Science fiction and fantasy news library March 2008.

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The Ice King
27/03/2008. The Birmingham Science Fiction Group will be welcoming fantasy author Michael Scott Rohan. Michael Scott Rohan (born 1951 in Edinburgh) is a Scottish fantasy and science fiction author.

Ashes To Ashes heading back in 2009
27/03/2008. The eighties revival continues apace - with time-travelling scifi TV cop drama Ashes To Ashes set to return for a second series on BBC One.

It's a heady brew on Saturn's geyser moon, finds Cassini
27/03/2008. NASA's Cassini spacecraft tasted and sampled a surprising organic brew erupting in geyser-like fashion from Saturn's moon Enceladus during a close flyby on March 12. Scientists are amazed that this tiny moon is so active, hot and brimming with water vapor and organic chemicals.

Clone alone
27/03/2008. A new science fiction comedy series created by Adam Chase, better known for his writing roles on Friends, has been commissioned for TV by BBC Three.

Spooks Code 9: UK, post London getting nuked
26/03/2008. 2013. Thames House is gone and regional MI5 Field Offices have sprung up in its place. Are six young new recruits tough, moral and clever enough to protect Britain's future...? Filming commenced in Bradford this month on Spooks: Code 9, a new drama for BBC Three from Kudos Film and Television, the producers behind Spooks and Life On Mars. The year is 2013. London has been evacuated following a nuclear bomb and the country's power base has shifted north. In the wake of the attack, MI5 must completely restructure and establish field offices across the UK, working to gather intelligence from the very heart of local communities. They need young, new officers on the ground, and fast.

Darren Turpin joins Orbit
26/03/2008. There's been a new addition to the UK science fiction publisher Orbit's team in the UK. Darren Turpin joins them on 7th April 2008 in the role of online marketing executive.

The Doctor will see you now
26/03/2008. The fourth season teaser trailer for Dr. Who is online now.

Battlestar Caprica is go!
26/03/2008. As the TV series Battlestar Galactica heads into its fourth and final season, the US SCI-FI Channel has greenlit production on Caprica, a two-hour Battlestar backdoor pilot prequel from executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick. Production on Caprica is slated to begin in Vancouver this spring.

Star Trek: Of Gods and Men
26/03/2008. Star Trek fans awaiting the new installment of the VidFic (amateur produced) series Star Trek: Of Gods and Men from Renegade Studios can now view the episode using the enhanced player from Dragonfly, an Internet videosite provider.

Richard Armitage Spooks up
26/03/2008. A certain UK team of spies are gaining a new member in the form of Richard Armitage, who joins Rupert Penry-Jones, Hermione Norris and Peter Firth on the Grid for series seven of Spooks on BBC One, which began filming in and around London earlier this month.

Nim’s Island
26/03/2008. A couple of new trailers for the kiddie fantasy movie Nim’s Island ... groan, not another one.

That old Merlin magic
26/03/2008. BBC Drama and Shine have reported that filming has begun for Merlin, a new fantasy drama for BBC One. British actors Richard Wilson (Gauis) and Anthony Head (Uther) will star alongside newcomers Colin Morgan (Merlin) and Bradley James (Arthur) in the forthcoming 13-part series, which will transmit in autumn 2008.

US SCI-FI Channel bods release details of future TV series and movies
26/03/2008. The SCI FI Channel is developing a variety of original series pilots including one in partnership with actress Rosario Dawson to develop True Believer, a two-hour backdoor pilot. Also, The Stranded, the first release under the newly formed joint venture SCI FI/Virgin Comics, is transforming from comic book title to pilot script form.

Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke dies
26/03/2008. Tor Books report that Arthur C. Clarke, who wrote almost one hundred books, and who was known to many as the author of the science fiction novel, Childhood's End, and as Stanley Kubrick's collaborator on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, died today, Wednesday, March 19th 2008 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, at the age of 90.

Dune, a desert planet
26/03/2008. Paramount greenlights new Dune film. Yes, but will it have funny SFX worms like the last one? pushes into gaming and other new areas
26/03/2008. SCIFI Channel's SCIFI.COM is expanding its content to include stand-alone gaming and tech sites, original and scripted entertainment, a game center, and a social game experience.

Hugo Awards shortlist
26/03/2008. Denvention 3, the 66th World Science Fiction Convention, has announced the ballot for the Hugo Awards, also known as the Science Fiction Achievement Awards. Nominations were made by the members of last years World Science Fiction Convention, held in Yokohama, and this year's, to be held in Denver. Members of the 2008 convention will have until July 1, 2008, to vote on this ballot.

