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Get yourself in the mood for World FantasyCon with JAMES P BLAYLOCK, K W JETER and TIM POWERS - a triple-header signing at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore on Saturday 26th October from 1 – 2pm!

In James P Blaylock’s ‘The Aylesford Skull’, we meet Professor Langdon St. Ives - a brilliant but eccentric scientist and explorer living in Aylesford. Not far away Dr. Ignacio Narbondo, an old nemesis of St. Ives, robs a grave of its skull – and kidnaps St. Ives’s son Eddie. The Professor must chase him to London to unravel the mystery.

K W Jeter’s ‘Fiendish Schemes’ brings us a new, steam-powered Victorian London. After accepting congratulations for his late father's grandest invention - a walking, steam-powered lighthouse - Dower is enticed by into a web of intrigue. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and the steam-powered Prime Minister, he’s trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in chaos.

Tim Powers’s ‘Hide Me Among the Graves’, takes us to London, 1862 – a city of over three million souls, of stinking fog and dark, winding streets. Through these streets walks the poet Christina Rossetti, haunted and tormented by the ghost of her uncle, John Polidori. Without him, she cannot write, but her relationship with him threatens to shake London itself to the ground.

This promises to be an exciting event with three exceptional authors - make sure you don't miss out!
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Starfarer's Tavern / Re: What is it with dragons?
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on September 10, 2013, 04:24:06 AM »
except dinosaurs were a couple millennia extinct before man evolved.

Geoff
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Join Sophie Aldred (Ace) and Nicola Bryant (Peri) and Sarah Sutton (Nyssa) for Doctor Who glamour beyond the boundaries of time and space – at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, Shaftesbury Avenue London on Saturday 28th September from 4 – 5pm!

 Sophie, Nicola and Sarah will be signing the new Who Girls Calendar 2014, a celebration of the Doctor’s timeless ladies also featuring Anneke Wills, Louise Jameson, Deborah Watling, Janet Fielding, Mary Tamm, Maureen O’Brien, Jackie Lane, and Jean Marsh.

All photographs have been fully endorsed and approved by the actresses featured – this is a glorious illustration of the most glamorous travellers in time and space!

Please be aware that, due to time constraints, Sophie, Nicola and Sarah will only be signing the Who Girls Calendar

Forbidden Planet London is the largest store of its kind in the world. Some of the biggest names in SF, Fantasy and Cult Entertainment have come to our London Megastore for events, including Jonathan Ross, Kevin Smith, Sam Raimi, Guillermo del Toro, John Landis, Terry Gilliam, Christopher Lee, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, and Stephen King.

 

For more about our signings please go to: http://forbiddenplanet.com/events/

 

WWW.FORBIDDENPLANET.COM
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Conventions and events / IDW At Baltimore Comic Con 2013!
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on September 06, 2013, 03:49:03 AM »
IDW At Baltimore Comic Con!

Amazing Panels And Creator Signings At Fan-Favorite Convention
 
 San Diego, CA (September 5, 2013) – Over the weekend of September 7th - September 8th, IDW will be joining the big names of Baltimore Comic Con at the Baltimore Convention Center, along with their guest of honor, Joe Hill! Throughout the convention IDW will be hosting a variety of panels, and top-tier signings at the IDW booth!
 
 Join IDW’s VP of Marketing, Dirk Wood, on Saturday, September 7th from 5:00 – 6:00PM in Room 302/303 as Wood and Locke & Key co-creator Joe Hill discuss the closing chapters of the ground-breaking series and what the future holds for the Harvey Award-nominated writer at the “IDW Presents: Joe Hill” panel. On Sunday, September 8th from 2:00 – 3:00PM in Room 302/303 join Wood again at “IDW: The Big Panel” with legendary creator Walter Simonson and a few surprise guests, to hear about some of the amazing projects coming your way from IDW!
 
 The IDW booth is where you’ll find a number of the sensational creators among Baltimore’s impressive guest list. Signings over the course of the weekend include Joe Hill (Locke & Key), Agnes Garbowska (My Little Pony), Sara Richard (My Little Pony), Walter Simonson (The Mighty Thor: Artist's Edition), Mark Waid (Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom), Thom Zahler (Love & Capes) and more! Whether it’s your favorite issue of My Little Pony, Locke & Key, or Rocketeer, be sure to bring your books, or pick up a copy at the IDW booth to get signed!
 
 IDW has something for everyone, and Baltimore Comic Con will give you the chance to meet the talented creators behind your favorite books!
 