Tracy Morgan hosts next season of Scare Tactics
26/03/2008. In keeping with SCI FI Channel's commitment to delivering original programming, Mark Stern, Executive Vice President of Original Programming, has announced the Channel's alternative/reality slate.

Bova gets first Ben Bova award
26/03/2008. At the first OmegaCon in Birmingham, Alabama, Ben Bova was awarded the inaugural Ben Bova Award for his career in science fiction writing. Though Bova is the first to receive this honor, in subsequent years, the Ben Bova Award will be given to writers in a variety of publishing categories, chosen by a panel of judges.

2007 BSFA awards
26/03/2008. The results of the 2007 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) awards were announced on 22nd March 2008. The awards were presented during Orbital, the British national science fiction convention (aka Eastercon), at the Radisson Edwardian Hotel in London. The awards were presented by guests of honour at the convention.

He is Legend
26/03/2008. Horror authors Stephen King and his son Joe 'King junior' Hill are to work together for the first time on the He is Legend novella

Stephen Hunt signing The Kingdom Beyond The Waves
26/03/2008. Stephen Hunt will be signing his new book, The Kingdom Beyond The Waves, at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 3rd May 2008 1-2pm.

Heart of Veridon
26/03/2008. Solaris has made a new acquisition from debut author Tim Akers. Heart of Veridon is the first book in the Burn Cycle. Jacob Burn is a disgraced airship pilot, and a man augmented by strange implants designed to keep him alive in combat conditions. An exiled son of nobility, he now makes his own way in the criminal underworld of Veridon, the City of Cog.

Victorious Mongoose 1902a: Concealable ray pistol
26/03/2008. By Jingos, those socially inept boffins have done it! Snugly nestled in an unbearably dashing leather-embossed and satin-lined case, the VICTORIOUS MONGOOSE 1902a allows the discreet gentleman or woman to secret a powerful wave weapon on their person.

Oceans of Titan
26/03/2008. NASA's Cassini spacecraft has discovered evidence that points to the existence of an underground ocean of water and ammonia on Saturn's moon Titan. The findings, made using radar measurements of Titan's rotation, appeared in the March 21st 2008 issue of the journal Science.

The future is back
26/03/2008. Twentieth Century Fox to release the first of four direct-to-DVD Futurama adventures when Futurama: Bender’s Big Score makes its DVD debut on 7th April 2008.

Ice Song
26/03/2008. Three new projects are coming to US science fiction publisher Del Rey. Betsy Mitchell and Kaitlin Heller have acquired epic adventure/fantasy The Red Wolf Conspiracy and its two sequels, by Robert V.S. Redick, from UK publisher Gollancz.

Life on Mars
26/03/2008. NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter has found evidence of salt deposits. These deposits point to places where water once was abundant and where evidence might exist of possible Martian life from the Red Planet's past.

Chance Fortune
26/03/2008. Kickstart Productions has signed a deal to develop the first and second books in The Adventures of Chance Fortune series, Chance Fortune and the Outlaws and Chance Fortune in the Shadow Zone for the screen. Chance Fortune author Shane Berryhill has been contracted to write the screenplay.

Monsters vs. Aliens shakes them actors out of the star tree
12/03/2008. DreamWorks and Paramount have reported a monster all-star line-up for their animated Monsters vs. Aliens science fiction movie - the studio's first film produced in, cough, Ultimate 3-D technology. Why not Ultimate 3-D Brilliantly Fab SuperVision, guys? Monsters vs. Aliens, which is heading for a US release on March 27th 2009, is DreamWorks' take on the classic '50s sci-fi monster movies, mashed into an irreverent action comedy. Reese Witherspoon heads the cast. Ding dong.

WALL•E third trailer
12/03/2008. A new and supposedly - the last - trailer for the animated cutie last robot on Earth movie, WALL•E.

The Hulk II
12/03/2008. Trailer for the latest movie adaption of the Incredible Hulk. He's big, he's green, and he's really really mean.

Stargate Ark of Truth
12/03/2008. Couple of trailers for the new Stargate movie - the Ark of Truth. Man, that's one big new stargate!

Galactic Bounty
12/03/2008. US scifi publisher Baen Books have launched their inaugural list of E-Reads. Titles will be published monthly, and will be available both individually and as part of a separate E-Reads program.

Rocketeer artist dies
12/03/2008. American science fiction and fantasy comics artist, Dave Stevens, has died 10th March, aged 52. He was suffering from leukemia.

I am Legend - the ending they should have had
07/03/2008. The alternative ending for the Will Smith movie version of I am Legend is up to view - and on the new DVD edition. It's much closer to the - the vampire is me - ending of the novel. Shades of the reworked Bladerunner as they ride off into the sunset (with our Will still alive).

More Jackelian universe novels in the pipe
07/03/2008. John Jarrold has concluded a second, three-book World rights deal for UK fantasy author Stephen Hunt with Sarah Hodgson of HarperCollins Voyager, for a good five-figure sum. All three of the new books will be set in the same world as The Court Of The Air and The Kingdom Beyond The Waves.

Paul Kearney, ghost
06/03/2008. The Ghost in the Machine podcast, hosted by fantasy author Gail Z. Martin (aka Chronicles of the Necromancer: The Summoner, The Blood King), will be interviewing fantasy author Paul Kearney (a la The Monarchies of God, The Sea Beggars, The Ten Thousand) on March 15th 2008.

The Worlds of Jack Williamson
06/03/2008. Planned for an April 11th debut at the 2008 Williamson Lectureship, The Worlds of Jack Williamson celebrates the 100th birthday of one of the Grand Masters of science fiction. Jack Williamson passed away in 2006 at the age of 98, but his body of work continues to be enjoyed by readers.

Close encounters of the first kind?
06/03/2008. In 1881 New Zealand a small two volume novella entitled The Great Romance was published under the pseudonym of The Inhabitant. Neglected until now, and republished for the first time in its entirety this Spring by the University of Nebraska Press, the work stands out as an example of early science fiction. Here, apparently for the first time in the history of the genre, or even the history of science itself, readers encounter descriptions of spacesuits, airlocks, shuttlecraft, space fleets, friendly non humanoid aliens, and the human colonisation of space. The author also raises the idea of faster than light travel pre-Einstein, the possibility of humans exploring planetary systems beyond our solar system, cross-species miscegenation, the impact of weightlessness on the human condition (in particular muscle fatigue), and telepathy.

My Star Trek Year
06/03/2008. Here's a new web site chronicling the efforts of a lapsed Star Trek fan to watch all 700-plus TV episodes and 11 films and to boldly consume assorted and sundry other Star Trek stuff, all in the course of one year.

The Situation
06/03/2008. UK-based publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror titles PS Publishing has embraced the Freeconomics revolution with the whole text of Jeff VanderMeer's forthcoming PS novelette-chapbook The Situation being made available in Adobe pdf format, to download from's GeekDad blog. It's coming free and around three weeks before printed copies of their book will see the light of day.

Crushed by rocks on Mars
06/03/2008. A NASA spacecraft in orbit around Mars has taken the first ever image of active avalanches near the Red Planet's north pole. The image shows tan clouds billowing away from the foot of a towering slope, where ice and dust have just cascaded down.

Appleseed Ex Machina
06/03/2008. Online trailer for a very nice anime movie version of the Appleseed comicbook. Its creator, Shirow, is a big fan of Bladerunner - and you can see it in the design of all the vehicles and robot battle suits. Now that's heavy metal!

House Of Suns
06/03/2008. Alastair Reynolds will be signing his new book, House Of Suns at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 12th April 2008 1-2pm. He's no fool!

48hour film challenge launches for scifi movie-makers
06/03/2008. The SCI-FI-LONDON 48 hour film challenge has just been pushed out as part of this year’s SCI-FI-LONDON, a UK’s science fiction and fantastic film festival held 30th April – 4th May 2008. Make a five minute science fiction movie and fame and riches might be yours!

The SciFi special
06/03/2008. At last, after being teased by the likes of the Pursuit Police in Mad Max I or the cool cars that RoboCop used to drive around, the real US policeforce come up with a vehicle that looks like a science fiction fan's dream!

Alt.Fiction 2008
06/03/2008. The lineup for Derby's sci-fi and fantasy fiction event, Alt.Fiction, has been confirmed. This year's lineup includes authors such as Stephen Hunt, Brian Lumley, Michael Marshall Smith, Mike Carey, Charlie Stross, Graham Joyce, Ramsey Campbell, and Justina Robson among others.

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