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To celebrate the release of two of Angry Robot’s exciting new titles, Forbidden Planet will be hosting a Hallowe’en signing for a mass of Robot talent! Join…
 

·      Wesley Chu

·      Joseph D’Lacey

·      Matthew Hughes

·      Anne Lyle

·      James A Moore

·      Emma Newman

·      David Tallerman

·      Mike Shevdon

 

Celebrating the release of Wesley Chu’s THE DEATHS OF TAO and Anne Lyle’s THE PRINCE OF LIES, this is a signing with a difference! Join a host of Angry Robot’s science fiction and fantasy talent as they come together in one event – an event to promote interest in new and different kinds of fiction.

This is a NEW kind of signing, bringing the authors out from behind their tables and giving their readers a chance to meet them and talk to them about their work. An array of fantastic books will be on hand to be picked up and signed – including works by every one of the writers present.

Forbidden Planet, London is the largest store of its kind in the world. The biggest names in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Comics have visited us for signing events, including: Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Terry Gilliam, Simon Pegg, William Gibson, Mark Millar, Guillermo Del Toro, Brian Froud and Stephen King.

For more news about our signings please go to: http://www.forbiddenplanet.com/events
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Feedback / Re: Daisy sentient sentences
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on September 03, 2013, 01:15:01 PM »
The autumn sun gives an orange taste in the sky.
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For those who want their latest ‘Star Trek: Into Darkness’ DVD with a little kick in the UK, then you should pop down to your local Sainsbury’s where they have an exclusive with an extra DVD and still only £ 9.99.
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Kindle and e-book news / Amazon today introduced Kindle MatchBook...
« Last post by Tashia Howk on September 03, 2013, 10:11:59 AM »
... a new benefit that gives customers the option to buy—for $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free—the Kindle edition of print books they have purchased new from Amazon. Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook. Over 10,000 books will already be available when Kindle MatchBook launches in October, including best sellers like I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb, The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein, The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving and The Hangman’s Daughter by Oliver Pötzsch, with many more titles to be added over time. Customers can learn more by visiting www.amazon.com/kindlematchbook.

“If you logged onto your CompuServe account during the Clinton administration and bought a book like Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus from Amazon, Kindle MatchBook now makes it possible for that purchase—18 years later—to be added to your Kindle library at a very low cost,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “In addition to being a great new benefit for customers, this is an easy choice for publishers and authors who will now be able to earn more from each book they publish.”

Bundling print and digital has been one of the most requested features from customers. With Kindle MatchBook, they can keep their favorite book on their shelf, and have a copy in their digital library for reading, perhaps re-reading it with features like X-Ray and Popular Highlights.

“I love this idea. It’s simple, brilliant, and good for everybody,” said best-selling author Marcus Sakey. “I love to have print books on my shelf, but I love reading my Kindle on the go, and there are plenty of titles I’d like both ways. It’s ridiculous to ask readers to pay full retail twice for the same book.”

Kindle MatchBook features include:

Kindle editions at a great price: Amazon customers who purchase or have purchased qualifying print books can get the Kindle edition for prices that are typically $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free.
For book purchases dating back to 1995: Print purchases all the way back to 1995—when Amazon first opened its online bookstore—will qualify once a publisher enrolls a title in Kindle MatchBook.
Easy discovery: Readers can easily look up their entire print book order history to discover which of their past purchases are enrolled in Kindle MatchBook.
Popular Kindle-only features: As with regular purchases, Kindle MatchBook titles have unique features such as Whispersync, Popular Highlights, and X-Ray.

Read anywhere capabilities: In addition to Amazon’s best-selling Kindle devices, customers can download a free Kindle reading app for iPhone, iPad, Android tablets and phones, PC or Mac and start building their Kindle library today.

Kindle MatchBook will launch with books from Ray Bradbury, Michael Crichton, Blake Crouch, James Rollins, Jodi Picoult, Neil Gaiman, Marcus Sakey, Wally Lamb, Jo Nesbo, Neal Stephenson, and J.A. Jance, among others. In addition, Amazon Publishing will include all its titles in Kindle MatchBook. Authors and publishers using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) can enroll their books in the program today by visiting http://kdp.amazon.com.
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Press Releases / Slaine Anniversary Wednesday 4th September in print
« Last post by Geoff the head Uncle on September 02, 2013, 12:23:45 PM »
Industry legend Simon Bisley returns to 2000 AD this week for a special one-off episode of the strip that catapulted him to international fame in the 1980s - Sláine.

To celebrate the Celtic barbarian’s 30th anniversary, in Sláine: Book of Scars creator Pat Mills is revisiting classic moments in the strip’s history with some of the artists who made Sláine such a landmark character for 2000 AD, including Mick McMahon, Glenn Fabry, and Clint Langley.

This special eight-page episode in 2000 AD Prog 1848 appears in this week’s edition of 2000 AD. Prog 1848 is available from Wednesday 4th September in print, through the 2000 AD iPad app, or DRM-free through the 2000 AD webshop.
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